Tuesday, 9 September 2014

NMA rejects September 22 date for resumption of schools

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday faulted the Federal Government’s directive to schools to resume on September 22 as against October 12, arguing that schools should not be reopened until all those under surveillance for the Ebola Virus Disease in the country are certified free.

Speaking through its National Secretary-General, Dr. Olawunmi Alayaki, the association said, “we are not happy with this decision on the resumption of schools. Schools should be shut

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Defectin: Senator Kunlere Joins PDP, Declares Labor Party Dead

Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, who represents southern senatorial district in the National Assembly, has announced his defection from the Labor Party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr. Kunlere’s defection came two days after the widely reported news that Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo was on the cusp of defecting to the PDP as well. Senator Kunlere said he decided to join the PDP after consultations with his constituents and in order to pursue his political career.

Describing his defection as a matter of principle, he added that he had had enough of what he alleged to be repeated blackmail from close aides of Governor Mimiko in his local government.

Embarrassed By Escape Of 500 Troops To Cameroon, Nigeria's Military Claims "Tactical Maneuver"

Embarrassed by reports that close to 500 Nigerian soldiers fled into Cameroonian to escape from heavily armed Boko Haram insurgents, Nigerian military authorities today posted a statement claiming that the soldiers had charged into the neighboring West African country in a tactical maneuver. Cameroonian officials had told the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that at least 480 Nigerian soldiers had been disarmed and were being held in the protective custody of their gendarmes after the soldiers crossed into Cameroon while fleeing from a fierce attack by the Islamist insurgents.

Boko Haram burnt down vehicles in Gamboru-Ngala during their last attack

NEMA laments growing Boko Haram victims in North-East

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has lamented the increasing number of displaced persons due to Boko Haram attacks, saying it has been faced with growing challenges of handling the daily surge of internally displaced persons at established camps in the North-East.

Information officer of the agency in the North-East, AbdulKadir Ibrahim, said the weekend attack by Boko Haram on Madagali, Adamawa State, where many of the fleeing residents of Gwoza were staying, had led to another challenge for the agency.

(VIDEO) In New Gruesome Video, Boko Haram Declares Caliphate, Shows Scenes Of Fleeing Soldiers, Civilian Massacres

Abubakar Shekau, the mercurial leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group, Boko Haram, today released a video in which he declares the areas under his sect’s control a Caliphate and shows scenes of carnage carried out by his fighters against unarmed civilians. The video, which is the most gruesome since Boko Haram started the tradition of periodic releases of videotaped messages, also shows Nigerian soldiers fleeing from approaching insurgents.

Mr. Shekau, who has used such images to cultivate the image of a fierce, reckless and merciless threat, appears to have tailored the current video to draw maximum global attention to his group. His declaration of a Caliphate is reminiscent of the style of the Sunni Islamic group, ISIS that has shot to the frontline of sectarian terrorist groups after declaring its ambition to build an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Boko Haram Insurgents told us to ignore curfew imposed by govt, say residents

Residents of Adamawa State town Madagali yesterday said Boko Haram insurgents told them to defy the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government.
Acting Governor Umar Fintiri on Sunday announced the curfew after Boko Haram’s fighters invaded the town, which is close to the boundary with Borno town Gwoza, seized by the insurgents.
Residents said the insurgents, who are moving freely in the town, brandishing their guns, asked them to continue with their normal businesses, without fear of attack.
‘’They asked us to ignore the 24 hours curfew, promising not to attack us. They (Boko Haram) told

Nigeria’s military denies Boko Haram’s 'caliphate' claim

Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram said in a video they now control Gwoza, a city in northeastern Nigeria. The Nigerian military dispute the claim by the insurgents.

According to Nigerian military officials, "The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian state is still intact." Local newspaper 'This Day' quoted Major-General Chris Olukolade as saying the claim by Boko Haram that they now control Gwoza, was "false and empty." However, security sources and some witnesses said police and the military were being pushed out of Gwoza by Boko Haram fighters.

Boko Haram takes over Nigerian town; executes two for smoking

Boko Haram stormed the headquarters of the Gujba Local Government Area (LGA) in Yobe State on Thursday, declaring rule over Buni Yadi Town.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported that the group began enforcing their laws upon the residents immediately, killing and whipping citizens of the northeastern city.

Boko Haram seeks to establish an extremist, Sunni Muslim reign across Nigeria. They have primarily targeted Borno and Yobe States, kidnapping, raping, killing, and attacking villagers. The terrorists have also attacked schools, marketplaces, churches, and other crowded places.

How APC presidential candidate will emerge — Buhari

Former Head of State and a national leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress [APC] Muhammadu Buhari, has given insights into how his party will select its presidential candidate for the 2015 general election. Mr. Buhari spoke to a team of editors from the leading Hausa Newspaper, Rariya, in his office in Abuja, recently. PREMIUM TIMES’ Sani Tukur translated the full interview into English, with permission from Rariya.

Can you give us a glimpse into your typical day? How do you start your day, what’s your breakfast like and how do you coordinate your schedule? Well, my day starts from 5 a.m. Normally the morning prayers are offered after that. I am an avid listener of Voice of America and BBC Hausa Service so I stay

Ribadu Speaks on Why He Dumped Presidential Ambition For Adamawa Governorship Race

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN said he dropped his presidential ambition to participate in the Adamawa governorship race because of his desire to serve at any level.

PUNCH reported that Ribadu said, "Everything in my life has been about public service. I’m prepared to serve in any capacity. If you ask me to come and be a sweeper of any street in any part of the country, I’m ready to do that. I don’t even have power of my own in any part".

Jigawa Governor Lamido's Presidential Posters Flood Kano

The Jigawa state Governor, Sule Lamido may have denied having any plan to contest for the office of President come 2015, however his supporters believe otherwise.

THE NATION reported that presidential posters of Lamido are flooding Kano streets. The posters were seen at strategic locations around the state. They read: ‘Vote for Lamido as PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) presidential candidate in 2015.’

So far, the governor is yet to openly deny having anything to do with the posters. Do you think Lamido will declare for presidency?

Ondo PDP Sets Up 7-Man Committee For Mimiko's Defection

The Ondo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has set up a seven-man committee to help fast track the defection of the Governor Olusegun Mimiko from the Labour Party.

DAILY POST reported that a source in the PDP said the leadership of the party met yesterday at one of the popular hotels in Ijapo Estate, Akure, the state capital where the Committee was inaugurated. The source however, did not disclose the composition of the committee.

Corruption In Rivers State: Amaechi And Wike’s Revealing Talk Show By Ifeanyi Izeze

It is pathetic that the ability of my Rivers people to recall past incidents is very poor because everybody prefers to live in the now.

 It is an established fact that any person that is heavily drunk will always tell the truth on almost everything not because he prefers to but because under the influence of kai kai, the part of the brain that engineers lies usually gets totally incapacitated. However, many people are ignorant of the fact that inordinate ambition intoxicates even more than grade one ogogoro. Is this not clear from the running exchanges between the Rivers state governor, Chibuike Amaechi and his estranged right hand man who was also his erstwhile Chief of Staff, the current minister of state for Education, Nyesom Wike?

Friday, 22 August 2014

Nigeria Confirms 2 New Ebola Cases

The two are the first infected people who didn’t have contact with the ill traveler

Nigeria’s health ministry confirmed Friday two new cases of Ebola in the country, the first people to come down with the disease who didn’t have direct contact with an infected traveler who brought the virus into the country from nearby Liberia.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said both newly infected people are the spouses of two

Nigeria Police Force Announces New Spokesperson, Frank Mba Redeployed To Lagos As Area Commander

Current Nigerian Police Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), ACP Frank Mba, was today redeployed to Lagos State Command as an Area Commander. Stepping into his shoes is DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu, who will be occupying the position of Force PRO for the second time, having served from December 2008 to October 2010. The new Force PRO has promised the public accord and cooperation from the Force, stating "the Police are you helper and friend."

New Force PRO DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu
New Force PRO DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu
ACP Mba served from February 2012 until present.

Read the Nigerian Police Force's press statement on the announcement below.

How to End Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria – AUN President, Ensign

The President of American University in Nigeria, based in Yola, Adamawa state, Margee Ensign, has offered a three pronged approach to end the deadly Boko Haram insurgency ravaging north-east Nigeria.
Ms. Ensign shared her thoughts with PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
She has lived in Yola for a very long time and seems to understand the area very well. She said the use of

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Insurgents take over police mobile training camp in Borno

Boko Haram insurgents have taken over the Police Mobile Training camp in Limankara village, Borno State. Limankara is south of Gwoza, which has been in possession of the sect in the last two weeks. The mobile training camp is patronised by police officers and men from all parts of the country and is located in the midst of hills and valleys between Gwoza and Cameroun, according to report from National Mirror. The terrorists had invaded Gwoza two weeks ago, sacked the whole community and hoisted their black and white flags at different locations, including the emir’s palace. It was gathered that there was heavy fighting between the

Nigerian Soldiers Mutiny, Refuse To Fight Boko Haram Claiming They Are Ill Equipped

A group of government soldiers based in northeastern Nigeria have refused to fight Boko Haram militants until they receive better equipment, according to reports. Fighters from the extremist Islamist group have been reported to be far better equipped than the Nigerian army soldiers sent to fight them.

At least 40 Nigerian soldiers are reported to have mutinied against orders to fight the militants who have forced a state of emergency in three northeastern states since last year and are fighting to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, the BBC reported. The militant group has stepped up its attacks, targeting towns and villages across the region in deadly raids after being pushed out of its bases in Maiduguri, the capital of

Bomb scare in Abuja over abandoned car. Fear of Boko Haram is…

There was a bomb scare in Nyanya, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday, as residents took to their heels on seeing an abandoned Peugeot 406 car which they feared was laden with explosives.
The car, which was parked along the road for a long time, was said to have sparked curiosity and fear around the neighborhood when the owner did not show up.
Residents and traders who feared that the vehicle might have been primed with explosives, were said to have run away from the vicinity.

Boko Haram Recruits Nigerian Almajiri Children: Cameroon Next Target?

Boko Haram is actively recruiting Almajiri school children in northern Nigeria, while concerns mount regarding the possibility that the Islamic extremist group’s next target for mass violence may be Cameroon. The Almajiri system of education is a form of religious instruction in which male children attend school for several hours each day to learn Koran verses, then spend the rest of their time begging in the streets.

“Almajiri” is from the Arabic word for “immigrant,” and in most cases almajiri students have left their birth homes and parents and traveled long distances to attend Koran school. Many almajiris find they have nowhere to turn after the relative structure of their education has been completed, and are easily attracted to Boko Haram. According to some sources, the number of almajiris in Nigeria is well into the millions.

Boko Haram: Minimah said Soldiers found guilty of conspiracy’ll be executed

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah yesterday in Enugu, hinted that firing squad awaits soldiers found to have conspired with members of Boko Haram in the North-East zone of the country.
The Chief of Army Staff, who was at the 82 Division, Enugu as part of his familiarisation tour of Nigerian Army formations, reiterated that the issue of conspiracy would not be tolerated.
Said he: “Of course, the issue of saboteurs, which we experienced in the North-East, where soldiers found it necessary to conspire, connive or collaborate with the terrorist elements, we are taking charge of that and

Welcome to BokoFever: I will join PDP when Satan converts to Islam — El ...

Welcome to BokoFever: I will join PDP when Satan converts to Islam — El ...: A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC< Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has rule...

I will join PDP when Satan converts to Islam — El Rufai

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC< Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has ruled out the possibility of joining the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He said he might consider auch movement when Satan repents and converts to Islam.

El-Rufai stated this in reply to a question by one of his followers on Twitter, stressing that he will hardly take the option.

APC appoints Buhari, Atiku, Tinubu, others as BOT members

The All Progressive Congress, APC, has appointed former military Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), former, Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu as members of its Board of Trustees.

Also joining the 74 man BOT list are: former Minister of Foreign Affairs Chief Tom Ikimi, former Governor of Abia State, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, former Interim National Chairman of the party Chief Bisi Akande and former Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Audu Ogbeh.

Stakeholders worried over APGA crisis

Chief Godson Ezenagwu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has called on the leaders of the party, particularly former BOT chairman of the party, Chief Peter Obi to embrace peace and save the party from further embarrassment.

Ezenagwu, a former commissioner for agriculture in Anambra made the appeal in Awka on Wednesday while reacting to the feud between the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh and Chief Peter Obi, who has resigned as the party’s Board of Trustee chairman.

Ex-head of Nigeria's anti-graft body defects

Nigeria's former anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu has defected to the ruling People's Democratic Party to contest a state election.

The move is seen as a boost for President Goodluck Jonathan, whose PDP has been reeling from high profile corruption scandals.

Analysts said his move was a big blow to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Reuters news agency reported.

FG accuses media of vocabulary error, says Resident Doctors were suspended not sacked

The Federal Government has denied media reports that it sacked striking members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).

Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, stated this while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja, on Wednesday, noting that the change in vocabulary from suspension to sack was capable of sending out a wrong message.

US donates bomb detector robots to Nigeria Police

The United States of America on Wednesday in Abuja donated high-tech bomb detector robots to the Nigeria Police Force.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the U.S. Ambassador, James Entwistle, while visiting the Acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, presented the robots.

Jega rules out Nigerians in Diaspora voting, supports Military involvement during elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has categorically stated that Nigerians living abroad will not participate in the 2015 general elections.
The electoral umpire said apart from the fact that it does not have the wherewithal, the Electoral Act, 2010 will have to be amended to accommodate such.

Speaking at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives committee on electoral matters, the

Mbu, 18 others now DIGs

The controversial Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector – General of Police (DIG).

Eighteen other commissioners of police were promoted to the same rank by the Police Service Commission.

FG assures Military of commitment to improve on welfare

The Federal Government is committed to improving the welfare of military personnel, the Presidential Committee on Barracks Rehabilitation, has said.

The Chairman of the committee, Mrs Binta Muazu, stated this in Ibadan on Wednesday while inspecting some buildings rehabilitated by the committee at the Letmauck Cantonment, Mokola.

Real cause of fire that gutted NFF office

The Secretariat of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) was on Wednesday afternoon gutted by fire.

The inferno destroyed the office of the Accountant and Secretary-General in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fire, which started at about 9.30a.m., destroyed the left wing of the last floor of the building, which also housed the ICT Unit.

Lagos confirms five new cases of Ebola

Lagos State Goverbment has disclosed the discovery of five new cases of Ebola Virus Disease in the State.

It said the patients were brought to the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, on Tuesday.

Health Commissioner, Jide Idris, told newsmen on Wednesday that two of those cases were from secondary contacts.
“Till date, we have recorded eight suspected cases, five of which came in yesterday, 12 confirmed.

Nigerian soldiers revolt over lack of weapons

Dozens of Nigerian soldiers have refused to deploy for an offensive against Boko Haram Islamists until they receive better weapons, several of the mutineers told AFP on Wednesday.
The troops said they had been ordered to move out of their barracks in the northeastern city of Maiduguri towards the Gwoza area of Borno state, where the insurgents have reportedly seized pockets of territory.
But one of the soldiers, who asked not to be named, said: “We have vowed not to move one inch until our

USA’ll support Nigeria’s 2015 elections, says envoy

The United States has promised to assist Nigeria in order to have credible and peaceful elections in 2015.

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, who made the promise on behalf of his country, said that US was interested in peaceful elections in Nigeria.

He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy call on members of the National Working

State creation: New proposed map of Nigeria released

Sequel to the July 3rd recommendation by the National Conference that 18 additional states be created to bring the total number of states in Nigeria to 54, members of the National conference Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government, jointly headed by Ike Nwachukwu & Mohammed Kumalia have released a copy of proposed new map of Nigeria with the additional states added. Embedded in the new map is the new additional 18 states, Premium Times has reported.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Doctors, students, protest mass sack of resident doctors (Photos)

Medical doctors, students, consultants converged at the Lagos University Teaching hospital, (LUTH), Idi Araba, today to protest the recent sack of 16,000 resident doctors by the Federal Government. The protest was led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Tope Ojo.

The doctors said their strike was never about an increase in their salary, that all they were fighting for was for better structures and equipment in hospitals across the country. See more photos after the cut

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Nigeria’s first Ebola victim a ‘ crazy man’ – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has labeled the man who brought Ebola Virus into Nigeria a ‘crazy man’. Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian was warned against traveling to Nigeria after his sister died of the deadly virus in Liberia because he had contact with her and many others but he refused to heed to warning.
Nigeria had until last month been spared from Ebola, which has spread alarmingly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
But its arrival has sown fear throughout the country and particularly in Lagos, a teeming mega city of more than 20 million people with crumbling infrastructure and poor healthcare facilities.
The authorities in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city have appealed for volunteers because of a shortage of medical personnel, exacerbated by a month-long doctors’ strike.
A number of measures to tackle the spread of Ebola, which is passed on through direct contact with an infected person displaying symptoms, have already been announced.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Boko Haram is Desperate to Bomb South-East Nigeria

Igbo leaders claim that Boko haram terrorists are desperate to bomb south-east states in Nigeria; Vanguard reported.

Deputy Secretary, Evang. Elliot Uko, the Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, issued a statement on behalf of Igbos during the weekend.

In the statement, the Igbo leader said, described as worrisome the Sallah day arrest in Borno State of a long trailer laden with bombs and IED’s disguised as cattle merchants headed for Onitsha and Port Harcourt.

"This simply tells us that those who are committed to bombing the east are very serious at their plans.
We have two choices facing us. One is to keep quiet and look the other way until it happens. The other is exactly what we are doing now: Raise our voice in warning, praying and hoping that this avoidable catastrophe would pass us by. Truth is that Boko Haram is desperate to bomb eastern Nigeria. We don’t want that to happen because the implications are clearly frightening.

Ekiti State Police Command Parade Suspected Car Thieves

A gang of suspected armed robbers and car-thieves terrorising residents of Ekiti, Ondo, and Osun States has been arrested.

The suspects were arrested by the Swift Response Squad on patrol and handed over to the Ekiti State Police Command, following a serious cross fire, which left the leader of the gang injured.

They are specialised in stealing vehicles and reselling same in another state, with relevant documents provided by another member of the gang.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Osun Guber Election: INEC Releases List of 20 Participating Parties, Candidates

INEC  Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega

•  Accredits 29 observer groups to monitor election 
• 5,000 DSS operatives, 40 Hilux vans deployed
By Chuks Okocha in Abuja and Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
With a little over a week to the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday released the list of the 20 political parties and governorship candidates that will be contesting in the poll.

Guber Poll: Jonathan, Sambo To Storm Osun For Omisore

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun on Thursday said that all arrangements had been concluded to receive President Goodluck Jonathan in Osogbo on Saturday.

The Secretary of PDP in Osun, Mr. Bola Ajao, made this known when he addressed journalists in Osogbo.
Ajao said the President was coming to throw his weight behind Senator Iyiola Omisore’s bid to win the state governorship election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the election holds August 9.

Ex-Sports Minister Was APC Mole In Jonathan’s Government – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, Kwara State chapter, yesterday accused a former Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who publicly declared his membership of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday, as being an APC mole in President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

The State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Rex Olawoye, in a statement on Thursday, said the party was not surprised at Abdullahi’s declaration for APC.

The PDP spokesman alleged that unknown to many Nigerians, Abdullahi on Saturday, February 8, 2014 secretly registered as a card-carrying member of the APC in Kwara State.

He stated that Abdullahi actually became a member of the APC five months ago, before President Jonathan sacked him as minister.

US Will Not Relent In Helping Nigeria Fight Boko Haram- Consul General

The United States Consul General to Nigeria, Mr Jeffery Hawkins has reiterated the threat Boko Haram poses to Nigeria and the African continent as a whole and the United States’ continued effort to curb the activities of the dreaded Islamist sect.

He also noted that the Obama-led US government remains keen in helping Nigeria to rescue the abducted Chibok girls from the sect.

He however noted that “the US government’s interest in assisting Nigeria with Boko Haram predates that (abduction of Chibok girls)” adding that “we have an extensive engagement with the Nigerian government on security side which has ramped up since the Chibok girls have been abducted”.

Nigeria Appoints Suleiman Abba As New Police Chief

CLARIFICATION: PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPOINTS NEW INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE The statement earlier released announcing President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s approval of the appointment of a new Inspector-General of Police refers. Please note that AIG Suleiman Abba’s appointment as Inspector-General of Police is in acting capacity. The appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014-Reuben Abati

The Federal Government has appointed Mr. Suleiman Abba as the new Inspector General of Police. A press statement issued by President Goodluck Jonathan's media aide, Reuben Abati today states that Abba will resume as new IGP tomorrow.Mr. Abba who once served as Aide De Camp to the wife of Nigeria’s late dictator, Maryam Abacha will succeed Mohammed Abubakar, whose tenure ended today.
 A source at the Presidency told SaharaReporters that Mr. Abubakar tried in vain to gain an extension of his tenure, but that many forces opposed to him prevailed on President Goodluck Jonathan to look for a successor. Mr. Abubakar had spent 35 years as a police officer.

10-year-old would-be suicide bomber arrested in Nigeria

The 10-year-old girl had a suicide bomber's explosives belt strapped to her when she was arrested with her 18-year-old sister

The arrest came shortly before another female suicide attacker blew herself up at a higher-education college in Kano Photo: Reuters

A 10-year-old girl strapped with a suicide bomber’s explosives belt has been taken into police custody alongside her 18-year-old sister in northern Nigeria, police said.
Their arrest on Wednesday came shortly before another female suicide attacker blew herself up at a higher-education college in the nearby city of Kano, killing six people in the fourth such attack using women in a week.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Security Forces Rescue Wife of Cameroun Deputy Prime Minister Abducted by Boko Haram

Cameroonian Deputy Prime Minister, Amadou Al

Security Forces Rescue Wife of Cameroun Deputy Prime Minister Abducted by Boko Haram

Security forces in Cameroun have rescued the wife of the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, who was abducted by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, the BBC Hausa service has reported.

The wife of Deputy Prime Minister and her maid were kidnapped in Cameroun’s northern town of Kolofata last Sunday.

The attackers stormed their residence and took the woman away. A military commander in the area said Boko Haram militants engaged Camerounian soldiers in the town for some time.

The deputy Prime Minister had managed to escape the assailants to a neighbouring town, commander Feliz Formekong said.
A local religious leader, named Seini Lamine, was also abducted from the same town in a separate incident.

Lamine, who is called the Lamido, is the mayor of the town.
Cameroun had said it strengthened security at its border in April after Boko Haram  members abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State Nigeria.

More than 200 of the abducted girls remain in captivity. The attack is the third Boko Haram attack in Cameroun since Friday.

At least four soldiers were killed in the previous attacks.
The report did not provide more details, but it quoted the spokesperson of the government of Cameroun, Tchiroma Bakary, as saying the government was still investigating to know the exact number of persons that died during the attack.

It was also believed that 16 persons were killed.

EXPOSED!!! Northern leaders can stop Boko Haram —Senator

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Marcus Ikisikpo, in this interview with SUNDAY ABORISHADE, speaks about Nigeria’s security challenges, the 2015 elections and the misappropriation of ecological funds, among other issues

What’s your view on the insecurity in Nigeria?
The issue of insecurity in Nigeria is everybody’s problem and if you think that security is only for the security agencies then we are deceiving ourselves. The issue of security should be taken seriously. With insecurity there will be no development, it is only in a country where there is security that development can go on. The issue of insecurity in Nigeria is in a way self-afflicted because most of us do not know that when you incite the youths, the youths will take a step more than what you are telling them. So the security problems are self-afflicted because of the inciting statements some of our leaders have made in the past.
How did you feel when Nigeria was recently rated as one of the countries with the highest level of crude oil theft?
I would agree that it is difficult for us to account for all the crude produced because of leakages. Leakages in the sense that we have illegal refineries, we have even unrecorded vessels taking our crude oil. But how do they know the parameter for ranking Nigeria as one of the countries with highest crude theft? Yes, there are leakages, but I don’t believe that Nigeria ranks top in oil theft.
What can be done to stop oil theft?
You see one of the problems is sincerity; sincerity in government. If you have an agency or ministry and everybody is sincere and transparent, we should be able to block these leakages. Now within the territorial waters, we have the navy, the customs and other agencies that are working within our territorial waters but how sincere are they? Some of these customs and naval officers are also involved. So, if you are in charge of security and make yourself culpable by involving yourself in sharp practices, how do you think we would be able to account for all that is going on within the crude oil sector? Most of the people in charge of security are involved in oil theft that is happening within our territorial waters. And that is the only area that we can only block. Pipelines are being tapped by illegal refineries. Can’t we have a computerised system or way of knowing where someone is trying to illegally tap crude oil from our pipelines? We should be able to use the automated way in knowing where leakages of crude oil are at any point for us to arrest the situation.
There seems to be relative peace in the Niger Delta. What has been responsible for this?
You see, when we talk about relative peace in the Niger Delta area, it is the handwork of every elder and youth within the region because all of us agree. That is why we always call on the North, where we are having these security problems, that if all the northern elders, emirs and chiefs come together to say insurgency no to insurgency, it will stop. In the olden days when there were no police, people respected chiefs, people respect the emirs. So, I have the belief that whether insurgency or militancy, if the people come together – both the chiefs and elders – to say we don’t want these things, it will stop. But some of us talk from both sides of the mouth. Today, they will say don’t do this but tomorrow they will protect them. If you say don’t do this today, and tomorrow you offer protection, it gives the leeway for them to do things that we see happening today. But if all of us, all the emirs speak in one voice, then the youths will know that everyone is speaking with one voice and that will not occur again.
What do you think can be done to stop the incessant killings being carried out by the Boko Haram sect?
I must commend the Federal Government because it is working very hard to make sure that the issue of Boko Haram comes to an end. But as I told you earlier on, if you have a child and the child is doing something bad, and you use a soft word to say stop, the child will see you as a joker; thinking that you are not really asking him to stop this thing. This thing happens little by little at times. You will hear that they bombed in Kano. Later, you will hear that they have attacked Kaduna and so on and so forth. You see, until drastic measures are used in telling them to stop, they will never stop. The other day I read in the paper where a civilian JTF was arrested and he confessed that he was working for Boko Haram. So, you can see that within the civilian JTF, they have infiltrated them very well. The other day people were talking about how they can assist the civilian JTF but with this infiltration, people will be afraid to allow the civilian JTF to go into the army in view of the confession. So, it is left for Nigerians to speak with one voice especially where these things are occurring day in day out. They kill people here and there. Most of the military people are not sincere while claiming to work for the Nigerian government. Of course, when you go to Plateau State they are complaining of the killings in the state. We have porous borders which allow these terrorists to operate and go away. Look at the instance of the Chibok schoolgirls that were taken away; that people will come in 10 buses and carry up to 250 girls away from a particular school; don’t you think that there is a conspiracy? Meanwhile, we have the civilian JTF working within the community and according to the one arrested, he confessed that as a civilian JTF they helped in making sure that those girls were abducted. You see, in the military, when there is war and you have saboteurs, that war will never come to an end. So, we have a lot of saboteurs within the system that’s why we are having these problems and that is why it is taking longer to solve.
In view of the growing insecurity, do you believe that the nation is ready for the 2015 election?
Right now, the Independent National Electoral Commission has not given political parties the go-ahead to start campaigning. It is until INEC opens the door for campaign, that everybody will get cracking. But I think the commission is doing a great job especially with its performance in Ekiti State. I have the belief that if they improve on that performance, Nigerians will have full confidence in the electoral process. Every Nigerian is now aware of their civic responsibilities in terms of elections and the awareness is even higher now unlike the situation in 1999 when we started. Then, people refused to run for elective posts for fear that it will not last -considering what happened during the Abacha era or even what happened during the Shagari regime. Now, the awareness is in every Nigerian and I have the belief that if what INEC is saying in respect of the voting system is anything to go by, the issue of litigation will be minimised because it is a little bit difficult to swap cards or perpetrate fraud during elections.
Some members of your committee disagreed with the Ecological Funds Office recently over the alleged disparity in the allocation of money to different states of the country. What is the situation now?
Ecological Funds project is not part of the national budget. It has its own separate budget. Two per cent of the Federation Account is allocated to the Ecological Funds. Every state of the federation has a percentage in the two per cent from the amount that comes to the federation account to tackle ecological problems. The issue is that when a budget is presented, officials in charge of the MDA’s would be asked to defend the proposal. They would be allowed to explain the details of the budget estimates before questions are raised by lawmakers. However, in a situation where there were interferences in the course of the presentation, there will be confusion. Our committee members were not patient to listen to them to finish what they wanted to tell us before we asked questions and so, this led to a misunderstanding. The problem is that every state and local government collect its share of the ecological funds specifically meant to tackle ecological problems but if you go to your local government headquarters, ask the council chairman what he has done with the money.

APC northern leaders behind Boko Haram —Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday evening, took on the  All Progressives Congress (APC), alleging that the Northern elements within the party were sponsoring operations of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.

Addressing newsmen in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, shortly  after attending the campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he contended that “the APC in the north is the political wing of Boko Haram in the Northern part of Nigeria. This, I have said before and no one amongst them was bold enough to challenge me. I will continue to say it again and again.”

Fani-Kayode, who affirmed that the APC leaders could not exonerate themselves from the growing insecurity problems plaguing the nation, said the northern elements in the APC had to explain to all Nigerians why some of their leaders in the North encourage and defend Boko Haram members.”

“No member of the APC has been bold enough to controvert what I said about their relationship with the Boko Haram members in the North. I stand to be challenged if any of them has a contrary view.”

Fani-Kayode,  who recently defected from the APC to the PDP hinted that he had consulted “critical stakeholders in the PDP, including President Goodluck Jonathan and they had assured me of an enabling stay in the party.”

While assuring that he would work for the victory of the PDP in the forthcoming August 9, 2014 governorship poll in Osun, he expressed his readiness to contribute meaningfully to the victory of the party in the 2015 general elections, declaring that the PDP remains the only national party in the country.

When asked to comment on his recent meeting with President Jonathan, Fani-Kayode asserted that “I will not like to reveal what we discuss in the secret. It was a closed door meeting and let us leave that for now.”

Where is Nigeria’s Boko Haram Going?

Security personnel comb the scene of a bomb explosion at the Sabon Gari bus park in Kano, July 24, 2014. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)

After a weekend of carnage in Kano and two high profile kidnappings in Cameroon—following a nearly successful attempt on the life of former chief of state Muhammadu Buhari—Boko Haram is more than ever a central preoccupation in Nigeria (and now, presumably, in Cameroon).

The only thing we know for certain is how little we actually know about Boko Haram. It should be noted, for example, that Boko Haram has yet to claim responsibility for the attempt on General Buhari’s life. Certain political elements in Nigeria would be happy if Buhari left the scene, and pre-electoral periods in Nigeria are historically murderous. So it is possible that the attempt on Buhari’s life was authored by a group—or individual—other than Boko Haram. It’s also true that Buhari stands for many of the elements that are anathema to Boko Haram, at least in its rhetoric. A genuine Nigerian patriot, he is also a devout Muslim. An active participant in public life, he has constantly interacted with Christians on the basis of mutual respect and shared interests. And his fierce battle against corruption was an attempt to address the fundamental bad governance that has fed Boko Haram. Boko Haram murders Muslims who participate in secular politics, and who oppose the group. It is hostile to Muslims who seek good relations with Christians. It utterly rejects the secular state. Hence, I think it is likely that Boko Haram was in fact the perpetrator. But the evidence remains circumstantial.

So, where is Boko Haram going? Is it seeking to establish a territorial state along the lines of the ‘caliphate’ established by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)? Boko Haram warlord Abubakar Shekau has said he wants to establish a ‘caliphate’ in northern Nigeria, and he has praised the ISIS caliphate. Boko Haram’s recent campaign of bridge destruction in Borno state could be part of an effort to establish a separate territorial entity, one which may be the basis for a caliphate. Perhaps Maiduguri could play a role similar to that of Mosul in Iraq. However, Boko Haram has not yet established any visible institutions of government in the territories it controls, though there are reports that it is levying tolls at checkpoints.

A Boko Haram caliphate is, of course, only speculation for now. But, because the group appears to be evolving quickly, scenarios difficult to imagine only two or three months ago have become plausible.

Boko Haram abducts wife of Cameroon’s deputy Prime Minister

Militants engaged Cameroonian soldiers for some time, a commander said. 

Cameroonian authorities said extremist sect Boko Haram abducted the wife of the country’s deputy prime minister Sunday. The wife of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali and her maid were kidnapped in Cameroun’s northern town of Kolofata, according to the Information Minister Issa Tchiroma. The attackers reportedly stormed their residence and took the woman away. A military commander in the area said Boko Haram militants engaged Cameroonian soldiers in the town for some time. The deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ali, managed to escape the assailants to a neighbouring town, commander Feliz Formekong was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying. A local religious leader, named Seini Lamine, was also abducted from the same town in a separate incident. Mr. Lamine, who is called the Lamido, is the mayor of the town. Cameroun strengthened security at its border in April after Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Borno State. More than 200 of the abducted girls remain in captivity. The attack is the third Boko Haram attack into Cameroon since Friday. At least four soldiers were killed in the previous attacks, reported Reuters. - See more at: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/165663-boko-haram-abducts-wife-of-cameroons-deputy-prime-minister.html#sthash.BMP8nSmK.dpuf

Boko Haram Kills 8, Blows Off Bridge In Yobe

Eight people have been killed by suspected members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, who attacked Katarko town in the outskirt of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Katarko is 22 kilometers south of Damaturu and a community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State which is the state’s stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Residents say the insurgents stormed the town around 7:30 in the evening on Monday and first attacked the military base in the town before having access to some houses, killing eight residents in an attack that lasted for over seven hours.

“They came here and launched an unsuccessful attack on the military base before embarking on some selective killings within the town living us with eight casualties presently being prepared for burial,” a resident told Channels Television in Damaturu.

Residents say the insurgents carried out their attack until 2:30 in the morning without further resistance.

During the violence, the insurgents blew off the Katarko Bridge linking Damaturu to their stronghold; Buni Yadi, the capital of Gujba Local Government Area. The bridge connects Yobe and neighbouring Borno and Adamawa States.

This is the first time Boko Haram militants are attacking Katarko, since the commencement of serious hostility by the insurgents in 2009.

Meanwhile, two Boko Haram suspects have been arrested in Damaturu metropolis in possession of Improvise Explosive Devises (IED) with the intention of causing havoc in the troubled northeast state.

Although authorities decline comment on the arrest, residents confirmed that the suspects were arrested at separate locations with the devises, with the first member of the sect arrested revealing the where about of his second after arrest.