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Insurgents Using Illegal Mining To Finance Banditry – Military

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One suspect was killed, while 150 others were arrested when troops of the Operation Sahel Sanity swooped on an illegal mining site in Zamfara State.
The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Nigerian Army, Brig. Bernard Onyeuko, stated this on Tuesday during a press conference at the Nigerian Army Super Camp Four, Faskari, Katsina State.
According to him, the mining site is located along the Gadan Zama-Zuru Road in the Bukuyyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
He said the mining site served as a hideout for bandits, while money realised from mining activities being carried out there was used to finance banditry.
Onyeuko stated, “On August 23, 2020, troops conducted a well-coordinated intelligence-based operation, leading to the raid of an illegal mining site located along the Gadan Zaima-Zuru Road in the Bukuyyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State, which also serves as a bandits’ hideout. During the operation, troops arrested 150 suspects and recovered 20 locally-fabricated Dane guns.
“One of the suspects was neutralised, while trying to escape. Preliminary investigation reveals that aside sabotaging the nation’s economy, banditry is being financed through these illegal mining activities.”
He also said another suspected bandit was killed, while 10 suspects were arrested after troops rescued two abducted victims in recent operations in Katsina and Zamfara states.
Onyeuko added, “Similarly, on August 22, 2020, gallant troops encountered three bandits on motorcycles around Maigalma village in the Anka LGA of Zamfara State while attempting to attack residents. During the encounter, one of the bandits was neutralised, while the others escaped.
“Also, between August 19 and 20, 2020, seven trucks loaded with cattle suspected to have been rustled were impounded along the Jibia-Katsina Road and the Gusau-Zaria Road. The seized cattle and suspects have been handed over to the Katsina State Police Command and the Zamfara State Association of Rustled Animals, Gusau, for further necessary action.
“Meanwhile, all arrested suspects are in custody and will soon be handed over to relevant prosecuting agencies for further action.”
Onyeuko lauded the people of the North-West zone for their cooperation with the troops, adding that such had contributed to the success recorded so far.

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Gunmen attack Plateau community, kill monarch

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A traditional ruler in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Bulus Chuwang Jang, has been killed by gunmen .
The Chairman of Berom Youth Moulders in the neighbouring Heipang district in the LGA , Rwang Tengwong , confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Jos on Tuesday .
Tengwong said that the diseased paramount ruler who is the district head of Foron was killed by some gunmen who attacked the community on Monday evening .
Tengwong said , “ We just lost one of our paramount rulers in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area through an attack by gunmen . He is the Acting district head of Foron , Da Bulus Chuwang Jang . He was shot dead in the evening yesterday ( Monday ) by some gunmen around Shen community .”
Deputy Leader of Barkin Ladi Legislative Council , Pam Chollom , who also confirmed the killing of the traditional ruler said that the council had summoned an emergency meeting over the incident .
He said , “ Yes , it is true that one of our traditional rulers has been killed in an attack by gunmen . It is very unfortunate and we condemn the incident . Right now, We are currently meeting over the incident as legislators . I will let you know our stand after the meeting. ”
Spokesman for the State Police Command , Ubah Ogaba , said that the incident had been reported to the command .
According to him , the State Commissioner of Police had deployed detectives in the Council Area to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of the monarch and apprehend those behind the act .
Ogaba said , “ We are aware of the killing of the traditional ruler by unknown gunmen , and investigation into the incident has commenced.
“ Already , the CP has deployed some officers in the area to investigate the matter and we are hopeful that those who perpetrated the acts would be fished out and punished accordingly. ”

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Why More Youths Will Join Boko Haram And Bandits – Shehu Sani Reveals

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The former senator tweeted:
When you give 50k to youths for Npower and you give Houses, Shops and Farmlands to Bandits for repentance, the former will join the latter.

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Gunmen kidnap two undergraduates, five others in Kaduna community

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Gunmen in the early hours of Friday invaded Barkallahu , Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, kidnapping seven persons .
Among the seven persons kidnapped , five persons were members of the same family.
The bandits , it was gathered invaded the community about 1 : 30 am on Friday and shot indiscriminately as they went from house – to -house to pick their victims .
A resident, Abdulsalam Haruna , said the gunmen went away with his wife and four children .
Haruna , who spoke to newsmen, said two of the children were students of the Federal University , Malunfashi in Katsina State .
He also said the hoodlums left with two of his neighbour ’s children , adding that the bandits attacked two other houses in the area , including that of a retired director in the Kaduna State Ministry of Education.
Haruna said , “ The incident happened about 1 : 30 am ( on Friday) . They broke my gate and came into my compound . They broke the door to my house and ordered everybody to follow them.
“ They went away with my wife and four of my children , two of which are students of the Federal University , Malumfashi , Katsina State.
“ They also attacked my neighbour and went away with two of his children .
“ Two other houses, including that of a retired director in the Kaduna Ministry of Education , were also attacked , but they did not kidnap anybody or carry anything there .
“ We alerted the personnel but by the time they arrived, the bandits had escaped with the victims .”
The Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident as the Public Relations Officer , ASP Mohammed Jalige , could not be reached.
Jalige had also yet to reply to a text message sent to his mobile phone as of the time of filing this report .

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