Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tag "Military"

    REVEALED: $670m spent on security votes annually — more than army budget

REVEALED: $670m spent on security votes annually — more than army budget

Not less than $670 million is spent on security votes in Nigeria every year, a new report by Transparency International Defence and Security (TIDS) and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) has revealed.The report, titled 'Camouflaged Cash', was launched in Abuja on Monday. According to the report, the $670m is more than the annual budget of the Nigerian army [...]

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    Amnesty: Soldiers raping women in IDP camps… thousands starving to death

Amnesty: Soldiers raping women in IDP camps… thousands starving to death

Thousands of women and girls who survived Boko Haram violence in the north-east are being abused by the Nigerian security forces, according to Amnesty International (AI).In a report unveiled in Abuja on Thursday, the organisation said investigations showed how women, young girls and children were “raped and starved to death” by soldiers in various internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.The report [...]

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    $1bn security fund: Shehu Sani asks FG not to abandon the police

$1bn security fund: Shehu Sani asks FG not to abandon the police

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, has taunted the federal government over the $1 billion recently released for procurement of security equipment.He said while the military is being upgraded with the money, the Nigeria police force and other security agencies are left behind.On Wednesday, Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the release of the [...]

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    ‘Herdsmen’ kill 24 in renewed Benue attacks

‘Herdsmen’ kill 24 in renewed Benue attacks

At least 24 persons have been reportedly killed in renewed attacks by suspected herdsmen in various communities in Benue state.Members of the house of representatives from Benue disclosed this on Thursday.The killings were said to have been perpetrated between April 2 and 4.Addressing journalists in Abuja, the lawmakers alleged that killer herdsmen attacked seven communities in the state, and are [...]

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    Amnesty: Military failed to act, officers fled — hours before Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted

Amnesty: Military failed to act, officers fled — hours before Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted

Amnesty International (AI) says the Nigerian military was aware of the presence of Boko Haram insurgents in Dapchi, Yobe state, hours before 110 schoolgirls were abducted.The organisation said its investigation revealed the security forces “failed to act” on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards Dapchi on the day of the abduction.The insurgents raided the [...]

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    Amnesty: Soldiers killed IPOB members who resisted arrest of Kanu

Amnesty: Soldiers killed IPOB members who resisted arrest of Kanu

Amnesty International (AI), human rights organisation, has alleged that soldiers killed some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Umuahia, Abia state capital on September 14.According to a report released by the organisation, the military said those killed attempted to resist the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the group.Kanu made his last public appearance on September 14, 2017. [...]

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    Amnesty: Herdsmen getting away with murder… they’ve killed 168 people this year alone

Amnesty: Herdsmen getting away with murder… they’ve killed 168 people this year alone

Amnesty International says clashes between farmers and herdsmen have resulted in at least 168 deaths in 2018 alone.In a statement on Monday, Osai Ojigho, country director of the organisation, called on the government to find a lasting solution to the crisis.“The Nigerian authorities’ response to communal violence is totally inadequate, too slow and ineffective, and in some cases unlawful," Ojigho [...]

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    Military is the ‘guardian of our democracy’

Military is the ‘guardian of our democracy’

The Eko Peace and Civil Rights Movement (RKO) has commended the Nigerian military over its efforts in the fight against insurgency and kidnapping in the country.Ayokunle Adumashin, national president of the group, made the commendation during a rally on Thursday."We have converged here from our various locations based on our belief that Nigeria must work for the citizenry and identification of [...]

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    How Boko Haram ‘threatened to kill Salkida’ when he attempted linking Jonathan’s govt with Shekau

How Boko Haram ‘threatened to kill Salkida’ when he attempted linking Jonathan’s govt with Shekau

Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have access to the leadership of Boko Haram sect, risked his life during the negotiation for the release of kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.Of the 276 girls abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state, 163 are now free: 57 fled in the early days after their abduction, three more escaped later, and a [...]

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    EXTRA: Defence spokesman displays AK-47 during live TV interview

EXTRA: Defence spokesman displays AK-47 during live TV interview

The Nigerian military seems ready to go any length to defend the progress it has made in the ongoing war against insurgency in the north-east.With the debate on the correctness or otherwise of the $1bn approved by governors to fight the Boko Haram war, the military has taken an unusual step in explaining why the decision is “the best” for [...]

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    Amnesty: There must be justice for the 347 Shi’ites ‘killed by military’

Amnesty: There must be justice for the 347 Shi’ites ‘killed by military’

Amnesty International (AI) has urged the federal government to ensure justice is done over the “unlawful killings" of hundreds of Shi'ites in Kaduna two years ago.Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the military between December 12 and December 14, 2015.Speaking on Tuesday in commemoration of the two-year anniversary of the incident, AI regretted that “no one [...]

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    ‘Attempt to blackmail the military will fail’

‘Attempt to blackmail the military will fail’

The Centre For Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) says the plot to blackmail the Nigerian military will continue to crumble.The group said the success story of the military is too golden to be dwarfed by some "selfish individuals" who are out to demoralise the leadership of the military with a campaign of calumny.Isaac Ikpa, the executive secretary of the [...]

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    Mugabe appears in public — first time since military takeover

Mugabe appears in public — first time since military takeover

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was Friday sighted outside the confines of his home, attending a graduation ceremony in the capital city of Harare.It is his first public appearance since the military seized power on Wednesday.Mugabe, clad in a blue academic gown and cap, was reportedly cheered by the crowd at the graduation ceremony after he spoke.He was also said to [...]

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    Mugabe under house arrest, says Zuma

Mugabe under house arrest, says Zuma

President Robert Mugabe has been placed under house arrest in Zimbabwe, his South-African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, has said.The Zimbabwean military, led by SB Moyo, a major general, early on Wednesday took over in a military action said to be targeted at "criminals" around Mugabe.In a subsequent reaction, Zuma said Mugabe is "fine" despite being confined to his house."President Zuma spoke [...]

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    Produce Kanu before things get out of hand, IPOB warns FG, Igbo leaders

Produce Kanu before things get out of hand, IPOB warns FG, Igbo leaders

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the federal government and Igbo leaders to produce Nnamdi Kanu "dead or alive".Kanu has not been seen in public since soldiers of the Nigerian army invaded his Abia residence during the Operation Python Dance exercise.IPOB had accused the army of taking Kanu along with his parents during the raid, although the army [...]

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    IPOB: Blame Buhari, Igbo leaders if we decide to take up arms

IPOB: Blame Buhari, Igbo leaders if we decide to take up arms

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says President Muhammadu Buhari and Igbo leaders should be blamed if it decides to engage in an “armed struggle".IPOB, which has been branded a militant terrorist organisation, had always maintained that its agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra is peaceful.But the military and federal government have accused its members of taking up arms, [...]

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