Boko Haram Takes over Major Route into Maiduguri
The dreaded Boko Haram sect may have taken over one of the major routes leading into troubled Borno state capital, Maiduguri , leaving travelers to travel in circle and take about 12 hours for a journey of two hours.
Many travelers to the southern part of the troubled state have to go through Maiduguri and Damaturu road into Gombe and reconnect back to the state.
Many of them complained that this is tortuous and always leave them drained even as the dangers of Boko Haram attack was not totally ruled out from the other route which they have been compelled to take.
It was gathered that many travelers on Maiduguri/Damboa/Biu highway were left to make a forced U-turn as they were attacked at different spots on the 187 kilometres road.
Some residents of Mule, 15 kilometres from Maiduguri told journalists on Thursday that they have seen many vehicles who had traveled on the road returned with corpses.
It would be recalled that an attack on Bulabulin Nganaram on Monday sent the whole of Maiduguri panicking as residents thought the terrorist group was heading into the town.Add a comment
2015: Group Tips Saraki for APC Presidential Ticket
Ahead of the 2015 general election, members of the New Generation Nigeria, a youth organisation within the All Progressives Congress (APC) have asked the former Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to run for the presidency in 2015 on the platform of the party.
In a statement co-signed by its president, Alhaji Musa Abdulkadir, Secretary-General, Chief Philip Coker and Publicity Secretary, Chief Victor Anyawu, the group said it had come to realise that only a good visionary leadership can salvage the country from its challenges.
"Having studied the political mood of the country, we members of the New Generation Nigeria, a youth organisation within the APC, have come to realise that only a good visionary leadership would take Nigeria to the promised land. That is why as a youth movement, we are calling on Saraki to run for the presidency in 2015 under the platform of our great party," it said.
Some of the reasons the group adduced for supporting Saraki's candidacy include, the need for generational change and the fact that Saraki is the bridge between the young and old generation.
Another reason is that having been governor for eight years and now a serving Senator, Saraki has both legislative and executive experience.
"Saraki is a detribalised Nigerian, nationally known and acceptable; he is a technocrat and great professional, academically sound and politically relevant. He is a cool, calculative and organised Nigerian who is nationalistic in vision and patriotic in nature. Saraki is a digital politician with extraordinary capacity for change. He is a quality needed dearly in the attainment of good governance," it said. Add a comment
Fani-Kayode: I Stand by My Comment on APC
Former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, yesterday said he stood by the allegations and assertion he made against the All Progressives Party (APC) in a television programme in Lagos on Monday.
Fani-Kayode had alleged that the leaders of the APC were sympathetic to Boko Haram terrorists.
The APC spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had threatened to drag the former minister to court for libel if the statement was not retracted.
But Fani-Kayode in a statement yesterday said he stood by his assertions and that nothing would make him retract the statement.
He said: “I read the response of the APC, through it's spokesman Lai Mohammed, to my allegations and assertions in the interview that I gave to Channels TV on June 30, 2014. Add a comment
Muslim Man Murders Pregnant Prostitute Because She Was Near Mosque
A Muslim who stabbed a pregnant Romanian prostitute to death after warning her not to work near a mosque was jailed for at least 29 years today.
Farooq Shah, 21, plunged a knife into Mariana Popa’s chest while riding his bicycle along a stretch of road notorious for sex workers.
Miss Popa, 24, had been in Britain for just three weeks and was trying to earn the money to support her family when she was stabbed in Ilford, Essex.
She staggered into Chicken & Pizza 4U in Ilford Lane and collapsed in a pool of blood as her killer rode away on his bike.
The mother-of-one was six weeks pregnant with her second child when she bled to death.
CCTV footage showed Shah waiting on the forecourt of a BP garage close to where prostitutes were working on Ilford Lane late on October 28.
Miss Popa could then be seen to walk towards him and speak to him before he stabbed her twice in the chest.
Prosecutors believe Shah was warning Miss Popa to leave the area - and she paid with her life when she refused.
Shah’s distinctive appearance exactly matched that of the killer - but he claimed he was the victim of mistaken identity.
He was found with another stolen mobile when he was arrested for the murder of Miss Popa.
Source: Daily MailAdd a comment
Aregbesola Says Fayose is Intoxicated by Accidental Victory
The animosity between the two rival parties yesterday got even deeper, when Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, described the outburst of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Fayose, as an 'over-reaching euphoria of a coincidental victory.'
Fayose had said yesterday that Aregbesola is 'dangerous to Nigeria's democracy' for allegedly calling on his (APC) supporters to challenge security agents during elections.
Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said Fayose is only whipping a dead horse by referring to a media report which had been refuted with the retraction published by the same newspaper that published it.
A newspaper had last week published a news item claiming that Aregbesola asked his supporters to dare security agents during elections.
Okanlawon disclosed that the misrepresentation of what the governor said had been refuted the following day, in a well-explained response to the newspaper. Add a comment
EMAB Plaza Bombing: ‘Bomber Acted Like a Drunk Person’
More revelations have continued to emerge as victims and eyewitnesses recount their ordeal and shock at the bombing of the city’s busiest shopping mall, EMAB Plaza, located side by side with Banex Plaza in the Federal Capital Territory.
It was revealed yesterday that the insistence by the private security personnel attached to the mall helped in reducing the number of casualties.
A victim who was caught up by the explosion told media that the bomber faked being drunk as a strategy to carry out his dastardly plan.
The victim, Donald Chikason, who is receiving treatment at the Maitama General Hospital, explained that the bomber planted the bomb in his car before approaching the gate.
Chikason, a staff of Skye Bank opposite the plaza said "I went out to get corn for myself, so on my way coming out, I saw an Hausa man, he wanted to get into the plaza, but the security man stopped him and asked the bomber to follow the procedure by going through the right gate.
"The man started arguing, behaving as if he was drunk. At this point, the security men then asked him to park the car outside the plaza. So I decided to leave the place. Immediately I turned towards my direction, I heard an explosion and the next thing, I saw myself in the hospital," he told media Add a comment
Bid to Nominate Peter Obi Minister Tears Anambra PDP Apart
Crisis is currently brewing in the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the decision by the party to nominate the former Governor of the state, Peter Obi, for a ministerial position to represent the state in the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Ms. Stella Oduah, who represented the state in the council, was dropped recently.
Since then, nobody has been nominated to fill the vacancy.
It was gathered by media that members of the party in the state are divided over the choice of Oduah’s replacement.
Media gathered that the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party, after its 98th meeting, recommended Obi as a possible ministerial nominee who would represent the state in the federal cabinet.
The argument proffered by the SWC in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan was that the choice of Obi was because of his “popularity and acceptability.”
The letter signed by the state chairman of the party, Ken Emeakayi and secretary, Mike Akubude, expressed the hope that even though Obi is the member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), “the former governor who will automatically become a member of PDP if and when appointed, is best positioned to galvanise all the interest groups, the people of the state and the South-east zone towards the forthcoming presidential election.”Add a comment