Police Rescue Five Kidnap Victims In Katsina

 

The Police in Katsina State have rescued five victims of kidnap from their captors along the Kankara-Yantumaki highway.

They were rescued on Tuesday after the military and police of Yantumaki responded to a distress call that bandits had blocked and kidnapped some passengers.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, the joint team chased and engaged the bandits into a gun duel on June 16 at about 02:00 hrs.

The statement further revealed that the team also recovered five motorcycles abandoned by the hoodlums as investigations are ongoing.

It could be recalled that Katsina residents had on Tuesday taken to the major streets in the state capital, protesting against the renewed bandits attacks resulting in the loss of innocent lives and property in the state.

The peaceful protest tagged ‘Stop The Bloodshed’, #EnoughoftheRecklessKillings and #EnoughoftheBloodbath, was powered by a coalition of northern groups in conjunction with six relevant groups including some civil society organisations in the state.

Their protest comes one week after bandits numbering over 200, armed with sophisticated weapons reportedly killed over 50 villagers across eight communities in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.

Meanwhile,  as part of efforts to find solutions to the current insecurity bedeviling the state and other northwestern states in the country, top security chiefs today visited the state.

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The National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu was among those who arrived at the state, along with the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji, all led by the state police commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina, the team had a closed-door meeting with the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.

Speaking shortly after the meeting which lasted over two hours, Mongunu told reporters that the mission of the visit was to discuss with the state governor in response to the security occurrences in the last couple of weeks.

He said he was optimistic that the discussion with the governor would give a clearer picture of the underlined causes of the problem and no doubt go a long way for the team to realize where the gaps exist with the intention to work collectively and bring an end to the current security problem not only in Katsina but also other northern states.

Mongunu described the situation he saw on the ground as highly disturbing, noting that obviously without the collective effort of both the local community and the security agencies, the fight would not be conquered.

The delegation also paid a condolence visit to the emirs of Katsina and Daura, HRHs Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and Umar Faruq Umar at the inner chambers of the palace, Katsina where Usman commended the team for the visit.

He also appealed to journalists to always stick to truths no matter how bitter it is, while also warning people conniving with bandits to fear Allah as they will also be accounted for their deeds in the hereafter.

Meanwhile, Usman used the opportunity to warn the president that there are enemies around him while pledging to intensify prayers for the good of the country.

“I have always been saying this even before the president that he should be careful that there exist enemies in and around him, they always want to sabotage the efforts of his administration. This sabotage will not only affect the administration but also damage the entire northern region. If Buhari is sabotaged that means the north is being sabotaged,” he said.

Ezekwesili Calls For End To Killings In Kaduna

File Photo of Oby Ezekwesili

 

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has called for an end to the killings in Kaduna State.

In a series of posts on Twitter on Saturday, the former minister urged the Federal Government and security agencies to take decisive steps to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

“I challenge @nigeriagov, @ngrpresident, @mbuhari and the IG @policeng to please, please surprise us and prove me wrong by actually breaking the pattern in Kaduna State and everywhere else in our country, where citizens are killed in their communities and no consequences follow,” she tweeted.

 

 

According to her, “countries that have no respect for the sanctity of human life inherently lack the basic ingredients for social contract between government and citizens. Countries that are void of social contract, end up eroding their social capital among their citizens. Is this not Nigeria now?” the former minister asked.

She, therefore, urged Nigerians to take a stand and demand accountability from all levels of governments.

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Meanwhile, she prayed that God comforts all those who have lost their loved ones in the recent killings in Kajuru local government of the state.

On Friday, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, held an emergency meeting with heads of security agencies over the attacks.

The meeting also had in attendance the state deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, leadership of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kaduna, as well as political leaders and traditional rulers.

Member of the House of Representatives representing Kajuru/ Chikun Federal Constituency, Danjuma Barde, as well as District Head of Kufana, Titus Dauda, who were in attendance called on all warring parties involved in the conflict to sheath their swords and assured them that the government was working to bring the attacks to an end.

El-Rufai Meets With Security Heads, Others Over Killings In Kaduna

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Photo: Twitter

 

 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has held an emergency security meeting with heads of security agencies over renewed attacks in some parts of the state.

The meeting held on Friday at the Government House in Kaduna, two days after over 20 people were killed in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

After about four hours of deliberation behind closed doors, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, Umar Muri, gave an update on what was discussed.

The member of the House of Representatives representing Kajuru/ Chikun Federal Constituency, Danjuma Barde, as well as District Head of Kufana, Titus Dauda, also briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting.

They called on all warring parties involved in the conflict to sheath their swords and assured them that the government was working to bring the attacks to an end.

According to them, there cannot be any development when there is mutual suspicion among the Hausas, Fulanis, and the Adara people living in Kajuru.

They, therefore, appealed to all parties involved in the crisis to champion the course of peace and reconciliation.

The meeting also had in attendance the state deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, leadership of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kaduna, as well as political leaders and traditional rulers.

The state government had imposed an indefinite curfew across the state since March 26, to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kaduna.

Despite the movement restriction, a group of armed men attacked four communities in Kajuru LGA on Tuesday, killing 15 people with five others left injured.

Barely a day later, armed men invaded three more villages also in Kajuru during which they killed eight people and injured several others.

Several Feared Killed In Renewed Attacks On Niger Communities

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Several persons are feared dead in Niger State after bandits attacked some communities between Friday night and Saturday evening.

The senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Sani Musa, confirmed the attacks to Channels Television.

According to him, Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala, and Dnalagwa communities were among those who fell victim.

He also condemned the lack of response by security agents in the state, despite the fact that the attacks lasted several hours.

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Efforts by Channels TV’s correspondent to get an official confirmation from the police were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the State Governor, Abubakar Bello noted that security personnel have been deployed to the area to flush out the bandits.

Boko Haram Kills 14 In Western Chad

 

 

Fourteen people were killed and 13 were missing after Boko Haram jihadists attacked a fishing village in western Chad on Tuesday, government officials said.

Violence from the Boko Haram insurgency started in Nigeria a decade ago but has since spread to neighbouring countries Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

“There were 14 dead, five wounded and 13 missing in the attack” near the village of Kaiga on the shores of Lake Chad, Dimouya Souapebe, the prefect of the region, told AFP on Wednesday.

Kaiga lies in marshland in a remote, sprawling region where the borders of the four countries — Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger — meet.

The village is about 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the border with northeast Nigeria, the springboard for Boko Haram raids and kidnappings in neighbouring countries.

“We know that there are always Boko Haram elements moving around the (border) area, so they are behind this attack,” Souabebe said.

“The attackers first came in a small group and then brought in reinforcements to attack the fishermen.”

The region’s governor, Noki Charfadine, gave a toll of at least nine dead.

He said the attack had taken place in a “red zone, where fishing is forbidden.”

Boko Haram launched its armed insurgency in northeastern Nigeria — a campaign that has killed 35,000 people and caused around two million to flee their homes.

The spread of violence to Chad, Cameroon and Niger has prompted the formation of a regional military coalition to fight the jihadists.

Boko Haram has since split in two, with the emergence of a branch allied to the Islamic State (IS) group, known as Islamic State Group in West Africa or ISWAP.

The other faction, loyal to the movement’s historic leader, Abubakar Shekau, is known for targeting civilians, including village attacks and suicide attacks.

The ISWAP, which has about 3,000 men grouped at Lake Chad, has been building its capacity and mainly targets the armed forces of countries in the region.

In Chad, four soldiers were killed by jihadists on December 2 in the attack on one of their positions on the shores of the lake. In recent months, many civilians have been killed or abducted in this area as well, mostly in Chad and Cameroon.

AFP

Badmus’ Murder: S.Africa Court Adjourns Trial Of Eight Accused Officers Till 2020

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The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, has adjourned the trial of eight police officers accused of the torture and murder of a Nigerian national, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, to April 13, 2020.

The case was adjourned after Forensic Medical Officer, Dr William Marumo, concluded his testimony before the high court judge, Mokhine Mosopa, on Wednesday.

On the day of the incident, (October, 10, 2017), Marumo had been called by the Investigating Officer to the scene in Vanderbijlpark to determine the type of death and to help with preliminary investigations into Badmus’ death.

At the hearing, he told Judge Mosopa that when he arrived at the scene, the environment was hostile and Nigerian nationals there did not want him to examine the body of the deceased, making it hard to determine the time of death.

According to his report presented to the court, it appeared Badmus had been suffocated with a plastic bag which subsequently, made him suffer an absence of oxygen that turned his blood blue.

Dr Marumo also told the court that the deceased had deep abrasions on his hands.

The police officers, however, denied the claims, insisting that Badmus died from a drug overdose after swallowing a number of pills during a raid.

The defense lawyers also told the court that Dr Marumo’s medical report was riddled with discrepancies as it failed to reveal the actual cause of death and prove beyond reasonable doubt that Badmus was suffocated according to some of the witnesses.

The toxicology report which had revealed that no drugs were found on the deceased’s body was also challenged by the defense which said that friends of the accused made an admission in court that Badmus was a weed smoker and therefore, asked the court to set aside the doctor’s report as it was “clearly flawed” since he failed to detect weed in the body of the deceased.

His qualifications also came under the spotlight as the court heard that he was only a medical officer and not a pathologist, neurologist or radiologist and that he struggled to explain why certain parts including the deceased’s brain and cerebellum were not tested while conducting the postmortem.

After listening to the arguments, however, the case was then adjourned till April 13th, 2020.

Eight South African Police Officers On Trial Over Killing Of Nigerian

Pretoria High Court, South Africa.

 

The trial of eight South African police officers charged with the torture and murder of Nigerian National, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, is underway at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa.

The eight police officers – two women and six men – were arrested in October 2017 by police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, for the torture and the murder of 25-year-old Badmus who was accused of selling drugs in the Vanderbijlpark area.

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The court has heard that on a fateful day – October 10 2017- police officers pounced on the community where the deceased used to stay following a tip-off about drugs being sold in the house.

In their affidavits, the eight cops claim that while conducting their operation they found Badmus unresponsive from a drug overdose.

This version of events was disputed by state witness Chukwuemeka Nelson Ozor who was in the house on the day of the incident.

Ozor took to the stand and told Judge Mokhine Mosopa that the police broke into the house, started searching and questioning everyone, then moved to search Badmus’s room and beat him up.

Ozor added that one of the police officials then fetched a plastic bag that was then wrapped around the deceased’s head, suffocating him to death.

A paramedic that attended to the scene John Gous told the court that when medical officials arrived, the 25-year-old was unresponsive and sweaty with no pulse but there were no signs of physical injuries.

He was declared dead on the scene.

The trial continues on Friday at the Pretoria High Court with an investigating officer and a medical doctor expected to take to the stand.

Speaking to Channels Television in Johannesburg, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa says she’s happy with the progress being made with the case and hopes justice will be done.

Two Killed, Six Others Injured In Adamawa Attack

25 Feared Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Village

 

Two persons have been killed while six others sustained injuries after an attack on Shaforon and Kudumti communities in Numan Local Government of Adamawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Suleiman Yahaya confirmed the incident.

While members of the community say the attackers were herdsmen, the PPRO says they were cattle rustlers.

Among those who sustained injuries is a military personnel.

Meanwhile, Yahaya says officers have been deployed to join other security personnel to comb the area in search of the fleeing criminals.

Details later…

Killings: Fulani Crisis Perpetrated By Those Outside Nigeria – Governor Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has attributed the farmers/herdsmen crisis in the country to persons outside the country.  

The governor during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said “In most cases, the crisis is precipitated by those outside Nigeria. When there is a reprisal, it is not the Fulani man within Nigeria that cause it.

“It is that culture of getting revenge which is embedded in the tradition of the Fulani man that attracts reprisals from all over the place”.

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has absolved the Fulani herders of the attacks arising from farmers/herdsmen crisis in the country.

When asked if Fulani herdsmen from outside the country will benefit from the Federal Government’s RUGA initiative aimed at addressing the farmers/herders clashes, the governor replied in the affirmative.

“It has to be done through sensitisation, telling them you have to buy into the project, and you use a language that seems to convince them,” the governor said.

Speaking about his administration’s agenda, the governor lamented that the previous administration looted the state’s treasury. He, therefore stated that he is working towards improving the standards of living of the people.

 

Gunmen Kill 5, Burn Houses In Fresh Kaduna Village Attack

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

At least five people have been killed and many houses burnt down following an attack by gunmen at Kiri village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Confirming the incident to our correspondent, the Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, says the attackers stormed the village at about 5 pm on Thursday, and started shooting in every direction, killing five people in the process.

He also added that the hoodlums escaped into a nearby hill which bounds Kaduna State with Riyom Local government Area of Plateau State upon sighting
a team of Policemen that were dispatched to the village.

The statement also says that the Kaduna police Command has taken firm control of the situation by fortifying security around the area in order to avoid further breach of peace, while assuring the residents that the culprits will be fished out to face justice.

Killings: Benue Security Council Suspends Three Traditional Rulers

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue State Security Council has suspended three traditional rulers following the crisis which resulted in the killing of nine persons in the state at the weekend.

Those suspended include the district head of Mbacher, Mr Luke Atomigba for allegedly inciting and sponsoring the crisis while the Third Class chiefs of Chongo and Ipuusu were suspended for alleged negligence and pursuit of clannish interest, fueling the crisis.

Briefing journalist on the resolutions reached after a long meeting, Chairman of the Council and Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, recommended the suspended chiefs for further disciplinary measures.

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He also urged security agencies to spare no militia, youth or politician involved in the crisis and killings.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday, during the burial of one Tor Amaafu, in Tongov district of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area.

According to an eyewitness, gunmen numbering over 10, opened fire on the mourners, killing four persons at the time and leaving several others injured.

The death toll later rose to nine.

There’s No Targeting Of Any Group Of Africans In South Africa – S.A. Foreign Minister

 

South Africa’s Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has described as false, the reports of targeted killings of Nigerians in their country.

Dr. Pandor who was accompanied by the Minister of Police Bheki Cele, at a press conference on Sunday, said this in response to a planned protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students following the recent killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

President of the association, Daniel Akpan had last week, issued a week-long ultimatum to South African businesses to leave Nigeria.

He also called on all Nigerians living in South Africa to return home to prevent further attacks.


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But Dr Pandor has described the development as unfortunate, adding that they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.

‘No Targeting of Africans’

She, however, insisted that everything is being done to protect and improve the long-standing relationship both countries have.

“The protests are said to be in response to alleged killing of Nigerians by South Africans, as you are aware, these allegations are devoid of truth, they are reckless and unwarranted.

“We find these statements most unfortunate and they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.

“Firstly, there is no targeting of any group of Africans in South Africa, secondly, our law enforcement agencies are making every effort to fight crime and arrest criminals.”

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While investigations are ongoing, at least eight police officers have been arrested in connection with the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The Chairman, National Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this last week during a meeting with officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Abuja.