The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, has addressed a press conference in Abuja denying widespread reports that Boko Haram killed as many as 2,000 people in the Borno town of Baga.
Olukolade who addressed journalists at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Monday said all available evidence put the number of casualties at nothing more than 150 people – these, according to him, includes members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect who were killed during the attack.
“From all available evidences, the number of people who lost their lives during that attack has so far not exceeded about 150 in the interim. This figure includes many of the terrorists who were bearing arms and got killed in the course of their attack and battle with troops,” he said.
Real Madrid’s super star, Cristiano Ronaldo, won the 2014 FIFA World Player of the Year award on Monday.
His Monday’s triumph made it the third time the Portugal captain has won the prestigious individual award.
Ronaldo received 37.66 per cent of all votes ahead of Barcelona super star, Lionel Messi (15.76 percent), and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer (15.72 per cent.)
He also won the award in 2013.
Nadine Kessler of Germany carted home the Women’s World Player of the Year award.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged All Progressives Congress’ (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to show any project executed in any sector of the economy during his tenure as head of state.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, who stated this in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said that it was a known fact that Buhari did not develop the country while in government.
According to Metuh, when juxtaposed with the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan’s democratically elected government, it becomes clear that Buhari is not and cannot be a match for Jonathan.
THE National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying that there were no plan to postpone next month’s general elections as alleged by the opposition party.
The PDP described APC’s allegations of plans to postpone the elections as a tactic to divert attention from the findings of the Department of State Services (DSS) that it has devised means to hack into INEC’s data base, clone the Permanent Voter’s Card and ultimately compromise the outcome of the elections.
In a statement, Monday, by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP noted that as a party, it was fully prepared for the polls against the backdrop of what the party enjoys among Nigerians from the ward to the national levels is a sure guarantee to victory.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), on Monday in Owerri, Imo State, said his administration will sign an undertaken for good governance with Nigerians in order to ensure that it will promptly address the challenges of leadership failure the country is grappling with.
Buhari ,who spoke at the Dan Anyiam Stadium during the grand finale of the APC rally in the Southeast, said in the last 16 years under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led government, the “country has gone from bad to worse,” lamenting that all the sectors of the economy had taken a turn for the worst.
The APC candidate who was given an Ibo name, Okechukwu, meaning God’s own portion, said, “we will sign an undertaken that the APC led government will make Boko Haram a thing of the past. We will upgrade the low standard of education, healthcare, infrastructure and power to revive our ailing economy.”