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Zulum in another fuss with military over sabotage after convoy attack

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Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum on Thursday was in another fuss with the military when he accused them of sabotage over Wednesday’s attack on his convoy.
It would be recalled, the Governor came down hard on soldiers manning Damaturu-Maiduguri road in January accusing them of extorting commuters. 
He accused soldiers of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed along Maiduguri – Damaturu Road of extorting commuters and causing them unnecessary hardship. 
The military was not happy with the uncomplementary statement however as they cautioned the Governor against dampening their morale.
Zulum was on his way to Jakana, a community where Boko Haram insurgents struck when he ran into a long queue of vehicles at one of the checkpoints.
Also, the governor’s procession had early this year been attacked while returning from Konduga where he went to distribute food items and inspect a 500-unit housing project.

Again when President Muhammadu Buhari paid a sympathy visit to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, over the insurgents’ mayhem in Auno community that claimed 30 lives, 18 vehicles and several houses Zulum challenged the military on the need to adopt new tactics to check resurgence of insurgents’ activities in the state even though he acknowledged the successes recorded by the military.
Governor Zulum, who on Wednesday evening survived an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents at Kukawa near Baga, a Borno fishing town on the border of Lake Chad, again accused the Nigerian Army of lack of commitment to secure the settlement and other communities on the basin.

Other neighbourhoods in the area are Cross Kauwa and Monguno.

The attack on the governor’s convoy happened while he was on a food distribution trip to camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region.

Two members of the civilian joint task force (JTF) and a policeman sustained injuries during the incident.

Zulum was whisked away from his official car and smuggled into the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSAS) armoured personnel carrier to keep him safer after the attack was repelled.
Reacting to the incidence,
Zulum told newsmen in Munguno: “As far as I am concerned, what happened in Baga is a complete sabotage by the military. There is no Boko Haram in Baga.

“I wonder, we have over 1181 soldiers in Baga, 72 officers; 400 soldiers in Mile 4 and 1900 soldiers in Monguno. I see no reason why only five Boko Haram men will stop them from occupying Baga town”.

He added: “The troops have been in Mile 4 for over one year, there is complete sabotage, the problem is not with President Muhammadu Buhari but the command and control structure. There is a need to look into the command structure.”

Zulum, in a viral video, told an Army commander that there was an attempt to sabotage his visit with an attack on his convoy.

The governor insisted that the exchange of fire was between the Army and the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad(FSARS), who were leading his convoy into Baga town, adding that Baga is not inhabited by Boko Haram.

“The shooting that happened this afternoon (Tuesday) is between the military and maybe our police and the civilians. There is no Boko Haram in Baga town. We remain  grateful to all of you but the commitment is not there at all, Gov. Zulum said.

Zulum added:”We have over 80,000 IDPs in Monguno, they cannot continue to depend on INGO and others for food, we have created opportunities  for them to go back to their communities and continue with their business and farming activities.

”After  Sallah we are going to allow people to go back to Kukawa and we will give time to the military, if they will not clear Baga, we will mobilize our hunters, CJTF, and vigilantes to recapture Baga , we cannot continue like this. People have taken their destiny in their hsnds”.

The attack did not stop the governor as he visited Kukawa. The headquarters of Kukawa local government before proceeding to Baga where he inspected the receding Lake Chad water which has the great fishing potentials for more than 10 million people.

Baga, the headquarters of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and thousands of civilians,  was  sacked by Boko Haram insurgents in 2015. The area has remained desolate.

The governor declared the Monguno/Baga Highway open to traffic.

He said the move would allow free movement of people and goods from Maiduguri and vice -versa.

He noted that the reopening of the road would also accelerate economic activities and speed up the restoration of civil authorities in the areas.

The governor presented 10 operational vehicles to the military and two Hiilux vans to the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to ensure routine patrol along the road.

”I want you to carry out routine patrol and operations to keep the road safe for our people as we reopen this road for passengers and motorists.   You should have the courage to make the road remain open  because we have to  move forward,” he said.

Sector 3 Commander of Operation Laifya Dole  Brigadier General Ismail Yahaya promised to work hard and keep the road safe.

”We assure you that we are going to  judiciously put the vehicles into use by making sure the road is safe.We will work hard to once and  for all  wipe out the insurgents so that we will go back to our barracks,” Gen. Yaha

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


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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