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I’m Deeply Shocked by Gubio Mass Killing, Says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock over Tuesday’s mass killing by Boko Haram in a Borno village which resulted in the death of 81 residents.

On Tuesday, the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP), a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, launched one of its deadliest attacks in recent times on the residents of a village in Gubio local government.

The attack came days after the country’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, met with President Buhari in Abuja and briefed him on the ‘successes’ the army have made against insurgents in the last few months.

Reacting to Tuesday’s incident, President Buhari said in a statement released by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday, that “he is deeply shocked by the brutal killing of tens of people by the Boko Haram/Islam in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Gubio village, Borno State.”

The president, who said he was expecting a detailed briefing by the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, said he was particularly shocked by the “primordial nature of the killings” because it happened “not long after the Ramadhan and Eid, and the country is preparing to celebrate the Democracy Day.”

Condemning the incident, Mr Buhari charged the armed forces “to sustain their recent string of successes against the terrorists to extract a heavy price from the attackers, and bring back all those they kidnapped as well as a large number of cattle rustled.”

The president, according to the statement, awaits the outcome of the Borno governor’s visit to the affected communities.

The villagers informed the governor that 81 persons were killed during the attack, while others, including a village head, were abducted by the insurgents.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian military in a separate statement also confirmed the development even as it said the victims were mostly women and children.

Acting Director, Nigeria Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, said in a statement that “the Army is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident.”

Mr Musa, a colonel, said the attack was carried out by “suspected retreating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists with a few sleeper cells within communities.”

He said the insurgents ambushed and killed innocent women and children in Faduma Koloram village, Gubio LGA of Borno State.

PREMIUM TIMES reported earlier that Governor Zulum was briefed by a male survivor of the attack that insurgents invaded their community in three trucks, surrounded them and opened fire on them.

“We have also mandated the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE to enhance security, dominate the area and reassure the affected communities of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to protect the population,” the army spokesperson said.

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Zamfara Confirms Abduction, Says Security Operatives, Vigilantes in Pursuit of Abductors

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The Zamfara State Government has confirmed the abduction of female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the state.

The confirmation was made by the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran in a brief interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau on Friday.

The abductors in their hundreds invaded the town and took away the students about 2 am.

“I can confirm to you now that we have sadly received the report on the abduction of the students of GGSS Jangebe and right now, I am on my way to the school.

“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

A staff of the school who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity said, “The gunmen in their hundreds invaded the town around 2 am on Friday, shot sporadically in the air to scare the residents before coming into the school.

“After taking away most of the students, we rounded up those that escaped or hid from the bandits and conducted a census where we counted 54 students and we are still searching to see if we can get more.”

Also, a resident who gave his name as Haliru Jangebe said the local vigilantes had tried to repel the invaders but were overpowered.

“The bandits were too many and they all seemed to be carrying heavy arms as we heard gunshots from all parts of the town and when the shots stopped, we heard that the students had been taken away.”

(NAN)

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I’ve Given My Life to Christ, Metuh Says After EFCC Ordeal

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In a brief speech, former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Olisa Metuh, has said that he has given his life to Christ, and to the service of God for the rest of his life, following his survival after his months of incarceration by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The former National Publicity Secretary spoke when some PDP faithful received him at the party secretariat in Awka on Wednesday.

He said:

“Since I returned from EFCC custody, I have given my life to Christ

“I have been to the lowest, deepest end of the valley. I have wrestled with the demons.

“I wrestled with the devils. The Almighty God has saved me. For that, I commit the rest of my life to the service of God and the people.

“It is not easy. It is just like being in your house and an armed robber comes to your house, takes away all your earnings, beats you up, violates your wife, deals with your children and you can’t do anything because he has the gun.

“When we have power, we should know how to use it because there is God in heaven. At the end of the day, all of us will die.”

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Again, Bandits Invade Zamfara Secondary School, Abduct 300 Girls

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Armed bandits have attacked a girls secondary school in Zamfara State, kidnapping many female students, the BBC is reporting.

The attack reportedly occurred at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State Friday morning.

A teacher in the school confirmed the attack to BBC Hausa with the number of kidnapped students said to be close to 300.

PREMIUM TIMES will provide more details of the incident in subsequent reports. The state government and the police were yet to speak on the incident at the time of this report.

Zamfara in Northwest Nigeria is one of the states most affected by bandits’ attacks. The attacks have continued despite negotiations initiated by the state government with the bandits.

The latest attack on the Zamara school occurs about two weeks after over 20 students were abducted by armed bandits from a school in Niger State. The students in Niger were yet to be released at the time of this report.

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