Bullets Can’t Penetrate Us, Allow Us to Fight Bandits

Hajiya Ummah Dauda, the Assistant Commandant General (ACG) of the Nigeria Hunters Council made the call recently.

A popular female hunter in Katsina State has urged the government to allow them to fight bandits.

Members of the Katsina State Chapter of the Nigeria Hunters Council, NHC also volunteered to assist the State Government in fighting banditry in the State.

Hajiya Ummah Dauda, the Assistant Commandant General (ACG) of the Nigeria Hunters Council, led other members of the association on a courtesy call to the office of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa.

Speaking during their visit to the office of the SSG, ACG Ummah revealed that they are members of the group of warriors who hunt and know the forest well and they are ready to sacrifice their lives to put an end to banditry in the State.

She said:-

“As hunters, we know the forest very well and the truth is we are in a better position to help the government in fighting bandits. Besides, our members are well fortified and bullets cannot penetrate us. We are trained warriors and fighters.

“That is why we are appealing to the government to carry us along in their bid to tame the menace of banditry experienced in the state

“Our workforce in each local government areas are more than a hundred. In some LGAs, we have over one hundred hunters and all of them are warriors.

“Some of our members here single-handedly arrested bandits in the past and handed them to security operatives.

Bullets can’t penetrate us, allow us to fight bandits ? Female hunter tells government

“Sir, with the kind permission of the state government, we are ready to hit the forest and fish out these bandits even right now.”

She then called on the state government to avail them an office space among other needs to make their work effective.

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Bandits Reject Ransom For Release Of Zamfara Speaker’s Father » Naijaloaded

Armed bandits have rejected a ransom offered by the Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Nasir Magarya, for the release of his father.

Premium Times reported that Mr Magarya’s father was kidnapped alongside five others in August during an evening attack on Magarya village of Zurmi local government area.

State government officials reportedly reached out to bandits’ kingpin, Halilu Kachalla, to help in negotiating with the gang holding the speaker’s father.

An aide of the speaker told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Kachalla was invited into the negotiation by a local government official in Shinkafi.

He said the speaker’s followers in Zurmi and Shinkafi local government areas had reached out to Mr Kachalla immediately after the abduction.

A top aide of the Speaker, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed to Premium Times that the speaker’s aides decided to go ahead and provide the money as requested by the bandits.

“A former Commissioner, who is from Zurmi, has been in the forefront of the negotiations with the bandits. Halilu Kachalla tried his best but you know they are having problem with most of the bandits leaders in the state because they believe he is now inching closer to the state government.

“So, the former Commissioner told the Speaker that they should go ahead and pay the ransom because Kachalla had failed in the negotiation,” he said.

The source, however, said he did not know the amount provided.

“All I know is that some of our people in Shinkafi and Zurmi took the money to the Turji camp but they didn’t even meet him (Turji). They discussed with one of his top commanders, Dan Bukkolo, who told them that the order was that they should go back with the money,” he said.

This is coming a few days after bandits burnt down houses belonging to the speaker, his father and uncle in Magarya village.

The media aide of the speaker, Mustafa Kaura, could not be immediately reached due to the absence of mobile telecommunications network in the state.

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How To End Banditry, Herdsmen’s Crimes

Popular Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi has disclosed how the Nigerian government can stop banditry and the crimes among herders.

Gumi said crimes among herders can be stopped through education.

In a Facebook post, the controversial Islamic scholar said the building of schools and encouraging children of herdsmen to attend them would prevent banditry.

Gumi recalled how he encouraged some herdsmen in the Janjala forest of Kagarko to take up education and renounce banditry.

According to Gumi:

“It’s Education! In the package it means building schools for them and their children to rehabilitate them and prevent their children from joining the banditry as a way of life; it is called mopping out the pool from which criminals get their foot soldiers.

“Seven months ago, in early February, I was in Janjala forest of Kagarko to visit Herdsmen to encourage them to resist and fight back against the bad eggs among them and also put the foundation stone of a school/center for them.”

Gumi said the herdsmen accepted his offer and a school was erected where their children received lessons.

The cleric said no fewer than 600 students were enrolled for classes.

He added:

“Today, with the roofing in place, they have moved into the school even without plaster, electrical fittings, ceilings, tiles, and painting to continue their lessons.

“So far, about 600 students were enrolled out of which 150 are married women.

“This is how a society is transformed and redirected.

“They have now tested the sweetness of knowledge and have seen the value of education. They cannot be recruited any more to commit crimes as they are looking forward to a brighter future of respect and dignity.”

Gumi noted that by erecting such education centres across forests in the states, soon the “bad eggs” will have no ‘justification’ for committing crimes.

“This is a practical example for people to emulate and governments to listen to,”

He said.

Some Northern states have been under the attacks of bandits with several schools and religious centres been the target.

States like Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Katsina states have been affected by the activities of banditry.

Amid their activities, Gumi had severally visited bandits in their camps with the aim of urging them to lay down their arms.

Following his visit, Gumi had urged the Federal Government to grant bandits amnesty.

Recently, the Islamic cleric had appealed to the Federal Government to establish a Ministry of Nomadic Affairs.

Gumi said the ministry would address the challenges surrounding herders.

He had pointed out that bandits in the North are going nowhere.

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Bandits Demand Rice, Spaghetti As Ransom Amid Biting Hunger » Naijaloaded

The closure of many markets across the North West is taking a heavy toll on bandits.

At least four governors closed markets in their states as part of measures to check banditry.

Few days after the closure of markets in some rural areas in Sokoto, bandits demanded food to release their captives.

A resident of Sabo Birni, who pleaded anonymity told Daily Trust how the child of one of his neighbours regained freedom after giving out food items.

“They abducted a daughter of one man in our village and when he could not raise the money, they asked him to bring 10 measures of rice to collect the girl and they kept their promises,”

Another resident of Sokoto told Daily Trust how bandits requested for food items and drinks to release an abducted driver.

“They initially demanded for N15 million before later agreed to accept N600,000.

“They asked his employer who is my friend to use the money to buy bags of rice, crates of energy drinks (Fearless), cartons of spaghetti, cigarettes and bring the remaining change to them. The man is still trying to raise the money,” he said

A security analyst, Aminu Bala Sokoto (rtd), said the situation has shown that the current military onslaught on bandits in Zamfara is yielding result.

“The operation is crippling them because it is not only targeting them, it is also targeting their storage facilities. They are now in a state of disarray, looking for survival.

“And their situation is compounded with the shut down of GSM network in Zamfara and Katsina because they cannot reach out to the relatives of their captives.

“I hope the shut down will cover other states in the region,” he said

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Uneasy Calm In Sokoto State As Bandits Kill Six, Injure Others » Naijaloaded

Suspected bandits running away from the ongoing military operation in Zamfara State have killed six persons and abducted others in Tureta local government area of Sokoto State.

Tureta local government area shares border with Zamfara State where the military operation is ongoing.

NAIJALOADED was informed that following the invasion by the bandits, many people were injured and are now receiving treatment in the hospital.

Besides the invasion of the bandits in the area, it is also experiencing current shutdown of telecommunication network in the neighbouring state.

According to the source, the bandits stormed the area around 2am early Thursday morning.

The source explained that the attackers called for Muslim’s prayers to deceive the members of the community to draw the people’s attention to them.

According to the source,

“The residents started coming out, thinking it was a time for a dawn prayer and the bandits started shooting at them.”

The area is shocked with the killing and abduction of the people while some residents of the area have started relocating to other places according to the source

Alhaji Maniru Dan’iya, the deputy governor of Sokoto state visited the area and assured them of the government’s commitment to end banditry in the state.

The deputy governor also assured that the state government would pay all the bills of the injured persons.

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Kill Any Bandit You See On Sight, Protect Civilians – Nigerian Military Order Troops

Service Chiefs have ordered the elimination of all identified bandits terrorizing Nigeria.

They also reminded troops to always observe the rules of engagement in the battle with bandits in Zamfara and other states.

The Armed Forces directed commanders in charge of the ongoing anti-banditry operation in the North-West to personally supervise the offensive.

With the heavy pounding of the criminals by officers and men attached to the Theatre of Operation, the military said no extra-judicial killing will be taken lightly.

Troops are expected to prioritize the wellbeing of the vulnerable, the elderly, women, nursing mothers and children.

The shutdown of communication has foiled planned attacks, weakened bandits’ communication, informants’ activities, among others.

Meanwhile, troops have been warned to desist from using smartphones to share images and videos of operations on the internet.

An intelligence officer told PRNigeria that personal cell phones and other electronic devices sometimes reveal the location of government forces.

“Images and videos shared on social media by soldiers can be harmful to the operation when they contain sensitive information that expose locations, movement and security measures”,

The source said.

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JUST IN!!! Police Officer Killed In Kaduna As Bandits Kindap 23 » Naijaloaded

Suspected bandits have again attacked two Kaduna villages: Unguwan Maje and Ungwan Laka communities, killed a police inspector and kidnapped 23 others in Chikun Local government area of the State.

A resident of the area, Mr. Shuaibu Joshua said the bandits stormed the villages in large numbers and started shooting sporadically.

According to him,

“The bandits first attacked Ungwan Maje, where they abducted 16 persons, majority of them were women and children.”

He said the bandits later attacked Ungwan Laka, where a mobile police inspector, Joshua Markus, who came to visit his family from Rivers State, was killed.

“The bandits abducted seven persons, including the wife and daughter of the deceased policeman,” he said.

A retired military personnel, who is a resident of Ungwan Laka, was said to have narrowly escaped with his family, but his car and motorcycle were burnt by the gunmen.

The corpse of the police inspector was said to have been deposited at the Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kaduna.

Reacting to the sad development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige said he was not aware of the incident, but promised to make findings and revert.

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Bandits Convert Classrooms To Hideout In Zamfara » Naijaloaded

Bandits terrorising residents of Zamfara and forcing closure of schools have converted some classrooms to personal use in the North West State.

Daily Trust findings show that dozens of primary schools in highly traumatised remote rural communities had been taken over by armed criminals.

The schools were abandoned by the pupils and teachers as a result of the activities of the criminals.

According to residents, the head master of one primary school in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of the state was once confronted by armed men who asked him to close lessons for the day as they intended to sleep in the classrooms.

Without any hesitation and knowing fully the consequences of not carrying out their order, the headmaster immediately closed the school and asked all the pupils to go home.

Daily Trust learnt that scored of armed bandits have been killed in airstrikes after they took shelter in the empty classrooms in the abandoned primary schools across the state.

Apart from this, there were schools affected by a lack of teachers because many had rejected posting to rural schools due to the risk associated with going there to teach.

Consequently, the schools were either abandoned or left without enough teaching personnel.

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Bandits Are Fulani People, We Know Them – Katsina Gov, Masari Bursts Speaker » Naijaloaded

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has revealed the identities of bandits wreaking havoc in Nigeria, particularly the northern parts of the country

The governor of President Muhammadu Buhari’s state of origin, said the criminal elements who have plunged the entire nation into unusual security crisis are majorly Fulani herdsmen.

Governor Masari made the claim on Monday while featuring on a Channels Television programme, ‘Politics Today’.

He revealed that the elements have same religion, language like himself, stressing that they have been living “with us for hundreds of years”.

He said,

“Bandits are persons who speak same language like me. They profess the same religious beliefs like me.

“These bandits are not aliens, they are people we know. They are people that have been living with us for hundred of years.

“The infiltration we have from some African countries and non-African countries, are people of the Fulani extraction.

“Majority of those involved in this banditry are Fulanis. Wether it is believable or not, that is the truth. These are people who live in the forest and their major occupation is rearing of cattle.”

It was reported that like other states in the north, Katsina has witnessed high level of insecurity birthed by the activities of bandits who have consistently killed residents and have continued abduct others for ransom purposes.

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Bandits Will Remain Until Buhari Grants Them Amnesty Like Niger Delta Militants – Sheikh Gumi threatens » Naijaloaded

A Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Monday reiterated the need to grant bandits amnesty.

Gumi said bandits are going nowhere until the Nigerian Government grants them amnesty like it did to the Niger Delta militants.

The cleric, who has access to bandits, disclosed this in a post on his Facebook page entitled: ‘Zamfara: The Flaring Of Crisis.’

Gumi warned that military action against armed herders would worsen the insecurity situation rather than solve it.

Citing the incident in Afghanistan, the Kaduna-based scholar insisted that no military, especially of a poor economy, can win guerrilla warfare.

The statement reads partly:

“By 2015, banditry has replaced cattle rearing that is becoming nearly impossible. Drugs were introduced into the herdsmen that are known to be illiterates or semi-illiterates.

“Just as we had the Niger Delta conflict resolved with an amnesty which comes with reconciliation, reparation, and rehabilitation packages, so will the herdsmen crisis be resolved. In fact, there is a need for a Marshal plan to educate the nomadic pastoralist so that no citizen is left behind.

“No military, especially of a poor economy, can win guerrilla warfare. The recent victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan is a factual warning for those that contemplate.”

Recently, Gumi had called on the Nigerian Government to grant bandits blanket amnesty.

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