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Interior Minister, police affairs counterpart visit Borno to review war against Boko Haram

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Interior Minister police Affairs counterpart visit Borno to review war against Boko Haram

  • we are against the scrap of FSARS – Borno Governor, NCSO, NLC, others

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola and his Police Affairs counterpart , Alhaji Mohammed Dangyadi were on Tuesday visited Maiduguri, the Borno state capital to discuss on how best to bring to an end Boko Haram insurgency and other internal securities challenges such as kidnapping, banditry and Armed Robbery.

Addressing newsmen after a closed door meeting with Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, the minister of Police Affairs and other top security officers which held at the Government House, Maiduguri, the minister of Internal Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola said “we have met with critical stakeholders and had a robust discussion with Governor Zulum and others stakeholders. We agreed on resolutions. Our discussions is Frank and engaging. There is a renewed commitment to containing the insurgency”.

“As a matter of fact, We decided to coordinate these new engagements. Enough is enough, we are reviewing the entire process of engaging these criminals who are disturbing our people and spreading grief and misery. There is need for collaboration among all security agencies like military, police, paramilitary and other stakeholders who were involved in the fight against insurgency”, the minister added.

Alhaji Aregbesola said ” we agreed that from State government to the Federal government, we must improve funding of security agencies. We must improve their logistic supports and encourage the people to give adequate support to the state forces that are involved in this exercise. I believe that there will be difference in approach to the fight against insurgency containment and that in no distance future, we will liberate more territories and allow our people to have economic activities that will allow normalcy “.

” I must say I am impressed with the level of development and civility we have in the capital city, I was here few years ago, Maiduguri was not as it is today, Maiduguri can compete favourably or even better than many cities in terms of serenity, calmness and prosperity so I commend Governor Zulum and those working with him for wonderful job they have done to bring peace”, Aregbesola added.

On the issue of Governor Zulum call against the disbandment of Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad ( FSARS), the minister for Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dangyadi said ” the governor has made it very clear to us that they are in support of FSARS. We will listen to people to make good use of what they say. The federal government has also take a decision to review the structure of SARS, as it is now We are going to involve stakeholders on the way forward”

He further said ” with the Police Trust Fund, we are going to have better funding, better training, intelligence, logistics and welfare”.

Earlier during a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri, Governor Zulum urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu ( IGP) to deploy abled SARS men to Borno to fight Boko Haram insurgency

The governor said in Borno state the SARS had made a mark by using their energy and aggression against Boko Haram.

“We are not in support of brutality by any security outfit, but to be sincere, here in Borno State the efforts of SARS operatives in the counter insurgency operations need not to be overemphasized. They are doing a wonderful job in containing the security situation in Borno State. They have greatly supplemented the efforts of the Nigerian Military.”, Governor Zulum stressed.

Also lending their voice, the Network for Civil Society, labour and students unions, as well as artisans in Borno have staged a prittest against the scrap of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) by police authority.

The demonstrators who walked through a major highway in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, to the Government House Tuesday morning to deliver a letter of their demands for the re-introduction of another FSARS, were seen with placards bearing “return SARS, We want FSARS, we need SARS, Reform FSARS,” among others.

Workers from organised labour unions, lawyers, market traders, students,women society groups, youth organizations and artisans were among the demonstrators.

State Chairman, Network of Civil Society Organisations (NCSO), Ahmed Shehu said the agitations for the scrap of FSARS in some parts of the country did not represent general position of all Nigerians, adding that on the contrary, FSARS was a blessing to the people of the state.

“FSARS may be bad to people in other regions of the country but to us in Borno, FSARS is good. We haveve seen how the squad has been tackling Boko Haram in complementary role with other security agencies. Their presence alone on our highways which are usually unsafe, give people courage to travel and not fear Boko Haram,”

Shehu said FSARS remains a formidable security outfit that put constant pressure on Boko Haram and even cleared the insurgents from blocking the highways in the state. He maintained Borno did not record the kind of abuses allegedly committed by the squad in other states.

He said the letter of demands brought to the state governor contained demand for the Federal Government to end Boko Haram and re-constitution of FSARS.

Also speaking, the Maiduguri Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Bar Abba Ummate said the anti-FSARS agitators did not consider the peculiar security situation in each of the states in arriving at the calls for scrappibg FSARS. He described the ban on the squad as unfair to Borno people.

While receiving the letter on behalf of the Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum, the State Deputy Governor, Hon. Umar Kadafur urged people to be law abiding.

“We urge you to be law abiding and keep praying for the peace of the state and our governor to succeeds in all developmental
engagement,” he said.

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Armed forces remembrance day, zulum commends the sacrifice of the military, other security agencies in the fight against Boko Haram , other crimes, as he donates N10 Million

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Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Zulum commends the sacrifice of the military, other security agencies in the fight against Boko Haram, other crimes, as he donates N10 Million

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor Ptof. Babagana Zulum has commend the immense contribution and sacrifice of the military and other security agencies in the war against Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges in the state and country at large.

Governor Babagana Zulum who made the commendation while speaking at the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the Ramat Square, Maiduguri on Friday said ” I must commend the immense contributions and sacrifice by the military and other security agencies, especially the gallant efforts they are making to tackle insurgency and other security challenges in the state and country at large. The Armed Forces are sacrificing their lives day and night to ensure security of lives and property of all citizens and we must appreciate them”.

Governor Zulim who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “the Nigerian Armed forces Remembrance Day is indeed worthy of celebration by the Government and people of Borno state because of the sacrifices made by the military to ensure peace in the state and the Northeast region. At this point let me reiterate that Government is fully aware of the predicament of ex servicemen and will do everything possible within it’s limited resources and give them the necessary attention they required at all times.”

He said the week long celebration which kick started between 9th to 15th January is earmarked to offer special prayers for The departed souls of the fallen heroes and to see how best to reach to their families in recognition of their breadwinners’ selfless contribution to their fatherland, stressing that these annual of event will Nigerians that the labour of the fallen heroes are not left in vein.

” Last week I had an interface with the leadership of the Nigeria Legion , I made N10 million contribution to the families of the fallen heroes and I am also willing to do more to cushion their hardship. We must therefore, spare our time , resources and out blessings to remember these heroes always, not just in January every year, but in our daily prayers and activities”, the governor stressed.

In his remarks the Borno state Chairman of the Nigeria Legion, Captain William Mamza (rtd) thanked the Governor and the government of Borno state, the GOC 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, the Borno House of Assembly, Chief Judge and other dignitaries too numerous to mention for gracing the occasion and for their donations.

A total of N15 million were realized at the occasion with the highest contribution from the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, contributed the sum of N10 million, followed by the state executives, N2.2 million, Civil service N500,000 among others.

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General Court Martial Sentenced a Soldier to death by firing squad, for shooting his officer to death, 6 others for various sentences

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General Court Martial sentences a soldier to death by firing squad, for shooting his officer to death, 6 others for various sentences

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Theb General Court Martial of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army of the Operation Lafiya Dole sitting in Maiduguri has sentenced Trooper Azunna Mmaduabuchi to death by firing squad for killing an officer, Lt Baba Shehu Ngorgi of 202 Battalion Bama and 6 others for various sentences for manslaughter and assault and convicted to sentences ranging from 4 years to 1 and reduction in rank from Lance Corporal to private.

While Delivering his judgement on Tuesday at the Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri, the President of the Court Brigadier General, Arikpo Ekubi said ” in the case of Nigerian Army versus trooper Azunna Mnaduabuchi with service No 16NA/ 75134 of 202 Battalion Bama was found guilty of the offence of murder under section 195(1) of the Armed Forces law Cap of the Federal Republic. This offence of murder is to suffer death as provided by section 106(1) this sentence is to be carried out by firing squad . May God have mercy on your soul. This judgement is subject to confirmation by the military authority. provided under section 151(1b) of the Armed forces Act .”

” The court observed that your action is unacceptable to the Nigerian Army for emptying 9 rounds of ammunition on your officer .Late Lt Shehu Ngorgi the murder is a heinous crime, your action is observed with displeasure. justice is a three way traffic, justice for the deceased, justice for the society and justice for the victim, this judgement hereby closed the case”, General Ekubi stated.

It could be recalled that Trooper Azunna Mmaduabuchi opened fire on his Adjutant commander, Lt Shehu Ngorgi of 202 Battalion Bama on 29th July 2020 while he was chatting with his wife on phone.

Also delivering his sentences on Sgt Ishaya Sani, Lance Corporal Fabiyi Ayedimi, Private Abdurasheed Adamu and private Musa Bala who were charged for manslaughter, the President of the court sentenced them to four, two, and one years each imprisonment respectively.

In his case summary, the Judge Advocate, Major Chikwudi Okonkwo said in the case of Sgt Ishaya Sani, Lance Corporal Fabiyi Abudemi, Private Abdurasheed Adamu and Private Musa Bala were charged for manslaughter for tying the hands of the deceased Peter Okogu and flogged him with Dogon Yaro cane where he sustained injury that later led to his death.

While Private Mohammed Kuru was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for opening fire on air at a wedding ceremony of his friend that led to the death of a 12 year old boy, Adamu Musa Kolo in London Ciki area of Maiduguri metropolis.

The court also demoted Lance Corporal Aja Emmanuel of 21 Special Artillery Brigade Bama from Lance Corporal to Private for flogging Rahman Abdallah, with the victims wheat belt and placed broken blocks on his back which inflicted injuries on his body

In his plea, the defense counsel, Barrister Adetufa Babatunde pleaded to the court to temper justice with mercy considering the years they put in the Army, their dependents and as first offenders.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen, the parent of the deceased Adamu Musa Kolo, Abba Kolo said ” I am happy today this judgement has proved to us and the the world that the court martial is already a hope of a common man and an imperial court, because we did not accept we will get justice. I thank Nigerian Army for ensuring justice is done to the soul of my son We are happy with the judgement.

Also in an interview, Barrister Jummai Mshelia of the National Human Rights commission commended the military for ensuring the sanctity of human life by ensuring justice is done and called on general public whom rights were infringe to report to their offices across the 36 states.

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We are not deterred by the injury we sustained, we’re to go back and End Boko Haram Madness in our land -Wounded Soldiers

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We are not deterred by the injury we sustained, we’re ready to go back and End Boko Haram madness in our land – sounded soldiers

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army who were wounded in the ongoing fight against insurgency in various operation within the theater and are currently receiving treatment at the 7 Division Medical Centre, Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri have expressed readiness to join their colleagues at the battlefield to ensure that the determination of the Army to end Boko Haram Insurgency in 2021 is actualize.

Our correspondent who spoke to Some soldiers who are currently recuperating at the 7 Division Hospital Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri when the senate committee on Army visited the medical facility said they are more than ever committed to go back to the warfront to join their colleagues in the final push to end insurgency in the Northeast and the country at large.

The Senate Committee on Army was led by it’s chairman, Senator Mohammed Ndume said they were on a fact finding visit to the hospital on Sunday following a media report in some national dailies alleging that the Nigerian Army has abandoned troops wounded in the frontline .

While speaking on the alleged abandonment of wounded soldiers, a soldiers at the 7 Division Medical facility,Saidu Dahiru said “we are receiving the best of medical attention, we have been giving free drugs, feeding and some of us that need further attention were refered to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and 44 military Hospital Kaduna, even yesterday 40 of our colleagues were flown out in an Air force aircraft to Kaduna for further medical attention”.

” In the coming one week InshaAllsh I will be discharged, I am not discourage with what happened to me, I am eager to go back to the battle Field and join my colleagues there untill we bring to an end the Boko Haram madness in our dear country, so that we will live in peace”, he stressed.

Another wounded soldier, Corporal Kolawole Omaseye, said ” I am not in any way demoralized by the injury I sustained during an encounters with Boko Haram insurgents who attacked our location on 23rd December, 2020 which was successfully repelled. I am more than ever ready to go back and meet my colleagues in the battle Field. We will not be detered by the setback, we will continue to perform our duties of protecting the territorial integrity and the citizens.”.

Briefing the Senate Committee, the Acting Commander 7 Division Hospital and Medical Services Colonel Ogbe Omoruyi said that the common injuries being treated in the facility include blast injuries and gunshot wounds, while severe cases are transferred to 44 Medical Centre Kaduna.

According to him the hospital is also partnering with other tertiary hospitals such as UMTH to ensure full recovery of wounded personnel.

In his remarks, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army Senator Mohammed Ndume lauded the resilience and sacrifice of the soldiers and urged them not to be discouraged in the fight against insurgency as the Nigeria Senate will continue to accord priority to their welfare.

Senator Ali Ndume while commending the Nigerian Army for improving the services of the hospital and expanding its capacity to a hundred bed facility, said ” I am here to see you, sympathize with you and told you that the Senate is with you and entire Nigerian are with you, we thank you for your sacrifice, we are proud of you, we are with you. We will continue to pray for you. We wish quick recovery”.

He said ” each time I visit the hospital, I see improvement and expansion. I am glad to know that the hospital is now 100 bedded capacity. The last time I was here there was no physiotherapy department and gymnastics facility and even the newly established Ear, Nose and Throat units.

Also speaking, the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Abdul Ibrahim said the sounded soldiers have been given the needed attention And wondered why some section of the media are trying are campaigning against the military.

While assuring Nigerians of the Nigerian Army determination to end insurgency, General Ibrahim said ” the Nigeria Army is determined to end Boko Haram insurgency in the year 2021. The Nigerian Army is for Nigeria and Nigerians We don’t have any other country than Nigeria all our hands must be on deck to end Boko Haram insurgency and other criminality in our land, “

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