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Bakassi Boys Return to the South East
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Bakassi Boys Return to the South East

The vigilante group known as Bakassi Boys has returned to the South East years after the group was disbanded. The group was seen going around in Awka in two vans, singing and warning criminals, DailyTrust reports. A source told the publication: "The boys came mainly for alleged cult groups which have taken over Awka town in recent time without any response from the Police. I think they were invited by traders." When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was not aware of the development, according to the publication. The PPRO, however, said that the police is ready to work with any stakeholder in security. A Senior Police Officer, who spoke to DailyTrust on condition of anonymity, said some security men arrived at the state, bu...
Nigerians are Hungry and Insecure – Northern CAN
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Nigerians are Hungry and Insecure – Northern CAN

The Northern wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), otherwise known as Northern CAN has raised an alarm of increased insecurity and worsening economic situation in the country. The group in a statement released by its Spokesperson Rev. Jechonia Albert, alleged that Democracy day is not worth celebrating in the country as "larger majority of Nigerians cannot breathe because of certain undemocratic tendencies of our leaders." Northern CAN also said that it is concerned about the frequent attacks on schools and the abduction of students and pupils by bandits, especially, in states such as Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Niger. The statement titled “Democracy Day, Insecurity and the Looming Food Crisis", read “June 12, declared as Democracy Day by the current administ...
We Didn’t Bomb Party Guests – Nigerian Air Force
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We Didn’t Bomb Party Guests – Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force has denied bombing guests at a wedding venue in Niger state. NAF’s Director Public Relations and Information, Edward Gabkwet who reacted to the report, alleged that it is an attempt to discredit its efforts and those of other military services. Wondering why people will be hosting a wedding party in a "dangerous place like a forest", Gabkwet stated that the NAF will not succumb to any blackmail. The statement read; “If indeed, a wedding party was hit, the question that should have been asked is, ‘Why would a wedding party be held in a forested area with a high concentration of banditry activities? “It is clear that recent coordinate activities of the NAF, alongside the Nigerian Army and other security agents is yielding the expected result and obvi...
Defend yourselves against bandits – Governor Matawalle tells Zamfara residents
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Defend yourselves against bandits – Governor Matawalle tells Zamfara residents

Speaking during a special prayer session to mark the second year anniversary of his administration, Matawalle said the directive became necessary to draw teams of agile youths that would be saddled with the responsibility of crushing criminals. He said;   “The insecurity situation has defied solution, as such people should defend themselves. “I am calling on the people of the state to defend themselves if the bandits attack them. “My government has approved that whenever the bandits attack you, don’t wait for the security personnel to come to your rescue. You should rise up and protect yourselves. “My government has also planned to recruit locals from each community who will be in charge of monitoring their villages to ensure that bandits don’t attack them. “I’m...
None of the Arrested Bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists have been Released- Leader of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, writes
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None of the Arrested Bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists have been Released- Leader of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, writes

The Deputy Commissioner of Police and leader of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, has denied claims that some of the arrested bandits, Boko Haram terrorists and other criminals have been released. Abba in a post shared on his Facebook page on Thursday, June 10, challenged anyone with any evidence to back claims that the suspected criminals have been freed, should come forward with it. ''My Friends, These are some of the Bandits, Boko Haram Terrorist and other criminals we arrested. None of them have been released. If those keyboard warriors and Sympathizers of Criminals spreading False News that Bandits are not being arrested have any Evidence that one of the hundreds of arrested Bandits Shown above is released or Given Amnesty they should ...
We have reduced kidnapping and banditry with NIN – Isa Pantami
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We have reduced kidnapping and banditry with NIN – Isa Pantami

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami says banditry and kidnapping have reduced since his office introduced the policy compelling Nigerians to obtain a National Identification Number. Pantami made the claim in Abuja on Thursday, June 3, while rendering an account of his stewardship since assuming office, in 2019. “When I was assigned to supervise the sector on 24, August 2019, unregistered, and partial registered sims were being used to perpetrate crime in the country. Nobody knew the total number of unregistered sims. Within less than 15 days in the office, we have engaged the NCC as a regulator. We have directed them to carry audit exercise to enable them come up with unregistered and partial registered sims. They came with around 9.4 million which...
Police Neutralise Suspected Armed Robber in Nasarawa, recover firearm
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Police Neutralise Suspected Armed Robber in Nasarawa, recover firearm

Operatives of the Nasarawa State Police Command have killed a suspected armed robber and recovered one locally fabricated gun. Spokesperson of the command, ASP Rahmhan Nansel, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, May 30, said the robber was shot dead in a gun duel with police operatives along Lafia-Makurdi road. "On 30/5/2021 at about 0210hrs, a distress call was received by the personnel of Police Mobile Force of the Nasarawa State Command on special duty at Kadarko, Keana LGA that, armed robbers had blocked Lafia-Makurdi road and unsuspecting travellers are being dispossessed of their personal belongings," he stated. "Upon receipt of the information, the Police operatives swiftly mobilised to the scene where a gun duel ensued, in the process, one yet to be identified...
SARS disbandment created vacuum in fight against insecurity – IGP
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SARS disbandment created vacuum in fight against insecurity – IGP

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has said the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) created a vacuum in Nigeria’s Police effort at fighting insecurity. Speaking at the weekly Ministerial briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Alkali said the morale of the personnel of the force had remained dampened with aftermath of the #EndSARS protest and the recent attacks in the Southeast. Insisting that police officers have not been able to fill the vaccum the disbandment created, the IGP added that the security situation stabilizes most times but with pockets of problems around the country. Alkali also said they've recorded successes against secessionists and criminals in the southeast, but have ...
Abducted Abia University Student Regains Freedom
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Abducted Abia University Student Regains Freedom

The abducted student of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU) has regained her freedom. Governor Ikpeazu made the announcement last night, 3 days after the student and others were attacked by unknown gunmen along Okigwe-Uturu road. The Abia state Governor also promised to take justice to those who abducted the student. The statement read; “It is with exceedingly great joy and a very pleasant sense of relief that I announce that the only kidnapped ABSU student who was still in custody of the hoodlums that abducted some people few days ago along the Okigwe-Uturu Road has been freed. “I spoke with her and her mother minutes ago and want to thank God, our security agents and the management of ABSU for a job well done leading to this good news. “Our administration has since taken...
I’m having sex with other women – Wives of prisoners reveal how they’re coping with their husbands in jail
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I’m having sex with other women – Wives of prisoners reveal how they’re coping with their husbands in jail

Wives of criminals have taken to US-based anonymous sharing app Whisper to open up about being married to men in jail and how they have been coping. One woman admitted she had been cheating with a married man while her husband in prison. Another said she's sleeping with other women and that her husband would be less angry if he found out. In a heartbreaking post, one wife said she keeps having panic attacks because she misses her husband and feels lost without him.
”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.
Two Women, one Other Arrested for Allegedly Robbing 15-year-old Girl in Bayelsa
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Two Women, one Other Arrested for Allegedly Robbing 15-year-old Girl in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa State Vigilante Service has arrested three suspected criminals for allegedly robbing a 15-year-old girl, Boma Sunday. The three suspects, Godwin Sunday, 28, and two females, Anna Samuel, 21, and Better Okorie, 23, were nabbed on Wednesday, April 28, after they allegedly stole N5000 from the victim at the ever busy Tombia Market in Yenagoa Local Government Council. According to the teenage girl, she was standing by roadside close to the market, waiting to board a tricycle that would take her home after buying all she needed when the three member gang accosted her and collected her money on a broad day light. "After they collected the money I raised alarm that drew the attention of the vigilante. I didn't even know that they were around. It was at that point I sa...
Akwa Ibom NSCDC Arrests two illegal Petroleum Dealers with Truckload of Adulterated AGO Concealed under Youghurt drinks
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Akwa Ibom NSCDC Arrests two illegal Petroleum Dealers with Truckload of Adulterated AGO Concealed under Youghurt drinks

Operatives of the Nigeria Security andCivil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom State Command have arrested two suspects for illegal dealing on Petroleum products suspected to be Automative Gas Oil (AGO) popularly known as diesel. The adulterated diesel was found hidden underneath and in between packs of Youghurt drinks. The suspects, Aliyu Mohammadu, 27 and Sani Mohammedu, 25, were paraded before newsmen at the NSCDC Exhibit Yard in Uyo on Wednesday, April 28. While parading the truck and suspects, the State Commandant, Adekunle Fadeyi stated that the truck intercepted on Friday, April 23, was loaded in Ahoada in Rivers State, and had evaded several security check points. "Luck however ran out on the criminals when vigilant NSCDC operatives stationed at the Calabar/Itu hi...
Kim Kardashian “Disturbed” by Caitlyn Jenner’s Controversial Tweets on Prison Reform
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Kim Kardashian “Disturbed” by Caitlyn Jenner’s Controversial Tweets on Prison Reform

Kim Kardashian is said to be "disturbed" by Caitlyn Jenner's controversial tweets on prison reform. Kim, who has been arguing for years for prisoners to be given better rehabilitation to enable them to become productive members of society if and when they are released, was troubled with Caitlyn's opposing tweets. Stepdad Caitlyn clearly doesn't share Kim's views and took to Twitter this week to write: "Gavin’s District Attorneys across California are releasing dangerous criminals back on to our streets. Enough is enough. #RecallGavin" This was Caitlyn's response to a story about a baby who was killed by a man allegedly arrested and released twice this year for domestic violence. According to TMZ, Kim isn't happy about the tweets and has had words with Caitlyn about them.
Not All Of Us Are Criminals, Nigerians In Ghana Cry Out
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Not All Of Us Are Criminals, Nigerians In Ghana Cry Out

Over the years, Nigerians have been tagged as lawless, notorious, and fraudulent in Nigeria and other parts of the world because of crime. This bad image has affected the country and law-abiding citizens in the Diaspora. MyNigeria TV engaged some members of the Nigerian community in Ghana, who said they are in the country to make an honest living. They encouraged locals to treat them with respect and be given the needed opportunities to thrive. Ike, a phone seller at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, stated that it is unfair that the 'bad nuts' in their country make Ghanaians see all of them in a bad light. "Normally, I don't feel okay with it, and I don't feel comfortable with it because whatever affects a nation also affects the individual. Whatever is affecting the country, Nigeria is...
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...
Police Launch Investigation into the Brutal Murder of 9 Villagers Including Children in Nasarawa
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Police Launch Investigation into the Brutal Murder of 9 Villagers Including Children in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has begun investigation into the attack and murder of nine people in Ajimaka village, a Tiv settlement in Doma Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen. Spokesperson of the command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, who disclosed this in a statement in Lafia, said the police received the report about the attack around 6:00a.m on Saturday, April 24 and immediately mobilised personnel to tackle the situation "On 24/4/2021 at about 0600hrs, information was received on same date that at about 0100hrs, unknown assailants attacked Ajimaka village situated at Nasarawa/Benue boundary, Doka district of Doma LGA," Nansel stated. "Upon receipt of the information, a joint team of police and military personnel were deployed to the scene, where nine co...
We are Looking at Building Schools 30 Minutes from Military Installations – El-Rufai
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We are Looking at Building Schools 30 Minutes from Military Installations – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that his administration is considering building schools 30 minutes from military installations. El-Rufai who disclosed this during a programme on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Friday April 23, said the decision became necessary because what Kaduna state is facing with bandits is "beyond the capacity" of civil defence and police. He said; “In our view in Kaduna, first (way to address the situation) is to ensure that schools are fenced, because, unless we fence schools, we will give easy access to criminals. So, fencing schools is very important, and that’s a budgetary item; you need money to build fences. “The second is to have enough (security operatives) on ground. We must have more civil defence (officers), more private security gua...
Hong Kong Woman, 90, Loses £23million to Phone Scammers who Posed as Chinese Officials Claiming her Identity had been Used in a Serious Crime in China
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Hong Kong Woman, 90, Loses £23million to Phone Scammers who Posed as Chinese Officials Claiming her Identity had been Used in a Serious Crime in China

A 90-year-old woman has lost £23million to scammers in Hong Kong who posed as Chinese officials in the city's biggest recorded phone scam. Police on Tuesday, April 20,  said scammers targeted an elderly woman living in a mansion on The Peak, Hong Kong's most luxurious neighbourhood. Last summer criminals contacted the unnamed woman pretending to be Chinese public security officials. They claimed her identity had been used in a serious criminal case in mainland China. She was told she needed to transfer money from her bank account into accounts held by the investigation team for safekeeping and scrutiny, the South China Morning Post reported, citing police sources. Police said several days later a person arrived at her house with a dedicated mobile phone and SIM card for her...
I swore never to stop using my platform to call out the evil that the Police do after policemen took turns to beat me at Adeniji police station – Comedian, Mr Macaroni
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I swore never to stop using my platform to call out the evil that the Police do after policemen took turns to beat me at Adeniji police station – Comedian, Mr Macaroni

Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni has explained why he is using his platform to call out the  Nigerian police force. This came after a follower engaged him in a tweet in which he (Mr Macaroni) alleged that there is always a "negative report or the other about the Nigerian Police every day as they've turned themselves to criminals." According to the comedian, he swore to use his platform to call out the evil Nigerian police perpetrate after they took turns to beat him after he was arrested during the botched #EndSARS protest months ago. He tweeted; Everyday, there is always one Negative report or the other about the Nigerian Police. The Police have turned themselves to criminals. Robbing us, oppressing us and doing everything in their power to make life miserable for the Average...
Criminals Planning Attacks On Airports, FG Alerts Security Agents
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Criminals Planning Attacks On Airports, FG Alerts Security Agents

The Federal Government has alerted airport security chiefs across the country of impending attacks by suspected criminals. To this end, the government through the Ministry of Aviation has alerted the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to beef up security across the airports. FAAN’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Administration and Logistics, S.M. Mamman, issued a memo to airport chiefs of security to review security measures to stave off the attacks. The airports listed included Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos. The memo read: “I am directed to convey an alert from the Ministry of Aviation regarding security threats by criminal elements against Airports in Nigeria and to request for the immediate enumeration of necessary countermeasures for t...
FG Will Fish Out Criminals, Boost Security Around Custodial Centres – Aregbesola
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FG Will Fish Out Criminals, Boost Security Around Custodial Centres – Aregbesola

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the criminals who attacked law enforcement agencies in Imo State last Monday, while also promising to further secure Custodial facilities across the country. Aregbesola stated this when he inspected the Nigeria Correctional Service, NCoS, Owerri Custodial Centre which was attacked by unknown gunmen who forcefully released a total of 1,844 inmates in custody. “The Federal Government will react appropriately by going after these criminals and make them to face the full wrath of the law. We will leave no stone unturned in fishing them out. “Make no mistake, they will be hunted to the ends of the earth. They can only run, but they cannot hide. We shall bri...
“It Aches so Bad” Sex Offenders Set to be Castrated for Pedophilia Plead
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“It Aches so Bad” Sex Offenders Set to be Castrated for Pedophilia Plead

Dozens of convicted child sex offenders are set to be castrated in Kazakhstan, the country's Government has announced. 25 sex criminals are set to be castrated. They are the latest to undergo the controversial procedure which one man said left him "aching so badly" he could hardly walk A total of 95 men are expected to undergo chemical castration in Kazakhstan this year at a cost of £178 per paedophile, Dailystar reports. Interior Ministry official Alexey Milyuk said that since the 2018 law came into effect, "the number of offences against the underaged has decreased by 15.4%". The country's Government believes the use of forced chemical castration to dramatically reduce male libido among convicted paedophiles will reduce sex crimes against children. Mr Milyuk said: "Leg...
Alaafin Laments Release Of Arrested Fulani Kidnappers By Police
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Alaafin Laments Release Of Arrested Fulani Kidnappers By Police

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has lamented the way the police treat some cases involving some suspected criminals who are Fulani. The monarch said some Fulani persons who were arrested for kidnapping and handed over to the police were released in controversial circumstances. Alaafin said this in Oyo on Monday when the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abduraheed Akanbi, visited him in his palace. Oba Adeyemi said, “Nigeria is under a weak system. The system is no more working. Nigeria’s system of government is failing most especially on security. Security should not be under an exclusive legislative list. “I’ve attended several fora where security issues were discussed and (where I) challenged our state governors. Security-wise, they are toothless. If the Inspector-General of Pol...
Update: Governor Ortom suspends traditional chief, youth groups over gruesome murder of widow
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Update: Governor Ortom suspends traditional chief, youth groups over gruesome murder of widow

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered the suspension of a traditional chief, Ortar Agwa Mnyange Kwahar in Buruku Local Government Area of the state, all youth groups and their activities, over the gruesome murder of a widow. LIB reported that Mrs Becky Shaade Aondozungwe Nyihemba, was burnt alive in her home by suspected thugs in Mbagen community, Buruku Local Govt Area on March 5, 2021. The widow, a nurse by profession, had a week earlier raised the alarm about threat to her life by unknown persons for reasons she did not mention. The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Ngunan Adingi, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday, March 27, said that the suspension of the chief followed the crisis in Mbatyough Council Ward, Mbagen ...
Suspected Thief Smiles for the Camera after he was Arrested by UNICAL Security Operatives
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Suspected Thief Smiles for the Camera after he was Arrested by UNICAL Security Operatives

One of the two suspected criminals arrested by security operatives in the University of Calabar, is pictured grinning like the cat that got the cream. Director of Information of the Student Union Government, Comrade Onigah Joseph, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Tuesday, March 23, said that the suspects specialised in phone theft and other criminal activities on campus. The suspects identified as Victor Edet Okon and Udeme Joseph Effiong were paraded around the chemistry department on Monday, March 22, by the security personnel. Edet is a resident of no. 28, Mayne Avenue, Calabar but hails from Ibiono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, while Udeme claimed to reside at no. 21 Atimbo, Calabar but a native of Nsit Itam, Akwa Ibom state. "Edet and Udeme confes...
Libyan Army Raids Human Smuggling Dens, Arrest 16 Suspects, Rescues 85 Abducted African Migrants
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Libyan Army Raids Human Smuggling Dens, Arrest 16 Suspects, Rescues 85 Abducted African Migrants

Libyan Army on Sunday, March 21, raided human smuggling dens in Nessma town, south of Bani Walid, arrested 16 smugglers and freed 85 African migrants held in captivity. Brigade 444 said its forces had neutralized the hideouts which is about 200km from Tripoli and arrested the smugglers whom it said were criminals wanted by the authorities but had never been apprehended. The brigade added on Facebook that during the delicate "combat operation", its forces had freed 85 African abductees, in addition to ending the smugglers' kidnap, looting, and banditry in the area that were burdening the residents for a long time, seizing weapons and vehicles they were using. "Our forces are still working on ending such crimes in order to exact justice and reach every criminal hideout in the country....
Police Recover Corpse of Day Old Baby abandoned beside a hospital in Lagos
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Police Recover Corpse of Day Old Baby abandoned beside a hospital in Lagos

The lifeless body of a day-old baby lying beside Ayinke hospital in Lagos was recovered by police operatives attached to the Ikeja Division of the Lagos State Police Command, on Saturday, March 20. According to a statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, Ademuyiwa Adejobi, the police officers responded to a call from the Security Department of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, alerting it of the corpse of the baby. Adejobi said having discovered the corpse of the baby, the command contacted the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit that evacuated the corpse. He said the baby was suspected to have been abandoned by his mother and must have been exposed to risks that caused his death. Adejobi added that the ...
Armed Bandit Invade Zamfara Market, kill one, raze stalls
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Armed Bandit Invade Zamfara Market, kill one, raze stalls

Armed bandits, on Thursday March 18, invaded a market in Yar’ Tasha community, Dansadau district in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, razed stalls, killed at least one person and injured many others. It was gathered that the armed men stormed the market on motorcycles and opened fired on traders. The market holds every Thursday with livestock and grains as main commodities. A resident of the community, identified as Alhaji Umaru Yar’ Tasha, told Daily Trust that the bandits stormed the market around 2 pm and began to fire shots at the traders mostly dealing in livestock and grains. "The whole market and the adjacent community were thrown into pandemonium. Traders were running to different directions for safety. Many of the scampering traders were badly injured. ...
Miyetti Allah Backs Obiano’s Order Declaring AK-47-Carrying Herdsmen Criminals
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Miyetti Allah Backs Obiano’s Order Declaring AK-47-Carrying Herdsmen Criminals

THE South-East chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has expressed its support for Governor Willie Obiano’s pronouncement of treating any herder illegally possessing firearms as a criminal. The Chairman of the group, Gidago Sidikki, stated this on Thursday while reacting to a statement credited to Obiano wherein he ordered the police and other security agencies to treat any herder found in possession of AK-47 rifle as an armed robber. The governor had in a stakeholders’ security summit in Awka on Monday ordered security agencies to treat any herder carrying AK-47 as a criminal. Obiano said the order would be in force after the state had taken a headcount of herders in the state. Sidikki said, “The governor’s order is in line with the already ex...
Obiano Orders Police To Treat Roaming Herdsmen As Criminals
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Obiano Orders Police To Treat Roaming Herdsmen As Criminals

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has ordered a fresh headcount of herdsmen in the state. The governor gave the order on Tuesday during one-day stakeholders’ security summit at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, the Anambra State capital. Obiano, who said there was headcount last year, maintained that after the new census, police and other security agencies should treat any roaming herdsmen in the state as criminals. The governor said, “You should treat any itinerant herdsmen as criminals. Security reports show that it is these itinerant headers that commit all manner of crimes to have their way through. “They are the people that kill, kidnap, rape and harass the people with impunity. Those of them carrying any type of firearms should be treated...
Blanket Amnesty may Breed a new Form of Criminality – Senator Ndume
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Blanket Amnesty may Breed a new Form of Criminality – Senator Ndume

Senator representing Borno south, Ali Ndume has stated that granting blanket amnesty to bandits as suggested by prominent Islamic cleric Sheikh Gumi may breed a new set of criminality. Ndume said this when he appeared on a Channels Television Programme on Sunday February 28. Ndume who stated that the government must tackle the banditry situation with the carrot and stick approach, averred that granting blanket amnesty to bandits might embolden other criminal groups and give them hope of bringing the government to negotiate with them. He said; “I don’t think blanket amnesty is the solution, because if you do that, another form of criminality may emerge, hoping that the government will bring them to the negotiation table. “I think the carrot-and-stick approach should be used...
Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks
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Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, says with the spate of kidnapping during the Buhari-led administration, he wonders when Nigeria itself will be abducted. According to Ozekhome, compared to 214 Chibok schoolgirls missing under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the situation has worsened with 807 school pupils kidnapped by criminals under the Buhari administration. The human rights lawyer while reacting to the spate of kidnappings, said “What the government does not still seem to understand is that because it has failed to give security and welfare to the Nigerian people as provided for in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, ethnic nationalism is fast rising in a way that ethnic groups and the various nationalities in the Nigerian contraption...
Jangebe abduction: “We Will Not Succumb To Blackmail” – Buhari Warns Bandit
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Jangebe abduction: “We Will Not Succumb To Blackmail” – Buhari Warns Bandit

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

The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a suspected armed robber, Muhammed Gidado in Abuja and recovered a stolen vehicle from him. The spokesperson of the command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, who disclosed this in a statemnet on Tuesday, February 23, said the suspect was arrested after the victim reported a robbery incident at the Keffi police division "On 20/02/2021 at about 0420hrs, a complaint was lodged at Keffi Divisional Police Headquarters by one Mohammed Mustapha that, on same date at about 0300hrs, armed men numbering about eight invaded his house located adjacent Princess Sarah Suites, Keffi and dispossessed him of a black Toyota Corolla car with registration number RSH 664 BF, Phones and Cash sum of seven thousand, eight hundred naira," the statement reads. Upon ...
Bauchi State Govt Demolishes House Where arms and Ammunitions were Discovered
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Bauchi State Govt Demolishes House Where arms and Ammunitions were Discovered

The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has ordered the demolition of a house where over 1,000 rifles were discovered in a densely populated part of the Bauchi metropolis. The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff Dr Ladan Salihu during the exercise on Wednesday, February 17, in Bauchi, said the arms were concealed in a sack along with military and Immigration uniforms in one of the rooms in the house located at Anguwan Mahaukata. Governor Bala Mohammed said arms and ammunitions are supposed to be kept by the army or police in their armory, not in a house in densely populated area. "The ammunitions discovered can wipe out the people living in the area and this is a threat to peace in the state. The people of the area should remain calm as government is d...
Not All Bandits Are Criminals – Bello Matawalle
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Not All Bandits Are Criminals – Bello Matawalle

The governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has said not all bandits who terrorize parts of the state and other neighbouring states are criminals. The governor stated this on Thursday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He explained that most of the bandits take up arms due to the injustice meted on them by some members of the society. Hundreds of persons have been killed or kidnapped by the bandits in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Niger, Kaduna and Nasarawa States in recent years. Contrary to the claims by the governor, there have been suspicions that the criminality is a fallout of the artisanal mining of gold, lead and other mineral resources in those areas. Despite the attacks on innocent citizens, Mr Matawalle has repeated...
Act now to Prevent Another Civil War – Arewa Youth Forum tells Buhari
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Act now to Prevent Another Civil War – Arewa Youth Forum tells Buhari

Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) has urged the Federal Government to take urgent actions to douse the tension across the country caused by activities of armed Fulani herdsmen. The group pointed out that another civil war could break out if the government doesn't act. The northern youths said this in a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Gujungu, Wednesday, Feb 17, in Kaduna. They said: "The Arewa Youth Forum is worried by the prevailing impasse and rising tension across the country precipitated by the quit notice given to Fulani herdsmen by the Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the actions that had trailed that incident. "As it stands, owning to the actions of non-state actors and inaction of state actors, mainly the Federal Government and the sta...
I Inherited Banditry — Governor Matawalle
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I Inherited Banditry — Governor Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle has stated that the issue of banditry was one of the challenges he inherited as Governor of Zamfara state. The Governor who met with President Buhari yesterday February 17 to discuss the security situation in his state, said there is peace in Zamfara after he initiated dialogue with bandits. Matawalle also disclosed that most of the people responsible for the criminality in Zamfara are not from the state. He said “I was called by Mr President and I am here to brief him on some issues pertaining to security in my state. “We discussed much about them and I briefed him. All the supports needed from him, he assigned all where to get all the supports. I appreciate his effort for making me proud of what he has been doing for the state. “In terms of se...
Bandits Learnt Kidnapping from Niger Delta Militants – Sheik Gumi
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Bandits Learnt Kidnapping from Niger Delta Militants – Sheik Gumi

Prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi has continued his call for amnesty to be granted to bandits spearheading violent attacks in the Northern region of the country. Gumi who appeared on Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Tuesday February 16, said bandits learnt how to kidnap from Niger Delta Militants and should be granted amnesty just like them. According to the cleric, only a handful of herders are criminals and they took up weapons to protect themselves from extinction after their cows which is their ''oil,'' were rustled. Gumi said; “We didn’t take a different route of trying to solve this problem and that is why we are still here today. And when we say amnesty, we don’t mean that anyone proved to be involved in murder should go free as such. “They learnt kidnappin...
We Want Criminals Flushed Out Of Forests – MACBAN
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We Want Criminals Flushed Out Of Forests – MACBAN

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Southeast zone, has expressed its readiness to support the authorities to go after criminals and rid the forests and cities of such bad elements in order to make life better for everyone. Its chairman, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, stated this on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. He reiterated the MACBAN’s commitment to ensuring a peaceful coexistence between its members and their host communities. He said that as a trade group, no member of the association would willingly do anything to jeopardise the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria. “As Nigerians, we should focus of those positive ideals that are mutually beneficial to all,” Siddiki said. Siddiki said that members of the as...
We will Resist Vendors of Violence in South-West – Yoruba Appraisal Forum Warns
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We will Resist Vendors of Violence in South-West – Yoruba Appraisal Forum Warns

  A group known as the Yoruba Appraisal Forum, YAF, has warned those fighting for the freedom of the South-West to stop it or face the full wrath of millions of its members in the area. The National Coordinator, Yoruba Appraisal Forum, Adesina Animashaun, in a statement, warned against violent plots by any group in the guise of hunting criminals. Speaking against the recent violence in Ibarapa local government area of Oyo State, the group noted that it would no longer tolerate trouble fomented by persons, groups or their collaborators pretending to be protecting the interests of the people of the area. The group observed as uncalled for and unnecessary the quit notice issued by some individuals, who are neither state actors nor security agents, to some other Nigerians ...
Troops Arrest Suspected Kidnappers of Taraba Youths
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Troops Arrest Suspected Kidnappers of Taraba Youths

The Benue State Government said that 17 suspected criminals who kidnapped Taraba youths have been arrested. It will be recalled that 23 Takum youths were abducted along Wukari – Takum road in Taraba state last Wednesday. 19 were rescued by a combined team of soldiers and police from Benue and Taraba. Col. Paul Hemba, the Special Adviser to Governor Ortom on Security, who confirmed the latest development to journalists on Monday, February 1, said that those who abducted the youths were loyalists of the late terrorist, Terwase Akwaza aka Gana. Hemba said that the aim of the criminal elements was to trigger inter-communal crisis between the Tiv and Jukun tribes. The security adviser said that all the kidnap victims are all Jukuns from Taraba, adding that the youths were kept a...
Not All Fulanis Are Criminals – Sultan
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Not All Fulanis Are Criminals – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, HRH Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has rejected the generalization of Fulanis in the country as criminals. He said this on Friday in Abuja at a meeting of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN). The Sultan, who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the MACBAN, said while there are some Fulanis that engaged in criminality, like other tribes and ethnic groups who also engaged in different acts of criminalities, it is wrong to tag all Fulanis as criminals or using ‘Fulanis herdsmen criminal’ to explain developments. The meeting among others was to discuss and proffer solutions to the ongoing challenges facing the Fulani herdsmen nationwide, especially in the wake of the crisis that follow the quit notice by the Ondo State Governor Rotim...
Arrest, Treat Sunday Igboho, Others Like Criminals, Makinde Tells Oyo CP
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Arrest, Treat Sunday Igboho, Others Like Criminals, Makinde Tells Oyo CP

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has asked the new Commissioner of Police in Oyo, CP Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest and treat those igniting ethnic tension in the state as criminals. Makinde said this on Friday when Onadeko paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan. He spoke against rising tension in the state by the ultimatum given by self-acclaimed leader of Yoruba freedom agitators, Sunday Igboho, to people of Fulani ethnic stock to vacate the Ibarapa area of the State. Makinde said that attempt to fuel security tension under any guise that would threaten the corporate vision of Nigeria would not be tolerated by his administration. He said that his government was not against any ethic group, but was determined to flushing out criminal element...
Police Confirm Abduction of six Family Members in Zamfara
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Police Confirm Abduction of six Family Members in Zamfara

The Zamfara state police command has confirmed the abduction of six family members in the state. According to the state police spokesperson Shehu Mohammed, six of the abducted persons are children of Alhaji Gyare, while the seventh is a female picked from a neighbouring house all in Kadauri Village in Jabaka District of Maru LGA. Mohammed said; “The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Abutu Yaro has deployed a combined team of CTU and Police Mobile Force who are currently on the trail of the suspects. “The CP, who said that peace had been restored in the area, vowed to rescue the victims soonest. “He charged the local communities to continue to give useful information to law enforcement agents, especially the Police, in order to bring the criminals to book."
Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello Rules out Negotiation with Bandits
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Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello Rules out Negotiation with Bandits

Niger state's Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has ruled negotiation with bandits amid an influx of bandits who enter into the state through the Benin Republic border. Addressing State House reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on the rising insecurity and infrastructural decay in the state, Bello said he ruled out negotiating with the criminals because they don’t keep to any agreement. He added that he once reluctantly negotiated with the bandits, but it never produced any positive result. The Governor who alleged that “the bandits are Fulanis that have no one to control them even their parents", said the menace of bandits in the state had become a source of worry to the government. Bello revealed that the bandits come to t...
Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai
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Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai

After Initial denial by the Nigerian Army that its officers were not at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, where peaceful protesters were shot and killed last Tuesday, the military has come out to say its officers were only ensuring compliance with a curfew put in place by Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier that day. Soldiers killed over 10 peaceful demonstrators and left scores more injured. The Nigerian Army has now said its officers were simply ensuring compliance with the curfew put in place in Lagos State. In a statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, said some people were trying to discredit the military and Nigerian Government. Though Musa did not make direct reference to Tuesday killi...
2 Women Among 8 Kidnappers Arrested by NSCDC in Oyo
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2 Women Among 8 Kidnappers Arrested by NSCDC in Oyo

The Agro Rangers Squad, of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in Oyo statehave arrested 8 suspected kidnappers, consisting of 2 women and 6 men. According to reports, the two red Boxer Motorcycles marked BDJ 580 UL and EGB 628 UF, six cell phones and N32,510 cash were recovered from the suspects. It was gathered that the criminals, who are suspected to be kidnappers, operated in Ado Awaye, Araromi Lcda, Okaka and Otu communities in Itesiwsju Local Government Area and Ilero in Iwa Local Council Development Authority of the state. The NSCDC said that one Alhaji Baani Abubakar, otherwise called Chief Jowuro, made a distress call in Oke-Ogun at around 11:15 pm on Thursday that suspected kidnappers were spotted at Bobajiroro Hotel, Oke Adeta, Iseyin. The state ...
Rape Bill is Targeted at Lecturers – ASUU
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Rape Bill is Targeted at Lecturers – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the recently passed bill on sexual harassment and rape, alleging that it is targeted at lecturers. Speaking at a Town Hall meeting with critical stakeholders in Jos on Monday, July 13, the National President of ASUU  Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the bill which is yet to be signed into law is discriminatory and also targeted at the male lecturers. Ogunyemi stated that the bill is capable of making male lecturers reject female students. He said;   ”Our reaction to that Bill is that, it is discriminatory and is targeted at male lecturers. “We don’t want a situation, where male lecturers will begin to say they don’t want to teach female students, because they say we should not smile to female students. “So a t...

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