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August 16, 2018

Abducted Rev Sisters released – After nearly two months in kidnappers den

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent

  The six females, including three reverend sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent, who were kidnapped by gunmen in Edo State in November 2017, have regained their freedom. Superior-General of the Convent, Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, who confirmed the development on Sunday, said the sisters returned unhurt. According to her, “we are happy; to God be the glory! One (Ajayi) was released yesterday (Saturday) and the others were  released later, the next day. They are fine. They are receiving some medical check-up in a hospital.” Recall that armed men had, on November 13, 2017, invaded the convent of the…

Rivers: 16-seater commercial bus hijacked by Gunmen, driver and passengers abducted

Report reaching our news desk has it that gunmen this monday 7th August morning hijacked a commercial bus belonging to a popular transport company with all 16 passengers along the Emohua axis of the East-West Road, in Rivers State. According to reports, the gunmen ambushed the bus and began shooting at it, forcing the driver to stop. They led the driver and the other passengers into the bush.  The gunmen left the bullet-riddled bus in the middle of the road. Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni,  said the police is still understudying the information it…

Man kidnaps, sells six-year-old girl for N200,000 in Imo

Nemesis has caught up with a suspected child thief, Chibueze Nwaozuzu in Imo State The suspect was arrested by the Imo State Police Command after he allegedly stole a six-year-old girl and sold her for N200, 000. It was gathered that the victim, Chinecherem Anoruo, had been declared missing by the parents, who reported the case to the police. In the course of investigation, it was discovered that Nwaozuzu allegedly stole the child and sold her to one Comfort Umunnakwe at the said amount. The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said the command recovered N83, 000 from Nwaozuzu,…

Monarch kidnapped in Rivers, rescued in Imo

 – Police kill three suspects Three of the suspected kidnappers of a 75-year-old paramount ruler of Ubomini community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, His Royal Highness, Idi Igwe Matthias, have been killed by operatives of the Anti-kidnap Unit (AKU) of the Rivers State Police Command. Also, the septuagenarian was rescued on Monday, at about 11:31pm, by the AKU operatives in Umuapu, Ohaji Local Government Area of Imo State. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the State, Ahmad Muhammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), who briefed journalists on the development, said the kidnap victim was abducted on…

Kidnappers kill businessman after collecting N15m

A businessman identified as Mr. Chijioke Anyanwuor resident in Ikot Abasi local government area of Akwa Ibom state has been reported killed by suspected kidnappers. Saturday Vanguard learnt that Anyanwu a native of Agulu in Anambra state was earlier abducted on February, 25, 2016 in front of his IkotAbasi residence in the morning after returning from a Church programme. A reliable family source who spoke to newsmen in confidence in Uyo said the kidnappers numbering over five succeeded in blocking their victim and whisked him away in his vehicle to unknown destination. It was further learnt that he was later…

Gunmen abduct couple in Orlu

Unknown gunmen on Sunday February 21, 2016 abducted a Medical Doctor and his wife, identified as Dr and Mrs. Innocent Ogbuokiri, along Amaigbo road, very close to the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps. The incident happened at about 1:30pm in the broad day Light. An eyewitness told THE LEADER that the couple, who were being conveyed by their personal driver along the road, unfortunately collided with a keke (tricycle) driver which made the victim’s driver to come down from the car in an effort to confront the keke man. Our source further disclosed that on the process of…

Kidnap kingpin directs operation from prison …Wife collects share of ransom money

It sounds strange, but it is real: a prisoner coordinates kidnapping from Port Harcourt prison. That was what a 33-year-old suspect, Cyprian Nwanfo, paraded by the Rivers State police Command, revealed on Wednesday. Cyprian Nwanfo disclosed; that their kidnap gang activities are controlled from the prison by their leader, one Prosper David, according to Vanguard report on Thursday. Nwanfo said Prosper would call to give them instruction on who to kidnap, how much should be collected as ransom and how it should be shared among members of the five-man gang. To convince police he was saying the truth, Nwanfo spoke…

Addressing the Kidnapping Problem In Nigeria (1)

KIDNAPPING NOW A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS IN NIGERIA? Nigerians who must visit their fatherland for obvious reasons, like burial of loved ones or spend Christmas vacation in the village are always gripped with fear as mere thought of landing in the village for a few days to spend time with families and neighbors scares them.  They don’t even believe that better security can be assured in the big cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Kano, Kaduna, Ibadan, Benin, or Owerri. One could be kidnapped by hoodlums or young terrorists. Those who find themselves in the Northern states of the nation…

Most wanted kidnap kingpin arrested

Among his victims were Ozekhome, former Anambra Deputy Governor whom he killed. The Department of State Security Service (SSS), announced the arrest of one Kelvin, alleged to have masterminded the kidnapping of Mike Ozekhome. The suspect alleged to be a notorious armed robber, was arrested on September 25 by a combined team of the Nigerian Army and the operatives of the DSS. The suspect, who is said to be on the wanted list of the security agencies for some time now, according to a statement from the DSS, masterminded the kidnap of Mike Ozekhome on August 24, along the Auchi-Benin…