Policemen, Three Others Burnt To Death In Kebbi Bullion Van Crash

This combination of photos shows the charred remains of a bullion van involved in a crash in Kebbi state on September 27, 2022.
This combination of photos shows the charred remains of a bullion van involved in a crash in Kebbi state on September 27, 2022.

 

Three policemen and three other persons died after an Ecobank bullion van, four other vehicles and a motorcycle collided along Argungu-Birnin Kebbi road.

In a statement confirming the accident, police spokesperson Nafiu Abubakar said five other people and three policemen also sustained various degree of injuries and were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kebbi.

“On the 27th September, 2022, there was a fatal motor vehicle accident/fire incident along Argungu/Birnin Kebbi road, involving a Bank Bullion van belonging to Eco Bank and four other motor vehicles and a motor cycle,” the statement said.

“The accident occurred when a Carina E car, carrying jerricans of PMS was suspected to have been pursued by a Nigeria Custom Service patrol team from Birnin Kebbi. On getting to Jeda village, the Carina E car had a head on collusion with the Bullion van, as a result, bursting into flames and consumed three other cars.

“Consequently, a total of five vehicles and one motorcycle burnt to ashes, six people including three Policemen also died in the inferno, while five other people, three policemen sustained various degree of injuries and were rushed to Federal Medical Center, Birnin Kebbi, for medical attention.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kebbi State Command, CP Ahmed Magaji Kontagora swiftly rushed to scene where he condoled with the families of the deceased and prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the lives of the departed souls an eternal rest and give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“CP Ahmed Magaji Kontagora is also asuring members of the public that, a thorough investigation will be carried out to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident, please.”

President Condemns Murder Of Vigilante Members In Kebbi

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned what he described as “the brutal murder of tens of vigilante members in Kebbi State by bandits who ambushed them in the Sakaba/Wassagu Local Government Area.”

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, President Buhari said the spate of criminality is shocking.

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He, however, assured Nigerians that the present administration will do all it takes to decisively tackle the menace.

The President further stated that his greatest concern is the threat to life posed by the murderous gangs and remorseless outlaws who have no regard for the sanctity of life.

Extending his sympathy to the families of the affected victims, he called on the nation’s security forces to be more proactive and increase their efforts in order to frustrate the operational plans of the terrorists before they launch any attacks.

Bandits Kill Several In Kebbi Community – Police

A map of Kebbi, a state in north-west Nigeria

 

Several members of the volunteer vigilante group also known as Yan Sakai have been killed by fleeing bandits from Niger State.

The command’s Public Relations Officer ASP Nafiu Ibrah, confirmed this to Channels Television via phone call.

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Ibrah, however, could not confirm the number of casualties.

He said deaths were also recorded among the bandits as the Yan Sakai were said to have attacked them in return.

The PPRO, however, blamed them of not informing the conventional security personnel.

Kebbi Assembly Speaker, Deputy Impeached

A map of Kebbi, a state in north-west Nigeria

 

 

The Speaker of the Kebbi State House of Assembly, Abdulmumeen Kamba, and the Deputy Speaker, Muhammad Buhari-Aleiro, have been impeached.

Their impeachment was announced by the Chairman House Committee on Information and Culture, Muhammad Tukur, after a closed-door plenary session in the Assembly on Tuesday.

According to Tukur, the speaker was immediately replaced by Deputy Chief Whip, Muhammad Abubakar- Lolo (APC – Bagudo West) while the Deputy Speaker was replaced by Muhammad Ankwai (APC – Zuru).

While the reason for their impeachment was not disclosed, Tukur said 20 members of the Assembly out of 24 attended the closed-door session.

Some of those present included the Chief Whip, House Leader, Deputy House Leader among others.

Banditry: Kebbi Govt Fabricates Armoured Vehicles For Military

An image released by the Kebbi state government on August 21, 2021 showing armoured vehicles locally fabricated to help fight insecurity in the state.
An image released by the Kebbi state government on August 21, 2021 showing armoured vehicles locally fabricated to help fight insecurity in the state.

 

The Kebbi state government on Saturday said it has locally fabricated armoured personnel carriers for the military as parts of efforts to fight banditry in the state.

According to a statement signed by government spokesperson, Yahaya Sarki, the carriers would help provide appropriate transport to security services for combat operations.

The vehicles, painted in Army color, were produced locally by the Deputy Governor of the State, retired Colonel Samaila Yombe Dabai who is a retired military officer, the statement added.

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“Colonel Yombe told newsmen this Friday, that the vehicles have been reinforced with hardened steel and suitable for battle with provisions for a driver, a gunner and space for extra troops,” the statement said.

An image released by the Kebbi state government on August 21, 2021 showing armoured vehicles locally fabricated to help fight insecurity in the state.
An image released by the Kebbi state government on August 21, 2021 showing armoured vehicles locally fabricated to help fight insecurity in the state.

 

“He explained that the action was approved and supported by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu towards providing transportation to combatants as a major requirement in warfare in securing the lives and property of the citizenry.

“The Deputy Governor described Kebbi State as the pace setter in the country in such innovative technology, which served as both cost effective measure and advancing Nigeria’s quest for technical know-how.

“Toyota Land Cruiser Buffalo vehicles were remodelled into armoured personnel carriers with gun turrets through the engineering ingenuity of colonel Yombe.”

Kebbi School Abduction: Troops Rescue Another Teacher, Three Students

A screengrab showing a part of the school in Kebbi State where an unconfirmed number of students and staff were abducted on Thursday.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation Hadarin Daji supported by the Nigerian Air Force component have rescued more abductees of the Federal Government College Birnin Yawuri in Kebbi State.

A statement signed on Sunday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed that one teacher and three students were rescued on Saturday at Makuku in the ongoing search and rescue operations.

According to the statement, the troops also killed one bandit, recovered nine motorcycles and four phones from the fleeing bandits.

Nwachukwu also noted that additional troops have now been deployed to dominate the forest.

Two teachers and five students had been rescued on Friday by the gallant troops in a coordinated firefight with the kidnappers.

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The incident is the latest in a series of increasing school abductions across the country.

Bandits had attacked the school in the early hours of Thursday, whisking away a yet to be confirmed number of students and teachers.

The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Taskforce in the Northwest zone, Air Commodore Abubakar Abdulkadir, in a communique on Friday said the troops came in contact with the bandits in the early hours of the day and engaged them in a gun duel which forced them to abandon five students, and a teacher.

One of the abducted students of the college, unfortunately, died.

“In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged them,” Abdulkadir said.

He added, “At that point, they abandoned five of the students and one of the teachers. Unfortunately, I think we have lost one of the students.”

Air Commodore Abdulkadir also disclosed that 11 trucks of rustled cows were also intercepted in Zamfara State.

He said troops got credible intelligence about the rustled animals and were instructed to lay an ambush which led to the recovery of the cattle.

Kebbi Abduction: Some Students, Teachers Have Been Rescued – Gov Bagudu

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Atiku Bagudu As Kebbi Governor
File photo: Governor -Atiku Bagudu

 

The Kebbi State Government says some of the students and teachers kidnapped from the Federal Government College in Birnin-Yauri have been rescued.

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu disclosed this in a communique late on Friday.  The governor assured the people that all those abducted will be returned safely.

According to Governor Bagudu, the security to life and property of the citizenry remain the utmost priority of his administration.

READ ALSO: Student Killed As Troops Trail Kidnappers, Rescue Teachers And Students

Bagudu further stated that a premium has been placed on the provision of logistics and the necessary equipment to security agencies to waging total war against banditry and all acts of criminality until normality and tranquility are attained fully.

The governor added that additional security would be provided to all institutions of learning within the state.

While addressing parents, staff, and students of the College, Governor Bagudu sympathized with the school authorities on the unfortunate incident.

He commended all security services in the state for their quick response which led to the rescue of some of the abducted students and teachers. He also appreciated parents and guardians for remaining calm and courageous with regards to the ugly incident and urged that they also pray along for God’s intervention on the matter.

Kebbi Boat Mishap: Over 90 Bodies Recovered So Far – Governor Bagudu

Men carry the body of a man out of the water in Ngaski, Nigeria, on May 26, 2021 after an overloaded boat sank in the Niger River.  AFP

 

Over 90 bodies have so far been recovered from River Niger in Warrah, in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State where an overloaded boat with more than 100 passengers capsized.

The Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu stated this on Saturday night at the Government House in Birnin Kebbi when Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal led a high-powered delegation on a condolence visit over the sad incident.

Bagudu who expressed sadness over the development said though the exact number of passengers on board was unknown, testimonies of survival indicated that over one hundred and fifty passengers were on board the boat designed for just sixty passengers.

“Over ninety dead bodies had so far been recovered with 59 of them from Warrah, while 22 were rescued alive,” the governor said.

“The exact number of the passengers in the boat was not known, even as averred. However, some of the survivors said that the ill-fated boat was carrying over 150 passengers which started its journey from Lokon Mina, in Niger State to Warrah, Kebbi State.”

READ ALSO: Over 100 Missing As Boat Capsizes In Kebbi

Speaking during the visit, the Director-General of the Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency, Sani Dododo, also said the state government has decided to come up with measures and review of code of conduct of operations of the commercial boat in the state to guide again future occurrence.

He explained that the government is planning to review maritime operations in the state by ensuring international best practices are adhered to henceforth.

On his part, Governor Tambuwal sympathized with the families of victims and the Kebbi State Government over the sad event.

Tambuwal described the loss as huge not only to Kebbi but to Sokoto State whose people share common traditions, religions, cultures and forefathers.

The governor was in Kebbi in the company of the Speaker, Sokoto State House of Assembly, the Chief Judge, Grand Khadi, Secretary to State Government and several other top government functionaries.

He made a donation of N40 million naira to support the families of the victims.

PHOTOS: Buhari Attends Grand Finale Of Argungu Festival

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday attended the Argungu International Agricultural Show and Cultural Festival.

The fishing festival re-emerged in 2020 after 11 years of suspension.

At the grand finale on Thursday, President Buhari said the re-emergence of the Argungu and other international festivals across the country signals more confidence in improved security.

Below are some photos from the grand finale of the event.

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Two Killed, Many Displaced As Gunmen Attack Nine Villages In Kebbi

 

At least two people were killed and hundreds of villagers displaced as gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers attacked nine villages in Wasagu-Danko local government area of Kebbi state.

The suspected bandits were said to have invaded the villages which are remotely located, and share border with neighboring Zamfara state, at about 7pm on Tuesday night, opened fire on the residents, and later carted away their animals, money and other valuables.

An indigene of the area, Usman Mohammed gave the names of the affected villages to include Shengel, Duru, Wadako, Kawo, Auda, Dadin kowa, Mashigi, Zaggai, and Yar Kuka.

He told our correspondent that most of the villagers have fled with their animals to Waje and Chonoko communities for fear of being caught in the attack that has lasted for two days.

Confirming the incident to our correspondent, the Spokesman of Kebbi state police command, DSP Nafiu Abubakar, says the bandits came into the communities from Zamfara state and rustled many cows, and later shot two people to death before disappearing into the forest before the arrival of security operatives.

He also explains that the bandits were able to carry out their dastardly act due to the remote nature of the villages, adding that security has been beefed up in the affected villages to forestall any fresh attack.

SERAP Seeks Probe Into ‘Unfair Treatment’ Of Former Kebbi Acting Chief Justice, Karatu

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned “the harassment, intimidation and unfair treatment of the former acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Elizabeth Karatu, who was barred from gaining access to her courtroom to deliver certain judgment by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), who claimed he was acting based on the directive given to him by the management.”

The organization urged the Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to: “publicly condemn the unfair treatment of Justice Karatu and urgently refer the matter to appropriate authorities for a prompt, thorough and effective investigation in order to ensure that those responsible for this unlawful act are named and shamed and brought to justice.”

In a video clip, Justice Karatu is heard saying: “I am the most senior judge in this court and I am here to deliver my judgment. Can you imagine? Which management gave you the order? Today is my last day to be here and it is my right to be here. I have come to deliver my judgment. As far as I am concerned, everybody in this court is my junior and I need a courtroom to deliver my judgment.”

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Reacting, SERAP in a statement today by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, said: “Barring Justice Karatu from delivering judgment is an intolerable act of intimidation against the highest judicial authority in Kebbi State at the material time. Regardless of any allegations that may have been levelled against her, it is clear that Justice Karatu has been unfairly treated by the apparently unlawful actions of the Kebbi State governor, Mr. Atiku Bagudu and the NSCDC barring her from gaining access to her courtroom to rule on cases.”

According to SERAP, “Barring Justice Karatu from gaining access to her courtroom is entirely incompatible with the sacred principle of judicial independence, and the failure by the authorities to observe important procedural guarantees here is a textbook case of executive rascality. SERAP will vigorously pursue justice in this case, to ensure that this shameful act does not affect the work of other judges or undermine their ability to freely and effectively perform their judicial duties.”

The statement read in part: “The NJC should immediately set up a panel to thoroughly and effectively investigate the alleged role played by the new acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Justice Suleiman Mohammed Ambursa in the unfair treatment, harassment and intimidation of Justice Karatu, and if there is sufficient and relevant admissible evidence, to ensure appropriate disciplinary measures and sanctions against him.”

“The ultimate responsibility for the crisis in Kebbi State’s judiciary lies with governor Bagudu. To prevent further erosion of the constitutional principles of judicial independence and separation of powers, the governor must publicly apologise for the blatant infraction of Justice Kataru’s human rights, and ensure her access to justice and effective remedies, including reparation.”

“It is clear that the rule of law in Kebbi State is under siege. SERAP urges the government of governor Bagudu to refrain from any threats or interference that may further hamper the court’s independence and authority as the supreme guardian of the Nigerian constitution and legislation.”

“By putting the court entrance under lock, the government of governor Bagudu and the NSCDC have obstructed justice, a form of corruption under the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party, as they have apparently unlawfully stopped Justice Karatu from performing her judicial duties and delivering certain judgment on the eve of her retirement.”

“The apparently arbitrary actions by governor Bagudu and the NSCDC also amount to an unlawful interference with Justice Karatu’s private and professional life, contrary to the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.”

“The Nigerian constitution and these human rights treaties afford legal protection against arbitrary interference by the authorities, including in Kebbi State. The unfair treatment and intimidation of Justice Karatu, apart from being incompatible with the rule of law, has had tangible consequences for her material well-being and her family.”

“Such arbitrary and illegal actions expose judges at both the federal and state levels to political and executive pressure, endangering their independence and impartiality.”

“Under our laws, judges can be removed only in accordance with an objective, independent procedure prescribed by law. Any sanctions or disciplinary procedures for judges must ensure sufficient separation of the judiciary from other branches of State power and provide appropriate guarantees against abuse and misuse of disciplinary measures and sanctions to the detriment of judicial independence.”

“Judges must be free to carry out their professional duties without political interference and must be protected, in law and in practice, from attack, harassment or persecution as they carry out their professional activities.”
“Courts play a major role in the fight against corruption, and ensuring that victims or potential victims of human rights violations obtain effective remedies and protection, that perpetrators of human rights violations are brought to justice.”

“But when judges are unfairly treated, the role of the judicial system to act as check and balance on the other branches of government, ensure that laws of the legislative and the acts of the executive comply with the rule of law, is seriously eroded.”

Last week, a trending video clip showed an official of the NSCDC barring Justice Karatu, from gaining access to a courtroom. The judge, who was billed to retire on July 5, was supposed to rule on cases on July 4, her last day in office. Mrs Karatu, until her retirement, was the most senior judge in Kebbi State judiciary. The civil defence official barricaded the road as he prevented the senior judge and her police orderly from gaining access to the court premises.

Justice Karatu, a Christian, was appointed an acting chief judge of Kebbi State in October 2018, following the retirement of the former chief judge, Bala Mairiga, who left the bench the same month. The Kebbi State House of Assembly refused to confirm Mrs. Karatu as the substantive CJ after the state governor, Atiku Bagudu, sent her name to the House, for confirmation.

Building Collapse: Governors’ Forum Visits Governor Emmanuel

Building Collapse: Governors' Forum Visits Governor EmmanuelThe Nigerian Governors’ Forum has commiserated with the people of Akwa Ibom State on the recent collapse of Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital which led to the death of some worshippers.

The incident occurred during the bishopric ordination of its General Overseer, Apostle Akan Weeks.

The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari delivered the message when he led the forum’s delegation on visit to Governor Udom Emmanuel at his country home, Onna.

Governor Yari was accompanied on the visit by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state and his Kebbi state counterpart, Abubakar Bagudu.

He said that they were in Onna to commiserate with the Governor, the government and people of Akwa Ibom state on the unfortunate collapse of the church building with the governor in attendance.

Yari thanked God for sparing the Governor’s life and commended him for personally supervising rescue operation at the scene of the incident.

The forum also acknowledged the contributions of Governor Emmanuel to efforts aimed at managing the current economic recession in the country.

Governor Udom Emmanuel thanked the delegation for the visit and commended its leadership for the existing bond of unity among the governors in spite of political differences.

He disclosed that his administration has done everything necessary to ensure that victims of the church building collapse receive the best treatment possible for quick recovery.

The Governor assured his colleagues that he remained focused and determined to make life better for the generality of the people in spite of the incident.

The visit was remarkable as the three visiting governors belong to APC while their host belongs to PDP.