The Nigerian Army has recaptured Mubi Adamawa State from militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, the state governor has said.
A resident of the town confirmed to reporters that he had seen the bodies of many Boko Haram fighters.Mubi was the biggest town under the group’s control and is the first it has lost since August, when it declared a caliphate in areas it had seized.Boko Haram still controls several towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria.
Thousands have been killed since it launched its insurgency in 2009.Boko Haram last month dismissed the government’s claims to have agreed a ceasefire.
The militants seized Mubi, the second largest town in the north-eastern Adamawa State, in October, renaming it Madinatul Islam – City of Islam. Residents there said militants imposed Islamic Sharia law and carried out executions and amputations.
Adamawa State Governor, Bala Ngilari said government forces had recaptured the town, in alliance with local vigilante groups and traditional hunters. He said it was “time to rejoice” and the insurgents were “on the run”.
The resident, who is not being named for his own safety, told the BBC Hausa service that civilians had not yet returned to the town, as they feared Boko Haram might try to attack again.He said there were still not very many soldiers there, and most of the fighting had been done by vigilante groups and hunters, adding that he had seen the local leader of Boko Haram in handcuffs after being captured.
The authorities have not commented on this.
Meanwhile, there was another bomb scare in Minna, the Niger State capital yesterday when a man dressed in school uniform attempted to find his way into a girl science secondary school in the early hours when the students were on the assembly ground.
This was coming barely 24 hours after a female bomber detonated a bomb at the entrance of the Federal College of Education, Kontagora in the state killing herself and injuring two others.
This time around the target was Maryam Babangida Girls Science Secondary School, in Minna, the State capital where the suspected bomber had wanted to go and unleash terror on the school.
According to the Principal of the school, Hajiya Fatima Madugu, who narrated how the suspect wanted to find his way into the school premises, said that the man entered the school through a foot path and hid himself in the bush waiting for the assembly to commence.
She said a female teacher in the school(name withheld) who followed the same foot path sighted the suspected bomber who was already dressed in the school uniform.
The principal disclosed that though the suspected bomber initially did not see the teacher , the sound of her mobile phone which rang in the process however, attracted him (the man) who immediately turned to her direction.
According to her, “the man after sighting the teacher questioned her in Hausa Language and wanted to know what she was looking for but the teacher told him that she was going to school and the man warned her to go back if she does not want to die.’’
It was at that point that she said the female teacher removed her shoes and took to her heels and immediately called her (the principal ) and alerted her.
The principal said she immediately contacted the nearby police station and they mobilized their men to the school.
Narrating her experience, the female teacher stated that she took the footpath (short cut) to enable her get to school early and meet up with her 8:00 am lesson, only to be accosted by the unknown man that asked her to return home, if she wanted to be safe.
” I was really scared, when I saw the man almost dressed in the school uniform. The man has already worn the trouser, shirt and about to put on the Hijab (veil) when I sighted him and it was because of the smell of Indian hemp that made me look at his direction.
The man told me ‘go home, there is no school today. Go if you love your life’, and I just took off my shoes and ran back. But, instead of going home, I went to inform our principal on the assembly ground.”
The development however, led to panic and confusion in the school as both the staff and students began to run for their lives.
However, the arrival of both the military and the police quickly brought the situation under control.
World Bank Report Exposes Buhari’s Lies, PDP Affirms
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the report by World Bank that 7 million Nigerians have been pushed into poverty in the last year, has clinically belied the integrity posturing of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The opposition party said the World Bank report came in the face of the recent claims by President Buhari that his administration has lifted over 10 million Nigerians out of poverty in the last two years.
The PDP asserted that the report by the World Bank has further vindicated its position that President Buhari runs an uncoordinated and clueless administration that thrives on lies, false performance claims, deceit, and perfidious propaganda.
The statement added that, “Nigerians can now clearly see why the APC and President Buhari’s handlers are always in a frenzy to attack our party and other well-meaning Nigerians whenever we point to the poor handling of the economy and on the need for President Buhari to always be factual on pertinent issues of governance in our country.
“Unfortunately, it indeed appears that Mr. President enjoys living in denial while watching millions of Nigerians go down in abject poverty, excruciating hunger, and starvation as our country now ranks 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index under his watch.
“Otherwise, why would Mr. President claim that his administration has lifted over 10.5 million Nigerians out of poverty while official figures even from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show worsening poverty rate with 142.2% growth in food inflation and over 82.9 million Nigerians being unable to afford their daily meals due to the failure of the administration to take practical steps to grow and protect the food sector?
“Under President Buhari, Nigerians are now subjected to the worst form of poverty and hardship, with collapsed purchasing power, occasioned by a voodoo economy management that has wrecked our productive sectors and pummeled our naira from the about N167 to a US dollar in 2015 to the current over N500 per dollar.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. President will choose to always bandy fictitious figures and false performance claims, when he has, in a space of six years, destroyed our national productivity and reduced our country to a beggarly nation, a laughing stock and object of pity among the comity of nations.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note President Buhari and APC’s similar false performance claims in other critical sectors, including power, transportation, road infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, security, aviation among others, where the Buhari administration has been bandying fictitious figures with no tangible project to point at.
“Our party counsels President Buhari, his handlers as well as their party, the APC, to note that Nigerians have seen through their deceitful clams.
“The PDP, once again, urges Mr. President to end his false performance claims and get more competent hands to manage the economy before every Nigerian is turned into a street beggar.”
Amnesty Kicks As FG Pushes Social Media Regulation
Amnesty International has strongly opposed the call by the Nigerian Government to regulate the use of social media and online broadcasters.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had urged the House of Representatives to include regulation of Twitter in the National Broadcasting Commission Act.
The minister made the call at the public hearing on a bill to amend the NBC Act organised by the House Committee on Information.
“I will want to add, that specifically, internet broadcasting and all online media should be included in this because we have responsibility to monitor content— including Twitter,” he said.
Reacting, Amnesty International, in a tweet via its Twitter account, yesterday, kicked against the motion.
It noted that when social media is regulated, authorities can arbitrarily have powers to shut down the internet and limit access to social media.
It further noted that criticizing the government will be made punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.
“When social media is regulated, authorities can arbitrarily have powers to shut down the Internet and limit access to social media.
“Criticizing the government will be made punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.
“Regulating social media in Nigeria could be easily abused to punish critics of government policies and actions, and anyone who asks difficult questions could find themselves liable for ‘diminishing public confidence in the government.’
“Seeking a law to prohibit abusive, threatening and insulting behaviour is open to very wide interpretation. This section would pose a threat to critical opinion, satire, public dialogue and political commentary,” the statement added.
Corruption Increases Cost Of Business, TCN Boss Tells Staff
The Acting Managing Director/CEO of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engr. Sule Abdulaziz, has urged staff of the company to join the fight against corruption, warning that corruption increases the cost of doing business.
Abdulaziz, who stated this during the inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU), in TCN, yesterday, in Abuja, said corruption needs to be properly checked.
According to him, “Corruption as we know it, today, broadly covers all forms of abuse of office for private gain.
“In any form, corruption increases cost of doing business, undermines revenue-generating capacity, weakens fiscal regimes, discourages foreign investments, breeds distrust between government/organizations and their customers, as well as puts credibility at stake.
“Corruption equally increases the cost of governance, celebrates mediocrity, discourages creativity and creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and insecurity.
“In Nigeria today, we all know that corruption has continued to negatively impact our society in several ways. Corruption needs to be properly checkmated, and where this is effectively done, accountability is entrenched and goals more readily achieved with resultant growth of the company, organization, and the society as a whole.
“No matter how we look at corruption, it is not ethical and we must all rise to the challenge of fighting it by saying no to any form of corrupt practice”, he stated.
The TCN boss assured the members of the anti-corruption unit that the management would give them all the needed support to succeed, charging them to put in place right processes to curb corruption in the company.
“The committee must note however that achieving success in discharging this responsibility must be based on deliberate and planned effort to fight as well as prevent corruption. Every one of you must therefore believe in the struggle, with keen interest in its success”, he added.
In his remarks, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, explained the ACTU was an in-house mechanism set up by the Federal Government to prevent corruption within Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Owasanoye, who was represented at the event by a director in the ICPC, Demola Bakare said, “In view of the important role this organization plays in the power sector, it is expected that the staff of the organization would display high level of professionalism and integrity in the discharge of their duties.
“The ACTU would assist management in promoting this principle if it is allowed to effectively discharge its duties”.
He, however, stressed that ACTU is not a parallel authority to management, noting that “rather they are to work closely with management to build a reputable organization”.
Speaking after the unit’s inauguration, the Committee Chairman, Isa Lawal Mohammed, thanked the TCN management for trusting the members with the task, assuring that they would do their best to ensure that goals for setting up the unit are achieved.
Other members of the committee include, O. C. Ochije; Dahiri Gabdo; Ndidi Mbab; Abdullahi Balarabe; Adetola E.O; Bashir Hassan, Mohammed Adama; Abba Godfrey; and Okoro Raymond.
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