KANO (AFP) – Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video released Sunday that he led an October 24 attack in which 35 people found in military uniform were killed in the Nigerian city of Damaturu. “Look at what happened in Damaturu (capital of northeastern Yobe state),” the head of the Islamist group said in the video obtained by AFP through the same intermediary as previous clips. “Since we killed them with our hands — in fact I was the commander of the operation — so, you cannot say I’m making conjecture,” he said. The authenticity of the video clip — in which Shekau spoke for about 11 minutes in Arabic, Hausa and Kanuri — could not be independently confirmed.
Thirty innocent souls, including a bridegroom, family members and friends, were killed yesterday in an attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Elsewhere in the troubled North-East of Nigeria, two women were abducted by suspected Boko Haram members along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway in Borno State. Eyewitnesses said victims of the Borno incident were returning from a wedding Fatiha in Michika town when they ran into an ambush laid by Boko Haram along Bama – Banki – Firgi highway. A motorist who claimed to be an eyewitness said: “I travelled on Adamawa – Michika – Bama – Maiduguri road. When we reached a place in the Firgi area, we saw many bodies many of which were riddled with bullets while some were covered in blood having been slaughtered beside the road. My passengers advised we should return to Michika, but I told them God was in control”.
President Goodluck Jonathan at the weekend said he is committed to Nigeria’s unity. The President spoke in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, at the second anniversary thanksgiving day of Governor Seriake Dickson. Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (rtd.), said he focused on keeping Nigeria peaceful and united, despite several distractions. Jonathan spoke at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa. He noted that meaningful development could only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace and stability.
There were indications in Abuja on Friday that a former Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), may reject the offer by the Boko Haram Islamic sec
Retired Bishop of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Lagos-West Diocese, Rt. Rev. Peter Adebiyi, has faulted those who do not want the proposed national conference to lead to Nigeria’s break-up. He said there are several indications that the nationalities in the country are living together under duress. He said this was evident in the high level of religious intolerance being experienced, which was reflected in politics. Adebiyi, who spoke on the state of the nation in Lagos on Saturday, said it would be suicidal for him to walk in some places in the North in his robe without being attacked for being a Christian. He noted that such would not occur, if he goes to the North as a foreigner. He said if he was killed as a foreigner from Yorubaland, there would be diplomatic row but if he was killed as a Nigerian, only his family would bear the loss.
A COLLECTIVE of rent-a-bike operators in Goa, India, has resolved to boycott Nigerians and not accept their business, two days after a mob of Nigerians blocked a national highway and attacked locals and policemen. Spokesperson for the rent-a-bike operators in north Goa, Jalesh Raut, said that they had also put up signs all over Mapusa, a town 12 kms from Panaji, which says “No to drugs and No to Nigerians”. “We have decided not to rent out two wheelers to Nigerians after their attack on locals and police Thursday. They give us good business, but they cannot be beating our own people and policemen,” Raut said.
UMUAHIA-GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia State has approved waiver for employment in the state civil service.
A bridegroom, family members and friends were said to be among 30 persons killed yesterday in an attack by insurgents believed to be members of Boko Haram in Michika local government area of Adamawa State. The victims, eye witnesses said, were returning from a wedding Fatiha in Michika town when they ran into an ambush laid by the insurgents. The incident, it was learnt, happened along Bama- Banki -Firgi highway.One of the eye witnesses, a motorist, told our correspondent, in Maiduguri, Borno State capital ” I travelled on Adamawa- Michika – Bama- Maiduguri road. When we reached a place in the Firgi area, we saw many bodies many of which were riddled with bullets while some were covered in blood having been slaughtered beside the road. My passengers advised we should return to Michika,
NO fewer than 28 persons, who attended the weekly crusade at the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State, lost their lives during a stampede at the end of the ceremony in the early hours of yesterday. The crusade, organized by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obinma for prayers, healing and spiritual retreat, attracts thousands of people, but the one that was held yesterday on the Feast of All Saints turned tragic. An estimated 100,000 worshippers reportedly attended the crusade because, besides coinciding with the Feast of All Saints, it was also the first Saturday of the month. Apart from the dead 25 whose bodies were said to have been deposited at Immaculate Heart Hospital and Maternity, Nkpor and
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has tasked political office holders to be paying greater attention to leading a public service that