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Police rescue 4 kidnap victims in Benue



Police in Katsina State arrest producer of bandits’ bulletproof charms

… As Troops apprehend 2 suspected kidnappers, rescue 5 victims in A’Ibom***

Police in Benue has rescued four kidnap victims in the Oju Local Government Area of state.

Police spokesperson, SP Sewuese Anene stated on Tuesday in Makurdi that the quartet was kidnapped on Sept. 23 on Ijegwu-Opirikwu Road in Obi Local Government Area of the state.

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“The kidnappers yielded to pressure by security operatives and abandoned their victims on Sept. 25 and escaped into a nearby forest.

“The victims have been reunited with their families,’’ she stated.

Anene added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Wale Abass had deployed more tactical teams to the area to checkmate the activities of hoodlums.

She stated also that Mr Abass advised residents to volunteer useful information to the police on criminals in their neighbourhoods.

In the meantime, the 2 Brigade Nigerian Army (NA) in Uyo, says its troops have arrested two suspected kidnappers and rescued five victims on Monday.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Capt. Samuel Akari said this in a statement made available to the newsmen.

Akari said the troops in conjunction with police personnel raided the kidnapper’s den at Abia Palm in Epe community, Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

“The raid and rescue operation was carried out based on credible information on the hideout of the kidnapping syndicate at Abia Palm.

“During the operation, the leader of the kidnapping syndicate simply identified as Jeam Nas escaped with an AK 47 rifle.

“While two other members of the syndicate, Imo Nkwo, aged 23 and Thankgod Ezekiel, aged 24, who attempted to escape were immobilized and arrested and their camp set ablaze,” Akari said.

According to him, the bus conveying the victims was hijacked by the kidnappers on its way to Ikot Ekpene from Port Harcourt on Sept. 23.

He added the rescued victims, exhibits and arrested kidnappers had been handed over to the Police for further action.

Akari assured us that an effort was on to apprehend the fleeing gang leader.

He urged members of the public to support security agencies in the state with timely information on the activities of kidnappers and other criminals for prompt action.



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Troops Eliminate over 44 Terrorists, Arrest 47 in 2 Weeks 



Troops Eliminate over 44 Terrorists, Arrest 47 in 2 Weeks 

…Troops recover 15 AK 47 rifles, eight AK 47 magazines, 82 rounds of 7.62mm special, 35 locally fabricated 7.62mm special***

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Hadin Kai have within two weeks, eliminated more than 44 terrorists, and apprehended 47 and their collaborators, in addition to rescuing 10 kidnap victims in the North East.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami said this on Thursday in Abuja at the bi-weekly update on nationwide military operations.

He said the troops between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 neutralised nine Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in ambushes, raids and clearance operations at different locations within the theatre.

He said that while scores of the terrorists escaped with various degrees of injury, cache of arms were recovered and 10 kidnapped civilians were rescued during the operations.

Danmadami said a notorious Boko Haram/ISWAP logistic supplier was arrested by the troops on Nov. 20 at a checkpoint in Bama Local Government Area.

He said that the logistic supplier was conveying 49 jerrycans 30 litres of Premium Motor Spirit and 50 packs of energy drinks, and other sundry items in a vehicle, while the sum of N70,510 was also recovered from him.

“Consequently, within the weeks in focus, troops recovered 15 AK 47 rifles, 82 rounds of 7.62mm special, 35 locally fabricated 7.62mm special, three dane guns, 36 hand grenades, six knives, and eight AK 47 magazines.

“Other items recovered include 51 jerrycans of groundnut oil, one carton of klin detergent, 50 packs of energy drinks, nine bicycles, three motorcycles, 10 mobile phones, one vehicle and the sum of N100, 510.

“Troops equally neutralised 11 terrorist elements, arrested 47, including their logistic suppliers as well as rescued 10 abducted civilians.

“Also, a total of 139 Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and members of their families comprising 27 adult males, 44 adult females and 68 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre.

“All recovered items rescued civilians and apprehended suspected terrorists have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

“While the surrendered Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and members of their families are being profiled for further action’’, he said.

Danmadami said the air component carried out a series of air strikes on terrorist locations in the Tumbuns near Lake Chad, which recorded some remarkable results during the period.

He said the air task force on Nov. 26 conducted an air interdiction operation on the terrorists at Mallam Fatori from Tumbum Fulani, killing several terrorists on the shores of Lake Chad and destroyed three gun trucks.

“Similar strikes were conducted on Nov. 27 at an identified terrorist training camp at Tumbun Hamma in the Lake Chad Region.

“Intelligence revealed that about 24 ISWAP terrorists were undergoing weapons handling and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training at the location for six consecutive days.

“Consequently, the location was bombarded.

“The effect of the strike from the feedback revealed that several terrorists were neutralized with their weapons and IED destroyed,” he added.

Danmadami said the theatre command had also intensified non-kinetic operations geared towards maximising civil support for the military in the zone.

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Police in Katsina State arrest producer of bandits’ bulletproof charms



Police in Katsina State arrest producer of bandits’ bulletproof charms

Police in Katsina State has arrested a 53-year-old man who specialises in producing bulletproof charms for bandits and criminals.

The police spokesman in the state, SP Gambo Isah, told newsmen in Katsina on Tuesday that the suspect resides at Maiduguri Road in Sabuwa Local Government Area of the state.

He was arrested on Nov. 26 following a tipoff, he said.

He added that the suspect produced and sold the bulletproof charms to bandits and other criminals in Katsina, Kaduna and Zamfara states for N60,000 per piece.

Isah added that the suspect confessed to the crime during interrogation.

He said the police recovered four bulletproof charms enveloped in jackets and a talisman from the suspect.

The police spokesman also told newsmen that the suspect said he regularly offered prayers for bandits not to get arrested or harmed by security agents during their operations.

Isah said the suspect would be arraigned at the completion of investigation.

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LASTMA Nabs 2 Suspected Abductors, Rescue Female Victim in Yaba



LASTMA Nabs 2 Suspected Abductors, Rescue Female Victim in Yaba

The Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have apprehended two suspected abductors and rescued a female victim inside their car around the Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Lagos.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba confirmed this on Wednesday in a statement in Lagos.

Oreagba said the two suspected abductors were arrested by LASTMA team personnel on Tuesday while monitoring traffic around the Yaba axis.

“Our officers on patrol and with the help from a passerby gave the suspects a chase and later caught up with them in a Toyota Corolla saloon car with registration number: FST 60 RJ.

“The suspects were apprehended following a call for help by a woman in the back seat.

”She shouted Kidnappers! Kidnappers!! Kidnappers!!!.

“The victim said she got in the car from Maryland to go Apapa. She said another woman was seated in the driver’s side seat seized her phone with other valuables,” Oreagba said.

LASTMA said the driver who gave his name as Monday Amhe, confessed during interrogation that he was involved in a ‘one-chance’ crime.

”Amhe confessed further that he and his accomplices operate by picking up passengers along Ikorodu road and robbing them of their valuables before discharging them at any location of their choice.

”The driver’s accomplice, identified as lady ‘Joy’, confirmed that Amhe introduced her to the business.

The suspects have been handed over to the Sabo Divisional Police Station in Lagos by LASTMA Officers for further investigations,” he said.

The general manager cautioned members of the public to be extra-vigilant and careful when boarding private or commercial buses

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