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All known Boko Haram camps will be ‘taken out’ in six weeks- NSA

Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, says all known Boko Haram camps in Nigeria will be taken out within the six weeks so the country can have a safe election.

Dasuki said this while responding to a question from AFP on the gains of the postponement of the 2015 general elections by INEC

“All known Boko Haram camps will be taken out. They won’t be there. They will be dismantled” he said.

According to Mr Dasuki, the ongoing multinational task force launched against Boko Haram will work together to destroy all known camps of Boko Haram within the next six weeks. He said the new dates for the elections, March 28th and April 11th will not be shifted.

While speaking at the London think-tank Chatham House in Jan. 2015, the NSA chief had proposed a postponement of the general elections on grounds of insecurity in the North East as well as irregularities in the distribution of permanent voters card.

 

2014 NIGERIAN NAVY RECRUITMENT EXERCISE RESULT

  1. The under listed names are successful candidates of the 2014 NN Recruitment Exercise held from 8 – 12 December 2014 at various centres across the country. The successful candidates are to report at Nigerian Navy Basic Training School (NNBTS) Onne, Port-Harcourt for INTERVIEW from 2-12 March for BATCH A and 16 – 26 March 2015 for BATCH B. Candidates are to ensure they attend this Interview within the period specified for their states (Batch).
    CANDIDATES WHO FAIL TO REPORT ON THE DESIGNATED DAYS FOR THEIR STATES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED
    .GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
  2. Short listed candidates are to report at the Interview Centres with the following:
    1. Original and photocopies of Credentials.
    2. Scratch cards for verification of NECO/WAEC results.
    3. Writing materials.
    4. 2 pairs of navy blue shorts, and 2 white (unmarked) T-Shirts.
    5. A pair of canvas/trainers.
    6. Bed sheets and pillow cases.
    7. Cutleries set.
    8. 4 recent passport photographs.

BATCH A 2 – 12 MATCH 2015

  1. Abia State
  2. Adamawa State
  3. Anambra State
  4. Borno Sate
  5. Cross River State
  6. Delta State
  7. Enugu State
  8. Kano State
  9. Kebbi State
  10. Kogi State
  11. Katsina State
  12. Kwara State
  13. Lagos State
  14. Niger State
  15. Ogun State
  16. Oyo State
  17. Rivers State
  18. Sokoto State
  19. Yobe State

BATCH B 16 – 26 MATCH 2015

  1. Akwa Ibom State
  2. Bauchi State
  3. Bayelsa State
  4. Benue State
  5. Ebonyi State
  6. Edo State
  7. Ekiti State
  8. FCT State
  9. Gombe State
  10. Imo State
  11. Jigawa State
  12. Kaduna State
  13. Nasarawa State
  14. Ondo State
  15. Osun State
  16. Plateau State
  17. Taraba State
  18. Zamfara State

Boko Haram stages new assault on Niger border town

Niamey – Boko Haram staged an overnight assault on a border town in Niger, residents said Sunday, the second time the west African nation has come under attack by the Nigeria-based extremists since Friday.

The attack on the town of Diffa began on Saturday night, and fighting between Boko Haram and Niger’s army lasted until 05:00 toward the town’s southern entrance before the extremists were forced to fleeA screengrab from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau delivering a speech. (File: AFP)

The fight against Nigeria’s Boko Haram has taken on an increasingly regional dimension in recent months, with the extremists staging attacks in both Cameroon and Niger last week alone.

Nearly 100 people were killed and some 500 wounded in an attack on the town of Fotokol in Cameroon on Wednesday and Thursday that saw Boko Haram fighters raze mosques and churches and use civilians as human shields, Cameroon officials said.

Heavy losses

On Friday, Boko Haram reached into Niger, attacking Diffa and Bosso, another border town. Chad and Niger troops responded to the assault in Bosso, while Niger’s army pushed Boko Haram out of Diffa, inflicting “heavy losses”, Niger Defense Minister Mahamadou Karijo said.

All told, 109 Boko Haram fighters were killed during the response to the attacks, while four Niger soldiers were killed and 17 were wounded, Karijo said. The figures he provided could not be independently verified.

On Saturday, regional and African Union officials meeting in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, unveiled a proposal for a force of as many as 8,750 members to combat Boko Haram.

The manpower would come from Nigeria and its four neighbors. Chad and Nigeria would each contribute 3 500 troops each, while Cameroon and Niger would contribute 750 each and Benin would contribute 250.

Officials said they envisioned deploying the force as early as next month, though the effort could be delayed for lack of funds. The United Nations has so far promised logistical and technical support.

Nigeria postpones vote amid Boko Haram violence

Dakar – Nigeria’s electoral commission will postpone the 14 February presidential and legislative elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure north-eastern areas under the sway of Boko Haram, an official close to the commission told The Associated Press onA Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. (Stephane Yas, AFP) Saturday.

M

illions could be disenfranchised if the voting went ahead while the Islamic extremists hold a large swath of the northeast and commit mayhem that has driven 1.5 million people from their homes.

The Nigerian official, who is knowledgeable of the discussions, said the Independent National Electoral Commission will announce the postponement later. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

A major offensive with warplanes and ground troops from Chad and Nigeria already has forced the insurgents from a dozen towns and villages in the past 10 days. Even greater military strikes by more countries are planned.

African Union officials and representatives of countries supporting the initiative were ending a three-day meeting on Saturday in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, to finalise details of a 7 500-strong force from Nigeria and its neighbours Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger. Details of funding, with the Africans wanting the UN and EU to pay, may delay the mission.b32a5ae4c4d1452983b94571c7b44c83

International concern

Nigeria’s home-grown extremist group has responded with attacks on one town in Cameroon and two in Niger this week. Officials said more than 100 civilians were killed and 500 wounded in Cameroon. Niger said about 100 insurgents and one civilian died in attacks Friday. Several security forces from both countries were killed.

International concern has increased along with the death toll: Some 10 000 killed in the uprising in the past year compared to 2 000 in the four previous years, according to the US Council on Foreign Relations.

Officials in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration have supported postponing the 14 February vote.

Any delay is opposed by an opposition coalition fielding former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, though the opposition stands to take most votes in the northeast.

Supporters of both sides are threatening violence if their candidate does not win. Some 800 people were killed in riots in the mainly Muslim north after Buhari, a Muslim, lost 2011 elections to Jonathan, a Christian from the south.

Analysts say the vote is too close to call, the most tightly contested election since decades of military dictatorship ended in 1999.

Jonathan’s party has won every election since then but the failure of the military to curb the five year Islamic uprising, growing corruption and an economy hit by halved oil prices have hurt the president of Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous nation of about 170 million.

A postponement also will give electoral officials more time to deliver some 30 million voter cards. The commission had said the non-delivery of cards to nearly half of the 68.8 million registered voters was not a good reason to delay the vote.

Niger forces kill 109 Boko Haram militants

Niamey – Niger’s forces killed 109 fighters from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Friday as they repulsed attacks on the south-eastern town of Bosso, near the Nigerian border, Niger state television said.(AP)

Four soldiers from Niger were killed in the fighting against Boko Haram, whose insurgency is spreading from Nigeria to neighbouring states.

Niger’s defence minister reported that a civilian was also killed and 17 other troops were wounded.

Chadian forces, who have taken a lead role in battling Boko Haram in recent days, fought alongside Niger’s troops on Friday. Chad’s commander in Niger, General Yaya Daoud, was also wounded with a gunshot to the stomach, a security source said.

Niger’s Defence Minister Mahamadou Karidjo said calm had been restored to both Bosso and Diffa.

Niger sending troops to joing Boko Haram fight

Niamey – Niger is set to send troops to Nigeria for the multi-national battle against Boko Haram after scores of people were killed in a fresh onslaught by the Islamist fighters in a key border town.

Intervention from Niger would open a new northern front in the increasingly regional fight against the Islamist insurgents who killed more than a hundred people, including 19 soldiers, on Wednesday in a rampage in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol on Nigeria’s border.

Niger soldiers. (Boureima Hama, AFP)

The onslaught came a day after Chad sent troops across the frontier to battle the jihadists and recapture the Nigerian town of Gamboru. Chad’s army said it had killed more than 200 Boko Haram fighters in the clashes.

“They [Boko Haram] attacked and burnt three mosques in the attack,” Mele Mohammed, a Fotokol community leader, told AFP. “In the mosque, in the Tashangalau area, they killed 31 people who were praying.”

He added: “Our consolation is that our attackers also suffered heavy casualties, especially when the fighter jets bombed them as they fled.”

A government source said Niger’s parliament will vote on sending its troops to Nigeria to fight the militants, who have killed 3 000 people and forced more than a million from their homes since launching its insurgency in 2009.

“Niger is indeed going to send troops to Nigeria as part of the struggle against Boko Haram,” the source said.

Nothing more than a stream, the Komadougou Yobe marks the frontier between Niger and Nigeria, and the water level has recently dropped considerably, making it easy for troops to cross.

African Union leaders have backed plans for a 7 500-strong five-nation regional force to take on the extremists, who control vast swathes of northeast Nigeria.

The UN Security Council on Thursday urged Nigeria’s neighbours to step up military cooperation, praising Chad’s “swift assistance in the fight against Boko Haram”.

‘A crucial step’

African and Western experts met in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde on Thursday to devise the combat strategy against the Islamist militants.

The three-day summit “amounts to a crucial, determining and decisive step in the war that the international community has decided to intensify against Boko Haram,” Cameroon’s Defence Minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o said.

Nigeria’s military has drawn fierce criticism for failing to rein in the insurgents, who have stepped up their campaign of terror in the northeast in the run-up to presidential and parliamentary elections planned for 14 February.

Viewing the widening field of Boko Haram activity a direct threat to its national interests, Chad has had troops equipped with tanks and hundreds of other vehicles stationed since Monday on Niger’s territory in the Bosso region adjoining the border with Nigeria.

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday called on the international community to help fight extremism in Africa, instead of talking on the sidelines.

“Do your job, don’t give lessons, act. Do your duty, no one else will do it in your place,” Hollande said.

International support

France is supporting the operations by carrying out reconnaissance flights over border areas of Chad and Cameroon to provide the two nations with intelligence, defence officials in Paris have said.

Boko Haram has seized control of vast tracts of northeastern Nigeria, including the strategic town of Baga in the Lake Chad region where the borders of four countries converge.

Troops from Chad and Niger stationed at a joint military base in Baga withdrew before Boko Haram fighters seized it on 3 January.

Nigeria has reacted defensively to the presence of foreign troops on its soil.

“Nigeria’s territorial integrity remains intact,” defence spokesperson Chris Olukolade insisted, claiming national forces had “planned and are driving the present onslaught against terrorists from all fronts in Nigeria, not the Chadian forces”.

Explosive audio surfaces detailing how Ekiti state Guber election was ‘allegedly’ rigged

this for real? For real? The audio was released last night. I don’t want to get too involved because I don’t understand it myself but the audio above allegedly tells how some powerful politicians gathered to allegedly plan the rigging of the Ekiti state election last year with the help of the military. Hopefully, this is not real. Read Sahara Reporters report on the issue after the cut to understand better

From Sahara Reporters

SaharaReporters has received unimpeachable documents and audio recordings providing substantial evidence that major Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders planned and successfully rigged the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State, and plotted a similar scenario in Osun in 2014.

The audio recordings and affidavit were provided by Sagir Koli, a Captain in the 32nd Artillery Brigade stationed in Ekiti State, who has since fled the country for fear of retaliation. Capt. Koli recorded the conversation on 20th June 2014 when he was asked to accompany his Commanding Officer, Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh, to the meeting.  The venue was held at Spotless Hotel in Ado-Ekiti.

The audio recordings depict the meeting as being attended by the eventual “winner” of the election, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti; Senator Iyiola Omisore; a man identified as Honorable Abdulkareem; the Minister for Police Affairs Caleb Olubolade; and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro who was at the time the Minister of State for Defence. Mr. Chris Uba came to Ekiti with huge stash cash and soldiers from the East to carry out the assignment. Read the rest on Saharareporters.com

Mrs Oby Ezekwesili reacted to it this morning

Chad troops killed in Boko Haram counter-attack

(Rebecca Blackwell, AP)Ya

ound – Thirteen Chadian soldiers were killed on Wednesday in a counter-attack by Boko Haram militants on the Cameroonian border town of Fotokol, Cameroon’s defence minister said.

“After finishing the count in Fotokol, we… found 13 Chadian soldiers killed,” the minister, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, said on Thursday.

He also said 81 civilians had been killed, up from a toll of around 70 given on Wednesday, and confirmed that six Cameroonian soldiers had died.

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