Thursday, May 23, 2019

In Zamfara: 3 dead as gunmen attack village

The Zamfara police spokesman said the policemen overpowered the bandits and many of them escaped with gunshot wounds. The Police Command in Zamfara on Wednesday confirmed the killing of three persons at Bawan Daji village in Anka Local Government Area of the state.The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Mohammed Shehu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau that the killing was perpetrated by gunmen.Shehu said the gunmen who came in large numbers attacked the village in the early hours of Wednesday shooting sporadically which led to the death of the three persons.He said  the villagers who were taken unawares were quick to alert a nearby mobile police patrol team which came and engaged the bandits in a gun battle.ALSO READ: Gov Yari says police ignored warning before Zamfara KillingsThe PPRO said the policemen overpowered the bandits and many of them escaped with gunshot wounds.He urged members of the public to be on alert to report to the nearest authority anyone seen with bullet wounds and seeking medical attention.Shehu said normalcy had returned to the affected village with people going about their normal businesses.

In Kaduna: 7 killed, houses burnt as violence erupts in El-Rufai’s State

Houses burnt, seven killed in latest Kaduna violence. Violence erupted in a Kaduna community on Monday as houses and cars were set ablaze.Local reports say Kasuwar Magani community ‎in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State was the theater of pandemonium as many shops were razed and burnt, leaving residents to scamper in different directions for safety.A youth leader in Kaduna, Dan Najeriya, told Premium Times that the crisis has a religious undertone.”Some girls wanted to change their religion but were scolded by some youth in the community,” Najeriya said.Tempers flared and that snowballed into the crisis. Kasuwar Magani lies some 31 kilometres from the Kaduna metropolis.Latest reports say law enforcement has been deployed to the troubled community to keep the peace.Seven killed“I can confirmed to you that shops and houses have been set ablaze by a group of youth in the area.“Many people have been injured and we also feared some even lost their lives because I saw three dead bodies with my eyes,” Dan Najeriya added.ChannelsTV reports that the crisis arose after youths belonging to two different religious groups in Kasuwa Magani village clashed. It added that as many as seven persons were killed during the crisis. Kaduna Governor Elrufai has asked security agencies to get to the bottom of the incident and rein in perpetrators.At the time of filing this, relative calm appears to be returning to the community.

Laolu Akande: 5 ways Osinbajo spokesperson attacked Guardian Editor

Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, pulls no punches as he goes after Guardian Editor Abraham Ogbodo. You should read this. Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, has attacked Guardian Editor Abraham Ogbodo.Ogbodo had written an article which turned out to be very critical of Osinbajo. It was all Akande needed to dust his laptop and shoot from the hip.  Interestingly, Akande used to be the US correspondent of The Guardian back in the day.Here are five ways Akande sought to deconstruct Ogbodo:1. Ogbodo has destroyed the Guardian’s investigative reputationAkande writes: “There is something incongruous about the Editor of the Guardian Newspapers, a paper once known for its strident advocacy against abuse of power and corruption, to excoriate a Vice President who repeatedly calls out perpetrators of grand corruption. “Even more astonishing is the fact that the Editor, Mr. Abraham Ogbodo abdicates the investigative role of his newspaper when there are allegations of corruption, but works hard to disparage both the information supplied and the informer”. 2. Akande says Guardian editor is a rabid PDP apologistHere’s how the presidency spokesperson put it: “While it is clear that the Editor is a rabid PDP apologist, and this is obvious from the direction that he has taken the newspaper since he assumed the role, one would have thought that, even if only to give an appearance of fairness in the great tradition of a newspaper celebrated for balance, (and “the best tradition and ideals of republican democracy”) he would still not descend to the use of abusive language against the Vice President”. 3. Did Akande just call Ogbodo ‘ignorant’?You decide for yourself: “Perhaps it might help to reiterate what the VP said at the Quarterly Business Forum held on the 19th of March, 2018. His basic premise was that grand corruption constitutes the preeminent problem of Nigeria’s economic development. “He said that, unlike any other country, it would be either ignorant or negligent of any economic planner in Nigeria not to fully appreciate the massive hemorrhaging that comes from corruption. He went on to point out that despite the fact that the nation earned between $100 to $114 a barrel of oil between 2011 and 2014, investment in capital was abysmal”. 4. Ogbodo doesn’t understand how much corruption has destroyed Nigeria”How corruption can defeat our best hopes for the future!”, Akande writes. He adds that: “Nigeria’s recursive economic growth is not merely because we have for years ran a mono-product economy, it is more because the proceeds of that single product is hijacked by a few. So even when oil earnings were high, the number of the  poor, sick, malnourished and child mortalities continued to rise”.5. Ogbodo is an example of corruption fighting backIn Akande’s words: “For the editor of a major Nigerian Newspaper, like The Guardian, to attempt to trivialize all that, rather than hold the perpetrators to account, is the  tragic paradox of corruption fighting back through the very forces established to fight it”.

Abia Women Protest Destruction Of Farmlands By Suspected Herdsmen

Women from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State have protested against the destruction of their farmlands by suspected herdsmen.
The protesters voiced their complaints on Thursday as they held a peaceful rally to the Government House in Umuahia, the state capital.
They were received by the Principal Secretary to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Mr Emma Nwabuiko.
One of the protesters who spoke on behalf of the group, Comfort Nwachukwu, alleged that their crops were always ravaged by cows while some of their kinsmen have been attacked by the herdsmen over time.
“We live in perpetual fear of attack by the herdsmen; hence, our visit here is to appeal to the state government to come to our aid.
“We can no longer condone the destruction of our farmland and intimidation by the herdsmen because our crops are continuously being ravaged by the herds of cattle” Nwachukwu claimed.
Nwabuiko, on his part, told the protesters that the situation calls for urgent attention by both Federal and state governments.
He said that the state government would not rest on its oars to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis, although the anti-open grazing bill is before the Senate.
The governor’s aide further said that the state government would convene a meeting with the leadership of the Hausa community in the state, with a view to drawing their attention to the menace and to calling the herdsmen to order.
He said: “I want to sympathise with you, I’m aware of the hardships that you face on a daily basis due to the destruction of your farms by the herdsmen. I can assure you that the state government is not folding its arms on the matter”.
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Hubert de Givenchy: French fashion designer dies aged 91

Givenchy set the template for ladylike chic in the 1950s and 1960s, and his restrained style still informs the way Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and older American and Chinese socialites dress. Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the “Little black dress” and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his partner said Monday.Givenchy set the template for ladylike chic in the 1950s and 1960s, and his restrained style still informs the way Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and older American and Chinese socialites dress.His partner, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house, saying he had died in his sleep on Saturday.The pair lived in a Renaissance chateau near Paris.”It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,” it said in a statement to AFP.The designer’s “nephews and nieces share Mr Venet’s grief,” it added.

Lai Mohammed: PDP can never come back to power – Minister says

The minister also said that Nigerians are happy with Buhari’s administration and will never give their votes to PDP. The Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will never come back to power.The minister also said that Nigerians are happy with Buhari’s administration and will never give their votes to PDP.This is coming after former President Goodluck Jonathan said that he will not sleep well until PDP regains power in 2019.Speaking to newsmen in Jigawa state, during the National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mohammed said that Buhari has delivered on most of his campaign promises.According to the minister, “Buhari’s administration has succeeded in ensuring the security of Nigerians’ lives and properties, boosting the economy, enhancing agricultural sector among several issues,” Vanguard reports.

Don Wani: The moment kidnapper’s multi-million naira mansion came crashing down

Don Wani’s expansive mansion came crashing down on Tuesday, as security operatives kept a close eye on events. On the morning of Tuesday, January 9, 2018, heavily armed soldiers and police officers previously marooned in over a dozen Hilux vans, alighted in brisk fashion and surrounded the Omoku, Onelga mansion of Don Wani; guns at the ready. Don Wani—the kidnap kingpin and cultist—had been shot dead on Saturday, January 6, 2018 by law enforcement after he allegedly masterminded the murder of 22 worshippers on New Year’s day.“Our mission was to make sure no one stood in the way of the demolition of the mansion”, one police officer who was part of the operation told Pulse on the condition of anonymity because he hadn’t been authorized to comment on the subject. Before noon, Don Wani’s multi-million Naira mansion had been reduced to rubble. The mansion was an expansive affair, boasting an Olympic size swimming pool, a water fountain and luxury fittings. It was here that a previous military raid had turned up skeletons, skulls, a cache of sophisticated weapons, dynamites and military camouflages. Human bonesAccording to Colonel Aminu Iliyasu who is Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, “Recall that in the early hours of Monday 20th November 2017, troops of 6 Division Nigerian Army acting on credible information from some patriotic members of the public, raided the evil Don Wani enclave in Omoku, Onelga Rivers State where shocking discoveries of assorted weapons, dynamites, bags of suspected cannabis, full military camouflage uniforms, military boots, military communication radios, 10 human skulls and human bones were discovered. “Additionally, in continuation of the operation on Tuesday 21st November 2017, the troops also exhumed decomposing bodies of some of his victims in his shrine in the glaring eyes of the media who were invited to witness first hand”.ALSO READ: Here are family pictures of notorious kidnap kingpinOne resident of Omoku who identified himself as Ukandu, told Punch that security operatives watching over the demolition made sure no intruders were allowed to come any close. “Nobody was allowed to enter the place, especially those who wanted to take photographs of what was going on. More than 15 Hilux vehicles brought in security agents and after that, six bulldozers came in and brought the building down,” Ukandu said.  Returned landPulse has since learnt that the demolition received the blessings of the State and federal governments. The parcel of land on whose Don Wani’s mansion once stood, will now be ceded to the government of Rivers State.Don Wani was one of the most feared cultists in Rivers State and the entire Niger Delta region. He lived a charmed, expensive life and was brazen in his operations.  In his address after Don Wani was confirmed dead, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers urged other violent gang leaders to turn themselves in, embrace the amnesty deal put forward by the government or risk facing an arrest and prosecution.  “The Rivers State Government will pay N20 million to any person who volunteers useful information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of any of the cultists”, Wike promised.

Offa: Watch footage of bank robbery that claimed over 30 lives

The footage captures the attack on a security post of one of the banks that was robbed. A video footage of the recent armed robbery attack in Offa, Kwara state, that led to the death of dozens of people, has emerged online.Although Pulse could not independently verify the authenticity of the video as of the time of this report, the closed-circuit television footage bears the correct time stamp for Thursday, April 5, 2018 when a group of at least 25 armed robbers staged an attack on some commercial banks along Owode Market Area of the town, as well as the police station in the area.In the video posted on Facebook by News Bytes, the attack on a security post of one of the banks started around 4:41 pm when two robbers appeared at the entrance and shot at two security personnel who appeared to escape unhurt as they ran further into the bank’s premises.The footage started shortly after a woman entered the bank with a little child and passersby on the other side of the road can be seen running for safety when the shootout started.Watch the video below:   Even though the official death toll for the incident is nine policemen and eight civilians, reports have indicated between 30 to 50 people died as a result of the attacks.The robbers attacked Union Bank, Eco Bank, Guarantee Trust Bank, First Bank, Zenith Bank and Ibolo Micro Finance Bank, and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.According to the Kwara state commissioner of Police, Lawan Ado, seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery attacks.The Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has also offered N5million to anyone who provides information that will lead to the arrest of those involved in the robbery attacks.The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the deployment of three units of Police Mobile Force, high powered police investigation team and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to Kwara. Anti-robbery equipment and 10 crew members were also deployed to the state.

Religious crisis looms in Ibadan varsity community over wearing of hijab

University of IbadanUnless some drastic actions are taken to stop some religious fanatics, the University of Ibadan (UI) community is in for serious crisis.
A Muslim group was reportedly distributing hijab to female students of International School Ibadan (ISI) yesterday by 7am and asked them to wear it to the assembly ground.
Consequently, the management of the UI has warned against religion intolerance, which may cause crisis within the university community.
The situation forced the management of the school to hurriedly cancel the morning assembly and stop academic activities.
Deputy vice chancellor (Academic) of UI, who is also the chairman of ISI governing council, Prof. Abdeen Aderinto, warned that introducing religious sentiment into the 55-year-old school would divide the students and distract them from attaining academic excellence.
Aderinto disclosed that the UI management had on Friday received a letter from International School Moslem Parents Forum threatening that their female students would from Monday (yesterday) wear hijab to classes.
“We have a Muslim community association on campus here; they (parents’ forum) didn’t inform them of their agenda. I am a member of that community. There is also Parent Teacher Association (PTA) where all issues about the policies of the school are discussed; they didn’t bring the issue there, only to write the principal of the school last Friday and threatened to start enforcing wearing of hijab.
“This was strange and caused panic this (yesterday) morning. I was called and I went straight to see what was happening. The teachers said they were not safe to teach; that is why we stopped academic work. But we took SSS 3 students to another location for classes because their final examination is fast approaching,” he told The Guardian.
Meanwhile, 201 of the 7,577 students that bagged their first degrees at the university this year made first class honours.
The vice chancellor, Prof Idowu Olayinka, disclosed this yesterday in his address during the convocation of the institution at the International Conference Centre of the university.
Miss Grace Agi from Faculty of Public Health emerged the best graduating student.
The Guardian learnt that 1,735 students made second class upper division, and 4,366 students graduated with second class lower. Also, 834 students made third class and 69 students graduated with pass. A total of 372 students were grouped as unclassified.

In Somalia: Bomb blast at packed stadium kills 5 football fans

5 persons have been reported dead after bomb blast at a packed stadium in Somalia. At least five persons have been killed following a bomb blast at a packed stadium in Somalia, the Associated Press reports.A security personnel, Col. Abdirizak Ahmed, told AP that eight others were injured in the explosion which occurred during a local match in the port town of Barawe, Southern Somalia on Thursday, April 12, 2018.Ahmed said most people are seriously wounded and are being treated at a local hospital.Eyewitnesses claimed the bomb was buried in the sandy stadium.The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.Barawe was once a key al-Shabab stronghold before Somali and African Union forces seized the town and drove out the militants, who had banned sports activities in areas under their control.

In Kaduna: 5 things we know about the violence in Kasuwar Magani

Here is all you need to know about the latest case of religious violence in Kaduna state. Religious violence once again reared its ugly head in the Northern part of Nigeria, Kaduna to be precise. Nigeria is no stranger to religious violence as it has plagued Nigeria for decades. The incident in Kaduna has grabbed the headlines unfortunately because of the scourge of religious intolerance. If you haven’t caught up with the religious violence that happened in Kaduna 24 hours ago, here is a listicle that will bring you up to speed.  The clash took place in a Kaduna community called Kasuwar Magani community ‎in Kajuru Local Government Area. Kasuwar Magani is 30 minutes away from the state capital. According to the 2006 census,  110,868 people live in Kajuru. The violence started at noon on February 26, 2018. According to several reports, the cause of the clash is because two Christian girls wanted to convert to Islam. The Guardian further reports that another major reason for the violence was because both Christian and Muslim youths wanted their ladies to stop dating men from the opposite religion. According to the Kaduna state police command, seven people were killed during the clash. There is no specific figure on how many people were injured. The Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has responded to the violence in his state. He has security agencies to get to the bottom of the incident and rein in perpetrators.Calm is gently returning back to the community. Also, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the religious violence. Kaduna has always been a flash point for religiously tinged violence. Hundreds of people were reportedly killed after herdsmen attacked communities in September of 2017.There have also been incessant conflicts between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Southern Kaduna.The first Christian-Muslim incident happened in 1953 called the Kano Riot. In 1991, a riot erupted when the popular man of God, Reinhard Bonnke, planned a crusade in the city of Kano. This led to a religious riot that took the lies of 12 people.

Adamawa Bomb Blast: Govt. confirms 27 dead, 56 injured in Mubi attack

The state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Yola. Adamawa Government has confirmed 27 dead and 56 injured from Tuesday’s twin blast in Mubi town, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.The state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, made this known in a statement made available to NAN in Yola.The statement said that the 56 injuried persons were on admission in hospital.Sajoh said the blast occurred in Kasuwan Gwanjo (second hand clothes market) and a mosque within the market.“While condemning the satanic, cowardly and dastardly act, His Excellency Sen. Mohammed Umar Jibrilla Bindow, the executive Governor of Adamawa State, had ordered the immediate provision of medical supplies and mobilization of medical officers to the general hospital in Mubi.“In addition, the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) had been ordered to supply food and non-food items to the hospital to cater for victims and victims relations.”ALSO READ: Boko Haram shook hands, took pictures with NigeriansThe statement urged people to donate blood and be more vigilant and reiterated the government’s commitment to protection of lives and properties of all citizens.It also called for calm and resilience.

Herdsmen/Farmer Clash: 20 killed, 300 cows stolen in Taraba after Buhari’s visit

President Buhari visited Taraba state on Monday over the killing resulting from clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the area. No fewer than twenty persons have been reportedly killed while about three hundred cows were stolen after a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence on the Mambilla Plateau in Sardauna area of Taraba state.The incident took place on Monday, March 5, 2018, same day President Muhammadu Buhari visited Taraba state over the killing resulting from clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the area.A fleeing resident, Saadu Mogoggo, told Vanguard that his house was attacked at Leme suburb of Gembu.Mogoggo said two of his brothers were killed on Saturday evening and their cattle rustled by a group he identified as the Mambilla Militia.“As I speak with you, we are yet to bury their corpses,” he said. “The ethnic militias attacked our residence in Leme, where they killed our father last month. During this attack, the Mambillas took away over 100 cows. “My two younger brothers reported the matter to a nearby military base and a soldier was attached as escort to retrieve the stolen cows. Unfortunately, in the process, my younger brothers were both killed while the soldier fled with injury,” he added.ALSO READ: Why it took the President ‘so long’ to visit troubled statesAbdu Gagarau, another resident of the area, who said he was speaking from hiding, said: “The burning and killing by herdsmen continued till early this morning (yesterday).“Since last Thursday they have been attacking our settlements and over 20 people killed. Some were buried and over 300 cattle stolen by the militias.“The Mambila ethnic group is known for attacking other tribes. They attacked the Panso in 1982, the Fulani in 2002 and in 2017. When eventually we retaliate, the normal shouts of herdsmen will start. Let government be proactive and come to our rescue,” he added.17 Killed in BenueSimilarly, seventeen people have been killed Okpokwu, Benue state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.According to Channels TV, the Chairman of the local Government, Ogwuche Olofu, confirmed the attack.Olofu said the herdsmen attacked the village on Monday, March 5, 2018, after accusing the youths in the community of attacking them.The LG chairman, who put the death figure at 17, said many people were also missing after the attack – a possible kidnap situation.

CBN: Apex bank’s HQ in Abuja on fire

People were seen fleeing the scene of the fire incident in a video obtained from an eyewitness. The headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Abuja is on fire.People were seen fleeing the scene of the fire incident in a video obtained from Instablog9ja.  The cause of the fire is yet unknown, but according to reports, attempts are being made to pout out the fire.No official statement has been made yet.Pulse News will keep you posted.

Aliyu Akwe Doma: What you should know about late ex Nasarawa Governor

His nephew also revealed that Akwe-Doma was receiving treatment for an un-named ailment in an Israeli hospital. The former Governor of Nasarawa state, Aliyu Akwe-Doma died on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.His nephew also revealed that Akwe-Doma was receiving treatment for an un-named ailment in an Israeli hospital.Here are some things you should know about him1. Aliyu Akwe Doma was born on September 1, 1942 in Doma Local Government in Nasarawa State.2. He attended the University of Ibadan  from 1964–1966.3. Akwe Doma also attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1976.4. The former Governor obtained his Master’s in Public Administration degree from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in 2002.5. The former Governor also served as a civil servant in the old Plateau State civil service between 1976 – 1983, where he rose to the position of a Permanent Secretary.6. Aliyu Akwe Doma was a Deputy Governor of Plateau State.7. He also served as Governor of Nasarawa state from 2007 – 2011 as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).