Community leaders in Borno State have given conditions that must be met to forgive and accept repentant members of Boko Haram back in their midst.
One of the conditions is the “proper profiling of the repentant Boko Haram insurgents to avoid hasty release of hardened elements to the larger society”.
The decision was taken on Sunday during a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the state government and presided over by Governor Babagana Zulum.
The governor said the stakeholders’ meeting became necessary following the mixed over the mass surrender of former Boko Haram fighters.
Many have condemned the federal government’s move to rehabilitate and reintegrate the repentant insurgents back into society.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan had also called for caution in accepting some of the Boko Haram insurgents who are begging for forgiveness.
Zulum disclosed that apart from the 3,000 former insurgents currently in the custody of the government, another 900 had surrendered to Cameroonian forces.
At the end of the meeting, a communique was issued with conditions that must be met before the insurgents are accepted into various communities.
The 16-point communique was signed by Kaka-Shehu Lawan, Borno State commissioner for justice and attorney-general of the state.
The stakeholders called on the Nigerian military “to sustain the ongoing offensive on the activities of ISWAP”.
They also demanded a periodic media briefing on the activities of the surrendered insurgents as a means of keeping the public abreast of developments, and that “all firearms and offensive weapons used by the insurgents be retrieved from them”.
Makinde approves recruitment of additional 500 Amotekun corps
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the recruitment of additional 500 corps into the state Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed Amotekun.
This is contained in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Sunday in Ibadan.
The statement indicated that Makinde announced the approval during the monthly security meeting with chairmen of local government areas, heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state.
The governor said recruiting new corps would enhance Amotekun’s performance and further deepen the security architecture of the state.
Makinde said the meeting, held at the House of Parliament within the premises of the State House of Assembly, was part of his administration’s efforts to enhance the security of lives and property in the state.
He added that the meeting was to get the situation report from various quarters on security as well as to dialogue on what to do as stakeholders and finetune necessary steps.
The governor said the outcome would help the government to put necessary machinery in place for a safer environment.
He emphasised that security issue was a collective responsibility, “therefore all hands must be on deck in order to curtail insecurity facing the country, in which Oyo State is not exempted.
“Security is everyone’s business and if we all play our parts well, we will have a safer and more secured environment.
“Though the security of lives and property is a paramount responsibility of government, but the government cannot do it alone except with cooperation of the entire citizenry.”
Makinde used the occasion to appreciate the security agencies in the state for their unrelenting support towards making peaceful co-existence among the people of the state possible.
He urged them to keep the up pace in order to allow for more influx of investments and commercial growth.
In his remarks, a former governor of the state, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, commended Makinde for being proactive in the area of security which has greatly helped the state.
Ladoja urged all stakeholders and members of the public to be vigilant and ensure the safety of their lives. (NAN)
Buy guns to defend yourselves against terrorists, Zamfara govt tells residents
Zamfara State Government has asked residents of the state to buy guns to defend themselves against terrorists that have been attacking the people of the state for the past few years.
The state government said this in a statement by the Commissioner for Information,
Dosara said the Zamfara government had also “directed the state commissioner of police to issue (gun) licence” to people who are qualified and willing.
Zamfara is not the first to issue such advice to its residents.
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina had earlier called on residents of his state to arm themselves against the gunmen in the state.
Zamfara and Katsina are two of the states most affected by the activities of terrorists, locally called bandits, whose actions have led to the deaths of hundreds of people and the kidnap of thousands of others.
Flood Washes Away 30 Shops in Anambra Market
Many traders have recorded heavy losses at the Relief Market in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra as flood at the weekend, washed away shops, electric poles and cables in the market.
There had been a heavy downpour on Saturday.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the market, Mr. David Obidike, disclosed this during a tour of the affected areas, while taking members of his executive and newsmen round the portions on Saturday.
“On one of the nights few days ago, the Chief Security Officer of the market called me and told me that devastating flood from Awada Area, has carried the market as the flood entered under the Sakamori (drainage) system in the market and uprooted it, thereby wrecking havoc in the market.
“The damage was much, about 10 shops were washed away with the wares in them, the electric armoured cables, big water borne pipe and telephone cables buried underground were all exhumed and damaged by the flood.
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“As I talk now we have not gotten power supply for a month now since the rainy season started, and you can’t make a call, the market is in blackout and traders are using electricity generators.
“Our market is now in danger because it is situated in the notorious Upper Iweka axis, these hoodlums can easily come into the market through the damaged portions caused by the erosion menace,” he said.
He said the only saving grace of the traders from theft has been that it had a team of dedicated security men.
He pleaded with Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra, and other relevant authorities for assistance as the extent of damage done was beyond their financial capability.
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