Nigerian Lawmaker Apologises To Women Over Rape Comments
Amember of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Alhaji Ahmed Jaha, from Borno State on Saturday apologised to Nigerians especially women for comments he made during plenary on Thursday blaming women for the incessant rape incidents in the country.
Jaha told journalists that he regretted his comments wherein he said that women should cultivate a habit of proper dressing to avoid unnecessary harassment from men, who are unable to control themselves.
He said, “I have made a mistake that has offended the sensibilities of fellow Nigerians and indeed fellow human beings, particularly women who are our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters.
"While I totally reaffirm my position that rapists should face death sentence, I regret the part that talks about the dressing of women.
“I deeply apologise for this position, because as some had rightly argued, my comments could imply that women who are victims share the blame of being raped. This clearly, could not have been the intention of someone who suggested death penalty for rapists."
The lawmaker also apologised to his colleagues in the House and his constituents, who might have been disappointed by his comments especially female lawmakers.
He therefore called for the domestication of Violence Against Persons and Prohibition Act and other relevant laws against gender-based violence in the country.
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Gunmen attack Borno villages, kill five
Gunmen, believed to be either Boko Haram or ISWAP, on Saturday, attacked three communities in Borno State, killing five herdsmen and stealing 480 cows, a government official has said.
Sources said the insurgents, who were all armed with assault rifles, attacked three villages – Moduri, Kelewa and Ngudori in Magumeri Local Government Area around 6.30 pm on Saturday.
Magumeri is one of the local government areas that share conventional boundaries with Gubio and Monguno where ISWAP staged coordinated repeated attacks that claimed the lives of over 120 persons.
The local government is listed among the unsafe communities of Borno State by both the state government and the United Nations.
A local vigilante operative, Bunu Malam, confirmed the attack, saying “it was yet another sad day for our people in the three Magumeri villages.”
He said the attacked communities are remote isolated villages “that do not have any serious security coverage.”
The Secretary of Magumeri local government, Ali Kyari, who is in charge of the administration of the council, confirmed the attack to journalists.
He said the insurgents, who were apparently after food and livestock of residents in vulnerable communities, opened fire on residents in the three villages and killed five men who tried to beg the attackers not to take away their only means of livelihood.
“We (are) terrified with renewed Boko Haram attacks in my communities,” he said.
“Yesterday, being Saturday, some groups of terrorists descended upon Moduri village in the evening and carted away 300 cows after killing three persons.
“Later on, the insurgents went to Kelewa village and killed one person before they rustled away 80 cows, while in Ngudori village, 100 cows were also carted away after killing one person.”
The local government scribe appealed to the security agencies “to intensify efforts against renewed attacks by Boko Haram.
“These attacks are posing a danger and frightening our farmers, especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have the resilience and by returning to their liberated communities, in their eagerness to engage in this year’s farming to provide for their family.”
Mr Kyari said the only injured person is now receiving treatment in a hospital in Maiduguri.
The attacked villages are all located less than 20km away from Magumeri town.
Borno Governor, Zulum, Visits Faduma Kolomdi Village After Boko Haram Attack, Told 81 Died, Village Head, Six Others Abducted
Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday visited Faduma Kolomdi village in Gubio Local Government Area to sympathise with families of slain and wounded victims of a Boko Haram attack in the area.
Faduma Kolomdi, a nomadic village, is located 35 kilometres in the North of Gubio, the headquarters of Gubio Local Government Area.
A survivor told Zulum that 81 residents were killed during the attack on Tuesday with 13 persons injured and seven others including the village head abducted.
While sympathising with the people over the attack, Governor Zulum urged the Nigerian military to undertake a final onslaught that would put an end to the insurgents in the shore of Lake Chad.
Zulum described the attack as barbaric and unfortunate while evacuating five injured persons in his convoy for treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
He said, "Last year, about the same number of people were killed in Gajiram like it happened again.
“This is barbaric. It is very unfortunate. The only solution to end this massacre is by dislodging the insurgents in the shores of Lake Chad. Doing so will require collaborative regional efforts.”
An eyewitness told the governor that the insurgents operated for about six hours and left around 4pm on Tuesday.
He said, "The insurgents in gun trucks and armoured tanks came around 10am yesterday (Tuesday). They operated for about six hours and left around 4pm. They gathered us and said they wanted to deliver a religious sermon to us. They asked us to submit whatever arm we had. Some villagers gave up their Dane guns, bow and arrows.
“The insurgents pretended as if they were not there for any violence. Suddenly, they started shooting at will. Even children and women were not spared, many were shot at close range. Many started running.
“At the end, many persons were killed. We have been burying people from 10:00pm last night to about 6am this morning. We have buried 49 corpses here while another 32 corpses were taken away by families from the villages around us.
“The insurgents abducted seven persons including our village head. They went away with 400 cattle.”
Boko Haram Terrorists Kill Nigerian Soldier, Injure Many In Fresh Attack On Borno Village
At least one soldier was killed when Boko Haram terrorists attacked Gajibo Village in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State over the weekend, security sources told SaharaReporters on Monday.
The sources said terrorists in gun trucks and several motorcycles engaged Nigerian troops in a gunfight during the attack, killing a soldier and injuring many.
The attack comes three days after three soldiers were killed in the Damasak area of the state.
A humanitarian chopper belonging to the United Nations was also damaged by bullets fired by the insurgents during the attack, which occurred last Thursday.
The UN has complained of an uptick in attacks targeting aid workers in the Northeast of the country.
The area around Damasak on the border with Niger is dominated by the Islamic State West Africa Province, which broke away from Boko Haram in 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Three Nigerian Soldiers, Seven Boko Haram Fighters Killed During Attack On Borno Community
Three Nigerian soldiers were killed following a gun battle with Boko Haram insurgents in the Damasak area of Borno State on Thursday, sources have told SaharaReporters.
The insurgents were said to have moved into the town in about 13 gun trucks and attempted an attack on the military base.
The sources said seven Boko Haram fighters were killed during the attack that lasted for two hours.
Also killed was a five-year-old boy, who was hit by a stray bullet.
SaharaReporters gathered that the Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, was in Damasak on Wednesday to distribute relief materials to displaced persons in the town.
The Boko Haram insurgency has caused over 35,000 deaths since 2009.
The terror group wants an Islamic caliphate in Northern Nigeria.
Its activities have, however, been restricted to three North-Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe due to the efforts of security agencies.
Police Rescue Soldiers From Boko Haram After Attack In Borno
The Nigeria Police Counter-terrorism operatives have rescued two soldiers earlier abducted by Boko Haram fighters in Borno State.
PRNigeria gathered that the terrorists had killed some security personnel and abducted others after an attack on soldiers on a patrol.
This comes after Nigerian troops repelled an attempt by terrorists to seize an army barrack in Maiduguri on Monday.
According to a situation report sighted by PRNigeria, it disclosed that “At 14.30 Hrs of July 13, 20120, an army patrol team was attacked by Boko Haram along Auno Road and killed two soldiers and kidnapped others while carting away two of the military’s gun truck, AK 47 rifles and unspecified numbers of ammunition.
“Counter-Terrorism Unit of the Nigerian Police on pin down point (operation), at the area went after the terrorists. After a gun battle recovered one gun-truck, rifles and rescued two soldiers alive.
“All exhibits handed over to the Commissioner of Police Command."
Meanwhile, in another development, Nigerian troops have thwarted an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to seize an army barracks in Maiduguri.
PRNigeria learnt that the terrorists had attempted to seize the 333 Artillery Barracks of the Nigerian Army but were resisted after heavy exchanges of fire that lasted for about two hours between Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Maiduguri, Kill Several Residents
Boko Haram terrorists on Monday night attacked Gomari area of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, multiple sources told SaharaReporters.
A security source disclosed that the insurgents came into the village around 11:05pm, shooting sporadically and killing several persons.
“Gomari, near Airport Road is presently under attack, they have started burning buildings and killing civilians trying to flee.”
Increased attacks by insurgents have been recorded in the area in recent times.
The terrorists have made several attempts to overrun a military base located within the area lately also.
Boko Haram Terrorists Abduct 15 Travellers On Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway
Gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram on Monday ambushed vehicles travelling along the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway and abducted over 15 travellers.
A source told SaharaReporters that the insurgents driving in Hilux vehicles, waylaid a Toyota Hiace Mass Transit bus around 2pm on Monday and took all passengers from the vehicle.
The source said the attackers, who were all armed and some were dressed in military uniforms, later released the bus driver.
SaharaReporters gathered that the spot where the insurgents attacked was not far from a military checkpoint.
Similarly, the terrorists on Monday attacked the 333 Artillery Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State.