Residents of Borno State and travellers coming into Maiduguri, the Borno capital, have described as inhumane the action of the Nigerian military in reportedly closing the Maiduguri-Damaturu road at 4:00pm,
which they said has caused untold hardship and exposed travellers to the danger of sleeping in the buses as well as being attacked by Boko Haram terrorists.
Speaking with GISTOK, Maiduguri residents stated that in as much as the military is predicating the gate closure on protecting the state from the influx of the Boko Haram terrorists,
the usage time is too short and needs to be upgraded so as to allow travellers who are coming from Abuja and other far-flung locations the opportunity to ease the stress of 12-hour journeys.
Ahmadu Ibrahim, a resident of Gomari ward in Maiduguri, told our correspondent that he had experienced a horrible night stay at the Auno gate and saw women and children suffering because soldiers close the gate would not allow people pass through to their destinations after enduring a long journey.
“My problem is that they segregate. They allow commissioners from Yobe and other top government officials to go through, but the masses are not allowed to go in after 4:00pm.
I ask a soldier during my experience as to whether the masses are the cause of the insecurity in the Northeast that every poor person has to bear the brunt while the rich and those who could afford to pay N1000 had it easy,” Ahmed said.
According to him, the soldier just smiled and told him to go and sit down until morning, as they have not allow anybody passage except those who have been cleared from the 7 division garrison.
“I was very angry with the soldier who remained calm but there was nothing I could do being a civilian and among the unfortunate ones. That night, we had issues of snake bite and scorpion stings.
We begged them to carry the people who were bitten to hospital but it all fell on deaf ears. To cut the long story short, the woman who was bitten died in the morning when the soldiers finally open the gate around 7:30 am for people to pass,” he added.
Another resident, Shuibu Abubakar maintained that Auno gate around 4pm is very inhumane and very disgusting by the security operatives, adding that as a concern citizen, he is calling on the Borno state governor, Professor Zullum, to step in and save poor citizens who are being subjected to inhumane treatment by the closure of the gate at Auno by 4:00pm.
“I don’t believe if the governor travels to Damaturu and come to Auno after 4:00pm the soldiers would dare close the gate on him. Their actions against the poor who they claimed also to be protecting is rather barbaric.
I am calling the attention of the governor and military authorities over this injustice and barbaric attitude by the security operatives along Maiduguri Damaturu road.
“Auno, where they erected pillars and put gate is known to be Boko Haram passage area and often where they draw battle-line with the insurgents whenever they come to attack, civilians and especially the masses have been killed
several times during an exchange of fire fight between soldiers and Boko Haram. I don’t know why they are doing this to the masses, but Allah will bring justice to the masses,” Abubakar said.
He maintained that it was the height of insensitivity for the soldiers to close the gate at exactly 4:00pm and allow travellers to sleep in front of the gate risking their lives until 7 O’Clock the next morning before the gate is opened to road users.
“Yesterday on my way coming from Gombe, around 4:00 pm, the gate has been closed and it can only be opened to big men or if you have a side-talk with the security men.
“They said they’ll not open the gate, if we like we should trek, I joined one crew trekking all the way from Auno to Jumtilo with some students, women and small kids. Imagine the long distance.
We reached Jimtilo gate at 7:30 PM and another challenge is that the security operatives refused to open the gate for us to just pass after trekking for about 2 hours.
“We begged them, they beat up one guy and started shooting guns freaking people. They said we should go back to Auno after all the stressful trekking.
“Around 9:30pm, with all those women and children we have to trek back to Auno to sleep over. Walking in that bush with no single security men (Allah is great) we reached Auno around 11:45pm.
“I want to use this medium to draw the attention of the state Governor Professor Zullum. Our governor, since you’re in charge of the state security system.
Please if this is happening because of security issues, I suggest the road should be shutdown instead of all the harassment and intimidation. We’re citizens of this nation and we don’t deserve to be treated that way.
“After about 10 years of check points, raising hands before passing check points, removing himar before passing, I think we had enough. What we’re demanding is just free movement like other states,” he pleaded.
In an attempt to get official reaction to allegations against the soldiers stationed at the Auno gate, GISTOK put a call to Col.
Sagir Musa, the Director of Army Public Relations but there was no reply. Also, a text massage was sent to his phone by our correspondent, but he was yet to revert as at the time of this report.
Buhari approves new appointment
President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.
Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel
The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.
The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”
He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.
Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.
He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.
“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”
He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.
“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”
Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”
He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.
We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths
After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.
While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.
The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.
“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.
“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.
“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.
“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.
“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.
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