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Armed bandits have attacked and killed a Nigerian Air Force personnel, Muhammad Auwal, in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State.

This was disclosed in a tweet by an analyst and human rights lawyer, Bulama Bukarti.Late Muhammad Auwal

Bukarti said the deceased was the best graduating officer at the Nigerian Air Force Special Force Academy, which was held recently in Bauchi.

“Flying Officer Muhammad Auwal is one of the latest gallant men we sadly lost to terrorists. He’s killed yesterday (September 5) on duty at Birnin Gwari. He’s the Best Graduating Officer at the NAF Special Forces Course that held recently in Bauchi.

“We’ve lost too many brave and promising men to the insecurity raging in our country. Government officials and politicians must face this problem head-on. They must channel the huge sums wasted on their extravagant lifestyle to this problem and ensure every kobo is spent transparently.”

About 18 soldiers have been killed in an ambush by armed bandits in Katsina State.

It was gathered that the deceased soldiers on Operation Sahel Sanity were killed in Jibia, Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

The soldiers were attacked while on advance to notorious bandit leader’s camp known as Dangote at Shimfida.

“Troops were advancing on foot when bandits began engaging them from the hill,” a military source said.

Kastina State has experienced series of attacks with over 300 deaths this year alone usually by suspected bandits.

Bandits struck again in Zamfara State, killing seven persons and kidnapping 20 women in Danfasa village, Dansadau Emirate of the Maru Local Government Area of the state.

Many houses were set ablaze, while several animals were rustled by the hoodlums.

One of the villagers, Malam Adamu Danfasa, who escaped into the bush, told ThePunch that the bandits entered the village on motorcycles around 4 pm on Monday and opened fire on the residents, killing seven persons and injuring 13 others.

Adamu stated that the bandits later kidnapped 20 women, stole several animals and food items before setting the village on fire.

“They were in the village from yesterday (Monday) and did not leave because there was no pressure from the security agents due to the bad nature of the road,” Adamu said.

According to him, the villagers tried their best to defend themselves but were overpowered by the bandits, who had sophisticated guns.

He stressed that the village was currently deserted, adding that many people ran into the bush, while others took refuge in the nearby Mairairai village.

Adamu expressed worry over the whereabouts of many children, who ran into the bush and had yet to be seen by their parents.

Armed bandits on Tuesday evening attacked several villages under Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, Reporters can confirm.

The communities attacked are Kasidau, Maigora and many nearby settlements.

A source, who spoke with Reporters, said the bandits started shooting sporadically and while people were running, they started burning houses and rustling an unspecified number of cattle.

Recall that residents of Yantumaki town under Danmusa Local Government Area of the state burnt down a billboard bearing the picture of President Muhammadu Buhari and logo of the All Progressives Congress during a protest against the continued attack and killings by bandits in the state.

 

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Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, Abdulhamid Sani Duburawa, has been killed by suspected bandits.

Daburuwa was killed on Sunday afternoon at about 2:45pm after gunmen besieged Sabon Garin Dunburawa Village where he hails from.

He was said to have travelled to the community to attend to some family matters.

He was shot multiple times while in the village.

According to a source, the assailants came from a forest on a motorcycle and opened fire, killing him on the spot.

His body, it was learnt, had been deposited at the General Hospital in Batsari.

Katsina State has seen recent upsurge in activities of bandits in the last one month, leading to the loss of many lives and displacement of hundreds.

 

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The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said in a report released on Thursday that criminal violence in North-West Nigeria as well as farmer-herder clashes in the Middle Belt region, displaced more persons than Boko Haram insurgency did in the first half of 2019.

According to the report, 140,000 persons were forced to leave their homes between January and June.

The report said, “Criminal violence in North-West Nigeria and clashes between herders and farmers in the Middle Belt region forced more people to flee than the Boko Haram insurgency.”

Across the globe, 10.8million people were displaced by storms, flood and conflict while 3.8million of that figure was down to conflicts.

It added that climate change-powered natural disasters drove 7million people out of their homes.

“These figures are alarmingly high, particularly as we are only half way through the year.

“They show that the causes of conflict and inequality are not being addressed, and that displacement is creating cyclical patterns of crisis and vulnerability,” Alexandra Bilak, IDMC’s director said in a statement.

The Nigerian Government on Thursday said that about 330 attacks by bandits and 1,460 deaths were recorded within the last seven months in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Amina Shamaki, made this known at the opening of Federal and States Security Administrators’ meeting in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

Shamaki however, said the attacks have been on the decline.

She noted that the North West, which was one of the most peaceful zones of the country, had in the last few years witnessed attacks by bandits.

She said, “From January to July, 2019, about 330 attacks were recorded, resulting in the deaths of about 1,460 civilians.

“However, between June and July, 2019, the number of incidents declined, especially in Zamfara State, that had been the epicentre of armed banditry.

“The Federal Government is doing a lot to improve border security with a view to addressing some of these challenges.”

No fewer than 55 kidnap victims in Zamfara State have been rescued within the past two weeks by the security operatives in the state.

Addressing newsmen at the state police command headquarters in Gusau, the commissioner of police, Mr. Usman Nagogo explained that security operatives did not rescue the kidnapped victims through confrontation with the armed bandits and notorious kidnappers but through dialogue and negotiations.

He said 23 of the victims were rescued between Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of this month, saying that the rescued victims are being treated at the Government House medical facilities and would soon be reunited with their families by Governor Bello Muhammed Matawalle

“This shows us that the ongoing dialogue and reconciliation in the state is working very perfectly. It Will be naive for us to say that attacks have stopped by 100 per cent in the state, but judging from the fact that banditry in the state has been going on for over ten years, in a space of three weeks the attacks were reduced to bearest minimum.

“We are not living in the world of mirage to assume that we can stop the issue of banditry and militia activities within the space of little time,” he said.

The commissioner disclosed that the present crisis in Bimini Magaji Emirate resurfaced after the killing of seven Fulani people in the Emirate which he said triggered violent reaction from the armed bandits.

Speaking further, CP Nagogo stressed that the situation shifted from cattle rustling to burning of villains, food items, maiming, and killing of old men, women and children which he said also led to deprivation of farmers cultivating their farmlands in the area.

” However, both militia groups and the armed bandits including their Ardos were brought together under common umbrella and their we’re exchange of greetings and pleasantries,” he pointed out.