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How Buhari is tackling security challenges – Presidency

May 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

As Nigerians continue to grapple with multi-faceted security crises in different parts of the country, the Buhari administration has released measures being taken by the police and security forces to address the challenges. Violent crimes, especially armed robbery, banditry and kidnapping, have taken heavy toll on the country in recent weeks as both the affluent and average citizens have been Read More

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C/River kidnap doctor regains freedom

May 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

Ogbonna Uchenna-Aju, a medical practitioner who was kidnapped on May 3 in Cross River by gunmen, has regained freedom, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Uchenna-Aju was kidnapped while on transit from Ogoja local government area to his house in Obudu local government area in the state. The announcement of his release is contained in a communiqué signed by Read More

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NYSC confirms abduction of corps member by Boko Haram

May 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Borno state Monday confirmed the abduction of a male corps member, Mr Abraham Amuta, by Boko Haram insurgents. The Borno State NYSC Coordinator, Mr Rabiu Aminu made the confirmation to newsmen in Maiduguri. Aminu said the corps member was abducted along with a pastor who is with the Living Faith Church, Maiduguri identified Read More

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Breaking: Tension in Osun as Kidnappers abduct OAU lecturer

May 6, 2019 Editorial II 0

A lecturer of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Prof Adegbehingbe, was on Sunday night kidnapped by unknown gunmen along Ife/Ibadan expressway, Blueprint has gathered. A source told Blueprint correspondent that the lecturer was kidnapped on his way to Ife around 9 pm on Sunday. It was gathered that the lecturer was kidnapped around Ikire, Irewole local government area of Osun Read More

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IG deploys special anti-kidnap squad to Abia- CP

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

Commissioner of Police in Abia state, Mr Ene Okon, said the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed his Special Technical Squad to assist the Abia command in the fight against kidnapping. Ene said this at a meeting he held with Aba residents, Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) members and policemen in the divisions under the Aba Area Command Tuesday. Read More

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Katsina state and the challenge of tackling insecurity

April 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Armed banditry and lately kidnapping appear to have overran Katsina state even as the state government struggles to overcome the challenge. HAMIDU SABO examines the efforts of the Bello Masari administration in this regard. Before 2015, residents of Katsina state especially in rural areas had to grapple with the menace of cattle rustling, banditry and other organised criminal activities. It Read More

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Anambra police rescue kidnap victim, arrest suspected robber

April 26, 2019 Editorial III 0

Anambra state police command, on Friday rescued a kidnap victim, Obinna Davidson, as well as his vehicle, after bursting a secluded flat in Oba, Idemili South LGA of the state. According to the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Haruna Mohammed, the rescue was made by operatives attached to Operation Udoka who followed a tip-off from their Imo state counterparts. He Read More

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Kidnapping, a booming business?

April 13, 2019 Editor 0

ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU in this piece takes a look at the many cases of kidnapping as a business that is probably booming in most parts of the country and writes on the possible way out. The act of abducting someone and holding him/her captive – kidnapping – was 10 years ago considered alien to Nigeria. However, in recent times the rate Read More

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Ooni’s queen decries kidnapping, Killings in Nigeria

April 10, 2019 Editorial II 0

Wife of the Ooni of Ife and founder of En-heralds Ministry, Prophetess Silekunola Naomi Ogunwusi, has added her voice in condemning the high incidence of kidnapping and killings in the country. Oueen Ogunwusi challenged the religious leaders in the country to work harder in order to reduce the ugly development. The wife of the Yoruba monarch said faith remained one of the Read More

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Set Zamfara forest ablaze to stop killings, Don tells FG

April 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A senior lecturer with the department of Mass Communication Bayero University Kano, Dr. Bala Mohammed, has called on the Federal Government to swing into action by setting Zamfara forest on fire for the terrorists hiding in the thick forest to be smoked out and bring to an end the persistent spate of kidnapping and wanton killings. Speaking at a one Read More

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Protesters hit Abuja, demand end to killings, kidnappings in Zamfara, others

April 6, 2019 Editor 0

Indigenes of Zamfara, resident in Abuja, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene and stop the killings and kidnappings currently going on in the state. The indigenes, who held a protest in Abuja on Saturday, decried the insecurity in the State which has resulted in apprehension, displacements of communities and loss of lives. The convener of the protest, Read More

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Police rescue 5-year-old girl kidnapped in Warri

March 25, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Police in Nasarawa state has rescued unhurt a five-year-old girl, Aisha Ibrahim who was kidnapped on March 16, 2019, at Ibudu 1 Area, Warri, Delta state, by unknown persons, in Bukan-Kwatu, Lafia, Nasarawa state. A press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, Monday in Abuja, said Ibrahim was reunited with her father, Mr Ibrahim Abdulmalik, Read More

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Kidnappers demand N50m to release Channels TV reporter, Okeregbe

March 24, 2019 Editorial II 0

An Abuja based journalist, Friday Okeregbe of Channels television, has been Kidnapped. Okeregbe was reported to have been abducted on his way from his Mechanic on Friday at Games Village area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Blueprint learnt that the kidnappers have, however, reached out to Okeregbe’s wife on Saturday’s night demanding for about N50 million. Details later…

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Court remands 3 persons for alleged kidnapping in Osun

March 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

26-year-old Osu Joy, his boyfriend, Sidney Onwuka, and a Nurse, Agubata Maxwell, have been remanded by a court in Ilesa prison for alleged conspiracy and kidnapping. Joy and her 28-year-old boyfriend, Onwuka, were alleged to have stolen a 2-year-old Abdullahi Azeez in Osogbo and sold to Maxwell in Oweri, Imo state. Maxwell, a 39-year-old man, claimed to be a Nurse, operating Read More

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Changed plea: Judge fixes Evans’ trial for Nov 3

October 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Justice Hakeem of the Oshodi   Ikeja Division of the Lagos state High Court yesterday fi xed November 3 for the trial of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans) and fi ve others Th e defendants – Evans, Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Nwachukwu Okwuchukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, and Victor Aduba – pleaded not guilty to an amended two-count charge of conspiracy and Read More

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Kidnapping: Obaseki seeks NSA intervention

October 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Patrick Ahanor   Benin City Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, is set to meet the National Security Adviser, Maj- Gen. Babagana Mongonu, over the spate of kidnapping and other security challenges in the state. Violent crime in the state took a worrisome dimension in the last three weeks, following the killing of three policemen guarding the Ogba Zoological Garden Read More