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Two company staff, one other kidnapped as gunmen in military uniform strike again on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
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Two company staff, one other kidnapped as gunmen in military uniform strike again on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Gunmen have kidnapped three persons on the Lagos-Ibadan highway barely eight days after four persons were abducted and a driver killed at Onigari axis. It was gathered that the gunmen suspected to be bandits struck again on Saturday, January 15, at Ishara-Remo axis in Ogun State jurisdiction. Nigerian Tribune learnt that the gunmen numbering about 10, emerged from a bush along the road dressed in military uniform and started shooting sporadically, directing the shots at vehicles and their occupants. While some including Nollywood actress, Bimpe Akintunde and her daughter were able to escape, two staff members of Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) and another unidentified person, were not so lucky. The workers were said to be returning home from a ceremon...
Zamfara massacre: Buhari reacts, vows to unleash military on bandits
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Zamfara massacre: Buhari reacts, vows to unleash military on bandits

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed outrage at the latest reports of several villagers being massacred by escaping bandits in Zamfara State. Reacting to reports of the large-scale killings, President Buhari said: “The latest attacks on innocent people by the bandits is an act of desperation by mass murderers, now under relentless pressure from our military forces who are well equipped to effectively confront these enemies of humanity. “In keeping with my commitment to tackling the monster of terrorism head-on, let me reassure these besieged communities and other Nigerians that this government will not abandon them to their fate because we are more than ever determined to get rid of these outlaws. “These criminals will be history because we are not going to relent in our curre...
Bandits Kidnap 18, Kill One Along Kaduna Birnin Gwari Road
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Bandits Kidnap 18, Kill One Along Kaduna Birnin Gwari Road

Bandits have stormed a village in Kaduna state kidnapping at least 18 persons. It was gathered that one of the villagers was killed during the attack that took place at Angwar Zalla Udawa under Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State . According to a report by Daily Post, the bandits stormed a village along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Highway on Sunday morning and snatched the victims, shooting one person dead. A youth leader in the area, Mallam Hamisu, said they were taken unawares by the bandits. He said the bandits stormed the village and started shooting. ”As people ran for safety, one of the residents was shot dead immediately and those who were unable to run were taken away by the bandits,” he disclosed. He said married women, adults and young ladies were among those a...
Suspected bandits kill woman in Zamfara
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Suspected bandits kill woman in Zamfara

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed a yet to be identified female traveller in Zamfara state According to one Almustapha Abdullahi, she was killed along the Magami-Gusau road on Wednesday, December 29. Details about the incident are still sketchy at the time of this report, however, it was gathered that some other travellers were reportedly abducted during the attack. Meanwhile, one Jamilu Suleiman Magami said that the woman's body has been deposited at the General Hospital in Magami Town.
Boss Mustapha Speaks On Alleged Attack On His Hometown
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Boss Mustapha Speaks On Alleged Attack On His Hometown

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has dismissed the purported report that his hometown, Garha, and other surrounding villages were attacked by Boko Haram and Bandits. Mustapha spoke with newsmen shortly after Hong Secondary School Old Boys Association meeting held in Hong, the headquarters of Hong Local Government Area (LGA) on Wednesday. Mustapha, who expressed dismay over the report, said that there was nothing similar to that. “There was nothing like that (attack on my hometown). It is just some people’s mischievous imagination. “I was in my hometown attending weddings when my attention was drawn to a report by some mischievous persons. “There was consistent marriage ceremonies in my village even before and after Christmas. “I didn’t o...
Banditry: Zamfara Elders raise alarm over alleged indiscriminate release of criminals
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Banditry: Zamfara Elders raise alarm over alleged indiscriminate release of criminals

A group of elder statesmen in Zamfara State has accused the security agents in the state of indiscriminately releasing arrested bandits and their collaborators, describing it as one of the factors responsible for the escalation of the insecurity in the state.   Channels TV reports that the group raised the alarm at a meeting in Gusau, the state capital. A former member of the National Assembly who represented Zamfara Central constituency, Senator Saidu Dansadau, briefed journalists on behalf of the group at the end of the meeting. He said;   “The committee expresses its dismay and disappointment for indiscriminate release of criminals by the authorities who either arrest them or to whom the criminals are handed over when they are arrested by the military, vigilante grou...
Gunmen abduct paramount ruler in Plateau
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Gunmen abduct paramount ruler in Plateau

Paramount ruler of Gindiri in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Charles Mato Dakat has been abducted by gunmen suspected to be bandits.   The monarch was kidnapped at his residence in the early of Sunday December 26, after a heavy gun battle.   The Nation reported that the incident has thrown the town into a state of panic.
Christmas: Northern govs are patriots by day, terrorists at night – Ex- Senate President, Ebute
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Christmas: Northern govs are patriots by day, terrorists at night – Ex- Senate President, Ebute

Third Republic Senate President, Senator Ameh Ebute, has alleged that some serving Northern governors are festering insecurity in the region and across the country. Ebute lamented that these governors and supposed leaders act as patriots during the day but are bandits and terrorists at night. The former Senate President made the allegation in his Christmas message titled ‘The gathering storm must not consume us’. According to Ebute, the Christmas provides an opportunity for everyone not only to demonstrate love towards their families but to other fellow citizens irrespective of religion or ethnic affiliations. While calling for caution, Senator Ebute urged stakeholders to make peace building a reality in 2022 and not engage in acts that are capable of destroying the nation. ...
Northern singer releases song praising bandit and kidnap kingpin Bello Turji
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Northern singer releases song praising bandit and kidnap kingpin Bello Turji

A Northern singer has released a song praising bandit and kidnap kingpin, Bello Turji, who is said to be leader of the bandit groups terrorising communities in Sokoto, Zamfara, and parts of Niger Republic. Turji's gang is also said to be responsible for December 6 massacre in which 23 passengers were burnt alive in a bus they were travelling in, in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State. The 14-minute song was rendered in Hausa by a man who identified himself in the song as Adamu Ayuba, with the female chorus hailing Mr Turji as a hero among heros. Premium Times reported that one Abba Ya’u, a Kano resident, described as shocking the song released in praise of Mr Turji. Abba said it “has exposed the complicity in the fight against banditry in the area. He said; “How can a ...
Katsina Deputy Speaker’s Sister Escapes from bandits’ Den after 105 days in Captivity
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Katsina Deputy Speaker’s Sister Escapes from bandits’ Den after 105 days in Captivity

Asma’u Dalhatu, younger sister of Katsina Deputy Speaker, Hon. Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, has escaped from bandits’ den after being held for 105 days in captivity. The Deputy Speaker said Asmaú who was abducted alongside her sister on September 4 when bandits attacked Tafoki village in Faskari local government area of Katsina state, escaped during a military onslaught on the enclave where she was kept. Shehu Dalhatu further revealed that Asma’u is a Secondary School leaver and was about to be given out in marriage at the time of the incident.
Banditry: Zamfara group writes President Buhari
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Banditry: Zamfara group writes President Buhari

A group, Concerned Moriki Indigenes in Zamfara State, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Salisu Muhammad Moriki, has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the worsening security situation in Moriki and neighbouring towns. According to the letter, the group raised serious concerns that over 100 houses have been invaded by bandits in Moriki town in the Zurmi Local Government Area of the state, saying that the road has become a death zone for commuters. The group lamented that for over a month now, there have been incessant attacks that call for a well-coordinated security network. “We want to let you know that in the last one month, Moriki town has come under the control and influence of bandits raging havoc to residents via kidnap, killing and all sort of terrorism wit...
Buhari reacts as bandits roast over 40 travellers in Sokoto
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Buhari reacts as bandits roast over 40 travellers in Sokoto

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the recent killing of over 40 passengers in Sokoto State by armed men suspected to be bandits. This was disclosed in a statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday. DAILY POST reports that passengers who were travelling from Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state to Sokoto Town were ambushed by the armed men who set fire on their vehicle and burnt them alive. “I am very distressed at the manner of death visited on these hapless citizens who were undertaking a legitimate journey to another part of the country,” Buhari said. “It shows that the evil this administration is confronting is one that requires the support and involvement of all Nigerians. “I extend deep condolences to the families of the vic...
Declaring Bandits Terrorists is Waste of time. They are Faceless — Buba Galadima
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Declaring Bandits Terrorists is Waste of time. They are Faceless — Buba Galadima

A former ally of President Buhari, Buba Galadima, has dismissed the branding of bandits as terrorists by the Federal Government, saying it is a waste of time. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal high court in Abuja last week declared the activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups as acts of terrorism Reacting to this development, Galadima in an interview with Vanguard, said; ''In all honesty, don’t you think it is a waste of time? There are implications for this declaration. Those who declared these bandits as illegal or outlaws suggest that they know who the bandits are and have not done anything about them. For me, it’s a waste of time and a show of ignorance on the part of those who did that because I don’t know who answers bandits, whether they have address or lo...
We’ll defend ourselves from terrorists – SOKAPU
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We’ll defend ourselves from terrorists – SOKAPU

The youth wing of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has vowed to defend its communities against any terrorist attack. DAILY POST recalls that bandits stormed the Southern part, Unguwar Gimbiya, in the Sabon Tasha area of Chikun Local Government Area, killed two persons and abducted 50 others. Reacting on Sunday over the frequent kidnapping and killings of innocent people in their area, the SOKAPU youth wing vowed they could no longer remain quiet and allow terrorists to attack communities, abduct the people and take them to the forests. National Youth Leader of SOKAPU, Comrade John Isaac in a statement on Sunday, urged the residents of the area to rise up and defend themselves. According to him, we must defend ourselves against terrorists that have now found a safe ha...
Kaduna residents express joy over restoration of telecommunication services
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Kaduna residents express joy over restoration of telecommunication services

Following the restoration of telecommunication services in parts of Kaduna on Friday, residents have expressed delight with the decision of Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government, saying it is a welcome development. DAILY POST recalls that the Kaduna State government shut down telecommunication services in some parts of the state for almost two months following heightened insecurity to curtail the activities of bandits in the state. Briefing newsmen on Friday in Kaduna, the state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan explained that the state had during the shut down of telecommunications services recorded a lot of success against the activities of the bandits. Residents who spoke to DAILY POST on the restoration of the telecommunication servic...
Special forces eliminate bandits terrorizing Kaduna-Abuja road
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Special forces eliminate bandits terrorizing Kaduna-Abuja road

Special forces have eliminated a number of bandits laying siege at the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Nigeria’s North-West. After months of laxity, amid national outrage over kidnappings and killings, the federal government finally ordered reinforcement, additional equipment and increased surveillance. More than a dozen bandits were annihilated between Thursday and Friday in a major onslaught that followed viral videos of abductions and enemy gunfire. Intelligence operatives disclosed that some of the corpses were recognized as residents of nearby villages. “We have so far killed more than a dozen armed bandits who attempted to escape on motorcycles after sighting the movements of troops. “Most of them are behind recent abductions on the highways as some people identified the corps...
Boko Haram and ISWAP setting up camps in Niger state -SSG
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Boko Haram and ISWAP setting up camps in Niger state -SSG

The secretary to Niger state government, Ahmed Matane, says Boko Haram and a faction of the Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) are setting up camps in the state. Matane disclosed this at a press conference in Minna, the Niger state capital today November 24. The SSG said these groups have been telling communities that they are “God-send” and want to establish a caliphate. He mentioned that the insurgents have also been asking the residents of the state to forsake western education and embark on “civil disobedience”. “These people often go to communities to communicate with them and assure them that they will not harm them, and join them during Friday congregational prayer to preach to them on the need to forsake western education and embark on civil disobedience. Now...
Four killed, several injured as bandits attack Katsina community
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Four killed, several injured as bandits attack Katsina community

Bandits have attacked Barawa village in Batagarawa Loal Government Area of Katsina, killing four and leaving several others injured. The gunmen in large number, stormed the community which is 10 kilometre from Katsina metropolis at about 9pm on Sunday, shooting sporadically into the air. "Nobody was kidnapped during the attack but three men and an elderly woman were killed in the process. They also looted several shops and houses and took away their goats and sheep as well." a resident explained. The raid was said to have lasted for over 90 minutes, giving the gunmen enough time to ransack the village. According to residents of the community, the bandits were over 100 and did not come on motorcycles. Vilage head Narratin...
Bandits Kill Housewives And Others, Set Houses On Fire In Taraba
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Bandits Kill Housewives And Others, Set Houses On Fire In Taraba

15 persons including three housewives were reportedly killed as suspected bandits attacked Jab Jab and Binnari and villages in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State at about 4am on Wednesday, November 10. The villagers were said to have attempted to fight back but the bandits who reportedly numbered over 50, overpowered them. It was alleged that the bandits attacked the two villages in retaliation for the killing of some kidnappers by vigilantes in the area a few weeks ago. Seven bandits were killed during the encounter and the bandits who survived the attack escaped with the corpses of their gang members. The gunmen who carried out a retaliatory attack, reportedly killed many people and set houses ablaze. Residents lamented the absence of security operatives. A...
Gunmen kidnap four women in Suleja
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Gunmen kidnap four women in Suleja

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted four women at Haske Dabara community in Agwan Gwari Kwamba of Suleja Local Government Area of Niger state. It was gathered that the gunmen invaded the community at about 12.46 a.m on Wednesday, November 3. The State Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Monday Kuryas, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna. "Yes it has happened at about 1 a.m. last night and already anti-kidnapping team, the army and vigilante had been deployed to rescue the victims,' he stated. "We will do everything humanly possible to apprehend all those miscreants undermining the peaceful coexistence among residents. "I am appealing to residents, especially rural dwellers, to come forward with credible information o...
Abductors of UNIABUJA staff demand N300m ransom
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Abductors of UNIABUJA staff demand N300m ransom

The bandits behind the kidnap of the six persons from the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) staff quarters have reportedly contacted their families to demand a whopping N300m ransom. Obansa Joseph, a professor of economics, two of his children, and three other persons were abducted on Tuesday, November 2, when gunmen attacked the staff quarters of the university. According to eyewitness accounts, the gunmen numbered about 30 and were young men “not older than 25”. Abductors of UNIABUJA staff demand N300m ransom They were said to have shot sporadically in the air while they carried out the attack which lasted for over two hours. The gunmen have now reportedly demanded N50 million for each person that was taken. “They are asking for N300 million collectively. I’m not aware i...
Four UNIABUJA staff alongside their children abducted as suspected bandits attack the staff quarters
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Four UNIABUJA staff alongside their children abducted as suspected bandits attack the staff quarters

Four members of staff of the University of Abuja and their children are said to have been abducted after suspected bandits attacked the University's staff quarters in the early hours of Tuesday, November 2. The University broke the news on its official Facebook page this morning. ''Suspected bandits attacked the staff quarters of the University in the early hours of today. Our Safety officers, in conjunction with security personnel, mobilised to secure the quarters. We have report that four of our staff and their children were, nevertheless, abducted by the evil men. Efforts are being made to ensure their safe return. A sad day for us, indeed!'' the statement read Also confirming the attack, the University’s Head of Information and University Relations, Dr. Habib Yakoob, sa...
Declare Bandits Federal civil servants since you are finding it hard to pronounce them terrorists – Shehu Sani to Buhari Govt
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Declare Bandits Federal civil servants since you are finding it hard to pronounce them terrorists – Shehu Sani to Buhari Govt

Former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has asked the government to declare bandits as federal civil servants since it is becoming hard for them to pronounce them terrorists. Recall bandits and kidnappers are on rampage in the North West, killing and kidnapping citizens in exchange for ransoms. Reacting to the killings of  Muslim worshipers in their mosques in Niger and Katsina State; as well as the killings of Christians in their Churches in Kaduna, the former lawmaker represented Kaduna Central District at the 8th Assembly wondered why the Buhari government are yet to declare bandits’ groups in the North as terrorists. He wrote:  “They [bandits] killed Muslim worshipers in their mosques in Niger and Katsina State; they killed Christians in ...
Gumi is worse than worse than Abubakar Shekau and Al-Barnawi. He is a venomous snake and a wolf in sheep’s clothing – Femi Fani-Kayode
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Gumi is worse than worse than Abubakar Shekau and Al-Barnawi. He is a venomous snake and a wolf in sheep’s clothing – Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi saying that there might be severe consequences should bandits be declared terrorists by the federal government. Alleging that Sheikh Gumi's father once said that a Christian must not rule Nigeria, FFK further stated that the Islamic cleric is worse than late Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekarau and late ISWAP leader, Al-Barnawi. He further described Gumi as a "venomous snake and a wolf in sheep's clothing." FFK wrote; Sheik Ahmad Gumi, the Rasputin of Arewa, whose father once said a Christian must not rule Nigeria & who himself said the FG must not declare the killer bandits as terrorists is worse than Abubakar Shekau & Al Barnawi. He is a venomous snake & a wolf in...
Afenifere tells Buhari to ignore Gumi and declare bandits terrorists
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Afenifere tells Buhari to ignore Gumi and declare bandits terrorists

The pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has told President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the statement made by Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi and declare bandits as terrorists. Gumi had recently warned President Buhari against declaring bandits as terrorists. He said doing so will come at a price. Gumi advised Buhari to, instead, grant amnesty to the bandits killing and kidnapping citizens in the north and other parts of the country. Gumi also claimed that the bandits are simply fighting for their rights. Reacting, Afenifere called on Buhari and the Federal Government to ignore Gumi's advice. The group insisted that bandits should not only be declared terrorists but should also be given the treatment terrorists deserve. Afenifere spoke through a communiqué s...
An editor asked me to substitute the word terrorists for bandits in my report – Nigerian journalist reveals ‘why mainstream media can’t call bandits terrorists’
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An editor asked me to substitute the word terrorists for bandits in my report – Nigerian journalist reveals ‘why mainstream media can’t call bandits terrorists’

A Nigerian journalist, Steven Kefas has revealed why the mainstream media in Nigeria can't call bandits terrorists. Sharing his experience while working on a story for a Nigerian media house, Kefas recalled how an editor asked him substitute the word 'terrorists' for 'bandits' in his report. When he inquired why he should so that, the journalist revealed that the editor told him that the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation reportedly warned them against doing so. Kefas stated that even though terrorists allegedly bombed a rail line with the aim of kidnapping people, the media still referred to them as bandits.
Igboho is on terrorism link but Gumi and his bandit brothers are not – Eedris Abdulkareem
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Igboho is on terrorism link but Gumi and his bandit brothers are not – Eedris Abdulkareem

Veteran singer, Eedris Abdulkareem, has reacted to claims made by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, that Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Ighoho, has a link with a convicted Boko haram sponsor. Abubakar made this allegation during a press conference in Abuja on Friday, October 22. Reacting to the development via his Instagram page this afternoon, Eedris opined that Kanu, Sowore, and Igboho have all been linked to terrorism but Islamic leric Sheik Gumi who has repeatedly made a case for an amnesty to be granted to bandits, hasn't been linked to terrorism. See his post below...
They said they will kill or marry her off if we don’t pay the ransom – Family of corps member kidnapped on her way to NYSC orientation camp says
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They said they will kill or marry her off if we don’t pay the ransom – Family of corps member kidnapped on her way to NYSC orientation camp says

The bandits who kidnapped Iorliam Jennifer Awashima while she was on her way to NYSC orientation camp in Kebbi State, have allegedly threatened to marry her off or kill her if her family doesn't pay the ransom. A journalist from Benue state made this known on Facebook as he shared a screenshot of a message he claims is from a member of the victim's family. The message says the bandits have already made contact with the family and threatened to kill or marry off the victim if their demand of N3 million ransom is not met within the shortest possible time. Recall that Jennifer, a graduate of the Department Of English, Benue State University, was kidnapped in Zamfara State on Tuesday evening, October 19, on her way to Kebbi State where she was mobilized for her NYSC.
Students and teachers of Federal Government College in Birnin Yauri freed after four months in captivit
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Students and teachers of Federal Government College in Birnin Yauri freed after four months in captivit

Bandits have finally freed twenty-eight students and two teachers of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri in Kebbi state. The victims who were abducted four months ago by gunmen who overpowered security men on guard at the school located in the remote community in Kebbi State, were released on Wednesday October 20, by a notorious bandit identified as Dogo Gide. Though it was reported last week that the kidnap victims have been released, it was later gathered that they were not released as the mediators could not meet with the kingpin. However on Sunday October 17, two students and two teachers were brought out from the forests and received by security personnel and medics stationed at Kotonkoro town. Daily Trust reported that 28 students and two teachers have now been...
888 people were killed in Kaduna state in 9 months – State Government
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888 people were killed in Kaduna state in 9 months – State Government

At least 888 people were killed in violent attacks carried out in various parts of Kaduna State in the last nine months. This was captured in a quarterly security report presented by the state government. From the report, a total number of 343 people were killed by bandits between July and September this year alone. 2,553 people were kidnapped by bandits in various communities across the state from January to September 2021. Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home affairs, Samuel Aruwan who presented the report during an enlarged security meeting on Wednesday October 20, attributed the deaths to kidnappings, banditry, communal clashes, violent attacks and reprisals that cut across all ethnic and religious groups in the State. Governor Nasir El-Rufai sympathiz...
The clock of your ultimate destruction is ticking – Buhari tells bandits after 43 people were killed in Sokoto
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The clock of your ultimate destruction is ticking – Buhari tells bandits after 43 people were killed in Sokoto

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to report of 43 people being killed at Goronyo town, in Goronyo LGA of Sokoto state by bandits. The attack was carried out in a market in the area between Sunday October 17 and Monday October 18. President Buhari in a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu on Monday October 18, stated the bandits' 'clock of ultimate destruction" is ticking and they will soon have no where to hide. He said; “The clock of your ultimate destruction is ticking, as you will no longer have a place to hide. “The(se) bandits are currently under desperate pressure because of the intense and sustained air and ground operations against them in their hideouts by our security forces. “The cowardly attacks on innocent people by the bandits show a rear...
Bandits attack another Sokoto village market
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Bandits attack another Sokoto village market

Goronyo market in Goronyo Local Government Area in the Eastern Senatorial District of Sokoto State, has been reportedly attacked by bandits. Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the assailants attacked the market in large numbers on Sunday night, shooting sporadically and killing several persons. The actual number of casualties is yet to be determined and it was also learnt that this is the third time in two weeks bandits have attacked a village market in Sokoto State.
Emir of Bungudu released after one month in captivity
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Emir of Bungudu released after one month in captivity

Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru has been released after spending one month in captivity. The Zamfara monarch was kidnapped on September 14, after bandits attacked his motorcade along Kaduna-Abuja Highway. A source told Daily Trust that he was released on Saturday evening in Kaduna state. Gazali Shehu Ahmad, Special Adviser to Governor Bello Matawalle on Strategy, also confirmed the release of the monarch. Ahmad wrote;  “On behalf of the family and Bungudu Emirate, we wish to thank everyone for the prayers and support during this trying time. “We appreciate all the efforts of Kaduna State Government throughout this challenging period. Our immense gratitude to the Zamfara State Government in playing a key role to see our father returned home safely.”...
19 traders including two biological brothers killed as bandits attack Sokoto market
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19 traders including two biological brothers killed as bandits attack Sokoto market

At least 19 traders were killed by bandits who attacked a weekly market at Unguwan Lalle in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State. It was gathered that the attackers stormed the market at about 3pm, on Friday, October 8, shortly after all the traders had returned from the Juma’at congregational prayers. Two biological brothers, Shafiu and Muhammau, who trade in hide and skin were among those killed. The attack also left several others injured, majority of whom are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Sabon Birni. It was further learnt that Unguwan Lalle market is among the popular markets in the eastern part of Sokoto state and is being patronised by traders from different parts of the state and from Zamfara, Kebbi and neighbouring Niger Republic. ...
Kaduna: Bandits release 5 Bethel School students, matron
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Kaduna: Bandits release 5 Bethel School students, matron

Bandits have freed five more students of Bethel Baptist School in Maraban Damishi under Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Nigerian Baptist Convention President, Rev Israel Adelani Akanji made the confirmation Friday night. “Glory be to God. Five of our Bethel Baptist High School students and the Matron have just been released to us this evening, October 8. “We thank God and trust that the remaining four students will also be released. Thank you for your prayers and support”, his terse statement read. Two weeks ago, the abductors released ten students from their den. Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Kaduna, Rev John Hayab, announced the release. With the last development, six students are still held hostage. A source close to the Christian ...
Nigeria can’t have peace without justice – Reno Omokri condemns arrest of Chiwetalu Agu
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Nigeria can’t have peace without justice – Reno Omokri condemns arrest of Chiwetalu Agu

Former presidential spokesperson, Reno Omokri has condemned the arrest of veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu. Agu was arrested by some Nigerian soldiers in Anambra state for wearing an outfit with the Biafra flag on it. Reno who reacted via his Instagram page, wrote; ''Miyetti Allah hold press conferences to threaten revenge on Nigerians and make provocative statements to the effect that Southern Nigeria belongs to them. Yet soldiers and DSS dont arrest them. Chiwetalu Agu wore a Biafran flag and was arrested. Where is the justice? In this same country, Sheikh Gumi has been campaigning for bandits and terrorists and singing their praises, and even telling them on camera that Christian soldiers are the ones killing them and thus they should not kill Muslims. He is free as a bird, w...
MSF staff nurse, two others killed as bandits open fire on commercial vehicle in Zamfara
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MSF staff nurse, two others killed as bandits open fire on commercial vehicle in Zamfara

Medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Border, has condemned the killing of its staff nurse, Hassan Mohammad, by bandits in Zamfara State. It was gathered that Hassan, 37, and two other passengers were killed when bandits opened fire on a commercial bus along Shinkafi-Kaura Namoda road on Saturday evening, October 2. The MSF nurse was said to be returning to his work station in Shinkafi town when the bandits attacked the vehicle. MSF in a statement via Twitter on Tuesday, October 5, confirmed that armed men opened fire on the public transport vehicle in which Mohammad was travelling. “Mohammad’s tragic death is an example of the rising violence in North-West Nigeria that is deeply affecting the lives of the population and has driven tho...
FG not treating bandits with kid-gloves – Lai Mohammed
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FG not treating bandits with kid-gloves – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has countered claims of the federal government treating bandits with kid gloves. In an interview on Nigeria Television Authority, the Minister stressed that a criminal is a criminal and the claim is a divisive rhetoric being promoted by some naysayers. Mohammed said; “I think we have been dancing around nomenclature, a criminal is a criminal whether it is a bandit or terrorist and the same measure is being meted out to them. “That is why we find it ridiculous, the accusation that the federal government is softer on bandits than the separatists and other criminals. This is a fallacy, fake news and misinformation all into one, and this is the kind of divisive rhetoric being promoted by some naysayers." Maintaining that it wil...
Bandits are terrorists in reality – Senator Bulkachuwa
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Bandits are terrorists in reality – Senator Bulkachuwa

Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa has said that bandits are terrorists and carry out attacks that not different from those of known terrorist groups. The Senator who is one of the latest high-profile Nigerians to have joined calls for bandits and their sponsors to be tagged as terrorists, made the claim in an interview on Channels Television on Sunday night, October 3. Bulkachuwa said; “We gave them the name bandit probably to just soft pedal because terrorism in the international arena is regarded as the most heinous crime that any group of people can engage in. “They are terrorists in reality. What else are they? Anybody that does not allow people rest, what is he?”
FG waging full scale war against the Shiites, IPOB members and journalists and has continued to treat so called bandits with kid glove – Falana
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FG waging full scale war against the Shiites, IPOB members and journalists and has continued to treat so called bandits with kid glove – Falana

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has accused the federal government of treating bandits with kid gloves while waging a war on Shiites, journalists and IPOB members. Falana in a statement released on Sunday, October 3, said bandits are not different from Boko Haram insurgents who are regarded as terrorists. He accused the federal government of “deliberately refusing” to declare bandits as terrorists. His statement in part reads; “For reasons best known to the Federal Government the criminal elements who are currently involved in the brutal killing of innocent people and abduction of thousands of people including primary school pupils in the North West Zone are called bandits and not terrorists,” the statement reads. It is undoubtedly c...
Zamfara speaker’s father still in captivity as other family members regain freedom
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Zamfara speaker’s father still in captivity as other family members regain freedom

Bandits have released five family members of Alhaji Nasiru Magarya, Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly who were kidnapped alongside his father. Recall that Nasiru's family members were abducted at Magarya community in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on August 5, 2021. The state police command has already confirmed that five of them have regained freedom. The state police commissioner, Ayuba Elkanah said the Speaker’s family members who were rescued on September 29, include Dahiru Sarki Magarya, Hauwa Mu’azu Magarya, baby Khadija, Usman Magarya and Okasha Abdullahi Magarya. Elkanah also disclosed that the police has intensified efforts to rescue the speaker's father.
Kaduna govt begins enforcement of motorcycle ban, tricycle restriction
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Kaduna govt begins enforcement of motorcycle ban, tricycle restriction

The Kaduna State Government on Saturday began the enforcement of the ban on motorcycles and restrictions of tricycles from 6 am to 7 pm. Recall that the state government had banned the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes, or riding to work, and also placed restrictions on tricycles. Tricycles will only be allowed to operate from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm. The government said the order which takes effect from September 30, 2021, was to curtail the activities of bandits. The enforcement on the ban of motorcycles for transportation or commercial purposes applies to everyone, including law enforcement agents who ride their motorcycles to their various places of work. Many workers, businessmen, and women, including law enforcement agents; police, NSCDC, immigration, Nigeria Correcti...
Police arrest bandits kingpin, neutralize five others in Zamfara
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Police arrest bandits kingpin, neutralize five others in Zamfara

The Zamfara State Police Command says it has arrested one Mr Bello Rugga, a notorious bandit commander terrorizing parts of the state. The state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba Elkanah, who made the disclosure while parading the kingpin alongside 21 other suspected bandits and their collaborators, on Saturday in Gusau, the state capital, said five others were also neutralized during a raid in Gummi Local Government Area of the state. The Commissioner revealed that the kingpin was a leader of a bandit gang who was earlier declared wanted by the command. “On Oct. 1, 2021, Police Tactical Operatives on Anti-Banditry Operation around Gummi axis, acted on intelligence report, stormed Gidan Bita, Malakar and Kagara forest, and arrested one notorious bandit’s commander, Bello Rugga. ...
Nigeria at 61: Bad, selfish leadership causing Nigerians unnecessary pain – CAN
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Nigeria at 61: Bad, selfish leadership causing Nigerians unnecessary pain – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said it strongly believes that bad and selfish leadership over the years has caused what Nigerians are suffering for the past 61 years of the country’s independence. In a message, the CAN President, Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle, explained that Nigerians are already suffering because they do not fear God, adding that today people are suffering from insecurity and other vices that make life very difficult for the common man. The CAN President noted, “We are already in the hands of the enemies because of our corrupt and sinful life. We are in pains of insecurity, inflation, unemployment, poverty is stirring many people in the face. Kidnappers and bandits do not allow us to rest.” He added that for the past years, bad and selfish leadership in...
Bauchi: We paid N72m ransom to bandits in one year – Burra communities allege
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Bauchi: We paid N72m ransom to bandits in one year – Burra communities allege

Burra community in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State has alleged that over N72 million was paid as ransom to bandits to secure release of many of their kidnapped kinsmen. This was revealed by the Chairman, Ningi LGA, Mamuda Hassan Tabla, while speaking with journalists in Bauchi, adding that there was an influx of strangers from Zamfara State in the area whose presence has resulted in increasing kidnap of the people. The council boss alleged that once anyone gets kidnapped in the affected communities, they used to take ransom to Zamfara State. He said that members of the communities were afraid of the activities of bandits, who he alleged had taken over people’s farms, a development that had put them in abject poverty as they paid ransom and they still lost their farms. ...
Bandits want justice, equity and a sense of belonging – Sheikh Gumi
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Bandits want justice, equity and a sense of belonging – Sheikh Gumi

Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that drug barons and gun runners turned Fulani herders into bandits who are now terrorising Northern states. The controversial cleric who made his views known at a peace conference organised by the Center For the Advancement of Human Dignity and Value held at Arewa House, Kaduna on Thursday, noted that the killings, kidnappings by bandits can only be stopped by hijacking them (bandits) from “these evil arms and drug dealers.” "When they are hijacked by evil people, drug addicts, gunrunners, we should not allow people to hijack them. Let us hijack them back to the society, this is what we need to do. They have dignity too, they should be respected and given all the human right everybody has,” he said. Gumi traced the problem of insec...
Nigerian Army confirms ISWAP attack on military base in Sokoto, says troops eliminated scores of terrorists and bandits
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Nigerian Army confirms ISWAP attack on military base in Sokoto, says troops eliminated scores of terrorists and bandits

The Nigerian Army has confirmed terrorists and bandits attack on a joint military base in Sokoto State. LIB had reported that 15 personnel including an NSCDC personnel identified simply as 'Sule Monkey' died in the attack. In a statement on Monday, September 27, the Director of Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr, said troops eliminated scores of terrorists who attacked Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state. According to the statement, the failed attack, which took place around 5:30 am, September 26, 2021, in the remote border settlement with Niger Republic, was swiftly repelled by troops. Unfortunately, there were some level of casualty recorded on the part of own troops during the encounter. ...
Bandits kill two, abduct teacher in Kaduna
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Bandits kill two, abduct teacher in Kaduna

An Arabic and Islamic studies teacher in Kuregu community in Zaria Local Government of Kaduna State, has been abducted by bandits. Daily Trust reported that two people were also killed during the incident which occurred around 10pm on Friday September 26. An eyewitness told the publication that the deceased were just at the wrong place at the wrong time, because the bandits came asking for houses of wealthy individuals in the community when they came across them. It was learnt that they were shot before the Islamic studies teacher in the community was abducted.
Farmers in Katsina state lament as bandits prevent them from farming
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Farmers in Katsina state lament as bandits prevent them from farming

Farmers in Katsina state are lamenting about the activities of bandits which prevent them from going to their farms to cultivate food items. In an interview with DailyTrust, the farmers say bandits storm their farms to either abduct them, kill them or tax them before they can even cultivate on their farms. A report by DailyTrust states that every household in Batsarin-Alhaji had to pay N500 to the bandits from the last farming season. Thereafter, the bandits demanded that the villagers supply them with fertilizer. The villagers had to tax themselves to purchase the fertilizer. Sa’adu Nuhu Batsari, 65, a large-scale farmer told the publication he stopped tilling three of his farms of 20 hectares each for over two years due to insecurity, lamenting that the heightened banditry is ...
Police arrest three female members of syndicate supplying fuel to bandits in Katsina
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Police arrest three female members of syndicate supplying fuel to bandits in Katsina

The Katsina State Police Command has arrested three female members of a syndicate supplying fuel to bandits in a forest in the state. Spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah, who paraded the suspects at the police headquarters on Thursday, September 23, said they were arrested by a team of policemen on patrol along Katsina - Jibia road. The suspects are Dija Umar, 50; Ummah Bello, 45; and Nusaiba Muhammad, 16, all of Malali Quarters, in Katsina Local Government Area of Katsina. “The fact of the case is, the syndicate was arrested by a team of policemen on patrol along Katsina – Jibia road, concealing PMS in their travelling bags neatly, reasonably suspected to be supplies to the bandits hibernating in the fringes of Jibia forest," Gambo stated. "In the course of investig...

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