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Bandits kidnap travellers on Abuja-Kaduna road

Bandits laid an ambush on the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna road on Sunday, abducting an unknown number of travellers.

Those who escaped said the gunmen blocked the road at Katari village at about 2 pm, operating for more than an hour.

One of them told PRNigeria that they had to turn back due to the repeated sounds of gunshots.

The citizen recalled that drivers had to park some kilometres away from the scene.

They resumed their journey after vehicular movement resumed on the other side of the highway.

“Many travellers must have been kidnapped or escaped into the bush.

“We saw at least fifteen cars parked and empty when we passed the scene of the attack,” he disclosed.

Police spokesman, Mohammed Jalige was unreachable when DAILY POST called his line on Sunday night.

Katari has witnessed several attacks and kidnapping incidents in recent months.

In September, Emir Hassan Atto of Bungudu in Zamfara was taken away; a police officer attached to him was killed.

The monarch, a former Secretary to Zamfara Government, was freed after one month in captivity. Dailypost


Troops On Red Alert In Katsina, Kaduna, Niger As Bandits Flee Zamfara

Following renewed military operations in Zamfara and Kastina states, security forces are at a heightened state of watchfulness in border communities to check fleeing bandits from escaping the states.

In Niger State, a joint security camp set up to track fleeing bandits from infiltrating the state has killed 40 of them.

Government sources hinted that the bandits-prone states have resolved to increase security around forest reserves in the boundaries of their respective states

A security source told LEADERSHIP yesterday that in view of the new resolve, operational plans are ongoing to make it difficult for the bandits to set up camps in the forests.

Consequently, at the weekend fleeing bandits suspected to be from Kastina and Zamfara state were chased out of Kamuku, Allawa and the forest adjoining Mariga local government area in Niger State.

It was learnt at the weekend that the joint operations were sponsored  by the neighbouring states of Kaduna, Kastina and Zamfara in a renewed inter-state cooperation to fight banditry.

The security sources hinted that “the joint operations at the weekend saw to the killing of 40 of the bandits fleeing the ongoing military operation in Zamfara and Katsina states.

“We took the offensive to them following a tipoff and we set up before they could set up along the forests, and in all the operations at the weekend, 40 of them were killed. Some of them escaped with gunshot wounds and we recovered some of their arms and ammunition.

According to the source, “Unlike in the past, with the new collaboration, there is synergy among us. Now we know when they will be fleeing from one operation and the way to make sure they will not set up camp to abduct people for ransom.”

LEADERSHIP recalls that Governor Nasir el-Rufai had said in Minna recently that “the problem of banditry and insurgence has been around for a while. The governor of Niger state and I have, more than two and half years ago, presented what we felt were the solutions to banditry activities in our states.

“My advice to the new service chiefs is to look at what has been recommended and what has been done by their predecessors. So, what the new service chiefs need to do is to build on the foundation build by their predecessors.

Niger State governor Abubakar Sani Bello, on his part, has been very consistent in calling for inter-state collaborations and holding talks with his northwest and north central counterparts. Leadershipng


In Kaduna: Man arraigned over N53m fertiliser scam

A man, Ibrahim Daneji, has been arraigned before Justice Mohammed Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court over an N53m fertiliser scam.

Daneji was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 15 counts bordering on criminal breach of trust to the tune of N53m.

The EFCC in a statement by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, alleged that Daneji diverted 16 truck-load of fertilizers from Notore Chemical Industries Ltd, Rivers State, belonging to one Alhaji Kabiru Suleiman.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following his plea, the EFCC counsel, Maryam Lawal, urged the court to remand the defendant in the Kaduna Correctional Centre and asked the court for a date for the commencement of trial.

The defendant’s counsel, A.Y. Mohammed urged the court to grant his client bail.
Justice Tukur granted the defendant bail in the sum of N28m with one surety in like sum, adding that the surety must be resident within the Kaduna metropolis and show evidence of tax payment for two years.

The judge adjourned the matter till June 3, 2021, for trial.

One of the charges read, “That you Ibrahim Zailani Daneji sometime in March 2019 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while entrusted with 600 bags of fertilizers ( loaded on the truck with number plate XB 927 AAK) worth the sum of three million, three hundred thousand naira only, property of one Alhaji Kabiru Suleiman disposed of same and convert the proceeds to your personal use and you thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 298 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.” Punch

Nigeria Police kill bandit, nab gun supplier to Kaduna, Zamfara, Niger bandits

Kaduna State Police Command said its operatives repelled some bandits that attempted to kidnap five passengers along the Kaduna-Brinin Gwari highway, killing one of the criminals.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mohammed Jalige, who disclosed this in a statement, said the incident, which occurred on Friday involved five occupants of a Volkwagon with registration number DKA 539 TU.

According to him: “Following the distressed call, operatives attached to the Buruku Division of the Nigeria Police Force swiftly moved to repel the bandits numbering over 10.”

He said one bandit was killed while others fled into the forest with gunshot wounds, adding the police rescued were able to five occupants of the vehicle.

Jalige however gave the names of those rescued as Nuhu Garba, Ismail Muhammed and Halima Suleiman, the only female and Karima Ayuba all of Birnin Gwari as well as Musba’u Usman ‘M’ of Funtuwa town in Katsina State.

The police spokesman also said operatives also apprehended a gunrunner who specialises in supplying arms and ammunitions to bandits in Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States.

He said items recovered from the arms dealers include eight SMG rifles, one pistol and 85 rounds of 7.62x39mm live ammunitions. Thenationonlineng

In Nigeria: Kaduna Imposes New Restrictions On Churches, Mosques

The Kaduna State Government has limited the service hour of churches and mosques to one hour in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

This was contained in a statement shared by the Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Sunday.

According to the statement, civil servants from Grade 14 and below are to work from home from Monday, December 21.

It read in part, “Further to Covid-19 containment measures announced last week, KDSG has directed civil servants below Grade Level 14 to work from home from Monday, December 21 2020.

“Places of worship must enforce facemasks, provide sanitisers, and ensure physical distancing. The number of worshippers will be capped. Congregational worship should not exceed one hour.

“Transport operators must reduce capacity to not more than two passengers per row and not more than 50 percent of capacity.

“KDSG appeals to all residents to see Covid-19 prevention as a personal responsibility.”



COVID-19: Kaduna Civil Servants to Work From Home - State Govt

As part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Kaduna state government has directed civil servants below Grade Level 14 to work from home as from Monday.

Kaduna state is among the states with high rate of COVID-19 infections.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Special Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, said the governor had signed and authorised new regulations to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the state with effect from Monday.


The statement said it was mandatory for residents to wear facemasks outside the house.

It said organisations and individuals that allowed people into their premises had the responsibility to enforce the ‘no mask, no entry mandate.’

The statement also warned against large gatherings and urged businesses to provide thermometers for temperature checks, and sanitisers or hand-washing equipment and physical distancing measures within all facilities.

“Places of worship must enforce facemasks, provide sanitisers and ensure physical distancing. The number of worshippers will be capped. Congregational worship should not exceed one hour,’’ the statement said.

Transport operators have also been directed to reduce the number of passengers to not more than two passengers per row and not more than 50% of capacity.

‘’Supermarkets and providers of personal services such as hair dressing and barbing salons can remain open, but service providers and customers must use facemasks and limit the number of persons they admit and serve at any time”, Adekeye said.

The statement said hotels can remain open, but their restaurants and bars can offer only room service, while events centres, night clubs, gyms and bars and lounges are to close until further notice.

‘’The state government calls for collective action with citizens to curb the infections without having to resort to extraordinary measures like a lockdown. The government believes that mass compliance with Covid-19 prevention protocols should suffice to help reduce the rate of infections,’’ Adekeye said. Thisdaylive


Kaduna Govt Names Bamali As New Emir Of Zazzau

The Kaduna State Government has named Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali from Mallawa Ruling House as the new Emir of Zazzau Emirate.

Since the demise of the 18th emir of the emirate, Alhaji Shehu Idris, there has been tension over, who becomes the new monarch.

The Zazzau Emirate has 11 local government areas including Zaria, Sabon Gari, Giwa, Kudan, Makarfi, Ikara, Kubau, Soba, Igabi, Kaduna North and Kaduna South.

Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, confirmed Bamali’s appointment in a statement seen by SaharaReporters.

“Following the death of His Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Shehu Idris CFR, the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, His Excellency the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has approved the appointment of Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau,” Sani said. Saharareporters


Bandits kill 13 family members, 8 others in fresh Kaduna village attack

Some gunmen have attacked Bakali village in Fatika district of the Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The men, who struck on Tuesday, killed no fewer than 21 people.

A resident, Sani Bakali, who lost 13 family members in the attack, said the men operated for over two hours.

He said, “Eleven of my relatives were killed in a house. They comprise three women and eight children of my younger brothers.  All of them were locked in the house and burnt to death.

“The bandits killed two of my uncles in another building, while four corpses burnt beyond recognition were discovered along the bush path. Twenty-one persons were killed in all by the bandits while nine persons are missing.”

He also said the bandits went round the village, shooting indiscriminately, during which two Islamic preachers, his neighbour and one of his friends were killed.

“We just ended funeral prayers for the 21 victims of the attack. The bandits came in a large number invaded the village on motorcycles around 4pm yesterday (Tuesday) wielding AK-47 rifles and shooting everybody.

“We initially buried 20 corpses before we discovered one more corpse inside the bush and we buried him too.

“People have fled the village and apart from the people killed, there are nine people we have yet to see after the incident. We don’t know whether they have been killed or not.”

The Kaduna State Police Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhamnad Jalige, confirmed the attack.

He was, however, silenced on the casualty figure.

Jalige said, “There was an attack in Giwa, Bakali village to be precise, and we have sent a team of police officers and men there to ascertain the situation of things.”Punch
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