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15.01.2022 Featured Kidnappings, Killings, Gun Duel… How Northern Nigeria Fared This Week

Published 15th Jan, 2022

By Yakubu Mohammed

Different groups of terrorists orchestrated attacks in the northern part of Nigeria, especially Borno, Nasarawa, Niger and Zamfara State, in the last one week.

The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) struck in Borno, while bandits and Boko Haram factions wreaked havoc in Nasarawa, Niger and Zamfara State on Thursday.

This came after dozens of residents were gruesomely murdered in the Anka and Buyyukum areas of Zamfara State, despite the ongoing military offensive against terrorists in the country. 

ISWAP ATTACKS DEFENCE SCHOOL

The terrorist faction of the Islamic State, West Africa Province (ISWAP), stormed the hometown of Tukur Yusuf Burtai, a former Chief of Army Staff, to attack the Tukur Yusufu Burtai Institute for War and Peace (TBI), Biu Local Government Area of Bornu State.

In a viral video, the terrorists were chanting Allahu Akbar as they rain bullets from outside the school before gaining entrance to set the building on fire. They also dismantled and razed the flag of Nigeria and military flags.

READ ALSO: In Niger Communities, Boko Haram Bans Transportation of Farm Produce With Trucks, Says It’s Greed

The management of the institute confirmed two staff members dead in a statement. It also noted that four vehicles were destroyed by the insurgents.

“The terrorists, who came in their numbers, were met by superior firepower forcing them to retreat in disarray. Unfortunately, two civilian staff of the institute paid the supreme price,” the statement reads in part. 

“Management wishes to commend troops for their gallantry during the attack and to commiserate with families of the fallen staff”.

Boko Haram had wreaked havoc at the police training institute in Limankara, Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno, on Thursday.

READ ALSO: CLOSE UP: Who Was Abdurrahman Hamzala, Army Commander Killed by ISWAP in Borno?

Earlier reports stated that an unspecified number of policemen were abducted. But Abdul Umar, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, refuted the claim, saying none of his men was abducted. 

UNHINDERED ABDUCTION IN FULAFIA

In the late hours of Thursday, gun-wielding men invaded the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Nasarawa State, kidnapping four students of the institution. 

Abubakar Ibrahim, the institution’s spokesman, said the students were abducted in Mararaba, a community near the school.

“The authority of the Federal University of Lafia regrets to announce that four students of the institution were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at around 11:30 p.m,” the statement reads in part. “The unfortunate kidnapping took place in a community located close to the university.”

MAYHEM IN NIGER AND ZAMFARA

On Friday, gunmen laid a siege to Kulho Village in the Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger State. The dreaded terrorists killed Alhaji Tanko Kulho and kidnapped an unspecified number of persons, a local told FIJ.

READ ALSO: ISWAP Kills Brigadier-General, Three Other Soldiers in Borno

“They started operating around 3:30 pm and would not leave until 6 pm,” the source said. “They killed one person, Alh Tanko kulho, and many people were taken with them. 

READ ALSO: ALERT: Fleeing Zamfara Bandits Infiltrating Niger, Kaduna

The kidnapped persons include Yakubu kulho, Gambo kulho, Haruna Nda kulho and Baba Nda Karami. Others are Mohammed Gaddafi and Salaha Haruna kulho, a housewife. 

Banditry has intensified in Niger State following FIJ’s report that fleeing terrorists from Zamfara were trooping to the state and Kaduna State.

Meanwhile, scores were killed yesterday in a gun duel between terrorists and security officials in Zamfara.

A source told FIJ the duo confronted each other in Magami forest, Gusau Local Government Area of the state. According to our source, there were casualties on both sides.

Published 15th Jan, 2022

By Yakubu Mohammed

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