Flowing from his earlier visit to the Inspector General of Police and the critical meeting of stakeholders of Kanam Local Government Areas in a bid to curb the rising spate of criminal activities in PKK, with particular concern to the incessant kidnappings in Kanam LGA, the member representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi was today at the Operation Safe Heaven (STF) headquarters in Jos, where he held talks with the Commander for a collaborative effort to tame the tide.
The lawmaker commended the commander, Major General Okonko for his efforts to curb the wanton killings in Southern Kaduna, parts of Bauchi and Plateau, and encouraged the commander not to rest on his oars until activities of marauding killers in his areas of coverage are brought to an end.
Rt Hon Gagdi requested for the formation of military checkpoints in Garga axis, Gagdi-Dugub axis and Namaran-Kapel axis, where the kidnappers and other criminals had recently had field days perpetrating their heinous activities.
He said lack of security presence in those axis had encouraged the criminals to execute their missions unhindered, hence observed that when Join Security checkpoints are installed in the areas, the criminals will have to withdraw their activities from those areas or get apprehended by the security apparatus.
While responding, the commander, Major General Okonko promised to hearken to the lawmaker’s request in order to put paid to the criminal activities of bandits in the mentioned areas.
He said his men are well equipped and combat ready to clamp down on bandits and criminal activities in his area of coverage, while assuring that his men will redouble their efforts to ensure improved security in PKK and the whole areas under Operation Safe Heaven.
As Chairman of one of the armed forces committee in the House of Representatives who equally oversight the general activities of the military, Rt Hon. Gagdi was presented with a plague, to honour his visit to the STF headquarters.
The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has urged the Federal Government to immediately overhaul the security apparatus of the country.
Ayokunle, who made the call at the Wedding Solemnisation of Rev William Okoye and Mrs Toyin Bello, at the All Christians Fellowship Mission (ACFM), Maitama, Abuja this Sunday.
Rev Oyekunle, stressed that the security situation in the country is frightening and called for urgent attention and measures to be taken.
According to him the security report given by the U.S embassy warned that Iswap and Al-qaeda were already in the north eastern part of the country and we could see their hands already.
”Just a week ago, 14 members of a Baptist church in Kogi state were slaughtered overnight. Nobody is safe. These radicals can attack from any angle. The people of this nation deserve to live their lives in maximum security.
”The government has to up its game. No more excuses and no more sympathies for people that have died. We can’t allow more people to keep dying,” he said.
Despite an atttack on his entourage in Baga, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum continued his humanitarian activities in Monguno, where he delivered food aid to over 80,000 internally displaced persons.
The Governor arrived Monguno on Monday for a humanitarian tour of northern part of the state, he supervised the distribution of relief items to IDPs from Marte, Guzamala, Kukawa, Nganzai and Monguno.
Thousands of bags of food grains and cooking oil was distributed to the IDPs and the vulnerable households in the host communities.
Male households received bags of grain, and cooking oil, while females received cash amount of 5,000 naira each.
Meanwhile, Governor Zulum’s resilience was commended by the sector 3 Commander of operation lafiya Dole, Brigadier General I. Garba.
The commendation was made when Zulum paid a visit to the soldiers, and officers of the Nigerian military at the Nasara Barracks, Monguno.
Before leaving Monguno to Maiduguri, Prof. Zulum inspected various ongoing projects, which includes High Islamic Secondary School project, 1000 housing unit project and a Mega Primary School.
While at the 1000 housing and the High Islamic School project sites, Zulum charged the contractor to maintain quality of their work.
“I have seen your job in Uyo, I have seen that of Mbala. By and large the work here is poor. We need to call your attention to stick to the quality. What matters are not the mere construction, but to deliver a quality building.”
Lautenant B. S Ngorgi, who was killed by a fellow soldier in Bama on the Wednesday 29th July, 2020, was said to have been on the phone speaking with his wife, when he was attacked from behind, taking six gun shots from the gun of his fellow officer, who was believed to be having a misunderstanding with the victim.
The victim who did not survive the gun shots, was confirmed to have been into marriage for few months, and he’s now dead, leaving behind a widow.
However, the killer has been identified to be one Uzonna Maduabuchi, according to a post on twitter, Uzonna Maduabuchi is a fellow soldier, to late B.S Ngorgi, though Maduabuchi’s rank is not yet disclosed, see picture below.
Maduabuchi served along side late Ngorgi in 2 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State.
In view of the report by the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Maduabuchi went out of his mind, shot and killed Ngorgi.
This was revealed on Thursday, in Abuja, by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa.
Col. Sagir revealed that the accused is in custody and would be tried and persecuted accordingly, meanwhile, the family of the victim has since been notified.
Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters in a statement issued on the 17th July, 2020, states that:
“In continuation of the robust clearance operations against armed bandits and other sundry criminals in the North West, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY a subsidiary operation to Operation HADARIN DAJI has continued to achieve successes throughout the Theatre of operation.
Relatedly, on 14 July 2020 acting on credible intelligence troops arrested one bandit informant at Isa-Matete Junction in Isa LGA Area of Sokoto State. The suspect is currently undergoing interrogation.”
Similarly, acting on credible intelligence, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bingi arrested 5 suspected bandits while displaying 17 cows and a goat for sale at Bingi market in Maru LGA of Zamfara State. Preliminary investigation revealed that the animals were earlier rustled from Gabiya village. Similarly, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Danjibga in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State handed over 121 cows and 37 sheeps recovered from rustlers to the committee for recovery of rustled animals for necessary action.”
The Army spokesman further said:
“Furthermore, troops of Defence Headquarters Special Operation Forces deployed at Batsari had a meeting engagement with some marauding armed bandits at Jigawar Mallamai in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State. In the aftermath of the encounter, 4 bandits were neutralized, one AK 47 rifle and 21 motorcycles were recovered. All recovered motorcycles were destroyed instantly.
In another development, on 15 July 2020 troops conducted clearance operation on suspected bandits hideouts at Garin Maza, Tamuske, and Garin Bagwari villages in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State. Troops made contact with the bandits and in the ensuing encounter, 3 bandits were neutralized and 6 motorcycles were recovered while the hideouts were destroyed.”
“Also, on 16 July 2020 troops of Forward Operation Base Dangulbi conducted clearance patrol to Dan Kaka and Dan Kura villages in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State. The cowardly bandits fled and abandoned 3 motorcycles which were recovered by the troops.
In Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and their resilience. He urges them not to rest on their oars. He further assured the people of the North-West zone of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone.” He concluded.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement issued yesterday in respect of the ongoing Operation Sahel Sanity, in the North West, he said:
“The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has commended the initiative, organization and resilience of the Nigerian Army (NA) in the ongoing Exercise SAHEL SANITY which is intended to effectively end the insecurity in the North West (NW). made the commendation during his operational visit and address to troops of Exercise SAHEL SANITY on Monday the 13th of July 2020 at the Army Special Super Camp 4 Faskari Katsina State, where he charged them to flush out bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements in the region.
While extolling the leadership, officers and men of the NA for a successful Exercise so far, he urged that though the Step Up Headquarters is in Faskari in Katsina State, there is need to consolidate on putting up blocking forces in the contigious States of Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara so that the criminals will not have ease of action or movement.
General Olonisakin states “I am happy to note this operation is not limited to Katsina and Zamfara States, as you have already assigned blocking forces in the contigious states of Kaduna, kebbi, Niger Sokoto and Zamfara States and i urged you to consolidate on that to deny the bandits ease of action and movement”.
Colonel Sagir, further states that:
“He also applauded the NA and sister services for protecting the sovereignty, territorial intergrity of Nigeria and for checkmating banditry activities in the NW.
According to him – “From the briefing I received and what I saw, there is no doubt banditry will soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria” – Gen Olonisakin stated.
Accordingly, Gen Olonisakin said that he was impressed with level of preparedness for the operation and the layout of the Super Camp. He, therefore, Commends the initiative of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai for the noble Super Camp Concept and the commitment and resilience of all the personnel taking part in the exercise.
He opines that super camp concept is one of the strategies to professionally better position the NA to face the current challenges and it is a commendable initiative on the part of the NA’s leadership.
He also assures the COAS of the support of the Defence Headquarters in whatever may be required towards achieving the end state of the exercise. He used the opportunity to thank the President, Commander In Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari for his numerous supports and invaluable guidance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and reiterate the commitment and loyalty of the Nigerian Military to the President and Commander In Chief.”
“Earlier in his welcome address the COAS thanks the CDS for finding time to visit the troops which is a morale booster to the troops on the exercise and the entire officers and men of the NA. He assured the CDS of the readiness, Commitment, determination and loyalty of the Nigerian Army to combat all forms of security challenges facing the nation.
Gen Olonisakin was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, represented by Rear Admiral TT Dakwat and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar represented by Air Vice Marshall IO Amao.” He concluded.
SECURITY: NIGERIAN ARMY TO TRACK AND NEUTRALIZE TERRORISTS AND BANDITS IN BORNO, KATSINA AND SOKOTO STATES – Daily Watch Press
Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, said in a press release about the Boko Haram and Bandits incidents in Borno and Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States, that:
“The Nigerian Army is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident in which suspected retreating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists with a few sleeper cells within communities ambushed and killed innocent women and children in Faduma Koloram village, Gubio LGA of Borno State.
Already a large contingent of military personnel have been drafted in the general area to track and apprehend or neutralize the perpetrators. We have also mandated the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE to enhance security, dominate the area and reassure the affected communities of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to protect the population.”
Colonel Sagir, also lamented on the incident at Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States, that:
“The Nigerian Army equally notes with great concern about banditry incidents in some parts of the north western part of the county across Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States. It has come to our knowledge that some bandits are shifting base and venting their anger on hapless citizens because of the ongoing operations in Katsina State.
While we sympathize with fellow Nigerians and the good people of Borno, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States in particular, on these unfortunate incidents, we would like to assure all of our unrelenting effort in engaging with communities to rid our society of any and all remnants of these criminal elements.
We would like to state further that the Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Air Force, sister service, other security agencies and the affected States governments, will make efforts to clear all known bandits hideouts in those states as more troops are being mobilized as directed by Mr President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.”
“We would also like to assure that these types of heinous crimes will not go unpunished and will not be allowed anywhere in our country.
We further wish to reiterate that the Nigerian Army is committed to investigate the circumstances of these callous attacks by desperate Boko Haram criminals and the bandits on innocent civilians. We would ensure that appropriate action is taken to mitigate against any future incidents. While thanking Nigerians for their understanding, we implore all to continue to support and cooperate with the troops as they carry out their duties.” He concluded.
President Buhari Condemns Boko Haram Killings, Charges Military To Extract Heavy Price From Terrorists – DAILY WATCH PRESS
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity, in a statement today expresses his concern over the incident in Borno State, Gubio LGA, where he said:
“As news of one of the most brutal terrorist attacks on innocent people emerged from the Northeast, President Muhammadu Buhari said he is deeply shocked by the brutal killing of tens of people by the Boko Haram/Islam in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Gubio village, Borno State.
The President, who was expecting a detailed briefing by the Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum on the outcome of his visit to the affected communities, said the “primordial nature of the killings is particularly shocking because it happened not long after the Ramadhan and Eid, and the country is preparing to celebrate the Democracy Day.”
“In condemning the incident, President Buhari charged the armed forces to sustain their recent string of successes against the terrorists to extract a heavy price from the attackers, and bring back all those they kidnapped as well as the large number of cattle rustled.
He also expressed the sincere condolences of the government and people of Nigeria to the bereaved families, communities and the government and people of Borno State.” He concluded.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC GOV’T DENIES APPOINTING DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE WITH DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT
A report from Dele Momodu has refuted the report making the rounds in social media since last week that former NNPC boss, Diezani Allison-Madueke, has been appointed commissioner and given a diplomatic passport of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
This was disclosed in his platform the boss Newspapers published on Sunday.
According to the report, the boss stated that the impeccable sources reveal that the fact of the matter was that well before she had a brush with the Nigerian government, based on her pedigree, she was offered these privileges but it had been suspended since October 2015!
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has denied allegations that a former Nigerian government minister was offered or encouraged to make Dominica her home and acquired Dominican citizenship as suggested in an article by Sahara Reporters.
The article published on 18 December 2015 on Saharareporters.com alleges that Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum resources and immediate past president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), “is on the verge of leaving her present abode in the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth of Dominica where she has reportedly acquired the citizenship”.
According to the article, Madueke is currently under investigation in Britain for alleged corruption while in office and had “secretly acquired the citizenship of the small Caribbean country of only 72,000 people”.
In a press release issued by the Office of the Prime Minister on Sunday 20 December 2015, Prime Minister Skerrit explained that in May of this year, during a routine stop-over visit to London, he was introduced to Madueke and that these discussions took place well before any question of an investigation by the relevant authorities arose.
Mr Skerrit wrote that “the idea of relocating to Dominica was never discussed, far less agreed, in any discussions with or on behalf of Diezani Alison Madueke” but that the discussions “surrounded her continued residence in the United Kingdom and ability to travel to Africa in order assist Dominica”.
From the content of the report of the Prime Minister, the statement reads:
“The academic and professional credentials of Mrs. Madueke were impeccable. She had been a senior government minister since 2007, having served also as Minister of Transport and Minister of Mines and Steel Development. Additionally, she served as an Executive Official and Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria.
In my Budget Address to the people of Dominica two years ago, I outlined the intention and policy of my Government to recruit persons of experience, influence and integrity to serve and represent Dominica in various capacities abroad. As a small nation with very limited resources, we do not have the capacity to establish consular or other offices in many regions of the world. In this case, who better to speak for and on behalf of Dominica in parts of the African continent than a former President of OPEC and former Chairman of the West African Gas Pipeline Authority.
Also, it must be recalled here that Mrs. Madueke was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, having studied for her Bachelor’s degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and post-graduate studies at Cambridge University in the UK.
So, on the recommendation of a number of outstanding individuals of note, and after thorough due diligence studies were undertaken, the Government of Dominica agreed to the appointment of the former Nigerian Government Minister as Trade and Investment Commissioner for Dominica, with the specific remit of promoting and marketing the trade and investment opportunities of Dominica. This was especially the case considering her obvious contacts following her stint as President of OPEC.
The issue of her relocating to Dominica was never raised in any of our discussions, because at the time Mrs. Madueke was to my knowledge in good standing in Nigeria and United Kingdom, having only just demitted office in Nigeria and established living arrangements in the United Kingdom.
The arrangement of Mrs. Madueke serving in an honorary capacity, with no direct remuneration from Dominica and Dominica facilitating her travels across Europe and Africa with the issuance of a diplomatic passport, was entirely in accordance with existing convention, protocol and practice, until the very recent and unexpected development of the investigations by UK and Nigerian authorities. This development was not foreseen nor anticipated by the due diligence undertaken on behalf of the Government, and could not have been and was not foreseen by me or the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.“
“I should add that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs moved with dispatch to suspend all relations with Mrs. Madueke immediately following her arrest in October 2015, pending the outcome of the investigations. This suspension took place in the month of October. Our position is that the relationship with Mrs. Madueke and all that flows from this will remain completely suspended until such time as the probe into her conduct as a Minister of Government is concluded and a determination made by the relevant authorities. ” The statement reads.