Lai on Greenfield varsity/forest abductions: FG, Kaduna govt working to secure students’ freedom

The federal government Tuesday said it was in collaboration with the Kaduna state government to secure the release of abducted students of Greenfield University and their counterparts from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka both in the state. The government also condemned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for engaging in “political gimmickry” while suggesting the way out of the current security Read More

May Day: NLC tasks Ayade on release of kidnapped Chairman

May 1, 2021 Editor 0

The organised Labour in Cross River state has charged Governor Ben Ayade and the security operatives in the state to ensure the immediate release of the Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Ben Ukpepi, who was kidnapped on March 21, 2021 and a ransom tag of N150 million put on his head by his abductors. They made the demand in Calabar, Read More

Banditry: We’re in serious danger, Zuru people cry out

April 29, 2021 Kabiru Dogon Daji 0

Families and victims of insurgency and banditry in Zuru emirate of Kebbi state Thursday cried out over the rising security challenges facing their defenceless communities. The spokesman of the victims, Mallam Danlami Isa Bena, while addressing newsmen in Zuru said the dangerous situation has impacted negatively on the socio-economic activities of their people, especially in the areas of commerce and Read More

Presidency, APC insensitive to Nigeria’s security challenges – PDP

April 29, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has the silence by the Presidency in the face of terrorists’ occupation, mass killings, kidnappings, acts of banditry and escalated insecurity enveloping all parts of the nation further confirms President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) are insensitive. The party in statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Wednesday lamented that “the decision Read More

How women can help curb insecurity – Okorocha

April 26, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has said insecurity, including banditry, kidnapping and killings by Fulani herdsmen will stop if women are empowered to bring up children in society. Speaking in Abuja during the first conference and inauguration of the United Business Women Association of Nigeria (UBWA), Okorocha said that poor family upbringing is the reason insecurity is Read More

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

Osun: Villagers, hunters engage kidnappers in gun duel, foil attempt

April 19, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Some suspected herdsmen were Monday faced with hunters in Koka village, Ibokun, Osun state, during an attempt to kidnap some inhabitants of the village.  The herdsmen suspected to be kidnappers, were said to have entered the village around 12midnight, and attempted to kidnap some members of the village.  It was gathered that some villagers and hunters have been preparing to Read More

Uber, Bolt drivers threaten strike if…

April 17, 2021 NAN 0

Some Uber and Bolt e-cab drivers in Lagos on Saturday asked the e-hailing companies to immediately increase fares being charged by the operators, failing which they would go off the roads on Monday. The e-cab operators, under the aegis of Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA), threatened to embark on the strike if their demands were not met. Read More

Pirates release 15 sailors abducted in Gulf of Guinea

April 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The 15 crew members kidnapped from a chemical tanker off the coast of Benin more than a month ago have been released, the ship’s Dutch owners have said. De Poli Tankers said the company was “delighted to report that all fifteen of its officers and crew abducted from its vessel Davide B in the Gulf of Guinea on March 11 Read More

An agenda for IGP Usman Alkali Baba

April 10, 2021 Ruth Eguono Olofin 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially appointed a new Inspector General of Police to replace the former IGP Mr Mohammed Adamu as the number one Cop of the nation. Mr Adamu whose tenure formally ended on February 1st, 2021 was extended against public outcry in view of public service rules and the provisions of the Police Act of 2020. That extension Read More

FCT: Residents desert Kiyi community over rising kidnapping

April 8, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The Etsu of Kiyi in Kuje council area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Alhaji Jibrin Shaban has raised the alarm over the rising cases of kidnapping in his domain. Speaking with Blueprint on the recent incident in the area, Shaban said gunmen believed to be kidnappers, armed with dangerous weapons recently attacked Kiyi community, a suburb of Kuje Read More

Insecurity: NSCDC to commission Special Women Squad against bandits, kidnappers

April 4, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The new Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has said his leadership will soon commission a special Women Squad to fight the challenges of banditry and kidnapping in the country. Dr. Audi also revealed that the Corps has commissioned a team of researchers and intellectuals who are currently conducting what “vulnerability 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

Time to heal Nigeria, Uba Sani preaches at Easter

April 3, 2021 Editor 0

Senator Uba Sani representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly has called on Christians in the country to see Easter as the period to pray for the healing of the nation. He said the need for prayer is because Nigeria is at the crossroads, facing huge economic and security challenges. In his Easter message to the people, the lawmaker noted Read More

Sen. Adeola urges prayer for national peace, security

April 2, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The senator representing Lagos West, Solomon Adeola (APC) has called on all Nigerians to pray for peace and security amidst serious insecurity in the country. In his Easter message Friday, he appealed to all to practise the Christian virtues of sacrifice, patience, love and abiding faith for a better tomorrow as exemplified in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read More

After Blueprint reports, Abiodun inaugurates Amotekun in Ogun

April 1, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Rising from Blueprint Newspaper report on the cases of kidnapping and Banditry in Ogun State, the state Governor Thursday inaugurated the Joint Security Outfit, code named ‘Amotekun’ to fight criminality in the state. Speaking at the inauguration held at the Arcade Ground of the Governors Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Gov. Abiodun stated that with the inauguration, no part of Ogun State Read More

Breaking: Buhari gives Service Chiefs fresh marching orders on banditry, Boko Haram, kidnapping

March 30, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has handed down a fresh clampdown order to the Service Chiefs and other security heads by identifying the sponsors and perpetrators of banditry, Boko Haram, kidnapping and other insecurity issues. A media aide to the President Bashir Ahmad who revealed this via his verified twitter handle wrote, “During his meeting with the service chiefs and other heads Read More

Ohanaeze Ndigbo cries for help as gunmen kidnap car dealer in Bayelsa

March 29, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Bayelsa state Chapter, has called on the leadership of Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) Worldwide to come to its aide over the kidnap of a billionaire car dealer, Mr. Emeka Chindu, by  gunmen Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state Capital. According to the Acting President of the Igbo youth body, Mr. Ikem Chibuzor, the businessman who Read More

Akwa Ibom: Customs sieze 391, 631 contraband goods, arrest 66 suspects in 6 months

March 26, 2021 Uko Etim, Uyo 0

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) under the Joint Boarder Patrol Team (JBPT) said it has intercepted no fewer than 391,631 contraband goods smuggled into the country through south-south and south-east states’ boarders between September, 2020 and February 2021. The Sector Coordinator 1 in charge of South-South and South-East zone, Comptroller Shehu Abubakar, made the disclosure in a statement signed and Read More

Continuous silence on insecurity too loud, disturbing – PFN tells Buhari

March 25, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, on Wednesday said the continuous silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the insecurity in  Nigeria ” is too loud ,  disheartening and disturbing.” The PFN President stated this at the Cornerstone City, Ibadan when he received separately, the Lagos, Ogun and Osun States’ Chapters of the PFN led Read More

2023: GYB the incoming president

March 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

For obvious reasons, Governor Yahaya Belloof Kogi state is becoming more popular in the current political dispensation due to his purposeful leadership. Political analysts opine that building skyscrapers is not the only the determinant of a functional government. A good and responsible government must provide means of livelihood and connecting to the citizenry by way of creating and giving a Read More

Female boarding schools resumption: An open letter to Governor Masari

March 23, 2021 Editorial IV 0

I am optimistic that the recent resolution by the Katsina State Government under the leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari to reopen of all female Boarding schools to on Day SystemBasis to nearby Schools of their locations/residence on Wednesday 24th March, 2021, after closing them for over two months as a result of Banditry and abduction of Government Science Secondary 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