THE DEMOLITION (A Short Story Against Rape) Written By Philip Asuquo 


I had a brooding feeling that something bad would happen...

She led us through the farm...Showing us the beautiful produce from her farm. The adults amongst us were impressed...The kids giggled with laughter, excited at the robust fruits and vegetables.

I was happy her farm could produce such good food. Everybody was too, or so I thought.

Then a man that takes care of the old big house asked to give her a tour of the house.

She was happy and excited and decided to take up the offer. The kids trailed along. I followed, but hid myself amongst the walls. Why? I had a brooding feeling that something bad would happen...

The man took them into the big house and asked her if she'd like to see the orb in the ground floor that Christians were killed in back in the days, she said she'd love to.
He opened the door and let her go down the stairs...

He turned around to go pick something. I sneaked in behind her, picking a metal rod in front of the door as I went in.

I had a brooding feeling that something bad was about to happen...

I heard the man dismiss the kids telling them to go play somewhere else..They told him they want to see the orb too but he shooed them away.

After some minutes, I heard him descend the staircase. I quickly hid myself under the staircase, in a spot I could have a good view of him and the lady.

She was excited and chattering away while he walked in with a smirk on his face. He had something on his hand. I looked at what I had in mine and knew it was no match. I could and would take him out with the rod I had...

I think she started noticing that he was up to no good. His shoulders where squat and he had an evil glaze in his eyes.

She realized, he was about to rape her.

She had a look of utter shock in her eyes.

I think he was trying to make sure no one had followed her down there. So he came close to where I was, trying to see if anyone was there.

He looked away and looked at her, obviously running through the routine of the wickedness he was about to mete out on her..

Then he looked into the dark space I was hiding in...inching closer...I think he felt my presence. The man was huger/bigger than me but the disgust and anger I held in my chest for what he was about to do to that innocent fruit and vegetables lady was bigger than the old house could contain.

When I knew his face was close enough, I lifted the rod and clenching one end with two hands, I raised it up and hit him hard on the face.

He had a stunned look on his face. I stepped out of the dark and hit him twice on the same spot, barely missing it.

He fell to the floor, landing on the staircase. He propped himself up with his hand.

"Give me the keys or I smash the life out of you!" I slowly told him. He reached out and gave it to me.

I gave the key to the lady to go open the door while I held the rod over the man. She ran up the stairs but took long trying to open it. I looked at the man and knew he couldn't stand up so I went there and took the keys from her, picked out the one for the door - it was flat and the key hole was flat too, so I knew it was the one. I inserted the key half way into the door and urged her to open it while I went down to check on the man...The lady was very shook.

I went down and met him trying to swallow some pills with his hand shaking. I took the pills from him and gave him one. Probably it was some sort of medication. He heaved a sigh when he swallowed the pill then lifted himself from the ground. The pill seemed to have worked instantly but I could tell that whatever strenght it gave him was no match to the disdain and anger that I had at that moment, with that rod in my hand.

We walked up and exited the dark basement...then he said something that made me stop in my tracks...

"Her daughters didn't resist or have this luck when I did it to them"....

I was still contemplating what to do to this man that was obviously thinking his cruelty was right and fun when I suddenly woke up and realised ... IT WAS A DREAM.

I sat up in bed thinking about it. Then I wondered how many ladies had been led into a rape spot like that and had no one to help them.

My heart sunk

Ladies, please no matter how much you think you trust a guy, try not to find yourself alone with him in a place you will be out of help's reach if anything happens...

Guys, if you ever bring yourself down to the disgusting act of wanting to rape a lady, think of how you'd feel if it was your mom,sister or daughter that was about to be raped. Better yet, imagine if you were a lady and a disgusting fellow was about to do same to you...

Let's STOP RAPE. It affects our existence, not just the victims'.

Rape scars humanity.

Brothers, when a lady says "NO", please don't assume that she is playing hard to get...Kindly let her "GO".

#‎STOP_RAPE‬ #‎WrittenByPhilipAsuquo‬
 

Panic as mass transfer to North hits Anambra Police Command 


Panic has gripped policemen in Anambra State command, following ongoing massive transfer of most of the officers to the Northern part of the country, where the Boko Haram sect is involved in mindless killings.

Investigation showed that by yesterday about 149 officers in the command had been transferred to Sokoto, Borno, Nassarawa, Bauchi, Plateau, Yobe and Adamawa states, among others.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday, some of the affected officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the transfer was being done in batches.

They added that about 61 officers were in the first batch, while 88 were in the second, which list was released penultimate week.

The officers described the exercise as punitive, as only senior police officers of Igbo extraction were mostly affected.

While conceding that the issue of transfer was the responsibility of the Police Service Commission, PSC, the officers insisted that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, was behind the transfer.

“It is really shocking that the IGP, who may be going on retirement next month, decided to carry out this exercise as a parting gift,” one of the police officers said.

SOURCE
VANGUARD

Police uncover bombs in Owerri church 

THE police, yesterday, averted what could have amounted to the worst disaster in the southern part of the country by terrorists, as it defused three improvised explosive devices, IEDs, carefully planted in the Living Faith Church, (Winners Chapel), Owerri that accommodates more than 10,000 worshippers.

Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, in his reaction, said “the bombs had the capacity to cover about 500 metres and could have been a huge disaster if they had exploded as planned by the terrorists”.

Following the report that the police had uncovered and defused the explosives, palpable tension and confusion enveloped Owerri, Imo State capital as residents were apprehensive that members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, must have been responsible for it.

Already, all the security chiefs operating in the state, have visited the church premises, located off Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, to have a first hand assessment of the planned bomb attack.

Addressing newsmen shortly after inspecting the area, the Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, confirmed that six persons have been arrested in connection with the planned bomb attack

The CP explained that soon after getting information about the strange objects, the anti-bomb unit of the Command was immediately despatched to the scene.

According to Ali, “the police have disabled the devices, while serious investigations have commenced to uncover those behind the plot”.

He appealed to residents of the state not to panic but to be more security conscious, especially as the foiled attempt ought to be an eye opener to all.

“We are worried about the development but people should be vigilant. People should be very curious about anything they see within their surroundings. People should however not pick up anything. They should contact the security agencies any time they see strange objects”, the CP cautioned.

The police boss pleaded with the citizenry to be conscious of what is happening in their surroundings, adding that people must learn to see any strange fellow with suspicious movement as a suspect.

Although the pastor in charge of the church, Moses Oyedele, declined to speak to journalists on the matter, a member of the security group in the church, Pastor Chike Odenigbo, said it was one of his colleagues who noticed the two explosives planted at the gate and another at the church auditorium, which he said accommodates more than 10,000 worshippers at a time, that alerted them of the suspicious devices.

“The founder of the church had said it about three weeks ago that we should not allow any vehicle to come into the church premises. So, we started the stop and search process last week. We are expecting that God will continue to work for us”,Odenigbo said.

At press time, the police had cordoned off the area, thereby restricting both human and vehicular movement, while worshippers were diverted to the Heroes Square along Concorde Avenue, Owerri.

When Newsmen visited St. Mulumba’s Parish, Owerri, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. George Ahamefula, confirmed receiving the security alert pointing out that “serious measures have been put in place to forestall any attack from the dreaded sect”.

It would have been huge disaster — Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha, in his reaction said the improvised explosive devices planted in the church, would have been a huge disaster if they had exploded as planned by the criminals.

Okorocha, who stated this, while speaking to journalists, yesterday, in Government House, Owerri, equally disclosed that the bombs had the capacity of covering about 500 metres range.

“It is true that bombs were planted in Winners Chapel, today (yesterday). These bombs had the capacity to cover about 500 metres range and would have been a huge disaster if they had exploded as planned by the insurgents”, Okorocha said.

What was also worrisome to the Governor was that the church is located in a densely populated area of the municipality. He thanked God for saving the lives of innocent citizens.

Answering a question, Okorocha affirmed that some suspects have already been arrested in connection with the crime and commended the security agencies for being alive to their duties.

While assuring the citizenry that “the state has applied necessary measures to stop further occurrence of the ugly situation”, the Governor added that there would be an emergency security meeting at the
International Convention Centre, Owerri, where further security briefing would be made available to Imolites.

“The situation is under control. Imo State is not known for such ugly incidence. I, therefore, appeal to all Imolites and other Nigerians resident in the state, to be more security conscious and alert the police about any suspected objects, vehicles or persons around their vicinity”, Okorocha pleaded.

Reacting to the development, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Theodore Ekechi, said although government was visibly worried about the ugly development, it would allow the security agencies to do their job.
“No responsible government and no responsible people would be happy when reports of things like this begin to challenge the tranquility and serenity of a state like Imo”, Ekechi said.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the state, following the foiled attempt to bomb the church in Owerri.
Vanguard recalls that the Owerri residence of former Governor Ikedi Ohakim which was gutted by fire on May 15, was suspected to have emanated from an incendiary bomb thrown into the building.

The Imo State Police Command has also warned members of the public, especially churches, schools, markets and motor parks in the state, to be more vigilant and security conscious about their surroundings.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem,said any strange objects observed in the form of refrigerator or air condition compressor, either hidden in sacks or otherwise, should be reported to the police immediately.

The statement advised members of the public to go about their lawful business without panic, as the Command is determined to ensure the safety of life and property of the residents in the state.

Shettima’s warning

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima had last week warned that Boko Haram had the capacity to extend havoc across the country, if they succeeded in overrunning the North-East. He said: “If Boko Haram succeeds in overrunning the North East as they seek, they will surely want to extend greater havoc to other parts of the North and if they overrun the North, they would want to extend to the South. Crisis of any type has got a life of its own which depends on something for survival.”


SOURCE: VANGUARD

Obasanjo was a school dropout, Kashamu tells court 


…You’re a drug pusher without reputation, Obasanjo fires back


Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court has fixed July 28 to commence hearing on the N20billion libel suit instituted against former President Olusegun Obasanjo by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West, Mr. Buruji Kashamu.

This came as the duo engaged in a fresh war-of-words, with the plaintiff alleging before the court that the erstwhile President was a school dropout.

 

Piqued  by the fact that Obasanjo in his statement of defence to the suit, described him as “a drug pusher with neither local nor international reputation”, Kashamu fired back, calling the ex-president ”a social misfit.”

 

”The plaintiff acknowledges that the defendant (Obasanjo),was a poverty-stricken dropout from school and otherwise a social misfit who eventually found fame and fortune by joining the Armed Forces of Nigeria and benefitting disproportionately from opportunism of military adventure into governance in Nigeria.”

 

Kashamu told the court that “Obasanjo’s vaunted international acclaim was tested in 2008 when the former President contested for the position of the Secretary-General of the United Nations with a barely known diplomat from Egypt. The defendant (Obasanjo) was put in his place as he failed to fly the flag of the nation successfully and lost the contest disgracefully.”

 

Kashamu insisted that Obasanjo’s claims in his statement of defence constituted “an aggravation of the libel charge before the court.”

 

He said Obasanjo’s use of his “touted national and international acclaim to malign more productive members of the society is uncalled for and could be symptomatic of megalomania.”

 

Meanwhile, the former President who had earlier resolved not to personally testify in the matter, had in his statement of defence, described Kashamu as a notorious debtor and a man lacking in local and international reputation.

 

He urged the court to dismiss the suit for being “frivolous, speculative and gold digging”, insisting that no reasonable cause of action was established against him.

 

Kashamu had in his suit, claimed that Obasanjo, ‘murdered’ his reputation via a letter he (Obasanjo), sent to both President Goodluck Jonathan and the immediate past National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

 

Kashamu told the court that the defendant, maliciously and recklessly published a letter titled, “Before it is too late,” which he said contained distorted facts.

 

He argued that the criminal imputation made against him by Obasanjo in his letter, greatly injured his public image.

 

He prayed the court to award in his favour, and against the ex-President, N20 billion for the damage suffered as a result of the allegation.

 

The plaintiff told the court that the former president specifically referred to him in the said letter as a fugitive wanted in the United States.

 

However, in his statement of defence, Obasanjo stood his ground, saying he had no reason to retract the words in the said letter as requested by Kashamu.

 

”The   statement/words are correct, true and justified”, he maintained, adding, “The plaintiff has no iota of good reputation locally and internationally.

 

“Aside the plaintiff’s illicit drug business for which he was indicted and wanted in America, the plaintiff has penchant for taking loans from unsuspecting banks/financial institutions with intention to permanently elude/avoid repayment or liquidation of such loans.

 

”Further to that, the plaintiff has been judicially adjudged/confirmed a debtor by a competent court of law in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. And the plaintiff presently occupies a choice position on the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria’s list of notorious bad debtor.”

SOURCE: VANGUARD

I have access to Boko Haram - Obasanjo 


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Thursday that he could reach out to the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the sect, but regretted that the Federal Government had yet to give him the go ahead.
Obasanjo, in an interview on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, monitored in Kaduna, said he had a communication link with the sect, expressing the fears that the more than 200 abducted girls might never return again.


He said the terror group might release some of the girls that might be pregnant and finding it difficult to cater for the babies in the forest.

He noted that the girls might have been divided into groups and not likely to be at the same location.

The former President said, “I believe that some of them will never return. We will still be hearing about them many years from now. Some will give birth, but if they cannot take care of them in the forest, they may be released.”

 The Chibok girls are two days short of two months in captivity, with the captors defying a global campaign for their release.

SOURCE: NIGERIAN EYE

Twin explosives again rock Rivers court 

Explosives were again detonated at the premises of a high court in Ahoada East Local Government Area, Rivers State in the early hours of yesterday.
Vanguard gathered that documents were among items destroyed in the incident.

It was the third time explosives were hurled by unknown persons into the court premises.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, who visited the court with the anti-bomb unit of the Police said no particle of explosives was recovered from the premises. He, however, confirmed an attack on the place.
According to him, there was sign of burnt at the spot when he got there.

“The Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin and his team visited the scene with the Police Anti Bomb team which collected samples for analysis at the scene of the attack,” the Police said.

SOURCE:
 VANGUARD

Fears as Fulani herdsmen invade Enugu communities 


The people of over forty communities in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State are currently panicking, following the invasion of their areas by Fulani herdsmen allegedly armed with AK 47 rifles. 

The herdsmen, who invaded the council area with their cattle two weeks ago, had allegedly destroyed crops in the farms and were reported to have raped some women in the village who were working in their farmland.

Economic activities paralysed

Agricultural and economic activities in those communities have been brought to a halt on account of the violent activities of the herdsmen, while the local vigilante group in the area had become helpless due to the superior arms carried by the invading herdsmen.

Vanguard learnt that a retired police man in the area had confronted two of them who strayed into his compound and the confrontation that ensued led to the death of a herdsman.
 
Justice Ozobu speaks

Speaking on the development, former Ohanaeze President General, Justice Eze Ozobu, who is now the Traditional ruler of Imeziowa Community of Ezeagu local government area, said the situation had got out of control, adding that his people were on the fringe of death and anarchy.

He said: “I do not know what government has done or any action taken by security operatives to checkmate the insurgency by the Fulani herdsmen. These people who we thought carry only sticks and machetes now carry AK47 rifles openly and we wonder where they got those guns from.

“People no longer go to farm anymore and every one now lives in fear of these people. They come in and settle down as if it is their home, nobody is doing anything to stop them.
 
Shooting

“In my own place, my brother who retired as a police officer, came out in the night and asked them what they were doing with guns they were carrying. At some point, he had to bring out his gun and shot two of them.”

He, however, expressed fears that with the incident, the town was apprehensive of a reprisal attack by the herdsmen.

Ozobu further lamented that should the state government fail to take action over what was happening, the tension might develop into breakdown of law and order.

Also speaking shortly after a meeting of the Ezeagu general assembly in Enugu, the President General, Dr. Obiora Ozobu, said they had a resolution to make an official complaint to Enugu State Government, after speaking with the local government chairman and the state House of Assembly.

He said: “This is a very serious issue in Ezeagu and we shall make official entry with the police and also speak with the council chairman and elected political office holders and we shall also find out the position of the state House of Assembly in order to figure out how we are to go about it.

“At a neighbouring town, a farmer was shot dead by these Fulani people and we have had three reported cases of rape of village women that went to their farm.
 
AK 47 rifles

“The most frightening aspect of this problem is how and where they got those AK 47 rifles that they brandish openly. That means there is more to the cattle rearing that meets the ordinary eye.

“It is not that we cannot defend ourselves or that we do not have what it takes to defend ourselves, but we are only trying to do this within the ambit of the law so that our actions do not worsen the already bad situation.
“In Ezeagu, we do not sleep at night because they can come at anytime and begin to slaughter people.”
SOURCE: VANGUARD

Gunmen kidnap 20 women in Borno 

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have reportedly kidnapped 20 women from a nomadic settlement in Borno State near the town of Chibok, where the Islamic militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls and young women on April 15.

Alhaji Tar, a member of the vigilante groups set up to resist Boko Haram’s attacks, said the men arrived at noon Thursday in the Garkin Fulani settlement and forced the women to enter their vehicles at gunpoint. He says they drove away to an unknown location in the remote stretch of Borno state.

Tar said the group also took three young men who tried to stop the kidnapping.

“We tried to go after them when the news got to us about three hours later, but the vehicles we have could not go far, and the report came to us a little bit late,” he said.

In another incident, the Defense Headquarters said Monday that troops prevented raids by Boko Haram this weekend on villages in Borno and neighboring Adamawa state. Soldiers killed more than 50 militants on Saturday night as they were on their way to attack communities, defense spokesman Chris Oluklade said in an emailed statement.

The Nigerian military has come under rising criticism from Nigerians who say they’re not protected by the security forces, left to fend off attacks by Boko Haram on their own.

Boko Haram, which wants to establish Islamic state in Nigeria, has been taking over villages in the northeast, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders.
Thousands of people have been killed in the five-year-old insurgency, more than 2,000 people have been killed so far this year, and an estimated 750,000 Nigerians have been driven from their homes.

In recent weeks, the extremists have used a two-pronged strategy and widened their theater of operation beyond the remote northeast of the country. The group has bombed bus stations and marketplaces in three cities, killing about 250 people, and they are staging daily attacks on northeast villages, killing 20 people one day, and 50 another.

In one incident last week, the militants reportedly killed hundreds of civilians in three villages in the Gwoza local government.

SOURCE: VANGUARD

Difference between an advice on a foreign blog and same on a Nigerian blog  



Difference between an advice on a foreign blog and same on a Nigerian blog Foreign Blog:

Hello, my name is Susan Milan. I am from Sweden and I recently got married to a British man. I love my husband so much and will certainly do anything to please him. I do not hold back in the bedroom. I love going down on him and he absolutely enjoys it. The only challenge is that he has refused to return the favor. I have talked about this over and over with him in the past but sadly he has vehemently refused. Please advise me on what next to do as I am truly worried that this will affect our marriage negatively.

Comments: Ben Arnold: I think you still need to talk to him as marriage is all about communication.

Jude Benson: Oh my dear, sorry about that. I have been in your shoes before. I took time out to discuss with my wife and had to fondly teach her and now, she is an expert in it. You should probably do same.

Peter Dawn: I get down with my wife, it is pretty cool and we both love doing it. You should talk some more with your husband.

Nigerian Blog: My name is Amina. I stay in Abuja and I have been married for five years with two children. I love my husband and I readily go down on him. Sadly, my husband has refused to do same. What should I do? No insults please.

Comments: Okeke: You are a big fool. Sex na food?

Ijeoma: You are a disgrace to womanhood. Shame!

Ayokunle: Any news about this Polytechnic Strike? I don tire to stay house.

Sule: If you want, I can go down on you forever. Contact me for details. I am very discreet.

Funmi: I no blame you at all. Better go find something to do with your life. Suck koor, soak away nii… Abeg!

Richard: Chai! Chai! There is God oh! Ogbonna: You are a prostitute. You need deliverance.

Bamidele: Sign of End time. Anti-Christ is amongst us. Please repent. Y

ahaya: Abeg, who get BB charger for here?

Peter: And how will this affect the price of Garri in the market…

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#BringBackOurGirls: 30 days after, parents identify 77 girls 



SEVENTY-SEVEN of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists, a month ago, have been identified from the video released Monday by the sect. This came as the United States disclosed that it is flying manned surveillance missions over Nigeria in an effort to pinpoint the location of the abducted schoolgirls.

 

The International Criminal Court, ICC, on its part described the abduction of the schoolgirls as a crime against humanity. The alleged conversion of the schoolgirls into Islam by the sect has also been condemned by Islamic groups and the All Progressives Congress, APC describing it as unacceptable. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said the forceful conversion is a call for war.
Following release of the video by sect leader, Mallam Abubakar Shekau showing scores of the girls wearing hijabs and reciting the Holy Q’uran, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima ordered mass production of the video to be shown to the parents of the abducted girls for identification.

 

After the identification exercises, which Governor Shettima said, yesterday, was on-going, he confirmed that 77 of the girls have been identified in the video. Addressing the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, where he released the names of the girls, he announced that he would not relent in the efforts to rescue the girls until they were all safely re-united with their respective families.


According to him, the process of identification was still on-going and, therefore, expressed optimism that more of the abducted students could be identified.


He said: “Fifty-four (names of other 23 girls were released later) of the girls in the video have been identified by their names at an exercise that involved some parents of the girls, fellow students that included escapees from abduction, some teachers, security men and some officials of the Borno State Government led by the Chief of Staff to the Government House, Abubakar Kyari. The parents and students were conveyed to the Government House in Maiduguri for an open identification exercise.”

Identification exercise


Shettima said the figures of those identified by their names were rising as the exercise went on at the Government House in Maiduguri as he was briefed every 30 minutes. Initially, while he was addressing the BBOG group, 36 names had been identified but before his press briefing an hour later, the number had risen to 54, which he informed journalists.


Shettima had on Monday directed the identification exercise to be conducted. Chairman of Chibok Local Government and other government officials were made to mass-produce the video and play before parents of the abducted girls, other students, especially those who escaped from captivity, teachers and management of the school as well as other community members in Chibok. But after the exercise in Chibok, Governor Shettima directed another round of verification exercise to be conducted at the Government House in order to cross check findings so as not to mislead the public (See names of identified girls).


The second exercise confirmed the preliminary exercise in Chibok.


The disclosure gave credence to claims that Boko Haram had been abducting both girls and women in the areas attacked by the sect in the last four years before the Chibok incident that gave rise to international outcry, probably due to the large number involved.


The names are currently being cross-checked with school records as well as names published some days back to ensure accuracy. The exercise continues at Government House and it is hoped that more names will be established by parents, students and teachers as well as management of the affected school.


Conversion of Christians to Islam unacceptable — APC


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned the reported conversion to Islam, of Christians among the over 200 schoolgirls abducted, describing the development as totally unacceptable and downright unconstitutional.


In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, after an emergency meeting to deliberate on the Boko Haram issue, the party also described as utterly barbaric the action of the girls’ abductors in forcing them to make statements against their personal convictions.


It reminded the abductors that Nigeria is a secular state and that the country’s constitution recognizes the rights of the citizens to any religion of their choice, hence it is patently wrong and unconscionable to force any citizen to convert from one religion to another.


“This whole abduction saga has hit at the very soul of our nation. But just when we felt we had all witnessed the worst atrocity by the primitive, brutal group called Boko Haram, we are confronted with a totally repulsive scene of teenage girls, literally with guns to their heads, being forced to say they had converted to Islam.


“This is appalling, distasteful and unacceptable under any circumstance and we condemn it with all the strength we can muster,” APC said.

The party urged the government to critically study the latest video by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau to see what other measures can be added to the ongoing international efforts to find and rescue the girls.


“We have consistently said some form of negotiation cannot and should not be ruled out to pry our nation from the grip of these terrorists and ensure the safety and security of our citizens.


“In this regard, we consider as prudent the government’s reaction that ‘all options are on the table’ to safely reunite our girls with their families,” it said.


Conversion has no basis in Islam —MURIC


The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) described the alleged conversion of the abducted school girls by Boko Haram insurgents as an act that has no basis in Islam.


In a statement issued by the Executive Director of the organisation, Professor Is-haq Akintola, MURIC stated that such conversion does not hold water in Islam because a non-Muslim can only be converted on his or her own free will.


MURIC which cautioned the Federal Government not to enter into any deal with the rebel group in exchange for the girls with their detained fellows, urged the military to go back to the drawing board for firm and clear-cut strategies to bring down the insurgents.

On the purported conversion, MURIC stated: “We have no iota of doubt that the girls ‘converted’ under duress. Such ‘conversion’ is null and void under the Shari’ah.


“We reject the purported conversion of the kidnapped girls. It is cowardly, shameful, ridiculous and preposterous. It is sacriledge.”

Quoting copiously from the Holy Quran-2:256 which says: “There is no compulsion in religion…”, Akintola said, “Such ‘conversion’ is null and void under the Shari’ah. The Glorious Qur’an is very explicit in this regard.


….It’s baseless conversion


“The so called conversion is therefore baseless, unfounded and of no validity whatsoever. It exists only in the hallucinated imageries of Shekau’s demented mind,” he added.


MURIC urged the Federal Government to dismiss Shekau’s offer of exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the kidnapped girls.

“A man who orders the invasion and kidnap of innocent young girls is honour-blind. Shame on Boko Haram! Shekau has no modicum of integrity left in his anatomy. He has no intention of honouring this deal. He is trying to buy time. He is digging in,” he stated.


Besides, MURIC called on all churches and mosques to pray for the downfall of Boko Haram.


“This renegade group is out to defame and distort the true teachings of Islam. Members of Boko Haram are rebellious subjects and enemies of peace.


“We charge the Nigerian Army to go back to the drawing board and evolve more potent strategies for crushing this renegade group. To crush Boko Haram is a task that must be done”, he added.


US deploys surveillance planes to search for Chibok girls

 

The US has disclosed that it is flying manned surveillance missions over Nigeria to try to find the abducted schoolgirls


Although Washington did not disclose the type of aircraft it deployed but its officials said “the planes have sophisticated equipment that could listen into a wide range of mobile phone and telecommunications traffic.” These are functions usually associated with security drones.


A senior US administration official said: “With the permission of the Nigerian government, we are flying manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets over Nigeria and sharing commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerian government.


“We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and with the government’s permission,” said the senior administration official, who declined to be named.


No fewer than 30 US experts, including members of the FBI and defence and state departments, are in Nigeria to help with the search.

Forceful conversion is a declaration of war, says CAN


Also, National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has expressed outrage over the purported conversion of the abducted schoolgirls by members of Boko Haram, describing the reported forceful conversion as a declaration of war against Christians in the country.


Speaking through CAN’s National Director of Research, Elder Sunday Oibe, in Kaduna, Oritsejafor said the forceful conversion of the girls is tantamount to persecution of Christians in Nigeria.


Reacting to the latest video message by Boko Haram showing the Chibok schoolgirls reciting the Holy Qur’an, the CAN president noted that those girls can not be exchanged for the release of any detained Boko Haram member, as demanded by the sect leaders.


“First, these children are Christians and not Muslims and so they cannot be converted to a religion that is not theirs at gunpoint without conviction. Besides, is that how conversion is being carried out? All the children displayed are Christians and that is the motive behind the abduction,” Oibe said.


“Secondly, it smacks of some form of religious persecution. If not, why are their captors converting them to another religion? And if they say they will use them as a condition to negotiate for their men in detention, our daughters are not criminals and cannot be used in any way to free their criminal fighters.


“Show us where in Nigeria you have seen Christians fighting and throwing bombs in the name of God? We challenge any one to show us where Christians have abducted Muslim children in the name of Christianity. We challenge anyone to prove in Nigeria where Christians have taken arms in the name of protecting Christianity or even carry out acts of genocide on helpless and defenceless Nigerians. As far as we are concerned, it is a war against Christians and Christianity,” he explained.


Crime against humanity — ICC


Meanwhile the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, ICC, Fatou Bensouda, has said that the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria was a crime against humanity.


Bensouda in a statement, said: “I am deeply troubled and alarmed by disturbing reports of alleged abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Borno State, Nigeria, and the most recent reports that more schoolgirls have been abducted. Such acts shock the conscience of humanity and could constitute crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, ICC.


“I share the agonising pain of the parents of the abducted girls, as well as their hope that the on-going national search and rescue efforts will result in the swift and safe return of their children. International assistance should be made readily available to bolster such efforts, as required by the national authorities.


“The troubling phenomenon of targeting females during conflict, this time, in Borno State, cannot be tolerated and must be stopped. No stone should be left unturned to bring those responsible for such atrocious acts to justice either in Nigeria or at the ICC.


“I express my solidarity with the families of the abducted girls and the people of Nigeria. The abducted schoolgirls must be released immediately and allowed to return unharmed to their communities and families.”


It will be recalled that the situation in Nigeria has been under preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since 2010. In August 2013, the Office issued a report concluding that [there is a reasonable basis to believe that] Boko Haram has been committing crimes against humanity of murder and persecution since July 2009. Information gathered by the Office indicates that there has been a sharp increase in the frequency and intensity of attacks attributed to Boko Haram since January 2014, including a significant increase in alleged abductions of women and girls and of sexual slavery.


Some of Boko Haram’s alleged crimes would also amount to war crimes, as the Prosecutor has recently concluded that the situation constitutes a non-international armed conflict.


As Nigeria is a State Party to the Rome Statute, the ICC has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed on the territory of Nigeria or by its nationals from July 1, 2002 onwards. Having concluded that some of the alleged crimes committed in the Nigeria situation fall within subject-matter jurisdiction of the ICC, the Office of the Prosecutor is currently assessing relevant national proceedings in conformity with the principle of complementarity.


Under the Rome Statute, the Nigerian authorities have primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute the alleged crimes. Such cases may become admissible before the ICC if there are no relevant investigations or prosecutions in Nigeria, or if the national authorities are unwilling or unable to carry out genuine investigations or prosecutions.


On the night of April 14, 2014, about 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. The leader of the Islamic militants, Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the act of terrorism. Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and Takfiri terrorist organisation based in northeast Nigeria had in a video released Monday, demanded an exchange of the Chibok girls for members of his group in custody of Nigeria’s security agencies.


#BringBackOurGirls


Florence Ozor of #BringBackOurGirls campaigners, said the group would organise a protest today to mark one month of the abduction of the Chibok girls.


The statement further read: “It’s 30 days since over 200 girls have been abducted by Boko Haram. We call on Government to do everything in its power to #BringBackOurGirls Alive and NOW.”

You can watch the video below


Names of identified girls in video:

1. Agnes Gafane
2. Saraya Stober
3. Hauwa Bitrus
4. Hajara Isa
5. Naomi Philemon
6. Hauwa Abdu
7. Magaret Yama
8. Shitta Abdu
9. Jummai Muta
10. Ladi Paul
11. Roda Peter
12. Filo Dauda
13. Godiya Bitrus
14.Saratu Tauji
15. Ross Daniel
16.Hauwa Ali
17. Hajara Isa
18.Luba Afga
19.Naomi Luka
20. Saraya Emos Ali
21. Bilkisu Abdullahi
22. Mairama Ali
23. Maryam Ali Maiyanga
24. Deborah Abbas
25. Kabu Mala
26. Halima Ali
27. Yana Bukar
28. Solomi Pugu
29. Lydia Emmar
30. Luba Sanda
31. Saraya Samuel
32. Comfort Habila
33. Rejoice Shanki
34. Gloria Yaga
35. Mary Nkeki
36.  Moda Baba
37.  Hauwa Isuwa
38. Patience Jacob
39.  Ladi Jajel
40.  Abigel Bukar
41. Fanta Lawan
42.  Zainabu Yaga
43.  Aisha Lawan Zanna
44.  Dokas Yakubu
45.  Kabu Mala
46.  Maryama Bashir
47.  Hauwa M. Maina
48.  Mary  G. Dauda
49.  Susana Yakubu
50.   Maryam Abbas
51.  Laraba John
52.  Hanatu Nuhu
53.  Naomi Bukar
54.  Rifkatu Galang

SOURCE :VANGUARD

 

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