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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 ...
Bandits Pay Informants Huge Amounts – Freed Kagara Students
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Bandits Pay Informants Huge Amounts – Freed Kagara Students

Few days after their release, students of the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State have revealed more information they gathered about the bandits while in captivity. One of the students said the bandits claimed there was no way they could succeed in their attacks without the help of informants in all their targeted areas. Speaking to one of the students, (name withheld) on Monday, he said: “The bandits told us that their operations were always successful with the collaboration of informants whom they pay huge amounts of money.” Accordingly, he said: “They bragged that, they have just started and that they have informants everywhere including in Minna (the Niger State capital) and within the government. Before they attack any area or any location targeted for attack, ...
Breaking: Kagara School Boys and Their Teachers Have Been Released
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Breaking: Kagara School Boys and Their Teachers Have Been Released

The 27 schoolboys and their teachers who were abducted from the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger state have been released. The students, three of their teachers, and 12 of their family members were abducted on Wednesday, February 17. A government official said they are on their way to Minna, the state capital where they would be received by the state governor Abubakar Bello. The abductees were released from a location close to where the fifty-three abductees were released a week ago.
Atiku Asks NASS To Empower States To Control Their Internal Security
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Atiku Asks NASS To Empower States To Control Their Internal Security

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed sadness at the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State. The schoolgirls numbering 317 were abducted by bandits who stormed their school in the early hours of Friday in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles. The attack comes days after over 300 students from Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State were abducted by bandits who have since released them. Reacting to the abduction in Zamfara, Atiku in a statement titled ‘States need to be empowered to control their internal security,’ advised the National and State Assemblies to empower states towards controlling their internal security. He said, “My heart is very heavy over the abduction of our young daughters from Government...
Kagara Abduction: FG Has Abandoned Us, Says Niger State Government
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Kagara Abduction: FG Has Abandoned Us, Says Niger State Government

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

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

There were strong indications on Tuesday that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum might opt for dialogue with bandits and people affected by their atrocities to address insecurity in the country. The Chairman of the NGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi, gave this indication when he led some members of the forum on a solidarity visit to the Niger State Governor, Sani Bello, in Minna, the state capital. Recall that gunmen on Wednesday last week stormed Government Science College, Kagara in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state and abducted 27 students and 15 workers. Fayemi, during the visit to Minna, stated, “We all feel your pain. We feel the fears and the anxieties of the good people of Niger State. This is not something that is uncommon. What happens here is not unique to you. You have been...
Gumi Met Bandits Near A Military Post – Ex-DSS Official, Amachree
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Gumi Met Bandits Near A Military Post – Ex-DSS Official, Amachree

A former assistant director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Dennis Amachree, on Monday, explained that the security agents who were ordered to rescue victims of Kagara abduction didn’t engage the bandits in a gun battle in order to avoid collateral damage. Amachree, who stated this on Channels Television morning show: ‘Sunrise Daily’, noted that the bandits could easily use the captives as a human shield if the security forces had engaged them in a battle. He also said the compound where the popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, met bandits in a forest in Niger State to discuss the release of the abducted students and teachers of Government Science College, Kangara, was very close to a military post. He said, “When you see bandits like that if their number is l...
Nothing Wrong In Dialoguing With Bandits – FG
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Nothing Wrong In Dialoguing With Bandits – FG

The federal government has maintained that there is nothing wrong in dialoguing with bandits. Last Wednesday, gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi LGA of Niger state, and kidnapped several students, members of staff, and some members of their families. Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger, had noted that his government is doing everything to rescue the victims, including facilitating negotiations with the bandits. While speaking during a radio programme monitored by NAN on Sunday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, responded to Nigerians who had spoken against the strategy of dialoguing with criminals. Lai stated that nothing is wrong in dialoguing with bandits, as long as the ultimate objective is to make pea...
Kidnapped Kagara Students And Teachers Released
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Kidnapped Kagara Students And Teachers Released

The 42 persons abducted by bandits in Government Science College Kagara, Niger State have regained freedom. The abductees include 27 students, 3 staff and 12 members of their family. Sources said the abductees, who were at a different location from the kidnapped passengers, are also on their way to Minna. The abducted passengers were said to be in Minna but yet to get to the Government House to meet Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello, who will receive them officially.  
Abuja Aircraft Crash: Names Of The Seven Personnel Released By Nigerian Air Force
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Abuja Aircraft Crash: Names Of The Seven Personnel Released By Nigerian Air Force

UPDATE ON AIR ACCIDENT INVOLVING NIGERIAN AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), earlier today, 21 February 2021, confirmed that one of its aircraft, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201), crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure enroute Minna, where it was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State. As earlier stated, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has instituted an investigative panel to determine the remote and immediate causes of the accident. While the panel has commenced its work, the NAF...
Abducted Kagara Schoolchildren, Others May Regain Freedom Today – Gumi
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Abducted Kagara Schoolchildren, Others May Regain Freedom Today – Gumi

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, said on Saturday that the kidnapped Kagara schoolchildren might be released today. Bandits, donning military uniform, had around 2am on Wednesday invaded Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and whisked away 27 pupils and 15 staff members after killing a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil. The incident has created nationwide agitation and worries over the safety of the kidnapped pupils and school staff members, who were whisked away into the bush by the bandits. In an interview on Saturday, Gumi, who has been in talks with the bandits in the forest, told Sunday PUNCHthat there was a possibility that the abductees might regain freedom today, given ongoing talks between the government and the bandits. The cleric, who recently held a p...
Kagara Abduction: Lai Mohammed Denies The Payment Of N800m To Bandits
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Kagara Abduction: Lai Mohammed Denies The Payment Of N800m To Bandits

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

There are indications that the government might consider releasing some arrested bandits as a part of the bargains to secure the release of 27 pupils and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, kidnapped on Thursday. It was learnt on Friday that the group of bandits responsible for the abduction wanted their gang members in custody of security agencies released as a swap deal to free the abductees. Bandits in military uniform had reportedly stormed the school around 2am on Wednesday, and seized their victims, killing a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil who raised the alarm in the process. They consequently led their victims – tied in pairs – to a nearby spot around Attahiru Secondary School where they had reportedly par...
Grant Amnesty To Bandits — Sheik Gumi Tells FG
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Grant Amnesty To Bandits — Sheik Gumi Tells FG

Popular Islamic cleric Sheik Ahmad Gumi has asked the federal government to grant an unconditional amnesty to bandits and killer herdsmen terrorising the country. This, according to the cleric is the requirement needed to be met by the government for peace to reign in the country. Gumi stated this in a brief interview in Minna, Niger State shortly after he met with the gunmen believed to be abductors of staff and students of Government Science College, Kagara. “The Federal Government should give them blanket amnesty, then if somebody continues, then we will deal with them,” Gumi told journalists in a 1 minute video obtained Recall that the school was attacked on Tuesday night. One student was killed in the process. Sources said that Gumi met with the armed men on Thursda...
Sheikh Gumi meets bandits who kidnapped 27 Kagara students and shot one dead
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Sheikh Gumi meets bandits who kidnapped 27 Kagara students and shot one dead

Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi,  met with abductors of the staff and students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State. According to TVC News, the meeting took place at Tagina forest in Niger State on Thursday, February 18. The bandits wielding their guns, were led by their leader, Dogo Gide. Sheik Gumi appealed to them to give peace a chance. The bandits attacked the school on Wednesday, February 17, killed one of the students and abducted 27 of them. The bandits also abducted 3 staff of the school and 12 family members of the staff. See photos from the meeting below  
Kagara abduction: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says Some of these bandits are tired and need to be taken care of
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Kagara abduction: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says Some of these bandits are tired and need to be taken care of

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

Niger State Government on Thursday stepped up efforts to rescue students and workers of Government Science College, Kagara who were abducted on Wednesday. A competent source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, told one of our correspondents that officials of Niger and Zamfara state governments, met some bandits at Dutsin Magaji of Kotonkoro forest in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State on Thursday evening. The source stated, “The committee from Niger State went to Kotonkoro forest this evening where the bandits who allegedly took the students chose as meeting centre. Some officials of Zamfara State also joined them.” Kotonkoro forest, according to him bordered four states of Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger and Kaduna where the bandits from the affected s...
Kagara Abductions: We Are Committed To Safe Rescue Of All Abductees – IGP
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Kagara Abductions: We Are Committed To Safe Rescue Of All Abductees – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has assured the nation that the Force is irrevocably committed to the safe rescue of all abductees in the recent attack on Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi LGA of Niger State and other related incidents. The IGP notes that a joint massive search and rescue mission involving the Police, the Military and other law enforcement agencies is ongoing to ensure that all abducted persons are rescued unhurt and reunited with their families. To give impetus to the rescue operation, the IGP has ordered the deployment of additional tactical, intelligence and investigative assets of the Force including four (4) units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) attached to Operation Puff Adder II, one (1) Unit of Police Special Forces, personn...
Names Of Kidnapped GSS Kagara Students And Teachers Released By Niger State Government
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Names Of Kidnapped GSS Kagara Students And Teachers Released By Niger State Government

The names of the abducted pupils and teachers of Government Science College, Kagara have been released. MCI had reported bandits invaded Government Science College Kagara and abducted 27 students, 3 teachers, two non teaching staff and 9 family members of the staff staying in the quarters on Wednesday morning. The names of the abducted teachers are: Hannatu Philip, Lawal Abdullahi and Dodo Fodio while the non teaching staff are Mohammed Musa and Faiza Mohammed. The abducted family members are: Christiana Adama, Faith Adama, Maimuna Suleman, Nura Isah, Ahmad Isah, Khadizat Isah, Mohammed Mohammed, Aisha Isah and Saratu Isah. The students are: Jamilu Isah, Shem Joshua, Abbas Abdullahi, Isah Abdullahi, Ezekeil Danladi, Haliru Shuibu, Mamuda Suleman, Danzakar Dauda, Abdulsamad ...
Bring Abductors Of Niger Students To Justice – Amnesty International To FG
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Bring Abductors Of Niger Students To Justice – Amnesty International To FG

Amnesty International has condemned the Wednesday’s abduction of 42 persons by gunmen at the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, saying attacks on schools undermine right to education. Its director, Osai Ojigho, urged the Federal Government to bring to justice, those responsible for the abduction and other human rights abuses, adding that the latest development has clearly shown that authorities are not doing enough to protect lives. “We condemn this appalling attack, which is the latest in a string of attacks on schools in northern Nigeria. Attacks on schools and abductions of children are war crimes. Those found to be responsible for the abduction must be brought to justice for these and other human rights abuses. “That this is coming only about three months aft...
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello Visits School Of Abducted Students In Kagara
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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello Visits School Of Abducted Students In Kagara

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has paid a visit to Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State where 27 students and 15 others were abducted by armed bandits. Governor Sani Bello consoled the family of the student that was killed during the invasion by the bandits while assuring the relatives of the kidnapped victims of their safe return as government is on top of the issue. "Our priority right away is to get the kidnapped students and 15 others, as well as the NSTA abducted victims unharmed", he said. He said kidnapping has become a daily occurrence in the state and called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts and employ a new strategy to checkmate the menace. According to him, payment of Ransome is not part of the state governmen...
Call Them Terrorists Not Bandits – Senator Sani Musa
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Call Them Terrorists Not Bandits – Senator Sani Musa

The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Sani Musa, has said the abductors of the students of Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State, were terrorists and not bandits. He stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday. “There is no presence of anybody but the bandits. I don’t call them bandits, I call them terrorists,” the lawmaker said. “It has happened in Chibok, it has happened in Dapchi, it has happened in Kankara, it has happened in Kagara, we cannot guarantee where next, so, necessary steps have to be taken.” Senator Musa also said that no one knows the next school or state bandits will attack in the country. The lawmaker’s comments come hours after gunmen invaded the...
Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State
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Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State

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

The Niger State Government says it has taken concrete security measures to ensure safety in the state and safe return of the abducted 27 students of the Government Science College, Kagara. The students, three staff and 12 families of the college in Rafi Local Government Area of the state were abducted in the early hours of Wednesday. In a news conference in Minna on Wednesday, Gov. Abubakar Bello of the state, said that his administration had taken concrete security measures to ensure safe returned of the students. Mrs Mary Barje, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abubakar Bello told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna: “As I speak, Gov. Bello is holding an emergency security meeting with heads of security agencies in the state to strategise and bring to halt to the wanton k...
27 Kagara Students Kidnapped, One Shot Dead – Niger State Governor
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27 Kagara Students Kidnapped, One Shot Dead – Niger State Governor

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment. Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger on Wednesday confirmed the abduction of 27 students, three staff and 12 family members by gunmen at the Government Science College, Kagara, in Rafi Local Government Area of the state. Bello made the confirmation at a news conference shortly after an emergency meeting with heads of security agencies in Minna on Wednesday. Newsmen report that the gunmen stormed the school on Wednesday at 2 a.m. killing one student and kidnapped 27, three staff of the college and 12 members of families at the school. The governor directed that all boarding schools in Shiroro, Rafi and Muyan be closed down...
Buhari Condemns Kagara School Abduction In Niger State, Dispatches Army, Police
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Buhari Condemns Kagara School Abduction In Niger State, Dispatches Army, Police

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDEMNS SCHOOL ABDUCTION IN NIGER STATE, DISPATCHES SECURITY OFFICALS TO THE STATE President Muhammadu Buhari has received reports of the brazen attack on Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, following which a yet to be ascertained number of staff and students have been abducted by gunmen. Following these reports, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives. The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College. President Buhari has assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Forces ...
Niger State Shuts Boarding Schools In 4 LGAs
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Niger State Shuts Boarding Schools In 4 LGAs

Governor Sani Bello of Niger State has ordered the immediate closure of all the boarding schools in four local government areas of the state. This is as a result of the abduction of students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara. Gunmen had invaded the school in the wee hours of Wednesday, raiding hostels and staff quarters. A student was killed during the operation that lasted for hours. Addressing a press conference in Minna, the State capital, Bello ordered that boarding schools in Rafi, Munya, Mariga and Shiroro local government areas should be closed indefinitely.

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