Cameroon’s military has arrested 40 suspected Boko Haram militants in the north of the country. Soldiers have also sealed off a market where they suspect Boko Haram may be hiding arms for use in the insurgency over the border in Nigeria.“A gendarme [military] raid on the Maroua Central Market has led to the arrests of over 40 people,” a state radio broadcaster announced. “The arrests are in connection with ongoing investigations into the activities of the Boko Haram group in the far north region of the country.”In an interview with the private Danay FM radio station, Maroua businessman Wanika Baba, said many of the arrested were his peers and there is confusion in the community.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday dismissed the six-month old legal move by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to sack five of its governors who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).The court entered the verdict after it voided the service of court processes filed in the case and served on the governors under controversial circumstances.The governors, who got the reprieve are Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa). They had on November 26, 2013 left the PDP for the APC.
A pan Igbo socio-cultural and political organisation, Obigbo, at the weekend,
The umbrella body for youths, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has warned that any attempt to truncate the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan will spell doom for Nigeria. The threat is contained in resolutions reached after the IYC convention on June 22 and June 23, 2014, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, a statement by IYC spokesman, Eric…
Mr. Jonathan mentioned that terrorists take advantage of pastoralism to cause mayhem among communities in the country. Federal officials at the Ministry of Agriculture in Abuja are working on a comprehensive livestock information system that will require all cattle in the country to carry electronic chips, while satellite imagery and remote sensing technology are deployed…
Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, weekend, asked former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) to prevail on past leaders of the country to help curb insurgency rocking the Northern region. Aliyu, who is the chairman, Northern States Governor’s Forum, NSGF, spoke at the maiden convocation of the state-owned Ibrahim Babangida Badamosi University, Lapai,…
Boko Haram insurgents yesterday abducted 60 women out of 91 villagers kidnapped in Kumanza, Yaga and Dagu villages in Damboa local government area of Borno State.The abduction, according to local vigilance officials, took place between Thursday last week and Sunday. Chairman, Sector 5 of the local vigilance group, Abb Aji Khalil, also said that four villagers were killed while attempting to escape from their abductors Khalil, who spoke on phone yesterday said: “Some suspected Boko Haram members invaded Kumanza,Yaga and Dagu villages and kidnapped 91 persons.
Boko Haram has demanded the release of 70 of its members in detention as a condition to free the Chibok girls, it emerged yesterday.The sect is also asking the government to give amnesty to its members. A lawyer close to the armed group, Hajiya Aisha Wakil, told AlJazeera English that the sect said only when these conditions are met would it release the abducted girls.No fewer than 276 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State on April 15. The Boko Haram leaders deceived the girls that they were soldiers who came to protect them from attack.
Six persons have been reportedly killed in three separate attacks in southern Kaduna. Two of the victims were said to have been killed during a violence that erupted at Fadan- Chawai in Kauru Local government Area, following the appointment of a new Chief for the Chawai people by the government.The others were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen in two villages. Police spokesman Aminu Lawan said he was not aware of the incidents.Property worth millions of naira were reportedly destroyed by rampaging youths in the chiefdom crisis.
President Goodluck Jonathan said Monday that criminals masquerading as pastoralists has waged war against the country while activities of insurgents seriously over stretched the nation’s security and adversely affected the nation’s economic growth.The President who spoke in Kaduna at the opening of an International Conference on security and development challenges of pastoralists in West and Central Africa said that all stakeholders in the country must rise to the occasion and work for the peace and stability of the country rather than resort to violence.Represented by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, the President said that the resilience of the pastoralists has ensure that the plan by those he regarded as enemies of the state does not come to pass, adding that the objective of those fighting against the nation has not materialised owing to resilience by the pastoralists and if that