Nigeria, US to address Boko Haram onslaught
Written by Romoke W. Ahmad Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:00
At the meeting which held at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Abuja, US military and intelligence officials were led by Fitzgerald, while the Nigerian side was led by the Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Amb. Martins Uhomoibhi with the National Security Adviser (NSA) retired Gen. Andrew Azazi in attendance.
“Today marks a new beginning, security issues in the North have taken up new significance, so we have chosen to split the regional security cooperation and the Niger Delta. The regional security cooperation has its own working group which is meeting on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
“To address the Boko Haram onslaught, the regional security cooperation has been splitted with one part to focus on the terrorism in the northern part of the country and the other on the Niger Delta issues,” Fitzgerald said.
While condoling with Nigerians on the heinous attacks that took place during the past few days in Kano and Bauchi states, he said, “we deplore swiftly the reign of terror that has existed in the north of the country for many months. And we stand with you to work together to find a way to bring peace to the region.”
He also reiterated the commitments of the US government to assisting Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies and urged the National Assembly to pass a strong Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that will ensure transparency in the oil and gas sector.
In his remarks, Ambassador Martins Uhomoibhi said the meeting between the two countries is based on mutual respect and understanding.
“To us as Nigerians, we do consider it as the basis for developing very close relations based on the implementation of specific programmes in such areas as agriculture, food security, good governance, power, energy and general security issues,” he stated.
n The Multiple Bomb Blast Used By Boko Haram To Terrorize Kano
All these are the end results of Boko Haram's bombing in Kano, which ended up in taking the life's of more than 20 people. As you can see from the pictures on this webpage, the attack was bloody, those who run Boko Harm has completely lost their minds and it is sad to know this, may God forgive them for their weakness.
The AIG Zone 1 police HQ situated along BUKRd was bombed. Immigration headquarters bombed. Explosions in Bompai, Farm Center Police Station, and several other police stations in the city.
Members of #OccupyNigeria in Abuja rolled out in black today to mourn victims of terror attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in Kano on Friday. They condemned in its entirety the killing of innocent Nigerian and destruction of properties. Members of the group also called on Government to rise up and be decisive in the wake of the current security challenges facing the country's peace, unity, co-existence and freedom. They Also advised the security
agencies to rise up and be proactive in order to prevent future occurrences.
Report below is from BBC's Andrew Harding, who has been travelling with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan's heavily guarded convoy roared through the dusty centre of Kano on Sunday taking him to one of the sites of Friday's devastating bomb attacks, and to a hospital where some of the wounded are being treated.
It was the briefest of tours - perhaps because of security concerns. Crowds lined the streets in some areas but were kept back by armoured cars and soldiers.
At the airport, just before the president boarded his plane, I managed to speak to him for a couple of minutes. It struck me as a rather detached performance from Nigeria's leader.
He was evidently keen to put Boko Haram into an international context: "These suicide attacks are not really part of us - they are quite new to us."
"Unfortunately the whole world is passing through terror attacks - a very ugly stage of our history. We know that we will get over it. We will continue to fight - the security services will not rest till we clean up the country," he said.
President Jonathan said the security forces were now "trailing" Boko Haram, and that "some arrests have been made." But he admitted he had no idea how many militants were involved in Friday's attacks.
"Nobody can say for now - they are not organised armed forces," he said - a slightly odd assessment given that Boko Haram, in carrying out a sophisticated and well co-ordinated series of attacks, have just given a very clear display of quite how organised they can be.
President Jonathan said he was determined to find Boko Haram's sponsors: "Terrorists all over the world have their source of income. We are also looking to those areas to make sure that so-called Boko Haram… those who are encouraging them, those who are sponsoring them, will shortly be brought to book."
The president recently claimed that the militant group had infiltrated Nigeria's government and security services. When I asked him whether - given that - his forces could defeat the organisation, he said "of course - that will even make it easier for us to win."
I did not have a chance to ask him to explain what he meant before he turned and headed towards the plane.
Earlier in the day I visited one of the police stations destroyed on Friday. The commander, who did not want to be named, said about 50 militants had attacked simultaneously from three directions.
They threw explosives at the walls, and then stormed the building, freeing a number of people being detained. The commander said some of those released were Boko Haram supporters involved in bank robberies to fund the group.
He said the police withdrew when they ran out of bullets and escaped over a rear wall. The compound is in ruins, surrounded by burnt motor-bikes and cars.
Boko Haram: N/Assembly to review anti terror law – Mark
Written by Abdul-Rahman Abubakar & Halima Musa, Kano Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:00
The Senate President, who led delegation of officers of the National Assembly along with Speaker Aminu Tambuwal to Kano said the legislature will do all in its powers to halt Boko Haram.
“We will do all within our powers to ensure that we don’t have a repeat of this anywhere in our country. If there is anything we in the National Assembly can do in terms of taking a second look at the Anti-Terrorism Act, we will go ahead and do it. We will give maximum legislative and legal support so that those who are involved are dealt with.
“It’s time for all good men in our country to speak out and condemn this act with all our might and with all our power. It is also time for our security agencies to double their efforts and prevent such mishaps before they happen.
“We have taken all the risks against all security reports to be here, coming together to assure you and the whole of Kano State that what has happened here has not only affected Kano State but the whole nation. The National Assembly stands solidly behind you along with the good people of Nigeria,” Mark said.
He said the Boko Haram sect would not be allowed to hold the country hostage adding, “there is no way we are going to stand by and fold our hands and watch Boko Haram committing these crimes.”
Mark consoled the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Kano Emirates Council, state government and the people of the state, assuring that those behind the attacks would be brought to book.
In his remark, Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso said they were still compiling the list of the casualties; saying it would be made public whenever it is ready.