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Insurgency: Buhari needs to know the truth – Borno’s Zulum, ‘Sobatage’

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has insisted that there is sabotage in the system that will not allow insurgency to end in the North East.

He said this on Sunday when he met with the Governors of Kebbi and Jigawa States, Atiku Bagudu and Badaru Abubakar, who paid him a solidarity visit over the recent attack in Baga – a town in Borno.

Governor Zulum believes some elements are trying to frustrate the effort of the government in ending the insurgency and President Muhammadu Buhari needs to know the truth.

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He said, “Let me also re-echo my previous position with respect to the level of insurgency in Borno State, I earlier said that the gravity of the insurgency cannot be compared with what has happened between 2011 to 2015, and 2015 to date. Yes, it’s true. The President has done well.

“But there’s sabotage in the system that will not allow insurgency to end; the President has to know this very important point.”

“When he came to Maiduguri two months ago, I said so because between 2011 to 2015, at a time, almost about 22 LGAs were under the insurgents.

“Out of the four main roads that lead to Maiduguri. only one was functional,” the governor added.

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‘Why Is Insurgency Not Ending?’
He stressed the need for the President to examine the security situation in the region critically, to ensure the effort of his administration was not in vain.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, with the Governors of Kebbi and Jigawa States, Atiku Bagudu and Badaru Abubakar, as well as his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima, at the Government House in Maiduguri on August 2, 2020.

Recounting his experience during his recent trip to Baga town, Governor Zulum accused the military of taking over the farmlands of residents.

He insisted that there was no justification for what he described as preventing residents displaced by insurgency from returning to their ancestral homes.

“There’s one very important question that we need to ask, why is the insurgency not ending? There’s sabotage in the system and there’s a need for the President to examine the current situation with a view to resolving it.

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“We have a huge population and people do not have access to their agricultural lands, and poverty is one of the causes of insurgency; why are you not allowing people to go back to their ancestral lands so that they will go and earn their living?” the governor questioned.

He added, “A situation where our Nigerian military are farming the lands, denying access to the common man to farm; what justification do they have for not allowing our people to go back to their ancestral homes?

The meeting, which was also attended by the state Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, held at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Also present was the immediate past Governor of Borno, Senator Kashim Shettima, as well as Senator Ali Ndume and members of the State Executive Council.


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We’ve ‘arrested’ head of US-based terrorist group

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Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a US-based “terrorist group” accused of being behind a deadly 2008 bombing in the southern city of Shiraz and of other, abortive attacks.

The group’s “Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran, is now in the powerful hands” of Iran’s security forces, state television said in a report citing a statement from the intelligence ministry.

The statement did not elaborate on where or when the leader of the opposition royalist group known as the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, or Tondar (Farsi for Thunder), was arrested.

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According to the statement, he had orchestrated the April 12, 2008 bombing in a packed mosque in Shiraz that killed 14 people and wounded 215.

Iran hanged three men convicted of the bombing in 2009, saying they had ties to the monarchist group.

It said they had been taking orders from an Iranian US-backed “CIA agent” to try to assassinate a high-ranking official in Iran.

They were 21-year old Mohsen Eslamian and Ali Asghar Pashtar, 20 — both university students — as well as Rouzbeh Yahyazadeh, 32.

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The three were found guilty of being “mohareb” (enemies of God) and “corruption on the earth” by a revolutionary court in Tehran.

Iran hanged two other convicted members of the group in 2010, who had “confessed to obtaining explosives and planning to assassinate officials”.

The statement issued on Saturday said that Tondar had plotted several other “big operations” which failed.

It said that Tondar had planned to blow up a dam in Shiraz, use “cyanide bombs” at a Tehran book fair, and plant an explosive device at the mausoleum of the Islamic republic’s founder, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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It was not clear how Iran arrested the US-based Sharmahd.

Iran’s intelligence ministry announced the arrest of a former opposition figure in similarly mysterious circumstances in October last year.

Ruhollah Zam, described as a “counter-revolutionary” by Iranian authorities, was sentenced to death last month over “corruption on earth”.

Zam, who reportedly lived in exile in Paris, ran a channel on the Telegram messaging application called Amadnews and was accused of sparking unrest during anti-government protests last year.


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We have ‘tremendous successes’ against insurgents in N/W – Troops says

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The Nigerian military on Saturday said its operation in the nation’s North-West has been hugely successful based on “active resumption of farming, social and economic activities by the locals with reduced fear of threats in their localities.”

The North-West has recently been bedevilled with incessant kidnappings, cattle rustling and wanton killings, prompting calls for the sack of security service chiefs and the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

On Friday, the President acknowledged security agencies ought to do better in safeguarding the region.

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However, in a statement signed by Acting Director of the Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, the military said the flag-off of Operation Sahel Sanity on July 6 has yielded significant results.

“The aim of the operation is to support Operation HADARIN DAJI in stemming the tides of the activities of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, incessant killings and other sundry crimes in the North-West zone of the country,” Onyeuko said.

“These acts of criminalities orchestrated by the bandits had before now crippled the agricultural, social and economic activities of the people of this zone.”

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Onyeuko said the people of the North-West felt the operation’s “immediate impact” as the military recorded “tremendous successes” withing a “short period of time.”

“The gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY within the period under review has carried out series of clearance operations, ambushes and other aggressive and confidence-building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States,” Onyeuko said.

“These operations has led to the rescue of kidnapped victims, recovery of rustled cattles, arrest of suspected armed bandits, arrest of bandits informants and collaborators.

“Furthermore, there were recoveries of large cache of arms and ammunition as well as recovery of motorcycles and other bandits logistics within the period.”

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READ THE MILTARY’S FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

PRESS BRIEFING

GENERAL UPDATE ON THE ACTIVITIES OF OPERATION SAHEL SANITY FROM 6 -31 JULY 2020

  1. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai flagged off Operation SAHEL SANITY on the 6 July 2020 as part of activities of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2020, during which the Nigerian Army Super Camp IV Faskari in Katsina State was established. The aim of the operation is to support Operation HADARIN DAJI in stemming the tides of the activities of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, incessant killings and other sundry crimes in the North-West zone of the country. These acts of criminalities orchestrated by the bandits had before now crippled the agricultural, social and economic activities of the people of this zone.
  2. The people of the North-West Zone felt immediate impact of the operation with the tremendous successes achieved within the short period of time. The gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY within the period under review has carried out series of clearance operations, ambushes and other aggressive and confidence building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States. These operations has led to the rescue of kidnapped victims, recovery of rustled cattles, arrest of suspected armed bandits, arrest of bandits informants and collaborators. Furthermore, there were recoveries of large cache of arms and ammunition as well as recovery of motorcycles and other bandits logistics within the period.
  3. So far, in all the operations conducted, 80 armed bandits have been neutralized, a total of 943 cows, 633 sheep/rams recovered; 33 suspected bandits arrested; 7 AK47 Riffles, 1 GPMG and 16 Dane guns captured; 17 kidnapped victims rescued and 14 bandits informants and collaborators arrested. Also several bandits camps including the notorious Dangote Triangle and their logistics bases were destroyed by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY. There is no gainsaying therefore that within the first month of Operation SAHEL SANITY from 1-31 July 2020, troops have recorded several successes in line with the aim of the operation. The gallant troops continue to dominate volatile areas with confidence building patrols, ambushes and clearance operations to deny the bandits and other criminal elements freedom of action. This achievement is further evident by the active resumption of farming, social and economic activities by the locals with reduced fear of threats in their localities.
  4. The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and the professionalism exhibited within the short period of Operation SAHEL SANITY. He urges them not to rest on their oars. He further extends Sallah goodwill message to the people of North West reassuring them people of the of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to restore peace in the zone.

Benard Onyeuko
Brigadier General
Ag Director
Defence Media Operations
1 August 2020


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Just in: We’ve done our best in move to end Boko Haram’s existence – Buhari says

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said his administration has done its best in ending Boko Haram in the north-east and militancy in the south-south.

The President, however, acknowledged that security agencies “could do much better” in curbing insecurity in the North-East and North-Central.

He made the comments to reporters after attending a Sallah service in Abuja.

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“I wish Nigerians the best of luck,” he said in respect of the Eid-al-Adha marked nationwide on Friday. “We want security, prosperity, and the wellbeing of all Nigerians.

“I want Nigerians to be very conscious of their country. What we inherited when we came around in 2016 was Boko Haram in the North East and the militants in the South-South. Nigerians know that we have done our best.

“What is coming up in North West and North Central is disturbing indeed. But I believe the military and the police and other law enforcement agencies, I think they could do much better in their duties.”


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Just in: Soldiers kills Lieutenant in Borno state

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A Lieutenant has been shot dead by a solider in Bama local government area of Borno State.

The Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday, noting that they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the Lieutenant.

Family members had taken to social media mourning the slain soldier identified as Lieutenant BS. Ngorgi, an Adjutant in his unit.

Lieutenant Ngorgi was due for a welfare pass today (Thursday 30th July) to go spend time with his family and young bride before the unfortunate incident happened.

His killer is a trooper of the Nigerian Army serving in 202 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State.

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He went beserk at about on July 29, 2020 and fired at the officer (a Subaltern) who eventually died.

“The incident happened when the soldier approached the officer who was standing in front of the Unit’s Headquarters making a phone call.

“The soldier has been arrested, is in custody undergoing investigation. General situation in the unit is calm,” Musa said.

Sources say the soldier had taken to marijuana consumption which he has been warned severally to desist from, but to no avail.

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He was reportedly piqued by Ngorgi’s refusal to grant him a welfare pass earlier applied for, and took his vengeful decision after he had smoked marijuana.

The remains of the deceased officer have been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

Investigation into the case has now been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.

Sagir said the family of the deceased has already been contacted even as the army sympathizes and condoles with them.


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Just in: Deradicalising former Boko Haram insurgents; lack of priority

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume has reacted to the deradicalisation of ex-Boko Haram members by the Nigerian Army.

Speaking during an interview, Ndume said the action by the military authorities is a misplaced priority.

“This is a misplaced priority that is not supposed to happen now. It is okay to deradicalise but the timing is completely wrong.

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“This is a situation where we still have over one million displaced persons in various camps and communities, they are still dealing with the trauma of the insurgency,” he said.

Speaking further, the lawmaker wondered why the Federal Government will come up with the Operation Safe Corridor programme when many residents have been affected by terrorism in the northeast.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on July 29, 2020 asked the Federal Government to rehabilitate victims of the Boko Haram insurgency and not the ex-terrorists.

Rather than rehabilitating the repentant terrorists, Ndume who represents Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, wants the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to rehabilitate the people that have been worst-hit by the insurgency in the region.

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In doing this, he asked the Federal Government to give the Internally Displaced Persons scattered across the country start-up packs to begin a new life.

“If the government is serious about a programme like this, it should start with the victims first and not the perpetrators.

“I am in Maiduguri. The worst part of it is that those that have been so-called deradicalised are released into society. There is no monitoring device. One of them that came back killed his father and took away his two cows.”

Operation Safe Corridor is an initiative of the Federal Government aimed at rehabilitating low-risk, “repentant” Boko Haram fighters.


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[Borno] Zulum’s convoy escape attack in Baga

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The convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday escaped an attack in Baga town.

Governor Zulum had departed Maiduguri, the state capital on Monday afternoon for the northern part of the state in continuation of the food distribution programme which he started earlier in July.

A source in the governor’s convoy who confirmed the incident to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) revealed that Zulum was not hurt.

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“He is unhurt and he is back to Monguno to continue his distribution of relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons,” he said.

Governor Zulum was said to have left with journalists and the State Palliative Committee with the intention to complete his task before the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

During his last tour to Northern Borno, military bomb sweepers discovered and detonated landmines laced on the governor’s path ahead of his arrival.

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It is not clear if the landmines were targeted at the governor as the military said it was a reoccurring trend, impeding on operational mobility.

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photo: Twitter-@ProfZulum

The details of Wednesday’s incidents are unclear as there is no mobile network in Monguno where the governor is likely to pass the night.

However, Boko Haram insurgents are the prime suspects for the attack.

Suspected Boko Haram Fighters Execute Five Aid Workers

There have been series of attacks by the insurgents in the North East.

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President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration would wipe out the terrorists from the region after a video surfaced online showing the execution of five persons by masked men in military camouflage, suspected to be Boko Haram fighters.

A voice was heard speaking in Hausa before the execution, saying that the five persons were working for infidels.

“Those of you that are being used by infidels to turn others to infidels, know this today oh, you who work for infidel groups, you satisfy their aims but they do not care about you and that is why when we catch you they do not show concern. Our call to you is to repent and follow Allah; we shall waylay you in all the roads that you follow and if you don’t listen, the fate of these ones will befall you,” the voice said.


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Kaduna: Buratai visit injured soldiers

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The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai on Sunday visited wounded soldiers who are undergoing treatment at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna state, with a promise to improve their welfare and also prays for their quick recovery.

Most of the soldiers are those that were injured while fighting with the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast and armed bandits in the northwest zone.

During the visit, the Army Chief had lunch with the injured soldiers and personally joined in serving the meals.

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Buratai while noting that the fight against insurgency is a collective effort that requires determination, however, assured to improve on the welfare of the soldiers including ensuring that all those in critical condition are giving proper medical attention.

He also said that despite recording some challenges in the counter-insurgency operations, including deaths and injuries, the Nigerian army is determined to end the insurgency in the northeast and other related crimes across the country.

On their part, some of the soldiers express delight at the visit of the Chief of Army Staff, and also declared their willingness to go back to the battlefield as soon as they get on their feet.


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Kaduna killings: Hon. Saleh blames FG over failure to protect Nigeria

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The lawmaker representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency, Kaduna, in the House of Representatives, Hon. Gabriel Saleh has decried the spate of killings in Southern Kaduna.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Saleh said the Federal Government has failed Nigeria.

Obviously pained by the attacks in his constituency, the lawmaker regretted that over 40 people have been killed in less than two weeks.

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According to him, the people of the state have been displaced following the onslaught by suspected bandits and herdsmen.

“In my village which is called Jabon Tudu, there was a threat. Everyone left his house, for the past one week nobody is sleeping at home.

The lawmaker representing Kachia Kagarko Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Gabriel Saleh during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on July 27, 2020 decried the spate of killings in Southern Kaduna.

“So I feel the Federal Government has failed Nigeria. Our people are crying and suffering, over 40 people were killed in less than two weeks,” he said.

While describing the assailants as terrorists, he wondered why they will just attack innocent people and kill them just like that.

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The lawmaker, therefore, called on the Federal Government to deploy security personnel to the affected area in order to forestall future attacks.

He recalled that the House of Representatives passes a resolution that mandated President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the nation’s service chiefs over the deteriorating state of insecurity in several parts of Nigeria.

Speaking further, Saleh said Nigerians voted President Buhari in 2015 because he promised to tackle the numerous security challenges at the time.

He noted that while Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum will openly lament the spate of insecurity in the state, Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna states are not being spared.

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The lawmaker’s remarks come two days after suspected Fulani militiamen launched fresh attacks on Southern Kaduna communities despite a 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government.

Following the fresh attack, the umbrella body of Southern Kaduna people, Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, said 63 people had been killed in the past one week by the militiamen.

According to the spokesperson for SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat, no fewer than 50 gunmen invaded Zikpak and started shooting repeatedly. After attacking Zikpak, the gunmen reportedly headed for Ungwan Masara and Maraban Kagoro, where they also carried out further attacks.


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Army train 373 officers for deployment to North West, North East

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A total of 373 Officer Cadets of Direct Short Service Course 25 of the Nigerian Army have been trained on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations for onward deployment to the northeast and other troubled parts of the country.

At their passing out parade from the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji in Kaduna state, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin tasked the soldiers to contribute their quota in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists in the north, as well as the ousting of bandits and other criminal elements that are threatening the peace and unity of the country.

The security challenges in the country call for effective training and retraining of young military officers and other ranks on counter-terrorism operations.

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Since its inception, the Nigerian Army School of Infantry has been a major facilitator and force multiplier especially through effective training of security personnel, even from the Nigeria Police Force.

The direct short service course of the infantry school complements existing commission and is designed for the employment of professionals from various fields and specialities into the armed forces.

These officers who six months ago had little or no military experience, have been trained on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations as part of efforts to boost the manpower needs of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

At the passing parade ceremony which marks the end of the training, the officers displayed a colourful march pass in both slow and quick time upon the arrival of the Chief of Defence Staff who doubles as the reviving officer for the parade.

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In line with contemporary and emerging security challenges in the country, the officers were trained in special warfare and counter-terrorism courses which lasted for six months and were also exposed to academic and field exercises such as tactical combat shooting.

Others are unarmed combat and water exercises, stop and search techniques on roadblocks and checkpoints, rescue missions, and identification of improvised explosive devices among others.

While reminding the young officers that they are joining the army when the Nigerian armed forces are facing myriads of security challenges which requires absolute loyalty and dedication to tackle, the Chief of Defence staff told the officer cadets that most of them will be deployed to the North-East, North-West and other troubled parts of the country.

General Olonisakin charged the officers to be loyal to Nigeria and military authorities, adding that they must demonstrate discipline and shun misconduct in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.

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“Every one of you has roles to play, based on your expertise and previous experiences in curtailing the country’s security challenges. As junior leaders, you will be confronted with various challenges.

“Complete and absolute loyalty to the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Nigeria as provided in the constitution and the oath of allegiance which will be administered to you.

“Any act of disloyalty, disobedience to constituted authority, insubordination and other unprofessional conduct will attract appropriate sanctions.”

As these officers depart from here to the field, the authorities are hopeful that with the training they have received during the period and many more they will receive in the course of their military career, the country will prevail against those who threaten its peace.


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Kaduna killings: FG not capable, it’s vivid – ASCAB

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The killings in Kaduna has the potential of leading to a round of national crisis that may threaten the fabric of democracy in the country, the Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, (ASCAB) warned on Sunday.

The coalition of labour and over 80 civil society groups also blamed the Federal Government for the mayhem adding that the central authority has the constitutional responsibility to ensure the protection of lives and properties everywhere in the country.

It said the mayhem in Kaduna only reflects the community version of the growing culture of brigandage within the political class.

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Last Friday scores of people were killed in Southern Kaduna by armed groups. Katsina, Zamfara and many States on North Central have seen a string of bloodletting in recent months.

On Sunday, the killings in Southern Kaduna continued. At 6am Fanstwam natives of Zipkak, a semi-urban town in Fanstwam Chiefdom, Jemaa LGA in Southern Kaduna, fled their homes when armed groups invaded their communities again.

The killings did not abate inspite of curfew impose in the area by the State Government to curb revenge killings among the multi-ethnic Southern Kaduna territories.

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The latest incidence took place in Zikpak, some two kilometres away from Kafanchan where a large consignment of soldiers is camped.

ASCAB in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Femi Falana, (SAN) on Sunday said it is undoubtedly clear that the Federal Government has shown a lack of capacity to deal with the sad events.

Falana said the Federal Government appears to be running out of ideas in bringing an end to violence and armed brigandage constantly recorded in Kaduna and other affected states.

It said the violence in the North East has spread to the North Central and the North West warning that if unchecked, it might threaten peace and coexistence across the country and set the nation on the path of ruin

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“Corruption, politics of exclusion, growing unemployment, and lack of creativity continue to fuel public resentment across the country backed by an increasing breakdown of public trust in those holding public officers. The situation has been compounded by weak institutions and inept leadership both at the state and national levels” ASCAB said.

It said the lack of opportunities, poverty, and the imposition of tough economic measures on Nigerians are partly responsible for prejudices, hate, and expression of violence found in many communities in Nigeria.

“Nigeria is fast becoming a state of blood where human lives no longer matter. It is unfortunate that while the Federal Government invests billions of naira in the procurement of arms to fight violence, it has failed to develop an appropriate economic roadmap to deal with one of the root causes of violence which is poverty.”

It also warned that unending violence and banditry will help the spread of coronavirus thereby putting the lives of many people in the North in danger.

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“Violence and killings have seen the emergence of several refugee camps and the flee of health workers in vulnerable communities. Territories ravaged by killings will naturally disregard the rules necessary for the prevention of COVID-19. This only means that as long as instability continues, the prospect of livelihood and effective public health protection is dim.”

It said it is public knowledge that many states in the country including Katsina where President Mohammadu Buhari comes from are at the mercy of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, and criminal gangs.

It said that though the Federal Government continuously assures Nigerians of the safety of lives and property, the guarantee has become a mirage in the face of ceaseless attacks.

The group said the country has continued to witness massacres of defenseless citizens and that the number of arms in the hands of non-state actors is alarming.

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“Several survivors are currently in IDPs. These include children and women. These children are denied education and the basic necessities of life necessary for their growth in the first years of their lives.”

ASCAB said many Nigerians are fleeing to the neighbouring African States due to the fact that their homeland has failed to procure peace for them.

It condemned the statement credited to the Federal Government that “From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds”. It described such statements by the FG as an indication that those in power are not in touch with the people.

ASCAB said since President Mohammadu Buhari is the Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed forces, the President is under a legal obligation to end the violence.


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NDA cadets complete 3-week combatant training | Photos

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In an effort to curb the menace of activities of Boko Haram insurgency and banditry in the country, final year Army Cadets of 67 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy( NDA) have concluded a three-week practical special warfare training tagged ‘Exercise Camp Highland’.

The final battle inoculation exercise, which involves the firing of live ammunition of various weapons at Combat Team Level on selected targets, is designed to expose the officer cadets to the real battle situations.

Speaking at the closing of the three weeks training at Kachia in Kaduna State, the former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt General Martin-Luther Agwai, tasked the cadets to be patriotic and courageous, as they will soon be joining their colleagues in the field to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation.

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The Armed Forces of Nigeria have been at the forefront in the fight against threats to the country’s corporate existence and in the West African sub-region.

And in a couple of weeks to come, the Nigerian Defence Academy will boost the manpower of the armed forces by churning out a new set of officers who will be deployed to the theatre of war

According to the Director of Military Training, Brigadier General Jimmy Akpor, the exercise ‘Camp highland’ is the final field exercise for final year army cadets of 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46, and is designed to examine their understanding of operational, administrative and logistic concepts they were taught in the academy.

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The highpoint of the Camp Highland is the final battle inoculation exercise, which involves the firing of live ammunition of various weapons at Combat Team Level on selected targets.

It is designed to expose the officer cadets to real battle situations.

After assessing the performance of the cadets, the former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt General Martin-Luther Agwai expressed satisfaction, stating that he was confident that they are good to go and suitable for commissioning into the armed forces as Combatant Officers.

However, he urged them to go forward with patriotic fervour and courage to discharge their constitutional roles to their fatherland.


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Storyline: Gbajabiamila reveal plan to fight COVID-19, Insurgency, others

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has announced a new legislative agenda for the green chamber, in line with the current realities triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gbajabiamila revealed this on Saturday at a retreat for the leadership and members of the House in Abuja.

The House came up with its initial Legislative Agenda about a year ago but did not envisage “that the world will soon change drastically, and with consequences beyond our wildest imagination,” the speaker said.

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“Before now, the extent of our difficulties was well known to us,” he added. “We have population growth that far outpaces the rate of economic growth. Insecurity has made vast swathes of our country uninhabitable for citizens and unattractive to investment.”

The new agenda, according to him, seeks to tackle the issues of education, insurgency, and others.

Femi Gbajabiamila at a retreat for the leadership and members of the House of Reps in Abuja on July 25, 2020.

“We are at war, fighting insurgents in the North East who want to remake our world in the image of a medieval theocracy,” he said.

The lawmaker decried the fact that schools do not teach the realities of the modern world as it pertains to our reality, noting that “we are producing graduates who cannot compete in the 21st-century knowledge economy.”

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Troops nabbed bandits in North West, free victims – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have arrested 10 notorious bandits, rescued kidnapped victims and recovered rustled cows in the last few days within the North West theatre.

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said the troops had continued to record credible achievements in their quest to rid the North-West zone of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other sundry criminalities.

He disclosed that the troops on July 18 arrested 2 suspected bandits namely, Marti Abdullahi and Abdullahi Muazu at Gundumi in Isah Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

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Onyeuko said their arrest was based on reliable information that the suspects were involved in acts of banditry around the area.

He added that the troops, while on clearance patrol at Teke Mai Filoti village in Sabon Birni Local Government Area same day, arrested another two notorious bandits named Gabbe Muhammadu and Muhammad Bello known for kidnapping and robbery activities.

The military spokesperson further disclosed that troops deployed at Nahuta village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State also arrested two bandits namely Mohammed Lawal and Useni Abubakar on the same date.

He said the suspects were identified by locals to have carried out several attacks in Nahuta village at various times.

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According to him, gallant troops also arrested two suspected bandits at Yar Tasha village, explaining that one of the suspects received a phone call from other suspected bandits asking him to quickly meet up with them for an impending attack.

“Efforts are currently on to track and arrest the callers while all arrested suspects are currently in custody undergoing detailed investigation,” he said.

Onyeuko further disclosed that the troops had on July 19 swiftly responded to a distress call and thwarted a bandits rustling activities in Wanke area.

He added that the troops exploited and recovered 20 cows rustled by the bandits in the process.

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According to him, troops deployed at Funtua responded to a distress call and went in pursuit of armed bandits in Kankara Local Government Area, recovered eight cows and subsequently handed them over to the owners.

“Similarly, troops responded to a distress call at Unguwar Tabo where armed bandits invaded and kidnapped one Nuhu Gombo.

“The victim escaped as the bandits abandoned him and fled due to the troops’ unabating pursuit.

“He is presently in troops custody and will be soon united with his family.

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“Also on July 22, troops of Forward Operation Base Bingi acting on credible information of armed bandits activities around Ragwada Forest under Maru Local Government Area stormed a bandits hideout in the area and recovered three motorcycles,” he said.

Onyeuko said the troops also responded to a distress call and engaged the bandits at Zauni village in Magami district of Gusau while attempting to rustle cows on July 22.

He said the troops went in pursuit of the bandits who fled in disarray and recovered 25 cows which had been handed over to the owners.

According to him on the same day, troops on clearance patrol at Mara Runka came in contact with bandits who opened fire on them from afar and the valiant troops responded forcing the bandits to flee with possible gunshot wounds abandoning five motorcycles.

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He added that the resilient troops pursued and arrested two of the fleeing bandits as well as recovered one black bag containing charms and the sum of N1,650.

“Troops of Op SAHEL SANITY are presently dominating the general area with aggressive patrols and ambushes paving way for smooth conduct of agricultural and economic activities by the locals.

“Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, commended the troops for their gallantry and resilience in the on going operation and urges them not to rest on their oars but build on the successes so far achieved.

“He further assured the people of the North-West zone of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone,” he said.


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Buhari frowns at execution of 6 aid workers in Borno – vows to eradicate Boko Haram

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the murder of five aid workers who were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

President Buhari in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said his government will continue to do all it can to ensure that every remaining vestige of Boko Haram is wiped out completely from northeastern Nigeria.

The President’s statement comes few hours after a video surfaced online showing the execution of five persons by masked men in military camouflage, suspected to be Boko Haram fighters.

A voice was heard speaking in Hausa before the execution, saying that the five persons were working for infidels.

“Those of you that are being used by infidels to turn others to infidels, know this today oh, you who work for infidel groups, you satisfy their aims but they do not care about you and that is why when we catch you they do not show concern. Our call to you is to repent and follow Allah; we shall waylay you in all the roads that you follow and if you don’t listen, the fate of these ones will befall you,” the voice said.

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The execution immediately followed his speech at the cue of another voice that said “bisimillah.”

The slain persons are believed to be aid workers captured during a raid in Monguno Local Government of Borno State on June 13, 2020.

A screengrab from the video showing the execution of five men by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

They include staff of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, International Rescue Committee and a security guard.

The execution came after the insurgents demanded the sum of 500,000 dollars to release them.

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The President on Wednesday while sympathising with the families of the five aid workers pledged that the perpetrators will face the law.

President Buhari also condoled with the State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, and International Rescue Committee, whose staff have suffered this gruesome fate.

He thanked them for their continued dedication and service to the victims of Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and assured them that security agencies in the state will work closely with their organisations to implement measures in ensuring that suck acts do not occur again.

The President prayed for God to comfort their families for the irreplaceable loss.


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Just in: Gunmen kill security guard, injure 3 in plateau hospital attack

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Tragedy struck in Plateau State on Monday when gunmen attacked the General Hospital in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that a private security guard on duty was shot dead during the attack, while three others were injured, including a staff of the hospital and a police officer.

Speaking to Media TV (known to Noble Reporters Media), the President of Gashshi District Development Association, Francis Chong said it was strange and unimaginable that a health facility that accommodates all tribes and religions would be attacked without just cause.

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“This is a novel attack which is not comprehensible at all; it is not yet clear what the motives of the attackers could attack a hospital where people of all shades of life converge for treatment,” he said.

Chong, however, noted that the two staff of the hospital are receiving treatment from the hospital in Barkin Ladi.

Meanwhile, the State Police Command is yet to comment on the incident involving the police officer.


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Borno: Boko Haram insurgents execute 5 workers in fresh video

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A video has surfaced online showing the execution of five persons by masked men in military camouflage, suspected to be Boko Haram fighters.

A voice was heard speaking in Hausa before the execution, saying that the five persons were working for infidels.

“Those of you that are being used by infidels to turn others to infidels, know this today oh, you who work for infidel groups, you satisfy their aims but they do not care about you and that is why when we catch you they do not show concern. Our call to you is to repent and follow Allah; we shall waylay you in all the roads that you follow and if you don’t listen, the fate of these ones will befall you,” the voice said.

The execution immediately followed his speech at the cue of another voice that said “bisimillah.”

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The slain persons are believed to be aid workers captured during a raid in Monguno Local Government of Borno State on June 13, 2020.

A view of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, which has been notorious for being a hideout for Boko Haram Insurgents

They include staff of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, International Rescue Committee and a security guard.

The execution came after the insurgents demanded the sum of 500,000 dollars to release them.

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A staff of the SEMA who pleaded anonymity identified his colleague among those executed, who had also featured in a recent video where they spoke from captivity pleading with the government to intervene.

A view of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, which has been notorious for being a hideout for Boko Haram Insurgents.

Despite several air raids by the military and assurances by the Federal Government that many insurgents have been neutralised, they have continued to resurface, attacking communities, aid workers, and even military bases.

A screengrab from the video showing the execution of five men by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

Last year, Jihadists aligned with the Islamic State group released a video showing a female aid worker and five male colleagues who had been kidnapped in an attack in northeast Nigeria.

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Aid group, Action Against Hunger, had said earlier that one of its staff members along with three health workers and two drivers were missing after their convoy was attacked near the border with Niger.

One of the six hostages who had been held since July, was eventually executed in September, while four others were killed in December.

Thereafter, the French aid group, said it was “extremely concerned and called for the immediate release of its staff member, Grace, who was the only one left in captivity.”


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Where is Boko Haram? – By Olamide Noble

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The Islamic State in West Africa or the Islamic State’s West Africa Province, formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād and commonly known as Boko Haram, is a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also… Wikipedia

Founder: Mohammed Yusuf

Founded: 2002, Maiduguri

Headquarters: Maiduguri

Leaders: Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi

Active: 2002–present

Ideology: Salafist Jihadism

Battle(s) and war(s): Boko Haram insurgency: 2015 West African offensive P

of: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (since 2015)

1. What is the Boko Haram fighting for?

Boko Haram seeks the establishment of an Islamic state in Nigeria. It opposes the Westernization of Nigerian society and the concentration of the wealth of the country among members of a small political elite, mainly in the Christian south of the country. Continue Reading »

2. What does Boko Haram mean?

Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has gained notoriety with the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. … Boko Haram translates from the local Hausa language to mean “Western education is a sin”, according to most media reports. Continue Reading »

3. What happened to Boko Haram?

On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 mostly Christian female students were kidnapped from the Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria. Continue Reading »

4. Why did Boko Haram kidnap schoolgirls?

Inside abducted Chibok girls’ school in Nigeria

Boko Haram was targeting them because of their opposition to Western education, which the militants believe corrupts the values of Muslims. But Chibok had not been attacked before, so it was felt safe to use the school for the important final year exams. Continue Reading »

written by: Adigun Michael Olamide ‘Olamide Noble’

source(s): Wikipedia, BBC


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Another Kaduna attack – 11 killed

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At least 11 people have been reported killed by gunmen in another attack in Gora Gan Village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The latest attack comes barely 24 hours after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area.

Police authorities have yet to confirm the latest attack, but the Chairman of Zango Kataf Local government Area, Ezekiel Manzah told Channels Television that the attack happened on Monday evening.

The attack was carried out by gunmen suspected to be members of a Fulani militia.

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Manzah said 11 bodies have been recovered while several others are still missing.

The council chairman is worried that the gunmen stormed the village despite a curfew imposed by the Kaduna State government.

Only last week, 24 people were killed by bandits in what seemed like coordinated attacks in three communities of Zango Kataf Local Government Area.


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Just in: 21 ‘wasted’ in fresh Kaduna village attack

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At least 21 people have been reported killed while 28 others sustained various degrees of injuries when gunmen attacked Kukum Daji Village of Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday night.

While the State Police Command is yet to confirm the incident, the President of the Community, Mr. Yashen Titus told Channels Television that the gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, invaded the venue of a wedding party in the community at about 10 pm on Sunday night.

Titus, who explained that the suspected herdsmen opened fire on the people who attended the party, said 19 people died on the spot while two others later died at the hospital.

The remaining injured ones according to him were rushed to the Barau Dikko teaching hospital and other clinics in the state capital for treatment.

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Kaduna has been experiencing a series of attacks with a recent one carried out two weeks ago.

No fewer than 38 persons lost their lives in separate attacks on two villages in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state on July 7.

The Council Chairman, Emmanuel Adamu, who confirmed the attack, said the gunmen unleashed mayhem on Ankpon Village in Nandu and Kabamu Village in Fadan Karshi, all of Numana district.

While describing the incident as unfortunate, he said the gunmen killed 38 persons including women and children.


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[Nigeria] Army neutralises top Boko Haram leaders in Borno

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Nigerian Army troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole say they have neutralised some Boko Haram /Islamic State and several other leaders of the West Africa province during their encounter in Borno State.

The operation was carried out at the border town with Cameroon where they neutralised six terrorists attempting to cross from the Cameroon border towards the Sambisa axis.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the co-ordinator of the defence media operations, Major General John Enenche explained that the operation followed credible intelligence targeted against the terrorists on their market activities and undercover movement around Kolofata, a border town with Cameroon.

Amongst the top BHT/ISWAP leaders killed during the encounter at Damasak and buried by the terrorists at Goski village in the early hours of July 3, were Tumbun Dabino – Ba Issoufou, Tumbun Bororo – Amir Batam, Tumbun Jaki – Almustapha, Tumbun Bagaruwa – Modou Kollo, Dogon Tchoukou – Issah, Tumbun Rakke – Mustapha Woulama, Tumbun Dila – Boukar Kowa and Tumbun Mita – Abou Aisha.

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According to Enenche, the series of successes so far recorded has led to several of the insurgents surrendering in their numbers.

“They voluntarily admitted that the insurgency is driven more by the need for money, power, greed and criminality and less of any ideology,” the statement read in part.

Weapons and equipment recovered from the terrorists include three AK 47 rifles, a Magazine with 48 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one Honda salon car, one motorcycle, eight bicycles, three phones with multiple sims and memory cards and five copies of the Holy Qur’an, among others things.


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