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Army foils B’Haram attack on Yobe church.


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Special Forces from Division ‘3’ of the Nigerian Army foiled what would have been a devastating attack on a major new generation church situated in Jerusalem Area of Damaturu.

The suspect was said to have been driving towards the church from a bush path when he ran into a military blockade and was arrested.

It was learnt that the soldiers who arrested him recovered one AK 47 assault rifle, and three Improvised Explosive devices from him.

“The man tried to attack some churches at the Jerusalem area of the city where there are many churches.

“He thought he could drive straight from the bush into the church but couldn’t because of the many barricades.

“The soldiers on duty were able to stop him, searched him and arrested him when they found the explosives and the AK 47 in his Honda car.”

It was further gathered that three Boko Haram members were arrested in the evening of Saturday at Jango, a red light area of Damaturu.

It was learnt that the three terror suspects one of whom was injured were said to have been arrested with their AK 47.

A source said that their arrest and shootings in the area led to a stampede as the clients of the prostitutes and people fled in different direction.

When our correspondent contacted the spokesperson of the ‘3’ Division of the Nigerian Army Special Operation Battalion, Lt. Eli Lazarus, he said he was not aware of the developments.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Many killed as Boko Haram attack military post in Yobe.


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The radical Islamic sect, suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday had access to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital and launched a coordinated attacks using Rocket Propelled Launchers and Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) on different military checkpoints within the metropolis, killing quiet a number of people, with the torching of some security formations.

Witnesses said the attackers first launched attack around the NNPC Mega station, a suburb of Damaturu which have been a GSM Call centre for Maiduguri residents who on daily basis travel from Maiduguri due to lack of telecommunication network to make calls.

The NNPC Mega Station is about 2 kilometres away to the City of Damaturu where military operatives have one of their checkpoints few metres away from the station, and because of the presence of the security checkpoint, many phone callers from Maiduguri turned the place as a call centre with adequate security cover, but luck run out of those patronizing the place as the gunmen launched their deadly attack on the area before moving to other places in the city

Source: Radio Biafra.

Boko Haram Damaturu under siege.


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Members of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, unleashed terror in Damaturu, the Yobo State capital on Thursday and Friday morning, killing people and torching some security formations.

The casualty figure is yet unknown, but an hospital source said it is high. The attacks, according to information gathered, were carried out with the use of rocket propeller an improvised explosive devices on military checkpoints, among others, within the metropolis. Eye witnesses said the first attack was carried out around the NNPC mega station located at suburb of Damaturu.

The area has been GSM call centre for Maiduguri residents who, on daily basis, throng it in order to benefit from telecommunication network available there. It would be recalled that telecommunication network has been cut in the states where a state of emergency

has been declared. The NNPC mega station is about two kilometres away to the City of Damaturu where military operatives have one of their checkpoints few metres away.

Because of the presence of the security checkpoint, many phone callers from Maiduguri turned the place to a call centre with adequate security cover. However, luck run out of people in the area as gunmen launched a deadly attack on them, before moving to other places in the city.

The attack which signaled their presence before penetrating the town a little later started around 5:30PM and lasted till midnight as security operatives responded promptly. Although, the number of casualties is still sketchy, sources said several number of the terrorists were killed. Security operatives were said to have been lost in the battle too. Residents said sounds of gun shots and Improvise Explosive Devices (IED) were heard all over the place.

They however could not give details of the number of people killed. A source said, “I saw dead bodies on the streets near my house, but could not ascertain whether the dead bodies are those of Boko Haram members, innocent civilian or security operatives”. An attendant at the General Sani Abacha Specialists Hospital, Damaturu, who did not want his name mentioned, told journalists that they have received many dead bodies, and more are still coming.

The spokesman of the Special Operation Battalion in Yobe State, Capt. Eli Lazarus, who confirmed the attack said “security forces in the state capital are still in a gun battle with the insurgents.” Shortly after the confirmation of the attack, Captain Eli Lazarus in a statement says, “the Special operation Battalion Damaturu hereby imposed a 24 hours curfew across Yobe State with immediate effect, as the battalion steps up its operation to rid the state of insurgents.”

The statement urges law abiding citizens to remain calm and to accord the security operatives the usual cooperation. Lazarus however confirmed the level of casualties and destruction caused by the attack which lasted for over eight hours. He said, “21 of the insurgents were killed during the encounter, while 3 of their vehicles were recovered. Other items recovered include 4 AK47 Rifles, 1FN rifle, 1 rocket propelled grenade, and several arms and ammunitions.”

The insurgents, according to Lazarus, torched some security formations including the Area Police Command among others. He did not say the casualty figure on the part of the security agencies, however. Yesterday’s attack is a serious setback to the relative peace being enjoyed across the state and Damaturu the state capital in particular. As at the time of filing in this report, there was no official statement from the state government on the unfortunate incident.

74 insurgents killed in Borno renewed military offensive

In continuation of its fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, the troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army has destroyed Boko Haram camp, killing 74 insurgents in Galangi and Limanti villages of Kaga local government area of Borno State.

The killing of the insurgents is coming barely some hours after the attack in Damaturu the capital of Yobe State which has witnessed relative peace before the recent attack.

The Army, in a press statement signed by its spokesman, Lt. Col. Muhammad Dole, stated that the operations which involved ground and aerial assault supported by the Nigerian Airforce led to the destruction of the terrorist camp, killing 74 insurgents, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered from the terrorist’s camp, according to the release, include two Isuzu Tiger pick-up vans and five Hilux belonging to the terrorists were destroyed, while two soldiers were wounded during the operation.

The General Officer Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Obidah Ethan, said he appreciated the general public for their resilience and cooperation with security agencies for providing timely and credible information to security agencies. General Ethan also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army 7 Division to ensuring safety of lives and property of all citizens within its area of operations.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Terror: Army kills over 95 insurgents in Borno.


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In continuation of its fight against Boko Haram Insurgents in the North-East, the troops of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army have destroyed Boko Haram camp, killing over 95 insurgents in Galangi and Limanti villages of Kaga local government area of Borno state.

The invasion came barely some hours after attack on military and police locations in Damaturu the capital of Yobe State by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday. The gunmen had access and launched coordinated attacks using Rocket Propelled Launchers and Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) on different military checkpoints within the metropolis killing several people.

Mallam Abdulwasiu Akinsanya, a staff of Media Trust, publishers of Daily Trust, Weekly Trust and Sunday Trust was among several civilians that were killed in Damaturu when the gunmen launched multiple attacks on military and police locations as well as public

and private buildings on Thursday. His Wife, Bilkisu A. Akinsanya confirmed that her husband was killed around 5.30pm when their vehicle broke down in Damaturu shortly before the Boko Haram insurgents launched the attacks.

Explaining the military invasion, the insurgents, the Army in a Press release signed by its spokesman LT Col Muhammad Dole stated that the operations which involved ground and aerial assault supported by the Nigerian Airforce led to the destruction of the terrorist camp, killing of over 95 insurgents, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds.

Items recovered from the terrorist’s camp, according to the release includes two Isuzu Tiger Pick-up Vans and five Hilux belonging to the terrorists were destroyed, while two soldiers were wounded during the operation.

General Ethan also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army 7 Division to ensuring safety of lives and property of all citizens within its area of operations.

Witnesses of the Damaturu onslaught said the gunmen first launched attack around the NNPC Mega station, a suburb of Damaturu which had been a GSM Call centre for Maiduguri residents who on daily basis travel from Maiduguri due to lack of telecommunication network to make calls.

The NNPC Mega Station is about 2 kilometres away to the City of Damaturu where military operatives have one of their checkpoints, a few metres away from the station, and because of the presence of the security checkpoint, many phone callers from Maiduguri turned the place to a call centre with adequate security cover; but the gunmen launched their deadly attack on the area before moving to other places in the city.

The attack which signaled their presence before penetrating the town after a while started around 5:30pm and lasted till midnight as security operatives responded promptly.

Although, the number of casualties was sketchy at press time, sources said, several terrorists were killed including security operatives.

Residents said sound of gun shots and Improvise Explosive Devices (IED) were heard across all the nook and crannies of the town, but could not give further details as to how many people were affected in the attacks.

A source said, “I saw dead bodies on the streets near my house, but could not ascertain whether the dead bodies are that of Boko Haram members, innocent civilians or security operatives”.

The spokesman of the Special Operation Battalion in Yobe state, captain Eli Lazarus who confirmed the attack said “security forces in the state capital are in a gun battle with the insurgents.”

Shortly after the confirmation of the attack, Captain Eli Lazarus in a statement said “the Special operation Battalion Damaturu hereby imposed a 24 hours curfew across Yobe state with immediate effect, as the battalion steps up its operation to rid the state of insurgents”.

The statement urged law abiding citizens to remain calm and to accord the security operatives the usual cooperation.

Security forces are yet to confirm the level of casualties or destruction caused by the attack which lasted for over eight hours.

The Special Operation Battalion Damaturu had early yesterday reviewed the curfew time in Potiskum town between the hours of 10PM – 6:00 AM to 9: PM – 6: 00 AM.

Yesterday’s attack was a serious setback to the relative peace being enjoyed across the state and Damaturu the state capital in particular.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Boko Haram: Army kill 40 in fresh operation in Borno.


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The Nigerian Army yesterday confirmed the killing of 40 Boko Haram insurgents in fresh counter-insurgency operations to forestall planned attacks by the armed sect in Borno State.

Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations (DDAPR) of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Captain Aliyu Ibrahim Danja in a statement in Maiduguri said troops from the division foiled attempts by the insurgents to attack Bama, Gwoza and Pulka towns.

“Troops of Army Division 7 of the Nigerian Army have foiled yet another attack by Boko Haram terrorists aimed at inflicting havoc on Borno State prior to Sallah festivities,” he stated.

Bama is located east of Borno State while Gwoza Local Government Area is in the southern part of the state with Pulka town in the same local government.

Danja said the number of the insurgents that planned the purported attacks was not known even as he said the sect attempted “coordinated simultaneous attacks on Bama, Gwoza and Pulka towns in Borno State on the night of Sunday, October 13, 2013.”

He said soldiers from the division in anticipation however “successfully repelled all the attacks killing 40 terrorists in the three locations while several others escaped with gunshot wounds.”

He said the security forces also destroyed a pick-up vehicle loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) meant for destruction of Bama town during the encounter. He also disclosed that the Air Force in collaboration with ground troops routed out some Boko Haram members at Kilani general area.

From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri

Source: Radio Biafra.

180 Boko Haram insurgents killed by Camerounian soldiers – Military.


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A fierce gunfight launched against the fundamentalist Islamist group, Boko Haram, by Camerounian soldiers has led to the killing of no fewer than 180 insurgents and two gendarmes around a Nigerian border with Cameroun.

It was gathered that during the battle which took place on Tuesday evening, many of the wounded insurgents were also arrested.

About 200 rifles, 70 machine guns and heavy military hardware were said to have been recovered from the insurgents by the soldiers.

A reliable military source confirmed the development to our correspondent shortly after the the Nigerian Army in Kano State disclosed that it had foiled a plot to bomb Kano during the forthcoming Sallah festival by uncovering a bomb factory in Gezawa Local Government Area.

 

It was gathered that the Camerounian authorities directed the soldiers to launch the attack against the Nigerian gunmen, who had earlier on Tuesday, ambushed and killed two gendarmes on patrol in the border community.

Our source said the soldiers, while pursuing the insurgents, sent a signal to their Nigerian counterparts, to be on the alert to avoid the escape of the fleeing insurgents.

According to the source, the number of those killed, the arrests and the recovered arms indicated that many Boko Haram members, who were forced out of Nigeria through military operations, had already “settled comfortably” in Cameroun.

He said, “The Camerounian troops have been involved in a serious confrontation with the insurgents. They have killed over 180 of them.

“Almost 200 rifles and 70 machine guns were recovered from them by Camerounian soldiers.

“What led to this operation was that the insurgents killed two gendarmes on patrol around the border with Nigeria on Tuesday. I think this angered them to order a comprehensive raid of the hideouts of the insurgents.

“You can see from the casualty figure and the level of seizures that they were already comfortable in that part of Cameroun until this incident.

“Ironically, the Camerounians who had been reluctant in spite of complaints by Nigeria at the diplomatic level are the ones now reaching out to us to ensure that the fleeing insurgents are not allowed to escape. So, I can tell you that the heat is on them.”

It was also gathered that Nigerien soldiers in the Multinational Joint Task Force killed an unspecified number of Boko Haram members on some island communities near Lake Chad on Sunday.

Investigations revealed that the Nigerien component of the MNJTF went after the insurgents on learning of the killing of one of them.

Our source said the intensified military action against the insurgents had made the nation’s northern border rather too hot for them.

When our correspondent contacted the Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen Chris Olukolade, he said, “Our neighbouring countries, either through the instrumentality of the Multi National Joint Task Force or through their security instruments, are involved in operations to complement what we are doing against terrorism.

“I am aware that the MNJTF and Nigerian security agencies are combing everywhere for any strange movement in our territory,” Olukolade said.

Also in Abuja on Wednesday, the Commander ‘3’ Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen Illiyasu Abba, said that operatives raided a house in Gunduwawa, Gezawa LGA and discovered a bomb factory.

He told journalists at a press briefing in Kano that bomb making items recovered from the factory were meant to carry out attacks in Kano during the Sallah and other festivals this year.

A young man suspected to be a child of the owner of the house rented out to the suspected terrorists was shot dead.

Abba said, “At about 2 am on October 8, a combined team of the JTF troops and Department of State Services raided two Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts at Gunduwawa village in the Gezawa Local Government Area.

“The raid, which was conducted following a lead on intelligence reports, made no arrests as the terrorists fled the village on the approach of the JTF troops and DSS personnel.

“The weapons and other dangerous materials were meant to wreak havoc on Kano during the Eid-el-Kabir and other festivities before the end of the year.”

He listed Improvised Explosive Devices, ‘two AK 58 with 193 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition, one AK 47 magazine with 107 rounds of 5.56 millimeter ammunition, bows and arrows as some of the recovered items.

Three primed cylinders of IEDs, one primed explosive suicide back pack, 18 empty IED cylinders, 24 detonators, a small bag of fertiliser, IED timers cortex wires, three remote control devices, five Motorola hand held radios, four communicators, six alarm clocks, two cartons of nine -volt batteries, a scale, one external hard drive and one heavy duty charger/battery were also recovered from the house.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Abuja killings victims were terrorists, says Army chief.


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The army has justified the widely condemned killing of nine people in Abuja.

They were suspected terrorists, who planned to bomb some key installations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), according to Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika.

The victims, who residents and rights activists claimed were artisans and tricycle operators, were killed in an uncompleted building in Apo. One died in the hospital, raising the toll to 10. No fewer than 13 others were injured in the assault.

Gen. Ihejirika got support from Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Bala Mohammed.

The two officials spoke at a meeting with the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence.

Gen. Ihejirika told the committee that the police were left out of the action because it was a specialised operation.

Besides, the Army boss said the operation was not the first of its kind as his men have succeeded in intercepting several intended terrorist attacks on the FCT.

According to him, there was information that a terrorist group was hiding explosivesaround Apo. This, he said, was thoroughly investigated and a move to remove the explosives was launched.

Mohammed corroborated Gen, Ihejirika’s account.

He said the attack, which was coordinated by the Commander, Guards Brigade, was to intercept hidden improvised explosive devices (IED) in a cemetery.

According to Mohammed, there was planned operation, which he described as an isolated terrorist operation to bomb some critical installations in the FCT, such as the Radio House, shopping malls as well as churches on September 22.

He said: “It is imperative to mention here that the military, in collaboration with other security agencies have been working assiduously round the clock to ensure the containment of the heinous activities of the men f the underworld and particularly the Boko Haram in the FCT.

“The intelligence information available to the Guards Brigade confirmed that a number of IEDs to be used for the Sunday operation were buried in a cemetery in Apo area.

“The need to act swiftly to recover the explosive devices was necessary, hence the operation.

According to the minister, the intention was not to kill but to remove the improvised explosives devices.

“According to the security agencies, on approaching the identified uncompleted building which was claimed to harbour the explosives.

“The security operatives were fired at, which led to exchange of fire and the resultant casualties.

“As a civil and highly responsible administration, our immediate concern was how to manage the collateral damage that ensued from this genuinely intended operation.

“It is highly probable that some innocent persons might have been injured, which again highlights the danger of living with people unknown to you.”

Mohammed said as a fallout of the incident, owners of abandoned uncompleted buildings in the FCT would be sanctioned.

He lamented that legal constraints had been hampering the authorities on taking actions on the abandoned and undeveloped property.

Mohammed said: “We, as an administration, are hamstrung and constrained because the legal system in the FCT is such that we do not control the Judiciary. We are impeded by so many litigation impeding our capacity to enforce building regulations.

“This has resulted in the incidence of double allocations and about 5000 cases were uncovered after a recent census conducted by the authorities.

“In consideration of the circumstance, therefore, the FCT administration is prompted to again reiterate the need to sanction owners of abandoned uncompleted buildings in the FCT where a number of criminal operations are hatched.”

“The administration has issued a directive to the Development Control Department to take stock of all abandoned buildings in the federal capital city, with a view of taking decisive steps to clear out these hideouts and squatters, settlements and the appropriate sanctions to be applied,” he added.

The minister also debunked claims that the twin duplex where the shooting took place was owned by a retired Army officer.

He said the plot was allocated in 2009 to Adunni Oluwola Salisu who, according to him got the approval to develop the property located off Abba Kyari Close, Apo Legislative Quarters Zone E.

The Bello Mutawalle-led Committee called for the demolition of the uncompleted twin duplex where the killing took place.

But some members of the committee called for caution and urged the committee to defer its decision and allow the Senate to conclude its into the matter.

The FCT administration would no longer condone any delay by developers in completing their buildings after being allocated of land, the minister said yesterday.

According to him, “very soon, we will take a decisive action on uncompleted buildings in the FCT.

“We will ensure that all buildings that have exceeded the two-year period approved for buildings are demolished.

“If we cannot demolish, we will make it a Police Post, this time, we will take a definite action,” he said.

The minister blamed the inability of the FCT Department of Development Control to carry out its mandate on court injunctions obtained by developers.

He said between 3,000 and 5,000 double allocations existed in the territory due to revocation and re-allocation of plots as a result of court injunctions.

According to him, 100,000 illegal buildings have been identified since he took over.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Abuja killings FCT to demolish 100,435 buildings.


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Following the raid on an uncompleted building believed to be a hideout of Boko Haram members near the legislative quarters at Apo, Abuja, last Friday by the Department of State Service, DSS, which claimed 10 lives, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) announced, yesterday, that 100,435 illegal, uncompleted buildings have been marked for demolition.

FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed disclosed this when the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Safety and National Security visited his office on oversight duties. According to him, 100,000 illegal buildings and 435 uncompleted houses have so far been identified in the FCT to be pulled down. He explained that his administration would no longer condone the delays by developers in completing their buildings, after being allocated plots of land.

Said he: “Very soon, we will take a decisive action on uncompleted buildings in the FCT. We will ensure that all buildings that have exceeded the two-year period approved for building will be demolished. If we cannot demolish, we will make them police posts. This time around, we will take a definite action,” he said.

Owner of Apo killings house identified

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA has formally come up with the identity of the owner of the property, declaring that it belongs to Adunni Oluwola Salisu, a civilian, contrary to speculation that a General owns the property.

The disclosure came just as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika insisted that artisans arrested during the encounter last Friday were terrorists, considering ammunition recovered from them

The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed at a public hearing organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Safety and National Security investigating the incident explained that the said plot of land was allocated in 2007 and obtained a building plan approval from the Development Control Department granted in 2009.

Also speaking with Vanguard yesterday, the Director, Development Control, FCDA, Yahaya Yusuf gave the name of the owner of the said property as Adunni Oluwola Salisu.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika who also spoke with newsmen after a closed-door session with the committee, said that, “considering the ammunition recovered, in addition to arms and weapons from suspects and from the fact that on approach to the area, the personnel were fired at and had to return fire and also made arrests, there is no doubt that those people were terrorists.”

When asked if he believed that the operation was successful beside the killings, he said: “Well, I will say that the operation has succeeded in pre-empting planned attacks on some parts of the FederalCapitalTerritory.”

The Army boss explained that the operation was not the first as his men succeeded in intercepting several intended terrorist attacks on the FCT in recent times.

He said the information on the activities of the terrorist group around Apo area could not be turned down because security agents had conducted a thorough investigation before making the move to remove the explosives.

The attack, according to him, was coordinated by the Commander, Guards Brigade and was carried to intercept hidden improvised explosive devices (IED) in a cemetery in the area.

Motorcycle, tricycle operators issue ultimatum

Meanwhile, the National Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owner’s and Riders Association of Nigeria (NATOMORAS) yesterday gave the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to set up a commission of inquiry to unravel the killing of eight tricycle operators in Apo and if the government fails to meet the ultimatum, it will shut down the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Reacting yesterday in Abuja for the first time since the incident happened last Friday at a one-day seminar on the challenges of tricycle and okada operators in FCT, NATOMORAS FCT Chairman, Alhaji Usman Buba Gwoza lamented that their members were gruesomely murdered without just reason. He stressed that the association appreciated the support of good Nigerians, the Senate and Human Rights Commission for lending their voices for justice to be done.

Integrity test for uncompleted buildings

Speaking further, the FCTA Minister who announced that there were 435 uncompleted, but abandoned buildings scattered across the Federal Capital City that were already undergoing integrity test for re-validation of approval to continue development, stressed that being apprehensive of negative possible impact on the environment, he had earlier directed the FCT Development Control Department to take census of all uncompleted and abandoned structures in the city to ensure that they all undergo integrity test.

According to him, any of such uncompleted building that fails integrity test would be demolished to safeguard lives, adding that the outcome of the census would be used by the Administration and the security agencies in preventing miscreants from using such areas for unlawful activities. He also warned that the FCT Administration will use the census to clean up the city and that where miscreants were found, owners of such buildings will have themselves to blame.

He said: “The FCT Administration will use the outcome of that census which had earlier been advertised to swing into action. Members of the public are enjoined to be vigilant at all times and report suspicious activities to law enforcement agents.”

Speaking further, NATOMORAS FCT chairman said, “We call on the federal government to immediately set up commission of inquiry to unravel the mystery behind this inhuman act. Killing of innocent and armless citizens of our great nation should not be tolerated by caring and loving government. We shall immediately be embarking on protest throughout the entire FCT if this is not met within seven days,” he said.

Buba Gwoza who noted that eight years after the ban on commercial motorcycles in the capital territory, FCT administration has refused to fulfil its promise to provide tricycle as an alternative to those affected during the ban He said that the association has over 15,000 tricycle and 80,000 okada operators in FCT, adding that 20,000 motorcycles of its members have been impounded since the ban of okada in the capital territory without informing the association on the guidelines to recover them.

Speaking at the event, Chairman, Senate Committee on MDGs, Senator Ali Ndume who appealed to the association to shelve its proposed protest until the Senate looks into the Apo killing, however warned that the fight against terrorism should not be an excuse to take innocent lives, adding that there was no law in the country banning the operation of okada, adding that he would not know why government should wake up and ban okada in FCT.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Pentagon Kills Agency’s Twitter Account for ‘Poor Taste’.


The Pentagon has scrapped the Twitter account of an agency that counters homemade explosives after it posted joking comments about a bombing in the Philippines, officials said Friday.

After explosions at two movie theaters in the Philippines, a staff member at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization (JIEDDO) wrote in a tweet Wednesday that perhaps the cinemas were showing the film “Gigli,” a 2003 romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez that flopped at the box office.

“Were they re-showing Gigli? Bomb explosions occur at 2 movie theaters in the Philippines… the IED is a global threat,” said the post.

When the posting sparked critical reaction online, the agency tried to make another joke along the same lines. “Bad ppl doing bad thing didn’t warrant bad movie reference. Will punish #socialmedia rep by forcing 2 watch Gigli,” the agency wrote on its Twitter account.

After more negative reaction on Twitter, JIEDDO issued an apology. “Tweet was in poor taste. We apologize.”

Pentagon press secretary George Little then promptly announced in a tweet that he had ordered the suspension of the JIEDDO Twitter account “following inappropriate and offensive tweets.”

“Plainly unacceptable,” he wrote.

JIEDDO, which was created to combat improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan with multi-billion dollar funding, said in a statement Friday those responsible for the tweet “have been appropriately disciplined after an internal review.”

The organization “has a policy and procedure in place for selecting and crafting social media posts. That policy was not followed,” spokesman David Small said.

“We sincerely apologize for the distasteful comment. Bottomline, there is nothing funny about an IED event.”

 

 

© AFP 2013
Source: NEWSmax.com

35 Killed In Borno As Boko Haram Attack Security Formations-PREMIUM TIMES.


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Fresh attacks by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram left at least 35 persons dead and several others injured in Borno State, military officials said.

The spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF, Lt Col Sagir Musa, said Boko Haram terrorists who had threatened to launch massive attacks as Ramadan ends lived out their threat by launching coordinated attacks on Sunday.

Mr. Musa said “troops have successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorists attack on Mobile Police Base and Bama town.”

“Terrorists using sophisticated weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices launched attacks at about 6:45am on 4th August, 2013′.

“The encounter led to the death of one policeman and 17 Boko Haram Terrorists; two soldiers were also wounded,” he said.

Mr. Musa also said two soldiers were killed when Boko Haram staged another attack on the operatives of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF). The soldiers were able to kill15 Boko Haram terrorists during the attack, he added.

He said the attack took place “about 10am on 4th August, 2013 when some Boko Haram Terrorists armed with sophisticated weapons attacked MNJTF location at Malum Fatori.”

The military said normalcy had returned to the two towns.

PREMIUM TIMES observed that the recent attacks have heightened residents fear in Maiduguri especially as they prepare for the Eid-el-Fitri which marks the end of the Ramadan fast.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

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