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VAT: Wike threatens to seal defaulting companies

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has threatened to seal companies and other business places, which fail to pay the Value Added Tax (VAT) to the State coffers through the Rivers Internal Revenue Service.

Wike told representatives of companies that the State had commenced full implementation of the new tax law and would begin to receive VAT from September 2021.

The Governor, at an interactive session with representatives of corporate organisations at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said the State would no longer tolerate defaulters.

He warned them against the antics deployed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) officials to use force to collect VAT from them.

Wike alleged FIRS collected VAT in the State with impunity, knowing it was unconstitutional for them to do so.

He said his administration challenged their impunity at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, which declared that the constitution was right in vesting powers to collect VAT in the state government within its jurisdiction.

He said: "When we challenged the Federal Government through the office of the Attorney-General and FIRS in court, do you know what they did? They wrote this letter dated 1st of July 2021. Remember, it was in 2020 that we filed this action against them. But see how corrupt this country is.

"Corruption is not only about kickbacks, it is also about doing something illegally. We were in court in 2020.Then on July 1st 2021, the chairman of FIRS wrote to the National Assembly through the office of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

"He was asking them to amend the constitution and insert VAT under item 58 of the exclusive legislative list, when we were already challenging that it is not their responsibility to collect VAT. They knew that what they were doing was not the right thing."

Wike stated that his responsibility in office included making sure that Rivers people were not denied their entitlements.

The Governor warned corporate organisations not to feign ignorance of the state VAT law.

"We are going to inaugurate the Tax Appeal Commission by Friday which will be headed by a retired judge of the state", he said.

Wike described the disparity in the sharing of VAT proceeds describing it as an inexplicable form of injustice that weakens the performance states.

He said: "Let me tell you the injustice in this country. In the month of June 2021, which we shared in July, VAT collected in Rivers State was N15.1billion. What they gave us was N4.7billion. See the gross injustice and these money includes contracts awarded by the Rivers State Government.

"This is not an issue of party; it is the issues of infraction of the constitution, issues of illegality. Look at Lagos, it is not the same party with me. In the month of June 2021, the VAT collected in Lagos was N46.4 billion but see what Lagos got N9.3 billion.

“Have you seen the injustice in the country? VAT collected in Kano was N2. 8billion and they gave them N2. 8billion. Is there any justice in this country?



Gumi, others visit Sunday Igboho's hometown in Oyo

Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has visited Igboho town in Oyo State.

Checks by The Nation shows embattled Yoruba Nation agitator Igboho who is currently in detention in Benin Republic, is from Aladikun compound in Modake, Igboho in Oyo State.

In the now-viral seen by The Nation, Gumi and some other associates stopped at Igboho town.

They stood in the front of a Muslim Grammar school sign-board in Modeke-Igboho.

“This is a place where I think Nigerians need to understand that we need to live together.

"Because I have seen nothing here that can warrant people to agitate that they should be separated from our beloved country Nigeria,” Gumi said pointing to cattle grazing in a ‘pasture’.

Former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Usman Yusuf who was with Gumi on the journey said: “This is Igboho, made famous by a detainee in Benin Republic.

“Nigeria is one and will always remain one. We are just from the hinterland (referring to Ilesha-Baruba in Baruten local government area of Kwara State), where we have seen examples of how people should live.

"And this is why we are here. Nigeria is our country and we are working to see how we can all come together, all faiths. We don’t want the kind of poisoned Nigeria by Igboho.

“And people saying Nigeria is divided. No. It is the elites that are diving Nigeria, not the common people. The common people are all the same."


2Baba breaks silence on marital crisis


Amidst family crisis and social media brouhaha, the “African Queen” singer, 2Baba has appealed to the general public to stay off his family issues.

The singer’s wife called him out on social media, accusing him of having illicit affair with his first baby mama, Pero and alleging his family doesn't accept her.

The past week also saw some members of the Idibia and Macaulay family engage in war of words as a result of Annie’s outburst on social media.

Social media users also got on the case debating the move by the singer’s wife with so many, including celebrities, describing the move as absolutely wrong and unhealthy.

All the while, the Hypertek boss was quiet however.

But he eventually broke the silence code last night when he urged the general public to respect their privacy especially their kids and let them sort things out as a family.

He acknowledged the imperfect nature of man and the decision made by his family to resort to social media in the first place was wrong but won’t appreciate the public to continue discussing their family issues any further under the guise of love and solidarity.

2face wrote: “I ADMIT THAT BRINGING OUR PERSONAL ISSUES ON SOCIAL MEDIA WAS NOT COOL BUT I WILL NOT SIT BACK AND WATCH EVERYBODY HAVE A FREE FOR ALL BATTLE HERE IN THE NAME OF LOVE OR SOLIDARITY.

“NONE OF US IS PERFECT. I WILL LIKE TO URGE OUR FAMILIES AND SUPPORTERS TO STOP THE MADNESS AND THE PUBLIC TO PLEASE RESPECT OUR PRIVACY AND OUR KIDS, LET US DEAL WITH OUR ISSUES INTERNALLY. I TAKE GOD BEG UNA”


DSS files terrorism charges against two Igboho’s associates

The Department of State Services (DSS) has filed a five-count terrorism charge against two detained associates of Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho).

The charges were filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, after over two months since officers of the DSS arrested and detained the two aides.

The defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/305/2021 are Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde.

The DSS alleged that the 1st defendant, Oyetunji, was in possession of firearms for terrorism-related activities, while Amudat allegedly helped to promote acts of terrorism, using her Facebook page.

“That you Oyetunji, Babatunde, with others still at large, on or about the July 1, did conspire to commits acts of terrorism.

“Oyetunji, Babatunde and others at large committed the acts at the residence of one Sunday Adeyemo, (aka Sunday Igboho) at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

“They were in possession of prohibited firearms: contrary to Section 17 of Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and punishable under the same Act.

“They were in possession, without lawful authority, the under-listed prohibited firearms: five AK 47 rifles with serial numbers 04956, 213740, two AK 47 rifles whose serial numbers could not be identified, two pump action rifles with serial numbers 8836 9398 respectively.

“Others are one pump action which serial number could not be identified and one stun gun.’’

“This is contrary to Section 1(3)(c)(v) of the Terrorism Prevention Act CAP 10, 2011 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act 2013.”

No date has, however, been fixed for hearing the matter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court had admitted all 12 associates of Igboho to bail and the DSS has freed 10 out of the 12.

NAN



Suspected drug addict beats father, 70, to death in Kogi

A suspected 21-year-old drug addict identified as Muhammed Yusuf has beaten his father to death in Kogi State.

The incident happened at the back of St Mary Primary School, Lokoja Kogi State, on Wednesday evening.

The deceased identified as Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf in an investigation conducted by newsmen is in his late 70’s.

It was gathered that the suspect is a secondary school holder who had vehemently refused to further his education despite efforts put in place by his father later.

A witness who identified her name as Bello Nana gave an account of the incident “I am their neighbour, the boy has been misbehaving since yesterday morning in which I told the father that we should go to barrack and carry soldiers so that we can pick him up.

“I left for work around 4 p.m. yesterday and am supposed to close by 12 a.m. but I closed by 10 p.m. When I came in, I was knocking on the gate, but nobody opened it. When I came in with my key inside, I said Baba please open the door for me but the boy replied that Baba is not around.

“I asked him, where has baba been to? And I know that Baba does not go out when it is six o’clock. He always lock his door. When I came in, I saw him in Baba room, and Baba doesn’t normally allow him to enter his room. Immediately I called my fiancee, telling him that this boy has killed his father because of what is he doing in Baba room and baba is not around.

“Then he called Baba number but Baba number was switched off. I now went to the Police station, and we came with SARS to arrest it. When we entered the room Baba was in a pool of blood still breathing, that was how we rushed him to the hospital. This morning, we heard the news that baba is dead,” Bello Nana said

The Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) DSP William Ovye Aya confirmed the incident to our correspondent, on Thursday.

He said he is yet to get details of the incident.

The suspect is presently in the custody of the Nigeria Police Force, A Division Lokoja Kogi State.


BREAKING: Buhari Arrives Imo as residents obey IPOB's initial sit-at-home directive

The President who was clothed in the Isi Agu Igbo native attire was welcomed by some of the elders in the state

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President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri, Imo State. 

The President who was clothed in the Isi Agu Igbo native attire was welcomed by some of the elders in the state. 

 Imo streets deserted

There was also a heavy security presence at the airport. 

SaharaReporters had on Saturday reported that the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, disclosed that President Buhari would visit the state on Thursday.

The governor had made the disclosure at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri.

Uzodinma had stated that his trip to Abuja was to “address some political matters and some critical issues.”

Uzodinma had announced that the President would commission “significant projects” while in Imo.

He had listed roads constructed through federal government/World Bank intervention and Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management (NEWMAP) projects.

“Imo has been able to attract additional support from Mr. President on the management of some ecological problems in the state,” he had said.

On the Anambra election, Uzodinma had predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would emerge victorious.

The governor had urged the people of the state and the South-East to align with the APC.

“Those who support the party at the centre will get both their rights and their privileges”, he had added.

Meanwhile, a report which was later denied by the Indigenous People of Biafra had said the group kicked against the visit of Buhari to the state and directed residents to stay at home. 

IPOB in a broadcast on Monday evening declared Thursday as a Sit-at-home protest over the president’s visit.

One of the IPOB executives, Mazi Chika Edoziem, stated this on Monday.

IPOB declared that Nigeria’s president is not “welcomed into Imo State, Biafra Land on Thursday, September 9, 2021.”

According to him, “all the traditional rulers, all ndi iche and every Biafran should stay away from any ceremony organised by Hope Uzodimma to welcome him.”

IPOB equally declared total lock down of Biafra on that day.

SaharaReporters gathered that residents of Owerri, the state capital complied fully with the directive initially given by IPOB. 



How northern top emir died three months after bandits killed son

The emir spent 47 years on the throne.

The Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Niger State, Alhaji Saidu Umaru Namaska, has died at the age of 84.   

Daily Trust reports that the monarch died at a hospital in Abuja though the details are still sketchy.

The family and palace have yet to issue an official statement regarding the loss but a source confirmed the demise of the monarch.

The emir’s death comes three months after bandits gunned down his son during an attack on the monarch’s farm.

Bashir Namaska, the prince was killed alongside others working on the farm at Masuga village along the Kontagora-Rijau Road in Niger State.

The traditional ruler’s son was the Sardauna of Kontagora and had been standing in for his father, the Sarkin Sudan, who was reported to have been sick for some months.


Nigerians react to Rivers Governor, Wike's face-off with 

FG over Value Added Tax

Wike on Wednesday, had insisted that Rivers State money is not meant for “Abuja people” but for the development of his state.

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Nigerians on Twitter have lauded Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike over his stance to stop the Nigerian Government from collecting Value Added Tax from the oil-rich South-South state.

On Wednesday, Wike had insisted that Rivers State money is not meant for “Abuja people” but for the development of his state.

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had on August 10 restrained the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) from collecting VAT and personal income tax in Rivers State.

Following the court’s judgement, Wike signed the VAT Law No. 4 of 2021 on August 19.

Although the FIRS had contested the ruling in the Appeal Court, it, however, failed to obtain a stay of execution it sought to prevent the state government from enforcing the verdict.

Nigerians have taken to their Twitter handles in commendation of the moves by the Rivers State government as some argued that it is the right step towards restructuring. 

Below are reactions: 

I love what Wike has started. Each to her own state! All Southern States should follow suit. You cannot destroy beer in your state, and expect the VAT from other states. Hisbah should generate VAT for Kano. There is too much injustice in the country.

Rivers generated N15bn in June, but got N4.7bn while Kano generated N2.8bn, but Kano got same N2.8bn.

Sometimes you don't want to believe these things exist.

We cannot continue to beg the FG for what belongs to us.

— Gbénró Adégbolá Ù† (@GbenroAdegbola) September 8, 2021

Some Northerner Govs are threatened by Wike's resolve to start collect VAT for Rivers State, & Lagos preparing for same.

It's over guys. Ur incompetence & extremism can no longer be funded by d hard work of other States.

Restructuring (True Fiscal Federalism) go stop nonsense

— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) September 8, 2021

With Wike, Economic Restructuring will happen. FIRS is fighting a lost cause. They will try to amend the 1999 Constitution. They will try to stop Lagos & Rivers Government at Tanko’s Supreme Court. But they will fail. Kano must work to chop. The injustices in Nigeria is too much.

— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) September 8, 2021

This Wike move is welcomed and is long over due, this is the kind of move that separates sheep from GOAT

— LAMASTA 🌪️ (@PaulReuben_Lk) September 9, 2021

More southern governors need to stand with Wike on this VAT issue. E go benefit them well

— Chukwunonso (@nommy68) September 9, 2021

I wish Wike started this VAT conversation in 2015. A lot of people would have had sense by force.

— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) September 8, 2021

Twenty years from now, we will remember how as Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike started the fiscal federalism revolution. A parting gift to the people of his state and the people of Southern Nigeria, and Nigeria as a whole if you care.

— Lady B. (@KBUdeogu) September 8, 2021

VAT makes up about 20% of FAAC allocations to the FG, States and LGs.

To all of us kikiki-ing at our Sharia-complaint neighbours about Wike’s VAT coup, there’s a reason @followlasg has pushed to pass their own VAT law: together they account for more than 70% of all VAT revenue.

— PapaDonkee (@ose_anenih) September 8, 2021

This move from Wike will probably trigger competition among reasonable and resourceful States like Oyo State, Lagos State, Rivers, Delta,and some others. And it is going to be an healthy competition that will further grow States and make them more independent. Uhuru torch.

— Premier (@SodiqTade) September 8, 2021

Low-key the Southeast states have been the weakest links in the South Nigeria resistance.

See Wike and Akeredolu speaking up and acting while Umahi and Uzodinma are close to wearing school uniforms and Miyetti Allah hats to show loyalty

— Gene Grey (@EuginhoCortez) September 8, 2021

Wike raised a solid point. This unjust system has to be restructured. pic.twitter.com/eskuczjBGf

— Sola (@Advsola) September 8, 2021

I think all states should wake up and start generating income in their states. All these reliance on Federal Government is making some states lazy. Go and get competent hands to generate revenue. This VAT thing that Wike started is a good move.

— Mohammed Jammal (@whitenigerian) September 8, 2021

Now you can see clearly why some people are vehemently against restructuring. All those bigot, hater, tribalist and nonsense tags didn’t stick. We are finally having these important conversations! I hope Wike, Sanwo-Olu and other Governors will fight this to the last.

— Dr. Dìpò Awójìdé, FHEA (@OgbeniDipo) September 8, 2021

God bless Wike for instituting the VAT case. It's rocking the Northern leeches to their foundation.

The Sharia practising states are hypocrites. Why seek to benefit from what you detest? They should continue destroying alcoholic bottles

— Hon. Oke Umurhohwo (@OkeStalyf) September 6, 2021

SaharaReporters learnt on Wednesday that the FIRS wrote the National Assembly in obvious desperation to preserve its function of collecting the Value Added Tax.

The federal tax agency also demanded that the federal lawmakers approve for it, the establishment of the Federal Revenue Court of Nigeria.

A letter signed by the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Muhammad Nami, and dated July 1, 2021, was addressed to the Chairman of the Constitution Review who is also the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase.

The letter with references number FIRS/EC/CWREP/0416/21/037 which was received in Wase’s office on July 2, was titled, ‘Request for sponsorship of a bill for the establishment of the proposed Federal Revenue Court of Nigeria and the insertion of Value Added Tax under item 58 of the exclusive legislative list’.

FIRS specifically pleaded with the National Assembly to include value-added tax  collection in the exclusive legislative list.

It also sought the need to exclusively include all adjudication of tax disputes, including federal tax laws, companies income tax, petroleum tax, income tax, capital gain tax, stamp duty, VAT and taxes and levies as well as other laws, regulations, proclamations, government notices and rules to the federal collector.

The letter partly read, “The Federal Inland Revenue Service further proposes for the amendment of Section 251 (1) (b) of the Constitution of the FRN 1999 (amended) by removing the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal High Court only on anything connected or related to federal tax matters since same would be vested on the proposed federal revenue court.

“The Federal Inland Revenue Service also proposes for the insertion of value-added tax immediately after Stamp Duties under item 58 part II of 2nd schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the FRN.

“The Federal Inland Revenue Service appreciates the maximum cooperation and support we are receiving from your good office on tax matters generally.

“This has boosted our morale and determination to do more for the government in tax revenue generation.

“The FIRS, therefore, wishes to further request that the House of Representatives consider the request for the establishment of the Federal Revenue Court.”

The FIRS in the letter noted that Item 59 of the Exclusive Legislative List Part 1, 2nd Schedule to the Constitution of the FRN 1999 as amended vests the powers to make laws on anything related to tax matters in Nigeria, on the National Assembly.

It added, “Historically, the Federal Revenue Court was established by the promulgation of the Federal Revenue Court Decree No.13 1973.

“However, the enactment of Section 228(1) and 230(1) of the 1979 Constitution of FRN, renamed the Revenue Court to Federal High Court.

“This was further replicated by the Federal High Court Decree (amendment) 1991 Cap (60l LFN, now referred to as the Federal High Court (amendment) Act 2005 Cap F12 LFN revised edition 2010.

“This amended Section 7 of the Federal High Court Act (1991), conferred exclusive jurisdiction on the Federal High Court in relation to tax matters amongst others. Section 228(1) and 230(1) was further re-enacted as Section 251(1) (a) to (s), of the Constitution of FRN 1999.

“The FIRS hereby proposes for the insertion of Section 254(G) to 254 (L) in the 1999 Constitution of the FRN to provide for the establishment of Federal Revenue Court, the appointment of Chief Judge, power to make rules for the proceedings, the appointment of judges of FRC and the exclusive jurisdiction of FRC on federal tax matters."


REVEALED: Military base suffer 500 terrorists attacks, 1,952 Nigerian soldiers killed five years under this govt

While the report cited corruption and diminished morale as being largely responsible for loss of equipment, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has however said the Armed Forces of Nigeria are winning the war against insurgency in all the theatres of operations, including the North East and the North West regions of the country.

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Aresearch paper prepared for the European Peace Facility (EPF), a European Union project for peace support operations across the globe, has revealed that terrorist groups, Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP), launched 500 attacks on military bases and formations of the Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) between 2015 and 2020.

The paper presented by a Researcher and Director, S4 Initiative (Safeguarding Security Sector Stockpiles) based in Borex, Switzerland, Mr Eric Berman, titled: “The Management of Lethal Materiel in Conflict Settings: Existing Challenges and Opportunities for the European Peace Facility”, said lethal weapons including small and light arms seized from the military bases during attacks by terrorists, sustained the 12-year insurgency in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

While the report cited corruption and diminished morale as being largely responsible for loss of equipment, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has however said the Armed Forces of Nigeria are winning the war against insurgency in all the theatres of operations, including the North East and the North West regions of the country.

Defence Spokesman, Maj. Gen. Olufemi Sawyerr, said the fact that thousands of insurgents were surrendering with their families and laying down their arms, was an indication that government was winning the war against insurgency, adding that the act of surrender was also a sign of victory for the nation.

But the research paper claimed that between 2015 and 2020, some 2,368 “uniformed personnel fatalities were recorded”, stressing also that the insurgents launched 500 attacks on MNJTF bases within a six-year period, where no fewer than 2,368 military personnel were killed.

A breakdown of the figure showed that Nigeria recorded 1,952 fatalities while Chad recorded 217; Niger, 132 and Cameroon 67.

Further, the figures showed that Nigeria lost 134 personnel in 2015, 157 in 2016, 171 in 2017, 425 in 2018, 642 in 2019 and 423 in 2020. The report said Chad recorded loss of one soldier in 2015, four in 2016, nine in 2017, zero in 2018, 34 in 2019 and 169 in 2020.

Niger, however, recorded 14, 2015; 57, 2016; zero, 2017; 19, 2019; 22, 2019 and 20, 2020.

Cameroon recorded the death of 36 personnel in 2015, nine in 2016, one in 2017, zero in 2018, 21 in 2019 and zero in 2020.

Yearly totals within the period under review showed that the four troop-contributing member nations – Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon – lost 185 personnel in 2015, 227 in 2016, 181, 2017; 444, 2018, 719, 2019 and 612 in 2020.

“Official data concerning attacks on security sector personnel is difficult to obtain, but reports suggest that more than 2,000 uniformed security sector personnel have died in the conflict.

“As alarming as these numbers are, they likely under-estimate the true scale and scope of the losses incurred concerning the security personnel of the four Lake Chad Basin countries.

“A memorial to fallen comrades since 2013 at the headquarters of the Nigerian military’s operations in Northeast Nigeria had in 2018 listed the names of more than 1,300 soldiers inscribed on it,” it said.

"An estimated 600 soldiers lost their lives in attacks by Boko Haram and died within a six month period in 2018 alone,” the report stated, citing research authorities.

The report also detailed reasons why weapons are lost to insurgents.

“The loss of materiel as a direct consequence of these attacks is substantial. A gun truck, fitted with a machine gun will frequently transport several tins of linked cartridges totalling hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Sometimes substantial quantities of weaponry kept at the base as reserves can be taken from military positions the insurgents had themselves attacked.

“When a base is overrun, crew-served weaponry such as machine guns, mortars and towed artillery” are carted away, “yet, a lot of that materiel is in good enough condition to be of use to the militants,” it said.

Contingent-owned equipment secured through seizure from regional security forces likely dwarfs materiel check points, forward operating bases, “Super Camps” and sector headquarters,” it said.

The research paper also cited as reasons for the loss of personnel and materiel, “insufficient quality and quantity of both lethal and non-lethal materiel for the security sector” and ammunition, as well as “tanks only firing twice, armoured personnel carriers running for 10 to 15 from boots to tanks”, and has compiled a number of soldiers’ grievances about insufficient body armour minutes before overheating, machine guns jamming, and mortar shells failing to detonate.

“These long-standing issue summarises the scope of the problem in Nigeria, “ranging concerns are not based on anecdotal accounts. They are systemic”, it said, citing research authorities, “A similar situation affected Cameroonian security forces’ early efforts against Boko Haram.”

Berman, also citing research works, said, “Corruption goes a long way to explaining why equipment is lacking. It is endemic within Nigerian society to implicitly accuse the military of purposely prolonging the conflict for their own ends and current President Muhammadu Buhari, acknowledged this, pledging to counter it as a central part against entrenched corruption within the military, ranging from extortion at checkpoints of his first presidential campaign in 2015.

“But the challenge facing the country is enormous and progress has been slow and uneven. Malfeasance within the defence sector is by no means limited to Nigeria. It is a problem throughout much of the world, including elsewhere in the sub-region,” it explained.

The report also found that the regional response to the “Boko Haram” conflict underscored both the need for EU support—for example through the provision of lethal materiel and training via European Peace Facility (EPF) and the assessment of risks inherent in any kind of engagement.

“The levels of loss of uniformed personnel and lethal materiel from state stockpiles in the Lake Chad region are astonishingly high. In six years (between 2015 and 2020) several times as many uniformed personnel serving in and alongside the Multinational Joint Task Force were killed due to ‘malicious acts’ than those, who have served in UN peacekeeping operations over a span of more than 70 years.

“Reporting suggests that Boko Haram factions have seized Contingent-owned Equipment (COE) that includes a wide-range of heavy weapon systems. Some of the armoured vehicles and towed artillery lost to Boko Haram originated from EU member states. The quantity of small arms and light weapons—many of which also were manufactured in the EU—is so great that it has sustained the insurgency for over a decade,” Berman said.

The report, therefore, recommended EU’s further engagement with the African Union (AU) and the ECOWAS in addressing issues raised by the report.


Police inspector kills colleague in Kano station.


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Apoliceman identified as Sergeant Basharu Alhassan has been shot dead by his colleague at Warawa Divisional Police Headquarters in Kano.

Alhassan was said to have been killed by one Inspector Ya’u Yakubu at the division.

Spokesman for the state police command, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said the deceased was confirmed dead by doctors at the hospital where he was quickly taken to, Daily Trust reports.

Kiyawa said the shooter has been arrested.

He added that the state police commissioner, Sama’ila Dikko, had directed that the suspect should undergo tests to ascertain his mental health status. 

“There was a misunderstanding between the two officers and as a result, the Inspector fired a shot at the Sergeant.

“During our preliminary investigation, the said Inspector said he didn’t even know how he shot his colleague but he could remember that the deceased was laughing at him. So he was out of his senses and committed this act,” Kiyawa said.

He added that the commissioner had ordered that the case should be transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID).


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