Boko Haram Militants Relocating From Sambisa To Captured Territories In Northeastern Nigeria
Eyewitnesses in the villages near Sambisa forest told SaharaReporters that the insurgents had been moving their families and possibly many of their abductees to safer grounds in towns captured in recent weeks.
Spouses of Two Nigerians Killed By Ebola Admitted To Hospital For Full Blown Infection
SaharaReporters had revealed that the spouse to late nurse Justina Ejelonu was admitted as a suspect case two days ago, now he has tested positive alongside a wife of a doctor that earlier died of Ebola.
A government source told SaharaReporters that a medical doctor at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) clinic in Lagos, who attended to one of the doctors that treated Patrick Sawyer, developed Ebola symptoms.
Nigeria Appoints Suleiman Abba As New Police Chief
CLARIFICATION: PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPOINTS NEW INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE The statement earlier released announcing President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s approval of the appointment of a new Inspector-General of Police refers. Please note that AIG Suleiman Abba’s appointment as Inspector-General of Police is in acting capacity. The appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014-Reuben Abati
A source at the Presidency told SaharaReporters that Mr. Abubakar tried in vain to gain an extension of his tenure, but that many forces opposed to him prevailed on President Goodluck Jonathan to look for a successor. Mr. Abubakar had spent 35 years as a police officer.
Boko Haram Working To Seize Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi And Nasarawa States—Says Intelligence Source
A high-level Nigerian security source told SaharaReporters that Nigeria’s intelligence agencies have received “credible reports that Boko Haram has developed an ambitious plan to overwhelm and take over Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa states.”
The source said the Islamist terrorist group plans to carry out its design by intensifying its bombings and choosing locations that would yield high casualty figures.
Insurgents Kill Monarch, 11 Others In Fresh Borno Attack
Suspected Boko Haram militants yesterday killed 12 people in Garubula village of Biu local Government area of Borno State, a security source as well as a community member have just disclosed to SaharaReporters.
One source said some gunmen stormed the residence of a district head, Ibrahim Dawi, shot him several times, and then killed 11 other villagers.
Death Of Rap Star ‘Da Grin’ Is Another Tragedy Blamed On Police In Mushin
The fatal night-time crash that involved a budding Nigerian rap artist named Olaitan Olanipekun, famously known as “Da Grin,” was caused by the police, sources and residents in Mushin say. Da Grin’s death is the latest casualty, in a long running battle between terrified residents, and a police force many believe that is out of control.
Policemen at the Alakara Police Command in the Mushin area of Lagos State are notorious for illegal raiding, bribery, and even escapades of what some call ‘murder at night.’ Such is the wary view of some residents in the Mushin area that have come forward in a series of interviews with a SaharaReporters correspondent. The death of Da Grin, for many, may well be ‘the tipping point.’
Boko Haram Battle Called A ‘Tough Fight’ By The U.S. State Department
The Islamic militant group, Boko Haram is believed to have been behind the shooting down of the Nigerian Air force helicopter that was on a training mission around Borno state, according to reports by the International Business Times, and Catholic World, including local daily claims.
Nigeria’s military helicopter ‘take down,’ coupled with the recent take-over of the town of Damboa, in the Borno State, was called part of ‘a tough fight’ by Marie Harf, the U.S. State Department Deputy Spokeswoman. Her comments came Wednesday during the department press briefing in Washington, monitored by a SaharaReporters correspondent.
Students’ Protest: Ondo Poly Shut Down For Two Weeks
The Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo (RUGIPO) was on Tuesday closed down for two weeks following a students’ protest at the institution over high tuition.
The Rector of the Ondo State owned institution, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, told SaharaReporters in a phone interview that the school will remain closed until the authorities have reviewed the issues that eventually led to the protest.
In the latest twist in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian military announced that it has conducted major breakthrough just hours ago. In a statement issued to the media, and one also obtained by SaharaReporters, military spokesmen say their persistence has paid off in the continuing fight.
The statement appears below:
“Troops have cleared and taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend. Prior to the operation, Balmo forest stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa States with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.
Tragedy And Protests In Abuja As Demolition Bulldozer Crushes Child, Followed By Death Of Mother
By SaharaReporters, New York
Protests broke out today along Kubwa Express Road in Galadima, a section of Abuja, after a bulldozer being used by a demolition squad of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) killed a child. The bulldozer was being used to demolish illegal structures built on a parcel of land that a source belongs to an unnamed “influential person.” The child’s mother then died shortly after by stabbing herself, the two tragedies triggering protests by squatters and onlookers in the area.
A source at the location told SaharaReporters that the “influential individual” who owns the land had connived with officials of the Federal Capital Territory by pretending that he was building an estate on the land.