Ribadu Links Corruption To Insecurity

ribaduFormer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu says the current insecurity bedevilling the country is as a result of corruption.

Ribadu, who spoke to newsmen in Bauchi at the weekend, described corruption and insecurity as the biggest problems currently facing the country.

“I am worried and concerned, especially being from a law enforcement background. I have done my own little contribution towards addressing insecurity and corruption.

“I have been to almost all states in the north east where we have this problem. I have been to Borno State, I have been to Yobe State, I have been to Bauchi and I am still doing my own bit; and certainly there are many others who are doing the same thing. It is a matter of time, and hopefully we will address this problem,” he said.

Ribadu described as a “terrible thing”, saying “it is a cancer that once it gets in, it destroys everything. It is still a problem that is with us and we are not likely going to solve our problems unless we address the problem of corruption.”

“Insecurity is a by-product of corruption and it is still with us and we still have a way of fighting corruption. Today insecurity and corruption are the two difficult, biggest problems facing Nigeria,” he said.

The former EFCC chairman declined comment on the jailed former Delta governor James Ibori, saying those who took over from him had not fared badly.

“My own is to encourage those fighting corruption now and to wish them well. Life is about you do your own, you move on and others follow. I am very comfortable with what I have done and others are doing it. That is what life is all about and society will be better if you appreciate that you do your own and move on,” he said.

When asked whether he was optimistic that the federal government would win the war against corruption, Ribadu said, “It is not a matter of being optimistic or not; it is about if you work, you get results; we just have to physically fight corruption and if you fight corruption, you will get results.”

Culled from The Daily Trust

Confirmed: 24 Killed in Kaduna State Attack – Police

The police said they have increased the security in the area.
Acting-Inspector-General-of-Police-Alhaji-Abubakar-Mohammed-360x225The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Olufemi Adenaike, has confirmed that 24 people were killed on Sunday in an attack by suspected armed robbers on Dogon Dawa village of Kaduna.

The police boss, who spoke at a press briefing in his office, Sunday evening, in Kaduna said: ‘On the same Sunday morning at about 5:30 am , a suspected gang of armed bandits numbering about ten stormed Dogon Dawa village killing 24 persons.”

“Information had it that few of the victims were coming back from their morning prayers, while the rest were attacked in their various houses,” he added.

Mr. Adenaike also confirmed early insinuations that the armed robbery gang were in the village on a revenge mission.

“Investigations reveal that on 13/10/ 2012 at about 12 hours, some members of a vigilante group from Dogon Dawa village went to Kuyello village a distance of about 35 km,and arrested four persons suspected to be members of a notorious gang terrorizing their areas and took them (four suspects) to Dogon Dawa village for questioning,” he said.

The police boss added that “following the arrest , some unidentified armed gang in Kuyello village ,mobilized in their large number and stormed Dogon Dawa in the early hours of Sunday in a bid to rescue the four persons arrested.”

He said “the gang descended on innocent members of the village, killing a total of twenty two persons. The gang succeeded in rescuing two out of the four persons arrested by the Vigilante group while the other two whom the attackers could not rescue were killed on the spot by the same assailants.”

Mr. Adenaike said the police has commenced investigations and security presence in the area has been reinforced.

Culled from NaiJ News

Anothe Black Sunday in Maiduguri: 4 Dead

BOMB BLASTNigeria’s city of Maiduguri was on Sunday rocked by a roadside blast and two separate gun attacks that killed at least four people including a local chief, residents and the military said.

The city is a stronghold of Islamist group Boko Haram but it was not immediately clear who was behind the latest violence.

A resident and a doctor at a local hospital reported that gunmen shot dead a married couple and their child as the family left church in Maiduguri’s Gwange area.

“We received three bodies of a couple and their child this morning from Gwange with several bullet wounds,” said the doctor at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, who requested anonymity.

“They were brought from Gwange, shot by some gunmen as they were leaving a church,” he added.
A resident of the Gwange area, Bukar Kolo, told AFP the gunmen fled after the attack outside the Church of Christ in Nigeria building.

Boko Haram has repeatedly attacked Christians attending Sunday worship across northern Nigeria, but there was no indication as to why this family may have been specifically targetted.

Separately, the traditional chief in Gwange, Mala Kaka, who has close ties to the area’s top Islamic leader, was gunned down in his home, according to his guards and residents.

“The attackers burst into his sitting room where he was chatting with his friend who visited him and shot them both,” a member of his guard said.

“The chief died on the spot while his friend is now in hospital with gunshot wounds.”

Resident Abdullahi Faltaye offered a similar account, saying the chief has already been buried.

Kaka was close to the Shehu of Borno state, Umar Garbai el-Kanemi, a key cleric who Boko Haram tried to assassinate in July in a suicide blast in Maiduguri that killed five others but left Kanemi unharmed.

The radical Islamists have vowed to kill many of Nigeria’s traditional Muslim leaders, who they accuse of betraying Islam by submitting to the authority of a secular government.

Boko Haram has said it wants to create an Islamic state in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, where most people in the south are Christian.

The day of violence in the troubled city also included a blast from an improvised explosive device at 10:15 am (0915 GMT) on a main road that caused no casualties, said Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman for a joint military taskforce.

A resident identified as Haruna told AFP that a military patrol was the target and that soldiers began indiscriminately firing their weapons after the explosion in Gwange, causing locals to flee.

Earlier this week, residents claimed as many as 30 people were killed during a rampage by soldiers after a bomb attack in the same area. The military denied the accusations.

Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted the security services as part of its insurgency, which has included targetted killings as well as large scale bomb attacks.
The group is blamed for killing more than 1,400 people in Nigeria since 2010. Maiduguri is considered the group’s base.(AFP)

culled from NiaJ News

Abduction On Wedding Day: Bridegroom Returns From Kidnappers Den Five Days After

Men of Kwara State Police Command have commenced investigation into the abduction of a 35-year- old petrol attendant who was kidnapped during his wedding ceremony and found five days after. The reason behind the abduction on his wedding day has remained a daunting task for the police and mystery to the family of the groom.

But the spokesman for the state police command, Mr Femi Elubode, said though he had received many calls on the incident, A Division Police Station, Challenge, Ilorin where the incident was said to have been reported, had not briefed his office.

”And if we are not officially briefed, it will be difficult to know the level of investigation into the incident.I have not been briefed yet,” Elubode said.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that the two-day wedding between the victim, Zubair Aliyu Balogun, and his heartrob had commenced on Thursday, September 27, only for him to disappear Friday morning and his whereabouts remained unknown for five days. The groom was found naked by an Okada rider in a bush at Kangu-Olunlade village Ilorin where he was purportedly dumped by his abductors Tuesday, October 2, drenched in early morning rain and was shivering. Zubair, who was said to have begged the Okada man to call members of his family, was then taken to a private hospital.

The victim has since been hospitalised. Contacted, head of Balogun-Fulani family where the groom hails from, Alhaji Mahmud Durosinlorun Atiku Fulani, said there was no suspicion prior to the abduction, vowing that the family would use all legal and spiritual means to get to the root of the matter and fish out the perpetrators.

”The marriage plan started on Thursday with traditional Wolimat Al-Quran. The event was done at the bride’s place. It went well as the groom recited the Quran to the admiration of everyone present”, the family head told Sunday Vanguard, last week.

He narrated further: “Things went on normally. No one suspected anything. On Friday, wedding day, Zubair woke up in his rented house at Sango area at about 7.00 a.m., according to people who saw him, thinking he was going to prepare for the wedding Nikkah.

”When the activity was to start, we expected him from 9.a.m. till 11 a.m.. We did not see him. I then called the family head of the bride to inform him that we could not see the groom. Interestingly, Zubair’s bride was not the only one to be wedded that day. There were two other couples too making three of them that day. So, in order not to disrupt the activity, we improvised that the victim’s younger brother should stand in for him pending his arrival that never was. The waiting continued till the evening. We didn’t see him.

”At about 9 p.m. that Friday, one of his brothers got through to him on phone, but his voice was barely audible he was incoherent. I picked up my phone too to talk with him. I could hear his voice, though not clearly. It was like the phone was with somebody or he was taking permission and the permission was not granted.

This went on throughout the night.”When it was about 11 p.m., I sent a search party because we got some hint from him about his location. He had called one of his aunts. The aunt sent somebody to meet me that the victim had said that he was around Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS), at Olunlade, Ilorin. So, I arranged a vehicle with two women and three men. When they got there, they found nobody.

They decided to go different ways around places like Sapati-Ile and Afon to look for him combing everywhere. All to no avail. ”Meanwhile, two of the men that stayed at MINILS junction got a phone call from an unknown person saying, ‘Tunji (one of the members of the search party), if you don’t leave that place, you will blame yourself for what will befall you’.

They got afraid. Some of them left the area immediately in taxi and came home. Some stayed till 2 a.m. while others took refuge in the village. Apparently, some people were watching the search party. We couldn’t sleep.

”On Saturday, his line was no longer going through. We could not contact him until Tuesday morning when we were called to come for him where he was found by the Okada rider in the bush shivering”.


Mosque attack leaves 10 dead in Nigeria

unknown gunmenGunmen armed with rifles and machetes attacked a rural village in northern Nigeria today, killing at least 10 people, including worshippers leaving a mosque after prayers.

The attack happened in Dogon Dawa, a village in the pasturelands of Kaduna state where police and security forces maintain only a light presence. The number of dead could be higher as emergency responders acknowledged that estimates of those killed in the attacks varied wildly.

A rescue official in the state who lives near the village said the attacks began in the early morning under the cover of darkness, with as many as 50 gunmen surrounding the village and its surrounding farmlands. The majority of those killed appeared to be leaving the village’s main mosque after the early call to prayers, the official said.

Even the reasons for the attack remained unclear. The emergency official said locals blamed a gang of robbers who recently arrived from neighbouring Zamfara state and had begun attacking villages and robbing people along the road. Dogon Dawa had formed a local vigilante committee to patrol their area and that group and the robbers had been killing each other over the course of the last weeks, the official said.

“This time around they decided to launch a reprisal attack,” the official said.

However, activist Shehu Sani, who leads the Kaduna-based Civil Rights Congress, said it appeared the attack was between Muslim farmers and Muslim nomadic cattlemen who graze in the area. Tensions and violence spring up between the two groups over land rights, though not often with such an intensity.

“The spasm of violence and senseless bloodshed in the northern parts of Nigeria has reached an alarming and unacceptable level,” Sani said.

Kaduna state sits on the fault line running between Nigeria’s largely Christian south and Muslim north, where mass killings and violence have occurred over the last decade.

Culled from BreakingNews.ie+

BREAKING NEWS: Kidnapped Osun Speaker’s wife Found!

The kidnapped wife of the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Alhaja Muibat Salaam has been found a few hours ago, when her kidnappers were caught around Ogunmakin Village along Lagos Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State.

Alhaja Mrs. Muibat Salami was Rescued Alive and in safe conditions!

We Congratulate the Rt Hon Najeem Folasayo Salaam For God has Shown his Mercies on your Household for you are an Extremely Kind and Good Man.

This is No doubt a very Cheering News to us in The State Of Osun —

Maiduguri: Boy Struggles With Bullet in Skull

boko haram attacksMore than a month after he was hit by a stray bullet, 15-month-old Shuaibu Mahmud is struggling to survive with the projectile in his skull.

They all thought what hits little Shuiabu Mahmud, a 15 month-old baby on the last Eid el-fitr day in Maiduguri, Borno State was a stone, until doctors discovered that it was a stray bullet. The entire family woke on the day of the incident in celebration mood not knowing that tragedy was imminent. Little Mahmud was playing with other children at their home in the Federal Lowcost Housing estate within the state capital when he suddenly fell down and blood gushing from his head.

Unlike many others who had gone in the same manner, little Shuaibu was lucky as he will have a story to tell whenever he grows up on the insecurity problem in Maiduguri occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives.

Before this, the family was in high spirit after 30 days of fasting as they all went for the Eid prayer including little Shuaibu. The celebration mood in the family was, however, cut short in the afternoon when the incident happened. They received the shock of their lives when the doctors disclosed to them after an x-ray that what hits Shuaibu was not a stone, but a bullet. Then the struggle to have the bullet removed started. The efforts took them to the Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital, in far away Sokoto State. However, 54 days after the incident, doctors are still trying to remove it.

The father of the boy told Weekly Trust how it all happened. “He was playing with other children in my in-laws’ house at Federal Lowcost Housing Estate in Maiduguri on sallah day when suddenly he fell down and blood started coming out from his head. Initially, we never knew it was a bullet that hit him, until he was taken to the hospital. An x-ray was performed on him and a bullet was discovered.

He continued: “We first took him to Alkomi Clinic from where we were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. The doctor ordered for an x-ray to be done on him, and when the result came out, it shows that he is carrying bullet in his head. The doctor was shocked and ordered for another x-ray which revealed the same thing. Then we were later referred to experts at the Usman Dan Fodio University whom we were told can remove the bullet remove they said is in a delicate area.

“Before the x-ray, my son was unconscious for two days and I started complaining that which type of stone will hit him to make him be unconscious like this. Then we took him from one hospital to another before it was discovered that it was a bullet.

The family’s worry became compounded when doctors at the Usman Dan Fodio University where he was referred to inform them that the bullet cannot be removed now, because it penetrated through his skull, as doing so now would damage his brain and eyes,

“We were told to bring him back in December.”

Mahmud lamented that his son is not as agile as before, fearing that the bullet might affect his child’s brain in future.

“Now my son can no longer play like other children; am afraid it may affect his brain. I just pray doctors will quickly find a solution and have the bullet removed. My son has really gone through a lot of stress. Every night he will not sleep and he will be crying,” he lamented.

“Though he is better now compared to when the incident happened but now he can no longer stand on his own without support. I am afraid that the bullet might affect his brain,” he stressed.

Mahmud appealed to the state government to assist financially, saying they had spent much to remove the bullet.

“We have really spent a lot of money and energy to have the bullet removed; there was a time when we were asked to carry out another x-ray, then the machine in Sokoto was not working and we had to travel to Kano to have it done.

As things stand, the family’s hope and prayers are that Allah in His infinite mercy through the doctors at the Usman Dan Fodio University should remove the bullet successfully so that little Shuaibu can return to play with his mates again and subsequently live a normal life.

Culled from allAfrica

Aluu Killings: Community Denies Involvement In Death, Demand Release Of Monarch

Seven days after four students of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) were killed by an irate mob in Aluu in Ikwere local government area of Rivers State, the community yesterday broke its silence on the matter.

vandalised-vehiclesThe community denied that its members were involved in the incident and demanded the immediate release of its detained traditional ruler, Alhaji Hassan Welewa.

The people warned that they would not fold their hands against any further destruction of their community and the infliction of pains on them.They urged security agencies to take note of plans to attack Aluu community by some ethnic groups whose sons were victims of the mob action.

Spokesman of Aluu Garshon Benson, who disclosed this during a media briefing attended by the chairman, Aluu Council of Chiefs, Richard Kalu, called for the release of the detained traditional ruler.

Benson also called on security agencies to stop the harassment and arrests of innocent Aluu natives and urged the outfits to carry out a thorough investigation of the gruesome murder of the students and bring the culprits to book.

He said: “It has come to our notice that some ethnic groups in the state whose sons were among those murdered on our soil are threatening to attack Aluu. We really sympathise with them for the loss of their children and reiterate that no Aluu man has a hand in their death.

“We implore them to allow security agencies to fish out the actual killers of their sons, but also warn strongly that we will no longer fold our arms and watch further destruction of our communities and the infliction of pains and injuries on the good and law-abiding people of Aluu clan.”

Culled from NaiJ News

Another Lynching In Warri: Man Burnt To Death For Stealing Necklace

warriJust some few days ago, we heard the story of how four University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) students were brutally murdered in Umuokiri village, Aluu, Rivers State.

The murdered students, Chiadika Lordson, Ugonna Kelechi Obusor, Mike Lloyd Toku, and Tekena Elkanah, all part two students, were murdered in cold blood over alleged theft of a laptop computer and a blackberry phone.It was a horrible sight for all and those who saw the video took their anger to the online community demanding justice for the Aluu4.

The police were quick to arrest the suspects as there was video evidence showing the babaric nature of the youths. Well, the same thing has happened again and this time in the oil city, Warri, Delta state.

The man was allegedly to have stolen a neck chain in one of the popular markets and the people who caught him felt the best way to go about the issue was by burning him to death. The faces of the muderers are shown in the video (but Youtube has pulled it down).

One thing is common in the two events, 1) They were accused of doing something against the law. 2) They were burnt to death.

I know some people would say this is the best way to go about issues like this because of their personal experience with people like this, but then again we are humans and not babaric, besides theres a reason why we have the police and the law. Let us put things in place to stop this from ever happening again.

Culled from NaiJ News

Robbers Steal DPO’s Rifle In Osogbo

Nigeria policeThe Osun State Police Command on Friday revealed that a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Oja Oba, Oshogbo was robbed, shot and disarmed by a suspected armed robber who raided his house.

While parading 10 armed robbery suspects arrested by the command, state Commissioner of Police, Kalafite Adeyemi said the armed robber whose whereabouts are still unknown took away the DPO’s AK 47 rifle.

He also said that about N1 million was found with the suspects being paraded, adding: “efforts of detectives from Special Anti-Robbery Squad led to the arrest of the suspects’’.

The commissioner warned armed robbers to leave the state or be prepared to face the music, adding that the state police command was committed to making the remaining months in the year crime-free.

Culled from Information Nigeria.org

Lamentations in Aluu: The Same Students I Served For 35yrs Have Turned Round To Destroy All I Laboured For – Retired UNIPORT Staff

aluu lecturer
As the police continue with their investigations into the circumstance surrounding last week’s killing of four students of the University of Port Harcourt, Reports that those behind the act will suffer the burden of guilt for a long time.

Rivers, a state that prides itself as the Treasure Base of the nation, has been battling flood disasters in three local government areas before it received with shock the news of the grisly murder of four students of the University of Port Harcourt by a lynch mob.

The people of Omuokiri Aluu in Ikwerre Local Government Area, one of the host communities of the tertiary institution, ohave been on the defensive since then about the circumstances that led to the lynching of the undergraduates.

The four students – Chidiaka Biringa, Kelechi Ugonna, Lloyd Toku and Tekena Erikena- were branded thieves, brutalised and set ablaze by some members of the community for allegedly stealing a laptop computer and a BlackBerry phone.

The incident, which occurred on Oct. 5, 2012, has attracted condemnation from the international community. Not a few believe that the jungle justice meted to the UNIPORT Four gave out those behind the act as uncivilised, barbaric, cruel, inconsiderate and heartless.

Though many stories have been peddled about the circumstances that led to the killing of the students, the one that appears to be logical was that the students were forcibly held by some indigenes of Omuokiri Aluu community, after a student purportedly owing one of the slain students raised a false alarm that sent community members coming for Erikena, Ugonna, Toku and Biringa’s jugular.

For over two hours, the lynch mob stripped the students and beat them with cudgels, while a huge crowd urged them on.

The gory episode went on even as one bloodthirsty man was seen in a video tape taking it upon himself to hit the obviously defenceless and almost motionless undergraduates until they began to gasp for breath.

Not satisfied, the man gave the students the final blows before mobilising his fellow executioners to set them ablaze.

Surprisingly, a group of policemen that came from Isiokpo could not save the situation. By the time operatives of the Joint Task Force and some parents of the students came to the scene of what many termed a disgraceful act by a community, three of the undergraduates had died. The remaining one that was gasping for breath died before the JTF could get him to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.

Satisfied that the students were dead, people of Omuokiri Aluu community went about their normal business, giving the impression that they did nothing wrong. Last Sunday, the State Police Command swung into action and arrested 13, including a community leader, who allegedly endorsed the killing of the four students.

It was at that point that the people of Aluu realised that they goofed by lynching the UNIPORT Four. Since the arrest, community members have been leaving their houses in droves in order to avoid being arrested by the police.

Again, the rumour of a possible reprisal by UNIPORT students to avenge the slaying of their colleagues, sent shivers down the spines of the hitherto fearless people. Ultimately, Omuokiri Aluu was deserted by its inhabitants, whose burden of guilt was not difficult to notice. The saying that a clear conscience fears no accusation came to the fore. In this situation, the conscience was not clear and there was no need to be stubborn about leaving the area to avoid being arrested.

But those who agreed to stay waited and got a large dose of UNIPORT students’ anger. The students, who were mobilised by the National Association of Nigerian Students, blocked the busy East-West Road for many hours on Tuesday. They later stormed the community to vent their spleen on the people of Omuokiri Aluu. Houses, cars and other valuables were set ablaze within 30 minutes of the raid in the area, which is 3km from the institution.

Sensing that they were now on the defensive, the inhabitants of the area insisted that they were not involved in the killing of the undergraduates. Not even one of them (Omuokiri Aluu people) could point at one man or woman that was among the killers of the slain students. But those whose properties were damaged lamented their loss and sought government assistance to restore whatever amount their burnt property would cost.

When Saturday PUNCH visited the area, some indigenes of the community were seen in a pensive mood over the loss of their valuables. One of the leaders of the community, Elder Sunday Ahanonu, said that he lost all he laboured for to the reprisals by students of the university. Ahanonu, whose house was torched by students on Tuesday, expressed shock that security agents could not stop the rampaging students from their destructive mission.

Explaining that he worked with UNIPORT for 35 years before retiring, Ahanonu said he had lost everything he achieved in the past to the rage of the students of the university. He appealed to the state government and the management of the university to compensate him for the destruction of his property, adding that he and members of his family were not involved in the killing of the four UNIPORT students.

“I am a retired civil servant. I worked with UNIPORT for 35 years. But all I have achieved for many years have been destroyed by students from the university. I don’t know where my family and I will lay our heads when my only house has been burnt. I lost the sum of N850,000 cash, which I kept in my house to the students. I could not take the money to the bank because I was not feeling okay and went to the hospital. It was at the hospital that I learnt that my house was burnt by students,” the 65 year-old father of 15 children lamented.

A woman, Pauline Nwankwo, told Saturday PUNCH that she left the village when she learnt that security agents had embarked on the mass arrest of residents, but came back to notice that her beer parlour had been burgled. Nwankwo stated that the rampaging students forced their way into the beer parlour and carried away her freezer and drinks.

“As a woman, I had to run away when we noticed that the police were embarking on a mass arrest of people. The students broke the door to my beer parlour and took away a freezer I bought for N66,000. I want the government to pay me back all I have lost. The students were killed far from here at the Borough pit. We don’t know anything about the killing of the students,” she said.

Members of the community were also seen leaving their homes in droves to other places in order to avoid being attacked by angry students of the university. One of them, Comfort, told our correspondent that she was taking her children to Elele and would only come back whenever normalcy returned to Omuokiri Aluu. An artisan, Mr. Wisdom Ajuwon, who deals in repairing home appliances along the Omuokiri Aluu Road, said he lost property worth N500,000 to the rioting students. Showing our correspondent a list of what he lost to the fire ignited by students, Ajuwon appealed to the state government to come to his aid. A cleric in the area, Pastor John Paul, described the situation in the community as terrible. Paul observed that people were running out of their fathers’ land like refugees.

While the heavy presence of security agents in Aluu to forestall further breakdown of law and order is appreciated, many are of the view that the mere refutation of the crime was not enough to give the people of the area a clean bill of health. A Port Harcourt-based social commentator, Mr. Ben Amachree, said the killing of the UNIPORT Four would forever haunt the people of the community. Amachree pointed out that those involved in the killing of the students could forever suffer the burden of guilt if nothing was done to address the injustice against the slain undergraduates

Though, the university has been shut down indefinitely to prevent any further ugly incident, it is the prayer of every discerning mind, especially the grieving parents of the deceased, that those responsible for the killing of the young undergraduates are brought to book.

Culled from naiJ News