Banditry: Kaduna Govt suspends schools resumption indefinitely

…As another Kaduna traditional ruler is  kidnapped The Kaduna State government has suspended the resumption of schools across local governments of the state until further notice. Addressing a stakeholders’ meeting yesterday, the State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, stated that the government took the decision due to the ongoing aggressive military operation against bandits in most parts of the State. He informed the meeting attended by members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), as well as professional and community-based associations that the operation was aimed at flushing…

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“Gunmen said they’d keep kidnapping for ransom until Kanu stop agitating for Biafra” – 18 yr-old abductee

An 18-year-old, Francis Odo, has narrated how the gunmen, who kidnapped him said they will keep kidnapping for ransom until the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, stop the agitation for Biafra. Odo, who is a native of Eha-Amufu community in Enugu State, stated in an interview while recounting his encounter with kidnappers in the community. According to him, “Around 7 pm on Wednesday, June 9, I was on a motorcycle with two other guys coming home to Agu-Amaede from the camp in Eha-Amufu. We were…

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Police rescue 100 kidnapped victims without paying ransom in Zamfara 

The Nigerian Police, in Zamfara State, have rescued one hundred kidnapped victims without ransom. Addressing newsmen in Gusau on the successes, the State Police Command’s spokesperson, Superintendent Shehu Mohammed, said they were rescued by the troops in Dajin Kabaro Forest, after spending forty-two days in captivity. According to the Police, the victims were abducted in Mutunji and Dan-Sadau communities in Maru local government area of the State while on their way to Gusau, the State capital. However, only twenty, out of the one hundred victims, were reunited with their families due…

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Kaduna: Bandits demand N60m ransom for 120 abducted Baptist students

Abductors of 121 students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna have demanded a cumulative ransom of N60 million to free the remaining 120 abductees. The bandits said the ransom must be paid before the end of yesterday, Monday. The bandits had reportedly freed one of the students on medical condition.  One of the parents, who disclosed this to newsmen, said the church and parents were already working round the clock to raise the ransom. According to him: “Some amounts have been gathered but the church is trying to raise additional…

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Bandits attack Police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara

Thirteen policemen and three others have been killed by bandits in an attack on Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State. It was gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday, when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty. A resident, who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told newsmen that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50 kilometres south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers. According to him, “They withdrew after they…

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One killed, women abducted in fresh Kaduna attack

One person has been killed while seven others have been abducted by bandits in Unguwar-Gajere village, in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State. According to reports, the bandits arrived on motorcycles around 1:pm and started shooting sporadically into the air. It was learned that the bandits kidnapped three women and rustled 50 cows from the village on Saturday. According to a resident, Mohammed Birnin Gwari, “Three women, four men and several cows were rustled by the bandits after killing one person”. As of the time of filing this report,…

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Niger: Bandits refuse to release Islamiyya pupils after collecting N20m

The abductors of pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina in Niger State, have collected N20 million from parents of the children but have refused to release them, sources said on Friday. The latest development followed the signing of a law by Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, for kidnappers, bandits and their informants to die by hanging. The law also empowers the operational capacity of the vigilante corps. Parents of the pupils were reportedly told to pay N30 million earlier in the week, but sources hinted yesterday that they…

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Niger State to hang convicted kidnappers, informants

Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, has signed a Bill prescribing death by hanging for cattle-rustlers, bandits, kidnappers and their informants into law. Recall that the State’s House of Assembly passed the Bill on July 1. Bello said the kidnapping and cattle rustling special provisions law of 2016 was amended to provide for the punishment of informants and all those involved in the aiding and abetting of kidnapping and cattle rustling in the State. He warned that anyone found guilty of the offense of banditry, kidnapping, or giving out information to…

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Bandits kill 39 persons in a reprisal attack in Zamfara

A group of unrepentant bandits have stormed Faru Village of Maradun local government area of Zamfara State killing about forty innocent persons. Confirming the incident to Radio Nigeria in Gusau,  an eyewitness Ahmad Lawali said the attack was a reprisal mission in the Faru district of Maradun local government area of the state. According to him, the bandits raided the town at around 4:30 pm on Thursday and began shooting sporadically on innocent people in the process, 39 persons mainly men were killed. He said the bandits trailed farmers who…

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Bandits break into houses, abduct 15 residents in Kaduna community 

…Demand N180m as ransom No fewer than 15 residents were abducted on Wednesday night by bandits in Unguwan-Gimbiya, in the Sabon-Tashan area of Kaduna. The bandits, who reportedly stormed the area at about 11 pm, broke the fences and walls of several homes and dragged out residents from their living rooms. Narrating the incident, an eyewitness who did not give her name in print, told newsmen that, “the bandits came around past 10 p.m. They threatened us and said that if they should enter inside their rooms and see anybody…

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