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[Nigeria] Gunmen kidnap policewoman, 5 others in Kaduna

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a policewoman, her daughter, and four other persons at Bagado Village near Patrick Yakowa way in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Although police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, eyewitnesses say the incident happened in the late hours of Saturday night, when the bandits stormed the community and started breaking into people’s houses shooting sporadically into the air.

Sources say the gunmen abducted most of their victims after pulling down the windows and burglaries of the houses, while others were ordered to come out at gunpoint.


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Wadume: Trial continues in Abuja, evidence submitted

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The trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, also known as Wadume and six others has continued in Abuja before Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako.

At the last trial, the prosecution presented witness number six as contained in the charge sheet, one Inspector Habila Samuel, a police officer attached to the Intelligence Response Team of the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The witness explained his findings from the investigation of what transpired in Ibi, Taraba State on August 6, 2019, when soldiers allegedly shot at the police vehicle conveying the arrested Wadume, killing three operatives and two civilians.

Six AK47 Guns submitted at the court as evidence.
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During cross-examination by the prosecution counsel, the witness informed the court that the first defendant, Wadume was tracked by the police based on information, to the Kano home of his uncle where he was receiving treatment for gunshot wounds from a family physician, before his eventual arrest.

Hamisu Bala a.k.a Wadume (Fie Photo).

Counsel to the second defendant, however, claimed that his client, the station officer at Ibi, Inspector Daje, made his statement with an inducement to implicate a certain army captain, Balarabe while that of the sixth defendant alleged his client, Zubairu Abdullahi, was tortured to get his statement.

Six AK47 guns were also tendered as evidence in the course of the trial.


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Life imprisonment for kidnappers – Senate okays

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Anyone convicted of kidnapping in Nigeria will now face life imprisonment, the Nigerian Senate prescribed on Tuesday.

The lawmakers nullified the 10 year imprisonment slammed on kidnappers and raised it to be life imprisonment to deter belligerent Nigerians from going into the act of kidnapping.

The upper chamber also deleted the statute of limitation on defilement as well removed gender restrictions on the offences of rape.

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The resolutions of the Senate followed the third reading and passage of “A bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act CAP. C.38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.”

The Bill was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central).

The bill sought to delete the statute of limitation on defilement, increase punishment for the offence of kidnapping, and remove gender restrictions in the offence of rape and other related matters.


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Troops set 3 abducted victims free

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At least three victims kidnapped by bandits in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State have been rescued by troops.

Major General John Enenche, who is the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday.

He noted that the victims were saved by troops of Operation Thunder Strike operating under the subsidiary Operation Accord.

The military spokesman explained that the rescue followed credible intelligence received by the soldiers on the kidnap of some people by armed bandits from their farm in Gwazunu village.

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He added that a team of security operatives, promptly deployed in the scene, engaged the bandits with effective firepower.

“The bandits escaped in disarray with gunshot wounds thereby abandoning the kidnapped victims.

“All the three victims were successfully rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their families,” Enenche said.


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Delta NLC chairman kidnapped – Police confirm

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The police have confirmed the abduction of Mr Goodluck Ofobruku, Chairman of Delta chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Saturday night in Asaba.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Sunday in Asaba, said that Ofobruku was a victim of armed robbery before he was kidnapped at gunpoint.

“The incident was a case of armed robbery and abduction. The gunmen were robbing in the street when the labour leader was driving out of his home.

NLC Chairman, Delta State Chapter – Mr. Goodluck Ofobruku

“They intercepted his car and forcefully abducted him and took him to the nearby bush,” Onovwakpoyeya said.

The police spokesperson, however, said that the command had dispatched its operatives to comb the bushes and rescue the NLC chairman.

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Ofobruku was abducted at about 8 pm. on Saturday while driving out of his house behind the Immigration office on the Ibusa/Asaba road.

The Secretary of NLC in the state, Mr Innocent Ofoyade, told journalists on Sunday that Ofobruku was driving in the congress’s official Toyota Sienna space bus before he was abducted.

“The chairman was on his way out that night to get some drugs when the incident occurred. He was intercepted by the hoodlums along his street and taken away.

“We learnt this morning (Sunday) that the abductors have yet to establish contact with the victim’s family,” Ofoyade said.


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FG should provide indicted soldiers over allege kidnapping – Falana

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A Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has asked the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to produce the indicted soldiers involved in the brutal murder of three policemen over suspected kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu in court for trial.

Falana made this call on Sunday via a statement he personally issued.

The legal practitioner noted that the military’s court-martial lacks the competence to try the soldiers for terrorism offences committed against police personnel or other members of the public.

He argued that the terrorism offence allegedly carried out by the soldiers were not provided for in the Armed Forces Act.

“With respect, the offence of terrorism allegedly committed by the indicted soldiers are not provided for in the Armed Forces Act.

“To that extent, a general court-martial or special court-martial lacks the jurisdictional competence to try the offence of terrorism committed against police personnel and other members of the public by soldiers who are subject to service law.

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For the avoidance of doubt, Section 32 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended by the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013 provides that “The Federal High Court located in any part of Nigeria, regardless of the location where the offence is committed, shall have jurisdiction to (a) try offences under this Act or any other related enactment; (b) hear and determine proceedings arising under this Act,” the statement partly read.

(FILE PHOTO) Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana

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A COURT-MARTIAL LACKS THE COMPETENCE TO TRY OFFENCES OF TERRORISM

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN was reported to have said that the soldiers indicted in the brutal murder of 3 policemen who arrested a suspected kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (alias Wadume) could be tried by a court-martial. According to the Minister, “They are military personnel. First, they are to go through the in-house processes. There are two options – either to charge them before the court-martial which is a special court established by law for the trial of soldiers or in the alternative for the military after consummation of the in-house processes should consider handing them over for trial.”

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With respect, the offence of terrorism allegedly committed by the indicted soldiers are not provided for in the Armed Forces Act. To that extent, a general court-martial or special court-martial lacks the jurisdictional competence to try the offence of terrorism committed against police personnel and other members of the public by soldiers who are subject to service law. For the avoidance of doubt, Section 32 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended by the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013 provides that “The Federal High Court located in any part of Nigeria, regardless of the location where the offence is committed, shall have jurisdiction to (a) try offences under this Act or any other related enactment; (b) hear and determine proceedings arising under this Act”.

Hence, the indicted soldiers were properly charged with terrorism along with other suspects in the only competent court in the land. However, since the military authorities did not release the suspects to the Police for the purpose of arraigning them in court the learned trial judge, the Honourable Justice Binta Nyako rightly ordered the Chief of Army Staff to produce them to answer to the heinous charge of terrorism and allied offences. Even though the Attorney- General withdrew the charges against the indicted soldiers the order that they be produced in court for arraignment has not been vacated or quashed either by the trial court or the Court of Appeal. Therefore, the Attorney-General is duty-bound by to ensure full and unconditional compliance with the valid and subsisting order of the federal high court in accordance with section 287 (3) of the Constitution.

Femi Falana SAN


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Kidnap case: Court move Evans’ trial to Defender’s officer

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There’s a new twist to the ongoing trial of kidnap Kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans as an Ikeja High Court in Lagos has asked the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to take over the defence for his alleged inability to afford legal fees.

The Lagos State Attorney-General (A-G), Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) told the court on Friday that his team placed a phone call to Evans’ legal team on the last court date to enquire about the whereabouts of Evans’ counsel.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi, thereafter, noted that Evans had developed a habit of engaging the services of lawyers who according to the judge, “disappeared halfway through trial” and this has caused delays in the case.

This file photo shows Evans after he was arrested in 2017.

He is standing trial alongside four others over the alleged kidnap of Mr Donatius Dunu, the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical ltd.


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Gunmen kidnap Adamawa Governor’s brother

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Adamawa Police Command on Thursday confirmed the kidnap of Alhaji Dahiru Nyako, a brother to former governor Murtala Nyako.

SP Sulaiman Nguroje, Police Public Relations Officer confirmed that the 90-year-old victim was taken from his home in Yola.

Nguroje said that the victim was kidnapped by suspected criminals on Thursday at about 2 a.m. in his residence at Mayo – Belwa town, the headquarters of Mayo – Belwa Local Government Area.

“The command had already deployed Anti-kidnapping and Operation Farauta Squads for quick response and rescue missions,” Nguroje said.

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Meanwhile, Mayo – Belwa, Jada, Ganye and Toungo local government areas in southern Adamawa have been under siege due to the activities of kidnappers.

Alhaji Umaru Sanda, the Gangwari of Ganye Chiefdom, comprising Jada, Ganye and Toungo LGAs, recently raised alarm over the insecurity situation in his domain.

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Sanda, who is among the first-class traditional rulers in Adamawa, and large scale farmer, complained that the insecurity situation was threatening agricultural activity in the areas.

The monarch urged the people to equally cooperate with the security operatives and to report any suspicious movements or character to the nearest security post.


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Former commissioner of Edo in trouble. [Nigeria]


A former Commissioner for Sports and Local Government Council Chairman in Edo State, Hon. Egbe Ediagbonya, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.

Also said to have been kidnapped is the Director of Primary Healthcare (PHC) in the state, Dr. Monday Iraoya.

Ediagbonya was said to have been abducted on his Okada farm settlement near Utese, Ovia North East in the early hours of Saturday.

A family source said he was kidnapped between 2am and 4 am when the gunmen broke into his farm house and took him away at gunpoint.

The suspected kidnappers, it was gathered, have opened communication with his family and were asking for N15 million ransom.

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Ediagbonya was chairman of Ovia North East Local Council and later Commissioner for Sports in the administration of Adams Oshiomhole.

Director of Primary Healthcare in Owan East Local Government Area, Iraoya, was also said to have been kidnapped while travelling from Afuze to Benin to collect COVID-19 training materials.

He was reportedly kidnapped between Uhunmora and Ozalla on Friday and the kidnappers are reportedly asking for N100 million ransom.

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A family source said: “He was kidnapped on Friday, May 15, while travelling to Benin to collect training materials for COVID-19. They have contacted the family and are requesting for N100 million but we were only able to raise N900,000.”

Reacting to the incidences, Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was expecting a comprehensive briefing from the police formations in the two areas.


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Breaking: Two Kidnap Victims Rescued In Katsina. [Nigeria]

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The police have rescued two women from suspected bandits in Kurfi Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Katsina, Gambo Isah, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

He explained that the rescue operation was carried out following a distress call they received on Thursday last week.

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The bandits, numbering about 10 and armed with AK 47 rifles, were said to have stormed Sabon Layi village on motorbikes and kidnapped some women.

“Consequently, DPO Kurfi led Operation Puff Adder and vigilante group and chased the hoodlums up to Kaguwa village where they engaged the hoodlums into a gun duel,” the statement said.

According to Isah, the team succeeded and rescued the duo of Huraira Murnai (60) and Hadiza Murnai (50).

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He noted that the hoodlums escaped into the forest while the police have commenced an investigation into the attack on the village.

Meanwhile, the command’s spokesman revealed that a group of bandits blocked a feeder road leading to Dankar village in Batsari LGA where they robbed innocent villagers of their belongings on Monday.

He said a team of police operatives moved to the scene, chased, and engaged the hoodlums in a heavy gun duel.

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“Due to the superior firepower of the police, the hoodlums abandoned their mission and escaped into the nearby forest.

“In the course of the investigation, the team recovered one Assault Rifle (A.R.) loaded with 14 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition and a motorcycle Kasea, red in colour, unregistered, with Chassis No. LAELE2413KMG45286 and engine NO. 157FMI190745358 belonging to the bandits,” the statement added.


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Police rescue 2 kidnap victims in Abia. [Nigeria]

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The Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of Nigeria Police, Abia State Command headed by Johnbull Obioguru at the weekend rescued two kidnap victims at Amauzo, Okpolu Umuobo Community near Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State.

It was gathered that the hoodlums had on Wednesday at about 10 pm despite the curfew imposed by the state government as a result of COVID-19, abducted two persons along Okpolu Umuobo road near Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint Church in Osisioma Local Government Area.

The kidnapped victims were identified as Nwankwo Chinedu (male), 42, and Ndukwe Agu (male), 48, and both were abducted at the same time and place.

A source hinted that after the incident happened, the commander of SARS in the state, SP Obioguru got intelligence that the kidnappers had moved their victims to a hideout at Amauzo, Okpolu Umuobo community.

The SARS commander was said to have stormed the kidnappers’ hideout with his team.

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On sighting the SARS team, the hoodlums opened fire, the police responded and in the ensuing gun duel, two of the kidnappers sustained gun shot injuries although they escaped with the wounds, abandoning the victims in their hideout.

Police rescued the victims and when the criminals hideout was searched, a Techno cell phone suspected to belong to the hoodlums, and a RX 350 Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) belonging to one of the victims were recovered.


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[Nigeria] 2 Bandits, 10 Suspected Kidnappers Nab In Katsina.


Two notorious bandits and ten suspected kidnappers across five Local Government Areas in Katsina state have been arrested.

Before meeting their Waterloo on Thursday, the criminals were reportedly responsible for terrorising innocent citizens of the affected LGAs comprising Batsari, Faskari, Charanchi and Dutsinma including the Katsina metropolitan area.

In a press briefing held before the command headquarters on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah told reporters that one AK 49 rifle with five rounds of ammunition, unregistered Bajaj Boxer motorcycle, charms and the sum of N6,465 Naira were discovered in possession of the two bandits killed by the police.

Meanwhile, the command according to the police spokesman arrested one Sa’ad Yahaya who had allegedly attacked his father while asleep and robbed him the sum of N435,000.


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146 suspects arrested as Edo police rescue 4 kidnap victims. [Nigeria]


The Edo Police Command says it has rescued four kidnapped victims and arrested 146 suspects for various crimes in different parts of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Lawan Jimeta, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin, said that the victims and suspects were secured in the last five weeks.

Jimeta said that those rescued included one Chike Uzoe, two Dangote Group drivers kidnapped along the Benin Bye-Pass and one other person.

He said the victims, who were rescued unhurt, had since been reunited with their families.

The commissioner said that the command killed one robbery suspect and arrested 146 suspects within the period.

He explained that out of the 146 suspects, 20 were arrested for alleged kidnapping, while 69 suspects were caught for cultism.

According to the CP, 42 out of the suspects were caught for alleged robbery, one for alleged murder, two for alleged rape, six for alleged burglary and six for fraud.

He also disclosed that 18 vehicles were recovered by the command within the period under review, as well as 13 Arms, 33 ammunition, while 28 of the suspects had been charged to court.

Jimeta stressed that the command had decongested all police cells while those with bailable offences were given bail forthwith in line with the directive of the police high command.

He reiterated the command’s commitment to continue to synergize with sister security agencies as well as other security outfits and the good people of the state.

“The command urge the residents to be more vigilant and to report any clandestine activity in their domain for prompt response by the police and other security agencies,” Jimeta said.


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[Nigeria] Nasarawa police command arrest 18 kidnap suspects.


The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has arrested 18 suspects over alleged connection with the kidnap of three persons in different parts of the state.

The state Police Commissioner, Bola Longe, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Lafia.


He said there had not been any case of kidnapping in the state for a long time except recently when three persons were kidnapped in different locations in the state.

The police boss said based on intelligence reports, all the three victims were rescued alive, while the suspects were apprehended for allegedly being responsible for their abduction.


Longe explained that two of the suspects sustained injuries in the course of the arrest, as they engaged the police and tried to resist arrest.

He said: “The suspects are helping us with useful information that will lead to the arrest of other members of the gang.


“We recovered a lot of things from them, including over N1 million cash and other materials.

“We will charge them to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”


Longe assured the people of the state that the police was battle-ready for the criminal elements in the state.

He advised criminals to repent before being caught or, in the alternative, relocate from the state, assuring that the police would fish them out from their hideouts and make them to face the wrath of the law.


Longe appealed to members of the public to always provide the police with useful information about the activities of criminals to enable them sanitise the state.

NobleReporters learnt that John Mamma, the Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Local Governments, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, was recently kidnapped by gunmen.

Also kidnapped by gunmen in the state were the Education Secretary of Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Council and a Catholic priest in Garaku.

NobleReporters also learnt that the three kidnap victims had, however, been released and reunited with their families.


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Shocker: 2 Chinese expatriates missing in Nigeria.


Two Chinese expatriates working in Ebonyi State have been kidnapped.

The incident, it was learnt, happened in Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of the state.

The two men reportedly work for a mining company in the area.


The town has the largest deposit of solid minerals in the state.

The identity and motive of the kidnappers is yet to be ascertained.

The Ebonyi State police commissioner, Awosola Awotinde, confirmed the incident.

He said the police are on the trail of the kidnappers.

Details later…


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Enyimba FC star, Dayo Ojo released by abductors.


Enyimba FC star, Dayo Ojo, and Abia Comet’s Benjamin Iluyomade have been released by their abductors after they were kidnapped on Sunday.

Dayo and Benjamin were kidnapped while coming back from their teams camp on Sunday following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) due to the outbreak of the COVID-19.


They were abducted along the Benin-Owo Expressway but three days after, they were released, according to a statement from Enyimba.

“GREAT BIG NEWS!” the club also tweeted on their verified handle. “Our midfielder man, Dayo Ojo has regained freedom from his kidnappers.”

GREAT BIG NEWS!

Our midfielder man, Dayo Ojo has regained freedom from his kidnappers 💪👏

— Enyimba FC (@EnyimbaFC) March 25, 2020
Their release followed combined efforts from the Aba-based club and their families.

The duo have been reunited with their families, the club’s statement further explained.

Ojo has seven caps for the Super Eagles and featured at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) were Nigeria placed second.


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Zamfara govt. confirms abduction of district head, 2 more in Nigeria.


Zamfara Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran, has confirmed the kidnap of the District Head of Wuya in Anka Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking in Gusau on Saturday, NobleReporters learnt that Dauran said, “it is lamentable that these unrepentant bandits can still come into communities to carry out criminal activities in the state.


“It is true the district head, of Wuya, Mr Umar was kidnapped today (Saturday), and immediately on receipt of the unfortunate incident, we mobilised security personnel comprising the army and the police to the bushes in the area.

“Currently they are on trail of the criminals, I can assure you that we will catch them,” he said.


He stated that the security personnel was also supported by some repentant bandits who had earlier embraced peace.

N.Rs quotes an eye witness, Muhammadu Biyu as saying that the monarch, his son, Mannir Umar, and the Imam, Liman Murtala were kidnapped at gunpoint in a mosque during the day’s afternoon prayer by a group of bandits who entered the town on motorcycles.

He said on their arrival, the bandits went straight into the mosque while the people were observing the afternoon congregational prayers and whisked away from the victims.

The commissioner reassured the people of the state that the state government would not relent until a lasting peace was achieved in the state.


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Be prepared to defend yourself – Court tells Evans the kidnapper.


Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Courton Friday told suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans to be prepared to defend himself.

Justice Oshodi expressed dismay that Evans again and for the third time, failed to have legal representation.


“It is either you get the service of a lawyer or be prepared defend yourself”, the judge warned Evans Friday.

Evans however told the court that his people are still making efforts to secure the service of a new lawyer for him.


Evans is being prosecuted along with Uche Amadi, Okechukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Victor Chukwunonso Aduba and Ogechi Uchechukwu on two count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.

The prosecution also accused Evans and others of kidnapping Mr. Sylvanus Ahamonu and holding him hostage for at least nine weeks and collecting a ransom to the tune of USD 420,000 from his family.


He is also facing trial before two other courts for similar kidnapping charges.

When the matter came up for hearing yesterday, Evans had no legal representation.


Lawyers who announced their appearances for other defendants include Chris Obiaka for the 2nd and 3rd defendants, Mr. O. Aja, for 4th defendant while A.A Uzouku and Emmanuel Ochai appeared for 5th and 6th defendants respectively.

Justice Oshodi who was disturbed by the development warned Evans, who had changed counsel on three occasions that he will be compelled to enter defence for himself if he is not represented during the next hearing.


“It is on record that the first defendant has changed counsel three times

“If by the next hearing, the first defendant is not represented, he will be allowed to conduct proceedings on his own, this is a warning,” the judge ruled.

Justice Oshodi adjourned the case to April 3, 2020 for ruling on the no-case submission filed by other defendants.


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Katsina: Prospective corps members rescued after abduction.


The victims, three males and female, were traveling with their schoolmates from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, to Zamfara state where they were posted to for the one year mandatory NYSC scheme, when the bus they chartered from Osun state, was attacked and they were abducted.

NobleReporters learnt that the kidnappers called the families around midnight on Tuesday March 10, demanding a N10m ransom.


A father of one of the victims said the kidnappers called with the same number they used to reach him the previous day.

“I just spoke with the Commissioner of Police now and he told me that all four have been rescued. I am thankful to the police for rescuing them.

The kidnappers called again around midnight and this time, someone who could speak English was on the other end. They said I have to bring N10m for my child to be release.

But I did not pay anything and they have been rescued. I am thankful that the children are safe and they are being taken to NYSC in Katsina” the parent said.


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Policeman arrested in Adamawa over kidnap case.

… ammunition recovered


A police sergeant, Abdulrazaq Dahiru, has been arrested and kept in custody in Adamawa State for kidnapping.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Audu Madaki, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Yola, the state capital.


The arrested policeman was said to have allegedly supplied kidnappers nine live ammunition on three different occasions.

Madaki said, “The new collaboration between Adamawa State Police Command and Fulani volunteer groups to checkmate the activities of criminals in the state has started yielding results with the arrest of 71 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and rapists.


“The suspects had conspired and kidnapped people in the state and collected N3.8m as ransom.

“On March 8, 2020, while interrogating the kidnappers, one among them confessed to having been romancing with the NCO, Sgt. Abdulrazaq Dahiru.”

Items recovered from the suspects include 13 AK 47 rifles, 761 rounds of live ammunition, 18 magazines and five locally made pistols.


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Fight with us – Mother of abducted chibok girls ready to fight Boko Haram.


Aggrieved Chibok mothers have sent an open letter to some of the world’s most powerful women over the 112 of their daughters still in the Boko Haram captivity
The letter was signed by Yana Galang, Monica Stover, Hannatu Dauda, Mary Shettima, Ladi Zanna Lawan and Rebecca Samuel, on behalf of other mothers.

It was written on Sunday to commemorate the International Women’s Day 2020.


The parents urged the influential women to further intensify their efforts to ensure the release of the remaining girls.

They said their anguish had become unbearable as they did not know what has happened to the children.


The letter reads in part:

“We seek to stand upon your shoulders, to shine a light on our pain and hopelessness, to bring our plight, which has had no reprieve, before you and every mother, daughter and sister who in one way or another has fought for our daughters and for the girl child.

“On April 14th, 2014, 276 of our daughters were abducted by the Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, in Northeast Nigeria. On the way to Boko Haram’s terror enclave of Sambisa Forest, 57 of the original 276 escaped. Since then, 107 more have made it home as a result of national and international negotiations and Nigerian military/para-military intervention.


“However, today, almost six years after the abduction, 112 of our daughters remain in captivity. Our anguish is unbearable as we do not know what has happened to our children. A day does not go by without us sending up a prayer that perhaps, today, we will be reunited with our daughters.

“Our daughters are the repository of our hope. Our desire to educate them was to empower our community and change our collective lives, and reach beyond the invisible lines that poverty and culture did not allow us to cross. Our dreams are dashed and our hope deferred and the nightmare we live daily has no end.


“We lay our tears at your feet, dear Sisters, and we put our hands in yours to receive strength to rise from the shackles that have imprisoned us and our children.

“We know that as we walk through this storm, you will lift our heads and shine a light on our path knowing that when we collectively illuminate the path, all can see and see clearer too. What affects one, affects all.


“Fight with us, we beg you. Call on the governments of the world not to relent until all our daughters — including Leah Sharibu of Dapchi and every girl, woman and child held captive by Boko Haram is returned home.

The mothers thanked influential women across the globe who have shown concern and add their voice to the advocacy.


“We say your name to show our gratitude: Nancy Pelosi, Melinda Gates, Kate Middleton, Serena Williams, Joyce Banda, Aisha Buhari, Dolapo Osinbajo, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson, Taraji P. Henson, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Rihanna, Lupita Nyongo, Alicia Keys, Graca Machel.

“Ameena Gurib Fakim, Amina Mohammed, Phumzile Mlambo Ngucka, Michelle Obama, Salma Hayek, Jackson Lee, Hilary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway, Rene Zellweger, Jada Piinkett Smith, Jennifer Buffett, Isha Sesay, Chimamanda Adichie, and many others.”

Chibok community was recently attacked by Boko Haram.

Meanwhile the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) has also recently expressed worry over the recent upsurge in attacks against aid workers and civilians by Boko Haram/ISWAP.


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My boyfriend lured me – 32 year old kidnap suspect tells Police


A 32-YEAR-old woman identified as Hassana Bala has been arrested by police in Niger State for attempting to kidnap a 23-year-old man, Umar Sarkin Turaku of Kawo village in Kontagora Local Government Area of the state.

Hassana had sent threatening phone calls to Turaku asking him to pay a ransom of N5 million or risk being kidnapped.


Luck, however, ran out of the mother of two when Turaku reported the phone calls to the police who traced and arrested Hassana.

Speaking to newsmen when she was paraded in Minna, Hassana said that it was her boyfriend who introduced her to kidnapping, adding that her part is usually to make threatening phone calls to the people and arrange where the money would be dropped while the other members of the gang would pick up the money.

She said, “After separating from my husband, I got a man friend who introduced me to this wicked act and that was how I started the kidnapping business.

“Since I left my husband my life has changed for the worse,” she said, and then asked for forgiveness. Police spokesman Muhammad Abubakar said the matter would be charged to court after investigation.


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Insecurities: Six Abducted In Calabar In 10 Days


Kidnappers seem to have set their sights on Calabar metropolis, as gunmen are reported to have abducted for ransom six people in ten days.

One of the abducted, David Ugwu, a lecturer at the University of Calabar, was reportedly whisked away from his residence along Atimbo. Another victim, Maurice Archibong, an accounting staff with the Nigerian Chronicle Newspaper, was kidnapped by gunmen last Sunday night, while Chief Desmond Oko, an Igbo businessman, was picked up on last Tuesday night.

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Another Igbo businessman, popularly known as ‘Champion’, and his brother were kidnapped at Garden Street last Wednesday night.

Champion’s brother was kidnapped when he went with a ransom sum to free his brother. The hoodlums had collected the ransom, released Champion and then detained the brother asking for more money.


It was learnt that an unidentified Calabar socialite was kidnapped on Saturday, February 22 at Efio-Ete axis in Calabar municipality about 9:00 pm.

A witness, Eno Emmanuel, said the abductors had traced the victim to a bar at Efio-Ete where they hid around, striking soon as the victim entered his car.


Eno, who sells oranges around the junction, said: “We just heard a gunshot and we thought they were robbers because most times they just shoot and carry something and zoom off. But this one was different. They just carried one man and took off.”

With regards to Champion, family sources revealed that he and his brother had been released after paying N3.5 million in ransom, while Chief Desmond was released Saturday night after paying about N2 million to his abductors.


The abductors of the accounting staff at Chronicle Newspaper, Maurice Archibong, have reportedly contacted the family and demanded N1.5 million as ransom for his release.

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As for the lecturer, his abductors are demanding for N15 million.


Narrating his ordeal, one of the victims said: “It is a terrible experience and these boys are operating freely. Calabar has become very unsafe for business and leisure. How can they carry human beings in a car and beat all the security checkpoints and carry somebody to the creeks?

“These boys kidnap every day and some victims die in the process. Please, we plead with the government to do something about this state of insecurity in Calabar.”


Meanwhile, some top Igbo businessmen are said to have sent a delegation to the Akwa Ibom government to allocate some parcel of land where they can build shops, as Cross River is said to have become too insecure for business.

Sources close to the Igbo community leadership in the state disclosed that they have had a series of meetings in recent days, advising Igbo businessmen to relocate their businesses to more secure states.


The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the latest kidnapping incident.

She said, “I am aware that somebody has been kidnapped but I have not been briefed by the anti-kidnapping squad if at all the matter has been reported to the squad.”

But a top security officer, who pleaded anonymity, blamed the increase in kidnapping and robbery on a lack of funds and operational vehicles.

The officer said: “We have heightened security challenges in the state. This is because the governor is not funding security agencies as other governors do. So we cannot fight crime alone. We need support from the state for enforcement.”


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