Abductors of Ekiti commissioner demand N30m ransom

April 27, 2020 Raphael Adeyanju 0

Suspected abductors of Ekiti state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Folorunsho Olabode, have demanded the sum of N30 million ransom from his family to secure his freedom. The suspected abductors attacked the commissioner and two others in his vehicle along Isan Ekiti-Iludun Ekiti road on Sunday night with the driver of the car, who was the leader of the legislative arm Read More

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Abductors released our Catholic priest, told him he wasn’t their target – Director

March 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Director of Communications, Otukpo Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr John Okopopu Wednesday, said the abductors of Rev Fr. David Echioda have released their victim, saying he was not their target. He alleged that the kidnappers also gave the victim N4, 000 to take care of himself. Reverend Father David Echioda was kidnapped by gunmen at Alan-Akpa while returning from a missionary work. Read More

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2 catholic priest kidnapped in Ondo

December 8, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Catholic Church in Ondo state has confirmed the kidnapping of two of its priests from Anambra state by gunmen on their way for a wedding ceremony over the weekend. Gunmen had Friday reportedly abducted two Catholic priests, Rev. Fr Joseph Nweke and Rev. Fr Felix Efobi from Awka Catholic Diocese. The two clergymen were said to have been kidnapped Friday Read More

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Gunmen invade Abuja village, abduct NSCDC officer, 8 others

October 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Gunmen Monday night invaded Pegi, a resettlement area in Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and abducted nine persons including an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). Blueprint gathered that the gunmen dressed in military camouflages arrived in the settlement around 8:00pm in Hilux van. It was also gathered that as a result of Read More

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Gunmen kill 7 vigilantes in Niger

September 30, 2019 Editorial IV 0

At least seven members of vigilante group and a policeman have reportedly been killed by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers in Kusherki community, Rafi local government area of Niger state. The incident was said to have occurred  Friday when the police received a distress call that some gunmen had storm Lamba Waya village at Pandogari area in their large numbers Read More

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Police confirm abduction of Sokoto lawmaker

August 23, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Police in Sokoto state have confirmed the abduction of Alhaji Aminu Bodai, a member of the state House of Assembly, by gunmen in Bodai village of Dange/Shuni local government area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Abubakar Sadiq, confirmed this in Sokoto Thursday. Bodai is a member of the All Progressives Congress representing Dange/Shuni state Read More

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We rescued 4 kidnapped Turkish nationals – Vigilante

July 28, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) has said its members in Edu and Patigi local government areas of Kwara state rescued the four Turkish nationals kidnapped by gunmen, contrary to the claim by the Nigeria police. The four Turkish, Yasin Colak, Senepral, Ergun Yurdakul, and Seyit Keklik, were kidnapped by gun men Sunday night at a drinking bar at Gbugbu Read More

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Kidnappers strike, abduct Adamawa Perm Sec in Yola

July 10, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Permanent Secretary of the Adamawa State Ministry of Mineral Resources, Emmanuel Piridimso, has been kidnapped. Emmanuel was abducted at his residence in the state capital, Yola, in the early hours of Wednesday, according to a member of his family, Francis Samuel, who said the gunmen stormed the residence of the permanent secretary at Clark’s Quarters in Jimeta, about 3:20 am Read More

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Anxiety mounts as Kidnappers strike along Akure/Ikere expressway, abduct 10 passengers

June 26, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Some passengers, including the driver of a commercial eighteen- seater bus, were reportedly abducted along Akure/ Ikere Ekiti road by unknown gunmen.It was gathered that the incident happened on Tuesday around 5pm within Iju/Itaogbolu axis.The occupants of the commercial bus were said to be travelling from Akure to Ado-Ekiti before they were waylaid.This incident occurred barely three days after the Read More

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Another village head abducted in Katsina

June 13, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Katsina state Police command has confirmed the abduction of Bature Mai’unguwa, the Village Head of Labo in Batsari local government area by gunmen. The Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isa, a superintendent of police, confirmed the abduction to journalists Wednesday in Katsina. He said that the victim was abducted Tuesday afternoon while working on his farm at the outskirts of Read More

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Edo: Abducted policeman found dead

March 27, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Edo State Police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said a search party of the police tactical unit has discovered the body of the DSP Godwin Oshiogbuwe who was abducted by gunmen at Ubiaja, Esan South East local government Wednesday. His body was found in a forest on Ubiaja-Ewohimi-Agbor road. Blueprint gathered that Godwin was killed because the kidnappers discovered his identity Read More

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Gunmen invade Benue community kill 10

March 21, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Gunmen Wednesday attacked and killed at least 10 persons in Tser-Iorayev community at Ukpam village in Guma local government area of Benue state.  Some of the locals who spoke to Blueprint under anonymity said the gunmen stormed the village in the midnight and killed the ten persons. “The incident happened in the night as the people were sleeping outside their houses because of Read More

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Kidnapped lecturer dies after ransom paid

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa in Nasarawa state was thrown into mourning over the dead of one of their staff members, Mr Gbenga Adelakun Ajayi. The lecturer was kidnapped by unknown gunmen between Gitata/GidanMagoro along the border between Kaduna state and Nasarawa state. GbengaAjayi who is a senior instructor at the polytechnic in the department of Urban and Regional Planning is Read More

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Okene oil merchant abducted, masquerade, 2 others killed

February 20, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Lokoja Owner of Always Petroleum and Gas, Okene, Kogi state, Alhaji Otinau Momohjimoh was on Sunday evening kidnapped by gunmen. The oil mogul in his early 40’s was said to have been kidnapped at Okene Central mosque around 8pm where he often spent time with friends and business associates. An eye witness account revealed that the gunmen, whose numbers could Read More

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Gunmen kill 41 in Zamfara

February 16, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Gusau No fewer than 41 people were yesterday reportedly killed by yet to be identified gunmen at Birane village in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state. A resident of the area, identified as Bello Muhammad Zurmi in a telephone conversation, told Blueprint that, around 5:00 pm yesterday, the gunmen ambushed a Cantar truck conveying over 20 people and slaughtered Read More

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Gunmen assassinate politician in Kaduna

February 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

Mr Moses Banka, a politician and businessman from Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has been assassinated by unknown gunmen. Banka was reportedly killed at Ankwa village of Jema’a Local Government Area in Kaduna state. Alhaji Yusuf Usman, the Administrator of Jema’a Local Government Council, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kafanchan. Read More

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Edo man shot dead at mother’s funeral

December 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Patrick Ahanor Benin City It was a case of double tragedy for the family of Dupe Idahor in Edo state after gunmen shot one Dupe Idahor, 44, dead during his late mother’s funeral. Blueprint gathered that the shooting forced family members to abandon the corpse of their 82-year-old mother, Mrs. Taiwo Albert, who was laid-in-state at the time the Read More

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Gunmen kill village head in Plateau

November 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Plateau state Police Command yesterday confirmed that gunmen had killed the village head of Tarangol community, Amos Marit. Tarangol community is in Bokkos local government area of Plateau state. The Command’s spokesperson, Terna Tyopev, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that Marit, 57, was shot in the back. Tyopev said that the killing was reported by two men, Read More

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Gunmen storm Akwa Ibom commissioner’s house, kill 3

November 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Three persons were killed in Ukanafun local government area of Akwa Ibom state yesterday when gunmen stormed the country home of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Udo Ekpenyong. The killing is coming two days after a similar incident where armed men riding a motorcycle shot dead a policeman and two other persons in a filling station in Read More

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Gunmen place N16m ransom on DPO, 5 others in Niger

October 24, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Aideloje Ojo, Minna, Oyibo Salihu, Lokoja and Muhammad Tanko Shittu, Jos Barely three weeks after an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Agene was abducted while travelling with his family along Birnin Gwari road, Kaduna state, gunmen again struck yesterday as they kidnapped the Divisional Police Officer of Munya local government area of Niger state, a Superintendent of Police Amos Read More

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Nasarawa poly rector’s house burgled

October 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Unidentified gunmen recently invaded the residence of the Rector, Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, Dr Silas Gyer, in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state and stole his car, the school has said The suspected gunmen, stormed the rector’s house at about midnight on a weekend recently Gyer confirmed this in a press conference, saying, “Last Saturday, some undefined gunmen invaded Read More

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Kidnapped FRSC official regains freedom

October 17, 2017 Editorial IV 0

An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) abducted by gunmen on Thursday, last week, in Zamfara state, has regained freedom. FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, announced that that the unidentified official, who is a route commander of the agency in Birni Kudu, was released yesterday morning and handed over to the FRSC at the Zamfara state Police Headquarters in Read More