The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Abdullahi Sule for the proactive steps they have taken toward tackling the activities of bandits and kidnappers via destroying terrorist( Darul Salam) camp in Toto LGA of the state.
Balarabe Abdullahi gave the commendation during the House proceedings in Lafia today.
He said that the proactive steps taken by President Buhari and Gov. Sule led to the discovering of bomb factory as well as apprehending of over 400 wives and children of the killed member of Darul Salam in his Local Government.
According to him, three days ago, more than 400 wives and children of those bandits, kidnappers were apprehended in Toto area bordering Kogi by military authorities.
” You all knows that I have being sharing my agony, pains over the insecurity facing my Local government.
” For sometimes now, motorists find its difficult to pass Toto road, farmers and traders are no longer going to their farms and businesses.
” Fishermen are no longer going for fishing and the economic activities in Toto is zero due to the activities of these bandits and kidnappers.
“But we thank God, we have recorded success because of the presence of the military.
“If you will recall, His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule has met with our President, Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on the security situation of the state, particularly Toto.
“It is in view of this that I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abdullahi Sule for their prompt action taken toward addressing this ugly trend, ” he said.
The speaker also appreciated the military officers for their efforts in tackling the activities of the bandits and kidnappers among other security challenges in the area.
” Now I have been relief, thank to President Muhammadu Buhari, Govenor Abdullahi Sule and the soldiers, “he said.
It would be recalled hat the Defence Headquarters had on August 26, revealed that no fewer than 410 members of the Darul Salam terror group surrendered to the troops of “Operation Whirl Stroke” during an encounter at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa state on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, disclosed that the terrorists who surrendered, following the operation by troops and other security agencies, included women and children.
According to Enenche, troops, while on a robust clearance patrol around Uttu, also discovered the terrorists’ bomb-making factory following intelligence on their activities.
He said several improvised explosive device making materials, including two scales, six rocket launcher bombs, one bag of fertiliser and half a bag of gunpowder were recovered.
“Other materials recovered are 10 locally made hand grenades, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb fuse, one locally made Rocket Launcher, two Improvised Explosive Devices and 13 improvised rocket bombs, amongst others.
“The camp was subsequently destroyed while troops are equally combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect,” Enenche added.
Gana Killing: Shehu Sani Condemns Military Action, Gives Reason Why The Surrendered Benue Most Wanted Criminal Shouldn’t Be Killed
Former Kaduna Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the murder of Terwase Akwase, Benue’s most wanted criminal in the State.
Shehu Sani said it was wrong to kill the criminal even after he surrendered to the armed forces.
Recall that on Thursday the Nigerian Army confirmed the murder of Akwaza in Benue State, also known as Gana.
During a gun battle with soldiers along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road on Tuesday, Gana was killed.
The Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa State, Maj. -Gen confirming the incident. Moundhey Ali said the military gunned down Gana at an army-mounted roadblock.
Speaking to reporters, Ali said 40 armed Gana gang members were also captured during the operation.
He disclosed that the gang had recovered several rifles, pump-action guns, ammunition, charms, and explosives among other items.
Gana’s corpse was deposited in an undisclosed mortuary, he said.
This was after Gana had previously surrendered to the Government of the Benue State after an amnesty program extended to criminals.
But Sani, a prominent member of the 9th Assembly and former member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, said in reaction to the development that, “To ‘kill’ a person who ‘surrendered’ would discourage others from surrendering.”
Military Intercepts 86 Members Of ‘ Darul Salaam ‘ Islamic Sects In Kogi
Military troops of ‘Operation Nut Cracker’ has intercepted 86 persons suspected to be family members of ‘Darul Salam’ Islamic sect members along Kpareke-Koton-Karfe Road in Kogi State on Thursday. Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja, said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects fled Uttu forest general area due to the ongoing military offensive on 3 September 2020.
The Coordinator also disclosed that 20 Sara Suka members and 35 criminals were apprehended in Plateau State during different raids. Eneche said all the arrested suspects are being profiled after which they will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action. The Coordinator also confirmed that on 8 September 2020, troops of Operation Ayem Akpatuma III killed Benue’s notorious and most wanted criminal Terwase Akwaza also known as Gana, during an encounter with troops around Gboko in Benue State. Eneche added that 40 members of the militia’s gang were also captured alongside arms and ammunition. But, the Coordinator declined further comments on the circumstances surrounding the extrajudicial killing of Gana, who was killed after reportedly embracing the Amnesty programme of the Benue State government. Giving further updates on the activities of the armed forces, Enenche said in North West region, troops killed 6 bandits, arrested one bandit informant and two bandits couriers with the sum of N1,565,550.00 during various operations.
The Coordinator noted that a bandit surrendered 3 AK 47 rifles, one SMG and 2 magazines. This, he said is in addition to various airstrikes targeted at identified bandits hideouts where several were killed boosting the confidence of the people in carrying out their human activities. READ Monday Juice: Originality of Destiny In the North-East zone, Enenche said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole killed 7 Boko Haram Terrorists arrested and cleared several ISWAP structures.
He added that the troops rescued 7 kidnapped victims comprising 2 women and 5 children and recovered one gun truck, 2 AK 47 rifles, one Dushka AA Gun, one PKT gun and one MG.
South African Actress Thandeka Mdeliswa Was Reported Shot Dead
Fans and loved ones of South African actress Thandeka Mdeliswa have been left in mourning after the screen star was shot dead.
The actress who is best known for her starring role as Khanya in the SABC 1 drama series Ikani is reported to have been shot at her family home in Evander, Mpumalanga.
It is gathered she had walked in on an argument between her older brother and two men on Thursday, September 3.
The argument turned violent and one of the men is said to have grabbed a gun from his friend and shot Thandeka.
She was rushed to the hospital where she later gave up the ghost.
In a statement released yesterday, her family said:
“It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing on of our dearest daughter.
“She was shot in Evander, Mpumalanga on Thursday 3 September 2020. She was immediately rushed to Evander hospital, stabilised then airlifted to Witbank after which she was transferred to Steve Biko Academic Hospital (Pretoria) as her condition was critical but stable. She passed on in the morning of the 5th September 2020 (Saturday).”
The family described the 27-year-old as “a young, talented and inspirational actress which her family and community were looking to see flourish”.
“The brutality which was inflicted on our daughter has left us deeply hurt. This is another incident of violence against women (Gender Based Violence) which our country has to fight against. We believe that justice will be served,” the statement said.
The police have identified the owner of the gun as Hlathi and also appealed for information regarding the star’s tragic death.
The police said in a statement that they are currently investigating the matter and no arrest has been made. The statement read;
“We are currently investigating this matter and we have not arrested anyone. recently, we brought the owner of the gun to book and we were advised to get the person who pulled the trigger. We are busy with our investigation. Anyone with information that can assist should approach the Evander Police Station or any police station around.”
SABC conveyed its condolences to her family, adding it was even more disturbed by news reports that her death came as a result of gunshot wounds in an apparent gender-based violence incident.
“The South African television industry has indeed been robbed of a young, talented and promising life, violently and senselessly taken away from our society in its prime.”
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