ACROSS THE NATION
Delta Kidnapping: Pastor, Police Anti-Kidnapping Squad Boss
In a move that
validates the long-held insider conspiracy theory on the
worrisome spate of ransom kidnapping in Delta State, the leader
of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Delta State Police Command
in Asaba has been arrested.
A crack team from the
Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) swooped on the
special anti-kidnap outfit in the state, whisking the suspects
away to Abuja for further interrogation.
The head of the
squad, who was identified as Mr. Dickson Adeyemi, a Chief
Superintendent of Police (CSP), was arrested with some of "his
boys" in response to preliminary investigations into the upsurge
in ransom abductions in the state, which mostly target oil
workers, top ranking politicians and other professionals as well
as their relations.
Nearly 100 suspects
have been arrested in connection with various cases of
kidnapping and attempted kidnapping in Delta State in 2012
Among those presently
undergoing interrogation are 40 persons arrested by the Police,
the same number as have been apprehended by the country's State
Security Service (SSS). The Nigerian Army has equally arrested
18 persons during patrol of black spots in the oil-rich city of
Warri and its environs the last few days.
Uduaghan disclosed these on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on
the state government's efforts to arrest the worrisome trend, at
the end of a special meeting with traditional rulers and
community leaders across the state.
“The head of the
Anti-Kidnapping Squad in the state has been arrested with his
boys and taken to the CID headquarters for alleged involvement
in kidnapping and related criminals activities,” Uduaghan said.
“They are greedy people who are common criminals, so poverty and
hunger are no excuses for engaging in the crime.”
The governor also
revealed that a certain pastor was in police net for his
involvement in kidnapping while he continued to pull the wool
over the eyes of community members that he was a man of God.
Some abductees were allegedly found in the pastor's residence
when security operatives searched it recently.
Admitting that cases
of abduction have posed a serious security challenge for the
government especially in the last few weeks, he stated that
security investigations have uncovered the huge impact of
insiders in the success of the crime.
involvement”, he explained, includes the collusion of relatives
of kidnapped victims, domestic staff, such as drivers and cooks,
and co-workers who either directly recruit the kidnappers or
give out information about the financial dealings and movement
of the victims.
He, therefore, warned
members of the public to be wary of divulging too much
information to other people, especially concerning financial
transactions. He also called for internal vigilance, and
commended members of the Warri chapter of the Nigerian Bar
Association (NBA) for their efforts in combating the menace.###
Kaduna Easter Blast Toll Nears 40 ...ACF Condemns Attack
The Death toll in the
blast following the Easter Sunday bombing that occurred at
Sardauna Crescent in Kaduna township according to latest
reports, is already nearing 40.
The blast occurred
near churches, hotels and residential buildings. Kaduna is
almost evenly divided amongst Christians and Muslims, who live
in the South and North of the state respectively.
No group has claimed
responsibility for the attack even though the deadly terrorist
group Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for several similar
attacks targeting Christian worship sites.
Addressing newsmen on
Sunday afternoon, Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna State
Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Abubakar Zakari Adamu,
informed journalists that about 38 people had been confirmed
dead while at least another 13 were seriously injured and
receiving treatment in various hospitals across the city.
“We took seven
persons to Rakiya Memorial Hospital, out of which five have died
while the remaining two have been transferred to 44 Army
Reference Hospital, where about 20 others have been taken. At
the St Gerald Hospital, out of the 10 people taken there, five
died while the remaining five are receiving treatment,” he
“At Barau Dikko
Hospital, we have six dead bodies with six others injured; while
about 20 people died on the spot. In all, we have about 36 dead
bodies while 13 others are seriously injured.”
But a Red Cross
official who spoke anonymously suggested that the casualty
figure could rise, as security agents and other emergency
workers have equally been involved in the business of evacuating
dead bodies from the scene.
At least six vehicles
and about 60 buildings, including two popular hotels —Fina White
House Hotel and Marhaba Hotel — scores of residences and the All
Nations Christian Assembly located along Gwari Road were
devastated by the blast.
ACF Statement on
Consultative Forum, a foremost northern group has condemned
Sunday's bombing saying it is “unconscionable and so
In a statement by its
National Publicity Secretary, Anthony N.Z. Sani, the ACF said,
“The news of bomb explosions in Kaduna which claimed many lives
and destroyed properties today suggest some people are
determined to undermine the needed peaceful coexistence and
national security. This is unconscionable and so condemnable.
Few things are less pleasing to God when innocent people are
killed in the name of God.
“Yes ACF asks
Nigerians not to be discouraged by the spate of bomb explosions.
Rather; they should regard the challenges by the insecurity as a
collective responsibility by living up the collective
condemns the bomb explosions and condoles those who lost lives
and properties, as well as pray for the repose of the souls of
those who died.
“May He make it
possible for replacements many folds.”
51 Rocket Launchers
Thursday seized 51 rocket launchers in a house in Barunde area
of Gombe metropolis which was being used to manufacture rockets
and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) reported that the raid, carried out by State
Security Service (SSS) personnel and the army, came a few hours
after four persons were arrested with 60 explosive devices in
another part of the city.
The Director of SSS
in Gombe State, Mr. Bitrus Asha, who conducted journalists round
the “factory”, said one man had been arrested in the house.
Asha disclosed that
51 rocket launchers, 48 bags of fertiliser, sulphuric acid and
cortex items were recovered.
Other items recovered
are detonators, remote control devices, different types of
chemicals, six containers for preparation of IEDs and other
He advised people to
report suspicious characters to security agents, adding that the
SSS and other security agencies would reinforce the operation,
which would be sustained.
State government and the Joint Task Force (JTF) Thursday blamed
the residents of the state for the continued siege of Boko Haram
on the state.
They said the
non-provision of vital information that would lead to the arrest
of the sect members was the reason why there was no end in sight
to the insecurity of the state and by extension the entire
The Deputy Governor
of Borno State, Alhaji Zanna Mustapha, who was at the Monday
Market, Maiduguri, where 11 persons were confirmed killed by the
sect, said the only way to end the onslaught of the
fundamentalists was by providing the right information that
would lead to their arrest.
The deputy governor,
who was at the market to commiserate with the traders, promised
that the state government in collaboration with the security
agencies would provide adequate security in and around the
He assured the
families of those who lost their beloved ones that government
would assist them in whatever capacity, and called on the
general public to cooperate with the security agencies in
providing information that would assist in arresting those who
are terrorising innocent people in the state.
Mustapha added that
without the people giving adequate information to the security
agencies, government alone could not stop the rampant killings
by the faceless group who are hiding under religion to cause
He also directed the
General Manager of the market, Alhaji Ajiya Terab, to sensitise
all traders on the importance of giving information on suspected
criminals in the market to the security agencies, particularly
the JTF, promising that such information would be treated with
Also yesterday, the
JTF came out to state that the battle to smoke out the
fundamentalists was needlessly prolonged due to the
uncooperative attitude of residents of Maiduguri.
The spokesman of the
task force, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, in a press release, said: "The
JTF in Borno State has observed with concern the poor attitude
of the public in Maiduguri metropolis to the issue of
information sharing with security agencies.
"It is worrisome that
Boko Haram terrorists are living in the same community with the
people without requisite information that will assist the JTF in
He warned that the
task force would deal ruthlessly with anyone trying to disrupt
the peace of the state especially during the Easter period and
Musa assured everyone
of confidentiality of information given.
He said: "They need
not fear for any information passed to the JTF will be treated
with utmost confidentiality.”
More facts have been
provided on Wednesday's attack on the Monday Market.
Terab said that
11 persons were killed, made up of nine Igbos and three Kanuri
Musa had on Wednesday
said that only one person was killed in the deadly attack, but
his counterpart in the police was more lenient with the truth,
insisting that seven persons were killed.
conducted the deputy governor round the scene of the attack,
stated that seven out of the 11 died at the spot, while the
other four who were rushed to the hospital for treatment could
not survive the gunshots.
Three of them also
died before reaching the hospital, including Miss Amaka, who in
the process of running to see her father who was shot dead, was
also killed by the gunmen.
The GM told the
deputy governor that gunmen numbering about 10 invaded the
market with four of them carrying AK47s, while the others were
in possession of pistols.
They started shooting
at their targets without any confrontation from anyone despite
the deployment of some security agents in the market.
On why the market was
closed yesterday, he told the deputy governor that the
management of the market had to close it for the moment in
honour of the dead.###