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People are dying on Maiduguri – Damaturu road, pls pay more attention Civil society group appeals President Buhari

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People are dying on Maiduguri- Damaturu road, pls pay more attention Civil society group appeals President Buhari

By Madu Mohsmmed, Maiduguri

A group under the umbrella of the Network for Civil Society Organizations Borno state chapter has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to expedite action to bring to end the over decade lingering insurgency in the Northeast, more especially the escalating security situation along Maiduguri- Damaturu highways and other places within the region.

Briefing newsmen at the NUJ Press centre Maiduguri on Tuesday the Executive Director of NECSOB, Ambassador Ahmed Shehu said ” of recent, the state of security has continue to detoriates in the region exposing the lives and properties into severe danger as well as leading to slaughtering, abduction and maming of defendless citizens along Damaturu-Maiduguri highway. Mountings of illegal roadblocks increase in the place of attack in towns and villages within, Borno. Yobe and Adamawa States”

” It is against this background that Civil society Network in the Northeast in general and Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in particular wishes to draw the attention of President Buhari to expedite action in bringing to definite end the lingering security situations in the region”, the Network added.

Ambassador Shehu said though sons and daughters of the Northeast were appointed in different positions in the APC led administration of President Buhari but their presence did not translate to ending the dastardly act now or in near future, adding that much is still needed to be done in security strategy.

” we are demanding for the security of lives and properties of our citizens, you promised us security. We voted you for security and we are demanding for security. Mr. President, in case you are not property informed, it may interest you to know that of all the 7 highways that connect States in the region. Only one is safe and accessible to the common man and of recent, the safest Maiduguri Danaturu road has now became dead trap” , Shehu added.

The group therefore urged President Buhari to take special interest in scouring the lives of citizens which is the primary responsibility of any government as enshrined in the section 14(2)b of the 1999 constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria and also called on the Governor of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states , members of the National and state Assemblies to find a way of intervening by using all the available tools at their disposal and their oversight functions.

The Network for the civil society has in attendance members of the NBA, NLC, NMA, Student Union among other groups.

Responding, the theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole., Major General Olusegun Adeniyi said ” we have re-strategize,  the road is safe. any of you who have been plying Maiduguri Damaturu road will noticed heavy presence of Military, police , NSCDC, CJTF, hunters and vigilantes in the road “.

“The main reason that the insurgents have resort to attacking people on the highway is because we have destroyed all their hideouts. We have sent then out of their hideouts on the shires of Lake Chad basin and in the mandara mountain, as a result of that they are now resorting to their former crime of attacking soft targets, abducting and kidnaping motorists along Maiduguri-Damaturu road. Even this attempt will definite fail. We are on top of the situation”, the theater commander added.

General Adeniyi said ” tell Shekau and Albarbawi that their dream of establishing a political entity within Nigeria is already a failed dream. I want to assure all Nigerians that Maiduguri Damaturu road is safe. They are not going occupy an inche under my leadership as theater commander”.

He advised motorists to adhered to the timing of road closure from 6:00om to 8’00am because it is aimed at safeguarding their lives and property and also not to stop to any roadblock except at the recognized checkpoints in Auno, Jakana. Minok, Benesheik, Ngamdu. Kukareta and Damaturu towns and villages..

I also want to use this medium to call on Shekau. Albarnawi and their members that if they continue to come out on the Maiduguri- Damaturu road it will be their grave. Even yesterday I slept on the Maiduguri Damaturu road. Let them come we are ready for them.

 

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We are committed than ever before to end Boko Haram, insurgency will soon be a thing of the past – theatre Commander

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We are committed than ever before to end Boko Haram. Insurgency will soon be a thing of the past – theater commander

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

The theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General. Olusegun Adeniyi has said that they are committed more than ever before to end Boko Haram, assuring Nigerians that Boko Haram insurgency will soon be a thing of the past,

Speaking at the occasion of the 7 Division end of the year 2019 party and West African Social Activities (WASA) held at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, yesterday, General Adeniyi said “there is national and collective will to end Boko Haram”

Boko Haram insurgency is political, trying to claim a phantom caliphate. This their dream will fail. We will not allow them to occupy an inch. We from the military, the legislature, international communities are committed and speaking with one voice and Boko Haram will soon end”, the theater commander added.

He said ” I assured Nigerian that the insurgency will soon end . Tell Shekau and Albarnawi that we will come after them.. Our troops are ever ready to end this insurgency, so that we will go back to our barracks.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim’ said ” the WASA was introduced by the colonial West African Frontier Force to celebrate and mark end of every operational and ursher in the new year’.

He said ‘ today as we mark the 2019 end of year party and WASA, it gives us another opportunity to be with our families to showcase our cultural heritage, wine and dance after a success operational year 2019 and also to mark the beginning of the year 2020″.

While assuring the Federal Government of their continued loyalty and commitment to end insurgency, General Ibrahim said ” I call on the civil populace to join hand with the military to end this insurgency.The year 2020 we started in good footing and by the grace of God we will end insurgency”

He prayed to God to grant the departed colleagues an eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable lost, assuring that the military will continue to be with their families.

In his vote of thanks, the chairman organising Committee , who is also the Chief of Staff of the Division, Brigadier General I Ottu thanked the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai, the theater Commander. Major General Adeniyi and the GOC for their vision, direction and guidance in the ongoing operations and thanked all those that honored their invitation..

QThe event also witnessed cultural display, comedy, presentation of awards to the outstanding soldiers and commanders and refreshments.

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FG delegation were in Auno to comesurate with the community

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FG delegation were in Auno to comesurates with the community

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Federal Government High powered delegation was in Auno town to comesurate and sympathize with people over the last Sunday Boko Haram attacked that led to the death of over 30 people, and18 vehicles burnt down .

The relegation led by.the minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk said “we are here on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to sympathize and comesuraye with you over the Boko Haram attack and also to assess the level of destruction with a view to assist you”.

” The Federal government is doing everything possible to and this decade long insurgency.. The federal government will InshaAllah assist you mote especially, the victims of last Sunday attack to pick up the pieces of you lived”, She added.

Earlier speaking, the Managing Director of the Northeast Development Commission, Dr. Mohammed Alkali said ” today we came here with the minister for Humanitarian Affairs to condole and sympathise with you. The federal government is going to assist you”.

He said ” yesterday President Buhari was here in Maiduguri to sympathize with you and today we are here to deliver you the message of the president “.

Also speaking, the chairman of the NEDC, Major General Paul Tatfa (rtd) said ” I dont have much to say since President Bhwri was in Maiduguri yesterday whete condole with the Shehu and people of Borno state . what has happened has happened. We wsnt you to take it as destined by God.but we prayed that it will not acccure again. ”

While welcoming the minister, the chairperson,of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said “we thank President Buhari and the minister for the visit and their concern.

In.his votes of thanks, the District Head of Auno. Alhsji Abba Umar while thanking the federal government for the visit said ” in the last one months Boko. Haram attack Auno 6 times. We call on the Federal government to deploy more troops to protect us “..

” I was there when President Buhari came yesterday. We the people of Auno are greatful to the president for the visit,” he added.

The delegates includes, the chairman of NEDC MD NEDC among other tops officials of the ministry of Humanitarian Affair’s, Disaster Management and Social development.

 

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Laydown your arms, and surrender to operation safe corridor, you will be taking good care off by our soldiers- General Shafa

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Laydown your arms, and surrender to Operation safe corridor, you will be taking good care off by our soldiers- -General Shafa

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The commander Operation Safe Corridor, Brigadier General Bamidele Shafa has appealed to the former Boko Haram members to call on their ex-colleagues to laydown their arms and come out to use the opportunity given to them by the Operation Safe Corridor to surrender, so that peace will reign in the Northeast.”

General Shafa was in Borno state to access the level of acceptance of the repentant insurgents by their communites, said “I was briefed by your respective community leaders and members. I am happy to hear that your doing well and nobody rejected you or stigmatize you”.

Addressing the repentant Boko Haram at the Rehabilitation Centre Maiduguri yesterday, General Shafa said “I urge you to call on your former colleagues there in the bush to come out and laydown their arms at any military formations across the theater as the safe corridor opportunity is there for them. Nobody will kill of harm them”.

” I want you to convinced them that you were well taking care off, deradicalized and train in various skills by the military. so that they will leave happily love with their families”, he added.

General Shafa said ” since 2016 when Operation Safe corridor was launched . we have since than rehabilitated and deradicalize many ex Boko Haram members and handed them over to their respective state governments for reintegration back to society. We have been to Bama and saw that the ex-insurgents members are doing well. We will also visit Gwoza and Damboa local government to see how they are been accepted By their communities”

Earlier speaking., the Borno state commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo said ” we are happy for the visit. I want to tell you all the ex Boko Haram members are doing well in their respective communities. Because their communities leaders and members are appreciating their behaviours “.

” The Borno state government will continue to partner with the Operation Safe corridor, UNICEF and other humanitarian partners for sustainable peace in the Northeast and country in general”, she added.

Hajiya Zuwaura said ” so far the Borno state government has received 136 repentant Boko Haram members. Some of them have since been reintegrated into their respective communities, while others are still under going rehabilitation In this center.”.

Speaking on behalf of the ex Boko Haram members, Bulama Mohammed said ” we thanked the federal government and the Operation Safe Corridor for the opportunity to become good citizens again . When we were in the bush I don’t think, I would have the opportunity to even come near a soldier but today I have benn taking good care of by a soldier. We even shock hand and play togethe with soldiers”.

He said ” I want to use this opportunity to call on our former colleagues there in the bush to come out and laydiwn their arms as you will be taking good care by the military. “.

 

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