Katsina: Joint security operatives rescue 30 Muslim worshippers

Joint security operatives, comprising the Police, Army and other allied agencies, Monday afternoon rescued 30 Muslims out of the 40 that were kidnapped while praying inside a mosque. Spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isa who confirmed the abduction and subsequent rescue of the Muslim faithful, told newsmen in a telephone chat that the bandits in their numbers came from Zurumi border town, in Zamfara State, during Tahajjud prayers in the outskirt of Jibia forest. According to him, “The bandits, who came in their numbers, surrounded the…

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Afaka school abduction: “I planned to bomb bandits who kidnapped students even if the students die rather than pay a ransom” – Gov. el-Rufa’i

Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufa’i has revealed that he planned to bomb the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation students in Afaka, even if some of the abducted students are killed. He made the remarks in an online interview on social media on Africa’s development hosted by a church. According to the governor, “Kaduna State is confronted by a war and therefore, even if some of the students are killed, it will be a sacrifice that had to be made”. The governor further disclosed that two days after the abduction,…

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Police deny reports claiming Abuja schools have been shut down over fear of bandits attack

The Nigeria Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, has dismissed reports claiming schools in the capital city have been shut down over fears of bandit attacks. It was learnt that reports have been making the rounds on social media that the Nigerian Law School and Veritas University, in the Bwari Area Council, as well as other schools, have been shut down over fear of bandits or Fulani herdsmen attacks. A senior Police Officer who spoke to newsmen on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that contrary to reports in the media,…

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Niger: Over 1,000 gunmen attack, kill and kidnapped more than 100 persons at Shadadi town

Unknown gunmen have reportedly kidnapped over 100 people in Shadadi town in Niger State, after killing 8 and leaving 4 injured. A source, who spoke with BBC Hausa Service, said more than 1, 000 gunmen who perpetrated the act attacked the town on Wednesday. The attack comes just days after the State governor, Abubakar Bello, confirmed the activity of Boko Haram militants in the State. The worst place affected by the latest attack is Shadadi town, under Mariga local government area, where eyewitnesses said thousands of residents have fled the…

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‘Kidnapping, banditry not federal offences in Nigeria’ – Lai Mohammed

The Federal government says kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences in Nigeria. Addressing the media yesterday, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, made the comment in response to the statement on insecurity issued by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). “It is shocking that a Party that ruled this nation for all of 16 years does not know that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences”, he said. The minister informed the Party to call out the States, including those being controlled by it, to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested…

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Kaduna schools abductions: Parents of kidnapped students protest at NASS

…Demand return of children, end to insecurity Parents of the abducted students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in Kaduna State, yesterday took a protest to the National Assembly complex, Abuja, to register their grievances. The protesting parents were joined by members of the Students Union Government (SUG) of the institution, as well as some civil society organisations, (CSOs). They lamented the negligence of the State and Federal Government in securing the release of their children. They blocked the entrance to the Federal Secretariat axis of the complex as…

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Kaduna: Bandits threaten to kill Greenfield Varsity students if N100m ransom isn’t paid

Gunmen who kidnapped some students of Greenfield University in Kaduna state have threatened to kill the victims if their demands are not met by today, Tuesday. Recall that the armed men suspected to be bandits attacked the institution on April 18 and kidnapped some students. Speaking in a telephone conversation with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), one Sani Idris Jalingo, who identified himself as the leader of the bandits, said 17 of the students are still in their custody. He added that the families of the students…

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Kaduna: ‘Abductors of 65 Adara natives demand N350m ransom’ – SOKAPU

Six days after 65 Adara natives were abducted from Libere Gida, Kallah ward, in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, their abductors have demanded N350 million ransom for their release. The Southern Kaduna People’s Union, (SOKAPU), disclosed the abductors have been in touch with the community for ransom. The group had reported that 10 out of the 65 abducted villagers escaped a day after they were kidnapped, stressing that going by the latest village headcount, 72 persons, made up of 16 males and 56 females, were being held by…

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Kidnappers kill 6-yr-old after N5m ransom

…Dump body inside drainage Kidnappers have killed and dumped the body of a 6-year-old boy inside a drainage in Kano State, after collecting N5 million ransom from his parents. It was gathered that the victim, Mohammed Kabir, was abducted in Barnawa in Kaduna, where his parents are based. It was also gathered that the boy’s father is a businessman in the community. A resident of the area who pleaded anonymity said the kidnappers initially demanded N50 million ransom, but later settled for a million naira. “We heard the parents took…

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Banditry: Matawalle orders demolition of informants, arms suppliers’ houses

Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, has directed security agencies to demolish the houses of informants and those supplying arms to bandits in the State. A press release signed by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General on Media to the governor, issued to newsmen in Gusau yesterday, said that the order was with immediate effect. Matawalle issued the order when Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, paid him a sympathy visit over recent bandit attacks on some communities in Zamfara, which left many people dead and several others displaced. Matawalle said serious punitive…

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