Commander of the Special Task Force, Maj. Gen. Henry Ayoola, has said his men have killed 100 militiamen that have been attacking some villages in the southern part of Plateau State. He said soldiers of the STF had also secured the entire stretch of the senatorial zone against future attacks. Some gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, had invaded three communities of Langtang South Local Government in the state last Thursday, killing 28 members of the communities. Thousands of the residents were also said to have fled their homes. Speaking in Jos on Wednesday, Ayoola said STF had deployed quick response squad in the area, and assured the residents that their lives and property were secured.
The shades of mystery casing the influx of arms and ammunition into illegal hands may be gradually unravelling. Recently, the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts reportedly beamed its klieg light into the 2010 query raised by the Auditor-General (AG) of the Federation against indiscriminate disappearance of rifles and ammunition allocated to some state police commands. For instance, in Ekiti State Police Command alone, 57,000 live ammunitions were unbelievably declared missing.
The 10 Ibadan traders who were killed by Boko Haram sect members in Monguno, Borno State, last Friday night lost N22million cash to their attackers, it was announced yesterday. All was gloomy on Tuesday when the bodies of the Bodija market apprentice beans sellers, who went to buy their goods in Borno – the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency – were brought back home. The secretary of the Bodija Market Food Sellers Association, Mr Sola Faribido, told reporters that the money belonged to seven of the 20 traders who contributed cash for the purchase of beans, which they would have brought back for sale in Ibadan.
The Egyptian army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi after a week of bloodshed that killed nearly 50 people as millions took to the streets to demand an end to his turbulent single year of rule. The announcement, made on state television by Morsi’s own defence minister, armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, drew a rapturous welcome from thousands of protesters who have camped out on the streets of Cairo for days. Sisi laid out details of the roadmap for a political transition, saying the Islamist-drafted constitution would be frozen and presidential elections held early, without specifying when.
Australia and Canada have launched a two-year programme to support the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in developing the Nigeria’s mineral sector in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way. The programme is expected to contribute to improved employment, economic diversification and development of small to medium scale exploitation of quarry materials, gems, gold and industrial minerals in the country. The project, designed and implemented by the World Bank, is financed by the governments of Australia and Canada with $940,000 and $950,000 respectively.
Muslim leaders in the North yesterday blamed the insecurity in the region on lack of sound knowledge, effective leadership and social irresponsibility. They appealed to members of the Boko Haram sect to accept the amnesty offer. In a communiqué at the end of a conference on the role of Muslim scholars in fostering unity, peace and security organised by the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), they blamed government for not prosecuting those found to have perpetrated violence in the country. The communiqué, signed by the Chairman of the Communique Drafting Committee, Prof. S. Junaidu and the Secretary-General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, condemned the increasing cases of corruption in the country, urging the government to address the issues.
Victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North, who were resettled in Okpoko, near Onitsha, Anambra State, yesterday protested what they called “forceful ejection from their petty trading points—kiosks”. The over 500 protesters lamented that the make-shift structures between the plastic market and Okpoko junction where they traded were demolished by the government. They said they relocated to private compounds only for their goods to be destroyed by the government again without providing them alternatives.
Traditional rulers from the Southsouth and Southeast yesterday backed the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The South-East, South- South Professionals of Nigeria have urged leaders to develop the two regions. President of the group, Mr. Emeka Ugwu-Oju, who addressed members at a forum in Abuja, professionals said the group would support efforts aimed at developing the regions. According to him, economic and manpower potentials of the regions must be fully harnessed for effective development.He urged stakeholders in the regions to support initiatives that may be embarked upon to achieve the goal.
Federal Government, yesterday, said that rather than ask for the creation of state police system, Nigerians should help the present police force to discharge its duty of protecting lives and property. Government also said that since crime-fighting had become scientific, new recruitment procedures into the Force be science based, adding that new recruits would be people that have science-related subjects. Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd.), spoke to newsmen yesterday, after he briefed the leadership of Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, of activities of his ministry.