An agenda for IGP Usman Alkali Baba

April 10, 2021 Ruth Eguono Olofin 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially appointed a new Inspector General of Police to replace the former IGP Mr Mohammed Adamu as the number one Cop of the nation. Mr Adamu whose tenure formally ended on February 1st, 2021 was extended against public outcry in view of public service rules and the provisions of the Police Act of 2020. That extension Read More

How to tackle insecurity in Nigeria

April 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

For decades, Nigeria has been facing security challenges ranging from ethnic and religious clashes, banditry, kidnapping, among others. Conflicts like that of the Tiv-Jukun have a long history of occurrence and reoccurrence over periods of time. According to Moti (2010) there has been periodic fighting between the two groups since the late 1950s which resulted to the killing of innocent Read More

2,619 killed, 1,190 kidnapped, N970m ransom paid in 8 yrs – Gov Matawalle

April 2, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, has said 2,619 people were killed, 1,190 others kidnapped, and N970 million paid as ransom between 2011 and 2019 in the six northern states. Matawalle, who said there were over 30,000 bandits in Zamfara state and the five neighbouring states, lamented the dearth of security and intelligence to tackle banditry. Speaking to journalists, Read More

Continuous silence on insecurity too loud, disturbing – PFN tells Buhari

March 25, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, on Wednesday said the continuous silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the insecurity in  Nigeria ” is too loud ,  disheartening and disturbing.” The PFN President stated this at the Cornerstone City, Ibadan when he received separately, the Lagos, Ogun and Osun States’ Chapters of the PFN led Read More

Female boarding schools resumption: An open letter to Governor Masari

March 23, 2021 Editorial IV 0

I am optimistic that the recent resolution by the Katsina State Government under the leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari to reopen of all female Boarding schools to on Day SystemBasis to nearby Schools of their locations/residence on Wednesday 24th March, 2021, after closing them for over two months as a result of Banditry and abduction of Government Science Secondary Read More

Matawalle swears with Qur’an, says I’m not behind banditry

March 22, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara state governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, Monday swore with the Holy Qur’an, saying God should take his life if he knew anything about the insecurity bedeviling the state. The governor swore when he received the members of the Center for Qur’anic Reciters of Nigeria who paid him a courtesy call as part of their two day National Conference on Read More

Insecurity: North won’t be blackmailed by unscrupulous Nigerians nursing 2023 ambitions, Northern elders fume

March 22, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said that, ahead of the 2023 general elections, “many unscrupulous politicians are capitalising on insecurity and agitations from different parts of Nigeria to hurt and weaken the North by making it the culprit behind all manner of grievances, real or contrived.” In a statement made available to Blueprint Monday, signed by NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Read More

Kaduna Electric supports KDSG’s efforts in fight against insecurity

March 22, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

Management of Kaduna Electric has said it will do its utmost best in supporting the Kaduna state government in tackling the menace of banditry and insecurity in the state. It also commended the stakeholder-engagement efforts of the Malam Nasir El-Rufai led government in ensuring lasting peace and security in the state. This followed a meeting between the state government officials Read More

PDP, NLC suffering from Stockholm syndrome

March 22, 2021 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

From the foregoing, it can safely be inferred that Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) might be suffering from Stockholm syndrome. They are inordinately getting used to taking comfort on the sideline and feigning ignorance of our corporate ordeals. The masses who hoped on them to lead a march against some Read More

Banditry, electoral violence: PDP alleges plot by APC to disintegrate Nigeria

March 22, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alerted the nation of plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to allegedy use acts of banditry and electoral violence to disrupt the nations democratic order and disintegrate the nation.  The party in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Sunday asserted that “the silence of the APC and the Buhari Presidency to Read More

As Buhari, IGP order probe, govs say: Attack on Ortom a rude awakening

 President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, saying the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable. The president also welcomed the dispatch of a high level team of crack investigators to the state from the police headquarters in Abuja, urging the Read More

Shun stories celebrating criminals, Blueprint chairman urges media

March 21, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The chairman of Blueprint Newspapers Media Conglomerate, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, has advised media organisations to avoid ethnic and religious coloration in reporting security challenges in the country. He said journalists should shun stories that celebrate criminals in the reportage of prevailing insecurity in the country. Idris who is also the Kakakin Nupe stated this at the weekend in a lecture Read More

Bandits strike in Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto as Police kill 2 gunmen, lose 1… students, pastor, others abducted

 The ugly trend of banditry in the North-west and a part of North-central of Nigeria continued Thursday with the criminal elements killing innocent citizens and abducting others. The affected states include Kaduna and Zamfara and Sokoto, all in the North-west, as well as Niger in the North-central Although they killed a security officer, they however lost two of their gang members in Read More

Buhari’s alarm on insecurity: Illegal arms in-flow defied Nigeria’s border closure

 President Muhammadu Buhari has said despite the closure of Nigeria’s land borders, arms and ammunition continued to flow into the country. President Buhari spoke Thursday when the outgoing Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, visited him in Abuja. A statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, Read More

Unstable Libya remains big problem for Sahel region – Buhari

March 18, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

As far as Libya remains unstable, illegal arms and ammunition will continue to flow in the Sahel region of the African continent, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. The President said this Thursday at the State House Abuja while receiving in farewell audience the outgoing Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Read More

Gunmen kill Police inspector, abduct 3 in Kaduna

March 18, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Gunmen on Wednesday night killed a Police inspector and kidnapped three persons two of whom are suspected to be female students of Kaduna State University, (KASU) at Ungwa Waziri, Karji in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state. An eyewitness account, who confirmed the name of the police Inspector as John Bello, said, “around 11pm on Wednesday, we received a distress Read More

Because of bandits

March 18, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

Of the 36 states in the country, we have 19 successor states to the Northern Region. That, if you do have some problems with simple arithmetic, translates into 19 state governors, also known as their excellencies, the keepers of the flame of democracy and the agents of development in their various states. With 19 state governors plus a president of Read More

Banditry: A step beyond dialogue

March 18, 2021 Yusuf Mairiga Shekarau 0

The rising spate of kidnapping and banditry has been one of the front burner issues that ignited heated reactions amongst Nigerians of vast extractions. Heightening scares across the country, citizens, specifically those from lower class, are unfortuna tely at the receiving end of the menace. The development has sadly continued to claim huge lives while simultaneously housing a significant number Read More

Operation Puff Adder II: Police smash kidnapping, robbery, gun dealing syndicates

March 18, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

As part of the Operation Puff Adder II recently launched by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) through two of its units: the STS and the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have smashed kidnapping, armed robbery, drug and gun running syndicates across the country. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, who Read More

El-Rufai’s philosophy of competence, hardwork

March 18, 2021 Sunday Onyemaechi Eze 0

Governor of Kaduna state Mallam Nasir el-Rufai is an enigma of sorts. So are most successful leaders. He is one man clearly misunderstood by many Nigerians. Considered as a constantly weeping child, it is not out of place that he means different things to different people. To his family, he is a caring, kind and loving father. To his close Read More

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Troops kill 2 bandits, arrest gunrunners in Kaduna communities

March 17, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Bandits have killed two people in Chikun and Igabi local government areas.Also, soldiers have killed two bandits in Chikun and arrested suspected gunrunners in the Lere local government area of Kaduna state.  A security update signed by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, on Wednesday confirmed the attack on Emir of Birnin Gwari’s vehicle, adding Read More

We ‘ll soon get rid of bandits, CAS assures El-Rufai

March 17, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has assured the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, of the readiness of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to rid the state and the nation of banditry and all other forms of criminality, working in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies. Director of Public Relations and Information Read More

Insecurity: Tension in NSCDC as Audi confirms imminent shake-up

March 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

As part of strategies to discharge its duty of securing the Nation, the new leadership of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed plans to redevelop some of the heads of formations across the country. The planned shake-up is however generating panic among top officers and men of the Corps. The new NSCDC helmsman also decried what Read More

In Kaduna, gunmen attack Emir of Birnin Gwari’s convoy

March 17, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Armed bandits on Tuesday attacked the convoy of the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril Mai Gwari.Blueprint learnt that the monarch’s convoy, was attacked at Kaduna – Birnin Gwari highway while on its way to Kaduna on Tuesday evening.The Emir was however, not in any of the vehicles during the attack, according to a witness.The Emir’s driver, Umar Jibril, Read More