FG Obtains Intelligence On Boko Haram Recruitment Areas

Mike_Omeri2As part of efforts to contain acts of insurgency in the North East and secure the entire area for the forthcoming general elections, the National Information Centre (NIC) says it has intelligence reports which indicate a considerable movement of Boko Haram recruits from locations such as Geidam, Mairi and Dupcha (all in Borno State) to training camps within the general area.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Coordinator of the Centre, Mr Mike Omeri said previous major attacks by insurgents, including the siege on Bama and Monguno military bases, were preceded by such massing up of fighters in training camps within the proposed targets.

Mr Omeri however added that the Nigerian military forces have been fully mobilised and deployed against the insurgents, who are being chased and roundly subdued.

He advised members of the public to exercise a high level of vigilance and also support the effort of the military to ensure hitch-free elections and a return to normalcy in the North East.

“We urge the public to exercise a high level of vigilance and support the military to ensure hitch-free elections and a return to normalcy in the general area, soonest.

“We also seize this opportunity to restate government’s commitment to keeping the country and its citizens safe from those who seek to destroy the nation,” he said.

Mr Omeri also called on the civil society organisations and politicians to refrain from “disruptive and inciting statements”.

Moro Assures Nigerians Of Security During Elections

Security_NigeriaThe Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, on Thursday assured Nigerians that efforts are on to ensure peace and stability throughout the period of the general elections .

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, Mr Moro promised that the Federal Government will deploy security personnel before, during and after the elections adding that the anxiety over a peaceful process is unwarranted.

He asked Nigerians to avoid activities that might instigate violence saying that the country is more important that any individual or group of persons.

Mr Moro also noted that despite the insurgency in some parts of the country, adequate resources are being mobilized to ensure peace throughout the elections and beyond.

The risk of foreigners infiltrating the country during the elections, the threats of violence peddled by individuals over the presidential elections and safety of the citizens were also raised during the meeting.

Meanwhile, at a separate news conference, the Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri, drew attention to a planned attack by members of the Boko Haram sect, warning Nigerians to be on high alert especially as the elections approach.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Omelogo Nnadi reports that with roughly two weeks before the elections, many Nigerians view the safety of their lives and property as important as voting their candidates into power.

Police Announces Release Of One Of The Abducted Chibok Girls

chibok_girlsThe Nigeria Police has announced the release of one of the remaining 219 girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in a secondary school in Chibok, Borno state.

Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, told a news conference at the National Information Centre routine briefing in Abuja that the girl was dropped off by the insurgents along Mubi Road in Borno State at about 5pm on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the government says it has also commenced a process of de-radicalizing the 135 Boko Haram members who surrendered their weapons within the last two weeks.

The Coordinator of the National Information Center, Mr Mike Omeri said the process is to re-integrate them into the society.

Nigerian Army Arrests Boko Haram Accomplice, Informant

Hafsat_bakoThe National Information Centre (NIC) has confirmed the arrest of a suspected Boko Haram accomplice and informant, Hafsat Bako. The arrest was confirmed in a post on the Facebook page of the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

The Minister of State For Defence, Mr Musiliu Obanikoro, also confirmed the arrest via his twitter handle @MObanikoro.

Boko Haram has launched an offensive on government installations, security outfits and places of worship. The federal government has declared a state of emergency on Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States to curb the activities of the sect.

The arrest comes after three bombs went off yesterday in Kaduna, Ile Ife and Maiduguri.

Several suspected Boko Haram collaborators have been arrested for involvement in the kidnapping of almost 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

Among them a businessman, Babuji Ya’ari, based in Maiduguri, who allegedly helped the insurgents plan several attacks and murders under the cover of a pro-government vigilante group, Civil JTF, fighting Boko Haram.

Two women were also arrested, with one accused of coordinating payments to other “operatives”.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said Ya’ari used his membership of the Civilian JTF “as a cover, while remaining an active terrorist”.

“His main role in the group is to spy and gather information for the terrorists,” he added.

Olukolade claimed the man had coordinated several deadly attacks in Maiduguri since 2011 and was involved in the killing of a traditional ruler, the Emir of Gwoza.