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Okene - Abuja Road: Former Senator Kidnapped, Abductors Demand N80m Ransom
A former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Ayo Arise, was on Sunday kidnapped by gunmen.

He was kidnapped alongside his driver on the Okene-Abuja highway while travelling back to Abuja from his country home in Oye-Ekiti.

He was said to be travelling in his Mercedez Jeep as of the time of the incident.

A family source said the abductors had contacted his family and demanded N80m ransom from them.

The All Progressives Congress’ chieftain was said to have attended a ceremony at Ikere-Ekiti on Saturday, where a chieftaincy title was conferred on a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said, “Yes, he visited Ekiti State on Saturday before returning to Abuja.

“When we wanted to establish contact with him, we could not. The last time I called him was around 6pm, so the kidnap must have taken place around 7 pm.

“They have contacted us and demanded a sum of N80m ransom. We are worried because we don’t know his situation.

“The family is working hard to secure his release and we have contacted all the relevant agencies, including the Police, to come to our aid,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Alberto Adeyemi, a Superintendent of Police, said he could not speak on the matter since the reported kidnap took place in Kogi State, which is outside his jurisdiction.

Arise was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation between 2007 and 2011 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He defected to the APC in 2015, having been denied the senatorial ticket of the PDP.

Lois Rachiel December 5, 2017
APDA Leaders Kidnapped in Kogi
Kidnapped in Kogi
Three leaders of the Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance in Kogi State have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

The abducted party chieftains are Ademu Kadir from Idah, Alilu Omo and Ocholi from Igalamela-Odolu.
Confirming the abduction, the Kogi State Chairman of APDA, Abdulmumini Ibrahim, said the officers were on their way to Idah after attending the inaugural meeting of the state working committee of the party in Lokoja on Thursday.
He explained that the bus conveying the party leaders was ambushed by bandits along Idah Road.
He said passengers were also robbed while the trio were taken to an unknown destination.
Abdulmumini said he had called the Commissioner for Police, Kogi State Command, Ali Janga, to report the incident. He said he was assured that the police command would do her best to secure their release.
Efforts to get the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, to confirm the report were abortive as he did not pick calls.

Yakubu Binuyaminu October 14, 2017
Kidnappers Kill Expatriate, Policeman, One Other in Ajaokuta
Suspected kidnappers have killed an expatriate, a policeman and one other person along the Lokoja- Ajaokuta road during a failed attempt to abduct the expatriate.

The incident, which was said to have happened on Sunday morning, also saw another policeman seriously wounded in the attack.
Newsmen gathered that the expatriate, a Chinese, was a management staff of the West African Ceramic Company, located in Ajaokuta, Kogi state.
It was gathered that the unidentified Chinese was in company of the two security men, who were ensuring his safety when the kidnappers struck.
The fully armed kidnappers were said to have abruptly stopped the vehicle in which the people were traveling with the aim of abducting the Chinese for ransom.
But the police officers were said to have resisted the attempt, following which they engaged the hoodlums in gun duel.
They were however overpowered by the hoodlums, who rained bullet on the policemen and their target, killing three of them and wounding one of the policemen.
The hoodlums were said to have fled the scene immediately the kidnapping failed and left the victims in the pool of their blood.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, said the people were attacked by kidnappers operating along the Ajaokuta axis.
He however said investigation into the crime had commenced, saying the command was committed to the safety of the people.

Yakubu Binuyaminu September 19, 2017
Notorious Kidnappers Terrorising The Lokoja Okene Road Arrested - See Details
The Kogi State Police Command has arrested three suspected notorious kidnappers terrorising the Lokoja Okene road in Kogi State.

The State Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu disclosed this to journalists while parading them at the state command headquarters in Lokoja.
He explained that the arrest is part of the command onslaught against criminal activities, such as armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, cattle rustling and other violent crime in the state, was a proactive crime preventing strategy.
While enumerating some of the items recovered, the state Commissioner of Police noted that the suspects had been on the police wanted list in the last three years.
He explained that the command under his leadership will not rest until incidents of crimes are reduced to its barest minimum.
He, however, admonished members of the public to continue to partner with the police and other security agencies to make Kogi the safest state in Nigeria.

Yakubu Binuyaminu September 8, 2017
Suspected Kidnappers Of Gov. Yahaya Bello's Mother Arrested - See Their Photos
The police said on Tuesday that five suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Governor Yahaya Bello’s mother. The governor’s mother, Hajia Hawawu Bello, was abducted by some gunmen in Uvete, Adavi local government area of Kogi on May 29, 2014.

 Police parade suspected abductors of Governor Bello’s mother

Governor Bello was the Managing Director of Fair Plus Transport Services at the time of the incident.
The suspects are – Iliyasu Suleiman (44), Danjuma Ibrahim (26), Iliyasu Obadaki (35), Alhaji Nasiru (43) and Hafiz Yakubu.

The Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
Moshood said items recovered from the suspects included two AK 47 rifles; 20 live cartridges; one army camouflage inner wear; two army camouflage pair of trousers and two army camouflage caps.
Others are – one black Beretta; two plastic guns; three sharp knives and one axe.

He said the suspects had confessed to the kidnapping of the governor’s mother and other robberies in FCT, Kogi and Niger.

The Force spokesman said efforts were being intensified to arrest other fleeing members of the gang while the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
Credit; NAN

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 25, 2017
Breaking News: Gunmen abduct 6 travelers in Okene, Kogi State.
Gunmen yesterday abducted six passengers at Okene, Kogi State, while on their way from Abuja en route Onitsha.

Daily Trust learnt that the gunmen waylaid the passengers at Achoze village and took them to the bush.

A source said the driver of the vehicle fled as the kidnappers marched six of the passengers into the bush while some of them took the advantage of not being among those held to escape into the bush.

When contacted, the Kogi State Police Spokesman, Mr Williams Ayah confirmed the incident, saying officials had been drafted to the area to ensure the rescue of the abducted passengers.
Meanwhile, the Administrator of Okene local government area, Mallam Absurazaq Muhammad has announced a dusk to dawn curfew in the wake of security challenges in the area.

A statement issued by his media adviser, Abdulmumuni Abubakar, said there would be no movement for especially commercial motorcycles between 6pm and 6am daily.


Yakubu Binuyaminu February 8, 2017
Two Of Ebira Movie Makers Kidnnaped Onubedo And Adopaku Has Been Released
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Yakubu Binuyaminu February 6, 2017
Two Of Ebira Movie Makers Onubedo And Adopaku Got Kidnnaped - See details.

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Yakubu Binuyaminu February 5, 2017
Customary Court Of Appeal Judge Kidnapped In Kogi
 A judge of the Customary Court of Appeal in Kogi State has been kidnapped along Eika-Itakpe road.
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Ishaq Usman, who was on his way back to Lokoja from Okene were he went to spend the weekend with his family was abducted around 3:00pm on Sunday while his orderly was killed.

The driver to the Judge, who was said to have been shot at, has been unconscious and receiving treatment at the Okene general hospital.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television’s Lokoja correspondent, a staff of the judiciary said that the judge hail from Okene, and was on his way back to Lokoja before he was abducted.
This is not the first time judges are being kidnapped in Kogi State.

In May, two judges were kidnapped and were said to have regained freedom after payment of ransom.

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Yakubu Binuyaminu June 13, 2016
2 Kogi Judges Regain Freedom, as Bello Declares War on Kidnappers
 Yahaya Bello - Fairplus
Area Court judge, Mr Timothy Salihu and the retired Chief Inspector of Area Courts in Kogi State, Alhaji Aliyu Okeme, kidnapped on May 19, have regained their freedom.

The News Agency of Nigeria of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that they were abducted at gunpoint on Idah-Lokoja Road, in the Eastern flank of the state, on their way to Idah.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Yakubu Usman, who confirmed their release, said they were found between Itobe and Ajegwu, on Itobe-Anyigba Road.

It could be confirmed if their families paid ransom for their release, though the kidnappers had demanded one million naira.

Meanwhile, following the incessant abduction of people in the state, the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Sunday, said his administration had declared war against kidnappers and cultists that have laid siege on the state in recent times.

The governor said this in Lokoja, the state capital, following the kidnapping of the traditional ruler of Ellete community, Chief Aminu Ahmed Aku, in Ajaokua Local Government Area of the state, by yet-to-be-identified persons.

The monarch was said to have been kidnapped by suspected hoodlums on Ajaokuta-Lokoja Road while coming from Adogo, headquarters of the local government area at about 9.00 p.m. on Friday.

A statement by the senior Special Assistant to the governor on print Media, Ademu Idakwo, said Bello, who received the news, said though his efforts to reduce crime rate in the state from what it was before he was inaugurated, was yielding positive result.

He vowed that he would ensure those behind the recent acts were fished out and made to face the wrath of law.

He said the kidnapping of the monarch ranked among the high profile cases of such acts within a very short time.

The governor further disclosed that he had donated 12 operational vehicles to the law enforcement agencies in the state, to help them combat crimes.

He, therefore, read a riot act to the law enforcement agencies in the state to step up action by embarking on aggressive manhunt on the criminals in the state, who have constituted themselves to threat to life, peace and security, through kidnapping and cultism.

Bello also charged the community leaders in the state to close ranks with one another by being vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the security agencies in their areas.

Credit: Tribune

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Yakubu Binuyaminu May 23, 2016