Gunmen Hack Catholic Priest To Death, Kidnap brother

Gunmen Hack Catholic Priest To Death, Kidnap brother

Catholic priest, Father John Gbakaan, who is the Dean of the newly created Lapai Deanery in Niger State, has been killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen. Father John, who was also in charge of St. Anthony’s Parish Gulu in the Lapai local government area of the state, was killed along the Lambata-Lapai road. A close colleague of the deceased and priest in charge of St. Theresa Catholic Parish Madala, Father John Jatau confirmed this on Sunday. Father Jatau told reporters that Father Gbakaan, alongside his brother and another priest, Thursday travelled to…

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Bandits Ambush, kill Four Police Officers, Abduct One In Kano

Bandits ambush, kill four police officers, abduct one in Kano

Four policemen have been killed and one officer kidnapped in an ambush on a police convoy by bandits along Birnin-Gwari Funtua Highway in Kano. Authorities say sixteen (16) officers were attacked in the ambush which happened on Friday, 15th January 2021. The officers who are personnel attached to Operation Puff Adder were deployed to Niger State in the sustained operation to reclaim public space and tackle incidents of banditry, kidnapping, and other violent crimes in the area. According to a statement by the police spokesman, CP Frank Mba, the officers were…

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Insurgency: You Can’t Defeat Boko Haram By Sitting In Aso Rock – Soyinka Tells Buhari

Insurgency: You can’t defeat Boko Haram by sitting in Aso Rock – Soyinka tells Buhari

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called for a national mobilization to combat the menace of insecurity bedeviling the country. He also said Nigeria’s sovereignty had been taken away by Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements. In a direct reference to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nobel laureate said the President could not end the insecurity challenge in the country, sitting down in Aso Rock. Soyinka stated this on Saturday while featuring on an Arise TV program. According to him, Nigeria has reached the “stage of desperation” and the government…

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Bishop Moses Chikwe: Auxiliary Bishop Of The Catholic Archdiocese Of Owerri Rescued Unhurt, Without Ransome.

Bishop Mosos Chikwe: Auxiliary Bishop Of The Catholic Archdiocese Of Owerri Rescued Unhurt, Without Ransome.

The Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Bishop Moses Chikwe has been rescued unhurt as a result of a sting operation embarked upon by the tactical squad of the Command led by the Anti Kidnapping Unit. According to the Spokesman of the police in Imo, Orlando Ikeokwu confirmed this. He said the rescue is a sequel to a sting operation by men of the Imo State Police Command. The Bishop was abducted on Sunday night, along with his driver, at the World Bank area of Owerri, the Imo…

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Kankara Schoolboys Confirm N30m Paid As Initial Ransom To Captors

Kankara Schoolboys Confirm N30m Paid As Initial Ransom To Captors

Some of the Kankara schoolboys, who were abducted by bandits but later released, have said they were informed by their captors that N30m was paid as an initial ransom, while the total demand for their release was N344m or N1m per schoolboy. This comes barely a week after the military, the Presidency, the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mattawale; and his Katsina State counterpart, Aminu Masari; all claimed the bandits released the schoolboys without the payment of any ransom. In an interview with United States publication, Wall Street Journal, three of…

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Gunmen Abduct Bishop Chikwe, Driver In Owerri

Gunmen abduct bishop Chikwe, driver in Owerri

The 53-year-old priest was kidnapped along with his chauffeur near his residence on Sunday night, 27 December. The Owerri archbishop, Most Rev. John Victor Obinna, called for prayers “for Chikwe’s safety and quick release.” \ “According to eyewitnesses, the Auxiliary Bishop was abducted on the night of Sunday 27th December 2020. “An anonymous source said that the Bishop and his driver were kidnapped close to his house, while his car and official regalia were abandoned at the premises of the Assumpta Cathedral. “As at the time of this report, there…

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Those Who Voted For Buhari Brought Us Hopelessness – Fayose

Those who voted for Buhari brought us hopelessness – Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on Friday said Nigerians who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari brought the nation into hopelessness. Fayose spoke in reaction to the release of Kankara Government Science Secondary School students by Boko Haram. The former governor, after watching a video of the boys’ release, said he grieved with the victims who are the future of the nation. “I saw this video and I grief for these young boys and the future Nigerians. This has nothing to do with tribe, religion, or age but the…

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Kankara Boys: How Rescue Schoolboys Brought Relief To Many Families

Kankara Boys: How Rescue Schoolboys Brought Relief To Many Families

When Nigeria security forces rescued nearly 350 schoolboys who had been kidnapped in northwestern Nigeria and taken into a vast forest, the governor of Katsina state said, bringing relief to many families. It was not immediately clear whether all the missing boys had been recovered. “I think we have recovered most of the boys,” Governor Aminu Bello Masari said in a televised interview with state channel NTA. Hours earlier a video started circulating online purportedly showing Islamist militants from Boko Haram with some of the boys. Though the public was…

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Katsina Attack: 333 Students Still Missing, Says Gov. Masari

Katsina attack: 333 students still missing, says Gov. Masari

Katsina Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, yesterday, said 333 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Kankara Local Government Area, were still missing, after last Friday’s attack by bandits. Masari gave the figure when Minister of Defence, Gen. Salihi Magashi, led the nation’s service chiefs on a sympathy visit at the Katsina Government House. According to Masari, the school has a population of 839 students. Earlier, Governor Masari, who visited the school and received a briefing from the principal on Saturday morning, had said he could not ascertain the exact…

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Presidency Disagrees With Katsina Governor, Says Only 10 School Boys In Captivity

Presidency disagrees with Katsina governor, says only 10 school boys in captivity

The Presidency has disagreed with Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari, over the number of boys abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State. Masari had said on Sunday that 333 boys were still missing. However, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, told the BBC Hausa Service that only 10 boys were with the bandits. The BBC Hausa bulletin read, “Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, told the BBC only 10 children were remaining in the hands of the gunmen according to their colleagues who escaped from…

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