Premium On Life Of Chibok Girls Not Necessary – Yomi Dare

boko haram, abducted chibok girls, sunrise daily, A former Director Army Legal Services, Yomi Dare, says government does not necessarily have to place a premium on the abducted girls as every citizen’s life matters.

I don’t know what premium you expect government to put on the lives of the Chibok girls. Those who are using them as baits, really know what they are after.

“I believe that the life of every citizen is really high, so what premium should one put on the life of the Chibok girls. I think it’s very important and the government has said it time and time again that efforts are on-going.”

Mr Dare said this during an interview on the Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily.

He added that the German, US, British, and French governments were working assiduously alongside the military to put an end to the insurgency and rescuing the girls.

In response to the recent release of a video in which one of the girls was seen making an appeal, the former Army Legal Director said the fact that they were alive and a mother had identified one of the girls as her daughter, was hope rekindled.

He further mentioned that the army could not tell specifically when they were truly on the trail of the Boko Haram.

“To be very honest with you, I do not think we should put a time frame on this because it might just amount to an adventure in the wilderness. Like I said, it could take years. It’s unfortunate.”

However, apart from the same old military strategies being used, he said, General enlightenment and awareness of the public could help speed up the rescue of the abducted girls.

Nigerian Navy Offers Free Medical Care In Maiduguri IDP Camp

medical services, Nigerian NavyThe Nigerian Navy, as part of their diamond jubilee celebrations are offering free medical services to displaced people in Maiduguri.

The free medical services named Medical Rhapsody, held in Dalori1, a selected Displaced People’s camp in the state capital.

Dalori1 is one of the 22 government-recognised displaced people’s camps within Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

One of the beneficiaries is a mother of four abducted girls, Falmata Mustapha, battling with diabetes without medication since she fled from insurgents in her hometown, Bama.

The medical outreach was a lifesaver for her as money and drugs or the correct diet to control her condition have been out of her reach.

The Navy offered free drugs for the treatment of malaria, blood pressure check for the elderly and pregnant women, deworming for children, as well as multivitamins among others.

Part of the activities also included public health lectures by the naval medical team on topical issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, environmental, personal and oral hygiene.

The gesture was mentorship-oriented, intended to stir up ambition in younger ones from the benefitting communities.

Meanwhile, the Borno State government, again pleaded with the armed forces to consider recruiting members of the youth vigilante assisting in the insurgency war.

Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, made his request to top ranking officers of the Nigerian Navy.

He said that the Borno State government was worried about the fate of the teeming jobless youths when the insurgency war is brought to an operational end with their services no longer required.

Some of the youth vigilante volunteers also known as the Civilian Joint Task Force are also anxious about getting jobs to confront poverty.

Court Orders Remand Of Ikorodu Kidnap Suspects

Ikorodu SuspectsSix of the men accused of abducting three schoolgirls at Ikorodu have been arraigned before the Ebutte Metta Magistrate Court in Lagos.

The prosecution counsel, Mr Godwin Osuji, asked that the kidnap suspects be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Department of Public Prosecution.

Arguing the remand application, Osuyi, said the application was brought pursuant to section 264(1) and (2), of the administration of Criminal Justice of Lagos State, 2011.

The court granted the application before adjourning the case till April 25, 2016. The Court also ordered the Police to duplicate the case file and forward it to the DPP for advice.

The six men are accused of abducting three schoolgirls from Macaulay Babington Junior Seminary Ikorodu in Lagos State.

The defence counsel, Ola Ogunbiyi said that the arraignment was proper and expressed optimism that justice would be done.

The six suspected kidnappers ordered to be remanded in prison custody are: Emmanuel Arigidi, 37: Gift Pius, 30: Omoni Rufus Fred, 32: Owei Omobo Geofrey, 38: Akanji Seun, 38: and James Henry Segun, 29.

In the charge sheet marked D/13/16, attached to the remand application, the Police alleged that the suspected kidnappers had on February 29, 2016, at about 8p.m, while armed with AK 47, and offensive weapons, invaded Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School, Ikorodu, and unlawfully kidnapped and detained three students of the school.

The three students allegedly kidnapped by the suspects are: Tofunmi Popo-Olaniyan, 15: Olusa Timilelun, 14 and Deborah Akintayo, 14: all girls.

The Police alleged that the suspects took the students away to a creek between Imota and Igbokuta of Ikorodu, on February 29, before they were rescued by the Police on March 6.

They were also alleged to have robbed the Principal of the school, one Venerable Olaoluwa Adeyemi of the sum of 5.6 million Naira.

Aside that, the first suspect, Emmanuel Arigidi, is alleged to be a member of the armed gang that robbed FCMB at Admiralty Way, Lekki, of the sum of 24 million Naira on March 12, 2015.

The offences according to the Osuyi, are contrary to and punishable under sections 409, 269(1), and 295(2) of the Criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011

Ikorodu Abduction: Lawmakers Urge Police To Ensure Girls’ Rescue

2016 budget-HouseThe House of Representatives has urged the Inspector General of the Police in Nigeria, Solomon Arase, to intensify efforts to ensure that the three girls abducted from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu, Lagos State, are rescued.

The resolution by the House on Wednesday followed a motion of urgent public importance raised by Honourable Babjimi Benson.

Speaking on the motion, lawmakers expressed worries over the growing number of girls and women being kidnapped across Nigeria.

Adopting the motion which passed unanimously, the House said it would send a delegation to the school and also meet with the parents.

The police and other agencies are also being urged to step up strict surveillance in Ikorodu and all schools in the state to avoid similar occurrence.

The three female students’ abduction by gunmen said to be heavily armed occurred on Monday night. The gunmen were said to have gained entry into the school by breaking the perimeter fence which served as protection for the boarding students and forcefully took the girls away during the prep hour on Monday night.

One of the parents of the abducted girls told Channels Television that the armed men made the attempt in January this year but were repelled by the school security and the fence of the school was further raised.

Northern Elders Give Jonathan October Ultimatum To Produce Chibok Girls

Chibok GirlsThe faction of the Northern Elders Forum led by Maitama Sule, on Monday, gave President Goodluck Jonathan an ultimatum till the end of October 2014 to produce the over 200 abducted Chibok girls in Borno State and also bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, saying that failure to do so amounts to him being deemed unfit to seek re-election in 2015. 

The Northern Elders noted that the warning became imperative because they were of the firm belief that the lingering terrorist attacks and other related security challenges in the country pose a major threat to the 2015 elections and the survival of Nigeria as a nation.

Addressing  a news conference in Kaduna, Spokesman of the forum, Solomon Dalung, identified lack of political will and corruption among government officials and the military authorities as being largely responsible for the lingering insurgency in the North-East, where thousands of innocent people have been killed.

The forum lamented that this situation has allowed the insurgents to take over some parts of the North-East without much resistance from the nation’s security forces.

The forum further alleged that the failure of the government to put an end to the current insecurity in Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa states was a deliberate plot to weaken the North’s political and economic potentials ahead of the 2015 elections.

They expressed disappointment over the unwillingness of prominent leaders of the region to use their connections to tackle the problem.

The forum called for a thorough investigation into the recent assassination attempt on General Muhammadu Buhari by suspected terrorists, and also condemned the alleged ill treatment being meted against northerners in some states in the South, whereby they are said to have been tagged as terrorists.

Christian Traditional Rulers Pray For Nigeria

Chibok girls videoAs the call for the release of over 200 hundred abducted school girls in Chibok on 14th April intensifies,the Traditional Rulers across the Country under the aegis of Fellowship of Christian Traditional Rulers of Nigeria have equally added their voice for the release of the abducted girls.

The School girls have been in captivity for eighty eight days in the camp of Boko Haram.

They appealed to Nigerians not to be wary in their intercessory prayers for the nation especially at a time like this when Nigeria is facing enormous security challenges.

The Traditional rulers gave this charge in Owerri,the Imo State Capital at their 17th national conference organised to carry Nigerians along in praying for the peace and stability of the country and ultimately for  the safe return of the abducted Chibok girls.

They appealed to the Boko Haram sect to listen to the plea of Nigerians and will release the girls.
They said terrorism is not the best option to express any grievance against the government and called on the Federal Government to tackle the issue by engaging the sect in a dialogue so as to end the ugly menace of terrorism in the country.

Present at the conference were, the National President of FECTRON, Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse 11 and other notable traditional rulers from  Kwara,Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States.

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FG Should Negotiate With Boko Haram – Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Abike dabiriThe Chairman House Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has asked the Federal Government to dialogue with Boko Haram in order to have its abducted girls back.

She spoke in Lagos on Friday on the sideline of an event aimed at highlighting the role of women in emerging African democracies.

“Negotiate with them so that we can get these girls back. Thereafter, anything can happen but at this point in time I think the only way out is negotiation to get this girls back safe and sound, and I see no reason why not.

“For a long time, we remain in denial as a people, the Federal Government remained in denial that’s where we are today. So at this point in time, negotiate with them because you cant just go there and kill them, they will kill the girls.

“So negotiate with Boko Haram and again don’t lets delay that for too long; that I believe is what has to be done now”, she said.

Abducted Girls: Presidential Fact Finding Committee Meets Borno Elders

Northern SchoolGirlsThe Presidential Facts Finding Committee on the abducted female students of Government Secondary School Chibok in Borno state on Friday held an interactive session with members of the Borno Elders’ Forum in line with its terms of reference.

At the opening session of the meeting, the Chairman of the committee, Brigadier-General Ibrahim Sabo urged members of the Borno Elders’ Forum to partner with the presidential committee in an effort to achieve its set of objectives.

He described the people of Borno as key to the achievement of the committee’s terms of reference and hoped the desired support would be sustained.

After a closed door session that lasted for over two hours, Spokesman of the committee, Kingsley Osadalor, told journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, that the meeting exchanged objectives and frank ideas that would assist the committee towards the realization of its set of objectives.

He also said that the issues discussed would galvanize the communities towards fighting a common course that would return the state and its surrounding communities to a permanent peace.

The Secretary of Borno Elders Forum, Dr. Bulama Mali Gubio, who spoke on behalf of the forum, was, however, of the view that the Federal Government should have dialogued with Boko Haram when they demanded for the exchange of their detained members with the girls, instead of vehemently rejecting the offer.

He also called on the Federal Government to adequately equip and motivate security personnel working tirelessly towards ending the insurgency, stressing that no personnel would be fully committed under the lack of motivation they were passing through in the troubled north-east states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

The Presidency had constituted the fact-finding committee to meet with the relevant stakeholders with a view to ensuring the safe release of the abducted schoolgirls from Chibok.

Media Asked To Pressurise Judiciary To Perform Better

Kenneth-OdidikaMedia organisations in Nigeria have been asked to put more pressure on the judiciary in the area of judgement delivery to ensure that cases are handled within a short period of time.

A lawyer, Kenneth Odidika, on Tuesday, said that delay in trail of cases had contributed to the resentment that Nigerians feel about security agencies and their inability to secure the punishment of law offenders.

On several occasions, cases taken to court by security agencies take up to one year before judgement is passed. In some cases, the media lose interest in covering the case and Nigerians will be left in the dark as to what happened to the criminal, a development that had led to increasing impunity.

This, Mr Odidika attributed to the slow nature of handling proceedings by the court judges, stressing the need for the media to demand that the judiciary show more commitment to their duty by dispensing judgement on cases as fast as possible.

On Monday, the Department of State Security paraded some persons suspected to have carried out the April 14 bomb blast in Nyanya Motor Park, Abuja, a development Mr Odidika commended.

He stressed the need for such cases to be handled as fast as possible to ensure justice.

“If these security agencies could put their lives on the line for the country, by going all out to arrest these men, then the judiciary should equally make some more commitment to handle cases fast. Nothing stops them from putting extra time into handling cases.

“Judiciary needs to be dealt with by the media to ensure that they do their work. Trials stretch on and on until the media lose interest in covering it.

“It is the responsibility of the media, which is very powerful, to put the judiciary to work. The security men are putting their lives on the line and the judiciary should also do more to prosecute these criminals in good time,” Mr Odidika.

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He also pointed out that the ‘Terrorism Act’ was enough to prosecute the terrorists.

Commenting on the abduction of over 200 girls in Chibok, Borno State, the lawyer said that there were indications that the abduction may have been pre-arranged.

He said that the principal of the school had given various story versions of what happened the night the abductors came.

“I do not think that there was a criminal abduction. There is a sought of cooperation between the parents, principal, students and the government.

“I think the children were removed based on a formal arrangement to evacuate them somewhere, not that they were abducted by Boko Haram.

“The principle had given us different versions of how they were removed. The state governor had promised to provide security during the exam but he never did.

“The principal first told a story about the Boko Haram members disguising like soldiers and demanding that the girls be moved to another place. This is what I think. I may be proved wrong but that is my opinion.

“The story of the girls shown in the video released by Boko Haram does not fit into the pattern of Boko Haram.

“From my observation, the girls in the video are looking so well fed and it does not portray a story of girls abducted by terrorists,” he said.

Mr Odidika, however, stressed the need for Nigerians to support the military by providing them with adequate information, needed to be able to apprehend criminals within the society.

“With the arrest made, it is now obvious that work is going on to end the insurgency. The media should make sure that the information they put out will portray support for our military,” he said, emphasising the need to make sure that media reports do not endanger the lives or military men or make their plans futile.

Chibok Girls: Borno Govt Facing More Pressure Than F.G – Gusau

The S.A on Media to the Borno State Governor, Isa Gusau has said the pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan over the 200+ girls abducted from the Girls Government School, Chibok, cannot be compared to what the governor of Borno is facing right now.Gusau

He said the families are mounting pressure on the Borno government and “there is a lot of psychological pressure that is in governance”.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, Mr. Gusau stated that there is serious community involvement in search of the girls.

He said the governor has involved everyone in the state to help in the search, the youth volunteers, traditional rulers and so much has been done in place of information gathering, “As soon as information is gathered it will be passed across to the security agencies”

He noted that the Borno state governor a day after the incident announced a N50m reward for anyone who discloses the location of the girls and has called on security agencies to request for help that would be needed in the search.

Mr. Gusau said the federal government is yet to delegate military troops to Chibok, “for operational reasons the military might decide to deploy their troops at odd times” he noted.

He urged the federal government and Borno state to work together and ensure that nothing bad is done to the girls.

Information On Abducted Girls Were Inconsistent – Omeri

The Director General,  National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri says that information given out on the 200+ girls that were abducted from the Girls Government School, Chibok were inconsistent, which is why the agency stepped in.Mr Omeri

He said due to the public’s hunger for information on the happenings in Borno state, the federal government decided to create a synergy that will interact with the media and people so that adequate information will be given out.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, live from Abuja, Sunrise, Mr. Omeri mentioned that the National Information Crisis Management Centre, has put in place outlets for taking information to the people.

Mr. Omeri mentioned that the agency has been working with the telecommunications to provide adequate services, also with some government representatives, adding that a press briefing was held recently to pass  information, “most agencies were well represented”.

Mr. Omeri noted the slow pace of information given by the Borno government which he said was not helping the situation of the country, “information that was given out from Borno was being managed by the state (Borno) while Nigerians have put pressure on the government to know the truth”.

He said that the agency is doing their best in terms of passing adequate information to Nigerians as a whole.

Police Releases Naomi Nyadar, Says She Was Not Arrested

Women-protest-Chibok-girls-abductionA prominent member of the women group protesting the kidnap of school children in Chibok, Borno State, who was arrested by security operatives, has been released.

Mrs Naomi Nyadar’s purported arrest elicited protest by various female groups and human rights organisations after she was allegedly arrested and detained earlier today at the Asokoro Police Station in Abuja.

However, in a Statement, Police spokesman, Frank Mba, said that the invitation of Mrs Mutah, a Deputy Director at the National Directorate of Employment, Abuja, was purely an interactive and fact finding interview.

“Mrs Nyadar cooperated with the Police in the course of the interview and was immediately allowed to return home to her loved ones. She was never arrested nor detained as being wrongly speculated in some quarters,” the statement read.

Mr Mba said that the Police and other security agencies are leaving no stone unturned at ensuring that the abducted school children are rescued.

President Goodluck Jonathan had in a media chat on Sunday reassured Nigerians that the school girls would be rescued.

But the issue took another turn on Monday when the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, released a video claiming the abduction of the girls and threatening to sell them.