The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, January 9, granted the Department of State Services (DSS) the permission to detain 400 suspected Boko Haram members for 90 days.
The suspects, the court ruled, would be detained at the security camp in Kainji.
Some of the suspects who have been in custody for the past five years since their arrest are to remain in Kainji camp till April 10.
Guardian reports that the suspects will be detained until their matter comes up before the court.
Militants used to illustrate the story. (HitNg)
At the hearing, the judge over the matter, Justice Babatunde Quadri, who was furious at the slow pace of case granted a exparte motion brought before the court by the DSS.
Also counsel to the DSS, Geraldine Okafor, argued that the suspects were arrested about five years ago but investigations on their matter could not be completed because the alleged terrorism offence involved other countries, including Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Okafor told the court that Nigeria and the other countries had raised a joint task force to ensure early completion of investigation into the trans-border terrorism offence.
She also assured the court that the investigations would be completed before April 10.
In his response, Justice Quadri said, it is important to note that the world was watching Nigeria in respect of the detained suspects.
The judge said the Federal High Court would not allow itself to be used to perpetuate acts that are against the provisions of the constitution.
He also urged the DSS tolive up to its responsibilities on detained suspects so as not to run contrary to the law.
Hitng.com.ng earlier reported that the chief of army staff said the days of Boko Haram terrorists are numbered in Nigeria.
Buratai charged soldiers to be determined in their efforts to overpower the insurgent.
He also warned that any soldier caught engaging in trading and extortion would be dealt with.
94 students missing as Boko Haram attacks Yobe school
Following an attack by suspected Boko Haram members on Government Giris Secondary School Dapchi, in Yobe state on Monday, 94 students have been declared missing.
According to DailyTrust, source in the school revealed that the number of missing kids was confirmed after an afternoon roll call on the students.
“After the roll call, 610 out the total number of 704 students have returned. .
We are still searching for the remaining 94 students”, he said.
On whether the students were abducted, he said,
“We cannot say, because the insurgents went into the students hostel, and many of these students scaled fence to the bushes.
Until final list of these students no one can tell if they are abducted or not”. He said some parents have also reported to the school authority that there children had reached their homes safely.
And, we are calling on parents to help the school update its list by reporting immediately if their children arrived home safely.”
The State Commissioner of Education, who is not in the state as at the time of the attack confirmed that a competent team has been dispatched to the school.
“The team is profiling the students to know those who are missing? And, how many of them were able to return or ran to their families at home”, he said.
Yobe State Police commissioner, Abdumaliki Sunmonu, said there is no case of abduction in the girls school.
Those who destroyed Nigeria are now acting like saviours – Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed HitNg
Lai Mohammed who is the minister of information has said that Nigeria did not get to its present position in three years that the All Progressives Congress (APC) came into power
Independent reports that the minister made this comment when he received Andrew Hanlon the chief executive officer of TVC.
“We are on a rescue mission. However, the way a section of the media is reporting the challenges facing the country today does not reflect that understanding. They are making a corrective administration to look like the culprit, to give the impression that the rain started beating us in Nigeria only from 29 May 2015, to play down the challenges that this Administration has faced and which it is successfully tackling.
“For example, we did not get to where we are today in just three years. It has taken successive decades of bad governance, unbridled corruption, lack of probity, a culture of impunity and a near state of anarchy. These are the ills this Administration inherited and which it has set out to tackle. And this is what the media must reflect in their reporting.”
“Instead of recession, we could have had a total collapse of the economy. The power grid could have collapsed
“Altogether. Corruption could have overwhelmed the society. Boko Haram could have turned Abuja to Bama or Konduga. Food imports could have tripled what it was pre-May 29th 2015 and the Naira might have been worse hit.”
He called on the media to educate Nigerians ”that it is hard to build but easy to destroy, that the same people who presided over yesterday’s looting of our treasury are today posing as would-be saviours of Nigerians, that this Administration is rebuilding almost from the scratch with 60% less revenue, that the corrupt ones are spending millions of Naira to paint the government of the bad, and that Nigeria is not returning to Egypt”.
He said: “This administration assumed office, the price of oil, the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy, had dropped to around $30 from over $100, foreign reserves stood at a low of $24 billion, the Federal Government was borrowing to pay salary, some 27 states were owing arrears of salary, contractors were being owed over several years, infrastructure was in poor state, power generation was 2,690 megawatts, billions were being paid as ‘fuel subsidies’ to fat cats, corruption had emptied the treasury while 20 of the 27 local councils in Borno were under Boko Haram control.
”Today, the trend is being reversed and the results are showing: Foreign Reserves is now $42.8b, inflation has fallen for 12 consecutive months to 15.13%, 108 billion Naira has been saved from the removal of maintenance fees payable to banks pre-TSA, the nation is saving 24.7 billion Naira monthly with the full TSA implementation, the elimination of ghost workers has saved the nation 120 billion Naira, capital inflow reached $1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2017, almost double the $908 million in the first quarter, while Nigeria’s stock market is one of the best-performing in the world, delivering returns in excess of 40 percent.
”Nigeria has also jumped 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking and earned a place on the List of Top 10 Reformers in the world, the Administration has repeatedly given bailouts for states to pay salary, the Administration’s Agricultural Revolution is a huge success, with agriculture export up year-on-year by 25%, rice import from Thailand dropping 644,000 megawatts to 22,000 megawatts and rice farmers growing from 5 million to 12.3 million, the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme has created jobs for 61,352 cooks, and it is providing 6.4 million school children in 33,981 schools across 20 states with one meal a day.”
HitNg.Com.ng had reported that Mohammed said that Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari, is very safe and
being run by competent hands.
Mohammed gave this assurance at a mini town hall meeting with the staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain, and a cross-section of Nigerians living in the European country on Saturday, February 17, Premium Times reports.
Hitng.com.ng gathered that Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain, Susan Aderonke Folarin, led the staff of the embassy to the town hall meeting, which was held at the embassy premises.
Donald Trump ranked worst US president of all time
President Donald Trump has been ranked as the worst U.S. President in history in a Presidents’ Day poll of political scientists that ranked all 44 of the people who have served as U.S. president.
Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Teddy Roosevelt respectively took the top four spots in the Boise State University “Presidential Greatness Survey.”
While Donald Trump is the 45th President, one of his predecessors, Grover Cleveland, was elected two separate times, making him the 22nd and 24th President, who ranked as 24th on the survey.
The experts were asked to rank each president on a scale from zero – worst – to 100 – best – based on their overall performance in office.
Their rankings showed that Donald Trump came in last place with an average score of 12.34.
Coming in first place, according to the survey, is Abraham Lincoln, who scored an average of 95.03 between both Democrats and Republicans surveyed while George Washington got a rating of 92.59.
Just over 57 per cent of those polled identified as Democrats while 13 per cent were Republican and 27 per cent were Independents.
The top seven presidents that have remained the same since the poll was last conducted in 2014: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In the latest round of survey, former president Barack Obama moved up in the rankings to 8th best president, compared to 18th he ranked in the 2014 survey.
Even Republican respondents rated Trump as the fourth worst president – 40th of 44th while they placed Obama as the 16th.
The study, conducted once every four years, asks researchers from the American Political Science Association to rank each president’s greatness on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 representing total failure and 100 for greatness.
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