“Killing bandits only way to make schools safe” – El-Rufa’i

…Says governors are unanimous on ‘wiping them out’ Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, has said the only way to make schools safe is to kill all bandits and bombing the forests they are camping. The governor, who stated this yesterday in Abuja, at a conference on ‘Financing Safe Schools in Nigeria‘, stated that his colleagues are in agreement that bandits must be completely “wiped out”. Although some northern governors, particularly Bello Mattawalle, of Zamfara State, have advocated for dialogue with bandits, el-Rufa’i insists that they are all on the same…

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Zamfara: Matawalle suspends district head for conferring title on soldier aiding bandits

…As State govt. arrest 7 security personnel The Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, has suspended the district head of Badarawa, in Shinkafi Emirate Council of the State, Surajo NaMakkah. This was disclosed by the governor’s Director-General on Media, Yusuf Idris, via a statement released yesterday. According to reports, the district head was suspended indefinitely by the governor for conferring the traditional title of Durumbu on a military officer who was arrested for allegedly selling ammunition to bandits in the State. The military officer, who was recently arrested in possession of…

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Katsina: Villagers kill 30 bandits after luring them into a trap

Residents and local vigilantes of a village in Katsina have killed 30 suspected bandits after luring them into an ambush where the gunmen were killed. It was gathered that the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, in the village of Majifa village, in Kankara local government area of Katsina State. Although details surrounding the incident were sketchy as at the time of filing this report, it was learnt that the villagers laid an ambush for the gunmen. According to a resident, “Resident of the village received the information…

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Zamfara drivers on strike to protest highway abductions, robberies

Commercial drivers plying the 100-kilometre Gusau-Dansadau road in Zamfara State have gone on strike to protest incessant kidnappings and armed robbery along the road. Dansadau, a community about 100 kilometers from Gusau, the State capital, is one of the hubs of banditry in the State due to its vast forest that has provided cover for the criminals. The chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), in Dansadau, Isihu Ticha, told newsmen that the strike was to draw the attention of authorities to their plight. The highway stayed…

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Police rescue 15 abducted persons in Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command has rescued 15 kidnapped persons and recovered 32 cows. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, stated this in a statement yesterday, in Kaduna. Jalige said that gunmen, suspected to be bandits, on April 9, blocked Buruku/Birnin-Gwari road, around Unguwan-Yako forest, in an attempt to kidnap occupants of two Volkswagen salon cars. “A swift response by the operatives of the Command forced the marauding bandits to retreat and flee into the forest with bullet wounds, abandoning their victims. The operatives however, searched the entire…

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“I’ll never pay ransom to bandits even if they kidnap my family members” – el-Rufa’i vows

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, has said he will never pay ransom to bandits even if they kidnap his family members. The governor said this in a radio chat on Friday in Kaduna to corroborate his government’s policy of not negotiating with bandits. Mr El-Rufai had said bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying. In his remarks yesterday, el-Rufa’i said he had…

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Insecurity: 4 bandits’ leaders in Katsina surrender, give up machine guns

Four bandits’ leaders yesterday said they have denounced their illegal activities in Katsina State and surrendered 45 rustled cattle, two General Purpose machine guns, 24 AK-47 assault rifles, 109 GMPG ammunition, 95 7.62MM live ammunition, among others. The four bandits’ leaders were identified as Sale Turwa, Mani Turwa, Ado Sarki, and Sani Mai-Daji and were reportedly residing in the thick forest of Illela in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State. The State Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, disclosed this in a press conference held at the Command’s headquarters…

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‘Boko Haram terrorists, bandits must be wiped out’ – el-Rufa’i

…Lists things Nigeria needs to do urgently Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has advocated for the clampdown on Boko Haram insurgents and bandits terrorising the North and the country in general. Speaking at the Town Hall meeting on National Security hosted by the Ministry of Information and Culture in Kaduna yesterday, the governor asked security agencies to wipe the criminals. El-Rufa’i stressed the current security situation calls for the restructuring of the country, adding that the move will curb the rising insecurity in the nation. He also listed seven…

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“Kaduna school abduction: Bandits released us on their own will” – Freed student debunks Army’s claim

One of the abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Mando, Kaduna State, has narrated how they were released from captivity. Recall that the Nigerian Army had claimed that its troops “recovered five of the students” who spent over three weeks in captivity. In a statement it issued on Tuesday, the  Army Spokesman,  Brig. Gen. Yerima Mohammed, unveiled the identities of the “recovered students”, and showered encomiums on the troops. “The rescued students are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna. The GOC 1 Division,…

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Kaduna will not negotiate with bandits, el-Rufa’i insists

..As bandits kill 5, injure one in fresh attacks The Kaduna State government, under the leadership of Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has denied appointing representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf. This was made known in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, yesterday, while debunking a report in the media suggesting that the government had appointed representatives to interface with the bandits on its behalf. The Kaduna State government, in a statement by Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel…

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