Crime

No fewer than 15 persons were feared killed within three days, following attack by armed herdsmen, who stormed Akpete, Ugbobi, Ijaha, Edikwu Oji and Iyanpu communities in Apa Local Government Area of Benue State. The attacks also left several persons injured and many others still missing and unaccounted for. It was gathered that the armed men, who have been attacking the communities since Tuesday, destroyed homes and farm produce in the affected communities. A source, a youth leader in one of the affected communities informed that “the onslaught started on Tuesday, when they attacked a part of Ijaha, where they…
Gunmen have kidnapped around 100 people, including women and children, in two weekend attacks in Kaduna state, residents and police said on Monday. Kidnappings by criminal gangs demanding ransoms have become an almost daily occurrence in Nigeria, especially in the north, with authorities seemingly powerless to stop them. Kaduna police spokesperson Mansur Hassan confirmed the incident in Kajuru Station village on Sunday night but could not give a figure on those missing. He said security agents had been deployed to rescue the villagers. Tanko Wada Sarkin, a village head, said 87 people were taken. "We have so far recorded the…
At least 14 people have been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen in Dogon Noma community, Kajuru LGA of Kaduna state. The gunmen were said to have invaded the community early Saturday morning before abducting the locals. Condemning the abduction on Sunday, Usman Stingo, lawmaker representing Kajuru at the Kaduna house of assembly, said the community has been under constant attacks by bandits. “The bandits invaded the community on Saturday at about 5:45am and kidnapped 14 people while one person was seriously injured,” the legislator said. “The attacks on our community have been persistent since 2019 and there seemed to be no…
Some residents of warring communities ambushed and killed 16 officers and personnel of the 181 Amphibious Battalion of the Nigerian Army on a peace mission to Okuoma community in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta on Thursday. Those killed were the commanding officer, two majors, one captain and 12 soldiers. The Acting Director, Defence Information, Tukur Gusau, made this known on Saturday in Abuja. He stated that the troops were ambushed and killed while responding to a distress call arising from a clash between Okuama and Okoloba communities in Delta. Gusau, a brigadier general, stated that the Chief of Defence…
Gunmen have kidnapped 61 people from a village in northern Kaduna state, days after nearly 300 students went missing in an attack by an armed gang, residents said on Tuesday. Armed groups, known locally as bandits, have wreaked havoc for years in northern Nigeria where they target villagers, motorists on highways and students from schools for ransom. Gunmen attacked Buda community around midnight on Monday, firing sporadically, a tactic used to scare, residents said. The kidnappings often happen in remote communities, leaving residents helpless. Resident Lawal Abdullahi said he was away when the gunmen struck but his wife was among…
Tuesday, 12 March 2024 04:30

Gunmen invade Plateau market, kill 7

No fewer than seven people were shot dead and many others injured, on Sunday, when gunmen attacked a market in Zurak Campani in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State. According to residents, the attack occurred on a market day when residents gathered to buy and sell at the community’s main market. Abdullahi Hussaini, a youth leader in the area who confirmed the incident, said the gunmen arrived at the market around 2 p.m. and opened fire at people transacting businesses. “The gunmen arrived at the market in their numbers riding on motorcycles. They started shooting sporadically, killing seven people…
Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Thursday invaded some communities in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State and killed 16 people. This happened barely 24 hours after rival militia groups unleashed terror on the Gbagir community in Ukum LG of the state leading to the death of no fewer than 40 people. The latest attack, according to a source, happened on Thursday as the bandits embarked on a killing spree as they ransacked about 11 communities. Sources revealed that the state deputy governor, Sam Ode and security chiefs in the state have gone on the spot assessment of…
At least two worshippers were killed during Friday prayers at Anguwar Makera under Kwasakwasa Community in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The incident happened around 2 pm on Friday, according to locals in the area. A community leader, Hudu Kwasakwasa, who confirmed the incident, said the bandits opened fire on the worshipers. “The two worshipers killed were among other Muslims attacked at the Juma’at Mosque in Angwar Makera when the bandits opened fire on them and abducted others today (Friday). The victims have been buried at Old Kuyello cemetery,” he said. He said the people were in…
Gunmen in Nigeria kidnapped more than 200 school pupils in the northern town of Kuriga on Thursday, a teacher, local councillor and parents of the missing children said, in the biggest mass abduction from a school since 2021. Police in Kaduna state did not respond to requests for comment on the abductions, which happened shortly after morning assembly at the Local Government Education Authority School in the town of Kuriga. "The number of the kidnapped from the secondary section based on the statistics we took together with the parents is 187 while that of the primary section is 40 for…
The Senate, on Wednesday, said it would meet with President Bola Tinubu over the insecurity in Benue State and Nigeria at large. The resolution of the Senate followed the report of a militia clash in Benue State, which left no fewer than 30 dead on Tuesday. The Senate resolution followed a motion titled: “Motion On the Continuing Killings by Suspected Terrorists Parading as Herdsmen and Increasing Insecurity in Kwande, Ukum, Logo And Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas in the Benue North-East Senatorial District Of Benue State.” The motion was brought by Emmanuel Udende, representing Benue North-East, under “Matters Of Urgent Public…
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