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August 14, 2018

Response to Emergencies

Those who witnessed the rescue operation to save the lives of men, women and children trapped under the giant Uko tree that crushed dozens to death at Umudagu Mbieri in Imo State last week marvelled at the incredible desperation with which both indigenes and passers-by alike threw themselves into that life and death Save-Souls humanitarian service. Since nobody anticipated that the 400-year-old tree would finally hit the ground that evening (about 7.30pm) there were naturally no previous arrangements for a bulldozer, pay-loader or ambulance to standby.  This is quite understandable.  Though these emergency fighting facilities eventually arrived and assisted a…

War against Boko Haram begins – We’ll crush them – Defence Headquarters

With a massive deployment of troops and equipment, the army, navy, air force and other security agencies have begun operation to “rid the nation’s border territories of terrorists’ bases and operations. President Jonathan had in a nationwide broadcast admitted that the Federal Government no longer controlled the entire territory of Nigeria. Three states where the emergency action was declared share common borders with Cameroon, Chad and Niger.  These border communities have become bases for training, insurgency and other criminal activities against Nigeria. The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) gave indication that the time was up for the Boko Haram sect and other…

CAN backs emergency rule

  President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states has received the blessing of the Christian Association of ngieria (CAN), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) . But the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu rejected the decision. CAN President Ayo Oritsejafor said the decision vindicated its position that only force could end the insurgency. The Christian body called for the immediate scrapping of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue. Pastor Oritsejafor, in a statement in Abuja said: “With the declaration of…

Jonathan imposes emergency rule on Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.  However, the governors of the affected states are to continue in their constitutional roles.  In a nationwide radio/television broadcast on Tuesday, President Jonathan ordered the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, to deploy more troops to the affected states for more effective internal security operations. The soldiers had been given full orders to take necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to end the impunity of insurgents and terrorists. Full texts of the President’s broadcast on Tuesday, May 14,…