Yobe killings: Senate ‘directs’ Nigeria’s Army chief to relocate to Maiduguri

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The Army chief complained of inadequate funding.

The Senate Committee on Defence and Army on Wednesday in Abuja directed the Chief of Army Staff to relocate temporarily to Maiduguri.

The Thompson Sekibo-led Committee made the call at the 2014 budget defence of the committee.

Mr. Sekibo said the committee condemned what it described as the atrocity being unleashed by the Boko Haram sect on innocent citizens of North Eastern Nigeria.

He said that as part of measures to curb the activities of the Boko Haram sect, the committee also wanted all schools and health institutions from now on to be provided with special security.

“We heard of your planned relocation to Maiduguri, we hereby as the committee overseeing your activities, direct that your office relocates temporarily to the 7th Division in Maiduguri.

“This is so that you take urgent and appropriate steps to quell the situation.

“The Chief of Army staff should also restrategise on possible new ways of curbing these excesses and mobilise all military resources and face the insurgents,” Mr. Sekibo said.

He said because of the situation, the committee would receive the budget proposals without going through the lines.

“No one goes to the town square to dance when there is fire in his house.

“For us, the quelling of this insurgency and giving confidence of safety to Nigerians is of utmost priority.”

The committee further called on President Goodluck Jonathan to mobilise all the needed resources for the Armed Forces to face the challenge.

“This battle must be won to sustain our nation’s stability and unity as it is only in the atmosphere of peace and tranquility that development can be carried out,” Mr. Sekibo said.

He also said the committee would take a tour of the three affected states when the senate resumed from its recess.

In his response, the Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, said that the Army was in dire need of more funds.

Mr. Minimah, a Major-General, assured the committee that the Army was up to the task and it was just a matter of time before it would bring the insurgents to their knees.

Meanwhile, the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba has described the Tuesday Yobe killings as “crossing the border of decency”.

In a personally signed statement, Mr. Ndoma-Egba said the killing of about 40 students showed that the sect planned to plunge Nigeria into a “bleak and blank future”.

The Senate Leader said: “It is obvious that we are now dealing with a bunch of animals to whom human life is now totally meaningless and worthless.

“When you attack students, you are attacking the foundation of the country’s future. So this attack to me, is to plunge the nation into a bleak and blank future.”

He called for an urgent modification of the security strategy to include hot pursuit as this was permissible in international law.



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  • redeem

    Nothing is heart breaking like watching these 43 innocent young girls gruesomely murdered in their college Hostel in Yobe state laid to rest.

    Their only offence is that they made a choice to go to school against the instruction of the Islamic Terror group, Boko Haram.

    For the Northern elders and Politicians that threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable if Goodluck Jonathan wins the 2011, you people have make good your threats. Sending our children to a painful and untimely grave, because you want power by all means.

    • Favnat John

      Too Bad Dear

    • jay

      please stop that nonsense, there’s nothing Islamic about boko haram. They are just a terror group full stop.

      • Angryman

        This is what I hate to hear
        Why the denial
        They are probably standing next to you on the prayer line in the mosque /prayer ground
        They are not just a terror group
        They told us their agenda a long time ago
        It appears the government is being misled/misadvised and so we have been treating it as an irritation instead of a full scale war
        With the introduction of state of emergency the Governors should have been replaced with military administrators ; the borders closed and the whole area militarized
        But the Northern elders resisted the presence of the military ; complained of extermination of their youths in extrajudicial killings and threatened to take the former Army chief to ICC
        The Government was forced into negotiating with the terrorists with the attendant release of some of them that were captured/arrested
        Worse still, the muslim ummah for most part turned a blind eye or paid lip service
        They can now see where it has led us
        The blame and the blood of the innocents killed should be on the instigators, the sponsors , the perpetrators and those who aid and abet them
        There is no peace for the wicked – may they never know peace
        Until we all see them as evil it won’t be easy getting rid of them
        Relocation without the necessary intelligence, equipment and air support will not produce the desired results
        The doctrine of hot pursuit is worth exploring
        But are we ready/prepared for the consequences

  • Usman

    I just want some body to tell us why the military left the check point close to the school a day to the crime

    • Good Man

      That is highly suspicious. They need to explain, why why why?

  • Seun

    I sorry for the citizens of Nigeria…..if they like let them move the commander in chief to that zone as far as they still have are moles in the military,there nothing they can do than to fail…I sorry for the family of those students….I want to also urge the public to be careful the way they oat comments without verification so we don’t mislead the public

  • emmanuel

    Are there two executive arm of governmenr in Nigeria? Do these senators think like children?

    May be they should send police mem to bundle the Chief of Army staff there. This Sekibo thinks just like Amaechi sensless fellow.

    Meanwhile, they all were against the Joint Task force and the president disbanded it, they cattle rearers are beginong to cry over tje problems they created.

    Jonathan just do it the way it would work and stop listening to these tribalists who think that Nigeria is theirs. Good enough for them, they already have a stooge in Port Harcourt who has opened his doors to those who want to bomb the Refineries