Adaka Boro Avengers Oppose Arms Mop Up To End Niger Delta Crisis

Adaka Boro Avengers, Niger Delta, MilitantsMembers of the Adaka Boro Avengers say arms mop up exercise in the Niger Delta without dialogue with the militants will not bring lasting peace in the region.

The spokesman for the group, Edmos Ayayeibo, said in a statement that the militant groups in Nigeria’s south-south region have laid down their arms.

He added that the militants are also prepared to dialogue with the Federal Government, to end the crisis in the region.

Ayayeibo described as insincere, the plans by the military to move into camps to dislodge the militants after they had laid down their arms.

Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has been nominated by the militants as one of those to represent them on the negotiating table with the government.

President Muhammadu Buhari had disclosed that the Federal Government is also open to dialogue to resolve all contending issues in the Niger Delta region.

He, however, said the government does not believe the militants have announced a ceasefire, saying the government was yet to identify their leaders.

“We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more.

“Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues,” he asked in Kenya.

Buhari Agrees To Swap Boko Haram Prisoners For Chibok Girls

Muhammadu Buhari on Chibok GirlsNigeria’s President has again renewed his commitment to the rescuing of the Chibok girls, saying the government will not give up in the search.

 

Commenting on this via Twitter on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari paid glowing tributes to the military for their efforts in the war against insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast.

The President also said he was willing to swap Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls.

But that is on condition that they are able to list those they want released and then come out to discuss with the Federal Government.

He says the Federal Government will want the girls out safe without any harm done to them.

Recently, the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners had called on the President to accept the swap of the Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls who were kidnapped in Borno State two years ago.

The President was in Nairobi, Kenya for the African economic summit which dwells on diversification and advancement of African economies.

Full text of the President’s statement:

Nigeria Ready To Take All Necessary Measures To Free Chibok Girls – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the preparedness of the Federal Government to discuss the release of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terror group since 2014.

In an interview with journalists in Nairobi, Kenya at the weekend, President Buhari said the Nigerian government is ready to dialogue with bonafide leaders of the terror group who know the whereabouts of the girls.

“I have made a couple of comments on the Chibok girls and it seems to me that much of it has been politicised.

“What we said is that the government which I preside over is prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram.

“If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.

“If they do it through the ‘modified leadership’ of Boko Haram and they talk with an internationally recognised NGO, then Nigeria will be prepared to discuss for their release,” he said.

President Buhari, who spoke to the media on the margins of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), warned that the Federal Government will not waste time and resources with “doubtful sources” claiming to know the whereabouts of the girls.

“We want those girls out and safe. The faster we can recover them and hand them over to their parents, the better for us.”

The President maintained that the terror group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS, has been largely decimated by the gallant Nigerian military with the support of immediate neighbours from Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.

“Some of the information about the division in Boko Haram is already in the press and I have read in the papers about the conflict in their leadership.

“The person known in Nigeria as their leader, we understand was edged out and the Nigerian members of Boko Haram started turning themselves to the Nigerian military.

“We learnt that in an air strike by the Nigeria Air Force he was wounded. Indeed, their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem and we know this because when we came into power, they were holding 14 out of the 774 local governments in Nigeria. But now they are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets.

On the militancy in the Niger Delta region, the President said the Federal Government is also open to dialogue to resolve all contending issues in the area.

“We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues,” he said.

Garba Shehu

SSA to the President (Media & Publicity)

August 28, 2016

 

FG Relocates 47 Boko Haram Prisoners From Ekwulobia Prison

Boko HaramThe Federal Government has moved 47 Boko Haram prisoners in Ekwulobia Prison in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Briefing reporters at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia on Thursday, the State Governor, Willie Obiano, flanked by the leadership of the traditional institution, church and market leaders, expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, for their cooperation in the matter that threw the state into disarray for weeks.

Governor Obiano also commended the citizens of the state for their patience and belief in him to ensure an end to the matter.

He urged them to keep supporting both the state and Federal Government as they continue to work towards citizens’ well being.

The prisoners, according to the Governor, were relocated out of the state on Tuesday.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) had on July 13, urged the Federal Government to urgently move the 47 Boko Haram inmates recently relocated to Ekwulobia Minimum Prison in Anambra.

The party’s National Chairman, Dr Victor Ike Oye, asked the government to move the inmates to a more secure facility outside the state or take them back to where they were moved from.

Traders in Nigeria’s South-east also shut down markets in Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi states in protest of the continued stay of the dreaded Boko Haram prisoners in the region.

The protest came despite the assurance by the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, after a security meeting with a 7-man delegation from the National Security Adviser, that the 47 Boko Haram detainees at Ekwulobia prison would be moved out of the state soon.

 

APGA Frowns At Relocation Of Boko Haram Suspects To Anambra State

Boko-Haram-Suspects-relocationThe All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has urged the Federal Government to urgently move the 47 Boko Haram inmates recently relocated to Ekwulobia Minimum Prison in Anambra.

The party’s National Chairman, Dr Victor Ike Oye, asked the government to move the inmates to a more secure facility outside the state or take them back to where they were moved from.

In a statement by a spokesman for the party, Ifeanacho Oguejiofor, Dr Oye also advised the Federal Government to consider the example of the United States of America when it was faced with the same debilitating situation that it built Guantanamo Bay detention facility located in a small island near Cuba, where terror suspects and convicts are detained.

He said that unlike the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, access into the Ekwulobia Prison is as easy as gaining access into the National Stadium in Lagos.

Multidimensional Consequences

The APGA Chairman wonders why the prison authorities did not consider critically, the complex factors involved in the relocation of the inmates.

“They did not consider the sensibilities of the people and the far-reaching consequences of the movement or was it a case of deliberate design to continue to spite the Igbo who have suffered many years of marginalisation and ill treatment?” he questioned.

He cautioned that the continued stay of the terrorist suspects in Ekwulobia had multifarious and multidimensional consequences that are multifarious and would disconcert the people of the community, the entire Anambra State and also the neighbouring Igbo states that are similarly apprehensive.

He enjoined the Federal Government to be prompt in relocating the terrorist suspects in order not to seem to be sabotaging the good works of the Anambra State government and its effort in creating an air of security and tranquility that had already pervaded the entire state before the relocation of the prisoners.

“The good people of Anambra State and its government do not need this distraction,” he said.

Dr Oye further urged the government to start the construction of modern prisons across the nation and also embark on the provision of jobs for millions of unemployed youth to curtail or curb crimes since accessories to terrorism and other crimes are majorly the youth whose future had been mortgaged by years of misadministration and malfeasance by successive leaderships.