Federal Government Admits Shekau Is Alive

boko haram, shekau, videoThe Federal Government has finally admitted that the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, is not dead but alive and hiding somewhere in the Sambisa forest.

Addressing journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister Of Defence, Mr Mansur Dan-Ali, explained that it has been difficult to arrest the sect leader because the insurgents normally wear masks to conceal their identities and divert attention.

Mr Dan-Ali however said the military has taken over the Sambisa forest and will soon capture the leader of the sect.

Fatally Injured

In August 2016, the Nigerian Air Force had said it killed some key members of the group and wounded many others, including the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, during an airstrike in Taye Village, Borno State.

However, in September, a video purportedly released by the factional leader of the insurgent group, debunked the military’s claims.

A man claiming to be Shekau appeared healthy in the video, speaking in Arabic, Hausa and Kanuri languages.

Running Smoothly

More recently, Shekau, reportedly reappeared in a new video in which he dismissed claims that many of his members have been killed.

According to the AFP, Shekau released a 27-minute video in which he spoke for about 20 minutes in Hausa and Kanuri, criticising the countries in the Lake Chad area fighting the group under the Multinational Joint Task Force.

He was said to have singled out Cameroon which reportedly announced that its soldiers killed about 60 Boko Haram members and arrested scores of others, while freeing about 5,000 hostages.

Speaking in the video, Shekau reportedly described the claim as a lie, insisting that his so-called caliphate was ‘running smoothly‘.

We Are Not Relenting In The Fight To Exit Terrorism– Presidency

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that although measures taken by his administration had resulted in a significant reduction in the occurrence of terrorist attacks in the country, but it does not mean that government has lowered its guard on terrorism, rather it will keep on doing everything possible to further enhance security in all parts of the country.

The president said this on Friday in Abuja, while speaking with the outgoing representative of the delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. David Mac Rae, stating that his administration will remain very proactive in combating terrorism and insecurity.

Affirming that there are many positive things happening in the country, President Jonathan said that his administration will continue to do its best to correct negative perceptions about the country such as the notion of widespread insecurity and corruption.

The President welcomed declaration by the outgoing ambassador, that he had recently travelled to the Niger Delta and some Northern States and found people there going about their normal lives and businesses without fear.

He urged him to assist in correcting current misconceptions about Nigeria by taking that positive message to the European Union and the rest of the world.

President Jonathan seized the opportunity of Mr. Mac Rae’s visit to commend the European Union for its past and on-going support towards improving the electoral process in Nigeria.

He also assured Mr. Mac Rae that Nigeria would act to facilitate the early conclusion of a partnership agreement between ECOWAS and the European Union.

Army Trains Troops On Counter Terrorism

As the security forces battle with the Boko Haram insurgency in the north, the Nigerian Army has trained a total of 724 troops on counter terrorism to consolidate on successes recorded recently by troops against security challenges facing the country.

At their graduation ceremony held at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna North West Nigeria, representatives of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Major General Tukur Burutai and the Chief of Army Staff Major General Salihu Uba both agreed that the soldiers are now suitable for deployment to troubled zones to tackle security challenges facing the country.

And the Soldiers on their said the training has sharpened their warfare tactics and further emboldened them to confront all forms of security challenges against their fatherland.

Those who performed gallantly in combat shooting, obstacle crossing among others were given awards.

Nigeria Is At War, Government Ill-Prepared To Fight – Falana

Right activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana on Monday said the presence situation in the country is nothing short of a full blown war.

Mr Falana, who was a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said a situation where a clash between terrorists and security operatives led to the death of over 187 people; where unknown cultist ambush and slaughter over 40 police officers; and where a Supreme Court Judge is presently looking for his wife, child and driver can be nothing short of war.

“There is a war everywhere; that is why as Nigerians, we cannot afford to leave the Federal Government to fight this war; they cannot,” he said.
Mr Falana said though the country is facing a huge war it is ill-prepared to fight.

“These boys have more sophisticated weapon than our armed forces,” he said.

The lawyer said the Federal Government is playing politics with the fight against terrorism by not providing the police with adequate equipment to fight insurgents and criminals.

He said, “A lot of money was budget for security and defence this year, what has happened to the fund if by the middle of May you haven’t passed the budget? It is tantamount to shedding crocodile tears if we simply express regret anytime policemen or soldiers are killed when we didn’t armed them, when we didn’t sufficiently equip them.

“How many of our soldiers and policemen have learnt anything about counter-terrorism? It is a new terrain. How many of them are trained to fight or participate in guerrilla warfare because that is what is going on.

“Are we saying we are so poor that we cannot acquire helicopters to conduct aerial surveillance on a daily basis in these areas?

“Do you know that the policemen and most of the soldiers sent to combat these boys have no bullet proof? It is that bad. You just simply give them Ak47.”

Niger Police arrests two suspected Boko Haram members

The Police in Niger State have arrested two suspected Boko haram members at Angwa Daji community in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest was made following a complain made by members of the sleepy community after the discovery  of an AK 47 rifle inside a popular Mosque at an Islamic school   where some Almajeris were being kept to  learn  Islamic education.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television in Minna, the Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command; Pius Edobor mentioned that the rifle which belongs to the Nigeria Police was loaded with 27 rounds of live ammunition.

He further mentioned that an empty shell of an expelled bullet was also recovered from the mosque.

The suspects which include the head of the school are presently helping the Police in the investigation, the Police boss concluded.

Gunmen attack police vehicle in Yobe

Suspected members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Tuesday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, launched an attack on a police vehicle heading to the command headquarters.

Residents said they started hearing sounds of bombs and shootings around the Ajari ward of Damaturu early Tuesday morning.

An official of Joint Taskforce (JTF) in Yobe State, who confirmed the attack, said there was no casualty as the major road leading to the command headquarters has been condone off for fear of further attacks.

The official said the hoodlums lunched two unsuccessful bomb attacks before sporadic gun shots at the police vehicle.

He could not provide further details on the attack but said security operatives were making efforts to restore normalcy around the area.

Attacks on security vehicles in Damaturu, particularly around the Ajari ward – being a strong hold of the insurgents – has become a routine affair as the police must past through the area to reach the command headquarters.