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Handle The Issue of Repentant Insurgents With Utmost Care, Borno Security Stakeholders Tell FG



Handle the issue of repentant insurgents with utmost care, Borno security stakeholders tell FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Participants at the Town Hall meeting on the prevailing security situation in Borno state have urged the Federal and State Governments to handle the issues of repentant Boko Haram insurgents with utmost care and within the instrumentality of the law.

The participants in a 16 point communiqué issued at the end of the stakeholders meeting on the prevailing security meeting on the security situation in Borno state held at the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday and read by the state Attorney General and commissioner for Justice, Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, said the stakeholders appreciated the untiring efforts and support of President Muhammadu Buhari towards ending Boko Haram insurgency and other criminality in Borno State and the country at large.

It could be recalled that the meeting was because of how to receive the massive surrender of the members of Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state and need to chat a ways to handle the situation.

In his opening remarks, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, said ” this afternoon we are here to discuss the prevailing security situation occasioned the massive surrender of the Boko Haram insurgents and proffer solutions, the surrender has .put us into two extremes situation of choosing between to accept them or choice to live with insecurity.”

The stakeholders who includes Governor Babagana Zulum, his Deputy Alhaji Umar Kadafur National, state House of l Assembly, members of the executive council, traditional and religious leaders, local government chairmen, community leaders, internal communities,local and International Non Governmental organisations, civil society organisations military police, hunters vigilantes, members of the CJTF, victims of the insurgency among others agreed to welcome the surrendered members of Boko Haram insurgents with some conditions .

Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan in the communiqué said “the stakeholders commended the zeal and determination of His Excellency, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, FNSE, mni, Executive Governor of Borno State towards restoration of lasting peace in the State. The meeting further noted the unparalleled support rendered to the IDPs and vulnerable by His Excellency, the Executive Governor.”

” The stakeholders welcomed the effort of the Federal and State Governments in the provision of state-of-the-art equipment and other logistics to the security operatives that led to the renewed vigour in the fight against insurgents which resulted in the recent surrender.”, the communique added.

The participants welcoming the recent massive surrender by the Boko Haram insurgents urged those still in the bush to follow suit, stressing the need for proper profiling of repentant the insurgents to avoid hasty release of hardened elements to larger society.

The communique further said “the meeting called for all firearms and offensive weapons used by the repentant insurgents to be retrieved from them.. The meeting strongly advocated for the strengthening of the deradicalisation mechanism of Operation Safe Corridor so as to involve parents of the surrendered Boko Haram members, Ulamas, traditional/community leaders and the media. “.

The stakeholders urged citizens to key into the educational opportunities created by the state government, especially by enrolling their children and wards to schools as a counter measure for indoctrination.and reiterated the need for further support to all victims of insurgency especially women and children.

“The meeting called on the Federal Government to establish a world class deradicalisation/rehabilitation centre in Borno State being the epicentre of insurgency. The meeting called for a true reconciliation amongst the affected people.”, Bartrister Lawan added.

“The meeting appreciates the support of the Federal Government to the State, but solicited for more funding from the Federal Government to the State especially in areas of reconstruction, resettlement, reintegration, education and health as the meager resources at the disposal of the state is not sufficient in view of the magnitude of cost involved, further stated.

The meeting however urged the military to sustain the ongoing offensive on the activities of ISWAP and called for periodic briefing on the activities of the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists with a view to creating awareness amongst the public.

The meeting further resolved that the North East Development Commission (NEDC) as a matter of priority be involved in all aspects of the rehabilitation and integration of surrendered Boko Haram into mainstream society.

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I want to be Remembered As A President Who Stabilized Nigeria, President Buhari Tells South East Leaders




By Uchenna Okafor, Owerri

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Owerri said that he would want to be remembered as the President who stabilised Nigeria in the area of security, economic prosperity and triumph over corruption.

The President, who spoke at a town hall meeting with South East leaders during his one-day official visit to Imo State, said with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure as President, security still remains a major priority for his administration.

‘‘If there is no security, there is nothing anyone can do no matter how much you try or the initiative you have.

‘‘Security is number one priority and then the economy. When people feel secure they will mind their own business,’’ he said.

The President told South-East leaders that while fighting corruption in Nigeria had become very sophisticated and difficult, he would continue to strive to leave a lasting legacy of integrity and accountability in the system.

‘‘Nobody can accuse me of having companies or mansions anywhere in the country and I thank God that I try to keep myself as clean as possible, so that I cannot be taken hostage.

‘‘I will do my best to ensure that Nigerians that try hard, succeed in their efforts,’’ he said.

On the forthcoming 2023 elections, the President reaffirmed his commitment to free, fair and credible polls, urging the leaders to honestly educate their constituencies on the need to hold their elected representatives accountable.

Acknowledging the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of Igbo people, the President said:

‘‘The fundamental thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos being in-charge of either infrastructure or pharmaceutical industry.

‘‘Therefore, it is unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria.

‘‘The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.’’

Noting that no country can make any meaningful progress without the development of infrastructure, the President expressed regret that successive governments at the Federal level contributed to the decay of critical infrastructure in the country.

He promised that the Federal Government would complete ongoing key projects in the South East, including the 2nd Niger Bridge as well as the railway lines and routes linking the region with other parts of the country.

‘‘I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses,’’ he said, adding that as a group, the Igbos stand to benefit more from the ongoing development of infrastructure in the country because ‘‘they are more enterprising.’’

President Buhari had earlier commissioned four projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodinma, including the Naze/Ihiagwa/Nekede/Obinze link road, the Balloon Driven/Flood Control drainage at Dick Tiger Road, the Egbeada Bypass road and the New Exco-Chambers, Government House, Owerri.

Addressing Imo residents at the commissioning of Egbeada bypass named after a prominent son of the State, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President said he was very impressed with the level of work done by the State government.

‘‘I am very pleased with what I have seen and I assure you that I will support Imo State within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.

In his remarks at the town hall meeting, Governor Uzodinma said Ndigbo believe in a united Nigeria predicated on ‘‘justice, equity and fairness.’’

He thanked the President for addressing the interests of Ndi Igbo through deliberate policy initiatives designed to give the people a true sense of belonging, including the ongoing construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge, among others.

Governor Uzodinma said the people of South East would remain grateful to the President for approving the establishment of a Naval Base in Oguta Local Government Area of the State, adding that as time unfolds, the economic benefits of the base would manifest.

The Governor also commended the President for strongly supporting the appointment of two prominent Igbos into two key international organisations-Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Assistant Director-General of Health Emergency Intelligence, World Health Organisation (WHO).

In his remarks, the President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor assured the President of the continuous support of Ndigbo.

‘‘Ndigbo are committed to Nigerian unity and there is news for those trying to push us out of Nigeria.

‘‘Ndigbo in Nigeria are like fish in the ocean and no matter how rough the storm is, it cannot drive the fish out of the ocean.

‘‘Mr President, it is in this context, that we see a new dawn in your distinguished presence in Igbo land and believe that on your return to Abuja the significance and substance of this visit will form new foundation of a platform for meaningful dialogue on critical issues of concern to the Igbo nation,’’ he said.

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Troops Neutralized 6 ISWAP Insurgents in Borno, Recovered Arms and Ammunitions, other items



Troops neutralized 6 ISWAP insurgents in Borno,,recover Arms Ammunition’s, other items*

By Madu Mohammed, Msiduguri

Troops of 25 Brigade of the operation Hadin Kai of the Nigerian Army have killed four Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP along Damboa-Bulabulin- Maiduguri road in Borno state state.

The Army in a statement issued by the Director Army Public Relations, (ADPR), Brigadier General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU said “the troops of the 25 Brigade of Joint Task Force, North East,Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have neutralised six terrorists of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Wednesday 31 August 2021.”

” The terrorists who were on espionage along Damboa-Bulabulin- Maiduguri road ran into a fighting patrol team at Kukawa and were neutralised in the fire fight that ensued with the troops. On further exploitation after the encounter, the gallant troops recovered from the terrorists, four AK 47 rifles and four Magazines, each loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition” General Nwachikwu said.

The state further said “in a separate operation, troops of 195 Battalion, Sector 1 OPHK in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) at Dusman-Muna Garage, Borno state have eliminated two ISWAP terrorists in an ambush operation conducted along an identified ISWAP terrorists’ crossing point at Musari village”

“The troops also captured and destroyed an ISWAP logistics vehicle conveying assorted goods and contraband items belonging to members of the terrorist group. Items recovered by troops from the terrorists’ vehicle are two bags of Hemp (Cannabis Sativa), 2 bags of Detergent,120 packets of mosquito coils, l2 mosquito nets and five textile materials. Other items recovered are two bicycles, two bags of beans, a bag of corn and some quantity of fish.,the statement added.

General Nwachikwu also stated that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has commended the troops for their operational exploits and urged them to maintain the aggressive posture in order to decisively root out the terrorists from their enclaves.

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Resettlement of IDPs, FG Hands over 1,000 to BOSG



Resettlement of IDPs FG hands over 1,000 houses to BOSG,

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Federal ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has handover 1000 Housing Estate at Ngom village of Mafa local government of Borno state.
for the relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in support of the state’s resettlement

The ministry of Humanitarian Affairs through the Northeast Development Commission also constructed and inaugurated Burnt centre at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), for the treatment of those who sustained injuries as a result of Boko Haram attack, graduated 218 youths in various skills and laud the foundation for the construction of 300 seat auditorium for the Centre for the Study of violence extremism as well as distribution of food items and livelihood support.

Speaking at the occasion of commissioning of 1,000 housing units, ground breaking ceremony and graduation of youths in ICT which held at the Government House, Maiduguri on Thursday, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said the occasion signified another milestone in the resettlement drive of the state and that it is timely, because, it came at the time when the state government is determined to closed down all IDPs camps in the state.

” The Borno state government is determined to close all IDP camps, in the state, especially those in the state capital before the end of this year. This intervention is timely . In the last 2 years, the Borno state government under my leadership had executed over 700 capital projects, providing succour to our people” governor Zulum said

He urged the Federal Government through the ministry of humanitarian Affairs to support the state government in handling the issue of the surrendering Boko Haram, as the situation has became humanitarian crisis.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs and the NEDC for their support, Zulum said the ministry has done a lot in the areas of construction of 10,000 houses, provision water and sanitation,
construction of Skill acquisition centre and training of youths in ICT among others”.

Also speaking , the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Faruk ssid ” .we are here to witness the commissioning of 1,000 houses for our displaced persons.

To mitigate food insecurity, malnutrition and other challenges faced by the persons of concern in the northeastern states, the FMHADMSD through the NEDC is: commencing the distribution of food and nonfood items to the six states of the region which is part of an overarching goal to improve food security and reduce hunger;, handing over the Burn Centre which would cater for victims of burn injuries as a result of bomb attacks, handing over of 1000 Ngwom Mass Housing units
constructed under the Special Presidential Intervention for resettlement of IDPs, graduating Batch B from the NEDC ICT training scheme in Graphic Design and Small Phone repairs an ground breaking of the construction of 300-seater auditorium/centre for the study of violent extremism for prevention.”

Hajiya Sadiya Faruk said “His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has shown commitment in addressing the issues of food insecurity and malnutrition, by initiating the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS). The Strategy specifically aims to address hunger, malnutrition and poverty through economic growth and social protections programmes. Furthermore, the Federal Government is focused on promoting local production, providing loans to farmers and skills acquisition, to enhance socioeconomic”.

Earlier, , the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Alhaji Goni Alkali said ” I am glad to mention that the construction of 1,000 houses at Ngom site has been virtually completed and contract for the equipping of vocation and Technical skills acquisition centre have been awarded and awaiting delivery”.

” The 1,000 housing units that will be commissioned today has the following social economic facilities solar powered street lights, four solar powered industrial boreholes, over 3,000 economic trees provision for the construction of market, police state motor parks and etc “, he added.

In his remarks the chairman of the occasion, the chairman Senate Commission on Special Duties, Senator Yusuf A Yusuf said this occasion , is an occasion we are all looking forward to, the handing over of 1,000 houses more especially at the time our IDPs are been resettled.

Also in his remarks the chairman of the NEDC Board, General Paul Tarfa (rtd), said ” today i is an important day to the commission, since its established 2 years ago. The occasion is important not only because for the handing over 1,000 house, because the houses will help in solving the problem of accommodation by the IDPs.”.

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