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Diaspora Christian Group Tells The United Nations – “…It Was Our Realization That Boko Haram Terrorists Are So Evil.”


Reacting to the United Nations condemnation of the deaths of over 150 people in eight villages in Adamawa and Borno States by gunmen on Sunday, the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, Executive Director, Pastor Laolu Akande said in a statement, “Our brethren in northern Nigeria, and other innocent Nigerians numbering more than 4000 and their families, have always known and experienced the evil first hand.”

Pastor Akande said there is no formal organization to compensate the victims but with a relief fund launched in 2012, they’ve contributed $50,000 to victims through CANAN.

Akande said, “It was because of our realization that these terrorists are so evil that explained why we fought hard in our advocacy to have the US government label Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization, so that the full force of the American government can be exerted against the evil. CANAN will continue to press the US government to do all it can to help rid Nigeria of this evil.”

Speaking Monday in Geneva for the UN, Ravina Shamdasani, an official of the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), said the UN condemned in the strongest terms Sunday’s attack.

She said while OHCHR understood that the Government “was in a very difficult position as the armed groups were extremely strong they stressed that it was the Government’s responsibility to protect the citizens who lived in that territory.”

A statement, which did not mention the name Boko Haram, said, “OHCHR was appalled by the extreme and indiscriminate violence which Nigeria had witnessed in recent times, including the attacks on two villages on 11 February, which left 39 people dead, 65 injured and reportedly 2,000 homes destroyed.”

It added “OHCHR urged the Government to do more to provide security and protection to civilians, especially in areas prone to attacks and where a state of emergency had been proclaimed. “

The UN also called upon the Nigerian authorities to launch a prompt and thorough investigation, and make sure that perpetrators of the human rights violations and killings were prosecuted and held responsible.

On Sunday, Borno State Governor said the Boko Haram insurgents were more armed and motivated than the Nigerian military.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Insecurity Northern agenda, N2b Biafra money; N2b inadequate for Northeast’s security – Nyako.


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Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako yesterday decried the N2 billion Federal Government’s proposed budget for security in the Northeast.The region has been facing the Boko Haram insurgency for over four years.He said it was appalling that the Federal Government could not increase the budget when it proposed more than the amount on less important things.Nyako, who addressed reporters in Yola noted that the N2 billion budget proposal showed the unserious stance of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to tackling security in the region.President Jonathan, on December 3 in Gombe, announced that his administration would provide a special intervention package for the Northeast to stimulate it’s economy, following the destruction of property and residents livelihood.It was learnt that in the 2014 budget the Federal Government provided N2 billion under ‘Service-Wide Vote’ as “counterpart funding” for the Northeast.The use of ‘counterpart funding’ shows that the programme would be jointly funded with the six states in the zone.Nyako said the budget was “grossly inadequate” to tackle the security and sundry challenges confronting the zone.The governor urged the Federal Government to increase the proposed budget.He noted that if the central government could give ‘’Nollywood’’ a N3 billion stimulus package, the proposed security budget to fight Boko Haram in the Northeast was “not encouraging or engendering confidence.”Nyako noted that since 2011, the Adamawa State had spent billions to support security forces in the state.He said: “As far as we are concerned, N2 billion for six states is inadequate. Commerce and agriculture have been seriously affected; so many people have lost their livelihood and shelter.“The issue is about development of infrastructure. We have the worst roads; no electricity…. If the Presidency is serious, these issues must be considered and we expect that before the release of any fund, an outline should be given to know the areas of intervention and who the beneficiaries are.”The governor objected to the proposed counterpart funding of security

matters by states and local governments.According to him, the two tiers were already funding security operations, which the Federal Government should be handling.Also, the Northeast Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Change (APC) Dr Umar Duhu said the amount was inadequate and unacceptable.Duhu said the proposed N2 billion “came as a shock and disappointment to many of us from the Northeast.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Nigeria: To Kill A King By Dr. Peregrino Brimah.


By Dr. Peregrino Brimah

DISCLAIMER: For the internet warriors, before they ask for my head; ‘kill’ does not mean murder and murder does not mean death. Just like ‘drunken’ does not mean pertaining to alcohol and could refer to lackadaisical, inebriated or insatiable.

 To ‘kill’ a king, you must find his weakness or his strength.

Well, we have found the weakness of our tyrant king. It stares us in the face: Women.

100 million men cannot kill the king. Taking away all the kings men, cannot kill the king. All the chiefs and kings in Nigeria cannot kill this king. Obasanjo, IBB, Nuhu Ribadu, El-Rufai, Tambuwal, Tinubu, Fashola, Kwankwaso, Amaechi, Lamido, Baraje, Saraki, Atiku, Buhari, Wole Soyinka, … basically every single who-is-who in the nation’s political history. Sometimes I wonder; who is left with the King? It seems the only man of ‘repute’ left on his side is Tukur. The same Tukur that said in May last year that “Boko Haram is fighting for justice; Boko Haram is another name for justice.” Yeah, that Tukur.

So how is Nigeria’s king, who is locally and globally acknowledged to be one of the worst and most dishonest and corrupt leaders in history, from CNN to the World Bank, from Britain to Switzerland, from Otukpo to Bama; being able to resist a coup, resignation and impeachment?

Johnie’s Angels: The power of powered women.

John Lennon, famous writer and a founder of the Beatles, said: “As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.” Or perhaps this quote by George Carlin phrases it better: “Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.”

Our King knows. He trusts no man. Every last man can leave his side, he won’t bat a lid. He has his power Patiently by his side. He has his other Angels, ready to ‘bitch’ it for him to the last drop, and he too is ready to stand by them, no matter what thefts, no matter what deaths. He has dried up the economy to make sure no man gets money that can be used against him. Salaries aren’t being paid, Niger Delta militants riot in Russia for no stipend. Even Stephen Keshi, who took Nigeria to victory, is owed.

But what we all realized last week, as a hidden power ‘Angel’ revealed herself among the Angels of ‘Charlie,’ was that, he has ‘your woman.’ You better be careful if you want to deliver a ‘death-blow’ to this King, because he has the Pin of power women; you might want to look closely at the political woman by your side and the ones in your family, because this ‘party man,’ is a real man of the party, booze and babes. He is a woman’s man true and through. He knows their price; how to buy their loyalty. He knows how to keep them at bay, ready to turn them out against you, as and at whenever needed.

So if you honestly wish to ‘kill’ this King, you better work on his powered and power-able Angels. You might also wish to find a Queen and let her loose against him. That will crush him. A cat fight!

It lactates, the ‘Oracle’ said. “The one who guards the King and the one who will give the King his parrot’s eggs (which traditionally was done when chief’s told a King he was impeached and should kill himself) is the one who holds the baby for nine months.”

SECOND DISCLAIMER: This article is mere satire. This is not a chauvinist article. This article refers only to a handful of cabal women and does not in any way suggest or attempt to suggest that women in general are more manipulate-able, purchase-able of influence-able toward participating in and supporting corruption, tyranny, divisionism and destruction of nations.

Secret delivered, I will like to formally welcome Obasanjo to our fold as ‘APC,’ that’s ‘APC’ the Opposition (not necessarily registered in the party), as anyone of us who opposes this insane administration is labeled by the less than 3000 remaining ‘paid’ supporters of the King.

May the families, friends and colleagues of those killed and maimed by Boko Haram terrorists, due to our under-equipped and underfunded army in Bama, have the fortitude to bear the losses and the patience to prevail till a new administration that values our military and civilian lives over their lining of their pockets, replaces this one.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah
http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something]
Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Nigeria Boko Haram Member Jailed Over Christmas Bomb Attack.


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A Nigerian court sentenced Kabiru Sokoto, a member of Islamist group Boko Haram, to life imprisonment on Friday for his involvement in bombings. (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

A Nigerian court sentenced a member of Islamist group Boko Haram to life imprisonment on Friday for his involvement in bombings, including a 2011 Christmas Day attack on a Catholic church near the capital that killed 37 people.

The militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Abuja, which also wounded 57 in the deadliest of a series of attacks at Christmas.

Kabiru Sokoto was initially suspected of being the mastermind of the Christmas bomb, although the Federal High Court‘s Justice Adeniyi Adetokunbo-Ademola found the prosecution had only proved that he knew it was going to happen and failed to disclose this to the authorities.

Ademola found him guilty, however, of being the mastermind of a bungled coordinated strike in the northwestern city of Sokoto in July the same year. Several bombs were planted by government buildings there, including next to the police headquarters, but were discovered before they were detonated.

He also noted that Sokoto was a member of an “illegal terrorist organization Boko Haram.” President Goodluck Jonathan declared the Islamist rebels—seen as the main security threat to Africa’s top oil producing nation—a terrorist group in June.

Boko Haram, like many hardline Islamist groups, sees Christians as infidels who must either convert or be crushed. A wave of attacks on churches two years ago seemed aimed at triggering a sectarian war in a country with the world’s largest mixed Muslim and Christian population.

Sokoto slipped the net the day after his arrest but was recaptured the following month.

He received a life sentence for masterminding the failed Sokoto bombs and 10 years for not informing authorities of the Christmas attack.

Jonathan launched an all-out offensive against Boko Haram seven months ago in its stronghold in the northeast.

Initially this appeared to temper the violence as soldiers secured towns, cities and semi-desert bases.

But Boko Haram fighters have survived many assaults during the 4-1/2-year-old insurgency. After retreating this year to remoter areas, they have mounted deadly counter-attacks—including one on several military barracks and the air force base in the main northeastern city of Maiduguri this month.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.


Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Rosalind Russell

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The evil killings of Boko Haram terrorists: in the name of one Nigeria?.


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HISTORY has always had a way of repeating itself. But has humanity learnt from the enduring intricacies,

intrigues and social-cultural dynamics of history, worldwide?
As a creationist and believer in the Universal Creator, the Supreme Sovereign God, who whatever names your dialectical domain, insists upon, the lives of human beings are sacrosanct and sacred. But does the continual killings, very many gruesome and dehumanizing suggest so? In a very plain and simple language, the answer is capital NO, NO, NO! Are all these being condoned in the dispirited ‘spirit’ of one Nigeria?
Why has the government of the day seemingly appearing incapable of, protecting Nigerians and the borders of Nigeria? It is increasingly becoming much clearer that the belief and humane aspiration of late Major Gideon Orkar (Nigeria Army), of 1992 aborted coup was one of the very best dispensations that should have happened to Nigeria and its people. The Nigerian people are not being protected from the evil surges and scourges being meted out by the BOKO HARAM SECT on Nigerians. What’s more, my people, the Igbos are continually receiving the heaviest the blows (destructions of lives), due to our uncurbed flair to universally exist and live among our ‘fellow brothers and country men/women’.

What, we are currently witnessing with increased tempo and ferocious intensity is representative of such belief. From South-eastern to South-western Nigeria, the country has borders, but we’ve known that some percentage of the hoodlums, masking as radical religious insurgents and protectors, teachers and missionaries of Islam inflicting these heinous aberrations crossed from the borders, of all Northern states – those States that late Major Gideon Orkar, had conscionably, wanted cut off from the rest of the country, for peace and progress to return to Nigeria. Today, have we known better than 1992? Today, have we known better than 1967-1970? (DIM IKEMBA – CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU-OJUKWU, YOU LEAVE FORVER in my heart). Today, we have know why the Late Chukwuemeka Kaduna Nzeogwu and the rest of the young, intelligent and well educated officers (Majors Emma Ifeajuna –an Olympiad, Philip Alele, Adegboyega, Okafor and others etc) did what they did, in order to set the country free, from the colonial and oligarchic manipulations, feuds, evil polices and institutionalized dominances of blatant and some times, surreptitious machinations to ‘tame’ and ‘Islamize’ the southern part of Nigeria. Yes some good things happened by the presence of the Brits and others that followed and even before, but the singular act of amalgamation submerged us with more harm than the good, whether intended ort impromptu! The Igbos would have been better off, without the Brits action.

The Federal Government’s efforts to curb the atrocious killings, burning and maiming of our citizens must be stepped up. The Ministries of Interior and that of Defense must evolve an urgent, massive policy of wiping, not containing BOKO HARAM. Every man is borne with dual or even multiplicities of capabilities, including the right to self-defense and inflict harm on others around – a possible case of ‘hidden/floating insanity’ inherent in humanity. Enough of the killings of the Igbos, all around the country! I’m definitely not in favour of BOKO HARAM killings people of other tribes/nations, including theirs, but let them stop the killings of the IGBOS, like the Kano Luxury Bus Park detonated by a vegetable vendor using his wares as a disguise, and ended up killings so many Igbos travelling to different parts of the country, especially the East. Of course, the perpetrators were aware that that Motor Park belonged to the Igbos and made the choice in order to maximally destroy the lives of my innocent and hardworking people! We cannot afford it any longer. NDI-IGBO, ZONU ONWE UNU!

Make no mistake about it: As a creationist, humanist an human rights/environmental activist, I believe in the workability of a very huge, multi-ethinicized, but progressive and equitable country, such like China, India, The United States of America, Brazil and even Nigeria. But like I’ve stressed elsewhere, the recognition of the rights of the minorities for independence or adoptive of self-rule remain a fundamental and cardinal unalienable reality, no matter what part of the world, it’s obtainable! So those calling for my throat to be slashed, simply because, I resist the inordinate aspirations of a sect that threatens the continuity of Nigeria as a country should remind themselves of these hard facts!
Every generation has always been endowed with mouth-pieces, even when they are being submerged by the selfish overtures of the strong in the strong in the society or those that derive dark pleasure in killing others and burning down properties. The proverbial tortoise had always cherished bigger society, when it time to work, and verse versa in moments of eating. But for me, I’m believe in both the principles of hugeness at work and that of eating or sharing: Live and let live, but if any desires to cut my slash his throat, not mine; for frivolous sentiments driven by religious conquest, domination and blood-letting, then, I shall be the first to pre-empt such.

When the British colonial masters invaded what is now known as the country of Nigeria, in the late 18th century A.D, what was paramount in their modus operandi, was commerce and profit and gaining of territory, by peace, coercion and even battle/war, where necessary. Had they recognized that the Igbos (lately we know that they knew) are a branch or branches of Israel, they would have left us alone to thrive as the second Israel in West Africa (Eden) and by now, The Edenic (African) Continent would have been lighted up! But alas, the choice to amalgamate us with the rest of the country has been subjecting us to continuity of draw-backs, stagnations and even despair.

The nearly four thousand years of the Igbos existence in the current Igbo Land and other Igbo culture areas, however, ad engendered a huge country, yet again, without boundary! But one day, the Igbos, under whatever political appellation must have its own definable country, recognized by the whole world, just like our brothers in Israel proper, Haiti and other parts of the world (south India, East Africa, the Mid-Atlantic States/Islands, Brazil etc) where they are scattered, BOKO HARAM or not. May we take a minute or two and revisit the ageless affirmation by one of the greatest of truer leaders of the World, Former President (Dr.) Nelson Madiba Mandela, speaking in 1964 at the trial that saw him sentenced for 27 years: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It si an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die for.”

The difference in my ideal and that of Madiba is, that I choose not to be killed by the uncircumcised barbarians, parading themselves as hackers of innocent peoples’ necks in the void and absence of true knowledge, espoused by the wisdom of God the Creator, as in Judaism and Judeo-Christian religions. Their fundamentalists’ naked display of religious bigotry and hate must be receiving the right publicity, until their evil ideals are withered! And I hope to be alive to see that change duly effected, one day. Like my brother, Emefiena Ezeani, aptly rendered it, in his Book, ‘IN BIAFRA AFRICA DIED, The Diplomatic Plot’, the light and rays, which the Biafran Country would have helped and engendered the true illumination of the Continent, got extinguished and aborted. For over four decades now, we are still groping with the utter savagery and dire destruction at the face of greatness!
BIAFRA, ONE DAY SHALL HOIST HER FLAG AGAIN! NEVER AGAIN SHALL WE BE SUBJECTED TO RIDICULE, SUBJUGATION AND DESTRUCTION!
NDI-IGBO, KUNIENU N’URA! UDO DIRI UNU (SHALOM).

Prince Uzor
Secretary General/Founder
IGBO GA-ADI WORLDWIDE (CAMPAIN FOR RESTORATION OF THE HEBREW RACE)
zamkatt@yahoo.co.uk
Cotonou, Benin Republic
(On-line/Hard copies publication series)

Source: Radio Biafra.

The chronicle of the evil sect’s why Boko Haram terrorists must be withered.


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WE are all currently witnessing the inhuman and heinous destruction of precious lives of people and property across the country, Igbos inclusive and targeted. But what vey many of us today, weren’t witnesses to, were the HELLACAUSTAL pogroms, ethnic cleansings and genocidal perpetrations, months preceding the full-blown civil war between BIAFRA and NIGERIA, which claimed well over three (3) million souls of my people, the IGBOS of Nigeria! Some may argue, perhaps quite rightly, that the victims of this modern jihad engrossed and enveloped people from different ethnicity and religion.

Great! But the Igbos must not continue to fold their hands, open their eyes and stare as our people are being unjustly decimated. The population of my people is currently surpassing 60 million, and because we are dispersed all over the country (in resilient spirit of both one Nigeria and natural entrepreneurial endowment), any and every event of killing, barbecuing; maiming of innocent people and hard-earned property affect us tremendously and hugely, more than any other people in the country.
Let me reiterate this: the introduction of global communication device and medium has truly empowered people like us and indeed others to air and pursue our candid focus on how best our society and the world could be bettered.

And I can never be a prisoner of conscience in my own land, my own country, therefore can never be threatened out of the land/country, because of my ardent believe that this MENACING EVIL SECT MUST BE WITHERED!
Former President of South Africa and Freedom Fighter of all times, made it clear and I paraphrase, ‘This is a CAUSE for which I’m ready to lay down my life if need be,” commenting on his firm believe to see his people free, from the painful clutches of the apartheid system, even if his life was snuffed off.
The difference between President Madibo Mandela and I is that while the aforementioned affirmation was right, I chose to be alive and witness the revolution that must reshape the political, religious and economic landscape of my country or any other or others that may be formed out of it. It is my intention and strong belief ‘to fight and live to fight again if need be’.
Having highlighted and outlined as above, let us run through some of the known acts of inhumanity meted by this SECT onto our people, and quickly appreciate further, whether its continuity remains the best option or a way out seriously devised, implemented and measured goals achieved! This highlight is to spread the knowledge of the evil tentacles BOKO HARAM (Jama ‘at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-da’wal-Jihad/or western education is SINFUL)) is continually expanding.
Since its inception, inspired by the late Islamic Preacher, MAITATSINE, even as I personally see a synergy between this and that of great inspiration driven by inter-ethnic hatred and disputes, all embroiled in religion, over nearly 17,000 deaths, between 2001 and 2013 have been recorded. That number has been increased with the recent spates of national attacks, between 2009 and 2013, the most recent I have lately written and commented about (see my write-up on the GAMBURO Border Killings) in Borno State perhaps running to thirty (30) thousand deaths, not to mention the half-dead and the maimed.
In subsequent write-ups, if Sovereign God spares our lives, I intend to itemize the details, with dates and locations, but suffice to mention a few herein selectively:
1) December 25th, 2010 at Jos city: 32 people (officially dead) and several others injured. 2) April 8th, 2011, at INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION, SULEJA: 16 people killed and very many injured a followed up investigations revealed that more death followed from the injured. 3) August 26th, 2011, UNITED NATIONS Building, ABUJA: 26 people killed and nearly 200 people injured. 4) June 26th, 2011, at Maiduguri: 25 people (officially) killed, great percentage Igbos, and nearly forty people injured, many died thereafter. 5) December 25th (Christmas day), at Churches in Jos, Suleja and Yobe (mostly Christians of Igbo extractions), about 50 people killed and very much more maimed and injured. 6) January 5th/6th, 2012 at Gombe and Adamawa (I was at Adamawa State during this period to research more on the Igbos/Hebrew that stayed on in the north-eastern Nigeria, during the great dispersal of the Igbos some millennial ago, pertinent to my works on the ancestry of the Igbos, a branch of Israel sometimes considered wrongly as the ‘the lost tribe?’) 28 people killed and over 50 maimed. 7) January 20th, 2012 at Kano city, 162 people killed and scores monumentally maimed and injured, many died as days passed by I was precisely in the town of New Bussa, at the Zadok family, being the Paramount King of the Land. I later went to Michika, Mubi and the southern town of Ganye. 8) March 11th, 2012, at Jos city Church, 10 people were killed (including Igbos). 9) February 3rd and May 25th, 2012, Nigerian Police Station at Kogi and Nigeria police H/Qters at Maiduguri, 11 officers killed and very many injured. 10) April 8th, 2012, at Kaduna, 40 people killed and nearly 70 maimed. 11) June 17th, 2012, at Zaria and Kaduna, 40 people were killed and nearly 100 people injured, very many of Igbo extraction. 12) July 6th, 2013, 42 people were killed, while at Bama on May 7th, 2013 and Maiduguri, October 8th, 55 and 35 people were killed respectively, while well over 255 were injured in both destructions. As I said, my people, a great percentage of the Igbos were being sent to their graves untimely and that is why we must fight back. Onitsha is not safe, Okija is not. Asaba and Aba and Lagos are not, so BOKO HARAM ISLAMIST SECT MUST BE WITHERED!
While this may be a war on the entire country, but my people are the chief recipient of the jihad, because of our being located in virtually all nooks and crannies of this country. I am chronicling a comprehensive data on this, and will release so in the very near future, threats on my life, notwithstanding. But for now, we can deeply appreciate the enormity and profundity of the scale of loss of lives and properties being meted by BOKO HARAM. This will help us more in truly understanding the state of the situation in our country. IGBOS must either find a way to stop this killing and burying of corpses or revert urgently to the BIAFRAN CAUSE! PERIOD.

With records, so alarming and destructive of human understanding and compassion, how in the world can we close our eyes? Even the most recent intelligence, had it that their agents are currently disguising as vegetable and fruit vendors on wheel-barrows and carts, preying on innocent people to destroy. From Onitsha to Asaba and Warri, Ogbomosho to Aba and Jos, Lagos to Kaduna people are now sleeping with their eyes closed but indeed, OPEN! The Yoruba Socio-cultural group, AFENIFERE has recently warned that the destruction ‘would be taken’ to the North, if the activities of BOKO HARAM were not properly checked in the South west. What happened to my Igbo brothers and sisters? Why are they keeping mute at the face of a boisterous, pernicious and deliberate incursion to our land, identity and future of our race? Or are we surreptitiously condoning the steps that over four decades ago, saw our people annihilated and destruction? TUFIAKWA!!! LET my Igbo race stand up and fight this evil now, before the cancerous nature engulfs us all. “Onye e ji n’aka mana ogu na-anu,” he, who is captured or victimized, appreciates fully, the negative enormity of war, is an Igbo proverb.

BY PRINCE CHARLES O. UZOR
Founder/Secretary General
IGBO GA-ADI WORLDWIDE (Campaign for restoration of the Hebrew race)
zamkatt@yahoo.co.uk
+2348035844606
+2299977752
Cotonou, Benin Republic

Source: Radio Biafra.

Boko Haram terrorists: Fulfil promises to Borno others, US tells President Jonathan.


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THE United States has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to fulfil his promises to implement developmental projects in the troubled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in order to curb Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The three states have been under the emergency rule since May.

US Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Samantha Power, who said this in her opening remarks at a meeting with some civil society organisations in Abuja on Wednesday, also expressed worry about what she called uncoordinated security crackdown on Boko Haram members.

This, she noted, had resulted in loss of lives of many innocent people.

She said, “The United States is concerned by some of the stories we hear of inhumane detention practices in Nigeria, and I have discussed this with officials here.

Security crackdowns that do not discriminate between legitimate targets and innocent civilians are both counterproductive and wrong.

“We know how hard it is to fight insurgency and terrorism, but we have also seen how much more effective we are when we put the welfare of the local population at the heart of our efforts.”

The envoy, who regretted that the US and Nigeria had been targets of terrorists, said the Nigerian government must implement policies that would help lay a foundation for longer term progress.

“I was pleased to hear President Jonathan’s announcement earlier this month of his development plan for the North-East. Efforts to fight poverty, create jobs, and respect the dignity and rights of all people would help lay a foundation for longer term progress. My government will be urging President Jonathan to fulfil his commitment to implement his plan as soon as possible,” she said.

Power said the meeting was called to have a candid conversation with civil society organisations to know the challenges confronting them in promoting free, fair, and transparent elections, fighting corruption, advancing responsible, effective, and rights-respecting approaches to insecurity.

She observed that the US and Nigeria shared much in common because they “both have vibrant civil societies, whose promotion of civic engagement was key to advancing important reforms and making government accountable to its citizens.

Power said, “In Nigeria, civil society organisations like yours have tirelessly advocated for increasing the credibility of elections and citizens’ participation in the electoral process, which is so vital for any democracy. You all have also worked to highlight the impact of poor governance and public corruption on the average Nigerian citizen who wants to contribute meaningfully to society.

“Tragically, we have both been targeted by terrorists. The brutality of the attacks against your people is shocking. In responding to these attacks, it is essential that we do so consistent with the most fundamental of international human rights norms.”

She said efforts of the civil society could help Nigeria to empower women, create new opportunities for young people, expose and curb corruption, strengthen democratic institutions, and ensure that the electoral process became free and fair.

Expressing the US concern over the irregularities in last month’s governorship election in Anambra State, Power said her country would follow closely the next governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

“The 2015 election will draw global attention and can – if you push hard enough – prove a model for all of Africa, if they are free, fair, and transparent,” she added.

Source: Radio Biafra.

A’Court rejects call logs evidence in Senator Ali Ndume. One of the sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists.


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Senator Aliyu Ndume, who is facing trial for allegedly sponsoring the Boko Haram sect, got a reprieve on Tuesday as the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, overturned the admission in evidence of records of mobile telephone conversations between him and a former spokesman of the terror sect, Ali Konduga (aka Al Zawahiri).

Trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Federal High Court, had in two rulings on December 11 and 14, 2012, admitted in evidence, DVDs containing results of the forensic analysis of two mobile telephones said to be retrieved from Ndume and Konduga – including call data records – as exhibits P7, P8, P8a and P8b.

The DVDs were tendered in court by the State Security Service.

 

Following the development, Ndume, through his lawyer, Rickey Terfa, SAN, approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the admission of the DVDs.

The defence counsel argued that the DVDs, which were computer generated, did not meet the criteria required for the admission of computer generated materials as evidence under the Evidence Act.

Ruling on the application on Tuesday, the panel of justices of the Court of Appeal upheld the two appeals filed by Ndume.

In a judgment read by Justice Amiru Sanusi, the appellate court faulted the admission of the materials in evidence by the Abuja FHC.

The Court of Appeal held that the Abuja FHC erred when it admitted the DVDs in evidence even when the prosecution failed to comply with the condition precedent as required under Section 84(1) and (2) of the Evidence Act 2011 (as amended) in relation to the admission of computer generated evidence.

According to the appellate court, the word “shall” in section 84 of the Evidence Act made it compulsory that its provisions must be complied with.

“In this case, the respondent failed to comply with the condition precedent as prescribed in Section 84 (2) of the Evidence Act,” Justice Sanusi stated.

The court, as a result, declared as wrongful, the admission in evidence of the DVDs marked exhibits ‘P7, P8, P8a and P8b’, which contained the records of mobile telephone exchanges between Ndume and Konduga.

The call data records had revealed a total of 73 mobile telephone conversations between Ndume and Konduga from October 3, 2011 to November 3, 2011.

A forensic examiner attached to the Special Investigation Unit of the SSS, Mr. Aliyu Usman, had made the disclosure while testifying before the Abuja FHC.

Disclosing details of the DVDs, the witness also informed the court how Ndume and Konduga saved each other’s numbers on their mobile telephones.

While Ndume’s number was saved on entry 78 on Konduga’s mobile telephone as ‘INDUME Sen. Ali.’, the former Boko Haram spokesman’s phone number was stored on entry 1819 on the Senator’s mobile phone as ‘Mal. Ali. BH’

The call data records were obtained after a forensic analysis of a Nokia E7 phone said to belong to Ndume, and a Nokia 2700 belonging to Konduga.

Ndume was arraigned before the Abuja FHC on a four-count charge bordering on terrorism after he was implicated by Konduga, who was eventually convicted and sentenced for his role in the terrorist activities of the Boko Haram sect.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Boko Haram may be operating from Cameroon.


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BOKO Haram insurgents may have struck from a new base in Cameroon, following renewed attacks on Borno villages, the military has said.

It was also learnt that the military seeks to prevail on the Federal Government to reach out to Cameroonian authorities on a bilateral campaign against the insurgents.

Last Saturday, Boko Haram attacked Arboko village, behind Gwoza Hills, killing five and burning 35 houses.

Unspecified number of insurgents were killed in a counter-attack by troops.

But investigation has linked the latest attack to a base being operated by Boko Haram in Northern Cameroon.

A military source said: “Last Saturday’s attack was not behind Sambisa Forest, but Gwoza Hills at Abroko.

“From available intelligence, the terrorists came in from Cameroon, killing five civilians and burning 35 houses.

“When we got the alert, troops were despatched to the locality, where they encountered the terrorists, killing and several of them.

“Following the superior counter-attack from our troops, the insurgents fled. The area is being searched at the moment.”

The source added: “We have strong clues that Boko Haram insurgents have shifted base to Cameroon. It is from this base that they have been invading villages and schools in Borno and Yobe states.

“What the military is doing now is to ask the Federal Government to enter into a pact with the Cameroonian government to rid the borders of insurgents.

“We are hopeful that with political understanding, it is a matter of time before the insurgents are checked.”

Defence Headquarters spokesman Maj-Gen. Chris Olubolade said: “Troops have been deployed in the village occupied by the insurgents and they have fled the area.

“We will also ensure the protection of life and property in the affected area.”

A statement by the spokesman of the 7 Division, Maiduguri, Col. Muhammad Dole, confirmed the encounters between troops on Maiduguri-Bama-Gwoza Road.

Dole said the success of air raid had depleted the strength of Boko Haram.

The statement said: “The air bombardment of insurgents’ hideouts in Mainok and Mada areas of Kaga and Konduga local government areas by the Air Force claimed the lives of some Boko Haram terrorists.

“The terrorists were seen conducting a funeral for their dead members around Mudube village.

“Troops of 7 Division encountered Boko Haram insurgents on the Maiduguri-Bama-Gwoza road during which eight terrorists were killed, three vehicles and three AK 47 rifles burnt, while scores of others fled with injuries.

“Recently, due to increased offensive ground and air strikes, there is serious decimation of Boko Haram fighters.

“This forced them (Boko Haram) to embark on a forceful conscription of youths and abduction of women. The troops are on their trail to ensure the safe release of these captives.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Nigeria loosing the fight against Boko Haram as more jets deployed by Air Force.


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by: Yusuf Alli,
Air chief in BornoAPC governors to President: reassess your strategy
More fighter jets were deployed in Maiduguri, the troubled Borno State capital, yesterday as troops battled fleeing Boko Haram insurgents.As at press time last night, many insurgents had been killed in air raids but the casualty figure was unknown.The Defence Headquarters said ground troops were counting the dead.The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, relocated yesterday to Maiduguri to co-ordinate the assault against the insurgents, who stormed the city on Monday to attack the Air Force Base and the airport.Besides, a team raised by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ibrahim Ola Sa’ad, went on a stock-taking mission to Maiduguri.The team, which was led by the Director of Operations at the Defence Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Psakr, also included the Director of

Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade.A preliminary report obtained by the assessment team revealed that the Air Force Base and the Maiduguri International Airport were attacked by Boko Haram because air assaults against the insurgents were co-ordinated there.The report has been submitted to the CDS by the assessment team for critical analysis by the military high command.According to a top source, who pleaded not to be named because he is not permitted to talk to the media, “there has been heavy encounters in the last 24 hours with the insurgents”.The 24-hour curfew imposed on Maiduguri by the Borno State government in the wake of the attack was reduced yesterday to 12 hours.The source said: “We have been engaging in heavy encounters with the fleeing insurgents. More fighter jets were deployed in Maiduguri from various formations.“To underscore the importance of this exercise, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, shifted base to Maiduguri to co-ordinate air assaults on the insurgents.“There have been serious air raids on all the bases and enclaves or clusters of the Boko Haram insurgents.”The source spoke on the casualty. He said: “As at Monday night and in the early hours of Tuesday, many of the insurgents sighted have been neutralised. The ground troops are taking stock of the death toll. In the next one or two days, we will be able to give you accurate figures.”The team sent to Maiduguri was mandated to find out what led to the attack; how it was repelled and the situation in Maiduguri.Another source said: “The insurgents opted to attack the base and destroy any military aircraft on ground. Unfortunately for them, they could only ground two helicopters. The three other aircraft attacked were already due for museum because they had become de-commissioned.“The team realised that Boko Haram insurgents were touched by the losses they had incurred from air assaults in the past few months.“The insurgents were certainly on revenge mission; they wanted to incapacitate the air base because they had suffered huge losses.”Gen. Olukolade said the authorities were reviewing the situation.“The operation in Maiduguri and Yobe axis has continued, we will keep you posted appropriately,” he said, confirming that the CDS sent a team to Maiduguri.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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