The Theater Command of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army on Friday alerted Borno residents on a planned attack by Boko Haram terrorists using beggars and other strategies.
The Media Coordinator of the Theater, Col. Mustapha Anka, made this known in a statement in Maiduguri.Anka said, “the attention of the Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to a terrorists’ intention to use beggars to cause mayhem in the state.
“Under the plan, concealed explosives in bundles of firewood are to be placed in crowded and strategic areas of Maiduguri and environs to cause havoc.”
He said that the terrorists had also devised a new means of attracting the public by shouting Boko Haram to create panic.
“Additionally, the general public should be weary of a terrorists plan to deceive the public by way of shouting `Boko Haram’ to create panic in order to lure unsuspecting public for maximum casualty while detonating their bombs during and after the new year celebrations,” Anka said. Read More →
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has revealed his prophesies for 2016, predicting that a new sexually transmitted disease will emerge during the year.
The cleric also prophesied that things would get worse in the country before they improve, while on the international scene more natural disasters will occur.Below are the prophesies which were published on his websites: Read More →
Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhamadu Buhari, has congratulated the mother of the first baby born at Asokoro District Hospital Abuja in the year and urged women to raise children with good morals.
The president’s wife also honoured the baby on Friday as part of the ceremonial celebration to mark the New Year.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the baby, a female named Destiny Agu was born at 12:12 a.m. to the family of Mr and Mrs Uche Agu and weighed 3.7kg.
Represented by the wife of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mrs Gimbiya Dogara, Buhari said mothers had vital roles in the upbringing of children that made for a better society.
She said “if mothers play their roles well, vices will no longer exist in Nigeria; if we play our part well, I think the children will be good children. Read More →
The Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Adebola Ademowo, on Friday called on the nation’s political leaders to shun politics-of-promise-without performance but to politics-of-action and service.
Ademowo said this in his New Year 2016 message which he made available to newsmen in Lagos.
He urged the leaders to serve the country with all sincerity, by putting our nation first and demonstrate their love for the country by living an exemplary live.
The cleric said that the rise in crime due to the increased rate of unemployment and insurgency was worrisome.
He urged the government to rise to the challenges by creating jobs opportunities for the youths.
Right now, Nigeria’s economy is on a tail spin, unemployment in Year 2,000 was 13.9 per cent; it rose to 23.95 percent in 2012. Yet for the past seven years, Nigeria has been reporting a growth of seven per cent. Read More →
The Edo Government on Tuesday repealed the Act establishing the Customary Court of Appeal in the state.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who signed the Amendment Bill into law, said that the Customary Court of Appeal had ceased to exist in the state.
He said that with the development, the judges in the court were automatically transferred to the State High Court, thereby increasing the number of the State high court judges from 24 to 30.
He explained that more judges were needed in the high courts for quick dispensation of justice.
The governor noted that it was unthinkable that not less than 6000 cases were hitherto pending before only 24 judges of the high court.
Oshiomole said that the new high court judges would now have the opportunity of hearing diverse cases and not just the appeals from the customary courts and the area courts.
He noted that, although, the law requires that the judges be sworn-in, they would retain their seniority. Read More →
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Solomon Arase has promised to carry out a professional investigation into the recent clash between the Nigerian Army and the Shiite Islamic group in Zaria, Kaduna state.
This was contained in statement issued by the Force Spokesperson, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olabisi Kolawole in Abuja on Tuesday.
It stated that Arase gave the promise when a delegation of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, led by its Secretary-General Prof. Ishaq Oloyede visited him.
He said that the Police and other security agencies were conscious of the citizens’ fundamental rights and would protect them.
Arase appealed to the Islamic body to use its platform to caution all groups in the country against encroaching on other citizens’ rights.
“While they have the constitutional rights to express their views, it should not circumscribe the rights of others,” he said. Read More →
Says 2016 is year of change
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor & Joseph Erunke
ABUJA — Taking note of the hard times in the land, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said becoming president had not removed him from the pains of the people, promising that 2016 would be the beginning of the change in the country.
While noting what he claimed as unforeseen circumstances and distractions since his inauguration, President Buhari reassured Nigerians that the difficulties were temporary, saying he was determined to fulfil the promises he made prior to the election.
In his 500-word New Year message, the president said he remained committed to his promises, saying he has in the last seven months laid the foundations for the change as promised. Read More →