“Nasarawa killings a war crime; presidency, military’s silence unacceptable” – MACBAN

The Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), has condemned the silence of the Federal Government and the military authorities on the deaths of pastoralists in Nasarawa State. Recall earlier reports that over 38 pastoralists were bombed to death in Rukubi village, of Doma local government area of the state last week. The incident had sparked outrage, but the authorities have been silent on it. In an issued statement yesterday, the MACBAN’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Nura Abdullahi, said the Benue State government should be held liable for the atrocious…

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Ohanaeze reacts to alleged Nnamdi Kanu poisoning

…Warns against inciting another Biafra war Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday warned those planning to burn government properties in the South-East region over claims that the leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is being poisoned by the Department of State Services, (DSS). Ohanaeze warned that it would not condone the destruction of government properties in the Southeast or any attempt to cause another civil war in the region. The Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, stated this while reacting to a trending WhatsApp message that some youths intend to…

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Gunmen kidnap scores of pupils in Nasarawa

Gunmen have abducted at least six pupils in Alwaza community, in Doma local government area of Nasarawa State. According to reports, they were abducted by gunmen during the early hours of yesterday, in LGEA Primary School, Alwaza. Witnesses said the gunmen laid siege to the school while the pupils were reporting to school. However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), DSP Ramhan Nansel, who confirmed the abduction said it did not occur within the premises of the school. He explained that those kidnapped by the gunmen were two boys,…

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“Where are the 400 Bureau-De Change terror financiers?’ – HURIWA queries Malami

Civil rights advocacy group, Hu­man Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), on Thurs­day, queried the Attorney-Gener­al of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) over the secrecy and mystery surrounding the 400 Bureau-De-Change operators arrested for terrorism financing about two years ago. HURIWA’s National Coordina­tor, Comrade Emmanuel Onwu­biko, in a statement also kicked against the release of 131 terror­ists awaiting trial, saying that the President Buhari administration continues to display hypocrisy in Nigeria’s terror war. The group said until justice is done to arrest Boko Haram, ISWAP…

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Bandits behead eight in fresh Benue attack

Suspected bandits have attacked Abagana community, opposite the Abagana Internally-Displaced People (IDP)’s camp in Makurdi, Benue State, and reportedly beheaded eight people. According to the report, the killers beheaded and took away the heads of the victims, including an entire family of six. Eight other persons were wounded, with three of them in critical condition. The attack, which took place on Thursday night when the community had retired for the night, is the second in two years, in an attempt to hit the Abagana IDP camp, where hundreds of internally-displaced…

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South East Criminality: GOC tasks locals to volunteer information

Major General Umar Musa, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Nigerian Army, has tasked the residents of South-East to volunteer information on activities of criminal elements. Musa gave the task on Friday after inaugurating four projects recently completed in Abakpa Military Cantonment in Enugu even as the projects were in line of his handing over activities. The projects included newly built 82 Division Garrison Quarter Guard Stand and House; renovated and furnished 82 Division Provost Company Office Complex; Renovated 82 Division Band Office Complex; and Intelligence and Military Police…

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Insecurity: Terrorists invade Kaduna community, kill 6 residents for confronting them

Terrorists have reportedly killed six people during an attack on Zonkwa, the headquarters of Zangon-Kataf local government area of Kaduna State. Media aide to the chairperson of Zangon-Kataf LGA, Yabo Ephraim, in an issued statement on Wednesday, said the incident occurred at about 8 pm on Tuesday. According to Ephraim, the kidnappers invaded the residence of one Calistus Eze and abducted him alongside another person identified as Mrs. Amos. He said the attackers stormed the village and started shooting sporadically, adding that many residents sustained injuries in the process. On…

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Insecurity: ‘Nigeria has spent over $1bn on purchase of weapons in 8yrs’ – Buhari reveals

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, revealed that his administration had invested over $1 billion in the acquisition of weapons from the United States and other countries in the fight against insurgency since he assumed office in 2015. The president, according to a statement issued by his media adviser, Femi Adesina, went down memory lane and narrated how two-thirds of Borno State, half of Yobe State, and some local government areas in Adamawa State were under the control of terrorists. He accused some Nigerians of using personal religious beliefs to champion their…

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Insecurity: Peter Obi excludes IPOB from Nigerian terrorist groups, lists Boko Haram, ISWAP

Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi has excluded the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from terrorist groups in Nigeria. IPOB, a secession group in the south-east region seeking separation from Nigeria, was proscribed by the Federal Government and listed as a terrorist group in Nigeria in September 2017 – as the terrorist groups, Boko Haram and ISWAP. Recall that the United Kingdom government in May 2022 accepted Nigeria’s classification of IPOB as a terrorist organisation and directed that IPOB members be excluded from its asylum programme. Obi, a former…

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Group hails Buhari’s achievement in fight against insurgency

Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism, Insurgency and Terrorism (BRAVEIT), a Non-governmental Organisation, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the successes of the military in the fight against insurgency. The Director of Operations, BRAVEIT, Lawrence Audu gave the commendation while briefing newsmen on “Counter Terrorism and Maritime Safety Under Buhari: Encomium for the Nigerian Navy” on Tuesday in Abuja. Audu said that Nigeria had made landmark achievements in various strata of the polity particularly in the area of security in spite of some daunting challenges, which he described as deliberately inflicted.…

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