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We Need Arms To Fight Boko Haram, Not Extension Of Emergency Rule – Civilian JTF To FG

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civilian_jtfMembers of the Volunteer Vigilance Youths Group also known as “Civilian JTF” in Borno State on Thursday condemned the move by the federal government to extend the state of emergency in the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe even as they pleaded that they should be armed in order to effectively tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.

The group argued that if their members were empowered and permitted to carry some light arms, they could bring the Boko Haram to its knees just like they did in Kalabalge local government area of the state some few days ago, where their members forestalled a Boko Haram attack by rounding up and killing over 150 members of the sect.

The Civilian JTF made this position known through their legal adviser, Barrister Jibrin Gunda, and their spokesman, Bello Dambatta, during a chat with newsmen on the proposed move to extend the state of emergency in the states.

“The state of emergency just ended its second six months and, as far as we are concerned, it should not be extended any longer. Troops on ground are doing their best but they don’t have the sophistication of the terrorists.

“The president should provide modern fighting equipment and surveillance facilities for the soldiers to do the right thing. We believe that, even without emergency, troops can be deployed to any part of Borno and other states”, Gunda said.

The vigilante group gave reasons why they should be allowed to carry arms like soldiers, who they have been assisting in the campaign against insurgency.

“The Borno State government has done its best in supporting us through training and payment of our allowances which runs into millions of naira.

“We have structures in all the 27 local government areas and our members are highly disciplined. We want arms so that we can take the fight to the insurgents in the bushes.

“We also need arms for our members to protect vulnerable civilians who are being attacked every day. In the south-south, youths have been empowered to protect oil installations. We want a similar gesture to protect our people here”, he added.

Still speaking on the matter, Danbatta lamented that despite their contributions towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency, which in most cases resulted in the loss of lives of their members, they were often not appreciated by the federal government.

“We want to let the world know that we have been actively participating in the arrest of many Boko Haram suspects, including those involved in the latest Nyanya bombing. In fact, we are the ones that sent our members to Abuja and worked with the SSS in arresting the suspects. Unfortunately, our name was not mentioned in the whole thing, as if our role was not appreciated.

“The president had once called us heroes but has never granted any financial or logistic support to our members who are risking their lives to keep the country one. We want the federal government to assist us”, he said.

 

 

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  1. frank

    May 17, 2014 at 4:28 am

    WHY THEN ARE NORTHERNERS AFRAID OF OR AGAINST STATE POLICE?

  2. AKIN

    May 17, 2014 at 5:20 am

    may god help you,you will never fail ijn

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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

Police

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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