Breaking: 8 kidnapped RCCG members regain freedom

April 8, 2021 Editor 0

Eight kidnapped members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Kaduna state have been freed. The General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye who revealed this via his verified Twitter handle on Thursday said, “Today I got the exciting news that our brethren who were in captivity of kidnappers have all been released and taken to the Hospital Read More

Our leaders should travel by road

April 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

The bad condition of our road, especially Maiduguri – Damaturu highway, which has become a safe haven for Boko Haram, kidnappers, among others, reminds one on our leaders’ failed promises and their constitutional responsibilities which they swore to uphold. The Maiduguri – Damaturu highway has consumed many innocent lives. My course mate Zarah, whose ambition was to become a journalist, Read More

In Kaduna, Police rescue toddler, 3 women, 11 others from kidnappers

Kaduna state Police Command has rescued 15 people including a toddler and three women from suspected kidnappers in Chikun local government area, Kaduna state government has said.    According to an official statement, “15 kidnapped citizens have been rescued by security operatives in Kaduna state. This was disclosed by the Kaduna state Police Command in an operational feedback to the Read More

Amnesty for Boko Haram, herders’ll end insurgency – Prophet Nwachukwu

April 2, 2021 SEGUN ODUNEWU 0

The Senior Pastor of Rhema Deliverance Mission International, Lagos, Dr. Anene Nwachukwu, a political scientist, in this interview with SEGUN ODUNEWU, speaks on the significance of Easter; the focus on ‘deliverance’ in Rhema and many other national issues. What is the Rhema Deliverance Mission all about? I am Dr. Anene Nwachukwu, the Senior Pastor of Rhema Deliverance Mission International, Lagos. Read More

Zamfara Police, peace committee secure release of 10 kidnapped victims

March 30, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara State Police Command in collaboration with the state Peace and Reconciliation Committee have secured the unconditional release of 10 Kidnapped victims abducted by kidnappers who stormed Kaya village of Maradun local government area in the early hours of Monday.  The Police spokeperson, SP. Muhammad Shehu, revealed in a statement issued to newsmen in Gusau. He said that the Read More

What is wrong with Nigeria?

March 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria, the giant of Africa, with a population of approximately 200 millions of different diverse and ethnic composition, is facing an existential threat. Evidence abounds that is not well with the country. The country is at war with secessionists, bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram insurgents. These multi-faceted challenges are increasing in leaps and bounds with the government looking helpless. While Read More

Insecurity: North won’t be blackmailed by unscrupulous Nigerians nursing 2023 ambitions, Northern elders fume

March 22, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said that, ahead of the 2023 general elections, “many unscrupulous politicians are capitalising on insecurity and agitations from different parts of Nigeria to hurt and weaken the North by making it the culprit behind all manner of grievances, real or contrived.” In a statement made available to Blueprint Monday, signed by NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Read More

Suswam as victim of political vendetta

March 21, 2021 Denen Tyowua 0

  The brutal murder of Terkura Suswam, the elder brother to Senator Torwua Gabriel Suswam, has sent shock waves reverberating throughout the length and breadth of Benue state and the entire world, as many wondered what lies ahead of him and the family. From what has happened is seems nobody is safe from Zone A political axis and even beyond Read More

Tension as gunmen kidnap Monarch in Ogun

A monarch in Ijebu-Igbo area of Ogun state, Oba Alade Meta (King with Three Crown) of Imope land, Oba Tajudeen Omotayo, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen Saturday. A source from the town said the Monarch left his palace around 11:00am with his butter color jeep plate for Ijebu-Ode. He said he was stopped by the gunmen on his way Read More

Wukari residents in fear, lament increasing rate of kidnapping

March 19, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

Residents of Wukari local government area of Taraba state on Friday expressed worry over the increasing rate of kidnapping in area. The president of the Jukun Youth Cultural Development Association, Mr. Nafinji Danjuma, while briefing newsmen in Jalingo lamented that the issue of kidnapping in Wukari is getting worse. He said that on the 5th February, 2021 at precisely 7:30pm, Read More

Insecurity: Sheikh Gumi’s new angle

March 17, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

In the last two write-ups, this columnist examined the modus operandi of two trending personalities on Nigeria’s security issues, namely, Nnamdi Kanu, an advocate of secession with his proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement and Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a Sunday Igboho, the self-styled “Yoruba freedom fighter’’, who toes the path of self-help. I explicitly condemned both tactics. Today, I focus Read More

Police rescue kidnapped banker, palm wine tapper in Ibadan

March 17, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Men of the Oyo state police command have rescued the abducted staff of Polaris Bank, Babatunde Dauda, and a palm wine tapper identified as Oluwaseun Oluokun. It was reliably gathered that the banker and palm wine tapper were kidnapped by some gunmen Monday. Dauda and Oluokun, according to sources, are among the five people kidnapped by some gunmen numbering about Read More

The ominous signs on North’s education

March 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

An exclusive report published by this newspaper on Tuesday to the effect that in about three months, bandits have serially attacked not less than five schools in both the North-west andNorth-central states of Nigeria, paints a gloomy picture for education not just in these geo-political zones but also in the entire North in particular and the country in general. The Read More

Bandits kidnap 2 OOU female students in Ogun

March 15, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Two female students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Aiyetoro Campus in Yewa North Local Government area of Ogun State have been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be bandits. Blueprint report that the incident occurred when the bandits stormed Igbole Aibo Quarters shooting sporadically at about 9pm Sunday. It was further gathered that the suspected bandits targeted a female call card Read More

Vigilantes kill 9 bandits, arrest 4 in Niger

March 15, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

 Vigilantes have reportedly killed nine  armed bandits in Lapai local government area of Niger state after a shoot out. Blueprint learnt that the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon in Gulu district of the local government while the bandits were waiting to collect ransom and food from relations of victims they abducted earlier. The Vigilantes were said to have been alerted 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

Kidnapping: FG’ll not shutdown Kaduna Airport – FAAN MD

March 7, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

The federal government will not shutdown the Kaduna International Airport following the kidnap of staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA on Saturday morning by kidnappers when they launched attack on the staff quarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), where some of the personnel who work in the airport reside, FAAN MD has said. Managing Director Read More

Kidnapping: FG tasks Civil Defense on school security

March 2, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has charged the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to immediately develop a robust scheme for school protection across the country in order to ensure the safety of children everywhere, especially within the school environs, from the incessant attacks by kidnappers and armed men. In a statement made available to Blueprint Tuesday in Abuja by the Read More

Lecturer, monarch abducted in Rivers

February 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

A lecturer with the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state was on Sunday abducted by gunmen in the state. A first class traditional ruler was similarly abducted on Sunday in the state. The lecturer, identified as Jones Ayuwo, teaches in the Department of Linguistics and Communications Studies. The victim was said to be returning from a meeting with members of Read More

Niger SSG meets bandits’ commanders, initiates peace process

February 19, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, has appealed to bandits across the state to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue and reconciliation for peace to prevail. A statement from the SSG Office on Friday stated that Matane made the plea in Dutsen Magaji, Mariga local government area of the state while addressing bandits Read More

Bandits kill traditional ruler, 9 others, abduct 25 in Niger

February 16, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Bandits on Tuesday invaded some communities in two local governments of Niger state in which the District Head of Kusheriki, Mas’ud Abubaker, five Vigilantes and four other persons were reportedly killed. The traditional ruler was said to have be murdered in Kusheriki of Rafi local government while the vigilantes and four others were killed in Fuye village of Munya local Read More

NUJ wants release of kidnapped Punch reporter

February 5, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, has called for the immediate release of a correspondent with the Punch newspapers, Okechukwu Nnodim. The Council in a press statement by its chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche, and the secretary, Ochiaka Ugwu, Friday in Abuja, said Nnodim was allegedly kidnapped by four gunmen in his Abuja home who gained access to his residence Read More

NUJ demands immediate release of kidnapped Punch reporter

February 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, has called for the immediate release of Okechukwu Nnodim, a correspondent with the Punch Newspapers. Nnodim was allegedly kidnapped by four gunmen in his Abuja home who gained access to his residence by scaling his fence after firing several gunshots in the air. In a press statement released by the council Friday, Read More

Kaduna: Troops capture 3 bandits, rescue 4 women, gunmen kidnap 21

January 30, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Up to 21 people were abducted by gunmen on Friday night at Kurmin Idon, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state, two of the victims were however rescued by police, as another one escaped. In a related development, troops captured three kidnappers and rescued two abducted women from their kidnappers at a location close to Gadanin Gwari, Gwagwada district of Chikun Read More

Gunmen abduct 14 in Kogi community

January 27, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Fourteen persons from Okun land were on Monday kidnapped by yet to be identified gunmen in Kogi state. The victims were kidnapped between Iffe and Egbeda in Ijumu council area of the state. Amongst the kidnapped was Mrs Kola-Ojo wife to the late Peoples Democratic Party zonal chairman, the late Barr Matthew Kola-Ojo. The journey was said to be her Read More