Woman Kills Husband In Quarrel Over N200 Soup Money

A young housewife in Sabon Gari, Zaria, is being accused of stabbing her husband to death in the heat of an argument over N200 meant for soup ingredients.

The lady, Zainab Hamisu, who was residing with her late husband, Suleiman Abubakar, 25, was alleged to have committed the act after Abubakar had demanded an explanation on her failure to cook for the family.

An elder brother of the deceased, Isa Abubakar, said: “At 9am of last week Thursday, I was called and told that Zainab had stabbed Suleiman and his intestines were out.

I rushed to the house and met him writhing in pain. We rushed to Major Abdullahi Memorial Hospital, but the doctor insisted that we must inform the police first since it was not an accident. I called the police and they arrested her.”

Abubakar said it was the deceased, before he died three days after the stabbing incident, that told them what transpired between him and his wife.

“He said he gave her N200 to buy soup ingredients to cook

for them. But when he asked for his food, she told him that she had used the N200 to pay her tailor for the clothe he sewed for her. My brother told her that food was more important than dress. The argument became heated and she found a kitchen knife and stabbed him,” Abubakar said. Zainab’s grandfather, Sama’una Maikaji, said they were disturbed by their daughter’s act, saying that the marriage was just about 14 months old.

The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman, did not pick his calls, but a police source said Zainab was in police custody with her 30-day-old baby.

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Petrol Tanker Explosion Kills 14 In Niger State

A petrol tanker skidded off the road and exploded in central Nigeria, killing at least 14 people on Friday, witnesses told AFP.

They said eight houses were razed following the accident which happened around 8:00 am (0700GMT) in the transit town of Tegina in Niger state.

“We buried 14 people including a six-month-old baby who died in the tanker explosion this morning,” said Muhammad Sani who took part in the rescue operation.
Eight more victims were taken to hospital with burns, two of them in “very critical condition” while eight homes were burnt in the inferno, said another resident Abdullahi Egiworo.

A spokesman for Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state confirmed the accident, but refused to give casualty figures.

“We received reports of an accident involving a petrol tanker in Tegina this morning but we are still awaiting details,” Bitrus Max told AFP.

He said emergency officials were heading to the scene to assist in the evacuation of victims.

Accidents involving petrol tankers happen frequently on Nigeria’s poorly maintained roads because of speeding and disregard for traffic rules.

Last month, three people were killed when a petrol tanker collided with a trailer and exploded on a road linking Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos with the rest of the country.




Strange Ailment Kills Female Corps Member In Bayelsa

A female Member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Miss ?Elechi Chiyerum was on Wednesday confirmed dead after a strange ailment which caused her to bleed and vomit for few hours after arrival at the State orientation camp at Kaima community of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government area of the State.

Miss Chiyerum, who is a 27 years old? graduate of the Ignatius Azuru University of Education, Port Harcourt in Rivers State, was confirmed dead at about 9pm on Tuesday night five days after arriving camp.

Some corps members claimed the deceased on arrival, at the camp on Thursday, was looking “terribly” sick and could not participate in some opening sessions at the camp.

Some officials of the NYSC claimed that this is a case of “non-disclosure” of state of health by a Corps member. It was gathered that a search on her hostel section showed signs of excessive bleeding with clothing and sanitary pads soaked in blood.

It was gathered that the deceased corps member reportedly relapsed into ill health and was rushed to the sick bay of the camp at about 8pm.

According to sources,” the doctor at the NYSC camp clinic immediately referred her to the State owned Diette-Koki Memorial hospital in Opolo area of the State capital where she was confirmed dead.

It was also gathered that though the untimely death of the Female Corps members casted a gloomy and sad atmosphere on the camp, the State Director, Mr. Ekeocha Anthony addressed corps members and assure them of their safety.

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Six Detained After Turkish Dormitory Fire Kills Schoolgirls

Authorities in southern Turkey, detained six people on Wednesday over a fire in a dormitory that killed 11 schoolgirls and one other person, the state-agency said.

Flames swept through the mostly wooden interior of the two-storey dormitory in the town of Aladag late on Tuesday, causing the roof to collapse.

European Affairs Minister Omer Celik, a ruling AK Party lawmaker who represents the surrounding province in the national parliament, said the suspected cause was an electrical fault.

But the opposition complained of lax regulation and criticised an education policy that has seen a growing number of such dormitories set up to house poor students from villages where there are no state schools.

Local media said the dormitory was run by one of the several religious movements in Turkey that operate such facilities. Elif Dogan Turkmen, a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party, said she had unsuccessfully tabled several proposals in parliament to improve the inspection and supervision of such buildings.

“The AKP has abandoned all state authority on education to religious movements and cults,” Turkmen told Reuters. “They throw children from poor families into the lap of cults by not building dormitories themselves.”

Local mayor Huseyin Sozlu was quoted by the Hurriyet newspaper as saying the door to a fire escape was shut, trapping some of the victims inside. But Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak denied that was the case.

“The initial information passed on from investigators and our prosecutor suggests there was no lock on the door,” he said.

Kaynak rejected claims of insufficient inspections, saying the building had been audited in June as well as last year and that it had the necessary license.

The fire began on the ground floor but quickly spread through wooden fixtures and carpets, according to a CNN Turk correspondent who said children had smashed windows on the upper floor as they tried to escape.

Twenty-four people, many of them schoolgirls, were injured. One of the people detained was the dormitory manager.

Such incidents are not uncommon in Turkey. In 2008, an explosion triggered by a gas leak in a religious preparatory school in the central province of Konya killed 18 girls and wounded 29. Charges were brought against the dormitory manager and other officials but the case is ongoing.

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Child Cancer Survivor Kills Herself Over Bullying

The relentless bullying became too much to handle for an 11-year-old girl with a “crooked” smile, her mother said.

At 3 years old, Bethany Thompson was diagnosed with a brain tumor and battled through radiation treatments. Though cancer-free since 2008, treatment caused nerve damage that changed Bethany’s smile. That, and her curly hair, led to bullying, said Bethany’s mother, Wendy Feucht.
Feucht said after a particularly tough Wednesday with bullies, Bethany told her best friend she couldn’t take it anymore, and was going to take her own life.
The Cable, Ohio, sixth grader killed herself that afternoon, October 19.
Her friend’s father called Bethany’s mom, but it was too late. Bethany found a gun kept in the house, and shot herself one time, police said.
Her stepfather was asleep in another room.
Feucht said Bethany would have had to go searching for a weapon, as she and her husband never told their children where they were and kept the guns out of sight.
“There’s a piece missing, I’ve had this constant in my life for 12 years and now it’s gone,” Feucht said. “Nothing’s going to be able to fill that hole.”
“She was my princess, that’s my baby girl. Life revolved around her for me,” said Bethany’s dad, Paul Thompson.
Champaign County Sheriff said they’re treating the death as an apparent suicide.
Her family and friends remember Bethany as generous and loving, and full of life. She loved swimming and animals and listening to music.
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Explosion Kills Nine In Maiduguri

Police in Borno said nine persons were killed on Tuesday in Maiduguri in a vehicle explosion.

Spokesman of the command, Mr. Victor Isuku, said in a statement that the dead were all in the vehicle when it exploded.

Isuku said the incident occurred at about 10.30a.m. near a military checkpoint along Gubio road in the metropolis.

“There was an explosion today along Gubio road, just before the military check point. The incident occurred at abolut 10.30a.m.

“According to preliminary report, a pick-up van with nine persons on board emerged from a bush path to join the road to Gubio town, when it exploded, killing all the persons,” Isuku said.

He added that details of the incident would be released after due investigation.

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Woman Kills Self After Court Clears Step-father Of Repeated Rape

A 22-year-old  woman killed herself after her step-father was cleared of repeatedly raping her, an inquest heard.

Juliet Crew left a note behind stating that she felt she had been let down by the legal system.

Her 60-year-old step-father, Nigel Parkin, who is a church organist was found not guilty in 2012 of sexually abusing her for seven years from the age of nine.

Juliet mother found her hung in the hall of her home in Taunton, Somerset, in August last year.

She had told the court Parkin sexually touched and raped her at least ten times.

Her step-father was cleared after he said Juliet and another alleged victim were both suffering from mental health problems.

According to Taunton Coroners Court, the result of the proceedings took a severe toll on the mental health of Juliet, she dropped to six and a half stone, self-harmed and even overdosed on medication.

The note she left behind said,”The judicial system in this country, especially for victims of sexual offences, is disgusting.

“There is no justice. It only confirmed that I cannot trust people. I do not want to live in a world where there is no justice.”

Parkin, who is employed by the Church of England, was found not guilty of ten serious offences against Juliet in a trial at Taunton Crown Court in 2012.

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Huge Fire Kills At Least 23 In Indian Hospital

Around 23 people have been killed by a fire which broke out in a hospital in eastern India, say local officials.

Some 120 firefighter were dispatched to put out the fire which started in the dialysis ward of the SUM hospital in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar, in Odisha state late on Monday.

“Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families,” India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a post published on his Twitter account.

According to reports, the majority of victims died from smoke inhalation, and that 20 more people are receiving treatment in neighboring medical facilities.

After arriving, firefighters and police were forced to break windows and doors to evacuate the hospital. During the massive rescue operation, which was carried out with the aid of staff and volunteers, over 500 people were safely removed from the hospital.

“We suspect the fire occurred due to an electric short circuit in the dialysis ward”, said local fire services official Binoy Behera.

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Thunder Kills 21 Cows In Nasarawa State

The Zonal Secretary, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa South, Nasarawa State, Jaafaru Usman, on Thursday said 21 cows had been killed by thunder at Ashige in Lafia East Development Area of the state.

Usman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lafia that the thunder stroke on Tuesday morning during a downpour killing all the 21 cows belonging to a herdsman, Malam Bature Lere.

He appealed to the state Government, authorities of the Lafia East Development Area and public spirited individuals to assist Lere who lost all his cows to the thunder.

“I am appealing to Gov. Umaru Al-Makura to assist this man who lost all his cows to the disaster,” he said.

He, however, advised the herdsman to regard the incident as an act of God and pray for a better future.

Mr Tijani Abubakar, a staff of Veterinary Services Department, Nasarawa State Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, also confirmed the incident and described it as “a natural phenomenon’’.

Abubakar, who said that he was delegated to assess the incident, sympathised with the herdsman, and assured that he would take his report to the appropriate quarters.

Narrating his ordeal, Lere said the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday during a downpour.

He said that the cows were all that he had and appealed to the state government and well meaning individuals to come to his aid.

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Army Kills Seven Militants In Bakassi, Recover Arms

Troops from the 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Calabar, at the early hours of Friday, repelled an attack on its soldiers by killing seven armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of Cross River State.

Capt. Kayode Owolabi, Army Public Relations Officer who disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Calabar, said the militants attacked the Army post in Efut Esighi.

Owolabi linked the militants to be `boys’ of the most wanted militant leader, Benjamin Ene a.k.a `G1’, who has been on the wanted list of security agencies in the state.

“The very determined troops from the 13 Brigade and Operation Delta Safe, repelled an attack from armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area this morning.

“The militants tried to attack the Army post in Efut Esighi. Some of them were wearing Nigerian military camouflage.

“We recovered 250 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, rocket propelled gun luncher, GPMG belt links and various charms on their bodies. Other militants escaped with very serious gun shots injuries.

“There was no casualty on the side of the military. Our men were in full combatant during the attack.

“We have also destroyed their camps and shrines in the creeks,’’ he said.

The APRO said the 13 Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Bulama Biu, had warned that no militant group or criminal under any guise would be spared.

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Boko Haram ‘Kills’ Chibok Girl’s Father In Borno Village

Lalai Nkeki, the father of Kauna, one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, has been killed by Boko Haram.

Hosea Tsambido, Chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, told TheCable that Nkeki was killed at Kubumbalah, a village near Chibok, last Monday when insurgents attacked some villages in Borno State, killing at least eight other people and hoisting their flag.

The Nigeria army, though countered the report that some persons were killed in the attack.
“Kauna’s father, Nkeki, was killed in an attack at Kubumbalah, near Chibok two days ago by Boko Haram,” Tsambido said in a telephone interview.
“Kauna is one of the Chibok girls.”

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US Police Kills Mentally Ill Unarmed Black Man

Police in the California city of San Diego shot and killed a mentally ill, unarmed black man after his sister called the department for assistance.

Police from the El Cajon suburb released a statement late Tuesday night, several hours after the shooting outside the Broadway Village Shopping Center, confirming that the man died in hospital. His family have named him as 30-year-old Alfred Olango.

Police had been called over by Olango’s sister, who said that he was acting strangely and not himself. The aftermath of the fatal shooting was filmed by a bystander who posted the clip live to Facebook. That video has been viewed almost 40,000 times.

“Why couldn’t you tase him? I told you he is sick. And you guys shot him!” Olango’s sister can be heard telling officers in the video. “I called police to help him, not to kill him.”

El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said that the man was not armed. He added that Olango ignored calls to remove his hands from his pockets and pulled out an object out. Olango then pointed the object in a “shooting stance” toward two officers, prompting one of the officers to open fire, Davis said.

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Boko Haram Ambushes Military Escort, Kills Five Civilians In Borno

Boko Haram terrorists Monday afternoon ambushed a military escort in Borno State, killing five civilians and injuring three soldiers in the attack.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said suspected elements of the remnants of the terrorists who were foraging for food, ambushed troops of Operation Lafi Dole escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri at Sanda general area of the state.

“Unfortunately, five civilians lost their lives in the attack and another died on the way to the hospital. Three soldiers also sustained injuries,” Usman stated.
He said the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri.

Consequently, he said another robust patrol team has been dispatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists.

Usman stressed that the unfortunate incident has brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation among all.

He said: “We would like to assure the public that we would not allow this isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North-east.

“Troops are on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed. Additional security measures have also been placed to avert reoccurrence.

“In addition, the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, wishes to clarify that alleged suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack at Chibok is not correct,” Usman said.

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Elephant In Kenya Kills Italian Tourist Trying To Take Photo

A police official says an elephant killed an Italian tourist in Kenya’s coastal region after he moved closer to get a better photo.

Malindi Police Chief Muchangi Mutava said the 66-year-old man saw the elephant at a watering hole Sunday at the Swara Camp in Kulalu ranch and went to take photographs, but provoked the elephant which charged toward him. Kulalu Ranch is a tourist draw because it has a wide range of wildlife.

Mutava says the tourist sustained serious injuries to his left leg and died at the camp. The police chief says the man was having breakfast with his wife in their tent when he left to photograph the elephant.

Mutava says the couple was scheduled to depart Kenya next month when their tourist visa expires.

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Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens In Pakistan Mosque

A suicide bomber has killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens while they were attending prayers at a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, sources tell Al Jazeera.

Friday’s bombing occurred in the village of Anbar Tehsil in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the Pakistani army has been battling the Pakistan Taliban.

“The suicide bomber was in a crowded mosque, he shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greatest) and then there was a huge blast,” Naveed Akbar, deputy administrator of Mohmand Agency, told Reuters news agency.

Akbar added that some fatalities appeared to had been caused when part of the mosque caved in from the force of the blast.

“A portion of the mosque and verandah collapsed in the blast and fell on worshippers. We are still retrieving bodies and the injured from the rubble of the mosque,” he said.

One of the wounded, 41-year-old Ghulam Khan, said he heard a deafening explosion during the prayers.

“I cried for help, but no one came to me … there were other bodies … wounded worshippers, who were reciting verses from Quran and waiting for help,” he told the Associated Press news agency.

Khan said local residents and tribal police helped transport the wounded to hospital.

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Mudslide Kills Newly-wed In Lagos

A teenager, Faisa, has been killed by a mudslide in Lagos after days of incessant rain in the state.

The 16-year-old was killed in the Agidingbi, Ikeja area of Lagos State, less than two weeks after her wedding.

She and her husband, Muhammed, reportedly got married about 10 days ago in their village in Goza, Borno State, and had relocated to Lagos afterward.

It was learnt that the deceased was alone in the house when the incident happened.

The corpse was recovered by officials of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, who responded to a distress call.

Also present at the scene were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rapid Response Squad and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

One of our correspondents, who visited the scene, gathered that the slum, which was on Dosumu Street, off Amara Olu Road, Agidingbi, was inhabited by Borno State residents who fled their homes to seek refuge from Boko Haram attacks.

It was also learnt that there were about 100 people staying in the slum, popularly called Kurata.

A resident, Umaru Mate, said the mudslide occurred around 10am, adding that three shanties were destroyed by the impact.

He said, “I went out very early this morning and returned around 10am. I was about going into my house when I heard a loud noise.

“About 20 of us rushed there and saw that three houses had been destroyed by the mudslide. We were able to rescue a man, Umar, his wife and their five children.

“The woman that died just got married to her husband in the village. They have not stayed up to 10 days in this place.”

Another resident, Hassan Aji, appealed to the government to find a better place for them.

He said, “We are all from Borno State. We left our villages because of Boko Haram. We relocated here about two years ago. Our villages are deserted. As I speak with you, I don’t know where my mother is. I have two wives and seven children and if the government sends us away from here, I don’t know where to go.”

Ibrahim Aliu, another resident, said they paid N24,000 per year as rent to some men who claimed to be working for the Lagos State Government.

The General Manager of LASEMA, Michael Akindele, said the slum was not habitable.

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ISIS Bans Burka In Northern Iraq After Veiled Woman Kills 2 Jihadists

In a seeming U-turn, the Islamic State (Isis) has reportedly banned women wearing the burka in northern Iraq after claiming that its fighters have been targeted by a veiled female. The hard-line faction has previously beaten and killed women for not wearing a veil covering their face and hair in public.

Now, IS (Daesh) has outlawed women wearing veils entering their security centres near their stronghold of Mosul after a number of commanders were killed by an unknown assailant. In neighbouring Syria, the feared IS al-Hisbah — or ‘religious police’ — have meted out punishments to woman who left their face uncovered.

Last week, in the occupied Saladin Governorate south of Mosul, IS put out a warning to members to beware of a veiled woman who killed two of their fighters. The attacks happened in Al-Shirqat, which has been under IS control since the extremists overran the region in June 2014.

An IS fighter was also attacked in Mosul, the second most populous city in Iraq, prompting the terrorists to take precautionary measures, according to a source in the province who informed the Iraqi News network. However, claims that the extremists were “surprised” by an attack could not be verified by IBTimes UK.

Sharing details, the source said, “A veiled woman carrying a pistol killed two members of ISIS who were standing in a checkpoint in Sharqat, north of Salah al-Din. The incident surprised the organisation and forced them to issue an alert of similar attacks.”

In August, the Syrian city of Manbij was liberated from IS control and scenes of women burning the black clothes they were forced to wear and men shaving off their beards were witnessed. Around 550 women are believed to have entered IS’s self-declared caliphate.

Often thought of as “jihadi brides” some have even been used as fighters in the ‘Al-Khansaa Brigade’, an all-female police force. According to reports from Syria, the Al-Khansaa Brigade was formed “in early 2014 and charged with policing the public morality of women in Raqqa city.”

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Mobile Police Stray Bullet Kills Father Of Five In Lagos

Drivers of mass transit buses yesterday boycotted Okoko / CMS route to protest the alleged killing of their colleague Sunday evening by a Mobile policeman.

The deceased, identified simply as Fatai was said to have been hit by a stray bullet from a Mobile policeman , at Doyin bus-stop in Orile area of Lagos. The policeman with an undisclosed identity, who was said to be escorting a jeep, reportedly fired some shots into the air apparently to disperse vehicles which blocked the road, only for a bullet to hit the mass transit bus driver.

One of the protesting drivers , Ishola Manni, who spoke with this reporter, said: Our friend and colleague, Fatai , popularly called Oshe was killed by a Mobile policeman on Sunday.

He died leaving behind a wife and five children. Who will take care of them?, he asked. An eye witness, Ebere Madu explained that: “ I was attending to some customers when we heard some gun shots. Everyone ran away, thinking it was a robbery operation, but by the time the whole place was calm, we were told that a man who was hit by a stray bullet fired by a Mobile policeman was lying in the pool of his blood.

When the Policeman realised what happened, he disappeared from the scene, leaving the vehicle he was escorting . Boys in the area swung into action and arrested an occupier of the jeep whom they handed over to policemen at Orile division. The corpse was taken to the police station, from where it was taken to another location”.

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Boko Haram Kills 11 Near Chibok

A Boko Haram attack on Kuburvwa village of Borno State has left at least 11 people dead.

Residents of the agrarian community said they buried 11 corpses on Monday after the Sunday evening attack. Several women and girls living in the community, close to Chibok were over 200 girls were kidnapped in 2014, are also yet to be accounted for.

A local security operative, who craved anonymity for safety reasons, said that “many women, mostly married, were raped while others were taken away by the gunmen”.

The spokesperson of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Abbas Gava, confirmed the attack to journalists in Maiduguri.

“The attack took place in Kuburvwa village which is located between Chibok and Damboa towns. According to reports we received from our operatives in that area, the Boko Haram gunmen invaded the village at night on Sunday and began to shoot.

“Many women, including house wives, were raped by the gunmen who also killed at least 11 persons.

“According to our men, who called us from Chibok, many people that fled the village into the bushes have not returned to the community as at Monday morning.”

Mr. Gava said his group, which works closely with the Nigerian military does not have “the exact number of women that were reportedly abducted by the gunmen.”

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Woman Kills Neighbour In Lagos With Boiling Water

An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded a university student, Mabel Bassey, in prison for attacking her neighbour with hot water and killing him.

Ms. Bassey is to be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Ms. Bassey, a student of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and resident of Surulere Street, Ojo, Lagos, was arraigned before Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams on a charge of murder.

She was alleged to have poured hot water on Efe Okotie, 38, on July 2 at their residence which resulted in his death.

According to the prosecutor, Olatunde Kehinde, the deceased had advised Bassey to desist from her promiscuous lifestyle which did not go down well with her.

“Out of anger, she bathed the late Okotie with hot water.

“The deceased died six days after the incident due to the severe burns he suffered from the hot water,’’ he told the court.

The offence contravened Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 which prescribes death sentence for offenders.

The case has been adjourned to Nov. 4.

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Army Foils Boko Haram Attack, Kills Five

Five Boko Haram members were killed as Nigerian troops thwarted an attack near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the seven-year insurgency, the army said on Tuesday.

“Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE accompanied by Civilian JTF successfully thwarted an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists on Yauri community at the outskirts of Maiduguri city, Borno State,” said a statement by army spokesman Sani Usman.

During the incident, which took place on Monday, five insurgents were killed and a cache of arms and ammunition, including two AK-47 rifles and a machine gun, were recovered, he said.

With the help of regional forces, Nigerian troops have recaptured a range of territories and driven the insurgents into remote areas in the Lake Chad region.

Boko Haram, which seeks to impose strict Islamic law in northern Nigeria, has killed some 20,000 and displaced more than 2.6 million people since 2009.

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Military Kills 7 Terrorists, Apprehends 11 Others

Troops of 22, 28 and 114 Task Forces Brigade and Battalion of Nigerian Army on Sunday killed seven Boko Haram terrorists and arrested of 11 others during clearance operations in the Bitta-Damboa and Dikwa-Marte axis of Borno state.

The troops also along the Bitta-Damboa road safely detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Madube village.

Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman disclosed this Monday in a statement issued to newsmen in Maiduguri.
Usman in the statement said: “During the operations, the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Bulajani village and successfully cleared and pursued the fleeing terrorists in the area.

“Unfortunately, the troops run into an ambush which was eventually cleared, while returning from the patrol fight. Unfortunately, five soldiers were wounded in the process and their Buffalo vehicle was badly damaged.

“The troops killed four Boko Haram terrorists, while an unconfirmed number of escaped with gunshot wounds.”

He said the soldiers also recovered six bicycles and identified food storage facility stocked with food items.

On apprehend of 11 terrorists, Usman said: “The troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Sinabaya village which is left of Marte-Kaje the road in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno state. During the encounter, they killed three and apprehended 11 suspects,” adding that the arrested suspects have been moved to the Brigade Headquarters for preliminary investigation and subsequent handing over to the Joint Interrogation Committee.

He further disclosed that arms and ammunition were also recovered in the clearance operations along the Marte-Kaje road.

The recovered ammunition, according to him, includes an AK-47 rifle with registration number N37113 and five AK-47 rifle magazines. Others include a 36 hand grenade, three rounds of 7,62mm (Special)ammunition, four motorcycles, three bicycles, a magazine pouch and a mobile telephone handset.

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Boko-Haram’s IED Kills Soldier, 4 Others

The Nigerian Army, yes­terday, said an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted by members of the Boko-Haram terrorist group killed one soldier and four others at Biu, in Borno State.

The incident happened yesterday at about 8.15am, near a military check point, after a tricycle, popularly known as “Keke NAPEP” stepped on the IED, said to have been planted by the side of Biu/Damboa road.

Four persons, among them a woman and her baby and two other males were said to have died on the spot, while three others includ­ing the deceased soldier sus­tained serious injuries and were rushed to the Biu Gen­eral Hospital.

However, the soldier died on the road before they got to the hospital.

A statement issued by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the scene of the explosion has been cordoned off while personnel from the Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD), from Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Bura­tai, have since been mobilised to carry out further search of the area.

Usman, while commiserating with the families of the dead and those who sustained inju­ries, however, maintained that the explosion would not deter the military from carrying out its offensive to wipe out the Boko Haram terrorists wherev­er they might be hiding.

The army spokesman, who ap­pealed for more support and co­operation from members of the public to help the military suc­ceed in routing the remnants of the criminal elements ,

He Said: “Preliminary inves­tigations shows that the IED was buried long time ago unde­tected. It exploded when the tri­cycle erroneously stepped on it.

“This unfortunate develop­ment has brought to the fore, the need for more security con­sciousness and vigilance among all.”

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Mob Kills Man For Stealing Goat In Ondo

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Boko Haram On Horseback Kills 11 In Yobe- Residents

Suspected Boko Haram militants on horseback attacked Zango village, Gulani Local Government area, and shot dead eleven people, vigilante members and residents said.

 It was gathered that the incident happened on Tuesday around 11:00 pm when the attackers set ablaze houses and shot indiscriminately at people trying to escape the burning flames.

 “The gunmen came midnight after 11:45pm, set ablaze our houses and opened fire on the people trying to escape. They chased people on horses and open fire on them,” A vigilante, who doesn’t want to be named revealed.

 He said that similar attacks took place in the neighbouring villages where over 20 people were killed.

 “Last two weeks, the militants sacked cluster of villages around those areas, including Gurum and Dokshi where over 2 people were killed and many injured. They are currently receiving treatment at Damaturu Specialist hospital.”

The medical Director, Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital Damaturu, Dr. Garba Fika confirmed that the attacked victims were brought to the Hospital, “And, they are responding to free treatment,” he said

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Boko Haram Ambushes Army Commander, Kills One Soldier

The convoy of the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, was ambushed yesterday morning by suspected Boko Haram terrorists when he was en route to visit troops in Bama, Borno State.

A statement by the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Col. Sani Usman, said the ambush resulted in the death of one soldier and two others who sustained injuries from the attack.

However, the army convoy was according to the spokesman, able to clear the ambush, killing some of the terrorists and recovering a vehicle and weapons from them. The recovered items included a Toyota Hilux vehicle, two AK-47 rifles and several rounds of ammunition.

According to Usman, the acting GOC continued his operational visit to Bama, while the body of the late soldier and others wounded were evacuated to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has also spoken with the GOC after the attack, the statement added.

The Nigerian Army reiterated its unalloyed commitment and determination to continue to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorist wherever they might still be hiding.

The attack on the GOC’s convoy occurred barely 24 hours after the terror group engaged the military in a fierce battle that lasted for several hours in their daring attempt to capture the 113 Battalion at Kareto close to the border with Niger Republic.

Usman also confirmed that two officers and 22 soldiers were wounded in the battle with Boko Haram terrorists in Kareto on Monday.

He said the wounded soldiers were being treated at the Military Hospital in Maiduguri.

The army spokesman said the attack was repelled due to the timely response of the troops and the involvement  of air cover as more reinforcement was deployed.

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Earthquake Kills 235 In Ecuador

The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast. President Rafael Correa said at least 235 people had died and rescuers were struggling to reach survivors trapped in the rubble.

The magnitude-7.8 quake, the strongest to hit Ecuador since 1979, was centered on Ecuador’s sparsely populated fishing ports and tourist beaches, 105 miles (170 kilometers) northwest of Quito, the capital.

Correa reported the death toll on his official Twitter account while flying back from Rome to deal with the crisis. Officials earlier had reported more than 580 people injured.

Vice President Jorge Glas said there were deaths in the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Guayaquil – all several hundred kilometers (miles) from the center of the quake struck shortly after nightfall Saturday.

In Pedernales, a town of 40,000 near the quake’s epicenter, dozens of scared residents slept in the streets while men equipped with little more than car headlights tried to rescue survivors who could be heard trapped under rubble.

“We’re trying to do the most we can, but there’s almost nothing we can do,” said Gabriel Alcivar, mayor of Pedernales.

Alcivar pleaded for authorities to send earth-moving machines and emergency rescue workers to help find people amid the rubble. He said looting had broken out amid the chaos but authorities were too busy trying to save lives to re-establish order.

“This wasn’t just a house that collapsed, it was an entire town,” he said.

Correa declared a national emergency and urged Ecuadoreans to stay strong while authorities handle the disaster.

“Everything can be rebuilt, but what can’t be rebuilt are human lives, and that’s the most painful,” he said in a telephone call to state TV before departing Rome straight for Manta.

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Troops Kill 22, Arrest 3 Boko Haram Commanders

The Nigerian Army yesterday warned members of the public to be extra vigilant as Boko Haram members are now fleeing from their enclave in the Sambisa forest to disperse into other parts of the country.
A statement yesterday by army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said due to aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of ground troops, Boko Haram members had been deserting the forest in droves.

“Consequently it becomes necessary to inform the public, especially well meaning Nigerians, to be more vigilant and security conscious,” he said.
Usman said 22 Boko Haram members were killed and three commanders were arrested by Nigerian and Cameroonian troops in a joint clearance operation along the Nigeria-Cameroon border on Monday.
He said troops of the 152 and 155 Task Force Battalions at Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) from Cameroon conducted a joint clearance operation which swept through 10 suspected Boko Haram hideouts along the border where they killed 22 terrorists, arrested three ameers and rescued abducted persons.
Usman said during the operation, the troops cleared Nbaga, Bula, Dabube, Ybiri, Greya and Suduwa towns and other adjoining settlements.
He said: “The apprehended terrorists’ commanders include; Lawal Abba, Mallam Hisna and Mallam Gana in Shatte, Bulla Jaja and Bula Burra towns.”
Usman said the troops also rescued 1,275 persons held hostage by the terrorists, adding that they were being screened by the 152 Taskforce Battalion pending onward movement to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force yesterday said its fighter jets struck a Boko Haram logistics base at Kangarawa, Borno State.
A statement from Air Force spokesman Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the strike had taken off another logistics base of Boko Haram, thereby decimating their capabilities.
Famuyiwa said the scale of the accompanying inferno and multi explosions suggested that the location possibly housed a fuel or ammunition dump.

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Civil Defence Shoots, Kills Black Market Petrol Seller

A yet-to-be identified female personnel of the Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), yesterday shot a black market fuel seller, simply identified as Dijo to death, in front of the Forte Oil located at 21 road area of FESTAC Town, Lagos State.

The NSCDC personnel was part of the task force, who in conjunction with the police, were mandated to restore sanity to 21 road following the chaos created by fuel queue.

Although it was yet to be ascertained why the personnel shot Dijo, it was however gathered that the deceased bled and died on the spot before help could come, even as two other fuel dealers sustained injuries.

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Tenant Kills Landlord Over Electricity Bill

A 75-year old landlord in Ondo town was last weekend reportedly killed by his tenant over electricity bill.

The Septugenarian named Kayode Osunkalu, was a retired civil servant at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and owner of a two-storey building located at 17, Ayeferere street, Ondo.

He was said to be hale and hearty before the unfortunate incident.

Sources said the late Septuagenarian, had before the incident had an argument with his tenant, Tope Akideji over electricity bill that was brought to the house by the officials of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).

Osunkalu was said to have ordered all his tenants to pay up within 24-hour the bill brought to the house by the BEDC.

The move was said to have infuriated the suspect which resulted into argument between them.

The suspect was said to have held the late landlord for several minutes and allegedly beat him.

The late landlord was said to have slumped in the process and was rushed to the Ondo State Specialist Hospital where he was later confirmed dead by the Doctors.

The Divisional Police Officer (DP0) in charge of Enuowa Division, Kunle Omisakin, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect has been transferred to the homicide section in Akure for further investigation.

He said the remains of the late landlord had been deposited at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital mortuary, Ondo, while investigation has continued on the matter.

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Man Kills Relative Over N100 Debt

One Onuigbo Nwankwoeke of Onyikwa, Alike in Ikwo local government area was on February 13, 2016 reportedly killed by his kinsman,  Micheal Ochaya, aged 50 while in an attempt to recover a N100 debt owed him by the deceased.

Confirming the incident, the police public relations officer, ASP George Okafor said that on February 2016, one Nwabueze Nwedu reported to the police that Mr. Onigbo Nwankwoeke went to his brother’s house to demand for N100 the said Micheal Ochaya owed him.

He said during the altercation, Nwankowke was killed in the process.

ASP Okafor told journalists that Mr. Nwedu also told the police that when late Nwankwoeke got to Ochaya’s house and demanded for his money, the wife of Mr. Ochaya gave the deceased the money but instead of thanking his wife for bailing him out, Mr. Ochaya forcefully collected the money from the deceased and tore it into shreds.

“The wife of Mr. Micheal Ochaya gave the N100 to Mr. Nwankwoeke, but the husband forcefully collected the money back and tore it, in the process, a scuffle ensured which led to the death of Micheal,” he said.

He also said that what killed Mr. Nwankwoneke was a heavy blow that Mr. Ochaya landed on his chest which brought him down after which he gave up the ghost adding that the corpse has been deposited at Onueke General Hospital for autopsy.

He said that investigation is still on to know the business transaction that led to the fight.

The PPRO noted that when the police was contacted on the incident, detectives led by the divisional police officer, Ikwo division rushed to the scene of incident where the deceased was found lying in the pool of his own blood.

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Man Kills Wife, 8 Children, 2 Sisters & Parents, Commits Suicide

A 35-year-old chartered accountant allegedly stabbed and killed 14 members of his family and then committed suicide by hanging himself, around 30km from India’s financial capital Mumbai. The incident occurred on 28 February.

Hansil Warekar stabbed eight children, his wife, three sisters and parents at his bungalow at Ghodbadar road in Thane district at 2am IST (8.30pm GMTon 27 February). Local police said there was a party organised at his residence on Saturday (27 February) after which all the family members had gone to sleep, when the accused may have attacked them.

“Prima facie evidence suggests that the accused bolted all the doors of the house and murdered his family while they were asleep with a knife that we found near his body. The accused then hanged himself after killing his family. There were three rooms in the house. While he was in a room with his wife and two daughters on the first floor, his parents and sisters were in separate rooms on the ground floor,” said joint commissioner of Thane Police Ashutosh Dumbare.

Police learnt of the incident when one of the victims raised an alarm and Hansil’s in-laws who were in a house nearby called them. “Hansil slit the upper part of this victim’s throat. She survived the attack and screamed for help. The survivor’s in-laws, who were in the neighbouring house heard her cries and tried opening the door, but it was locked. The in-laws broke open the grill of a window on the ground floor and entered the house. It was then that the police were alerted about the incident,” the joint commissioner added.

Now, police are waiting for Hansil’s sister Subia Bharmar, the lone survivor of the attack, who has been admitted to a hospital, to reveal the reason behind the incident. “We have recorded the survivor’s statement. However, the exact cause that triggered her brother to kill her family and himself is still unclear. Our investigation is still underway,” Dumbare said.

The murder weapon, a knife, was found near Hansil’s body.

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Lassa Fever Hits Kaduna, Kills Pregnant Woman, Doctor, 1 Other

A pregnant woman and two health workers have been confirmed dead following the outbreak  of Lassa fever in Kaduna.

The three people including a medical doctor who was undergoing his national youth service year as a corp and a community health nurse died at the Saint Louis Hospital in Zonkwa, area of Zango Kataf local government of the state.

The doctor and the nurse it would be recalled contacted the lassa fever disease after conducting an operation on a pregnant woman who later died of the same disease two weeks ago.

Confirming the outbreak, the state commissioner for health, Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok told journalists, that two weeks ago, there was a pregnant woman that visited the Saint Louis Hospital after she was referred from a clinic in Kamuru.

‘‘She was pregnant and an operation was conducted on her by the doctor and nurse. She subsequently died.”

He added: “The two individuals that died were the people that actually attended to the pregnant woman. She died about two weeks ago. No one thought they would die like that after the woman. The woman died of lassa disease. She was buried properly. And it was after her death that symptoms of lassa started to show on the medical doctor and the community nurse.

“The doctor and the nurse died after they had high temperature consistently for four days,” said the commissioner.

He said that the doctor and nurse showed signs of lassa fever shortly  after operating a  pregnant woman who was brought in from another hospital in from a primary health care centre in Kamuru in the same local government.

‘‘The woman later died few days after they were tested positive to lassa.’’

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Army Kills 23 Boko Haram Members, Rescue 150 Hostages

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that 23 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed, while 150 hostages rescued as Nigeria/Cameroon troops continue to clear out terrorists’ hideouts.

The Nigerian Army says that in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s directive for troops to maintain the momentum, troops of 7 Division carried out major operations against the Boko Haram terrorist’s locations in Talala and Kumshe axis of Borno State.

According to a statement issued by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, during the joint operation between elements of 7 division and the Cameroonian forces along Banki-Kumshe axis, 20 Boko Haram terrorists were killed.

He also revealed that the troops destroyed 4 AK 47 rifles and captured a gun truck mounted with an anti-aircraft gun (AA gun) and 2 AK 47 rifles, as well as a 60mm mortar and a Dane gun.

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Local Gin Consumption Kills Two In Edo

Two people have reportedly died after consuming local gin, popularly known as Ogogoro, in South Ugieda, Etsako West Local Council of Edo State. The incident occurred in Ugieda community on Tuesday.

It was gathered that five of the victims had complained of acute stomach discomfort after taking the substance, which they bought from a yet-to-be-identified seller, who brought the gin to the community.

“After they had consumed the Ogogoro, they began complaining of stomach ache. Unfortunately, the two died while three are currently hospitalised at the hospital,” a witness said.

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Suicide Attack At Cameroon Mosque Kills Four

Four worshippers were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in northern Cameroon on Monday, a security source said, five days after a similar attack left 13 people dead.

Monday’s attack took place in the village of Nguetchewe in an area regularly targeted by Boko Haram, theAFP reported.

“The toll of this attack is four dead and two injured,” the source, who was at the scene of the attack, toldAFP on condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday last week, suicide bomber killed 13 worshippers and wounded at least one in an attack on a mosque also in northern Cameroon.

Officials said last week’s attack was suspected to have been carried out by terror group, Boko Haram.

Cameroonian troops form part of an 8,700-strong regional force created to battle Boko Haram.

The United States recently disclosed plans to send military supplies and troops to the Central African country to aid the fight.

 “The suicide attack took place at 5.40am (04.40 GMT) in a mosque at Kouyape. There were 13 deaths, including the man, who blew himself up and one wounded,” said a senior local official, who declined to be identified.

The suicide bomber, who struck at the mosque, was said to be praying alongside worshippers when he blew himself up, a security source told AFP.

“Twelve worshippers were killed at the scene. Another died of his wounds in the hospital,” the source added.

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Monday Morning Explosion Kills Many In Maiduguri Mosque

At least 20 persons were killed in a fresh explosion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Monday morning, as residents gathered around a mosque.

The explosion sounded as residents speculated that a fleeing Boko Haram bomber abandoned an improvised explosive device in the area during Sunday night’s attack on the city.

A police officer, said the victims had gathered to investigate if a bomb was truly abandoned in the mosque.

“I have never seen such foolishness when people would go peeping into a mosque to find out if truly there was an explosive deposited in a place. But sadly, the bomb went off and over 20 persons were killed and many injured.”

But the account of Malam Suleiman, a primary school teacher in the area, was slightly different.
“The people normally sit down around the mosque in the morning,” he said. ”The place is like a meeting point where neighbours converge to relax.”

“After the morning prayers they just sat down outside the mosque as usual and then the bomb went off. It was not suicide bombing like that of last night. It may have been planted.

“Many people died but I can’t give actual figure of the casualties”.

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Child Suicide Bombing Kills Six In Borno

A child suicide bomber detonated his explosives, killing himself, two other bombers and six people in Nigeria’s northeast, in the latest bloodshed blamed on Boko Haram Islamist group, the army said on Monday.

The attack in Beninsheikh in Borno state happened around 8.30 pm on Sunday when three suspected suicide bombers aged between 10 and 15 years, were stopped for security screening by civilian vigilantes in the area, Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement.

He said one of the bombers, who was strapped with explosives, detonated the bomb, causing the “death of nine people while 24 others sustained various degrees of injuries.” Usman said the three suicide bombers were among the dead. “The security and emergency management agents have mobilised to the scene. The bodies have been evacuated and all those injured are receiving medical attention,” he said.

Suicide bombings — many by young boys and girls — have fast become Boko Haram’s preferred method of inflicting civilian casualties since it control of captured territory to a renewed military offensive by the military in recent months. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has given his military commanders until the end of the month to end the six-year violence.

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Army Kills Notorious Boko Haram Chieftain, Members In Borno

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops in Borno killed a notorious member of the extremist Boko Haram sect as well as two other members known for terrorising remote community in the North-east state.

The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, a colonel, said the suspected terrorists were killed by personnel on ‘fighting patrol’.

?The statement said, ”As part of their determined efforts to rid the society of all known Boko Haram terrorists enclaves and hideouts, troops of 25 Task Force Brigade based on tip off conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State.

”The troops encountered and killed three suspected Boko Haram terrorists that had been terrorizing the communities around Sabon Gari and Damboa.

”Among those killed was the Boko Haram terrorists Ameer (Leader) in Bulayaga. The Ameer was notorious in terrorizing Bale, Wass and Mufurundi villages.

”The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle with its magazine, 43 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition, 1 Grinding Machine and 5 Dane Guns. Other items recovered include 7 Motorcycles,21 bags of grains and 2 Boko Haram terrorists flags hoisted.

”In a related development today, troops of 7 Division Garrison on patrol at Mainari village in Mafa Local Government Area had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists. The encounter led to the killing of 9 terrorists and recovery of weapons which includes 4 AK-47 and 1 Pump Action Gun.

”The patrol teams have continued to dominate the respective areas.”

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Boko Haram Attacks Three Borno Villages, Kills 30

Brutal weekend attacks on three villages by Boko Haram Islamists in the restive northeast of Nigeria have left 30 dead and 20 others wounded, a vigilante told AFP.

“Most of the victims were slaughtered and most of the wounded (had suffered) machete cuts,” Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian helping the Nigerian military fight Boko Haram, said of Saturday’s attacks in the villages of Warwara, Mangari and Bura-Shika in Borno state.

News of the attacks has been slow to emerge because telecom masts in the area have been destroyed in previous Boko Haram raids, hindering communication.

The Islamists invaded the villages, hacking and slaughtering their victims before setting the villages on fire.

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Nigerian Army Kills Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists

Nigerian Troops have intercepted and killed many Boko Haram insurgents while trying to escape the onslaught on the Sambisa forest.

The spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement on Tuesday that the insurgents were “decisively dealt with” while trying to escape through Pulka.

He said many of the terrorists were killed during the encounter, while one of them was captured alive.

Mr. Usman said the soldiers also recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun, several rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 47 rifle magazines, 36 hand grenades “and quite a number of Shilka gun empty shells”.

He said troops had, on Tuesday, also recovered a Toyota Hilux vehicle , two boxes of 7.62mm ammunitions and some Improvised Explosives making Devices cords during an encounter in Buni Yadi general area.

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Boko Haram Attacks Niger Village, Kills 18

Eighteen people were killed and 100 homes torched in an attack in the dead of night by Boko Haram fighters on a village in southeastern Niger, local authorities told said on Thursday.

“The toll is 18 dead, 11 hurt, almost 100 homes burned down” in the village of Wogom late Wednesday, the mayor of the nearby town of Bosso, Bako Mamadou.

A humanitarian worker said the Islamists came from Nigeria and crossed the Komadougou Yobe river, the border between Niger and Nigeria.

Armed jihadists and suicide bombers from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist group have staged repeated attacks since February in Niger’s southeast Diffa region near Nigeria, leaving hundreds of people dead.

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Home Beer Brewed With Toxic Flour Kills 75

A homemade beer that killed 75 drinkers at a funeral inMozambique earlier this year was brewed with contaminated flour, health authorities said Wednesday, ruling out deliberate poisoning. Hundreds of people drank the beer, with dozens found dead in their homes later in the day and others rushed to a local hospital with diarrhoea and severe muscle aches.

A total of 232 people were affected, and 75 died in the incident in the village of Chitima in the northwest of Mozambique. “The victims were poisoned by the homemade beer which had been contaminated by a toxic bacteria found in the corn flour used to brew it,” Ilesh Jani, director ofMozambique‘s Health Institute, told reporters.

The woman who brewed the opaque beer and several members of her family were among the dead. Some local media had initially speculated that the beer was laced with crocodile bile, a powerful toxin.

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Man Kills Girlfriend For Rejecting Marriage Proposal In Imo

One Miss Onyinyechi Okegbulam of Egbu in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State has allegedly been killed by her boyfriend for refusing his marriage proposal.

A source said that the girl was shot in the head at close range by her supposed boyfriend in the village.

The source recalled that the deceased was, last Saturday, lured out of her family home by the boyfriend at about 7p.m.

“Some people, who were close to the scene of the crime that night, reported that as soon as the boy saw the girl approaching him, he fired at her,” the source said.

Another source claimed that soon after shooting the girl, the young man tried to smuggle Onyinyechi’s lifeless body into his car but scampered for safety when a woman raised alarm, which attracted several people to the scene.

Another story, however, had it that the boyfriend was responsible for the entire educational expenses of the girl, who later ditched him.

A resident of the area said: “We heard that the boy picked the bills for the girl’s education, but that the girl later abandoned the boy and opted to marry another man.

“We have even heard that the marriage has been fixed before the boyfriend struck.”

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Boko Haram Attacks Niger, Kills Village Head, 14 Others

Boko Haram, has attacked N’gourtoi, a Nigerien village, sharing borders with Yobe State, killing a village head and 14 people.
Hassan Ardo, an official with the Diffa State Governor’s Office, told newsmen that the attackers burnt down 22 houses and wounded many other residents.

The region is said to have suffered deadly attacks from Boko Haram. Niger is a part of a military coalition with Chad, Benin Republic, Cameroon and Nigeria, called the Multinational Join Task Force (MNJTF) to combat Boko
Haram, which has waged war against Nigeria since 2009.

In a related development, a gang of gunmen suspected to be fleeing Boko Haram terrorists, have attacked three villages, ravaging over 50 houses in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Sources in Michika- Madagali axis of the state disclosed that the fleeing insurgents were around the bushes and mountainous areas of Madagali area which is situated few metres away from Borno State.

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Gas Explosion Kills 4 In Port Harcourt

Residents of Eliozu in Port Harcourt, Rivers State are still in shock over the gas explosion that killed four persons.

Residents were seen on Friday morning talking in small groups around the scene of the explosion which had remains of the wreckage caused by the explosion.

Some eyewitnesses said that the explosion occurred when a car air conditioner repairer was trying to refill one of his cylinders in his shop. Sadly the explosion killed him on the spot and three others near by.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, told our correspondent that the deceased have long been taken to the hospital.

He used the opportunity to advise persons who use combustible materials in their businesses to observe all safety measures to avoid a recurrence of such disaster in the future.

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Boko Haram Kills 5 In Borno, 30 In Cameroon

Borno State and neighbouring Cameroon have continued to be under heavy attacks from suspected members of the Boko Haram, killing at least five persons in the former and, 30 in the latter.

On Wednesday, members of the sect stormed a Borno village called Mainari but were repelled by security forces. That was, however, not until at least five people had been killed.

A military source said gunshots rang out in the village on Wednesday evening, adding that troops engaged in firefights with the insurgents lasting about an hour.

Five villagers were killed by militants and six were injured while fleeing the attack in Mainari, 20 km southeast of Maiduguri, according to two armed civilian volunteers who helped the military repel the attackers.

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Boko Haram Attacks Village, Kills Seven

Boko Haram extremists on Monday raided a village in restive northeast Nigeria’s Borno state near the border with Niger, killing seven people, community leaders told AFP.

Dozens of gunmen stormed Awonori, a farming and herding village near the fishing town of Damasak, and carted away food supplies and livestock, they said.

“They killed seven people, looted grains and took away all the livestocks in the village before fleeing into the bush,” Muhammadu Modu Wan-Wan, head of the Damasak fishermen’s union, told AFP.

“The gunmen who came in vans and on motorcycles around 7:00 am (0600 GMT) besieged the village and opened fire on residents as they were having breakfast before moving to their farms,” he said.

Wan-Wan said the attack forced the villagers to flee but they returned after the assailants had left.

Abubakar Gamandi, the head of Borno’s fishermen’s union, confirmed the attack.

“I received report from my members in the Damasak area that Boko Haram gunmen attacked Awonori village this morning where they killed seven people and took away food and livestocks,” he said.

Last month, residents of Damasak and surrounding villages fled their homes and crossed the border into the Niger town of Diffa, fearing Boko Haram attacks.

But Wan-Wan said many residents have since returned to their farms.

“People have no food to feed their families which is why they take the risk of going back to their villages to work on their farms now that the rainy season has started,” he said.

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Vigilante Kills 17 Boko Haram Militants In Borno, Mostly Teenagers

Seventeen members of the Boko Haram terrorist group were killed on Wednesday evening by youth vigilance group in Lahou village, Borno state.

Speaking from the attacked village, near Ngulde in Askira-Uba local government area, about 70 Kilometres to Biu, the biggest town in the southern part of Borno state, the leader of the youth vigilance group in the area, Apagu Bitrus said the terrorists attacked Lahou at about 4pm on Wednesday but met their Waterloo “as our men were able to overpower them.”

Apagu bustling with enthusiasm said, “We slew 17 militants on Wednesday evening as they invaded Lahou village and equally seized two vehicles from them.”

?He revealed that the attackers were all between the ages of 12 and 17 years.


Chadian Army Kills Over 100 Militants In Anti-Boko Haram Operation

At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad, the Chadian army said in a statement Friday.

“117 terrorists have been killed, two Chadian soldiers died and two others were wounded” in the operation against the Nigeria-based movement, which began two weeks ago, army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna said.

“For two weeks, Boko Haram terrorists have been trying to infiltrate our islands on Lake Chad to varry out attacks on peaceful citizens,” Azem said, adding that military operations were ongoing.

Lake Chad is a strategic region where the borders of Chad and northeast Nigeria converge with those of Cameroon and Niger, further north.

Boko Haram has carried out raids and suicide bombings in all four countries, which have formed a military alliance along with Benin to tackle the movement.

“Our armed forces and security forces have launched a vast offensive to dig out and neutralise these terrorists on these islands,” Azem said.

“Several boats have been destroyed and several weapons of different calibres have been recovered,” added the colonel, who specified that the operation had notably targeted the island villages of Koungya, Merikouta, Choua and Blarigui.

“The sweep continues and the definitive toll will be released later,” the spokesman said.


Explosion Kills Many In Maiduguri Bus Station

A bomb explosion has rocked a crowded motor park in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, residents and security operatives have said.

The incident occurred at a busy location where tricycles pick passengers, and may have killed dozens and injured even many more.  The thunderous blast, which sounded at about 6:30am, resonated all over Maiduguri, residents say.

Witnesses later said the explosion occurred near the entrance of Gamboru Market where operatives of commercial tricycles park to pick passengers.

“We heard the blast at about 6:30am this morning and shortly afterwards, we saw people running from the direction of the market screaming that it was a bomb,’ said Maryam Abu, a civil servant whose residence is close to the area.


Boko Haram Kills 603 Civilian JTF

Boko Haram militants have so far killed 603 Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members in Borno State.

The dead civilian JTF were attempting to prevent bomb strapped Boko Haram insurgents from detonating their bombs in large crowds.

Barr Jubril Gunda, the legal adviser of the CJTF disclosed this on Monday during a two day summit on Security and Governance in the North East organised by the CLEEN Foundation in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He noted that 360 CJTF members have been integrated into the conventional security agencies. The figures includes  200 in the Nigerian Army, 120 into the Department of State Service (DSS) and 40 recruited into the Air force.

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Nigerian Military Kills 2 Suicide Bombers In Borno

The Nigerian military on Friday said it killed two suicide bombers leading a band of terrorists, in a repel attack by troops in Shetimari in Borno State. The Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said the insurgents died as troops succeeded in repelling the terrorists attack Thursday evening.

Mr. Olukolade said over 12 rifles and a machine gun were captured from the terrorists group. He said rocket propelled grenades and some bombs were also recovered. He added that troops conducting mopping up operation were still combing the area while others are in pursuit of those who are on the run.

Mr. Olukolade said the offensive in Sambisa and other forest enclaves of the terrorists were continuing with intelligence activities, aerial surveillance and air bombardment backed by ground assaults.


Syrian Army Airstrikes Kill At Least 24

No fewer than 24 people, mostly civilians, were killed on Wednesday in airstrikes by Syrian army helicopters against two rebel-held areas in the north of the war-torn country, a monitoring group reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 16 people, including eight children, were killed when government helicopters dropped explosives-packed barrels on Tel Rifaat on the northern edge of Aleppo province.

The watchdog said the helicopters also killed eight civilians, including five from one family, with barrel bombs in the village of Latamneh on the northern fringe of Hama province.

The Syrian government has in recent years stepped up aerial attacks using barrel bombs against the rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

The latest surge in the government’s air raids came after Bashar al-Assad’s overstretched troops suffered a series of setbacks by rebels, mainly jihadists.

Human rights organisations have repeatedly condemned the use of barrel bombs, saying they are indiscriminate in their targeting, cause many civilian casualties and that their use constitutes a war crime.

According to activists, no fewer than 220,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Syria’s conflict since it started in March 2011. (dpa/NAN)

Mysterious Ailment Kills 14 In Ondo

A strange ailment has broken out and killed about 14 people in Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State, south west Nigeria.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, said the disease, discovered on Wednesday, is strange and it’s symptoms include headache and loss of sight.

He informed that local and international health institutions are already carrying out investigations on the causes and treatment of the ailment.

Dr Adeyanju also allayed the fears of the residents of the area and the state, stating that the situation is under control.


Mom Avenges Son’s Murder, Kills 25 Militants

An Afghan woman has killed at least 25 Taliban militants in revenge for the killing of her son, who was shot dead before her eyes in western Farah province, local media report.

The woman, identified as Reza Gul, picked up arms after her son, who was leading a small group of police forces in a village in Farah, was killed by Taliban militants.

Five Taliban militants have also been injured in the gun battle, which lasted for almost seven hours.

The mother of the slain police officer was supported by her daughter and daughter-in-law in her battle against the militants.

The Taliban terrorist group has not made any comments about the incident so far.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Siddiqui said the woman’s armed battle was a symbol of a major revolution and public uprising against the Taliban militants.

Credit: Press TV