I killed my mum for asking for sex with me – Man

A 33-year-old man, Segun Ogunlusi, on Tuesday claimed that he killed his 60-year-old mother for asking for sex with him.

The suspect was arrested by the police following a report by his sister that their mother was missing.

The body was later found in a soak-away in their home, at 16 Oketunde Street, Ogijo in Sagamu local government area of Ogun State?.

The suspect was said to have stabbed the victim to death.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES at the Eleweran Police headquarters, Abeokuta, Mr. Ogunlusi said he committed the crime because the deceased allegedly pestered him for sex.

“She had been on my neck that I should have sex with her, and I see such request as an abomination, so I decided to kill her”, Mr. Ogunlusi said.

He narrated that he used a kitchen knife to kill the woman, burnt the corpse and buried her remains in a disused sewage within the compound.

In a related development, the Ogun State Police Command paraded 23 suspects for various offences ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, land grabbing and stealing.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ilyasu, warned fun seekers to be moderate and respect the laws during the yuletide.

“The command urges all groups/societies or community associations or youth groups to notify the police of any of their activities in order to monitor such and provide adequate security for all and sundry”, Mr. Ilyasu said.

74 Journalists Killed In 2016

At least 74 journalists and other media workers were killed worldwide in 2016.

53 of the victims died as a result of targeted attacks, media watchdog, Reporters without Borders (RSF) said Monday.

RSF Germany director, Christian Mihr, told journalists in Afghanistan that Mexico, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia were countries where media safety and freedom were particularly at risk in 2016.

“Afghanistan is a classic example, even if Germany does not want to hear it, because there are always attempts to portray it as being safe, “the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mihr as saying to journalists.

“This year the number of emergency requests from journalists in Afghanistan, who turned to us to ask for assistance, rose.


“It was clearly compared to the previous year as the state no longer had control in many regions and regional warlords were in charge.”

The remaining 21 journalists died while they were working in areas such as war zones, and five of the total victims were women.


74 journalists killed in 2016

Egypt Mourns 25 Christians Killed In Massive Church Bombing

Egypt’s Coptic community held a funeral service on Monday for 25 Christians killed in a bombing the previous day at a church next to the main cathedral in Cairo — one of the deadliest attacks targeting the country’s religious minority in recent memory.

The bomb went off during Sunday Mass at a chapel adjacent to St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of the ancient Coptic Orthodox church. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

The coffins of the victims were laid in front of the altar, with their names displayed on the side facing the congregation and on the church walls.

Candles and large big crosses made of white roses stood next to the coffins.

The spiritual leader of Egypt’s Orthodox Christians, Pope Tawadros II, led the service. At one point, the visibly distraught pontiff leaned on his staff and quietly prayed in front of the coffins. He had cut short a visit to Greece and flew home on Sunday after the bombing.

“God, protect us and your people from the conspiracies of the evil ones,” prayed the Coptic pope, who venerated the coffins with incense.

Only victims’ relatives were allowed to attend the service at the Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius church in the eastern Cairo suburb of Nasr City. Some of them screamed out in grief or shouted out a victim’s name, while the rest quietly sobbed or sat somberly during the service.

Outside the church, scores scuffled with security forces when they were barred from attending the service. An unspecified number of arrests were made, several witnesses said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they feared for their safety.

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30 Boko Haram Insurgents Killed in Unsuccessful Highway Ambush

As the military offensive continues in the North-east, about 30 suspected members of Boko Haram were believed to have met their waterloo in the hands of Nigerian troops, when they attempted to ambush a convoy of local government officials and travellers along Bama road after Nguro-Soye in Borno State.
Troops from 121 Task Force Battalion, Pulka were escorting local government officials from Pulka to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, when the incident occurred on Saturday morning, according to reports.
The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Gwoza Local Government Area, Hon. Saeed Salisu Sambo, who was in the convoy, disclosed that the terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) and followed it with sporadic gunshots which were immediately repelled by the gallant troops.
The troops were reported to have pursued and overpowered the armed attackers with military precision.
He said: “I must commend the gallantry of the troops led by the patrol commanders of the 121 Battalion, Captain S. Suleiman, and Lt. N. Ayuba.
“The incident happened at about five kilometres into Bama town, at about 10 a.m. on Saturday after leaving Nguro-Soye. The insurgents detonated an IED, followed by sporadic gunshots which were repelled by the soldiers.”
He said six soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries, adding that “more than 30 insurgents were killed by the rocket launcher fired by troops. I vividly saw them running away, as the military engaged them in response”.
The military did not confirm whether soldiers were also killed during the ambush.
However, the soldiers injured during the encounter were rushed to the Brigadier Maimalari Barracks Hospital for medical attention, a source disclosed.
An emergency worker, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed counting the bodies of about 30 terrorists killed after the encounter.
The attack came at a time the Boko Haram insurgents have intensified their fight, resulting in the killing of senior military commanders and several troops in the battlefront.
The new attacks have sent signals of a resurgence of the terrorists, whom the federal government said had been “technically defeated”.
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Tragic: 128 Nigerian police officers killed in three months

The past three months have been deadly for Nigerian police officers as more than one was killed daily by criminals during the period, an official has said.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said 128 police officers lost their lives to activities of criminals in various parts of the country in the past three months. .

Mr. Idris said this in a statement issued by the Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Don Awunah, in Abuja on Wednesday.

“In the past three months, the Force has lost 128 personnel in various parts of the country due to activities of undesirable elements in our communities.

“These line of duty resultant deaths, occasioned by unwarranted attacks by religious bigots, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted,” he said.

Mr. Awunah said also disturbing was the wanton destruction of police infrastructure and public asset.

“The recent cases in Dankamoji Village in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara, Abagana in Anambra, and in Okrika waterways in Rivers where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed are cases in point,” he said.

Mr. Idris was quoted as saying he regretted the loss of these personnel in the course of their national duty. He also condoled with their families.

The police spokesperson said Mr. Idris assured them of the Force’s support to cushion the effects of this irreparable loss.

“The Inspector General urges the officers not to relent or be distracted in our collective will to serve this country, the costly challenges notwithstanding.

He advised Nigerians to continue to render the police the desired support and assistance to enable them to provide adequate security to Nigerians.

155 Killed In Zamfara In Less Than One Month– Governor Yari

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has said that 155 people have been killed by bandits in less than a month in the state.

Mr. Yari disclosed this on Monday in a state-wide broadcast on the security challenges facing the state.

He also said that over 50 persons had been kidnapped during the period.

He explained that 53 people were killed in Shinkafi Local Government Area; 50 in Maru Local Government Area; 37 in Maradun Local Government Area and 15 in Zurmi Local Government Area.

The governor said even though the Federal Government launched a military operation against the bandits in July, the criminals regrouped and returned with vendetta, killing and kidnapping innocent people and demanding large sums of money as ransom.

He said after a meeting with stakeholders in the state on Monday, the state government had set up a Crisis Management Committee comprising security agents, civil servants, legislators and retired security agents.

He said the body was charged with the responsibility of assessing the damages caused by the activities of the hoodlums to enable the government to assist the victims.

Mr. Yari appealed to the federal government to deploy more military personnel to the state to defeat the bandits.

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Philippine Mayor Killed In Police Shootout

Philippine anti-narcotics officers gunned down a town mayor and nine of his men in a clash in one of the bloodiest operations since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown on illegal drugs.

Samsudin Dimaukom, mayor of the southern town of Saudi Ampatuan, was one of more than 150 local government officials, judges and police identified by Duterte earlier this year as being involved in the illegal drug trade.

He ordered them to surrender immediately or be hunted down.

The mayor had turned himself in to police but denied he was involved in the illegal drug trade. He had told the media that he was fighting illegal drugs himself and supported Duterte’s crackdown.

Ahead of the shootout on Friday, police received information that Dimaukom’s group was planning to transport a “huge” amount of methamphetamine from Davao city, Duterte’s hometown, to Maguindanao province, where Saudi Ampatuan is located.

Police spokesman Superintendent Romeo Galgo said Dimaukom and his security personnel opened fire after anti-narcotics police stopped their vehicles at a checkpoint on suspicion they were transporting illegal drugs.

Officers returned fire, killing the men in the town of Makilala, about 950 kilometres south of the capital Manila.

“Suspects [were] heavily armed and fired upon the law enforcers, which prompted them to fire back,” Galgo said.

Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride, reporting from Manila, said no drugs were found when Dimaukom’s compound was searched at an earlier date.

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Two Nigerians Killed In South Africa.

The Nigeria Union in Pretoria has confirmed that two Nigerians residing in South Africa have been killed this month. The Secretary of the union, Mr Adetola Olubajo, told newsmen in Pretoria on Tuesday that the first victim, one Adeniyi Olumoko, a petty trader, was stabbed to death on Oct.7. Olubajo said that Olumoko, 37, an indigene of Ogun, was killed at Marabastard in Pretoria by a South African, who forcefully took the victim’s goods without paying.

He cited witnesses as saying that Olumoko was left bleeding for up to five hours because para-medics could not show up to attend to him. The secretary said that the killing had been reported to the Central Police Station in Pretoria and Nigerian Mission in South Africa. Olubajo said that another Nigerian, Christian Onwukaike, was also shot dead by assailants at Empangeni in the North Coast area of Kwazulu Natal on Oct.16.

He said that reports from the union`s chapter in the province, indicated that the assailants shot the victim from a moving car. The scribe explained that Onwukaike, a native of Awgbu in the Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra, drove himself to the hospital after the shooting and eventually collapsed and died. “Nigeria Union is calling on the Nigerian Mission to demand results of investigations of all murder cases involving Nigerian victims from the South African authority, he pleaded.

Olubajo said that the union was not happy that all murder cases involving Nigerians in South Africa were never resolved. “ We recommend that the consulate officials visit the area immediately in company of some members of the national and provincial executives of the Nigeria Union to speak with the police and the Nigerian community,” he said. A source close to the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa said correspondent that the report of the incidents had been received at the consulate.

14 Fulani herdsmen reportedly hacked to death in Kaduna.

An angry mob attacked Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna State on Monday, killing fourteen people in the process.

“I was returning from Plateau state with eight passengers, all of them Fulani herders,” a commercial bus driver, Adamu Aliyu told PUNCH.

Aliyu said his bus broke down in Kaduna state, so he left it to go and search for a mechanic.

“While I was away, a mob surrounded the vehicle and forcibly brought out the eight passengers. They hacked them to death, dumped them in the vehicle and set it ablaze.

“Another vehicle was also attacked when it stopped to refuel and all the six people were burnt to death along with the car.”

Aliyu said problem ensued in the streets, with soldiers and police finally intervening to contain the carnage.

“When the situation calmed down, I returned to my vehicle and found out that it has been burnt down, with charred remains of the passengers,” Aliyu said.

Jema’a local government chairman Bege Katuka said the area had been thrown into chaos with “indiscriminate” shooting the night before.

“On Saturday suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Godogodo and opened indiscriminate fire on residents,” Katuka said.

“The following day, youths in the area mobilised and blocked the highway, vandalising vehicles and attacking motorists,” Katuka said.

Kaduna state police spokesman Aliyu Usman acknowledged the Godogodo attack and the riot, but said only two people had died in the unrest.

Niger: Dozens Of Soldiers Killed In Refugee Camp Attack

At least 22 soldiers have been killed in Niger after unknown assailants attacked security forces guarding a camp for Malian refugees, according to Prime Minister Brigi Rafini.

The attack on Thursday targeted a camp in the village of Tassalit in Niger’s Tahoua region, around 525km northeast of the capital, Niamey.

“We received information of an attack on the camp in Tassalit. For the moment we are told there are 22 dead, but that is not a total death toll,” Rafini said in comments broadcast on state-run television TeleSahel.

“The death toll could increase.”

The prime minister gave no further information concerning the identities of the attackers, or whether any civilians had been killed or wounded.

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Why I Killed My Sister To Defend Our Family’s Honour

 For two months, over the thunder of machines at the steel mill, the men taunted Mubeen Rajhu about his sister. Even now, they laugh at how easy it was to make him lose his temper.

Some people had seen Tasleem in their Lahore slum with a Christian man. She was 18, a good Muslim girl, out in public with a man. Even though the man had converted to Islam out of love for her, this couldn’t be allowed.

“Some guys got to know that his sister was having a relationship,” says Ali Raza, a co-worker at the mill. “They would say: ‘Can’t you do anything? What is the matter with you? You are not a man.’”

Raza can barely contain a smile as he talks about the hours spent needling Rajhu.

“He used to tell us, ‘If you don’t stop, I will kill myself. Stop!’” Raza says.

He raises his voice to compete with the sounds of the coal-powered mill, and workers blackened by its dust gather to listen. They too smile. A few laugh at the memory of Rajhu’s outbursts.

“The guys here told him, ‘It would be better to kill your sister. It is better than letting her have this relationship,’” Raza says.

Rajhu told them he had bought a pistol, and one day in August he stopped coming to work.

Rajhu discovered that his sister had defied the family and married the Christian. For six days he paced. His rage grew. How could she?

He watched her laughing on the phone, ignoring their mother’s pleas to leave the man.

On the seventh day, he retrieved the pistol from where he had hidden it and walked up to his sister. With one bullet to the head, he killed her.

For generations now in Pakistan, they’ve called it “honor” killing, carried out in the name of a family’s reputation.

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Lagos Resident Killed After Winning Lottery

A 35-year-old man, Ejike Onyejekwe, has been killed in the FESTAC Town area of Lagos State.

It was learnt that the victim, who lived on 21 Road, K Close, FESTAC, was stabbed to death after winning a lot of money from a lottery.

It was also gathered that Onyejekwe, to celebrate the winning, bought drinks for his friends and threw a party last Thursday and Friday.

It was learnt that on Friday evening, he was heard arguing with an unidentified person on the phone.

He allegedly told his friend he was going to see the man, but never returned.

His corpse was allegedly discovered the next day on one of the estates.

A resident, who did not want to be identified, said the chairman of the estate called the attention of residents to the corpse on Saturday.

He said, “I was sipping tea around 7am when I heard the chairman blowing a whistle. I thought it was strange, but my wife called my attention to the surging crowd on the estate.

“I went downstairs and saw the corpse on the road. Like everybody, I was alarmed. We could not tell how the corpse got there or who he was. He had multiple stab injuries in the head. We all resolved that the case should be reported at the FESTAC Police Station.”

It was learnt that some of the victim’s friends later identified him.

The corpse was said to have been deposited in a morgue, while the police arrested and detained the chairman of the estate and his secretary; they were later released.

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Writer Who Shared Cartoon Mocking ISIS Killed Outside Courthouse

A prominent Jordanian writer facing charges for sharing a “blasphemous” anti-ISIS cartoon that outraged Muslim groups was fatally shot in Amman on Sunday, state news agency Petra reported.

Nahed Hattar, a member of the country’s Christian minority, was shot three times outside a courthouse in the capital where charges against him were being heard.
Public Security Department personnel, who were near the scene of the attack, rushed Hattar to a nearby hospital, but he died from his injuries, Petra reported.
The security forces arrested the attacker and an investigation is underway, Petra reported.

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US Says It Killed ISIS Information Minister Al-Fayad

The Pentagon says a US air strike has killed one of so-called Islamic State’s most senior leaders, Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, in Syria.

Also known as “Dr Wa’il”, he was minister of information for IS, and oversaw the production of propaganda videos showing executions.

The Pentagon said the strike had taken place near Raqqa on 7 September.

Fayad was a close associate of IS strategist Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who was killed in an air strike last month.

“The removal of ISIL’s senior leaders degrades its ability to retain territory, and its ability to plan, finance, and direct attacks inside and outside of the region,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, using an alternative name for IS.

“We will continue to work with our coalition partners to build momentum in the campaign to deal ISIL a lasting defeat.”

Mr Cook said Fayad had also been a member of the IS leadership group, the Shura Council.

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Seven Niger Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram

 Seven Niger soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in two separate attacks by Boko Haram Islamists over the past week, the army has said.

The two attacks took place in the southeastern Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, according to a military statement released late on Tuesday.

Five of them were killed in an ambush on Monday morning carried out by “members of the Boko Haram terrorist group” which also left six others wounded.

In an earlier incident on September 8, two soldiers were killed and another two wounded when their patrol vehicle went over “an improvised explosive device”, the statement said.

Earlier this month, five villagers were killed and two others wounded in the same area in another attack by the Nigeria-based jihadist group in the first such incident since early June.

Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead in Nigeria and border areas of neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, and made more than 2.6 million homeless.

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Five Feared Killed As Hausa, Fulani Clash Over A Girl In Lagos

No fewer than five persons were yesterday feared killed and many others injured as some Hausa and Fulani men clash in Lagos

The cause of the fracas in Abbattior/Kara, Agege, was the alleged robbery of some Hausa men by some Fulani boys at a hotel in Kogiri.

The police confirmed the clash but said only one person died in the violence that lasted for many hours.

The area was tension-soaked in spite of the heavy security presence and the deployment of an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

There were many accounts of the incident as recounted by those who claimed to have knowledge of it.

A trader who gave his name as Usman said the Hausa boys complained to their brothers and a complaint was filed before the Seriki Fulani, Bello Damobapa, who allegedly took no action to sanction the boys.

Angered by the alleged silence of the Seriki, the Hausa boys were said to have stormed his palace on Tuesday night and vandalised three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) belonging to him, his deputy and secretary.

By yesterday morning, it was learnt that a crowd of Fulani boys armed with sticks, bottles and cutlasses trooped to the railway lines where Hausa scraps collectors operate and started attacking people.

Usman said: “I usually sleep here but last night something just made me go home and I did. So I came out here around 7am and one woman told me to go back that Hausa and Fulani men were fighting.

“But I crossed to the other side and I saw a large number of Fulani people. They were carrying sticks with which they rear cattle, cutlasses and bottles. They were marching down, attacking anyone in sight

“The retreating Hausa men regrouped and confronted the Fulani group. The Hausa group called their kins from other markets for reinforcement. They came from Katangura, Agege and other markets. They chased the Fulani back into the abattoir complex.

“By that time, the police and soldiers had not come.  When they chased the Fulani people back, the Fulani went into the market and started attacking anyone they saw. They attacked even people who are not Hausa.

Police spokesman Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP) said four persons had been arrested.

She said the fight erupted following the assault of a Hausa girl by a Fulani man.

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Eight Police Killed In Southeast Turkey PKK Bomb Attack

Eight Turkish police officers were killed and 45 more people injured on Friday when a car bomb blamed on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants exploded outside a police building in the southeast of the country.

The bomb attack caused immense damage to the headquarters of the special anti-riot police force in Cizre, with television pictures showing a thick plume of black smoke heading into the sky.

Eight police officers were killed and 45 more people wounded, two of them seriously, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, quoting the local governorate.

Television quoted the health ministry as saying 12 ambulances and two helicopters had been sent to the scene.

Early pictures showed that the police building had been completely gutted by the power of the blast, reduced to a shell surrounded by a pile of rubble.

Adjacent buildings sustained severe damage and some were still on fire, television pictures showed.

Anadolu said the bomb had gone off 50 metres (yards) away from the building at a control post. It said the blast had been carried out by the PKK.

Security forces closed the main road to Cizre from the provincial capital of Sirnak to the north after the attack, Anadolu added.

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11 New Born Babies Killed In Hospital Fire

At least 11 premature babies were killed Wednesday in a fire that tore through one of Baghdad’s largest maternity hospitals, medical and security sources said.

Health ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Rudeini told AFP the blaze at the Yarmouk hospital in west Baghdad was started by an electrical fault.

He added that 29 other infants in Yarmouk “were evacuated to other hospitals in the capital.”

An official at Iraq’s interior ministry confirmed the death toll from the fire, adding that three other babies were being treated for smoke inhalation.

Many of Baghdad’s public hospitals are considered of poor quality, pushing a number of Iraqis to seek private healthcare.

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Former ADC, 3 Others Killed In Fire Outbreak In Jos

Retired ASP Anthony Kwame, former Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to ex-Gov. Fidelis Tapgun of Plateau, was on Monday morning killed in an inferno that gutted his residence in the Jenta-Adamu neighbourhood of Jos.

Also killed along with the retired police officer were his two daughters, Theresa and Kerry, and son, Emmanuel. According to Mr Terna Tyopev, the spokesman of the Plateau Police Command, Kwame’s wife, Charity and his daughter, Evelyn, survived the early morning fire disaster but sustained severe burns. “The deceased were burnt to ashes; what were taken to the mortuary of Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos were just the skeletons,’’ Tyopev told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Monday.

The cause of the fire was not known but neighbours told NAN that the fire started around 1 a.m.

“The fire started around 1 a.m; that is all I am sure of,’’ a neighbour, Tina Fobur, said. The Village Head of Jenta-Adamu, Mr Kabala Bako, whose residence shares a fence with that of the deceased, said that he rushed out of his house when he heard sounds of the fire.

“When Ì rushed out, I called out other neighbours and we tried to put out the fire, but it had already engulfed the entire house and there was nothing we could do about it.

“But we succeeded in making sure that that not so many houses in our area were affected. “In spite of our efforts, some adjacent houses were affected but no life was lost,’’ he said.

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Death Toll Of Military Personnel Killed In Niger By Bandits Rises

The death toll of military personnel killed by suspected gunrunners and bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State, has risen to 12 following the recovery of the dead body of a soldier earlier declared missing.

This came as the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade vowed that the military would not rest until all those involved in the killings were arrested and brought to justice. It will be recalled that one officer, eight soldiers and two Airmen were killed by gun runners and bandits after they were ambushed when troops of 31 Artillery Brigade, under 1 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with Nigeria Air Force detachment on Internal Security Operation, MESA went on quick cordon and search in the affected areas to recover suspected arms and ammunition .

In a statement, General Officer Commanding, GOC, 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade who noted that the situation had been brought under control, insisted on the need to contain the nefarious activities of the gun runners and the armed bandits in the area as “it has direct bearing with the influx of weapons and general insecurity in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory and the North West geo-political zone of the country.

“The same gun runners have been confirmed to be the suppliers of arms to armed robbery gangs that were involved in series of armed robbery attacks along Minna-Bida road and the general environment. The military will continue to deal with any violent threat to our national security. All law abiding citizens are enjoined to go about their lawful duties as the cordon and search operation continues in the general area and if necessary expand to other identified areas to keep our people safe.”

Justifying the invasion of the villages, the GOC said: “If the weapons recovered in the communities had found its way outside the state, a lot of lives would have been lost. Those who are busy criticising and condemning us unjustly don’t even realise how we have saved millions of lives.”


Syrian Migrant Killed By Own Bomb In Germany

A Syrian migrant set off an explosive device near an open-air music festival in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others, authorities said Monday, the third attack to hit the region in a week.

The 27-year-old had spent time in a psychiatric facility, but the authorities said an Islamist motive for the attack on Sunday night in the city of Ansbach appeared “likely”.

Germany is reeling after nine people died in a shopping centre shooting rampage in Munich on Friday and four people were wounded in an axe attack on a train in Wuerzburg on July 18.

All three attacks were in Bavaria, which has been a gateway for tens of thousands of refugees under German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal asylum policy.

Police said the man intended to target the music festival on Sunday but was turned away because he did not have a ticket, and set off the explosive device outside a nearby cafe.

The perpetrator was killed in the blast, police said in a statement, and a spokeswoman said 12 people were wounded, three of them seriously.

“My personal view is that it is very likely that this was a real Islamist suicide attack,” regional interior minister Joachim Herrmann said.

Herrmann added that beyond the heightened security fears, he was worried “the right to asylum would be undermined” by the events of the past week.

Sunday’s explosion happened just outside a cafe in Ansbach city centre, not far from where more than 2,500 people had gathered for the concert, at around 10pm.

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Family Announces Burial Plans For Killed Kubwa Preacher

Eunice Elisha, the Abuja preacher who was murdered over a week ago while conducting morning preaching, will be buried on July 23, her family has said.

Mrs. Elisha, 42, was murdered in the early hours of Saturday, July 9, in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja.

Her sister, Bola Fatuashi, said the burial activities will start with a wake keeping at 5:pm on Friday, July 22, at the New Life Assembly Parish, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Kubwa.

She said lying-in-state will begin at 8: am on Saturday also in Kubwa.

Mrs. Elisha is survived by her aged parents, six siblings, her husband and seven children.

Mrs. Fatuashi had said that due to their aged father’s state of health, they could not relay the news to him.

“We have not told my father, but my mother already knows. My mother is stronger than my aged father. We will all meet at the village, after every thing, then find a way to relay the news to him, in such manner as to prevent another tragedy,” she had said.

The police say they have arrested six suspects in connection to the murder.

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Pregnant Woman Killed Over Debt In Oyo

A textile trader in Gbagi Market, Ibadan, Oyo State, Kudirat Oduola, has been beaten to death by thugs allegedly sent by a co-trader who lent her N2m.

Our correspondent learnt that the deceased, who was three months pregnant, had approached one Oriekun to assist her with the money to buy textile materials.

The deceased’s brother, Abdulahi Asimolowo, said Oduola paid the N2m debt five months after it was borrowed, adding that Oriekun, however, insisted that she would collect N400,000 as interest for five months.

He said, “It is a common practice among traders at Gbagi Market to assist one another with money to buy goods. No interest is usually charged. This was what happened between my sister and Oriekun.

“Oriekun assisted my sister with the sum of N2m, which was refunded after five months. She, however, insisted that she would collect interest on the money for another five months. She said she would collect N400,000 per month. She also threatened the deceased to consider herself a walking corpse if she refused to pay the interest.”

Asimolowo explained that the deceased later agreed to pay the interest when she could no longer cope with Oriekun’s harassment.

“She actually paid some of the interest, but when she could no longer continue, she told Oriekun that she was tired of paying because she could no longer afford it,” he added.

Asimolowo said on May 19, 2016, some thugs were allegedly sent by Oriekun to deal with the deceased for failing to pay the money.

He said, “The thugs beat her up and left her when she collapsed. She lost her pregnancy as a result of the attack and she was rushed to the hospital.

“She was taken to a private hospital at Olodo area, and later transferred to the Police Hospital at Eleyele. From there, she was transferred to the University College Hospital where she died on July 9, 2016.”

It was learnt that Oriekun had been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing.

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Six Killed In Suicide Attack At Mosque In Borno

Six people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Damboa, northeast Nigeria, the army said, in the latest violence to hit the restive region.

Nigerian Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the attack happened at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) in the town of Damboa, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) southwest of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

He blamed the attack on “two Boko Haram terrorists”.

“The first suicide bomber targeted Damboa Central Mosque but due to stringent security measures he could not gain entry. Obviously frustrated, he exploded and died near the central mosque,” he added.

“However, the second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb, killing himself and six other worshippers and injuring one other person.

“The wounded have been evacuated to a hospital while efforts are on to clear the rubble. Troops and other security agencies have been mobilised to the area.”

The attack is the latest against a mosque in northeast Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad region, as part of a campaign of violence by the Islamist group against civilian “soft” targets.

On June 27, two would-be suicide bombers were killed in Maiduguri, as they tried to target an overnight Ramadan vigil at a mosque on the Damboa Road.

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Organizer Of Ankara Suicide Attack Killed

An organiser of a deadly suicide attack in Ankara in February that left at least 28 people dead has been killed in counter-terror operations in Kurdish-majority southeast Turkey, a Turkish official said on Friday.

“Mehmet Sirin Kaya, a mastermind of the February 17 suicide attack against military personnel in Ankara has been killed in counter-terrorism operations in Lice, Diyarbakir,” the official told journalists, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) — a radical splinter group of the better-known Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — claimed the suicide bomb attack in Ankara, saying that it was in response to security operations in the southeast.

Turkey has remained on high alert after a wave of attacks on its soil blamed on not only Kurdish militants but also Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

At least 44 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s international airport on Tuesday, with the government pointing the finger of blame at IS jihadists.

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Hawker Not Killed By BRT, Lagos Clarifies Maryland Incident

The Lagos State Government has clarified the misconception surrounding the unfortunate incident where a street hawker was knocked down by an oncoming truck at Maryland Bus Stop on Wednesday.

The street hawker, who was trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), had attempted to cross the road before being hit by the truck, which was erroneously thought to be a BRT Bus.

As a result, hoodlums armed with sticks and stones, immediately descended on some BRT buses plying the route as at the time of the incident and in the process destroyed several of the BRT buses.

But the Government in a statement signed the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said that contrary to the information being circulated in the social media that the street hawker was hit by a BRT bus, it was a truck belonging to a soft drink company that unfortunately hit the boy. “It wasn’t any of our buses that killed him (hawker), it was a soft drink company truck that unfortunately crushed the boy while he was trying to escape from KAI officers who were on patrol trying to rid the street of street hawkers and traders.

“But hoodlums now took advantage of that to start destroying government assets, including several of the brand new BRT buses,” he said. Ayorinde said it took the intervention of a team from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to quell the riotous scene caused by the hoodlums before the corpse of the boy was taken to the morgue at the General Hospital, Ikeja. The Commissioner said that at least three hoodlums alleged to have been part of the mob that destroyed the BRT buses have been arrested, saying that the law would take its full course.

“The Lagos State Government would like to use this opportunity to further reiterate that it would not relent in ridding the state of illegality, street trading and hawking,” he said. Ayorinde said that Section one of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis, while Sections Seven and Eight of the same law gives jurisdiction and power to the Special Court to order the seizure and public auction of items impounded from street traders.

Section 10 of the law, he said, also prescribes a N5000 fine or three months imprisonment upon conviction. “Street traders are hereby urged to desist from this illegal activity because the government will not be blackmailed and would do that which is necessary.

“And for the miscreants and hoodlums, the Lagos State Government and the Police Command would not allow any act of civil disobedience and those arrested would be dealt with in accordance with the law and further arrests would be made as investigation continues,” he said.

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Suicide Bombers Killed By Own Bombs In Maiduguri

At about midnight on Sunday when Muslim faithfuls were performing the vigil prayers associated with the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, two deafening blasts echoed all over Maiduguri as two suicide bombers on a mission to attack innocent persons got killed by the explosives they wore on their bodies.

It did not occur to many that the blast was from an improvised bomb until much later on Monday when their corpses were found shredded by the bombs they coupled with their hands.

Residents close to the spot where the explosion occurred said they had earlier in the night noticed two strange persons lurking around under the dark shadows of some trees but could not sense that they had sinister motive.

“People thought they were probably going to the mosques nearby for prayers until a heavy sound came some minutes after 1 am,”, Aji Hassan told journalists who visited the neighbourhood to enquire about the blast.

Although the military has yet to issue any statement to that effect, the area has been cordoned off by uniformed personnel.

The incident has created fear in the minds of many residents of the city especially those temporarily residing in the mosque to perform the late night vigil that will continue to hold till the end of the Ramadan.

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Nigeria Bombs Boko Haram Convoy, 15 Terrorists Killed, Many Wounded

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has carried out its first major air campaign under the recently launched ‘Operation Gama-Aiki’ mission, during which 15 Boko Haram insurgents were killed.

The terrorists were killed as an Alpha Jet bombed their convoy in the northern part of Borno state, officials said.

The aerial bombardment came about 72 hours after the air force commissioned despatched six war planes to tackle the deadly Boko Haram sect in the country’s volatile northeast.

NAF’s Operation Gama Aiki, a Hausa-coined nom de guerre which means ‘Finish the Job’, was launched on Friday June 19 with a mission to dislodge remnants of Boko Haram insurgents fleeing Sambisa forest.

The spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, a group captain, said the insurgents were spotted under trees by one of its intelligence planes, King Air A350i, while on surveillance of the insurgency-ravaged mission.

They were immediately bombed, with 15 of them killed and their seven Hilux vans destroyed, Mr. Famuyiwa said.

Some wounded terrorists fled with gunshot wounds, the statement said.

“The casualty figure was confirmed by ground forces who subsequently consolidated on the gains of the air effort to pursue and inflict further casualty on the fleeing wounded members of the terrorist group,” the statement said.

“Troops also confirmed two gun trucks were among vehicles destroyed by the Alpha Jet. Two AK-47 rifles, two RPGs and cache of assorted munitions were recovered.

Boko Haram fighters had two weeks ago recaptured the communities around the border with the Niger Republic from where they had been launching attacks on civilians and security forces.

Group Captain Famuyiwa, who is the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, said the surveillance aircraft was able to send quick signals back to the Alpha Jet which came to attack the Boko Haram location and dislodged their movement towards a ground troop location.

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Eleven Feared Killed Over Cult Clash In Rivers

Some gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group on the early hours of Sunday killed eleven persons in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The cultists visited three communities in the area, Rumuji, Ovogo and Rumuewhuo communities killing the victim who were suspected to be members of the rival cult group in the area.

Some of the victims killed are, Mr. Nature Oti, Ikechi, Onyebuchi Omuruka, Mr. Chima Omuruka, Mr. Lucky Okwakpam, Mr. Nyovele and others.

It was learnt that the gunmen had earlier attacked Rumuji Divisional Police Headquarters, allegedly overpowered the officers on night duty and rescued detainees in the cell.

It was also gathered that the gunmen broke into the armory of the police at Rumuji and made away with guns and ammunitions.

A visit to the area by the Nation showed that there was still uneasy calm at the Police station, although no officer wanted to say a word to the reporter.

But a police source stated that the police station was under a heavy gunfire attack by some bandits last night.

Another hinted our correspondent that seven people were shot dead in Ovogo community, two in Rumuji and two others in Rumuewhuo communities, making the total number of victim to eleven..

Michael said the residents of the three communities are now on the run following the killings.

He said: “The residents of Ovogo community wake up this morning to witness a lot of dead bodies. There was much shooting last night. The entire Ovogo, Rumuewhuo and Rumuji communities have been deserted because of fear.”

When contacted, Rivers State Police spokesman, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Ahmad Muhammad simply said, “There was something like that but no casualties on either sides.”

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Troops Recover Viagra, Other Sex Drugs From Killed Boko Haram Militants

The Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops on Thursday night ambushed and killed some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from the Sambisa forest.

A statement issued by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the terrorists were ambushed at their crossing point along Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road.

It quoted Mr. Usman as saying the troops recovered several items, including arms and ammunition from the terrorists who were fleeing to Alagarno general area.

“Troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, both of 25 Task Force Brigade, staged a deliberate ambush against Boko Haram logistics elements on motorcycles and bicycles.

“The elements were crossing from Sambisa forest to Alagarno general area around Nyaleri yesterday night.

“During the operation, the troops killed two Boko Haram terrorists, wounded several others and recovered some arms, ammunitions and other items.

“Specifically, they recovered one AK-47 Assault rifle, one hand grenade, four AK-47 magazines loaded with ammunition,” the statement said.

He said the troops also recovered assorted food items, sex enhancing drugs such as Viagra, foot wears and bathroom slippers.

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Abacha, Abiola Were Killed By Same ‘Forces’- Al-Mustapha

Former chief security officer (CSO) to the late head of state, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, yesterday defended his late boss, General Sani Abacha, insisting that the late head of state did not loot the nation’s treasury as being reported.

He also described President Muhammadu Buhari as an honest and dedicated person who deeply loved the country.

Speaking with the media in Lagos yesterday, Al-Mustapha said that most of the funds recovered in different parts of the world were kept there by the Abacha government in anticipation of sanctions likely to be imposed on the country by the international community.

Al-Mustapha insisted that a stakeholder meeting took place in Abuja involving traditional rulers, key politicians and senior members of the Abacha cabinet where it was agreed to keep some money abroad so that the country will stay afloat when the expected sanctions eventually came.

“General Sani Abacha served this country for four years and seven months and during that period, he stepped on many toes. Aside the two or three coup plots that were made known to the public, there were several others that were not made known.

“These collaborators with some members of the international community were bent on removing him from office. General Abacha is dead today but those powerful forces are yet to forgive him. While alive, General Abacha’s enemies teamed up with the international community and they threatened to impose sanctions on the country.

“There was a meeting in Abuja where it was agreed that money should be kept outside the shores of the country so that when sanction came, that money will keep Nigeria afloat. Tom Ikimi was the foreign affairs secretary then.

“At that time oil was selling for seven or eight dollars. We took no loan to run the economy and that was when we also created the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF). I was embarrassed while in prison and I heard about what people called ‘Abacha Loot’. I wrote from prison to the late Abacha family to publish and make public whether those monies were in his name, date of lodgements before he became head of state or after he became head of state.

“I was at the meeting where the decision was taken but because all of us could not leave the Villa, I had to go back before the meeting ended. Like I said, Abacha stepped on toes and those people have still not forgiven him even in death.

“You should also remember that Abacha was not traveling out of the country. At the beginning of his administration he did go to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and perhaps one or two other countries and that was in 1994. Most of his travels were within Africa, so how was he able to stash such money outside the shores of the country?

“While as his CSO, the only bank account I had was with the Bank of the North and that was where my salary was paid. I went to the Army to serve my country and not to make money as I came from a well-to-do family,” he said.

Al-Mustapha pleaded with Nigerians to give him time to conclude all the court cases involving him and the federal government, just as he promised to reveal what actually took place on the day the late General Abacha died.

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Why Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members Were Killed- Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army said its troops, alongside other security agencies, acted in self-defence as well as in defence of lives and property of peace-loving Nigerians when it shot dead at least five members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday.

The pro-Biafra activists were killed as they marched to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the declaration of the defunct Biafra Republic by late warlord, Odumegwu Ojukwu.

According to the army, in a statement made available in Enugu by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, eight other members of the separatist organisations were wounded while nine were arrested for due legal actions.

The statement said, “The attention of the general public is hereby drawn to the unwarranted attack that was launched by combined members of the Movement for Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) against the peace loving populace as well as security agencies at about 0415 hours on 30 May 2016.

“This attack was purported to have been orchestrated in order to mar the first anniversary of the present democratic government as part of the activities earmarked to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Biafra.

“Due to the wide spread panic, tension and apprehension that generated from the activities of the MASSOB and IPOB members, security agencies which comprised of detachment of Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, Department of State Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency were compelled to intervene in consonance with constitutional provisions of aid to civil authority where and when such occasion demands. The over arching imperative to ensure a reign of peace, security and stability in this circumstance was most starring.

“However, the MASSOB/IPOB members who had earlier assembled at a school location on Ataa Road near Saint Edmunds’ Catholic Parish Maryland Nkpor-Agu in Anambra State resorted to fierce attack against the intervening security agencies that were carrying out their legitimate mandate.

“The nature of this attack involved brazen employment of various types of fire arms and all sorts of crude weapons, volatile cocktail such as acid and dynamites.

“Instructively, troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army as the lead agency of the security agencies had to invoke the extant Rules of Engagement (ROE) to resort to self defence, protection of the strategic Niger Bridge, prevent re-enforcement of the pro-Biafra members apparently surging ahead from the far side of the strategic Niger Bridge at Onitsha. All these efforts were in order to de-escalate the palpable tension as well as ward off the apparent threats to lives and property in the general area.

“In the aftermath of the fire fight that ensued, many of own troops sustained varying degrees of injury. These injured troops are currently receiving treatment at own medical centre. Similarly, 5 members of MASSOB/IPOB were killed, 8 wounded while 9 were arrested for due legal actions.

The statement said the unfortunate incident notwithstanding, “the 82 Division Nigerian Army wishes to assure all of its professional commitment to the protection of lives and property of the good people of Anambra State and indeed across its entire Area of Responsibility in tandem with the recent directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the Chief of Defence Staff to the Chief of Army Staff to avert occurrences of such unwarranted and uncivilized attacks against the good and law abiding people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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How Shekau’s Bodyguard Killed Boko Haram’s Chief Bomb Maker

The Nigerian Army monday confirmed the death of Boko Haram’s chief bomb maker and a high-ranking terrorist.

This is just as a video was released showing the gruesome scene of how female terrorists are tasked with slaughtering women captives in parts of Sambisa forest in the North-east.

Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, disclosed this in a statement, confirming that the killing of the sect’s bomb maker happened in the early hours of Monday.

Usman said that the suspected chief bomb maker, apart from his high status in the command structure of Boko Haram, was one of their capable hands involved in making improvised explosive devices (IEDs), coming after their chief scientist, called Abu RPG who was killed long ago.

“The chief bomb maker was killed by one of the bodyguards of the Boko Haram terrorist leader, Abubakar Shekau, as he was about to abscond just like several others are doing because of the intensity of Operation Crackdown,” Usman said.
He also disclosed that “one Julelebeeb who was appointed to take over is now completely blind because his two eyes were reportedly shattered by shrapnel in the process of preparing an IED to consolidate his appointment”.

There is no doubt, Usman noted that “this development has dealt a devastating blow on the terrorists’ capacity on IED preparation, suicide bombing and their ability to sustain their criminal acts.”

He said the troops were continuing with the clearance and rescue operations successfully in order to completely clear Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding.

It was also disclosed how the army’s operation in Sambisa forest has uncovered the murderous activities of Boko Haram women fighters with a video showing them slaughtering one of their female captives.
The horrifying video showed a woman who passionately pleaded for her life being beheaded by one of the hardened female terrorists.

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Scores Killed As Terrorists Attack Villages In Taraba (Viewer Discretion)

Terrorists in the guise of  herdsmen yesterday attacked Angai and Ndole villages in Gashak Local Council area of Taraba State, killing several persons.

Following the incident, a large number of the local population has reportedly fled to the neighbouring Cameroun Republic and nearby local council areas.

Though the exact number of casualties are yet to be confirmed by the authority, sources said that no fewer than 44 persons, have been feared killed with several numbers of houses and domestic animals burnt to aches.

Confirming the disaster, the Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji, agreed that there was an attack by the herdsmen, but could not ascertain the numbers of persons killed.

According to him “It is true that there was an attack by the herdsmen, but for now, I don’t have the full details of the crisis, so I can not tell you the number of casualties now.”

See images of the attack below:

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Two Feared Killed As UNIPORT Students Protest Over Tuition

Two students of the University of Port Harcourt were on Monday feared killed during a protest over an alleged policy by the management of the institution that tuition must be paid before they would be allowed to take their first semester examinations.

One of the students identified as Peter Ofurun, who was said to have been hit by a bullet from a policeman, had died instantly.

Another student also hit by a bullet was rushed to the hospital, even as sources claimed that she died on the way to the hospital for treatment.

The UNIPORT students’ protest had halted all academic activities in the institution as they demanded that the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sunday Lale, should address them and also reverse the policy

Ofurun was a student in the Faculty of Management Science before he met his untimely death.

Sources disclosed that the two students were hit by the bullets when policemen opened fire to disperse the protesting students and stop them from occupying the busy East-West road for a long time.

The students’ presence on the East-West had caused a heavy traffic as travellers waited in vain for the students to disperse for them to continue with their journey.

It was gathered that the students had come out from their various hostels at about 4.30am to express their grievances over the stance of the UNIPORT management to stop them from taking their first semester examination over their non-payment of the fees.

An armoured personnel carrier that was moving close to the institution to ensure that calm returned was also trapped in the traffic.

It was gathered that the UNIPORT management has embraced a policy that stopped students, who had yet to pay their school fees, from taking their exams.

Affected students, according to a source, will also be made to carry over the courses.

But the protesting students described the policy as a form of victimisation, adding that the dwindling economy of the nation was affecting them as they were unable to pay their fees immediately.

One of the placards of the protesting students reads, ‘Say No to No School Fees, No Examinations’.

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How Husband Killed Wife Over Inheritance

Late Fatima Ibrahim had closed from her place of work,  Zubairu Pilot Primary school in Dutsinma town where she teaches Basic Science. Passing through her family home, where she exchanged pleasantries with relatives, she retired home at her residence at the Low-Cost Housing Estate. Little did family and friends know that they were saying final farewell to her, as her lifeless body was discovered the next day in bed, with blood trickling from her mouth, and bruises on one side of her face.
The deceased, a 32-year-old mother,  was married to  Umar Manu, a staff of the Federal University Dutsinma, Information and Communication Department, who hails from Zaria, Kaduna State and is the prime suspect in the case. The couple have a three-year-old son.

It was gathered that trouble started for late Fatima when her father, Alhaji Ibrahim Habibu, died in December 2014 and she inherited his wealth. He was until his death a regional manager with a major bank in Sokoto.
According to late Fatima’s uncle and spokesman of the family, Babangida Habibu, since the death of the father, Manu went all-out to get his wife’s share of the inheritance divided among late Alhaji Habibu’s children. He said: “On our part as family, we resolved to do all possible to protect his property, and committee was set up to share the inheritance appropriately, making sure accounts were opened for each and every one, with each share of money lodged within.”
Late Fatima’s uncle said about seven months back, his niece reported her husband’s changing attitude and the family had to intervene, and invited him along with his parents to iron things out. But, Habibu said, after a while she complained again. “It was at this point that she chose to move out to a new place, where he still visits on the pretence of wanting to see his son,” he said.
Habibu said: “Manu had earlier been threatening Fatima for a while, and even on that fateful day he called to ask her to make available N800,000 for him to settle some debts. Mark you, she had always tried to let him know that the money he assumes she had was not in her custody, but he never wanted to hear that.”
Manu, according to Habibu, visited the deceased at her residence on the day the murder was perpetrated, at about 8:30pm, entering in and out of the compound twice before he finally left after 11:00pm. “But the next day, Fatima’s maid met her lifeless body on the bed and raised alarm,” he said, adding that Manu was apprehended and handed over to the police where he has owned up, and confessed to the killing, even narrating how he did it.
According to late Fatima’s uncle, the deceased’s family have said all they want now is for the law to take its course.
State Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Usman, who confirmed the arrest of Manu, said investigation has opened up on the matter.
Late Fatima was born in 1984, and bagged a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.

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Rivers Rerun Polls: How NYSC Member, Samuel Okonta, Was Killed

Details emerged on Tuesday on how a member of the National Youth Service Corps, Mr. Samuel Dumebi Okonta, a graduate of Political Science from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, was murdered in cold blood on Saturday night.

Okonta, who hailed from Illah community in Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, served as the Assistant Presiding Officer (APO II) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)at Ukpeliede Town Hall, Ward 6, Unit 5 in Ahoada West Local Government during the last Saturday’s rerun elections in Rivers State.

It was learnt that the deceased was trailed and killed after he had submitted the election results to the local government office of INEC in Ahoada West.

Okonta’s colleague, Anana Aniekan Udoetor, who narrated what transpired after votes were cast, said he was in the company of the late Okonta departing INEC’s office when his killers tracked them and shot sporadically at them.

Udoetor, who spoke  on the phone, explained that they had concluded their duty and were on their way back to Ukpeliede, when the unfortunate incident occurred.
“I was the APO I, while Okonta was the APO II at the Ukpeliede town hall, Ward 6, Unit 5, we had conducted the elections peacefully without even the presence of security agents.

“We proceeded to the INEC collation centre to submit our results, on reaching there, the environment was tense and supporters of both APC and PDP were charged. We managed to submit our results, but while we were submitting them, there was an alarm of skirmishes, forcing the collation officers to hide under the table,” he disclosed.

Anana said the situation at the INEC local government secretariat seemed unsafe, which prompted him and his late friend to take the risk of travelling back to Ukpeliede.

“We felt that the INEC office was no longer safe, so we then made our way to Ndiama junction and took a taxi to Okode junction. We were supposed to board a (commercial) motorcycle, but we couldn’t get one, so we decided to trek down to Ukpeliede.

“Shortly after, we saw a vehicle coming and we noticed that the head lamps of the vehicle was not on and someone in the vehicle was pointing a torchlight at us.

“We suddenly realised that the vehicle was coming directly towards us and before we knew what was happening, we started hearing gunshots. I ran inside the bush but they kept on shooting. Okonta was killed in the process.
“I stayed in the bush for some minutes and later ran into an uncompleted building which is used as a church,” he said.

When contacted, Samuel’s elder brother, Azuka, could not speak on the death of his sibling, stating that he was on his way to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, to see his late brother’s corpse.

However, his younger brother, Uche, who works as a software engineer in Lagos, said he was still in shock following the news of his brother’s death.
Uche, who is the only younger brother of the deceased, said the late Samuel was an easy-going God-fearing young man, who was often referred to by his friends as a pastor.

“We are nine in number from the same parents, our father died in 1993 and our mother in 2012. I am the last child, while Samuel was my immediate elder brother, he was very calm and easy-going.

“He attended Ugbede Memorial Primary school, Illah; then proceeded to Illah Grammar School and later Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. People usually referred to him as a pastor because of his calm disposition and neat dressing. But he was just an usher in the church,” he said.

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Sisters Had Their Brother Killed For $200K Inheritance

A middle-aged mama’s boy set to be sentenced Monday for murdering his uncle was actually the puppet of a greedy family cabal, a Long Island lawsuit charges.

The children of victim Jonathan Frankowski Sr. claim in the civil suit that their cousin, convicted killer Jonathan Roman, 44, was acting at the direction of his mom, Sandra Roman, and aunt, Annmarie Porter.

The sisters wanted their brother, Frankowski Sr., dead so they could inherit another $100,000 apiece on top of the $200,000 each they were already getting from their late mother’s estate, the documents charge.

Frankowski Sr. had been named executor of their mother’s will after her death in 2013 — and his siblings were furious that he was slow in probating it, his kids say.

“To them, this money is everything,” Frankowski’s daughter, Kim Delany, told The Post on Sunday, referring to her cousin and aunts. “To them, it was a fortune, and they wanted that money as soon as possible.”

Frankowski’s son, John Jr., added of his relatives, “Clearly they’re a bunch of bumbling buffoons.”

“Obviously, had it not been for [our investigation], I truly believe that Jonathan and the rest of the family, in their mind, thought they were going to get away with murder,” he said.

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100 Insurgents Killed, 1,000 Kidnapped Victims Rescued

No fewer than100 Boko Haram insurgents were killed by soldiers who liberated three Borno villages and rescued over 1,000 women and children abducted by the insurgents.

The Caretaker Chairman of Dikwa local government, Alhaji Mohammed Ali Gana  revealed this while briefing the state Deputy governor, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa who visited the area yesterday.

Gana, who said he was briefed by soldiers operating in the area, said the soldiers attacked Boboshe, Garidawaji and Mamawari villages in Dikwa local government at the weekend and destroyed Boko Haram camps, killed about a hundred terrorists before rescuing women and children in their captivity.
He said that the soldiers stormed Boboshe when a large number of Boko Haram insurgents gathered at a weekly market in the village where they were buying and selling, saying, “The soldiers had to pass through Cameroun and entered through Kala Balge before getting to the village.
“The soldiers also attacked and destroyed the insurgents’ camps at Garidawaji and Mamawari villages but Boboshe has been their stronghold in this area. The rescued victims are here in the IDP camp at Dikwa. We are expecting more rescued victims from other parts of the local government soon,” he said.
The Deputy governor,  who said there were 52,636 people in the camp at Dikwa, said Governor Kashim Shettima directed him to visit the camp with a view to decongesting it and directed the immediate return of IDPs from Bama and Marte back to their local government areas.
The state Executive Chairman of SEMA, Engineer Satomi Alhaji Ahmed said the camp in Dikwa was housing IDPs from Dikwa, Ngala, Marte, Kala Balge, Bama and Mafa, saying three trailer loads of food and essential commodities have been brought to the camp to enhance better feeding and condition of the displaced persons.
Meanwhile six more corpses were yesterday recovered from the outskirts of Dalori, one of the three villages attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday evening where 85 people were left dead and many others injured after destroying and burning down over 300 houses.

Husband, 86, Shoots Dead His 81-Year-Old Wife At Private Care Home

An elderly dementia patient was shot dead in her care home by her one-armed husband who was staying with her over Christmas.

Rita King, 81, was gunned down in front of frail residents by spouse Ronald, 86, who mumbled ‘she has had enough’ before pulling the trigger.

According to Daily mail, the couple are understood to be childless and the strain of looking after his
wife had taken its toll on Mr King.

One neighbour said he simply ‘could not cope’, while another said he was ‘under great stress’. Mrs Curtis, who has run the residential home for two years, said: ‘This morning he came towards us with the gun and the woman was shot.’

She put her arm around the man and pleaded for him to drop the weapon.

She said: ‘I put my left arm around him and put his right arm between him and the gun and said ‘please, please give me the gun’, and he let go.’

Mrs Curtis said at first she had not realised the gun was real or if anybody had been injured.

‘He came towards me with the gun, my first thought was that it wasn’t real, but then my next thought was trying to stop him hurting my residents,’ she said.

12 Feared Killed In Rivers As Pirates Ordered Passengers To Jump Into Sea

At least, 12 persons are feared killed following an attack by bandits suspected to be sea pirates.

The sea pirates reportedly operated along the waterways in Kula Community in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The deceased were in four boats when they were attacked by pirates. They reportedly drowned in the sea.

It was gathered that the pirates ordered the occupants of the four boats to jump into the sea.

The four boats were said to have earlier left Kula jetty and moving towards Abonema in Asari-Toru Local Government Area before they met the pirates, who robbed the occupants of their personal belongings before ordering them to jump into the sea at gunpoint.

It was learnt that the incident occurred at about 6.30am on Monday and the hoodlums escaped with the four boats.

“The pirates stopped the passenger boats in the middle of the high sea and the occupants were forced to jump into the sea after being threatened with the gun. The pirates left with the four passenger boats,” a source within Kula said.

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Zakzaky’s Son, Wife, Other Shiite Leaders Killed

No fewer than 20 members of the Shi’ite sect were killed, yesterday, as the military cracked down on the sect for blocking the highways during their public procession in Zaria, Kaduna State. The sect, however, claimed that hundreds of its members were killed by soldiers who stormed three of its locations with heavy military weapons. It was gathered that the  troops engaged members of the sect throughout the night as heavy shootings and sounds of explosions were heard in Gyallesu and Sokoto Road, where Hussainiyya, the spiritual centre of the sect,  is located.

The Nigerian Army and members of the sect have accused each other of instigating attacks that led to the death of members of the movement on Saturday.

While the Army accused the Shiite followers of attempting to assassinate Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Islamic movement said soldiers simply decided to attack “defenceless people”.

The army on its part vowed to put an end to the threats, delays and disruption caused by the group.

Meanwhile, the where about of the leader of the sect,  Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky was unknown as the sect claimed that its members, who were killed, included  the leader of the Kano Centre, Sheikh Muhammad Turi, the son of sect leader, Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife.

In its account of the violent confrontation between it and the military, the sect, in a statement by its spokesman,  Ibrahim Musa said: “Following alleged blockade of the route of the Chief of Army Staff by the members of the Movement, the Nigerian Army brutally descended on armless members of the Movement with heavy military weapons killing indiscriminately.

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Young Mother Killed By Man She Met On Facebook

A Missouri woman was found dead in her home the same night a Facebook friend visited her apartment for the first time,Sha-Rae Bradford, 25, was found dead in her apartment in Ferguson on Saturday. Family members say she was lying on her bed in a pool of blood. Her cause of death is unknown.

Stassie Greer, 20, of Jennings has been charged with 1st degree murder, 1st degree robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action.
Greer arranged to meet the victim for sex in exchange for money at her apartment, according to the probable cause statement from St. Louis County Police.  There was evidence of a sexual encounter found near the victim’s body.

A witness identified Greer as a man entering the victim’s apartment in a photo lineup. Surveillance video also shows Greer entering Bradford’s apartment complex at around 4:50pm. Video shows Greer, attempting to conceal his appearance, leaving her apartment complex at around 5:30pm.

A relative found 25-year-old Sharae Bradford`s nude body face down at around 6pm on her bed Saturday night in her Versailles apartment. The victim was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.
The  medical examiner also found seminal fluid on swabs applied to many parts of the victim’s body.
Investigators from the Major Case Squad have been working on this case. The victim’s phone and rent money was missing from her apartment.  A search warrant was conducted at the Greer’s house and Bradford’s phone was found.
Family members tell FOX 2 that Bradford was an aspiring nurse and mother of a 6-year-old girl. They say they’re glad her daughter wasn’t home when she was killed

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7 Students Killed, 21 Injured In Kano Dormitory Fire

At least seven students died, while 21 others were injured in a night fire at Government Girls Secondary School, Jogana, 20 kilometers from the city of Kano.

Hospital and school officials confirmed the deaths of the seven female students, saying their bodies were deposited at Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital.

A source at the school told reporters the fire occurred at the biggest hostel of the school when the students were sleeping, and that the cause of the fire was still not known.

The Executive Secretary of Secondary Schools Management Board, Husaini Ganduje, also confirmed death of seven students in the fire, saying those who sustained injuries were currently receiving treatment.

A statement Sunday night by Usman Bello, the director of press to the deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar, said the fire had been put under control in the night, and the affected students were rushed to hospital.

“Firemen have quenched the fire that broke out at the hostel of the Government Girls Secondary School Jogana,” the statement said.

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Man Whose Wife Was Killed In Paris Attack Writes Open Letter To ISIS

Hélène Muyal-Leiris?, 35, was one of the 89 innocent people gunned down at the Bataclan concert hall during the Paris attacks on Friday evening. On Monday, her husband, Antoine Leiris, penned a powerful Facebook post addressed to ISIS, entitled “You Will Not Have My Hatred.” ?

In the post (the original of which is in French), Leiris says he will not give the terrorist organization the satisfaction of instilling him with anger and suspicion toward his fellow man. ?

“Friday night, you took an exceptional life — the love of my life, the mother of my son — but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls,” he wrote. “So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred. You’re asking for it, but responding to hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost.” ??

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Man Who Allegedly Killed His Wife Posted Pictures Of Her Dead Body On Facebook

A man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook shot her in self-defense because he lived in fear of her drug abuse, violent tendencies, and even Satan worship, the man’s attorney said Monday.

Defense attorney Saam Zangeneh said Monday that he will seek to introduce evidence that 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso was an avid user of synthetic drugs such as ecstasy, that she battered her husband, and that she was deeply involved in the occult and Satan worship.

Jury selection begins Tuesday for Derek Medina, 33, who faces life in prison if convicted of the August 2013 slaying at the couple’s South Miami home. Medina has been jailed since his arrest.

The case gained national attention because Medina posted the photo of Alfonso’s body on Facebook, admitting in the post that he killed her and would likely go to prison. In later interviews with police, however, he said it was self-defense.

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3 Boko Haram Militants Killed Transporting Bomb

Three militants of the Boko Haram group died on Tuesday when a bomb they were transporting exploded in Niger’s Far East region of Diffa, local sources said.

The bomb exploded when they were about to enter Bosso town, one of the sources told newsmen, adding that the militants were planning to carry out an attack.

On Sunday, 10 people, among them one soldier, five civilians and four suicide bombers, were killed in two separate suicide attacks by Boko Haram in Diffa.

The two bombs targeted a military camp and a Mosque in Diffa, a few days after two Nigerien soldiers were killed in an ambush by the militants in the same region.

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Teachers’ Day: 600 Teachers Killed, 19,000 Displaced By Boko Haram

Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has said over 600 teachers were killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in  the Northeast.

NUT’s National President Michael Olukoya spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday at the celebration of this year’s World Teachers’ Day. He called on federal and state governments to tighten security in schools to prevent further attacks.

Olukoya said 19,000 teachers were among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast ravaged by insurgency.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by a senior NUT official, Samson Akinlade, Olukoya urged the Federal Government to rescue the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents since April 2014.

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No Soldier Was Killed In Abuja Bomb Explosions- Army

The Nigeria Army on Saturday dismissed reports that soldiers were among casualties of Friday’s bomb attacks in Kuje and Nyanya areas of Abuja.

A statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the spokesman of the Nigeria Army Guards Brigade, Bashir Jajira, said all the 17 casualties including the suicide bombers were civilians.

He said all the dead and injured persons in the two attacks executed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents had been taken to the Kuje General Hospital and the National hospital.

“At about 09:30 p.m. last night, two bomb blasts were recorded at Kuje, one near the Kuje Area Council Police Station and the other near the Kuje main market.

“In Nyanya three lives were lost comprising two suicide bombers and one civilian died and three civilians were injured in the bomb explosion.

“In both incidents no casualty was recorded from the military,” Mr. Jajira said.

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Children, Others Killed As Islamic School Building Collapses

A one-storey building belonging to Abu Naib Islamic School on Gero Road in the Bukuru area of Jos South Local Government area of Plateau State, last night collapsed on pupils, killing an unconfirmed number of children.

Although the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) no Sunday confirmed four dead and five injured, sources in the community said the death toll was higher and that the figure was likely to rise considering the degree of the injuries sustained by many of the students.

The pupils, believed to be between the ages of six and eight, were said to be receiving Islamic lectures in the evening when the building collapsed.

Alhaji Danlami Muhammad, who lives in the community, said: “I cannot give details of the casualties right now because we are still trying to rescue the children.”

He said about 40 children were inside the building when it collapsed, adding that “the number could have been higher but for the rainfall that prevented some of the children from attending their Koranic class”.

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Woman Allegedly Killed Her Infant Daughter, Kept Her Body For Months

Christina Colantonio, 28, has been charged with second-degree murder after police found her baby’s dead body in her apartment. It is believed that Colantonio, who was living alone in the Batavia, New York, apartment, killed her daughter shortly after she was born three months ago.

According to The Daily News, police responded to a call from an acquaintance of Colantonio’s reporting a “suspicious condition” at Colantonio’s apartment. “Batavia police detectives were able to determine that the child was born at home and that [Colantonio] kept the deceased infant there for a prolonged period of time,” Detective Sgt. Todd Crossett confirmed at a press conference Sunday night. Colantonio has since been held at a nearby jail without bail.

 Though coroners have not confirmed the official cause of the infant’s death, the Associated Press reports investigators have enough evidence to conclude the death was “intentionally caused.” Colantonio has two other children who were not at the apartment at the time the body was discovered, and neighbors told The Daily News she looked pregnant when she was removed from her home.

Crossett said the officers who discovered the baby’s body are currently being offered counseling: “It’s not something you see on a regular basis.”


Police Officer Killed In Adamawa

A police inspector was shot dead in Adamawa State Tuesday, witnesses and the authorities said. The officer was killed by a local vigilante group for refusing to stop at a checkpoint, while riding a motorcycle.

The military had last week placed a ban on commercial motorcyclists as part of efforts to check insurgency in the state. The vigilante group attacked the officer in Ganye, southern part of the state.

According to a witness, Semsire Ayuba, the inspector, who was not wearing his uniform at the time of the incident, failed to stop when asked by the vigilante group to do so.

“It was after he refused to stop, one of them shot him,” the witness said.

Police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, said he did not have details of the attack, but confirmed receiving the report.

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Many Terrorists Killed As Troops Lay Ambush In Sambisa

Following the sustained air and ground offensive against remnants of Boko Haram terrorists still holed up in bunkers and other hideouts inside Sambisa Forest by airforce fighter aircraft, Nigerian troop’s yesterday succeeded in downing scores of the terrorists who attempted to flee the forest into neighbouring communities.

In this regard, Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, Borno State, on Tuesday evening engaged Boko Haram terrorists fleeing Sambisa forest as unrelenting aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force continued.

According to a statement signed by Acting Director, Army Public relations, Col. Sani Usman, “The fleeing terrorists in 7 Pick-up vans and some motorcycles mounted with assorted weapons such as Rocket Propelled Grenades and Anti-Aircraft Guns were decisively dealt with, killing quite a number of them”.

“The troops also destroyed their vehicles, weapons and motorcycles. They also recovered a vehicle, 1 motorcycle and 2 AK47 riffles and large quantities of 7.62mm NATO and 12.7mm ammunitions”.

“Troops have intensified their patrols and offensive actions against the terrorists in the area” he added.


Texas Policeman Who Killed Black Teen Sacked

A policeman who killed an unarmed black teenager during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership last week has been fired for “making decisions that had catastrophic outcomes”, the city’s police chief said.

Arlington officer Brad Miller, 49, could also face criminal charges once police complete their investigation, Will Johnson, the police chief, said.

Johnson said Miller caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger.

The death of Christian Taylor, 19, came two days before the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Brown’s death helped spur protests and a nationwide “Black Lives Matter” movement to demand reforms to how police treat minorities.

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Haha Killed LOL, Says Facebook Study

I am currently bathing in a study conducted by Facebook’s nosy number-crunchers. Titled “The Not-So-Universal Language of Laughter,” this delightful piece of research looked at the different ways that Facebookers express laughter.

The researchers claim they looked at one week’s posts and comments from May to see whether there was democratic agreement about how to laugh in social media.

Of course, the researchers claim these posts and comments were “de-identified.” There are surely several people who would love to be permanently de-identified, if only Facebook would let them.

Still, one imagines there must have been hundreds of millions of de-identified expressions of laughter. Humans, though, aren’t always imaginative in their self-expression. Indeed, 15 percent of people posted at least one so-called e-laugh. (This is not to be confused with the bell-e-laugh.)

And, what do you know, 51.4 percent of them wrote “haha.”

I sense a slightly cavalier attitude in this result. The scores for “haha” included “hahahaha” and even “haahhhaa.” Ha. Who writes “haahhhaa”? Perhaps it’s an after-midnight, after-seven-vodkas thing.

Still, this essential form was clearly the winner. Next was the laughing emoji. 33.7 percent of people thought themselves too progressive to actually use letters. 13.1 percent favored “hehe,” which I always associated with snickering, rather than laughing.

But the big news for everyone, including the members of the British government, is that “LOL” is laughably rare. A mere 1.9 percent of these Facebookers used this once-admired (by someone, surely) expression. The researchers did say that LOL is still popular in the south. The midwest is very fond of emojis, however.

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Traditional Ruler Arrested Over The Murder of Alhaji Gay

The last has not been heard about the murder of Alhaji Olatunji Rasaq, alias Alaso (aka Alhaji Gay), who was killed few weeks back in Alagbado area of Lagos state. The arrested suspects includes the Baale of Temidire Alagbado, Chief Nojeem Abioye, his son, and nine others.

They were arrested and detained over the weekend, and are still being interrogated at the State Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, SDCII, Yaba.

Alhaji Gay was murdered during a protest by landlords and residents in the community, led by Abioye, over allegations of land grabbing.

The protest was peaceful until Tunji arrived the venue and began to record events on video.

The angry protesters rushed towards him and he ordered his driver to speed off, hitting one Mr. Raheem, alias Denge.

In his defence Chief Abioye told Vanguard: “The community organised the protest because of the activities of Tunji Alaso.

“The purpose of the conference was to create awareness in the area and to tell the world that Tunji has been threatening the peace of the community with his thugs as he was selling off people’s land which were vacant and even those that are under construction.

“It was a peaceful protest until Tunji came and distrupted the protest with his thugs.”

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said 10 suspects, including Chief Abioye, were in Police custody at SDCII, Yaba, adding that investigations were on.

Woman Cuts Neighbour’s Throat During Argument In Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a woman, Helen Okeke, who allegedly killed her neighbour, identified only as Rose, in the Ikota, Ajah area of the state.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Okeke slit Rose’s throat after the duo reportedly had an argument over who poured urine on the latter’s clothes that were spread on the entrance door to her room.
The incident occurred at about 5pm last Wednesday in the Ikota Housing Estate, Ikota Second Gate area.
Rose, who was reportedly preparing for her wedding, had returned from work in the afternoon, and noticed a foul smell on the clothes spread on her door.
It was learnt that the deceased went to the landlady, Alhaja Iyabo Hamzat, to report the matter. The
landlady was said to have pacified her, offering to give her the money to buy some detergent to wash the clothes.
But after some minutes, other neighbours, however, heard Rose’s sudden cry for help in the corridor. The suspect was said to have been found holding the deceased by the neck, with a bloodstained kitchen knife in her hand.
Rose died before she could be rushed to a nearby hospital. The matter was said to have been reported to the Ajah Police Division, Ajiwe, and Okeke was arrested.
When PUNCH Metro visited the apartment on Friday, Alhaja Hamzat said she had served a notice to Okeke, commonly known as Mama Chinedu, on several occasions to pack out of the house, adding that the suspect refused to leave.
She said, “At about 5pm that day, Rose came to my apartment. She said she came to report Iya Chinedu.

“She said when she returned from her workplace, she found her curtain, towel and other clothes drenched with urine. She said she suspected that it was Iya Chinedu who poured the substance on her clothes.

I begged Rose and told her that I would give her money to buy detergent to wash the clothes. She had hardly returned to her room when we heard screams of ‘help help!’ We all rushed there and we saw Rose in a pool of blood with Iya Chinedu holding a bloodstained knife. With shock, we rushed Rose to a hospital, but she died on the way.

Iya Chinedu moved into my house just last year. She moved in with her son. The son later left, saying he was fed up with his mother. I had served her quit notices on several occasions, but she refused to move out.

I went to the police at Ikota to report her, but the policemen there said they would not meddle in landlord-tenants’ affairs.”

Another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told PUNCH Metro that Okeke had been moody before that day.
Another resident in the area, identified only as Blessing, said after Okeke had stabbed her neighbour, some angry youths beat her up.She said

, “Mama Chinedu did not show any remorse at all. Some boys became angry and beat her up. Everyone was shocked, and wanted to find out what offence was committed that made Okeke to stab the young lady.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident.
He added that the matter would be transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, for further investigation.
He said, “The police visited the scene and removed the corpse to a public morgue in Yaba.
“The suspect has also been arrested. She will be transferred to the SDCI after the police have concluded their preliminary investigations.”

Girl Plunges To Her Death While Taking A Selfie On A Bridge In Russia

A 21 year old Russian woman named Anna Krupeynikova fell off a bridge while trying to take a selfie according to local media reports. Anna and some of her friends had been traveling in a bus while sightseeing around Moscow when they stopped at the bridge to take photos. Anna moved away from the group to take a selfie with her camera in front of her, unfortunately the fence she leaned on to take the pic was in bad condition, and gave way. She plunged 40ft to her death. Sad!

45 ISIS Militants Killed By Poison, Dozens Taken To Hospital

Forty-five ISIS Takfiri terrorists have been killed by eating poisoned food in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while dozens of others have been taken to hospital.

A young man from Mosul doctored their iftar prepared for the terrorists with the deadly poison and managed to kill 45 of them and send 100 others to hospital, some of them reportedly in critical condition, Iraqi local sources said on Tuesday.

The incident reportedly occurred in the Wadi Hajar district, located in the southern part of the city, where popular resistant groups have recently formed to retaliate against ISIS atrocities.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Takfiri ISIS militants began their march through Iraqi territory in June 2014. Army soldiers and volunteer fighters have joined forces, and are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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Lord’s Chosen Pastor Shot Dead in Lagos

Unknown gunmen, Monday, shot dead Lagos State Coordinator of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries, Pastor Chukwuemeka Okpokpo, at Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin area of the state.

The gunmen, said to have used a motorcycle, reportedly trailed the deceased from a Diamond Bank branch, where he had gone to withdraw N3 million for the church. They reportedly fired shots into the air, which sent other road users and passers-by scampering for safety.

Reports said Pastor Okpokpo tried to escape when it became obvious that he was the target.
He reportedly slowed down on reaching a bad spot in the road, and the hoodlums shot at the tyres of
the Chosen vehicle he was driving, bringing the vehicle to an abrupt halt.

One of the gunmen then alighted from their motorbike, walked to the vehicle and shot Pastor Okpokpo in the stomach. He was said to have waited to ensure that Okpokpo was no longer breathing before he took the nylon bag containing the money, went back to his two colleagues in the motorbike and they zoomed off.

Fear-stricken residents were said to have rushed to the scene and raised alarm on discovering that the victim was wearing the Lord’s Chosen reflective jacket. Some of them were said to have alerted members of the church, who rushed him to the church’s clinic at Ijesha.

When news of the tragedy filtered in, those who knew him wept uncontrollably, dispelling the report as rumour, while some said he was still in Ogun State, where he had gone to organise a crusade.

Resurrection prayers

Vanguard reports that a prayer session aimed at resurrecting him reportedly held between 12.30p.m. and 8p.m. Some of the church members were, however, of the view that the gunmen could have been hired assassins and not robbers.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Police Command said it had begun investigation into the killing. The command said it was too early to say if it was a case of robbery or assassination.
A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Vanguard:

“We are leaving all avenues open in our investigation.”

Church members thronged Okpokpo’s Iju home to commiserate with his family. The family members hinted that Okpokpo’s body had been taken to his home town in Amizi, Ikwuano Local Government Area of Umuahia of Abia State.

40 Killed In ‘Boko Haram’ Attacks In Borno

At least 42 people were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in attacks on two villages in Biu and Hawul districts of northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, a police officer said on Wednesday,

“We received reports of attacks by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on the two villages in which 42 deaths were recorded,” the officer said from Biu, 180km south of Maiduguri, the state capital.

A Biu resident confirmed the attack on the villages.

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Prostitute Burns Client Alive After He Refused to Pay For ‘Services’ Rendered

A 28-year-old housemaid, who is believed to have started a fire in the flat of a man that resulted in his death, was charged with murder and arson in court on Monday.

The woman is believed to have accompanied the deceased to his flat for paid sex.

The victim, who was in an intoxicated state, died after inhaling smoke.
Z.A., a Bangladeshi, allegedly set a couch in the flat on fire and then closed the door and disposed of the key, taking advantage of the fact that the victim was unconscious.

Z.A. is also accused in the Court of First Instance of prostitution as she is believed to have had sex with the victim’s friend (referred to the Court of Misdemeanours) for Dh1,000.

She also allegedly stole the deceased’s mobile phones and jewellery (two rings and a gold necklace). She is also charged with consuming alcohol without a licence.

An Indian maid, 45, is also on trial on the charge of sexually exploiting Z.A. and another Bangladeshi woman, 25. The latter is facing the charge of working in prostitution.

A police lieutenant said the fire was reported in a flat in Muhaisna 4 in Al Qusais around 11pm on March 3. “The body of the victim, which was in the corridor leading to the bedroom, did not bear any marks of assault,” said the lieutenant.

The police also noticed that the door of the flat was locked, which raised their suspicion that it was arson.

Footages from the building’s CCTV cameras showed the deceased returning to his place around 4pm. “There were two men with him. About one hour later, two women were also spotted entering his flat. Around 7pm, the two men left with one of the women while the other woman stayed with the victim.”

At 10.20pm, the other woman — the defendant — left the victim’s place. “She was caught on camera shutting the door quickly. Few minutes later, smoke began to come out from the flat.”

During interrogation, the two men, who were with the victim earlier, reportedly admitted to visiting him and calling prostitutes.

Z.A. reportedly admitted in the investigation that she had sex with one of the men and stayed with the victim on his request to have sex with him.

She claimed the victim was not sober and that he was upset due to the number of calls she was receiving on her mobile phone. They also reportedly had an argument over sex.

The defendant stole the deceased’s belongings and set his clothes on fire before throwing it on the sofa.

The victim’s belongings were recovered from Z.A.’s place. Khaleejtimes reports.

Nigerian Woman Shot Dead By Her Ex-Boyfriend Outside Target Store In Maryland, USA

A 24 year old woman identified as Marie Shade Adebayo was shot dead 2 DAYS AGO June 1st by a man believed to be her ex-boyfriend outside a Target store in Milestone Center, Montgomery County, Maryland.
Police have arrested 27 year old Donald Wayne Bricker Jr for the murder. According to NBC Washington, witnesses said they saw Shade and Donald involved in some sort of altercation inside a vehicle prior to the shooting. Shade then got out of the vehicle and Donald followed.

Investigators say Donald fired his gun at Shade, striking her. According to police, he then walked up to her and fired again. He then took off in a white Ford Ranger. He was arrested by police an hour
later. A gun was recovered at the scene of the crash, police said.

Petrol Tanker Explodes In Onitsha, 40 Killed (PHOTOS)

No fewer than 40 persons were burnt beyond recognition yesterday at the ever- busy Upper Iweka in Onitsha, Anambra State when a petrol tanker exploded at the Asaba Park axis after a suspected brake failure.

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Fourteen L300 buses loading passengers inside the park and three motorcycles plying the area as at the time of the incident were also burnt. Among those killed in the fire were a  pregnant woman and little babies.

The tragic incident, which occurred at about 2.30p.m. threw residents and travellers in the commercial city of Onitsha into panic. Many wailed uncontrollably at the site of the charred remains  of the victims.

Victims of the accident were mostly drivers and passengers at the park, free readers who thronged the newspaper stands along the park, vendors and hawkers  in the area.

An eye witness, Victor Ugwumadu, said the driver of the petrol-laden tanker was descending the Upper Iweka flyover from the Enugu-Nkpor end of the expressway when the vehicle lost its brakes and the driver divaerted the vehicle into the busy NITEL Lane, where different transport companies load their vehicles before finally hitting the Asaba Park and ramming into the VIP toilet building, killing many people in the process.


Army Reports More Insurgents Killed At Sambisa Forest

The Military said an unconfirmed number of terrorists died this past weekend as additional camps used by terrorists were overran in the continuing offensive operations against the insurgents in Sambisa Forest.

The Dure camp, which is one of the most prominent camps in the forest, witnessed the fiercest battle as the Special Forces descended heavily on it before it finally fell, the armed forces said.

Four of the camps were located in a place called Iza within the forest while three others were noted to be recently established by the terrorists before the assault began. One soldier died from one of the land mine encountered in the operation while two others were also wounded.

The terrorists lost a number of vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft Guns as well as armoured vehicles. Some of the terrorists who escaped from the camps also died as they ran into troops ambush in some escape routes from the forest, Army spokesperson, Major General Chris Oluklade said.

Meanwhile, he said, some of the fleeing terrorists had also engaged in suicide missions at Bitta where they encountered the Nigerian troops across the border.

“The Operation to clear the terrorists in Sambisa and other forests is continuing as troops in all fronts have been alerted to be on the lookout for fleeing terrorists. The Nigerian Air force is maintaining an active air surveillance to track the movement of terrorists for appropriate action as the operation continues.”

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Dozens Feared Killed In Fresh Plateau Violence

Several persons were Sunday night killed in Bat Village of Barkin lad?i? Local Government Area in Plateau state.

A witness, Ngovou Dusu, who claimed all her younger brothers and her sister were killed in the attack, told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that fighting was still ongoing as at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

According to Mrs. Ngovou, who escaped to Jos, several people were killed and properties destroyed.

“As I speak with you, the attackers are still killing people,” she said. “Three of my brothers and my kid sister were killed. My mother survived because she was awa?y?. Several of my neighbors were killed. Security operatives who came to intervene are compounding the situation. They are not allowing our people leave the villages. Even our neighboring villages that the incident has not affected, no one is allowed to leave.”

The spokesperson for the Plateau state Police Command, ?Emmanule ?Abuh , confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.

He, however, said he could not ascertain the casualty rate but security officials were deployed to rescue the situation.

Mr. Abuh also confirmed the killing of several people in Wase Local Government Area of southern Plateau state.

He said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday, but could also not give casualty figure in the Wase attack.

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Ethiopia Mourns Christians Killed By ISIS

Ethiopia began three days of national mourning on Tuesday, with joint Christian and Muslim prayers for more than 20 Ethiopian Christians killed by Islamic State militants in Libya.

The murders have horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation, including from Pope Francis who expressed his “great distress and sadness”.

“They are animals, they are outside of all humanity,” said Tesfaye Wolde, who saw his only brother Balcha Belete executed on a video released by the militants.

“I saw him kneeling, a masked man pointing a gun to my brother and his friend, with a knife to their throats.”

Abune Mathias, the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, called the killings “repugnant”.

“We have a duty to raise our voice to tell the world that the killing of the innocent like animals is completely unacceptable,” he said.

Joint prayers were held along with Muslim leaders, led by Sheikh Mohammed Jemal, head of Ethiopia’s Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, who said the killing of people like “chickens” had no place in Islam.

The IS video released on Sunday, showed militants in Libya holding captives who they described as “followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church”.

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Foreigners Killed In South Africa Amid Zulu King’s Comment

At least five killed in Durban since last week in violence that has left hundreds stranded, unable to return home.

Violence against immigrants in South Africa has killed at least five people since last week in one of the worst outbreak of violence in years against foreigners in years.

Hundreds of migrants mostly from other African countries had been forced out of their homes, authorities told the Associated Press news agency on Tuesday.

Most of the recent unrest occurred in and around the coastal city of Durban, where police said two foreigners and three South Africans were killed.

The dead included a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly shot during looting on Monday night and died at a hospital, police official, Jay Naicker, police spokesperson, said.

About 34 people have been arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and other crimes in the last two days, he said.

“Police are deployed and in high alert in most of the areas where there are foreign nationals,” Naicker said in a statement.

Despite the increased police presence, authorities are hard pressed to stop unrest that recalls similar violence in South Africa in 2008 in which about 60 people died.

In January this year, four people died during a week of looting of foreign-owned shops and other violence in Soweto and other areas of Johannesburg.

Some South Africans have accused immigrants of taking jobs and opportunities away from them.

The latest violence followed reported comments by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, an influential figure among the Zulu ethnic group, that foreigners should “pack their bags” and leave.

Zwelithini has since appealed for an end to the unrest.

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Bus Passengers Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Latest incident to target civilians in the country’s conflict leaves 13 people dead in Wardak province, close to Kabul.

Armed men have killed 13 passengers travelling on a bus towards southern Afghanistan, officials say, the latest attack to target civilians in the country’s conflict.

Tuesday’s killings in Wardak province, which lies close to the capital Kabul, highlighted Afghanistan’s fragile security situation as President Ashraf Ghani holds talks in Washington.

With the spring fighting season about to begin, Ghani has asked the US for “flexibility” as it pulls out its remaining 10,000 troops by the end of 2016.

Ataullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the provincial governor, told AFP a group of armed men opened fire on a bus in Wardak around 1am local time (2030 GMT Monday), killing 13 people including one woman.

The bus was heading for the southern city of Kandahar, once a bastion of the Taliban.

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Two PDP Chieftains Killed

The Police in Benue have confirmed the killing of two chieftains of the Peoples Democtatic Party (PDP) at Gbinde village in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state by gunmen.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Austin Ezeani, said on Thursday in Makurdi that the deceased, Agbatse Tarkighir and Degeh Ayaahemba, were PDP leaders at council level.

Ezeanin said the victims were traveling from Katsina-Ala to Adikpo on Wednesday evening when another vehicle overtook the bus conveying them suddenly opened fire on them, thereby killing the two.

He said two other passengers in the bus, who sustained various degrees of injuries, were receiving treatment at a hospital at Ushongo, while the corpses had been deposited at the general hospital, Adikpo in Kwande Local Government Area.

Ezeani said the motive of the killing had yet to be established, but assured that the police would not rest until the culprits were brought to book. He appealed to the people to desist from all acts of criminality, especially the killing of innocent people. “I appeal to you not to take delight in killing your fellow human beings, even if the police do not get you, remember that you will never escape the wrath of God.

“Remember the commandments of God, especially now that you approach the elections.

“Assist the police to apprehend criminals; those people who commit those atrocities are not spirits, they leave in your vicinities and dwell amongst you, so help us to protect you,” the police spokesman said.

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Uduaghan’s Former ADC Killed In Bauchi

Junior mobile policeman attached to Mopol 10, Bauchi, on Thursday night shot dead the former aide-de-camp to Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, Mr. Chris Ifeanyichukwu Eza.

The yet to be named killer cop turned himself in for arrest at a Bauchi police station after the shooting, THEWILL sources said. Eza was until his death a Squadron Commander in Mopol 10, Bauchi.

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Afghanistan says ISIS Commander Killed in Drone Strike

Country’s intelligence agency says the commander, identified as Mullah Abdul Rauf, was killed along with five others.

Afghan officials have said that a senior commander in the armed ISIS group has been killed in a drone strike in the southern Helmand province.

Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the NDS, put out a statement on Monday saying the commander, identified as Mullah Abdul Rauf, was killed along with five other fighters when a drone-fired missile struck their car.

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14 People Killed in Gombe State Governor’s Convoy

Reports reveal that 14 people were killed in an accident which involved the convoy of Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo on Thursday, January 22.

The victims were burnt beyond recognition in the crash which occurred in the evening, at about 7 pm, along Bauchi/Gombe Federal Highway. The Police spokesperson, DSP Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the accident, in a statement, revealing that three Hummer buses and a motorcycle were gutted by fire.

He disclosed that Police patrol team attached to Alkaleri Division visited the scene, cleared obstruction and evacuated the casualties to Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, he noted.

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36 Non Muslims Killed By Terrorists in Kenya Again

At least 36 quarry workers were killed early Tuesday in northern Kenya by suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia, said Kenyan police.

The killings happened in Mandera County near the border with Somalia and the attackers escaped, said Kenyan police chief David Kimaiyo.

The workers were ambushed at the quarry as they slept, said other police sources, who insisted on anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the press. The gunmen singled out non-Muslims and killed them, said the police. Some were shot dead and others were decapitated, the police officials said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the killings but the attack bears the hallmarks of Somalia’s Islamic militant rebels, al-Shabab. Al-Shabab attacked a bus in Mandera County last week in which 28 non-Muslims were separated from other passengers and shot dead.

The quarry attack came hours after a hotel in Wajir, also in northern Kenya, was hit by a grenade and gunfire attack which killed one person and wounded 13, said police.

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