Soldier, Bandit Killed As Gunmen Abduct Woman, Children In Zaria

A file photo of a gun recovered from criminals.

 

A soldier has been reported killed and four persons abducted by bandits who attacked Milgoma, a community near the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Those kidnapped by the gunmen included a woman, her daughter, and two sons.

However, the police and military authorities in Kaduna have yet to confirm the incident said to have occurred on Monday night.

In an interview on Tuesday, the Secretary of Milgoma community simply identified as Sani, told Channels Television that the bandits invaded the area in large numbers at about 9pm.

He said they went straight to the residence of a male lecturer working with the Kaduna State University, with the intention to kidnap him.

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According to Sani, soldiers attached to the area responded to a distress call from the residents and swiftly moved to the scene.

He explained that on sighting the security operatives, the bandits immediately engaged them in a fierce gun battle.

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

 

One of the soldiers, who advanced to the residence of the lecturer, was said to have been shot by the gunmen who already laid an ambush around the compound.

The security operative was later rushed to a hospital where he was reported to have died.

On the other hand, the body of one of the bandits who died from bullet wounds was later discovered by soldiers.

Sani stated that the soldiers were able to stop the bandits from kidnapping the lecturer.

He said the gunmen later moved to another location within the community where they took away the woman and her three children.

The attack on Milgoma took place a day after gunmen killed 12 locals in Peigyim village in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, revealed that the village came under attack on Sunday night as the assailants opened fire on the residents.

Two other residents injured during the attack were taken to the hospital for treatment, while the security agencies in the state said they were already combing the area with a view to arresting the perpetrators.

Bandits Kill 13 Police Officers In Zamfara

 

Thirteen police officers have been killed after bandits ambushed mobile operatives who were responding to distress calls in communities within and around Kurar Mota village in Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State. 

Confirming the attack which took place on Sunday, spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Mohammed Shehu, said “the personnel who ran into the ambush exhibited resilience and gallantry by engaging the gunmen, an effort that deterred the bandits from attacking more communities.

“Unfortunately, 13 personnel paid the supreme price”.

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SP Shehu, however, noted that the bandits on their part also suffered heavy casualties, adding that a manhunt against the armed bandits that took the officers by surprise at Kurar Mota village has been launched.

Police Commissioner, CP Hussaini Rabiu, while visiting some officers who were injured in the attack, assured the people of Zamfara that the Force will not discourage the officers and men of the command from discharging their mandate of protecting lives and properties of the citizens.

He said the command is determined to sustain its ongoing operations against the activities of recalcitrant bandits and other criminal elements in the state and urged all law-abiding citizens to join hands with the security agencies to successfully end the menace.

Abductors of Zamfara College Provost Demand N5 Million Ransom

A map of Zamfara in north-west Nigeria.

 

The abductors of the provost of College of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura, Mr Habibu Mainasara have demanded the sum of five million naira as ransom before they can release him.

Mr Mainasara was abducted at his official residence in the early hours of Sunday with two other persons.

The elder brother of the provost, Nasiru Mainasara told Channels Television that the bandits have been in contact with the family and that negotiations are ongoing for a reduction in the amount demanded.

He however confirmed that some prominent members of the community have told the family to stop the negotiation and assured them of his safe rescue.

The State Police command however denied knowledge of an ongoing negotiation between the family and the abductors.

Spokesperson Mohammed Shehu said the command has deployed search and rescue team to go after the abductors and ensure safe return of the victims.

Bandit Killed In Failed Attempt To Abduct Indian In Kaduna

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

 

Security Operatives in Kaduna State have killed a bandit in a failed attempt to abduct an Indian.

The bandit, along with his cohorts, had attempted to kidnap the foreigner working with a private company in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Mohammed Jalige, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, confirmed this on Tuesday.

He explained that the bandits laid an ambush for the foreigner on Monday with an intention to kidnap him while he was driving to Plan Farm Phase at the Dankande area in Igabi.

Rather than getting caught up in the web, Jalige noted that some police officers ran into the ambush laid by the bandits.

He added that the armed men who were desperate to kidnap the foreigner open fire on the security operatives, but they were met with stiffer resistance from the policemen.

The command’s spokesman stated that the police operatives successfully repelled the bandits through their superior firepower and secured the foreigner unhurt.

According to him, the bandits fled into the forest with bullet wounds, and the lifeless body of one of them was recovered.

Jalige revealed that a joint team of the police and military personnel, while on a search of the area on Tuesday, also recovered four AK-47 rifles loaded with 120 rounds of live ammunition.

He said the remains of the bandit has been deposited at a morgue while forensic analysis of a phone also recovered was ongoing with the view to getting more details about the gang, their activities, and their location for a possible raid of their camps.

Kaduna Security: Police Arrest Suspected Bandit, Recover AK-47 Rifle

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
Map showing Kaduna State

 

Operatives of the Kaduna State police command have arrested a suspected bandit in possession of an AK-47 rifle.

According to the Police spokesperson in the state, Mohammed Jalige, the suspect was arrested on Friday during a routine patrol along Kudaru forest in Saminaka, Lere Local Government Area.

The suspect was intercepted in a Volkswagen vehicle (Golf) green in colour with Reg.No.KAG 142 AA heading towards Kaduna.

The suspect with the AK-47 rifle

 

The security operatives noticed the suspicious disposition of the occupants of the said vehicle and tried to flag them down; they immediately parked some distance away and took to their heels into the forest.

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The Police Officers, however, engaged them in a shootout of which they succeeded in apprehending one Bello Abubakar and when the vehicle was searched, an AK47 rifle was found concealed in the car.

The police spokesman said the suspect is currently undergoing a thorough investigation and is giving useful information to the Police while concerted effort is ongoing with the view to apprehending the fleeing members of the gang to face the full wrath of the law.

The arrest of the suspect follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s vow that his administration will act firmly and decisively ‘‘against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our Police Force and other security personnel.’’

The President also gave a shoot-at-sight order saying “anybody with AK-47 should be shot because AK-47 is supposed to be registered and it is only given to security officials.”

Suspected Bandit Arrested In Imo

The suspected bandit arrested by operatives of the Imo State Police Command.

 

Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a suspected bandit, Micheal Osundu in the state.

The suspect, according to police authorities, is suspected to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the Nigeria Correctional Services and the Police headquarters on April 5.

According to the police spokesman in the state, Ikeokwu Orlando, the arrest followed the mandate and directive of the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman to restore peace and tranquillity in Imo state.

“He was arrested in connection with criminal activities in the state, and he is reasonably suspected to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the Nigeria Correctional Services and the Police headquarters on 5/04/21,” the police spokesman said via a statement issued on Monday.

Items recovered from the suspect include one English-made Pump action rifle and 26 live cartridges, and a pair of police uniform with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) hidden in his tinted Toyota Escalade vehicle.

Upon interrogation, police operatives said the suspect claimed to be a spy trained at the Police Training School, Ikeja.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter, with a view of discovering his level of culpability and possibly arresting other suspects.

He also asked other persons that participated in the attacks on Police and Correctional facilities, as well as the escapee inmates/suspects to turn themselves in, or else, will be made to face the full wrath of the law if caught.

The police boss also appealed to members of the public to partner with the Command by volunteering credible information to the Police, which may lead to arresting criminal elements in and around the state.

 

 

How My Friend Was Killed By Bandits In Taraba Community Attack – Survivor

A house razed by bandits during an attack on Kona community in Taraba State.

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed a man during an attack in Kona community – a suburb of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

The hoodlums were said to have stormed the community in their numbers on Monday night, shooting sporadically at the doors of residents with the aim of killing anyone who steps out.

They also wreaked havoc in the community, setting fire on residents’ houses.

One of the residents who escaped with gunshot wounds, Silas Dame, narrated his ordeal and how his friend was killed by the assailants.

He told Channels Television that although he could not identify the bandits, they were well-armed.

Silas Dame narrates his ordeal.

 

“Last night (Monday), at about 12:00am when my family members were sleeping, I woke up, suspecting some footsteps and suddenly we were attacked.

“We do not know who they are. They go to people’s doorstep and if one comes out, they will fire at him but if you refuse to go out, they will set fire on the hut,” Dame said in his local dialect.

He added, “My friend was killed in the attack. He heard a knock on the door and rushed to open and was killed but, I escaped with gunshot wounds.”

On his part, the Commander of the vigilante group in the area, Alli Kotonu, explained that they engaged the gunmen in a gunfight which forced them to run away.

He said, “As the leader of the vigilante group here, we were alerted and I called my members to attack them.

“We exchanged fire and when they knew we will definitely overpower them, they escaped through this bush path you are seeing. It is unfortunate that they succeeded in killing one of our residents.”

Alli Kotonu explains how the vigilante men confronted the bandits.

 

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Taraba, David Misal, said he was out of the town for an official function.

He, however, stated that the police have gone after the bandits with a view to apprehending them and bringing them to justice.

Troops Kill Three Bandits, Recover Over 500 Livestock

A soldier backs the camera during a clearance operation in northern Nigeria.

 

Troops have killed three bandits and recovered over 500 livestock in a series of operations carried out in Sokoto and Katsina States.

In a statement on Thursday, the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, noted that the operations were conducted in two days.

He said troops of Operation Hadarin Daji under Operation Accord came in contact with some bandits at Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State on Tuesday.

Enenche explained that the soldiers adopted aggressive tactical manoeuvres and engaged the bandits, thereby neutralising two while others fled in disarray with gunshot wounds.

He added that another suspected bandit, Ibrahim Alhassan, was arrested by troops while on routine patrol in Zamfara State.

“Upon preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to being a member of Kachalla Bandit Group.

“The suspect further confessed to being a GPMG carrier for the group and was on payroll of N100,000 for every evil operation they conducted. The suspect is in custody as further investigation continues,” the statement said.

The military says troops recovered over 500 cows, rams, and sheep during clearance operations conducted in Sokoto and Katsina States.

 

In another development, troops intercepted three armed bandits and killed one of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

He noted that the soldiers, were on patrol along road Unguwan Doka- Sabon Layi in Faskari LGA of Katsina State, recovered one AK-47 rifle and one motorcycle.

On Wednesday, Enenche revealed that troops received credible intelligence on the movement of bandits with a large number of rustled animals from Jangemi village forest to Kwaren Ganuwa axis in Zamfara State.

According to him, the soldiers immediately mobilised and intercepted the bandits at Bawaganga village but the criminals fled towards Muhaye forest and abandoned 250 cows and 150 rams, on sighting the troops.

“Additionally, still on 8 July 20, acting on credible intelligence on the movement of bandits along Kwaren Ganuwa towards Tsafe with unconfirmed rustled livestock.

“Troops tactically mobilised to the scene. Bandits fled in disarray on sighting troops thereby abandoning the rustled animals. Troops exploited further and recovered 117 cows and 34 sheep,” the statement added.

Masari Decries Renewed Bandit Attacks In Katsina

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has described himself as ‘a very sad person’ as a result of the renewed activities of bandits in the state.

The governor stated this on Thursday when he received the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Major General Leo Irabor, on a courtesy call at the Government House in Katsina.

He explained that he had started to run out of patience because of the plight of the residents in local governments bordering the forests.

Governor Masari decried the terrible condition in which the villagers were living, saying the situation was not about coronavirus but ‘bandit virus’.

He noted that a Divisional Police Officer in Faskari Local Government Area was nearly killed in an attack by bandits, adding that he was receiving treatment at a hospital.

The Governor revealed that on the same night, five people were killed and their animals rustled at a village in neighbouring Sabuwa Local Government Area of the state.

He said, “In Sabuwa, on the same night too, the head of Danmusa Local Government who is an indigene of Sabuwa was kidnapped along with his son by the bandits.

“Two weeks ago, over 50 people were lost in the eight frontline local governments and the attacks were happening on a daily basis.”

Governor Masari lamented that the residents have started losing confidence in the administration, stressing that the locals threatened to take up arms and confront the bandits.

He, however, said he had to plead with the political leadership in Faskari and was able to convince them that the bandits have more sophisticated weapons.

Although the governor lamented that he had limitations of both resources and authority, he was hopeful that banditry would stop in Katsina the security operatives were armed with the needed weapons and logistics.

Earlier, Major General Irabor told Governor Masari that he was in Katsina following the report on the resurgence of banditry in the Rugu Forests.

He assured the governor that the military would step up operations to bring the situation under control and thanked him for his support to the military.

Buhari Authorises Deployment Of Air Power Against Bandits In Niger, Environs

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has received assurances that with the harmattan dust gradually easing its hold on the skies, fighter aircraft would this week join the efforts to provide effective air attacks against bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers that have been attacking remote communities around Dogon Gona forest in Niger State.

The President, who described the repeated attacks leading to the losses of several lives in the communities “as a disaster for the nation,” had authorized the deployment of air power to support troops and policemen deployed to the “difficult terrain,” to counter the menace of the attackers operating in the forest area bordering Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara states.

In line with this directive, the Nigerian Air Force is setting up refueling facilities at Minna, Niger State to support the aircraft operations, giving assurances that given the improved weather conditions, a major exercise to “visually acquire targets” and launch attacks will soon follow.

The Police Command in Niger has equally given assurances that the planned dedicated air raids to complement the police helicopter gunship operations remain the best approach given the lack of motorized roads in the areas constantly under attack.

President Buhari commiserates with the government and people of Niger State following the attacks and the loss of lives that followed, and assures that victim communities in the state will not be abandoned by the rest of the country.

Bandit Attacks: Victims Demand Military Formation In Kaduna LG

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

Victims of recent bandit attacks in 17 communities of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have appealed to the Federal Government to establish a military formation in the area.

They also requested that troops be deployed in forests around the area to forestall such attacks that have forced over 2,000 people from their homes.

The Chairman of Igabi LGA, Khamis Rigasa, and representatives of the affected communities made the appeal when officials of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons visited the camp of the displaced persons in Birnin Yero community.

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The officials led by the Federal Commissioner, Senator Basheer Mohammed, were at the camp to present relief materials worth millions of naira to the victims as part of the government’s efforts to cushion their suffering.

Some of the items donated included mattresses, bags of rice, grains, cartons of noodles, kegs of oil, and blankets among others.

The residents call for the deployment of personnel of the Nigerian Air Force and other forces inside the bush where the bandits camp to strategise before attacking communities.

According to them, the attacks have disrupted socio-economic activities in the affected communities, and they are not sure when they will return to their homes.

Over the years, many communities and travellers have come under heavy attacks by bandits and gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in some parts of Kaduna, leading to the loss of several lives and property with millions of naira.

At least 17 villages in Igabi LAG were attacked by bandits on Sunday last week, displacing hundreds of people including children and women.

Having sacked from their homes by the bandits, the victims are taking refuge at a primary school in Birnin Yero community located along the Kaduna-Zaria Road until normalcy returns to the affected area.

Soldiers Kill Bandit, Rescue Three Kidnap Victims In Kaduna

A photo combination of troops destroying the bandits’ hideout and the rescued victims.

 

Troops of Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army on Friday killed one suspected bandit along the Abuja- Kaduna Highway during an operation.

The troop during the operation also rescued three villagers who were abducted from their farms on Wednesday in Maro village along the expressway.

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The Deputy Director Army Public Relations of One Division Nigerian Army in Kaduna State, Colonel Ezindu Idimah said in a statement, that the troops acting on credible information, raided the hideout of the kidnappers inside the bush where they held the farmers and engaged them in a gun battle.

He explained that one of the bandits was killed during the exchange of fire while other members of the gang escaped with gunshot wounds, leaving behind their victims.

The rescued farmers have been reunited with their families while One AK 47 rifle with two 7.62 special ammunition were recovered from the bandits.