Meet The World’s Most Wanted Fugitives!

. Why They Are On The Run

Back in the 1980s and early 90s. Pablo Escobar of the Medellin Cartel was the most dreaded drug lords in Colombia and his notoriety extended far into the United States. Escobar, then the world’s most wanted man could afford to fly airplanes laden with narcotic drugs from South America into other continents. Even law enforcement agents dreaded him and members of his cartel were spared jail because judges were often asked “copper or lead”, another phrase for “money or bullets” Choosing money would mean financial gain for the judge, while its refusal automatically meant bullets.  Sending a member of Escobar’s cartel to prison is an obvious indication that the judge has signed his own death warrant.

Years after Escobar’s death in a gun duel with security agents, who tried to apprehend him in 1993, the world’s most wanted man’s position became occupied by Osama bin Laden, the Saudi Arabian who headed Al Qaeda, the most sinister organisation the world has known in recent times.

And sequel to Bin Laden’s death, the world has a new “Most Wanted” man.

Ayman Mohammed al-Zawahiri

At present, 62-year-old Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian, and leader of the al Qaeda terrorist organisation is the world’s most wanted man. Though a trained physician, Al-Wahiri has been a member of various organisations that carried out terror attacks in Europe and North America. He was the leader of the “Egyptian Islamic Jihad”, the group that carried out the bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan in 1995. He later became Osama bin Laden’s right hand man and after the death of the former leader of the organization, the mantle of leadership fell on the Egyptian.

The United States Government placed a reward of $ 25 million on him after the 9/11 attacks.

Al Zawahiri was active as a student activist and after he qualified as a surgeon, he went to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj and stayed for a year to practise as a surgeon in Jeddah. He met Osama bin Laden in Jeddah in 1986 and when his organisation merged with al Qaeda, he became Bin Laden’s personal physician and adviser.    He and bin Laden were given Afghan citizenship by the Taliban government in November 2001.

Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera

Loera, a Mexican, heads the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and his 5 ft 6 height earned him the nickname “Shorty Guzman” (El Chapo Guzman). What he however lacks in height, he wields in power and influence in the drug world.

With the arrest of Osiel Cardenas in 2003, Guzman became Mexico’s number 1 drug lord and presently, he is regarded by the United State’s Government as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker and ‘”godfather of the drug world”, having surpassed the exploits of Pablo Escobar.

Guzman Loera who sold oranges as a child, having been born to a poor family is listed as one of the richest men in Mexico with a net worth of over $ 1 billion. His cartel is responsible for the shipment of tonnes of cocaine from Colombia through Mexico into the United States. While the United States has offered a reward of $ 5 million for information leading to his capture, the Mexican government placed a reward of 30 million pesos for the same information. So far, all operations to capture him have failed.

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

He is India’s most wanted man and also one of the most wanted men in the world. Dawood, whose father was a policeman, is the head of “D Company”, an Indian organised crime syndicate based in Mumbai. He is believed to have organised and financed the Bombay bombings of 1993 as well the bombings in Mumbai, Kenya in 2008. He is also believed to have close links to Al-Qaeda and was declared a global terrorist in 2003. 57-year-old Dawood had business interests in Dubai, where he lived and India his home country.

 

Semion Mogilevich

Ukrainian-born Mogilevich is believed to be the overlord of most, if not all the Russian Mafia syndicates in the world. His business acumen earned him the nickname “The Brainy Don”. He resides in Moscow and he owns a gas company. Though he has legal businesses, he is believed to operate a worldwide network of prostitution, weapon and drug smuggling. The FBI describes him as the “world’s most dangerous mobster” while the British Government calls him “one of the most dangerous men in the world”. He has been banned from entering the United Kingdom.

Mogilevich is believed to be untouchable both in Russia and Ukraine. A former Prime Minister in Ukraine was dragged to court for destroying files that pertained to Mogilevich.

At a point, he held Ukranian, Hungarian, Russian and Israeli citizenships. He has however been declared persona non grata in Hungary. He owns a company that manufactures anti-aircraft guns as well as a substantial amount of shares in Sukhoi, a military aircraft manufacturing company.

For ten years running, governments across the world have been trying without success to prosecute him. Mogilevich is believed to have ordered several executions, including via direct shooting and car bombs. He was arrested for tax evasion in Russia and later released because the charges against him “were not so grave”.

Nasir al Wuhayshi

Nasir al Wuhayshi, also known as “Abu Basir” is the Emir of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). His appointment was confirmed by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the overall leader in a video posted online.

Abu Basir was born in Yemen and for years, he served as Bin Laden’s Secretary in Afgahanistan. He presided over the merger of the Saudi Arabian and Yemeni arms of Al Qaeda to form AQAP.  He was arrested in Iran after he left Afghanistan in 2001 and was extradited to Yemen where he was imprisoned. He and 22 others however broke the Yemeni maximum security prison and escaped.

Though Yemeni officials claimed he was killed in the southern part of the country on August 28, 2011. AQAP has denied the claims. It was later found out that it was his look alike younger brother, Abdel al-Wuhayshi that was killed in the operation. As the Emir of Al Qaeda’s most vibrant arm, he is the most wanted man in Yemen.

He is also on the US wanted list. His group, AQAP has taken responsibility for Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempt to blow up Northwest flight 253 on Christmas Day in 2009.

Matteo Messina Denaro

At 51, “Diabolik” as Denaro is better known in Italy has a place among the list of the 10 most wanted criminals in the world. Well known to be a Sicilian Mafioso, he is revered as the leader of the Cosa Nostra. Being the son of a Mafia Don, Matteo learnt to use a gun at 14 and by the time he was 18, he had already committed the first of his many murders.

He is known to love fast cars, especially Porsches, designer wears and wrist watches.

His father, Francesco Denaro was a popular Mafia Don that went by the name “Don Ciccio” and was the Cappo Mandamerito of the Trapani region. After the death of his father in 1998, he assumed leadership of the region’s Mafia and a lot of money comes in from businesses in the region who have no choice but to pay the Don for protection. He is also believed to be actively involved in drug trades.

He went into hiding after a series of bombings believed to have been perpetrated by his organization in 1993 and has not been seen since then.

Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov

64-year-old Uzbek national, Alimzhan has been to jail twice, first in 1972 and in 1985 for acts detrimental to the society. He moved to Paris, France in the early 1990s and soon got involved in the smuggling of hardware from Germany. He was arrested in Italy in 2002 at the request of the United States. Italian authorities however refused to extradite him to the US. He was freed eventually. He is wanted in the US for fraud related offences and a warrant for his arrest subsists.

He is called “Taiwanchick” mainly because of his Asian looks, despite being a European.

 

Felicien Kabuga

Kabuga who was one of the biggest tea farmers before the war that shook Rwanda in the 1990s is one of the Hutu extremists believed to have contributed to the Rwandan genocide. He was named as one of the main importers of the 500,000 machetes used by Hutus during the mass killings in 1994. He was also believed to have used his radio station to incite hatred.

He is wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, having been charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, and crimes against humanity.

 

Joseph Rao Kony

Kony who is the head of the Lord’s Renaissance Army, a Ugandan guerrilla group was born to a Catechist of the Catholic Church.  He was an altar boy in his early years but stopped attending church at the age of 15 and became an apprentice to the witch doctor in his village. Kony’s group pulled a surprise when it turned on its own supporters in a “purification effort” and slew some of them. The LRA seeks to install a theocracy based on the 10 Commandments and Acholi tradition in Uganda.

He allegedly ordered abduction of children to serve as sex slaves and soldiers. Under him, not less than 66,000 children became soldiers while millions have been displaced. Most of his children soldiers were reportedly left with no choice but to take up arms as their parents and neighbours were often killed. In an interview, Kony however stated that his army does not include children. “We don’t have children, we only have combatants”, he said.

Though Kony was convicted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court at the Hague in 2005, he has remained invincible since then. His Lord’s Renaissance Army operates in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.

Kony reportedly enjoyed support from the Sudanese government, in retaliation for the funding rebels from the region that has now become South Sudan enjoyed from the government of Uganda.

Kony’s LRA has been listed as a terrorist group by the American government.

Dokka Umarov

Umarov, a 49-year-old Chechen Construction Engineer is also an Islamist militant. He has carried out several attacks on civilians. Known as “Russia’s Bin Laden”, Umarov has since ordered his group to leave out civilian targets and concentrate on military men and formations.

He is wanted for treason, homicide and kidnappings by the Russian Government after he declared an independent Islamic Caucasus Emirate of which he proclaimed himself as the Emir.

The United Nations Security Council has added him to the list of people affiliated with Al Qaeda. His group claimed responsibility for the bombing of a train station in Moscow in 2010 as well as the bombing of the Domodedovo International Airport in 2011.


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FLASHBACK: April 22, 1990 – Gideon Orkar’s Coup Speech. Fellow Nigerian Citizens,

On behalf of the patriotic and well-meaning peoples of the Middle Belt and the southern parts of this country, I , Major Gideon Orkar, wish to happily inform you of the successful ousting of the dictatorial, corrupt, drug baronish, evil man, deceitful, homo-sexually-c­­entered, prodigalistic, un-patriotic administration of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

We have equally commenced their trials for unabated corruption, mismanagement of national economy, the murders of Dele Giwa, Major-General Mamman Vasta, with other officers as there was no attempted coup but mere intentions that were yet to materialize and other human rights violations.

The National Guard already in its formative stage is disbanded with immediate effect. Decrees Number 2 and 46 are hereby abrogated. We wish to emphasize that this is not just another coup but a well-conceived,­­ planned and executed revolution for the marginalized, oppressed and enslaved peoples of the Middle Belt and the south with a view to freeing ourselves and children yet unborn from eternal slavery and colonization by a clique of this country.

Our history is replete with numerous and uncontrollable instances of callous and insensitive dominatory repressive intrigues by those who think it is their birthright to dominate till eternity the political and economic privileges of this great country to the exclusion of the people of the Middle Belt and the south.

They have almost succeeded in subjugating the Middle Belt and making them voiceless and now extending same to the south.

It is our unflinching belief that this quest for domination, oppression and marginalization­­ is against the wish of God and therefore, must be resisted with the vehemence.

Anything that has a beginning must have an end. It will also suffice here to state that all Nigerians without skeleton in their cupboards need not to be afraid of this change. However, those with skeleton in their cupboards have all reasons to fear, because the time of reckoning has come.

For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state the three primary reasons why we have decided to oust the satanic Babangida administration.­­ The reasons are as follows:

(a) To stop Babangida’s desire to cunningly, install himself as Nigeria’s life president at all costs and by so doing, slowpoke the progress of this country for life. In order to be able to achieve this undesirable goals of his, he has evidently started destroying those groups and sections he perceived as being able to question his desires.

Examples of groups already neutralized, pitched against one another or completely destroyed are:

(1) The Sokoto caliphate by installing an unwanted Sultan to cause division within the hitherto strong Sokoto caliphate.

(2) The destruction of the peoples of Plateau State, especially the Lantang people, as a balancing force in the body politics of this country.

(3) The buying of the press by generous monetary favors and the usage of State Security Service, SSS, as a tool of terror.

(4) The intent to cow the students by the promulgation of the draconian decree Number 47.

(5) The cowing of the university teaching and non-teaching staff by an intended massive purge, using the 150 million dollar loan as the necessitating factor.

(6) Deliberately withholding funds to the armed forces to make them ineffective and also crowning his diabolical scheme through the intended retrenchment of more than half of the members of the armed forces.

Other pointers that give credence to his desire to become a life president against the wishes of the people are:

(1) His appointment of himself as a minister of defense, his putting under his direct control the SSS, his deliberate manipulation of the transition programme, his introduction of inconceivable, unrealistic and impossible political options, his recent fraternization with other African leaders that have installed themselves as life presidents and his dogged determination to create a secret force called the national guard, independent of the armed forces and the police which will be answerable to himself alone, both operationally and administrativel­­y.

It is our strong view that this kind of dictatorial desire of Babangida is unacceptable to Nigerians of the 1990’s, and, therefore, must be resisted by all.

Another major reason for the change is the need to stop intrigues, domination and internal colonization of the Nigerian state by the so-called chosen few. This, in our view, has been and is still responsible for 90 percent of the problems of Nigerians.

This indeed has been the major clog in our wheel of progress.

This clique has an unabated penchant for domination and unrivalled fostering of mediocrity and outright detest for accountability,­­ all put together have been our undoing as a nation.

This will ever remain our threat if not checked immediately. It is strongly believed that without the intrigues perpetrated by this clique and misrule, Nigeria will have in all ways achieved developmental virtues comparable to those in Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, India, and even Japan.

Evidence, therefore, this cancerous dominance has as a factor constituted by a major and unpardonable clog in the wheel of progress of the Nigerian state. It is suffice to mention a few distasteful intrigues engineered by this group of Nigerians in recent past. These are:

(1) The shabby and dishonorable treatment meted on the longest serving Nigerian general in the person of General Domkat Bali, who in actual fact had given credibility to the Babangida administration.

(2) The wholesale hijacking of Babangida’s administration by the all-powerful clique.

(3) The disgraceful and inexplicable removal of Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Professor Tam David-West, Mr. Aret Adams and so on from office.

(4) The now-pervasive and on-going retrenchment of Middle Belt and southerners from public offices and their instant replacement by the favoured class and their stooges.

(5) The deliberate disruption of the educational culture and retarding its place to suit the favoured class to the detriment of other educational minded parts of this country.

(6) The deliberate impoverishment of the peoples from the Middle Belt and the south, making them working ghosts and feeding on the formulae of 0-1-1- or 0-0-0 while the aristocratic class and their stooges are living in absolute affluence on a daily basis without working for it.

(7) Other countless examples of the exploitative, oppressive, dirty games of intrigues of its class, where people and stooges that can best be described by the fact that even though they contribute very little economically to the well-being of Nigeria, they have over the years served and presided over the supposedly national wealth derived in the main from the Middle Belt and the southern part of this country, while the people from these parts of the country have been completely deprived from benefiting from the resources given to them by God.

(8) The third reason for the change is the need to lay a strong egalitarian foundation for the real democratic take off of the Nigerian state or states as they circumstances may dictate.

In the light of all the above and in recognition of the negativeness of the aforementioned aristocratic factor, the overall progress of the Nigerian state a temporary decision to excise the following states namely, Sokoto, Borno, Katsina, Kano and Bauchi states from the Federal Republic of Nigeria comes into effect immediately until the following conditions are met.

The conditions to be met to necessitate the re-absorption of the aforementioned states are as following:

(a) To install the rightful heir to the Sultanate, Alhaji Maccido, who is the people’s choice.

(b) To send a delegation led by the real and recognized Sultan Alhaji Maccido to the federal government to vouch that the feudalistic and aristocratic quest for domination and operation will be a thing of the past and will never be practiced in any part of the Nigeria state.

By the same token, all citizens of the five states already mentioned are temporarily suspended from all public and private offices in Middle Belt and southern parts of this country until the mentioned conditions above are met.

They are also required to move back to their various states within one week from today. They will, however, be allowed to return and joint the Federal Republic of Nigeria when the stipulated conditions are met.

In the same vein, all citizens of the Middle Belt and the south are required to come back to their various states pending when the so-called all-in-all Nigerians meet the conditions that will ensure a united Nigeria. A word is enough for the wise.

This exercise will not be complete without purging corrupt public officials and recovering their ill-gotten wealth, since the days of the oil boom till date. Even in these hard times, when Nigerians are dying from hunger, trekking many miles to work for lack of transportation,­­ a few other Nigerians with complete impunity are living in unbelievable affluence both inside and outside the country.

We are extremely determined to recover all ill-gotten wealth back to the public treasury for the use of the masses of our people. You are all advised to remain calm as there is no cause for alarm. We are fully in control of the situation as directed by God. All airports, seaports and borders are closed forthwith.

The former Armed Forces Ruling Council is now disbanded and replaced with National Ruling Council to be chaired by the head of state with other members being a civilian vice-head of state, service chiefs, inspector general of police, one representative each from NLC, NUJ, NBA, and NANS.

A curfew is hereby imposed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice. All members of the armed forces and the police forces are hereby confined to their respective barracks.

All unlawful and criminal acts by those attempting to cause chaos will be ruthlessly crushed. Be warned as we are prepared at all costs to defend the new order.

All radio stations are hereby advised to hook on permanently to the national network programme until further notice.

Long live all true patriots of this great country of ours. May God and Allah through his bountiful mercies bless us all”.
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