I’m a ‘herdsman’ — all herdsmen are not bandits, by Fredrick Nwabufo

January 20, 2021 Fredrick Nwabufo 0

Crime has no ethnic face. When criminality is defined according to ethnic origin or religion, social cohesion is threatened. There are people of criminal inclinations in every group, race, place and religion. In fact, we defeat the fight against insecurity if we lend ourselves to ethnic prejudices. The insecurity devouring Nigeria affects everyone – Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Idoma, Jukun Read More

Banditry: Izala group blames politicians, seeks empowerment for orphans

January 18, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

A prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Bala Lau has accused some politicians of sponsoring and fuelling terrorist activities in Nigeria to achieve political end. Lau, who is the national chairman of Izalatu Bidia Waiqamatu Sunnah (JIBWIS), spoke with newsmen in Katsina over the weekend. He said Boko Haram and banditry in North-east and North-west were being sponsored to dent the image Read More

Gov. Wike; if wishes were horses….!

January 17, 2021 Kolawole Anthony 0

Nigeria has quite terrible and horrible leaders. One of them is Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Governor of Rivers state. Wike’s soul is gravely tormented and he unswervingly finds himself in a state of perpetual restlessness. Gov. Wike is anguished or tortured by the spirits and blood of the innocent. The blood of those he spilled in his fiendish quest Read More

Armed Forces Day: Buhari ushers in salvation at last

January 15, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

Jesus Christ acquiesced to his challengers because he was on a divine mission. So, it was needless disrupting the course of its divine fulfilment. Nigeria’s leadership by President Muhammadu Buhari aligns with the same tenor. Like Christ, the President is on a messianic, redemptive and regenerative mission in Nigeria. He came with an unalloyed mind and spirit. Therefore, he silently Read More

Insecurity: Kaduna CP deploys more police operatives to Birnin Gwari

January 9, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, has ordered immediate deployment of more police personnel to Birnin Gwari- Kaduna highway to stem the upsurge in acts of banditry and kidnapping along the highway. A statement issued and signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna state Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, Saturday, said the personnel to be deployed include conventional Read More

Banditry: Coalition hails Nigerian Army for commitment in North West

January 2, 2021 Editor 0

The Coalition of Northern Patriots (CNP) has hailed the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, for the success of the Nigerian Army’s Operation Sahel Sanity.  In a New Year message signed by its President, Nuruddeen Dodo, Friday, the coalition said the COAS and his troops’ commitment to restoring peace have drastically reduced crime and criminalities in the North West.  Read More

We‘ll disgrace terrorists in 2021 – Buratai

January 2, 2021 Editor 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has declared that the Nigerian Army will shame the Boko Haram and the Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists in 2021. Buratai gave the assurance at a sit-out night to usher in the 2021 New Year at the TY Buratai Institute for War and Peace in Biu local government srea Read More

Group backs Buhari on service chiefs, security agencies in tackling insecurity

December 26, 2020 Editor 0

The National Democratic Front (NDF) has welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s show of confidence on the service chiefs and security agencies to address the security challenges in the country.  According to the group, the president’s trust has vindicated the efforts of the service chiefs which it said has yielded positive gains in the war against terrorism, banditry and other acts of criminalities.   The Read More

Insecurity: Report lauds Nigerian Army on human rights, rescue of abductees

December 23, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigerian Army has been showered praises for showcasing a high level of human rights compliance in its various operations across the country this year.  The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) made the revelation in a special report appraising the performance of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in 2020.  In the report signed by the special rapporteur, Dr. Read More

Remain focused, avoid distractions, varsity don tells troops

December 21, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigerian military has been urged to remain focused and not get distracted in its prosecution of the war against terrorism, banditry and other criminal vices in the country.  This call came from Dr Thomas Uzah, a security expert and head of mass communication department, Kwararafa University Wukari in reaction to the International Criminal Court’s preliminary report.  In a touching message on Read More

Abduction: Shekau, Salkida, and the rest of us

December 19, 2020 Idoko Ainoko 0

As a tenet of its false constituted ideology and business model, the insurgents had taken thousands of young Nigerians, many of whom were raped or conscripted as fighters. Most of these abductions went unnoticed, and it took the security forces unaware. For long, this name has always send shivers down everyone’s spine, whenever Boko haram is being mentioned. Unlike the Read More

Insecurity: Group indicts, accuses Northern coalition of plot to undermine Buhari, armed forces

December 15, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has been found at the centre of a fresh plot to blackmail and undermine President Muhammadu Buhari and the armed forces of Nigeria across the north.  According to the Northern Patriots (NP), “In disguise of fighting for the security of the region, the CNG secretly sponsors banditry.” Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday Read More

General Buratai, the patriot

November 23, 2020 Nkechi Odoma 0

When General Tukur Yusufu Buratai was appointed as the 20th Chief of Army Staff by the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on July 13th, 2015, the choice was hailed by all and sundry. This was because, in the history of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Buratai remains one of the most decorated officers ever to be elevated Read More

Breaking: Northern govs, Sultan meet Senate President, SGF, CoS, IGP over insecurity… see pictures

November 2, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Northern Governors, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari, and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, are in crucial meeting over insecurity in the North and in Nigeria.  The meeting, which kicked off at the Council Chambers of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Kaduna 12pm Read More

Fact-check: Did Katsina state government squander N52.6 billion on security?

October 28, 2020 Editor 0

CLAIM: A Kaduna-based businessman and indigene of Katsina State, Mahdi Shehu claimed that the Katsina State Government under governor Aminu Bello Masari has spent N52.6 billion under the guise of security in the state. VERDICT: Careful scrutiny of documents show that the claim is unsubstantiated. Documents adduced to support the claim have doubtful authenticity. The claim is therefore largely FALSE. Read More

Exercise Crocodile Smile: Before we crucify Lt. Gen. TY Buratai

October 20, 2020 David Onmeje 0

Exercise Crocodile Smile VI commenced on October 20, 2020, and is scheduled to last to December 31. The exercise has been a huge success in dealing with criminals and scaling down the level of crime in many parts of the country in the past five years in areas like the Southwest, Southsouth and others within its scope. But since the Nigerian Read More

How I facilitated rescue of 11 kidnap victims – Matawalle

October 4, 2020 Sanusi Muhammad 0

In furtherance of his carrot and stick approach to lasting peace in Zamfara state, Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has facilitated the rescue of 11 kidnap victims from bandits without any ransom. The governor made the disclosure when he summoned a stakeholders’ meeting on Saturday to discuss further avenues of achieving peace without bloodshed in the state.  Special Adviser to Read More

Nigerian @60: Inter-Faith clerics end special prayers, worship in Abuja

October 4, 2020 Editor 0

The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP), Friday, prophesied years of prosperity ahead for Nigeria at the end of its special thanksgiving, praise and prayer session to mark the country’s diamomd jubilee.  At the colourful event held at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, the clerics celebrated the nation’s 60th independence anniversary in grand style, declaring an open heaven upon Nigeria.  Read More

Global Peace Index and Nigeria’s resilience against all odds

September 24, 2020 Lawrence Audu 0

There have been insinuations in some quarters discrediting the efforts of the Nigerian government towards addressing the various security challenges in the country. This trend in recent times has assumed a pronounced dimension with an avalanche of reports by various organizations indicating government’s failure towards addressing the various security challenges in the country. Some concerned stakeholders have indeed voiced concern Read More

Security: Elder statesmen counters Obasanjo, affirms Buhari has recorded more achievements

September 22, 2020 Editor 0

Some elder statesmen under the aegis of the Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) have declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has surpassed his predecessors in terms of security, contrary to claims by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.   The group made this known in a communique issued on Tuesday and signed by Alhaji Muhammadu Ari Gwaska and Chief Simon Shango, its President and Secretary Read More

Gana: North Central youth leaders commend Army over killing of notorious killer, bandits

September 15, 2020 Editor 0

Some youth leaders from Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states have commended the Nigerian Army over the killing of militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana.  The group at a joint press conference at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, on Tuesday, expressed total confidence in the troops to “continue to defend our people from the other Ganas and their political allies that are still Read More

Banditry: Matters arising as Buratai comes to the rescue

September 14, 2020 Idoko Ainoko 0

When service chiefs were appointed in July 2015, like many people with keen interest in the polity especially security. I went further to dig into the profile of the newly appointed chiefs. They all seem to be great choices made by Mr President. However one of them exceptionally caught my attention, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai. With a physically imposing Read More

Gusau emir pledges support to military against bandits

August 14, 2020 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Emir of Gusau, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, has promised to give the necessary support to the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. – Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, in order to combat armed banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other vices in the North-west. He made the pledge on Friday at the Nigeria Army Read More

SOKAPU as metaphor for Southern Kaduna crisis

August 12, 2020 Desmond Bala 0

Kaduna state and other North-west and central states like Katsina, Zamfara and Niger have progressively become a playground for terrorists, who strike with such unpredictability that makes anticipation a herculean task. The spatial nature of settlements of most Northern communities makes them easy targets of isolated attacks. Their plight is compounded by the rough terrain that makes access difficult for security agencies, that’s when Read More