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We Are Working To Identify Boko Haram External Sponsors – President Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his administration is working assiduously on some available clues to identify the external sponsors of the fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

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He said the recent large scale attack in parts of Maiduguri, Borno State, including the Air Force Base, had further confirmed the government’s suspicion that the sect enjoyed  international backing.

He spoke   with the News Agency of Nigeria and France 24 Radio  at the close of a two-day summit on peace and security in Africa, hosted by President Francois Hollande in France on Saturday.

Jonathan, who  said the insurgents arrived in Maiduguri with between 15 and 20 vehicles, each mounted  with rocket launchers,added that he had approved N1bn for the rehabilitation of detention camps  of insurgents across the country.

He  stated that Nigeria was seeking the collaboration of friends of the nation to unravel the foreign sponsors of the insurgents.

The President  said, “We believe that a lot of assistance is coming (to the sect) from outside the country.

“We have not been able to pin down the sources and that is why we are talking to our friends that we should collectively work together to identify the source of their funding.

“A terror on any part of the world is a terror on all of us.”

Jonathan said  Maiduguri attack  clearly showed that the sect’s operations had gone beyond its classification as a local militia group.

“Initially, we felt that they were local and as such, some people advocated that because of poverty, these locals carried weapons against the State. So you expect that sophistication will be minimal and you will be able to contain it easily.

“But looking at the calibre of weapons they have, you will find out that they have gone beyond the local expectation. For instance, this last attack on Maiduguri, they came with about 15 to 20 Hilux vehicles and each mounted with two to four rocket launchers.

“They were over 100 and some of them were carrying assault rifles and other weapons. The question then is that, where do they get the weapons? Definitely, these weapons cannot come from the locals, they are coming from somewhere.’’

He said while military operations would continue in the affected parts of the county in order to protect lives and property, his administration had not foreclosed the option of dialogue with the sect .

Jonathan also said he   approved the release of the  N1bn for the upgrade of  insurgents detention camps in response to a series of complaints by local and international human rights groups.

He said the development would ensure that detainees  were kept under normal human conditions.

Specifically, the President said he was concerned over a human rights report on the situation of Giwa Barracks where some of the detainees were kept.

The President added, “They were talking about some conditions in the barracks and because of that, not quite long, I released N1bn to make sure that they expand the facilities in detention camps, particularly the camp in Giwa Barracks that they complained about.

“Boko Haram members  that have been  arrested are being detained in a number of places and not only Giwa Barracks.

“Following complaints that I received about that particular barracks, I called the Chief of Defence Staff to go and use the army engineers to quickly expand and improve the facilities so that people arrested will live under normal human conditions.”

Jonathan however added that the reports of human rights abuses by the Joint Military Task Force were grossly exaggerated.

He attributed most of the cases of torture and killings the military is being blamed for to the sect.

“The issue of human rights abuses is blown out of proportion. Whenever they have a major encounter, Boko Haram destroys at will, they kill at will, some of these destructions that are being ascribed to the Nigerian Army are actually done by the Boko Haram sect,’’ he said.

The President said that the state of emergency declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states had helped tremendously in restoring sanity.

He recalled that before the emergency rule, even the Federal Capital Territory was not safe having had its share of terrorist acts with attacks carried out on the United Nations building, the police headquarters, a military market and a newspaper house.

He said the nation had now reached a  point that the challenges were now in Borno  and Yobe states.

“Even  Adamawa  , the third state that the   emergency rule  covers, within this period, there are no issues unlike before that there were repeated   killings and bombings.

“Though, we are still having this issue of occasional attacks, but definitely, the emergency rule has helped,’’ he said.

The President also  said he had yet to receive a comprehensive report on a French priest that was kidnapped in Northern Cameroon and reported to have been taken to Nigeria.

“No comprehensive information yet on this. But what we know is that it is quite worrisome that the issue of commercial hostage-taking is now a global business. Though, we got the information, but I cannot give any categorical statement. But, we know that the tradition of hostage-takers is mobility because when they are being tracked, they move,” he added.

The 42-year-old Priest, Georges Vandenbeusch, was reportedly kidnapped on Thursday near Koza, in Northern Cameroon.

Meanwhile, the  Bishop of  the Diocese of Osun North East, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. Humphrey  Olumakaiye, has urged security agencies and  people living in the Southern part of the country to be vigilant.

Olumakaiye  told one of our correspondents in Otan Ayegbaju, Osun State that   the onslaught against the Boko  Haram in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states  could force its members  to migrate southwards.

He said, “The security agencies and everybody, especially in the South-South , the South-West and the South-East   should be vigilant. Those who had been dislodged might want to migrate southwards to continue wreaking havoc..

“Nobody  ever thought that suicide bombing could come to Nigeria, but here we are now living with suicide bombers.”

The military has been finding it difficult to flush out members of the Boko Haram sect in the North-East because  no matter the security, you can’t defeat people who are ready to die.”

Source: Punch Nigeria

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Rifle allegedly seized from drunk policeman (video)

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A drunk policeman identified as Garba Salisu is currently the talk of social media.

Passersby who saw a drunk police officer carrying a gun, seized the gun from him then poured water on him to help revive him.

In a video shared online, people are seen surrounding the police officers and commenting about the fact that he was inebriated already at that time of the day.

A man is seen pouring a sachet of water on the policeman’s head.

Voices in the video are heard saying the policeman was seen at about 4pm on Saturday, Nov 28, at CBN Junction, close to Abuja Police Command Headquarters.

Watch the video below:

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Settling down is not easy when you are a babymama — Actress Bisola Aiyeola

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Former Big Brother Naija housemate cum actress, Bisola Aiyeola, has said it hasn’t been easy raising a family.

The multi-talented TV star, in an interview with Sun News, revealed that getting married and building a new home might not be a bed of roses for someone who already has a child.

“There’s the urge to have that close nuclear family unit and then there’s the reality; it’s not that easy having another child and building a new home. I’ve heard from other people’s experiences too. Somehow, I’ve been able to manage all these years with my daughter.

I am proud of her; she’s in secondary school now. I just want to work on giving her the best. I won’t say that I am using torchlight to look for a family now, but if it does happen, I’ll embrace it with all of me. But the reality of it is that, it’s not as beautiful as it sounds,” she said.

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Nurse who is HIV positive, reveals how she’s been keeping her husband safe from the virus

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A nurse who is HIV positive is currently making rounds on social media and has taken to social media and revealed how she’s been keeping her husband safe from the virus.

The South African lady identified as Angela Motsusi disclosed this in a recent post she made on her Facebook wall.

According to her, HIV patients who take their ARVs daily, attend all clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled are safe of have sex with a negative partner.

She wrote on Facebook, “Living testimonies of #UequalsU , it’s simple really, if you are HIV positive, take your ARVs daily and attend all your clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled, by taking your treatment everyday you will be virally suppressed and with a sustained, suppressed viral load you CANNOT sexually transmit HIV to your partner, I am positive and he is negative. #normalizinghivchallenge #uequalsusouthafrica”

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