A nursing mother simply identified as Ramatu
and her 40-day-old baby, alongside three others were abducted in the early
hours of Monday at Naharati, a suburb of Abaji town, FCT.
The gunmen invaded the area and forced their
way into some houses where they abducted their victims.
It was reported that the kidnappers wanted to
abduct the husband of Ramatu but that when they broke into the house, he
escaped through the back door so they took away his wife and the baby.
One of the wives of the FCT PDP treasurer,
Kande Saidu, was among those kidnapped by the armed men.
The FCT PDP treasurer, Alhaji Saidu Dan
Masani, while narrating the incident to our reporter, yesterday, said the
incident happened at about 12:45am when the gunmen broke into his house while
he was sleeping in the parlor.
He said the gunmen whisked away his wife
after they searched for him in all the bedrooms but did not see him.
“I was sick and after taking my drugs I
decided to sleep in the parlour with my senior wife. When the gunmen forced the
door open and entered into the house, I covered myself with blanket but saw how
they were searching for me,”he said.
He said a masked woman led the gunmen into
his house. “I heard a woman’s voice who wore a mask insisting that they should
search everywhere that I was inside the house. But when they did not see
my car at home, they whisked away my wife,” he said.
He said the kidnappers spent over 45 minutes
before gaining access into his house but that they had left before policemen
Another victim, Kamal Abdullateef, said he
was abducted but released same day.
“I heard strange noises and I woke up to go
and find out what was happening. My mother even asked me not to go out.
As I stepped out, I discovered that gunmen had already surrounded my house. One
of them asked me to go and open the door for them,” he said.
He said they collected N190,000 from him
and as they led them through a bush path to their den, they asked him to go back.
It was also gathered that the wife of the FCT
PDP treasurer and the nursing mother with her 40 days old baby as well as a yet
to be identified man were still being held captive, while the family and
relatives of the victims had started negotiating with the abductors for ransom.
The FCT police command spokesman, DSP
Anjuguri Manzah, did not pick calls put across to him and did not reply to a
government yesterday placed a restriction on the sale and use of the fatal
agro-chemical product, Sniper.
Since Sniper hits
the Nigerian market, it has become the favourite of most Nigerians, especially
the poor for killing mosquitoes and other pests.
product has found its way into the hands of youths, who have continued to use
it to commit suicide.
In recent times, several Nigerian youths have committed suicide at the least
provocation including failure in examinations; jilt by loved ones, using
It is against this
background that the federal government yesterday directed that the product be
withdrawn from the open market with immediate effect.
The government’s directive, which will be enforced by the National Food, Drug
Administration Control (NAFDAC), was made public in Ibadan, Oyo State.
By the order, the
agency will ensure that all agro-chemical dealers and other stakeholders remove
Sniper from both the open market and supermarkets across the country with
Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate, Dr Bukar Usman, stated
this at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.
Usman, who spoke at
the launch of a new herbicide for cassava farmers, “Lifeline”, produced by UPL,
Springfield Agro and IITA, explained that the agency had asked agro-dealers to
stop the sale of the product in the open market and supermarkets.
He said that Sniper is an agro-cultural product meant for use only in the farms
and not for households.
For the full
enforcement of the restriction, he charged manufacturers and dealers to
cooperate with NAFDAC to mop up the 100ml size of the product, which was cheap
and easy to acquire.
Usman said that the directive was not an outright ban on the product but a
restriction of its use and availability to farms alone, adding that all
agro-chemicals meant for farms should not be used in households.
He said: “There are
appropriate products for the control of mosquitoes and other household pests”
Reacting to the
development, the president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mazi Sam
Ohuabunwa, stated that NAFDAC has a responsibility to safeguard the health of
According to him,
if a product that is supposed to be used for vectors and diseases is being used
by humans to kill themselves, it behooves NAFDAC to take action.
He, however, said that while NAFDAC is taking the measure, the government holds
it a duty to find out why more Nigerians are committing suicide.
said: “If you ban this product, what else are they going to use. Is
NAFDAC going to keep banning products? It’s important to try and find out what
it is that is making people, especially the younger ones to commit suicide
so we don’t end up banning everything that is available.”
Also, a family
physician with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and former chairman of
the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association
(NMA), Dr. Chira Obiora, said that though the move was commendable, “it is not
the solution to the problem.”
Obiora said: “A lot of people drink a lot of things when they want to commit
suicide. Withdrawing Sniper does not make it not to be seen. There are several
other things that can be taken to commit suicide.
“There are positive
uses of Sniper insecticide, banning it is not the approach. If you want
to solve a problem, you will solve it from the root. When people jump into the
river, will you go and dry up the river. It is not the right thing to do so
that we don’t end up increasing the rate of depression by also causing
depression on the people that are importing Sniper,” he said.
State-based lawyer, Mr Emmanuel Kuza, said that Sniper has caused more human
death than we could imagine.
According to him, “everyday, people in Nigeria see it as the easiest way of
ending their life. To me, it has reached its epidemic and the federal
government should urgently enforce the law restricting its sales.
should be either pressured to look for a way to make it harmless to human
beings or the government should follow up and seal their factories and equally
revoke their licences.
‘Parents are losing
their innocent children daily to this dangerous substance,” he lamented.
A civil servant, Fidelis Agera, described the government’s action as a welcomed
development. He said that the so called “Sniper is a deadly substance that has
claimed so many families.”
Agera said that he
knew a family of four who ate beans treated with Sniper and died. He therefore
urged the federal government to ensure that its decision is sustained and
monitored, unlike the ban on the importation of some goods such as foreign rice
that still find its way into the Nigerian market.
For Mr Jeremiah
Itodo, if the restriction on Sniper was monitored well, suicide cases
among the youths would be drastically reduced.
Itodo claimed that many traders applied Sniper on grains such as “bambara nuts,
beans among others for preservation without minding the health hazards it
constitutes to other Nigerians.”
In his view, the
chief medical director, Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Prof.
Terrumun Swende, described the restriction on the product as a welcome
development, adding that the substance was being abused by the end users.
He said that the
misuse had caused a lot of health problems for several families.
Swende urged the government to set up a committee to ensure strict monitoring
against the importation of the substance into the country.
To Engr. Herbert
Nda Egbeja, the restriction on such pesticides which had harmful effects on
human beings was well thought out.
He lamented the
rate at which Nigerians commit suicide particularly those using pesticide such
as sniper, which is meant to kill pest in the house for other purposes as
worrisome and condemnable.
“The government must also do all it can to ensure that the restriction is fully
enforced and where possible bring erring vendors to book,” he said.
In a similar
manner, a housewife, Hajiya Kemi Ibrahim hailed the directive on Snipers’ sales.
Mrs Ibrahim who
operates a patent medicine store along Murtala Mohammed Way, Ilorin, noted that
Sniper has its usefulness, but decried the rate at which it was being used for
She noted that many youths had resorted to taking Sniper for suicide because of
problems that could be solved with patience.
But a group of
youths in Sokoto State under the auspices of Zumunchi Youths Forum (ZYF) said the
restriction of the sale of Sniper by the government was inconsequential.
It said rather than unveiling the real
reasons behind the rise in suicide, the government is playing to the gallery by
dishing out half-truth.
The youth group
leader, Suleiman Shinkafi, said that the rise in suicide in any country was an
indication of government’s failure to address the basic needs of the citizens.
Shinkafi said that it was unfortunate that frivolities had taken over real
painful national discourse in Nigeria.
He said: “Rather
than thinking of how best it will confront the issues of Boko Haram, banditry,
kidnapping, unemployment, poverty and hunger, amongst others, the federal
government has again gone astray by selling unacceptable narratives.
“No right thinking
Nigerian will ever accept the restriction as a solution; rather it is applying
salt on an injury. Lest you forget, there are a good number of unemployed
youths who survived on the sales of these insecticides to those who use same to
fumigate their homes against mosquitoes and other insects.
“Now they have been
taken out of business by this directive. How do you expect them to survive? Is
the federal government by this action not creating more troubles in the
“Our advice as
youths is that the government should urgently come out clean and give a lasting
globally- acceptable solution to the social economic battle for survival that
exists between farmers and herders which is responsible for nearly 80 of the
bandits’ attacks ravaging most parts of the country, especially the northern
region,” he said.
The frightening spate of kidnapping in the
Southwest spread its tentacles to Oyo State on Tuesday evening as suspected
gunmen abducted Mr. Dayo Adewole, son of the immediate past Minister of Health,
Prof. Isaac Adewole.
It, however, emerged last night that Dayo has
been released, though it could not be confirmed if a ransom was paid or not.
Dayo was released barely 24 hours after he was kidnapped at his farm located at
Iroko, near Fiditi in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo.
An aide to the ex-minister confirmed to newsmen
last night that the victim was released on Wednesday evening. He said: “The
minister’s son regained freedom just this evening and he is with his family in
Ibadan. Details are still sketchy but we will issue a press release soon.”
The kidnappers had reportedly wore facial masks
to hide their identity and took away Dayo, escaping through the neighbouring
village. One of Dayo’s workers immediately raised the alarm and alerted the
villagers who quickly sent local hunters after the kidnappers. The hunters
found the car used by the kidnappers but neither Dayo nor any of the abductors
were found on Tuesday evening.
The village head, Oniroko of Iroko, made a phone
call on a radio programme and alerted the public.
It was gathered that the military, the police
and security agencies joined forces with the villagers to search for Dayo. The
Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Leye Oyebade, had earlier
yesterday disclosed that three persons had been arrested in connection with the
The AIG confirmed the police manhunt for the
kidnappers, combing the forest with a view to apprehending the criminals. The
three persons arrested included the driver that the victim employed a few days
ago, Mr. Gbenga Ogunleye; the farm manager, Mr. Sodiq Adebayo, and one other
worker at the farm.
Adebayo said the kidnappers were four in number
and their hooded leader wore military camouflage, while three others did not
cover their faces, but only put on black clothes, and were armed with guns and
other dangerous weapons, adding that the kidnappers spoke a tongue he suspected
to be Fulani language.
Dayo was taken away from his farm in his car and
the car was later abandoned about two kilometres from the farm, and he was
taken into the thick forest, and probably transferred into another vehicle.
The car was recovered from where it was parked,
but a combined team of security agencies and local hunters reportedly combed
the forest throughout the night on Tuesday with a view to rescuing the young
Adewole, but to no avail. However, their toil paid off yesterday evening when
Dayo was rescued unhurt.
The father, Prof. Adewole, as gathered, was out
of the country at the time the incident occurred but he reportedly cut short
the trip to return to Nigeria yesterday.
AIG Oyebade, who visited the scene of the
incident at Iroko, enjoined members of the public and political office holders
to be security conscious on those they employed as their aides as some of them
are dangerous elements who do give away their masters.
Three people, including
two children and a teenager, have been confirmed killed in a fresh attack on a
village in Kaduna state.
The Nation gathered the
attack was launched on Unguwan Rimi Village in Kauru local government area of
the state around 2:30 pm on Monday.
An eyewitness told our
correspondent the attackers suspected to be herdsmen invaded the village and
started shooting sporadically, leaving some people dead and several others
Meanwhile, Kaduna State
Police Command while confirming the incident said three people were killed in
In a confirmation
statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo gave the
names of the victims as: Monday Yahaya 8 years, Samson David 17 years and
Ashimile Danladi 9 years old.
According to the
statement, “Information reaching us has it that, on 17/6/19 at about 14:25hrs,
DPO Kauru received a distress call that, armed men entered Unguwan Rimi
village, Chawai District of Kauru LGA, started shooting sporadically and in the
process shot dead one Monday Yahaya 8 years, Samson David 17 years and Ashimile
Danladi 9 years old respectively.
“Teams of Policemen
quickly moved to the area, evacuated the dead bodies to the hospital and
ensured that the situation was brought under control.
investigation later revealed that the attack might not be unconnected with the
attack of Fulani camp early morning of the same date in the area.
“However, efforts are on to apprehend the perpetrators
and the command has intensified patrols and other proactive measures to
forestall further breach of peace in the area.” The statement read.
Source: The Nation
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