Nasarawa: Bassa militia invade Toto LGA, displace communities

Linus Oota , Lafia Unidentified gunmen suspected to be Bassa militias are reported to have launched a fresh attack on

Linus Oota , Lafia

Unidentified gunmen suspected to be Bassa militias are reported to have launched a fresh attack on Umaisha, the headquarters of Opanda chiefdom in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, burning down the entire communities.

The invaded communities include: Kolo, Kuwa, Kokoto, Kanyehu, Dausu, Ogba, Ugya, Katakpa, and Umaisha villages. The resident villagers have been displaced as a result of the attacks.

This was disclosed to journalists at a press briefing in Lafia by the national president and national secretary of Egbura National Development Association (ENDA), Prof Ibrahim Aguye and Prof Yusuf Aboki, respectively.

The latest onslaught on the Ebgura town occurred on Friday, May 18, in a daylight attack shortly after the Egburas commenced Friday prayers.

“Apart from Ugya, which has experienced alleged sustained attacks by Bassas, surrounding villages such as Kolo, Katakpa and Ogba have also come under attacks on different days, as well as many other Egbura communities in Toto LGA, which are still experiencing guerrilla style attacks, while lives as well as property are being lost as a result,” the Egbura stated.

“We are constrained to give the concerned authorities some promising leads that would prove useful on the timeline of their campaigns of carnage and terror which has seen them raiding various Egbura communities of Toto LGA,” they added.

The ENDA leadership called on State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to go beyond the usual government diplomatic appeal for peaceful coexistence, by unearthing the causes of the ongoing crisis in Toto LGA, adding that the state government must act without holding back to squarely put the blame where it belongs.

“The state government should unmask the masquerades behind the latest crisis, which we have every reason to believe has political undertones. It should also act to bring those who are hellbent on rubbishing the uncommon feats achieved by the Nasarawa government through ignition of crisis in flash points across the state as we approach the 2019 General Elections,” ENDA appealed.

The ENDA leaders petitioned the Governor to reverse the provocative decision of Bassas to indiscriminately settle in Ugya irrespective of where they were before 1997 crisis. They also called on Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to probe the intractable crisis between the affected ethnic groups in Bassa LGA with a view to bringing the culprits, who have made peace in the area impossible, to book.

They further appealed to Bello to facilitate the return of all the Egbura Internally Displaced Persons from the communities of Ogbonka, Ogbaozanyi, Ozugbe, Ahutara, Okanga and Ibiroko Egbura communities, all under Mozum Chiefdom of Bassa LGA of Kogi State, who are currently displaced to Umaisha and surrounding communities in Nasarawa State, as well as Lokoja and surrounding communities in Kogi State, back to their ancestral homelands.

They called on both the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the people displaced from their ancestral homes and camped at Umaisha and its environs.

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200 Arrested For Terrorism In West Africa – Army

FILE PHOTO   More than 200 people were arrested last week in a joint anti-terror and security operation in the

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More than 200 people were arrested last week in a joint anti-terror and security operation in the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Togo, the Burkinabe army said. 

“Fifty-two individuals were arrested in Burkina Faso, 42 in Benin, 95 in Togo and 13 in Ghana”, Colonel Blaise Ouedraogo told AFP late Friday.

Explosives and contraband goods were also seized.

At least two of those arrested in Burkina were suspected of being involved in jihadism, Ouedraogo said, adding that “40 sticks of explosives, 38 guns and 623 illegally registered motorbikes” had been found.

Around 2,900 security and defence officers from the four countries took part, he added.

Burkino Faso’s Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said the joint operation was the result of an agreement between the leaders of the four countries in Ghana’s capital, Accra, last year.

He said such operations would be repeated in future “so that we can pool our resources, our expertise and our ability to overcome serious crime and terrorism.”

The number of deadly attacks has been on the increase in the north of Burkino Faso in recent years, as well as in the east of the country and the border areas with Togo and Benin.

AFP

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Bahrain Strips 115 Of Nationality Over ‘Terrorism’

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A Bahrain court Tuesday sentenced 115 Bahrainis to jail terms ranging from three years to life and stripped them of their nationality for forming an Iran-linked “terrorist” group, the public prosecutor said.

A judicial source told AFP the group were all members of Bahrain’s Shiite majority.

The defendants were found guilty of forming the “Zulfiqar Battalions”, which the court said had received training in Iran and Iraq from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard with “the intent to commit hostile acts” against Bahrain.

According to a statement by the public prosecutor, the group had hidden weapons, tracked targets and planted homemade bombs “with the intent of killing security personnel”, though no casualties had resulted.

The majority were sentenced to more than a decade behind bars, including 53 who were handed down life sentences. Twenty-three other defendants were acquitted.

The prosecutor said 86 of those sentenced were in detention, implying the rest are on the run.

Sunni-ruled, Shiite-majority Bahrain has stripped hundreds of its citizens of their nationality and jailed dozens of high-profile activists and clerics since protests demanding an elected government erupted in early 2011.

The opposition Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) denounced Tuesday’s proceedings, which it said brought the number of Bahrainis stripped of their citizenship to 719 since the crackdown began.

The Bahraini government has accused Shiite Iran of backing the protests and attempting to overthrow the government. Tehran denies involvement.

AFP

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Egypt To Prosecute 278 People Over Alleged ‘Terrorism’ Offences

T   Egypt’s prosecutor general referred 278 suspected Muslim Brotherhood members to military trial Sunday on “terrorism” charges, a judicial

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Egypt’s prosecutor general referred 278 suspected Muslim Brotherhood members to military trial Sunday on “terrorism” charges, a judicial official said. 

The suspects are facing charges including joining militant groups Lewaa al-Thawra, which assassinated an army general in 2016, and Hasam.

They are also accused of carrying out 12 “terrorist operations” including targeting and killing police officers and personnel, the official said.

Of the 278 people referred for trial, 141 are already in detention.

Lewaa al-Thawra and Hasam emerged after the military ousted former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, unleashing a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

Police have accused Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood of directing the groups, an accusation echoed in Sunday’s referral.

The Brotherhood, which Egypt declared a “terrorist” group in December 2013, denies any links with militancy and asserts it has solely political aims.

Egypt’s civilian and military courts have held successive “terrorism” trials since Morsi was removed from power.

Sunday’s announcement comes after 555 people were referred to military trial last week, accused of belonging to a branch of the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula.

AFP

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Turkey Resumes Trial Of US Pastor Over Alleged Terrorism

Andrew Brunson, an American pastor held in Turkey for one and a half years in a case that further strained

Andrew Brunson, an American pastor held in Turkey for one and a half years in a case that further strained relations between Ankara and Washington, is to go on trial on April 16 on terror-related charges.  STR / DHA / AFP

 

The Turkish trial resumed on Monday of US pastor Andrew Brunson who faces up to 35 years in jail on terror and spy charges in a case condemned by the United States. 

Brunson, leader of a small Protestant Christian church in the western city of Izmir named “Yeniden Dirilis” (Resurrection) and described by US President Donald Trump as a “fine gentleman”, was detained in October 2016.

Turkish prosecutors accuse him of activities on behalf of the group led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen — who Ankara says is behind a failed 2016 coup — and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Both the Gulen movement and the PKK are banned by Turkey as terror groups.

Brunson, who has lived and worked in Turkey for over two decades, is also accused of espionage for political or military purposes.

He rejected all the accusations directed against him during the first hearing in the town of Aliaga, north of Izmir last month, and from time to time broke down in tears.

“I haven’t done anything against Turkey. On the contrary I love Turkey. I have been praying for Turkey for 25 years,” he told the judge.

US embassy charge d’affaires Philip Kosnett as well as Sandra Jolley, vice chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, were present at Monday’s hearing.

The case has further inflamed tensions between Turkey and the United States. Trump said the pastor was on trial and being prosecuted for “no reason” — in a strong tweet after the Turkish court ruled to keep him in jail.

“They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is. Hopefully, he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!” Trump said.

The State Department then said it had seen “no credible evidence” that Brunson was guilty of a crime.

Top US officials have raised the pastor’s case in meetings with Turkish authorities and have called for Brunson’s release.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who will soon meet with US counterpart Mike Pompeo in Washington, said Brunson’s case was a legal one.

“They say ‘the government should release him’. Is it up to me?” Cavusoglu told the private CNN Turk broadcaster in an interview on Sunday.

“This is a decision the judiciary will make,” he said.

Turkish-US relations are already strained over American backing for a Kurdish militia in Syria which Turkey says is linked to the PKK, as well as the jailing of two employees from American missions in Turkey.

In September, Erdogan suggested that Turkey could free Brunson if Washington handed over Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania — an offer brushed off by Washington.

AFP

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F.G. Committed To Fighting Terrorism, Says Adeosun

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The Federal Government has said that it is committed to the global fight against terrorism and its financing.

This was revealed on Monday by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, at an International Conference in Paris, France.

She said, “Nigerian Government is very committed to the fight against terrorism and cutting off funding for terrorists’ activities”.

The Conference, which had as theme “No money for terror”, was hosted by the French President, Emmanuel Macron and was attended by the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; President of the World Bank Group, Jim Kim; US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin as well as UK Chancellor, Phillip Hammond.

Adeosun, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the Conference, said the country was reinvigorating efforts to tackle the financing of terrorism.

“The Government, in addition to monitoring of the formal channels of finance via the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and other bodies, is also monitoring ‘non-formal cash-based structures’, which can often be used for illicit purposes.”

Adeosun emphasised the need to address the root cause of terrorism and not the symptoms.

She disclosed that the men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service were working to effectively track physical cash movements and transactions at the various borders, including Niger, Benin Republic and Cameroon.

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Militants threaten to blow oil facilities if fund demands for University not met

Paul Osuyi, Asaba A militant group in the Niger Delta, Urhobo Liberation Force (ULF), has threatened to blow up oil

Paul Osuyi, Asaba

A militant group in the Niger Delta, Urhobo Liberation Force (ULF), has threatened to blow up oil and gas facilities in Urhobo land if the Federal Government fails to make adequate budgetary provisions for the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) in Effurun, Delta State within 14 days.

ULF vowed to return Nigeria to zero oil and gas production and force it into another recession if adequate provisions are not made within the 14-day ultimatum.

The group alleged that the budgetary provision for financial implementation of FUPRE, which is located in Urhobo land, was deliberately left out in the 2018 Appropriation Bill sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly.

The threat was contained in a statement jointly signed by Orubu Ekpe, who is in charge of operations and Mike Agbalele, in charge of defence for the group.

It frowned at the provision N45 billion in the 2018 budget for North East Development Commission (NEDC), insisting that NEDC Act was accented to a week after the FUPRE bill was signed into law by the President.

While appreciating the Federal Government for signing the FUPRE bill and the smooth take-off of academic activities of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, the group urged the Buhari administration to direct the National Assembly committees on appropriation “to adequately allocate from the excess crude funds realized in the increase of the oil benchmark as it rose from $45 per barrel to the current benchmark $72 per barrel – yielding an excess of about N152 billion derived from Urhobo nation in the Niger Delta region in the 2018 Appropriation Bill.”

It group went to call on other militant groups with genuine intent towards the development of the region to join forces with ULF to correct what it termed as “wicked and devilish agenda of this administration aimed at under developing the oil rich Niger Delta,” and also called on the leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) to wade into this issue as a voice of the Niger Delta people.

“If we strike, we will not listen to their call for peace. This should not be taken as a threat but all necessary machinery to carry out this operations has been put in place. All oil and gas facilities in the upland will been blown off. We advise all oil and gas companies operating in the upland to take note because this operation shall be bloody,” the militants threatened.

The group claimed that the Urhobo nation is the 5th largest ethnic nationality in Nigeria, with rich oil and gas resources, but has been marginalized by the Buhari administration, saying that the government has not appointed an Urhobo person in any ministerial role, or representative position in oil and gas related agencies.

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US removes restrictions on banking dealing with Sudan

Xinhua/NAN The U.S. government has removed restrictions on banking dealing with Sudan after lifting the sanctions. The remark was made

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The U.S. government has removed restrictions on banking dealing with Sudan after lifting the sanctions.

The remark was made by U.S. Assistant Secretary of Treasury Marshall Billingslea who is visiting Sudan as part of a U.S. Congress delegation.

Billingslea, who held talks with a number of Sudanese officials in Khartoum on Sunday, promised to restore relations of the American banks with the Sudanese banks.

He urged in a statement the Sudanese government to make further progress in human rights and build normal ties with the United States.

He said Sudan has achieved progress in the five-track plan in accordance with which the economic sanctions were lifted, noting that the U.S. congress is looking forward to removing Sudan’s name from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.

On Oct. 6, 2017 the U.S. decided to lift its economic sanctions on Sudan permanently, citing Sudan’s “sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas in Sudan, improve humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintain cooperation with the United States on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism.”

However, Sudan still remains on the U.S. list of states sponsoring terrorism.

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Soldiers arrest 4 Boko Haram terror suspects in Yobe

Molly Kilete, Abuja Soldiers on internal security operations in Yobe State have arrested four suspected members of Boko Haram in Mingel

Molly Kilete, Abuja

Soldiers on internal security operations in Yobe State have arrested four suspected members of Boko Haram in Mingel and Damagun in Fune  Local Government Area of the northern state.

The terrorists, all indigenes of Borno State, were arrested by troops of 233 Battalion deployed as part of counterterror Operation LAFIYA DOLE while on a raid in the area.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, gave a statement about the arrests, which reads:

“Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in operation LAFIYA DOLE on 27 April, 2018, while on raid operation to Mingel and Damagun in Fune Local Government Area of Yobe State, nabbed four Boko Haram terrorists with their collaborator.

“The suspects, who are all from Borno State, include:

a. Chari Masaa – 40years

b. Gonbuzu Abar – 30years

c. Modu Moduchollo – 20 years

d. Titta Masawa – 20 years

e. While their collaborator is Gambo Idrisa – 30 years.

“Items recovered include:

a. Four Tecno phones.

b. A cash [amount] of N150,000.00 only.

“Similarly, troops of Forward Operation Base Potiskum on 26 April, 2018, while on routine patrol, arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mr Sailsu Musa – 30 years – of Sabon Gari Duddaye village in  Nangere Local Government Area.

“The general public is hereby advised to report any suspicious movements to the security agents for necessary action.”

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BREAKING: Military to launch Operation LAST HOLD in northern Borno

Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri A special excercise tagged Operation LAST HOLD, aimed at completely liberating the northern Borno from remnant of

Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri

A special excercise tagged Operation LAST HOLD, aimed at completely liberating the northern Borno from remnant of Boko Haram, and return displaced persons to their homes and farmlands, is in the offing, according to Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas said.

Nearly all 10 local governments in northern Borno had been sacked by Boko Haram terrorists since late 2014, as thousands of people fled to Maiduguri, the state capital, for refuge.

“We are conducting a special exercise called Operation LAST HOLD in northern Borno. It is to restore hope in the northern part of Borno, especially in Malam Fatori, Cross Kowa, Gulumbali and others. We are going to do clearance of the area and hold the area, be with the people. We’re going to follow the people to their farms, stay with them even on their farms,” Nicholas told journalists at the Command Headquarters in Maiduguri while receiving seven repentant Boko Haram members, including Amri  (leader) on Friday.

He said the Chief of Army Staff will soon flag off farming activities in northern Borno, with soldiers being directly involved.

He said that repentant Boko Harm members willingly decided to surrender themselves at Kumshe area, as he called on others to follow.

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