FG assures on prosecution of Boko Haram leaders

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By Henry Umoru

ABUJA— THE Federal Government disclosed, yesterday, that the suspected mastermind of the April 14 bombing of the Nyanya bus terminal in Abuja, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, who was extradited from Sudan, would soon face prosecution.

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It also declared, yesterday, that it has the will, resources and strategies to win the war against Boko Haram and terrorism in the country, just as it admitted that controlling the problem of insurgency will take time.

These were disclosed yesterday by the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, at the commemoration of the 100 days of abduction of over 200 girls from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, when girls, women and youth staged a three day protest against Boko Haram and terrorism at the Unity Fountain.

According to her, government had procured new equipment and technology towards strengthening the capability and support for Nigerian military and security forces, adding that a recent delivery of such military equipment include highly sophisticated fighter helicopters with in built night vision technology.

Akinjide disclosed that with the arrests of Ogwuche, a Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Zakari, known as Chief Butcher and Boko Haram intelligence chief, Babuji, valuable intelligence have been received.

She said that at the end of the fight against insurgency, the country would come out stronger, united, and the dreams of the country would be realised.

Leaders of several NGOs and groups such as Kasuwa da Kasuwa, National Council of Women Societies, Gender Support for Women Emancipation Development, Lady Chy New World Order Foundation, Concerned Mothers Association of Nigeria and Hausa Community, National Association of Nigerian Students, among others, spoke at the event.

The women and youth of different backgrounds had gathered in their hundreds at the Unity Fountain to pray for the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by insurgents 100 days ago.

The protesters who cut across faith, ethnicity and geography cried unto God to melt the stone hearts of Boko Haram leaders and sponsors to release the girls.

The girls were seized from their school in Chibok, Borno State, since April 14.

Prayers were said, while speeches were rendered in various Nigerian languages.

 

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