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News We’re fighting insecurity, be more understanding – Buhari to Nigerians
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News We’re fighting insecurity, be more understanding – Buhari to Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pledged that his administration will deal with bandits to ensure that they do not create havoc against access to farms and food production. He spoke to reporters at the State House after observing the Eid prayer, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. Buhari assured that law enforcement agencies are working hard to regain confidence among Nigerians. On ongoing efforts to tackle insecurity, Buhari drew attention to the series of meetings held in recent weeks. The President said part of the resolutions had been made public by the National Security Adviser and the others kept secret. “We are working very hard. We are hoping Nigerians will understand the problem. Nigerians know at what stage we came in in 2015, what state...
Bandits kill 4 vigilantes in Kaduna
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Bandits kill 4 vigilantes in Kaduna

Four vigilantes were reportedly killed by armed bandits in Rafin Tukurwa village, close to Dogon Dawa in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Tuesday afternoon, May 11. Daily Trust reported that the vigilantes were ambushed by 2pm while on their way to Rafin Tukurwa after receiving a distress call from the villagers that bandits had attacked the area to rustle cows. Ibrahim Hassan, a resident of the community told the publication that the bandits killed Aliyu Ibrahim, the very popular secretary of the vigilante group in Dogon Dawa while others were Bara’u Khalid, Alhaji Bukar and Malam Dauda died in the hospital from gunshot injuries. Hassan said Aliyu, Bara’u and Bukar were buried together while Dauda was later buried in the evening when his corpse was retrie...
Photos from the funeral of gallant police officer who died after being shot by bandits during gun duel in Kebbi
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Photos from the funeral of gallant police officer who died after being shot by bandits during gun duel in Kebbi

Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP AbdulQadir Garba Hardo, who died after he was shot by bandits in Kebbi State has been laid to rest in Gusau, Zamfara. MCI reported that the gallant officer died after being shot in the leg while leading the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tactical Squad in a gun duel with armed bandits at Tsamiya town in Bagudo Local Government of the state. three months ago.     He passed away in the early hours of Monday, May 10, at a Hospital, in Gusau, while preparing to proceed to referral treatment at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, Kano State.   The funeral prayer for the deceased was conducted at the family house and his burial followed immediately at Unguwar Gwaza cemetery, Gusau on Monday.     Secre...
Bandits kill traditional ruler’s aide, his wife and daughter-in-law in Kaduna
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Bandits kill traditional ruler’s aide, his wife and daughter-in-law in Kaduna

Bandits have killed a local community official alongside his wife and daughter in-law at Golkofa in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.   The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday May 9, said the assailants stormed the home of Sgt. Christopher Madaki (Rtd), a scribe to a Ward Head at Golkofa, Jema’a LGA on Saturday night, May 8, and shot him, his wife and his son’s wife dead.   "The three were later confirmed dead, while his son, Clement Musa Madaki survived with injuries inflicted on him by the assailants," Aruwan stated.   The scribe’s wife was identified as Mary Christopher Madaki, and his son's wife as Alice Musa. &n...
No adequate satellite to monitor bandits- National Space Agency DG, Halilu Shaba, says
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No adequate satellite to monitor bandits- National Space Agency DG, Halilu Shaba, says

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has said that inadequate satellite and other facilities inhibit the agency's efforts to monitor the activities of bandits and other criminal elements operating in the country. The newly appointed Director-General of the Agency, Halilu Shaba, disclosed this to newsmen at a media parley in Abuja today May 6. According to Shaba, the bandits have become sophisticated in their operations and waves received by the agency from remote areas shows the bandits no longer use Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) phones, but walkie-talkie. “The Satellite is not static where the insurgency is taking place. That is why one satellite is not adequate. What Nigeria has tthere are some two satellites doing two different things. ...
“My Brother Didn’t Die as a Coward” – Man Mourns Volunteer Killed by Bandits During Rescue of Kidnapped Victims in Kaduna
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“My Brother Didn’t Die as a Coward” – Man Mourns Volunteer Killed by Bandits During Rescue of Kidnapped Victims in Kaduna

LIB reported that troops rescued the victims from bandits in Gwagwada, Chikun local government area of the state after a fierce gun duel. The 13 citizens, originally from Dutse, were kidnapped when they went to work at a farm called Tanadi Farm, which is located around Bakin Kasuwa in Gwagwada general area. It was gathered that the two deceased volunteers, Ezekiel Iliya and Nasara Yohanna, had gone to rescue the kidnapped victims before the arrival of troops. "After the operations, the troops discovered that the bandits had shot two volunteers before their arrival," said Samuel Aruwan, the State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs. Facebook user, Mengu Mengu took to the social media platform on Wednesday, May 5, to mourn Ezekiel Iliya. "Just in today's att...
Don’t kill abducted Greenfield students – PTA begs bandits
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Don’t kill abducted Greenfield students – PTA begs bandits

The National Association of Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTA) has appealed to the abductors of Greenfield University Students not to kill them. The appeal came after the bandits in an interview with VOA Hausa on Monday May 3, demanded for N100 million and 10 new motorcycles as ransom for the release of the students who they threatened to kill if the demands were not met by the government and parents of the students. National President of PTA, Haruna Danjuma, said there was tension and fear among parents and concerned citizens over threats by the bandits. He described the threat as disturbing, saying the plea became necessary because as parents, they want all the students back home safe. Danjuma said; “We were shocked and not happy with that statement on the radio ...
Bandits threaten to kill 17 Greenfield University students if N100m ransom isn’t paid
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Bandits threaten to kill 17 Greenfield University students if N100m ransom isn’t paid

Bandits have threatened to kill the remaining students abducted from Greenfield University, Kaduna State. Recall that on April 18, the armed bandits stormed the school in the early hours of the day and abducted twenty-two students and a member of staff. Five of them have been killed by the bandits. In an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), a leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, threatened that if the Kaduna State Government or their families fail to pay a ransom of N100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students would be killed. According to Jalingo, 17 students are in their custody, comprising 15 females and two male students. ''“We heard the utterances of the ...
”The Mayhem in Imo State was Carried out by Hoodlums, bandits and a Small Percentage of IPOB members and  politicians”- Gov Uzodinma says
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”The Mayhem in Imo State was Carried out by Hoodlums, bandits and a Small Percentage of IPOB members and politicians”- Gov Uzodinma says

Imo state governor, Hope Uzodimma, has said that security agencies have identified those behind the recent disturbances in the state and that in a few days, their names will be revealed. The governor disclosed this while addressing the congregation at the end of the Church Service at Government House Chapel Owerri on Sunday, May 2. “I will never and not going to negotiate with criminals. Those out to bring the state down must be prepared to be brought down as well. The mayhem in Imo State was carried out by hoodlums, bandits and a small percentage of IPOB members and aggrieved politicians who decided to sponsor violence to derail the Government of the day.” he said.
Bandits are our Children, we Should Empower them – Gov Umahi
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Bandits are our Children, we Should Empower them – Gov Umahi

Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, has reportedly called for the empowerment of bandits saying that they are '‘our children’' and need to be looked after as well. PM news reports that the governor said this during the presentation of 40 Toyota Sienna vehicles and 20 Hilux vans to security agencies for enhanced operations in the state on Friday, April 30. At the ceremony, the governor declared his intention to negotiate with bandits to ascertain their grievances and the way forward. The governor directed local government chairmen and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to identify the bandits and present them for debriefing. “I want to talk to the bandits and empower them as we cannot continue to kill ourselves and destroy public infrastructure. The bandits are our children a...
We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno
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We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno

Apparently alarmed by the atrocities unleashed on the nation and its citizens by criminals, the Presidency on Friday vowed to do all within its powers to end the cycle of violence and restore peace and stability nationwide. This assurance came at the end of a crucial enlarged security meeting called at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday in the wake of rising security challenges in the land, which have threatened national unity and peace. Although the Presidency adjourned the meeting till Tuesday next week to take further briefings from concerned security heads and agencies, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno, said in a terse statement made available to Vanguard that Nigerian security agencies were set to put a...
Bandits Killed 323 People and Abducted 949 People in Three Months – Kaduna Government
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Bandits Killed 323 People and Abducted 949 People in Three Months – Kaduna Government

The Kaduna state government has announced that 323 people were killed by bandits in the State between January and March 2021. Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this while presenting the first quarter security report at the State Security Council meeting on Friday April 30. He added that a total of 949 people were kidnapped by bandits during the period. Kaduna Central senatorial district accounted for 236 deaths and they were within Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, and Kajuru Local Government Areas. Aruwan also informed the council that some successes were recorded on the part of the security forces, including the killing of hundreds of bandits and recovery of many weapons. Governor El-Rufai in his speech at the meeting, decri...
Insecurity: FG To Partner With China To Secure Nigeria From Bandits, Terrorists
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Insecurity: FG To Partner With China To Secure Nigeria From Bandits, Terrorists

The federal government of Nigeria has reached out to China over the insecurity situation in the country. According to the minister of police Affairs, Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi, Nigeria is ready to partner with China to enhance the security of the country. He stated this during a courtesy visit by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Cui Jianchun to the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja. In a statement made available, the minister said as a result of Nigeria's security situation, there is a need to work with the Asian country. The minister said with the support of international communities, Nigeria should be able to solve these problems. Meanwhile, the minister lamented the poverty and unemployment situation facing the country. He said the FG is doing everything to ...
Amotekun and OPC Members Arrest 6 Bandits in Oyo Forest with 183 Cows, Weapons, Cash
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Amotekun and OPC Members Arrest 6 Bandits in Oyo Forest with 183 Cows, Weapons, Cash

Operatives of the Oyo State Security Network Agency popularly called Amotekun Corps in collaboration with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) have arrested six bandits at the Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo state. A statement released by the commander of the Amotekun in the state, Col. Olayinka, said the operation was carried out while on their joint routine patrol in the early hours of today April 29. "They tried to escape from the scene but were given hot pursuit by the operatives as they tried to evade arrest. We are still on the trail of others who managed to escape from the scene." He gave the names of those arrested as Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika and Umar Aliu Masika. He said all the six s...
FFK shares throwback video of Gov El-Rufai blasting ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for not negotiating the release of the abducted Chibok girls
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FFK shares throwback video of Gov El-Rufai blasting ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for not negotiating the release of the abducted Chibok girls

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, today shared a throwback video of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, berating former President Goodluck Jonathan, for not negotiating the release of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. In an interview with Sahara Reporters, El-Rufai, who was just a member of the opposition party, APC at the time, described the Jonathan administration as incompetent over the level of insecurity in the country. According to him, terrorism had become an industry in the Jonathan administration. He said the government should adopt military force and negotiations in securing the release of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. This video came as a surprise to many as El-Rufai who is now the governor of Kaduna state, has insisted that his government will not ne...
The Bandits I Negotiated With Have Stopped Kidnapping – Gumi
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The Bandits I Negotiated With Have Stopped Kidnapping – Gumi

A prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmed Gumi, has again canvassed amnesty for bandits wreaking havoc across the north of Nigeria, saying those he met in the past have repented. Mr Gumi was at the forefront of the negotiation with the bandits who kidnapped Government Science College students in Kagara, Niger State, early this year. He also led a delegation to visit bandits in their forest bases in Kaduna and Zamfara States for what he said were peace talks. However, his demand for blanket amnesty for the bandits has been criticised by Nigerians who feel bandits deserve punishment for their heinous crimes. But in a recent interview with Roots TV monitored by a PREMIUM TIMES’s reporter, the cleric reiterated his call for amnesty. “All those we met, all of them have stopped being ...
Nine police officers and two vigilante members killed by bandits in Kebbi
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Nine police officers and two vigilante members killed by bandits in Kebbi

Bandits on Sunday April 26, killed a divisional police officer and eight other officers in Sakaba Local Government Area of Kebbi State for trying to repel them. Two vigilante members who responded to a distress call with the officers, were also killed by the bandits. Police spokesperson in Kebbi, Nafi’u Abubakar told Premium Times that the bandits had launched an attack at Makuku and surrounding villages in Sakaba council area. Abubakar said; “Upon arrival in the area, the police engaged the criminals in a fire fight. Unfortunately, the the DPO and eight of his men and two vigilante members paid the supreme call defending their fatherland." Sakaba LGA which shares boundary with troubled Zamfara and Niger States, has lately witnessed bandit attacks in Kunduru, Bajida and Rafin G...
Bandits Kill two More Abducted Greenfield University Students
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Bandits Kill two More Abducted Greenfield University Students

Suspected bandits have killed two more abducted Greenfield University students. The state's Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this today April 26. He said the university has been informed of the development. He however did not disclose the identities of the killed students. The incident comes days after three of the students were killed by the bandits. Aruwan's statement reads; “On a sad note, security agencies have just reported to the Kaduna State Government the recovery of two more dead bodies of Greenfield University students, killed by armed bandits today, Monday 26th April 2021. The retrieved corpses have been evacuated to a mortuary, and the university has been notified of the development. The Government of Kaduna State ...
Bandits Attack Church in Kaduna, kill Medical Doctor, Abduct Four Worshippers
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Bandits Attack Church in Kaduna, kill Medical Doctor, Abduct Four Worshippers

Bandits attacked Haske Baptist Church at Manini Tasha village, Kuriga Ward of Chikun local government area of Kaduna State killing a medical doctor while four worshippers were reportedly abducted. A survivor, Yakubu Bala, said the bandits stormed the church on motorcycles around 9 am on Sunday morning, April 25  and shot sporadically at the worshipers. Bala said his uncle. Dr. Zechariah Dogonyaro, a medical doctor with the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, was shot dead by the bandits. "Church service was going on when herdsmen just came and surrounded the church and started shooting. They came at about 9am. They were many and were riding on motorcycles. They started shooting indiscriminately as we scapered for safety," he narrated. "My uncle,  Dr. Zechariah Dogonyaro, was k...
Buhari’s Government Now Employer, Defender Of Terrorists, Bandits – Fayose
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Buhari’s Government Now Employer, Defender Of Terrorists, Bandits – Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described as appalling, the present situation of Nigeria, where the Presidency has become the employer and defender of Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits. The former governor, who also called on Nigerians to restrict their movements to avoid falling victims of terrorists, who have taken over the entire country, expressed concern that nowhere is safe in the country. Fayose said in a statement on Sunday, by his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, that the issue of Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has further exposed the government’s hypocrisy and complicity, adding that “it is saddening and worrisome that spokesmen of the president were the ones going from one media house to another to defend someone who openl...
“Seeing my Sister’s Lifeless Body all over the Media Breaks my Heart” – Grief-stricken Sister of Greenfield University Student Killed by Bandits Mourns
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“Seeing my Sister’s Lifeless Body all over the Media Breaks my Heart” – Grief-stricken Sister of Greenfield University Student Killed by Bandits Mourns

Sim Yohanna The sister of Dorathy Yohanna, one of the three Greenfield University, Kaduna students killed by bandits, has been thrown into mourning. Dorathy, two other students, Sadiq Yusuf Sanga and Precious Nwakacha, were killed by armed bandits few days after their abduction. It would be recalled that the bandits broke into the private university located along the Kaduna-Abuka Highway in Chikun Local Government Area on Tuesday night, April 20, shooting sporadically before whisking an unspecified number of students away. The abductors later contacted their parents to demand a collective ransom of N800 million. The remains of the three students were found at Kwanar Bature village, a location close to the university on Friday, April 22. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Sim...
Bandits Kidnap 20 Women Attending Naming Ceremony In Katsina
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Bandits Kidnap 20 Women Attending Naming Ceremony In Katsina

No fewer than 20 women mostly married were kidnapped by armed bandits while attending a naming ceremony at Gidan Bido village of Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State on Friday afternoon, Katsina Post learnt. According to our remote reporter in the area, the incident occurred on Friday, 23rd of April, 2021 around 1pm. In a similar case, another group of bandits attacked and also kidnapped five (5) men at Unguwar Bawa village of Dandume LGA Katsina State in the early morning hours of Saturday, 24th of April, 2021 around 2:00am. The member representing Dandume LGA in the Katsina State House of Assembly came from Unguwar Bawa village. Police authorities in the state are yet to comment on the issue as at the time of filing this report.
My sister-in-law is among the three Greenfield University students killed by bandits’ – Heartbroken Nigerian man writes presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi
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My sister-in-law is among the three Greenfield University students killed by bandits’ – Heartbroken Nigerian man writes presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi

A Nigerian man whose sister-in-law, Dorathy Yohanna, is among the three Greenfield University students killed by bandits, has written an emotional letter to the presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, asking him to talk to his boss. The man, Yamai, with the Twitter handle, @ydcoal, said his mother-in-law has been unable to eat or even take a shower since Dorathy was abducted on Tuesday April 20. He said it is devastating that the answer to her prayers for the safe return of her child is now the news of her demise in the hands of those who abducted her. His tweets read ''Hi @toluogunlesi, my sister-in-law was among the 3 dead students found today from Greenfield University. We are all trying to unpack our feelings. People’s children have become sports for bandits & kidnappers. I...
El-Rufai Confirms Killing Of Abducted Greenfield Students By Bandits
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El-Rufai Confirms Killing Of Abducted Greenfield Students By Bandits

Kaduna State Government has confirmed that some of the abducted Greenfield University students have been shot dead by bandits This was contained in a statement on Thursday. The statement signed by Mr Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs said the remains of the students were found on Friday, in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university The remains of three students were found today (Friday), in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university and have been evacuated to a mortuary by the Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, and Force Commander, Operation Thunder Strike, Lt.Col. MH Abdullahi. “The Governor, on behalf of the Government and people of Kaduna State sent deep condolences and empathy to the student’...
Greenfield Students: We Didn’t Expect Bandits To Kill Our Children – Parents
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Greenfield Students: We Didn’t Expect Bandits To Kill Our Children – Parents

Parents of abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna have expressed shock bandits killed three of them despite ongoing negotiation. Three of the abducted students were found dead in a community close to the University on Friday morning. Abubakar Yusuf Sanga, the only male among the killed students, was buried in his home town in Sanga Local Government Area in accordance with Islamic rites. “They called us (the parents) directly and individually, but they demanded for a collective ransom of N800 million. “So, yesterday (Thursday) we (the parents) met at the school premises and we called them trying to negotiate the ransom, but they insisted on the N800 million. “Yes, we pleaded with them (bandits) that the amount they were asking for was too much and beyond our pow...
Bandits Attack Military Camp In Zazzaga, Niger State; Set Vehicles On Fire
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Bandits Attack Military Camp In Zazzaga, Niger State; Set Vehicles On Fire

Armed bandits have stormed a military camp in Zazzaga community, Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, burning down some vehicles. Daily Trust gathered that the bandits engaged soldiers on ground in a gun battle that lasted two hours. A source said the bandits recorded heavy casualties but Daily Trust cannot independently verify this claim.
Bloodbath In Zamfara As Vigilantes Storm Market, Execute Bandits
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Bloodbath In Zamfara As Vigilantes Storm Market, Execute Bandits

THERE was bloodbath in Zamfara State on Friday as some vigilantes stormed Dansadau market in Maru Local Government Area and killed scores of suspected bandits in an execution-style manner. It was gathered that the vigilantes from Ruwan Tofa and other neighbouring communities carried out the massacre to avenge the killing of three farmers in the area. A trader who witnessed the incident, Bilyaminu Dansadau, stated that because of the development, many traders had deserted the livestock and grains market. “From where I was standing, I could see the bodies of the slain bandits in almost every corner of the market. “As I am talking to you, I am right inside my house. My house is close to the market. We are afraid of the consequences that might follow. In fact, some people have ...
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Seven Security Operatives Arrested In Zamfara For Supplying Arms, Military Kits To Bandits

The Zamfara police command has arrested seven security operatives for allegedly supplying arms, ammunition, and military kits to bandits in the state. Ibrahim Dosara, Zamfara commissioner for information, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Thursday, said the suspects were arrested in various communities across the state. Items recovered from the suspects include military bulletproof vests, jungle boots, shin guards, identity card, camouflage uniforms, among others. “I wish to inform you that the state government has just received a report from the police on the arrest of seven security agents involved in aiding and abetting banditry activities across the state,” he said. “The suspects, who have already been interrogated and confessed to their respective crimes, have ...
Katsina Villagers Lure Bandits Into A Trap, Kill 30
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Katsina Villagers Lure Bandits Into A Trap, Kill 30

At least 30 suspected bandits were killed by residents and local vigilante of Majifa village in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State. Although details surrounding the incident were sketchy as at the time of filing this report, Daily Trust learnt that the villagers laid an ambush for the gunmen. A resident told Daily Trust that the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday. “Resident of the village received the information that bandits were planning to attack them that night, so they ambushed them and God helped them to repel the attack and they killed at least 30 of the bandits,” he said. He, however, added that other bandits rushed back on camels to retrieve the corpses, saying, “While the villagers were waiting for the day break to burn the corpses, they wo...
Bandits Terrorising Communities Around Armed Forces College In Kaduna
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Bandits Terrorising Communities Around Armed Forces College In Kaduna

Residents of communities around the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have lamented the constant attacks from armed bandits. Their mission, according to some locals, is to abduct some staff of the college and the communities. This is coming in less than two months after bandits stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Mando, also in Kaduna and kidnapped no fewer than 39 students. AFCSC is a training facility for the Nigerian Armed Forces, including the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Navy. A resident of the area, who simply identified himself as Adamu, told Daily Trust via telephone that the bandits have been operating around the college. “It is only Allah that has been s...
Kidnappers of Niger State Pastor Increase Ransom Demand to N10m
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Kidnappers of Niger State Pastor Increase Ransom Demand to N10m

The kidnappers of a Baptist pastor in Yakila town, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, have demanded a N10 million ransom for his release. Reverend Yohanna Bitrus Gyang, the pastor in Charge of Shiyona Bastist Church, was abducted by bandits three weeks ago. The gunmen stormed the community on Thurday, March 18, went directly to the cleric's house and whisked him away. The victim was taken into Zamfara forests by the bandits following the involvement of local vigilante in his initial release plan. It was gathered that the kidnappers had earlier demanded for two brand new Bajaj motorcycles each costing N500,000; 100 litres of petrol and recharge card of any network valued at N100,000, but after negotiation, the bandits agreed to half the demand. According to re...
Bandits Kidnap 15 Traders In Katsina Traveling In A Commercial Vehicle
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Bandits Kidnap 15 Traders In Katsina Traveling In A Commercial Vehicle

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted not fewer than 15 traders traveling in a commercial vehicle along Tsaskiya-Ummadau road in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State. In a swift reaction, the Katsina state police command said persons abducted were nine and not 15. It was gathered that the incident happened at about 3pm on Sunday when the traders conveyed in J5 with registration number KZR 345 ZT while returning from Jibia market. A source in the area, Aliyu Rumawa said the gunmen numbering 20 upon seeing the vehicle shoot sporadically into the air to cause chaos and after which they whisked away 15 out of the 18 passengers traveling in the vehicle. “Fifteen out of 18 passengers in the vehicle were taken away by the bandits, numbering about 20 and heavily arm...
Bandits Kill One In Gurmana, Kidnap 10 People; Set Houses Ablaze, Rustle Cattle
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Bandits Kill One In Gurmana, Kidnap 10 People; Set Houses Ablaze, Rustle Cattle

Bandits have invaded Gurmana Community in Shiroro Local government area of Niger state again, killed one person and abducted 10 others. The bandits were said to have invaded the community in broad daylight yesterday on motorcycles and were shooting sporadically to scare villagers. They moved from house to house and carted away properties. Besides the killing and kidnapping of the people, some houses and barns of yams and other foodstuffs belonging to the villagers were also set ablaze. A top member of the local vigilante simply called Idi Fylo narrowly escaped being killed by the bandits but had his house and other valuables set ablaze Another prominent member of the Community, Maiangwa Sarkin Zamma was also reported shot in the right arm and was immediately rushed to a nea...
Bandits Release Five More Students In Kaduna
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Bandits Release Five More Students In Kaduna

Three days after bandits released five students out of the 39 abducted from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State, five more students have been freed. This brings to 10, the total number of students that have been released while those still in captivity are 29. Daily Trust gathered that the students who just regained freedom are currently on their way to the hospital. Reliable sources told Daily Trust that four male and a female students were picked up by policemen around Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State. One of the sources, a security agent, told our correspondent that plans are being made for the students to be moved to a police facility for treatment. Five students, who were released by bandits on Monday, were later picked up by th...
Afaka 39: Army Releases Names Of Rescued Students
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Afaka 39: Army Releases Names Of Rescued Students

The Nigerian Army has released the names of rescued students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna who were kidnapped by bandits on 11 March 21. The recovered students, according to the Director, Army Public Relation, Brigadier General Brigadier Mohammed Yerima, are Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf and Maryam Danladi. He said, “The rescued students are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna. “The GOC 1 Division, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi has commended the troops for their effort and charged them not to rest on their oars until all kidnap victims are rescued and returned to their families.” Daily Trust had earlier reported that parents of the students had neither met nor been told the identities of ...
Bandits released us on their own – Freed Kaduna student says
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Bandits released us on their own – Freed Kaduna student says

One of the students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Mando, Kaduna State who have been reunited with their families after being freed by bandits, has spoken about how they were freed. Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who first announced the release of the students had said; “The Nigerian military has informed the Kaduna State Government that five of the many kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna were recovered this afternoon and are presently in a military facility where they are undergoing a thorough medical check-up." Army Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Yerima Mohammed while speaking about the "rescued" students, said the GOC 1 Division commended the troops for their "effort...
Bandits Sack Niger Community, Rustle Several Cattle, Sheep
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Bandits Sack Niger Community, Rustle Several Cattle, Sheep

With barely four days after armed bandits invaded the Joint Security TaskForce Camp in Allawa in Shiroro local government area of Niger state, killing five Soldiers and a Mobile Policeman, the entire Allawa community has been sacked by gunmen. The gunmen who were said to be numbering about 100, arrived the community at about 2:00am Sunday morning devoid of their usual sporadic shooting into the air to scare the people and operated in a relax atmosphere for over four hours. A source close to the community told Daily Sun on telephone that the entire cattle and sheep in the community were taken away by the gunmen. According to him, though nobody was killed, the people flee in different direction into the bush as the gunmen freely moved from house to house and dispossessing the pe...
Obasanjo, Gumi Ask FG To Settle And Rehabilitated Bandits Willing To Surrender
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Obasanjo, Gumi Ask FG To Settle And Rehabilitated Bandits Willing To Surrender

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Ahmad Gumi, prominent Islamic cleric, have asked the federal government to rehabilitate bandits who are willing to surrender. The call was made after Gumi led a delegation to meet with Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Sunday. The meeting follows the recent attacks across the country by suspected bandits. “Wean those who are ready to be weaned out of the bushes and crime, settle and rehabilitate them, give them skills, empower them and let them have employment,” Obasanjo and Gumi said in a joint statement issued after the meeting. “Since the end of the civil war, the military are the strongest and most potent instrument and symbol of national unity that we have and we must keep them so. “State governments must have adequate means of ...
Bandits Kill Two Miyetti Allah Leaders in Nasarawa
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Bandits Kill Two Miyetti Allah Leaders in Nasarawa

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed the chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Nasarawa State, Mohammed Hussain, at Garaku Market Area of Kokona Local Government area of the state. The bandits also murdered one Mohammed Umar, the chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in the Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, Ramhan Nansel, said the assailants killed both men at about 7pm on Friday, April 2. Ramhan's statement in part reads “On 2/4/2021 at about 1930hrs, information was received that unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani Bandits attacked and killed one Mohammed Hussaini, the Chairman, Miyetti  Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa State and Mohammed Um...
Gov Sani Bello Condemns Killing Of Soldiers, Policeman Others In Fresh Bandits Attacks
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Gov Sani Bello Condemns Killing Of Soldiers, Policeman Others In Fresh Bandits Attacks

Niger State Government has assured communities of Bassa, Zumba and others in Shiroro and Munya Local Government Areas under siege by Bandits in Niger State that the Joint Military Taskforce Bases in the area have not been deserted. The statement by the state government is coming amidst fears that the taskforce camps were been deserted and security agents leaving the communities after the recent invasion of military base in Allawa during which six soldiers and a Mobile Policeman were killed. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who regretted the deadly attack and killing of the security agents, urged the communities not to be apprehensive but to remain calm as the security agents have retreated to re-strategize and not left them completely. "The Military have evacuated the corpses of ...
Kaduna: 100 Victims In Bandits’ Dens, Others Living In Fear – CAN
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Kaduna: 100 Victims In Bandits’ Dens, Others Living In Fear – CAN

Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, has said no fewer than 100 residents of the state are in different kidnap camps. State CAN Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, in an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday, said aside the 39 students of Fed. College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka and 8 members of RCCG, whose kidnaps were public knowledge, many abductees were still with their abductors in the state. Hayab also said other residents of the state were living in constant fear of being kidnapped. As the CAN chairman expressed concern about insecurity in the state, bandits again struck on same Tuesday and abducted a Catholic priest and 4 other persons in Kagarko LGA. In Oyo State, a man and a couple were abducted at different times on their farms near Alabameji Village, Sa...
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 ...
El-Rufai Secretly Withdraws Son From Public School As Kidnapping Increases
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El-Rufai Secretly Withdraws Son From Public School As Kidnapping Increases

After visiting the school premises on Monday, established from pupils and teachers, who are presently in the first term, that young El-Rufai had not come to school since resumption, amidst the rising insecurity and threats to the lives of schoolchildren. Abubakar El-Rufai, the seven-year-old son of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, who was enrolled in 2019 at the Kaduna Capital School, has been absent from school for several weeks till now, according to findings by SaharaReporters. SaharaReporters learnt that the boys absence from the school is strongly linked to the rising abduction of schoolchildren in northern Nigerian schools by ravaging bandits, of which Kaduna State has had an ugly share, and still has yet-to-be-released abducted pupils. SaharaReporters, after vis...
Bandits’ Attack Repelled By Villagers In Kebbi State (Graphic Photos)
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Bandits’ Attack Repelled By Villagers In Kebbi State (Graphic Photos)

Villagers from Arewa local government of Kebbi state successfully repelled bandit attacked on their village and killed some of them in the process...... Kebbi state as been adjudged the most peaceful state in Northern Nigeria and arguably in the whole country. perhaps, such gallantry is the reason the state enjoy this level of peace. see narration from one of the eye witness... * I've been following the incident from that night to this point The incident happened not yesterday but 2 days back at Gumki at about 11pm. The Kidnappers came to the house where they abducted the guys. Villagers chased them across villages. On gotten to R/tsaka they too joined hands and continue after them. Though, the bandits were shooting with live ammunition throughout the night until when ...
8 RCCG Members allegedly Kidnapped in Kaduna
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8 RCCG Members allegedly Kidnapped in Kaduna

Eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) have reportedly been kidnapped by bandits in Kaduna State. They were reportedly abducted on Friday evening, March 26 while on transit along Kachia Road in the southern part of the state. Leader of the men’s fellowship of the church in the province, Elder Adaji told Channels Television that the abducted persons were on their way to Kachia for an evangelical outreach programme before their bus was ambushed by the bandits. It was gathered that the victims were transferred to another vehicle by the bandits who zoomed off to an unknown location, leaving behind the church bus. Former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani who confirmed the incident tweeted; The report of the Kidnapping of RCCG members along Ka...
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.
Nigeria Has Become Attractive To Kidnappers – Aminu Masari
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Nigeria Has Become Attractive To Kidnappers – Aminu Masari

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State says Nigeria has become economically attractive to kidnappers and bandits within the Sahel region of the continent. The governor who on Wednesday was on Channels Television’s Politics Today strongly opposed the idea of granting blanket amnesty to the bandits, stating that the idea is enabling the miscreants to continue with their crimes. Masari argued that the security situation in the country has improved since the All Progressives Congress took the reigns. “When we started in 2015 in the North-West, it was cattle-rustling. Gradually, it now developed into banditry, rape, kidnappings. When all that they (bandits) can steal from the villagers along the fringes finished, they moved to the rustling of goats, sheep, and even chicken. “Wha...
Bandits Are Ready To Negotiate And Be Incorporated Into Society – Gumi
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Bandits Are Ready To Negotiate And Be Incorporated Into Society – Gumi

Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the Fulani herdsmen involved in banditry are ready to negotiate and be incorporated into the society. Sheikh Gumi on Wednesday said, “they are ready to negotiate, to tell us their grievances and they are ready to be incorporated into the larger society”. The Islamic cleric made this disclosure during a virtual meeting hosted by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies. Defending his stance on the touchy issue, Gumi said: “Nobody can justify criminality, what we are saying is what we saw in the forest is an ethnic war going on between people in the forest and the neighbouring villages and hamlets. When the herder felt he has grievances and nobody was listening to him, he took on weapons. “So when we went there an...
Negotiate With Bandits To Release Our Children – Parents Of Afaka Students To El-Rufai
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Negotiate With Bandits To Release Our Children – Parents Of Afaka Students To El-Rufai

The Governor of Kadunna state, Nasir el-Rufai, has been asked to negotiate with bandits to release the kidnapped Afaka students. Sani Friday, a parent of two of the abducted students and a representative of the parents of the kidnapped Afaka students, disclosed this in an interview with ChannelTv on Thursday. According to him: “It is the same state government which some time ago told the entire Kaduna state that if it cost him paying bandits to stop killing the citizens of Kaduna state, he will pay them. But that statement was about a year or two ago. “One of the fears we have is if the government feels they can use force to bring out these children, it will be a disastrous move because these bandits are well-equipped. They may decide to eliminate the children if they discover...

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