As a part of his series of engagements schedule for his ongoing official visit to Abuja, Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday met with Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas as well as the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar.
The separate meetings, held at Air Force and Naval headquarters in Abuja, discussed security issues in Borno State.
At the Naval headquarters, Zulum’s first point of call, the governor had a closed door meeting with the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibas.
Late in open session, Zulum made case for the deployment of more Naval personnel to Borno. He described the Nigerian Navy as critical component of operations in the shores of the lake Chad.
The Governor commended the Naval personnel for their efforts in the counter insurgency operations in the northeast.
Responding to the Naval Chiefs request, Zulum indicated Government’s readiness to rehabilitate the road linking Baga to the lake Chad shores, for easy movement of security operatives and the returning communities.
While at the Airforce headquarters, Zulum was full of praise to Airforce Chief, stressing that the force’s base in Maiduguri has responded to all the intelligence information he has shared with them.
Responding, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar reiterated their commitment to the fight against the insurgency in Borno State.
Air matshal Sadique conducted the governor around the surveillance unit of the Airforce headquarters.
Gov Sule Appeals To Fleeing Bandits To Surrender To Be Reintegrated Back To Society
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has appealed to fleeing bandits recently dislodged from parts of the state, to take advantage of the window of opportunity provided by the military, to surrender themselves in order to be reintegrated back to the society.
Engineer Sule made the appeal while delivering a speech during the official handing over of 778 women and children recently captured by troops under Operation Nutcracker, in Doma, on Monday.
Represented at the event by his Deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, the Governor urged the terrorists on the run to surrender themselves and their arms, for the sake of peace in Nasarawa State, North Central geopolitical zone and the country at large.
According to Engineer Sule, Nigeria needs peace in order to develop and progress, stressing that without peace, there won’t be development.
“Without peace, there can’t be development. And Nigeria needs development. Without peace, there won’t be progress, Nigeria needs to progress,” the Governor said.
Engineer Sule restated the commitment of his administration to continue to support and cooperate with the security agencies and all well meaning Nigerians, towards ensuring that Nasarawa State remains not only peaceful but a domain of industrialization and business hub.
The Governor emphasized that his administration is determined to ensure that Nasarawa competes with any other state in the country, in terms of development, job opportunities, as well as ease of doing business.
In this regards, Engineer Sule commended President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the service chiefs, for the fight against terrorism and banditry and for taking the fight to the bandits in their hiding places.
While showing appreciation to the various security agencies that are involved in Operation Nutcracker, aimed at ensuring that Nigeria remains peaceful and safe, the Governor congratulated the gallant officers for their effort in dislodging and clearing terrorists and bandits from the state.
Recall that only recently, troops under Operation Nutcracker, comprising soldiers from the 4 Special Forces Command in Doma, Operation Whirl Stroke, Nigeria Navy and Nigerian Airforce, among others, cleared Ugya, Panda forests and contiguous hills in Nasarawa State, following which 778 women and children, family members of Boko Haram Terrorists from across 17 northern states, were captured.
The Nasarawa State Governor was in Doma to witness the handing over of the 778 women and children to their respective state governments for profiling and rehabilitation.
The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Lolo, was represented at the event by his Deputy, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso.
Niger State has the highest number of captives, 86 women, 232 children, followed by Kano State with 20, 64 women and children respectively.
Nasarawa State has eight women and eleven children.
Insecurity: Nigeria Army Crushes New Terrorist Sect, 410 Terrorists Including Women And Children Surrender In Nasarawa
In its ongoing sustain efforts to rid the country off banditry, kidnapping and terrorism activities, the Nigerian army, ably led by the Operation Whirl Stroke unit and other security agencies deployed at Uttu community in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, made the massive arrest of these terrorists who had both women and children in their camps.
A statement from defence headquarter made to the public through the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche after he posted the update on the DHQ, @DefenceInfoNG Twitter handle. Stated that the terrorist, numbering about 410 in number which included women and children, surrendered to men of the Nigerian army.
The army also added that during the operation, the men of the operation whirl stroke recovered several IED (Improvised Explosive Device) making materials at the terrorist camp.
Among the weapons recovered in the bomb making factory included 2 scales, 6 rocket launcher bombs, a bag of fertilizer, half bag of gun powder, 10 locally produced hand grenades, one fuse for a Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb, one locally made Rocket Launcher, 2 IEDs,13 Improvised rocket bombs, amongst others.
While details of this new group is relatively unknown, I made a little check on the background of the group and I discovered some details which I will share.
The Darum Salam sect, way back in 2009, was evacuated by the Niger state government evacuated on suspicion of being a terrorist group.
The Niger state government, evacuated over 3,000 members of the group who had for a long time, secluded themselves in Mokwa, a town of about 100 kilometers from Minna, the state capital.
Information had been given, that the group, Darul-Islam, otherwise known as the Land of Islam, has been functional for over 17 years and through the period, no violence had been reported about any member of the group.
Explaining the operations of the group, the leader, Bashir Suleiman, explained that they decided to isolate themselves based on religious decision but the state government, while acting on a tip-off and the need to rid the state of suspected Boko haram terrorist decided to evacuate them to a camp at the Federal Government Technical College, Mokwa immediately.
Wikileaks reported that In 2010, the Niger State government had evacuated 82 men, women, and children who were Kebbi indigenes and suspected to be members of the Darul Islam religious sect.
They were taken back to Kebbi state and camped at the police station as at then since the gov did not know what to do with them.
The leader of the sect had vehemently rejected this information and argued that the 82 people that were sent back to Kebbi were not from his sect.
He also refused the label given to them by the state government as a terrorist sect insisting they were just a bunch of religious people looking for a place to practice their religion without polluting themselves.
Suleiman also added that among the things prohibited by the sect included alcoholism, brothels, lesbianism, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, and all sorts of cultural, religious, economical corruption.
Further speaking, he explained that their aim is not to infringe on the rights of other people while practicing their religion.
It is rather shocking that today, the army made this huge discovery even after having this warning over the years, and although the former neighbours in the locations where this sect once operated, had confessed that they have lived for about 16 years in a peaceful existence, it, therefore, comes as a surprise as to the magnitude of weapons discovered.
Insecurity: Armed Men Invaded Kaduna Community Again, Abduct JSS 3 Students, One Killed
According to report Gunmen have reportedly abducted an unconfirmed number of students from a school in Kaduna State.
The incident took place on Monday at Prince Academy in Samba-Kasaya, a village around Buruku area in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
Those kidnapped are said to be some JSS 3 students who are preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) before the armed men invaded the school at about 7am and took them away.
The Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident and the number of those abducted.
But a security source in the area told Channels Television that a member of a local group in the village was shot dead by the gunmen while some villagers were also abducted along with the students.
The source also disclosed that troops of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have begun a manhunt of the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the victims and bringing the culprits to justice.
Monday’s attack comes a week after the state government announced that JSS3 students in the state would resume classes on August 16 and 17.
The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Education, Phoebe Yayi, had explained in a statement that the government approved the resumption dates to allow the students prepare for the BECE which commenced on August 24.
She noted that all school principals were directed to make arrangements to receive the students, in line with the COVID-19 regulations of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Proprietors of private schools were also asked to comply accordingly through the Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority and ensure proper arrangements for safe transportation of their students to and from schools
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