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Zamfara Governor secures release of 26 young girls kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State
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Zamfara Governor secures release of 26 young girls kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has said that dialogue with bandits is still relevant just as he secured the release of 26 Katsina girls from bandits.   A statement issued on Sunday, November 8, by  Zailani Bappa, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, said the girls, aged between 8 and 12, were released to the Zamfara State Government without payment of ransom.   "The girls who were kidnapped by bandits in Faskari local government area of Katsina state were brought into the bushes of Zamfara state but were miraculously discovered by the state Government and got released through negotiations held under the state Commissioner Of Police and the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs who are in constant di...
US Rescue Operation Confirms Buhari’s Incompetence – PDP
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US Rescue Operation Confirms Buhari’s Incompetence – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said the swift operation by the United States to rescue her citizen held hostage by bandits on Nigerian soil has further confirmed that the Buhari Presidency can neither secure the territorial integrity of the nation nor arrest the wave of insecurity ravaging the country under its watch. The party described the situation where the United State “had to come on our soil to pull a rescue, as an international embarrassment and shows how low the Buhari Presidency had fallen in its failure to guarantee the safety of lives and property in our country.” US citizen, Philipe Nathan Walton was kidnapped in the Niger Republic/Nigerian border a few weeks ago after his offer of 40 dollars failed to persuade his abductors. In a statement signed ...
Four Killed, Others Injured As Bandits Attack Zamfara Community
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Four Killed, Others Injured As Bandits Attack Zamfara Community

Four persons have been killed and some others injured in an attack by suspected bandits on Gidan Goga Village in Maradun LGA in Zamfara State. The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident which occurred on Thursday afternoon. According to Shehu, on receiving the report, some of the officers led by the DPO in Maradun responded to the distress call and arrived at the village to forestall a further attack on the neighbouring villages. “Bandits fled before the arrival of the joint security operatives. Unfortunately, four people were killed by the bandits while three others were injured. Victims are now responding to treatment at Federal Medical Centre, Gusau,” the statement read in part. It also noted that security in the area has now been beef...
Nigerian Army’s Colonel SB Onifade Kidnapped By Bandits – People’s Gazette
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Nigerian Army’s Colonel SB Onifade Kidnapped By Bandits – People’s Gazette

Nigerian Army colonel has been abducted by bandits after running into an ambush along Abuja-Kaduna Highway, military sources have told Peoples Gazette. SB Onifade was on a road trip at about 3:00 a.m. on September 27 when he was abducted. He has yet to be found and no arrests have been made in connection with the violence, which occurred near the Olam Farms axis of the crucial highway. The officer was not in military uniform when he was kidnapped, military sources said. The Gazette learnt that the development has sent panic through the Nigerian Army Headquarters, which promptly issued a warning to officers to be wary of road trips. Motorists have become increasingly fearful about using Abuja-Kaduna Highway amidst worsening exploits of kidnappers, whose number and intensity ...
Bandits kill Army colonel, two soldiers in Katsina
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Bandits kill Army colonel, two soldiers in Katsina

A Nigerian Army colonel, M.Z Manu and two soldiers have been killed by bandits in Unguwar Doka Village under Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State. It was gathered that the bandits, armed with AK-47 rifles invaded the villages on Thursday night and started shooting indiscriminately. In the process, the gallant officer, soldiers and some civilians were killed. The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. General Benard Onyeuko, who confirmed the incident in a statement issued to journalists at the Special Army Super Camp IV Faskari, said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity responded to a distress call on September 24, 2020 that bandits attacked Unguwar Doka Village and swiftly mobilised to the area where they cleared the bandits. During the encounter, troops neutralis...
Bandits Kill DSS Officer, Sadiq Abdullahi After Receiving N5m Ransom In Katsina
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Bandits Kill DSS Officer, Sadiq Abdullahi After Receiving N5m Ransom In Katsina

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed a 33-year-old operative of the Department of State Services, Sadiq Abdullahi Bindawa, despite receiving N5m as ransom. The late Bindawa, who worked with the intelligence department of the service in Abuja, was kidnapped alongside his four-year-old son on Saturday at his residence behind Federal Secretariat in Katsina metropolis. According to a source, the bandits demanded N5m 48 hours after his abduction, which was raised by his family members and colleagues. The money was taken to Charanchi area of the state on Sunday and the negotiators were told to go and receive him in Kurfi town on Monday morning. “But when they got to Kurfi as agreed, they met his dead body with multiple gunshots on his head, ears and back. He was buried this mor...
Bandits Kidnap 17 Family Members In Udawa Chikun, Kaduna
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Bandits Kidnap 17 Family Members In Udawa Chikun, Kaduna

Suspected bandits have abducted 21 people in two separate attacks on Udawa village, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Seventeen of those abducted including four others, who sustained serious injuries from gunshots, were said to be members of the same family. Liman Hussaini, a community leader in Udawa, who confirmed the incident, said unknown gunmen stormed the area and started shooting sporadically, leaving several persons injured. According to Hussaini, four people were kidnapped on Friday, while 17 others were abducted on Saturday on their way to the farm at about 7:00am. He said by the time security personnel stationed in the village rushed to the scene of the incident, the bandits had escaped with their victims into the bush. “Yesterday, a family of 21 were ...
Bandits Kidnap 17 Family Members In Udawa Chikun, Kaduna
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Bandits Kidnap 17 Family Members In Udawa Chikun, Kaduna

Suspected bandits have abducted 21 people in two separate attacks on Udawa village, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Seventeen of those abducted including four others, who sustained serious injuries from gunshots, were said to be members of the same family. Liman Hussaini, a community leader in Udawa, who confirmed the incident, said unknown gunmen stormed the area and started shooting sporadically, leaving several persons injured. According to Hussaini, four people were kidnapped on Friday, while 17 others were abducted on Saturday on their way to the farm at about 7:00am. He said by the time security personnel stationed in the village rushed to the scene of the incident, the bandits had escaped with their victims into the bush. “Yesterday, a family of 21 were ...
Troops Kill 25 Bandits, Arrest 155 Others In Northwest – DHQ
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Troops Kill 25 Bandits, Arrest 155 Others In Northwest – DHQ

The Defence Headquarter says the military in its continued onslaught against armed banditry and cattle rustling, killed 25 bandits and arrested 155 others in the Northwest Zone of the country.The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche said this while briefing newsmen on update of the military operations across the country on Thursday in Abuja. Enenche, who said that the feat was recorded in August, added that the military also within the period recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition while over 1000 livestocks were recovered in the zone. According to him, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have continued to record significant successes against the armed bandits in the North West Zone of the country. “For the month of August, troops have continued t...
Nigerian Air force’s First Female Combatant Helicopter Pilot dies Eight Months after Special Secognition
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Nigerian Air force’s First Female Combatant Helicopter Pilot dies Eight Months after Special Secognition

Tolulope Arotile, the first female helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force has died 8 months after she was given a special recognition. Arotile who was decorated alongside Kafayat Sanni, the first female fighter pilot, by Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff died On Tuesday July 14, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at the Nigerian Air Force base in Kaduna state. The military officer who had just ended a programme at the Starlite International Training Academy in South Africa, did not recover from the injuries sustained in the accident.   A statement released by the Nigerian Air Force read; “It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer ...
Amotekun Corps Intercepts Suspected Bandits at Osun-Oyo
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Amotekun Corps Intercepts Suspected Bandits at Osun-Oyo

The Osun State Amotekun Security Network on Sunday intercepted an eighteen seater bus at Osun-Oyo boundary while trying to sneak into the state despite the ban on the interstate movement. The inter-state offenders were also suspected to be bandits from Lagos State going to Itagunmodi mining Site, in Atakunmosa West Local Government Area of Osun State. The Director-General of the Amotekun Corps in Osun, Comrade Amitolu Shittu briefed DAILY POST on the development on Sunday. Men of the Amotekun corps stopped the eighteen-passenger bus at Ikire while they were trying to forcefully enter the state, assorted types of charms were recovered from two of the suspected bandits.<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; dis...
Police Boss Warns Security Operatives Against Inter-agency Rivalry
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Police Boss Warns Security Operatives Against Inter-agency Rivalry

Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State, Usman Nagogo, has warned the 80-man combined security team deployed to Bindin Village to avoid rivalry. He gave the warning on Sunday in a statement by the Police Public Relations, SP Shehu Mohammed. NAN reports that the community was last week invaded by hundreds of bandits, who killed over 20 people. Nagogo told the personnel to “shun inter-agency rivalry and discharge their duties with all sense of professionalism and commitment.” The Police boss advised them to be conscious of their personal safety and security. The team comprises the Army, Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel. The squad was set up to protect villages in Dansadau Emirate of Maru Local Govern...
I Introduced Buhari to Politics – Hajiya Nàja’atu Mohammed
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I Introduced Buhari to Politics – Hajiya Nàja’atu Mohammed

The first Kano State female politician to become a senator, Hajiya Nàja’atu Mohammed has hinted that she introduced President Muhammadu Buhari to politics. She made the statement while reacting to the recent attacks by bandits attacked in Dansadau community of Zamfara state this weekend, where no less than 15 persons were killed. A BBC Hausa service report monitored on Sunday by Vanguard reported the police in Gusau had confirmed the latest attack on the Zamfara community, in which lives were lost. The outspoken Kano politician, however, told the RFI Hausa service in an interview, that she introduced Buhari to politics and had told the world that the President was a democrat. Nàja’atu Mohammed expressed her discontent with the recent happenings in the polity and condemned the d...
Army Troops Destroy Kidnappers’ Hideouts, Rescue Kidnapped Victims in Plateau
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Army Troops Destroy Kidnappers’ Hideouts, Rescue Kidnapped Victims in Plateau

The Defence Headquarters says troops of operation Safe Heaven have destroyed kidnappers’ hideouts and rescued kidnapped victims in Plateau State. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday. Enenche said that three bandits were killed during the operation while others escaped with gunshot wounds. According to him, all the suspects have been handed over to authorities for further investigation and prosecution. The statement reads “In continuation of intensive clearance operations under Operation ACCORD aimed at curbing the activities of bandits and other criminals in the North West and North Central region, troops under Operation SAFE HAVEN have neutralized 3 kidnappers hideouts during a commando operation ...
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Armed Bandits Surround Kasai In Katsina, Residents Trapped

Armed bandits are currently surrounding Kasai Village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State in preparation to launch an attack on the community. A source, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said the assailants arrived the village few minutes ago, forcing many residents to flee for safety into nearby bushes. The source said there is panic and tension in the area, adding that a detachment of soldiers drafted to the area had been notified of the development. The attackers were said to have raided Barkin Gulbi Village earlier in the day where a man was burnt to death.
Allah Said Boko Haram Should Kill, I Invites Bandits To Join Our Group – Shekau
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Allah Said Boko Haram Should Kill, I Invites Bandits To Join Our Group – Shekau

The Abubakar Shekau faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, has invited bandits to join them.The sect made the call in a new video.The faction wooed armed groups terrorising the North West and North Central. The regions have been under unabated attacks by bandits who kill, rape, injure the people, burn houses and rustle cattle, sheep, etc.The insurgents specifically urged outlaws in Zamfara and Niger States, to partner with Boko Haram. The footage shows four masked men speaking in English, Hausa, Fulfulde and French, HumAngle reports. One of them said “brothers in Lake Chad, my brothers in Cameroon, my brothers in Sambisa, my brothers in Niger State, my brothers in Zamfara State…to strive harder for the sake of Allah”. He said everything being done “is ...
Police Arrest man who Led a Peaceful Protest in Katsina
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Police Arrest man who Led a Peaceful Protest in Katsina

The Nigerian police has arrested the man who led a protest on Tuesday, June 16, in Katsina. Nastura Sharif was arrested on Wednesday, June 17. The group’s Director of Operations, Aminu Adams made this known in a statement. Adams explained that they were invited after the protest by the state commissioner of police, Sanusi Buba for interrogation and Sharif was detained. His said, “After the protest ended peacefully, the Katsina state police commissioner, Mr. Sanusi Buba, invited us to his office for an interaction during which he told us that the Inspector General of Police wanted to see Sharif. “The commissioner handed us to a team of policemen, headed by the OC (officer in charge), federal operations bureau (FOB), who led us to Abuja. “We drove from Katsina to Abuja wit...
NSA, IGP, DSS Boss visit Katsina Over Killings and Bandit Attacks
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NSA, IGP, DSS Boss visit Katsina Over Killings and Bandit Attacks

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji on Wednesday June 17 visited Katsina over increased attacks by bandits in communities in the state. The security team were led by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba to General Muhammadu Buhari Government House where they held a closed-door meeting with Governor Aminu Masari over the recent wave of banditry and other crimes in the state. Moguno who spoke to newsmen after the 2-hour meeting, said it was convened to know the underlining issue from a collective point of view and to find an effective way to stop the attacks. He added that getting back the confidence of residence of the state i...
‘Traditional Rulers In Katsina Are Aiding Bandits’ – Garba Shehu
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‘Traditional Rulers In Katsina Are Aiding Bandits’ – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, says some traditional rulers are aiding bandits in Katsina, the state President Muhammadu Buhari hails from. Speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Monday, Shehu said these traditional rulers help gunmen escape when security agencies are planning attacks. Katsina has come under attacks by gunmen in recent times. A number of people have lost their lives and property in the incidents. Shehu said there are people who are benefiting from the attacks. “It is not that we are making direct accusations on anyone but it is also true that even in the president’s native state of Katsina, some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people,” he said. “In neighbouring...
You Have Failed us- Northern elders tell President Buhari while Lamenting the High Rate of Insecurity in the North
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You Have Failed us- Northern elders tell President Buhari while Lamenting the High Rate of Insecurity in the North

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has issued a statement criticizing Buhari for failing to tackle insecurity in Northern Nigeria. In a statement released on Sunday, Ango Abdullahi, convener of the forum, said the issue of insecurity in the north is getting worse by the day. He added that the constant attacks by bandits and Boko Haram insurgents are indications that the Buhari administration "has failed woefully" in keeping citizens safe. The statement reads: "Northern Elders Forum (NEF) is alarmed at the rising insecurity of communities and their properties in the North. Recent escalation of attacks by bandits, rustlers and insurgents leave the only conclusion that the people of the North are now completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wreakin...
Bandits Launch Fresh Attack On Katsina Community, Kill Traditional Ruler
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Bandits Launch Fresh Attack On Katsina Community, Kill Traditional Ruler

No fewer than 50 bandits on Saturday morning reportedly attacked Mazoji Village under Matazu Local Government Area of Katsina State, killing the traditional ruler of the community. This comes barely three weeks after the murder of the district head of Yantumaki in Danmusa Local Government, Alhaji Maidabino, by bandits. A source told SaharaReporters that the bandits carried out the attack on Mazoji Village around 2am and operated for several hours before killing the traditional leader. The bandits also reportedly set ablaze five motorcycles during the attack, while they rustled unspecified number of cows. The source lamented that security operatives were yet to arrive the village even as at 7:30am. Bandits attacks and kidnappings have been on the rise in Katsina State in ...
“Surrender Or Face Disgraceful And Violent End” – President Buhari Tells Bandits
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“Surrender Or Face Disgraceful And Violent End” – President Buhari Tells Bandits

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has warned bandits terrorising the North-West geopolitical zone of the country to surrender their weapons, or face “disgraceful and violent ends.” President Buhari has also assured people and government of Katsina State of renewed efforts, and review of operations, to improve the security of lives and property in the state, and other parts of the country. The President gave the warning and assurance when he met with the governor of Katsina State Aminu Bello Masari, at the State House Abuja. A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu on Saturday night stated that President Buhari at the meeting said bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state, and across ...
Let Us See Evidence When You Kill Bandits, Ex-Lawmaker, Shehu Sani, Tells Nigerian Government
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Let Us See Evidence When You Kill Bandits, Ex-Lawmaker, Shehu Sani, Tells Nigerian Government

The Nigerian Army has come under immense scrutiny in recent times from citizens, who say the government had not been transparent and truthful in the fight against insurgency in the country. Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker from Kaduna State, has asked the Nigerian Government to always show proof that it was fighting insecurity in the country. The Nigerian Army has come under immense scrutiny in recent times from citizens, who say the government had not been transparent and truthful in the fight against insurgency in the country. Sani in a tweet on Sunday said when armed bandits kill Nigerians, gruesome photos of the mayhem are released. He therefore urged the Nigerian Government to show when it also kills bandits by providing evidence. He said, "Whenever the bandits kill, w...
We’ve Pulled out from Peace Agreement with Bandits – Governor Masari
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We’ve Pulled out from Peace Agreement with Bandits – Governor Masari

Governor Aminu Masari has announced that his government has pulled out of the peace agreement they reached with bandits who have been killing and destroying properties owned by innocent residents of Katsina state. Though the Katsina State Governor said the peace agreement his administration reached with bandits in 2016 yielded positive results, he however added that the gunmen betrayed it and have since been carrying out coordinated attacks with their accomplices from Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger Republic across the state. Masari told BBC Hausa;   “The armed bandits have betrayed our trust in them, following a peace agreement earlier negotiated with them, in our quest to find a lasting peace in the state. “We chose peace dialogue for peaceful coexistence in the state a...
Nine Killed in Kaduna Village in Fresh Attack
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Nine Killed in Kaduna Village in Fresh Attack

A fresh attack by bandits in Avong Doka village in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state, has left 9 people dead. Though the police is yet to comment on the attack, the Chairman of Kajuru local government area Cafra Caino told Channels television that the gunmen invaded the village in the early hours of today and started shooting sporadically, forcing residents to scamper for safety. While 9 people died from the attack, many others sustained injuries and have been taken to the hospital for treatment. Caino said the prompt arrival of soldiers stopped the casulty figure from increasing, as the bandits ran into the bush. Soldiers have now been stationed in the village to avert any further attack. This is coming barely a week after gunmen burnt down several houses at a R...
Military Airstrikes Kill 135 Bandits, Destroy Camps In Katsina, Zamfara
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Military Airstrikes Kill 135 Bandits, Destroy Camps In Katsina, Zamfara

The Nigerian Military on Saturday said it has killed at least 135 armed bandits during air-raids across Katsina and Zamfara states. According to a statement signed by a military spokesman, Major General, John Enenche, the air raids, executed by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji, took place between May 20 and 22. The military said it also neutralised bandit camps.Nigeria has, in recent years, witnessed a rise in banditry across the country, including in the north-western states of Zamfara and Katsina. The military said its air-raids, which are conducted based on credible intelligence reports, are intended to rid the north-west of the armed bandits. Read the military full’s statement below: AIR COMPONENT DECIMATES ARMED BANDITS CAMPS, KILLS 135 OF THEM IN AIR RAIDS C...
Bandits kill 5 in Zamfara
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Bandits kill 5 in Zamfara

An attack launched by bandits in Kajera and Magazawa villages in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday May 19, left 5 people dead and one villager injured. Channels Television reported that the bandits invaded the community on motorbikes and opened fire on buildings and houses with residents inside. Zamfara State Police Command Spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu described the incident as a reprisal attack. He said two of the bandits had been killed on Sunday May 16, in one of the communities in Tsafe Local Government.
In One Week, Bandits Have Killed More Than COVID-19 – Fani-Kayode
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In One Week, Bandits Have Killed More Than COVID-19 – Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has called on the federal government to intensify its efforts in the fight against bandits and herdsmen attacks in the country. The former minister expressed that herdsmen attack has led to the death of more people in a week than the deadly Coronavirus has done in over two months since its break in Nigeria. Fani-Kayode’s reaction is coming a day after bandits attacked a village in Kajuru in Kaduna State that left many dead. Fani-Kayode urged the government to put similar effort into fighting bandits as being done against COVID-19. See his tweet below:
Herdsmen kill two farmers in Benue community
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Herdsmen kill two farmers in Benue community

Six persons, including four armed herdsmen and two farmers, were confirmed dead in a bloody attack on Agasha community in Guma Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue state by suspected armed herdsmen. Vanguard gathered that the herders had late Monday night stormed the community, shooting sporadically and scaring the people out of their beds. One of the villagers told Vanguard “They came around 11 pm when everybody had gone to bed, shooting sporadically. The sound of the gunshots woke the people from their sleep and everybody was fleeing from all directions. “Unfortunate they caught up with two persons that they hacked to deaths while another sustained serious injury.” “As we speak people are fleeing Agasha and women and children are trekking several kilometres in search of safe ...
Lamentations in Senate over wanton killings in Katsina
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Lamentations in Senate over wanton killings in Katsina

It was lamentation by the Senators over what they described as an unending killing spree being carried out in some communities in Niger and Katsina States by armed bandits. The Senate has called on the federal government to direct Police and Nigeria Army to beef up personnel and equipment deployment to flashpoints of armed banditry in Katsina State in order to flush out the bandits and restore peace in the State. The Upper Chamber has also urged the Federal Government to direct the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately send relief materials to the victims of these attacks as many of them have lost their livelihoods habitats, and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The Senate has also asked the Federal Government to immediately begin the implementation...
Kaduna government appreciates troops for neutralizing bandits in Chikun LGA
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Kaduna government appreciates troops for neutralizing bandits in Chikun LGA

The Kaduna State Government on Sunday evening, said it welcomed the intensification of military operations against bandits in the State. A statement by the state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs said, the combined military teams of Operation Thunder Strike, Operation Whirl Punch and Nigerian Air Force’s Operation Gama Aiki, comprising units from the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Army, are presently carrying out joint operations against armed bandits in Chikun, Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari local government areas and other locations in the State. According to the statement, the Nigerian Air Force in particular, using their platforms on Thursday and Friday, successfully neutralized many bandits in Chikun local government while working on other targets. T...
We Charge Zamfara Bandits N6000 For Sex Per Night – Sisters
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We Charge Zamfara Bandits N6000 For Sex Per Night – Sisters

Two sisters arrested with a motorcyclist suspected of supplying food items and women to bandits in Zamfara State, have confessed that they charge each member of the group N6,000 for intercouse per night. According to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Zamfara State command, Shafi’u Abdullahi and the sisters; Binta Husaini and Balki, were arrested on their way to Anka Local Government Area, where Abdullahi was taking supplies to the bandits. Aliyu Garban, the corps’ commandant, while briefing journalists on Friday, said luck ran out on the suspect, when he was intercepted by officers of the command after a tip-off. The commandant stated that the motorcyclist was arrested along Bagega-Anka Road with the two sisters, who are from Niger. “During our Investiga...
How bandits killed 47 in Katsina, by police
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How bandits killed 47 in Katsina, by police

Bandits at the weekend invaded six communities in Safana, Dutsinma and Danmusa local government areas of Katsina State and killed scores of residents, including women and children. The police confirmed the killing of 47 people during the attacks, but the residents said 70 bodies were recovered. They also said that dozens of their fellow residents were seriously injured while houses were burnt and valuables, including food items and money, were carted away by the bandits. The attacks were said to have occurred shortly after relief materials were shared to some members of the affected communities to cushion hardship brought about by the deadly coronavirus. Sources said the bandits, armed with sophisticated weapons, stormed the affected communities in their hundreds, riding on mot...
Timi Frank Warns Against Harassment Of Citizens By Military, Police, Others
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Timi Frank Warns Against Harassment Of Citizens By Military, Police, Others

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Thursday, condemned reports of harassment of citizens by some military officers and other security agents enforcing the lockdown directive of the Federal Government as he urged security agencies to be civil in approach. President Muhammadu Buhari had in a nationwide broadcast ordered a stay-at-home for residents of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19. Frank, in a statement in Abuja, described any form of harassment against Nigerians at the present moment as one suffering too many. He urged the agents of the military, police and other security agencies enforcing the present lockdown across the country to be civil i...
Zamfara Police Save Kidnapped Nigerien Citizen
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Zamfara Police Save Kidnapped Nigerien Citizen

Zamfara State police command says it has rescued a Nigerien citizen that was kidnapped by bandits from Niger Republic and brought to Nigeria . The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said the command was notified that a white Nigerien was seen on a motorcycle with gunmen along Zamfara – Sokoto border . “As the information was received, armed policemen were deployed to comb the axis and into the forest to rescue him.” he said. He further stated that repentant bandits were used by the police to search for the kidnapped Nigerien citizen. Shehu noted that after two days of intensive search in the forest, the victim was discovered in the hands of the bandits and was rescued and brought to Gusau, the state capital . The state police spokesman explained th...
Shehu Sani Reacts to Killing of Over 50 People in Kaduna Villages
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Shehu Sani Reacts to Killing of Over 50 People in Kaduna Villages

Former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani has reacted to report of over 50 people being killed by bandits in Kerawa and Igabi Local Government Areas of Kaduna State over the weekend. Shehu Sani who called on leaders in the Northern region of the country to wake up, stated that the masses voted for "government" and not "gallows". He tweeted; The Killings of over 50 innocent people in Kerawa,Igabi Lg stands condemned.My thoughts,prayers and condolences to the families of the victims.The people voted for a Government and not Gallows.The north must wake up,Buckle up and end this current of tragedies.
17 Notorious Bandits Killed in gun Duel with Police and Vigilante in Katsina
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17 Notorious Bandits Killed in gun Duel with Police and Vigilante in Katsina

A gun battle between combined team of vigilante and Police against bandits at Gurbi village in Kankara LGA on Thursday has resulted to the death of 21 persons. The dead persons include 17 members of the bandits and four members of the locality that have already been identified. Spokesman of the State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident said that the bandits stormed the town in the early hours of Thursday shooting sporadically but fierce resistance from the community led to a shootout, which resulted to reinforcement by security operatives. He said the attack was countered with fierce resistance by the local vigilante groups who later called for support and assistance from the Police. "Today being 27/02/2020 at about 03:00hrs, a distress call was receiv...
43 Rifles Recovered from Bauchi Forest
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43 Rifles Recovered from Bauchi Forest

43 rifles and 1,117 ammunition hidden at Lame/Burra forest in Ningi Local Government Area (LGA) of Bauchi state, have been recovered by security operatives. The arms were uncovered by a renowned bounty hunter, Ali Kwara who led the operation in collaboration with security agents. Though no arrest was made, the recovered ammunitions were however exhibited at Bauchi Government House. Governor Bala Mohammad commended security operatives and also described the arms recovery as a "great feat". He stated that there would be no hiding place for criminals in the state. Bala said; “In collaboration with the police, we have really confiscated this from bandits who are at large and they have run away from Bauchi. “There are some informants within and outside the towns of Bauchi and...
Police Gun Down 5 Notorious Criminals in Katsina
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Police Gun Down 5 Notorious Criminals in Katsina

The Katsina State Police Command has busted a notorious syndicate of bandits, kidnappers, and armed robbers terrorizing Malumfashi, Faskari, Dandume, Bakori, Kankara and Sabuwa LGAs and neighbouring Kano and Zamfara states. The Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, who made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at the command headquarters on Monday, February 24, said that the suspects were accosted on their way to an operation at a location in Gwarzo LGA of Kano state. "On 23/02/2020 at about 22:00hrs, based on intelligence report, the Command succeeded in busting a notorious syndicate of Bandits, kidnappers, and armed robbers terrorizing Malumfashi, Faskari, Dandume, Bakori, Kankara and Sabuwa LGAs of Katsina state and neighbouring Kano and Zamfara states. Nemesis caught up wi...
Two Policemen Shot Dead by Gunmen at Checkpoint in Ondo
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Two Policemen Shot Dead by Gunmen at Checkpoint in Ondo

The Ondo State Police command have confirmed the murder of two of its personnel at a checkpoint they were deployed to. Ondo State Police spokesperson, Femi Joseph said the incident occurred on Monday February 17 at a checkpoint along Irele-Ajagba road in Irele local government area of Ondo State. The bandits reportedly met the policemen at a checkpoint along Ode Irele-Ajagba Road, in the Irele Local Government Area of the state and opened fire on them, killing two and injuring one. It was further gathered that the injured police officer was rushed to the hospital after the aattck. Joseph added that a manhunt has been launched to ensure the assailants face the wrath of the law. He said; “It is very sad and unfortunate for the command, losing our men just like that. An ...
My Government Will Rid Nigeria Of Bandits, Terrorists, Criminals – Buhari
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My Government Will Rid Nigeria Of Bandits, Terrorists, Criminals – Buhari

As Airforce vows to deploy helicopters against Katsina bandits President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Katsina state government and Emirate Council that his administration will do whatever it takes to rid the country of bandits, terrorists and criminals. The President gave the assurance on Monday in a condolence message delivered on his behalf by the Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari. Malam Kyari led Federal Government delegation to Katsina state to commiserate with Governor Aminu Bello Masari and Emir of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman, over the recent killings by bandits. The delegation included Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi (rtd), Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Director General of National Intelligence...
National Security adviser, Babagana Mongono, Allegedly at Loggerheads with Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, over National Security Matters
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National Security adviser, Babagana Mongono, Allegedly at Loggerheads with Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, over National Security Matters

National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, are allegedly at loggerheads over National Security matters. According to a report by Premium Times, Monguno has accused Kyari of interfering in security matters which he insists is not within the purview of Kyari's office. Read the report below Nigeria’s national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, has accused President Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, of undue and dangerous interference on matters bordering on national security. Consequently, Mr Monguno has fired a warning memo to all service chiefs to desist from taking further directives from Mr Kyari, according to documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Monguno said Mr Kyari’s directives to service chiefs were sometimes...
Police Confirm Death of Inspector During Gun Battle with Bandits in Niger state
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Police Confirm Death of Inspector During Gun Battle with Bandits in Niger state

The Niger State Police Command on Monday, confirmed the killing of Inspector Ibrahim Mitra during a gun battle with bandits. Spokesperson of the Command, DSP Muhammad Abubakar, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said that on Sunday, February, 16, at about 1445 hours, a distress call was put across to a Joint Police/Military team in Bangi Area under Mariga LGA of Niger State that some armed bandits suspected to be cattle rustlers stormed Muchiya Kaji Village of Mariga LGA and were about to rustle cattle. "The team responded quickly and engaged the bandits in a fierce gun battle, fatally wounded three (3) armed bandits forcing other bandits to abandon the cattle and fled to the bush. One (1) AK-47 Rifle and one Bajaj motorcycle were recovered as exhibits but unfortunately o...
Military Personnel Accompanied Bandits who Killed Eight Persons in Delta – Governor Okowa
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Military Personnel Accompanied Bandits who Killed Eight Persons in Delta – Governor Okowa

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has alleged that the bandits who killed 8 people in Avwon, Agadama, Ohoror and other communities in Uwheru Kingdom of Ughelli North local government areas of the state on Thursday February 13, were accompanied by military personnel.   In a statement released on his behalf, the Delta State Governor urged security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book as he appealed to the affected communities to remain calm and peaceful. Okowa said; "The unwarranted attacks and killing of innocent locals in Avwon, Agadama and Ohoror communities of Uwheru Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area and the wickedness of suspected herdsmen alleged to be aided and abetted by unidentified military personnel are mindless,” Okowa said. “I, however, appeal to ...
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Bandits Killed Katsina Farmers Out Of Revenge – President Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says the killings that took place in Katsina over the weekend were done in retaliation of what the farmers had done to the bandits earlier.The police had on Saturday claimed they didn’t know the cause of the attacks. According to the President, however, bandits had been subjected to jungle justice by the affected communities, causing the miscreants to return to the communities to wreak havoc. Buhari, however, condemned the attacks, insisting that no one had the right to take the law into their own hands. In a statement titled, ‘Revenge killings in Katsina State unacceptable’ which was signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said the authorities must be allowed to do their work....
Bandits Allegedly Kill 33 Persons in Katsina VIllages
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Bandits Allegedly Kill 33 Persons in Katsina VIllages

33 people were reportedly killed in an attack carried out by suspected bandits in two villages in Batsari local Government area of Katsina state on Friday February 14. The bandits who struck at the time of prayer around 6:30pm in Tsauwa and Dankar villages, burnt several houses, animals and properties in the attack. The state police commissioner, Sanusi Buba who confirmed the incident said over 20 persons confirmed dead in Tsauwa village were mostly elderly men. Eyewitnesses who spoke to The Nation, said 23 persons were killed in Tsauwa while about 10 persons were killed in neighboring Dankar village. It was learnt that Dankar village was turned to a ghost town as several villagers fled for safety in nearby towns to avoid further attacks.
How Bandits Killed 11 Members of a Family in Kaduna community
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How Bandits Killed 11 Members of a Family in Kaduna community

At least 21 persons have been killed by bandits, in Bakali village in Fatika District, Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State. It was gathered that the victims were locked and burnt inside their house. A member of the community, Malam Sani Bakali, who lost 11 members of his family in the attack, told newsmen the bandits stormed the community around 4pm on Tuesday and operated for two hours. “The bandits stormed our village on Tuesday around 4pm on several motorbikes brandishing AK47 riffles. Immediately they came, they started moving round the village, shooting sporadically. In the process, they came to our house, set the house ablaze, with 11 people inside. All the 11 people are members of my family. They include three women and eight children, who are wives and children of m...