Connect with us

Metro News

Bama Killing: Don’t Mistaken Dialogue With Insurgents For Weakness – Jonathan

Published

on

jonathan25-612x300

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday lashed out at “armed terrorists” who launched attacks on military barracks, a prison and police stations in Bama town in which 55 people were killed.

In a statement released by his office in Abuja, Jonathan who has now abandoned his scheduled state visit to Namibia because of security challenges facing the country warned that his government’s consideration of dialogue with insurgents should not be mistaken for weakness.

“The president warns that the federal government’s consideration of dialogue as an option for the elimination of some current threats to security should not be seen as a weakening of its resolve and determination to use all the forces at its disposal to crush all brazen affronts to the powers and sovereignty of the Nigerian nation,” the statement read.

Jonathan had last month set up a panel to seek an amnesty deal with Islamist group Boko Haram, a move which has been criticised by many Nigerians.

The gunmen on Tuesday launched coordinated attacks on the barracks, a prison and police stations in the northeastern town of Bama, killing 55 people and springing 105 inmates, the army said.

Sagir Musa, the military spokesman in nearby Maiduguri, the Islamist Boko Haram sect’s cradle and stronghold, said 14 prison wardens including a senior officer, two soldiers, 22 policemen, four civilians and 13 Boko Haram gunmen were killed in the attacks in Bama.

“Jonathan believes that the continuation of such callous and wanton attacks on innocent Nigerians, government facilities and security formations flies in the face of ongoing efforts to establish a workable framework for dialogue and the peaceful resolution of security challenges in Northern Nigeria,” the statement signed by Reuben Abati, special adviser on media and publicity, said.

Jonathan urged the armed forces and police not to be “disheartened or daunted” by the loss of their colleagues, but to remain focused and undeterred in discharging their responsibility for the security of lives and property.

Continue Reading
3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Archibong

    May 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    From a pig from the mude, bath the pig with the finest of soap & water, spray the pig a perfum fit for queen Elizabeth, take the pig to win & dine with bill gates, then space the pig to appreciate & be human for once; the pig would still go back to the mude where it came from!!! “A PIG IS A PIG”. Well done Mr. President.

  2. Archibong

    May 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Take a pig from the mude, bath the pig with the finest of soap & water, spray the pig a perfum fit for queen Elizabeth, take the pig to win & dine with bill gates, then space the pig to appreciate & be human for once; the pig would still go back to the mude where it came from!!! “A PIG IS A PIG”. Well done Mr. President.

  3. Cj

    May 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    And you are still considering amnesty for this BH. This is crazy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Metro News

Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

Published

on

Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

Continue Reading

Metro News

#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

Published

on

#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

Continue Reading

Metro News

Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Published

on

Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

Continue Reading

Trending