Six persons were killed by unknown gunmen at Ungwan Mailafiya community on Christmas eve, just a day after an attack on Nimdem community in same Jemaa local government left four people dead two days earlier, Vanguard reports.
HitNg gathered that to contain the seeming escalation of attacks in the last few days, the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, has temporarily moved to Kafanchan to coordinate the operation.
Samuel Aruwan the senior special assistant to Governor Nasir El Rufai on media and Publicity, who confirmed the attack through a statement issued on Christmas day, Monday, December 25, noted that the Kaduna state government is “saddened by the latest developments which amount to serious threats to the lives and safety of peace-loving citizens.”
“The state government has been working with security agencies to fortify the general area, to deter escalation and reassure citizens of their safety.”
Meanwhile the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, who has temporarily moved to Kafanchan to coordinate the operation, has confirmed that more assets are being deployed to the southern Kaduna area.
“Negative elements must not be allowed to undo all the hard work done to restore peace and security. Government commiserates with the victims and their families. All our communities are enjoined to stand together, and support the security agencies to thwart what looks like a predetermined plot to create anarchy around this period. This has clearly failed, and we enjoin all citizens to put hands together to deny the criminals any opportunity of succeeding in their evil plans.
“Citizens are encouraged to report any threat to peace, law and order within the Kaduna South Senatorial district to the officials of Operation Safe Haven, the special security task force in the area, on the following numbers:08021212139, 08149000091, 08090498333 and 08074633336
“The government notes the commendable efforts of community leaders in the wake of the Nimdem attacks, and urges continued engagements to prevent escalation. Community leaders, including the clergy, traditional leaders and other critical stakeholders like community based associations must continue to work together to ensure that peace is upheld.
“These efforts of the community leaders reflect a deep desire for peace, which needs to be sustained in order to collectively deter those who wish to spread hostility and divide our communities. The government is assured that the security agencies will continue to pursue the criminal elements who perpetrated this act and their sponsors” the statement noted.
Shehu Nicholas Garba, representing Jema’a/ Sanga Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, condemned the attack in the community añd called on security agencies to quickly move in o nip the crisis in the bud.
He then appealed to security agencies and Governor Nasir El-Rufai to quickly investigate the latest incidents and bring the perpetrators to book this time around.
HitNg previously reported that a yet to be identified gunman on Friday, December 22 night killed four persons in Nindem village, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state.
The sad incident which occurred during the village annual Christmas carol also left about 10 other people injured, The Nation reports.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the spokesman for the Operation Safe Haven, Colonel I.K. Ekpeyong, said the gunman invaded Godogodo village as the residents were holding a Christmas carol at the community square at about 9:00 p.m. and started shooting sporadically.
$11.489m: EFCC rejects Patience Jonathan’s settlement offer
Patience Jonathan, former Nigeria first lady aim to settle out of court the dispute between her and
EFCC over the strange payment of $11,489,069.03 into her domiciliary accounts has been rejected.
TheNation reports that EFCC refused and insisted that she appears before a court and enter a plea bargain in line with the laws of the land, noting that this is the only way the court will be carried along.
BREAKING: PDP NWC members visit Babangida’s Minna home
Consultations for the 2019 general elections have begun in earnest as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national leadership of has been consulting with elders of the party in recent times.
Today, the party’s National Working Committee lead by the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, visited the home of former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), in Minna, Niger state.
Among those in the PDP NWC delegation to Babangida’s home are the deputy national chairmen for the north and south, Senator Gamawa Babawo Garba and Elder Yemi Akinwonmi.
Others are the national secretary of the party; Senator Ibrahim Tsauri, national publicity secretary; Kola Ologbodiyan, national legal adviser; Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem among others.
Two days ago, the PDP national chairman led the NWC members to a consultative meeting with Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
He recently boasted that the party is re-positioning to take over power in the 2019 general elections for a better Nigeria.
He said this during a grand rally, as part of activities to mark Governor Seriake Dickson’s six years in office in Yenagoa on Wednesday, February 14.
Governor Yari says police failed to act on warning before attack
Yari said security agencies have failed to tackle the problem of cross border bandits and terrorists tormenting communities in Zamfara.
Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari has accused the police of ignoring the government’s alert of the plot by armed bandits to invade communities in the state.
On the night of Wednesday, February 14, 2018, gunmen stormed Zurmi local government area of the state, killing 39 people.
Speaking on Friday, February 16, when he led five Northern Governors on a sympathy visit to the palace of the Emir of Zurmi, Yari said the state government gave security agencies gave security agencies heads up 24 hours before the attack
He said the security operatives have failed to tackle the problem of cross border banditry and terrorism tormenting communities in the area.
He said, “Whatever humanly possible that needed to be done, we as a government have done to mitigate this disaster. But it does appear that security agencies are failing in their responsibilities.
“I feel let down facing the people of this state whenever I remember the promise I made to them that when they elect President Muhammadu Buhari into power, these killings will end. But unfortunately, things are now getting worse.
“As such, I urge you security agencies to up the ante so as not to lose this war. If you let us take issues on our hands, anarchy will reign which is not what we hope us.
“On this particular incidence, we had intelligence reports 24 hours before it happened that the bandits were grouping and ready to attack. I alerted the security agencies but unfortunately they sent inadequate personnel to confront these people from where they came from.”
In his remarks, the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, buttressed Yari’s submission.
He said if not for the bravery of vigilante groups who confronted the bandits, the casualty figures would have been higher.
Recalling the incidents, the emir alleged that 600 bandits attempted to invade Zurmi but were repelled by vigilantes.
Emir Abubakar, who was said to be visibly angry, said, “They came on 200 motorcycles with three persons on each bike. Each of them was well-armed. We stationed 500 vigilante members who stood their ground and gallantly fought the bandits. Unfortunately, these same bandits turned their anger on travelers and other villagers on their way here, that was why we had 39 people killed.
“These terrorists are known to us. Their major hide-out is in a village called Kagara, very close to Bafarawa in Sokoto State, and a few kilometers from Shinkafi in Zamfara State. But despite several appeal to security agencies to storm the area, our appeals have failed.
“I need to state here that majority of weapons used by bad people in this country are brought in from this area.
I had reason to personally inform Zamfara State Director of SSS sometimes back of a large cache of weapons being brought into the country but no concrete action was taken until the containers were moved away.
“I am happy that other Northern Governors are here because we believe the solution to this problem lies in cooperation among all of you.
“I don’t need to repeat here that we need a full battalion of soldiers here and in areas surrounding Maru, Maradun, Shinkafi and Zurmi LGAs.”
He added that the people have been pushed to the limit and a negative reaction from them will have a devastating consequence on the continued peaceful coexistence of all communities in the area.
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima urged the people not to lose patience.
He sympathized with the victims and prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest.
Other Governors on the entourage, apart from Shettima and Yari, were Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi and Umar Al-Makura of Nasarawa States.
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