Oyo: Army arrest Yoruba ‘nation’ agitators who invaded Govt. House

Oyo agitators

The Nigerian Army says it has apprehended some Yoruba ‘nation’ agitators who invaded the Oyo State Government House in Ibadan earlier on Saturday, after a gun battle. An issued statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the Yoruba ‘nation’ adherents engaged the troops in a shootout. According to him, the troops, utilizing superior firepower, successfully subdued the attackers, who subsequently retreated in disarray. As a result of this engagement, nine members of the irredentist group were apprehended, while one Semi Automatic pump-action rifle and ammunition were…

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Concerns over ‘misuse’ of security vote amidst rising insecurity

Security Vote misuse

Lawyers have queried the rationale behind the monthly allocation of security vote to state governors amidst rising insecurity in the country. The lawyers were unanimous in calling for the scrapping of security vote, saying it is not being properly used by many state governors. Speaking while appearing before the House Committee on FCT last week Monday to defend the N1.1 trillion budget of his ministry, Wike said he need security vote to tackle the insecurity currently ravaging the FCT. Wike said: “Security vote has become necessary to enable the FCT…

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Safe Schools Initiative: FG to engage hunters, vigilantes on intelligence-gathering

Safe Schools Initiative

National Coordinator, ‘Financing Safe Schools Initiative’, Mrs. Halima Iliya, says plans are underway to actively engage hunters and vigilantes on intelligence gathering to curb attacks on schools across the country. The National Coordinator, who gave this indication in an interview with  newsmen yesterday in Abuja, said that aggressive community engagements and sensitisation of students, parents and teachers will kick off in the second quarter of the year. She said, “As a component of the plan, for states with local vigilantes, we intend to train their hunters, vigilantes and volunteers while…

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Gunmen abduct ChannelsTV reporter in Rivers  

Kidnapped TV reporter

…Demand N30m ransom Gunmen have abducted a reporter with Channels TV, in Rivers State, Joshua Rogers. According to reports, Rogers was abducted on Thursday night, near his residence in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor local government area, (LGA). The journalist was said to have covered the inauguration of a healthcare facility in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, as donated to the state government by Peter Odili, former governor of Rivers. He was returning home when he was abducted. When contacted, the State’s Commissioner for Information in Rivers,  Joseph Johnson, said he is not aware of the…

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’10 yrs after Chibok girls’ mass abduction, Nigerian schoolchildren still at risk’ – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Ten years after the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigerian authorities have failed to put in place and sustain crucial measures to provide a secure learning environment for every child, Human Rights Watch has said. Since 2014, according to ‘Save the Children’, more than 1,600 children have been abducted or kidnapped across northern Nigeria. In the northeast, the armed conflict between Boko Haram and Nigerian armed forces continues to take its toll and, in the northwest, criminal groups commonly called bandits are terrorizing communities. During February and March…

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Police uncover plans to disrupt Sallah festival in Kano

Kano Sallah

The Police Command in Kano State has said that the Command has uncovered plans by some religious and political pressure groups to disrupt the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah) festivities in the State. Making this known  while briefing the press yesterday in Kano, the State Commissioner of Police, Usaini Gumel, stated the Command’s readiness to maintain law and order during the festival. According to the Commissioner, “The sponsors of this plan are under our close watch; they are advised to stop forthwith, as security agencies are following up and trailing the event,…

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Borno: Lieutenant, 6 others killed as terrorists ambush Army convoy

A military convoy, including a Lieutenant and several soldiers, have fallen victim to a deadly ambush by the Boko Haram sect along the Biu-Buratai-Buni Yadi road, a notorious hotspot for terrorist attacks linking Borno and Yobe States. The assault, occurring on Thursday evening, resulted in significant casualties, intensifying concerns over the security of the region. According to a reliable source, who spoke with newsmen, reported that the attack led to the tragic deaths of the lieutenant officer, a driver, a gunner, and four other soldiers, marking a somber moment for…

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‘Military capable of ending security challenges’ – Kwankwaso

Former Minister of Defence, Rabiu Kwankwaso, expressed confidence in the military’s ability to tackle the current security crisis if adequately motivated. Kwankwaso, who is also the National Leader of the New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP), made these remarks during a press briefing following the NNPP National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja. While acknowledging the primary responsibility of the Federal Government in addressing security challenges, he emphasized the importance of Nigerians contributing by providing essential information to security agencies. “As a former minister of defence, a former chief security officer of…

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Fatalities recorded, as Police, Shiites clash in Kaduna

Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State, was in disarray yesterday, as law enforcement officers endeavoured to disperse members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN), popularly known as Shiites, who were conducting a procession in the city center. The Shiites congregated near the Katsina Road roundabout, along Ahmadu Bello Way, before Police intervention was initiated to scatter the gathering. The situation instilled panic and apprehension among residents, particularly those with businesses along Ahmadu Bello Way, prompting many to shut their shops to avoid getting caught up in the commotion.…

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Nigerian military kills 2,351 terrorists in Q1 – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has said that troops neutralised at least 2,352 terrorists, arrested 2,308 and rescued 1,241 kidnapped hostages in different operations nationwide between January and March. The Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj-Gen. Edward Buba, made this disclosure yesterday in Abuja, while giving updates on military operations across the country. Buba said some of the terrorist commanders killed were Abu Bilal Minuki, aka Abubakar Mainok, the Head of Is-Al Furqan Province of ISGS and ISWAP, and Haruna Isiya Boderi. He further said that some terrorist commanders who operated…

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