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Buhari condemns killing of CAN Chairman, Andimi

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Written by Maritime First

…As Army cautions motorists against stopping at irregular check points***

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the terrorist killing of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa, describing it as cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative.

The CAN leader was killed on Monday.

The president indicated this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Buhari regretted that the terrorists killed the religious leader while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties.

He consoled the Christian community all over Nigeria, the government and people of Adamawa as well as the Bishop’s family over the sad loss of the man of God.

He said that terrorists would continue to pay a heavy price for their actions and “comprehensively be defeated by our determined armed forces”.

The president urged nations of the world to end all support provided to the Boko Haram and Islamic States in West Africa (ISWA) terrorist groups whose only goal was to sow death, violence and destruction in the sub-region.

Ahmad Salkida, a journalist with years of experience reporting the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents, in a series of tweets said Andimi was killed on Monday.

“To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday,” Salkida tweeted.

Late Andimi was abducted in January when the insurgents attacked his village.

Meanwhile, the Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, has cautioned motorists against stopping at irregular security check point on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road, to avoid the risk of abduction.

Adeniyi, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Maiduguri, said that intelligence reports indicates that Boko Haram were mounting road blocks and attacking motorist on the road.

He listed the designated check points to include Njimtilo, Auno, Jakana, Ngamdu and Kukareta..

Adeniyi said the road was secure as the military intensified patrol and deployed additional personnel to guarantee safety of road users.

According to him, the new measures had denied the insurgents freedom to attack commuters as well as villages along the highway.

“The problem is that Boko Haram dressed in Nigeria army stolen uniforms, having painted Hilux in Nigeria army special camouflage colours, stop some vehicles and abduct innocent Nigerians.

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“So between Maiduguri and Damaturu, I have ordered that no checking of persons except at recognized checkpoint inside Auno, Jakana, Minok,  Banishaik, Ngamdu, Kukareta.

“Those check points have been there for years and they do not even check individuals, they just make sure Boko Haram do not sneak terrorists and IED-laden vehicles into the two cities.

“So if anybody is being asked to stop in between this towns, he should be very wary. A lot of soldiers and other security personnel are on that road 24 hours,” he said.

Adeniyi said that the command had launched several military operations along the road to route out the insurgents hibernating around the highway to cause havoc.

“Other military operations were carried out on the road and several kilometers away from the road. More resources are being put on that road because we realized how vital that road is to all Nigerians,” he said.

The theatre commander said that the insurgents had adopted the ISIS style of winning the minds and heart of the civil populace by not attacking them in most cases with a view to set up a caliphate.

“When they enter villages, they will tell them (people) not to run, that they should cool down that they are not there to harm them. They are doing this in hope that they are going to  form whatever geographical entity that also run a fake state like ISIS.”

On effort put in place to rescue the abducted victims, Adeniyi said massive operations were currently ongoing across the northeast to decimate the terrorist and rescue captured victims.

“Everyday, there are military operations throughout the Northeast. Except Boko Haram will take these people out of Nigeria, our military operations will surely reach wherever they are and by God’s grace, we will rescue them.

“I am assuring Nigerians that we will not relent in our effort to make sure we get to everywhere. We just left Mandara mountains and we know the number we rescued.”

 

 

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