Burden Of Feeding Over 500,000 IDPs Getting Unbearable – Borno Govt.

BornoThe Borno State Government says that more than $20million would be needed to resettle those displaced by the Boko Haram violence in their homelands.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, told a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, led by its President, Mr. Peter Maurer, in Maiduguri, that the state government needs the assistance of the federal government and international donor agencies to rehabilitate the internally displaced persons.

The Governor lamented that since the displacement of many residents from their communities by the Boko Haram militants, the state government had shouldered the responsibility of feeding the IDPs through the State Emergency Management Agency.

He admitted, however, that military troops had liberated most of the communities under the control of Boko Haram in the state.

He added that the government and the IDPs found it difficult to go back to their homes and go about their normal lives due to security reports that most of the roads and streets, leading to the affected communities and their farmlands, were not safe as Improvised Explosive Devices and land mines were planted by the fleeing terrorists.

The President of the ICRC, Mr Maurer said that they came to the state to personally see the IDPs and hear from them, particularly of their conditions.

He said this might inform the action of the organisation to considerably increase its humanitarian gestures as a result of the renewed attacks and killings by the sect.

Borno Government Relaxes Curfew From 12Noon To 5PM

CurfewThe government in Borno State has relaxed the curfew in the state from 12noon to 5pm.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri reports that the 12noon to 5pm curfew may be to pave way for the jumaat prayers.

There was an attack on Kayamla village on Wednesday. The attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

The attack by the insurgents and subsequent bombardment by the military had resulted to an earlier 24 hour curfew declaration.

Meanwhile as the curfew enters its day two, villagers of Bale-Galtimari and Bale-Shuwari have reported the killing of 28 locals during an attack in their areas on Wednesday evening.

They said insurgents attacked their villages, burnt houses and rustled large number of cows.

According to them it was after the invasion of these villages that the insurgents moved towards the cashew farm near Kayamla where they were engaged by military forces.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

The Boko Haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast.

Boko Haram: Army Imposes Curfew On Maiduguri

Boko HaramThe Army has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Nigeria’s north east region, after Wednesday’s attack on Kayamla village.

Before now the curfew was 7pm to 6am.

Some residents told Channels Television that the attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunor, said that sounds of heavy gunshot were heard from the direction of the barracks on Wednesday and residents took to their heels to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

The Boko Haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast.

Olukolade Dismisses Shekau’s Threat, Assures Nigerians of Security

mongunoThe Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade has dismissed Abubakar Shekau’s threat of causing mayhem during the 2015 general elections, giving strong assurances that the military will be able to secure Nigeria during and after the elections.

General Olukolade on Wednesday told Channels Television that no amount of threat will deter the military’s operations from taking place in the North East or anywhere in the country.

He also said a lot of success has been achieved in the past week, in the fight against insurgence adding that Mongunu and other towns hitherto controlled by Boko Haram have been recovered by the Nigerian Military.

Recently, the Nigerian Military took delivery of some military hardware to enable it fight the terrorist to a standstill.

In a video posted on Reuters, Abubakar Shekau condemned states government for not following sharia law, and threatened to stop the elections from holding.

The presidential election has already been postponed from its initial date of February 14 due to security concerns.

According to the video, Abubakar Shekau said “you are claiming that we don’t know how to fight, but we forced your forces to flee from their bases and we freed our imprisoned brothers from the prisons that you oppressed them in, only praise be to Allah”.

Shekau’s who titled the video “A Message to the Leaders of the Disbelievers”, also threatened to attack neighbouring countries who are contributing troops to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) like Chad and Niger.

Yobe: Gunmen attack police station; kill three

Unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Friday stormed the Buni Yadi Divisional police Station killing three police men in the process.

Buni Yadi is the capital of Gujba local government council located at about 56 kilometres south of Damaturu the Yobe state capital north east Nigeria.

A statement issued by the spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe lieutenant Eli Lazarus said some arms were also carted away during the attack as three churches were also burnt down by the hoodlums.

The statement also says the JTF responded swiftly to the distress call by beefing up security in the town to forestall further attack as efforts are being down to track down the attackers.

IBB backs calls for creation of state police

Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida on Thursday described the insecurity in the country as a passing phase associated with any developing nation.

General Babangida who made the observation in an interview with Channels Television in Minna said the solution to the problem is dialogue and perseverance.

The former president also threw his weight behind the calls for the establishment of state police, saying that the fears being entertained in certain quarters for the creation of state police were unfounded.

“Left to me, the whole essence of governance is to provide adequate security for the people and in whatever way this is achieved, it is acceptable. I don’t think what happened in the 50s should continue to haunt us. We should try to move on.

“When we were there, we established the National Guards that was so vilified and was later dropped. Why should we think that what happened in the 50s when the regional police were used to intimidate members of the opposition political parties will continue to happen under the present dispensation.

“I don’t think the incumbent governors can use state police to intimidate anybody. Honestly, the fear is unfounded.”

General Babangida expressed optimism that the country will overcome the present security challenges rocking some parts of the country saying that the country had overcome similar crisis in the past and can still do it again.

While calling for support from the federal government in tackling the raising security problem, he appealed to Nigerians not to allow the present crisis to divide the country along ethnic line.

He also enjoined the Nigerian media practitioners to stop giving prominence to those suggesting the break-up of Nigeria and described the call on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign as laughable.

Italy promises to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

The Italian government on Thursday expressed its readiness to join force with the Federal government of Nigeria to eradicate the menace of the Boko Haram insurgence in the country.

The Italian special envoy on humanitarian emergencies, Margherita Boniver.

This was disclosed by the Italian special envoy on humanitarian emergencies, Margherita Boniver while she and other Italian delegates to Nigeria were being received by the Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja.

Mrs Boniver applauded the extraordinary collaboration between the Nigeria and the Italian authority “on a number of specific issues, including terrorism, human trafficking, to roll back poverty, to enhance inter-religious dialogue and the full observation of human rights.”

She said the Italian government will continue to support Nigeria in the fight against terrorism that is currently ravaging the Northern part of the country.

Responding to the comments of the Italian special envoy, the Deputy Senate president said that the Federal Government would seek the assistance of the African Union to tackle the insurgence of the boko haram sect in the country.

Mr Eweremadu said that the “unfortunate incidence that led to the death of the Italian citizen on Nigeria soil is a great taboo.” He used the visit of the Italian delegates to condole with the government of Italy over the death of Franco Lamolinaro who was killed alongside a Briton, Chris Mcmanus in an attempt to rescue them from a gang of terrorist who held them hostage in Sokoto.

He assured the delegates that the Nigerian government is already taking steps to dealing with the problem of terrorism.

“In the 2012 budget, we have made sufficient budgetary allocations to provide sufficient security architecture that will help us to combat terrorism,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan earlier on Thursday informed a group of journalist at a press briefing in Germany that insecurity in Nigeria is not as gloomy as it is painted and had called on the international community to assist the country with the latest technology to fight the insurgency by the Islamic fundamentalist, Boko Haram.

He noted that what is needed now is a stable political environment for investment and added that Nigeria can boast of having embraced democracy with a smooth conduct of the general elections.

The president, on a visit to Germany centered on strengthening economic ties, offered assurances that his government “is working very hard and that we’ll bring this under control.”