Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads In BornoFollowing resurgence of attacks by remnants of the ‎Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima, has held an emergency security meeting with security operatives.

The meeting was attended by heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), with proactive measures taken on how to increase surveillance and forestall unanticipated security breach.

Governor Shettima began with a three-hour closed door meeting with the Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, on Friday at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

‎During the meeting, he was briefed on recent attacks and ongoing military operations while discussions were held with assurances that the remnants of the insurgents were on suicidal mission, given their displacement from their former headquarters at the Sambisa forest.

Spokesman to the governor, Mr Isa Gusau, said in a statement issued on Sunday that after meeting with the Theater Commander who is not a member of the State Security Council, Governor Shettima presided over an emergency meeting of the State Security Council that involved core armed forces.

At the end of meeting, new guard locations were established in some routes across the state to curtail the movement of the Boko Haram fighters.

The number of security personnel deployed to various locations were also increased with more members of the Civilian JTF (youth volunteers) involved.

Governor Shettima also gave approval for the release of additional patrol vehicles to security agencies for increased surveillance in the state.

He also approved logistics to compliment efforts of the Federal Government in strengthening the armed forces, while measures were adopted to strengthen the Civilian JTF and hunters.

The Council also reviewed the synergy between formal armed forces and volunteers, with steps adopted to increase collaboration and clamp down on cattle rustling used by insurgents to raise funds.

The meeting, which lasted for over three hours at the council chambers of the Government House, had in attendance ‎the General Officer Commanding, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu; the Commander, 79 Composite group of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo; the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, and the Garrison Commander, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Jibrin Mohammed.

Others at the meeting are the State Director of the DSS, Suleiman Kankia, Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Shuwa, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Lawan and the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security.

Air Force Investigating Alleged Murder Of Civilian By An Officer

Air Force, Sambisa, Boko Haram,The Nigerian Air Force  says it is investigating an alleged murder of a sixty year old civilian in Maiduguri by one of its personnel on Wednesday.

Reports say the man simply identified as Ibrahim Bulama was reportedly beaten to death by Air Force officers over a woman of easy virtue suspected to be their girlfriend at a red light area in Maiduguri city.

Giving an account of the incidence gathered from preliminary investigations, the Commander of the 105 Composite Group in Maiduguri, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo, told a press conference that the airman had left his beat after dismounting 10 p.m. and met some group of people around a corner near his accommodation.

“When they saw him they fled so he went towards there and was wondering why they were running.

“He entered a couple of rooms and saw a woman and before he knew what was happening he was attacked from behind, injured and they took away his rifle.

“He ran away from there and went for help he later reappeared with a colleague of his to secure his rifle and in the process we lost the old man,” he told reporters.

The airman, Lance Corporal Kamal Usman, who was injured in the encounter is receiving treatment in a military health facility chained to the bed and under heavy guard while his colleague whose name was not given but also took part in the scuffle that led to the death of the civilian is said to be in a guard room.

There are pictures of the murdered civilian in circulation, indicating deep cuts on his head and parts of his body.

The incidence happened in a hotel called “Okonna” in the metropolis. The hotel has since been shut down and the area cordoned off.

The airmen were serving under the 251 Battalion in the joint operations involving the army and police personnel.