..Capt. Hashim Abdullahi
1. NO MUTINY AMONG SOLDIERS OF 21 BRIGADE, BAMA – GOC
The Nigerian Army on Friday dismissed speculations that soldiers of 21 Brigade in Bama shot indiscriminately and turned against their officers. The General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the army, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezegwu, denied the report in Maiduguri. He said, “I want to assure that nothing like mutiny happened in Bama. Nothing happen. I just came back from Bama and nothing like that happened.” Some online publications had reported that there was a complete breakdown of order and discipline at the 21 Brigade in Bama where soldiers complained of mistreatment and began to shoot indiscriminately.
2. FAYOSE FIGHTS CRIME WITH ‘OPERATION FLUSH
Ekiti State Government on Friday launched a special patrol team named ‘Operation Flush’, in the bid to reduce crime by complementing other crime-fighting outfits. The team is made up of officers from the police, the military, the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. Speaking on the occasion at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti, the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, warned members of the team not to engage in harassment, extortion or intimidation of members of the public. While reiterating the determination to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state, Fayose also directed local government chairmen to ensure that road medians and shoulders were cleared across the state.
3. RIVERS POLL: UK, US, GERMANY, FRANCE CALL FOR PROBE OF KILLINGS
The United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright and his United States, France, Germany and the European Union counterparts, Messrs Stuart Symington, Denys Guaer, Bernhard Schlagheck and Micheal Arrion respectively, yesterday called on the federal government to conduct a transparent investigation into the killings of innocent Nigerians during the just concluded Rivers re-run election. Also yesterday, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) vowed that it would get to the root of incidences of malfeasance involving its staff, politicians and some security agents during the just concluded re-run elections in Rivers State. This was contained in a statement, signed by the Deputy Press and Public Relations Officer of the British High Commission, Jamila Fagge, on behalf of the five envoys resident in Abuja.
4. POLICE INTIMIDATED, KEPT ME UNDER HOUSE ARREST, LAMENTS YUGUDA.
The immediate past governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda has alleged that Police violated his fundamental human rights by putting him under house arrest, intimidation and harassment of his Bauchi residence during his last visit to the state. Yuguda who made the allegations through his spokesman and former Commissioner of information in the state, Alhaji Salisu Ahmed Barau while talking to journalists in Bauchi yesterday, said ‘‘the state police command in collaboration with the Bauchi State government, in a calculated plot to embarrass and humiliate me before a multitude of my supporters in the state who trooped out to welcome me home after more than a year’s absence from the country during which I went to take care of my health and treat an undisclosed ailment’’.
5. BIAFRA: KALU INITIATES PEACE MOVE, VISITS NNAMDI KANU IN PRISON
Apparently worried over the growing apprehension in the South-east, occasioned by the continuous detention of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, eminent businessman and former governor of Abia state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday, visited him at Kuje Prisons in Abuja. Kalu who arrived at the prisons at about 12noon, told newsmen after meeting with Kanu for over an hour, that as a former governor of Abia state, it was his duty to protect his people. He revealed that his discussion with the detained IPOB leader was fruitful and added that he was able to secure the approval of Kanu to speak on his behalf. Kalu said: “My visit to Kanu is in compliance with the United Nation’s Charter on Human Rights. It means anyone who is in prison should frequently be visited. “I decided to come and visit him as a younger brother and as a former governor of Abia State. Once you become a governor, you have a duty to always protect your people. I came to plead with him to talk to his supporters. I think they will have a change of attitude.” Dr Kalu said a peace deal and out of court settlement with the Federal Government was still a possibility, which he said maybe be explored by both parties.
6. THIRTY DAYS AFTER, KIDNAPPED FEMALE LECTURER YET TO REGAIN FREEDOM
A female lecturer, Ms Christie Agbulu, who was kidnapped during a visit to Kogi State on November 16, is still being withheld by her abductors. The Academic Staff Union of Universities therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Police to ensure Agbulu’s release. Dr. Bemgba Anjembe, the Chairman of ASUU, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, made the appeal on Friday in Lokoja at a news conference. Anjembe, who spoke through the Secretary of the University’s Chapter of ASUU, Dr. Ishaq Eneji, said he was dissatisfied that the Police had not been able to rescue Agbulu. He said that the victim was kidnapped as soon as she arrived in the state, adding that the abductors later used her phone to call to demand a ransom of N150,000. “One hundred thousand Naira was paid into her account and her abductors quickly withdrew the money, using her ATM card. “The balance of N50,000 could not be paid just as the matter was reported to the Police,” he said. He said the leadership of the ASUU met with the officials of the state Police command on December 1, during which the Police assured them that they would do their best to save her.
7. NIGERIAN AIR FORCE REDEPLOY 30 AVMS, 37 OTHER SENIOR OFFICERS
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday said it had redeployed 67 senior officers, comprising 30 Air Vice Marshals (AVMs), 17 Air Commodores,10 Group Capt. seven Wing Cdrs. and three Sqn. Ldrs. A statement signed by its Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, and made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the redeployment came on the heels of the decoration of senior officers recently promoted to the ranks of AVMs and Air Commodores. The statement said that Prominent among those affected by the new posting at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja are: AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, newly-appointed as the Air Secretary. Also, AVM Saleh Shinkafi was appointed the pioneer Chief of Medical Services, AVM Mohammad Muhammad appointed the Chief of Administration and, AVM Sambo Usman appointed the Chief of Logistics and Communication.
8. IMMIGRATION REPATRIATES 769 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN CROSS RIVER
Mrs Funke Adeuyi, Comptroller of Cross River Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says NIS has repatriated 769 illegal immigrants who gain entry into the state without valid travelling documents. She said that the illegal immigrants were repatriated between January 2016 and December 2016, they came into Nigeria without valid travelling documents. Adeuyi told newsmen in Calabar on Friday that the illegal immigrants were arrested at different border posts and brought to the command’s headquarters in Calabar. She explained that the command did a thorough profiling of the immigrants and found out that some of them did not have valid travelling documents needed to gain entrance into Nigeria. The comptroller said that during the period under review, 39 immigrants were denied entry into Nigeria based on lack of valid travelling documents and other related reasons.
9. NEC records 70 incidents of deliberate electoral violence in Rivers re-run
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the commission recorded at least, 70 incidences of obstruction of election electoral processes in Dec.10, re-run legislative elections in Rivers. Yakubu disclosed this while addressing a world conference at the opening ceremony of a two-day Capacity Development for INEC Press Corps on Friday in Abuja. The INEC boss said that the violent incidence included harassment, abduction and physical assaults of election duty personnel during the election. He decried the high level of violence and thuggery witnessed in the exercise, adding that ”on the eve of the election, thugs disrupted the delivery of election materials. Registration Area Centres (RACs), a situation that prevented early deployment to the Polling Units (PUs)on election day.
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10. ARMED FORCE ALONE WILL NEVER VANQUISH IS, US EXPERTS SAY
If the Islamic State group is to be defeated and prevented from reappearing under some new guise, the root causes behind its birth and growth must be addressed, American experts say. In the face of an uprising that has catalyzed and channeled anger, frustrations and resentments of a significant part of the Sunni world, a uniquely military response will never suffice, however impressive its gains on the ground, according to terror experts. And yet the underlying problems in many parts of the Arab world — starting with chaos, poor governance and poverty — run deep. With places like the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo descending into chaos, no easy solutions are in sight. Widespread new unrest in dire proportions seems a near certainty, and only an extraordinary campaign of ideological pushback might eventually provide relief, said experts Wednesday during an annual conference in Washington on terrorism. “With the new US administration coming, there is an instinctive, ‘We got to be tougher,’” former CIA chief Michael Hayden said at the conference, sponsored by the Jamestown Foundation think tank. “But if it was about our ability to kill people, we’d have been done 14 years ago.” “We can’t kill our way out of this,” he said. “If we do nothing except get tougher, we’ll have to get tougher multiple times in the future,” he added. Like several other terror experts, Hayden, who also once headed the National Security Agency, insisted that until the underlying causes that prompt young Sunni Muslims to join jihadist movements are addressed, the attraction of radical Islam will endure and the ranks of its fighters and leaders will continually be replenished. Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst and counterterrorism expert now with the prestigious Brookings Institution, stressed the limits of what he called a “decapitation strategy” aimed mainly at the leadership of the groups like ISIS or Al-Qaeda .