Between Slaughtered Cattle and Insecurity in Nigeria

By; Ishaq Moddibo Kawu. Recently, the video of hundreds of slaughtered cattle, was making the rounds, on various social media platforms. An old classmate posted it on my Secondary School Class WhatsApp platform; and because he neither spoke Fulfulde nor Hausa, he was sufficiently alarmed, to request for translation of what was being said, by the obviously distressed people, in the video. I made a translation of the conversation; but I thought it was proper to provide some more engaging context for the video. There have been circulated in.the recent…

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Insecurity: Terrorists abduct 14 Indians, kill six in Kogi

Bandits have reportedly abducted 14 Indian nationals in Ajaokuta LGA of Kogi State. It was gathered that two Indians, two police officers and two drivers were killed when the gunmen struck. The incident reportedly happened around 9:00 pm, on Friday. “They were on their way home from work (West African Ceramics) when the gunmen attacked their Coaster bus yesterday (Friday) night”, a resident of the area said. “Their bus was ambushed by these gunmen. They were able to kidnap 14 Indians. Two police officers providing security to them were also…

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Kaduna Insecurity: Residents flee Birnin-Gwari over incessant bandit attacks 

The Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) has expressed concern over the mass exodus of residents of Damari town, in Kazage Ward, of Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State as a result of daily attacks by bandits.   According to a native of Birnin-Gwari, Ishaq Kasai, in an issued statement, said the apparent neglect and inaction by government have left the natives with no choice than to relocate from the theatre of war and seek for safer locations to pitch their tents in order to save their lives. “Today, the people…

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Benue State Security outfit: Ortom unveils Community Volunteer Guards; purchase AK-47, others for outfits

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday unveiled the state’s security outfit known as Community Volunteer Guards. The new recruits were unveiled during the passing out parade held at IBB Square, Makurdi. Ortom pledged that his administration would legally procure AK-47, AK-49, and other sophisticated weapons for the group. He further said that 500 personnel drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state were recruited in the first batch. The governor said that his administration decided to constitute the security outfit due to the failure of the Federal Government…

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Kaduna Escalating Insecurity: Bandits abduct 50 in Birnin-Gwari

The Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives’ Union (BEPU) has said bandits had encircled Damari town in the Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State and abducted 50 people. This was contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of BEPU, Ishaq Usman Kasai, yesterday. The statement noted that on Monday, the bandits returned to the town unchallenged, burnt a vehicle, kidnapped scores, intercepted and maltreated people, a serious development that reflects the level of serious insecurity situation facing our community. Kasai said in the last five days, the union has alerted the…

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Insecurity: “We live in fear” – Abuja residents

The recent activities of terrorists in Abuja and its environs which resulted in the death of military men have triggered fear, panic, suspicion and anxiety among residents of the federal capital. A staff of FCT Administration (FCTA), Susan, who lives in Madalla, told newsmen in a telephone interview that she and other residents couldn’t sleep peacefully on Thursday night because of the unexpected attack on soldiers at a military checkpoint at Zuma Rock, along Abuja-Kaduna expressway. “My brother, insecurity is a big challenge in Nigeria, and little or nothing is…

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Insecurity: Army reshuffles its top brass, appoints new GOCs, others

In an effort to reposition the Nigerian Army for operational efficiency and proficiency, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has approved the posting and appointment of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army to command, instructional and staff appointments across its formations and units. Those affected in the redeployment, which was released on Thursday, include some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters, General Officers Commanding (GOC), Corps Commanders and Commandants of training institutions, Brigade Commanders, Commanding Officers, amongst others. According to the Army spokesman, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu,…

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“No shooting at Dantata Bridge, Minister’s Hill in Abuja” – FCT Police

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has said that there was no shooting at Dantata Bridge and Minister’s Hill as speculated in some quarters. The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh, stated this in a statement yesterday, in Abuja. Recall that some sections of the media on Tuesday circulated stories of shooting at Dantata Bridge, along Airport Road and Minister’s Hill in the Maitama area of Abuja. “The attention of the Police Command in the FCT has been drawn to a series of…

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Kaduna: Govt. beefs up security over terrorists’ plans to attack State

The Kaduna State government has beefed up security throughout the State against circulated reports of plans by terrorists to launch heavy attacks in the State. To this end, security agencies have enhanced collaborative measures in view of the circulated reports of security threats by terrorists. The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Monday, said security agencies will continue to monitor the situation with optimal alertness and urgency.  The statement said, “The attention of the Kaduna State Government has been drawn to a…

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Insecurity: “Cancel your planned South-East visit”, IPOB tells British envoy

…Warns of assassination plot The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has advised the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, to cancel her planned visit to the south-eastern part of the country. IPOB made the call after it raised the alarm over an alleged plot to assassinate Laing during her visit to the region. According to an issued statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, yesterday, the proscribed group claimed it got the information through its intelligence arm, the M-Branch, revealing that the idea is to assassinate the envoy in the…

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