boko haram

Yobe Students, endangered species, need protection

Back in the days, during my elementary school days, Mondays were phenomenal. the excitement of returning to school, meeting friends I missed over the weekend to share tales of our weekend exploits, get results of our Friday quiz and learn some new stuffs.


The Future of Nigeria’s Dumb Policing

I picked up playing basketball late in my secondary school years and

usually practiced at the nearest court to my house. It was the Police

College basketball court on Independence Way, Kaduna. It was about 2

kilometers from (more…)

The Kaduna case is not suicide bombing, state’s police commissioner says

Deutsch: Politische Karte Nigerias (Bundesstaa...

Govt House, Kaduna

Today, 13thFebruary, 2012, at about 1328 hours, a combined team of security personnel attached to Government House main gate, Kaduna, intercepted a Toyota Corrola Saloon car with Kaduna state official Reg. No. Kaduna KD-06-A 04. The driver drove dangerously in a suspicious manner towards the Government House gate. The security personnel stopped the lone occupant but instead of stopping, he forced himself through the exit gate and found his way into the Government House.

The security agencies thereafter, opened fire and shot the suspect on the leg and the lower abdominal part of his body.

The suspect was later identified as Pastor Isuwa Kiforo (M) of no. 7, Abba Rimi road, Narayi, Kaduna, who is the Director, Finance and Administration, Ministry of Information, Kaduna state.

He was rushed to 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, for treatment, after he was given first aid by a team of medical personnel attached to the Government House.

The vehicle was thoroughly searched in my presence by our anti-bomb disposal experts and nothing incriminating was recovered. In essence, neither weapon nor explosives were found in it. Investigation into the case has commenced.

Bala Magaji Nasarawa, Kaduna state Commissioner of Police.

Boko Haram killed 935 Nigerians since 2009 – Human Rights Watch report

Boko Haram attack

Boko Haram has killed 935 Nigerians since 2009

The campaign of violence by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, including attacks on churches and suicide bombings in the first three weeks of 2012 that killed more than 253 people, is an indefensible attack on human life, Human Rights Watch said today.

The January 20, 2012 attacks in the northern city of Kano left at least 185 police and residents dead and resulted in the highest death toll in a single day since Boko Haram began its violent campaign in July 2009. More than 935 people have been killed in some 164 suspected attacks by the group during this period, Human Rights Watch said. (more…)

Boko Haram kingpin, Kabiru Sokoto, still at large, police offering N50 million for info on him

Kabiru Sokoto BOKO HARAM

Kabiru Sokoto

The Nigerian police has declared Kibiru Sokoto, the suspected Boko Haram Christmas Day bomber, who escaped  custody wanted, placing a bounty of N50 million on him.

The police placed the ransom on Thursday after the inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, was queried by President Goodluck Jonathan over the escape of the suspect. (more…)

“The message sent to Nigerians is this: You don’t matter, We don’t value you” Chimamanda Adichie

English: Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author, most recently, of “The Thing Around Your Neck,” a collection of short stories

ON New Year’s Day, in my ancestral hometown of Abba in Anambra State in eastern Nigeria, my family and I woke up to unbelievable news: the price of petrol had doubled. Overnight, the government had removed what it called the subsidy on fuel, and almost immediately, transport fares exploded and food prices rose astronomically. It used to cost 4,000 naira — about $25 — to fill my petrol tank. Then it cost 10,000 naira. When I stopped to buy okpa, a steam-cooked bean dish, from a street hawker, she said it was no longer 50 naira; it was now 100.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because of fuel subsidy.” (more…)

“Clearly, these are very troubled times for our country” – Bishop Kukah speaks on state of the nation

Mattew Kukah

On the occasion of the Carol of Nine Lessons organized by NTA and Radio Nigeria on December 10th last year, I was invited to deliver the message. I chose to speak on the theme, Do Not Be Afraid as a means of encouraging our people against the backdrop of fear and frustration that was mounting at the time. Since then, it would seem that things have gotten progressively worse in our country.

In the course of my reflections, I sought to encourage my fellow citizens not to be frightened by the events of the time. I insisted that despite these tragic and sad events and the situation of our country, we needed to conquer fear. I argued that the message of Christmas was a message about the good news of the birth of the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, (God-with us) and the Saviour of the world. Against the backdrop of other developments in the country at that time, I concluded by calling on the federal government not to carry through its plans for the removal of fuel subsidy. (more…)