24-Year-Old Undergraduate Nabbed For Selling Drugs On Campus

The student, Abel Godwin Idio arrested by the NDLEA operatives.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 24-year-old undergraduate Abel Godwin Idio for selling hard drugs.

In a series of tweet on Monday, the anti-narcotics agency said the suspect is a 400-level student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna who allegedly sold “two strong variants of cannabis, Arizona and loud, concealed in textbooks.”

According to the NDLEA Commander in Niger State, Haruna Kwetishe, the undergraduate was arrested in Gidan Kwano within the vicinity of the university.

“Abel uses the inner pages of his textbooks to conceal the drugs within the campus to sell,” he said adding that was quizzed on Friday.

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Two other traffickers – Yahaya Joshua and Yahaya Audu – were also apprehended the previous day along Mokwa-Jebba road with 32kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa.

 

Similarly, operatives of the agency raided some eateries in Jos, the Plateau state capital where freshly baked cakes made with Cannabis Sativa were recovered in addition to 48.726kilogrammes of assorted psychotropic substances.

Some of the joints raided include KNL Lounge located along Lamingo road and another branch along Mining Quarters, Rantya Low-Cost estate, as well as Tuscany Lounge on Azaki Ave, all within Jos metropolis.

Besides the drugged cakes called brownie recovered from the three eateries, psychotropic substances also seized from there include Barcadin Codeine 14kg; Flunitrazapem 355.5grammes; Tramadol 370.1 grammes; Exol-5, 30kg; Diazepam 2.5kg and Pentazocine 1.5 kg, totalling 48.726kg.

The NDLEA Commander in Plateau State, Ibrahim Braji disclosed that five persons have so far been arrested in connection to the seized drugs.

In the same vein, Enugu State Command of the Agency over the weekend raided the Nsukka axis of the state capital where a 28-year-old lady, Oodo Ndidiamaka was arrested with 80.23grammes of cocaine and 3.81grammes of methamphetamine.

The state Commander of NDLEA, Abdul Abdullahi said the Command remained committed to unravelling other members of the drug cartel in the state.

‘Nobody Is Safe Anymore’, Gov Bello Confirms Boko Haram Invasion In Parts Of Niger

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents in Kauri Community of Shiroro Local Government Area have hoisted their flag.

“…I just heard they have already placed their flag in Kauri which means they have taken over the territory”, he lamented

Governor Bello confirmed the presence of the insurgents in the community on Monday.

He warned that the Boko Haram terrorists are trying to make Kauri their home and headquarters as they did to Sambisa forest, adding that while Sambisa forest is several kilometres away from Abuja, Kauri is only two hours’ drive to Abuja.

According to the governor, the terrorists and bandits displaced the residents at IBB Central Primary School Minna, in the company of his Deputy, Ahmed Kesto and Emir of Minna, Dr. Umar Faruq.

He described the situation as critical and terrible, noting that is high time for well-coordinated actions in order to address the problem.

“We have over 3,000 people here from communities that have been displaced by bandits and Boko Haram elements around Munya and Shiroro Local Government Areas,” he said.

“However, some of them have started going to their various homes. There are some other communities that we think are safe but a vast majority of them will have to remain here because their villages and towns have been taken over by the Boko Haram elements.

“Their wives have been forcefully attached to Boko Haram elements. ”

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He explained that his administration has been engaging the federal government to come to the aid of the state in dealing with the insecurity, noting that such efforts have not yielded desired results thereby making it possible for the terrorists to now occupy areas of the state.

He said, “I have been engaging the Federal Government and unfortunately it has gotten to this stage and if care is not taken even Abuja is not safe. We have been saying this for long and all efforts have been in vain.”

While lamenting the worsening security in the state and country, he called for a coordinated military action to flush out the terrorists and bandits in Niger State.

Addressing the governor at the IDPs camp, a Youth Leader, Bulus Esu said his people in Kuchi, one of the most populated towns in Munya Local Government, have been locked down by the terrorists for the past three weeks.

“For three weeks now, there is no person living in Kuchi town and there is no food for the fleeing villagers. The bandits have entered very deep into the area and have overrun several villages. They have occupied Kuchi where they now sleep as their homes,” Esu said.

He noted that bandits had demanded five million naira ransom from the people of Kampana to bail themselves from being kidnapped, adding that “the people did this to avoid kidnap. However, when they came back the next time, they asked the women to cook food for them after which they still raped the women.”

This comes a day after the terrorists hoisted their flag in some parts of the Geidam community, in Yobe state.

Also on April 24, they attacked Geidam local government area of the state, the hometown of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba.

Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country.

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.

Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

Police Parade Suspected Robbers, Rapist Who Lured Victims With Bread

Nine suspected armed robbers are paraded at the Niger State Police Command Headquarters in Minna, the state capital on April 21, 2021.

 

The Niger State Police Command has paraded nine suspects arrested in different locations for their involvement in various robbery attacks in the state.

Those arrested include Abdul Mohammad, Amos Oyerinde, Yahaya Jibrin, Abubakar Sadiq, Mohammad Abdullahi, Chibuzor Bernard, Mohammad Usman, Abdulrahman Ali, and William Godwin.

Parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Minna on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Wasiu Abiodun, noted that six cars were recovered during investigations.

He explained that Abdul, Amos, Yahaya, and Abubakar confessed to have actively participated in some of the recent robberies in the state capital.

The command’s spokesman added that Abdullahi, Chibuzor, Usman, and Abdulrahman were receivers and transporters of stolen vehicles while Godwin was arrested with a revolver pistol that was given to him by two of the suspects.

Four of the six cars recovered from the suspects are paraded at the Niger State Police Command Headquarters in Minna, the state capital on April 21, 2021.

 

He noted that the command received complaints of robbery attacks in areas of Farm Centre, Minna, NITECO Tunga, and Bida where six vehicles were stolen.

Abiodun said the command deployed its operatives to go after the suspects, leading to their arrest in Bida and Minna in Niger, as well as Abuja and Sokoto State.

He also paraded 40-year-old Festus Okeke of Ishau village in Kafin Koro in Paikoro Local Government Area of the state.

Okeke alleged to have lured four girls into his shop and had canal knowledge of two of them.

He was said to have fiddled with the private part of the other two girls who were between 10 and 13 years.

According to the command’s spokesman, the suspect lured the victims with N200 and loaves of bread to commit the crime.

Nineteen Civilians Killed In New West Niger Attack

A google map of the Republic of Niger, a country in West Africa.

 

 

Nineteen civilians were killed when armed men raided a village in west Niger close to the border with Mali, a local official told AFP on Sunday, in the latest bloodshed in the troubled region.

“For the moment, the number of dead stands at 19 and two people have been wounded in an attack by armed men on motorbikes in the village of Gaigorou” in the Tillaberi region on Saturday evening, said the municipal official from Dessa.

An unknown number of unidentified assailants, known locally as bandits, initially attacked people attending a funeral at a cemetery, before going on to the village where they “shot at everyone they saw,” the official said.

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The Tillaberi region is situated on the lawless “three-border” zone where the frontiers of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso converge and has regularly been the target of jihadist groups affiliated to the Islamic State group.

“What concerns us a lot is this escalation of violence and insecurity that is recently taking place in the region,” Tillaberi governor Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella said in March, pointing to the increased imposition of Islamic taxes by militants, theft of livestock, and violence against civilians.

Thirteen people were killed last month when armed men on motorbikes raided the villages of Zibane-Koira Zeno, Zibane Koira-Tegui and Gadabo.

Attacks against civilians have increased since the beginning of the year — more than 300 people died in three series of attacks in the western Niger. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far.

AFP

Buhari Mourns Children Killed In Niger School Fire

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned over 20 schoolchildren killed in a fire incident in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Buhari in a statement issued on Friday by his spokesman Garba Shehu, commiserated with the government and people of the Niger Republic, describing the tragedy as extremely terrific.

“On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, we commiserate with our brotherly neighbours on this tragic loss,” a message to President Mohammed Bazoum read.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and communities affected by this unfortunate incident, wishing quick recovery to those who were injured.”

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No fewer than 20 children died on April 13 after they were trapped in a fire at a school in the country’s capital.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire started late on Tuesday afternoon when the children were in lessons, many in straw-hut classrooms.

The flames blocked the school gate, so most pupils had to escape over a wall, said a teacher’s union official quoted by Reuters.

Most of those who did not manage to escape were attending the school’s nursery, officials say.

How 20 Children Died In Niger School Inferno – Witnesses

A google map of the Republic of Niger, a country in West Africa.

 

A total of 20 pre-school children – aged between three and five years – lost their lives to a horrific fire that broke out at a school in the Republic of Niger.

The incident which occurred on Tuesday in an impoverished area on the outskirts of Niamey, the country’s capital has left dozens of parents and teachers with uncontrollable tears and agony.

The victims perished when the fire tore through the classrooms made of wood and straw, witnesses said.

“The little children, innocents, were really burned alive in this fire,” the school’s director Habiba Gaya told AFP on Wednesday as she wiped away large tears with her veil.

She lamented that while older children were able to make it out of the burning huts, it was unfortunate that those aged five and below could not.

“They were little, so they weren’t able to run,” Gaya added, saying all of Niger was in total mourning.

The tragedy took place in the poor “Pays-Bas” neighbourhood that was built in a former clay quarry near Niamey airport.

Although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, security forces have blocked off the scene as investigators searched for evidence.

 

‘Answering The Call Of Death’

Residents, some with their heads in their hands, gathered in anguish behind police tape to look over what was left of the school buildings.

From the view, only the remains of desks and corrugated metal sheets were still visible among the debris, with charred books, pencil cases, and backpacks scattered among the ashes.

“The flames were carried from classroom to classroom by the wind,” said Balaraba Ibrahim, an aunt to five-year-old Yasmina who was among those who perished in the flames.

Ibrahim who lives nearby said Yasmina had come home and then she went back to school.

“It’s almost as if she was answering the call of death,” Ibrahim said as she broke down in tears.

The mother of another victim, seated in the courtyard near other more solidly built classrooms that escaped damage, struggled to accept her loss.

“Allah wanted this to happen and there is nothing we can do about it,” she said, clutching prayer beads.

The Fire Service Commander in Niger, Sidi Mohamed, also confirmed that around 20 children were trapped in the blaze.

He noted that rescuers set off rapidly and the fire was put out, but the intensity of the fire was enormous.

Niger, which ranks as the poorest country in the world under the UN’s 189-nation Human Development Index, often resorts to putting classrooms in makeshift huts where children sometimes sit on the floor.

Man Kills Wife After Argument Over Pap In Niger State

The 20-year-old suspect being paraded by the Niger State Police Command afer allegedly killing his wife.

 

A 20-year-old man, Lawali Danladi has allegedly killed his wife after an argument over pap in Rafi Lafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed this on Wednesday via a statement issued to Channels Television.

Danladi who hailed from Kadaura village via Yakila Gunna district was arrested, while the victim, Zulai Lawal was said to have died after being beaten to a coma.

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“On 26/03/2021 at about 0900hrs, based on credible information, Police Operatives attached to Kagara Division arrested one Lawali Danladi age 20yrs ‘m’ of Kadaura village via Yakila Gunna district of Rafi LGA,” the statement read.

“The suspect was arrested to have allegedly killed his wife, one Zulai ‘f’ of same address over a misunderstanding in which he beat the victim to coma and as a result, she died on the spot.”

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have beaten the victim due to a mere pap argument and fell unconscious, she was rushed to General Hospital Wushishi where she was confirmed dead, however, the investigation has commenced and the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.”

Gunmen Kill 25 In Niger

A file photo of a gun seized from crime suspects in Nigeria.

 

 

Gunmen have killed two dozen local vigilante guards and a soldier in central Nigeria, officials said on Friday, in the latest violence in the restive region.

Dozens of motorcycle-riding assailants called bandits by locals late on Monday opened fire on the vigilantes in an ambush, outside Kotonkoro village in Mariga district in Niger state, killing 25.

Local communities often form semi-official self-defense groups to collaborate with security forces against gangs of kidnappers and cattle rustlers who raid and pillage villages in Nigeria’s northwest and central states.

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“We have lost 25 members to the bandits,” Abu Hashim, head of vigilantes in Mariga, told AFP.

“We have recovered 20 of the deceased but we are yet to reclaim five more bodies which are still in the bush,” he said.

A local lawmaker, Ibrahim Ilyasu, confirmed the attack, saying a soldier was also killed.

The vigilantes were on the trail of the bandits who had attacked a military post at the outskirts of the village, killing a soldier in a gunfight, Ilyasu told AFP.

“The bandits attacked a military post and killed a soldier, so the vigilantes went after them,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the bandits laid an ambush on the team and opened fire on them, killing more than 20,” he said.

Northwest and central Nigeria are a hub of criminal gangs who steal cattle and kidnap for ransom. They raid villages, killing and abducting residents after looting and burning homes.

The gangs who are driven by financial motives have no ideological leanings but there is growing concern they are being infiltrated by jihadists from the northeast who have waged an insurrection for more than a decade.

The bandits are increasingly targeting schools and abducting students, further worsening the state of education in the regions.

Last month, gangs kidnapped 42 people, including 27 students from an all-boys boarding secondary school in Kagara town in Niger state.

The hostages were released days later following negotiations with the authorities, but it was not clear if a ransom was paid.

Niger Govt Says 137 Killed In Sunday Attacks

File photo of Niger Republic map.

 

Attacks by suspected jihadists in villages in Niger’s Tahoua region on Sunday left 137 people dead, the government said, in a massacre that has underscored the huge security challenges facing new President Mohamed Bazoum.

“In treating civilian populations systematically as targets now, these armed bandits have gone a step further into horror and brutality,” government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahamane said in a statement read on public television on Monday.

The jump in the death toll, which had been given as at least 60 earlier Monday, would make Sunday’s attacks the deadliest suspected jihadist massacre ever committed in Niger.

Gunmen arriving on motorbikes attacked the villages of Intazayene, Bakorat and Wistane near the border with Mali, shooting “at everything which moved,” a local official said.

“The government condemns these brutal acts perpetrated by individuals who know neither faith nor the law,” Abdourahamane said.

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The government has declared three days of national morning from Tuesday.

“Reinforced security and sanitary measures will be taken in the region and an investigation has been launched to find the perpetrators of these cowardly and criminal acts, and bring them before the courts,” the government statement said.

The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development rankings for 189 countries, Niger is also struggling with jihadist insurgencies that have spilled over from Mali and Nigeria.

Hundreds of lives have been lost, nearly half a million people have fled their homes, and devastating damage has been inflicted in the former French colony.

The three villages are located in the arid Tahoua region in western Niger, abutting the Tillaberi region in a border region notorious for jihadist attacks.

AFP

Niger Lawmakers Summon Five Commissioners Over Alleged Misappropriation Of Funds

A screengrab taken on March 17, 2021, shows the complex of the Niger State House of Assembly in Minna, the state capital.

 

Five commissioners in Niger State are to appear before the Committees on Finance and Appropriation of the State House of Assembly.

This was the position taken by members of the House on Wednesday at the legislative chamber of the Assembly in Minna, the state capital.

Those asked to appear before the lawmakers were the commissioners of finance, justice, sports, works, and planning.

During the plenary, the lawmakers deliberated on the allegation of misappropriation of funds to the tune of N3 billion purportedly by the commissioners.

A member of the House representing Chanchaga State Constituency, Marafa Guni, had moved the motion which was supported by his colleague from Kontagora I State Constituency, Falalu Bako.

Guni informed the Speaker of the House, Abdullahi Wuse, and others that it was important to have the necessary facts and figures at the disposal of the relevant committees when the commissioners appear before the lawmakers.

He said, “Mr Speaker, the matter of extra-budgetary expenditure is a very sensitive one; this is a matter that has to do with records, facts, and figures.

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“This House does not have any meaningful record that we are going to use to crosscheck the claims of the commissioners when they appear, the best they can do is to give us verbal explanations and verbal explanations are insufficient to solve this problem at hand.”

 

‘A Very Abnormal Year’

“I want to humbly move that first and foremost; these commissioners should be mandated to submit records of their various ministries to this House after which I will want this house to allow its Joint Committee on Appropriation and Finance to interface with these commissioners by way of having time to carefully sit and look at the records one after the other,” the lawmaker added.

A screengrab taken on March 17, 2021, shows the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Wuse, presiding over a plenary.

 

He also urged the lawmakers to mandate the committees to report back to the House with their findings after the commissioners may have appeared before them.

The motion moved by the lawmaker enjoyed the support of his colleagues and was approved by the Speaker who asked the committees to report back in two weeks.

At the end of the plenary, the Commissioner of Planning in Niger, Mamman Musa, denied the allegations during an interview with reporters at the Assembly complex.

He insisted that the commissioners were ready to present evidence of their expenditures to the committees.

The commissioner said, “The Year 2020 was a very abnormal year. If you recall, we had a passed budget and a revised budget, as a result of dwindling resources because of the effect of COVID-19 on the economy.”

“Of course, we had some priorities resized, and yet, there were issues unprepared for that expenditures had to take place; these are normal things that take place between the executive and legislator and they are normally corrected as provided by the law.

“As far as I am concerned, … that some commissioners have carted away three million is totally untrue; that is not a fact,” he stated.

Niger Launches Power Station, Seeks To Ease Dependence On Nigeria’s Electricity

A file photo of a powerline.
A file photo of a powerline used to illustrate the story

 

Niger on Wednesday inaugurated an oil-fired power station in the capital Niamey, part of an initiative to ease its heavy dependence on energy from neighbouring country, Nigeria.

The 89-megawatt facility is designed to provide backup for Niamey, the southern region of Dosso, and Tillaberi in the west in the event of a cut in electricity supplied by Nigeria.

The inauguration ceremonies were hosted by President Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down after two terms in office.

Niger is the poorest country in the world, according to the UN’s Human Development Index, a benchmark of 189 nations.

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It opened a diesel-powered 80-megawatt plant near Niamey in 2017 but suffers from chronic power cuts, which sometimes last for days.

The nearly 66-billion-CFA-franc  ($120-million / 100-million-euro) cost of the new plant is being financed under a 15-year public-private partnership with a Mauritanian company, Istithmar West Africa.

Niger became a small net producer of oil in 2011 and has a refinery at Zinder, in the south of the country.

AFP

Buhari Sympathizes With Niger Republic Cover Tillaberi Massacre

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the 37th virtual FEC meeting.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the horrific attack on a convoy returning from a weekly market in Niger Republic’s Tillaberi region in which many citizens were killed, expressing his condolences to families of victims and all citizens of the neighboring country.

President Buhari strongly denounces the heinous attack, declaring that Nigeria will continue to stand by all its neighbours in the fight against terrorism.

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President Buhari notes that the mass killings underscore the enormous security challenges facing Niger Republic as they prepare to inaugurate their new President, Mohamed Bazoum, and indeed the entire sub-Saharan region which needs to work more closely to end the scourge of terror.

Armed men in South-Western Niger intercepted a convoy returning from a weekly market and attacked a nearby village in the Tillaberi region, which is near the border with Mali and Burkina Faso.