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Bandits abduct 3-month old baby, 7 others, kill 2 in Zamfara

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, Security forces are now trailing yet to be identified gunmen who invaded Kanoma village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara and abducted seven persons, including a three month old baby along with her mother, killing two people.

An eye witness, Malam Ibrahim Muhammed told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau on Wednesday that the bandits in their hundreds besieged the area at about 3 am on Tuesday and fired gun shots sporadically in the air to scare the residents away.

Muhammad further explained that “It was while they were scaring the people with gun shots that they killed the two victims who came out in the confusion.

He said the bandits went to the residence of one Dan Haja, a business man, beat him with iron rods and inflicted serious injuries on him after which they went away with his wife who is a nursing mother and her three months old baby.

He also said the bandits moved to the house of a retired Director-General in the state government, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi, and picked him too along with six other persons and disappeared.

“At a later time, they called to demand for a ransom of 50 million naira for the release of those abductees,” Muhammad said.

When contacted, the state Police Command spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu confirmed the attack but said, “from the report we received, no one was killed and a total of eight persons mostly women and children were abducted by the attackers.”

He said, the command’s Tactical and Anti-terrorism units had been deployed to the area to trail the bandits and arrest them, adding that peace had been restored to the area.

He urged members of the public to always report such attacks or suspicious movements in good time so that assistance could come.

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Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede

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Kebbi Governor donates N5m to victims of bandits attack in Sokoto

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Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has donated N5 million to victims of recent bandits attacks in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

A statement issued in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday by Malam Yahaya Sarki, the governor’s Special Adviser on Media, said that the donation was announced when Bagudu visited Sokoto on sympathy visit on Friday.

Bagudu noted that the obnoxious mayhem unleashed on innocent victims had left many people injured and multi-million naira worth of property destroyed.

He extolled the commitment, proactive actions and foresightedness of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal in addressing the security and social needs of Sokoto citizens.

He recalled the recent visit by Tambuwal to President Buhari where he intimated him on the sad development.

”We are happy that President Muhammadu Buhari has since directed the Armed forces and other security agencies to urgently stem the tide of bandits’ nefarious activities.

”The condolence visit is also, to express support and solidarity to the government and people of Sokoto State.

”I prayed to Almighty Allah to repose the souls of the deceased and grant their respective families and the state government the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses,” he said.

Responding, Tambuwal commended Bagudu for the visit and the uncommon show of love, support and solidarity.

He appreciated Bagudu’s style of leadership in Kebbi and as Chairman of APC Progressive Governors Forum.

He also said Sokoto and Kebbi States were one and would remain inseparable and that whatever affected one affected the other.

Tambuwal said that the Federal Government had responded to the ugly development in the state and other neighbouring states.

He restated his commitment to securing the lives and property of the people of the state .

Similarly, Gov. Bagudu, accompanied by Tambuwal, were at the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, to condole with him over the sad incident.

Bagudu said: “We are at this prestigious and highly revered palace to offer our sincere heatfelt sympathy on behalf of the government and people of Kebbi State.”

He also acknowledged the role played by the Sultan in taking decisions to curtail the spread of the raging coronavirus apart from providing plausible solutions to the recurring security challenges in the country.

Respnding, the Sultan, thanked Gov. Bagudu for the visit, describing the relationship between Kebbi and Sokoto states as cordial.

While praying for the souls of the deceased, Sultan also harped on the need for sustained unity amongst the two states.

The Sultan acknowledged the ongoing concerted efforts by the governors to bring to an end the obnoxious acts of banditry in the region.

He said: “We will continue to play our role as leaders and offer useful advice to leaders, to serve the people better.

“Let me reiterate that COVID-19 is still around the corner, I am appealing to the Governors to continue to take plausible measures to contain the spread of the disease,” Abubakar said. 


Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Troops of Operation Accord kill 70 bandits in Kachia forest – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says the troops of the newly-launched Operation Accord on Friday killed Friday no fewer than 70 armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Kashia Forest in Kaduna State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche
, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Enenche
said the success was recorded in a combined ground and air offensive conducted by troops of Operation Thunder Strike, under Operation Accord, in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and local Vigilantes in the area.
He said the offensive operation was sequel to a credible information on the bandits’ movements within the area.
According to him, troops pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun Local Government Area into the forest.
“Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships.
“After the air interdiction, 70 bandits were confirmed killed by human intelligence while others escaped with injuries while exploitation operation is still being carried out by the troops in the forest.
“As a matter of security concern, people in this general area should report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces.
“This is to ensure that the escapees are mopped up,” he said.
Enenche further disclosed that troops of Operation Yaki in blocking positions for Operation Accord at outskirts of Kankomi village arrested two bandits’ logistics suppliers.
He said that Items such as recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries were recovered.
The Military High Command congratulates Operation Thunder Strike, Operation Yaki and Air Component of Operation Accord for their dexterity.
“The general public is requested to continue to provide timely and credible information that would assist in eliminating bandits and other criminal elements in the country,” he said. NAN
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Nigerian air force confirms killing of over 300 bandits in NW region

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Nigeria’s air force on Thursday confirmed that over 300 armed bandits were killed and their camps destroyed in a military operation in the country’s northwest region.

Sadiq Abubakar, Nigeria’s Chief of the Air Staff, disclosed this to reporters in northern Katsina during an operational visit to the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji.

The military operation was launched early this year to rout out bandits from the northwest region.

Over 300 bandits have so far been confirmed killed in the ongoing war against banditry in the northwestern part of the country,” Abubakar added.

He told reporters that the visit was to assess the level of support in terms of Air and Special Forces operations given by the Nigerian Air Force to the defense headquarters operation to secure the entire northwest and north-central zones of the country.

The air force chief, who appealed to the bandits to surrender their arms and face justice, urged troops not to spare any bandit so that farmers can go back to their farms.

The Nigerian authorities have launched repeated military operations and local peace talks to try to curb the violence in the northwest, which has been wracked by years of insecurity involving clashes between rival communities over land, attacks by heavily-armed criminal gangs and reprisal killings by vigilante groups.

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Operation Katsina: Military eliminates 392 bandits since commencement of operation – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says the military has eliminated about 392 bandits in the North West and North Central since the commencement of Operation Katsina on May 14.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this while giving update of the military operations across the country at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

Enenche stated that the operation was launched as a subsidiary Operation under Operation Hadarin Daji to deal with the menace of banditry in the region.

He said that the troops through land and air offensives successfully degraded the bandits and other criminal elements in the two zones.

According to him, those bandits that escaped resorted to reprisal attacks on civilian targets leading to the launching of Operation Accord on June 1.

Enenche said that Operation Accord was planned by the military high command to handle the situation.

“In this regard, the Chief of Defence Staff ordered the commencement of Operation Accord from June 1 as a joint operation involving the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies.

“It is a concomitant operation by all the theatres of operations in the North West and North Central regions of the country targeted at tackling banditry and other criminal activities.

“In this regard, all identified hideouts and hibernations of the enemies will be decisively cleared through land and air combat actions.

“This can easily be achieved through provision of credible information that can translate to actionable intelligence.

“Thus, the general public is hereby requested to avail the various operational outfits in their locations with this highly desirable information, to enable the Nigerian Military and other security agencies achieve the set objective,” he said.

Enenche said that the various operations had progressed successfully in all the theatres of operations in the last one week.

In the North East, he disclosed that the military and other security agencies had been on the offensive against the terrorists mainly through the Land and Air components of Operation Lafiya Dole.

According to him, the significant feats achieved in this theatre include deletion of key commanders, destruction of their logistics bases and cutting off their supply routes.

“Equally, their camps have been in disarray as a result of the killing of some of their key commanders through airstrikes and artillery bombardments on their identified locations.

“This is additional to the aggressive mobile clearance operations and air interdictions.

“Thus, the terrorists now carry out attacks in depleted strength on soft targets which is being effectively countered by the gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.”

Enenche added that the military high command had commended the gallantry of all the troops of Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country.

He also commended the public for providing credible information that had so far facilitated the successes of these operations.

Enenche also urged the public to be proactive in providing timely information by reporting suspicious movements and strangers within their locality to troops stationed in their areas.

This, according to him, is very necessary for enhancement of operational activities.

The Armed Forces of Nigeria assures that these offensives against the common enemies of this Nation will not cease until normalcy is restored to all the troubled regions of the country,” he said.


Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Banditry: Don’t give breathing space to bandits –Chief of Air Staff urges NAF Special Forces

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has urged the troops deployed to fight against banditry and kidnapping in the North Central and North West, to continue to do everything possible not to give breathing space to bandits.

Abubakar gave the directive on Thursday when he paid operational visit to the 213 Forward Operating Base, Katsina, where he addressed NAF Special Forces.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abubakar was earlier briefed by the Air Officer commanding Special Operations Command of the Nigerian Air Force, AVM Charles Ohwo, on the operations.

“I appreciate your efforts, but I urge you to give no breathing space to bandits.

“Locate the bandits, identify their locations and ensure that they do not attack people.

“Do everything humanly possible and ensure that Nigerians conduct their legal activities without hindrance,” he said.

Abubakar further urged the officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force to ensure that farmers go to their farms during this rainy season.

“Do not allow bandits to interfere with farming processes,” he said.

He advised the bandits to surrender themselves and their weapons for their own good.

Abubakar said that the Nigeria Air Force has deployed 500 Special Forces to fight against banditry, kidnapping and other forms of crimes in the North central and North west zones of the country.

He said that NAF would continue to deploy serviceable aircrafts, surveillance aircrafts, gunship helicopters and aviation fuel to enable the air officers and men effectively fight the criminal elements.

Abubakar further said that the NAF has recorded 82 per cent success on serviceable operations of its aircrafts despite COVID-19 pandemic.

He therefore urged Nigerians to have confidence in NAF and give them intelligence information that would assist to achieve success in the fight against criminals.

“Security is not only a military affair, but is for all and sundry. Give intelligence information to NAF, Nigerian Army, police and other security agents about activities of bandits and other criminals.

“We will continue to work together with Nigerian Army and other security agencies to fight insurgency,” he said.

Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, AVM Charles Ohwo, spoke at length on their operations in the North Central and North West zones of the country.

He told the Chief of Air Staff that Operation Gama Aiki, Operation Thunder Strike and Operation Hadarin Daji, were introduced to tackle insurgency in those parts of the country.

Ohwo said that the NAF aircrafts involved in the operations so far covered about 1,400 flying hours covering areas in Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States.

He said that the major challenges they were encountering are poor whether conditions and lack of hanger space.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Bandits kill District Head in Katsina state

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Suspected bandits have shot dead the District Head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Abu Atiku, 60, in Danmusa Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

The state Police Public Relations’ Officer (PPRO), SP Gambo Isah, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Katsina.

Isah said that the attackers invaded the area on Sunday at about 11.55 p.m. with AK47 rifles.

He said that they attacked the residence of the deceased and shot him dead.

The PPRO added that the attackers also shot his security guard, Gambo Chakau and fled into the forest.

He explained that the victims were rushed to the Danmusa General Hospital for treatment, where the district head was confirmed dead.

According to Isah, the security guard is responding to treatment.

Suspected bandits had attacked some communities in Batsari LGA killing the council’s APC Chairman.


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Bandits kill Batsari LGA APC Chairman in Katsina State — Police

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The Police Command in Katsina State said that bandits have killed Alhaji Abdulhamid Sani, Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Katsina.

Today, 31/05/2020, at about 1:35 p.m., bandits in their numbers, attacked Sabon-garin Dumburawa in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“The bandits begun shooting sporadically with sophisticated weapons, and killed a 55-year-old APC Chairman in Batsari local Government Area, Abdulhamid Sani, when he resisted to be kidnapped by the hoodlums,” he said.

Isah said that Operation Puff Adder and Sharan Daji have responded, and now searching the forest with a view to arresting the hoodlums.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Military bombards bandits’ logistics warehouse in Zamfara – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji  on Saturday destroyed a bandits’ logistics warehouse in an air bombardment along North of Birnin Kogo in Zamfara.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday, said the air bombardment was in continuation of the renewed onslaught against armed bandits in parts of the Northwest and North Central states.

Enenche said the air strikes were executed sequel to intelligence reports that indicated that the large structure was being used by the bandits to store their ammunition, raw rations and other logistics items in the area.

According to him, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack aircraft was scrambled to engage the target, scoring accurate hits on the warehouse, which went up in flames as a result of its volatile contents, leading to its complete destruction.

“Four armed bandits guarding the facility were also neutralised as a result of the attack.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism.

“He directed them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Police kill 2 kidnappers, arrest 6 bandits, recover 130 cows in Katsina

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The Police Command in Katsina State says it killed two suspected kidnappers, arrested six notorious bandits and recovered 130 rustled cows.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Katsina.

On Wednesday at about 22:00hrs, based on intelligence report, we gathered that a notorious syndicate of bandits have escaped from the Rugu forest to avoid the present Military and Police onslaught.

Operation Puff Adder and other police patrol teams, led by an Area Commander, raided their hideouts near Fasada village, Dutsinma.

“The police engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and succeeded in killing two kidnappers and rescued three victims,” he said.

Isah said that those arrested include Lawali Hali and Abdullahi Alhaji-Juli, from Shamushalle village in Zamfara.

Others are Rabe Bello and Auwalu Halilu from Nahuta village, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

He further said that other bandits arrested were Lawal Hassan from Wurma village in Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State, and Ibrahim Sani alias Nabuhari of Gamji, Zakka in Safana Local Government Area of the state.

The police spokesman addedd that the team also succeeded in arresting six notorious bandits/kidnappers, recovered 130 rustled cows, two 225 sheep and one AK47 rifle.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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