Nigerian Air Force jet mistakenly bombs wedding guests in Niger

A Nigerian Air Force, (NAF), Alpha jet has reportedly shelled a wedding venue, killing some wedding guests during a ceremony at a remote community in Niger State.  According to reports, the airstrikes were targeting bandits and insurgents in the area. The airstrike, in which some armed bandits and cattle rustlers were killed took place at Genu town, in the State, a news blog reported on Saturday, adding that according to a witness, “one of the bombs allegedly strayed at a wedding party in an adjoining village. “We saw the small…

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Niger: Abductors of Islamic schoolchildren raise ransom from N110m to N200m

The bandits that abducted the Islamiyya students in Niger State have upped their demand for ransom money for the release of the 156 students in their custody to N200 million. Recall that on May 27, bandits attacked Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school in Tegina town, Rafi LGA, and abducted several schoolchildren. On Wednesday, the bandits demanded N110 million ransom for the kidnapped pupils. However, the situation has taken a new dimension as the bandits have now raised their demand to N200 million. According to the school head-teacher and a parent of…

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Islamic school abduction: Bandits demand N110m for the release of pupils

Bandits who abducted pupils of the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, in Tegina town, in Rafi local government area of Niger State are demanding N110 million as ransom for the release of his pupils. According to the school’s Headmaster, Abubakar Alhassan, the bandits made contact with the management of the institution on Monday asking him to pay N110 million as ransom for the release of his pupils. Alhassan said the bandits claimed to have 156 pupils with them. According to him, the kidnappers threatened that if they did not pay the…

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11 Niger abducted Islamiyya school children released

Eleven out of the many students abducted by bandits on Sunday in Niger state have been released by their captors. The State government disclosed this yesterday, in a statement by the governor’s media aide, Mary Noel-Berje. The students were abducted at the Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Tegina town when the bandits attacked the town located in Rafi local government area of the State. The incident was the second in the state this year, among several incidents, of abductions of schoolchildren by bandits. The bandits have recently abducted several people…

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“We’re in a war situation in Niger State” – Governor

Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, has said that the State is at a serious crisis level equivalent to a war situation and has to be treated as such.  Governor Bello said this on Sunday, in a statement expressing his outrage at the escalating level of banditry in the State, while also reiterating his emergency call on the federal government for prompt intervention.  The governor spoke against the backdrop of bandits’ attacks in Rafi, Wushishi, and Lavun local government areas in the State. He said the attacks occurred in Tegina, Wushishi…

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Insecurity: Again, Bandits abduct many students in Tegina, Niger State

Few months after the abduction of Kagara College students in Niger State, armed Bandits have again abducted some students of an Islamic school in Tegina town, in Rafi local government area of Niger State. It was gathered that the bandits stormed the Islamiyya school, located in Tegina town, around 4.30 pm when the students were receiving lessons. Tegina is the hometown of the local government chairperson, Isma’il Moddibo. It is in the same local government area with Kagara where bandits earlier this year abducted many students but later released them…

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Niger: Bandits demand N50m for kidnapped victims, Emir raises alarm

The Etsu-Nupe and Chairman of Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alh. Yahaya Abubakar, has called for an emergency meeting of districts and village heads over the kidnap of five persons in Batatti, Lavun local government area of Niger State by bandits.  It was gathered that the bandits are currently demanding the sum of N50 million as ramsons on the five victims in their possession. The Bandits numbering ten yesterday, at about 8 p.m, stormed Batatti and kidnapped their victims while injuring many others. Also, other valuables, including laptops and…

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Just In: Infamous Niger bandit captured by Nigerian Army

An infamous bandit commander in Niger State, Jack Bros Yellow, has reportedly been captured by the Nigerian Army troops during a sting operation. Jack Bros Yellow was famous for demanding communities to pay N3million for peace to reign. According to reports, although the villagers rallied around to raise the funds. However, when the money was paid he was allegedly short-changed by his deputy, who fled with the money. An enraged Jack Bros Yellow returned to the community thereafter and kidnapped about nine women from Galape village after Galkogo, in Shiroro…

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Niger: 15 perish, seventeen rescued in boat mishap

Fifteen persons have reportedly lost their lives, 17 rescued and many still missing in a boat mishap in Tijana, Munya local government area of Niger State. It was gathered that the boat mishap happened at about 6:00 pm on Saturday, when the villagers were returning from a local market in Zumba, Shiroro local government area of the State. The Sarkin Kasuwa (Head of the Market) of Zumba, Mallam Adamu Ahmed, who confirmed the mishap stated that the local boat was conveying over 60 people, including women and children when it reportedly capsized.…

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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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