Saturday, February 15, 2020

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    Okowa: Military personnel accompanied bandits who killed eight persons in Delta

Okowa: Military personnel accompanied bandits who killed eight persons in Delta

Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, says military personnel accompanied suspected bandits who wreaked havoc on some communities in the state last week. Gunmen had attacked Avwon, Agadama, Ohoror and other communities in Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North local government areas of the state on Thursday. The attacks led to the deaths of at least eight persons while several others sustained injuries. Okowa, who described [...]

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    Amnesty: Soldiers razed Yobe, Borno villages — and claimed it was a rescue operation

Amnesty: Soldiers razed Yobe, Borno villages — and claimed it was a rescue operation

Soldiers of the Nigerian army burnt down three villages in Borno and Yobe states as a war tactic while battling Boko Haram insurgents, Amnesty International (AI) says. In a new report released on Friday, a copy of which was sent to TheCable, AI said soldiers razed Bukarti, Matiri and Ngariri villages -- all along the stretch of Maiduguri-Damaturu road -- in [...]

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    ‘There’s relative peace’ — air chief gives reason for troop withdrawal from volatile areas

‘There’s relative peace’ — air chief gives reason for troop withdrawal from volatile areas

Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, says the Nigerian Air Force and other arms of the military will be withdrawing troops from some volatile areas across the country because there is relative peace. On Monday, Ibok-Ete Ibas, chief of naval staff, said troops in some volatile areas of the country would be withdrawn in the first quarter of 2020. In a New [...]

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    FG moves to withdraw military from volatile areas, says ‘Nigeria NOT at war’

FG moves to withdraw military from volatile areas, says ‘Nigeria NOT at war’

The federal government says it will withdraw the military currently stationed in some volatile spots in the country beginning from the first quarter of 2020. Ibok-Ete Ibas, chief of naval staff, disclosed this while briefing state house correspondents after the national security council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday. The military commenced specialised operations in various parts of the [...]

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    Memo to Sambo Dasuki on 4th year in detention

Memo to Sambo Dasuki on 4th year in detention

BY YUSHAU A. SHUAIB On December 29, it will be exactly four years that you have been re-arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). Since that disheartening day in 2015, you have been clamped in illegal detention, in utter disregard for the rule of law and unconcealed contempt for court orders directing your release from unlawful custody. It [...]

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    House of reps backtracks, endorses military’s ‘operation positive ID’

House of reps backtracks, endorses military’s ‘operation positive ID’

The house of representatives has endorsed the military’s operation positive identification, after calling for its suspension. The lower legislative chamber approved the exercise on Thursday as recommended by its committee on army. It, however, asked other internal security agencies to “take the lead” in the identification process. The military had said the operation – a measure to tackle banditry and crime – would require [...]

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    Reps ask Buhari to suspend military’s ‘operation positive identification’

Reps ask Buhari to suspend military’s ‘operation positive identification’

The house of representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the planned 'operation positive identification' by the military. The call followed a motion introduced during Tuesday’s plenary session by Ndudi Elumelu, minority leader of the house. The military had said the operation - a measure to tackle banditry and crime - would require Nigerians to provide proof of identity. While raising the [...]

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    Amnesty accuses FG of delaying ICC’s probe of Boko Haram crisis

Amnesty accuses FG of delaying ICC’s probe of Boko Haram crisis

Amnesty International (AI) has accused the federal government of delaying the International Criminal Court's (ICC) investigation into alleged atrocities in the north-east. In a statement on Wednesday, the group called on the ICC to fast track the investigation into alleged crimes committed by both the military and the Boko Haram insurgents. The human rights watchdog made the call following the visit of [...]

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    Reps to military: We must not fail Nigerians on security

Reps to military: We must not fail Nigerians on security

The house of representatives committee on defence has asked security agencies to ensure they live up to expectations in tackling insecurity in the country. In a statement issued on Sunday, Babajimi Benson, the committee chairman, said both security agencies and lawmakers must work together so as not to fail Nigerians. He said while the lower legislative chamber is ready to provide all [...]

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    Report: Boko Haram hits harder as 200,000 north-east residents are abandoned

Report: Boko Haram hits harder as 200,000 north-east residents are abandoned

At least 220,000 residents of the north-east have reportedly been abandoned as a result of a new strategy the military adopted in the war against Boko Haram. Reuters is reporting that the strategy tagged: "Super Camps", has also made humanitarian agencies unable to reach an estimated 100,000 residents. The Nigerian military recently set up about 20 super camps to curtail the activities [...]

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    Aisha Buhari: Women in military are psychologically oppressed

Aisha Buhari: Women in military are psychologically oppressed

Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, says the Nigerian armed forces has psychologically oppressed military women by limiting their participation in the fight against insecurity. She said this during the opening ceremony of the defence headquarters maiden annual conference on women peace and security at the National Defence College, Abuja, on Thursday. She said some of the challenges being faced by [...]

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    ‘We watched soldiers carrying corpses of our mates’ — children recount ordeal in detention

‘We watched soldiers carrying corpses of our mates’ — children recount ordeal in detention

Children reportedly detained by the Nigerian military in recent years have recounted how the security agencies kept them in horrible condition. In a recent report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the children spoke of how they were maltreated and some of their peers lost their lives. The report, a copy of which was obtained by TheCable, detailed how about 3,600 of [...]

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    Report: Military detained 3,600 children in the north-east

Report: Military detained 3,600 children in the north-east

The Nigerian military has detained at least 3,600 children in the north-east where the Boko Haram war is being fought, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). In a new report released on Tuesday, HRW said most of the children including 1,617 girls, are being detained at Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri, Borno state capital. The international human rights organisation said the military [...]

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    ‘Boko Haram has not been defeated’ — Borno residents write Buhari 

‘Boko Haram has not been defeated’ — Borno residents write Buhari 

Residents of Borno say they have lost confidence in the military over the lingering Boko Haram crisis.  In an open letter signed by Hassan Boguma, a traditional ruler, the residents accused the military of not doing enough, saying Boko Haram now attacks without any countermeasure.  The letter comes after Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, blamed the military over recent attacks on Gubio and [...]

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    Buhari to military: Eliminate bandits wherever you find them

Buhari to military: Eliminate bandits wherever you find them

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military to hunt bandits and eliminate them wherever they find them. A statement from Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as giving the directive while addressing officers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 operational base in Katsina on Saturday. There have been reports of deaths in recent months mostly as a result [...]

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    Those accused of sexual violence ‘must face justice’

Those accused of sexual violence ‘must face justice’

  Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace laureate, has called for the investigation of military officers accused of sexual violence. Mukwege made the call while speaking at a programme on sexual and gender-based violence organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja on Thursday. Soldiers in the north-east have at various times been accused of sexual violence against victims of the Boko [...]

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