Bandits Kill Three Policemen And Two Vigilante In Niger

Niger State is in northcentral Nigeria.

 

The Niger State Police Command has confirmed the killing of three police personnel and two vigilantes in a fierce gun battle with armed bandits in Kwanar- Dutse, Mariga Local Government.

In a statement issued by police spokesman, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the Niger State Command, said it received information regarding the movements of bandits along Bangi- Mangoro road in Mariga.

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According to DSP Abiodun, the command immediately mobilized tactical teams and vigilantes attached to Bangi Division to the area where the criminals were then engaged in a fierce gun battle at Kwanar- Dutse.

He added that three policemen and two vigilante members lost their lives during the gunfight, noting, however, that scores of bandits were neutralized while others escaped into the forest with bullet injuries.

DSP Abiodun further stated that the Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Kuryas has reassured members of the public of the command’s determination not to relent in the ongoing onslaught against banditry and other criminality in the State.

According to the statement, the commissioner also solicits for more cooperation and support from the people, stressing that it is only with the support of the citizens that the fight against banditry can be won.

Gunmen Abduct 15 In Niger State – Police

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Gunmen have abducted 15 persons in Niger State.

The Niger State Command, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to Abiodun, the criminals had stormed the remote community via Ibbi in Mashegu Local Government Area and also rustled a yet-to-be known number of cattle.

They were also said to have broken into a provision shop at Kawo Village.

The PPRO noted that a team of police/vigilante have been drafted to the area for search and rescue of the abducted victims.

Niger Govt Commiserates With Oyo Counterpart Over Alao-Akala’s Death

A file photo of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.

 

Governor of Niger State and Chairman North Central Governors Forum (NCGF) Abubakar Sani Bello has commiserated with his Oyo State counterpart over the death of former Oyo State Governor Christopher Alao-Akala.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, on Wednesday, Governor Bello described the deceased as a man who had a humble beginning but through determination and hard work, rose to become a police officer and retired after a meritorious service to the nation.

The NCGF chairman said the deceased was also a grassroots politician pointing out that he made a mark in the political history of Oyo State in particular and the country in general.

Beyond that, he said the late Alao-Akala will be greatly missed for his efforts in making democracy virile in the country.

While praying for the repose of his soul, the governor urged the family members and the Oyo State Government to be consoled by the fact that late Alao-Akala lived a good life.

“He was a hardworking and very determined man, he never allowed his little beginning to hinder him from becoming great and this is a great lesson to many. May god have mercy you on his soul and comfort his family”, the Niger Governor said.

Seven Die In Niger State Boat Mishap

Niger State is in northcentral Nigeria.

 

No fewer than seven persons have died in a boat mishap at Zhigiri village in Shiroro Local Government of Niger State.

The incident was said to have occurred when the villagers were heading to Dnaweto; a neighboring village in the hinterland for a naming ceremony at about 4:00 pm on Sunday evening.

It was also revealed that a man Muazu Babangida lost his two wives and a son in the incident.

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The spokesperson of the Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA), Salis Saba Esq, in a statement made available to journalists in Minna, lamented that the incident was a result of the creation of a dam in the community.

“Prior to the construction of Zungeru Dam, traveling between these two villages was by land and need not water transportation, as the terrain was majorly dry and motorable.

“This is one of the social upheaval occasioned by the construction of the dam. At the time of this report, one corpse is yet to be recovered from the water,” Salis Saba said.

He, however, called on HYPPADEC to as matter of urgency, respond to the devastating incident and provide safety measures to include life jackets among others to help residents adapt to their new way of life and to also prevent a future occurrence of such.

Niger Gov Presents N198.2bn Budget Proposal To State Assembly For 2022

File photo of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.

 

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Thursday presented a budget estimate of N198, 245, 654, 759,75 billion to the State House of Assembly for the 2022 fiscal year.

Presenting the appropriation bill tagged ‘Budget of Prosperity and Consolidated Development’ before the House, the Governor said the estimate is hinged on six cardinal objectives.

He further explained that the budget estimates comprise N54,282,425,426 billion from statutory allocation, while Value Added Tax is expected to contribute N20,792,440,780 billion.

Other sources of revenue for financing the estimate, according to the governor, are hinged on Internal Generated Revenue which is projected at N17 billion, Dividend from the North-South power company – N500 million, while the Excess Crude Refund is estimated at N4.87 billion.

Giving a breakdown of the expenditure framework for the 2022 budget proposal, Governor Bello said that recurrent expenditure will gulp the sum of N74.1 billion or 37 per cent of the budget as against the N72 billion for 2020.

Capital expenditure is estimated at a whopping N124.9 billion, an increase of N43 billion from last year’s approved N80 billion capital expenditure which represents 62 per cent of the total budget.

Giving a further breakdown of the sectoral allocation, the Governor who noted that this is the last full budget by this administration, said the sum of N87.4 billion has been earmarked for the economic sector.

Other sectors include the social sector N25.6 billion, administrative sector N9 billion and Law and justice sub-sector N760 million.

The Governor insisted that the budget is targeted at completing all ongoing projects, creation of wealth and the security of lives and properties.

Receiving the bill, Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Abdullahi Wuse, commended the Governor for ensuring that the capital budget estimates far outweigh the recurrent expenditure to drive the developmental needs of the state.

He appealed to the Governor to do everything possible towards securing the Local Government Areas of the state in order to ensure that locals who have been displaced return to their villages to boost agricultural inputs and stimulate economic activities in the state.

Two Soldiers Killed In Niger State Attack

 

Two soldiers have been killed while several others were injured in an attack on Kagara Local Government Area of Niger State.

The state Governor, Abubakar Bello, confirmed this on Saturday when he visited 12 of the injured soldiers receiving treatment at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Specialist Hospital, Minna.

He told journalists that the injured soldiers are responding to treatment and will be on their feet in no time.

Bello who expressed sadness over the situation disclosed that some of the injured soldiers were taken to Kaduna for medical attention.

According to him, while the bandits suffered heavy casualties, he didn’t state any specific figures.

The governor maintained that the bandits have alliances with terrorists, considering their increasing number and the way they plan and carry out their attacks.

He said the situation calls for a review, adding that aside the kinetic efforts being made, a support system will be evolved for those deprived of their livelihood through banditry or cattle rustling.

Governor Bello, however, enjoined the citizens to be security-conscious and be mindful of their environment as well as report any suspicious activities around them, pointing out that the war is for all and not only the security agencies as it is threatening the life of everyone.

He also raised concerns over some rural communities who for fear of attack, harbour bandits.

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“Very soon we will tag those communities as same elements as bandits. If you are harbouring any bandits and you know, you are one even if you don’t carry gun because you are risking the lives of our security agents,” he said.

“We have lost quite a few of them since it started and we don’t intend to lose more. What we are calling for is a safe environment and for everyone to support the ongoing operation by the security agents”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Governor has expressed dismay over the condition of the hospital which he said gulped a huge amount to renovate few years back.

He said the issue will be investigated as he believes something is fundamentally wrong and someone is not doing his job.

“I am extremely angry because I remember when we came we spent a lot of money to renovate the entire hospital and in less than four years, for this hospital to be like this, then something is fundamentally wrong so am not happy and am angry, very angry”, he said.

He also ordered for immediate repair of the dialysis machines in the hospital and directed the Commissioner for Finance, to release funds immediately to that effect.

Banditry: These Are Not Just Bandits, They Have Aligned With Terrorists – Gov Bello

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has said that the bandits troubling the north have aligned with terrorist organisations to wreak large-scale havoc in the region.

Governor Bello stated this on Saturday at the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida Specialist Hospital, where he went visiting some soldiers who were recently injured following attacks by bandits in Shiroro within the Kagara Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

“We have every reason to believe we are not dealing with just bandits and with the latest operations and the way they coordinate their attacks, it confirms that they must have some kind of training.

“So we want to believe we are dealing with some terrorist elements who have decided to have some kind of alliance with bandits for whatever reasons,” the governor told newsmen in Minna, the state capital.

Bello who also is the chairman of North Central States Governor’s Forum (NCSGF), was of the opinion that the magnitude of recent attacks carried out by bandits calls for a review of the security architecture.

While noting that the injured soldiers are recuperating, the governor further disclosed that two soldiers died in the Shiroro attack.

Governor Bello passed a vote of confidence in the Nigerian Military, stating that the security operatives are capable of curtailing the situation.

He called for more support from residents and urged individuals with useful and timely information to come forward.

Bello’s remarks come a day after gunmen kidnapped the Permanent Secretary at the Niger State Ministry of Transportation, Dr Ibrahim Musa.

Musa was said to have been abducted from his house along with his son on Friday night in Zungeru, a town in Wushishi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state. A family source said the gunmen entered the house by breaking down the gate, after which they abducted the victim who had just returned from a wedding ceremony.

The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mary Barje, confirmed the abduction of the government official in a statement on Saturday.

According to Barje’s statement, Governor Bello condemned the abduction of the permanent secretary, describing the incident as evil and inhuman.

The governor prayed for the repose of the souls of those killed, the quick recovery of those injured, and the safe return of all persons kidnapped by the bandits.

He also assured the people of his administration’s commitment to tackling banditry and other forms of security challenges in the state.

Over 30 Killed As Gunmen Attack Villages In Niger

Niger State is in north-central Nigeria.

 

Over thirty persons have been killed after gunmen on Wednesday night stormed villages in Sarkin Pawa, the headquarters of Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Matane confirmed the attack to Channels Television via telephone on Thursday morning.

He disclosed that the assailants in their large numbers first attacked Kachiwe village and later spread to other adjoining communities in the area.

Witnesses say the marauders came into the communities riding on motorcycles and were shooting sporadically, leaving many injured.

Mr Matane has, however, assured residents that the government will not rest on its oars in ensuring that all terrorist enclaves are combed and bandits made to face the full weight of the law.

In a similar vein, the Niger State Police Commissioner, Mr Monday Kuryas, said an investigation into the matter has commenced to enable the force track down the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

According to him, a team of policemen has been dispatched to the area to ensure that tranquility is restored.

Gunmen Attack Niger LGA, Storm Palace Of Emir Of Kagara

Niger State is in northcentral Nigeria.

 

Armed gunmen numbering about 60 have allegedly stormed Rafi Local Government Council of Niger State and invaded the palace of the Emir of Kagara.

Reports gathered, however, reveal that the Emir, Alhaji Ahmed Attahiru (II) has been away for almost two weeks.

The armed gunmen stormed the palace around 6:00 pm on Tuesday evening on 20 motorcycles, shooting sporadically and causing panicked residents to scamper for safety.

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They were said to have come through Attahiru Primary School towards Madaka road leading to the bush where they abducted the students of Kagara some months ago.

All efforts to contact the Chairman of Rafi local government council Ismaila Danmodibo for comment on the attack failed despite repeated calls.

Also, efforts to speak to the Police Public Relation Officer in the state DSP Wasiu Abiodun were unsuccessful.

The situation has further been worsened by the lack of network service in the area.

Tanker Drivers Vow To Continue Protest In Niger, Block Major Roads

 

Tanker drivers have continued their protest for the fourth day in Bida, Niger State, blocking major exits from the town. 

The drivers, who vowed to continue the protest for as long as three months, also said they will not leave until the Minna-Bida Road is reopened. 

One of the drivers, Mohammed Liman, lamented that the poor state of roads in the state has led to the loss of lives and properties. He blamed the Niger State Government for the delay in the construction of the road (Minna-Bida).

Another one, Baba Abdullahi, said some of the tanker drivers were being abducted due to the bad roads; calling for their immediate renovation.

According to Mohammed Tasiu, a tanker driver, the Bida-Lapai-Lambata road has been their route over the years. He, however, claimed the government had abandoned the road, making it a nightmare. 

The road is no longer motorable for them, especially trailers, hence the need for the protest, he added. He also called on the government to open the only alternative – Bida-Minna Road  – for them to ply.

A Worrisome Development 

A screen grab of a section of a road blocked by the protesters.

 

But some residents of the state have faulted calls for the reopening of the Bida Minna Road for the tanker drivers.

For Usman Suleiman, the protest in Bida is worrisome and the drivers’ action has paralyzed economic activities in the area. 

He insisted that the Minna-Bida Road should not be opened for the trailer drivers because of the adverse effects such would have on the road. According to him, the Federal Government should be blamed for abandoning the dilapidated road for too long. 

One resident, Saidu Isah, expressed sadness over the development. Although he did not blame the drivers for the protest, he decried the effect of their action on the masses. 

The situation, he appealed, should not be allowed to deteriorate into confrontation as he called for dialogue among major stakeholders to tackle the issue. 

No Going Back

Niger State is in North Central Nigeria.

 

While responding to the development, the Niger State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Mamman Musa insisted that the Minna-Bida Road will remain closed, explaining that heavy duty trucks will not be allowed on the road until the work is finished. 

Meanwhile, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (Niger State) and the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations have given a forty-eight hour ultimatum to the Petroleum Tanker Driver’s Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) to vacate the Suleja-Lambata-Bida Road or face mass civil action.

In  a statement on Saturday, the Chairman of the council, Bello Sheriff, lamented the drivers’ action, adding that it has brought hardship and uncertainty to motorists plying the road.

 

 

 

 

 

Insecurity: Niger Government Suspends Cattle Markets

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State (File Photo)

 

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello has suspended the operation of cattle markets across the state.

This was communicated in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Matane, which stated that it was part of measures to address security challenges in the state.

The directive is expected to take effect from Wednesday.

“Any vehicle carrying cattle into the state must show way-bill and evidence of the origin where the cattle were purchased and their destination,” the statement added.

It also noted that the state government had banned the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans or any other containers at filling stations.

“All filling stations should not sell petrol of more than N10,000 to each vehicle at a time and should be wary of vehicles or motorcycles coming for repeat purchases,” the statement read.

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The government also said it had suspended the operation of trucks carrying firewood/timber across the state, adding that all motorcycles are only allowed to operate from 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

“Government is aware of the inconveniences the measures would cause the people, but the decision was taken in the overall interest of the state.

“Government has condemned in strong terms the degree of carnage and mayhem bandits and kidnappers are causing to some parts of the state and reiterated its continued determination to rid the state of any security threat”.

The government, therefore, called on the people of the state to be very vigilant, security conscious and report all suspicious characters, movements or objects to security agents.

They also directed security agencies to ensure effective and strict compliance/enforcement of these measures.

PHOTOS: Freed Islamiyya Students Arrive At Niger State House

The freed students arriving at the Niger State Government House around 12:00 pm on Friday.

 

Ninety-three students of an Islamic seminary who were recently freed after three months in the den of kidnappers have arrived at the Niger State Government House.

Their captors had let them go late in the night on Thursday and the government had made arrangements for them to be brought to the capital, Minna.

Upon arrival, they were greeted by their parents and government officials, all cheerful for their safety.

However, one of the pupils died in the captors’ den.

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The gunmen had abducted the students from their school in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State on May 30.

A few days later, they demanded a ransom of ₦110 million and threatened to kill the victims but 11 of them were released hours later, according to the Niger State Government.

The governor of the North-Central state, Sani Bello had earlier ruled out the option of paying a ransom to the abductors.

“Even though we have ruled out payment of ransom, it is time for the government to take decisive measures towards ending the bandits’ activities that are forcefully changing the lives of the people, especially in the rural areas,” he said during a meeting with the parents of the abductees.

Upon their release, the headteacher, Abubakar Alhassan, did not say if any ransom was paid.

The circumstances of their release are also yet to be clear.