Sunday, May 4, 2014

'How we jumped out of Boko Haram truck' - girls who escaped reveal

Punch interviews 2 of the girls who jumped out of the truck they were being transported in by Boko Haram men after the men stormed their school and kidnapped over 250 girls. Interview below..

What is your name?
Sawok: My name is Amina Sawok.
Walse: My name is Thabita Walse.

WEF: Presidential guards deployed in Abuja airport

Soldiers from the Presidential Guard have been deployed in the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport,Abuja ahead of the commencement of the World Economic Forum on Africa which takes place between May 7 and 9, 2014

Ex- Kwara State Governor, Adamu Attah Dies

Former governor of old Kwara State, Adamu Attah, has been reported dead.

According to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Attah died on Thursday at the Abuja National hospital after a brief illness.

A relative of the deceased, Suleiman Attah, confirmed the death to newsmen

It was further gathered that the deceased would be buried on Friday in his home town of Okene, Kogi State.

    Another source informed that a condolence register has been opened at the Kogi State government house while sympathisers trooped to the late Mr. Attah’s family house in Okene to pay their condolences.

    Justice Oputa Kicked the Bucket at 96

    A former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, died on Sunday at age 96. He died of a stroke-related ailment.
    A son of the departed jurist and musician, Mr. Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy), confirmed the death of his father in a statement.
    “The Family of Justice Chukwudifu Oputa wishes to announce the passing to glory of the eminent jurist and a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria at the age of 96 years. He passed on peacefully on Sunday afternoon (May 4, 2014) after recovering from a brief illness. Funeral announcements will soon be released by the family,” Charles’ statement read.

    How Borno Governor caused kidnap of Chibok schoolgirls – WAEC

    “The Borno state government also refused to relocate the students from Chibok to safer places like Maiduguri.”
    The kidnap of over 250 schoolgirls in Chibok may not have occurred if the Borno State Government had heeded the advice of an examination body, fresh facts have emerged.
    Aware of the poor security situation in Borno and worried about the safety of students, the West African Examination Council, WAEC, declined to conduct its Senior School Certificate Examination in unsafe parts of Borno, including Chibok.

    Mercy Johnson talks about missing school girls

    The star actress writes on the missing Chibok girls. Find her article below...
    Sometimes, our realities remind us of the pain of others. My reality as a mother is that I get to see my daughter every day, while the reality of the mothers of the kidnapped 234 Chibok girls is that they don’t even know where their daughters are.
    I looked at my daughter and tears came to my eyes that some mothers have the privileges of seeing their kids on a daily basis while the mothers of the kidnapped girls can only console themselves with memories. Continue...

    Photos from BringBackOurGirls protest hold in Newyork and D.C

    Nigerians living in New York City took to the streets of New York yesterday to protest the kidnap of over 250 Chibok schoolgirls. They were joined by other non-Nigerians who walked together with them in solidarity. The protesters all adorned Africa headgear because they walked the streets and finally stopped at the Union Square in New York. Another group protested in D.C. 

    Deadly Twin Bomb Explosion hit Mombasa, Kenya

    A deadly twin bomb explosion rocked Mombasa, Kenya yesterday May 3rd, killing at least 3 people, and injuring several others.

    According to a Sky News report, one blast happened at a busy bus station in Mwembe Tayari, near the city centre, when grenades were thrown into a crowded minibus killing at least three people, and wounding seven others. The other explosion occurred at a well-known beach resort hotel, the Reef Hotel, in the Nyali area of the city, although no casualties are reported in that explosion. A bag was said to have been dropped by the entrance of the hotel which was later discovered to contain the explosive.

    Southern states prepare against Boko Haram

    Governments of states in the southern part of the country are bracing for possible attacks by the Boko Haram sect. There are fears that the sect, which has its base in the North-East, may extend its targets to the South.
    The terrorist group had claimed responsibility for several attacks and kidnappings in the northern part of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
    Abuja, the seat of the Nigerian government, has recorded three major attacks in 2014 alone.
    Boko Haram suspects in detention at the headquarters of the Department of State Services attempted a jailbreak on March 30, leading to a shootout. The terrorists have also attacked Nyanya, Abuja twice, killing over 100 and injuring many others.

    4 Died in well trying to retrieve bucket in Cross Rivers State

    According to a Vanguard report, the first person to enter the well was John Ushie, who lived in the compound. While preparing to go to work that day, he went to the well in the compound to fetch water but the bucket he was using to draw water fell in the well. He thought it was a good idea to try to retrieve the bucket but ended up drowning when he jumped into the well.

    Nigerian student bags $350,000 Bill Gates Millennium scholarship

    Oloruntobi Dare, a Nigerian student of Hubert Flowers High School is one of the 1000 beneficiaries to win the coveted Bill Gates Millenium scholarship worth $350,000. Oluwatobi who is a naturalized American has shown a regular display of talent and brains since her pre-school in the USA. 

    Apart from winning the Gates scholarship, she's won other awards including, Most Outstanding Science Student, Hubert Flowers High School, Maryland; Winner, Prince George's Community Church's 8th Annual African American History Essay Contest; 3rd place winner, Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education Essay Contest 2014; and Maryland Representative at the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Parade. Very inspiring. Congrats to her.


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