Take Fight To Bandits’ Den, IGP Tells Police In Zamfara, Sokoto

Take Fight To Bandits’ Den, IGP Tells Police In Zamfara, Sokoto
Mr Mohammed Adamu during a visit to Zamfara State on April 9, 2019.

 

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has challenged police personnel deployed in Zamfara and Sokoto to take the battle to bandits’ camp in the states.

He stated this while addressing the officers and men of both commands during a visit to Zamfara State on Tuesday.

The police boss asked the personnel to be on the offensive as well as ensure total reclamation and domination of all the public spaces occupied by the criminal and bring them to justice.

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A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, said the visit was to enable the IGP to conduct an on-the-spot evaluation of operational and deployment strategies being put in place in both states.

The visit, according to the statement, readily affords Adamu ample opportunity to have a “one-on-one” interaction with officers and men on the ground.

In addition to boosting the morale of personnel, the visit will also help to galvanise local support for the police and other security forces deployed in the Operation Puff Adder.

The IGP later attended a town hall meeting with relevant stakeholders held in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

He commiserated with the community members, particularly those who lost their loved ones or incurred one loss or another as a result of the activities of the bandits.

The police boss, however, called on the people to support the security agencies with human intelligence and any relevant information that could aid the success of the operation.

On their part, the stakeholders commended the Federal Government for banning mining activities in their area.

They equally requested for increased deployment of policemen to their communities and requested that members of the Civilian Joint Task Force be allowed to join the police in tackling the menace of banditry in their communities.

Those present at the meeting included top government officials such as the Secretary to Zamfara State Government, Professor Abdullahi Muhammad, and the Chief of Staff of the government, Abdullahi Abdulkarim.

Also present were traditional rulers, local government chairmen, farmers’ association, Mityetti Allah, and religious leaders, among others,

Shortly after the meeting, the IGP departed Zamfara to Sokoto State in continuation of his mission.

He was accompanied by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, Abdulmajid Ali, and some top police officers.

Nigerian Govt Warns ‘Traditional Rulers’, Others Against Conniving With Bandits

Nigerian Govt Warns 'Traditional Rulers', Others Against Conniving With Bandits
A file photo of the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.

 

The Nigerian Government has warned all persons and groups conniving with bandits to carry out attacks in the north-west region to retract their steps.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, issued the warning on behalf of the government in a statement on Tuesday by his Public Relations Officer, Colonel Tukur Gusau.

He said the Ministry of Defence was concerned about the security challenges in the region, particularly in Zamfara, Sokoto, and Katsina States, as well as the Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State.

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“In spite of the concerted efforts of the Armed Forces and other security, some unpatriotic persons including highly placed traditional rulers in the areas were identified as helping the bandits with intelligence to perpetuate their nefarious actions or to compromise military operations,” the statement said.

It added, “The Ministry of Defence, therefore, wish to warn any person or group of persons who choose to connive or sympathies with the bandits to perpetuate crime against the law-abiding citizens to hence force retract their steps or face the full wrath of the law.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria have been directed to deal decisively with anybody identified helping the bandits under whatever guise no matter how highly placed the person or persons may be.”

The government explained that due to the recent prevailing security situation in the states, the Nigerian Army was conducting Exercise Harbin Kunama IV simultaneously in Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto States.

It noted that the purpose of the exercise was to effectively tackle the activities of criminal elements in the north-west while the Nigerian Air Force has also intensified air strikes against the bandits in Zamfara.

The government disclosed that so far, the combined efforts have yielded successes which led to the killing of many bandits and the rescue of many innocent persons, including the renowned Islamic scholar Sheik Ahmad Suleiman.

It said it was addressing the remote and immediate causes that gave room to the high spate of armed banditry in the states.

It highlighted one of the steps taken as the suspension of all mining activities in Zamfara and environs, following intelligence report which suggested close collaboration between the activities of the bandits and illegal miners.

The statement said, “It is instructive to mention here that insurgency and terrorism are global phenomena that cannot be addressed through military actions only. The whole society has to rise in unison to support the government’s efforts to address the problem.”

In the last three years, the government said several reforms have been carried out towards the reorganisation and expansion of the Armed Forces, in order to meet up with contemporary security challenges across the nation and the sub-region.

It stressed that it was in line with this that the army established 8 Division with the headquarters in Sokoto to cover Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara states while the Headquarters of 1 Brigade was relocated from Sokoto to Gusau.

It added that the tactical headquarters of 8 Division has since located to Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

The government said the air force also established Quick Response Force in Gusau and landing areas in Gusau and Birnin Magaji respectively.

It gave assurance that the military, in conjunction with other security agencies, would continue to protect the lives and properties of law-abiding citizens.

The government urged Nigerians to cooperate with the military to discharge its constitutional responsibilities effectively.

Group Protests In Abuja, Demands End To Zamfara Killings

 

A group of people on Saturday held a protest to condemn the killing of innocent people in Zamfara State by armed bandits.

The protesters, most of whom were indigenes of Zamfara, staged the protest in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

They called on President Muhammadu Buhari urgently to come to the aid of the people of the state and stop the killings and other criminal activities in the state.

The protesters decried that the security situation in Zamfara was worrisome, adding that it has resulted in apprehension and loss of lives.

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They explained that the protest was held to call the attention of the Federal Government to the rate of banditry and kidnappings among other crimes in the state.

The demonstrators decried the inability of the government to completely bring the activities of the criminals to an end, saying that the situation was worsening.

They called on the President to order the security agencies to give more attention to the security situation in Zamfara.

Although they said there were security challenges in the country, the case of Zamfara was one that needed urgent attention.

The group took a swipe at political office holders, alleging that they have failed to show concern to the plight of those who elected them.

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The protest took place following reports which emerged on Friday that several people were killed by bandits at a community in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) were said to be among those who lost their lives to the incident which occurred on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to condemn the killings in Zamfara while others asked the government to be proactive in handling the situation.

Read some of the tweets below:

Troops Arrest Suspected Bandits And Pipeline Vandals, Seize Tanker

Troops Arrest Suspected Bandits And Pipeline Vandals, Seize Tanker

 

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have arrested two suspected armed bandits in Doma Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.

The Acting Director of Defence Information at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The suspects were said to have been arrested during a raid on bandits’ hideout in Abuja Ogor, a local settlement in Doma.

Two AK 47 rifles, three magazines and 126 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspect following the operation.

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In a similar operation, troops of Sector 3 of Operation Whirl Stroke deployed at Ondori in the same location raided a suspected militia hideout and recovered two AK 47 rifles with two empty magazines, one clarion 5.56 Israeli assault rifle mounted with a magazine.

The troops also conducted a raid on a suspected armed bandits camp at Dogo Gawa, a border community between Takum in Taraba State and Katsina-Ala in Benue State.

A shootout ensued in the process while the bandits who were overpowered by the soldiers fled, abandoning their camp.

One locally made rifle, one laptop, two cellphones, sim cards, ATM cards, and N400,000 were recovered while the troops subsequently destroyed the camp.

In the southern part of the country, the DHQ spokesman said troops of 222 Battalion on routine patrol arrested two suspected pipeline vandals along the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) pipeline in Isoko South LGA of Delta State.

“The suspects were arrested along with a tanker truck and eight motorcycles while attempting to vandalise a petroleum pipeline,” he said.

Similarly, troops of Operation Delta Safe conducted strings of operations to combat illegal bunkering and other related crimes in the Niger Delta region.

During the operations, Colonel Onyeama said troops of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA and Sector 1 Operation Delta Safe uncovered and destroyed an illegal refining camp with 18 ovens, 18 coolers, 39 waste pits, while on patrol at Iwhrekreka community in Ugheli LGA of Delta.

He revealed that other items recovered included 26 surface tanks and five pits cumulatively filled with about 750,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil.

“Some of the suspects arrested during the coordinated operations have been handed over to relevant prosecuting security agencies, while others are still undergoing preliminary investigation,” the DHQ spokesman said.

Air Force Trains Personnel To Tackle Terrorism, Armed Banditry

Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar.

 

Worried by the spate of terrorist and armed bandits’ attacks in some parts of the country, the Nigerian Air Force has commenced a training of its Special Forces.

About 175 special forces operatives graduated at the Regiment Training Centre at the Airforce base in Kaduna state after a successful 10-week rigorous and intensive training in asymmetric warfare.

Speaking during his visit to see the graduating students at their training camp, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said the new trends of terrorism as well as the challenges presented by kidnapping and rural armed banditry across the country, necessitated the special training.

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He also reiterated the commitment of the Air Force to collaborate with other security agencies, especially the Army to address the nation’s security challenges.

“From here where we are building capacity to protect our bases, we are also supporting and working very closely with other security forces, particularly the Nigerian Army, to ensure that we have a secured environment

“It’s not only war against terror, we have armed banditry, we have other criminals. Like I said, primarily we are to secure our bases and to secure our air assets. The secondary objective is to support the internal security operations all over the country.

“These men are graduating; another batch of officers are coming in now. And we have trained over 1,000 special forces in the last 4 years or thereabout,” he stated.

Yari Condemns Zamfara Attack, Visits Families Of Victims

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File Photo of the Zamfara State Governor.

 

The Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’ Aziz Yari, has condemned the killing of 29 people in a community in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state, describing it as inhumane.

The governor made the comment on Saturday when he visited the scene of the incident to condole with the victims and assess the level of damage done.

According to the spokesman for the state police command, Muhammad Shehu, the victims were ambushed by bandits while on their way from a local market in Kwari village in the Local Government Area.

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Following a distress call, the DPO quickly led a joint team of PMF/CTU and military to the scene of the incident.

Shehu explained that on getting to there, “13 corpses were found, while 16 other corpses mostly members of civilian JTF were later discovered littered as the surrounding bush was combed by the joint security operatives.”

The attack is said to have occurred on Thursday, February 28, 2019, but the information was only made public on Saturday.

While condoling with families of deceased, Governor Yari assured residents of the government’s relentless efforts at securing the lives of people.

29 People Killed In Fresh Zamfara Attack

29 People Killed In Fresh Zamfara Attack

 

At least 29 people have been confirmed killed and several others injured after armed bandits attacked a community in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The attack is said to have occurred on Thursday, February 28, 2019, but the information about it was not made public until Saturday.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the spokesman for the state police command, Muhammad Shehu, said the victims were ambushed by the bandits while on their way from a local market in Kwari village in the local government area.

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“On 28th  February, 2019 at about 23:45hrs, DPO Shinkafi received a distress call that on the same date at about 21:30hrs, vehicles conveying traders from Shinkafi to Kwari village were ambushed by suspected armed bandits while coming back from Shinkafi Market,” he said.

“DPO quickly responded by leading a joint team of PMF/CTU and military to the scene of the incident with a view to ascertaining the authenticity of the report.”

The command’s spokesman explained further that on getting to the scene, “13 corpses were found, while 16 other corpses mostly members of civilian JTF were later discovered littered as the surrounding bush was combed by the joint security operatives.”

He added that a joint team of police mobile force and counter-terrorism unit of the police and military were swiftly drafted to the area in order to restore normalcy.

Read the full statement from the police below;

The Zamfara state Police Command confirms the death of 29 persons, following an ambush by suspected armed bandits on a convoy of vehicles conveying traders from SHINKAFI market on their way back to Kwari village in SHINKAFI LGA on 28/2/2019.

On 28th February 2019 at about 2345hrs, DPO SHINKAFI received a distress call that on the same date at about 2130hrs, vehicles conveying traders from SHINKAFI to Kwari village were ambushed by suspected armed bandits while coming back from SHINKAFI Market. DPO quickly responded by leading a Joint team of PMF/CTU and Military to the scene of the incident with a view to ascertaining the authenticity of the report and take action that will restore normalcy in the area and its environs and further arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

On getting to the scene, 13 corpses were found, while 16 other corpses mostly members of civilian JTF were later discovered littered as the surrounding bush was combed by the joint security operatives.

Normalcy has been restored in the area, following an improved deployment of Joint police and military personnel to the area to complement the existing security emplacement.

The Commissioner of police, CP Celestine C. Okoye fsi, while condoling the government and people of Zamfara state over the unfortunate incident assures all residents of the state that, the police will continue to collaborate and partner with other security Agencies and all relevant stakeholder to ensure security, safety and peace of Zamfara state at all time.

Members of the public are enjoined to continue to support the security Agencies in their efforts to rid the state of criminal elements.

SP Mohammed Shehu,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For:- Commissioner of Police,
Zamfara State Command
Gusau.

Governor Bello Vows To Track Down Those Behind Attacks On Niger Communities

Governor Bello Vows To Track Down Those Behind Attacks On Niger Communities
A file photo of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello.

 

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has vowed to bring to justice those who carried out attacks on communities in Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas, which led to the death of at least five persons.

The governor made this promise on Wednesday during his visit to the camps set up for persons displaced as a result of the attacks in Rafi Council.

He described the incident as unfortunate and called for collaboration between security agencies in Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara states to end the activities of armed bandits in the border villages.

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Gunmen reportedly numbering over 30 invaded the communities in the two councils on Thursday last week, but the information did not reach the authorities until this week.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ibrahim Audu, about 4,000 persons were displaced as a result of the attacks.

Mr Audu added that they are taking shelter in temporary camps provided by the state government at Kagara Central Primary School and Pandogari Primary School, in Rafi.

He said that the state government had provided some palliatives in the form of food items and sleeping materials.

“NSEMA has activated the temporal camps with profiling of the affected persons and Health personnel have been deployed to the two camps,” the emergency agency’s spokesman revealed.

“The state government has directed provision of all requirements for camp operation,” he said.

The attack is believed to have been carried out by armed bandits suspected to be fleeing Kaduna State which shares borders with the two local government areas in Niger.

NAF Arrests 10 Bandits In Kaduna

 

The Nigerian Air Force says officers of its 453 Base Service Group in Kaduna, on Tuesday, said it arrested 10 suspected thugs and bandits and recovered 57 livestock.

Air Comdr Idi Sani, the commander of the Base Service Group, made the disclosure at a press briefing in Kaduna.

He said the Defence Headquarters directed the Armed Forces to carry out Operation “Safe Conduct” to ensure peaceful and conducive atmosphere during the 2019 elections.

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“In line with this, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar charged the Air Training Command (ATC) NAF Kaduna with the responsibility of securing the area manned by its personnel to assist the Nigerian Police in maintaining law and order,” he said.

Sani said that on February 16, a patrol team from base service group intercepted seven suspected thugs and bandits armed with dangerous weapons around the Hajj Camp, Mondo.

He identified the seven suspects as Abdullahi Adamu, Halilu Rilwan, Lawal Hassan, Idris Yusuf, Kabir Muhammad, Badamasi Alhassan and Idris Abubakar.
He disclosed that the suspects, who claimed to be members of a vigilante group were on their way to Buruku village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State when they were apprehended.

The NAF spokesman also noted that on the same day, around NECO Junction in Mando area of Kaduna, another suspect, Abdulrauf Yusuf AKA Gorilla Fighter was arrested in the company of one Muhammad Bello in a Volkswagen Golf 3 car with registration Number EG181ABS Abuja.

“Also Shehu Yahaya was arrested on February 15 at Amana Kasuwa,” he said.

He added that the items recovered from the 10 suspects include, Volkswagen golf 3 car registration Number EG181ABS Abuja, a Volkswagen Golf car without a number plate, eight Dane guns, five machetes, a Knife and three cutlasses.

The Commander said on February 2, a NAF Special Operations Team tasked with dealing with kidnapping, cattle rustling and armed banditry intercepted a group of cattle rustlers at Riyawa forest.

“In the face of superior firepower from the NAF team, the cattle rustlers fled the scene abandoning 44 cows and 13 rams; the animals will be handed over to the Kaduna State Government for action.

He said all the suspects will be handed over today to the police.

Zamfara: Six Soldiers Die As Army Kills 37 Bandits, Rescue 80 Victims

Air Force Bombards Bandits In Zamfara, Kills Several

 

Six soldiers have been killed in an exchange of fire with suspected bandits in Bini Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

This incident also led to the death of 37 bandits and rescue of 80 kidnapped, the acting information officer of Operation Saharan Daji, Major Clement Abiade, revealed in a statement.

According to the statement obtained by Channels Television on Monday, the soldiers were returning to their base after a long-range patrol before the incident occurred.

Major Abiade disclosed that the victims comprise men, women and children, rescued inside Dumburum Forest during the mop-up operations conducted by troops between February 4 and 14.

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He also revealed that six suspected bandits and their allies were arrested while several weapons, ammunition and rustled cattle were recovered from their camps.

The information officer recalled that bandits had carried out a series of attacks on communities in Zamfara last year, leaving hundreds of innocent people killed and many injured, while some were kidnapped.

He, however, said, “The intensity and redoubled efforts in the conduct of military activities in the past months seem to be yielding tremendous successes, leading to the killing of some of the bandits, recovery of guns, ammunition and rustled cattle”.

Shehu Sani Condemns Banditry In Kaduna, Three Other States

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

Senator Shehu Sani has raised an alarm on the alleged activities of armed bandits in some parts of Kaduna and three other states.

The other states highlighted by the senator who represents Kaduna Central district at the National Assembly are Zamfara, Katsina, and Niger.

He took to his Facebook page on Sunday to condemn the activities of the criminals who he said were deciding when to carry out attack on innocent citizens.

“In parts of Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger states, armed bandits decide on who and when to kill or kidnap,” Senator Sani alleged.

He added, “People helplessly sell their farm produce, farms and even village homes to pay ransom. They live at the mercy of their killers that have grown and thrive beyond the reach of the state.”

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According to the lawmaker, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) went on a temporary strike recently to protest the killing of their colleagues along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road in the northern part of the country.

He condemned the situation where “mourning funeral services have become a daily routine” and kidnappings have continued to take place in the society.

“In all of these killing fields where the government has failed to provide adequate security, there are more than enough campaign billboards and posters,” Senator Sani noted.

Ahead of the coming general elections, the lawmaker stressed that there were moments in history that victims of attack would be opportune to decide their fate.

Read Senator Sani’s Facebook post below;

Air Force Bombards Bandits In Zamfara, Kills Several

Air Force Bombards Bandits In Zamfara, Kills Several

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has intensified the bombardment of armed bandits’ hideouts in Zamfara State and its environs.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed in a statement on Thursday that the offensive was carried out by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Diran Mikiya.

According to him, the air strikes were preceded by days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, initiated based on credible human intelligence reports.

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The NAF spokesman revealed that this led to the identification of several camps being used by the bandits to launch attacks on innocent civilians.

He said, “One of the air interdiction missions was conducted at dawn today, 7 February 2019, at a location in Rugu Forest South of Gurbin Baure, where some armed bandits were seen assembled by a logistics truck parked near their compound-hideout.

“The ATF dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack helicopter and an Alpha Jet to engage the bandits’ truck and compound. Overhead the target area, the bandits were seen dispersing in different directions with some attempting to make a getaway in the truck.”

Daramola added, “The helicopter strafed the moving truck in successive passes immobilising it and neutralising its occupants.

“The Alpha Jet simultaneously attacked the compound and destroyed one of the huts harbouring the bandits, which was seen engulfed in flames.

“Credible Intelligence sources later revealed that several bandits were killed as a result of the attack.”

The air commodore explained that NAF was working in close coordination with surface forces and other security agencies.

He said it would sustain its investigation and air interdiction missions to neutralise the armed bandits and deny them freedom of action in the area.