Federal Government In Talks To Free Remaining Chibok Girls

We Hear You, Loud And Clear, Osinbajo Tells ProtestersFor those who may have given up hope in the talks for the release of the remaining Chibok girls, there appears to be reason for optimism again.

This is because the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, says talks are on-going for the release of more of the school girls still being held by the Boko Haram militants.

The Vice President said this during an interaction with journalists and activists at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday night.

He added that progress has been made in the negotiations, but cited the emergence of two factions in the Boko Haram camp, as reason for the seeming difficulty in securing the release of the girls.

The renewed commitment is coming as the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group began a  week-long series of activities to commemorate the third year since the abduction of the school girls.

The group’s convener, Oby Ezekwesili, had accused the Federal Government of complacency and maintaining what was termed a definite silence about the search of the remaining 195 missing Chibok school girls.

She therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his promise and responsibility by ensuring the speedy return of the girls.

PCNI Reiterates Mandate On Rebuilding Northeast

PCNI Re-iterates Mandate On Rebuilding NortheastAs part of rebuilding Nigeria’s north east shattered by the Boko Haram militants, the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), recently visited Yobe state to handover some repaired structures.

Led by its Deputy Chairman, Tijjani Tumsa, the committee also presented some food and non-food items to be distributed to the Displaced Persons in the state, with the aim of making their lives more comfortable.

While visiting some police stations in Damaturu, the state capital, it was observed that so many destroyed structures are yet to be repaired and a failure to do so would stall the enforcement of law and order.

This situation has prompted most Police officers to erect temporary tents which gave rise to illegal and dilapidated camps within the police formations.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sumonu Abdulmaliki, however stated that the issues have to be attended to gradually as the demands are enormous.

He also expressed his appreciation over the efforts of the PCNI for coming to the aid of the police, saying the efforts would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the Police.

Tumsa, on the other hand, stated that the committee has only just started, assuring them that the committee is poised to actualizing its mandate of reconstructing and rebuilding the northeast better than it was.

He therefore appealed to the residents and government of the northeast states to partner with them in the rebuilding process, saying that the presidency is committed to improving the lives of the people in the affected areas.

NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum Security

NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum SecurityThe Director General (DG), of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, has assured corps members serving in Yobe state of maximum security.

The DG stated this at the Potiskum, Orientation Camp in Yobe as part of his visit to the camp which is holding an orientation course for the first time in the state.

He visited the orientation camp to encourage the corps members to perform their one-year national service in the troubled state.

While addressing them, the DG however tasked them to be security conscious and to respect the customs and traditions of their host community.

He also encouraged them to contribute to the development of any society they find themselves.

“You should be careful with moving about and I caution you to always walk in twos or threes because of kidnappers and terrorists, among others with questionable characters.

“You should also be mindful of where you go and avoid unnecessary movement because after the capture of the camp zero, the Boko Haram militants are looking for targets, so, being careful is key as you serve your Fatherland in this area.

“I also want you to respect the customs and traditions of your host communities as that is the only way you can acclimatize” the DG said.

He further stated  that the scheme is working in collaboration with some financial institutions towards providing skills acquisition programmes to corps members to pave way for self-employment rather than waiting for white color jobs that are not easy to come by.

“Similarly, we are entering into partnership with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Industries with a view to making our skill acquisition scheme functional across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“I urge you to take this scheme very seriously as it will help you establish meaningful business instead of wasting time looking for white color jobs which are not easy to come by now”

However, the State Coordinator Mr Jauro Daniel Umaru, appreciated the visit of the DG saying: “It will boost the morale of the corps members.

He thanked security operatives in the fight against insurgency, saying Yobe state is generally safe.

Also according to him, corps members in the state are already into several community development programmes geared towards developing their host communities.

“We want to thank the DG for his efforts as his coming will go a long way in stimulating the morale of our corps members.

“Let me assure you that we will do well to ensure these corps members contribute immensely in the development of their host communities and Nigeria as a whole,” the coordinator assured.

On the other hand, some of the corps members who spoke to Channels Television expressed optimism about giving their all in the service to their Fatherland.

The corps members said, they were initially scared of being deployed to Yobe State but their eventual coming has attested to the fact that peace has actually returned to the northeast.

 

The commencement of the orientation camp at the College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) Potiskum, has opened up businesses prospects for the people of Potiskum who are already well known for commercial activities.

Buhari Announces Boko Haram’s “Final Crushing” In Sambisa

Chibok Girls Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says the era of Boko Haram militants has ended as Nigerian soldiers have raided the group’s “last stronghold” in Sambisa forest.

He says the insurgents have finally been crushed.

The president said in a statement that he was “most proud” to receive the “long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists”.

“I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage and resilience of troops of operation lafiya dole at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at ‘camp zero’, which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa forest,” he added.

President Buhari said the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, informed him that the last camp fell at about 1:35 p.m on Friday.

With the last camp cleared, most of the abducted girls from a secondary school in Chibok on April 14, 2014 are still missing. Only less than 60 of the over 200 girls have been rescued.

Boko Haram had in a video said they have been married off.

1,800 Rescued

This follows the announcement by the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, in a news conference in Maiduguri earlier in the week that about 1,880 civilians had been rescued between December 14 and 21, 2016.

With this, it appears that the Military’s assurance to defeat Boko Haram Insurgents by the end of 2016, might be coming to pass.

According to the force, “the era of insecurity, especially the Boko Haram insurgence, would be a thing of the past before the end of December 2016”

The Nigerian Army had however challenged troops in northeast Nigeria to remain committed despite successes being recorded in order to sustain security in the region.

Chibok Girls

Boko Haram launched military operations in 2009 in a bid to create Islamic State in Nigeria, while it declared a caliphate in areas it controlled in 2014.

The insurgents broke into a school dormitory in Chibok town, Maiduguri, Borno state, abducting over 200 schoolgirls on April 14, 2014.

Two years down the line, many have managed to escape from the hands of the terrorists.

In October, a set of 21 girls were released through the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, a friendly European country and a renowned International Humanitarian Organisation, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had told Channels Television.

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The girls would be visiting their ancestral home for the first time since their abduction to join their families and friends in celebrating the 2016 Christmas.

This follows weeks of rehabilitation under tight security by the Federal Government of Nigeria and other supporting agencies who worked together to ensure the girls are being well recuperated into the normal lives.

Gaidam Tasks NAFDAC On Unlawful Food And Drugs Control

Yobe, NAFDAC, Drug, Food, Ibrahim GaidamYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has urged the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to effectively check the consumption of drugs and other unlawful products in Nigeria.

The Governor made the call at a meeting with the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni, at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital.

The acting Director General of NAFDAC was accompanied by heads of the organisation in all the six states of Nigeria’s northeast geopolitical zone.

Governor Gaidam urged his visitors to renew their efforts in the fight against counterfeit drugs and products within the security prone zone.

He said unauthorised trading and consumption of counterfeit products add to the activities of the insurgents and tasked NAFDAC to play its part in changing the trend.

The governor lauded the visit, saying it would afford NAFDAC the ample opportunity to disseminate information and sensitise people on the danger of patronising drugs hawkers.

He added that the visit would enable the agency take decisive steps towards eradicating the practice of streets hawking of drugs and put an end to the problems of drug addiction and abuse.

Governor Gaidam also asked NAFDAC to conduct research in the area of farm produce preservation which he said had become a serious concern to farmers and also posed health hazards to consumers.

In her response, Mrs Oni sympathised with the government over the unfortunate and needless destruction of human lives and property by the Boko Haram militants.

She assured the governor that NAFDAC would collaborate with relevant agencies and well-meaning indignes of the state to fight the horrific activity.

The NAFDAC boss added that the agency would not relent in its onerous task of liberating Nigeria from the menace of counterfeit, fake drugs and unwholesome food products among others.

She vowed that the agency would continue to do its best in ensuring that only the right quality, safe and efficacious drugs, healthy foods and other regulated products were made available to the people.

Mrs Oni further presented some food and other items to Governor Gaidam to be distributed among the victims of Boko Haram insurgency who were still traumatised and homeless in their fatherland.

Atiku Approves 26% Salary Raise To Cushion Recession

Atiku, pay raise, recession, American University NigeriaFounder of American University of Nigeria (AUN), Atiku Abubakar, has approved a staff pay raise of up to 26%, amounting to 91 million Naira, aimed at cushioning the impact of the current economic recession.

President of the institution, Ms Margee Ensignthis revealed this at the institution’s 12th year anniversary celebration.

Addressing the gathering, she urged the institution’s workforce to continue to re-dedicate themselves to hard work in reciprocating the kind gesture.

The event brought together AUN school children from the academy as well as the University students, staff and friends of the institution, to equally honour Mr Abubakar, who recently turned 70.

Also on hand to add color to the occasion, were friends, associates and well-wishers of the celebrant, who was Nigeria’s vice president between 1999 and 2007.

Ensign, said the occasion is a reflection of the founding principles of the institution, which is generally believed to be the first development university in Africa.

She told the gathering that “Just as the prices go up, our prices go up too for the same thing that you are purchasing.

“We are a developing university and that means first and foremost, we take care of people here who have been working so hard for the university.

“Of course we could not do this without the support of the AUN board and especially our founder,” Ms Ensign emphasized.

The institution founded on the principles of excellence, integrity and service according to her, has evoked series of community projects which are contributing enormously to the development of the host community.

She stated that the school had also introduced several programs that have helped in peace initiatives within the troubled area, as well as assist the out-of-school children displaced by the Boko Haram insurgence.

The Executive Director of the school, Mrs Nkem Uzowulu said “the institution has to honour him because he is our founder that is if you know the history of this school”.

“He founded this school as it was formally known as ABTI academy and then later it became American University of Nigeria.

“So he is our father, he is our founder, but most importantly he is our role model, he inspires us and I wish that his dreams will come true and by God’s grace they will,” Mrs Nkem prayed.

The celebrant, Mr Abubakar, said he had earlier directed that anyone willing to sponsor a congratulatory message for his 70th birthday, should channel the money towards the improvement of the lives of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north east.

“This historic event is a surprise to me and I want to thank the AUN community, both the students of the University and the academy for organizing the events.

“Particularly the children who have come here to demonstrate their learning capabilities, and their teachers for doing a great job by impacting qualitative knowledge to the school children”. Atiku stated

The events also featured series of activities as friends and well wishes of the institution converged in Yola the Adamawa state capital, to take stock of how it has fared since its existence.

Activities lined up for the celebration included the commissioning of the faculty of law edifice, which signified the take-off of the course in the institution as well as a book exhibition expected to re-equip the central library in Genye town which was burnt by the Boko Haram militants.

Others included: an arts exhibition, showcasing historic handwork of students and the ‘WizKids’ program, designed to inspire children in local secondary schools.

It also aimed at building foundational knowledge and mastery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as an extracurricular activity.

The founder also met with the Emerging Leader Academy (ELA), a group which seeks to broaden the leadership skills of the students who are future leaders.

Joint Operation To Wipe Out Boko Haram Is Ongoing – Buratai

Boko Haram, Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army StaffThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says that a joint operation to wipe out remnant of the Boko Haram terrorist group is currently going on at strategic borders of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

General Buratai was speaking on Friday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, during a visit to the recently established Army Special Forces School in Buniyadi, aimed at addressing insurgency issues in northeast Nigeria.

He said that an operation by the Multinational Joint Task Force was currently going on to clear the remainder of the Boko Haram militants as well as consolidating the gains by opening up more roads that were hitherto taken over during the ceaseless attack.

According to the Army Chief, such opening of roads would further give people the opportunity to move about freely, hoping that it would further boost economic activities within the areas initially under the control of the terrorists.

He thanked the Yobe State government for all the support to security forces towards curbing the insurgency and pledged their resolve to be committed to wiping out the militants.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, commended the establishment of the school.

He said that improved peace machinery has been set in motion to relocate the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes.

The Governor also pointed out that the greatest task ahead of the government and other stakeholders was the resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction of war devastated areas to make those places more habitable.

General Buratai is also expected to visit the 241 Racce Battalion in Nguru, Yobe State to boost the morale of the troops who are located close to the Nigeria-Niger boarder.

Chibok Girls: Group Contests Claim of Victory Over Boko Haram

Chibok girls-InsurgentsNUTGWN says the Federal government cannot claim to have achieved any victory over the Boko Haram insurgents until the missing Chibok girls are rescued from captivity.

This is coming two years after the Boko Haram militants kidnapped some school girls in the Chibok community of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

The National President of the National Union of Textiles Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGWN), John Adaji, made the observation while joining other stakeholders to mark the two-year anniversary of the girls’ abduction in Kaduna State.

He lamented that the kidnap of the girls has left Nigeria with a big wound that was yet to be healed.

In his remark, Deputy National Secretary of the Union, Dele Ojo, lamented that at least 17 parents of the abducted girls were reported to have died from the trauma of their missing daughters.

He called on all Nigerians to join the forces of progress and development worldwide for the liberation and rescue of the girls, stressing that increasing global terrorism was making the world more dangerous.

Shehu Sani Suggests Options To Rescue Chibok Girls

Shehu Sani on Chibok girlsSenator Shehu Sani has advised the Federal government to explore the option of negotiation and the use of force to rescue the missing Chibok girls.

This is coming two years after the Boko Haram militants kidnapped some school girls in the Chibok community of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday said that, as a parent and leader of the country, he understood the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and would not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls.


Negotiation And Use Of Force
Giving his opinion on Sunrise Daily, Senator Sani recommended three options that the Federal government could explore to ensure the safe return of the missing girls.

“First of all is to explore the negotiation option which is dialogue, and secondly is to continue to use force hoping that we can raid the camp and rescue the girls from the insurgents.

“The third aspect is to use force and still open the door for negotiation, which is the one which I prefer because the use of force (the military option) is still a clear message to the insurgents that they cannot win the military,” he said.

The lawmaker, however, highlighted the fact that the girls were on the terrorists’ camp as hostages and cautioned that “attempt to use force to rescue them naturally comes with consequences”.

He maintained that the available option was to continue to explore all options that would make it possible to get the missing girls back home safe and alive.

Yobe Boko Haram Victims: Families Get Tricycle From Government

Boko-Haram-YobeYobe State government on Wednesday distributed 350 tricycles to some families of those killed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The materials were sent to the State by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as reliefs, to reduce hardships faced by families of those killed by the radical religious fundamentalists.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam appreciated the gesture while distributing the materials to 350 selected beneficiaries in the Nigeria’s northeast state.

The Governor also appealed to the beneficiaries to utilise the materials for the purpose intended and not sell it to some ‘few well to do’, who he said could be hanging by with some token.

Governor Gaidam, who was represented at the event by the Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, said that although all inhabitants of the state were either directly or indirectly victims of the insurgency, some were more victims than others, as the number supplied to the state could not go round.

He said that the state government had expended 20 million Naira to transport the tricycles from Lagos State to Damaturu, and to assemble them for use.

In his remark, the Secretary to the Yobe State Government, Baba Wali, stressed the importance of the distribution to alleviate the sufferings poised by the Boko Haram militants.

He called on other well to do individuals, philanthropists and spirited individuals to contribute their quota towards assisting the affected persons.

Some of the beneficiaries, Bukar Sheriff and Useini Ya’u, appreciated the gesture while expressing hope that it would go a long in reducing the hardships on their families.

At Least 14 killed In Chibok Suicide Attack

maiduguri blast-ChibokAt least 14 people were killed on Wednesday when two male and three female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market in Chibok, Borno State.

The attack occurred nearly two years after 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants in the town.

About 60 people, including two soldiers injured in the attack are receiving treatments in various hospitals in the state.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which has been using suicide bombers since the Army expelled the group from much of the northern territory it had captured previously.

Boko Haram has been waging a six-year armed campaign in the north eastern part of Nigeria to build an Islamic state and also end Western education in the region.

Thousands have been killed and more than two million people displaced by the campaign.

Reports say the suicide bombers stormed the sub market in Chibok on motorcycles at about 12.54PM local time, after which explosions were heard.

In April 2014, Boko Haram militants raided a government secondary school in Chibok taking away girls that were taking their examinations at that time.

They loaded 270 of them into trucks and disappeared, though about 50 escaped soon afterwards.

The others have not been seen, but the government has continued to promise that the girls would be rescued.

Nigerian Army Kills 14 Insurgents In Yobe

ArmyThe Nigerian Army says it has killed 14 Boko Haram militants and recovered large arms in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major General Mohammed Aliyu, disclosed this to reporters in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State.

Maj-Gen Aliyu disclosed that one soldier sustained a minor injury during the operation and is currently being treated.

The GOC added that the insurgents had attacked Babangida town in Tarmuwa Local Government Area where they went away with two Hilux vehicles belonging to the Police and also burnt down a telecommunications mast in the area.

According to him, security forces went after the terrorists and caught two of them alive, while several others ran away with gunshot wounds.