Joy, celebration galore as freed Afaka students reunite with parents, narrate ordeal in kidnappers’ den

May 7, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna was agog with unbridled joy, singing and dancing on Friday as the 17 freed students were finally reunited with their parents 58 days after their abduction. The students and their parents wore various expressions as some were crying, some were smiling, some were singing and dancing, while others were kneeling down and giving Read More

NIN registration will curb insecurity – Buhari

May 7, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari   has called on Nigerians to participate in the ongoing synchronisation of National Identification Number (NIN) with SIM cards across the country to provide a digital framework for improving security and strengthening of the economy. Launching the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in Nigerian Telecoms Sector and Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Cards registration Read More

Amidst Service Chiefs ’ assurances: Gunmen kill 2 police inspectors, abduct Abia varsity students

The security challenges currently bedevilling Nigeria will soon become a thing of the past, the Service Chiefs and Inspector-General of Police Alkali Baba Usman have assured. The Service Chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Irabor and  heads of other National Security Agencies like the Department of State Security ( DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), gave the Read More

Group kicks against plot to destabilise Buhari’s government

May 6, 2021 Editor 0

The Nigeria First movement says it will resist any attempt by vested interests to destabilise President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The pan-Nigerian organisation said it is aware of the plot by disgruntled elements hiding under the nomenclature of activism to perpetrate evil in the country through the sponsorship of acts of violence along ethnic and religious lines. Nigeria First which raised Read More

Methodist bishop urges citizens to join in tackling insecurity

May 6, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

     Nigerians have been reminded that they have a critical role to play in ensuring unity and peace to enhance the socio-economic development of the country. The Bishop of Kubwa Diocese, Methodist Church of Nigeria, Rt Rev. Chikwendu Igwe, stated this while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the 9th Annual Synod of the Diocese with the theme: Read More

Buhari reacts to release of Forestry School students

May 6, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday welcomed the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, and congratulated their friends, families and the government and people of Kaduna State following the happy end to the saga.  “We are happy they have been released. We express our deep appreciation to all the actors who contributed one way or Read More

In Kaduna, troops rescue 13 kidnapped persons, gunmen kill 2

May 5, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Gunmen killed two vigilante and kidnapped 13 people in Gwagwada Chikun local government area of Kaduna state before troops arrived the scene to rescue the 13 kidnapped persons after fierce gun battle.  According to Kaduna state government account, “troops have reported the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from bandits in Gwagwada, Chikun local government area.“The 13 citizens, originally from Read More

Breaking: Day after massive protest at NASS, 29 Afaka students regain freedom

The remaining 29 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state have been released. One of the parents, Malam Usman Abdullahi Tumburke, confirmed their release to Blueprint on Wednesday evening.  The released students were part of 39 students kidnapped whisked away by gunmen from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna about two months ago. About a Read More

Reps ask FG to suspend population census over insecurity

May 5, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has called for the suspension of the planned population and housing census, until a time the security of the country is stabilised. While mandating its relevant committee to inquire in to the work plans of the National Population Commission with regards the coming census exercise, the House on Wednesday, invited the Chairman of the National Population Read More

Imo Police gets new CP

May 5, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

The acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has appointed a new Commissioner of Police for Imo state. He is CP Abutu Yaro. A statement made available to Blueprint in Owerri, Imo state capital by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Orlando Ikokwu, said CP Yaro would be taking over from CP Nasiru Mohammed who was deployed to the Read More

Lai on Greenfield varsity/forest abductions: FG, Kaduna govt working to secure students’ freedom

The federal government Tuesday said it was in collaboration with the Kaduna state government to secure the release of abducted students of Greenfield University and their counterparts from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka both in the state. The government also condemned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for engaging in “political gimmickry” while suggesting the way out of the current security Read More

Greenfield Varsity: Bandits release one abducted student, 16 others still in captivity

May 5, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  One of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kasarami in Kaduna state has been released by the bandits.But 16 other students still remained in captivity in the kidnappers’ den with death hanging over their heads except their parents can come up with the N100 million ransom and 10 motorbikes demanded by the gunmen.  While the police and government authorities are Read More

NAF neutralises bandits in Birnin Gwari as killings continue in Kaduna, 6 injured

May 4, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has killed several bandits who were gathering to attack communities in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna state, while armed missions flown over Kaduna-Abuja road and environs observed free traffic flow.  This is just as gunmen killed one person and injured three others in Mazari, close to Buruku in Chikun LGA, they also killed one Read More

‘Mastermind’ of 6-yr-old kidnap dismissed from Army in 2013-Yerima

May 4, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nigerian Army has debunked a video on social media alleging that a soldier, Lance Corporal Adamu Galadima, was involved in an alleged kidnapp and murder of his neighbour’s child after collecting the sum of N5m as ransom.Army spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima in a statement, Tuesday said Galadima has been dismissed from the Army after Court Martial.The statement reads: “The Read More

Breaking: Miyetti Allah chairman kidnapped

May 4, 2021 Editor 0

Kidnappers have abducted the Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Kogi State, Alhaji Wakili Damina. The state Secretary of MACBAN, Mr Adamu Abubakar, who disclosed n Lokoja on Tuesday said Damina was abducted on April 30, 2021 by some armed men dressed in army camouflage. According to him, the abductors, numbering about eight, came Read More

Bandits ambush, kill Soldiers in Niger

May 4, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Sixteen soldiers have been killed and another is missing after an ambush against a patrol of the Nigerien Army in the Tahoua region near the Mali border, local officials said Sunday. During the attack by “bandits” on Saturday the toll was “16 dead, six injured and one missing,” Tahoua department secretary general Ibrahim Miko said on public television. He attended Read More

Insurgency: Bauchi on red alert as Geidam residents relocate to 4 LGs, 19 killed in Benue

Security agencies have been placed on red alert following the influx of displaced people in the Boko Haram attacks on Geidam, Yobe state, to Bauchi state. This emerged Monday at a meeting Governor Bala Mohammed held with heads of security agencies and traditional rulers at Government House Bauchi. Briefing journalists shortly after the security meeting, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Read More

Insecurity: We need pragmatic leadership – Adanyi

May 3, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Former Majority Leader, Benue State House of Assembly and member, governing board of the North East Development Commission (NEDC), Hon. Benjamin Adanyi, has urged Governor Samuel Ortom to approach the lingering and protracted insecurity challenges with more commitment through strategic thinking than resort to lamentations and name calling. The former governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress Read More

Tension in Cross River over return of kidnap gangs

May 3, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The peace that residents of Calabar, the Cross River state capital, enjoyed over security challenges seem to have been threatened with recent increase in activities of kidnappers who have now succeeded in causing residents sleepless nights. The state security outfit, Operation Akpakwu, had recorded huge success since it was established about five months ago, and had made life unbearable for Read More

DSS warns against unsavoury, inciting utterances

May 3, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Department of State Services (DSS) has condemned unsavoury and inciting statements by some Nigerians that threaten the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of this country.DSS handed the warning in a statement by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dr. Peter Afunanya, Sunday in Abuja.It read in part, “The DSS hereby condemns the unsavoury statements by misguided elements who have continued to threaten the Read More