2023: North East stakeholders back Obi-Datti presidential bid

December 6, 2022 Adeola Akinbobola 0

As the 2023 general elections draw closer, the North Easterners across the country under the Umbrella of North East Stakeholders has thrown its weight behind Labour Party presidential candidates, Peter Obi and Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed. During the interactive session on the theme: “Good Governance: The Gateway to Secure our People and the Land, the Convener of the group, Isaac Read More

Matawalle’s efforts against banditry in Zamfara state

September 19, 2022 Zailani Bappa 0

Now that we are witnessing an improved security situation in the state, it is pertinent to have flashback on efforts employed at various times to end, specifically, banditry in the state. Banditry in Zamfara state started with simple cattle rustling and became a real threat in 2011. Nine years on when Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle assumed office, it was at Read More

Submission to bandits’ authority

September 7, 2022 Prof. Abdussamad Umar Jibia 0

On September 6, 2022 when I switched on my mobile data the first Whatsapp message that caught my attention was one from a long term friend. The professor of Business administration from a sister university forwarded a video clip seeking to know the veracity of its contents. Like others who have known me for a long time, he believes I Read More

‘#ZamfaraBandits’: Beyond the root causes

August 11, 2022 Ismail Misbahu 0

On July 26, 2022, the BBCAfrica News, on Twitter, programmed an interactive discourse hash-tagged #ZamfaraBandits, which was audio-taped for an hour, and hosted by Dr. Aliyu Tanko, with experienced voices dialoguuing the current dimension of banditry and kidnapping in the North-west of Nigeria. Being a student of history, I am impressed by the way some of our advocates begin to Read More

Of banditry and a shared sovereignty

June 12, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

Last week, they attacked an estate within Abuja. Gunmen, bandits, Boko Haram, those who “drag” sovereignty with Nigeria, attacked Genuine Estate, within the vicinity of Gwarimpa, Nigeria’s (some accounts say south of the Sahara’s) largest housing estate. They did this undisturbed and calmly, between 1 and 4am on Sunday. The police said it was a robbery attack. Residents, however, said Read More

Presidency: I ‘ll end insurgency, banditry like I did in Rwanda, Sri Lanka – Fayemi 

May 20, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Ekiti State Governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has promised to bring to bear all the wealth of experience garnered  while resolving internecine wars in Siera Leone, Liberia, Rwanda and Sri Lanka towards the resolution of insurgency and banditry in the country. The governor was in Kaduna state Thursday to Read More

Banditry: Matawalle seeks new approach, urges collective effort

January 18, 2022 Matawalle 0

The Zamfara State governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has called for a new approach in the fight against banditry in the state, urging stakeholders to redouble efforts in order to end banditry. The governor stated this on Tuesday while addressing participants at a retreat organised for members of the Zamfara state executive council, special advisers and other relevant public office holders. Read More

Pay us N24m or face attacks, bandits tell 9 Zamfara communities

January 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Bandits operating in Gando forest in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara state have written to nine communities asking them to pay their levies or face deadly attacks. This is coming a few weeks after bandits massacred at least 58 people in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas. In that carnage, he bandits burnt down five villages, killed many residents Read More

ANEM calls for a decisive action to tackle terrorism, banditry

December 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

All Nations Evangelical Ministries (ANEM), Sunday expressed worry over the high rate of insecurity in the country, which it says has affected the day- to- day activities of common Nigerians. Briefing journalists after the ministry’s synod in Makurdi, Arch Bishop Yiman Orkwagh, said the present level of insecurity has affected every segment of the lives of Nigerians and needed to Read More

Letter to Mr President

December 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Dear Sir, I write to you this letter at the most disturbing epoch. This is glaring. I highly doubt this message will reach you or even any of your numerous aides. But it is the least I can do for the only country I have, I truly believe in, and love a lot.  Even as I write this long letter,  Nigeria Read More

FG seeks multi-sectoral approach to youth development

November 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The federal government has said that the issue of advancing youth development is a multi-faceted phenomenon which requires a multi-sectoral approach as no one agency or organ of government can adequately address youth issues and challenges in the country. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the statement weekend, on the occasion of the maiden International Read More

Niger to tackle banditry, rustling with cattle tax – Sani-Bello

November 4, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Niger state government has commenced the process towards the collection of cattle tax also known as ‘Dogali’ to fight banditry and cattle rustling in the state. The state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello stated this while speaking with journalists in Minna, Thursday. He explained that the measure will also enable government to have requisite information on number of cows and Read More

Be involved in efforts to curb insecurity, women, youth urged

November 4, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

Mrs. Ofeoshi Peace of Greenland newsnagazine has called on Nigeria women and youth to be involved in efforts to find lasting solution to the nation’s security challenges. She made the call during the news magazine’s maiden edition/ annual lecture in Abuja on Saturday, with the theme; “Curbing Security Challenges in Nigeria.” Ofeoshi said as mothers, women are the worse affected Read More

Attack in UNIABUJA under Buhari’s security precincts shocking – PDP

November 3, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Tuesday’s attack on the University of Abuja by bandits, who abducted four staff members and some children in the institution. PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the attack as cowardly and demanded an unconditional release of the victims to reunite with their family members. The party described Read More

Banditry: Zamfara reopens 7 major markets

November 2, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara state government has reopened seven major weekly markets after closure for almost two months as directed by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle. According to a statement issued to newsmen by the state Commissioner of Information, Ibrahim Dosara, Monday, the decision was based on series of requests by members of the public for the reopening of some weekly markets. “The Read More

Insecurity: As search for peace begins…

October 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today, Nigeria, the acclaimed giant of Africa, is battling with serious security challenges across its regions, while there are industrial acrimonies in some of its establishments. These have resulted in countless killings, kidnappings and industrial actions. But will peace salvage the situation? TOPE SUNDAY writes. The level of insecurity in the country is well-pronounced. There is banditry in the North-west and North-central; Boko Haram Read More

Nigeria: In need of Elrufa’ism

October 24, 2021 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

Do you remember when El-Rufa’i chased bandits into the bush, along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway as he came across a bandit attack along the highway? He practically trailed the assailants into the bush, chasing the gunmen, along with his retinue of armed escorts. He just wouldn’t stand aside and watch the security men put their lives on the line alone. They Read More

NNPC GMD at Editors’ conference: We ‘ve mobilised contractors for Port Harcourt refinery

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Thursday called on the federal government to adopt necessary measures in tackling the insecurity bedevilling the country. The editors bared their minds at a two-day conference  in Abuja, with the theme “Media in Times of Crises: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus.” And at the event, Group Managing Director Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Mele Kyari announced that Read More

888 people killed, 2,553 kidnapped in Kaduna within 9 months – Security report

October 20, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Not less than 888 people have been killed and 2,553 others kidnapped in Kaduna state since January 2021.Also, up to 720 people have been injured within the period, according to the Kaduna state security report.  The third quarter security report presented by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Wednesday said 220 bandits have Read More

Anambra: Merge with APC for seamless victory, Okechukwu tells APGA

October 10, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, has once again reminded the leadership of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) of the imperatives of striking a merger with APC, in the Zikist Model strategy, to win the November 6, governorship poll. Okechukwu, who is also the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) told newsmen Sunday in Abuja that Read More

Banditry: FG donates relief items to victims in Zamfara

October 9, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The federal government has donated relief materials to victims of banditry in Zamfara state. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq, who presented the items to the 36 committee set up by the state government for collection and distribution of relief items to vulnerable victims of banditry Thursday in Gusau. The minister, who Read More

Insecurity: PDP presenting false narrative against Buhari, APC – PGF boss

October 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh Lukman, has said opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others are presenting false narrative to paint President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party in bad light. The PGF boss also described as “politically scandalous” for an APC state like Lagos to Read More

Independence: NSCDC boss calls for renewed mindset, intelligence against insecurity

October 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, has emphasized on the need for continued tolerance of each other’s differences and mutual co-existence as a people who are united in diversity and reselient in the face of daunting challenges to our continued survival as one unified entity.  He advocated for a renewed mindset and provision of actionable intelligence to keep Nigeria safe Read More

Our present challenges ‘ll soon be over – Bala

October 1, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Bauchi state Governor Bala Abdukadir Mohammed has urged Nigerians to continue making sacrifice so the country can remain on the path of greatness. The governor made the call Thursday in a goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of its 61st independence anniversary in Bauchi. He said: “The  61st Independence anniversary should be used to reflect  on the struggle and Read More