Table of kidnappings in Nigeria between January 2006 and December 2008

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Table of kidnappings in Nigeria between 2006 and now

 

Written by VANGUARD   

Sunday, 28 December 2008

 

January 30, 2006: Four expatriate oil workers, who were held hostage for two weeks by Niger Delta militants, obtained their freedom. January 7, 2007: A Belarusian woman was kidnaped in Port Harcourt. Mrs Irina Ekpo Umoh, who is married to a Nigerian from Akwa Ibom State, is a senior executive with catering contractor Whassan Eurest Nigeria Limited.

January 30, 2007: Prominent Anambra indigene, Chief Pius Ogbuawa, was kidnapped in full public glare. Ogbuawa, a prominent Nnewi-based automobile dealer, was allegedly abducted during a church service by unknown gunmen.

June 17, 2007: Delta State Waterways and Security Committee arrested three suspects in connection with the kidnapping of two expatriates in Sapele, Delta State.

July, 2007: A Briton, Margaret Hill, was kidnapped on her way to school by five hefty armed men who crossed the road in front of the Isuzu 4X4 she was in. It was believed that Rivers State government gave the kidnappers an ultimatum to release the girl. She was freed and dropped in a lonely spot in Ogbakiri, Emuoha Local Government Area.

July 7, 2007: Madam Hansel, mother of Bayelsa State House of Assembly Speaker, was kidnapped in Akaiebiri, Ekpetiama, Yenagoa.

October 29, 2007: A national paper reported that 10-year-old Master Joseph Edem was kidnapped from his school in Calabar by his uncle for N3 million ransom.

January 6, 2008: Unknown gunmen kidnapped 15-year-old son of the secretary to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, Ogochukwu Orisa Onyiri, and demanded N60 million ransom.

February 7, 2008: Gunmen attacked the Port-Hacourt residence of Chief O.B. Lulu Briggs and abducted his wife, Seinye.

June 9, 2008: Police in Lagos rescued two children from the grip of a suspected female kidnapper at Oshodi.

June 14, 2008: Two Germans and four Nigerians were kidnapped by persons suspected to be Ijaw youths at Dodo Creeks in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

July 13, 2008: A national newspaper reported that a ‘royal father’ in one of the Niger Delta States is behind some kidnapping in the state.

July 21, 2008: Gunmen kidnapped Chief Arthur Okowa, 76-year-old father of the secretary to Delta State Government, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

July 27, 2008: Two civilians were reportedly shot and eight expatriates abducted when heavily armed men believed to be militants stormed a liquified petroleum gas (LPG) tanker at Bouy 38-39 in Bonny, Rivers  State.

July 30, 2008: Gubernatorial aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, Ani Asikpo, was abducted by a group of young men and later released.

August 1, 2008: The traditional ruler of Rumolumeni, Ndubueze, was abducted by unknown gunmen.

August 2, 2008: Two-year-old son of the bursar of Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Uli, was kidnapped in Uli.

August 11, 2008: Chairman of Port-Harcourt City Local Government, Mr. Azubuike Emeregini, was rescued from kidnappers by the police. The kidnappers had successfully abducted their victim and were fleeing with him when the police pounced.

August 13, 2008: Wife of the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources in Ogun State, Wole Adekoya, along with three children, was on her way to work in Ifo area of the state when men suspected to be kidnappers struck and diverted their vehicle to an unknown destination.

August 15, 2008: Vice chancellor of Rivers  State University of Science and Technology, Prof. Barineme B. Fakae, was kidnapped in the state while driving in his official car with three other persons suspected to be his children. Four Igbo traders were kidnapped in  Owo. They were released after allegedly paying an undisclosed amount of money.

August 22, 2008: An attempt by unidentified men to kidnap an Indian national working with Seven-Up Bottling Company was foiled by internal security officers of the University of Benin. Barely 20 days after 11 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains were kidnapped by militants, another six chieftains of the party including the chairman of the state Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC), Chief Adewale Omojuwa, were kidnapped.

September 9, 2008: A gang of armed youths seized a Briton and an Irish national, both of whom were employees of Pan Ocean Oil Corporation in Warri.

September 30, 2008: Two Britons, Micheal Coe and Paul Alford, were kidnapped by youths at a bar near the Shell Petroleum Development Company Industrial Area at Ogunu, Warri.

October 18, 2008: Two suspected kidnappers met their waterloo at Oke Odo, on the outskirts of Lagos.

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