Boko Haram kills Cameroon Mayor

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The Islamists Boko Haram based in northern Nigeria have killed a Cameroonian mayor, raising fears about how far the sect members could stretch their wrath.

Mr. Abba Djidda Alahdji, third deputy mayor of Makary in Cameroon’s Far North Region, was killed because of his suspected ties with a Nigerian police commissioner, local tabloid, La Nouvelle Expression reported.
The mayor’s slaying on Nigerian soil followed a string of warnings from the sect, according to reports.

The sect, which wants to radically alter the current education system and impose Sharia law across Nigeria, had been keeping an eye on his friendship and constant visits to the police commissioner of a town in northern Nigeria.
An ongoing crackdown by Nigerian security forces on the group poses a major hindrance to its activities.
Boko Haram related violence has claimed over 2,800 lives in Nigeria since 2009, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report.

Across the border, Cameroon political and religious authorities have also been taking steps to guard against letting the country slip into chaos akin to Nigeria’s due to the sect’s activities.
The mayor, according to La Nouvelle Expression, was gunned down after prayers on October 5 by two men who trailed him to where he lived with one of his wives.
Nigerian intelligence officials believe Boko Haram planned some of its attacks from northern Cameroon, which it uses as a safe haven and a source of arms.
In February 2011, security forces in Nigeria’s Borno State uncovered a cache of weapons they said was smuggled into the territory from Cameroon.
Nigeria also shut its porous border with Cameroon after last year’s Christmas Day Bombings which killed over 35 people.
Muslim cleric and head of the Union of Cameroonian Imams, Sheik Ibrahim Mbombo Mubarak, said in August 2011 that Boko Haram had a growing Cameroonian following.

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Senator Zanna Says Boko Haram Commander Not Arrested In His Home; Admits Bama Is Nephew!

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Senator Ahmed Khalifa Zanna of the Borno Central Senatorial District has denied that suspected Boko Haram top commander Mohammed Shuaibu Bama was arrested in his Damboa Road home, in Maiduguri’s GRA.

Speaking to newsmen in a telephone interview, Zanna confirmed that the suspect is his nephew, but asserted that there was nothing more than that. He said he was not harbouring Bama and that the suspect was not actually arrested in his home.

He challenged security agents, whom he accused of harassing and beating children in his house yesterday, to go and investigate the man’s relationship with the people in whose home he was arrested.

“They said they arrested the man in the house of a lawmaker in Damboa Road, and there is no any lawmaker in Damboa Road except me,” he said. “They did not arrest him in my house, they went to my house but did not find him, and instead they arrested children in my house and put them inside hot sun and started beating them. And they asked them whether they know Shuaibu Bama, and one of the boys answered yes. He then took them to where they arrest Shuaibu Bama.”

On his relationship with the suspect, he answered, “Shuaibu Bama is a son of my sister. But the lie is what they are saying that they arrested him in my house, which is lie. And we cannot hide or harbour a Boko Haram sect member. And since he was not arrested in my house, they should go and investigate his relationship with people they arrested him in their house. I don’t know anything about it and just heard yesterday.”

Culled from Sahara reporters

Violence reported in Idanre, thugs snatch ballot boxes in Ondo poll

INECViolence has been reported in Idanre town in Ondo State while thugs are said to be snatching ballot boxes in some parts of the state as the governorship election got under way in the state.

Action Congress of Nigeria spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement that inadequate security in Idanre had given thugs adequate space to attack voters and snatch ballot boxes.

The party therefore called on the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission to urgently beef up security in the town.

An NGO, PollwatchNG, said in a message to INEC that thugs snatched four ballot boxes in Ondo West Ward 8 Unit 17; Ward 10 Unit 5; Ward 2 Ilajde; Ilaje Unit 16 ; and Main Ward 1 Obebe.

PollwatchNG also alleged that in Ofosu and 16 wards in Ilaje.

INEC has yet to comment on the allegations.

More details later.

Middle aged detainee beaten to death in Benue Police Cell

A middle aged man and detainee at the detention cell of the Benue State Police Command Headquaters in Makurdi, Terkula Chaka has been allegedly beaten to death by fellow inmates.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that the deceased was declared dead by doctors at the Makurdi Federal Medical where he was taken to by Police authorities for medical attention.

Confirming the unfortunate incident, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Daniel Ezeala disclosed that the deceased was allegedly arrested in Makurdi for robbery and was about to face trial before his sudden demise.

According to the PPRO, “He engaged his fellow cell inmates in a fight for undisclosed reasons and thereafter slumped. His fellow inmates drew the attention of the Police to his condition and he was immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Center where he eventually gave up the ghost. Seven of the inmates have been taken in for questioning”, Ezeala said.

On last weekend’s Tiv farmers/Fulani clash at Yogbo in Guma local Government area of the state, the PPRO disclosed that the command had recorded only one death, stressing that security has also been beefed up in the area just as peace has returned to the community.

According to Ezeala, “investigations by the command revealed that one man was killed in the Yogbo crisis contrary to what was reported in the newspapers. Peace has also returned to the community; we also gathered that the army arrested two persons with arms in the area, though, they are yet to hand them over to us”, the PPRO added.

Culled From: PM News

Ballot Boxes Snatched in Ose LG as Idanre turned Ido OSI

INECThe information reaching us from Ondo state now says, there were several ballot boxes snatching in Ose Local Government areas and Idanre as turned to a new Ido Osi [Ekiti state] in Ondo state. Tow [2] ACN supporters has been killed and many injured.

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Ondo Guber Poll: Remi Olatubora and Ajimuda arrested

BALLOT BOXAs the gubernatorial election process continues in Ondo state, security operative has arrested one Mr. Remi Olatubora and Ajimuda both of Labuor Party for illegal possession of arms and ballot thumb printing.

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Four Of Us Went For The Operation, But Others Escaped – Suspect

Two members of a gang, who came from Lagos State to terrorise Ibadan residents, have been nabbed by men of the Oyo State Police Command. The suspects, Muritala Owoyemi and Sheriff Mukaila, were among those paraded recently at the Command headquarters at Eleyele, Ibadan.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Mbu Joseph Mbu, one of the suspects, Owoyemi, was arrested at Odo Oba Elere area of Ibadan, on September 21, at about 1.30am by a vigilance group in the area, in collaboration with a patrol team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ibadan.

Owoyemi was said to have robbed the residents of Odo Oba Elere of their belongings, before the operation of the gang was disrupted by the vigilance men who arrested him as he tried to escape. He was handed over to SARS operatives for further investigations.

The commissioner claimed further that during interrogation, the suspect allegedly confessed his involvement in the robbery operation as well as previous robbery operations in the area.

He added that SARS operatives moved to Lagos on September 27, to arrest other members of the gang, and their efforts paid off when they apprehended one of them, one Sheriff Mukaila a.k.a. Sanle at his hideout in Ijora Badia area of Lagos.

Police sources said that Mukaila also allegedly confessed to his involvement in robbery with other members just as it was discovered that the two suspects were alleged ex-convicts. Police investigation were said to have revealed that Muritala was remanded in prison for stabbing someone, while Mukaila stole a motorcycle. Mukaila was described as the alleged informant, who usually pointed at the houses his gang members would raid since he hails from Ibadan and knew his way around the area very well before leaving for Lagos to work as a bus conductor.

Owoyemi stated: “I am 29 years old. I am from Iseyin but live in Ibadan. I am a vulcaniser. I called my friend, Mukaila, and told him that I had secured my freedom from my master from whom I learnt vulcanising. I said that I needed to work to fend for myself. He asked me to join him in Lagos to work as bus conductor.

“We were there when a guy called Bidemi told us to follow him to Ibadan for robbery. We came to Odo Oba area in the midnight to rob some residents. We came with knife, not gun. We collected phones and were yet to get money when I was arrested. We were four that went for the operation. I was running away when I was apprehended. Others ran away.”

Mukaila also claimed that it was the same Bidemi that lured him into robbery. According to him, “I am 30 years old and a native of Ibadan. I have been smoking hemp for two years. I was working as a bus conductor in Lagos and I later invited Muritala to join me when he said he needed a job. I knew Bidemi at a hemp joint at Idi-Oro area in Lagos. I only got N3,000 from the operation and I escaped when my friend was arrested. I went back to Lagos but the policemen came to where I was sleeping at Ijora to arrest me,” he alleged.

Sanusi Decries Politics of Ethnicity, Region in Nigeria

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Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has decried politics of ethnicity and region, identifying it as the bane of economic development and true democracy in Nigeria.

Sanusi stated this while delivering a lecture titled: Nigeria Economic Development Aspiration and the Leadership Question: Is there a Nexus? to mark the 78th birthday of the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) on Friday.

He said political class in Nigeria has failed to realise the danger of building their political empire on the basis of ethnicity and tribal associations, adding that they no longer think of competent hands to steer the affairs of the nation, but all they think is which part of the country produce the next president.

“It is irresponsible to frame election on ethnicity, but the political class has failed to realise the consequences of this. The ethnic and socio-cultural associations like Arewa Consultative Forum, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum South-South Forum, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ja’amatu Nasir Islam among others are created by the political class to champion their interest.

“How do you grow a nation on ethnicity and expect it to grow without problems? Cultural organisations have become political institutions; I am of the opinion that they should be abolished, if it is not possible, there should be law banning public office holders from being part of such organisations. The activities of such cultural organisations are diversionary” he warned.

According to him, any nation wishing to develop and catch up with other developing countries should not saddle itself with the question of which section or part of the country produce the next president.

“If we believe in turn by turn or a president should come from a particular section of the country, it means we are promoting mediocrity. This is the time for us to re-trace our steps and ask ourselves fundamental questions, what kind of leaders we want. We need to promote transparency and credible election; it is not just free and fair voting but also free and fair election.

To address these malaise, Sanusi said there should be reinvigoration of the Civil Society Group charged with the responsibility of using their intellects to bring about the desired change, adding that the group and all those outside government need to ask those in government some fundamental questions and tell them they deserve better treatment.

Group Wants US to List Boko Haram as Terror Organisation

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An anti-terror coalition of Nigerians at home and in diaspora, Nigerians Unite Against Boko Haram (NUABH) has launched a campaign to prevail on the United States government to list the Boko Haram group as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO).

The campaign has so far gathered signatures from more than 70 Nigerian professionals, students, and business people at home and diaspora communities from over 16 different countries.

Also in a statement, NUABH condemned the wanton destruction of lives and property in Nigeria by the Islamic fundamentalists.

NUABH which has more than 4,500 members online drawn from over 50 countries across the world believes the activities of Boko Haram pose serious threat to the unity of Nigeria and it’s developmental aspirations in addition to seriously painting the nation very bad light abroad.

“For Nigerians in many countries across the world, the most regularly news you get about Nigeria in the last two to three years has been of killings and suicide bombings. We as Nigerians reject this identity that Boko Haram has fostered on us as a people,” stated Funmi Macaulay, a New York-based executive member of the group.

“It doesn’t augur well for our development that Nigeria should continue to waste its people when some of the nations we aspire to be like will go to war to defend one of their own,” Macaulay further stated.

Speaking on why the group was established, another member of the group Chucks Inyama, said “Nigeria’s most important asset is not oil but its people. He said that it is the American people that made the United States great not its natural resources.

“Japan is the world’s third largest economy not on the basis of natural resources but on the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of its people; same goes for China which has gone from a very poor country in the 70’s to the world’s second largest economy after the US. We must treasure every human life, that’s what development is all about and that’s why we are against the activities of the Boko Haram group,” Inyama said.

Members of NUABH are connected online via the social media and they hold regular discussions on the worrying trend that terrorism has assumed in Nigeria in the last few years.

“We believe that what the fundamentalists seek to destroy are not just buildings. They seek to destroy the freedom of expression in Nigeria. They seek to bring down law and order, pluralism, the right of Nigerians to elect their own leaders, women’s rights and lots more. This is a mission every right-thinking Nigerian should resist for the good of the nation. I believe they are tyrants and tyrants have no place in modern society,” said Evelyn Tagbo, also a member of group.

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Chinese national, church burnt in Maiduguri,19 others killed, Potiskum

A Chinese nationale who is an engineer with CGC construction firm handling the dualization of Lagos street and three others were yesterday shot dead in separate attacks by gunmen in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. This brings to two Chinese nationals that were shot dead in Maiduguri, the other one was shot dead in Gubio council area two weeks ago.

The incident is coming barely 24 hours when some gunmen suspected to be terrorists attacked Potiskum town on Thursday which led to the killing of one policeman including 10 others after the multiple explosion and shootings between terrorists and men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) where scores were killed while others sustained various degree of injuries.

Also at about 11am, there was an exchange of gun fire on Thursday around 505 Abbagana Terab Housing Estate in Ruwan Zafi along Maiduguri- Gamboru Ngala road between men of the JTF and some gunmen which led to the killing of over six people whose identities could not be ascertained as at the time of going to Press, while two soldiers sustained gunshot injuries, even as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) targeted at the JTF personnel exploded in Hausari ward a minutes after Juma’at prayer.

Although it will not be officially confirmed on whether their is a casualty after the blast which later followed with sporadic gunshots in some nearby wards of Gwange, Shehuri, Post office and Bullabulin of Maiduguri metropolis, an eye witness who does not want his name mentioned in the print said he saw one of the JTF patrol vehicle with over 5 dead bodies being conveyed to an undisclosed hospital.

In a separate attack, some gunmen suspected to be terrorists attacked EYN Church (Church of Brethren in Nigeria) in Atagara village of Gwoza council area of Borno. State, killing two people and set the entire church ablaze.

The killing of the Chinese nationals our Correspondent gathered took place at about 10am when the gunmen trailed him and shot him dead at his duty post in Gidan Madara Lagos street.
Our Correspondent who visited the area along Lagos street saw that all the construction equipement and heavy duty machines along the street have been evacuated to their camp (CGC Camp) along Damaturu- Maiduguri road.

Confirming the killing of the Lagos street construction engineer, the Information Officer, Borno state Ministry of Works and Transport, Alhaji Babakura Bukar told newsmen that one of the Chinese Construction workers handling the busy Lagos street was shot dead by suspected gunmen.
He said, the remains of the Chinese national have been deposited at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital mortuary.

Also, Confirming the separate attacks and killings in Potiskum town of Yobe state, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Patrick Egbunewe said that some suspected Boko Haram sect members again launched an attack on Potiskum town at about 4pm on Thursday.
Egbunewe however did not give further details on whether there was a casualty recorded in the second attack.

Likewise, a JTF source in Maiduguri told our Correspondent on phone that at about 1050 hours behind 505 Housing Estate , some suspected Boko Haram sect attacked one of the JTF post and injured two soldiers.

He said the JTF personnel immediately responded by repelling the attack which led to the killing of two of the suspected gunmen and the recovery two AK 47 rifles.

In another incident, the source added that at about 11:15 hours yesterday at Atagara village in Gwoza council area, some suspected terrorists drove to the area in gulf saloon car and attacked EYN Church and burnt it, before they killed two persons and inflicted gunshot injuries on two other persons.

Bureau De Change Agent Steals N3 Million

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Bureau de change agent identified as Bassey Effiong, 27, and his accomplices, Charles Francis, 28, Rilwan Adepoju, 29 and Akiola Ajaye, 44 have been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge of stealing their employer’s N3 million.

The police alleged in their charge sheet that Bassey Effiong was arrested following a complaints by his boss, Yele Fadugba, that he sent his worker, Bassey to the bank to lodge N3 million into the bank account but he betrayed the trust respose in him and absconded with the money. All efforts to locate him, the charge said, proved abortive.

Following the report, the police moved into action and after several days of investigation, Bassey was arrested in a hideout on Lagos Island with his accomplices.

During interrogation, he allegedly confessed to the crime that he was actually sent to the bank to lodge the money but the devil used him to steal the money with his accomplices.

When asked on what he used the money for, he could not give any satisfactory account. The offence, the prosecutor, Inspector Gbemileke Agoi, claimed contravened Sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

They pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them and Magistrate, Mrs. Ogunbowale, who stood in for Mrs. O. A. Layinka, admitted them to bail in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties in like sum who must show proof of three years of tax payment to Lagos State government.

The magistrate adjourned the matter till 7 November, 2012 while the accused were remanded in Ikoyi Prison pending when they meet the bail conditions.

Culled From: Naij