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Presidential Amnesty Committee releases video clip of peace deal with Boko Haram leaders

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The Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North has released a 30 minutes video clip to the public on the peace deal with Boko Haram sect.

The committee made the video clip public at a world press conference at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.

The Chairman of the committee,  Tanimu Turaki, said the video clip was the aftermath of second peace deal with the highest decision making body of the Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalist group, `The Shura’.

Turaki, who is also the Minister of Special Duties, said the clip, which was shown and distributed to the media, was recorded two weeks ago in Bauchi.

He said it became necessary to prove to Nigerians that, indeed, there had been dialogue between government team and the group.

It will be recalled that the committee two months ago, announced a peace deal with the second-in-command of Boko Haram, a claimed, which the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, denied.

Turaki, who addressed journalists after the video clip was shown, said the Shura had decided to enter into genuine peace negotiations with government.

He said the decision of the sect leadership was based “on the tenets of Islam, the teachings of Prophet Muhammed, and the writings of eminent Islamic scholars and jurists’’.

NAN reports that the video clip showed members of Shura committee seated, while their leader, Muhammd Lawan Dn Sulaiman, read a prepared speech in Arabic and Hausa.

The read speech by Sulaiman which was translated in English Language reads:

“Thank be to Allah the most high who enjoined us to fight enemies and the infidels who also enjoined us to answer the call to dialogue with the infidels and the enemies whenever they request for that.

“Praise also to the Noble Prophet of Allah Muhammad whom peace is upon him and his companions and those who follow them in good faith up to the day of resurrection.
“We are, indeed, surprise with the visit paid to us by a dialogue committee set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“More surprised, the committee met us in prison custody and explained to us reasons for their visit and also asked four fundamental questions.

“Firstly, is it possible to dialogue and reach peaceful resolution of the conflict between our brothers and the Federal Government who are engaged in fighting?

“Secondly, which way is the dialogue going to follow?  Thirdly, which assistance those of us in detention would give in realisation of that?  Fourthly, what assistance do the detainees need to facilitate the dialogue?
“My response is as follows: with the hope that it will in accordance with Allah’s injunction.
“Indeed, dialogue between the Jihadists and the government is possible. This is because dialogue is well rooted in Islam as Allah says in the Chapter of Anfal in the Quran.

“If they turn to peaceful co-existence, you also should follow suit, you should also depend on Allah, indeed, is all hearing and knowingly.’’

Alhafiz Ibn Kharhik said: “if they turn to dialogue you should accept to do it.

“It was base on these that when the pagans sought for ceasefire for 10 years with the Holy Prophet in the year the Treaty of Hudaihiyyah, the Prophet accept to their terms, and that it was.
“Ha’ad said there are lots of benefits in heeding to call in the verse which instructed the prophet to positively respond to other party’s call for dialoue as quoted above.
“Some of the benefits, include forgiveness is desirable at all times. So if they approached you first, it is better up to the point where He said: what is feared in dialogue is treachery.
“But in this, Allah went on to say is sufficient for the Muslims and if the infidels embark on any deceit, it will be boomeranged.
“You regard the conquest of Makkah from infidelity as the greatest achievement and are considered the Treaty of Hudairiyya as the key that opens Makkah.

“Jibin Bin Abdullahi also said similar thing. Raka’u Bin Malik also said the treaty of Hudairiyya is key to conquest of Makkah.

“In view of the authorities quoted and several others similar to them, it is pertinent for brothers, the Jihadists to bend toward dialogue with the government as a reference to Allah’s injunction.

“In the verse mention earlier, moreover, Allah said, it is not proper for the believers to follow their desire, if Allah and His apostle decided on matter. May Allah help us?
“Here are opinions of scholars on the matter of the questions:
“Imam Ibn Kayyum Al-Auza’I, in his book Zadul-Ma’ad Fi Hadyi Khairil Ibad, after exhausting a chapter on the Treaty of Hudairiyyah, set a new chapter on the benefit of the treaty.

“Among them, include its validity, the fact that the pagans and transgressors ask for any matter which remain within the domain of the creator.

“The believers should accept to the request even if they stood on the way to the realisation of their goal, so long as it will not lead to the greatest sin.

“This is one of the most difficult moments for the companions of the prophet.

“Ibn Kayyum also said, it is incumbent on a leader to take advantage of any window that will bring peace for the people. He should not even wait to be approached.

“Reaching peace with non-believers is lawful so, long as it will bring relief to believers. Peace accord, he said, has multiple advantages to believers.

“Also, the Treaty of Hudairiyyah, which legalised reparation of believers who migrated to the unbelievers as well as the case which prohibited repatriation of deserters excluding women, was accepted though unfavourable to Muslims.

“Further benefit of treaty Hudairiyyah, which followed the conquest of Makkah, was the cessation of hostility for 10 years and cessation could go beyond the 10 years if the need arose, particularly when the people are at weak point.

“Ash-sheikh Mustapha, in his book: Kaddul-Mukhtari Sharitul Tanwiril Absat, said: “it is permissible to reach peace accord and lay down arms with reparation to or against us because of the Allah’s saying, when you turn to peace, turn to it with completeness and depend on Allah, Quran Chapter 8:61.

“Al Imam Razi said the explanation of this verse: “you should know when the enemies become frightened and if they turn to peaceful resolution, you should accept.

“Al-Sheirk Yusuf Alqadawi, said in his book, Pokinul Jihad, it is foolhardy for Muslims to wait until when they are offered power by enemy before making conciliation, particularly when it is imminent that the enemy is far stronger and that they cannot match them.

“It will amount to arrogance that if when continues fight under the prevailing condition, a situation which will not make the weaker stronger nor the stronger weaker.

“If the Muslim leadership reviews the situation and foresaw the danger in the continuation of the war, then it has to be stopped even without the prompting of the enemy.

“This is exactly what our leader, Muhammad Yusuf, did when he saw the situation deteriorating then. Allah is the best of judges.

“Finally, I hope my fellow brothers, who claimed to align themselves with the movement of Muhammad Yusuf will come to reason with the citations made from the scriptures.

“They should also see beyond their eyes, the condition of the religion and the people under the present circumstance and embrace peace. It is, indeed, evident enough.

“Praise is to Allah and his messenger and peace be unto you all.
“Your brothers in Islam, Muhammd Lawan Dn Sulaiman, Abdul-Auza’i, Al-Darnawo, Al-Maliki.
NAN recalls that the Presidential Amnesty Committee was inaugurated in April 24 by the president to proffer solutions to Boko-Haram insurgence in three months.

The president had on July 31 granted additional two months for the committee to accomplish its mandate.

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Kano Transfers Over 1,000 Almajiris To Different States Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Kano State Government on Saturday said it has transferred 1,098 ‘almajiris’ to different states of the country.

The commissioner for local government, Murtala Garo, disclosed this while presenting a report before the state’s task force on COVID-19 at the government house, Kano.

Almajiris are children who are supposed to be learning Islamic studies while living with their Islamic teachers. Majority of them, however, end up begging on the streets of Northern Nigeria. They constitute a large number of Nigeria’s over 10 million out-of-school children.

Mr Garo said the Kano government transported 419 almajiris to Katsina, 524 to Jigawa and 155 to Kaduna. He said all of them tested negative for coronavirus before leaving the Kano State.

Despite the coronavirus test done in Kano for the almajiris, the Jigawa government earlier said it would quarantine for two weeks all the almajiris that recently arrived from Kano.

Mr Garo said another 100 almajiris scheduled to be taken to Bauchi State also tested negative to COVID-19.

In a remark, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the COVID-19 situation in Kano was getting worse. He appealed for a collaborative effort to curtail the spread of the virus in the state.

Mr Ganduje, who commended residents for complying with the lockdown imposed in the state, said the decision was taken to halt the spread of the virus.

Kano State, as of Saturday night, has 77 coronavirus cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The decision to transfer the Kano almajiris is part of the agreement reached between Northern governors that almajiris in each state be transferred to their states of origin.

However, even before the latest agreement by the governors, the Kano government had been transferring almajiris to other states and neighbouring countries after it banned street begging in the state, most populous in Northern Nigeria.

Despite the transfers, however, no concrete step has been taken to ensure such children do not return to Kano streets as there is freedom of movement across Nigeria although interstate travel was recently banned to check the spread of the coronavirus.

 

Sourced From: Premium Times Nigeria

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COVID-19: ‘Bakassi Boys’ Foil Attempt To Smuggle 24 Women Into Abia In Container

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Operatives of the Abia State Vigilante Service, AVS, popularly known as ‘Bakassi Boys’ have arrested 24 market women hidden in a container truck, at Ekwereazu Ngwa, the boundary community between Abia and Akwa Ibom states.

The market women, said to be  from Akwa Ibom State, were on their way to Aba, when they were arrested with the truck driver and two of his conductors for violating the lockdown order by the state government.

Driver of the truck, Moses Asuquo, claimed he was going to Aba to purchase stock fish, but decided to assist the market women, because they were stranded.

A vigilante source told Sunday Vanguard that the vehicle was impounded while the market women were sent back to Akwa Ibom State.

Commissioner for Home Land Security, Prince Dan Okoli, who confirmed the incident, said that  smuggling of people into the state poses great threat to the state government’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID- 19.

 

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Woman Kills Her Maid Over Salary Request

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Operatives of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba of the Lagos State police command have arrested one Mrs Nene Steve for allegedly killing her maid, Joy Adole

The maid was allegedly beaten to death by Nene for requesting for her salary at their residence located at 18, Ogundola Street, Bariga area in Lagos.

Narrating the incident, Philips Ejeh, an elder brother to the deceased said that he was sad when they informed him that his sister was beaten to death.

He explained that the deceased was an indigene of Benue State brought to Lagos through an agent and started working with her as a maid  in January 2020.

‘’She reported that her boss refused to pay her and anytime she asked for her salary she will start beating her.

She was making an attempt to leave the place but due to the total lockdown she remained there until Sunday when her boss said she caught her stealing noodles and this led to her serious beating and death,’’ Ejeh said.

He called on Lagos State Government and well- meaning people in the country to help them in getting justice for the victim.

The police spokesman, Bala Elkana, stated that the woman and her husband came to Bariga Police  Station to a report that their house girl had committed suicide.

Detectives were said to have visited the house and suspected foul play with the position of the rope and bruises all over the body which confirmed that the girl had been tortured to death and the boss decided to hang up the girl to make it look like suicide.

He said: “The police moved on with their investigation and found a lot of sign of violence on her body that she has been tortured before a rope was put on her neck.’’

He added that the police removed the corpse and deposited it in the mortuary for autopsy to further ascertain the cause of the death.

Elkana said the matter has been transferred from Bariga police station to Panti for further investigation while the couple have been arrested and will be charged to court.

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Boko Haram Attacks: Buhari Summons Urgent Meeting Of Service Chiefs

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President Buhari and the Service Chiefs in a meeting. (File photo)

Ostensibly alarmed by the latest killings of dozens of soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents, President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned an urgent meeting of Service Chiefs to find ways to stop the trend. 

He has also dispatched the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, to the neighbouring Republic of Chad for an urgent meeting with President Idris Deby and his defence counterpart. 

Knowledgeable sources said in Abuja on Friday that the president is worried by on the deterioration of security situation on the Nigeria – Chad Border that has led to the recently increased Boko Haram terrorism in the area.

The sources which did not want to be named in Abuja said: “Nigeria has a Chad  problem in the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) put together to secure the Lake Chad basin areas and repeal the Boko Haram terrorist attacks against all the countries neighbouring the Lake.”

The sources noted that Chad is believed to be having their own internal security challenges and this has reportedly led to their pulling away their own troops manning their own border around Lake Chad,  saying: “That lacuna is being exploited by the Boko Haram terrorists, who go in and out of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon to launch terrorist acts.  This is a clear illustration of the fact that terrorism is beyond national borders.”

When contacted, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that the Defence Minister is going to Chad but said he is unaware of the purpose. 

Meanwhile, the military authorities are said to be in the process of identifying the families of the latest victims with a view to making contact with them. 

Credible sources revealed that it is the reason the president is yet to make any pronouncement on the matter. 

“The President has called an urgent meeting with the Service Chiefs, as well as the fact that families of the latest victims of the Boko Haram are being identified and contacts made before a government pronouncement on the tragic attacks. This, it is understood, is the reason for the silence of the government over the incident,” the source said. 

 

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