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It’s Not ‘Rocket Science’ Ending Insurgency In North East – Senator Abbo

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The Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial district, Ishaku Elisha Abbo has said it is not difficult ending Boko Haram attacks and other criminal activities in the North East.

To end insurgency, he said, required commitment of government in establishing security formations in some strategic areas in the North, with the business of facing Sambisa forest alone.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday after a one day public hearing on a bill to establish a Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, the lawmaker said ‘it’s not a rocket science’, ending Boko Haram activities.

According to him, the war against insurgents should be taken from Adamawa axis because of its close proximity to Sambisa forest, while he also suggested establishment of battalions.

He said: “I told the current Chief of Army Staff, just like I told the former Inspector General of Police the same thing, that all you need to do is to create a battalion and position that battalion in the axis of Madagali.

“This will create a buffer between Adamawa and Sambisa forest. This should be purely infantry, well skilled, well trained, well armed. Position one battalion between Borno and Adamawa; position one battalion in Uba and that will create a buffer there in Sambisa forest; position one battalion in Garkida which will make a brigade.

“With battalion in Madagali, Uba, Garkida, no Boko Haram will enter Adamawa State. Is it difficult to create? It is not difficult.

“So, the government has to change their strategy, even Abuja is not safe. It not only Adamawa that is not safe. Go to Kwali in the night and come back to tell me about what you see. Or drive to Kuje or Abaji in the night and see what I am talking about.

“So on this matter, if government is committed to ending insecurity, we can end it. It’s not impossible; it’s not a rocket science.”

He urged government to be alive to its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property, describing as unacceptable, killings, destruction of properties and heinous crimes going on in the country.

“Let me be frank with you. The primary responsibility of government as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria is number one: security, two welfare of the people. Any government that fails in these two, is a failed government,” he said.

Abbo, who is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, disclosed how he suggested a strategy to end insurgency, but the past heads of security agencies paid deaf ears.

“Few days ago, as the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Nigerian Navy, and member Senate Committee on Defence, Mr President sent names of Service Chiefs to the Senate for confirmation.

“Their names were referred to the Committee. Now we decided to bring all of them together in the spirit of collaboration.

“Part of what I told them during a closed-door session is why should a State like Adamawa continue to be attacked by Boko Haram?

“The strategy that is currently put in place has to be reviewed. I went ahead to make a submission and I am going to meet with the Chief of Army Staff next week. From Madagali to Sambisa forest is about seven kilometers,” he added.

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Some Of IPOB’s Grievances Are Valid. They Should Be Addressed Squarely – Gov Ikpeazu

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The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, says some of the grievances of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) are valid and need to be addressed squarely.

Some of IPOB?s grievances are valid. They should be addressed squarely - Gov Ikpeazu

The group has over the years accused successive Nigerian governments of marginalizing the South East region and have called for the creation of the Biafran nation.

 

Speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday, April 12, Ikpeazu said some of the “issues raised” by IPOB should be addressed as they are valid.

 

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“I have taken my time to listen to some of these issues raised by IPOB: issues about injustice, issues of marginalisation, issues of trust deficits within the polity called Nigeria as it concerns people from south-eastern Nigeria. And I think some of those are valid issues and they should be addressed and spoken to. They should be addressed squarely. So that everybody and those of us that are in government today can have a foothold within the southeast region to continue to promote the unity of Nigeria.

I do not subscribe to the strategy of IPOB in pursuing their goals. And the reason is because I’m yet to see the end of the tunnel from where I’m standing and I do not like to take a plunge in the dark. We must engage and discuss the issue which is bothering them and everybody and we can’t continue to pretend as if these issues are not valid.

Equal rights and justice is an indelible right of all citizens and if through impunity and carelessness we allow a group of people to begin to feel like they’re not rightly represented within the polity, it creates a lacuna where people are no longer confident in the government to protect them and take care of their interest within the polity. There’s bound to be agitation one way or another. Some of these reactions may extrapolate to levels that may undermine national convention and unity.”

 

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EFCC Arrests Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

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Former Imo state governor cum Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

 

Officials of the Commission laid siege to the former Governor’s private office at Nkwerre Street in the Garki area of Abuja and picked him up shortly after he returned from a trip today April 13.

 

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest to the Nation but did not give reasons for the action.

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Governor Sule Swears In Nasarawa’s First Female Chief Judge

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Justice Aisha Bashir-Aliyu was on Tuesday, April 13, sworn in as the first female Chief Judge of Nasarawa state.

 

Bashir-Aliyu was sworn in by Governor Abdullahi Sule after her confirmation by the Nigeria Judicial Council and screening by the State House of Assembly.

 

Prior to this, she had worked as an acting Chief Judge for three months. Governor Sule in his speech at the event asked the new Chief Judge to see her appointment as a litmus test, urging her to bring her wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of her onerous task.

 

Sule said;

 

“As a Chief Judge you must realise that this is a call to serve the people and in carrying out your duties, I urge you to let the fear of God and public interest take precedence over personal preferences and inclination.”

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