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Again Kaduna comes under siege as gunmen kill 16 persons in 72 hours

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Again Kaduna comes under siege as gunmen kill 16 persons in 72 hours

By Rex Danjuma

Kaduna has come under unwarranted siege as gunmen have killed at least 16 persons in the last 72 hours.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan Tuesday.
Aruwan in the statement explained that many other persons were also injured when gunmen attacked Giwa, Zangon Kataf, Igabi and Kajuru Local government areas of the state between Sunday and Tuesday.
He said that the District Head of one of the villages in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area and his son were killed in the early hours of Tuesday.
The deceased district head’s daughter and widow were injured by the gunmen who also abducted many persons. Aruwan stated that two persons were killed when assailants attacked Fatika, Kaya and Yakawada villages in the Giwa local government area of the state.
The commissioner added that 11 persons were killed in Monday’s attack at Albasu village in the Igabi local government area.
He said that security agencies already identified a former village head as the person killed in Kajuru local government area where two persons were also abducted.
“Troops, in collaboration with other security agencies, are carrying out investigations and trailing the assailants,’’
He said that the governor had directed the Commissioner of Police and the Director of the Department of State Security to team up with the military to ensure diligent investigations.

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Nigerian troops rescue 28 persons in Sambisa after engaging Bokoharam insurgents at Marte

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Nigerian troops rescue 28 persons in Sambisa after engaging Bokoharam insurgents at Marte

The Nigerian troops on Wednesday evening engaged Boko Haram in a gun duel, overpowered the insurgents to foil another attack on Marte town, in Borno State.
They rescued 13 women and 15 children after eliminating scores of ISWAP terrorists
The insurgents, who rode on motorcycles and gun trucks were ambushed by the special forces. A military intelligence officer said no casualty was recorded on the troops’ side.
He said: “Troops of 134 Special Forces Battalion, who were on patrol around Ala, a community that is about five kilometers away from Marte, responded to an ambush, neutralized some of the Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed their gun truck.”
In the same vein, combined troops of 21 and 26 Brigades,with the support of troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), cleared some villages, which include Sharivabe, Sabsawa, Tafana, and Bula Murube, in Borno in the continuation of the aggressive operation at Sambisa axis.


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Insecurity is being escalated by drug barons funding terrorists, bandits – Lawan

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Insecurity is being escalated by drug barons funding terrorists, bandits – Lawan

***Says Nigeria a transit route for traffickers 

 
The funding activities of drug barons providing insurgent groups with arms and ammunitions is responsible for escalating insecurity, President of the Senate Ahmad lawan has said.
Lawan gave the indication on Thursday when the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier General Buba Marwa (Rtd), paid him a courtesyvisit at the National Assembly, in Abuja. 


He observed that such drug barons who engage in trafficking heroine, cannabis and cocaine have made Nigeria a major transit route for plying the illicit trade, which he said was responsible for the rise in criminality in the country. 
The Senate President, called for the restructuring of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), so as to further empower it to rise to the occasion of clamping down on the criminal activities of drug traffickers operating in the country.


He assured that the National Assembly would support the agency in the aspect of amending the NDLEA Act with a view to enabling the agency achieve its core mandates.  

“You have rightly said almost every community in this country suffers from drug addiction. So, we are very mindful of what is happening.

“My personal opinion is that NDLEA should be in the league of EFCC, ICPC, and therefore, the kind of support that those two agencies I mentioned receive, you should receive something like that, in addition to many other things that you should be supported with.
“So, the National Assembly will definitely work with you, we will partner with you, and will ensure that we do our best to give you the kind of support that will enable you properly to discharge your mandate.
“Having said this, let me say that Nigeria as a country is in one way or the other a transit route for drugs.
“Drug peddlers pass their drugs through Nigeria – cannabis, heroin and possibly even cocaine.
“We believe that this has to stop, because the proceeds of such activities fund terrorism are used to fund banditry, you wonder how the bandits have RPGs and these massive arms that they have.
“Definitely, these are some acquisition provided by some barons, not the bandits themselves.
“So, we need to ensure that this transit role that Nigerians plays is addressed properly. And here we have to approach this through multi-sectoral efforts – the Customs, Immigration Service, our Security Agencies, and in fact, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and our seaports.
“Of course, this is not going to be easy, but we have to be steadfast and we should do whatever is possible without the limited resources we have to make you better.”

Earlier, the Chairman of NDLEA, Brigadier General (Rtd) Buba Marwa has said the Ninth Senate under the leadership of Senator Ahmad Lawan has “displayed great interest, competence, support and effort” on the review of the NDLEA Act.  

“This is a very important step to correct some of the lapses in an Act that was promulgated way back in 1989”, he said.

According to Marwa, the visit was intended to “call for urgent intervention from the Senate President”, warning that, “Nigeria is in a state of siege today.”

Marwa indicated that the drug addiction scourge was largely responsible for acts of criminalities which has pervaded all parts of the country, and the outcome witnessed in the spate of insecurity lately. 

He lamented: “Yes, you have insurgency, banditry and kidnapping, but if you go to Ogoni to speak to somebody about insurgency, he might not be concerned.   
“If you go to some other parts of the country and speak of kidnapping in some areas, it’s not a major concern. If you go to some other areas and speak of banditry, it may not be of major concern.

“But when you enter the realm of drug abuse, every part of Nigeria, you can for sure say that everybody in this room knows somebody, or a neighbour or family that has affliction with drug abuse. 

“The drug affliction is actually the number one problem we are facing, it is everywhere.” 
“First of all, it destroys our kids, women, our youths, and the family system. Secondly, it is behind the criminalities everywhere now.

“You have to be crazy to commit some of these criminalities, and what fuels it is drug abuse. Even the insurgents and bandits themselves, they take drugs before they go into their activities,” Marwa added.

 


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Sponsors of banditry, kidnapping, insurgency should be exposed without delay -Senate

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Sponsors of banditry, kidnapping, insurgency should be exposed without delay -Senate 

Nigerians should not hesitate to expose the sponsors of banditry, kidnapping and insurgency across the country, Senate challenges Nigerians.

The upper legislative chamber lamented that insurgency in the North East and banditry across the country has become a thriving industry. 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan,  in a remark after the confirmation of the new Service Chiefs, said some persons were benefiting from the atrocities adding that they were frustrating moves to bring them to an end

To this end, the upper legislative chamber also gave marching orders to the newly-appointed Service Chiefs to go after insurgents and bandits. It said everything must be done to restore law and order to the country.

The new Service Chiefs are Major-General LEO Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

They replaced former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. 

The Service Chiefs were screened last week by a joint committee on Defence. During the screening, they outlined how they would tackle insecurity and restore law and order to every part of the country.

Speaking after the confirmation, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said: “This is becoming an industry and people are benefiting from it. We need to fight this insurgency until we defeat them. 

“A situation where bandits come into a school and kidnap over 300 students is unacceptable. We need to device a means to safeguard our institutions. We need to take the fight to bandits. 

“Nigeria is going through a difficult period and we must work together. There must an interagency cooperation for us to win this fight. Air Force needs to provide air support to ground troops.”

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