Unknown gunmen on Tuesday have kidnapped all the passengers in an Abuja-bound commercial bus along the Benin-Auchi road in Edo State.
The incident reportedly happened around 11 a.m. between the Ehor and Iruekpen axis of the busy highway.
A commuter, who identified himself as Idris Audu, said the kidnappers struck at a failed portion of the road and abducted all the passengers in the commercial bus owned by a transport firm, Big Joe.
“The kidnappers struck again on the Benin-Auchi road and abducted an unspecified number of passengers. The incident just happened when I passed the spot. All the passengers were forcefully taken into the bush,” Mr Audu said.
“It is not the first time this is happening. We have cried many times that the security agencies should increase surveillance along the road this season, but they’re slow in arresting this ugly situation.”
A driver of the transport company, who requested not to be named, confirmed the incident.
“Yes, it happened earlier today,” he simply said.
The transport firm is yet to speak officially on the kidnap.
Chidi Nwabuzor, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said he had not been briefed of the development.
“I am not aware of it. Some incidents are not reported and even when they are because they are from local government divisions, they do not get to us immediately. So, give us some time for us to get in touch with the officers and men in the affected area,” Mr Nwabuzor said.
He, however, did not get back as of the time of filing this report.
On December 3, a member of a vigilante group in the Urhokosa/Obagie area of the Benin-Auchi highway was killed by kidnappers after several passengers were kidnapped.
Several cases of kidnapping have been reported in the last few weeks along the road and many parts of the nation.
Following the escalating rate of kidnapping and armed robbery incidents along the busy road, Johnson Kokumo, the state Commissioner of Police, on December 13, said more policemen had been posted from the force headquarters in Abuja ”to dominate the troubled highway and scare hoodlums”.
But the rate of kidnapping and robbery along the road, which leads to Abuja, has remained unabated.
Flashpoints for robbery and kidnapping on the axis over the years are Urhokosa, Obagie, Ogbemudia Farm, Agbede, Aviele, and the boundary between Edo and Kogi states at Okepella.
Tuesday’s kidnap in the state adds to the worsening insecurity across Nigeria.
At least 349 people were killed and 290 others kidnapped in November in violent attacks across Nigeria, a report by a non-governmental organisation, Nigeria Mourn, shows. At least 57 of those killed were in Edo State.
Ex – Bauchi Lawmaker Abducted By Suspected Gunmen
With unabated crimes by Suspected criminals in Nigeria gaining momentum, on Thursday night, a former member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abdulmumuni Ningi was kidnap by men of underworld.
This was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer in Bauchi, Ahmed Wakil, on Friday morning.
Wakil said the gunmen abducted the lawmaker within Bauchi metropolis and drove away in their own vehicle.
According to him, men of the force are working hard to ensure that they get to the root of the situation and rescue the victim safely.
He also urged residents to be more security conscious, and take note of vehicles and motorcycles that may be trailing them.
“Yes, it is true. A former member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly who represented Ningi Constituency was kidnapped on Thursday at about 8pm within Bauchi metropolis.
“According to the information we received, he was trailed by his abductors who were four in number in a gold coloured car.
“They followed him to his house which is located around Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme area at Isa Yuguda Guest House within the metropolis.
“As of this morning they have not called yet but our men are working hard to get to the root of the situation and rescue him safely,” he said.
Chairman Ijumu LGC Led Vigilantes, Ondo Amotekun to Criminals den, Arrests 10 Notorious Kidnappers
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Chairman of Ijumu Local Government Council of Kogi State, Hon. Taufiq Isa on Wednesday led a team of Vigilantes and Ondo State Amotekun to arrest notorious Kidnappers in their hideout, along Ayere-. Ajowa road, the border between Ondo and Kogi states.
The Council Chairman, who was recently elected is also the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments Of Nigeria (ALGON), Kogi state chapter and in his determination to rid the area of criminals, personally led the patrol into the dens and hideouts of the men of underworld.
Before the commencement of the joint operation, Alhaji Taufiq Isa met with the Executive Chairman of Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State as well as commanders of Amotekun from Ondo state for collaboration in combating crimes at the border between the two states.
During the operation, ten suspects were arrested, three of them from Kogi State who have been handed over to the security agencies in the State, while others have been taken away by the Amotekun to Ondo State.
Hon Isa who thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for providing every logistics needed to fight insecurity in the State, promised to do his best and will never let him down.
Residents along the border settlements of the two states have suffered a lot of attacks by robbers, kidnappers and gunmen who had made life unbearable for the people of the area.
Scores of travellers and motorists from the Northern part of the country to the South lost their lives and properties worth billions of naira to the hoodlums.
Despite deployment of police and security personnel to the affected areas, the criminals became more emboldened, a situation that prompted the joint operation of the vigilantes and the Amotekun from Ondo state to be mobilised for the operation
The Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, while swearing in the newly elected Chairmen recently tasked them on the ugly security situation in the state urging them to be more conscious of the activities of criminals and proactive to defeat them by all means.
Already vigilante outfits have been established in all 21 local government areas of the state, comprising hunters, volunteers and gallant youths.
Again, Police Arrest Over 20 Persons Link To Sex Party In The Northern Region
Bauchi State Police command has arrested 22 persons for organising a sex party in Dass, the headquarters of Dass Local Government Area of the state.
This was revealed on Wednesday by the Bauchi state Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko Jimeta while parading the suspects.
The Commissioner of Police who was represented by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, the police boss said the arrest of the suspects, who had formed a syndicate, followed an intelligence report received from Dass by the command.
He explained that members of the syndicate gained notoriety for “thuggery, phone snatching and indecent acts including sex parties”.
He informed that upon receipt of the intelligence report, a team of detectives, led by the commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) was raised by the command.
According to Jimeta, the team “immediately embarked on a round the clock operation which resulted in their apprehension.”
The police chief declared the readiness of the command with its sustained and unwavering efforts to combat every form of crime and criminality in the state.
Meanwhile, while speaking with journalists one of the suspects, Idris Abdullahi, a 20-year-old, declared his innocence of the offence, saying that he did not have a hand in organising the sex party in Dass.
Abdullahi further told journalists that he was a repentant petty thief, saying that prior to his arrest, he only indulged in minor thefts.
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