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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

Shiek Gumi: Bandits I negotiated with have stopped kidnapping

A prominent Islamic cleric, Shiek Ahmed Gumi, has again canvassed amnesty for bandits wreaking havoc across the north of Nigeria, saying those he met in the past have repented.
The state’s Commissioner of Education, Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, said this in a statement she issued on Tuesday.

Niger government suspends boarding schools in rural areas

The Niger State government has suspended boarding schools in the rural areas of the state to avert further abduction of students by bandits.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received a former Head of State retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar at the State House, Abuja.

President Buhari meets General Abdulsalami at Aso Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received a former Head of State retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar at the State House, Abuja.
The Niger kidnapping came two months after hundreds of schoolboys were abducted in northwestern Katsina state then released days later following negotiations with the government. iStock

Over 600 schools shut in northern Nigeria over abduction scare

Also, barely three days after the abduction of 39 students of the Federal School of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, security agencies on Saturday rescued 307 pupils of Government Secondary Science School (GSSS) Ikara, Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna from bandits who attempted to kidnap them from their school.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

Northern states tighten security to curb abduction of schoolchildren

No fewer than 11 Northern states have beefed up security around schools to prevent the abduction of pupils by bandits in their states, investigations have revealed.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis wearing a face mask attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Pope Francis condemns kidnapping of Zamfara schoolgirls

Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has condemned the abduction of 317 schoolgirls in Zamfara by terrorists, in what is the latest in a wave of kidnappings targeting school children in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.
4. Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has received the 24 Kagara students freed after their abduction by gunmen for 10 days.

Niger governor meets freed Kagara students, others — in pictures

Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has received the 24 Kagara students freed after their abduction by gunmen for 10 days
Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee, Senator John J. Akpanudoedehe in a statement on Tuesday said the 16 years of PDP administration was characterised by “looting of public funds”, adding that the party should spare Nigerians of the trauma of a reminder of the “disaster.”

APC hails release of Kagara students

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as heart-warming the safe release of school children, teachers and their family members abducted from Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Niger governor: Kagara abducted victims went through tremendous torture

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said the rescued kidnapped victims of the Government Science College, Kagara went through tremendous torture in the hands of their abductors.
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UNICEF: Release of kidnapped Kagara students a relief

UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins has described the release of 27 students abducted by gunmen in a government school at Kagara, Niger State over a week ago as a relief.
One of the students of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State lucky to escape recent abduction in the school has narrated how the gunmen who kidnapped his colleagues callously killed one of his friends in the course of the criminal action.

Four killed, 25 kidnapped as bandits attack Kagara again

As Niger state rejoices over the return of the abductees of the Government Science College, Kagara, bandits have once again struck in the district, killing four people and abducting 25 others.
Abubakar Sani Bello

Journalists barred as Niger government receives freed Kagara students, staff

Journalists in Niger State were barred from entering the venue when the government received the freed Kagara staff and students.
One of the students of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State lucky to escape recent abduction in the school has narrated how the gunmen who kidnapped his colleagues callously killed one of his friends in the course of the criminal action.

Kagara abduction: Parents commend Niger government over victims’ release

Parents of the abducted students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have commended the State Government for securing the release of the students and other victims.
The 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and 15 others have not been released by their abductors.

Assailants free 42 people kidnapped from Nigeria school

"The abducted students, staff and relatives of Government Science College Kagara have regained their freedom and have been received by the Niger state government," governor Abubakar Sani Bello said on Twitter
The 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and 15 others have not been released by their abductors.

NAPTAN boss: Release of Kagara boys good, but..

The National President of the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN, Haruna Danjuma, has expressed happiness with the release of the abducted students of the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State after 10 days in the dens of bandits.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday offered automatic employment to 110 ex-corps members in the Federal Civil Service and scholarships for the pursuit of post-graduate studies up to doctoral level in any university in Nigeria.

President Buhari welcomes release of Kagara students

The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, commended the nation’s security and intelligence agencies and the government of Niger state for their responses in securing the release.
One of the students of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State lucky to escape recent abduction in the school has narrated how the gunmen who kidnapped his colleagues callously killed one of his friends in the course of the criminal action.

Kagara students arrived Minna amidst tight security

Newsmen report that the students who arrived Minna amidst tight security were taken to the Niger State Development Company suite to freshen up before being taken to the government house to be received by the governor.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Niger govt says it secured release of Kagara students

Niger government says it has secured the released of students of Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi local government areas of the state.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi (second from right) recently met with bandits in Zamfara to negotiate peace.

Shiek Gumi: Bandits I met not behind Zamfara schoolgirls abduction

A prominent Islamic cleric, Shiek Ahmad Gumi, says the abduction of schoolgirls in Zamfara was not carried out by bandits he met with recently.
Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu with Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello...

Niger: Federal government not doing enough for Kagara schoolboys’ release

The Niger State Government yesterday accused the federal government of not doing enough to assist the state in rescuing the 27 pupils of Government Science College, Kagara and 15 others, bandits kidnapped from the school last Wednesday.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari: Deal with criminals without resorting to ethnic profiling

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday that criminals who were terrorising the country should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. He reiterated that government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements who constitute threat to innocent citizens across the country.
Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu with Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello...

Senator Kalu urges Nigerian government to set up joint security committee

Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, has called on federal government to set up a joint committee of representatives of all security forces to help existing commands to fast-track the release of the abducted students in Niger.

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