Murder: Court Martial Sentences Soldier To Death By Firing Squad

 

A court-martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State capital has sentenced Trooper Azunna Maduabuchi to death by firing squad for killing the adjutant of his unit, one Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi.

Trooper Maduabuchi was arraigned for murder after shooting Lieutenant Ngorgi in July 2020 at close range in Bama Local Government of Borno State for refusing to grant him a welfare pass.

He was on Tuesday sentenced to death by firing squad after he was found guilty at the court session held at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.

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This is in accordance with Section 106 of the Armed Forces Act.

Some other soldiers were arraigned for manslaughter and sentenced to various years of imprisonment.

Some of the soldiers facing the Court-Martial during the court session on Tuesday, January 12, 2020.

 

One of the soldiers Sergeant Sani Ishaya was sentenced to four years, Bidemi Fabiyi sentenced to two years while Private Musa Bala and Private Abdulraheed Adamu were sentenced to one-year imprisonment each.

Another soldier Mohammed Kudu who is accused of shooting a 12-year-old boy at a wedding is also sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Lance Corporal Aja Emmanuel arraigned for a lone charge of assault has been de-ranked and now a private soldier.

Nigerian Navy Re-equips Headquarters In Borno After Boko Haram Invasion

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

The Nigerian Navy says it is re-equipping its operational headquarters in Baga town of Borno State, looted by Boko Haram.

The Baga Naval Base was dislodged in December 2018 after a fierce battle with the Boko Haram insurgents.

This is according to the Chief of Training and Operations of the Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Ibikunle Taiwo Olaiya.

Olaiya represented the Chief of Naval Staff at a new year get together with troops in a make-shift base in Maiduguri.

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The naval chief praised the efforts of personnel during the attack which according to him “allowed personnel of sister services and paramilitary then based in Baga to withdraw safely including many civilians.”

He also revealed that two years after the dislodgement, some personnel are still missing in action, but assures that the faultlines that led to the overrunning of the base have been studied and corrected to avoid a reoccurrence.

Zulum Visits Attacked Villages In Borno

 

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has paid a visit to communities attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday evening, in Hawul local government area in the southern part of the state and he is promising them that better days are ahead.

The governor who inspected the destroyed property in Yimirshika, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Shafa communities immediately ordered the reconstruction of properties, including a police station and market stalls.

He ordered the provision of six patrol vehicles and other security components to strengthen local security network in Shafa while surveillance vehicles are to be provided for hunters and vigilantes in Yimirshika.

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Three persons were killed in Shafa, among whom were two hunters and a civilian.

In addition to that, thousands of bags of farm produce recently harvested by farmers were also looted by the insurgents.

Governor Zulum assured the people that the government is doing all within its powers to provide security and ensure the good welfare for the citizens.

‘We Must Defeat All Evil Doers’: Tinubu Visits Zulum, Charges Military To Change Strategy

 

The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has visited Governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, following the recent killings in the state.

During the visit on Monday, Tinubu acknowledged that the long battle against insecurity had become more intense and therefore, called on the Nigerian military to change their strategy.

“We have been on this (Boko Haram issue) for some time. We have seen the reaction of the Federal Government, we have seen the reaction of the Armed Forces, this is no longer a conventional warfare, this is more tactical, more crude,” he said.

“In such situation what we do is to replan our strategy. We have seen the Governor’s life has been attacked more than one occasion in effort to eliminate him but Allah is mighty, he has protected and will continue to protect you”.

 

Chieftain of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, visits Governor Babagana Zulum over recent killings in Borno State.

 

At least 43 farmers were killed by bandits on November 28, in the Zabamari area of the state.

The farmers were waylaid on their way to their rice farms which they were harvesting before the surprise attack happened.

Both local and international organisations have condemned the killings, demanding justice for the innocent farmers even as the United Nations put the death toll at at least 110, with several other persons also kidnapped.

Similarly, Tinubu condemned the situation, saying it is difficult for governance to excel when insurgency thrives.

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“You can’t concentrate, become innovative and excel if you have to make educational development in fear. We saw people who have endured so much agony, denial, brutality decided to run to their farms to develop means of livelihood not only for themselves but for all of us, at the end they were slaughtered.

“That’s not religion,” he said.

“It is not in our religion (Islam), it is not in Christianity either, it is an act of wickedness. I want His Excellency and members of the state executive to see this visit not as a condolence only, not a sympathy only, but as a solidarity and commitment that we must defeat all evil doers”.

Zulum thanked Tinubu for the visit, as well as his solidarity, while reiterating his commitment to restoring peace and sanity in the state.

The visit comes after the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, also led a delegation of other traditional rulers to pay a condolence visit to the governor.

The revered monarch asked the military to occupy Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region housing the insurgents.

Governor Zulum, had last week, stated that although military forces were doing their best, the shores of the Lake Chad, Sambisa forest and Mandara Hills, remain major strongholds.


See this video of the burial of the farmers.

Mercenaries: Zulum Says More Personnel Needed To Fight Borno Insurgency

 

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has reiterated the need for more military personnel and mercenaries to be deployed to the state to fight insurgency.

According to the governor, there are still three major strongholds under the control of the insurgents and there are currently not enough security personnel.

Zulum said the shores of the Lake Chad, Sambisa forest and Mandara Hills are the most affected by the insurgents who invade and attack communities and return to their hideouts.

“There is a need for the Nigerian Military to take the war into these critical areas,” the governor said on Friday during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

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Beyond that, he believes that for the war on insurgence to truly be won, the Federal Government should engage the security forces of neighbouring countries.

“Yes, you are right, the Nigerian Air Force have done a great job in using the airstrikes to bombard the place (Sambisa, etc) but military operations have to be followed by some stabilization mechanisms.

“One of the recommendations is for the Nigerian government to look into the possibility of a coalition with its neighbours such as the Lake Chad”.

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The governor said this while reacting to the recent killings in the state and particularly the killing of at least 43 farmers in the Zabamari area of the state.

The farmers were waylaid on their way to their rice farms which they were harvesting before the surprise attack happened.

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While the state is still trying to recover from the losses, with the government working towards making appropriate compensations, Zulum says so far, relative peace has been restored and residents are now able to go about their regular business.

We Remain Optimistic About Rescue Of Remaining Chibok Girls – Zulum

 

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has said that his administration is still optimistic of rescuing the remaining Chibok schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity.

Zulum who made an appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Friday, said this while responding to questions about the state of security in the northeastern state.

It’s been six years since over 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from their secondary school in Chibok town.

While some have been rescued and several others escaped, many still remain in captivity.

When asked if the government had lost hope in the rescue of the girls, Zulum said: “not at all”. “We are still optimistic,” the governor who has also been a victim of several attacks, added.

Their abduction sparked several trends across social media including the #BringBackOurGirls which piqued the attention of local and international authorities, demanding swift actions towards the rescue of the girls.

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Years later, Borno State remains in the eye of the storm with several insurgent attacks, despite claims by the Federal Government that the military had taken control of Sambisa forest – a major stronghold of the insurgents.

The governor confirmed this on Friday, saying that insurgents are still occupying the shores of the Lake Chad, Sambisa forest and Madra Hills, as he called for the deployment of more military personnel.

“One most important thing is the presence of the insurgents in the Lake Chad, presence of the insurgents in the Sambisa game reserve and the Madra Hills and this is one of our greatest challenges,” he said.

“They normally leave those areas and come and attack innocent people in their settlements and go back to their hideouts and therefore there is a need for the Nigerian Military to take the war into these critical areas with a view to eliminating them”.

Zulum Proposes 2021 Budget Of ₦208bn

Governor of Borno State Babagana Zulum (file photo)

 

The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday proposed the sum of N208 billion for the 2021 budget with 65% allocated to capital projects while 35% was allocated to recurrent expenditures.
The governor, during his presentation at the state assembly in the capital, Maiduguri on Wednesday, proposed ₦135 billion for capital expenditure, ₦72.7 billion for recurrent expenditure.
Zulum also said the budget will be financed from the statutory allocation as and improved internally generated revenue.
Tagged “the People’s Budget of Recovery and Consolidation” Zulum said the budget aims to lay a foundation for the implementation of a 25-year development plan, recently launched by his administration.
The governor in his sectoral allocations announced ₦15.7 billion for reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of IDPs and refugees, while ₦16.2 billion was allocated to education.
₦11.7 billion was allocated to works for construction and rehabilitation of roads in many parts of the state, which is to include rehabilitation of Damboa – Biu road, Chibok – Askira Road, Jiddari Polo road, Customs Flyover, Dualization of post office to Gwange Grave yard, Dualization of Customs to Muna road, laying of the Maiduguri – Bama road, urban renewal of Askira and Monguno among others.
The governor also announced an allocation of ₦10.4 billion for healthcare projects including construction of an Orthopedic hospital and funding of ongoing Borno State University Teaching Hospital.
₦9.4 billion was allocated to agriculture, ₦5.7 billion to the Borno State Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA) while ₦4.2 billion was allocated to housing and energy for the construction of a new city estate of 500 houses in Maiduguri and shopping complexes in each of the state’s senatorial district.
Other sectors got lower allocations depending on the budget focus.
The governor also announced a plan to support 100,000 farmers on irrigation farming and to expand its reach to all local governments.
Zulum in his review of the 2020 fiscal year recalled few of the projects executed which included the construction of 22 roads including a road network of 43 kilometers with 30 kilometer of drainage, total overlay of 15 kilometers and ongoing overlay of 13.2 kilometers totaling 71.2 kilometers, adding that the first ever flyover in the state was ongoing in Maiduguri.
He also said 33 Healthcare Centers have been built across the state while seven health facilities including general hospitals have been rehabilitated.
Two maternity hospitals according to him, have also been built.

Insecurity: Despite Recent Happenings, Northeast Is Better Under Buhari – Zulum

Borno State has been targeted by insurgents in recent years. Photo: [email protected]

 

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State says despite recent happenings, the security situation in the state and the northeast region is better under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Zulum made the comment on Sunday while addressing northern elders from the Arewa Consultative Forum in Maiduguri, the Borno capital.

“From statewide statistics on affairs in the 27 local government areas since 2011, the fact is that despite the recent happenings in Borno State, the security situation in Borno State and indeed that of the Entire North East Sub-region is still far better under Buhari, and this is based on records,” Zulum said while addressing the delegation led by the chairman of the forum’s board of trustee, Ambassador Shehu Malami and its Executive Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh.

“For instance, unlike the years before Buhari when a number of local government were no-go-areas, we now have citizens led by our traditional rulers, safely back to Bama, Gwoza, Askira-Uba, Dikwa, Ngala, Monguno, Kukawa, Damboa, Konduga, Mafa, all of which no one could visit not talk of living there. Our emirs were all in exile. Today, Bama is coming back to live and so is Askira-Uba, Damboa, Gwoza and others. Live is even returning go Baga.”

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Governor Zulum explained that this “was impossible before Buhari. In fact, it was not possible to move a few kilometres out of Maiduguri.

“Insurgents were so bold to attack and take over military facilities like the army barrack at Monguno, Bama, Giwa Barrack and Multinational Joint Task Force Headquarters at Baga to mention just a few.

“There were daily attacks bomb blasts in many parts of Maiduguri, the most populated part of the state but all of these have stopped under Buhari. These are the records and no one can dispute these records.”

According to him, he is, however, concerned about the current security situation in the region than comparing it with what happened in the past.

“The insurgents by their nature, always want to attract publicity which is very strategic for terror propaganda, so they resorted to attacking our communities and running away and of course this worries us,” the governor further noted.

Borno State and the northeast have been targets of attacks by insurgents in recent years, the latest being the killing of scores of farmers in Zabarmari in Jere Local Government Area of Borno.

The incident drew wide condemnation from within and outside Nigeria and heightened calls for the sack of Nigeria’s security chiefs.

Borno Killings: President Buhari Orders Disbursement Of Relief Materials To Affected Families

Relief materials being distributed to families affected by the Koshebe Attack in Borno State.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the disbursement of relief materials to families affected by the Koshebe attack in Borno State.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Faruk, who is carrying out the executive order, disclosed this on Wednesday.

Faruk visited Borno State with a high-power team that included the Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and the Managing Director of the North East Development commission, Mohammed Goni.

Before proceeding to Zabarmari village in Jere local government to meet the mourners, the minister paid a sympathy visit to Governor Babagana Zulum.

“Beside the 43 persons that were confirmed dead and subsequently buried, it is learnt that some persons in the community were also abducted by the insurgents and are currently being sought after by combined team of the military and other security agencies,” Sadiya told Zulum.

The minister regretted the gruesome killing of the farmers who according to her were not only working to feed themselves but to also contribute to the food security of the nation.


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“His Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is saddened by the attack and has directed me to come here to deliver relief supports from the Federal Government to families of the victims and other affected persons,” Sadiya said.

Items to be distributed include: 13,000 bags of 12.5kg rice (5 ½ trailer load), 13,000 bags of 12.5kg maize (5 ½ trailer load), 13,000 bags of 25kg beans (11 trailer load); 1,300 kegs of vegetable oil; 2,116 cartons of seasoning; 1,083 cartons of tin tomato; and 650 bags of salt.

The community representatives thanked the government for the intervention but reechoed the position of their representatives at the National Assembly that security is their most urgent need now.

Gunmen Kill Assistant Commissioner Of Police In Calabar

The Police Command in Cross River State has confirmed the murder of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Egbe Edum, by gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday in Calabar.

Edum before his murder was the Borno State Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

Speaking with Channels Television in Calabar, the police spokesperson, Irene Ugbe, said the ACP came to Calabar to see his family after being away for a very long time before the ugly event occurred.

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The police spokesperson added that Edum was attacked while he was waiting for his wife to pick him up after his car broke down along the Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar.

Borno Killing: We Must Redouble Efforts To Rid Nigeria Of Violent Extremism – Fayemi

Borno State has been the target of attacks from the Boko Haram sect. Photo: [email protected]

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said there is a need for the redoubling of efforts to rid the country of violent extremism.

Fayemi made the call on Tuesday when he led a delegation of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on a condolence visit to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State over the recent massacre in the northeast state.

“This insane attack, like so many before it, is an assault on our fundamental freedoms,”  Fayemi who is the chairman of the NGF tweeted,  a few days after scores were killed around Marrabati and Hammayya villages, near Zabarmari by Boko Haram terrorists while on their way to their farms.

“We must recommit and redouble our common efforts to rid our country of violent extremism and we are in solidarity with the people of Borno and all Nigerians.”

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While condoling with the victims of the attacks, their families and Borno people over the incident, the 55-year-old former Mines and Solid Minerals Development minister described it as “unspeakable.

“Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the people of Borno State,”  Fayemi added.

 

Calls For Sack Mount

The killing of the farmers has drawn widespread condemnation and outcry from within and outside the country, sparking calls for the sack of Nigeria’s service chiefs.

During plenary on Tuesday, the Senate called for their replacement, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure and remodel the entire security architecture and investigate allegations of widespread corruption and leakages within the security architecture.

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Earlier on Monday, Buhari condoled with the families of the victims and gave a “marching order” to the military to flush out insurgents in the country. Buhari told the military that the fight should not be one-off, but on a continuous basis until “we root out the terrorists.”

 

Borno Attack: PDP Urges Buhari to Sit Up, Take Decisive Actions

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned in the strongest terms, the gruesome beheading of innocent farmers by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state.

In statement issued on Sunday, the party described the act as extremely wicked and devilish, saying it must not be left unaddressed.

It also noted that “this horrific killing of compatriots comes as yet another of the recurring horrid testament and badge of failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to secure our nation and guarantee the safety of lives and property in our country”.

With several incidents ravaging the country, the PDP lamented how “the Buhari administration continues with its lip service, rhetoric and false performance claims”.

The party, therefore, asked President Buhari to take decisive actions to ensure that the fight against insurgents is taken more seriously.

They believe that the president’s “inaction” has led to an escalation of killings in the country.

“The PDP is particularly disturbed because of the failure of the Buhari Presidency to take decisive action despite series of concerns raised by Borno state governor, Baba Gana Zulum, of security compromises in the state.
“The Buhari administration appears helpless while our national security structure under President Buhari seems to have collapsed. Our nation appears to be on auto pilot with no one in charge while the ship of state continues to drift.

“All our nation gets from the Buhari Presidency is that ‘Mr. President is shocked’, ‘Mr. President is saddened’, ‘Mr. President regrets’ and such lame responses without any decisive policy direction or directive to definitively tackle the situation at hand, leading to escalation of killings in our country.

“Such attitude by the Buhari administration has continued to embolden insurgents to the extent that they now attack military formations, convoys of state governors and engage in wanton beheading of our compatriots.

“It is distressing that despite this sorry situation, Mr. President, who promised to lead from the front, has receded into the safety of Aso Presidential villa and refused to act on the consistent demands of Nigerians to rejig the national security architecture and replace the service chiefs with more capable hands to affectively tackle our security challenges.

“The PDP charges President Buhari to stop his unhelpful rhetoric. He should sit up and take actions that will safeguard the lives of Nigerians who have been subjected to all manners of mental and physical torture under this incompetent administration.

“Mr. President should immediately move to Zabarmari in Borno state, empathize with the families of the victims and lead from the front in restoring security in the area”.

The PDP commiserated with the government and people of Borno State and urged Nigerians to remain at alert particularly in providing useful information for security agencies in fighting insurgency.


Watch the video of the burial of the farmers killed by Insurgents