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SOKIPEP condemns killing of district head in Southern Kaduna by unknown gunmen

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SOKIPEP condemns killing of district head in Southern Kaduna by unknown gunmen

By Deborah Musa

The Southern Kaduna Peace Practitioners Network (SOKIPEP) has condemned the killing of the district head of Gidan Zaki Village, Mr Haruna Kuyet and his son in Zangon Kataf Local Government Council of Kaduna State.

It was reported that unknown gunmen attacked the home of the district head in the early hours of today, the unscrupulous elements also attacked the monarch’s wife and left severe life threatening machete injuries on her

The Southern Kaduna peace building group, in a statement on Monday by its National Coordinator, Rev. Dauda Fadia, described the event as an unfortunate incident coming at a time when peace had returned to the once troubled area.

He described the attack as callous, insensitive and reprehensible.

While condoling with the families of the deceased, the people of Southern Kaduna and the Government of Kaduna State over the unfortunate attack, the group charged security agencies to go all out in fishing the perpetrators of the crime to face the law.

It also called on the people of the area to not fret but remain calm, saying security agencies were capable of unravelling the culprits.

According to the group, it was impossible to rule out cases of clear cut assassinations given the situation of the killers whom it noted, carried out their action in hooded form.

The late monarch was described as a peace lover, SOKIPEP revealed while wondering the intention of the assailants

The security agencies were tasked to probe the killings with neutrality, to bring the perpetrators to book.

“The intention of the attackers is yet unknown to us even as we are compelled to believe that their premeditated action was intended to cause ethno-religious disharmony in our area,” the organisation said in the statement.

The statement read in full: “We received with rude shock the barbaric, inhuman, retrogressive, and isolated dastardly attack and gruesome killings of the district head of Gidan Zaki village in Zangon Kataf Local Government Council of Kaduna State, Mr Haruna Kuyet, his son and machete attack of his wife by some criminal elements.

“We condole with the families, community and Zango Kataf Local Government Area of kaduna State over this development. Our hearts go to the family, community and the entire Zango Kataf people. We pray for the repose of their souls.

“This callous and insensitive action is reprehensible. It is regrettable that this came at a time peace had returned to the area.

“The intention of the attackers is yet unknown to us even as we are compelled to believe that their premeditated action was intended to cause ethno-religious disharmony in our area.

“This is so, given that the attackers, according to our findings carried out their dastardly act in hooded form.

“We wish to further state that all evidence and information available to us are pointing to the fact that the killings are clear cases of assassinations.

“While not trying to indict or exonerate anyone, we call on the security agencies to probe these killings thoroughly. The probe must start from the community to the outside world.
“They should not be swayed by any statement which may be issued by some fifth columnists and crisis entrepreneurs to divert their attention from the crime to a particular tribe or religion just to cover their evil agenda.
“Besides, we task the security agencies to probe the killings with neutrality, to bring the culprits to book.

“The district head was a peace maker whose reign was adjudged to be fair and just to all. He was known for his uprightness and sincerity and so did not deserve to die in the manner his attackers killed him and his lovely son. Their deaths must not be in vain.

“All hands must be on deck to track and arrest the killers soon, too.”

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Kagara: Excitement over freedom for abducted pupils and staff cut short by another attack

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Kagara: Excitement over freedom for abducted pupils and staff cut short by another attack

The joy and excitement that heralded the freedom of abducted students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, whom were released by their captors was cut short hours after they were released as scores of others have been kidnapped in fresh attacks.

The new wave of attacks was visited on the town and adjoining villages in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
About four persons were on Saturday reportedly killed in the new wave of attack while at least 26 others were abducted.
Gov. Abubkara Sani-Bello of Niger on Saturday earler received 38 students and staff that regained freedom

On February 17th, 2021, 27 students, 12 staff and 12 members of a family in the school were abducted by gunmen.

Bello, while receiving the victims, disclosed that 38 students and staff of the school were released by the abductors

“I am happy to announce this afternoon the rescue of the 38 abducted students at about 4 a.m. All rescued victims are here, though one is in the hospital suffering from excessive exhaustion.

” They are being medically checked and will be monitored for a few days before they are reunited with their families,” he said..

The governor said one of the victims is receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Minna. He said that the release of the abductees was made through the joint efforts of security personnel, traditional leaders and stakeholders.

He said that the State Government would look into the cause of the dastardly act toward finding a lasting solution to the problem.

Bello said the abductees who had suffered tremendous torture in the hands of the bandits, would soon be reunited with their loved ones.

As if it was a swapping game, gunmen again attacked Kagara, abduct 26 people just fews hours after the release of 38 kidnapped persons in Kagara Niger State in the town and adjoining villages in Rafi Local Government Area

It was gathered that eight persons were kidnapped in Kundu and 11 others in nearby Gunna district.
The sources explained further that the four persons killed were from Karako, a neighbouring village where seven persons are still missing.
The bandits were reported to have rustled many cows in the affected villages.
A chief Imam named Ibrahim Ruvo, at Madaka village was reportedly kidnapped.

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Lawan expresses outrage over abduction of Zamfara secondary oschool girls

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, expressed sadness and outrageover the attack on Friday on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

Lawan said the incident happening while efforts were still being made to rescue those abducted just over a week ago at another secondary school in Kagara, Niger State.

The Senate President said the recurrent attacks on schools and other acts of banditry call for intense soul searching on how the nation arrived at this sorry pass and how to cage the monster of violent crimes in Nigeria.

Lawan expressed his sympathy for the abducted schoolgirls and urged the authorities at all levels to work together to ensure their immediate rescue.

The Senate President also reiterated his call on the state authorities to accord priority to securing schools and other locations now seen as soft targets by savage criminals.

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Buhari tells Gumi, FG will not succumb to amnesty for bandits, criminals

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Buhari tells Gumi, FG will not succumb to amnesty for bandits, criminals


President Muhammadu Buhari may have disappointed the proponents of amnesty for criminals and bandits as solution to insecurity.

He rather warned that his government would deal decisively with all forms of criminality in the country.

The President spoke while declaring open a joint security meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the Federal Government.
Buhari’s position on the issue is coming at a time Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi tried to woo the federal government to grant amnesty to bandits.

Gumi had explained that granting amnesty to bandits was better than engaging them in what he termed “operation fire-for-fire.”

He had also pointed out that amnesty to bandits would help calm down the tense insecurity situation.

Hiwever, Speaking through his chief ofIbrahim Gambari, Buhari said he has directed the security chief to evolve new strategy on how to deal with all forms of criminalities.

He said: “I must appreciate the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national growth and development, especially in this challenging period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental corporate existence needs to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.

“At the same time, we are confronting the various dimensions of security challenges that continue to slow down the emancipation of our people from poverty and economic deprivation.
“The Government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.”

“Criminals are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. I have already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end this ugly situation where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.”

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