Gunmen Kill Five In Fresh Niger Attack

A file photo of a gun seized from crime suspects in Nigeria.

 

At least five persons have been killed by bandits in Kaffin-Koro and adjoining villages in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Not less than ten persons were also said to have been injured by the gunmen.

Villages attacked include, Kubi, Kudami, Abolo, Gwajau and Zonkolo respectively.

A resident of Kaffin-Koro, Ishaya Azaido revealed that the attackers stormed the villages on Saturday night and started attacking the villagers up until Sunday morning.

He said the bandits numbering about 50 came on motorcycles heavily armed.

Also, confirming the attack to Channels Television, the Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District where the attacks took place, Mohammed Sani Musa said the attackers rustled over one thousand cattle.

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The lawmaker condemned the criminal act, which according to him had affected the development of the senatorial district.

Musa decried the fact that the people in the senatorial district can no longer go to their farms for fear of the unknown, a development which he noted has led to hunger and starvation in the area.

Four of the injured victims have been referred to IBB Specialist Hospital in Minna while others are currently receiving treatment at General Hospital, Kaffin-Koro.

As of the time of filing the report, the Niger State Police Command has yet to issue any statement on the attacks.

Neither could the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abiodun Wasiu nor the Commissioner of Police be reached on phone.

The latest attack comes barely a week after a Catholic priest, Father John Gbakaan was killed by gunmen along Lambata-Lapai road in Gurara local government area of the state.

The State Governor, Abubakar Bello reacting to the killing of the priest had promised to bring the perpetrators to book before this latest attacks took place.

Since the renewed banditry attacks in the state, scores of people mostly rural dwellers have been killed.

Between January and December 2020 at least fifty persons were reportedly killed, and over one hundred persons abducted.

Gunmen Kill Another Priest In Niger State

 

Some unknown gunmen have killed another Catholic priest, Father John Gbakaan in Niger State.

Prior to his death, the priest was the Dean of the newly created Lapai Deanery and was also in charge of St. Anthony’s Parish Gulu in Lapai local government area of the state.

A close colleague of the deceased and priest in charge of St. Theresa Catholic Parish Madala, Father John Jatau confirmed this to Channels Television via telephone conversation on Sunday.

He said Father Gbakaan alongside his brother and another priest Thursday travelled to Makurdi in Benue state where he went to see his mother.

It was on his way back, that he and his brother were attacked by gunmen along Lambata-Lapai road. The incident took place at about 9 pm after Father Gbakaan had dropped Father Jatua at Suleja.

The attackers were said to have descended on the priest with machetes, hacking his body beyond recognition.

Father Jatau said the body of the priest was found the following day, Saturday, tied to a tree in a bush, after some vigilante members in the area raised alarm.

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The Toyota Venza vehicle in which the priest was traveling was also found in the bush.

Meanwhile, the brother of the deceased was abducted and yet to be found.

According to Father Jatau, the gunmen on Saturday put a call to the Catholic Diocese in Minna, demanding for the sum of Thirty Million Naira, but later in the course of negotiation dropped the ransom to Five Million Naira.

As at the time of filing this report, negotiations were said to be ongoing, while the body of the slain priest has been deposited at the IBB Specialist Hospital mortuary in Minna.

Efforts to get the side of the police on the matter proved abortive as neither Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abiodun Wasiu nor the Commissioner could be reached.

The Bishop of the Minna Catholic Community, His Lordship, Bishop Martin Ozuokwu could also not be reached on phone.

The killing of Father Gbakaan brings to two the number of Christian clerics killed in recent times since the renewed banditry attacks in Niger State.

In December 2020, a Christian clergy with the Evangelical Church of West Africa was killed at Chukuba village in Shiroro local government area by gunmen who invaded his farm while he was harvesting his produce.

Man With Gun, Over 500 Rounds Of Ammunition Arrested Near US Capitol

Flags and a podium are in place as preparations are made ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 16, 2021.

 

A man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition has been arrested in Washington at a security checkpoint near the US Capitol, authorities said.

Wesley Allen Beeler, of Virginia, had driven to a checkpoint on Friday evening and tried to use a phony credential to access the restricted area where President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated next week, according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court.

As officers checked against an authorized access list, one of them noticed decals on the back of Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first.”

Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said.

Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, a police report said.

Following his arrest, Beeler said it was “an honest mistake” and that he was a private security guard who got lost on his way to work near the Capitol.

Washington is under a high state of alert ahead of Biden’s Wednesday inauguration after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.

Five people died in the assault, including a police officer.

Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week.

Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers.

The National Mall, which is normally packed with people every four years for presidential inaugurations, has been declared off-limits at the request of the Secret Service, which ensures the security of the president.

AFP

Five Shot Dead In Rare Mexico City Attack

BREAKING: 'Multiple Casualties' As Gunman Opens Fire At US Synagogue
File photo

 

Five people were shot dead in central Mexico City, the local security secretariat said Saturday, a rare attack in the capital and likely linked to organized crime, according to local media.

The attack occurred late Friday at the town hall in Miguel Hidalgo, one of the most prosperous districts of Mexico City.

Police responding to an alert found “five people on the ground with gunshot wounds,” according to a statement.

Medical services certified three men dead at the scene while the other two were transferred to a nearby hospital where they later died due to the seriousness of their injuries, the security secretariat said.

Local media reports said one of the victims was a member of the local Union Tepito cartel but city authorities have not confirmed this.

Despite growing drug cartel violence in Mexico over the last decade, shootings and multiple killings are rare in the capital compared to other areas of the country.

However, the city was shocked by an attack in June last year on its security chief, Omar Garcia Harfuch, by heavily armed gunmen who killed two of his bodyguards and a passerby. Garcia Harfuch, who was wounded, blamed the attack on the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel.

More than 300,000 people have been murdered since Mexico deployed the military to fight the drug cartels in 2006, with most of the killings blamed on organized crime.

AFP

DSS Raises Alarm Over Plot To Incite Religious Violence, Attack Worship Centres

In this photo taken on December 6, 2019, two DSS operatives are having a conversation during an operation in Abuja.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised an alarm about an alleged plot to incite religious violence across the country.

In a statement on Monday, the DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, disclosed that the plot was being sponsored by some persons in collaboration with external forces.

Afunanya said they intend to incite religious violence in states such as Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, and Lagos, as well as those in the South East.

“Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts, as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, as well as key and vulnerable points.

“Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another,” the statement said.

The DSS spokesman gave an assurance that the Service would collaborate with other security agencies to ensure that public order was maintained in all parts of the country.

He also warned those hatching such evil plots to desist from them in the interest of peace, security, and development of the nation.

“Law-abiding citizens (and residents) are encouraged to report suspected breaches of peace around them to the nearest security agencies,” he said.

Toddler Hit By Stray Bullet During Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

A toddler was hit by a stray bullet on Wednesday when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Geidam town in Yobe State.

During the attack, the insurgents burned the residence of the former chairman of Geidam Local Government Area, Mulima Mato, as well as some shops in the central city.

Channels Television had reported the incident shortly after it occurred, as the attackers also carted a large number of drugs at the General Hospital in Geidam.

Although nobody was reported to have been killed, the toddler hit by a stray bullet was taken to the hospital for medical attention.

In his reaction, Governor Mai Mala Buni commiserated with the people of Geidam, saying the attack was most unfortunate.

“The attack came at a time when there is a general improvement in peace and security across the state.

“The general improvement in security and support provided by the government has given our people the opportunity to gradually resettle and reclaim their means of livelihood,” he was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday by his spokesperson, Mamman Mohammed.

According to the governor, the attack will not, however, deter the state government in its efforts to rebuild, reconstruct, and rehabilitate communities initially destroyed by the insurgents.

He commended the people of the state for their resilience and determination to rebuild their lives and move forward.

Governor Buni stated, “The government and people of Yobe State will continue to partner with the security agencies for the full return of peace and security across the state.”

He, therefore, directed the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide emergency support to the residents and take stock of the destructions resulting from the attack.

On his part, the SEMA Executive Secretary, Dr Mohammed Goje, revealed that the agency had already begun taking stock of the damages caused by the attack.

He said he led the team to Geidam to assess the situation and identify the areas where immediate intervention to provide succour to the people were needed.

Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Geidam Community In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday attacked Geidam, the headquarters of Geidam Local Government Council in Yobe State, 185 kilometers away from Damaturu.

Sources told Channels Television that the members of the community earlier had the rumour of the attack at 1 pm in which most of them fled their homes to the bush for safety.

However, the insurgents succeeded in attacking the community at 5 pm this evening.

A resident of the area, Idris Garba, said that although fighter jets have arrived, the suspected insurgents were still inside the town shooting sporadically.

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When contacted to comment on the attack, the spokesman of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Kennedy Anyanwu, didn’t pick up nor reply to the text message sent to him.

Bandits Kill Seven, Kidnap Three In Kaduna Village

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

Seven people have been killed by bandits during an attack in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The attack, according to the residents, happened at the Katarma general area of Chikun local government near a location called Gbaja.

The residents also disclosed that the four people sustained injuries of various degrees.

In a similar development, the bandits attacked Unguwar Tagwaye Doka in Kuriga Ward, also of Chikun local government where they kidnapped three people.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said security agencies are conducting investigations at the affected locations.

The commissioner explained that the state government awaits official reports and other details on the incidents.

Kaduna has been experiencing a series of security challenges recently.

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Just two days ago, four people were killed in another reprisal attack in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the north-western state.

This is coming barely 24 hours after seven people were murdered in what security agencies describe as reprisal killing in Kauru and Lere Local Government Areas of the state.

Aruwan, who confirmed the unfortunate incident to Channels Television on December 20, said military and police authorities disclosed that the four persons were murdered.

Troops under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) had reported on Thursday and Saturday the killing of seven persons at Gora Gan in Zangon Kataf local government and the counter-killing of seven herders at Ungwan Idi and Kasheku of Kauru local government.

In the meantime, troops of Operation Safe Haven and Special Forces are still carrying out operations in Kauru and Zangon Kataf local government areas.

Yuletide: DSS Uncovers Plot To Bomb Selected Public Places

We Have No Instruction To Work Against Electoral Process In Rivers – DSS
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The Department of State Services (DSS) has uncovered a plot by some suspected criminals to bomb selected public places in the country during the yuletide period.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the secret service called on Nigerians to be extra vigilant, adding that they should report strange movements and suspicions to the relevant security agencies.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons,” the statement partly said.

“The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.”

The DSS spokesman explained that the aim of the criminals is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Federal Government.

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Afunanya also assured Nigerians that it is collaborating with other security agencies to adequately protect lives and properties.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

PRESS RELEASE

SECURITY ALERT

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons.

The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Government.

Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and indeed, all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.

On its part, the Service is collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for the protection of lives and property.

To further achieve this purpose, the Service has provided these emergency response numbers 08132222105 and 09030002189 for urgent contacts.  It is also using this opportunity to unveil its interactive website www.dss.gov.ng for public communication support.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these platforms and similar ones provided by related agencies to timely reach and avail them (security agencies) of required information.

However, the Service advises those planning to cause chaos and damage to public peace to desist from such as it will stop at nothing to apprehend and bring them to justice.

While assuring citizens and residents of their safety during and after the festive periods, the DGSS, Alhaji YM. Bichi fwc, with his Management and Staff, wishes all, Happy Celebrations and a Prosperous 2021.

 

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D

Public Relations Officer,

Department of State Services,

National Headquarters,

Abuja

22nd December, 2020

Again, Gunmen Kill Four In Kaduna, Troops Deployed To Flashpoints

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

Four people have been confirmed killed in another reprisal attack in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

This is coming barely 24 hours after seven people were murdered in what security agencies describe as reprisal killing in Kauru and Lere Local Government Areas of the state.

Confirming the latest incident, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said military and police authorities disclosed that the four persons were killed on Saturday.

Troops under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) had reported on Thursday and yesterday the killing of seven persons at Gora Gan in Zangon Kataf local government and the counter-killing of seven herders at Ungwan Idi and Kasheku of Kauru local government.

The commissioner explained that following clearance operations at Ungwan Gaiya, Ungwan Gimba and Ungwan Makama of Zangon Kataf local government, three more corpses were recovered, two of which have been identified.

He also noted that two houses were burnt in the attack while the corpses and other valuables were handed over to the police for further investigation and analyses.

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In the meantime, troops of Operation Safe Haven and Special Forces are still carrying out operations in Kauru and Zangon Kataf local government areas.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai who sent condolences to the families that lost their loved ones on behalf of the Kaduna State Government reiterated the need for aggrieved individuals and groups to seek recourse to the law instead of resorting to illegal and violent methods of settling grievances.

He also commended security agencies, traditional and religious institutions, community leaders and other critical stakeholders who remain committed to the peacebuilding efforts of the government, despite the challenging situation.

The governor commended the military and police authorities for the deployment of more personnel to the two local government areas, towards enhancing security.

Gunmen Kill Three In Niger, Second Attack In A Week

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

Gunmen on Sunday stormed Madaka village in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, killing at least three people.

The Chief of Staff to the LG Chairman, Mohammed Mohammed, confirmed this to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

Those killed are a leader of the vigilante group in Madaka, Isyaku Alhassan, his son Abdulhamid Isyaku and one other person whose name is yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

Also the village Head of Madaka, Alhaji Zakari Ya’u was said to have been abducted a second time. He only released recently after being held hostage for over three months in the hands of the bandits.

Mohammed said that the report he got indicated that the bandits who were camping in a village closer to Madaka, attacked the community today at about 11:00 am.

He said the attack lasted till 2:00 pm when the bandits decided to leave.

A resident of Madaka and Secretary of the Road Transport Workers Union in Madaka, Nasiru Paki, said the bandits also injured scores of other residents.

He said the attackers also set many houses in the village on fire,

Also, the Secretary to Rafi local government Council who is a traditional title holder in Madaka, Bala Madaki said corpses of those killed were yet to be retrieved for burial as the bandits were still patrolling around the community.

Efforts to get the Police to confirm the report proved abortive as the Police Public would not pick his calls or respond to messages sent to him.

At least, fifty persons have been killed since the renewed banditry attacks on communities in Niger State.

In Rafi LG alone, over ten persons have been killed in the last one week, with about 33 persons abducted.

Thousands of residents have also fled their homes, with many taking shelter in temporary camps provided by the state government.

Just six days ago, gunmen attacked Ogu and Tegina communities and abducted at least 19 people in Rafi local council.

Although Channels Television made efforts to reach the police authorities to confirm the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Niger, Wasiu Abiodun, did not pick his calls or respond to messages sent to him.

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But the Chief of Staff to Rafi LGA Chairman, Mohammed Mohammed, confirmed the incident to Channels Television

He, however, had to place telephone calls to some residents of the affected communities for more information.

A resident of Ogu, Kamal Wayam, decried that the attackers stormed the community on Sunday morning and started shooting into the air.

“The gunmen in their large number arrived in Ogu on motorcycles and before we knew what was happening, they started shooting into the air.

“They ransacked people’s houses and whatever valuable they could lay their hands on, they carted away,” Wayam said during his conversation with Mohammed.

 

Six Killed, 24 Abducted In DR Congo Attack

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa

 

Six people were killed and 24 others abducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s troubled east, local officials said Saturday after an attack blamed on the notorious ADF militia.

The violence happened in Beni, North Kivu province, territorial administrator Donat Kibwana said.

Twenty four civilians, including a reporter with a community radio station, were abducted in the course of the overnight attack, local sources said.

The Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, is blamed for slaughtering around 800 civilians over the past year in the province which borders Uganda.

The United Nations said in July the group’s attacks could constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The ADF, which originated in the 1990s as a Ugandan Muslim rebel group, is one of more than 100 militias that plague the eastern provinces of the vast country.

The group makes money notably through wood trafficking and DR Congo officials suspect some military are complicit in its violent raids.

The ADF has never claimed responsibility for attacks. But since April 2019, several of its assaults have been claimed by the so-called Islamic State’s Central Africa Province, without providing proof.

AFP