Nationwide security alert over Boko Haram

We ‘re ready for any eventuality –Army FOUR days to the celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir festival, the Federal Government has put all security forces on nationwide security alert. A top security source told Saturday Tribune last night that the charge from the Federal Government was for an inter-agency surveillance and combat readiness for a hitch-free Sallah celebrations. Specifically, it was gathered that security operatives were asked to pay particular attention to prayer grounds, shopping malls, public parks and other relaxation centres across the country during the celebrations. Members of the public were also warned to be careful of wrapped gifts, the sources of which are not known.


Jail term Ex-Italian PM requests to do community service

Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has formally requested to do a year of community service rather than be jailed or put under house arrest following his conviction for tax fraud. The centre-right leader, 77, was sentenced to four years in jail in August, commuted to one, for masterminding a massive tax fraud scheme at his Mediaset television empire. Because of his age, he is considered certain to be allowed to stay out of prison, making either house arrest or community service the most likely ways that he will serve his sentence.


Govt battles to recover €185m Abacha loot

Nigeria has embarked on an international campaign to press Liechtenstein into returning €185m linked to the late military dictator General Sani Abacha, which is still harboured in the tiny principality nearly 14 years after recovery proceedings began. The Federal Government first requested assistance from Liechtenstein in returning the assets in 2000, two years after Gen Abacha’s sudden death paved the way for the return of civilian rule. Criminal investigations and subsequent forfeiture proceedings established that the funds originated from bribes paid by Germany’s Ferrostaal AG to companies whose ultimate beneficiary was Gen Abacha. They related to a grossly inflated contract for the construction of an aluminium smelter, according to a Financial Times report. Liechstenstein’s constitutional court ordered the confiscation of the funds in 2012 and in March 2013 dismissed a final appeal against the order by companies linked to the Abacha family, clearing the way for restitution of the funds.


Military, SSS Capture Top Boko Haram ‘Commanders’ In Kaduna

An impeccable military source has confirmed to SaharaReporters that a combined team of Nigerian soldiers, police, and operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) has rounded up top Boko Haram ‘commanders’ after combing several locations in Kaduna State this week. The source said the captured Boko Haram “commanders” were the brains behind a series of violent attacks carried out in the state in recent weeks. He added that they were caught as they planned to launch new attacks in the town of Kaduna during the Sallah festivities. The military source stated that security operatives recovered extensive incriminating evidence from the captured leaders of the


Defence headquarters dismisses Shekau’s threat in new video

The Defence Headquarters on Thursday dismissed the Boko Haram threat as a desperate attempt by a terror group desperate for publicity. Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen Chris Olukolade, while reacting to the threat to launch more attacks against Nigeria in a new video purportedly posted by the leader of the violent Islamic sect, Abubakar Shekau, said the threats were flimsy and not new. The BBC quoted the person claiming to be Shekau as having said that Boko Haram had seized enough weapons from Nigerian troops to ensure the prosecution of the campaign to foist a brand of Islamic religion on Nigeria. In the audio file said to have been released to trusted journalists, the Boko Haram leader said that non believers of Islamic would be eliminated. It was stated in the report that the voice in the audio file was “distinctly the voice of Abubakar Shekau or a very good impersonation of him.”


Enugu demolishes Mountain of Fire Ministries’ church

The Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA), yesterday demolished the 5, 000-capacity regional headquarter church of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, located along Zik Avenue by P&T Bridge, Uwani in Enugu. Justifying the demolition, Commissioner for ECTDA, Engr. Iyke Ugwegede, said it was done in line with the development control activities of the authority. Ugwegede said the structure is about 2, 100 square metres in size, erected on two plots of land in the area. He described the structure as illegal and unapproved as an application for approval was rejected in March 2012.


25 killed in fresh attacks in Plateau, Nasarawa

NO fewer than 21 people were killed, while four other sustained injuries in the early hours of Thursday, when some group of people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded a village in Barkin-Ladin Local Government Area of Plateau State. Also, suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Wednesday evening, invaded Rijaya-Giwa village in Azara development area of Nasarawa State, killing four persons, with many others left injured. A source close to Kakuk village, where the Plateau incident occurred, said the Fulani herdsmen, numbering about 30, with sophisticated weapon, invaded the village at about 1.00 a.m to rustle cows. According to him, the rampaging Fulani herdsmen stormed the house of one Tsok Gwom and opened fire on the residence, leaving nine members of the family dead and four others injured.


180 Boko Haram insurgents killed by Camerounian soldiers – Military

A fierce gunfight launched against the fundamentalist Islamist group, Boko Haram, by Camerounian soldiers has led to the killing of no fewer than 180 insurgents and two gendarmes around a Nigerian border with Cameroun. It was gathered that during the battle which took place on Tuesday evening, many of the wounded insurgents were also arrested. About 200 rifles, 70 machine guns and heavy military hardware were said to have been recovered from the insurgents by the soldiers. A reliable military source confirmed the development to our correspondent shortly after the the Nigerian Army in Kano State disclosed that it had foiled a plot to bomb Kano during the forthcoming Sallah festival by uncovering a bomb factory in Gezawa Local Government Area.