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US Announces Rewards For Ansaru Leader, Three Other African Militants

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The US State Department allocated $18m in rewards on June 13, 2014, Friday, for the capture of Khaid al-Barnawi, the leader of Ansaru, a splinter group from Boko Haram, and three other notorious African militants. The four men are accused of kidnappings of foreigners and numerous attacks on Western targets.

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* Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (Vanguards for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa), a.k.a. Ansaru members.

The bounty on the ex Boko Haram member and Ansaru leader is $5m. The same amount was offered for each of the two founding fathers of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), based in the Maghreb (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia). A reward of $3m is being offered for an Egyptian extremist, who had plotted against the U.S.A.

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* Map of most infamous Ansaru operations. Photo credit – Ryan Cummings

Ansaru has been acting separately from Boko Haram since early 2012. Its leader, al-Barnawi, has good relations with another dangerous terrorist group on the African continent, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The Nigerian terrorist group has targeted Westerners, including American citizens.

Al-Barnawi was a mastermind of the May 2011 kidnapping of two foreign engineers, from Britain and Italy. Both of them were killed 10 months later.

Ansaru was behind the abduction of seven foreigners in February 2013. The citizens of Britain, Italy, Greece and Lebanon were captured during terrorists’ raid on a construction site in Northern Nigeria. They were later executed by terrorists.

The group, along with its ‘parent’ Boko Haram, is on UN’s black list since May 22, 2014.

And the $13m allocated for…

The other official enemies of the U.S.A. include former AQIM members and MUJAO founders and leaders Ahmed el-Tilemsi ($5m) and Hamad el-Khairy ($5m).

Tilemsi was responsible for kidnapping of two French citizens in Niger (January 2011). The hostages were later killed in Mali, when France attempted to free them by force.

The second case of abduction was registered in Tindouf, Algeria, in October 2012. MUJAO negotiated prisoner swap deal and released three kidnapped Europeans in exchange for three ‘brothers-in-arms’ being jailed in Mauritania.

Khairy was reportedly behind several attacks in Mauritania, as well as the December 2008 kidnap of UN envoy and Canadian Ambassador Robert Fowler in Niger.

His list of kidnappings is added by the 2011 kidnapping of the three European aid workers in Algeria, and the April 2012 kidnappings of seven Algerian diplomats in Mali. At least one of the hostages was later killed, and three were freed.

A head or capture of the Egyptian explosives expert, Abu Yusuf al-Muhajir, is worth $3m. Abu Yusuf is an ex member of the Tawhid w’al Jihad Egypt extremist group, which operated actively in the Sinai Peninsula from 2004 to 2006 and targeted both Egyptian and American national security.

Source: Yahoo

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Eniola Badmus fires back at troll who body-shamed her

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Popular comic actress, Eniola Badmus has fired back at a troll who tried to make mockery of her body for wearing bikini.

The troll asked the actress why everything about her has fallen.

“Why everything come fall for up?,” the troll commented on the actress’s photo on LIB’s Instagram page with crying emoji.

And she replied: “Just the way your mama own fall”

The actress also complimented her own photo, writing that “looking good is a good business.”

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We Need N81 Million To Cut Grass In Abuja Stadium: Nigerian Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that it will cost the ministry N81m to cut the grass and clear the weed that have taken over the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

He stated this recently while speaking during the one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter.

According to him, the ministry approached the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for assessment in the stadium, which was built in 2003 with N53 billion on a 29 hectares (72 acres) of land.

The stadium is divided into Package A which houses the Main Bowl and Package B which houses other facilities like basketball courts, NFF office, volleyball courts, tennis courts, squash courts.

“We approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it will cost us N81m.

“If we tell Nigerians we used N81m which is not even available, there will be an outcry. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructures,” he said.

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It’s smart if a man refuses to date a jobless woman in Nigeria — Leo DaSilva

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Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Leo Da Silva recently got internet users debating afte he waded into a conversation centered on men refusing to date women who are not financially stable.

A lady who disclosed that she’s a student, had tweeted;

I’ve seen tweets from guys saying they can’t date a girl that’s not financially stable. I’m a student. But never, like never have I felt attacked by such tweets. What’s actually up with some guys on Twitter? What I want must not make sense to you. It’s choice boo

Reacting to this, Leo stated that it’s a smart choice for young men to refuse to date jobless women. He added that guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs.

He tweeted in response;

Guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs. Dating someone that’s not working or doesn’t have adequate allowance is a burden. Nigeria, the poverty capital of the world, if a young man trying to come up refuses that burden, I think it’s a smart choice.

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