Fulani bandits Saliu, Suleiman busted with AK-47 rifle in Oyo

Amotekun arrests two armed bandits in Oyo

Operatives of the Oyo State Security Network code-named Amotekun has apprehended two suspected armed bandits.

Amotekun media unit announced the arrest of the two suspects in a statement on Thursday stating that they were nabbed with an AK47 rifle, pump Action, and a Dane gun.

The suspects identified as Mumini Saliu, aged 45, and 25-year-old Ibrahim Suleiman were nabbed at Alapa Village, Lanlate town in Ibarapa East Local Government Area.

“Saliu and Suleiman had 82 rounds 7.62 ammunition, and 7 cartridges amongst other harmful weapons in their possession when they were arrested,” the statement revealed.

Reportedly, the suspects who are of Fulani extraction could only speak in their language and they revealed that they were recruited from Katsina State by their leader.

The leader of the group escaped arrest while approaching on a motorcycle and made a U-turn on sighting Amotekun’s patrol van.

Amotekun media unit said the suspects had been handed over to the Director of State Services (DSS), Oyo State Command, for further investigation.

Bandits kill Emir of Kontagora’s Son in fresh attack

– Tragedy struck in Niger state on Wednesday, May 19, as bandits killed the eldest son of the Emir of Kontagora

– The bandits who struck Kontagora town also killed several other people along Zuru road

– The late Emir’s son, the Sardauna of Kontagora has already been buried according to Islamic rites

Armed bandits staged an attack in Kontagora town in Niger state killing Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, the eldest son of the Emir of Kontagora.

Daily Trust reports that the attack occurred on Wednesday, May 19, on the Emir’s farm along Zuru road.

The emir’s late son was said to be on the farm when the bandits attack and shot Namaska along with some other people working for him.

Sad day as Bandits kill Emir’s Son, Others in Fresh Attack
Bandits on Wednesday, May 19, killed the eldest son of Emir of Kontagora in Niger state. Photo credit: @NigerStateNG

In another report by The Nations, a government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the incident.

The official revealed that Alhaji Bashar, who is the Sardauna of Kontagora was rushed to the hospital after he was shot.

The deceased had been holding down the forth for his father, Sarkin Sudan, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, who is sick.

It was gathered that an unspecified number of cows were also rustled by the bandits in the town.

The bandits also flagged down both commercial and private vehicles plying the road and took the phones, money, and other valuables from people on board.

Those without cash and valuables were beaten and taken to an unknown place.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that three soldiers on Monday, May 17, lost their lives in in an encounter with bandits in Mariga town of Mariga local government area of Niger state.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who disclosed this after a state security meeting held at the Government House on Tuesday, May 18 said many people escaped with varying degrees of injuries as a result of the encounter.

Bello stated that though, the state is still faced with serious security challenges, the security forces are working tirelessly to address the challenges especially in communities that recently suffered attacks by Boko Haram and bandits.

Shehu Sani Confirms Attack On Kaduna Church, Reveals Number Killed, Kidnapped

Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani has condemned Sunday’s attack on Haske Baptist Church in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

It was gathered that the bandits abducted some worshippers, while others sustained injuries.

This is coming after corpses of three students of Greenfield University a private institution in Chukun LGA, were found three days after their abduction.

The former Senator while condemning the attack, revealed in a statement on his Twitter account that two worshippers were killed while six others were abducted by gunmen who stormed the church on Sunday morning.

He added that over seventy people have been kidnapped from the axis in the last one week.

Naija News earlier reported the gunmen attack on worshippers in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

Confirming the report, Sani wrote on Twitter:

The attacks and abduction on Haske Baptist Church in Chikun LG, Kaduna State early this morning is tragic and condemnable. I called and confirmed that two were killed and Six were kidnapped. Over 70 people are in the hands of kidnappers within that axis in the last one week.”

The new development comes barely 48 hours after bandits who stormed Greenfield University, a privately-owned tertiary institution in Kaduna State, and kidnapped some students, killed three of the students abducted on Wednesday.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan in a statement released on Friday, said the remains of the three students were found at Kwanar Bature village, a location close to the university, on Friday.

Meanwhile, Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has once again called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up from his slumber and realize all is not well with Nigeria.

Soyinka in a statement on Saturday titled “The endless Martyrdom of youth,” called on the Buhari-led administration to seek help in curbing the many challenges facing Nigeria as a country.

He noted that the heart of many Nigerians are already broken and the people live in despair, unsure of what lies in stock for them in the future as everything looks bleak.

Soyinka noted that Nigeria is already getting overstretched and desperately in need of solutions as the country with every passing minute tends towards a failing state.

He reiterated the need to stop playing politics with the future of the youths of the country but to sit tight and find solutions to ravaging problems threatening to tear the country apart.

8 Killed, Houses Razed As Bandits Invade Zamfara Communities

No fewer than eight persons were reportedly killed by armed bandits in a gun duel with residents of Dutsin Gari and Rayau communities of Maru local government area of Zamfara state.

Reports made available to newsmen confirmed that the bandits raided the two villages on motorcycles on Monday evening, January 18, 2021.

A resident, Malam Ibro Mamman, who claimed to have witnessed the horrible event told newsmen that the bandits stormed the two communities with the intention of kidnapping people but were countered by the villagers.

Mamman said the gunmen exchanged gunshots for several hours with the villagers who repelled their attack in full force.

“When the bandits realized that they could not succeed in their nefarious activity, they opened fire and killed six people, injured many before they moved to a nearby village called Rayau,” Mamman narrated.

He added: “In Rayau Village, the bandits also faced similar challenges from the villagers who were battle-ready on receiving the report of what happened in Dutsin Gari village.

“The villagers came out in large number and engaged the bandits in a gun battle where two of the villagers lost their lives and the bandits left without abducting anybody.”

The eyewitness revealed further that the bandits again entered the villages on Tuesday morning only to discover that the residents have fled to Kanoma town for fear of reprisal attack. Mamman noted that many houses and properties were set ablaze by the bandits as they could not find their targets on their return.

Bandits Entering Nigeria Through Oke Ogun’ – Makinde Raises Alarm

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has declared that terrorists are entering the South West geo-political zone of the country through Oke Ogun.

Makinde said terrorists and bandits from Mali and other countries in the West African region are entering through a border in Saki, one of the towns in the State.

The Governor, who spoke when he visited Saki, noted that the issue of banditry was one of the challenges his government was battling with.

He added that the inauguration of Amotekun Corps was yielding positive results.

Makinde noted that Amotekun Corps had been able to flush out some bandits terrorising residents of the State.

He said, “So, it was really tasking. Of course, in our locality here, the issue of banditry is also another issue.

“For instance, Saki shares an international border and it is more of an international issue because we have bandits all the way from Mali that are trying to cross.

“Once they gain entrance into anywhere they can operate, they will stay there.

“When we inaugurated Amotekun, you gave us your support. When some bandits went to the bush at Kishi, we were able to flush them out with all the efforts of all of us here. So, we want to use this opportunity to say thank you to you all.”

Abduction: Panic as Escaped Student Tells BBC What Bandits Did to the Boys Inside the Bush

Abduction: Panic as Escaped Student Tells BBC What Bandits Did to the Remaining Boys.

Hundreds of secondary school students were abducted by armed bandits in Kastina State a few days ago. The actual figure of the boys is yet to be ascertained as Kastina State Government claimed 313 while Spokesperson to President Muhammad Buhari said only 10 boys are missing.

BBC Hausa has interviewed a 17-years-old boy that escaped while being conveyed to the bush. He said they initially ran but the abductors assembled them back claiming to be security agents. He said when they left the school, the abductors asked one of them to count them. They’re 520!

The boy said they walked nonstop throughout the night. About an hour to dawn, he hid behind a tree, and luckily the kidnappers didn’t see him. He started running back after they gave him a bit of distance. This means the remaining victims have been walking for the past three days.

It’s possible that the kidnappers have reached their vehicles and loaded the boys. The abductors may take them to another part of Nigeria or even out of the country and divide them into small groups as they did with the Chibok girls. The chances of a rescue are getting slimmer.

The revelation of the boy has caused pain among the parents of the abduction students. They are mounting pressure on the government to quickly swing into action and ensure the return of the abducted students.

Some of the parents protested on Sunday, some are currently planning to take the protest to Daura where President Muhammad Buhari is currently staying.

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has assured the safe return of the students as soon as possible, it was gathered that the security agencies have located the students but they are being careful with their operations in order not to hurt the innocent boys.

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Man Who Supplies Arms To Bandits Apprehended With Police ID Card, N2,230,000, Gun And Other Weapons

The rising case of insecurity in the Northwestern part of Nigeria is gradually increasing, ranging from Boko Haram terrorists to bandits, this group of people continue to unleash terror on innocent citizens, even as the federal government continue to make efforts to put a stop to their evil activities in the area.

According to Journalist and media strategist, Deji Adesogan who posted on his official Twitter handle, a major arm dealer who supplies bandits various kinds of arms are ammunition, Deji stated that the arms dealer was identified as Usman Ibrahim and he is from Barkin Ladin in Plateau State, he was arrested by the Nigeria army operation sahel sanity, a police ID card and cap and a sum of N2,230,000 was found with him.