1 year ago

Female suicide bombers kill dozens in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.

A http://www.yohaig.ng/category/newspapers/ third woman bomber was arrested and has given officials information about other planned bombings that helped them increase security at the camp, said an official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency.

Some 78 people are being treated for wounds from the twin explosions that occurred Tuesday morning in a camp of some 50,000 people driven from their homes by the Boko Haram Islamic uprising, according to health workers in Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria and birthplace of Boko Haram. They spoke on condition of anonymity as did rescue officials who said they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

The emergency management official said 51 bodies were buried Wednesday in Dikwa, the scene Nigerian of the carnage 53 miles northeast of Maiduguri. Health workers said five bodies were brought to the main hospital in Maiduguri. The officials said poor cell phone service delayed news of the attack.

Boko Haram's 6-year-old Islamic insurgency has killed 20,000 people, made 2.5 million homeless and spread across Nigeria's borders.

Gov. Midjiyawa Bakari of neighboring Cameroon's Far North province said two suicide bombers believed to have come from Nigeria on Wednesday killed 10 people and injured 40 attending a wake in a border village, including children. Attacks in Chad and Niger also are blamed on Boko Haram.

Since troops from Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon last year drove the Islamic extremists from towns and villages where they had announced an Islamic caliphate and ruled with their strict interpretation of Islamic law, the insurgents have taken to attacking soft targets such as mosques and market places where many people gather.

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1 year ago

Nigerian parents say 234 schoolgirls kidnapped by extremists

CHIBOK, Nigeria - Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig%C3%A9ria reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.

The higher figure https://hif.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor insisted a military escort take him to the town. Parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total re

1 year ago

Obasanjo bags MA degree, graduate next week with 5,000 others at NOUN convocation

NOUN to install Igwe Chikezie Agubuzu as first Chancellor

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is among over 5,000 students that would be graduating from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). He would be conferred with MA degree in Christian Theology.

The MA degree is under the School of Arts and Social Sciences and Obasanjo studied at NOUN Abeokuta study centre. His two are supervisors, Prof Isaac Ayegboyin, Head of Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan and Dr. Philip Tachin, lecturer in Systemic Theology Department.

Attempt by Saturday Sun to get the title of Obasanjos MA project proved abortive but it was learnt that the former President conclu

1 year ago

Dozens Killed In Nigeria As Mosque, Market Bombed

ABUJA, July 23 (Reuters) - The death toll from multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in the northern Nigerian city of Gombe on Wednesday has risen to 37, with 105 others injured, a Red Cross official said on Thursday.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people in the last six years as it tried to establish a caliphate in the northeast.

The first bomb, which exploded around 7 p.m. (1800 GMT), was detonated by a suspected suicide bomber at a mosque at Dadin Kowa motorpark as people gathered to pray, two witnesses said.

Another two blasts occurred at the gate of the major Duku bus station and a small market nearby.

"Twin explosions.... led to 37 dead, and 105 injured are currently receiving treatment at the specialist hospital and Federal Medical Center, Gombe," said a Red Cross official.

At least 50 people were killed in two bombings at a market in the same city last Friday.

The bombings on Wednesday were the latest in a string of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in the last few weeks in the northeast of Africa most populous nation, which has the continent's biggest economy.

Attacks have also been carried out in neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

Two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 13 people and injured 32 others in northern Cameroon on Wednesday. (Reporting by Isaac Abrak in Abuja, additional reporting by Ardo Abdallah in Bauchi and Lanre Ola in Maiduguri; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram, editing by Larry King)


2 years ago

Nigeria makes history in presidential election

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigeria's aviation minister says President Goodluck Jonathan has called challenger Muhammadu Buhari to concede and congratulate him on his electoral victory. This paves the way for a peaceful transfer of power in Africa's richest and most populous nation.

Celebrations erupted all over Buhari's strongholds in northern Nigeria and around Buhari's campaign headquarters in Abuja. Cars honked and people waved brooms in the air - a symbol of Buhari's campaign promise to sweep out Nigeria's endemic corruption.

Jonathan called Buhari, 72, to congratulate him Tuesday evening, thus conceding defeat, Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka told The Associated Press. Chidoka is c

2 years ago

Gross Abuse - CNN iReport

The pregnant woman in this footage would have never in her wildest dream believed what befell her on the 5th of September, 2008.

This is a scene from Funsho Williams way (former Western Avenue), in Lagos, Nigeria - where else? The woman had been assaulted by a traffic official popularly called "LASTMA".

We all know that absolute power corrupts absolutely but in order to check this gross disrespect for life and indeed the rule of law, stiff measures need to be taken at this and all manner of recklessness FAST!

It is high time public office holders and indeed the government knew the true meaning of service.


2 years ago

Meet Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Architect of Modern Lagos

Meet Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Architect of Modern Lagos......

Lagos the center of excellence was created in 1967, from the colony province and the Lagos federal territory as an island Lagos state is situated in a very vantage position being a major access point to the Atlantic Ocean.

This gives it a very strong commercial value, because of the sea ports and its strategic importance to the military. The government of Lagos as the manager of these verse resources and so its rapid development is crucial to its very diverse people, Lagosians