13 Killed In Katsina Bandit Attacks

 

Thirteen people died on Friday when villagers fought back against armed cattle thieves in Katsina State where rustling has been on the increase.

The spokesperson of the police in the state, Gambo Isah, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

Also speaking to AFP, the PPRO noted that residents of four villages, organised in local militias, took on the livestock rustlers.

“Thirteen people were killed and others injured in the process,” Isah said.

“We keep telling people who are only armed with muskets and machetes to avoid confrontation with bandits who came with Kalashnikov rifles”.

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Northwestern Nigeria has been wracked by years of violence between rival communities over land, attacks by heavily-armed criminal gangs and reprisal killings by vigilante groups.

Cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom have also flourished in the security vacuum.

The military has carried out air raids on camps in Katsina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, and neighbouring Zamfara to try to stamp out the attacks but despite that, a resurgence continues to occur even amid the COVID-19.

Earlier on Friday, the police stated that it had arrested six notorious bandits terrorising Dutsinma Local Government Area of the state, recovering 130 cows along with 225 sheep.

According to them, two of the bandits are from Shamushalle village, another two from Nahuta village in Batsari Local Government Area, while the remaining two are from Kurfi and Safana LGAs of the state.

Six Notorious Bandits Arrested In Katsina

 

Police in Katsina State have arrested six notorious bandits terrorising Dutsinma Local Government Area of the state, recovering 130 cows along with 225 sheep.

Two of the bandits are from Shamushalle village, another two from Nahuta village in Batsari Local Government Area, and the remaining two are from Kurfi and Safana LGAs of Katsina state.

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In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, the bandits were arrested on Wednesday “at about 22:00hrs based on intelligence report indicating that the syndicate have escaped from the Rugu forest to avoid the ongoing Military/ Police onslaught”.

In the meantime, a combined operation of police and repentant bandits led by Sani Muheddinge, resulted in the killing of two notorious kidnappers.

The operation which was also carried out on Wednesday, led to the rescue of three kidnap victims and the recovery of one AK 47 rifle.

Bandits Kill Five In Zamfara Village Attack

Map of Zamfara State

 

At least five people were killed and one injured in a Tuesday attack by bandits at Kajera and Magazawa villages in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The attackers according to the residents, invaded the community on motorbikes and opened fire on buildings and houses with residents inside.

This led to the death of five persons.

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The spokesperson of Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, described the attack as a reprisal by bandits.

Shehu said the bandits came to retaliate the killing of two of their people, who were murdered on Sunday, May 16, in one of the communities in Tsafe Local Government.

Bandits attack in northern communities has continued to rise despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

No fewer than eight persons were killed in an ambush by bandits in Rafinkada community of Wukari Local Government Area in Taraba State on Monday.

The travellers were on their way to Donga Local Government Area of the state before they were ambushed by the bandits.

Suspected Bandits Kill Eight Travellers In Taraba

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Taraba is a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

Eight persons have been reported killed in an ambush by suspected bandits in Rafinkada community of Wukari Local Government Area in Taraba State.

The chairman of Wukari Local Government Area, Daniel Grace, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television revealed that the eight travellers were attacked on Monday.

According to him, the travellers were on their way to Donga Local Government Area of the state before they were ambushed. The victims have since been given mass burial in Rafinkada community, also in Wukari Local Government.

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He added that the travellers numbering eleven were ambushed by the bandits while three escaped with various degrees of injuries.

The three travellers are currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Wukari.
Daniel said security has, subsequently, been beefed up in the affected community to avoid a recurrence.

Meanwhile, the state police public relations officer, David Misal, as at the time of this report, says he is yet to be briefed by the Wukari Divisional Police Officer on the incident.

Senator Accuses Military Of Abandoning Constituency In Sokoto

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
A file photo of troops.

 

 

The lawmaker representing Sokoto East senatorial district, Senator Ibrahim Gobir, has accused the military of abandoning the people of his constituency in the time of distress.

He made the allegation during plenary on Tuesday at the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

In his contribution to a motion raised by Senator Sabi Abdullahi, the lawmaker decried that the alleged abandonment of the people has exposed them to attacks by bandits.

Earlier, Senator Abdullahi in his motion drew the attention of the Senate to the activities of bandits in Niger State.

He had also called on the Federal Government to extend its ongoing military operations in Zamfara and Katsina States to flush out bandits in Niger State.

On his part, Senator Gobir criticised the military, saying many of the people in Sokoto have fled to the Niger Republic for safety.

He also accused the military of not responding to distress calls from the people when bandits attack their communities.

According to the lawmaker, the people of Sokoto have lost thousands of cattle worth N2.5 billion to attacks by bandits.

He added that the activities of the bandits have displaced about 5,000 people in Basira area along the border between Nigeria and the Niger Republic.

In their resolution, lawmakers in the Senate commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his proactive leadership and directives on security amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

They, however, appealed to him to direct the military to extend their operations to Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, Sokoto, and other states where the bandits were attacking innocent citizens.

The Senate also resolved to ask the military authorities to increase their surveillance and track the bandits.

Gana Narrowly Escaped Death With Gunshot Wounds – Military

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says wanted notorious criminal suspect, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana, has been injured.

Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to him, was injured in a special operation conducted by troops on Saturday at Mtan village in Utenge Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State.

Enenche noted that a combined team of troops of Operation Whirl Stroke Special Forces of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue State, as well as those from Sector 4 in Taraba State, carried out a raid operation on Gana’s hideout.

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“Two of the gang members were neutralised and others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.

“Exploitation revealed that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds,” he said in the statement.

A file photo of wanted notorious criminal suspect, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana.

 

The major general said troops recovered some items such as one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally-made rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns, and one Dane gun, among others.

He added that Gana’s personal belongings, other items, and thatched houses in the areas were destroyed by the soldiers.

In another development, the DHQ spokesman revealed that troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State raided the camp of a group of Bassa armed militia said to be planning to attack some Tiv villages over land disputes.

He noted that seven members of the Bassa militia, dressed in red shirts, were arrested in the camp.

Enenche said the soldiers recovered some weapons from the camp while the suspects were being interrogated and would be handed over to the police thereafter.

27 Bandits Killed By Troops Of Operation Hadarin Daji Along Katsina-Zamfara Border

 

The Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has killed 27 armed bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings along the Nahuta-Doumborou Corridor on the border between Katsina and Zamfara States.

This is according to a statement by Major General John Enenche, head of Defence Media Operations at the Nigeria Defence Headquarters.

In his communique, Major General Enenche noted that the operation was executed on Thursday May 14, 2020, sequel to credible intelligence reports indicating that a notorious armed bandit leader and his followers were harboured in a cluster of huts near a high ground in the area.

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Accordingly, the Air Component dispatched a Nigerian Air Force attack helicopter as well as a ground attack aircraft to engage the location.

Overhead the target area, several of the armed bandits were seen along with a large number of rustled cattle. The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the area, neutralizing some of the bandits while few escaped with injuries. Human Intelligence (HUMINT) sources later confirmed that no fewer than 27 bandits were neutralized as a result of the attack.

The Defence spokesman on behalf of the Armed Forces of Nigeria thanked all Nigerians for their support and encouraged the general public to continue providing useful information that would facilitate its operations to restore peace and security to all affected parts of the Country.

Troops Raid Bandits’ Hideouts In Kaduna, Kill 17

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says troops have killed 17 bandits in a raid on their hideouts in Kaduna State.

Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the bandits were killed in a joint clearance operation involving troops of Operations Thunder Strike and Whirl Punch, with air support from the Air Component of Operation Gama Aiki.

Major General Enenche added that some other bandits escaped with gunshot wounds in the operation conducted around Mashigi Galbi, Damba community, and Kabarasha villages, all in Gwagwada District of Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

He, however, noted that three empty houses and a church building were partially damaged at Kabarasha village while pursuing the bandits.

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“There was no civilian casualty. The Armed Forces of Nigeria regrets this unfortunate incident and a panel has been set up to investigate the occurrence in liaison with the Kaduna State Government,” said the DHQ spokesman.

He added, “The buildings have been identified with a view to providing adequate compensation to the owners.”

Meanwhile, calm has been restored to the area and a few people who initially fled the area due to fear of reprisal by bandits were said to have returned to the community.

Enenche assured the citizens that the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria would continue to work tirelessly to restore peace and security to the North West.

He also thanked them for their support and cooperation and encouraged them to continue to provide credible information that would facilitate the operations of the military.

Over 200 Bandits Attack Six Villages In Katsina

 

Over two hundred bandits armed with sophisticated weapons including AK 47 rifles, have reportedly attacked six (6) villages in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina state.

The villages comprising Tsugunni, Yandaka, Salihawar Duba, Garin Goje, watangadiya and Dutse maizane were simultaneously attacked.

During their operation late on Thursday night the bandits were reported to have shot and Killed one Alaramma Kabiru Kano, aged 57yrs at Garin Goje village.

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The Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed the incident in a statement adding that three others were injured at Dutse Maizane.

He further revealed that “unspecified number of cows and sheep were equally rustled.

The bandits laid ambush for the joint forces of military and police which led to heavy exchange of fire.”

Police Kill Three Suspected Bandits In Niger

 

The Police in Niger State have killed three suspected bandits in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Wasiu Abiodun, said the suspects are members of a seven-man bandit and kidnapping gang terrorising the area.

Abiodun said the “hoodlums who invaded Tufa village on Saturday, via Gawu Babangida town in Gurara met the stiff resistance of a joint Police/Vigilante team who engaged them in a fierce gun battle.”

During the gun duel, three of the bandits – Abdulqadir Abubakar, Nuhu Shuaibu (of Goyi village Gwagwalada FCT) and Musa Maisaje (of Dobi Kaida FCT) – were hit with bullets.

The police spokesman said the suspects were taken to Umar Musa Memorial hospital, Sabon Wuse in Tafa Local Government Area for medical attention, but were later confirmed dead by the doctor.

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He said their corpses have been deposited at the hospital morgue.

Abiodun said one AK-47 rifle with erased breach number, one empty magazine, one pump-action and Army camouflage uniform were recovered from them.

According to him, efforts made to arrest the remaining four fleeing members of the syndicate are in progress and the case is under investigation.

Meanwhile, the police have also arrested a 36-year-old woman, Fatima Sani of Gobirawa village, in Mashegu Local Government Area for allegedly stabbing her 70-year-old mother-in-law, Aisha Umaru to death after a misunderstanding.

The culprit who had been divorced left Gobirawa village to Tozon Daji, and secretly entered the mother in-law’s room where she stabbed her to death for allegedly instigating her son, Sani Umaru to divorce her.

The statement further said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adamu Usman reassured members of the public of his commitment to fighting crimes in the state.

CP Usman appealed to residents of the state to support the Force by giving useful and timely information to the Police.

Troops Kill 21 Bandits In Zamfara

 

Troops of the Operation Hadarin Daji have killed 21 bandits at Zurmi community in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Eneche, confirmed this development in a statement issued to Channels Television on Wednesday.

According to him, four soldiers were killed in the encounter.

Enenche noted that the troops have commenced aggressive patrols in the area, for domination and confidence-building among the locals.

He also appealed to the general public to provide credible information on the bandits to assist the military to rid the country of the criminal elements.

READ FULL STATEMENT HERE:

TROOPS OF OPERATION HADARIN DAJI IN A FIERCE ENCOUNTER NEUTRALIZES BANDITS AT ZURMI ZAMFARA STATE

 

  1. Gallant troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI engaged a large number of bandits by 201530hrs April 2020 at Zurmi in Zurumi LGA of Zamfara State. After a fierce encounter, Twenty One (21) bandits were neutralized and Four (4) of our troops paid the supreme price. Exploitation in progress. Details to follow.

 

2 . Meanwhile the troops in high morale, have commenced aggressive patrols in the area, for domination and confidence building among the locals.

 

  1. The Armed Forces of Nigeria requests the general public to provide credible information on the bandits to assist the Military to rid the Country of the criminal elements.

 

You are kindly requested to disseminate this information through your various medium to the general public. Thank you for your support and usual cooperation.

 

JOHN ENENCHE

Coordinator

Defence Media Operations

Defence Headquarters

22 April 2020

Several Bandits Killed In Niger State – Military

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
A file photo of Nigerian Army personnel on patrol. Source: [email protected]

 

 

The Defence Headquarters says it has neutralised several bandits at Maguga in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, explained that the operation was conducted by the Air Component of Operation Gama Aiki with the support of Operation Thunder Strike.

According to him, the operation was carried out on Sunday following reports that some armed bandits, clad in black attire, were sighted along with a large herd of rustled cattle in the area.

“The air component scrambled its aircraft to attack the location.

“Upon sighting the approaching attack aircraft, the armed bandits scampered to conceal themselves under nearby shrubs but were engaged with cannon fire which led to the neutralisation of several of them,” the statement said.

Major General Enenche thanked Nigerians for their support and urged them to continue to provide useful information that would facilitate military operations to restore peace and security to all affected parts of the country.