Navy Arrests Five Suspected Bandits, Recover 267 Stolen Cows In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

Troops of the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State have arrested five suspected bandits said to have been terrorising residents of the area.

The troops also recovered 267 cows and 51 sheep from the bandits during an operation on Saturday, October 26.

While handing over the rustled animals to officials of the Kaduna State Government, the Commandant of the Navy School of Armament Technology, Commodore Tanko Pani, said the bandits were arrested by his men following an alarm that was raised about their presence inside the Kujama forest.

He, however, noted that there have been intensified efforts on the part of the security agencies and criminal activities such as kidnapping, banditry and cattle rustling have drastically reduced.

Speaking further, he appealed to residents of Kachia and environs to always provide credible intelligence information to enable the command respond timely and appropriately to any security issues.

Pani also assured the people of the command’s continuous synergy with allied security authorities to protect Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

On is part, the Chairman of Kachia local government who received the recovered animals on behalf of the Kaduna State Government, commended the Navy  for keeping the area safe.

He also called on those whose animals were stolen recently to come to the Command with concrete proof of ownership to reclaim them.

13 Killed In Fresh Attack On Zamfara Community

Kwara Govt Bans Night Cattle Grazing
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Thirteen people were killed in prolonged clashes between cattle thieves and local civilian militia in  Zamfara State, police said on Thursday.

The militia and cattle thieves fought a gun battle Tuesday through Wednesday in the remote village of Fankashi in the Maru district of the state, police spokesman Mohammed Shehu told AFP.

“Our men recovered 13 dead bodies from the criminal gang and the vigilantes from the village after the fight,” he added.

The village was attacked by the bandits, resulting in the fight with the militia, who were armed with locally made, single-shot muskets.

Police reinforcements were later sent to the area, said Shehu.

Rural communities in Zamfara have been under siege for several years from cattle rustlers and kidnapping gangs, who have raided herding communities, killing, looting and burning homes.

Villages formed self-defence forces in response but they, too, are often accused of killing suspected cattle thieves, prompting reprisal attacks.
It was not clear if the latest incident was a reprisal or a raid to steal cattle.

Last month, 27 people were killed in raids by armed bandits on Kabaro and Danmami villages in the Maru district.

The Nigerian Air Force sent special forces to Zamfara last month to help drive out the marauding gangs.

The state governor ordered troops to shoot on sight anyone seen with a gun in the area.

On Wednesday, national police chief Ibrahim Idris ordered the deployment of 200 combat policemen to Zamfara and neighbouring Kaduna state, which is suffering similar problems.

Idris was reported to have given the order during a visit to Birnin Gwari district in Kaduna state, where armed bandits killed 10 gold miners last weekend.

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Several Feared Killed in Fresh Kaduna Attacks

Another Traditional Ruler Kidnapped By Gunmen In Kaduna

Several persons are feared dead and many others reportedly injured following an attack by suspected herdsmen in two villages in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

The spokesman for the Kaduna State Government, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attack, describing it as inhuman and barbaric.

He also says more security operatives have been deployed to the affected areas to maintain law and order.

An indigene told Channels Television’s correspondent that the attack by the armed herdsmen occurred in Dangaji and Ungwan Gajere villages on Friday night and lasted till Saturday morning.

According to him, the armed bandits stormed the communities at night and opened fire on the helpless indigenes, shooting indiscriminately, and in the process killing about 10 people.

He also noted that the gunmen burnt down several houses as the villagers flew into neighbouring communities for safety.

The gunmen were said to have disappeared before military personnel rushed to the affected areas.

Birnin Gwari local government, a border town between Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger states, is notorious for kidnapping and cattle rustling.

Police Recover 413 Cattle From Rustlers Along Abuja – Kaduna Highway

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The Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) attached to Operation Absolute Sanity along the Abuja – Kaduna highway has clamped down on a notorious gang known for cattle rustling and kidnap in neighboring villages and towns.

The force in a statement by its Public Relations Officer CSP Jimoh O. Moshood said the team recovered 413 Cattle, 50 Sheep, two locally made AK47 rifles and one pump action gun on Monday.

According to the statement, the cattle rustlers had attempted to ambush the team but after a fierce gun battle that lasted several hours, they were able to gain control and two rustlers were said to have been killed in the process.

“The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) attached to operation absolute sanity on Abuja – Kaduna highway on the 27th November, 2017 at about 0200 hours working on an actionable intelligence provided by the intelligence branch attached to operation absolute sanity swooped on the camps and criminal hideouts of suspected Cattle rustlers at a location inside Kagarko forest, Kaduna State.

“The IRT team came under ambush of Cattle rustlers while in the process of carrying out the raid to arrest the suspects and recover the rustled Cattle. The team repelled the attack and engaged the cattle rustlers in fierce gun battle that lasted several hours in the forest. At the end, two cattle rustlers fell to the superior fire power of the Police Intelligence Response Team while others escaped into the forest with bullet injuries.”

The Force listed the number of the cattle and sheep that were recovered and subsequently returned to their owners after proper identification.

It also called on others who had lost their cattle to the gang and were yet to recover them, to check at the Operation Absolute Sanity base, while stating that it would intensify efforts to arrest the remaining suspects at large and bring them to justice.

Niger Police Recover 500 Cows From Rustlers

cows in kadunaThe Niger State Police command has recovered over 500 cows from some cattle rustlers and arrested 15 suspects in Lapai local government of the state.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, in an interview with Channels Television, disclosed that the police on the strength of information, raided the criminals at Pongu Daji, in Lapai.

He then assured citizens that the force would sustain the tempo of making the state free from all kinds of criminality.

Elkana added that two double barrel guns, 124 rustled cattle and 36 sheep, were recovered during the three-day operation, where a notorious kidnapper and cattle rustler, who had escaped in Zamfara state, Alhaji Muhammadu Umaru, was also arrested with members of his gang.

The police boss, then stated that the case was under investigation and suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

The Lapai local government Chairman, Usman Mohammed, Legal Adviser to Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, North Central Zone, Barrister Abubakar Isah and the Vice President, Miyetti Allah of Nigeria, Hussaini Yusuf, all expressed appreciation to the force for the achievement, while calling for the identification of the rightful owners and immediate release of their cattle.

They assured the police of their support in curbing the menace of kidnapping, cattle rustling and armed robbery, while expressing regret for the Fulani’s involvement in the crimes they were not known for in the past years ago.

The Vice President noted that the national body of the association, would soon embark on a sensitization of its people down the state and local levels on the resistance of the bad habits, while urging the youths to stop the trend.

Meanwhile, the prime suspect, Umaru from Anka, Zamfara State, in an interview, denied being a kidnapper or a cattle rustler, stating that the cows belonged to him and his junior brother.

Lamenting over the injury inflicted on them, he equally denied being in possession of dangerous weapons as alleged by the police.

Security Operatives Recover Over 500 Stolen Animals From Rustlers

Security Operatives Recover Over 500 Stolen Animals From RustlersPolicemen attached to the ‘Operation Yaki’ security outfit in Kaduna have recovered over 500 cows and sheep that were stolen from herdsmen in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state while suspected rustlers were also arrested.

At the handing over of the recovered animals to their owners, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Internal Security, Mr Yakubu Yusuf, said that the state government was not leaving any stone unturned in its effort to flush cattle rustlers and other criminal elements out of the state.

Cattle rustling has become an emerging security challenge that has continued to threaten human security and economic activities in the rural pastoralists’ communities and commercial farms in Kaduna state, and some other parts of Northern Nigeria.

The Governor’s Security Adviser explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.

He applauded the contribution of security operatives for their role in ensuring that activities of rustlers and other criminals are reduced to the barest minimum across the state.

In their response after taking delivery of the recovered animals, members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, commended the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their effort in flushing rustlers out of the state.

Attacks on pastoralists have become a reoccurring issue in Kaduna State, in most cases, the entire villages and herders’ camps are displaced.

The emergence of the joint task force operation against cattle rustling and armed banditry in the state, is expected to bring the crimes to the barest minimum.

Cattle Rustling: Police Deploy 500 Men To Shiroro LG, Niger State

Cattle Rustling: Police Deploy 500 Men To Shiroro LG, Niger StateThe Niger State Police Command on Thursday intensified its fight against cattle rustling in parts of the state with the deployment of additional 500 men in areas identified as dangerous points.

In a press briefing in Minna, the Commissioner of Police, Mu’azu Zubairu, said that the men would strengthen the joint task force team already on ground in Alawa, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

Cattle rustlers had re-launched what security agencies in the state referred to as “major offensive”, especially in Shiroro communities with 11 deaths from two attacks.

CP Muazu said that the bandits were fleeing military offensive in Zamafara state and are taking refuge in forests bordering Kaduna and Zamfara states.

He said the Police had decided to take the battle to the rustlers with the deployment of three units which include counter-terrorism, anti-cattle rustling and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Muazu said that the state was rid of cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed robbery following a major onslaught against them by men of the command in conjunction with the military, but that the bandits just recently started “finding their way into the state again”.

“Six people were killed in Kukoki community last Monday, while five lives were lost in Gbada, all of Shiroro Local Government Area with undisclosed number of cattle rustled,” he explained.

He said that following the development, residents of communities across the affected local government areas have fled their homes for fear of attack, with many residing in Pandogari town.

Addressing the troops at the command headquarters, the Commissioner of Police urged them to rid the affected forests of the criminals, while also observing the rule of engagement.

He said that men of the command were battle ready for the task at hand.

Over 19,000 Cows Recovered From Rustlers In Kaduna

cows in kadunaThe measures adopted by the Kaduna State government to end cattle rustling and armed banditry is yielding positive result, as no fewer than 19,000 cows stolen from herdsmen in various parts of the state have been recovered.

Security operatives, who made the recovery also arrested some suspected rustlers.

A spokesman for the Governor, Mr Yakubu Yusuf, announced the recovery on Thursday during the handing over of recovered stolen cows and goats to their respective owners in Kagarko and Kachia Local Government Areas of the state.

He says the state government is not leaving any stone un-turned in the ongoing effort to flush cattle rustlers and other criminal elements out of the State.

Cattle rustling has become an emerging security challenge that has continued to threaten human security and economic activities in the rural pastoralists’ communities and commercial farms in Kaduna State, and some other parts of Northern Nigeria.

The human cost associated with such attacks is immense, as several herders and farmers have been killed by the armed bandits.

Early this year, the livestock raiders attacked about six farms in a span of one week in Kachia Local Government Area and stole over a hundred cattle, killing one herdsman.

Within the same period, the thieves invaded another farm in Dinki village along the Kaduna-Zaria road, where they stole about 105 cattle including sheep and goats. A security guard on duty also lost his life during the attack.

The thieves attacked herders’ camps in Jere Town and adjoining towns in April this year, where they stole about 203 cattle also in two days.

Most of the animal rustlers in Kaduna and neighbouring states live in the thick forest of Kamuku, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state, according to security operatives.

Worried over the growing rate of the crime in the state, the state government inaugurated a committee comprising of security operatives from the Nigerian Police, Army and Air Force. So far, their operations have started yielding positive result, with huge recoveries made.

Mr Yusuf, who is the Governor’s security adviser, explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.

He applauded the contribution of security operatives in ensuring that  the activities of rustlers and other criminals were reduced to the barest minimum across the state.

He also added that security agents in the state had so far recovered over 19, 000 cows since the government began efforts to rid the state of cattle rustlers over a year ago adding that the outfit had set up collation centres for the recovered animals in Birnin Gwari, Zaria, Kachia and Jere.

“Recently, there were two operations conducted by our operatives. The first operation was conducted in October 2016, which recovered 95 animals, then the second and third operations were conducted on the 28 and 29 of the same month where we recovered a total of 312 cows. This operation was conducted by our Sector one of Operation Yaki which comprises of Nigerian Army, Police and the Navy that are in Kachia. It was as a result of the information that we got from people that led to the successful operation.

“We most especially commend the leadership of Miyetti Allah in Kaduna State. They are doing a good job, they led us into this operation and we made these recovery.

“Today in Jere, we are handing over 144 animals we recovered from rustlers to their owners. The operation was very successful, and I want to thank security operatives for their effort, because it is a great achievement. We also appreciate the leadership of Miyetti Allah for their cooperation and for given us useful information that led to the successful operation”.

A major boost to the operation is the recovery of over 600 stolen cows by the operatives of the Nigerian Air Force under the ‘Operation SHARAN DAJI’.

The commander of 335 Base Group, who handed over the recovered animals to representative of the Kaduna State government at the Air Force Base in Mando, Air Commodore Bello Garba , says the operation is in line with the directive of the Chief of Air Staff .

He pledges the continuous support of security agencies in bringing animal rustling to an end.

“You will recall that about two months ago that the Chief of Air Staff reiterated the fact that the Nigerian Airforce will continue to give full support as regards to internal security in Kaduna State.

“And about four weeks ago, I handed over some stolen vehicles and some cultists called Sara Suka that killed and hacked some people to the Commissioner of Police.

“We will not relent in our effort, we will continue our search for the bandits. We are taking the war to them. And that was what led to our successful operation at Rima village where we recovered over 600 stolen cows from the rustlers. Rima village is a thick forest and that was where we caught those bandits,” Air Commodore Garba said.

After Air Commodore Garba spoke, members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, led by Mr Ahmadu Sulaiman, commend the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their effort in flushing rustlers out of the state.

Attacks on pastoralists have become a reoccurring thing in Kaduna State and in most cases herders’ camps are displaced.

The emergence of the joint task force operation against cattle rustling and armed banditry, Operation SHARAN DAJI, had given impetus to efforts to bring the crimes to the barest minimum.

JTF Recovers Rustled Cows From Suspected Benue Gang Leader

jtf, Rustled Cows, Benue, Gang LeaderThe Joint Security Task Force has recovered 14 rustled cattle from the alleged kidnap den of the wanted suspect and gang leader, Terwase Akwaza, popularly called ‘Ghana’ in Benue state.

The Benue State Commissioner Of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, while briefing journalists in Makurdi, the state capital, said that the police have made serious efforts to speed up the arrest of the suspect.

According to him, ‘Ghana’ will be arrested on charges of murder and kidnap.

After investigations, the police discovered that the recovered cattle are only among the over 3,000 cattle allegedly rustled by the suspect.

Mr. Makama stated that the joint security almost caught the wanted gang leader, but noted, however, that ‘Ghana’ was only fortunate to have sensed the approaching security forces, who got stuck on a bad road within his hide out.

FG To Inaugurate Committee On Prison Reform

prisonThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau, says that a committee on the Reformation of Prisons will be soon inaugurated.

The Minister said that the development is part of efforts by the Federal Government to decongest and secure prison facilities across the country.

He made the disclosure on Monday during a meeting with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, at the Government House in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

The Interior Minister said that the committee would come up with the ways of rehabilitating the prisons in line with global best practices.

He added that the Ministry of Interior would collaborate with the Kaduna State government on the decongestion and rehabilitation of the convict prison that was built over 100 years ago.

Mr Dambazau also promised to lead the ministry to partner with the state government to tackle the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping and herdsmen attacks.

Governor El-Rufai on his part commended the support and contribution of the paramilitary agencies in the fight against crime in the state.

He further requested for the relocation of the Kaduna convict prison from its present location in the state capital to a more suitable place on the outskirts of the town.

The Governor hinted that his administration has been conducting periodic jail delivery and granting of amnesty to prisoners with minor offences, in order to decongest the prisons in the state.

Kaduna to Mount CCTV, Drones At Public Places

Drones, CCTVThe Kaduna State Government says it has commenced the process of installing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors at designated points in the state capital, as well as deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) to tackle crime in the state.

Coordinator of the state’s anti-crime outfit known as “Operation Yaki”, Colonel Yakubu Yusufu, disclosed this to newsmen.

According to him, the mounting of CCTV at various locations and the deployment of drones for aerial surveillance at flash points would check crime and give the masses a sense of security, thereby enhancing socio-economic activities.

He explained that security operatives would also further be trained to launch the fresh onslaught against criminals in the state.

Meanwhile, the state government has handed over the 403 stolen cows recovered by security operatives to their owners.

The coordinator of the security outfit, said that the 403 rustled cows had been recovered within the last one month.

Similarly, the State Police Command has arrested over 40 armed robbery suspects who specialize in snatching of cars, cattle rustling and stealing household items.

 

19-Year-Old Apprehended For Possessing Firearms In Taraba

Firearms, TarabaThe Taraba State Police Command, has apprehended a 19-year-old suspect in possession of ammunition and dangerous weapons.

Police Commissioner in the state, Shaba Alkali, while briefing journalists in his office stated that a special squad involved in mopping up of firearms in the state arrested the suspect.

He said that suspects involved in several crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling as well as unlawful possession of firearms were also arrested.

The Police Commissioner, speaking on the command’s achievement in fighting crime explained that suspects currently in Police custody for various offences would be charged to court..

He said that the success rate of crime fighting in the state has increased following the introduction of the special squad in collaboration with the vigilante group and the public.

He went ahead to read the riot act to criminal elements still operating in the state.

He said further that maintaining the tempo in ridding the state of criminal elements requires the combined efforts of security agents and the public.