Gunmen Kill 13 Policemen In Bayelsa

13 policemen have been killed after suspected militants ambushed their boat in a creek at Zuzama in southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.

Three others including a police sergeant escaped death by swimming away to safety.

According to the commissioner of police in the state Kingsley Omire, the boat carrying the police officials was headed to a funeral when it developed engine fault.

It is still unclear if the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is responsible for the attack.

In an e-mail last week, the group had threatened to resume killings in the region following the jailing of its leader Henry Okah by a South African court.

10,000 Persons Displaced In Kaduna Gunmen Attack

The displaced  people of Fadan Attakar community in Kaura local government area of Kaduna State  have appealed to the Kaduna State government to help them  get over the shock from last Saturday’s attack on the village by unknown gunmen.

The attack has displaced about 10,000 indigenes of the community who are scared of going back to their homes.

The paramount ruler of the community condemned the attack saying members of the community have lived peacefully with their neighbours over the years.

With their houses completely razed down, the villagers have become refugees in their own land.


Expressing sadness over what he called ‘man’s wickedness to his fellow man’, Governor Muktar Ramalan Yero who cut short his trip outside the country to visit the displaced persons and those in the hospital described the attack as uncalled for.

Although government has promised to assist the victims to get back on their feet and do everything possible to avert a re-occurrence of such incident, the people are demanding that an urgent arrangement be made for their immediate return and rehabilitation as condition for normalcy in the affected areas.

 

Gunmen Kill 19 In Easter Attack

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday stormed Afaka village in Kaura local government area of Kaduna state killing 19 people.

The unknown gunmen took the community by surprise as they attacked in the early hours of Easter Sunday leaving 19 people dead and many others injured.

The village shares borders with kaduna and plateau.

An eye witness said the gunmen numbering about 30 invaded the village in the early hours of Sunday shooting sporadically  at people’s houses  before the villagers with support of a neighbouring community were able to repel the attack.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Aminu Lawan said the gunmen took the villagers by surprise and started shooting people.

He added that the identities of the gunmen are yet to be known while the police has commenced investigation   into the attack.

He however disclosed that more armed policemen and soldiers have been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

How The Kwara State Police Commissioner Was killed

The Kwara State Commissioner of Police (CP); Mr Chinwe Asadu, has been killed by unknown gunmen in Enugu state.

The Police boss was killed Saturday night at gunpoint in his car at Amorji Nike, near the densely populated Abakpa Nike area in Enugu East local government area within the state capital.

The Orderly of the Commissioner and driver escaped the attack but they sustained gunshot wounds and  they are reported to be in a critical state at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu.

Reports from the state have it that, Mr Asadu who was on a visit to Enugu-his state of origin- had a visitor and he decided to escort the guest in his own vehicle with only his driver and Orderly coming along with him.

While the trio were returning to the Commissioner’s residence, they reportedly noticed a bus trailing their vehicle and as they veered into the street, the gunmen who must have laid an ambush for the Commissioner a few metres away from his private residence, started firing at the vehicle from the rear.

It was during the sporadic shooting that the Mr Asadu was killed on the spot while the Police Orderly posted to guard the CP’s residence from Abakpa Police Division, sustained bullet wound all over his body and his rifle taken away before the gunmen escaped.

The official escort team that came with the Commissioner from Kwara State Police Command that were left behind in his compound, got wind of the attack but not until the gunmen had routed their escape.

They quickly rushed the Commissioner and his aides who were in a pool of blood to the Orthopaedic Hospital but it was at the hospital that Police boss was confirmed  dead.

He reportedly gave up the ghost before arriving at the hospital.

His aides who were badly wounded were immediately admitted but we gather that they are in a critical state.

The State Police Public Relations Officer has confirmed the incident, adding that “a serious manhunt has started to track down the gunmen behind CP Asadu’s killing.”

National Malaise Of Insecurity

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has described the murder of Mr Asadu as shocking and unfortunate.

A statement issued by the state government  noted that “it is particularly painful that late CP Asadu has become another index in the annals of the growing national insecurity, adding that it has become very expedient for Nigerians to rally round in finding enduring solution to the national malaise of insecurity.”

The statement described the  death of  Mr. Asadu as a huge loss not only to the Nigeria Police but the Kwara State security apparatus in particular as he exhibited high sense of discipline and professionalism in the course of duty in the State.

”Late CP Chinwe Asadu , in the discharge of his duty in Kwara state contributed immensely to the sustenance of peace in the state and in the upholding of our values as a state of harmony” the statement read.

The Governor, who described Late CP Asadu as a quintessential police officer, prayed to God to grant the family, the rank and file of the Police in the state and the Nigeria Police, the fortitude to bear the loss.

Seven Foreigners Kidnapped In Bauchi

Gunmen on Sunday killed a guard and kidnapped seven foreign workers from the Setraco construction company site in Jama’are town in Bauchi State.

The Associated Press, quoting the Local government Chairman, Adamu Aliyu reported that those kidnapped were from Britain, Italy, Greece and Lebanon.

The Commissioner of Police in Bauchi, Mohammed Ladan, who confirmed the incidence, said the gunmen attacked a police station and a prison overnight before storming the construction firm’s compound in Jama’are town.

“We repelled the attack on police station and the security men at the prison yard also repelled the attack, but they burnt two vehicles in Jama’are police station,” he said.

“They then attacked Setraco construction, killed a local security guard and they succeeded in kidnapping people.”

The Italian foreign ministry confirmed one of its nationals was taken in the raid. A spokesman for the British Embassy in Abuja said it was investigating.

Setraco Nigeria, a construction and civil engineering company, is a subsidiary of Setraco International Holding group.

The Nigerian company, which was established in 1977, is currently working on expanding a major road in northern Nigeria.

5 killed As Gunmen Attack Farmers In Plateau State

No fewer than five people were killed early Monday morning as unknown gunmen attacked farmers in Kassa village of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State, North Central Nigeria, killing three people while two of the attackers were killed by security personnel in a gun battle.

According to the media officer of the Special Task Force (STF), Captain Salisu Mustapha, members of the task force moved to the scene in response to distress call by the villagers and the attackers on sighting the troops opened fire.

The gun duel which ensued between the attackers and the military personnel resulted to the killing of two of the attackers while four others were injured and arrested and in the process the military recovered three AK 47 rifles, one locally made rifle, 45 rounds of 7.62mm special and 31 cartridges.

Prior to the Monday attack, some cows while grazing were attacked at Kassa area of Ropp district in the same Barkin Ladi local government area in which six of the cows were killed and three injured while two suspects were arrested in connection to the incident.

There was also a similar attack on Kubel village in the same local government area as seventeen cows were killed, nine wounded and five were declared missing while preliminary investigations by security personnel led to the arrest of three suspects currently been investigated.

With the incessant attacks in the villages becoming rampant in spite of the concerted efforts of the task force towards maintaining peace in the state, the security operatives has declared that any individual or group of persons bent in fomenting trouble with the sole aim of truncating peace in the state have made themselves enemies of peace and will be treated as such.

Unknown Gunmen Toss Bomb At Police Station In Bauchi

A police officer sustained injuries during an attack on a divisional police station in Dass local government area of Bauchi State, north east Nigeria as unknown attackers threw improvised explosive device at the police station on Friday night causing panic amongst residents.

Public Relations Officer of Bauchi Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Hassan Mohammed confirmed the attack in which a police officer was injured while repelling the attackers from gaining entrance into the police station.

The Police Spokesman explained that the attackers did not succeed in destroying the police station as they were not able to steal arms and the injured police officer who is currently receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University teaching hospital, Bauchi also escaped with his weapon.

Gunmen Kill 23 In Kano And Borno

Gunmen killed 23 people in northern Nigeria in attacks that appeared to target gamblers and people selling ‘forbidden’ meat that Islamist militants disapprove of, officials and locals said yesterday.

In the deadliest attack, late on Monday, gunmen opened fire at a market in the town of Damboa in Borno state North East Nigeria, targeting local hunters who sell bush meat from animals such as monkeys and pigs, which strict Muslims are forbidden to eat, a local official said.

“Gunmen suspected to be members of BH (Islamist sect Boko Haram) came to the town market and shot dead 13 local hunters on the spot while five others died from their injuries at the hospital,” Alhaji Abba Ahmed said. “They came to the market in a Volkswagen Golf car, carried out the operation and left.”

In a separate attack in the north’s biggest city of Kano, some 500 km (310 miles) west of Damboa, on Tuesday, suspected Boko Haram members riding on motorbikes shot dead five people playing an outdoor board game, witnesses and a hospital source who received the bodies said. Two others were wounded.

Damboa is in the remote northeast, the sect’s heartland near the borders with Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

President Goodluck Jonathan told Reuters in Geneva on Tuesday that tackling global jihadists is in Nigeria’s interest because of the links between its Islamists and those in the desert states to the north, like Mali. An Islamist group known as Ansarudine, which has been blamed for abducting and killing Westerners, claimed responsibility for an attack on Nigerian troops heading to Mali on Sunday that killed two officers.

Militants have killed several hundred people in the past three years in a campaign to impose sharia, Islamic law, on Nigeria. Their targets include the security forces and churches, although they have killed more Muslims than Christians.

Gunmen also fired on the convoy of Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero in Kano on Saturday, killing six people.

Gunmen seize Nigerian fuel tanker off Cote d’Ivoire

Gunmen seized a Nigerian-owned, Panama-flagged tanker with 16 Nigerian crew off Cote d’Ivoire‘s port of Abidjan as it prepared to unload 5,000 tonnes of fuel, port officials said on Monday.

Attacks on shipping are increasing in the Gulf of Guinea – second only to the waters around Somalia for piracy. But the ITRI incident was only the second of its kind in Ivorian waters.

The tanker, named the ITRI and owned by Lagos-based Brila Energy, was commandeered on Thursday, Abidjan’s port authority said in a statement.
Serge Constant of Koda Maritime, an Ivorian firm that was managing its stopover in Cote d’Ivoire, said there has been no contact with it since.

Constant said the ITRI’s onboard tracking system had been disabled. Abidjan port officials said the ITRI’s last known position was off the coast of neighboring Ghana. But Ghanaian authorities said they had been unable to locate the ITRI.

“…We now seem to be back to square one. The information is contradictory. We don’t know who’s telling us the truth and who isn’t,” said Constant.

Piracy subsided to a five-year low in 2012 due mainly to a drastic reduction in Somali hijackings in the seas off the Horn of Africa. But 10 vessels with a total of 207 crew were seized in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Many of the pirate gangs in the Gulf of Guinea are offshoots of militant groups that once operated in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta before they agreed an amnesty in 2009.

Analysts say coordinated efforts by Nigerian authorities and neighboring countries have forced Nigerian pirates to seek easier targets outside their home waters.

“Nigeria and Benin have had joint actions for two years, and they have been quite successful. We haven’t seen the kinds of heavy attacks that we used to see,” said Martin Ewi, a senior researcher with South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies.

“Ivory Coast seems to be attracting those that have been driven out.”

In October, suspected Nigerian pirates seized a Bahamas-flagged tanker carrying more than 32,000 metric tonnes of gasoline near Abidjan’s port. The 24 crew were later freed unharmed.

Youths Protest As Gunmen Kill One in Jos

Residents of Kuru in Jos South local government area of Plateau state, North Central Nigeria went to the streets in protest of an attack on their community, which resulted in the death of one person and the injury of another by unknown gunmen.

The angry youths said they were out to express their anger over the killing a member of their community in an attack on Sunday night that left another person injured.

The protesters blocked the highway that linked the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru before members of the Special Task Force (STF) intervened to prevent further breakdown of law and order within the area.

Residents say the incessant attacks in villages around Barkin Ladi, Riyom and lately Jos South local government areas need to be addressed by the STF as the attackers are becoming frequent with the same professional accuracy and commando type of killings and escaping while no one is apprehended. They suggested that efforts should be made to curtail further occurrence in order to restore public confidence in security operatives.

In the video below, the father of the deceased, Clement Dagwat and the Media Coordinator of the STF narrate how the attackers invade the community.

Gunmen Abduct General’s Wife In Ibadan

The atmosphere of AOP Logistics Company at New Ife road, Ibadan where the wife of General Oluwole Olurotimi, was abducted by gunmen on Monday night is still submerged with so much fear with workers of the company praying for the release of their Managing Director, Titilayo Rotimi

The General Manager of the company, Omini Ikpi narrated what happened before his boss was abducted.

“Mrs Rotimi was about driving out of the gate but stopped to speak with one of the company’s driver, and that was how I walked away from her and bided her goodnight but on getting to the bus-stop to get a bus, I was called that the MD has been abducted by four gunmen who blocked her with a grey Nissan car, kidnapped her and immediately drove out of the company’s premises and started shooting sporadically to scare people away,” he said.

Mr Ikpi said his boss was kidnapped with her bag containing two BlackBerry phones, laptop, and other valuables, while her shoes dropped when she was being dragged away from her black Prado jeep.

“Immediately she was kidnapped, the Egbeda police station was contacted, and they brought a patrol van but they could not arrest the abductors,” the General Manager said.

He said the police suspected that there could be informant in the company working with the abductors of Mrs Rotimi and that so far, the police have arrested three suspects including a security guard and two staff.

The Chief Security Officer of the company, Usman Illiasu, explained that although he was not on duty when the incident occurred, he was told by the security guards on duty that the abductors came with sophisticated weapons and everybody took to their heels during the rampage.

Guessing it was one of the abductors who picked her call when Mrs Rotimi’s phone was dialled around 4pm on Tuesday, Mr Illiasu said the person threatened to kill his boss if her family refuse to pay N200 million ransom.

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Two die as Gunmen invade bank in Yobe

Gunmen Friday morning invaded the Agricultural Cooperative and Rural Development Bank in Gashua, the headquarters of Bade Local Government area of Yobe state.

The State commissioner of Police, Patrick Egbuniwe who confirmed the incident to Channels Television in Damaturu the Yobe state capital said the gun men had during the operation disarmed a police corporal and shot him in the leg before shooting sporadically within the bank premises.

He revealed that residents pursued the hoodlums to Annex B hotel also in Gashua town where two suspects were apprehended.

Mr Egbuniwe said one AK 47 rifle as well as the gun snatched from the police on guard was recovered.

One of the suspects according to him was killed in the process while the other is currently being interrogated as investigation has also commenced on the case.

According to the police commissioner, the non-commissioned police officer who was shot during the attack later died while receiving treatment at the Gashua General Hospital.

The state police chief said some gunmen attempted to disrupt the Friday Muslims prayers in Damaturu but that their mission was repel by security forces.

He said the shooting was heard around the emir of Damaturu Palace few minutes into the prayers as worshippers were held for sometimes after the prayers.

Damaturu the Yobe state capital has become a war zone of recent as attacks on security men as well as residents has become a routine affair which has led to many residents taken refuge in some places within the state and the country for fear of attack.