FG, media on war path over terrorism trial

April 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

The new directives by the federal government ordering terrorism trial in camera is perceived among media practitioners as another move to gag the media and return practitioners to the dark days of fears, KEHINDE OSASONA writes. At first, it made the rounds like rumour until a directive came few days ago barring the media from covering terrorism trials in Nigeria’s Read More

Troops kill 3 terrorists, recover arms in Kaduna community

January 15, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Troops have attacked suspected bandits meeting point along the Telele -Sabon Gida road in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, where they engaged the bandits killing three of them and recovering three AK-47 guns.  Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Saturday said the troops recovered three AK-47 magazines, two motorcycles Read More

From bandits to terrorists: Will status change end insecurity?

December 3, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

‘…Court ruling shows FG’s resolve to crush banditry’ ‘…It indicates govt remains with global standards’ …Mere declaration meaningless unless… – Gumi ‘…Re-naming bandits terrorists a political stunt’ …It’s better late than never – Northern youth A Federal High Court in Abuja under trial Justice Taiwo Taiwo has ruled that the activities of bandits, as well as other similar groups, in Read More

Odili, others: Nigeria under seige – Afenifere

November 4, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Pan Yoruba socio-political rganization, Afenifere, Wednesday declared that the last week invasion of the Abuja residence of Hon Justice Mary Peter Odili, the attack on Ado Ekiti home of Professor Banji Akintoye, the abduction of Kwali Chief Imam and his children among others are indications that Nigeria is clearly under siege by evil minded people. Afenifere stated this in a Read More

Exercise Sky Lock: Group commends DHQ for institutionalizing synergy

November 3, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Nigeria Youths for Peace (NYP) a civil society group with interest in peace building in Nigeria, has lauded the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) for organising Joint Operations Planning Exercise (JOPEX) code named Exercise Sky Lock 2021 for the three Services, to enable them effectively respond to contemporary security challenges bedeviling the country using a joint and multi-agency approach. Blueprint reports the Read More

Media sensational in reporting terrorism, others – DSS

October 30, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche, Abuja 0

The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised the alarm over sensational  reporting of activities of bandits, terrorists, secessionists in the Nigeria media, warning that it holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence. DSS Public Relations Officer,Dr. Peter Afunanya, in a press statement, Friday night, advised the media to apply restraint and avoid sensationalising news, noting that bandits, terrorists, Read More

UN to partner Nigerian Army against security challenges

October 29, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The United Nations (UN) has pledged continuous partnership with the Nigerian Army in tackling security challenges in the country and the Sahel region. A statement by Army spokesperson Brig.-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu on Friday said representative of the UN Secretary General for  Central Africa Mahamat Khatir Annadif Saled stated this  during a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt- Gen. Read More

Insecurity: Stop tagging terrorism as banditry, Akeredolu warns

October 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has warned that the various criminal activities of kidnapping, bombing and assault on the people in some parts of the country which are being referred to as banditry must be appropriately addressed as terrorism. Governor Akeredolu said that infiltration of the country’s borders and burning down of railway are activities that must be 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

Nigeria: In need of Elrufa’ism

October 24, 2021 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

Do you remember when El-Rufa’i chased bandits into the bush, along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway as he came across a bandit attack along the highway? He practically trailed the assailants into the bush, chasing the gunmen, along with his retinue of armed escorts. He just wouldn’t stand aside and watch the security men put their lives on the line alone. They 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

Gunmen attack Adamawa police station, kidnap nursing mother

October 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

Suspected kidnappers have attacked Ngurore Police station in Yola South local government area of Adamawa state. They also attacked a house in the area and abducted a nursing mother. Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday. Nguroje said the criminal gang attacked the station at about 2 a.m.  Sunday, but Read More

Breaking: Buhari orders Twitter back if…speaks on COVID-19, agriculture, insecurity, others *Read President’s full speech on Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary

October 1, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a conditional lifting of ban on micro-blogging site, Twitter. Buhari who disclosed this during his broadcast on Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary on Friday.The President also spoke on other crucial National issues. Read his full speech… INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY Read More

Nigeria and the World Tourism Day

September 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today is being observed by the global community as the World Tourism Day. The day was set aside by the United Nations Tourism Organisation in 1980. The cardinal objective of the celebration is to sensitise the entire world to long-term planning and development, as well as harnessing the multiple benefits from tourism. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Leave Read More

Kudos, Customs boss Hameed Ali

September 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

I write to commend and appreciate the Nigeria Customs Service under the able leadership of the Comptroller General, Col Hameed Ali (rtd), for weariless contribution to the county’s annual revenue collection and curtailing the smuggling of arms proliferation and other prohibited items coming through the land borders. Prior to the appointment of Hameed Ali, the revenue generation of the Nigeria Read More

NSCDC boss to Commandants: Safeguard Nigeria or be removed

September 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, has charged all Zonal and State Commandants to function optimally by stepping up their operational activities in securing the nation and safeguarding critical assets and infrastructure or be removed.  The charge is coming in view of the prevailing security situation in the country. Speaking Friday in Abuja at Read More

Our ED’s name not on UAE list of terror financiers – 9mobile

September 16, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Following a report from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that one ‘Abdulrrahman Ado Musa’ was part of terrorism sponsors from Nigeria; 9mobile has exonerated its executive director from the allegation. Musa’s name was mentioned alongside Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad as Nigerian terror financiers identified by UAE. The name Read More

Pictures: Another 400 boko haram members surrender to Nigerian troops

September 9, 2021 Editor 0

Following onslaught from superior fire of NIgeria’s Armed Forces, another set of Boko Haram members numbering over 400 have surrendered to the Nigerian troops. Reports say the terrorists gave up terrorism from their sites in Bama and Mafa on Thursday September 9, 2021. The list is as follows, BAMA (1)Male- 259. (2) Female-43 (3) Children-70 MAFA (1) Male-35 (2) Female-23 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

Leaving office a failure is not an option, Mr President!

August 27, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

In the confines of the Presidential Villa, during a recent meeting of the National Council on Security, one of the many security meetings called at his instance, President Muhammadu Buhari told heads of security agencies that they must address the alarming insecurity situation in the country because he is not prepared to exit office as a failure. To underscore his Read More

Breaking: Police confirm kidnap of electoral scribe in Nasarawa

August 25, 2021 Mohammed Yangida, Lafia 0

The Nasarawa state police command, Wednesday, confirmed the abduction of the Secretary of Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) Barr. Muhammed Abubakar Opu by unknown gunmen. The Police Public Relations Officer in the, ASP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed this in a statement made available to Blueprint in Lafia. He said the yet-to-be identified gunmen numbering about five stormed the house of Read More

Making Nigeria whole by investing in the girl-child

August 24, 2021 Adewale Ajadi 0

The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan is a global milestone. It is a prototype of counter-terrorism, as defined by the West, and its efficacy, and also brings into sharper focus the role of women and the effects of the exclusion of women in any society, especially those whose economic evolution is still emergent. In the same week, the president of the Read More

Much ado about ‘surrendered’ Boko Haram terrorists

August 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

Boko Haram insurgents have killed and maimed many in North-east, Nigeria; even as many others have been left homeless and without a means of livelihood. As the Nigerian Army continue to battle these insurgents with loses on their part, there is an outcry over re-integration of surrendered Boko Haram terrorists, ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU writes. The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the Read More

Insecurity and Commonwealth support for Nigeria

August 6, 2021 Abdullahi. M. Gulloma 0

Indeed, Nigeria needs and, therefore, would be glad to receive support from the Commonwealth in very challenging areas, the biggest of which comprised of security and agriculture. Thus, President Muhammadu Buhari, rightly asked for support from the Commonwealth. The President spoke during a bilateral meeting with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland, at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit Read More