Closure of Nigerians’ shops in Ghana, endorsement of Xenophobia – Abaribe

August 23, 2020 Taye Odewale 0

The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said that Ghana’s action against nationals of other countries, particularly targeting Nigerians, pointed to state endorsement of xenophobic attacks. Abaribe, in a statement issued Sunday in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom, described it as criminal and very disturbing the closure of shops of Nigerians in Ghana by its authorities. Ghanaian officials Read More

Borno, Boko Haram and how Gov Zulum should come to equity

August 18, 2020 Okey Okechukwu 0

Borno state once regarded as the “home of peace and hospitality” can definitely not boast of that anymore. It is a little over a decade now that the war against insurgency began, in the same period it has been more of a roller coaster for this particular state. At the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2012, 2013 and Read More

I’ve no time for criminals in Southern Kaduna – El-Rufa’i

August 18, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The heat generated by the ongoing killings in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna state is far from abating as Governor Nasir El-Rufai said he doesn’t have time for criminal elements fomenting trouble in the area. The governor also declared that his administration would not appease trouble-makers seeking attention to get money into their accounts from both the government and foreign institutions. El-Rufai Read More

Air force launches new operation, kills scores of terrorists, destroys hideouts

August 17, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Nigerian Air Force component  of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has killed scores of terrorists and destroyed their hideouts and logistics structures at Tumbuma Baba and Boboshe in Borno State.  The feat was achieved Sunday after the launch of a new subsidiary Operation codenamed “HAIL STORM”. Operation HAIL STORM is an air interdiction operation  aimed at taking out identified Islamic State Read More

CSOs chide Masari over comments on insecurity

August 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Conference of Civil Society for Peace, Security and National Development has chided Katsina state Governor, Aminu Masari, over his claim that the nation’s service chiefs should be blamed for banditry in his state and other states in the northwest region and not President Muhammad Buhari who he said has done enough. Such view the CSOs said portrayed the governor Read More

Police confirms abduction of district head in Yobe

August 16, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

The Yobe Police Command in has confirmed the abduction of Isa Mai-Buba, the District head of Jajere in Fune local government area of the state. The command’s spokesman, Dungus Abdulkarim, stated this in a statement released in Damaturu on Sunday. He said Mr Mai-Buba was abducted at his residence in Jajere on Saturday, August 15. “At about 22:05 hours on Read More

NAF jets, helicopter strike several bandits in Kuduru forest

August 15, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Nigerian Air Force component of Operation THUNDER STRIKE has killed several armed bandits in their camp in the Kuduru forest area of Kaduna state. Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj. -Gen.  John Enenche said the feat was achieved on 13 August 2020 after intelligence reports indicated the convergence of members of an Ansaru terrorist sect-linked bandits group at the location. Read More

That attack on Gov Zulum

August 3, 2020 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

Recently, the convoy of Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno state was allegedly attacked on by the terrorist sect, Boko Haram in the North-east part of the country. The convoy of the governor came under heavy attack such that the governor had to be smuggled into a Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad’s armoured personnel carrier while the attack was being repelled. One Read More

Gunmen kill 13 Kogi family members, one other

In a shocking revelation, gunmen killed some 14 persons, 13 of whom were members of the same family, while only a member of the family survived. The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning when the hoodlums attacked the Abudu community in Kogi, Koton Karfe local government area of the state. Kogi state Commissioner of Police Ede Ayuba disclosed this Read More

Insecurity and our guilty elite

July 29, 2020 Philip Attah 0

The Holy scriptures admonishes us in Matthew 5:9 that “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” It is a sacred charge on all humanity to be partakers in the process of restoration of peace anywhere it is punctured. God Himself acknowledges the inevitability of wars and conflicts, precipitated by crisis among people, which culminates into Read More

Again, PDP condemns attack at Oba Palace, calls for investigation

July 27, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman National Campaign Council on Edo Governorship Election, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has again condemned in the strongest terms, the attack on the party entourage at the Palace of Oba of Benin on Saturday by thugs allegedly sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Governor Wike, according to a statement signed by the PDP Read More

Southern Kaduna killings: IGP orders full curfew enforcement

July 27, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Commissioner of Police (CP), Kaduna State Police Command to ensure full enforcement of the curfew imposed by the Kaduna state government in the wake of recent killings in Southern Kaduna.This is as the CP was equally directed to ensure optimal deployment of human and material assets to the Intervention Squad Read More

Boko Haram: Now that we know the terrorists

July 26, 2020 Gabriel Agibi 0

The metamorphosis and enlargement of Boko Haram terrorism into various interests is by no means surprising. The infusion of political, commercial and economic interests, aside its initial facade of religion has made Boko Haram terrorism a bigtime monster in Nigeria. And each of the piebald interests is driven by a different motive and ideology.    The COAS and helmsman of the Read More

Buratai as God’s gift to Nigeria’s counter-terrorism efforts

July 22, 2020 David Achimugu 0

Nigeria as a country and Nigerians, my compatriots, are wonderful or unpredictable people. There is no crisis facing us that we lack the capacity to handle. I leave the deduction of our capacity to handle the often-self-induced crises for others to decide.But I have to say that even  in the United Kingdom, (my temporary place of abode now), or America, Read More

Police kill kidnapper in gun duel, rescue female ‘corper’, other in Ogun

July 15, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

The Ogun state police command, Wednesday, said its officers have shot dead a suspected kidnapper after a gun duel with the hoodlums along Sagamu –Ijebu Ode road.The command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta, added police operatives also rescued two female captives – a youth corp member attached to Federal Girls College, Sagamu, Okoroji Agnes and one Read More

Troops eliminate 75 terrorists, rescue 35 victims in June – DHQ

July 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole eliminated 75 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in 17 encounters within the North-east theatre of operation in June, the Defence Headquarters has disclosed. Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, in a statement Sunday said the sustained onslaught by the troops also resulted in surrendering of a number of insurgents during the month. He added Read More

The best way to end banditry in Mr. President’s state

June 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

First step is to arm the residents of the frontline villages, from Sabuwa to Jibia, where these bandits always harass and pass through into the hinterland. The only reason why these bandits kill our people like chickens is because my people possess nor arm nor any means of defending themselves equivalent to what the bandits carry. If we have close Read More

Northerners now at bandits, kidnappers’ mercy – NEF

June 14, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has lamented the spate of kidnapping and armed banditry in the north.The Forum also while lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the state of insecurity in the north, noting that northerners have been pushed to the wall.Convener of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, in a statement on Sunday said people of the north were now Read More

Boko Haram invade Borno community, kills over 69

June 10, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 69 people and razed a village to the ground in northern Nigeria’s Borno state on Tuesday afternoon, three sources told Reuters. The men attacked the village of Faduma Koloram, in Gubio local government area of Borno state, starting about noon. They arrived in vehicles and on motorcycles, shooting with AK-47s, razing the village and Read More

Anambra: Obiano, wife reward Police operatives with N2m, bags of rice for foiling Bank Robbery

June 9, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Tuesday, rewarded eight police officers with the total sum of N2m for foiling an armed robbery attack at the popular Regina Caeli Junction, Awka. The officers including three Inspectors, four sergeants and one constable attached to department of operations and MOPOL 29 PMF Awka, equally received four bags of 50kg rice from the governor’s Read More

Letter to bandits in North-west

June 7, 2020 Editorial IV 0

You stood six feet tall, with a bulged biceps, and a finger on the trigger. Target straight ahead, and between heartbeats, you pulled and buried a bullet into the soft skulls of innocent villagers. You raped their women, looted their belonging, and set their villages ablaze. You disengaged your clutch and zoomed off, and into the bush you went to Read More

Again, gunmen kill 9, injure others in Kajuru

June 3, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Barely three weeks after some villages in Kajuru local government area were attacked, leaving scores killed, armed bandits on Wednesday again attacked Tudu village in Agwala Dutse in the same Council, killing at least nine personsThe gunmen invaded Tudu village in the early hours of Wednesday, shooting sporadically at the villagers at sight, while the villagers fled to avoid being Read More

Killing of Yantumaki district head ‘ll not deter us

June 2, 2020 Hamidu Sabo 0

The government of Katsina state Tuesaday said the heinous act of bandits would not deter government and  security agents from the ongoing military onslaught on the bandits.  The secretary to the government of Katsina state, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa stated this at the burial of the late district head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Maidabino. The funeral prayer which was held at Read More

Herders attack Benue community, kill 2 women, injure 5

May 11, 2020 Daniel Agbo 0

Suspected herdsmen Saturday attacked and killed two women, injured five others at Yelewata in Guma local government area of Benue state. The herdsmen were said to have returned for a reprisal after some youth in the area had resisted earlier attack on a man who was on his farm. Blueprint learnt that the killing sparked fear amongst residents who flee the Read More