Following the ongoing military operation against bandits and terrorists in the Northwest, troops of Operation Forest Sanity have raided a camp belonging to bandits at Kuriga and Manini communities, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. During the operation early Tuesday, the troops rescued six hostages who were kidnapped by bandits at different locations. The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan said the troops, during the operation, identified bandits and terrorist enclaves within the council and successfully engaged the criminals in a gun duel. Aruwan listed the freed persons as Sahura Hamisu, Ramlatu Umar, Saudatu Ibrahim, Maryam Shittu, Fatima Shuaibu, and Khadijah Mohammed who was kidnapped along with her baby. The rescued persons, according to him, have been reunited with their families. Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has expressed excitement about the rescue development, and also commended the government, military, police, and other security forces for the successful round of operations.

The Jigawa State Government on Wednesday ordered the closure of all schools across the state. The State Commissioner for Education, Dr Lawan Yusuf, confirmed the development to newsmen in Dutse. According to him, the security threat was the main reason behind the closure of the school. Yusuf said the schools were closed on Wednesday morning after the state received an intelligence report about possible attacks on schools across the country, particularly in border states. He directed parents of students in boarding secondary schools to go and take their children.

Nigerian electricity workers on Wednesday shut down major power stations due to the nationwide strike which has just been suspended for two weeks. On Tuesday, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) directed its members to go on strike over “contravention of workers’ conditions and default on the payment of entitlement by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)”. TCN, however, appealed to the workers to suspend the proposed strike, assuring that steps had been taken to resolve the issues. Minister of State for Power Goddy Jedy-Agba urged the union to give the government two weeks to address the issues raised and come up with proposals for an acceptable resolution. Labour and Productivity Minister Chris Ngige was reported to have invited the striking workers for an urgent meeting in Abuja. The meeting which had Jedy-Agba, the representative of the Head of Service, Mr Godfrey Abah and the Chairman of the NUEE chapter in the capital resulted in the 2-week suspension. NUEE President Comrade Joe Ajero expressed hope that the federal government would act in good faith on the issues in dispute which have lingered for years.

An Ethiopian rebel group has proposed a humanitarian truce to facilitate assistance to hungry people in the country’s Oromia region as it warns of famine. The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) has been engaged in a deadly conflict with the Ethiopian government, which has labelled it a terror group. The OLA’s statement on Wednesday came as the Horn of Africa faces severe drought due to multiple seasons of failed rains as well as conflict in some areas. The OLA offered “to cooperate with a declaration of humanitarian truce to allow humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance to affected areas,” spokesman Odaa Tarbii said. The group added that it will open a humanitarian corridor if the truce fails. Oromia, the largest of Ethiopia’s federal states, is one of the most severely affected drought areas in the country. The United Nations humanitarian agency this month said that more than 20 million people in Ethiopia are estimated to be in need of assistance this year, nearly three-quarters of them being women and children. “Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in the past 40 years, and the impact is being felt in more areas in the south and east of the country,” the agency said, noting worsening levels of malnutrition and the deaths of more than three million livestock. The OLA statement asserted that women and children are “dying of hunger every day.” Ethiopian officials have, however, denied deaths from starvation.