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The Boko Haram suspect who was arrested at National Airport Management Authority (NAMA) annex in Lagos yesterday, confessed last night that he was sent along with other Boko Haram members to Lagos to bomb various parts of the city.
The physically challenged 22-year-old suspect who was caught with canisters around his neck, in his confession, told security operatives that his two other colleagues were assigned the task of bombing Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), as well as the densely populated Lagos Island and Apapa areas of the megacity.
Security source, who spoke exclusively to THISDAY, said the suspect (name withheld) had confessed that he alongside several others were recruited from Niger Republic and were trained extensively before their deployment.
He also said the plot to bomb Lagos would not be simultaneously done, a clear deviation from the planned simultaneous attacks last year March, when the sect tried to bomb various designated places across the state at the same time.
The #BringBackOurGirls group yesterday, expressed doubts over the rescue mission of the Chibok school girls abducted over 4 months ago, citing federal government’s position of not negotiating or engaging in military action.
Speaking with newsmen at the group’s protest in Abuja to mark the 130 days in abduction of the Chibok girls, a leader of the group, Oby Ezekwesili wondered why the government would refuse to engage in negotiation or military action in order to rescue the girls after such a long time.
She said it is never a sign of weakness for a government to engage in negotiation for the release of the abducted girls, rather it would be an act of empathy and a sign of responsiveness to the plight of the families of these girls.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in this interview with OLALEKAN ADETAYO, addresses some issues of national importance
How confident are you that Nigeria will win the current war against terror?
I am very confident that Nigeria will win the war against terror because it is not something that we can live with. Terror is evil and a country or a government cannot elect to live with evil. Terrorism is an assault against our common humanity and no government or country can afford to tolerate the kind of crimes against humanity and the kind of assault against human freedom that terrorism represents.
That is why the position of the President is that no matter how long it takes, whatever it takes, the war against terror must be won. This is because if we don’t win the war against terror, it will be difficult for us to achieve our development objectives.
Why has emergency rule failed to stop violence in the affected states, especially in Borno?
That is not true. The declaration of a state of emergency has been most useful. It is important to understand what a state of emergency is. Under emergency rule, the security forces are given greater scope to be able to deal with a threat situation. Certain restrictions under the constitution will be lifted so that the security forces will have greater latitude to be able to cover the entire territory.
• Military debunks formation of caliphate in North-East
• IGP orders rescue of 35 missing police officers
• Tiv demand probe of attacks on communities
BARELY 24 days after the capture of Gwoza town in Borno State by Boko Haram terror group, its leader, Abubakar Shekau, on Sunday claimed the “capture and control” of the border town with Cameroon in a 52-minute video clip on internet made available to newsmen in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The Nigerian military has however responded to the claim of the leader of the extremist group, Boko Haram, that a northeast town seized by the insurgents earlier this month has been placed under an Islamic caliphate.
The Defence Headquarters said in Abuja on Saturday that troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had cleared a terrorists camp in Buduram, north of Doron Baga in Borno.
A statement posted on the Defence Headquarters website: www.defenceinfo.mil.ng, said the dawn raid operation was carried out on Friday.
It said the troops raided the camp where the terrorists were regrouping and reorganising to carry out a reprisal attack after being routed in Doron Baga in a previous encounter on Aug.10.
Strong indications have emerged that Nigeria’s neighbour, Cameroon, is not cooperating with the country in the efforts to stop the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and its borders.
Investigations on Friday revealed that the Cameroonian government had issued a directive to all its military commanders in charge of border areas with Nigeria to keep all critical information about Boko Haram away from Nigeria.
In the directive which was obtained by our correspondent, Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Mr. Rene Emmanuel Sadi, reportedly told the commanders to withhold crucial information about the insurgents from Nigeria.
Chadian troops have rescued 85 Nigerians kidnapped last week by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, security and human rights sources in Nigeria said Saturday.
Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents stormed the Doron Baga fishing and farming village on the shores of Lake Chad late Sunday through Monday and took away 97 young men and boys plus several women, residents said. The raiders killed 28 residents and burned scores of homes, according to residents.
The hostages were loaded onto motorboats and ferried into neighboring Chad, with residents saying they feared the hostages would be forcefully conscripted as foot soldiers.