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21 Bandits Killed, 17 Arrested In Army Operations In Zamfara And Katsina States

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Operation Sharan Daji Updates

Not less than 21 bandits have been killed and 17 arrested in operations by Army Troops in Zamfara and Katsina States between January 22 and 29, this year.

Eleven civilians and one vigilante were also said to have been killed by bandits.

In the Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD) the army also destroyed bandits’ camps and rescued 89 kidnapped victims.

Acting Force Information Officer Operation Sharan Daji, Major Clement Abiade, disclosed this yesterday while giving an update on OPSD’s activities within the period.

He added that two bandits’ informants Musa Amadu and Auwalu Mutairu, were arrested at Danfumi village in Birnin Magaji and that they were currently assisting troops with intelligence.

He stated: “On 22 January 2019, troops on clearance operation in Gando Forest came into contact with a large gang of bandits armed with sophisticated firearms and Rocket Propelled Grenades leading to fierce gun battles which lasted several hours. The bandits were forced to abandon their camps due to superior firepower during these encounters.

“Troops also made contact with bandits operating in Shinkafi, Birnin Magaji and some isolated villages in Maru LGA of Zamfara State. Furthermore, troops of OPSD operating in Katsina State made contact with bandits at different locations around Safana, Runka, Kukan Sama between 25 – 28 January 2019.

“Items recovered from the bandits over the period, he said, included one Single Barrel gun, two locally made pistols,20 Cartridges of Double barrel bullets,60 Rounds of 7.62mm special,one AK 47 Magazine containing18 Rounds of 7.62mm special, two dane guns, four motorcycles and large quantity of Indian hemp and illicit drugs.”

According to him, out of 89 freed kidnapped victims, 55 of them were held captives in Bukkuyum LGA in Zamfara State.

“The freed captives who were mostly from local communities in Zamfara State were debriefed and reunited with their families,” he stated.

He disclosed that six persons were kidnapped at Asoula village in Tsafe LGA and not in Birnin Magaji as reported by some media houses.

Source: Naija News

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Nollywood Actor, Edochie Sends Message To Sheikh Gumi

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Nigerian actor and politician, Yul Edochie, has condemned renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi for asking Nigerians to stop addressing bandits as criminals.

Edochie in a three minutes video published on his YouTube page on Friday morning, February 26 described as ‘total nonsense’ Sheikh Gumi’s statement on how Nigerians should address the Fulani killer herdsmen.

The actor stated that a spade must be called a spade if Nigeria must move forward. He said we must be ready to identify the truth and speak the truth irrespective of who is involved.

Edochie said there are bound to be agitation from anywhere and a good leader must be ready to look into the situation. He, however, condemned moving around with firearms, killing, raping and assault of innocent Nigerians by the Fulani killer herdsmen.

He described the herder’s activities as criminals and hence they should be treated as criminals.

See the video below as Edochie slammed the Gumi for defending the bandits:

Meanwhile, the abductors of the 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, has revealed the location of their sponsors.

Naija News reports that the bandits revealed this while warning a negotiator against rescue moves by the vigilantes and other security agencies in the state.

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Bandits Demand N100m To Free UI Undergraduate Student

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The parents of Emmanuel Odetunde, a student of Sociology at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State who was abducted by bandits have been asked to pay N100m for their child’s freedom.

Naija News understands that the undergraduate student was taken away by the unknown gunmen who invaded his father’s farmland in Oke Odan, Apete area of the state capital on Monday, February 22.

Reports had it that Odetunde was abducted after four suspected herders stormed their farm and demanded his father. They, however, went away with the young man after workers on the farmland told the gunmen that the father is not around.

The victim’s brother, Samuel told newsmen that the abductors had reached out to the family, demanding N100m ransom. Although Samuel said the safety of his brother was paramount, he added that the family could not raise the huge amount.

Responding to the situation when contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said in a statement that the police “are working alongside other security operatives to ensure that the victim returns safely from the den of his abductors.”

“We will also ensure that the kidnappers are captured having deployed a police tactical team, including an anti-kidnapping squad that will help in the rescue mission,” the PPRO added.

Meanwhile, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has taken to social media to mock the Nigeria Police Force and Army over reprisal attack by citizens.

Kanu in a tweet on his Twitter handle on Friday morning, February 26 said the security agencies are now enjoying what they sowed during the Obigbo and Lekki Toll Gate incidents that caused the loss of lives a few months ago, Naija New reports.

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Biafra: How Nigerian Army Tried To Assassinate IPOB’s Lawyer – Nnamdi Kanu

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The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Nigerian Army of allegedly attempting to assassinate Barrister Chukwuemeka Okoroafor.

In a press statement released to newsmen on Thursday by the spokesperson of IPOB, Emma Powerful, Nnamdi Kanu claimed that Okoroafor was ambushed by men who came out of a white Hilux truck on Suleja-Bida highway on Thursday and opened fire on his car.

He said the lawyer was leaving Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja where he had gone to confirm an intelligence report regarding some Biafran agitators detained by the Nigerian Army, when he was attacked.

Nnamdi Kanu said: “Barrister Okoroafor went to the Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja to confirm intelligence reports from credible sources that civilians being held at this military detention camp are all missing Biafrans, including Elvis Ngozi and 109 others.

“Upon exiting this facility and into Suleja-Bida Road, an unmarked white Hilux truck pulled up by the side of his vehicle and opened fire on him in an effort to kill him. The same thing they did to Barrister Ejiofor about two years ago when they invaded his country home in a similar state-sponsored attempt to assassinate him.

“Barrister Okoroafor told me that before leaving the base, he discovered that the left rear wheel of his SUV was marked with black paint. He drove into Suleja Area Command and made a report. Shortly afterwards he was attacked on the road. This testimony convinced me that the attackers were members of Nigeria’s security agents.”

The IPOB leader claimed that the alleged attack on Okoroafor was an attempt to scare lawyers from working with the pro-Biafra group.

He said: “The whole world must take note of this barbaric attack against innocent Barrister Chukwuemeka Richard Okoroafor in Abuja today being the 25th day of February, 2021, a lawyer who is doing his professional job.

“Since the Nigerian Army and police have taken it upon themselves to assassinate IPOB lawyers and to stop IPOB from challenging them with self-evident truth in their own law courts, they will soon reap the fruit of their evil deed. We, therefore, demand the immediate release of all sex slaves in the custody of the Nigerian Army.”

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