Following serial killings of people of Igbo descent in Maiduguri Borno State and environs, Igbo traders and businessmen are considering withdrawal of all their businesses from the state. Speaking to Nigerian Tribune on Thursday in Maiduguri, Mr Nnamdi Okereke said they thought the killing was not all about Igbos, but recently they were beginning to […]
The Nigerian intelligence community appears unravelled by the latest maneuverings of the Boko Haram. Sources close to the Nigerian intelligence community reveal there are strong indications that agents of Boko Haram recently dispatched snipers to the North East region of Nigeria – with a changed focus towards targeted killings and/or assassinations of persons considered prized targets.
A member of the Islamic terror group, boko haram residing in Maiduguri that was arrested by the JTF yesterday disclosed that the terror sect have a helicopter.
The sect member claimed the helicopter was brought from Libya after Khadafi was killed and much of his weapons went to Al-Qaida, and he said more was coming from Somalia and Mali.
This is the second time the group is claiming to be having a heavy weapon, it occurred in 2009, when the group claim it’s having a tank which it collected from the Nigerian army.
The main problem is that the helicopter is the same colour with the Nigerian army’s helicopter. The arrested boko haram member claimed the helicopter may soon be used in an operation.
Lt. Col Sagir Musa, spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) said in a terse statement sent to media this evening, that Shuaibu Mohammed Bama had been picked up and is in custody. However he declined to name the national politician.
Islamist sect Boko Haram has its strongest base in Maiduguri. Read the rest of this entry
A powerful explosion has occurred at an area close to the Guest House of the Emir of Zaria in Tukur-Tukur area of Zaria.
Eyewitnesses said a powerful explosion occurred in an area already cordoned off by security agents in the city. Read the rest of this entry
Following serial killings of people of Igbo descent in Maiduguri Borno State and environs, Igbo traders and businessmen are considering withdrawal of all their businesses from the state.
Speaking to Nigerian Tribune on Thursday in Maiduguri, Mr Nnamdi Okereke said they thought the killing was not all about Igbos, but recently they were beginning to have a rethink as the number of Igbos being killed in the state were becoming alarming.
“Last week, six people were killed in Chess Con area in their home and they are all Igbos. If you look around, the locals here are taking over our businesses; they are replacing Igbos in selling of building materials and those gunmen never go there to attack them.
We are thinking that, there is a kind of collaboration between the gunmen and some northern business- men to replace us. But they are forgetting that all the building materials they are selling in the North are coming from our areas,” he explained.
According to Okereke, most of their people had now relocated from Maiduguri, adding that “I will say more than 70 per cent of our people have left. They are now in places like Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa, Kano and Jos in the North. We have been told that we should leave and we thought we are all Nigerians, but even the leadership of this state particularly are only deceiving us, because they are not doing anything to ensure the protection of lives and properties of Igbos.”
He said several Igbos who had contributed to the development of Borno State in particular were killed but not in any case had any leader or government representative sent to commiserate with the families and Igbo community in the state.
“Hundreds of our people have been killed, we are people of peace who have helped in the development of the state; you journalists have been writing but have you ever written that the governor or the Shehu or any big man from this state visited us to condole with or help when our properties have been destroyed by their own children?” Mr Okereke queried.