Moro Assures Nigerians Of Security During Elections

Security_NigeriaThe Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, on Thursday assured Nigerians that efforts are on to ensure peace and stability throughout the period of the general elections .

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, Mr Moro promised that the Federal Government will deploy security personnel before, during and after the elections adding that the anxiety over a peaceful process is unwarranted.

He asked Nigerians to avoid activities that might instigate violence saying that the country is more important that any individual or group of persons.

Mr Moro also noted that despite the insurgency in some parts of the country, adequate resources are being mobilized to ensure peace throughout the elections and beyond.

The risk of foreigners infiltrating the country during the elections, the threats of violence peddled by individuals over the presidential elections and safety of the citizens were also raised during the meeting.

Meanwhile, at a separate news conference, the Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri, drew attention to a planned attack by members of the Boko Haram sect, warning Nigerians to be on high alert especially as the elections approach.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Omelogo Nnadi reports that with roughly two weeks before the elections, many Nigerians view the safety of their lives and property as important as voting their candidates into power.

JTF offers N290 million reward for information on Boko Haram Leader, 18 others

The military Joint Task force (JTF) in Borno state has placed a reward of N290 million for anybody with useful information that will lead to the arrest of the Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau; 14 sect commanders and four others in connection with terrorists activities in the North East geo political zone of the country.

The declaration of the Boko Haram sect members on the wanted lists is contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of the JTF in Borno State; Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa and made available to news men in Maiduguri the Borno state capital.

The JTF placed a bounty of N50 million on the head of Mr Shekau and N10 million each for the 14 commanders.

According to the statement, the sect leader and his commanders are wanted in connection with terrorist activities particularly in the North-East zone of the country that led to series of killings, bombings, assassination of some traditional and religious leaders, business men, civil servants, politicians, security personnel among other innocent people.

The statement further added that they are wanted by the JTF for arson, and destruction of property worth millions of Naira.

The JTF further said volunteers with useful information will be given adequate protection, as their information will be treated with utmost confidentiality. The statement said anyone with information should forward such to the following telephone numbers: 09064174066, 08154429345 and 070855464012.

The Boko Haram commanders on the JTF wanted list include:

(i) Abu Saad,
(ii) Abba Kaka,
(iii) Abdulmalik Bama,
(iv) Umar Fulata,
(v) Alhaji Mustapha (Massa) Ibrahim,
(vi) Abubakar Suleiman-Habu (aka Khalid)
(vii) Hassan Jazair,
(viii) Ali Jalingo,
(ix) Alhaji Musa Modu,
(x) Bashir Aketa and
(xi) Abba Goroma
(xii) Habibu Yusuf (aka Asalafi),
(xiii) Khalid Albarnawai,
(xiv) Momodu Bama and
(xv) Mohammed Zangina.

Others are: Ibrahim Bashir, Abubakar Zakariya and Tukur Ahmed mohammed.

The activities of the sect members brought various activities within the north-east geopolitical zone of the country to a standstill as scores of people were killed and property worth millions of Naira destroyed.

States worse hit within the zone are Borno and Yobe states and their operations in recent times were faced with severe resistance from the Nigerian security forces.