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Herders Receive N15m Ransom After Kidnapping Farmers In Lagos
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Herders Receive N15m Ransom After Kidnapping Farmers In Lagos

Suspected herders were paid N15 million in ransom after kidnapping two farmers in Shalabo village, located between Isiwu and Imota areas of Lagos state. TheCable understands that the victims were abducted last week Tuesday on their farm. It was gathered that the owner of the Ikorodu Integrated Farm had just returned to the country from the UK and visited the farm with his brother, where they were both kidnapped. The kidnappers first demanded a ransom of N10 million but later increased it to N20 million — before a middle ground of N15 million was reached. “The abductors attacked the farm with sophisticated weapons, leading to commotion and everyone scampering for safety. The victims were eventually kidnapped and after some time, their abductors contacted one of the family me...
Ransom Payments Encourages Kidnapping – Buhari
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Ransom Payments Encourages Kidnapping – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said ransom payments would continue to prosper kidnapping. He said: “The time has come to reverse, completely, the grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping”. Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, urged the police and the military to go after kidnappers and bring them to justice. He expressed “overwhelming joy” over the release of abducted schoolgirls of Zamfara State, saying “I join the families and people of Zamfara State in welcoming and celebrating the release of these traumatized female students.” Buhari, who said he was excited that their ordeal came to a happy end without any incident, noted that “being held in captivity is an agonizing experience not only for the victims, but also their families and all of us...
Zamfara kidnap: FG must implement plans to stop further attacks – CDD
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Zamfara kidnap: FG must implement plans to stop further attacks – CDD

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has expressed relief on the release of kidnapped 317 students of the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe in Talata Local Government Area of Zamfara State. The CDD Director, Idayat Hassan in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, stressed that the Federal Government must map plans to curtail further attack and child right violation. Hassan also urged the government and relevant authorities to work together and map out workable strategies that would ensure that every child is protected in his or her quest to seek development and learning. According to him, the Federal Government ought to make efforts to ensure that all abductees in captivity are released without succumbing to any form of amnesty or ransom. “CDD fi...
Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks
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Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, says with the spate of kidnapping during the Buhari-led administration, he wonders when Nigeria itself will be abducted. According to Ozekhome, compared to 214 Chibok schoolgirls missing under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the situation has worsened with 807 school pupils kidnapped by criminals under the Buhari administration. The human rights lawyer while reacting to the spate of kidnappings, said “What the government does not still seem to understand is that because it has failed to give security and welfare to the Nigerian people as provided for in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, ethnic nationalism is fast rising in a way that ethnic groups and the various nationalities in the Nigerian contraption...
No Ransom Was Paid to Rescue Kagara Students – Niger state Governor, Abubakar Bello says
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No Ransom Was Paid to Rescue Kagara Students – Niger state Governor, Abubakar Bello says

The governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has said that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the Kagara schoolboys and their teachers from their abductors. Bandits dressed in military uniform stormed the Government Science College Kagara on February 17 and abducted 27 students, three teachers and 12 members of their family. All were released on Saturday February 27. Speaking to journalists after receiving the students in his office, the governor said; “There was no ransom. We, however, incurred a lot of logistics because we had to involve so many groups even the logistics to bring them, and to settle the stakeholders. I’m referring to security agencies, our local vigilantes, our traditional rulers and other stakeholders” he said
Jangebe abduction: “We Will Not Succumb To Blackmail” – Buhari Warns Bandit
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Jangebe abduction: “We Will Not Succumb To Blackmail” – Buhari Warns Bandit

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the latest abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State as inhumane and totally unacceptable, sending out a strong warning to bandits and their sponsors. Reacting to the incident on Friday, President Buhari said that "this administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments." According to the President: Our primary objective is to get all the school hostages safe, alive and unharmed. We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields ...
Kidnapped Adamawa FC Driver Finally Freed
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Kidnapped Adamawa FC Driver Finally Freed

The driver of Adamawa United Football Club who was kidnapped last weekend has finally been released. Kabiru Mohammed was released around 11.30pm on Wednesday, February, 24, according to The Nation Mr. Kabiru was reportedly kidnapped along Benin-Ore-Lagos road when the team bus was attacked by gunmen on Saturday, February 20, at round 6.30am, along the Benin-Ore-Lagos highway. The gunmen were said to have taken money and phones from players and officials of the team before abducting the driver. The football team had been on their way for a football clash with MFM Football Club, Lagos, on a week 11 NPFL fixture. After the driver was kidnapped, the kidnappers demanded a ransom of N50 million. Permanent Secretary of the Adamawa State Ministry of Youths and Sports, Alhaji ...
Kidnappers Kill Kaduna Businessman after Collecting N5m Ransom
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Kidnappers Kill Kaduna Businessman after Collecting N5m Ransom

The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested five members of a kidnap syndicate, who allegedly killed their victim after collecting N5m ransom from his family. Spokesperson of the command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, February 24, said the kidnap syndicate had abducted one Alhaji Ahmadu, a Kaduna resident last December. The suspects were said to have contacted the victim's brother, who subsequently paid a total of N5 million to secure the release of Ahmadu. However, they went ahead and killed the victim after collecting ransom. "On 30th December, 2020 the Kaduna Police Command was in receipt of a complaint through DPO Panbeguwa from one Abdullahi Salihu 'M' a resident of Panbeguwa village alleging that on the 9th December, 2020 his elder...
21 Passengers Abducted in Niger State Have Been Released
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21 Passengers Abducted in Niger State Have Been Released

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has announced the release of the abducted 21 passengers of Niger State Mass Transit bus. He announced their release on Twitter on Sunday, February 21. The 21 passengers were abducted by the bandits, while traveling from Kontagora to Minna on 14 February. On 17 February, the RPG wielding bandits released video and photos of the captives, threatening to kill them. Governor Bello did not indicate whether a ransom was paid to get the captives released. ''We are pleased to announce to the general public the release of the NSTA passengers abducted a week ago while returning to Minna along the Minna-Zungeru road.''his tweet read
Kagara Abduction: Lai Mohammed Denies The Payment Of N800m To Bandits
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Kagara Abduction: Lai Mohammed Denies The Payment Of N800m To Bandits

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, said the Federal Government won’t pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara. He stated this today while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ monitored by The PUNCH. There have been unconfirmed reports circulating on social media that the government had paid a huge amount of money to secure the release of the Kagara abductees. But when asked on Saturday whether the government had paid ransom or was considering the payment of ransom, the minister said, “No.” Mohammed added, “We employ kinetic and non-kinetic (measures), you don’t throwaway invitation to engage but the overall strategy you keep to your chest.” The minister ...
Bandits Abduct Kaduna Iman on his Way to a Wedding in Niger State
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Bandits Abduct Kaduna Iman on his Way to a Wedding in Niger State

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted the Chief Imam of Rigachikun Mosque, Kaduna, Sheikh Mohammed Saminu Adam, on his way to attend a wedding ceremony in Niger State.x According to Daily Trust, the Islamic scholar and other travellers were abducted on Thursday evening, February 18,  along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Highway. It was gathered that the Imam was travelling in a commercial vehicle with other travellers when their vehicle came under attack. The secretary to the Council of Imams and Ulamas, Kaduna State branch, Ustaz Yusuf Al’rigassiyu, who confirmed the incident said the council was informed about the abduction. "Yes, we heard about it because he was our member and we are told that they bandits abducted him along Birnin Gwari area,” he said. A resident of Rigach...
Gunmen Abduct Man Taking his Sick 8-year-old Daughter to Hospital in Kwara, Demand N30m Ransom
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Gunmen Abduct Man Taking his Sick 8-year-old Daughter to Hospital in Kwara, Demand N30m Ransom

Kidnappers of 46-year-old tipper lorry owner in Ilorin, Kwara State, Alhaji Musa Garba Atere, have demanded N30 million ransom from his family for his release. It was gathered that Atere was kidnapped around 6:00 am on Tuesday, February 9, along Ogundele/Madi road in Ilorin West Local Government Area. He was said to be on his way to the General Hospital, Ilorin along with his wife and his eight-year-old daughter who is critically sick and needed urgent medical attention when they were ambushed by the gunmen. A family source, who confirmed the incident to Nigerian Tribune, said the abductors later called his wife demanding for ransom. "They insisted that N30 million must be paid before her husband could get freedom from their captivity." the source said. While narrati...
Woman, two Others Arrested for Kidnapping in Delta
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Woman, two Others Arrested for Kidnapping in Delta

Police have arrested a female cook and two men in connection with the kidnapping of one Emmanuel Piopio, at Agbarho in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State. It was gathered that kidnappers ambushed the victim last Sunday along Ekwerhe road and whisked him away to an unknown destination in his Lexus ES350 saloon car with registration number KWL 663 BB. It was said that the hoodlums later contacted one of his family members demanding ransom for his release. A senior police officer at the Agbarho police station, who confirmed the arrest and subsequent rescue of the victim to Vanguard on Tuesday, February 9, gave the names of the two male suspects as; Ogaga Champion from Ododegho community and Evans Emogariemu from Oruorakpo community all in Ughelli North local gover...
Adamu Uwar, Notorious Kidnapper Arrested While Collecting Ransom In Plateau
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Adamu Uwar, Notorious Kidnapper Arrested While Collecting Ransom In Plateau

Operations Safe Haven (OPSH) has arrested a suspected kidnap kingpin, Adamu Uwar, who allegedly abducted a woman in Plateau state. The Commander of the OPSH, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, who paraded the suspects alongside others on Friday, said Uwar had lured one Zuwaria Mohammed, to Guratop in Rayfield area of Jos North under the pretence that he had some goods to sell to her. When she arrived, he held her captive, contacted her husband, Rabiu Mohammed and demanded a ransom of 2 million naira from for her release. The victim's husband reported the matter to OPSH and was advised to agree to pay the ransom.  The victim "The husband reported to the OPSH and was advised to agree to pay the ransom and a collection point was agreed. Own troops stormed the location, arre...
Kidnappers kill US-based Edo prince after payment of N10m ransom
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Kidnappers kill US-based Edo prince after payment of N10m ransom

Kidnappers have killed an Atlanta, Georgia-based Nigerian man, Prince Eloniyo Dennis Abuda, after payment of N10m ransom to secure his release and that of other family members.   The decomposing body of Abuda was found in a bush near the small town of Agbanikaka, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, February 2, four days after he was kidnapped.     The businessman who came into the country for the Christmas celebration was abducted alongside some family members on Saturday, January 30, 2021, along the Benin-Akure road on his way to Lagos from Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government near Agbanikaka.   A woman who was travelling with him to Lagos to catch a flight back to the United States was also kidnapped.   ...
Kidnapped Benue Businessman Found Dead
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Kidnapped Benue Businessman Found Dead

Okoh Enejor, the  Benue businessman who was kidnapped by suspected herdsmen last week has been found dead around a forest location in Odokpo village, Okpokwu local government area. The body of the deceased who was waylaid along Odokpo/Ichama road while returning from one of the herdsmen settlements in the area where he bought three cows, was found after relations and friends paid N2 million ransom to his kidnappers. The Nation reported that Odokpo is a boundary village between Ado and Okpokwu local government councils in Benue, and it hosts a number of herdsmen settlements
20-Year-Old Man Kidnaps Father, Collects N2m Ransom From Family Members
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20-Year-Old Man Kidnaps Father, Collects N2m Ransom From Family Members

The Nigeria Police on Wednesday, paraded a 20-year old man, Abubakar Amodu, for arranging with a gang to kidnap his father and collect a ransom of N2 million. Amodu was one of 25 suspects paraded by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, for various offences in Abuja. The suspect, who was arrested with other members of the gang, said he worked with his father on the farm rearing cattle. According to him, his father eventually gave him 15 cows and he left home. He said he got friendly with members of a gang, who told him that his father was rich, and should be kidnapped for money. He confessed to arranging with the gang to successfully carry out the abduction and eventually get N200, 000 as his share. Also paraded was one Abubakar Liyu, a security guard with A...
Kidnappers Kill Oyo Farmer, Wole Agboola After Collecting N2m Ransom
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Kidnappers Kill Oyo Farmer, Wole Agboola After Collecting N2m Ransom

Abducted Oyo farmer, Wole Agboola has been killed by kidnappers after collecting a ransom of N2m from his family. Six armed men dressed in military camouflage abducted the University of Ibadan graduate on his piggery/fish farm located at Nagbede village via Aba-odo in Oyo on Monday, December 28, 2020. The decomposing remains of Agboola were recovered from the bush in Aba-Odo on Monday, January 11, by the police a few miles from where he was abducted. A brother to the deceased, Olakunle Agboola, also a journalist, who confirmed the development, said his brother was killed and his body found 10 days after the ransom was paid by the family. "My brother, Wole Agboola was killed after a huge ransom was paid and we later found his body inside the bush near Aba Odo yesterday (Mond...
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Police Lied About Rescue Claims, We Paid N2m Ransom ― Kidnapped Couple

A couple, Mr and Mrs Gbenga Ibikunle who were abducted along Uso – Owo highway in Ondo state have narrated how their abductors collected N2m cash along the highway before releasing them. Recall that the couple who travelled to the wife’s home town in Ebonyi state with their three children were heading back to the state when they were kidnapped. While the couple were marched into the thick forest by the gunmen, their three children and the Lexus Jeep were abandoned on the highway. They were released after spending three days in the kidnapper’s den. Police PRO Tee Leo lkoro had claimed that two suspects were arrested after combing the forest by joint security operatives after the abductors demanded N2m ransom. But while narrating their ordeal to newsmen in Akure, the husband,...
Our Kidnappers Spoke Fulfulde, Collected N4.5m Ransom – Kaduna PFN Chairman, Emmanuel Bako
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Our Kidnappers Spoke Fulfulde, Collected N4.5m Ransom – Kaduna PFN Chairman, Emmanuel Bako

On Christmas Day, Nigerians received the disturbing news of the abduction of the Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Apostle Emmanuel Bako, and his wife, Cinty. They were released after 48 hours but not without paying N4.5m ransom, contrary to the claim by the police that the couple was rescued. In this interview with GODWIN ISENYO, the cleric talks about the experience On December 25, 2020, Nigerians received the sad news that you and your wife were kidnapped by some gunmen. How did it happen? I was in the house on the fateful day; I didn’t know these kidnappers were already operating on the road. They had a clash with the police but I didn’t know. I was coming out to re-park my car. So, it was later on they told me they thought that I knew about eithe...
“Stop Paying Ransom To Kidnappers” SSG Tell Katsina Residents
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“Stop Paying Ransom To Kidnappers” SSG Tell Katsina Residents

The Secretary Government of Katsina State, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, has called on residents of the state, especially family, friends and associates of those Kidnapped to stop paying ransom as some of the measures needed to checkmate activities of kidnappers in the state. Mustapha is the Head of Amnesty Committee constituted by the state government, gave the warning while answering questions on how to stop kidnapping and banditry in the state. “Another important issue that the government will need to do is to sensitise the populace of the implication of paying ransom. Once ransom will continue to be paid, these people will find it very difficult to stop their crime, because in a situation where you kidnap somebody and receive millions of Naira me what they will do to end this morn...
Gunmen kidnap Edo councilor
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Gunmen kidnap Edo councilor

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted Israel Ejiro Inyanabor, a councillor representing Ewohimi Ward One in Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State.   The incident happened along Ewatto-Ubiaja-Okhuesan Road near Ena River in Esan South-East LGA of the state on Wednesday, December 2.   It was gathered that suspected bandits abducted a teacher, Mr Aluola and his wife from the same spot by suspected bandits on Monday and are asking for N15 million as ransom from the family before they would be released.   A resident of Ewohimi, Festus Ehigiator, who confirmed the latest kidnap, said the councillor was driving along Ewatto-Ubiaja-Okhuesan Road when the gunmen suddenly emerged from a nearby bush and opened fire.   He said the soun...
Kidnapped Chinese Expatriate Released After Payment Of N100m Ransom In Ekiti
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Kidnapped Chinese Expatriate Released After Payment Of N100m Ransom In Ekiti

The Chinese expatriate, who was abducted by some unknown gunmen in Ado-Ekiti, has regained freedom, after payment of N100m ransom. The Chinese, simply identified as Wang, was one of the Engineers handling the dualisation of the new Ado-Iyin road. He was abducted last Friday evening at the site by gunmen who also killed a policeman attached to him. He was released by his abductors after five days in captivity. A source close to the road construction company said the abductee was released around 11 pm on Tuesday after payment of N100 million ransom. He explained while the ransom was collected at a place in Kwara state, the expatriate was released around Ilawe-Igede road in Ekiti state. According to him, “The Chinese was released very late yesterday (Tuesday) after payme...
Manchester United Held Ransom For Millions Of Pounds By Cyberhackers Who Hacked Into The Club’s IT Systems
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Manchester United Held Ransom For Millions Of Pounds By Cyberhackers Who Hacked Into The Club’s IT Systems

Premier League side, Manchester United are reportedly being held to ransom ‘for millions of pounds’ by cyber hackers who hacked into the club’s IT systems. The Red Devils confirmed in a statement that they were the victims of a “sophisticated operation by organised criminals”. A club statement read: “Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems. “The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimise the ongoing IT disruption. “Although this is a sophisticated operation by organised cyber criminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this eventuality. “Our cyber defences identified...
Why I Refused To Pay Ransom To Nigerian Kidnappers – Trump
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Why I Refused To Pay Ransom To Nigerian Kidnappers – Trump

America President Donald Trump explains why he refused to pay ransom To Terrorist Who Kidnapped An American In Nigeria. Instead he sent Navy SEAL To rescue the American hostage in Nigeria. An American hostage is safe and in the care of the US State Department, the Pentagon said Saturday, after a successful early morning rescue operation by US special forces in northern Nigeria. The hostage, Philip Nathan Walton, was abducted by armed kidnappers in southern Niger on Tuesday this week; his captors reportedly demanded a ransom of more than $1 million for his freedom. According to the Washington Post, Walton, 27, was rescued by members of the elite Seal Team 6. No US troops were harmed in the rescue, and the New York Times reports that all but one of the kidnappers were killed. ...
Kidnappers of retired U.S Army officer demand N20m ransom
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Kidnappers of retired U.S Army officer demand N20m ransom

The kidnappers of a retired United States of America Army officer, Major Jide Ijadare, have demanded a sum of N20 million for his release.   Recall that gunmen abducted Ijadare and one of his staff on Tuesday, September 15, around 2:05 pm at his palm-oil producing factory located along Ijan-Ise road in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government area of Ekiti State. A man identified as a contractor with the factory was shot.   A family source who confirmed the development to journalists on Wednesday, said that the abductors had contacted one of them and demanded the huge sum as ransom.   "Yes, they contacted one of the family members this morning(Wednesday)  and made that demand. Though, the matter had been reported to the police since life was involved and they a...
Bandits Kill DSS Officer, Sadiq Abdullahi After Receiving N5m Ransom In Katsina
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Bandits Kill DSS Officer, Sadiq Abdullahi After Receiving N5m Ransom In Katsina

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed a 33-year-old operative of the Department of State Services, Sadiq Abdullahi Bindawa, despite receiving N5m as ransom. The late Bindawa, who worked with the intelligence department of the service in Abuja, was kidnapped alongside his four-year-old son on Saturday at his residence behind Federal Secretariat in Katsina metropolis. According to a source, the bandits demanded N5m 48 hours after his abduction, which was raised by his family members and colleagues. The money was taken to Charanchi area of the state on Sunday and the negotiators were told to go and receive him in Kurfi town on Monday morning. “But when they got to Kurfi as agreed, they met his dead body with multiple gunshots on his head, ears and back. He was buried this mor...
Moment footballer Enner Valencia sister is rescued from Ecuadorian jungle after being held for 11 days by kidnappers in £1.5m ransom bid
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Moment footballer Enner Valencia sister is rescued from Ecuadorian jungle after being held for 11 days by kidnappers in £1.5m ransom bid

Erci Valencia Lastra, the sister of the former Premier League star who played for both West Ham and Everton in England, was kidnapped in the city of Quito, in the northern Ecuadorian province of Pichincha on August 17. She was later rescued in a jungle located near the city of San Lorenzo, in the north-western Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas last Friday, August 28. According to an official press statement by Ecuadorian police, heavily armed men stormed her house and after attacking the whole family and stealing various items, they took the woman away. Her husband reportedly managed to escape by jumping into a nearby river during the attack. During a press conference, the head of the kidnapping unit of the National Police, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Herrera, said the intenti...
Thunderstorm Kills 18 Kidnappers While Sharing Ransom In Adamawa
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Thunderstorm Kills 18 Kidnappers While Sharing Ransom In Adamawa

A thunderstorm has killed 18 suspected kidnappers at a forest in Adamawa State. Sources said the men of the underworld were sharing ransom money they got from their victims when the thunder struck them. The incident occurred within the Toungo Local Government Area of the state, local sources said. Toungo is a town and local government area in the southern part of Adamawa State on the Nigeria-Cameroon border. “The bandits, it was gathered, had collected over N20 million from their wealthy victims between Koncha in Cameroon and Toungo in Nigeria,” a source in Toungo said. According to the source, the suspected kidnappers met their end because angry victims went spiritual against them. “Angered by incessant attacks by the kidnappers, community leaders and victims consult...
Nasarawa CAN Chairman regains Freedom From Kidnappers
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Nasarawa CAN Chairman regains Freedom From Kidnappers

Bishop Joseph Masin, the Chairman of the Nasarawa State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN ) has regained freedom after being kidnapped on May 27. LIB reported earlier that the gunmen who stormed his residence at Bukan Sidi area of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital had demanded a N20m ransom for his release. One of the CAN Chairman’s sons, Pastor Sam Joseph who confirmed that his father has been released said he arrived home around 2am on Sunday May 31. He said; “The Bishop was released around 11 pm on Saturday and arrived home around 2am this Sunday.” It is however not clear if a ransom was paid to secure the CAN Chairman's freedom.
“N50 Million Ransom Was Paid To Secure My Release” – Bauchi Governor’s Brother
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“N50 Million Ransom Was Paid To Secure My Release” – Bauchi Governor’s Brother

The elder brother of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, Alhaji Adamu Mohammed Duguri, has recounted his ordeals in the hands of kidnappers. He declared that N50 million ransom was paid to secure his release. Duguri, who regained freedom after spending 13 days in kidnappers’ den, said security agents had no hand in his release contrary to belief that he was rescued by security personnel in the state. The Nation reports Duguri was kidnapped on March 26 about 7:20pm by four gunmen at a tailoring shop at the Unguwar Jaki area of Bauchi metropolis. The gunmen, who were said to be armed with AK 47 rifles, whisked him to an unknown destination. But the Police Public Relations Officer (P.P.R.O) of the Bauchi State Police Command, DSP Kamal Abubakar, confirmed his release to...
Edo commissioner’s abductors contact family
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Edo commissioner’s abductors contact family

The kidnappers of Edo State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Emmanuel Agbale, Vanguard gathered last night, have contacted the family. A source said the kidnappers told the family that the commissioner was in their custody, and were said to have begun negotiations on his possible release. However, the source, who is close to the family, did not disclose what ransom the kidnappers were demanding. “They have contacted the family and are talking. The family members were even allowed to speak with the commissioner to be sure he is alive, but they are talking,” he told Vanguard. The police, on its part, said they have deployed men of several departments, including anti-kidnapping and other special squads, on the trail of the kidnappers. “We have deployed men from vari...
Suspected Herdsmen Kill Former Governorship Aspirant in Rivers State
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Suspected Herdsmen Kill Former Governorship Aspirant in Rivers State

Soalabo West, a former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has been killed by suspected herdsmen after being kidnapped at his poultry farm at Aluu back of OPM in Port Harcourt on March 12. It was gathered that two days into his abduction, the suspected herdsmen contacted his family and demanded a N30 million ransom. The demand was reviewed downward to N2.5 million. But the ex-guber aspirant was killed by his captors after they allegedly failed to get the sum. Corpse of the deceased who is from Abonema in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, was discovered at a bush along Eleka pipeline, Port Harcourt and pictorial evidence revealed he was brutally killed. The decomposing corpse of the popular lawyer and promo...
Zamfara Police Save Kidnapped Nigerien Citizen
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Zamfara Police Save Kidnapped Nigerien Citizen

Zamfara State police command says it has rescued a Nigerien citizen that was kidnapped by bandits from Niger Republic and brought to Nigeria . The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said the command was notified that a white Nigerien was seen on a motorcycle with gunmen along Zamfara – Sokoto border . “As the information was received, armed policemen were deployed to comb the axis and into the forest to rescue him.” he said. He further stated that repentant bandits were used by the police to search for the kidnapped Nigerien citizen. Shehu noted that after two days of intensive search in the forest, the victim was discovered in the hands of the bandits and was rescued and brought to Gusau, the state capital . The state police spokesman explained th...
Abducted Benue Catholic Priest Regains Freedom
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Abducted Benue Catholic Priest Regains Freedom

Rev. Fr. David Echioda, a priest of Catholic Diocese of Otukpo, who was abducted on March 1 in Ado Local Government Area of Benue state, has regained his freedom. Spokesperson of the command, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the development in Makurdi, said that the priest regained freedom on Tuesday night, adding that no ramson was paid for his release.   Recall Fr. Echioda, who is attached to Minor Seminary, Otukpo, was kidnapped along Alla - Akpa Road while returning from Sunday mass at Utonkon, Ado Local Government Area of the state.
Kidnapped Nigerians Who Paid Ransom Can Demand Refund From FG – Falana
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Kidnapped Nigerians Who Paid Ransom Can Demand Refund From FG – Falana

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, Wednesday, called on Nigerians paying a ransom to secure freedom for their abducted loved ones to feel free to approach the courts to compel the federal government to refund same because, in his words, “the responsibility for protecting lives and properties lies squarely with the government.” Falana disclosed this yesterday at the 18th Anti-Corruption Situation Room, ACSR, organized by the HEDA Resource Centre in partnership with the McArthur Foundation. The senior advocate who was the keynote speaker at the event also flayed anti-graft agencies in the land for what he called the selective prosecution of corrupt cases; a development he stressed, makes winning the fight against corruption difficult. Falana said: “If a family pays a ransom to secu...
Bandits Release Zamfara District Head after Payment of N5 million, Demand two Brand new Motorbikes as Ransom for his son
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Bandits Release Zamfara District Head after Payment of N5 million, Demand two Brand new Motorbikes as Ransom for his son

The District Head of Gayari in Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Muhammad Gayari, abducted by gunmen last Friday, has regained his freedom after payment of N5 million ransom. The District Head and his son were last Friday kidnapped by suspected bandits in his residence in Gayari town of Gummi Local Government Area of the state. A source who confirmed the development to Daily Trust, said that the release by the gunmen came after days of painstaking negotiations on the amount to be paid as ransom. “They demanded for N40 million, which they slashed to N16 million, and finally N5 million was paid as ransom.However, they held on to his son demanding for delivery of two new brand motorbikes before they could release the son of the district head,” he said. ...
Kidnappers Free Nasarawa Student a Week after She was Abducted
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Kidnappers Free Nasarawa Student a Week after She was Abducted

A student, Hauwa Kana, who was abducted by kidnappers in Nasarawa, Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, has regained freedom after paying ransom. It was gathered that Kana, a 300 level Veterinary Medicine student of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUS) was  kidnapped on Saturday, January 18 around 3 noon, along Mararaba-Edege road on her way back to Nasarawa. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of N10 million for her release and later reduced it to N5 million. Her cousin Eng. Muhammad confirmed the release on Thursday, January 23,  but didn't say how much ransom was finally paid.
Man Arrested For Pretending To Be Kidnapper Of Ondo Missing Child To Get Ransom
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Man Arrested For Pretending To Be Kidnapper Of Ondo Missing Child To Get Ransom

An Ondo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Akure, on Monday, ordered the remand of a man, Chibuzor Ejike, in a correctional centre for making fraudulent claims. Ejike was arrested last week in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for claiming to be the abductor of a boy, Gold Kolawole, who went missing on the premises of the Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Akure. He allegedly sent a text message to the wife of the church’s founder, Mrs Bisola Babatunde, demanding the sum of N800,000 as ransom for the release of Gold. Gold, who went missing during a service in the church on Sunday, November 10, 2019, has not been found, while the founder of the church, Alfa Babatunde, is standing trial at a magistrates’ court over the boy’s disappearance. The 39-year-old Ejike was arraigned before the ...
Police Arrest Kidnapper Who Collected $15,000 Ransom In Bitcoins
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Police Arrest Kidnapper Who Collected $15,000 Ransom In Bitcoins

The Nigerian Police Force, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command says it has arrested the main suspect behind the first-of-its-kind kidnap incident involving an exchange of $15,000 worth of bitcoins as ransom payment. However, PRNigeria investigation revealed that this is coming as security sources are beginning to point accusing fingers on the victim’s family members, domestic staff and other relatives who are believed to be deeply involved in these kidnapping incidences. Recall that a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Umar Ardo, was in September 2019 forced to pay $15,000 in bitcoins to get his daughter, Ms Aisha Umar, freed by kidnappers. During his weekly security updates at the weekend, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, revealed that the suspect, one ...
‘I Used Ransom From My Victims To Sponsor My Wife’s Education – Kidnapper
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‘I Used Ransom From My Victims To Sponsor My Wife’s Education – Kidnapper

Suspected Kidnapper arrested on Tuesday, 15th October by the Otunba Gani Adams -led Oodua people’s congress. The suspected kidnapper is identified as Taofeek Lawal, said he hailed from Osogbo, Osun State. He also confessed that he used the ransom he gets from the kidnapping to sponsor his wife’s education in the higher institutions in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Lawal also confessed that his targets are children between the ages of 4 and 6, and he collects N100,000 for ransom of each child. According to him, he has other 15 men that work with the politicians and town leaders and they call him whenever his assistance was needed. “I have built two houses, a mosque, and a church”, he added. Lawal also revealed his parents are aware of what he does. The suspect further said that he...
Abducted Oyo ASUP Leaders Regain Freedom From Fulani Kidnappers, Pays N5m Ransom
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Abducted Oyo ASUP Leaders Regain Freedom From Fulani Kidnappers, Pays N5m Ransom

The five kidnapped leaders of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics in Oyo State have regained freedom on Saturday night. The police Public Relations Officer, Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, told our correspondent that he was yet to be briefed of the development as at the time of filing this report. But sources said they were allegedly released after payment of five million naira ransom. A source from the institution told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that the abducted leaders regained freedom after the payment of the said ransom. The ASUP Chairman, Opadijo Oluyide, his Secretary, Mr. Gbenga Alayande and three others were kidnapped on Thursday night while returning from Saki, in Oke Ogun area of the state. The union leaders had attended the Joint Action Committee of union...
Lady Kidnaps Her Cousin For N6m Ransom In Gombe State
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Lady Kidnaps Her Cousin For N6m Ransom In Gombe State

An 18-year-old girl, Hadiza Babayo has been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Gombe State for kidnapping her uncle's 4-year-old daughter. The suspect kept the little girl at a hotel in Nayi-Nawa area of Gombe metropolis and demanded N6 million as ransom from her parents. Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum said Hadiza was arrested based on credible intelligence the SARS operatives got. She said, “During the course of interrogation, Hadiza Babayo confessed to the crime and stated how she and one Bala Shuaibu, abducted the victim from Gombe High school and kept her in a hotel at Nayi-Nawa quarters Gombe, where they demanded a ransom of six million naira (N6m) from the victim’s father before she could be released. “After bringing her from ...
Kidnapped DPO regains freedom after paying N3m ransom
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Kidnapped DPO regains freedom after paying N3m ransom

A Delta State Divisional Police Officer kidnapped along Benin-Asaba Expressway on Friday August 9, regained his freedom after reportedly paying a N3m ransom.   The DPO said to be in-charge of Galilee Police Station at Ute-Ogbeje community in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state was identified as Mr Okoro, and he was reportedly whisked to an unknown location by the kidnappers who abducted him after shooting indiscriminately.   A source at the police command's headquarters in Asaba, told Punch that the DPO regained his freedom after paying N3m on Sunday August 11.   However the Commissioner of Police Delta State, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke denied the claim while stating that the police does not support payment of ransom to kidnappers. He further disclo...
Kidnapped CMD’s son, two health officials regain freedom
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Kidnapped CMD’s son, two health officials regain freedom

The son of the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lafia Hospital, Apata, Ibadan, Kayode Sule, has regained his freedom alongside the two hospital staff he was kidnapped with by suspected herdsmen along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.   Though it couldn't be confirmed if the N50m ransom was paid, however it was gathered that Kayode, Dele Adigun and Opeyemi Abifarin were released on late Friday night July 26th by their abductors who were said to be about 15 in number.   The CMD's son who sustained gunshot injury on the leg, is being given medical attention after regaining freedom. When the Oyo State Command was contacted by The Nation, they reportedly said that the area where the released victims were taken, was not within Oyo State police command.
“Please Release My Mum, I Don’t Have Money” – Siasia Begs Kidnappers
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“Please Release My Mum, I Don’t Have Money” – Siasia Begs Kidnappers

A former Super Eagles and Olympic Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia on Friday begged the kidnappers of his 80-year-old mother, Madam Beauty Ogere to release her unconditionally. The kidnappers reportedly established contact with Siasia’s family and demanded N70m to release their victim. Siasia, who is currently out of the country, said his cousin spoke with the kidnappers, who demanded the ransom. He, however, said he was currently out of job and did not have such money to pay as ransom. He appealed to the kidnapper to set his mother free because of her old age and failing health adding that the victim might not survive the cold weather. He said: “The kidnappers I just want to say please, I beg you. The woman is old please release her. I don’t have a job in the last three years. She is...
Kidnappers Of Samson Siasia’s Mother Demand N70m Ransom To Release Her
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Kidnappers Of Samson Siasia’s Mother Demand N70m Ransom To Release Her

The kidnappers of Samson Siasia’s mother are reportedly demanding N70m ransom to release her. The gunmen were said to have called the ex-Super Eagles coach with a foreign number to demand a ransom after he spoke with his mother to confirm her safety. 76-year-old Beauty Ogere Siasia was kidnapped alongside two others at Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Monday July 15th. This is the second time Mrs. Siasia has been kidnapped. She was first kidnapped in November 2015 and was released after 12 days in the kidnappers’ den.
5-Yr-Old Boy Dies After Being Kidnapped, Drugged By His Cousin
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5-Yr-Old Boy Dies After Being Kidnapped, Drugged By His Cousin

A boy identified as Ibrahim Ahmad, 20, has been arrested for conspiring with his friends, Abdumajid Mohammed,18, and Musa Sanusi, 18, to kidnap his 5-year-old cousin, Ahmad Ado, at Karkasara Quarters, Kano, Kano State. The suspects kidnapped Ado at his school, Ma’ahat Nursery and Primary School, Karkasara, on July 10, 2019 and initially demanded a ransom of N20million but later reduced it to N100k. According to the police, the victim died after being drugged to sedate him. The suspects then buried him in a shallow grave at an uncompleted building. They were, however, caught while trying to collect the ransom.
Three Suspects Arrested For Alleged Kidnapping, Killing 5-year-old Boy
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Three Suspects Arrested For Alleged Kidnapping, Killing 5-year-old Boy

The Kano State Police Command said it has arrested three men who allegedly abducted and killed a five year-old boy, Ahmad Ado. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Iliyasu, who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Kano on Thursday, gave the names of the suspects as Ibrahim Ahmad,20, Abdumajid Mohammed,18, and Musa Sanusi, 18. He said on July 10 at 1:30 p.m, the police received a report that Ado, of Karkasara Quarters, Kano had been kidnapped by unknown persons at Ma’ahat Nursery and Primary School, Karkasara. The commissioner said after abducting the boy, the kidnappers contacted his family and demanded N50 million as ransom. Mr Iliyasu explained that a team of Operation Puff Adder detectives from anti-kidnapping squad immediately swung into action, using tech...