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Chidi Odinkalu @ChidiOdinkalu
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It's bn a brutal holiday season in many parts of #Nigeria. In the NE, #BokoHaram ambushed a military convoy monday, on highway linking Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, with Damaturu in neighbouring Yobe state, killing 13 soldiers & a @PoliceNG officer…
Unsurprising, reports emerged shortly thereafter indicating that up to 167 @policeNG personnel in preparation for posting to counter-insurgency frontlines in NE #Nigeria have absconded before deployment, taking their weapons with them…
While the rest of the country marked Christmas, forced displacement appears to have intensified in NE #Nigeria, with @nemanigeria registering over 2,046 IDPs over the past 48 hours in one LGA…
In Zamfara State in NW #Nigeria, alleged bandits killed scores in the past week in multiple attacks in 3 different LGAs of Birnin-Magaji, Maradun & Tsafe. Up to 3 ppl among members of the community protesting the killings were themselves killed by soldiers…
In Anambra State, SE #Nigeria, unknown gunmen abducted 2 Catholic priests attached to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Umueze Anam in Anambra West LGA. The kidnap occurred at Nneyi Umuleri in Anambra East on their way home to Anam from a meeting…
In Benue State, NC #Nigeria, the year began as it started - suspected herders attacked Ukemberagya Gaambe-Tiev, in Logo LGA on #ChristmasEve. The village was reportedly deserted after the attack. They killed Iorwuese Myaga, a farmer. He was buried Xmas day…
As holiday season intensifies, #Nigeria's security services are caught on the defensive, suffering massive credulity deficits & issuing denials on many fronts. The Defence Minister has bn forced to deny that soldiers killed Xmas-day protesters in Zamfara…
Not to be outdone, @PoliceNG has issued a statement denying that any of its personnel in training absconded. Curiously, the best reason it gives in the denial is "it's evidently clear that the writer of the story has never visited the venue of training"!…
But u know we have a serious deficit of credibility in security providers when @PoliceNG is forced to deny that it's plotting to kill @dino_melaye. The release may be necessary but it points to a massive crisis of credibility that shd concern everyone.…
Last word must belong to the soldiers who now run #Nigeria's internal security. Denying the story of absconding @PoliceNG trainees, they say it's just a case of "some recalcitrant personnel leaving their training base for a reason which wasn't cogent"🤣…
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