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Nigerian gang behind abduction of school children ‘surrender.’

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Security analysts have warned of infiltration of criminal gangs in the region by jihadists who are conducting a decade-long insurgency in the northeast.

A Nigerian criminal gang leader behind the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolchildren in northwest Katsina state in December has surrendered to authorities in an amnesty deal, officials said on Tuesday.

Auwalun Daudawa led dozens of gunmen who snatched students from their school hostels in the town of Kankara in a crime that sparked global outrage and highlighted growing instability in the country’s northwest.

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The abductions happened when President Muhammadu Buhari was visiting his home state of Katsina. Some students managed to escape and officials said around 340 were freed days later after negotiations.

Daudawa surrendered to local officials on Monday with six of his gang members, the local government spokesman said in a statement.

“In a brief ceremony at the premises of the Governor’s office…. Auwalun Daudawa handed over the weapons and also… swore with the Holy Quran not to revert to his old ways,” spokesman Zailani Bappa said.

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Daudawa and his comrades surrendered 20 Kalashnikovs and other weapons.

Northwest Nigeria has been terrorised by criminal gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom and burning homes after looting supplies.

Nineteen people were killed at the weekend when armed men raided two villages in northwest Kaduna state.

A child wraps himself in a blanket while gathering at the Government House with other students from the Government Science Secondary school, in Kankara, in northwestern Katsina State, Nigeria upon their release on December 18, 2020. – More than 300 Nigerian schoolboys were released on Thursday after being abducted in an attack claimed by Boko Haram, officials said, although it was unclear if any more remained with their captors (Photo by Kola SULAIMON / AFP)

The gangs also attack travellers at bogus checkpoints on the highway and abduct them. Hostages are usually released after ransom payment.

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Most of the Kankara children were released after days in captivity following negotiations between the abductors and officials of Zamfara and Katsina states.

Forest hideout
The bandits hide in camps in Rugu forest which straddles Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, and Niger states.

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Despite deployment of troops in Zamfara and Katsina states deadly attacks persist.

The state government has sought instead to broker peace deals with the bandits, offering them amnesty in exchange for surrendering their arms.

Daudawa’s surrender was part of the amnesty offered to bandits, said the statement.

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Security analysts have warned of infiltration of criminal gangs in the region by jihadists who are conducting a decade-long insurgency in the northeast.

Following the schoolboys’ abduction, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility in a video showing some of the children in a bush.

Security sources told AFP the abductions were carried out by Daudawa in collaboration with two bandits with a strong following, on the orders of Shekau.

Daudawa, 43, was an armed robber and a cattle rustler before he turned to gun-running, security sources said.

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He began bringing in weapons from Libya, where he had received training from jihadists, selling them to bandits, the sources told AFP.

He forged an alliance with Boko Haram and became their gunrunner, taking weapons the group seizes from the Nigerian security forces in raids and ambushes and selling them to bandits.

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Buhari to spend four days in hometown, Daura, Katsina.

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The President considers this exercise as a very important one for the nation’s democracy and its yearning for good leadership as a requirement of the process of nation building.

President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled to his hometown of Daura in Katsina state for a four-day official visit.

This was confirmed by his Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday.

Buhari was welcomed at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina by the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the Chief Judge.

During his stay in Daura, he is expected to, among other engagements, participate in the All Progressives Party, APC membership registration and revalidation exercise.

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In a broadcast last week, President Buhari urged “all good people,” not only to speak but to rise up and “get involved in the task of improving their society,” adding that “for most citizens, their greatest weapon is their vote. Register now for your Party and register when the time comes for elections.”

The President is expected to return to Abuja on Tuesday.

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Insecurities: Katsina youths block highway

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During the protest, a motorist who’s also a youth expressed dismay over the incessant attacks on their communities by gunmen.

A major highway that cut through Katsina communities have been blocked by some young persons in Funtua and Birnin-Gwari area on Saturday in protest against the rising insecurity in the state.

NoRM learnt that road users especially passengers were delayed for about three hours before the police from Funtua intervened.

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Recall with Noble Reporters Media that more than 300 schoolboys were kidnapped from their school in Kankara in Katsina at a time President Muhammadu Buhari was visiting the state in December.

The schoolboys regained freedom a week after their abduction.

Katsina state has witnessed and still experiencing a spike in insecurity cases. Some trsvellers on the Funtua-Dandume-Birnin-Gwari road have experienced armed robbery attacks.

According to the NoRM‘s known Media, the protest started about 7:00am. Tree branches and worn-out tyres were used as blockades on the road.

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The media outlet also cited a resident of one of the communities, Sadi Bala saying more than 50 people have been abducted in the past week.

“No fewer than fifty people from the communities that were kidnapped during the week by the gunmen are still being held by their abductors,” Bala said.

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Breaking: 554 deployed for community policing in Katsina

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Five hundred and fifty-four indigenes of Katsina State will be used as pilot constables for the commencement of community policing in the state. This followed their graduation in Kaduna Police College.

Spokesperson for Katsina police command, SP Gambo Isah, stated yesterday that the constables would carry arms and do normal police work in their communities.

“A total of 554 special constables of Katsina origin passed out from the premier Police College, Kaduna,” he said.

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Addressing the constables at the Command Headquarters, Katsina, the Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, urged them to be upright, discipline and dedicated to duty.

He stated that they would go back to their respective communities to serve, to help in reducing crime.

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Katsina: Abducted schoolboys still alive in Zamfara forest – Gov. Masari

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Masari denied the claim by Boko Haram that it was behind the abduction, insisting local bandits roaming Katsina and Zamfara forests were responsible for the abduction.

Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has disclosed that the abducted students of Government Secondary School, Kankara were alive and currently in a forest in Zamfara State.

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“They (kidnapped schoolboys) are in Zamfara forests, we have got the information,” he told BBC Hausa Service in an interview on Wednesday.

Also speaking during an interview with Channels Television, the governor said efforts were on to ensure that the students returned home safely, adding that discussions were on with the suspected abductors through cattle breeders association Miyetti Allah to ensure the students’ release.

He said, “It is not true that two students died. I was in school on Saturday and interacted with some of the students who escaped. They did not say any student died.

“I also interacted with the two students who also escaped later; they did not tell me any of the abducted students died or were killed. The news of the death was speculative. The number of students we have yet to account for is 334, although some students have gone to their parents directly.

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“We are discussing through the leadership of MACABAN, Miyetti Allah, with those suspected to have carried out the abduction, and I had a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and heads of security agencies two or three hours ago.”

The governor stressed that his administration would not pay ransom for the release of the students.

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North demands “sack of service chiefs” after schoolboys’ kidnap in Katsina

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The elders called on authorities to ensure that those responsible for the action are brought to justice just as they tasked communities in the region to demand that schools be considered as places of safety.

Northern elders have expressed concerns on the worsening security situation in the region, saying Friday’s attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State, had further confirmed their position that the region was only now at the mercy of terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements.

The elders, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, pointed out that the continuous stay in office of the service chiefs whom they noted, have been exhausted with nothing more to offer in security service, was emboldening the adversaries in their increasing dastardly actions against the country.

“The latest attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State, where over 333 children are reportedly missing has further confirmed our position that our region is now at the mercy of terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements,” the elders said in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Engr Zana Goni and National Women Leader, Hajiya Mario Bichi, on Monday.

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“And as a result of this, we strongly believe that time has come for our president to bring in fresh hope and clear directions on how best the country will strategize to overcome the present insecurity situation in the country in general,” it added.

They reiterated their earlier call on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek foreign help, saying any further delay by the president may lead to the extinction of the region following increasing mass killings of its people by the terrorists.

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Noting that the attack on school children was callous and reprehensible, the group tasked the government to seek foreign help in addressing the nation’s security problem once and for all.

“At the boiling point we have found ourselves in today, we strongly believe that it will not be out of place to seek assistance in dealing with these threats from outside,” they added.

While extending their sympathies to the families of the victims, the elders said “We would say in the strongest possible terms that there can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of innocent school children.

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On the other hand, they called on those responsible to refrain from any attacks directed at or in the vicinity of schools and warned that the killing and maiming of children, as well as attacks on schools, teachers, and school children, are serious violations of international law.

Insisting that the service chiefs have lost the support of human, nature and spirit and also exhausted their energies, ideas and capacities hence can no longer turn around the country’s security for good, the northern elders charged the president to see reason with a majority of Nigerians who are of the view that the nation’s top security heads be relinquished of their positions and fresh hands and ideas injected for positive results in the security of the nation.

They reminded the president that in democracy, the voice of the majority prevails, saying the recent resolution of both chambers of the National Assembly that he replaces the services chiefs, was the view of the majority of Nigerians given that the parliament is a representation of the people.

“Our president was elected by Nigerians and the same Nigerians have spoken through their representatives in the National Assembly. Our president should listen to them by dropping the service chiefs, who have since reached retirement age in the military and appoint new ones with fresh ideas to do the job for which we elected him to do,” the statement read.

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While insisting that the president listens to what they called “the voice of the people” by reorganizing the security architecture of the country, the elders said:” The time has come when the entire country expects new ideas, philosophy, and method in the fight against insurgency in the country.”

Noting that the “president’s idea about insecurity has proved inadequate to deal with the threat to our lives and property”, the northern elders charged him to “urgently change tactics and personnel in order to win the war against rising threats to the lives of Nigerians.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari flies to Daura, Katsina for rest

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The president left the presidential villa, Abuja after Friday Muslim prayers for his home state, Katsina.

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Daura, his hometown, for a one-week private visit.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, confirmed the president’s arrival in a tweet on his personal handle @GarShehu, saying: “President Muhammadu Buhari has just landed at the Helipad in Daura, Katsina State for a weeklong private visit.”

Shehu, in an official statement later, confirmed that while in Daura, President Buhari will carry out a number of private engagements but is expected to participate virtually in the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, to be presided over by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

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The statement recalled that the president last visited his hometown in December 2019, having stayed away largely due to the global COVID-19 situation.

It said the aircraft carrying the president from Abuja landed at 4:45 pm on Friday at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport in Katsina where he was received by the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, senior government officials and the heads of security agencies in the state.

In Daura to receive President Buhari at the helipad where the Emir, His Highness Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, leading the members of the Emirate Council and a parade of colourful horse riders and courtiers.

Shortly upon disembarkation, the president received the gift of a horse and a decorated sword in his capacity as Bayajiddan Daura from the Emir, the statement said.

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The British Parliament at the Westminster Hall held a debate on ‘e-petition 554150, relating to Nigeria and the sanctions regime’ on Monday. The government of the United Kingdom has however responded…Buhari arrives Daura Buhari arrives Daura

The surprise visit made on Friday night by the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to former President Goodluck Jonathan at his residence in Abuja triggered a stir in the major political camps, resulting in at least four possible theories..

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Katsina State Transportation University To Be Ready By Sept. 2021 – FG

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The Federal Government on Saturday said the Transportation University being constructed in Daura, Katsina State, will be ready by September 2021.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made the disclosure in Katsina during an inspection of the project.

The $50m project is a corporate social responsibility project of CCECC, the Chinese company handling the nation’s rail project.

Mr Amaechi explained that the Chinese company just got approval from the Katsina State Government as proper construction commences next month.

The Minister added that the CCECC will provide the manpower and technical skills for five years before the federal government will be able to take over.

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The groundbreaking ceremony of the university was done by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2019, but the coronavirus pandemic stalled efforts on the project.

FILE: President Muhammadu Buhari (centre) was part of the groundbreaking ceremony of the University in December 2019.

A Courtesy Call
Mr Amaechi visited Katsina on Saturday with a team of consultants to pay a courtesy call to Governor Aminu Masari.

The Minister thanked the Governor for his support in making the project see the light of day.

In his response, Governor Masari thanked the Federal Government for the decision to establish the Transport University in Daura.

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According to the governor, opportunities that come with education are limitless.

He assured the Minister of his administration’s commitment to making sure that the State remains hospitable to the project’s success.

Located in Sandamu Local Government Area in Daura Emirate, the specialised university will help the country build a retinue of competent railway engineers who can maintain and improve on the country’s new rail infrastructure, Mr Amaechi has said.

Amaechi also noted that about 150 Nigerians are presently studying in China through University scholarships paid for by CCECC


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Katsina Police kills 8 bandits in Batsari LGA.

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… thirty cows recovered


The police in Katsina State have killed eight bandits in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah on Saturday, personnel of the Force swooped on the bandits after receiving information on their activities in the area.

According to him, the hoodlums numbering over 40 attacked Zamfarawa village, killed two persons – one Shafi’i Suleiman and Yakubu Idris and rustled an unspecified number of cows.

While one of the bandits died on the spot, the other seven were said to have been killed from gunshot wounds during the exchanged of fire between the police and the hoodlums.

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“The team succeeded and recovered thirty cows stolen from the village by the bandits. Subsequently, on 7/08/2020 search parties led by the DPO and members of the community led by the village head of Zamfarawa recovered additional seven more corpses of the bandits at Barankada village, Batsari LGA of Katsina State,” Isah said.

The police spokesman said items recovered from the dead bodies and the scene respectively during search include, 13 empty shells and two live ammunition of 7.62mm, charms, keys, a pair of slippers and N22,300.

Meanwhile, the state government has commended the efforts of the military and other security forces in the restoration of gradual peace in the front line LGAs worse affected.

Speaking during a press conference today, the Special Advisor to Governor Aminu Masari on Security, Ibrahim Ahmad, said the government is optimistic that banditry will soon be a thing of the past in the state.

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“As you can observe, in spite of the pockets of challenges to the security operations, most of the affected communities have gradually gone back to farms and going about their normal activities.

“They are very few. They should not be allowed to hibernate and disturb our peace and security,” Ahmad said.

He, however, asked the people of the state to continue to volunteer information to security agencies so that all criminals are defeated collectively.

This comes three days after the state governor; Aminu Masari had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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The meeting comes amid the security challenges, especially banditry, in the state and the entire North West.

Also, the Nigeria Army launched another military operation codenamed, Operation Sahel Sanity, to tackle banditry and other crimes in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger states.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai who flagged off the military operation in Faskari on July 7 said the exercise, as well as other ongoing military operations, were meant to comprehensively tackle banditry and other crimes in the North-West and parts of North-Central to restore peace in the affected states and in Nigeria.

He noted that the Army will be conducting the operation with the support of other sister security agencies, including the police, the Department of State Services and the authorities of the affected states.


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Katsina NAN nurses disowns colleagues over baby trafficking

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The Katsina State Council of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives has on Wednesday disowned and described the two suspected female nurses arrested by the police in the state as fake and imposters.

Identified as Misira Tijjani and Grace Ejigu of the Okmos Clinic in Kofar Kaura quarters, Katsina state, the two suspected female nurses were arrested on Monday by officers of the Katsina Police Command for alleged involvement and attempt to sale a newborn baby girl to one Eucharia Onyema.

The chairman of the Katsina state council of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Haruna Mamman disclosed this on Wednesday in a press conference held at the State Secretariat of the state council.

Mamman told reporters that the association swung into action immediately to authenticate the identity, membership, and qualifications of the two suspects.

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“We visited the hospital and interviewed both the proprietor of the hospital, Dr. E.E Eze. The two imposters in question and our findings revealed that they are fake and imposters

“The proprietor of the hospital and the two imposters, even admitted that they were not trained and qualified nurses.

“We complained to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in whose office and before everyone present, they confessed that they were not Nurses, whereas a day before, they told the police authority that they were nurses.

“We will pursue this matter to its logical conclusion, they will be prosecuted for impersonation and defamation of character,” Mamman added.

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It would be recalled that the two suspected female nurses were arrested on Monday by the police in Katsina state for alleged trafficking of a newly born baby girl.

Arrested on July 28th 2020 based on a tip off, the two nurses have been identified as one Misira Tijjani, aged 35 years of Filin Canada quarters, Katsina and Grace Ejigu, aged 43 years of Shagari Low Cost, Katsina who have conspired and sold the child to one Eucharia Onyema, aged 45 years of Sabuwar Kasuwa quarters, Katsina.

In a press briefing held at the police headquarters, Katsina, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah told reporters that “On July 25th 2020 at about 10:00hrs, one Shamsiyya Sani, aged 25 years of Dandagoro quarters, Katsina was delivered of a baby girl at Okomos Clinic, Kofar Kaura, Katsina. She later abandoned the child at the hospital with a handwritten note stating that it was born out of wedlock hence the abandonment”

According to Isah, “namesis caught up with them when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke Napep rider who suspected them of stealing of the child. Investigation is ongoing”.


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Governor Aminu Masari meets Buhari over Katsina banditry

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

Although the details of the meeting are sketchy as at press time, however, it may not be unconnected with the security challenges in the state, especially banditry that has led to the death of many people.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Governor Masari asked leaders of the country not to allow insecurity to overwhelm them.

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The governor wants his colleagues in the north-western and north-central states to ensure that the security challenges do not deteriorate further.

A file photo showing Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari talking to President Muhammadu Buhari. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

According to him, efforts are being made to address the several threats in the region, assuring that banditry and other forms of criminality will soon be a thing of the past.

He also lamented that the two regions have vast forests and an unfriendly terrain especially during the rainy season making it difficult to move heavy military equipment.


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Katsina police arrest two nurses over baby trafficking

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Police authorities in Katsina State have arrested two nurses for allegedly trafficking a newly born baby girl.

Speaking during a press conference on Monday, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Gambo Isah, said the nurses – Misira Tijjani, and Grace Ejigu – were arrested on July 28 after a tip-off.

According to Isah, they conspired and sold the child to one Eucharia Onyema, aged 45 years of Sabuwar Kasuwa quarters in the state.

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“On July 25th 2020 at about 10:00hrs, one Shamsiyya Sani, aged 25 years of Dandagoro quarters, Katsina was delivered of a baby girl at Okomos Clinic, Kofar Kaura, Katsina.

“She later abandoned the child at the hospital with a handwritten note stating that she was born out of wedlock hence the abandonment.

“Nemesis caught up with them when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke Napep rider who suspected them of stealing of the child. An investigation is ongoing,” he said.


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Katsina Bomb Blast: 5 children lost their lives

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The five children who lost their lives in a bomb explosion in Katsina State picked a military grenade and were fiddling with it.

This is according to an investigation conducted by the police into the incident which occurred on Saturday at Yammama, a village in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, disclosed the outcome of the investigation in a statement sent to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

He noted that the investigation was conducted by detectives from the police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

In this photo released by the police, one of the victims injured in a bomb explosion in Katsina State is receiving treatment on July 18, 2020.

The trigger of the hand grenade said to have exploded at Yammawa village Katsina State on July 18, 2020.

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‘Children Of One Person’
Earlier, residents told Channels Television that six people were feared killed in the incident with five others severely injured.

The police, however, put the death figure at five, adding that six others were wounded.
In this photo released by the police, a healthcare worker attends to another victim injured in a bomb explosion in Katsina State which occurred on July 18, 2020.

Confirming the incident in an earlier statement, Isah explained that the Division Police Officer in Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard from the farm of one Alhaji Hussaini Mai Kwai at about 11:30am.

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He said the police officer swiftly led operatives of the Operation Puff Adder to the scene to ascertain the situation there.

The command’s spokesman confirmed that the five deceased victims were all “young children of one person, by name Alhaji Adamu of Yammawa village, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina state.”

In this photo released by the police, a healthcare worker attends to one of the victims injured in a bomb explosion in Katsina State which occurred on July 18, 2020.

He added that all 11 children were at the farm to cut grasses for animals’ feed while the injured victims were immediately evacuated to the General Hospital in Malumfashi for treatment.

Isah said the scene of the incident has since been preserved by the police.

The trigger of the hand grenade said to have exploded at Yammawa village Katsina State on July 18, 2020.

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Katsina Bomb Blast: Police begin investigation

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The police in Katsina have commenced investigations into a suspected bomb explosion at Yammama village in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

According to residents, six people have been feared killed and five others severely injured.

However, in a statement released by spokesman Gambo Isah, the Katsina police put the number of the dead at five, with six injured.

“At about 11:30hrs, DPO Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard inside the farm of one Alhaji Hussaini Mai Kwai,” the police said.

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“On receipt of the information, the DPO led Operation Puff Adder to the scene where there was a suspected case of bomb explosion which killed five young children of one person, by name Alhaji Adamu of Yammawa village, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina state.”

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
The police added that all eleven children were at the farm to cut grasses for animals’ feed.

“The injured children have been evacuated to Malumfashi General Hospital for treatment,” the police said. “The scene has been preserved while detectives from EOD and CID are presently conducting their investigations.”


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Just in: 6 casualties in Katsina bomb blast

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An improvised bomb has exploded in the Nigerian northern state of Katsina, with six people feared killed.

NRM said the explosion went off in Yardagi village in Zango Local Government Area of the State.

It said the six persons killed at the farmland where the bomb was planted were.

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Noble Reporters Media also reported that six other persons were injured.


They had been rushed to hospital, it said.

Katsina has largely been spared the Boko Haram war of bombing.

Rather it has been facing the twin problems of banditry and kidnapping.


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Army recover weapons in 3 northern states; rescue kidnap victims

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Troops of the Nigerian Army under Operation Sahel Sanity have rescued eight kidnapped victims and recovered weapons in Sokoto, Zamfara and Kastina States.

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this at a press briefing on Sunday in Faskari, Kastina State.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had on July 6 flagged off the Operation Sahel Sanity at Special Army Super Camp in Faskari as part of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration.

Onyeuko said the Chief of Army Staff flagged off the exercise to flush out armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other criminal elements from the North West Zone.

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“The troops quickly moblised to the area and engaged the criminals, neutralising scores in the process.

“The situation was quickly brought under control and the troops subsequently dominated the area with patrols denying criminal elements freedom of action,” he said.

He said on July 9 while responding to a distress call, troops deployed at Gidan Baure in Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State rescued three young girls kidnapped by armed bandits at Sayau village.

Onyeuko said on the same day, troops also rescued three kidnapped victims in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

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“Two other kidnap victims who were kidnapped on June 1, 2020 at Yayi village in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State have been rescued by the troops.

“All the victims have been handed over to Katsina and Sokoto State Government officials for further action.

“Receiving a credible intelligence, the troops sprang an ambush at Gidan Jaja in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara, the bandits fled with heavy gunshot wounds, abandoning one AK 47 rifle in the process.

“While on aggressive mobile patrol, our troops intercepted three armed bandits who opened fire on troops.

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“During the fire fight, one of the bandits was neutralised while others fled in disarray, one AK 47 rifle and one motorcycle were recovered,” he said.

Onyeuko also said on Saturday, July 11, troops laid ambush between Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu villages of Anka and Talata Mafara Local Government Areas of Zamfara.

He said troops made contact with the bandits who escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds in the cover of darkness.

Onyeuko said troops had continued to dominate the area as a means of confidence building for the residents and farmers to continue their agricultural activities.

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He added that items recovered included one motorcycle, 10 dane guns, one catarpult and one knife.

Others, he said, were one saw, 16 plugs, one axe and three cell phones.

Onyeuko, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and the professionalism exhibited within the short period of the operation and urged them not to rest on their oars.

He reassured the people of the North-West Zone of the army’s commitment to restoring peace in the region.


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Angry Mob destroy Buhari’s billboards in Katsina

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A serious chaos hits kastina state, as some angry residents took to the streets to register their displeasure against the rate of kidnapping, rape, and some other vices in the community and the country as a whole.

During the protests, the Katsina-Kankara highway and all other adjoining roads at Yantumaki in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State were blocked.

These protesters burnt down all billboards of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the town.

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The protests were necessitated after the abduction of a health worker identified as Yusuf and his daughter together with the death of a traditional ruler of Yantumaki, Abubakar Atiku Maidabino who was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

One of the residents who spoke to reporters said;

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“The youths took to the streets since morning (yesterday), following another incidence of abductions, which have become too many in Yantumaki town and Danmusa Local Government Area.”

The protest was also confirmed by the Spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, however, he indicated that that normalcy had since been restored by the police and other security agencies.


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50 killed in fresh Katsina attack

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At least 50 persons are feared dead following a fresh attack on Kadisau town in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.


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Storyline: Protest full Katsina. | Details.

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Residents of Yan Tumaki town in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State have taken to the streets to protest against insecurity, particularly kidnapping in their area.

The protest is coming hours after kidnappers visited the town and abducted a man identified as Alhaji Mansir Yusuf along with his daughter in the early hours of Tuesday.

A resident of the town told NRM that they were protesting what they described as the renewed and worsened insecurity in the area despite the presence of security operatives.

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The protesters were seen burning tires and barricading the road linking Kankara and Katsina Local Government Areas.

On Sunday last week, 55-year-old chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Batsari Local Government Area, Abdulhamid Mamman Sani was killed by bandits in an attempt to kidnap him.


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PMB assure action against bandits in katsina. [Nigeria]


President Muhammadu Buhari has authorised the commencement of a major military operation to sweep bandits and kidnappers out of Katsina State.

A major proactive operation by Special Forces, which details are being kept secret, is now in progress to replace the reactive strikes against insurgent camps.

To give a full effect to the exercise, a planning team is already in the State selecting targets and making preparations for the execution of the “unprecedented” operation.

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The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who has been measured in issuing official statements on the oncoming exercise, briefed the President on the plan he intends to flag off shortly.

President Buhari who expressed sadness over the recent attacks in the State extended his condolences to the families of those killed and prayed for the recovery of the injured.


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Breaking: Two Kidnap Victims Rescued In Katsina. [Nigeria]

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The police have rescued two women from suspected bandits in Kurfi Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Katsina, Gambo Isah, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

He explained that the rescue operation was carried out following a distress call they received on Thursday last week.

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The bandits, numbering about 10 and armed with AK 47 rifles, were said to have stormed Sabon Layi village on motorbikes and kidnapped some women.

“Consequently, DPO Kurfi led Operation Puff Adder and vigilante group and chased the hoodlums up to Kaguwa village where they engaged the hoodlums into a gun duel,” the statement said.

According to Isah, the team succeeded and rescued the duo of Huraira Murnai (60) and Hadiza Murnai (50).

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He noted that the hoodlums escaped into the forest while the police have commenced an investigation into the attack on the village.

Meanwhile, the command’s spokesman revealed that a group of bandits blocked a feeder road leading to Dankar village in Batsari LGA where they robbed innocent villagers of their belongings on Monday.

He said a team of police operatives moved to the scene, chased, and engaged the hoodlums in a heavy gun duel.

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“Due to the superior firepower of the police, the hoodlums abandoned their mission and escaped into the nearby forest.

“In the course of the investigation, the team recovered one Assault Rifle (A.R.) loaded with 14 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition and a motorcycle Kasea, red in colour, unregistered, with Chassis No. LAELE2413KMG45286 and engine NO. 157FMI190745358 belonging to the bandits,” the statement added.


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[Nigeria] 2 Bandits, 10 Suspected Kidnappers Nab In Katsina.


Two notorious bandits and ten suspected kidnappers across five Local Government Areas in Katsina state have been arrested.

Before meeting their Waterloo on Thursday, the criminals were reportedly responsible for terrorising innocent citizens of the affected LGAs comprising Batsari, Faskari, Charanchi and Dutsinma including the Katsina metropolitan area.

In a press briefing held before the command headquarters on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah told reporters that one AK 49 rifle with five rounds of ammunition, unregistered Bajaj Boxer motorcycle, charms and the sum of N6,465 Naira were discovered in possession of the two bandits killed by the police.

Meanwhile, the command according to the police spokesman arrested one Sa’ad Yahaya who had allegedly attacked his father while asleep and robbed him the sum of N435,000.


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5 new COVID-19 cases in Katsina, Kwara and Lagos.


Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

NCDC in a tweet said that two cases was confirmed in Lagos and one each in Kwara and Katsina states.

It said: “As of 09:10 pm on 12th April there were 323 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 85 have been discharged with 10 deaths. There are 19 states with confirmed cases in Nigeria.”


Meanwhile, a breakdown of cases by states indicates that:


Lagos – 176
FCT – 56
Osun – 20
Edo – 12
Oyo – 11
Ogun – 7
Bauchi – 6
Kaduna – 6
Akwa Ibom – 5
Katsina – 5
Kwara – 4
Delta – 3
Enugu – 2
Ekiti – 2
Rivers – 2
Ondo – 2
Benue – 1
Niger – 1
Anambra – 1
Kano-1.


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