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Alleged shun of Southern officers, deployment of Northern commander to S’East not true – Army

Some men of the Nigerian special forces

The Nigerian Army has dismissed cloaks that it ignored Southerners and deployed only Northern commanders to the South East of Nigeria to quell insecurity.

The Army, in a Press Statement sighed by its Director of Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, it descieber the report from Sahara Reporters as one full of errors and ignorance on the side of the reporter, arguing that at least, two southerners were in charge in the South West and South East commands.

The Statement reads “The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to an online publication anchored by SAHARA REPORTERS and cohorts titled “NIGERIAN ARMY SHUNS SOUTHERN OFFICERS, DEPLOY NORTHERN COMMANDERS TO QUELL TENSION IN SOUTH EAST”.

“Ordinarily, the NA would have ignored this illogical narrative by the online media but for the good of members of the public. The NA condemn this report targeted at steering discord and disunity among peace loving Nigerians who have refused to be drawn into supporting the senseless attacks on security apparatus in the South East and South South geopolitical zones of the country. The NA being a national body does not promote or post its personnel along ethnic or religious lines. Postings in the NA are routine exercises and are based on professional competences not as portrayed by the baseless publication. For the records, let be clear in everyone’s mind that the NA does not train, deploy or operate along ethnic, religious, tribal or regional divides. Senior officers are posted to command units based on their capability and competence taking into consideration their posting history.

“Furthermore, Officers are the most frequently posted personnel of the NA. However, because of the bias and seed of discord that the author of the report wanted to sow, it did not allow him to do a thorough background check of his report. Part of the poorly scripted article states that NA’s deployment is based on ethical line. This is one of the dumbest opinions of the writer. To put the record straight, while it is true that the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Enugu, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja is from South West, the Commander 34 Brigade Owerri Brigadier General Raymond Utsaha is from the North Central. Major General Gold Chibuisi is of the South East extraction and is also the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Ibadan which is the largest in number of states under command including 4 Brigade in Edo State. Equally, Brigadier General Farouk Mijinyawa was never the Commander of 16 Brigade as misrepresented by the writer. It is therefore clear that the concocted story lacks everything in terms of credibility and exists only in the pigment of the author’s imagination.

“The NA urge the general public to know that in the past months, several subversive elements have attempted to discredit the formidable security network in the South East and the NA in line with her constitutional roles of aiding the civil authority deployed officers and men to checkmate the activities of these bad elements who are bent on wrecking havoc in the region. The amateurish article presented in a self-styled fictitious movie like scenario devoid of even the basic rudiments of a news report is simply unacceptable.

“The uncoordinated and poorly written article exposes the real intent albeit the very low IQ of the author and that speaks volumes on the motive of the publisher.

“Furthermore, the NA would like to request all peace loving Nigerians to disregard the content of the said article in its entirety as it lacks common logic. The NA under the able leadership of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru remains committed to the defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria as well as protecting lives and properties of all citizens and residents in Nigeria. The NA further solicits for the continuous support of all patriotic Nigerians in stamping out activities of criminals including subversive and divisive elements for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria”.

BREAKING: S’south PDP visit Wike, reiterate call for regional security outfit+PHOTOS

Governor Nyesom Wike at the meeting

The S’south Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated it’s call on South South governors to establish a security outfit to tackle the rising cases of insecurity in the region.

At a meeting of the team with the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Barrister Nyesom Wike at the Rivers State Government House on Thursday, 6th May 2021, the group led by Chief Dan Orbih raised alarm over the incessant killings, kidnappings and terror that has been unleashed on Nigeria by bandits, Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram.

Orbih, who commended the Niger State Governor for owning up that the Federal Government has failed Nigerians in terms of security, said that if the S’south governors are able to establish a security outfit like their South East and South West counterparts, the issue of insecurity will be greatly checked.

His words: “I am here with the Zonal working committee members of our party to thank you for successfully hosting the last Zonal Congress that brought this Exco to office. We are also using this visit to commend and applaud the good work the PDP Governors are doing in the South South and to urge them to continue the good work.

“We are embarking on this tour at a very difficult and challenging time in our nation’s history. Let me commend the courageous declaration Gov of Niger State, Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello that the country is no longer safe under APC Federal Government. A situation where insurgents will conquer any part of this country and host their flag is a declaration of war.

“Your Excellency, I want to commend you for the steps you have taken so far to protect your people. A situation where people can no longer access their farms is a clear signal of impending food crisis.

“We call on the Governors and leaders of the South South to come together and protect our people. The Yorubas have taken steps to check the menace of these groups with the formation of Amotekun, the Igbos have theirs Ebubeagu security network. What are we doing in the South South? We must fashion out ways in collaboration with various security agencies to check the unprovoked assault on our people. Our people are distressed. The federal roads are in bad shapes and unsafe.

“There is hunger in the land. An hungry man is a angry man. The rising poverty index and unemployment worrisome. I make bold to state that the current security problems confronting us is a threat to Peace and development.

“We are impressed and satisfied with the good work you are doing in your state and the zone. Your achievements is now the benchmark for critical assessment of good governance. You have done very well. We pray God to continue to give you the strength to do more for your state and Nigeria.

“Lastly, I welcome people of other zones to visit the South South to see what their zones can be if they vote PDP into government in their zones”, Orbih stated.

Activist Eholor threatens to drag Gov Obaseki to court as security deteriorates in Edo

Chief Patriot Patrick Eholor, a human right activist has threatened to drag Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki to court over the insecurity issues at verious parts of the state especially Benin City, the state capital.

He said it is becoming worrisome that inhabitants of the state now live at the mercy of hoodlums over robbery, kidnapping and cult clashes which has led to the lose of lives since October last year.

According to the president of One Love Foundation, “Edo as a state has now being hijacked by hoodlums who have continued to operate freely as robbers, kidnappers or cultists. People are being robbed on daily basis, POS operators, market women at various quarters, drivers and passengers are left to their faith. We have never had it bad like this as a state.

He also said “Nigerians should know their rights, especially my Edo people. If anybody is killed or kidnapped again in Edo State, I will sue the governor because he collects security votes. So I will ask him what he is using the security votes for, because it is a constitutional matter, very clear that the government is suppose to protect us as citizens.

“All we want is a safe Edo State where investors can come in and do business any day any time. We need jobs to be created for our teeming youths. Politics aside, the governor should do better”, he added.

INSECURITY: Oduduwa Republic releases travel guide for citizens in Nigeria

Proponents of a new Yoruba country, Oduduwa Republic have released a travel guide for its citizens.

According to a document intercepted by Jungle Journalist Media Ltd on the social media, its intelligence unit said the guide has become very necessary in the face of worsening security in the country.

It’s reproduced in full below:

Travel Guide for O’odua People in the Mass Killing Field We call Nigeria

December 01, 2020

The Travel Guide Below has been compiled by the Intelligence Unit, Apapo O’odua Koya, (AOKOYA) for all descendants of Oduduwa all over the world. The guide is for those travelling within Nigeria now or in the future.

· Avoid going to any of the North East or North West of Nigeria no matter how important your assignment. The North Central is neither safe. Avoid Kaduna by all means possible. Your best choice is to travel by air to any of the core-Northern states if you insist you must travel.

· While travelling in the SW, your fatherland, beware of non-indigenous armed kidnappers and murderers. They are usually of Fulani extraction, armed, vicious, blood-thirsty, eager to settle primordial scores and brutally savage.

· The armed Fulani men target evening and night for their operations. They are most active on weekends especially at dawn, evenings or nights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

· Never travel with your family. If you must travel, don’t go with your wife and children. Family in a car is usually prime targets, knowing resistance will be minimal.

· If you must travel, wear smart dresses with canvass. The opportunity may come for you to run.

· Always keep a dummy phone at hand while your real phone should be left in silence in your car. Delete all bank details in your phone.

· Arm yourself. If may be helpful. You can buy dagger, multiple defense tools, gas cannon, sharp-multidrive tools and pepper spray. Never use them unless you have a unique opportunity to attack your captors. Your attack must be to either escape or to kill your captors if possible whenever you have the chance.

· The armed Fulani usually divide into two camps. One camp stops you in the front, the second camp waits for you to reverse before attacking from the back. If you have a heavy car that can knock and kill those at the front, please do.

· Train yourself on the use of weapons in self-defense. You may find yourself in a position to use AK-47 abandoned in a hurry by kidnappers or left carelessly where you are kept in the bush.

· The Fulani herdsmen usually explore bad portions of the road, drive as fast as possible through such portions. Be swift and decisive on the road. Do no use your phone while driving. It will distract you from concentration and keen observation.

· Fill your tank from the point of departure. Don’t travel alone.

· If you are ever abducted, stay calm and cooperate but be keen to maximize any opportunity.

· If you are sure of escaping into the bush without your car, leave the car doors open and the ignition key on. This will distract the kidnappers and attract passersby.

· The troubled spots are the entire Yoruba space but most importantly: Ogere, Gbongan Junction, Igboho-Shaki way, Ikere-Ado road, Ife-Ibadan highway, Oyo-Ogbomosho highway, Warri-Benin highway, Ikole-Omuo-Lokoja highway; Ilorin-Egbe highway; Jebba-Bode Saadu way; Ilesa-Itaore way; Ogotun-Arakeji-Ado way.

· If you have the chance, drive close to a lorry or trailer on the highway.

· Put on the local radio while travelling not listening to music. An important information relevant to kidnappers on the highway may filter to you.

· Whenever you see herd of cows, be suspicions, keep a distance and look for a safe, swift drive through.

· Arm yourself spiritually.

PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT BUREAU
APAPO O’ODUA KOYA, (AOKOYA)

Govt, trad institutions, security agencies, clergy must tackle insecurity in Edo now – Edo Indigenes

The leadership of Edo Indigenous Movement Worldwide (EIM), also known as Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) has said that the issue of insecurity in Edo State has become a clear and present danger.

EPIA in a Press Release signed by its leader, Chief (Dr) Bishop Enoyiogiere J Omogiade Edokpolo stated that the issue must be treated as an emergency, and not with kid gloves as it has become a thrwta to the overall existence of Edo people.

He called on the various arms of government- legislators and the state government to convoke an emergency security town hall meeting and come up with a solution immediately.

His words “It’s high time the government, politicians, traditional rulers, security outfits, and religious leaders should take insecurity more seriously than ever in Edo State, and bring long lasting solution to this clear and present danger we face.

“As we have said before in EPIA, the issue of law and order is the priority for EPIA/EIM.

” It is clear that development can not strive anywere there is insecurity. Edo has been making progress in other sectors, but now there is even an urgent need for this government to act fast in tackling insecurity in our state.

“The governor and lawmakers need to introduce a state cleansing on this negative energy and put a permanent solution to it as this has been persistent since the past decade now.

“As a matter of urgency, a Security Town Hall meeting needs to be held for us to deicide the way forward and nip this problem in thr bud. Please, its time to act, and act fast”, he stated.

INSECURITY: When Silence is no longer golden, elites should speak up, says Patriot Eholor

Considering the ugly security situations ravaging Nigeria and the inability of the Muhammadu Buhari led government to address the security challenges confronting our nation, a renowned activist and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, also known as Democracy Observer-General, Federal Republic of Nigeria has condemned the inability of Nigerian elites to speak up against the wanton killings going across the nation.

Chief Eholor, in a statement through his media office said,
It is no longer exaggeration to say that since independence that Nigeria is currently facing the worst form of insecurity.

“The activities of killer bandits in Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna and Taraba states without anyone to challenge them is totally unacceptable. These group of killers go about with sophisticated weapons like AK47 to kill and maim innocent people. They burn houses, and take over people’s land by force. In fact some of their apologists have told the whole world that these people are from Chad, Niger and Libya and that they own the land of the proud Tiv people by conquest. These bandits had brought sorrow and misery to the people. These marauding bandits are bad news to the people of Nigeria as they have brought untimely death of up to 5,000 people and we are still counting.”

“Nigerians from every part of the country are complaining about the escalating crime wave in the country. People are disenchanted. There is fear of uncertainty about the future of our country. This explains why We hope and pray that the discontent in Nigeria will not escalate to violent demonstrations, as we have seen different groups protesting in Katsina, Abuja, Lagos,Ogun, Osun, Imo etc. “

The popular philanthropist also wondered why the elites are silent on the issue of insecurity

“What we hear and read everyday is the news of innocent lives being killed by people in the country. These killings happen at homes, on the road and in religious worshiping places. In fact, there is no safe place for Nigerians in their country. Every one of us lives like a captive or a prisoner. Those in power are the only few who get protection against attacks. You hardly hear about the kidnap of a governor, son of a governor, senator, son of a senator, a member of the house or his son. Almost in all cases, ordinary Nigerians are the casualties of violent crimes in Nigeria. The problem does not affect those in power. That’s why we shouldn’t expect banditry and kidnapping for ransom to end soon. It’s no surprise why they are silent on the issue of insecurity.”

“When a nation is adrift and the future seems shaky with attendant national disaster, it behoves on men of conscience and past leaders of such a nation to speak out and point out ways of avoiding the danger confronting such a nation.”

Buhari, Osinbajo in meeting with security chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a meeting of the security council.

The meeting, which also has Vice-President, Yemi Osibanjo in attendance, is holding inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

All service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, are present.

Others are the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; heads of the Department of State Services and National Intelligence Agency; Ministers of Justice, Police Affairs, Defence and Interior among others.

The meeting comes hours after the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) bemoaned worsening security situation in Nigeria.

The governors have resolved to meet the President and the service chiefs separately on the matter.

Nigerians Will Be Shocked If We Expose Those Behind Insecurity -Gen Buratai

The Chief Of Army Staff, General T.Y Buratai has said Nigerians would be shocked if the military divulge alleged perpetrators behind Boko Haram, Banditry Kidnapping amongst other security issues that is currently bedeviling the country.

Gen. Buratai made the statement when he visited the area attacked by members of the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, to ascertain the level of destruction that was unleashed in the aftermath of the bloody attack which had claimed many lives and many other were abducted by the insurgent group.

According to him, “These terrorists are blood thirsty, if we reveal the people behind this evil, Nigerians will be shocked adding the military won’t stop at anything until the terrorists are wiped out completely.

He condemned the attack in strong terms and also advised Nigerians not give up on the Buhari-led government that is already winning the war against insurgency .

Recall, that militant Islamists have killed at least 30 people and abducted women and children in Auno in a raid, Borno state.

INSECURITY: Avoid these 24 Nigerian States, UK Warns Citizens

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Tuesday gave a warning to its citizens on travel to some Nigerian states.

Around 117,000 British nationals visit Nigeria each year.
A statement on the UK government web site said all travel to Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River States and 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara State should be cancelled.

The FCO warned against all but essential travel to: Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi and within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi States, non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Abia States.

It added that: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria. Most attacks occur in the northeast, particularly in Borno (including central Maiduguri and along access routes connecting the city to other major towns and along the Niger border, including in Damasak), Yobe, including the eastern LGAs bordering Borno State both north and south of the Damaturu road), and Adamawa States.

“There have also been significant attacks in Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Jos and Bauchi States and in the Federal capital, Abuja. The terrorist threat across eastern Yobe and Borno State is high, with frequent recent attacks.
“Terrorist groups carried out attacks in North East Nigeria during the February 2019 election period, and further attacks are likely. We continue to advise against all travel to Borno and Yobe States.

“On 23 February, 2019, ISWA launched an attack involving indirect fire that resulted in explosions in multiple locations within Maiduguri.
“You should avoid places where crowds gather, including political meetings, religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people.
“Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect western interests as well as places visited by tourists. Besides Abuja, other major towns and cities remain particularly at risk, including Kano and Kaduna.

“There’s a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria. Kidnaps can be motivated by criminality or terrorism and could be carried out for financial or political gain.
“The security environment in the northeast has deteriorated since 2018 and there is a heightened risk of kidnap. Kidnaps in the northeast have included humanitarian and private sector workers. There are also reports that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) are continuing to actively plan to kidnap foreigners.

“As well as in north-east Nigeria, this is believed to include some northern and middle belt states including Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa.
“If you’re working or travelling in areas where there is a Boko Haram or ISWA presence, especially in the north-east of Nigeria, you should be aware of the risk of terrorist kidnapping.
“There is also a high threat of criminal kidnap in the Niger Delta region and Kogi State.
“If you travel to areas to which the FCO advise against travel, you are particularly at risk and will need a high level of security. If you’re working in northern Nigeria you should make sure your employers provide an adequate level of security where you live and where you work, make sure they regularly review security arrangements and familiarise yourself with those plans.

“There have been recent attacks in Maiduguri, Baga, Monguno, Damasak and Rann in Borno State and in Gujba and Geidam LGAs in Yobe State. Further attacks are likely. We advise against all travel to Borno and Yobe States. See Local travel
“A number of kidnappings, including of foreigners, took place in Kano city in April 2018. We advise against all but essential travel to Kano state. If you’re in or around Kano city, we recommend you take added precautions.

“You should be aware of your surroundings and avoid large crowds and public demonstrations as they can turn violent unexpectedly and at short notice. Follow news reports and be alert to developments. If you become aware of any nearby unrest or disturbances, you should leave the area immediately. Violent crime is common.

“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed an outbreak of Lassa fever on 22 January. For further information and advice see the NaTHNaC web site.
“UK health authorities have classified Nigeria as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre web site.”

Source : Independent