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The north lacks strong media to report atrocities says Sultan of Sokoto

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The north lacks strong media to report atrocities says Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has decried the many unreported cases of killings and high level of insecurity because the region lacks strong media
Sultan Abubakar said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 4th Quarter Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
According to him,
“Couple of weeks ago, 76 people were killed in Sokoto by bandits in a day, it is not a story because I went there with the governor in Eastern part of Sokoto but you don’t hear these stories because it happened in the North and we don’t have media that is strong enough to bring out these atrocities about the bandits so people think that the North is secure.


“No north is not secure at all. In fact, it is the worst place to be in this country because bandits go about in the villages with their AK47 and nobody talks to them. They stop at the markets and buy things and even collect change with their weapons.
Rising cost of living
While lamenting the high cost of food and cost of living in the country, the Sultan said, “Food prizes are on the increase and we need to do something about it. The cost of onion is too high and beyond the reach of many people. A hungry man is an angry man. The rising cost of foodstuff in the markets is an issue. The amount an onion costs in Nigeria today is an insight into the current economic hardship in the country.
“I think we really need to sit down and look at these issues because a hungry man is an angry man. We do not lack recommendations and solutions to our problems. What we lack is implementation and that sense of purpose to do the right thing, but we don’t like doing the right thing, we always want to cut corners.”
He said that the north is the worst place to live in the country.
He said that in the North-west in particular, people don’t sleep with their eyes closed, adding that even on Wednesday, a village was razed down in Sokoto, but people don’t hear about it.
The Sultan said, “The insecurity in the north is so high that people are even afraid of travelling from Funtua to Zaria, a journey of about 48 or 50 miles. Not to talk of Sokoto to Abuja or to Kano.
“We know what we are going through. We are so insecure in the north that people are losing hope. People keep things in the house so that when the bandits come, they would let them be free.
The Sultan who is also the NIREC Co-Chairman also complained on the high cost of living in the country, especially the prizes of foodstuff which he said has skyrocketed to high heavens and beyond the reach of majority.
According to him, as Nigerians, both the authority and the citizens, must behave responsibly and that people cannot behave irresponsibly and expect that the country would be a better place.
“We must obey all laws, if we are not law abiding. We have heard people calling for the scrapping of SARS, the President has done that and we later said, bring police back. We cannot do without the Police; we cannot do without our security agencies. No matter how bad the security agencies are, there are still excellent officers.
“What we need to do is to fish out the bad elements from the security agencies and to reform the agencies and have a better. Abusing the Police, abusing soldiers, abusing security agencies would not augur well for us because, by the time we drag into anarchy, everybody would be on its, and then there would be serious problem in the country.
“We have security problems in the country, bandits now go into people’s houses to kidnap, not on the highway anymore. Of recent in the last couple of days, they are going into institutions, in Zaria; ABU, the Polytechnic and took away people,” the sultan said.


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

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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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