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At least 40 people were killed and many others wounded in an attack by gunmen on Zurak village in Nigeria's north-central Plateau state, where clashes between herders and farmers are rife, the police and residents said on Tuesday. Plateau police spokesperson Alfred Alabo said armed men, often referred to locally as bandits, fleeing an "aggressive onslaught" by security agents in Bangalala forest of Wase local government area of the state attacked Zurak and Dakai villages late on Monday. While seven of the assailants were neutralised by security agents, fleeing gang members killed nine people and burnt down six houses, Alabo…
Residents of Dawaki, near Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have been abducted in a recent bandit raid. According to sources, 20 individuals were kidnapped during the incident, which has caused significant tension in the area. The attackers reportedly targeted homes on Frank Opara Street before security forces could respond to distress calls. Tunde Abdulrahim, Chairman of Dawaki Rock Heaven Community, reported that the attack occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. He stated that approximately 50 heavily armed bandits, including both men and women, invaded the community and broke into six houses. FCT police spokesperson Josephine Adeh said Commissioner…
Bello Hassan, a member of the House of Representatives representing Zurmi/Shinkafi Federal Constituency, reported on Tuesday that bandits have attacked at least 50 communities in the Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. In an interview in Abuja, Hassan stated that the relentless attacks have forced residents to abandon their homes. Hassan recounted a recent attack on the Gidan Shaho community last Monday, where bandits invaded in large numbers. “Not less than 50 villages have been attacked, displacing the residents. Whenever the military attacks the gunmen, they retaliate by attacking the villagers. It is a dire situation that requires urgent…
In a series of Friday night raids on three villages in northwest Nigeria, gunmen kidnapped more than 100 individuals, according to reports from a district head and residents on Saturday. The incident marks yet another abduction in a region plagued by pervasive insecurity. Kidnapping has become rampant in Nigeria's northwest, with armed groups targeting villages, highways, and schools, often demanding ransom payments from victims' families. Bala, the head of a district in Zamfara's Birnin-Magaji local government area, disclosed that 38 men and 67 women and children were missing following the attacks on the villages of Gora, Madomawa, and Jambuzu. However,…
Saturday, 11 May 2024 04:47

Bandits slaughter 30 farmers in Zamfara

Tragedy struck two farming communities in Zamfara State as bandits mercilessly took the lives of at least 30 farmers in separate attacks. While details are yet to be fully disclosed, the police spokesperson in Zamfara, Yazid Abu Abubakar, confirmed the grim events in two local government areas of the state. According to sources, the assaults occurred on Thursday, ravaging Maradun and Tsafe local government areas. In Maradun, the renowned Islamic cleric Makwashi Maradun Mai Jan Baki and another individual were among the victims, with two of the cleric’s children still missing following the attack. The brutality extended to Gidangoga village,…
In a troubling incident, gunmen stormed a university in Kogi state, abducting at least nine students from their classrooms, as announced by the state government on Friday. This occurrence underscores the pervasive insecurity gripping Africa's most populous nation. Armed gangs continue to sow chaos in northern Nigeria, targeting villagers, students, and motorists for ransom, while security forces struggle to curb the menace. According to Kingsley Femi Fanwo, the information commissioner of Kogi state, the students were taken captive during an assault on the Confluence University of Science and Technology late Thursday night. Efforts are underway to locate and rescue the…
Uka Uka Osim, a leader of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, along with his wife and son, were taken captive alongside three fellow clergymen in Abia State. The abduction occurred as they journeyed to Awka for their evangelical mission. Among the kidnapped were Azuka Ochu, Moses Okafor, and Anderson Akwazie. Despite the passage of four days, no communication has been established with the captors. Denis Onuoha, the spiritual organization's administrator in Abia State, expressed deep concern but remained steadfast in faith, believing in their eventual safe return. While urging law enforcement to intervene, the community continues to fervently…
Nigeria's military has ordered two officers to face court martial proceedings over a drone strike that killed at least 85 civilians, the defence HQ said on Thursday, more than four months after President Bola Tinubu ordered an investigation. The Dec. 3 air strike was one of the deadliest to hit civilians as the Nigerian military increasingly relies on aerial assaults in fighting Islamic militants in the northeast and armed kidnapping gangs in the northwest. Defence Headquarters spokesperson Edward Buba said the findings of an investigation of the strike in a village in northern Kaduna state showed that it should never…
Suspected bandits have attacked Maraban Agyaro where they abducted the village heads of Kakangi and Kisaya villages, and killed eight villagers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The attackers invaded the area around 8am on Thursday, during which they also abducted four farmers who were on their respective farms. A local source in the area also reported that six women were abducted in the village. It was gathered that the two village heads were on their way from Kakangi to Birnin-Gwari when they were abducted. Daily Trust gathered that the eight villagers were killed as they tried…
Gunmen struck the Bmuko Community in the Dutse Baupma area of the Bwari Area Council, Abuja, on Monday night, abducting four residents in the latest incident of violence to rock the area. According to a resident named Isah, the assailants, numbering more than 30, arrived around 11:50 pm and targeted the home of a man named Patrick, whose wife and brother were among those taken. The community has been plagued by similar attacks in recent months, including the abduction of 22 individuals in January and the tragic killing of a university student. Isah recounted the harrowing experience of the latest…
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