War on Terror: Katsina terror kingpin, 7 others killed in NAF air strikes

The leader of a terrorist group in Katsina, AbdulKarim Faca-Faca, has reportedly been killed during a raid by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday. The NAF air strikes was said to have killed Faca-Faca along with seven other terrorists at their hideout in Tandama village, of Danja local government area (LGA) in the State. The spokesperson of Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the development, said the Police embarked on a mop-up operation after the activities of the Nigerian Air Force. According to him, the victims include 52-yr-old…

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Terrorism reporting: SERAP gives Buhari 48 hrs to withdraw threat to sanction BBC, Daily Trust

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently instruct the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to withdraw the threat to sanction the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Daily Trust over their documentaries on terrorism in the country, whether through the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) or any other agency of government.” Recall that the minister had last week stated that the Federal Government would sanction the BBC and Trust TV for airing documentaries that allegedly ‘glorify’, ‘promote’ and ‘fuel’ terrorism and banditry in…

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Terrorism: Anxiety, as mass exodus hits Kaduna community over incessant attack 

Following the incessant terrorist attacks in the region, the Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) have openly expressed their concerns over the high level of anxiety in Damari town, of Kazage Ward, in Birnin-Gwari LGA of Kaduna State, which has been making the citizens desert the community en-masse over continuous attacks by terrorists.  The Chairman, Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU), Ishaq Usman Kasai, in an issued statement yesterday, said: “Today, the people of Damari are fleeing en masse following the continuous attacks by terrorists that besieged the farming community on a ‘vengeance mission’ over Ansaru…

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Terrorist attacks: ‘FG aloof, detached from reality on the ground’ — CSOs

Some Civil Society Organisations, (CSOs), have described the Buhari administration as being primed for failure by refusing to act swiftly to events of attacks by bandits terrorising the country. According to them, terrorism, insurgency, and banditry did not start under Buhari; however, they say it is to his eternal discredit that all have escalated almost beyond control on his watch. The civil society groups said the major and persistent posture of Presidency officials has been to live in denial and blame their predecessors. They further accuse him of not taking…

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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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Insecurity: Terrorists planning to attack Lagos, FCT, Buhari’s State, 2 others  – NSCDC

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have raised the alarm over a possible planned attack on the home-state of President Muhammadu Buhari, Katsina as well as Lagos, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), among others. These were contained in a leaked report, titled: “Re: Heightened plots by terrorists to stage coordinated attacks in parts of the country” and signed by the Deputy Commandant-General Controller in-charge of Operations, DD Mungadi,   addressed to all its Commands, dated July 25. The NSCDC stated that from the intelligence it gathered, Boko Haram and Islamic…

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“Banditry became business because everyone, even govt. benefits from insecurity” – Terrorist kingpin reveals

A self-confessed terrorist kingpin, Abu Sanni, says insecurity has become a business everyone benefits from. Sanni, who says he helped mastermind the abduction of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, was interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa Eye, in a forest situated in the State. The 50-minute documentary titled: ‘The Bandit warlords of Zamfara’, was undertaken by a journalist, Yusuf Anka, who criss-crossed remote bandit enclaves in the State. Zamfara is one of the worst-hit States by banditry. According to a report, the State…

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School Abduction: “We used N60 million ransom to buy more weapons” – Zamfara bandits

The N60 million ransom paid for the release of almost 300 abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) in Jangebe town, Zamfara State, were used in buying more weapons, a bandit warlord has revealed. The revelation was contained in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa Eye documentary, titled: “The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara” set to air today, Monday, July 25, giving credence to claims that the government has been bankrolling bandits’ operations through ransom payment. The bandit warlord when asked what the ransom was used for confidently replied: “We…

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Terrorism: FG mulls nationwide ban on motorcycles, mining activities

The National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, announced that it is considering a nationwide ban on motorcycles, popularly known as okada or achaɓa, and mining, as part of its strategy to curb terrorist activities, checkmate loopholes and cut off their sources of funding. Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), stated that investigations are still on-going especially to establish the correlation between mining and motorcycles which they suspect provide funding for the supply…

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Escalating Insecurity: Bandits, Ansaru terrorists clash in Kaduna

Bandits have attacked members of the Ansaru terrorist sect in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State. According to reports, the bandits were said to have stormed Damari village, under Kazage Ward in the eastern part of the local government area in an attempt to dislodge the terrorists from the village. It was gathered that the sect members were “preaching” to locals when bandits opened fire, killing two villagers in the process. Recall that there had been reports on how the terrorists have taken over communities in the eastern part…

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