The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the release of the Dapchi Schoolgirls abducted by boko haram insurgents, in Yobe State. Recall, that the girls were released on Wednesday morning, with about five of them reportedly dead. The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologboniyan, described the release of girls as a scam by the Buhari Federal Government. Ologboniyan on his Twitter page, said the release of the girls was a plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to gain heroic appraisal from Nigerians. He wrote: “#Dapchi: A poorly crafted tragicomedy, lacking intelligence and tact. “A scam of no equal dimensions the world over. @OfficialPDPNig had repeatedly warned about conspiratorial plots advanced by @APCNigeria interests to gain heroi
Several persons have been feared killed after suspected herdsmen attacked Branch Umenger in Guma LGA of Benue State. It is reported that the gunmen butchered several persons, including children and some village elders on Thursday afternoon. Among those killed in the latest attack, sources told this reporter, were one James Apav and Ataki Mageri. The attackers also razed Tse Sameka village. “Several persons have deserted their homes for fear of being killed by the heavily armed herdsmen,” another source told our reporter. Meanwhile, the Police in the state could not be reached for comment at the time of this report.
Members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting currently were excited Wednesday as they stepped into the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa. This is even as the government has said 101 girls and a boy were released unconditionally. Also a delegation of three ministers – Minister of Culture and Information, Lai Mohammed; Minister of the Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau; and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadijah Bukar Abba-Ibrahim, have been deployed to the troubled spot, in Dapchi, Yobe State. Mohammed said the delegation will meet the girls in Maiduguri. The first to show her excitement was Abba-Ibrahim, who announced openly on stepping into the Council Chambers, that she was the happiest person on earth. She got handshakes and embrace
The Defence Headquarters has said the military were not involved in the negotiations leading to the release of 101 Girls out of the 110 Girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Dapchi, Yobe state. Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen John Agim, said in a text message that the Department of State Services (DSS) led the negotiations for the release of the girls. Following series of enquiries from the Defence Headquarters on the role of the Military regarding the release of the girls in the early hours of Wednesday, Brig. Gen Agim responded via a text message saying “the girls were released through negotiations led by the Department of State Services (DSS)”
A secondary school student in Bayelsa State has been arrested while in possession of a locally made gun in Bayelsa State. The 15-year-old student identified only as Emmanuel was reportedly apprehended at the Community Secondary School, Akenfa-Epie, in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State while in school uniform by some indigenes of Akenfa community, led by a vigilance group, and handed over to the police. The pupil was reportedly searched by the vigilante youths after he was accused of involvement in some criminal activities, including robbery. The school authorities, however, denied that the suspect was a pupil at the school. A member of the school management team, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that Emmanuel was not arrested in the school. H...
Unknown attackers suspected to be Mambilla militia have burnt down 15 Fulani communities, killing at least 14 persons. According to Daily Trust, the incident occurred in Sardauna LGA of Taraba State. The attack reportedly started on Thursday afternoon and lasted till the morning of Friday. At least 12 persons injured in the attacks are said to be receiving treatment at a hospital in Gembu. Quoting a survivor, Mallam Abubakar Ardo, who was able to escape with his family, the paper reported that the intervention of soldiers and police prevented further damage. He said that despite calm returning to the area, Fulani people living in the area had fled. Ardo added that five of those killed in the attack were buried after Friday’s Jum’at prayers. The Taraba State Police Comm
A BBC Reporter Stephanie Hegarty was severely critical of the Minister for Information Lai Mohammed after he released a statement relating to golf in the midst of the Dapchi girls crisis. Hegarty felt it was in poor form for a representative of the federal government to not show the concern necessary in a situation like this. She took to her Twitter page to slam the minister saying: “Ten days after the Dapchi attack and 110 school children are still missing, meanwhile Nigeria’s Minister of Information is sending out press releases about golf.” The minister had in an earlier statement tried to rally support for golfing in Nigeria as it is currently a sport that isn’t very popular. He hoped that with more interest in the sport, then the prize money for golfing tournaments in the cou
The United States of America has condemned the killing of three aid workers in Rann town in Borno State, north-east Nigeria. NAN reports that the US Embassy in a statement in Abuja pledged its support to Nigerians, ‘’as they bravely work to ensure their nation’s security.’’ “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to every family whose loved ones have been affected by this and other terrorist acts. “We voice our heartfelt solidarity with all those humanitarian workers who work every day to help Nigerians affected by the ongoing insurgency”, it said. US also expressed sympathy for ‘’all those security forces and Nigerian citizens working together to end this terrorist violence,’’ the Embassy said. The Embassy said that the U.S. remained fi
Some residents of Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state on Tuesday said not less than 1,000 shops and houses were set ablaze in the violence which broke out in the community. Twelve people were reportedly killed in the unfortunate incident, which happened as a result of a misunderstanding between Muslim and Christian youth. When TheCable visited the community on Tuesday, victims lamented the loss. Mustapha Abubakar, a trader, said his brother was killed while his car and shop containing 110 bags were burnt. “My brother was killed, my car was burnt. My shop with 110 bags of maize was burnt. I don’t know what to do! I don’t know where I am going to start from in this difficult times. I don’t know what we did to these, they have my life,” he said. Jose
The Nigerian Army has postponed date of its 77 Regular Recruit Intake exercise. The exercise scheduled to hold from Monday 26th February till Friday March 9th will no longer hold till further notice The announcement was issued in a statement by Colonel Aliyu Yusuf for the Director, Army Public Relations. The statement read “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the general public particularly candidates for the 77 Regular Recruit Intake exercise earlier scheduled to hold nationwide from Monday 26 February – Friday 9 March 2018 that the exercise has been postponed till further notice. “A new date for the screening excercise will be communicated in due course through the media and the Nigerian Army Recruitment Portal (recruitment.army.mil.ng).”