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ISIS Mercenaries Arrive In Nigeria In Plan To Attack Three Communities In Borno —Report |The Republican News

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According to Eons Intelligence, over 200 terrorists have already arrived in Nigeria from Libya and Syria and are currently in the Sabon Tumbu axis of the state.

Militants under the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are planning to attack three communities in Borno State, a report has said.

According to Eons Intelligence, over 200 terrorists have already arrived in Nigeria from Libya and Syria and are currently in the Sabon Tumbu axis of the state.

The sources confirmed their arrival at Sabon Tumbu, saying the mercenaries were seen observing Jumaat prayers on Friday at Sabon Tumbu.

They will be providing logistic support to the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants to attack Baga, Malam Fatori and Marte communities in Borno State anytime soon, the report noted.

Their arrival coincided with the installation of Sani Shuwaram as the new ISWAP leader (Wali). He succeeds Malam Bako.

Sani Shuwaram

Bako was killed while leading the sect in acting capacity after the death of Abu Musab Al-Barnawi.

Al-Barnawi, son of the late Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf, was eliminated during a battle with security forces.

The planned offensives are said to be part of a grand plan by ISIS to take over some identified strong holds in the region.

Islamic State is ISWAP’s local affiliate, to further its expansionist agenda in the region.

As part of counter-terrorism efforts, the Nigerian government has since approved extra assets to boost North East Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK). (Sahara Reporters)

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Nigerian Air Force Pays Fulani Bandits N20m To Stop Them Shooting Down Buhari’s Presidential Jet —WSJ |The Republican News

The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded.

By OYINDAMOLA OLUBAJO

The Nigerian Air Force coordinated ransom payments to armed bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army, The Wall Street Journal said, in a desperate deal that was brokered as President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a trip to Katsina.

The U.S. outlet said N20 million was delivered to the bandits in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who leaked details of the operation under anonymity, because the military realised that it would be too risky to leave the weapon in the hands of violent criminals operating in an area the presidential jet would fly over.

The rugged, lawless jungle that covers parts of Kaduna, Zamfara and the president’s home state of Katsina has served as a vast haven for bandits terrorising Nigeria’s northwestern communities. A large portion of kidnapping plots emanates or terminates in or around the forest, security agencies have previously warned.

“The mission to buy back the antiaircraft gun began with a handoff from a high-ranking air force intelligence officer in the capital Abuja: a black zip-up bag he said was full of 20 million Nigerian naira,” the paper reported, after stating that such military hardware in the hands of bandits “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown about 80 miles away.”

The Journal did not specify when the deal was brokered or the presidential trip that was planned. The president has been in his hometown at least twice this year that his office disclosed to the public. The first trip was in late January and another in July.

Although the Nigerian government claimed combat victories against armed bandits, several military bases have been sacked by the violent criminals dreaded largely for their abduction of schoolchildren and prominent personalities, including politicians and emirs.

Last month, a forward operating base crucial to the military campaign against banditry was raided in Zamfara, leaving at least 12 officers killed. The bandits also seized military equipment when they captured the base in Dansadau, about 80 kilometres south of the capital Gusau, in the September 11 operation.

Less than two weeks later on September 24, bandits again struck a joint base of security forces in the neighbouring Sokoto State, killing several soldiers, Civil Defence officers and civilians.

The Nigerian Air Force also confirmed on July 19 that bandits had shot down one of its fighter jets, but the pilot was able to eject and there were no casualties. The incident came as Mr Buhari was visiting his hometown for this year’s Sallah.

It was not immediately clear why service chiefs opted for a ransom payment in the operation described by The Journal. Military weapons that fell into the hands of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits were usually destroyed by airstrikes.

Whereas Mr Buhari has promised to be tough on the bandits and publicly railed against governors negotiating with them, his government has been known to pay ransom to terrorists and other violent criminals.

The government paid millions of dollars to free some of the Chibok girls seized in 2014 under President Goodluck Jonathan. It also facilitated hundreds of millions of naira in ransom to bandits who seized schoolchildren in Niger State earlier this year.

The Gazette has yet to hear back from the Nigerian Air Force about the reported N20 million ransom to bandits. (People’s Gazette)

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Nigerian Man With AK-47 In Viral Video Revealed, Not Defence Minister |The Republican News

Some Nigerians claimed he was the defence minister and that his action was probably due to the high rate of insecurity in the country.

The Ministry of Defence has given the identity of the man boarding a jeep with AK-47 in a viral video as the Rector of the Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST), Makurdi and not the Minister of Defence, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd).

Ever since the video surfaced, some Nigerians claimed he was the defence minister and that his action was probably due to the high rate of insecurity in the country.

However, the Special Assistant to the Defence Minister on Media, Mohammad Abdulkadri in a statement, explained that the person in the video was the Rector of NACEST, Makurdi, who by virtue of his command position, is statutorily allowed in the military to sign for weapons when travelling.

The statement read, “In fact the Army green colour on the Innonson Jeep (SUV) and the Unit sticker of NACEST on the official Vehicle are enough evidence to neutralise the spurious claim in the clip being referred to as the Official vehicle of the Minister of Defence who uses black Land cruiser jeep like his counterparts in other ministries.

“Again the Internet fraudsters’ desperate attempt to demean the personality of the Defence Minister proved null and void and untenable with the fake picture of the Orderly that wears blue colour of the insignia band of NA Education Corp whereas the Orderly to General Magashi (Name withheld) is of the Corps of the Military Police who uses red berret and MP red hand band on his Camouflage.” (Sahara Reporters)

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Fulani Bandits Going Nowhere Till Nigerian Government Gives Them Amnesty Like Niger Delta Militants —Sheikh Gumi |RN

Controversial Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi

Gumi who has been visiting bandits in the forest in an attempt to negotiate a peace deal with them disclosed this in a Facebook post titled’ ‘Zamfara: The Flaring Of Crisis’ on Monday.

An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has again asked Nigerian government to grant amnesty to bandits like it gave to Niger Delta militants.

Gumi who has been visiting bandits in the forest in an attempt to negotiate a peace deal with them disclosed this in a Facebook post titled’ ‘Zamfara: The Flaring Of Crisis’ on Monday.

According to the cleric, military action against criminal herdsmen and bandits will not solve the security challenge, but “will only worsen the situation”.

He said no military, especially of a poor economy can win guerrilla warfare, citing the recent victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan as an example.

The post read, “ZAMFARA: THE FLARING OF CRISIS

‎{… كُلَّمَا أَوْقَدُوا نَارًا لِلْحَرْبِ أَطْفَأَهَا اللَّهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَسَادًا وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ} [المائدة: 64] Meaning:
“ … Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief.”

He wrote, “Zamfara state is unique in many aspects. In early 2000 AD the state ignited a wildfire of states constitutional amendments that accommodated the application of sharia law beyond personal law (i.e. marriages, divorce, and inheritance) to include the Islamic criminal law. It was well received by the local populace with eleven other northern states adopting it. However, it goes without saying that the international community ruled by leaders that are promoting sodomy and lesbianism in the garment of secularism were at the forefront of fighting it. In a short time, it became political and fizzled away.

“If such shariah implementation move had concentrated in literacy and economic empowerment the kind of which we see in Saudi Arabia, with its rich resources, Zamfara would have become a shining example of the blend of a religiously modern state proud of its development and modesty. Unfortunately, it turned out to become the den of criminality and instability in the region.

“From the blues, in 2009 cattle rustling became rampant. Most of the cattle rustled were headed to the south in trailers where they are sold and slaughtered. This massive movement of rustled cattle greatly reduced their population. Most of the rustling first affected the rural herdsmen and it became more elaborate in the north-western region.

“Herdsmen were left with only one of three options. To join the rustlers or pay tribute to rustlers for protection or lose their cattle. In 2014, the military ‘intervention’ in the Birnin-Gwari Forest to fight cattle rustling changed the headsmen into a resistance movement as many innocent Fulani Ruga settlements were murdered, men, women, and children in hundreds.

“By 2015, banditry has replaced cattle raring that is becoming nearly impossible. Drugs were introduced into the herdsmen that are known to be illiterates or semi-illiterates. The reaction of the town local vigilantes (a natural reaction to any communal aggression in self-defence) pitched the herdsman against the local rural helmets, villages, and adjacent towns to the forests as they are lynched and maimed when whenever they enter markets. Therefore, everybody became an enemy and a target. Fulanis and other tribes, Muslims and non-Muslims were equally kidnapped for a ransom most of which goes to buying weapons.

“Profiling of Fulani herdsmen became another motivative factor of more resistance and more kidnappings which has now led to their metamorphosis into the monster the nation is facing today.

“We should also know that because of their educational status and lack of an effective unified leadership they have faced untold hardship at the hands of authorities where they were extorted and stereotyped. It has been imprinted in the psyche of nomadic pastoralists that the authorities and their town dwellers are ‘evil people’ that should be resisted because they have no place to secure justice for their cases no matter how innocent they may be.

“With their acquisition of weapons, they realized how easy it became to be masters of their abode the forest, where no authority can venture into. This has emboldened them to further attack people for more ransoms to sustain their newfound reality.

“Now with the prodding of the government to take more military actions of an already ugly situation whereby they were left to amass weapons, a huge military budget that is almost draining the economy to a standstill in the purchase of fighter aircrafts and conducting military operations in the region has become to the authorities in their calculations a necessity.

“Unfortunately, this is no solution or wisdom. When you don’t have the monopoly of the instruments of violence, then dialogue has the monopoly of resolving the conflict. This is what the UN is all about. i.e., Roundtable resolution of conflicts. What we are seeing is more than just criminals and criminality, yes it may have started as such but like any conflict, it is dynamic.

“The danger we face now is ideological demagogues changing the narrative. They are trying hard to infiltrate the herdsmen. And we know their objectives. They want to destroy all modern governments by fighting the military and now in the recent cajoling of local populations, they have tormented before to join them in the struggle.

“Let us face the reality, these herdsmen are going nowhere, and they are already in battle gear, and we know our Military very well, so before things get messy, we need cold brains to handle this delicate situation. Its commonsense that if you allow your neighbors to be your enemy, you are already conquered. Because they can easily be used against you by other forces as we see now the herdsmen are ultimately used to destabilize the region, pauperize and even depopulate it.

“Military actions in the past have worsen the situation stimulating herdsmen resistance. Any more action will push them closer to religious fanaticism. It gives them protection from discrediting them as thieves and also reinforce their mobilization of gullible young unemployed youth as we saw with BH.

“I have met many of the bandit leaders to see a way out of this gridlock. I have talked to the political class and security agents. Except for an exception, most state governors want a peaceful resolution of the conflict. The Police and other security outfits have also realized the enormity of the problem. But, unfortunately, the presidency for what appears to be political gullibility and the military for budgetary reasons as they are the most beneficiary of conflicts of this nature doesn’t seem to be on the same page.

“This conflict can be resolved by active engagement of the government with the agitators. Just as we saw how ENDSARS agitation was swiftly managed after an initial scandalous failed military confrontation, was peacefully resolved by the government, likewise, the herdsmen crisis can be.

“Just as we had the Niger Delta conflict resolved with an amnesty which comes with reconciliation, reparation, and rehabilitation packages, so will the herdsmen crisis be resolved. In fact, there is a need for a Marshal plan to educate the nomadic pastoralist so that no citizen is left behind.

“These measures I enumerated are cheaper, easier, and lasting than the kinetic approach which is now taking place. No military especially of a poor economy can win guerrilla warfare. The recent victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan is a factual warning for those that contemplate.

“Lastly, I pay tribute to my late relative, Private Sanusi Salisu Gumi, who lost his life with 10 other colleagues in an ambush by Bandits in Zamfara forest in November 2019. We learned about his death when an acquaintance recognized his body in the Gusau mortuary. Rahmatullah Alaihi and all those who died defending us. Amin.” (Sahara Reporters)

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Anti-open Grazing: Ohanaeze Hails Enugu Assembly For The Law, Cautions Hope Uzodinma |The Republican News

By Emmanuel Uzodinma

Youth wing of apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has hailed the Enugu State House of Assembly over the passage of the anti-open grazing bill into law.

DAILY POST had reported that the lawmakers during plenary on Thursday passed the bill after it scaled through third reading.h

In a statement made available to journalists by the President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, he said the lawmakers had won the hearts of the people.

The youth group said leadership was all about listening to the voice of the people and that the state lawmakers had shown themselves to be true representatives of the masses.

“We are delighted with this big September gift from the Enugu State House of Assembly. The passage of this bill just at the exact time of the September deadline given by the Southern Governors is an indication that we have credible men and women in that parliament.

“The entire Igbo youths are saluting their courage, their boldness and forthrightness in handling that very critical assignment. They have written their names in history books and posterity will judge them fairly,” he said.

Okwu also lauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi over the passage of the bill, stressing that “we have in His Excellency a Governor that is a man of the people. He has scored another great goal and for that reason the entire youths and residents of Enugu State are with him.

“We assure him of our unflinching support to his administration.”

The OYC President-General, however, said they were still cautioning Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State to stop playing politics with the lives of people.

The group said, “any further life lost in the hands of marauding herdsmen in Imo State will be required from his hand. Imo State is part of Southern Nigeria, Imo State is an Igbo State and they can’t operate in isolation simply because of political exigency.

“No political ambition or office should be equated with human life. Ndigbo have suffered enough in the hands of the killer herdsmen and the time to end it is now.” (Daily Post)

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Buhari Doesn’t Need To Declare Fulani Bandits Terrorists, He Has Done Worse To Them Than IPOB — Garba Shehu|RN

Presidential spokesman  Garba Shehu

by Bobby Adams

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, says what the Federal Government has done to AK-47-wielding bandits is worse than designating them as terrorists.

Shehu said this in an interview with BBC News Pidgin on Saturday morning.


He was responding to a question in an interview with BBC News Pidgin on Saturday morning on why the regime of his principal, president Muhammadu Buhari, has not outlawed blood-sucking bandits just as the current government proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra and moved to do the same to Yoruba Nation secessionist group.

“What the Buhari administration has done to the arms-wielding bandits is worse than being declared as terrorists. There is a subsisting order by the President that any arms-wielding, AK-47 bandits should be shot on sight.

“Yes, IPOB has been proscribed by law of the land, there is no shoot-on-sight order,” Shehu said.

“The Nigerian Air Force is busy bombing locations, the military is there on the ground, exchanging fire for fire, taking them out in hundreds, that is certainly not treating people (bandits) lightly,” he added.

The presidential aide also said, “One thing people who say that ignore is the successes that are being recorded in many areas in the fight against insurgency in the country.”

Garba claimed there have been “enormous successes” recorded in dealing with bandits and terrorists. “For instance, Boko Haram are surrendering today in their thousands, this did not just happen,” he noted.

According to him, a lot of the bandits are being circled and taken out. “It is a matter of time, they will be substantially reduced and the Nigerian state will be safe all over again,” Shehu assured Nigerians.

In September 2017, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); and the then Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata; had approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to give judicial backing to the Executive Order of President Buhari, outlawing IPOB and its activities in every part of Nigeria.

The then Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, had granted the order proscribing IPOB.

Recently the Federal Government hint that it might proscribe the Yoruba Nation movement led by Prof Banji Akintoye and Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho.

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Religious, Community Leaders Who Preach Hate To Be Punished —FG |The Republican News

Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

■ NASS crucial to resolving national challenges –SGF

From Fred Ezeh, Abuja

Federal Government has disclosed its plans to go after religious leaders using their pulpits to propagate hate speeches, and to also incite the people either against one another or against the government. The government statement disclosed that the Police and other security agencies would soon go after such religious and community leaders some of whom command massive and high loyalty and followership.

Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who disclosed the information at the third quarterly meeting of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) in Abuja, called on such clerics to be cautious when they talk, given the level of influence such clerics have on the psyche of millions of their followers, online and offline.

“As religious and community leaders, we must be careful with our utterances, and we must consider, in our actions, that life is sacred and must be preserved. We must promote comments and actions that would bring succour the people,” he remarked.

Admitting that it is the responsibility of the government to provide security for the people as well as improve their well-being, he added that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, has been doing just that in the past six years.

President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in his remarks, accused the President of being biased in his approach to the issues of insecurity in Nigeria, hence the impression that he was in support of people of one region against the others. Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, in his remarks, disabused the minds of the people that the crisis in Plateau was religious or political, insisting that it was purely criminal act that would be punished soon.

(Sunnewsonline)

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We’re Working With UN To Protect Some Part Of Nigeria From Buhari’s Control —Wole Soyinka |The Republican News

Professor Wole Soyinka and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

■ Mr Soyinka said the international community “has a right and responsibility to declare sections of the country as protectorate under the UN.”

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has called on the United Nations to step in and take control of parts of the country as the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to fulfill its responsibilities under international laws.

Mr Soyinka said the international community “has a right and responsibility to declare sections of the country as protectorate under the UN,” asking that the international body pull a “Namibia” and protect certain regions of the country.

“We are calling on the United Nations to intervene and stop this slave trade,” Mr Soyinka declared at an event in Lagos on Friday.

He explained that when protocols and conditions given by the UN and signed by a said nation are violated, such nation has failed to live up to its responsibilities.

“…the protocols are there for any nation to champion the cause of these children and thereby enforce on this government international intervention in whatever form,” Mr Soyinka said.

Mr Soyinka’s comments refer to school kidnappings, such as the Bethel Baptist School, Kaduna where 32 students were released from their captors on Friday.  Mr Soyinka described the kidnapping and targeting of school children as slavery, which he stated is more lucrative within the country than exporting people. 

Mr Soyinka said he’d been in talks with governments and foreign heads of states, appealing that they elevate the targeting of children and the “forced repatriation to the attention of the United Nations in the next General Assembly.”

The kidnappings, rife in the northern region of the country, and the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to control and eliminate the threat are direct violations of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Across Nigeria, several attacks have been orchestrated by Fulani herdsmen and bandits as the reign of terror continues to spread from the North, these attacks have led to the loss of lives and damage to property. 

Investigations revealed that the Nigerian Government, in a secret program, rehabilitate surrendered insurgents and attempt to integrate them into society, this is being done with no formal pardons.

Mr Buhari has often defended the actions of these insurgents. In July, Mr Buhari commended security agencies for raiding Sunday Igboho’s house, saying Mr Igboho has been disturbing the peace with his campaign against the herdsmen.

Peoples Gazette earlier reported how the presidency kicked against the ultimatum given by the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to vacate the forest reserves.

The state government had hinged the decision on the criminal acts linked to the herders operating from the forests. But Mr Buhari argued that the murderous herders had rights to inhabit any portion of the Nigerian territory. (People’s Gazette)

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BREAKING: Emir Abbas Tafida Orders Fulani Herdsmen, Bandits To Vacate Forests Or Face Revenge [Video] |The Republican News

By The Republican News

Emir Abbas Tafida of Munir has read the riot act to the Fulani herdsmen and bandits and orders them to leave the forests in his community or face outright revenge.

Emir Tafida made this known during the Sallah prayer session and he spoke with anger bellowing from his voice while his hands shook.

“Our Fulani herdmen in the forests you came to this state and we accepted you, why then will you be coming to our towns and kidnap residents, even up to the extent of raping our women, he said.

He orders, “because of this unending menace, every Fulani herdsmen in the state have been given 30 days to vacate the forests without which we will be forced to take the laws into our hands to kill in revenge.

Sallah prayer session

Emir Abbas went on to say, ” from today henceforth, anyone caught conspiring with those hoodlums, his parents, siblings will not be spared, just as we will not allow for the bail of criminals in the police custody.

He concluded that “we are tired of having sleepless nights and the hunger alone in the land is enormous and we will not allow it to continue.

The Minister of Power, Alhaji Saleh Mamman in response defended that the president has been on it and asked all Nigerians to support Mr President. He further claimed that the government of Buhari has made efforts and have recently achieved success. He said, “we believe we going to solve the problem.

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2023: Southern States Ready To Secede If Presidency Goes To North —Philip Shuaibu |The Republican News

■Our Military Personnel will come back home.

Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu

In a recent interview with the Edo state Deputy Governor Comrade Philip Shuaibu, he revealed that the 17 Southern States are ready to leave the Nigeria Union if their request that the presidency should be zoned to the South is not agreed to by the Northern elites.

He explained that the only thing the North has to offer Nigeria is their unproductive population which they use to intimidate the South,  while the resources of the country are domiciled in Southern Nigeria.

Southern Governors Set Dateline For Promulgation Of Laws Against Open Grazing In The Region |The Republican News

BREAKING: Southern Governors Reconvene In Lagos To Discuss Buhari’s Land Recovery Order For Fulani Herdsmen |RN

“They should go with their population while we go with our resources.”

We will ask our ppl in the armed forces to relocate back home and leave their desert for them.

The Middlebelt peoples can join us if they wish to, they have good agricultural lands that can supply enough food to our new country.

Ask if he was not afraid of being persecuted by the Buhari regime he declared that “no one can arrest me as a sitting deputy Governor, I have immunity.
I have been in the struggle for freedom my entire adult life.”

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