Tudun Biri; how I lost 14 Children to Nigerian Army Combat Drone Attack

In this interview by Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State, Mallam Idris Umar who lost 14 of his children to Nigerian Army Combat Drone attack on December 3rd, 2023 relayed what happened and how they battle bandits, while pleading with the government to come to their aid    VOL: Can you tell us you name? Umar: My name is Idris Umar  VOL: Were you affected by the Army drone attack? Umar: Yes I was. VOL: How? Umar: I lost 14 children in the so…

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Kidnappers of Benue Commissioner demand N60m ransom

The gunmen, who kidnapped the Benue Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Mathew Abo, have allegedly demanded a ransom of N60 million from his family. A family source told newsmen on Friday in Makurdi that the abductors made the demand in a phone call to a member of the family on Friday. According to the source, the recipient of the call, name withheld for security reasons, said the “kidnappers have resorted to torturing the commissioner to press home for their demand”. The source said they called and placed their…

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Troops neutralise 2 bandits in Kaduna

Troops of Operation Forest Sanity on Tuesday said its operatives ambushed and neutralised two bandits in Kaduna state. The Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Lt-Col Musa Yahaya confirmed the incident in a statement in Kaduna. Yahaya said that following a tip off from human intelligence source, troops of operation Forest Sanity, under the 1 Division Nigerian Army, ambushed and successfully neutralised two bandit leaders capturing arms, ammunition and other equipment. According to him, earlier, intelligence source revealed that a bandit leader named Isiya Danwasa intended…

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Bandits kill 8 close to IDP Camp in Benue

Bandits attacked a community opposite the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Abagena, Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue and killed eight persons including women and children. An eyewitness told newsmen that eight other persons were seriously injured and were evacuated to a hospital for treatment. “Some of the victims were beheaded and their heads taken away. The bushes are still being combed in search of more victims. “A man, his wife and four children were all wiped out in the attack. “The casualty figure may likely rise as three…

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Bandits Attack: NSCDC hands over corpses to families of personnel in Kaduna

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna State Command, on Saturday handed over the remaining four corpses of its personnel killed by bandits to their families for burial. Seven personnel and five others  were killed by bandits in an ambush in Kuriga village in Birnin Gawri Local Government Area of the state on Monday. Earlier, the NSCDC had handed over the body of late Inspector Fidelis Yusuf  for final internment on Thursday, while ASC1 Shamsudeen Labaran was  buried on Jan. 10 at Anguwan Dosa cemetery according to Islamic rites.…

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Ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train: Remaining 23 victims regain freedom

The remaining 23 victims of the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train kidnapped on 28 March, 2022 have been rescued. The victims were today Wednesday by a Committee set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor. A Statement by the secretary of the Committee, Professor Usman Yusuf said the 7-man committee assembled by the Chief of Defence Staff secured the release of the 23 victims held hostage by Boko Haram terrorist and took them to custody. Yusuf Said the nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Nigerian military led…

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Tukur Mamu Family counters DSS on alleged discoveries

The family of Tukur Mamu, Publisher of Desert Herald Newspaper arrested by the Department of State Services DSS has countered the alleged discoveries in the his house and office, saying the Service is not saying the truth.  According to a statement, the family said the military accoutrements said to have been discovered in the house, belonged to a nephew of Mamu currently serving in the Nigerian Armed Forces; a 2019 graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course. The said Nephew identified as Y. Y. Bello was said to be…

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Just in… Explosion at Galadima Kogo, Niger State again

A report reaching us said an explosion just occured Friday evening at Galadina logo in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State with some people feared killed. The explosion is believed to be from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) suspected to be the handiwork of terrorist bandits. This is coming few days after the first ever blast that occurred at the same Galadima Kogo, precisely on Monday this week. Casualty figure could not be ascertained as at the time of this report, as the affected areas are not yet accessible due…

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Senate urges military to block escape routes of fleeing terrorists

The Senate at plenary on Wednesday urged the military and security agencies in the country to closely monitor and block the escape routes used by bandits and fleeing terrorists. This is to forestall their relocation to safe havens in other parts of Niger State and the country. This was just as it urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide food and other livelihood support amenities to affected villagers and those internally displaced in Mariga, Mashegu, Kontagora and Borgu Local Government Areas in Niger North Senatorial District. These formed…

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Kaduna Lawmaker, killed by bandits, laid to rest in Zaria

The remains of late Rilwanu Gadagau, a member of the Kaduna House of Assembly, who was shot dead by gunmen along the Kaduna-Zaria Highway, have been laid to rest in Zaria. Malam Muhammad-Sani Gummi, Chief Imam, Kongo Central Mosque led the funeral prayers in Zaria on Wednesday. The funeral was attended by Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Speaker Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Zailani, and other top government functionaries. The speaker was represented by the Majority Leader of the Assembly, Mohammed Dan-Asabe. Late Gadagau, who represented Giwa Constituency of Kaduna,…

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