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Kidnappers demand ransom for Nigerian school girls

Gunmen who kidnapped six female students and two staff members from their hostels at a remote school in northern Nigeria have made a ransom demand, the regional governor said. Armed assailants gained entry to Engravers College, a mixed boarding school in a remote area just south of the city of Kaduna, early on Thursday and seized the victims. “They have made a demand for money and that is being negotiated,” state governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai told reporters in the capital Abuja. The governor refused to disclose details of the demands…

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Nigeria: Abducted mother of ex-footballer Siasia freed

Police in Nigeria on Sunday confirmed the release of the abducted mother of former Nigerian footballer and coach Samson Siasia. Beauty Ogere Siasia was abducted by gunmen when they broke into her family apartment in July. She was kidnapped in her village in Bayelsa state, southern Nigeria, according to family members. Samson and other family members had pleaded for months for the release of beauty. A member of the Siasia family, Eworikumo Siasia told local media the Beauty Siasia has now been freed and is home with family members. Often…

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Ghana: Four kidnapped girls confirmed dead by police

Police in Ghana have confirmed the death of four girls that went missing in 2018 in Western Ghana. The girls were reported to have been kidnapped but bodies believed to belong to them were discovered in August of this year. Police confirmed retrieving some bodies from a septic tank behind a house, one of the suspects used to live in. The key suspect in the case led the special operation team of the police to the scene where the bodies were kept. Although it was widely reported that the bodies…

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Nigeria: Teenager stages own kidnap to raise money for party

A 15-year-old boy in Nigeria’s city of Jos staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom from his father for his release. The teenager and four of his older friends have all been arrested by police in Jos and are all now in custody. They had demanded a $1,365 (500,000 naira) ransom from the teenager’s father to spend on a school-leaving graduation party. Police spokesman Terna Tyopev told the BBC that the entire kidnapping scene was “was expertly done.” Tyopev said the boy’s friends pretended to be the kidnappers and…

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Nigeria: Soldiers kill three policemen in deadly attack

Some unidentified soldiers in Nigeria have shot dead three police officers in a deadly attack. The soldiers also killed a civilian in the attack carried out along Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State. Local media reported that several other officers were also injured during the attack. The Police officer reportedly came under attack while taking a kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo. The Nigerian police Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that one Police Inspector, two Sergeants and a civilian died…

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Ghana: Police to verify suspected bodies of kidnapped girls

Police in Ghana on Friday night announced that they will be conducting a forensic test on the bodies suspected to be that of three kidnapped girls. Bodies suspected to be that of three girls who went missing in Western Ghana were found on Friday. The girls were reportedly kidnapped in the town of Takoradi last year. In a statement the police confirmed retrieving some bodies from a septic tank behind a house, one of the suspect used to live in. A key suspect in the case reportedly led the special operation…

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