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Senate to Investigate Sealing of Akwa Ibom Assembly by Security Operatives

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The Senate, on Wednesday, ordered an investigation into the sealing of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly by security operatives.

The issue was raised on the floor of the Senate by Senator Bassey Akpan, representing Akwa Ibom North-East, revealed the verified Twitter handle of the Senate, @NGRSenate. He informed the Senate that the State House of Assembly was sealed off by security operatives on Wednesday morning.

In reaction, Senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna State, said, “Laying siege on the State Assembly is a serious offence.”

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki said, “As parliamentarians, we should not go partisan on this issue. If it’s true that security agents have invaded the House of Assembly, it is wrong and I must condemn such brutality; but if it’s so, we should not support it.”

Thereafter, the Senate directed the Committee on Police to investigate the circumstances to find out what happened and report back within 48 hours.

Saraki said, “There should be an investigation quickly to establish this and that committee should report back to us and tell us once it’s confirmed. Then we can take it from there.”

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Revealed: How Compromised ICC Plans To Release A Trumped-Up Report On Alleged Indictment Of Nigerian Military Leaders

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Fresh facts have emerged on how the International Criminal Court (ICC) has perfected plans to release a report indicting some members of the military hierarchy for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the prosecution of the war against insurgency in Nigeria.

According to credible sources, the ICC is planning to indict some military hierarchy members, especially those at the forefront of the war against insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria. The source who is a member of an international network of intelligence gathering organization scooped that the bulk of the report was trumped up with little or no evidence to back their position.

“In the coming weeks, the ICC would attempt to cause a global stir by alleging that some military commanders in Nigeria have been found wanting in committing war crimes. We know the ICC report is laced with illogical conclusions as there were no evidence to back the claims. However, some vested interest in the ICC has vetoed for the report to be released” he said.

He further stated that the report did not get the required consensus, but plans have been perfected to make it public.

“From the foregoing, I think that Nigeria should brace up for what to come from the ICC as it would indeed cause some discomfort and distractions in the ongoing war against insurgency.”

This medium also gathered that in a bid to give the report some semblance of credibility, the ICC is relying on some perceived human rights organizations to amplify the report in the public domain through press statements in support of the ICC report.

Another top security source who pleaded anonymity stated that the ICC report is targeted at a top Military commander for his tough stance in the prosecution of the war against insurgency.

“We have credible Intel on who the target of the ICC is, and we also know that the ranks of the ICC must have been infiltrated by some very powerful interest in the middle east who have devoted large sums of monies to ensure that the ICC indicts Nigeria for an incidence that happened some years back that almost sparked a diplomatic row between Nigeria and the country which has considerable interest in the affairs of Nigeria.”

“I tell you that at this stage there is no turning back for the ICC because the body has been compromised greatly with massive monetary inducement. But I tell you that the plot will fail because there would be a backlash as there is no tangible evidence that suggests that crimes against humanity were committed; instead, it is the other way round.”

According to some correspondence seen by this medium, Amnesty International and Transparency International have been conscripted into the plot to provide backup to the ICC. In one of the mails tagged “ the urgency of now” the focus is to recruit willing individuals and groups in Nigeria to lend support to the cause that is tailored towards bringing about ” necessary change” in Nigeria.”

This fact was also corroborated by a top intelligence source who pleaded anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issues at stake. He stated that “Amnesty International and Transparency are part of the ICC’s plot to discredit Nigeria. They have been covertly mobilizing willing individuals and groups under the tag of 2021 retreat for enhancing human rights compliance in Nigeria.”

“I tell you that the plot is real. It is a destabilization plot that if allowed to succeed, the consequences might be severe as it would greatly affect the efforts towards addressing the security challenges in the country.”

“The involvement of the ICC is the height of the desperation as all previous plots have failed and due to the global image of the ICC, an indictment would open a flurry of opening for scathing attacks on the Nigerian Military towards ensuring that there is a distraction that would enable insurgent and terrorist groups to regain lost grounds.”

The source further advised Nigerians to be vigilant and wary of invitations for seminars and capacity building workshops by some known civil society organizations.

“Nigerians must be vigilant as in the coming weeks; there would be invitations for capacity building workshops by some local and international organizations, especially from Amnesty International, Transparency International and their proxies. These workshops aim to serve as recruitment avenues towards the grand plot to launch an offensive against Nigeria.”

“The target of this recruitment drive are youths between the ages of 25 and 40 and some of those with considerable social media leverage whose platforms would also be utilized in mobilizing the youthful population in Nigeria for a repeat of something in the mould of the EndSARS campaign.”

It would be recalled that Nigeria has been under constant criticism for the Nigerian military’s role in the war against insurgency and other acts of militancy in parts of the country.

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Insecurity: 3,326 Nigerians Killed In 2020: Borno , Kaduna Leads

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Three thousand, three hundred and twenty-six. That is the number of Nigerians that were reported to have been killed as a result of insecurity in 2020. TheCable reports.

Review of daily media reports in 2020 as well as data from the Council on Foreign Relations, confirm that on the average, nine Nigerians died daily in various attacks and incidents reported from January to December.

The year 2020 began on a sour note on January 1, when Iliya Dafet, a retired teacher, was shot dead by gunmen who invaded his home in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state.

That incident opened the floodgate for a hundred others that became a grisly wellspring of killings, looting and agony.

In the days, weeks and months following, 734 other attacks took place across the country, according to media reports, all of which have been compiled here.

The report did not touch on those killed by security operatives such as the many that died in Enugu state when a security team clamped down on members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in August.

It also did not include deaths of suspected criminals or others such as Boko Haram insurgents.

Quick points from the review:

  • There were 735 reported attacks in the country in 2020.
  • Killings were reported in all the months; September had the least with 171 deaths while June led with 451.
  • Borno, Kaduna and Katsina – in that order – had the most deaths.
  • Gombe had just one reported death from one incident, the least among the states.
  • Kaduna was attacked the highest number of times: 78.
  • South-east was the safest zone while north-east and south-west were the most attacked.
  • Nigeria recorded 16 massacres – ie attacks resulting in more than 30 deaths – in 2020.
  • The most prominent causes of deaths were attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and cultists.

An enquiry via text message to all the police state commands and the force headquarters, notifying them of the casualty figure in an attempt to crosscheck the statistics with official data, but none provided police updated records on victims of insecurity in 2020.

The report found that Gombe was the state with the least number of deaths in such attacks and incidents, recording only one on September 16 when a farmer allegedly killed a motorcyclist.

This was closely followed by Kebbi which reported three deaths; Enugu, five; and Jigawa, nine.

Borno state, which has remained the epicentre of Boko Haram insurgency for the past decade, recorded the highest number of casualties at 665 — 20 percent of the total casualties.

Next in line was Kaduna which accounted for 14.7 percent of the casualties (489); Katsina, 11.3 percent (375); and Zamfara, 6.6 percent (219).

In 2020, The report found 16 reported cases of mass killings – those resulting in more than 30 deaths – during which 717 persons lost their lives in total.

The massacres were rampant in Borno state – which contributed to 43 percent of such killings, all by Boko Haram members – and in other northern states where bandits raided villages at will.

Other states where mass killings were recorded included Katsina with four of such incidents; Kaduna, three; Adamawa and Sokoto, one each.

This might cause you some migraine: Nigeria recorded an average of two attacks daily from January 1 to December 31, with a total of 735 in 2020.

According to the review, December witnessed the highest number of attacks with 85 reported incidents, while the least monthly record was in July with 39 cases.

On the number of casualties recorded monthly, there were 451 deaths recorded in June, the highest in 2020- followed by May and March with 434 and 337 deaths respectively.

Below is a table showing the monthly record of attacks and casualties:

S/N MONTH FREQ OF ATTACKS CASUALTY
1 January 56 278
2 February 60 255
3 March 52 337
4 April 67 256
5 May 65 434
6 June 67 451
7 July 39 198
8 August 51 173
9 September 55 171
10 October 73 281
11 November 65 207
12 December 85 285
TOTAL 735 3326

KADUNA RECORDED AS MANY ATTACKS AS 13 STATES; SOUTH-EAST LEAST AFFECTED ZONE

Kaduna emerged the state that suffered most attacks with 68 incidents, as much as what 13 other states recorded.

This was followed by Borno with 67 reported incidents; Delta, 56; Katsina, 52 and Benue, 41.

South-east recorded the least number of attacks at 47 while north-east and south-west, respectively, had the highest at 111 and 110.

Here is the full list of states and the frequency of attacks they reported:

S/N State Freq of Attack
1 Gombe 1
2 Kebbi 3
3 Kano 4
4 Yobe 4
5 Enugu 5
6 Bauchi 5
7 Sokoto 5
8 Jigawa 6
9 Abia 6
10 Imo 9
11 Osun 10
12 Kwara 10
13 Akwa Ibom 10
14 Ogun 11
15 Cross River 11
16 Adamawa 11
17 Anambra 12
18 Bayelsa 12
19 FCT 14
20 Ekiti 14
21 Ebonyi 15
22 Nasarawa 16
23 Kogi 19
24 Ondo 22
25 Rivers 22
26 Taraba 23
27 Edo 25
28 Lagos 25
29 Niger 27
30 Zamfara 27
31 Oyo 28
32 Plateau 29
33 Benue 41
34 Katsina 52
35 Delta 56
36 Borno 67
37 Kaduna 78
TOTAL 735

Ayodele Oluwafemi and Jesupemi Are contributed to this data project.

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Exclusive: How Military Aborted Boko Haram Terrorists’ Planned Use Of Mercenaries To Thwart Peaceful Christmas Celebration

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According to multiple sources, it has been revealed that there was a failed attempt by the Boko Haram group to disrupt the Christmas celebrations in parts of North-East Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory.

It was stated that some mercenaries from some of the francophone countries attempted to smuggle their way into Nigeria posing as cattle rearers and was meant to use the grazing routes to infiltrate parts of the country to detonate bombs and carry out other dastardly acts during the Christmas celebrations.

A top intelligence source who pleaded anonymity revealed that the Nigerian Army intensified its operations on major routes along the Lake Chad Basin fringes that have been notorious for camping remnants of Boko Haram elements.

“You know the Chief of Army Staff was in the theatre of operations during the yuletide period, and he practically took control of the command and structure. He emphasized the need to prevent the Boko Haram terrorists or their associates from gaining access to Nigeria. This made the Army conduct a search and rescue operation around the major routes from Doron Baga and other entry and exit points from Lake Chad Basin region.”

The source further added that operational strategy paid off as attempts by some suspicious elements to gain access to Nigeria was thwarted, and they retreated to the Francophone countries.

“We are lucky to have had a peaceful Christmas celebration because the troops were able to neutralize these elements at the point of gaining entry to Nigeria. Of course, these are associates of Boko Haram because, from all indications, most of them are not Nigerians that posed as cattle rearers.”

This fact was also corroborated by a military source who was amongst those that led the clearance operations during the yuletide season. He stated that the Boko Haram group attempted to fill their decimated ranks to cause havoc in the country.

“We got credible intel on the suspicious gathering of people on one of the islands in Lake Chad, and upon investigations, it was discovered that the Boko Haram group were converging and receiving these elements. The game-changer was the fact the COAS was in the command and control centre, and he authorized for a search and rescue operation around the entry points in the Lake Chad Basin region.” He said.
He further added that “The operation was highly successful because the Boko Haram group and their associates could not gain access to Nigeria. The few on the Nigerian side waiting to lead those coming were repealed by troops who engaged them in a fierce gun battle. We had some casualties because the terrain was rough, but there was no death recorded.”

It was also discovered that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai was in the theatre of operations throughout the Christmas period with the troops and commanded most of the operations. A source in the know of events confided in this medium that the Chief of Army Staff’s presence indeed boosted the morale of the troops, hence the successes recorded during the Christmas celebrations.

“The Chief of Army Staff in his characteristics manner was in the trenches with the troops. This has become a constant feature over the years. He does this year in and year out, which allows him to have a one-on-one with troops. This year, he practically took over the command structure and authorized operations that saw to the peaceful Christmas celebrations.”

“There was a mini feast with troops in celebration of the Christmas in the trenches. Most Nigerians do not know that the Chief of Army Staff sometimes leads operations himself whenever he is in the trenches. And as a soldier, when you see your COAS leading, your confidence level increases and your psychological state. And we must agree that these two are necessary ingredients in warfare.”

He further stated that the Boko Haram group relies on external support to carry out attacks as their ranks have been severely decimated.

“Boko Haram can’t launch any serious attack in Nigeria. They have been using third-party sources to plant landmines in routes where the Nigerian Military constantly patrols. They also recruit willing people from neighbouring countries to pose as pastoralist to detonate IEDs in communities and places where they are a large gathering of people.”

“This was what they attempted to do during the Christmas celebrations but for the intervention of the Nigerian Army that thwarted and neutralized their operations and this was largely why we experienced a peaceful Christmas celebration around the country. If not, it would have been a different story altogether.”

All attempts to reach the Director of Army Public Relations were unsuccessful as his known mobile numbers were unreachable.

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