The Guards Brigade command of the Nigerian Army has paraded two suspects said to be a terrorist and drug dealer.
The commanding officer workshop of the Guards Brigade; Lieutenant Colonel Adeyinka Adereti who briefed journalists in Abuja said the first suspect, Mohammed Taheed who was found loitering around an army checkpoint in Abaji attempted to disarm one of the soldiers before he was overpowered.
The second suspect one Adamu Mohammed was apprehended with a J5 vehicle laden with ninety- three bags of cannabis otherwise known as Indian hemp.
Hundreds of rebels armed with bows and arrows and machetes attacked a military camp and the provincial governor’s office in Democratic Republic of Congo’s southern mining hub of Lubumbashi on Saturday before being repelled by soldiers, authorities said.
The attack by pro-independence Mai Mai militia fighters on the capital of the central African nation’s copper and cobalt-rich Katanga province began around 1 p.m., sending the city’s residents fleeing home.
The Mai Mai, feeding off local grievances and secessionist sentiment, in recent months have ventured outside their stronghold in northern Katanga and toward the heart of the mining industry around Lubumbashi.
“Among the 300 assailants, around 15 were killed when they tried to resist the police,” Information Minister Lambert Mende told Reuters. He said the attackers, many of whom were children who appeared to be drugged, had only around 30 firearms.
“It is inconceivable that sane people would attempt this kind of operation with only 30 weapons,” he said. “They were drugged and manipulated.”
A resident, who saw the bodies of at least five attackers killed by gunshots near the governor’s office, said the group wore traditional magical fetishes to protect themselves.
They had attempted to hoist the flag of Katanga’s short-lived 1960s-era independent republic before members of the army’s elite Republican Guard launched a counterattack.
“They came out of nowhere,” said the witness, who said he had seen around 300 gunmen. “Then they just vanished.”
Soldiers continued to occupy important locations throughout the city in the late afternoon as traffic began to circulate and calm returned to the town.
Millions have died in the vast former Belgian colony’s long-simmering armed conflicts concentrated in the eastern borderlands, but the mining areas around Lubumbashi have remained relatively calm.
The Mai Mai’s roadless wilderness stronghold in northern Katanga is known as the “triangle of death” by locals in reference to atrocities, including massacres, rape and cannibalism carried out by the rebels.
Gunmen believed to be Mai Mai fighters attacked Lubumbashi’s airport last August – the second attack on the facility in two years – killing at least one soldier as government forces repelled the offensive after several hours of fighting.
Katanga hosts many international mining companies, including Freeport McMoRan and commodities trader Glencore, and exports around half a million tons of copper each year.
The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has condemned the killing of four students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and injuring of numerous others by armed soldiers and mobile policemen for protesting lack of water and electricity in the university. In a statement emailed to Channels Television, the organisation said that it gathered from its sources in the university that for over three weeks, the university community had suffered non-availability of water and electricity supply without the authorities of the University either explaining the reasons for the lack of the essential amenities to the students and the entire community or making efforts to fix the problem or make alternative arrangement for the supply of the amenities before the students embarked on a peaceful protest to drive home their demand.
The statement said, “Angered by the students’ legitimate action, CLO learnt, the university authorities were said to have mobilised armed military and police personnel into the campus to forcefully kill and maim the students reminiscent of the 1986 ABU massacre. On the arrival of these armed soldiers and policemen on the university premises, they started shooting sporadically during which time four students were mowed down to death and several others injured.
“We are shocked at this barbaric action of the university authorities, especially deploying military officers to employ the use of excessive force to quell civil protest by armless students. CLO recalls that similar event had occurred in Ebonyi State early this year when the students of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, protested against over 300 percent increase in tuition and service fees by the university authorities in which CLO vehemently condemned the wickedness and called on the state government to investigate the crisis and bring culprits to book.
“In the similar manner, CLO hugely condemns the lawless and primitive actions of the authorities of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi and calls on the CPC-led government in Nasarawa State to urgently set up a Commission of Enquiry which will include students’ true representatives, members of credible civil society organisations, the NBA, NUJ and National Human Rights Commission to probe into the crisis in order to get to root of the mayhem, discover and punish the perpetrators in line with the laws of our land, pay adequate compensations to the families of victims and their families and recommend ways to forestall future occurrences.”
The Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services for the National Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Callistos Obi has declared that maritime agency is being blackmailed as it is fulfilling its obligation.
Speaking on the arrest of former Minister of Interior and CEO of Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Emmanuel Iheanacho, for oil theft, Mr.Obi, stated that the alleged stolen oil were already stored on the company’s tank farm before the clearance was sought.
Noting that though, the issuance of clearance by NIMASA was wrong, “the clearance was issued in order to let the maritime agency get the investigation flow” he said.
It would be recalled that Captain Iheanacho, has alleged that he is being targeted by people he has no knowledge of.
According to Integrated Oil and Gas boss, a lot has been going wrong with his company and now compounded by his arrest and shutting down of the company by officials of the NIMASA.
But on the contrary, Mr. Obi, who is also a lawyer said NIMASA is out to nab the ‘big boys’ behind the foot soldiers in the illegal business of oil theft as they are out to blackmail NIMASA.
This probably shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as a lot is going in the world of the social media network with the advancement of technology the world over.
A Taliban has brought forward another eye opener that all sorts can be done with a social media network as famous social media network Facebook was used to get military secrets of the Australian troops by creating using several fake Facebook profiles with very attractive women.
According to a review of social media and defense by the Australian government, an “overt reliance” on privacy settings has led to a “false sense of security” among personnel. In other words — just because you’re a Facebook privacy ninja doesn’t mean you should go around posting military secrets on the Internet.
The tech-savvy Taliban created fake Facebook profiles using pictures of attractive women and with these fake profiles befriended Australian soldiers, gathering information based on those soldiers’ Facebook updates in the process of friending them.
A big problem, of course, is Facebook’s geo-tagging function, which logs the location from which posts or photos are uploaded. If a soldier posts something to Facebook while they’re in the field, this pretty much gives away their location.
According to News.com.au, three Australian soldiers were murdered inside their base this month, allegedly by an Afghan Army trainee.
According to the review of social media and defense, many soldiers did not realize that people using fake profiles can capture information and movements.
“Few consider the possibilities of data mining and how patterns of behaviour can be identified over time,” the review states. The review surveyed 1577 Australian Department of Defence members on their social media practices and knowledge (or lack thereof) of associated risks. Fifty-eight per cent of Defence staff reportedly had no social media training.
The Australian Department of Defence is currently working on new social media guidelines, which will be released by Christmas.
You may not be a member of the Australian military, but that doesn’t mean you should go around friending just anybody on Facebook. Fake Facebook friends and profiles have been around since the beginning of Facebook, and may be anyone from federal agents to spies to companies looking for buzz.
The obvious advice is that you shouldn’t add anyone on Facebook unless you know them in real life — hot girl or not. However, if you insist on making virtual friends over social networking platforms, here are some guidelines to keep your personal information safe:
– Add as little personal information as possible to your profile. Needless to say, your address, phone number, and date of birth (at the very least, birth year) should not be publicly available or even available to “friends only” on your profile.
– Understand how social engineers can use different pieces of information on the Internet to gather intel about you. For example, if you put your birth day and month on your Facebook profile, and you put your high school graduation year on your LinkedIn profile, a savvy social engineer will be able to put two and two together. Therefore, limit personal information as much as possible.
– If you’re on vacation (or in a secret military location), don’t post about it until after you get back (or to a safe, non-secret military location). Posting pictures and updates while you’re thousands of miles away from your home advertises that you’re…thousands of miles away from your home.
– Monitor what your friends say to you and about you on Facebook. In your Privacy settings, it’s a good idea to turn on the “review posts” feature, which lets you approve (or disapprove) posts your friends want to tag you in before they automatically appear on your timeline. To turn on this feature, go to Privacy > Timeline and Tagging > Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline, and turn it “On.”
– Be careful about what your photos say. Many smartphones automatically geo-tag photos, so it’s a good idea to turn this off, if possible. To turn off geo-tagging on an iPhone, go to Settings > Location Services > Camera, and turn the Location Services “Off” for the camera. To turn of geo-tagging on an Android phone, open up your camera, go to Camera settings > Store location, and make sure this is turned “Off.”
The easiest way to avoid this type of privacy mishap is to only friend people you actually know in real life. Still, it’s a good idea to take these precautions–after all, you never know which of your real-life Facebook friends may have left their account open on a public computer somewhere.
Nigeria’s lower legislative chamber, the house of representatives will today undertake a physical vote to determine if the 3,500 soldiers deployed to Edo state for the governorship elections should be recalled or not.
Tempers rose at the house yesterday after the majority Peoples’ Democratic Party members tried to shout down a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria who complained about the troop deployment.
The lawmaker, Mr. Bimbo Daramola from Ekiti state, had raised a matter of urgent public importance to draw the attention of the house to the troop deployment.
Mr. Daramola said since there was no war in Edo state, and that he could not understand the essence of deploying 3,500 soldiers for the election.
No fewer than 65 Boko Haram suspects were arrested in Kaduna on Wednesday and Thursday when soldiers from the Nigerian Army raided the area.
33 of the suspects were arrested on Wednesday at the Barnawa Complex of the city while 32 others were picked up on Thursday in different parts of Kaduna metropolis.
A local newspaper learnt that 19 Nigeriens, a vendor and a fried meat (suya) seller were amongst those arrested.
However, residents have faulted the arrest, claiming the people arrested are not Boko Haram members. A petty trader, Babangida, said “The soldiers just came to our area without any excuse… started molesting people who were doing their lawful business and others who come here regularly to buy Suya and other foods.”
Also,the District Head (Hakimi) of Barnawa, Kaduna, Alhaji Kabiru Zubairu, decried the claim of the soldiers,saying “I am telling you categorically that my people are law abiding citizens and I can vouch for them that they are innocent of the allegations levelled against them.”
The suspects are currently being detained in separate guardrooms in a military facility in Kaduna, for interrogation to establish which of them are Boko Haram members.
A soldier and civilian, who teamed up in Katsina state to allegedly rob their victim of N200, were arraigned before a Katsina Chief Magistrate Court by state police officials.
Accordign to reports, the prosecutor policeman, Sgt. Okolo Usman, told the court that soldier Ahmad Muhammad and one Ahmad Abubakar, had robbed one Alhaji Haruna Adamu on the night of 9 March.
They had injured their victim before fleecing him of the cash and fleeing the crime scene. Police officers patrolling the area had come upon the distraught victim and had immediately started a search of the area.
The suspects were arrested and the victim rushed to Sabuwa General Hospital for medical attention.
Usman confirmed that the soldier had been dismissed from service, but was arrested in his military garb.
Both accused persons were remanded in police custody and the case adjourned until 2 April.
A Federal High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, has fixed the 3rd of April for hearing in the suit filed by Save Nigeria Group(SNG) against the Federal Government over an alleged violation of its members rights in last January’s protest against the removal of fuel subsidy.
The SNG filed the suit against President Goodluck Jonathan, the National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Oluseyi Petinrin and Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika.
Others listed in the suit are the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke.
Presiding Justice Steven Adah on Monday, adjourned the matter after the counsel representing the President, the IG and the AGF, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun, informed the court that he was yet to file his counter-affidavit to the suit. He attributed the delay in his response to the applicant’s mode of commencement of the suit.
Counsel for the applicants, Ms Flora Ogbuitepu however asked for the court’s permission to move her application without the respondents’ counter-affidavits being in the court’s file.
She said the respondents had been served with the processes of the suit on the 8 & 9th of Febraury 2012, and their failure to respond within five days, as provided by the court rules, implied that they were not willing to oppose the suit.
In a short ruling, Justice Adah granted more time to enable the respondents regularise their filings.
The SNG, convened by Pastor Tunde Bakare, is asking the court to award the sum of N100m against the respondents as damages for an alleged violation of its members’ rights by deploying troops to stop its protest on January 16, 2012.
It also wants the court to order the respondents to publish an apology in at least three national newspapers.
However despite confirmation that all the respondents had been served with the processes of the suit, the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Army Staff are yet to be represented by counsel in court.