‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Group Seeks More Help For IDPs

Boko haramAs Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the World Refugees Day, the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group has urged the Nigerian government to urgently render more help of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Speaking at their daily sit-out session in Abuja on Saturday, one of the leaders of the group, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, said the Federal Government had been slow in responding to the humanitarian crisis in the IDPs camps.

The group hosted some IDPs, as part of their activities to mark the World Refugees Day.

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the crisis in north-east Nigeria has displaced over 1.4 million people while 5.4 million people have been traumatised by the crisis.

There are 27 IDPs camps in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) alone, housing over 16,000 displaced persons.

One of the displaced persons, Liyatu Ayuba, who is a widow, said she lost her husband, a police officer, in an attack by the Boko Haram sect in 2009.

In 2012, she arrived in Abuja after an attack on Gwoza, Borno State in the company of her son, who was injured in the attack.

The Bring Back Our Girls group are alarmed at the humanitarian crisis in the north-east and they hope that urgent steps are taken by the relevant authorities to ameliorate the situation.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has carried out series of attacks on communities in the north-east, forcing people to flee their homes for safety.

The new administration has on several occasions pledged its commitment to ending the insurgency in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.

Nyanya Bombing: Lack Of Protection Screen Stalls Ogwuche’s Trial

Aminu-Ogwuche Nyanya bomb suspectThe trial of Aminu Ogwuche and five others suspected to have masterminded a bomb blast at a motor park in Nyanya, a town in the outskirts of Abuja, has been stalled again following the lack of a screen to protect the witnesses.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, had in the last two hearings slated the case for trial-within-trial to ascertain the voluntariness of the statements made by the accused persons after they alleged that statement were given under “severe beating and torture” by officials of the Department of State Service (DSS).

However, at the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the inability of the court registrar to provide a screen to protect the witnesses, who are staffers of the DSS, forced the court to adjourn the trial.

Justice Mohammed subsequently adjourned the case to 16 and 17 of June for trial.

The court had earlier given an approval for the witnesses to give their testimonies wearing masks.

The accused persons, Aminu Ogwuche, Ahmed Abubakar, Mohammed Ishaq, Ya’u Saidu, Anas Isa, and Adamu Yusuf, were alleged to have masterminded the April 14, 2014 Nyanya Motor Park blasts that killed scores of passengers and destroyed several vehicles.

On Tuesday, the Federal Government sought the conduct of the trial of six persons with the new administration of Justice Act.

At the resumed hearing of the case before it was adjourned to Wednesday, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mohammed Diri, requested that the court should try the accused persons under the new administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

The trial has been adjourned more than four times this year for several reasons.

260 Persons Rescued From Boko Haram Moved To Military Facility

Rescued women and cildren from Boko HaramSome 260 women and children rescued from the Boko Haram terrorists’ stronghold, Sambisa Forest, have been relocated from a camp in the north-eastern city of Yola to an unspecified military facility.

The movement of the rescued persons on Thursday came after camp officials said they suspected that some of them have been communicating with the militants.

Rescued from the dissident group terrorising communities in Nigeria’s north-east, they have become refugees in their own country, but there seems to be no guarantee of a permanent abode, at least for now.

Government authorities said the rescued women and children would be housed in the military facility under the Countering Violent Extremist (CVE) programme, a government’s soft approach to combating terrorism.

The 260 women and children were brought to Mal Kohi Camp in Yola, on May 2 after their rescue from the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

The military has continued counter-terrorism operations in the forest to clear the insurgents from their camps in the region.

Some terrorists have fled their camps and had massed in some communities within the state, attacking residents.

Rescue of persons held captive by the Boko Haram sect started last month and so far over 800 persons have been rescued.

Lawmakers Task Executive On Rescue Of Chibok Girls

House of Representatives in Nigeria On Chibok GirlsThe House of Representatives in Nigeria has urged the Executive Arm of Government to do everything possible to rescue the over 200 school girls abducted from Chibok exactly one year ago.

Debating a motion on the matter on Tuesday, lawmakers said it was not enough to just remember the abducted girls and stressed the need for both the legislators and the executive to do everything possible to rescue the girls.

The House also commended the armed forces for their recent efforts at fighting the insurgents and also the Bring Back Our Girls Campaigners who have continued to remind Nigerians of the need to demand for the release of the abducted girls.

The girls were abducted from their school’s dormitory on April 14, 2014 by members of the Boko Haram sect.

Although remarkable breakthroughs have been recorded in the counter-terrorism operations in the north-east, the girls have not been seen by the troops fighting the insurgents.

The government is, however, hopeful that the girls would be rescued, as troops are making efforts to clear terrorists from Borno State.

In the last seven weeks the military had been able to clear terrorists from Adamawa And Yobe States, reclaiming communities held by the dissident group trying to set up an Islamic State in the region.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged that his administration would do all possible to rescue the schoolgirls.

The promise comes on the first year anniversary of the abduction of the girls from their dormitory at the Government Girls College, Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram militants.

The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had in a video released months after the girls were abducted said that the girls had been married off.