“Unknown gunmen in three speedboats who came through the Forcados River attempted to invade the residence of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson at the riverine community of Toru-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area, but were repelled by Policemen on duty.
“An Inspector of Police who sustained gunshot injuries resulting from the fierce encounter with the gunmen later died and his corpse has been deposited at the mortuary.
“The Command condoles with the family and relatives of the Inspector of Police who fought gallantly with his team to prevent the gunmen from invading the residence,” the statement read in part.
Also, the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mike Okoli has visited the scene.
He said investigations have commenced following the unfortunate incident.
Three members of the Kaduna State Vigilante Service have been killed by bandits in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
The vigilantes, according to the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan were ambushed by bandits on Tuesday night at Dande village while they were on their way from Damba-Kasaya in the Buruku general area.
He gave the identities of the deceased as Alison Musa, Dauda Audu and Ishaya Sarki, while those injured are Ayuba Tanko and Doza Adamu
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condoled with the families of the victims, praying for the repose of their souls.
While wishing those that sustained injuries speedy recovery, El-Rufai commended the troops of Operation Thunder Strike for a successful operation around the Kuku area, at the Kagarko Local Government axis of Kaduna-Abuja Road, where they killed some bandits and destroyed their camps.
“I received with gratitude, information that the first airstrikes hit some of the target structures and neutralized some of the bandits, while the second wave of attacks was executed by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships which provided close air support to the troops on the ground as they advanced from Kagarko via Kuku into the bandits’ enclave,” he said.
“Similarly, armed bandits on Tuesday opened fire on motorists close to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) access road, in Igabi local government area. Troops responded and repelled the bandits.”
At least eleven people have been killed and many others injured by bandits suspected to be kidnappers who attacked Albasu village of Sabon Birnin in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State.
The bandits in their large numbers were said to have invaded the community at about 1pm on Monday afternoon, and opened fire on the residents, shooting in different directions, and in the process killed many people, and also rustled cows and other animals belonging to the locals.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, says Security agencies are already pursuing the bandits in the area with a view to arresting them.
He also disclosed that bandits in a similar operation kidnapped two persons and killed one at Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru local government area on Sunday.
He adds that Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sent condolences to the families of the victims and prayed for the repose of their souls.
Aruwan also said that troops on patrol around Chikun and Kajuru LGAs boundaries found a corpse of an armed bandit who died of gun wounds, while an AK/47 rifle and other valuables were found beside the decayed corpse.
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have invaded the staff quarters of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic Zaria in Kaduna State.
The spokesman of Kaduna State police command, Mohammed Jalige told Channels Television that the gunmen invaded the Polytechnic around 10pm on Saturday and headed straight to the staff quarters where they shot one person and abducted three others.
One of the victims of the attack, Sanusi Hassan was shot while two of his children were kidnapped by the gunmen.
Hassan was shot by the gunmen while trying to escape from being kidnapped.
Another victim of the attack is the Head of Engineering Department, Bello Atiku who was abducted by gunmen.
The incident is coming barely a week after the school resumed for academic activities following a long break due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The police spokesperson, however, assured that security operatives have launched a manhunt of the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the victims and arresting the criminals.
Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic is an institution with its main campus located along Kaduna-Zaria road with additional campuses at Tudun Wada Gaskiya, and Samaru Kataf, in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Gunmen have kidnapped the district head of Lingyado village, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Shehu.
According to the statement, four other victims were also abducted in the state when bandits stormed the local government.
“On 25th October 2020 at about 0800 hours suspected bandits attacked Lingyado village of Maru Local government and abducted the district head and 4 others,” the statement partly read.
“Joint Police and Military units stationed at Bindin to avert and respond to any invasion in those areas were informed of the incident.
“They quickly respond to the distress call and arrived at the village to counter the threat. Their arrival averted the ill – intention of the bandits to kidnap as many as possible.”
The police spokesman noted that the state government “stationed 80 combined Police Mobile, Soldiers and Civil Defence” to many “vulnerable areas in the state to counter the threat posed by recalcitrant bandits.”
He explained that the police search and rescue team in collaboration with the Military are in the nearby forest of the surrounding area to rescue the abducted victims.
Shehu also called on the people of the state to report any threat to the security agencies in any part of the state for early response to any attack by these recalcitrant bandits.
At least seven people have been killed and several others injured when gunmen attacked Kidandan and Kadai communities in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Channels Television learned that the gunmen invaded the communities on Saturday night, opened fire on the residents and burnt down houses.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attack.
In a statement he signed, the commissioner said the attackers were fleeing bandits who were successfully repelled by security operatives and local vigilantes on Friday when they attempted to attack the Kidandan general area from a neighbouring state.
According to the Commissioner, the bandits regrouped in the said neighbouring state and advanced to the community after losing a number of their members to the superior firepower of the security operatives.
He explained that it was while escaping from the superior firepower that some of the fleeing bandits carried out a reprisal attack on Kadai village, leading to loss of lives, and razing of houses, motorcycles and vehicles in the villages.
Aruwan, however, said that security operatives and local vigilante neutralized an unspecified number of the bandits, while many escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds.
Ground troops and police were mobilized while the Nigerian Air Force deployed a fighter jet to the general area for an immediate offensive against the horde of bandits.
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has condoled with the people of Kadai and Kidandan communities over the unfortunate incident.
The governor, in a message of condolence, prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and also wished those that were injured a speedy recovery.
The Governor praised all security personnel and volunteers involved in the operation, describing their effort as a gallant act of sacrifice and deep patriotism in view of the steadfastness exhibited by the operatives and local vigilante.
He also appealed to the security agencies to sustain the ongoing onslaught against armed bandits and other criminals engaged in nefarious activities, stating that the ongoing operation will continue, as well as the deployment of troops and operatives to flashpoints in the counter banditry campaign.
It was gathered that the gunmen spotted military paraphernalia.
The gunmen are said to have followed Bisola to her house where she was kidnapped.
Confirming the incident, spokesman of the police command in Rivers State, SP Nnamdi Omoni, assured that the command has put in machinery for her speedy rescue from her abductors.
Her abduction is said to have sent shivers down the spine of many residents in the area as this is coming at a time when the youths of the country are trying to deal with the menace of SARS officials and other ills bedeviling the society.
Persons who have information on her whereabouts are asked to call 08114490934.
Gunmen on Friday attacked a new generation bank in Iyin Ekiti area of Ekiti State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a phone call.
He said no casualty has been confirmed, adding that the police team is working to launch a manhunt for the criminal gang.
Sources said the armed robbers, numbering close to 10, carted away large sums of money after blowing up the security door to gain access.
Residents of the town and travellers in transit reportedly scampered for safety following the sporadic gunshots that accompanied the arrival of the gang.
The operation was said to have lasted for at least 40 minutes without any police interruption, raising questions about the absence of security operatives despite the presence of a police station in the town and the nearness of other police stations in bordering towns.
Just a few days ago, the State Police Command had asked residents to be cautious, warning of the presence of suspected armed hoodlums planning to cause panic.
The police authorities, however, gave the assurance that the Force is committed to saving lives and properties.