Showing posts from September, 2017

UPDATE: In anniversary speech, President Buhari says Nigerians must be grateful to country's military for rolling back Boko Haram frontiers -

By BnF News Online 
Presidentof Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari said the country must be greatful to the Nigeria military for reducing the ranks of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria.

The president spoke in his independent anniversary national broadcast on Sunday. 
He said Nigeria must remain united despite agitation for division. 
He said government is doing its best to rescue the remaining Chibok girls and others in Boko Haram captivity. 
He said the economy is being stabilized after recession with Naira naira gaining up against the US dollar.  
He said agriculture is being revamped in government's  move to diversify economy. 
He said a team of prosecutors and data base have been assembled to prosecute corrupt persons. 
He c

ommend the national assembly for improved oversight. Call on lawmakerd to pass anti corruption bill. 
The President's Full Speech:

My dear Nigerians,
October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians…

Police arrest wanted Boko Haram kingpin in Ondo

By BnF News Online 

A Boko Haram member that is on the wanted list of the Nigeria military has been arrested by the police in Ondo state. 
The arrested Insurgent, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, aged 42, is the number 156th on the  list of Wanted Boko Haram member published by the Nigeria army. 
Spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, a brigadier general, confirmed the development in a statement issued to the press. 
General Usman said the arrested suspect was nabbed at about 2pm on Sunday 24th September 2017 by personnel of the Nigeria Police in Ondo Stateon. 
He further revealed that
the suspect who known by two nicknames - "Idoko" and "Nagada". 
"He is believed to be on serial number 156 on the wanted Boko Haram terrorists list", said General Usman.
"He was handed over to the 32 Brigade, 2 Division, Nigerian Army, at about 2.00pm today Monday 25th September 2017 by the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police. 
"Preliminary investigation shows that…

Update: IPOB; Umuahia youth may have back step on ultimatum/ to dethrone Kanu’s Father

By BnF News Online
It is eight days today since September 17th when the Umuahia Youth Movement, a group in Abia state gave a 24 hours ultimatum for the state government to sack King Israel Kanu, father of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). 
The group wanted Nnamdi Kanu's father dethroned for his alleged failure to call his son to order.
The younger Kanu had in his quest for self actualization of the Igbo people of southeast Nigeria, Kanu former IPOB a group that was later accused of promoting parallel government structures like military and secret police. The groups last major outing was their face off Wol Itu soldiers. 
Interestingly the group gave only 24 hours for the governor to effect the sack or they toe an unspecified line of action against the state.  Neither the government of Abia nor the palace of  Isiama Afaraukwu responded to the threat.  The federal government of Nigeria which said to have been copied in the threat letter had not made any…

Follow-up: Issues as Reps Clears air on NGO Bill, says religious bodies, thrift orgs, school associations not affected

By BnF News Online 
The federal house of representatives of  Nigeria has recently, in a statement, said the controversial NGO bill that is currently before its committee was not crafted to stifle operations of religious bodies or local thrift organisations, as rumored. 
The NGO Bill which many Nigerians, especially the civil society organisations, described it as potentially noxious to the development of the country, is currently at its public hearing state after it passed the first and second reading. 
Many active voices in the civil society had continued to haul wedges on its wheel with an attempt to abort it, but the lawmakers paid deaf ears. 
The lawmakers said the bill stands to benefit the country. 
"The NGO bill, is primarily to set up a commission to regulate their activities and provide a platform for robust relationships between them and the government for the interests of Nigerians", Hon. Baba Jubril.
"In addition, it is to ensure transparency and accountabil…

Ranked Borno politician, industrialist elected Kings College alumni President

By BnF News Online
Popular Borno politician and former Presidential Liaision Officer to the Senate during the Olusegun Obasanjo presidency, Kashim Imam, was on Saturday elected as the new president of Kings College Old Boys Association, KCOBA.
Mr. Imam, a three-time governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, emerged the new president of KCOBA by unanimous endorsement.
The election was conducted at the annual Founders’ Day of KCOBA, which normally holds in September of every year.
Mr. Imam confirmed this to PREMIUM TIMES in a text message.
“Yes; I have just bibeen elected President of the King’s College Old Boys Association”, the industrialist informed PREMIUM TIMES.
“It was decision that was taken by members unanimously”.
“And I am humbled. I am challenged. I am grateful. I shall do everything possible to justify the trust and confidence”, he said.
King’s College Lagos has since inception been a citadel of excellence in academics, sports and students’ character. It …

Python Dance; Nigeria army lists successes of  operation, says outlawed IPOB now fizzled out 

By BnF News Online   
The  Nigeria army on Friday issued an elaborate situation report on the ongoing Operation Egwu Eke II (python dance 2) in the southeast of Nigeria, saying that the exercise was so far a huge success. 
Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, at 82 Division, Colonel Sagir Musa, made this known in a press statement. He said the exercise that commenced on 15th September 2017 has so far yielded positive results in terms of improving security. 
Top amongst the catalogue of succeases enumerated in the statement was quieting of the activities of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as led by secessionist Nnamdi Kanu. 
"The usual violent activities of the outlawed Biafra “National Guards” (manning check points and extorting money from traders and motorists) have now been checkmated", said Colonel Sagir. 
"Similarly, the outlawed Biafra terrorists group presence is no longer visible and people go about their normal businesses without fear, let or hindrance&quo…

In a Passionate Video Message, Right Activist, Chidi Odinkalu implores Nigeria to Kill NGO Regulation Bill at Public Hearing

- Says it is the most dangerous piece of legislation ever considered by Nigerian legislators in 20 years 
By BnF News Online

​Human Right activist, Mr Chidi Odinkalu described the Non-Governmental Organization  (NGO)  Regulation Bill that is being considered at the the Federal House of Representatives as one of the most dangerous piece of laws about to be passed by the government of Nigeria. 

The proposed bill has passed its first and second reading and will anytime in this September be subjected to public hearing. 

The bill was sponsored by  It is sponsored by the  Deputy Majority Leader in the House of Reps, Hon. Buba Jibril, APC from Kogi state. 

Odinkalu said Nigerians must rise and by all means prevent the bill from being passed even as he warned that the birth of such bill will not only violate human right, but also mozzle the voice of the civil society and strangulate communal efforts at the grassroots. 

​The most sort after Right Activist ​made featured in a video 5 minutes and 35 s…

Troops gun down armed bandit after FRSC personnel die Zamfara robbery attack

By BnF News Online

The Nigeria Army authority in Abuja said a member of an armed robbery gang that were out to carry out an attack were effectively gunned dislodged as soldiers acting on prompt inofrmation killed on of their member and recovered two assault rifles. 
Unfortunately, a personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corp who was caught in the armed attack of the robbers before the soldiers arrived lost his life. 
Spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said the robbers would have caused worse mayhem had the troops of the  223 Battalion, 1 Division Nigerian Army, not arrived the scene of the attack on time. 
According to a brief statement issued by him and made availabel to BnF News Online, the incident occurred  on Thursday. 
He said the incident took place  Tsafe town in  Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
"The troops on receipt of information about the presence of the armed bandits, mobilized immediately, moved to the area", said Gener…

Rights Abuse; Amnesty International lacks moral grounds to testify before presidential review Panel - Abuja NGO

By BnF News Online

An Abuja based civil society organisation, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has accused the global whistle-blowing giant, Amnesty International (AI) of publishing perverted reports about the conflicts and insecurity issues in Nigeria with the alleged intention to bolster conflict in the country. 
As such the NGO wants the recently inaugurated Presidential Investigation Panel set up on Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement in Local Conflicts and Insurgencies, not to give any form of testimony or submission at the public hearing by the panel. 
SHAC made this allegation in a position paper in presented during a public hearing organised by the Presidential Panel in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.  
The presidential panel was set up in August this year to investigate the allegations that the Nigeria military may have committed untold human right abuses while prosecuting the ongoing Boko Haram war that has claim…