Zamfara: Nigerian troops mount air, land offensive against bandits

…Scores killed Nigerian troops backed by gunships and fighter jets are carrying out, for the third day, a massive offensive against kidnap gangs in Zamfara state, in wake of telecoms blackout. The military operation in the State came after gunmen kidnapped more than 73 students in the latest mass abduction by heavily-armed criminals called bandits. On Saturday, military jets began air raids on remote camps of gangs and troops moved after the authorities imposed a telecommunication shutdown aimed at disrupting contacts and coordination between the gunmen. “Several camps have been…

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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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“Declare Zamfara, other students abduction a crime against humanity” – SERAP urges ICC

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has petitioned the International Criminal Court, (ICC), of the need to investigate the growing cases of abduction of students in several parts of Northern Nigeria, particularly the recent abduction in Zamfara State. SERAP also urged it to investigate the closure of schools, and the persistent failure of Nigerian authorities at both the Federal and State levels to end the abduction considered as crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the ICC. In the petition dated September 4, 2021, addressed to the Queen’s Counsel…

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Security forces arrest one of Zamfara’s most dangerous bandit’s leader

Security forces in Zamfara State have succeeded in arresting one of the most dangerous bandit leaders, Bello Turji Gudde, terrorizing Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and parts of Niger Republic.  Bello Turji is known to be merciless. He commands one of the biggest gangs among the bandits despite his young age (26 years). According to reports, his gang has killed more than one thousand civilians in areas where he operates. 

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FG orders telcos to shut down mobile phone services in Zamfara as bandits take over State

The Federal Government has ordered all telecom operators, (telcos), to shut down their networks in Zamfara State in an attempt to curb bandit activities ravaging the State. This was contained in a statement issued by the Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Umar Garba Danbatta, on Friday. According to the Commission, “This is to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the State, in line with the requirement, Globacom is hereby directed to shut down all…

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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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Police rescue 8 abducted victims in Zamfara

The Zamfara State Police Command has reportedly rescued no fewer than eight kidnap victims in the Bungudu local government area of the State. The victims were reportedly abducted on August 25 from Kangon Sabuwa, in Bungudu LGA and taken to “Kungurmi bandits Camp”, where they were rescued by the Police “without any financial or material gain”. In a statement by the State’s Police spokesperson, Muhammed Shehu, on Monday, the abducted victims were medically checked by medical officials, debriefed by the police and have been reunited with their families. The State’s…

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Insecurity: Zamfara suspends movement of livestock across borders, shuts weekly markets

…Announces other security measures Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, has ordered that transportation of livestock beyond the state’s borders be suspended. The suspension was announced in a statement issued on Friday by the governor’s media aide, Zailani Bappa. The development comes hours after students abducted from the College of Agriculture in Bakura, Zamfara, regained their freedom, 11 days after they were abducted. According to the statement, Matawalle also ordered the closure of weekly markets across the State, while transportation of food items will be subject to verification. The State government…

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Resettlement City Project will begin soon in Zamfara – Commission

The federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally-Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, has stated that the building of a Resettlement City Project will commence soon in Zamfara State. She stated this on Monday during a courtesy visit to Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle as part of events to flag-off the distribution of relief materials to displaced persons in the state. According to her, the commission had designed programmes for long-term impact to rehabilitate, reintegrate, resettle and empower Persons of Concern (PoCs) in the State. She further added…

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‘Police claim false, bandits abducted 120 persons in our village’ – Zamfara resident

A resident says 120 people were abducted on Sunday night in an aback by bandits on Goran Namaye village in Zamfara State. The Police spokesperson in the state, Mohammed Shehu, had said four people were killed and 50 others kidnapped in the attack. He added that the Commissioner of Police, Yakubu Elkana, had ordered search and rescue operations for the victims. But speaking to BBC Hausa Service, a villager who witnessed the horror, Ibrahim Sulaiman, said the figure now stands at 120. Sulaiman said a day after the attack, the…

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