By Ezinwanne Onwuka
Bandits ambushed Governor’s convoy and killed police escort
Bandits attacked the vehicle escort of Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State on Saturday [Nov. 18]. The terrorists gunned down one of the Governor’s security guards and injured five others.
The armed escorts and some government officials were ambushed at a highway on their way back from neighboring Borno State where the Governor attended the 24th convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri. The terrorists rained bullets on the fleets of official vehicles.
The governor’s security aides, local media reported, responded with “heavy fire”, forcing the terrorists to flee. Confirming the attack on Monday, Major General Edward Buba, Defence Headquarters’ spokesperson, said a police escort died while a military truck driver, three policemen and a DSS [secret police] agent were critically injured.
While his men battled with the bandits, Governor Buni was in Maiduguri preparing for a trip to Abuja. The senior officials in the convoy were unhurt.
● Boko Haram terrorists kill 3 in Borno
Three residents of Kawuri village in Konduga County of Boko Haram-ravaged Borno State were killed by the terrorists on Saturday. The locals, Vanguard said, were hunting for wood to make a fire on rural land when the gunmen appeared out of nowhere and fired at them.
Kawuri village is approximately 9 miles [14 kilometres] from Sambisa Forest, formerly a game reserve renowned for its wildlife but now an enclave for two battling Islamist insurgent groups. The Kawuri locals deserted their community due to constant attacks and threats from the terrorists.
Village residents are gradually returning, yet it is still under siege. A resident told Vanguard that the jihadists have killed more than 10 persons on their farmlands in the last couple of weeks.
● Military knocks out scores of terrorists in Kaduna
The Nigerian Air Force [NAF] has killed a terrorist kingpin known as Boderi and several of his soldiers. NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said on Sunday that the insurgents were killed in an air strike.
The NAF troops bombed the terrorists’ hideout in Tsauni Doka village in Igabi County of Kaduna State last Thursday [Nov.16]. Also bombed was the hideout of Boderi’s brother, Nasiru, located 311 miles [500 kilometers] from Boderi’s.
The successful air raid is a significant victory in the sustained fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. “Boderi and his brother Nasiru, alongside their cohorts, have been blamed for several attacks and abductions along the Abuja–Kaduna expressway, Kaduna–Birnin Gwari Road, as well as in several communities in Niger and Kaduna States,” said Gabkwet.
● Nigerian government grants amnesty to 4,068 prisoners
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration plans to set free a total of 4,068 prisoners serving varying terms for various crimes across the country in the coming weeks. This move, Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo said, is to decongest the overcrowded prisons.
Beneficiaries of the government’s benevolence are only those owing a fine of not more than N1 million [$1,213.52]. The Nigerian government is committing N585 million [$709,908.32] to the project.
“The total fund of N585 million was raised by corporate bodies as corporate social responsibility for this purpose,” Minister Tunji-Ojo said on Saturday while flagging off the program at the Kuje prison in Abuja. The government is also giving the beneficiaries an undisclosed amount to enable them to stand on their feet.
● Bandits kill ECWA pastor, abduct wife – in collar Rev. Mako Maraya.
Reverend Amako Maraya of the Evangelical Church Winning All [ECWA] in Damakasuwa, Kauru County of Kaduna State is the latest victim of Christian persecution in northern Nigeria. Killers speaking the language of the Fulani tribe murdered Rev. Maraya at the church’s rectory Friday night [Nov. 17].
The unknown killers also abducted the late pastor’s wife and are demanding a ransom of N3 million [$3,572.32]. The police were late to repel the attack though the church is located close to the Damakasuwa police station.
The tragic incident is coming three months after a kidnap attempt at Rev. Maraya’s son was foiled.
Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.