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Insecurity: Nigeria Defence HQ declares 97 persons wanted for terrorism, kidnapping, other ‘violent crimes’

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*The Defence Headquarters, in Abuja, releases poster indicating the names and photographs of the wanted persons in various geopolitical zones, designating them as either as terrorists, kidnappers, or persons behind violent crimes in the West African country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

For alleged violent crimes against Nigerians over time, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has declared Mr. Simon Ekpa, a Finland-based self-styled Biafra agitator, and 96 other suspects wanted.

ConsumerConnect reports the DHQ, which disclosed the details of the wanted persons at the weekend, also declared want certain  Chika Edoziem, another Biafra agitator and disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, incarcerated leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is currently facing prosecution of purported terrorism.

Both Ekpa and Edoziem are said to be among the 21 violent criminals declared wanted in the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria.

Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media Operations, displayed the names and photographs of the wanted persons in a poster he released Saturday, March 23, 2024, in Abuja, FCT.

The poster indicated the names and photographs of the wanted persons in various geopolitical zones and they were designated either as terrorists, kidnappers or persons behind violent crimes.

However, there is no bounty placed on the 97 persons declared wanted.

It is recalled, however, that in 2022, the Nigerian Military declared 19 bandits wanted in the North-West and placed a N5 million bounty on their heads.

It is not clear whether those declared wanted in 2022 have been captured or killed, but names like Bello Turji and Halilu Babubu are still featured on the list released on Saturday.

The DHQ has declared 43 persons wanted in the North-West in connection with banditry, kidnapping and terrorism.

Among them are Shingi, Malindi Yakubu, Boka, Dogo Gide, Halilu Sububu, Ado Aliero, Bello Turji, Dan Bokkolo, Labi Yadi, Nagala, Saidu Idris, Kachalla Rugga and Sani Gurgu.

It equally declared 33 Boko Haram and Islamic State–West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists wanted in the North-East.

Among them are Abu Zaida, Modu Sulum, Baba Data, Ahmad, Sani Teacher, Baa Sadiq, Abdul Saad, Kaka Abi, Mohammad Khalifa, Umar Tella, Abu Mutahid, Malam Mohammad, Malam Tahiru Baga, Uzaiya and Ali Ngule.

Others declared wanted in the southeast included people known as Egede, Zuma, ThankGod, Gentle, Flavour, Matthew; High Chief Williams Agbor, Ebuka Nwaka, Obiemesi Chukwudi, aka Dan Chuk, David Chidiebube and Amobi Okafor, alias Temple.

The DHQ, therefore, urged members of the public to report information about the wanted person via phone numbers: 090488450750, 09071230344, 08167291448, 09135783469, 09127140930 and 08146691704.

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