Kaduna: Bandits kidnap 40 worshippers, demand N200m ransom – SOKAPU 

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, (SOKAPU), has alleged that over 40 people, including members of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church Movement, in Bayan-Kasuwa Quarters, of Kasuwan-Magani, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, have been abducted by terrorists. The union, in a statement by its National President, Dr. Awemi Maisamari, issued to newsmen in Kaduna, yesterday, said the bandits had reached out to families and were demanding N200m before the abductees could regain their freedom. According to SOKAPU, the incidents took place on September 12 and 13, at Kasuwan-Magani area…

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Insecurity: Bandits abduct 2 pregnant women, 13 others in Katsina communities 

Bandits have invaded a low-cost project quarters situated at Dutsen-Reme, Bakori LGA of Katsina State, and abducted four people. The development, according to the locals, happened at about 10:00 pm on Friday night while it was raining. According to a resident of Dutsen-Reme Low-cost Housing estate, Ahmed Ridwan, the assailants took advantage of the rainfall and executed their mission unchallenged. “We were informed, through phone calls by villagers around Maska, that bandits in large numbers were likely heading to our quarters and we immediately informed the police and military personnel.…

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Insecurity: “Bandits are becoming more sophisticated, daring

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has lamented that the bandits terrorising the state are becoming more sophisticated and daring, especially in frontline local government areas of the State. Masari spoke on Tuesday, while handing over nine locally-fabricated Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) purchased by his government to security agencies to ward-off the criminals in the State. He noted that with the purchase of the armoured vehicles, the government and security operatives are more armed and equal to the task of flushing out the bandits who are becoming more “sophisticated…

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Nigerians kick against granting amnesty to bandits, terrorists

Some Nigerians have expressed concern over the continued grant of amnesty by the Federal Government to some bandits and terrorists, saying the policy rather worsens the country’s insecurity. The people, in a recent survey in the South-South region, expressed the opinion that pardoning bandits/terrorists questions the nation’s sincerity in fighting the heinous crimes. According to them, bandits were involved in kidnapping, maiming and killing innocent citizens, and should be prosecuted and punished after arrest, and not pardoned. They said pardoning the perpetrators would continue to encourage the committing of evils…

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Insecurity: Terrorists continue onslaught in Katsina

…Abduct children, gun down parents Terrorists have continued to make life a hell for residents of Katsina State, staging multiple attacks across the State in the last 72 hours. In attacks between Thursday and Saturday, some children were abducted while their parents were killed. On Saturday night, terrorists numbering about 20 reportedly invaded Bakori communities, where they abducted seven family members of one Muntari Samuru, who was inflicted with a machete cut.  The attack, according to one Mohammed Sani, was carried out at about 8:15 pm when most people were…

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Bandits kidnap senior police intelligence officers on Abuja highway 

Armed bandits have abducted two senior police intelligence officers who were travelling along the highway between Abuja and Kogi State during the week, according to sources.  The officers were reportedly seized while on a reconnaissance mission in Kogi, where violent insurgents have claimed responsibility for killings and abductions in recent weeks. The officers were said to be on a critical investigation assignment to Kogi when they were seized by bandits on August 23, but the Police leadership allegedly hushed the crisis to avoid another public agitation over the country’s insecurity. According…

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Insecurity: Terrorists force residents of 8 villages to flee in Kebbi

No fewer than eight villages in Augie local government area of Kebbi State have been deserted due to attacks by bandit-terrorists. According to reports, the villages are Zagi, Tungar-Rafi, Tungar-Tudu, Keke, Kwaido, Sabongarin Kwaido, Tungar-Chichira and Tattazai. Residents of the villages were said to have moved out in droves after bandits attacked Zagi on Wednesday night. The attack was said to have left three people dead, many injured and 15 others abducted. The Village Head of Zagi, Muhammadu Lawwali-Sule, said the bandits stormed the village at about midnight. According to…

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Southern Kaduna: Bandits displaced residents of 148 communities – LP guber candidate

The Kaduna State governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Jonathan Asake, has said that residents, comprising no fewer than 148 communities in Southern Kaduna, have been displaced by bandits. He said these in a published interview on Monday while reacting to a comment by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, that the terrorists have formed a parallel government in the State. Asake, who is the erstwhile President of Southern Kaduna People Union, (SOKAPU), also disclosed that he had been visiting the communities destroyed and plundered by bandits-terrorists in the…

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Zamfara: Governor Matawalle approves death penalty for bandits, kidnappers, cultists

…Bars political activities, rallies  Zamfara State Governor, Mohammed Bello Matawalle, has signed into law the anti-banditry Bill, which proposes the death penalty for those found guilty of banditry, kidnappings and other related offences, as part of his administration’s efforts to end insecurity in the State. Matawalle, in a live broadcast in Gusau, the State capital, said the death penalty for criminals is contained in the Prohibition and Punishment for Banditry, Cattle Rustling, Cultism, Kidnapping and Other Incidental Offences, 2022 Act, which he signed on June 28, 2022. Based on the…

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Insecurity: Bandits kill 16, abduct several others in Taraba communities

No fewer than sixteen persons in different communities of Taraba State have been killed by gunmen. According to reports, the bandits stormed the communities in their numbers at the weekend and whisked away several persons. The communities invaded by the attackers are Gidado and Garinkuka villages in Gunduma district, of Mutum-Biyu chiefdom, in Gassol local government area. A staff of the local government council, who gave his name as Abdullahi Chul, said the attackers who invaded the communities in their numbers, accessed the villages with motorbikes. Chul said the attackers,…

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