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Bandits now in alliance with Boko Haram in Kaduna, Plateau, says Nigerian govt

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Federal Government has revealed that the ongoing terrorist activities in the Northern part of the country, including the recent attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train, are being carried out by an alliance of bandits and Boko Haram elements.

The Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, and his Information and Culture counterpart, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondent after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.

According to the Ministers, though security agencies are still working hard to unveil the group behind the attack, a preliminary report showed that the criminal groups were collaborating.

Mr Magashi said: “Honestly, I think the security chiefs are working hard to unveil those that are involved, and we will tell you very soon those that are carrying out these attacks.

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“Both attacks in Jos and Kaduna, we will come and explain to the public what is really going on and our efforts to ensure that all these activities are stopped once and for all.

“We are really on top of the situation, we are planning hard and we will get it out as soon as possible.”

Mr Mohammed added that “what is happening now is that there is a kind of an unholy handshake between bandits and Boko Haram insurgents.

“Preliminary reports of what transpired at the Kaduna train attacks show that there is a kind of collaboration between the bandits and the dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from the northeast. I can tell you very confidently that the Federal Government is on the top of this matter.”

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