Nigerian Troops Uncover IED Making Factory In Borno

ied-making-factoryTroops of the 25 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army on Friday discovered and destroyed an Improvised Explosives  Device(IED) making factory in Borno State.

It is another feat achieved by military personnel combing Sandia, Kokakowa, Miyati and Nyaleri villages, along Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road, in Damboa Local Government Area in the north-east Nigerian for members of the Boko Haram sect terrorising the area.

According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, “three terrorists were arrested comprising an ‘Ameer’, a high contact and a foot soldier”.

He also stated that other items discovered from the suspects include a Peugeot pick-up van, foodstuffs,10-KVA Lister generator, gas cylinders, borehole pumping machine, three bags of maize, one bag of millet and 13 empty ago jerry-cans.

The joint operation between the brigade and Nigerian Air Force who provided air cover and tracking, was part of the determined effort by the military to rout out terrorists in the general area, and open more roads hitherto held by the terrorists for public usage.

It was also part of the renewed effort and vigour on the part of Nigerian troops to meet up with the set dateline that had turned the tide and momentum of the battle against the Boko haram terrorists.

Colonel Usman also expressed confidence that the troops were on high morale and very excited with their accomplishments.

In a related development, troops have made substantial progress in an advance to reclaim and destroy terrorists held areas within Gamboru Ngala general area.

Recently, the Nigerian Air Force Intercepted and destroyed two trailers suspected to be carrying logistics support to members of the Boko Haram sect.

Drilling Of Boreholes Will Affect Water Supply In The Future – Minsiter

The Minister of Water Resources, Miss Sarah Ochekpe, has warned that the continuous drilling of borehole for water may affect underground water supply in the future; warning residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja to desist from the act.

Mrs Ochekpe, who said this during a news conference, added that anyone who wishes to dig a borehole needs an approval from the ministry.

However, residents have denied knowledge of the directive, stating that they need the minister to further enlighten them on the dangers associated with drilling for water.

Some residents who spoke to Channels Television said that the government is yet to provide adequate water facilities and called on the ministry to immediately resolve the shortage of portable water in the country.

While stating her determination to bring an end to the water crisis, Mrs Ochekpe said the incessant drilling of boreholes for water can no longer be the practice.

In Nigeria, about 69 million people still do not have safe and sustainable access to clean water, while 103 million lack access to adequate sanitation facilities.

As the growing demand for water intensifies, it is estimated that about 100,000 children die annually from diseases caused by unsafe water.

NGO Partners With Imo, Sinks Borehole In 3 Communities

The Uzotex Foundation in partnership with the Imo state government on Saturday commissioned boreholes in Umulewe, Ntueke and Umuchima communities in Ideato south local government area of the state; bringing a 25-year struggle for portable and drinkable water to an end.

The Imo State Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development, Professor Boniface Iwuchukwu disclosed that the project is part of the Okorocha led administration’s plan to bring utmost development to the grassroots as well as positively touch the lives of people living in the rural areas.

During the commissioning of the newly sunk water bore holes, the Professor Iwuchukwu commended the foundation for its humanitarian works in the area of poverty eradication and rural water projects to underprivileged communities.

Speaking to Channels Television, the villagers revealed that water has been a major problem for women and children who sometimes fall into the river when they trek as long as 5 kilometers every morning and night to fetch water in neighbouring villages.

They also said that the Orashi stream has been their only option; which serves as an all purpose river for drinking, washing and many other purpose even in its impurity.

They expressed their gratitute and said that the project is a rare privilege.

However, they called on the government to help with other basic amenities such as good roads and electricity.