22,000 people missing in Nigeria – highest in the world, says Red Cross

At least 22,000 people are missing in Nigeria due to the decade-long conflict with the Boko Haram group, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said. In a statement, ICRC President Peter Maurer said nearly 60 percent of those missing were children and that it was the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country. “They were minors when they went missing, meaning thousands of parents don’t know where their children are and if they are alive or dead,” he said on Thursday at…

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Why PSC puts Police recruitment exercise on hold

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has put on hold the ongoing recruitment process into the constable cadre of the Nigerian Police Force, to enable it finalise the remaining stages of the exercise. Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head, Press and Public Relations of PSC, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, appealed to the affected applicants to be patient and await further directives from the commission. He called on those who participated in the recruitment process up to the aptitude test level to ignore any list or…

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How DSS arrested mastermind of attack on Nasarawa dep gov, recovers 50 AK-47 rifles

The Department of the State Security Service in Kano State has arrested one of the dreaded kidnapping kingpins, who allegedly organized the recent attack on Nassarawa State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe where three Policemen and a civilian were killed. It has been gathered that the suspect, Muhammad Sani Akazakwai, was apprehended at his mother’s residence in Kano during the week while treating the wounds he apparently sustained during a gun duel with the Police. A source told our reporter that, “We have arrested him and his mother with another Mallam,…

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Zamfara govt organises festival for repentant bandits

As parts of the peace pact it reached, the Zamfara State Government, on Tuesday, organised ‘Sharo’ cultural festival for repentant Fulani bandits. The Sharo Fulani culture is a yearly event organised at the end of the Eid-el-Kabir festival, which was last held eight years ago due to insecurity occasioned by banditry perpetuated by suspected Fulani. Governor Bello Matawalle, however, invited the Fulani and the repentant bandits for the festival in fulfillment of the peace agreement the state government reached with the ex-bandits. Over 20,000 Fulani and well-wishers attended the festival…

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Boko Haram Displacement: Bama, Gwoza communities celebrate first Sallah in 5 years

Some residents of Gwoza and Bama in Borno State have expressed delight over peaceful Eid-el-Kabir celebrations for the first time in five years. Gwoza and Bama were among the communities displaced at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2014. Thousands of people from the communities, including the Emirs of Gwoza, Mohammed Shehu Timta and that of Bama, Umar Kyari El-Kanemi, fled their homes and took refuge in Maiduguri. Sequel to the peace restoration and resettlement programmes, Timta and Elkanemi returned to their domains in July, which avail them…

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Insecurity: Politicians know who the bandits are – Tsav

Abubakar Tsav, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State,has blamed politicians for activities of bandits terrorising the country. Tsav told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Makurdi that banditry and most insecurities occurring in the country were created by politicians. He said most politicians knew exactly who the bandits were and why they were carrying out such activities. “Banditry and insecurity are created by politicians and the politicians know who the bandits are. They know why these people are doing this. “I want to appeal to…

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How Ex Governor Amosun surrendered 1000 AK47 rifles, 4 million bullets to Police

A few hours to the end of his reign as Ogun State helsman, embattled Governor Ibikunle Amosun contacted the state’s Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, confessing that he had thousands of arms and millions of ammunition in store at a secret armoury in Government House, and that he had decided to hand them over to the police. Amosun’s anointed candidate for the March 9 governorship election, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), had been roundly defeated by Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress and the governor was…

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