Insecurity: Shutdown of communication, closure of schools, others will worsen citizens’ lives in North ― NEF

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has said that the recent suspension of weekly markets, restrictions on the sale of petrol, curfews, movement of cattle and restriction communication, in the northern part of the country will compound the desperate conditions of living of many communities in the region. NEF said it is closely following the condition of many northern communities that have become particularly vulnerable to attacks and abuse by bandits, kidnappers and related organised criminals. The Director, Publicity and Advocacy of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement made available…

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Insecurity: “We’re not returning to Nigeria”, say 50,000 Sokoto residents taking refuge in Niger Republic

More than 50,000 residents of 17 communities in Sabon-Birni local government area of Sokoto State who relocated to Niger Republic two weeks ago following incessant bandits’ attacks have refused all entreaties for them to return home. The villagers, who are currently taking refuge at Tudun-Sunnah village, Gidan Runji LGA in Maradi State of Niger Republic, insisted that their former villages were not safe as there was still insecurity there. The State’s Commissioner for careers and security architecture, Col. Garba Moyi (rtd), said the State government had been making efforts to…

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Zamfara imposes curfew in entire State

…Police confirm 73 students abducted Zamfara State Government has imposed a curfew on the entire State. The State’s Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba Elkana, announced this during the Police Headquarter’s during a press briefing in Gusau, the State capital. According to him, there shall be no movement from 6 pm to 6 am on the 13 LGAs and 8 pm to 6 am in the State capital, adding that all schools are to be shut down with immediate effect. The Commissioner of Police explained that the measures were to tackles…

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Insecurity: “Buhari met Nigeria as one, but allows bandits to rule some parts” — Sheikh Khalid

The Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters mosque, Sheikh Nuru Khalid, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for his failure to tackle banditry in the country.  Addressing worshippers during his Friday sermon, the Imam said President Buhari met a united Nigeria but allowed bandits to rule part of the country. “Go and tell the president that under his government some group of people are issuing threats to local communities, demanding that they be paid some amounts of money or face attack”, Khalid said. “And they would gather the money and announce…

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“Buhari met Nigeria as one, but allow bandits to rule part of country” – Sheikh Khalid

The Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque,Sheikh Nuru Khalid, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for his failure to tackle banditry in the country. Addressing worshippers during his Friday sermon, the Imam said President Buhari met a united Nigeria but allowed bandits to rule part of the country. His words: “Go and tell the president that under his government some group of people are issuing threats to local communities, demanding that they be paid some amounts of money or face attack. “And they would gather the money and announce publicly…

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Killings: ‘There’s urgent need for radical reform of security structure, accountability of agencies’ – APC PGF DG

The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, says he believes that despite the recent achievement of the administration in the fight against insurgency, noticed in the rollback in the activities of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the Northeast, that a lot still needs to be done to restore sanity in parts of the country. The PGF DG, in an opinion article released Friday, expressed the view that the present security structure in the country needs radical reform and overhaul in favour of a Community-based system…

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“Killings are underreported; we buried 76 people in one day in Sokoto” – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that the number of people killed by criminals across the country is underreported. Speaking at the 3rd Quarter 2021 meeting of the Intra-Religious Council in Abuja on Thursday, Abubakar said the level of insecurity in the country has worsened. According to him, 76 residents in the State were killed and buried in one day, and 48 persons another day. He said these incidents were not reported. The Sultan asked why the intelligence agencies have been unable to identify the…

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Insecurity: ‘Nigeria must renegotiate its peace and unity’ – Sultan Abubakar

…Says situation getting worse by the day …’President aware of insecurity, concerned, says SGF Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has suggested that President Muhammadu Buhari, as a matter of urgency, convoke a Dialogue to discuss the peace and unity of Nigeria. Delivering his remarks at the third quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) in Abuja, the Sultan said the meeting should be attended by traditional, community and religious leaders, as well as opinion leaders, people from political and business communities, and other people that matter in the…

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Insecurity: ‘Silence not golden at this time’, Senator Ndume tells Buhari

The senator representing Borno-South and Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has urged President Muhammadu to cultivate the habit of talking to Nigerians amidst scary security situations in the country. Senator Ndume gave the admonition, yesterday, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja. The Chairman Senate Committee on Army asked President Buhari to learn from the President of the United States, Joe Biden, who makes it a daily event to brief Americans on the fate of his citizens still trapped in Afghanistan. Senator Ndume said Nigerians did not vote…

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‘Current security challenges worrisome’ ― Former Head of State, AbdulSalami Abubakar

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has described the current security challenges facing the nation as worrisome. He stated this while playing host to the executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Niger State chapter, at his Uphill residence, Minna, just as he expressed concern over the lingering security challenges bedevilling the country and he was however optimistic about the capacity of the security agencies to contain the situation. The elder statesman thereby called on the media to help in diffusing the tension through balanced reporting coupled with…

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