by Oge Okonkwo
Gunmen kill 2, abduct pregnant woman, burn houses in Taraba
Gunmen on Friday attacked Kashimbilla community in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba, killing two persons and kidnapping two women, including a pregnant lady.
A member of the Taraba House of Assembly, Mr Mark Useni, who represents Takum II Constituency, confirmed the attack to newsmen in Jalingo.
Useni said two women, including a pregnant lady, were taken hostage by the attackers. Read more…..
NDLEA detects 11.5kg of cannabis in cosmetics
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have detected 11.5kg of dried weeds suspected to be cannabis inside cosmetics.
Anti-narcotics agents made the discovery at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) warehouse during screening of goods on a KLM flight to Suriname.
NDLEA Commander at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the drug which was hidden in cosmetics was destined for Paramaribo, capital of South America country, Suriname.Read more…..
2 persons die in renewed Benue crisis
The Police in Benue have confirmed that two persons were killed in renewed attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen against Tiv farmers in three communities in the Logo Local Government Area of Benue on Friday.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Daniel Ezeala, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspects laid siege on Tse Chembe, Ifer and Tse-Gundu communities.
Ezeala said that two persons lost their lives in the attack which lasted for hours in the early hours of the day. Read more.….
Pope Francis apologises for forgiveness for child sex abuses
Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican.
“I feel compelled… to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” the pope said at a meeting with members of a children’s charity, Vatican Radio reported.Read more….
Over 30 killed in fresh Borno Boko Haram attacks
Suspected Boko Haram members launched attacks on troubled Borno villages and on highways, killing more than 30 people including residents, motorists and commuters.
The sect, in the latest attacks, Thursday evening and Friday morning, invaded three towns – Dikwa (in the central), Gwoza and Kalabalge council area and on Maiduguri-Biu road.
In the attack on Government Secondary school in Dikwa located along Gulumba road, some residents of the town who fled to Maiduguri revealed to journalists that the hoodlums came to the town in the middle of the night and slaughtered eight teachers. Read more….