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A total of 21 persons were feared dead yesterday in Benue and Taraba States following attacks by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

While the herdsmen attacked Obagaji, the headquarters of Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State killing 12 youths in the community, no fewer than nine people were killed at Nwokyo village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The incidents occurred even as the the federal government intensifies efforts to bring the incessant attacks by the Fulani herders on its host communities to a halt.

According to the Chairman Agatu Elders’ Committee, Mr. Sule Ngbede,  the young men had gone to fetch sand for building with a tipper in the river which is about three kilometres to the local government area headquarters when the gunmen attacked and killed them.

He stated that the corpses of the victims had been moved to Obagaji, the council headquarters, lamenting that soldiers who were drafted to Agatu had continued to stay in Obagaji while the boundary areas to the river had been left unmanned.

Ngbede appealed to security agencies posted to Agatu not to restrict their movement to the council’s headquarters but to always move around and ensure peace in the communities in Agatu.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Daniel Ezeala, a Superintendent of Police, confirmed the report, disclosing that the remains of the 12 victims had been moved to the mortuary.

In Nwokyo village, an indigene who escape unhurt, Manasseh Agyo, told THISDAY that the attackers stormed the village at about 7a.m. wearing military uniforms and began to shoot indiscriminately before setting several houses ablaze.

According to him: “The herdsmen were dressed in military uniforms and took the villagers unaware. They were carrying very sophisticated weapons and apart from those who died as a result of gunshots, several other people were burnt beyond recognition when their houses were set ablaze by their attackers.”

The Cottage hospital constructed with the assistance of the MDG was also set ablaze by the attackers when they discovered that women and children were taking refuge in the facility, including those who went there for medical attention.

Speaking on phone, the gubernatorial candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2011 general election in Taraba State, Senator Joel Ikenya, described the orgy of violence going on in the area as worse than the civil war, saying such wanton killings have never been experienced by the people of the area.

Ikenya, who is an indigene of the village expressed disappointment over what he described as the lukewarm attitude of the government to security issues in the state, saying despite the quantum of lives that have so far been lost in the various clashes in the area, the state government was yet to visit the victims of the clashes.

Ikenya who appealled to the state government, to as a matter of urgency, send relief materials to the victims, especially those that have been displaced said: “As I am talking to you now, the MDG Hospital in the village and the worship centres have been burnt down and no house is standing there now as I am talking to you.”

To stem the spate of attacks on defenseless people, the former member of House of Representatives and Senate appealed to the federal government to urgently deploy soldiers to the communities so as to stop the attacks, stressing that government cannot continue to fold its arms when scores of people were being killed on daily basis.

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I did not need to double glance at President Jonathan to see that he was truly sorry and remorseful over the loss of lives at Nyanya, two days ago, even though he ought to be in Maiduguri and Yobe, hovering over those other dead bodies too, after all they are all Nigerian and have gone all too innocently as well. Unfortunately, we seem to have heightened our remorse and anger over the Nyanya incidence, whereas the lives lost in other areas like zamfara state outnumbers the Abuja one(s). Nonetheless, northern Nigeria mostly, is suffering colossal losses in lives, Muslim lives to be more precise.

Bottom line, Nigerians are dying in numbers; the ethnicitization and politicization of the massacres going on are despicable to say the least. Shamelessly, our politicians are playing games with the deaths of thousands of Nigerians and so are religious leaders. This foregoing, can be checked and stopped by government, with a snap of the fingers, a warning from the security services and that does it. Somehow, baseless accusations are thrown at will as if they were claims over who ate up the others cake in a tea party! In one swoop, all the maligning could stop but who dare says!

Muslim, christian, pagan, traditional religionists, propagandists; are all affected by these deaths, most worrisome, the babies, and more recently the JAMB candidates. We should cease with all the pretenses and mean business. We are all ordinary when it comes to dying, especially when it comes with a timing, against our wishes. It could happen to any of us and our indifference remains appalling and wayward. Power, money, sex, homosexuality etc are where our passions lie and once they remain untouched, we seem to remain fine; really cruel we’ve become.

With the current massacre’s inferno raging on like a forest fire, who could possibly care about 2015? 2015 should never come until we stop mutilating innocent human beings. Similarly, all campaigns and party activities must be brought to a halt! Mother Nigeria is in Intensive care and no son or daughter should continue to party. Anyone caught doing so must be sanctioned and cursed by mother naija. A collective effort by well meaning Nigerians can actually bring this barbarism to a stop  – minus the security agencies but alas, where is our will? Who will lead?

Globally, Nigeria has the highest death rate in the world. Nigeria is going through a depopulation policy. At present, no debasing or centenary speeches can actually depict what our real situation is, only God can as we are a plagued nation, rearing towards a vanishing; of course at the rate of 1000 deaths per month, we will all disappear before Dangote’s refineries start to function! We should make distress calls to heaven as soon as possible before nigerians become extinct.

Irrespective of where the massacres go on, attention must be fully placed equally, north or south, yobe or bayelsa. A Hausa proverb says, “if your neighbors beard I’d lit up by a flame, quickly caress yours with water”. The attitude of I am safe and so I don’t care must become old fashioned and we must find the care in us. Only that can salvage the situation and not the muscle of any artillery.

We must unite against a common enemy and fight it with all our might. If we forsake the labors of our heroes today, we should bear in mind that for certain, we will be forsaken and cursed too by generations to come. We will not have any ahmadu Bello’s or azikiwes in our midst whenever our history is recounted. We will not have any tarkas or awolowos whose names will continue to reverberate in the annals of history. The most we can do is to remain forever forgotten; no land, no name, no shame, and no gains whatsoever.

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The Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the Nigerian security forces may have identified and recovered the body of the suspected bomber who set-off the bomb at the Nyanya bus park, This Day reports.

The explosion hit the busy commuter bus station around 6.30am on April 14, Monday, killing at least 71 people and injuring 124, Nigeria Police Force has confirmed.

This Day cites a security source as saying that the slightly charred body of the bomber was identified and recovered yesterday.

CTU also discovered charms and amulets strapped to the body. They might have have been used for self-protection.

Reportedly, the charms and amulets are typical of the type used by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram.

According to the source, certain leads including a mobile phone were also recovered from the man’s body.

Two hypotheses

Security forces told This Day that they were working on two hypotheses as to how the bomber planted and detonated the explosive device.

According to the first hypothesis, the suspect may have driven a bomb-laden red Volkswagen Golf car to the Nyanya park and walked away before it exploded.

The second hypothesis is that the bomber may have conveyed the bomb into the park in a large jute bag – popularly known as Ghana-must-go bag – and left it close to the commuter buses.

Either way, however, security forces said that the suspected bomber had conveyed the bomb to its destination and then stayed in the park to await the explosion.

But apparently, he did not give enough distance between himself and the explosive device, and was killed by the impact of the blast.

Yesterday, President Jonathan visited the scene of the explosion and pointed the finger of suspicion at Boko Haram.

Until now, however, neither Boko Haram nor anyone else has claimed responsibility for the first attack on the federal capital in two years.

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Security officials have confirmed the abduction of at least 100 female students in Borno State.

The girls, final year students of the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Chibok Local Government Area of the state, were kidnapped from their school on Monday night.

The incident occurred about three weeks after the state government closed down all public schools to avert further attacks on students. The Boko Haram terrorist group has attacked many schools in Northeast Nigeria killing scores of students and staff.

It was learnt that the female students were asked to return to school to write their final year secondary school exams that was supposed to commence this week.

The Borno State Police Commissioner, Tanko Lawan, confirmed the kidnap to journalists. He, however, declined comments on the exact number of students affected.

“We have received the report about the kidnapping of students by gunmen in a school in Chibok Local Government Area last night,” Mr. Lawan said. “But we have no details on the actual number of the students for now; our men are still on the trail of the abductors”.

The BBC Hausa service however reports that no fewer than 200 girls were abducted in the school.

According to the report, the insurgents arrived the school shooting sporadically, and ordered the girls into four lorries.

Two members of the school’s security officials were killed while several property belonging to the school was burnt down.

A senior official of the State Security Service, who does not want his name mentioned as he is not permitted to speak to journalists, provided more details of the kidnap.

“The abduction happened at about midnight when these hoodlums called Boko Haram attacked the school, killed a soldier and policeman and took away over a hundred female students in a lorry,” he said.

The SSS officer added that “we have been able to locate the vehicle where it broke down and our men have moved in to intercept the gunmen; but we understand that some of the girls were able to escape and made it back to the town”.

An official of Chibok local government, who sought anonymity for security reasons, said “the gunmen actually came in two Hilux pickup vans but had to intercept a lorry that was conveying bags of grains to Askira-Uba Local Government.

“They offloaded the grains and ordered the abducted student into the lorry and took them away.”

The official said many of the girls summoned courage to escape by holding some branches of trees while the lorry was moving in the night. They hung there until the lorry went far before jumping down and made it back to town, he said.

“Some others jumped off the lorry since it was not moving at high speed and the road was sandy”.

“Many of the girls have been able to make it back through the bushes, but others are yet to be found; but we understand that the chairman of Chibok local government had led some security operatives to trail the track of the lorry,” the official added.

The official said the number of girls kidnapped cannot be more than 200 “because we are just talking about the final year students, not all students in the school.”

Chibok is an agrarian town located about 130km south-west of Maiduguri. It shares a border with Sambisa Forest, believed to be one of the major camps of the Boko Haram.

The Boko Haram is responsible for the killing of thousands of people in an insurgency that began since 2009. Over 1,500 people have been killed in 2014.

Monday’s abduction occurs less than 24 hours after a bomb explosion killed over 70 people in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The Boko Haram is believed to be responsible for the attack.

The attacks occur despite almost a year of emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

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In ensuring a successful and peaceful Easter celebration, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Dr. Ade Abolurin has directed the zonal and state commands of the Corps to adequately deploy their personnel to strategic places such as federal highways for migrating groups, churches and other critical areas, not excluding black spots where criminal elements hibernate.

This directive was given in line with previous experiences when disgruntled members of the society capitalize on festivities to perpetrate their nefarious activities.

Abolurin reiterates the Corps commitment for laboring for the law-abiding citizen to be at peace. He stresses that both Muslims and Christians are one, therefore all hands must be on deck in tackling the problem of insecurity bedeviling the society, as no religion preaches violence.

In felicitating with Christian Faithful across the globe, the Corps Chief Executive states that apart from the deployment of over 100,000 regular and volunteer personnel, the Corps has deployed some specialized Units such as the Special forces, Counter-Terrorism Unit; Nuclear, Biological Chemical and Radio-Active Squad; surveillance vehicles and sniffer dogs for the purpose of sniffing out combustive chemicals and other dangerous compound substances used in creation of bombs and IEDs.

He enjoins with the followers of Christ and urges them to see the period as an opportunity to pray for the unity of Nigeria and to ask for forgiveness of sins.

On a sadder note, the Commandant General extends his greatest sympathy to those who lost loved ones to the evil bombing of the Nyanya Motor Park. Justice shall be meted out to those who have incurred the wrath of the law. The threat to the nation’s peace shall not be ignored and no effort shall be spared to uphold the value of the human life.
The Corps helmsman urges the public to be law abiding by reporting all suspicious characters and movement to security agencies for intervention.

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Prophet T.B Joshua, the general overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations known for making predictions has just released a video claiming to have warned Nigerians about the bomb blast in Abuja that killed scores of people.

Prophet T.B. Joshua was said to have made this warning during his live service at The SCOAN on November 10, 2013.

According to him:

“Listen to me, my people in Nigeria. Once again, take note of this: Our security should be vigilant. I am seeing a very big strike — explosion. They should take care of Abuja — capital.

When I talk, you see me in a bad light.  But I will keep talking. I don’t need to say the state but I am saying it. This is what I am seeing happen in Abuja. They should pray.

The bomb blast which occurred at a bus park at Nyanya, Abuja was reported to have killed 71 people, injured 124.

Watch the video below

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By Jimoh Salami

Corps Members under the aegis of National Youth Service Corps Vanguard (NYSCV) urged the Federal Government, Edo State Government, Police and other Security agency to bring to justice the killers of their member, late Mr. Osaro Edeghonghon.

Mr. Osaro Edeghonghon Corps member in Asaba, Delta State, , was weekend murdered by unknown attacker at Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State.

In a Statement issued on Monday in Abuja by its National President, Ibrahim Kabiru Dallah, the killing of Edeghonghon came on the heels of the murder of Some young Nigerians in Borno State. During the last Saturday UTME Examination by Boko Haram sects.

It said ” We received the news of the death of Mr. Osaro Edeghonghon Corps member in Asaba, Delta State who was murdered by unknown assailant  with utmost saddness and regrets like any other Nigerian”.

The group called on the government to intervene in the matter in the interest of peace.

“We are appealing to the state governor Edo State and the Commissioner of Police to step in and take the right action on this matter” , the statement said.

According to the group, “ In  2011 post election crisis, some of our corps members were murdered in Bauchi State, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe is still fresh in our memories”, the statement added.

“Where is the Nigerian police, where is Edo State government? We want justice and, this matter must be settled in a fair manner. We want peace and, for that peace; let there be justice”

“We thought Nigerians were guaranteed freedom of movement in the constitution, but that freedom seems to be lacking in Edo State, otherwise, how should this happen to our corp member, Mr. Osaro Edeghonghon? Our brother, was  seating in a joint and unknown to him some persons ambushed him at Ekpoma; And just like that they killed him, What a tragedy?

“We want the culprits to be brought to book; to face the music. That is what we want. We need the killers to be brought to book”, its said.

On the Abuja bomb blast, “We are saddened with the continued killings of innocent Nigerians for political benefits by Boko haram sects, as such the Federal Government should as a matter of urgency speeds up strategies to end the insurgents in Nigeria, our heartfelts condolences goes to the families of the deseaced and may God be pleased with them”, the statement added.

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The Northern Youths Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN), described the Abuja bomb blast as the man’s inhumanity to man and condoled with the families of over 200 Nigerians are that were murdered today.

In a statement issued on Monday in Makurdi, the administrative capital of Benue State by its Speaker, Rt. Hon. Obande G. Obande, said that the innocent Nigerians left their families in the morning with much happiness but right now “sadness and angered is the order of the day in their respective homes”.

“The Northern Youths Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN), received with much sadness, the sudden news of the barbaric, animalistic and inhuman killings of over 200 innocent Nigerians today in Abuja like any other well meaning Nigerian”, the statement read.

The group noted that those that were killed just left their various houses in order to find daily breads for the sustainability of their families but unknown to them about the unfortunate bomb blast that cuts their lives short.

“Our earnest prayers is that those responsible for the continued killings of Nigerian in the Northern part should as a matter of peace be brought to book without any further delays”, the statement said.

“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR should hasting up efforts and plans to bring peace back to Nigeria as a CENETARY GIFTS for Nigerians”, its said.

“Its saddened our hearts whenever we read about Boko Haram insurgents on National dailies, it is on this note that our heart felts condolences goes to the families of the deceased and may God grants them the fortitude to bear these irrepable loss”, the statement added.

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President Goodluck Monday assured the nation that the Boko Haram threat was just a temporary set back, promising that the Country would triumph over the terrorists.

President Jonathan who visited the scene of the deadly blast in Abuja where over 71 people died emphasised that there was need for the citizens to be enlightened to be security conscious and report suspicious persons and object to security agencies.

The president who was accompanied to the site by the president of the Senate, David Mark, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar was received by the Chief of Defense staff, Alex Badeh as well as the chiefs of Army, Navy and Airforce.

He was briefed by the CDS after he inspected the huge crater created by the Bomb blast before he spoke with Journalists at the scene of the incidence.

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