Success Nwogu and Adelani Adepegba
No fewer than 30 people detained at the Kogi State office of the Directorate of State Service were freed on Friday night when it was attacked by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
This was as four people, including an anti-riot policeman, were reportedly killed in the attack by the invading insurgents.
The attackers were said to have immediately made for the cell of the DSS office located along Hassan Katsina Road, Lokoja, and released all suspects kept there after gaining entrance.
Our correspondent gathered that around 9.45pm on Friday, the gunmen with sophisticated weapons invaded the DSS office.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the heavily armed men that stormed the DSS office appeared to have overwhelmed the DSS officials present, prompting a Deputy Director of the agency, whose name is yet to be ascertained, to quickly put a distress call to the police at about 10:40pm. Read More →
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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday rekindled the hope of Nigerians on the rescue of the Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014.
Buratai gave the assurance while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of the Chief of Army Staff third quarter conference held at Army Headquarters, Abuja.
He said that the safe return of the girls remained a priority of the military in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.
He said there were strong indications that the girls were still held within the fringes of the Sambisa forest. Read More →
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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
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President Muhammadu Buhari monday in Aburi, Ghana reassured Nigerians and the international community that he would name his cabinet before the end of the month.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari gave the assurance to his audience at a joint press conference with President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana.
“After I was sworn in, I said I would have my cabinet in September. I expect that Nigerians should ask me questions after the 30th of September if I do not do so,” Buhari said while responding to a question on the appointment of ministers.
Buhari also told reporters that the Nigerian military, in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), had recorded remarkable progress in the fight against Boko Haram since he assumed office as president. Read More →
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Reuters – About 10 people were killed and 100 wounded on Thursday when a bomb went off near an army camp in northern Cameroon, where soldiers are battling Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria, army and police sources said.
Another blast hit a market.
The attacks targeted Kerawa, a town in the Far North region that was the scene of clashes between Boko Haram militants and government soldiers in February.
“For the moment there are around 10 dead and about 100 wounded in the attack near the camp. We’re still awaiting a report from our teams on the bombing at the market,” a senior army officer based in northern Cameroon said.
A police official in town told Reuters the same figure, while a local government official gave a provisional toll of six dead and 87 wounded. Read More →
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From Molly Kilete, Fred Itua, Kemi Yesufu, Abuja
•Pledges to ensure routing of insurgents in line with Buuhari’s deadline
Chief of Army Staff(COAS), Lt-General Tukur Buratai, yesterday appealed to the Brazilian government to help train Nigerian soldiers in jungle warfare.
This is even as the Isreali govenment promise to assist Nigeria end Boko Haram insurgency.
Buratai, who made the appeal when he hosted the Deputy Chief of Army Staff for International and Special Affairs, Brazilian Army, Major-General Pereira Junior, in his Abuja office, said the training was necessary to assist Nigeria wipe out insurgency and other security challenges in the country. Read More →
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Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olonisakin, yesterday summoned all Field Commanders as well as Principal Staff Officers, PSOs and senior officers at the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, to review efforts towards achieving the presidential directive to end Boko Haram in three months.
A statement through the Director of Defence Information, DDI, Colonel Rabe Abubakar, said that the CDS also unveiled his vision for the armed forces, while commending the field commanders and troops for sustaining the momentum in the fight to crush Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
The CDS, according to the DDI, said “all hands must be on deck to ensure that the presidential directive of ending terrorism very shortly is achieved.”
General Olonisakin unveiled his vision for Armed Forces of Nigeria which was “to ensure a well motivated, trained and equipped Armed Forces that is responsive to national security commitments.” Read More →
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By Musa Abdullahi Krishi
Since their inauguration on June 9, members of the 8th House of Representatives seem to have given special attention to the issue of insurgency ravaging the Northeastern part of the country.
So far, it appears that one of the top priorities of the 8th House, which is headed by a man from the Northeast, Speaker Yakubu Dogara of Bauchi State, is salvaging the region that had witnessed devastating activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the past six years.
In their 14 sittings before embarking on their annual recess on August 13, the lawmakers came up with not less than three motions on how to tackle the myriads of challenges facing the Northeastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, occasioned by killings and destruction of property in the region by the terrorists.
There are thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various camps in and outside the affected states. The situation has led many children of school age to be out of school.
Thus, on July 30, the House in its first motion that sought to address certain problems in the region urged the federal government to assist the various North-east state governments, especially those that face the challenges of insurgency, to urgently construct temporary camps for the IDPs so that they could evacuate and open schools where it was safe. Read More →
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