Security Consultant Says Army Will Neutralise Insurgents

olusegun-ajanoSecurity Consultant, Brigadier General Olusegun Ajano, believes that regardless of the resources that were lost during military operations, and those in possession of the Boko Haram, the Nigerian Army will be re-inforced with equipment that would help them neutralize insurgents.

He said this in reaction to comments that the troops have run short of equipment, following the recent increase in Boko Haram attacks which has also led to the death of some officers.

He also attempted to allay the fears of some Nigerians who believe that the death of Lt. Col Abu-Ali, who was one of the foremost military officers, by the insurgents, will lead to a general loss of morale for the force.

Mr Ajano said, “in the theatre of war, you cannot have it all your way, nobody will take a line of action that will lead to the killing of its own troops”.

“Equipment are the live wire of military operations, and I believe that whatever equipment that we might have lost, the government is making efforts to replace them,” he added.

Furthermore he stated that “the average training of an officer is that you have to give purposeful leadership and I am sure that young man (late Col. Abu Ali), did it all the way.

Chibok Girls

He also sees the release of 21 of the abducted Chibok girls as “a welcome development to most Nigerians at a time when everyone was almost thinking there was no hope of getting the girls back.

“Nigerians’ hopes have been triggered with expectation that more of the girls will be recovered.

“From the way the government has handled it so far, if what they require is all the secrecy and the cooperation of the international bodies to be able to get the insurgents to discuss and probably reach some terms to secure the release, everyone would want to support them.

On the unexpected release of the girls, he said “nobody has been able to predict who did what, although a lot of local media have stated that a ransom was paid and some members of the detained insurgents, who may have been released, may be responsible for the recent attacks.

“Its an issue where the government has to be consistent in putting their points across and I think the government has already gone someway in meeting their own side of the bargain.

“(If) some of the detained insurgents were released, albeit, it could be the very deadly ones among them that were caught before.

“If these ones have gone back into action, I also believe that we could have done some things to prevent them from going back into action.”

With the recent increase in insurgent attacks, many Nigerians believe that the agreement reached with the Boko Haram may have led to strengthening them and Gen. Ajano agreed that “the soldiers that were killed, are probably victims of some of the complexities involved in the negotiations and efforts to get certain things done.

“Whatever exchange arrangement that was done and probably as a result, some form of resources, got to the hands of Boko Haram, definitely they will use it. They cannot use it in support of Nigeria, they will use it against Nigeria.”

However, he maintained that the Nigerian military has not run out on tricks to play in winning the fight against insurgents.

“If there are proven indications that whatever might have gotten into their clutches is now being deployed against our own troops, we certainly believe that we have not run out on tricks that we can play to ensure that whatever they might have acquired, we still have the capacity to neutralize them,” Mr Ajano said.

Nigerian Government Launches Fresh Bid To Free Chibok Girls

Boko Haram video on chibok girlsA fresh bid has been launched by the Nigerian government to rescue the missing Chibok schoolgirls two years after they were taken from their school’s dormitory.

The Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, gave a hint about the fresh bid to rescue the Chibok girls abducted by members of the Boko Haram terrorists group on April 14, 2014.

Infighting Among Boko Haram

Mr Mohammed said that previous efforts to rescue the girls were frustrated by infighting among Boko Haram terrorists and middle men, who according to the minister exploited the process for pecuniary gains.

Over 200 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, a strong hold of the terrorist group in the heat of the over six-year insurgency.

Since the abduction of the girls, pressure has been mounted on the Federal Government to rescue them, including demands for a swap with members of Boko Haram in detention.

Their abduction at that time triggered protests in different countries, making popular a slogan #BringBackOurGirls.

Prisoners Swap Request

Recently, the terrorist group released a video of the girls still in their custody and requested for prisoners swap.

After that video was released, some parents of the girls asked the government to swap the girls with the members of the sect in detention as requested.

Weeks after they made the request, President Muhammadu Buhari said the government was willing to swap the girls.

But he said the swap would be on a condition that the terrorist group would list those they wanted released and then come out to discuss with the Federal Government.

He stressed that the Federal Government would want the girls out safe without any harm done to them.

For over six years, Boko Haram has pushed for the establishment of Islamic State in the northeast and an end to Western education.

Recent military onslaught against the group has sacked them from most communities they had taken hold of within Nigeria’s territory and border towns between Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

Rescued Girl

Members of the Bring Back Our Girls group, have continued to push for the rescue of the Chibok girls and increase military counter-terrorism operations in the region to rescue the girls that have been missing since two years.

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Amina Ali rescued from Boko Haram with a child recently said she was missing her husband

One of the girls, Amina Ali, who was rescued some months back, had been married off to one of the terrorists, that had settled at a haven – Sambisa Forest. She had a baby for him.

Her husband had told the military that they had been forced out of the forest by hunger.

While the government is launching a new bid for the rescue of the military is heightening operations to clear the remnants of terrorists in the northeast and ensure safety of residents that have started to return to their communities from their Internally Displaced Persons camps.

Chibok Parents Identify Daughter, Call On F.G To Ensure Release Of Girls

Chibok Girls and Boko HaramThe parents of one of the missing Chibok Girls have asked the Federal Government to ensure the release of the school girls.

Dorcas Yakubu was identified in a new video released by the Boko Haram leadership on Sunday.

With tears in her eyes and the look of helplessness, Mrs Esther Yakubu and her husband were both consoled by one of the conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.

Her daughter, Dorcas Yakabu is one of the 218 Chibok Girls abducted by Boko Haram Sect on April 14, 2014.

In the video, Dorcas made a frantic appeal to the authorities to corporate with the terrorist group and exchange the girls for detained terrorist.

Meanwhile, a source in the presidency on Monday affirmed that the Nigerian Army is still in search of the three people believed to be behind the making of the latest video of the missing Chibok Girls.

One of them a journalist, Ahmed Salkida who resides in Dubai is said to have contacted the International Police, Interpol over reports demanding that he hands himself over to the Nigerian Police.

On Sunday, the Nigerian Army declared him and two others wanted, Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil wanted.

Ministers Insist Campaign Promises Will Be Fulfilled

Kemi-Adeosun-and-Lai-Mohammed on campaign promisesSome members of Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council on Sunday assessed efforts and strategies being implemented by the government to resolve prevailing socio-economic challenges over the last one year.

Speaking during Channels Television’s special Democracy Day programme, Buhari-365-Days, the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed and the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, defended the policies of the Buhari-led administration.

They insisted that the promises made during the 2015 campaigns would be fulfilled.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign focused on three issues – insecurity, corruption and the economy and the Minister of information believes that the government is on track on these.


“By this time last year, 14 out of 20 local governments in Borno State alone were under the sovereign authority of the Boko Haram insurgents.

“Today, we can say very confidently that the Boko Haram insurgency has been caged. They no longer have the kind of capacity or capability to launch the kind of attacks they use to launch before,” Mr Mohammed stated.Lai-Mohammed-Minister--of-information

He said the government had been able to end attacks on the nation’s capital and security agencies’ posts.

On corruption, he said that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was winning the war on corruption, citing ongoing trials of persons alleged to have looted the nation’s funds.

On the economy of the nation, the Minister of Finance dismissed claims that the promises of the party on the economy had not been felt.

“One thing we have to understand about the economy is the direction the economy has been travelling in.

“Consistently, since 2005 the decline accelerated in 2014 when the prices of crude oil took a sudden plunge.

“What we see today should have happened whatever party had won,” Mrs Adeosun said.

She blamed previous administrations for their failure to utilise revenues generated during oil boom.

According to her the government had factored in some of the campaign promises into the budget, citing the creation of jobs as one of those.

Police Assure Oyo Residents Of Safety During Easter

policePolice have assured residents of Oyo State and those coming into the state for the Easter holiday that adequate arrangement had been made to ensure that the holiday would be hitch free.

The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Adeleye Oyebade, gave the assurance on Friday in Ibadan at the Eleyele Command Headquarters.

He also advised the public to be more careful and observant in issues affecting their health so as not to fall prey to quacks and untrained personnel in the course of obtaining treatment.

Mr Oyebade made the appeal in Ibadan at the Eleyele Command Headquarters while parading a fake doctor who also dupe unsuspecting members of the public by pretending to be an oil and gas operative.

He told reporters that a kidnapping gang was also busted while some suspected armed robbery syndicate, including those who rob using military uniform, were also apprehended.

One of the suspects claimed he knew nothing of the allegations against him.

Three pairs of complete military uniform and under wear were found in his possession.

Another suspect, a 34-year old lady, claimed she studied science laboratory technology from Ondo State Polytechnic but had been practicing as a medical doctor; precisely a gynaecologist for over five years.

She could not even ascertain how many patients she had treated.

She preys on the ignorance of desperate people especially from churches to perpetrate her evil act.

Apart from the fact she has administered several injections to a woman and her husband without any form of training, she also collected a sum of 1,350,000 from her for oil and gas business.

Another victim was also duped of 22 million Naira also under the guise of oil and gas. She said she met the man from the same church where she met the other victims.

She did not deny the allegations, but claimed she gave the money to a spiritualist who introduced her to oil and gas.

The man denied her claims, saying he only collected 700,000 Naira from her for spiritual purpose.

The Oyo State police boss, however, warned the public to be wary of dubious people who engage in unwholesome practice.

He added that adequate arrangement had also been made for traffic control within the towns and on the highways to ensure safety during and after the Easter.

Motivation Remains A Challenge For Security Services – Dan’Iyan

Dan'IyanA Security Consultant says financial motivation remains a major challenge of security services in Nigeria in spite of efforts by the government.

Mr Mukhtar Dan’Iyan said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily where he discussed the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

“It is very difficult for people to put their lives on the line when they feel that their welfare is not being properly taken care of,” he said.

He pointed out that when things go wrong for security agents in service, their families lose out completely most of the times and this affects their commitment to the fight against kidnapping and other crimes.

The security consultant also advised that in order to resolve the cases of kidnapping, there should be opportunities for young people to be gainfully employed either through the government or private enterprise.

“A lot of studies have shown that young people who are engaged in their communities via commerce or other enterprise are less likely to engage in crime,” he said.

Asides advising the government to ensure that youths are able to work and make money legitimately, he also advised the Police to involve more in community policing.

Dan’Iyan went further to say that the Nigerian Police needs to be looked into, claiming that the challenge with the Nigerian Police Force is “a large number (of Policemen) are involved in duties that have nothing to do with policing, including providing security to very important people.”

Mr Dan’Iyan, however, admitted that the nation is making some headway with the recent partnership of the Nigerian Police with United Kingdom, China, Italy and the United States of America to address the challenges of kidnapping and other organised crimes.

He explained that “the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is ruled under the Interior Ministry is a very positive step” because internal security, outside of the military, has been brought under same management.

The security consultant also commended the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, for being focused on reorienting the internal security services in the nation.

He added, “The fact that the Police is now going to be involved in operations in the northeast more than ever before, is a step in the right direction.”

ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Meet Over Security

ecowasThe 35th ordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) on Thursday begun in Dakar, Senegal.

Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, led the Nigerian delegates, including the Chief of Naval Staff, to the meeting, where new structures for the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) and the Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) is deliberated on.

Other areas of discussion include ECOWAS mission in Guinea Bissau, exit strategy and the implementation of the defence and security sector reform programme in Guinea Bissau.

The Nigerian delegates are using the occasion to brief the wider regional body about the Boko Haram insurgency and the efforts the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries are putting in place to end Boko Haram activities in the region.

They said with increased regional and continental awareness of the evils of terrorism and related crimes in the West African sub region, the perpetrators will have it rough with regional forces.

Obasanjo Urges Nigerians To Support Police

-A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked for the understanding and cooperation of Nigerians for the police force, to enable them discharge their duty efficiently. 

The former President said that despite the misgivings in some quarters about the outfit, the force needed to be supported by all Nigerians.

He made the call on Monday at a meeting with the new Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Abdulmajid Ali, at his residence in Abeokuta, the capital of the state.

The Commissioner of Police and some other officials of the State Police Command were in the former President’s residence to seek his blessings and support in the onerous task of providing adequate protection for life and property in the state.

While promising his unalloyed support for the Command, the former President urged the Police Commissioner to use his wealth of experience to ensure adequate security in the state.

Police Restrict Vehicular Movement In States Holding Elections

Solomon Arase Police acting IG on restriction on elections dayPolice have announced restriction of vehicular movements in Local Government Areas of Abia, Delta, Imo, Kogi and Taraba States where rerun of the ongoing general elections are scheduled to take place on Saturday.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, issued the restriction, which will hold between 8:00am and 5:00pm, on Friday, as part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the April 25 elections.

“This restriction of vehicular movements order affects movements in and out of the areas where the rerun elections are to take place, except for Ambulances, Fire Service Trucks and others on essential duties.

“Consequently, travellers and citizens who intend to ply roads within those hours are advised to plan alternative routes,” a statement by the spokesman for the Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, read.

The IGP also warned government officials and political office holders not to go to polling Units with uniformed orderlies or aides, while persons who have no business with voting must not be found within 300 metres of a polling unit.

The Police High Command further put adequate security measures in place by the deployments of additional senior officers to supervise security of elections in the states.

One Deputy Inspector-General of Police, one Assistant Inspector-General of Police and two Commissioners of Police were deployed to Abia.

In Imo State, one Assistant Inspector-General of Police and three Commissioners of Police would be in charge of security activities.

To Taraba State, two Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and two Deputy Commissioners of Police were deployed.

The police further urged citizens to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate Police Authority.

Absence Of Interpreter Stalls Nyanya Bombing Suspects’ Trial

NyanyaThe trial of the suspected mastermind of the Nyanya bombing of April last year, Aminu Ogwuche and six others has been stalled following the absence of a court interpreter.

Trial Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, told the court that the interpreter was on a compassionate leave and given that some of the accused persons do not speak English, it would be a breach of the law and their fundamental human rights to go on with the case, without the interpreter.

All the lawyers in the case agreed with the trial judge who subsequently adjourned the case to March 6 for arraignment and commencement of trial.

He also made an order for accelerated hearing in the case.

The case was rescheduled for February 20 after the the absence of some counsels representing some of the accused stalled the case on February 6.

The seven accused persons, who are to be arraigned before Justice Mohammed on a seven count charge of terrorism are Aminu Ogwuche, Ahmad Abubakar, Mohammed Ishaq, Ya’u Saidu, Anas Isah, Adamu Yusuf and Nasiru Abubakar.

Counsels for five out of the seven accused persons were absent on the February 6 trial day, forcing Justice Mohammed to reschedule the trial for February 20.

They are accused of masterminding the twin bombing in Nyanya in the outskirts of Abuja which claimed 75 lives on April 14, 2014.

Ogwuche was extradited from Sudan with the help of Interpol on July 15, 2014 to answer charges of terrorism leveled against him.

Council Confirms Appointment Of Police IG Suleiman Abba

Suleiman Abba.The Police Service Council in Nigeria has confirmed the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba.

Mr Abba’s appointment was confirmed on Tuesday during the Police Service Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting began after a National Council of State meeting that was also held at the Villa.

At the meeting, Nigeria’s security challenges and how it could be tackled were discussed, with emphasises laid on the need for more funding for security agencies, especially the police.

The council agreed that one per cent of the Federal Allocation accruing to the states should be set aside for the funding of the Nigerian police to equip them for the discharge of their duties, which include the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

Mr Abba was made the Acting Inspector General of Police after the former IG, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, retired in July, having completed 35 years in service, as stipulated by law.

Addressing reporters after the confirmation of his appointment, Mr Abba said he would work hard to ensure that he meets up with the expectations of the office of the Inspector General of Police.

Mr Abba pointed out that Nigerians deserved the best from security agencies in the effort to make Nigeria safe for all and that he would ensure that the resources available would be judiciously managed to carry out his job.
 

Lawyers Union Condemn Withdrawal Of Tambuwal’s Security Aides

TambuwalThe Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the withdrawal of the security aides of the Speaker of the House of Representatives by the Inspector General of Police on the ground of an alleged violation of section 68 sub section 1(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the speaker.

In a statement, the NBA President, Augustine Alegeh, said: “The Nigeria Police Force is not a Court of Law and lack competence to determine whether or not a provision of the constitution has been violated”. He insisted that the function was reserved for the courts of law exclusively.

The lawyers’ reaction is the latest that has trailed the removal of the security aides of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, after he defected to the All Progressives Congress from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.

Part of the statement by the association read: “The Rt. Honourable Aminu Tambuwal still remains the Speaker of the House of Representatives and he is entitled to the full paraphernalia of his office including all his Police escort and security detail”.

The NBA called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, to restore the Police escort and security detail of the Speaker immediately, as the action portends a grave danger to Nigeria’s democracy.

After Tambuwal’s defection, the PDP advised him to ‘do the needful‘ and vacate the seat of the speaker, but the Minority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said Tambuwal was not made speaker by the PDP.

He insisted that Tambuwal was made Speaker, through a unanimous vote of members of the House in different political parties and not just the PDP.