The district head of Gidan Zaki village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Haruna Kuye and his son have been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
According to a statement issued on Monday, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, that the deceased was murdered at their residence in the early hours of today.
The District Head’s wife, Aruwan stated, sustained machete wounds on her hand while his daughter had a gunshot wound on her finger.
He also disclosed that the security report further stated that the act was carried out by about five men wielding AK-47 rifles and machetes, who also tried to burn the house and a vehicle.
The commissioner added that three shell casing and a live round of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered at the scene of the incident, while soldiers in collaboration with other security agencies are carrying out investigations and trailing the assailants.
In the same vein, security agencies have also reported attacks at Fatika, Kaya and Yakawada villages in Giwa Local Government Area where two persons were killed and some kidnapped by bandits.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has directed security agencies to unravel the killers of the victims.
El-Rufai who condemned the killings as evil and violation of the sanctity of human lives by enemies of peace vowed that they must be fished out and made to face the wrath of the law.
He also condoled the Kuye family and the Atyap Traditional Council, prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims, while directing the Commissioner of Police and Director of the Department of State Services to team up with the military forces on the ground to ensure diligent investigations.
At least 22 people were killed when attackers stormed one of Afghanistan’s main universities on Monday, detonating a suicide bomb and spraying classrooms with bullets in a brazen hours-long assault claimed by Islamic State group.
The attack on Kabul University, which came as violence surges across Afghanistan, marked the second time in less than two weeks that an educational institution was targeted in the capital by IS extremists.
Survivors described horrific scenes after a suicide bomber struck inside the campus around 11:00 am (0530 GMT).
Two gunmen then opened fire, officials said, sending hundreds of students fleeing and scrambling over perimeter walls.
Fraidoon Ahmadi, a 23-year-old student, told AFP he was in a university class when gunfire broke out.
“We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives… boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help,” Ahmadi said.
He said he and other students were besieged for more than two hours before being rescued.
Images posted online showed what appeared to be the bodies of slain students lying by desks and chairs.
“They opened fire… all my classmates were lying in blood, either dead or wounded,” one student told a local television channel, adding that he escaped by climbing out a window.
IS said two of its fighters carried out the late morning attack.
“Two Islamic State fighters managed to attack a gathering set up by the Afghan government at the Kabul University for the graduation of judges and investigators after completing a course at the university,” the group’s propaganda arm Amaq said.
“The two fighters targeted the graduates with automatic weapons… then clashed with security forces.”
The Ministry of Public Health said at least 22 people were killed and 22 more wounded. Officials said most of the casualties were students.
– Ghani vows revenge –
It was not immediately clear how the attackers got their weapons into the university, which has security checks.
Officials said an investigation was under way.
It took Afghan security forces, supported by US troops, several hours to clear the campus and declare the attack over.
The Taliban said they were not involved, but Vice President Amrullah Saleh blamed the insurgent group and their supporters in Pakistan, even as he acknowledged an intelligence failure.
We “will correct our intelligence failures. But the Talibs, their like minded satanic allies in the next door won’t be ever able to wash their Conscience of this stinking & non justifiable attack on Kbul uni,” Saleh wrote on Twitter.
Afghan authorities routinely accuse Islamabad of backing the Taliban, charges Pakistan denies.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry condemned Monday’s attack what it said was a “despicable” assault on a seat of learning.
At the United Nations, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he “strongly condemns the horrific attack” at the university.
“This appalling attack, the second in 10 days on a school facility in Kabul, is also an assault on the human right to education,” Guterres said in a statement.
In a statement, President Ashraf Ghani vowed to “take revenge for this senseless attack and for any drop of innocent students’ blood spilled today.”
He added that the attack “will not remain without response, we will retaliate.”
Authorities declared Tuesday as a day of national mourning.
– Surging violence –
Several education centres have been attacked over the years by extremist groups such as Islamic State.
Last week at least 24 people, mostly students, were killed in a suicide attack on an educational centre in western Kabul that was claimed by IS.
In 2018, a suicide bomber killed dozens of people, many of them teenagers, in front of Kabul University in an attack also claimed by IS.
NATO in Afghanistan condemned the latest carnage.
“Afghan children & youth need to feel safe going to school. #NATO stands firmly behind all efforts to stop violence,” NATO envoy Stefano Pontecorvo said on Twitter.
Violence has surged in recent weeks despite ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the government that started in Qatar in September.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy who negotiated a separate deal with the Taliban in February, visited Islamabad on Monday where he met with the head of the Pakistan military to discuss a “way forward for lasting peace in Afghanistan”, officials said.
To the governor, the attack exposes the desperation of the bandits who he said are experiencing heavy pressure from the offensive launched by security operatives in recent times.
“I want to assure our law obedient citizens of Zamfara State that the experience we are undergoing will not last. The bandits are experiencing our sustained pressure which they react through cowardly and desperate attacks on innocent citizens,” the governor was quoted as saying.
“However, we shall not rest on our oars until we find a lasting solution to the emergence of violence in our communities.
“We implore for maximum co-operation from the communities in terms of swift intelligence reports.”
His reaction comes hours after four persons were killed and some others injured in the fresh attack by suspected bandits.
Suspected hoodlums on Monday stormed the #EndSARS Protests in Benin City, Edo State capital.
The Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media, Crusoe Osagie, told Channels Television that the hoodlums exchanged fire with security operatives at the Maximum prison in Benin City.
“The hoodlums are currently exchanging fire with the security personnel at the Maximum security prison in Oko, Benin City,” Osagie told Channels Television.
The hoodlums can be seen in videos invading the Benin Medium security prison on Sapele Road, releasing some inmates.
Three police stations were reported to have been burnt by the hoodlums.
Some of the police stations affected include the Ugbekun and Idogbo Police Stations in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state.
Protest Against Police Brutality
The #EndSARS protests calling for an end to police brutality; extrajudicial killings and scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – a unit of the police force notorious for human rights abuse – have continued for over 12 days.
Nigeria’s police chief, Mohammed Adamu, had on heels of the disbandment of SARS, announced a new tactical unit – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) – to replace the scrapped arm of the force.
Irked by the move, more Nigerians trooped to the streets, calling for the rejection of the new unit.
Using the #EndSWAT hashtag on the social media platform, Twitter, the protesters believe the new arm of the police would be no different from the disbanded SARS.
They argue that the introduction of SWAT is ill-timed and does not align with their demands for a reformation of the country’s policing system.
At least seven people have been killed and several others injured when gunmen attacked Kidandan and Kadai communities in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Channels Television learned that the gunmen invaded the communities on Saturday night, opened fire on the residents and burnt down houses.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attack.
In a statement he signed, the commissioner said the attackers were fleeing bandits who were successfully repelled by security operatives and local vigilantes on Friday when they attempted to attack the Kidandan general area from a neighbouring state.
According to the Commissioner, the bandits regrouped in the said neighbouring state and advanced to the community after losing a number of their members to the superior firepower of the security operatives.
He explained that it was while escaping from the superior firepower that some of the fleeing bandits carried out a reprisal attack on Kadai village, leading to loss of lives, and razing of houses, motorcycles and vehicles in the villages.
Aruwan, however, said that security operatives and local vigilante neutralized an unspecified number of the bandits, while many escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds.
Ground troops and police were mobilized while the Nigerian Air Force deployed a fighter jet to the general area for an immediate offensive against the horde of bandits.
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has condoled with the people of Kadai and Kidandan communities over the unfortunate incident.
The governor, in a message of condolence, prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and also wished those that were injured a speedy recovery.
The Governor praised all security personnel and volunteers involved in the operation, describing their effort as a gallant act of sacrifice and deep patriotism in view of the steadfastness exhibited by the operatives and local vigilante.
He also appealed to the security agencies to sustain the ongoing onslaught against armed bandits and other criminals engaged in nefarious activities, stating that the ongoing operation will continue, as well as the deployment of troops and operatives to flashpoints in the counter banditry campaign.
A staff of Ekiti West Local Government in Ekiti State has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
Confirming the incident to Channels Television on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu said that the corpse of deceased who is also a Pastor was found at his farm in a forest located along Aramoko-Ijero Ekiti.
The Police PPRO said the identity of his killer(s) is still unknown, adding that investigation is ongoing for possible detection and apprehension of the perpetrators.
This comes three weeks after a director with the Local Government Service Commission in the state, Mr David Jejelowo, was murdered.
Jejelowo was killed at his residence in Igirigiri, Ado Ekiti in the early hours of September 14.
The deceased, Jejelowo was a victim of abduction with his driver in January 2019 along Ado-Ijan road while returning from a trip although he later regained his freedom.
Meanwhile, the police spokesman also gave an update on the bank robbery that happened in Iyin Ekiti on Friday.
According to him, the State Police has recovered three vehicles with some Improvised Explosive Device(IEDs), some wraps of Indian hemp, alcoholic drinks and two handsets result from its manhunt of the criminals.
He also reiterated the commitment of the Force to arrest the perpetrators of the attack to serve as a deterrent to others.
An angry mob on Tuesday attacked an aide to Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, and other officials.
Channels Television learned that the victims were the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Development and Social Inclusion, Mr. Hamza Mohammed together, and officials of the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA).
They were said to have embarked on a flood assessment of the Ganuwar Kuka area of the state before being attacked.
The attackers purportedly wielded sticks, matchets, and other dangerous weapons to register their displeasure against the state government over alleged lackluster attitude towards the flood, which to them, has affected eight local government areas under the Hadejia emirate.
The Special Adviser who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, adding that they were to inspect the extent of damages in the community before the mob attacked them.
Also, Governor Abubakar condemned the attack on his aide, describing it as being politically motivated.
“This is politically motivated. How can one attack someone who is trying to provide you with support? Nobody is responsible for this disaster.
“It is God’s will and we cannot prevent it from happening. Even in the United States, they experience disasters. Who are we to prevent what God has ordained?” he said.
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted the Caretaker Chairman of Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Bege Katuka.
A commercial motorcyclist was reportedly killed during the kidnapping incident.
Although the police and government authorities are yet to confirm the incident, sources told Channels Television that the council chairman was kidnapped on his way to his farm located around Juji village in Chikun Local Government Area.
He was said to have boarded a commercial motorcycle to his farm when the gunmen ambushed them.
The gunmen reportedly shot the commercial motorcyclist to death and thereafter took the council chairman away to an unknown destination.
In recent times, Juji and some other communities in Chikun Local Government Area have come under heavy attacks by kidnappers, with several people abducted and others later released after paying millions of naira as ransom.
The attack happened barely 48 hours after Borno State Government officials were ambushed on the same route while travelling to Baga to join the governor who had flown in via an Air Force chopper.
Reporters on the ill-fated convoy say sixteen persons were confirmed dead while the whereabouts of an unspecified number of people can still not be accounted for.
Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) working with the state government’s resettlement committee to clear shrubs from the road for clearer vision, also reportedly disappeared after the attack.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Bello Makwashi assured members of the public that the Force “will not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno State at all times.”
Baga town came under serious attack on Friday when the convoy of the Borno State Government was travelling, where Governor Babagana Zulum is expected to receive returning IDPs.
The officials were ambushed by the insurgents, the casualty figures remain uncertain.
An Armoured Personnel Carrier belonging to the police as well as state government vehicles were reportedly hijacked in the attack.
Governor Zulum had flown in an Airforce chopper to Baga earlier, where he performed the Friday prayers with troops.
Meanwhile, the military has kept mum over the attack since it was reported.
When contacted, the Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, said he was not competent to speak on operations, directing Channels Television’s correspondent to the Defence Headquarters.
The Chief of Army Staff arrived in Maiduguri earlier today conducted the burial of the three other soldiers who were killed in an attack involving a Commanding Officer, Colonel Dahiru Bako.
Two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been killed in an attack by gunmen.
Channels Television learned that the attack occurred on Monday at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege between Adoka, Nasarawa State.
The FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this in a statement.
He said one of the victims died during the attack while another officer died in the hospital, adding that four others were injured.
According to Kazeem, eight corps escaped unhurt, adding that 10 were abducted.
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UNKNOWN GUNMEN ATTACK SOME FRSC STAFF ENROUTE UDI AT MARARABAN UDEGE IN NASARAWA
Some personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps travelling from Sokoto and Kebbi States Command of the Corps for a training programme at FRSC Academy, Udi were reportedly attacked by Bandits/Kidnappers at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege between Adoka, Nasarawa state today Monday 14th September 2020 at about 8 am. The Officers totalling 26 in number were travelling in two buses.
According to the FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, one of the Officers in the vehicle conveying the staff of the Corps reportedly died during the attack while another officer died in the hospital and four others were injured, 8 escaped unhurt, ten unaccounted for as they were allegedly kidnapped by the assailants.
The Corps Public Education Officer noted that the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has immediately reported the incident to relevant authorities for prompt rescue of the kidnapped staff while investigations to ensure that the assailants are brought to book is ongoing.
Kazeem noted that the Corps Marshal has called on all staff of the Corps not to be deterred by this unfortunate incident. He assured that the Corps will work closely with relevant security to ensure that the criminal elements are brought to book and justice is served while the missing personnel are found.
Residents of Tungamaji, a satellite community in Abuja are still in shock, 48 hours after gunmen overran the settlement, robbing, and kidnapping 11 people including women and children.
Some of the victims who have now regained their freedom narrated their gruesome ordeal in the hands of their captors to Channels Television on Friday.
Meanwhile, they have also called on the government to beef up security in the area.
The gunmen stormed the Tungan Maje village, a community bordering the Federal Capital Territory and Niger State, on Thursday, shooting sporadically in the air, after which they kidnapped some residents.