Friday 28 February 2020

Border Closure Affecting Telecoms Services; Boko Haram Bombs 282 Base Stations in NE Nigeria

Voice call and data networks in the villages and towns around Nigerian borders have been down due to lack of diesel to power the base stations there, Airtel Nigeria has said. It also said the insurgents bombed 282 telecom base stations in the North East recently. Daily Trust reports that the Federal Government had stopped fuel tankers from delivering fuel to areas close to the borders.

BREAKING: Health Minister Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus COVID-19 In Nigeria

Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

Monday 24 February 2020

Pervasive Insecurity In Nigeria, Boko Haram Resurgence And The Fierce Urgency of Now!

Service Chiefs - Credit: Daily Trust 
Preamble: If there is a critical discourse on the front burner currently in Nigeria, it is on unrelenting insecurity – pervasive kidnap for ransom and extortion, overwhelming banditry, resilient and resurging Boko Haram attacks on soft/hard targets, seeming helplessness of Nigerian security agencies, especially the military and deafening calls for the Service chiefs to voluntarily, honorably throw in the towel or be sacked. The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha says ‘’you don’t just wake up and sack people like that, there are processes and I believe that, at the ‘opportune’ time, those processes will be followed. This suggests that the service chiefs who have served their tenures may not be replaced anytime soon. The aforesaid statement credited to the SGF and an Op-ed on Africa Briefing by a professional colleague – Mr. David Otto titled, ‘’Changing Nigeria’s military leadership at the height of Boko Haram/ISWAP attacks is a tactical suicide’’. Nigerians are being slaughtered, kidnapped in their numbers every day. According to the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard after her 12-day mission to Nigeria, ''Nigeria is a pressure cooker of internal conflicts and generalised violence that must be addressed urgently...''. Someone please remind the commander-in-chief that the ‘opportune’ time to do the needful is now. There's a fierce urgency to act now!

Tuesday 18 February 2020

US Offers Key Counterterrorism Strategy To Africa

One of the security concepts that has emerged within the United States over the last couple of decades has been the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In the United States it is rare not to hear accounts in the media regarding actions being taken by the known JTTFs in New York and Washington, D.C.

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Boko Haram Kills 30, Abducts Scores in Maiduguri, NE Nigeria

Boko Haram terrorists reportedly killed at least 30 people and abducted many women and children in a raid in Borno State, a regional government spokesman said on Monday.