No fewer than100 people were at the weekend killed in separate terrorist attacks in Baga and Izge villages of Kukawa and Gwoza Local Government Areas of Borno State.Several others also sustained gunshot injuries and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by suspected members of Boko Haram Islamic sect.Within the last one week, investigation showed that the Boko Haram terrorists had killed over 200 people, inflicted severe injuries to residents and damaged property worth billions of naira in Konduga, Gwoza and Kukawa council areas of the state.This is even as Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima admitted that “the terrorists are much more motivated than the security
Foreign assets of banks in the country fell by 2.4 per cent to N8.68 trillion in November 2013, compared to a decline of 0.3 and 0.35 per cent in October and the corresponding period of 2012, respectively.This development was attributed to the respective decline of 1.5 per cent and 6.4 per cent in the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and banks’ holdings of foreign assets.According to November’s economic report by the CBN, over the level at the end of December 2012, net foreign assets of the banking system fell by 4.0 per cent.The report explained that other assets of the banking system on a month-on-month basis fell by 0.6 per cent to negative N8.04 trillion in November compared to the decline of 4.5 and 0.5 per cent in October and the corresponding period of 2012.
Outspoken Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi has said that a Northern Christian candidate for President under the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) would not work in Nigeria’s 2015 elections. He made the comment while analyzing the political developments in Nigeria in an interview with SaharaTV on Saturday.Northern Christians he said needed to rebuild confidence with other Northerners before they would be taken seriously. Instead of a northern Christian candidate he suggested that a South West Muslim presidential candidate and an amiable Northern Muslim candidate as a combination that would rather guarantee a landslide.“Because the Northern Christians, unfortunately for them, during the 2011 election … all went to Jonathan, they need to build the confidence back for the northerners to show that they believe in being northerners before they will be
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the prayers of various religious groups had brought peace
The incident happened Saturday at Okpara Square, Umuahia, Abia state, the venue of the rally which was designed to officially declare Governor T.A Orji’s Senatorial ambition ahead of the 2015 general election. The deceased who was identified as Mr. John Ndubuka, a planning officer with the Abia State Government House Umuahia as well as a…
Residents of a northeast Nigerian town said Saturday hundreds of them have fled their homes for fear of attacks by Boko Haram militants who killed 43 people this week in a nearby village.About 400 men fled Bama on Friday to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, 35 kilometres (22 miles) away following warnings from residents of Gombale village, where Boko Haram Islamists gathered for a planned attack on Bama, Usman Adam, one of the fleeing residents said.“All able-bodied men, around 400 in all, have fled to Maiduguri after we received warning from Gombale residents across the river that Boko Haram were converging in the town for an impending attack on Bama,” Adam told AFP.Adam said only men are fleeing because they are mostly the victims of Boko Haram attacks as the assailants believe that some men, recruited as members of a vigilante group (or civilian JTF – Joint Task Force), are aligned with the army.“Boko Haram has declared war on the people and they specifically target men because of the involvement of the Civilian JTF in fighting them alongside the military,” he said.Another resident, Ibrahim Kolo, said they took the warning seriously “given what happened in Konduga on Tuesday which we don’t want repeated in Bama”.Heavily armed Islamist extremists in 4X4 trucks attacked a mosque, markets and government buildings in a massive assault on Konduga in the troubled state of Borno on Tuesday.State governor Kashim Shettima said 39 people were killed in the raid, the latest in a series of attacks in Borno.Another four people were killed Tuesday when gunmen opened fire in the village of Wajirko in Borno, the epicentre of a gruesome Islamist rebellion that has killed thousands of people across northern and central Nigeria since 2009.Shettima told reporters at the scene on Wednesday that more than 70 percent of Konduga had been “razed to the ground”.Another 65 people were being treated for burn and gunshot wounds, a hospital source in Maiduguri told AFP.Bama, a major town in Borno state, has been repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram Islamists who raided military and police posts, a prison and government buildings.
Worried by the volume of oil theft in the Niger Delta region, Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has advocated the award of contracts for the protection of pipelines to contractors within the host communities as a way of curbing the scourge. His suggestion came in the wake of revelations that Nigeria has been losing $6 billion (N105 billion) annually to oil theft, a situation which the Federal Government said was undermining the implementation of its transformation programmes. Speaking in Abuja, Governor Uduaghan said one way of eradicating oil theft was to explore the option of awarding contracts for pipeline surveillance to indigenous contractors within the communities to ensure effective protection and collective responsibility by the communities themselves. Uduaghan, who spoke on the occasion of the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) fair and exhibition between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation /Chevron Joint Ventures and the eight Regional Development Committees in Abuja, said government was willing to partner with all stakeholders to arrest the scourge. The Regional Development Committees are known as Egbema-Gbaramatu Central Development Foundation (Delta State), Itsekiri Regional Development Committee (Delta State), Ilaje Regional Development Foundation; Dodo River Regional Development Committee (Bayelsa State), Keffes Regional Development Committee (Bayelsa), Kula Regional Development Foundation (Rivers State), Idama Regional Development Foundation (Rivers State]) and Jisike Regional Development Foundation (Imo State). These development committees work with their communities to produce and implement development plans designed to improve their livelihood.
The Sokoto State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has lamented the rising cases of drug abuse by young girls in the state and advised parents to inculcate sound morals in their children and wards. The command who insisted that routine guidance and monitoring of their children and wards will serve as sure…
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has declared that the Federal Government was waging war against its citizens with the reduction in the monthly allocations to states and local governments. Speaking, yesterday, in Ejigbo, Osun State, at the commencement of a retreat organised for members of the state House of Assembly on the 2014 Budget, Aregbesola stated that “any nation that experiences what Nigeria is currently passing through is in a war situation”. He added that any country that has its revenue reduced by 40 percent consistently