{video} Today’s Headlines: Bandits Burn Army Van, Abduct Scores of Passengers, Masari Calls for Self-defense

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Today’s Headlines: Bandits Burn Army Van, Abduct Scores of Passengers, Masari Calls for Self-defense

Army Van Burn, Scores Abducted as Bandits Block Highway 

Scores of passengers were reportedly abducted, over the weekend, by kidnappers suspected to be herdsmen, who blocked the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway between Leru junction and the Ihube axis.

Source: Vanguard News

It was gathered that the gunmen, numbering about 30, abducted the entire occupants of three buses.

The bandits said to be heavily armed were said to have attacked a team of soldiers drafted to the scene following a distress call.

Masari calls for self-defense Again

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Monday reiterated his call on residents of the state to defend themselves against bandits and other criminals.

Source: Punch Newspapers

He insisted that the reality on the ground had shown that the security of lives and property is a collective responsibility and not that of the Government or security agencies alone.

The Governor appealed to Katsina during the 2022 special prayer session in commemoration of ‘Yaumush Shukur’ (Thanksgiving) day for God’s blessings on Katsina State.

Arewa Coalition for Good Governance (ACGG) has said the hardline positions of former Secretary to the Federal Government Babachir Lawal, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, and Adamawa lawmaker, Senator Ishaku Abbo, over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), are based on selfish interests.   According to the Coalition, their anger was based on the premise that none of them was picked as running mates.

Source: The Nation Newspapers

“At a time when critical stakeholders of the APC should be working for unity and progress ahead of the 2023 general elections, they have decided to deploy religious sentiments as a weapon of war to discourage Christians from Tinubu/Shettima,” the coalition said.

A statement by one of its leaders in Kaduna State, Elder Peter Auta, reads: “Nigerians, especially the electorate, are wise enough to know that whipping religious sentiments against any candidate is not the solution to the challenges of insecurity, dwindling economy, insurgency, high unemployment, bad governance and other problems militating against progress and development of Nigeria.

7,222 killed, 3,823 abducted in seven months –Report

At least 7,222 Nigerians have been killed and 3,823 abducted as the country witnessed 2, 840 incidents of insecurity between January 1 and July 29, 2022.

Source: Punch Newspapers

Also, no fewer than 1,499 people were injured during the various attacks witnessed in 505 local government areas in the country.

These were contained in data obtained from the Nigeria Security Incidents Tracker by Beacon Consulting on Sunday.

According to the data, 605 abductions took place in January; 1,202 fatalities were recorded while 62 persons sustained injuries.

Save us from land grabbers attack, Lagos community tells Sanwo-Olu

RESIDENTS of Iba-Oloja Community in the Ibeju-Lekki Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, yesterday, urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to save them from some of the notorious land grabbers that have made life difficult for them in the community.

Source: Vanguard News

Residents of the community, who came out en masse, expressed their grievances over the alleged invasion of the town by suspected thugs that were also aided by the mobile police officers attached to a prominent property manager.

Speaking on the crisis engulfing Iba-Oloja town, a community leader, Chief Hasan Lawal, said: “We are appealing to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to save us from these criminals.

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