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Troops Kill Boko Haram Militants, Rescue 11,595 Hostages, Recover 150 SIM Cards In Different Raids
In continuation of the clearance and mopping up operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in various parts of the North East geo-political region, troops of the Nigerian Army have slaughtered several fighters of the dreaded sect, rescued no fewer than 11, 595 civilians held at their various enclaves and then recovered 150 different SIM cards in different operations.
These disclosures were made known in multiple statements signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman.
“In continuation of the clearance and mopping up operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in various parts of the North East geo-political region, troops have rescued no fewer than 11,595 persons held hostage by the terrorists within the last one month,” Usman said.
Sexual Harassment: Bill To Jail Randy Lecturers For 5-Year Passes First Reading
The Nigerian Senate has on Wednesday passed for first reading a bill for a law which recommends five-year jail term for any lecturer who engages in sexual relationship with students.
The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege (Labour-Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 46 other senators, seeks to completely prohibit any form of sexual relationship between lecturers and their students.
Addressing reporters after yesterday’s plenary, the sponsor of the bill, Omo-Agege said that the nation’s institutions of higher learning must be sanitised to rid them of lecturers who saw female students as “prize’’.
He said: “When passed into law, it makes it a criminal offence for any educator in a university, polytechnic or any other tertiary educational institution to violate or exploit the student-lecturer fiduciary relationship for sexual pleasures.
SERAP Drags Nigerian Govt To ECOWAS Court Over Herdsmen Violence
Following the inability of the government of Nigeria to prevent the violent attacks and killings by the Fulani herdsmen, a civil rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Wednesday, May 4, has dragged the Federal Government to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja.
The suit is as a result of government’s “failure to prevent, account for and investigate killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property across the country by herdsmen, the military and police”.
The suit, with number ECW/CCJ/APP/15/16, was filed by the Solicitor to SERAP, Femi Falana.
The suit reads in part: “The Plaintiff contends that the Defendant is responsible for these human rights violations and abuses by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators which have not been adequately prevented, investigated or prosecuted by the authorities. These responsibilities are heightened when an observable pattern has been overlooked or ignored, such as is the case in this suit”.
Troops Uncover Boko Haram Bomb Making Factory In Borno State
Troops of the Nigerian military have once again discovered a Boko Haram bomb-making factory in a town in Borno state, an official has said on Friday.
Confirming the discovery in a statement, the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that soldiers from the 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade, discovered the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factory in Ngala town, Borno state.
The spokesperson for the Army also revealed that the insurgents continued to use IEDs to attack civilians and soldiers despite being losing the battle.
The statement read: On Friday 30th April 2016, the ever hard working troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, have again succeeded in bursting a secret Boko Haram terrorists’ Improvised Explosive making Device factory in Ngala town, north eastern Nigeria.
Enugu Police Commissioner Sacked Over Herdsmen Killings
The Nigeria Police Force on behalf of the government of Nigeria has terminated the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu from his post on Tuesday, May 3, over the series of killings recorded due to the several clashes between residents of the state and Fulani herdsmen.
Confirming the CP’s redeployment on Tuesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, said that Ekechukwu had been posted out of the state to another command.
The FPRO said: “The Enugu State CP has been posted out of the state to another command and a new CP, Emmanuel Ojukwu, has taken over. The redeployment is part of strategies to improve police effectiveness across the country.”