Boko Haram kills bridegroom, 30 others in Borno
Barely a week after some suspected Boko Haram terrorists launched an attack on a security post along Bama- Banki- Firgi road in which they went away with some security patrol vehicles after setting the entire place ablaze, another group of terrorists suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents blocked a convoy of a bridegroom with his invited guests to a wedding in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa state, killing over 30, including the groom.
Our correspondent gathered from a reliable source that the groom, his friends and family associates from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital went to the wedding Fatiha in Michika town, where the wedding was performed successfully; but luck run out of them as they were ambushed by a group of suspected terrorists killing over 30 of them.
Bama- Banki –Firgi federal highway along the junction is about 40 kilometres away from Cameroon Republic, 100 kilometres to Maiduguri and 26 kilometres to Gwoza Local Government area of Borno State, which is one of the mountainous areas suspected to be an enclave of terrorists who fled from the Sambisa Forests during the offensive military raids after the declaration of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa on May 14, this year. Add a comment
America Routinely Taps Phones of Nigerian Security-New York Times
Recent documents that have surfaced in the light of the Edward Snowden whistle blower leak has shown that the United State National Security Agency, NSA, routinely taps the phone calls of members of the high echelon of Nigeria's security agencies.
By many accounts, the agency provides more than half of the intelligence nuggets delivered to the White House early each morning in the President’s Daily Brief — a measure of success for American spies. (One document boasts that listening in on Nigerian State Security had provided items for the briefing “nearly two dozen” times.) In every international crisis, American policy makers look to the N.S.A. for inside information.
In May 2009, analysts at the agency learned that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was to make a rare trip to Kurdistan Province in the country’s mountainous northwest. The agency immediately organized a high-tech espionage mission, part of a continuing project focused on Ayatollah Khamenei called Operation Dreadnought. Add a comment
APC Has Captured G-7 Governors, Says Buhari
PDP Flag Missing On Nyako’s Official Car
THE speculated cross-carpeting by the seven discontented governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is no longer rumour, as former military Head of State and APC chieftain, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, confirmed Friday that they have agreed to join the party with their supporters.
Buhari, who was received at the Yola International Airport by Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, alongside his APC entourage that included former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, party Interim Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa and other top party members, told reporters at the airport that their tour of the G-7 governors’ states has yielded positive result, as the governors had given positive responses to the invitation to join the APC.
Insisting that “we now have the G-7 governors in our fold, our tour is yielding positive result for the party,” Buhari, who claimed that APC was formed to salvage the country from PDP bondage, urged Nigerians not to rest in their fight against injustice and impunity meted against them by the PDP government. Add a comment
I Am Ready to Contest for President in 2015, Babangida Aliyu
Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday said he was ready to contest for the presidency in 2015 if called upon by his people.
It may also be recalled that Aliyu had also 2 days ago declared himself as the leader of the rebel new People's Democratic Party, which had been declared illegal by both the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and an Abuja Federal High Court.
Aliyu said he would not declare for the seat but was prepared for eventualities.
Aliyu made this revelation when the leadership of the Conference for Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Minna.
"I have always prepared myself for eventualities. I have never declared for anything. I didn't declare to be governor, I was called upon. So if it comes, if my people call me to serve them, I won't hesitate to contest." Add a comment
Buhari Uncomfortable As Tinubu Concludes Plans to Welcome G7 Governors to APC
A crack appears to be forming between former military strongman, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Tinubu, over plans by the latter to welcome the rebel G7 governors into the fold of the APC, a move Buhari is not comfortable with. Some pundits believe that Buhari is uncomfortable with the move because it may whittle down his influence as the most prominent northerner in the party and thus its obvious choice to fly the presidential flag at the 2015 election.
The gulf was noticeable at the commissioning of the Sokoto State University for which the G7 rebel People's Democratic Governors, where governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa; Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, were in attendance with their host and fellow G7 rebel, Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State.
Bola Tinubu, had also arrived the occasion together with Muhammadu Buhari, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. Also in attendance was the National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande. Add a comment
Niger State governor Babangida Aliyu has debunked a report that he has pulled out from the G-7 governors and new PDP, insisting that the story is false.
He also stated that he is still a member of the G-7 governors, saying that the story was planted by political adversaries.
A national daily had, yesterday, reported that Governor Aliyu was already out of the G-7 group due to irreconcilable differences.
But the governor, while receiving the national president of the Public Service Union, Comrade Mohammed Ibn Shuaibu, and the national executive council of the union in Minna for their delegates conference, said he is the leader of the group and could not abandon the fold. Add a comment
Jonathan Is Grooming Al-Mustapha to Succeed Him in 2019-Buhari
Some associates of one of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammad Buhari (rtd), yesterday said the confidence exuded by Bamanga Tukur that Jonathan will rule the country till 2019 when a young turk of northern extraction will take over from, is ploy to secure the votes of the region.
According to them, Buhari, who is being tipped to fly the flag of the APC, discovered before Tukur made his statement that the PDP and the presidency are working secretly to woo the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, to succeed Jonathan in 2019.
This belief by the Buhari camp is an indication that they see 2015 a already going to Jonathan and betrays the defeatist tendency within their camp.
The game plan, one of the sources closed to Buhari, who pleaded anonymity, is to galvanise al-Mustapha to continue to mobilise the people of the North for the PDP. Add a comment
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