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Boko Haram: Army Urges Nigerians To Form Vigilance Groups In Localities

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Civilian JTFThe Nigerian Army on Sunday, appealed to Nigerians to team up with the military in its efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
Making the appeal in an interview with NAN in Maiduguri, Maj.-Gen. Yushau Abubakar, the Theater Commander, Operation “Lafiya Dole”, said one of the key roles the people could play was volunteering vital information
Abubakar explained that the anti-terrorism war could not succeed through military operations alone.
“I want to inform all that this operation should not be seen as purely military; it should be seen as an inclusive peace operation, where everybody has a role to play.
“This battle can best be won at the quickest time with the co-operation of all stakeholders.
“We need information; we need co-operation; we need synergy, we need support, support in the sense that we have lots of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), which I believe, good Nigerians, good organisations, either domestically or internationally, can always come to assist.
“While this is being done, the military is faced with the task of degrading, destroying and arresting the terrorists”, he said
The commander said that wealthy individuals and corporate organisations, should also assist by providing logistics to the military to aid its operations.
“In a situation where you find us in more areas than expected, then our attention will be diverted, that is why we need the co-operation of other stakeholders.
“About two weeks ago, Toyota Nigeria Limited came and made a donation; such support will enhance our efficiency”, Abubakar said.
He also advised Nigerians to form vigilante groups in their localities and places of work, to prevent terrorists’ attacks.
“We are appealing to everybody to take charge of security of his or her environment by being vigilant and reporting strange happenings.
“The military will do all it takes to secure the society, but Nigerians must help out by being vigilant”, he added.
He lamented that spate of explosions in motor parks in spite of the fact that the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), is one of the strongest unions in Nigeria in terms of membership and organisation”.
“Unfortunately we always have challenges or cases of bomb blasts in motor parks.
“I will appeal to NURTW, market organisations and religious bodies that security should be our collective responsibilities”, he said.
He however commended Nigerian journalists for their support in the anti-terrorism war.
“It is important that we should always be interacting with journalists, so that Nigerians will know what we are doing; so that our efforts will not only be appreciated by the military high command, but also the citizens of the country, who want peace to come back to this part of the country”, Abubakar said.

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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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