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THE NIGERIA ARISE AWARD.

As a way of branding, motivating and encouraging our leaders and mentors, The Nigeria Arise Team put together the Nigeria Arise series and Award for 2014 in London. It is an iconic programme around Nigeria’s important dates/events to honour individuals, government and corporate institutions who have contributed to the development/image of Nigeria. The award is for those that have excelled in their field, business pursuits or called by Nigerians to do more in their industry for the development of the nation; it also recognise others willing to be part of a change for a better nation; those that have been challenged yet, sees it not as a barrier but a tool to try more progressively and positively to develop human capital and our community.

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Celebrated HRH Oba Tejuoso, Akwa Ibom State Governor Dr. Godswill Akpabio, Ms. Yewande Akinola, young woman engineer who works with ARUP group and His Excellency The Executive Governor of Kaduna State who was represented by represented by Izzan Zauzzan , Dr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero – are just some of the notable leaders and professionals at this year’s Nigeria Arise Award ceremony that took place on the 30th August 2014 at Holiday Inn Regents Park.

The evening -long event celebrated the strengths and qualities of Nigerians with a host of some of the continent’s most recognised names and voices who inspired, encouraged and informed through their talks and speeches.

Being its sixth year, Nigeria Arise Award – an offshoot of Nigeria Arise – is a global landmark occasion for Nigerians, and those with a passion for the Nation. Each year residents across Africa, the USA, the UK and other European countries travel to London to attend this inspirational dinner and Award. This celebration of Nigeria’s finest has historically drawn some of the world’s most recognised names, including sports woman Christine Ileoma Ohuruogu, Dele Momodu the Ovation International publication and Governor Ibukunle Amosun of Ogun State in attendance.

The event delivered an excellent package and diversity as seen in the attendance such as the Former Governor of Abia State Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Former Managing Director of GT Bank/Former VP to AC Mr. Fola Adeola, Izan Zazzau etc –; the Nigeria Arise Award 2014 presented Nigerians the opportunity to interacts with their leaders in attendance with other talented men and women gracing the red carpet Ceremony. Other Recipients included Hon. Tunji Bello A Lagos State commissioner For Environment, Senator Izunaso from Imo State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun FCA , Governor, Ogun State Nigeria who was represented by Commissioner of Industries Hon Bimbo Ashiru ; Senator Ganiyu Solomon; Mr. Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson Manufacturing company; Dr. John Osammor of Odeiga House Odeiga foods; Mike Abiola of African Voice; Victor Olisa a Chief Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police; Prince Lipede Of Media Solution/ InfoTech; Pst. Tunde Bakare who presides over Global Apostolic Impact Network and President of Latter Rain Ministries; Dr. Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Executive Kano State; Dr. Solomon Fubura for his services for business development and empowerment programmes; Professor Stanley Okolo & Dr. Peter Ozua for contributions in Health; Dr. Nazir Ahmed for Excellence in Education; Mr. Patrick Ideh of Bantuway Foods; Channels TV Broadcasting Channel in Nigeria and Dana air.

Performance was provided by Ben TV live band and international artist Daddy Showkey.

Recipients reinforced the need for Nigerians to stand together and look forward to achieving even greater prominence and successes for across the continent.

The Founder of Nigeria Arise Mr. Alistair Soyode said: we call all Nigerians to be proud of their heritage, cultures and it’s our unique responsibilities to participate in National Development and on our image in the committee of nations.

The fact that such an intelligent and varied range of people who love Nigeria attended the event shared ideas and to inspired each other to make Nigeria greater than it was yesterday.”

1.             Mike Abiola of African Voice                  Nigeria Arise Nollywood Ambassador 2014

2 .            Professor Stanley Okolo                           Nigeria Arise Health Ambassador 2014

3.             Dr. Peter Ozua                                          Nigeria Arise Health Ambassador 2014

4.             Ms. Christine Ohuruogu                          Nigeria Arise Sport Ambassador 2014

5.             Mr. Femi Okutubo of Trumpet               Nigeria Arise Media Ambassador 2014

6.             Dr. John Osammor of Odeiga House      Nigeria Arise Food Ambassador 2014

7.             Dr. Solomon Fubara                                 Nigeria Arise Business Ambassador 2014

8.             Ms. Yewande Akinola                              Nigeria Arise Innovation Ambassador 2014

9              Patrick Ideh of Bantuway                   Nigeria Arise Enterprises Ambassador 2014

10 .         SENATOR OSITA IZUNASO                 Nigeria Arise NGO Ambassador 2014

11.          HONOURABLE TUNJI BELLO              Nigeria Arise Environmental Ambassador 2014

12.          SENATOR GANIYU SOLOMON                      Nigeria Arise Special Ambassador 2014

13.          Mr. Jimmy Agbaje                        Nigeria Arise Mentor/Inspiring Ambassador 2014

14.          Dana Air                                                 Nigeria Arise Airline Ambassadors 2014

15.          Dr. Nazir Ahmed od Best Tutors             Nigeria Arise Education Ambassador 2014

16.          Pastor Agu Irukwu                                    Nigeria Arise Leader’s Ambassador 2014

17.          Apostle Alfred Williams of CFT               Nigeria Arise Leader’s Ambassador 2014

18.          Kaduna Gov HE Mukhtar Yero           Nigeria Arise Peace Ambassador 2014

19.          Channels TV                                         Nigeria Arise Television Ambassador 2014

20.          Kano State/Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso           Nigeria Arise Youths/SME 2014

21           Ogun State Gov Sen Ibikunle Amosun FCA       Nigeria Arise Most Industrially developed State 2014

22.          INNOSON GROUP                                               Nigeria Arise Entrepreneurial Ambassador 2014

23.          Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa                       Nigeria Arise Brand Ambassador 2014

24.          Pst. Dr. Tunde Bakare                                         Nigeria Arise Nation’s Builder Ambassador 2014

25.          CG Ibrahim Dikko Inde                                        Nigeria Arise Special Ambassador 2014

26.          Prince Lipede of Media Solution      Nigeria Arise Entertainment Ambassador 2014

27.          Mr. Richard Taylor                                   Nigeria Arise Special Ambassador 2014

28.          HRH Oba Tejuoso                                     Nigeria Arise Goodwill Ambassador 2014

29.          HE Sen. Dalhatu Tafida CFR OFR         Nigeria Arise Mentor’s Ambassador 2014

30           Akwa Ibom Gov Godswill Akpabio         Nigeria Arise Most OUTSTANDING Governor in Infrastructural Development

 

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By SaharaReporters

In a bizarre tale that illustrates how Nigeria is run, President Goodluck Jonathan arrived two weeks ago at a top secret meeting with the exiled Emir of Gwoza, the newly-named headquarters of Boko Haram’s so-called “Islamic Caliphate,” with no knowledge of the location of Gwoza, presidency sources at the meeting said.

The Emir, Muhammed Timta, escaped after the militants invaded Gwoza on August 16 and took over his palace.

He arrived in Abuja after first making his way to Maiduguri to escape further attempts on his life. His father, Idrissa Timta, had died in a Boko Haram ambush on May 30, 2014 as Boko Haram ambushed his convoy on his way to the burial of the Emir of Gombe.

Shortly after Timta’s arrival in Abuja, President Jonathan sent for the Emir, who was accompanied to the meeting by a Borno Senator, Ali Ndume. However, to the utter shock of the Emir, President Jonathan did not know where Gwoza was located: Adamawa or Borno State.

Presidency sources said silence enveloped the room after the President, apparently lacking basic research or a briefing by his numerous aides and security agencies, asked in condescending pidgin, “Where’s Gwoza sef?”

Mr. Jonathan then promised to ‘liberate’ Gwoza after Senator Ndume told him Gwoza was his home town and that it is located in Borno State.

Gwoza remains under the control of Boko Haram after the sect took over the township in a raid and declared the town the headquarters of the “Islamic Caliphate” in the Northeast of Nigeria.

At least three attempts by Nigerian troops have been repelled by the militants.  Several soldiers and innocent civilians were killed.

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Youths Group under the aegis of Nasarawa State Youth Network (NASTYNET)  has commended Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, Chairman Senate Committee on Services for facilitating the citing of the Federal University in Lafia and successful completion of Lafia-Awe Federal Highway.

In a statement issued on Monday in Lafia by its National President Ibrahim Kabiru Dallah, the group said the siting of the Federal University in Lafia to train the future generation of leaders is the height of Senator Adokwe’s productive representative of the youths and students of Nasarawa South Senatorial District.

The statement reads: “after proper consultation from the power that be in Nasarawa State to know the achievements of each every Senator representing Nasarawa State in the National Assembly, we have came to realized that through Senator Adokwe, we now have Federal University Lafia, successful completion of Lafia-Awe Federal Highway, Constructions of Primary and Secondary Schools , Scholarship for the Students, Youths and women empowerment and the massive employment of Nasarawa South people in Federal parastatals.

“We recall with nostalgia the yearly payments of Hajj to Muslim Ummah and Jerusalem to the Christian faithful”

The Youths group commended Adokwe for his unwavering commitment to the development of Nasarawa South Senatorial District through education and infrastructural development.

Dallah pointed out that Youths and Students will continue to vote Adokwe as long as he’s alive to contests for any position, saying that the few who oppose him in the political arena of Nasarawa State  will continue to be defeated at the polls.

We are therefore not surprised that Adokwe is hated by few people for working hard for the progress of Nasarawa South Senatorial District.

“Despite the hatred for Senator Adokwe, that has not deterred him from working hard for the youths and students constituency where he belong”.

“As progressive youths group, we are not unaware of the facts that we must acknowledged the unending support of Senator Adokwe for relief materials to both Alago’s, Eggon’s and Fulani’s whenever their is crisis in the Senatorial District, this is indeed, a sign of a leader that cares about the people he’s representing and the attainment of a final peace”.

“We want to use this medium to advice Senator Adokwe to be using the media at all time for the people to start appreciating his good work in the National Assembly, consequently, we have consulted with our friends in the media as they are ready start advertisement of the friendly work of Senator Adokwe at affordable price”.

“On a Final note, we want to sincerely appreciate the pilot of the Transformation movement in the Senate, David Mark, the Senate President for setting the pace while our indefatigable, amiable, palatable, reliable, friendly, dynamic and unbeatable Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe is following”.

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By Ihechukwu Njoku

Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua sounded a prophetic alarm in his church service yesterday, stating that a “very big ‘bigshot’” in Nigeria would soon be attacked and killed.

“Last time, I said we should pray for Nigerian ‘bigshots’ – because I am seeing these people  begin to target them,” the cleric stated on Sunday 31st August 2014, reminding people of the message he had previously given early in May that Boko Haram’s attention would turn to target the ‘political class’.

He called for prayer against an impending ‘attack’ against a ‘very big bigshot’ in a service broadcast live on Emmanuel TV. “It will result to death,” Joshua plainly stated. “They are just looking for an avenue that will cause crisis and conflict in the region… When it happens, it will cause political crisis.”

Joshua continued by prophesying an imminent plane crash in the unstable region near Russia and Ukraine. “Commercial planes should not pass there because I am seeing a plane full of passenger’s crash in that region. It will not be between Ukraine and Russia this time but it is close to that place, a neighboring region,” he warned.

The controversial cleric further revealed that US President Barack Obama would be rushed to hospital with a ‘health challenge’. “Pray for the president of America. I am seeing him being rushed to the hospital but he will get over it,” Joshua stated. “They should allow him to rest; he should not go for an operation,” he also warned. “I am not talking of myself; I am talking of God.”

Joshua further prophesied a ‘militant’ attack against a highly placed political figure in Southern Africa, also specifying the nation of Kenya for prayer. “I am seeing militants are interested in embarrassing a president – either they kill him or kidnap him. That is just their objective in the Southern region– to kidnap the president, vice president or first lady of that nation.”

Continuing, the Nigerian cleric stated crisis would soon envelop the European nation of Poland, calling for prayer. “Crisis will start any moment from now. It will start with internal crisis… What is the word 16? I was made to see the nation Poland – pray for the nation,” he said.

He concluded his diverse prophetic messages by stating UK should ‘secure their country’ in lieu of the security alert issued by the UK government due to the threat of ISIS terrorists. “They should strategise and secure their country in the middle of this month – 15,16,17,18 – and the end of the month,” he said.

Ihechukwu Njoku – freelance Nigerian journalist

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It may not matter to them whether it is constitutional or not. What appears to matter is the fact that they want the governor removed.

After being cleared of all 16 counts charge by the panel constituted to investigate the allegations leveled against Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, indications has emerged that members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly are set to re-issue the governor another impeachment notice any moment from today.

According to Vanguard, the fresh impeachment notice is premised on the alleged constitutional breach by Chief Judge of the state, Justice Suleiman Dikko, in the composition of the probe panel that earlier cleared the governor of any wrong doing in the first impeachment notice.

It gathered that National Judicial Council, NJC, had been petitioned, accusing Justice Dikko of contravening Section 188(5) of the 1999 constitution by appointing two partisan politicians and public office holder on the probe panel.

The Assembly was also said to have drawn the attention of the NJC on other added issues on professional misconduct where the CJ was allegedly found culpable.

The petition includes a case whose judgment has been allegedly stalled by the CJ for over three years since the final submission by counsel as against the stipulated three months, citing personal interest as the motive behind the miscarriage of justice.

It  is being romoured that the CJ is expected to vacate office within the week either through suspension or any other means to pave the way for a new CJ expected to constitute a new panel of investigation.

The source, however, assured that the lawmakers were not going to interfere with the composition of the panel, but would object to any case of constitutional breach aimed at giving any party an undue advantage over another.

Additional allegations
Also, in the new petition to be served on Governor Al-Makura, findings revealed that additional allegations have been raised against the embattled governor who only a month ago had impeachment case against him by the same Assembly thrown out for want of evidence.

Al-Makura is alleged, in the new petition, to have spent over N300 million in excess of the N100 million approved by the lawmakers for Justice ministry for the execution of the Justice Joseph Fola Gbadeyan panel of inquiry into Alakyo killing of security operatives and other matters connected therewith.

It was claimed that as at the time of constituting the panel, over N26 million had been expended wondering how government financed the panel to the tune of N400 million.

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Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has berated the former Bayelsa State Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha over his comment in a newspaper interview  for asking him to beg Jonathan and return to the PDP.

The former governor in an interview with New Telegraph newspaper at the weekend called on Amaechi to beg Jonathan and return to the PDP.

Alamieyeseigha said: “I think there is no problem between Governor Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan. I think Amaechi should be humble enough to go to the President and say, ‘I am sorry’, because he has no place to go. A child that is not respectful will also not deserve respect from anyone. I have spoken to both of them. Jonathan has no issues. President of Nigeria is very powerful.

“I even told Amaechi: the first entity you cannot fight is Almighty God and the second entity is the government, (President Jonathan). No matter how you interpret it, nobody can fight government, (Jonathan) successfully. Rivers State will never be surrendered to APC.”

But in his reaction at the weekend, Governor Amaechi dismissed the call by Alamieyeseigha.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary David Iyofor, Amaechi said the former Governor was trying to stand logic on its head and was not bold enough to tell the world what he (Alamieyeseigha) told Amaechi when he came to discuss the President with him.

“Yes, its true that Governor Amaechi does not have any personal issues with the President. And yes, when Chief Alamieyeseigha came to the governor to discuss this issue, he said that there is not much problem between the President and Governor Amaechi but he wasn’t bold and courageous enough to say in that interview what he told the governor the problem is.

“He told Governor Amaechi that he cannot understand why Mr. President cannot rein in, control or manage his wife. But for him to now go to the press to say something else is indeed most cowardly and timid of him.

“How do one comprehend Chief Alamieyeseigha’s logic or reasons for saying Governor Amaechi should go and beg President Jonathan and retrace his steps? Please, to where should the governor retrace his steps to? Back to PDP?

“The same PDP that Governor Amaechi led Rivers people to give total support and give Mr. President over two million votes at the 2011 elections with nothing to show for it after almost four years? Instead, territories and oil wells belonging to the State are been given to other States.

“Is he saying that the Governor cannot hold a contrary view, opinion from Mr. President on issues, based on principles and the interests of Rivers State, because Mr. President is all powerful?”

“Chief Alamieyeseigha’s understanding of respect, disrespect and desecration of the office of the President is warped and indeed befuddling. For Chief Alamieyeseigha, what amounts to disrespect and desecration of the office of the President is Governor Amaechi’s decision to stay with his people, fight for what is theirs and dogged stubbornness and refusal to cede any part of Rivers State including its oil wells to Mr. President’s home state of Bayelsa!

“For him, the Governor’s fight for the interest of Rivers State and its people, what is due the State is given to the state by the federal government is tantamount to disrespecting and desecrating the office of the President! How preposterous!

“Chief Alamieyeseigha says APC will never take Rivers State! We feel sorry and pity for him. It’s so apparent that he belongs to and lives in the past and has blindly refused to see and face the reality of the present. APC has since taken over Rivers State. APC is in control in Rivers State and Rivers people are fully with their Governor in APC. If deluding himself to think otherwise, would make Chief Alamieyeseigha sleep well at night, then he can continue to live in dreamland”.

“While we do not begrudge Chief Alamieyeseigha’s political affiliation or his decision to truckle, grovel and genuflect before whoever he so pleases, we also expect and demand that he respects the right of Governor Amaechi to choose his political party and associates, and to disagree with anyone, on principles and issues that are not in the interest of Rivers state and Rivers people.

“Finally, We want to state categorically that Chief Alamieyeseigha’s comments against Governor Amaechi in that interview with New Telegraph on Saturday is an undisguised and disgraceful sycophantic voyage that a man of his standing should never have ventured into”, Iyofor concluded.

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Boko Haram terrorists has in the past three days, laid siege to Gamboru town, forcefully conscripting youths to fight both the Nigerian and Cameroonian troops. They were said to have killed those who resisted them.

The terrorists operating on several motorcycles stormed Gamboru and moved from house to house, searching for youths who refused to flee after last Monday’s attack that claimed 25 lives.

Gamboru is a border town, and 138 kilometres North East of Maiduguri, the state capital.

A resident who preferred to be anonymous, who hid in a ceiling for three days, said the terrorists had been forcing the residents to join the Islamist sect’s fight, while those who refused to join were shot dead or had their throats slit in the presence of members of their families.

According to him: “Our people have no option other than to submit to God’s destiny and mercies. Since last Monday’s attacks, we had been hiding in ceilings of buildings and underground water reservoirs without food and water. But the insurgents were adamant and ruthless threatening us to either be conscripted and fight against the troops in Gamboru or be killed”, said the resident in a telephone interview yesterday.

On how residents were forcefully conscripted, he said: “Since last Monday’s attacks, these sect boys have been going from house to house in search of residents in hiding. Once they caught one resident, they would hand N5,000 cash and an AK 47 rifle and ask him to join them to fight the soldiers in Gamboru or risk his life”

He said: “Residents, who refused to join the insurgents, were summarily executed using gun or knives and swords”.  He added that with the massive killings and threats, several youths had joined the insurgents in the last five days, after they captured the border town with Cameroon on Monday, August 25, 2014.

After the three-day attack, 29 persons were killed, while 215 of the youths, who fled to Cameroon to escape the forceful conscription, have recounted their ordeals in the hands of the insurgents.

Over 200 Gambouru youths are said to have fled to the Cameroonian border town of Fotokol and three other villages yesterday morning.

The youths, according to one of them who remained anonymous, fled because they did not want to be conscripted by the Boko Haram sect to fight both the Nigerian and Cameroonian troops in the border areas and in Gambouru town.

“I had no alternative, other than to join my colleagues by dawn yesterday to flee for our safety. These gunmen had been telling us to join them to fight our soldiers here and at the borders with Cameroon and Chad; after promising us some money and rifles ‘to do the work of God’. But some of us decided to take our fate in our hands by fleeing to Cameroon. By noon yesterday (Sunday), about 215 of us converged on Fotokol with broken limbs and bruises, while fleeing to cross the River and bushes with desert tracks. Once they sighted you fleeing, they shoot you, as we have refused to join them,” lamented the youth.

He said the targets of the insurgents were to “forcefully conscript” youths between the ages of 18 and 25 who are conversant with Gamboru and its border areas with Cameroon.

“They were asking all of us here in Cameroon to join them; and fight the soldiers, but we collectively decided not to, because these gunmen can never be trusted. It has happened not only in Gambouru, but most of the Borno towns and villages were attacked with the displacement of many residents and villagers,” said the youth in telephone interview from Fotokol.

He said as they reached the border town of Fotokol, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet hovered over Gamboru town three times, but due to the mixture of innocent civilians and the terrorists in the town, and to avoid killing of innocent people, the fighter jet had to bombard an outskirt with plumes of smoke into the sky for ten minutes.

“We had feared that the town was bombarded, by the military to reclaim our town, but one of my parents called me on phone that they were safe; and there was no bombing from the fighter jet that flew in Sunday (yesterday) morning,” said the youth.

A military source, who spoke on reports that the terrorists raided communities around Gamboru, conscripting youths into their sect, said that it had been their strategy.  He, however, noted that strategies that cannot be disclosed were being worked out to handle the situation.

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The Rivers State government has said about 60 people, out of close to 200 that had primary and secondary contacts with the late Dr Ikechukwu Sam Enemuo, who died of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Port Harcourt, the state capital, are yet to be found.

Also, the state government has placed a ban on the movement of corpses within and outside the state without death certificates and explanations on the cause of such deaths, and has directed the police to demand such documents from ambulances conveying such corpses in the state.

This is as the state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, will today meet with leaders of churches in the state, while a meeting with the traditional rulers will hold tomorrow, Tuesday, over the spread of the Ebola virus in the state.

The state commissioner for health, Dr Sampson Parker, who addressed journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, said about 50 high-risk contacts had been indentified among those that had primary contacts with the late doctor.

Parker stated that three of the people who had contacts with late Enemuo, including two staff of his hospital, Sam-Steel Clinic, and a staff of the Good Heart Hospital, where he died, had been moved to the treatment centre at Edoha community in Emohua local government area of the state.

He said, “Also, movement of corpses within and outside the state must be supervised; there must be death certificates and we must know the cause of the death. So, you cannot just move corpses here and there without clearance from the Ministry of Health. In fact, the police will stop you and ask for clearance. Before corpses are released from the mortuary, even the attendants will ask for the documents; before they come in and before they are released.

“The governor will meet with church leaders tomorrow — all church leaders in Rivers. He will meet them by 10am. He will in the same vein meet with all traditional rulers on Tuesday by 10am. I have been telling you before now that almost 200 persons have been traced. I keep on telling you that; that is because, out of this number, we are still to be in touch with about 60 of them. I will explain the reason later.

“But 50 high-risk contacts have been identified. Quickly, the reason why I said so is because a lot of the news, stigma, and all the rest, these persons are not coming up; we are still on them. In fact, we are concentrating on these names that we have found, and still going for new ones. Every day, it improves; it is getting better by the day.

“We now have three persons at the treatment centre at Edoha; a pharmacist at Sam-Steel Hospital and doctor that worked with Dr Enemuo at that Sam-Steel Hospital, and also a lady that was at the Good Heart Hospital while Dr Enemuo was there. However, they have not been confirmed; we are waiting for the result of the investigation. Today, we should have them. Also, let me quickly tell you that Mrs Enemuo is in a stable condition in Lagos. I am telling you these so that people will know that this is not a death sentence and come out.”

The commissioner advised worship centres against maintaining admission wards in the premises, as well as laying hands on people who may have had contact with Enemuo, and appealed to all those who had contacts with the late doctor or visited Sam-Steel Clinic, Good Heart Hospital and Mandate Garden Hotels to report to the Ministry of Health for checks.

Parker said, “At this point, I must tell you that most of them that came up early survived; only the ones that hid, going from one church to the other until they deteoriated so much that passed on. We must let the public know that anyone who had primary or secondary contact with Dr Enemuo or the clinics and hotel should voluntarily come out and contact us. It doesn’t mean that you are infested; all we need to do is just to observe you, and if there is anything you let us know.

“The chances of survival are very high. None of those that came up in Lagos had issues; most of them were cleared. It is important the churches don’t keep admission wards in their churches; some of them are running to churches and groups of them are laying hands on them without knowing.”

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The army under General Azubuike Ihejirika allowed Boko haram to regroup deliberately in the Sambisa. Last year when SoE was declared, Boko haram was on the run and the villagers of the villages ravaged by Boko haram today were themselves single handedly apprehending Boko haram fighters in the bushes. Victory was at hand for Nigeria as the Boko haram fighters were roaming the bushes without ammo, food or water. The Civilian JTF, CJTF under the leadership of soldiers of the JTF like colonel Hassan, Shamaki and the once dreaded Sagir Musa  and one Sangami (not real name), coordinated and directed the CJTF to the villages and the surrounding bushes. The CJTF and the JTF recorded success like never before on the war on terror.

This was the time the original Shekau was killed; August of 2013. But then General Ihejirika suddenly and surprisingly disbanded the JTF and introduced the so called 7 division that was a deliberate sabotage of the success from day one. The army after the creation of 7 division, cut down the powers of the CJTF to go to the villages or to Boko haram camps on patrol. For the CJTF to do so, they were now made to have to apply in writing to the authorities.  The 7 division became an army that was stationary instead of an army that took proactive measures in combat. This allowed Boko Haram to regroup and survive to reign more terror on the people. It was evident the army chief wanted to preserve Boko haram and not complete their defeat. We are convinced they make money form the continuous war on terror in the north.

The people suspected a foul play when the heroes of the people in the army that worked with the CJTF were all deployed out of the state. Most of them were framed as members of the Boko haram and they quietly left. The intelligence officers were all transferred out of the state. The new GOC deployed to Borno was a right hand man of Ali Modu Sheriff. It was even said that Sheriff actually worked for the man to be deployed to Borno.

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Army sources reveal that the army practically hands over equipment to Boko haram. A source said supplies to Maiduguri will be way-laid by insurgents and without a single fire Boko haram will claim supply convoys. And all the soldiers in that convoy will be unharmed but supplies are lost. He said what we should be asking is how did that happened? The General moved all the heavy weapons from Kontagora to unknown destination. And up till today no one knows where they are. Containers filled with different weapons was intercepted by customs at Lagos and handed over to him, but, today you can’t get it in any armory, later intelligence reports revealed that the weapons were silently moved to Niger Delta.

Another incidence is how Boko haram acquires the army vehicles including the APC and tanks. The soldiers say they take them out to patrol and on first sight of Boko haram they abandon them and flee. Another said in the desert of northern Borno such vehicles get stuck in the sand and the soldiers flee. They said they will just retreat and watch the boys dig them out for themselves nothing happens.

There were times when Ihejirika was the head of the army, villagers and civilians will rush to soldiers during attacks and the soldiers will say their order was not to move out of that place. Then they had more ammo than the small arm of BH that attacks the villages.

The people believed then that the army sent to Sambisa wasn’t to fight Boko haram but to provide protection for the band of Boko haram that was there. Army helicopters were seen assisting the terrorists.

The army will go on operation with little ammunition and they will be followed by another group that wipes the first group in the name of Boko haram attacks. Boko haram was given enough time to regroup and armed themselves from the supplies of the army indirectly by the army itself.

Source: NewsRescue

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