Three Killed As Gunmen Attack Zangon Kataf Again

A file photo of a gun recovered from criminals.

 

No fewer than three people have been killed and several others injured in separate attacks by gunmen in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The incidents which occurred on Friday at Machun and Manuka villages followed the killing of five persons in Zangon Kataf earlier in August.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the latest incident in a statement.

The gunmen were said to have invaded the two villages and started shooting sporadically and in the process, killed three residents while several others were injured.

Aruwan said police personnel responded to a distress call from Machun village and raced to the scene.

On arrival, he explained that the security operatives were also alerted by gunshots from neighbouring Manuka village.

The commissioner, however, said the assailants had fled the area where three lifeless bodies were found before the arrival of the police team.

He disclosed that an unspecified number of victims were also injured in Manuka and have been taken to a hospital for treatment.

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

In his reaction, Governor Nasir El-Rufai condemned the fresh attacks in Zango Kataf and prayed for the repose of those who lost their lives.

He also wished the injured persons a quick recovery and urged the security agencies working in the area to ensure thorough investigations into the killings.

The governor also asked them to intensify efforts at apprehending the perpetrators of the attacks and bring them to justice.

On August 8, Channels Television reported that at least five persons were killed in separate attacks by gunmen in Zango Kataf.

Among those killed during the sad incidents was a 10-year-old herder.

The attacks occurred around the Maduachi Forest and the Kurmin-Masara area along Bakin Kogi in Atyap chiefdom in Kaduna State.

Also attacked by gunmen was Jankasa General Area Ground, as well as Ungwan Rana in Zonzon District and Ungwan Gaiya Village.

Kaduna Govt, NNPC Sign MoU on Gas Utilisation

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and the NNPC boss, Mele Kyari, sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the Government House on August 26, 2021.

 

The Kaduna State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on gas expansion and utilisation.

This is part of efforts by the government to bring nearer the availability of a significant additional source of energy to businesses and residents of the state.

The signing was done at the Executive Council Chambers of the Kaduna State Government House in the state capital.

Speaking after the signing, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the project is a major step to boost investment, revive moribund industries, create jobs and expand power supply in the state.

“The Kaduna State Government is delighted to execute this MoU on gas utilisation and expansion with the NNPC and the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria,” he said.

“This brings nearer the availability of a significant additional source of energy to businesses and residents of Kaduna State.

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“We wholeheartedly welcome this project. Gas provides a cost-effective option for powering factories, homes and vehicles. To the Kaduna State Government, this project is a welcome boost to our investment and job creation strategy.”

On his part, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari said the focus of the national oil giant is to deliver gas into the domestic market.

“Our focus is to deliver gas into the domestic market. We know that this is a game-changer for our country and particularly more so for Kaduna State,” he said.

“We know that very many industries that were prominent in this country that were situated in Kaduna have gone down. We understand very clearly that many of these industries went down because of clear supply of energy.”

The NNPC boss explained that there is no better way of making cheap and cleaner energy than delivering gas into industries.

Plateau Crisis: Kaduna, Delta Govts Evacuate Students

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

Following the tense security situation in Plateau, the Kaduna State government has evacuated its students studying at the University of Jos and other tertiary institutions within the neighbouring state.

The Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board, Rilwan Hassan, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, said the evacuation was concluded last weekend in line with the state government’s directive.

According to Mr Hassan, the move is to ensure that all students of Kaduna State are not trapped or cut in a crossfire, even as the situation tends to be further degenerating.

He explained that 87 students were evacuated on Friday last week by security agencies under the supervision of the board and have since been reunited with their families.

The scholarship board chief promised that the body would continue to remain proactive in such kind of volatile situations and assured Kaduna citizens of the commitment to securing the lives of the state’s students in Plateau and elsewhere.

In a similar vein, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has ordered the immediate evacuation of students of Delta origin from crisis troubled Jos following renewed crisis and security concerns in Plateau State.

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Student’s Affairs, Jerry Ehiwario, said that the evacuation exercise commenced on Thursday.

He commended the governor for the prompt approval for the exercise, adding that the lives of Delta students were very dear to the state.

Ehiwaro also commended the Secretary to the State Government, Patrick Ukah, for his proactiveness and prompt response to the governor’s directive.

He stated further that the government has despatched three buses with police escorts to move Delta students from the troubled zone.

“When we heard about the incident in Jos, I (Ehiwario) wrote to the governor, informing him on the need to evacuate students of Delta origin from the crisis zone,” he said.

“The governor graciously approved the evacuation which commenced today Thursday, August 26.”

Troops Rescue 15 Abducted Commuters In Kaduna

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s northwest region.

 

Troops of the Operation Safe Haven have rescued 15 abducted commuters at Jagindi town in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna state on Monday.

The victims were travelling in two separate vehicles when they were intercepted by the bandits who laid ambush on them along the road.

According to the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the troops responded to a distress call and swiftly mobilised to the location and repelled the bandits before rescuing the abducted persons.

He noted that the troops are sustaining search and rescue operations in the area with the aim of ensuring the general safety of travellers and residents of the area.

15 More Abducted Bethel School Students Regain Freedom

Some of the abducted students of Bethel Baptist School in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have regained their freedom on August 22, 2021.

 

Fifteen more abducted students of Bethel Baptist Secondary School in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state have regained their freedom.

Although the government or security agencies are yet to confirm the development, a source in the school told Channels Television that the 15 students were released on Sunday after a ransom was paid to the bandits.

Bandits suspected to be kidnappers had on July 5 attacked the school and took away 121 students from their hostels.

One of the affected students hugs his mum after regaining his freedom from the bandits in Kaduna State.

 

The bandits released 28 of them on July 25, after a ransom was allegedly paid to the kidnappers. The rest managed to escape from the captors between July 22 and August 3.

The release of the 15 students brings the total number of those freed so far to 56 while 65 others are still in captivity.

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Kidnapping for ransom has become common in Kaduna as well as other states in the North-West and North-Central as armed men increasingly become emboldened.

 

In the last year, bandits have attacked many communities in the regions, abducting scores and killing others.

During the period, several schools have come under attack with over 1,000 students kidnapped.

Most of the victims have since returned after their families paid ransom to the gunmen, but some are still in captivity.

Despite the incessant attacks on communities in Kaduna, the state government says it will no longer consider the option of negotiation with the criminals.

“We have a feeling that the renewed attacks in Kaduna are not unconnected to the position that we have taken as a government that we will not negotiate with criminals,” Governor Nasir El-Rufai said during an interview with Channels Television in April.

Nine Bandits Killed As Rival Groups Face Off In Kaduna

In this file photo, a man is seen holding some guns tied together.

 

At least nine bandits have been killed during a gunfight between rival groups in Kaduna State.

This is according to credible human intelligence network reports corroborated by security agencies, the state government said on Friday.

According to the reports, the clash occurred on Wednesday in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

A notorious bandit popularly known as Godon Mota was said to have stormed Garke village with members of his gang and clashed with a rival bandit group, leading to the killing of nine persons.

While the cause of the face-off has yet to be ascertained, sources said it revolves around a disagreement over sharing of accumulated ransoms.

One of the groups was reported to have felt cheated by the other – a situation that led to the clash and the killings.

Kidnapping for ransom has become a normal practice for bandits to extort money from innocent residents in Kaduna and other states in the North West, as well as Niger in the north-central region.


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In the last one year, bandits have attacked many communities in the region, with a lot of people killed and hundreds abducted.

During the period, several schools have come under attack in Kaduna, Zamfara, Niger, and Kebbi where bandits abducted over 1,000 students.

A large number of the victims have since returned after their families paid ransom to the gunmen, but some are still in captivity.

A few of the students lost their lives during rescue operations by security forces.

As the bandits continue to attack communities in Kaduna, the state government says it will no longer consider the option of negotiation with the criminals.

“We have a feeling that the renewed attacks in Kaduna are not unconnected to the position that we have taken as a government that we will not negotiate with criminals,” Governor Nasir El-Rufai said during an interview with Channels Television in April.

According to the security report of the state for the first quarter, a total of 323 people were killed by bandits in Kaduna between January and March.

Of the 323 people killed during the period, 292 were males and 20 were females, while the criminals kidnapped 949 people.

Three Killed In Another Kaduna Attack

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s northwest region.

 

At least three people have been killed and one person injured as gunmen attacked Goran Gida, Gora District of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan confirmed the incident. 

According to Aruwan, the assailants entered the village late Sunday night. He also noted that they burnt a car during the operation.

Meanwhile, the acting governor of the North-West state Hadiza Balarabe has expressed sadness over the latest incident in Zango Kataf.

While condemning the attacks, she condoled the families of the deceased, prayed for the repose of their souls, and wished the injured residents a quick recovery.

INEC Declares APC Winner Of Lere Federal Constituency By-Election

A file photo of a ballot box.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Ahmed Mannir of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of Saturday’s by-election for the Lere Federal Constituency of Kaduna State.

Declaring the result in Saminaka on Sunday, the Returning Officer, Professor Adamu Wada said Mannir polled 34,958 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ibrahim Usman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who raked in 16,271 votes.

The returning officer noted that Salihi Abdulkarim of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) got 295 votes; Suleiman Lere of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) got 226 votes while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), which did not field any candidate, garnered 125 votes.

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The by-election into the Lere Federal Constituency was conducted to fill the seat, following the demise of the member representing the constituency, Suleiman Lere, who died in April.

Lere died from an undisclosed illness on April 6.

He was sworn in by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in March 2020 despite contesting for the seat in the 2019 general election.

This was after the Court of Appeal in Kaduna declared him the winner of the election and removed Lawal Adamu of the PDP who was occupying the seat.

Bandits Kill Abducted Farmers In Kaduna

A combination of file photos of the map of Kaduna State and a gun recovered from crime suspects.

 

 

Bandits have killed an unspecified number of farmers who were abducted in Buruku and Udaw‎a villages in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The victims were kidnapped during an attack on the two communities over a month ago. Spokesman of the Kaduna State Command Mohammed Jalige confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone call on Sunday.

Mr Jalige said the victims were kidnapped from their farms. He explained that the bodies of some of the victims were later discovered on Saturday.

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Although Mr. Jalige did not confirm the number of casualties; reports suggest that at least eight of the farmers were killed.

He, however, noted that investigation is ongoing to ascertain the actual number of those killed while a manhunt of the bandits is also being intensified.

The affected areas, located along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, have  been a hotbed of banditry and kidnapping in Chikun Local Government.

Kidnapping for ransom and banditry have been rife in Kaduna and other north-western states in recent months despite the efforts of security agencies and reassurances from the government.

Hundreds of people have been killed or kidnapped by bandits in the state in the past months.

11 Abducted Children, Adults Escape From Bandits’ Camp In Kaduna

In this file photo, a man is seen holding some guns tied together.

 

No fewer than 11 people who were kidnapped by bandits have escaped from the camp of their abductors in the outskirts of Sabon Birni town in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Careful checks by security agencies o Thursday reveal that the 11 hostages are a mix of those kidnapped from Dumbin Rauga in Zaria Local Government Area and along the Kaduna-Zaria Highway.

Among them are five children between the ages of seven and 10 – all residents of Dumbin Rauga village in Zaria.

The six others are passengers travelling from Maiduguri in Borno State to Ilorin in Kwara State before they were abducted by bandits along the Kaduna-Zaria Road.

Following their escape from bandits’ custody, the 11 escapees were recovered by troops and subsequently reunited with their families.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Thursday.

According to him, the ongoing security operations in the state have dislodged many of the bandits’ camps, leaving them in disarray and enabling the escape of the hostages being held in captivity inside the camps.

It was reported that the families of those kidnapped at Dumbin Rauga had collectively paid a ransom of N3 million, but the bandits reneged on the agreement to release the captives.

They were said to have insisted that two motorcycles must be included in the ransom deal.

Elsewhere, troops of Operation Safe Haven rescued three kidnapped victims around Kirti village in Jema’a Local Government and Goza Village in Lere Local Government Area of the state.

The victims had been abducted by the bandits who later abandoned them upon sighting troops who were conducting clearance operations in the areas.

Over 112 Killed In Kaduna And Plateau In A Month – Amnesty International

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At least 112 persons have been killed and about 160 kidnapped following bloody attacks in Kaduna and Plateau states within the last one month, Amnesty International has said.

According to a communique on Tuesday, the rights organization attributed the deaths to failure on the part of Nigerian authorities to live up to their obligation to protect the right to life.

Amnesty International stated that the authorities’ failure enabled a month of bloody attacks on both farmers and herders, in parts of Kaduna and Plateau states.

“At least 112 people were killed, 160 abducted and thousands displaced in communities in Kaduna and Plateau states from July to 5 August 2021.

“Our findings show that despite clear signs that there will be retaliatory attacks, enough is not being done to prevent the bloodshed, thereby fueling the ongoing circle of violence. Beyond issuing statements and condemning attacks after they happen; government needs to rein in on attackers and bring suspects to justice,” said Osai Ojigho, Director Amnesty International Nigeria.

The NGO’s further noted that its investigation shows at least 78 people were killed and 160 abducted by bandits between 3 July and 5 August 2021 in Kaduna state including 121 school children of Bethel Baptist Church High School.

The communique adds that no fewer than 34 persons lost their lives in Plateau state, including 7 herders who were attacked on 1 July at Dogon Gaba and 2 others who were lynched at Fusa Village while trying to locate their missing cow.

“Villagers from farming communities, informed Amnesty International that, innocent people and communities that know nothing about the attacks are sometimes targeted for reprisal.

“A retaliatory attack on 31 July and 1 August 2021, led to the killing of at least 17 people, and displacements of hundreds in farming communities in Bassa and Riyom LGAs, Plateau state,” the statement reads in part.

A 39-year-old farmer is said to have informed Amnesty international that:
“We have been hearing gunshots in our village since Monday after the attack. We don’t know why we were attacked, I had to relocate to the IDP camp with my family”.

Leaders of some Fulani herders’ community in Plateau state told Amnesty International that the inaction of the security officials contributed to the recent retaliatory attacks in the state.

“The slow and ineffective response by security officials is contributing to the attacks and reprisal in the state, people are getting away with crimes,” the agency added.

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Amnesty believes the government has not done enough to protect lives.

 

While emphasizing that Nigerians have a right to be protected by the government, the non-governmental body urged the authorities to “act swiftly to prevent such attacks from happening,” adding that “the slow response from security forces is clearly causing increased casualties”.

AI wondered how much longer the people must be forced to live in fear as such brutal attacks continue.

Herders and farmers’ clashes have lingered for quite a while in Nigeria, especially in the north where the two groups battle over access to resources including water, land and pasture.

The conflict has become perpetual, and Amnesty International blames this on the failure of the Nigerian government to investigate, arrest and prosecute perpetrators.

Troops Neutralise Four Bandits, Several Others In Kaduna

 

Troops of the Nigerian military have neutralised four notorious bandits in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State.

The success follows the ongoing military operations against armed bandits, and human intelligence checks carried out by the troops in a valley popularly known as ‘Maikwandaraso’ in Igabi LGA.

According to the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the four bandits were neutralised through air interdictions, when the military engaged them at the location, as part of combined ground and air assaults on identified bandit enclaves.

Aruwan gave the names of the neutralised bandits as, Alili Bandiro, Dayyabu BalaBala Nagwarjo and Sulele Bala.

Several other bandits were also eliminated in the same cycle of air interdictions and ground offensives.

Maikwandaraso is close to Karshi village, and shares boundaries with the infamous Kawara and Malul forests in the same Igabi LGA, which have been identified as the hub of several armed bandit camps and hideouts.