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Military Has Succeeded In Massively Degrading The Capacity Of Boko Haram – Lai Mohammed

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Boko Haram has been sent out of their strongholds inside Nigeria, minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said, Thursday in a speech he delivered at a meeting with members of the Broadcasting Organization.

“The Federal Government believes that the military has succeeded in massively degrading the capacity of the Boko Haram terrorists to carry out the kind of attacks they used to launch in the past, like that on the police headquarters in Abuja, on the UN Complex also in Abuja and on military barracks. However, we also know that the terrorists, who have been routed from their strongholds, have now resorted to attacking soft targets, that is highly vulnerable places like markets, motor parks, mosques, entertainment centres and schools, killing innocent people,” Mohammed said.

“That is why we believe that, as a government, we must now sensitize our people, so that they can be more security conscious and help to end the spate of suicide bombings that are the last vestiges of a fading insurgency.”

The minister revealed that the federal government is launching a National Security Awareness Campaign as part of efforts to provide the missing civilian component of the war against terrorism.

He said the campaign is aimed at sensitizing Nigerians to the need to support the military, which has availed itself creditably in the battle, as well as to own the war and also aimed at alerting Nigerians to the need to be more security conscious.

“In this regard, we need all Nigerians to join hands together. We need all hands on deck. And we need a very important organization like yours, the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria, to assist us in creating awareness among our people.

“Already, some of your members, like the NTA, the FRCN and VON, have taken up the gauntlet and are now running awareness campaign messages on their stations. Since December, these stations have dedicated many slots, some in prime time, to airing these campaign messages in different languages. Also, the News Agency of Nigeria has been using its SMS Platform to send security awareness messages to Nigerians. Let me use this opportunity to commend these media organizations for a job well done, and to also urge them not to relent until all our citizens are safe and secure,” Mohammed said.

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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.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

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.

Also Read: Gunmen Attack Police Station In Ibadan; Kill Police Corporal

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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