Women in Kano are abandoning their traditional religious dress after a spate of suicide bombings by young girls with explosives under their hijab.The commercial city was hit last month by four separate attacks involving teenage girls in the Muslim dress, leaving at least nine people dead and scores more injured.Although no one has claimed responsibility for the bombings, fingers have been pointed at Boko Haram, the Islamist militants blamed for a string of attacks on the city.
Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians fleeing Islamist militants are searching for sanctuary, say government and international relief officials, the latest fallout from Boko Haram’s campaign to seize the northeast of Africa’s most populous country. Local authorities said Tuesday that in a fresh exodus from violence, hundreds of people continued to flee Gwoza, a town of about 50,000 near Nigeria’s remote border with Cameroon that suspected Boko Haram fighters overran last Wednesday. Boko Haram has made the surrounding Borno state the epicenter of its insurrection against Nigerian soldiers, Christians and—increasingly—civilians who stand in its way.
No fewer than 50 Boko Haram members and over 30 soldiers have been feared killed in encounters around Pilka, Kirawa and Gwoza communities of Borno State in the last one week, a reliable security source has confirmed.It would be recalled that Boko Haram terrorists in a daring move last week captured the strategic town of Gwoza and abducted the new Emir of the town, Alhaji Muhammed Idrisa Timta, who took over from his late father killed by insurgents.
The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, yesterday disclosed that 21 persons,
What would you say to the Founding Fathers who gathered in Philadelphia
NORTHERN delegates to the national conference, on Tuesday, unanimously rejected the draft new constitution introduced by the leadership of the conference, describing it as a move to perfect third term agenda for President Goodluck Jonathan.The delegates, under the umbrella of Northern Delegates Forum (NDF), disowned the draft new constitution and emphatically dissociated themselves from…
By DOM EKPUNOBI, Onitsha No fewer than 40 houses were yesterday burnt by a mob, following a clash between Umusieme village in Nkpor and Ikenga village, Ogidi, both in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State. Daily Sun gathered that about 10 persons sustained bullet wounds, following gunshots in the area. Sources stated that…
Another Nigerian dies of Ebola:ECOWAS official who received Liberian, Patrick Sawyer dies in Lagos of Ebola
Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] has announced the death of one of its staff, Jatto Abdulqudir, who died of the dreaded Ebola virus. “Mr Abdulqudir, a protocol assistant, was among those who assisted the Liberian delegate to a regional meeting Mr Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus Disease at…
In 1894 Lugard visited West Africa for the first time. Employed by the Royal Niger Company, he led an expedition to forestall a French effort to establish a position on the lower Niger River. After a brief tour to Bechuanaland for the British West Charterland Company, he returned to the Niger in 1897 as commissioner for the hinterland of Nigeria and commander of the West African Frontier Force, a military contingent designed to aid the Royal Niger Company in defending its territorial claims.
Delegates of the North rejected yesterday the draft constitution included in the documents presented to them by the leadership of the National Conference.They said after a meeting in Abuja that the draft constitution was meant to legitimise what they described as President Goodluck Jonathan’s third term agenda.While calling on political stakeholders to join in rejecting the draft constitution, the delegates said plans to legalise the “new” constitution through a referendum, as proposed by the leadership of the conference, would not succeed.