Gunmen have kidnapped three underage children in Ajaokuta Local Government area of Kogi State, asking for ransom of N100m.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kogi State Command William Ayah confirmed the abduction on Friday.
In a statement, he said the Commissioner of Police in the state Edward Ebuka has deployed operatives of various police anti-kidnapping units in collaboration with vigilantes and hunters to trail the kidnappers in order to rescue the children and bring the perpetrators to book.
The three children whose ages ranged from three, five, and ten years were on Wednesday evening around eight o’clock kidnapped at their resident, Kaduna Estate Ajaokuta Steel Township complex, by yet-to-be-identified gunmen
Eyewitness reports revealed that the kidnappers who were fully armed with guns shot sporadically to scare residents away before they abducted the children.
A family member who wants anonymity disclosed that the gunmen on Thursday morning contacted the family and demanded N100m as ransom.
The incident is coming days after gunmen killed three policemen and five vigilantes at Jida-Bassa also in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.
But, as part of measures to curb the incessant security challenges in Kogi State, the state governor Yahaya Bello ordered the closure of all brothels and banned the use of facemasks in public places for proper identification.
Insecurity: DHQ Strategies operation, holds joint simulation exercise
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor on Wednesday, unveiled the Defence Headquarter (DHQ) joint simulation exercise and the review of ongoing Operation Whirl Punch.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Operation Whirl Punch is a DHQ led operation that deals with the menace of banditry and terrorism in Kaduna and Niger States.
Irabor said professionalism remained the thrust of the Armed Forces in addressing the prevailing security challenges in the country.
He said the simulation exercise was designed to reshape and review the operation in a bid to enhance operational effectiveness of the military,
The CDS added that joint training was needed to contend with the current issues and reposition personnel to effectively address future threats to the nation.
According to him, professionalism is a process and every organization will have to continue to review its structure and setting in a bid to get better.
“For us in the armed forces, a lot of mileage has been covered, but I will also indicate that we still have so much more to cover.
“Since we operate within a geographic environment which is within our geographical space, the contending issues are far beyond those within our space.
“They also involve those that are global in nature, some are made, others, of course, are natural.
“But as members of the armed forces, it is necessary for us to sieve these issues and have them properly contextualized and get ready to plan contingencies to be able to redress them.
“At any point in time when the armed forces are called upon, there would not be any reason for any excuse for failures.
“Currently, the armed forces, as you know, is engaged in various theatres across the country.
“Dealing with issues that are more internal in nature, which at some points have had to involve the resources and the capacities of the armed forces”, he said.
Irabor disclosed that the armed forces looked forward to assisting other agencies to increase their capacity to respond to internal security challenges.
This, according to him, is to enable the military to focus more on issues that were traditionally its responsibilities.
He said it was a long-term goal that the armed forces would continue to escalate in the interim, to sufficiently bring respite to the security environment.
The Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, said the exercise was a follow up to one of the key decisions reached during the defence retreat at Asaba.
Yekini said the main objective was to find ways to further enhance jointness in military operations, working with other security agencies to overcome the contemporary security challenges facing the country.
This, according to him, is in line with the CDS’ leadership focus, which is to foster a professional armed force.
Yekini therefore said there was no better way of fostering professionalism other than through joint training involving personnel of the three services.
“This exercise is designed to upgrade one of our key operations, Operation Whirl Punch, which is involved in counter terrorism and counter insurgency operation in Kaduna and Niger states.
“It is instructive to mention that the operation was recently reviewed to bring together under a unified command, the different civil service and police operations in the area.
“This review was followed by the launching of Operation Forest Sanity, which has substantially degraded enemy forces in the two states, thereby improving security along the general axes,” he said.
Yekini said the participants were expected to articulate lessons and observations derived during the exercise.
He urged them to be committed to the exercise and bridge the lapses already experienced by troops in the joint operations.
Military Releases Details Of 19 Wanted Terrorists, Places N5m Bounty On Each
The Defence Headquarters on Monday published details of 19 wanted terrorists with a reward of N5 million reward for any person who brings information leading to the arrest of any of the insurgents.
In a statement, the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor said Nigerians should contact the military on 09135904467 with relevant information that can lead to their capture.
The identities of 19 terrorist commanders who have been wreaking havocs in North-East, North-West and North-Central zones of the country.
Sani Dangote – ORIGIN: Dumbarum Village. Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State
Bello Turji Gudda – ORIGIN: FAKAI Village of Zamfara State
Leko – ORIGIN: MOZOJ VIllage, Mutazu LGA of Katsina State
Dogo Nahali – ORIGIN: YAR TSAMIYAR JNO Village. Kankara LGA of Katsina State
Halilu Sububu – ORIGIN: SUBUBU Village in MARADUN LGA of Zamfara State
Nagona – ORIGIN: ANGWAN GALADIMA in ISA LOA of Sokoto State.
Nasanda – ORIGIN: Kwashabawa, Village in Zurmi LGA of Zamara State
Isiya Kwashen Garwa – ORIGIN: KAMFANIN Daudawa Village of Faskari, Katsina State.
Ali Kachalla aka Ali Kawaje – ORIGIN: KUYAMBARA VILLAGE in Danaadau MARU LGA of Zamfara State
Abu Radde – ORIGIN: VARANDA Village in Batsari LGA Katsina State.
Dan-Da – ORIGIN: VARANDA Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina State
Sani Gurgu – ORIGIN: VARANDA Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina State
Umaru Dan Nigeria – ORIGIN: RAFI village. MADA District in GUSAULGA of Zamfara State
Nagala – ORIGIN: MARU LGA of Zamfara State
Alhaji Ado Aliero – ORIGIN: YANKUZO Village Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State
Monore – ORIGIN: YANTUMAKI Village, Dan LGA of Katsina State
Gwaska Dankarami – ORIGIN: SHAMUSHELE Village in Zuri LGA of Zamfara State
Baleri – ORIGIN: SHINKAFI LGA of Zamfara State
Mamudu Tainange – ORIGIN VARANDA Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina State
DSS Arrests Kaduna Train Hostages’ Negotiator Mamu
The Department of State Services (DSS) says the Abuja-Kaduna train hostage negotiator, Tukur Mamu, is in its custody.
This is according to a statement released by the DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya on Wednesday following reports that Mamu was arrested in Egypt.
“This is to confirm that Mamu, as a person of interest, was intercepted by Nigeria’s foreign partners at Cairo, Egypt on 6th September 2022 while on his way to Saudi Arabia,” the statement read.
“He has since been returned to the country, today, 7th September 2022, and taken into the Service’s custody.
“The act followed a request by Nigeria’s military, law enforcement, and intelligence community to their foreign partners to bring back Mamu to the country to answer critical questions on ongoing investigations relating to some security matters in parts of the country.
The public may wish to note that the law will appropriately take its course.”
Mamu has made headlines lately for his part in the release of the Kaduna train victims who were abducted on March 28.
But in August, the publisher of Desert Herald Newspaper withdrew as the lead negotiator in securing the release of the remaining train attack victims.
He claimed that his life was under threat by the Nigerian government.
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