12-year-old killed as Boko Haram hits Borno mosque … Army troops thwart insurgents’ attacks

Twin suicide bombers linked to the Boko Haram sect attacked a mosque in Gwoza, Borno state, on Sunday, killing a 12-year-old child and leaving many people injured. According to the on-line medium The Cable, a security source said the suicide bombers forced their way into the mosque while prayer was on-going. The incident happened around Guduf Nagadiyo at Bulabaulin, in Gwoza. The source said before some persons in the neighbourhood raised the alarm, the attackers had already gained entry into the mosque. Soldiers from 192 Battalion of the Nigerian Army…

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Banditry: Niger deploys air, land surveillance … Buhari orders deployment of air power against bandits

Air and land surveillance by security personnel have been deployed to areas ravaged by activities of bandits in Shiroro local government Area of Niger State. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello made this known while reacting to recent attacks on some communities in the local government. He said the surveillance team was deployed to immediately flush out the bandits terrorizing the communities. The Governor explained that the criminals were taking advantage of the vastness and difficult terrain of the forestland to unleash terror on innocent people. He maintained that the State government…

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FG to begin recruitment of Special Constables for community-policing

The Federal Government has directed the Police hierarchy to commence the recruitment of Special Constables nationwide preparatory to the implementation of its community-policing policy. The directive on community policing is coming as controversy trailed the security network, codenamed: ‘Operation Amotekun’, an initiative of the six South-West governors, set up to complement the efforts of the police in tackling insecurity in the region. The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who reportedly earlier described it as “illegal” has since said he was misquoted. The opposition to the take-off of the…

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Customs Broadcasting Network is a big boost to media industry – Stakeholder

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Customs Broadcasting Network, NCBN, Engr. Edirin Jerry Wesley has described the platform as a big boost to the media industry, as it will fast-track reportage of factual and authentic news on activities of Customs, as well as Nigeria’s economy, in order to promote national security. Wesley, who is an experienced administrator, said that NCBN will utilise its state-of-the-art digital broadcasting equipment to sensitise and properly mobilise the citizens to be security conscious, thereby helping security agencies to deal with the challenges facing…

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Insurgency: Try political solution – EU, UN advises FG

The international community has called on Nigeria to try new ways of dealing with insurgency The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) suggested that the federal government should try political solutions, saying with effective collaboration among regions, terrorism can be curbed dramatically. The UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, and EU’s Commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic, at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, January 24, stated that there has been an increase in the criminal activities of the insurgents, especially in Borno. The EU said…

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‘Operation Amotekun’ is Illegal – FG insists …We have agreed on security outfit – Govs.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the U-turn made by legal icon, Femi Falana, justified Federal Government’s stance that the establishment of the operation of “Amotekun” was illegal. A statement issued yesterday by Malami’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, reiterated that Nigeria’s Constitution does not accommodate formation of regional security architecture. The response came 24 hours after national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, said ‘Amotekun’ was not a threat to national unity. Human rights…

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Kebbi: Robbers invade MTN office …carted away over N4m in less than 5 minutes

The Kebbi Police Command has confirmed the invasion of MTN office in Tudun Wada area of Birnin Kebbi by three robbers on Wednesday. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday. Earlier, the MTN Manager in the State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, told newsmen that the robbers stormed the office around 2.00 p.m., on Wednesday, and took away about N4.5 million. “The armed robbers carried out the operation in less than five minutes when they stormed our office at around 2.00pm,…

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‘Nigeria’s security architecture is a cesspool of corruption’ – Gen. IBM Haruna (rtd)

Former Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Major-General Ibrahim Bata Malgwi Haruna (rtd), popularly referred to as IBM Haruna, has described the present Nigerian security apparatus as ‘a cesspool of corruption’. The retired General, a lawyer and war veteran, a former Federal Commissioner for Information, Adjutant-General and former GOC of One Division, Kaduna, who also holds the traditional title of Walin Garkida, stated this during a Liberty TV discussion programme: “Guest of The Week” at the weekend. According to IBM Haruna, the failure of our economic and social development,…

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MURIC condemns killing of CAN chairman …Says it is horrendous, ungodly and barbaric

The Islamic group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned the murder of the local council chapter chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Lawan Andimi, by Boko Haram insurgents in Michika local government area of Adamawa State, describing it as horrendous, ungodly and barbaric. The MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a statement issued and signed in Lagos on Wednesday, said that anyone who kills innocent people does not represent Islam. “We are at a loss for words. This killing is horrendous, ungodly and barbaric”, he stated. He…

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Police nabs 60 suspected kidnappers, robbers along Kaduna –Abuja highway

The Nigeria Police have arrested 60 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers on the Abuja-Kaduna highway. The Force spokesman, Frank Mba said this while parading the suspects at the Police Divisional Headquarters, Katari, Kaduna State. He explained that the choice of Katari was informed by the operation, Katari was the headquarters of kidnapping but the Police Force tactical teams had fish out the kidnappers and armed robbers along the axis. Mba said sixty suspects were implicated in several cases of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping, while weapons were recovered from the suspects…

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608 repentant Boko Haram members currently undergoing rehabilitation ― Military

The Nigerian military authority has said no fewer than 608 repentant Boko Haram insurgents are currently undergoing de-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme by ‘Operation Safe Corridor’ (OSC) at Malam-Sidi, Gombe State.  Brig-Gen. Musa Ibrahim, Commandant DRR Camp OSC made this known when the Managing Director, North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali, visited the camp on Saturday. He said 14 of the repentant insurgents were foreigners from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic. Ibrahim said, “From inception, we received 893, out of which 286 graduated and were returned to their respective…

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I trekked for two hrs in Kaduna – Zaria rd bush after Boko Haram attack – Emir of Potiskum

The Emir of Potiskum, His Royal Highness Alh. Umaru Bubaram Ibn-Wuriwa Bauya, has broken his silence on an attack by Boko Haram insurgents that left his four aides dead on Tuesday. He said he had to trek for about two hours in the bush for his safety during an attack that involved his convoy along Kaduna-Zaria road. The Emir, who returned to his Palace in Potiskum, Yobe State from the hospital in Kaduna where he underwent medical check-up, thanked Almighty Allah for sparing his life and other members of his…

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Bandits on rampage in Zamfara, Niger …Kill over 30, village head, abduct 17 others

Gunmen, suspected to be bandits, have killed the village head of Rumache, in Kukoki ward of Shiroro local government area of Niger State, Malam Ahmad Yakubu Rumache and kidnapped 17 villagers in four other communities in the local government area. It was gathered that the bandits invaded the village at about 2 a.m. on Friday and dispossessed the villagers of their valuable belongings before setting their houses ablaze. They also reportedly abducted the son of the murdered village head. The attack came some hours after similar acts by armed bandits…

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Amotekun: Yoruba leaders call for synergised regional security outfits

Prominent Yoruba leaders have called for synergy among regional security outfits in Nigeria to ensure better security and proper coordination in the country. They made the call at the second installation anniversary of Gani Adams as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land in Lagos. The President, ‘Women Arise for Change Initiative’, Joel Okei-Odumakin said there should be synergy amongst regional security outfits irrespective of the names they were called or wherever they were formed. She also lauded the creation of ‘Amotekun’, the South-West regional security outfit, which she said was…

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Kano Police rescue 19 children from orphanage

The Kano State Police Command says it rescued 19 children following the discovery of an alleged illegal private orphanage, ‘Du Merci Children Development Ministry’. The State’s Police spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna, who made this known while briefing newsmen in Kano, noted that a suspect and his wife, now at large, connived and sourced for the children through unlawful means. He explained that a medical doctor with a private clinic in Kano facilitated the procuring of pregnant women, whose babies were handed over to the suspect after delivery. He added that investigation…

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