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Outrage as Army deploys soldiers, helicopters in Orlu



The Nigerian Army has deployed soldiers and helicopters in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State in search of camps occupied by the personnel of Eastern Security Network (ESN) linked with Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The action has raised anger among opinion leaders and other concerned individuals across the country.

There are unverified videos online showing helicopters hovering round the Orlu town, with bombs being dropped, with intermittent shootings

A statement from the Nigerian Army, posted on the verified twitter handle of Nigerian Government said, “The Nigerian Army, in line with its constitutional mandate, wishes to reassure the general public that troops in operational synergy with sister security agencies are in pursuit of the criminal elements in order to ensure safe return of the kidnapped victims.”

But a number of comments on twitter indicated that the Nigerian Army is bombarding Orlu, with several casualties.

A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, said, “The bombing & killing of innocent men, women & children in Orlu, Anambra State by soldiers of the Nig. Army is totally & completely unacceptable & I wholeheartedly condemn it. Shedding innocent blood is not the way forward & I call on the Nigerian Army to show restraint.”

A social critic, Aisha Yesufu, stated, “What is this report of Nigerian military dropping bombs in Orlu? Is that the Sambisa forest?”

Another commentator, Oluyemi Fasipe, said, “Why are they bombing Orlu while doing get-together parties with terrorists (bandits) in the North?”

Ifa Funso stated, “Too obvious that Nigeria governments are behind Boko Haram, bandits and Fulani herdsmen. I don’t know how a sane government will channel their power more on innocent people in Orlu than the terrorists in Sambisa forest.”

Oluchi Christy said, “Nigerian government deployed soldiers to Orlu to attack ESN and innocent Orlu Community, Imo State, but sent Northern Governors and Sheik Gumi to dialogue with Fulani terrorists and killer herdsmen.”

Fadahunsi Olaoluwa tweeted, “More than 36hrs after a kidnap in Kagara, Niger State, the military is busy conducting airstrikes in Orlu, Imo State when they ought to be following after the kidnappers tail. Maybe there’s a direct flight to Kagara from Orlu.”


Niger gov returns, meets parents of abducted Tegina schoolchildren



Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has met with the parents of the 136 students of Salihu Tanko Islamiya School, Tegina, who were abducted last month.

The governor had travelled abroad after the abduction, while his deputy coordinated the rescue operation.

Upon his return to the country, Bello launched a special vigilante to deal with gangs causing crisis within the state and proceeded to Tegina to see the parents of the abducted children.

The governor met with the parents of the victims and other stakeholders at the palace of the Emir of Kagara, Ahmed Garba Gunna.

He sympathised with them and promised that the state government was determined to rescue the children.

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Kebbi shuts seven schools after FGC students, teachers abduction



Seven schools considered unsafe in Kebbi State have been shut indefinitely after last Thursday’s abduction of students and teachers of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri by bandits.

Chairman Kebbi chapter of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Isah Arzika, stated this.

According to him, the shut schools are in vulnerable areas of the state believed to be soft targets of bandits.

He said the move was a proactive measure to further prevent recurrence of the FGC, Birnin Yauri’s incident.

Arzika said the state government had directed all principals to close any school considered not safe.

“Police and vigilante groups have since been deployed for monitoring and protection of schools,” he said.

He said all the proactive measures involved all stakeholders critical to safety of school environment.

“This is because principals are teachers, all the Directors at the Board are also teachers. It is the decision that we all took that is affecting us,” he stated.

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Troops rescue more abducted Kebbi school victims



  • Abductors contact parents

The Nigerian troops have rescued three more students and a teacher who were among dozens of people kidnapped from the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, last week.

This came as the abductors have contacted the parents and relations of the kidnapped people.

Members of Operation Hadarin Daji, with the support from the Air Force, rescued the four at Makuku in Kebbi, Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, said on Sunday.

That brings to 11 the total number of students and teachers rescued since the abduction last Thursday night.

The troops also killed one bandit and recovered nine motorcycles and four handsets from the fleeing kidnappers.

Although an unspecified number of teachers and students were abducted from the school, a total of three teachers and eight students have so far been rescued.

They were rescued on Friday and Saturday by the army, after a firefight with the kidnappers.

The army spokesman said additional troops had also been deployed to dominate the forest and deny the bandits freedom of action.

Meanwhile, Isah Arzika, Chairman of Kebbi State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Isah Arzika, has said the abductors of students have contacted the parents.

He said the kidnappers contacted the parents of the students and the family members of other abductees to inform them that their children were in their custody.

He said the bandits did not demand ransom.

He, however, added that the bandits had not made any contact again after the rescue mission by security agencies.

He said, “Since the security agencies have swung into action on the bandits, we have not made fresh contact with the parents and relatives of the students and teachers still in their captivity.

“When we made our first contact two days ago, precisely on Thursday, they did not demand any ransom. Instead, they told the parents and relatives that they only wanted to establish contact with them and inform them that their children are with them.

“As I am talking to you, two of our teachers have regained their freedom. Already, seven schools on the frontline in that area have been closed and more will be closed if we realise the situation is not safe for the teachers and students.

“There was communication from them, but none of them asked for a kobo. They only said they wanted to establish contact that the abductees are in their custody.

“It was yesterday (Friday) that the security agencies swung on them and since then, there was no contact again.”

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