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Nigerian Army In ‘Major Operation’ To End Wanton Killings In North Central Nigeria

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Nigerian Army says it has commenced a major operation to put an end to the activities of all armed men and criminal gangs who have been engaging in wanton killing and destruction of property in Benue, Nassarawa and Plateau, three states in the North-Central hub of the country.  

A statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said that the operations are meant to capture and neutralize all the enclaves of criminal gangs.

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Gunmen Killed 9 Children In Plateau Village

By SaharaReporters, New York

Unknown gunmen on Wednesday night in Plateau State killed nine children and four other adults in a Berom ethnic group settlement.

The gunmen, according to police, struck in a village, Rapyem in Barkin Ladi local government and attacked a few houses where the nine children and the adults were battered with machete cuts and sporadic gun attacks.

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Three Killed, 16 Wounded In Plateau Church Attack - PUNCH

The peaceful atmosphere that pervaded the Christmas celebration in Plateau State was shattered on Wednesday when two persons were reportedly killed while 16 others were wounded when a group of gunmen invaded the Church of Christ in Nations on the eve of the New Year at  Maiakworigold Maikatako village in Bokkos Local Government Council of Plateau State.

One other person was said to have been killed in Manguna area of Bokkos Local Government of the state in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Ayo Oke Appointed DG Of National Intelligence Agency

By SaharaReporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Ambassador Ayo Oke as the new Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), a State House press statement said today.

The President Jonathan also approved the appointments of Mr. E.O. Okafor (Anambra State) as Deputy Director-General (Operations), and Mr. Arap A. Yadam (Plateau State) as Deputy Director-General (Administration) of the NIA.

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Lieutenant Haggai Bitrus

Boko Haram Kills Army Lieutenant In Maiduguri

By SaharaReporters, New York

Two sources who demanded anonymity disclosed the development to SaharaReporters. One source revealed that the army officer, Lieutenant Haggai Bitrus, died when the Islamist group launched a surprise attack on JTF operatives. The late lieutenant was described as an indigene of Plateau State.

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Fulani Will Fight Back In Self-Defense, Declares Miyetti Allah

Governor Jonah Jang

By SaharaReporters, New York

A Fulani group called Miyetti Allah has denied an allegation by Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State that Fulanis were planning to launch spontaneous attacks in the state. Instead, the group said they would only fight back in self defense if they were attacked by members of the Berom ethnic group.

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Plateau Indigenes Blast General Useni Over Jos Killings


Jeremiah Useni

By SaharaReporters, New York

Plateau State indigenes, under the umbrella of Patriots of Plateau, have blasted late General Sani Abacha’s main man, Lt. Gen. Jeremiah Useni, over his comments on recent killings in the state.
In interviews with Daily Trust and BBC Hausa service last week, Retired General Useni alleged that the current Plateau State governor, Jonah David Jang, is the real problem in the State.
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Defence Headquarters Orders Fulani Out Of Troubled Villages, As Military Action Looms


Nigerian army

By Sani Tukur

The military says it’s time to flush out murderers from Plateau State
The Fulani in troubled villages that will be the target of the military operation say they won’t move an inch from the communities.

The Federal Government has ordered the military to deploy maximum force to flush out insurgents who have been launching sporadic attacks on villages in Plateau state, killing scores each time they strike.

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