NSCDC assures of raw deal for kidnappers, bandits

December 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Thursday assured the citizenry of her intention to wage serious war against kidnapping and banditry and most especially in all schools across the country. The NSCDC also assured that it will do everything possible to prevent the kidnapping of teachers and students in all parts of the country. The Commandant General of Read More

Breaking: Kidnappers demand N50 million ransom per abducted UNIAbuja victim

November 4, 2021 Editor 0

Two days after, the abductors of the six persons that were kidnapped from the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) staff quarters on Tuesday morning have contacted their families to demand ransom, Blueprint has learnt. They have reportedly demanded N50 million on each of the abductees, totaling N300 million for all the six abducted persons. A lecturer, two of his children, and three Read More

Soldiers engage gunmen in Ekiti shoot-out, rescue 6 abductees

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers engaged solders in a shoot-out in two different locations in Ayebode and Ilasa communities in Ikole local government area of Ekiti state Thursday. The Police spokesman, ASP Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, said the gunmen abducted three persons during the confrontation. Abutu said the combined forces of the Read More

(Breaking) 61st Independence anniversary: Buhari exposes those sponsoring agitations, violence, preaches unity

Pesident Muhammadu Buhari has said  Nigeria must remain a strong and united country despite the current challenges.In a nationwide broadcast to mark the 61st independence anniversary, the president reiterated that the country’s unity is not negotiable. “Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a Read More

Breaking: Ex-FCT Minister kidnapped

September 29, 2021 Editor 0

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers has reportedly abducted former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Ewuga, who also served as a Senator was kidnapped in the late hours of Tuesday in Plateau State. The former Senator, who represented Nasarawa North Senatorial district from 2011-2015, was returning home when the gunmen waylaid and abducted him. His abduction happened same day the Read More

Out-of-school-children and kidnappings: Matters arising

September 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

Boarding schools have become a hunting ground for kidnappers according to The New York Times.Following this, observers have noted that kidnapping and abduction of pupils and students in various schools, especially in some parts of the northern part of the country, have amplified the roles of gender discrimination, disaster, conflict, poverty, language barrier, child labour and forced marriage in forcing Read More

Police burst kidnap syndicate, recover arms, vehicles in Imo

September 22, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Operatives of the  Imo State Police Command has bursted a kidnap and armed robbery syndicate in the state, recovering arms and vehicles from the gang. In a press briefing at the Command’s headquarters Owerri, Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Rabiu Hussaini said the breakthrough followed the kidnapping of one Okechukwu Mbata, 42 years of age, in 2019 and Kelechi Read More

Kidnappers kill Miyyeti Allah chair after demanding N20m ransom

September 17, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Tragedy has struck the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigerian (MACBAN), Kaduna state, as the chairman of its Lere local government chapter, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi Dambardi, was killed Friday by suspected kidnappers. The chairman, Kaduna state chapter of MACBAN, Alhaji Haruna Usman Tugga, who confirmed this to Blueprint Weekend on Friday, said his abductors killed him in the early Read More

Pictures, video of mass burial not connected to our operations ― DHQ

September 12, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Sunday dismissed trending gory pictures and videos of a mass burial of persons purportedly to have been killed in the ongoing military operations in the North-west and North-central geographical zones of the country. In a statement made available by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj.-Gen Benjamin Sawyer, the military described the claim as false Read More

Breaking: Police reveals cause of Sowore brother’s death

September 4, 2021 Editor 0

The Police in Edo has spoken on the cause of Sahara Reporters’ publisher Omoyele Sowore brother’s death. Edo Police spokesman, Kontongs Bello, said Felix Olajide Siwore was killed by kidnappers around 6am on Saturday. Earlier, Sowore, said his brother was killed by suspected herdsmen/kidnappers in Edo state. However the Police spokesman said, “This is to confirm to you that suspected Read More

Ogun: Police shot dead one Kidnapper, arrests other

August 31, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

The Ogun State Police Command have shot dead one member of a kidnap syndicate, while it also arrested one at Ilala forest in Imala area of Abeokuta North Local Government area of the state. The is barely 24 hours after two members of a kidnap syndicate were gunned down at Itori area of Ewekoro Local Government area.  The command’s spokesperson, Read More

At 53%, Nigeria’s borrowing sensible, responsible – FG

Amidst scathing criticisms trailing Nigeria’s rising debt profile, the federal government Monday explained it was borrowing “sensibly and responsibly” because the borrowed fund would be expended on proceeds-yielding infrastructure. Available data from the country’s Debt Management Office (DMO) reveals a debt profile of N33.107 trillion as at March 2021, a development that has consistently come under criticism from some stakeholders.   Contrary to the Read More

2 bandits shot dead during gun battle with police in Ogun

August 30, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Two members of a suspected kidnap syndicate have been shot dead by men of the Ogun state Police Command during a gun battle at Itori area of Ewekoro local government of the state. The command’s spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi made this known in a press statement made available to Blueprint in Abeokuta, Monday. Oyeyemi stated that the two suspects met their waterloo Read More

Kidnapping: Edo to deploy forest guards

August 27, 2021 Patrick Ahanor, 0

Worried by the activities of kidnappers and other criminals the Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed plans to establish Forestry Protection Force (FPF) to drive hoodlums away from the state’s forest reserves. “Our security strategy is hinged on the collaboration between the national security and the Edo Sate Vigilante Network, because community participation is a key driver Read More

Leaving office a failure is not an option, Mr President!

August 27, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

In the confines of the Presidential Villa, during a recent meeting of the National Council on Security, one of the many security meetings called at his instance, President Muhammadu Buhari told heads of security agencies that they must address the alarming insecurity situation in the country because he is not prepared to exit office as a failure. To underscore his Read More

NDA Attack: Again CNG fumes, demands FG’s intervention in curbing insecurity

August 26, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has lamented the invasion of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, saying Nigeria’s political body has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly.  In a statement made available to Blueprint in Abuja Wednesday, signed by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the CNG said the Read More

Breaking: Buhari breaks silence over Attackon NDA

August 25, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The attack launched on the facility of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on Tuesday, rather than throw a dampener into the morale of our Armed Forces as it is intended to, would buoy their determination to make a decisive end of criminality in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. The President said this in a statement issued by his Read More

Breaking – Abduction of Zamfara college students, others: Kidnappers demand N350 million ransom

August 17, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad, Gusau 0

The Bandits who kidnapped 15 students of Zamfara State College of Agriculture and Animals Health Bakura have demanded the sum of N350 million ransom before they could release the students. This was made known by the Provost of the College Malam Habib Mainasara made this known in an interview with Newsmen Tuesday. According to him, records available to the authority Read More

Gunmen abduct ex-councilor’s wife, 7-month-old son in Zamfara

August 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Police Command in Zamfara said gunmen had kidnapped the wife and seven-month-old son of an ex-councilor in the state, Mr Babangida Ibrahim. Confirming the development, the spokesman for the command, SP Muhammad Shehu, said the gunmen attacked the former councilor’s house at Damba in Gusau at about 12.30 a.m. Wednesday. Shehu styated further that the ex-councilor was left with Read More

Bandits kidnap APC Chairman in Niger

August 8, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Aminu Bobi, in Mariga local government of Niger state.Aminu Bobi who is the Zone C chairman of the ruling party in the state was reportedly kidnapped at his farm on Saturday. A resident in the area who pleaded anonymity confirmed to Journalists through Read More

In Kaduna, troops foil 2 kidnap attempts, rescue 6

August 7, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Troops of Operation Safe Haven have foiled a kidnap attempt and rescued five occupants of a commercial vehicle along Badde-Ungwan Ayaba-Keffi road. They also rescued a motorist from suspected kidnappers along Fanock-Kyayya-Keffi road. The troops foiled both kidnap attempts along the two roads in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state, according to a statement signed by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Read More

Insecurity: 10 Katsina LGs under daily attack – Masari

August 6, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has lamented that 10 out of the 34 local government areas in the state faced daily attacks by bandits and kidnappers. Masari stated this, Thursday, while receiving the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Faruq Yahaya, who paid him a courtesy visit in Katsina. He noted that even though incidents of insecurity have Read More

Masari to COAS Yahaya: 10 Katsina LGAs under severe daily attack

On a daily basis, 10 out of the 34 local government areas in Katsina state come under severe attack from bandits, Governor Aminu Bello Masari has declared. Governor Masari stated this Thursday while receiving in audience the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen Faruk Yahaya at the Government House Katsina. The governor told the visiting COAS that 10 local government areas had been under Read More