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Insecurity: Four Killed In Fresh Attack On Plateau Community

By Bankole ABE

ABOUT four people have been reportedly killed in a fresh attack by suspected gunmen in two villages of the Miango district of Bassa Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State. This was disclosed by the district’s traditional council and development association on behalf of the Rigwe nation’s leadership. The organisation described the recent spike in attacks and killings in the state as ‘barbaric’ and ‘callous. According to the association’s national publicity secretary, Davidson Malison, the assailants attacked the Nkienzha community in the Miango district of Rigwe chiefdom early on Monday, February 11. He said the attack caused three fatalities and one serious injury from machete cuts, which was being treated at a hospital.  He also said attackers ambushed a car on Friday, February 9, resulting in the burning of the vehicle and injuries to one of the occupants. He added another attack on Teegbe village within the district on Saturday night claimed a life. The Rigwe nation’s leadership described the resurgence of attacks and killings in the state as brutal and heartless. ………………. READ MORE



Suspected terrorists reportedly attacked travellers along Jibia/Batsari Road in Katsina State on Sunday evening, killing at least nine people said to be traders. Residents of the area said that the traders were returning to their community from a local market in Jibia around 6pm when they ran into the assailants. It was gathered that the traders were being conveyed in two vehicles which the terrorists also burnt, PUNCH reports.  A resident was quoted as saying that “The traders left the market early enough after their trading on Sunday only for them to run into the gunmen between 5pm and 6pm along Jibia/ Batsari Road.” Residents further said that the gunmen shot into the two vehicles conveying the traders, killing one of the drivers and the traders on the spot. According to them, sympathisers later deposited the corpses of the victims at the Jibia General Hospital, where their relatives picked them up on Monday morning. The numbers of traders wounded in the accident and those abducted could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report. The Katsina State Police Command is yet to confirm the incident as the spokesman for the command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, was said to be in a meeting and he had yet to respond to enquiry sent to him on the incident. The State Governor, Dikko Radda, had maintained that there was relative peace in the state, attributing it to the efforts of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the state. Governor Radda had made the remarks at the annual West African Social Activities organised by the 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Katsina. Governor Radda, who was represented by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Nasiru Muazu, highly commended the efforts of the Nigerian Army in the state. ………………. READ MORE



By Douglas Burton

The fight to bring the glare of world attention onto Nigeria’s shameful record  on human rights took a giant step forward on Tuesday (Feb. 6) with an action by the influential  House Foreign Affairs Committee. Under GOP leadership, the committee passed House Resolution 82, instructing the U.S. State Department to restore the label on Nigeria of “Country of Particular Concern” for human rights. That may sound like an innocuous abstraction, but measuring how tempers flared during committee debate, it was anything but. “Nigeria has become a massive killing field,” Rep. Chris Smith, New Jersey Republican and the resolution sponsor told the committee, referring to the estimated 50,000 lives lost in radicalized Muslim massacres since 2009. Smith pointed out that during the Christmas break, “approximately 300 Christians died in Plateau State, and no one was held to account.”  “And we’re not outraged? I am!” Smith said loudly.  On the Democratic side, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Virginia Democrat, rose in opposition to the resolution, explaining that he could not support a measure that protected only Christian citizens. “Does my colleague’s outrage extend to violence against gays and lesbians?” Connelly asked. The debate lasted for hours but the final voting late in the afternoon was along party lines, 26 Republicans in favor of the resolution, 21 Democrats against. “It’s all about the money,” said Stephen Enada, president of the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) to TruthNigeria afterwards. “The US Government vision for aid to West Africa emphasizes  reproductive health, full protection of gender minorities and abatement of climate change,” according to Enada. ………………. READ MORE



By Jake Clifford 

The statement dated January 26th, 2024, issued and signed by Umar Amir Shehu and Badu Salisu Ahmadu, is allover social Media in northern Nigeria, has also threatened to take over Aso rock. Amidst terror war and brutal kidnapping and killing of innocent Nigerians across country, group purported to be Fulani jihad said they’ve declared full blown jihad on the country and have no apology for their actions.   The statement dated January 26th, 2024, issued and signed by Umar Amir Shehu and Badu Salisu Ahmadu, is allover social Media in northern Nigeria, has also threatened to take over Aso rock.   Advertisements READ ALSO| Fulani Association threatens Nigerian Army     It reads in parts: ‘The Fulani Jihad: Full blown and we have no apologies.   “It is like the present Government wants to dare us. Let them be told that we shall burn down everything in Nigeria and we don’t care.   Advertisements “This present President is not our President. He is deceiving himself with this so called Muslim/Muslim arrangements. Who cares? We care only about what our Father Uthman Dan Fodio laid down. Not your religion.” “But the Middle Belt think they are strong. But what type of bravery without weapons? We shall make sure they have nothing to defend themselves with. We are almost done with them. They should remember what we did in Kaduna through our brother when we were in Government. These are very good lands.”………………. READ MORE

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