Sunday, April 20, 2014
WHEN A MOMENT OF INDISCRETION COUNTS FOR A LIFETIME OF MISERY : Suspected Rapist-DPO Weeps In Cell ... LeadershipNews.
The divisional police officer of Onikan police station, in Lagos, Mr Adekunle Awe who was accused of raping a woman in his office wept in the cell, on Good Friday.
The woman Idowu Akinwumi, 31, accused Awe of raping and threatening her, before allegedly extorting N30,000 from her and five other suspects, on April 15.
The victim who was said to be a cook in an eatery was arrested and taken to the police station after her boss reported that she brought in a strange man to sleep over in the restaurant. She and five other people were arrested.
A source at the state police command headquarters, Ikeja, where Awe was being detained disclosed that he was shedding tears in the cell and blaming his predicament on the devil.
He said the DPO was heard lamenting that the devil brought those suspects to put him in trouble. He prayed that God should intervene in his case and protect his job. He was detained alongside two police inspectors.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar has declared his interest in the case. The Lagos State government led by Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) is also interested in the matter.
Another police source attached to the Special Investigation Bureau at the command headquarters, Ikeja, told LEADERSHIP Sunday that the bureau is investigating the matter and would not leave any stone unturned as it looks into it. He said human rights groups are also interested in the case.
The embattled DPO was described as wicked and corrupt by residents of Tolu part of Ajegunle when he was in charge of Tolu police station several months ago.
Leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau yesterday, in another video message, claimed responsibility for the Nyanya bombing that claimed well over 70 lives, even as he warned of more attacks until his dream of an Islamic state was actualised.
He also boasted that neither President Jonathan nor the security agents could arrest him, even though, as he claimed, he presently lives within the Federal Capital Territory.
He said the Nyanya bombing and many others carried out by his group were a retaliation act for all the killings Muslims suffer across the world and in parts of Nigeria.
In the video, Shekau appeared dressed in military camouflage, a black turban and with an AK-47 rifle slung across his chest. He was holding a thick “chewing stick” (local toothbrush) in his right hand and spiral-bound notepaper in his left. He started his speech by pointing the chewing stick and calling the name of President Jonathan three times, before saying, “You are just too small.”
Shekau said, “We are the ones who carried out the bombing in Abuja in an area called Nyanya. [President] Jonathan you are a lame duck. Jonathan, you are too small for us.”
In the video, he queried why the president would not say anything when Muslims around the world and in Nigeria were killed and dared him to find him if he could, saying he was right within the Federal Capital Territory.
The video ended with footage of the destruction at the scene of the recent Nyanya bomb blast.
“You (Jonathan) should know that we are worshipping God, that is why we are always victorious in all our attacks; if you are that wise and knowledgeable, why is it still very difficult for you to locate where we are up till date despite the fact that we are within Nigeria. Look at us, we are right within your city (Abuja), and you don’t even know how to find us. Let me tell you now; I am here, very close to you; I dare you to get me, if you can,” said Shekau.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
MEDICINE AFTER DEATH ... TRADING PLACES : Akpabio Urges Jonathan To Sack Governors Of Terror-Plagued North-East. ... SaharaReporters
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom urged President Goodluck Jonathan to
sack three governors of three states in Nigeria’s northeast area most plagued by
terror attacks by members of Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group.
Mr. Akpabio made the suggestion at a meeting on Thursday between the
president, governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a few other
governors deemed friendly to Mr. Jonathan.
Our correspondent learned that President Jonathan had initially invited all
governors, including those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the meeting
to discuss new strategies for tackling the worsening crisis of attacks by Boko
Haram. However, a few hawks close to the president, led by Governor Akpabio,
prevailed on the president to exclude APC governors and meet only with PDP
and a few other “loyal” governors. The source said the governor of Akwa Ibom
was instrumental in making the president to rescind the invitation to the APC
A source at the meeting told SaharaReporters that Mr. Akpabio, who is also the
chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, urged the president to sack the three
governors in the northeast whose states are most affected by the terror attacks
and to declare a total state of emergency in the three states. The governors Mr.
Akpabio wants sacked are Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, Ibrahim Geidam of
Yobe State, and Kashim Shettima of Borno State.
Mr. Akpabio told Mr. Jonathan that it would also be in the best interests of the
party and the president if the governors were not in office by 2015 when
elections would be conducted in the country.
Our source said that some of the governors present at the meeting with the
president were taken aback by Mr. Akpabio’s suggestion. He reported that the
Akwa Ibom governor insisted that his suggestion reflected the views of the
majority of PDP governors and stakeholders, adding that he had been mandated
to push for that move. He added that Governor Segun Mimiko of Ondo State
could confirm that most of the governors and political stakeholders want the
president to take action against the three governors.
Mr. Akpabio stated that the sacking of the three governors now that the state of
emergency is due for renewal would enable the president to appoint friendly
administrators to oversee the three troubled states.
According to our source, “We were shocked when [Governor Akpabio] said that it
was the position of the house that the three governors should be sacked
immediately. The president asked whether that was true, but nobody said yes.”
The source said it was unclear whether President Jonathan would extend the
state of emergency in the states or not, but added that the approach had failed to produce results.
FOR THE RECORDS ... A MUST READ : Profile of Nigeria's Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau ... BBCNews
Abubakar Shekau uses the internet to send out his messages
Abubakar Shekau is the leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has carried out a series of deadly attacks across northern Nigeria. Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar from the BBC Hausa service looks at Nigeria's most wanted man, who has been designated a terrorist by the US government.The leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is said to be a fearless loner, a complex, paradoxical man - part intellectual, part gangster.
Fondly called imam or leader by his followers, Abubakar Muhammad Shekau was born in Shekau village in Nigeria's north-eastern state of Yobe.
Some say he is 35 or 36, others that he may be 44 - the uncertainty adds to the myths surrounding Nigeria's most wanted man.
The US government has offered a reward of up to $7m (£4.6m) for information about his location.
Radical theology student Mr Shekau was once thought to have been killed by security forces in 2009 - only for him to reappear in videos posted on the internet less than a year later as Boko Haram's new leader.
The group's founder, Muhammad Yusuf died in police custody, and hundreds of others were killed during that massive crackdown - which many blame for making the group even more violent.Mr Shekau has not been seen in public since.
Instead, still images and video clips of him are released from time to time, mostly online, by the group's faceless "public enlightenment department".
Mr Shekau is said to have met his predecessor in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, and now Boko Haram's headquarters, through a mutual friend, Mamman Nur.
Nigeria's authorities say Mr Nur masterminded the August 2011 bombing of the UN office complex in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.
All three were theology students - and Mr Shekau was seen as the quietest and perhaps the most radical of them.
"He hardly talks, he is fearless," says Ahmed Salkida, a journalist with such good access to Boko Haram that, at one stage, he was suspected of being a member.
He says he only escaped summary execution by Maiduguri police after an intelligence officer intervened.
"He is one of those who believes that you can sacrifice anything for your belief," Mr Salkida says.
Mr Shekau is fluent in his native Kanuri, Hausa and Arabic languages - he does not speak English.
"I used to joke with him that he should teach me Arabic and I would teach him English," Mr Salkida says.
When Mr Yusuf was killed, Mr Shekau is said to have married one of his four wives and adopted their children - perhaps, say sources who do not want to be named, to preserve Boko Haram's cohesion or "purity".
'Chilling message' The group has a highly decentralised structure - the unifying force is ideology.
Mr Shekau does not communicate directly with the group's foot soldiers - he is said to wield his power through a few select cell leaders, but even then contact is minimal.
"A lot of those calling themselves leaders in the group do not even have contact with him," Mr Salkida says.
Mr Shekau has neither the charismatic streak nor the oratorical skills of his predecessor - but he has an intense ideological commitment and ruthlessness, say people who study the group."He is the leader of the more militant wing of the group as testified by his aping of Osama Bin Laden in his video appearances," says Abubakar Mu'azu from the University of Maiduguri.
Mr Shekau issued a chilling message in one of those appearances - which provides a major insight into what his leadership of the group will bring.
"I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill - the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams," he said in the video clip released just after Boko Haram had carried out its deadliest attack in so far in January 2012, killing more than 180 people in Kano, northern Nigeria's largest city.
Mr Shekau is also the group's spiritual leader - and, judging by video footage, he seems equally comfortable delivering sermons to his followers.
"He has a photographic memory and is well versed in theology," Mr Salkida said.
He is nicknamed "Darul Tawheed", which translates as a specialist in Tawheed. This is an orthodox doctrine of the uniqueness and oneness of Allah, which is the very cornerstone of Islam.
But Nigeria's mainstream Muslim clerics do not regard Mr Shekau as a scholar and question his understanding of Islam - and regularly condemn the bombings and drive-by shootings committed by his followers against anyone who disagrees with them.
Boko Haram: Timeline of terror
- 2002: Founded
- 2009: Hundreds killed when Maiduguri police stations stormed; leader Mohammed Yusuf captured and killed
- Dec 2010: Bombed Jos, killing 80 people; blamed for New Year's Eve attack on Abuja barracks
- Jun-Aug 2011: Bomb attacks on Abuja police HQ and UN building
- Dec 2011: Multiple bomb attacks on Christmas Day kill dozens
- Jan 2012: Wave of violence across north-east Nigeria
- April 2012: Deadly Easter church attack in Kaduna; ThisDay newspaper offices bombed
- February 2013: French family kidnapped in Cameroon
- May 2013: Heavily armed incursion into Bama town
A BLOODY FACEOFF WHICH WILL DO NO ONE ANY GOOD ... A MUST READ : Genocide Memo: Presidency Bombs Nyako ... LeadershipNews (READ FULL MEMO BY NYAKO HERE)
On-Going Full-Fledged Genocide in Northern Nigeria; By Gov Murtala Nyako
A Memo to the Northern Governors Forum by: His Excellency, V/Admiral Murtala H. Nyako (rtd.), CFR, GCON, rcds, Executive Governor Adamawa State, On On-Going Full-Fledged Genocide in ‘Northern Nigeria’, April 16, 2014
The adverse security situation in Northern Nigeria in particular and Nigeria in general is being felt by all of us. While every State Government is doing everything possible using virtually all its resources to stem the tide of near disaster facing all of us especially in the North,it is a well-known fact that the present Federal administration has now become a government of impunity run by an evil-minded leadership for the advancement of corruption that is apparently enjoying the protection of the Federal administration as a citizen of this country should enjoy but is being denied by the administration using its mass murderers/cut-throats imbedded in our legitimate and traditional Defence and Security organisations. It is very clear that the protection of life and property of innocent citizens in Northern Nigeria and recognising their Human rights and Voting right in the forthcoming general elections is no longer a cardinal principle of the administration.The beginning of Genocide:
Clearly the victims of the Administration’s evil-mindedness are substantially Northern Nigerians. The administration is bent on bringing wars in the North between Muslim and Christians and within them and between one ethnic group and another or others in various communities in the region. Cases of mass murders by its bloody minded killers and cut-throats are well known, but it attributes the killings to so-called Boko-Haram. Thousands of our young girls and boys have been kidnapped by clearly organised militia in the last few years and kidnapping is now a random affair all over the far North. These organized kidnappers must have the backing of the Federal administration for them to move about freely with abducted children just as those who convey ammunitions and explosives from the Ports to the safe-houses of so called Boko-Haram in the North. Hurrah we are no longer being deceived! We no longer accept let alone believe that our prominent Mallams in the Mosques in Kano and Zaria have been killed by ‘innocent’ Boko-Haram members or Christians in the North, nor do we believe that the killing of the Pastor and other worshippers in the Christ Apostolic Church in Jimeta-Yola was done by any Muslim or Boko-Haram members. We know where we are now pointing our fingers. There have also been attempts to assassinate the Senate President (Northerner) in Imo State, two Executive Governors of States in the North (the Governor of Benue State and my humble self), two of our most prominent Traditional leaders (Shehu of Borno and the Emir of Kano), Senators and others too numerous to mention, all from Northern Nigeria. This is in line with the demonic policy of the evil-few in and around the administration that have advocated how Northerners, both Christians and Muslims, are to be so dealt with, ill-treated and oppressed!
No wonder, we in the Northern Nigeria are now facing an organised ethno-religious campaigns of hate fuelled by the Federal administration to make communities which hitherto have remained peaceful for centuries to start killing the minorities in their midst and to facilitate mass killings of the innocent and the arbitrary arrests and torture of elders of minority ethnic groups in the various Northern communities. The reader is please requested to note what has been happening in Plateau State and the recent happenings in Benue and Nasarawa States. We, in Adamawa State, have been battling this heinous machination in the last 3 years. Yes, we noticed it! We also saw it as the Beginning of Genocide. Genocide kingpins are now on prowl in Northern Nigeria!
Fulani communities in parts of the North who have been in their locations for over 100 years are now being raided and uprooted by paid killers within the Nigerian Army for the satisfaction of the Federal administration instead of being protected as citizens with their rights and dignity safe-guarded. This has happened to those communities at Keana L.G. in Nasarawa State and Laddoga and Kachia in Kaduna State. It is presently extended to Benue, Zamfara and Katsina States. Furthermore it is a well-known fact that virtually all the soldiers of Northern Nigerian origin recently recruited to fight Boko-Haram have been deceived in that aspect. They are being poorly trained, totally ill-equipped, given only uniform and are killed by their trainers in Nigerian Army training centres as soon as they arrive in the Nigerian Army camps being used by so-called Boko-Haram insurgents. Virtually all the Nigerian Army soldiers killed/murdered in these operations so far are of Northern Nigerian origin. The Administration has also hired militia from all across especially North Africa who have been deceived into accepting to come because they were made to believe that they would be fighting infidels.
The Federal administration’s affront to frame Northerners is also an open secret. Senior Special Assistant to Mr President tried to hoodwink us into believing that Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was kingpin of Boko-Haram. Typical bullshit from the Federal administration. Mr Henry Okah, the convicted leader of MEND also stated under oath that he was being put under pressure by the administration to implicate senior Northern elements such as IBB and Buhari as financiers of Boko Haram terrorism. We are in deep trouble. We have begun to sleep with ‘both our eyes widely open’!
Let me paraphrase what humanity has been humming over the ages:
A call to Action
When they killed the Jews, we watched unconcerned because we were not Jews.
When they murdered the Blacks we were still unconcerned because we were not Black.
When they massacred the Asians we kept mute because we were not one of them.
Then we saw the Marauding Murderers coming and we realised they were coming for us and we were not safe.
That was when we knew that if we had collectively protested the Killings of the Jews, the Murder of the Blacks and Massacres of the Asians, we would all have been safe.
Right here at Home
They started killings in Borno State we kept quiet.
The hired killers got to Yobe State we remained mute
They proceeded to Adamawa State we watched
They attacked Kano, Katsina and Sokoto we said nothing
The North-East is under occupation
The North-West is under assault
Now their tanks and marauders have begun rolling into the North-Central
The North is under occupation
Yet we are still silent!
Nigerians stand-up and talk! Injury to one is injury to all!
It is fortunate that the people of Northern Nigeria and indeed Nigerians have friends namely the good people of this country and other nations, International Court of Justice and NGOs dealing with the protection of humanity against Genocide etc. The International Criminal Court Charter broadly defines genocide as:
•Mass killings of human beings
•A deliberate action by a government that embarks on a policy that denies a group basic social amenities.
•A deliberate action by a government or group of people who embark on campaign of hatred against the innocent.
The International Criminal Court Charter also empowers any aggrieved person(s) or NGO to approach the Court to intervene when a Nation/State party fails to prosecute perpetrators of genocide or grave human right violation or human right offences.
One must confess that all these elements of genocide have been perpetuated by the present Federal administration against the people of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States and is beginning to rapidly spread to other 14 States of Northern Nigeria. The dead bodies being dragged daily from the Nigerian Army hitherto armouries now turned into killing chambers as identified by Human Right organisations and the last weekend massacre of inmates of SSS cells in Abuja speak volumes on genocide being committed in our country today. Mass killings of students and children in their schools’ dormitories and on their way to take exams are now virtually daily occurrence in Borno and Yobe States. Below is the chart on numbers and percentage of people killed in key trouble spots of the world (Courtesy of Sunday Trust of April 6, 2014) and some of the gruesome pictures of the dead in our country recorded by the Nigerian media and international NGOs.
In this picture dated Friday, April. 19, 2013 and released by Amnesty International, people look at bodies of civilians detained and killed by Nigerian security forces as alleged members of Islamic militant groups. | AP
We in the North must now have an open agenda to protect our people from acts against us similar to those in the foregoing. We should demand our Human Rights; we should demand protection against the evil acts being done to our people and environments; we should demand the Right to Vote in forthcoming General Elections as the people of war-torn Afghanistan did and were able to vote in smooth General Elections on 5th April, 2014. If it could be done in Afghanistan, it should be done in Nigeria, the whole of Nigeria!
It is overdue for us to commence the very serious business of purging all Northerners and fellow Nigerians of mutual hatred and suspicion against fellow countrymen and to inculcate true love and patriotism in the minds of all of us. How could we be nonchalant to the activities of the Federal administration which is involved in the daily massacre of our young men and women, selected elders and eventually all and sundry? It is also time to mobilize International NGO to bring to an end all the atrocities being committed by the evil-few in Abuja against millions of our innocent people. We need international support to compile an accurate data on the dead, maimed, wounded, displaced and missing in the North-East Zone especially Borno State and Yobe State and now other Northern States for payment of full compensation for the loss of life and property. We need the Red Cross to help us set up an efficient medical and ambulance services etc. We need the services of other international organisations such as UNICEF to assist us trace the whereabouts of our abducted children and return them to their parents. They should also assist us to rehabilitate all those who have been adversely affected by the evil machinations of the Federal administration and those evil-few around it. We also need the services of appropriate NGOs to help us arraign all those involved in the genocide before the International Criminal Court at The Hague! We urgently require the services of all those that could help us achieve the objective of the UN Millennium Declaration 2000 where all parties agreed viz “We recognize that, in addition to our separate responsibilities to our individual societies, we have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level. As leaders we have a duty therefore to all the world’s people, especially the most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world, to whom the future belongs”. Nigeria is a signatory to this Declaration.
WE NEED ONE ANOTHER IN NIGERIA
Nigerians, this is the first time we have collectively elected a citizen of this country from the former Eastern Nigeria as a President. Dear citizens of Eastern Nigerian origin please note that this Federal administration under your son is giving you a very bad name! He takes wrong decisions and seems to be heading us to the abyss. Let’s therefore team up to save our freedom, dignity and rights. The issue now is not between North and South or Northern Nigeria vs Eastern Nigeria or Western Nigeria. We must save our communities, State and Nigeria from the Hitler-like evil-mindedness of a few. Let me remind ourselves that when Hitler walked out of the 1938 Olympics because a Blackman was winning all his events, humanity pretended it did not notice the beginning of genocide; when he started tracking and killing the Jews, it talked glibly about it as if it did not concern us; when he embarked on his racial cleansing, humanity then began to shiver, but it was too late to avert disaster that engulfed our world. The 2nd World War became a reality! We have the duty not to allow our country to be taken to the abyss! We should always condemn any action by any group of people that would set our communities and nation aflame. One is quite sure that if you had condemned the cold-blooded murder of political and military leaders of Northern and Western Nigerian origins in the night of 15 January, 1966 by your sons it would not have led to the subsequent massacre of the innocent and the Nigerian Civil War. We should never be silent or tolerant of such action by anybody. We have the duty not to be nonchalant or dormant on the fundamentals of our life. We should never take any ethnic group however small or unorganized for granted!
The Federal administration under present leadership has truly become absurd in its approach to vital decision makings as it could be seen in its declaration of State of Emergency and the deployments of the Armed Forces! How could such decisions be made without Exit strategies? The administration should know that declaration of State of Emergency is a very serious affair requiring proper analysis on all items of its Check-list. Nigerians are wondering why the administration has not yet declared a State of Emergency on FCT Abuja in view of the numerous explosions attributed to phantom Boko-Haram, one at Eagle square on the 50th Independence anniversary and others at United Nations Headquarters, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, ThisDay offices etc. and terrorist attack at SSS Headquarter since the administration did declare such on Adamawa State where there was not a single incident of explosion! Perhaps this would happen soon; the absurdity of the administration’s conflict resolution is such that it is wise for Nigerians and foreigners residing in Abuja to braze up for a Declaration of a State of Emergency on Abuja in view of another carnage there at Nyanya District a few days ago! God help us! We seem to be led by a bunch of ‘HuHun-ma-ahun’ (courtesy of Kwankwasiyya which is being led by the one and only Dan Musa who was the former Minister of Defence)
Let me say, on the final note, with all seriousness that each and every one of us whatever is our religious or ethnic background and regardless of where we were born, needs this country, Nigeria, for self-actualisation and greater possibility. The various ethnic groups too by their individual traits require the space and the great population of this country; such ethnic group as Fulani, who are nomadic by vocation, require pasture and grains for their cattle; the Hausa and Igbos require further reach to fulfil their commercial ambition; some other Nigerians e.g. Yorubas require higher job opportunities for employment and profits that should exist in a united Nigeria; the aristocratic Kanuri/Shuwa who are presently under siege need the vocal amongst us to save them from further destruction by deliberately recruited murderers embedded in our traditional Defence and Security forces/organisation; and other groups would like expanding markets for their yams (the Tiv/Munci) and other farm produce far beyond the boundaries of their domains. Quite a number of us should simply be happy to have an erosion-free area where we could build houses and offices of our desire and enjoy the liberty to partner with persons of our choice regardless of primordial divides! Even my father who by today’s standard could be said to be untutored fully realised the need to seize the opportunities a greater Nigeria offered him from the 1920s. His cattle business and commercial activities were spread to all the big towns in Eastern Nigeria operating from Adamawa and northern Cameroon. So let us please sort ourselves out and stop at all levels wicked leaders from venting their evil hearts and committing genocide against fellow Nigerians. We must not ‘walk together’ with the evil-few especially those located in Abuja. Our late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo once said something to the effect that the consequences of breaking up of Nigeria would be too traumatic to even be contemplated. We all should therefore perish the thought of Nigeria falling apart. Let’s enjoy the opportunities Nigeria offers to all!
Fellow good people of Nigeria, we must now seek the intervention of the international community, NGOs and all to save us from the evil before us! Mother Nigeria, the leader of the Black race, is on the verge of disaster. The matter concerns all of us; we must save it and save ourselves!
Fellow Governors and Citizens of the North, we must face the daunting challenges of security and development before us; we must face them squarely and must not remain dormant. In addition to the aforementioned courses of action, should we not, after due consultation with the families of the victims of the atrocities and appropriate members of various communities, consider a declaration of Northern Nigerian Amnesty to the culprits and consequently squarely address all other matters connected with the Amnesty and Boko-Haram syndrome? It is my sincere opinion that the Federal administration has no plan and Exit strategy for the Boko-Haram disaster! Northern Nigeria is on its own. I am glad to state categorically that so far there has never been a single Adamawa person caught involving himself/herself in Boko-Haram; we have ensured that we have been doing everything possible to reduce the poverty and the frustration facing the youths in our State. Furthermore, let us all pledge to support maximally all those who have been adversely affected by ‘Boko-Haram’ to sue the Federal administration to Court for full compensation for any loss of life and property as per existing Laws of Nigeria including those enacted from 1915. Enough of impunity and induced calamity by the Federal Administration. We should in addition launch a Trust Fund to effect this with donations coming from all and sundry however big or small is the donation.
May the Almighty Bless our Country and our effort with success, Ameen!
Genocide Memo: Presidency Bombs Nyako
The presidency on Saturday described Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako as an unpatriotic hypocrite who is on a mission to cause disaffection and division among Nigerians, as well as polarise the country along ethnic lines by disparaging President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Specifically, it said the memo by Nyako to his colleague, northern governors alleging genocide on the Northern region by the federal government is “an unmitigated leadership disaster and a sad betrayal of trust by a major beneficiary of the Nigerian Nation.”
Senior Special Assistant to President Jonathan on public affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe who made the presidency known in a statement described Governor Nyako’s letter as “extremely divisive and intentionally meant to incite one section of the country against the other”, even as he regretted that the content of the memo, which “definitely defies common sense,” “portrays Mr Nyako as unfit for the hallowed position of a State Governor.
“It is perhaps necessary to request the Adamawa Governor to publish his yearly budget for the past five years and disclose how much has been voted or spent to support the war on terror or assist victims of insurgents activities in his state,” Okupe stated.
He recalled a recent attack on Nyako by a group of angry youths who, he said, accused the governor “of non challance and failure to support victims of Boko Haram’s murderous onslaught on innocent citizens of the state.”
Okupe added that the content of Nyako’s letter has unfortunately exposed the governor’s lack of historical knowledge, just as he said the memo also showed the governor was “incapable of rising above parochial sentiments and possessing a morbid hatred for facts and truth in public discourse.
“Governor Nyako claims that President Goodluck Jonathan is from the Eastern region which according to him was responsible for the killing of Northern political elites on the 15th of January 1966! This is a very disgraceful remark by the governor and a pathetic embarrassment to the Nigerian Military from where Nyako derives his career antecedents. It is certainly a reflection of the Governors ignorance and unpatriotic inclinations”, he stated.
On the Adamawa governor’s referral to the Boko Haram sect as a “phantom organization” which he believes does not exist, Okupe said it was “hypocritical” of Nyako who, in his unwise and desperate attempt to demonise the Federal Government, “likened the military operations against insurgents to the activities of German dictator, Adolf Hitler!
“In his befuddled mind and apparent hallucination, the Federal Government should be held responsible for the activities of insurgents in the North East and the sad killings,wanton destruction, murder and kidnapping of school children as well as other horrendous activities of Boko Haram should be hung on the neck of the Federal Government! He therefore invited his colleague northern governors to join him to sue the Federal Government”, the presidential aide noted.
The statement made available to LEADERSHIP further reads in part: “We also wish to remind Nigerians that this same Governor Nyako was recently quoted as having boasted openly that now that the Fulani herdsman can assemble the AK47 gun,”the security equilibrium in the country is now balanced”. The same man was reported to have imported some fulanis from outside the country and spent millions of Naira in rehabilitating,feeding,housing and catering for their welfare.
“We, therefore, urge Nigerians to ignore the senseless letter written by the Adamawa state governor whose ignoble aim is to create disaffection among Nigerians,polarize the country along ethnic lines and unkindly disparage this administration which continues to work hard to fully eliminate insurgency and destroy their support base.
“It is obvious that Governor Nyako’s opposition to the declaration of a State of Emergency in three affected states of the North East as well as his repeated calls for the withdrawal of the Military from troubled states without any credible alternative or security road map, is an open endorsement of the activities of the insurgents which is meant to provide them unrestricted opportunity to further unleash terror on innocent citizens in order to precipitate chaos, further instability, mayhem and anarchy ; a situation which they intend to exploit to undermine the administration and truncate our growing democracy.
“This, Nigerians will surely not allow to happen. The Federal Government assures Nigerians of its continuos determination to defeat terror and restore peace to every part of northern Nigeria so that every law abiding Nigerian citizen can go about with his/her socio economic pursuit without let or hindrance in all parts of the country.”
MY HEART BLEEDS FOR THIS NATION ... THE SHAME OF A NATION : N76bn Abuja CCTV destroyed, stolen ... AND WE DON'T GIVE A DAMN ... PunchNews
Two years after the completion of a $470m (N76.bn) National Public Security Communications System Project in Abuja, most of the installed 1,000 cameras for the Closed-Circuit Television in the city have either been vandalised or stolen, investigation by Saturday PUNCH has revealed.
Checks showed that the solar panels and batteries of the CCTV had been stolen while some cameras that were installed along the expressways and major roads in the city had been crushed by vehicles involved in accidents.
The contract for the NPSCS project was awarded by the Federal Government to provide a secure and independent multimedia communications system for the police and other security agencies in the country.
The project was aimed at providing voice, video and data using the Code Division Multiple Access technology to enable security agencies to combat terrorism and other violent crimes in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and other cities across the nation.
The project consisted of five main components including Global Open Trunking Architecture subsystem which would operate through two Main Switch Centres with one each in Abuja and Lagos as well as 12 Base Station Controllers and 675 Base Transmitting Station sites that would provide the Internet Protocol for the various applications to which the project could be applied.
The GOTA was also expected to support the deployment of 1,500,000 subscriber lines. The system also comprised the e-policing sub-system, which was expected to facilitate the deployment of e-policing databases; Video Conferencing subsystem which would provide for video conferencing by all the commands of the Nigeria Police Force with the Force Headquarters and among themselves; and a Coalition Emergency Response subsystem which would empower emergency response and provide a national platform for emergency calls by citizens to the Nigeria Police nationwide. Under this subsystem, six mobile emergency communication vehicles were deployed.
The project, which was handled by a Chinese firm, ZTE Corporation, at a cost of $470m, was completed in 2012.
The Managing Director of ZTE Nigeria, Mr. Hao Fuqiang, had said in an interview that every aspect of the project had been tested, completed and handed over to the government.
“Every component of the project has been completed, tested and handed over to the Nigerian government. They are all working in perfect condition. Yes, we had challenges at the beginning of the project, but they were all addressed and I am proud to say that ZTE has helped to build modern architecture for public security in Nigeria,” he had stated.
The Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, while inspecting some of the PSCS facilities at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, had also expressed satisfaction and happiness with the way the new security platform was being operated, and assured Nigerians that it would check criminal activities in the country.
“I must say that I am highly impressed. This is one of the security supports that are necessary and I am pleased that Mr. President has given approval for the Nigeria Police to acquire the sophisticated and necessary security surveillance system. I can see the whole of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Abuja Airport and so many things, through the equipment,” the Vice-President had said.
But investigations by Saturday PUNCH showed that the security agencies had been unable to deploy the system in checking terrorism, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country.
Checks showed that the Video Surveillance Cameras Monitor and the Video Conference Terminal at the Force headquarters, Abuja Main Switch Centre, had been largely dormant due to lack of video feed from installed cameras, most of which are not functional.
Further findings showed that many of the installed 1,000 Close Circuit Television (cameras) apart from covering limited areas of the city had never worked while most of them had been vandalised and their parts stolen.
It was learnt that the installed cameras covered only areas inhabited by influential Nigerians and districts where important facilities and institutions were located like the Central Business District, Asokoro, Maitama and major roads and junctions in the city.
It was further learnt that the CCTVs were not installed in satellite towns such as Kuje, Kubwa, Nyanya, Karu and other areas where average people and low income earners live.
But low income areas in the Federal Capital Territory with dense population are prone to violent crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping, and burglary.
Checks indicated that such areas as Nyanya, Kubwa, Kuje, Bwari, Zuba, Jikwoyi, Karu and other satellite towns record higher crime rates than areas inhabited by the rich and the affluent like Maitama, Asokoro, Wuse, and the Central Business District which are well policed by security personnel.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the contractor used sub-standard materials for the CCTV project compared to what it installed in other countries.
A security source told one of our correspondents that the contractor did not make provision for back-up infrastructure and spare parts for the cameras, solar panels and batteries, adding that many of the cameras that packed up could not be repaired due to lack of spare parts.
It was gathered that the video-conference sub-system of the project could not be activated due to disagreement between the contractor and the government over the non-allocation of the 450 MHz frequency for the use of the sub-system.
Sambo, had in 2013 directed the Nigerian Communications Commission to allow ZTE to utilise the high value spectrum for the NPSCS project, but it could not be confirmed if the directive had been complied with.
The police could not be reached for comments as the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, did not respond to repeated calls to his phone. He also failed to respond to several text messages sent to his phone.
But the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, which served as the consultant to the surveillance project, said that it played only a minimal role as the contractual relationship was between the Police Service Commission and the ZTE.
Head of Corporate Affairs at NigComSat Limited, Mr. Sonny Aragba-Akpore, told one of our correspondents that NigComSat was only asked to supervise what the Chinese company was doing as a government technology firm.
He said, “The Federal Government awarded the contract to the Chinese company. It was not a NigComSat project. NigComSat only served as a consultant to the project. Even then, no consultancy fee had been paid till date.
“No document was signed between NigComSat and anybody and no payment was made. There was only a letter asking NigComSat to supervise the installations as government’s technology company. The NigComSat staff that went there were never paid a dime till date.
“The project belongs to the Police Service Commission and people there are the ones that can speak authoritatively on it. The information that I have is that ZTE has handed over the project to the Police Service Commission. So they are the ones that can say whether the project is working or not.”
But when contacted, the Assistant Director, Media, Police Service Commission, Ferdinand Ekpe, said he knew nothing about the project, adding that the only capital project being handled by the commission was the construction of its national headquarters.
The Ministry of Police Affairs spokesman, James Odaudu, could not be reached for comments as he refused to respond to repeated calls to his phone on Thursday. Also, a text message sent to him did not elicit any reply as of the time of filing this report.
However, a retired Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Tsav, described the project as an avenue for people to embezzle funds, noting that “this government is just making money available for people to steal.”
According to him, the NPSCS, if well managed, could assist security agencies to stem the tide of terrorism and criminality.
He, however, observed that the various bomb blasts and attacks might not have been perpetrated by the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, but by those who were profiting from the insecurity in the country.
A security expert, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, noted that the shoddy manner the project was carried out showed that the government was not serious about combating terrorism and other violent crimes in the country.
According to him, the NPSCS project should have put in place quality security cameras that can withstand rough handling and inclement weather, with strong back-up system and spare parts.
“As far as I am concerned, the campaign against terrorists cannot be won until we are able to nip things in the bud. Fighting terrorism is like a leaking pump; until you lock the pump, the water won’t stop, bailing the water is not the solution, but closing the pump or blocking the leaking point. Setting up a Counter-Terrorism Unit is still the best way to fight this problem to a standstill,” he stated.
The Chairman, Egalitarian Mission Africa, a non- governmental organisation, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, described the contract as a scam.
He said, “The project is entirely rubbish. It is a scam of sort. Where are the CCTV cameras when I was kidnapped in Abuja the other time. Why didn’t any of them record the incident to give the police, clue on what actually happened?
“Some of the cameras were mounted in my area in Gwarimpa and there had been three cases of car thefts which were not recorded by the cameras. There is even no electricity, no generator or solar device to power them. It’s all rubbish.”
The National Coordinator, Proactive Gender Initiatives, Esther Uzoma, called on the government to rekindle a strong sense of patriotism in the security personnel, stressing that “Nigeria must be worth dying for.”
According to her, the flagrant display of vulgar wealth in the midst of abject poverty must stop.