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Insurgency: Buhari has fulfilled his promise – Buratai.

The former Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd) said President Muhammadu Buhari has fulfilled his promise to subdue Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, terrorists.

Buratai, who made the assertion in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, recalled that President Buhari in his inaugural address on May 29, 2015, promised to subdue the terror groups.

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The former COAS, however, warned that it is wrong to think that victory over Boko Haram terrorists meant a total cessation of hostilities. That, he said, would happen only when the terrorist groups agree to forsake their ideology, embrace democracy, respect the national constitution and sue for peace.

Buratai said the President had, right from his inauguration, clear-cut strategies to subdue the terrorists and restore peace to the North East and Nigeria in general.

He recalled the president in his inaugural address saying that the military command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram has been completely subdued.

“I say this with every sense of responsibility that the Buhari administration has subdued the Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism,” said Buratai.

According to him, the president came fully prepared with all the right information about the root causes of the insurgency and terrorism.

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Buratai said that the Boko Haram insurgency was allowed to manifest before 2015 by official bungling, negligence, complacency and collusion.

This, he added, made Boko Haram become a terrifying force, taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages, covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.

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“This is the true summary of the Boko Haram armed insurrection. The murder of Muhammad Yusuf by the police was clearly extrajudicial. Negligence, complacency and collusion with the proponents and strategic leaders of the Boko Haram insurgency for selfish reasons caused the insurgency to degenerate into a full-blown nightmare,” he added.


Boko Haram suspects escaped from Kuje prison – Defence Minister.


The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, on Wednesday, said the 64 Boko Haram suspects in Kuje Correctional Facility are missing.

Magashi disclosed this during a press conference at the facility in Abuja.

Unknown gunmen had attacked the prison with explosives on Tuesday night.

But Magashi said the attackers are Boko Haram insurgents and 64 of its members, who were inmates in the facility, cannot be found.

He said: “What actually happened, they came in their numbers and released some of the inmates. We are now trying to determine the kind of inmates they released.

“We are trying to see what we can do to see that all escapees within the prison accommodation are brought back to the prison yard.

“About 994 inmates, we have about 600 already inside now. Many people are being recaptured. The people who came to do this, from the records, belong to a particular group, from all indicators they are Boko haram.

“Presently we could not locate any of them. Currently, they are about 64 of them as inmates and we could not locate them.”

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Army rescues another abducted Chibok schoolgirl, Ruth Bitrus, in Borno


The Nigerian Army has rescued another Chibok schoolgirl, Ruth Bitrus, who was kidnapped alongside many others from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, in Borno State, on April 14, 2014.

Ruth and her son were rescued by the Troops of 21 Army Armoured Brigade in Bama, Borno State on Wednesday, June 29, after she escaped from the Boko Haram enclave in the axis of Bama local government area of the State.

In a video released by Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad, Ruth said that she escaped from Sambisa forest eight years after she was kidnapped from her school in Chibok town by the Boko Haram terrorists.

She said that the terrorist who defiled her and got her pregnant was killed by a bomb while trying to plant it against the troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the North-East.

She added that other schoolgirls were still with their captors in Sambisa Forest.

“It took me three days to escape from the insurgents’ enclave. I took some food with me for my child. Some of the Boko Haram saw me while I was coming out but I ran to the bush to avoid being arrested,” she said

Recall that two weeks ago, the Troops had rescued two Chibok schoolgirls, Mary Dauda and Hauwa Joseph, after they escaped from Gazuwa camp, the acclaimed headquarters of the Jam?’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jih?d, a Boko Haram faction, formerly known as Gabchari, Mantari and Mallum Masari, located about nine kilometres to Bama LGA of Borno State.

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Northern youths set houses, shops ablaze in Bauchi over Blasphemy.


Irate youths in Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State have set houses and shops ablaze, injuring people over what they say is a blasphemous message.

Spokesperson of the Bauchi Police Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said in a statement on Saturday that the youths “set six houses and seven shops ablaze, while some scores of persons were injured as a result of a blasphemous message posted on social media”.

According to him, the message was posted by one Rhoda Jatau a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department of Warji Local Government.

In reaction to the violence which he said happened at about 5:45 pm on Friday, Mohammed said, “The Police have since deployed all Tactical Teams, Mobile Police Force and Rapid Response Squad (RRS) whose joint efforts brought the situation under control.


“The area is calm for now, while visibility Patrols are ongoing to keep the peace.”

The incident has led to tension in the state, but the police urged people to be calm.

The Police Commissioner in the state appealed to the general public to be calm and go about their lawful business without fear of intimidation as normalcy has been restored to the affected area.

“The Command would like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards, particularly youths,” Mohammed said.

“The Commissioner of Police also urged Religious Leaders, Community Leaders, and Elders generally to always speak to youths to desist from anything that could temper with the security of their areas.”

The full extent of the damage and those affected have not fully been ascertained by the authorities.

A source in Warji said three people were shot and injured with Dane guns during the violence.


The violence in Bauchi is coming with the country yet to resolve the case of Deborah Samuel, the 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, who was killed by a mob after being accused of blasphemy.

Deborah’s case sparked outrage, drew condemnation, led to the arrest and arraignment of two suspects, a violent protest (targeted at the Catholic Church in Sokoto) by youths asking for the release of those arrested and the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on the state by the government.

The curfew was only lifted on Friday, some eight days after the killing. All forms of processions remain banned in Sokoto.




Buhari frowns at Zamfara Bandits attack.


President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent attacks by bandits on communities in Zamfara State.

Noble Reporters Media had reported that no fewer than 55 people were killed in separate attacks by bandits in four Zamfara communities in three days.

The affected communities are Sabon Gari Damri, Damri, and Kalahe – in Bakura Local Government Area, as well as Faru in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara.

In a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President asked the military to stop the killings by the terrorists.




“We mustn’t allow the return of days when the bandits had a free hand to do as they wished,” he was quoted to have said. “The rural folk in Zamfara and elsewhere must be allowed to have peace.

“Therefore, the momentum that has been developed must be sustained in order to bring closure to the activities of these murderers.”

He expressed condolences to the families of the victims as well as the government and people of the State, adding that the combined efforts of the Federal and State governments must do all that can be done to bring an immediate end to the horrific killings.

President Buhari, however, commended the military for the incessant onslaught and for not showing any let up as they continue to achieve positive outcomes based on their current operational trajectory in Zamfara, as well as other states in the North West.

According to him, there appears to be relative calm in the state with situations returning to normal in most parts and locals in the rural communities ready to live their lives normally again.

The President, however, decried several breaches recorded recently, especially in view of the latest attacks on the communities where a number of casualties were recorded




Fresh Zamfara bandits attack birth 48 deaths.


At least 48 persons have been reportedly killed in a deadly attack by armed bandits in three communities of Zamfara State

The communities are Sabon Gari Damri, Damri and Kalahe in Bakura Local Government Area of the State

The Sole Administrator of Bakura Local Government, Aminu Suleiman confirmed the attack to Channels Television on Saturday via telephone conversation

He said the bandits, in their large number and riding on motorcycles, launched an attack via Sabon Gari Damri village around 2pm on Friday.




They reportedly killed nine people and then proceeded to Damri community where they killed four persons including a Police officer and personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The outlaws also set ablaze a Hilux vehicle belonging to the Nigerian Police.

The bandits then killed eight persons in Kalahe community, a village between Sabon Gari Damri and Damri town

According to Suleiman, the bandits attacked a healthcare facility in Damri town and killed some patients who were receiving treatment in the hospital.

“The bandits in their large number were on motorcycles with three persons on each motorcycle first attacked Sabon Gari Damri and killed four people,” he said.


“Gradually they entered Damri town, burnt one Hilux vehicle belonging to the Nigerian Police, they killed one Police officer also and one Civil Defence officer.”

According to the Council Boss, the military engaged the bandits in Damri community in a fierce gun battle which forced the bandits to retreat back to Sabon Gari Damri and kill 26 persons.

“Military personnels entered the town and exchange fire and forced the bandits to move back to Sabon Gari Damri, after killing nine people at the village, they went back and killed about twenty-one people.”

Suleiman confirmed that a total of 48 people were killed during the attacks.

Police authorities in the state are yet to comment on the latest attack.




Haitian gang war leave dozens killed.


Jackson held out for more than a week as gunfire ripped through his poor neighborhood in the Haitian capital, hoping help would come to end the bloody turf war between rival gangs.

“For eight days, the bursts of bullets flew non-stop but we thought that the police were going to intervene,” he said.

But the police never showed. So like thousands of others, 29-year-old Jackson — taking nothing but the clothes he was wearing — fled his home.

The United Nations said Friday that clashes between rival gangs in the downtrodden slums of northern Port-au-Prince have claimed the lives of at least 75 people, including women and children, since all-out war started on April 24.

The world body said it was “deeply concerned by the rapid deterioration of the security situation” in the city.

“According to multiple sources, at least 75 people, including women and children, have been killed and 68 others injured,” the UN statement said.




It added that at least 9,000 residents of the conflict-hit northern suburbs have been forced to flee their homes and take refuge with relatives or in temporary shelters such as churches and schools.

Jackson held out until last Sunday. He was just returning from church when the fighting came right to his door.

“I didn’t know that the members of the ‘400 mawozo’ gang had managed to cross the bridge” next to his home, Jackson said, referring to the most feared of all the gangs.

“Suddenly I heard neighbors yelling ‘They’re at Shada crossroads’, which meant they were 30, 40 meters from me. I had my identity card, my driver’s license, and my insurance card on me. I took my passport and ran out,” he said.

As he passed a nearby gas station, he saw gang members accusing the motorcycle taxi drivers who were parked thereof being lookouts for a rival gang. “So they shot them,” Jackson said.

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For decades, armed gangs have run amok in the poorest neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, but they have drastically increased their hold across the Haitian capital and the country at-large in recent years, sending murders and kidnappings skyrocketing.

The UN has denounced the “extreme violence” of the gangs, saying local sources recorded “acts of sexual violence, including the gang rape of children as young as 10 years, and the terrorization and intimidation of the local populations living in areas controlled by rival gangs.”

The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, has warned of the gangs’ impact on children’s education.


“In Haiti, 500,000 children have lost access to education due to gang-related violence,” it said on Friday. “Nearly 1,700 schools are currently closed in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince.”

“No child can go to school while bullets are flying in the air, it’s dangerous and it shouldn’t be like this,” said Bruno Maes, the UNICEF representative to Haiti.

The UN office in Haiti has also expressed concern over children being recruited into the armed gangs.

The Haitian government has not yet commented on the latest outbreak of violence which has placed the capital in a state of siege, preventing any safe exit by road to the rest of the country.

Last October, the powerful “400 Mawozo” gang abducted a group of 17 North American missionaries and their relatives, including five children.

The district where the violence has been centered is highly strategic: it contains the only road access to the country’s north as well as between Haiti’s capital and the Dominican Republic.

Since June, authorities have also lost control of the only road connecting Port-au-Prince to the south. For a stretch of two kilometers (1.2 miles), the highway is completely under the control of armed criminals from the slums of Martissant.

Gangs in Martissant have also forced Doctors Without Borders, an international medical nonprofit, to close a hospital it had been running there for 15 years




Eleven killed in Burkina Faso ambush.


Seven soldiers and four backup troops have been killed in two ambushes in Burkina Faso’s troubled north, the army said.

The first attack near the town of Solle on Thursday led to the deaths of two soldiers and four civilian volunteers helping the army while five paramilitary troops perished in another raid the same day at Ouanobe, the army said in a statement received Friday.

The ambushes were staged by “terrorists,” according to the army, using a term to signify jihadist groups active in Burkina Faso’s north.

Nine people were wounded, it said, adding that the bodies of some 20 attackers had been found during clean-up operations.




Weapons, ammunition, transport, and communication equipment were also seized or destroyed.

Jihadist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have regularly carried out attacks in northern and eastern Burkina Faso since 2015, killing more than 2,000 people and displacing almost two million.

Unrest linked to jihadist groups also plagues Burkina Faso’s West African neighbours Mali and Niger.

The three land-locked countries rank among the poorest in the world and their armed forces are ill-equipped against a foe skilled at hit-and-run raids, ambushes and planting roadside bombs.

In December 2019, Burkina set up an auxiliary force called the Volunteers for the Defence of the Motherland (VDP), which is among the units that has suffered most losses.


Recruits are given two weeks’ military training and then work alongside the army, typically carrying out surveillance, information-gathering or escort duties.

On January 24, anger at the security forces’ casualties sparked a mutiny in the army, leading to the overthrow of elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

The new strongman, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, has declared security to be a priority.

But bloody attacks continue, despite the creation of “dialogue committees” — a bridge-building experiment in which community leaders talk with local jihadists to try to end the violence.

On April 8, 12 soldiers and four VDP members were hit in an attack in northern Burkina.

On April 24, 15 people were killed, including nine soldiers, in a coordinated assault on two units, also in the north, according to army figures




Troops kill over 15 bandits in Lake Chad.


Troops from a West African military force killed some 20 jihadists in three days during an operation in the Lake Chad basin, the coalition said Sunday.

The lake basin, shared by Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger, and its countless islets have become one of the main havens for jihadists from Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its dissident branch, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The four countries’ militaries revived the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) in 2015 to fight the extremists in the basin after its establishment in 1994. The force had been dormant until then.

The forces launched a new offensive in March that aimed to “completely destroy Boko Haram and other terrorist groups which plague the basin”, a senior MJTF official, who wished to remain anonymous, told AFP Sunday.




Aerial support to Nigerien and Nigerian forces from the coalition allowed them to carry out “aggressive patrols… against terrorists’ positions” in the jihadist “bastion” of Tumbun Rago, in the Nigerian state of Borno, the MJTF said in a statement Saturday.

Between Wednesday and Friday, “at least 20 terrorists were neutralised” despite “strong resistance”, the coalition said.

The senior MJTF official confirmed that “neutralised” meant killed, adding that the operation took place in Cameroon and in Nigeria.

The coalition has not provided figures on how many jihadists have been killed since the operation began in March.

But in a statement on April 25, it said “30 terrorists” were “neutralised” by Nigerien forces in the Kaji Jiwa area in Niger by the basin. It did not say when. One soldier died, the MJTF added.

Boko Haram launched an insurgency in northeast Nigeria in 2009 before it spread to neighbouring countries.

More than 36,000 people have been killed since, mainly in Nigeria, and three million were forced to flee their homes, the United Nations says




HURIWA lambasts defence minister for seeking God’s intervention to defeat terrorists.


Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Wednesday, lambasted the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd), over his persistent inability to rid Nigeria of terrorists.

HURIWA noted that seeking God’s intervention is a lame excuse for all failures to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians.

HURIWA also condemned the recent military and police operations in Orlu Town of Imo State in which many innocent passers-by and House owners were deprived of their lives extrajudicially and their housing assets set ablaze under the guise of chasing after members of the so-called unknown gunmen in the State.

“Extra legal killings of innocent Nigerians and the setting of their hard-earned properties on fire without going through the due process of the laws of Nigeria is a crime against humanity and those who are committing these egregious crimes won’t go without any form of legal retribution and persecution whether locally or before the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT IN THE HAGUE NETHERLANDS.

HURIWA condemned the silence of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria to the state-sponsored terror carried out by armed security services in Imo State.

The rights group challenged the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya to allow credible Civil rights advocacy groups to observe the conduct of his soldiers in the South East of Nigeria and ensure compliance to the Rules of engagement and the Inspector-General of police Usman Alkali Baba to let the civil liberty societies to assess the detention facilities in Imo State because of credible evidence of deployment of extrajudicial execution of suspects as its operational modality in the South East of Nigeria.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, also said it was fraudulent for the defence minister to continue earning a salary on taxpayers’ funds and enjoying all perks of offices while he claims to look on to God for a solution.

The rights group said it doesn’t make logical sense that the cabinet minister in charge of the National Defence of the country will simply not think out quality strategies to checkmate the rising trends of insecurity but will be read and seen in the media saying that only God can save Nigeria from terrorists.

The group said Pastors and Imams can as well take over Magashi’s role since it now requires divine consultation and not military warfare or rather the President who is the Commander-in-Chief who has also persistently stated that he looks up to God for an end to the man-made heightened insecurity can as well resign since he has accepted that he as a person lacks the workable methodologies to tackle the expanding frontiers of terrorism and insurgency all over the country.

Recall that the defence minister had on Easter Sunday called for God’s intervention in the fight against insurgents and other criminal elements in the country.

Reacting, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “It is unfortunate that the defence minister, just like his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, has now surrendered to God. Since God now does his job, why not resign because it is fraudulent to fail to do your constitutionally spelt out duty you now want God to become the defence minister but you want to continue earning the salaries. Why not surrender the entire salary to God and then step down?

“Why not allow clerics including native doctors to take over your job since fighting terrorists now involve divine solutions rather than military warfare? If spiritual incantations are what will end terrorist violence, It is all fraudulent and lame excuse of failures to lie against God to cover up incompetence.

“The United States military forces have been recorded to crush many terrorist elements both within and outside America. While they trust in God, they are not incompetent like all those we have in Nigeria. Military warfare is about skills, wherewithal, technical know-how, equipment, the right strategy, adequate manpower and the appropriate deployment of high valued intelligence.

“It is no news that the President, the defence minister and all the service chiefs have failed woefully, according to section 14(2) (b) of the Constitution which says the primary duty of government is “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.

“For the umpteenth time, HURIWA calls for the sacking of all the incompetent heads of security agencies especially the defence minister and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno if President Muhammadu Buhari seriously wishes to bequeath ant lasting legacy as someone who led Nigeria both as a military dictator and for eight years as a democratically-elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.




Terrorists abduct three girls in fresh Chibok attack.


Members of the Islamic State for West African Province, ISWAP, have abducted three girls during an operation in a village in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

Reports on Tuesday night revealed that they attacked Yimirmigza, where they kidnapped three Chibok girls.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that following the abduction, the insurgents contacted the family of one of the girls abducted.

A recorded conversation between the militant and a member of the family revealed that the ISWAP fights are many in their ranks.

In the conversation, the family member asked the militant on how they could help release the girls, but the militant said he had no power to do so unless their leaders gave the order.

While conversing in Chibok language, one of the girls said the terrorists “are in hundreds”.

“These people are too many. For now, we are only three girls in their custody,” she said




Bandits’ leader demands N30 million, threatens to kill 300 people.


A notorious bandits’ leader, known as Nasanda, has demanded the sum of N30 million from Zamfara State government for neutralizing his wife, her uncle and her aunt or he would kill 300 persons to revenge the killings.

According to reports, the bandits’ leader had already given a 14-day ultimatum to the State government to pay the 30 million naira as compensation for the three deceased persons or face massive killings in the State.

“If the State government fails to pay the compensation, I vow that I would lead to the killing of 300 community people,” he said.

In a recorded audio message trending on social media, Nasanda described the murder of his bride, her uncle, and aunt as deliberate, saying that the Yansakai men knew that they were related to him.

In the audio, the Nasanda was quoted as saying that he has been realistic and not greedy in asking for the N30 million compensation, adding that if he was greedy, he would have demanded for N50 million for each of the people killed.

“I cannot give months for the government to settle me, the 14 days would be enough to settle my demands. And we will not attack until when people are on their farms. If our Fulani people are not allowed to live in peace, we will also not allow others to live in peace.

“If the government can’t pay the N30 million demanded, the government should be ready to see me in action. I will kill 300 people to avenge the death of my bride and two of her relations. Yes, the lives of 900 will be in danger,” he warned.

DAILY POST reports that as of the time of filing this report, there has been no official statement from Zamfara State Police Command and all efforts to get the State Commissioner of Security and Internal Affairs, DIG (rtd), Mr. Mamman Tsafe for confirmation over the threat proved abortive, as his line was not going.




Sophia Fast Food: Gunmen robs fun seekers in eatery on Easter Sunday.


Unidentified gunmen, on Easter Sunday, visited Oko community, close to the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, invading a fast food joint.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the gunmen came into Sophia Fast Food, but failed to harm the fun-seekers, who were obviously enjoying themselves for the Easter celebration.

A source said they simply dispossessed all customers and staff of the eatery of their phones and left the area without any challenge, despite an armoured car and security personnel positioned in the area.

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A Facebook user, Iyke Orji said: “Nobody was killed, nobody was shot.

“Even the new police armoured tank Governor Soludo stationed at Oko Police station with new policemen didn’t repel them.

“They came to Sophia Fast Foods Oko, yes, a fast food. They collected all the phones of people eating there. They now set fire in the frontage of the fast food joint.

“Sophia fast foods just opened a new branch in Ekwulobia and people are thinking if it was a calculated attempt by competitors,” Orji said.

Attempt to get confirmation from the Police Public Relations Officer of Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga failed as his phone was not reachable at the moment




Buhari orders rescue as terrorists dive kangara students, others into forest.


President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, halted the debate after Enagi declared that the kidnap of the students was unfortunate.

In another bout of terror, armed bandits in military uniforms, yesterday, invaded Government Science College Kagara, in Niger State and herded unconfirmed number of students and their teachers into the forest.

Failure to effect immediate release of the victims last night triggered concerns over their safety, as one of the pupils was said to have been killed during the attack.


In the wake of the attack, governors of the 36 states last night converged on Abuja to deliberate on the matter and advise the Federal Government on way forward. The meeting chaired by the Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, was slated for 8.00pm. There was no communiqué yet at press time.

A source, which confirmed the incident to The Guardian, hinted that the attack started from the hostels and ended at the staff quarters.


The source also disclosed that a staff of the school, who was also abducted, escaped and returned to the school. The Guardian could not reach Police Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, for comments at press time.

FOLLOWING the attack, President Mohammadu Buhari, yesterday, directed the military and Police hierarchy to effect immediate rescue and safe return of all the abductees.

He also ordered that a team of security chiefs be dispatched to Minna, to meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the college with a view to coordinating the rescue mission.


“Our prayers are with families of the victims of this attack,” the President said in a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, just as he condemned the attack on innocent school children.

Notwithstanding, the Senate, yesterday, asked the President to declare a state of emergency on security without further delay.

The attack, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday, put the entire Kagara town in confusion. Those living very close to the school deserted their homes for fear of the unknown, even though normal activities gradually returned in some parts of the town.

Eyewitnesses said the uniformed attackers came to the government school at about 2 a.m. in their large numbers shooting into the air.


“They first went to students hostels, and later approached the staff quarters.”

Mallam Mohammadu Isa, an indigene of Kagara, said the bandits carried out the attack for several hours without any confrontation from security agencies.


Isah, the witness described the attack as “sad and most unfortunate,” recalling the abduction of over 20 passengers of NSTA bus, returning from Kontagora, last Sunday. He wonered why the Federal Government had not put necessary measures in place to forestall reoccurrence.

A farmer, Mahmud Garba, stated that farmers in the area had abandoned their farms for security reasons, adding that their lives were not safe.

Hinting that prices of foodstuffs might escalate further, Garba appealed to relevant security authorities to protect life and property.


Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Salihu Tanko enjoined the people to pray fervently for safety of their lives. He commended the state government for its efforts to restore peace in the area.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had earlier today directed immediate closure of boarding schools in the affected local council areas of Rafi, Mariga, Munya and Shiroro.

Governor Bello assured that all options will be explored to ensure the release of all students and teachers that have been abducted, including their family members, adding that the state government would not pay ransom against its own policy.

MEANWHILE, yesterday’s kidnap of students pushed senators from the state into uncontrollable anger against the Federal Government.


Senators Mohammed Enagi (Niger South), Sani Musa (Niger East) and Aliu Sabi Aliu (Niger North) described as unacceptable, the worsening state of insecurity in Niger State and Nigeria in general.

In a brief debate on a motion sponsored by Senator Musa, the lawmakers expressed worries that the state had become unsafe for education, agriculture, and other socio-economic engagements.


Musa, in defending his motion, informed his colleagues that the number of students in that school was more than 1000, adding that the actual number of those kidnapped was yet to be known.

Before the debate began, the Senate leadership had warned lawmakers against resorting to politics and political gimmicks during deliberations.

Consequently, all lawmakers who participated in the debate were from the APC as none from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spoke.


Use of hostile words and languages peaked when Senator Enagi lamented that none of the resolutions that had been adopted by the Senate and sent to President Buhari was executed.

According to him, the Federal Government under the leadership of Buhari is grossly incompetent.

The visibly angry lawmaker further noted that government had been evasive on issues that ought to be given attention. Enagi observed that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government was too incompetent to handle the economy in such a way as to guarantee full employment for the nation’s teeming youths.

Enagi equally suggested amendment of laws to allow governors take charge as chief security officers of their respective states, insisting that government at the centre had failed woefully.


He added that citizens might need to be allowed to bear arms through amendment of laws, if the situation persists. He said:
“I am sorry to say this, the government is grossly incompetent in handling security challenges in this country.

“In my own zone, few days ago, terrorists went to two local governments, but fortunately, my people were able to repel and killed 9 of them. In short, everybody here has a story to tell about security challenges in this country.”


The lawmaker continued:

“What else are we supposed to do that we are not doing? Are we supposed to amend laws in this country to give every citizen opportunity to carry arms? What else are we supposed to do?

“Shouldn’t we amend Nigeria’s Constitution to give more powers to governors who are the chief security officers of their various states, because, our government at the centre is so incompetent in handing security issues?”

He lamented that “For over two years, our Police and other security agents have been trying and for over two years, we discuss security challenges that we are facing, yet nothing has improved.


President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, halted the debate after Enagi declared that the kidnap of the students was unfortunate.

Lawan said the security agencies had challenges of personnel and funds.
He said: “Abduction of students from school happen in northern part of Nigeria.

“With incidences like this, parents would be scared to take their wards to school and the efforts of the past and present leaders at providing education would be defeated.

Also, Senator Aliu, expressed dissatisfaction that the Federal Government had been unable to ensure release of some 57 travellers kidnapped in Niger State last Sunday.


He called for a more decisive action from security agencies to get the kidnapped persons released.

Sabi cautioned Federal Government to take extra ordinary measures to halt the spate of insecurity, which he feared could spread to the Federal Capital Territory.


The Senate urged the President to declare a State of Emergency on insecurity in Nigeria. It also urged Buhari to consider and implement “the recommendations of the Senate ad-Hoc Committee on Nigeria’s Security Challenges dated March, 17, 2020 and
Senate Resolutions therefrom, as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.”

The Senate sought a massive and combined operation to identify and destroy camps and hideouts of criminals.

BUT the ruling All progressives congress (APC) assured of safe return of the Kagara college pupils. APC, in a statement by its caretaker committee secretary, Senator John J. Akpan Udoedehe, enjoined Nigerians to ignore claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Buhari administration was not doing enough to ensure security of lives.


It noted: “We cannot join issues with the PDP but rather focus on ongoing efforts to ensure quick and safe release of the abducted schoolchildren and other citizens.

Minister of Defence Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) urged Nigerians to join hands with security agents to tackle the appalling level of insecurity in the country.

The Minister, who fielded questions from reporters at the National Assembly Complex, spoke in response to the kidnap of hundreds of students in Niger State.

Expressing concern, he reminisced his youthful days when communal efforts were enough to ward off men of the underworld.


On clamour for liberalisation firearms, he said it was unnecessary in view of the fact that the issue remains contentious in advanced nations, including the United States of America (USA).

In a related incident yesterday, a gang of fleeing Boko Haram terrorists killed seven policemen and four residents of Bayamari community in Yobe.


The policemen were slain on Tuesday, while they were protecting the border community from attacks, after fleeing military operations in Sambisa Forest, in neighbouring Borno State.

Confirming the incident, yesterday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, Audu Yahaya, a Civilian JTF disclosed: “The terrorists killed seven villagers and four policemen…”

He said the terrorists, after fleeing troops’ aggressive onslaught, launched an attack on Bayamari village Tuesday by 12:15pm.


According to him, the fallen policemen paid the supreme price while attempting to protect the villagers.

“The terrorists launched their attack from their newly-established camps in the Malari Zango River Forest, Abduri and Buhari,” he said.

“Other new hideouts include Degltura, Kayidiri, Garinb Liman, Gumsari Gagala and Gorrgo in Yunusari Local Government Area.”

He said that, of recent, terrorists had been fleeing Bama, Gwoza, Damboa and the Lake Chad region, where military operations are ongoing.


He said the insurgents fled to seek permanent refuge on the fringes of Sambisa Forest.

“Some terrorists infiltrate various communities; where they rented houses and pretend to be businessmen,” he said, noting that those that could not hide their identities are forced to establish camps and tents in the Sasawa Forest and along Kumadugu-Yobe River Basin.



Governors demand military camps be established for terrorism check


They also urged member states to establish Livestock and Commodity Border markets.

The North Central States Governors’ Forum on Monday called for the establishment of Military Camps or Training Grounds in forests in the region to check the movement of hoodlums.


This is contained in a communiquè read by its Chairman, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State shortly after their regional meeting in Makurdi, Benue State.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the North Central States Governors met to discuss the security, economy, agriculture, infrastructure and other issues affecting the region.

The forum noted that the zone was going through trying times occasioned by kidnappings, cattle rustling, banditry, low agriculture production, infrastructure deficit and low internally generated revenue.

Bello said that the forum had resolved that there was need for the establishment of Military Camps or Training Grounds in forests zones within the region to block movement of hoodlums.


He said the Military Units should be Infantry-heavy with adequate support weapons and elements of Armoured Unit.

He said the forum also agreed to share intelligence amongst member states and create a multi-layer intelligence gathering.


The forum further commended the efforts of security agencies in tackling insecurity in the zone, urging them to do more through collaboration with member states to track the proliferation of light and small weapons.

“We jointly appeal to the Federal Government to support the Zone in its ongoing digital technology projects and other security preventive measures to fight all forms of criminality.

“Members states are to collaborate on the provision of security equipment and joint operations,” he said.


In agriculture, the forum urged all member states to key into the Federal Government’s Livestock Transformation Plan and adopt modern ways of livestock farming through the promotion of ranching and assist genuine livestock farmers.

“States in the zone should concentrate on infrastructural development such as roads and liaise with the Federal Government to rehabilitate federal roads and allow states to manage using the tolling system.

“Member states are to individually and collectively enact enabling laws to enhance revenue generation as a response to the dwindling FAAC allocation,’’ he said.

Bello said the forum expressed concern on the upsurge of COVID-19 pandemic and urged citizens to obey all established protocols.


NoRM reports that governors in attendance at the meeting were AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, Abubakar Bello, Niger, Yahaya Bello, Kogi, and Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State was represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, while the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Plateau, Prof. Danladi Atu, stood in for Gov. Simon Lalong.



Boko Haram proves it’s abduction of schoolboys


In April 2014, more than 270 schoolgirls were taken from their dormitory at the Government Secondary School in Chibok in Borno State. About 100 of the girls are still missing.

Boko Haram on Thursday released a video showing that it has custody of the students abducted from a government secondary school in Kankara, Katsina State, Humangle reported.


In the six-minute-and-30-second footage, tens of young boys could be seen behind him, all covered in dust and appearing to be within a forest area.

The relatively older schoolboy who spoke urged the Nigerian Government to settle amicably with their abductors and advised against the use of military force in rescuing them.


“Please, you have to dissolve any gang of vigilantes, close any kind of schools, excluding Islamiyyah [Qur’anic schools]. All the troops who have come here to help us, please send them back,” one of the abducted schoolboys pleaded in the released video.

“Shekau is clearly replaying the Chibok propaganda model. He’s doing this to get a ransom and free his detained members,” Bulama Bukarti, an analyst at the Tony Blair Institute, tweeted.

Also, Jacob Zenn, who analyses terrorism, also believes the extremist group is following the “Chibok media model”.


“The more the media, the more leverage he has. Unfortunately, the media can’t quite ‘ignore’ this either. It’s sort of an inevitable facet of terrorism. Wish there can be prompt resolution,” he tweeted.

Katsina state authorities reported approximately 320 remained missing on Tuesday, the same day the Islamist extremist group claimed responsibility for their abduction.

Katsina’s governor, Aminu Bello Masari, said 839 boys were enrolled at the school, according to U.S. broadcast network ABC News. It’s not clear how many students were at the school at the time of the raid, nor how many eluded the kidnappers.

On Monday, the state governor said the abductors “have made contacts with the government”.


“Talks are ongoing to ensure their safety and return to their respective families,” he said on Twitter, without identifying the kidnappers.

A joint rescue operation was launched on Saturday by Nigeria’s police, air force, and army, according to the government. The army said on Monday it had located the hideout of the men, and that a military operation was underway.



Boko Haram leader, Shekau claims responsibility of Borno Massacre


Borno State governor Babagana Zulum said the state residents are faced with desperate choices.

Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed about 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari village located in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.


The Shekau-led Boko Haram on Tuesday in footage also claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 22 farmers last month.

The infamous group said the attacks were a retaliation on farmers for arresting its members and handing them over to the Nigerian military.

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Shekau’s claim collaborates Hamidu Bala, a resident of Zabarmari and a member of Rapid Response Squad, a Borno government-established task force against banditry, who said a group of farmers on Friday disarmed a lone Boko Haram member and handed him over to the local security operatives.

“That action was what may have prompted reprisal from the insurgents,” Bala said.


Dozens of mourners surrounded about 43 bodies, which were wrapped in white burial shrouds and placed on wooden pallets, as they were buried on Sunday.

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One resident and Amnesty International said 10 women have gone missing since the attack.


Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari described the attack as “insane”.

United Nations humanitarian coordinator Edward Kallon said he was “outraged and horrified” by “the most violent direct attack” against civilians this year.

According to Humangle, the operatives of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) on Monday recovered at least 35 more decomposing bodies in the area.


The newly discovered victims were buried at the spot because the search team was unable to move the badly decapitated and decomposing bodies, Humangle reported.

“In one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation; on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he said.

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But a presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said the farmers did not get a military clearance before resuming farming activities in the area.

Shehu who spoke to NoRM‘s known Media said the government was sad about the tragic incident, but added that the “people need to understand what it is like in the Lake Chad Basin area.”


“The truth has to be said. Was there any military clearance from the military who are in total control of the area?” Shehu queried. “Did anybody ask to resume activity?”

He added that he had been briefed by military authorities that the villagers did not seek military advice before exposing themselves to “a window that the terrorists have exploited.”



Just in: Wife of Akeredolu’s CoS, Olugbenga Ale kidnapped


The late monarch was returning to his domain after attending the monthly council of Chiefs meeting held in Akure, the state capital.

Barely 24 hours after a first-class traditional ruler was murdered in Ondo, the wife of the Chief of Staff to the Ondo state governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale has been abducted by suspected gunmen.

A source said that the victim was returning from Lagos to Akure when she was abducted by the bandits who laid siege on the highway and took her into the forest.


“The case has been reported to the security agencies especially the Amotekun and army to comb everywhere and we are expecting a feedback soon.”

“The governor is aware of the incident already and has also visited the house of the Chief of Staff at Alagbaka with plans to ensure the safe release of the woman.


Contacted, the state police command spokesperson, Tee Leo lkoro told newsmen that he was not aware of the abduction of the wife of the governor aide.

Recall with NoRM that bandits murdered a first class traditional ruler, the Olufon of lfon, Oba Isreal Adewusi on Thursday at Elegbeke in Ose council area of the state.


He was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre in Owo but died before he could be attended to by medical personnel.

Police commissioner, Bolaji Salami said Divisional Police Officers in the Northern senatorial districts have been mandated to fish out the killer of the monarch.



Insurgency: Boko Haram shoots down Helicopter in Borno


The Nigeria Army is yet to make a statement concerning the incident.

A Nigerien helicopter has been allegedly gunned down by suspected Boko Haram fighters in Borno state.

A senior security source told NoRM‘s known Media that five passengers of the helicopter died in the incident.

“The helicopter was said to be hovering around the Banki area around the Bama axis and it was shut down by the insurgents. The five occupants all perished,” the source said.

The incident was said to have occurred in the morning of Tuesday, November 17, 2020. NoRM reports

The Acting Director, Army Public Relation, Col Sagir Isa could not respond to the call from our correspondent.


FG to pay repentant Boko Haram members N150,000 monthly.


Reports emerged on social media that Nigerian government was making plans to pay Boko Haram repentant members N150,000 monthly.

The Presidency has reacted to reports that repentant Boko Haram members will be paid N150,000 monthly.

However, Bashir Ahmad, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari described the report as false.

He urged Nigerians to disregard the report.

Ahmad on his Twitter page wrote: “FAKE NEWS ALERT: The Federal Government is NOT planning to start paying repented Boko Haram members N150,000 monthly.

“The story is baseless and should be regarded as the usual fake news. When you see it here or on WhatsApp, ask the poster to provide a credible source of the story.”


Insecurities: Boko Haram kills 14 farmers in Northeast Nigeria.


The insurgents captured the farmers as they tended to their crops during the early afternoon, giving them no room to escape, said another member Ibrahim Liman who gave the same death toll.

Fighters from the Boko Haram jihadist group killed 14 farmers in restive northeast Nigeria, members of a government-backed militia said Tuesday.

The sources told AFP that insurgents on Monday seized 15 farmers working on their irrigation fields in Ngwom village, 14 kilometres (nine miles) north of the region’s main city Maiduguri, and cut their throats.

“They slaughtered the farmers, killing 14 while one survived with a deep slash. They left him for dead,” Babakura Kilo, a leader of the anti-jihadist group, said.


The survivor was taken to a hospital in a “life-threatening condition,” Liman said.

Boko Haram and rival group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have increasingly targeted loggers, herders and fishermen in their violent campaign, accusing them of spying and passing information to the military and the local militia fighting them.

At least 36,000 people have been killed in the jihadist conflict which displaced around two million from their homes since 2009.

The violence spread into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the militants.


[Nigeria] Buhari condemns attack on Zulum’s convoy.


President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday condemned the ambush of an entourage of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, which led to the death of security men and some operatives of a civilian joint task force.

At least 11 security operatives have been confirmed dead in the attack on Friday, the second in as many months on Zulum’s convoy within his home state.

In a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu, the President described the attack, which occurred on the Maiduguri-Baga route, as an orchestrated sabotage against the long-planned return of displaced persons to their local communities.

“President Buhari notes, with deep sympathy, the loss of lives of security men on the convoy, ahead of the return of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, commiserating with their families and loved ones,” Shehu’s statement said.


“The President advises the government of Borno State, working with security and intelligence agencies, to remain firm in their determination to restore normalcy to all communities liberated from Boko Haram terrorists.”

According to the statement, President Buhari also urged security and intelligence agencies to intensify efforts to secure routes within the state.

“The President commends the gallantry of service personnel who repelled the deadly ambush, as well the sincere determination of Governor Zulum, who has been working with armed forces to end the menace of terrorists, rebuild homes and return IDPs to regular life,” the statement said.

“He prayed that God will grant the souls of the departed security men and operatives of Civilian-JTF eternal rest, and comfort their families.”


Boko Haram attack: 30 death in total. [Nigeria]


The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.

Two sources told AFP fatalities from the attack Friday in restive Borno state had doubled as more bodies were found and now included 12 policemen, five soldiers, four members of a government-backed militia and nine civilians.

“The tally has increased to 30 as many bodies were picked in the surrounding areas after the attack,” one of the sources said, adding that “many people were injured”.

Sources had earlier told AFP that a convoy transporting Borno governor Babagana Umara Zulum came under attack from insurgents on Friday near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.

A second security source gave the same death toll of 30 from the assault and said the militants seized eight vehicles.


“The terrorists made away with an armoured personnel carrier, a gun truck and six sports utility vehicles in the convoy,” the source said.

Police confirmed in a statement that the attack by suspected jihadists on the “security convoy” had killed eight policemen and three government-backed militia members.

It said 13 other people had been wounded and the attack had been “successfully repelled”.

Zulum — who sources said was unhurt in the attack — had flown to the area to prepare for the return of residents displaced from Baga by the conflict.


He was driving in the convoy accompanied by government officials under tight security towards Baga ahead of the arrival of the returnees.

The IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group maintains most of its camps on islands in Lake Chad and the region is known as a bastion for the jihadists.

The militant group has recently intensified attacks on military and civilian targets in the region.

In July Zulum’s convoy came under gun attack from ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.


The decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and forced over 2 million from their homes.

Most of the displaced have been housed into squalid camps where they depend on food handouts from international charities.

Local authorities have been encouraging the displaced to go back to their homes despite concern from aid agencies of the security risks.

ISWAP splintered from the main Boko Haram group in 2016 and has gone on to be the dominant insurgent force in the region.


We will ensure Nigerians safety – Air Force Chief pledge


The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar on Saturday said the Nigerian Air Force is committed to ensuring the security of Nigerians so they can “pursue their legitimate aspirations without fear.”

The message was contained in a statement signed by NAF Spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, and released after Abubakar inspected air maritime facilities in Benin-city.

According to the statement, Abubakar commended personnel of the 107 Air Maritime Group (107 AMG) in Benin for their contributions to the efforts of 2the NAF to ensure a secured Nigeria.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, spoke to reporters on August 29, 2020.

The Air Force chief also reiterated that the NAF, in collaboration with other security agencies, will continue to work round the clock to keep the country safe.




The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has commended personnel of the 107 Air Maritime Group (107 AMG) Benin for their contributions in the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to ensure a secured Nigeria. While making the commendation, the CAS also reiterated that the NAF, working in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, would continue to work round the clock so that Nigerians in every part of the country would be able to pursue their legitimate aspirations without fear. Air Marshal Abubakar made this commitment today, 29 August 2020, while on an operational visit to the 107 AMG to inspect facilities and infrastructure preparatory to the deployment of special mission aircraft to Benin as part of the Federal Government’s Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure aimed at comprehensively tackling insecurity in Nigeria’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), up to the Gulf of Guinea.

The CAS, who was accompanied by Branch Chiefs, Directors and other senior officers from the NAF Headquarters, was received on arrival in Benin by the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command (AOC TAC), Air Vice Marshal Olusegun Philip. He was subsequently briefed on the activities of the 107 AMG by the Commander, Air Commodore Enebong Effiom, before proceeding to inspect the Aircraft Hangar and Taxiway, proposed site for Aircraft Shelters, Bulk Fuel Installation (BFI) facility as well as existing office and residential accommodations both within and outside the NAF Base, including the ongoing construction of a 30 x one bedroom accommodation for airmen.

In his remarks after the inspection, Air Marshal Abubakar expressed satisfaction with the contributions of the 107 AMG in the NAF’s efforts towards ensuring that Nigeria is secured. He noted that the ATR-42 aircraft, which operates from Benin, had been flying combat support missions all over the Country, including Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger States, amongst others. “As I speak to you now, the ATR-42 aircraft, NAF 930, is currently conducting missions in the North East of the Country. So clearly your Unit is contributing significantly to what we are doing to ensure that our country is secured and our people can pursue their legitimate aspirations without fear”, the CAS added.


Speaking further, Air Marshal Abubakar revealed that the purpose of his visit was to assess facilities and infrastructure for the imminent deployment of additional air assets to Benin by the Federal Government. “We are here to look at the infrastructure available and also identify gaps”, he said. “The Hangar facility is adequate. However, there will be need for aircraft shelters and some Ground Support Equipment in order to make the deployment possible”, he added. He further noted that many additional pilots, engineers and technicians, who, he said, had already been nominated for conversion training on the new aircraft, as well as force protection elements, comprising NAF Special Forces personnel, would also be deployed to Benin. He observed that additional office and residential accommodation would therefore be required. “Like I said, we have looked at all the infrastructure available, including office and residential accommodation, and we know that there are gaps. We will try to ensure that these gaps are bridged before the special mission aircraft will be deployed here”, he added.

Air Marshal Abubakar again commended the AOC TAC as well as the Commander and all personnel of the 107 AMG for ensuring that the ATR-42 aircraft remains serviceable to continue contributing its quota to the NAF’s operations all over the Country. He urged them to be prepared to provide the same kind of support to the special mission aircraft when it arrives, noting that the aircraft would undoubtedly add value to the security arrangements in Nigeria’s Maritime environment.

Before departing Benin, the CAS held a closed door interactive session with the officers, airmen and airwomen where he entertained questions and also received feedback as well as suggestions from them on how to move the Service forward for more effective and efficient service delivery.

Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
29 August 2020


Policeman lands in Gunmen captive; three others in Kaduna.


A policeman and an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Kaduna state.

The two security operatives were kidnapped from their residences at Maraban Rido in Chikun Local Government Area of the state in the late hours of Thursday.

A 14-year-old girl and one other person were also whisked away by the abductors during the operation.


The gunmen were said to have invaded the community at about midnight and went straight to some houses, shooting sporadically, and later took their victims away.

Although police authorities in the state are yet to confirm the abduction of its personnel, the spokesman of NSCDC, Kaduna State Command, Orndiir Terzungwe, however, confirmed the incident to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

He explained that the Civil Defence officer was abducted by the gunmen from his home and taken to an unknown destination.

Terzungwe disclosed that the command has launched a manhunt of the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the officer and arresting the kidnappers.


The attack comes four days after gunmen abducted an unconfirmed number of students from a school in Kaduna State.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that the incident took place on August 24, 2020 at Prince Academy in Samba-Kasaya, a village around Buruku area in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Those kidnapped are said to be some JSS 3 students who are preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) before the armed men invaded the school at about 7am and took them away.

Although the police authorities had yet to confirm the incident as at the time of filing the report, a security source in the area said a member of a local group in the village was shot dead by the gunmen while some villagers were also abducted along with the students.