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Bandits Kidnap Eight University Students In Nigeria’s Kaduna

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Bandits have kidnapped no fewer than eight students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State, authorities have said in a statement.

According to a statement released on Monday night by the state’s Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the students were among those kidnapped by bandits on Kaduna-Abuja road.

The incident happened on Sunday evening.

He added that the bandits also killed no fewer than 10 villagers in Albasu village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna.

The internal security boss was also confirmed that gunmen suspected to be abducted two persons and killed one person at Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru Local Government Area of the State.

The statement read, “The Kaduna State Government has stated that the security operatives are presently pursuing bandits in some locations in Igabi and Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

“The development follows today’s bandit attack at Albasu village of Igabi and Sunday night attack at Maraban Kajuru in the two councils.

“Security agencies have notified the government that they are pursuing bandits in the area, and will provide further updates.

“On Monday armed bandits attacked Albasu village located south wards of Malum forest in Sabon Birni general area and subsequently killed some locals, while on Sunday night at Maraban Kajuru, armed bandits kidnapped two persons and killed one person while escaping into a nearby forest.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sent condolences to the families and prayed for the repose of their souls.

“The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Kabir Bala has informed the government that eight students of the institution were among those kidnapped on Sunday afternoon on the Kaduna-Abuja Road.

*Similarly, troops on patrol around Chikun and Kajuru LGAs boundaries found a corpse of an armed bandit who died of gun wounds.

“An AK/47 rifle and other valuables were found beside the decayed corpse.”

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Seven Killed, Houses Razed in Attack on Jemaa Community in Kaduna, Nigeria

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At least seven people have been killed in fresh attacks in the early hours of Sunday at a community of Jemaa Local Government Area, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

The attacks and reprisals, according to local authorities were caused by the killing of a herdsman, Isiyaka Saidu of Ungwan Pah village

In reprisal attacks, at least four houses have been burnt down while two children have been declared missing.

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attacks and destruction of properties and has called on security agencies in the state to get to the depth of the issue and arrest those found culpable.

He charged traditional leaders in the state to cooperate with the state government in ensuring the security of lives and properties by being a bridge between the leaders and residents of the state.

He ordered the state’s emergency management agency to provide relief materials for the residents whose houses were razed and also those who were attacked in the incident.

Read also: Bandits Kill 16 In Nigeria’s Kaduna

Sunday’s incident in Kaduna follows the wicked savaging of more than 40 farmers in a community in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Nigerians have been calling on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to take frantic steps to mitigate the security crisis being experienced in Africa’s most populous nation and its biggest economy.

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Three-Year-Drought Pushes 1.5 Million People Into Hunger In Southern Madagascar

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UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) says a three-year drought in southern Madagascar has pushed 1.5 million people – over half of the population – into crisis and in need of emergency food and nutrition assistance.

Those affected include 75,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women. Also, 100,000 children aged under 5 are in danger of acute malnutrition with about 19,000 appearing to be in a ‘severe’ situation.

The WFP said the number of people in need of assistance had tripled in the past few months.

In the worst-hit area of Amboasary, three-quarters of children have dropped out of school to help their parents look for food.

Some people are exchanging essential household items, such as cooking utensils, for food.

The WFP said about $35m is needed to avert catastrophe in the area in the coming months

WFP’s Aina Andrianalizaha, who is visiting affected areas, said people are digging into the sand to find water “but rarely find any”, adding that “they have to walk several kilometres from their villages or hamlets to fetch water”

She added: “They can no longer plant and have, as a result, come to offer to exchange their scarce cooking utensils for a piece of cassava.”

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Ethiopian Forces Capture Tigray’s Capital In Final Offensive

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Ethiopian forces have captured Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced this in tweets on Saturday, as he said the “Tigrayan criminals” will now be hunted by the Federal Police.

Ahmed on Friday met African envoys in Addis Ababa and reiterated that civilians in the region will not be harmed in the final offensive.

“I am pleased to share that we have completed and ceased the military operations in the #Tigray region.

“Our focus now will be on rebuilding the region and providing humanitarian assistance while Federal Police apprehend the TPLF clique.”

He said the town is now under the control of National Defence Forces, as humanitarian assistance will be provided to inhabitants of the region.

Recall that Ethiopia earlier announced that a Tigrayan town, Wikro, 50km north of Mekelle has been captured.

Tigray officials are yet to react to the Prime Minister’s claims as the region has been cut off from internet and phone access.

Both forces have been at daggers drawn since the 4th of November when Ethiopia accused Tigrayan forces of attacking state properties.

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