Suspected herdsmen kidnap nine travelers in Ondo; demand N100 million ransom from their families

Nine persons traveling from Lagos to Abuja have been abducted by suspected herdsmen along lsua highway in Akoko South East area of Ondo State.   A family member of one of the victims, Bamidele Ojo, who confirmed this to Vanguard, said the victims were on board a Toyota Sienna space bus when they were ambushed by the suspected herdsmen.  The victims were allegedly marched into the forest by their abductors after their vehicle was stopped on the highway.   Bamidele said the abductors have reached out to the families of the abducted travelers and are…

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Taraba ‘kidnap kingpin’ Wadume and six others arraigned for ‘terrorism’

Suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala aka Wadume was on Monday June 8 arraigned before before a Federal High Court in Abuja.   Wadume was arraigned alongside Aliyu Dadje (a police Inspector), Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu) Bashir Waziri (aka Baba Runs), Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) and Rayyanu Abdul on amended charge of 13 counts bordering on terrorism, kidnapping and related offences.   Though the case was initiated through a 16-count charge filed on January 21 this year, by Simon Lough (an Assistant Commissioner of Police) in the…

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17-year-old girl arrested for staging her kidnap with the help of her butcher boyfriend

A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for faking her own kidnap in Ogun State.   The girl identified as Seun Adekunle was arrested alongside her 25-year-old boyfriend, Basit Olasunkanmi, after her mom, Bukky Adekunle, reported at Enugada police division on the 4th of June 2020 that she sent her daughter to Lafenwa market on the 1st of June 2020 and she has not been seen since then.   The mother disclosed that she received a call from someone two days later and the caller claimed to have kidnapped her daughter.…

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Kidnap kingpin killed in Rivers state, large cache of arms recovered

The Rivers State Police command has confirmed the death of Samuel Naakpo, a suspected notorious kidnapper and leader of a gang terrorizing the East-West axis of Ogoni-Uyo road.   Spokesman of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni said detectives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit attached to Operation Sting of the Command who acted on an intelligence they received, killed the suspect who was trying to escape from a raid on his hideout inside a forest in Ogu-Bolo Local Government Area of the state.   The police officer recovered one GMP No NN 07150, two G-3 rifles and other ammunitions…

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Teacher arrested for allegedly spreading fake news on kidnap of Kaduna Doctor’s wife and children

A 34-year old female teacher identified as Grace Ibrahim has been arrested by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team, Force Headquarters of the Nigeria Police for allegedly spreading false information on the abduction of Dr Philip Ataga’s wife and two children in Kaduna State.   Grace was accused of being responsible for rumours of a policeman being involved in the kidnap of the Kaduna doctor’s family members. She reportedly claimed that one of the children identified a neighbour who is a policeman, as the person that ordered the shooting of their mother.   Upon…

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