By: on February 25, 2021
For years, the hideouts of bandits in Nigeria was a mystery. DSS, and other top intelligence services seem helpless in handling the rigors of tracing and tracking the criminals. The services failed to give helpful tips and useful information on ways to rid the atrocities of those bloodthirsty monsters. Freely and with reckless abandon, the outlaws committed cruelty raking millions while killing hundreds of innocent souls. Those in authority also watched carelessly as citizens fell prey. Dressed ...
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By: on February 23, 2021
Boko Haram, ISIS, bandits, kidnapping, yahoo-yahoo boys did not come to Nigeria because of the implementation of visa on arrival policy. The Nigerian government in March 2020 suspended its visa on arrival policy over fears of further spread of coronavirus. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday, March 20, 2020. Visa on arrival is not a bad policy in itself, but the concern is whether the country has developed t...
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By: on February 18, 2021
In the run-up to the 2015 Presidential election, the cardinal issues contending in the polity were pervasive corruption and insecurity, the latter arising, in the main, from Boko Haram insurgency, initially restricted to Borno state, but subsequently spreading to other northern states and Abuja, the seat of the federal government. Understood, ab initio, as being averse to western education, as the name suggests, Boko Haram has, by its indiscriminate attacks on churches and mosques, over the year...
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By: on January 22, 2021
We are not strangers to hyperbolic self-adulation by political leaders. It matters in human management because of the applause factor in political leadership. A current political administration measures its success by how negatively it portrays its predecessor. The less positively we remember the past, the more positively we appreciate the present. I can see that President Muhammadu Buhari is irritated by the elite criticisms of his administration who are comparing his watch with the past wat...
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By: on January 6, 2021
Nigerians are not amused by the seeming politicisation of safety of lives and property of citizens, as manifested in reports that the House of Representatives has apologised to the presidency over the house’s invitation asking President Buhari to address it on security. It is as well that the House has denied making any such apology. What really is at stake is beyond whether or not the Representatives have power or constitutional backing to invite or, as the case may be, summon the president ...
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By: on January 2, 2021
It could not get more desperate or more pathetic than this – the deepening national insecurity casting a lengthening and darkening shadow on the nation. On December 29, Borno State government resorted to its own self-help measure to contain the worsening insecurity in the state. It turned to hunters and a vigilante group in Hawul Local Government Area where Boko Haram sacked four communities on Boxing Day. It provided them with eight Toyota Hilux vehicles and “other accessories” to fight the in...
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By: on November 24, 2020
I commend the United Arab Emirates in its legal fight against sponsors of Boko Haram in Nigeria. UAE is the first country to openly support Nigeria with legal instruments in its fight against Boko Haram. I want to appeal to super power countries to emulate UAE action against Boko Haram. The country (UAE) has deployed one of the 19 international legal instruments to prevent terrorist acts. Since 1963, the international community has formulated 19 international legal instruments to prevent terrori...
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By: on November 16, 2020
The Federal Government should indeed be worried by the growing loss of public confidence in its sincerity to address genuine demands of the EndSARS protests. Though the government at federal and state levels has set up judicial panels of inquiry to deliver justice, peace and reconciliation, activities of overzealous institutions like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are abusing instruments of the state to victimise victims. The self-contradictions and sheer hypocrisy in government’s disposition...
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By: on October 24, 2020
There might have been a time when the implications of police corruption and extortion were not fully appreciated by ordinary Nigerians. When I was about to leave secondary school many decades ago, an uncle suggested I should enrol in the Nigerian Police Force or seek employment as a sanitary inspector. He reasoned it could be the easiest way of making money because there would be those begging me with it. I honestly did not see anything wrong with his advice, even when his suggested professi...
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By: on October 8, 2020
Nigeria is a canvass of conflicting and colliding counter narratives. A narrative of disrepair and dilapidation occupies one hand: a country where only dysfunction functions in a nauseatingly familiar fable. Two packs a punch on the other hand with home, heart and hope weaving a taut narrative threaded together by the familiar tropes of patriotism, pride and plenty. For many Nigerians and Africans, home is where the heart is. For many Nigerian hearts, scorched by the drought at home, home is ...
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By: on October 7, 2020
The last time I wrote on the insurgency attacks in Borno state I drew attention to the deteriorating security situation and what should be done to subdue the threat and decimate the insurgents. The need to mobilize public support for the counter-insurgency was emphasized because the dispersed insurgents are hibernating among the people and seemingly regrouping to launch surprise ambushes, a typical guerilla strategy. The strategy is apparently a preferred option for the insurgents considering th...
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By: on September 16, 2020
The alarm raised recently by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) bordering on the fact that there are Boko Haram terrorist camps in and around the Federal Capital Territory, asking its officers in Abuja to stay alert should not be taken lightly. The matter is quite worrisome owing to the fact that Boko Haram had attacked the FCT on three previous occasions killing scores of people. In a notice with reference NCS/ENF/ABJ/180/S.I/VOL.II, issued by the Comptroller, Enforcement Headquarters, H.A. S...
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