Breaking: Bandits kidnap female students in Zamfara

September 22, 2023 Sanusi Muhammad, Gusau 0

Bandits in their large numbers invaded Sabon Gida area of Gusau the Zamfara state capital, Thursday night, kidnapped yet to be identified and ascertained number of female students of the Federal University Gusau (FUGUS). The students were living outside main campus of the university . Resident of the area who pleaded anonymity in a telephone interview with Blueprint said the Read More

CDS: JTF Commanders’ conference a turning point against terrorists, bandits, others – CASBAT

September 19, 2023 Bode Olagoke 0

The Coalition Against Separatism, Banditry, and Terrorism (CASBAT) has described the recently concluded Joint Task Force Commanders Conference as potentially the turning point in the fight against terrorists, bandits, and other criminals.  CASBAT’s Country Representative, Dr. Abidemi Moses, commended the Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Musa for the innovation, describing it as the much-needed catalyst to drive the military Read More

Zamfara: APC slams Gov Dauda over onslaught of banditry

August 10, 2023 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Zamfara state chapter has expressed concern over the lackadaisical manner the state government under Governor Dauda Lawal Dare has been handling security issues in the state. The state publicity secretary of the party Yusuf Idris in a statement made available to Blueprint Wednesday described the wanton killing of innocent citizens as too rampant as the Read More

The resurgence of banditry in Zamfara

August 2, 2023 Audu Shafaatu Abdullahi, 0

For over a decade, Zamfara state has been facing challenges of insecurity as a result of the activities of armed bandits, resulting to killing of over 3,000 people. This ugly trend also caused a lot of predicaments including proliferation of arms and ammunition, destruction of thousands of houses, rendering thousands of citizens homeless, high rate of internally displaced persons, abject Read More

Synergy with security agencies by state govts key to tackling banditry – El-Rufai

May 11, 2023 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has called for increased synergy between North-west states, DSS and other security agencies, to address banditry and insurgency in the region, as such synergy has led to killing of several bandits in the state. Addressing the First Quarter Security Conference of North West State Security Directors (SDS) of Department of State Services (DSS) at Read More

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Police confirms abduction of 9 women, children by bandits in Zamfara

April 8, 2023 Admin III 0

Zamfara state police command has confirmed the abduction of 9 women and many children in Wanzamai village, Tsafe local government area of the state by armed bandits. The command spokesperson, CSP Muhammad Shehu, stated this in a statement made available to Blueprint on Saturday in Gusau, the state capital. He said: “Information received by the Command from village head of Read More

2023: North East stakeholders back Obi-Datti presidential bid

December 6, 2022 Adeola Akinbobola 0

As the 2023 general elections draw closer, the North Easterners across the country under the Umbrella of North East Stakeholders has thrown its weight behind Labour Party presidential candidates, Peter Obi and Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed. During the interactive session on the theme: “Good Governance: The Gateway to Secure our People and the Land, the Convener of the group, Isaac Read More

Matawalle’s efforts against banditry in Zamfara state

September 19, 2022 Zailani Bappa 0

Now that we are witnessing an improved security situation in the state, it is pertinent to have flashback on efforts employed at various times to end, specifically, banditry in the state. Banditry in Zamfara state started with simple cattle rustling and became a real threat in 2011. Nine years on when Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle assumed office, it was at Read More

Submission to bandits’ authority

September 7, 2022 Prof. Abdussamad Umar Jibia 0

On September 6, 2022 when I switched on my mobile data the first Whatsapp message that caught my attention was one from a long term friend. The professor of Business administration from a sister university forwarded a video clip seeking to know the veracity of its contents. Like others who have known me for a long time, he believes I Read More

‘#ZamfaraBandits’: Beyond the root causes

August 11, 2022 Ismail Misbahu 0

On July 26, 2022, the BBCAfrica News, on Twitter, programmed an interactive discourse hash-tagged #ZamfaraBandits, which was audio-taped for an hour, and hosted by Dr. Aliyu Tanko, with experienced voices dialoguuing the current dimension of banditry and kidnapping in the North-west of Nigeria. Being a student of history, I am impressed by the way some of our advocates begin to Read More

Of banditry and a shared sovereignty

June 12, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

Last week, they attacked an estate within Abuja. Gunmen, bandits, Boko Haram, those who “drag” sovereignty with Nigeria, attacked Genuine Estate, within the vicinity of Gwarimpa, Nigeria’s (some accounts say south of the Sahara’s) largest housing estate. They did this undisturbed and calmly, between 1 and 4am on Sunday. The police said it was a robbery attack. Residents, however, said Read More

Presidency: I ‘ll end insurgency, banditry like I did in Rwanda, Sri Lanka – Fayemi 

May 20, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Ekiti State Governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has promised to bring to bear all the wealth of experience garnered  while resolving internecine wars in Siera Leone, Liberia, Rwanda and Sri Lanka towards the resolution of insurgency and banditry in the country. The governor was in Kaduna state Thursday to Read More

Banditry: Matawalle seeks new approach, urges collective effort

January 18, 2022 Matawalle 0

The Zamfara State governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has called for a new approach in the fight against banditry in the state, urging stakeholders to redouble efforts in order to end banditry. The governor stated this on Tuesday while addressing participants at a retreat organised for members of the Zamfara state executive council, special advisers and other relevant public office holders. Read More

Pay us N24m or face attacks, bandits tell 9 Zamfara communities

January 18, 2022 Admin III 0

Bandits operating in Gando forest in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara state have written to nine communities asking them to pay their levies or face deadly attacks. This is coming a few weeks after bandits massacred at least 58 people in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas. In that carnage, he bandits burnt down five villages, killed many residents Read More

ANEM calls for a decisive action to tackle terrorism, banditry

December 19, 2021 Admin III 0

All Nations Evangelical Ministries (ANEM), Sunday expressed worry over the high rate of insecurity in the country, which it says has affected the day- to- day activities of common Nigerians. Briefing journalists after the ministry’s synod in Makurdi, Arch Bishop Yiman Orkwagh, said the present level of insecurity has affected every segment of the lives of Nigerians and needed to Read More

Letter to Mr President

December 13, 2021 Admin III 0

Dear Sir, I write to you this letter at the most disturbing epoch. This is glaring. I highly doubt this message will reach you or even any of your numerous aides. But it is the least I can do for the only country I have, I truly believe in, and love a lot.  Even as I write this long letter,  Nigeria Read More

FG seeks multi-sectoral approach to youth development

November 7, 2021 Admin III 0

The federal government has said that the issue of advancing youth development is a multi-faceted phenomenon which requires a multi-sectoral approach as no one agency or organ of government can adequately address youth issues and challenges in the country. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the statement weekend, on the occasion of the maiden International Read More

Niger to tackle banditry, rustling with cattle tax – Sani-Bello

November 4, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Niger state government has commenced the process towards the collection of cattle tax also known as ‘Dogali’ to fight banditry and cattle rustling in the state. The state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello stated this while speaking with journalists in Minna, Thursday. He explained that the measure will also enable government to have requisite information on number of cows and Read More

Be involved in efforts to curb insecurity, women, youth urged

November 4, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

Mrs. Ofeoshi Peace of Greenland newsnagazine has called on Nigeria women and youth to be involved in efforts to find lasting solution to the nation’s security challenges. She made the call during the news magazine’s maiden edition/ annual lecture in Abuja on Saturday, with the theme; “Curbing Security Challenges in Nigeria.” Ofeoshi said as mothers, women are the worse affected Read More

Attack in UNIABUJA under Buhari’s security precincts shocking – PDP

November 3, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Tuesday’s attack on the University of Abuja by bandits, who abducted four staff members and some children in the institution. PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the attack as cowardly and demanded an unconditional release of the victims to reunite with their family members. The party described Read More

Banditry: Zamfara reopens 7 major markets

November 2, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara state government has reopened seven major weekly markets after closure for almost two months as directed by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle. According to a statement issued to newsmen by the state Commissioner of Information, Ibrahim Dosara, Monday, the decision was based on series of requests by members of the public for the reopening of some weekly markets. “The Read More

Insecurity: As search for peace begins…

October 29, 2021 Admin III 0

Today, Nigeria, the acclaimed giant of Africa, is battling with serious security challenges across its regions, while there are industrial acrimonies in some of its establishments. These have resulted in countless killings, kidnappings and industrial actions. But will peace salvage the situation? TOPE SUNDAY writes. The level of insecurity in the country is well-pronounced. There is banditry in the North-west and North-central; Boko Haram Read More

Nigeria: In need of Elrufa’ism

October 24, 2021 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

Do you remember when El-Rufa’i chased bandits into the bush, along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway as he came across a bandit attack along the highway? He practically trailed the assailants into the bush, chasing the gunmen, along with his retinue of armed escorts. He just wouldn’t stand aside and watch the security men put their lives on the line alone. They Read More