Kidnappers Engage Soldiers In Gun Duel On Ondo Highway.

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Men of the Nigerian Army were engaged in a gun duel with suspected kidnappers operating along the Owo-Ifon Expressway in Ondo State around midnight on Thursday.

The soldiers, ostensibly on patrol along the expressway, reportedly rammed into the kidnappers who had barricaded the road, while attempting to abduct some travellers.

The Public Relations Officer of 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Owena Cantonment, based in Akure, the state capital, Captain Ayorinde Omojokun confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

According to Omojokun, the soldiers were on patrol in the area, and on sighting the soldiers, the hoodlums opened fire on them while the soldiers responded too.

He disclosed that when the hoodlums could no longer resist the soldiers gunfire, they subsequently abandoned the victims and fled into a nearby forest with gunshots injuries.

Some of the soldiers too were said to have sustained injuries and are presently receiving treatment in a nearby hospital.

The Owo/Ifon highway has been a major route where kidnappers operate often in Ondo State.

A first class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi was shot and killed while traveling on the road in November.

Police Parade Suspects Accused Of Kidnapping, Killing Eight-Year-Old Girl

 

The Nigeria Police Force has paraded some suspected kidnappers for killing a six-year-old girl after demanding ₦8 million ransom from the victim’s family.

Parading the suspects in Abuja on Wednesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the abduction was carried out on November 2, 2020, in Gabije community of Kogi State.

Also paraded were some suspected armed robbers and cattle rustlers.

The suspects were said to have been positively linked through investigations by the Force Intelligence Bureau.

Mba told journalists that the girl was kidnapped alongside her 14-year-old brother, noting that while the teenager brother was said to have escaped from the abductors, the girl, however, could not survive as she was killed by her captors and buried in a shallow grave.

Channels Television learned that the victim’s parents could not afford the ₦8m ransom and were trying to negotiate the amount before involving the police authorities.

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Of the 25 suspects paraded today is one of the kidnappers, Friday Domozu, who was said to have led the abductors in carrying out the crime.

The picture of the slain six-year-old girl displayed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba on January 20, 2021.

 

Force spokesman said the police arrested some of the key suspects and some are at large, pledging to find her killers.

While noting that the key suspect, Domozu is from Gabije community, Mba warned residents of the area against conniving with criminal elements.

But the suspect denied that the gang killed the child.

He claimed the girl died of stomach complications which didn’t go down well with the Force spokesman.

Mba dismissed his claims, saying the exhumed corpse of the child showed signs of violence.

Meanwhile, five AK-47 rifles and magazines, life ammunition as well as the sum of ₦765,000 were recovered from the suspects.

Two Suspected ‘High Profile’ Kidnappers Arrested In Taraba

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested two high profiled kidnappers terrorising Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The arrest followed intelligence gathering by men of the command on the nefarious activities of the kidnap kingpins.

Parading them before journalists on Monday in Jalingo, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha, said that more are still at large and their nets are spread across Taraba to get them arrested.

“These two persons were arrested in two different locations in Same Local Government Area of Karim Lamido,” he said.

“They are high profiled kidnappers; one of them was arrested at Jebjeb community, while the other was arrested at Makko Community.

“The old man there is found to be taking arrested kidnap suspects on bail, so indirectly he is an accomplice and has been in the act for long.

“We arrested based on the intelligence report we have been gathering for long and we are still going to get those at large, they cannot escape our nets.”

On the surge of kidnapping activities in Taraba state, Waksha reiterated his commitment to collaborating with other security agencies to flush out hoodlums causing havoc in the state.

He called on residents of the state to always report suspicious movement in their domains, adding that the suspected kidnappers, Adamu Ahmadu and Yahaya Madugu, have confessed to having committed the crimes they were accused of.

Taraba State, Northeast Nigeria has been witnessing a surge in kidnapping activities with many underreported.

Seven Kidnapped, One Injured As Gunmen Invade Zamfara Village

 

Seven persons have been kidnapped at Kadauri village within the Jabaka District of Maru local government area in Zamfara State.

One person was also shot in the leg by the unknown gunmen who invaded the village.

Authorities say the injured man is currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital.

Six out of the seven kidnapped persons are said to be children of one Mr Sani Gyare Kadauri and the other person is the daughter of his neighbour.

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Sani Gyare Kadauri in a telephone interview with Channels TV said the gunmen stormed the village at about 12 midnight and operated in the village till about 2AM before leaving with the abductees.

He further stated that a distress call was put through to the security agencies but the operatives could not come until 4AM when the bandits had gone.

Sani Gyare decried the “lukewarm attitude of security operatives” in responding to distress calls, stressing that this is not helping in the offensive against the miscreants within the region.

Reacting to the incident, the State Police Command through its spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, said a combined team of security operatives have been deployed to comb the bush to rescue the kidnapped.

Mr. Shehu assured residents that all will be done to see that those kidnapped are returned unhurt.

2,403 Criminals Killed, 864 Kidnapped Victims Rescued Since March – Military

 

No fewer than two thousand criminals have been killed by troops between March and December across various parts of the country, the military has said.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this on Thursday while addressing a press conference in Abuja.

He explained that a total of 2,403 criminals were neutralised in a bid to contain the excesses of insurgents, kidnappers and others whose activities threaten the peace and security of Nigeria.

General Enenche added that troops rescued a total of 864 kidnapped victims across the country and arrested 1,910 criminals with a large cache of arms, ammunition and equipment recovered during the period.

He stated that the military would continue to sustain the offensive against all criminal elements and not relent until peace was restored to every troubled zone in the country.

A file photo of a soldier sitting on a military truck. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

The military spokesman also reassured Nigerians that the military remained committed to its duty of protecting the nation’s territorial integrity.

He, however, called for the provision of timely and credible information that would aid the military in the fight against insurgency and emerging security challenges.

Read the full text of General Enenche’s briefing below:

PRESS BRIEFING

RECORD OF ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA OPERATIONS FOR YEAR 2020 FROM 18 MARCH TO 30 DECEMBER

As you are aware, the Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO) came into full operations from 18 March 2020.

Since its establishment, the DDMO have worked assiduously to meet its mandate; to manage military operations information from all theatres of operation across the Country.

All through, the Directorate provided a single, coordinated voice to disseminate timely and credible information on all Defence Headquarters-led operations.

We have achieved these through daily press releases, weekly press briefings, as well as quarterly updates and sometimes personal appearances on different media houses, and these would not have been possible without your cooperation and support, gentlemen of the press. We honestly appreciate you.

As we come to the end of the year, it is necessary for us to jog memories on the unrelenting and committed efforts of the Nigerian Military and other security agencies to resolve the security challenges across the country.

This would give a better perspective of the cumulative results of our operational activities and achievements. Against this backdrop, I will be giving a record on the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s operations from 18 March to 30 December 2020.

The efforts and sacrifices of the gallant officers and men of the Military as well as other security agencies that conduct these operations have been progressive.

Within the period under review, troops engaged in a series of land, maritime and air operations, involving both kinetic and non-kinetic activities across the country.

The land operations conducted among others across the various theatres of operation include; clearance, ambush, raid, picketing, cordon and search operations as well as artillery bombardments and aggressive patrols.

Others were maritime operations involving anti-piracy, anti-illegal bunkering, anti-crude oil theft and anti-pipeline vandalism operations as well as other duties such as anti-smuggling operations.

Furthermore, comprehensive air operations including air patrols, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions, offensive air strikes, air interdictions, search and rescue operations as well as close air support and air cover for ground troops.

Although some of our troops paid the supreme prize in the course of the operations, our dogged troops have consistently exhibited gallantry and resilience in the various operations.

Within the timeframe in focus, troops neutralised scores of terrorists and bandits, while many others were incapacitated, and their camps destroyed.

Our operations also inhibited activities of economic saboteurs as well as exposed and obviated other criminal activities.

In addition, several other criminal elements, including high profile ones were either killed in action or arrested, sometimes together with their families as well as informants and gunrunners.

Besides, there are records of scores of criminals surrendering due to troops’ overwhelming superior firepower and intelligence activities.

Other feats recorded in the course of our operations were the rescue of kidnapped victims, prominent among which, is the recent rescue of 344 schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, as well as the Islamiya children, all in Katsina State.

Others were repelling and forestallment of terrorists and bandits’ attacks on civilians and troops. Troops also recovered caches of arms and ammunition, equipment, vehicles and oodles of livestock within the period.

You may as well recall that, in the maritime environment, troops in major and subsidiary operations were able to disrupt smuggling activities, immobilise illegal refining sites, arrest perpetrators, seize foreign parboiled rice and recover tons of petroleum products.

In the North-West zone of the country, between 18 March and 31 December 2020, a cumulative total of 5,281 livestock, 6,951 rounds of ammunition and 120 assorted rifles were recovered from the armed bandits by the gallant troops in the Zone.

Furthermore, a total of 455 kidnapped victims were rescued and 473 armed bandits were killed in action.

In the same vein, a total of 461 arrests were made in the Zone including high profile armed bandits, gun runners and bandits’ collaborators, while total cash of N6,365,550 was recovered from armed bandits and their informants in the Zone.

Progressively, in the North-East zone of the Country within the period, 200 kidnapped victims were rescued by the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

A total of 1,385 rounds of ammunition, 45 grenades as well as 95 assorted rifles were recovered from BHT/ISWAP fighters. In addition, several gun trucks were captured, while some others were destroyed during air strikes.

Equally, 1,805 insurgents/terrorists including commanders were killed by the troops aside scores killed by air raids/attacks. Additionally, within the period, a total of 79 arrests were made including high-value targets.

In the North-Central zone of the country, within the period, troops of Operations SAFE HAVEN, WHIRL STROKE and THUNDER STRIKE have achieved appreciable successes.

A total of 130 kidnapped victims were rescued and 105 assorted rifles as well as 513 rounds of ammunition and 1,055 rustled cattle, were recovered from armed bandits and other criminal elements in the Zone.

In the same vein, a total of 1,250 criminals including family members of the Darul Salam sect were arrested within the period. Furthermore, troops neutralised a total of 125 armed bandits including militia gang leaders.

In the South-South Zone, the Armed Forces of Nigeria working with other security agencies recorded remarkable results in their efforts against economic sabotage and other sundry crimes in the Zone.

Within the period under review, a cumulative total of 8,890,300 litres of stolen AGO and 33,516,00 litres of DPK were impounded by troops of Operation DELTA SAFE.

In the same vein, the gallant troops immobilised a total of 185 illegal refining sites, 85 dugout pits and 163 metal storage tanks within the period.

Additionally, troops impounded a cumulative total of 31,236.8 barrels of stolen crude oil as well as 12,272,652 litres of stolen PMS from oil thieves in the Zone. Also, a total of 47 kidnapped victims were rescued, while 72 vandals and criminals were arrested.

Furthermore, a total of 4,250 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled smuggled rice were impounded and 45 boats engaged in illegal activities were arrested.

Troops also arrested a total of 53 pirates and 25 trucks as well as recovered 23 rifles, 65,330 rounds of ammunition and destroyed 23 sea pirate camps.

Similarly, troops of Operation AWATSE in the South-West Zone between 18 March and 30 December 2020, impounded a total of 10,458,600 litres of PMS; 15,345 barrels of stolen crude oil and 345,000 litres of stolen AGO.

Additionally, troops recovered a total of 3,594 rounds of ammunition and 14 assorted rifles. Also, within the period, a total of 23 illegal refining sites were immobilised, while 15 boats and 23 trucks engaged in illegal activities were arrested.

In the same vein, within the period 35 kidnapped victims were rescued, while 48 arrests were made.

In addition to the kinetic operations, the Armed Forces of Nigeria carried out non-kinetic operations in form of Civil-Military Cooperation Activities (CIMIC).

A total of 92 boreholes were sunk for host communities and 16 schools and worship centres were renovated across the Country.

Additionally, 16 clinics and dispensaries were constructed and donated, including buses to host communities.

Moreover, the Armed Forces of Nigeria constructed roads installed transformers and solar power equipment in some host communities. The military also fostered several stakeholders and reconciliation meetings between hostile communities and carried out medical outreaches.

In summary, the Armed Forces of Nigeria from 18 March to 30 December 2020 neutralised 2,403 criminal elements across the Country. This is in addition to scores of other terrorists and armed bandits killed during air strikes.

Troops also rescued a total of 864 kidnapped victims across the Country. In addition, a total of 9,684,797 litres of stolen AGO and 33,516,000 litres of DPK were recovered.

Equally, 1,910 criminal elements were arrested, and a large cache of arms, ammunition and equipment were recovered during the period.

Furthermore, a total of 46,581.8 barrels of stolen crude oil and 22,881,257 litres of stolen PMS were recovered by the troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

Gleaning from the available information as I have just presented, there is no gainsaying that the efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies in the Year 2020 yielded appreciable results.

Our operational performance for the year is a show of our commitment, synergy and determination to lay down our lives to protect our great Nation.

We will continue to sustain the offensive and will not relent until peace is restored to every troubled zone in Nigeria. The general public is also assured of our commitment to protect our economic assets anywhere.

The High Command of the Nigerian Military wishes to thank the general public for their support and further solicit their cooperation towards providing credible and timely information that will facilitate proactive engagements in our operations.

The Military High Command also commends all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their resilience, doggedness and commitment.

Troops are further encouraged to remain resolute and decisive in securing the country.

Once again, I thank members of the press for their understanding and support for our course.

JOHN ENENCHE

Major General

Coordinator

Defence Media Operations

Defence Headquarters

31 December, 2020

Police Arrest Nine Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Two Victims In Adamawa

Adamawa is a state in Nigeria's north-east region.
A map of Adamawa, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

The police authorities have arrested nine suspected kidnappers and rescued two victims in Adamawa State.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Yahaya Nguroge, said the suspects was in possession of locally-made guns and other dangerous weapons.

According to the police spokesman, the suspects were involved in the abduction of one Babawuro Damuwa and Yerima Musa of Song area of the state on December 18.

They include: Ndam Usai, Buba Adam, Buba Alim, Bodi Kulawal, Sale Musa, Babiri Gula, Abayel Ahmadu, Sani Muhd and Abdullah Hassan.

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The suspects, all residents of Dapchi in Yobe state and Song in Adamawa were said to have conspired, kidnapped and demanded the sum of ₦4 million as ransom from their victims.

On the successful arrest of the suspects, the PRO said the Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga  Adeyanju, swung into action by deploying combined operatives of police operatives, and hunters who eventually rescued the victims and apprehended the suspects.

He explained that based on findings, the first and the second suspects came all the way from Yobe State and recruited the third to ninth suspects and they eventually formed a syndicate to be carrying out kidnapping activities.

Upon the completion of the investigation, the suspects would be charged to court for the prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.

Police Arrest Two Suspected Kidnappers Of US Citizen Rescued In Nigeria

A photo released by the Nigeria Police Force on December 10, 2020, shows two suspected members of a transnational kidnap syndicate who abducted a United States citizen in October.

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested two members of a transnational kidnap syndicate involved in the kidnap of a United States citizen in October.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday, about six weeks after the victim was rescued by US military forces in Nigeria.

He noted that the victim, Philippe Walton, was kidnapped on October 28 at his farm in Masalata Village in the Republic of Niger.

Walton’s suspected kidnappers, Aliyu Abdullahi, 21, and Aliyu Umaru, 23, both from Sokoto State, were arrested on November 25.


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“The two suspects – members of a 15-man kidnap gang of Nigerian-Nigerien extraction, led by Barte Dan Alhaji and Dan Buda – were arrested following a special intelligence-led operation aimed at arresting the criminal gang, disrupting and halting other criminal activities by them,” Mba said in a statement.

He added, “Investigations by the Intelligence Response Team reveal that the gang was plotting other abductions to avenge the death of their cohorts – four Nigeriens and two Nigerians – who died during the rescue operations.

“The Force is collaborating with its Nigerien counterpart in the investigations to apprehend other members of the transnational syndicate currently at large.”

The police spokesman stated that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was already working in concert with other members of the West African Police Chiefs Organisation (WAPCO), as part of efforts to tackle transnational crimes in the sub-region.

According to him, this is aimed at deepening intelligence sharing among security agencies in the ECOWAS sub-region and strengthening security along the international borders of member-states.

Mba said the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as the police complete their investigations.

The rescue of the American by US forces on Nigerian soil had sparked criticism from some individuals and groups in the country.

While some argued that the operation was proof of the inefficiency of the Nigerian military, the government condemned the insinuations.

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, who addressed reporters in Abuja on November 3, insisted that Nigeria was aware of the rescue operation conducted by the US forces.

Police Kill Two Suspected Kidnappers, Arrest Armed Robbers In Sokoto

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

Two suspected kidnappers have been killed in Sanyinna area of Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State during a gun battle with the police.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje disclosed this on Saturday during a press conference at the command’s headquarters.

He explained that been an upsurge in kidnap for ransom and pockets of robbery in the state with one of the recent robbery cases leading to the death of one person.

“We have been trailing them. Last two weeks, there was a case in Sanyinna whereby the military and other security agencies went to that forest but they couldn’t penetrate because that place requires a tactical operation,” he said.

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According to the police boss, one of the suspects in the robbery that claimed the life of a victim two weeks ago in Tamaje area of the state have been arrested.

Four robbery suspects and eight other persons suspected to be kidnappers were also arrested and three AK-47 and a rifle with live ammunition were recovered.

Troops Rescue 22 Kidnap Victims, Arrest 3 Bandits And 2 Collaborators

 

The troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have rescued 22 victims of Kidnap from armed bandits in the Northwest Region.

The victims comprising 11 women, 2 young girls, 8 traders along with a canter truck driver were rescued in the recent operations conducted in various locations across Katsina and Zamfara states.

In the process of rescuing the victims, three suspected bandits along with two of their collaborators and informants were equally arrested.

In a statement released on Friday by the Acting Director of the Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko noted that 2 AK-47 rifles along with an empty AK-47 rifle magazine as well as 8 Motorcycles abandoned by some fleeing bandits were recovered.

He announced that the troops have from September 12th to 17th 2020 stepped up their quest relentlessly redoubled their efforts towards recording more successes against bandits, their collaborators, and other criminal elements across the Theatre.

He said “On 12 September 2020, troops deployed at Dandume while on patrol rescued 2 young girls kidnapped by bandits at Dandume LGA in Katsina State. The girls were rescued after a hot pursuit by the troops which forced the bandits to abandon their victims escaping troops’ wrath by the skin of their teeth. The victims who were reportedly kidnapped on 18 August 2020 have been reunited with their families.

“In another development, on 13 September 2020, following credible information, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Wuya recovered one AK-47 Rifle buried in a sugarcane farm at Yarsabiya village in Anka LGA of Zamfara State.

“This prompted a further search of the general area in anticipation of more similar recoveries. Relatedly, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru responded to a distress call and foiled a planned armed bandits attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State.

“The troops immediately mobilized and engaged the marauding bandits in a shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray and in the process abandoned 3 motorcycles which were recovered by the gallant troops.

“Similarly, on 16 September 2020, troops deployed at Magami acting on a tip-off arrested one Mr. Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint. The suspect was identified by troops to be a member of a notorious bandit gang that recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State.

“Additionally, troops at Dangulbi also acting on credible intelligence arrested a suspected bandit named Basharu in a green-tinted Golf III wagon car. The suspect has been on the wanted list of bandits terrorizing locals in the general area.

“Furthermore, on 16 September 2020, troops on routine patrol encountered armed bandits at Baga Buzu in Zamfara State. The cowardly criminals engaged the troops from afar, but the troops responded with superior firepower forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray into the nearby forest with gunshot injuries as traces of blood were seen on their escape route.

“Nevertheless, during exploitation, troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle, 2 motorcycles, and one empty AK 47 Rifle magazine abandoned by the escaping criminals. Similarly, troops on fighting patrol encountered and pursued the unconfirmed number of bandits on motorcycles at Kaiga Malamai. During the incident, the bandits abandoned 3 motorcycles and fled into the bushes.

“In another development, on 16 September 2020, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops location. The suspect claimed to be a native of Sabon Layi village in Faskari LGA, but investigation revealed that his claims were false as the villagers denied knowing him. Similarly, following credible information, troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State, who is reported to be engaged in illicit activities with bandits.

“Additionally, on 17 September 2020, troops deployed in Faskari responding to a distress call rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area. This was as a result of actionable information that bandits dressed in military camouflage uniforms were sighted with kidnapped victims, the troops responded quickly and made contact with the bandits forcing them to abandon the victims as they fled into the bushes. In the same vein, troops while on patrol at Chabas swiftly responded to a distress call and rescued a Canter truck driver, 11 women, and children who were on their way to Batsari Market but were blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi road.

“Also on 17 September 2020 troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim on a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village in Dansadau, Maru LGA of Zamfara state with one Pump Action rifle and 3 live cartridges carefully concealed in a bag.

“All arrested suspects are in custody understanding preliminary investigation and will soon be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting authorities for further action.

“Consequently, the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for their continuous successes and their commitment to duty. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until Northwest zone is rid of all criminal elements.

“While the good people of the Northwest are once again assured of troops’ commitment to the safety of lives and property within the zone, they are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with timely and credible information that will assist them in the conduct of their operations”. Onyeuko said.



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.

Vigilante Group Ambushes Suspected Kidnappers, Kills Three In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Police authorities in Yobe State say they have received the bodies of three suspected kidnappers killed by vigilante groups during an ambush.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarim, who confirmed the incident told Channels Television that the suspects were killed on Sunday morning.

He stated that while information on the attack was unclear at the time of this report, the police command was making efforts to get full details.

Abdulkarim said, “It was this morning (Sunday) we received information about an attack on a community under Murfa Kalam village where three suspected kidnappers were killed following an ambush by a vigilante group.

“Presently, the corpses have been deposited at a morgue in the Specialist Hospital in Damaturu while investigations are ongoing.”

A photo taken on August 30, 2020, shows the slain suspected kidnappers and others arrested by a vigilante group in Yobe State.

 

According to local sources, a group of armed men believed to be kidnappers had stormed Dungurum community in Murfa Kalam village.

During the attack on the community in Damaturu Local Government Area of the state, the assailants reportedly kidnapped one person.

On getting the information, the vigilante group in the area laid an ambush on the attackers, killing three of them in the process while others escaped.

Another source told Channels Television that three other suspects were arrested and have been handed over to the Nigerian Army.

However, the military authorities have yet to make any comment on the matter.

Kaduna Attacks: Police Deploy 500 Operatives, Arrest 217 Suspected Bandits And Kidnappers

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

 

The Police in Kaduna State have arrested 217 suspected bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements that have been terrorising people in various parts of the state.

The command also says that despite the recent attacks by gunmen in Kaura and Zango Kataf Local Government Areas of Kaduna, the security situation in the state has been relatively stabilised.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, who stated this when he paraded the suspects before journalists at the state command headquarters on Wednesday, also disclosed that no fewer than 500 conventional and Mobile policemen have been deployed to Zango Kataf and Kaura Local Government Areas to tighten security in the areas and prevent any further attacks.

He also said that 43 Ak-47 rifles and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects, in addition to the recovery of stolen vehicles, motorcycles, and fake currencies.

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On Tuesday, the presidency reacted to the killings in the state, saying that it is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.

In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the problem in southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

He added that the region enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the army, special forces of both the army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.

“Unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand.

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“From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

“It is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of the security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult,” the statement read in part.

The presidency, therefore, warned residents against taking laws into their own hands, adding that it makes the job of security personnel more difficult.

At least 11 people were reported killed by gunmen in an attack in Gora Gan Village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday evening

The attack came barely 24 hours after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area.