- Some residents of Niger state are being asked to give their children out in marriage at the age of 12 according to reports
- Specifically, Boko Haram terrorists are asking residents of Shiroro local government area of the state to obey them on this
- In fact, the residents claimed that they have been ordered by the terrorists not to recognise any constituted authority
In what can be described as a heartbreak to Nigeria, Boko Haram insurgents are reportedly asking residents of Shiroro local government area of Niger state to marry off their daughters at the age of 12 years, Daily Trust reports.
This comes as residents even claimed that the insurgents have ordered them not to recognise any constituted authority.
A resident of the area, and co-convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths, Bello Ibrahim, said:
“In Awulo and Kuregbe Communities, they assembled the locals, both Muslims and Christians, and gave them marching order that any girl that is 12 years old should be married off."
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Nigeria decomposing from within
In another report, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has raised concerns about the refusal of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to release names of sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists.
The cleric while delivering a sermon at the Priestly Ordination of Five Deacons at the Holy Family Cathedral declared that this administration is not sincere in dealing with terrorists killing Nigerians.
Kukah on Sunday, October 3, wondered why it is difficult for the government to release names of those sponsoring terrorism.
Army launches Exercise Golden Dawn in Anambra state
Also, Col. Abdulkarim .B. Usman, the commander 302 Artillery Regiment General Support has flagged off a special operation code-named ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’, to restore security in Anambra state.
Speaking at Igbariam, Anambra East local government area, Usman said the operation is an avenue to combat insecurity in the state, and foster inter-agency cooperation.
In his welcome address at the flag-off ceremony, the commander added that 'Exercise Golden Dawn’ is also a routine training exercise in various geopolitical zones of Nigeria and southeast states.
According to him, the rise of insecurity across the country made it important that the army in conjunction with other security agencies come to the aid of civilians. The exercise which commenced on Monday, October 4, and ends on Thursday, December 23, is expected to curb existing security threats such as secessionist agitations, banditry, kidnapping, cultist activities, clashes and other criminal activities.
US announces readiness to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism
In a related development, the United States said it is ready to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism in the country.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard made this known on Monday, August 30, during a meeting with journalists in Abuja. The envoy noted that the partnership is something they are very eager to do, adding that she has had at least three conversations in the last two months on the subject.
While noting that talks were ongoing on the matter, Leonard added that the US remains committed to supporting Nigeria in the fight against insecurity.