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BREAKING: Angry Bandits raises tension, mount road block in Katsina

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Residents of some communities in Kankara Local government of Katsina State have raised an alarm over the influx of bandits possibly dislodged from Zamfara State.

The fleeing bandits are said to have been moving to the area in droves.

A resident of Pawwa village, who was in Katsina on Friday, told Daily Trust that the bandits have already mounted a gate where they conduct stop and search on commuters plying the Kankara-Zango road.

“Their main concerns now are food and fuel. They have some Jerry cans where they collect fuel from motorists and whatever food stuff they see, they collect it.

“About two days ago, they ambushed two pick up trucks loaded with food stuffs and carted all the grains away,” the resident who pleaded anonymity said.

Another resident, who corroborated the allegation, said, “We want to draw the attention of the relevant authorities, particularly the security agencies to the imminent danger that we are facing.

“There were already bandits operating freely in our area, but our fear now is the rate at which they are increasing, and we suspect that they are those fleeing from the military attacks in Zamfara,” he said.

Daily Trust reports that the routes in question are the ones through which the Kankara school attackers passed and abducted over 344 students in December.

The road is from Kankara to Tsamiyar Na Baushe, Unguwar Malali, Zangon Pawwa up to Dansabau which is on the border with Zamfara State.

When contacted, the Police spokesman in Katsina, SP Gambo Isah, said, “There could be an incident or two where someone was stopped and fuel was collected from them, but that should not be a basis for generalisation.

“Look, these bandits are under immense pressure, they are desperately looking for what to eat now. We have reports where they discharge captives by receiving a little food stuff. So people should try to avoid peddling false news.”

Source: Dailytrust

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Just In: Nigeria’s IGP Brings Back SARS

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The Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman has revived a notorious unit of the Nigeria Police Force, which was disbanded last year after #EndSARS protests, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

SARS was notorious for brutality, extrajudicial killings, and human rights abuses.

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In a statement obtained by SaharaReporters, the IGP was said to have released new terms and conditions on the operation of SARS officials.

The Police Force also made phone numbers available for citizens to report harassment.

According to Baba Usman, SARS has been reformed and the new rules of engagement are stated below:

“No SARS personnel is allowed to interface in any civil matter.

“They are not allowed to interfere in cybercrime (yahoo yahoo).

“No SARS personnel is allowed to conduct a stop and search exercise unless there is a distress call from victims or members of the public.

“They are not allowed to be involved in commercial matters, debt recovery, (landlord vs tenant issues).

“They are not allowed to interfere in any social/relationship cases (marital matters, boyfriend/girlfriend relationship).

“They are strictly for armed robbery and kidnapping cases!”

Also, citizens are encouraged to report cases of harassment by any of its officials to the following office: DIG, Department of Operations:

08037025670, IGP X-SQUAD 0902 690 0729, 08078662130, 08174041000 – CALLS.

0903 227 8905 – SMS.

0903 562 1377 – WhatsApp

Last October, there were massive protests in some states tagged #EndSARS, largely organised by youths, to call for an end to police brutality.

They also demanded that SARS, a police unit, notorious for human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings, and other atrocities should be disbanded.

But during the protests against police brutality, the Nigeria police unleashed more terror on peaceful protesters in many parts of the country, including at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, the epicentre of the struggle.

The repressive regime of Muhammadu Buhari was forced to disband SARS.

It thereafter introduced the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, which many Nigerians described as not different from the disbanded SARS.

Meanwhile, the police inspector General, Baba Usman once said the disbandment of SARS had created a vacuum in policing the country.

He added that the morale of police officers in the country had been low since the #EndSARS protests in October 2020.

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Southerners Are Provoking Us So That We Can React And Make The Country Go Up In Flames- ACF Chairman

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) in a meeting held yesterday accused Southerners of provoking people in the North so that they can react and put the nation in state of crisis.

The National Chairman Chief Audu Ogbeh made this known while speaking extensively on the things bedeviling the northern part of Nigeria.

He spoke extensively on terrorism in the north as he wondered why Boko Haram and Banditry are prevalent in the region.

Chief Audu Ogbeh said that something must be done quickly so as to reduce the rate of insecurity in the region, adding that the North is sick.

He highlighted cases of kidnapping by bandits and the killing of northerners in the south, and called for a good cordial relationship between the north and other regions in Nigeria.

He likened the killing of northerners in the south and the agitation by secessionists as a means of sparking reactions from the north so as to cause crisis in Nigeria.

The National Chairman said that no amount of inhumane treatment melted on northerners in the south will make them react violently that may make the nation go up in flames.

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I Will Be The Last Person To Leave Nigeria If War Breaks Out — Oyedepo

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Bishop David Oyedepo, Founder and President of Living Faith Church Worldwide, has said he would be the last person to leave the country if war should break out in Nigeria.

Oyedepo made this known on Friday in Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State, during a church programme, “Prayers for the Nation”, organized by the church to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day.

The African richest pastor, who said until the last person is killed he would not leave Nigeria, however, prayed to God to flush out lovers of war. He declared that anyone who moved to attack his church members will die on the spot.

“I have said before that God forbids war breaks out in Nigeria, I will be the last one to leave here. I am not saying that for fun, that is where my heart is, until the last person is killed and there is nobody else to help I won’t leave here.

“There shall not be war in Nigeria. Those who love war God will flush them out. We shall sing a new song in Nigeria.

“Anyone that dares a member of any household of a Winner, goes down for their sake. Anyone that sets his eyes on any Church to set on fire goes blind Church to set on fire goes blind on the spot,” he said.

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