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Federal Government begins construction of N64bn fence for University of Maiduguri

THE Federal Government has begun the construction of the 27.3-kilometre perimeter fence for the University of Maiduguri to check incessant attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.

The project, which is valued at N64bn, is to stop the terrorists who have been penetrating the North-East part of the institution’s campus.

Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities in UNIMAID, Dr Dani Mamman, who stated these in an interview with The PUNCH, said only the western and southern parts of UNIMAID campus were initially fenced.

He said, “The UNIMAID perimeter fence is still being constructed. The Federal Government approved N64 bn for the construction of 27.3-kilometre perimeter fence for UNIMAID. That place is very porous.

“The ASUU UNIMAID wrote to the Minister of Education through the ASUU president after an explosion during which we lost a professor and seven other staff.”

8 Major Indicators Vicariously Linking The Present Government Of Nigeria To Herdsmen & Boko Haram Jihadism

Intersociety, Onitsha, Eastern Nigeria, Friday, 31st July 2020.

There are eight major indicators vicariously linking the present Government of Nigeria and its security and law enforcement agencies to ongoing orgy of terror against Christians in the country.

The jihadist terror activities against Christians especially by Jihadist Herdsmen is likened or modeled after Sudan’s “Janjaweed Jihadism” under the ousted Gen Omar Hassan el-Bashir Government (1989-2019).

The present Government of Nigeria and its security and law enforcement agencies have since mid 2015 defended and stood by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen whose frontiers have further expanded to include ‘foreign’ or ‘imported’ Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen and Shuwa Arabs. These Jihadist groups are also fingered in the ongoing socio-political instabilities or crises in the Central African Republic and Republic of Burkina Faso, etc.

The Nigeria’s central Government has continuously failed woefully in its constitutional duties to protect and secure the country’s individual and group citizens irrespective of their religion, tribe and creed. Same Government has also failed woefully to protect the country’s secularity status and seemed most likely to have adopted radical Islamism as ‘a state religion’, contrary to Sections 10 and 38 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. The Government’s defense of the Jihadist Herdsmen and their heinous atrocities had included and still includes description of their anti Christian butcheries as “herders-farmers’ clash(es)”, or “killings arising from revenge and reprisal violence and criminal gangs”, or “communal clashes” such as ‘killings involving two warring Christian communities”. The latest of such indefensible Government’s cuddling and defense of Jihadist Herdsmen is a false narrative of “balance of terror” or ‘symmetric killings and counter killings’ between communal Muslims and communal Christians’.

In all these, we, the Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law, are not unaware of the fact that the Government is bent not only to continue its monumental failure to act to end the butcheries but also its attempts at deceiving and misleading the world. Therefore, having, since 2010, carefully followed, monitored, researched, investigated, documented, exposed or published the killings perpetrated against Christians and Minority Muslims in Nigeria or any part thereof including patterns and trends of the attacks, we have identified eight major indicators vicariously and inescapably linking the named Government and its security and law enforcement agencies to Fulani Herdsmen Jihadism in the country. The eight major indicators are summarized as follows:

One (1): Government of Nigeria has consistently and undeniably risen since mid 2015 in strong defense and protection of Herdsmen Jihadists and their atrocities which have now escalated and spread country-wide. The central Government of Nigeria and its Armed Forces has also vicariously and officially maintained a policy of soft spot for Boko Haram and its terror jihadism in the Northeast. This, the same Government does to through window dressing and, some say, ‘conflict profiteering’.

Two (2):Government has introduced RUGA (Rural Grazing Area or Settlement for Fulani Herders throughout Nigeria) and NLTP (National Livestock Transformation Plan); all resulting in forceful settlement of Fulani Herders or making them to violently occupy indigenous Christian lands throughout Nigeria. Included, too, is the Nigerian Military (Fulani) Cattle ranching program which seems to have reduced same to a “Fulani colony or Armed Forces”.

Three (3): The Nigerian Military particularly the Army has also since Oct 2016, established annual regional military operations with different code names, camouflaged and remotely targeted at Christian parts of Nigeria; during which ways are militarily and vicariously paved for Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen to move into indigenous Christian lands and occupy them under heavy military or security backing and protection. Strong pieces of evidence abound.

All the programs above are widely viewed as jihad friendly or oriented and through them the Jihadist Herdsmen have been provided state cover to move in and forcefully occupy indigenous Christian communities and their forests, bushes and farmlands across the country; from where they launch attacks and jihadist campaigns targeted at Christians, their lands, farmlands, houses and worship and learning centers. They have been responsible for burning or destruction of not less than 1,500 churches and Christian learning centers across the country since 2015.

Not a single Mosque has been destroyed or burnt in their name till date. As a matter of fact, it must be reminded that Jihadist Herdsmen have never killed a single Muslim or destroyed or burnt any Mosque or Islamic learning center anywhere in Nigeria or any part thereof. All their victims are Christians and other non Muslims. Before mid 2015, for instance, less than two percent of the farmlands, bushes and forests in over 500 Igbo communities in Igbo Land (including Igbo parts of Delta, Benue and Kogi) presently occupied or under the occupation of the Jihadist Herdsmen was occupied or under occupation by same Jihadist Herdsmen. They had existed as “Hausa Settlements” or “Ogbe Hausa”. This is also similarly the case in the Christian parts of Benue, Southern Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi, Yobe, Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa, Edo and Delta, etc.

Three (3): Grossly lopsided composition of the country’s security forces including their commands and controls which have remained, some say, “90% Muslim controlled”. Three (3): refusing to arrest and prosecute the atrocious jihadists or hold them to account for their heinous atrocities since July 2015.

Four (4): Continued recognition of the mother bodies of the genocidal Fulani jihadists (i.e. MACBAN, FUNAM and Fulani Koutal Hore) as ‘registered organizations” and deregistration of nonviolent socio-cultural, etc groups and declaration, using draconian legal instruments, of other nonviolent ethno-religious groups as “terrorist organizations”.

Five (5): Indiscriminate and unilateral granting of state pardon to terror jihadists (i.e. “repentant Boko Haram combatants”) and their alleged enlistment into security forces as well as abandonment and persecution of victim groups or communities.

Six (6): Government’s false labeling of killing of Christians as “killings arising from herders-farmers’ clashes” and use of different false narratives to back and protect the jihadists and cover their atrocities.

Seven (7): In furtherance of the above false labeling and narratives, the present Nigeria’s central Government also tries to introduce “a balance of terror” or symmetric narrative, between the Fulani Herdsmen jihadists and the victim Christian communities by describing the brutally asymmetric killings as “killings arising from revenge, reprisals and criminal gangs”.

Same Government has till date, refused to recognize and declare Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen as a terror group. This is despite the fact that the group is internationally outlawed and named ‘world’s fourth deadliest terror group’. The “balance of terror” Government’s false narrative has further exposed the complicity of the Nigerian Government in the anti Christian butcheries and its monumental failure in discharging its constitutional duties of protecting and safeguarding the citizens irrespective of their religion, tribe or creed.

Eight (8):Nigerian Government and its security and law enforcement agencies particularly the Nigeria Police Force do not have official credible data or crime statistics particularly with respect to ceaseless massacre of Christians in Nigeria. The Government has not only failed to provide official credible data of the killings, maiming and Christian properties destroyed or burnt but also undermined, mangled and denied same when independently presented.

Government has also failed woefully in letting Nigerians and the Int’l Community know, with verifiable statistics, the proportionality or dis-proportionality of such inter faith asymmetric killings, maiming and destroyed or burnt or lost properties. That is say that there are no credible data from the present central Government of Nigeria or its security and law enforcement agencies including Nigeria Police Force and Defense or Army Headquarters, showing the percentage or number of attacks against defenseless Christian communities by the state backed and protected Jihadist Herdsmen or reprisals by the victim Christian communities, if any.

In other words: there are no credible Government’s records or from its security and law enforcement agencies showing the number of attacks against Christians since mid 2015 by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen, number of Christians killed, number of their lands seized and occupied by the Jihadists and number of Christians’ properties including dwelling houses, worship and learning centers destroyed or burnt or lost to Jihadist Herdsmen. Government or security or law enforcement records are near totally absent, if not totally absent regarding the number of Jihadist Herdsmen arrested and investigated, convicted and jailed since mid 2015 for killing Christians or seizing or destroying their properties especially their sacred learning and worship centers. Independent records have continued to indicate that such perpetrators are often not arrested, but shielded by the security forces.

On the other hand, there are also no credible records from the same Government or its security and law enforcement agencies showing the number of attacks against Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen or Fulani citizens or settlements by the victim Christian groups or communities, number of Fulani citizens killed, number of their lands seized and occupied, number of Fulani properties including dwelling houses, Mosques and learning centers destroyed or burnt by same Christian “avengers”. The present Government of Nigeria and its security and law enforcement agencies should also answer the following questions: how many Muslims or Muslim farmers have been killed by Jihadist Herdsmen in Nigeria since mid 2015 and how many Islamic properties such as Mosques and learning centers have the same Jihadist Herdsmen destroyed or burnt?

Therefore, since the central Government of Nigeria is now introducing locally and internationally, ‘balance of terror’ narrative or symmetric violence ratio into the anti Christians’ massacre, we challenge them to furnish Nigerians and the Int’l Community with credible official records or data or ‘crime statistics’ regarding the above highlighted. The failure of the Government in this regard will mean same shutting up its mouth permanently and licking the wounds of its monumental failure to act to protect the vulnerable and persecuted Christians in Nigeria.

On our part and independently speaking, the evidence on the ground grossly shows the contrary or contradicts all the Government claims. Apart from attacks on Christians in Nigeria being brutally asymmetric or ‘98%/2%’ ratio; or radical Islamists’ attacks or violence against Christians 98% and reprisals against such attacks or violence 2% or less; the Nigerian Government, adding to its monumental failure to protect Christians and fish out and punish their attackers, has also repeatedly repelled such reprisals if rarely risen or rarely about to occur. Under the same Government, any reprisal killing of a Fulani Herdsman is given widest media attention locally and internationally; with wheel of justice speeded up against the perpetrator(s). But when Christians are massacred, Government rolls out industrially its media censorship and inaction including aiding and abetting; for purpose of dwarfing or mangling same.

Both in principle and in practice, the present Government of Nigeria has provided and still provides maximum protection for Fulani settlements and their jihadist groups and turned and still turns blind eyes including little or zero response to early warning or distress calls on the side of the persecuted Christians and their properties, especially when under attack or about to be attacked. Naturally, individual or group victim citizens’ reprisals become inevitable when governing or securing authorities woefully failed in their duties to protect them and go after their attackers; or whereby same governing or securing authorities take sides and shield the perpetrators and cover up their atrocities.

In the case of persecuted Christians and their communities in Nigeria or any part thereof, they have remained substantially pacifist, nonviolent, peaceful and law abiding; allowing themselves to be massacred at will; only for the same Government and its security and law enforcement agencies especially the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force to torment and punish them for being nonviolent. Even in the midst of vicious, systematic and coordinated attacks or violence against them by the Jihadist Herdsmen, the Government does little or nothing to protect and secure them other than to criminalize and collectively frame them up with all manners of false labeling and accusations.

Links below contained conspiratorial statements of the Federal Government, the Kaduna State Government, the Nigerian Army and the Kaduna State Police Command, directly or indirectly justifying the ongoing massacre of Christians in Southern Kaduna; these are same Governing and Security authorities constitutionally charged with responsibility of securing and protecting individual and group citizens’ lives and properties irrespective of their ethnicity and religion:

Presidency: https://globalsentinelng.com/2020/07/22/presidency-blames-revenge-killings-for-worsening-insecurity-in-southern-kaduna/.
Kaduna State Government: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/nwest/404891-why-insecurity-persists-in-southern-kaduna-el-rufai.html
the Nigeria Army: https://www.thecable.ng/military-commander-we-have-limited-manpower-to-tackle-southern-kaduna-killingsand https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/nwest/405610-southern-kaduna-crisis-not-ethnic-cleansing-military-commander.html
Kaduna State Police Command: https://guardian.ng/news/police-deny-fresh-killings-in-southern-kaduna/
A counter statement by SOKAPU: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/06/01/kaduna-community-urges-security-agencies-to-recover-30-corpses-of-victims-of-attacks/

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BREAKING: Human cargo entering Southern Nigeria are fleeing Boko Haram terrorists – Intelligence Report

Intelligence reports emanating from security experts have posited that northerners who were intercepted on South Eastern and South Southern highways are not Almajiris but members of Boko Haram terrorists fleeing the North due to decimation by the Nigerian army.

According to a military authority who chatted Jungle Journalist Media Limited on social media, the Nigerian army has dealt a crushing blow on Boko Haram, after Niger army chased them out of the country and liberated some Nigerian communities. The informant pleaded anonymity but said his information is reliable as he is in battle line in a northern Nigerian state.

“These are some members of Boko Haram. They are running to the South where they will not be suspected to be terrorists. The southerners should be on the watch out. These people are going to regroup in the South and begin another human onslaught, but this time, from the south. Your governments think this is a joke. They go about making shows out of boundary monitoring. This matter goes beyond importing Covid-19 into the south. Its terrorists that are entering your states. Get ready to battle terrorists among you. If care is not taken, there will be heavy killing in your communities”, he stated.

He said that as a matter of urgency, Southern state governments must work together to ensure that human cargoes do not enter their territories alongside essential goods like food coming from the North.

Recall that boundary states like Edo, Enugu and Abia have reported cases of turning back trucks loaded with human traffic.

US offers N2.5bn reward for tip-off on Boko Haram leader, Shekau

The United States’ Department of State has placed a $7 million (N2.5 billion) bounty for information that would lead to the capture of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The counterterrorism rewards program of the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Rewards for Justice Program, announced this in a tweet on Tuesday.

“The United States Department of State offers a reward up to $7m for information leading to the arrest of the terrorist, Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram,” the tweet read.

Shekau took over the leadership of Boko Haram in 2009 following the killing of the group’s former leader, Mohammed Yusuf.

Shekau is currently number eight on the list of the most wanted terrorists by the US.

Others on the list include Ayman al-Zawahiri, current emir of Al Qaeda and former leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad ($25m); Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is the leader of the Haqqani Network, based in Pakistan ($10m); Abu Muhammad Al-Julani $10m, Abdullah Abdullah ($10m) wanted for his role on behalf of Al Qaeda in the 1998 US embassy bombings.

Apart from killings, Boko Haram has engaged in the practice of abducting schoolgirls, some of which include 276 kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014 and several others kidnapped from Dapchi, Yobe State.

The Senate is currently debating a bill initiated by the Federal Government to give amnesty to repentant Boko Haram members.

Chad executes 10 Boko Haram fighters over deadly attacks

Ten members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been executed by firing squad in Chad.

It comes a day after they were found guilty of terror charges at a trial in the capital N’Djamena.

Security sources said they were shot at a firing range north of the capital.

All 10 were convicted over their roles in twin attacks on the capital in June, which killed at least 38. A month after the attack, Chad reintroduced the death penalty for acts of terror.

“They were shot this morning at the Massaguet firing range,” a source told Reuters news agency, referring to a city about 60km (40 miles) north-east of N’Djamena.

Among those to die was Mahamat Mustapha, aka Bana Fanaye, who had been described as the “mastermind” of June’s attacks.

A school and a police building in the capital were targeted by suicide bombers on motorcycles, leaving more than 100 people injured in addition to the dead.

Those attacks were followed by a blast at a market in the capital in July, which killed 15 people.

The attacks were the first by the Nigerian-based group in Chad, which hosts the headquarters of a regional force set up to fight the militants.

The 10 were found guilty of charges including criminal conspiracy, killings, wilful destruction with explosives, fraud, illegal possessions of arms and ammunition, and using psychotropic substances, according to chief prosecutor Bruno Mahouli Louapambe, quoted in AFP news agency.

Behind The Agency Bill And The Freedom Of Boko Haram Members

#OPINION

By Busy Brain

Wonders shall never end. After killing to the fullest, our leaders have realised that it’s good to commend the efforts of the callous killers who does not possess any human feelings. Or isn’t it a way of commending retired Boko Haram members for the killings, for the atrocities, carnage and maiming all over the years with national agency for education, rehabilitation, de-radicalisation and integration of insurgents in the country.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam during plenary on Thursday at the upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja. It’s captioned ‘ National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria ( Est, etc) Bill 2020( SB. 340 ).

I can not but imagine the type of leaders we have in Nigeria. Some times, I do think maybe there is something mixed together with the breeze they inhale from air conditions in the chamber that normally trigger shallow bills. If we cannot have agency that will look into the well-being of the wives, sons and daughters of our fallen heroes while battling Boko Haram, Herdsmen, Bandits and kidnappers, then, the senator that came up with agency bill for the killers should be medically cross checked.

For more than a decade, woes had been fallen and still on rampage as a result of Boko Haram incendiary. Many out Nigerian sons and daughters living in the North East region are homeless, hapless and fatherless, many houses burnt, properties worth millions destroyed. Many house wives had turned to widows while parents that await the return of their soldier son are left behind the daydreaming till now. What other depression is more than fighting war that has no definite stoppage time. We are just praying for the labour of our heroes not to be in vain; how will it not be in vain when the killers are being granted freedom.

Recently, 1400 Boko Haram members had been released in three tranches since operation safe corridor began. Operation safe corridor is an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of all ex Boko Haram members. The first set was released during Governor Shettima’s time while two sets have been released under Prof Zulum While Mr. Shekau speaking on Chibok girls, said, the only way to have those girls back is for their men in prison to be released. After the release of 1400 wicked men, no-one sees the break light of Chibok girls. What we saw was another bomb blast.

In Shekau’s Statement, he said, “Buhari came to Maiduguri pretending to be a good man but he is not. He shouldn’t try to return to Maiduguri again.

Quoting Mr. Shekau further, he said: “Buhari, fear your Creator. God said you don’t have up to a spider’s web. But you think you are a major general. l swear, you are nothing. Buhari, I am talking to you, you’ll know no peace. Don’t come back to Maiduguri. Just go and sit down and think over my comments. And if u think I am the one disrupting your affairs, honestly I am not. You have deceived the people by telling them you are a just leader; carry on!”

From the above statement, one would agree with me that it is out of point for President Buhari led administration to free captured Boko Haram members. The above lines from Shekau depict that, he is mentally unstable and physically wicked. His words lack direction and the reason for killing Nigerians is hazy. Everything said up there only emanated from a disjointed and most wicked soul.

A video threatening President Buhari and Honourable Minister of communication has shown that things have finally fallen apart and the labour of these heroes that left their comfort zones to combat Boko Bombs seems to be in vain just because the way and manner Nigeria’ government is handling the matter is getting worrisome. If not, why would government grant freedom to the suspected killers?

From the reports, CAN Chairman of Michika LG. Adamawa State was missing, later Ropvil Deciya Dalep of Unimaid was beheaded by Boko Haram while Fatimah Babagana of Mass Communication Department, Unimaid along other 29 innocent Nigerians were burnt to ashes by same deadly sect. Campuses are no longer safe in the North East region. Just of recent after President’s Buhari’s visitation to Borno, about 30 innocent lives were sent to the world beyond. Tell me, is it now normal for the government to release these killers and still attempt to create agency for them while Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu and others are still in their dungeon. It’s like giving kudos to them to have succeeded in terrorising the country.

If the government claim the released members were not real Boko Haram members, would government know Boko Haram members than the soldiers that have been battling them for years? The soldiers are familiar with them and they know those they captured as Boko Haram members. Why would Federal Government grant them freedom as repentant members ? Why are these repentant members not revealing their sponsors? Who are those supplying them sophisticated weapons? If they are born again terrorists for real, they should tell the government about their antics and tactics in order to find a solution to their mode of operation. If they are not giving information about other colleagues, their freedom would bring more tragedy.

In as much as my hope is still alive that we would find a way out to the problems bedevilling the country, what is behind the national agency bill and freedom of Boko Haram members is nothing but an attempt to waste the efforts of our past heroes and the present ones on the battlefield.

Busy Brain is an Opinion writer, Journalist, Researcher, Poet And Public Relations Practitioner
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Senate to establish agency to compensate Boko Haram members

#NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

By Henry Umoru

THE Senate has begun moves to establish a National Agency that would be saddled with among others, the responsibility of educating, rehabilitating, de- radicalization and integration of ex- Boko Haram insurgents.

The Bill titled, ” National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De- radicalization and Integration of repentant Insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB.340) was read the first time yesterday at Senate plenary.

The Bill is sponsored by former Governor of Yobe State, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, All Progressives Congress, APC, Yobe East.

If the Bill succeeds, it will then put in place a legal framework that would have Amnesty for Boko Haram insurgents that have engaged in massive killings and wanton destruction of property especially in the North East geo- political zone of the country.

According to the Sponsor, the Bill is aimed at providing avenue for rehabilitating, de-radicalizing, educating and reintegrating the defectors, repentant and detained members of the insurgent group Boko Haram to make the useful members of the society.

Senator Gaidam said that the Agency will also provide avenue for reconciliation and promote national security.

The agency is also aimed at providing an-open-door and encouragement for other members of the group who are still engaged in the insurgency to abandon the group especially in the face of the military pressure.

The agency will also give the government an opportunity to derive insider-information about the insurgence group for greater understanding of the group and its inner workings.

According to the Bill, gaining greater understanding of the insurgents will enable government to address the immediate concerns of violence and study the needs of de-radicalization effort to improve the process of de-radicalization.

The Senator said that it will help disintegrate the violent and poisonous ideology that the group spreads as the program will enable some convicted or suspected terrorists to express remorse over their actions, repent and recant their Violent ideology and re-enter mainstream politics, religion and society.

According to the Bill, when passed, the agency would provide recreational sports and fine arts programs, adding, “Also, through maintaining open lines of communication, the agency will be able to gain a greater understanding of both the immediate needs for combating Boko Hararn as well as tool for counter-radicalization in the future.”

On Vocational Rehabilitation, Senator Gaidam said, “Vocational rehabilitation gives the detainees Opportunities to learn carpentry, clay shaping, pottery and the like. In addition, they will make use of art through drawings, guided by professional art therapists in their art rehabilitation.

The bill is coming amidst protest against the reintegration of members of the Boko Haram sect back into the society.

Recall that the Military was recently reported to have trained and rehabilitated over 1,000 insurgents in one of its centres in Gombe State.

The report claimed that the Military had gone ahead to release the “Repentant” insurgents after three years of vocational training.

Also recall that Borno State government recently revealed that the military had released 1,400 repentant Boko Haram suspects.

If President Buhari Sack Me Today, It Will Not End Boko Haram – Army Chief, Buratai

Chief of army staff, Lieutenant general, Tukur Yusuf Buratai says President Muhammadu Buhari should not be pushed into sacking his service chiefs “because he knows where the problems are”.

There have been calls by federal lawmakers and other Nigerians on the president to sack the service chiefs following what appears to be the resurgence of Boko Haram.

Buratai, speaking in a special interview with TheCable and THISDAY/ARISE in Lagos on Tuesday, said while not questioning the wisdom of the national assembly, the solution is not the removal of service chiefs as Buhari “knows where it pinches” and is the right arbiter.

“I am tempted not to comment on this particular issue because I am directly involved. However, I want to believe that whatever happens, the commander-in-chief is the right arbiter, and he knows where it pinches, he knows where the problems are. I think the decision should be left to him. He should not be pushed or prompted in this regard,” he said.

Buratai said “we are into a very serious issue which should not be taken lightly”, adding: “This is why when you say a particular crop of leaders in the military should be removed for whatever reason, it sounds very odd because we are not addressing the issues. I am not saying this because I am the chief of army staff and I do not want to leave. No, that is not the issue. It is beyond that because this is a national issue, an issue of national pride and national interest. Those who would cry loudly against the service chiefs are within, and they are the ones who should be more vocal in the things that are not going right.”

The army chief also said contrary to the notion that Boko Haram started in 2009, the “brainwashing and indoctrination” started over 30 years ago, thereby making it difficult to totally wipe out terrorism.

He said the military has nonetheless won the war against insurgency as the Boko Haram militants do not control any territory in Nigeria.

Nigeria rehabilitates and releases Boko Haram members, but not Yahoo boys, IPOB members, Sars victims–Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan has come hard against President Muhammadu Buhari, over the release of 1,400 members of Boko Haram terrorist group.

In a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, Omokri enumerated several atrocities committed by Boko Haram against the Nigerian state and Nigerians, and wondered why they were being released whereas harmless members of the Biafran organisation, IPOB were being arrested and never released.

He also wondered why Internet fraudsters who do not kill but only disposes people of their wealth through tricks are handled like murderers whereas the real murderers are arrested, treated like VIPs, rehabilitated, and then relseased back into the society.

Here are some of the tweets:

“Nigeria does not release or rehabilitate repentant

* Yahoo boys
* IPOB members
* Shiites
* SARS victims, or * Non violent criminals

“Maybe because the above mentioned have not KILLED. Boko Haram kill Nigerian Army soldiers, only to be released. See soldier’s lives so cheap?

“When you release 1400 repentant Boko Haram members back to society, without jobs, or business, what do you expect?

Yesterday, Boko Haram killed 30 people and stole property in Auno, 15 miles from Maiduguri. How do we know it wasn’t released repentants who perpetrated the attack?

Another tweet read:

This widow’s husband was killed by Boko Haram. She became poor. In desperation, she went into crime. She was arrested and JAILED. Meanwhile, the Boko Haram members who killed her husband are rehabilitated and FREED. Is this JUSTICE?

Others are below:

According to Gov. Zulum of Borno, Boko Haram have made 59,311 kids orphans and 59,213 women widows in Borno alone. Yet, General @MBuhari has not imprisoned even one Boko Haramite. Instead, he has released 1400 repentant Boko Haramites!

“VP @ProfOsinbajo is currently attending Arap Moi’s funeral in Kenya. Both he and General @MBuhari have NEVER attended the funeral of soldiers killed by Boko Haram. Yet, they released 1400 so called repentant Boko Haramites. How would the widows and orphans feel?

“These soldiers died, leaving behind wives and kids. Both General @MBuhari and the minister for funeral affairs, @profOsinbajo, never attended their funeral. As I speak, both of them are abroad, while Boko Haram, whose members they released, are killing Nigerians

“Never criticise @HQNigerianArmy soldiers fighting Boko Haram. Why should they risk their lives and die only for their wives and kids to suffer, while General @MBuhari releases so called ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members? Buhari is destroying the morale of our army

“Are there any rehabilitation camps for widows and orphans of soldiers killed by Boko Haram? No! Yet, these widows and orphans watch as the @MBuhari administration rehabilitate the Boko Haram members who killed their husband and fathers. 1400 of them. Where is the justice in that?

“When you release 1400 repentant Boko Haram members back to society, without jobs, or business, what do you expect? Yesterday, Boko Haram killed 30 people and stole property in Auno, 15 miles from Maiduguri. How do we know it wasn’t released repentants who perpetrated the attack?

“This government killed 347 Shiite men, women, and children, yet they had no problem releasing 1400 ‘repentant’ Boko Haram. @Google Shuaibu Moni, a released Boko Haram member who went on to kill countless Nigerians AFTER his release. The only repentant Boko Haram is a dead one!”

BORNO MASSACRE: Outrage as death toll hit 50, including baby, UNIMAID student, others

…Anger as death toll climbs to 50 •Auno deserted 24 hours after

…Attack could have been avoided – Zulum

…Military must compensate families of Borno carnage — Bolori

…Buhari’s insensitive — BISHOP KUKAH

…Sect using guerilla tactics – Army commander

…Army must adopt new approach – Labour

By Victor Young, Ndahi Marama, Chinonso Alozie & Ibrahim Hassan

The polity was wrapped in outrage, yesterday, as the identities and details of how a baby, a female Mass Communication student of the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, and scores of others were massacred by Boko Haram insurgents, who ambushed motorists and passengers at Auno village, near Maiduguri, Borno State, on Sunday night, emerged.

The dead included a baby and its mother, a female student of University of Maiduguri, simply identified as Fatima. Some of the victims were burnt beyond recognition by the attackers. A woman was raped and her new born baby’s head was crushed to death, before they were burnt in the ensuing inferno.

The village was deserted, yesterday, when Vanguard visited. Some stakeholders have blamed the military for the carnage and urged them to compensate the victims just as former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, called for a second look at possible ways to end Nigeria’s war against the Boko Haram insurgency.

With Nigerian Army Commander, General Abdul Kalifa Ibrahim, attributing the mayhem to guerilla tactics adopted by the insurgents, Organised Labour urged the military to change its strategy and win the war.

Death toll now over 40

Initial accounts said 30 people died in the Auno attack. However, a vigilante, Yusuf Isa Kazalma, told Vanguard that the attack left no fewer than 40 people dead, including six insurgents and four civilians whose corpses were recovered in the bush during clearance operations on Monday. The motorists and passengers who were denied entry into Maiduguri for failing to meet the 5pm stipulated time set by security operatives, elected to pass the night at Auno village.

Unfortunately, they were attacked by terrorists suspected to have came from Alagarno axis of Sambisa Forest.

Kazalma said the massacre started at about 9:50pm. Located along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, Auno is seven kilometres away from Maiduguri city centre and five kilometers from the newly established Borno State University campus.

This is even as another Boko Haram attack took place on Monday night in Tungushe village located along Maiduguri-Monguno road. Fortunately, this time, sources said, troops were able to repel the attack with the terrorists having casualties

Governor Babagana Zulum, who visited the scene on Monday morning, was shocked to have discovered that no fewer than 30 people lost their lives with 18 vehicles, shops and residential houses set ablaze, lamenting that the disaster could have been averted, if the military did the needful

The Theatre Commander, Major Gen Olusegun Adenyi disputed the figure and put the death toll to 10 at Press briefing on Monday.

Said Zulum: “We have to be brutal in telling the truth. I am pushed to the wall to say the truth. Since I was inaugurated as governor of Borno State, Boko Haram has attacked Auno six times. Another thing is that the military has been withdrawn from Auno town.

“I am not undermining the capacity of the military but we have made repeated appeals for the military to establish their unit in Auno. They are here but as soon as it is 5 pm, they close the gate and lock the people and go back to Maiduguri.”

Military must compensate families of Borno carnage – Kaka Bolori

Bemoaning the attack, former chairman of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, MMC, Kaka Bolori, said military authorities must compensate families of those killed by terrorists at Auno village.

“There was no justification for the military to block the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, deny commuters passage, leaving them vulnerable to attack at night without any help from anywhere.

“It is unthinkable for the soldiers to ask hundreds of people to lay over at Auno when everyone knows the place is not safe. “More widows and orphans were created on that day. This sad event has further increased the humanitarian challenges our people are facing.

“The commanders that gave the directive for the travelers to be held hostage must be brought to book. In addition, the military must compensate families of the victims killed, must shoulder the bills of those injured and those who lost their valuables must also be fully compensated. There is no wisdom in blocking highways and subjecting commuters to all kinds of dangers,” Bolori said.

Outrage

Also, Abba Masta, a strong advocate for peace and good governance, also said: “So long as failures are not visited fully with ‘dire’ consequences, we will sadly, but truly continue to wallow in many more of the avoidable incidents such as Auno’s (God forbid).

“It is very unfortunate that five years into the change government that Nigerians overwhelmingly supported, the issue of Boko Haram still lingers.’’

Former Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal, described the incident as callous, heinous, uncalled-for and against humanity.

“I commiserate with the victims’ families, Borno State government under the leadership of Professor Babagana Umar Zulum, and, indeed, the good people of Borno over the avoidable incident. I urge the good of people Borno and indeed the nation to be dedicated in prayers for the total end to inhumane activities of any form from individuals or groups. I also pray for our gallant military and other security agencies in their efforts in winning the war against terrorism in our dear state, Borno, and indeed across the country.’’

A university teacher, Dr Musa Usman, attributed what happened in Auno and other places to total negligence.

“It pains every Nigerian that a government that promised to secure the nation has failed to do so. There are so many questions begging for answers as regards this insurgency. The Maiduguri-Damaturu highway is not a meandering slop with sharp turns. It is a straight road with open space.

“At this time of the year, the area lacks any iota of vegetation. The road is not on the path of a thick forest. And the road, if I am not wrong, is less than two hours’ drive.

“If the Federal Government cannot secure this little stretch of road, then we are in a big quagmire. It is sad that security forces cannot comb the areas around the road for the insurgents. Despite huge resources, the military cannot develop a mechanism to check the antics of the insurgents. What pains us the most is the fact that nobody is going to be held responsible.

“No empathy from the Federal Government. And the situation is the same across the country, killings everywhere! If there is a conspiracy to thwart the gains of the Buhari government, as some diehards will say, what is the government doing to unravel the conspiracy?

“The buck stops on the table of the government. We deeply regret returning this government to power. As it stands now, as it has always been, we will lick our wounds, tend to our injured and bury our dead. But God is watching! All those with hands in this calamity will pay for their sins. All those whose irresponsibility keeps this cycle of violence going will equally answer for their inactions,” he said on his Fcaebook page.

Insurgents attack in 6 gun trucks

Sources said the terrorists came in six gun trucks for the first attack, contrary to claims by the Theatre Commander that the insurgents came on motorcycles, dropped their members near the surrounding bushes before launching the deadly attacks.

Later on sources said “18 trucks loaded with armed insurgents joined the first team as reinforcement and wreaked havoc.

A veteran journalist (name withheld) in Maiduguri said “It’s indeed a black and obnoxious Monday for us in Borno and the entire North-East. One cannot estimate the kind of pains families of the victims are passing through. May souls of the departed rest in peace. My heart is still bleeding because heads will not roll, nobody will take responsibility for this grave failure and national embarrassment”.

Army commander blames carnage on guerilla tactics of insurgents

A Nigerian Army Commander, General Abdul Kalifa Ibrahim has assured that the military has intensified efforts to apprehend the dreaded Boko Haram leader, Shekau, saying, “by the grace of Allah,we will be victorious.”

General Ibrahim spoke in an interview on the Voice of America, VOA, Hausa Service monitored by journalists in Kaduna, yesterday.

Speaking on the latest carnage along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, the Army Commander said: “The truth is that people had moved freely without any problem but as I have told you, these insurgents engage in guerilla warfare. But still, there are methods adopted by security agencies on that and by the grace of Allah, we will deal with that problem.”

He explained that a battalion had been stationed in that contentious axis near Mainok,while a headquarters is at Jakana to enable the military operatives in that location patrol the area and prevent the insurgents from committing their atrocities.

“It’s not that we lack working tools, we have but we need more,” he said.

Asked the possibility of apprehending Abubakar Shekau, he said, “we are working on that and by the grace of Allah, we will be victorious.’’

He debunked the idea that the Nigerian military only engaged in defensive techniques instead of a hot chase on the insurgents, saying “the truth is that we are doing our best. We do chase them, we traverse different camps searching for Boko Haram. Just last week I assigned my soldiers from 21 Brigade to Bama. Although the guerrillas ran away, we found and destroyed their camp. We also rescued women and children from there,” he said.

We must explore all options to stop this scourge – Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar also said the Auno killings call for a second look at possible ways to end Nigeria’s war against the Boko Haram insurgency. He said Nigeria can’t afford to stay divided in the face of its common enemy.

He also sympathized with the bereaved families, noting that the incidents should make the nation explore all possible options to put a stop to the carnage.

Atiku made these remarks on Sunday via his verified Twitter handle.

Adopt new approach to fighting terrorism, insurgency — NLC

Organised Labour, yesterday commiserated with Governor Zulum, and indigenes of Borno State over Auno attack and asked military authorities to devise a new approach to fight terrorism and insurgency in the country.

The commiseration letter to Zulum by President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, read in part: “This attack is aimed at undermining the good efforts that your administration and our security forces are making to bring the current wave of terrorism and insurgency in the North East to an end and to restore the peace.

“At this rate, we have to urge the government and our security services not to be discouraged. It is also important for the government and our security forces to seriously consider adopting an entirely new approach to the fight against terrorism and insurgency especially in a manner that would break the spinal cord of those bent on unleashing mayhem on our people, their livelihoods and our collective sanity. It has now become unacceptable to allow blood-sucking marauders to operate for an uninterrupted period of up to four hours without repulsion by our security forces. We must now draw the line!

“The adoption of a new security strategy to the anti-terrorism fight has become acutely necessary given the grave danger that a much more prolonged insurgency portends for the socio-economic survival of our people. There are already fears that the recent upscale in violence along the Maiduguri-Damaturu corridor could be geared at cutting off this critical transportation artery and thus isolating Maiduguri from the rest of the country. The humanitarian impact in terms of the supply of food and other basic life-supporting amenities can only be imagined.’’

Go fight Boko Haram, leave Kanu’s home – INC tells Army

Also, the Igbo National Council, INC, yesterday advised the Nigeria security men at the home of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, ahead of his parents burial to leave.

INC President, Chilos Godsent, in a statement said in Owerri that Nigerians expected the Army in Afaraukwu to go and fight Boko Haram insurgents undermining the country’s sovereignty.

Report, apart from headline, is taken from Vanguard