13 months after Niger governor’s alarm: Boko Haram, Ansaru abandoned Sambisa for Kaduna forests – El-Rufai

May 20, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state Governor Nasir el-Rufai has proposed the clearance and relocation of Katari, Rijana and Akilibu communities along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, saying they harbour criminals and informants. He also raised the alarm that the Boko Haram and the Ansaru elements in the Sambisa forest of the North-east have now shifted base to Kaduna forests. The governor’s red alert came after Read More

Assessing impact of voluntary surrender

April 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

In this report by SADIQ ABUBAKAR, the impact of voluntary surrender by Boko Haram fighters in Borno is examined. Insurgency has consistently impacted on the socio economic and political activities of Borno state for over a decade with attendant killings of people apart from the wanton destruction of public and private property worth billions of naira. It prompted several calls Read More

Time to adopt the Zulum option

February 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

The appeal, for the umpteenth time, by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state for the federal government to engage mercenaries to prosecute the ongoing war against insecurity, deserves a listening ear as well as a proactive action. The governor, whose state is the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east, surely knows where the shoe pinches and his Read More

Another view of final phase of campaign against insurgency

December 30, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari, said in Maiduguri, Borno state, that the nation has entered what he calls the final phase in its fight against insurgents and criminals. Thus, the President called on troops of Operation Hadin Kai to remain steadfast and charge more into the battlefields to crush the insurgents and criminals and make Nigeria safe again for everyone. Read More

FG, stop pampering renegade fighters

December 30, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria ranks 146th on the Global Peace Index, making it the eighth least peaceful country in Africa. According to the 2021 Global Peace Index (GPI), Nigeria is ranked 146th out of 163 independent nations and territories in terms of peacefulness. Nigeria has moved up one position from 147 in 2020. However, Boko Haram, political crises, ritual killings, farmers/herders crises, and Read More

Insecurity: Onu harps on indigenous manufacturing of security equipment

November 22, 2021 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that Nigeria needs to intensify efforts in producing equipment to help in the fight against insecurity and further equip the armed forces. The Minister stated this when he received the report of the inter-ministerial committee on implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the federal government and Read More

Military Pensions Board deny owing widows of ex-soldiers

November 21, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Military Pensions Board (MPB) has denied reports by some section of the media that it had not paid death benefits to the widows and next of kins (NOKs) of some deceased soldiers. Premium Times and HumanAngle had reported that the widows of 91NA/32/4128 Corporal Oladejo Joseph and 04NA/55/1726 Lance Corporal Sunday Orji were yet to be paid the death Read More

Insurgency: Buni commissions, market stalls, school, others in Yobe

November 16, 2021 Yusuf A Yusuf 0

Yobe state governor Mai Mala Buni on Monday inaugurated rehabilitated 296 markets stalls, 304 newly constructed shops, motor park in Buni yadi. He also inaugurated the newly constructed a primary school for Internally Displace Persons (IPDs) in  Buni Gari constructed by the Shell petroleum Development Nigeria Limited in partnership with Yobe state government. While commissioning the projects, Buni said the Read More

How to kill Boko Haram ideology, others – Retired soldier

November 12, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The director-general, Home Integrated Design Ltd., Arc. Murad Saddeek, has donated ICT laboratory equipment to Government Secondary School, Hajj Camp Gwagwalada, Abuja. Saddeek who said he served the arm forces under the Nigerian Forces for 20 years and retired in November, 2020, and went into construction as a contractor, added that he deemed  fit to “appreciate my country Nigeria by giving back to society out of Read More

Revealed! Why terrorists are surrendering massively

November 11, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

A non-partisan peace advocacy group, Nigeria Must Survive Initiative has said the frequent change of leadership by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram a sign that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) is mounting pressure on the terrorist groups. The group in a statement on Thursday signed by its Secretary Demola Akanbi stated that its investigation revealed that Read More

49 insurgents killed, 71 arrested, 1,186 surrendered in 2 weeks – DHQ

November 11, 2021 Editorial III 0

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday said a total of 1,186 of Boko Haram terrorists and their families comprising 226 adult males, 406 adult females and 555 children surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai at different locations in the North-east in the last two weeks. The military also said its troops killed 49 insurgents and criminals, and arrested 71 others Read More

Arewa group scores NAF, intelligence agencies high over improved security operations

November 6, 2021 Editor 0

Arewa Youth Federation (AYF) has praised the coordinated efforts of the Nigeria Air Force, (NAF) and military intelligence agencies for the significant milestones recorded in recent times in the war against terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements in the country. The group also expressed optimism that if the tempo is sustained, the nation is on its way of overcoming it’s Read More

Breaking: Few hours to Anambra election, IGP pulls out DIG Egbunike as head of security team

November 5, 2021 Editor 0

Barely 24 hours to the Saturday Anambra State governorship election, the Inspector General of Police has removed the Deputy Inspector General, DIG Joseph Egbunike, as the head of security team for the Anambra governorship election slated for Saturday November 6, 2021.  His removal was announced by the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Nkeiruka Nwude with few hours to the election.  He been Read More

Capacity of terror groups largely degraded – Air Chief

November 5, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has said the capacity of terror groups in the country has largely and significantly been degraded. He however, noted that the threat posed by terrorism would require a far greater and comprehensive approach in collaboration with contiguous states and international partners. A statement by spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force Read More

UNIOSUN staff mock exit of VC, Popoola

November 5, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Univeristies (SSANU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Friday swept the campus of Osun state Univeristy, Osogbo, in celebration of the exit of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof. Labo Popoola. The JAC and the former VC had always been at loggerheads till Read More

COP26: Nigeria keying into electric, gas-powered vehicle manufacturing – Jelani Aliyu

November 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, has asserted that Nigeria’s automotive industry is advancing towards actualizing the manufacturing of electric and gas-powered vehicles, in keeping with the net-zero target by 2060. Mr Aliyu made the disclosure while addressing delegates at the ongoing COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland where close to 200 countries gathered Read More

Niger to tackle banditry, rustling with cattle tax – Sani-Bello

November 4, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Niger state government has commenced the process towards the collection of cattle tax also known as ‘Dogali’ to fight banditry and cattle rustling in the state. The state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello stated this while speaking with journalists in Minna, Thursday. He explained that the measure will also enable government to have requisite information on number of cows and Read More

Northern Christian Elders slam Buhari over ‘lopsided appointments’, preach unity

October 31, 2021 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

  Christian Elders Forum of Northern States (NOSCEF) has tasked the President Muhammdu Buhari-led federal government to match words with actions by doing away with every nepotic tendency in his administration, to enhance the country’s unity. The Forum had joined the rest of Nigerians to thank God for the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary,  NOSCEF in a statement signed by its Read More

Insecurity: As search for peace begins…

October 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today, Nigeria, the acclaimed giant of Africa, is battling with serious security challenges across its regions, while there are industrial acrimonies in some of its establishments. These have resulted in countless killings, kidnappings and industrial actions. But will peace salvage the situation? TOPE SUNDAY writes. The level of insecurity in the country is well-pronounced. There is banditry in the North-west and North-central; Boko Haram Read More

Should we leave this inferno for frivolity?

October 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

No news day-in-day-out in Nigeria will actually please you to listen to. Every day is totally filled new dramatic and silly information from the set of the so-called people who are running the affairs of our beloved and dearest country. The statement of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubabakar Malami, on Friday, October 22, has generated Read More

Buratai’s purported comments on insecurity false – CSO

October 23, 2021 Editor 0

A rights group, Civil Society for Peace, Justice and Development has described the statement in some section of the media credited to Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic and former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, as “a desperation of enemies of Nigeria to create friction between the nation’s leaders in their efforts to end insecurity. Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Rtd) Read More

North-east underdevt fuelling insurgency – Buratai

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.), has said the North-East lacks development and this is fuelling insurgency in the zone. Buratai, former Chief of Army Staff, stated this on Friday in Yola at the 24th, 25th and 26th convocation lecture of Modibbo Adama University. Buratai, who was the Guest Lecturer, said the under-development of the North-east was Read More

Breaking: FG reveals Sunday Igboho’s major sponsor, exposes Nnamdi Kanu

October 22, 2021 Editor 0

The federal government on Friday said it has uncovered major financier of the Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho. Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami who disclosed this revealed that a member of the National Assembly is capable. Malami, who was silent on the identity of the federal lawmaker, said a Read More

Insecurity: PDP presenting false narrative against Buhari, APC – PGF boss

October 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh Lukman, has said opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others are presenting false narrative to paint President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party in bad light. The PGF boss also described as “politically scandalous” for an APC state like Lagos to Read More

Our present challenges ‘ll soon be over – Bala

October 1, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Bauchi state Governor Bala Abdukadir Mohammed has urged Nigerians to continue making sacrifice so the country can remain on the path of greatness. The governor made the call Thursday in a goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of its 61st independence anniversary in Bauchi. He said: “The  61st Independence anniversary should be used to reflect  on the struggle and Read More