Osinbajo Reveals ‘One More Thing’ To Defeat Boko Haram Completely

Osinbajo Reveals 'One More Thing' To Defeat Boko Haram CompletelyThe Federal Government may have concluded that Boko Haram has been technically defeated, but there is “one thing” they say is left to properly deal a lasting blow to the menace.

To this end, the Nigerian Government and France have agreed to work together in achieving a terror free Nigeria.

Both countries indicated their interests on Friday at a bilateral meeting between Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and French Prime Minister, Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, in Paris.

According to Professor Osinbajo who stressed the need to break the ideological underpinnings of terror, “one thing left for us to deal with is deradicalisation, defeating the ‘ideology’ behind the mindless killing and violence”.

On his part, Mr Cazeneuve praised what he described as the ‘tremendous progress’ made by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in degrading Boko Haram and suppressing the insurgency significantly.

He pledged that France will stand by Nigeria, saying the French Government is aware of the problem and they know “it cannot be solved by countries working alone”.

Professor Osinbajo has been in France where he attended and spoke at the just concluded Global Forum on Anti-Corruption and Integrity hosted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Pressure Mounts On Russia Over Civilian Deaths In Syria

Russia-putinPressure is increasing on Russia over deaths of civilians in Syria, with France and the US urging greater caution.

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said civilians were dying in Russian air strikes.

But Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said there was “no evidence of our bombing civilians, even though everyone is accusing us of this”.

The BBC quoted one observers’ group as saying that at least 1,015 civilians have been killed in Russian air strikes.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late last month that close to a quarter of those killed were under the age of 18.

Russia, an ally of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has consistently denied hitting civilian targets and insists it is battling terrorists.

Mr Valls said his government “respects Russia and Russia’s interests” but “that to re-discover the path to peace, to discussion, the Russian bombing of civilians has to stop”.

Mr Kerry again accused Russia of using so-called ‘dumb bombs’ in Syria that do not hit precise targets. Last week, he said women and children were being killed “in large numbers” by Russian raids.

Mr Medvedev said Russia was “not trying to achieve some secret goals in Syria”, adding that “we are trying to protect our national interests”.

Their comments were made at a security conference in Munich, days after world powers agreed a deal to push for a cessation of hostilities in Syria within a week.

Paris Attacks: Abdelhamid Abaaoud ‘Died In Saint Denis Raid’ – Prosecutor

Paris Attack updateParis prosecutor says the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, has been identified as one of those killed in a raid in Saint Denis.

His body was found riddled with bullets and shrapnel in an apartment in the northern Paris suburb on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Belgian national, was identified from his fingerprints.

The fate of Abdelhamid Abaaoud was earlier unknown after Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, revealed that the suspect was not among the eight people arrested during the raid in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis.

President Francois Hollande declared the state of emergency for 12 days, after gunmen and suicide bombers targeted a concert hall, cafes and the Stade de France on Friday last week.

The attack claimed a total of 129 lives, leaving many others in critical conditions.

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has said that the country could face chemical or biological attack from terror groups.

France Mobilises 115,000 Personnel To Secure Citizens

french gunmenFrance has mobilised 115,000 security personnel over the whole of its territory to insure the protection of citizens and forestall further attacks.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said police gendarmes and military have been deployed days after Islamist militants attacked Paris.

He vowed to boost funding for police equipment, which he said had fallen by 17% in 2007-12.

The interior minister added that 128 raids on suspected Islamist militants had been carried out overnight on Monday to Tuesday.

More than 160 raids were made earlier on Monday, with 23 people arrested and dozens of weapons seized.

“Psychopathic Monsters”

After the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, warned that new terror attacks were being planned in France and other European countries, Belgium’s government raised its terror threat level because of the failure so far to arrest one of the suspects, Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam, causing Tuesday’s football match between the national team and Spain to be cancelled.

There has been a huge manhunt for Abdeslam since Monday.

The measures came as US Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited Paris.

Speaking on Monday outside the US embassy, he described IS as “psychopathic monsters”.

He called France America’s oldest friend and first ally, and said the only response to the attacks must be a fierce sense of solidarity.

French aircraft have, however, started retaliatory attacks in Raqqa, the stronghold of the Islamic State group in Syria, which claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks.

Mr Valls said that France was dealing with a “terrorist army”, rather than a single terrorist group.

11 Injured As Driver Rams Vehicle Into Pedestrians In Dijon, France

FranceA driver shouting the Islamic phrase “God is great” (Allahu Akbar) has run down pedestrians in Dijon, France, injuring 11, two seriously, French media say.

He was arrested after targeting pedestrians in five different parts of the city in the space of half an hour.

He is said to be “apparently imbalanced” and to have spent time in a psychiatric hospital.

The lives of the two people seriously injured in Dijon are not said to be in danger.

Witnesses told police that the driver, aged around 40, had also said he was “acting for the children of Palestine”, an unnamed source close to the investigation told AFP news agency.

The incident came a day after a man stabbed three police officers in central France while allegedly calling out the same phrase.

French police shot dead a man on Saturday after he attacked them with a knife, also shouting “God is great”.

The stabbing attack is being investigated by French counter-terrorism authorities.

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, acknowledged those affected by the violence.

“Support for the gravely injured and shocked police officers in Tours,” he wrote on Twitter. “Those who attack them will have to face up to the severity of the state.”

Regarding Dijon, he voiced “solidarity” with the victims and support for their families.