No Local Government Under Boko Haram Control – Borno Indigenes

The National Coalition of Borno indigenes (NCBI) has discarded the report alleging that some Local Governments in Borno State have been captured by Boko Haram terrorist group.

The group was reacting to the report, which got the attention of many Nigerians, that Boko Haram has seized and held control of Gubio and other Local Governments in Borno State, without immediate push back from the military.

In a statement from it’s headquarters in Abuja signed by it’s Chairman, Jashilagari Chinda, the group gave clarification to the issue. “We have reached out to our branch in Borno State and base on the update we got, we can assure the public that Boko Haram has no hold on any part of the state.

“We admit that there was an attack coordinated by insurgents, but it was repelled by the army and peace has since been restored in the communities.
“It is disheartening that some people derive pleasure in circulating self-concocted, fabricated stories to give the impression that the Nigerian troops are losing the war against insurgency in the North-East.”

The group noted that the Nigerian Army also disclosed that “the troops successfully repelled the attacks after engaging the insurgents in fierce battle”

NCBI therefore urged the citizenry to disregard the misleading news circulated by uninformed few about the real situation on ground.
It also added that our troops are dedicated to protecting our beloved country with many paying the ultimate price of death.  The least we can do is to support and encourage them instead of spreading misguided news that could demoralise them.

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FG To Expedite Reconstruction Of North East Communities – Osinbajo

Following the signing into law of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) Act, the rebuilding of communities devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East will receive priority attention in the Next Level of the Buhari administration, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday at the Palace of the Shehu of Borno, His Eminence, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, during his visit to Borno State where he commissioned some projects executed by the State government.

According to the Vice President, “the concerns over the rebuilding of the North-East remain possibly the most important challenge that we have as a government and we want to assure you that it remains on the front burner of the Federal Government.

“Recently Mr. President signed into law the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) Act. We now have a law which backs the vehicle for the renewed development and rehabilitation of the North-East.

“And with the commitment of those who have been appointed to run the affairs of the NEDC, we are bound to see a great deal of improvement in the pace of rehabilitation and construction of the North-East, especially Borno which is the worst hit by the insurgency.

“Your eminence can be at rest that we will do our very best and continue to give all of our support and help to rebuild Borno.”

The Vice President also commended the leadership of Governor Kashim Shettima and his commitment to the welfare of the people despite challenges posed by the insurgency.

He said “the commissioning of works completed by the government of Kashim Shettima is a tribute to his dedication to the people of the state and to the most worthy cause of all, which is the cause of humanity.

“He has demonstrated that empathy and the sort of commitment that we want to see in our leaders all over this country.

“President Buhari has frequently commented about the good fortune of the people of Borno State, that they have a governor such as himself (Shettima) at a time of the greatest challenges that the state has been confronted with. And I am sure he has laid a solid foundation for his successor in office to do even better.”

Earlier, Governor Shettima thanked the Vice President for his concern for the people of Borno which, according to him, had been demonstrated by his frequent visits to the state and the construction of a school for children orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgency.

On his part, the Shehu of Borno, His Eminence, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, thanked the Vice President for the visit and appealed more slots to be allotted to indigenes of the state in recruitment into Federal agencies and parastatals.

Some of the projects commissioned by the Vice President during the visit include the reconstructed Ibrahim Damcida Primary School, the newly constructed GSM Complex, the Asheik Jarma Primary School, the dualised Damboa road, the reconstructed Usman Gaji Galtimari Estate, the Maryam Abacha Women & Children Hospital, and a new complex at Government College, all in Maiduguri metropolis.

Prof. Osinbajo also visited and interacted with children at the Learning Centre – a school built for children orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgency under the North East Children’s Trust.

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Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, Borno State Governor-Elect; From Grass to Grace

From a very humble background, he trekked 7km daily to school in Mafa, in Borno State and covered same distance to help his father, a peasant farmers on his farm.

He paid his secondary education and National Diploma (ND) were self sponsored. He attended Unimaid for B.Agric working as commercial taxi and farm produce driver, still couldn’t afford hostel accommodation.

Prof. Zulum extended his commercial driving trade to Lagos, precisely at Alaba-Rago to raised his tuition fees for MSc program, 3weeks after resumption. He returned to Maiduguri for his PhD program, moved through the ranks until his appointment as Professor in 2014.

Zulum have more than enough family challenges that he couldn’t afford to built a house of his own but lived in rented apartment until recently. He returned to his rickety car after office as Provost, Ramat Poly, Maiduguri.

In 2015, Zulum was appointed pioneer Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement by Shettima, who told a gathering in Maiduguri last week that one of his attractions to Zulum was the fact that despite being in control of billions of naira for reconstruction of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals, “[He] neither bought a personal house nor a personal car for himself. He also came under attack from Boko Haram twice, but didn’t stop in his efforts to rebuild substantial parts of Borno.

The State and the Party got him a house and car after he emerged as the party flag bearer of APC, and to this humble and very trustworthy Prof, nothing has changed. “All offices are temporal as days of democratic offices are numbered before our emergence, why the excesses.”

Congratulations Prof. Umara Zulum, may the Lord ease your new tasks, guide and guard you. May your administration witness peace and progress for the good people of Borno State.

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1.7m Children To Be Vaccinated In Borno

About 1.7 million children are expected to be vaccinated against measles during the five days campaign in Borno state.

The first phase of the campaign would cover children between the age of six months to ten years in Maiduguri metropolitan and twelve other local government areas.

In a statement by UNICEF in Maiduguri indicates that thirteen children have died during the current outbreak as a result of low coverage of measles vaccine in the state.

The statement says that the vaccine will be administered free in IDP camps, health facilities, places of worship and high-risk areas of the state. 

Director Disease Control in the Borno state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Babagana Abiso said the campaign would provide opportunity to provide regular routine immunization.

UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Geoffrey Ijumba called for concerted effort to ensure all eligible children access the vaccine during the exercise. 

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Air Force Strikes Boko-Haram In Damasak

The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole, has repelled an attack
on a military base in Damasak, Borno State, by the Iswap faction of Boko Haram terrorists.

An assessment video showed that several gun trucks belonging to the terrorists were destroyed in the air strikes in the location north of Borno State.

The attacks were executed whilst providing close air support for the ground troops at Damasak who were in pursuit of the terrorists after they had attempted to attack their location.

The Nigerian Air Force MI-35m helicopter gunship engaged the group of terrorists’ gun trucks in successive waves of attacks as they retreated, destroying and immobilizing some of them, and killing several of the terrorists.

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Baga: Nigerian Army To Address Press Today

The Nigerian Army  will today address the press in Maiduguri  on the confusing reports from Baga, a fishing town north of Borno.

The press conference will take place  at the headquarters of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, according to a notice sent to correspondents.

While some reports said the town has been overrun by Boko Haram insurgents, the military said the attackers have been repelled and reported the loss of a naval personnel.

According to a statement by army spokesman Brig. General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the insurgents on Wednesday 26th December 2018  attacked the 7 Brigade of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), based in  Baga, Borno State, at about 7.00pm.

“The troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack throughout the night, while Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE sent in reinforcement who are in hot pursuit of the terrorists.

“Similarly, a Search and Rescue team has been constituted.

“The Nigerian Air Force component has also been mobilised and are engaging the fleeing terrorists. Unfortunately, a naval personnel was killed in action. So far, no further details of casualties yet as efforts are on going to clear the terrorists hiding in Baga and environs’.

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Chief Of Air Staff Abubakar Tasks Airforce To Wipe Out Boko Haram Terrorists

Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has asked his men to deal harder and effective punches, against the remaining elements of the Boko Haram insurgency, in the North East.

The Air Chief said this when he commissioned a crew room for the air task force, in Maiduguri.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar told officers and men, that he has always sought to evolve strategies that would enable the service, adequately project air power, to effectively and efficiently deal with prevalent security threats.

One of those strategies is also to ensure that personnel welfare is given priority.

He said he is happy with the performances so far, and urged the men not to relent.

“I reassure you of our support…national economic realities permit. ”

The crew room building which houses a briefing room, library, a computer room, a pilots life-support room and bedrooms for pilots on standby among others, was formally commissioned by former Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Al-Amin Daggash.

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Troops Repel Terrorists Infiltration At Gudumbali

The Nigerian military says its troops located at Gudumbali in northern Borno state have repelled an infiltration by boko haram terrorists that came disguised as civilian internally displaced persons and inserted themselves in the community.

The terrorists took advantage of the on going distribution of relief materials by the Nigerian army at Gudumbali and opened fire on troops location which was followed by rapid fire from other terrorists in gun trucks along Gudumbali-Kukawa axis.

Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement that the trucks conveying the relief materials were set ablaze. However, the troops however fought back and outmanoeuvred the attackers and inflicted heavy casualties on them.

One soldier died in the encounter. A cobra armoured personnel carrier and a truck belonging to the unit were also damaged.

The bodies of some of the neutralised terrorists have been recovered, along with large quantity of ammunition and 8 rocket propelled grenades charges.

The troops have since been reinforced and normalcy has been brought to the general area.

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Chief Of Army Staff Conference To Hold In Maiduguri

the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Annual Conference, initially billed to hold in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, has been shifted to Maiduguri, Borno State.

President Buhari’s aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad confirmed this development on his tweeter handle on Sunday evening.

He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare the COAS Annual Conference on Nov. 28, 2018 at the Conference Hall CGH in Maiduguri, Borno state.

The conference was earlier scheduled to take place from 26 -28 November 2018 in Benin, Edo state.”

The Nigerian Army also revealed it through their twitter handle on Sunday.

“The COAS Annual Conference scheduled for Benin from 26 – 30 November 2018 has been moved to Maiduguri.

New date is from 28 – 30 November 2018. The CinC is expected to declare the conference open on 28 November 2018 at 1100 hrs, venue Conference Hall CGH Maiduguri.”

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Jonathan Never Believed The Abduction Of Chibok Girls – Shettima

Borno State Governor, kashim Shettima, on Wednesday, disagreed with former President Goodluck Jonathan’s assertion that the abduction of the Chibok girls was contrived to embarrass him and make him lose the 2015 election.

Recall that Dr. Jonathan, who celebrated his 61st birthday ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, also launched his book, “My Transition Hours,” Dr. Jonathan’s 61st birthday ceremony, are disputing some facts in the work, My Transition Hours” which detailed all that happened before and after the 2015 election.

However, Governor Shettima, in a statement released by his Special Adviser on Communications and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, said Jonathan never believed there was ever an abduction until rescue efforts were late.

“In clever attempt to sweep under the carpet, incontrovertible facts surrounding the April 14, 2014 Chibok abduction,  former President Goodluck Jonathan has deliberately omitted in chapter four of his new book, an investigative report submitted to him in June 2014, by the presidential facts-finding committee he constituted in May, 2014, which was mandated to gather evidence-based facts and circumstances on the abduction,”  Shettima said.

Gusau quoted the governor as saying: “The whole of Tuesday night, I took the pains of reading His Excellency, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s book, My Transition Hours, from the first to the 177th page. I took particular interest in chapter four (the Chibok school girls affair) which has 42 paragraphs written on pages 27 to 36. I was amused that despite  admitting in paragraph 15, that he had (in May 2014) constituted a Presidential Fact-Finding Committee under Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Sabo and many others “to investigate” the Chibok abduction, former President Jonathan refused to mention any part or whole of the findings by that panel which had submitted a highly-investigative report to him on Friday, June 20, 2014 after the panel held investigative meetings with the then chiefs of Defence Staff, Army Staff, Air Staff, the DG, DSS and IGP, met all security heads in Borno, visited Chibok, met with parents of abducted schoolgirls, met surviving students, interrogated officials of the school and the supervising Ministry of Education, interrogated officials of WAEC and analyzed all correspondences.

“What has become very clear is that the former president decided to sit on facts in his custody while he published, in an elementary standard, a book of fiction designed to pass guilty verdicts on anyone but himself, with respect to the open failures of his administration to rescue our daughters and in tackling the Boko Haram challenges.”

The governor declared that by refusing to publish any part of his own panel’s findings on the Chibok abduction, Jonathan’s book was nothing short of “a presidential tale by midday”.

Shettima recalled that for  for the records, “on Tuesday, the 6th of May, 2014, President Jonathan had inaugurated multi-agency/stakeholder fact-finding panel under the chairmanship of Brig.-General Ibrahim Sabo (rtd), a one-time Director of Military Intelligence and also appointed a secretary from the Niger Delta. President Jonathan single handedly selected all members of that committee which included  his trustees amongst serving and retired security officers from the Army, DSS and Police; representatives of the UN and ECOWAS, representatives of the Chibok community, local and international civil rights organisations, representatives of the National Council on Women Societies, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, amongst other persons he trusted. For almost  two months, the probe panel undertook forensic assessment of all documents on the entire issues, held investigative meetings with parents of the schoolgirls during a visit to Chibok. The panel held separate one-on-one investigative meetings with myself, the then Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chiefs of Air and Naval Staff, met the then Director General of the DSS and the Inspector General of Police, all of whom were appointees of President Jonathan.

“The panel interrogated officials of Borno Government, including the Comof Education and the school principal. The panel also held investigative meetings with heads of all security agencies in Borno State, including security formations in charge of Chibok. At the end, the panel submitted its report directly to President Jonathan on Friday, the 20th of June, 2014 in Abuja. President Jonathan has refused to make public the findings submitted to him. I was expecting the findings in his book but he has deliberately swept that report under the carpet.

“However, I remember that on June 24, 2014, the ThisDay Newspaper claimed to have obtained a copy of the panel’s report and published as its lead, that painstaking findings by the Presidential panel had indicted the military under Jonathan’s watch and completely absolved the Borno State Government of any blame regarding the Chibok abduction. The newspaper went further to say that the panel actually commended efforts of the Borno State Government in its commitment to the fight against Boko Haram as testified by heads of security establishments,” the statement from Gusau said.

Shettima also said it was clear to him after reading the former president’s book that he still lives with poor understanding of issues under his presidency. The Governor cited that, for instance, Jonathan’s claim on page 31 that Boko Haram wanted a Muslim President rather than him as Christian was laughable since the insurgents actually began their deadliest attacks in Borno under the regime of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, a Moslem from northern Nigeria.

“We know for a fact that as vicious cycle of evil, Boko Haram fighters do not care about the religion of their targeted victims.  They attack mosques and churches. They are lunatics who regard anyone who doesn’t share their ideology as an infidel. So, I wonder how the former President didn’t take time to understand the biggest challenge under his presidency,” Shettima said.

The governor advised Jonathan to write another book on account of his presidency which should contain “the facts as have been presented to him, regarding the Chibok abduction rather than the fiction” he made public on Tuesday.

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Nigerian Army Constructs Facility For Detainee Insurgents In Borno

The Nigerian Army says it has embarked on the construction of a holding facility in Borno to improve detainee management of insurgents during investigations.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu made this known in a statement on Friday in Maiduguri.

Chukwu said that the project had become imperative to enhance the management of detained insurgents, in accordance with international best practices.

The statement said that Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was represented at the foundation-laying ceremony of the project by Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, the Chief of Logistics, Army Headquarters.

Buratai said that the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East had necessitated the arrest and detention of suspected insurgents, who must be properly catered for in accordance with international best practices.

“The quest for a functional safe holding facility, with adequate sanitary conditions for effective management of suspected insurgents for further investigation, is the driving force behind the execution of the project.

“To relieve the frontline units of the responsibility of administering arrested suspects, there is the need to have a facility where suspects will be kept and properly managed.

“This is the reason why the Joint Investigation Centre was established,’’ he added.

Buratai said that the facility would also serve as transit holding and detention centre for suspected insurgents before handing them over to the relevant prosecution or rehabilitation agencies.

Mr Markus Dolder, Head of Sub-Delegation of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), lauded the project, describing it as “indication of compliance by the Nigerian Army with global best practices.”

Dolder said that the project would strengthen the cooperation between the Army and other stakeholders in the management of suspects under investigation.

“I am very much impressed about the efforts that have been launched over the last few months; they are more than what we actually thought could come, and this is more than what we could potentially dream of,’’ he said.

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Army To Commission University In Biu Tomorrow

The Nigerian Army has assured that the commissioning of the  Army University, Biu in Borno state will hold tomorrow as planned.

The Army has earlier announced a postponement but later apologised insisting that  its scheduled commissioning would  go on as planned for October 30.

“Kindly disregard the earlier postponement. All Inconveniences are regretted,” the Army said.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to commission the university as its first set of students begin arriving on campus for its take- off academic year.

The Federal Executive Council gave the army final approval for the establishment of the university in April, months after construction of major buildings on campus had either been completed or near completion.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, said the institution was designed to tackle unique challenges, especially on specific security crises the military faces in its war against Boko Haram and armed banditry.

The university has already started taking its first set of students for its take off academic year.

Mr Buratai expressed satisfaction with the progress of infrastructure at the university earlier this year, anticipating it would be opened by September.

The Nigerian Army University, Biu which is part of strategies to reposition the Nigerian Army and military is open to both civil and military populace.

The admission policy of the university provides 75 percent for civilians and 25 percent for military/paramilitary and other security agencies.

The Nigerian Army University is to serve as a solution centre for the technological and other operational problems of the Nigerian Army, the military and the nation.

“The institution is designed to create the critical mass required for research, innovation, testing and development of military equipment in a 21st Century setting’ he said.

The university is to facilitate the creation of the enabling environment that will enhance the accelerated development and eventual production of modern military hardware.

The Chief of Army Staff said: “Apart from being a unique university, it will be a centre of excellence for learning, research and technological development which is consistent with the compelling requirements of 21st Century armies that strive to conceive, develop and source their military platforms and other requirements locally.

“The new university will promote excellence, ingenuity, creativity and distinctive competence in intellectual outcomes”.

The founding principles and philosophy of the university are based on the creation of an interdisciplinary learning environment, shared facilities and constant interaction among organs and units, driven by the factors of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

The university according to the Army will “utilise scientific and technological knowledge to develop credible and creative capacity for proffering solutions to the problems of the Nigerian Army, the military as well as the nation”.

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