Army Frees 567, Clears Boko Haram Purported Spiritual Headquarters

Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army has cleared Boko Haram terrorists from Alagarno, a Borno village notorious as their purported spiritual headquarters.

The conquest followed weeks of coordinated clearance operations between ground forces and the Nigerian Airforce in adjourning villages.

Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, said in a news conference in Maiduguri that 567 civilians held hostage were also freed and several weapons recovered.

The commander said troops in the theatre have been conducting clearing operations on a daily basis aimed at destroying the terrorists still staying in some local government areas and rescue people still in  captivity.

Troops of 81 task force battalion conducted preliminary operations in Boko Haram camps in Kumala, Dole, Kumasi and Moudire villages all around the fringes before launching into Alagarno.

The 27 Task Force Brigade, according to the General, also conducted series of operations leading to the recovery of an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) snatched by the terrorists July last year.

The APC now unserviceable and partially burnt by fleeing insurgents was discovered near a riverbed in Bolgore and has since been moved to an unknown destination in Yobe State.

Irabor maintained that the purported online video clip in circulation showing a remorseful Boko Haram commander making a dying testimony does not have any influence on Operation Lafiya Dole as according to him “our gallant troops are determined to completely wipe out all terrorists from our country.”

The Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole also sent out a warning to repentant Boko Haram members hoping to filter into liberated towns where locals are returning to reintegrate back into their communities.

He also warned returning locals against harbouring and giving criminals cover, while advising repentant terrorists to turn themselves in to security operatives.
“Report yourself to the security agencies and the process would be followed. The assurance I am giving to every one of them is that they would be humanely treated in accordance with the best practices which is a component of our rules of engagement.” Irabor said.

Kumshe, Kalabalge, Mainati, Yoyo and Kikinuwa are among villages listed by the theatre commander as successfully captured by home troops in conjunction with the Multinational Joint Task Force with little resistance from the weakened terrorists.

Yabatech Suspends Academic Activities

Yabatech-2Authorities in Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) in Lagos State have suspended academic activities for four weeks.

This is in the wake of the death of Miss Charity Dazan, a student of the institution.

The academic board of the institution on Thursday announced the closure of the institution in order to allow the management, staff and students mourn the loss of the student.

The late Dazan was a student of Technology Management and said to be a sickle cell anaemia patient.

The school authority explained in a statement that the young lady died after she developed a relapsed crisis.

Before the sad incident, however, the school says students had asked for a two-week extension of the semester before their examination, but the incident has now forced the suspension of academic activities

The deceased student was reported to have been buried at Atan cemetery in Lagos.

Election Petition Tribunal: Yobe REC Received N15m Bribe, EFCC Alleges

inspection-of-election-materialsThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, August 12, alleged that the Yobe State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Abu Zama, was paid N15 million bribe in the last general elections by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the state governor, Mr Ibrahim Geidam.

An official of the anti-graft agency, Mr Odofin Christopher, told the Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja that an aide to the governor paid the N15 million bribe into two accounts of the State Electoral Commissioner with Diamond and Zenith Banks, three days before the governorship elections.

The petitioner and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Waziri, are relying on the evidence of the anti-graft agency to nullify the April 11 governorship election in the state.

However, lawyers to the governor and his aide dismissed the EFCC report saying the allegation of bribery cannot be proven.

The petitioner is however confident that the evidence and testimony of the EFCC is a proof of his allegation of bribery before the tribunal

The tribunal has adjourned to Thursday, August 14 for cross examination of more witnesses.

Nat’l Conference: Nigerians Should Not Be Surprised By What Is Going On- Analyst

AdedejiA member of a civil society group, Professionals for Change, Dr Tokunbo Adedeji on Monday expressed surprise that Nigerians are expecting a good outcome from the National Conference.

He also noted that unless the “truth of our existence as a nation” is clearly defined the issues of “derivation, resource control and state creation will continue to come up again and again” adding that “until we sit ourselves at one place and ask ourselves what exactly we want for ourselves as a people or as a country” these issues will continue to bring about a division amongst us.

He berated the fact that the president put a no go area tag on the secession of ethnic groups from the country, maintaining that “people who would say let us come together will come with a bundle of reasons to convince the others” adding that “those who are saying we should stay apart will also come with a bundle of reasons to be able to talk to each other; but they are not doing that now.

“They are using issues to be able to get to that point; but those issues will always be there until we resolve the real issues, which is, do we want to stay together?”, he said.

Mr Adedeji, speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, also noted that “the members of the delegation from the south is that for over the years, the north had been in control of the federal resources because they have been in governance for that period of time.

“And therefore it is time for the people of the South South to be able to use their resources to develop their region after been neglected for so long”, he added.

He noted that before the advent of oil, regions in the country were using resources available within to develop.

He further noted that with the heated debates over resource control and derivation formula, it is evident that “people want to be able to determine their own future themselves” but are not saying so “because it is a no go area”.

Meanwhile, online reports says Akwa Ibom State delegates to the ongoing National Conference have warned of an imminent implosion in the Niger Delta if the move to adopt 18 per cent derivation for the region is scuttled by Northern delegates.

In a statement signed by former minister of lands, housing and urban development and delegate to the Conference, Nduese Essien, and head of the state secretariat, Udeme Nana, the delegates warned that nerves were already frayed in the region over the issue.

The delegates, therefore, warned that the growing agitation by ‎youth of the region may turn into a full-blown crisis unless the current derivation is reviewed upward.

“There is a strong possibility that the Niger Delta region could again snowball in an orgy of violence if the logjam on derivation principle at the ongoing National Conference is not resolved on the basis of justice and fair play,” the delegates warned.

The delegates also warned against attempts by those they describe as “political capitalists” to resurrect the onshore/offshore dichotomy, noting that the issue has further heightened tension in oil-bearing communities in the region.

The delegates noted that majority of those who are blocking moves to review the derivation formula are unaware how oil spills, gas flares and other activities of multinational oil firms have devastated oil-bearing communities.

Wimbledon Open: Djokovic And Federer In The Semis As Murray Crashes Out

federerTop seeds Novak Djokovic and seven times champion Roger Federer had to fight back to win their respective games  to claim their place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Djokovic was  trailing  two-sets-to-one against  26th-seeded Marin Cilic  before  turning things  around for  a 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2 decision on the No. 1 Court.

The Serb snuck past Cilic  in 3 hours, 38 minutes with the help of a seven service breaks  and  six double faults by  his Croatian counterpart.

He will meet Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who beat defending champion Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the semi final.

Federer, on the other hand lost the opening set of his quarter-final game to Australian Open champion and compatriot, Stanilas Wawrinka before coming through 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court.

This will be the ninth Wimbledon semi finals of the the 17 – time grand slam winner and his 35th career major semis.

Federer’s  next  opponent  will  be  6-foot-5  eighth-seeded Canadian  slugger, Milos Raonic,who ended world number 144 and 19-year-old Australian, Nick Kyrgios giant-killing act with a brutal 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win

Raonic advanced with a resounding ace on his fourth match point after 2 hours, 22  minutes of big-hitting tennis.

In the women’s category, 3rd seed, Simona Halep will meet Eugenie Bouchard in the Wimbledon semi-finals after both completed straight-sets quarter-final victories.

Halep, who is the highest seed left in the draw, defeated 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-0 while Bouchard,who is the 13th seed from Canada, reached her third Grand Slam semi-final of the year with a 6-3 6-4 win over German, Angelique Kerber.

Czech pair, Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova will meet in the other semi- final match.

Proposed NAFDAC Bill Will Strengthen The Agency – Orhii

The proposed National Agency for Food and Drugs Control and Administration (NAFDAC) bill pending before the Federal Executive Council is seeking lifetime jail for drug counterfeiters.

On this episode of law weekly with Channels TV’s Shola Soyele, the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii says a severe sentence, confiscation of assets and the provision of incentives for whistle blowers which are all provisions in the proposed act are geared at strengthening the activities of the agency in its quest to rid the country of fake and counterfeit drugs.

Army Pledges To Defend Nigeria’s Unity

The Nigerian Army has vowed to defend the unity of Nigeria and sustain democracy in the country.

The General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Major General Ahmed Jibrin stated this in Edo State when he paid a visit to Governor Adams Oshiomhole as part of his familiarisation tour of units under his command.

Maj. Gen. Jibrin pointed out that since development could only thrive in a peaceful environment, the Nigerian Army would do all its power to promote peace and unity in the country.

Maj. Gen. Jibrin during his visit to the 4 Brigade Garrison and 322 Artillery Regiment in Benin City assured his men of improved living conditions and advised them to be responsible and obedient at all times.

Governor Oshiomhole, on his part, commended the officers and men of the 4 Brigade who he said had been helpful in internal policing and other security issues.

Nigeria Is Fast Becoming A Failed State – ACN

The Action Congress of Nigeria has expressed shock and sadness at the recent killing of the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Mr. Chinwike Asadu, saying the incident reinforces the belief that the country is becoming a failed state. 

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said if such a high ranking security officer could be so cheaply gunned down, then no one is safe.

It called on the police high command to ensure that the killers are caught and brought to justice, to prevent a recurrence.

The party maintained that it is imperative to catch the perpetrators and bring the full weight of the law to bear on them because nothing portrays a nation as a failed state more than when security agents, on whose shoulders lie the responsibility of protecting lives and property, become easy targets for criminals themselves.

”Because of their onerous tasks, the police personnel and other security agents deserve a reinforced level of security,” the party stated, adding that they need to be alive and well before they can protect the lives and property of others.

”Attacks on police and military formations, killing of security agents, out-of-control armed robbery and pervasive kidnapping, just to mention a few of the security challenges facing our nation. These are pointers to the fact that our country is fast becoming a failed state, irrespective of what government apologists may say or the spin they may put on things.”

The party called on the federal government to improve the security and welfare of the citizenry, as well as address age-long injustices and absence of governance in many parts of the country.