Top 10 security events that shaped 2019

Nigerians may disagree on so many things, but they all agree that 2019 was an eventful year. New security challenges were thrown up, while old issues continued to burn. As 2019 draws to an end, heralding the arrival of 2020, it becomes pertinent to look at the top 10 security concerns that shaped the outgoing year, TAIWO JIMOH writes     A major headline in the year was the shooting to death of a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Usman Umar, who was in charge of operations at the Federal Capital…

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Bandits invade Zamfara community, kill nine soldiers, policemen

Gunmen, on Friday, attacked a military formation at Sunke community in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing nine soldiers in the process. It was gathered that dozens of the gunmen had invaded the formation on motorcycles and fired shots at the soldiers stationed there. Sources within the community claimed that policemen were among the victims. Sunke is 30 kilometers south of Anka town, headquarters of Anka Local Government Area. Sources said the attack might be retaliation for earlier killings of repentant bandits allegedly by soldiers in the state.…

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North-West govs grant amnesty to cattle rustlers, bandits

As part of measures to restore peace in Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina, the North-West governors have granted amnesty to cattle rustlers and armed bandits. Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State made the disclosure in a communiqué read at the end of a one-day security and reconciliation meeting with security agents, vigilante and volunteer groups, herdsmen and farmers yesterday in Katsina. “As from today, no vigilante group member or volunteers should attack or kill any herdsman, as sacrifice must be made by both sides to ensure peace…

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I did my best to address security challenges in Zamfara, says Yari

Former Zamfara Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, on Monday defended his handling of the security situation in the state, saying he did his best to tackle the problem. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yari made the remarks in Talata-Mafara at a meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders from Gusau, Maradun and Tsafe local government areas. “I am using this opportunity on behalf of the entire APC members in Zamfara state to condole people of Maradun and Tsafe local government areas over recent bandits’ attacks in their communities. “We…

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Katsina killings: Bandits took the corpse of my brother away, says survivor who lost 6 relations

Tuesday, May 22, 2019, was a very sad day for the people of Yar Gamji village of Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State. That was the day the village witnessed massive killings of farmers by bandits. No fewer than 15 farmers were massacred by bandits on their farms. There was torrential rainfall in the area on Monday night, a day before, and so serious farmers were busy on their farms the following Tuesday, only to see more than 50 motorcycles riders with guns, mostly AK 47 and AK 49,…

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Zamfara: Bandits kill 20, sack 20 communities,in zamfara

…ambush, injure 4 soldiers   Armed bandits yesterday stormed Kunkilai village in Magami District, Gusau Local Government area of Zamfara State, killing at least 20 people and sacking more than 20 communities. The incident led to a fresh combat between some soldiers and the armed bandits, which left at least four soldiers injured. The bandits who were reportedly in large numbers and armed with sophisticated weapons had earlier sacked the communities before engaging the soldiers, who were on rescue operations. A resident of Kunkilai village who narrowly escaped the attack…

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FG: Traditional rulers aiding bandits in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto

Some traditional rulers in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Kaduna are among “unpatriotic persons” allegedly responsible for the rising spate of armed banditry and kidnapping in the areas. Cases of kidnapping, armed banditry and other violent crimes in the affected areas, had led to the killings of scores of people, rape as well as destruction of property. The Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, who made the allegation in a statement yesterday by his Public Relations Officer, Col. Tukur Gusau, said those involved in the act provided intelligence to the suspected…

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Banditry: Zamfara Govt. calls for 3-day fasting

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The Zamfara Government has called on the people of the state to embark on three-day fasting and intensive prayers to seek God’s intervention against the activities of bandits, kidnappers and other crimes. The state’s Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Bello Dankande, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Gusau. He said “I am sure you all know the efforts the state government and the Federal Government are making to tackle the activities of criminal elements in the state. “We believe that the fasting and…

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Troops kill 58 bandits, lose two men

Nigerian troops are reported to have killed 58 armed bandits in Zamfara state, but lost two soldiers in the operation, tagged, “Saharan Daji’’. The operation took place at Dumburum and Gando forests of the state, the operation’s Acting Force Information Officer, Major Clement Abiade’s statement said in Sokoto. He said the bandits were killed on 20th January, 2019 at Dumburum and Gando forests when the troops encountered them in a large gang, armed with sophisticated firearms and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). He said, during the encounter, that the bandits were…

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HELP! Katsina under siege by armed robbers, bandits, kidnappers – Gov. Masari

The Katsina State Government on Wednesday lamented that the state was under siege by bandits, armed robbers and kidnappers. Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State said this during the opening ceremony of an extra-ordinary security meeting in katsina. “The citizens are on daily basis being harassed by bandits and kidnappers that are on rampage in the state. “The Katsina Government organised this one-day joint security and stakeholders meeting to proffer solutions to the state’s current insecurity challenge. “Our state is currently under serious siege by armed robbers, kidnappers and armed…

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