A day after bandits released nine abducted students of the French Department of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, gunmen have invaded the institution and kidnapped a lecturer.
According to a statement by Auwalu Umar, the institution’s Director of Public Affairs, the incident took place at Sardauna crescent on the main campus.
Although he did not mention the name of the lecturer, an online newspaper, Saheliantimes, simply gave his name as “Dr Bako.”
The university spokesperson said the lecturer was initially kidnapped along with his wife and daughter.
He said the wife and daughter were released “when security agents chased the kidnappers into the bush.”
“At about 12:50 a.m. on Monday, 23rd November, 2020, kidnappers invaded the house of a staff member of the university on Sardauna crescent, area BZ, main campus, Samaru, Zaria. They went away with him along with his wife and daughter.
“The University security division quickly informed the operatives of the police intelligence response team that advanced to the scene following the distress call. There was an exchange of fire between the kidnappers and the mobile police operatives. When it was clear that they would be overpowered, the kidnappers ran into the bush along with the victims.
“As the police went after them up to kasuwar Da’a village bothering the university, the kidnappers then released the wife and daughter and went away with the husband. Some empty shells were recovered from the scene.
“The inspector general of police and other security agencies, as well as all relevant government establishments have been duly informed of the unfortunate incident,” the statement read.
ABU Zaria has suffered attacks by kidnappers lately.
It could be recalled that last week, the abduction of nine students who were on their way to Lagos for an academic program.
Their abductors reportedly demanded N270 million as ransom. The students were later released after a ransom was paid.
Kaduna, Katsina , Zamfara and Niger States have seen have seen more frequent attacks from bandits in recent years, despite increased security presence in the area.
Only recently, some police officers on a special assignment were kidnapped in Katsina State.
The officers were on their way to Zamfara State from Borno to carry out a special assignment before they were abducted.
They have been released, according to the police.
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Namdas Becomes Chairman TWG On Civilian Harm Mitigation
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Thursday in Abuja appointed the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on the Army, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas as the Chairman Technical Working Group on Protection of Civilian and Civilian Harm Mitigation in Nigeria.
This was dropped at the official launch of the Technical Working Group by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA).
Nigeria has been fighting a decade-long insurgency that has placed civilians in the middle with millions rendered homeless and hundreds of thousands losing their lives. This has raised concern on civilian protection in this midst of the crisis and other security challenges in the country.
With this inauguration of stakeholders will be brought to underpin the protection of civilians and civilian harm mitigation in arms conflict as a critical element of the committee’s work.
The Technical Working Group is therefore expected to coordinate, collaborate and communicate more and design strategies that influence the frameworks, orientation, and operational guidelines of security agencies.
Delivering his address at the inauguration, Namdas urged the members of the TWG to demonstrate partnership and geniuses in their efforts.
” To address the evolution of the conflict in Nigeria and ongoing civilian protection challenges, the TWG is geared to advance strategies and practices that minimize civilian harm. Considering your strategic importance in the sector, your institution is carefully selected as a member of the TWG.
” There had been efforts to engage Nigerian government to develop protection of civilian policy/legislation that would put civilians at the heart of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations as well as other military operations across the country. This platform is indeed novel and largely innovative to actualize this mandate using all administrative channels.” Namdas said.
He noted that the most effective way to restore security and deliberately combat violent extremism is to put the protection of civilians at the heart of Nigeria’s military operations.
” The primary objective of this working group is to bring together stakeholders from government, CSOs, and security forces (to include Police, Civil Defence, FRSC, Customs, and Immigration) to discuss protection concerns and improve civilian protection. Elevating protection of civilians as an objective in Nigeria’s approach to addressing these challenges will require changes in Nigeria’s use of its security forces, particularly training, doctrine, exercises, and operations of the security forces and its strategic influence with the citizens.” He added.
The Technical Working Group is expected to provide an opportunity for the state and non-state actors to dialogue and deliberate on strategies and best practices as well as take into account precautions in the conduct of hostilities.
According to Namdas, “No effective protection strategy can be conceived without a sound understanding of the violations/abuses that were committed: this includes, inter alia, their rationale, their direct and indirect effects, and the social and legal framework in which they took place.”
While appreciating CISLAC and OSIWA for providing the resources needed to host the inauguration, the chairman waste no time in asking for funds to be dedicated to activities of the TWG.
” Our earnest request should be that some funds should be dedicated to activities not earlier scheduled as there might be specific resolutions to work on aspects that will help galvanize the objective of this working group,” he said.