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https://avalanches.com/ng/daura_president_buhari_loses_second_nephew_in_23_days333400_31_05_2020

President Buhari Loses Second Nephew In 23 Days


Ibrahim Dauda, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, is dead.

This is coming few days after the death of Mutari Dauda, another nephew of the President, who passed away on May 8, 2020.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, in a statement on Saturday, said Dauda died in Daura, Katsina State, after a prolonged illness.

In a condolence message, Buhari said the death had robbed the family and the Daura community of one of its finest gentlemen.

He said, “I am deeply touched and devastated by the passing of yet another family member, a man who had demonstrated amazing kindness and honesty in all his dealings.”

The deceased is survived by a number of children including Ibrahim, a chief administrative officer in State House, Abuja.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/kagara_police_nab_foreign_collaborators_in_bandits_hideouts520870_30_06_2020

Police nab foreign collaborators in bandits’ hideouts


After successful airstrikes on locations on bandits in Niger State, men of the Nigerian Police during clearing operation have arrested two foreign collaborators allegedly training and assisting bandits terrorizing several communities in some Local Government Areas in the State.


PRNigeria gathered that the two foreign criminals were arrested on Monday, at Bangi, in Mariga Local Government Council of Nigeria.

A reliable source, who declined to give his name, told PRNigeria, that some bandits had launched an attack on villages in Kagara axis with the intent to rustle domestic animals and also maim innocent lives of residents.


The source said: “The NAF attack aircraft deployed for combat operation hotly chased the bandits and succeeded in neutralizing some of the criminals, during an aggressive air onslaught.

“During the clearance operation, men of the Nigerian police were able to arrest the two foreign collaborators while they were fleeing with some of the injured bandits. The corpses of some of the killed bandits during the air and ground operations currently litter the area of the attacks.”

It was gathered that the arrested criminal foreigners are currently been profiled by security operatives to identify their nationality.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/gusau_we_have_no_regrets_negotiating_with_bandits_in_zamfara_governor_mata542502_05_07_2020

We Have No Regrets Negotiating With Bandits In Zamfara --Governor Matawalle


Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, has said that he had no regret negotiating with bandits in the state.

Governor Matawalle in a statement on Sunday said that the decision of his government to negotiate with bandits was in the overall interest of the state

He said that amidst heavy presence of the military and relentless offensives against the bandits, the wanton killings and maiming by bandits was still increasing in a fearful manner.

He said, "We applied the peace accord as a means of honest solution to the problem in Zamfara State which has yielded tremendous result never expected in the last one year.

"However, our honesty and focus in the deal saw the near total drop in banditry attacks which allowed our roads, markets, schools and farms to be re-opened.

"In the same vein, nearly 1000 persons were willingly released by the ex-bandits and thousands of dangerous weapons willingly surrendered without payment of a single kobo,” Matawalle said.

The governor said the peace accord initiated by his administration has achieved in his first three months more than what its absence has achieved in eight years.

He noted that the different past peace accords employed in the state or elsewhere totally differ in approach and content from that of his administration.

He added, "We categorically made it clear that money was not part of the negotiations. Everyone must come to the table with honesty and genuine intention to end the carnage in our state. Nobody was enjoying the trend, including the so-called bandits.”

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https://avalanches.com/ng/gusau_zamfara_our_peace_reconciliation_initiative_best_way_to_address_arm459154_21_06_2020

Zamfara: Our peace, reconciliation initiative, best way to address armed banditry


The Zamfara State government has described its peace and reconciliation initiative as the best way to address armed banditry in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by Mr Zailani Bappa, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, in Gusau on Sunday.

He dismissed the allegation that the state government was giving more attention to bandits as a result of the peace process, saying this was unfounded and mere fabrications by mischief-makers.

According to him, a lot has been achieved by security operatives in the fight against unrepentant bandits, who have continued to terrorise innocent citizens in the state and other parts of the north-western states.

Bappa said, “The position of the Gov. Bello Matawalle-led administration is very clear, which is a carrot and stick approach to the dialogue and peace process.

“Those who refuse to accept the peace process and those who renege on it are being faced with the wrath of the state’s ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’.

“We must not forget the successes recorded in the last few months including the rescue of 12 abducted persons, which included the District Head of Wuya, the killing of nine bandits and arrest of 12 others.


“It also included the recovery of 67 rustled cattle in separate operations held in Gidan Usman, Gidan Baba Goji, Gadauna, Gidan Janari, Kekuwaje, Gidan Sarki, Gardi and Bingi, all in Bungudu Local Government Area of the state.”

Bappa also explained that with the support of the state government, the onslaught against bandits had led to the killing of 27 bandits around the state’s boundary with Katsina State and destruction of their homes at Nahuta-Doumborou.

The special adviser added that another 135 bandits were neutralised between Zamfara and Katsina states.

“Moreover, a large number of bandits were killed in an air raid on Tungar-Duba road, where six kidnapped persons were rescued from the fleeing bandits, while over 200 bandits in Zurmi council area were also neutralised recently.

“The governor, who is under oath to protect the lives and property of the people of the state, will not relent until peace is fully achieved in Zamfara State,” he said.

Newsmen report that the governor had, of recent, come under heavy criticisms by some groups and individuals for his seeming inaction over the rising cases of armed banditry, kidnapping and rape in the state.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/gusau_nigerias_humanitarian_ministry_postpones_commencement_of_cash_transfe386365_08_06_2020

Nigeria’s Humanitarian Ministry Postpones Commencement Of Cash Transfer In Zamfara State Due To Insecurity


The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has postponed the inauguration of the Conditional Cash Transfer intervention in Zamfara State due to insecurity.

The cash transfer was extended to more states to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on Nigerians.

The ministry was also to roll out its loans, fertilizer distribution and handing over of COVID-19 palliatives last weekend.

The ministry postponed the inauguration of the programmes until further notice citing insecurity as reason, according to a statement by Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, Deputy Director of Information in the ministry.

"The ministry hereby informs all beneficiaries that a new date will be fixed and communicated to them as soon as possible," Iliya added.

Bandits recently killed 21 people and wounded 12 others during attacks in some villages in Maru and Talata Mafara local government areas in Zamfara State.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/kano_alert_armed_fulani_group_planning_terror_attacks_in_kano_state632041_24_07_2020
https://avalanches.com/ng/kano_alert_armed_fulani_group_planning_terror_attacks_in_kano_state632041_24_07_2020
https://avalanches.com/ng/kano_alert_armed_fulani_group_planning_terror_attacks_in_kano_state632041_24_07_2020

ALERT: Armed Fulani Group Planning Terror Attacks In Kano State


SaharaReporters has gathered that an armed Fulani group is planning an attack in Kano soon.

The terrorists, who have continued to operate unhindered in most parts of Nigeria, are planning a series of attacks and kidnappings at Kofar Dukayuwa and surrounding areas in Kano State.

SaharaReporters had in the past given similar alerts based on intelligence reports, which turned out to be accurate.

In January 2020, the New York-based news organisation alerted that terror group, Jama'atu Ansril Musilma Naijeriya better known as Ansaru, was planning attacks on Kaduna, Niger, Edo, Kwara and Kogi states after receiving tons of ammunition from a Chinese smuggler in Burkina Faso.

The listed states have since come under heavy attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen and bandits.

Similarly, the Islamic State in West Africa has reportedly appointed female heads to lead units of the terror group for the first time.

A woman, Ya Fana, is now the Amir of Tumbun Mourfou unit while Ya Falmata is leading the Tumbun Alloura unit, which controls the Lake Chad area and surrounding villages.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/kano_court_remands_student_for_allegedly_stabbing_man_to_death_in_kano603028_15_07_2020

Court remands student for allegedly stabbing man to death in Kano


A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 24-year-old student, Surajo Mohammad, in a correctional centre for stabbing one Gambo Umar, 35, to death with a bottle.


The defendant, who resides at Kofar Ruwa Quarters in Kano, is standing trial for alleged culpable homicide.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Idris, ordered the defendant to be remanded in correctional centre, and asked the Prosecutor, Mr Badamasi Gawuna, to send the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution for advice.


Idris adjourned the case until Aug.31 for further mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 7 at about 4:00 p.m at Kofar Ruwa Quarters, Kano.

He alleged that the defendant had a misunderstanding with his neighbour whom he stabbed with a bottle on his neck..

“The victim was rushed to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital where he died while receiving treatment,” he told the court.

Gawuna said the offence contravened Section 221 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/kano_court_remands_man_for_allegedly_raping_sevenyearold603027_15_07_2020

Court remands man for allegedly raping seven-year-old


A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 55-year-old man, Abdullahi Haladu, at Goron Dutse Correctional Centre for allegedly raping 7-year-old girl.


The defendant, who lives at Unguwar Mahauta Gani Village, Kano, is facing a one-count charge of rape, contrary to Section 283 of the penal code.


The Prosecutor, ASP Badamasi Gawuna, told the court that Isa Uba of the same address reported the case at Sumaila Police Division, Kano, on June 29.

He alleged that on the same date at about 8p.m, the defendant deceived and lured the child into his room situated at Unguwar Mahauta and raped her.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Idris adjourned the case until Aug. 31, for mention.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/sokoto_lance_corporal_martins_vs_broken_presidency_broken_national_assembly548239_06_07_2020

Lance Corporal Martins vs. Broken Presidency, Broken National Assembly, And Broken Country By Bayo Oluwasanmi


Lance Corporal Martins Idakpein of the Eighth Division, Sokoto, Nigerian Army, criticized the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, and Chief of Defense Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, for not doing enough to end Boko Haram terrorism. Martins lamented the needless and senseless killings of citizens.

Shortly after the video went viral, Martins was arrested on the orders of Buratai. Days later, his wife Victoria was arrested “leaving her three children in the care of no one.”

Nigeria, a country ruled by brigands, is a place where anyone, who exposes a crime becomes a criminal. Our abundance of cliches for describing and discussing our broken presidency, our broken National Assembly, and our broken country are inexhaustible. Nigerians’ appetite for diagnosis of all that’s wrong with Nigeria and prescriptions to fix it is bottomless. The truth is, there’s no one in charge of Nigeria. Nigeria is a lawless country. Nigeria is a failed country. How to cure Nigeria’s metastasizing maladies is up to Nigerians.

The arrest of Martins for exposing the rut in the military clearly shows the presidency, the National Assembly, and the country are all broken. The broken presidency is adrift in the midst of competing disasters facing the country. It thrives in deceit and dishonesty. General Muhammadu Buhari is either AWOL or MIA. He has become redundant, irrelevant, and out of touch. Buhari’s regime has turned Nigeria into a politically, socially, morally, and spiritually chaotic country.

The National Assembly is composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Briefly summarized, the functions of the National Assembly are: (1) Through debate make laws that influence our daily lives. (2) Hold hearings to inform the legislative process. (3) Conducts investigations to oversee the executive and the judiciary. (4) Serves as the voice of the people and states in the federal government.

To say the National Assembly is broken is to be economical with the truth. Despite its vast authority, the legislature seems paralyzed in the face of the country’s toughest problems. The corrupt legislature has willingly surrendered its authority to the executive branch.

Nigeria as a broken country, is like a virgin whose life had been ended in the bloom of youth. Nigeria is so hopeless and irredeemable. Her desolation is like a deserted land with no one to lift her up. Nigerians are chased from pillar to post. They flee from a lion only to meet a bear. They run into their homes believed to be their places of security, but they are bitten by snakes. They have no hope. No one ray of light!

The service chiefs have over stayed their 35 years. Their capacity and capability have diminished. They have no clue how to prosecute a modern warfare. They are as good as dead. They must go! They must make room for young, brilliant, agile, educated, committed young officers. Instead of listening and fixing the problems Martin complained of, they arrested him and his wife.

How can a handful ragged, war-weary, no weapons army fight terrorists? How can hungry, low esteemed, battered, and frustrated soldiers fight unrelenting Boko Haram insurgents? How can unhappy, low paid, non-paid and low spirited soldiers whose expressions of sorrow are classic go after die-hard terrorists?

The National Assembly should enact a law similar to the US Military Whistleblower Protection Act. The Act covers all members of the US Armed Forces who make “protected communications” about violation of a regulation or law. The superiors of whistleblowers can’t retaliate in any way, shape, or form against the whistleblower. The Act has been vital to many cases of unethical and illegal conduct in the US military. Without the Act, some of the cases that were brought before the courts would never have been possible.

The real enemies of Nigeria are Buhari, Buratai, and Olonisakin not Martins. These three war commanders should be court-martialed for prolonging the war on Boko Haram, for failure to equip soldiers to fight the war, and for making Nigeria a terrorist haven. They are guilty as charged Lance Corporal Martins should be released immediately with generous compensation for wrongful detention. This country ruled by lunatics must be redirected to the path of sanity and civilization.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/sokoto_exapc_nwc_member_inuwa_abdulkadir_is_dead548235_06_07_2020

Ex-APC NWC Member, Inuwa Abdulkadir, Is Dead


Atop member of the All Progressives Congress from the North-West region, Inuwa Abdulkadir, is dead.

A member of the party's National Working Committee that was dissolved recently, the 54-year-old Abdulkadir is said to have died at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, on Monday to suspected Coronavirus complications.

He is expected to be buried at his Gawon Nama residence around 2pm on Monday.

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https://avalanches.com/ng/sokoto_reps_move_to_rescue_buratais_critic_lance_corporal_martins_in_milit533261_03_07_2020

Reps Move To Rescue Buratai’s Critic, Lance Corporal Martins, In Military Detention


The House of Representatives has begun the process to rescue a soldier, Lance Corporal Martins Idakpein, who was detained for criticising the service chiefs over the rising spate of insecurity in Nigeria.

At the plenary on Thursday, the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, moved a motion to call for Idakpein’s rescue, Punch reports.

It was titled, ‘A call on the Nigerian Army to release Lance Corporal Martins Idakpein from arrest based on His expressed opinion.’

ldakpein, from the 8 Division, Sokoto, of the Nigerian Army, had criticised the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and other service chiefs in a viral video over the handling of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Subsequently, ldakpein was arrested and moved from Sokoto to Abuja. His wife, Victoria, was also arrested after she granted a media interview, calling for the release of her husband.

Elumelu said, “The House is disturbed that though Section 122 of the Armed Forces Act forbids the military from perpetually detaining any officer, Lance Corporal Martins ldakpein, has been held in detention till date and his wife who tried to secure his release has also been detained.

“This is an affront to the letters of Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which guarantees the fundamental human rights of citizens.”

The House mandated the Committees on Defence and Army to “investigate the alleged detention of Lance Corporal Martin’s ldakpein and his wife.”

Also, the House asked that “ldakpein should be brought before the relevant House committees and the leadership, to brief them of the happening in the northern part of the country.”

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