Troops Kill Bandit, Recover Weapons In Benue

Some items, including charms and military camouflage recovered from the bandits in Benue. Credit: Defence DHQ

 

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have killed one bandit in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche on Sunday.

According to Enenche, the troops under Operation Accord swung on the bandits following reports of their activities around Ginde area of Saghev Council Ward in the affected local council.

Following the raid conducted by the soldiers, the bandits fled with gunshot injuries while some exhibits were recovered from them.

These items include one Galil rifle, one Galil magazine, quantity 13 X 7.5mm ammunition, one Motorcycle one woodland camouflage shirt, some quantities of Indian Hemp and assorted charms.

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Subsequently, their camp was also destroyed.

Similarly, troops have arrested two suspects linked to the kidnap of a teacher in Foga LGA and area of the state.

The suspect – Yahuza Danlami and Danladi Baushe have been handed over to the Nigeria Police at Awe for investigations.

Recovered from them is a locally made rifle found in their possession.

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Police Rescue Five Kidnap Victims In Katsina

 

The Police in Katsina State have rescued five victims of kidnap from their captors along the Kankara-Yantumaki highway.

They were rescued on Tuesday after the military and police of Yantumaki responded to a distress call that bandits had blocked and kidnapped some passengers.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, the joint team chased and engaged the bandits into a gun duel on June 16 at about 02:00 hrs.

The statement further revealed that the team also recovered five motorcycles abandoned by the hoodlums as investigations are ongoing.

It could be recalled that Katsina residents had on Tuesday taken to the major streets in the state capital, protesting against the renewed bandits attacks resulting in the loss of innocent lives and property in the state.

The peaceful protest tagged ‘Stop The Bloodshed’, #EnoughoftheRecklessKillings and #EnoughoftheBloodbath, was powered by a coalition of northern groups in conjunction with six relevant groups including some civil society organisations in the state.

Their protest comes one week after bandits numbering over 200, armed with sophisticated weapons reportedly killed over 50 villagers across eight communities in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.

Meanwhile,  as part of efforts to find solutions to the current insecurity bedeviling the state and other northwestern states in the country, top security chiefs today visited the state.

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The National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu was among those who arrived at the state, along with the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji, all led by the state police commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina, the team had a closed-door meeting with the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.

Speaking shortly after the meeting which lasted over two hours, Mongunu told reporters that the mission of the visit was to discuss with the state governor in response to the security occurrences in the last couple of weeks.

He said he was optimistic that the discussion with the governor would give a clearer picture of the underlined causes of the problem and no doubt go a long way for the team to realize where the gaps exist with the intention to work collectively and bring an end to the current security problem not only in Katsina but also other northern states.

Mongunu described the situation he saw on the ground as highly disturbing, noting that obviously without the collective effort of both the local community and the security agencies, the fight would not be conquered.

The delegation also paid a condolence visit to the emirs of Katsina and Daura, HRHs Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and Umar Faruq Umar at the inner chambers of the palace, Katsina where Usman commended the team for the visit.

He also appealed to journalists to always stick to truths no matter how bitter it is, while also warning people conniving with bandits to fear Allah as they will also be accounted for their deeds in the hereafter.

Meanwhile, Usman used the opportunity to warn the president that there are enemies around him while pledging to intensify prayers for the good of the country.

“I have always been saying this even before the president that he should be careful that there exist enemies in and around him, they always want to sabotage the efforts of his administration. This sabotage will not only affect the administration but also damage the entire northern region. If Buhari is sabotaged that means the north is being sabotaged,” he said.

Nigeria Fully Capable Of Dealing With Banditry, Terrorism – Presidency

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A file photo of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

 

The Presidency has assured Nigerians, again, that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism, urging more patience as the military takes appropriate steps to block gaps being exploited to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who has approved a joint military and police operation specifically targeted at combing Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States to rid the areas of bandits, assures that surveillance will be improved, with more night vision aircraft already deployed under “Operation Accord’’.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu the President’s Senior Special Assistant, the operation was launched three weeks ago.

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“Nigeria’s military has displayed its capabilities in the past and will show it again by dealing with the current challenges,” the President says.

President Buhari appealed to the people of Katsina State to be patient and supportive of the ongoing military operations in the state while sympathizing with those who are bereaved, injured, and lost properties.

President Buhari admonishes that taking to the streets for protest could distract the military operations, urging “Katsina indigenes not to give up on the military who over the years have a strong track record of quelling crises once given enough time.

“The major forests in North-Western Nigeria have been identified as home to the bandits in the region. The operation will clear all these forests,’’ he further said.

Banditry: NSA, IGP, DSS Boss Visit Katsina

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu meets with Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

 

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji have arrived Katsina State over the security situation in the state.

The IGP was joined by other security stakeholders led by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House, the team had a closed-door meeting with Governor Aminu Masari over the recent wave of banditry and other crimes in the state.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the 2-hour meeting, Monguno said the visit was in response to the occurrences in the last couple of weeks and to know the underlining causes of the problems from a collective point of view.

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While lamenting the spate of attacks in the state, the NSA is however optimistic that security agencies can effectively deal with the criminal elements unleashing mayhem on the people.

According to him, there is a need to make the people within the communities to have confidence in the security operatives.

“We need to build and restore the confidence of the local community and we had necessary reassurance from the state governor,” he said.

Nigeria Fully Capable Of Dealing With Banditry, Terrorism – Presidency

 

The presidency has assured Nigerians that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism.

They, therefore, urged Nigerians to exercise more patience as the military takes appropriate steps to block gaps being exploited to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu on Tuesday.

According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has approved a joint military and police operation specifically targeted at combing Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states to rid the areas of bandits, assures that surveillance will be improved, with more night vision aircraft already deployed under “Operation Accord’’.

The operation is said to have been launched three weeks ago.

“Nigeria’s military has displayed its capabilities in the past and will show it again by dealing with the current challenges,” the President was quoted to have said.

He also sympathized with residents of Katsina State who may have been bereaved, injured or lost properties.

Meanwhile, the president warned that taking to the streets for protest could distract the military operations. He, therefore, urged “Katsina indigenes not to give up on the military who over the years have a strong track record of quelling crises once given enough time.

“The major forests in North-Western Nigeria have been identified as home to the bandits in the region. The operation will clear all these forests,’’ he said.

Kaduna Banditry: NSCDC Deploys Agro Rangers To Protect Farmers

File photo of a tractor working on a farm.

 

As Federal and State governments encourage investments in agriculture, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna State command has deployed Agro Rangers to farms and ranches in order to protect farmers and their investments from being attacked by criminals especially kidnappers.

The state Commandant of the Corps, Babangida Dutsinma who inspected some Agro-allied industries and farms located in Kaduna State where his men were deployed, noted that the command at the moment provides security to no fewer than 12 agricultural beats made-up of government and private ownership.

The Commandant, therefore, assured stakeholders in the agro-allied business including the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) and the Farmers’ Association of Nigeria of a conducive environment in terms of security, in order for agric business to thrive in the state.

The Agro Rangers unit was launched in 2016 following the Federal Government’s desire to provide security in all agro-allied ventures which included grazing areas, silos, farmlands and ranches.

Over 300 Bandits Killed In North West Within Three Weeks, Says CAS

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, speaks to the Special Forces during an operational visit to Katsina State on June 4, 2020.

 

Over 300 bandits have so far been confirmed killed in the ongoing war against banditry in the North-Western part of the country.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar stated this on Thursday at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Airport, Katsina during an operational visit to the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji.

According to Abubakar, the visit was to assess the level of support in terms of Air and Special Forces operations given by the Nigerian Air Force to the Defence Headquarters Operation to secure the entire North West and North Central zones of the country.

While asking the troops not to spare any bandit so that farmers can go back to their farms, he appealed to the bandits to surrender their arms and face Justice.

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He also called for more support from the host communities, especially the human intelligence which according to him is critical in this kind of war.

“And to the troops, I urged them to work much harder to justify the enormous resources that the government is spending on their training and their allowances and equipment.

“The whole idea is to have a clear picture of the level of support that the Air operation effort is given to the Defence headquarters directive to secure the North West and the North Central,” he said.

The Chief of the Air Staff also reiterated his readiness to establish an Air Range at Dungurun forest bordering Zamfara and katsina states to keep the area busy so that bandits will not have a hiding place.

He noted that he is impressed that the Special Forces are currently collaborating with the Army to ensure that communities are secured.

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Sultan Seeks Increased Funding Of Military To Tackle Banditry, Other Crimes

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at his palace in Sokoto State on May 30, 2020.

 

 

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called for increased budgetary allocation for the purchase of military hardware to tackle the security challenges in the country.

He made the call on Saturday when he received the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at his palace in Sokoto State.

The traditional ruler stressed the need for a coordinated approach to ensure bandits were denied freedom of movement from one state to another.

He also called for greater synergy between the governments of Nigeria and the Niger Republic in monitoring the border areas to deny the armed bandits safe havens.

The Sultan gave an assurance that the people of the state would continue to cooperate with the security agencies by providing intelligence that would enhance their operations.

He, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government to provide more aircraft and equipment to the military in order to effectively execute its constitutional roles.

Sultan Abubakar thanked the air force chief for his response to the recent attacks in Sabon Birnin Local Government Area (LGA) of Sokoto State.

He noted that the air marshal deployed air assets and additional personnel, in addition to embarking on an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

According to the traditional ruler, this will give hope to the people of Sokoto and assure them that the President is taking decisive steps to deal with the security challenges.

Earlier, Air Marshal Abubakar condemned the killing of innocent citizens by armed bandits in communities in Sabon Birnin and prayed for the peaceful repose of their souls and the speedy recovery of the injured victims.

He explained that his visit to Sokoto followed the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Chief of Defence Staff, that a massive offensive operation be undertaken against armed bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements across states in the North West and North Central zones of the country.

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at the Government House in Sokoto on May 30, 2020.

 

The states, according to the air force chief, include Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Kogi, Kaduna, and Nasarawa among others.

He revealed that the air force had deployed air assets and activated operational plans, in concert with sister services, to ensure that territories within the affected areas were secured.

Abubakar, however, sought the support of the residents by promptly providing useful intelligence that would enable effective and efficient military operations to end the killings in the state.

While in Sokoto, the air marshal also met with the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, where he assured him that the Nigerian Air Force would continue to work tirelessly to rid the state of banditry.

Banditry: NDLEA Arrests Two Suspected Hard Drugs Suppliers In Kaduna

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested two middle-aged men for allegedly supplying hard drugs to bandits in Kaduna State.

The NDLEA Commander in Kaduna, Bala Fagge, who disclosed this to reporters on Thursday noted that the agency has also seized bags of Cannabis Sativa worth 1,760 kilogrammes.

The suspects were said to be supplying hard drugs to bandits in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area and other parts of the state.

Birnin Gwari is one of the areas in Kaduna where bandits and kidnappers have been operating for about three years.

Their activities in the areas have left several people killed and many others homeless while scores of herds of cattle have been rustled.

Fagge explained that the illicit substance worth 1.8 tonnes were sealed in bags of rice and maize by the traffickers as a cover-up to divert the attention of security operatives.

He added that the truck conveying the exhibits from Ondo State to Zaria in Kaduna was intercepted by NDLEA officials who also arrested the driver and the recipient of the substance.

The NDLEA commander stressed that the menace of drug trafficking and addiction must be tackled because of the strong correlation between drugs and crime.

He said the agency has arraigned over 40 suspects in various courts for drug-related offences while many illicit drug outlets have been shut down in the state.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, was also present at the press briefing.

He told reporters that the intention of the suspects was to supply the hard drugs to the bandits in Birnin Gwari who were their major customers.

Aruwan revealed that the success recorded by the NDLEA has received a commendation from the state government with the donation of two patrol vehicles to boost the operations of the agency.

Katsina Banditry: Police Kill Notorious Kidnapper, Arrest Bandits

 

Police in Katsina state have succeeded in killing a notorious kidnapper, and arresting some suspected bandits terrorising Kumare and Zakka villages of Kurfi and Safana Local Government Councils of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Gambo Isah confirmed this in a press statement on Thursday.

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“On 17/02/2020 at about 15:00hrs, Operation Puff Adder led by the DPO Kurfi in collaboration with Vigilante group swiftly responded to a distress call that

“bandits numbering eight (8) on motorbikes, armed with AK 47 rifles, shooting sporadically, attacked Kumare village, Kurfi LGA of Katsina state and kidnapped one Yahaya Tella, m, aged 55yrs of the same address.”

According to the statement, “the team moved to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel, killing one Abubakar Nayabale, m, a notorious bandit, arrested another notorious bandit one Tanimu Salisu, m, of Zakka village, Safana LGA of Katsina state, rescued the victim and recovered two Boxer motorcycles.”

The statement, however, added that one member of the Vigilante group name withheld lost his life during the encounter, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

Air Force Graduates 2,070 Recruits To Tackle Insurgency, Banditry, Others

Some of the new recruits during their passing out parade at the Nigerian Air Force Military Training Centre in Kaduna on February 15, 2020.

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated a total of 2,070 recruits of Basic Military Training Course 40, as part of efforts to boost the operational power of the service.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and some top officers of NAF attended the passing out parade of the recruits which held on Saturday in Kaduna State.

In his remarks, the air force chief explained that the new personnel were recruited to boost the fight against insurgency, banditry, and other related crimes in the country.

He told the new recruits to be prepared to pay the supreme price in defending their fatherland, especially at a time when the country was facing several security challenges.

Abubakar reminded the graduands about the duties of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation, and to also submit to both civil and military authorities at all times.

He announced that his administration would always place a high priority on the welfare and capacity building of officers and men of the service.

The passing out parade marks the end of the six-month training of the new recruits after they were carefully selected for the drill at the Nigerian Air Force Military Training Centre in Kaduna.

It also comes ahead of their deployment to the front line, thereby bridging the manpower gap in the service.

As part of the effort to prepare the young airmen and airwomen for the task ahead and in pursuance of the service’s mission-oriented force development, the curriculum for their course was reviewed with the introduction of internal security module.

At the event, awards were presented to recruits who distinguished themselves in the course of the training.

Insurgency: NAF Deploys Fighter Helicopters To Kaduna, Niger

 

The Nigerian Air Force says it has deployed its newly acquired fighter aircraft to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna and some parts of Niger state to flush out bandits from their hideouts inside the forests.

This was disclosed by the chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, during the commissioning of blocks of accommodation for personnel of the service on Saturday.

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He said that the fighter aircraft are expected to complement existing efforts being made to combat the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and other related crimes in the affected states.

“The helicopters inducted have already been deployed; one is already in Kaduna at the flight line, they are working very closely with the other air assets in Minna to make sure we support the efforts in Kaduna Birnin Gwari, Minna and other areas within Niger state.

“We are working round the clock with other security agencies to ensure that what needs to be done is done to secure the lives of people,” he added.

The Air chief explained that 10 out of the helicopters are being used by 32 student pilots to train, owing to the need for more pilots to fly the aircraft.

“22 aircraft have been inducted, 10 are trainer aircraft here in Kaduna, but they are important because without the training we cannot get pilots to fly.

“They are crucial and they are doing very well. There are 32 student pilots training right now,” he stated.