Great Improvement - Military Captures 120 Boko Haram Members In Maiduguri

IN a major crackdown on insurgents, the Defence Headquarters on Monday announced the arrest of 120 Boko Haram terrorists in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Determined to ensure lasting peace and security in the crisis- ridden northern states, the Brigade Commander of 23 Armoured Brigade Yola, Adamawa State, Brig.-Gen. Fatai Oladipo Alli, on Monday said that there will be no hiding place for the insurgents, assuring that the military was battle ready to crush terrorists.
Meanwhile, citing improvement in the security situation in the state, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State on Monday relaxed the curfew imposed in the state by two hours daily.
Similarly, the military on Monday began a three-day meeting in Abuja with representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), media and paramilitary services towards achieving a common course in national security operations.
In a related development, the Chairman of Abia State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the presiding Bishop of Glorious Life Gospel Centre, Aba, Rev. Goddy Okafor, on Sunday called on the Boko Haram sect to take legal action against Nigeria to redress whatever their grievances are against the country rather than resorting to violence.
Also, a Niger Delta activist, Joseph Evah, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately dispatch his deputy, Namadi Sambo, to the North to join forces with northern governors to tackle the lingering insecurity in the area.
Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, also disclosed that terrorists fleeing Nigeria towards Chad and Niger Republic are being contained by Multi-National Joint Task Force in various locations towards the border.
Olukolade explained that the 120 terrorists were arrested when they converged in Maiduguri to bury one of their commanders who died in an encounter with special forces on Sunday.
He confirmed that the arrested insurgents are in custody of the Joint Task Force where they are being interrogated.
The Defence spokesman added that the military’s special forces have now liberated and secured the environs of New Marte, Hausari, Krenoa, Wulgo and Chikun Ngulalo, an area hitherto under the full grip of the insurgents.
Olukolade stated that the area was liberated after the military destroyed all the terrorists’ camps sited in those localities.
He said that the troops are already interacting with locals and citizens, assuring them of their safety and freedom from the activities of insurgents.
Olukolade also noted that “advancing troops also observed a few shallow graves believed to be those of hurriedly buried members of the terrorist groups.”
He stated: “Defence Headquarters has observed the use of photographs purportedly taken in the areas covered by the operations and wishes to state that the photographs are questionable as they do not reflect any related reality of the social or geographical environment.
“This also makes the story they claim to depict of Nigerians fleeing to Niger Republic and other countries doubtful. The media is advised to always strive to associate stories with accurate pictures in order to avoid misleading the public.”
The commander, who spoke Monday in Yola while addressing the troops from 174 Battalion, Ikorodu, Lagos, that arrived the state Monday’s morning  said that more troops were on their way to Adamawa to smoke out the insurgents from their hide-outs.
He said that the troops were to be deployed to the black spots and the borders to restrict people from coming into the state, adding that the action would cage the insurgents.
Alli, who cautioned the soldiers against harassing innocent people, urged the troops to be firm and ensure that water-tight security was maintained in the state for effective operations.
He stated that under no condition or situation would the military compromise its constitutional responsibility of protecting the country against external aggressors and maintaining peace and unity.
He further urged the people of the state to co-operate with the military by giving them information that can lead to capturing more terrorists in the state.
The decision to relax the curfew was reached at the Government House, Damaturu, after the governor met with the Joint Task Force (JTF) and heads of other security agencies in the state.
In a statement by the governor’s special adviser on Public Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, the curfew will now begin from 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. daily, until the security situation improves.
Bego added: “Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has today (yesterday) approved an adjustment of the hours during which public movement is restricted around the state.
Consequently, restriction on movement now starts from 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. daily throughout the state with effect from today, Monday, May 20, 2013.
The governor urged the general public to continue with the exemplary support and co-operation with security agents to ensure lasting peace in the state.”
The meeting, jointly sponsored by Defence Headquarters and Office of Security Co-operation of the United States (U.S.) Embassy, Abuja, will help the military work out consensus on a workable civil-military relations that will best address Nigeria’s current military challenges.
It is holding under the theme, Synergising all the potentials for enhanced national security.
Declaring the seminar open, Director-General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Mike Omeri, asked the military to adopt a “less conventional” approach “that is more integrative of other stakeholders in the enterprise of security maintenance.   This implies, therefore, that peace-keeping as it is generally conceived, should be de-emphasised while the concept of peace building involving continuous civil-military engagement instead of waiting until there are episodes.” The three-day meeting ends tomorrow.
Addressing journalists after a church service at Ogbor Hill, Aba, in which Governor Theodore Orji was represented by his deputy, Chief Emeka Ananaba and was attended by the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Ude Oko Chukwu, among others, Okafor urged Boko Haram to note that Nigeria belonged to all hence their destroying it would affect everybody, including their members, friends and relations.
He expressed support for the state of emergency in the three northern states, saying that the action was overdue as “people had waited for such an action from Mr. President. Nigerians are anxious to see peace return and I consider the President’s measure as one of the ways this desired peace could return to the affected parts of our country that have been under serious security threat and breach for some time now.”
Evah made the call in Lagos at the weekend during the inauguration of the women’s wing of the Niger Delta Peoples Forum (NDPF), asking that when the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was in power and was faced with the crises in the Niger Delta, he saw Jonathan as the best person to champion the move for a ceasefire in the area.

Credits To Madu Onuorah, Mohammed Abu-Bakr (Abuja), Gordi Udeajah (Aba), Njadvara Musa (Damaturu), Emmanuel Ande (Yola) And Obire Onakemu (Lagos) News -National

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