Nigerian Army Will Be Ruthless With Bandits, Cattle Rustlers, Others – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-general Tukur Buratai addresses officers in Katsina State.

 

The Nigerian Army has extended its operation to curb the activities of bandits, cattle rustlers, gunrunners, and other criminals in the North-West with a promise to go tough on the outlaws.

Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Nigerian Army announced this on Saturday in Faskari, Katsina State while speaking to journalists from the state and neighbouring Zamfara.

“Be rest assured that the troops are determined to deal decisively with any criminal element not only in the Northwest but also across the country,” he said.

‘Operation Sahel Sanity’, launched amid an upsurge in crime particularly the activities of bandits, rustlers, kidnappers, and gunrunners, will now continue until December.

 

 

The army boss, however, believes determination on the part of the army alone will not be enough to stop the criminal activities which have resulted in the loss of scores of lives in the region and sparked outrage over time.

To him, it would take more support from the people of the region who he said had already provided tremendous support for the army – leading to the killing of hundreds of bandits and arrest of hundreds more including their allies.

“I already said it that these people don’t come from the skies they are within us and most of the arrests that have been made in the towns and villages, they have relations in those communities and they visit them,” he said.

“As soon as we stop shielding these criminals, the sooner we will get the insecurity resolved in all our societies. We have so far improved on our intelligence gathering.”

 

In order to expose such criminals, Buratai expects people to disregard their relationship with them “no matter how tight and close” the relationship may be.

“Otherwise these criminals will one day turn against them,” he warned.

 

Successes

 

Since the army launched Operation Sahel Sanity it has announced successes several times and the army boss is impressed with the progress made so far.

His visit to Katsina is to access the progress of the operation, especially in Katsina and Zamfara states where the Special Army Super Camp is located, from where the operation is coordinated.

“I am impressed with the brief I had this afternoon with the level of commitment, dedication, and loyalty of the troops,” he said.

Under the operation, the army boss added, “The troops have shown courage and determination to resolve the security challenge that has bedevilled the region.

“They tamed to the barest minimum, the issues of kidnapping, cattle Rustling, armed banditry, and gunrunning across the border among others.”

He, however, does not want the army to slow down and decided to extend the operation to ensure that “the desired result is achieved”.

Apart from acknowledging the troops and the people of the region for their support so far, Buratai praised members of the press in Katsina and Zamfara states.

“Their reportage, commentaries, and general assessment have been quite encouraging,” he said.

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, that army announced that troops of Operation Sahel Sanity had over two months killed 100 armed bandits, arrested 148 of them, and recovered about 4,000 cattle.

In addition to that, a total of 3,984 cows, 1,627 sheep/rams, and three camels were recovered while 148 suspected bandits were arrested along with 315 illegal armed miners.

Katsina Govt Flags Off 2020 Seedlings Distribution To Check Desertification

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

The 2020 seedlings distribution has been flagged off in Katsina State with stakeholders optimistic that in a few years to come, desertification and other environmental-related disasters would have reduced drastically.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony held in Mashi Local Government Area of the state, the desk officer of the immediate past five years European Union’s Improving The Fuel Wood Balance Project, Mannir Gafai, announced that over 350,000 assorted seedlings have been raised by the beneficiaries of the project for distribution to registered farmers.

According to him, the essence is to confirm to the European Union and other implementing partners that beneficiaries of the project can still sustain the tempo in complementing the effort of fighting desertification in northern Nigeria.

In an effort to reclaim the degraded land in Katsina state, the European Union had over the last five years been working with the Federal Government, the Katsina state government and the residents via the Fuel Wood Balance project, FUWOBA.

OXFAM and the International Centre For Energy, Environment and Development, ICEED are the implementing agencies and seven Local Government Areas have benefited from the project.

The plan was to encourage tree planting and designing energy-efficient clean cookstoves.

The afforestation project had at the end, raised about eight million assorted seedlings as against the mandate to plant and maintain 5.5 million trees, produce and disseminate 35 thousand efficient clean cookstoves across the seven benefiting LGAs of Baure, Daura, Dutsi, Mashi, Mai Adu’a, Sandamu and Zango.

On January 28 this year, the European Union-funded, Fuel Wood Balance project closed out, with the implementing agencies appealing to the Katsina state government to replicate the project in the remaining 27 out of 34 LGAs of the state.

Introduced in September 2014, the project was able to plant about eight million trees and reclaimed 147 hectres of land.

Barely six months down the line, it appears that the beneficiaries of the project came in full force to sustain it.

The project sustainability chairman, Abba Balarabe, explained that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure that the beneficiaries are closely monitored to ensure sustainability.

He said from 1979-1998, it was the tradition of the government to come for tree planting campaign annually where assorted tree seedlings are being given to people to plant.

On his part, the chairman of the multi-stakeholders coordination platform Usman Ahmed expressed optimism that in few years to come desertification and other environmental-related disasters will be drastically reduced.

It’s expected that the impressive milestone recorded by the FUWOBA Project will continue to be sustained in order to ensure that desertification and other environmental-related disasters are drastically reduced.

Police Rescue Five Kidnap Victims In Katsina

 

The Police in Katsina State have rescued five victims of kidnap from their captors along the Kankara-Yantumaki highway.

They were rescued on Tuesday after the military and police of Yantumaki responded to a distress call that bandits had blocked and kidnapped some passengers.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, the joint team chased and engaged the bandits into a gun duel on June 16 at about 02:00 hrs.

The statement further revealed that the team also recovered five motorcycles abandoned by the hoodlums as investigations are ongoing.

It could be recalled that Katsina residents had on Tuesday taken to the major streets in the state capital, protesting against the renewed bandits attacks resulting in the loss of innocent lives and property in the state.

The peaceful protest tagged ‘Stop The Bloodshed’, #EnoughoftheRecklessKillings and #EnoughoftheBloodbath, was powered by a coalition of northern groups in conjunction with six relevant groups including some civil society organisations in the state.

Their protest comes one week after bandits numbering over 200, armed with sophisticated weapons reportedly killed over 50 villagers across eight communities in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.

Meanwhile,  as part of efforts to find solutions to the current insecurity bedeviling the state and other northwestern states in the country, top security chiefs today visited the state.

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The National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu was among those who arrived at the state, along with the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji, all led by the state police commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina, the team had a closed-door meeting with the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.

Speaking shortly after the meeting which lasted over two hours, Mongunu told reporters that the mission of the visit was to discuss with the state governor in response to the security occurrences in the last couple of weeks.

He said he was optimistic that the discussion with the governor would give a clearer picture of the underlined causes of the problem and no doubt go a long way for the team to realize where the gaps exist with the intention to work collectively and bring an end to the current security problem not only in Katsina but also other northern states.

Mongunu described the situation he saw on the ground as highly disturbing, noting that obviously without the collective effort of both the local community and the security agencies, the fight would not be conquered.

The delegation also paid a condolence visit to the emirs of Katsina and Daura, HRHs Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and Umar Faruq Umar at the inner chambers of the palace, Katsina where Usman commended the team for the visit.

He also appealed to journalists to always stick to truths no matter how bitter it is, while also warning people conniving with bandits to fear Allah as they will also be accounted for their deeds in the hereafter.

Meanwhile, Usman used the opportunity to warn the president that there are enemies around him while pledging to intensify prayers for the good of the country.

“I have always been saying this even before the president that he should be careful that there exist enemies in and around him, they always want to sabotage the efforts of his administration. This sabotage will not only affect the administration but also damage the entire northern region. If Buhari is sabotaged that means the north is being sabotaged,” he said.

20 Killed, 26 Others Injured In Fresh Katsina Attacks – Police

 

The police in Katsina State have confirmed that 20 persons were killed in the attacks on several communities in Faskari LGA of the state, contrary to the over 50 earlier reported by Channels Television, according to residents of the community.

The spokesman of the state command SP Gambo Isah confirmed this on Wednesday, adding that 26 other persons were injured.

He said: “yesterday we received a report that armed bandits numbering over 200 attacked Kadisau village of Faskari LGA”.

According to him, the bandits went there with the intent to steal food and other items from the villagers.

Unfortunately, some group of youths came out in their numbers and confronted the bandits who then opened fire on them.

“As at yesterday 14 were reportedly killed while 26 were taken and admitted into the hospital and this morning the Area commander of the Funtua Area command told me that four more victims died in the hospital making the number 18,” Isah explained.

On Wednesday he, however, confirmed that an additional two persons have died in the hospital.

He, therefore, assured those living in the frontline LGAs that the Nigerian Police and other security agencies are doing the needful to ensure that peace is returned in their respective areas.

He also called on the people of the state to provide the police with credible information and intelligence through the emergency lines.

Over 5,000 villages exist on the fringes of the famous dreaded Rugu forest bordering Katsina, Zamfara, Birnin Gwari Forest in Kaduna and the Republic of Niger.

At Least 50 Feared Dead In Fresh Katsina Attacks

 

At least 50 persons are feared dead following a fresh attack on Kadisau town in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Channels TV gathered that the bandits who were armed with sophisticated weapons arrived in the town at about 4:30 pm on Tuesday riding on over 100 motorcycles.

The attack happened hours after residents of Yantumaki Town in Danmusa Local Government Area of the state took to the streets to protest the rising insecurity particularly kidnapping in their area, following the abduction a man along with his daughter in the early hours of Tuesday.

Security operatives reportedly came to the aid of the residents about three hours after the attackers had left at about 6:00 pm.

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The spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah was yet to respond to inquiries as at press time.

It could be recalled that on Sunday last week, the 55-year-old chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Batsari Local Government Area of the state, Abdulhamid Mamman Sani, was killed by bandits after he resisted them from kidnapping him.

In the meantime, no fewer than 12 district heads operating in the eight Frontline Local Government Areas of Katsina state have reportedly threatened to run away from their respective communities.

Drawn from Batsari, Dandume, Danmusa, Faskari, Jibia, Kankara, Sabuwa and Safana LGAs, the affected district heads have visited the emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman on Monday to lament the renewed bandits attacks bedevilling their respective communities.

A member of the Katsina Emirate Council told Channels Television that the unhappy district heads informed the emir that their lives are in great danger in recognition of the fact that it was just last week that their counterpart in ‘Yantumaki town of Danmusa LGA of the state, Alhaji Atiku Maidabino was killed by bandits.

Katsina Residents Protest Kidnapping

 

Residents of Yan Tumaki town in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State have taken to the streets to protest against insecurity, particularly kidnapping in their area.

The protest is coming hours after kidnappers visited the town and abducted a man identified as Alhaji Mansir Yusuf along with his daughter in the early hours of Tuesday.

A resident of the town told Channels Television that they were protesting what they described as the renewed and worsened insecurity in the area despite the presence of security operatives.

The protesters were seen burning tires and barricading the road linking Kankara and Katsina Local Government Areas.

On Sunday last week, 55-year-old chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Batsari Local Government Area, Abdulhamid Mamman Sani was killed by bandits in an attempt to kidnap him.

COVID-19: FG Deploys 139 Trucks Of Assorted Grains, Other Relief Items To Katsina

 

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has deployed thousands of relief items to Katsina State.

This intervention is coming after a motion was moved on the floor of the Senate by a senator representing Katsina Central Senatorial District, asking the Federal Government to provide succor and come to the aid of persons displaced by the activities of armed bandits in the state.

The items comprising of rice, beans, Garri, Vegetable oil, salt, cartons of seasoning, canned tomatoes, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, nylon mats, plastic buckets among others have been handed over to the Katsina state government for onward distribution to the affected persons in the Eight Frontline Local Government Areas of Dutsinma, Safana, Danmusa, Batsari, Sabuwa, Kankara, Faskari, and Batagarawa.

Speaking at the office of the state Deputy Governor on Saturday, Engineer Mannir Yakubu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sa’adiyya Umar Farouk announced that the ministry is also presenting to the state government a total of 139 trucks of assorted grains from the National Food Reserve as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as palliatives for the COVID-19 response for onward distribution to the poor and vulnerable persons in the state.

Katsina Govt Extends Lockdown Order After Eid-El-Fitr

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

The Katsina State Government has extended the COVID-19 lockdown order in Katsina, Daura and Batagarawa which have been the most affected Local Government Areas of the state.

According to Governor Aminu Masari, the lockdown is effective from 7:00 am on Wednesday.

He announced this on Tuesday at the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House while highlighting the progress made so far in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The development comes days after the relaxation of the lockdown for Muslim faithful to celebrate the Eid-El-Fitri Sallah festival.

Giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in the state, Governor Masari said there are currently 337 active cases.

According to him, 294 of the cases are from Katsina, Daura and Batagarawa, while the remaining 43 cases were discovered from the remaining 32 LGAs in the state that now have zero cases of the virus.

He further revealed that of the 337 cases, 18 patients have lost their lives, while 51 have recovered and been discharged.

Two Killed, 17 Hospitalised After Attending Weddding Ceremony In Katsina

 

 

Two people have been killed, and 17 others have reportedly been hospitalized after they attended a wedding ceremony in Katsina State. 

Police say the deaths and complications that led to the hospitalization of 17 others, is as a result of food poisoning.

According to the police, the fatalities were recorded after miscreants poisoned the food served at the wedding party which held in Mani Local Government Area of the State.

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The police also confirmed the arrest of two persons who administered a noxious substance known in local parlance as Zaqami, into the food served to guests at the wedding ceremony.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Gambo Isah, the two suspects identified as Musa Suleiman and Shafa’atu Sirajo confessed to committing the offence.

SP Gambo noted that investigations are still ongoing as to ascertain who put the suspects to the task or if they acted of their own will.

COVID-19: Katsina Govt Lifts Ban On Friday Prayers

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

The Katsina State Government has lifted ban on Friday prayers in the state with immediate effect over the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is coming after the state government held a stakeholders meeting with religious leaders, traditional rulers and security agencies in the state.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, Imams were admonished to avoid prolonged sermons in order to discharge their followers within short period.

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Inuwa said before Friday prayers must be conducted, there would be some stipulated health and security guidelines.

The meeting was convened to review the measures taken by the state government in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The government also asked people to maintain social distancing and strictly adhere to all rules and regulations provided by the health experts in fighting the contagious disease.

Meanwhile, similar meeting will soon be held between the state government and Christian leaders to lift the suspension of Sunday church services.

Also expected is a meeting between the government and traditional rulers.

Katsina Government Orders Closure Of Borders, Suspends Large Gatherings

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File: Governor Aminu Bello Masari addresses journalists after the meeting

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has ordered the closure of all borders with neighboring states including Niger Republic.

Also, large gatherings for Friday prayers including Sunday church services and other related activities has been suspended in the state

The governor said this is in continuation with the state government’s efforts to containing the possible spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Therefore, the movement of people into the state is strictly prohibited with effect from 6:00 am on Saturday, 28 March 2020.

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However, fuel tankers and vehicles carrying food items and other essential commodities will be allowed into the state subject to screening and test at the point of entry.

The state commissioner for Information Culture and Home Affairs, Yahayya Sirika, however noted that people are at liberty to move within the state.

Police Kill Four Suspected Kidnappers In Katsina

 

Police in Katsina state have on Thursday gunned down Four (4) suspected kidnappers terrorising Karo, Gangamawa and Kwari villages of Dutsinma and Jibia Local Government Areas of the state.

Briefing journalists before the command headquarters in Katsina, the state police commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba noted that the suspects who were reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons were killed in their separate hideouts with many others sustaining various bullet wounds and escaping into the dreaded Rugu Forest.

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According to the Commissioner, the four bandits were killed after an attack on the villages, an action which had prompted a team comprising Operation Puff Adder, Sharan Daji and Vigilantes to lay an ambush against them.

Buba explained that in Karo and Gangamawa villages alone, a total of sixty (60) cows, 99 sheep and one goat were recovered while in Kwari village, two (2) AK47 Rifle along with one locally made rifle as well as 19 cows, 17 sheep and 34 goats were also recovered.