Kidnap Informants To Die By Hanging In Niger, Says Governor Bello

File photo of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has assented to some laws in accordance with Section 100(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

The Laws include: The Kidnapping and Cattle Rustling (Special Provisions) Law, 2021, the Niger State Vigilante Corps (Amendment) Law, 2021; the Niger State House of Assembly Service Commission Law, 2020, the Office of the Auditor-General of the State Law, 2021 and the Office of the Auditor General of the Local Government Law, 2021

Governor Bello said the Kidnapping and Cattle Rustling Special Provisions Law of 2016 is amended to provide for the punishment of informants and all those involved in the aiding and abetting of kidnapping and Cattle Rustling in the state.

The Governor stated that informants who aid and abet Kidnappers would now have to face a death sentence by hanging in public as now enshrined in the state law.

According to him, the law now provides that “whoever instigates any person to kidnap a person or rustle cattle, or intentionally aides, abets or facilitate by any acts of omission or commission of the offence of kidnapping and or Cattle Rustling is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to death by hanging in public”

Bello said the punitive measure is a good stride and has become necessary given the security challenges that have continued to threaten the peaceful coexistence of the state in particular and the country in general.

He regretted the unpatriotic activities of informants who, according to him, have contributed to thwarting efforts of the security agencies in combating the nefarious activities of Kidnappers and Cattle Rustlers.

He also noted that the Vigilante Amendment Law is meant to invigorate and strengthen the state vigilante corp for better operational efficiency in the discharge of their statutory function of complementing the efforts of our conventional federal security forces.

Meanwhile, Bello has expressed hope that the signing of the State Assembly Service Commission Law will further enhance the activities of Legislators and solidify the already existing synergy between the Executive and the Legislature.

Bandits Abduct Emir of Kajuru, 13 Family Members 

 

Bandits have kidnapped the Emir of Kajuru and 13 of his family members, including two of his grandchildren, in a late-night attack in Kajuru Local  Government Area of Kaduna State. 

The bandits swooped on the Emir in the early hours of Sunday morning, just six days after the abduction of 121 students of Bethel Baptist school in neighbouring Chikun Local Government Area.

It was gathered that the bandits numbering over 200 stormed the emirate, firing gunshots, before proceeding to the Emir’s palace and taking him and 13 members of his family away.

Three women, two of his grandchildren, three of his aides and five others were abducted.

 

 

Spokesman of  Kaduna State Police Command,  Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the incident, said the 85-year-old second-class traditional Ruler was kidnapped from his palace.

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He said that a combined team comprising members of the Police Mobile Force, Operatives of  Operation Puff Adder and Anti-kidnapping squad of the Kaduna State Police Command have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, with a view to rescuing the victims and arresting the criminals.

The abduction is the latest in the LGA, which is 30 kilometres away from the state capital, and has become notorious for kidnappings.

Kidnapped Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic Students, Staff Members Released 

 

The six students and two staff members of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in Zaria Kaduna State, who were kidnapped by bandits have been released. 

They were released on Thursday night at an undisclosed location in  Kaduna.

The Public Relations Officer of the Polytechnic,  Abdullahi Shehu, who confirmed the development to Channels TV,  said the kidnapped students and staff members regained their freedom after their parents and relatives negotiated with the bandits.

He, however,  did not say specifically if any ransom was paid or not.

The abducted students and staff members

The school authorities will receive the students later in the day at a location where they were kept after their release, he added.

Bandits had attacked the polytechnic on June 11, 2021,  kidnapping the victims from their hostels and staff quarters.

They also killed one student during the operation.

Bandits Kidnap Students From Another Kaduna School, Kill Two

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

 

Two persons are said to have lost their lives after bandits invaded Bethel Baptist School, a private college in Kaduna State, kidnapping an unspecified number of students. 

The kidnappers in the early hours of Monday attacked the private school located at Maraban Rido within the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Sources say the marauders came in gun blazing, shooting sporadically into the air before whisking the students away.

Four of the students are said to have escaped while the rest were taken away by the gunmen to an unknown destination.

This latest kidnap incident comes barely one day after gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria, Kaduna state, abducting no fewer than seven people including nursing mothers.

The incident was said to have happened in the early hours of Sunday when the bandits invaded the centre and started shooting sporadically.

Among those kidnapped were seven staff of the centre (two male and five female) and two others who are non-staff.

The gunmen also attacked the Saye Divisional Police Headquarters also in Zaria and damaged a patrol vehicle with bullets.

Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, sources from the area told Channels Television that the gunmen in large numbers had invaded Saye village, blocked the bridge leading to the Leprosy centre, while some others attacked the Saye Divisional police Headquarters, in an attempt to prevent the operatives from foiling the operation.

A plethora of kidnappings

Criminal groups, known as “bandits” by the authorities, have for quite some time been terrorizing parts of the northwest and centre of the nation, attacking villages, stealing cattle, and kidnapping people for ransom.

Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, and Kaduna have been the most attacked by the bandits, with the situation in the latter state deteriorating at an exponential rate.

Most disheartening about the attack in Kaduna is the fact that most of the kidnappings are focused on citadels of learning, leading to the mass abductions of students for ransom.

A prior warning

Four days ago, Governor Nasir El-Rufai told newsmen that he has withdrawn his children from a public school in Kaduna after getting wind of a plot to kidnap his son.

The governor had in September 2019, enrolled his six-year-old son,  Abubakar-Sadiq into Kaduna Capital School,  a public school located in the Kaduna State capital,  in order to show leadership to revamp public education in the state and make it more competitive.

But in an interview with the BBC, El-Rufai noted that available security reports revealed that three bandit groups were planning to abduct his son from the school, a situation which he also notes will expose other children to grave danger.

The Governor also disclosed that he had enrolled Sadiq’s younger sister, Nasrine in the same school after turning six years, before the security development, thereby forcing the family to withdraw the two children from the public school temporarily.

“My son is registered in the school because his sister also became six years of age and we registered her in the school but we’ve had to temporarily withdraw them for the security of the school because we got intercept from at least two groups that are planning to attack the school to kidnap my son,” he said.

“I don’t think they will succeed because there will be enough security there to prevent it but other children may be placed in danger. We have no idea what weapons they will come with.”

He however said that his two children are currently homeschooling, and are only going to Capital School to write exams, with the hope of returning to Kaduna Capital School when security improves.

The governor further explained that his family took the decision to withdraw his son and daughter based on the advice of security agents, and in order not to put the school at risk of being attacked by bandits.

Ransom For Bandits?

As Kaduna State and other parts of the north-western region continue to experience the scourge of banditry, El-Rufai has been one of those few governors that have repeatedly kicked against the payment of ransom to kidnappers.

He also reiterated his administration’s stance, explaining that three groups intercepted had vowed to abduct his children to see if he would make a U-turn on the payment of ransom.

The Kaduna Governor has insisted that the state government has no money to pay bandits amid the renewed attacks by armed groups in the state.

He stated that the recent bandits’ attacks on communities in the state were a result of the government’s decision that it would not negotiate with them.

“We have a feeling that the renewed attacks in Kaduna are not unconnected to the position that we have taken as a government that we will not negotiate with criminals,” said the governor who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

He added, “We will not give them any money and they will not make any profit from Kaduna; anyone that comes to Kaduna will not get a penny from the state government, except he will get a bullet instead.”

According to Governor El-Rufai, the security challenges being witnessed in the northwest region of the country have been existing for some years and gradually evolving and getting worse with time.

He was confident that while the state government does not have any reason to change his position, the military would wipe out the bandits from the region.

Bandits Plotting To Attack Kaduna School, Kidnap My Son – El-Rufai

File photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has withdrawn his children from a public school in Kaduna after getting wind of a plot to kidnap his son.

The governor had in September 2019, enrolled his six-year-old son,  Abubakar-Sadiq into Kaduna Capital School,  a public school located in the Kaduna state capital,  in order to show leadership to revamp public education in the state and make it more competitive.

But in an interview with the BBC on Friday, El-Rufai noted that available security reports revealed that three bandits groups were planning to abduct his son from the school, a situation which he also notes will expose other children to grave danger.

The Governor also disclosed that he had enrolled Sadiq’s younger sister, Nasrine in the same school after turning six years, before the security development, thereby forcing the family to withdraw the two children from the public school temporarily.

“My son is registered in the school because his sister also became six years of age and we registered her in the school but we’ve had to temporarily withdraw them for the security of the school because we got intercept from at least two groups that are planning to attack the school to kidnap my son,” he said.

“I don’t think they will succeed because there will be enough security there to prevent it but other children may be placed in danger. We have no idea what weapons they will come with.”

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He however said that his two children are currently homeschooling, and are only going to Capital School to write exams, with the hope of returning to Kaduna Capital School when security improves.

The Governor further explained that his family took the decision to withdraw his son and daughter based on the advice of security agents, and in order not to put the school at risk of being attacked by bandits.

 

Ransom For Bandits?

As Kaduna State and other parts of the north-western region continue to experience the scourge of banditry, El-Rufai has been one of those few governors that have repeatedly kicked against the payment of ransom to kidnappers.

He also reiterated his administration’s stance, explaining that three groups intercepted had vowed to abduct his children to see if he would make a U-turn on the payment of ransom.

The Kaduna Governor has insisted that the state government has no money to pay bandits amid the renewed attacks by armed groups in the state.

He stated that the recent bandits’ attacks on communities in the state were a result of the government’s decision that it would not negotiate with them.

“We have a feeling that the renewed attacks in Kaduna are not unconnected to the position that we have taken as a government that we will not negotiate with criminals,” said the governor who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

He added, “We will not give them any money and they will not make any profit from Kaduna; anyone that comes to Kaduna will not get a penny from the state government, except he will get a bullet instead.”

According to Governor El-Rufai, the security challenges being witnessed in the northwest region of the country have been existing for some years and gradually evolving and getting worse with time.

He was confident that while the state government does not have any reason to change his position, the military would wipe out the bandits from the region.

The governor stressed that the government would continue to protect the people of the state and their properties, no matter the antics of the armed men.

Four Kidnapped Victims Rescued In Zamfara – Police

This photo, obtained from the Zamfara state police command on June 26, 2021, shows four victims said to have rescued from kidnappers.
This photo, obtained from the Zamfara state police command on June 26, 2021, shows four victims said to have rescued from kidnappers.

 

The police on Saturday said it has rescued four kidnapped victims in Zamfara state after they were abducted about three weeks ago.

According to a statement signed by police spokesperson Mohammed Shehu, the victims, all female, were abducted in Bilbis area of Tsafe LGA.

“The Zamfara State Police Command under the leadership of CP Hussaini Rabiu psc, deployed Police Tactical operatives attached to “Operation Restore Peace” to the area with a mandate to rescue the kidnapped women hale and hearty,” the statement said.

“In Compliance to the directives, On 25th June, 2021, the operatives worked on credible intelligence that led to the successful rescue of the kidnapped victims.

“All the victims were medically treated at the hospital, and later debriefed by the police before being reunited with their families.

“Effort is being made to arrest the perpetrators of the crime in order to face the full wrath of the law.”

Student Killed As Troops Trail Kidnappers, Rescue Teachers And Students

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

 

One of the Abducted students of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State has died. However, five others have been rescued by the joint taskforce component of the operation Hadari Daji.

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.

“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.”

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Yet to be confirmed number of students and some teachers were abducted by the bandits who raided the college in their numbers in the early hours of Thursday.

Speaking further on the operation, Air Commodore Abdulkadir disclosed that the 11 trucks of rustled cows were also intercepted in Zamfara State.

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

Abdulkadir said the animals 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.

Protesters Block Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Demand End To Kidnapping, Banditry

 

Residents of Gauraka community in Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State have blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest the incessant cases of kidnapping in the community.

The protesters burnt tyres and halted vehicular movement on the highway.

They demanded that the state and Federal Government boost security in the area and end the incessant attacks.

This comes after kidnappers stormed the area on Saturday and Sunday kidnapping at least fifteen persons from the community and killing three others.

Residents of Gauraka community burn tyres on Kaduna-Abuja highway in protest against kidnapping. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

There have been speculations about Boko Haram terrorists infiltrating Gauraka community after Governor Abubakar Bello announced that terrorists have hoisted their flags in some communities in Niger State in April.

Gauraka community is about five kilometres away from Nigeria’s seat of power, Abuja.

Residents lament that they have long lost sleep due to the activities of kidnappers who have continued to terrorise the community.

They explained that more than thirty people have been abducted from January to date.

Niger State has come under serious banditry attacks which have left hundreds of people killed, including security personnel, and more than fifteen thousand people displaced who are now taking shelter in temporary camps provided by the state government.

See more photos from the protest below…

 

Insecurity: Presidency Has Run Out Of Ideas – NEF 

The spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has lamented the rising insecurity across Nigeria, saying the presidency has run out of ideas on how to tackle the menace. 

Dr Baba-Ahmed said this on Friday during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, accusing the government of downplaying issues bedevilling Nigeria.

“You can only do that by acknowledging the failure of the government to secure its citizens. Listening to Garba, to be honest, I just think that the presidency has run out of ideas,” he said while responding to a comment by presidential media aide, Garba Shehu that members of the opposition are exploiting Nigeria’s security challenges. 

“When they’re confronted with a very serious challenge, they go around looking for all sorts of diversions and excuses. Nigerians don’t want to hear any of this. We want a stop to the kidnappings.”

‘A Big Industry’

In recent times, Nigeria has recorded a spike in kidnapping and banditry, notably the mass abduction of students.

The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

 

Between December 2020 and February 2021, over 670 students were abducted from their schools in the northern part of Nigeria. They were later released by their captors, a move that the government says is indicative of their quest to secure Nigerians.

But the NEF spokesman believes kidnapping has become a big industry, accusing the presidency of deflecting the issue.

“This thing has grown into a big industry right under the nose of the president. There’s no way you can deflect attention from this,” he added. “How do you explain the grown sophistication of the criminals in this country?”

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over a Virtual Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Kano-Katsina-Jibya-Maradi with a branch line to Dutse Railway Project in State House on February 9. 2021.
President Muhammadu Buhari rode to power on a three-pronged agenda which included tackling insecurity.

 

He is therefore calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sit up and address the numerous challenges facing Nigeria.

According to him, “we can’t have a president that is just sitting there and then blaming everybody else for the woes of the country, that is not what we elected him for.”

 

 

 

 

Kaduna Security: 13 Killed, 56 Houses Burnt As Bandits Attack Three LGAs

 

No fewer than thirteen people have been killed and seven others injured by bandits during separate attacks in Zango Kataf, Chikun, and Kauru local government areas of Kaduna state.

According to the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the armed bandits killed one man as he returned from their farm with his brother in Gora Gan village of Zangon Kataf LGA, while his brother was able to escape.

In another incident, armed bandits attacked Kizachi village of Kauru LGA, and killed ten persons, leaving four others injured. Fifty-six houses and 16 motorcycles were also razed, with several barns also raided and burnt.

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The injured are receiving treatment in the hospital.

Furthermore, the bandits also attacked Masaka village in Chikun local government where one person was killed, and two other persons injured.

Similarly, armed bandits killed one man in Kurmin Kaduna of Chikun local government area, and left another injured.


Meanwhile, troops from 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, on Wednesday 17 March 2021, successfully rescued 10 persons who were recently kidnapped from their quarters at Kaduna International Airport.

According to a communique from the Nigerian Army Spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the rescue operation was without any mishap or casualty.

The statement on Friday further revealed that the rescue operation happened when the troops who were patrolling one of the forests in Kaduna came in contact with the kidnappers and their victims.

On sighting the soldiers, the bandits opened fire, prompting the troops to decisively engage them.

With superior firepower, troops soon overwhelmed them and they were forced to abandon their victims and take to their heels.

 

The victims comprising one man, three women, and six children were immediately evacuated to a military facility where they are currently undergoing medical check.

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, while visiting the rescued victims, commended the Nigerian Army for a spectacular job.

He also consoled the victims for the trauma they went through at the hands of their abductors.

The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Danjuma Ali-Keffi, also commended the troops while restating the Chief of Army Staff’s warning that the days of kidnappers and bandits are over as the Nigerian Army is determined more than ever to put a final stop to their nefarious activities anywhere in the country.

Troops Rescue Nigerians, Foreigners Abducted Off Coast of Gabon

The army on March 6, 2021, said it rescued four Nigerians and 10 foreigners abducted off the Coast of Gabon.
The army on March 6, 2021, said it rescued four Nigerians and 10 foreigners abducted off the Coast of Gabon.

 

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it had rescued 10 foreign workers and four Nigerians who were kidnapped off the coast of Gabon.

According to a statement signed by an army spokesman, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, the rescue operation was carried out by troops of the sixth division.

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“The rescue operation was carried out successfully and without any ugly incident or casualties,” the statement said.

“The rescued victims will be handed over to law enforcement for further profiling before they are released to their loved ones.”

Banditry: IGP Deploys 275 Special Forces To Zamfara

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY: Operatives of Operatives Puff Adder during the flag-off of their operations at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja on February 15, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has deployed 275 Special Forces to Zamfara State as part of efforts to tackle banditry, kidnapping, and other related crimes in the state.

The troops under Operation Puff Adder 2 were drawn from the Counter-Terrorism Unit, Mobile Force, and Special Forces of the Nigerian police.

The Commissioner of Police Abutu Yaro while addressing the troops at the launch of Operation Puff Adder 2 in the state enjoined them to be law-abiding.

He also urged them to be firm and ruthless on criminal elements that may threaten the safety and security of the people of the state.

READ ALSO: Banditry: IGP Deploys 302 Special Forces To Kaduna

He assured the people of the state that operation Puff Adder 2 in Zamfara State would be community-driven and would be executed in sustained collaboration with other sister security agencies in the state.

Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle who was represented by the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran assured that the state government would supply all the necessary logistics to ensure perfect operations in the state.

He said the state government was worried over the incessant terror attacks and banditry in the state and also appealing to the general public to help the security agencies with vital and timely information, pointing out that security is a collective responsibility.

Zamfara State is one of the states in the northwest zone facing difficult times as a result of banditry and kidnapping in the area.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had earlier on Monday flagged-off  Operation Puff Adder 2 at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The special security is aimed at reinforcing the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes in the country.

The IGP explained that the new special operation, which will be intelligence-led and community-driven, will be executed in sustained collaboration with the armed forces, intelligence community, and other sister security agencies.