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Mailafia’s allegations: NGF demands immediate investigation

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Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) has challenged security agencies to investigate allegation by a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia that one of them is a Boko Haram commander.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Hon. Simon Lalong, in a statement in Jos, expressed concern over Mailafia’s allegation and demanded an urgent probe to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the claim.

Mailafia, who was invited by the Department of State Services over the allegation, was, however, released yesterday after six hours of interrogation.

Mailafia, who was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in 2019 presidential election, in a video that went viral had alleged that he had a chat with two repentant Boko Haram members who named a northern governor as a commander of the terror group.
In the viral video he said the terrorists and bandits were one and the same, adding that the terrorists moved weapons even during the lockdown imposed by the federal government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NGF forum reaction was coming on the heels of the DSS’ invitation to Mailafia
The governors tasked the security agency to thoroughly probe the allegation.
Lalong said: “The forum, which has been working with the federal government, security agencies, community, civil society, traditional and religious leaders as well as development partners to defeat terrorism, banditry and other forms of criminality in the region finds the allegation by Dr. Mailafia very weighty, which deserves further investigation.

“We as Northern governors have met severally to discuss insecurity in the Northern region and the nation at large where we did not only condemn the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers, and other criminals, but also engaged the president and all heads of security agencies in finding solutions to the problem. To now say that one of our members is leading Boko Haram in Nigeria is a serious allegation that cannot be swept under the carpet. We demand an immediate and thorough investigation.”

The northern governors also urged Mailafia and all citizens with useful information on the activities of criminals and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and governments at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.
The governors also wondered if “such allegations are not smear campaigns or attempts to discourage the Northern governors who are putting in their best to bring an end to insecurity in the region.”
Lalong added that the governors do not, and will not support the activities of any criminal group, adding that governors and their families are also not spared as was recently witnessed when the convoy of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum was attacked.

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Kagara: Excitement over freedom for abducted pupils and staff cut short by another attack

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Kagara: Excitement over freedom for abducted pupils and staff cut short by another attack

The joy and excitement that heralded the freedom of abducted students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, whom were released by their captors was cut short hours after they were released as scores of others have been kidnapped in fresh attacks.

The new wave of attacks was visited on the town and adjoining villages in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
About four persons were on Saturday reportedly killed in the new wave of attack while at least 26 others were abducted.
Gov. Abubkara Sani-Bello of Niger on Saturday earler received 38 students and staff that regained freedom

On February 17th, 2021, 27 students, 12 staff and 12 members of a family in the school were abducted by gunmen.

Bello, while receiving the victims, disclosed that 38 students and staff of the school were released by the abductors

“I am happy to announce this afternoon the rescue of the 38 abducted students at about 4 a.m. All rescued victims are here, though one is in the hospital suffering from excessive exhaustion.

” They are being medically checked and will be monitored for a few days before they are reunited with their families,” he said..

The governor said one of the victims is receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Minna. He said that the release of the abductees was made through the joint efforts of security personnel, traditional leaders and stakeholders.

He said that the State Government would look into the cause of the dastardly act toward finding a lasting solution to the problem.

Bello said the abductees who had suffered tremendous torture in the hands of the bandits, would soon be reunited with their loved ones.

As if it was a swapping game, gunmen again attacked Kagara, abduct 26 people just fews hours after the release of 38 kidnapped persons in Kagara Niger State in the town and adjoining villages in Rafi Local Government Area

It was gathered that eight persons were kidnapped in Kundu and 11 others in nearby Gunna district.
The sources explained further that the four persons killed were from Karako, a neighbouring village where seven persons are still missing.
The bandits were reported to have rustled many cows in the affected villages.
A chief Imam named Ibrahim Ruvo, at Madaka village was reportedly kidnapped.

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Lawan expresses outrage over abduction of Zamfara secondary oschool girls

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, expressed sadness and outrageover the attack on Friday on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

Lawan said the incident happening while efforts were still being made to rescue those abducted just over a week ago at another secondary school in Kagara, Niger State.

The Senate President said the recurrent attacks on schools and other acts of banditry call for intense soul searching on how the nation arrived at this sorry pass and how to cage the monster of violent crimes in Nigeria.

Lawan expressed his sympathy for the abducted schoolgirls and urged the authorities at all levels to work together to ensure their immediate rescue.

The Senate President also reiterated his call on the state authorities to accord priority to securing schools and other locations now seen as soft targets by savage criminals.

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Buhari tells Gumi, FG will not succumb to amnesty for bandits, criminals

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President Muhammadu Buhari may have disappointed the proponents of amnesty for criminals and bandits as solution to insecurity.

He rather warned that his government would deal decisively with all forms of criminality in the country.

The President spoke while declaring open a joint security meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the Federal Government.
Buhari’s position on the issue is coming at a time Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi tried to woo the federal government to grant amnesty to bandits.

Gumi had explained that granting amnesty to bandits was better than engaging them in what he termed “operation fire-for-fire.”

He had also pointed out that amnesty to bandits would help calm down the tense insecurity situation.

Hiwever, Speaking through his chief ofIbrahim Gambari, Buhari said he has directed the security chief to evolve new strategy on how to deal with all forms of criminalities.

He said: “I must appreciate the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national growth and development, especially in this challenging period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental corporate existence needs to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.

“At the same time, we are confronting the various dimensions of security challenges that continue to slow down the emancipation of our people from poverty and economic deprivation.
“The Government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.”

“Criminals are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. I have already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end this ugly situation where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.”

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