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Police launch manhunt for abductors of Kaduna PFN chairman, wife

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Kaduna State Police Command has launched a manhunt for the kidnappers of the state Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Apostle Emmanuel Bako, and his wife, Cindy, on Christmas Day.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, who spoke to our correspondent on Saturday, said one other person identified as Douglas was kidnapped alongside the cleric and his wife.

The gunmen were said to have kidnapped the cleric and his wife at their residence at Albarka Camp, Fadan Kagoma, near Kafanchan in the Jema’a Local Government Area of the state.

The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who also confirmed the incident, said the suspected gunmen that attacked the Albarka Prayer Camp shot indiscriminately before abducting their victims.

Aruwan, in a statement titled ‘Cleric and wife kidnapped in Jema’a LGA,’ said troops arrived at the location and pursued the kidnappers, who later escaped with the victims.

It added, “According to the report, suspected gunmen attacked the Albarka praying camp along the Afana-Fadan Kagoma-Kwoi road. They fired sporadically, hitting a vehicle as can be seen in the attached pictures, before abducting Apostle Bako, his wife and one Mr Douglas from the camp.”

The police spokesman said the command had launched a manhunt for the kidnappers to rescue the victims unhurt.

Jalige noted that the gunmen invaded the Albarka Prayer Camp at about 8pm on Friday (Christmas Day) and took away the cleric, his wife and one Mr Douglas.

He said following a distressed call, the police immediately mobilised to the scene of the incident where other people were evacuated safely and taken to Kafanchan, Jema’a council area.

Aruwan stated, “We are seriously on the issue trying to see how we can rescue the victims unhurt, arrest the culprits with the view to bringing them to book.”

The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, Rev. John Hayab, lamented that the Christmas celebration had come and gone with the sad abduction of the religious leader and his wife.

He said, “Apostle Bako is the Secretary, Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association.’’

According to the CAN leader, Bako is a strong member of the Jema’a network, a father to many, a frontrunner of peace, justice and unity in Southern Kaduna. Hayab, therefore, called on security agencies to assist in ensuring the release of the cleric and his wife from their captors unhurt.

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Bandits kill seven vigilantes in Zamfara, burn armoured vehicle

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Seven vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai have been killed in an attack by suspected bandits on Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The armed criminals reportedly invaded the community around 3am firing several shots in the air and then went into some houses abducting 13 people, including women.
Dansadau, a community located 100km south of Gusau, the state capital, has suffered series of deadly raids.
The armed men decided to spike their assaults on the community after the local vigilantes extra judicially executed suspected bandits some months back.
The residents of the community also blocked the suspected bandits from getting foods such as bread and soft drinks from the local traders in the community.
The bandits who were apparently angered by the moves blocked the residents of the community who are largely farmers from accessing their farmlands in retaliation.
Dozens of farmers have been killed or abducted since the start of this year’s cropping season.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

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Four policemen killed in Enugu gunmen attack on checkpoint

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Unidentified armed men have killed four policemen during an attack on a police checkpoint in Obeagu-Amechi community of Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Besides the security operatives, many residents and passers-by, who ran into the incident, were reportedly killed or severely wounded by stray bullets during the gunfight.
The policemen were said to have repelled the attack, although there were casualties on both sides.
Eyewitnesses said the attack, which started at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday at a busy spot at Mmiri Ocha Amodu, lasted till 7pm.
A source, who craved anonymity, said he identified four policemen, one pastor and a neighbourhood watch officer among the dead who have been taken to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla mortuary.
The source said, “The gun battle between the policemen and the unknown gunmen was too heavy.
“The entire area was thrown into confusion as everybody within the scene scampered for safety.
“We have not experienced this type of incident in this area. It happened along Obeagu–Amechi Road to Agbani Nkanu a few kilometres from Enugu State capital.”
However, the operatives of the Amagunze police division, who were quickly alerted, ambushed the gunmen as they attempted to escape and shot dead some of them, according to the source, who also added that a police patrol van was set ablaze by the gunmen during the attack.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident but was silent on the number of casualties.
Ndukwe said: “Information surrounding the shooting incidents in the evening hours of today, 21/07/2021, where police operatives were allegedly attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South LGA and Amagunze in Nkanu East LGA is still sketchy.”
He said preliminary investigation had commenced, assuring that further development would be communicated.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has offered automatic employment to the wives of the slain police officers.
He also paid three-month salaries of their late husbands including other cash donations.
The governor announced the employment offer when he paid condolence visits to families of some of the slain police officers.
He, however, said the employment offer could be swapped for scholarship for their children up to secondary school.

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Nine die, 16 injured in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident

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Nine people have been confirmed dead in an accident involving two vehicles on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Wednesday.
Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ahmed Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria that apart from the nine that died, 16 other persons sustained varying degrees of injuries.
He said the accident occurred at about 3.45pm around Wich Tech Company, near Danco Station on the busy expressway.
He said the accident involved a commercial white Mazda bus, with registration number: APP 28 YE, and a blue Volvo truck, with no number plate.
The sector commander further stated that the accident involved 25 persons.
He said the corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Idera Hospital, Sagamu, while the survivors were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
Umar said the cause of the accident could be traced to speed limit violation and overloading on the part of the commercial bus driver.
He added that the commercial bus lost control due to excessive speeding and rammed into the truck.
The sector commander said that clearing of obstruction caused by the crash by the FRSC officials and other sister agencies had commenced.

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