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ISWAP terrorists regrouping in Lake Chad region, military aware -Ndume

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Ali Ndume

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has issued a warning to the Federal Government about the regrouping of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists around the Lake Chad axis.

Ndume made this disclosure on Sunday during a press briefing in response to the attacks on Askira in Borno by ISWAP fighters on Saturday.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that Brig-Gen. Dzarma Zirkusu, who was the Commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok, was murdered by the ISWAP terrorists in an ambush, together with three other soldiers.

The lawmaker also eulogised the fallen general who engaged the terrorists in a fierce battle before losing his life.

He said though the troops had been taking out key ISWAP commanders in Borno, the intensity of the attack on Askira was worrisome and urged other security agencies to give the Nigerian Army the needed support.

Ndume said, “I want to express my condolences to the Nigerian Army over the death of the General who died along Chibok road.

“ISWAP terrorists attacked a town there. They know that the General was the major obstacle to their operation. They laid an ambush and rammed a bomb-laden car into his vehicle.

“He was a gallant soldier. He took the fight to the terrorists. His death has sent panic to people in that area.

“I am aware that some people around that Chibok area have started thinking of relocating.

“Some want to go to Mubi and other places. We are trying to urge them to remain there. The insurgency is coming to an end.

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“This is not the end, but the beginning of the end of terrorists. I know that the Army has what it takes to take the fight to them.

“There is a need to urge other security agencies to give the Army the needed support. We also need to urge vigilante groups to assist them.

“For now, we will assume that it was an isolated case. But the intensity with which they came is worrisome.

“They came with more than 10 gun trucks. They are also regrouping around Borno North. That’s the Lake Chad axis.

“The military is aware and the Air Force is providing surveillance in the area. It was a revenge mission. The Army has been taking out key ISWAP commanders and they had their revenge.

“Last week, for instance, they abducted relatives of the Emir of Askira. They also abducted some passengers along that road. If the Army sustains the temple, we will win this insurgency.

“The equipment are arriving gradually. We are monitoring. As a committee, we will go and see what had been brought into the country.

“This is an improvement. The Army is very rapid in responding. The Army is involved in about 33 states now. They’re under pressure.”

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After bandits, designate Miyetti Allah, MACBAN, FUNAM as terrorist organizations, Ortom tells Nigerian govt

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the Federal government to also designate groups like the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) as terrorist organisations.

Ortom made the call following the recent declaration of bandit groups as terrorists by an Abuja High Court.

Ortom, while speaking at a town hall event in Makurdi on Friday, said the bandits perpetrating attacks in the state and other parts of the country were mostly members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, MACBAN and FUNAM, and as such, the groups should also be designated as terrorist organizations.

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“I want to commend the Federal Government for being bold to designate bandits as terrorists which is long overdue.

“But I want to also call on the Federal Government to include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM in the category of terrorists because those bandits are their members.

“If you remember, when I was attacked in my farm, FUNAM came out to claim they were the ones who attacked me. So they are also terrorists in their own way,” the governor said.

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National Pivot: Breaking: Powerful explosion rocked Maiduguri

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Rocket also hit a community close to the airport.

An explosion reportedly rocked a 1000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Saturday morning, according to a report by Daily Trust.

The explosion believed to have been triggered by Boko Haram fighters sparked tension in the area.

A rocket launcher also landed at Gomari Airport, a community about four kilometres from the airport located in the state capital.

A military source said troops of 33 artillery, Njimtelo, opened fire when they sighted insurgents on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The insurgents were said to have also engaged troops in a gun battle.

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Nkoyo Toyo addresses Youths on categories of human security ahead of 2023

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Nkoyo Toyo addresses Youths on categories of human security ahead of 2023

With the imminence of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria and Cross River State, issue-based political campaigns seem to have started taking the front burner. A female aspirant for the high Office of the Governor of Cross River, Her Excellency Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, has kick-started the campaigns with a fond of issues worth talking about.

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, while addressing Nigerian Youths from the Southern Senatorial District of the State, under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Calabar, the state capital, Toyo who is a legal practitioner said that she is keen about what she referred to as “human security” and she did well to highlight over five of such “securities” in health, food, economics, environment, personal and communal.

Her words: “This is what is worrying us as a country – insecurity. What’s happening to our country. You may come up with ideas… what you think you want us to do.

“But, what are the things I think about? The things I think about is what I call human security, those are the things I think about, and what is human security?

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“Human security is economics – do we have the money we need for our livelihood? The things we want to do with money. There are many things we want to do with money. Do we have it? Some people don’t even have food security. We laugh when they say ‘food on the table’.

“Some people don’t have food on the table. Some people can’t afford to eat well. We can’t afford to even eat. We worry about where would we find food to feed our people. We worry about health security. That’s the most worrisome one. If you are sick today many of us cannot even find the money to go to the hospital. We worry about environmental security. Some people said look, ‘our forest is being chopped. Our wood, timber is gone. Nobody is taking interest in those things’. Some people worry about our personal security. Me as a person, I am not secure. I don’t know whether if I go back on the road they will kidnap me. And what will happen? Some people worry that their community is not secured, we have had to move out… displacement. I know that in Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Odukpani for example, areas like Okoyong and Ikoneto, have had quite a lot of problems. Ikot Offiong is an old story. Mbiabo, Ukwa are old stories. So many communities are not secured.

“And of course, there is political security, we don’t even know what kind of politics is it going to be. We want a kind of politics that you know with certainty that when I promise you something or when we promise ourselves something we will stay by our promise. So these are some of the worries I am walking around with. How do I create a new government that provides all the securities that we are talking about? They all come in form of one security or the other” she said.

The former Federal House of Representatives further noted that she will plan a governance solution around these issues. Adding, “That is my plan and my design. So, that is where my thoughts are.

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“That I will think about how I provide economic security for the state, how I deal with the food needs of the state, how I deal with the health needs of the state, educational, environmental, community and personal. Personal involves your education, job needs, and even the political – how do we make the government work for the people and the people work too for the government. Let me stop here and listen to you. I think I have made a few comments and I hope that guides us in terms of how we go from here”.

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