Hybrid insurgency in Nigeria: Why state police is not the solution

July 28, 2022 Emeka Oraetoka 0

We are intervening in 86 inter-state boundary disputes – DG, National Boundary Commission (NBC), May 30, 2021. The agitation for state police as solution to the current hybrid insecurity bedeviling Nigeria has assumed larger than life image. Those previously opposed to the idea, appear to be buying into it now. What appears to be a direct confrontation between proponents of Read More

Insurgency: 61,000 Boko Haram suspects held in North-east – FG

July 12, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has reveal that the country was on the path to totally defeating Boko Haram terrorists and other criminals ravaging the country, saying that about 61,000 of them have been arrested, especially in the north-east. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, revealed Tuesday when he paid a surprise visit to the Kirikiri Maximum and Medium Security Custodial Centres Read More

When the subject sees through the king

July 10, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

In January 2019, the Daily Trust newspaper had its Maiduguri office shut down by the military over its reportage on the fight against insurgency. This made me think about governments and the failure of leadership, or, aptly, the king whose subjects saw through him. And so on January 14, 2019, on this page, under the title “The Military, Press and Read More

Insurgency: Borno establishes programme to disarm, reintegrate child-soldiers

February 15, 2022 Sadiq Abubakar 0

The Borno state government has established partnership programmes to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate child-soldiers in the state. There are special measures to ensure children’s protection from exploitation and re-recruitment. The programme was established in order to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers and ensure their demobilisation as well as their reintegration into the society to live a better life and Read More

Insurgency: Borno govt, army re-open Maiduguri – Dikwa – Gamboru/Ngala road

February 4, 2022 Sadiq Abubakar 0

The Borno state government and the Nigerian Army on Friday re-opened the Maiduguri – Dikwa – Gamboru/Ngala road for unrestricted movement. Speaking at the ceremony in Maiduguri, Governor Babagana Zulum, said motorists could now ply the road from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Governor Zulum said while motorists did not need security escort from Maiduguri to Dikwa, the military with members of Read More

Insurgency: Borno lose 50,000 lives, record 49,000 widows – Zulum

February 2, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum said official records available to his administration indicated that the Boko Haram insurgency in his state claimed over 50,000 lives as 49,000 women made widows; and 49,000 orphans since the threats began over a decade ago. Governor Zulum further noted that over 100,000 people were missing and were yet to be traced by 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

Bandits, insurgents kill 11 vigilantes in Niger serial attacks

November 26, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Bandits and Boko Haram elements have killed 11 vigilantes in Shiroro, Munya and Rafi local government areas of Niger state in a series of attacks within two weeks, the leaders of the communities have cried out. The elders under the auspices of the Gbagyi Elders Forum disclosed this Friday in Minna at a press briefing. The Forum’s spokesman, Pius Wakili, Read More

Restructuring the way to go, Arewa youth declare

November 7, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has identified a restructuring model where power should be devolved to states as panacea to the myriad of challenges bedevilling the country.  Nigeria has had to grapple with insurgency, insecurity, corruption, underdevelopment and a host of other challenges that have continued to hold the country back from achieving its huge potentials. But addressing Read More

FG seeks multi-sectoral approach to youth development

November 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The federal government has said that the issue of advancing youth development is a multi-faceted phenomenon which requires a multi-sectoral approach as no one agency or organ of government can adequately address youth issues and challenges in the country. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the statement weekend, on the occasion of the maiden International Read More

Abuja: Sanusi and the paradox of modern city life

November 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The problem of teenage hawking is already becoming an embarrasing menace on the society. In this special report, ALIYU BASHIR took a walk round Abuja and reports that the rising number of traffic junction hawkers is akin to Abuja sitting on keg of gunpowder. Teenagers are often seen on the streets and roads of Abuja, the federal capital of Africa’s Read More

Addressing over-dependence on external sources for defence needs

October 28, 2021 Sunday Onyemaechi Eze 0

While addressing participants of Course 15 of the National Defence College, Abuja, in 2007, Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi, the then Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, like many others before and after him asserted that only fools take nations dependent on external sources for their defence needs seriously. Stating the obvious, he pointed out that; “In order to increase its capacity to Read More

NNPC GMD at Editors’ conference: We ‘ve mobilised contractors for Port Harcourt refinery

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Thursday called on the federal government to adopt necessary measures in tackling the insecurity bedevilling the country. The editors bared their minds at a two-day conference  in Abuja, with the theme “Media in Times of Crises: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus.” And at the event, Group Managing Director Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Mele Kyari announced that Read More

Makinde to Nigerians: Don’t leave terrorism, banditry fight to Army, security agencies alone

October 5, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has declared that the ongoing fight against terrorism, banditry and other crimes in Nigeria deserves joint efforts of all Nigerians. Governor Makinde said this in Ibadan on Monday while flagging off the Exercise Still Waters being undertaken in the state by the 2nd Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Amy, Ibadan. The governor stated that Read More

Independence: We won’t surrender to rebels, secessionists – ACF

October 1, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has expressed confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 governors to unite Nigeria and reposition it on a path of greatness, warning that the country won’t be surrendered to insurrectionists and secessionists. Its national chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in his 61st Independence anniversary message on Friday, commended the police and the armed forces for Read More

Independence: NSCDC boss calls for renewed mindset, intelligence against insecurity

October 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, has emphasized on the need for continued tolerance of each other’s differences and mutual co-existence as a people who are united in diversity and reselient in the face of daunting challenges to our continued survival as one unified entity.  He advocated for a renewed mindset and provision of actionable intelligence to keep Nigeria safe Read More

Insurgency: NEDC commissions 14.7bn reconstructed bridges in Adamawa

September 27, 2021 Muazu Abari 0

After 7 years of untold hardship and disruption of socio-economic activities as a result of destruction of some bridges in Michika and Madagali local governments linking northern Adamawa with Borno by Boko Haram, the North East Development Commission (NEDC), has commissioned the Kuzum Bridge in Michika local government for public use. That of Delichim and Wurro Ngayandi have reached 70 Read More

APC members angry over red-carpet reception of Fani-Kayode – PGF boss

September 19, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, said the recent defection of former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode into the APC got most members angry, especially with the by the red-carpet reception given to him. While calling for calm, the APC chieftain also appealed to party leaders to properly engage in internal negotiations that will guide the Read More

Buhari and stabilisation of Nigeria

September 16, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

“Failure is not an option for us,” said President Muhammadu Buhari. “We will not contemplate it.’’ The President said so at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington DC during his four-day visit on the invitation of President Barack Obama, in 2015. Then, like today, maybe it can be, arguably, said that Nigeria is not in the best of Read More

We’re borrowing for the good of Nigerians, APC tells PDP

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has replied criticism by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its borrowing spree, saying the act “is for the good of the country.” In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party said unlike in the brazen looting days Read More

Strategies to end insecurity in Nigeria

September 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria has been in peril for many years. Despite government’s efforts to address the crises plaguing the country, the situation is getting worse day by day. The lives of thousands of citizens are being snatched away from them, so too are their property. This tragic development of insecurity has thrown Nigerians into pandemonium to the point where many believe the Read More

Atiku deserves to be president

September 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, I was emotionally touched, psychologically defeated and baffled by the most worrisome security challenge in the past which put parents and children from Borno state in a real dilemma. It is over seven years since the abduction of female students from the GGSS Chibok, Yobe state when the state was hit by the Boko Haram insurgents initially in 2009. Read More

Why Nigera can’t track terrorists, bandits

September 4, 2021 Musa Musawa 0

Today, much of the priority and talking point is centered on how to counter the growing terrorist and insurgent groups in Nigeria in order to restore security of lives and property. Countering terrorism has become, without any doubt, the top national security priority of the Buhari administration. The nation has committed huge national resources to countering terrorism and insurgency as Read More

Zulum hails NALDA initiative, assures of protection of farm estates

September 2, 2021 John Oba 0

The Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum has commended the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) on the potential of it’s projects to create jobs for citizens of the state who lost their sources of livelihood to the current insurgency bedeviling the state. He further assured that sustainability plan had already been put in place to ensure that the Read More