TOP 10 SECURITY RELATED NEWS IN NIGERIA
…Captain Hashim Abdullahi
1. BOKO HARAM: 2.5M CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM STARVATION – BORNO LAWMAKERS
THIRTEEN lawmakers from Borno State in the National Assembly comprising the Senators and members of House of Representatives yesterday said the Federal Government was not doing enough to solve the humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states. The lawmakers said the number of children facing acute hunger and starvation had risen to 2.5 million. Addressing Journalists yesterday in Abuja, Chairman of the state caucus in the National Assembly and immediate-past Senate Leader, Ali Ndume said that in the 2016 budget, only N12 Billion was allocated to the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE).
2. POLICE ARREST CREW MEMBERS, VESSEL WITH 8M LITRES OF DIESEL
Police operatives have arrested three crew members and detained a marine vessel, Jazzi, found with 800,000 litres of adulterated diesel in Lagos. The suspects included Ogbolu Louis (Captain), Izuazu Anayo (Chief Engineer), Solomon Agbanoma (Able Seaman) and a depot manager, Olajide Kabir. Parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood explained that they were apprehended by IGP’S Task Force on Illegal Petroleum Bunkering at a location in Kirikiri area of Lagos State.
3. HOUSE BURNING, KILLING OF PEOPLE IN S.KADUNA OVERSTATED – CP
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh on Friday said the crisis in Southern Kaduna was largely exaggerated and used as propaganda by those benefitting from it. Abeh said in Kafanchan while giving update on the security situation in the area, that some community leaders in the area were compounding the issues due to selfish interest. He, however, said the police and other security agencies were on top of the situation, and doing everything to calm it. “The issue of people being killed and houses burnt are all exaggerated. “The crisis in southern Kaduna is about attacks and reprisal attacks, but the security is on top of the situation.
4. AIR FORCE STRIKES BOKO HARAM BASE IN GWOZA
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has struck a Boko Haram terrorist base at Tagoshe/Mandara Mountain general area about 10km Southwest of Gwoza in Northern Borno. In a statement signed by the Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the strike was ordered after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) tip-off that remnants of the fleeing terrorists were gathered at the location. He added that the follow up battle damage assessment confirmed the air strike was successful as shown by the enclosed classified footage of the operation.
5. EFCC RAIDS EX NAVAL CHIEF JIBRIN’S HOME
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) met a brick wall when its raided the residence of the former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin in the commercial and university town of Anyigba in Kogi State. The EFCC’s operation led by DSP Madaki Tuesday left broken soak away and damaged celling after their fruitless search. Sources said. It will be recalled that on 24 November last year, the rented apartment of the former Service Chief was also ransacked and his property destroyed. According to eye witness on Tuesday said ‘fierce looking EFCC staff stormed Jibrin’s house in Anyigba, they broke the swage tanks and celling but found nothing.’
6. SO SAD!!! HOW LASSA FEVER KILLED SOLDIER’S 22-YEAR-OLD WIFE
A 22-year-old woman, Mrs. Christabel Itodo, has died of Lassa fever at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, in Calabar, Cross River State. Itodo, who is the wife of an army officer in Maiduguri, Borno State, was transferred from a hospital in Makurdi, Benue State, to the UCTH on Sunday. The Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Prof. Thomas Agan, who confirmed the death of the patient, on Thursday, said she died of Lassa fever. Agan said that the patient was first taken to the Army Clinic at the Eburutu Barracks in Calabar, where she spent four days and was later transferred to the Navy Hospital in Calabar, adding that her situation worsened before she was brought to the UCTH. He said, “Mrs. Christabel Itodo took ill in Benue State and was hospitalised there before they brought her to Calabar. In Calabar here, they took her to Eburutu Clinic where she spent four days. The husband is a soldier, who worked in Calabar, but now posted to Maiduguri.
7. SHEKAU EXECUTES BOKO HARAM SPOKESMAN
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, sensationally announced on Friday he had executed the spokesman for the terror group, Tasiu who is also known as Abu Zinnira. Shekau accused Tasiu and another senior commander, Baba Ammar, of plotting to oust him from Boko Haram leadership. He claimed the duo had been sending fighters out on illegal raids, spreading rumours among his lieutenants that he intended to kill them and portraying him as unfit to lead. An agency report quoted Shekau as telling an inner circle of his group that “I killed Tasiu.” “You should hear me: I killed Tasiu, hear me well,” he told the gathering on December 18, 2016. The meeting had been called to clear the air over the bad blood apparently sparked within the group by Tasiu’s elimination.
8. CAMEROON EXPELS 517 NIGERIANS FLEEING BOKO HARAM
Over 500 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram insurgents have been forced to return to Nigeria, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday. Thousands of Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has been staging deadly attacks since 2009 in pursuit of a caliphate in northern Nigeria. In a statement to AFP, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said it was “very concerned” after 517 Nigerians were expelled, including 313 who had requested asylum. The agency said it planned to sign an accord with Cameroon and Nigeria on March 2 for the voluntary return of 85,000 Nigerian refugees. But it also said it was continuing to urge the Cameroon government to offer asylum and respect international conventions against forced repatriation of asylum seekers. As of February 17, more than 61,000 Nigerian refugees were at the Minawao camp in northeast Cameroon, but there are many others outside the site.
9. BOKO HARAM CRISIS: 14 DONORS PLEDGE $672M
The Oslo Conference on Boko Haram humanitarian crisis realised $672 million in pledges from 14 donors, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said. The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Mr Stephane Dujarric, at a press briefing on Friday, said Guterres welcomed the donors’ pledges. He explained that the donors pledged $458 for 2017 and 214 million U.S. dollars for 2018. “The Secretary-General welcomes donor pledges made today at the conclusion of the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region.
10. MILITANTS KILL 15 SOLDIERS IN NIGER
Militants ambushed an army patrol in Niger on Friday, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 19, the Defence Ministry said. The ambush occurred in an area near the border with Mali where violent Islamists have been seeking to expand their reach. “A search operation is underway to neutralise the terrorists,’’ the ministry statement said of the attack just outside the town of Tiloa. Militants and allied criminal gangs have long exploited the areas around the vast, desert border between Mali and Niger to launch attacks, even after a French-led military intervention pushed insurgent groups back from northern Mali in 2013. Attacks in Niger are much rarer than in Mali, although militants in the past year have been expanding across borders in the fragile Sahel region into Niger and Burkina Faso. Gunmen riding motor bikes and other vehicles raided a village and killed five soldiers in Niger in November. Assailants kidnapped a U.S. aid worker in central Niger a month earlier.