President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that with the appointment of new Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs, tough time awaits Boko Haram, even as the House of Representatives ordered investigation into the arrest of 320 suspected terrorists in Rivers State. The President’s assurance came 48 hours after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram killed over 70 people including worshippers and villagers in Adamawa and Borno states last Sunday. In one attack, some men armed with guns and explosives killed 18 people at a Catholic church during a morning mass in Waga Chakawa village in Adamawa State. The community is in Madagali Local Government, which is a boundary area with Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. The area is known for series of insurgent attacks since the declaration of the state of emergency. Jonathan, who paid homage to the Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Mustapha at his palace in Adamawa State yesterday, stressed that the excesses of the terrorist group will be curtailed. The President, who condoled with the people of Adamawa State for the killings, congratulated the state for producing the current Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. Jonathan said, “he is somebody I have worked with before and I believe with him and the other service chiefs definitely, the security equation will change. They have not been cleared by the National Assembly, which I believe will be done this week. “I believe by next week, we will have our first security council meeting and I believe that the tempo will change. The police, working with the Armed Forces, the excesses of Boko Haram will be reduced”, he said. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives yesterday asked its Committees on Police and Human Rights to investigate the reported arrest of 320 suspected Boko Haram members in Rivers State. It also set up an 18-man panel to visit Borno State and commiserate with the families of people killed by insurgents in Maiduguri recently. The resolution followed a motion moved by the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon Suleiman Abdularahman Kawu on the need to investigate the arrest of 320 suspected Boko Haram members in Rivers State. The motion was passed when the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, put the motion to vote.
Apparently irked by the incessant attacks on agrarian communities in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen, thousands of youth in the state yesterday took to the street to protest what they have termed endless massacre of Benue people by some blood thirsty herdsmen in the state.Report says Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, YOWICA, and some students took to the streets of Makurdi to express their grievance over the killings.The peaceful demonstration, DailyPost gathered began at the Wurukum roundabout while the protesters carried placards and chanted songs of sorrow because of the many lives that had been lost. Some of the placards read, “Fulanis out of Benue, this is our home”, “Gov. Suswam, our lives are more important than cow meat” and “YOWICAN says government, help us remove Fulanis” among others.The state president of YOWICAN, Daniel Peverga Dam-Ayali told journalists that, “the incessant attacks by the Fulani herdsmen have become unnecessary and it is obvious that all effort to end the mayhem seems abortive. We want urgent and total removal of these Fulanis out of our peace loving state.”It was observed that the irate youth marched on all major roads and streets of the state capital and later proceeded to Government House, Makurdi where they demanded that Governor Gabriel Suswam should address them.The protest disrupted traffic on major roads and there was commotion before the chief of staff to the governor, Prof. Saint Gbilekaa, arrived to address the youth.Gbilekaa told the protesters that governor Suswam was on vacation and appealed to them to calm down, adding that a committee had been inaugurated to look into the immediate and remote causes of the attacks and offer a lasting solution.
The Abia State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Emma Nwaka, has expressed concern over the composition of the top echelon of the nation’s security agencies, saying the arrangement excluded the South- East zone. He said that the composition of the top leadership of the security agencies tilted more to a particular section of the country and, therefore, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to look critically into the situation and redress it. In a statement issued in Umuahia, the state capital, Nwaka said that it was not unlikely that the vacant position of the Minister of Defence would go to the North,
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that he sacked the immediate past service chiefs because of unhealthy competition which made it possible for Boko Haram insurgents to attack the Air Force operational base in Maiduguri. Jonathan said the terrorists destroyed fighter aircraft during the attack and went scot free because of the rivalry between the former service chiefs. The service chiefs, who were sacked included the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim; Lt General Azubuike Ihejirika, Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, Chief of Naval Staff. The President warned that any rivalry among the new service chiefs that threatens national security as was the case in the past, would not be tolerated. He spoke in Yola at the commissioning of the Nigeria Air Force, NAF, Comprehensive Secondary School. He said a situation where Boko Haram terrorists
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Numerous ethnic groups in the Niger Delta have rejected the core ideas recommended by President Goodluck Jonathan’s advisory committee
WARRI— Fresh communal crisis is brewing in Okerenkoko community, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State over the invasion of the community by soldiers, last ThursdayTo stem the ugly development, community leaders have petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan asking for a redress.Leaders under the Okerenkoko National Development Forum, led by Chief Michael Johnny, through their…
OWERRI — For fears that they might be members of the dreaded Boko Haram, Imo State government, weekend, sent back to Katsina about 84 persons.The deportees, mainly youths, had been in Imo State for eight days under-going skill acquisition training when the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state raised an alarm that they might…
OFFICIALS OF THE ENUGU CAPITAL TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, ECTDA EVACUATING THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR’S POULTRY.Yesterday, officials of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority and Ministry of Environment, acting on orders of the Chief of Staff to Governor Sullivan Chime, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, in an unprecedented move stormed the official lodge of the state deputy governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, and carted away over 3,000 birds and about 40 crates of eggs from his poultry.The ECTDA and Environment Ministry officials, who were led by their commissioners, Messrs Ikechukwu Ugwuegede and Nnaemeka Chukwuone respectively, arrived the lodge at about 1p.m. on Monday to inform Mr. Onyebuchi of the Chief of Staff’s order to evacuate the chickens and demolish the poultry, which the government said constituted a public health hazard.It was a hapless deputy governor, who was with his wife and personal aides, including the security officers attached to his office at the lodge, which has been under renovation since September 2012, watched as his birds were evacuated in four trucks to an unknown destination by the officials.In justification of the state government’s action, Chief Press Secretary to Chime, Chukwudi Achife, said it was regrettable that the deputy governor chose to ignore all entreaties, including a government directive, to relocate the birds, especially since it had to do with the health of the people.The statement read: “In recent times, the stench from the poultry had been pervading the Government House and causing much discomfort to all workers within the Government House, including, of course, the governor.“Following persistent complaints and appeals from staff of the government, the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr. GOC Ajah, was instructed to invite the Ministry of Environment and Government House clinic to inspect the poultry.“Both the Ministry and Government House medical personnel came out with a verdict that the place was not being well kept and constituted a health hazard to people working in the Government House.
Elder statesman and one of the pioneers of the crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abu King Shuluwa has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to announce his second term ambition in order to save the ruling party and the country from further crisis.Shuluwa observed that the crisis currently rocking the party had direct links with the…