Bandit Violence Claims PDP Secretary’s Life in Tsafe, Zamfara

Gunmen believed to be armed bandits have killed Musa Ille, the secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State. The bandits shot Musa dead in front of his residence in Tsafe town on Monday evening. The late Musa Ille was a grassroots politician who contributed immensely to the success of the party in the 2023 Election which produced Dauda Lawal as the state governor, TVC reports. The incident is coming a few weeks after a PDP chieftain Shafiu Abubakar, alongside two others, was killed in Maradun Local government of the state. The late Shafiu Abubakar was one of those aspiring for the Tsafe Local government chairmanship seat under the platform of the PDP Tsafe local government area has experienced a resurgence of activities of armed bandits in recent times, but the government says it is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure peace returns to all troubled areas across the state.

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Zamfara community in grief as bandits slay Chief Imam, abduct many

Bandits have once again attacked Zamfara State, killing Sheikh Ahmad Rufa’i, the Chief Imam of the Central Mosque in Keita village, Tsafe Local Government Area, LGA, of the state. The attack occurred shortly after Muslims observed the isha’i (night) congregational prayer. This tragic incident comes just three weeks after the murder of Imam Abubakar Hassan Mada, the Chief Imam of the Central Mosque in Mada, Gusau LGA. According to Ibrahim Musa Keita, a resident of Keita village, the bandits were initially spotted along the Kwarin Gano-Keita Road. Despite residents being alerted of their presence, the bandits proceeded to invade the village. After failing to abduct road users, they attacked Keita village, killing the chief imam and abducting scores of people, including women. “Before the invasion, the residents were alerted about the movement of the bandits along Kwarin Gano-Keita Road. “They were sighted along that road but we were not sure whether they would come to this village or not. “Initially, they wanted to abduct road users along the Keita-Kwarin Gano Road, but after spending some time without getting a single …

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Finally, FG invites Gumi for questioning over comments on bandits’ activities

By Our Reporter The federal government says Ahmad Gumi, the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, has been invited for questioning over his comments on the activities of bandits in the country. Mohammed Idris, minister of information and orientation, spoke on Monday while addressing journalists at the State House, Abuja. Idris said Gumi is not above the law, noting that the government has deemed it necessary to invite him for questioning. Over the past few years, Gumi has gained prominence for his comments on the activities of bandits. The popular cleric has been pictured with some bandits on many occasions. Recently, Gumi said terrorism in the country is not financed by Nigerians but by the terrorists who kidnap people for ransom. (The Cable)

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‘We’ll kill them in 20 days’: Bandits demand N1bn release Kaduna

Bandits have demanded N1 billion for the release of the 286 kidnapped students of the Government Secondary School (GSS) Kuriga in Gwagwada District, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. A community leader, Jubril Aminu, who acts as a spokesman for the families of the abducted victims, disclosed that he had received a call on his phone from the kidnappers on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. The Star had reported that the students were abducted by bandits during an attack on the school on March 7. “They made a total of N1 billion ransom demand for all the pupils, students, and staff of the school. “They gave an ultimatum to pay the ransom within 20 days, effective from the date of the kidnap. They said they will kill all the students and the staff if the ransom demand is not met,” Aminu told Reuters. An elected official from the Kuriga Ward municipal council, Idris Ibrahim, confirmed the ransom demand and the amount. Tinubu orders security agencies to rescue abducted students, IDPs in Kaduna, Borno Ibrahim said: “Yes, the kidnappers called the …

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Tension as bandits storm Kaduna school, kidnapped over 200 pupils, teachers

Bandits stormed LGEA Primary School, Kuriga (1), Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, and kidnapped scores of pupils and teachers. It was gathered that the incident happened at about 8:20 am immediately after the morning assembly. Locals said the head teacher of the school and some other staff were among the victims. A former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, expressed displeasure on the incident, expressing optimism that they would be free. ‘’It’s tragic to hear that 232 students have just been kidnapped in Kuriga village, Chikun LG in Kaduna State. “It’s the same village where a school principal, Idris Sufyan was killed and his wife kidnapped over a month ago. However, I’m optimistic their freedom will be secured,’’ he said. READ ALSO: I wasn’t part of Saraki’s Senate’ – Akpabio The junior and secondary schools relocated to the school building inside the Kuriga town a few years ago due to insecurity concerns, abandoning their former school building located outside the town. A resident, Shitu, confirmed the incident, saying most of the pupils ran out of their classes when they sighted …

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Bandits kill six, abduct scores in Kaduna fresh attack

Suspected bandits invaded Kwassam and Sabon Layi Kan Makama communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing six residents, while scores, including a retired director of the Central Bank of Nigeria, were kidnapped. The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union confirmed the incident on Saturday, saying no fewer than 50 residents were abducted by the hoodlums. An official statement by the state government through the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, also confirmed the attack but was silent on the number of people killed and abducted in Kauru LGA. Governor Uba Sani condemned the attack just as he condoled with the families of the victims. The governor, who spoke through Aruwan at Gwada and Kerawa villages in Igabi LGA during an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in the area, appealed for aggressive military operations against bandits across the state. Sources disclosed that the bandits, in large numbers, invaded the community, shot indiscriminately, and picked up two people at gunpoint, who led them to the retired CBN director’s residence, where they abducted him. “The bandits moved to …

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55 Persons Escorting Bride To Her Matrimonial Home Abducted By Bandits In Katsina

By Ogechi Okorie KATSINA – Report available to Precise Post has it that at least 55 persons have been kidnapped by a terrorists gang while escorting a bride along Damari town in Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State. Although security agencies are yet to confirm the incident officially, a resident however, told Channels Television on Friday in a telephone call that the incident occurred on Thursday at about 8:00 pm. He noted that three security volunteers however lost their lives in effort to rescue the victims. “Before the hoodlums attack the victims on a canter vehicle, the victims were initially over 70 mostly friends to the bride in which several others escaped”, he added. Sabuwa, apart from being an agrarian area, also remains one of the security front line LGAs grappling with the activities of bandits and their collaborators mostly informants to bandits. (CHANNELS)

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Taraba: Returning IDPs Are Not Bandits – Cultural Group Cautions

By Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo The Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA) Taraba state, have asked the security agencies and local authorities in the southern senatorial district of Taraba state to desist from tagging Tiv people, especially the IDPs in Wukari local government as bandits. Chief James Baka, president general of the association who made the caution in a press release on Friday, expressed dismay over the unfortunate continued tagging and branding of the Tiv people in Taraba, especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Southern part of the state as bandits by some security agencies and local authorities. “We wish to inform the general public that the Tiv people in the Southern part of Taraba, especially in Wukari local government area have been displaced from their ancestral homes for over four years now, and are only seeking the state government intervention to return. “We want to inform the general public that the Nigerian Army and local authorities in Wukari local government have deliberately tagged the Tiv IDPs in the area, and some parts of Donga LGA as bandits. They …

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Bandits kidnap Federal Housing Authority director in Abuja

The bandits terrorizing Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, have reportedly kidnapped a director at the Federal Housing Authority in the Federal Capital Territory, Aondo Ver. According to report gathered the incident occurred on Thursday at about 12:30 am in Pambara New Extension, Bwari Area Council. Pambara New Extension is about 200 metres from the military camp and checkpoint in Bwari Central Area. The assailants, who have been on a rampage in the area, killing and abducting unsuspecting citizens, were said to have gained access to the victim’s residence through the fence after cutting the barbed wires. The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, failed to respond to all inquiries forwarded to her as of the time of filing this report.

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‘Wake up’ – Peter Obi drags Tinubu as bandits murder Ekiti monarchs

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi has called on President Bola Tinubu to take up the responsibility of tackling the ravaging security situation in the country. Obi stated this in a post on his official X handle on Monday while reacting to the gruesome murder of Elesun of Esun Ekiti and Onimojo of Imojo Ekiti. According to reports, the monarchs who were returning from a security meeting in Irele-Ekiti were attacked and killed by suspected bandits. Reacting, Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, asked the president to “wake up from his sleeping bed” and tackle the security problems. READ ALSO: Photo News: Peter Obi attends Sim Fubara Governorship Opening Event In Rivers State Today Police nabs man for allegedly inflicting injuries on ex-wife He wrote, “We are saddened by the report that Elesun of Esun Ekiti and Onimojo of Imojo Ekiti were murdered earlier today, cause of death: Insecurity and Tinubu. “We call on Tinubu to wake up from his sleeping bed and save Nigeria from total collapse. Don’t speak up today. Tomorrow, insecurity might …

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Kidnappers hiding in Abuja forest, says FCT minister Wike

ABUJA- FCT minister Nyesom Wike says bandits are hiding in Abuja forest and that of the neighbouring states. The minister said the FCT Administration had concluded plans to strengthen collaboration with the four neighbouring states with the territory to tackle cross border crimes. FCT minister Nyesom Wike said this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday. Mr Wike pointed out that the FCTA would not succeed in curbing the tide of insecurity without the collaboration of the neighbouring states. He identified the states as Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and Kaduna, stressing that criminals from Niger and Kaduna constitute the major challenge to FCT. Mr Wike said on assumption of duty, he was informed about the efforts of the FCTA with the neighbouring state to form a security coalition. The former Rivers governor explained that the coalition was to serve as a platform to support one another to reduce the level of insecurity. He, however, pointed out that election petitions in the courts could not allow the coalition to come into fruition. Mr Wike stated, “Series of election petitions took the governors’ …

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How To Win The Hearts of Nigerians By Reno Omokri

Nigeria suffers from internal and external perception issues. Internally, we have never fully recovered from the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election. We were a nation before that annulment. We became a geographical location after that incident. Now, we need to become one nation under God again. Whereas the military used force since that challenge and failed to make us one nation under the gun, successive civilian administrations have not been sufficiently aware that there was even an issue. And so characters, like secessionists in the Southeast, militants in the South-south, insurgents in the Northeast, and bandits in the Northwest and North-central, have been able to bamboozle their captive audiences with varying degrees of anti-Nigerian brainwashing. Only the Southwest of Nigeria has maintained a constant level of pro-Nigerian sentiment since the return to civil governance on May 29, 1999. Externally, we have allowed a cartel of a few unscrupulous Nigerians to earn us an undeserved reputation for drugs, fraud and finance scams. Essentially, these mean that we have a perception problem left to fester too long. And you solve …

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Bandits return to Kaduna-Abuja expressway, 85 abducted

No fewer than 85 persons, comprising both travellers and residents, were said to have been abducted by terrorists at Katari along the Kaduna – Abuja highways near Katari, in the Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State. It was also gathered that more than four residents were killed by the hoodlums. The breakdown of those abducted by the bloodthirsty terrorists indicated that between Thursday and Sunday, January 7, 2024, a total of 85 persons were abducted. The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed that there was a bandit attack on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway at Dogon Fili near Katari. Father Who Loses Daughter To Suicide In UK Bares It All | Punch 0.00 / 0.00 However, the command was silent on the abduction of the travellers along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway. The  Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mansir Hassan, stated that security operatives battled the terrorists before they fled in different directions. The police spokesman noted that in the process, some travellers were caught in the crossfire, and they sustained varying degrees of gunshot injury. https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-7167863529667065&output=html&h=184&slotname=7613074554&adk=2683970432&adf=856689752&pi=t.ma~as.7613074554&w=735&fwrn=4&lmt=1704887307&rafmt=11&format=735×184&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpunchng.com%2F85-abducted-as-bandits-return-to-kaduna-abuja-expressway%2F&ea=0&wgl=1&uach=WyJXaW5kb3dzIiwiMTAuMC4wIiwieDg2IiwiIiwiMTIwLjAuNjA5OS4yMDAiLG51bGwsMCxudWxsLCI2NCIsW1siTm90X0EgQnJhbmQiLCI4LjAuMC4wIl0sWyJDaHJvbWl1bSIsIjEyMC4wLjYwOTkuMjAwIl0sWyJHb29nbGUgQ2hyb21lIiwiMTIwLjAuNjA5OS4yMDAiXV0sMF0.&dt=1704888480276&bpp=2&bdt=825&idt=67&shv=r20240108&mjsv=m202401030101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Df62ae2b3a93c395f-224db3e8d4e7005b%3AT%3D1695375063%3ART%3D1704888351%3AS%3DALNI_MaF2HP7E9I7pQ_9r4LjQIk0qfTlVQ&gpic=UID%3D00000d947ac6e4f2%3AT%3D1695375063%3ART%3D1704888351%3AS%3DALNI_Mb1IM-aJm8gVGezie8VAeQW-ORvgQ&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=1&correlator=4833308565203&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1152403540.1695375052&ga_sid=1704888480&ga_hid=1089557459&ga_fc=1&rplot=4&u_tz=60&u_his=4&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_sd=1&dmc=8&adx=187&ady=2474&biw=1349&bih=641&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=44759876%2C44759927%2C44759837%2C31079980%2C31080260%2C31080218%2C95320377%2C95320869%2C95320892%2C31078663%2C31078665%2C31078668%2C31078670&oid=2&pvsid=4447862124900956&tmod=963364884&uas=0&nvt=1&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fpunchng.com%2F&fc=1920&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1366%2C728%2C1366%2C641&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CpEebr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=128&bc=31&bz=1&td=1&psd=W251bGwsbnVsbCwibGFiZWxfb25seV8xIiwxXQ..&nt=1&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&dtd=76 He gave the names of those hit by …

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In Taraba, bandits kill district head, Hakimi

Suspected bandits have killed another district head, Ali Hakimi of Sarkin Kudu town in the Ibbi Local Government Area of the Taraba State. The incident occurred around 12:30 am on Friday when about 10 armed bandits forcibly entered Hakimi’s palace and shot him dead. The bandits also abducted some persons, instilling fear in other residents. A source who spoke on the telephone said local hunters, traditionally providing security, have been stretched thin in their efforts to safeguard the community. Bello Adamu, another source from the community, revealed that the deceased was the brother of the Chief of Sarkin Kudu chiefdom. The attackers, according to him, “escaped into the bush after killing the district head, and everyone in the area is living in fear because nobody knows the next target of the bandits.” Also confirming the incident, the council chairman, Iliya Ajibu, said two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, adding that an investigation is ongoing to arrest others involved in the act. When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Usman Abdullahi, said he was in Uyo, …

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Gov. Radda joins security operatives, foil attack on community, rescue kidnapped victim

KATSINA- Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State, in a joint operation with combined team of security operatives, has foiled an attack on Zakka community in Safana Local Government Area of the state. According to a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kaula Mohammed, the team also rescued a 33-year-old man abducted by bandits during the encounter. Kaula-Mohammed said Gov. Radda was in Safana to inaugurate an empowerment programme sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Abduljalal Runka, when the operatives received distress calls that terrorists planned to attack Zakka village. He revealed that after receiving the intelligence report, the governor immediately called off the programme. “Gov. Radda and some few members of his entourage then joined the combined team of security personnel comprising officers of the Nigeria Police, Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji, ground troops of the Army, and Community Security Watch Corps. They engaged the terrorists at Zakka forest, before the criminals advanced to the hills. “A 33-year-old man was bravely rescued by the gallant troops after a heavy gun battle with …

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Tinubu govt. has rescued over 600 people held captive by bandits for three years under Buhari’s regime- Ribadu

ABUJA- Nuhu Ribadu, the National Security Adviser, says President Bola Tinubu’s administration has rescued over 600 persons abducted and languishing in bandits den for two to three years under former President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime. “On banditry, from July to now, we’ve got over 600 kidnapped victims back home. Some of them were in captivity for 2 to 3 years. We got over 600 of them released without noise,” Mr Ribadu said in a viral video posted on X on Friday. “Today, you can drive from Abuja to Kaduna even at night. Thank you, Armed Forces, for that. Things are changing. But we do not talk. Things are improving.” Mr Tinubu assumed office on May 29, succeeding his party man, Mr Buhari, who led the country between 2015 and 2023, covering the three years Mr Ribadu said many were in bandits’ captivity. In June, Peoples Gazette reported that over 200 persons were killed in different coordinated attacks by Boko Haram, bandits and unknown gunmen across the country in Mr Tinubu’s first month in office.   Contrary to Mr Ribadu’s claim on improved insecurity, …

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