The Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch has neutralised several bandits during an air strike in Giwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.
According to a statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the target of the strike was a major enclave south of Kidandan in Giwa LGA, confirmed as the hideout of a bandit Alhaji Ganai.
The bandit camp was struck and destroyed, while the bandit and several members of his gang were neutralized in the strike.
Similarly, the hideout of another notorious bandit, Ali Kawaje located in Birnin Gwari LGA was also targeted and destroyed, as well as those of bandits Musa Pajelo and Kachalla Bello.
Aruwan also confirmed the destruction of others bandits camps in Walawa area, Fadaman Kanauta, while several bandits were sighted and neutralized in locations 4km southwest of Alhaji Ishiaka, 6km northeast of Maguzawa, and 2km west of Yelwa.
In yet another air strike, several armed bandits were sighted and neutralized at Dankero, in Giwa LGA.
Other areas covered in Chikun include Gwagwada Forest, Kugosi, Godani, Twali, Gwagwada, Sarkin Pawa, Kabai, Kabusu Hills, Amara Hills, Sabon Gayan and Polewire, where an active location was engaged and destroyed about 4km south of Godani.
Furthermore, armed reconnaissance was carried out over Rima, Riyawa, Rumana, the Kaduna Airport area and adjoining locations in Igabi LGA.
Other areas covered by aerial patrols include Galadimawa, Kidandan, Dogon Dawa, Saulawa, Maidaro, Maganda, Goron Dutse, Sararai, Kushaka, Kuriga, Manini, Kuduru, Yelwa and Sabon Birni, spanning Birnin Gwari, Giwa and Igabi LGAs.
Reconnaissance reportedly continued along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, Buruku, Kurmin Dande, Damba, Ungwan Yako, Udawa, Gagafada, and Kamfanin Doka.
The aerial missions extended to the Kaduna-Abuja Road and Railway, including Jaka da Rabi, Olam Farms, Rijana, Katari and Jere. Normal human and vehicular activities were observed. The same was the case in Hanawanka, Kukoki, Kadaga, Durumi, Pongu Geri and Kundu.
According to the commissioner, fighter jets maintained a presence over Ungwan Madaki in Kamazou, Chikun LGA. Kutura, Iburu, Kajuru, Kachia and Kankomi were also covered.
Residents of Kumbashi, Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State, on Thursday, experienced some respite from bandit attacks when operatives of the state police command successfully engaged gunmen in the area.
Sources in the village told Channels Television that the police took several corpses away after hours of shootout.
Confirming the incident, the command spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun said the battle between the police, alongside local vigilantes, and the gunmen resulted in the death of seven bandits.
Abiodun explained that upon sighting the gunmen, members of the community promptly alerted security personnel in the area, leading to seven fatalities, though others were said to have escaped with various degrees of injury.
He however noted that two vigilantes who sustained bullet wounds “had been taken to Kontagora General Hospital for treatment.”
He said, “Based on credible intelligence received that armed bandits who terrorize farmers within Kumbashi were sighted marauding at Kumbashi town, the security personnel engaged them in a fight and conquered them.
“Consequently, in continuation of the clearance operations in Niger State towards fighting banditry and other criminality, police tactical teams and local vigilantes/hunters stationed at Kumbashi town engaged the bandits in a shootout, and seven of the hoodlums were neutralised, while others escaped into the forest with gunshot injuries.”
The newly posted Katsina State Police Commissioner, CP Shehu Umar Nadada rolled out his eight (8) to contain terrorism and other related crimes in all parts of the State.
He also pledged to work closely with sister security agencies, vigilante groups, and traditional title holders as well as community leaders due to the inadequate number of police personnel in the State.
CP Nadada was speaking in a media chat with some journalists at the Command Headquarters, Katsina on Thursday as he assumed duty after taking over from the outgoing Police Commissioner, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban.
Before his posting to Katsina State, Nadada was CP Communications, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Part of his “policing goals” include among others; working with all critical stakeholders in order to provide a well-knitted and comprehensive security for the conduct of a peaceful 2023 general elections.
Others are frontally and decisively dealing with the scourge of any form of heinous crimes such as banditry, cattle rustling, cybercrime, kidnapping/abduction, armed robbery, and any other form of low-intensity crime; to emplace an impregnable security architecture that will neutralize the aggression of criminal elements in the state.
He listed more as to constructing operational latitude that will create a secure, flourishing, and conducive climate for the self-actualization of every law-abiding citizenry in the state; To work within the ambit of rule of law and respect for human rights of the citizenry in our day-to-day policing.
To create a mechanism for robust and well-formalized community policing in the state.
To cooperate and collaborate with other security agencies in our efforts to make the entire state safe for all the law-abiding citizenry.
And to ensure the safety of all persons, including security personnel, wherever possible.
The Police Commissioner, however, appealed to members of the general public to partner with the Nigeria Police Force in tackling the present security challenges affecting the state by giving out useful information, that will assist the Police in dealing with recalcitrant terrorists, bandits, and their collaborators and other forms of crime and criminality in the state.
He also assured that all information given by the general public will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
In the meantime, the new AIG deployed Zone 14 Headquarters, Katsina, AIG Edward Egbuka had on Wednesday reported to Katsina State looking forward to guiding, coordinating, and directing the Police Commissioners within the Zone.
In a courtesy visit to the state governor, Aminu Masari, AIG Edward Egbuka noted that the essence is to fine-tune previous strategies available in their possession and come up with new strategies to combat banditry, kidnapping, terrorism, and other heinous crimes in the zone.
He, however, warned politicians to avoid utterances and actions that will overhit the polity and create violent outcomes before, during, or after the general elections.
“I am basically here to coordinate them and make an input on their strategies and see what to do though I am reporting at a critical time when the general election is approaching,” he said.
“I want to assure your Excellency that, I will do everything possible to nib insecurity in the bud to ensure that the integrity of the forthcoming elections is not affected.”
He further pledged not to allow hoodlums and miscreants to overrun the country.
On his part, Masari revealed that the type of banditry the state has been dealing with is locally made as all the bandits’ leaders he noticed were once living peacefully with people in various communities before things got out of hand.
“We were making efforts to amend our local government laws to give traditional institutions roles to play in community peacebuilding with thousands of vigilante members trained and attached to the police in order to complement the members of the police
“The police and the army have been doing their best so far,” he noted.
In the face of the current security challenges bedeviling the nation, retired military officers of the 33rd Regular Course have asked the Federal Government to consider engaging the services of ex-servicemen to add to the number of troops in the military.
Speaking to Channels Television on the sidelines of their Annual General Meeting in Kaduna State, the President of the 33rd Regular Course Association, Air Commodore Ibrahim Umar (rtd) and other members, urged the government to engage ex-servicemen to overcome banditry, terrorism and kidnapping.
According to them, the nation’s Armed Forces is currently over stretched, hence the urgent need to bring back retired military officers who are willing and capable to assist in the training of younger officers and men.
In addition, they also demanded the recruitment of more officers and men into the Armed Forces in order to police some of the ungoverned spaces in the country and around the nation’s porous borders.
The group also believed that the time has come for the Federal Government to consider erecting walls around the nation’s borders to safeguard the country from external aggression and checkmate illegal immigrants into the country.
However, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, confirmed their release in a statement obtained by Channels Television on Monday night.
“The five girls were in captivity for the past seven months,” the statement read in part. “The combined efforts of the Police and other security operatives, supported by the State Security Council, saw to the final rescue of the girls, all of them in their secondary school ages.”
In his remark, Governor Matawalle commended the doggedness of the security operatives and urged them to put more efforts in ending the problem of banditry in the state.
According to him, intelligence reports indicated that the girls were exposed to the bandits by informants who were likely members of their families or very close to their families.
“Without informants, the bandits will be strongly incapacitated and will quickly be defeated,” the governor was quoted as saying.
He also called on residents of the state to courageously fight informants by reporting suspects to the authorities without fear.
The governor thereafter directed that the girls be taken to the hospital where the proper medical checks will be carried out on them for the next few days before being re-united with their respective families.
The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested 12 suspects over offences related to banditry, arms deal, and political thuggery.
Four locally fabricated guns, some parts of an AK-47 rifle, 100 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, seven cartridges, a cutlass, and a bunch of charms were also recovered from them.
Parading the suspects at the police headquarters on Tuesday in Gusau, the spokesperson of the command, Mohammed Shehu, said five of the suspects were political thugs arrested in connection with a sporadic shooting that resulted in one death and injuries to several others in the state capital last Saturday
The suspects according to Shehu are Lawali Yakubu, Aminu Abubakar, Shua’ibu Mohammed, Abdulmummuni Bawa, and Sirajo Yahaya.
Shehu said, “On 15th October 2022 at about 18:15hrs, Zamfara State Police Command received a distress call that armed political thugs carrying sophisticated weapons including locally made guns and cutlasses were shooting sporadically at innocent people in Gusau.
“As a result of this, one person was killed and injured about eleven others are now receiving treatment at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau.
“The Command in an effort to curtail the situation and arrest the perpetrators reinforced its tactical operatives, where on sighting the police operatives, the hoodlums started shooting thereby putting the lives of the police operatives and peace-loving citizens into danger.
“However, the Police acted professionally and used minimum force which led to the arrest of five (5) suspects in possession of locally fabricated guns, while others fled.”
The spokesman added that “Investigation is in progress and suspects will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation”.
Shehu also said three bandits’ informants who engaged in gunrunning business between Plateau State and Zamfara State were arrested by the police.
The suspects according to Shehu are Abubakar Buda, Bitrus Bulus, and Weng Adamu, while part of AK-47 rifles and 100 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition were recovered from them.
According to Shehu, on 11th October 2022, police tactical operatives deployed along Tsafe – Funtua Road acted on intelligence information that led to the interception of a Golf vehicle, dark ash in colour, which was driven by one Abubakar Buda, a 32 years old native of Zuru LGA of Kebbi State.
The suspect, according to Shehu, was arrested along Tsafe – Funtua Road, while on transit back from Jos in Plateau State to Kucheri in Tsafe where he was to deliver the arms and ammunition to a notorious bandit leader called Chumo.
“Search was conducted on the spot, and the above exhibits were recovered in his possession,” he said.
Shehu explained that “In the course of interrogation, he mentioned some of his collaborators Bitrus Bulus Aka Peter and Weng Adamu both ‘M’ of Jos South LGA of Plateau state as his partner in crime.
“Same suspect further confessed to the police that he has been in arms supply business where he severally collected arms and ammunition from one James in Jos now at large and deliver them to the above-named bandit leader who has been terrorising Tsafe – Funtua Road as well as attacked villages and communities in Tsafe and Mada in Gusau LGAs respectively.
“The two other suspects were also arrested and they have confessed to being bandits collaborators. Investigation is in progress”.
In a related development, four suspected bandits who have been terrorising the Tsafe-Funtua Road have been arrested.
They are Ibrahim Abubakar, Sani Yahaya, Sani Mohammed and Ahmed Sani.
Exhibits recovered from them included two motorcycles, four handsets, one walkie-talkie, and N140,000 cash
According to Shehu, the culprits were arrested on 15th October 2022 at about 4 pm.
He said, “The police tactical operatives while on patrol along Tsafe – Funtua Road acted on intelligence information and intercepted two motorcycles carrying two persons each.
“The suspects were arrested with a walkie-talkie which they used to communicate among themselves during operations.
“Intelligence information about them revealed that they are among the hoodlums that terrorized commuters along Tsafe – Funtua Road by attacking, killing, and kidnapping innocent people.
“They also belong to a notorious syndicate that made life unbearable in several villages in Tsafe and its environs. The discreet investigation is in progress.”
Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, the state Kaduna State Chairman of the union, Ishaya Dauda, said the constant attacks against his members by bandits posed a major concern to the union, as his member can no longer discharge their duties freely due to fear of being kidnapped or killed.
He however, commended the Kaduna State Government for the deployment of vigilante groups to secondary schools in vulnerable areas, which he noted is yielding positive results.
Operatives of the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested three suspected informants to a notorious bandits’ leader, Sani Tukur, also known as Abacha in Katsina State.
The three are said to be part of a deadly kidnap for ransom syndicate who kidnapped the wife and two children of a serving lawmaker Hon. Dr Ibrahim Aminu in Katsina.
The suspects Muttaka Ibrahim, Suleiman Rabiu and Surajo were apprehended following intelligence reports on the activities of the deadly criminal gangs by IRT operatives attached to the Operation Restore Hope of the Force in Yankwani village and Kurani town.
According to a statement from the office of the IRT Commander, dcp olatunji Disu, the team swung into action swiftly and arrested the suspects in their various hideouts within Bakori Local Government Area.
During investigation, the trio confessed to have served as informants to Sanni Tukur who is terrorising innocent citizens in villages and towns around Katsina and Zamfara states.
They also confessed to have facilitated the kidnap of six other persons in addition to the family members of the lawmaker.
Other victims of the syndicates criminal gang include Buhari Usman, also know as Fedeco, Nazaradeen Ibrahim, Amandallah Ahmad, Ibrahim Suleiman, Sumayya Nura and Yahaya Bura who are currently in the captivity of the gang.
Confessing further, the suspects disclosed that after kidnapping the family of the lawmaker, they demanded for and received a total sum of twenty-one million naira.
Muttaka Ibrahim, the chief informant admitted that he got a payment of one hundred and thirty thousand naira (N130,000) from the gang leader adding that one Yusuf Bala of Zaria is his accomplice.
He also admitted that the bandit leader collected a total of six million five hundred thousand naira from the other victims they kidnaped at Yankwani town.
Narrating his ordeal, the lawmaker told police investigators that he paid a total sum of thirty seven million and five hundred thousand naira to the gang leader to secure his family member’s release from captivity.
Authorities of the force say all the suspect are still undergoing investigation by the police and would be charged to court soon.
Police spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Monday assured residents of the terrorized communities and all Nigerians, that all the suspects are going to be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the nation.
A notorious bandit kingpin Bello Turji has embraced the peace initiative of the Zamfara State Government as part of efforts to end banditry in the north-western state.
Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Hassan Nasiha, disclosed this during a conference on security in Gusau, the State capital organized by the Students Union Of Medina University.
Nasiha commended Turji for deciding to shun banditry, saying his action is bringing about relative peace in the three local government areas which were hitherto the frontline of banditry in Zamfara State.
According to the deputy governor, for the past five weeks, there has not been a clash between the Fulanis and Hausas in Birnin Magaji, Shinkafi and Zurmi Local Government Areas of the State as a result of the dialogue to broker peace between the two warring factions in the State.
“There were several wars which fought but that did not stop the parties involved from dialogue to resolve their differences through a peace deal,” he said.
“It is in the light of this that governor Bello Mohammed thought it is necessary to use kinetic and non-kinetic approaches. It would not be a gun battle or a war using whatever weapons between the bandits and the people.”
He also disclosed that the committee constituted by Governor Bello Matawalle chaired him had held a peace meeting with nine bandits’ camps at Magami District and Dansadau Emirate of Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of the State to stop attacking innocent citizens.
“This is why in the last three months at Magami District, there has not been any bandits attack as a result of the peace initiative with the bandits. The Committee met with nine bandits’ camps at Magami and Dansadau Emirate where the bandits raised their concerns.
“They said the Hausas always attacked and raped their women, killing the Fulanis on their way to or returning from the market. There is no school built for our children, this ignorance pushed them to join in engaging banditry.”
He further stated that Turji, who keyed into the amnesty of Governor Bello Matawalle, is now launching an offensive against the terrorists in the areas to ensure peace and stability returns to the state.
Police operatives in Kaduna State have arrested a 20-year-old bandit in possession of two AK- 47 rfiles at Galadimawa community in Giwa local government area of the state.
The spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Mohammed Jalige, said in a statement that the bandit was arrested by police operatives of Operation Restore Peace.
He said the operatives, acting on credible intelligence, dislodged an identified kidnappers den at Galadimawa forest, after engaging the bandits in a fierce gun duel.
The bandits, he said, scampered into the forest with varying degrees of bullet injuries.
According to the police spokesperson, the operatives succeeded in arresting one of the bandits, one 20-year -ld Yusuf Monore with two AK 47/49 rifles and five rounds of live 7.62 X 39mm ammunition as well as handsets .
Jalige disclosed that the suspect is currently undergoing thorough investigation while operatives are still on aggressive pursuit of his fleeing gang members.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Yekini Ayoku while commending the gallantry exhibited by the Officers who partook in the operation, has assured of deepening the existing robust synergy and collaborative engagement between the security forces in the State.
He said the police remain resolute and focused on exterminating the enemies of the nation’s collective security.
The CP equally charged law abiding citizens and residents of Kaduna state to always be vigilant and promptly report all suspicious characters to security agencies, while assuring them of the confidentiality of all sources of information.
Troops of Operation Forest Sanity involved in the ongoing military operation in Kaduna state have destroyed a camp belonging to a notorious bandit, Lawal Kwalba located inside a forest at Rafin Dawa in Chikun local government area of the state.
According to the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the troops conducted a patrol to the location following actionable intelligence.
He said that the troops after clearing the camp, recovered some batteries and 27 bags of fertilizer, suspected to be used by the bandits for manufacturing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), considering their close alliance with Boko Haram terrorists.
Furthermore, one motorcycle and two mobile phones were recovered as the bandits took to their heels before the troops’ arrival.
The troops, according to Aruwan, extended the search a short distance from the camp, and made some arrests, while investigations are ongoing on the intercepted suspects.
As part of measures aimed at improving security, the Ondo State Government has placed fifty thousand naira (N50, 000) as a reward for anyone who exposes or reports incidents leading to the arrest of kidnappers or other criminals in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, stated this on Wednesday after the weekly state executive council meeting in Akure.
According to her, the development was to further encourage citizens to give useful and timely information about criminal activities in any part of the state.
“From now on, anyone who reports a crime and we follow the trail, and it leads to a successful prosecution of the criminal, that person will be offered a reward of fifty thousand naira,” she said in Akure.
“We want people in Ondo state to say something when they see something. We want our people to be proactive in the area of security to rid Ondo State of criminals, bandits, and terrorists”
“The toll-free line is 0800-555-5555. Anybody can call to give security tips and report any criminal activities in his or her area,” the commissioner added.
She appealed to the public to give timely reportage of criminal activities, assuring that the government would protect anybody who does so.