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Two cops, 30 civilians killed in Zanfara police-bandit shootout

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About 30 persons including two cops have been killed during a shootout on Saturday night between Zamfara bandits and policemen under the tactical units and Operation Puff Adder.
But the Police Command in the state said “several bandits” were killed.
Police Public Relations Officer, SP Shehu Mohammed, said the shootout occurred when the bandits attempted to attack Magami village, in the Gusau Local Government Area.
Magami is considered one of the hotspots of crime in the state There were reports of attacks in five other communities.
According to a report by Channels TV, no fewer than 20 villagers were killed and many others injured during the attacks in two local government areas.
Survivors of the invaded communities said the bandits shot sporadically, killing innocent residents.
The affected communities were given as Gabaken, Rigiya, Donroyi, Torawa, and Riwoji, located in Zurmi and Kaura Namoda local government areas of the state.
One of the survivors, identified as Umar Abubakar, said the injured persons were taken to the general hospitals in Kaura-Namoda, Birnin-Magaji and Gusau where two of them were later confirmed dead.
The police report said, “Yesterday night, the command received a report that bandits in their large numbers stormed Magami town in Gusau LGA with intent to attack the community.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hussaini Rabiu, directed Police Tactical units, comprising of PMF/CTU/Special forces and Operation Puff Adder based in the area to synergise and ensure protection of lives and property of the people.
“The tactical units moved in courageously and engaged the assailants to a gun duel. As a result of the encounter, the attack was successfully repelled, while unspecified number of bandits were neutralised with many of them escaping with possible gunshot wounds.
“Two of our operatives paid the supreme price while defending the innocent members of the communities, but there was no loss of life in the communities.”
He also disclosed that the CP had deployed additional tactical operatives in the area to complement ongoing bush combing operations aimed at forestalling further attacks on the nearby villages.

 

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Boko Haram/ISWAP releases abducted UN worker, nine others

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A Senior Protection Assistant with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees, Abubakar Idris abducted over five months ago by the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has been released.
Idris popularly known as Alooma was abducted on Maiduguri/Damaturu highway.
The insurgents reportedly attacked a convoy of travellers close to Matari village between Mainok and Jakana along Maiduguri/Damaturu highway where Alooma was abducted at about 8.30am Saturday, January 2, 2021.
The insurgents alleged to have dressed in military uniforms mounted a roadblock on the highway with three Hilux vans and motorcycles.
It was revealed that Alooma got into trouble when he tried to throw away his identification card and was sighted by one of the insurgents.
He is said to be undergoing medical and military check with troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Maiduguri before he will be allowed to reunite with his family.
A businessman, Muazu Bawa, abducted on the same day with Alooma, was also released along with eight other captives.
Bawa was in his private vehicle and ran into the Boko Haram checkpoint but his car was shot from behind before the insurgents whisked him away.
Executive Director of Yobe State Network of Civil Society, Abubakar Baba Shehu, confirmed the release.
“I was together with someone who called a family member of Alooma and he confirmed the release of his brother. This is encouraging news and we pray that more captives should be released soon,” Shehu said.
Friends of the freed captives have taken to Facebook and other social media platforms to celebrate the release of their friends from Boko Haram captivity.

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Buhari rejoices with Abdulsalami at 79

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday.
Buhari, in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, joined Abdulsalami’s family members and his friends to celebrate a key personality he described as “iconic leader”.
He said the former leader’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance and his passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
Buhari appreciated his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
He said the former leader’s sacrifice of his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria had continued to attract goodwill to the country at the national and international levels.
The President prayed that almighty God increase his wisdom, strength and give him longer life to keep serving the country as Gen. Abubakar turns 79.

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Updated: Bandits attack two Plateau communities, kill 14

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Bandits have killed 14 persons in two separate attacks on two communities in Plateau State

The first attack took place at Zogu village in the Bassa Local Council Area at 8pm when some suspected herdsmen stormed the area and started shooting, leading to the death of two persons.

The second attack in which 12 people were killed occurred about two a half hours later at Kuru in the Jos South Local Council Area, Five others were said to be seriously injured during the attack.
Chairman of Jos South Local Government, Hon Gideon Dandereng, confirmed the attacks to journalists in Jos on Monday, describing the incident as callous, adding that the people of the area were peace-loving and hardworking citizens.
He also called for calm and appealed to security operatives to go after the perpetrators.

Secretary of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Danjuma Auta, who spoke on the second attack on Zogu village, said, “The people were sleeping and the attackers stormed the village and started shooting leaving two killed and two injured.
“One of the women was critically injured and was first taken to Bingham University Teaching Hospital but was later transferred to JUTH.”
Spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Gabriel Ubah, said, “We received a report that 10 persons were shot dead in a drinking joint at Sabon Layi, Kuru, in the Jos South LGA by yet to be identified gunmen who drove in with a Hilux, shot sporadically and zoomed off.
“Personnel of the command and the military have been deployed in the affected area.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, has ordered an immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing and to bring the perpetrators of that dastardly act to book.”
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, expressed sadness over the killings.
He appealed to citizens to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering as well as collaborate with security agencies to foil attacks carried out in a hit and run fashion.

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