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‘Bandits’ shoot down Nigeria fighter jet, pilot survives

Intense gunfire from bandits caused a Nigerian fighter jet to crash in northwestern Zamfara state, but the pilot survived by ejecting from the aircraft.

Nigeria’s air force said on Monday the crash occurred on Sunday as the Alpha jet, a light attack aircraft, was returning to base from a mission on the Zamfara-Kaduna border.

The jet “came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash”, an air force statement said, but pilot Abayomi Dairo successfully ejected.

“Luckily, the gallant pilot … successfully ejected from the aircraft,” air force spokesman Edward Gabkwet said.

“Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under intense ground fire from the bandits, was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.”

The pilot found his way to an army base “where he was finally rescued”.

- Fake claim of responsibility -

A video from the armed group Boko Haram taking responsibility for the attack circulated online, but it turned out to be fake as it was recorded in April.

Boko Haram and its breakaway faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have been carrying out attacks in northwestern Nigeria for years.

But there are also other criminal groups on the move in the area, described by the government as “bandits” who specialise in extorting ransom through the mass abduction of schoolchildren.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, the armed groups have forced nearly 2.4 million people in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to flee.

The government is increasingly turning to the air force to counter banditry. The air force said over the past two weeks, flights daily and nightly over Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina states had “neutralised” hundreds of bandits.

It is the first time that armed groups active in the region have shot down a military jet.

In May, 11 officers, including the top-ranking army commander Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, were killed when their plane crashed in bad weather in nearby Kaduna state.

President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general first elected in 2015, has been under increasing pressure from allies and critics alike over his government’s handling of mounting security problems in Africa’s most populous country. Aljazeera 


Bandits kidnap over 200 students in Niger

Armed men have kidnapped about 200 students of Islamiyya School at Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

One person was shot dead while another was critically injured during the operation.
The bandits struck at about 4:30pm on Sunday, Channels TV reports.

A resident, Zayyad Mohammed, said the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School was built by a retired Immigrations officer.

In February, bandits abducted staff members and students of Government Science College, Kagara.

They were released about 10 days later after ransom payment. Dailypost

Bandits demand over N100m to free thirteen Niger residents

BANDITS, who attacked Kwakwashi community in Niger State, killed one and abducted 13 persons, have made contact with the families of the abducted persons.

The PUNCH had reported that the bandits numbering about 30 arrived in the community around midnight last Thursday and shot indiscriminately into the air while the operation lasted.

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone on Sunday, a community leader, Aliu Muhammed, said the victims’ families were contacted on Saturday, adding that the ransom varied.

Muhammed put the total of the ransom being demand at over N100m.

He said, “They have called all the families of the people who were kidnapped and asked for ransom.

“One was asked to pay N50m; a Civil Defence Officer was told to pay N17m, two were asked to pay N10m each. I cannot remember the entire amount for each family but the N10m is the least and N50m is the highest.

“The total ransom request is over N100m. The victims’ families have been looking for ways to raise the money after the bandits insisted on the amounts given to each family. We hope they reduce the ransom when next they call.” Punch


Zamfara: 7 security operatives arrested for ‘supplying’ arms, military kits to bandits

The Zamfara police command has arrested seven security operatives for allegedly supplying arms, ammunition, and military kits to bandits in the state.

Ibrahim Dosara, Zamfara commissioner for information, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Thursday, said the suspects were arrested in various communities across the state.

Items recovered from the suspects include military bulletproof vests, jungle boots, shin guards, identity card, camouflage uniforms, among others.

“I wish to inform you that the state government has just received a report from the police on the arrest of seven security agents involved in aiding and abetting banditry activities across the state,” he said.

“The suspects, who have already been interrogated and confessed to their respective crimes, have since the commencement of the military operations in the state in recent past, been sabotaging the operations by sharing military intelligence, supplying arms and ammunition, military uniforms and other facilities to the armed bandits to prevent our gallant soldiers from conquering the bandits.

“This is why it took the Nigerian military and other security agencies fighting the bandits that long to defeat them. The suspects have already been handed over to their appropriate security authorities for further necessary actions.

“We feel obliged not to disclose their identities, as the security authorities concerned are acting on the matter.”

He, however, urged the federal government to come through on the promise to deploy additional security forces to the state.

“Zamfara state government is appealing to the president and commander-in-chief of the Nigeria armed forces to redeem his pledge on the deployment of 6,000 troops to the state to clear the recalcitrant bandits terrorising various communities of our dear state,” Dosara said.

“The state government also wants to urge the military authorities to embark on active supervision and monitoring of the military operations to ensure synergy and effectiveness.”

The development comes weeks after an officer of the Nigerian army was arrested for supplying ammunition and uniforms to bandits in Zamfara. TheCableng

Kaduna: Bandits attack Katarma village, kidnap women

Kaduna State government on Thursday confirmed that bandits attacked Katarma village in Chikun LGA.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan in a statement said a sustained military response neutralized several bandits in Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa and Igabi local government areas.

The statement added that armed bandits on Wednesday attacked Katarma village in Chikun local government area and kidnapped some locals, mainly women.

The bandits were initially engaged by local vigilantes who defended the village just before troops were mobilized to the location.

“Four persons (Bulus Barde, Hassan Zarmai, Lawal Pada and Kefas Auta) including vigilantes were killed in the gunfight, with three others (Amos Doma, Zamba Ali and Bomboi Busa) injured. All the kidnapped women were rescued by the troops.

“In response to the attack, air platforms were swiftly mobilized for armed missions over Katarma village, and Kusasu village in the neighbouring Niger State.

“While ground troops headed to the location, the air component went ahead and neutralized several bandits as contained in the operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government.

“According to the feedback, bandits were sighted at Katarma, clustered amid large herds of cattle, with others fleeing the location on motorcycles. They were quickly engaged by the fighter jet and neutralized.

“During armed reconnaissance over neighbouring Kusasu village, bandits on motorcycles were sighted fleeing from the aircraft and were engaged, as some abandoned their motorcycles and took cover in the bushes.

“Furthermore, missions were conducted over Albasu, Rahama, Sabon Birni, Kaya, Rikau, Galadimawa, Kerawa, Kidandan, Yadi, Dogon Dawa, Ngede Allah, Takama, Kuduru, Kuduru-Ungwan Yako track and the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, spanning Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi and Chikun local government areas.” The statement said

“At Yadi, bandits were sighted on foot and on motorcycles with large herds of rustled cattle and were duly engaged. Other locations were calm with normal activities observed.

“Responding to the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai sent his heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed by bandits at Katarma and prayed for the repose of their souls.

“The Governor further expressed satisfaction with the operational feedback, and commended the military for sustaining the tempo in taking the fight to the bandits’ enclaves.” The statement further added 



Kaduna: Bandits kill nine, kidnap 11 on highway

Bandits killed nine people, including three infants in Zankoro, Kaduna State, on Monday.

They returned on Monday to kidnap 11 people and injured six others in Dan Kungi, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna.

Chairman, Birnin Gwari Emirates Progressives Union (BEPU), Salisu Haruna, said bandits have carried out a series of killings and kidnappings in the area and on the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna and Birnin Gwari-Funtua highways.

According to him, at least 40 people were kidnapped between December 20 and yesterday and are still being held.

He said: “On Sunday, armed bandits laid siege on innocent travellers at Zankoro, along the dreaded Birnin Gwari – Kaduna Highway, killing nine people (including three infants) who were on their way to a ceremony at Doka, Birnin Gwari Local Government.

“The bandits came out today (yesterday) at the same Zankoro at about 9.00 am, shooting sporadically.

“They abducted an unspecified number of people and wounded six others now receiving treatment at Buruku along Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Highway.

“In the last two weeks, bandits have been terrorising the people of Birnin Gwari, especially those travelling along Birnin Gwari -Funtua and Birnin Gwari Kaduna.

“BEPU frowns at the seeming laissez-faire attitude towards banditry in Birnin Gwari area by the government.

“From December 20 to January 4, bandits have mercilessly terrorised the people of Birnin Gwari, kidnapping over 40 of them at homes, farms and during travels.”

Haruna urged the Kaduna State government to note the kidnappings and killings along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna and Birnin Gwari-Funtua highways.

He said some among the 40 abductees “have been reported terribly ill”.

The community leader added: “A total of nine innocent travellers were killed at Zankoro along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway on January 3. Eleven people were kidnapped at Dan Kungi village the same day.

“BEPU, therefore, calls on the government to deploy immediate response squad to mount offensive operations along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna and Birnin Gwari-Funtua highways.

“We also urge the government to sit up to its responsibility and protect the lives and property of defenceless people of Birnin Gwari whose blood is spilt daily by the bandits.

“We seriously urge the government to launch an offensive attack to neutralise bandits terrorising Birnin Gwari increasingly whose skills and warfare strategies are advanced every day. Enough is enough,” he said.

Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, could not be reached as he did not pick his calls.

Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, Muhammad Jalige, did not respond to calls. Thenationonlineng

Bandits attack Governor’s convoy

Suspected bandits, on Sunday evening, opened fire on the motorcade of Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, who was on his way to condole with victims of a previous attack on a community in Gusau Local Government Area.

Eyewitnesses said the governor’s convoy came under attack while he was enroute Lilo community to sympathise with victims of the attack on Saturday.

Bandits had earlier on Saturday, killed eight persons and injured 18 others, after attacking Lilo community, on the outskirts of Gusau, the state capital.

But the state government in a swift reaction said it was governor who rather, alongside security agents, who took the battle to the bandits.

However, the eyewitnesses said the bandits took advantage of the bushy terrain, and opened fire on the governor’s convoy.

A source, who said he was unsure of the number of casualties, said the governor’s security details quickly returned fire and were able to protect and evacuate their principal.

However, Acting Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yusuf Idris, said in a statement, yesterday, that it was the governor who led security operatives for an ‘operation’ to rout out bandits from their hideouts.
He said the governor was accompanied by his deputy, Mahadi Aliyu-Gusau, the state’s security heads and other dignitaries.

According to him, the team was able “to chase bandits at their camps during the unannounced visit to the area.”

Idris noted that the bandits abandoned their hideouts and fled after the onslaught by the team. Vanguard 
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