Again, Boko Haram terrorists killed 100 people in Borno

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

Nigeria Banks’ foreign assets drop by 2.4% in November 2013

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.

Why A Northern Christian Candidate For President Won’t Work By Sheik Ahmad Gumi

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

Horror as Abia governor’s son murders P.A at campaign rally

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…

Boko Haram run hundreds scared out of Nigerian town

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.

Uduaghan advocates community role in pipeline protection.

 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.

Drug Abuse Among Females In Sultan’s Sokoto Worries NDLEA

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…

Nigeria in war situation —Aregbesola

 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