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Boko Haram Amnesty Committee: 99 Per Cent Of Our Assignment Has Been Completed

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Amnesty CommChairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki has stated that the committee made tremendous progress in dialoguing with key members of Jama’atu Sunnah Lil da’awati wal Jihad also known as Boko Haram to end insurgency in the region.

Turaki, who is also the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, made this known yesterday in Abuja while briefing the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leadership on the achievements of his ministry.

While admitting that the committee never met the sect leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau during the course of its assignment, the sect sent its representatives to meet them.

“I want to assure that we have been talking with genuine members of this organization and these are people that are key as far as peaceful resolution of this matter is concerned,” the minister said.

On the challenges encountered in the course of carrying out its assignment, the minister said some fake persons showed up claiming to be members of the sect.

He said such people often showed up with a view to collecting money.

“We had seen some people, who are fake members of the insurgency who had come for the purpose of getting money.

“But we had always used the instrumentality of the security agencies and information on their data bank to verify their authenticity and membership of this organisation.’’ Mr. Turaki said.

When asked if the committee has been able to establish contact with Shekau, he said: “I think I will also ask you, where is Shekau?” adding that they were directed by President Goodluck Jonathan to identify key members of the sect and then engage them in dialogue which they have done.

He said: “Mr. President did not ask us to look for Shekau and engage him in dialogue. And it is important for Nigerians to appreciate that in matters of this nature you don’t just wake up one day even as a dialogue committee established by government and say you are discussing with the highest leadership of insurgents.

“Usually what happens is that after that we have been able to establish confidence because it is necessary, they now deployed lower rank of their membership to us, like a water testing mechanism,” the minister explained.

“They would come to us we will discuss with them, when they go back without any molestation then at the next meeting they would deploy a higher set of members. And this is how it has been going to the level where we now are, where we have started to engage key members of these insurgencies.

“But for us it does not have to be Shekau. If these are the people they are now sending as representatives for the purpose of liaising with the committee we cannot determine for them who should represent them.”

Giving an indication that the committee was in the final lap of its assignment and would soon submit its report, the minister said “About 99 per cent of the assignment has been concluded and in the next few days, probably before the end of this week, we will finish the remaining one per cent.

“We will then inform the president to give us date and time to present the report”, he added.

According to Mr. Turaki, the 26-member committee which was set up in April to engage the Boko Haram sect, as part of the Federal Government’s proposed amnesty deal for the radical Islamic group, has laid a solid foundation for sustainable peace to be achieved in Nigeria stressing that the release of captives on the orders of President Jonathan has also reduced the level of insurgency in Nigeria.

Constituency Projects

The minister said 2,399 ongoing constituency projects for 2013 across the country were being implemented by 114 agencies.

He disclosed that N100billion was budgeted annually for the implementation of constituency projects and assigned to the National Assembly.

According to him, the National Assembly comes up with sharing formula amongst its members without involving the executive.

He said that each member of the National Assembly was given envelop which contains projects to be executed.

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  1. nigeria needs peace and harmony but all in the hands of leader.what is boko haram please fellow nigeria who are they?how did they enter this country and we said there is security.

  2. Comrade Enang

    October 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

    The self acclaimed peace committee are faking their claim of 99% of success whereas Boko Haramist are fortifying their dens. Perhaps the committee meant 99% corruption and ineptitude. Lies upon Lies = S.H.A.M.E.

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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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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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