Troops Raid Bandits’ Camp In Kaduna, Rescue Nine Kidnap Victims, Recover 90 Cows

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Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have rescued nine kidnapped persons during fighting patrols aimed at suspected bandits’ hideouts in Kaso Village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

According to the operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, the troops engaged the bandits on the Tantatu high ground, as they abandoned their camp fled further into the forest.

During the course of the operation in the bandits camp, the troops rescued nine kidnapped persons who were held hostage by the bandits.


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Confirming the development in a statement, the Kaduna state Commissioner for internal security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said initial debriefing of the rescued victims revealed that they were kidnapped around the Gurara Dam area.

The nine rescued persons according to the commissioner, will undergo further debriefing and examination before being reunited with their families.

He also disclosed that the troops recovered 90 rustled cattle left behind by the fleeing bandits, stating that the recovered animals will be handed over to the Kaduna State Livestock Regulatory Authority for proper identification.

Further clearance patrols to Bawa Rikasa hill led to the recovery of four motorcycles belonging to the bandits.

Troops Kill Four Bandits In Kaduna

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Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have killed four bandits during clearance operations in identified hideouts around Tsohon Gayan Village in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said the troops made pursued the fleeing bandits, and in the process, killed two of them,  while credible human intelligence sources revealed that two others died from gunshot wounds.

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According to the Commissioner, credible sources in the general area reported that two of the four neutralized bandits have been identified as Dogo Mallam and Bello Mallam.

The troops also covered one AK47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition, and one motorcycle.

Niger Security: No Curfew Imposed In Kagara, Rafi LGA – Police

 

The Niger State Police Command has responded to what it terms a piece of fake news circulating within the some social media sphere, suggesting that bandits attacked a military check point at Zuma Rock and that there is a massive influx of bandits into Niger State via Birnin-Gwari Area.

According to a statement by the Commissioner of Police Niger State Command, CP Ogundele J. Ayodeji, the fake report further stated that DPO/DSS Rafi LGA affirmed such massive movement of bandits into the State.

The command unequivocally stated that the report is false and untrue, adding that it is only a figment of the imagination of mischief makers whose intention is to cause panic in the public domain by originating such a report.


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The statement also noted that further indices which indicate that such report is fake, “is the part that stated that 24hrs curfew have been placed in Kagara. It is pertinent to state that no curfew of any kind is imposed in Kagara, there was no report of such emanating from DPO/DSS in Rafi LGA and there was equally no report of bandits attack at Zuma Rock, Suleja”.

The commissioner enjoined members of the public to disregard such fabricated report and continue to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation, molestation or any form of attack, as the police and other security agencies in the state “are working assiduously towards ensuring a guaranteed secured environment”.

Furthermore, the command said it is privy to the modus operandi of bandits as regards reprisals, due to some successes recorded against the hoodlums during their recent escapades in the State, adding that strategies have been put in place to curtail such move, while urging ‘Nigerlites’ to equally continue to support the Police and other security agencies with accurate information for prompt intervention.

Bandits Attack Zamfara Communities, Kill 13 And Abduct Dozens

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
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Thirteen persons have been killed and over twenty people abducted on Wednesday as armed bandits attacked two communities in Zamfara State

The communities are the Riyoji community under the Birnin Tsaba district of Zurmi Local Government and the Magamin Tandu community of the Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area.

Police authority in Zamfara State confirmed the attacks to Channels Television on Thursday, saying the Command has deployed additional troops to the affected area for confidence-building patrol and to avert another planned attack on nearby communities.

Channels Television gathered that bandits stormed the Riyoji community in the early hour of Wednesday and started shooting sporadically, killing no less than thirteen persons.

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In a separate attack, over twenty persons were abducted in the Magamin Tandu community on Wednesday evening by armed bandits.

A resident of the community who pleaded anonymity for security reasons told Channels Television that the bandits invaded the place and conducted house-to-house searches in other to abduct residents.

“They entered from house to house, picking people from different houses,” the source narrated.

He said most of the victims are women, nursing mothers, and children.

Zurmi and Kaura-Namoda local governments in Zamfara North Zone have been experiencing various attacks for years which have forced many residents to abandon their homes for safer environments.

Bandits Abduct Four In Zamfara, Demand New Naira Notes As Ransom

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Bandits have abducted four people in the Kolo village of Gusau Local Government Area in Zamfara State and refused to collect old naira notes as ransom.

Channels Television gathered that the bandits earlier demanded N10m as ransom but after the negotiation, they agreed to collect N5m.

Sources from the area also said that as the villagers were trying to get the money through communal effort, the abductors sent a message on Tuesday that they would not release the kidnapped victims until the release of the new naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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“As we were trying to gather the money demanded by the terrorists, they sent another message that they would not collect old naira notes,” the source said.

“They said that they would keep the abducted persons in their camps until next month –  December – when the new naira notes would be in circulation.”

Police authorities in Zamfara State are yet to comment on these latest abductions as efforts to reach the spokesperson proved abortive.

Bandits Killed As Airforce Bombs Some Camps In Kaduna

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

Scores of bandits have been killed during an air raid conducted by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in some of their camps located in Chikun and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna State.

A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, on Monday, said that the airforce carried out the air strikes on an identified bandits’ location in the Kawara General area of Igabi local government.

He disclosed that three bandits were neutralized during the operation, while some kidnapped victims used the opportunity to escape from the camp where they were held captive by the bandits.

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Similar operations were also successfully carried out by the Airforce at another bandits enclave in Walawa, Giwa Local Government Area.

Also in Chikun local government, armed surveillance was carried out over Faka, Kangon Kadi, Damba, Ungwan Turai, Galbi, Gwagwada, and environs, where terrorists, who were sighted about 4km Northwest of Godani, were neutralized.

In Kuduru, an active terrorist’s location was sighted and struck with rockets.

In Igabi LGA, operations were conducted over Riyawa, Alhaji Isiaka, Rima, Riyawa, Rumana, Ungwan Liman, Mai Gishiri, and the Kaduna Airport area, with no significant activity noticed. A similar situation was also obtained in Sabon Birnin, Anaba, Malumi, Wusono, and Kerawa.

Also covered by the aerial patrols were the Kaduna-Abuja road and rail line, as well as Jere, Katari, Olam Farms, Gwagwada, Sarkin Pawa, Abulo, Mangoro, Chikwale, and environs. Normal human and vehicular activities were observed, with no threats encountered.

The Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road and adjoining areas were similarly covered: Buruku, Labi, Udawa, Manini, and Polewire up to Kajuru, Jaka da Rabi and Maguzawa.

Three Civilians Killed As Troops Neutralize Two Fleeing Bandits In Kaduna

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army have neutralized two bandits while repelling an attack by the criminal elements at Kankomi Village in Chikun Local Government Area of kaduna State on Sunday.

This was disclosed in a statement by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who also said that other bandits escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to the commissioner, attackers made an attempt to infiltrate the location housing the troops, however, the vigilant troops in response engaged them in a fierce gun duel which lasted for over an hour.

This he explains, resulted in the elimination of one of the terrorists, who was wearing military camouflage combat gear, while others escaped with bullet wounds.

The troops recovered one AK-47 rifle, seven AK47 magazines, seven rounds of ammunition and five locally made grenades from the bandits.

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Sadly, while exploiting the withdrawal route of the bandits, three corpses were found by the troops, apparently locals killed by the fleeing bandits.

In another development, troops of Operation Forest Sanity conducted clearance patrols along the Gwagwada-Chikun-Sarkin Pawa axis, stretching from Chikun LGA to nearby interstate boundary areas.

According to the report, contact was made with terrorists on a high ground ahead of Kafaiyo. One terrorist was neutralized, and an AK-47 rifle recovered.

Furthermore, two terrorists fled on sighting the troops, leaving behind their motorcycles which were recovered.

The troops completely dislodged several terrorists’ camps around Kafaiyo, Dafako, Kopi and Gadani.

Troops Neutralize Notorious Bandit Commander ‘Dogo Maikasuwa’ In Kaduna

 

A notorious bandit commander , popularly called Dogo Maikasuwa has been killed by security forces during a clearance operation in Chikun local government area of kaduna state.

This was confirmed by the state commissioner for internal security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan .

Aruwan disclosed that the notorious bandit in the company of his foot soldiers ran into an ambush laid by security operatives in a forest at the Gengere-Kaso general area, around the Chikun and Kajuru boundaries.

According to the report, the security forces after the fierce battle successfully neutralized the bandit leader and recovered one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, five rounds of ammunition, two motorcycles and one set of camouflage military fatigues from them.


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Other bandits escaped with gun wounds, while was further gathered that one of them died from injuries sustained in the fierce battle, with his remains carried away by other fleeing criminal elements.

The Commissioner says that Dogo Maikasuwa who is also known as Dogo Maimillion led series of attacks and kidnappings of citizens plying the Kaduna-Kachia Road, and in communities within Chikun and Kajuru LGAs. He was one of the deadliest bandits leading other elements in terrorizing citizens of these general areas.

According to human intelligence sources, he was always dressed in green camouflage military fatigues and wielding an AK47 rifle. Such was his appearance during the duel with security forces which ultimately consumed him.

It was also gleaned that he led his bandits to engage in operations with cruelty, often killing kidnapped victims when ransoms were delayed or considered meager.

Troops Rescue Kidnap Victims, Recover Arms, Motorcycles In Zamfara

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Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have rescued some kidnap victims in Zamfara State. 

According to a statement by Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, the troops who on Thursday were on fighting patrol to bandits hideout at Danmarke village in Gummi Local Government Area, also recovered some arms.

General Danmadami explained that the troops encountered and engaged bandits in a fire fight.


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A photo combination of the map of Zamfara State and a gun recovered from criminals.

“During the fire fight, the terrorists abandoned their hideout, with several fleeing with gunshots injuries. Troops exploited the general area and rescued 3 kidnapped victims, recovered five (5) AK 47 rifles and thirty (30) motorcycles among others items.”

The DHQ spokesman further stated that the military high command has commended troops of Operation FOREST SANITY and has encouraged the general public to avail troops with credible and timely information on criminal activities.

 

Catholic Priest, Father Abraham Kunat, Abducted In Kaduna

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A priest of the Catholic Church, Reverend Father Abraham Kunat has been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be bandits in the Kachia local government area of Kaduna State.

The incident occurred at about 12:30 am on Tuesday.

Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the development, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Kaduna, Reverend Father Christian Emmanuel, told Channels Television that the victim was whisked away.

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In a statement, Emmanuel said Kunat, who is the parish Priest of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Idon Gida in Kachia Local Government, was kidnapped at St Mulumba, Kurmin Sara, also in Kachia local government.

According to him, the victim has been residing at the Saint Mulumba parish all along due to the insecurity situation in the area.

The chancellor, however, solicited the prayers and support of the Christian faithful as well as all men and women of goodwill that God Almighty will take control of the situation to preserve the priest, and bring him back safely.

The latest kidnap incident is coming after some months of relative peace in Kaduna State following ongoing military onslaughts against bandits in some parts of the state.

Gunmen Abduct 13, Shoot One In Niger Community

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Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked Maijaki village in Birnin Maza/ Tashibo ward of Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State, abducting 13 persons and shooting one in the process.

The incident occurred at early hours of Friday around 1 am when the villagers who were still asleep were woken by sporadic shootings.

A community source told Channels Television that the community is in high tension following the attack and called for urgent need for security presence to forestall calm and stability in the area.

It was reliably gathered that the criminals are currently occupying Kpashimi Forest where they hide to perpetuate their evil act at any targeted community especially of recent, with AK-47 riffles.

Reports revealed that over 500 security operatives of Operation Sharan Daji including vigilantes have stormed the area for a manhunt to apprehend the criminals.

Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Police Command and also Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services for confirmation proved abortive.

Police Rescue 10 Women, One-Year-Old Child From Gando Forest In Zamfara

This photo released by Zamfara police shows women said to have been rescued from bandits.
This photo released by Zamfara police shows women said to have been rescued from bandits.

 

The Zamfara State Police Command says it rescued 10 women and a year-old child, following an extensive successful search and rescue operations at Gando forest in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of the state.

This was made known in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Zamfara State, SP Mohammed Shehu, and made available to Channels Television.

Shehu said a group of bandits terrorist invaded Manye village in Anka LGA on Monday 17th October, 2022 and abducted ten women and a year-old child to Gando forest in Bukkuyum LGA of the state where they spent three days in captivity.

He said that on receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf, deployed additional Police Tactical Operatives to reinforce DPO Anka and vigilante in their rescue operation, a task that was successfully accomplished with the full support of stakeholders especially, the Sole Administrator of Anka LGA.

Shehu said that all the rescued victims were taken to the hospital for medical check, debriefed by police detectives and handed over their families.

The Zamfara police spokesperson added that the while commending the sole Administrator, Anka LGA for the full support and partnership during the rescue operation, the Commissioner of Police congratulated the victims for regaining their freedom, and assured that all the perpetrators will be apprehended and charged to court for prosecution.