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The inconsistent people of Borno and their inherent unrepenting hypocrisy By Banjo Daniel



The inconsistent people of Borno and their inherent unrepenting hypocrisy


February 2014: The Jihadist group raided the Nigerian village of Izghe in the north of the country and murdered dozens – before going door-to-door and killing anyone they came across.

April 2014: Nearly 300 schoolgirls are abducted from the town of Chibok, which Boko Haram burned to the ground.

August 2014: The terror group kidnapped at least 97 people during raids on villages in Borno State. They killed 28 boys and men.

November 2014: 120 people killed in a bomb attack on a central Mosque in Kano – the principal city of northern Nigeria.

January 4, 2015: Boko Haram kidnaps 40 boys and young men, believed to be aged ten to 23, from a village in the Nigerian state of Borno.
Above depicts the security situation in the general north east area which had led the introduction of military personnel to combat the deadly activities of the terrorist group since 2009.



It became bothersome when I read all sorts of utterances emanating from the ‘peoples’ of Borno state and I continue to wonder why this set of humans remain so inconsistent in agitations and hypocritical in attitudes.

As far back as 2011, they had been at loggerheads with the government on the issue of the Boko Haram group, at a period requesting that troops of the NA be withdrawn and a dialogue system pursued. Read below a report of a publication in 2011. This agitation probably led to the then government resorting to the use of mercenaries. Unfortunately, apart from the huge monies expended on the project, the situation worsened. Now, they are at it again.

‘As the security situation in Borno State deteriorates, a Committee of Elders and Leaders of Thought has joined the various appeals on the Federal Government to immediately withdraw armed soldiers from the streets of Maiduguri and environs.

In the press statement, dated 12 July 2011, the Committee accused the soldiers of arson, murder, looting and raping of young girls.

It described as “grossly misplaced and shuttered,” the government’s calculation that the intervention of the military in the conflict might bring the situation under control.

The Committee said that the presence of thousands of weapon brandishing soldiers on the streets of Maiduguri has turned the situation into the worst nightmare Maiduguri has ever seen, with the soldiers shooting and killing hundreds of youth for no reason other than that they are young people.

The Committee also had a message for the Boko Haram militants. “We call on the members of the Ahlus Sunnah lid da’awati wal jihaad (Yaanaa) to please see the current human suffering of fellow Muslims and look for alternative ways of pursuing their demand.”

It also asked the government to go into “honest and positive dialogue” with the militants as they have already made their demands public’ – BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK, JUL 14, 2011


It is the same elders that called for the withdrawal of Soldiers due to unethical practices in 2011 that had accused the army in 2018 of check points malpractices; in 2019 alleged attack on the governor’s convoy that are now shouting there are not enough Soldiers in the NE, thereby demanding for mercenaries. Was it mercenaries that liberated their towns from Boko Haram? Was it private military contractors that brought them home from IDP Camps or was it their local youths that protected them at the camps. This just goes to show how inconsistent and unappreciative people are.

The difference in the security situation between 2011 and now is crystal clear however during the period, these people had not stopped agitating for one thing or the other in their efforts not to appreciate the government. Of recent, they are known to have bellowed the insufficiency of the troops within their towns expecting soldiers to be deployed at everyone’s backyard. Their grouses, thus associated, had always been targeted at the army rather than the civil authorities and security agencies constitutionally responsible for such civil duties. Rather than appreciating the military and government of PMB for creating a better environment for returning them home from their various IDP Camps, they portray an ungrateful nature, never repenting in their hypocrisy. In actual fact, it is the submission of a research that their attitude may be a tactical effort to demoralise the fighting troops while psychologically supporting the insurgents. It concluded that until a change in attitude is visibly displayed and noted by military authorities, the activities of the multinational terrorist groups may continue in this axis for a long time.

Banjo Daniel, a public and private security analyst writes from Maiduguri.


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Dangote Refinery Receives Its Maiden Crude Cargo



Dangote Refinery Receives Its Maiden Crude Cargo










































Sahara Weekly Reports in a major step towards boosting Nigeria’s domestic refining capacity and attaining energy security (self-sufficiency), Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals plant has purchased 1 million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO), one of the largest trading companies in Nigeria as well as globally, trading over 8 million barrels of crude oil per day.























Dangote Refinery Receives Its Maiden Crude Cargo



















The STASCO cargo contained 1 million barrels from Agbami and sailed to Dangote Refinery’s Single Point Mooring (SPM) where it was discharged into the refinery’s crude oil tanks.










































The maiden 1 million barrels, which represent the first phase of the 6 million barrels of crude oil to be supplied to Dangote Petroleum Refinery by a range of suppliers, should sustain the initial 350,000 barrels per day to be processed by the facility. The next four cargoes will be supplied by the NNPC in two to three weeks and the final of the six cargoes will be supplied by ExxonMobil.










































This supply will facilitate the initial run of the refinery as well as kick-start the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).










































This latest development will play a pivotal role in alleviating the fuel supply challenges faced by Nigeria as well as the West African countries.










































Designed for 100% Nigerian crude with the flexibility to process other crudes, the 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Petroleum Refinery can process most African crude grades as well as Middle Eastern Arab Light and even US Light tight oil as well as crude from other countries.










































Dangote Petroleum Refinery can meet 100% of the Nigeria’s requirement of all refined products, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation jet, and also have surplus of each of these products for export.










































The refinery was built to take crude through its two SPMs located 25 kilometres from the shore and to discharge petroleum products through three separate SPMs. In addition, the refinery has the capacity to load 2,900 trucks a day at its truck loading gantries.










































Dangote Refinery has a self-sufficient marine facility with the ability to handle the largest vessel globally available. In addition, all products from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications.










































The refinery is designed to comply with US EPA, European emission norms, and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms as well as African Refiners and Distribution Association (ARDA) standards.










































President of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote stated: “We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone. This is an important achievement for our country as it demonstrates our ability to develop and deliver large capital projects. Our focus over the coming months is to ramp up the refinery to its full capacity. I look forward to the next significant milestone when we deliver the first batch of products to the Nigerian market.”










































Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor stated: “We welcome the startup of a refinery that is designed to produce gasoline, diesel, and low-sulphur fuels for Nigeria and across West Africa and are happy to be enabling it.”

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Ibogun celebrates 6th year coronation in grand style



Ibogun celebrates 6th year coronation in grand style

















Sahara Weekly Reports That As part of the 6th year coronation anniversary of his HRM Oba Adesina Fakayode Faluade, Anikinnikun Oluoba of Ibogun Balogun Kingdom of Abeokuta, he decided to build an untra modern civic center for the benefit of Ibogun kingdom.











Ibogun celebrates 6th year coronation in grand style































Speaking with our correspondence was the Kabiesi during the lunch of the ultra modern civic center last Wednesday, the Kabiesi express his profound appreciation to God and those who came to celebrate with him.










































He said “there is need to develop our community and as the royal father of Ibogun Balogun Owu kingdom, I took it upon myself to build this great edifice to bring development required to my community.”













































“We have other projects already excuted since I immerged as the king, one of it is the central mosque that will be commission during the ground finally of our anniversary.










































We tend to impact lives in our own little way and give back to the community who has been supporting all we do in the community.










































The chairman anniversary and lunching committee, High Chief Dr. Sulaimon Akinyele , Aro of Ibogun Balogun Owu kingdom said, “the king proposed to build a world class civic center, and we are all here to support his good works in order to make his aims and objectives come to pass.










































He notes that there are many companies within Ibogun, there are so many degnitries that came from Ibogun Owu, including the former president Olusegun Obasanjo, who can also support this great project.










































They hereby call on the governor of Ogun State, Mr. Dapo Abiodun to synergies with the Kabiesi to bring development to Ibogun Balogun by giving them good roads.










































Also at the event was Engr. Adeleke Sogbesan (Chief Okanlomo)who came in from United States to show support to the Kabiesi. He notes Oluoba Ibogun is an hardworking man who has brought lots of development to Ibogun, in view of this he came in to also show is support towards the construction of the civic center.

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Financial crimes in public, private space now national embarrassment – President CRAN



Financial crimes in public, private space now national embarrassment – President CRAN






Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the President of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), Mr. Lekan Olabulo, has frowned at the rate at which crime is increasingly committed in public and private space, insisting that the act is now becoming a thing of embarrassment to the nation.

Olabulo who lampooned corrupt public office holders, noted that those involved in syphoning the common wealth of the nation should remember that they are not insulated from being probed.

The President of CRAN, disclosed that the annual lecture cum.award series, which he said started about 30 years ago, has become a veritable platforms through which suggestions are made on how best relevant agencies and other stakeholders could tackle the menace of insecurity, bedeviling the nation.

” Outside the corridor of governance, many Nigerians particularly the youths are engaged in financial crimes such as internet fraud commonly referred to as Yahoo, Yahoo and other illicit financial businesses

” Inspite of the existence of laws to check crime in Nigeria, more youths are enlisting in the Yahoo Yahoo business with such conviction that what they are doing is illegal.

“Yahoo, Yahoo or cybercrime has come to be generally accepted by most parents as if it is a legitimate business and many communities are now in competition over the number of youths who have acquired humongous wealth through Yahoo, Yahoo”, CRAN President beamoned.

Olabulo hinted that the annual lecture cum.award series started about 30 years ago has become veritable platforms through which suggestions are made on how best the relevant agencies and other stakeholders could tackle the menace of insecurity, bedevilling the nation.

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