Buratai ‘leads battle to flush out Boko Haram in North East’

April 11, 2020 NAN 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has relocated to the North East to oversee and direct the overall operation in the theatre and other army operations across the country. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement on Friday. He said that Buratai disclosed this while addressing the troops of Special Super Read More

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NHRC, UNHCR train human rights monitors in North-east

March 11, 2020 Editorial III 0

Disturbed by the increasing rate of human rights violation in the North east states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) has change its focus in the North-east from protection issue to human right abuses. Consequently, the commission has trained human rights monitors to document human right issues in the region. Speaking at the training workshop Read More

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Planned withdrawal of military’ll be gradual – Buhari

January 4, 2020 Editorial III 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has re-assured Nigerians that the planned withdrawal of the military from areas where peace had been restored “will not be done in a manner that will expose communities to more risks of attacks.” The president’s assurance followed reservations expressed in certain quarters about the consequences of military withdrawal from some troubled spots across the country. The decision Read More

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North-east: Challenges of governance

November 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

It is indisputable that the North East sub-region is the worst hit by security challenges confronting the country. The insurgency and attacks on communities have unleashed unprecedented destruction and massive displacement of people. The socio- economic life of the people and infrastructure have also been senselessly destroyed. Today kidnappings taking place in states like Adamawa and Taraba have compounded the Read More

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Media expert urges FG to empower youths in North-east

September 15, 2019 Editorial III 0

The founder of TNT event Sophie Tarfa has urged the Nigerian government to channel more attention on youths especially those from the north-eastern part of the country who are affected by Boko Haram crises. Tarfa made this statement recently, at a press conference in Abuja. She said the insecurity in the north-east has made youths in the area vulnerable. “The Read More

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Eid-El-Fitr: Celebrations peaceful in Northeast

June 4, 2019 Blueprint 0

The Eid-El-Fitri festivities was on Tuesday celebrated peacefully in States within the Northeast sub-region that had been grappling with security challenges. Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and neighbouring Jigawa, report that the festivities took place without any ugly incident. NAN reports that the authorities in some of the states, namely Borno Read More

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North East Development Commission: Accolades and advice

May 29, 2019 Editorial III 0

All patriotic Nigerians, especially those devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, once more commend President Muhammadu Buhari for inaugurating the Board of the North East Development Commission and for appointing two illustrious sons of the region, Maj. Gen Paul C. Tarfa (Rtd) and Mohammed Goni Alkali, as chairman and the managing director, respectively. The two, if Read More

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Buratai moves newly promoted officers to North East 

December 7, 2018 Editor 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that some of the newly promoted senior officers will be moved to the North East to strengthen the ongoing counter terrorism operations. Buratai revealed this in Abuja, after he decorated the 29 newly promoted Major Generals and some of the Brigadier General with their new ranks. He said: “Some of Read More

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Buratai: Fake news, security ‘politics’ demoralizing our troops

December 2, 2018 Editor 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that fake news on social media and politicization of security issues by some influential persons in the country are some of the factors demoralizing troops fighting terrorism in the North east. Speaking during an interview in Maiduguri Borno state after visiting the locations of the Armed Forces Special Forces Read More

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Boko Haram: Buhari summons Security Chiefs as Army confirms 44 Soldiers dead

November 23, 2018 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned Service Chiefs to an emergency security meeting over the reported killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram sect along the Nigeria-Chad border on Sunday. It was gathered that the urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security developments across the battle fields in the North East region of the country. A reliable source, who Read More

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Military hands over 28 children to Borno for deradicalisation

October 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

The military has again handed over 28 children associated with armed group in its custody to Borno state government and United Nations Children Education Fund UNICEF for deradicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration. The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Theater Command headquarters, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, Major General Abba Dikko, handed over the children yesterday on behalf of the military authority. He said, Read More

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Buhari: We are proud of our achievements

October 7, 2018 Editorial III 0

Full text of the acceptance speech by President Muhammadu Buhari as presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 presidential elections I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Chairman and members of the Convention Committee for planning and conducting this convention. The same appreciation goes to the chairmen of National and State Executive Committees of our Read More

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Dapchi 5, lying six feet below

June 23, 2018 Blueprint 0

After the release of the abducted students of Government Science Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, five girls allegedly lost their lives during the kidnap. However, their identities and the way and manner they died remain in the realms of conjectures until last week when their names and how they lost their lives were made public as IBRAHEEM MUSA reports. Last April, Read More

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Insurgency, limited access and threat of polio outbreak

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Although Nigeria has gone 18 months without new cases of polio, conflict areas are still under threat. Insurgency has limited access to some areas in the North-east, thereby hindering polio immunisation in those areas. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI writes on the threat this poses in certifying Nigeria polio free by 2019. In 2016, four new cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV), Read More

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Unlike Chibok, Dapchi, we’ll guarantee your safety, IGP, NSCDC tell North East students

March 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

Following the presidential directive that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Commandant General Of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) should relocate to the North east to ensure that adequate security is provided to all schools in the region, the IGP Ibrahim Idris and the commandant general NSCDC, Alhaji Abdullahi Gana were in Borno and visited various schools Read More

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FG To Train 11,300 North East IDPs in Different Skills

February 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Federal Government has  revealed plan to train 11,300  Internally Displaced  Persons (IDPs) affected  by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East under the Skill Acquisition Programmes of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE). The Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige disclosed this at the inauguration of the programme yesterday in Maiduguri. The minister who was represented by Mr Ibrahim Read More

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N45BILLION BUDGET TOO SMALL FOR NORTHEAST, NDUME TELLS FG

February 6, 2018 Blueprint 0

Former Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume  has called on the Federal Government to scale up funding of humanitarian activities and rebuilding process of the Northeast of Nigeria which was devastated by Boko Haram insurgency. Senator Ndume made the call while speaking at the Special Edition Town Hall meeting for  military and  security agencies in the Northeast, held at the Read More