Njaba Residents Reluctant To Return After B’Haram Massacre

Army_BokoReports reaching us from Njaba village in Borno state reveal that residents who were lucky to have fled a spine-chilling attack by the Boko Haram sect, which left dozens of people dead four days ago, are unwilling to return because of the absence of security operatives in the place.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the village targeting men and boys before setting houses on fire on Tuesday but news of the incident did not come out due to the remoteness of the village.

Eye witnesses said that the attack, which took place as the residents were holding prayers, sent everyone running into the bush for safety, with dead bodies scattered all over the area, some of them with their throats cut.

Although an uneasy calm has returned to Njaba village where at least 45 people were killed by the terrorists, according to unnamed military sources and vigilante groups who spoke to Reuters news agency.

A senior local government official in Damboa about 20 km from Njaba, who also declined to be named, said that most of the victims were teenagers.

The unnamed military source told Reuters that the attack was not immediately known because the village is very remote and troops could not access the area.

Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria has killed thousands and displaced over 1.5 million people.

Fashola Tells Chibok Community To Remain Hopeful On Girls’ Rescue

Chibok-Girls-Kibaku-Youth-Ass-Meets-FasholaGovernor Fashola on Monday asked the people of Chibok, Borno State, to remain hopeful on the safe return of the school girls abducted by members of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Members of the Kibaku Youth Association based in Lagos had staged a peaceful protest at the Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja, asking the governor to help toward facilitating the release of the remaining abducted school girls in Borno.

Over 200 girls were reported missing after an attack by members of the Boko Haram insurgency on the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, two weeks ago.

The protesters, numbering about 50, urged Governor Fashola to prevail on the Federal Government and relevant agencies to take result-oriented steps to ensure the girls’ safe return.

Moses Zakwa, who led the protest, said the incident had caused Chibok’s indigenes to live in fear.

“All our hearts are bleeding over the abduction of our sisters, daughters and future mothers. We are really disturbed and we need help.

“Gov. Fashola, we know this incident occurred outside Lagos, but we are appealing to you to prevail on the relevant quarters and do other things you can to ensure the girls are rescued,” he appealed.

Fashola received the protesters and commending their decorum. He decried hostage-taking, stressing that it was dehumanising and an act of cowardice.

He assured the youths that he would forward their letter of protest to President Goodluck Jonathan and also addressed claims that the military was unwilling to swoop on the hideout of the abductors. The Lagos State governor pointed out that the military’s decision must be for safety reasons, so as not to increase the casualty figure and not because of lack of capacity.

Boko Haram: FG Shuts Down 5 Unity Schools In North-East Nigeria

FGC Yobe BurntThe Nigerian Government has ordered the closure of some secondary schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states because of security threats being faced in these states.

Schools closed include: Federal Government Girls College, Munguno, College of Science and Technology, Lassa both in Borno State. Federal Government Girls College, Potiskum, Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, both in Yobe state, and the College of Science and Technology in Michika in Adamawa State.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Special Assistant on Media to the Supervising Minister of Education, Simeon Nwakaudu, the Minister directed that the students, who are not writing public examinations, be relocated to FGGC Bauchi, FGGC Bajoga, FGC Maiduguri, FSTC Kafanchan and FSTC Dayi.

The Minister also directed that candidates who registered for WASSCE, NECO SSCE and BECE in FGGC Potiskum should have their examination centres relocated to FGGC Bauchi, while those from FGGC Munguno and FGC Buni Yadi should also be relocated.

While leaving the choice of the schools to accommodate affected students at the discretion of parents, the Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, limited these choices to the six schools listed.

The Minister’s decision is following a bloody attack by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect on students of the Federal Government College Buni-Yadi in Yobe State, North-East Nigeria in their dormitory, during which over 50 of the students were reportedly killed, with the school burnt down.

The February 24 attack on the Federal Government College Buni Yadi is the fourth recorded on schools in Yobe State since the commencement of the insurgency, as GSS Damaturu, GSS Mamudo and College of Agriculture, Gujba were attacked in 2013.

FG, Boko Haram And Nigerians: A Game Of Football – Doyin Okupe

The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, on Friday compared the interrelationship between the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Boko Haram terrorist group and Nigerians to a game of football.

On Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Okupe said: “When you are playing against a very strong opponent and your goal keeper keeps away 20 or 40 shots and there are no goals but 2 minutes to the end of the match, the opponent scores one goal and you lose 1-nil, that is the one everybody remembers”.

He further described the security situation as a war.

“I am also willing to admit that we are in a war situation. definitely, in a war situation and in a war situation, all sort of things do happen.

“The carnage and loss of human lives is of a proportion that nobody would have conceived or imagined but I believe it’s not all bad news,” Dr okupe said.

He spoke on the challenge of curbing the activities of the insurgency who are known to attack and retreat into the shadows. “The battle line is not clearly defined.”

He further commended the efforts of the military in containing the insurgency, saying: “Personally, as a person, I have the greatest of respect for the Nigerian Military. They deserve that respect”. He called on others to do the same based on past records of the Military during their Peace Keeping Missions, in other countries.

The president’s spokesman further stated that he believed in military and trusted in them.

“I believe that they are professional men and women. I believe  that they have the competence to handle this issue and I believe that over the time, they have acquired better training and better equipment but we are dealing with a very serious enemy. Let us accept it,” he emphasised.

According to him, the rise in the spate of attacks by the Boko Haram signals the end of the insurgency. “From what is going on now, I believe very strongly that we are more or less in the dying phase of this insurgency. Also, the pattern seems to also follow the historical pattern of an exiting terrorist act.”

He maintained that the Army had been able to push the terrorists to the Border areas where they now attack soft targets, defenceless and innocent citizens.

Further commenting on the porous security in the border areas spanning Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, Okupe said: “Even if the entire Nigerian Army were to move there, you would still not be able to contain or stop insurgent activities, 100%”.

Responding to critics, who have decried the seeming lack of intelligence on the terrorists by the Army, Okupe said the claims were not true but refused to divulge any more information to counter what the critics said.

“Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to speak about the degree of things that I personally know.

He called on Nigerians to believe in his words, saying that, “I have never come on television to lie to Nigerians since I got this job.”

This particular administration has invested several billions of Naira in intelligence gathering and evidence shows that it is working.”

He stressed that, “for every insurgent activity, several hundreds have been aborted, prevented or thwarted but the ones that you see are the ones that escape the radar”.

Compensation For Victims

Asked what the plans were for the families of the victims of terrorist attacks, Okupe said: “I believe that the Federal Government is more than prepared to give succour and comfort directly or indirectly through the States.”

He solicited for  support of the government by concerned individuals in Nigeria, pointing out that “there is need for better understanding and co-operation between all stakeholders in this matter. That I must stay is not there yet”.

“We must support each other’s weaknesses and support each other’s shortcomings, but the overall interest must be to preserve the lives or properties of Nigerians in these areas,” he added.

 

Suspected Boko Haram Members Strike In Adamawa

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, on Wednesday night, attacked some communities in Adamawa State, including Kirchinga district, Michika, Shuwari and Shuwa.

The attack was the second in the week, following an attack on a Federal Government College in Yobe State, which led to the death of over 20 students and the destruction of the school.

In Adamawa, witnesses disclosed that the suspected terrorists gained access to Kirchinga district through the Sambisa forest and killed several settlers in Shuwari and Shuwa communities of Madagali Local Government Areas before attacking shops, residential houses and the First bank in Michika town.

Three catholic churches were set ablaze as well as a primary school in Shuwari town.

Apart from the three catholic churches burnt by the insurgents, the Saint Joseph Minor Seminary, Shuwa was also set ablaze as the catholic priest and students of the school ran for their safety.

The insurgents also destroyed the maternity health centre in Shuwa after taking away medical equipment of the hospital.

“Several cars and motor cycles were seized from people as innocent ones were killed while houses and shops were destroyed as well as confiscation of food items during the attack on the communities,” witnesses said.

Security officials are yet to confirm the incident but witnesses said military aircraft is presently hovering around the areas attacked by the hoodlums as several inhabitants are scattered in the bush.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Wednesday night addressed issues of security during a national broadcast focusing on the Centenary celebrations.

He commiserated with families of the slain students in Yobe and assured the nation that Government “will continue to do everything possible to eradicate the scourge of terrorism” from the country.

Boko Haram: Let The President Resign; He Has Failed – Rotimi Fashakin

The Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Rotimi Fashakin, on Wednesday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to vacate his office for not being able to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, which has claimed the lives of thousands of Nigerians.

“The security of this nation falls squarely on the laps of Mr President and if he’s not able to do it he should resign like Melvin Chamberlain, a prime minister of Great Britain in 1940, when he found out that he didn’t have the wherewithal to solve Britain’s problems during the Second World War.”

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Fashakin said: “Let the president resign; he has failed.”

There had been a renewed public outcry against the killing of over several students in a government school in Yobe State. Addressing this, Fashakin said: “It’s a sober moment for us as Nigerians that we are facing a very dire situation as this.”

He further commented that “we have never faced anything that threatened the security of Nigeria as much as this, even when we were under that 30 month old civil war.”

“It makes one’s heart to bleed indeed when you look at the innocent lives, including those of the soldiers that are unnecessarily wasted.

“You need to understand clearly that this is very unfortunate indeed.

The security situation in the country, he said, “calls for the entire management of our security to be looked at in a very wholistic manner.”

Fashakin expressed doubt that President Jonathan had shown “enough capacity at handling the humongous security challenge that we have in this country.” “He seems to have tried everything in the books and they don’t seem to be working from him.”

He stressed that there is lid above the president’s capacity to solve the problem. “If you don’t have it, you don’t have it.”

Asked what his suggestion was he said “Let the president resign; he has failed.”

He buttressed his position, saying that, “one key thing that we must not lose sight of is the fact that, for a war like this, intelligence and intelligence gathering is key to winning the war. When you have the security apparatus gathering intelligence used for mundane things as harassing citizens all over the place, rather than going after the people that are real threats to the nation; it shows you that we have gotten everything muddled up.”

He hinted that the SSS, which is supposed to be at the fore-front of gathering intelligence, is not doing its job. “If they are, we shouldn’t be where we are.”

While calling on the government and political parties to keep politics out of the security issue, he spoke on Borno Governor’s comments on the fight against the insurgency and lauded the governor’s courage to “tell it all.”

Fashakin further lashed out at “spin doctors in Aso Rock” including Doyin Okupe for their caustic reply to the governor.

Asked if the Governor of Borno State should also resign, Fashakin argued that “security is on the exclusive list. It’s strictly the problem of the Federal Government.”

“The security of this nation falls squarely on the laps of Mr President and if he’s not able to do it he should resign

On the call that sole military administrators should take control in the troubled states, Fashakin stressed that a State of Emergency was already in effect in said states.

“There is basically no sacrifice that is too much to ensure that Nigerians everywhere can sleep with two eyes closed,” he said.

 

Boko Haram: Nigeria Closes Border With Cameroon

The Federal Government of Nigeria has sealed its northern border with Cameroon in an effort to shut out terrorists using its neighbour as a launchpad for attacks.

The closure extends from Borno State, by Lake Chad, to the southern end of Adamawa State, around halfway along Nigeria’s 1,500-mile border with Cameroon.

A statement issued by the Commandant 23 Armoured Brigade, Brigadier-General Rogers Ibe Nicholas said that the closure is meant to effectively curtail the activities of the insurgents.

Borno and Adamawa states are covered by a State of Emergency that President Goodluck Jonathan declared last May as part of an offensive meant to crush the Boko Haram sect.

“To effectively curtail the activities of the insurgents, the Cameroon border in the northeast has been closed indefinitely,” Brigadier-General Rogers Ibe Nicholas said in a statement.

The Islamists, whose struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa’s top oil producer, are currently based in the hilly Gwoza area next to Cameroon.

Nigerian security officials say they often launch deadly attacks then flee over the border to avoid being pursued.

They killed more than 200 people in two attacks last week on villages, prompting renewed criticisms that military action has failed to neutralize them.

Bama Attack: Gov Shettima Releases 300 Million Naira For Reconstruction

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has commiserated with the people of Bama over the recent attack on the town by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

The Governor, who inspected the level of destruction in the town on Sunday, expressed shock over the assault which claimed almost 100 lives.

Places attacked by the radical sect include; the Shehu of Bama’s palace, the Bama Motor Park, several houses at the low-cost housing estate as well as shops and personal houses within the metropolis.

Several cars and vehicles were burnt by the insurgents and hundreds of people have fled the town for safety.

Commiserating with the Shehu of Bama in his palace, Governor Kashim Shettima was visibly sad over what he described as “lunatic of the Boko Haram” and approved the sum of 300 million Naira for the reconstruction of the destroyed structures in the town.

He said all the structures destroyed would be reconstructed immediately by a committee instead of given money to affected persons who according to him may relocate to other towns which would not be in the interest and progress of Bama town.

The Governor commended Bama residents for being resolute despite the attack and assured that more security personnel will be deployed to prevent further attack by the insurgents.

He also disclosed that books, uniform and food would be provided to schools in Bama town with the aim of encouraging academic activities despite the ceaseless attack.

He pledged the sum of 250, 000 Naira each to the families of anybody killed in the attack while the vigilante group and the civilian JTF were also given the sum of one million Naira each as logistic support.

The Shehu of Bama, Shehu Umar Kyari Garbai El- Kanemi, appreciated the kind gesture of the Governor, who he said had been prompt in responding to the attacks in the state and called on the people of his domain to consider the attack as an act of God and to remain patriotic against all odds.