• Biafran separatists at home, abroad urged to prepare for referendum under international law

    02/Jan/2017 // 3098 Viewers

     

    PARIS,JANUARY 2, 2017: (DGW) Biafran separatists both at home and abroad have been urged to prepare for a referendum to decide whether to be an independent sovereign country under international law or remain in Nigeria.

    This was stated by the Indigenous People of Biafra that ethnic Igbos have a right under international law to decide their fate through a referendum, the same way Britain exercised its right to leave the European Union without the permission of the European Parliament or European Council. 

    A statement by media and publicity secretary-secretary Mr. Emma Powerful noted that Scotland had also exercised its right to self-determination and so had the French-speaking Quebec region in Canada.

    Powerful said that the United Nations will have the mandate to monitor the referendum process and ensure compliance with the will of the people so expressed.

    “The IPOB leadership wants to use this opportunity to let Biafrans and the entire world know that we want to go and we are calling on civilized nations of the world and the rest of humanity. We invite the international community, men and women of goodwill to come and monitor this peaceful referendum in Biafraland… We Biafrans in pursuit of our inalienable, irreducible and God-given right to restore our stolen sovereignty do, hereby state, that we do not require the permission of the Nigerian state or her government officials to grant us our natural freedoms,” the separatist spokesman declared.


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  • Breaking: Former Chief Judge is dead

    02/Jan/2017 // 1577 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 2, 2017: (DGW) It is all tears and sorrow for the family of Olateru-Olagbeji as they lost their daughter Gladys, to the cold hands of death, a former Chief Judge of Ondo state.

    She reportedly died in the early hours of Sunday, January 1, 2017, after battling an undisclosed ailment, a family source disclosed.

    Gladys, while alive, became the Chief Judge of Ondo State in 2013 and retired on October 26, 2010.

    May God rest her soul!


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  • Frustration, anger and suffering behind killings in Nigeria, ex-Police boss , Abubakar Tsav, others say

    02/Jul/2016 // 709 Viewers

     

    The Nigerian society appears to have become unusually brutal and bestial in recent times. This is following the intractable spate of atrocious killings of fellow citizens by hoodlums operating under different names and forms. Like the vicious practice in the jungle where animals pounce on one another and kill without any sense of remorse, herdsmen, robbers, militants, cultists, kidnappers, and ethnic militias gleefully move about killing their targets without restraints.

    Security operatives are not left out of the abominable acts as they have been severally being found responsible for the death of many lives either for pecuniary reasons or in the guise of doing their work.

    From one part of the country to another, hardly does a week end without Nigerians being inundated with distressing stories of gruesome murder of innocent citizens. It has thus becomes a common sight to find dead bodies riddled with bullets and machete cuts littering  various parts of the country with their blood drenching the ground like those of animals slaughtered at abattoirs.

    Findings showed that the despicable development has been generating palpable fears in the society and consequently fuelling fears among the people.

    Former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubarkar Tsav, said he gets disturbed each time he hears of the horrendous killings that take place in the country.

    “I get worried whenever I hear those distasteful reports because it means that nobody is safe. The implication is that anyone of us could be attacked and killed and nothing will happen at the end of the day. In Gboko where I live, people kidnap for as low as N50, 000. It is that bad. The implication of all these is that everybody will begin to devise means of defending themselves. This could eventually lead to anarchy.

    “If those in the  positions of authority fail to do something because they have security around them, they should remember that they will leave office one day and those security details will be withdrawn from them. At that point, they will become like the rest of us and face similar challenges that we are facing,” he said.

    Groups at the forefront of major killings

    Herdsmen

    In recent times, the menacing activities of some criminal-minded herdsmen have threatened the state of security in the country as they moved from kidnapping their targets to killing people in their numbers. Their nuisance generated overt tension in the society as aggrieved citizens threatened a reprisal should they continue to perpetrate their unholy acts. Top among the leaders of the country that threatened to avenge further attacks by the herdsmen was Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose. The tension was so rife that retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos State, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie warned that the challenge could snowball into civil war if not properly managed.

    Speaking after two farmers were killed in Oke Ako in Ikole Local Government Area of the state, Fayose said; “I am sounding a note of warning to the Fulani herdsmen and those who can talk to them should also do so now. If they continue with these wanton attacks, killing of the people and destruction of farmlands in Ekiti, I cannot guarantee that there won’t be reprisal attacks.I can also not guarantee the level that the reprisal attacks can get to because as a governor, it is my responsibility to defend and protect my people.”

    Just in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State alone, the herdsmen have allegedly killed over 300 victims in the last six months. On several occasions, they invaded the villages namely:  Okokolo, Akwu, Ocholonya, Adagbo, Ugboku and Aila, murdered the natives and set their houses and farms ablaze.

    Before the citizens could recover from the Agatu massacre, the herdsmen moved eastward  and killed 40 natives of Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of  Enugu State. The incident reportedly took place barely 24 hours after stories filtered out that about 500 heavily-armed herdsmen sneaked into the community preparatory to launch an attack. About seven villages in Nimbo (Nimbo Ngwoko, Ugwuijoro, Ekwuru, Ebor, Enugu Nimbo, Umuome and Ugwuachara) were among the areas attacked.

    In April this year, some of the blood- thirsty herdsmen shifted their attention to the South south, Delta State to be precise, and unleashed monumental havoc on Uwheru community in Ughelli North Local Government of the state. The attack, according to the residents, brought the number of their kinsmen that were allegedly murdered in recent times by the rampaging herdsmen to 31.

    The community’s President General, Chief Ogarivi Utso, said the herdsmen wrecked havoc on the Uwheru community, including assault, rape and killings.

    He said: “The genesis of the problem started in 2004 when Ohoror community, in Uwheru, was invaded by the herdsmen with the collaboration of some soldiers. Many houses were razed, including the home of a former President General, Mr. Emmanuel Enivwegha. Many residents were forced into exile, while 10 youths and men, including the younger brother to the former president general, Edjerigho, were killed by the suspected herdsmen.

    Within the same month, the herdsmen invaded two villages in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State and killed several people. While the residents of Dori and Mesuma, the attacked villages,  claimed that 40 people were killed and several houses razed, the police chief said only 15 people were killed in the attacks.

    Militants

    The renewed activities of militants in the Niger Delta region of the country opened up a fresh security challenge in the country recently. Within the short time they resumed their agitation, the militants have killed countless number of lives, including those of soldiers carrying out surveillance on oil facilities. Like the herdsmen, they have equally been spreading their bloodletting to different parts of the country.

    In what appeared like a war situation, militants numbering about 100 invaded Ogun State community penultimate weekend and wasted the lives 15 members of the community.

    Armed with guns and cutlasses, the militants stormed Imushin community in the Ogijo area of the state killing almost every resident in sight. The attack, reports said, was a revenge of the killing of two members suspected to be vandals by operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad.

    When the residents were still mourning, the suspected militants returned to the area and adjoining communities and spilled more blood than they did the first time they attacked the area. No fewer than 50 residents were reportedly killed during the attack, although officials sources said only six died.

    In May, three soldiers working with the Joint Military Force deployed to protect oil facilities in the Niger Delta were killed in a gun duel with pirates and militants. Col. Isa Ado, Spokesman of the force, codenamed, “Operation Pulo Shield, said that the military patrol team was attacked by a combined team of suspected militants and sea pirates, but that the team fought gallantly to ward off the attack. “The location came under fierce attack and three of our soldiers, who were hit by bullets, died on their way to the hospital. There were so many casualties on the side of the militants, but we cannot precisely know the number”.

    Moving on from there, the unrepentant militants early last month attacked and killed two soldiers and four civilians at Ijere community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

    “Some militants suspected to be the Avengers attacked a houseboat stationed at pipeline junction at the back of Ijere community. The militants came through Omadina creek in the Itsekiri axis. During the exchange of gunfire, the houseboat sank while the army recorded casualties. The militants escaped through the Omadina community axis,” military sources said.

    Boko Haram

    In spite of the decimation of  Boko Haram, the dreaded Islamist sect by the present administration, the  militants have continued to wreak occasional havoc. About a fortnight ago, members of the sect invaded Kuda Village in Adamawa State and   shot dead 18 women at a funeral.

    The sect showed it had not gone into oblivion early in the year when its members raided two villages in Mairi and Malari in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno, killing four persons and razing houses in the communities.

    Before the attack in Mairi and Malari, the sect had attacked and killed over 100 people in Dalori village, a suburb of  Borno State.

    Cultists

    Also compounding the security situation in the country is the activities of cultists who go about killing rival cult members and innocent citizens without minding whose ox is gored.

    Just last Sunday, suspected cultists in Rivers State killed two policemen attached to the Rumuji Police Divisional Headquarters and five other persons during a clash in the area.

    The bloody clash erupted between the Icelanders and the Greenlanders cult groups in Rumuji and Ovogo communities, in Emohua Local Government Area of the state.

    Before the incident last Sunday, a  nursing mother and 22 others were reportedly killed in Aluu community, a suburb of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state in early part of last month.

    Aside from Rivers State where the activities of cultists are highly pronounced, Lagos State has also recorded innumerable deaths resulting from cult clashes in recent times. Their activities have been found to be endemic in Ikorodu, Bariga, Shomolu, Mushin and Ojo areas of the state.

    Early in January this year, a clash between Aye and Eiye confraternities left five people dead and several injured in Ikorodu area. The cultists were said to have freely used axes, cutlasses and guns during the clash.

    Four persons were killed in Ilorin, dur­ing a supremacy fight between members of two rival cults in April. The cult clash occurred at Babako, Ita-Amodu and Agbo-Oba areas of Ilorin. The clash heightened tension in the affected areas while residents scampered to safety.

    About the same time, suspected cultists in Kogi State killed seven people as they shifted their activities from the campuses into the city centres. They chased their targets to their residences and killed them in public glare.

    Within the first half of the year, Ondo, Imo, Delta among others have also recorded series of bloody cult clashes that claimed several lives.

    In February, two persons were reportedly killed in Ondo town, during clashes involving two cults groups that took place in the Okesida and Odojomu areas of the state. Earlier in March, two persons were killed when a deadly cult war en­sued between two gangs in Owo Local Gov­ernment areas of the state.

    Nine people were also killed in various cult clashes in Imo and Delta states in March. In Imo, about five people died in cult clashes between Mgbolo Okuku and Obogwu communities in Owerri West Lo­cal Government, while four people were killed Agbor, Delta State, in a clash be­tween Aiye and Black Axe Baga at Owa in Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state.

    Politics

    Politically motivated killings reared its head early in the year during the governorship elections in Bayelsa State. About 14 people were reportedly killed during the supplementary governorship election that took place after the main election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .

    The victims included four policemen, two soldiers and eight civilians.

    The build up to the federal and state legislative rerun elections in Rivers State in March equally turned bloody as two people, a major in the Nigerian Army and a soldier, were slain  in cold bold in the Abonnema creek in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the A troop of soldiers from the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, which was on patrol, was ambushed by people suspected to be pirates. In the exchange of gunfire, the major and soldier were gunned down, while two other soldiers were said to have sustained serious injuries.

    The state witnessed additional killings on the elections day as five people lost their lives during the violence that erupted during the polls.

    In spite of the huge presence of security operatives at the polling centres, dynamites, guns and other weapons of violence were freely used by hoodlums.

    Communal clashes

    Clashes between various communities and tribes have also accounted for the growing incidents of murder across the country.

    For instance, the lingering boundary crisis between Cross Rivers State and Ebonyin State has continuously led to avoidable  loss of human lives in the area. No fewer than eight persons were feared killed in renewed clashes between the two communities recently.

    The skirmish occurred between Ochienyim community in Amagu, Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and Adadama community in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State.

    Before the clash in June that claimed eight lives, many people were gruesomely  killed in April in one of the  communal clashes in Cross River State.

    Fighting was said to have broken out between four communities in Cross River Central Senatorial and Northern Senatorial districts. In the Central Senatorial district, the crisis involved Ebum community in Obubra Local Government Area and Inyima in Yakurr Local Government Area of the state.

    However, in the Northern Senatorial district, people from Ukpe community fought against their counterparts from Mbagede both in Ogoja Local Government Area.

    The multiple clashes were said to have been  triggered by protracted land disputes.

    A clash between Wurukum and Shomo communities in Taraba State in the same month also left 15 persons dead. The incident occurred in Karim-Lamido local council, during which several houses and valuables were allegedly burnt.

    The relative peace enjoyed in Lagos State was shattered in the early part of March after a clash between the Yoruba and Hausa communities at the popular Mile 12 market left about nine people dead. The incident compelled the state government to shut down the  market.

    Killings by security operatives

    The agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra resulted in another carnage of in the  South-east and South-south regions of the country when  when thousands of protesters clashed with security forces in Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, Delta, Cross River and Ebonyi States.

    The protesters, who were mainly members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), had gone out en masse to mark Biafra Day in memory of the former leader of the defunct Biafra Republic, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu when the attack took place.

    The bloodbath was followed by additional killing of over 30 members of the agitators in Onitsha allegedly by security operatives in May.  During  rally in Onitsha, Anambra State, a combined team of the military and police clashed with members of the IPOB during the celebration of Biafra Day in the commercial city.

    The gun battle, which led to the killings, started when an IPOB member allegedly shot at a soldier who was patrolling where the protesters had converged to begin a procession in honour of the late Ojukwu around the Upper Iweka area of Onitsha.

    Earlier, nine people were reportedly killed by security operatives  in December after taskforce members opened fire on protesting IPOB members in Onitsha.

    Nigerians speak

    The Nation’s investigations have shown that Nigerians have been living in overt fears because of the incessant killings across the country. Those who spoke with our correspondent said they now rely more on divine protection.

    A civil servant who identified himself simply as Gabriel, said: “ The rate of killing is alarming. How would one not be disturbed when all you have everywhere is killing, killing and killing? Unfortunately, the security operatives appear incapable of arresting the situation. I am really afraid because nobody is safe. It is only God that can protect one in this kind of situation the country has found itself.”

    A banker who gave her name as Bridget said: “There is nobody that would not be disturbed by the security situation in the country because there is nowhere that is safe. As banker, I am always scared of robbery attacks. When walking on the road, one will be praying against accidents and attacks. When you are at home, you are equally scared. It is fears all the way. Depending on security forces for protection is out of it because we have severally read about how their stations were attacked by gunmen.  God is my only security.”

    Another respondent who identified himself as Taylor said he is tempted to flee the country because of the state of insecurity. “It is not that there is no security breach in other places but when it does happen, security forces will always respond promptly but that is not the situation here. All you hear every time   is that the perpetrators will be brought to book or fished out but nothing happens after all. What is more worrisome is that so many violent groups are springing up everyday and they are made up of young boys who use all manners of weapons to attack their targets”.

    Why killings are increasing

    Security experts have blamed the proliferation of arms and level of poverty in the society for the rising cases of killings in the country.

    In a chat with The Nation, the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Institute of Industrial Security Wilson Esangbedo,  said: “There is proliferation of arms in the country. This is often  caused by the porous nature of our borders which makes it possible for criminal- minded people to bring in all manners of weapons into the country. The level of unemployment and poverty in the country is another reason.  Apart from that, most children in the society are not brought up in accordance with good family values. When some of these children get to the university, they join cult groups and the moment they cannot get a job after graduation, they take to criminal activities such to achieve their goals. Another challenge is that some security men are working hand in hand with these criminal elements. This is making the efforts to tackle the menace difficult.”

    His views were also shared by Hon. Dipo Okeyomi, a security expert and consultant. “Aside from poverty and unemployment, the flamboyant lifestyles of public office holders and the privileged ones in the society encourage this kind of vice in the society. When people who have no idea of where their next meal will come from see their lifestyles, they will be tempted to do everything possible to come out of poverty and live like them.”

    On his part, Alhaji Abubarkar  Tsav said: “There is frustration, anger and suffering in the land and this pushes people to be violent. With a very little sum of money, some people will make themselves available to kill their fellow human beings.

    “Another problem is that we don’t have enough policemen to contain aggression in the country. This is made worse by the fact that a good number of policemen who are supposed to be protecting the people  are attached to politicians. You can find as many as six policemen attached to one politician and when there is a security challenge, there wouldn’t be enough people to attend to it.

    “Another challenge is that some security men work with hoodlums in carrying out all manners of criminal acts. Unfortunately, when you report such things, nothing is done about it. Added to the problem is that there is dereliction of duty by the government and the police. “

    Former Military Administrator of Bayelsa State, Colonel Edor Obi, blamed politicians for the state of security in the country. He said: “Most of the boys doing these dirty jobs are people that were used and dumped after the elections by politicians. There is no election in Nigeria that you don’t have an army of youths  that are armed by the politicians. They use and dump  them and at the  end of the day, they begin to take it out on the society. Why do we have all the kidnapping across the country? Why do we still have so much armed robbery? Where do they get all the sophisticated weapons to operate so freely across the country? The present administration should do everything possible to put a stop to electoral violence. When people, the youths in particular, are no longer armed by politicians, the spate of killings will reduce”.

    Solutions

    Proffering solutions to the menace, the experts advised the Federal Government to organise a national security conference where stakeholders will come together to map out solutions to the challenge.

    Okeyomi said: President Buhari should as a matter of urgency convoke a national security conference where experts will come to rub minds and come up with lasting solutions. Besides, The government should do everything possible to re-jig the economy so that the pains of the masses can be alleviated. If people have something tangible doing, they will not have time for criminal activities.”

    Besides mopping up arms from the society,  Tsav said: “ Most of the policemen on duty are not properly supervised. Some of them wear mufti and stop and search vehicles on the road. This is worrisome because in most cases, you don’t know if they are armed robbers or policemen. The Federal Government didn’t do well by retiring a lot of senior officers. They didn’t put experience into consideration in arriving at the decision.

    “They can still engage some of these people who are vibrant and willing so that they can provide vital assistance. They should also reduce the  number of policemen attached to politicians and employ more officers. The 10,000 they are planning to employ is grossly inadequate in the situation that we have found ourselves. I totally support the idea of convoking a national security conference to address security challenges in the country.”

    Esangbedo said: “The present administration is doing everything possible to salvage the economy and has also provided the necessary tools for the security operatives to work. The security operatives need to purge themselves of bad eggs before they can truly tackle the challenge.”


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  • Groups knock Buhari’s pro-North security appointments

    02/Jul/2016 // 333 Viewers

     

    President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire by Southern groups over what they described as “lopsided” appointments of heads of the various security agencies in the country.
    They said the pattern of the appointments by the President did not reflect federal character and the diversity nature of the country.
    Findings showed that 14 of the nation’s 17 security agencies are currently being headed by Northerners. The majority of them were appointed by President Buhari.
    Only three security agencies are headed by Southerners, a situation the groups tagged as “worrisome.”
    The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), under whose purview are the Prisons Service, Immigration Service, Fire Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, hails from Kaduna State.
    The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, is from Borno State. The National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), is also from Borno State. Also from Borno State is the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
    The Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retd.), hails from Zamfara State, while the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is from Bauchi State. The acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, hails from Niger State.
    Also from Niger State is the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu. The Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Musa Daura, is from Katsina State.
    However, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, is from Ekiti State in the South-West.
    The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, is from Jigawa State, while the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), is from Bauchi State.
    The Controller-General of the Nigeria Prison Service, Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed, is from Kebbi State, while the Federal Road Safety Commission boss, Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi, is from Kwara State.
    Nevertheless, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, is from Cross River State.
    Also, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, who was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan, is from Oyo State.
    But the Comptroller-General of the Federal Fire Service, Joseph Anebi, also appointed by Jonathan, is also from the North.
    The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Sani Didi, from Kaduna State, was also appointed by the former President in 2010.
    Expressing concern over this situation, the Secretary General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nwosu, said the appointments so far had not reflected the federal character as embellished in the country’s Constitution.
    He said, “We have been crying out loud since the first appointments — of the ministers were made — when out of the 36 ministers, 24 were chosen from the North. Now that other Nigerians are complaining, it means we are not alone. As a tribe, we have had a long history of marginalisation from governance in Nigeria.
    “The President said the appointments were made on merit, so are we now saying that only the Northerners have merit? Where is the federal character which we talk about in Nigeria?”
    The spokesperson for the Ijaw National Congress, Mr. Victor Borubo, said the appointments suggested the President was “tribalistic” and not “interested” in the country’s diversity.
    He said, “Personally, it is an issue that has troubled me greatly and the President has not shown any sensitivity to it — the issue of the Constitution that people from all the states of the federation should be appointed in such positions.
    “But the President is not showing interest in diversity and this has led to the loss of confidence in his administration. I think this is why different agitation groups are springing up across the country.”
    Whether the President could perhaps change some of the appointments to reflect federal character if he is petitioned by the different groups in the country, Borube said, “I do not think so. He does not strike me as a listening President. If he were, we would not have got to this level. He does not really respond to issues. He carries on as if nothing is happening. We are going through a lot of pain today because the President is a tribalist. What he needs to do right now is to save the country.”
    The National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said the mostly Northern composition of the leadership of the country’s security agencies was “very” dangerous and could lead to the heating up of the polity.
     
    He said, “The pattern of the appointments today has not shown enough sensitivity to the diversity of Nigeria. When you have the IG of the Police, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff and Minister of Defence, the Minister of Interior and the NSA appointed from a section of the country, what that means is that when the apparatchiks are meeting, it is a section of the country that is being represented; it means that the views of other sections are not accommodated, that is very dangerous.
    “That kind of arrangement is a situation from which genocide germinates because there is no balance in the security architecture of the country. This is not healthy for the polity. When you look at the table today, especially at the composition of the heads of the security agencies, I don’t think everybody is comfortable.”
    The spokesperson for the Ijaw Youth Congress Worldwide, Mr. Eric Omare, said the situation was worrisome and unhealthy for the country. He called on the President to make changes to reflect federal character.
    Omare said, “The style of the President’s recruitment is worrisome. When you appoint people from only one part of the country, it gives room for concern. For instance, we have a security challenge in the Niger Delta and we expected he would appoint someone from here who knows how to deal with it. However, he didn’t do so.
    “We are not surprised because looking at the background of the President, he does not really know the country he is governing. Look at the people around him; there is no diversity. It is worrisome and we call on him to make changes with immediate effect.”
    The spokesperson for the Afenifere Renewal Group, Mr. Kunle Famoriyo, said the President’s action suggested that he was promoting a Northern agenda.
    He added the situation depicted that the President was only comfortable in working with and for the Northerners.
    Famoriyo said, “It is very clear to everybody that the appointments of the heads of the security agencies tend towards the North. It is clear to everybody the appointments are Northern agenda than being pan-Nigeria agenda. This is clear for everybody to see.
    “Does that mean there is no person from the South-West, South-East and the South-South that is qualified and educated to hold any of those key positions? One is not happy that what is supposed to have national character is not having it. That is the issue that must be looked into.”
    Famoriyo, however, urged President Buhari to make his appointments reflect national character so that he would not be labelled as a Northern President as against being Nigeria’s President.
    He said, “That is what the President should do. He should make sure that all the appointments he will make henceforth have national character. Even the issue of the ambassadorial appointments too, some people have kicked that they tend to be favouring a particular region.
    “Whichever way you look at it, there are many qualified and educated personnel in the South that can hold these positions. The handwriting on the wall that the President appoints those he is comfortable working with and those people happen to be Northerners.”
    Efforts to get the reaction of presidential spokesmen did not yield positive result as of the time of filing this report on Friday.
    But earlier in the life of this administration, the Presidency had, while reacting to similar allegation of lopsidedness in Buhari’s appointments, assured agitated persons that the President would balance his federal appointments.
    The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had while reacting to the criticism that came after Buhari made six appointments, with five of them from the North, promised that the President would respect federal character as stipulated by the constitution.
    Adesina had said, “Nobody can fault the fact that the persons appointed were appointed on merits.
    “In terms of the spread, the President has prerogative to appoint and he knows there is federal character.
    “I am sure that there will be balance in the future. These are still early days. At the end of the day, we will have a balance. By the time more appointments are made, it will balance out.”
    The presidential spokesman had asked Nigerians to disregard talks of key or no key positions, as the President has the interest of Nigerians at heart.
    “The president is trying to get the very best of Nigerians. The issue of key positions and no key positions should not be the issue,” he had said.


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  • #FreePalestine & #FreeZakzaky

    02/Jul/2016 // 289 Viewers

     

     Nigerian students from various tertiary institutions across the country converged in various locations today Friday 26th of Ramadan, 1437 AH which corresponds to 1st of July,  2016 to demand  Freedom for the Oppressed people of Palestine and also to demand Freedom for his eminence, Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H).

    Organized by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria , the students carrying placards with different inscriptions depicting the purpose of the event  peacefully marched in solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine.

    It would be recalled that the National Human Right Commission of Nigeria , NHRC had pledged to ensure justice was done over the brutal killings of the 34 people, which included 3 of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky’s biological children.
    And also they pledge to ensure justice of the massacre of young and old,  with hundreds of students  by the Nigerian Army, headed by Lt.Gen Yusuf Tukur Buratai.

    Academic Forum strongly condemn the barbaric and wicked murder of the over 1000 innocent brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria by the Nigerian Army . It is nearly seven months after the 12th, 13th and 14th  December 2015 massacre in Zaria; the world awaits justice to be done. We demand the release of his eminence,  Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky,  his wife Zeenah Ibraheem and  hundreds of our brothers Unconditionally.

    We would continue to demand for justice , we would not relent in our quest for justice until such a time when the perpetrators of this cowardly act are brought to book.

    Al-Quds day was founded by Ayatollah Rohollah Khomeini(Q.S) ; both a rallying cry of solidarity, and a sign of hope. It is designed to be taking place internationally, once in every last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

    Al-Quds day is a day for the families wiped out, the children turned to orphans, and the women turned to widows. It is a day for Humanity!

    Come out and stand with the oppressed .

    Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN)
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    S.I Ahmad


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  • Boko Haram Strikes Borno Village, Kills Drunkard, Steals Food

    02/Jul/2016 // 424 Viewers

     

    Boko Haram struck Dile village in Askira-Uba local government area of Borno State torching some buildings and stole all foodstuffs and livestock in sight.

    It was gathered that the insurgents who shot sporadically during the siege on the village met an empty village as all the residents had fled into the hills and surrounding bushes.
     
    A drunkard, a son of the late village head (Lawan) was however not too lucky as he was too drunk to flee when others were and was caught by the insurgents who woke him up from his deep slumber before shooting him dead.

    A resident of the town, Clement Satumari, who spoke to our correspondent on phone, said the insurgents invaded the village in their numbers about 7pm on Friday and shot all through the night.

    He said the villagers were lucky to have detected that some people were laying siege to the village and were waiting for nightfall to launch an attack.

    He said this made everyone to flee into the surrounding hills and bushes before the insurgents could launch an attack.

    Satumari said immediately it was dark, the insurgents invaded the village and shot sporadically and even razed some buildings.


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  • Buhari urges senior military officers to respect rule of law, human rights

    02/Jul/2016 // 2207 Viewers

     

    Muhammadu Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday urged senior military officers to respect rule of law and human rights in the service to the nation.
    The President made the call at the graduation of Senior Course 38 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Kaduna.

    According to him, the military must uphold highest standard of conduct vis-a-vis character, integrity, excellence, service and team work expected of military professionals.

    Buhari said: “You must therefore carry along these values and virtues wherever you find yourself.”

    The President, represented by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the course had been structured to prepare participants for command and staff responsibilities in full scale war and other military operations.
    He said: “Some of you might find yourselves operating with your colleagues from sister African countries.

    “As you are conferred with Pass Staff Course, note that you should now be better officers and commanders.
     
    “Your actions particularly during ongoing counter insurgency, is crucial and must be guided by the armed forces procedures or rules of engagement as the case may be.

    “I implore you all to guard against all forms of ethnic and religious sentiments in the discharge of your duties; as these could compromise the integrity and virtues of this noble profession.

    “We remember that the greatest danger to our democracy and freedom lies in the peril of ethnicism and religious intolerance.

    “These evils threaten our very existence as one sovereign and indivisible nation.”

    Buhari congratulated the commandant and the entire staff of the college for successfully turning out yet another batch of graduands.

    One hundred and ninety-four officers graduated, with some from South Korea, Ghana, Niger, Zambia, Gambia and others.


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  • Sea pirates kill three Agip workers in Bayelsa

    02/Jul/2016 // 399 Viewers

     

    Hoodlums, suspected to be sea pirates, have killed three workers of an international oil company, Nigerian Agip Oil Company, in Bayelsa State.
    It was learnt that the incident occurred on Wednesday at a work station in the creeks of Nembe around Obama flow station operated by Eni Oil, a parent company of Agip.
    A security source, who craved anonymity, said the victims were  two engineers and a driver.
    The source said the three workers were ambushed and killed along the creeks while carrying out repair work on Agip pipelines that were destroyed some weeks ago.
    He said, “The sea pirates, who operate in the area, carried out an ambush on the oil workers.  The area is a notorious place where gunmen operate freely.”
    When contacted, the Commandant,  Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Desmond Agu, confirmed the attack, saying it took place on June 29.
    He said already, the search team of security operatives had recovered two dead bodies and their corpses had been taken to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by ambulance.
    Agu said, “The search team, made up of civil defence,  Navy, Army, gunboat crew and others left Obama station at 0915 hours on Thursday in search of the bodies of killed Agip personnel.
    “At about 1100 hours, the dead bodies of two killed personnel were discovered in Oguama River close to Oguama community in Bayelsa. They were taken to Ogbia jetty for onward movement to Port Harcourt.”


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  • Danger looms as DSS issues bomb alert!

    02/Jul/2016 // 527 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JULY 2, 2016: (DGW) Ill-conceived plots  are underway by extremists to bomb worship centres across Nigeria during Sallah celebrations, the Department of State Service (DSS) has said. 

    The DSS made this disclosure in a statement signed on Friday by Mr. Tony Opuiyo.

    Among the arrested members of some extremist groups are an ally of Government  Ekpemupolo and of course IPOB members who the DSS alleged were planning to carry out attacks on key installations in the Niger Delta.

    “Also, this Service wishes to alert the general public to be wary of suspicious packages and persons, as celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr approaches.
     
    “The Service is availed of intelligence which indicates threat by extremist elements to attack selected locations across the Federation, particularly parks and congregations of worshippers, in order to further their cause,” Opuiyo stated.

    He noted that some “States of the of the Federation have witnessed a spate of kidnapping incidents perpetrated by criminal elements in a bid to further their selfish pecuniary and/or criminal interests”.

    “In furtherance of security measures initiated to checkmate this trend, series of special tactical operations were carried out by this Service, where successful arrests of masterminds of these criminal gangs were made by the Service, while their hide-outs were decimated.”

    According to him, the measures being put in place have yielded results, especially in a bid to stem the activities of vandals in the Niger Delta, with the arrest of one Selky Kile Torughedi, on  June 17, 2016, in Calabar, Cross River State.

    He claimed that Torughedi is an ex-militant and suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), and was arrested for planning to assassinate one MB Yahaya, a serving military officer.

    “Torughedi, who is a close associate of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), had already conducted surveillance at the residence of Yahaya in Kaduna, preparatory to his plot when he was intercepted. He is also fingered as a sponsor of pipeline vandalism in some States in the South-South region. Suspect is currently assisting the Service with critical leads,” he stated.


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  • Lai Mohammed ”blows off” Again Says ”Boko Haram Responsible For Scarcity of Tomato in Nigeria”!

    02/Jun/2016 // 357 Viewers

     

    Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says degraded insurgent group, Boko Haram, are responsible for the ongoing scarcity of tomato in the country.

    Speaking on Channels Television, the Minister said farmers have been forced to quit the North East due to the level of insecurity in the region.

    According to Mohammed,“People talk about the price of tomato but they forget one thing; they forget that the price of tomato today is a direct result of the fact that we have lost two years harvest to Boko Haram insurgency.

    “Most of the people you see riding Okada (motorcycles) in Lagos are people who would have been in the farm to produce consumable items.”

    Attributing the scarcity of tomatoes to insurgency, the Minister said, “Do you farm where there is war? We have lost two seasons of harvest in addition we have had very poor rainfall last year and this year. These are the combined responsible for the scarcity of tomato. Go and ask economists and agriculturists, they will tell you.” - currentnewsnow


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