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The Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, has stated that the current APC Leadership in the state has greatly succeeded in turning the entire state into a model for others to emulate.

Rt. Hon. Uwajumogu, who was speaking last weekend, at the Imo International Convention centre, Owerri, Venue for the inauguration of the state executives of the All Progressives Congress, APC, pointed out that within the short period of time it has handed the affairs of the state, critical sectors of the state’s economy have changed for better.

He emphasized that within three years Of the rescue administration in the state, Imo State has been rescued from the strong grips of those he described as political hawks, maintaining that if successive governments in the state had made provision of critical infrastructures for the welfare of the citizenry their utmost priority, the current government would have had no better option than to consolidate on them and set the state on a higher pedestal.

He thanked the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for his vision and for showing leadership which is currently being felt and appreciated by the people of the state, adding that the coming of this administration has ensured the emancipation of the people from political servitude.

To the new party excos, the Speaker congratulated them for emerging victorious at the state congress of the party, maintaining that their emergence portends a new dawn for the party in the state.

While challenging them to show forth their zeal and passion for the growth and success of the party in the state, Rt. Hon. Uwajumogu, also encouraged them to be steadfast in pursuing the goals of party, against any form of intimidation or fear from any quarters.

He further described the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a vehicular movement which according to him every serious and patriotic Nigerian must key into towards ensuring the actualization of the new Nigeria as enunciated by its founding fathers, adding that the current state of the country should elicit worries from millions of Nigerians who were in dire need of change.

Highlights of the occasion were the inauguration of the executive members by the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, goodwill messages by different dignitaries, drama presentations and musical renditions

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By Peregrino Brimah

We received reports Yesterday that the clearly homosexual cross-dresser suspect arrested at the site of the bomb explosion on Maj. General Buhari’s life at Kawo market in Kaduna, has said that Asari Dokubo, the Niger Delta terrorizing leader paid N1 million each to five members of the assassination squad to kill the General last week.

A clearly homosexual man dressed as a woman was arrested shortly after the attempt on Buhari’s life in the vicinity of the explosion; and was linked to the assassination attempt according to the DSS.

A suicide bomber driving a Toyota Sienna chased and rammed into the General’s car and set off an explosion that injured three aides and killed over 80 at the market close by.

However the reality of the story as is most obvious is that the homosexual cross-dresser suspect arrested likely had no connection to the Buhari bombing. Remember the suicide bomber chased the Buhari convoy for a considerable distance before getting close enough to detonate his bombs at the market.

READ: APC Doubts Suspect Arrested Over Assasination Attempt on Buhari, Calls for International Inquiry

READ: How the Blast Targeted at Buhari Occured – Buhari’s Security Aide

It is improbable and frankly impossible for the suicide bomber to have remained unscathed (1), been a cross-dresser homosexual (2) at the same time and been caught by the hopeless Nigerian security services at the scene of the crime (3). That is three impossibilities of equal weight.

The suicide bomber was definitely blown to bits when the car exploded killing dozens in the vicinity; was not gay and was not successfully caught by our barely existent security men.

The Nigerian security men simply picked up a cross-dresser queer individual and claimed this was the suspect and later that he was even the master-mind, to pretend some efficiency and wash-away the case.

After beating the gajeezeez out of the cross-dresser, he is singing the songs that come to his mind — that ‘Asari Dokubo sponsored five of them with 1 million naira a piece them to kill ex-head of state, General Buhari.’

With the ‘rubbish’ being advertised in this investigation, the APC has described the handling of terror and insurgency in Nigeria as clearly beyond the capacity of the Jonathan government and called on an urgent international investigation of the assassination attempt.

Quoting their statement:

“Could the person who drove the vehicle that was rammed into the General’s convoy have survived the explosion that was triggered by that action? Could the innocent passers-by who died in the blast not have been arrested and paraded as the ‘suspected masterminds’ if they had survived the blast? Clearly, the arrest of the pervert and his sickening description as a ‘suspected mastermind’ have kick-started the process of muddling the waters, as is usually the case with such high-profile cases.

“This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our call.”

Media commentators were a bit pleasantly surprised that the usually doubting Asari Dokubo immediately tweeted that he believed the assassination; and explained that he saw it as a plan by elements to cause chaos in Nigeria to enable a military take-over. Assuming he is not the prime suspect spilling the beans, this is evidently some progress in people’s attitudes in Nigeria.

Nigeria is in perilous times.

UPDATE: The crossdresser according to reports lives in Mando, Kaduna and has been known to be dressing like a lady for a long time, and as such was not a disguised terrorist.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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In spite of the one ugly incident, Sunday, June 27, a day Muslims in Nigeria marked Eld-El-Fitr to celebrate the end of the 2014 Ramadan season would have ended up a very bloody day in Kano, but for the vigilance of security personnel in the state.

It thus appeared that insurgents suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect had planned to carry out multiple attacks in the city as Muslim faithful celebrate Sallah.

No less than four separates attacks were planned in the city, apparently to set Muslims and Christian worshipers on war path.

Earlier today, the police said it uncovered a Peugeot 406 vehicle parked very close to a mosque in Kano, wired with high calibre explosive device.

T he state commissioner of police Mr. Adenrele Shinaba said the causality figure would have been so alarming had the bomb exploded at a time when tens of thousands of Muslims were observing their Eld-El-Fitr prayer at the Mosque.

“The location of the primed vehicle is close to the Isyaku Rabiu Jumat mosque. The explosive is of high calibre and it was a big one that was primed in the vehicle.

“Their motive is to blow up as many Muslim faithful as possible but to God be the glory, we were able to move round and examined the vehicle, screened it properly and discovered that there are explosives in it.

“So my anti-bomb squad swiftly moved to the area where they quickly detonated it by 1: am and moved the vehicle out of the scene to the Police Headquarters.

But while the police celebrated this mean feat that would have ended up a catastrophe, St. Charles Catholic Church in Sabon gari area was not that lucky, as a bomb was thrown into the church premises immediately after service.

The bomb killed five people including a soldier guarding the premises of the church.

An attacker threw a bomb into the church premises soon after the end of the church service, Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said while confirming the attack.

The youths in Sabon Gari quickly mobilized into the street to protest the incessant bomb blast that has been witnessed in the state.

The protest was almost degenerating into a violent clash with some other youths until a detachment of Police and soldiers were sent to the area to quell the uprising.

Elsewhere, around 1pm, a bomb blast was reported around the Nothwest University after a lone female suicide bomber attempted to gain entrance into the university and detonate the bomb she hid in her bag.

According to the Nigeria police, the female estimated to be 16 years of age, was walking suspiciously towards the gate of the university when police guarding the area spotted her, isolated her and called for reinforcement from female police officers adept at handling Muslim females.

The young woman who had a bomb concealed inside her hijab, killed herself by detonating her explosives, five policemen suffered minor injuries.

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called for an international inquiry to unravel the motive and the perpetrators of Wednesday’s assassination attempt on its leader, Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Buhari survived an attempt on his life when a suicide bomber trailed his motorcade and detonated his bomb-laden vehicle.

In a statement in Benin on Sunday by its National Chairman, John Oyegun, the party said it does not have the confidence that the Nigerian security agencies can carry out an impartial investigation, because they work for the government instead of the nation.

“How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a pervert is now being paraded as the suspected ‘mastermind’ of the attack on Gen. Buhari? At what point was this man, who perhaps is nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested? Is it not clear, from the statement released by Gen. Buhari himself after the attack, that it was clearly the handiwork of a suicide bomber?

“Could the person who drove the vehicle that was rammed into the General’s convoy have survived the explosion that was triggered by that action? Could the innocent passers-by who died in the blast not have been arrested and paraded as the ‘suspected masterminds’ if they had survived the blast? Clearly, the arrest of the pervert and his sickening description as a ‘suspected mastermind’ have kick-started the process of muddling the waters, as is usually the case with such high-profile cases.

“This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our call,” the APC said, adding that the insurgency and its spin-offs were now clearly beyond the capability of this Federal Government.

The party also said its call is justified by the statements and insinuations emanating from the ruling PDP and the presidency, both of which now seem to be pointing accusing fingers at the APC as being behind the assassination attempt on one of its top leaders.

”We are indeed in very interesting times, times that remind one of the failed attempt by the administration of the late military dictator, Gen. Abacha, to blame pro-democracy group NADECO for the series of deadly attacks on pro-democracy activists during the tenur of the administration.

”But we are confident that just as the truth about those who perpetrated those attacks was eventually revealed, the masterminds of the failed assassination attempt on our leader will definitely be exposed sooner than later, whether or not the government agrees to our call for an international inquiry,” the party said.

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The Kano State police command said it uncovered a car wired with explosives parked very close to a mosque by suspected terrorists as Muslim faithfuls observe their eid prayer on Sunday.
The explosives were planted in a white Peugeot 406 car at about 1.am on Sunday which the terrorists would have detonated during the Eid prayers attended by thousands of worshipers.

Briefing newsmen on the discovery of what he described as high-caliber car bomb, the state commissioner of police Mr. Adenrele Shinaba said the causality figure would have been so alarming had the bomb exploded at a time when tens of thousands of Muslims were observing their Eld-El-Fitr prayer at the Mosque.

Shinaba said:” We are here to explain some of the activities the Kano Police Command have been engaged in and part of the achievements we recorded over the night.” “We are aware that there is going to be Eid-Fitr prayers at the various praying grounds in Kano. We have been all out before now to ensure that we have a hitch-free sallah celebrations.

“We have mapped out our strategies, which yielded a very positive result. The vehicle you are seeing here is a white Peugeot 406 car, which was primed with high calibre Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and was parked strategically at a spot, an area where there is going to be a very heavy crowd this morning for the Eid prayers .

“Their motive is to blow up as many Muslim faithful as possible but to God be the glory, we were able to move round and examined the vehicle, screened it properly and discovered that there are explosives in it.

“So my anti-bomb squad swiftly moved to the area where they quickly detonated it by 1: am and moved the vehicle out of the scene to the Police Headquarters.

“We thank God we have been able to save a lot of lives as a result of this discovery, as the vehicle was primed at 1:am for the purpose of blowing it off this morning during the Eid prayers.

“The location of the primed vehicle is close to the Isyaku Rabiu Jumat mosque. The explosive is of high calibre and it was a big one that was primed in the vehicle.

“At the time the anti-bomb squad was trying to detonate it after breaking the side glass to gain entrance into the vehicle, it caused a collateral damage. And that collateral damage would have been on the people of Kano.

“So, we want to us this opportunity to express our very deep appreciation to the good people of Kano for the support they have been and still rendering to law enforcement agencies in the state, and hope that it will be sustained and we can assure you that we will do our very best to give our best to the people of Kano.

“This information came through a responsible Kano indigene,” Shinaba explained.

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Report reaching Abusidiqu indicates that a bomb carried by a female suicide bomber has occurred  in the ancient city of Kano, killing the female suicide bomber and a policeman, as Muslim faithfuls gear up to celebrate the end Ramadan season.

A source who spoke to Abusidiqu said the blast occurred very close to the entrance gate of North-West university located at Ado Bayero House in Kano.

The blast occurred when the female suicide bomber who was carrying the bomb in her bag attempted to enter the university, apparently to wreck havoc on the school but detonated before she could reach her target, a source told Abusidiqu.

There have been no official confirmation of the blast by the Kano state police command.

The blast is coming few days after a bomb went off in a motor park killing at least 1 person and injuring 8 others.

Earlier today, the Kano police said it uncovered a Peugeot 406 vehicle parked very close to a mosque in Kano, wired with high calibre explosive device.

Details Later…

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Boko Haram militants attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria, on Sunday and seized several people including the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, a military commander in the region said.

Aside the kidnap, the insurgents also reportedly killed three people in the attack.

“The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” said Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region (RMIA3) based in the regional headquarters Maroua.

“Some of them have already taken away the wife of Vice Prime Minister Ahmadou Ali and her house help while the bodyguards of the Vice Prime Minister have succeeded in taking him out of the town to Mora,” Formekong said, adding that there could be more casualties.
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Senator Chris Ngige, representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone has described the construction of the second Niger Bridge by the federal government as a huge fraud meant to rip off the people of the South-East.

Ngige, who spoke during the inauguration of the Anambra State executives of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), said that he deliberately stayed away from the ground breaking ceremony of the bridge months ago for three reasons.

“The first is that the bridge is being built on a Public Private Partnership(PPP) deal, with overseas financiers. For that reason, the cost of the bridge suffered double inflation, both from the Nigeria end and the financiers who alleged cost of fund.

“The bridge, which should have cost N70 billion is now to cost N114 billion, that was why I told the South-East Senate Caucus that I was not going to be a part of it. As a governor in this state, I resisted that arrangement from Mr Obasanjo.

“In the budget, we have similar bridges and same length built for free by the federal government. Why should that built for the South-East be toll gated? That bridge will have two toll gates, one in the Asaba end and one in the Onitsha end. Before you pass through it and come back, you would have spent N1,000, that is injustice. We will continue to fight to ensure that the bridge is not toll gated”, Ngige said.

Ngige said similar bridges across the country had been funded by the federal government, and wondered why that of the South-East should involve a PPP that would keep the people in bondage for full 25 years.

Speaking on the attempted assassination on General Buhari on Wednesday, Ngige said it was a vindication of the APC, after the PDP accused it of being the sponsors of Boko Haram.

He said the bomb was targeted at Buhari, but that lucky enough, God saved him.

“So will they now say that Buhari bombed his own convoy? Then I ask, do you show that you are a brave man by taking a knife and cutting yourself? They just wanted to kill him, but good a thing his car, which is a bullet proof car was not touched, but then, that is bullet proof and not bomb proof”.

Ngige stated that APC is still on course, with the aim of taking over and rebuilding Nigeria.

He said that the attack on Buhari had shown that APC or Buhari as a person has no hand in what is happening in the country.

He told members of the party that APC is very concerned about the troubles in the country, and has directed all its governors to give their cooperation to the federal government to ensure that Nigeria overcomes terrorism.

“Terrorism is not something you play politics with. If I tell you the truth, Our governors in the North-East, where Boko Haram has taken roots are spending their private funds on security to see how they can beat the condition there, and here someone is accusing them of complicity. If APC is responsible for the terrorism, it would have taken it to PDP governed states”.

Speaking on his matter at the Appeal Court, Enugu, Ngige expressed hope that today’s (Saturday) judgment will be in his favour, but adding quickly that, “if they decide to do mago mago, then we are sure the whole thing will end in the Supreme Court”.

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Ibahim Abubakar has a been a security aide of the former Military Head of State and the opposition politician, Major General Muhammadu Buhari for about 15years now. He was the person who saw how the suicide bomb attack on the General occurred and its aftermath. He spoke on his hospital bed in Kaduna.
What happened before and after the bomb blast?
We were escorting General Muhammadu Buhari from Kaduna in a convoy of three cars to Daura for the Sallah festivities. But on reaching the highway, there were a lot of motorists and people from the surrounding settlements in Kaduna who trooped into the metropolis to witness the closing session of the annual Ramadan Tafsir by Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi which had closed. They were going out of Kaduna.

On reaching the Hayin Banki U-turn, we noticed a saloon car – not the Sienna as speculated – trying to overtake us from the right at a top speed. I was seated on the right hand side at the back of the car  – the owner’s corner. I flagged the driver to slow down to avoid knocking down pedestrians. We were approaching the fly-over bridge when the blast occurred. The first of the three SUVs was containing mobile policemen. The centre was conveying the General and the third was the back-up car that I and my other colleagues were in.

How did the blast occur?
While flagging down the man with my hand, asking him to slow down, I just heard a loud explosion. Smoke covered the whole area. The window glass was shattered. The car’s tyres were flattened by shrapnel and I heard people screaming and shouting for help. I tried to come out, but the cars door switched to automatic lock and refused to open. We then went out of the car through the window, that is through the left-hand side of the car.

We saw many corpses and then rushed to check on the General. The surprising thing was, before we reached his car, the General had opened his car and alighted from it. He was looking at the corpses. He waved at the people, but we quickly surrounded him so as to give him protection. Then, some people realised that it was the General. They started shouting. Note that the General Buhari doesn’t want us to use the siren or revolving light in his convoy to clear the way for him.

When we realized that the cars had been damaged, we then tried to call the house or office for another car to be brought to convey the General back home.  We rushed away from the place in case of the explosion of another bomb. We then encircled the General from the people and went to the other lane and got a Golf 3 car to take the General back home. Some security operatives entered the car and drove him back home.  We then got some other cars and took the luggage home, while those of us who sustained injuries (there were three of us) went to the hospital.

What time did you embark on the journey?
We embarked on the journey around past two in the afternoon.

Did you hear about the Alkali Road attack, involving Dahiru Bauchi, before you embarked on your journey?

Yes. We heard of the Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi’s attack. It was around twelve to one. And we did not think something like that could happened to us.

Who among you were wounded?
I, Abubabar Ibrahim, Yau Abdullahi and Inspector Mike Reuben. The front and back cars had casualties as the tyres of the cars were flattened.

What was your injury?
My finger has a fracture. And because the bomb exploded on my side, I am suffering from the impact of the loud bang of the explosion. The Inspector has sustained injuries on his head and a big cut on his forearm and Abdullahi Yau has a wound on his hand and on his elbow. We were then discharged.

Why are you back in hospital now?
I came because of the fracture on my hand. The large numbers of sympathizers was too many for me to handle, coupled with numerous phone calls and the impact of the blast. The combination of these did not allow me to sleep. That’s why I came back in the hospital.

Since when did you really notice the car following you?
I cannot remember exactly, because of the traffic and the people who came for the closing sermon of Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi.

What of the allegation that a man was arrested wearing a Muslim women’s Hijab-veil?
I cannot tell. But I can’t remember everything around us because we were trying to ensure the safety of the General.

How long have you been working with General Muhammadu Buhari?
For about fifteen years now. I am happy that the General and all of us in the convoy is alive.

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