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Residents Flee Villages As Bandits Kill Four In Sokoto

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Unfortunately, there has been an uncontrolled menace that has eaten deep into the nation.

One of them is killings by unknown gunmen and other alleged groups of persons, who terrorize various communities and cart away what belongs to them.

Some communities in Sokoto State have been deserted following fresh attacks by bandits, which left four deceased persons.

Garba Moyi, who is the state Commissioner for Security Matters, disclosed this, said livestock were also taken during the operation.

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According to the commissioner, three persons were killed at Bargaja village in Isa local government area, while one was killed in a community in Sabon Birni local government area.

A resident of Isa, identified as Surajo, said inhabitants of Bargaja, Tozai, Turba and Danzanke had all relocated to Isa town following series of attacks on their communities.

They don’t sleep in their places anymore. Only some of their men who have farmlands nearer to the village go back every morning to work on them and rush back to Isa town before sunset,” he said.

Another resident, identified as Malam Sanusi, said Gatawa in Sabon Birni local government is now flooded with refugees from neighboring villages.

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According to him, the villages include, Makera, Dankura, Burkusuma, Kumaro, Garin Tunkiya, Zangon Malam, and Asha Banza.

He stated that one Malam Bilya Idris, otherwise known as Idi Gago, was killed at Dankura village, and Malam Abdulmajid Abdurrahman, Muhammadu Hatimu, and Yazzid Sa’idu lost their lives during Zangon Malam’s attack some weeks ago.

He further explained that most of the people killed were either the vigilante group or those who lost their animals and decided to pursue the bandits.

That is why we don’t encourage the villagers to engage them because we have our ways of recovering whatever they have stolen.

We use their brothers who embraced peace to recover the animals and even their weapons as well as secure the release of kidnapped victims,” he said.

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[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.

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Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.

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Three Alledged Bandits killed in katsina State

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Three gunmen alleged to be bandits has been killed by the residents of Magamar Jibia border community, Katsina State on Sunday.

The Residents said the gunmen had entered the community on vehicles and motorcycles around 11pm on Sunday and invaded the house of one of the residents.

The house-owner reportedly raised alarm, which prompted the community residents, who were mainly youths, to mobilize and confront the bandits.

It was learnt that the youths overpowered the gunmen who then made a retreat to the nearby forest where they came from.

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The youths reportedly killed three of the bandits while the rest escaped to the forest.

One of the community leaders who pleaded for anonymity said, “The youths killed three of the bandits. In fact, they burnt two of the bandits to ashes while the corpse of the third bandit was removed by the police this morning (Monday).”

The Spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah was yet to react to the incident by Monday afternoon, although another community leader in the area, Gide Dahiru had confirmed the incident.

Gide said, “Yes, the bandits came on Sunday night but the residents confronted them, leading to the death of three of the bandits. The rest of the bandits escaped back to the forest.”

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Kidnapped Imo Catholic Priest Regains Freedom

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The Kidnapped Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Izu Marcell Onyeocha, has been released on Monday morning.

The Imo State Police Command spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the priest’s release.

Rev. Fr. Izu Marcell Onyeocha, was kidnapped on Sunday, April 11, 2021 along the Ihube – Okigwe highway by gunmen, after his vehicle broke down on the busy expressway Sunday night.

Orlando had told journalists that one Bissong Isa Atugu who was in the same Nissan Exterra SUV, said Fulani herdsmen allegedly took the priest away after inflicting him with machete cuts.

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