April 18, 2014

UK warns of violent attacks in Nigeria over Easter holiday

The United Kingdom is warning citizens living in or travelling to Nigeria to remain vigilante as “there is a high threat of terrorist attack during religious festivals” such as the upcoming Easter holiday. In an updated travel advisory published online Thursday, the Foreign Office urged citizens to “exercise particular vigilance and caution” during the religious holiday as radical sect Boko Haram has been known to strike on religious holidays, including the series of attacks on Christmas Day last year that claimed over 40 lives. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including government and security institutions, international organisations as well as public areas ...

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Police arrest Emir of Abaji, two sons over escaped Boko Haram suspect

The Premium Times has reported the arrest of the two sons of the Emir of Abaji, all of whom are suspected of organising the escape of Boko Haram bombing ‘mastermind” Kabiru Sokoto. According to police sources for the investigative online publication, the duo were brought in along with their father. The Emir of Abaji was questioned, but the source did not ascertain whether or not he was detained alongside his sons following his interrogation. “Two sons of the Emir of Abaji have been arrested,” the source told the Times. “Some other people have been arrested too. The Emir was invited ...

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Police Commissioner Suspended Over Escape of Boko Haram Suspect

Inspector General of Police Hafiz Ringim has suspended the Police Commissioner in whose custody Kabiru Sokoto, the Boko Haram Christmas Day bombing suspect escaped. In a press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Olusola More, and published on Premium Times, the Force confirmed that the suspect made his escape when police men, following orders of said police commissioner, had attempted to transfer the suspect to Abaji, in Abuja. Press Release from the Force: The Nigeria Police Force wishes to confirm that a suspect was arrested in a successful Police operation and was rescued from a team of ...

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Boko Haram Christmas Day bombing suspect escapes police custody – Daily Trust

A man arrested at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge over the deadly Madalla Christmas Day bombing escaped from police custody on Sunday while he was being conveyed to a location in Abaji area of Abuja, Daily Trust learnt yesterday. Boko Haram suspect Kabiru Sokoto was arrested at the weekend during a police raid on the lodge, where he sneaked in through a friend who was given accommodation to stay overnight. He was said to be taken along with a Flight Lieutenant of the Nigerian Air Force to the Zone 7 Headquarters of the Police in Abuja. Sources told Daily Trust ...

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Boko Haram: President Jonathan Will “Crush” Terrorists

Days after the deadly Christmas Day bombings that ripped through northern Nigeria, claiming 43 lives and injuring several more, President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to find and “crush” the militants behind them. According to the AFP, the President made this promise while speaking at a church in the capital Abuja. The city is close to Madalla town in Niger State, where St. Theresa’s Catholic Church was attacked by bombers and at least 37 were killed. President Jonathan described the Boko Haram sect, who claimed responsibility for the attacks as a “cancerous” group. According to Jonathan, Boko Haram ”started as a harmless ...

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Neighbouring Niger to Join in Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram

Nigerien President Issouf Mahamadou has promised to join Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram ever-increasing violent attacks. The Niger Republic leader sent this message through his Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Mohame Bazoum who paid a visit to President Goodluck Jonathan to offer his condolences on the latest Christmas Day attacks. President Jonathan welcomes the idea of collaborating with Niger in the fight against Boko Haram, since, he says, the perpetrators pass through porous borders when coming into the country. Mr. Mohame Bazoum said Niger’s president has expressed concern about the violence and loss of lives and assured President Jonathan ...

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Protect Yourself and Your Churches in Anyway You Can, CAN President to Nigeria’s Christians

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, responding to the deadly Christmas bombing told Christians to be ready to defend themselves against attacks. Oritsejafor, while calling on Islamic leaders to speak to Muslim believers, also told Christian to remain law-abiding, but protect themselves and their churches in any way they can. The founder of the Word of Life Bible Church said as much during his visit to the site of the Christmas Day bombings in Madalla, Niger State, where an explosion at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church killed over 35 poeple and wounded over 50. While he sympathised ...

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10,000 Kaduna Residents Protest Boko Haram Christmas Day Bombings

A protest broke in Kaduna as no fewer than 10,000 concerned, scared and angry residents took to the streets in Zonkwa to speak out against insecurity in the nation, the Vanguard reported. The citizens were protesting the latest in a series of deadly Boko Haram related attacks, the Christmas Day bombings that claimed over 40 lives, wounded 50 and damaged three churches while worshipers were still present. The sect has claimed responsibility for that attack and for several more that have ripped through the blood-stained Nigerian north, claiming over 700 lives in 2011 alone. The demonstrators, the Vanguard reported, marched ...

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Boko Haram Attacks Could Spark Religious War, Christian Association Says

The spate of violent bombings on Christian religious holiday that targeted three churches and claimed over 40 lives, could spark a full on religions war the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said today. “We fear that the situation may degenerate to a religious war and Nigeria may not be able to survive one. Once again, ‘enough is enough!’,” said Saidu Dogo, CAN secretary in Nigeria’s 19 northern provinces. The association accused the Nigerian government of knowing the culprits and their sponsors, but taking “no serious or decisive actions” toward stemming their nefarious activities. The latest of those “nefarious activities” include ...

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Nigerian Children Say to President Jonathan: “Sack Yourself Sir”

Written by the Association of Conscious Nigerian Children (ACNC) Dear Mr. President: We should say Merry Christmas but we are not your goverment, we are not in the business of deception. After almost ten hours of gathering your thoughts to speak on the bomb blasts that rocked the nation yesterday, you still fell short of your own very low standards. What did you intend to say when you said Bomb Blasts are a burden we must live with? Why do you bother to budget over a trillion for security if we must live the burden of insecurity? How come you ...

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