Two Abducted Kebbi Students Regain Freedom

A screengrab showing a part of the school in Kebbi State.

 

Two out of the abducted students of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State have regained their freedom.

The students were rescued by the police authorities in a forest of Dansadau District, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Spokesman of the Zamfara State Police Command, SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed this on Sunday to journalists in Gusau.

It is however not clear if any ransom was paid to secure the release of the students, even as uncertainly looms over the remaining number of students still in captivity.

The rescue effort is coming about six weeks after gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the school and abducted an unspecified number of students and four teachers.

The gunmen also killed a police officer during the attack.

The school kidnappings have persisted as the country continues to battle several security challenges, including but not limited to an insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, secessionist agitations in the South-East and Fulani-Herdsmen crises across the Middle-Belt and several South-West states.

Many schools in the northern part of the country have been targeted by bandits lately.

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Prior to the Kebbi students’ kidnap, gunmen had whisked away about 200 students of an Islamiyya school in Niger State in May.

The abductors usually demand a ransom before students are released.

While denying ever paying ransom to release kidnapped persons, the Federal Government has repeatedly promised to end the abduction of students across the country.

Kebbi, a northwest state about 600km away from Abuja, has been in the news lately for the wrong reasons.

Earlier in June, at least 66 people were said to have been killed in attacks launched by gunmen on several communities in the Danko-Wasagu local government area of the state.

At least 36 people also died after a boat capsized in the Ngaski local government area of the state in late May.

According to the police spokesman, Nafiu Abubakar, Thursday’s attack and abduction started when the bandits, in their large numbers, invaded the school at about 12 noon and started shooting sporadically to create panic among the students and teachers.

Details shortly…

Five Rescued As Troops Engage Abductors Of Kebbi Students

A screengrab showing a part of the school in Kebbi State.

 

One of the abducted students of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State has died.

However, five others, comprising four students and a teacher have been rescued by the Joint Taskforce Component of Operation Hadari Daji.

The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Taskforce in the North-West Zone, Air Commodore Abubakar AbdulKadir, confirmed this on Friday to reporters in Zamfara State.

He explained that the troops came in contact with the bandits in the early hours and engaged them in a gun duel, which forced them to abandon five of the students and a teacher.

One of the students whose identity was not revealed later died, although the military officer did not specifically state how it happened.

“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.”

The Deputy Force Commander also disclosed that the troops recovered 155 rustled animals at the Jageme area in Magami District of Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

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

AbdulKadir said the animals in about 12 trucks were sold to some persons at Yartasha Market in Magami District while the troops have been trailing the rustled animals for about five days before they were recovered on Thursday night.

According to him, investigations are ongoing to apprehend other buyers and sellers of the rustled animals.

Bandits Hijacked Judge’s Car To Abduct Kebbi Students – Police

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Police authorities in Kebbi State have given more updates on the abduction of an unspecified number of students from the Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri.

Mr Nafi’U Abubakar, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed that the gunmen used a stolen vehicle to convey the abducted students.

He made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in reaction to reports that the bandits who attacked the school used a police vehicle to kidnap about 50 students from the school.

Abubakar explained that the assailants used a white Hilux van marked KBSJ 29, which was hijacked along the Birnin-Yauri Road, to perpetrate the crime.

He insisted that the bandits never used any police van as claimed, adding that the number of students missing after the incident was still unknown.

According to the command spokesman, a rescue operation to ensure the safe return of the students is ongoing by the security agencies.

He promised that the police would give more updates on the progress made as events unfold and warned against spreading false information.

Read the statement from the police below:

Gunmen Abduct Students From Federal Government College In Kebbi

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

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have stormed Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri in Kebbi State and abducted an unspecified number of students and four teachers.

The gunmen also killed a police officer during the attack.

The police in Kebbi confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

The abduction is the latest in a series of school kidnappings that have rocked the country in recent times.

In late May, about 200 students of an Islamiyya school in Niger state were abducted by gunmen.

The abductors usually demand a ransom before students are released.

Some 14 students and staff of Greenfield University in Kaduna were released in May after parents reportedly paid over N150 million ransom and bought eight motorcycles for the bandits.

The Federal Government has denied ever paying ransom to release kidnapped persons and has discouraged the idea.

The government has also repeatedly promised to end the abduction of students across the country.

The school kidnappings have persisted as the country continues to battle several security challenges, including but not limited to an insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, secessionist agitations in the South-East and Fulani-Herdsmen crises across the Middle-Belt and several South-West states.

Police launch manhunt

Kebbi, a northwest state about 600km away from Abuja, has been in the news lately for the wrong reasons.

Earlier in June, at least 66 people were said to have been killed in attacks launched by gunmen on several communities in Danko-Wasagu local government area of the state.

At least 36 people also died after a boat capsized in the Ngaski local government area of the state in late May.

According to police spokesman Nafiu Abubakar, Thursday’s attack and abduction started when the bandits, in their large numbers, invaded the school at about 12 noon and started shooting sporadically to create panic among the students and teachers.

He said the Bandits were able to abduct four teachers and an unconfirmed number of students away to an unknown destination.

Abubakar also disclosed that a policeman lost his life, while one student sustained gun shot injury during an exchange of fire between security operatives and the bandits.

He added that security operatives have launched a manhunt for the bandits with a view to rescuing the kidnap victims and arresting the criminals.

At Least 66 Killed In Kebbi After Gunmen Attacks

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

 

At least 66 people are said to have been killed in attacks launched by gunmen on several communities in Danko-Wasagu local government area of Kebbi State.

The spokesperson of the state police command, Nafiu Abubakar told Channels Television that the attacks took place on Thursday, but information about the incident could not get out due to the remoteness of the settlements.

Kebbi is in the northwest where bandits have been active in recent times.

The State has however been relatively safe compared to hotspots like Zamfara state.

Mr Abubakar said the police are currently tracking the perpetrators of the violence.

Meanwhile, bandits have attacked communities in Igabi and Chikun Local Government Areas of Kaduna State killing five persons and leaving two others injured.

A church building belonging to the Assemblies of God church and one house was burnt by the attackers during the operation.

This was confirmed by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

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He said spouses of some pastors who also sustained injuries in the attack are presently receiving medical attention in a private facility and citizens will be updated on further developments emerging from the area.

Similarly, security agencies also confirmed the killing of three travellers and injuring of several others around the Lambar Zango area of Kaduna-Zaria Road in Igabi Local Government Area.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai in reaction condoled families of the deceased and prayed that God grants them eternal rest.

The Governor who further prayed for the speedy recovery of those receiving medical attention also directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to carry out an immediate assessment at the church and the other affected building in Kabai village.

Kebbi Boat Mishap: Fayemi, Tambuwal Visit Bagudu, Emphasise On Safety

NGF Chairman and Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi speaks to Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu during a condolence visit over the recent boat mishap in Kebbi.

 

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi and his Sokoto counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal have visited Governor, Atiku Bagudu over the recent boat mishap that claimed over 100 lives in Kebbi State.

They visited the northwestern state on Monday night alongside Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong who also serves as the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum.

The three governors commiserated with the people and government of Kebbi state over the unfortunate incident in Warrah town.

While emphasising on the need to ensure compliance to all safety rules regarding all forms of transportations in the country, Fayemi said the search and rescue capacity of the national emergency agencies needs to be upgraded to meet the daily occurrence of emergency in the country.

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He also added that safety rules such as manifestos of passengers in all means of transportation should be adhered to.

“The search and rescue capacity of our emergency services really ought to be prepared for any eventuality of this type whether it is from the Air Force or capacity of the NEMA and our own state management agency should ensure that we are actually better prepared for this,” he said.

The NGF Chairman also announced a donation of N50 million to Kebbi State Government for the victims of the unfortunate development.

On his part, Governor Bagudu said 81 persons have been buried, adding that 22 persons were rescued alive in the boat said to have carried over 150 passengers.

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FG Working To Prevent Another Kebbi Boat Disaster, Says Malami

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

 

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Saturday said the Federal Government is working to prevent a reoccurrence of the Kebbi boat mishap across the country.

Over a hundred people were reported missing on Wednesday after a boat capsized at Corner Libata in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

On Thursday, rescue workers had pulled about 36 bodies from the water, according to local officials.

Malami, while visiting the local government on Saturday, said the Federal Government has directed multi-faceted inter-agency collaboration while advancing safety measure approaches to bring to an end re-occurrence of boat mishap in the country.

He was visiting Kebbi on condolence purposes over the tragedy.

“On behalf of the Federal Government and indeed the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari, let me express deep and sincere sympathy of the Government of the Federation of Nigeria to the people of Warra, Ngaski Local Government and Kebbi State Government over this unfortunate incidence,” Malami said, according to a statement signed by spokesman Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.

According to Malami, the Federal Government will certainly work with the Kebbi State Government to bring about institutional arrangements to eliminate reoccurance of such incidents.

Malami said there was the need for mutual collaboration among Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) to address the incidence.

He said it was out of the desire to address related issues the Federal Government established Hydroelectric Power Producing Area Development Communication (HYPPADEC).

Malami through his nonprofit, Khadimiyya Initiative for Justice and Development donated bags of rice to each of the affected families and two million naira for them.

Kebbi Boat Mishap: 36 Bodies Recovered, Many More Still Missing

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.
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 Rescue workers have pulled three dozen bodies from the water after an overcrowded riverboat capsized in the Ingaski Local Government Area of Kebbion Wednesday.

Survivors and officials said only 20 people were rescued on Wednesday when the wooden boat ferrying passengers to a market broke apart and sank between Niger state and Wara in Kebbi state.

“Five bodies were recovered yesterday and 31 bodies today, and the recovery operation is ongoing. More bodies are expected to be found,” Abubakar Shehu, a local official supervising the rescue operation said.

“The bodies are bloated and now coming to the surface which makes it easy to spot them.”

Riverboat tragedies have become commonplace in Nigeria,  mostly due to overcrowding, weather and lack of maintenance, but Wednesday’s toll is one of the deadliest yet in recent years.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called the mishap “devastating” after the inland waterways authority had said only 20 people had been rescued and another 156 were still missing.

“When the boat broke into two, I wondered if people were sinking into the water,” survivor Usman Umar said, standing by the riverbank in Ngaski area in Kebbi.

“The boat capacity was something up to 150 people, us survivors can’t be even 20.”

Ali Ibrahim Garba, wearing an orange life jacket standing near wooden boats on the river bank, said they were still searching for missing people after saving as many as they could.

“Right now we are in search of three people, one male and two females,” he said.

NIW’s local manager, Yusuf Birma told reporters on Wednesday the boat was overcrowded with around 180 people and went down an hour into its journey.

Local district administrator Abdullahi Buhari Wara said the boat was also loaded with bags of sand from a gold mine.

NIWA has also banned night-time sailing on the rivers to stop accidents and says overloading ships is a criminal offense, but skippers and crews often ignore the regulations.

Early in May, 30 people drowned when an overloaded boat capsized in Niger state.

The boat carrying 100 local traders also split into two after hitting a trunk during a storm as they were returning from a local market.

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VIDEO: Customs Seize 73 Locally Made Guns, 891 Cartridges In Kebbi


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a truck conveying 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges in Kebbi State.

NCS Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said the feat was recorded by operatives of the Federal Operation Unit, Zone B.

He explained that the operatives were on information patrol along Yauri in the Zamare waterside area of Kebbi when they intercepted a truck loaded with locally produced rice with some sacks concealed under the rice.

A combination of photos released by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on December 14, 2020, shows arms and ammunition seized in Kebbi State.

 

“Upon careful examination, the bags were found to contain 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges,” Attah noted.

According to him, three persons were immediately arrested and detained by the operatives while a preliminary investigation is ongoing.

A photo released by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on December 14, 2020, shows two of the three suspects arrested in Kebbi State.

 

In his reaction, the Controller of FOU, Zone B, Hamisu Albashir, described the feat as a signal to all those who may be planning to smuggle harmful items into the country through the zone.

He called on the people, especially those living in border communities to provide credible information for effective border security.

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Kebbi Youths Protest Against Insecurity In Northern Nigeria

 

Youth in Kebbi state has assured President Muhammadu Buhari of their support in his bid to restore peace and stability of the nation.

The youth revealed this when they match out in their numbers to protest against the rising security situation in northern Nigeria

Coordinator of the Northern Youth Coalition in Kebbi state, Ibrahim Abubakar urged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to come out with strategies on how best to tackle insecurity in the region so that farmers can safely harvest their crops as well as continue with their farming activities.

Responding on behalf of Kebbi state Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the Chief of the Staff Government House, Suleiman Muhammad Argungu who received them at government House, commended the Coalition of Northern Groups Kebbi State Chapter and the youths for conducting the rally in a peaceful manner.

He urged them to maintain this tempo and to continue to support the effort of the federal government toward eradicating the rising security challenges across the nation.

COVID-19 Spreads To Four More States

(FILE) A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing exercise as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Four more states have recorded index cases of coronavirus, raising the figure of states that have confirmed at least one case of COVID-19 in the country.

They are Taraba in the North-East, Kebbi in the North-West, Ebonyi in the South-East, and Bayelsa in the South-South.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this in an early-morning tweet on Monday.

 

It revealed that Taraba recorded six cases of COVID-19, while Kebbi, Ebonyi, and Bayelsa recorded one infection each.

The index cases were part of the 91 new infections announced by the health agency in its latest update on the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria.

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Other states where new cases were reported include Lagos – 43, Kaduna – five, Gombe – five; the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – three.

The rest are Bauchi – three, Ondo – three, Oyo – three, Edo – three, Rivers – three, Osun – two, Sokoto – eight, and Akwa Ibom – one.

This brings the figure of total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country to 1,273, with the death toll also rising to 40 while 239 people have been discharged.

A total of 32 states, and the FCT have recorded at least one case of COVID-19 while the NCDC also revealed that four states recorded new deaths.

They are Osun – two, Oyo – one, Rivers – one, and Katsina – one.

See the case summary of COVID-19 in Nigeria as of April 26 below:

Total Samples Tested> 10918
Total Confirmed cases1273
Discharged239
Death40
States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Active CasesNo. DischargedNo of Deaths
Lagos73158412819
Abuja FCT141103353
Kano777601
Ogun352951
Gombe353500
Osun3414182
Katsina302442
Borno302802
Edo251483
Oyo211092
Akwa Ibom12291
Kaduna15960
Bauchi14860
Sokoto101000
Kwara11920
Ekiti8521
Ondo8620
Delta6501
Rivers6222
Taraba6600
Abia2200
Enugu2020
Niger2200
Jigawa2200
Zamfara2200
Benue1100
Anambra1010
Adamawa1100
Plateau1100
Imo1100
Bayelsa1100
Ebonyi1100
Kebbi1100
Total127399423940

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.