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August 14, 2018

Boko Haram kills 65, injures 136

A total of 65 persons lost their lives and 136 persons injured following attacks on Dalori village by Boko Haram insurgents. Dalori, less than 10km from Maiduguri, Borno state capital, came under the attacks on Saturday evening. Sani Datti, NEMA Senior Information Officer, in a statement Monday evening said, Emergency Response Team immediately mobilized for rescue along with Police Anti bomb Squad, NSCDC, Nigerian Army, and Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigerian Red Cross. It noted that the vctims were evacuated to Umaru Shehu Hospital, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Borno General Hospital for medical attention where 40 persons…

Hajj Stampede: Nigeria’s death toll rises to 64, 244 still missing

  The death toll of Nigerians from Saudi Arabia’s stampede during the just concluded hajj rite has risen to 64 with 71 others sustaining various degree of injuries while 244 others are still missing. Head, Public Relations at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Mallarn Uba Mana told newsmen in Saudi Arabia yesterday, that the commission is doing all within its power to locate the whereabouts of those still missing. “This briefing is just to give you an update of the situation of things as regard those that died, injured and those still missing after the stampede. We have…

How suicide bomber killed five in Yobe Church

  A suicide bomber on Sunday July 5 detonated a bomb in a Church in Potiskum, Yobe’s commercial town, killing no fewer than five people. The bomber, who rode to the church on a motorcycle at about 10 am arrived mid-way into the Sunday service. He sat down quietly amid worshippers, who were unaware of his evil mission to the church. “He came on a motorcycle, parked the bike outside, entered the church and sat down. Minutes later, the bomb went off. Five people died and about 20 people were injured.” Jeremiah Ladan, a Potiskum resident, told Daily Sun. “A…

Boko Haram welcomes Buhari with more Bomb Blasts

  The speculations in several quarters that the election of Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, as the new President of Nigeria, would appease Boko Haram Islamic terrorists, do not seem to hold water. After President Buhari was inaugurated in Abuja, May 29, the fundamentalists ushered him in with a bomb blast along Gomari Airport Ward of Maiduguri, killing 11 people. Media reports show that the next day, May 30, the Islamists attacked a mosque along the popular Yan Kwali area of Maiduguri, killing unspecified number of people. At least seven people died and 12 injured hours before Buhari’s inauguration on May…

New constitution: 20 states reject LG Autonomy —Imo, 15 others support it

No fewer than 20 states of the federation have rejected autonomy for local governments in the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). In the report of the committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution submitted by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, 20 states voted against local government autonomy while 16 states voted in support. Twenty-four states were needed for local governments to be free from control of state governments. The 20 states that voted against are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Rivers, Taraba,…

Probe Boko Haram’s Arms Source Now – CAN

WHO IS ARMING BOKO HARAM? That’s the critical question still being asked by most people, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).   This crucial question comes with the reoccurring Boko Haram’s successful murderous raids and attacks.  In the wake of last week’s terrorist attack and mass murder in Konduga, Borno State, where 51 men and women were slaughtered by the Islamists in a night assault, this question becomes more cogent.   The insurgents stormed the town in their hundreds, some of them in Army Uniform. They drove in Army Hilux Vans and had an Armoured Personnel carrier (APC) as…

Reject anti-life Laws – Catholic Bishops tell Nigerians

-Wade into ASUU/FG impasse The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria rose from their Second Plenary Meeting at Otukpo, Benue State, Sept. 5-13, with total condemnation of the “continuous attempts by foreign agencies to introduce unwholesome values to our society in their campaign for abortion, supply of condoms and promotion of same-sex unions”. In a communiqué issued at the end of the conference, the prelates appealed to “the good people of Nigeria to also reject such moves lest we stand to lose our faith, cultural identity and pride.  We reiterate our commitment to the sanctity of human life from the very moment…

Insecurity in Nigeria

Sir, Permit me to use this newspaper to call on our governments and leaders to pause and ponder on the rising level of insecurity in our country. It is no longer hidden that the average Nigerian feels terribly unsafe in his own country.  What is happening now was prophesized years ago by men of God and scholars, some of whom are no more.  Several of them were brutally killed or severely punished to silence them because some of the solutions they proffered were unacceptable to those benefitting from the problem. There is no doubt that some top ranking Nigerians are…

RE: ROCHAS OKOROCHA MUST HEAR THIS

I read with amplified interest the story of one Dr. James Madubuonu, said not to be real names, as submitted by one Dr. John Onwukwe on page 3 of The Leader of June 30, 2013, who had tried severally to meet with Owelle Rochas Okorocha on an issue of urgent importance for about two years but was bureaucratically prevented by his aides. This is really very sad especially since the person to be seen is a public servant who should be accessible to people. The situation becomes more sad when considered that the individual seeking to have audience with the…

Jonathan imposes emergency rule on Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.  However, the governors of the affected states are to continue in their constitutional roles.  In a nationwide radio/television broadcast on Tuesday, President Jonathan ordered the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, to deploy more troops to the affected states for more effective internal security operations. The soldiers had been given full orders to take necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to end the impunity of insurgents and terrorists. Full texts of the President’s broadcast on Tuesday, May 14,…