Boko Haram kills 35 in attacks on three villages, lawyers kick against payment of taxes by religious organisations & other important news you should know today

by Oge Okonkwo


Boko Haram kills 35 in attacks on three villages

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 35 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria‘s restive northeast Borno state near the border with Cameroon on Thursday.

According to a military source and residents, dozens of Boko Haram gunmen dressed in military uniform stormed Gumushi, Amuda and Arbokko in all-terrain trucks and motorcycles, opening fire on residents and torching homes with petrol bombs, they said. Read more….

Lawyers kick against payment of taxes by religious organisations

Some prominent lawyers in Lagos on Thursday kicked against the payment of taxes by religious organisations in the country.

Delegates at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja had on Wednesday voted in support of taxing both churches and mosques.

The lawyers told newsmen that the move by the conference was a clear misplacement of priorities. Read more….

Jonathan ‘drives’ Made-in-Nigeria car

President Goodluck Jonathan, today, as part of activities to celebrate the country’s Democracy Day ‘drove’ a Made-in-Nigeria car by Nissan.

In a series of tweets shared by the Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati , President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President, Nnamdi Sambo were presented with the key of one of the Made-in-Nigeria cars, which they test run as confirmed by the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Reno Omokri. Read more….

Amosun weeps in Ogun prison

Governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun on Thursday broke into tears at the pitiable sight of inmates at Oba prison in Abeokuta.

Amosun, who had earlier granted amnesty to 15 inmates at Ibara prison also in Abeokuta, could not hold back his emotions at Oba prison over what he described as the  “inhuman condition” to which the inmates were subjected.

The governor was informed that majority of the 492 inmates on awaiting trial list at the prison had spent between four and seven years in jail. Read more….

Ex-Akwa Ibom Senator, Effiong Bob, blasts Akpabio over scandalous pension law

A former senator from Akwa Ibom State, Effiong Bob, has ridiculed Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, for endorsing a new pension law that would enable him pocket over N200 million annually.

Mr. Bob, who is currently the pro-chancellor of the University of Benin, and personal friend to Mr. Akpabio, bared his mind in an open letter.

In the three-page letter, the former lawmaker said Mr. Akpabio’s pension law was replete with “wicked and audacious” provisions that should infuriate any right-thinking member of the public. Read more….


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