Sunday, June 26, 2022
More

    Latest Posts

    Kizz Daniel’s ‘Buga’ video garners over 3m views in 48 hours

    Singer and songwriter, Oluwatobiloba Daniel, aka Kizz Daniel, has continued to record several milestones with his latest single, ‘Buga’, on which he featured Tekno. The...

    Lawan, Akpabio lose out as INEC publishes candidates’ list

    The All Progressives Congress may not have candidates for the Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in the 2023 elections because...

    Obi, Kwankwaso yet to agree on presidential candidate, running mate

    The joint panel set up by the Labour Party and the New Nigeria People’s Party to work out an alliance between Rabiu Kwankwaso and...

    He dared me, the rest is history- Yoruba actor, Ogogo narrates fight with fan

    Veteran Nollywood actor, Taiwo Hassan, popularly known as Ogogo, has opened up on the circumstances that led to a fight between him and a...

    Military blames poor network, roads for Zamfara, Niger killings

    The Director of Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, has blamed the attacks in Zamfara and Niger states on poor road networks, communication infrastructure and the vastness of the affected communities.

    Akpor, however, said the military had taken this into perspective, adding that it had deployed troops to address the situation.

    Fleeing terrorists have been launching ferocious attacks on communities, killing and abducting many residents, following the bombardment of their enclaves in the northern part of the country by the military.

    Between January 1 and 20, no fewer than 500 persons have died from such attacks.

    On January 7, fleeing terrorists in Zamfara killed 200, while many other residents were killed and some abducted 13 days later.

    Last week, the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, said over 300 persons were killed and 200 kidnapped between January 1 and 17 in at least 50 attacks in the state.

    According to residents in Zamfara and Niger, the terrorists invaded their communities on motorcycles in large numbers.

    But Akpor said, “The military has appropriately deployed troops to deal with the situation on the ground but you must understand these areas are vast. If you put the whole of the South-East inside Niger State, it would swallow it. When they tell you they moved from a place and went to cause havoc at another, if you don’t know how large this expanse of land is you would think it is something you can easily block and neutralise them.

    “Also, the roads in these areas are very poor, and the communication infrastructure is also poor. Before we get information on the havoc wreaked by these terrorists, it takes two to three days. The road infrastructure to respond is terrible. We have taken everything into perspective and we are working very hard to ensure that no Nigerian suffers undue threat to life and properties.”

    “A lot is happening in these states. That is why the heat is on them and they are running from their comfort zone. It means they would not have food and resources wherever they are running to. Therefore, they would pounce on villages along the way. It is unfortunate; we are carrying out a pursuit on them. Very soon, even the forests would not be a safe haven for them. “

    Meanwhile, security experts have lamented the situation and advised the Nigerian military to make the onslaught on the terrorists a continuous one.

    A security expert, Timothy Avele, “They’re feeling the heat of the military onslaught and would not want to go down alone. My only fear is that, soon, the military and law enforcement agencies will relax while the terrorists regroup and start their deadly attacks again. To eliminate this threat, the military, law enforcement and Intelligence agencies must keep the onslaught on the terrorists from multiple locations and it must be a non-stop operation, day and night. “

    A security risk management and intelligence executive, Kabiru Adamu, said measures should be put in place to curtail the relocation of the terrorists.

    Adamu added, “The Zamfara attack was possible because of the absence of a strategy and framework at the national level to address this issue. Someone within the security architecture should have anticipated that bombardment of these terrorists would lead to relocation; that person should have put in place preventive measures to protect vulnerable communities. “

    Copyright PUNCH.

    Latest Posts

    Kizz Daniel’s ‘Buga’ video garners over 3m views in 48 hours

    Singer and songwriter, Oluwatobiloba Daniel, aka Kizz Daniel, has continued to record several milestones with his latest single, ‘Buga’, on which he featured Tekno. The...

    Lawan, Akpabio lose out as INEC publishes candidates’ list

    The All Progressives Congress may not have candidates for the Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in the 2023 elections because...

    Obi, Kwankwaso yet to agree on presidential candidate, running mate

    The joint panel set up by the Labour Party and the New Nigeria People’s Party to work out an alliance between Rabiu Kwankwaso and...

    He dared me, the rest is history- Yoruba actor, Ogogo narrates fight with fan

    Veteran Nollywood actor, Taiwo Hassan, popularly known as Ogogo, has opened up on the circumstances that led to a fight between him and a...

    Don't Miss

    Marwa commends IGP over NDLEA-police partnership

    The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd.), has commended the Inspector General of...

    Senate majority leader defects to PDP, resigns position

    The Senator representing Kebbi North, Yahaya Abdullahi, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party. As a result of his defection, Abdullahi also resigned from his...

    Buhari meets APC govs in Aso Rock

    The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Tuesday, met behind closed doors with governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the Presidential Villa...

    Owo attack: Oyo govt declares three-day mourning

    The Oyo State Government on Monday declared a three-day mourning period in honour of the victims of the terrorist attack on St. Francis Catholic...

    Filmmaker, Wale Fanu, dies at 72

    Veteran filmmaker, Wale Fanu, is dead. The death of the filmmaker was announced by his associate, Jide Bisayo, on Sunday. The 72-year-old veteran, who lived...

    Stay in touch

    To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.