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Bandits Abduct 20 In Niger, As Troops Kill Four In Kaduna

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Few hours after an evening of terror in Kagara, the headquarters of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, armed bandits have abducted no fewer than 20 persons in an attack on a community in Shiroro Local Government Area.
It was learnt that the bandits invaded Adagbi village in Galkogo district in Shiroro at about 8am, yesterday.
Though no death casualties have been confirmed, sources said that 20 persons have been abducted in the village.
It was gathered the bandits stormed the village on motorcycles, shooting into the air.
Though the villagers fled, it was learnt many of them, mostly women were abducted.
However, the Nigerian military, yesterday, said troops of Operation Accord killed four armed bandits in Kaduna State, and recovered arms and ammunition.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, in a statement, yesterday, said in continuation of the sustained offensive against armed bandits and other criminal elements in the country, the troops killed four armed bandits at Jeka Da Rabi area along Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
He said the successful operation took place on September 2, 2020, while acting on credible intelligence on the movement of bandits from Kachia area, the troops mobilized to the scene and laid ambush.
He said the troops made contact with the bandits and engaged them with superior firepower thereby neutralizing four while others escaped with gun shots wounds.
He said the troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle and five rounds of 9mm with a magazine, adding that, the troops have continued to dominate the general area with aggressive patrols in search of the fleeing bandits.
He said the “Military High Command congratulates the troops for their dexterity and encourages them to intensify the onslaught against the criminal elements in the country”.
Meanwhile, the Katsina State Police Command, yesterday evening, paraded more than 50 bandits and rescued 220 cows during the second quarter of its ongoing onslaught against banditry, armed robbery, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in the state
The state Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba Sanusi, told newsmen at the press briefing at Police Headquarters in Katsina, that other items that were recovered by the command include nine AK-47 riffles, 20 locally made guns, two vehicles, and 20 motorcycles.
He said, “During the period under review, the command has carried out various sting operations in several locations within the frontline local government areas, busted and arrested many suspected bandits terrorizing Katsina State.
“Also the sum of N685, 000 was recovered and the command killed 15 bandits and rescued 20 kidnapped victims.”
On the fight against rape, he announced that his command has arrested 140 rapists in 87 reported cases, adding that all were charged to court for prosecution.

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity

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Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments

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President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari

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Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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