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.

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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.

Kidnapping: We Will Install CCTV Cameras On All Major Highways, Says Minister Of Police Affairs

Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi during the interview on Sunrise Daily.

 

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi says efforts are to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on all major highways across the country to curb the rising cases of kidnapping.

Dingyadi who disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily said President Muhammadu Buhari has given the approval for the project and the Federal Government has entered into an agreement with NPS Technology Company to re-fix the abandoned CCTV project.

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“We are moving forward, like you are aware, the 470million CCTV project that has been abandoned. Mr President has now given us the go-ahead to resuscitate the project and we have already entered into a concession agreement with NPS technologies. They are there trying to re-fix the entire system to resuscitate it.

“By the time this system is put in place, we will have a lot of technology to manage this crisis – particularly this issue of kidnapping. We will go a long to ensure that we reduce the number of kidnappings in this country,” the Minister said.

When asked if the CCTV will be in only major cities like Abuja, the Minister said, “The CCTV is going to be on all the major highways in all the states of the Federation, it is everywhere in this country.”

Dingyadi said the company in charge of the CCTV project is already purchasing the needed equipment for the project.

Speaking concerning the challenges, he said they are aware of the challenges involved in achieving the projects and they are tackling them headlong

“That is what we are doing now, we are facing the challenges, we are trying to resuscitate it. This company is already going into action to ensure that they purchase the needed equipment.

He added that the project will be accomplished based on public and private partnerships.

Taraba Governor’s Aide Regains Freedom

A file photo of aide to Taraba State Governor, Baba Bala
A file photo of aide to Taraba State Governor, Baba Bala

 

 

After spending four days in captivity, the kidnapped Taraba State Governor’s aide Baba Bala has been released by his abductors in Jalingo, the state capital.

He was released in the early hours of Saturday at Gongon Maliki, a suburb of Jalingo metropolis.

The state’s acting police public relations officer ASP Leha Reform confirmed this to Channels Television in a telephone interview.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Kidnap Taraba Governor’s Aide

Leha disclosed that the Governor’s aide has undergone a medical check-up and reunited with his family.

“I can confirm to you that we received a report of his release from his abductors and has been moved to a hospital for medical attention and has since reunited with his family.

“The police will not rest on its oars until it ensures that those behind this act are apprehended and justice served.

He was abducted in the early hours of February 9 at his residence in Sabon Gari area of Jalingo.

Neither the family nor police could disclose how much was paid as ransom to secure his freedom.

Three Chinese Nationals Kidnapped, Police Escort Killed In Osun

A map of Osun state, a region in South-west Nigeria.
A map of Osun state, a region in South-west Nigeria.

 

Three Chinese employees have been abducted and their police escort killed following a dispute with local labourers at a gold-mining site in Osun State, police said Thursday.

The incident which happened at the Atakumosa area of Osun state on Monday was under investigation, state police spokeswoman Yemisi Opalola told AFP.

“The three Chinese nationals were abducted following a dispute with local labourers at the site,” Opalola said, adding that the police guard attached to the foreigners was killed in the incident.

Opalola could not immediately say if the labourers were responsible for the Chinese kidnapping, but added that an investigation had been launched.

“We have also deployed our operatives to the surrounding bushes with a view to securing the release of the Chinese.”

Chinese firms are working in Nigeria on multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects that include mining, railways, airports, and roads.

Their workers have been repeatedly targeted by kidnap gangs for ransom money.

Last July, four Chinese workers were abducted from a quarry site in Cross River state while their police guard was killed. They were freed after a month in captivity.

Gunmen Shoot Bauchi Auditor-General, Abduct Two

INEC Resumes Collation Exercise For Bauchi Governorship Election Today
Bauchi state is bordered by seven states, Kano and Jigawa to the north, Taraba and Plateau to the south, Gombe and Yobe to the east and Kaduna to the west.

 

Gunmen have shot the Bauchi State auditor-general, Alhaji Abdu Aliyu after a failed abduction attempt Saturday evening. 

His 25-year-old son and one fifty-year-old man who were said to be travelling along with him were kidnapped.

The Bauchi State police public relations officer DSP Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident, which he said happened along Kardam village of Tafawa Balewa local government area.

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Wakili said the auditor-general’s vehicle appeared to have been trailed  while on his way to his village in Tafawa Balewa local government area by gunmen who opened fire on the vehicle and shot the auditor-general at close range after he resisted kidnap.

He was rushed to the general hospital in tafawa balewa by passers-by and later transferred to the trauma center in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital. 

The police said efforts are underway to rescue the victims and arrest perpetrators.

Police Rescue 13 Kidnapped Victims, Arrest Notorious Fake Pilot In Katsina

 

No fewer than thirteen persons abducted at Gatakawa village in Ƙanƙara Local Government Area of Katsina State have been rescued by police on Monday.

Their rescue trailed a report that bandits in their numbers, on motorbikes, armed with AK 47 rifles, shooting sporadically, attacked the village, broke shops and carted away food items, and kidnapped thirteen persons.

Subsequently, the Divisional Police Officer of Kankara Division led a team of ‘Operation Puff Adder’ to the village at about midday and engaged the bandits into a gun duel thereby dislodging the hoodlums.

In a press briefing held at the command headquarters, Katsina, the Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah told reporters that besides rescuing the kidnapped victims, the police team has also succeeded in recovering all the stolen items by the bandits.

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He said search parties are still combing the area with a view to arrest the wounded bandits and recover their dead bodies as investigation according to him is ongoing.

In the meantime, the Command has arrested a notorious fraudster, a thief who specializes in defrauding and stealing from unsuspecting members of the public by posing as a Nigerian Air Force Officer.

The suspect simply identified as Khamis Abdullahi, ‘M’, of W02 Quarters at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna was arrested based on credible intelligence since on November 12th, 2020 at about noon.

Abdullahi was reportedly using fake bank transfer alerts and similar other tricks.

According to the police Spokesman, Gambo Isah, “nemesis caught up with the hoodlum when on 24/11/2020 at about 10:11hrs, he dressed in Nigerian Air force Uniform, bearing the name K. Abdullahi with Captain rank, approached one Muhammadu Isah Girka, a car dealer in Alfrah Motors LTD, IBB Way, Katsina and introduced himself as Air Force Captain who returned from the United Kingdom and posted Katsina on special duty as a Pilot.

“He demanded to buy a motor vehicle, Toyota Corolla S, 2016 Model, blue in colour, valued five million four hundred thousand naira (N5,400,000:00K) from the car stand. He promised to come later and pay for the vehicle. Subsequently, on 02/12/2020 at about 10:45hrs, he called the said car dealer, Muhammadu, and asked him to meet him at First Bank, Yahaya Madawaki way, Katsina, and collect his money for the vehicle.

“In the process, he deceitfully filled a bank transfer teller for the sum of (N5,400,000:00K), stamped with his fabricated fake stamp and asked the victim to sign. He later created a fake bank alert of the said amount and showed it to the victim who believes it to be true and genuine. They later proceeded to Alfra motors where the fake military captain deceitfully took the vehicle and left to an unknown destination. Hence he reported the matter to the police. In the course of the investigation, the suspect was accosted with the stolen vehicle at Hunkuyi Junction on the highway along Danja to Zaria.

“Suspect also confessed to have used the same modus operandi on that fateful date and deceitfully collected one I-Phone X valued one hundred and eighty-five thousand naira (N185,000:00K), from one Abdulwahab, of Unguwar Alkali Quarters, Katsina which was also recovered in his possession,” Isah noted.

During the police search, the following items were recovered in the possession of the suspect:

One T-Shirt with Captain rank and UN Badge, one Toyota Corolla, 2016 Model,
Three I-Phone GSM handsets and one Infinix phone.

Other items recovered in his possession include one fabricated fake First Bank rubber stamp, two fake stamped First Bank Tellers, Motor vehicle documents
Stamp pad.

The investigation also revealed that the suspect is a habitual offender and an ex-convict who has been convicted severally for similar offences in Kaduna state.

PHOTOS: The Abuja Community Attacked By Gunmen

Residents of Tungamaji, a satellite community on the Gwagwalada, Kaduna road in Abuja lament over the attack on Thursday PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television /September 11, 2020

 

Residents of Tungamaji, a satellite community in Abuja are still in shock, 48 hours after gunmen overran the settlement, robbing, and kidnapping 11 people including women and children.

Some of the victims who have now regained their freedom narrated their gruesome ordeal in the hands of their captors to Channels Television on Friday.

Meanwhile, they have also called on the government to beef up security in the area.

The gunmen stormed the Tungan Maje village, a community bordering the Federal Capital Territory and Niger State, on Thursday, shooting sporadically in the air, after which they kidnapped some residents.

See more photos below.

Police Arrest 35 Suspects, Recover 18 Vehicles

In this photo released by the police on July 29, 2020, some suspects were paraded for various offences committed.

 

Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested 35 suspects for their various involvement and participation in a series of kidnapping, armed robbery, and other heinous crimes across the country.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the police said the arrests followed the unrelenting efforts by the Force to rid the country of heinous criminals and to get justice for victims of crimes.

Among those arrested include Adetokumbo Adenopo said to be the Founder and General Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi in Sagamu area of Ogun State, and three other members of his criminal gang.

They are Chigozie Williams from Abia, Ugoji Linus from Imo, and Emmanuel Ani from Enugu State – said to be responsible for the kidnap for ransom of one Jonathan Ekpo from Benue State.

“Curiously, the pastor told the police operatives that he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works.

“The victim, an employee of a logistics company was kidnapped on July 17, 2020, while on official duty to deliver goods in Shagamu, Ogun State,” one of the tweets said.

Another stated, “The victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the Pastor’s church building in Ogijo town, Ogun State by his abductors who demanded the payment of N20 million ransom as a condition for his release. He was subsequently rescued unhurt nine days after and reunited with his family by the police.”

Similarly, the police said another suspect, Udodiri Bright, and three others – Ekwuru Shadrack, Chimerie Igwe, and Chibuike Sunday were arrested on July 5 for the abduction and killing of a Nigerian-US Soldier, Chuks Okebata.

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According to the police, Okebata had returned to Nigeria in 2017 for a holiday in his hometown in Okigwe, Imo State.

The suspects, said to be one of the foremost kidnapping groups terrorising the South East, were arrested 31 months after the incident following an intensive manhunt by the police team.

In this photo released by the police on July 29, 2020, one of the suspects paraded speaks about the offence he was said to have committed.

 

“The Police team also arrested a nine-man trans-boundary armed robbery and car snatching syndicate led by one Yakubu Hayatu, 30 years from Borno State.

“Members of the gang include: Adamu Awalu, 28years from Kano State, Abdulrahman Yakubu, 23years from Zaria, Yususf Adamu, 22years from Zaria, Kamal Japhet, 22years from Katsina, Abubakar Samaila, 20years from Zaria, Muhammadu Abdulahi, 20years from Zaria, Yahaya Mohammed, 18years from Kaduna State, and Ibrahim Abubakar, 21years from Kwara,” a tweet by the police said.

Investigations revealed that the syndicate had snatched over 30 exotic cars at gunpoint and killed two policemen.

The police said they used anti-tracker devices to evade arrest and deliver the vehicles to one Alhaji Garba in Maradi, Niger Republic.

They added that 18 vehicles have so far been recovered and the team was working with the INTERPOL to apprehend Garba and to recover the remaining vehicles.

Four Ak-47 rifles, one FMC rifle, one pump action gun, two double-barrel guns, one Beretta pistol, four AK-47 magazines, six cartridges, 378 rounds of live ammunition, and an anti-tracker device, among others items were recovered from the suspects.

In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said the suspects would be charged to court on the conclusion of investigations.

He also assured Nigerians that the battle against criminal elements in the country would be a continuous one.

Aid Group Says Five Nigerian Workers Abducted By ISWAP

 

Five humanitarian workers have been abducted by Islamist insurgents in the restive northeastern region, aid group Action Against Hunger said.

The Paris-based organisation said in a statement Tuesday that one of its employees was among those kidnapped last month.

“Action Against Hunger condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the abduction of our employee, Ishaiku Yakubu, and we urgently call for his release,” it said.

It said Yakubu was abducted in June by a non-state armed group along with four other humanitarian workers from different organisations.

The five, all Nigerians, have appeared in a video that surfaced this week on the Telegram messaging app.

In the footage — apparently shot on June 21 — they said they had been kidnapped by fighters aligned to the Islamic State group at different times last month and appealed to be released.

Aid workers have been repeatedly targeted by jihadists waging a decade-long insurgency in northeastern Nigeria.

Last year fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction abducted a group of six humanitarian workers — including a female ACF employee — in the region.

Five of the hostages were later executed and the ACF worker remains in captivity.

ISWAP splintered from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and swore allegiance to then IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The 10-year conflict in northeastern Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and displaced about two million from their homes in northeast Nigeria.

Aid groups provide a vital lifeline for some 7.9 million people who the United Nations says are in need of urgent assistance in the region.