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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


How corrupt staff allegedly sold, looted hospital transformer, zinc, beds, others in Zamfara

The Zamfara State Hospital Management Board has revealed that some staff of the Anka Psychiatric Hospital have allegedly connived to sell all the property of the hospital including electric transformer.

This was discovered during an assessment tour of the health facilities in the state by the management team, pointing out that it was uncovered that the staff connived to remove the zinc of most of the buildings in the hospital and sold them along with the water tank reservoir.

Addressing newsmen in Gusau, the State capital, the Executive chairman of the board, Dr. Bashir Maru said that monumental corruption is deeply rooted in the hospital.

“It will no longer be business as usual in any state government owned hospital under my watch because government cannot be investing in the health sector while corrupt elements are reaping the fruit,” he lamented.

According to him, other items removed by the staff include windows, doors, mattresses, beds in the entire administrative block and majority of the wards which stripped the hospital naked.

Dr. Maru explained that during interrogation by the management team, it was discovered that the Director of Finance and Supply was the person behind the corrupt act, in collaboration with the Chief Nursing Officer.

The chairman expressed serious sadness over the development and gave them 48 hours within which to return back all they had stolen from the hospital or face persecution.

Speaking further, Dr. Maru vowed that there would be no sacred cow or untouchable as long as he remains the head of the State’s Hospital Management Board.

“They have no reason reasonable enough to sell government properties because the government was not owing them even one month salary,” the chairman lamented.

He vowed to write to the Director of State Security Services (DSS) for further action, noting that the board would no longer tolerate such criminal attitudes that are demeaning. Dailypost 


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 Zamfara: Bandits, on reprisal, kidnap 42 persons

In Zamfara: Bandits have kidnapped over 42 persons, including women, in Gobirawar Cali village, in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

An indigene of the village, who gave his name as Malam Abdullahi, said the incident happened on Saturday after one AK-47 rifle was seized from a bandit who went to the village for a kidnap operation.

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He explained that the villagers had on several occasions been attacked by bandits, who he said had a hideout close to village.”

He, however, maintained that the police had sent personnel to rescue the kidnapped persons. Punch


Bandits attack Zamfara girls school, abduct teachers, others

Unidentified gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have attacked Girls Secondary School in Zamfara state and allegedly abducted unspecified number of people, BBC Hausa Service reports. 

According to the BBC report, the bandits stormed Government Secondary School, Moriki in Zurmi Local government area of the state on Wednesday night during a champions league match.

A local source told BBC that during the attack, the bandits brandished weapons, shot sporadically on the air and killed one person in the town of Moriki before the attack on the school.

A vigilante in Moriki also said that the bandits blocked roads leading to Moriki during La’asar prayer (3:30pm) before attacking the school in the evening.

The vigilante disclosed that the bandits were able to abduct two teachers, four cooks but were not able to reach students hostels. BBC reports that kidnapping in Zamfara was on the rise in recent times despite the concerted efforts by the security agencies to curtail the menace bedevilling North West. (Daily Trust)
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