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Bukola vs Idris: IGP Planning to Implicate Me- Saraki

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

As the  police chief and the senate fight gets messier, president of the 8th Senate, Bukola Saraki  has cried out  of the alleged  plot by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris  to implicate him with an unknown criminal suspect. Saraki made this known to the upper chamber of the IGP plan in the plenary on Wednesday

 

In his claims, Saraki suspected that,  the police boss transferred some criminal suspects undergoing interrogation from his native state, Kwara, to Abuja in order for them to make statements to implicating him as their sponsor.

Before now in the heat of power play, the police chief has been having a running battle with the Senate under Mr Saraki, as he  repeatedly refusing to honour summons by the senate and accusing its members of criminal behavior.

These were the words of the Senate President ,Bukola Saraki:

“Last night, my state governor revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who have been arrested in our state for cultism, whose investigation has been completed and were about to be under prosecution under the state law on the advice of DPP and the ministry of justice, all of a sudden being ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.

“The information reaching him from the commissioner of police (is) that they have been directed by IGP to bring them to Abuja. With the information that he has, they would find how to alter their statement already made in Ilorin and try and implicate the state government and particularly myself. I felt that as we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja.

“These acts I don’t know whether to call it desperation or intimidation. All actions to undermine our democracy (are) a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work by asking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constituted authority. I think it is important (we bring) this dangerous development to your attention, country and the international authority of the impunity we are undergoing in this country and the danger to our democracy,” Saraki said.

At press time, the allegation is being debated as requested by Senate Minority leader, Godswil Akpabio. Saraki has so far stepped down for his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu to preside over the matter.

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Boko Haram’s Has Innovate New form of Suicide Bomb Attack

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

As a  precautionary move by the security agency, the  Nigerian Army has informed  Nigerians on the innovation  by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group new mode of suicide bomb attack in public. The army made this awareness  on Wednesday through the spokesman of the military operation in the North-east, Operation Lafiya Dole, Onyema Nwachukwu, said Boko Haram now uses the aged to strike the public unnoticed.

According to the army, before now, the  tradition of Boko Haram has been to deploy mostly teenage boys and girls to carry out its suicide bombing attacks but devised a new means to strike unsuspected public

 

The military said Tuesday’s attack which claimed the lives of at least three operatives of the Civillian-JTF in Konduga town of Borno State was possible because the terrorist devised another means of launching its attacks.

Nwachukwu said the terrorists succeeded in killing the operatives of the JTF by using an aged man who disguised as a weak and feeble traveller.

But unknown to the vigilante members, the aged man was actually a Boko Haram member on a mission to carry out attack in Konduga, a community 35km from Maiduguri.

The military spokesman said the Civillian-JTF who were on a stop and search duty in Konduga were deceived by the old man whom they allowed to inch too close to their post for a check of the content of a bag he was carrying. On getting close to them, the old man detonated an explosive devise contained in his bag, which resulted in killing himself and three of the Civilian-JTF operatives.

“The elderly man pretending to be weak and feeble was being searched by men of the Civilian Joint Task Force, when he detonated a suicide vest contained in a bag he was carrying.

“Unfortunately three Civilian Joint Task Force members paid the supreme price in the incident. The wounded have been evacuated for medical attention.

“Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives as well as those injured in the callous attack,” Nwachukwu, an army colonel, said.

He said the Konduga incident “points to the variation in the tactics of the Boko Haram terrorists in their uncanny resolve to deceptively infiltrate communities and towns to mindlessly attack vulnerable and soft targets.

“Aside using women and children, the terrorists are now engaging the aged in suicide bombing as witnessed in this recent incident.”

He warned members of the public to cast their net of suspicion beyond looking for dirty and scraggy looking individuals as suspected suicide bombers.

“They (Boko Haram) have also been detected to now appear clean and well dressed to look unsuspicious and enable them gain access to targets marked for suicide attack. Some of the terrorists have also been found to now conceal their suicide vests by wearing it on the thigh rather than the waist to appear less bulky and evade detection when searched.

“In view of these developments, members of the public are please urged to be vigilant and discerning as they go about their normal daily routines and activities,” he said.

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Carnage: FG Approves N10bn for the Affected Communities in the country- VP

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has revealed that Federal Government approved a total of N10Billion for the rehabilitation of communities affected by violent killings and carnage in the country. Mr Osinbajo disclosed this during his visits to two Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Benue State, in  a statement from the Vice President’s  Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity  Laolu Akande on Wednesday.

Mr Osinbajo  noted  that the President asked him to oversee the rehabilitation of the affected communities.

In the statement proper;

Prof Osinbajo told the IDPs in camps in Abagana and Daudu that, “I am here as representative of the President who was here in March and had asked that a study be done on the situation. Mr. President now wants to do three things: to provide more effective security, especially in the affected communities, to ensure that our people can go back to their homes and before then rebuild their homes and to restore the farms, support traders and ensure education of the children.”

He continued: “Mr. President says I should ensure all these things are done.”

The Vice President added that to pay for the forthcoming rehabilitation, “the President has approved some money already to restore places that have been destroyed. A total of N10B has been approved and we intend to start the rebuilding.”

He assured that the places that would be rebuilt shall be better than what it was before, adding that this is the right of the IDPs as Nigerians and is not a favour from the government.

The Vice President held a town hall meeting in the State capital with stakeholders. In attendance at the meeting holding at the Government House are traditional, religious and others leaders in the State.

Prof Osinbajo, who was earlier received on arrival at the Makurdi Air Force base by Governor Sam Orton, was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh; Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja; among other Federal Government officials.

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Saraki List the Number of People Killed Since January 2018

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In attempt to state his claims about the thug of war between the red chamber and IGP, the president of the 8th Senate Bukola  Saraki,  revealed that  over nine hundred and forty (940) people lost their lives since the year began which is worrisome. Saraki made this known through his aide on International Relations, Bamikole Omisore on Thursday

 

Mr Omisore who released a list containing dates and numbers of people killed in parts of the country insisted that the spate of killings was the reason the upper legislative chamber summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to appear before it.

Idris had on three occasions refused to honour the invitations of the Senate to appear before the lawmakers. His defiance angered the red chamber who declared him unfit to hold public office.

Reacting to the declaration, the police boss said he was being blackmailed threatening to challenge the decision of the Senate in court.

Omisore releasing the compiled list said the killings were those from January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018.

“This is the details of the killings in the country from Jan 1 to April 30 2018.

“THIS IS WHAT THE SENATE WANTS THE IGP TO COME BEFORE IT TO ADDRESS, but he is too big to tell Nigerians what he is doing about it,” he posted on WhatsApp.

Below is the list as released by him.

TIMELINE ON KILLINGS SINCE JAN 1

· January 1 – 73 killed in Logo and Guma LGAs in Benue
· January 1 – 2 killed in Awe LGA, Nasarawa
· January 1 – 25 Killed in Keana LGA, Nasarawa
· January 3 – 3 killed in Markurdi, Benue State
· January 4 – 6 killed in Wukari in Taraba
· January 4 – 1 killed in Gassol LGA, Taraba
· January 5 – 4 Killed in Lau LGA, Taraba
· January 5 – 15 killed in Tse Akombo, Tse Vii and Tse Agule vilages in Benue
· January 6 – 55 killed in Lau LGA in Taraba State
· January 8 – 3 killed in Sardauna LGA, Taraba
· January 8 – Two policemen killed in Logo, Benue State
· January 13 – 10 killed in Birnin Gwari LGA, Kaduna
· January 13 – 1 killed in Makurdi LGA, Benue
· January 14 – 1 killed in Bassa LGA, Plateau
· January 14 – 1 killed in Ibi LGA, Taraba
· January 16 – 5 killed in Madagali LGA, Adamawa
· January 16 – 5 killed in Guma, Logo and Okpokwu LGAs Benue
· January 18 – 11 killed in Madagali LGA, Adamawa
· January 21 – 1 killed in Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau
· January 21 – 6 killed in Juman LGA, Adamawa
· January 23 – 9 killed in Ardo Kola, Adamawa
· January 24 – 4 killed in Kaiama, Kwara
· January 25 – 15 killed in Bassa LGA, Plateau
· January 26 – 3 killed in Bassa LGA, Plateau
· January 26 – 2 killed in Ukum, Benue
· January 29 – 1 killed in Guma, Benue
· January 31 – 1 killed in Jema’a LGA, Kaduna
· January 31 –9 killed in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna
· February 1 – 4 killed in Gassol, Taraba
· February 2 –10 killed in Song, Adamawa
· February 5 – 2 killed in Guma, Benue
· February 6 – 8 killed in Obi, Nasarawa
· February 8 – 6 killed in Shellen, Adamawa
· February 10 – 2 killed in Benue
· February 10 – 3 killed in Bassa, Plateau
· February 11 – 4 killed in Jema’a, Kaduna
· February 12 – 2 killed in Guma, Benue
· February 26 – 12 killed in Kajuru, Kaduna
· February 27 – 20 killed in Demsa, Adamawa
· March 1 – 15 killed in Saradauna, Taraba
· March 4 – 20 killed in Saradauna, Taraba
· March 5 – 25 killed in Okpokwu, Benue
· March 7 – 2 killed in Takum, Taraba
· March 8 – 11 killed in Bassa, Plateau
· March 9 – 9 killed in Bokkos, Plateau
· March 12 – 26 killed in Bassa, Plateau
· March 13 – 7 killed in Guma, Benue
· March 13 – 1 killed in Lokoja, Kogi
· March 14 – 32 killed in Daima/Omala, Kogi
· March 14 – 6 killed in Bassa, Plateau
· March 15 – 5 killed in Takum, Taraba
· March 19 –10 killed in Omala, Kogi
· March 20 – 11 killed in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna
· March 22 – 3 killed in Jos South, Plateau
· March 24 – 5 killed in Makurdi, Benue
· March 30 – 6 killed in Jema’a, Kaduna
· April 4 – 6 killed in Chikun, Kaduna
· April 4 – 4 killed in Takum, Taraba
· April 4 – 10 killed in Gwer West, Benue
· April 5 – 5 killed in Dobga, Taraba
· April 5 – 30 killed in Gwer West, Benue
· April 5 – 50 killed in Offa, Kwara*
· April 7 – 4 killed in Bali, Taraba
· April 7 – 2 killed in Agatu, Benue
· April 8 – 5 killed in Birkin Ladi, Plateau State
· April 8 – 5 murdered in Obi, Nasarawa
· April 8 – 4 killed in Keana, Nasarawa
· April 9 – 1 killed in Guma, Benue
· April 10 – 10 murdered in Benue
· April 10 – 51 killed in Wukari, Taraba
· April 12 – 2 killed in Markudi, Benue
· April 12 – 2 murdered in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna
· April 13 – 5 killed in Bassa, Kogi
· April 14 – 4 killed in Logo, Benue
· April 14 – 78 murdered in Obi, Nasarawa
· April 17 – 1 killed in Logo, Benue
· April 18 – 4 killed in Bassa, Plateau
· April 19 – 1 killed in Kutigi, Niger
· April 19 – 1 killed in Gwer West, Benue
· April 20 – 31 killed in Guma, Benue
· April 25 – 19 killed in Gwer East, Benue
· April 25 – 38 killed in Guma, Benue
· April 25 – 7 killed in Awe, Nassarawa
· April 28 – 14 killed in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna
· April 29 – 5 killed in Gwer West, Benue.
*Offa killings were from multiple armed robberies on banks in the town.

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