Emir Of Mubi Urges Residents To Return

mubi emirThe Emir of Mubi, in Adamawa state, Abubakar Ahmadu, has appealed to residents who fled the town as a result of Boko Haram invasion to return as the military continues to recapture more territories in the northeast.

The Emir also stated that his palace is open 24 hours and residents no longer need to book an appointment before they see him, maintaining that “I’m available 24 hours, so anybody who wants to see me, I’m for him, no need for booking. I plead with the people of Mubi to come back home so we can develop Mubi, it is now in peace, so everyone should come back”, he said.

The Emir was speaking during a meeting with military officials who were monitoring some of the recaptured territories in the state.

On his part, the Commanding Officer, Task Force Battalion, Lt. Col. Asuquo Eka, said the town had been a ghost town until it was recaptured from the insurgents and reaffirmed that the town was safe for residents to return.

Boko Haram: Yobe Governor Asks Police To Be Extra Vigilant

Niger RepublicThe Yobe State Governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, has reminded security forces in Yobe State of the need to be extra vigilant, as the dreaded Boko Haram sect members also have an intelligence unit.

The Governor was speaking on Wednesday after inspecting places destroyed recently by the terrorists group in Damaturu, the state capital.

The Governor said the tracing of strategic places burnt by the insurgents’ shows that they have been moving in and out of the formation with a view to strategising the attack carried out in Damaturu.

While praising the security forces for their gallantry, he advised them to be extra vigilant and take note of who goes in and out of the command to avoid surveillance by the sect members.

The Governor thanked Damaturu residents for their consistent prayers and urged them not to leave the town as the insurgency would soon become a thing of the past. He assured them that more troops would be deployed to the north-east to counter the terrorist activities.

He promised that all the burnt structures would be rebuilt and assured the affected persons of the government support, after it had received and reviewed the assessment report from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

Places destroyed during the attack were; the ‘A’ division, the Area command, the police officers mess, the Izala mosque and some shopping centres located at the Damaturu motor park.

Official vehicles of the Nigeria Police Force and some cars belonging to the officers and men of the command were also burnt by the terrorists.

The Damaturu attack was carried out by suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents on Friday, January 9.

State Government Expends N669m On Scholarships

Meanwhile, the Yobe State Government has expended N669 million in sponsoring 15, 745 students in various institutions of learning within and outside the country for the 2014 academic session.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Yobe State Governor on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego said “Governor Ibrahim Gaidam gave the approval for the release of the funds to the State Scholarship Board for the payment of the student bursaries as part of his drive to ensure that Yobe students get the best possible education, skills and training as they need to play a part in moving the state forward”

Of the 15, 745 beneficiaries of the government’s scholarship payments in 2014 according to the statement, 15, 649 students enrolled in institutions of learning in Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and the Nigerian Law School, among others and were paid a total of N309.13 million.

The statement also said other beneficiaries include 17 PhD, 39 MSc and 40 medical students enrolled in overseas universities who received a total of N360 million.

It revealed that the Gaidam administration is committed to supporting Yobe students in every way possible to make it easier for them to enrol in and graduate from universities and other institutions of higher learning which will help the state in the near future.

“The Yobe State Government will also continue to pursue an all-hands-on-deck approach to revitalising and retrofitting its primary and secondary schools to enable them provide quality education to Yobe pupils and students” the statement concluded.

Aftermath Of Boko Haram Attack On Damaturu

Niger RepublicSecurity formations and properties were on Friday left destroyed following a coordinated attack by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members on Damaturu, Yobe.

Heavy artillery sounds and sporadic gunshots were heard throughout the night with the continuation of isolated shooting Saturday morning, in the troubled north-east state.

Although authorities are yet to confirm the level of destruction inflicted on the town, residents said the Police “A” division, the state Area Command and the Police officers mess all located in the heart of the town were burnt down by the terrorists.

It was also confirmed that Izala mosque and some shopping complex at the Damaturu motor park were also set ablaze during the invasion.

Residents told Channels Television that Friday’s attack may have been prompted by an initial invasion by the security forces on Gujba and Gulani areas, believed to be strongholds of the insurgents.

They also recovered of some arms and ammunitions.

The reprisal attack by Boko Haram started late Friday evening as residents scrambled for safety after gun shots were heard. It is believed that some armed security personnel who were keeping vigilance on the town engaged in a battle with the insurgents, around the southern part of the town.

Although security forces have not confirmed the casualty figure, hospital sources said only one corpse was brought to the hospital morgue this morning.

However, normalcy is said to have been restored in the town, and no pronouncement has been made concerning the imposition of curfew.

Residents have remained apprehensive and have also stayed indoors for fear of further attack or be mistaken for the insurgents by armed security personnel keeping surveillance on the town.

They have now urged government and security forces to be more proactive in their fight against the insurgents as Maiduguri might become a landlocked area if the insurgents get grip of Damaturu among other towns in Yobe state.

Insurgents Paid N3,000 To Rain Terror In Nasarawa – Army

more Troops“Insurgents operating among the warring tribes of Nasarawa state get mobilisation fee of N3,000 naira to rain terror across communities in the state.”

Commanding officer of the 177 guards brigade, Keffi, Colonel Musa Ibrahim, revealed the intelligence report when he led the governor of Nasarawa state and other security agencies through 13 communities affected in the on-going killings in the state.

In recent times, rural communities of Adogi, Ashangwa, Gidan Gambo and Assakio, all along the lafia shendam road have been attacked by militia forces.

During an impact assessment by Governor Al-makura, Colonel Ibrahim while filling in the governor on the strategies adopted by the insurgents, also noted that looting, killing and rape had also been employed by the assailants in their destruction and vendetta.

Governor Al-makura who arrived Assakio through several villages that had been burnt to the ground in company of security agents.

The impact assessment tour saw the governor and his team move through rural path used by the insurgents to cross from Assakio to Obi where communities like Sabo Gida, Lega-Obi, Tudun Adabu and Daddere were also troubled.

Mister Al-makura proffered the solution of rationalized security structure to protect affected communities.

One of the concerns raised was the near security absence in some of the communities which the governor admitted, that there was inadequate personnel to provide security services round the clock.

Ajimobi Advocates Better Civil-Military Collaboration

The Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi has stressed the need for better civil-military relations even as he canvasses for more nationalistic depth to media reports on the current insurgency as it affects the territorial integrity of the country.

Governor Ajimobi made the call at the week-long interactive session on Civil – Military relations in Nigeria with the theme “Consolidating Civil-Military relations for Improved National Security” held at the 2 division auditorium in Ibadan.

The governor stated during his submission at the interactive session that the relationship between the media and military must be strong enough to make nationalism the major consideration in reporting of the insurgency ravaging some states in the Northern part of the country.

Ajimobi expressed concern over what he called unfavourable and unpleasant media opinions and news reporting which he said had affected military morale and operations and said that a partnership between the two would change this tone of reporting.

Governor Ajimobi recalled that during the long years of military rule, the relationship between the civil and military was mutually hostile and full of suspicion against each other. This, he said, was worsened by the fact that the civil society had little or no knowledge about the military institution or even security matters.

He, however, added that the civil rule of the last 14 years had redrawn the map of that relationship, adding that more has to be done in enlightening the civil populace on the readiness of the military to partner well with the society.

At the end of the 5-day programme, the Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika who was represented by the Chief of Army Standards and evaluation, Major General John Ewansiha described the interactive session as unique as it would provide a veritable platform for the military to interface with Nigerians to foster better understanding and help the Nigerian army to fulfil its constitutional role.

He also assured Nigerians that the Army is up to the task of defeating the insurgency in the north east and any other part of Nigeria, but called for greater collaboration between the media and the entire civil populace to achieve success.

The Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Army headquarters Major General Bola Koleoso also stated in his remarks that the forum was the maiden edition targeted solely to interface with the civil society to know what needs to be done to achieve a safer and better Nigeria.

 

Gaidam Says Boko Haram Will Fail In Its Mission

The Yobe state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says though Boko Haram insurgent has inflicted pains to Nigerians, the insurgents will not succeed in their mission.

Inspecting the extent of destruction caused by the recent attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Buni-Yadi the headquarters of Gujba local government area of the state , Governor Ibrahim Gaidam condemned the act in its totality describing it as callous and barbaric.

The Local government Education Secretariat, the fire service Unit, resident of the divisional police officer, temporary police station and a residential quarter were the places destroyed by the insurgent.

While commending security agents for the efforts so far in curbing the situation, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says his administration will continue to assist the security agents in the fight against the insurgents saying it will soon become history.

The governor however assured that as both Muslims and Christians continue to offer prayers for peace to reign in the country, the incessant attacks will soon be over, hinting that there is nothing religious about Boko Haram.

He said Boko Haram’s ideology is completely unacceptable, as no religion believes in killing and compelling others to accept their ways of worship, while sympathizing with those that lost their loved ones and property as a result of the attack.

Suspected Boko Haram extremists launched an attack on Buni-Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government area of Yobe state leading to the death of three persons while several others were injured on Wednesday 18th of September.

Yobe Governor Shuts Down Secondary Schools After Attack

Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam has visited Government Secondary School Mamudo 24 hours after unknown gunmen had attacked and killed twenty students and one teacher in the school.

The State Commissioner of Education Alhaji Mohammed Lamin informed the governor that two more students later died while on admission in the Potiskum General hospital as the death toll rose to 24, adding a resident of Mamudo who was traced to his home and killed shortly after the attack on the school.

According to the commissioner, the hoodlums assembled the students before shooting at them from different directions as the students scampered to safety.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam who was visibly touched by the killings described it as inhumane and noted that God will expose the perpetrators and sponsors of the dastard act.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam called on the security forces to change their modus operandi in checking the activities of the dreaded Islamists to end the ceaseless attacks in the state and the north-east zone as a whole.

He also called on the Chief of Defense Staff and the security forces to as a matter of urgency consider the restoration of GSM services in the three states under the state of emergency as residents are finding it difficult to report perpetrators of the acts to relevant authorities as residents who has information to divulge to security agents are not able to reach the JTF.

He said in the two separate attacks on schools in the state, it was reported that residents saw the hoodlums at suburb of Damaturu the state capital but JTF could not be reached because of the absence of GSM services.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam also revealed that boarding schools in the state will be fenced as the Joint Task force will provide the needed security across all schools in the state.

Yesterday’s attack has brought the number of schools attacked by the insurgents to two.

The three states under state of emergency have been without the services of the GSM networks all with the aim of curtailing the grouping and regrouping of the insurgents.

Meanwhile, the Yobe state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has directed that all secondary schools in the state be closed down from Monday 8th July until a new academic session begins in September.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Information Abdullahi Bego shortly after returning from Mamudo says “the measure is to allow government in collaboration with the Military Task Force and community leaders to evaluate and evoke better and additional strategies that would ensure the safety of and security of students and their teachers”.

Army Court Martial 17 Soldiers For Unprofessional Acts In Yobe, Borno

A general court martial has been convened by the three division of the Nigerian Army placing on trial some seventeen erring military personnel for various offences.

The three division rhino officers mess Maxwell Khobe cantonment, in Jos north central Nigeria witnessed the arraignment of the soldiers charged for various offences at the general court martial inaugurated by the general officer commanding the division.

The General Officer commander of the division, Major General Ebiobowei Bonna Awala emphasised the importance of discipline and loyalty as essential requirements for soldiers and officers to succeed in professional soldiering.

Those facing the trial are from the division’s area of operation including the Joint Task Force, Operation Restore Order in Borno and Yobe states as well as the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State with charges of communicating with the enemy, cowardly behaviour, murder and manslaughter amongst others.

The challenge before the twelve member general court martial is to uphold the tenets of fairness and impartiality in the proceedings of the court and the dispensation of justice as the people that are affected in these cases of abuse are waiting for justice to be implemented.

Yobe Residents Ask Reconciliation Cmte’ To Unveil Sponsors Of Boko Haram

Residents in Yobe state at an interactive session with the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the north have asked the committee to identify and unveil sponsors of Boko Haram.

An elder statesman, Khalifa Hassan Yusuf, who made the call for unveiling sponsors of the group asked why Nigerians “are still in the dark” on sponsors of the group.

According to him, apart from revealing who the sponsors are, Nigerians and the whole world are keen to know where and how sophisticated firearms are in circulation or in use by various hoodlums for their various operations across the country.

“Several arrests have been made since the commencement of the insurgency, lots of revelations have been uncovered, caches of arms have been recovered, yet Nigerians and the whole world are yet to know those behind the Boko Haram insurgency” he lamented.

The elder statesman also challenged the committee to verify and tell Nigerians which countries, groups or individuals are supplying AK47, Rapid Propel Grenade (RPG) among other weapons to the group.

Another Damaturu elder, Alhaji Mohammadu Gombe, lamented on the colossal loss of lives and property since the attacks on people in Damaturu and Maiduguri.

He process solicited assistance for groups and individuals who suffered losses as a result of the attack, while urging the federal government to bring culprits to book. He also alleged that some highly placed individuals must be involved in the dastard act.

Other speakers called on parents, religious groups and organisations to preach and inculcate good morals in the minds of their followers, warning that without it religious tolerance will continue to deteriorate and have adverse effects on the peace and progress of the country.

While commending the President for constituting the committee, participants at the session also called on the committee to be objective and to ensure that lasting peace is achieved at the end of their assignment.

The Committee Chairman and Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs; Kabiru Tanimu Turaki assured participants that the committee will be fair and diligent in the course of its assignment pointing out that tremendous progress is being made in the quest for peace.

Stakeholders and participants were drawn from the Jamatul Nasir Islam (JNI) the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) traditional rulers, various political, tribal, religious and social groups as well as trade unions among other interest groups.

 

State Of Emergency Has Yielded ‘Very Satisfactory’ Results– Expert

Mike Ejiofor, a former director of the State Security Service and Lawyer has described the result from the   state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in some northern states as ‘very satisfactory’.

The former SSS Director who was on Sunrise Daily went further to highlight the positive impact that the declaration of the state of emergency has had on the state and its citizens as they have formed an alliance with the special forces deployed to those states tracking and handing over suspected sect members to the troops.

He commended Nigerians for their patience and understanding even though some notable Nigerians felt that the state of emergency would not achieve the much desired result and the security forces deployed for observing the rules of engagement knowing that the international community is watching and so far no issue has been raised and the troops.

He also asked that the Federal Government be given a pat on the back as it is a government that has witnessed the greatest security challenge since the end of the civil war and despite that the nation is still witnessing development and transformation.

Yobe: JTF In Five Hour Gunfight With Boko Haram

Residents of Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, have reported what they believe to have been a gun battle between security forces and members of the Boko Haram, which lasted for over 5 hours on Sunday night.

The relative peace currently being enjoyed in Damaturu the Yobe state capital suffered a setback as sound of gunshots were heard throughout the night.

Sporadic gunshots were heard within the Damaturu metropolis from 9pm and lasted for over five hours.

Although an official statement is still being expected from either the Joint Task Force (JTF) or the police on the cause of the gunshots, residents believe it was a clash between security forces and the radical Islamic sect; the Boko Haram.

Yobe State government had four days ago reviewed the restriction of movement from 9pm to 6am in Damaturu, while curfew in other towns remained 6pm to 6am daily.

The last time gunshots were heard in Damaturu was 9 months ago when a field commander of the radical sect; Bakaka was killed in a gun duel with JTF at Khandahar area of Damaturu.

 

Army Arrests Recruiter Of Terrorists In Maiduguri

A key terrorist suspect, who specialises in recruiting personnel into terror cells, has been arrested by troops in Maiduguri following a tip off.

In a press release signed by the defence spokesman, Brigadier General Christopher Olukolade, the individual is also the person that watches over the insurgents’ armoury.

He further stated that another group of five insurgents, all Nigeriens were arrested when troops stormed their hideout at Mallam Fatori as they attempted to escape in two Toyota Cruiser Jeeps.

He said the Troops continue to patrol the notorious Sambisa forest and are also cordoning the Alou forest and Gwoza Hills finding more abandoned vehicles, weapons and other items in the camps of the insurgents.

Among the recent finds are rifles, double barrel guns, various charms and amulets, machine guns as well as pairs of camouflage uniforms, bows and quiver and assorted rifle magazine.

Others are handset, walkie-talkie, car number plates and some food items.