NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum Security

NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum SecurityThe Director General (DG), of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, has assured corps members serving in Yobe state of maximum security.

The DG stated this at the Potiskum, Orientation Camp in Yobe as part of his visit to the camp which is holding an orientation course for the first time in the state.

He visited the orientation camp to encourage the corps members to perform their one-year national service in the troubled state.

While addressing them, the DG however tasked them to be security conscious and to respect the customs and traditions of their host community.

He also encouraged them to contribute to the development of any society they find themselves.

“You should be careful with moving about and I caution you to always walk in twos or threes because of kidnappers and terrorists, among others with questionable characters.

“You should also be mindful of where you go and avoid unnecessary movement because after the capture of the camp zero, the Boko Haram militants are looking for targets, so, being careful is key as you serve your Fatherland in this area.

“I also want you to respect the customs and traditions of your host communities as that is the only way you can acclimatize” the DG said.

He further stated  that the scheme is working in collaboration with some financial institutions towards providing skills acquisition programmes to corps members to pave way for self-employment rather than waiting for white color jobs that are not easy to come by.

“Similarly, we are entering into partnership with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Industries with a view to making our skill acquisition scheme functional across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“I urge you to take this scheme very seriously as it will help you establish meaningful business instead of wasting time looking for white color jobs which are not easy to come by now”

However, the State Coordinator Mr Jauro Daniel Umaru, appreciated the visit of the DG saying: “It will boost the morale of the corps members.

He thanked security operatives in the fight against insurgency, saying Yobe state is generally safe.

Also according to him, corps members in the state are already into several community development programmes geared towards developing their host communities.

“We want to thank the DG for his efforts as his coming will go a long way in stimulating the morale of our corps members.

“Let me assure you that we will do well to ensure these corps members contribute immensely in the development of their host communities and Nigeria as a whole,” the coordinator assured.

On the other hand, some of the corps members who spoke to Channels Television expressed optimism about giving their all in the service to their Fatherland.

The corps members said, they were initially scared of being deployed to Yobe State but their eventual coming has attested to the fact that peace has actually returned to the northeast.

 

The commencement of the orientation camp at the College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) Potiskum, has opened up businesses prospects for the people of Potiskum who are already well known for commercial activities.

Army Rescues 1,880 Civilians From Boko Haram Enclaves

Lafiya Dole, Sambisa Forest, Boko haramTroops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have dominated most parts of the Sambisa Forest including notorious Boko haram enclaves, rescuing a total of 1,880 civilians between December 14 and 21, 2016.

This was according to the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, in a news conference in Maiduguri.

Amdaga, Bitta, Sassawa, Tokombere, Jefe, Ndenema, Turori and Sambisa Gate one, are some of the areas General Irabor listed as liberated.

“On 15 Dec 2016, our troops conducted robust clearance operations in the general areas of Kangarwa, Metele, Dogon Chuku and environs.

“The troops cleared all Boko Haram Terrorist enclaves in both Kangarwa and Metele villages killing one of them and capturing an elderly man who confessed to be the Amir of the adjoining Tumbus ahead of Dogon Chuku. The arrested Amir later died of gunshot wounds.” Irabor stated.

According to the force, clearance operations around Masa and Gulumba Gana areas also led to the rescue 67 female adults, 23 male children and 19 female children held hostages at Masa village.

The theatre commander said 600 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition were discovered hidden in a plastic container and buried in a River around the Gwange area of Maiduguri, the capital city.

Similarly, “a total of 564 BHT were arrested while 19 others surrendered to our troops. Seven suspected kidnappers and 37 foreigners were equally arrested”.

Alleged Maltreatment of Soldiers

The news is coming barely 24 hours after a video portraying alleged maltreatment of soldiers, surfaced the internet.

Mr Irabor, addressing the issue, said:

“The video clip was shot on 31st March by “some mischievous and disgruntled” elements when troops captured Alagarno Forest during Operation CRACKDOWN on 28 March 2016.

According to him, the Board of Inquiry instituted to investigate the matter, actually showed that at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water but a soldier mischievously concealed it.

The soldier was charged and punished accordingly.

Presidential Committee Distributes Relief Items To Borno IDPs

Humanitarian committee, IDP'sThe Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative has flagged off distribution of relief items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the host community in Maiduguri, the Borno state Capital.

Available statistics indicate that out of over two million people displaced by insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, only 350 from Borno live in conventional makeshift camps.

The state government said others live within the host community either with relatives or alternative arrangements.

The PCNI sub Committee led by the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Dr. Garbai Abari, observed that these group of survivors required humanitarian support.

“The very fact that they are not in their respective communities, the very fact that they are not in their homes these are internally displaced persons that have been housed by the state government led by respective households.

“What we are addressing here are people who are living with families. There are others that we are going to address that are in IDP camps, this one is not a conventional IDP camp but it is actually an IDP camp only that they are living with their families,” he said.

The first beneficiaries are residents of the Yerwa Peace Estate, built by the Borno State government for residents who lost their homes to insurgency in Ngarnam area of Maiduguri.

Community leader, Lawan Gana-Abba, explained that the Peace Estate now houses more IDPs than the original occupants of the estate.

“Everyone here is accommodating relatives. When the villages were spoilt, everyone came to stay with family members until this place got filled up – there are a lot of them here.

“Today they have brought relief items for them and we thank our governor and president,” he told reporters.

According to a resident, “all 432 houses of the estate accommodate IDPs, with some living with their relatives while others got allocations.

A beneficiary, Modu Umar, explained that “since the government built these houses, nobody has ever come here with help for us so we are really grateful that this committee considers us and has made food available to every household here”.

The IDPs forced out of their original homes are made to live in the capital city of Borno, until their homes, mostly destroyed by insurgents, are liberated and rebuilt for civilian habitation.

Extortion From IDPs Despicable And Inhumane – Humanitarian Committee

Humanitarian committee, IDP'sThe Senate ad-hoc committee on humanitarian crisis, led by Senator Shehu Sani, has described as inhumane and despicable, the alleged extortion of materials from IDP camps.

Senator Shehu Sani said this during his visit to Yobe state, while performing the committee’s assignment.

While in the state, the team was received by the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who stood in for the Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

Addressing the Deputy Governor, on their mission to the state, Mr Sani expressed concern that some persons were profiting from the tragedy and unfortunate situation of the IDPs as an opportunity to enrich themselves.

“We have seen exaggerated reports and corruption of industrial scales, in the name of IDPs and sometimes, your name as government and institution is being used.

“It is inhumane and despicable that individuals see this as an opportunity for themselves and so surprisingly, many of you that hold positions of power at the state level are not accessible to even know and don’t have even the knowledge of the kind of money that is being pumped from the federal site”, he said.

He revealed that the committee would visit the IDP camps in the state to see for themselves the situation of the displaced, which would help them during the public hearing that will be organized much later after the tour.

He said: “We are here within this very short period of time to go round and have a practical knowledge of what is there on ground and to listen to you with a view of going back to the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing and invite those persons that are concerned to do what we need to do”.

Mr Sani, while also observing that there is corruption at monumental scale in handling the IDP issues, stated that “whoever is involved will surely be prosecuted”.

According to the Governor, the crisis became serious in 2011 and affected 12 local government areas with Gujba and Gulani, worst hit by the insurgency.

He, however, said that despite the destruction caused to the state by the insurgents, “the administration in the state, has since commenced the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement process”

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Listing some of the activities involved, he mentioned the reconstruction of the Katarko bridge and the Damaturu- Buniyadi-Magza road.

“The challenges before us have now been how to effectively address the humanitarian crisis and further facilitate the recovery of the victims, before full scale reconstruction of the affected areas.

“In order to manage the situation and implement our planned programme for the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation, a high powered committee under his excellency, the Deputy Governor Abubakar D Aliyu, has been set up,” the Governor said.

Furthermore, he mentioned that the the committee had spent millions of Naira in the restoration of water and health facilities, in addition to supply of food and essential non-food items to the returning communities and the IDPs.

The committee later visited the Pompomari IDP camp, located in Damaturu, the state capital, where they went to find out about the mode of feeding, water supply and health facilities as well as the general wellbeing of the people.

Army Kills Female Suicide Bombers In Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has gunned down three female suicide bombers in Maiduguri in the early hours of Friday.

A report by the spokesman for the Borno command of the force, Victor Isuku, confirmed that the women who were sighted in Umulari village, along Maiduguri/Damboa road, near Mulai, by the military patrol team around 5:30 AM local time, had Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) strapped to their bodies.

As the officers shot at them, the IED on two of them exploded, killing all three, while the unexploded IED on the third woman, was rendered safe and detonated by Police bomb disposal Unit who promptly mobilized to the scene.

Foiled Attacks

This is another one in the series of foiled suicide bombing attacks by terrorists.

On Thursday November 3, a statement by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said troops at a military location ‘gunned down’ a suspected suicide bomber who made attempts to attack the military formation.

The troops killed all the four attackers including two suicide bombers and also recovered some items from them in the operation.

However, Colonel Usman, stated that the military lost a soldier in the process.

Also on October 30, troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole, averted the plans of a suicide bomber along the same Damboa road in Maiduguri.

Eye witnesses said the suicide bomber was sighted along Damboa road, the same place where an explosion had occurred barely 24 hours earlier.