Bandits Attack Immigration Officers, Kill One In Jigawa

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
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Bandits have attacked immigration officers in Birniwa Local Government Area of Jigawa State, killing one and injuring two others.

This was disclosed by the Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service in the state, ACG Ismail Abba Aliyu, during a news conference on Wednesday in Dutse.

He claimed that the bandits ambushed the officers during a patrol along the Galadi-Birniwa axis, noting that the attack took place on Tuesday night.

According to him, the bandits, numbering about five, arrived at the patrol base on two motorbikes and started attacking the cops.

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“One was carrying three people and the other one was carrying two people and immediately on arrival, they opened fire on the Immigration officers on patrol, which resulted in the death of one of the staff named Abdullahi Mohammed (CIA) and two others sustained bullet injuries,” Aliyu said.

He identified the injured officers as Abba Musa Kiyawa and Zubairu Garba , adding that three others, however, managed to flee the attack.

The gunmen were said to have fled into the bush after exchanging gunfire, leaving their motorcycles and phones behind.

The two injured officers are responding to treatment in a medical facility in Jigawa State.

The comptroller stated that the Command will submit the recovered handsets and motorcycles to the police for additional investigation.

Additionally, he urged residents of the state to assist the law enforcement agencies by providing any useful information that could aid in the capture of the criminals.

Bandits Kidnap Ango Abdullahi’s Family Members, Others In Kaduna

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Terrorists have abducted a woman and her four children in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The woman is the daughter-in-law of the village head of Yakawada, Alhaji Rilwanu Saidu, who is the elder brother of the Chairman of the Northern Elders’ Forum( NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi.

Police authorities have not commented on the incident, but a close relative of the family, Umar Sani, told Channels Television that the woman, Ramatu Samaila, was abducted along with her children from their residence during the attack which occurred on Tuesday night.

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He said the bandits in their large numbers invaded Yakawada village and started shooting sporadically before moving to the village head’s residence.

The bandits also kidnapped some residents of the community including one Abubakar Mijinyawa and his two wives, Aisha and Hajara.

The two wives who are both nursing mothers were reportedly taken away along with their babies while a local patrol guard, Aminu Lawal, was killed by the attackers during the attack.

The kidnapping of five members of Professor Abdullahi’s family comes almost four months after his son, Sadiq Abdullahi, and 61 others were abducted by terrorists who attacked an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train on March 28.

Bandits Release Seven More Kidnapped Train Passengers

Seven more kidnapped passengers of the March 28 train attack in Kaduna state have regained their freedom.

The victims were released on Wednesday morning after spending 135 days in the custody of the terrorists.

It is however not clear if any ransom was paid to the terrorists for their release.

Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the development, a  member of the negotiating team, Tukur Mamu told Channels Television that six of the released hostages are members of the same family, which include a couple and their four children.

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Some of the train passenger victims regained their freedom in Kaduna State on August 10, 2022.

 

The father of the four kids, Abubakar, is the son of a former Military Administrator of Kano and Benue States, to Mamu, Major General Chris Garba, and also a staff of the National Assembly Commission.

The terrorists also released a 60-year-old woman, Hajia Aisha Hassan who was said to have been freed due to life-threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently.

The names of the six family members that were released are Abubakar Idris Garba who is the father of the four kids, his wife Maryama Abubakar Bobbo, and their eldest son, Ibrahim Abubakar Garba who is 10 years old.

Others include Fatima Abubakar Garba, 7 years, Imran Abubakar Garba, 5 years old, and youngest Zainab Abubakar Garba who is only one and half years.

So far, 42 victims have regained their freedom. The number of those still in captivity now stands at 35.

Gunmen had on March 28 blown up the rail track, killing some and abducting scores of passengers, a situation that called for serious concern about the safety of the nation’s trains.

Wednesday’s release is coming a few days after five other victims the abducted Kaduna-bound train was freed by the terrorists.

The victims freed are Professor Mustapha Umar Imam, who is a medical doctor at Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Akibu Lawal, Abubakar Ahmed Rufai Mukthar Shu’aibu, and Sidi Aminu Sharif.

They secured their freedom on August 2, bringing succour to their respective families.

Channels Television gathered that they were released by the terrorists at a location inside the forest along the Kaduna – Abuja highway.  From there, they were picked up by their relatives.

Worried about the situation, the Nigeria Railway Corporation temporarily suspended activities, with President Muhammadu Buhari directing security agencies to rescue the victims.

Troops Intensify Operation Along Abuja-Kaduna Highway To Flush Out Bandits

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Troops of Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army and that of Operation Puff Adder of the Nigerian Police have intensified patrols and operations along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and surrounding communities.

This is part of efforts to flush out bandits and provide adequate security on the highway and the general area.

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Speaking during an assessment tour of the ongoing security operations on the highway, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said contrary to insinuations that motorists have abandoned the highway because of insecurity, more vehicles are still plying the road as a result of the presence of security operatives in the area.

Aruwan also debunked reports that the convoy of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 12 was attacked along the Kaduna-Abuja highway last week, saying that the incident took place between Kaduna and Nasarawa States borders.

Among the locations visited by the commissioner are Rijana and Katari villages, which are flashpoints areas on the highway.

 

Five Months After Bandits’ Attack, 12,000 IDPs Return Home In Katsina

The returnees were sacked from their villages by bandits.

 

At least 12,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Katsina State have been returned to their various ancestral communities at Shimfida town in Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

The reason is to allow them fully commence farming activities as some of them have started farming in the area.

Their return, facilitated by the State Government, was coming barely five months after persistent terrorist attacks in their communities forced them to flee for safety.

Speaking shortly before their return, the Chairman of Jibia Local Government Area Hon. Bashir Sabiu Maitan announced that the IDPs were being taken care of by both the State and the Council.

He revealed that the IDPs, who were relocated to the neighbouring Niger Republic, were earlier in the day brought back to Jibia Local Government where they would join others on the trip back to Shimfida town.

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Maitan disclosed that an initial N88.6 million was doled out by the State Government for the exercise, adding that the second tranche of N18m has also been approved by Governor Aminu Masari for the provision of drugs and logistics for the IDPs and essential workers in the community.

He said a third tranche, which was also in the millions of naira, was also being awaited and would be expended on the installation of windows and doors for the accommodation provided for the IDPs in Shimfida.

According to Hon. Maitan, Governor Masari had already spoken to President Muhammadu Buhari and the President had assured of adequate security escort for the IDPs on their trip back to their town. He stated that the escort would also be stationed in the community.

 

“We have IDPs that are displaced in Jibia and others in the Niger Republic. Those in the Niger Republic are over 6,000 while the ones in Jibia are also over 6,000.

“The reason why we are returning them is simply that some of them have started farming in the area; we want them to go back and fully commence farming activities.

“It was the Army that left the area earlier that gave in to the sack of the community and Governor Masari had spoken to President Muhammadu Buhari and approval has been given for the redeployment of the soldiers.

“More than 10,000 bags of 10 – kilogram rice has been purchased for onward transportation and distribution to the community for feeding. As of today Monday, an initial 2,000 bags were sent to their community,” Maitan added.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of Shimfida Youth Development Association Sa’adu Salisu expressed satisfaction with the State Government’s effort to return the IDPs home, stressing that adequate security should be put in place in the community to prevent the recurrence of terrorist attacks.

He, however, alleged that more than 20 IDPs –  mostly women and elderly – have died due to blood pressure and related ailments since they left their community.

Channels Television recalled that on March 10th, 2022, seven people, mostly children, were feared killed and several others injured and kidnapped in a stampede of residents fleeing from bandits in Shimfida village of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

 

A resident of the area Abdulrazak Ahmad told Channels Television that the tragedy occurred between 10:00 am and 12:00 am after soldiers serving in a joint security task force were totally evacuated and withdrawn from the community.

According to him, the withdrawn soldiers were initially stationed at the Government Secondary School, Shimfida, about 27 Kilometres from Jibia town.

Bandits Abduct Two Children, Senator’s Sister-In-Law In Katsina

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Bandits on Sunday night abducted two children in Unguwar Bakin Kasuwa community, Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

An eyewitness told Channels Television via telephone call on Monday that the hoodlums first raided the residence of Mani Babba Kaita and kidnapped his wife.

They thereafter moved to abduct his neighbour’s – Sabe Halilu – children after beating their mother.

Mani Babba Kaita is the younger brother of the serving Senator representing the Daura District Senator Ahmed Babba Kaita.

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It was further gathered that the uninterrupted attack launched by the hoodlums lasted for about two hours in the community where gunshot sounds were heard from all angles in the community.

Police authorities are yet to confirm the incident. Several phone calls put through to the police spokesman SP Gambo Isah did not go through.  He also did not reply to a text message sent to his mobile phone number.

Residents are calling for prayers from Nigerians and beyond for the situation to be brought under control.

One Killed, Couple Abducted As Gunmen Attack Katsina LG

The couple was abducted by bandits in Katsina State on August 7, 2022.

 

Gunmen on Sunday killed at least one person and injured two others during an attack on Shola Quarters in Katsina city.

The attack came about two months after terrorists, armed with sophisticated weapons, invaded the same community.

A resident of the area who confirmed the incident to Channels Television on a telephone call said the bandits stormed the community in the early hours of Sunday at about 1:30 am.

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He said the bandits also abducted a couple during the attack that lasted for over 30 minutes, adding that those injured were rushed to the neighbouring Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina for medical attention.

Shola Quarters is a community located behind the Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina and is vulnerable to attack due to its proximity to bandits enclaves located around Bugaje Community in Jibia Local Government Area of the north-western state.

Channels Television had on June 14 reported how six persons were abducted in the same community by terrorists riding on motorcycles at about 2:00 am.

However, during the previous attack, the terrorists did not kill or injure any of the residents but were visiting house to house where they succeeded in kidnapping six persons including a two-year-old baby girl.

 

Suspected Bandits Attack Police Station In Imo, Kill Four Officers

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Four police officers have been killed in Imo state by suspected bandits in the early hours of Saturday, the police have confirmed.

The officers were attached to the divisional police headquarters in Agwa community, Oguta local government area.

Police spokesperson, Mike Abattam, said although details of the attack are still sketchy, the bandits reportedly burnt down parts of the police station and killed some officers on duty.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, is already at the scene to ascertain the severity of the attack and get first-hand information.

He appealed to the people of the area to remain calm and go about their lawful engagements, assuring them that the command is on top of the situation.

Attacks on police stations are common in Imo state.

In April, at least five divisional police headquarters were attacked by gunmen.

Some of the attacks have been blamed on the Indigenous People of Biafra, a group seeking the secession of the South-East from Nigeria.

Bandits Attack Katsina Communities, Kill Three, Abduct Dozens 

Katsina State is a state in the northwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria
Katsina State is a state in the northwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria

 

A fresh broad daylight attack by terrorists has left three people dead and several others injured at Dantsauni village in Batagarawa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the terrorists in their numbers and armed with sophisticated weapons invaded the village on motorcycles on Wednesday at about 3:55 pm when the faithful were preparing for Asr prayer.

During the attack, according to the eyewitness, dozens of people, mostly women and children were said to have been abducted.

The eyewitness added that hundreds of residents ran for safety.

The terrorists on their arrival started shooting sporadically along the Katsina Ring Road which is close to the Katsina town, the eyewitness said, adding that during the attack, which lasted for over 45 minutes, no security personnel was seen.

The attack on Dantsauni village comes three days after some terrorists were said to have attacked neighboring communities of Babbar Ruga, Kwarin Maikotso and Kore villages where the terrorists killed two persons and abducted eight others.

Meanwhile, the State Police Command through its Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, also confirmed the attack, stating that one person was killed and two others injured.

Security Crisis: Senate Leadership Meets With Service Chiefs

The NSA, Babagana Monguno having a chat with the service chiefs.

 

The Leadership of the Senate is meeting with the service chiefs over the security crisis in the country.

Present at the meeting are the Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval staff, Chief of Air Staff, DG DSS and a representative of the National Security Adviser.

The bi-partisan closed-door meeting with the Service Chiefs is aimed at reviewing the current security strategies and discuss new solutions.

Speaking at the commencement of the meeting, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the security challenges have lingered and the Senate had hoped that the situation would have been better.

Lawan said the situation is frightening, adding that there is nowhere to hide or go. He stressed that it is dire at this time to come up with an effective solution, as the crisis is dislocating where the head of government is situated.


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Senator Lawan while noting that security agencies are doing their best, stressed that more can be done.

Responding, the Chief of Defense Staff General Lucky Irabor said a lot is being done to improve security.

General Irabor emphasized that the troops are still committed to the cause, adding that no one is leaving any stone unturned in addressing the problem.

The meeting between the Senate and the Service Chiefs comes few days after members of the National Assembly threatened to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to properly tackle the security crisis in the country within six weeks.

In an unexpected move, Senators, mostly those belonging to the opposition parties, staged a walkout following their call to impeach President Muhammadu.

According to them, the laxity with which the security issue is being treated is appalling and as such a steeper measure to correct the anomalies has become imperative.

Joining their counterparts in the Senate, the minority caucus of the House of Representatives also handed President Muhammadu Buhari a six-week ultimatum to fix insecurity or face impeachment in the National Assembly.

Minority leader of the House of Reps, Ndudi Elumelu, while disclosing the caucus’ position on the matter, said signatures will be gathered to impeach the President if the security situation is not addressed.

In his defense, the president has said that his government is doing its best to stem the tide of insecurity threatening to swallow the nation.

According to President Buhari, the Nigerian military are not helpless in the fight against the insurgents and bandits who pose a grave threat to the peace and sovereignty of the nation.

Buhari, however, called for more more international collaborations to tackle insecurity in the country.

The president in a recent interview promised that he will leave no stone unturned in crushing bandits and terrorists, adding that the service chiefs have been kept on their toes to ensure that banditry and terrorism are decisively addressed.

Gunmen Kill 86-Year-Old Ex-Railway Staff, Kidnap Rector In Kaduna

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Bandits have attacked the Federal School of Statistics, Manchok in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, kidnapping the rector and two other residents.

An 86-year-old ex-staff of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), who is a resident of the community,  Mister Daniel Yatai, was also killed by the bandits during the attack which occurred on Tuesday night.

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Though police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, Channels Television gathered that the bandits in their large numbers invaded the community at about 11 pm on Tuesday and started shooting sporadically to scare the residents before attacking some houses.

The daughter of the victim, Miss Christiana Yatai, told Channels Television that the bandits gained access to their house through the fence.

She said the bandits ordered them to open the door and when they refused, they forced it open and entered the house, after which one of they shot her father at the back through the window, while the rest who entered the room also reigned more bullets on the victim, which led to his death.

The bandits also went away with one of the victims’ relatives, Miss Brenda Friday, a 21-year-old student of Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya.

A family member, Joseph Yatai told Channels Television that the bandits have contacted them and are demanding N15 million as ransom to release the girl.

“We are five in the house: myself, my dad, my mum, two of my niece, and a nephew,” the source said.

“They asked us to open the door and when we refused they break the main entrance door and gained access to the house.

“My father was in his room and one of them wearing a mask, who was outside the house, shot him through the window and hit him from the back.  Those who entered the house later went to his room and finished him off.

“They went away with one of my nieces, Ms. Brenda Friday, 21, a final year student of Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya.”

Insurgency: Show No Mercy To Terrorists, Air Chief Charges Commanders

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, says the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will prioritise the welfare of its personnel to boost their morale in the line of duty. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational Commanders in the various theatres of operation across the country to ‘show no mercy’ and ensure they employ maximum firepower against terrorists posing security threats in the country.

While commending them for their efforts as well as the improved synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, Air Marshal Amao also underscored the need for effective allocation and utilization of all NAF platforms deployed for operations in the Northwest and Northcentral for enhanced operational effectiveness.

Doing so, according to the CAS, will deny the terrorists freedom of movement while boosting the confidence of the populace and ensuring a peaceful country. Air Marshal Amao made these assertions when he met with frontline Air Officers Commanding (AOC) and Air Component Commanders (ACCs) at the NAF Base yesterday in Kaduna.


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Speaking further, the CAS noted that though the security environment remains fluid and uncertain with terrorists moving between the northeast, northwest and north central, the need to continually modify NAF’s air power strategies to stay ahead of the asymmetric and unconventional nature of terrorists’ activities is of paramount importance.

According to him, ‘We have a responsibility to secure our nation and give our citizens a sense of hope, trust and belonging. Therefore, we must ensure that we stay ahead of the enemy and envisage his next line of action.’ He then charged them to show no mercy against any terrorist and their accomplices while also denying them the freedom of movement and ease to cause mayhem against innocent Nigerians.

Air Marshal Amao then assured them that training of more combat pilots, imagery analysts and other specialties in the NAF would continue to be of utmost priority so as to address the manpower challenges within the operation areas.

He went on to state that efforts were at an advanced stage to procure more combat platforms for the NAF to meet the ever-increasing demands of air assets in various theatres of operations across the nation.

Other issues addressed during the interface included the need to ensure a speedy procurement circle of aircraft spares to minimise aircraft downtime amongst other issues.