FGC Yauri Abduction: Gov. Bagudu vows to lead rescue operation in forest

June 20, 2021 Editorial III 0

 Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Saturday vowed to lead the rescue operation of teachers and students abducted from the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, in Ngaski Local Government Area of the State.Bagudu, who is also Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, spoke when local hunters visited him. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Read More

Banditry: The problem with PMB’s approach

Like many other weeks before it in the past several years, the past one week has been very tragic for the people of Jibia in Katsina state. It was during this period that bandits sent a notice to the people of Jibia of an impending attack. Such notices are not unusual since banditry became the order in the North-western part Read More

Zamfara: Bandits kill 50 in fresh attack

June 12, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad, Gusau 0

No fewer than 50 People have been reported killed by Bandits in five villages of Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara state in a fresh attack. Witness identified as Mohammed Sani Dauran in an interview with Blueprint via telephone said the Bandits at around 6:30pm on Thursday stormed Kadawa village under Dauran District and killed 50 people – all Read More

Insecurity: The Wamakko example

June 9, 2021 Aminu Mohammed 0

Apparently worried by the spate of killings and maiming of northerners and the destruction  of their property in South-east Nigeria, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, at the weekend, did what northern activists and opinion leaders have failed to do – call a spade by its real name. Just while political and human rights activists from the North stayed aloof, this lawmaker Read More

Northern group commends Armed Forces of Nigeria’s joint operations in region

June 8, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

A group, the Northern Solidarity Forum (NSF) has commended the ongoing joint military operations aimed at tackling insurgency, banditry, and other forms criminality in some parts of the region by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.In a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Umar Gundiri on Tuesday, NSF said the proactive leadership of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has translated to Read More

COAS appointment: No mass retirement in military – DHQ clarifies

June 3, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said there was no mass retirement of senior military officers following the appointment of Maj. – Gen Farouk Yahaya, as Chief of Army Staff (COAS), as it is being speculated in some sections of the media. Director, Defence Media Operations (DDMO), Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, who stated this while briefing journalists on the various military operations Read More

SOS to NDA

June 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

Food is what people and animals eat to live. Food usually comes from animals and plants. It is eaten by living things to provide energy and nutrition. Food contains the nutrition that people and animals need to be healthy – it includes animal and vegetable sources. Although security is the state of being protected or safe from harm, things done Read More

COAS visits Air Chief, harps on synergy in fight against insurgency, bandits, others

June 2, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya has reiterated the need for synergy among members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in order to tackle all security challenges confronting the nation.According to a statement by Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Wednesday, Maj.-Gen. Yahaya stated this when he paid Read More

Army arrests Boko Haram fuel supplier

May 26, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai in conjunction with local vigilantes Tuesday raided a suspected Boko Haram logistics stockpile in Kurkareta town, Yobe state. A statement by spokesperson Brig.-Gen.  Mohammed Yerima on Wednesday, said the raids followed credible intelligence. He said items recovered from the suspects include 62 jerrycans petrol and  three vehicles. The statement reads in part: “Items recovered during Read More

Insecurity: In justification for establishing NUPEC

May 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

In this piece, BODE OLAGOKE, takes a look at the recent presentation to the Senate Committee on Interior on the need for the establishment of the National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC) by Dr. Chinedu S. Nneji. The challenges facing Nigeria as a nation call for all hands to be on deck, most especially the challenge of insecurity, peaceful co-existence Read More

56,000 IDPs in Bauchi appeal to govt for land, schools

May 23, 2021 Najib Sani 0

56, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba and Plateau states as a result of Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and ethno-religious crises to seek refuge in communities in Bauchi state have appealed to the state government to provide land for them to settle and schools for their children. State leader of Read More

NAF at 57: Buhari inducts 3 JF-17 aircraft

May 21, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

As part of activities marking the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 57th anniversary celebration, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inducted three new JF-17 Thunder Multi-role fighter aircraft into the inventory of the NAF to boost its operation. Performing the ceremony in Makurdi during the anniversary grand finale, Buhari said that the Service has fulfilled its constitutional mandate of defending the nation’s Read More

Support Police, ex-IGP tells Nigerians

May 15, 2021 Editor 0

The former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, has called on Nigerians to support the Nigeria Police in its relentless efforts to tackle the recurring security challenges in Nigeria. He said with such sustained support from all well meaning citizens, the myriad of security challenges that include kidnapping, banditry and other related security infractions in the country will be Read More

PDP urges unity, patriotism at Eid-el-Fitr

May 12, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has felicitated with Nigerians on this year’s Eid-el-Fitr to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan and urged them to use the opportunity to unite in confronting the challenges facing our nation. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olognondiyan, in a statement, Wednesday stressed that “the virtues of self-sacrifice, love, perseverance and inner peace Read More

Insecurity: FG warns against influx of inmates into custodial centres

May 10, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has warned against the influx of more inmates into the Nigeria custodial centres as a result of increased insecurity and criminality across the country. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said this development should prompt the leadership of the nation’s Correctional facilities not only to be proactive and vigilant, but alive to their responsibilities to defend the Read More

Troops kill 4 bandits’ commanders, 48 others in Zamfara

May 10, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

…rescue 18 hostages, recover arms The Nigerian army on Monday said troops deployed in the fight against bandits in the North-west region of the country have killed 48 bandits and rescued 18 persons held hostage  in first phase of its newly launched Operation Tsare Mutane, to flush out the criminals.Among the bandits killed are 4 top commanders namely Yellow Mai-Bille, Read More

Let’s engage foreign partners to tackle B/Haram – Ex-military chief

A former military chief has listed ways out of the insurgency, banditry and related crimes currently facing Nigeria. The ex-military chief, who spoke under anonymity, served as a top commander in the ongoing insurgency fight in the North-east. The source, who is a retired Army General, warned that seeking foreign help has become a necessity because the Boko Haram elements had in 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

ActionAid to provide relief materials to 2,500 households in Konshisha

May 4, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Country Director ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi Tuesday disclosed that the organisation is to provide relief materials for 2,500 households in Konshisha local government area, displaced as a result of the military operation in the area. Obi made this known when she paid a courtesy visit on Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue Government House, Makurdi. She said the organisation would Read More

Banditry: We’re in serious danger, Zuru people cry out

April 29, 2021 Kabiru Dogon Daji 0

Families and victims of insurgency and banditry in Zuru emirate of Kebbi state Thursday cried out over the rising security challenges facing their defenceless communities. The spokesman of the victims, Mallam Danlami Isa Bena, while addressing newsmen in Zuru said the dangerous situation has impacted negatively on the socio-economic activities of their people, especially in the areas of commerce and Read More

Breaking: Again, gunmen invade school, kidnap 4 in Plateau

April 29, 2021 Editor 0

Bandits in the early hours of Thursday kidnapped four students of Capro Secondary Mission School located at Gana Ropp in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state. According to Channels Television, three of the students, however escaped, leaving just one still in captivity. The school is an arm of Calvary ministries, an organization said to be a few kilometres Read More

Presidency, APC insensitive to Nigeria’s security challenges – PDP

April 29, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has the silence by the Presidency in the face of terrorists’ occupation, mass killings, kidnappings, acts of banditry and escalated insecurity enveloping all parts of the nation further confirms President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) are insensitive. The party in statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Wednesday lamented that “the decision Read More

Banditry: Edo senator escapes death

April 28, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP Edo Central), was on Monday, attacked twice by suspected bandits along Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads. Ordia who heads the Senate committee on Local and Foreign Debts, lamented to  newsmen on Wednesday on  how  escaped death by whiskers, when the daredevil suspected bandits opened fire on his convoy, while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo Read More