Soldier turned terrorist shoots self, dies

April 28, 2022 Yusuf A Yusuf, Damaturu 0

An Army Officer identified as Lance Corporal Abdullahi Jibrin who joined terrorists in Northeast Nigeria is dead after shooting himself with AK-47. Jibrin was allegedly sighted during recent attacks in Gaidam town, Yobe state. The assistant director, Army Public Relations, Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai in Damaturu, Lieutenant Anyawu Kennedy, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Damaturu. He said, “Lance Read More

Insecurity: Don’t divide Nigeria, Presidency warns critics as terrorists vow to unleash terror in Zamfara if…

Amid rising nationwide security challenges and the accompanying criticism of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government, the Presidency has said critics of the administration  “use their mouths to divide the country.”Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this Monday in Abuja. While absolving Buhari of any blame in the nation’s security challenges and the attendant hardship, Adesina said President Buhari Read More

From corruption to terrorism

April 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigeria is Africa’s most densely populated country and is blessed with lots of natural resources yet the country has the highest rate of unemployment on the continent. Consequently, many Nigerians have to survive by indulging in all kinds of wrongdoing and criminality ranging from kidnapping, banditry to Boko Haram, among others. Nigeria is one of the safest countries with lots Read More

2023: Terror on transit?

March 29, 2022 Buba Mala Gedam 0

In the thick of the horse-trading and cabal power games heralding the regime-change transition politics, it is now inevitable that the routine schedules of governance, including the trumpeted focus on the interest of the people, will fade into the background of the attention of the political leaders. The democratic deficit that turned the trademark practice of voting into a abominable Read More

Terrorists abduct Catholic Priest, 45 others in Niger

March 28, 2022 Aideloje Ojo 0

Bandits have abducted the Catholic Priest of  St Mary’s Catholic Church, Sarkin Pawa, in  Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, Very Rev Father Leo Raphael Ozigi and 45 other villagers. Blueprint learnt that the Priest and other victims were abducted on Sunday  by bandits who raided the communities within Sarkin Pawa, headquarters of Munya local government areas.  He was 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

Troops kill 3 terrorists, recover arms in Kaduna community

January 15, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Troops have attacked suspected bandits meeting point along the Telele -Sabon Gida road in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, where they engaged the bandits killing three of them and recovering three AK-47 guns.  Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Saturday said the troops recovered three AK-47 magazines, two motorcycles Read More

Police kill 2 bandits in Giwa, recover rifle, motorbike

December 14, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Kaduna state Police Command on Monday shot to death two armed bandits following a gunfight around Riheyi Village in Fatika district, Giwa local government area of Kaduna state. Kaduna state Police Command in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammed Jalige, and made available to Blueprint on Tuesday said the bandits exchanged gunfire with the police before Read More

Late Brig-Gen Zurkushu, 7 others laid to rest

November 28, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the demise of Brig Gen Dzarma Zurkushu and 7 other patriots, who paid the supreme price with their lives in defence of Askira-Uba during an attack in Borno State earlier in the month. A statement by Army spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu on Friday, said the President spoke through the Secretary to the Government Read More

Onslaught against terrorists evidence of effective intelligence – CSOs

November 25, 2021 Editor 0

Some Civil Society groups have reacted to media reports credited to a coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) questioning the efficiency of the intelligence gathering architecture in the country. The groups – Concerned Citizens of North-East Region, Citizens Action for Better Nigeria and Arewa Youth Federation in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja and signed signed by their leaders, Read More

Arewa group scores NAF, intelligence agencies high over improved security operations

November 6, 2021 Editor 0

Arewa Youth Federation (AYF) has praised the coordinated efforts of the Nigeria Air Force, (NAF) and military intelligence agencies for the significant milestones recorded in recent times in the war against terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements in the country. The group also expressed optimism that if the tempo is sustained, the nation is on its way of overcoming it’s Read More

Breaking: Anxiety as terrorists invade UNIAbuja, kidnap 4 varsity staff

November 2, 2021 Editor 0

Terrorists early Tuesday morning stormed the Senior Staff Quarters of the University of Abuja located inside Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and kidnapped up to four persons. This was disclosed through the school Facebook Page on Tuesday. A source within the school premises disclosed that a Professor whose name hasn’t been ascertained as at the time Read More

Condemnations trails explosive attack on Abuja – Kaduna rail track by terrorists, NRC begins probe

October 22, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

Nigerians have taken to the social media to condemn the Wednesday night attack of a Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) coach with explosives by yet to be identified persons between Rijana and Dutse along the Abuja-Kaduna rail track. Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Engineer Fidet Okhiria on Thursday confirmed the attack and said the explosives destroyed part of the Read More

Breaking: Buhari orders Twitter back if…speaks on COVID-19, agriculture, insecurity, others *Read President’s full speech on Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary

October 1, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a conditional lifting of ban on micro-blogging site, Twitter. Buhari who disclosed this during his broadcast on Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary on Friday.The President also spoke on other crucial National issues. Read his full speech… INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY Read More

Troops kill 85 terrorists, 293 bandits in 1 month-DHQ

September 30, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday said troops of Operation HADIN KAI in the North-east and Operation HADARIN DAJI in the North-west have killed 85 Boko-Haram/ISWAP terrorists and 293 bandits in different military offensives in the last one month. The military also said over 90 terrorists and bandits including their collaborators and logistics suppliers were arrested in the course of Read More

Breaking: Like Zamfara, Kaduna set to shut down telecommunication services, declares war on bandits

September 29, 2021 Editor 0

There are strong indications that Kaduna state government is ready to shut down all telecommunication services in parts of the state. Governor Nasir El-Rufai who dropped the hint while granting interview to radio stations said the shutdown which will affect basically local government areas where terrorists are operating will be effected once security agencies have signalled their readiness to deal Read More

Pantami advocates artificial intelligence for protection of critical infrastructure

September 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has advocated the use of artificial intelligence in protection of critical infrastructures across the country. Pantami, who was speaking Tuesday in Abuja, at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) stakeholders summit on the protection of critical infrastructure in Nigeria, stressed the need for more awareness, Read More

Out-of-school-children and kidnappings: Matters arising

September 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

Boarding schools have become a hunting ground for kidnappers according to The New York Times.Following this, observers have noted that kidnapping and abduction of pupils and students in various schools, especially in some parts of the northern part of the country, have amplified the roles of gender discrimination, disaster, conflict, poverty, language barrier, child labour and forced marriage in forcing Read More

Breaking: IPOB drops fresh sit-at-home, ‘no Nigerian flag’ Oct 1 declaration, threatens residents

September 25, 2021 Editor 0

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has again warned those in Southeastern part of the country to stay at home on October 1. The biafran group while also declaring operation “no Nigerian flag” in the region as from September 25, 2021, warned residents to adhere. A statement from the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, reads: Read More

Breaking: Another first class Emir kidnapped

September 14, 2021 Editor 0

Suspected terrorists on Tuesday kidnapped Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara state, Hassan Attahiru. The first class Zamfara state traditional was reportedly abducted while along Kaduna – Abuja highway, TVC News is reporting. According to the report, police personnel was said to have been killed during exchange of fire with the bandits. His aides were said to have sustained injuries. His Read More

Looking for the god of good leadership

September 12, 2021 Prince Charles Dickson 0

When the glory of the “God” of good leadership departs, the people perish. Chris Kwaja PhD So it’s now Value Added Tax, VAT, everyone is an expert on taxation, the tempo has again increased on the need to restructure, we again are back to the fact we cannot continue like this, that all is not well, and that good governance Read More

Atiku deserves to be president

September 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, I was emotionally touched, psychologically defeated and baffled by the most worrisome security challenge in the past which put parents and children from Borno state in a real dilemma. It is over seven years since the abduction of female students from the GGSS Chibok, Yobe state when the state was hit by the Boko Haram insurgents initially in 2009. Read More

Why Nigera can’t track terrorists, bandits

September 4, 2021 Musa Musawa 0

Today, much of the priority and talking point is centered on how to counter the growing terrorist and insurgent groups in Nigeria in order to restore security of lives and property. Countering terrorism has become, without any doubt, the top national security priority of the Buhari administration. The nation has committed huge national resources to countering terrorism and insurgency as Read More