Security experts have dismissed the ceasefire deal the Federal Government purportedly reached with the Boko Haram sect, describing it as fraudulent. They said the deal was meaningless considering that the known leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, was not involved in the negotiations. A former Director in the Department of State Service, Mr. Mike Ejiofor, told SUNDAY PUNCH on Friday that the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North should have said it had an understanding with some members of Boko Haram, and not with the sect, as an organisation.
Governor Peter Obi on Saturday presented 250 patrol vehicles fitted with sophisticated security gadgets to registered vigilance groups in the 177 communities in Anambra State. The ceremony, which was graced by security chiefs, traditional rulers, market leaders, government officials and other stakeholders in the state took place at the Ekwueme Square, Awka. While each community received one vehicle each, others received more than one depending on their population.
The fierce running battle between the Kano State Government and the Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers Association
The North has criticised the National President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, for faulting a ceasefire deal between the Federal Government and the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The apex body of the North, Arewa Consultative Forum, on Friday warned Oritsejafor not to instigate the public to scuttle peace moves in the region. The Chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, Mr. Kabiru Turaki (SAN), had last Monday announced a ceasefire deal between the government and the sect.
The Army on Saturday said it intercepted a petrol tanker vehicle loaded with arms and ammunition in Kebbi State. The Commanding Officer, 1 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Sunday Ilori, told journalists in Birnin Kebbi that the vehicle, which had the logo of Mobil Oil, was intercepted on July 11, in a joint operation with men of the State Security Service. According to an online news portal, freedomonline.com.ng, Ilori listed the items recovered in the fuel compartment of the oil tanker as three AK 47 Riffles, one RPG-2, nine AK 47 magazines, two bombs, three RPG chargers and 790 rounds of 7.62mm of special ammunition.
We continue today Brig. General Godwin Alabi-Isama’s explosive interview on his yet-to-be-released civil war memoirs, The Tragedy of Victory: On the Spot Account of the Nigeria-Biafra War in the Atlantic Theatre:The interview was conducted by SAM OMATSEYE, STEVE OSUJI and FEMI MACAULAY. I don’t think you have sufficiently addressed the question of why the war lasted that long? It lasted that long because Biafrans themselves did not just give up, it was their tactics and strategies that were wrong and they believed they were doing well. The amount of ammunition and weapons with which they went to the Mid-West could have been used in defending Biafra. In this case, the Biafrans put in a lot of efforts but when they recaptured Ikot Ekpene or they recaptured Owerri, they should have started negotiation from position of strength. Alright, Nigeria,
At 60, Sir Dennis Ekumankama would readily tell you that years have taught him great lessons about life. He counts himself lucky to be a survivor of several setbacks that were enough to send him out of the scene, including the initial obstacle of being born in an environment that lacked modern healthcare. “I survived infant mortality that was high when I was born. Later I survived the civil war,” he intones deeply. But war did not let go without a scar. Because of the problem that came with it, at a time he should have been leaving secondary school, he was rather enrolling. He was just one of the millions of children of his generation whose education and course of life was altered by the war in the Biafran side of the divide.
The Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North and the Joint Task Force may clash over the ceasefire declared by the militant Islamic group, Boko Haram. Saturday PUNCH learnt that in spite of the ceasefire, the Joint Task Force would continue its crackdown on terrorists in the North-East. The military authorities were said to have expressed ill-feelings that they were not informed before the ceasefire agreement was reached.
An Abuja Federal High Court has refused bail for three Lebanese- Nigerian men accused of stockpiling weapons and plotting terrorist attacks for Hezbollah. Judge Adeniyi Ademola Adetokunbo said Mustapha Fawaz, Abdullah Tahini and Talal Roda would remain locked up in the interest of national security and promised to begin their trial soon to protect their rights. The men have been locked up for nearly two months and recently filed a $19 million unlawful detention suit against the government. After the ruling, the detainees appeared stoic as they conferred with family members who looked disappointed. All three are long-time residents of Nigeria. Fawaz is the coowner of Amigos Supermarket and Wonderland Park in Abuja which Judge Adetokunbo ordered to remain sealed for investigation.
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that religious and ethnic intolerance of Nigerians will break the country if utmost care is not taken. He said Nigeria had experienced new security challenges that were not envisaged in the recent past, as exemplified by the various terrorist attacks being carried out in some parts of the country. President Jonathan made the declaration in Kaduna yesterday at the graduation of 158 Nigerian and foreign military officers and some civilians from the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji.