Political Violence In Borno: Zulum Orders Arrest Of Culprits

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum

 

Angered by rising political violence in Borno State in recent times especially during last month’s attack on the PDP presidential campaign convoy in Maiduguri, the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has ordered the Nigerian Police Force and the DSS to arrest the culprits irrespective of their political party affiliations.

Zulum, in a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesman Malam Isa Gusau, directed Borno State’s Commissioner of Police to investigate and ensure all culprits are arrested and prosecuted according to the law.

He said the safe existence of societies, is the fundamental basis of government and as such the state ought to be secured for the people to enjoy the dividends of democracy.


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Below is Governor Zulum’s full statement as issued by his spokesman.

“I have received reports on renewed acts of political violence in the state. I strongly condemn these extremely unnecessary acts of violence and hereby direct the Commissioner of Police and the DSS to immediately investigate and ensure anyone involved is made to face the full wrath of the law.”

“I am directing heads of security agencies under the Borno State security council to immediately convene a meeting with critical representatives of all major political parties, particularly the APC and PDP, get them to sign undertakings and strikingly warn against all acts of violence with punitive measures rolled out for any culprit, especially politicians who might be instigating violence, no matter how highly placed they might be.

“In the meantime, I strongly urge supporters of all political parties not to disseminate false statements that can insight violence. We should endeavor to promote peace.

“I have always been against political thuggery and for us in Borno State, we have seen enough of violence from our over 12 years of insurgency. Instigating political violence is simply being ungrateful to Allah for the peace He is granting us after over 12 years of prayers for His divine intervention.

“Many soldiers, policemen, personnel of the DSS and paramilitary as well as our volunteers in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes have given their lives in battles and many are still in the front lines, towards full restoration of peace in Borno State. Insha’Allah, we will not allow anyone reverse the supreme sacrifices of our armed forces and volunteers.

“With the peace gained so far across Borno State, we have safely resettled close to one million internally displaced persons and refugees in rebuilt communities. Our focus, which is very firm, is to sustain our ongoing construction of 10,000 new houses and rehabilitation of thousands of destroyed houses to continue our safe and dignified resettlement, alongside the provision of livelihood support so that our fellow citizens can eventually cater for themselves through productive agriculture and other businesses in ways they can live without depending on the food and cash aides we are currently giving based on our routine humanitarian needs assessments for all communities.

“I urge all stakeholders of political parties in particular, party executives, candidates and campaign teams to desist from any form of violence and to campaign peacefully and in accordance with all provisions of the electoral act and laws of Borno State. For me, electoral victory should be one that is earned not one that is forced through acts of violence.

“It is Allah that gives power to whoever He wills but that divine declaration by the Almighty Allah doesn’t include using unlawful means to acquire power. Moreover, for political offices to be meaningful, societies for which such offices are established, must first exist and do so safely.

“That safe existence of societies, is the fundamental basis of government and insha’Allah, we will ensure that Borno State Government lives to that sacred purpose of guaranteeing public peace and public freedom.” Zulum maintained.

Wives Of Repentant Boko Haram Members Give Birth To 263 Babies – Borno Govt

The map of Borno, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

The wives of repentant Boko Haram fighters have given birth to no fewer than 263 babies in four months.

The Borno State Government disclosed this to journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital on Tuesday.

The delivery was conducted at the health facility located inside the Hajj camp in Maiduguri, which is currently being used as a temporary shelter for repentant terrorists.

According to the state government, over 16,000 repentant terrorists are being accommodated in the camp.

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Giving the breakdown of the delivery to journalists, the Medical Officer in charge of the health facility, Dr. Mohammed Saleh said 94 children were birthed in July 2022, 98 in August, 60 in September, and 11 in October.

“Almost on a daily basis, we carry out delivery,” Saleh said.

Although he did not give figures for women who gave birth in the month of November, Channels Television counted at least 20 women said to have given birth in the last two weeks, among whom was a 20-year-old woman who was delivered of twins.

There are currently more than 500 women at the Hajj camp who are said to be pregnant.

Also speaking to journalists, the Senior Special Adviser to the Borno State Governor on Security Matters, Brigadier General Abdullahi Ishaq (Retd) said since the state government started the collaborative non-kinetic approach to the Boko Haram insurgence in 2021, over 82,000 of the fighters and their families had surrendered.

He added that more than 3,500 had been reintegrated into their communities.

According to him, more than 85 percent of the repentant Boko Haram fighters who have surrendered were forcefully enlisted by the combatant fighters.

However, logistics for fending off the repentant terrorists remained a major challenge, the state government said.

The Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ms. Zuwaira Gambo told Channels Television that the government had the political will to implement the model it had adopted for the de-radicalisation and rehabilitation of terrorists who were willing to lay down their arms and surrender.

“The Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum is determined to ensure peace returns to the state,” Gambo said.

According to her, it is not easy to house the magnitude of the ex-fighters and feed them at the same time. But she added that the government was doing everything possible to achieve that.

“We want to ensure they are reintegrated into the society as better people. We have also created skill acquisition programmes for the men and women to be empowered with skills before they go back to their communities.

“Schools have also been built with the support of partners where the children of the repentant insurgents can acquire education. They are willing to acquire Western education now, contrary to the ideology of Boko Haram,” she said.

The Hajj camp is the biggest among the three camps housing the repentant terrorists.

Over 3,000 houses have been constructed in the camp for those who are married with children, while those who are single are kept in other tents.

Over 6,000 men are in the camp while women and children number over 10,000.

Atiku/Okowa Will Sweep Polls In Borno, Other States, Says PDP

 

As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Rally holds today in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital, the PDP says it is certain that its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa will record a sweeping victory in Borno and other States of the federation in the 2023 general elections.

In a statement by its spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the PDP further asserts that it will be a hard task for the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, to secure the statutory 25% votes in most States of the country and particularly in Borno State despite being the home State of the APC Vice-Presidential Candidate, Sen. Kashim Shettima.


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“This is because, while Asiwaju Tinubu is not on ground being no match for PDP’s more popular and much loved Atiku Abubakar, the APC’s Vice Presidential Candidate, Kashim Shettima has since lost face with the citizens following his abysmal failure as Governor of the State.

“Since the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as Presidential Candidate of the PDP, the APC, particularly in Borno State has been disconcerted, confused and disorganized by the mass exodus of APC members into the PDP across the nooks and crannies of the State in support of Atiku Abubakar and the PDP.

“Reports from Borno State show that in the last one month, the PDP has recorded over a million new entrants. These are mostly members of the APC and other well-meaning Nigerians who have rejected the failed APC to support the PDP and Atiku Abubakar in the mission to rescue their State and Nigeria at large from the stranglehold of the APC.

“The people of Borno State have suffered untold hardship, sorrow and pain under the APC and are eager for a new lease of life under the PDP and Atiku Abubakar whose proven leadership capacity represents their renewed hope for survival, security, economic sustenance, infrastructural regeneration and return to normal life.

“Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Candidacy represents an end to the era of fake promises and false assurances of safety which the people of Borno and Nigerians across the nation have been subjected to in the last seven and half years; he represents the desires and hope of Nigerians for a more secure nation under a sincere, transparent, effective and committed government that has the capacity to deliver on its mandate,” the party’s statement partly read.

The PDP admonished the APC to read the handwriting on the wall, end its shenanigans and accept the fact that the people of Borno State and Nigerians have since pitched their tents with the PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections and nothing can change their resolve.

Two Chibok Girls, 99 Others Regain Freedom From Boko Haram Camps

The map of Borno, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

The army on Friday said it has rescued two Chibok girls and 99 other abducted persons from Boko Haram camps.

In a briefing in Maiduguri, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Major General Waidi Shaibu, said the troops rescued the victims from different locations in Borno state.

The rescued girls are Rejoice Sanki, 24, and mother of two children; and Yagana Poly, 24, mother of four.

According to the army, they were rescued on September 29 and October 2.

Of the 99 other kidnapped rescued, 47 are women, the army said.

Police Parade 46-Year-Old Woman In Maiduguri For Kidnapping Children

The map of Borno, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

The police in Borno have paraded a 46-year-old mother of two for abducting three children in Maiduguri.

The police also paraded 58 other suspects who specialize in kidnappings and other crimes.

The suspected abductor, who claims she is indulging in the act for the first time, said she was lured into the act by one ‘Lady B’ in Lagos who promised to take her abroad and make her rich.

The suspect, Nsa Hensewa, said before embarking on the journey to Maiduguri, she was a businesswoman in Lagos and that she had lived in Maiduguri with her parents some 30 years back.

Tinubu Govt Will Replicate Borno, Lagos ‘Wonders’ In Nigeria – Shettima

A photo combination of APC vice presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima and the party’s flag.

 

Vice-Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 elections, Kashim Shettima, on Monday, said the government of APC Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, will replicate the “wonders” in Borno and Lagos states if elected president in 2023.

Shettima, a former Borno governor, also hit ‘pretentious politicians’ at the opening ceremony  of the 2022 Nigerian Bar Association’s Annual General Conference held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.

The conference with the theme ‘Bold Transitions’ began on Monday and will run until August 26.

Shettima spoke on a panel session immediately after Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar; and shortly before Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi; amongst other panelists.

Atiku had said if elected president come 2023, he will hand over federal universities to state governments and the private sector for efficient management.

Commenting immediately after Atiku, Shettima said, “Nigerians have the capability to see through the worn-out rhetoric and sophistry of pretentious politicians. Nigerians should follow the man wey know the road. From day one, we will hit the ground running. We’ll promptly address the issue of the economy, ecology, and security.

“And we have the antecedents. I built some of the best schools in Nigeria. Go to Borno and see wonders; you will never believe that it is a state in a state of war.

“So, we are going to replicate our achievements in Lagos, in Borno and some of the frontline states so that our nation will be a better place. The fundamental issue is pure leadership.”

Borno has been a hotbed of terrorist attacks since 2009.

Local governments attacked by insurgents in the state have been deserted though the state government has recently been making efforts to resettle thousands of internally displaced persons.

The 13-year-old jihadist insurgency has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced 2.2 million in the northeast region.

The violence has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

Buhari Visits Borno For World Humanitarian Day

President Muhammadu Buhari visits Borno State for the 2022 World Humanitarian Day and Commissions some State Government Projects in Maiduguri on August 18, 2022. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House
President Muhammadu Buhari visits Borno State for the 2022 World Humanitarian Day and Commissions some State Government Projects in Maiduguri on August 18, 2022. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday visited Borno State as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to mark World Humanitarian Day.

This year’s World Humanitarian Day is scheduled to be marked on August 19/

In Borno, the President directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and its agencies to ensure unimpeded return of Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East.

He also virtually commissioned a 500-unit housing estate constructed by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and 24-units of houses for primary teachers built by the Borno State Government.

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari visits Borno State for the 2022 World Humanitarian Day and Commissions some State Government Projects in Maiduguri on August 18, 2022. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

President Muhammadu Buhari visits Borno State for the 2022 World Humanitarian Day and Commissions some State Government Projects in Maiduguri on August 18, 2022. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

President Muhammadu Buhari visits Borno State for the 2022 World Humanitarian Day and Commissions some State Government Projects in Maiduguri on August 18, 2022. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

President Muhammadu Buhari visits Borno State for the 2022 World Humanitarian Day and Commissions some State Government Projects in Maiduguri on August 18, 2022. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

Insurgency: Troops Rescue Two Chibok Girls Abducted Over Eight Years Ago

 

The Nigerian Army has said it found and rescued two women who were part of the female students abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibiok, Borno State, more than eight years ago.

In a statement on Wednesday, the army disclosed that troops of 202 battalion during clearance operations on 25 July 2022 intercepted four abducted women including two girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from GGSS Chibok on 14 April 2014.

According to the brief statement, the military said the intercepted Chibok girls and their children are currently in a military medical facility.

On the night of the attack in April 2014, 276 female students mostly Christians aged from 16 to 18 were kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram from the Government Girls Secondary School at the town of Chibok in Borno State.


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About 57 of the schoolgirls escaped immediately following the incident by jumping from the trucks on which they were being transported, while some others have been rescued by the Nigerian Armed Forces on various occasions.

The outrageous event has stirred global outcry with hopes being raised that the over 200 remaining girls might be released, however there are fears that some girls might have already died while in captivity.

The Chibok Girls abduction is one of several such tragedies that the nation has witnessed in the course of the Boko Haram insurgency.

An investigation by the human rights group, Amnesty International, suggests that since the abduction of the schoolgirls, over 1,500 school children have been kidnapped by armed groups in Nigeria.

“Nigerian is failing to protect vulnerable children. By refusing to respond to alerts of impending attacks on schools across the north of the country, the Nigerian authorities have failed to prevent mass abductions of thousands of school children,” Amnesty International’s Nigeria Director, Osai Ojigho adduced.

According to Amnesty International, the Nigerian government failed to learn from the Chibok incident as to how further crimes of this nature could be curbed.

All hope is not yet lost, at least not in the Chibok community where parents and relatives of the kidnapped girls continue to call for an end to the attacks within the area, as well as a return of the schoolgirls believed to still be in Boko Haram captivity.

In its last press conference in Abuja, the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), an association of people from Chibok, lamented that since the outbreak of the insurgency well-over a decade now, the area has been attacked more than 72 times, with over 407 persons killed.

Spokesman for Kada, Dauda Iliya, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the Chibok community from total annihilation by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Iliya advised the Federal Government to seek support and effectively synergise with the Armed Forces in tackling insecurity within the region.

VP Candidate: My Respect For Both Faiths Is Absolute – Tinubu

 

The Presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has expressed his absolute respect and regard for both the Christian and Muslim faiths in the country.

Tinubu, whilst announcing Sen. Kashim Shettima, a Muslim, two-term Governor of Borno State as his running mate, stated that by his selection, he is not oblivious of the religious and ethnic sensitivities of the nation, but made the choice in the overriding interest of the country.

“I am mindful of the energetic discourse concerning the possible religion of my running mate. Just and noble people have talked to me about this. Some have counselled that I should select a Christian to please the christian community. Others said I should pick a Muslim to appeal to the Muslim community. Clearly, I cannot do both”.


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“Both sides of the debate have impressive reason and passionate arguments supporting their position. Both arguments are right in their own way. But neither is right in the way that Nigeria needs at the moment. As President, I hope to govern this country towards uncommon progress. This will require innovation. It will require steps never taken. It will also require decisions that are politically difficult and rare”.

“May I say this to all of you, especially those disappointed in my selection based on religious considerations. I will not and cannot ignore the religious concerns and ethnic sensitivities of our people. Taking them into due consideration is an important part of good and able governance”, Tinubu emphasised.

The APC flagbearer however enthused that the challenges facing the nation requires placing competence in governance above religious sentiments.

“Religion ethnicity and region cannot always, and fully determine our path. To forge ahead as a Nation towards development and prosperity, we must break free of old binds. We must recalibrate our political calculations to where competence and fairness matter, more than reducible demographics”, Tinubu asserted

Operation Desert Sanity: Troops Neutralise ISWAP/BokoHaram Top Commanders, Fighters In Borno

 

Troops of Operation Desert Sanity on Thursday recorded success over ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorists during an aggressive clearance operation around Dikwa-Gamboru highway in Borno State.

Authorities say the troops today neutralized several insurgents including top commanders.

Though the army did not give very specific details regarding the number of insurgents killed, a brief statement on Friday revealed that clearance operation was highly successful and several weapons and ammunition were recovered.


 

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Similarly, troops of Operation Hadin Kai on  Sunday neutralised some terrorists in Borno State.

In a statement on Thursday, military spokesman, Major General Benard Onyeuko said the troops of 24 TF Brigade Operation Hadin Kai made contact with some Boko Haram terrorists at Gamage Village in Borno, adding that  after the encounter 5 terrorists were neutralized.

According to General Onyeuko, items recovered from the terrorists include 2 x AK47 rifles, 3 x dane guns, 2 x AK47 magazines, 70 x rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 7 x local fabricated rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 4 x cell phones, 3 x ATM cards and several bags of assorted food stuff.

Another Chibok School Girl Regains Freedom In Borno

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai say they have rescued another Chibok girl from the captivity of terrorists.

The girl was rescued around the Bama Axis of Borno State, the military said.

Theatre Commander Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa, who confirmed this to newsmen in Borno state, said profiling of the rescued girl is ongoing.

The military earlier this month had disclosed it rescued Mary Dauda, one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in 2014.

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In 2021, Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, received Hassana Adamu, a Chibok schoolgirl who presented herself to the Nigerian Army.

Over 200 schoolgirls were abducted at a Government Secondary School in Chibok on April 14, 2014, by Boko Haram insurgents.

The Chibok abduction in 2014 caused a stir worldwide, leading to calls for the return of the girls by global figures, including then First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

Although a good number of the students have regained their freedom, many are still believed to be in captivity.

In April 2021, Zulum pledged to safely recover the remaining girls.

“As a father of all sons and daughters of Borno, I haven’t lost hope that our remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other abducted persons will be safely recovered,” the Governor said.

PHOTOS: Troops Kill Several ISWAP/Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Arms In Borno

 

The Nigerian Army says its troops from 115 Battalion have neutralized several ISWAP/BokoHaram terrorists during an aggressive clearance operation around Lassa & Kelle villages in Borno State.

According to a brief statement on Friday, the army said the encounter took place on Thursday, 9 June 2022.

The troops also recovered one gun truck, two civilian Hilux vehicles, arms and ammunition.

This is the latest in a series of successes recorded by the Nigerian Army within the week.

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Earlier, the gallant Troops of 29 Brigade neutralized several BHT/ISWAP Terrorists who blocked Maiduguri-Damaturu Road in Goni Masari.

After a hot pursuit, and guidance from the Nigerian Air Force several of the fleeing terrorists were neutralized.

Arms and ammunitions including various assorted drugs and enhancers were recovered, the 5 victims abducted by the terrorists were also rescued.