Policeman abducts, brutalises eight-year-old girl

Residents of Olufowobi Street, Ketu, Lagos, were thrown into confusion after an eight-year-old girl, Amarachi Abakwam, was found tied up and brutalised under the bed of a policeman attached to Police Mobile Force 22.PUNCH Metro learnt that the policeman, Augustine Gbuchenge, with Force number 400823, lived in the same compound with Amarachi’s family.The father of the victim, Patrick, told PUNCH Metro that on the fateful day he had been looking everywhere for his daughter until they discovered her under Gbuchenge’s bed.

Boko Haram terrorists: Army to begin mass recruitment in May

The Federal Government has given  the armed forces and other security agencies the nod  to embark on mass recruitment.The PUNCH gathered in Abuja on Sunday that the directive was to give fillip to the war against terrorism in the country.It was also learnt that those who attended the expanded National Security Council meeting in Abuja on Thursday emphasised the need for the recruitment.

Missing Girls: We’re close to abductors – DHQTRS

The military disclosed, yesterday, that its troops have succeeded in their major offensive to rescue the remaining 190 abducted students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State as they have moved closer to the abductors’ den.The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who spoke with newsmen, yesterday, on the sideline of media tour of military operations in Maiduguri, said the military was satisfied with the ongoing operations in Borno.

The story of Sambisa forest and the well fortified camps of dreaded Boko Haram’s terrorists group

Sambisa is a vast area of land located south of Borno State. The thick forest area with swampy condition during rainy season is believed to be harbouring make shift- camps of suspected members of Boko Haram Islamists.It has boundaries with Chibok, Askira Uba, Damboa, Gwoza, Konduga, Dikwa, Bama and other local government areas of the state.There is a games reserve situated in the heart of Sambisa forest,  but when members of the terrorist group were dislodged by the military and vigilante youths from Maiduguri, Borno State capital, most of them relocated

Boko Haram terrorists moves school girls to different camps

The Islamist sect, Boko Haram, may have moved the over 100 students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, it abducted two weeks ago into several of its camps as part of the strategy to use them as human shield, according to indications last night.The girls are believed to have been originally taken into the sect’s fortress in Sambisa forest but following the directive to the military high command on Thursday by the National Security Council to rescue the hostages, it was gathered yesterday that Boko Haram leaders had split the girls into groups and moved them into different camps.

Fulani herdsmen are no killers, they are victims — Jubril Aminu

Jubril Muhammad Aminu, a professor of cardiology, was the Nigerian Ambassador to the USA between 1999 and 2003. Aminu was elected senator representing Adamawa Central senatorial district in 2003. Prior to the ambassadorial posting in 1999, he had held office as Federal Minister of Education and Federal  Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (1989 and 1992). As Petroleum Minister, he was President of the African Petroleum Producers Association (1991) and President of the OPEC Conference between 1991 and1992.In this interview, Aminu blames the face-off between Fulani herdsmen and host communities in many parts of

President Jonathan to Boko Haram: You will pay for your killings

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, spoke tough as he vowed that no expense will be spared to ensure that members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, responsible for the wanton destruction of lives and property pay dearly for their atrocities.The President, who spoke at the 4th annual presidential breakfast prayer held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, said: “No matter what government does, we cannot recover the dead, but our promise is that all those who took part in that will pay dearly for it.”He said the annual presidential prayer session was held in honour of victims of Boko Haram attacks and their