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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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Desist from selling and buying foodstuffs to Insurgents or face the full wrath of the law, General Ibrahim warns marketers

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Desist from selling or buying foodstuffs to insurgents. Or face the full wrath of the law, General Ibrahim warns marketers

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army has warned the general public, more especially unpatriotic marketers in the Baga road market to desist from selling or buying foodstuff to or from Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking in an intervirw with newsmen duting a sanitation¬† exercise to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL), where the troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army embarked on sanitation exercise to clean up some streets in Maiduguri. The GOC said “We have been fighting Boko Haram and we have been having success but along the line, we found out that some unpatriotic elements within the society are supporting the Boko Harsm by carrying foodstuffs to them.I just warn the marketers that they should desist, anybody found want will be force to faced the full wrath of the law”

He urged the marketer’s to always assist the military with useful information that will lead to arrest of Boko Haram members, as the insurgents usually come to the market to buy or sell foodstuff to the insurgents

‘ We thank you for participating with us in the sanitation exercise. I urge you to always cooperate with us by giving us useful information, we know the insurgent’s have been coming to this market to buy or sell foodstuff.. You should just inform the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) whenever you see them or their collaborators.We should join hands to end this insurgency”, General Ibrahim solicited..

“What you are seen here today is our non kinetics method of counter insurgency and also to promote military Civil cooperation. That is why we came out to organised this clean up. Baga road market is one of the important market.. It is on the road to our headquarters, we feel necessary to contribute to the society.” General Ibrahim stressed.

He said “”tomorrow We are also going to have palliative distribution and medical outreach in Ngomari Costin area of Maiduguri metropolis.The Army is not all about sat”.

He commended the residents of the area for coming out enmasss to participate in theis sanitation exercise and urged them to continue to work with the military to make the society better.

 

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Insurgency; NEDC Presents 120 operational Vehicles to Armed Forces, Police, DSS, Others to Boost their Operations in the Northeast

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Insurgency, NEDC presents 120 operational vehicles to Armed Forces, Police, DSS. Others to boost their operations in the Northeast

By Madu Mohammed. Maiduguri

The North East Development Commission has presented 120 operational security vehicles, 18 ambulances to the Nigerian military and other security Operatives to boost their operations in the ongoing counter insurgency, as well as hospital.equipment to federal tertiary institutions in the Northeast.

Presenting the donations at ,an official launcing/handing Operational security vehicles to the Armed Forces, as well as handng over of ambulances/ medical equipment to FederalMedical instructions/medical centres in the Northeast region held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House. Maiduguri, on Thursday, the Managing Director of the NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali said ” Army 10 Toyota Buffalo, 15 Toyota Pick up vehicles, 5 ambulances, Airfirce 25 Toyota pick up Vehicles 5 ambulances, Navy 10 puck up vehicles, police 30 pick up vehicles, DSS 10 puck up vehicles, NSCDC 10 pick up vehicles”.

While speaking at the occassion, the minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developments. Hajiya Safiya Umar Faruq has said that destruction caused by over a decade of Boko Haram insurgency has cost the Northeast over 9.2 billion dollars.

” To achieved lasting peace there is need to take further step in Recovery and development of the region. The rebuilding of the region will cost over 9 billion dollars to achieve that we need collaborative efforts of all security operatives In the region and other stakeholders. The step taking by the NEDC to equipped the security operatives is commendable”, Hajiya Faruq added.

She said ” the success recorded by our security operatives need to be sustained. This is because the confidence of the people of the region boosted.and the donation of ambulances to our health institutions is also a step in the right direction

In his remarks, the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan said the budget of 18 billion allocated to NEDC in 2020 budget by the executive is grossly inadequate and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to increase it.

The Senate President represented by Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume said ” the NEDC in the 2019 budget was allocated N38 billion, while the budget of N18 billion allocated to it in 2020 budget is crossly inadequate. We want to appeal to you ( minister of humanitarian Affairs) to take this message to President Buhari . we know the president has passionate and concerned to the plight of the Northeast”.

Senator Lawan also urged the Managing Director of the NEDC to collaborate with the state governors in the Northeast to develop the region and also appealed to the NEDC to pay the allowances of the members of the Civilian Joint Task force, hunters and vigilantees to reduced the burden on the state government of the six states in the region, as their budget cannot fund it ”

” I also want to spoeal to the ministry of humanitarian affairs to grant soecisl consideration to citizens of the Northeast in the N power scheme and the military to recruit the members of the CJTF into the military to hold ground ” Lawan added.

Also delivering his speech ,the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum said the creation of the NEDC is one of the important tool in the fight against insurgency, stressing that the commission is not only providing humanitarian interventions but provide non kinetic force in the fight against insurgency. .

“Despite the recent renewed attack on our people, the Northeast is better than what it was before the coming of present administration of President Buhari, as 22 out of the 27 local government areas of the state were under insurgent’s control.”, Governor Zulum stressed.

He thanked the federal government and NEDC in.particular for the donation and assured that the governors of the six states in the region will continue to work with and support the military in the fight against insurgency and as well work with NEDC to develop the region.

Also speaking, the National Security Adviser General Babagana Monguno (rtd) said that “the resurgence of terrorists activities in the Northeast after several years of relative peace has put the military and other security outfits in the region in difficult situation for many reasons, and any assistance from any quarters of the Nigerian state. Such as what the Northeast Development Commission has embarked on today is welcome.”

” The promotion of stability in relations between the military and the civil populace in the Northeast is part of the mandate of the NEDC By demostrating confidence in the Armed forces and other security outfits through providing multi dimensional support to their efforts, in addition the commission’s collaboration with the office of the NSA in delivering the Deradicauatiin Rehabilitation and Reintegration Action plan. The NEDC is accelerating the pace for achieving peace in the region., without which it cannot implement the major part of the mandate for which it was established ” he added.

He said ” the significant of today’s event, therefore, must not be lost on us, amid all the speeches and protocol etc. The NEDC has demonstrated concern for the plight of all security Agencies and. I understand that even the tertiary health institutions in the region have not been left behind but the commission is doing is really for itself. The commission is boosting the capacity of stakeholders in the security and health sectors of the Northeast to.enable it implement its mandate”.

In his welcome address, the Managing Director of the NEDC, Alhaji Goni Alkali said ” the commission was established by President Buhari to fast track the development of the Northeast region following the devastation by the Boko Haram insurgency.”

“The function of the NEDC traverse Humanitarian Affairs, peace building, human capital Development, Early recovery and long term socio economic development, as well as coordination of interventions across the six state of the Northeast Region. Among the diverse function of the commission is coordination of Civil- military confidence building and stabilization measures and also activities that lie within the Civil-militaty interface, especially before,during and after Military and security operations”, the MD NEDC stated “.

LThe commission donated 120 operational vehicles to the Nigerian Army, Air force, Navy, Police, NSCDC to boost their efforts.in the fight against insurgency in the northeast as well as 18 ambulances, hospital beds and other equipment to the.8 Federal health institutions across the region for fight against Covid 19 and building materials to the victims of Auno attack.

While delivering his remarks,the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum said the creation of the NEDC is one of the important tool in the fight against insurgency, stressing that the commission is not only providing humanitarian interventions but provide non kinetic force in the fight against insurgency. .

“Despite the recent renewed attack on our people, the Northeast is better than what it was before the coming of present administration of President Buhari, as 22 put the 27 local government areas of the state were under insurgent’s control.”, Governor Zulum stressed.

He thanked the federal government and NEDC in.particular for the donation and assured that the governors of the six states in the region will continue to work with and support the military in the fight against insurgency and as well work with NEDC to develop the region.

 

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Gubio attack; National Assembly Delegation Visits Maiduguri Promised to Work With Executive to End Insecurity

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Gubio attack, National Assembly delegation visits Maiduguri, promised to work with executive to end insecucrity

ByMadu Mohammed Mauduguri.

The leadership of the Natioonal Assembly has to work with the executive Arm of government to end the sge long Boko Haram insurgebcy Arned banditry and other criminal activities.

The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi who led a seven-man Senate high powered delegation to Governent House, Maiduguri on Monday said they are in the state to commiserate with the government and people of Borno state over recent renewed attacks in the state.

He said “We will leave no stone unturned to make sure we support the Executive arm and provide the administration with all the necessary resources that are required to secure the nation and rid our people from insurgency and banditry “.

It could be recalled that the Senate last week, set up a high powered delegation under the leadership of the senate leader Yahaya Abdullahi to commiserate with people of Borno following an attack in Gubio local government which claimed over 80 nnocent lives.

The Senate Leader described the resurgence of attacks in the state and other parts of the country as unfortunate.and promised to join hand with executive arm to see to the end of security challenges

He acknowledged the relentless effort and commitment of Governor Babagana Zulum towards restoring lasting peace in the entire state, urged him to continue in that direction.

Repinding, the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum thanked the senate for identifyng with the giverment and peopke of Borno in this tailing moment .

Governor Zulum also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for stabilising the security situation in the state and north east in general, however observed that for the fight against insurgency to succeed, there is the need for the country to strengthen collaboration with neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger republics.

He also called for the recruitment of Civilian JTF, Hunters and Vigilantes into the military and other security agencies, increase number of troops in the theater and intensify military operations in the fringes of lake Chad and Sambisa forest.

He urged the National Assembly to increase budgetary allocation of the military to enable it effectively prosecute the war on terror.

 

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