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Abducted police officers regain freedom

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The police have   claimed   that they rescued nine Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASPs, abducted by bandits in Katsina.

A statement by the force spokesman, Frank Mba, said the officers were rescued through covert operation.

“The Nigeria Police have successfully rescued Nine (9) Police Officers who earlier went missing on 8th November, 2020 between Kankara town and Sheme in Katsina State after the night commercial bus they were traveling in came under attack by heavily armed men, all dressed in Military Camouflage, but suspected to be bandits,” Mr Mba said.

“The officers, all Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), were on their way to Gusau in Zamfara State from Maiduguri at the time of the incident. Two of the officers are currently receiving medical attention in a hospital, while the remaining seven are being debriefed.

“Covert operation to locate and rescue the officers commenced immediately they were discovered missing en-route to their destination. Thus, the apparent delay in commenting on the unfortunate incident was a deliberate decision aimed at protecting the integrity and confidentiality of the rescue operation and the concomitant safety of the officers.

“It is also important to state that preliminary investigation has shown that the attack on the vehicle was an opportunistic crime as the officers were all traveling in mufti, unarmed and alongside other private citizens in the commercial vehicle. The total number of officers involved in the incident is nine (9) and not twelve (12) as previously, wrongly reported in some sections of the media.

“Follow-up investigation into the incident is still ongoing. Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni reassures Nigerians that the Force is working assiduously to ensure an improved safety and tactical presence of police personnel on our highways as the yuletide approaches.”

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Kidnappers Abduct Minister of Agriculture’s brother in Kano

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Suspected gunmen on Monday morning stormed the family house of Minister of Agriculture, Alh Sabo Nanono, and whisked away his brother named, Babawuro Tofai.

Personal Assistant to the Minister, Umar Wali who confirmed the abduction  said the gunmen attacked the house around 1.00 am, in Gabasawa local government area of Kano State

‘’Before abducting Babawuro Tofai, a young boy in the house was also beaten and he sustained a fracture in the course of the attack,’’ said Wali.

He said they are yet to get communication with the abductor.

Reports earlier say  that earlier on Monday around 2.00 am, gunmen attacked Tumpapi village, Garko local government area beheaded a man and matcheted his son.

The duo were buried around 9.00 am on Monday.

The spokesperson of the Kano State Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, when contacted could not be reached as his phone was switched off.

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Just in: Gunmen abduct Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Mr Philip Tatari Shekwo, the chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), in Nasarawa State, has been kidnapped, by unknown persons.

Mr. Emmanuel Bola Longe, Police Commissioner in the state, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, said unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the resident of the APC chairman near Dunamis Church, Bukan Sidi, in Lafia, yesterday around 11pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

Mr Longe, stated that security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forests locations in the state to ensure safe release of the chairman by his abductors.

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Gunmen Kill Student Union Leader, advocate of #SecureNorth

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A Kaduna student union leader, Comrade Auwal Rabiu, has been confirmed killed, as gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked motorists on the road linking the Kaduna international airport and the Rigasa station of the Kaduna-Abuja train.

Rabiu Auwal, is an advocate of #SecureNorth, a group campaigning against insecurity.

The gunmen also injured one Umar Bn El-Khatab while one other person identified as Sani Digana is feared to have been abducted during the attack.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government while confirming the incident said, security operatives repelled the attacks and rescued two persons, Sahabi Lawal and Dan Aliko.

Reports say  that the three young men were inside a vehicle when the gunmen fired at them around 9:pm on Friday along the Kaduna airport link road to Rigasa train station in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

A youth leader in Rigasa Abdul’azeez Madugu popularly known as (Dan Dubai) said the deceased funeral prayer took place around 8:am Saturday at their family home in the area

“Late Auwal Rabiu is the current Present of Rigasa old students association and the three of them were returning from Rigachikun area around 9:pm on Friday when the gunmen opened fire on their vehicle

“Auwal was the one driving and the bullet hits him and died. But Umar El-khatab was shot on the leg while the third person Sani was abducted,” he said.

Madugu explained that gunmen have always attacked the route at night targeting vehicles plying the route.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan in a statement on Saturday explained that the deceased and his friends were hit by stray bullets of the bandits.

Aruwan said, “The security agencies have informed the Kaduna State Government that they have repelled armed bandits on Friday night in Igabi local government area.

“According to the agencies, the armed bandits ambushed troops and security operatives patrolling Rigasa-Link Road at Rugar Bello Junction.

“The operatives rescued two persons, Sahabi Lawal and Dan Aliko while Sani Khalil is still missing.

“Similarly, the Armoured Personnel Carrier of the police was riddled with bullets.

“The bandits who were denied freedom of action escaped while stray bullets hit two citizens driving from the Mando axis of the Rigasa-Link Road.

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“The two citizens were rushed to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital but sadly, one of them, one Rabiu Awwal died while the second citizen (Umar El-Khattab) is responding to treatment.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sent condolence to the deceased’s family and offered prayers for the repose of his soul. The Governor wishes the citizen recuperating a speedy recovery.

“The Governor also commended troops and police personnel that repelled the armed bandits and rescue of two citizens.

“The troops and police are still carrying out aggressive patrols in the general area.

“The government will continue to keep citizens informed of security development,” Aruwan said.

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