Of banditry and a shared sovereignty

May 9, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

In the book The Impact of Banditry on Nigeria’s Security in the Fourth Republic: An Evaluation of Nigeria’s Northwest by Rosenje, Musharafa Olapeju (PhD) and Adeniyi, Oluwatobi Peter, both of the Department of Political Science, Tai Solarin University of Education, first published on 30/04/2021, the authors posited that “Banditry is fast becoming alarming in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic to the extent Read More

Banditry: Zamfara deposes Zurmi, Dansadau emirs, district head

April 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

Zamfara state government has deposed the emirs of Zurmi, Atiku Muhammadu, and his Dansadau counterpart, Hussaini Umar, over their alleged links with bandits. The government also sacked the district head of Birnin Tsaba, Sulaiman Ibrahim, for the same offence. The press secretary to the deputy governor, Babangida Zurmi, told Premium Times that the decision was taken Wednesday evening following the Read More

Terrorists release top government official, 9 days after train attack

April 7, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Managing director of Nigerian Bank of Agriculture (BoA), Alwan Hassan, have reportedly been released nine days after he was kidnapped by bandits during Abuja-Kaduna train attack. The bank’s chief executive was released alongside some other passengers who were abducted during the attack, Blueprint reports. The gunmen who used explosives to derail the train before raining its occupants with bullets Read More

Bandits kill 3 in Zamfara

April 5, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Bandits Sunday besieged Tsafe Town, the headquarters of Tsafe local government area of Zamfara state and killed three people. A resident of the area who narrowly escaped the attack told Blueprint on telephone that the bandits stormed the town around 8:00pm on motorcycles. “The bandits began shooting sporadically at people and as I am talking to you, I narrowly escaped Read More

El-Rufai opens up: We know where the bandits are

March 31, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state Governor Nasir El Rufai has admitted the Nigerian authorities know the camps, the identities and listen to the conversations of the armed groups terrorising large swaths of the North-west region. The governor spoke after some terrorists ambushed and attacked a Kaduna bound train coming from Abuja Monday evening. At least eight people were killed during the attack which lasted for almost two Read More

Bandits storm 9 Kaduna villages, kill 50, abduct many others

March 25, 2022 Moh Bello Habib 0

Hoodlums suspected to be bandits invaded nine Village in Giwa local government area of Kaduna state in the early hours of Friday and killed 50 people. A resident of one of the neighbouring villages, Danlami Mai Unguwa, told Blueprint that the bandits, who invaded the villages in their tens, started shooting sporadically into the air before attacking homes. The witness Read More

Kebbi offers prayer for those slain by bandits

A special prayer was weekend offered for slain soldiers and vigilante members killed in battle with armed bandits in Kanya village of Danko/Wasagu local government area of Kebbi state. The special prayer which was held at the Dukku Army Barracks, Birnin kebbi was attended by Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu and other top government officials. The special prayer was held to Read More

Bandits release Katsina village head, 35 others after N26m ransom

March 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

Bandits have released the village head of Guga in Bakori local government area of Katsina, Alhaji Umar, and 35 other residents of the village after collecting N26 million as ransom. The victims spent 29 days in the kidnappers’ den before they were released late Sunday evening. Premium Times had reported how the bandits stormed the village on February 7, killed Read More

Birnin Gwari: 5 killed, petrol tanker burnt as bandits attack motorists along Kaduna highway

March 4, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Bandits on Thursday attacked motorists, killed five people and burnt down a petrol tanker in Manini village, near Kuriga, along Birnin Gwari – Kaduna highway, Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state. The chairman, Brinin Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari, said in a statement on Friday that two of the people killed including Read More

As airstrikes kill terrorist commanders: Northern youth declares ‘end of banditry near’

February 21, 2022 Editor 0

A group, Northern Youth Network (NYN), has eulogised Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and other military forces for their sustained onslaughts against bandits and other criminal elements. The group said the recent airstrikes and ground operations that resulted to killing of many terrorists including the Kingpin, Dogo-Umaru, Mallam Buba Danfulani and 41 others was an indication that the end of banditry Read More

Bandits kill 11, injure many others in Kaduna

February 4, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Bandits Friday attacked Kagoro town and its environs in Kaura local government area of Kaduna state killing 11 people and leaving many others injured. Though the authorities have yet to confirm the attack, a local source who craved anonymity said the bandits stormed Kagoro in the early hours of Friday and started shooting sporadically and attacking everybody on sight. After Read More

Police smash bandits’ hideouts in 3 Sokoto LGs

January 31, 2022 Sidi A Umar 0

The Nigerian Police Force had during its Operation Sahara Storm smashed bandits’ hideouts in Rabah, Goronyo and Illela local government areas where 23 bandits were in the process neutralised, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Ahmed Zaki Gwandu, has said. Speaking while parading the 37 suspects also arrested during the operations at the Sokoto state Read More

Expect reduction in bandits’ attacks, Osibanjo tells Nigerians

January 31, 2022 Hamidu Sabo 0

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has assured the people of Katsina state to expect reduction in the activities of bandits in the state and the country at large now that the bandits have been declared as terrorists. He said this when he visited the Katsina emirate on Sunday after condolence greeting to Alhaji Dahiru Mangal, the business Mogul who lost Read More

Sokoto: Bafarawa debunks arrest, association with bandits

January 24, 2022 Sokoto state 0

Son to a former governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Sagir Attahiru Bafarawa, has debunked a report trending on some media that he was arrested by the Special Tactical Squad from the office of the Inspector General of Police in connection with the ongoing investigation of his cousin, Musa Kamarawa, over alleged involvement in banditry ravaging the eastern axis of the Read More

The North deserves to be secure

January 5, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Northerners sacrificed a lot for  President Muhammadu Buhari to win elections in 2015, but we neglected by Mr President. The love we showed him is not being reciprocated, we are not safe at all, we live in fear, we are dying. We were promised security, yet nothing has changed but instead Insecurity has escalated. Is this a betrayal? We shed Read More

Bandits kill 7, kidnap 18 in fresh attacks on Kaduna communities

January 2, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Seven persons were killed in bandits’ attacks on four villages across Igabi, Chikun and Zangon Kataf local government areas of Kaduna state, while 18 others have been reported kidnapped in Udawa along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road. Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the killings on Sunday, he was however silent on abduction of the 18 Read More

In Kaduna, Police arrest 2 suspected bandits, rescue 9 victims

January 1, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Kaduna state Police Command on Friday arrested two suspected bandits and killed one during an operation in which nine kidnap victims were rescued in Sabon Birni, Igabi local government area of the state. The operation, which was carried out in conjunction with the Force Intelligence Bureau and Special Tactical Squad of the Force Headquarters, Abuja, according to the Kaduna state Read More

The El-Rufa’i remedy against banditry

December 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The statement credited to Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state to the effect that there is nothing like repentant bandits and that his administration’s policy is to dispatch the terrorists attacking innocent people to their creator to answer for their crimes against humanity, appears to many discernible minds as brutally frank and audacious. The governor made the statement last Read More

Breaking: Gunmen invade Plateau community, kidnap paramount ruler

December 26, 2021 Editor 0

Blueprint has been informed that gunmen suspected to be bandits have kidnapped the Paramount Ruler of Gindiri, in Mangu Local Government area of Plateau State, HRH Charles Mato Dakat, at his residence. According to available information, the terrorists carried out their operations in the early hours of Sunday after a heavy gunfire. Police authorities are yet to confirm the latest Read More

Customs intercepts N10.4m worth of Indian Hemp ordered by Bandits in Katsina

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

250 parcels of cannabis sativa(Indian Hemp) worth over N10.4m, allegedly on the way to Katsina State for bandits consumption ,was intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) , the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B, has said. Vanguard reports the Comptroller of FOU Zone B Kaduna, A.B. Hamisu, said other drugs seized by the FOU include: 75,582 suspected tablets of Read More

Police smash gang aiding bandits in Kaduna, nab 5

December 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Police have smashed a gang that specialises in aiding bandits in one of the forests in Kaduna, just as five members of the gang were arrested. Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, stated this while parading the suspects, alongside 31 others arrested for various crime including kidnapping, armed robbery, and impersonation, Tuesday at the Intelligence Response Team Read More


Tambuwal lauds troops over onslaught on bandits

December 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

The governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has lauded the recent attack and killings of bandits in Sabon Birni and Isa local governments where dozens of bandits were reportedly nuetalised. This was contained in a statement issued and signed the governor as the armed forces hearkened to the call for national duty in the beleaguered areas of the state. Read More

Uba Sani mourns lawmaker murdered by bandits, offers aid to family

December 18, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna Central, Kaduna state) has condoled with the family of late Hon Aminu Rilwanu Gadagau who was killed by bandits on the Kaduna – Zaria Expressway days ago. The lawmaker, who donated N2 million to the bereaved family, announced that he would fund the education of the orphans left behind by the deceased up to their Read More