(NIGERIA) JUST IN: A notorious gang leader behind the abduction of more than 300 students in December has been killed by a rival gang, officials say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.02: Auwalu Daudawa was reportedly ambushed while attempting to steal a herd of cattle from an armed group in the north-western state of Zamfara:

Nigeria gang leader behind school kidnapping shot by rivals: Daudawa is said to have carried out December’s kidnapping in Katsina state after he was given an amnesty as part of a peace deal in February but reportedly returned to his gang earlier this week.

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Freed Nigerian schoolboys walk after they were rescued by security forces in Katsina, Nigeria, December 18, 2020.
Students abducted from a school in Nigeria’s Katsina state were returned to their families after one week

Under the terms of February’s deal, Daudawa was pardoned in Zamfara state after he said he repented and handed over his weapons to the government.

Members of his criminal gang were promised accommodation by state Governor Bello Matawalle, along with assistance to help improve their livelihoods.

On Friday, Daudawa and four other members of his gang were fatally shot in an exchange of fire in a forest near the border with Katsina, a local official told AFP news agency. 

“He led his men on a revenge mission to avenge the death of two of his men by the rival gang during a failed raid on one of his camps last month,” the official added.

The kidnapping of hundreds of schoolchildren in Katsina state in December, which was said to have been led by Daudawa’s gang, was one of a number of raids blamed on bandits looking to secure ransom payments. 

The students were reunited with their families a week after they were kidnapped.

The government later insisted that no ransom was paid in that instance, but that the boys were released after negotiations with the kidnappers.

The BBC’s Africa editor, Will Ross, says news of Daudawa’s death is likely to reignite the debate on whether deals should be struck with notorious criminals. 

Such gangs have made student kidnappings a lucrative business in Nigeria because of ransom payments, our correspondent adds.

Schoolchildren, along with a number of business and political figures, have been kidnapped at various times and released after a ransom was paid – although not on the scale seen in December, when more than 300 boys were abducted from their boarding school on the outskirts of Kankara town.

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram said at the time that it was behind the raid, and that it had recruited local gangs to carry out the attack.

Boko Haram has previously targeted schools because of its opposition to Western education, which it believes corrupts the values of Muslims. The group’s name loosely translates as “Western education is forbidden”.

More on abductions in Nigeria:

Abdulhadi Abubaka describes how he managed to escape the mass kidnapping in Nigeria’s Katsina school

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.02: 2021:

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(GEORGIA) Justice Dept Report: Three Men Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Attempted Kidnapping in Connection with the Death of Ahmaud Arbery #AceNewsDeskr report

#AceNewsReport – May.01: Travis McMichael, 35; Travis’s father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and William “Roddie” Bryan, 51, were each charged with one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping. Travis and Gregory McMichael were also charged with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing—and in Travis’s case, discharging—a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence:

Three Georgia men were indicted today by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia and charged with hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery. The indictment also charges two of the men with separate counts of using firearms during that crime of violence’

Counts One and Two of the indictment allege that the defendants used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race: Specifically, Count One of the indictment alleges that as Arbery was running on a public street in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick, Georgia, Travis and Gregory McMichael armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck, and chased Arbery through the public streets of the neighborhood while yelling at him, using their truck to cut off his route, and threatening him with firearms. Count One also alleges that the offense resulted in Arbery’s death. Count Two alleges that William “Roddie” Bryan joined the chase and used his truck to cut off Arbery’s route:

In addition to the hate-crime charges, Count Three alleges that all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery by chasing after him in their trucks in an attempt to restrain him, restrict his free movement, corral and detain him against his will, and prevent his escape: Counts Four and Five allege that during the course of the crime of violence charged in Count One, Travis used, carried, brandished, and discharged a Remington shotgun, and Gregory used, carried, and brandished a .357 Magnum revolver:

All three defendants have also been charged in a separate state proceeding with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. No trial date has been set for the state case.

The announcement was made by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela S. Karlan of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Acting U.S. Attorney David Estes of the Southern District of Georgia, and Special Agent in Charge J.C. Hacker of the FBI.

This case was investigated by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tara Lyons of the Southern District of Georgia, and Deputy Chief Bobbi Bernstein and Special Litigation Counsel Christopher J. Perras of the Civil Rights Division.

An indictment is a formal accusation of conduct, not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: May.01: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) LATEST: Christians in Kaduna state, suspect Fulani herdsmen were behind the kidnapping of eight Christians from a bus in the southern part of the state on Friday (March 26) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: Please pray for my dad and other RCCG missionaries who were kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen on the evening of Friday, March 26,” church member Ifedun Richard told Morning Star News by text message on Saturday.

Nigeria: Muslims stop bus on highway, kidnap eight Christians: ‘The members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) were traveling from the city of Kaduna to Kafanchan when their bus was intercepted on the Kachia-Kafanchan highway 63 kilometers (39 miles) southeast of the state capital, Kaduna city, according to reports according to the Morning Star News’

“Christians Abducted from Bus in North-Central Nigeria,” Morning Star News, March 29, 2021:

Eje Kenny Faraday, who said he was also traveling along the Kaduna-Kachia highway on Friday, posted a photo of the church members’ abandoned bus on Facebook that day and stated that they had just been kidnapped.

A spokesman for the RCCG in the city of Kaduna, pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, confirmed the kidnapping, saying the eight church members were on their way to Kafanchan for ministry outreach.

Tanko Makeri, a resident of the area where the kidnapping took place, told Morning Star News by text message that the church members were kidnapped at gunpoint along the Kaduna-Kachia highway between Doka and Makyali villages….

Nigeria led the world in number of kidnapped Christians last year with 990, according to Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List report. In the 2021 list of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Nigeria broke into the top 10 for the first time, jumping to No. 9 from No. 12 the previous year.

Nigeria was the country with the most Christians killed for their faith last year (November 2019-October 2020), at 3,530, up from 1,350 in 2019, according to the WWL report. In overall violence, Nigeria was second only to Pakistan, and it trailed only China in the number of churches attacked or closed, 270, according to the list.

Numbering in the millions across Nigeria and the Sahel, predominantly Muslim Fulani comprise hundreds of clans of many different lineages who do not hold extremist views, but some Fulani do adhere to radical Islamist ideology, the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom or Belief (APPG) noted in a recent report.

“They adopt a comparable strategy to Boko Haram and ISWAP [Islamic State West Africa Province] and demonstrate a clear intent to target Christians and potent symbols of Christian identity,” the APPG report states.

Christian leaders in Nigeria have said they believe herdsmen attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt are inspired by their desire to forcefully take over Christians’ lands and impose Islam as desertification has made it difficult for them to sustain their herds….

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.01: 2021:

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LIBYA: ‘ Three Consulate Members kidnapped by Military released ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:LIBYA:June.18: Three of 10 staffers kidnapped from Tunisia’s Tripoli consulate by Libyan militia last week have been released, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The remaining people are expected to be freed soon. Tunisian authorities earlier announced that a Libyan man they have held, whose freedom was reportedly demanded by the kidnappers, is to be deported.

The 10 staffers were abducted Friday when gunmen took the mission by storm. Negotiations for the liberation of all those held began the same day as the kidnapping, according to a Tunisian Foreign Ministry source.

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INDIA: ‘ POLICE DETAIN THREE MEN SUSPECTED OF KIDNAPPING & GANG-RAPING 22-YEAR-OLD ACADEMIC ‘

#AceWorldNews – INDIA:Jan.03: Police in India have detained three men suspected of kidnapping and gang-raping a 22-year-old Japanese research academic near a Buddhist pilgrimage in a village 80 miles south of Patna, the capital of Bihar state, officials said Friday.

Authorities are still searching for two more individuals in the case.

The woman managed to escape her captors on December 26 after three weeks of captivity and contacted police.

A Kolkata-based tour guide, who reportedly escorted the Japanese woman to the Buddhist pilgrimage site, was one of the five suspects who kept the woman in captivity and raped her, police said.

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YEMEN: ‘ SEVEN YEMENI HOSTAGES FREED & SEVEN AL-QAEDA KILLED ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.25 – Seven Yemeni hostages and a foreigner were freed by the country’s security forces during a special operation, state news agency Saba quoted the Yemeni supreme security committee as saying in a statement.

Seven Al-Qaeda members, who were behind the kidnapping of the hostages, were killed during the mission and one person from the rescue team was wounded.

The location of the operation and the nationality of the foreign hostage were not revealed.

It was also not specified when and where the individuals were taken hostage.

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COLUMBIA: ‘ GOVERNMENT SUSPEND PEACE TALKS TO PRESSURE FARC TO FREE GENERAL ‘

#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – Nov.18 – Rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) came under heavy international pressure on Monday to free a general as the government suspended peace talks after his kidnapping, AFP said.

Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)

Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) 

The EU urged FARC to free their hostages immediately and unconditionally, and the European Commission said the incident “seriously put at risk the continuation” of the peace talks to end Colombia’s 50-year-old conflict.

General Ruben Alzate disappeared in a remote region on the Pacific coast on Sunday, in what the government denounced as a kidnapping by FARC.

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` Jordan’s Ambassador to Libya Freed After Abduction by Gunmen in Tripoli ‘

#AceWorldNewsTRIPOLI – May 13 – Jordan’s ambassador to Libya has been freed after being abducted by gunmen in the capital, Tripoli, last month.

Jordanian Minister FreedFawaz al-Itan was released unharmed and was on his way home on Tuesday, Jordanian officials said.

The kidnappers had reportedly demanded the release of a Libyan Islamist militant in exchange, but it is unclear whether this was granted.

Diplomats have been the targets of a number of abductions in Libya in recent months amid continuing instability.

The central government has struggled to assert its authority over the armed groups and tribesmen who helped end Muammar Gaddafi‘s 41-year rule in 2011.

‘Doing well’

Mr Itan was kidnapped in the Libyan capital on 15 April when masked gunmen shot at his car, wounding the driver.

Libyan state media quoted Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh, as saying he was already on his way back to his homeland after his release on Tuesday.

“The ambassador is doing well and he is now making his way back to his country,” Mr Judeh was quoted as saying.

He gave no further details about the circumstances of the release.

Four weeks ago masked gunmen seized the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions and kidnappings that have swept Libya underscoring the lawlessness in the North African nation since the 2011 overthrow of late dictator Muammar Qadhafi.

According to the spokesman of the Libyan Foreign Ministry, several masked gunmen in civilian clothes and in two cars opened fire at Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan’s vehicle early  Tuesday morning in Tripoli.

The assailants wounded the Jordanian ambassador’s driver and forced Mr. al-Etan out at gunpoint, said the spokesman, Said al-Aswad.

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sabah al-Rafie confirmed the kidnapping but had no further details.  

She said the Jordanian government was following the matter closely with the Libyan authorities.

The motives behind the abduction were not clear and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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