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I owe Nigerians victory over Boko Haram –Jonathan

By Michael Olugbode
About 27 persons were feared killed in Sabon Gari village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, following the invasion of the village by members of the Boko Haram sect.
Sources said the latest attack, which took place at about 6p.m. on Tuesday, left about 20 innocent civilians dead, while seven others were killed while trying to bury their dead yesterday.
This happened as the terrorist group murdered another nine civilians in Askira-Uba Local Government Area of the state, when the terrorist group launched an attack on Huyim village yesterday.
Two days ago, some suspected members of the terrorists group had attacked the neighbouring Mandafuma village in Biu Local Government Area of the state, injuring one person, while property worth millions of naira were destroyed.
In what seemed like a serial attack on the southern part of the troubled state, the terrorists also blew off the main bridge linking Maiduguri-Damboa-Madafuma- Biu Road at the weekend.
It was gathered that the terrorists, who had retreated on Tuesday, regrouped and launched another attack on Sabon Gari, killing those that had gone to the cemetery to bury the dead.
Fleeing residents disclosed that many people were seriously injured during the attack, while property worth millions of naira were equally destroyed.
Sabon Gari is about 40 kilometres drive from Biu in southern Borno, and 145 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.
The attack, which was the second in two days, occurred barely 12 days after the deadly attack on Damboa town where a Commanding Officer of 195 Battalion and the Divisional Police Officer, 16 soldiers and six policemen alongside several terrorists lost their lives, a situation that led to the withdrawal of military troops from Sabon Gari village.
A relative of one of those killed in the attack, Mallam Iliyasu Ibrahim, told THISDAY that his cousin, (name withheld) was among those killed by the terrorists on Tuesday.
Ibrahim also revealed that two of his sisters were still missing after the attack, but however prayed to God for them to be rescued.
He added that already, the village was deserted as people had fled for safety of their lives, and no security operatives were deployed to restore normalcy.
Effort to get confirmation from the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jubrin, yesterday yield no result, but a top security source who was not allowed to speak to the press confirmed the incident, saying ” more than 20 people were killed on Tuesday and Wednesday twin attacks on Sabon Gari village by suspected terrorists”.
A local vigilante told journalists yesterday that, “The Boko Haram members attacked Dille and killed 45 persons.

“ Another nine villagers  were killed in Huyim Village yesterday after the Boko Haram terrorists killed the village head of Dille,  burnt many houses, Churches  and left many others seriously injured.


The terrorists had invaded the mainly Christian community shooting at any possible target.

Biafra Galaxy

Boko Haram Kills 36 in Borno Attacks

By Michael Olugbode
About 27 persons were feared killed in Sabon Gari village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, following the invasion of the village by members of the Boko Haram sect.
Sources said the latest attack, which took place at about 6p.m. on Tuesday, left about 20 innocent civilians dead, while seven others were killed while trying to bury their dead yesterday.
This happened as the terrorist group murdered another nine civilians in Askira-Uba Local Government Area of the state, when the terrorist group launched an attack on Huyim village yesterday.
Two days ago, some suspected members of the terrorists group had attacked the neighbouring Mandafuma village in Biu Local Government Area of the state, injuring one person, while property worth millions of naira were destroyed.
In what seemed like a serial attack on the southern part of the troubled state, the terrorists also blew off the main bridge linking Maiduguri-Damboa-Madafuma- Biu Road at the weekend.
It was gathered that the terrorists, who had retreated on Tuesday, regrouped and launched another attack on Sabon Gari, killing those that had gone to the cemetery to bury the dead.
Fleeing residents disclosed that many people were seriously injured during the attack, while property worth millions of naira were equally destroyed.
Sabon Gari is about 40 kilometres drive from Biu in southern Borno, and 145 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.
The attack, which was the second in two days, occurred barely 12 days after the deadly attack on Damboa town where a Commanding Officer of 195 Battalion and the Divisional Police Officer, 16 soldiers and six policemen alongside several terrorists lost their lives, a situation that led to the withdrawal of military troops from Sabon Gari village.
A relative of one of those killed in the attack, Mallam Iliyasu Ibrahim, told THISDAY that his cousin, (name withheld) was among those killed by the terrorists on Tuesday.
Ibrahim also revealed that two of his sisters were still missing after the attack, but however prayed to God for them to be rescued.
He added that already, the village was deserted as people had fled for safety of their lives, and no security operatives were deployed to restore normalcy.
Effort to get confirmation from the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jubrin, yesterday yield no result, but a top security source who was not allowed to speak to the press confirmed the incident, saying ” more than 20 people were killed on Tuesday and Wednesday twin attacks on Sabon Gari village by suspected terrorists”.
A local vigilante told journalists yesterday that, “The Boko Haram members attacked Dille and killed 45 persons.

“ Another nine villagers  were killed in Huyim Village yesterday after the Boko Haram terrorists killed the village head of Dille,  burnt many houses, Churches  and left many others seriously injured.


The terrorists had invaded the mainly Christian community shooting at any possible target.

Biafra Galaxy

Gunmen abduct Bayelsa commissioner’s 77-yr-old mother

The incident, the latest in the series of high profile kidnappings in the predominantly riverine state, occurred 14 days after the abduction of the mother‑in‑law of the Bayelsa State Speaker in the creeks of Southern Ijaw council area.
This is said to have caused panic among political office holders in the state, many of whom have resorted to relocating their parents to Yenagoa, the state capital, from the hinterland.
It was learnt that the victim, identified as Madam Patimi Akene, was seized about midnight, Saturday, and whisked away by six armed men, who stormed her country home through the waterfront at the riverside town of Fonibiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
The victim was said to be returning from a night vigil when she was seized by the gunmen who have since contacted her son, demanding his resignation from the State Executive Council as condition for her release.
Speaking on the development, Akene said his mother was seized by the gunmen without firing a shot, adding that they would have been in the dark but for her grand-daughter staying with her, who witnessed the incident.
He said: “My mother was in company of one of her grand-daughters when the armed men arrived at about midnight and took her away through the creeks towards the direction of the ocean.”
According to him, shouts of the mother for help was cut short by the gunmen with a threat to kill her and her grand daughter.
“Preliminary investigations from the movement of the gunmen showed that they knew her and had been stalking her. They decided to take her quietly to avoid alarm,” Akene said
He also confirmed that the armed men contacted him Sunday evening, demanding his resignation from the cabinet of Governor Seriake Dickson as commissioner.
His words: “Someone that I suspected to be one of the kidnappers called me and said they don’t need my money, but that I should withdraw from the present administration as commissioner. I think what they are demanding is for me to resign my appointment.
“I think the people interested in my job as commissioner in the state are the ones behind the abduction of my mother.”
Contacted on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident, saying they have mobilised policemen to comb the waterways and creeks of the state.
“The terrain is very difficult but we are working hard with a view to identifying the location of the victim and rescue her,” he said.

Biafra Galaxy

Shot Abia Commissioner dies

By CHUKS ONUOHA, Umuahia
The Abia State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Ken Nwosu, who was shot last week by gunmen while on his way to his country home is dead.
He died after medical doctors battled in vain to save his life for the five days he was in the hospital. Dr Nwosu, a   former executive director at the National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike, near Umuahia, retired from service and was made the commissioner for Agriculture in Abia State. He was sworn in as a commissioner in September,  2013 but was shot last Wednesday night on his way home after the day’s job.
He  was rushed to the State Specialist and Diagnostic Hospital in Umuahia, where the Chief Medical Director, Professor Augustus Mbanaso, led a team of doctors to save his life to no avail.

Biafra Galaxy

National conference deadlock S-South leaders insist on true federalism

PROMINENT leaders and stakeholders in the South-South, yesterday, called on delegates from the region at the national conference to walk out on the next sitting if the confab was not ready to adapt to true federalism by allowing the regions to control their resources.

Reacting to Monday’s deadlock at the confab over derivation votes, they insisted  that the North cannot dictate to the rest of the country and rejected the 18 per cent derivation being proposed for mineral producing areas.
The leaders also ruled out the suggestion of five per cent derivation for the reconstruction of states in the northern region ravaged by insurgency and internal conflicts, saying it was a non-issue.

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Theophilus Danjuma Terrorists having upper hand

Former Defence Minister, Lt General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd.), yesterday, lamented that insurgents appear to be having an upper hand in the country at the moment and tasked President Goodluck Jonathan to bring the insurgency to an end.

President Jonathan, on his part, is seeking approval of the National Assembly for a $1billion loan to enable him fight terrorism, saying that the days of terrorists are numbered.

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The Muslim Rights Concern Stop persecuting Muslims in south-east

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has denounced the constant raids on mosques which have become recurring decimal in the South Eastern part of Nigeria and called on the Nigerian security agencies to stop coercing Northerners and Muslims resident in the South-East.

According to MURIC’s Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola said the unfolding pattern reveals overzealousness on the part of Easterners and the security operatives based in the South-East. “Flimsy excuses are being used to persecute Muslims and Northerners resident in their midst. Men of the Nigerian Army on Monday

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