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Niger Insecurity: Bandits abduct 7 students in latest attack in Niger

From John Adams, Minna

With barely 24 hours after the abducted students of Government Science College Kagara in Rafi local government area of Niger state were set free by their abductors, no fewer than seven students of Government Technical College, Pandogeri in the same Rafi local government have been abducted by armed bandits.

The students were abducted on Saturday afternoon at about 2:00pm when they were said to be playing football around the school.

Although the state government has ordered the closure of all boarding schools across the four local government areas under attacks from bandits, including Rafi local government, the day schools were not affected.

There is no official confirmation from the government yet on this latest abduction, source close to the community said there is atmosphere of disquiet among the people over this latest attacks.

Pandogeri town where this new set of students were abducted is about 20 kilometers from Kagara where those 28 students of Science College who regained their freedom on Saturday were kidnapped.

However few hours after the seven students were abducted and taken into the bush, some villages within the same Rafi local government have come under serious attacks, with five killed and unspecified number of others kidnapped in Saturday night operations.

In Maikunjeri village under Cikin Ward said to be heavy populated by Fulanis, four people were killed and many, including women abducted. Over 100 cattle were rustled by the bandits.

The bandits who are said to be a different group from those that kidnapped the seven students, invaded Maikunjeri in their large number and began a show of force by shooting into the air to scare the people .

While that operation was on, another set of bandits, also in the numbers took over Kundu village, in Gunna Ward in the same Rafi local government area and unleashed terror on the people.

It could be recalled that three weeks ago, 42 passengers on board of the state transport authority were abducted in the same Kundu but later regained their freedom after eight days in captivity.

Although nobody was killed in the Kundu invasion, shops and food items were freely looted by the bandits before moving to a settlement called Gidan Adamu in Yekila District. One person was killed and 13 people, mostly women were abducted.

A source close to the village claimed to have raised the alarm over planned invasion by the bandits, no action was taken.

Also at Rubo village in Madaka Ward of the same Rafi local government, the bandits kidnapped the Chief Iman and a number of others.

In another development, armed bandits for first time, stroked in Katcha community in Katcha local government of the state and abducted three people, a girl and two men in the early hours of Sunday.

According to a source from Katcha, the bandits mainly targeted shop owners especially beer parlor operators in the outskirts of the town.

The bandits were said to have invaded the town at about 1am and operated for three hours unchallenged before taken away their victims.

The Chairman of Katcha local government, Alhaji Mohammad Baba Nna confirmation the incident in a telephone interview saying that “the incident happen around 1am and lasted for three good hours, they went away with three persons who are business men in the town and we are yet to hear from them.

“They came with very sophisticated weapons and I am sure that’s why the Police men were afraid to come to their rescue during the incident” he stated.

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Niger gov: No ransom was paid to rescue Kagara students

Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger, says the state did not pay ransom for the release of students abducted from Government Science College, Kagara.

On February 17, gunmen attacked the school and kidnapped students, staff members, and their relatives.

The victims, who regained their freedom on Saturday, were received at the government house, Minna, the Niger state capital.

Addressing journalists after meeting with the abductees, Bello said the government “a lot of logistics” were involved in ensuring the safe release and movement of the abductees from the kidnappers’ den to the state capital.

The Niger governor noted that security agencies, traditional rulers, and local vigilantes were involved in ensuring the safe release of the victims.

“There was no ransom. We, however, incurred a lot of logistics because we had to involve so many groups — even the logistics — to bring them, and to settle the stakeholders — I’m referring to security agencies, our local vigilantes, our traditional rulers and other stakeholders,” he said.

He also noted that the release of the victims was a difficult task for his administration, adding that they are happy the efforts yielded result.

“It was a very difficult task, very demanding, and at the end of the day, we are happy it yielded result,” he said.

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NDLEA arrests 8 drug traffickers in Niger

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, says it has arrested eight suspected drug traffickers with 603.24 kilogrammes of illicit drugs in different parts of the state.

The Acting Commander of the agency in the state, Mr Isaac Aloye, said this in an interview with newsmen in Minna on Thursday, NAN reports.

Aloye said the drugs seized from the suspects included: 601.443 kg of Cannabis Sativa, 0.0024 kg of Tramadol tablets and 1.8 kg of Exol- 5, valued at about N18.7 million.

He said five suspects had already been charged to court, while three were under investigation.

“We have succeeded in raiding and dislodging the dreaded uphill joint and Maitombi joint where the illegal sale of drugs take place.

“We have also arrested 27 drugs users at different joints who were counselled on the dangers of illicit drug use and later released to their parents,” Aloye said.

He added that the agency would not relent in frustrating the activities of drug peddlers in the state and the nation at large.

NDLEA arrests 8 drug traffickers in Niger

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We’ll Starve Kagara Schoolboys To Death If Ransom Is Not Paid — Niger Abductors

Abductors of the 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, have threatened to starve them to death if the ransom they are demanding is not paid on time.

One of the abductors stated this in an audio recording made available to one of our correspondents on Wednesday by a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi.

In the audio recording, the abductor, who spoke in Hausa, was heard conversing with a negotiator, identified by Gumi as a top official of the school.

He rejected N2.7m offered him as a ransom for the 27 abductees.

The bandit stated, “I don’t have food for them. If anybody dies among them, we will tell you where to go and pick the corpse.

“You know these children are hungry. I don’t have food to give them, only water if they are going to die, let them die.”

The negotiator said it would be difficult for him to get the phone numbers of all the parents as requested by the bandits.

The bandit responded that he was aware that many security agents and vehicles had been deployed in Kagara, vowing they would not succeed in rescuing the abductees.

He asked, “You think I don’t know what you people are doing? I can tell you how many security vehicles are in Kagara as we speak.

“It is with the help of the people of the city that intruders can overrun the city. Don’t you know that? The person who gave us this business is there among you. He is there with you. Wherever you go, he is watching you. If you want to do this deal, go ahead. From God we come and to him we will return

“Even if you put together the entire security forces of Nigeria in Kagara, I have eyes all over Kagara. Whichever step you take in Nigeria, I swear, I will know. You people are saying they should not pay us, that if they pay us, we will use to money to buy weapons. With whose money did we buy our weapons? If we don’t have weapons, you will just send security agents to kill us and take the children.”

Appealing to the bandit, the negotiator stated, “They (parents) have agreed to pay N2.7m. Each parent will pay N100,000 .”

But the abductor rejected the offer threatening to unleash terror on Kagara.

The abductor stated, “If I want Kagara to be in peace, it will be in peace. If it is not going to be in peace, it will go in pieces from here until Ilorin. If I die in this process, I have children that I have instructed that if I die that I don’t want Kagara to be peaceful if you don’t do as I say. Even if I die, nobody will come into Kagara.”

He also berated governors, who said they should not be paid ransom.

He added, “Governors are saying we should not be given money because we are going to use it to buy guns; guns that Allah provides and you are boasting about.

Niger won’t know peace until it disbands vigilantes, abductor vows

“In all of your (Niger State) madness, you are not up to Zamfara. It was compelled to accept our terms and talk less of small fries like you. You see, if you want to seek peace, seek peace and if you don’t stop the activities of vigilantes in Niger you will not know peace forever.”

“Your deploying security officials in Kagara is a waste of time. Is there a fence in this forest? You know we are not in the cities, we are in the forest.”

Appealing to the bandit further, the negotiator stated, “I pray that you assist me the way Allah has helped you. In fact, one of the parents has been on admission in hospital since the abduction.”

Gumi, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said efforts were being intensified to identify the group holding the victims.

He said he had an audio recording of a conversation between the abductors and a top official of the school.

Gumi stated, “There is a crisis really. The abductor is saying he cannot feed the victims and he’s demanding money. He’s saying the money (they are offering) is too small for him.”

Asked on what happened to the negotiation between the bandits and the government, the cleric said, “There was never any negotiation. The bandits we met said they knew the group that took the bus (which carried the victims), but they did not know the ones who took the children. They said they would investigate and call us.”

Efforts to get the state government’s reaction to the audio recording on the negotiation did not succeed as the Commissioner for Information, Sani Idris, did not pick calls to his telephone nor responded to an SMS sent to him.

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EndSARS panel Submits reports in Niger

From John Adams, Minna

The Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police brutality in Niger State has submitted it reports with the award of N6 million compensation to a woman whose husband was killed in extra-judicial circumstance.
The commission said it received as evidence three teeth of a lady who was brutalised by the police in her house and in the process lost four teeth but could only found three.
Chairman of the commission, Justice Ishaku Usman said this yesterday when the commission submitted it report/recommendations to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello at Government House, Minna.
“We awarded compensation to a woman with two children whose husband was killed by the police. A witness told the commission that the man was killed in his presence with gunshot by the police. According to the witness, the man was in the market to sell when the police arrived and shoot him dead.”
Justice Usman also said the widow told the commission that since the incident about two years ago, it has been difficult for the family to survive, adding that, “she said it is neighbours that feed her now by contributing food items.”
He explained that the commission also recommended the intervention of government in the areas of taking care of the education and other social needs of the two children left behind by the slain man.
Justice Usman pointed out that the commission admitted 50 exhibits during its sitting including three teeth of a young lady who suffered brutality during police invasion of a community.
“In all, 17 petitions were submitted to the commission while about 53 witnesses including police officers testified before the commission. Fifty exhibits were presented including three teeth of a young lady, three death certificates, and some documents exhibits.”
He said that the lady in her evidence before the commission explained that the incident happened when police raided her community, adding that “the young lady said that she heard a knock on her door and that immediately she opened the door the police hit her with an object which blew away four teeth from her mouth but it was only three she was able to recover from the scene which she tendered as exhibit”

The Chairman said that among other issues, the commission advocated that the virtue of empathy and sympathy should be inculcated into the training and retraining of the police force so that they will be very, very professional in handling issues within the society.

Receiving the report, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello announced the setting up a White paper committee to ensure proper implementation of recommendations contained in the report.

He assured that government will implement the recommendations of the commission without delay.

He named Mallam Bello Dan’yahaya as Chairman of the white paper committee while Alhaji Adamu Panti Mohammed Mr. Bala Joseph Dada are members and Permanent Secretary cabinet and security as the Secretary

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Politics of amnesty: Like Niger Delta militants, like bandits?

By Fredrick Nwabufo

SIR: Did the activities of militants in the Niger Delta qualify as crime? Hell Yes! Militancy and kidnapping were a profitable pursuit in that oil-rich region in the early 2000s. Kidnapping as an organised venture entered our national lexicon at the time. Immigrants from Europe and America working with oil companies were kidnapped and huge ransoms extracted from them. Soldiers and police officers were killed, and public infrastructure destroyed. This is a fact of history.

Really, there was a method to the madness of the Niger Delta militants. They were fighting for a just cause — a region so endowed; yet so impoverished. But the genuineness of their cause does not obviate the criminality of their exertions. Militancy is a crime against the state. Lives were lost; some families traumatised and scarred for life.

As the tension in the Niger Delta thawed owing to the political engineering of the Umar Musa Yar’Adua administration, copycat crimes inspired by militants sputtered in the southeast. The kidnapping establishment now had new shareholders. The southeast was in the thrall of kidnappers who killed their victims even after ransom was paid. Kidnapping became so pervasive in the southeast that some governors of the region resorted to demolishing property acquired by the hostage takers to deter other human hunters. Quasi-security groups were set up to deal with the challenge – which even persists to this day.

The criminal commerce was later trafficked to Lagos where a certain Evans Onuamadike and his gang reigned in the kidnapping industry like a potentate. Some of his victims were allegedly killed, and from his own confession, he extracted millions of naira from his victims and bought a mansion for himself at Magodo, Lagos.

Nigeria is in the clutches of a more vicious stakeholder in the kidnapping enterprise. ‘’Bandits’’ as they have been tagged, do not only kidnap citizens, but also kill and maim some of them. They are more brutal in their execution – and without any regard for life. They have killed many Nigerians and sacked towns and villages. It is indubitable that ‘’bandits’’ are Nigeria’s most deadly adversary — after insurgents.

There is no method to the madness of bandits. There is no cause to justify the orgy of murders, rape and destruction.

However, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi in his proselytising for bandits has raised some prickly posers. He said bandits are waging an ethnic war against the state and that only by granting them amnesty can the titanic iceberg thaw. He said bandits believe their existence in Nigeria is threatened; so they fight. He said these people have endured the pillaging of their cattle and homes – with no protection from security agencies. I will not join the multitude to censure the Sheikh; I would rather plead we ponder on some of his revelations.

As a matter of fact, the nomadic Fulani has existed in the shadows – far removed from the presence of government. No protection or aid by the civil administration; so he becomes his own security. The present parlous state of affairs is as a result of successive years of failed leadership. The leadership has failed the Fulani; the leadership has failed the Igbo; the leadership has failed the Hausa; the leadership has failed the Yoruba; the leadership has failed all Nigerians.

We are all victims of the situation. The failure of leadership is the reason Nigerians take up arms against one another. The nomadic Fulani is a victim of failed leadership just like every one of us. We have to fix leadership.

Should it be unto bandits as it was unto Niger Delta militants? The ethnic cleavages have been revealed again in this crisis. The debate is now on ‘’my criminal is nicer than yours’’. While some Nigerians will not countenance any justification for banditry; yet they make strong arguments for Niger Delta militants who also kidnapped people, killed soldiers and extracted ransoms.

We cannot also rule out the possibility of some vultures seeking to use ‘’amnesty for bandits’’ as a means to perpetuate their looting of the public till. So, if there must be amnesty for bandits, it should be at no financial cost to the government. However, the government should revisit the national livestock plan and work in consonance with state governors to see to its implementation. Already, the Nigeria Governors Forum has endorsed the plan. The government should not be seduced into doing a reprise of the ‘’amnesty package’’ of Niger Delta militants for bandits. Bandits should surrender their weapons unconditionally. In seeking peace, we must not create for ourselves future problems by rewarding crime.

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◊ Niger abduction: Bandits beat us, begged for forgiveness – Victims

The passengers of the Niger State Transport Authority abducted by bandits recently have recounted their ordeal.

52 individuals were kidnapped in Kundu village of Rijau Local Government Area on February 14, while returning to Minna.

Some of them told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Monday that they were beaten, starved and made to trek.

Mohammed Ndagi, a civil servant with the State Science and Technical Board, said their vehicle was shot at and stopped by the bandits at about 2:30 p.m.

He narrated how their captors ordered them out and led them into the bush where they trekked day and night.

“The bandits only carried women and children on their motorcycle to a particular destination. When we trekked to where the women were kept, it was already night.

“They cooked spaghetti and poured on our hands to eat. We were cooking for ourselves, they beat us on a daily basis. We kept seeing more of the bandits as we moved,” Ndagi said.

Ndagi disclosed that a particular bandit kept beating them with sticks and threatened them to produce money or risk being killed.

Another victim, Hamza Mohammed recalled that ten people were given one bottle of dirty water used in feeding cattle.

“The first day, we rested on a mountain and anyone who attempts to sleep will be flogged.”

He revealed that on the day of release, the bandits asked for forgiveness and requested prayers for them to change their ways.

In his recount, Hajiya Jummai Isah said they didn’t bathe or brush teeth for one week, and relied on little food.

She disclosed that the bandits used their motorcycles to convey women and children.

“They gave us little food to cook and eat. They beat the men and spare women and children; they only started beating women three days before we were released.

“They started beating us and shooting on the air because they said our people refused to give them money,” Isah said.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello appealed to victims to be calm and go about their normal businesses.

Bello, represented by his Chief of Staff, approved stipends for transport back to their families.

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Breaking: Niger Govt Secures Release Of Abducted Passengers

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello

The Niger State Government has secured the release of the abducted passengers of Niger State Transit Authority bus.

The information was disclosed through the official Twitter account of the Niger State Governor on Sunday.

“The Niger State Government has succeeded in securing the release of all Abducted #RescueNSTAPassengers. Details shortly,” the tweet said.

Details Later

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Bandits in military uniform strike again in Niger, kidnap women, children

Some gunmen believed to be bandits have struck again in Niger State.

The bandits were said to have abducted women and children in Gurmana village in the State.

Disclosing this, former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani alleged that the bandits who wore military uniform struck at about 4 p.m.

In a tweet, the former lawmaker claimed that some of the residents who tried to escape drowned in River Kaduna.

“Bandits in Military uniform attacked Gurmana, a village in Niger State around 4pm yesterday. They abducted mostly women and children.

“Some who tried to escape drowned in the River Kaduna. I spoke to one of the survivors, a teacher, now seeking refuge in Kuta, Niger State. A tragedy, a day,” he tweeted.

This is coming barely a week after bandits had abducted some students from Government Science College in Kagara.

Bandits in military uniform strike again in Niger, kidnap women, children

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Fear, anxiety as parents of abducted Niger students await safe return of their children

From John Adams, Minna

Fear, anxiety, anger and apprehension is the order of the day in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state as parents of the students of Government Science College Kagara who were abducted last week Wednesday morning await eagerly for the safe rescue of their children.

Atmosphere of disquiet remains the current situation in Kagara town as sympathizers continue to troop into various family houses of those kidnapped to console with them.

Although there is heavy security presence in the town, both commercial and business activities are at the lowest ebb as people hardly stay beyond 7:00pmoutside for fear of the unknown.

The state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani has cancelled all official engagements within and out side the state since the abduction of the school children, and has continue to engage various stakeholders in dialogue on how to rescue the abductees.

“We will not rest until these children are rescued and re-united with their parents. We will not only secure the release of the victims, we will solve this situation once and for all, it is not going to be easy and it will not happen in one day but are almost getting there”, the governor said.

He therefore reassured the people of the state that “all the victims will be rescue. The priority of the government now is to ensure safe return of the school children”.

Although parents of the kidnapped Students are yet to over come the shock and trauma of the Wednesday abduction of their wards, and couldn’t speak to our correspondent, however a 57 year old Abdullahi Adamu, the father of Musa Adamu, an SS11 student who is among the victims, said all he want to see is the safe return of his child.

He said he put all his trust in Allah for the safe rescue of his Son and other Students that were kidnapped, adding that “I believed Government will live up to it promise of rescuing these Students unhurt.

“I can tell you that live has not being the same since my son was abducted. But I know Allah is great and will intervene in this situation”, he said.

Meanwhile, following the recent attacks and the abduction of the students and the 47 passengers on board of State Transport Authority, the police had deplored no fewer than 300 additional special mobile force to reinforce the state police for the safe rescue of all the victims.

Niger state Commissioner of Police Mallam Adamu Usman made this known when he received the Operation Puff – Adder 11 in Minna.

He disclosed that it will be community driven operation aimed at re- dominating and reclaiming the public space from the criminals.

He reassured of embarking on massive and well planned deployment of four units of Police Moble Force and Special forces to the prone local governments of Rafi, Shiroro Munya, Bangi, Lapai/Agaie axis to consolidate on the successes and achievements of operation Puff -Adder 1launched by Inspector General of Police.

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Kagara abduction: Negotiation at final stage, says Niger gov

Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger, says the state government is at the final stage of negotiation for the release of persons abducted from Kagara.

On Wednesday, gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi local government area, kidnapping several students, members of staff, and some members of their families.

Bello had placed the figure of abducted students at 27.

During a live broadcast in Minna, the state capital, on Friday, Bello said his government is doing everything to rescue the victims.

He said arrangements and consultations are ongoing between the government of Niger and the bandits for the purpose of releasing the abducted persons.

“At the moment, there is no additional information apart from the one we have at hand. Our priority is to make sure we bring back the students safe. Things are speculated or rumoured, but we cannot work with these at situations like this,” he said.

The governor urged the parents and families of the victims to be hopeful as everything possible was being done.

Bello called on traditional leaders to support government’s efforts by giving useful intelligence on criminals hiding in their communities.

He said Kagara students have not been released but the state is doing its best to ensure they are released within “the next few days or hour”.

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Gumi meets bandits, says Niger abductees will be released soon

Kaduna based popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmed Gumi, has said that the students of Government Science College, Kagara and others abducted in Niger State would soon be released.

The cleric gave the assurance after meeting with the bandits in the forests between Tegina in Niger State and Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State, Nairalovers reports.

A source quoted by the report, who was privy to the meeting, said Sheikh Gumi had a meeting with the leader of the bandits and other top commanders at the Dutsen Magaji forest.

The source also stated that a strong delegation from the state government was also at the Dutsen Magaji forest to meet the bandits, adding that they had a dialogue.

Nairalovers had reported that Sheikh Gumi met with the state government on Thursday with a promise to do all that can be done to get the abductees released.

Gumi has also been in the forefront of making a case for the bandits, who he said are engaged in criminal activities because of the injustice that has been done to them by the Nigerian nation. He has also advocated that the bandits be granted amnesty and empowerment to enable them lay down their arms and lead meaningful lives.

Gumi meets bandits, says Niger abductees will be released soon

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Niger Attacks: Nigeria Needs ‘Overwhelming Security Presence ’ — EX- AIG Ogbaudu

In order to address rising banditry and terrorism across the country, Felix Ogbaudu, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), has said the country needs “overwhelming security presence”.

Ogbaudu stated this while featuring on Arise Television on Thursday.

The former AIG condemned the attacks in Niger state and wondered how an abduction of members of a secondary school community was successfully executed without the security agencies stopping them.

“My honest advice is that we need to have an overwhelming security presence nationwide. That is the only way to deter these guys because they have an intelligent network.

“We need to establish more police presence in all those places because, by the time they go around and they see no security network, they go to wherever they choose uninterrupted,” he said.

He called for more proactive security intelligence, where personnel are abreast and prepared for impending attacks rather than deploying massive personnel post terror attacks.

“It is not when it happens, the next thing the president gives are matching orders, service chiefs are moving men in their hundreds to the place.

“We need to increase the strength of the security operatives, UN ratio is one police officer to 400 men, here in Nigeria we are a far cry from that number.

“So, we need to get more officers, train them, equip them and be able to monitor what happens over the place, and of course providing security does not necessarily mean what the officers see with their eyes…

“…There are so many ways (Technology-based) that the environment communities and the high ways can be monitored,” he said.

He stressed that while the Federal Government may be keen on knowing those responsible for the Kagara abduction, it was important to first know if bandits or Boko Haram were behind it.

“Bandits and Terrorism is a matter of semantics because they are doing the same thing. Whether you are a bandit, terrorist, Boko Haram, they are all destructing the society and they are heinous crimes,” he said.

Meanwhile, he called for a collective responsibility where vital and timely information would be reported to security personnel by members of the community.

“What is missing is the inability of the citizens who live around those areas to pass information to security agencies, and like I will say security presence is grossly inadequate in this society.

“We need to sensitize the members of the public to say something when they see anything,” he said.

In the last 48 hours, a secondary school and communities in Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas (LGA) witnessed multiple attacks by suspected bandits.

At least 52 people, including students and teachers, were reportedly abducted during the attacks, while two fatalities were recorded.

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Gumi in Niger

By Justina Asishana, Minna

Islamic scholar Sheik Mohammed Guni met with Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello on Wednesday on the security situation in the state.

Gumi who was on his way to Kebbi State, told reporters after the meeting that: “the governor and I spoke on several ways to deal with insecurity in a holistic manner and find solutions to the insecurity problem in the state.’

He promised to be at Kagara where the pupils were abducted. Gumi has met with bandits in Kaduna and Zamfara states to persuade them to drop their guns and embrace peace.

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FG to begin repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon, Niger, Chad

the Federal Government has said all was set to begin repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon, Niger and Chad back home.
Senator Basheer Mohammed, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) made this known in Abuja during the meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.
Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of the TWG, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the group to remain steadfast in carrying out the assignment of returning Nigerian refugees from the three countries.
He further affirmed that arrangements were already in top gear towards actualising the planned return of the refugees commencing with those in Cameroon from Feb. 27.
He revealed that the TWG and the Cameroonian authorities had met in Maroua, Cameroon from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10 to plan strategies for executing the voluntary repatriation of the refugees from Minawo Camp.
The chairman, therefore, commended the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and other partners towards safe return of the refugees, even as he expressed optimism that logistics for the exercise might not be a big challenge.
According to him, the Borno State Government on its part had made adequate arrangements to accommodate the returning Nigerians.
He also commended the government and people of Cameroon for their patience and support for the refugees under their care and protection.

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