DHQ warns youths in the North-east against accepting loans from Boko Haram

The Defence Headquarters has warned youths in the North-East to avoid accepting loans from the men of the Boko Haram.

These loans are programmed to fail in their repayments, thus making the youths indebted to the group and vulnerable to forced recruitments.

In a statement issued in Abuja, the DHQ spokesman, Brig Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the target groups of the insurgents are artisans like butchers, traders, tailors, beauticians and other vocational entrepreneurs who are mostly youths.

He said: "In this clandestine dispensation, Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to providing loans to young entrepreneurs and artisans in the North East as a way of inducing them for recruitment.

"The major targets of the unholy business engagement are youths in the North East, especially the butchers, traders, tailors, beauticians and other vocational entrepreneurs who could be easily enticed with such loans without paying attention to sundry inherent dangers associated with the acceptance of such goodies from this satanic group or unfamiliar sources.

"After such loans, the beneficiaries are given the option of either joining the group or risk being killed if they fail to pay the loan as at when due, whereas the payment has been surreptitiously programmed to fail by the benefactor, the Boko Haram,"Ě he said.

The DHQ noted that the Boko Haram group, having been effectively decimated and degraded, has remnants or surviving splinter groups who appear desperate to recruit more people into their rank and file as a result of the sustained onslaught against them by the military.

It advised the general public, especially those in the North East, to be wary and conscious of various tactics of the desperate Boko Haram.

"They should be guided to avoid loans or financial assistance from non conventional sources but from conventional financial institutions such as banks, organised trade unions or institutionalised savings and loans establishments.

"Acting otherwise may lead to painful and untimely death from the blood thirsty Boko Haram terrorists,"Ě the DHQ warned.

Meanwhile, as the search for the 219 abducted students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok by Boko Haram insur≠gents continues, Service Chiefs on Wednesday shunned the Senate's invitation to brief it on the latest developments.

The Senate had on Tuesday last week summoned the Service Chiefs to brief members yesterday on the successes recorded so far in their efforts to rescue the girls from their captors.

Surprisingly, neither the Service Chiefs nor the NSA honoured the invitation. But the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura and IGP Arase were present at the closed door session with the Senators.

Announcing the outcome of the meeting with the Security Chiefs, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session, said the Senate was briefed by the DSS' boss and the IGP on the ongoing efforts at rescuing the girls who have been in the Boko Haran den for two years.

Ekweremadu said: "We urged them to continue and leave no stone unturned to rescue the Chibok girls. Thereafter, they answered questions bordering on national security issues from very distinguished senators."Ě

The House of Representatives which mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate how Arase used the N18 billion released to the Nigeria Police Force by the Federal Government, gave the committee two weeks to submit its report.

While N10 billion was released to Arase by President Buhari to combat insecurity in the country, the sum of N8 billion was approved by the President for the recruitment of 10,000 policemen.

The move to investigate the IGP was brought on the floor of the House under matters of urgent public importance by Hon. Johnbull Shekarau.

In his submission, Shekarau noted that Buhari recently released about N10 billion to the IGP to combat the spate of insecurity in the country, adding that another N8 billion was allocated for the recruitment of 10,000 policemen in the country.

On the recruitment, he said, "until date, the police training colleges are still dilapidated and infested with rodents.

"The Police Service Commission, whose jurisdiction it is to organise the recruitment, has commenced the process of recruitment without corresponding preparation by the Nigeria Police Force,"Ě he said.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello over reported breaches in the implementation of the FCT Internal Revenue Services Act 2015.

The summons, which came under matters of urgent public importance, was raised by Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas.

Namdas noted that the House in the 6th Assembly passed a Bill for an Act establishing the FCT Inland Revenue Services (IRS) and its Management Board, in concurrence with the Senate, which the President assented to on the 27th of February, 2015 and it became a law of the federation.

The lawmaker expressed worries that although the Act authorised the FCT to establish the IRS to collect all forms of taxes and levies for the FCT, the Minister has signed a comprehensive agreement with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to collect taxes for the FCT, in breach of the existing law.
It mandated the Committee on FCT to report its progress to the House in two weeks.

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