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Nigeria: abducted victims liberation

Brussels 10.09.2021 Nigerian authorities rescue over 200 abduction victims in a week. The security agents have rescued nearly 200 kidnapped people during raids on camps of criminal gangs in dense tropical forest in the country’s northwest, police said.

Heavily armed criminal gangs known locally as bandits have plagued northwest and central Nigeria for years, raiding and looting villages and abducting people for ransom.

Nigeria forces rescue nearly 200 abducted victims in northwest
The 187 victims were freed in Zamfara state, where they had been seized in separate attacks, police say.

The rescue was part of a weeks-long broader military operation in Zamfara and other northwestern states
Nigerian security agents have rescued nearly 200 kidnapped people during raids on camps of criminal gangs in dense forests in the country’s northwest, police said.

Heavily armed criminal gangs known locally as bandits have plagued northwest and central Nigeria for years, raiding and looting villages and abducting for ransom.

The rescued victims, including 187 men, women and children, were freed in Zamfara state, where they had been abducted in separate random attacks, police said late on Thursday, October 8.

Images and video were sent by police to the media showing some exhausted people with torn clothes and struggling to sit as they waited to be transported back to their homes.

“The abducted victims who spent many weeks in captivity were unconditionally rescued following extensive search and rescue operations that lasted for hours,” Zamfara state police spokesman said in a statement.

The rescue was part of a weeks-long broader military operation in Zamfara and other northwestern states that has included intentional telecoms blackouts to disrupt gang’s communications.

The criminal groups, who maintain camps hidden in forests straddling Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kaduna states, have been increasingly attacking schools where they kidnap pupils for ransom.

Hundreds of schoolchildren have been abducted in mass kidnappings since December. Most have been freed or released after ransoms were paid but dozens are still being held.

Schools have become targets for mass kidnappings for ransom in northern Nigeria by various armed groups. Such kidnappings in Nigeria were first carried out by jihadist group Boko Haram, and later its offshoot Islamic State West Africa Province, but nowadays the tactic has been adopted by other criminal gangs.

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said that 1 million Nigerian children could miss school this year as the new term begins amid a rise in mass school kidnappings and insecurity.

Nigeria: Dozens killed in Kaduna

More than 50 civilians were killed on Sunday evening in six villages in Kaduna province of Nigeria in an attack which started March 1 afternoon.
The mlitiary opearation of Nigerian ground forces and aviation is ongoing.

Image: social media.

Buhari condemns “House of Torture”

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari condemned “House of Torture” school, which came to public attention the end of September. Abhorrent child abuse at Ahmad Bn Hambal Islamiyya School in Rigasa, Kaduna State, is under police investigation. (Image: illustration).

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, issued a  statement, claiming that free and compulsory education is the panacea to such a danger.

Nearly 500 men and boys were rescued from the building in Kaduna State which was being used as an Islamic school and correctional facility, where, according to police, many detainees were found in chains, some of them had been tortured and sexually. Seven people, including some staff members, have been arrested. The government says it will investigate other institutions, claiming to provide Islmaic studies.

“They used car engine belts and electrical cables to flog us,” 15-year-old Suleiman said , staring at the floor. “Teachers used to sexually harass us … They tried to loosen my pants once but I fought them off and was beaten.”

Some parents paid fees, believing it was an Islamic school. Some even described it in a positive way and dismissed talk of abuse. Others saw it as a correctional facility. Police and regional officials said it was not registered as either.

The Governor of Kaduna State reiterated his strong commitment to fix public education and raise the standard of public schools so that private education will become only a luxury.

UK aid worker killed in Nigeria

A British woman and a Nigerian man were shot dead, and three others were abducted by kidnappers.

Police and the British High Commission have named the woman as Faye Mooney (29), and said they were aware of an incident which took place at a holiday resort on April 19, but would not speculate on a motive.

Late Ms.Mooney was working in Nigeria as a communications specialist for aid group Mercy Corps and was one of 12 tourists travelling to the northern city of Kaduna from Lagos, police said. She worked in the country for nearly two years, had been attending a party before the incident, police added.

AMENDED:

I want the government and people of the United Kingdom to know that these atrocious actions do not reflect Nigeria’s national character” former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar said.

“I condemn the killing of British aid worker, Faye Mooney, and her Nigerian partner, Mathew Oguche two days ago in Kaduna State. Several other Nigerians were kidnapped during the episode”.

These killings must end or Nigeria will lose desperately needed friends, partners and investors”  the politician warned.

 

Kaduna death toll doubled

Nigeria’s Kaduna State toll of victims has risen to 130 people, the state governor  said, adding that the motive appeared to be ethnic.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai told correspondents that police were investigating the gunmen’s motive. The attack came the day before a presidential election was planned to be held, but electoral authorities delayed it by one week due to various logistic problem.

However nothing indicated that the attack was related to the election.

Kidnapped in Nigeria travellers freed

Two American and two Canadian citizens have been freed after being kidnapped in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a police spokesman said, as it emerged that five oil workers had been abducted in the southern Niger Delta region (pictured).

The Americans and Canadians were ambushed by unknown gunmen on January 17, while traveling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja. Kafanchan is more than three hours’ drive northeast of Abuja.

 In a separate incident, police in the Delta state said five Nigerian oil workers from local firm Sahara Energy were kidnapped next day. Delta state police said no arrests had been made so far.

Kidnapping, usually for ransom, is common in parts of Nigeria, though abductors usually target other Nigerians. However, the kidnapping of foreigners is not uncommon.

Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for Kaduna state police, said the Americans and Canadians were freed on January 19.

“There’s a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria. Recent terrorist kidnaps have occurred mostly in northern Nigeria, but could occur anywhere. There are reports that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap foreigners, including in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state, along the Kumshe-Banki axis” – says UK FCO travel advice.

“There’s a high threat of terrorist kidnapping in areas where there is a Boko Haram presence or Islamic State West Africa (ISWA). As well as north east Nigeria, this is believed to include some northern and middle belt states including Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa states.” FCO warns travellers.