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Not by Force Alone: Clinton’s Visit Shows Jonathan How to Fight Terrorism

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The American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton visited Nigeria yesterday and held a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa. Information emerging from officials travelling with Clinton has revealed that the US is ready to offer necessary assistance to Nigeria towards fighting the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

The US, which sees the Boko Haram issue as a growing regional menace, says Nigeria cannot rely on military might alone. According to the US official, “Northern Nigeria also borders Chad, Cameroon, Niger and we are concerned this radicalism could undermine the security of neighbouring states. A security strategy is not enough. We know all too well from our own experiences in both Iraq and Afghanistan what can happen if soldiers and police are not operating under appropriate authorities.

“We will encourage them not to use excessive force and to look at this as a law enforcement operation designed to catch perpetrators and bring them to justice.” The US offer of assistance also includes helping to develop Nigeria’s forensics and investigative procedures: “We can help them develop mechanisms for tracking and determining individuals who are likely to be engaged in supporting Boko Haram actively,” the US official said.

Clinton, who was initially received by the Foreign Minister, Ambasador Olugbenga Ashiru, also had a meeting with Security Chiefs including all the Service Chiefs, the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki and the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar.

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  1. Yakubu Ashiru

    August 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

    They should arrest those that sporadically short to death many people in their country recently.

  2. shade

    August 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

    @ yakubu someone ones to help nd ur talking trash. U are behaving like ur bokoharam brothers and spoiling the good northerners name!.

  3. Darlington

    August 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Yakubu u ar one of dem u talk lyk nuded sombdy if u believ in superstitous we wl dnt believe in da.

  4. ujata james

    August 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Yakubu,you terrorist! May the mighty God bring u out of that bondage.
    We welcome any efforts by US to curb this menace. May God Nigera.

  5. Rationalist

    August 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    This Yakubu is either a fool, or one of d bokoharam pple.Thank God for d assistance frm d US to curb this menace.

  6. Enter your name...shehu janar

    August 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    The only remedy to the current insurgent bokoharam are:1, joint prayer by both christians and muslems to get the menace arrested.2,government should summone bokoharam members for genuine dialogue.3,govt.should order security forces to stop gunning any sect member until negotiation reached.once a good goverment of nigeria pursue above mentioned,The problems will definately be curbbed.

  7. Ak Hummanity

    August 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Yes we need US help but I do not believe US will help us without hidden returns. No arm dealing notification may make them back out.

  8. Tery4cool

    August 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Tank GOD dat U.S wants to help us tackle dis boko idiots of a tin,GOD bless America and GOD bless Nigeria

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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