Northern Youths Hint of Impending Defeat of Boko Haram

A group, Northern Youth Anti Corruption Ambassadors have hinted of impending defeat of the Boko Haram insurgents in the north east following the renewed onslaught championed by the Chief of Army Staff, Brig. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

According to the group, the position is based on credible sources in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria that suggest that some Boko Haram commanders have indicated interest to surrender and declare defeat as a result of the sustained heat the terrorists have been exposed to.

The Northern Youth Anti Corruption Ambassadors in a statement signed by its coordinator, Mallam Idris Dogo praised the patriotic zeal exhibited the nation’s military that has weakened the terror group to a point that they are now begging for soft landing.

The statement further explained that highly placed sources in the theatre of operations have have confided in the group that the intensified pressure mounted on the Boko Haram group has left the camp of the Boko Haram group in total disarray.

“We have it on good authority and can confirm that the past weeks have been very challenging for the Boko Haram group that has been trapped in their hideout after their daring attack on Sector 3 of Operation Lafiya Dole. Since then, from the time the Chief of Army Staff took over the operations of Operation Lafiya Dole, the tide has changed. It’s a battle of no return for the terror group with some top commanders realizing that the game is finally up, and seeking for escape roots”.

The group further citing its sources added that some top commanders of the group have severed ties with Abubakar Shekau and are primed to lead thousands of their fighters to surrender and declare an end to the hostilities.

“The tide has changed and barring any last-minute changes; commanders of Boko Haram who have ostensibly broken away from Abubakar Shekau will surrender and declare the war over as the Nigerian troops continue to advance towards them”, the statement noted.

It also disclosed that a staff of a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) operating in the region hinted that they have been receiving pseudo messages from unknown sources soliciting for assistance and forgiveness.

“We have been bombarded daily with messages we suspect are emanating from Boko Haram mostly in Arabic. Messages such as “be our mediator. We want food. We seek Allah’s forgiveness, and we are dying.”

“These messages have been constant in the past two weeks, and there is little that we canisbvvo since we do not know the source of the message. However, the general consensus is that something is happening in the Boko Haram camp that we are not privy to since we are not in the theatre of operation.

“We have also heard stories of Boko Haram wanting NGOs to act as mediators. However, I do not think my organization would want to get involved because we have been victims of the fangs of Boko Haram. As such, we are very distant from them.”

It was also gathered from reliable sources in the IDP camps that in recent weeks many women and children have been released and undergoing a medical checkup at the various IDP camps across Borno State.

“We have experienced an upsurge of women and children in our various camps. As we speak, most of the children are malnourished, and our health workers are doing everything possible to attend to them.”

When asked where the women and children came from, the source declined to comment. It directed our reporter to the Operation Lafiya Dole cantonment.

However, it was gathered that the women and children released were part of the bargaining deal; some top Boko Haram commanders entered with some international NGOs in return for a ceasefire from the Nigerian troops.

In a similar vein, a top military source confided in this medium that indeed the Boko Haram commanders have been releasing those held in their captivity to show the Military that they are serious in their demand in surrendering and ending the war.

“As we speak, the Military is taking note of the numbers that are being released from Boko Haram captivity. We are not carried away by this supposed act of benevolence from the Boko Haram commanders as they could be strategically releasing some of their trapped members, including themselves, the commanders.”

“The Chief of Army Staff has directed that there must be strict profiling of all those released, so any antics does not deceive us. We do not want to leave anything to chance that would jeopardize the efforts of the Chief of Army Staff who is personally leading the onslaught against the group.”

The source further added that the Chief of Army Staff had issued a directive to all the Sector commanders to ensure that the hostilities end as soon as possible and with the capture of Abubakar Shekau alive.

“We are intensifying efforts in our pursuit of Abubakar Shekau in line with the directive of the Chief of Army Staff. We are also ensuring that there are minimal casualties. On the issue of granting amnesty to the Boko Haram fighters that have denounced Abubakar Shekau. That is left for the political authorities to decide as I am not aware of any interest indicated by the Chief of Army Staff in this regard.”

500,000 households to benefit from Aisha Buhari’s donation in Kano

Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, through her foundation, ‘Future Assured’, has donated 16 trucks of assorted food items and for distribution to 500,000 households in Kano State.

Mrs Buhari also donated Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) to the Kano State Government, as her contribution towards stopping the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President’s wife, represented by her Special Assistant on Administration, Alhaji Hadi Uba, said on Monday in Kano that the support was aimed at cushioning the effects of the current lockdown in the state

According to her, the food items which included rice, spaghetti, milk, and cooking oil, will be distributed to the needy by the foundation in collaboration with the state government.

“And these food items will be distributed to about 500,000 households in the state.

“Some of the drugs and preventive materials, will be kept at Aisha Buhari Hospital, while some will be given to hospitals for onward distribution to the public.

“We donated 300,000 surgical gloves, 300,000 face masks, 300,000 cartons of hand sanitisers, 10 automatic dispensers and protective gowns among other things,” she said.

Receiving the donation, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Muhammad Garba commended the President’s wife for the laudable gesture, saying it would cushion the hardship being experienced by the less privileged due to the lockdown.

He said that the government would ensure proper distribution of the items to those it was meant for.

“We assure you that we are going to be transparent in distributing these items, and we are going to continue to sensitise the people of Kano on the effects of the Coronavirus,” he said.

BREAKING: Buhari to address Nigerians today by 8pm

President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation at 8.00 p.m. today. This was confirmed in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity).

It would be the way third time he would be doing so since the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The statement therefore enjoined broadcast stations to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast.

The president will be expected to speak on the current lockdown he had earlier imposed on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states against the push by other state governors for an interstate restriction of movements to contain the virus.

After four weeks of two instalments, the lockdown expires today.

On Sunday, President Buhari received briefing from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the way forward in the fight against the spread of the infection.

BREAKING: Kwankwaso writes Buhari over mysterious deaths in Kano

Former Kano state governor Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the rising incidences of mysterious deaths in Kano state.

In the letter with the heading on Monday, ‘ COVID-19 and the rising incidences of mysterious deaths in Kano state: a call on the federal government for urgent action to save lives’, Kwankwaso alleges that the state has practically no Covid-19 response committee adding that, what was hitherto, working as a COVID-19 committee was a contraption of cronies that are both unqualified and incompetent and as such, they kowtow to the whims of politicians without any regards to professional healthcare considerations.

Kwankwaso stated that he felt obliged to write this letter to Mr President on the scary rise in the number of people that are mysteriously dying in Kano every day since the commencement of the fight against Covid-19 and the eventual lockdown of the state.

The letter also claimed that the committee technically disbanded itself when the majority of the members were tested positive for Covid-19.

It also added that, from the first recorded index case in Kano, the state government was in a tug of war with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the federal agency vested with the responsibility of coordinating the fight against the disease, stressing that this is very counter-productive to the people of the state and a serious impediment to the success of the nation in the fight against the disease.

Kwankwaso advised that the situation in the state should not be seen by Mr President as a state government matter that should be left to the state.

According to him, lives of tens of millions of Nigerians living in Kano state is at stake and as such the central government should be seen to be actively involved in caring for, and saving their lives. There is a need for empathy.

The former Kano State Governor advised that, the federal government should take over the responsibility of rapid response on coronavirus in the state, and that, the state government should be made to constitute a proper State Taskforce on COVID-19 with members selected based on their professionalism and competence.

BREAKING: Heavy Fire outbreak in NNPC filling station in Ogba, Lagos State

There is an ongoing fire outbreak at Yaya Abatan area of Ogba, Lagos State. Our correspondent gathered that the fire had affected a filling station and nearby houses along College Road.

As of the time of filing this report, the cause of the fire outbreak is unknown.

“Yes, there is fire,” a resident in the area, Bukola told our correspondent on the telephone.

Details later…

Borno recovers COVID-19 patient who fled isolation centre

The Borno State Commissioner of health, Salisu Kwaya Bura, has confirmed that Abbas Kaka Hassan, a 24 year-old male, who tested positive for Covid-19 has been traced around 2am in Maiduguri.

The patient who was tested at UMTH’s COVID-19 laboratory was declared at large yesterday, after his phones and that of his mother were off.

Coronavirus: Fleeing COVID-19 patient arrested in Borno state

According to the commissioner, a combined team of health surveillance and investigation team, backed by a police escort traced the patient in a critical state at his family house in Gwange II and was immediately moved on stretcher and is now on ventilator at an isolation centre.

Dr Salisu Kwayabura said Health workers are doing everything humanly possible to revive the patient while a contact tracing and surveillance team has been deployed to identify persons who may have had direct and indirect contacts with him for risks assessment, isolation advice and collection of samples for tests.

The state commissioner of health then assured of their commitment to ensore the safety of Borno citizens.

COVID-19: FG has abandoned Kano, says Ganduje

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has accused the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 of neglecting the state in its current efforts against the coronavirus pandemic.

Ganduje expressed his displeasures in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service on Monday.

He said, “We are in a serious problem. I can tell you the situation is really bad and scary. Because what we solely rely upon in fighting the disease is the testing centre.

“There is also a shortage of sample collection equipment. It is not common equipment that you can go and buy in the market. Those whose samples were collected are still waiting to know their fate.

“The problem (is) with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Even its Director-General was in Kano. He spent a night here but we have not heard from him again. The Minister of Health is also aware that the laboratory is not functioning.

“There is a serious problem. We have been complaining that Kano needs more than one testing centre, right from the beginning of this (pandemic).”

When asked whether the state was not getting any support from Federal Government agencies in the fight against COVID-19, the governor said, “Sincerely speaking, we are not getting deserved attention. If these equipment (testing centres) are under our control, we will do our best to make sure it works properly. But we are not getting the needed support and co-operation from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.”

However, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, while featuring on a programme on Channel Television on Sunday said the said laboratory in Kano would resume operations on Monday (today), adding that a delegation would be sent there “to thoroughly investigate the circumstances responsible for the rising mysterious deaths in the state”.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as of Sunday night, 77 of the 1273 total cases recorded in the country were reported in Kano.

The state Health Ministry said there has not been any recovery yet, adding that there has only been one confirmed COVID-19 death in the state.

Falana to Ehanire: Make available full report on deaths in Kano

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has been asked to make available the certified true copy of the report of the joint investigation conducted by the Federal Government and Kano State Ministries of Health into the strange deaths and mass burials taking place in Kano State.

The request came from Femi Falana who is the Interim Chairman, Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 Action Programme and Beyond, via a letter to the minister dated 26th of April, in pursuant to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

The group gave Dr Ehanire seven days to furnish it with details of its findings, failure of which it threatened to take steps within the law to compel official disclosure.

It said “the report should include the nature and cause of the deaths, the number of casualties and patients currently undergoing treatment in hospitals as well as an outline of the measures being put in place by the Federal Government to stop the strange deaths involving mass burials”.

They also called on the federal government to take over the management of the crisis, as the Kano State government is completely overwhelmed.

COVID-19: Bayelsa records index case

 

Akpoku who confirmed the development in a telephone interview on Monday said that there was no cause for worry.

He said that the state had prepared well to handle the situation.

He said that that the affected woman had been quarantined at one of the isolation centres in Bayelsa.

The chairman said that the government was preparing a detailed statement on the case which would be made public.

“We have recorded one case and she is a woman and she has been moved to the isolation centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) at Okolobiri in Yenagoa Local Government Area.

“There is absolutely no need for panic because the Bayelsa government is adequately prepared for this.

“We have at no fewer than three isolation centres and well trained medical professionals to tackle the pandemic.

“We appeal to the people to take their personal hygiene more seriously and we have emphasised the use of face masks by residents in addition to other protocols put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“In addition, people should ensure they take more of fruits and vegetables in their diet as it boosts the immune system.

“In addition to complying with the hygiene protocols, good nutruition is also recommended,” he said.

NAN reports that the NCDC has listed the case in Bayelsa as one of the 91 new cases of the COVID-19 .

Gov. Douye Diri is expected to address the residents in the state soon on the development, according to a source.

COVID-19: Kano fumigates markets, Mosques, Churches

Kano State Ministry for the Environment said it has disinfected and sanitized 40 markets, 31 churches and 31 mosques, remand homes and Correctional centres to curb spread of coronavirus.

This according to the ministry, were the places visited by the index patient of coronavirus in the state.

TVC News Correspondent, Ibrahim Isah reports on the recent moves by the government to curtail spread of the virus.

Kano now has a confirmed case of the coronavirus pandemic disease. But the index patient before his diagnosis had visited numerous places and had contacts with many people.

To prevent spread of the virus, the Kano State Government believed the environment he lived and places he visited, need to be fumigated and disinfected.

Two friday mosques, and three diagnostic centers top the list of places targeted by the state environment officials.

The Government had since closed down a private clinic and the diagnostic centres the coronavirus patient had gone for treatment when he fell sick. Medical professionals who had contact with him are being tested.

Already, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje had announced stricter measures aimed at curtailing spread of the virus.

He said business will no longer be as usual now that Kano is on the list of states positive for COVID-19.

Kano State Ministry for the environment said 40 markets, 31 churches and 31 mosques, remand homes and correctional centers had been disinfected and sanitized to curb spread of the virus.