Kaduna attack: Kidnappers confirm railway road victim with them

Gunmen who Friday 20 November attacked motorists along airport – railway station road have confirmed one of the victims is with them with bullet lodged in his body. The victim, Sani Khalil was one of the three in a car when the gunmen attacked them. One of them, Rabiu Auwal died at 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna while another one, Umar Khaddab is still on admission. A source close to the family said the kidnappers called Saturday 21 November confirming Khalil is with them. The victim was said to…

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Kidnapping, Violent Crimes: Delta security outfit gets December launch date

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has said that the state’s security outfit, ‘Operation Delta Hawk’, created to tackle kidnapping and other violent crimes, including farmers-herders’ clashes, would commence operations before Christmas. The governor, who disclosed this at a meeting with traditional rulers and religious leaders in Asaba, said establishing the outfit took a while because he wanted to ensure that everything was in place. He said that necessary operational equipment required to enable it tackle carry out its mandate had been procured and that it would work closely with vigilante…

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US forces rescue American hostage from bandits in Nigeria

The United States (US) forces have rescued an American hostage in Nigeria, its Department of Defense, a.k.a. the Pentagon, said yesterday. An American citizen, Philip Walton, abducted by suspected bandits last week in Niger Republic had been rescued during a high-risk U.S. military raid in Nigeria. The man was abducted in Niger Republic and taken across the border to Nigeria, where US forces freed him without suffering any casualties, it said. According to report, the operation involved the governments of the U.S., Niger and Nigeria working together to rescue Walton…

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Jigawa: Man assigned to deliver ransom to kidnappers shot dead

A 35-year-old Abubakar Mutari was killed by abductors of the son of Jigawa State House of Assembly member after they received N2.5m ransom. Report indicates that gunmen had kidnapped the son of Jigawa State House of Assembly member representing Auyo Local Government Area, Hon. Isiyaku Sani. Source close to the deceased confirmed that the kidnappers demanded N2.5m as ransom for the release of the victim. He explained that the kidnappers killed one of the victim’s relatives and injured one who took the money to the abductors along Gujunju to Gagarawa…

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Kidnapping: Nigerian Senate passes bill prescribing life imprisonment for offenders

Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a bill which prescribes life jail to replace the current 10 years maximum sentence for kidnappers. These resolutions of the Senate followed the third reading and passage of “A bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act CAP. C.38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.” The bill sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) seeks to delete the statute of limitation on defilement, increase punishment for the offence of kidnapping, and remove gender restrictions in the offence of rape and other…

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