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Zamfara APC challenges ex-Deputy Gov, Aliyu to expose bandits’ locations.

The Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the claim by the former Deputy Governor of the state, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, that he has discovered 16 wards where elections will not hold.

In a press statement issued by the State APC Publicity Secretary, Mallam Yusuf Idris Gusau, the party challenged the former Deputy Governor to mention the bandits’ locations in the state.

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“APC and the state government want to immensely thank the lawyer politician for this good information that will help in ensuring the disbandment of the criminals wherever they may be in our dear state.

“As has always been the plea of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle for all well meaning Zamfara State citizens to join hands with his administration in sacking all terror groups and enclaves from the state.

“We also wish to urgently implore security agencies in the state to immediately invite Barrister Mahdi, who had visited such wards, to help with more details of his findings to save the state and its good citizens.

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‘We have always been saying that members of the opposition PDP know some, if not all, of the bandits in the state; this will certainly be an opportunity for the PDP to use such knowledge positively by divulging information that will help the state.

“The PDP and the former Deputy Governor, in particular, owe it as a duty to the state to immediately give details on this matter.



“It must, however, be noted that banditry and other heinous crimes have significantly been decimated in Zamfara State and other parts of the North West through the sustained efforts of the federal and state governments,” the statement read.

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Herdsmen kill 6 farmers and traders in Ondo.

No fewer than six farmers and traders have been killed by Fulani herdsmen at Arimogija and Molege communities in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state.

Narrating the ordeal, a community leader, Mr. Owolafe Folorunsho said the recent attack was triggered by effort by farmers to repel the continued wanton destruction of their crops by the herdsmen.

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According to him, the herdsmen ambushed and attacked some traders who were returning to the town from Akure and killed all the occupants of the vehicle before setting the vehicle ablaze and taking their money and belongings.

Many houses, cars and motorcycles were burnt during the attack while the families of the victims killed some cows in retariation.

“The herders have continued to invade our farmlands at night, harvest our crops to feed their Cows & in many occasions, they will come during the day, forced us to uproot the Cassava by ourselves at gunpoint, command us to cut them into pieces to feed their cows,” he said.

“In order not to take laws into our hands, we reported this act of economic sabotage to the appropriate authority who took prompt action to chase them out of the farming areas only for the Fulanis to come back and attacked us with AK-47, Pump Action, Axes & Cutlasses and killed our people at night”.

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A first-class traditional ruler in the area, the Onimoru of Imoru, Oba Rotimi Obamuwagun, who confirmed the invasion and attack on the people of the communities lamented over the atrocities and criminal activities of the herdsmen in the area.

The monarch disclosed that over four hectares of cassava farmland belonging to one of his subjects were destroyed by the herdsmen, saying the farm was financed through bank loan from a commercial bank.

He stated that the herdsmen, who always armed themselves with sophisticated weapons are becoming more daring by visiting homes and dragging the farmers to the farm, ordering them to uproot cassava for their cows.

He noted that apart from their cows being fed with cassava, the armed herdsmen have also embarked on harvesting other farm products to feed themselves.

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Corroborating, Oba Obamuwagun, the Odibiado of Ijagba, Oba Andrew Ikioya Ilevare, said the bandits have now resulted in harvesting plantains and bringing them to market to sell.

The traditional rulers, however, called on the state government to draft more Amotekun officials to the area and queried the rationale behind herdsmen carrying sophisticated weapons.



Speaking on the development, the spokesperson of the state police command, Funmi Odunlami, said men of the command have been deployed to the area, assuring that the criminals would soon be arrested

Cattle rustling: Sani Bello to compensate six herdsmen.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has disclosed plans to compensate herdsmen who lost livestock to cattle rustlers in the state.

The governor stated this at the festival organized by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-Cultural Association of Nigeria at the Aliyu Ndayoko Memorial Stadium, Bida, Bida Local Government Area of the state.

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Gov. Bello represented by Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, revealed that six pastoralists who were victims of cattle rustling will be identified and compensated.

He explained that the six beneficiaries, two from each of the three senatorial zones, would be given 10 cattle each as compensation from the government.

According to him: “The gesture [shows] the willingness of government in providing initiatives aimed at fostering peace as well as nurture harmonious relationship among the citizenry.”

The governor also revealed that his administration has reactivated the Bobi Grazing Reserve and other reserves in the state to reduce conflicts between farmers and herders.

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He noted: “The reserves, apart from being a pragmatic and sustainable solution to farmers-herders clashes, will also generate employment opportunities.”

Bello further expressed optimism that the festival would bring harmony and foster cordial relationships among people of different backgrounds.

The Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar in his remarks underscored the need for peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers while calling on them to always be law-abiding citizens.

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The royal father said: “The importance of peaceful coexistence among the citizenry to the development of the society could not be over-emphasized.”

Also, the National President of Miyetti Allah, Alh. Bello Bodejo who spoke through Alh. Gidado Idris called for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders in the state, saying: “Unity of purpose would help to achieve the much-desired economic prosperity.”



The Director General, Nomadic Affairs and Conflict Resolution in the state, Ardo Abdullahi Adamu Babayo, in his speech said the Fulani cultural festival would be a turning point in the inter-ethnic relationship not only in Bida Emirate but the state at large

Troops Eliminate Boko Haram Commander Abu Illiya, 32 Others.

A top Boko Haram commander, Abu Illiya, alongside 32 other insurgents have been reportedly eliminated by Troops of Operation Hadin Kai alongside members of the civilian joint task force.

The feat was said to have been achieved during an intelligence-led aggressive fighting patrol in some identified Boko Haram enclaves in Kayamari, Habasha and Yuwe villages in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

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According to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, multiple intelligence sources indicated that the troops’ superior firepower forced the surviving terrorists to flee in disarray thereby abandoning their property and weapons.

The troops also recovered and destroyed 50 bicycles from the terrorists’ hideouts.

The newly appointed Theatre Commander, Joint Task Force, North East Operation Hadin Kai, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Ali shortly after taking over the command pledged to sustain efforts towards ending the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

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To achieve this, according to the new commander, all hands must be on deck



Residents flee Niger community amid recent killings.

Residents of Galkogo, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have fled their homes following the alleged killing of an unconfirmed number of Joint Security Taskforce and local vigilante members during an airstrike by an unidentified jet fighter.

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Bewildered residents of Kalgoko community said there has been no presence or threat of bandits in the community in recent times to warrant the shelling.

Two Hilux vans were said to have conveyed the bodies of the dead security personnel to Minna, the State capital at about 4:00pm. Their remains were deposited at the IBB Specialist Hospital.

Our correspondent also gathered that the leader of the taskforce, who sustained injuries, is receiving medical attention at an unknown medical facility in Minna.

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The development has forced the security taskforce stationed in the community to desert the area, resulting in panic among residents of the village and environs. They equally took to their heels for fear of attacks from bandits.

However, all efforts to get a confirmation of the incident from the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services, Hon Emmanuel and the State Police through the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun failed


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Troops rescue 16 kidnapped victims, neutralize 3 bandits in Kaduna.

Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have rescued 16 victims during operations in Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road and a location in Igabi LGA.

Samuel Aruwan Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

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He said the troops ind=formed that the victims were rescued after they responded to a distress call along the Udawa-Manini axis of the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road.

In a similar operation, troops responded to a distress call in Gonan Doctor village, Igabi LGA and laid ambush at a likely crossing point in Maraban Huda village where they neutralized one bandit and a kidnapped victim who was injured was rescued and taken to Jaji Cantonment Hospital for treatment.

” The troops also recovered one AK47 rifle, one pump action gun, one Improvised Explosive Device, one Baofeng Radio, and 10 motorcycles.” The statement said



Benue: Buhari’s continued silence over killings by herders, disheartening – Ortom.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has expressed regrets over the continued silence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over killings in Benue State by herders.

Ortom insisted that the Federal Government was protecting killer herders who have continued to perpetrate unprovoked killings in Benue State.

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He disclosed this on Sunday in a chat with journalists shortly after he visited victims of herders’ attacks on the Abagena IDPs camp who are receiving treatment at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

“This has been my pain since 2015. I have cried out that the Federal Government is complicit concerning the issues of terrorism.

“One thing that pains me is that these people have never hidden their intentions, and they are known. I have written to DSS, I have written to the Police, and yet they are adamant. It is not possible that the killers are not known; they are known,” Ortom insisted.

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According to the Governor, “the day that the Federal Government wants these acts of terrorism against our people to end, that will be it. But for now, they are complicit. They are working with them to push for this country’s take-over into a Fulani nation.”



Military comb Onitsha as gunmen abduct Naval officer, civilians.

The Nigerian military have deployed troops at entry and exit points in Anambra State, particularly in and around Onitsha.

The soldiers are searching vehicles and combing locations after unknown gunmen abducted an operative of the Nigerian Navy.

Lieutenant IS Ozuowa was kidnapped at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday alongside civilians, whose number is yet to be ascertained.

Currently serving at Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) OLOGBO, he was on transit from Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

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The officer was released on last Friday to attend his Long Course programme.

A military personnel confirmed Ozuowa and others were ambushed at the Upper Iweka area in Onitsha.

“Own Quick Response Force (QRF) was deployed immediately. Efforts are ongoing to rescue the officer”, the source told PRNigeria.

At incident time, Ozuowa sent a distress message to Slt Bomadi, the Base Operations Officer of Naval Outpost (NOP) Onitsha.

The superior then alerted military troops stationed at checkpoints along different routes to be on the look out.

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Terrorists Invade Katsina Church, Kidnap 25 Worshippers – Eyewitnesses

Terrorists armed with sophisticated guns on Sunday attacked the New Life For All Church in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, kidnapping at least 25 worshippers.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the terrorists riding on motorcycles invaded the church at Dan-Tsauni Gidan Haruna Community in the early hours of Sunday when faithful were in church.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Aminu Masari on Christian Affairs, Ishaya Jurau also confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

According to Jurau, security personnel are currently on top of the situation and are working tirelessly to rescue all the victims unhurt.

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He said, “They abducted our members and left the church pastor with injuries while they were conducting service this morning at around 10am.

“The security are currently on top of the situation. They are working tirelessly to rescue the victims unhurt. We appreciate the efforts of the security.”

The Katsina State Police Command also confirmed the attack in a statement but said seven worshippers were kidnapped.

The police spokesman in the state, SP Gambo Isah noted that the terrorists attacked the church and shot one Pastor Haruna on his hand.

“The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Kankara led a team of Police men to the village but before his arrival the terrorists had already escaped with the victims.

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“The injured Pastor was evacuated to General Hospital, Kankara for treatment. Efforts are on with a view of arresting the hoodlums,” he explained.

The kidnapped victims, according to the police, are seven in total.

Bandits had similarly abducted over 300 pupils from a secondary school in Kankara on December 11, 2020.

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Residents worry upon unrest in Osun.

The once peaceful atmosphere that reigned in Osun State is fast fading away.

Osun has never had it so bad in the last 12 years and many residents wonder why the political class has failed to reconcile their differences.

On November 27, a new government was sworn-in. After 12 years in the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through Ademola Adeleke came to power again.

The next day, violence was recorded in the majority of the motorparks in the State.

Despite a warning from the new governor for peace to be maintained, it was observed that it was not to be as members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) struggled for control of the parks from members that identified with the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The struggle for power had prevailed during the administration of Adegboyega Oyetola as it was known that political parties and successive administrations curried the support of these ‘notorious’ transport unions.

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The State government and the Osun PDP has also alleged that the former governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his party, the APC has been behind the resurgence of violence in some parts of the State, especially Osogbo and Ilesa.

They also alleged that a former Commissioner for Works in the State, Oluremi Omowaiye has been the brain behind disturbances in the Ilesa axis of the State in recent months.

Omowaiye, within the space of 30 days, was attacked twice with his supporters sustaining varying degrees of injuries within Ilesa town.

Meanwhile, the Osun APC, which lost the July 16, 2022, gubernatorial election, is finding it hard to adjust to the role of second fiddle.

Many residents have spoken out about the nuisance supporters of the two political parties are causing within Osun.

A senior police officer interviewed by this medium in the light of the attacks also supported the fact that both the Osun PDP and the APC are constituting nuisance to the society and disrupting the easy way that Osun people have been used to for years.

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Adegboyega Oyetola, the former Osun State Governor had appointed three traditional rulers, Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo before relinquishing power to Ademola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Prior to this, these choices did not sit well with the locals in these communities and many of them started to shout blue murder.

Upon assuming office, Adeleke quickly through an Executive Order put a hold on their instalment and inaugurated a committee on Chieftaincy Affairs to look into the issues surrounding their appointments.

Political thugs, motorpark management and attack on Oluremi Omowaiye

Political thugs have also been synonymous with politics in Nigeria and Osun State is not an exception.

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Prior to the Osun gubernatorial election, the APC has been known to allegedly affiliate with two thugs namely: Rasheed Hammed, aka Okoilu and Kazeem Oyewale, aka Asiri Eniba.

Also, the PDP in Osun was known to allegedly fraternise with Olalekan Ajagungbade, aka Emir.

The two major political parties in the State have had cause to accuse one another of fraternising with thugs prior to the gubernatorial election.

Little wonder, on November 28, 2022, some pockets of violence broke out in some motorparks in the State.

This violence, which welcomed Governor Adeleke, caused the newest governor in the country to direct security operatives to maintain the status quo in all motorparks statewide. A life was lost as a result of the clashes.

The political parties also pointed accusing fingers at each other.

Residents react

The effect of the resurgence of violence has also impacted negatively on the residents.

Jamiu Babatunde, a businessman stated that the politicians are just trying to heat up the polity with their games.

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He stated that there was no need for violence to pervade the political space because the sky is wide enough to contain all types of birds.

“Politicians want to rob the State of the peace we have been known to enjoy. Osun is known for its ‘Omoluabi’ ethos but due to politics, that value has been discarded to the dust bin.”

Olawumi Akinbamidele, a teacher, stated that both the system, the politicians, and the security outfits have failed the people.

“Since the emergence of this democratic dispensation, the peace that this State has been known for has gradually eroded it,” he said.

Rotimi Onigbinde, a retired headteacher, was of the opinion that politicians were just making things hot in order to have their way.

“You see, all the initial noise making is normal. They know what they are doing. It will soon cool down and things will come back to normal.

“My concern is the destruction and loss of lives as a result of the power play going on in their camps,” he added.

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Many Injured As Suspected Herdsmen Attack Train Station In Edo.

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Police authorities in Edo State say scores have been kidnapped after some herdersmen attacked passengers waiting to board a train from the Igueben station in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State to Warri, in Delta State.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Chidi Nwabuzor, while confirming the incident said the assault which took place on Saturday evening, left many persons injured.

According to the Police, the abductors, armed with AK 47, invaded the train station and shot sporadically into the air before abducting scores of intending travellers into the bush.

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The police while noting that many of the passengers sustained bullet wounds, assured Nigerians that operatives are on the trail of the abductors with an aim to rescue the kidnap victims herded into the thickets.

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“This is to inform the gentlemen of the press that today, 7th of January, 2023, at about 1600hrs, unspecified number of herdsmen armed with AK 47 riffles attacked the train station at Igueben, Edo State, and kidnapped unspecified number of passengers, who were waiting to board the train to Warri.

“The kidnappers, who shot sporadically into the air before kidnapping some passengers, left some persons with bullet wounds. The Area Commander Irrua, DPO Igueben Division and men, have visited the scene of the crime with members of the Edo State Security Network, local vigilantes, and hunters with a view to protecting the lives and property of the remaining passengers,” the statement read.

According to Mr Nwabuzor, bush combing operations have commenced in order to rescue the victims and arrest the fleeing kidnappers.

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The police image maker said further developments will be communicated to keep Nigerians abreast of the situation

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Abducted Female Soldier Yet To Be Released – Army

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The Nigerian Army on Friday said Lieutenant PP Johnson, a female soldier abducted by gunmen on Monday, has not been released by her captors.

Johnson, a newly commissioned female Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army (NA), was kidnapped while visiting her grandmother in Aku-Okigwe in Imo State. (Watch Video Here)

In a viral video, one of the gunmen was heard vowing to deal with all serving personnel of the armed forces.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, debunked reports that the female soldier had been rescued by security operatives.

“The NA wishes to state that the information making the rounds is unsubstantiated as the officer is yet to be released or rescued from her abductors. Likewise, the video footage being circulated and associated with the rescue claim is an old video of the arrest of a suspect earlier effected by troops,” Nwachukwu said. (Watch Video Here)

The army spokesman said her abductors still dehumanised the officer despite coming from the South-Eastern part of the country.

He also chided them for claiming to be freedom fighters, describing members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as being terrorists.

“This evidently is another pointer to the myriads of crimes being unleashed by IPOB/ESN on Ndigbo, the very people (who) claim to be fighting for their emancipation. It should therefore be crystal clear to those who are still in doubt of the true status of these groups, that IPOB/ESN are terrorists, masquerading as freedom fighters and do not deserve the support of anyone, particularly the good people of South-East Nigeria. (Watch Video Here)

“Much as we appreciate the concern and goodwill of the general public for her safe rescue, we also wish to note that the information on the rescue of the officer did not emanate from the NA,” he added.

Nwachukwu noted that the “Nigerian Army will leave no stone unturned in its effort to rescue the officer and bring the perpetrators to book.”

The army spokesman urged the general public to provide credible and reliable information that could lead to her safe rescue and arrest of the perpetrators. (Watch Video Here)



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Germany to investigate PKK sympathizers following public violence.

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German police launched an investigation into sympathizers of the PKK terrorist organization after the group staged public protests in the city of Dortmund, authorities reported Wednesday.

About 320 PKK supporters held demonstrations in the city, and 25 people from the group verbally confronted others nearby. The situation was brought under control because of police intervention, authorities said, adding that the state security service was aware of the images circulating on social media and also used them in their probe. (Watch Video Here)

The images shared online show a group of PKK supporters attacking one or more people with flagpoles and destroying property. The Dortmund police demanded an investigation into the physical violence and the disturbance of peace, urging witnesses to contact authorities.

The PKK is classified as an “ethno-nationalist” and “separatist” terrorist organization by the EU’s law enforcement agency, EUROPOL, and has been banned in Germany since 1993. (Watch Video Here)

But it remains active in the country with nearly 14,500 followers among the Kurdish immigrant population.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, BfV, warned in its annual report that the PKK remains the largest foreign extremist group in the country and its followers can carry out violent attacks if they receive instructions from group leaders abroad. (Watch Video Here)

Türkiye has long called on its NATO ally Germany to take stronger action against the PKK and its Syrian affiliate, the YPG, stressing that the terrorist groups use Germany as a platform for fundraising, propaganda and recruitment activities.

Several reports from Turkish and international law enforcement agencies have shown the group is able to finance its bloody terrorist campaign through drug trafficking in the European Union, raking in over $1.5 billion annually. It relies on its supporters and pro-PKK political groups across Europe. (Watch Video Here)

Europol’s EU Terrorism Situation & Trend Report also revealed that the group maintained “an apparatus that provided logistical and financial support to its operatives in Türkiye and neighboring countries and promoted its political objectives.” This apparatus mainly operated under the guise of legally recognized entities, such as Kurdish associations, it added.

With the group’s supporters openly protesting and engaging in arson in major European cities last weekend, Türkiye has been alarmed again over terrorists and their backers being free to walk the streets. (Watch Video Here)

Just last Friday, the group’s supporters took to the streets of Paris to hold a so-called protest after a 69-year-old gunman with a “pathological” hatred for foreigners opened fire on a cultural center and nearby hair salon, killing at least three people and wounding three others in an area home to a large Kurdish community.

PKK supporters gathered in the area hours later and a violent clash with the police ensued where 31 officers were injured and dozens of public properties were damaged. (Watch Video Here)

Supporters of the terrorist group disrupted peace again on Saturday, this time in London, in another violent encounter with police. Gathering in front of the French Embassy in London, a group of the terrorist group’s proponents chanted slogans against Türkiye and France over the Paris shooting.

For its part, Türkiye reminded Europe on Sunday of the threat posed by the PKK. (Watch Video Here)

“Everyone must see the PKK terrorist group’s true face now,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Sunday. “They saw how troublesome it is to help and enable terrorists.”

In its over 40 years of attacks on Türkiye, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children (Watch Video Here) and infants.



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Terrorist kingpins, over 100 surbodinates neutralised in air strike

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has neutralised over 100 terrorists including some of their leaders in an airstrike on Dec. 20, in Borno.

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by the Director Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet. (Watch Video Here)

He said that the interdiction mission was conducted by the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) at Mantari village in Gezuwa general area, Bama Local Government Area of Borno.

The director said that among those neutralised were terrorist kingpins Khalid Tukur, Maimusari, and Bakura Jega.

Gabkwet said that the attack followed intelligence report that a Boko Haram terrorist commander, known as Ikirima had moved to Mantari village with his gun trucks, and was joined by terrorists on motorcycles from other locations. (Watch Video Here)

“Subsequently, the authorisation for an air strike was given leading to the elimination of several of the terrorists and structures in the area.

“After the first wave of air strikes, some surviving terrorists found their way back to the same location to evacuate the bodies of those neutralised in the air strike.

“This provided an opportunity for a follow-up strike on the same location which has been confirmed very successful as over 100 terrorists were neutralised with dozens said to be in critical condition.“ (Watch Video Here)

Gabkwet said that ISWAP and Boko Haram elements had perfected plans to resume active hostilities in the wake of the Yuletide and forthcoming general elections.

“The timely intelligence received on their plans especially, their attempt to attack soft targets in Bama thus helped in the successful air strikes which has reduced their will to regroup and attack innocent citizens.

“There is no doubt that the progress and gains being made especially, by the air and ground troops has greatly contained an upsurge of terrorists’ campaigns within the North-East zone in recent times. (Watch Video Here)

“Both air and ground troops have however been cautioned on the need to remain focused on the end state,“he said.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) have both commended their efforts and other security agencies under OPHK for the tremendous achievements being recorded in the theatre.

According to them, there has been a lot of improvement in the security situation in the region due to the ongoing operations.(Watch Video Here)

The duo, however, urged the troops to continue to give in their best towards ensuring that the region was completely rid of all terrorists.

They also paid special tribute to those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the fight against terrorism and insurgency while commending the commitment and uncommon sacrifices of the troops as peace gradually returns to Borno.

While wishing them a merry Christmas, the service Chiefs extended the appreciation of President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians to the troops for their sacrifices and efforts. (Watch Video Here)

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Two more PKK members surrender as terrorist group shrinks.

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Two more PKK members have surrendered to Turkish security forces as the terrorist group continues to dissolve, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

In a statement, the ministry said they fled the terrorist group thanks to persuasion efforts of Turkish police and gendarmerie forces and surrendered eventually. (Watch Video Here)

The terrorists joined the PKK in 1993 and were active in Iraq and Iran.

With the latest surrenders, the number of terrorists who have laid down their arms through persuasion efforts this year has risen to 124, it added. (Watch Video Here)

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said that in 2023, no terrorists would remain in the countryside of Türkiye.

In Türkiye, offenders linked to terrorist groups who surrender are eligible for possible sentence reductions under a repentance law.

According to Turkish officials, in recent years, the terrorist PKK-battered and demoralized by Turkish security forces’ successful operations, has been losing members and failing to attract new ones. (Watch Video Here)

Many suspected terrorists have begun to abandon the PKK and surrender. Still, many terrorists lack the courage to leave the terrorist group out of fear of severe punishment if caught.

According to reports, the PKK’s leadership struggles to recruit militants and higher ranks. Additionally, many terrorists are reluctant to enter Turkey from Iraq to carry out attacks due to the high number of casualties. (Watch Video Here)

In recent years, Turkey has stepped up domestic operations and efforts across its borders against the terrorist group and convinced many members to abandon the PKK.

Protests by families in front of the pro-PKK Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters in Diyarbakır demanding the return of their sons and daughters, who were recruited or kidnapped to fight for the terrorist group, have also helped increase the number of people surrendering.

Calls made by the families to their children urging them to return home and surrender, as well as the persuasion efforts by security forces, have been influential. (Watch Video Here)



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Alleged Boko Haram terrorists kill 17 herders in Northern part of Nigeria.

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Boko Haram jihadists killed 17 herders and stole their cattle following clashes in the troubled northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, self-defence militia told AFP Monday.

The militants on Saturday attacked herders guarding their cattle in a pasture near Airamne village in Mafa district, the militiamen said. (Watch Video Here)

“Seventeen herders were killed in the fight and all their cattle taken away,” militia leader Babakura Kolo said.

“The herders put (up) resistance but were outgunned and outnumbered by the attackers, who had better weapons,” said Kolo.

Another militiaman, Ibrahim Liman, gave the same toll.

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He said the jihadists launched the attack from camps in nearby Gajiganna forest, where they relocated after being partially forced out from their stronghold in Sambisa forest by jihadist rivals ISWAP and the Nigerian army. (Watch Video Here)

ISWAP — Islamic State West Africa Province — split from Boko Haram in 2016 and rose to become the dominant group in the region’s long-running jihadist turmoil.

It seized swathes of territory under Boko Haram control after leader Abubakar Shekau was killed in clashes with ISWAP in May last year.

Boko Haram and ISWAP have increasingly been targeting civilians, particularly loggers, farmers and herders, accusing them of spying on them for the military and the local anti-jihadist militia. (Watch Video Here)

But herders who pay a levy to the jihadists are usually allowed to let their cattle graze safely in territory under militant control.

Jihadist violence in the northeast has killed over 40,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes since 2009, according to the United Nations.

The conflict has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the creation of a regional military force to fight the jihadists. (Watch Video Here)

The killings, abductions and looting in the northeast are part of an overall security crisis in Nigeria.

Voters go to the polls on February 25 to elect a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is stepping down after two terms, the constitutional limit. (Watch Video Here)



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Just in: Police nabs notorious gun runner in Kaduna, recovers four rifles.

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Operatives of the Kaduna State Police command have arrested a notorious Gun Runner in Zaria Local Government Area of the State. (Watch Video Here)

According to the spokesman of the command, DSP Mohammed Jalige, Police operatives attached to Tudun Wada Zaria while on surveillance patrol at Kwarkwaron Manu, Basawa area of Zaria metropolitan intercepted two men on an unregistered motorcycle with bags concealed in a suspicious manner on the motorcycle.

The authorities say that on being flagged down for search, the motorcycle passenger jumped down and fled, thereby heightening the suspicion of operatives.

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The motorcycle rider who gave his identity as Bilyaminu Saidu and a native of Shuwaki village, Bakori LGA of Katsina was immediately subjected to a thorough search which led to the recovery of four AK47 rifles, three hundred and forty four rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, ten mobile phones and charms. (Watch Video Here)

The police further disclosed that the arrested suspect has been taken into custody, adding that preliminary investigation has revealed he and his fleeing accomplice were on a nefarious mission to supply his gang with the offensive weapons



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