On Saturday, 4 October, 2013, Bauchi, capital of Bauchi State, was experiencing an unusually cold weather. At the Old GRA, a suburb of the city, Ismaila Gambo, a 21-year-old with a neatly trimmed beard got up at dawn and headed to a nearby mosque for his morning prayers. He wore a grey sweatshirt atop a pair of jeans and boots.
Ismaila’s dressing suggested that he was off to some high-energy work. But he was actually headed for Maiduguri, capital of Borno State where he believed he was to carry out a self-appointed divine assignment.
Upstairs, in a bedroom in the Gambos’ home, a duplex, his 17–year-old sister, Khadija, said her own prayers. She was dressed in a long gown and wore a headscarf as she waited for her brother to return. Read More →
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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra has reassured that he is on top of the relocation of Boko Haram suspects to Ekwulobia prisons in the state.
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr James Eze, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, in Awka on Saturday.
According to the statement, the governor is still speaking with the relevant authorities to ensure a peaceful resolution of the issue.
“Obiano’s commitment to this extremely sensitive issue remains the same. Read More →
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The Borno State commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun, has confirmed Friday’s Boko Haram attacks on Borno towns, which he said involved six female suicide bombers.
In a text message to the enquiry on the incident by our correspondent, the commissioner said there was an attack by the terrorists on Zabamari village, near Dusuman village in Jere local government area at about 1855hrs of 3/7/15. Read More →
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The UN High Commission for Human Rights says it is ready to assist President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in the operations against Boko Haram.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, made the pledge on Wednesday at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
In a copy of the speech, made available to UN correspondents in New York, Hussein said he was heartened by Buhari’s pledge in his inaugural speech that his administration would “overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in the operations.
“This is a strong and positive signal and we stand ready to assist. It is also encouraging to see governmental control being re-established over key areas of Nigeria. Read More →
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the governors of the 36 States to be ready for three months hardship. Buhari made the disclosure at a meeting with the governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He promised to recover funds stolen by government officials who abused their offices in the recent past as well as stop systemic leakages.The president assured the governors that the days of impunity, lack of accountability, and fiscal recklessness in the management of national resources were over in Nigeria. “There are financial and administrative instructions in every government parastatal and agency, but all these were thrown to the dogs in the past.
“Honestly, our problems are great, but we will do our best to surmount them. “The next three months may be hard, but billions of dollars can be recovered, and we will do our best,’’ Buhari told the governors in a statement by the Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.
Expressing surprise that the governors had tolerated the atrocities allegedly committed with the Excess Crude Account since 2011, Buhari promised to tackle the issue decisively. The president declared that the payment of national revenue into any account other than the Federation Account was an abuse of the constitution. Read More →
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At least 63 persons were reportedly killed Tuesday when a massive explosion from a bag found by members of the Civilian-JTF in Monguno town of Borno state went off as residents gathered to take a look, security sources and witnesses said.
Many other onlookers and by-passers were also injured by the blast that occurred at about 5pm.
Haruna Bukar, an operative of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), who claimed to have witnessed the incident informed journalists on phone that a group of Civilian-JTF member discovered a heavy bag filled with explosives at an old camp of the Boko Haram sec along Monguno-Marte road, and decided to bring it into the city. Read More →
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Twenty seven policemen missing after terrorists attacked Gwoza in Borno in August, 2014, are yet to be declared dead, Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said on Tuesday.
Arase disclosed this while responding to questions from newsmen after inaugurating the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Police Property Development and Construction Company Ltd. (NIPPDCC).
The I-G explained that the police would follow its tradition of declaring officers that got missing in battle dead after the lapse of a period of time which he declined to give.
“About our colleagues, who are missing in Gwoza, there is a tradition in the police force. Read More →
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