Man arrested for threatening to kill Trump at inauguration

A man in Florida has been accused of posting online that he would kill US President-elect Donald Trump at his inauguration on Friday.


“This is January 6, 2017. I was requested to type this in and post it,” Dominic Puopolo said in a video posted on Monday.


“Yes, I will be at the review stand, the inauguration and I’m going to kill President Trump, President-elect Trump today.”


Puopolo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday and allegedly admitted to making the threat.


He was ordered for a mental evaluation at a court hearing on Wednesday.


The threat, which was directed at the Secret Service, came in the middle of a long string of incoherent video messages where he calls himself Jesus Christ and repeatedly talks about his “father”.


Some of the messages are aimed at President Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and model Adriana Lima, as well as a woman he refers to as his daughter.


Puopolo, who said in one of the posts that he had had three wives and three children, is the son of American Airlines Flight 11 9/11 victim Sonia Morales Puopolo, the Miami Herald reported.


The newspaper reported that then Hillary Clinton gave the eulogy for Morales Puopolo, a philanthropist from Massachusetts, who she knew from work with the Red Cross.


Puopolo previously wrote for NBC Dateline that he traveled to Germany for the trial of Mounir el Motassadeq, convicted of the 9/11 attacks, because he was “moved to protect our country and seek justice against our enemy”.


The Miami Beach arrest affidavit said that Puopolo is believed to be homeless.


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Guard Kills Friend In Lagos, Cut Body Into Pieces & Dumps In The Bush.

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a security guard, Haruna Abubakar, in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, for allegedly killing his friend.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Abubakar and the victim, a herdsman, whose name had yet to be ascertained, worked on a farm in the area.

It was gathered that Abubakar and the victim were on the farm on Saturday when a disagreement ensued between them. The altercation was said to have led to a scuffle, during which the 28-year-old suspect hacked the herdsman to death.

Our correspondent learnt that Abubakar dismembered the deceased, packed the parts in a sack and dumped them in a bush.

A source, who has knowledge of the incident, said the deceased’s brother, identified as Adamu, reported a case of missing person to the police when the victim did not return home from the farm on the day.

“A police team went to the farm and some persons provided useful information, which indicted the suspect. He was arrested based on the tip-off and he actually confessed to killing his friend,” the source added.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Office, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.

She said the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for investigation and prosecution.

She said, “The command, upon discreet investigation and intelligence gathering, arrested the suspect. The victim, aged 27, was his friend and co-worker.

“They had an altercation which resulted in a physical fight and in the process, the suspect attacked the deceased with a dagger, cut him to pieces and dumped him in the bush.

“The clue gathered by the police led to the arrest of the suspect who later confessed to the crime and led operatives to the scene where the body parts were recovered.”

Hunger Will Not Kill Nigerians, Presidency Faults UN Report

The Presidency says the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible and will not allow starvation to kill millions of Nigerians.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu said this on Sunday in a reaction to the recent alarm by some aid agencies that starvation would kill one million internally displaced persons in the northeast next year.

He said the nation appreciated the increasing humanitarian assistance complementing the federal and state governments’ efforts in the region currently facing humanitarian crisis.

Shehu explained that the crisis was a problem Buhari’s administration continued to handle with great sensitivity.

He stated: “This notwithstanding, we’re concerned about the blatant attempts to whip up a nonexistent fear of mass starvation by some aid agencies; a type of hype that does not provide solution to the situation on the ground, but more to do with calculations for operations financing locally and abroad. In a recent instance, one arm of the United Nations screamed that 100,000 people will die of starvation next year. A different group says a million will die.

“The displacement pattern as revealed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) with the International Organisation for Migration indicates that there are currently about two million people who are displaced. Only about 20 percent of this is however in IDP camps. This much reduced numbers are in Borno in 13 formal and 16 satellite camps; four of such camps currently operating in Adamawa and about the same number in Yobe. The larger number of the IDP population is living either in self-settled camps or with host communities. The affected states with active collaboration with NEMA and the recently inaugurated Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative are deeply involved in efforts to cushion the humanitarian challenges especially on food security and nutrition.

“Through an ongoing arrangement, NEMA provides raw food items to IDPs at formal camps, self-settled centres, host communities and satellite centres. The states for their part provide condiments, firewood and maintain environmental quality of the IDP camps. Beyond the IDP camps, government agencies are  distributing food in host communities. The T.Y Danjuma-led PCNI is currently doing this in Borno State. In addition to the supply of food, the Federal Government, through NEMA and the PCNI, has made the provision of drugs to some major hospitals in the zone as a priority. These agencies have also been deploying on continuous basis, medical teams and equipment to the North-East to support the provision of medicare to the IDPs.

“This country has a responsible government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari which is doing a lot to bring relief to the displaced people. The Nigerian government which has been making the most efforts in the entire endeavour will continue to work closely with the local and international response groups to overcome this humanitarian crisis. At this time when the focus is gradually shifting to towards rehabilitation, reconstruction, resettlement, recovery and the dignified return of IDPs back home, we can do with all the support out there in the donor community.

“We do not, however, see the reason for the  theories and hyperbolic claims being made ostensibly to draw donor support by some of the aid agencies. The situation on the ground, as it exists, provides sufficient motivation to all well-meaning donors to come and do a decent part. The hype, especially that which suggests that the government is doing nothing is therefore uncharitable and unnecessary.”

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Gunmen Kill Chinese Miner, 1 Police, 2 Others In Nasarawa State

Some unidentified gunmen has killed one Chinese national, a police officer and two other workers of a mining company at Alongani village in Nasarawa Eggon local government area of Nasarawa state.

The State Police Command spokesman, DPS Kennedy Idirisu, who confirmed the killing, said that the victims were returning from their mining site in a company truck at about 4:00pm Monday before they were ambushed at Alongani village by the gunmen who shot at them from different directions.

Idirisu said that a Chinese, a police escort and two others workers were killed during the ambush while another Chinese national survived with bullet wound and currently being treated in the hospital.

Idrisu added that the state Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq Bello, had deployed officers and men of the command to the area to work in collaboration with other security agencies as well as the vigilante in order fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

He noted that the Commissioner of Police had visited the chairman of the Nasarawa Eggon local government area as well as the mining company office with the view to tackling the disturbing situation in the area.

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Robbers Kill Bank Customer, Steal N5m

A middle aged man, Chidobe Nkem, was on Monday shot dead by a four-man armed robbery gang who intersected his vehicle at the Government Reserved Area (GRA) in Warri Urban after being trailed from the bank and stolen N5 million from him.
The deceased, a driver who was accompanied by Mr. Maxwell Adibe, a manager (both staff of a Marine Company, Smu-Tuns Nigeria Ltd) were drove in a C-Class Mercedes-Benz to the bank, along Airport Road in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area.
The manager got into the banking hall at about 8.34am and withdrew N5 million on behalf of the company. He joined the driver who waited for him inside the car.
As they were returning to the office with the cash, they were trailed by a metallic coloured Toyota Corolla car.
Daily Sun learnt that it was right from the popular Link Road, off Ajamimogha Road while trying to negotiate into the GRA that the robbers fired the first shot from behind through to the rear glass of the car which hit the driver at the back.
The driver who had thought he could manage to escape with the bullet injury, however, did not go far before the robbers intercepted his car at Mabiaku Junction and crashed the car on the fence of a building.
Sensing that the driver could no longer continue, the manager quickly ran out of the car and took refuge in a near-by building, leaving the driver alone at the mercy of the robbers.
The bandits shot into the air before escaping with the money.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) ‘A Division’,  CSP Kevin Izuokumor, confirmed the incident and said the police are on the trail of the robbers.


I Was Forced To Kill My Best Friend, Read Shocking Story Of Former DRC Child Soldier

 It was during an ordinary game of soccer when Michel Chikwanine was abducted at age 5 by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and recruited into the army.

Herded onto a truck with his friend Kevin, Chikwanine was blindfolded, handed an AK-47 gun so heavy he could barely lift it and ordered to shoot.

“So I pulled the trigger,” Chikwanine told a conference on conflict and migration issues on Tuesday, where activists, advocates and others met to discuss such issues as the estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world today.

“I took off the blindfold,” Chikwanine, now 28, said. “There was blood on my hands. There was blood on my shirt, and in front of me was my best friend Kevin.

“I was 5 years old, and I was forced to kill my best friend as way of being initiated,” he said.

The eastern region of Chikwanine’s homeland has been plagued by dozens of armed groups that prey on locals and exploit mineral reserves. Millions of people died between 1996 and 2003 as conflict caused hunger and disease.

Chikwanine escaped and at age 11 made his way to Canada, where he lives and studies. He urged the international community to do more to stop the use of child soldiers.

“We talk about children’s rights and we give them lip service, but we’re not really fulfilling these goals,” he said at the RISING Global Peace Forum conference.

Of the world’s 250,000 child soldiers, about 40 percent of recruits are girls, said British charity War Child.

Many girls in the eastern Congo join militia groups for food and money, for protection against violence or because their families cannot afford to pay school fees, according to the Britain-based Child Soldiers International.

They are often married off to militants and vulnerable to abuse and rape, activists said.

The use of children in war has been increasing, especially in jihadist groups such as Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria, said Romeo Dallaire, founder of the Canada-based Child Soldiers Initiative.

“In the past, certainly children have been used, but as a peripheral instrument or as a last resort,” Dallaire told the conference.

“We’re actually moving into an era where the preferred instrument of conflict … is using children to do the conflict,” he said.

Dallaire, who worked for the United Nations during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, said the recruitment of children is a strong indication of other horrors being committed as well.

“If you’re ready to recruit children to do your fighting, there is no limit to what you can make them do, and there’s no limit to where you are prepared to go in regards to abusing human rights,” he said.

“If you see significant recruitment of child soldiers in a conflict zone, … it can rapidly degenerate into mass atrocities or genocide,” he said.”


Hunger Crisis Could Kill 200 Children Per Day, Humanitarian Agency Warns FG

Two hundred children could die every day from hunger in northeastern Nigeria as a result of the ongoing conflict in the country, a humanitarian agency has warned.

Up to half of all children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, international charity Save the Children said on Monday, after screening the health of boys and girls in the region between June and October in 2016.

The figure could be even worse in areas that are out of reach because of insecurity, according to the report.

“Children are presenting in desperate conditions and facing severe malnutrition, often in combination with other life-threatening illnesses like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhoea,” said Ben Foot, Save the Children country director.

“For some cases this may be the second or third time they have fought malnutrition so their immune systems are already severely weakened.”

Violent attacks on civilians since 2009 by the armed group Boko Haram have affected almost 15 million people in northeastern Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Zainabu Ibrahim, a mother of five severely malnourished children who escaped the clutches of Boko Haram three months ago, lives in a Bakassi camp in Maiduguri, which is home to almost 21,000 other displaced people.

“Boko Haram fighters stopped us from farming. We were really living on wild fruits and leaves,” Ibrahim told Al Jazeera.

“When we came here months ago, six of us were registered as a family and were given two measures each of corn, rice and beans to take us through the month. We tried to convince them that won’t be enough but no one pays any attention.”

More than 2.2 million people have fled their homes in the region, while 7 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the WHO.

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Gunmen Storm Ikorodu, Kill Pregnant Woman, Three Others

There was pandemonium in the Ikorodu area of Lagos as gunmen stormed the Ibeshi area of Ikorodu killing a pregnant woman, her two children and another man.

Witnesses said that the woman identified as Afusatu Kazeem, her two children and the other victim of the gun attack who was also identified as Sunday Roberts were rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital were they were confirmed dead.

Many other persons were wounded in the gun attack, which cannot be explained, but the Police spokes person in Lagos, Dolapo Badmus confirmed that the woman  was killed in the attack but her two children and Mr. Roberts were receiving treatment at the hospital.

Preliminary investigation by Daily Sun indicate that four persons were killed including the woman.

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Bus driver arraigned for threatening to kill his wife

A 50-year old commercial bus driver, Solari Oputa, was on Monday docked at a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, for allegedly assaulting and threatening his wife, Keji, with death.

The accused, who resides at No 1 RS Oputa st., Cele Naiza, Ijanikin area of Lagos, is facing a two- count charge of assault and threat to life.

Prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Uko told the court that the accused committed the offence on Oct. 10 at his residence.

He told the court that the accused, who had earlier boasted that nothing would happen to him, allegedly assaulted his wife with an iron rod, attempted to strangle and threatened to kill her.

He said the offences contravened Section 411 and 56 (A) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, Nigeria 2011.

Section 56 provides that any person who threatens violence and found guilty of a misdemeanor, is liable to one year imprisonment

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mr Abiodun Etti, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.

Etti ruled that the surety must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

He adjourned the case to Nov. 1 for hearing.

Rival cult kills varsity student, girlfriend in Makurdi.

A 21-year-old 200 level student of Geography, Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi, Solomon Aondoaseer and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Doofan Agbaja, have been killed by members of a rival cult group in Makurdi.

The police public relations officer, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the killings, said the late Aondoaseer was said be a member of the red Viper cult while their killers belong to the Black Axe cult

According to the PPRO, the killers who had been arrested, confessed that they actually committed the crime.

They include Paul Adum aka Reborn; Terkumbur Gber aka Shanke; Teryila Aondona aka Nasco; Thaddeus Ukaaku aka Waters and Damian Swem aka Dammy.

In another development two out of 3 suspects that robbed one Ato Akperan last month at gunpoint when trying to withdraw money from ATM machine at along Otukpo, were apprehended by the police while trying to sell the vehicle in Abuja.

ASP Yamuna, who also confirmed the arrest, said those arrested include Philip Ikya and Emmanuel Shaoube, while the police are still trailing the third person.

Troops kill four suspected kidnappers in Bauchi.

Troops of the 33 Brigade Forward Operations Base, Burra in Bauchi State killed four suspected kidnappers on Monday.

According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, in Abuja on Tuesday, the troops killed the suspects after they laid ambush for them following a tip off.

Usman said the incident happened at Sabon Kura village in Ningi Local Government Area of the state.

Usman said: “The kidnappers were on their way to Diwwa village for kidnapping.

“The troops engaged the kidnappers and after exchange of gunfire, four kidnappers were confirmed dead.”

He said three Dane guns, one cutlass, three handsets, some quantity of hard drugs and local charms were recovered from them.

Panic As Residents Kill Three Pythons In Lagos

Some security guards of Greenland Estate in the Mende, Maryland area of Lagos State killed three 30-foot pythons in the early hours of Tuesday.

 It was learnt that the killing of the reptiles brought panic into the estate as residents expressed fear for their safety.

It was gathered that the animals were exposed after the dredging activities of the Lagos State Government.

It was gathered that after killing the pythons, the security guards on the estate put them up for sale for N10,000.

The Vice Chairman of the estate, Sola Adekoya, said more than 15 pythons had been killed on the estate in 2016 alone, urging the government to find a lasting solution to the overgrown canals in the area.

He said, “The security men and some squatters caught the three pythons this morning around 8am. The giant snakes were about 30-foot long.

“We have seen more than 15 pythons this year alone; the guards kill them regularly. The reason is that the canals are overgrown and the snakes always hide under the canals. We need government’s  intervention on time to avoid any tragedy.”

It was learnt that residents of the area always stayed indoors at night for fear of being attacked by snakes.

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Russian Air Raids Kill 55 In #Aleppo

At least 55 people have been killed over the past 24 hours in the Syrian province of Aleppo as Russian air strikes resumed over the countryside, sources told Al Jazeera.

The deaths from raids in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr and Fardos neighbourhoods, as well as Ar-Rasheeqa city, were the results of the heaviest Russian bombardment in days on the city’s rebel-held sector. Dozens were also wounded.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, reported a lull in fighting on Wednesday.

“Silence is taking over Aleppo city, so far no gunshots or airstrikes have been heard, since the airstrike[s],” the monitor said.

Heightened tensions on the ground came amid efforts from the international community to halt the bloodshed in Aleppo.

Al Jazeera has seen a letter signed by at least 62 countries including Saudi and Qatar, but excluding Egypt and Iraq, calling on the UN Security Council to prevent further deaths from a “calculated campaign”.

The letter warns that the war in Syria is unlikely to be resolved by armies. It called on all parties to adopt political processes for a political transition based on recommendations agreed upon at Geneva conventions and by the Security Council.

“The fighting, the bombardment and the siege have worsened conditions inside Aleppo,” said Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from the Turkish border with Syria.

“The United Nations is warning that drinking water remains limited, medical supplies are urgently needed and the distribution food rations are being split in half … aid agencies are appealing for access to treat the wounded,” Khodr added.

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Evangelist & Church Worshippers Kill Man With Stones In Ebonyi

The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the murder of a man, Philip Ugwu, 60, by suspected worshipers following a land dispute in Afikpo Local Government Area.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, George Okafor, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki on Monday that the incident occurred at Amebo-Ndebo village.

Mr. Okafor said that the matter was reported to the police on September 30 by the wife of the deceased, Abani Ugwu, adding that one Tochukwu Okoh, an evangelist, had been arrested in connection with the incident.
He said the deceased’s wife alleged that Mr. Okoh and three others attacked her husband with stones.

The officer also quoted the widow as saying that her husband who could not withstand the attack eventually became unconscious and was rushed to a hospital where he was confirmed dead.
He said that his body had been deposited in a mortuary and would undergo autopsy.

The spokesperson said the divisional police officer for the area led a team of detectives and anti-crime patrol officers to the scene and arrested the suspect.

“We are currently on the trail of other suspects and I am sure that they will soon be arrested due to the useful information at our disposal,” he said.
“We assure the public that the matter will be investigated thoroughly while the culprits will be duly prosecuted,” he said.

NAN learnt that the victim, popularly called Boxer or Coach, had argued with the worshippers in a new generation church over the Attention of a fence to demarcate their lands.

“We heard Boxer’s wife screaming that her husband had been attacked by some worshippers and before we could get to the scene, he was lying unconscious.

“He was immediately rushed to the hospital but his wife identified one of the attackers still with a stone who was immediately apprehended and handed over to the police.

“The victim’s wife explained that he had purchased and built on the parcel of land even before the church came to lay claim over it,” a witness who preferred anonymity said.

The witness said that the matter had previously been reported to the traditional council during which the head pastor of the church, still at large, was invited.

Police Brutality: Officer Kills Okada Rider In Benue Over N50

A police officer on duty along Aliade-Awajir road has shot and killed a motorcyclist, otherwise known as Okada rider.

The victim identified as Friday was killed for interfering while the officer was allegedly arguing with a fellow Okada rider over N50 bribe.

We gathered that the deceased, who came to the scene to maintain peace, got more than he bargained for as the officer reportedly got angry, pulled the trigger and shot him on the forehead. He died on the spot.

The development sparked violence in the area as youths of the community have threatened to set the police station where the officer is attached on fire.

However, Benue State Police PPRO, Moses Yamu said the command was yet to receive the report.

“We have not gotten the report. I will find out and get back to you,” he said.

Protest Erupts After Police Kill Black Man In North Carolina

Protesters blocked a highway and clashed with police in Charlotte, North Carolina, early on Wednesday morning after officers fatally shot a black man they said had a gun when they approached him in a parking lot.

About a dozen officers and several protesters suffered non-life threatening injuries during an hours-long demonstration near where Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by a policeman on Tuesday afternoon, police and local media said on social media.

Early Wednesday morning, protesters blocked Interstate 85, where they stole boxes from trucks and started fires before police used flash grenades in an attempt to disperse the angry crowd, an ABC affiliate in Charlotte reported.

A group of protesters then tried to break into a Walmart store before police arrived and began guarding its front entryway, video footage by local media showed.

Earlier in the evening, police in riot gear reportedly used tear gas on protesters who threw rocks and water bottles at them as they wielded large sticks and blocked traffic. One officer was sent to the hospital after being struck in the head by a rock, police said.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts urged for calm.

“The community deserves answers and (a) full investigation will ensue,” she said on Twitter, adding in a subsequent post, “I want answers too.”

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Police arrest 21-year-old for killing childhood friend after gambling with phone

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 21-year-old man, Ogadima Nkwaha, for allegedly slitting the throat of his friend, John Effiong, in the Olodi Apapa area of the state.

It was learnt that the suspect killed the victim after he refused to release his (Effiong) phone to him.

It was gathered that Nkwaha had won more than N60,000 from the victim while they gambled.

Effiong, who wanted to recoup his losses, reportedly wagered his handset.

He, however, lost again to Nkwaha.

It was gathered that trouble started when the deceased refused to part with the phone, which started an argument between the two men.

In the ensuing brawl, the suspect allegedly slit Effiong’s throat with a broken bottle.

He was rushed to a private hospital where he eventually died.

It was gathered from some neighbours that it was the second time that such an incident would happen in the house.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the recent case happened around 5pm on Sunday.

He said, “The two guys were childhood friends and they rarely fight. But their undoing was their love for gambling.

“They had gambled that day with money and Effiong lost more than N60,000 to Nkwaha. He thought he could still have a chance, so he decided to bet with his handset. However, his friend won again.

“He refused to release the phone to him and that was how they started arguing. Nkwaha said he must release the phone since he lost the bet, but Effiong refused.

“Nkwaha went inside the room and broke a bottle. Effiong pushed him and he stabbed him in the throat with the broken bottle.”

Another resident, Jide Alawiye, said the men continued with their fight without realising the extent of Effiong’s injury.

He explained that the community became alarmed when the victim slumped.

“He was taken to a private hospital where he died around 11pm. The case was reported at the Tolu Police Division and the suspect was arrested,” Alawiye added.

Another resident, Babatunde Obasola, said there had been tension in the area over the fear that some relatives of the deceased would attack youths on Kumuyi Street.

“That house has been giving a lot of headache to people on this street and the reason is that it is owned by an elderly man who does not have any control over his tenants. Some hoodlums live in that house.

“We have reported their activities to the police at Ajeromi and Tolu divisions, and even Area B command. This is the second time that this kind of thing would be happening,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that Effiong’s corpse had been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.

She said, “We have a case involving one Ogadima Nkwaha, who allegedly stabbed one Effiong on the neck with a broken bottle during a fight between them.

“The victim’s corpse has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy, while the suspect is in custody.”

Soldiers Kill 20 Cattle Rustlers In Zamfara

At least 20 cattle rustlers were killed at the weekend in a military operation in Zamfara State.  The soldiers also recovered 200, 10 AK 47 rifles ammunition.
The Commanding Officer, 223 Light Tank Battalion, Lt-Col Aliyu Adamu who disclosed that the rustlers’ den was also destroyed in Dansadau forest
“We have succeeded in our battle with cattle rustlers, 20 of them were gunned down. We are also able to recover live ammunition, 10 AK 47 and 1 AK 49 riffles from the bandits,” he said.
Other villages raided include Malele, Yarwutsiya, Babar doka, Ruwan Tofa and some neibouring villages.

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Again, Herdsmen Invade Enugu Community, Kill Catholic Seminarian

Suspected Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of on Thursday invaded the sleepy Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbe-Ugwu community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, killing a Catholic seminarian, Lazarus Okafor, and injuring four others, including a pregnant woman.

The suspected herders were said to have invaded the Ogbodo Nwarum family compound in the community at about 2 a.m. and wreaked havoc on the entire household.

While the seminarian had severe machete cuts which led to his death, the four others — the landlord of the house Ogbodo Nwarum, his aged mother, pregnant wife and son — had their bowels ripped open by the herders who left them gasping for life.

The state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, however, warned that the state would no longer tolerate the mindless killings by the suspected herdsmen, directing the security operatives to ensure that those who were involved in the dastardly act were fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.

The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Greg Ugwu, and the council chairman, Afam Okereke, said the attackers gained access into the building through the ceiling from where they jumped into the house and unbolted the panel door.

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Father Mbaka Alleges Plan To Kill Buhari

Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka, has said that plans are being hatched to murder President Muhammadu Buhari over his uncompromising stand on corruption.

In a video message, Mr. Mbaka urged the devotees at his popular Adoration Ground in Enugu to desist from speaking evil against the president.

“So I want to tell you that so far, God is happy with Buhari. And him whom God has blessed, may you not try to accurse, because God will curse you,” said the priest.

“Many people are planning, as it is revealed, to kill him. There are many plans on how to eliminate his life so that corruption will continue, so that quantum embezzlement will continue.

“But the Lord says ‘God who put you there will not forsake you. Be firm, be resolute, remain focused, and be unbiased. Refuse to be intimidated and refuse to be distracted. Go ahead and war against evil. President Buhari, go ahead and war against corruption. President Buhari, God and his people are behind you, you are the answer of the prayers of the people, amen.’”

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Lions Kill Child Led Into Their Enclosure By Wildlife Worker

South African police are investigating allegations of culpable homicide against a park worker who is reported to have led a 12-year-old orphan into a lion enclosure.

Nkalemelo Latha was killed after being savaged by the lions at the Otavi Wildlife Sanctuary in Parys, Free State province, The Times reported.

The worker, whose name was given as “Rasta” is alleged to have stolen a set of keys, opened the enclosure and led the boy inside.

Staff at the park heard screaming and rushed to the child’s aid. One drove a pickup truck into the enclosure to chase the two white lions away.

But it was to no avail. The child was found lying unconscious on the ground having been bitten on his head and neck; he died shortly afterwards.

Rasta, who worked at the park for six months, is reported to have told the police that he tried to get help after the lioness attacked the boy and he was also mauled.

“I can’t understand why this man decided to steal the keys to get into the enclosure,” said Ina Human, the park manager.

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Troops Kill 27 Boko Haram Terrorists

Soldiers killed 27 Boko Haram insurgents and arrested 10 others in Northern Cameroon, the Commander of a Regional Army Force said on Thursday.

“A Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) set up by Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Benin and Cameroon to fight Boko Haram across borders, ambushed a group of the terrorists on Wednesday near the town of Fotokol.

“It is located close to the border with Nigeria.No soldiers were killed during the clashes, according to Dobekreo,’’ the MJTF Commander, Bouba Dobekreo said.

Boko Haram poses a steady threat to communities in the north-east of Nigeria and has also launched offensives in neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

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Troops Kill Suspected Cattle Rustler, Armed Bandits In Katsina

Troops of 35 Battalion, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army on Friday killed a suspected cattle rustler and armed bandits on Tsambe-Fafare road, Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

This is contained in a statement issued by Col.Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations on Saturday in Abuja.

He said the troop were in a joint patrol with Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Katsina State, under operation “SHARAN DAJI”
He said the operation followed information received from well patriotic citizens that three gunmen were sighted on motorcycles in the area.Usman said that the team swung into action and pursued the suspected armed bandits towards Dumburu forest in Zamfara.

The spokesman said during the encounter, the team killed one of the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits, while the other two escaped with gun shot wounds.

He said that items recovered included an AK-47 rifle with registration number 1985PS6288, additional AK-47 rifle magazine and 3 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.

In a related development, a combined team arrested a suspected notorious cattle rustler and armed bandit, Abubakar Mohammed and his boys, Ana’s Gora and Bello Sani.

He said items recovered from them included 49 cattle and 25 sheep.

Usman said that the special raids were carried out along Faskari-Sheme-Mairuwa road, Katsina State.

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Militants Kill Three Soldiers, Cart Away Weapons In Bayelsa

Suspected militants on Monday attacked the location of the newly-activated Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, in Bayelsa State, and killed three soldiers.

The incident, which reportedly occurred about 9.30am, took place at Tombi Jetty, Ogolomabiri in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.

The militants were also said to have made away with military gunboats, rifles and other ammunition, after an ambush on the operatives stationed at a checkpoint.

The checkpoint, it was learnt, is located at the community’s entrance and had been in existence since the era of militancy in the Niger Delta.

It was also learnt that heavy sounds of gunshots allegedly fired during the surprise attack unsettled the community for about 30 minutes.

The situation was said to have thrown the residents of the community into panic, as many of them who initially thought the area was under siege ran in different directions for safety.

It was further learnt that the gunmen, who stormed the area with unspecified number of speedboats, dressed in white uniform to deceive their targets of their real intentions.

Their immaculate white dresses, it was learnt, were designed to create an impression that they were members of a white garment church on a funeral procession.

A resident of Nembe, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was widespread fear in the community.

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Egypt Airstrikes Kill ISIS Commander In Sinai

The Egyptian army killed the head of a Sinai-based militant group affiliated with the Islamic State and dozens of other militants in a massive airstrikes in North Sinai, an Egyptian military spokesman said Thursday.

The security campaign accurately targeted hideouts of the IS-affiliate Sinai State group and managed to kill the group leader known as Abu Duaa al-Ansari and a number of his aides, Brigadier-general Mohamed Samir said in a statement.

Egypt has been battling a growing wave of anti-government terrorism since the military removed former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and later blacklisted his Muslim Brotherhood group.

On Sunday, a police officer was shot dead by unknown militants near a police station in Arish city of restive North Sinai province.

The Sinai-based militant group claimed responsibility for most of the terrorist operations that killed hundreds of police and military men over the past few years.

In response, the Egyptian military has been launching a continuous massive security campaign in the peninsula that left over 1,000 militants killed and a similar number of suspects arrested.

The security raids in the peninsula, mostly in North Siani’s cities of Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, are part of the country’s “war against terrorism” declared by ex-military chief and now President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following Morsi’s removal.

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Suspected Herdsmen Kill 10 In Adamawa Village

Suspected herds men have killed atleast 10 persons in Kodomun village in Demsa Local Government area in Adamawa State.

 Local politicians said the figure was much higher as many people declared missing might have been dead in the bush.

 Clashes between Fulani herds men and farming have escalated in recent years, leading to circles of reprisal attacks.

 The Law maker  representing Demsa Constituency at state House of Assembly, Lumsan Dilli told journalists that the number of dead was much higher.

 He called for security action to prevent escalation as the affected villagers were mobilising for reprisal attacks.

 Also in a chat with journalists, the newly elected Chairman of Demsa Local Government Council,  Mrs. Wale Fwa, who was just sworn-in on Monday, announced the death of a newly elected councillor, Hani Habila in the attack as more than 40,000 have been displaced.

 Wale said the council was collaborating with security agencies and traditional rulers to initiate dialogue among the communities.

 Deputy Governor, Martins Babable, the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Armored Brigade, Yola, Brigadier General Benson Akiroluyo and the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ghazzali visited the area on Tuesday to asses the situation.

 The trio had earlier commiserated with  the paramount ruler of Batta, Hamman Batta, Chief Alhamdu Teneke at his palace over the incident., calling for calm and assuring residents of protection.

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Hoodlums Invade Lagos Streets, Kill Worshipper, Loot Shops

There was confusion on the Lagos Island on Friday when about 50 hoodlums, mostly teenagers, invaded five streets, where they killed a resident, Ade Busari, and looted several shops.

It was gathered that the hoodlums were armed with daggers and machetes during the attack.

It was learnt that Busari was killed around 2pm while going for an Islamic prayer.

Busari was reportedly killed on Odunfa Street.

Reporters gathered that the men, who were said to have mobilised from another part of the Lagos Island, vandalised vehicles parked by the roadside.

Policemen from the Adeniji Adele division and operatives of the Rapid Response Squad were said to have attempted to curtail the attack.

A resident on Odunfa Street, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that Busari, who was married with children, was pursued by the armed hoodlums before being hacked to death.

He alleged that Busari was killed by one of the gang’s leaders identified as Azeez, alias Small Zego.

He said, “The boys got to the area around 2pm and began to loot some of the shops. Most traders quickly locked their shops and ran home. The hoodlums did not have guns; but they had daggers and machetes.

“The victim was going to pray in a mosque. As he passed by them, one of the robbers shouted, ‘That’s him. He is one of them.’ They encircled Busari and began to cut him with machetes. One of the gang’s leaders, Azeez, alias Small Zego, brought out a knife and stabbed him to death. The police later came to remove his corpse. There is still tension in the area.”

An Islamic cleric on Massey Street said the police brought four tanks to the area on Saturday.

He said, “People have refused to come to their shops today (Saturday) as a result of the robbery and the death. I could not go for my Islamic prayers on Friday as a result of the tension. But the police brought four tanks to Odunfa on Saturday and peace is gradually returning.”

A trader, who claimed he was stabbed by the hoodlums, said, “I was about locking my shop when the robbers got to my street. One of them stabbed me in the hand because I did not want them to loot my shop. There was a crowd of gangsters; it was as if they were on a rally. They wore only shirts and jean trousers. They vandalised any vehicle and tricycle they found by the roadside. It was after they had looted about three streets that the police brought the tanks.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said three suspects were arrested during the attack, adding that they had been charged to court.

She said, “Hoodlums engaged one another in a fight on those streets. They damaged seven vehicles. Three suspects – Komeji Idris, Ola Saka and Ishola Adams – were arrested and they were arraigned in court on Friday.

“They have been remanded at the Ikoyi prison. The police do not have any record of death. However, the family of the deceased can come forward to file a report to assist police investigations. The command is on the trail of other suspects and order has returned to the area now.”

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Cultists Kill 11 In Ogun To Mark Anniversary

No fewer than 11 persons have been killed by suspected cult members in Igode and Fakale communities in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Four persons were also injured while houses and cars were vandalized in the attack that lasted for about 10 hours.

It was learnt that the hoodlums, said to be Aye Confraternity members, had gone on the rampage at about 11am on Wednesday to commemorate their anniversary tagged 7/7.

The grand finale of the anniversary was reportedly held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Emuren, a neighbouring community.

It was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 25 on motorcycles, came from Emuren, wielding guns and cutlasses.

Their targets were said to be members of the Eiye Confraternity, a rival cult. The bandits, who reportedly wore masks, shot dead three welders at a junction bordering Emuren and Igode.

The welders were said to be returning from a work site on a motorcycle.

The rampaging miscreants reportedly proceeded to the Fakale community, where they opened fire on a crowd watching a football match in a viewing centre, killing seven persons.

It was learnt that one of the deceased, identified simply as Dare, was a member of the Oodua People’s Congress.

Others were identified as Ibukun, Ismaila, Sunday, and a steel rod seller, Dare Olakanmi.

Three of them were said to have been buried.

However, the police had yet to remove the remains of the three welders as of 12pm on Thursday.

Four others, who were injured, were said to have been taken to a hospital in Sagamu.

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Snipers Kill Four Police At US Protest Over Shootings

Four police officers were killed and seven others wounded by snipers in chaotic scenes in Dallas during a protest against police shootings of black men, with a suspect warning that bombs were planted throughout the city center.

City Police Chief David Brown said two snipers shot at “police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally.” A civilian was also wounded.

Police were continuing to exchange gunfire with a suspect holed up in a downtown garage hours after the shooting started. Four police officers were killed and seven others wounded by snipers in chaotic scenes in Dallas during a protest against police shootings of black men, with a suspect warning that bombs were planted throughout the city center.

City Police Chief David Brown said two snipers shot at “police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally.” A civilian was also wounded.

Police were continuing to exchange gunfire with a suspect holed up in a downtown garage hours after the shooting started.

The suspect “has told our negotiators that the end is coming, and he is going to hurt and kill more of us, meaning law enforcement. And that there are bombs all over the place in this garage and in downtown,” Brown told reporters.

A woman who had been in the same part of the garage was also in custody, along with two suspects who had camouflage bags in a Mercedes and a person of interest who turned himself in after police tweeted a picture of him wearing camouflage and an assault rifle slung across his shoulder.

It is legal for those with permits to openly carry weapons in the state of Texas.

“We still don’t have a complete comfort level that we have all the suspects,” Brown warned.

Several hundred people attended the Dallas rally, which ended just before the shots rang out around 9:00 pm (0200 GMT Friday).

The protest was one of several nationwide over the fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana this week that have prompted US President Barack Obama to make an emotional appeal for urgent police reform.

The Federal Aviation Administration restricted 2.5 nautical miles of airspace over the city, saying “only relief aircraft operations under direction of Dallas Police Department are authorized in the airspace.”

Mayor Mike Rawlings said both the White House and Texas Governor Greg Abbott had offered to help.

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Suspected Herdsmen Kill 26 Persons, Injure Many In Benue

In what seemed like a coordinated attacks, suspected Fulani herdsmen yesterday allegedly attacked four Benue communities killing over 26 persons, injuring many others and razing several houses and huts.

The attacks came on the heels of Saturday’s invasion of Dusa villages in Turan council ward of Logo local government, where a Village Head and five others were killed.

It was gathered that the villages affected in the latest attacks were Uzaar in Tombo, Anyii in Logo local government and Vase in Ukum local government. According to the source, the marauders launched an attack on Uzzar and Anyii Monday night killing about 8 persons and razing down parts of the affected communities.

According to him, “Vase was attacked at about 1am Tuesday where 12 persons including six relatives of a serving Permanent Secretary in the state were butchered in cold blood. The sequence of the attacks clearly showed that they were well coordinated and that is why the people could not put up any form of resistance.

“As we speak there is a huge influx of displaced persons of over 1,000 including women and children running away from their homes to Ugba, the headquaters of Logo same as Zaki Biam in Ukum, for safety. From the sustained attacks it is becoming clear that the herdsmen want to take over the affected communities close to River Benue because of the rich vegetation.” When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attacks, said however that “the Police have recovered four corpses from Vase, three from Anyii and one from Uzaar village. That is the number I can confirm to you.”

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Boko Haram Kill 24 People , Police Arrest Boko Haram Kingpin On Wanted List In Adamawa

The Boko Haram insurgency has been reportedly killed 24 persons in Kuda -Kaya village of Madagali local Government Area of Adamawa state.

Eyewitness account revealed that the insurgents in their hundred stormed the village on Thursday night at about 10 pm and killed 24 persons , while 10 persons sustained various degree of injuries from the attack.

He said the majority of persons killed were women and children  while those injured were rush to Gulak Cottage Hospital for treatment which is three kilometer from Kuda-kaya village

However the spokes man of the Police command in the state,DSP Othman Abubakar told Journalists in Yola that 18 persons were killed in Kuda-Kaya attack and also confirmed that one of the kingpin of Boko Haram on wanted list of the military was arrested in Gombi while trying to withdraw money in the Bank.

He said the suspect is presently in the police custody undergoing interrogation.

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Soldiers Kill 8 Cultists In Rivers

Eight persons suspected to be members of the Icelander cult group, were on Sunday, shot dead in Obelle community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State by the military during a shoot-out.
Also, five persons, who were reportedly abducted by the cult group at the weekend, in Elele,  Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state have regained their freedom.
It was gathered that the Army  recorded the feat Sunday, after trailing the bandits to their camp in Obelle community, following the spate of cult killings and other criminal activities, threatening the peace of the community and its environs.
According to a source from the community, gun duel ensued when the cultists, who fled the neighbouring Ibaa community and camped in Obelle, opened fire on sighting the soldiers.
It was further gathered that the soldiers reinforced and pursued the gunmen under heavy firing into the Obelle-Elele forest, killing eight of the suspects.
The source said that when the cultists lost their grips on the community, five out of the six hostages escaped from their den.
The kidnap victims, it was gathered, were ambushed by suspected cultists in Port Harcourt, who whisked away six persons into a forest in the area.
Meanwhile, the 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, has destroyed three camps, belonging to suspected cultists in Ibaa and Obelle communities in Emohua Local Government Area.
This was contained in a statement issued yesterday, by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade of Nigerian Army, Captain Eli Lazarus, saying that five persons were killed in the operation.
Lazarus said the operation followed a tip off on the hideout of the cultists in the communities.  He said two pump action rifles and 26 phones were recovered during the raid.
He assured that the current operation against cultists and other criminals in the State, would be sustained to safeguard lives and property of members of the public.

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Militants Kill Two Soldiers, 5 Others In Boat House Attack

Militants have attacked a military house boat at Ejere Junction, a creek in Warri South council area of Delta State, killing seven people, including two soldiers.

The killings have heightened the tension in the oil-rich Niger Delta where oil facilities have been attacked. Nigeria’s output has been badly affected.

It was gathered that five boats, loaded with heavily armed insurgents, stormed an isolated boat house, located inside the creek around Omadino, an Itsekiri community, at about 8:00pm and opened fire on the occupants, killing all those onboard, except a civilian, who reportedly died on the way to the hospital.

There was no claim of responsibility for the Wednesday attack.

A community source said the attack happened at about 8:00pm. He said all occupants of the boat, whom he thought to be soldiers, were killed.

“An army security house boat was attacked and all the security men inside were killed last night at Omadino, by pipeline, here. This happened around 8 in the evening,” he said.

Another source, from one of the military formations in Warri said those in the house boat were not all soldiers. There were civilians, who rendered various types of services aboard.

A military source from Warri, who confirmed the development, told said that two soldiers and five civilians died in the attack. He said most of the men stationed at the house boat had gone on pipeline patrol when the attackers came.

According to the source, although outnumbered by the assailants, the soldiers who were left on the boat when the attackers came gave their best, ensuring that the assailants did not leave without a bloody nose.

He said: “The report is true. They came in five speed boats. They were many and, unfortunately, when they got there, some of the soldiers were on pipelines patrol. When the attackers got there, the man on sentry did his best, but, unfortunately, because of their number they opened fire to kill the civilians inside the house boat. There were four civilians and two soldiers, making six.

“The seventh person, who happened to be a civilian, was rushed to Oghara (the Delta State University Teaching Hospital). Getting to Oghara, they found out that the hospital was on strike. Before he could be rushed back to Warri, his situation had deteriorated. You know the distance between Warri and Oghara; that was how he gave up the ghost.

“Our people also got some of them down, but as they wouldn’t like to leave any of their casualties behind, we can’t ascertain, but the soldiers tried their best in reducing their number”, the source said.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Benin, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, in a statement, said two soldiers were killed, one injured, another one missing and four civilians rendering services on the house boat, were also killed.

“At about 5:50pm on 1 June 2016, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Houseboat deployed at Ejere junction in Warri South Local Government Area was attacked by suspected armed militants group. The suspected militants approached the Houseboat in five (5) speed boats mounted with 250 horse power engines and disguised as normal commuters. During the deliberate attack, two soldiers were killed, one wounded, one soldier missing while four civilian officials attached to the house boat were shot dead. The attack occurred when other members of the troops were on pipeline patrol.

“The Brigade condemns the attack on our personnel carrying out their constitutional duties and other innocent employee. The Brigade will not be deterred by such dastardly acts, but will remain resolute in discharging its constitutional duties. Furthermore, those who carried out the criminal acts will surely be sought, apprehended and brought to justice,” the army spokesman said.

At the Warri Central Hospital, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mrs. Success Obere, confirmed that the bodies of some military men and civilians were brought to the morgue, but could not give the exact number.

It was, however confirmed that three soldiers and four civilians were deposited at the morgue.

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Troops Kill 30 Boko Haram Insurgents

More than 30 Boko Haram insurgents were killed when they ambushed an Army contingent in Kareto, Borno State, the Army said yesterday.

The attack by about 100 Boko Haram members on Monday occurred during patrols by the 113 Battalion.

The ground operation by the Army and a multinational force, with air cover by the Air Force, is to raid the North on a village-by-village basis, capture Boko Haram terrorists and free the captives.

Cameroonian Gen. Bouba Dobekreo said this month that the ground forces were put in place to eradicate Boko Haram threat in Nigeria.

In clashes last Friday, 34 suspected Boko Haram members were killed and 455 captives freed in Borno State.

In Monday’s battle, 24 soldiers were injured, said Col. Sani Usman of the Nigerian Army.

Military sources said: “Scores of Boko Haram insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds.”

Yesterday, the Army reported a separate incident – a Boko Haram attack on the convoy of Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, the Acting GOC (General Officer Commanding) in the Borno city of Bama. One soldier was killed and two injured.

Insurgents were killed, arms and ammunition were recovered. Gen. Ezugwu was not injured.

More than 20,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram terrorists and 2.3 million displaced since the group began violent campaign in 2009.

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Troops Kill Five Terrorists, Rescue 180 Hostages In Borno

Troops of 7 Division Garrison and 112 Battalion of Nigerian Army have on Wednesday killed five Boko Haram terrorists; with the rescue of 180 hostages held in five communities during a six-hour clearance military operations in Borno state.

The cleared communities include Menari, Bulamari, Baale, Maafa, Zangebe and Kaltaram of Mafa Local Government Area of the state.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman in the statement issued Thursday in Maiduguri, said that the successful clearance of Boko Haram remnants in Mafa, was assisted by some Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in the Mafa-Dikwa axis.

Usman in the statement also said that during the six-hour clearance operations, five terrorists were gunned down, before the cattle of the rescued hostages were retrieved in Giltimari and Baale villages.

The statement reads in part: “During troops operations yesterday, five terrorists were killed. They also rescued 180 persons and their cattle held hostages by the terrorists in Giltimari and Baale communities of Mafa.”

He said the rescued captives, are undergoing military screening, before they are moved to undisclosed resettlement camp in the state.

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Boko Haram: Troops Kill 58 Terrorists, Lose A Soldier

The Nigerian Army said, yesterday, that it lost one of its soldiers and killed no fewer than 58 terrorists, following a clearance operation to rid insurgents from their hideout at Musari.

The Army in statement signed by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said: “In continuation with the clearance of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 153 Task Force Brigade, 5 Brigade, Monday, had an encounter with terrorists at Musari village.

“During the clearance operations, a soldier paid the supreme price, while the troops killed 58 terrorists and recovered two hand grenades, 52 motorcycles, and several bags of foodstuffs such as beans, onions, sweet potatoes and guinea corn, as well as cartons of fish.”

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Troops Kill More Boko Haram Fighters, Suicide Bomber

The Nigerian military has killed more Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) fighters and intercepted a suicide bomber in parts of Borno State.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Sunday that the troops of 7 Brigade ambushed and killed seven BHT at Dawashi early Sunday morning.

He said that the troops that laid in wait at the terrorists suspected crossing point engaged them on sight, “killed the seven terrorists and recovered a Peugeot station wagon loaded with 2,010 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) packed in 67 Jerri cans, uniforms, some materiels and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs).

He listed others items recovered to include, dry cell batteries, AK-47 rifle, tools and fish.

In a related development, Usman said that the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade ambushed and killed a BHT suicide bomber at Kumala and Musafanari villages general area last night effectively saving lives and properties of innocent citizens.

He said: “The troops who on receipt of information, laid an ambush for the terrorist at suspected BHT crossing point, engaged the terrorist who was obviously on suicide mission, from Sambisa general area.”

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Troops Kill Wanted Boko Haram Terrorist In Borno

The troops of the Nigerian Army have killed one of the 100 most wanted Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Friday that that the Boko Haram commander was killed in an ambush by the troops of the 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade, Baga, and 118 Task Force Battalion, along Daban Masara.

Usman said that Masara was used by the Boko Haram insurgents to convey logistics for their operation.

He said that the Boko Haram leader, listed as number 95 in the first list of the most wanted 100 terrorists released by the Nigerian Army, sustained injuries which led to his death later.

Usman added that other members of the group escaped with gunshot  wounds.

The Acting Army Spokesman said the troops also recovered arms and ammunition and some jerrycans containing fuel and motor cycles from the insurgents.

“Troops of 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade Quick Response Group stationed in Baga and 118 Task Force Battalion, sprang an ambush along Daban Masara axis used by Boko Haram terrorists to convey logistics.

“At the encounter, one of the suspected wanted Boko Haram terrorists’ leaders who is serial number  95 on the first Nigerian Army wanted list of 100 Boko Haram terrorists leaders, was fatally wounded in the exchange of fire,”the statement read.

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How Teenage Suicide Bomber Got Cold Feet, Refused To Kill

 Nigerian officials have said that a teenage girl packed with explosives by Boko Haram ripped off her vest to avoid taking part in an attack on the refugee camp in Dikwa, Borno State.

Two others with her, however, walked into the middle of hundreds of people lining up for food before they blew themselves up in an attack Tuesday that killed 58 and wounded several others, reported the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday.
Self-defence fighter Modu Awami said on Thursday that the third bomber, looking about 14, has confessed. Awami, who helped question the girl, said she was scared because she knew she would kill people.
A rescue official said the girl gave officials information about other planned bombings.

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How Boko Haram Set Children Ablaze, Kill 86 In Borno Attacks

Boko Haram was alleged to have burnt some children to death when the militants overran Dalori, a village four kilometres outside Maiduguri, where about 80 residents of the community were killed on Saturday night.

The Area Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in Borno State, Mohammed Kanar, said 86 bodies were picked up in the village on Sunday.

Hospital sources added that no fewer than 70 persons were receiving treatment in hospitals around the area.

A resident who managed to escape the attack, claimed that screams of children could be heard from burning houses as the embattled villagers ran in confusion to exit the village as the destruction raged.

Also, a survivor, who said he hid on a tree, stated that he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, AP reports.

On Sunday, while some residents had managed to return to their houses which had been razed, a reporter observed that some burnt bodies and others, riddled with bullets, littered the streets and some burnt houses in the town.

One of those who had returned to the village on Sunday said that insurgents including suicide bombers attacked the town, which also spilled over to the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps around the village.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he added that the suicide bombers mingled with fleeing villagers and detonated the explosives on them at the neighbouring Gamori village, killing several of the villagers.

The villagers told newsmen on Sunday that troops did not arrive in time to stop the rampaging sect fighters from unleashing maximum havoc on the community.

Military authorities confirmed that one of the places targeted by the insurgents was the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons’ camp housing over 15,000 people, who are mostly women and children from Bama.

A member of the youth vigilance group in the town, who spoke on condition of anonymity on the telephone on Sunday, said not less than 65 persons were killed with over 100 others injured in the attack on Dalori.

One of the residents of the community, who fled to Maiduguri, Yusuf Ibrahim, said that the attack on the village started around 6.50pm and lasted for hours.

He lamented that the insurgents, who operated undeterred, stormed the village in Hilux vans and motorcycles dressed in army camouflage and set the houses in the village ablaze.

He said livestock were not spared as the insurgents set them on fire but looted foodstuffs.

A rescue worker, who participated in the evacuation of the victims, said 50 corpses were taken to the Borno State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri and 15 others corpses deposited at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

Narrating his ordeal, a resident of the village, Mallam Abba said, “We were helpless as no one came to our aid when the insurgents struck on Saturday night. I am still mourning as I lost 11 persons in the siege. At present, I am still looking for five of my children, who went missing during the attack.”

Another resident of Dalori, Imam Ibrahim, who could not hold back his tears as he spoke , said the insurgents “dressed like military personnel and opened fire on everybody.’’

He added, ‘‘All our wives and children were brutally killed; our livestock were equally consumed in a great inferno that engulfed the village.”

A statement, the spokesman for the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Mustapha Anka, while confirming the attack, however, failed to give the casualty figure.

The statement added, “In their desperate efforts for attacks on strong, determined and committed members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and innocent citizens yesterday (Saturday), 30 January, 2016, Boko Haram terrorists (insurgents) launched an attack on Dalori through Yale from (rear of Dalori village).

“An eyewitness said that the insurgents who came in two Golf cars, motorcycles, started opening fire and burning houses. Their motive was to cause rancour and penetrate the crowd with suicide bombers.

“Similarly, while people were running for their dear lives to Gomari Kerkeri village, three female suicide bombers attempted to make their way into the crowd but were intercepted and subsequently got blown off.

“During the incident, lives were lost while some people sustained injuries. The insurgents also attempted to penetrate Dalori IDP camp, but the attempt was resisted by troops, which resulted into the detonation of IEDs by suicide bombers.”

Anka added that the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Hassan Umaru, had sent a condolence message to the District Head of Dalori, Alhaji Lawal Bashir, and the residents over the unfortunate incident.

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Gunmen Kill Two Police Officers In Kaduna

Gunmen on Sunday morning killed two mobile police officers at a security checkpoint in Nimbia Village, a boundary community between Kafanchan in Kaduna State and Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The spokesperson of the Special Task Force, STF, in Plateau, Ikedichi Iweha, stated this in a telephone interview.

Mr. Iweha, a Captain in the Nigeria Army, said the victims were not members of the STF.

“The two mobile police officers who were killed are members of Task Force in Kaduna State,” he said. “They were attacked at about 10:30 a.m. today (Sunday).”

The Army Captain said his troops trailed the attackers but did not get them.

He said no arrest has been made while the remains of the victims have been taken to Kafanchan in Kaduna State.

Mr. Iweha said the STF has reinforced its troops in the search for the suspects.

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How Troops Killed 20 Suspected Terrorists, Rescue 370

The Nigerian Army says troops fighting Boko Haram militants in Borno have killed over 20 terrorists and freed 370 persons held hostage by the sect members.

The Deputy Theatre Commander of the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, Major General Leo Irabor, told reporters in Maiduguri on Friday that the soldiers also intercepted suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate the state capital.

He added that two of the alleged suicide bombers blew themselves up while the third, who targeted soldiers at the checkpoint, was gunned down.

Major General Irabor also said that three rifles and 41 motorcycles were destroyed in Dikwa a town in Borno State.

“Terrorists sighted troops and abandoned their families behind and those that they abandoned behind include five women and three children. The women are currently undergoing interrogation.

“In all these encounters, the Nigerian Air Force provided close air support and surveillance cover to the ground troops, he told reporters.

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Adoration Ministry Reveals Prime Suspects In “Plot To Kill Buhari”

Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Nigeria headed by Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka has called on security agents to see as prime suspects those criticising the prophecy of its spiritual director on a plot to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari.
The ministry’s Media Chief, Mr Ike Maximus Ugwuoke, who said this yesterday in a statement issued in Enugu, urged Nigerians to ask those he described as “democratic miscreants” why they are not perturbed by the other prophecies Fr Mbaka made this year except the plot to kill Mr President.
“Are they guilty or privy to the plot which the man of God had exposed? The laborious manner with which they attacked the prophetic message in an attempt to filibuster and water it down betrays their innocence on this issue and this should make them prime suspects in the list of the nation’s intelligence security surveillance,”  the ministry said.
The Adoration Ministry responded to a statement credited to a human rights group which threatened to drag Fr Mbaka to the Pope, if the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria failed to reprimand him and stop him from actively associating with politicians based on his New Year prophecy of a plan to assassinate Buhari.
The rights group dismissed Fr. Mbaka’s prophecy as “delusional fantasy.”
But the Adoration Ministry said the Constitution in “Section 38(1) respects universal right to freedom of religion and to manifest and propagate same either or in community with others in public or private just as it guarantees freedom of expression in Section 39.
“If the  Constitution which gave every citizen of this country the right to worship did not prohibit him from declaring the message he receives from the God he worships, we then wonder why a priest of God and a citizen of this country should be threatened for exercising his constitutional right.
“A situation where the fundamental human rights which is the tenet of the ideals of democracy is bastardised by an acclaimed human rights group that is meant to protect same is indeed worrisome and makes mockery of the nomenclature.”

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Troops Kill 49 Insurgents, Rescue 150 Captives

The Nigerian Army on Thurday said its troops, deployed for the counter-insurgency in the troubled North-east, killed 49 Boko Haram insurgents within the last one week in a series of assaults in Borno State.

Also during the same period, the army said 150 persons who were being held by the insurgents as human shields in confrontation with them were rescued.

It also revealed that several arms, ammunition and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered in the battle with the insurgents.
Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri, the Theatre Commander of the military counter-insurgency operation in the North-east, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Yusha’u Abubakar, said the operation was carried out in various hideouts of the Islamists in the Bama-Fulka and Alagarno axis of Borno.

He said: “It is important to announce that our gallant troops conducted various operations along Bama-Fulka and Alagarno areas of Borno State, which yielded fruitful results in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram elements.

“During the episode, the troops had an encounter with some terrorists, who suffered serious casualties.
“In the Alagarno axis, 15 insurgents were gunned down, while 34 others were killed along Bama-Fulka Road. The troops have also rescued 150 people, mostly old men and women, as well as children.

“The captives who were abducted from their homes by the terrorists, were being held as human shields.”
He added that recent successes recorded by the troops followed the serious setback suffered by the terrorists after losing their major enclaves.

“Let me make it clear that Boko Haram has been degraded and weakened by the military after a series of assaults, and the morale of our troops has been very high.

“Nigerians are very impressed by the performance of the task force in recent times. The military has no time to waste but to crush the remnants of the terrorists and move forward,” Abubakar said.

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Gunmen Kill Lecturer, Son In Port Harcourt

A lecturer at the Rivers State owned Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Dr. Ebirien Fubara and his son, have been killed by unknown gunmen.

Fubara was on secondment to the Rivers State Electoral Commission, RSIEC.

?This is as the lecturer’s wife’s brother, Okwudiri, who was in the house when the hoodlums struck, is said to be in critical condition as at the time of filing the report.

The incident occurred at about 2a.m, at their residence along Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt, even as the cause of the killings could not be ascertained.

A source close to the bereaved family said the hoodlums used hammer, iron and rod to attack the victims.

According to the source who did not want his name in print, the late Fubara’s son died instantly, while Fabura and Okwudili were rushed to the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, BMSH.

Fubara was said to have passed on shortly and his corpse deposited at the Military Hospital, Aba Road, Port Harcourt.

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Special Forces Kill Female Suicide Bombers With Guns, Arrows In Cameroon

Security forces armed with guns and arrows killed two young women wearing explosive vests in a north Cameroon town on Monday, the second raid there in days by suspected Boko Haram militants from neighboring Nigeria, witnesses said.

The would-be suicide bombers, described as adolescent girls, entered Kolofata just before dawn, residents and officials told Reuters.

“The first kamikaze (suicide bomber) exploded near my house … When she entered, the local vigilance committee fired an arrow at her head and she set off her bomb,” said resident Bahoua, who declined to give his full name.

Self-defense groups have sprung up across north Cameroon and are overseen by the army.

The other young woman was shot by special forces, known by their French initials BIR, one of the sources said. There were no reports of anyone else being killed or wounded in the town about 10 km (6 miles) from the Nigerian border, said locals.

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Herdsmen Kill 14 In Fresh Plateau Attack

Suspected Fulani herdsmen , Sunday night,  invaded the Kwata, Zawan area of Jos South local government killing about 14 people, all of them women and children.

The Spokesman of Operation Safe Haven, Op SH, Captain Ikedichi Iweha who confirmed the incident on phone said, “12 women and children were killed in the attack and we are still investigating the incident.”

Vanguard gathered that the attackers stormed the village which is few kilometers away from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS at about8.30pm, holding villagers hostage and shooting sporadically.

But the Op SH spokesman stated, “What happened at Kwata was a reprisal attack. Two Fulani men were killed at Wereng village in Riyom local government area of Friday. We are looking for the village head of the community for questioning.

“12 people who are women and children were killed at Kwata, we got a call at about 8:30pm, our troop got to the scene at about 8:43 but the attackers had already fled but we are investigating the incident.”

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Youths Threaten To Kill Prophet For Failing To Resurrect Abubakar Audu

The mild drama that erupted between the prophet and members of the Audu family, who had refused to let him in to resurrect Abubakar Audu, led the youths of Ogbonicha to break the door to the room where Audu was laid to allow the prophet gain access.
However, the prophet failed to resurrect Audu, prompting the youths to go berserk, threatening to kill the prophet.
The burial was well attended as scores of the who-is-who in Nigerian politics as well as members of the business community were in Ogbonicha to give their last respect to the departed hero.
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Day Care Worker’s Threat To Kill Infant On Snap Chat Video Goes Viral

A mother in South Carolina is taking action after a video was posted on social media that appears to show a daycare worker threatening her infant daughter.

Asia Ifield says the video was posted on Snapchat and shows the daycare worker threatening to kill her 7-month-old daughter.

She wasted no time reporting the incident to police.

Ifield says, “I had a lot of rage going through my mind. I had a lot of anger. But you know, I’m not going to go and be belligerent. I’m not going to go and be crazy. I’m going to do it the right way.”

The daycare, located in Ladson, says it reported an incident to child services, but didn’t offer any other details.

Ifield says she’s currently looking for another daycare.

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Woman Sentenced To Death For Hiring Assassin To Kill Her Daughter

Convicted of capital murder for persuading a family friend to gun her daughter down on a remote dirt road in Russell County on July 5, 2007, Lisa Leanne Graham was sentenced to the death penalty.

After a jury convicted her March 5, Judge Jacob Walker III initially set a sentencing date of May 1, but then postponed it so Graham could have a psychological evaluation. Walker noted then that Graham had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and was taking medications prescribed for schizophrenia.

Wednesday’s sentencing is not the end of the story, as Graham is expected to appeal, a process that will add new chapters to what even veterans of the criminal justice system found to be a sordid and surreal story of a mother whose jealousy and disdain for her daughter led to a cold-blooded murder on an isolated Russell County road.

Graham was accused of persuading longtime family worker Kenneth Walton to kill daughter Stephanie Shea Graham, who went by Shea. Walton said the mother met him at the Columbus Public Library that day and loaned him her pistol for the job.

He caught up with Shea at a Victory Drive gas station, where she left her car with friends and rode off in Walton’s pickup truck. He took her on a long, night drive down Alabama Highway 165 before pulling off on Bowden Road so they could relieve themselves.

When she got out to squat beside the truck’s open passenger door, he pulled out the pistol and shot her in the head from the driver’s seat, then got out, walked around the truck and shot her again and again.

He left her half-nude body where it lay, and drove away. Asked in court how his deadly betrayal of a young woman who trusted him made him feel that night, he replied, “I felt normal.”

Because witnesses saw Shea leave the gas station with Walton, investigators focused on him immediately. He confessed, and told them of the mother’s involvement, particularly of the pistol he had returned to her the next day.

Lisa Graham further incriminated herself when authorities came looking for the gun. She had given it to an elderly neighbor she knew as “Papa” to clean, but told sheriff’s investigators she didn’t know where it was, and allowed them futilely to search her house before her husband told them “Papa” might have it.

Finding ample evidence of her involvement in the homicide, they charged her with murder. Russell County District Attorney Ken Davis said the circumstances warranted the death penalty

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APC Plotting To Kill Ekweremadu, Akpabio, Secondus, Others- PDP

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the governing All Progressives Congress of trying to assassinate the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.

Reacting to the assassination attempt claim, the spokesperson for the PDP, Olisa Metuh told reporters Wednesday the alleged attempt on Mr. Ekweremadu’s life was an indication the era of political assassination had returned to Nigeria.

He said the PDP had earlier alerted the nation about threats to the lives of key and outspoken opposition leaders by the APC and its federal government.

“The PDP does not mince words in holding the APC responsible for the Tuesday attempt on the life of the Deputy Senate President,” he said.

Mr. Metuh also said APC leaders had not hidden their bitterness and resentment towards Mr. Ekweremadu, whose offence, he said “is the privilege of being elected as Deputy Senate President, in line with the Standing Rules of the Senate and provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The PDP spokesperson also recalled that the party had informed Nigerians that key PDP leaders were being trailed and that the government should be held responsible should any of them suddenly become victim of ‘terror attacks’, unexplained accidents, kidnapped or suddenly killed by ‘armed robbers’.

Justifying his argument that the APC was responsible for the attempt on the life of the DSP, Mr. Metuh said it was shocking that “Senator Oluremi Tinubu, in furtherance of their plan to take over the office of the Deputy Senate President, went ahead at plenary today to occupy his seat and attempted to assume the duties associated with that office”.

Mr. Metuh said the PDP had information that beyond Mr. Ekweremadu, the APC had plans to assassinate other notable PDP leaders including the Acting BOT Chairman, Bello Haliru, Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo and members of the National Working Committee, as well as Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, House Minority leader, Leo Ogoh among others.

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Troops Kill 4 Suicide Bombers, Recover Bombs, Cash

Troops based on a tip off, ambushed and killed 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists on a suicide bombing mission to Gubula, Madagali Local Government Area, Adamawa State.

Apart from 2 AK-47 rifles recovered, the troops also recovered some Unexploded Ordinances (UXOs), mortar bombs and cash sum of N153,385k was retrieved.

The Nigerian Army also appeals for continued vigilance, security consciousness and above all cooperation with the military and security agencies to enable them successfully defeat the terrorists.

Vandals Kill 9 DSS Operatives In Lagos

Pipeline vandals at Konu, a border town between, Are­po, Ogun State and Ikorodu, Lagos State at the early hours of yesterday, alleged­ly shot dead nine operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).

It was gathered that the hoodlums ambushed the operatives in what was de­scribed as a ‘bloody en­counter,” by a Police source.

Crime Watch Today learnt that the miscreants had vandalized one of Nigerian National Petroleum Corpo­ration (NNPC) pipelines in the area and were siphoning fuel, when the DSS opera­tives arrived the scene. The hoodlums, who Daily Sun learnt, had prior information about their arrival opened fire on them.

The operatives who were taken by surprise engaged the vandals in a shoot-out. It was gathered that the DSS men killed some of the van­dals, but their colleagues took away the bodies.

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Soldiers Kill 10, Arrest 64 Suspected Terrorists

Soldiers of the One Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, have killed no fewer than 10 suspected terrorists in various joint operations code-named, “Operation Restore Peace II” in the North-West zone of the country.

Also in the operations, about 64 suspected terrorists and bandits were arrested.

Those arrested had been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution, according to the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, One Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. Usman Abdul.

The One Division spokesman also said 7,119 cattle, sheep and goats were recovered from rustlers and bandits who had been terrorising people from the zone.

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Boko Haram Horsemen Strike Again, Kill 26

Insurgents rode on horses to remote Kolori and Ba’ana Imam villages in Damboa Local Government Area where they opened fire on villagers, killing no fewer than 26 people.

One of the leaders of youth vigilance group; Civilian JTF in Biu told Daily Sun that many of the villagers fled to Biu on Tuesday, a day after the attack.

“The attack occurred on Monday evening. Some Boko Haram insurgents rode to Kolori on horses at about 5.35pm and were firing at residents and shooting into houses. Accounts from the people show 18 people were killed at Kolori and eight at Ba’ana Imam village. More than 12 people were injured,” he disclosed on telephone.

He said the insurgents reportedly carted away foodstuffs, livestocks and looted their houses of other essential needs.

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Boko Haram Horsemen Attack 3 Villages, Kill Nearly 80

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in the North-East at the weekend, a vigilante and residents told AFP on Monday.

The attacks were the latest bloodbath in the six-year-old insurgency by the extremist group aimed at carving out an Islamic state in the volatile region.

Babakura Kolo, a vigilante fighting Boko Haram, said 68 people were killed in the attack on Baanu village in Borno state late on Friday while residents said another 11 people were shot dead in two other villages on Saturday and Sunday.

“Reports reached us of an attack on Baanu village late Friday where Boko Haram gunmen riding on horses opened fire on the village. Sixty-eight people were killed in the attack,” Kolo told AFP.

He said the gunmen stormed Baanu around 8.30 pm, shooting sporadically.

Baanu resident Aisami Ari who fled the attack to the state capital Maiduguri on Saturday, also confirmed the attack and the death toll.

“The attackers came on horses around 8.30 pm and began shooting sporadically. The whole village was thrown into confusion and everybody fled. We returned after they had gone and found out they had killed 68 people in the village,” he said.

“Most of us left the village on Saturday for fear of a fresh attack,” he added.

A government official, who demanded anonymity, however put the death toll in Baanu at 56.

Kolo also said four people were killed in another attack by the Islamists in Karnuwa village on Saturday. “They shot dead four people in the village, including the chief imam of the village, his son and two neighbours,” he said.

Local resident Saleh Musa told AFP of a third attack on Hambagda on Sunday where they killed seven villagers and injured five others.

“The attackers arrived on horseback around 2:00 pm while people were praying in the mosque. They went straight to the mosque and opened fire on worshippers,” said Musa who later fled to the nearby town of Askira Uba.

“They killed seven people, while five others were injured. I was late for the afternoon prayers and I was at home preparing to go to the mosque and join in the prayers when the attack happened.”

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Two Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri Checkpoint, Kill Soldier

Two male suicide bombers creeping around a military checkpoint at about mid night Tuesday in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, set off the bombs they wore killing a soldier and injuring a young woman, security sources said.

The attack came after nearly four weeks of respite for the troubled city.

Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a witness, who is also commander of the youth vigilante, Civilian-JTF, in Ngomari Area of the city, told journalists that the two suicide bombers were killed instantly, alongside one of the airforce personnel on duty at the checkpoint.

“I was there on duty with the soldiers when the incident happened at about 11 p.m. At that time the curfew hours was getting serious and movements of both vehicles and pedestrians have begun to reduce,” said the Civilian-JTF Commander.

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Boko Haram Kills 10 In Cameroon Raid

Boko Haram Islamists killed 10 people, including two soldiers, and torched several homes during a raid in northern Cameroon, security sources said Thursday.

Wednesday’s attack in the town of Blame, near the Nigerian border, led to the deaths “of two soldiers from BIR (an elite army unit) and eight civilians,” a security source said.

A BIR officer also confirmed the toll.

The Islamists also burnt several houses in the town, which lies near Lake Chad, before retreating to Nigeria, the security source said.

A Cameroonian soldier was killed and two others wounded Tuesday in another Boko Haram attack in the north of the country.

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Boko Haram Abducts 135, Kills 8 In Cameroon

Boko Haram militants kidnapped 135 people and killed at least eight others in a raid in northern Cameroon, as the Islamists continued to strike beyond their strongholds in neighbouring Nigeria, police and local sources said Wednesday.

The insurgents also shot dead nine fishermen in a village near the shores of Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, amid heightened violence region-wide since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s was sworn in in May. The latest raid took place before dawn on Tuesday in the village of Chakamari in a region of Cameroon known as the Extreme North.

It came as Guinea offered help in the regional fight against Boko Haram, whose bloody insurgency in Nigeria has increasingly spread to neighbouring states. “Men from Boko Haram attacked our neighbours in the village of Chakamari overnight Monday-Tuesday. They killed eight people, two women and six men,” a member of a vigilante group in a neighbouring village told AFP on Wednesday.

Fulani Herdsmen Kill Three Villagers In Kwara- Police

The police command in Kwara State on Thursday confirmed that three villagers were killed in Matokun village, Patigi Local Government Area in a clash between Fulani herdsmen and residents of the village.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin.

He said the command had dispatched some policemen to Patigi to maintain the peace.

The PPRO said a delegation was also sent to the town to broker peace between the warring parties, while investigation had begun on the crisis.

Okesanmi said, “There was a rift between some Fulani and some Patigi people which resulted to deaths as claimed by the parties involved.

“A unit of riot policemen has been dispatched to Patigi to maintain the peace, while a team of senior police officers was sent by the Commissioner of Police to broker peace.

“Investigation into the cause or causes of the crisis has started.”

He added, however, that normalcy had returned to the community, with the swift intervention of security agencies.

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill 96 In Benue

At least, 96 people were killed in Benue State when several villages were attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen, a state police spokesman and an army source said on Tuesday.

Hundreds are killed each year in clashes pitting the semi-nomadic, cattle-herding Fulani people against more settled communities that practice a mix of farming and cattle rearing. The clashes are always driven by disputes centred on land use.

A senior military officer said fighting around five villages lasted several days in the Logo Local Government Area of Benue. Police spokesman, Austine Ezeani, said a mobile police unit was deployed in the area.


At Least 55 Killed In Boko Haram Raids On Two Villages

At least 55 people were killed in two Boko Haram raids this week near Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, local and vigilante sources said Friday.

“Boko Haram fighters raided Bale and Kayamla villages where they killed at least 55 people and burnt several homes after looting them before proceeding to the outskirts of Maiduguri where they were crushed by troops,” vigilante official Abacha Zinnari said.

“They killed 30 people in Kayamla and another 25 in Bale,” he added.

Bale resident Husseini Ari said the village on Thursday buried 25 people killed in the previous day’s raid while several others who were injured were taken to hospital.

“The village is mourning the death of 25 people killed in the Boko Haram attack,” Ari said Friday.

A group of heavily armed Boko Haram fighters late Wednesday launched an offensive on Maiduguri city which was repelled by troops from a military base on the outskirts of the city, according to the military and residents.

The insurgents had raided the villages before the foiled assault on the city but the story was slow to emerge following a round-the-clock curfew imposed on the city by the military on Thursday which restricted movement.

“The gunmen burnt around 50 houses and looted food stores and livestock,” said Ari, adding that the insurgents targeted homes they identified as belonging to vigilantes in the village

Musa Kumbo, a resident of Kayamla, said at least 30 people were killed in the Boko Haram raid on that village and surrounding settlements.

“The attackers were heard shouting that they would come back and finish their operation once they were done with Maiduguri,” Kumbo said.

At least three soldiers, six vigilantes and dozens of Boko Haram insurgents were killed during clashes in Maiduguri on Wednesday evening, sources have said.

The assault was the first on Maiduguri for three months and came after sweeping offensives against Boko Haram strongholds by a regional military coalition of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

While the soldiers were killed in combat, the vigilantes were killed when three female bombers pretending to be trapped in the fight detonated their explosives as the vigilantes were trying to lead them away from the battle scene, Zinnari said.

A member of the civilian vigilantes, who assist the military with security and intelligence, said the attack could have been a reprisal for losses incurred in a Tuesday offensive on their camp some 40 kilometres outside Maiduguri.

Sources said the assailants had made attempts to overrun the military facility, which was attacked on March 14 last year, freeing hundreds of detained Boko Haram suspects.

Nigeria’s military has claimed a series of major victories over Boko Haram across the northeast during an operation launched in February with support from neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency has claimed some 15,000 lives and displaced about 1.5 million people.

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Gunmen Kill Policeman In Benue

Some yet-to-be identified gunmen on Wednesday shot and killed an Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr. Baba Ibrahim. Ibrahim was killed in the Kastina/Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, where he had gone on a special assignment on cattle rustling.

The spokesman for the Benue State Police Command, Austin Ezeani, said the murdered ASP was on a special assignment from Abuja. Ezeani said, “ASP Ibrahim was brought in from Abuja to lead a team of other officers to unravel the mystery surrounding cattle rustling in the state.


See What Fulani Herdsmen Did To Enugu Village Chief (VIEWER DISCRETION)

Suspected Fulani herdsmen, yesterday, killed Tamgbo Ogueji, a member of the traditional rulers’ cabinet at Eke community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. The deceased, aged 85, was allegedly shot in his house in the early hours over an undisclosed issue.


President-General, Eke Town Union, Mr. Anthony Enu, said the community was irked and the youths restive. He said: “Last year, the same Fulani herdsmen killed two of our brother, Matthew Aniugo and Chiagha Chigbo, in their farms. The town is boiling with anger now.

“We have reported the matter to the Police. We are calling on all relevant authorities to prevail on these Fulani herdsmen to ensure justice for our people.” All efforts to get the reaction from the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, proved abortive as he did not respond to calls and SMS to his mobile phone.

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Tinubu Raises Alarm on Fresh Plots to Assasinate Him

In a statement issued by his Media Aide, Sunday Dare, Bola Tinubu said barely two weeks before the March 28 presidential election, fresh plots by the Presidency and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hardliners to stop the momentum of the APC presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, have been uncovered.  This novel strategy, according to him, is believed to be the outcome of a desperate calculation, which is to attack on multiple fronts, one of them is a plan to kill Tinubu.

Dare said the PDP and the Presidency had allegedly tried to fracture the APC by offering Tinubu the position of vice president in an interim government if he would agree to part ways with Buhari. It was gathered that as soon as Tinubu rebuffed the offer to participate in the interim scheme, the Presidency decided that silencing and if necessary neutralizing him would do the magic. This allegation, the PDP said, is a lie.

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Lekki Shooting: Many Feared Dead As Armed Men Rob FCMB

An unknown number of people have been killed following a bank robbery operation in Lagos. Eye witness say that a large number of men dressed in army uniform stormed the First City Monument Bank in Lekki late in the afternoon shooting sporadically.

Policemen on duty in a bullion van were said to have been shot dead as commuters scamper for safety, abandoning their vehicles. The bank is said to be located around the Lekki/Ikoyi bridge. The robbers are said to have fled on speedboat.

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Boko Haram Militants Reassemble In Gwoza, Kill Elderly Men Studying Quran

Boko Haram militants are not about to give in the face of severe pounding of their hide-outs in the northeast zone of Nigeria, just as they reportedly killed residents who were unable to flee when they re-invaded Gwoza town in Borno state; a Senator and witnesses have said.

A female resident who fled Gwoza and requested anonymity said the insurgents rounded up elderly men who were studying the Koran outside the home of a local cleric.

The men were later executed in front of their wives, the witness told AFP from Yola, capital of neighbouring Adamawa state. “The Boko Haram men brought out brand new guns from cartons, tested them and shot dead all the men who they forced to lie face down,” she said.

Some of the details were supported by area Senator Ali Ndume, who also confirmed the large build-up of insurgents in Gwoza. “Boko Haram insurgents have in recent days been converging in Gwoza where they killed many male residents and chased women and children out of the town,” said Ndume.

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“You Are Dead, You Are a Coward”, Group Tells Shekau

Thousands of people took to the streets of Cameroon’s capital on Saturday to denounce Boko Haram’s bloody insurgency and call for the killing of the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau.

“This march symbolises Cameroon’s unity against Boko Haram,” the country’s Labour Minister Gregoire Owona told marchers in Yaounde, before shouting “Shekau!” In response, the crowd which organisers said numbered 10,000-15,000, chanted: “You are dead, you are a coward.”

Several ministers led the vocal, but peaceful march, which saw protestors waving the flags of Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria.

“It was important to be here for me, for my brothers who are on the front, for my country,” said marcher Philomene Ekombo, a Cameroonian flag in hand.

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Boko Haram Massacres Again, Abducts Women & Girls

Boko Haram fighters have killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, local officials and a witness said, while neighbouring Cameroon has said that its troops have killed 116 Nigerian Boko Haram fighters in its far north region.

The Nigerian officials, who requested anonymity, said locals were still counting those abducted in the attack on Sunday in the remote, isolated area in Borno state, but that the figure could pass 100 and included women and children.

“After killing our youths, the fighters have taken away our wives and daughters,” Mukhtar Buba said on Thursday, after fleeing Gumsuri to the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

Details took four days to emerge because the mobile phone network has largely collapsed in the area roughly 70km (43 miles) south of Maiduguri, and many of the roads are impassable.

Gamsuri is located on the road that leads to Chibok, where Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from a school in April.

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Kenyan Police Chief Quits After Extremist Attacks (Photos of Attack)

Kenya’s police chief David Kimaiyo has resigned following an attack Tuesday by Islamic extremists from Somalia that killed more than 36 people dead.

Kimaiyo said that he resigned for personal reasons. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta named a former army general, Joseph Nkaisery, to replace him.

Public pressure had been mounting for the resignations of Kimaiyo and Interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku following a previous attack 10 days ago in which 28 non-Muslims were dragged out of a bus and shot dead by Islamic extremists.

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