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January 14, 2012

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who won a prestigious award for her book documenting the Nigerian civil war that ended in 1970, said that all sides were called to action for the sake of peace.

Christian leaders in Nigeria should preach for peace while Muslim leaders must separate themselves from Boko Haram, a Nigerian author said.

Militant group Boko Haram has issued threats against the Christian population in Nigeria as it tries to create an Islamic state in a country divided largely along religious lines.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who won a prestigious award for her book documenting the Nigerian civil war that ended in 1970, told The Guardian newspaper in London that all sides were called to action for the sake of peace.

January 14, 2012

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who won a prestigious award for her book documenting the Nigerian civil war that ended in 1970, said that all sides were called to action for the sake of peace.

Christian leaders in Nigeria should preach for peace while Muslim leaders must separate themselves from Boko Haram, a Nigerian author said.

Militant group Boko Haram has issued threats against the Christian population in Nigeria as it tries to create an Islamic state in a country divided largely along religious lines.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who won a prestigious award for her book documenting the Nigerian civil war that ended in 1970, told The Guardian newspaper in London that all sides were called to action for the sake of peace.

January 14, 2012

Suspected Boko Haram members open gunfire on outdoor bar on Friday

Gunmen attacked a bar in the Dandu area of the Adamawa State capital, Yola, leaving two people dead.

According to residents of the area, two gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, on Friday evening arrived on a motorbike and opened fire on the open-air beer parlour in Dandu, also wounding a policeman while fleeing.

January 13, 2012

The Nigerian State is presently plagued by a number of evils – all of which seek immediate attention. I find it odd that rather than find solutions to these problems, we keep passing the buck.

Many brilliant essays have been written on the matter of Goodluck Jonathan’s abilities as President and the removal of the fuel subsidy; so many that all this while I have deemed it unnecessary to contribute ‘another’ one to the fray. However, for a number of reasons – one of which is posterity – I have decided to craft this.

January 12, 2012

The government's latest move to combat the terrorism menace in the country

The Federal Government has entered into partnerships with the United Nations Counter Terrorism office and the Global Counter Terrorism Forum to deal with the Boko Haram menace.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri said this while addressing foreign diplomats accredited to Nigeria, in Abuja on Wednesday.

She noted that government had been and would continue to take measures consistent with its determination to ensure the security of lives and property of all residents in Nigeria.

January 12, 2012

The government's latest move to combat the terrorism menace in the country

The Federal Government has entered into partnerships with the United Nations Counter Terrorism office and the Global Counter Terrorism Forum to deal with the Boko Haram menace.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri said this while addressing foreign diplomats accredited to Nigeria, in Abuja on Wednesday.

She noted that government had been and would continue to take measures consistent with its determination to ensure the security of lives and property of all residents in Nigeria.

January 12, 2012

The government's argument is bogus, and has grown legs from endless repitition

“Is it because the president has a PhD in zoology he wants to treat us like animals?” asked Umar Afolabi in Kaduna, as thousands took to the streets in many parts of Nigeria, protesting the government’s New Year decision to hike the price of petrol to about 65p a litre.

I know readers in the UK would long dreamily for the rosy past when we used to get petrol at that price. It is now averages around £1.30 a litre in “rip off Britain”.

January 11, 2012

Attcks also carried out on 2 Christian homes in Borno State 

Gunmen killed six people, including five police officers, on Tuesday in a pub in Potiskum, Yobe State, where Islamic sect, Boko Haram, had carried out a wave of bloody attacks.

January 10, 2012

The money was paid as compensation for an extra-judicial killing by the police

The Borno State government, on Monday, paid the sum of N100 million as compensation to the family of the in-law of the late Boko Haram sect leader, Baba Fugu. 

January 9, 2012

Olorode describes the demand for the suspension of the removal as a welcome intervention

The House of Representatives, on Sunday, demanded for the suspension of the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.

January 7, 2012

A government must show that it can protect citizens and punish criminals and terrorists. It must also provide an environment for people to live with dignity and work toward their prosperity, and not be an obstacle to that

December 23, 2011

Gun fire and bomb blasts rock Maiduguri, Damaturu and Potiskum

Not less than five people have died following an attack in Maiduguri, Damaturu and Potiskum, Ibrahim Farinloye, the northeast coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency said on Friday.

The attack happened on Thursday evening and sources said more gun fire was heard in Damaturu early on Friday morning.

According to our sources, about six blasts and gunfire hit Maiduguri, after explosions and shooting earlier broke out in Damaturu.

December 19, 2011

Senator accused of sponsoring Boko Haram has been released on bail conditioned upon the payment of N25m

An Abuja Federal High Court, on Monday,granted bail to Ali Ndume, the Senator representing Borno South in the National Assembly who is currently facing a four-count charge onterrorism.

Ndume’s lawyer, Rickey Tarfa, SAN, cited the provisions of Section 35(4)and(5) of the 1999 Constitution, saying that an accused remained innocent until proven guilty.

December 19, 2011

After some surveillance work and a gun fight, the police win a major victory against the Islamist sect, Boko Haram

The Kano State Police Command got a huge break on Saturday after its Special Forces raided three locations that had been under surveillance. They had been tipped off that the properties were residences of members of the Boko Haram sect.

December 19, 2011

Hundreds of firearms-bearing, charm-wearing yobbos make a pride-walk for hours along a major road in the commercial capital of the country and no one is arrested!

December 15, 2011

Federal lawmakers say the N921b budgeted for 2012 is too high

The House of Representatives says it considers the N921 billion announced by President Goodluck Jonathan for security too high, and will effect a significant reduction before a final approval is given to the budget.

The chairman of the House Media Committee, Zakari Mohammed, said the House believes the huge funding for security has deprived key economic sectors like power and agriculture of needed finance.

December 13, 2011

The group warns that people might be capitalising on the terrorist activities of the radical Islamic sect

The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of the Boko Haram sect being involved in Monday’s bomb blast at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ekiti.

December 13, 2011

Several bomb blasts were on Tuesday followed by gunshots

The Borno State capital, Maiduguri was on Tuesday hit by several bombs which have been blamed on Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

According to residents of the city which has been the target of several attacks by the terrorists, the bomb blasts were followed by sporadic gunfire.

"There was a heavy explosion in London Ciki (neighbourhood) this morning," said Lt. Colonel Hassan Mohammed, spokesperson for a military task force in Maiduguri.

December 11, 2011

The concert would return when government successfully deals with the menace

The frequent bombings and violence orchestrated by members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram was responsible for the cancellation of the popular annual music concert hosted by Nigerian Breweries Plc (NBL) tagged Star Meja Jam, multiple sources familiar with the event said over the weekend.

Another key factor that forced NBL’s hands was a letter from the United States Embassy in Nigeria issued to American A-list artistes urging them to avoid performances in Nigeria because of the dangerous and unpredictable security situation.

December 6, 2011

Ali Konduga pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of felony

An Abuja magistrate court has sentenced convicted Ali Konduga, a former spokesperson of radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, to three years jail for felony.

Konduga was convicted for felony on November 22 after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge against him and asked for leniency.

Chief Magistrate Oyebola Oyewumi however deferred sentencing to a later date because the second accused person in the case, Senator Ali Ndume, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

December 5, 2011

Decries Ebonyi governor's plan to build an Almajiri school in the state

As the Ebonyi State government proposed to establish schools for Almajiris in the state, the governor has been warned to be aware and alert, so as not to put the state in great danger of breeding Boko Haram and the likes of Osama Bin Laden.

December 4, 2011

Earlier today the Islamist sect hit three targets

Islamist sect, Boko Haram has bombed two police  posts in Azare, north of the Bauchi state capital, Bauchi. The militants also raided a bank.

The sect which has been around since 2002 has recently increased the intensity of its attacks.

The movement is seeking to Islamise the whole country, and claimed responsibility for the UN bombing in Abuja earlier this year.

Yesterday, people suspected to be members of the sect attacked a wedding in Maiduguri in Borno state, killing two guests.

December 4, 2011

Suspected Boko Haram members stormed a wedding in Maiduguri and killed two people

Suspected Islamist militants have shot and killed two people during a wedding ceremony in Borno state.

December 1, 2011

SSS parades seven people who sent death and bomb scare messages to individuals and organisations in a bid to exploit them

The State Security Service, on Wednesday, paraded seven suspects for circulating threatening text messages and emails to foreign embassies.

According to the security agency, the messages caused the Eid-il-Kabir Boko Haram attack scare in Abuja earlier in November.

Chinwedu Josiah, one of those paraded, confessed to the act. According to him, sometime in October he sent emails to some foreign embassies in Nigeria, including that of the US, threatening their citizens, with the intent to extort money from them.