August 7, 2022



Presidency fires again at terrorists as troops rescue 22 kidnap victims in Niger


The terrorists who kidnapped passengers on board a Kaduna-bound practice March 28 have vowed to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai, governors and different outstanding leaders.

In a brand new video launched Sunday morning, the criminals threatened they’d kill a few of the remaining captives of their custody, promote some and hold others as slaves if authorities fails to pay ransom within the subsequent one week.

One of many terrorists, who spoke on behalf of the group, stated they by no means meant retaining their victims past one week however for the refusal of the federal government to fulfill their calls for.

“That is our message to the federal government of Nigeria and simply as you’ve seen these folks right here, by God grace, you will notice your leaders; your senators and governors will come earlier than us.

“These ones you’re seeing right here, we’ll hold some as our slaves and promote them off simply as our Imam advised you previously.

“Identical to the Chibok ladies that have been bought off, we’ll equally promote these ones as slaves. When you don’t adhere to our calls for, we’ll kill those we have to kill and promote the remaining. By God’s grace, El-Rufai, Buhari, we’ll deliver you right here,” one of many terrorists who spoke on behalf of the group additional stated.

Within the video, the captives have been seen being severely flogged by their captors who have been visibly aggravated that the federal government was not making any transfer to pay any ransom as demanded.

Halfway into the video, the victims, who spoke by way of one among them, have been heard pleading with the Nigerian authorities and the worldwide group to intervene of their case because the terrorists gave them simply one-week ultimatum earlier than they begin slaughtering them if the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities refused to yield to their calls for.

Earlier calls for

This isn’t the primary time the abductors had threatened to kill the victims. On quite a few events, the terrorists warned that they’d kill their captives if their calls for weren’t met.

The final time they issued such a menace, it took the intervention of Tukur Mamu who can also be a media aide to Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi for them to again down on their threats.

Mamu’s efforts additionally led to the discharge of a few of the captives.

Nonetheless, Mamu reportedly vowed to again out of negotiations with the terrorists as the federal government was not forthcoming on the necessity to open up channels of discussions with the abductors for the discharge of the victims.

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FG coping with propaganda – Presidency

However in its response to the phobia menace, the federal authorities stated it was prepared to take care of the present spate of terror assaults and propaganda.

The Presidency, in an announcement Sunday by the Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated: “Terrorists exercise utilizing propaganda and violence to drive governments to just accept or undergo political calls for will not be new all around the world.”

He stated the nation’s safety and defence forces weren’t clueless or helpless and that they’ve their plans and methods of doing issues which might not be revealed to the media.

“The dilemmas in coping with the particular case of practice terrorists are manifold: punitive motion like the favored name for carpet bombing of the recognized areas could assuage the will of an indignant public for revenge, however what concerning the hostages? They’ve dedicated no offense. All they did was to board a practice.

“It suffices to say that the safety forces are usually not relenting. They’re conscious about their duties, duties and what the nation expects of them.

At any time when they embark upon these actions, they count on that the general public ought to present them with the wanted assist.

“Terrorism is a world scourge that should be fought by all actors- the navy, the civilian inhabitants and the communication service suppliers. That is the one means protected havens of terrorists are eradicated in each a part of the world.

“To assist the nation towards ongoing state of affairs, the media should enhance their assist for the combat towards the exploitation of the web and social media for terrorist functions,” the assertion stated.

‘5,222 killed in 6 months’

In the meantime, the Nigeria Safety Tracker (NST) has stated no fewer than 5,222 Nigerians have been killed in numerous violent crimes throughout the nation between January and June 2022.

A report printed Saturday by the NST, a pet venture of the Council on International Relations (CFR) of america, confirmed that many of the killings have been carried out by non-state actors together with terrorists, bandits, kidnap gangs and different criminals.

The NST knowledge tracks violence in all components of Nigeria and primarily based on weekly surveys of native and worldwide media.

It stated the loss of life figures have been because of Boko Haram insurgency within the North-east, banditry within the North-west, Fulani herdsmen violence within the North-central and secessionist uprisings within the South-east.

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A breakdown of the determine as launched by the NST, confirmed 996 Nigerians have been violently killed in January, 765 in February, 1,214 in March, 917 in April, 594 in Could whereas 736 have been killed within the month of June, bringing the overall to five,222 within the first half of the 12 months

Afenifere kicks towards Okada ban

In a associated improvement, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization-Afenifere-has faulted plans by the federal authorities to ban industrial bikes and mining actions to curb insecurity within the nation.

Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Jare Ajayi, who made the place recognized, Sunday, stated the  plan was one other indication of the kind of  choices often arrived at within the nation’s corridors of energy.

The group stated: “Authorities was flawed on its limiting logistical sources of terrorists to mining and industrial motorcycling. It’s hardly shocking due to this fact that its prescription is so fatally flawed!”

“The plan by the federal authorities to ban industrial bike and mining actions purportedly to curb insecurity is one other proof that deep or scientific considering doesn’t characterise how choices are arrived at within the corridors of energy”, it stated.

Afenifere added:”Motorbike using and mining had been in existence lengthy earlier than terrorism reared its head. So these couldn’t have been the leif motif of terrorism.

“To suppose that banning these actions would put a cease to terrorism will not be solely a wishful considering; it quantities to an induced self-delusion that may solely complicate the ailment that one is affected by. Pursuing that line is leaving the substance to chase the shadow.

“Whereas conceding that terrorists are utilizing bikes of their dastardly acts, if bikes are usually not out there, they’d use another means. Thus, the car being utilized by terrorists will not be what authorities ought to focus its consideration on however ensuring that terrorism is taking out of the hearts of its perpetrators.

“We in Afenifere have stated it repeatedly that authorities has not demonstrated that it’s severe about combating terrorism. Numerous experiences within the public area have repeatedly indicated the place those that are perpetrating evil towards the nation are and the strategies they’re utilizing.

“Authorities and its safety companies are even privy to raised info than those within the public area. But, the federal government and its companies nonetheless discovered it troublesome to take care of the state of affairs because it ought to. We consider that this isn’t on account of lack of capability. Reasonably, it is because of lack of will which isn’t within the curiosity of anyone, besides those that have chosen the evil half. They need to keep in mind nonetheless that they can not escape the wroth of God, even when they stored manipulating conditions right here.

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“The federal authorities ought to put an finish to the kid-glove therapy it’s giving terrorists, empower and permit safety companies to do their jobs professionally. It must also permit state governments which might be so ready to determine their police forces throughout the federal system of presidency that we’re training,” the Yoruba group additional stated.

Troops rescue 22 in Niger

Equally, safety forces weekend rescued 22 villagers kidnapped by terrorists , who invaded Kuchi group in Munya native authorities space of Niger state. 

The state Commissioner for Inner Safety and Humanitarian Affairs, Emmanuel Umar, confirmed this in an announcement in Minna.

He stated: “On Friday, twenty second July, 2022, Safety Forces in Niger State, performing upon a misery name that armed bandits/terrorists invaded Kuchi, a group in Munya LGA and kidnapped locals. Safety Forces mobilized to the scene, engaged the terrorist and rescued all 22 victims after a fierce gun combat.” 

He stated in the course of the invasion, the criminals kidnapped males, ladies and infants, all of whom have been taken to their hideouts. 

Umar additionally stated the safety forces mobilised for a manhunt and engaged the terrorists throughout the river line of Dangunu axis.

“Throughout the encounter, the terrorists scampered into the overflowed river and forest belt, abandoning their victims and a few of their gadgets and gear, which have been recovered. 

“All of the victims have been debriefed and reunited with their households. Nonetheless, one of many victims is at the moment receiving therapy for gunshot wounds in a authorities medical facility,” the commissioner additional stated.  

He counseled safety companies and group leaders in the direction of mitigating the spate of insecurity in some components of the state.

Umar additional known as on all residents, particularly well being service suppliers inside these communities to be vigilant and instantly report back to related authorities any unusual or suspicious particular person loitering of their communities in a fashion fatigued and or with gunshot wounds.