April 30, 2017

Two Nigerians charged with aiding Iranian terrorist cell

Two Nigerian citizens were charged in court on Wednesday for allegedly assisting an Iranian militant cell in planning possible attacks on Israeli targets. The suspects, Abdullahi Mustapha Berende and Saheed Oluremi Adewumi, stand accused of being members of a “high profile terrorist network”. In February, the State Security Service arrested both suspects, plus another Nigerian for allegedly planning attacks in Nigeria. The name of the Iranian militant cell they are said to be working with is not disclosed in the charge sheet, Reuters reports. Berende is accused of traveling to Tehran, the Iranian capital, and providing material assistance as well ...

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President Obama blames bad governance for upsurge of Boko Haram terror; plans to help empower Nigerian youths

President Barack Obama, who is currently on his second Africa tour, has said bad governance is responsible for the rise of terrorist organizations like Boko Haram in Nigeria. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Soweto, South Africa, the United States president, tackling the issue of global terrorism, said that while “some progress” has been made in the global war on terror, the rise of “regional terrorist” organizations like Boko Haram is of grave concern. Obama lauded his government’s efforts in curbing terrorism on a massive scale with the death of Osama bin Laden, the then recognized leader of al ...

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Nigeria files terrorism charges against Hezbollah-linked Lebanese citizens

Nigerian authorities on Wednesday filed fresh terrorism charges against three Hezbollah-linked Lebanese citizens who were arrested in Kano in May. A total of five suspects were implicated, but three remain in custody, one on the run and a fifth suspect was cleared and free to go. The three suspects, Mustapha Fawaz, Abdullah Tahini and Talal Roda were hit with a six-count charge of terrorism. Last week, the State Security Service, SSS, dropped the initial charges they had filed against the three suspects to make room for the fresh charges. The SSS alleged that upon further investigation the Lebanese men, who ...

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20 years in jail for Boko Haram, Ansaru insurgents – Presidency

Individuals convicted of being a part of the Boko Haram terrorist sect will face “not less than 20 years” in jail, the presidency has said. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Dr Reuben Abati, President Goodluck Jonathan announced his formal approval of the proscription of Boko Haram activities as “acts of terrorism”. The new Terrorism (Prevention) (Proscription Order) Notice 2013 not only condemns by law the activities of the Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna Liddawati Wal Jihad group, popularly known as Boko Haram, but it also targets another group, the Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan, commonly known ...

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Seven killed in Yobe terror attack

NAN – The Joint Task Force (JTF) on security in Yobe has confirmed the death of two policemen and five suspected terrorists in an attack early on Thursday. The policemen and terrorists lost their lives during an attack on security formations by suspected Islamic Boko Haram members at Gashua in the Bade Local Government Area of Yobe. The spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Eli Lazarus, made the announcement in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria . Lazarus said that some of the attackers escaped with gunshot wounds and appealed to the public, particularly medical personnel not ...

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Four teachers killed, students injured as gunmen attack primary schools in Borno

Four teachers have been reported dead and four students injured in Maiduguri after gunmen attacked two primary schools in the restive Borno state capital. Daily Trust reported that the attacks took place on Monday morning at about 10 a.m. Witness said the first attack happen at Ali-Alaskiri in Mafoni ward in Maiduguri, where three gunmen stormed the school and opened fire. A teacher was shot dead and a student injured by a stray bullet. In the second attack, three teachers at the Sanda Kyarimi primary school were killed when another set of gunmen opened fire at the place of learning. ...

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Five killed in Maiduguri gun battle between military and Boko Haram

At least five people were killed in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday morning in a clash between Joint Task Force operatives and suspected Boko Haram insurgents. According to a report in the Vanguard, the five victims, including four suspected terrorist and a JTF security agent, were killed along Baga Road in Maiduguri. Insurgents in a tricycle (ke ke napep) laid an ambush against a JTF outpost in the area leading to a gun battle between both sides. Vanguard newspapers reported that the violence in restive Maiduguri has worsened since the military confirmed that they killed another Boko Haram ...

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Two suspected Nigerian members of al-Qaeda arraigned in Abuja court

The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday arraigned two men said to have links to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, in Yemen. Babafemi Lawal and Luqman Babatunde, natives of Ogun and Lagos states, appeared before an Abuja Federal High Court where it was revealed that the pair had been working as recruiters for the Yemeni faction of the Middle East terrorist sect. Lawal and Babatunde allegedly received N1 million with which to facilitate the transportation of fresh terrorist recruits to Yemen. That, as well as their alleged attendance at a meeting held for the terrorist network, constitute offences contrary tot ...

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Attackers slit throats of nine construction workers in Maiduguri

(Reuters) – Attackers slit the throats of at least nine construction workers on Monday in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian birthplace of an Islamist insurgency, the army said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack and the army did not say who was to blame. Soldiers found the nine bodies in a construction workers’ compound in the city’s Bolori area at around 7 a.m. (0600 GMT), military spokesman Sagir Musa said. A nurse at a local hospital told Reuters ten bodies were brought in on Monday morning. Militant sect Boko Haram launched its revolt in Maiduguri in 2009 and has killed ...

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Two explosives found in Jos

NAN – The military Special Task Force said in Jos on Monday that two explosives planted in a residential area in Tudun Wada Area were discovered on Sunday. This was contained in a statement by its Media and Information Officer, Capt. Salisu Mustapha. Mustapha said that residents of the area discovered the strange objects and alerted the police. “On June 24, 2012 by 09.30p.m, two improvised explosive devices were found in Tudun Wada Area of Jos North Local Government Area,” he said. He said that one of the explosives was planted by the fence of a residence in the area, ...

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