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Greenfield Abduction: 10 Students released, 5 Students Murdered, others still Captives (Highlights)

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Parents Of Abducted Students, SU Leaders Protests At National Assembly

Parents of the abducted students of Greenfield University,  Kaduna State occupied the National Assembly complex Abuja, in protest on Tuesday.

The protesters which include members of the Students Union Government, SUG, of the institution are lamenting over what they described as the negligence of the state and Federal Government in securing the release of the children.

They chanted songs of solidarity and displayed placards demanding prompt rescue of the students.

The main entrance of the National Assembly was however manned by security agents who denied the protesters entrance.

On March 11, 2021, 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State were abducted from their hostels by bandits dressed in military uniform.

Ten of the students were released in two batches of five each but 29 others have remained in captivity.

 Presidency Urges all hands to be on deck with Kaduna Govt to ensure the Remaining Students are rescued

The Presidency has pledged to ensure that the surviving students are rescued unhurt. Parents of the abducted students had stormed the federal capital, Abuja, on Tuesday to demand action from the Federal Government toward the students’ rescue.

This came after the abductors reportedly killed five out of the abducted students over the federal and Kaduna State government’s failure to pay N100 million ransom.

But the Presidency, in a terse statement tweeted from its official Twitter account (@NGRPresident) on Tuesday night, said it was working closely with security agencies and Kaduna State Government to rescue the students.

“We deeply share the anguish of the parents of the abducted Greenfield University students. The Federal Government through the military and intelligence agencies is working to support the Kaduna State Government to bring this tragic saga to an end with no further loss of innocent life.

“We will ensure that good triumphs over evil, and that all of the bandits and criminals terrorizing innocent lives and communities are brought to book. This is a time for all Nigerians to unite, regardless of religion, ethnicity or partisan affiliation against a common, dastardly enemy,” it stated.

“CBN Should Pay N100m Greenfield Students’ Ransom Before It’s Too Late” – Gumi

An Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, on Tuesday urged government not to take the threat by the kidnappers of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna lightly.

Gumi, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH, said the Central Bank of Nigeria should pay the N100m ransom being demanded by the kidnappers of the students.

He made the call as a parent of one of the abductees lamented that the kidnappers were insisting on a ransom of N100m.

The parent, who spoke to one of our correspondents in Kaduna on condition of anonymity, lamented that the bandits were still insisting on their demands and threatening to kill the students.

No fewer than 23 students and a member of staff of the university were abducted from the school on April 20, 2021. Few days later, five of the students were killed by the bandits.

Gumi, speaking on Tuesday during a programme of the African Independent Television said he needed the support of the Federal Government to rescue the students.

When asked if he was aware of the kidnap of the students of Greenfield University and the Federal College of Forestry, he said “As for the forestry students, we have been trying to see whether we can get some of the herdsmen’s contact so that they can release these people.

“We have also been trying our best but you know we have limitations, there are lots of obstacles on the way but the parents have been really consulting with us.”

On the Greenfield University students, the cleric said, “The issue of the Greenfield students is a little bit more complex.

“There are two groups of bandits. We have the ordinary Fulani ethnic herdsmen and the religious elements, terrorists. That is why we have been telling the government to support us so that we can go in and bring the children out.

“The issue is getting compounded because this element is coming in; Boko Haram is coming into the scene now. They are the ones that captured Greenfield students. It is not a question of sleeping. You have to act very fast.”

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On Monday, one of the bandits, Sani Jalingo, in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, demanded N100m and 10 motorcycles for the students to be freed.

He threatened that the failure of the Kaduna State Government or families of the students to meet the demands by Tuesday (yesterday), would lead to the killing of the abductees.

Bandits not shifting ground, insist on N100m, 10 motorcycles – Parent cries out

The parent, who spoke to The PUNCH correspondent in Kaduna at 9pm on Tuesday, called on the Federal Government to do everything possible to rescue the students.

He also called on corporate organisations to assist in rescuing the students.

He said the call became imperative as the bandits stood their ground that unless their demands were met the remaining students would be killed.

He said, “The bandits still stand their ground of demanding N100m and ten motorcycles; no individual negotiation.

“We are calling on the government to do whatever it can to see to the release of our children. Our children have stayed long in the forest.

“We don’t know the state of their health at the moment. We don’t know whether they are being fed or how they are treated by the bandits.

“All that we can say now is for the government of the day, especially, the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid. We can’t afford the N100m and the motorcycles demanded by the bandits.

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“We are also calling on corporate organisations to come under their corporate social responsibilities to assist us to get our children out of the bandits’ den.

Gumi, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, lamented that his efforts, which had been yielding fruits, were not being appreciated by the government.

He said, “ The money they are asking for is too much; if I give you that money, you cannot run away with it. Nobody can run. So, why not give them the money, they release the boys and then we pursue them and get our money back and do what is necessary; it is simple logic. So, bring the money from the central bank. How can they move that money? We should not be stupid.

“These people are getting infiltrated; Boko Haram is getting close and they don’t respect the clergy. I need support to get them inoculated against the infiltration of these ideologies, whether Boko Haram or Ansaru, whatever it is. We need to shield them because they are naïve. If there is too much pressure on them, and they see help from Boko Haram, who are richer and have more weapons, it is going to consume everybody.”

 

 

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Troops sustain onslaught against bandits in N/West, N/Central — DHQ

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By Gistflash

June 17, 2021

The Defence Headquarters says the military has sustained onslaught against bandits, kidnappers and other criminals by denying them freedom of action in the North West and North Central zones of the country.

Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the military operations across the country between June 3, and June 16, on Thursday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said that troops had continued to carry out ambushes, aggressive fighting patrols, air raids, sustained air Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance patrols as well as cordon and search operations.

He said that troops had on June 3, intercepted and neutralised some gunrunners who were in possession of assorted arms and ammunition between Naimaimai Village and Sabon Birni in Sokoto State.

He also disclosed that the Air Component conducted air raids on bandits’ enclaves at Jibia area of Katsina State on June 6, killing scores of bandits.

“In same vein, troops while on aggressive fighting patrol arrested some kidnappers and rescued some of their victims at Bena Market in Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi.

“During the operation, large caches of arms and ammunition and equipment as well as vehicles were captured from the criminal elements.

“Troops have continued to dominate the theatre of operation with aggressive patrols and sustained air intelligence surveillance to deny bandits freedom of operation,” he said.

In the North Central, Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Safe Haven, have continued to record successes in kinetic and non-kinetic operations in Plateau.

He said the troops had on June 5, ambushed and arrested some cultists who reportedly belong to a criminal gang that attacks and robs commuters and dispossess’ them of their belongings at Terminus general area of Jos.

He said that the feat was achieved following credible intelligence.

According to him, troops on patrol on same day arrested a notorious kidnapper, who has been on the wanted list of security agents, by name Halilu Umaru, around Mangu Market of the state.

He said that Umaru was in possession of assorted arms and ammunition and other dangerous weapons at the time of arrest.
The defence spokesperson said that all arrested criminals and recovered items were handed over to appropriate agencies for further necessary actions.

He further said that the troops held stakeholders’ meetings at different locations as part of non-kinetic operation of Operation SAFE HAVEN.

He noted that the meetings were aimed at building peace, trust and confidence amongst the locals, Fulani leaders and herders to discuss measures at tackling insecurity in their area of responsibility during the period.

Onyeuko also stated that troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE had on June 3, arrested some criminal gang members at Ayiin town in Logo Local Government Area of Benue.

He said that the criminals were among others involved in kidnapping and other related criminal activities in the area.

He added that the arrested criminals and weapons recovered have been handed over to appropriate agencies for further action.

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Police rescued 37 murder, kidnap, human trafficking victims in 2 months in Edo – CP

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June 16, 2021

The Police Command in Edo, on Wednesday, said it had rescued no fewer than 37 victims of kidnapping, murder and human trafficking in the state in the last two months.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Phillip Ogbadu, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command within the period, in Benin.

Ogbadu explained that the figure comprised 10 murder victims, 21 kidnap victims and six human trafficking victims.

He also disclosed that within the period under review, 320 suspects were arrested for various crimes, out of whom 150 had been charged to court.

The police commissioner explained that the suspects were arrested for alleged kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, murder, human trafficking, and unlawful possession of firearms.

Ogbadu added that some exhibits recovered within the period included two pump action, three English-made double-barrel guns and 18 locally-made cut-to-size guns.

Other exhibits, he said, were four locally-made pistols, 22 live ammunitions, 81 live cartridges and assorted vehicles.

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Police arrest 7 suspected cult members in Lagos

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June 14, 2021

The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested seven suspected cult members and recovered some dangerous weapons from them.

This is contained in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

Adejobi said operatives from Morogbo Division, arrested the suspects on Sunday after it got an information that some men suspected to be cult members were meeting at a hotel in Morogbo.

He said the suspects were arrested with a locally made pistol, two live cartridges, one axe and assorted charms.

Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered that the case be transferred to the Command’s Special Squad, Ikeja, for investigation.

He said the CP reiterated the command’s commitment to tackle cultism and all sorts of crimes in the state.

“The CP calls on all residents to join hands with the police to improve on the already established security architecture of the state,” he added.

In another development, police operatives attached to Ipakodo Division, Ikorodu, on June 7 arrested one Kayode Adeyanju, 45, for allegedly defiling his 14-year-old daughter.

The spokesman said that the girl reported the case at Ipakodo Police Station on June 7.

Adejobi said the CP also ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Command for further investigation.

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