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Bandits shoot wife of Council Chairman, 2 others in Kebbi



Bandits shoot wife of Council Chairman, 2 others in Kebbi


Birnin Kebbi, June 24,2019 Some suspected bandits have shot the wife of Bunza Local Council Chairman, a policeman and a member of the local vigilante at Zogirma community in Kebbi after a botched kidnap attempt.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three victims are currently at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin Kebbi receiving treatment.

Aliyu Usman, a resident of Zogirma community, told newsmen that when the bandits came into the community they shot sporadically and abducted the woman from her home.

“They went to the chairman’s house but couldn’t initially gain entrance.

“They shot at the door several times and when they entered they took his wife’’, Usman said.

He said that a policeman and a member of the vigilante group went after the bandits in an attempt to rescue the woman.

“They started shooting and they shot the woman, the policeman and a member of the vigilante group in the process,’’ he said.

When NAN correspondent visited the FMC, the Chief Medical Director, Dr Hamzat Balarabe, said the centre had to quickly operate on the vigilante group member for him to survive.

“We are planning to move quickly on the woman too as she has multiple fracture and a wound at the lower part of her chest,’’ he said.

The council Chairman, Alhaji Bello Zogirma, who confirmed the incident, said the suspected armed bandits invaded the community at about 1:40am on Sunday and shot sporadically to scare away residents.

“The bandits in their numbers had kidnapped my wife and a father in the family but no lives were lost during the attack.

“The kidnapped persons have regained their freedom after exchange of fire between the bandits and the police with support from the vigilante group in the area,’’ Zogirma said.

He said, “I have learnt that immediately after the attack, a combined operations of the Army, Police and other security operatives was launched around the bush.

“And it paid off as one of the suspects that sustained gunshot injuries was arrested in one of the hospitals in Kamba where he was taken for treatment by the bandits.’’

The council chairman commended Gov. Atiku Bagudu and security operatives for their quick response to the attack.

“Governor Bagudu was at the hospital early to see the three people that were injured in the attack,’’ he said. .


Nigerian air force confirms killing of over 300 bandits in NW region




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



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



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



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.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Bandits kill Batsari LGA APC Chairman in Katsina State — Police



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



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



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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Zamfara: Police partner ex bandits, rescue 12 kidnap victims -PPRO



The  Police Command in Zamfara has rescued 12 kidnap victims through the collaboration of repentant  bandits in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by Shehu Mohammed, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO)  in the state and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Thursday.

Mohammed said that  the victims who were kidnapped from Farar Kasa and Sabon Birni villages, were rescued two weeks after with the assistance of the repentant bandits.

According to him, the repentant bandits assisted the police in trailing the abductors to their hideouts.

He said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo while handing over the victims to the Zamfara state Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, commended the repentant bandits for keeping to their promise in supporting governor Gov Bello Matawalle’s peace and reconciliation initiative.

Nagogo urged them to sustain the support, noting that the initiative had remained one of the best ways of achieving peace in the state.

He said, while receiving the victims on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, gave assurances that  the state government would continue to engage bandits in peace dialogue.

He, however, warned that recalcitrant bandits would be severely dealt with.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Military tracking movement of fleeing bandits –Enenche



The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, has assured that the military high command had put measures in place to checkmate inter-state movement of fleeing armed bandits from the heat of military operations in the North West.

Enenche stated this while giving update on the military operations across the country at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that following the intensified offensive and military onslaught against armed bandits in the North west and North Central parts of the country, there were concerns that the bandits could move to other states.

According to him, the military High Command has assured that this concerns should not bring panick to the public as the military is on top of the game.

Enenche explained that all current operations were in synergy with the ongoing operations in the North West to tackle interstate movement of armed bandits and other criminals within the zones.

He added that air assets had been deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi states in this regard.

“I am to affirm that, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is totally committed to tackling all the security challenges in the country until normalcy is restored.

“Hence, the public is requested to continue to provide credible information to the Nigerian Military,” he said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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