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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed George Abang Ekpungu, Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Dr. Umar Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Minister of Justice, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja. He said the appointment was for a fresh tenure of five years. Also appointed as Board Members are Luqman Muhammad (South-South), Anumba Adaeze (South East), Alhaji Kola Raheem Adesina (North Central), and Alhaji Yahya...

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YOLA —The Adamawa State Government has reviewed the curfew regime imposed on the three Council areas of Yola North, Yola South, and Girei following the activities of Shila Boys and other Miscreants in the society using Tricycles and Motorcycles. Inhabitants of the affected local governments have been observing the curfew from 11 pm to 5am during the Ramadan period, but now the curfew has been reviewed to commence from 10 pm to 5am with immediate...

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The Kebbi state government has shut down seven schools indefinitely in the wake of the armed attack on Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri on Thursday. Kebbi, Isah Arzika, Chairman Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT Kebbi state wing who has confirmed this and that the school is located on the frontlines of the areas prone to bandit attacks. In the latest attack on Federal Government College FGC Yauri, students and three teachers were abducted from the...

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The Head of Vigilante of Zuru Emirate in Kebbi state, John Mani, on Saturday, said the bandits that abducted the students of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri, suffered a heavy casualty, saying over 80 of them have been killed. Bandits numbering 150 were reported to have broken into the school on Thursday and made away with a yet-to-be ascertained number of students. Mani, in a telephone interview, said the bandits were killed in the ‘Insen...

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ENUGU — South-East Governors and Leaders of Thought have requested security agencies in the zone to respect the rights and privileges of all those leaving in the zone. The leaders made the call on Saturday in Enugu after a meeting attended by political leaders, socio-cultural organizations, the clergy, and the traditional institution. The Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, who addressed newsmen after the meeting, condemned the killing of civilians in the zone...

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BIRNIN KEBBI, (Kebbi State) — Kebbi Gov. Atiku Bagudu, and his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, have charged local hunters and vigilantes to be ready to defend the territories of states against frequent attacks by bandits. The governors stated this on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi while addressing hundreds of local hunters and vigilance groups from different parts of the state. The groups had converged on the state capital to declare their readiness to wage...

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Nigerian Army troops operating under the auspices of Operation Hadarin Daji have engaged kidnappers and bandits in a gun battle following the abduction of students of the Federal Government College, Yawuri, Kebbi State, have rescued two teachers and five students after an exchange of fire with the criminals. Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement, said the rescue followed an initial encounter with the abductors in the early hours of...

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All students abducted by bandits from the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri have been rescued according to the Kebbi state governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu. The governor in a press release received by this correspondent on Saturday confirmed the release. His statement contradicts reports on the media which indicates that only two teachers and five students were rescued. On Thursday, bandits had raided the federal college abducting teachers and about 80 students. A policeman was killed...

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KANO — Nigerian Customs officers at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, (MAKIA) have arrested a Saudi Arabia returnee with a bag filled with foreign currency equivalent to N1billion. It was learned that the returnee arrived on a 2 pm Ethiopian Airlines flight on Thursday afternoon. According to the source “upon checking the luggage, different foreign currencies such as US Dollars, Euro, Pounds Sterling, and Saudi Riyal were discovered equivalent to N1billion.” It was gathered...

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YAURI, (Kebbi State) — Armed bandits again on Thursday have abducted an undisclosed number of staff and students of the Government College (FGC), Yauri in Kebbi State. It was gathered that the heavily armed bandits, who came on motorcycles, reportedly entered the town from the neighbouring Rijau forest in Niger State. It was reported that the bandits gathered that the bandits shot security personnel during an exchange of gunfire, while most of the kidnapped students...

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