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Bandits Set Free 43 Abducted Worshippers In Zamfara State

Suspected bandits, who was said to have kidnapped 44 Worshippers at a Jumu’at mosque, in the Zugu area of Zamfara State, have unfortunately killed one of the abducted victims and released the 43 victims remained in their custody.

The victim identified as 23-year-old “Babangida Muhammadu”.

Among those that were set free include the children of a political party chieftain, Alhaji Junaidu, whose sons were also abducted recently.

The victims were kidnapped last Friday September 2, 2022, and the families of the victims were said to have gathered funds, for about N5 million, that was requested by the bandits.

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The spokesperson for the Zamfara State Police Command, “SP Muhammed Shehu”, confirmed the release of the victims, and went further to denied the report of any dead victim or ransom was paid.

“The command is aware that all the victims have been released, but I am not aware that anyone was killed or that any ransom was paid”, he said, adding that the state police command had been working tirelessly to secure the state including worship centres.

He however noted that the bad incident at Zugu occurred because it is an outskirt area of the state with fewer inhabitants.

The police added that the major challenge encountered in the state is that of Informants are releasing relevant security information to the bandits.

Reports says that Bakura, Bukkuyum and Gummi Local Government Areas of state have recently been witnessing multiple attacks by bandits, who kill and kidnap the innocent residents of the area.

In the meantime, the state government said it had dialogues with the nine bandits’ camps in Magami, Dansadau Emirate in Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of the state.

It was also gathered that the bandits kingpin “Bello Turji” had accepted the peace proposal which is why sanity is gradually restoring to Shinkafi, Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State, Northwest, Nigeria.

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Fact Checks: Kaduna Govt On ‘Terrorists In Helicopter’ Reports

 

The helicopter intercepted the bandits at the last location (Ungwan Maikori) and engaged them…

The Kaduna State Government said it has received initial reports from security agencies about bandits’ attack on Dogon Noma, Ungwan Sarki, and Ungwan Maikori villages in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) on Sunday, June 05, 2022.

According to a recent statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, obtained by, 32 persons have been confirmed dead following the attack.

While the Government mourned the gruesome killing and burning of houses in the attacked locations, it said a report suggesting that the victims of the attack were killed by terrorists using a helicopter, was untrue.

“The Kaduna State Government wishes to make a clarification based on reports received since Sunday. The bandits attacked the first two locations and killed 31 citizens. They then headed into Ungwan Maikori, where they killed one person and burnt some houses,” the government’s statement reads.

“An Air Force helicopter (under Operation Whirl Punch) dispatched to the area, had earlier scanned the first two locations and sighted burnt houses and properties on fire.

“The helicopter intercepted the bandits at the last location (Ungwan Maikori) and engaged them as they retreated, before the arrival of ground troops to the general area.

“It was the arrival of the air asset which deterred the bandits from further attacks on the citizens in the village, after the bandits had already killed one local and burnt several houses.

“The story that a helicopter provided air support to the bandits against the locals, is therefore an untrue account.

“The Government of Kaduna State having gone through all the facts, finds it regrettable that a section of media would circulate an unverified report, insensitive to its implications on national security, law and order.

“Eyewitnesses to the peddled report of a helicopter aiding bandits in the killing of innocent citizens are invited to present their accounts to the Government-backed by incontrovertible facts.”

Days ago, news of terrorists in helicopter allegedly attacking a church, homes, farms in Southern Kaduna circulated across media platforms.

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