There are reports that about 60 women were abducted by members of Boko Haram during fresh attacks at Waga Mangoro and Garta villages, both in Adamawa State this past Saturday October 18th.
Residents of the villages who confirmed the abductions to reporters said the sect men came in motorcycles in the early hours of Saturday morning, killed many, burnt down their homes and abducted 40 women from Waga Mangoro village and 20 women from Garta village.
Resident of Garta community who confirmed the recent abductions told reporters;
“The insurgents are still in the area. They slit the throats of three men in Garta and abducted many young women. We also heard from residents of Waga that they killed two men and took 40 women away,” he said
Ahmadu, a resident in Waga Mangoro who also confirmed the abduction said the Boko Haram members used the abducted women as human shields during reprisals by Nigerian troops. He added that the attackers took with them food items, animals and household items belongings of villagers.
In a related development, members of the House of Representatives yesterday October 22nd approved the $1bn loan President Jonathan had requested for to enable the military purchase more weaponry.
A terrorists’ intelligence cell headed by a businessman who participated actively in the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State has been busted by troops. The man, Babuji Ya’ari who is also a member of the youth vigilante group popularly known as Civilian JTF which he uses as cover while remaining an active terrorist, also spearheaded the m****r of the Emir of Gwoza. His main role in the group is to spy and gather information for the terrorists group.
Babuji has been co-ordinating several deadly attacks in Maiduguri since 2011, including the daring attacks on Customs and military locations as well as the planting of IEDs in several locations in the town.
The arrest of the businessman who is known to deal in tricycles has also yielded some vital information and facilitated the arrest of other members of the terrorists’ intelligence cell who are women. One of them, Hafsat Bako had earlier fled to Gombe State to avoid suspicion but was tracked and arrested. Prior to her arrest, Hafsat coordinated the payment of other operatives on the payroll of the group. In her confession, she disclosed that a minimum of N10,000 is paid to each operative depending on the enormity of his task.
Another female suspect named Haj Kaka who doubles as an armourer and a spy for the terrorists group has also been arrested. Until their arrest, all the suspects actively operated a terrorists’ intelligence cell in collaboration with others still at large.
In another development, troops deployed in Goniri, Yobe State, over the weekend, had an encounter with terrorists, resulting in casualties on both sides after the attack was successfully repelled.
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Nowhere is safe anymore as Scores of people are feared dead in a massive bomb blast rips off Emab Plaza, one of the biggest and most busy malls in Abuja.
The blast, which went off at 3:57 pm, triggered a big bang that set the massive shopping mall on fire.
I can see human parts and some bodies scattered on the ground but we are too scared to get closer for fear of another bomb,” a reporter at the scene said.
Many traders and visitors to the mall are still trapped in the burning building, the reporter added.
A four-seater plane flying from Nigeria to Gabon via Cameroon has gone missing. The plane, owned by US company, Global Aviation, took off from Kano Airport around 6pm yesterday Monday June 23rd and was billed to make a stop over at Doula Cameroon before continuing to Gabon to arrive at 11pm but it never arrived at Doula, Cameroonian Aviation authorities have said. Only an American pilot was on-board.
The Gabon Aviation authorities say the last contact they had with the plane was when it was in Mongo which is a 2-hour flight from the Cameroonian economic capital. Search & Rescue operation has so far not yielded any result but the search operation still continues.
The fast rising Imo State-born artiste Cynthia Akudo Jonah, aka Cynthomania (or Ada Owerri), was said to have died on June 18 following the brief illness, popular blogger Linda Ikeji says.
The singer, who has recently released the single “Ukwu Ajebutter”, was set to drop her debut album soon.
The sad news was officially provided by Cynthomania’s manager who didn’t give any further details.
May her tender soul rest in peace.
President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, explained why the Chibok girls ought to be rescued before May 27.
Some northern leaders and two other groups are against the US help, saying they are going to be reaching out to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau to secure the release of the abducted girls. What is your take on that?
This clearly shows that the northern leaders are not serious about the rescue of the girls. The Federal Government has not been able to rescue the girls despite the much acclaimed military might of Nigeria. Is it then wrong to seek help outside Nigeria?
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin
If the US can help get Abubakar Shekau who is the leader of Boko Haram, so be it. All efforts have failed, we have seen so many lies and conflicting reports. Sometimes ago the news was that he had been captured; at another time, they said he had been killed but the men will always come out and do more terrible things.
So, why will anyone or group be against US help to get Shekau? This implies that the northern leaders might not be worried about the insurgency.
On Shekau declaration that he is going to sell the Christians girls and marry off the Muslims among them and nobody can get him.
His declaration is very worrisome and disturbing. I am particularly disturbed by this declaration and I think some very quick action must be taken to stop him from doing it. I believe that if the girls are moved and sold out it might be difficult to rescue and bring them back. So I want efforts intensified from the Nigerian government and the international community.
Children’s Day is around the corner. How do we plan for the celebration without the children?
I do not think we have anything to celebrate for children on their day if the kidnapped girls are not back before then. May 27, 2014 should be a day to call for national action on the security and safety of our children.