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ISWAP Alleged Agenda For Christmas Eve In Borno Exposed

Suspected members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) are planning to attack some communities in Borno State this festive period. According to Daily Trust, the terrorists are planning to invade two local government areas around the environs of Sambisa forests.

A source that spoke with the platform on Thursday disclosed that the ISWAP fighters have the intention of abducting young girls on the eve of Christmas. The source further stated that the terrorists are also planning to attack military bases in a bid to divert the attention of the troops.

According to the source, the terrorists are planning to use calibres of weapons, especially Anti-aircraft guns and Rocket-Propelled Grenade during the speculated attacks. The source noted that the ISWAP fighters have perfected their plan and mobilised their fighters to attack communities during the festive period.

The source said, “The information shows that ISWAP has perfected a plan and mobilised fighters to attack communities during the festive periods in two LGAs in the Southern part with high calibres of weapons, especially Anti-aircraft guns and Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG).”

Following the speculated attacks, troops have been charged to maintain vigilance to obstruct the attacks on both civilians and their bases especially the ones around the Sabisa forest.


Source: Naija News



FG declares Christmas, New Year holidays

The Federal Government has declared Dec. 26 and 27, 2022 as public holidays to mark Christmas and Boxing Day. It also declared Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, as holiday to mark the New Year. The announcement was made by Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, on Thursday in Abuja.

The minister felicitated Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the diaspora on the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Aregbesola enjoined Christians to emulate virtues of Jesus Christ in deeds and follow his teachings, especially on faith, hope and love. “We must imbibe the life of Jesus Christ in his practice and teachings on humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness that his birth signifies.

“This will be the best way to portray Christ and celebrate his birth”, he said. The minister emphasized that peace and security were critical conditions for economic development and prosperity. He therefore urged Christians and Nigerians to make the best use of the festive period to pray for the total eradication of any vestige of insecurity in the country.

Aregbesola reminded Nigerians that 2023, was an election and political transition year, as such they should make it a huge success by voting peacefully and avoiding anything capable of undermining the exercise.


Source: Vanguard



The North Doesn’t Trust You, You Can’t Get Buhari’s Votes – Okechukwu Knocks Atiku

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu has ruled out any chance of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar getting the bloc northern votes of President Muhammadu Buhari who is not on the ballot for the 2023 election.
According to Okechukwu, the voters in the north are sophisticated and can’t be moved by the stomach infrastructure that politicians throw around.

He added that Atiku does not command the kind of respect or followership that gave President Buhari bloc votes in the north when he was contesting elections.

The VON DG submitted that most northern voters can easily distinguish between the truth and political propaganda.

It would be recalled that a spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign, Daniel Bwala, had said that the support shown to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate from the North has indicated that he would be inheriting President Muhammadu Buhari’s 12 million voters.

However, Okechukwu has ruled out any chance of Atiku inheriting Buhari’s northern votes as according to him, the north doesn’t trust the PDP candidate.

He said: “One has respect for Atiku Abubakar However, he can’t harvest Buhari’s 12 million Vote-Bank in the North.

“The North doesn’t trust him. He is not Mai-Gasikiya, Buhari’s hallmark.

“Historically, only the legendary Mallam Aminu Kano had Buhari’s political cult followership in the North.

“Majority of them are not stomach infrastructure propelled. They can easily discern the truth from propaganda.”


Source: Naija News



Military airstrikes kill 150 terrorists in Sambisa Forest

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Super Tucano fighter jets have killed 150 Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest of Borno State. The terrorists were reportedly neutralised on wednesday the Mantari hideouts in Bama Local Council. A counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, disclosed in Maiduguri, yesterday, that the military airstrikes targeted terrorists while they were meeting in the forest.

A military source in Maiduguri also said that Abbah Tukur, a Khaid of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), was among the terrorists neutralised in the Mantari-Maimusari-Bakura axis in the local council. Makama said: “Bakura Jega has led some fighters on 40 motorcycles on the instructions of Amir Fiye, Ali Ngulde, to the Lake Chad of Kernoa.

“The instructions were to seek more support from the Boko Haram leader, Abou Oumaymah, to scale up its fighting capabilities to fight ISWAP terrorists in the region.” He added that the fighters were received by the leadership in Mantari, after they returned with weapons, motorcycles and rustled livestock. According to him, when the military struck the hideouts, no fewer than 150 terrorists were neutralised. The military source indicated that lack of medical treatment for various injuries led to the death of more terrorists in the forest.

“The terrorists that sustained burns and other injuries from the airstrikes are, however, treated in the open under the canopy of a tree,” he said, warning that the people should desist from visiting the treatment area, as the terrorists’ health conditions are terrible to bear. THE Borno Police Command has arrested 503 suspects for terrorism, rape and culpable homicide across the state. The police made the arrests between January and December 2022 in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere Council.

Confirming the arrests, yesterday, in Maiduguri, the Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar, disclosed: “Out of the arrests made, 372 suspects were charged to court for prosecution, while 314 were convicted.” According to him, there were 102 rape cases, terrorism 200, culpable homicide 90, armed robbery 22, kidnapping 30 and banditry 11. Other cases recorded during the year under review included 28 for drug abuse, and 138 for theft. He added that 12 suspected members of All Progressives Congress (APC) and two from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were also arrested and charged to court for the illegal possesion of weapons.


Source: The Guardian