February 22, 2017

Review Category : METRO

At least 32 people feared dead in weekend attacks in Benue, Borno states

At least 32 people are feared dead in Benue and Borno states after a series of violent attacks over the weekend. According to reports, 14 people were allegedly killed in a Boko Haram attack in Borno State on Sunday morning, while an attack on Sunday evening in Benue state left at least 18 feared dead. Borno State Attack The attack in the northeastern state happened in Bama community. Alhaji Baba Gulumba, a council chairman told reporters in Maiduguri that the attack was launched by Boko Haram terrorists and confirmed that nine others sustained injuries in the attack. He said the ...

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Mother of teenage Arik Air stowaway is interrogated by SSS

The State Security Service has launched a thorough investigation into Evelyn Ohikhena, the mother of the 13-year old stowaway who, on Friday, hitched a plane ride from Benin to Lagos, hidden in the tyre compartment of an Arik Air aircraft. Punch reports that the juvenile culprit, Ricky Daniel Ohikhena’s mother was interrogated for hours on Monday by the SSS and aviation security officials. Mrs. Ohikhena describes her adventurous son as a “nice boy” who usually never attempted anything so dangerous. “He is always at home, I have never seen anybody come to look for him and he doesn’t have friends,” ...

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Scorned Abuja woman pours hot oil on ex over marriage refusal

NAN – A Karu Senior Magistrate’s Court, Abuja has sentenced a 25-year-old woman, Victoria Alonge, to one year in jail for pouring hot oil on her boyfriend, Roland Nna, over his refusal to marry her. The Senior Magistrate, Omolola Akindele, sentenced Alonge after the convict admitted to committing the offence. Alonge was arraigned by the police on one count of causing grievous harm on Nna, who lives in Kurudu, Abuja. The Police prosecutor, Corporal Paschal Njoku, had earlier told the court that Nna reported the incident at Kurudu Police Station on August 11. Njoku said Alonge went to Nna’s house ...

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Boko Haram bomb threat in Kebbi State causes tension

A terrorist threat has caused tension in Kebbi State, officials have confirmed. According to reports, radical Islamist sect Boko Haram has issued a bomb threat targeting Birnin Kebbi, the capital city of the state. DSP Mohammed Dalhatu, spokesman for the Kebbi State Police Command, confirmed word of the terrorist threat and said security has been tightened at strategic locations in the city to forestall any possible attack. “As I’m talking to you now, high level security meeting is going on here at the command headquarters of which at the end, all arms of the security in the state will be ...

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Brilliant! Two University of Ilorin students create aircraft prototype

Ilorin (NAN) – Two 500 level students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ilorin, Ali David and Patrick Effiong, have constructed an aircraft prototype. The duo told newsmen in Ilorin that they had nurtured the passion to construct the aircraft when they were in 100 level, adding that it was now their final year project. David noted that many of his colleagues were sceptical when they first broached the subject, adding that they were not deterred by the challenges they faced. “What we are actually working on is a machine that will lift up itself through ...

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Residents flee Konduga town, Borno after mosque massacre

News agencies report that residents are fleeing the troubled town of Konduga in Borno State after suspected Boko Haram gunment attacked worshippers in a mosque, killing dozens of people. The AFP has the full story (CLICK TO READ). The attacks occurred over the weekend. The mosque was reportedly attacked on Sunday morning and officials have reported at least 44 people killed in the attack. The Associated Press, citing a local vigilante group member Umar Musa, reported that the attackers were dressed in military uniforms when they stormed and attacked the community mosque. Meanwhile, the AFP cites Zanna Musa Yale, a ...

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Lagos State government set to drag Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan to Supreme Court

Barely a month after his shocking release from prison and death row, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha might once again find himself at the center of more legal battle. The former aide of late head of state General Sani Abacha was released after an Appeal Court in Lagos ruled in favor of Al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan in the murder trial of Kudirat Abiola, wife of late politician M.K.O. Abiola. But is his freedom short lived? The Lagos State Government has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the judgement delivered by the Appeal Court. At a press briefing in Lagos on ...

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Forced Evictions: Groups accuse Lagos State govt. of diverting World Bank funds meant for “slum upgrades”

Human rights groups are intensifying pressure on the Lagos State government to stop forced evictions in the state, most recently condemning the destruction of the Badia East where Governor Babatunde Fashola has vowed to build a complex of 1,000 luxury units. Amnesty International, working with the Nigerian Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC), in a report, accused officials of accepting a $200 million loan from the World Bank-funded Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project (LMDGP) meant for “slum upgrade” activities across the state and rather destroying the slums all together. The Badia East community, which overlooks the scenic Gulf ...

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Gunmen attack mosque in Borno; at least 44 people feared dead

At least 44 people were killed on Sunday morning in Borno State during a violent gun attack on a mosque. Radical Islamist sect, known more for their attacks on Christian worship places and government offices, are believed to be behind the killings. According to news agencies, the attackers, suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on worshippers inside a mosque in Konduga town, some 35km outside Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Nigeria’s Defence Ministry is yet to confirm news of the attack. Spokesman for the Ministry, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade as of Monday said: ““I am not aware of this incident. ...

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Hit-and-run driver kills 14 teenagers in Plateau State

At least 14 teenagers who were jogging along Tundun Maza road in Barkin Ladi, Plateau State, were run over and killed by a reckless hit-and-run driver, reports have said. Punch newspapers reported on Sunday that the young victims were all members of the Boys and Girls Brigade and were on a routine fitness training exercise when the tragic accident occurred. About 40 of them, all below the age of 16, had taken part in the exercise at about 6 a.m., but as they made their way along Tundun Maza road, a truck reportedly skidded off the road and rammed into ...

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