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Terrorists sack Kaduna community, abduct leader, farmers

By Odita Sunday (Abuja), Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna), Ahmad Muhammad (Kano), Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri) and Charles Akpeji (Jalingo)
29 April 2022   |   4:15 am
Terrorists have sacked Rijana community in Kachia Local Council of Kaduna State and kidnapped the village head, Ayuba Dakolo, and several farmers.

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• Buhari’s associate escapes attack in Kano
• Police deploy 6,000 personnel in Borno
• Troops rescue 798 civilians as 1,158 terrorist surrender
• Ishaku urges periodic checks on brothels, others

Terrorists have sacked Rijana community in Kachia Local Council of Kaduna State and kidnapped the village head, Ayuba Dakolo, and several farmers.

The Guardian gathered that the village head was abducted with other farmers at Kurmi, near Chikwale in Kachia.

Rijana, a community along the busy Abuja–Kaduna highway, notorious for frequent attacks by bandits.

Local sources told journalists, yesterday, that the bandits have reached out to community leaders in Rijana with two lists of demands including gallons of petrol and engine oil, as well as cigarettes.

Kaduna police spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, did not respond to calls but a senior police officer said that security agents had been notified of the incident.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari’s political associate, Faruok Aliyu, escaped death, Wednesday night, when gunmen suspected to be assassins attacked his Kano residence.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and former member of the House of Representatives escaped bullet shots.

His wife, Zuwaira, stated on her Facebook page: “My husband escaped from assassins last night in Kano. May Allah continue to protect him and us Ameen.”

Kano police confirmed the story through its image-maker, Abdullahi Kiyawa, who assured the family that the police would not rest until those behind the attack were brought to book.

FOR a hitch-free Sallah, the Borno State Police Command has deployed 6,000 personnel for next week.

The deployment followed terrorists’ threats of targeting soft spots in Maiduguri, Bama and Konduga councils.

Announcing the deployment, yesterday, in Maiduguri, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Sani Shatambaya, disclosed that the terrorists threatened to bomb soft spots during Sallah festivities.

“We are ready to provide security for life and property before, during and after the coming Eid-El-Fitr celebration,” he said.

DEFENCE Headquarters (DHQ) has said its troops have rescued 798 civilians held captive by terrorists across the country in the last three weeks.

The DHQ also said that 1,158 terrorists and their families comprising 164 men, 367 women and 627 children surrendered to troops within the period.

Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO) Maj-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, while briefing newsmen on the successes recorded by the military between April 7 and 28, 2022, said troops also killed several terrorists in different locations.

Onyeuko added that troops also killed a prominent Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Commander, Abubakar Dan-Buduma, while terrorists’ informants and logistics suppliers were arrested in different theatres of operations.

GOVERNOR Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has urged security operatives to ensure periodic visit to hotels, brothels, pubs recreational centres, motor parks, markets among others to rid the state of criminality.

More to his directives is the need for the operatives to, as well, enforce the ban all categories of motorcycles in Jalingo.

The directives, The Guardian gathered, follow the recent bomb blasts in Iware community of Ardo-Kola Local Council and Jalingo metropolis.

Issuing out the directive, yesterday, via his Chief Press Secretary, Iliya Akweh, he beckoned security agencies to spread their dragnets to violators of the order, including security agents, who connive with criminal elements to undermine government’s good intention.