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Bandits, Residents Reach Peace Pact In Niger State

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Some communities in Niger State have entered a peace pact with bandits that have been terrorising their communities.

The community leader of Kusherki, in Rafi Local Government Area, Garba Kusherki, who made this revelation on Thursday, said a delegation has commenced talks with the bandits.

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He said the bandits had earlier called for an agreement with the locals that they would not report them to constituted authorities each time they passed through their communities from the forests to other parts of the state to carry out their nefarious activities.

Kusherki also said that one of the demands from the bandits is that they should buy kola nuts that would be shared among their colleagues and friends to know that a peace pact had been signed with the victim communities.

He added that the bandits promised that peace would return to the communities if their demands are met.

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Narrating how the peace pact was reached, kusherki said, “As God would have it, on Thursday, the bandits called us to tell us that they wanted a peace pact sealed. So we sent a delegation that went to meet with them in the forest very close to Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State. Our delegation was asked to stay at Maganda and they came to pick them up.

“In the end, they told us that we are the cause of the fight between them (bandits) and our communities. They said each time locals see them with cattle crossing their communities, they lay ambush and start attacking them. After all, the rustled cattle don’t belong to the locals and hence they did not see any reason why they should be attacked. So, they said they decided to get revenge.”

The community leader said the bandits promised not to attack his community again, adding that anyone who attacks them would be punished.

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They said after this peace pact, no bandit group will attack our communities again, and that if any group does, they will identify the group and deal decisively with them. But what we have been able to contribute is not up to the amount demanded. So we need support.”

He also said that as part of the peace pact, some people who had been held hostage were released.

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Kusherki said the bandits warned them to stop attacking them and reporting to authorities each time they pass through the community adding that if they feel they want to fight them, they are ready to continue with the fight for the next 10 years.

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Female Footballers Kidnapped Along Delta-Benin Route, Abductors Demand Ransom

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Six grassroots female footballers have been reported kidnapped by gunmen in Uronigbe, a border community between Edo and Delta states in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state

It was gathered that the footballers were kidnapped around 6pm on Friday while returning from football match competition at Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta state.

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A source in the community said the kidnapers have contacted some families demanding a ransom of N5m ransom for each of the victims.

He said: “They (footballers) went to Owa-Alero to play football match, so, on their way back, they were kidnapped at Uronigbe area, the boundary between Delta and Edo state.

“The victims include Mrs Precious Agbajor, one Abraham, Nancy, Beatrice including the driver. They are six in number that are in kidnapper’s den. The matter have been reported to Uronigbe police station.

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“The kidnappers have contacted the family of Agbajor and asked them to pay N5 million for his wife.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations officer in Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe confirmed the incident, adding that the incident happened in Edo State.

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His Edo state counterpart,  Chidi Nwabuzor said from the record available at the state Command, there was no information about the incident.

“You know we transmit our records to Force Headquarters everyday. There is no such record before us. From the Command’s record, no such incident happened yesterday (Friday) so the police will not give account of anything unreported.

“It is only when an incident is reported that the police can act on it. In most cases citizens are not aware of the powers to report incidents. So the record I have from the Command is that no such incident happened yesterday (Friday), today (Saturday) and even day before yesterday (Thursday).’

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Again, Bandits Kill 16 Villagers, Abduct Scores in Taraba Communities

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Bandits have again killed no fewer than sixteen persons in different communities of Taraba State.

DAILY POST learnt that the bandits stormed the communities in their numbers at the weekend and whisked away several persons.

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Communities invaded by the attackers are Gidado and Garinkuka villages in Gunduma district of Mutum-Biyu chiefdom in Gassol Local Government Area.

Confirming the attack, a staff of the local government, who gave his name as Abdullahi Chul, said the attackers who invaded the communities in their numbers, accessed the villages with motorbikes.

Chul said the attackers, on arriving in the communities, were shooting sporadically, adding that several other persons escaped with gunshot injuries.

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Few weeks ago, bandits, it would be recalled, blocked roads in the council where a truck driver was killed and travellers in their numbers abducted.

Also confirming the report, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman, admitted that there was an attack on the council.

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He told DAILY POST that the command was on top of the situation, as efforts to get at the bandits were in motion.

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480 Suspected Criminals Arrested In Abuja From Uncompleted Buildings

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The FCT Administration on Friday arrested 480 suspected criminals from uncompleted buildings and undeveloped plots of land in Maitama and Wuse II areas.

Commander in charge of the task force, Mr Bennett Igweh, said the suspects, majority men, had turned green areas, undeveloped plots of land, and unoccupied houses into their haven for crime.

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Igweh noted that the team would stop at nothing at ridding the city of criminal elements threatening the peace of the FCT.

He added that the task force recovered police uniforms, mobile phones, a loaded pistol, machetes and charms from the suspects.

“We arrested about 480 suspected criminals. We are going to take many of them to court.

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“We’ll do thorough profiling because we suspect that some of them are escapees from the Kuje Correctional Centre.

“We are starting from the city centre, and we will extend the arrests to other areas.”

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He added that the exercise will cover 21 satellite villages and towns from Kabusa to Gishiri to Waru and to Wasa and others in the FCT.

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