Abolongo prisonbreak: 446 of 907 escapees recaptured – FG

October 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has said that 446 out of 907 escapees from the Abolongo custodial centre in Oyo state have been recaptured, whilst 69 never left the facility. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, revealed this Sunday while making an inspection visit to the facility in Oyo, Oyo state. In a statement made available to Blueprint in Abuja, the Minister vowed Read More

Breaking: NRC reopens Abuja-Kaduna train route 48 hours after ‘bandits attack’

October 22, 2021 Editor 0

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced reopening of Abuja-Kaduna route two days after a moving train was attacked by suspected bandits. The attacks carried out between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning also destroyed some part of the rail tracks. A reopening announcement by NRC on Friday evening read, “The Board and Management of the Nigerian railway corporation (NRC) hereby Read More

Again, gunmen set police division ablaze, kill sergeant in Ebonyi

October 18, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Unidentified gunmen at about 12 midnight Sunday invaded Ohaukwu Police Division at 135, Ezzamgbo, Ohaukwu local government area, Ebonyi state and set the station ablaze. The gunmen were also said to have killed a police Sergeant and burnt vehicles at the station. Confirming the incident,the state Police Public Spokesperson, DSP. Loveth Odah, said policemen on duty repelled the attack but regretted that Read More

Gunmen attack church, kill 1, abduct 3 others in Kogi

September 19, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Barely one week after gunmen attacked custodial centre in Kabba where a soldier and a policeman were killed and over two hundred inmates were set free, another gunmen on Sunday morning  attacked ECWA Church in Okedayo along Kabba – Okene road in Kogi state. The attackers according to source stormed the Church in the morning when Church service has commenced Read More

Attack on Kabba prison: Security operatives on trail of escaped inmates – Aregbesola

September 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said security operatives are already pursuing the escaped inmates after gunmen attacked Kabba Custodial facility on Monday. A statement Monday in Abuja by the Media Adviser to the Minister, Sola Fasure, said the Aregbesola had been briefed by the Controller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Haliru Nababa, on the unfortunate Read More

Breaking: Kogi state breaks silence on attack at correctional centre

September 13, 2021 Rosemary Moribirin 0

The Kogi state government has confirmed the attack by some unknown gunmen at the Kabba correctional centre. A statement signed by the Commissioner of Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, on Monday read, “We can confirm that some gunmen attacked the Kabba Custodial Centre but investigations are still on to clearly ascertain the number of inmates that escaped from the Centre. Read More

Bloodbath in kogi community as gunmen kills 4, injure scores

September 1, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Four persons were in the late hours of Tuesday night allegedly killed and scores injured by unknown gunmen that attacked Bagana community in Omala local Government Area of kogi state. An eyewitness who cheated death told our correspondent that the gunmen invaded a provision shop located in the heart of the village and opened fire killing four persons on the Read More

Security situation in West Africa gives causes for concern, by Ali Djawad

August 31, 2021 Ali Djawad 0

The bloody attack in the Ansongo Circle, Mali, that took place on August 8 shocked the international community: shortly before nightfall armed men arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on civilians of the villages of Ouattagouna, Karou, Dirga, and Daoutegueft. According to the Malian Armed Forces’ Directorate of Information and Public Relations (Dirpa), at least 49 people were killed in Read More

An embarrassing day for Nigeria

August 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

During political campaigns, insecurity is one of the dominant issues promised to be addressed head-on by politicians. It consists of economic, social and environmental insecurity.Politicians use insecurity as a campaign weapon to achieve their political ambition. Majority of Nigeria’s lower class are living a life typically described as “hand to mouth”, that is why, whenever insecurity is mentioned in Nigeria’s Read More

4 confirmed dead as police repels attack to free armed robbers in Osun

August 26, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Police Command, Thursday, confirmed death of four suspects in the attack on police van taking suspected robbers to Ilesa correctional centre, Wednesday afternoon. The police explained that an attack by some hoodlums to prevent suspected robbers from being taken to the correctional centre after court had remanded them, was repelled by security operatives who engaged them in a Read More

2 policemen nabbed for ‘possessing cannabis’ in Edo

August 18, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

Members of Edo State Security Network, otherwise known as vigilante has arrested two policemen over alleged  possession  of  cannabis. The cops were reportedly apprehended during a stop-and-search of their Lexus RX330 SUV  around Oko-Ogba Airport road in Benin City, the State Capital.  In a viral video, one of the police officer who was handcuffed with his colleague  admitted to owning the drug Read More

War in Osun APC as Oyetola, Aregbesola’s thugs fight dirty

August 15, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

A caucus of the All Progreasives Congress (APC) in Osun state, ‘The Osun Progressives’ (TOP), Sunday alleged that suspected thugs who wore Oyetola’s inscribed cap disrupted the Saturday hearing of ward congress appeal.  A statement by Chairman of TOP, Elder Lowo Adebiyi, made available to newsmen in Osogbo, alleged that the thugs that stormed the APC secretariat, venue of the Read More

Hijrah: University Don, monarch lament insecurity, call for self-protection

August 9, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Muslims in Osun state Monday lamented incessant killings and kidnapping in the country, calling on community leaders to provide security in their abodes.  The Vice Chancellor, Fountain University, Osogbo, Prof. Hamid Sanni, and the the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba AbduRasheed Olabomi, spoke at the Hijrah 1443 celebration in Osogbo, the state capital.  In his lecture titled “Insecurity Level in Nigeria, Tilting Read More

Defend yourselves if attacked, NPF tells personnel

July 7, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has directed its personnel to defend themselves from further attacks and killings. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Police Mobile Force, Aderemi Adeoye, who coordinates operations of the Police mobile force across the five states of South east, made the call Tuesday at police headquarters, Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital, while addressing special mobile policemen from different parts Read More

Attack on Schools: NSCDC releases survey, laments high vulnerability nationwide

June 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Following the spate of attacks and kidnapping of students in schools from different parts of the country, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has conducted a vulnerability survey of all schools in the country according to the six geopolitical zones, states, senatorial districts and local governments. The NSCDC boss, Dr. Ahmed Audi, made the revelation while briefing Corps Read More

After 5-month captivity, ISWAP frees UN staff, 9 others

Some five months after, reprieve has come the way of Abubakar Garba Idris, a senior protection assistant with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and some nine others, as they were released by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). Also released alongside Alooma, as the UN staff is fondly called, were a  businessman, Muazu Bawa, a senior Christian cleric, Reverend Zango Read More

Ebonyi: Group calls for urgent intervention in renewed Izzi/Ikwo communal hostility

June 13, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has condemned the renewed communal clashes between the people of Enyibichiri, Izzi in Abakaliki Local Government Area and Echialike, Ikwo, Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi state over a lingered land dispute, demanding an end to the hostility. The Ebonyi indigenes also condemned in totality the abduction of some Izzi Read More

Attack on Journalists: NUJ condemns DSS, Police for harrasing PUNCHman in Abuja

June 10, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) has condemned the attack on a Chief Correspondent with PUNCH Newspapers, Friday Olokor, by a combined team of security operatives from the Department of State Services and Police Force. The union describe the development as “reprehensible.” The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chairman of NUJ, Emmanuel Ogbeche, who condemned the act, described it as “the Read More

Benue: 40 killed in fresh herders’ attack on Agatu

June 8, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

No fewer than 40 persons have been reported killed when armed herdsmen Sunday evening attacked Odugbeho in Agatu local government area of Benue state. The herdsmen were said to have attacked the community on Sunday which was also a market day around 6 pm. Confirming the attack, a witness and an indigene of the village, Isaac Oche said the suspected Read More

Ebonyi killings: Death toll rises to 42

May 31, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

The death toll in the three communities of Ebonyi-Benue borders that was attacked by herders has risen to 42.  Armed herdsmen had on Saturday morning invaded Odoke Ishieke, Obakota Ishieke and Ndiobasi Ishieke communities all in Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi state and killed over 30 persons not leaving behind pregnant women and nursing mothers. The communities has common boundaries with Read More

Over 100 killed in Benue as gunmen attack 4 wards at K/Ala

May 24, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

At least one hundred persons have been reportedly killed within three days in a sustained attack by gunmen suspected to be Herdsmen in four council wards of Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue state. The attack which started Saturday Blueprint learnt had continued through Sunday till Monday. Chairman of Katsina Ala Local Government area Alfred Atera, said many people Read More

Unknown gunmen kill DPO, 2 sergeants, set police station ablaze in Delta

May 16, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

Unknown gunmen Sunday set a divisional police headquarters in Nsukwa community in Aniocha south local government area of Delta state ablaze. The divisional police officer (DPO) and two sergeants who are the main casualties were allegedly killed and set ablaze by the gunmen. It was gathered that the attackers stormed the station at about 2am on Sunday  shooting sporadically to ward Read More

Imo state in throes of incessant security lapses

May 9, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As if the state is under a siege, Imo has suffered uncountable security lapses in the recent past. CHIDIEBERE IWUOHA recounts some of those experiences in the last two months.Before the security challenges in Imo state, there was peaceful atmosphere especially in Owerri, the state capital.  #EndSARS protests It was during last year’s #EndSARS protests that unruly behaviours were noticed Read More