From Dan Amasingha, Minna
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has decried the recent attacks in some communities of Shiroro Local Government Area of the state by terrorists that left 13 villagers dead, as insane and unacceptable.
Governor Bello said the act was barbaric and inhumane, stressing that efforts would be intensified by government and security agencies to ensure that the desperate terrorists, who are on the run, are captured and brought to justice.
While commiserating with the victims of the affected communities, especially in Nakudna and Wurukuchi, the governor said that he shared in their pains and grief, promising that more decisive actions would be taken to guarantee the safety of the lives of the inhabitants of the communities.
The governor noted that another worrisome part of the security challenges is the inability of the farmers to harvest their farm produce which may likely trigger food scarcity in the state.
“We are worried by the nefarious activities of these terrorists, desperation has been noticed amongst them as a result of the onslaught of security agents which has made them to target unsuspecting rural inhabitants.
“It is now time that full-fledged war should be declared on these unscrupulous elements since they have been proscribed as terrorists. We cannot just allow these people to continue with this massacre,” he said.
The Governor said that a coordinated and simultaneous attack on the terrorists by security agents in the affected states will go a long way towards achieving success.
He prayed for the repose of the souls of those killed, quick recovery to those injured.
Two communities in Shiroro local government area were reported to have been attacked recently when most of the villagers were on their farms to harvest their farm produce.
Gunmen Kill Two APC Chieftains in Enugu, Abduct One
Unknown gunmen invaded the Enugu South Local Government Area office of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday, killing the State Youth leader of the Party, Mr. Kelvin Ezeoha and one other member.
The incident occurred while the members of the Party from ward III Obeagu Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area were having a reconciliation meeting.
A source hinted that the gunmen, numbering over seven, stormed the venue and killed the two party members instantly. One other member was taken away.
A chieftain of the party in the State disclosed that “some gunmen invaded the Enugu South LGA APC meeting this evening while their meeting was in progress and opened fire on the party members.
“They killed the immediate past Enugu South Local Government Chairman of the party, now the incumbent State youth leader, Mr. Kelvin Ezeoha and one other person. Another party member was kidnapped.”
The source said it was still unclear the motive behind the attack.
The Police in Enugu State are yet to issue a statement on the incident.
Armed Robbery Suspect Escapes Mob Action in Kano
A 21-year-old armed robbery suspect has escaped death in the hands of the residents of Maidile Quarters, Western Bypass, Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State.
A resident said that they intercepted the armed robbers after they robbed the residents of their mobile phones and other valuables.
He said the suspects numbering about five were chased away by the residents and they eventually succeeded in attacking one of them, while the others took to their heels.
Spokesman of the Kano State Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident.
“The police on Friday at about 0200hrs, received call through the Command’s emergency number that armed robbers broke into some houses at Maidile Quarters in Kumbotso local Government and robbed the residents of their mobile phones and other valuables.
“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Samaila Shu’aibu Dikko, raised and instructed a team of Operation Puff Adder led by SP Buba Yusuf to arrest the culprits and recover the properties robbed,” he said.
He said the team immediately went to the scene and met one of the armed robbers trapped and attacked by the mob.
Kiyawa said the suspect was rescued and rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano for treatment and further investigations.
He said based on investigation, other suspects were also arrested with the robbed properties, dangerous weapons and housebreaking implements, and all have confessed to their offences.
“One Ali Isah, ‘m’, alias “Aljan”, 39 years old, who was the gang leader and other two syndicate members namely, Ismail and Rabiu Ibrahim were all arrested.
“Suspects will be charged to court after completion of investigation,” he said.
Bandits Attack 300 Communities, Kill over 220, Abduct 200 into Weeks in Niger
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.
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