Army Launches Operation To Tackle Herdsmen Attacks

Nigerian Army Launches Operation To Tackle Herdsmen AttacksThe Nigerian Army has announced plans to commence an operation in Southern Kaduna, as well as parts of Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states, to curtail the activities of herdsmen and armed bandits.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Major General David Ahmadu, who made the disclosure, said that the operation would consolidate on the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists in North-east Nigeria.

Major General Ahmadu asked residents of the states not to panic in the course of the operation, saying their safety is guaranteed.

He, however, asked them to be conscious of fleeing terrorists who might be seeking refuge in innocent communities.

“Operation ‘Harbin Kunama II’ is also designed to consolidate on the total defeat and rooting out of the Boko Haram terrorists from these enclaves, particularly the Sambisa forest.

“In this regard, members of the public, particularly the residents of Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Bauchi states, are enjoined not to panic as their safety and well-being will be guaranteed.

“However, the general public is requested to remain on high alert and be security conscious, as suspected criminals may be fleeing from military operations in these areas to find safe havens amidst innocent communities,” Ahmadu said.

BBOG Continues March For Chibok Girls’ Release In Abuja, Lagos

BBOG Continues March For Chibok Girls' Release In Abuja, LagosThe Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group on Thursday continued its week-long activities in Abuja and Lagos, to mark the third anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction.

The march was dominated with school children who came out to show solidarity with the school girls who were abducted in April 2014 from a secondary school in Chibok community of Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

Just as in the previous days, the leaders of the BBOG movement trooped out to express their displeasure over what they called the “delay in the rescue of the girls”.

They also raised concerns about the condition of the 24 girls that have regained their freedom from the Boko Haram terrorists, and sought to know how they are being treated.

Speaking to Channels Television in Lagos, one of the BBOG conveners, Aisha Oyebode, asked government to ensure the security of Nigerians and school children in particular.

“We want safety in our schools, but we want the government to be accountable for every Nigerian child; not just in the northern part of the country but across the whole country,” she said.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement, said the menace of the terrorist group was a great challenge to the resolve of his administration to implement the Change Agenda.

He, however, stated government’s resolve to secure the release of the Chibok girls and others who were forcefully abducted from their homes and communities, as well as retake the territories occupied by the terrorists.

President Buhari also expressed appreciation to “the parents and families that have endured three years of agony and (still) waiting for the return of their children”.

Senate Committee Denies Receipt Of Court Injunction From SGF

Shehu Sani says Senate Committee did not receive court injunction from SGFThe Senate Ad Hoc Committee Chairman investigating the humanitarian crisis in North-East Nigeria, Senator Shehu Sani, says his committee is not aware of any court order barring the probe of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

The Committee, in an interim report released in December 2016 accused the SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal, of awarding a 200 million Naira contract to a company in which he allegedly had an interest.

Speaking at Thursday’s plenary, Senator Sani noted contrary to reports that the Committee has not received any letter from the SGF informing the Committee of any court injunction.

He also disclosed that 20 companies which were awarded contracts to address the humanitarian crisis in the North-East cannot be traced.

Mr Lawal was scheduled to appear before the Committee on Thursday, March 23 but in a letter to the Committee, he asked the lawmakers to reschedule the appointment because of an engagement.

Reacting to the SGF’s request, Senator Sani told the Senate at plenary that in the interest of fair hearing, the Committee has postponed the meeting to accommodate the SGF.

The contracts were awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, a committee under the supervision of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in the person of Babachir Lawal.

Seven Soldiers Killed, 19 Injured In Boko Haram Ambush

Seven Soldiers Killed, 19 Injured In Boko Haram AmbushTroops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have reportedly killed scores of Boko Haram militants, following an ambush staged by the terrorists.

In a statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 7 division, Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel, the army says the troops fought their way through the ambush along Ajiri-Dikwa road, but lost seven of their colleagues in the process, with 19 others injured.

The soldiers were said to have been conducting routine rotation of troops on Thursday night when the incident occurred.

Meanwhile, the wounded soldiers have been reportedly evacuated and are currently receiving treatment at the military hospital in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle and ammunition from the insurgents.

Additional troops have however been mobilised and are still on aggressive pursuit of the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.

Female Suicide Bomber Uses Baby As Decoy

Villagers "Catch" Suicide Bomber Near UNIMAIDResidents of Madagali, a town in Adamawa state, north east Nigeria, are still expressing shock over a recent attack by a female suicide bomber who strapped to her back in an attempt to use the infant as a decoy before blowing herself up.

The UN children’s agency, the UNICEF, says, the attack, believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram group, is the first incident involving a baby reported in north east Nigeria.

Reacting to the issue, a UNICEF spokeswoman in the region, Dr. Dounce Porter, said “we are extremely worried about the use of a baby in this callous way”.

Eyewitness account said the woman with a baby and two girls all struck the market at the same time in a coordinated attack which left six killed and 17 others wounded.

The suicide bombing bore the hallmark of Jihadist operations which are very common in northern Nigeria.

So far, no fewer than 19 children mainly young girls have been used in several other suicide attacks.

FG Delivers 5,136 Bags Of Rice To IDPs In Yobe State

IDPs, Yobe State, RiceThe Federal Government has made available 5,136 bags of rice and some other items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe State.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadija Abba, delivered the items to the state government.

She applauded the resilience of the state government for the unique partnership with security agencies towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The Minister specifically described as “worthy of emulation”, the commitment of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam’s administration to supporting the war against insurgency.

She similarly commended the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who is the Chairman of the Resettlement Committee of IDPs in the state, for implementing all the resettlement policies of the government.

Mr Aliyu, who received the items on Monday on behalf of Governor Gaidam, extolled the Federal Government for remembering the insurgency victims.

According to him, the gesture “will go a long way in addressing food scarcity among the returnees who have not been engaged in any gainful ventures for several years”.

The Deputy Governor also described the action of the Federal Government as “very compassionate that should be emulated by non-governmental organisations and other spirited individuals.

The items received will be shared to some returning communities in Gujba, Damaturu, Gulani, Yunusari, Nguru, Geidam and Karasuwa,” local government areas of Yobe State.

Apart from the bags of rice, other items supplied include: vegetable oil, soap, cloths, foot wears and mosquito coils among several others.

Boko Haram Hoists Flag In Borno Villages

Boko Haram, Islamic StateReports say at least eight people, have been killed after members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, attacked three villages in Borno state, north-east Nigeria and hoisted their flag there.

According to the BBC, the villages which are said to be near Chibok town, from where the militants captured more than 200 schoolgirls in April 2014, are Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah.

However, the Nigerian Army has debunked the report.

In a text message to Channels Television following a request for response by the Army, the spokesman of the Army, Colonel Sani Usman described the report as false.

The Nigerian military and the multi-national joint task force have said that troops have almost routed the insurgents from their stronghold in the north east and the Lake Chad area.

But it is reported that the militants remain in control of some villages along the Nigeria-Niger border.

Police Beef Up Security Ahead Of Sallah Celebrations

police, security, sallah, kaduna, benueThree days to the Sallah celebrations, the Police have already beefed up security in some states in the northern part of Nigeria.

The Federal Government had declared Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, 2016, as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

In the north-central state of Kaduna, officers have been placed at strategic areas, including places of worship as the state looks forward to a hitch-free sallah.

Reports say that men of the Mobile Police would also be placed at the Abuja – Kaduna expressway, to ensure the safety of travelers.

The P.R.O Kaduna State Police Command, Usman Aliyu, said that the force wants to ensure prompt response to distress calls whenever they arise.

He stressed that the Police would deal with anyone who attempts to disrupt the peace of the state.

Also in Bauchi state, north-east Nigeria, the Police are in partnership with other security agencies to carry out regular patrols of notorious areas.

The Police command in Bauchi said that it has so far arrested about 68 persons, suspected to belong to a gang of kidnappers.

The Police Eminent Peoples’ Forum has also been formed in Cross River state and members have appealed that more should be done to stop militancy in the creeks.

Furthermore, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that it would begin its awareness campaigns to ensure compliance to road traffic laws.

According to Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi, the FRSC is set to deploy 10,000 officials and marshals for the Sallah special patrols.

He explained at a press conference that it has recorded over 5,000 road crashes leading to 3,000 deaths between January and August 2016.

Chibok Girls: Army Responds To Boko Haram Prisoner Swap Request

Boko Haram new video on Chibok girlsNigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin, on Monday responded to the prisoners’ swap demand made by Boko Haram in a new video of the abducted Chibok girls.

The terrorist group released the video on Sunday showing some of the over 200 girls abducted in 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, Borno State in Northeast Nigeria.

While addressing reporters after a workshop organised for top Security Chiefs in Abuja, General Olonishakin said that the demand that the Federal Government swap detained Boko Haram members for the Chibok Girls was a political decision that would not stop ongoing military operations.

The workshop was organised for top Security Chiefs on how to respond to emergency situations such as terrorism and flood inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

For the second time since their abduction two years ago, the video of the missing Chibok Girls with their captors has gone viral.

This latest release coincides with the workshop for members of the National Security Council behind closed doors.

How to respond to emergency situations is also said to be of importance to the Security Council, not just in the area of terrorism, but also in disaster management.

Also at the workshop was the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, who reiterated his position that the government was on top of the situation.

He said efforts to rescue the girls would continue until the girls are out.

That’s an optimism many Nigerians would want to see happen in the nearest possible future.

For now, they say the Chibok girls have over stayed in the hands of Boko Haram and that is seen as a challenge for the government.

The Boko Haram had in the video claimed that the Nigerian Air Force killed some of the girls in aerial bombardments. It also released video footages showing some deceased girls.

Earlier, General said the the Nigerian military has begun analysing the new Boko Haram video posted by the terrorist.

He also said that the war against Boko Haram was a military operation that is going on appropriately.


Nigerian Military Discredits Amnesty Report

Nigerian military, AmnestyThe Nigerian military has described as false, the recent Amnesty report which says that at least 149 detainees have died “in horrendous conditions” at a military detention centre in northeast Nigeria in 2016.

The disclaimer was made by the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rage Abubakar, who said the report was an ‘attempt to score cheap point’.

According to him, contrary to the claims of Amnesty, the International Human Rights Organisation and other organisations have had access to the detention centre.

“A Place Of Death”

Abubakar stated that some of their recommendations had been implemented, wondering where the report emanated from, especially when the writer claimed he did not have access to the facility.

He urged the international organisation not to work as a distraction to the military, as it enters its final phase in the war against terror.

In the report, Amnesty said 11 of those who died at the Giwa Barracks were young children, including four babies.

The organisation called the centre “a place of death” and said it should be closed.

Police Set To Establish Civil Rule In Liberated Communities, Says IGP

Solomon-Arase-On-BriberyThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, on Tuesday said all is now set for officers and men of the force to move to liberated communities in North East Nigeria.

Arase, who is in Maiduguri, is having talks with the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole as well as rank and file officers serving under the Borno State Command to firm up plans before effecting deployments.

“One of the reasons I came to know how far we have gone with the preparations and to also see what the needs assessment would be so that we would be able to roll out as soon as possible but be rest assured that we appreciate all you’re doing, we thank you for holding the ground; we are so proud of you and we shall do everything within our power to ensure your welfare and comfort is paramount before you are deployed.”, he said.

The IGP said the visit is also meant to motivate officers and men maintaining that President Muhammad Buhari has directed that allowances and welfare packages are secured.

“As those areas are repaired we would take them over. Even areas that have not been repaired we can see what we can do to make sure that there is a semblance of civil authority. We want to ensure that the people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa (States) have their lives back: we want to see that they’re able to go back to their normal habitat and have a feeling of security.”

The Police chief, however, declined to mention liberated areas where the police intends to take over for “operational reasons”.

Nigeria Needs Unified Communication To Defeat Insurgency

Innocent-ChukwumaA criminologist has recommended a review of the communication strategy being used in Nigeria’s war on terror.

Mr Innocent Chukwuma was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, March 1, and he considered Nigeria’s efforts to contain the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.

He said that the fight against the insurgents had been carried out as “something security forces alone do” while other citizens go on with their normal lives.

“The whole country should be involved in all of these and it is not something you respond to by simply increasing the capacity of security forces.

“You also have to address the socio-economic underpinnings of the crisis. A lot of people have talked about a comprehensive strategy in response to terrorism that includes protection of civilians, addressing educational needs and economic foundations of all of these crises,” he stressed.

Mr Chukwuma, who works with the Ford Foundation, believes that the economic challenges facing many Nigerians and the inequality in the access to quality life were major factors responsible for the security challenges.

He admitted that the situation was complicated, emphasising that the Nigerian Government was facing a major challenge. The criminologist also insisted that their efforts needed to be complimented by a communication strategy that would tell Nigerians what was truly happening.

“This is not something you put a deadline to how soon you can solve it because you really do not control all the variables,” he said.

Mr Chukwuma spoke further on the progress made by the Nigerian military and gave more recommendations on winning the war against Boko Haram.