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Militant sect members of Boko Haram today razed down a police station and the local government secretariat in Konduga community in Borno state.
Residents have fled the town as a result of the early morning attack which has led to escalation of tension in the area.
Apprehension over the safety of Charles Okah and other October 1 bombing suspects, as fellow suspect facing trial over October 1 bombing is killed in Prison. Tiemkenfa Francis Osvwo, who was seen pleading his innocence and accused SSS of trying to frame him up in an earlier video, was murdered in Kuje Prison, Abuja, where he was held with other suspects.
Fifteen classrooms and one staff room of 91-year old Barewa College, Zaria, were razed down by fire friday afternoon. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Barewa College is one of Nigeria’s most famous colleges. Its written history describes it as “is one of the largest boarding schools in Northern Nigeria and was the most celebrated post primary school in Northern Nigeria up to the early 1960s. The school is known for the large number of elites from the region that passed through the school’s academic buildings.”
Among its illustrious alumni are five former Heads of State and Governments: Murtala Mohammed, Yakubu Gowon, Shehu Shagari, Tafawa Balewa and Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
It was founded in 1921 as the Katsina Training College and officially opened in 1922. In 1929, its name was changed to Katsina Higher College, and again nine years later to Kaduna College when its location was moved to Kaduna.
After a decade in Kaduna, the school was again moved to Zaria and became the Government Secondary School, Zaria. It also took the name, Government School, Zaria, before its present name, Barewa College, was chosen in 1971.
According to the account, “The college was founded as the first post-primary school educational institution in Northern Nigeria and to be a training college for Muslim students tutored in the Western style of education for the future role as teachers in the Northern Nigeria region. In a few years, the college grew in reputation and included training classes for nurses; it was then improved to the status of a higher college in 1929 with the intention to expand the classes towards training professionals to mann administrative posts in the civil service.”
Some other notable alumni include: Ibrahim Dasuki; Justice Mamman Nasir; Iya Abubakar; Umaru Dikko; Jibril Aminu; Ibrahim Alfa; Ibrahim Coomassie; Abu Gidado; Lema Jibrin; Umar Sanda Ndayako; Ahmadu Kurfi; Justice Mohammed Bello; Adamu Fika; Bala Usman; Ango Abdullahi; Idris Legbo Kutigi; Tijani Dagazau; Adamu Ciroma; Umaru Shinkafi; and Nasir El-Rufai
Yesterday, the aviation source disagreed with Obasanjo, saying, “Nigeria should introduce the quid pro quo, the principle of reciprocity, by also treating South African citizens who come to Nigeria in the same manner”.
YENAGOA, Nigeria — Four Nigeria soldiers are missing and presumed dead after an attack by gunmen in the southern oil-rich Niger Delta creeks, the military and a state government said Friday.
The soldiers, among them a lieutenant-colonel who was commander of a unit, were ambushed and attacked not far from where four marine policemen were shot dead at a checkpoint on Thursday, the same day the military came under fire.
“The JTF has declared missing the four personnel reportedly attacked by the gunmen and have engaged local divers to search for their corpses,” Timothy Antigha, spokesman for the special military unit, the Joint Task Force, told AFP.
Thursday’s attacks took place on waterways in Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state of Bayelsa.
The governor of Bayelsa state, Henry Seriake Dickson, in a statement “commiserated with the families of the officers and men of the Nigerian military, police and civilians killed by pirates yesterday at the Brass and Ogbia waterways”.
A militant group in the region, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), on Friday claimed it was behind the attack of the policemen. It gave no motive for the attack.
Antigha said the military were travelling in a civilian boat.
“They came upon a convoy of what we think are some renegade militants who opened fired on their very boat,” Antigha said.
He said soldiers had been deployed to hunt down the attackers.
The JTF is deployed in the region to tackle crime, including oil theft and piracy.
It was not immediately clear how many civilians were also on the boat.
The boat driver, however, escaped, according to Antigha.
MEND militants claim to have been fighting for a fairer distribution of oil revenue in Nigeria.
A 2009 government amnesty offer for the militants greatly reduced the attacks after more than 25,000 ex-fighters laid down their arms.
Most of MEND’s commanders and their fighters took up the amnesty offer, but MEND spokesman Jomo Gbomo said the group was never part of the deal.
A tough-talking Arizona sheriff, already embroiled in a Justice Department bias investigation, waded deeper into controversy on Thursday with an assertion that a probe by his office found President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery.
Most Republican critics of Obama have given up pursuing such widely discredited “birther” allegations. But the investigation by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, carried out by what he described as five-member volunteer “posse,” was prompted by a request last August from a group of conservative Tea Party activists in the Phoenix area.
The White House has denied repeated claims that Obama was not born in the United States. In April 2011, Obama released a longer version of his birth certificate to try to put to rest speculation within some Republican circles that he was not born in the country as required by the U.S. Constitution to become president.
“A 6-month-long investigation conducted by my cold case posse has led me to believe there is probably cause to believe that President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate … is a computer-generated fraud,” Arpaio told a news conference.
Arizona Democratic Party finance director Dan Mitchell later sent out an email seeking to parlay the sheriff’s charges into cash donations for the party.
“Stop the ridiculous Tea Party, birther, GOP nonsense, click here to make a donation to the Democratic Party now,” the message read.
Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt poked fun at Arpaio on Twitter, providing what he described as a link to a video feed of the news conference that instead directed readers to the opening credits of “The X-Files,” a TV show about paranormal activity.
Arpaio, a conservative Republican who styles himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” called for the U.S. Congress to investigate his findings, which concluded that forgers committed two crimes, first in creating a fraudulent document and then in fraudulently presenting it to the public.
“I want to make this perfectly clear. I am not accusing the sitting president of the United States of committing a crime. But there remain a lot of questions which beg for answers and we intend to move forward with this investigation in pursuit of those answers,” Arpaio said.
Arpaio’s accusations come as he undergoes investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over what it says is his widespread discrimination against Latinos.
In December, the Justice Department said Arpaio and his deputies violated U.S. civil rights laws by engaging in racial profiling of Latinos and making unlawful arrests in their bid to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Arpaio told reporters on Thursday his review of Obama’s birth certificate began in August, months before the Justice Department investigation findings in December, and denied that it was politically motivated.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta(MEND) confirms that the attack on a Nigerian marine police checkpoint on Thursday March 1, 2012, in Bayelsa state in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria was carried out by our fighters. Additionally, we are in contact with the abductors of Captain Pikus Viktor, chief engineer Melnikov Slava and crew member Frederick Villamor taken off a Dutch registered reefer, “MV Breeze Clipper”, anchored approximately 3 nautical miles off the coast of Port Harcourt on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.
The kidnappers have offered to hand these sailors who are all in good health over to one of our camps in Rivers State. We are considering this offer as these men were not captured from a vessel related to the Nigerian oil industry. The master and chief engineer are Russian while the remaining crew member is from the Philippines.
M.E.N.D wishes to sound a warning to masters of oil industry vessels considering adopting manoeuvers aimed at preventing our fighters from boarding their vessels.
We will launch rockets at the bridge and other parts of the superstructure of such uncooperative vessels, and ensure such vessels are set alight, when we eventually board.
The Director General of the National Automotive Council has disclosed that Nigerians spend a whopping N400 billion on importing 280,000 vehicles yearly.
A further analysis shows the majority of the vehicles numbering 200,000 are used whilst the remainder are new vehicles; a statistic that demonstrates the average Nigerian’s penchant for tokunbo (used) vehicles.
Tokunbo cars are less expensive due to the slightly aged nature of the vehicles. And most car buyers prefer them as it is almost impossible for the inexperienced eye to differentiate the slight improvements new vehicles have over the tokunbos.
Statistics released by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) reveal that close to 7,000 vehicles were imported in the month of February alone of which only 700 or 10% were new vehicles.
Records show that a further 8,126 vehicles are expected in March, of which 5,000 are new vehicles. This represents a 614% increase of new vehicle imports over the previous month.
Analysts expect Toyota and Hyundai brands to lead the pack, as these represent the most popular brands in Nigeria.
It will also not be unusual to see a mix of new luxury exotic models such as the Range Rover Evoque.
A massive cover-up is underway in the Presidency amid allegations that a personal assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan raped an expatriate staff.A furious President Goodluck Jonathan called an urgent meeting at his official residence in Aso Villa and
imposed a code of silence on all his aides and personal assistants as part of damage control efforts to deal with a scandal that alleges the rape of an expatriate staff by the President’s personal assistant for domestic affairs, Dr. Temple, who has been ignominiously relieved of his duties.
The circumstances under which Dr. Temple found himself inside the private quarters of the expatriate staff (names withheld) remain unclear but, Huhuonline.com has learnt from authoritative sources inside the Presidency that while in her apartment, situated inside Aso Villa, Dr.Temple had sex with her against her consent under the watchful eyes of security cameras that recorded the heinous act of shame as it unfolded.
After the incident, the lady reported the crime to the authorities within Aso villa. Consequently, security tapes from her apartment were reviewed and after watching her “rape on tape,” the presidency, in an attempt to cover up the crime, relieved Dr. Temple of his duties and evicted him from the Villa, manu military. Informed of the unsavory incident that has diplomatic undertones, Jonathan reportedly imposed a gag order on all his aides from commenting on the affair.
Gunmen on Thursday opened fire and killed four marine policemen on patrol on waterways in President Goodluck Jonathan’s Bayelsa home state, state police spokesman said.
“We lost four of our officers today in an attack launched by unknown gunmen. The policemen were on patrol on the waterways when they were shot and killed,” Emokpae Eguavoen said.
The policemen were killed at the marine police checkpoint on Nembe river in the southern state, he said.
No arrests were made, he said.
In another development, three members of the Joint Task Force (JTF), a military outfit deployed in the region to tackle crime, including oil theft and piracy, were also attacked by unknown gunmen in an ambush, an army spokesman said.
Colonel Timothy Antigha, spokesman for the JTF, who confirmed the attack, denied knowledge that the three military men were killed.
There had been unconfimed reports that the three — two soldiers and a naval rating — were killed in the attack.
“I am not aware that the three were killed. I know the attack took place when the team was going from Brass to Ogbia (in Bayelsa state). They were apparently ambushed. We are still gathering information on the incident”, he said.