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Boko Haram: How Borno Elders Were Slaughtered in One Night – Senator Ndume

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Young Men Lined Up and Shot
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The senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, has narrated how Boko Haram insurgents killed 75 members of his community in Gwoza local government in one night.

Mr Ndume made this disclosure Wednesday in an emotion-laden presentation during a stakeholders’ meeting organised by Senate Committee on Special Duties and the North East Development Commission (NEDC) in Maiduguri.

The former Senate leader, who is also a member of the committee, informed the gathering that the challenges faced by the people of Borno State were being underreported.

“If the Senate Committee would take time during their stay to go round some of the camps and even the nearby Konduga local government, we would all better appreciate what the people are facing,” he said.

“Even as a serving senator, I still cannot go to Gwoza my home town because it is not safe,” he said.

Senator Ali Ndume


“Our security operatives are trying their bests, and we have to give it to them. But the situation is overwhelming. People are dying every day, either from attacks or by hunger. We have lost many lives here.

“There was a time in my home town Gwoza, that about 75 elders most of whom I know personally were dragged by Boko Haram to the town’s abattoir and slaughtered like animals. Only two persons survived because their bodies were covered with other people’s’ blood and the assailants thought they were dead.

“In the same Gwoza, Boko Haram had in a single day lined up young men and summarily shot them dead. These were just some stand out cases.”

Mr Ndume also lamented the issue of hunger in the state stressing that the situation would have been worse had there not been non-governmental organisations in Borno.

“We don’t know where we would have been or what would have happened to us in Borno State, had there not been the NGOs,” he said

“People die every day here, and I can assure you that even today or this evening, someone may have died of hunger. I am not talking about children – I mean adults.”

He said these and many other cases of insecurity pushed him to realise the need for the Northeast region to have a Development Commission.

“NEDC was my idea, and I pushed for its formation, not for anything else but to see how our people could be helped out of this ugly situation. And so far, we are impressed with the kind of work they are dong.

“But sadly, the amount of money at the disposal of the commission is not adequate to solve the humanitarian challenges facing Borno state alone,” he said.

The Senate Committee on Special Duties led by Yusuf Abubakar, was in Borno State to review the performance of the NEDC and the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA)

The committee had upon arrival in Maiduguri paid a courtesy call on the governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum; where they explained their mission before proceeding to the Shehu of Borno’s palace.

At the stakeholders briefing, officials of the Nigeria military, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NEMA and that of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency took time to brief the committee on the situation in the state.

The NEDC Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali-Goni, commended the Senate committee for taking time off their busy schedule to be in Borno State. He said their visit would enable the National Assembly to appreciate the challenges in the region.

The committee is expected to visit IDP camps and some of the locations where the NEDC has projects.

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Security threats: Nasarawa govt. orders immediate closure of both public, private schools

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Nasarawa State Government has ordered for the immediate closure of both public and private schools, as a proactive step to safeguard the lives of students from across the state.

This follows on the heels of security threats across the country, particularly at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with government already in possession of reports suggesting likely security threats in communities within the state, bordering the FCT, such as Gitata and Umaisha.

The decision to order for the closure of schools across the state, was part of the resolution arrived at during an expanded state executive council meeting, which took place at the Government House, on Wednesday.

Briefing journalists shortly after the council meeting, state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fatu Jimaita Sabo, disclosed that, having considered and reviewed the current situation in the country, especially regarding the security threats in the FCT, the state government decided to close both public and private schools in the state with immediate effect.

Hajiya Sabo said this has become necessary considering the proximity of the state to the FCT, as well as the resolve of the government to ensure that schools in Nasarawa State, operate within a safe environment.

She however explained that the directives excludes the exit classes that are already writing their final examinations, especially in secondary schools.

While announcing that her ministry will, in due course, issue a circular to that effect, the education commissioner however appealed to parents not to panic, adding that Nasarawa State is safe but that the decision was taken as a proactive step to safeguard the lives of both pupils and students across the state.

Hajiya Sabo equally appealed to principals and heads of respective schools, to also ensure the schools are closed in an orderly manner, especially that there is no threat to any life or property presently in Nasarawa State.

“We are appealing to parents not to panic. We all know that Nasarawa State is safe but this decision was taken as a proactive measure to ensure that our children are safe and continue to remain safe. That is for those within the state and those that came from other states to study here.

“We want to also appeal to our principals and heads of respective schools, to also ensure that while we are closing these schools, we do it in an orderly manner. There’s no threat to any life or property as at now in Nasarawa State. And as I mentioned, it’s just part of government’s proactive measure. We are all aware, that His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has always prioritized security and safety of lives and property in Nasarawa State,” she stated.

The commissioner emphasized that, the decision is one of the measures that has been taken to ensure that the administration continue to maintain a safe environment within Nasarawa State.

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Bagana Crisis: Attah Igala Orders Otutubatu and Ihankpe Chiefs Back to Respective Domains

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The Attah Igala and President, Kogi state traditional council, HRM Matthew Alaji Opaluwa has called on the displaced people of Bagana communities in Omala Local Government Area of the state to return home as necessary measures have been put in place to ensure their safety.

The Monarch, gave the assurance in a meeting held recently in his palace at Idah with some royal fathers from Kogi East in a bid to permanently resolve the crisis.

The royal father, expressed his unhappiness at the failure of Onu Otutubatu, Chief Salifu Anyebe to build his palace at the tomb of Abutu -Aje, the progenitor of Attah Igalas.

His Royal Majesty, Attah Igala, Matthew Alaji Opaluwa

He added that the absence of the palace at the shrine has made the gods/ ancestors to be angry with the land.

Meanwhile he had directed the relocation of Onu Otutubatu and Ihankpe Palaces from Bagana to their respective domains, the District Head of Bagana, Alih Haruna should return home to provide leadership for the people, even as chief Salifu Anyebe should mend fences with Onu Ife, HRH Boniface Musa, for peace to reign.

He promised to visit the shrine soonest as part of the ascendancy rites.

Those in the meeting with the Attah Igala were, HRH Onu Ibaji, Ajofe John Egwuemi, Ejeh Ofu, Akuh Obaje, Ogohi Anyigba, Alhaji Shaibu Okolo ; Onuh Ankpa, Abdulmalik Umar and Onuh Ife , Boniface Musa and all the traditional rulers in Omala LGA including Chief Salifu Anyebe.

He , however, sound note of warning to the Agatu Militias from Benue state who are allegedly terrorising the people of Bagana and its environs to desist, saying their continued attack on the people would amount to the declaration of war against Igala people.

While disclosing the commitment of His Royal Majesty to the peace process, the Ojogba of Ife , Hrh Boniface Musa assured that the latest intervention by Attah Igala is capable of returning lasting peace and security to the Communities.

His Royal Highness, Onu Ife (Ojogba)
Chief Boniface Musa

He said, Onu Otutubatu had informed him of his inability to meet up with the proceedings.

According to him” the vehicle he, Onu Otutubatu was traveling in broke down at Abaji in Abuja and all efforts to fix it on time failed.

He explained that Onu Otutubatu will not be able to send representatives to the meeting but pledge to abide by the resolution of the meeting.

Meanwhile, the stakeholders in attendance, agreed to adhere to the terms and conditions of the resolution.

Recall that the Bagana Crisis which started in 2012 as Fulani Herders and farmers clashes, snowballed into tribal and clannish cleansing that has reduced the communities to rubbles, with heavy humanitarian crisis.

Successive administrations from Gov. Ibrahim Idris, Idris Wada and the present administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello have directed the Onu Otutubatu, Salifu Anyebe and Onu Ihankpe clan , to relocate their palaces from Bagana to their domains as part of measures to end the crisis.

However, the directives have not been met with concomitant sanctions.

Those in attendance in the meeting include; HRH Ogohi Akpacha, Paul Achor , 2nd class, Acting Ayidu of Ogodu, chief Adejoh Adams, 2nd class, Onu Abejukolo, Alhaji Suleiman Abimaje, 2nd class, Egena of Icheke , Alhaji Achegbulu Aku,3rd class, Oga Onuh Ife Bagana, Mr Alih Haruna 3rd class, other Beaded Chiefs ,Representatives of Hausa / Fulan/Nupe ; Igala, Ogba communities, Ihankpe Clan , women and youths, Security Operatives and interested persons in the crisis.

In his contribution , the Ogohi Akpacha, who is also a member of the Local Government 11 man Committee on the crisis noted that, Onu Otutubatu has not been consistent with the peace process.

He added that his failure to attend the meeting was affront to the constituted authority, alleging that his actions have constituted a clog in ending the violence.

Also, the acting Aidu of Ogodu, chief Adejoh Adams reminded the gathering of similar directives by Kogi state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello through the ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs which he ignored without sanctions.

He urged the Attah Igala to take proactive measure to ensure that his directive is implemented forthwith.

He called on the warring parties to sheath their swords in the interest of people to enable the displaced to return home to pick up their ruined livelihoods.

In a remark, the Ega onu ife and District Head of Bagana, Chief Alih Haruna , whose palace was razed down in the wake of the crisis appealed to Attah Igala to invoke appropriate sanctions on those frustrating peace of the area.

In their seperate contributions, the representatives of Hausa/ Nupe /Fulani , Alhaji Ismaila Umar , Woman leader , Hajia Lami Audi , Pastor Peter Peace of Ihankpe Clan, Alhaji Yusufu Abuh commended HRH Onuh Ife, Boniface Musa and Attah Igala , HRM Matthew Alaji Opaluwa for their tireless efforts to resolve the communal and Chieftaincy crises.

They urged them not to stop at the mere dishing out directives but to enforce it no matter whose ox is gored to restored peace to the embattled Communities.

They assured the Royal Fathers of their unalloyed commitment to the peace process and are eager to return to their ancestral homes to rebuild their properties.

Reacting to the latest efforts to bring peace to the area, a prominent indigine of the area, Dr James Odaudu commended the Igala paramount ruler for taking the bull by the horns to ensure the return of peace to Bagana and its environs.

Odaudu said the latest directive by the Attah Igala for the two warring traditional rulers of Otutubatu and Ihankpe to relocate their palaces from Bagana to their domains will bring lasting solutions to the crisis, but however appealed to the authorities to ensure that the directive is implemented forthwith.

He also commended the Onu Ife, HRH Boniface Musa for his commitment to ensuring that lasting peace is entrenched in Ife land, while also urging the traditional rulers of Otutubatu and Ihankpe to re-commit themselves to the restoration of harmony amongst their people, as that is the only way to attract development to their domains.

(Additional reports by OperaNews)

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Insecurity: Buhari Should be Held Accountable, says Ali Ndume

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Senator Ali Ndume of Borno South Senatorial District has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to start taking responsibilities and act like Commander-in-Chief over the terrorist attacks happening on a daily basis in almost every part of the country.

According to him, it is the responsibility of the President to address Nigerians and not his advisers releasing statements after every attack.

Featuring on Channels Television on Thursday evening, Ndume said he was totally disappointed with the response coming from political leaders who should be ordinarily responsible for the lives and well-being of Nigerians.

Ndume said he feels pained to be called a Senator because most of them were almost helpless in the current situation and were like mere observers.

Asked whose responsibility it is to brief Nigerians after such fatal attacks on citizens, Ndume said, “the service chiefs are there, the NSA is there and the President is there.

“This is not a State matter but if it was in the State, the State Governors should be doing that. You see it happening everywhere. You see it happening everywhere.

“Honestly, we’re in trouble. Don’t take these things lightly. I’m worried…we should be talking about how to address this matter and what citizens need to do…I’m really disappointed with the response of so many leaders.

“And it’s our responsibility. The responsibility of the government is security and welfare of its citizens and then you have leaders responding as if it is a casual thing and not their responsibility.

“It is our responsibility. I feel pained to be called a Senator and almost like helpless- most of us are like that- sitting down as observers.”

On how he’ll fix the current security situations, Ndume added, “I’ll call the security Chiefs to brief me properly, then I’ll brief the nation on what is going on, sharing with them what needs to be shared without compromising the security situation.

“The President or whoever is in charge is supposed to sit some people down and get results, not just making statements. I’ve said it before, when it comes to issues like this, it is the President who is supposed to be addressing Nigerians, not some advisers.

“The President should be taking responsibility. He is the President! You see, religiously, by the time you ask people to elect you as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, anything that happens to any Nigerian, we’ll hold you accountable for it “

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