Banditry: District head, APC chairman killed in Katsina

June 1, 2020 Hamdu Sabo 0

The Police in katsina has confirmed the killing of the district head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku by armed bandits. Gambo Isah, SP, the state command’s Public Relations Officer stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Katsina on Monday. He said on 31st, at about 11:55hrs, bandits in their numbers, armed with AK 47 rifles, attacked the Read More

More terrorists, bandits surrendered as military sustain onslaught in North-east, North-west

June 1, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

As the military continue with its onslaught against Boko haram and ISWAP terrorists in North-east Nigeria, more of the terrorists have been neutralised, while others have been arrested and many others have surrendered to the military. This was achieved through coordinated air strikes by the Nigerian Air Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole  and  sustained artillery bombardments and offensive against Read More

Sokoto: PDP laments insecurity, urges Buhari to take action

May 29, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed worries over the worsening insecurity in various parts of the country, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up and take decisive action to secure the nation. PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Friday  condemned the bloody attack by bandits who reportedly had field day ravaging communities including Read More

Tambuwal to meet Buhari over incessant Sokoto killings

May 28, 2020 Sidi A. Umar 0

The governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, will soon meet President Mohammed Buhari over the incessant killings in Sabon Birni and other local government areas in the state   This was contained in a press release issued Thursday and made available to newsmen by special  adviser to the governor on media and public affairs, Malam Mohammed Bell, in Sabon Read More

Niger: Bandits kill 90 people in 1st quarter of 2020- CSO

May 28, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

Niger state has in the first quarter of 2020 recorded 90 deaths caused by banditry and other forms of criminality , a Civil Society Organization (CSO), Niger Accountability Group, has said. The CSO stated this Thursday  in press briefing to mark National Day of Mourning (NDoM) in Minna. The Convener, and Coordinator, National Day of Mourning (NDoM), Mathew Oladele said, Read More

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Adamawa south attacks: Sen. Binos tours affected communities

May 27, 2020 Muazu Abari 0

In  line with his commitment to give his people effective representation the Senator representing Adamawa south senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Binos Yaroe  has toured all communities attacked in his senatorial district. He commiserated with them over the unfortunate incidence of attacks and communal clashes that engulfed some communities in his senatorial district. The condolence visit and assessment Read More

Insecurity as recurring decimal of debate in Senate

May 26, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

As it was in the 7th and 8th Senates where debates on the problem of insecurity were recurring decimal so it is in the 9th Senate. Taiye Odewale reports. Armed banditry-driven insecurity Historically, armed banditry – driven security problems have no doubt crept into the Nigerian polity immediately after the civil war in 1970 largely because of the proliferation of Read More

South-east govs reject IGP’s community policing programme

May 24, 2020 Chuks Nweze 0

The South-east zone Sunday declared that it would not implement the community policing template rolled out by the police hierarchy. This was contained in a communiqué presented by the zone after their enlarged meeting in Enugu. The communiqué was read by chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi state governor, Chief David Umahi. Others present at the meeting included Governors Ifeanyi Read More

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On Operation Accord in North-west, North-central…

May 21, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The pervasive armed banditry and insurgency and its associated threats to human security in the North-west and North-central regions of Nigeria, particularly, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto and Niger states, have, rightly so, become a subject of national security and public concern. The multifaceted layers of criminality involved and recurrent nature of the armed criminalities in the regions call for effective Read More

Beyond the repatriation of almajirai

May 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

While it is commendable that those in power and outside the power corridor have finally realized the potential threat pose by the army of almajirai to the nation’s peace and unity. Particularly, in the light of the growing number of death and economic quagmire occasioned by the coronavirus, at the same time, it is disheartening that the almajirai are being Read More

Police nab 7 kidnappers of Ibadan cleric’s twins

May 19, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

Seven suspects are now in the net of the Oyo state police command over the kidnap of the 12-year-old twins of an Ibadan based Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taofeek Akewugbagold. Briefing journalists in Ibadan at the Oyo state police command headquarters’, Eleyele, the state Police Commissioner, Mr Shina Olukolu said  the suspects were arrested with substantial parts of the ransom collected, Read More

NAF deploys Special Forces to boost security in Nasarawa

May 18, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed additional Special Forces  to Lafia in Nasarawa State to boost security in the North central state. Nasarawa state like its neighbour, Benue state is facing security challenges occasioned by armed bandits and ethnic militias in recent times. The deployment of the SF  followed the earlier deployment of a NAF Mi-35P Helicopter Gunship to Read More

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The rebirth of Shila Boys in Adamawa

May 13, 2020 Editorial III 0

Shila Boys are youths of 15 to 25 years who engage in street larceny and have been terrorising the residents of Yola, the Adamawa state capital for years. The bad boys who specialise in snatching of items such as phones, computers, handbags, purses, money, among others, usually disguise as commercial tricycle operators within the city. The gang started its dastardly Read More

Killings in Niger, Katsina: Establish Military base, Senate tells Buhari

May 13, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Senators on Tuesday bemoaned the unending killing sprees being carried out in some communities in Niger and Katsina States by Armed Bandits.This is as the Senate urged security agencies to rise up to the disturbing challenge by setting up permanent military bases in the affected areas.Specifically on the Niger killings, the Senate urged the federal government to establish a permanent Read More

Troops kill 17 bandits in Kaduna

May 11, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

Troops on Operation Thunder Strike and Operation Whirl Punch in conjunction with air component of Operation Gama Aiki have killed 17 bandits during operations at their hideouts at Mashigi Galbi, Damba Community and Kabarasha villlages in Gwagwada District of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state. Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche said in a statement on Monday Read More

50m people threatened by hunger in West Africa

April 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

According to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could increase the number of people at risk of a food insecurity and malnutrition from 17 million to 50 million people between June and August 2020.  As Ramadan begins this week, eight regional and international organizations warn of the impact of the coronavirus combined Read More

Taraba speaker decries incessant killings

April 24, 2020 Andrew Ojih 0

Speaker, Taraba state House of Assembly, Hon. Joseph Albasu Kunini on Thursday decried the incessant attacks and killings going on in Lau local government area of the state. Kunini, who made the statement in Jalingo, while reacting to  attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen, said two brothers were killed and three persons injured in Bujum Waya in Lau local government area Read More

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Kaduna seeks GOC’s support in fight against banditry

April 17, 2020 Editorial III 0

Kaduna state government has appealed to the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) of One Mechanised Division, Major General Usman Mohammed, to dedicate troops that will aggressively patrol some hotspots in four local government areas. Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who made the appeal on Friday, said that there are concerns in Igabi, Birnin Gwari, Giwa and Read More

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Covid-19 palliatives and soaring crime rate amidst lockdown

April 17, 2020 Editorial III 0

Despite the stay-at-home order by President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states, that had recorded the highest cases crime rate appears to have soared amidst lockdown, ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU writes. Coronavirus (COVID -19) was first detected in Nigeria in February setting the stage for unexpected developments Read More

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Boundary demarcation‘ll end Tiv, Jukun crisis- Gov. Ishaku

April 16, 2020 Editorial III 0

Taraba state governor Darius Ishaku on Tuesday said that boundary demarcation between Taraba and Benue states would end the lingering crisis between Tiv and Jukun ethnic group. Ishaku, who spoke exclusively to Blueprint through his senior special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Bala Dan Abu, during an exclusive  interview in Jalingo said his administration since assumption of office has Read More

Benue, Taraba meet in Nasarawa over insecurity

April 15, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

Governors of Benue and Taraba states Tuesday met at the Nasarawa state Government House Lafia, the state capital for a joint security meeting between the two states. The meeting is expected to find an end to the lingering crises between the Tiv and Jukun. Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state who provided safe and neutral venue of the meeting is Read More

Why Kano can’t be kidnappers’ den

April 10, 2020 Alhassan A. Bala 0

Insecurity and criminality have in recent years permeated into every nook and cranny of almost all the 36 states of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The sad development was alien to some states while others have been there for decades. For example, the issue of kidnapping was not known in the entire northern Nigeria as at 2015, Read More