Security situation in West Africa gives causes for concern, by Ali Djawad

August 31, 2021 Ali Djawad 0

The bloody attack in the Ansongo Circle, Mali, that took place on August 8 shocked the international community: shortly before nightfall armed men arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on civilians of the villages of Ouattagouna, Karou, Dirga, and Daoutegueft. According to the Malian Armed Forces’ Directorate of Information and Public Relations (Dirpa), at least 49 people were killed in Read More

MBF tackles presidency over Ortom’s Channel TV interview

August 29, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has described the response by the Presidency to last Tuesday interview granted Channels Television by Benue state governor, Dr Samuel Ortom as a “twaddle that should be thrown into the garbage bin”. In a press statement, Sunday, the Forum through its national president, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, said “After a careful review of the interview and Read More

Vehicle attacked in Osun not our truck – Correctional Service

August 26, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Osun State Command, Thursday said the vehicle allegedly attacked by hoodlums was not correctional vehicle as reported Iy some national dailies. A statement by the Command Public Relations Officer (CPRO), DSC Olusola Adeotan, stated that all custodial facilities in Osun State are safe and calm. “In addition, all operational vehicles deployed for court duties on the said date, went Read More

4 confirmed dead as police repels attack to free armed robbers in Osun

August 26, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Police Command, Thursday, confirmed death of four suspects in the attack on police van taking suspected robbers to Ilesa correctional centre, Wednesday afternoon. The police explained that an attack by some hoodlums to prevent suspected robbers from being taken to the correctional centre after court had remanded them, was repelled by security operatives who engaged them in a Read More

NDA invasion: A blaze from the sea

August 26, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In the early hours of Tuesday, August 24, 2021, the one and only Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) confirmed the invasion by gunmen of their staff quarters where two officers were killed, one abducted and some were injured, and  that they were all senior commissioned officers ranging from the rank of lieutenant upward. There’s an adage in Hausa, when something happens Read More

Gunmen kill 2 cops on duty in Kogi

August 25, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Two policemen serving at Kabba in Kabba/Bunu local government area of Kogi state were Monday evening killed by yet to be identified gunmen. The policemen were allegedly killed by gunmen at a checkpoint in Kabba, headquarters of Kabba/Bunu local government area of Kogi state. An eyewitness account revealed that the policemen were said to have been gunned down at the Read More

Breaking: Bandits attack NDA, kill 2 officers, abduct 1 in Kaduna

August 24, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nigerian Defence Academy has confirmed reports that two of its officers Lt Cdr Wulah and Flt Lt C.M Okoronwo were killed by bandits while one officer, Maj. Datong was kidnapped. A statement by the Academy Public Relations Officer Major Bashir Muhd Jajira Tuesday said the incidents occurred at the residential area within the Academy in Afaka in the early Read More

Bandits invade palace, kidnap monarch, royal maid in Zamfara

August 22, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Group of suspected bandits on Saturday abducted the District Head of Adabka Alhaji Nafi’u Shehu and his royal maid, Malam Ashiru Umar, in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara state. A resident of the town who spoke anonymously in an interview with Blueprint via telephone said the Bandits stormed the town around 12:30pm and went straight to the palace of Read More

Jos crisis: Ogun begins evacuation of over 80 students, corpers

August 22, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

The Ogun State government has ordered the immediate evacuation of indigent students and corps members from crisis troubled Jos, the Plateau state capital, owing to the bandit attack which left about 24 persons dead. Briefing newsmen on the development Sunday, the the National President of the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), Comrade Gbemileke Ogunrombi stated that the state government intervention Read More

Shell suffers another setback as gunmen hack staff to death

August 19, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Not too long after Shell suffered major defeat in the court over oil spillage, a set of gunmen have killed a police officer and six of the oil giant’s employees. Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Nigerian unit recently agreed to pay a local community $111 million to resolve a long-running dispute over an oil spill that occurred more than half a Read More

Hoodlums kill police officer in Zaria

August 17, 2021 Moh Bello Habib 0

Hoodlums in Zaria, Monday,  killed a police officer in-charge an outpost in Zaria local government area of Kaduna state, ASP Ismila Dogara at his residence in Nagoyi village, an outskirts of the city, off Jos-Zaria road. A resident in the area told Blueprint that the Police is believed to have been attacked by unknown hoodlums at his residence in the late hours Read More

Kaduna: 3 killed, 1 injured in fresh Zango Kataf attack

August 16, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Fresh attack by unknown gunmen in Goran Gida, Gora district of Zango Kataf local government area has led to the killing of three people, while leaving one person injured. A car was also burnt during the attack.  Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna on Monday.  He Read More

Plateau attacks: Police nab 20 suspects, rescue 33 victims

August 15, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Police Force  has said 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with attacks in Plateau State, just 30 people have been rescued.A press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, Sunday in Abuja, said, “The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has ordered the immediate deployment of Police Intervention Team to Plateau State to Read More

NDLEA intercepts bandits, seizes heavy weapons in Katsina, Benue

August 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested three armed bandits – Adamu Shehu, Tukur Mohammed and Ibrahim Suleiman while on an attack mission in Katsina state, with three AK 47 rifles among other dangerous items recovered them. This is even as a heavy weapon manufacturer, Celestine Chidiebere Christian, has been arrested with a high calibre G3 Read More

Benue, Ebonyi communities’ land dispute claims mother, 3 kids

August 10, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

No fewer than four persons have been reportedly killed in Okokolo in Apopogolo, Ado local government area of Benue state, following attack by suspected militia men from Ngbo, Ebonyi state. Chairman of Apa local government area, James Oche, who spoke with journalists Tuesday in Makurdi, said a child less than 1 year old, two children of less than five years, Read More

Banditry, Kidnapping: PDP unqualified to speak on insecurity – APC

August 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was not qualified to criticise the current administration on the worsening insecurity in Nigeria. Responding to an earlier statement released by the PDP, APC reassured Nigerians that “the security of the nation is of the highest priority to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and this government is Read More

Troops avert attack in Kaduna community, arrest suspect

August 6, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Troops of Operation Safe Haven have averted an attempted attack and kidnap in Magamiya village, Zango Kataf local government area of Kaduna state. The bandits attacked the village, injuring one of the residents but the troops quickly mobilised to the village and successfully repelled the attack, arresting one of the suspected terrorists in the process. A statement signed by Kaduna Read More

Benue: Again police gun down kidnap suspect, arrest 2 suspects

August 5, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Benue joint security outfit, Operation Zenda, Wednesday, rescued a kidnap victim in Logo local government area of the state and gunned down one suspect kidnapper. This is coming two days after three suspected kidnappers who abducted a Benue state Commissioner’s wife in exchange of gunfire with security men were also gunned down in Makurdi, the state capital. Spokesperson Benue Police Read More

Happening now: Hoodlums launch attack, set trucks on fire in Jos (VIDEO)

August 3, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

There is currently an uneasy calm at gada-biyu general area of Jos, the Plateau state capital following attack by suspected hoodlums. Blueprint reports that the hoodlums are attacking passerby and setting trucks on fire. Chairman of Jos local government council, Shehu Bala, has confirmed the incident. He said: “Yes there was incident at Gada-biyu area, some trucks were burnt. “Now Read More

El-Rufai condemns Kauru attack as bandits kill 6

August 3, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has condemned bandits attack on Monday across Ungwan Magaji, Kigam, Kisicho and Kikoba villages in Kauru local government area which led to the killing of six people in the area.  The unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits also burnt eight houses, six huts, one motorcycle and a generator during the attack, while destroying some food Read More

4 cops, others feared dead at Enugu police check point attack

July 22, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

About four policemen and some unidentified persons were reportedly shot dead on Wednesday evening when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Obeagu-Amechi community in Enugu South local government area. Apart from the security operatives, many residents and passersby who ran into the scene were either killed or wounded by stray bullets in the ensuing gun duel. The policemen were said to Read More

Bandits kill monarch, burn over 50 houses in Benue community

July 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Fear and tension in Benue state as yet-to-be identified gunmen have attacked Oju local government area of Benue state, killing the traditional ruler of Ochoro community, Chief Okpe Denis Ijoko. It was gathered that the assailants also burnt over 50 houses in another community, Ukpute, during the attack as other valuable properties were also destroyed. When contacted, the state Police Read More