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One of the parents of the children abducted from Niger state Islamiyya school has died because of the incident – Principal
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One of the parents of the children abducted from Niger state Islamiyya school has died because of the incident – Principal

One of the parents of the pupils of the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school where over 150 pupils were abducted last Sunday, May 30, has died. This was disclosed by the principal of the school, Abubakar Hassan, during an interview with AriseTV today June 2. Hassan said the bandits have contacted him and asked for N300 million but that the ransom has been reduced to 110 million. Abubakar said when the bandits contacted him, he appealed to them to allow him to speak with one of the three teachers who were abducted alongside the students, some of whom were about four years old, and the teacher told him that the bandits have started beating them and have refused to give them food. ''What pains me most is that I pleaded with the bandits to allow me talk to one of the teachers. When I spo...
Police blame Sharia Court Judge for his abduction in Katsina
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Police blame Sharia Court Judge for his abduction in Katsina

The Katsina Police Command has blamed Sharia court judge, Husaini Sama’ila, for his abduction. The Sharia judge was abducted by unknown gunmen inside the court in Baure-Zaka villages in Safana Local Government Area at about 3pm on Tuesday, May 18. Reacting to the development, the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Isah Gambo, said the judge created an enabling environment that led to his abduction by bandits. He described the judge’s visit to the area at that material time as ’’ uncalled-for’’ “Why is he there when courts are on strike? Where are his police escorts, why he did not ask for security coverage knowing full well that particular court is around the forest and because of that has been relocated to Safana? Even if he wants to take his file, he should have a...
Former Ebonyi Lawmaker Denies Involvement in Abduction and Torture of Community Leader
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Former Ebonyi Lawmaker Denies Involvement in Abduction and Torture of Community Leader

Linus Abba Okorie, a former member of the House of Representatives, who represented Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal Constituency, has denied involvement in the abduction and torture of Barr. Amos Ogbonnaya. It was gathered that Ogbonna, a former Coordinator of Anuagata Development Centre in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, was abducted by unknown hoodlums on Thursday evening, May 13, on his way back from a Parents Teachers Association meeting. The victim, a key leader of G13 group, had appeared on a television programme last week and kicked against the policies of Governor Umahi. He was released on Friday morning with severe injuries all over his body and is currently lying critically ill in a hospital. The G13 group alleged that due to the media appear...
May Day: Workers’ conditions have worsened under Buhari, say ASUU, Atiku
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May Day: Workers’ conditions have worsened under Buhari, say ASUU, Atiku

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, lamented the plight of Nigerian workers, saying their conditions had worsened under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). ASUU said corruption and insecurity were the trademarks of the Buhari. The ASUU Chairman, UI, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement to mark the International Workers’ Day on Saturday (today), said the workers’ conditions had worsened under Buhari. The statement titled ‘Buhari-led administration: The real enemy of Nigerian workers’ urged all workers to rise in defence of the dignity of labour and “resist the flagrant disregard for human rights and the rule of law in the country.” “We must resist the...
Police Parade Kidnappers of Ogun Monarch, OOU students
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Police Parade Kidnappers of Ogun Monarch, OOU students

The Ogun State Police Command has paraded the suspected kidnappers of students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ayetoro campus and a community leader, Chief Tajudeen Omotayo, The two female students of OOU were abducted on March 14, 2021, at their hostel while Chief Omotayo was kidnapped on his way from a meeting in Ijebu-Ode on March 20.He was later released after undisclosed amount was paid to the kidnappers. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Ajogun, who paraded the suspects alongside suspected armed robbers at the police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta on Wednesday, April 28, said they were apprehended two days after the students were released. The suspects, Umaru Usman, Mohammed Bello, and Babuga Abubakar, 40, also confessed to a series of kidnap case...
Mastermind of Kankara Schoolboys Abduction Allegedly Returns to the Forest Weeks after Claiming he had Repented
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Mastermind of Kankara Schoolboys Abduction Allegedly Returns to the Forest Weeks after Claiming he had Repented

Auwal Daudawa, the bandit leader in Zamfara State, who is said to have masterminded the abduction of over 300 students in neighbouring Katsina State on December 12, 2020, has gone back to the forest weeks after he announced his repentance and surrendered his arms. Weeks after the boys were released, Daudawa and five of his lieutenants surrendered 20 AK 47 rifles, ammunition and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher to the Zamfara state government on Monday, February 8. They denounced their affiliation to the bandits and promised never to go back to the crime. However, a report by DailyTrust claims Daudawa has returned to the forest to pick up arms. According to the report, Daudawa reportedly packed his family and his lieutenants back to Jaja forest in Zurmi Local Government o...
“Darkness Awaits Us If We Do Not End The Attacks on Our Citadels of Learning” – Atiku
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“Darkness Awaits Us If We Do Not End The Attacks on Our Citadels of Learning” – Atiku

The abduction of yet an unspecified number of undergraduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, is one abduction too many. It marks both an unacceptable escalation and an expansion of this menace, and we must not only ensure that the abducted youths are rescued, but even more importantly, we must put in measures to prevent future reoccurrences. This must not be allowed to become our new normal. It is time for us as a nation to face the reality that we have an emergency on our hands. A catastrophe that must be decisively dealt with before it snowballs into an existential crisis. We must stop treating these acts of criminality with kid gloves. Enough is enough! There must be the safety of lives and property in our citadels of learning. Without it, there...
We are Looking at Building Schools 30 Minutes from Military Installations – El-Rufai
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We are Looking at Building Schools 30 Minutes from Military Installations – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that his administration is considering building schools 30 minutes from military installations. El-Rufai who disclosed this during a programme on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Friday April 23, said the decision became necessary because what Kaduna state is facing with bandits is "beyond the capacity" of civil defence and police. He said; “In our view in Kaduna, first (way to address the situation) is to ensure that schools are fenced, because, unless we fence schools, we will give easy access to criminals. So, fencing schools is very important, and that’s a budgetary item; you need money to build fences. “The second is to have enough (security operatives) on ground. We must have more civil defence (officers), more private security gua...
Ogun Health Workers go on Strike after Kidnapped Colleagues Regain Freedom
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Ogun Health Workers go on Strike after Kidnapped Colleagues Regain Freedom

Health workers in Ogun State have gone on strike to protest the government’s poor handling of the abduction of two colleagues. A doctor, Oladunni Odetola, and a nurse, identified as Bamgbose, were kidnapped in Ogun State and have been released. Despite their release, health workers in Ogun state have insisted on going ahead with the planned strike "until the safety of members is guaranteed." The State Chairman of NMA, Ogunlaja Oladayo confirmed the release of the kidnapped doctor and nurse after about six days in captivity. However, he told Daily Trust on Tuesday, April 13, that there is no going back on strike declared by health workers in protest against the kidnapping of their colleagues in the state. He said the health workers need to be assured of their safety and that...
Kidnappers Murder Pastor after Taking N2m Ransom
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Kidnappers Murder Pastor after Taking N2m Ransom

A Lagos-based pastor, Frederick Aramuwa has been found dead after being kidnapped while travelling along the Ipele/Idoani Road in Ondo State. Aramuwa who was travelling from Lagos to his hometown, Ifira-Akoko in Ondo State had reportedly been missing since March 31. His kidnappers reportedly demanded for ?10 million ransom, which was reduced to ?2 million after negotiations. Channels Television gathered that after the ?2 million ransom was paid, it was the lifeless body of the pastor that was discovered in the forest. His remains have since been deposited in the morgue at the General Hospital, Ipe-Akoko. Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro who confirmed the death of the pastor said the deceased’s remains were discovered tied to a tree in the forest. Ikoro added ...
Police Arrest Four Suspected Kidnappers in Delta, Rescue victim
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Police Arrest Four Suspected Kidnappers in Delta, Rescue victim

The Delta State Police Command has arrested four suspected kidnappers involved in the abduction of one Mr William Aduwoma. The victim was rescued from the kidnappers in a bush at Arhade community, Isoko North Local Government Area of the state by the Divisional police officer Ozoro, CSP Ogedengbe Areguamen and his men. Acting spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who confirmed the latest development in a statement on Friday, April 2, said the suspects abandoned the victim and ran away due to the pressure from the police. "The Commissioner of police Delta state ordered that those suspect must be arrested, so they can be made to face the law, the Divisional police officer Ozoro Division also did not relent," Edafe stated. "After tireless effort by the police, and swi...
Three Kidnap Victims Rescued Unhurt in Ogun
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Three Kidnap Victims Rescued Unhurt in Ogun

Three victims of a kidnap syndicate who were abducted along Siun/Ajura road in Ogere Remo area of Ogun State have been rescued by operatives of Ogun state police command. The three victims; Jibril Afolabi, Amusat Taofeek and Balikis Mohammed, were coming from Ilorin, the Kwara state capital and were heading to Owode Egbado when their vehicle was double crossed at about 3 a.m  by some gunmen who dragged them into the bush while other passengers escaped. A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the state's commissioner of police CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun upon receiving the information of their abduction, directed the Area Commander Shagamu to mobilize men from all the division within the area and go after the hoodlums. He equal...
#FreeRCCGMembers: Reno Omokri Speaks On Kidnapped RCCG Members
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#FreeRCCGMembers: Reno Omokri Speaks On Kidnapped RCCG Members

Following the abduction of RCCG Members in Kaduna ,Reno Omokri is stepping up efforts to ramp up pressure on the government to secure their release . He wrote: Please watch this video on the RCCG Members abducted in Kaduna. We need to act now. It tells you what you can do to help them get freed. If you were abducted by bandits and herdsmen would you not want the rest of us to work for your freedom? Please watch and help #FreeRCCGMembers
Gumi On Afaka Students, RCCG Members Abduction: I’m Not A Negotiator For Bandits
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Gumi On Afaka Students, RCCG Members Abduction: I’m Not A Negotiator For Bandits

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a controversial Islamic scholar, has said he does not negotiate for bandits. Gumi disclosed this during a meeting with former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, yesterday. Sani had visited Gumi to plead with him to help negotiate the release of the 39 College students and eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) who were kidnapped at the weekend. However, Gumi said: “As for the College students, we have done all we can do. In fact, I had a meeting with parents of the kidnapped students sequel to their meeting with Government. “I showed them what the problem is and they went to visit government and returned. “I am not a negotiator for bandits, we always ensured that government officials were present in our previous discussions with ...
Father of One of the Students Kidnapped from Kaduna School Dies from Heart attack
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Father of One of the Students Kidnapped from Kaduna School Dies from Heart attack

Ibrahim Shamaki, father of one of the students kidnapped from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka, Kaduna state is reportedly dead. Channels Television reported that Ibrahim who is the father of Fatima Shamaki, one of the girls with hijab seen in the video that was released by bandits, died of heart attack after he fell ill shortly after he was told of his daughter’s abduction . Family sources said he died on Friday evening, March 26, when relatives were about to take him to a hospital for further medical treatment. This comes as Fatima Shamaki and the other abducted students prepare to spend their 15th night in the captivity of the bandits.
Update: Ex-lover of Senator Wamakko’s personal aide reportedly arrested for allegedly plotting his kidnap and murder to raise money for her wedding
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Update: Ex-lover of Senator Wamakko’s personal aide reportedly arrested for allegedly plotting his kidnap and murder to raise money for her wedding

The Sokoto State Police Command has reportedly arrested the ex-lover of Abba Abbey Gidan Haki, a personal aide of Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, in connection with his abduction and murder, Daily Trust reports. LIB reported that the 50-year-old married father of five was abducted on Thursday night, March 18. His corpse was found dumped along a road to Durbawa town in Kware Local Government Area of Sokoto on Friday, March 19. According to Daily Trust, fresh facts have now emerged that Abba Abbey's estranged lover betrayed him. The lady (names withheld) has been arrested alongside some of the suspects, according to police sources. It was gathered that the deceased was planning to marry her before they parted ways. After their separation, they kept in touch until the man w...
Leah Sharibu Gives Birth To Second Baby In Boko Haram Captivity
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Leah Sharibu Gives Birth To Second Baby In Boko Haram Captivity

Three years and five weeks since her abduction in Dapchi, Yobe State, a United States-based group, US-Nigeria Law Group, has lamented the plight of the abandoned Dapchi “heroine Christian” schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, with reports she has given birth to a second child in captivity. It would be recalled that Leah, still held in captivity, was forced to accept Islam before being married off to a top Boko Haram commander after she refused to renounce her Christian faith. Leah was among 110 girls, aged between 11 and 19 years, who were abducted by the terrorists from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, on February 19, 2018. Convener of the US-Nigeria Law Group, Emmanuel Ogebe, said in a statement that “despite an offer by an American pastor last month to surrender ...
Police Confirm Abduction Of RCCG, Bank Staff By Gunmen At Quarry Site In Ibadan
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Police Confirm Abduction Of RCCG, Bank Staff By Gunmen At Quarry Site In Ibadan

The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of staff of RCCG and staff of a new generation bank by gunmen at a quarry site in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. It was gathered that some gunmen stormed a quarry site in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and kidnapped two people. According to report on Tuesday, the gunmen stormed the quarry site located along Ijebu-Ode/Ibadan Road and kidnapped the victims on Monday. It was gathered from a source that one Mr Popoola Isaac, a staff of RCC and Mr Ismail Adeoye, a staff of one of the new generation banks were the two abducted. The case was consequently reported at the Idi Ayunre Police Station. The kidnap of the duo happened a few months after some gunmen stormed a quarry site at Akinyele local government area in Ibadan ...
Bride-to-be allegedly Kidnapped 48 Hours to her Wedding in Kano
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Bride-to-be allegedly Kidnapped 48 Hours to her Wedding in Kano

The whereabouts of bride-to-be, Amina Gwani Sham'una Gwani Danzarga, remain unknown five days after sh was reportedly kidnapped in Kano. It was gathered that Amina, a resident of Koki quarters in Kano Municipal, was abducted on Friday, March 12, two days before her wedding slated for Sunday, March 14 The student of Federal College of Education, Kano, was last seen by her family members when she left her family house at Koki for school on Friday evening. She later visited her friend in Dorayi Quarters, where she dropped her exams card. Family members feel she was kidnapped on her way back from Dorayi. Amina’s uncle, Gwani Yahuza Gwani Danzarga, told Daily Trust that apart from two text messages earlier received from her telephone line, the family has not received any call fr...
618 Schools Shut In Northern States Over Abduction Scare
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618 Schools Shut In Northern States Over Abduction Scare

No fewer than 618 schools have remained closed in six northern states over the fear of attack and abduction of pupils and members of staff, according to a tally by THISDAY. Also, barely three days after the abduction of 39 students of the Federal School of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, security agencies on Saturday rescued 307 pupils of Government Secondary Science School (GSSS) Ikara, Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna from bandits who attempted to kidnap them from their school. Security forces also repelled attempts at fresh attack on the senior staff quarters of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Kaduna, where 11 people were abducted about two weeks ago. The six states where some schools have remained closed are Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Katsina, Niger an...
President Buhari Explains why he ordered security agents to shoot anyone seen with AK47 inside the bushes
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President Buhari Explains why he ordered security agents to shoot anyone seen with AK47 inside the bushes

President Buhari has said he gave the order that security agents should shoot on sight anyone seen with AK-47 rifles because, despite his government’s effort, small arms are still being seen everywhere. According to the president, AK47 is supposed to be registered and given only to security officials. The President spoke at a meeting with leading traditional rulers on the security situation in the country on Thursday, March 11. “One thing that got to the press, which I read myself, was that anyone with an AK-47 will be shot. This is because AK-47 is supposed to be registered and it is only given to security officials. We closed the borders for some time, but the intelligence report I’m getting on a daily basis is that those who are conducting the abductions, the killings and so ...
Lagos Socialite Lookman Onabanjo ‘Bugon’, 4 Others Kidnapped, N100 Million Ransom Demanded
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Lagos Socialite Lookman Onabanjo ‘Bugon’, 4 Others Kidnapped, N100 Million Ransom Demanded

The family of an Ikorodu-born business mogul, Alhaji Lookman Onabanjo, popularly known as “Bugon” has been thrown into panic, following his abduction, Monday, at Agbowa area of Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area of Lagos State. He was kidnapped alongside his driver and three others, while on their way to his farm in Ota. The kidnap was carried out by eight gunmen with seven AK-47 rifle and one submachine gun. The businessman owns companies among which is Bugon Oil and Gas, Bugon Autoland and Bugon Farms. Vanguard gathered that three of the victims were released after some hours. According to one of the freed victims, the gunmen made them trek for two hours until they got to a thick bush, where they were held. A family source, who pleaded anonymity, told our corre...
Toddler and 5 Others Kidnapped in Taraba
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Toddler and 5 Others Kidnapped in Taraba

The Taraba state police command has confirmed the abduction of six persons travelling from Wukari to Takum Local Government Area of the state. The state police spokesperson, Leha Reform said the incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday March 9 at Chanchanji, a suburb of Takum local government area. He said the bandits who mounted a roadblock abducted travellers which include two females, three males and a toddler. Reform also disclosed that a combined security operatives were dispatched to the scene and have launched an investigation to bring those behind the act to justice.
Mass Abduction: FG Begins Relocation of Pupils from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa
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Mass Abduction: FG Begins Relocation of Pupils from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

The Federal Ministry of Education says it has begun the relocation of pupils from Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states to other states following the alarming rate of abduction of school children in the country. The Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Ben Goong, disclosed this in an interview with Punch. Goong was asked what the government is doing to stop the trend of the abduction of school children. Responding, he said   “As we speak, there are quite a number of students from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States being relocated to other schools across the country, including the Federal Capital Territory.'' He cited the example of some students from Borno State who he said had been relocated to the Federal Government College, Kwali, Abuja. He said students wer...
“The Watchman Of GSS Jangebe Involved In The Abduction” – Bello Matawalle
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“The Watchman Of GSS Jangebe Involved In The Abduction” – Bello Matawalle

The watchman of Government Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State was involved in the abduction of the schoolgirls on February 26. This is according to the State Governor, Bello Matawalle, who revealed this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. Although the governor did not reveal the identities of other personalities behind the abduction of the schoolgirls, the governor said information at his disposal indicated that the school’s security guard aided the bandits in whisking the students away. “The watchman of the school,” the Governor said in reaction to who was involved in the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls in Jangebe. “The children have mentioned that after releasing them, the bandits were telling them to greet the watchman ...
Kagara Abduction: We are Not Sure When Schools will Reopen – Niger State Government
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Kagara Abduction: We are Not Sure When Schools will Reopen – Niger State Government

The Niger State Government has said that it is not sure of when the boarding schools which were closed down in four local council areas of the state in the wake of the abduction of students and staff of Government Science College in Kagara, will be reopened. Speaking at the reunion and handing over of the kidnapped Kagara students to their families on Sunday February 28, Niger state Commissioner for Education, Hon Hannatu Jibrin said the security challenges facing the state is huge and they have to ensure things are put in proper place before schools are reopened. Jibrin said;   “The security challenge facing this state is huge and we have to ensure things are put in proper place before we will think of reopening the school. I can’t say when they will go back to school o...
Government has all the Resources to Contain Criminals – Buhari
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Government has all the Resources to Contain Criminals – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the abduction of students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State will be the last. Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika who led a high-powered delegation to sympathise with the people and government of Zamfara over the abduction, delivered the President's statement to residents of the state. Sirika who disclosed that new measures have been developed by the federal government to curb criminality in the country, commended Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara’s efforts against armed banditry and promised a continued support to bringing lasting peace. He said; “The President is saddened by the abduction of the students from Jangebe and reassures you that the government has all the resources and wherewithal to c...
Nigerians Will Be Shocked By Those Behind Girls’ Abduction – Matawalle Says
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Nigerians Will Be Shocked By Those Behind Girls’ Abduction – Matawalle Says

Still on the state of insecurity, the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Sunday said he had many revelations to make about the attack on Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jangebe on Friday, when over 300 students were abducted. The governor, who stated this when 17 Emirs in the state paid him a sympathy visit over the abduction of the schoolgirls, said Nigerians would be shocked to know people behind the abduction of the girls. Also during the visit, the Emir of Anka and Chairman of Zamfara state Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Anka, berated the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the upsurge in killings and kidnappings by bandits in the country. Recall that gunmen on Friday attacked GGSS Jangede, and abducted over 300 girls, while seven of th...
Reno Omokri Compares Nigeria To Ghana Over Abduction
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Reno Omokri Compares Nigeria To Ghana Over Abduction

  There has not been even one school abduction in Ghana. Why? Because: * Their police shoots killer herdsmen * Their government does not pay ransom * Their Sheikh’s don’t campaign for bandits * Their Governors don’t negotiate with terrorists * The Governors don’t pay killer herdsmen * Their Presidency does not say ‘Giving land for ranching is better than death.” * No Ghanaian Governor will call for herdsmen to carry AK-47s And we say we are the Giant of Africa!
Jangebe Girls: PDP Asks Presidency To Speak Up On Alleged Complicity
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Jangebe Girls: PDP Asks Presidency To Speak Up On Alleged Complicity

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the Buhari-led Presidency to speak clear the air on the alleged complicity of the military and unnamed officials of the Presidency in the abduction of 300 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara state by terrorists. This is as the party described as alarming, the allegations in the public space, by the Northern Youth Movement, NYM, “of compromises by the military, which paved the way for the invasion of the school reportedly located less than 100 metres to a military checkpoint to abduct over 300 schoolgirls.” In a statement signed by the spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP demanded explanations to reports “that soldiers stormed the community two hours earlier and ordered residents to clear the streets and r...
Kano State Governor Orders Closure of Four Tertiary Institutions
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Kano State Governor Orders Closure of Four Tertiary Institutions

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has ordered the closure of four tertiary institutions in the state. The closure comes a day after he ordered the closure of ten boarding schools in the state following the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in neighbouring Zamfara State. A statement released by the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure, reads “The Kano State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has directed the closure of some tertiary institutions in the state with immediate effect,” The tertiary institutions ordered to be closed include RMK College of Advanced and Remedial Studies, T/Wada; School of Environmental Studies Gwarzo; School of Rural Technology an...
Oby Ezekwesili Demands Medical Evaluation Of Buhari’s Capacity To Govern
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Oby Ezekwesili Demands Medical Evaluation Of Buhari’s Capacity To Govern

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has demanded an independent medical evaluation of President Buhari's physical and mental capacity to govern Nigeria. The Former Minister made the demand while reacting to the abduction of 317 students from the Government Girls Secondary School GSSS Jangena, Zamfara state. Her tweets read; ''Yesterday I woke to the news of the abduction of over 300 school girls from GSSS Zamfara and the deepest pain hit me into a clamp-up. I rejected requests from @cnni, @BBCAfrica, @channelstv, @ARISEtv etc to be interviewed. What have I not already said these 7 years in Nigeria? This morning in my personal prayer, I cried out to God, “Was this not why You asked me to STAND for Chibokgirls 7 years ago and give my ALL to their cause?” “Was it not to ...
DSS Reportedly Arrests Governor Ganduje’s Media Aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakassai, After he Criticised President Buhari and APC
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DSS Reportedly Arrests Governor Ganduje’s Media Aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakassai, After he Criticised President Buhari and APC

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, the Special Adviser on Media to Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services' operatives. This comes hours after he called on the President Buhari-led government to either deal with bandits in the country or resign. While reacting to the abduction of 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, February 28, Salihu had tweeted; "Clearly, we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives & properties. Not a single day goes by without some insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign.'' Hours af...
Atiku Asks NASS To Empower States To Control Their Internal Security
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Atiku Asks NASS To Empower States To Control Their Internal Security

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed sadness at the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State. The schoolgirls numbering 317 were abducted by bandits who stormed their school in the early hours of Friday in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles. The attack comes days after over 300 students from Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State were abducted by bandits who have since released them. Reacting to the abduction in Zamfara, Atiku in a statement titled ‘States need to be empowered to control their internal security,’ advised the National and State Assemblies to empower states towards controlling their internal security. He said, “My heart is very heavy over the abduction of our young daughters from Government...
Jangebe abduction: “We Will Not Succumb To Blackmail” – Buhari Warns Bandit
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Jangebe abduction: “We Will Not Succumb To Blackmail” – Buhari Warns Bandit

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the latest abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State as inhumane and totally unacceptable, sending out a strong warning to bandits and their sponsors. Reacting to the incident on Friday, President Buhari said that "this administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments." According to the President: Our primary objective is to get all the school hostages safe, alive and unharmed. We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields ...
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Zamfara School Abduction: ‘Close To 550 Girls Are Missing’

Out of 600 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, about 50 were left behind, a teacher who pleaded for anonymity told Daily Trust. Gunmen had stormed the school in the early hours of Friday, abducting many students. The teacher said parents of the students, who escaped the abduction, came as early as 5: am to take away their daughters, adding that some mothers of kidnapped girls were slumping on the school premises. “Initially, the school authorities prevented them from going with the remaining students but they grew angrier and began to pull down doors and windows of the buildings in the school and the school authority had to yield to their demands. “When the gunmen laid siege, they attacked the sold...
Zamfara State Government Confirm Abduction of Schoolgirls
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Zamfara State Government Confirm Abduction of Schoolgirls

The Zamfara state government has confirmed the abduction of female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government area of the state. Gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the school in the early hours of Friday, Friday February 26, and abducted the schoolgirls Confirming the incident to newsmen, the state commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran, said the number of students abducted is yet to be ascertained. “I can confirm to you now that we have sadly received the report on the abduction of the students of GGSS Jangebe and right now, I am on my way to the school. “At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and member...
Kagara Abduction: FG Has Abandoned Us, Says Niger State Government
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Kagara Abduction: FG Has Abandoned Us, Says Niger State Government

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has accused the Federal Government of not doing enough to secure the release of victims abducted at Government Science College, Kagara. When he received Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, at Government House, Minna, on Thursday, the governor said the state has been left to handle the rescue on its own. Although he admitted that the Federal Government sent a delegation to the state and also deployed 300 mobile policemen to the state, Bello said his administration has been left to shoulder the financial responsibility. “So where is the support? At the moment we have not seen any Federal support here since this incident occurred. Yes we had a delegation that came to commensurate with, but we are left to ourselves,” ...
Kagara Abduction: Kidappers Threaten To Starve The Schoolboys To Death
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Kagara Abduction: Kidappers Threaten To Starve The Schoolboys To Death

Abductors of the 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara , Niger State, have threatened to starve them to death if the ransom they are demanding is not paid on time. One of the abductors stated this in an audio recording made available to one of our correspondents on Wednesday by a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi. In the audio recording, the abductor , who spoke in Hausa , was heard conversing with a negotiator , identified by Gumi as a top official of the school. He rejected N2 .7m offered him as ransom for the 27 abductees . The bandit stated , “ I don ’t have food for them. If anybody dies among them, we will tell you where to go and pick the corpse. “ You know these children are hungry . I don ’ t have food to give them, only water if th...
Schools’ Abduction, Boko Haram’s Plot to Discourage Western Education – Lawmaker
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Schools’ Abduction, Boko Haram’s Plot to Discourage Western Education – Lawmaker

A member of the House of Representatives in Ekiti State, Hon. Ibrahim Olanrewaju, has said the preponderance of abduction of pupils in schools in the northern part of the country was an evil plot by Boko Haram insurgents to discourage Western education in Nigeria. The lawmaker spoke in Otun Ekiti, Moba Local Government area of Ekiti State, on Saturday, while distributing materials worth over N500 million to his constituents as dividends of democracy. Speaking about the abduction of students in Chibok, Kankara, Dapchi and Kagara in Niger State by suspected bandits, Olanrewaju said it was a mischief by insurgents to whittle down education in the Northern part of the country. “What Boko Haram means is that Western education is a sin. They wanted to discourage people from going to...
Kagara Abduction: Lai Mohammed Denies The Payment Of N800m To Bandits
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Kagara Abduction: Lai Mohammed Denies The Payment Of N800m To Bandits

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, said the Federal Government won’t pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara. He stated this today while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ monitored by The PUNCH. There have been unconfirmed reports circulating on social media that the government had paid a huge amount of money to secure the release of the Kagara abductees. But when asked on Saturday whether the government had paid ransom or was considering the payment of ransom, the minister said, “No.” Mohammed added, “We employ kinetic and non-kinetic (measures), you don’t throwaway invitation to engage but the overall strategy you keep to your chest.” The minister ...
Bandits Abduct Kaduna Iman on his Way to a Wedding in Niger State
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Bandits Abduct Kaduna Iman on his Way to a Wedding in Niger State

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted the Chief Imam of Rigachikun Mosque, Kaduna, Sheikh Mohammed Saminu Adam, on his way to attend a wedding ceremony in Niger State.x According to Daily Trust, the Islamic scholar and other travellers were abducted on Thursday evening, February 18,  along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Highway. It was gathered that the Imam was travelling in a commercial vehicle with other travellers when their vehicle came under attack. The secretary to the Council of Imams and Ulamas, Kaduna State branch, Ustaz Yusuf Al’rigassiyu, who confirmed the incident said the council was informed about the abduction. "Yes, we heard about it because he was our member and we are told that they bandits abducted him along Birnin Gwari area,” he said. A resident of Rigach...
We Had Intelligence Report before Dapchi Girls’ Abduction Occurred – Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Muhammad Usman
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We Had Intelligence Report before Dapchi Girls’ Abduction Occurred – Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Muhammad Usman

Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Usman who is also one of the ambassadorial nominees has revealed that they had an intelligence report about Dapchi girls’ abduction before it occurred. Recall that over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by the terrorists from a secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, in February 2018. Usman who appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday February 18, said the abduction occurred because the intelligence they got was not managed properly. He said; “There was an intelligence report on Dapchi before it occurred. We saw indicators building up but it was not managed properly. “State governors have a role to play because if you are given intelligence, we expect troops to move in but this does not ...
Kagara abduction: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says Some of these bandits are tired and need to be taken care of
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Kagara abduction: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says Some of these bandits are tired and need to be taken care of

Governor Abubakar Bello has listed things his administration will be doing to ensure that abductions never take place again in Niger state he governs.   Bello who stated that his immediate issue is to get the schoolboys kidnapped from Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State released, further revealed that he also understands that some of the bandits behind violent attacks are tired and need to be taken care of.   The Niger state Governor expressed hope of the bandits turning a new leaf, and added that there is need to engage and absorb them to stop attacks in the future.
Kagara Abduction: Niger, Zamfara Hold Talks, Troops Locate Students, Workers
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Kagara Abduction: Niger, Zamfara Hold Talks, Troops Locate Students, Workers

Niger State Government on Thursday stepped up efforts to rescue students and workers of Government Science College, Kagara who were abducted on Wednesday. A competent source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, told one of our correspondents that officials of Niger and Zamfara state governments, met some bandits at Dutsin Magaji of Kotonkoro forest in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State on Thursday evening. The source stated, “The committee from Niger State went to Kotonkoro forest this evening where the bandits who allegedly took the students chose as meeting centre. Some officials of Zamfara State also joined them.” Kotonkoro forest, according to him bordered four states of Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger and Kaduna where the bandits from the affected s...
I led the abduction of Kankara schoolboys because Governor Masari dared us – Repentant bandit, Auwal Daudawa says
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I led the abduction of Kankara schoolboys because Governor Masari dared us – Repentant bandit, Auwal Daudawa says

The suspected mastermind of the abduction of students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, Auwal Daudawa, has said he led the operation because the state governor, Bello Masari, dared his men.   Recall that on December 11, 2020, over 300 schoolboys were abducted from their school, hours after President Buhari arrived the state for a private visit. The students regained their freedom after spending a week in captivity. The Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, had said the boys were rescued through the help of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and that no ransom was paid.     On Monday, February 18, Daudawa and five of his lieutenants surrendered 20 AK 47 rifles, ammunition and a rocket-propelled...
Kagara School Abduction: FG, Niger Government In Talks With Kidnappers
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Kagara School Abduction: FG, Niger Government In Talks With Kidnappers

The federal and Niger State governments are using a third party to reach out to the bandits who abducted schoolboys and their teachers at the Government Science College Kagara. The armed men raided the school in the early hours of Wednesday and left with some students, staff and their families. Governor Sani Bello who addressed the press on Wednesday said 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their families were abducted. The school has a population of over 1,000 students. One of the students, Benjamin Doma, was gunned down while trying to escape. The abductors reportedly left him behind in the pool of his blood as they shepherded the abducted students and teachers to the bush. The Kagara abduction was carried out less than three months after the kidnapping of over 300...
Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State
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Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State

A Federal Government delegation including National Security Adviser (NSA) Mohammed Babagana Monguno and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu are currently in Minna, Niger State capital. Also part of the delegation is the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi. The delegation is in Niger State as efforts to rescue the abducted students of the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, intensify. President Muhammadu Buhari has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a delegation team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College. Some gunmen had...
Buhari Condemns Kagara School Abduction In Niger State, Dispatches Army, Police
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Buhari Condemns Kagara School Abduction In Niger State, Dispatches Army, Police

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDEMNS SCHOOL ABDUCTION IN NIGER STATE, DISPATCHES SECURITY OFFICALS TO THE STATE President Muhammadu Buhari has received reports of the brazen attack on Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, following which a yet to be ascertained number of staff and students have been abducted by gunmen. Following these reports, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives. The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College. President Buhari has assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Forces ...
Armed Bandits Attack Vehicle in Niger State, Kidnap 18 Passengers including Groomsmen
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Armed Bandits Attack Vehicle in Niger State, Kidnap 18 Passengers including Groomsmen

Armed bandits have kidnapped eighteen passengers of the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) The attack occurred along Zungeru- Tegina road at Yakila village in Rafi Local Government Area of the state around 3pm on Sunday. February 14. The passengers including some groomsmen, were heading to Minna, the state capital from Kotangora when the bandits attacked. The Director-General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Mallam Ibrahim Inga, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, said they visited the scene and met a woman and her child, who were left by the bandits. "The only thing I can tell you now is we have rescued the woman and her baby and she is in the vehicle with us and we are on our way to Minna. She told us that the bandits blocked the way and ...

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