Military adjusted to confront Boko Haram desperation – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters on Sunday said it had made the required adjustments to contain the desperation of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram. Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen Chris Olukolade, said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent, in Abuja. A member of the sect was said to have confessed that fighters from Cameroun, Chad, Niger and other African countries were involved in the ongoing battle between the sect and Special Forces. Olukolade said the confession only confirmed the previous position of the military on the desperation of the insurgents. He explained that military authorities had noted the recruitment of foreign fighters by the insurgents and had taken the requisite steps to defeat it and ensure the protection of Nigerians and the nation’s territorial integrity. This, he said, was in line with the Presidential mandate on the declaration of a state of emergency in the North-Eastern part of the country. The Defence spokesman said, “From the perspective of the Armed Forces, this only proves our earlier position on the desperation of the insurgents; the military


Army foils B’Haram attack on Yobe church

Special Forces from Division ‘3’ of the Nigerian Army foiled what would have been a devastating attack on a major new generation church situated in Jerusalem Area of Damaturu. The suspect was said to have been driving towards the church from a bush path when he ran into a military blockade and was arrested. It was learnt that the soldiers who arrested him recovered one AK 47 assault rifle, and three Improvised Explosive devices from him. “The man tried to attack some churches at the Jerusalem area of the city where there are many churches. “He thought he could drive straight from the bush into the church but couldn’t because of the many barricades.


Canada begins compulsory fingerprint for Nigerian visa applicants

The Canadian High Commission in Nigeria says Nigerians applying for visa to the North American country will henceforth be required to provide their fingerprints. It said the new requirement which took effect from October 23, was introduced to check fraud, facilitate legitimate travel by making entry into the country easier. According to the High Commission, applicants will need to go in person to a visa application centre to submit their application and give their fingerprints as well as have their photograph taken. This was contained in a statement by the high commission’s Public Affairs Officer, Ezinne Uluocha. The new requirement, Uluocha said, would put Canada in line with other countries already collecting this information from visitors. These countries include the


How we get guns

A Boko Haram suspect (names withheld) in the custody of military forces in Maiduguri, Borno State has revealed how the insurgents source guns for their


Nigeria The Underperformer The dangerous mix of corruption and poverty, by Walter Carrington

A former United States ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Walter Carrington, speaks on the challenges of corruption in Nigeria and the mismatch between growth and poverty as it relates to the much touted VISION 202020. He admonishes Nigerians to rise and harness the plethora of potentials in the country for the common good while not leaving behind the womenfolk. EARLY ASSOCIATION WITH AFRICA/NIGERIAI am transported to a time some sixty years ago, when I too, was an eager student about to graduate into an uncertain world. The Second World War had recently ended and the Cold War, pitting the United States and Western Europe against international communism, had even more recently begun. There was genuine fear that, with both sides possessing nuclear bombs, a deliberate or accidental launching of one of these weapons might start an unbreakable chain of retaliatory actions which would result in the annihilation of most of the world’s population.


Boko Haram Damaturu under siege

Members of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, unleashed terror in Damaturu, the Yobo State capital on Thursday and Friday morning, killing people and torching some security formations. The casualty figure is yet unknown, but an hospital source said it is high. The attacks, according to information gathered, were carried out with the use of rocket propeller an improvised explosive devices on military checkpoints, among others, within the metropolis. Eye witnesses said the first attack was carried out around the NNPC mega station located at suburb of Damaturu. The area has been GSM call centre for Maiduguri residents who, on daily basis, throng it in order to benefit from telecommunication network available there. It would be recalled that telecommunication network has been cut in the states where a state of emergency


Why naira is on decline, by experts

Experts are blaming the current downward spiral of the Naira on high political patronage among other factors. The Naira, which is the second most-traded currency on the continent, fell 2.4% this year as the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Lamido Sanusi, warned of increasing demand for dollars for political patronage in the build-up to 2015 elections. Sanusi spoke of “non-imported related demand” for dollars due to “the build-up in political activities.” He added: “We should be able to maintain the naira within our target band. We’re committed to the stability of the exchange rate and we’ll not unless we’re forced to allow the naira to weaken.” An analyst at Asset & Resource Management, Wale Okunrinboye, said: “In the run-up to 2015, we’re going to see a lot of investors


Army arrests ex-colonel who led Yobe B’Haram attacks

A retired lieutenant colonel, who was said to have led the Boko Haram attacks on Damaturu, Yobe State, on Thursday was arrested by security forces during the encounter. The retired army officer is being detained at a military facility. It could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report if he has been moved to Abuja for interrogation or not. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Ibrahim, had put the casualty figure on the part of the insurgents at 70 in a statement that was silent on the number of soldiers killed in the attack. It was however, learnt that nine soldiers including a lieutenant and four policemen lost their lives in the attack.


MEND claims responsibility for soldiers, policemen’s killings in Rivers, Bayelsa

From Femi Folaranmi, YenagoaThe Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has declared that its efforts to cripple Nigeria economy are in full swing. The militant group reviewing its operation between 20 and 26 October said several wellheads, feeder pipelines were damaged by ‘Hurricane Exodus’ in Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta States of Nigeria. MEND spokesman, Jomo Gbomo in a statement while insisting that the group carried out the sabotage of the Warri Refinery claimed responsibility for the killing of three soldiers and a policeman at a border community between Rivers and Bayelsa states. On the abduction of two American sailors off the Nigeria coast, MEND while disclosing that the kidnapped victims were in good