Two Feared Killed As Gunmen Attack Military Checkpoint In Enugu

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Gunmen have reportedly attacked a military checkpoint at Obeagu-Amodu Road in the Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

According to reports, the gunmen stormed the checkpoint in two Lexus Jeeps and one Toyota Sienna on Tuesday and shot a combined team of the policemen and soldiers at the checkpoint.

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Although two security personnel were reported killed but the military and the police in Enugu did not confirm the incident.

This is not the first time the checkpoint in Obeagu has come under this kind of attack hence, the reason for the combined security presence in the area.

The incident caused panic among the residents of the area and its environs.

Efforts to get the comments of the police proved abortive as the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, did not take calls or respond to text messages for confirmation.

Edo Govt Debunks Reports Of ISWAP Attack

A map of Edo, a state in the southern region of Nigeria.

 

The Edo State Government has denied claims that ISWAP had carried out an attack in the state on Thursday.

There had been reports that ISWAP had claimed responsibility for an attack on a police checkpoint in the state during which a patrol van was set ablaze.

But the state government says the attack which occurred at Ibillo-Igarra Road Junction was carried out by fleeing bandits.

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In a statement on Saturday, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation in the state, Chris Nehikhare, said the state government’s position followed “a thorough investigation” by the state security outfits involving the Police, Nigerian Army, Edo State Vigilante Network, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

“There is no evidence of ISWAP or its operatives in Edo State,” he said.

He assured that the state government would continue to provide support to the security agencies in the state to tackle crime and criminality and also enhance patrols of the state’s borders to make the state most uncomfortable for the decimated bandits.

“The Edo State government restates its commitment to the safety of lives and property in the state and to the sustenance of a safe environment for citizens to go about their lawful businesses,” he added.

14 Killed As Suspected Herdsmen Attack Benue Community

 

Suspected herdsmen have killed 14 people in a fresh attack on the Mchia community in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

Mchia is a settlement between Abeda and Anyiin, located on Ugba-Anyiin road, Logo local government area in the north-central state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Colonel Paul Hamba (retired) confirmed this to journalists after a Security Council meeting in Makurdi, the state capital.

He said the attack occurred on Wednesday night while the herdsmen, fully armed, stormed the community around 9 pm.

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Meanwhile, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have thwarted an attack on the Ortese Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the Guma Local Government Area of the state.

Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Kevin Aligbe, disclosed this to Channels Television in an interview, saying the troops killed the herdsmen in the counter-offensive operation.

According to the Commander, a soldier who was involved in the operation slumped and died at the hospital.

“We got information about these people (terrorists) planning to attack Ortese, Nkohol and two other locations in Guma LGA on Tuesday night; and we quickly deployed that night and reinforced the places yesterday morning,” he said.

“My troops noticed where those guys were hibernating in the bush and went after them. Of course, they made contact with them. They saw them carrying their casualties and running into the bush. Coming back, one of our soldiers just slumped, he was not shot.

“He was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead. We are still maintaining the trend in that axis and that is why you have not heard about any attack. We were still in Human when we heard about the Logo attack.

“The pattern of settlement of the people too is not helping us. But our troops are managing the situation in Logo. Some things had been happening around that area before now which made us conduct a weeklong operation there about two weeks ago. Even my Sector Commander had to move to the area.

“If you notice, these terrorists have killed between the to four people every three to four days. So, we needed to just clear that side. Before you know it, you will just hear that they have attacked and run away. The pattern of settlement is not also helping matters too. They go to isolated areas where they know that security is not near and they kill innocent farmers and other innocent people.”

Police Launch Manhunt As Gunmen Kill Three Officers In Enugu

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The Enugu Police Command said it has launched an intensive manhunt to arrest the assailants of three police officers in Enugu State on Wednesday night. 

Enugu Police Command spokesman ASP Daniel Ndukwe said the armed men, who operated in a Lexus Jeep, opened fire on a moving patrol vehicle shooting the officers critically.

The men, who were said to have died at the hospital were on patrol duty within New Haven when the incident happened.

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ASP Ndukwe also called on residents to remain calm as the Command will do all it can to apprehend the culprits.

Wednesday’s incident is the latest in attacks on security personnel, especially police officers, in the southeast region.

Several police posts have been attacked in the region in the

Bandits Attack Immigration Officers, Kill One In Jigawa

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
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Bandits have attacked immigration officers in Birniwa Local Government Area of Jigawa State, killing one and injuring two others.

This was disclosed by the Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service in the state, ACG Ismail Abba Aliyu, during a news conference on Wednesday in Dutse.

He claimed that the bandits ambushed the officers during a patrol along the Galadi-Birniwa axis, noting that the attack took place on Tuesday night.

According to him, the bandits, numbering about five, arrived at the patrol base on two motorbikes and started attacking the cops.

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“One was carrying three people and the other one was carrying two people and immediately on arrival, they opened fire on the Immigration officers on patrol, which resulted in the death of one of the staff named Abdullahi Mohammed (CIA) and two others sustained bullet injuries,” Aliyu said.

He identified the injured officers as Abba Musa Kiyawa and Zubairu Garba , adding that three others, however, managed to flee the attack.

The gunmen were said to have fled into the bush after exchanging gunfire, leaving their motorcycles and phones behind.

The two injured officers are responding to treatment in a medical facility in Jigawa State.

The comptroller stated that the Command will submit the recovered handsets and motorcycles to the police for additional investigation.

Additionally, he urged residents of the state to assist the law enforcement agencies by providing any useful information that could aid in the capture of the criminals.

Officer Killed, Woman Abducted As Gunmen Invade Ogun Bar

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An officer of the Ogun State Community, Social Orientation and Safety Corps (So-Safe Corps), Sofolahan Olanrewaju, has been killed after gunmen invaded a bar in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Also abducted during the attack is a yet-to-be-identified female victim.

Channels Television gathered that the incident happened on Sunday at the Garden of Comfort Lodging, Bar and  Event Centre, Soyoye, Abeokuta.

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The gunmen were said to have succeeded in abducting a woman from the bar at about 9:50 pm and in the process, the kidnappers shot and killed the So-Safe security guard, who was trying to call for reinforcement.

The spokesman for the corps, Moruf Yusuf, confirmed the incident in the state capital.

“On Sunday, August 7, 2022, at about 2150hrs, a team of yet-to-be-identified kidnap syndicate carried out their dastardly act at Garden of Comfort Lodging, Bar and  Event Centre, located at last Bus Stop, Soyoye, Abeokuta. They succeeded in kidnapping and escaping with a female victim,” he said

“Unfortunately, they shot one of the officers of the So-Safe Corps, Sofolahan Olanrewaju, who was at his duty post.

“Immediately the Commander of the Corps, Dr Soji Ganzallo got the information, the operation team of Egba Zonal Command was put on its toes to bring the culprits to book and to ensure they make the axis safer and secure for the good citizens of the state.”

Yusuf described the slain officer of the corps, as an active and committed man, saying it was a great loss to the corps.

He disclosed that Olanrewaju’s body had been deposited at the State Hospital Morgue, Ijaye Abeokuta.

Meanwhile, the So-Safe Corps has sympathised with the family members of the deceased, praying God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Five Months After Bandits’ Attack, 12,000 IDPs Return Home In Katsina

The returnees were sacked from their villages by bandits.

 

At least 12,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Katsina State have been returned to their various ancestral communities at Shimfida town in Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

The reason is to allow them fully commence farming activities as some of them have started farming in the area.

Their return, facilitated by the State Government, was coming barely five months after persistent terrorist attacks in their communities forced them to flee for safety.

Speaking shortly before their return, the Chairman of Jibia Local Government Area Hon. Bashir Sabiu Maitan announced that the IDPs were being taken care of by both the State and the Council.

He revealed that the IDPs, who were relocated to the neighbouring Niger Republic, were earlier in the day brought back to Jibia Local Government where they would join others on the trip back to Shimfida town.

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Maitan disclosed that an initial N88.6 million was doled out by the State Government for the exercise, adding that the second tranche of N18m has also been approved by Governor Aminu Masari for the provision of drugs and logistics for the IDPs and essential workers in the community.

He said a third tranche, which was also in the millions of naira, was also being awaited and would be expended on the installation of windows and doors for the accommodation provided for the IDPs in Shimfida.

According to Hon. Maitan, Governor Masari had already spoken to President Muhammadu Buhari and the President had assured of adequate security escort for the IDPs on their trip back to their town. He stated that the escort would also be stationed in the community.

 

“We have IDPs that are displaced in Jibia and others in the Niger Republic. Those in the Niger Republic are over 6,000 while the ones in Jibia are also over 6,000.

“The reason why we are returning them is simply that some of them have started farming in the area; we want them to go back and fully commence farming activities.

“It was the Army that left the area earlier that gave in to the sack of the community and Governor Masari had spoken to President Muhammadu Buhari and approval has been given for the redeployment of the soldiers.

“More than 10,000 bags of 10 – kilogram rice has been purchased for onward transportation and distribution to the community for feeding. As of today Monday, an initial 2,000 bags were sent to their community,” Maitan added.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of Shimfida Youth Development Association Sa’adu Salisu expressed satisfaction with the State Government’s effort to return the IDPs home, stressing that adequate security should be put in place in the community to prevent the recurrence of terrorist attacks.

He, however, alleged that more than 20 IDPs –  mostly women and elderly – have died due to blood pressure and related ailments since they left their community.

Channels Television recalled that on March 10th, 2022, seven people, mostly children, were feared killed and several others injured and kidnapped in a stampede of residents fleeing from bandits in Shimfida village of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

 

A resident of the area Abdulrazak Ahmad told Channels Television that the tragedy occurred between 10:00 am and 12:00 am after soldiers serving in a joint security task force were totally evacuated and withdrawn from the community.

According to him, the withdrawn soldiers were initially stationed at the Government Secondary School, Shimfida, about 27 Kilometres from Jibia town.

Six Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom In Katsina

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

 

No fewer than six kidnap victims have been rescued by police operatives after raiding terrorists’ hideouts at Tandama village in Danja Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said the success was recorded on Saturday based on credible intelligence after security operatives raided the terrorists’ hideouts located at Unguwar Dako in Tandama village.

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The victims rescued include; Alhaji Garba Dan Mallam, 52, of Unguwar Nuhu, Danja LGA; Rabiu Idris, 45, of the same address; Abba Sama’ila, 38, of the same address; Yunusa Sani, M, aged 54yrs of Layin Sani village, Kafur LGA,

Others are Ishaq Yakub, 40, of the same address and Danjuma Sama’ila, 45, of the same address.

In a related development, eight suspected terrorists including their leader Abdulkarim Faka-Faka were killed during Air Force raids in the same area in a mop-up operation.

Sources said the operation which happened on Saturday evening into Sunday morning, saw some terrorists flee but all their rustled cows perished.

Channels Television gathered that many of the terrorists escaped with bullet wounds, although the military is yet to react to the aerial bombardment.

One Killed, Couple Abducted As Gunmen Attack Katsina LG

The couple was abducted by bandits in Katsina State on August 7, 2022.

 

Gunmen on Sunday killed at least one person and injured two others during an attack on Shola Quarters in Katsina city.

The attack came about two months after terrorists, armed with sophisticated weapons, invaded the same community.

A resident of the area who confirmed the incident to Channels Television on a telephone call said the bandits stormed the community in the early hours of Sunday at about 1:30 am.

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He said the bandits also abducted a couple during the attack that lasted for over 30 minutes, adding that those injured were rushed to the neighbouring Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina for medical attention.

Shola Quarters is a community located behind the Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina and is vulnerable to attack due to its proximity to bandits enclaves located around Bugaje Community in Jibia Local Government Area of the north-western state.

Channels Television had on June 14 reported how six persons were abducted in the same community by terrorists riding on motorcycles at about 2:00 am.

However, during the previous attack, the terrorists did not kill or injure any of the residents but were visiting house to house where they succeeded in kidnapping six persons including a two-year-old baby girl.

 

Ondo Amotekun Intercept Over 150 Suspected Invaders Who Hid Under Rice Bags

 

Men of the Ondo State security network agency, the Amotekun Corps, have apprehended over 150 suspected invaders of northern extraction in Akure, the state capital.

The persons were intercepted around 6:30 am on Thursday, along the Akure/Ado-Ekiti Highway during a stop and search operation by the corps.

The drivers of the two trucks conveying the invaders claimed they are coming from Abuja, Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa states to Ondo State.


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While addressing newsmen in Akure about the incident, the Commander of Amotekun in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, disclosed that they hid under bags of rice and beans in the trucks, noting that they could not tell their mission in the state.

He added that some charms and photographs were found on them while the motorcycles in their possession did not have valid papers.

Adeleye explained that the travelers will be interrogated and profiled before sending them back to their bases.

‘I Was Treating Bandits’: Freed Kaduna Train Passenger Narrates Ordeal In Captivity

 

One of the passengers kidnapped during the Kaduna-Abuja train attack, Dr Mustapha Imam, has recounted his ordeal in captivity, saying he was the official medical doctor in the bandits’ den. 

Dr Mustapha, who was one of the five passengers freed by the bandits on Tuesday, said he won’t pray for his enemy to go through such an ordeal.

“I was the medical doctor in the camp. I was treating captives as well as the bandits,” he said.

According to him, “there was no medication in the camp,” citing the case of a woman – who had malaria – but went into a coma because there was no medication to treat her.

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“My experience is really terrible. You can see, I just finished shedding tears, tears of joy. I am happy that I am free and going to be reunited with my family very very soon,” Dr Mustapha added.

“The experience I have been through in the last four months is not something that I will like even my enemy to go through.”

The associate professor of Medical Biochemistry at the Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, also said feeding was a big issue during his time in the abductors’ den.

He said there “were days we ate once a day”, calling on the Federal Government to “take whatever necessary steps to ensure the release of the remaining people”.

Tukur Mamu, a member of the team who negotiated the release of Dr Mustapha, had earlier told Channels Television that he has backed out due to threats to his life, personal integrity, and lack of support from the Federal Government.

With the recently freed victims, the number of released passengers has now swelled to 37. As of now, 35 persons are still in captivity.

But it is unclear if any ransom was paid for the recently released persons.

Three Killed, Six Wounded In China Kindergarten Stabbing

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Three people were killed and six others wounded in a knife attack Wednesday at a kindergarten in southeast China’s Jiangxi province.

A “gangster wearing a cap and mask” stormed the private kindergarten in Anfu county at about 10:00 am local time (0200 GMT), police said in a statement published on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. The 48-year-old suspect is still at large, they added.

“Public security organs are making every effort to hunt down the suspect,” the police statement said.

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In a video of the scene shared by the state-run Beijing Daily, a police officer can be seen carrying a tiny child in his arms to an ambulance.

The ages of the victims have not been announced.

Mass violent crime is rare in China, which strictly prohibits citizens from owning firearms, but there has been a spate of mass stabbings in recent years.

And fatal knife attacks specifically targeting kindergarten and school students have occurred nationwide, carried out by people reportedly wishing to wreak revenge on society.

Last April, two children were killed and 16 others wounded when a knife-wielding man entered a kindergarten in southern China.

More recently, four people were wounded in a stabbing at a major Shanghai hospital last month before the knife-wielding attacker was shot and subdued by the police.

Six people were also killed and 14 wounded after a man stabbed passersby on a pedestrian shopping street in the eastern Chinese city of Anqing in June last year.

AFP