Lapai Emirate Removes Village Head In Niger

A map of Lapai, a local government area in Niger State.

 

The Lapai Emirate Council in Niger State has removed the village head of Muye, Abdulqadir Maigari, for breaching the law of the traditional council despite several warnings.

In a statement on Monday, the Secretary of the emirate, Ibrahim Sheikh, noted that the dismissal took effect from May 25, 2021.

He explained that the emirate had written to the Niger State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on May 28, seeking the approval of Governor Abubakar Bello, to remove Maigari as the village head of Muye.

According to Sheikh, the dismissal of the village head was conveyed to him in a letter dated May 29 and signed by the Etsu Lapai, Umar Bago Tafida III.

“I write on the directive of his Royal Highness, Etsu Lapai and Chairman Lapai Emirate Council to inform you that in exercising the powers conferred on the Emirate Council under Section 80 Sub- Section 2 of Niger State Local Government Law, 2001 (as amended), and on the approval of the Executive Governor of Niger State that you are dismissed and removed as the Village Head of Muye,” the letter read.

Elsewhere in Mariga Local Government Area of the state, Bandits have attacked Beri town in Bobi district.

During the incident, no fewer than 13 people including a security operative were killed while a police station was set ablaze.

The Director-General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ahmed Inga, confirmed the attack in a memo sent to Channels Television on Monday.

Those who lost their lives to the incident included Idris Ahmed Kwata, Hadiza Umaru Tunga, Momi Dalladi, Ibrahim Dalkadi, Yau Dalladi, and Saadiya Garba.

Others were Garba Umar Tashanjirgi, Garba Umar Tjirgi, Hussaini Shuaib, Ayuba Garba, Abdullahi Jodi, Alhaji Isah Kasakohi and Fatima Nasiru Kwata.

Inga noted that the bandits also attacked Unguwan Malam Bako in Kotonkoro district and abducted an unspecified number of residents.

Bandits Kill Village Head In Niger One Week After Abduction

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

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed Mr Zakari Ya’u Idris, the Village Head of Madaka in Rafi Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State.

The Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Rafi LGA, Mohammed Mohammed, confirmed the murder of the village head to Channels Television on Saturday.

Idris was killed a week after he was abducted by his captors who invaded Madaka community on Sunday last week, where they murdered three persons and abducted the village head for a second time.

Mohammed revealed that the bandits had earlier contacted the family of the deceased to pay a ransom of N800,000.

He noted that five persons that were released after they paid their ransom revealed that the Village Head of Madaka had been killed by the bandits.

According to the LGA chairman’s aide, those who gained their freedom said Idris was killed after going through torture in the hands of the gunmen, as they were always beating him.

They further disclosed that the remains of Zakari Idris were buried in the bush by the bandits.

The village head was abducted after his release about a month ago during which he spent three months in the custody of his abductors.

Those killed by the gunmen during the raid on Madaka included a leader of the vigilante group in the community, Isyaku Alhassan, his son Abdulhamid, and one other person.

A file photo of Mr Zakari Ya’u Idris, the Village Head of Madaka in Niger State.

 

Scores of other persons were also said to have been injured during the attack while many houses were set ablaze.

Mohammed had at the time told Channels Television that the attackers were camping in a village close to Madaka.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Niger State could not be reached for comments on the killing of the village head.

Similarly, the District Head of Gunna who was abducted in Yakila in the same local government has yet to regain freedom.

The gunmen, according to Mohammed, have yet to get in touch with the family of the district head to demand any ransom.

At least, 50 people have been killed since the renewed attacks by bandits on communities in Niger State.

In Rafi LGA alone, no fewer than 10 persons have been killed in the last one week, with about 33 persons abducted.

Thousands of residents have also fled their homes, with many taking shelter in temporary camps provided by the state government.

Gunmen Attack Yobe Community, Abduct Village Head And Son

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing several bullets on his body

 

 

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents have attacked a community in Yobe State.

The attackers went into Mashio community in Fune Local Government Council and started shooting sporadically, abducting the village head, Isa Mai Buba, and his son.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, and Acting Chairman of the affected Local Government, Abubakar Kolere confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

They explained that the incident occurred on Saturday night, noting that the son of the village head escaped in the early hours of Sunday but his father is still in captivity.

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

 

The attack comes a few days after 14 people were recently killed by gunmen at Ukuru village in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abiodun Wasiu, confirmed the attack and casualty figure in a statement.

But a resident of the community, Musa Audu, who witnessed the attack, narrated what transpired to Channels Television in a phone conversation.

He explained that the gunmen invaded the community at a time when members of the vigilante were out of the community to patrol some of the forests in the area.

Audu, whose cousin was among those killed by the gunmen, stated that the attack took place during the popular Mariga market which had many traders from various locations.

He said bodies of 15 persons have been found, adding that many people who sustained injuries ran into a nearby bush and they were still being searched for.

Meanwhile, the PPRO has disclosed that the state command is making efforts to rescue the traditional ruler unhurt.

Village Head Reported Killed By Gunmen In Katsina

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo

 

 

Gunmen have reportedly killed the Village Head of Mazoji in Matazu Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The late village head, identified as Dikko Usman, was said to have been killed in the late hours of Friday at his residence in Mazoji.

Although the police have yet to speak about the incident, a brother to late Usman confirmed his death to Channels Television on Saturday.

He blamed authorities for releasing bandits a short time after being arrested, saying this led to the resurgence of banditry in the state.

“It was last week that some bandits were apprehended and were given shelter in the deceased house,” said the village head’s brother who pleaded anonymity.

He added, “Vigilante members arrested the hoodlums and presented them to the police and finally, they have been freed as I am talking to you. I even doubt if they are not the ones responsible for his death.”

Since the beginning of June, villages in Katsina have come under renewed bandit attacks, especially in the frontline LGAs of the state.

The bandits have been terrorising innocent residents, raping their women, and taking away their livestock among other belongings.

As of the time of this report, the State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident or react to the allegations as the Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah, did not pick the calls put across to him.

Village Head, One Other Killed In Zamfara Attack

 

The head of Karauchi Village in Zamfara state simply identified as Malam Gambo, alongside one Mustapha Halilu, have been killed by bandits who attacked Dansadau Emirate of Maru Local Government Area of the State.

This was confirmed by the state police command who said the bandits came in large numbers and attacked Kujemi village on Sunday.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, on receipt of the information, a combined team of policemen attached to Operation Puff Adder in conjunction with the Military were dispatched to forestall a further attack on neighbouring villages.

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He added that the persons were killed during the attack and the security agents are on the trail of the attackers to arrest them.

The police spokesman asked members of the public to provide useful information that will give insight on the activities of the criminals, in a view to taking proactive measures.

Similarly, bandits attacked some villages in Igabi and Giwa local government areas of Kaduna state, on Sunday, killing over 50 people.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai, while apologising to the villagers for failing to protect them adequately, vowed to wipe out bandits in the state.

Flood Kills Village Head, Five Others In Niger

No fewer than six persons were confirmed killed in a flood that destroyed over 600 houses in Mashegu and Borgu local government areas of Niger State.

It was gathered that the deaths occurred at night after a downpour.
A village head of Awuru, in Borgu LGA, Abdulkadir Jiya, was killed in the flood.
The council Chairman Baba Suleiman in a telephone conversation confirmed that houses, livestock and farmlands were destroyed by the flood.

It was further gathered that about 500 animals were washed away along with food items worth millions of naira by the flood in Ibbi town.

When contacted, the Chairman of Mashegu Local Government Area, Shuaibu Kaboji, however, appealed to the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) and other relevant agencies to as a matter of urgency come to the aid of those displaced by the flood.

The Director-General, NSEMA, Ibrahim Inga, also confirmed the incident and promised that the agency would soon make relief materials and tents available so as to provide succour for the affected victims.
He said the flood also affected communities in Agai Local Government Area of the state.