Posted: June 21, 2012 – 15:32 President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerian officials exchange greetings in Rio yesterday By SaharaReporters, New York As Nigerians lament the abrupt departure of President Goodluck Jonathan for Brazil in the middle of violence and counter-violence in the North, SaharaReporters has gathered that the Nigerian ruler arrived at his destination with […]
Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerian president, has condemned an attack on a church in northern Nigeria, and has vowed to crush terrorists in his country. At least eight people were killed when a suicide bomber drove a car filled with explosives into the church packed with Sunday worshippers.
Two two more people died later in reprisal attacks. Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports.
Over an hour ago, we got word from sources that a Boko Haram member was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja after his attempt to blow up an Arik Air plane from Maiduguri failed. Stories had it that he had told all the flight passengers to say their last prayers and that his main target were the foreigners on the plane. Unfortunately for him, the bomb somehow didn’t go off as planned.
Yet Minister of Avaiation Stella Oduah Says there;s no truth in that.. Read here tweets… Read the rest of this entry
The change in leadership comes amid growing concerns over Al-Qaeda’s affiliates in the region, particularly in Mali and Nigeria and a deadly attack on a US consulate in Libya linked to Islamist extremists.
Panetta said General David Rodriguez, who served as the deputy American commander in Afghanistan and helped plan the “surge” of additional troops in the war, was well-suited to the post. Read the rest of this entry
Nomadic Muslim herdsmen attacked a Christian village in central Nigeria over long-running land disputes, killing at least 30 people in their latest assault, police said Wednesday.
The attack in Benue state comes as a bomb exploded Wednesday in northeast Nigeria, apparently killing a police officer and sparking reprisal attacks by the military in the region, residents said. Read the rest of this entry
I still feel very angry, depressed and largely pessimistic about this country when I think about how those 4 boys were ruthlessly murdered. I have been hoping for justice for past 6 days, but knowing how my country operates, that’s the best I can probably do – Hope. Nonetheless, I learnt a few things from the whole debacle.
(1) As obvious as it sounds, the Aluu incidence only confirmed that it is very difficult for most people to think clearly when emotions are running high. The Aluu savages were guilty of this, and sadly, many not-so-different supposedly educated and enlightened Nairalanders are equally guilty of this.
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Unidentified gunmen today invaded Dogon Daji community in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state killing at least twenty villagers including those who were leaving a mosque after morning prayers.
The gunmen carried out the brazen attack in the early hours of the day after embarking on a house to house search and shooting and killing people indiscriminately.
Some of their victims were also stabbed to death by the marauders. Read the rest of this entry
Since news of the October 1 overnight attack on Federal Polytechnic, Mubi in Adamawa State, in Northern Nigeria broke out, the same questions ring out: Who are the men who perpetrated the act? For which reason? What will the government do to secure the lives of Nigerians? And, how soon will these victims and thousands of their family members who have been thrown into endless trauma get justice? Read the rest of this entry
At least 20 students have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Mubi, north-eastern Nigeria, a police source has told the BBC.
The attack happened at a student hostel away from the Federal Polytechnic Mubi campus, the source said.
A lecturer told the BBC that more than 40 students had been killed but there has been no official comment.
The reported killing comes days after a major operation against the Boko Haram militant group in the town. Read the rest of this entry
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in New York, United States (U.S.) gave a run down of the steps his administration had taken to win the war against terrorism.
He also condemned what he described as the deliberate denigration of the religious beliefs of others and counselled that freedom of expression should not be taken as a licence for actions, which could lead to violence and disorder in any part of the world.
According to the President, his administration was not helpless in tackling the insecurity caused by the activities of the Boko Haram sect. Read the rest of this entry
Security operatives carried out a successful raid against the sect’s leaders in Kano.
In what appeared to be a significant victory by Nigerian security operatives against the Boko Haram militant group, top commanders of the sect were arrested on Sunday.
Sources in the State Security Service, SSS, say Abu Qaqa, the sect’s spokesman and other top commanders were arrested when the Kano State Joint Task Force, JTF, carried out a sweeping raid on the sect’s hide-outs in Kano.
The Kano JTF has confirmed the raid and the arrests but could not confirm the identity of the arrested Boko-Haram leaders. Read the rest of this entry
As the country struggles to curb the violent activities of the Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, international intelligence agencies have uncovered plans by al-Qaeda, to launch fresh attacks on Nigeria, Ghana and two other African countries. Al-Qaeda, which was founded by the late Osama bin Laden, has launched attacks all over the world.
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A male suicide bomber was on Tuesday ripped apart by his own explosive device in Bauchi, after travelling by public transport for more than 393 km with the device from Yola, Adamawa State. The bomber, now in critical condition at the Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, and closely monitored by security agents, travelled in […]
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The terrorist group have vowed to continue deadly attacks on churches and individuals and have included government buildings in their list of targets. They said the coming weeks will be the deadliest so far! They also said they plan to avenge the killings of Muslims in Jos and Southern Kaduna which happened on […]
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As violence continued in some parts of Kaduna State on Monday and fresh attacks were reported in Damaturu, Yobe State, President Goodluck Jonathan, will depart for Brazil today. Jonathan hss gone to the Brazilian commercial capital city, Rio de Janeiro, to take part in this year’s United Nations’ Earth Summit. While in Rio de Janeiro, […]
JONATHAN READS THE RIOT ACT, DEPLOYS ARMED FORCES TO 7 NORTHERN STATES As president, this is the speech I would have delivered to the Nation and I would have done so without the help of a written document: Fellow Citizens, at sunset yesterday, I authorized our armed forces to begin full deployment to the seven […]
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Culled from Sahara Reporters A new pan-Yoruba group, Apapo Oodua Koya, (AOKOYA) said today that it has “trusted” information that Boko Haram, the dreaded extremist Islamic group, is likely to attack Lagos and Ibadan in the next few days or in the month of July. “Boko Haram thinks the best way to get attention is through […]
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Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, has come under a siege today following heavy gunfire and bomb blasts as soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force on Operation Restore Order engage suspected Boko Haram fighters in a bloody duel. The gun battle began around 5p.m as JTF troops moved to dislodge the deadly sect from the […]
This morning a car loaded with exploive was detonated at Rumuokoro round-about in Port-harcourt. The blast rocked the area,witnesses say one casualty has been confirmed . And no ‘sect’ has claimed responsibility yet. Stay tunned for details……..Note the pic above is not the blast.
News reaching us says two persons are believed to have died.
Information is still scanty about the nature of the blast, the number of injured persons and number of properties destroyed will be updated soon.
The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) has arrested a Yoruba
man, Suleiman Mohammed, who hails from Ogbomosho, Oyo
State and is allegedly operational Commander of the Boko
Haram sect in Kano.
According to THEWILL, an online publication, Mohammed was
detained on Friday alongside his wife and five children after
a raid at Farawa Babbanlayi where the military found
sophisticated weaponry. He has since been flown to Abuja.
Kano State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, who
confirmed the arrest of the sect leader said no shot was
fired during the raid, adding that 1000 rounds of
ammunitions, 10 crates of IEDs, a riffle and 3 pistols were
seized from him.
“The arrest came after a tip off from the public; and
security agencies successfully arrested the top sect leader,
whom we believe to be the operational commander of the
sect in the state,” he said.
Idris further stated that Suleiman is likely to be the person
behind the series of organised deadly attacks in the state,
particularly, the attack on Christian worshippers inside the
BUK campus and the targeted killings of innocent persons in