Federal High Court Jails 45 Boko Haram Suspects

A Federal High Court sitting in Kainji, Niger State, has convicted and sentenced 45 Boko Haram members to between three and 31 years in jail.

This is following the conclusion of the first phase of the trial during which 575 suspects were arraigned.

The Senior Special Assistant media to the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi, Alhaji  Lai Mohammed in a statement on Friday said the court also discharged 468 suspects who had no case to answer.

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Thirty-four cases were struck out while 28 suspects were remanded for trial in Abuja and Minna, the statement said.

The Court ordered that the 468 discharged persons should undergo deradicalisation and rehabilitation programs before they are handed over to their respective state governments.

The trial commenced with the formal remand by the Court of 1,669 suspects for a period of 90 days, with the Court ordered that they should be arraigned within the specified period or released unconditionally.

The Court adjourned the trial of the 28 remanded suspects to January 2018.

HRW Asks Nigeria To Compensate Victims Of Military Bombing

Photo Credit: Reuters
Photo Credit: Reuters

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked the Nigerian Government to “compensate victims of the Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camp in the northeast” who were mistakenly bombed by a military jet.

The attack took place on Tuesday near the border with Cameroon, where the military engaged in what it called its ‘final push against Boko Haram’.

A senior researcher at the HRW in Nigeria, Mausi Segun, said that “prompt, adequate and effective compensation” was needed, even though there was no evidence of a willful attack on the camp.

She added that the “Victims should not be denied redress merely because the government decided the bombing was accidental”.

The military had insisted that the incident did not occur in an IDPs’ camp as reported in some quarters, but a settlement said to be occupied by civilians.

The spokesman for the military, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, admitted that it was an error deeply regretted by the military.

He explained that soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists before the unfortunate occurrence took place.

The military has continued clearance operations in the northeast after it sacked Boko Haram members from their Sambisa forest haven.

It had asked residents of the region to be more vigilant, as fleeing Boko Haram members could infiltrate their communities.

Troops Clear Boko Haram Terrorists Out Of Biggoro And Warpaya

Troops-Boko-HaramTroops have killed two Boko Haram members and rescued two children as they clear terrorists in some villages of Bama Local Government Area.

A statement by the Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said that troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B and 22 Task Force Brigade made the feat.

This was achieved while they conducted a simultaneous dawn raid on suspected Boko Haram militants’ hideouts in Biggoro, Warpaya and Aura North of Kumshe in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The essence of the operation, according to the statement, was to stop the reported criminal activities of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the three villages.

“This became necessary as previous efforts were futile (and) the suspected terrorists kept coming in search for food, water and shelter.

“The surprised dawn attack yielded positive result as the troops discovered well concealed observation posts on trees in the villages constructed by the terrorists, to give them early warning of troops movement or approach.

“In addition, the troops found out that the observation posts on tree tops, were constructed in such manner with chairs and ropes to pull up foods and other needs by the sentry without necessarily coming down the trees.

“To also save for the rainy day, the terrorists had underground food storage facilities where they stocked large quantity of foodstuffs,” the statement read.

The Nigerian Army also revealed that three AK-47 rifles, magazines, ammunition and two motorcycles were recovered from them.

Yobe Police Take War On Terrorism And Fundamentalism To Schools

Yobe PoliceThe Yobe State Police Command has embarked on a sensitisation campaign in academic institutions across the state, with a view to reshaping their minds to abstain from social vices.

The police said the move was to curb the adverse effects terrorism and fundamentalism had caused communities in the nation’s north-east and the country at large and to stimulate peace, harmony and tolerance among young people.

Addressing pupils and students in both public and private schools in Damaturu the Yobe State capital, the Police Public Relations Officer, Toyin Gbadegesin said “the Nigeria Police Force, under the order of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), was carrying the enlightenment campaign to academic institutions to educate students against the adverse effects of social vices”.

The campaign, according to him, will also be expanded to markets, unions and associations, town hall meetings and motor parks among other areas of influence, so that “people will learn to desist from such vices which have caused severe insecurity in the country”.

Other wrongdoings the crusade is working against include cultism and drug abuse, which over the years have affected the society negatively.

“Drug addiction, cultism, fundamentalism and terrorism have led to the mess we are in now and if the youth can desist from such ill doings, lots of these problems would have been solved, considering the fact that most of these problems are childhood exuberance,” Gbadegesin said.

The Police spokesman  also warned the youths to avoid collecting and delivering messages from people they don’t know, stressing that such are the cause of the wave of suicide bombings and avoidable attacks on innocent people across the northern part of the country.

He also cautioned students from carrying metallic and non-metallic objects or empty cans they see around, saying such consignments might be Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

One of the teachers, Mr Chinedu Williams, who spoke to Channels Television on the initiative of the Nigerian Police, praised the Command for the actualisation of the initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, saying it would go a long way to reduce crime in the society.

He, however, called on the Police to ensure that the crusade reached all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

Some of the students, who benefited from the enlightenment campaign, said the initiative of the Police would greatly eradicate terrorism, fundamentalism and drug addiction, pledging to utilise the knowledge acquired in their day to day lives.

They also expressed willingness to educate others for the benefit of mankind.

In the coming week, the campaign would be taken to tertiary institutions in the state with the aim of making students become right thinking members of the society.

The enlightenment campaign was carried out under the auspices of the Public Relations Department of the Yobe State Police Command.

Yobe Bomb Attack: Death Toll Rises To Six

yobe bomb blastThe Police in Yobe state, North east Nigeria have confirmed that the only woman on admission at the Potiskum General hospital from the suicide bomb attack on the Redeemed Christian Church of Jigawa area, located in suburb of Potiskum town, has died.

A statement by the Police Public Relations officer, ASP Toyin Gbadegesin, said the woman sustained serious injuries and died while receiving treatment at the Potiskum General Hospital, bringing the death toll to six.

Five worshippers had earlier died after a suicide bomber attacked the Redeem Christian Church of God in the early hours of Sunday during a church service.

Sunday’s attack is the second launched in Yobe State, since the commencement of the Holy month of Ramadan.

A suicide bomber had 10 days ago attacked and killed several people in a local market in Nannawaji Village of Gujba Local Government Area of the state.

Njaba Residents Reluctant To Return After B’Haram Massacre

Army_BokoReports reaching us from Njaba village in Borno state reveal that residents who were lucky to have fled a spine-chilling attack by the Boko Haram sect, which left dozens of people dead four days ago, are unwilling to return because of the absence of security operatives in the place.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the village targeting men and boys before setting houses on fire on Tuesday but news of the incident did not come out due to the remoteness of the village.

Eye witnesses said that the attack, which took place as the residents were holding prayers, sent everyone running into the bush for safety, with dead bodies scattered all over the area, some of them with their throats cut.

Although an uneasy calm has returned to Njaba village where at least 45 people were killed by the terrorists, according to unnamed military sources and vigilante groups who spoke to Reuters news agency.

A senior local government official in Damboa about 20 km from Njaba, who also declined to be named, said that most of the victims were teenagers.

The unnamed military source told Reuters that the attack was not immediately known because the village is very remote and troops could not access the area.

Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria has killed thousands and displaced over 1.5 million people.

Gaidam Reviews Damaturu Curfew

Ibrahim_GaidamThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved a review of the curfew earlier imposed on Damaturu, the state capital.

A statement released by the Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego says the curfew will now begin from 8.00pm to 7.00am daily.

According to the statement, the review of the curfew hours is sequel to consultations that the governor had with heads of law enforcement agencies in the state.

The governor used the opportunity to appreciate the residents of the state capital for their support and cooperation with security agents while encouraging others to continue to remain vigilant to happenings around them and report anything suspicious to the security posts nearest to them.

The curfew was imposed on Damaturu after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members attempted to take control of the state capital on December 1, an attempt repelled by security forces.

FG Must Consult More On Amnesty For Boko Haram -Edwin Clark

The national leader the Congress for Equality and Change, Chief Edwin Clark has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the proposed amnesty for members of the fundamentalist sect; Boko Haram is not left in the realms of speculations or ambiguity.

The Ijaw leader advised that there should be a wider stakeholder consultation before arriving at the modalities necessary for the preconditions to grant amnesty to Boko Haram members.

Chief Clark also warned that deliberate steps should be taken to ensure that the move does not constitute an incentive for unpatriotic elements or groups to cash in on criminality and seek refuge in amnesty.

He further urged the federal government to consider the creation of special courts to try terrorism matters.