Police Arrest Eight Suspected Kidnappers Of Chibok Schoolgirls

suspected kidnappers paraded by the men of the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response team in Borno

 

Eight persons suspected to have taken part in the kidnap of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Borno state have been paraded by the Nigerian Police in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The eight suspected Boko Haram terrorists who are among 22 persons paraded, were said to have been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team (IGP’s IRT) in Borno, Adamawa and other adjoining communities.

The suspects are alleged to have masterminded over 50 suicide bomb attacks within Maiduguri and Adamawa.

They (suspects) also launched several other attacks leading to the death of thousands of Nigerians.

The students of the Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok were captured by the members of the terrorist group on April 14, 2014, an incident that triggered international outrage and campaign for the rescue of the schoolgirls.

So far, 112 of the girls have regained their freedom, mainly following negotiations between the Federal Government and representatives of the terrorist group.

Review: Buhari’s Declaration Sparks Mixed Reactions, Chibok Girls Remembered, Others

 

April 9 -15 In Review

It was a week of mixed reactions for Nigerians as they woke up to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of his intention to seek a second term in office.

And of course, the opposition party, PDP in its reaction referred to the declaration as a ‘Desperate and a mere show of interest’.

It was also a sad day for some, as Nigerians remembered the Chibok schoolgirls, four years after their abduction.

Buhari’s Declaration 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday declared his intention to run for the second term after months of speculation.

The President said this at a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership.

Buhari’s decision to officially declare the intention to run for the second term follows various speculations. Many APC governors had however endorsed him for the second term.

Mixed Reactions Trail Buhari’s Declaration

Nigerians reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of the intention to seek re-election.

They took to Twitter to voice their reaction to the President’s declaration. While some were excited by the news, others expressed disapproval.

Some Nigerians in their reaction were of the opinion that Nigeria deserves a younger president, noting that President Buhari deserves to ‘rest’.

Buhari’s Declaration Mere Show Of Interest – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the declaration of intention made by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a second term in office as a mere show of interest.

The PDP also referred to the President’s declaration as internal affairs by the party.

According to the PDP, “President Buhari has been placed among the ranks of aspirants seeking to be the President of the Federal Republic, effective May 29, 2019.

“Until he becomes the candidate of the APC, we will not spend precious time on his mere show of interest”.

Why Buhari Deserves To Be Re-elected In 2019 – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has explained why Nigerians should re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Speaking during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, believes re-electing the President is in the interest of the nation.

According to him, “I think the framers of our constitution know that four years cannot be enough to achieve the full realisation of all that government tries to achieve,” he said. “I think it is in the interest of Nigeria that we allow the work that has started in the last four years to continue.”

Mr Abdullahi said the President’s declaration did not come as a surprise as many party leaders and members across the country have been appealing to him to make his intention known.

Still On Alleged Looters’ List

The Federal Government says it will not be intimidated by any person(s) or group(s) to stop revealing the names of those who allegedly looted the nation’s treasury.

Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, said this in Kwara State during a condolence visit to the state government over the recent bank robbery in Offa.

He told reporters in the state on Sunday that the government would release another batch of alleged looters’ list soon and was not bothered by any litigation threat whatsoever.

“We want to make it clear that no amount of intimidation from any side will prevent the government from releasing the next batch of looters’ list,” Mohammed stated.

“Honestly, what you have seen so far is the tip of the iceberg. When the next list comes out, you will see that many people that you did not suspect also partook in this national looting,” he added.

Buhari’s Re-election, A Desperate Move?

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming he made a ‘desperate’ declaration to seek re-election in 2019.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, criticised the President’s declaration during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

“In our political history, particularly in the modern political history since 1999 till date, President Muhammadu Buhari is the first incumbent president that will declare a second-term interest one clear year ahead of the election.”

He purported that the President declaring his intention to seek a re-election at this time would have an effect on the nation, stressing that Nigeria does not have a system that can run on its own if its president is campaigning.

Abaribe Questions Buhari’s Competence

Some members of the Senate were in disagreement on Thursday after Senator Enyinaya Abaribe questioned the competence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the security situation in the country.

Senator Abaribe is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the lawmaker representing Abia Central at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Speaking on the floor of the Red Chamber, the lawmaker was concerned over the comments made by President Buhari recently in London, that the killer herdsmen were allegedly trained and armed by the late Former President of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.

Abaribe said the President was “implying that these people doing these killings in Nigeria are invaders from outside Nigeria.”

“When a Commander-in-Chief cannot take care of invaders invading Nigeria, why is he still a Commander-in-Chief; Why do we still continue to indulge this president that, everywhere, goes along to tell everyone outside this country that he is totally incompetent? He questioned.

Danjuma’s Claim: Military Sets Up Investigative Committee

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has set up a committee to investigate claims of the Army’s complicity in the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Taraba State.

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) last month accused the Nigerian Armed Forces of complicity in the killings in Taraba, Benue and other “riverine states” in the country. Speaking during Taraba State University convocation, he alleged that the military was not neutral and was covering those behind the attacks.

General Buratai while setting up the committee on Monday said it was necessary to clear the reputation of the Nigerian Army, adding that such allegation cannot be ignored.

“Statements of this nature could damage the reputation of the armed forces of Nigeria and thus cannot be ignored if the Nigerians Army will continue to earn the trust of the Nigerian populace.

“Thus, it became imperative for the Nigerian Army to set up this panel to confirm the veracity or otherwise of these allegations, the need for the Nigerian army to get it very clear and to get its name out of these unnecessary allegations,” he said.

Buhari Writes Senate, Seeks Confirmation Of 26 New Nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking approval for 26 nominees.

In the separate letters, President Buhari is requesting confirmation of one National Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), two non-legal practitioner members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission and 23 other members of the National Population Commission (NPC).

In the first letter, the President is requesting the confirmation of Barrister Festus Okoye as National Commissioner of INEC and Abba Ali (Katsina-North west) and Mohammed Sagir (Niger-North central) as Non-Legal Practitioner Members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

President Buhari in the second letter also forwarded the names of twenty-three nominees for appointment as members of the National Population Commission.

Returned Abacha Loot: Adeosun Denies Controversy

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has denied controversy surrounding the repatriated funds looted by the late former military Head of State, General Sanni Abacha.

Reports had emerged that the minister allegedly wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, blocking the payment of $16.9million fees to lawyers for the repatriation of the funds.

In her reaction on her personal Twitter handle, Adeosun said, “Let me make this clear: the media reports claiming that I wrote to the President regarding the Abacha refunds are all false and should be disregarded. There is no controversy whatsoever regarding the recovery.”

Similarly, in the statement, the minister insisted that there was no time she wrote a “strongly-worded letter to the President” or any member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), objecting to the payment of fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha funds.

The minister also denied claims of controversy surrounding the Abacha recovery, disclosing that the sum of US$322,515,931.83 was received into a Special Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria on December 18, 2017, from the Swiss Government.

Fayemi Joins Ekiti Governorship Race

Minister for Solid Minerals, Mr Kayode Fayemi, has officially declared his intention to join the 2018 governorship race ahead of the Ekiti State polls.

He publicly announced his ambition on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital promising to restore the ‘Land of Honour’ to its former glory.

“We are on the march again. We are not on the march again simply because we want to be addressed as His Excellency. We not on the march again simply because of a position,” he said.

“We are not on the march again because of a title. We are on a march again as a duty to our people. We are on a march again because we must conquer poverty.”

Are Chibok Girls Forgotten? 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram captivity will not be forgotten as long as he remains Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces.

The President’s comments come a day to the fourth anniversary of the abduction of the girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.

In a series of tweets, the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said President Buhari assured the parents of the girls that “their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate”.

“Don’t imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost course,” he quoted the President, who is in London, as saying.

The President encouraged the parents to keep their hopes alive, noting that the recovery of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government’s determined effort should give confidence that all “hope is not lost”.

Nigeria Remembers Chibok Abduction Four Years Later

April 14, 2014, marked four years since the Boko Haram group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the  Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Their abduction drew international attention to the activities of the armed group, with several world leaders including former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, as well as the wife of the then U.S. President, Michelle Obama,  former United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, calling for the girls’ release.

Since then, 107 girls have either been found, released or escaped.

Four years on, 112 girls are still being held by the group as campaigners for their freedom continue to press the Federal Government for their release.

South Africa Lays ‘Mama’ Winnie Mandela To Rest

South Africa on Saturday laid to rest anti-apartheid icon and Nelson Mandela’s former wife Winnie Mandela with full state honours at a stadium funeral in Soweto.

Tens of thousands of mourners burst into loud cheers as the casket carrying her remains was wheeled into the stadium, less than two kilometres from her home.

The casket draped with the multi-coloured South African flag was placed in the middle of the 37,500-seater stadium in front of a stage, decked in white and yellow flowers.

Mourners dressed in the colours of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), as well those of the radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), sang “there’s no-one like Winnie”, an adapted popular liberation struggle song.

The ceremony concludes 10 days of national mourning during which time thousands of South Africans have paid tribute to the “Mother of the Nation” at her Soweto home and elsewhere.

 

 

 

Chibok Parents Demand Release Of Abducted Schoolgirls

 

Parents of the abducted Chibok school girls are demanding for the release of their daughters and all other women and girls in captivity.

They made the appeal in a special ceremony they organised to commemorate the fourth year of their daughters’ captivity.

The women took their numbers on Saturday morning in a procession around the school where the girls were abducted four years ago.

The schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, 2014, from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Chairman of the Chibok Parents Association, Yakubu Nkeki appealed to the government to facilitate the fast release of the remaining girls in captivity.

He asked the FG to help in rescuing the remaining Chibok girls the same way their own daughters were rescued.

Some of the parents that have their daughters rescued commended the government for their support in their release.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram captivity will not be forgotten as long as he remains Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces.

The President encouraged the parents to keep their hopes alive, noting that the recovery of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government’s determined effort should give confidence that all “hope is not lost”.

He added that the government remained focused and determined to see the girls return to their homes.

Since the abduction of the schoolgirls, the school has remained shut and desolate while the old buildings torched by the insurgents have all been demolished and new structures have sprung up.

Chibok Parents Mark 4th Anniversary Of Schoolgirls Abduction

 

Parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls are marking the 4th anniversary of their abduction.

The parents and the community at large have called on the Federal Government to help in the release of the remaining girls.

This comes exactly four years after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Chibok Parents Mark Four Years After Abduction Of Schoolgirls

 

In commemoration of the Chibok abduction anniversary, parents of the abducted schoolgirls and the community at large have called on the Federal Government to help in the release of the remaining girls.

This comes exactly four years after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

The abduction of the girls over time has become a  headline globally, as the challenges of the girl child in her quest to get an education also came to the fore.

About 112 girls are still held in captivity by the Boko Haram sect while 107 girls have either been released, found or escaped.

Groups, parents of the chibok girls are using this occasion to call for the immediate release of the girls, also not forgetting the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu who is also still held in captivity by the Boko Haram.

The schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, 2014, by the Boko Haram.

 

 

Nigerians Call For Release Of Chibok Girls As Dapchi Girls Return  

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FILE PHOTO: Video of schoolgirls kidnapped from the Chibok Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents.

 

Nigerians on Wednesday took to social media to call for the release of schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State after 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls were returned.

The Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from a Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi town, Yobe State in February 2018.

READ ALSO: Abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls ‘Return’

They were however released on Wednesday, March 21 when the insurgents reportedly dropped them off in Dapchi community.

The news of the release of Dapchi schoolgirls have sparked various reactions. Some of the reaction is that the Federal Government should channel same efforts to secure the release of Chibok schoolgirls.

Over 200 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted from the Chibok Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014. While the insurgents have released video showing the girls in their custody and some of them released, over 100 of the students are yet to be released.

‘Thank God, but what of Chibok Girls.’

That was one of the tweets by some Nigerians who took to social media on Wednesday.

See more tweets below…

 

Schoolgirls Abduction: Unlike Jonathan’s Administration, We’re Leaving No Stone Unturned – Buhari

President Buhari addressing parents and students of Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi during his visit to Yobe State on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has defended his administration’s response to the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls, rating it better than the reaction of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the abduction of the Chibok girls in 2014.

The President took a swipe at the previous administration on Wednesday when he visited Yobe State, close to a month after Boko Haram terrorists abducted 110 schoolgirls from a secondary school – the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi – in the state.

“The Federal Government’s response to the unfortunate abduction of the schoolgirls is a clear departure from the insensitivity of the past administration which looked the other way while the Chibok girls were taken away in 2014 and held in captivity for over three years,’’ he said in Damaturu, the state capital.

President Buhari said this during a meeting in the Government House, attended by security and intelligence chiefs, community and religious leaders.

Although security agencies and the government has come under criticism for the Dapchi abduction and the response to it, the President insisted that his administration’s reaction was “the best in the given circumstances”.

He said after receiving the news of the abduction, he ordered the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take direct charge and brief him on a daily basis on the efforts to bring back the girls.

He added, “Within four days of the incident, the Minister of Information visited Dapchi and the next day, the Minister of Interior who was accompanied by the Minister of Information re-visited the school for on the spot assessment.

READ ALSO: Buhari Visits Dapchi, Meets Parents, Teachers Of Missing Schoolgirls

“I have ordered the re-strengthening of a Joint Operational Base involving relevant agencies and Services to coordinate the rescue mission. Consequently, the Service Commanders have not only established a unified Command Centre in Maiduguri, the Military has raised several rescue teams to comb the forests in the North East Theatre of Operation.”

Recounting the recent successes recorded by his administration in rescuing Boko Haram hostages and securing the release of many of the Chibok schoolgirls, the President gave the assurance that the schoolgirls will regain their freedom.

“I have no doubt that the Dapchi girls will be rescued or released. I want to reassure parents, Nigerians and the international community that we will do all that is within our power to make sure that the girls are brought back safely to their families,” he said.

According to the President, all options are on the table to ensure the girls are brought back.

“On 19th February 2018, we woke up to the painful news of the abduction of 110 students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi. Since this ugly incident happened, I have not left any stone unturned in making sure that the girls are rescued,” he said.

The steps being taken by the government include partnering with partnering with the international community including Nigeria’s immediate neighbours and holding talks with the terrorists.

‘‘Just recently, I reiterated our resolve to negotiate for the unconditional release of the girls,” the President said.

‘‘This is borne out of this administration’s conviction that doing so is safer devoid of risks and will not endanger the lives of our young girls who are in harm’s way.

‘‘There will be no rest till the last girl, whether from Chibok and Dapchi, is released. The girls, like all our citizens, must enjoy unhindered freedom and pursue their legitimate aspirations.

‘‘The Dapchi and Chibok students are our girls and must enjoy our protection. They must live to achieve their individual ambitions, to be great women of tomorrow. It is our duty to protect them.”

Beyond rescuing the schoolgirls and Boko Haram hostages, President Buhari said his administration would remain resolute in fighting terrorism.

He called on Nigerians to remember the level of terror Boko Haram was unleashing in the North East before he came to power.

He said, “Nigerians will recall that prior to our coming in 2015, the situation was chaotic with violent terrorist attacks being the order of the day. Terrorists had made life very unbearable for the people in Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Borno, Niger, and even the FCT, Abuja.

“Our mosques and churches witnessed daily suicide bomb attacks. Parts of Adamawa and Borno States were helplessly ceded to the terrorists.

“But today, we have so far shown clear determination in tackling terrorism which is a worldwide phenomenon. We have not only degraded the power and dominance of the criminal elements, our security forces have patriotically exhibited an uncommon zeal in executing their assignment.”

 

Military Begins Investigation Into Chibok Shooting

Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman,

The Military authorities have launched an investigation into a fatal shooting involving an Army captain and a non-commissioned officer deployed to Chibok, Borno State.

Reports say the Army unit had received a distress call at about 12.50 pm Sunday that a staff sergeant, under the influence of alcohol, was assaulting civilians at a nearby location.

The Director of Army Relations, Brig-Gen Sani Usman, in a press statement, said its 26 Brigade received a report today of the soldier, who was reported to be drunk.

The statement read in part, “At about 12.50pm  the unit received a report that a Staff was seen to be drunk and misbehaving to civilians.

“An officer was dispatched to the scene with a view to bringing him back to base. The officer did his best but the SNCO refused several entreaties to calm him and be disarmed by the superior officer.

“Unfortunately, the Staff Sergeant shot the officer dead and then killed himself. Their remains have since been evacuated to a military facility.”

Although Usman said a board of inquiry has been put up to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate shooting, he, however, noted that the board had been given a week to submit its report.

It was said that the deceased soldier was until his death, a Senior Non-Commission Officer who allegedly killed an officer said to disarm him, owing to his drunken state.

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Officials

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Civil Defence OfficialsThe Borno Command of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps says 75 personnel of the command were killed while 15 were declared missing in action in the year 2016.

The Commandant of the Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told journalists in a news conference that the officers were killed in separate attacks in Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala in the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We have alerted our sister agencies on the issues while the NSCDC national headquarters have assisted the families of the bereaved.” he said.

Abdullah noted that about 19 area offices belonging to the NSCDC across the state were completely destroyed by Boko Haram.

His words: “We will deploy additional 500 personnel in liberated LGA’s. We have already deployed 100 to Dikwa; we are preparing 30 for Monguno, while 20 of our men were drafted for Nganzai local government area.”

“Some of them are already in Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas.” Abdullahi stated.

Abdullahi said those deployed include the Anti-riot Squad, Bomb Detection and Disposal Unit as well as Intelligence and Detective Unit of the command.

Reps To Investigate 500m Naira Fund For Chibok Secondary School

Reps To Investigate 500m Naira Fund For Chibok Secondary SchoolThe House of Representatives is to investigate why the Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state has not being reconstructed despite 500 million naira being earmarked for the project in the 2016 budget.

This resolution followed a motion sponsored by Rep Raphael Igbokwe who reminded the House that the former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had flagged off the reconstruction project.

Lawmakers wondered if the funds have been diverted and called for a proper investigation to be done in the matter.

The House also resolved that all schools destroyed in the course of fighting insurgency should also be reconstructed.

Army Clears Air On Video Clip Of Alleged Maltreatment Of Soldiers

Army, Video Clip, Maltreatment of SoldiersThe attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip which went viral on social media of soldiers alleging lack of food and water.

In a statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the force said:

“We wish to state that the video clip was shot more than six months ago by some mischievous and disgruntled elements when 29 Task Force Brigade captured Alagarno Forest and environs in Borno State.

“It is disheartening that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.

“We wish to state further that the matter was conclusively investigated at the time, several months ago. The Board of Inquiry actually showed that, as at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it. That soldier was charged and punished accordingly.

“In addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities.

“We wish to restate with utmost concern the continued commitment of the Nigerian Army to the total welfare of all its personnel,” the statement read.

 

Twin Explosion Leaves At Least Five Dead In Maiduguri

maiduguri blastsAt least nine people have died and 24 others injured after two loud explosions rocked Maiduguri around 7:10am on Saturday.

A blast occurred at the Bakassi camp for Internally Displaced Persons while the second went off at the NNPC station along Damboa road in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

Unconfirmed sources say two female suicide bombers detonated the explosives in a gathering of women who were going to the farm.

The injured have been evacuated to hospitals for treatment.

Explosion At Muna Garage

The blasts came barely three weeks after an explosion killed eight with 15 persons injured in Muna garage, Borno State capital, where a suicide bomber was said to have joined a cab before detonating the IED, killing herself and other occupants.

The Police said the ill-fated cab was about joining the convoy of hundreds of vehicles to be escorted by security operatives to the border town of Gamboru Ngala when the explosion occurred.

A witness, Adamu Garbam, said the vehicle had already made moves to join the convoy when the explosion occurred.

The number of casualties was confirmed by the spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Datti.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday morning twin explosion yet.