Boko Haram Kills Vigilantes, Abducts Women In Borno

Boko Haram, Islamic StateSome suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have killed four persons and abducted four women from Kutuva village in Nigeria’s northeast Borno State.

The terrorists on six motorcycles attacked the village on Tuesday, a statement by a spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman said.

After the attack, the local vigilante in Kaya mobilised immediately to the village and trailed the terrorists up to their suspected hideout located somewhere south of Sabon Garin Bale.

The vigilante members engaged the terrorists in a gun battle, before they escaped into a nearby bush. The vigilantes, however, destroyed the terrorists’ camp and took down all hoisted Boko Haram terrorists’ flags.

They also recovered three Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines, two AK-45 rifle magazines and 24 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.

Colonel Usman said that the vigilantes also rescued an 11 year old girl who stated that she was abducted by the terrorists from Batha village.

“Sadly however, the vigilante could not trace the terrorists or the abducted women.

“Effort is ongoing to trace and rescue them,” he said.

Hard And Unbearable

In a related development, a team of local vigilante in Damboa, also in Borno State, led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza, intercepted some persons along Njaba road, south of Damboa town while on patrol.

During preliminary interrogation, they confessed that they were Boko Haram terrorist group members and that were compelled to join the insurgency against their will. They said that they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the military.

They attributed their decision to give up their nefarious activities to continued military onslaught and that life had become hard and unbearable for the terrorists generally.

According to Colonel Usman, further screening confirmed 17 of them as hardened Boko Haram terrorists trying to escape and infiltrate the society.

Also, a combined patrol team of 7 Division Garrison, 101 Special Forces Battalion and 3 Civilian JTF, while on clearance patrol on Tuesday morning, intercepted a Golf car with registration number BX 508 RBC, suspected to be carrying suppliers of logistics to Boko Haram terrorists along Kayamla general area.

Some of the items being conveyed were spare parts and Improvised Explosives Devices making materials.

The suspected suppliers abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush on sighting the patrol team.

The vehicle and its contents have been confiscated and taken to an unidentified military location.

Senator Lists Factors For Successful Negotiation With Boko Haram

Senate- boko haramThe Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has declared his support for any dialogue with Boko Haram members by the Federal Government, as part of efforts to end the insurgency in the north-eastern part of the country.

In an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, the Senator said that for a successful negotiation with the Boko Haram terrorist group, the Federal Government must consider certain factors such as willingness and resolve of the insurgents to dialogue, the strength of the military to overpower the insurgents and commitment of the government to the terms and agreement of the negotiation.

According to him, “while it is important for the Nigerian government to adopt both the stick and carrot approach in the fight against terror, government must also effectively equip and motivate the security forces, to enable them sustain the ongoing bombardment of the insurgents.

“The last administration had opted for the use of force and dialogue to end the insurgency, rather than diminish the activities of the group, the members increased attacks, bombing public places and killing innocent people.”

The Senator further said the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan could not find a lasting solution to the rising surge of terrorism in the north-east.

Senator Sani also alleged that huge amount of money was spent by the administration for negotiation and amnesty for the terrorist group.

Commenting on how to rescue the abducted secondary school girls in Chibok, Borno State, and other hostages that were abducted by the sect, Sani said negotiation with the group is a better option to rescue the girls alive, as the use of force to free them can be deadly.

Nigeria, Neighbours Have Increased Capacity To Deal With Boko Haram – Buhari

president buhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says that with the formation of a stronger regional coalition, Nigeria and other neighbouring countries have an increased capacity to deal with Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.

President Buhari said this on Friday during a conversation with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

According to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President reaffirmed his belief that the full activation and deployment of the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has been established under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, would lead to the speedy defeat and elimination of Boko Haram.

President Buhari also said that with the Command and Control Centre of the Nigerian military now in Maiduguri, Borno State, the morale of troops in the front-line states had improved significantly.

“You can tell the Secretary-General that we are doing our best and our best will be good enough for the nation and the sub-region,” President Buhari said.

Against the background of upcoming elections in Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea and Burkina Faso, the President also called on the United Nations to assist African countries in the acquisition and use of innovative technologies to ensure more credible elections.

“When citizens recognize that their votes count, it will boost their confidence in democracy and their countries’ electoral systems,” he said.

Recalling that in the last general elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) used smart card readers to authenticate prospective voters, President Buhari observed that while Nigeria could afford the use of such technology in its elections, other African countries may require support and assistance from the international community.

Dr Ibn Chambas commended President Buhari for his strong and positive actions against terrorism.

The United Nations envoy also welcomed President Buhari’s successful visit to Cameroon during the week and his reaffirmation of Nigeria’s commitment to the peaceful resolution of all border issues with Cameroon.

Military Recovers More Territories In North East

The National Information Centre (NIC) saidmilitary the Nigerian Army has reclaimed more territories from the insurgents in the ongoing counter terrorism in the north east.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Director General of the National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said the Army is now in full control of these recovered territories in Borno and Adamawa states.

Over ten communities are said to have been recovered by the military including Mubi, Gamboru-Ngala, Hong, Monguno, Baga and Gombi.

Mr Omeri, however raised an alarm over what he described as ”continuous radicalization” and recruitment of Nigerian youths abroad into terrorist organisations.

In recent times, the military had said that it has recovered various territories that was taken by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Maj General Olukolade, the spokesman for the military had said that truck loads of rice, beans and other logistics meant for the terrorists operating around Baga were also captured.

He also said that the air and land operations had continued, with aggressive advance towards other designated communities and locations meant to be cleared in the ongoing offensive against the Boko Haram members.

Northern Governors To Collaborate With FG To Defeat Boko Haram

Babangida_AliyuGovernors of the 19 Northern States in the country on Monday agreed to cooperate with the Federal Government in the fight to eliminate the Boko Haram terrorist group, which they said have become a threat to national security.

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, who made the declaration during the commissioning of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation Office Building in Kaduna on Monday, said with increased attacks by the terrorist group in the north east, the governors of the region will encourage President Goodluck Jonathan to declare total war on the insurgents.

He explained that members of Boko Haram are no longer terrorists but rebels and enemies of the nation who must be crushed at all costs before they destabilise the peaceful co-existence of the country.

Governor Aliyu, while explaining that the governors of the region have limited powers to crush the Boko Haram terrorists since they are not in control of security apparatus, however called for the creation of state police to enable the governors take responsibility of security challenges in their respective states.

On his part, Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna state called on the Northern state governments to initiate a harmonised development plan that will ensure rapid economic growth and infrastructural development in the region, which he noted will in turn reduce restiveness in the north.

Governor Yero, who noted that the problem of the North is as a result of leadership failure orchestrated by mutual suspicion and self aggrandisement, said the time had come for the region to reflect on the vision and legacies of the late Sir Ahmadu Bello by introducing policies and programmes that will directly touch on the citizenry.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki, said the Federal Government remains resolute to end terrorism in the country and reiterated government’s willingness to dialogue with any of the insurgents willing to lay down their arms.

President Jonathan also called for collective effort of all Nigerians in the war against terrorism and however eulogized the legacies of the late Ahmadu Bello whom he said fast tracked development in the northern region.

Community Of Democracies Pledges Support For Nigeria’s Democracy

Maria_Leisner_and_Viola_OnwuliriThe Secretary-General of the Community for Democracies, Mrs Maria Leisner, has pledged the community’s support to Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

Mrs Leisner made the commitment at a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, in Abuja on Friday.

She said the activities of the Boko Haram sect was having a negative effect on Nigeria’s democracy and emphasised the need for the government to check the insecurity.

“Nigeria’s democracy is under attack, as a result of the activities of the terrorist group, the Boko Haram. The number of attacks against democracy have increased in the past eight to 10 years. It is a relief to visit such an important member of the community democracies,” she said.

Mrs Leisner expressed confidence that Nigeria would overcome terrorism obstacles soon.

The need for more women to be involved in politics was also discussed at the meeting and the Minister assured Mrs Leisner of the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that more women participate in governance.

“Following the achievements of women in appointive positions, we will be able to elect women into positions where we will need their votes – the parliament, executives and others. With the support of the Community of Democracies we have additional expose, education and sensitisation, not just for Nigeria but for different countries of the world,” Onwuliri said.

The Nigerian government had said it would continue to make efforts to ensure that the “35% Affirmative Action For Women In Nigeria” was achieved.

 

Thisday Building Bomber Jailed For Life

Mustapha Umar, Boko Haram Member.A member of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Mustapha Umar, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour for throwing explosives into a plaza occupied by Thisday newspaper and two other newspaper publishers in Kaduna, Kaduna State

Delivering the sentence in an Abuja court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola said that the evidence presented by the prosecution showing the convict’s confession and his reasons for committing the crime indicated that he had no dignity for human life and should be removed from the public to forestall future occurrence of the incident.

The Federal High Court Judge also ordered 150 million Naira (about 943, 000 dollars) compensation to the families of the three persons who lost their lives in the incident.

He said the compensation could be handled by the Nigerian government committee on compensation.

Umar, arrested on April 26 2013, was brought before the court for the first time in February 2013 on a one-count charge of terrorism filed by the Nigerian Police Force.

Pleaded Not Guilty

He was said to have driven a white Honda Accord car with registration number AL 306 MKA with improvised explosives devices into the premises of SOJ Plaza with the intention to detonate the explosive devices within the premises.

The incident claimed the lives of three persons and caused several degrees of injuries on others.

Umar had pleaded not guilty to the charge, claiming he was a passer-by and a trader dealing in local perfumes, when he was arrested by the police and subsequently forced to admit that he committed the crime.

The court dismissed his claims, saying his alibi has tissues of lies.

Justice Ademola said he believed the video evidence where he confessed that he was a member of the deadly Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram and the testimonies of ten witnesses comprising of police officers who participated in the investigation.

“The prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and agreed that the accused committed the offence for which he was charged,” Justice Ademola said.

Force’s Efforts In Tackling Terrorism

The defence lawyer Nureini Suleiman pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy saying the accused is a young man whose family and aged parents depend on for their livelihood.

He told the court that the accused was a first time offender.

Despite his pleas, the accused was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Police Force, Mr Frank Mba, described the ruling as a testimony of the force’s commitment to tackling terrorism in Nigeria.

Beside the conviction of the accused, the court ordered that the Honda Accord car used by the accused for the dastardly act be forfeited to the Nigerian government.

Mustaphar Umar has been escorted to the Nigerian Prison for the final time to serve his jail term.