Ali Ndume, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army, has disclosed that Boko Haram insurgents are now restricted to three locations in the Northeast. Ndume revealed that the insurgents were restricted to the Lake Chad fringes, Mandara Mountains and the Sambisa Forest. Speaking during a one-day Northeast Security Summit convened by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the Borno Senator said Boko Haram can be completely wiped out with increased budgetary allocation to security agencies. He said: “We know that the key remaining location of the remaining insurgents is three: the Lake Chad fringes, the Mandara Mountains and the Sambisa Forest. “With the current technology, the theatre commander said they can finish this war within three months.” Ndume insiste
Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, says President Muhammadu Buhari approved ‘operation positive identification’ scheduled to commence on Friday. Buratai said this on Thursday when he appeared before the house of representatives committee investigating the operation. The planned operation scheduled to commence on November 1 through December 23, 2019, would require citizens to move about with a means of identification. Owing to the outrage over the operation, the house of representatives asked the military to put it on hold and directed its committee on army to investigate it. At the committee’s meeting in Abuja, Buratai, who was represented by Usman Muhammed, chief of civil-military affairs at the Nigerian army, said the president and minister of defence ar
The Lagos state police command says it has rescued 15 inmates from a prayer house at Ijegun Isheri area of the state. Bala Elkana, the state police public relations officer, who confirmed the arrest, said they met some of the inmates in chains at the prayer house, known as Blessings of Goodness Healing Church. The police officer said some of the inmates were brought by their families to seek spiritual help from mental illness and other diseases. “On Wednesday, at about 6:10pm, acting on information from a reliable source, a team of detectives from Isheri Osun Police Station led by the divisional police officer, CSP Chike Ibe stormed a prayer house used as detention camp at No 26 Alafia Street, Oriofe Ijegun Isheri, where the Prophet Sunday Joseph Ojo, 58, and 1
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has issued a threat to Miyetti Allah over the recent attack on its members in Ebonyi. The IPOB leader added that some members were seriously injured and in critical condition following the incident. But, speaking on Thursday night, Kanu threatened to avenge the lives of his members allegedly tortured and killed in Ebonyi state. He warned Governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi and Miyetti Allah to be on the alert, adding that ‘they will account for every injury, torture, and death of every Biafran.‘ Kanu issued the threat on his Twitter page The IPOB leader wrote: “The brutalization of our people in Ebonyi state will surely be AVENGED. “This is a formal notice to all, including Miyetti Allah and Dave
President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force against harassing young people in their bid to arrest ‘yahoo criminals’. Buhari handed down this warning in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers on Monday in Lagos. The theme of the retreat is “Repositioning the Force for the Challenges of Effective Policing in the 21st Century.’’ Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said that the service the police force rendered was one Nigerians could not do without as it was the closest to the grassroots. According to him, there are police stations everywhere and the police above every other service represent law and order to the average Nigerian. “Which is why t
Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, Lagos Island, Lagos have made a major breakthrough in the fight against kidnapping and other vices as they rescued an Ogun State based businessman, Alhaji Rilwan Olaleye Alesh, a.k.a AK Alesh from kidnappers’ den and arrested four suspects. The businessman was rescued after about an hour gun-battle inside the Abule Kanji forest in Eko-Efonalaye area of Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria with the suspects. The feat, according to the police, was made possible by the new Commissioner of Police, FSARS, CP Fimihan Adeoye following the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. Police identified the arrested suspects as Saidu Amedu, Abeeb Mohammed, Mohammed Moni and Abubakar Usman, all from Kebbi a
Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike has opted for plea bargain with the Lagos State Government over his attempt to kidnap a leading transporter in Lagos. The Defence Counsel to Onwuamadike, Mr. R.B.C. Eke, disclosed this during proceedings at an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday. Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, is standing trial for his failed bid to kidnap Chief Vincent Obianodo, chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors Ltd., one of Nigeria’s leading transport companies. Eke announced Evans’ plea bargain plans after state counsel, Ms Olayinka Akudo, had told the court that Ubong (fourth defendant) had filed an application for plea bargain. “We received a plea bargain application on behalf of the fourth defendant dated [Wednesday] October 24, wh
A sub-committee on prison matters set up by the Zamfara State government has revealed it has pardoned 96 convicted persons and some inmates awaiting trials in the state. Addressing newsmen in Gusau, the state capital, the chairman of the sub-committee on prisons matters who also doubles as the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Justice, Barrister Ahmad Liman explained that before granting pardons to the convicted persons and those awaiting trials in various courts, certain constitutional and statutory procedures were taken into adequate consideration. Barrister Liman said that the sub-committee was formed considering the peace accord and reconciliation process initiated by the state government to dialogue with the armed bandits, notorious kidnappers, Yan Sakai grou...
A federal high court in Lagos has fixed December 2 for judgement in the trial of Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state. Mohammed Idris, the judge, fixed the date on Tuesday after the prosecution and the defence adopted their final written addresses. Kalu alongside Slok Nigeria Limited, his company and Udeh Udeogu, his director of finance and accounts while he was governor, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 39 counts of fraud to the tune of N7.6bn. The trial started in 2007, but was stalled owing to legal hiccups. Besides, the N7.6bn, which the prosecution accused him of diverting, the defendant was also accused of receiving a total of N460m allegedly taken from the Abia state government treasury between July and Decem...
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it arrested 16 Boko Haram terrorists, including two top commanders of the sect during a sting operation. Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator in a statement on Tuesday said that the terrorists were arrested at Pulka in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. Iliyasu stated that preliminary investigation revealed that some of the suspects participated in the attack on Pulka and Gwoza including the killing of some Nigeria Police personnel some time ago. According to him, it is heartwarming to note that two of the arrested Boko Haram criminals have been on the army most wanted Boko Haram list earlier published on Serials 41 and 90. He said they are Lawan Garliga and Bayaga Manye, serial 41 and 90 resp...