One Killed, Others Injured As Gunmen Attack Church In Kaduna Community
At least one person has been killed and many others have been injured after gunmen attacked the ECWA Church at Gabaciwa village in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday morning.
According to a report by security agencies, the gunmen invaded the church during the Sunday morning service, and immediately attacked the worshipers, which led to the death of one person, while some others were seriously injured.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attack, described it as an evil act targeting innocent citizens exercising their constitutional and universal rights to religious freedom.
He added that the attack on the worshippers was a divisive intent of the criminals leveraging religious sensitivity.
While he condoled with the ECWA Church and the family of the deceased in particular, he prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
The governor also directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to assess the area and provide succour to the victims receiving medical attention.
Bandits Hit Sokoto Military Base, Kill Many
Bandits have attacked a joint military camp in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Carriers and Security Matters, Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd) confirmed the attack but could not state the number of casualties.
Residents of the area and security sources explained that the gunmen attacked the base, codenamed “Burkusuma Camp”, in the early hours of Friday, killing an unknown number of military personnel.
A former Chairman of Sabon Birni, Idris Muhammad Gobir, told newsmen that the “Burkusuma Camp” was attacked with several security operatives in the place still missing.
He said the marauding bandits also burnt down two patrol vehicles and carted away another one which was used to convey food items stolen from the villagers.
After carrying out the attack, the bandits later went to another village, Katsira, and shot four persons.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Sanusi Abubakar also said he has not been briefed about the latest assault on the state.
Niger Gov’t condemns blocking of Lambata-Izom road by truck drivers
Niger state government has condemned the blocking of Bida-Lambata and Lambata-Izom expressways by drivers of heavy-duty trucks and tankers.
The government, in a statement, issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane said the blockade was causing heavy gridlock and risks to innocent commuters and the people of the surrounding communities.
Matane urged the drivers of the articulated vehicles to urgently open the roads as the blockade would not compel the state government to allow them to use the Minna-Bida road owned by the state and under reconstruction.
He also appealed to owners of the vehicles to talk to their drivers to remove their trucks and tankers from the roads as the state government could no longer guarantee their safety.
He explained that any tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) exploding and spilling the products within the communities, the tanker owners would be held responsible and the affected communities will claim damages,” he said.
Publish names of suspected looters of N6trn NDDC funds, SERAP tells Buhari
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) to publish names of those indicted in the alleged misappropriation of over N6 trillion in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) between 2000 and 2019, as documented in the recent forensic audit report on the agency.
SERAP also urged the President “to direct Malami and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to promptly bring to justice anyone suspected to be responsible for the missing N6 trillion and to fully recover any misappropriated public funds.
In a letter dated September 25 and signed by SERAP’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said despite the country’s enormous oil wealth, ordinary Nigerians have derived very little benefit from trillions of naira budgeted for socio-economic development in the region, primarily because of widespread corruption and entrenched culture of impunity of perpetrators.
UNGA 76: Nigeria seeks UN support against counter-terrorism, violent extremism
The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno has solicited the support of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) to tackle the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
Monguno said that Nigeria and the sub-region need the international community to support and sustain the country’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
He also expressed Nigeria’s readiness to collaborate with UNOCT in rendering humanitarian support for victims of terrorism in Nigeria’s North-East.
The National Security Adviser had earlier met with the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG)/Executive Director, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Michèle Coninsx, and the duo discussed how to address the current terrorist threats in Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel.
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