Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that bandits terrorizing many parts of the state have killed at least 220 persons and abducted over 200 others within 17 days.
He disclosed this after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the activities of the criminal elements took another turn in the last few days.
The Governor explained that not less than 165 civilians, 25 security personnel, and 30 local vigilantes were killed within the last few days following incessant attacks on communities.
Governor Bello, who expressed optimism that the meeting would yield positive results in the next two weeks, said that the State had been battling with a dire situation since the beginning of this year.
“In January this year alone, we have suffered not less than 50 reported attacks and loss of lives, between 1st and 17th January.
“Within the same period, not less than 300 communities have been invaded by bandits. The number of people kidnapped is 200, including three Chinese nationals. We also lost some security personnel. Their number is 25. Unfortunately, we lost about 165 civilians and 30 local vigilantes,” he said.
Breaking: Gunmen Kidnap Two Catholic Priests in Katsina
Two Catholic Priests, serving at the St Patrick’s Church Gidan Maikambo, Kaur LGA, Katsina State were last night whisked away by some yet to be identified gunmen.
Director of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev Fr Christopher Omotosho in a statement said the gunmen broke into the residence of the Priests at midnight of May 25 and forcefully took away the Parish Priest and his Assistant, Rev.
Two other boys in the residence were also kidnapped, the statement said adding, there has been no information as to their whereabouts.
Omotosho called for prayers for the safety of the abducted clergy men and staff.
Kogi Police Dislodge Kidnappers’ Den, Kill Two
From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Operatives of the Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Police Force attached to Odolu Division, in synergy with the local vigilante and hunters have dislodged a criminal hideout at Odolu in Igalamela Local Government Area of the state.
The operatives, during the battle, gunned down two and arrested two suspected kidnappers, recovered one English made Pump Action, seven phones and charms among others.
A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer of Kogi Command, SP William Aya, said that the development followed a report from the victim of kidnapping who escaped from their den on Thursday 19/5/2022 while the family was still negotiating for his release.
“The victim was kidnapped while on his way to Nsukka but escaped from their den, immediately, the police operatives were mobilized along with the vigilante and hunters into the bush, on sighting the Police the criminal elements opened fire.During the gun duel that ensued, two of the hoodlums were gunned down while two were arrested.
“Items recovered include; one English made Pump Action gun, seven phones, charms among others.
“This breakthrough is as a result of the strategies adopted by the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Egbuka, psc (+), to curtail activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, bandits, and other heinous crimes in the State,” the statement read.
The Commissioner of Police while commending the Police Officers as well as vigilante and Hunters for their prompt response to ensure that the criminal elements met their Waterloo, assured members of the public that the Police will not rest on its Oars in synergy with other security agencies in the State to ensure the safety of lives and property.
To this end, the Commissioner of Police urged the public to continue to collaborate with the Police and other security agencies in the State by way of volunteering credible and timely information on the activities of Criminal elements.
Residents Arrest Suspected Ritualist with Fresh Human Parts in Niger
From Dan Amasingha, Minna
There was palpable tension within Lapai town of Niger state following the arrest of a middle aged man with fresh human parts on Saturday afternoon.
DAILY ASSET gathered the incident triggered riot in the local government headquarter, as it led to the burning of the houses of some of those believed to be behind the incident.
An eye witness confided in our correspondent that a commercial motorcyclist, popularly known as okada observed blood stains on the dress of his passenger and suspected that it could have been human blood.
It was gathered that the okada rider raised the alarm leading to the arrest of the yet to be identified man.
When he was searched fresh human parts were found in his luggage.
According to the findings the passenger confessed that his master sent him to bring the human part.
Findings further revealed that the suspect is a tenant in one of the houses of the businessman that asked him to provide the human parts, even as the slain person was suspected to be a relation of the suspect.
The incident led to a breakdown of law and order in Lapai town on Saturday afternoon with the youths protesting and in the process set three houses belonging to the man that sent the okada passenger and his wife on fire.
The landlord of the suspect and his wife were said to have taken to their heels as the protesting youths searched around the town for them
When contacted the Chairman of Lapai Local government Council Alhaji Muazu Jantabo confirmed the incident but said he was yet to get the details.
When also contacted on phone the State Police Commissioner, Mr Monday Kuryas said, “How do you expect me to talk on what has just happened? we are trying to stop it from spreading you are asking for details”.
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