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Gunmen kill one, kidnap 200 pupils of Niger Islamic school

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Gunmen on Sunday attacked an Islamic school, Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School located at Tegina in Niger State and kidnapped about 200 pupils.

One of two people reportedly shot during the attack has been confirmed dead and the other critically injured.

Although the Niger State Government and the state police command confirmed the incident, they did not specify the number of the pupils kidnapped.

But residents put the number at over 200.

The Islamic school, located near the Tegina Police Station in Rafi Local Government Area, was said to have been established by a retired immigration officer.

The kidnapping is coming less than four months after bandits abducted 42 people including 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State. They were released after spending about 10 days in their captivity.

Only on Saturday, 15 Greenfield university students and three members of staff were released in Kaduna by their abductors after collecting N180 million and eight motorcycles.

The Greenfield varsity students were released after spending 40 days in the custody of bandits.

A statement by the Niger State Government said 11 children were released by their abductors because they were “minors”.

The statement, signed by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mary Noel Berje, said, “Eleven children who were too small and couldn’t walk, among the kidnapped Islamiyya students, were released by the gunmen.”

She quoted the governor as describing the serial attacks as unfortunate and unbecoming. He assured the people that the Joint Military Taskforce have been mobilised and  on the trail of the gunmen for possible isolation and ambush.

Bello appealed for calm and reitrated the strong resolve of the state government to  protect the lives and property of the citizens as a matter of utmost importance and priority.

The statement added, “A number of Islamiyya students of Salihu Tanko Islamic School, Tegina in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have been abducted. The number of abducted students of the Islamiyya is yet to be confirmed as the very little ones that cannot go through the bush path are released.

“However, two people were shot in the cause of the attack, with one person confirmed dead while the other person is critically injured.

“The state government is still gathering security reports on the attack to take necessary measures to secure the release of those kidnapped.”

 

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Bandits kill seven vigilantes in Zamfara, burn armoured vehicle

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Seven vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai have been killed in an attack by suspected bandits on Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The armed criminals reportedly invaded the community around 3am firing several shots in the air and then went into some houses abducting 13 people, including women.
Dansadau, a community located 100km south of Gusau, the state capital, has suffered series of deadly raids.
The armed men decided to spike their assaults on the community after the local vigilantes extra judicially executed suspected bandits some months back.
The residents of the community also blocked the suspected bandits from getting foods such as bread and soft drinks from the local traders in the community.
The bandits who were apparently angered by the moves blocked the residents of the community who are largely farmers from accessing their farmlands in retaliation.
Dozens of farmers have been killed or abducted since the start of this year’s cropping season.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

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Four policemen killed in Enugu gunmen attack on checkpoint

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Unidentified armed men have killed four policemen during an attack on a police checkpoint in Obeagu-Amechi community of Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Besides the security operatives, many residents and passers-by, who ran into the incident, were reportedly killed or severely wounded by stray bullets during the gunfight.
The policemen were said to have repelled the attack, although there were casualties on both sides.
Eyewitnesses said the attack, which started at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday at a busy spot at Mmiri Ocha Amodu, lasted till 7pm.
A source, who craved anonymity, said he identified four policemen, one pastor and a neighbourhood watch officer among the dead who have been taken to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla mortuary.
The source said, “The gun battle between the policemen and the unknown gunmen was too heavy.
“The entire area was thrown into confusion as everybody within the scene scampered for safety.
“We have not experienced this type of incident in this area. It happened along Obeagu–Amechi Road to Agbani Nkanu a few kilometres from Enugu State capital.”
However, the operatives of the Amagunze police division, who were quickly alerted, ambushed the gunmen as they attempted to escape and shot dead some of them, according to the source, who also added that a police patrol van was set ablaze by the gunmen during the attack.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident but was silent on the number of casualties.
Ndukwe said: “Information surrounding the shooting incidents in the evening hours of today, 21/07/2021, where police operatives were allegedly attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South LGA and Amagunze in Nkanu East LGA is still sketchy.”
He said preliminary investigation had commenced, assuring that further development would be communicated.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has offered automatic employment to the wives of the slain police officers.
He also paid three-month salaries of their late husbands including other cash donations.
The governor announced the employment offer when he paid condolence visits to families of some of the slain police officers.
He, however, said the employment offer could be swapped for scholarship for their children up to secondary school.

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Nine die, 16 injured in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident

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Nine people have been confirmed dead in an accident involving two vehicles on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Wednesday.
Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ahmed Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria that apart from the nine that died, 16 other persons sustained varying degrees of injuries.
He said the accident occurred at about 3.45pm around Wich Tech Company, near Danco Station on the busy expressway.
He said the accident involved a commercial white Mazda bus, with registration number: APP 28 YE, and a blue Volvo truck, with no number plate.
The sector commander further stated that the accident involved 25 persons.
He said the corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Idera Hospital, Sagamu, while the survivors were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
Umar said the cause of the accident could be traced to speed limit violation and overloading on the part of the commercial bus driver.
He added that the commercial bus lost control due to excessive speeding and rammed into the truck.
The sector commander said that clearing of obstruction caused by the crash by the FRSC officials and other sister agencies had commenced.

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