More facts emerged yesterday on the reasons behind Wednesday’s designation of Boko Haram and Ansaru Islamic sects as Foreign Terrorist Organisations by the United States invoking section 219 of the National Immigration Act and section 1(b) of the Executive Order 13224, despite pressure from the Federal Government to do otherwise. According to diplomatic sources, the US made the move because of Boko Haram’s threat to attack America, its recruitment of foreigners to plan its operation as well as funding from foreign partners. Vanguard learnt that Washington wants to prepare itself to deal with potential and existential threats posed by the Nigerian based Islamic insurgent groups that recently threatened to attack America on its own soil as Boko Haram has effectively outsmarted the Nigerian security agencies and the offensive unleashed on it
SUSPECTED members of Boko Haram terrorists have carried out a series of night attacks in Borno State causing havoc and killing 26 people in the process. This was even as reports emerged that the insurgents abducted a French Roman Catholic, Georges Vandenbeusch in northern Cameroon. Vandenbeusch, who moved to the area two years ago, was reported to have repeatedly ignored warnings by the French authorities that the region was dangerous. The Boko Haram insurgents in Bdagu, Izge, Hartsa and Yazza villages in Gwoza, Damboa and Askira-Uba Local Government Areas of Borno State, ransacked houses and killed their victims just as several hundreds were displaced from their houses. About 40 houses were said to have been set ablaze.
CHAIRMAN, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF and Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi will today lead other governors to Sokoto State for a two- day retreat. The governors who will arrive Sokoto State today under the auspices of Amaechi led Nigeria Governors’ Forum is expected to have in attendance all the thirty- Six governors, just as Governors Jonah Jang of Plateau State, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta; Henry Seriake of Bayelsa State; Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo; Godswill Akpabio; Peter Obi of Anambra; Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo; Babatunde Fashola of Lagos; Isa Yuguda of Bauchi; Ibrahim Shema of Katsina; the chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, NSGF, and governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; Rabiu Kwakwanso of Kano; Sule Lamido of Jigawa; Murtala Nyako of Adamawa ; Aliyu Wamakko and Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara, among others. The letter of Invitation to the Governors which was signed by the Director-General, Asishana Okauru read, ” Re: Retreat for Nigerian Governors
Travellers to the South-East and parts of the South-South were, yesterday, put on the alert as the Police High command ordered an unprecedented three-day restriction of movement across AnambraState ahead of tomorrow’s gubernatorial election in the state. The extraordinary lockdown starting from dusk today is to be lifted by 6 p.m on Sunday, expectedly after the winner of the election would have been announced. The restriction, according to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar is part of efforts to ensure free and fair polling under which security details of political office holders would be barred from escorting their principals to election centres. A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, CSP Frank Mba said the restrictions were in furtherance of strategies designed to prevent electoral fraud and violence during and after the polls.
They were caught with voters Cards registered in Anambra state and other dangerous weapons. – CP Mohammed Kastina.
After years of diplomatic patchwork and foot-dragging, the United States, yesterday, formally declared war on Boko Haram, classifying the Nigerian-based Al Qaeda affiliate, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The declaration would make Washington mobilize resources and intelligence to combat the ninth deadliest terrorist group in the world. A statement issued by the US State Department, yesterday, in Washington, said the US government was invoking Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, and section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 to designate Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). The Federal Government which had hitherto mounted pressure on the US against taking such action, also issued a statement through Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US to explain why it accepted the US classification of Boko Haram and
THE first son of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Chief Emeka Ojukwu jnr Wednesday in Nnewi warned the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazurike not to bite the finger that fed him, saying that if the report credited to him (Uwazurike) was true, then the MASSOB leader has chosen to be an ingrate. Uwazurike was quoted on Monday as saying through his director of information, Mr. Uchenna Madu, that MASSOB has disowned the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, a political party that recognizes Ojukwu as its leader both in life and