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Boko Haram Change Tactics, Plant IEDs On Roadside In Borno

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The explosion of a bomb suspected to have been planted on the roadside by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, who targeted a commuter bus on Friday, which led to the death of seven passengers and three others critically injured, has introduced a new dimension to the tactics deployed by the insurgents in their campaign of terror.

This much was confirmed by security sources, who said the latest blast might have been remotely controlled.

Local authorities and eye witness accounts put the scene of the blast to a place near Kuthra village in Gwoza Local Government Area in southern part of Borno State, where the insurgents have launched series of violent attacks in recent times.

Information Nigeria reports that Gwoza is 90kilometers away from Kawuri, the village where 85 people were massacred and many others injured when gunmen attacked a weekly market last Sunday, which also left over 200 houses in ruins as they were burnt down by the rampaging insurgents.

The state Police Commissioner, Lawan Tanko, who confirmed the incident told newsmen that, “the incident happened when an 18-seater Toyota bus conveying passengers ran over an IED (Improvised Explosive Device)”.

According to him, “the blast killed seven people and injured three others who are now receiving treatment.”

Another security source, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press on the matter, said, “This is the first known incident where a blast was directly targeted at civilian vehicle…we have had many incidences where vehicles belonging to security operatives and other symbol of authority were directly targeted with explosives

“I believe this particular incident is out of desperation by the terrorists because we are also changing our surveillance architecture towards containing them…as you know, they are only attacking soft targets these days”, he said.

The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, who also confirmed the incident, told Governor Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri, the state capital that the blast occurred around 7am.

“I was advised by military officers to delay my trip to the state capital for two hours because the road was not safe”, he said.

“It was after they cordoned and searched the road thoroughly before commuters were allowed to proceed with their journeys”, he said.

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  1. Reuben

    March 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    May God help us, in dis case a lady got marriad to a young man justcos of mony herdad told her to work out.

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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