Insecurity: Terrorists demand N20m for 20 kidnapped children in Niger

Terrorists have kidnapped 20 children, including males and females, in Niger State. According to reports, they were abducted in Kusherki village, in Rafi local government area of the State. They were said to have been in captivity for the past three weeks. The terrorists, according to reports, are demanding for N20 million for their release. There has been a spike in kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminalities across the country for months on end. Last week over 20 children were abducted in Katsina State while working on a farm;…

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Niger lifts job embargo, earmarks N3bn for 3,000 new workers

As one of the strategic plans for the 2023 fiscal year, the Niger State Government has lifted the embargo on employment and provided for the employment of 3,000 workers while also earmarking N3 billion as an additional cost. The N3billion proposed in the 2023 Budget is for the salaries of the new employees of the State government, approximated to be N300 million monthly additional cost. “Government is determined to solve the problem of unemployment in the State, and this is the reason for making enough financial provision for the exercise…

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Niger: Terrorists kill 2; abduct Doctor, nurses, patients, 20 others in State hospital

At least two persons were shot dead while many were abducted when bandits broke into AbdulSalami Abubakar General Hospital, Gulu, Lapai local government area of Niger State, on Monday night. While the identities of those killed had not been ascertained as of press time, it has been confirmed that among those abducted were a medical doctor, a pharmacist, nurses as well as patients and their relations. It was gathered that among the hospital staff abducted were Head, Clinical Services simply identified as Dr. John, Head of Haematology, Usman Zabbo, and…

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Police rescue 9 abducted persons in Niger

The Niger State Police Command has rescued nine abducted residents of Kuchi Village, in Munya local government area of Niger State, by armed gunmen. The State’s Commissioner of Police, Bala Kuryas, confirmed the abduction to newsmen yesterday, in Minna, the State capital. He said that the Police anti-kidnap squad had since been deployed to the area to rescue the victims. “We have put in place sensitive security measures that will ensure the victims are rescued and are united with their loved ones. All we require from members of the general…

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Niger: 17 officers killed, 4 Chinese abducted as Boko Haram moves to seize Shiroro power station

Boko Haram insurgents on a mission to seize the power station in Shiroro, one of Nigeria’s electricity facilities, in Niger State, have killed at least 17 security personnel and abducted four Chinese expatriate workers, according to government officials and local sources. According to government officials and local sources, the attack which occurred on Wednesday evening, left the community devastated, as residents fled the area in droves, in order to avoid being caught in the crossfire. The sources said at least 17 soldiers and police officers were killed, while four Chinese…

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Niger: 17 officers killed, 4 Chinese abducted as Boko Haram moves to seize Shiroro power station

Boko Haram insurgents have killed at least 17 security personnel and abducted four Chinese expatriates as they moved to seize the power station in Shiroro, one of Nigeria’s electricity facilities, in Niger State. According to government officials and local sources, the attack which occurred on Wednesday evening, left the community devastated, as residents fled the area in droves, in order to avoid being caught in the crossfire. The sources said at least 17 soldiers and police officers were killed, while four Chinese workers were seized during the assault by the…

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Niger: 18 passengers in commercial bus feared killed, others injured In road crash

Tragedy occurred in the early hours of yesterday, along Minna-Bida highway in Niger State, following a fatal road traffic crash involving a 20-seater passenger bus traveling from Lagos to Niger State, resulting in the instant deaths of about 18 passengers including the driver. It was gathered that the unfortunate incident occurred specifically at Hammana International College junction, Gidan Mangoro, on Minna-Bida road, while two passengers who narrowly missed death by the whiskers were said to be in critical condition at the emergency ward of a hospital (names withheld), where the…

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2023: ‘You are being deceptive about Baro Port project’ – Niger APC chieftain blasts Amaechi

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Niger State, Jonathan Vatsa has accused former Minister of Transport and Presidential aspirant, Rotimi Amaechi, of being deceptive on the Baro Port project in the State. Vatsa told newsmen, in Minna, that the guilt and sins of Baro Port are chasing Amaechi, which is why he sneaked into Niger State to meet with delegates in the night. The chieftain said if people had known of his coming into Niger State to campaign, a protest would have been organised against him for…

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Malagi: A frontrunner’s 6 guidelines to power

By Rabiu Ibrahim Just how did Mohammed Idris Malagi, media executive and publisher of the Blueprint newspaper become a frontrunner in the race to choose who becomes governor of Niger State in the upcoming delegates’ primaries election, a few days away, and the chase for popular votes in early 2023. Just how? It beats my imagination. He, Malagi, that was a while ago a quiet and unassuming media tender who mostly strutted the public relations and advertising space. Is this a 7th wonder? Apparently, I am not alone in this…

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Niger State: In latest attack, terrorists raid community, abduct many

Terrorists have abducted a yet-to-be-identified number of residents in Niger State. The terrorists were said to have invaded Daza community, in Munya local government area of the State, where they shot indiscriminately. Many residents have fled the community as a result of the Thursday night attack. A source, Sani Kokki, stated that the terrorists invaded their community in large numbers and were heavily armed with assorted sophisticated weapons. Kokki said that three people were killed during the attack while a yet-to-be-identified number of people were abducted. He added that some…

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