BOKO HARAM ATTACKS! Do not let the insurgent attack spread to other parts of the region, it will be very bad, Religious leaders plead with government, security operatives

The Co-Chairman of Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, has spread the allarm that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East may spread to Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states in no time.

He added that the spread could lead to the displacement of thousands of people in the states.

 

 

Onuoha made the call at the 2nd IDFP General Assembly in Abuja yesterday, stating that the security challenges facing the country, including kidnapping in the South-West, armed robbery and militancy in the South-East, and South-South needed to be urgently addressed.

The cleric said the perceived lopsidedness in the leadership of the security forces should be addressed, pointing out that the security situation during the 2015 elections was not as bad as it is today.

He said, “In Borno and Yobe states, the Boko Haram insurgency has taken a dangerous dimension, leading to increasing loss of soldiers and policemen. This sad situation could spread to states like Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba leading to the displacement thousands of people who will seek refuge in the overcrowded Internally Displaced Persons camps.”

 

 

The Bishop urged the faith community to pray for the success of the forthcoming elections and peace in the country.

Onuoha said, “We have built more powerful individuals while our institutions remain weak. Those who have presented themselves for elective positions should be willing to accept the outcomes of the elections.”

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Happening Now: Renowned Online Media Is Facing Backlash From Kenyans For Using Sensationalized Picture To Represent Deadly Event

As Kenya reels from the deadly attack on an upmarket hotel in capital Nairobi that killed 14 people, a controversy over a New York Times (NYT) article has added to the anger. Many Kenyans have taken to Twitter since Wednesday evening to express their feelings on the assault on Dusit Hotel complex, claimed by the armed group, al-Shabab.

Using the hashtag #WeShallOvercome, Kenyans tweeted messages of solidarity. However, another, angrier hashtag soon emerged in response to the NYT coverage of the tragedy. An NYT article by its East Africa bureau chief, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, showed the aftermath of the attack, including images of wounded people and dead bodies.

The article drew ire of some Kenyans who used a slightly harsh hashtag – #DeportKimiko – to protest the images of graphic violence against black Africans, calling them disrespectful and biased. They argued that such images would never be used in the coverage of tragedies in the United States, where the NYT is based.

Soon, another hashtag #SomeoneTellNYTimes began trending, with many tweets showing photos of people providing the victims aid after the assault.

In response, the NYT tweeted a statement expressing its respect for those affected by the attack but also defending its use of the images.

“It is important to give our readers a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this. This includes showing pictures that are not sensationalised but that give a real sense of the situation.”

However, The Red Cross on Thursday said 19 people remain unaccounted for, two days after Somali militants attacked a hotel complex in Nairobi, killing no fewer than 21 people. Al Shabaab, a Somalia-based al Qaeda affiliate fighting to impose strict Islamic law, said it carried the assault on the upscale dusitD2 compound over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A woman cries after identifying the body of a relative at the Chiromo mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya on January 16, 2019 after a blast followed by a gun battle that rocked the upmarket hotel complex the day before.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on January 16, 2019 that all Islamists who had stormed an upmarket hotel complex had been “eliminated” after an almost 20-hour siege that left several dead.

ALERT!! Tension As Popular Bishop Warns That Boko Haram Plans To Spread Terrorist Acts To Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa And Taraba States

Bishop Sunday Onuoha who is the Co-Chairman, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, has sounded a warning that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East may soon spread to Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states.

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He said this could lead to the displacement of thousands of people in the states.

Onuoha said at the 2nd IDFP General Assembly in Abuja on Wednesday the security challenges facing the country, including kidnapping in the South-West, armed robbery and militancy in the South-East, and South-South needed to be urgently addressed.

The cleric said the perceived lopsidedness in the leadership of the security forces should be addressed, pointing out that the security situation during the 2015 elections was not as bad as it is today.

He said, “In Borno and Yobe states, the Boko Haram insurgency has taken a dangerous dimension, leading to increasing loss of soldiers and policemen.

“This sad situation could spread to states like Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba leading to the displacement thousands of people who will seek refuge in the overcrowded Internally Displaced Persons camps.”

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The Bishop urged the faith community to pray for the success of the forthcoming elections and peace in the country.

Onuoha said, “We have built more powerful individuals while our institutions remain weak. Those who have presented themselves for elective positions should be willing to accept the outcomes of the elections.”

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Sponsors of Boko Haram are not in Nigeria, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said sponsors of terrorist group Boko Haram are forces outside the country.

Buhari spoke during a live presidential town hall meeting tagged, “The Candidates” at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, on Wednesday.

He said the military needed a lot of money for purchase of gadgets, spare parts and arms to completely wipe out the terrorists.

“We need a lot of money for the military for spare parts, communication gadgets, arms and ammunition. The Boko Haram are certainly supported by forces outside Nigeria,” the President said.

The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate said he became the candidate of the party because of the support of the National Executive Committee.

He said, “I said it much earlier at the National Executive Committee of our party that if my party recommended me to its executive, I would contest. I did that to save time and wide discussions among members of the party.”

 

Exposed: The Real Sponsors Of Boko Haram

In a fresh twist to the story of insurgents in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said Boko Haram insurgents are being sponsored by forces outside Nigeria, stressing the need for the nation to support the administration in the fight against terrorism. He said the military needed a lot of money for the purchase of gadgets, spare parts and arms to completely wipe out the enemies from the nation.

Buhari spoke during a live presidential town hall meeting tagged, “The Candidates” at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, on Wednesday night.

“We need a lot of money for the military for spare parts, communication gadgets, arms and ammunition. Boko Haram is certainly supported by forces outside Nigeria,” the president said.

The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate said also said he became the candidate of the party because of the support of the National Executive Committee.

He said, “I said it much earlier at the National Executive Committee of our party that if my party recommended me to its executive, I would contest. I did that to save time and wide discussions among members of the party.

“So, those who felt very strongly about it left the party and the party nominated. Why? It is because I felt that the three fundamental objectives we campaigned in 2015 are still relevant.

“We want to remind Nigerians to see when we started — 2015 — where we are now, what we have been able to do in between this time of three and a half years with the resources and time available to us.”

In a related development, Thousands of people have fled a remote town in northeast Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders said on Wednesday, after Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base and torched aid buildings.

Monday’s attack in Rann, in Borno state, has been blamed on the Islamic State West Africa Province faction of Boko Haram, which has carried out similar raids against troops since July last year. The upsurge in violence has forced tens of thousands of people to flee, including internally displaced people (IDPs) who have returned home after previous attacks.

Last week, the United Nations said there had been a “massive displacement” of more than 30,000 people after ISWAP strikes in and around Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, in northern Borno.

End Of The Road For Boko Haram, As Nigeria’s Mighty Army Launches Offensive

Kashim Shettima, the Borno state governor, has flagged off the ‘Exercise Egwu Eke III’ (Python Dance) in Maiduguri as he expressed confidence and optimism that the state will go back to its glory years after enduring many years of incessant and vicious Boko Haram attacks.
The Governor, who was represented by the speaker of the Borno state House of Assembly, Right Honourable Abdulkarim Lawan at an event which held at the ‘Cashew Plantation’, 7 Division Step-up Tactical Headquarters, Maiduguri, praised the untiring effort of the Nigerian Army in combating the menace of the Boko Haram and insurgency, especially in the north eastern part of the country.
The governor said: “We are proud of the Nigerian Army, and we are sure that Borno will regain its glory and the people will smile again.”
 
A statement by Colonel Ado Isa, the deputy director of public relations, 7 Division Nigerian Army, quoted the governor as giving his assurance to continue to collaborate with the Army and other security agencies in the state. He also emphasized that the people of Borno remain very optimistic that the launch of the exercise will bring lasting peace and tranquility. Governor Shettima, according to the statement, urged the Nigerian Army to continue with the good work by maintaining the synergy with other security agencies and remain apolitical as the election draws nearer.
On his part, the Theatre Commander (TC), Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluyo praised the effort and commitment of the leadership, officers and men of 7 Division. He also appreciated the state government for its support and promised to monitor every step of the exercise to ensure the aim is achieved in due course.
 
In his remark, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army and Commander, Sector 1, Operation Lafiya Dole, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, described the exercise as an internal security operation aimed at checkmating the activities of criminals as well as to ensure the smooth conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
The Army officer added that the python will no doubt swallow all criminals and insurgents, while the people of Borno will peacefully exercise their franchise unhindered. He appreciated the state government for its support and cooperation and reiterated that the flag-off of the exercise is to consolidate on the successes recorded so far in ‘Python Dance 1 and 2’ which was launched in 2018 in the eastern part of the country.
He warned all criminal elements and would-be election thugs to steer clear or face the raging wrath of the python coupled with the fierce fighting spirit of the dogged and gallant troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army.
It was reported that Nigerian military forces had recaptured Rann yesterday after it was overrun by armed men suspected to belong to the Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) insurgents a day earlier.
 
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had revealed on Monday evening that an attack on Rann by Boko Haram caused government forces and residents to flee during an attack that involved the terrorists razing buildings to the ground but the military has now regained control of the town.
“Boko Haram invaded Rann at about 4 p.m (on Monday). The battle continued for about three hours. Our troops retreated and later returned to fight back,” said a soldier who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
 
In December, ISWA took the town of Baga – the Nigerian headquarters of a multi-national force formed by Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger to fight the extremists – and more than 30,000 people fled. The military launched a counter-offensive last week and retook the town, saying it had given ISWA a bloody nose even though the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said attack on Rann by Boko Haram caused many to flee the town.
A signed statement by the North East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Saidu Minin said: “An attack in Rann, some 175 kilometres (110 miles) northeast of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, forced civilians to flee.”
 
He said Rann was hosting around 35,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), according to the International Organisation for Migration while also recalling that Rann had been repeatedly hit by insurgents attacks, which exacerbated the already dire humanitarian conditions on the ground. Minin said report revealed that the military base in the town was burnt by the terrorists, with locals and IDPs fleeing as the Islamist militants set fire on camps and shelters.
Minin said “aid workers in Maiduguri said colleagues in Rann blamed ISWAP for the raid and people fled towards Bulale, on the Cameroon side of the border. Four IDPs were allegedly killed. Several shelters were burned. They also looted food supplies in the town. Humanitarian operations in Rann were scaled down in March last year after an attack which killed three aid workers.”
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Operation Python Dance has improved the security status of Ebonyi state, I will never believe anything negative that you say about the operation, Governor Umahi replies critics of the army operation

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has confirmed that the Nigerian Army’s Operation Python Dance III exercise in the state has become a blessing for the residents.

Umahi stated this yesterday while distributing 70 Hilux-operational vehicles to various security agencies in the state.

 

 

He said that the exercise which was heavily misconstrued by some people has recorded no incidences of infractions, quarrel or torture, among others.

“I believe that with the pedigree of the General Officer Commanding the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, his commandant and officers, we would continue to shame our enemies. We are brothers and sisters across the Niger and no level of enmity wished by the enemies will help the country.

“Let us embrace love to engender oneness as this is the only way Nigeria would continue to remain as a nation,” he said.

 

 

The governor berated groups in the South East zone which declared that they would participate in the general elections to vote against him.

“When the military was confronted at Umuahia, 90 per cent of those that died were Ebonyians and one person was busy talking about how his dog that died. Ebonyi people would never experience a second colonisation and no other group exists in the state but our people who are determined to re-write their history. We will continue to collaborate with the Federal Government and security agencies to rid our state of criminals to sustain its rating as the safest state in the zone,” he said.

He said that the vehicles were distributed to appreciate and complement the efforts of security agencies in the state and particularly praised the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

 

 

“The NSCDC has formed the backbone of intelligence gathering and collaborates effectively with the police by demobilising and handing over criminals. The police would be allotted 30 vehicles, the army-four, Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 6 -two vehicles, GOC 82 Division-two, State Security Service – three, NSCDC – four and the Neighbourhood Security Watch -15. The Nigerian Immigration Service would receive one vehicle, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency -one, Governor’s Convoy –one, Nigerian Legion- one, Federal Road Safety Corps – two, and Nigerian Prisons Service- one,” he said.

Commissioner of Police of the Ebonyi Police Command, Muhammad Mustapha, thanked the governor on behalf of other security agencies and pledged that the vehicles would be judiciously utilised.

“Ebonyi remains the safest state in the South-East zone and we would ensure that the rate of criminality in the state is reduced to zero per cent. We have been adequately motivated to perform optimally and we assure the people of the protection of their lives and properties,” he said.

 

 

Commissioner for Internal Security and Boarder Peace, Dr Kenneth Ugbala, pledged that the neighbourhood security watch would continue assisting security agencies to rid the state of criminals.

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Fear of Boko Haram grips residents at Rann IDPs, leave in their thousands towards…

A few days back, the dreaded terrorists organisation Boko Haram issued strong warning to residents of the Northern part of Nigeria to vacate the region as they would be launching series of attacks in the days ahead.

Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have started fleeing their tents following threat and the gun duel that followed days after between Nigerian troops and Boko Haram insurgents in Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, SaharaReporters has learnt.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that at least 10 persons were killed and dozens wounded in the crossfire on Monday night after the insurgents stormed Rann.

It would be recalled that several houses, including a military base and a United Nations hub, were razed by the militant group.

Tuesday witnessed an exodus of displaced persons their homes to Cameroon border to take refugee, with thousands already in Gamboru-Ngala.

“It was a pathetic situation,” the source said.

“We have about 50,000 displaced persons living in the camp at Rann. They were helpless; thousands of them said it was better for them to leave Rann for Cameroon than to stay back in Rann and get killed.”

A rescue worker told SaharaReporters: “The situation in Ngala is so worrisome; thousands of our people are really going through tough time. Imagine, in this harmattan, children and women are there without anything to cover themselves. It is a really pitiable situation.”

JUST IN: We are now terrorist free – Presidency

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has said that all Islamists who had stormed an upmarket hotel complex had been “eliminated” after an almost 20-hour siege that left at least 14 dead.

 

Kenyatta said: “I can confirm that… the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated,” Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation. As of this moment, we have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost to the… terrorists, with others injured.”

It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were in total. But Police sources and a mortuary official had previously reported 15 dead.

Kenyatta said 700 civilians had been rescued throughout the siege but did not clarify if people were still hiding in the complex.

CCTV footage broadcast on local media showed four black-clad, heavily armed men entering the complex on Tuesday afternoon. At least one of them blew himself up at the start of the attack.

A police source said two attackers had been shot dead Wednesday morning after a prolonged shootout.

 

“The two have red bandanas tied around their forehead and bullets strapped around their chest with several magazines each. Each had an AK47 which has been secured.” the Senior Police officer said.

Insurgency: Government Declares Victory Over Al-Shabaab After Deadly Siege

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the end of the terrorist siege on a hotel complex in Nairobi, with all the Al Shabaab terrorists killed.More than 700 civilians were also rescued from the attack, he said in a televised address.

President Uhuru Kenyatta also gave the death toll as 14 from the Tuesday afternoon terrorist attack at the 14 Riverside Dusit complex in Westlands, Nairobi.

“The security operation at Dusit is over and the terrorists eliminated. As of this moment, we have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost trough the hands of these murderous terrorists with other injured,” said Mr. Kenyatta.

In the same vein, An evacuation of a hotel complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi is still ongoing, hours after suspected Islamist extremists launched an attack killing at least 11 people, including a US citizen.

Tuesday’s coordinated assault by armed gunmen on the Dusit D2 compound, an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities, represents the most high-profile terror attack in the East African country in several years.
Authorities reported that “scores” of Kenyans and foreign nationals had been evacuated from the compound, and that the site had been secured, but sporadic gunfire continued to be heard hours after the all-clear had been given.
A source at the hotel assisting with security called the death toll “conservative” and expected it to rise. “I saw six dead on the footpath exit over the river and five more at the secret garden cafe,” said the source. The US state department confirmed a US citizen was killed in the attack, but provided no further details.
The attack began at a bank inside the compound Tuesday afternoon, with an explosion targeting three vehicles in the parking lot, followed by a suicide blast in the Dusit Hotel foyer, where guests sustained severe injuries, Joseph Boinnet, inspector general of Kenya’s national police service, told reporters.
Heavy gunfire and an explosion sent people running for their lives. Footage from the scene showed armed officers escorting office workers and injured people to safety as the sound of shots rang out. Cars in the compound could be seen aflame as a helicopter flew overhead.