Cpt. Hashim Abdullahi
1. REVOLUTION: DHQ WARNS AGITATORS, ORDERS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO UNRAVEL PROMOTERS
THE Defence Headquarters, yesterday, warned promoters of revolution against the Federal Government as contained in a document being circulated in the country to desist or face the wrath of the Nigerian military. While disassociating the Armed Forces of Nigeria from the call contained in a document by a group under the aegis of Nigerian Continuity and Progress, NCP, the DHQ reiterated its loyalty to the Constitution of the country. The DHQ, in a statement, by the Deputy Director, Defence Information, Navy Captain Mohammed Wabi, said the Armed Forces outrightly condemns the undemocratic and demonic actions of the author of the document.“ The statement read: “Armed Forces of Nigeria, AFN, wishes to dissociate itself from the rascality and intentions as espoused in a document being circulated by a faceless group named Nigerian Continuity and Progress, NCP, calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place, establish an illegitimate interim government.
2. BREAKING: BOKO HARAM RELEASES DETAILS ABOUT LEAH SHARIBU, GIVES FG CONDITION FOR HER RELEASE
Boko Haram has Assured Nigeria Government that Leah Sharibu is alive as she marks her 16 years birthday. The Terrorist also advises the Federal Government to meet the conditions given to them before the girl can be freed. Leah was held back for refusing to convert to Islam after the Nigerian government negotiated and paid ransom for the release of the other school girls. On February 19, 2018, Boko Haram terrorist stormed the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi and carted away 110 school girls. On 21 March 2018 after negotiating with terrorists, the Nigerian government announced the release of all but one of the kidnapped school girls; Leah Sharibu Swas held back and not negotiated for on account of her faith. She has been in Boko Haram captivity for 449 days
3. ARMY BURIES LT. COLONEL, SOLDIERS KILLED BY BOKO HARAM
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai on Tuesday, the 14th of May, 2019 emphatically stated that Nigerian Army personnel, under his leadership, despite occasional hitches, will never be deterred in the ongoing just war against terrorism in Nigeria. General Buratai stated this at the Maimalari Military Cantonment Cemetery, Maiduguri Borno State while laying to rest the remains of the patriotic officer and two soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice while on clearance operations along Mauli-Borgozo axis on Monday, the 13th of May, 2019. A statement by Col Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations said, “The late Lieutenant Colonel Yusuf Ibrahim Aminu was the Commanding Officer (CO), of 154 Task Force Battalion Borgozo. Commiserating with the family of the deceased, the COAS used the opportunity to again commend the efforts of the entire troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the war on terror and charged them to remain steadfast, more committed and professional for the sake of Nigeria.
4. LARGE AREA OF BORNO STILL NOT ACCESSIBLE – OSINBAJO
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said a large area of Borno State is still not accessible to health care workers because of the activities of Boko Haram. He also said many people in the state had fled to neighboring countries. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, spoke in Abuja on Monday during a programme tagged Nigeria humanitarian response dialogue. The VP said the occasion also served as an opportunity to celebrate the lives of 74 persons who died while trying to help people in distress. However, he said the Federal Government had improved the country’s humanitarian response, which he said was poor before the present administration. Osinbajo said, “The solemn nature of this occasion has laid to bare the huge losses we have incurred as a country and as a nation during the course of the needless insurgency that has erupted over the last 10 years in this country.
5. INSECURITY: GROUP BACKS PASTOR ADEBOYE’S CALL FOR SUPPORT TO SERVICE CHIEFS
The Concerned Professionals’ Congress (CPC) has endorsed a call by the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, that replacing the Service Chiefs hastily may create fresh problems capable of compounding the security challenges currently facing nation. The highly-respected cleric who spoke to journalists at the weekend in Ebute- Meta, Lagos at the RCCG’s Throne of Grace headquarters after a thanksgiving sermon delivered by the Assistant General Overseer, Administration and Personnel, Johnson Odesola, said that it was obvious that the service chiefs were working hard to combat insecurity in the country according to the situation on ground. The group, in a joint statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its Chief Media Strategist, Emeka Nwankpa, and the Regional Rapporteur (North), Baba Al-Kasim, described Mr Adeboye’s call for public understanding and support to the service chiefs as the highest manifestation of illumination and statesmanship urgently needed at the nation currently wades through its crucial moment.
6. TERROR GROUP BOKO HARAM-THE SUICIDE BOMBER WHO SURVIVED
Halima was supposed to die at a market in Chad. And her mission was to take as many people as possible with her — a mission forced upon her by the terror group Boko Haram. But she survived, and the 20-year-old is now learning how to live again. With just a few meters left to go before reaching her village, Halima can hardly stand it. The 20-year-old quickens her pace when she sees the first huts, ecstatic to be back home, even if only for a brief visit. Her gait is a bit unsteady — after all, it’s not easy to walk through fine sand on two prosthetic legs. Halima doesn’t come often to the Lake Chad island of Gomerom Doumou, which lies at the southern edge of the Sahara and straddles the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. It takes an hour and a half to travel by boat from the small town of Bol in Chad to Halima’s home island, weaving through a maze of small islands and floating grass carpets. Halima says she had a good childhood on Gomerom Doumou and she loves this bit of land, where time seems to have stood still, with its fine sand and trees that provide shade from the midday sun. With the huts made of mudbricks, wood and reeds — and the cattle with their huge horns. This tranquil life ended the day she had to follow her husband to the camps of the Boko Haram terrorist group — and her own life nearly ended a couple of years later as a suicide bomber. She survived, but the explosion ripped off both her legs. One could forgive Halima for being furious with this village and with her family. But she no longer is.
7. BOKO HARAM: BUHARI ASKED TO PARDON 54 SOLDIERS IN JAIL OVER MUTINY
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to grant presidential pardon to the 54 soldiers who are currently serving a 10-year jail term. The Islamic human rights organization made the appeal in a press statement issued on Monday signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. The 54 soldiers were rounded up in 2014 when they complained to their commander that their weapons were too poor to confront better equipped Boko Haram fighters. They had earlier lost 23 men and four officers due to poor equipment when they advanced on Damboa on July 9, 2014. MURIC said it is “deeply concerned about the plight of these heroes of Nigeria who have been wrongly treated. Yes, we strongly believe that they have been wrongly treated. They had defended Nigeria on several fronts before the incident. Their comrades fell on the battle field in their presence.
8. NAVY SMASHES TRANS-BORDER OIL SYNDICATE, ARREST 9 FOREIGNERS
The Nigerian Navy has smashed a trans-boarder oil syndicate that specialised in siphoning petroleum products in Nigeria, for onward sale in neighbouring West Africa countries. Arrested were eight Benenois and a Ghanian, while two boats conveying 235 drums and jerricans filled with the suspected siphoned petroleum product were recovered. This is just as seven trucks and 270 50-litre jerricans filled with siphoned petroleum products loaded in two boats were recovered in separate arrests around same axis. The foreign suspects, according to the Commander (Nigerian Navy Ship) NNS Beecroft, Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, were arrested Monday evening along Nigeria-Benin Republic border, during a routine patrol. The suspects allegedly broke the Nigerian National Petroleum Product, NNPC, pipelines on the Atlas Cove Island, from where they siphoned the product.
9. NAF KILLS 12 ARMED BANDITS, RESCUE 15 KIDNAP VICTIMS
Following the establishment of the 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment in Birnin Gwari air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation DIRAN MIKIYA on 10 May 2019, in collaboration with troops of the Detachment, have led to the killing of 12 armed bandits as well as the release of 15 kidnap victims. The Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the air strikes were conducted following intelligence reports indicating that the armed bandits were camped within the Kamuku Forest area, straddling both Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State and Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State. He noted that the air strikes caused the bandits to flee the location in disarray thereby enabling the kidnap victims to escape, with some finding their way to Nacibi, and others to Gobirawa and Dogon Muazu in Birnin Gwari LGA.
10. MILITARY WILL DEFEAT TERRORISM, SAYS BURATAI
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has vowed that officers and men of the Nigerian Army would remain resolute in the on-going war against terrorism in the country. Lt Gen. Buratai said notwithstanding the occasional hitches, the armed forces would defeat terrorism and overcome other criminals in the country. He made the assertion in Borno state at the burial of Lt Col. Yusuf I Aminu and two soldiers who lost their lives on Monday. They were buried at the Maimalari Military Cantonment Cemetery, Maiduguri, Borno State. According to a statement signed by Army spokesman Col. Sagir Musa “the patriotic officer and two soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while on clearance operations along Mauli-Borgozo axis on Monday, the 13th of May, 2019.”