The evil of kidnapping

April 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The abduction and captivity of a person, typically to obtain ransom, the crime of unlawfully seizing and carrying away a person by force or fraud, or seizing and detaining a person against his or her will with an intent to carry that person away at a later time, often caused by unemployment, poverty, illiteracy, greed, politics, and corruption, is referred Read More

Kidnapping as a business

April 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Kidnapping business in Nigeria has been mostly perpetrated by criminal gangs and violent groups, mostly pursuing political agenda. The underlying logic of the kidnapping enterprise is that the victim is worth a ransom value and they or their proxy have the capacity to pay. It’s sometimes, the government that waters the garden of the crime, by paying the ransom. What Read More

Breaking: Police confirm abduction of private varsity students in Kaduna

April 21, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Kaduna state Police is set to conduct headcount of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna in conjunction with the school management to ascertain the number of students kidnapped by gunmen Tuesday night.  Gunmen attacked the University along Abuja – Kaduna highway around 10:30pm on Tuesday night, while kidnapping an unknown number of students of the institution.  Kaduna state Police Public Relations Read More

FG making efforts to rescue Leah Sharibu, others – Farouq

April 14, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs,  Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said that the federal government is working tirelessly to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls who were abducted seven years ago. According to a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, Farouq made the remark Wednesday in Abuja while remembering sad Read More

A call to action in Northern Nigeria

April 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The scars from the Boko Haram abductions, #bringbackourgirls, sexual abuse, are scars that go un-noticed. These are scars from sexual violence against the defenseless girl-child, young women, their mothers, and the severe rape, induced trauma. Research has shown that stigma is preventing survivors of sexual violence from accessing medical care and getting legal support. They always develop the fear of Read More

Police confirms release of abducted Anambra commissioner

April 4, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

 The Anambra state Police Command, Sunday, confirmed release of the abducted state commissioner for Public Utilities, Engr. Emeka Ezenwanne. Ezenwanne was kidnapped four days ago when unknown gunmen invaded the venue where the former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)  and gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Charles Soludo, was having an interactive session with Read More

Abductions: Time for northern education summit

March 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The continued abduction of students and pupils by rampaging bandits in some North-west states has threatened the education of Northern Nigeria. The unfortunate incident occurred in spite of the safe school initiatives launched in 2014 to promote security and safety of students, teachers and schools in the country. The growing cases of attacks on schools, leading to abduction for ransom Read More

Shun stories celebrating criminals, Blueprint chairman urges media

March 21, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The chairman of Blueprint Newspapers Media Conglomerate, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, has advised media organisations to avoid ethnic and religious coloration in reporting security challenges in the country. He said journalists should shun stories that celebrate criminals in the reportage of prevailing insecurity in the country. Idris who is also the Kakakin Nupe stated this at the weekend in a lecture Read More

The education turmoil in North

March 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

The menace of kidnapping which is growing at an alarming rate is no doubt a war declared on education and government, relevant stakeholders, NGOs, etc efforts in curbing the high rate of children that are out-of-school in the Northern region. The North in several reports has been found to be left behind in terms of education, compared to the South. Read More

Gunmen kill Police inspector, abduct 3 in Kaduna

March 18, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Gunmen on Wednesday night killed a Police inspector and kidnapped three persons two of whom are suspected to be female students of Kaduna State University, (KASU) at Ungwa Waziri, Karji in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state. An eyewitness account, who confirmed the name of the police Inspector as John Bello, said, “around 11pm on Wednesday, we received a distress Read More

Because of bandits

March 18, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

Of the 36 states in the country, we have 19 successor states to the Northern Region. That, if you do have some problems with simple arithmetic, translates into 19 state governors, also known as their excellencies, the keepers of the flame of democracy and the agents of development in their various states. With 19 state governors plus a president of Read More

Zulum’s vision and the people’s thought

March 18, 2021 Wadzani Apagu 0

Governor of Borno state, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, is recognized by the world as an active governor in Nigeria due to his approach to situations in the state – providing security and developing infrastructure. Governor Zulum unveiled quite a number of projects which include building of new schools, adequate health facilities, housing scheme, portable water supply, electricity supply, education, roads, Read More

Who will rescue Arewa?

March 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

It’s undoubted that Northern Nigeria is the epicenter of terrorism ranging from kidnapping, banditry, cattle rustling, Boko Haram insurgents, etc. It’s sad that northerners are always at the forefront when it comes to senseless killings. The most perturbing question that is running in the minds of northerners is who will bring succour to the region at this time of unprecedented Read More

Gunmen kidnap banker, RCC staff in Ibadan quarry

March 17, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Suspected gunmen Monday evening kidnapped a banker and a staff of RCC Construction Company at a quarry site n the Ijebu -Ode – Ibadan road in Ibarapa. It was gathered that the gunmen reportedly stormed the quarry site shooting sporadically into the air before kidnapping the two people. A sources at the quarry said the kidnapped persons were identified as Read More

Expert, CSOs predict rise in number of out-of-school children as Bandits hit 5 schools in N/west, N/central

  In about three months, bandits have serially attacked not less than five schools in both the North-west and North-central states of Nigeria, Blueprint can authoritatively report. The affected states are Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna states in the North-west, while only Niger state was hard hit by the bandits’ activities in the north central. The latest of such attacks was on LEA Read More

Ishaq: Kwara-born Army General as Zulum’s security adviser

March 15, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Governor Babangana Umura Zulum of Borno state and his predecessor Kashim Ibrahim Shetima, for the love of their people and desire to see the war against Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) come to end, have in the past criticised the military, particularly the Army for their handling the war against insurgency in the North-east. Zulum had Read More

On PMB’s resolve to address insecurity

March 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

It is not an exaggeration to say that Nigeria has witnessed unprecedented reports of large scale kidnappings mostly involving school children in the last three months or so in the country. From the abduction of more than 300 students on December 11, 2020, from an all boys boarding secondary school on the outskirts of Kankara town in Katsina state to Read More

Abductions: Education facing imminent threat, NAWOJ warns

March 12, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists  (NAWOJ ) had raised the alarm that Nigeria’s education sector was facing immediate threat following spate of kidnapping of large number of students from school by suspected bandits. NAWOJ, which the umbrella body of women journalists in Nigeria, raised the alarm in a press statement by the National President, Ladi Bala, Friday in Abuja. It read in part: Read More

Breaking: Tension as gunmen storm school, kidnap lecturer, students in Edo

Unidentified gunmen Wednesday night reportedly stormed the National Institute of Construction Technology in Uromi, Edo state and abducted  two students and a teacher. Blueprint gathered that tension heightened in the community on Thursday following the incident; even as parents stormed the school premises for their wards. Spokesman for Edo State Police command, SP. Bello Kontongs, confirmed the abduction, but said “details of the incident Read More

On abduction, banditry and the negotiating government

March 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

From Chibok in Borno to Dapchi in Yobe, to Kankara in Katsina, Kagara in Niger and now Jangebe in Zamfara, thousands of school pupils have been stolen. This act is carried out by known non-state actors who mostly negotiated and subsequently fetched out millions from governments. In Nigeria, more often than not, people are suffering in the hands of bandits Read More

Women’s Day: Northern girl-child shouldn’t be discouraged over abduction- Iwuagwu

March 10, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A Cyber security expert and Managing Director of CyberDome Nigeria, Chioma Iwuagwu, has called on Nigerian girl-child, especially in the North not to be discouraged by the recent activities of the bandits in the region. Speaking at a press conference Wednesday in Abuja to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, Iwuagwu said Nigeria has come to a stage where older Read More

Banditry: A nation at crossroads

March 8, 2021 Abubakar Wada 0

The terribleness of the simple minded and dubious policy of appeasement is unfolding in a great measure. It has empowered and emboldened terrorists on one hand and greatly jeopardized the well being of the society on the other. Consequently, the lives, limbs, liberty, dignity and properties of the people are all at the mercy of bloodthirsty armed gangs of bandits Read More