Tuesday, May 20, 2014

118 confirmed dead from Jos Bomb blast today, there may be more - NEMA

According to a report by AFP, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA told them that 118 people have already been confirmed dead from today's bomb blast in Jos, with several others still underneath the debris 
"The exact figure of the dead bodies recovered as of now is 118 and more bodies may be in the debris of buildings which collapsed due to the intensity of the blasts.” Mohammed Abdulsalam told AFP. He also revealed that 56 people were injured in the twin blasts.

US Claims Boko Haram is Not a Branch of al-Qaeda

The United States Government has disclosed that the Islamic sect, Boko Haram was not affiliated to the global terrorist organisation, al-Qaeda.

This is coming following a declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan during the France security summit on the menace of the insurgent group on Saturday, that the Boko Haram sect, was the “al Qaeda of West Africa.”

However, the US said the Boko Haram sect has no link with al-Qaeda.


Alleged Boko Haram Threats To Schools: IGP orders security threat analysis nationwide

As part of deliberate and proactive efforts geared towards bolstering security network around boarding schools nationwide and also the safety and security of students and other stakeholders in the nation’s secondary institutions of learning, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar CFR, NPM, mni, psc has ordered Command Commissioners of Police to immediately commence security audit and threats analysis of all boarding schools nationwide.

OAU Students Block Ife-Abuja Highway to Protest Fee Hike by 267 %,322%, 253% respectively

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University  (OAU) have blocked the Ife-Abuja highway to protest against the recent fee hikes university authorities recently implemented.

Passengers on the federal highway were stranded as the students also blocked all exit and entry routes linking Osun State to other states in the country.

The university reportedly increased the fee of newly admitted students into Clinical Sciences and Pharmacy by 267 %, Humanities/Social Sciences by 322%, and increased the fee by 253% for students admitted into Sciences.

Nigeria asks UN Al Qaeda committee to blacklist Boko Haram

Nigeria has formally asked the UN Security Council al Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist the Islamist militant group Boko Haram after the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls, a UN diplomat said on Tuesday.

If there are no objections from the 15-member council committee, which operates by consensus, Boko Haram will be sanctioned at 3 pm EDT (1900 GMT) on Thursday, the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Viewer Discretion: More photos from Jos market bomb blast.

Law enforcement have reduced the amount of people that died today when twin bombs went off at Terminus market in Jos, to 42, but some eye-witnesses insist the amount is way more than that...marking it around over 200 because oahu is the commercial hub of the town and was filled up with people once the blast occurred. 

Photos: Burial ceremony for soldiers who died in the North last week

 Some soldiers were ambushed and killed in the North East last week by Boko Haram men leading with their colleagues rising against their General Officer Commanding. The fallen soldiers were buried today. May their souls rest in peace...Ase. See another pic after the break.

Northern Elders want FG to negotiate with Boko Haram..

 Recently, the Upper Elders'Community prompted the Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram for the discharge of abducted Chibo girls. Do you think FG should, or maybe not?

See Photos of soldiers killed by Boko Haram that caused military mutiny in Maiduguri

Very often we hear that soldiers in battle with the dreaded Islamic sect Boko Haram were killed, but we hardly get to see the fallen officers. Well, here are two of them. The officer on the left is Major Olalekan Akintola, aka Lokoso, he was one of the officers ambushed and killed by Boko Haram men last Wednesday night. The officer on the right is Lt Odushina Oluwafemi, he and his fellow soldiers were killed when their convoy was ambushed by Boko Haram after their GOC, Major General Abubakar Mohammed, made them make an unusual trip, his friends say.

Their deaths sparked a mutiny against the GOC. Y'all remember the story last week. The GOC has since been redeployed because of the incident.

Pres. Jonathan Strongly Condems Job Bomb Blasts

President Goodluck Jonathan has strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Jos, Plateau state, which led to the loss of many lives.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati Tuesday said the president described the perpetrators of “this tragic assault on human freedom as cruel and evil”.
According to Dr Abati, the president has directed all relevant agencies to mobilise support and relief efforts in aid of the victims.

More photos from Jos market bomb blast

 See more pics bellow.

Photo News: NOA shares more pics of troops in action to bring back missing girls

See more pics bellow.

Weather Forecast for Lagos May 20th -May 26th 2014.

Mostly cloudy day, scattered thunderstorm is expected. A dew point of 25° that feels-like temperature of 38°C is expected
Max 31oc
Min 28oc
Humidity: 70%
Wind direction: SSW
Wind speed: 19km/h
Chance of rainfall: 20%
Amount expected: 2.7mm
Mostly cloudy warm day, rain shower is possible. A dew point of 24° that feels-like temperature of 37°C is expected

Traditional hunters insist they are combat ready to join search for Chibok girls

Traditional hunters in a few Northern states say they are ready to join the military in the look for missing Chibok girls, Associated Press reports. According to the report, the hunters numbering about 500 and ranging between 18 to 80 years of age have been in Borno state for two weeks now waiting for the  government and the military to give them the permission to go after the missing girls. 

The hunters say their magic charms would prevent any blood being drawn from their body. In addition they expressed their belief inside their herbs wrapped in leather pouches as well as cowrie shells, animal teeth and leather bracelets, including a cocktail of fetish substances which supplies them spiritual powers that protects them from being pierced by bullets

Video: Kenyan & Nigerian businessmen engage to address the unexploited potential of intra-African trade

Tourism and import export trade formed the thrust of the discussions that Kenyan businessmen had with their Nigerian counterparts during the 3-day bilateral talks held from the beginning of the week. Equity Bank’s Chief Executive James Mwangi in an exclusive interview with NTV’s Business Reporter Alex Mwangi, said success in attracting just a small percentage of Nigerians as tourists would lead to huge revenues for the sector. Here is more of what transpired from that visit.

Videos: Nigerian Troops 'Cannot Take On Terrorists', Claims Terrified Soldier & Mum - Foreign media

A Nigerian soldier tells Sky's Alex Crawford Special Correspondent, in Nigeria 
that troops are too poorly armed and ill-equipped to fight Boko Haram militants

Sky News U.K.

CHIBOK, Nigeria
May 19, 2014

A Nigerian soldier tells Sky's Alex Crawford that troops are too poorly armed and ill-equipped to fight Boko Haram militants.



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