Gunmen Abduct Chinese Workers, Kill Security Guards At Hydropower Dam In Niger State

File photo of Sinohydro HPP dam Zungeru, Niger State.


Gunmen have abducted three Chinese workers at a hydropower dam project in Zungeru in the Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State killing two local workers in the process.

According to a statement by police authorities in the state on Thursday workers on the hydro-power dam project comprised of some Chinese expatriates and local staff who were attacked while working on a transmission line tower along Gussase village.

The police spokesperson in Niger, Wasiu Abiodun, said a Chinese expatriate and a local staff were shot while three Chinese expatriates were declared missing after the gun duel.

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Suspected armed bandits on Tuesday afternoon attacked “workers comprised of some Chinese expatriates and local staff” at the Sino-Hydro project in Niger State who were working on a transmission line tower, state police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun said in a statement.

“Police tactical team attached to the facility engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel while four of the expatriates were rescued with one of them and two local staff sustaining bullet injury,” Abiodun said.

“In the process of scampering for safety during the gun duel, three among the expatriates were abducted.”

The two local staff died later in hospital, the statement said.

Expatriates have been targeted several times by gunmen in Nigeria over the last few months as they work on multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects that include mining, railways, airports, and roads.

Victims are usually released after a ransom is paid although authorities rarely confirm if money changes hands.

Niger State Says Efforts To End Cattle Rustling Yielding Results

sani belloThe Niger State government says efforts of a committee mandated to curb the menace of cattle rustlers and other related Crimes in the state tagged “Operation Sharan Daji” have started yielding results.

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, who set up the committee led by the Secretary to State Government SSG, Mr Shehu Umar Danyaya, said that the committee had contributed tremendously to the identification, recovery and arrests made.

After setting up the committee, the Governor mandated them to provide all the logistics to effect adequate operations by the military task force in conjunction with other security agents to bring the situation under control.

He said that the work of the committee had reduced maximally the issue of cattle rustling in Niger State, as every intelligent information received by the state government was immediately put to use to consistently provide security logistics for quick action.

So far, according to records made available to Channels Television in Minna, the state’s capital, this week a total of 118 stolen cows, 23 sheep were recovered from the cattle rustlers just as five of the suspected criminals, who were all Fulanis, were arrested with sophisticated weapons.

The recovery were in different operations of Lapai – Gulu axis of Lapai Local Government, Shamu Yambu village in Rafi Local Government respectively.

The Operation Sharan Daji Military Task Force presently operating in most of the hot spots in the state has continued to record successful progress in the last three months in Niger State, with a delegation constantly dispatched to various local governments to verify and authenticate the claims of military task force.

The achievements of the team comprising Military personnel from 31 Artillery Brigade, Nigeria Army, Minna, Police Officers, Civil Defence personnel and Vigilante Group led by the military according to record include; working harmoniously with counterpart security in the neighbouring states of Kaduna, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi and the Federal Capital Territory for its successful operations.

Other achievements were the operations successfully carried out in Zumba, Shiroro, Bassa, Tegina, Lapai – Lambata, Zungeru, Kateregi and Lavun operations where many suspects were apprehended and recovery of cattle and weapons from the suspected criminals in the state.

The task force have commended the support of the state government for its provision of logistics and cooperation to the team and the Miyetti Allah Group, Community leaders and other stakeholders in fighting the menace of cattle rustlers in the state.

Compensation Stalls Zungeru Power Project

ZungeruProblems arising from the compensation of locals have stalled the 700 mega watts hydro power project in Zungeru, Niger State.

The Project Coordinator, Abiy Getattun, revealed this when he led his team on a visit to the Emir of Minna,  Umar Farouq Bahago.

He stated that because of the problems with the locals, who are demanding for full compensation, the Project could not go ahead as planned.

On his part, the Emir of Minna. Umar Farouq Bahago, promised to intervene in the issue so that the Project, which is going to be of great benefit to the country, can go ahead.

Zungeru was the capital of the British protectorate of Northern Nigeria from 1902 until 1916.

It is the site of the Niger State Polytechnic and is located on the Kaduna River.

Flood water kills 10 in Adamawa

Flood waters in Adamawa state have left ten people dead while a yet-to- be confirmed number of people remain trapped.

Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency official, Mr Shadrach Daniel Baruk said the flood resulted from the release of water from a dam in Cameroon.

According to him, heavy rainfall in the rural region of farms and cattle ranches also contributed to the inundation, which has left thousands of people displaced.

The flood deaths in Adamawa are coming after four people were killed by heavy rains in Bosso and Zungeru areas of Niger state.

A recent flood disaster in Jos, recently killed at least 68 people in Plateau state and destroyed a number of bridges, breaking the major means of transportation.

Nigeria is experiencing its annual rainy season, which sees torrential rains fall throughout the West African nation.

Some eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television said two brothers; Abubakar and Abbdullahi Gwaibaita of Gungel village of Bbosso council were swept away by the flood while returning from farm.

The two other victims were Fulani herdsmen who were found dead in the raging flood in Zungeru, the headquarters of Wushishi local government area of the state.

It was gathered that the herdsmen were swept away by the flood and slammed on a rock leading to their death.

Several houses, rice and sugarcane farmlands in Wuya Kede, Wuya Kanti, Batati and Muregi all in Mokwa local government area of the state were also swept away by the floods.