Several Feared Killed In Renewed Attacks On Niger Communities

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Several persons are feared dead in Niger State after bandits attacked some communities between Friday night and Saturday evening.

The senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Sani Musa, confirmed the attacks to Channels Television.

According to him, Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala, and Dnalagwa communities were among those who fell victim.

He also condemned the lack of response by security agents in the state, despite the fact that the attacks lasted several hours.

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Efforts by Channels TV’s correspondent to get an official confirmation from the police were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the State Governor, Abubakar Bello noted that security personnel have been deployed to the area to flush out the bandits.

Bandits Attack Zamfara Village, Kill 14 People

 

At least 14 people have been killed after suspected bandits invaded Babban Rafi village in Zamfara State.

The attack, which occurred on Thursday in Gummi Local Government Area of the state, also left many other villagers injured.

The bandits were said to have stormed the village with over forty motorbikes in the early hours of the day and opened fire on residents who were still indoors.

During the invasion, the assailants carted away with several valuables from the villagers, including money, mobile phones, and livestock among others.

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When contacted, the police authorities in the state confirmed the attack and casualty figure to Channels Television.

The Public Relations Officer in Zamfara, Mohammed Shehu, revealed that the bandits who were in large numbers invaded Babban Rafi village from neighbouring Kebbi State.

According to him, the bandits opened fire on the residents during the invasion, a situation which he said resulted in the death of 14 people.

Shehu, however, said a combined team of operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit, and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police have been deployed in the village.

He added that the security operatives have been charged to go after the perpetrators and apprehend them in order to bring them to book.

The public relations officer noted that the operatives, attached to “Operation Puff Adder” in conjunction with soldiers from “Operation Hadarin Daji”, were also mobilised to prevent further attack on neighbouring villages.

Katsina Govt Gives Bandits 48 Hours To Release Kidnapped Persons

 

Bandits in Katsina have been given a 48-hour ultimatum to unconditionally release all kidnapped persons in their custody or face the full wrath of the law.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa made the declaration while briefing newsmen on the outcome of an extraordinary meeting held with relevant stakeholders.

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Mr. Inuwa while warning bandits said that this would be the last meeting the government will have with them to advocate for peaceful co-existence between them and the larger society, stating that the state government will no longer grant an excuse to bandits who breach the peace accord.

“For those repentants who still abide by the dictates of the accord, the government would provide them a piece of land to relocate as no going back the military will soon resume in full force.”

Other stakeholders who attended the meeting include the General Officer Commanding 8th Division of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto, General Aminu Bande, the repentant as well as representatives of some recalcitrant bandits from Katsina and Zamfara States.

Bandits Release Two Customs Officers Kidnapped In Katsina

 

Bandits in Katsina State have released the two Customs Officers whom they had kidnapped on Wednesday.

They were released in the early hours of Sunday to the Headquarters of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Military.

This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Captain Kayode Owolabi.

According to him, the development followed an ongoing intensive operation by the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in partnership with 8 Division of the Nigerian Army.

Owolabi explained that the operation commenced some days ago with attacks on several bandit hideouts.

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These efforts according to him have forced many bandits to seek peace and also led to the neutralization of several others.

“Some armed bandit leaders who have sent messages through emissaries to the Acting General Officer Commanding 8 Division Nigerian Army who oversees operations in Katsina and Zamfara States, have indicated readiness to embrace the peace without any conditions attached,” Owolabi said.

“The military, will continue to remain resolute to ensure complete disarming of bandits before considering the peace deal as earlier announced by the various State Governments in the North West,” he added.

Meanwhile, troops of the Operation have continued with what the Commander calls “Mop Up Ops” in order to clear all areas of bandit camps to ensure the realease of all hostages.

Airman, ‘Several Bandits’ Killed During Gunfight In Kaduna

 

Suspected bandits have killed an aircraftman of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in a shootout at Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A source in the area told Channels Television on Saturday that the bandits laid an ambush for security operatives at Unguwan Yako village along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road.

They were said to have also set two NAF patrol vehicles ablaze during the attack which occurred on Thursday.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the incident in a statement.

He identified the slain airman as Aircraftman Mukhtar Ibrahim, adding that the incident involved troops of the 271 Nigerian Air Force Detachment, Birnin Gwari.

Daramola explained that troops foiled an ambush set up by “over 70 armed bandits” at Ungwan Yako along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road on Thursday.

He added that the security operatives were able to fight their way through the ambush to the side of Birnin Gwari, killing several bandits in the process.

Unfortunately, the NAF spokesman said Ibrahim was killed during an exchange of gunfire while some personnel sustained varying degrees of injury.

He announced that the fallen hero would be buried on Saturday, in accordance with Islamic rites while the injured personnel were receiving treatment at the NAF Hospital in Kaduna.

Army Clash With Bandits In Katsina, Kills Many

 

Troops of the 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army on the 7th of January 2020 decimated some bandits in Magama Jibia Local Government Area of Kastina state.

The troops encountered the bandits while the miscreants were trying to carry out kidnap operations along Mallamawa in Jibia.

A heavy gun battle ensued, with many bandits being neutralized while some escaped with varying degrees of injuries.

Two soldiers were also injured in the exchange of fire.

In a statement by the army spokesman, Captain Kayode Owolabi, troops have dominated the area.

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The army spokesman, however, revealed that two customs officers had been kidnapped prior to the encounter and invasion of some of the bandits’ hideouts.

He further stated that all other civilians who had been kidnapped within the period have been successfully returned to their respective homes.

According to him, troops are in pursuit of the fleeing bandits, with a view to rescuing the two customs officers.

Captain Owolabi advised the public to report any suspicious movement in their area to the security agencies for prompt action.

Bandits Abduct Two Customs Officers In Katsina

 

Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been abducted by bandits at the Dan-Bedi Checkpoint located along Mallamawa Danbedi axis in Jibia, Katsina, a border town with the Republic of Niger.

Some residents in the area told Channels Television that the Customs officers were abducted on Wednesday morning along with an unspecified number of unsuspecting travellers on the Jibia – Batsari highway.

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According to one of the residents, the bandits riding on motorcycles arrived at the customs checkpoint, overpowered the officers and disappeared with them into a nearby forest.

“The bandits in their numbers riding on motorcycles, arrived at the Customs checkpoint, overpowered the officers, seized their weapons and finally fired gunshots sporadically into the air thereby disappearing with them into nearby forest popularly known as ‘Rugu’.”

The Customs service spokesman, Joseph Attah however confirmed to Channels Television that an Inspector and a Customs Assistant servicing at the Federal Operation Unit Zone ”B” Command were abducted.

Mr Attah further explained that all effort is in place to rescue the men and the other civilians.

Suspected Bandits Stranded In Niger Communities

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Residents of Munya Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State have reportedly sighted dozens of stranded bandits wondering about apparently in search of food in the area.

The bandits, according to sources, were up to 30 and said to be involved in the attack that claimed the lives of four soldiers and other civilians.

In an interview with Channels Television, a resident of one of the communities alleged that the armed men were among the bandits that attacked the area on Sunday.

He said, “The bandits are armed with sophisticated guns.

“We are convinced that these strange people were earlier involved in the attack on Sunday during which some soldiers were killed. These attackers are currently stranded in communities in the area.”

The Chairman of Munya LGA, Mohammed Daza, confirmed the sighting of the bandits in his local government to journalists on Monday.

Daza who spoke through his vice, Luka Garba, appealed to the state government to beef up security of the area, adding “the villagers have since abandoned their homes for the bandits”.

Channels Television gathered that the bandits have been moving from one location to the other, looking for a safe exit from the communities as they fear that their entry route may no longer be safe for them.

The affected communities are Sohon Kabula, Luwi, Rufogo, Mudungo, Beni and Toko while the villagers have reportedly abandoned their homes.

“They are all strangers because they don’t know where to go and how to get out of the communities; that is why they want the people to show them where to follow,” another resident said.

He added, “They refused to follow all the routes that they showed them. I can tell you that they are stranded. If the security agents can move in now, they will capture them.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Niger, Mohammed Abubakar, said policemen have been deployed in the LGA to flush out the criminals from the area.

Bandits Abduct Traders In Batsari, Katsina

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted a number of people along Ruma village in Batsari Local Government area of Katsina State.

Residents told Channels Television in a phone call that the victims, mostly traders, were kidnapped on Sunday evening about five kilometers away from Gobirawa town, while they were returning from the famous Jibia Border Market.

Locals told Channels Television that over thirty persons were kidnapped.

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The state police command spokesman, Gambo Isah in a statement, insists that the figure is exaggerated.

According to the police spokesman, the bandits numbering about 60 armed with AK 47 rifles, blocked Jibia – Batsari road stopped two buses and took the occupants of the vehicles into the bush.

He added that a search party led by operation puff adder went after the hoodlums and succeeded in rescuing almost all the victims, with the exception of seven.

Isah assured that the police are currently combing the bush with a view to rescuing the remaining victims.

Bandits Invade Katsina Town, Abduct Woman And Children

 

 

Bandits in their numbers reportedly invaded Jibia town of Katsina state, abducting a housewife alongside her one-year-old baby daughter including her 20-year-old son and whisked them into the forest.

Identified as Hajiya Asma’u Tasiu, the abducted woman is a wife to one Alhaji Tasi’u Wali and her one-year-old baby daughter is identified as Husna Tasi’u while her 20-year-old son is identified as Abu Abu.

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In a press statement issued on the state police Whatsapp platform, the spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah said Operations Puff Adder and Sharandaji including SARS patrol teams are presently combing the forest with a view to arresting them.

Isah said a stray bullet fired as a result of their sporadic shooting however hit one Ibrahim Usman and died while receiving treatment at the hospital adding that investigation is on going.

Eight Feared Killed In Fresh Attack On Niger Community

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Eight persons are feared killed by bandits in an attack on Kaure community, of Kwaki Ward in Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State.

The attack which occurred in the early hours of Saturday, reportedly left several persons critically injured and many displaced from their homes.

The Councillor representing the ward, Jafaru Kwaki confirmed this to Channels Television, saying the information only got to him on Sunday as the affected community is a remote one.

“I received the sad report on Sunday that armed men dressed in black, stormed Kaure community in Kwaki, that’s under my ward, as early as 7:00 am. They were on motorbikes, as it is their style, and began to shoot sporadically,” he said.

“Eight persons have lost their lives in the attack. As for the injured persons, we cannot ascertain the number of people injured in the attack yet, because many escaped into the bushes with bullet wounds, but we were able to move 15 who sustained various degrees of injuries to health centres”.

According to him, the attackers also rustled cows, dispossessed locals of their cash and foodstuff at gunpoint.

“They burnt two vehicles, five machines and some houses in the attack. At the moment, many of our people are also missing. We have, however, dispatched search parties made up of vigilantes to comb the bush for them, while we try to move displaced persons to safe locations,” Kwaki further explained.

This is the third time in December alone that armed men have attacked communities in Shiroro local government area.

Earlier in the month, at least 13 persons were killed in attacks by bandits in eight communities across Rafi and Shiroro local government areas.

Meanwhile, the district head of Madaka, Alhaji Zakari Yau, his wife, the village head of Kukoki and four others, including the Secretary of the district council and a retired soldier were also kidnapped.

Similarly, some expatriates working around the area were reportedly abducted by bandits.

The Police in the state has, however, remained silent on the attacks.

While the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abubakar Dan-Innah, has declined to speak to journalists on the basis that he is on leave, Channels Television made efforts to speak to the Police Commissioner, Adamu Usman, but he is yet to take his call or respond to messages sent to him.

The Acting Public Relations Officer, ASP Uthman Umar, responding to the several missed calls from Channels Television’s correspondent, said the command is not aware of such attacks, but that he believes that if there is any such incident; the command would get a report by Monday.

He promised to keep our reporter abreast of any development on the matter.

But the locals have accused security operatives of compromise, alleging that the security agencies in the state have knowledge of the attacks.

Meanwhile, the Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa has condemned the attack on Kaure.

He has called on the Federal Government, to as a matter of urgency, dispatch security personnel to tackle “the renewed spate of attacks” in Rafi and Shiroro local government areas.

He has also tasked security agencies in the state to up their ante in the fight against bandits.

The Senator particularly urged the Commissioner of Police and other security chiefs to come up with strategies that would nip the challenges in the bud once and for all.

In a statement he personally signed, he said his people cannot be left to die in the hands of bandits, adding that he would continue to make a case for them at the National Assembly until something is done to arrest the ugly situation.

As at the time of filing this report, the State Emergency Management Agency said it had activated an emergency response mechanism to deal with the situation in Kaure.

Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Inga, said his office is, however, yet to receive a report on the number of casualties.

14 people Killed by Suspected Bandits in Fresh Zamfara Village Attack

 

14 people have been killed, while 10 others injured in a renewed attack by suspected bandits in some villages in Gummi local government Area of Zamfara State.

The police in Zamfara state confirmed the incident in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu.

Mr Shehu said that the latest attack looked like a reprisal following an earlier incident which occurred November where some vigilante groups around Bardoki village in the local government Area attacked and killed nine Fulani’s suspected to be bandits and set their houses ablaze.

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He disclosed that the police upon receipt of the incident swung into action and arrested 11 members of the vigilante, popularly known as Yansakai, who participated in the killing of the Fulani’s, adding that investigation into the killing is ongoing.

“The Command swung into action and arrested 11 Members of Yansakai who actively participated in the actual killing of the Fulani’s that led to yesterday’s incident and are being investigated by the State CID Gusau. They will be charged to court for prosecution in order to serve as deterrence to others.

“However, combined teams attached to Operation Puff Adder, men of Operation Hadarin Daji and Vigilante led by the DPO Gummi, mobilised to the scene and embarked on extensive bush combing with a view to trailing and arresting the perpetrators.”

Mr Shehu disclosed that corpses and injured victims were conveyed to the hospital in Gummi for autopsy and treatment.

“The Command calls on members of the public to desist from taking laws into their hands, as it will not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of person that tries to sabotage the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state,” he added.