Bandits Kidnap Three Persons In Fresh Katsina Village Attack

 

Bandits have kidnapped three persons in a fresh attack on Dan-Ali village in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The attackers also carted away money and valuables in the attack.

A resident in the community, Malam Tukur Dan Ali, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He said his relative was part of those kidnapped.

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According to Dan Ali, the bandits in their dozens arrived in the village around 1:25 am on Tuesday and kidnapped three young persons, one of which is women.

He added that the attackers shot into the air to scare residents.

“The bandits made several gunshots sporadically and made their way into the houses of Alhaji Musa and Alhaji Gambo where they kidnapped the three persons,” he explained.

He said the bandits had however released one of the victims, Hajiya Fatima unconditionally.

He lamented that security operatives were yet to arrive in the village even as at 5:30 a.m.

Efforts to reach the spokesman of the state police command, Gambo Isah, a Superintendent of Police (SP) proved abortive as calls made to his phone were not returned.

Bandits attacks and kidnappings have been on the rise in Katsina State. The level of insecurity recently led members of the state to call on the Federal government to declare a state of emergency on the state as quickly as possible.

President Muhammadu Buhari in reaction to the spate of attacks ordered the security chiefs to commence an investigation. He also assured that the government will restore peace and stability in the state.

Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Masari has signed into law mandatory death sentence for anyone convicted of cattle rustling or kidnapping in Katsina State.

Bandits Kill Over 26 People In Katsina

 

Bandits have killed more than 26 people in an attack on three communities in Dan Musa, Faskari and Batsari local government areas of Katsina State.

Sources in the area told Channels Television that bandits riding motorcycles carried out the attacks on Tuesday.

According to them, 11 persons were reportedly killed in an attack on Sabon Layin Galadima community of Faskari LGA, while five persons were killed at Mara Zamfarawa village in Dan Musa LGA with many animals rustled.

Similarly, locals told Channels Television that bandits attacked farmers on their farmlands in the afternoon in Yar Gamji village of Batsari LGA, killing 18 people with 10 others missing.

Spokesman of the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, said those killed in Faskari were members of a vigilante group.

He said, “On the Faskari incident, a group of Yansakai (vigilantes) from Sabon Layi village, went into the forest and confronted the bandits since yesterday and did not report back. Two corpses were recovered and buried by the villagers yesterday”.

“A search party led by the DPO in Faskari recovered three other bodies inside the forest. A bandits’ camp was also discovered abandoned by d bandits. Investigation is ongoing.”

In respect of the attacks in Dan Musa and Batsari LGAs, Isah said the police were trying to get further information.

“We are trying to get the reports,” he said.

He added, “Members the community should appreciate our efforts and partner with us rather than attacking us. We are there doing all we could do to protect them including paying the supreme sacrifice. We should be appreciated for that rather than insults and attacks against us”.

Protests

Residents of Batsari, angered by the killings, embarked on a protest to the state capital today with some of them setting tyres on fire.

The residents stormed the state capital with bodies of vehicles piled up in vehicles.

As part of the protest, they displayed the bodies to the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, and Governor Aminu Bello Masari, who assured them that the government will do all it can to end the killings.

ICYMI: 12 Bandits Killed, 15 Victims Rescued In North-West – NAF

12 Bandits, Killed 15 Victims Rescued In North-West – NAF
A file photo of a military helicopter.

 

The Nigerian Air Force says 12 bandits were killed in air strikes conducted in Kamuku Forest area in the north-western part of the country.

Director of NAF Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to him, the forest spans both Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State and Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State.

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Daramola said the success was recorded following the establishment of the 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment in Birnin Gwari.

He explained that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Diran Mikiya conducted air strikes on May 10, in collaboration with troops of the Detachment, which led to the killing of the bandits and rescue of 15 kidnap victims.

The NAF spokesman added that the air strikes were carried out on the heels of intelligence reports indicating that the bandits were camped within Kamuku Forest area.

The strikes, he noted, caused the bandits to flee the location in disarray thereby enabling the kidnap victims to escape.

Daramola disclosed that some of the victims found their way to Nacibi while, and others to Gobirawa and Dogon Muazu in Birnin Gwari.

He said the air force was working in consonance with surface forces and other security agencies, adding that it would sustain the operations to flush bandits out of the region.

Bandits Kill One, Injure Three In Katsina Village Attack – Police

Bandits Kill One, Injure Three In Katsina Village Attack – Police

 

The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the attack on Wagini village in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Gambo Isah, disclosed this in a statement sent to Channels Television on Sunday.

He said, “On 10/5/19 at about 2300hrs, bandits in their numbers attacked Wagini village, Batsari LGA, shot and killed one Saidu Garba and injured three others.

“Torched some thatched huts inside Batsari market.”

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Mr Isah confirmed that the assailants were bandits but the command has commenced an investigation into the attack.

He added that efforts were ongoing to ascertain whether there was any connection between the attack and the killing of a suspected informant of the criminals by members of the vigilante group in Batsari.

The command’s spokesman assured the people that the police were already on the trail of the attackers with a view to bringing them to justice.

Channels Television had reported how armed men attacked Wagini village on Friday at about 11:30 pm, shooting sporadically and set houses, cars, and other properties of residents ablaze.

One of the victims claimed that the attack was a reprisal following the killing of a suspected bandit by some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF).

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Troops Kill 10 Bandits In Zamfara Forest

 

Troops of Operation Diran Mikiya have killed no fewer than 10 bandits in their camp at Sububu forest, Zamfara State.

A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, revealed that the incident which was achieved on Monday, April 22, 2019, was carried out by the Air Task Force (ATF) who responded to a request for support by ground troops.

“The Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has neutralized no fewer than 10 armed bandits at Sububu Forest area in Zamfara State.

“This was achieved yesterday, 22 April 2019, while the ATF was responding to a request for close air support by ground troops of Sector 7 Area of Responsibility of Operation SHARAN DAJI, who had come into contact with armed bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA).”

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According to Daramola, the ATF dispatched two Alpha Jets and an attack helicopter.

He said that the bandits fired at one of the fighter jets who now engaged, killing 10 of them, while others escaped with injuries.

“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched 2 Alpha Jets and an attack helicopter to provide the needed support and also conduct armed reconnaissance over identified locations in Shinkafi LGA as well as Sububu, Dumburum Forests and its environs.

“At Sububu Forest, one of the Alpha Jets spotted a group of armed bandits, who fired at the aircraft with their rifles, whilst running for cover. The Alpha Jet engaged the bandits, neutralizing no fewer than 10 of them while others escaped with injuries.

The Air Force spokesman assured that the troops will sustain its operations to flush out bandits disturbing the Northwest region.

Troops Kill 6 Bandits, Arrest 18 Informants In Zamfara

 

 

Troops on Operation HABIN KUNAMA III, have killed six bandits and apprehended 18 suspected informants who provide criminals with privileged information in Zamfara state.  

According to army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, the troops based on credible intelligence about bandits movements in Kirsa and Sunke in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State, on the 20th of April 2019 continued with clearance operations into the hinterland to clear brigands.

Colonel Musa said the troops made contact and engaged the bandits in a fierce shoot out at the bushes of Kirsa and Sunke villages which resulted in the extermination of six (6) criminals, the recovery of two AK 47 Riffles and two motorcycles.

The army spokesman further stated that in similar operations at the general areas of Doka and Mutu villages in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State, troops on clearance operation also had a serious encounter on the 20th of April 2019 with a group of well armed bandits which lasted for about two hours.

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Colonel Musa said the brigands who were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, were overpowered by troops, forcing survivors among them to abandon their camps and logistics which were destroyed by the troops.

He added 18 suspected informants and errand men to the bandits including the village Heads of Doka and Mutu villages were arrested.

“The following items were also recovered;
a. 3 x motorcycles
b. 2 x dane guns
c. 2 x machetes” Colonel Musa stated.

He said that the Force Commander (FC) Major Geneneral Hakeem Oladapo Otiki has reiterated the resolve of troops to tackle the menace of armed banditry and other forms of criminality in Zamfara and the contiguous states of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto.

“He enjoined members of the public to continue cooperating with the troops and other security agencies by providing information that will assist in dealing with bandits/banditry activities in the States,” Colonel Musa said.

One Soldier Killed As Troops Neutralise Suspected Bandits In Zamfara 

Troops of the Operations Sharan Daji and Harbin Kunama III have killed seven suspected armed bandits during an operation in Aljumana Fulani and Ketere villages in Zamfara State.

The soldiers engaged the bandits during a clearance operation in the area on Thursday.

According to the spokesman for the Operation Sharan Daji, Major Clement Abiade, the exercise was carried out in partnership with the Nigerian Army Deep Blue Special Forces, the Air Force and local vigilantes.

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He explained that one soldier was killed, while six others and a vigilante member sustained various degrees of injuries during the operation.

While stating that the bandits were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, Abiade stressed that they were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the troops.

The survivors among the bandits fled with gunshot wounds, as they were forced to abandon their camp.

Army Kills Seven Suspected Bandits, Lose Soldier In Zamfara

Army Kills Seven Suspected Bandits, Lose Soldier In Zamfara

 

Troops have killed seven suspected armed bandits in Aljumana Fulani and Ketere villages in Zamfara State.

A statement by the acting Information Officer of Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD), Major Clement Abiade, revealed that the success was recorded by own troops and those deployed in Operation Harbin Kunama III of the Nigerian Army.

Major Abiade added that the troops killed the criminals in a fierce encounter that ensued while on clearance operation in the area on Thursday.

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He said the operation was successfully carried out in conjunction with the Nigerian Army Deep Blue Special Forces, the Nigerian Air Force Component, and local vigilantes.

He noted, however, that one soldier was killed while six others and a vigilante member sustained various degrees of injuries during the operation.

The OPSD spokesman disclosed that the bandits were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons but conquered by the superior firepower of the troops.

He noted that some of the bandits fled with gunshot wounds, abandoning their camp and logistics which were destroyed by the troops.

Major Abiade said troops also arrested three suspected informants who furtively provide information to armed bandits during a separate sting operation at Kara market in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.

They recovered 934 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, one AK 47 rifle, one steel chain used by bandits to restrain kidnapped victims, and seven motorcycles.

Banditry: Troops Arrest LG Vice Chairman, Suspected Bandits’ Informants

Banditry: Troops Arrest LG Vice Chairman, Suspected Bandits’ Informants

 

Troops deployed in Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD) in Zamfara State have arrested Mr Yahuza Wuya, the Vice Chairman of Anka Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

A statement by the acting Force Information Officer of the operation, Major Clement Abiade, disclosed that Wuya was arrested over alleged conspiracy with armed bandits in Wuya and Sunken communities in the LGA.

Major Abiade said the vice chairman allegedly aided the release of a notorious gunrunner, Sani Yaro, from Gusau prison in the state capital.

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Wuya was also accused of providing the bandits with information about the movement of troops, other security agencies, and local vigilantes, as well as selling cows and donkeys rustled by the criminals.

In a related development, the troops arrested two suspected informants along Burukusuma-Sabon Birni in Sokoto State.

According to the OPSD spokesman, the suspects will be handed over to relevant security agency for subsequent prosecution after investigation is completed.

In his reaction, the Force Commander of the operation, Major General Hakeem Otiki, reiterated the commitment of the troops to restoring enduring peace and tranquillity in Zamfara and other states of Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto.

He called on the public to support the operation by reporting suspicious activities and movement of bandits to nearest security agencies for prompt action.

Police Engage Suspected Kidnappers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Kill Nine

Police Engage Suspected Kidnappers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Kill Nine
A file photo of police officers on patrol.

 

Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder have killed nine suspected kidnappers who have been terrorising travellers on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the success followed a serious exchange of gunfire between police operatives and heavily armed bandits at the Akilbu Forest along the road.

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The police spokesman added that two of the bandits escaped with gunshot wounds.

However, one of the police operatives sustained gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Mr Mba said the police operatives recovered six Ak 47 Rifles, one Pump Action Gun, 1,206 rounds of Ak 47 Ammunition, seven magazines, 28 cartridges, and 158 expended shells from the bandits during the operation.

He noted that efforts were being intensified to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who launched the operation recently, commended the police team for the success recorded.

He was also pleased with the progress made so far in the fight against kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the country.

The IGP gave assurance that the war against banditry would be won soon and sought the support of Nigerians for the police and other security agencies.

Military Kills 35 Bandits, Rescues 40 Hostages In Zamfara

Military Kills 35 Bandits, Rescues 40 Hostages In Zamfara

 

The military says it has killed 35 bandits and rescued 40 abducted people, including children, women, and men during the operations designed to tackle banditry in Zamfara and other contiguous states.

The Acting Force Information Officer of Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD), Major Clement Abiade, disclosed this in a statement sent to Channels Television on Friday.

He added that a total of 18 suspected bandits’ informants, rustlers, kidnappers and logistics suppliers were arrested as troops continue to dominate the Area of Operation with aggressive fighting patrols.

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Major Abiade explained that the soldiers conduct day and night patrols deep into the forest areas to deny the bandits freedom of action while building the confidence of the local population.

He noted that the intensity and redoubled efforts in the conduct of military activities were complemented by Exercise Harbin Kunama III, which commenced on April 1.

The OPSD spokesman said the operations have achieved tremendous successes, leading to the recovery of weapons, ammunition and rustled animals in various parts of their area of operation.

He disclosed that during the period, the Air Component of the operation carried out several air strikes around Kagara, Gando, Fankama, Fete and Dumburum Forests.

According to Major Abiade, the forests provide sanctuaries and hideouts where kidnapped victims are often hidden but the air strikes are precision activities designed to avoid collateral damage.

He further revealed that one Muhammed Iso suspected to be a notorious kidnapper was intercepted in Niger Republic in collaboration with the security forces in the country.

“The bandit hails from Naagwalam in Katsina State and confessed to being a member of a five-man syndicate responsible for kidnapping and highway robbery in Batsari and Jibiya axis,” the statement said.

It added, “It is instructive to state that the suspects arrested have been handed over to Nigerian Police and other agencies for further investigation and possible prosecution.

“It is significant to mention that subsequent operations in the forests led to the rescue of 40 abductees consisted of men, women and children from communities in Zamfara State.”

The OPSD spokesman said troops recovered four AK47 rifles, two locally-made pump action rifles, 17 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition and 20 cartridges.

Additionally, 10 motorcycles, 94 rustled animals, and two handsets were recovered during the period under review.

Major Abiade affirmed that the Force Commander, Major General Hakeem Otiki, and men of OPSD remained committed to tackling the menace of armed banditry and other forms of criminal activities in Zamfara.

He also said they were determined to ensure that bandits do not establish sanctuaries in the contiguous states of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto.

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Buhari Orders Security Agencies To Deal Ruthlessly With Bandits, Others

Buhari Orders Security Agencies To Deal Ruthlessly With Bandits, Others

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security agencies in the country to ensure that all bandits are immediately dealt with.

He gave the directive when he met with service chiefs on Thursday at the President Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the closed-door meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed that the President issued marching orders to the military to ruthlessly address the security challenges in the country.

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He explained that the meeting reviewed strategies employed so far in confronting the issue of banditry and kidnapping in Zamfara and other states.

The defence chief informed reporters that the security agencies now have a new revised strategy to handle the challenges.

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, who also attended the meeting, gave an update on police operations.

He gave assurance that the Abuja- Kaduna Expressway was now safe for travellers.

The police boss noted that the road has been cleared of bandits and kidnappers while security operatives have made a lot of arrests.

The meeting also had in attendance the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buhari; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas.

Government officials in attendance were the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, among others.

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