Police operatives in Kaduna State have repelled an attack by bandits on the Maraban Jos Divisional Police Headquarters in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
The incident occurred on Friday night when the bandits stormed the Divisional police headquarters in three Sharon utility vehicles and started shooting sporadically in order to gain access into the Divisional armoury.
They were, however, repelled by operatives on duty who engaged them in a fierce gun battle.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the attack via a statement issued to Channels Television on Saturday.
He said the superior firepower of the police personnel during the gun duel with the bandits which lasted for some minutes, forced the bandits to retreat, with some of them escaping with fatal bullet wounds.
A police Inspector and two Special Constabulary personnel who sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attack are currently receiving medical treatment
However, Jalige explained that the operatives were able to secure the armoury, the entire station and other adjoining facilities at the Division, adding that investigation into the incident has since commenced using the available evidence recovered from the scene.
Meanwhile, the State Police Command, therefore, has directed all officers to ensure that proactive measures are emplaced to protect all police facilities in the state and forestall the repeat of the ugly incident.
At least 20 people have been killed in fighting between armed groups and troops in Democratic Republic of Congo troops eastern highlands, a military source said.
In fighting on Saturday and Sunday between DR Congo troops and the Makanika-Twigwaneho-Ngumino coalition of armed groups, “the provisional toll is five soldiers killed, and on the enemy’s side there are 15 dead”, said Captain Dieudonne Kasereka, an army spokesman in eastern South Kivu region.
“Loyalists recaptured their positions in the center of Minembwe and its surroundings at around 10 am on Sunday.
Because of these clashes, “the population has dispersed in all directions”, he said, adding that people should now return as the “situation is under (the) control” of the army.
“Ngomino elements were also ambushed in Lwiko (2 km from Minembwe),” a UN source told AFP, without confirming the figure of 15 assailants killed as given by the army.
The Hauts Plateaux region is the scene of a conflict between armed groups formed on a communal basis, notably Tutsi Congolese with distant Rwandan origins, the Banyamulenge, and other communities.
On Saturday, from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm (0300 to 1500 GMT), loud bangs were reported in the city of Minembwe and its surroundings, the attackers having approached “up to one km from the headquarters of the army before being repulsed”, according to the army.
“A UN source told AFP that senior FARDC officers had spent the night (Saturday to Sunday) in the base of the UN Mission in the DRC (Monusco).
On Sunday morning “fighting was still going on”, according to a FARDC officer who was answering a question from AFP while directing operations at the front.
The coalition “Twigwaneho” (self-defence) and “Ngumino” (We Stay Here in Kinyamulenge) is composed of members of the Banyamulenge community.
These armed groups were joined by Colonel Michel Rukundo Makanika who deserted the army in early 2020 with a group of soldiers.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reiterated his administration’s resolve in tackle the numerous security challenges in the country, noting that the Federal Government cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians.
Buhari through his media aide, Garba Shehu, condemned the killing of 24 persons in Adamawa on Wednesday, and directed security officials to “redouble their efforts and respond to these security threats promptly and decisively.”
“We can’t afford to disappoint Nigerians that have entrusted their security in our hands,” he said while expressing sadness over the incident which claimed the lives of a vigilante leader and Village Head of Dabna, a village in Dugwaba, Hong Local Government Area of the state.
“This level of savagery, inhumanity and reckless disregard for the sanctity of life cannot go unpunished,” President Buhari said.
The President directed respective agencies under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to immediately assess losses in the community and send support.
He equally raised a high-powered delegation to visit the community to convey his sympathies to the families of victims and the government of the north-eastern state.
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Terrorists had on Wednesday stormed Dabna, a farming community three kilometers away from Graha the hometown of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha.
The community is said to have come under attack in the early hours of yesterday, with insurgents shooting sporadically and setting houses and shops ablaze.
At least seven people have been killed and ten others kidnapped in separate attacks carried out by bandits in Chikun, Kajuru and Giwa Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
Among the victims were four persons who were kidnapped and shot to death by the bandits at Tsohon Gayan community in Chikun Local Government Area, while another two were also killed at Iri Station in Kajuru Local Government.
Moses Matthew, a resident of Iri Station in Kaujuru Local Government Area, told Channels Television that the bandits stormed the community around 1:00 am with some sophisticated weapons and started shooting indiscriminately.
He said residents of the area heard the sound of heavy gunshots forcing the people to scream, adding that the bandits succeeded in abducting 10 persons.
“They will come and push into people’s houses. At the end of the day, we discovered that 10 of our people were abducted and two were killed,” he said.
“Besides that, these people were saying that they were a small group, that big people will be coming back. So we don’t know what we have done to them and what to do now.”
The distraught resident called on the Kaduna State Government to beef up security and drafting out security operatives in the area.
On his part, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who led Security operatives to the affected communities on Saturday, described the attack as inhuman, assuring that the state government in collaboration with Security agencies will do everything possible to arrest the perpetrators and halt further attacks.
“We have lost about seven citizens. Four of the many citizens that were kidnapped in Chikun Local Government were shut dead yesterday and one other person was killed in Galadima General Area of Giwa Local Government.
“In the early hours of today, we got a distress call from Iri Station in Kaujuru Local Government and two citizens were killed. We came here to see things for ourselves.”
Kaduna State and other northwestern states have been battling the scourge of banditry with many being kidnapped and killed in recent months.
As part of the measures to tackle the menace, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai had vowed that the state government would not negotiate with bandits or pay ransom to secure the release of abducted persons.
Two people have been killed by bandits in Giwa and Birnin Gwari local government areas of Kaduna State, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said on Tuesday.
According to the Commissioner, the bandits killed one Yusuffa Karami at Maikulu in Birnin Gwari local government, while one Fanyo Bello was confirmed dead following gun wounds inflicted by bandits at Ungwan Maikuzunniya of Giwa LGA in the early hours of today.
Security agencies also reported that a nonagenarian, Nabara Katoh has committed suicide by hanging herself at Gonan Rogo of Kajuru local government area.
Another set of bandits stormed the Garin- Gabas on the same day during which they faced stiff opposition from the youths of the town,
The number of casualties on both sides could not be immediately ascertained.
Also today, some bandits raided Ungwan Bako in the Kotonkoro district of Mariga Local Government Area abducting many people mostly women and children.
The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) confirmed the incidents but did not give details.
Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command Public Relations Officer DSP Wasiu Abiodun did not respond to calls made to his cell phones for comments on the developments.
Meanwhile, the Niger State Government says it is taking measures to ensure the release of Islamic School children abducted by bandits in Tegina, Rafi Local Government.
Giving an update on the abduction to journalists at the Government House, the State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso disclosed that the government was on pursuit of the bandits and efforts are being put in place to identify the bandits.
Ketso said that though the numbers of the kidnapped school children is not fully ascertained, efforts by security agencies to secure their release have been intensified.
Noting that there are many government schools in Tegina, he said the government was proactive to have deboarded the boarding schools and made sure every primary and secondary school has a semblance of the security team that can be able to respond immediately.
Describing the situation as unfortunate, the deputy governor said that the Islamiyya school has three components comprising of the nursery, primary and junior secondary school.
He assured that strategies are in place to secure the release of the abductees the same way those of Kagara boys were released ruling out the option of paying the ransom.
“We don’t pay ransom to abductors. We are trying to negotiate to see how we can bring them back safely,” he said.
He said that the government has made contact with some of the identified parents of the kidnapped children, assuring them of their safe return.
A “known radical” suspected of carrying out a knife attack in France died from injuries sustained in a shootout with police Friday, hours badly wounding a female officer in another act of violence against police.
The man, who was on a terrorist watch-list according to the interior ministry, had been on the run after the attack in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre near the western city of Nantes.
A total of 250 officers were trying to find him, and two gendarmes were wounded in the exchange of fire that resulted in his arrest, authorities said.
No motive for the stabbing has emerged, but the attacker was “a known radical and suffering from a very serious psychiatric illness”, one source involved in the investigation said.
After stabbing the officer at a police station, inflicting life-threatening injuries, the suspect stole her service weapon and fled on foot.
He then broke into the flat of a young woman, holding her there, and it was from there he fired on the gendarmes, prosecutor Pierre Sennes said.
The police officer he had stabbed was taken to hospital and later declared to be out of danger.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the attempted murder of the police officer and the gendarmes, and for the sequestration of the young woman.
“My first thoughts go to the police officer who was seriously wounded,” Prime Minister Jean Castex wrote on Twitter.
“She has all my support and… the support of the entire government.”
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, visited the scene in the afternoon.
“This French-born French national, around 40 years old and known to police services, was released from prison in 2016 where he was pointed out because of a strict practice of Islam and radicalisation”, he said.
That had led to his inclusion on a watch-list of potential terrorist sympathisers, he added.
Arrested in 2013 for aggravated theft, on his release he was ordered to follow treatment for schizophrenia.
Darmanin said the suspect had opened fire on the officers who shot back. He had died shortly after the shootout.
An AFP photo reporter at the scene said he heard around a dozen rounds discharged in two rapid bursts during the standoff, in a residential area.
Special police forces carrying shields and wearing helmets used rubbish bins and bushes for cover as they opened fire.
One witness told AFP he saw a civilian on the ground surrounded by police after the shootout.
Pupils in the area’s primary and middle schools were kept indoors while police tracked the suspect, a city official told AFP.
“We drew the curtains and told the children to lie on the ground. They’ve been there for two hours,” one local teacher told AFP by text message during the manhunt.
The suspect’s former lawyer, Vincent de la Morandiere, told AFP that his client’s psychological state had “deteriorated gradually during his various spells in prison”.
One neighbour described him as “very discreet and polite” while another said “he told me he had psychological problems. He lived alone and didn’t have any visitors. He told me he had a child”.
La Chapelle-sur-Erdre is a town of 20,000 inhabitants just north of Nantes near the Atlantic coast.
The attack came the same day Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti called on French judges to show “firmness” when dealing with people found guilty of attacks on police forces.
Spate of attacks
French police officers have demanded better protection and harsher punishments for attacks against them after a spate of assaults in recent months.
Earlier this month, officer Eric Masson was shot dead while investigating activity at a known drug-dealing site in the southern city of Avignon.
Masson’s death came after the April 23 killing of Stephanie Monferme, a police employee who was stabbed in the town of Rambouillet outside Paris in the latest jihadist attack in France.
There was no immediate indication that the French authorities intended to open a terror probe into Friday’s attack.
But several attacks over the last year have reignited concerns about the spread of radical Islam inside France and immigration.
In September, a Pakistani man wounded two people with a meat cleaver outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which had printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
On October 16, a young Chechen refugee beheaded teacher Samuel Paty who had showed some of the caricatures to his pupils.
And on October 29, three people were killed when a recently arrived Tunisian went on a stabbing spree in a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice.
In the most severe recent attack against French police, three officers and one police employee were stabbed to death in October 2019 by a IT specialist colleague who was himself then shot dead. He was later found to have shown an interest in radical Islam.
In France’s deadliest peacetime atrocity, 130 people were killed and 350 were wounded when Islamist suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Stade de France stadium, bars, and restaurants in central Paris and the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015.
At least ten people have been killed by bandits during an attack and counter-attacks at two villages in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The gunmen according to the Kaduna State Commissioner for internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan invaded Naiko village in Giwa local government and engaged the community volunteers in a gun duel, which led to the death of three residents of the community.
Aruwan explained that in a reaction to the killings, youths of Na’ikko village attacked a nearby Fulani settlement, Rugan Abdulmuminu and killed two persons whom they alleged to be involved in the initial attack.
In another incident, armed bandits invaded Dakyauro village of Sabon Birni in Igabi LGA and killed four persons after rustling about 25 cows.
Similarly, a community leader, Dauda Adamu has been killed by bandits at Ungwan Ayaba in Chikun local government area.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness over the attacks that led to the death of some people.
The governor while condoling with the families of all who lost their lives in the attacks, also wished those injured a speedy recovery.
El-Rufai noted with deep concern the incidents in Na’ikko village in Giwa LGA, appealing to the residents to embrace recourse to the law and avoid killings and reprisal actions that would prove utterly detrimental to peace in the area.
He assured farmers in Giwa, Igabi, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru and Chikun local government areas of the state government’s awareness of their plight, stating that his administration is taking active steps towards ensuring that they will continue to pursue their livelihoods in safety.
On the security challenges in Kaduna, the state government asked private schools operating in high-risk areas to adhere to the security advisories issued to them. This followed reports that some schools have continued to operate outside of the guidelines presented to them by the security agencies for the safety of their students and staff.
Nine persons have been killed by suspected herdsmen, including the kindred head of Tse Ancha, Agan council ward, Makurdi Local Government Area on Saturday morning, just a few meters from the host community of Abangana IDP camp where seven people were killed about three weeks ago.
Although the police authorities are yet to issue an official statement on the killing, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Benue State Command, Sewuese Anene, confirmed the attack via a text message.
Tse Ancha is a community located along the Makurdi- Lafia federal highway and is less than a kilometer from Abagena Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) Camp, where suspected herdsmen attacked and killed seven persons, mostly inmates of the camp and members of the host community.
According to a resident of Tse Ancher and a journalist attached to the Benue state government house who does not want his name mentioned confirmed the attack to Channels Television.
He said, “The attackers started their operation at Tse Ancha and almost penetrated down to my school before some Youths with local weapons like machete and arrows stopped them but they killed one person within the village at my school, in addition to the eight persons so far discovered at Tse Acha including the Kindred head Chief Uzua.”
The attack happened about 3 to 4 am on Saturday when the villagers were fast asleep.
The Chairman of Makurdi Local Government Council, Mister Anthony Dyegeh visited the scene of the incident and directed that the corpses and those injured be taken to the hospital.
While condemning the attacks on innocent people, Dyegeh called on various security agencies to stand up to their responsibility of securing the lives and properties of the citizens of the state.
Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Benue State on Security matters, Colonel Paul Hembah who accompanied the Chairman to the scene, called the people to stop relying on Federal security alone but stand up to defend themselves and their Lands.
He extended Governor Samuel Ortom’s condolences to the people and pray for peace to return in the state.
Also found at the scene of the attack at the break of dawn, was an ATM card bearing Audullayi Sabo and empty shells of bullets.
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has asked residents to ignore rumours of a planned attack, warning that his administration would crush anyone attempting to attack Imo people again.
He described reports making rounds that hoodlums were targeting some institutions and government facilities in the state as unfounded.
“Imo people and residents should go about their businesses without fear of molestation or harassment. What happened in the past weeks will never repeat itself again,” Uzodinma was quoted as saying via a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Oguwike Nwachuku.
“We will crush anybody that attempts to cause mayhem or attack Imo people again. Government cannot surrender to blackmailers, hoodlums and perpetrators of violence who have sworn to make the State ungovernable.”
Speaking after a church service at the Government House Chaplaincy in Owerri, Governor Uzodimma said that such rumours were designed to put fears in the mind of Imo people and assured them that no such thing would happen.
He also seized the opportunity to reiterate his earlier stand that those perpetrating the violence and evil are mostly not Igbo people but hired machinery, insisting that the government under his watch will not allow those who visited mayhem on the people to operate again in the state.
Uzodinma reiterated that over 400 of those who carried out the threats on the state in the past have been arrested and undergoing trials in the courts, adding, “the good thing there is that over 70 percent of them are not Igbos.”
While enjoining Imo citizens to “feel free so long as you are not a criminal,” Uzodinma advised those planning to visit the state with any form of violence to have a rethink as “government is more than ever ready and prepared to keep Imo safe and secured.”
No fewer than eight people have been killed by bandits at Ungwan Gaida village in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.
The bandits were said to have invaded the community and started shooting sporadically and, in the process, shot eighth people dead.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the bandits also burnt down a building belonging to the Assemblies of God Church along with several other house during the attack.
In another development, the Nigerian Navy troops stationed in the Kujama general area killed three bandits and arrested two accomplices after repelling an attack on Wakwodna community, near Kasso village, also in Chikun local government area.
According to operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, the troops stationed at the Kujama Checkpoint responded to reports of an attack on Wakwodna village, and swiftly deployed for intervention.
The bandits fled into surrounding bushes on sighting the troops, and abandoned some rustled cattle, which were rounded up and returned to their rightful owners.
The troops engaged the bandits just before Kaso village, and in the gunfight, three bandits were neutralized.
Two locals who were injured in the exchange, were evacuated for medical attention.
During the operation, the troops arrested a suspected bandit’s informant, Kapido Halilu, and a logistics supplier, Umar Maipashi.
Food and medical supplies meant for the bandits were also confiscated while the suspects were taken into custody for further investigation.