The Department of State Security Service (DSSS) yesterday said it has arrested a lecturer in Arabic and Islamic studies at the Kogi State University, Ayingba, who operates a Boko Haram terror cell in the state. The well-equipped terror cell, from where the university don planned to launch an attack in the state and install sharia law as a form of governance, had well trained instructors, armourer, head of operations, chief courier and foot soldiers, among others. The suspect holds a Masters degree from the University of Jos and a Ph.D in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Kogi State University in 2012 Parading the suspects before newsmen in Abuja, SSS Deputy Director, Media and Public Relations, Marylyn Ogar, said the suspect had held several preaching sessions every last Saturday and Sunday of the month at Ethnosho Secondary School, Ojiolo, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State where he had about 80 adherents.
Terrorists, suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, were said to have launched attacks on farmers, killing nine people and setting ablaze over 20 farms about to be harvested in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State. Konduga is about 40 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital. It had witnessed series of attacks and bombings by the insurgents. The most deadly of the attacks in the last three months was when about 50 worshippers were killed in a mosque during morning prayers. Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune at the Government House in Maiduguri, Alhaji Umar Baganin Laifinka, who accompanied the Caretaker Chairman of Konduga, Alhaji Ali Abbari, to see the deputy governor on the matter lamented the rate at which Boko Haram insurgents are wrecking havoc in communities in Konduga, saying it calls for urgent government intervention.
The Department of State Services, DSS, yesterday, announced the arrest of a university lecturer, Dr. Muhammad Nazeef Yunus, who allegedly acts as Recruitment Co-ordinator of the Boko Haram sect and four other members as they were plotting to launch violent attacks in Igalaland, Kogi State. The DSS which paraded the five suspected members of the terror group in Abuja, said the Spiritual Leader and Recruitment Coordinator of the sect, Dr Muhammad Nazeef Yunus, was until his arrest, an assistant lecturer in the Department of Islamic Studies, Kogi State University, Ayingba in Kogi State. He was also said to be a key member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU currently in a face-off with the Federal Government. The DSS said the don taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at the university. Other alleged members of the sect paraded were Umar Musa, Head of Operations/Instructor; Munzir Mustapha Yusuf, a.k.a Habib, Armourer/Chief courier; Ismail
A leading member of The Patriot, a socio-political group, Professor Ben Nwabueze, has said that without a legal framework and mode of operation,
A Delta State High Court in Effurun has sentenced one Moses Akatugba to death by hanging for robbing a female victim of her cash, GSM handsets and recharge card vouchers. The 24-year-old secondary school student was convicted on a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery. Moses and his accomplice, who died as a result of gunshot injuries was said to have committed the crime at number 30, NNPC Housing Complex Road, Ekpan in Udu Local Government Area of the state, according to the prosecution. The prosecution had also told the court that the convict and his late accomplice, at gun point robbed one Mrs. Akpor Mazino of N113,930.00, three GSM handsets, 54 various denomination of MTN vouchers, 28 Econnet vouchers and 25 GLO vouchers valued over N100,000. The prosecution averred that the offence was contrary to Section 6 (b) and punishable under Section 1(2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Volume 14 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Saharareporters just learned that the Special Enforcement Unit of Federal Inland Revenue Service has arrested shady businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, over a tax fraud that runs into N6.8 billion. Sources within the unit told Saharareporters that Mr. Ibrahim was picked up today and is currently under detention at the offices of the agency. According to one source, “We are investigating a case where Chief Ibrahim, defrauded the federal government to the tune of N6.8 billion. He is in our custody, we intend to take a statement from the suspect under caution”, he added. One of our sources said Mr. Mr. Ibrahim have been evading agents of the unit for some time but disclosed that the eventually caught up with him in his hotel room in NICON Luxury Hotel where he was arrested this afternoon in Abuja. Mr. Ibrahim emerged into national prominence under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, where he was frequently described as an insurance magnate after a questionable sale of the state owned NICON insurance company to Mr. Ibrahim.
President, Ike Ekweremadu, has castigated the Senate, saying its members are only concerned with the sharing of the national cake. He said this on Tuesday during a debate on a bill for an Act seeking the establishment of the National Frontiers Basins Exploration Agency. The bill, which scaled through second reading and was sponsored by Senator Smart Adeyemi, sought to “execute, promote and oversee exploration activities in the inland sedimentary basins and for other related matters.” Ekweremadu said, “You know most times, we spend our time thinking of how to share the national cake and we don’t bother ourselves about how to bake more cakes.” He, however, commended Senator Adeyemi for sponsoring the bill and his colleagues for their support, saying, “I think this is the smartest thing he has done in this Senate.
About 46,000 children in Cross River State have dropped out of school due to various reasons, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Offiong .E. Offiong has said. Offiong said that of the estimated 10 million children whose education had been truncated in the country, Cross River State contributed about 50 percent of the total number. He spoke during an interaction with journalists yesterday in Calabar, the state capital. According to him, the state government was confronted with the challenge of how to identify and mainstream this number of children, a situation that has necessitated the expansion of facilities in the various schools across the state. “The emerging issue that affected the education sector in 2013 is the fact that Nigeria is said to have 10 million out of school children. Out of this number, over 46,000 was credited to Cross River State primary schools,” the commissioner said.
The Niger Delta Renaissance Organization (NDRO), a pro-Jonathan group, has commended Anambra people for honouring the memory of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu by turning out in large numbers last weekend to vote for Chief Willie Obiano, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate during the governorship election in the state. This was even as the Anambra State Chapter of the apex Igbo group Ohanaeze described the election as the best ever conducted in the state. In a press statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Nwokoma Messiah, NDRO observed that regardless of INEC’s refusal to declare Obiano governor-elect, the released results showed that the people of the state demonstrated enough gratitude to the late Ikemba by voting for the candidate that stood election on the platform he bequeathed the Igbos.
The Joint Security Task Force on Tuesday said it had killed two suspected Boko Haram members at Gayawa in Ungoggo Local Government Area of Kano State. This is contained in a statement signed by spokesman of the JTF, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano. The statement stated that the suspects lost their lives during an early morning operation at Gayawa general area. “A further cordon and search operation was conducted this morning at about 6.30 at Gayawa general area. “Two terrorists lost their lives as a result of shootout with troops,” the JTF stated.