Flying the kite of ethnic violence

February 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

The intra-ethnic violence that rocked Shasha market last week, resulting to the loss of many lives and properties worth millions of naira, is uncalled for and condemnable. The crisis came at a time when the country is grappling with numerous security challenges ranging from Boko Haram, banditry to kidnapping. It is not an understatement to say, Nigeria had experienced ethno-religious Read More

Breaking: Another NPFL club run into trouble waters… players, officials robbed, driver kidnapped

February 20, 2021 Editor 0

Players and officials of Adamawa United were late Friday night robbed by armed robbers along Benin-Ore expressway. Findings revealed that the armed robbers dispossessed both players and officials of their belongings including phones, match allowance and others around 11.45pm on their way for their week 11 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture against MFM Fc in Lagos. Blueprint also gathered Read More

We’ve intensified efforts for release of abducted students – Bello

February 19, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Governor Abubaker Sani Bello of Niger state said Friday that efforts had been intensified to ensure the safe release of the kidnapped 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara. Addressing journalists in Minna, the governor gave the assurance that with the kinetic and non-kinetic measures taken, the boys and other victims in captivity would be released in a matter of Read More

Breaking: Niger publishes names of kidnapped school boys, teachers

February 18, 2021 Adeloje Ojo 0

Niger state government has published names of students and teachers of Government Science College, Kagara who were kidnapped on Wednesday morning attack. Up to 27 students, 3 teachers, two non-teaching staff and 9 family members of the staff staying in the quarters were abducted. The names of the abducted teachers are: Hannatu Philip, Lawal Abdullahi and Dodo Fodio while the Read More

Breaking: Kidnapped Catholic Bishop regains freedom

January 2, 2021 Editor 0

The auxiliary bishop of Catholic archdiocese Owerri, Imo state capital, Moses Chikwe, has regained freedom. The secretariat of the archdiocese confirmed that the bishop and his driver have been rescued alive. A post on the facebook page of the archdiocese read, “The Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe, with his driver, Mr. Ndubuisi Robert, has been released from Read More

Pope Francis calls for release of bishop kidnapped in Owerri

January 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Pope Francis ushered in the New Year, Friday, with a traditional Angelus blessing from the papal library, pushing through nerve pain that forced him to skip New Year’s ceremonies in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope appeared relaxed as he stood at a lectern in the Apostolic Palace wishing the faithful watching via video “a year of peace, a year of Read More

Gunmen attack Katsina community, kill lawmaker’s uncle, kidnap couple

December 29, 2020 Blueprint 0

Armed men on Monday killed one person and abducted a newly-wedded couple in Safana local government area of Katsina state. Residents said the incidents occurred at Rumka community when the community was attacked by the armed men. The slain victim, Sama’ila Supa, is an uncle to a lawmaker representing Safana in the state House of Assembly. The lawmaker, Abduljalal Haruna, Read More

122 seafarers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea

December 1, 2020 David Agba 0

Four crew members have been kidnapped in the latest piracy attack in the Gulf of Guinea involving a crude oil tanker, bringing the number of kidnapped seafarers in the region to 122 so far this year. The boarding of MV Agisilaos was reported on Sunday November 29, according to Dryad Global, while the vessel was underway in Ghanaian waters, 5 Read More

Breaking: Kidnapped ex-Super Eagles star, Obodo, freed

November 16, 2020 Editor 0

Former Super Eagles player Christian Obodo kidnapped on Sunday in Delta state has been released. Obodo was reportedly freed after paying an undislosed ramson at almost midnight Sunday. However, Police authorities are yet to confirm his release. Details loading…

Gunmen kidnap 90-year-old archbishop

November 6, 2020 Blueprint 0

A 90-year-old archbishop has been abducted with nearly a dozen other people in a western Cameroon region gripped by conflict between anglophone separatists and security forces, the archdiocese said on Friday. Christian Tumi, an archbishop emeritus and retired cardinal who has frequently sought to mediate in the crisis, was kidnapped on Thursday near Kumbo in Northwest Region “along with his Read More

Gunmen invade Abuja, attack residents, kidnap 1

October 8, 2020 Editor 0

There was pandemonium in Abuja following invasion of gunmen in a suburb known Pegi located inside Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The hoodlums later kidnapped one person after attacking residents while they shot sporadically Wednesday night. According to sources, the gunmen, said to have dressed in black attire fired shots at a Volkswagen saloon car, condemning Read More

Breaking – Missing child: Popular prophet jailed

October 6, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

A popular Prophet Alfa Babatunde, founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel has been jailed for life over missing a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, in his church. Delivering his judgement on Tuesday, Justice Olusegun Odusola convicted the prophet and others, having found them guilty of two counts of kidnapping, and aiding and abetting to kidnap presented by the prosecution. Details loading…

President Buhari’s successes on the war against insurgency

September 17, 2020 By Abubakar Gana PhD 0

The issue of insecurity has dominated the discourse in Nigeria in recent times. In some quarters it has been stated that the security situation in the country had degenerated and that Nigeria is tilting towards a failed state. This school of thought lent their argument on the perceived crisis in North-East Nigeria with the Boko Haram Insurgency, as well as Read More

How 32-yr-old man kidnapped, raped 16-yr-old girl in Gwagwalada

August 6, 2020 Ene Osang 0

A 16-year-old girl, Peace James, who was kidnapped by one Abubakar Ibrahim from her father’s house in Gwagwalada, Abuja, has been found. The police found the girl five months after she was kidnapped with an unwanted pregnancy. Speaking to Blueprint at the Gwagwalada Police Area Command, Miss James, who is an SS2 student said her kidnapper, who is the same Read More

Alleged kidnapping: Monarch, Pastor, others nabbed in Imo

August 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Imo state police command Monday paraded a traditional ruler, Eze Andrew Okwuegbunwa, of Uba -Agwa autonomous community and seven others for allegedly kidnapping one police inspector, Oscar Mbaeri, and Louis Obodo all from same community. The traditional ruler was paraded alongside his cousin, a pastor and others for allegedly kidnapping their victims. Other victims of the gang, according to Read More

Breaking: Tension as Kidnappers abduct NLC Chairman

July 5, 2020 Editor 0

There is palpable tension in Asaba, Delta state capital moment after the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state Goodluck Ofobruku was kidnapped right in front of his house. He was abducted around 8pm on Saturday. As at the time of filling this report, the abductors Blueprint learnt were yet to establish contact with anyone. Details loading…

Breaking: Boko Haram invades checkpoint in Borno, opens fire on Soldiers

June 13, 2020 Editor 0

Boko Haram on Saturday stormed a Military checkpoint and opened fire on Soldiers on duty in Mongonu, Borno state. This is happening just after three days the dreaded terrorists killed at least 81 people in a Borno vilage with many kidnapped. According to TheCable, a security source revealed that the insurgents unleashed their firepower in the town around 12:30pm. Details Read More

Kidnapped Edo APC leader dead, Police recover decomposing body

May 30, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

Operatives of Edo state police command has recovered the decomposing body of a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  in the state, Hon. Presley  Ekiagbonya, who was kidnapped by gunmen and  subsequently found dead. In a statement issued on Saturday by the state police spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, said Ediagbonya’s body was recovered on Friday evening after some farmers drew its Read More

Breaking: Again, Gunmen kidnap CAN chairman

May 28, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nasarawa state, Bishop Joseph Masin, has been kidnapped. Immediate past Secretary of the association Elder Yohanna Samari revealed this to Blueprint in a telephone interview in Lafia, the state capital. He said unknown gunmen stormed the resident of the CAN Chairman at Bukan Sidi in Lafia and whisked him away to an unknown Read More

Gunmen ‘kill’ Edo APC leader

May 18, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

Two days after he was reportedly taken hostage by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, the lifeless body of a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Mr. Presley Ediagbonya, was on Monday found. Ediagbonya, a former Commissioner for Youths and Sports was said to have been kidnapped from his farm at the weekend in Utesi, around Okada, Read More

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Gunmen demand N4m ransom on kidnapped King’s wife, daughter

April 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The gunmen suspected to be herdsmen that kidnapped the wife and daughter of a traditional ruler in Oyo state, the Baba Aso of Igbole town, Igboora, Oba Olusanjo Ojo are now demanding N4million as ransom for the release of the duo. Blueprint reliably gathered that the kidnappers on Tuesday night called the family on telephone to demand for N4 million  to Read More

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Insecurity: NCC sets new hurdle before operators

October 10, 2019 Editorial IV 0

In other to curb the rising insecurity in the country, especially kidnapping, telecom operators in the country have been given new mandate by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). According to the NCC, telecom operators are to henceforth monitor and keep records of calls and other communications passing through their networks, failure of which may attract a fine. The commission stated Read More