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Straight from the Headlines! – What Everyone was Talking About This Week



Boko Haram Bomb Blasts

The headlines this week have been quite gloomy. The aftermath of the bomb blasts which left over 180 people dead in Kano last week has left a deep wound in the fabric of the nation with many still in shock over the deadly attacks. There has hardly been any headline without the words ‘Boko Haram’ in it, or something relating to it, and of course, with a tale of tragedy. Sad. This same attack claimed the life of a Channels TV Reporter, Enenche Akogwu (May his soul rest in peace). I say a big well done to all the journalists, photographers and media practitioners who are risking their lives to bring us such news.

So let’s take a look at some of the stories that made headlines this week again and discuss on them. And while doing that, don’t forget to say a prayer for Nigeria.


The Islamic sect, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the Kano attacks and the purported leader of the group sent further threats via YouTube. In an audio played over the picture of the suspected leader, Abubakar Shekau, he said “I ordered it and I will give that order again and again. God gave us victory,” among other things.


Hafiz Ringim

The Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim was removed from office and in his stead, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar was appointed. He has resumed office and vowed to fight Boko Haram till the end.


Security agents on Tuesday killed a suspected Boko Haram leader, Uzairu Abba Abdullahi and his pregnant wife at his home in Kano. Another suspected Boko Haram member was killed trying to gain access into the State Security Service office in Kano.


The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan again urged members of Boko Haram to come forward for a dialogue with the Federal Government.


Liyel Imoke

The Supreme Court on Friday January 26 2012, declared the elongation of tenure of five state governors illegal and consequently sacked them. Their tenures elapsed in May 29 last year. The governors are Ibrahim Idris (Kogi), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Liyel Imoke (Cross River). They are all members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday put the “actual” total subsidy payments on fuel imports in 2011 at N1.7tn, an excess of N300bn above the N1.4tn figure given by the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.


Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida said goodbye to politics saying he will never seek any elective office again.


The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Sam Amadi,  announced that Nigerians should prepare to start paying higher electricity tariff from the second quarter of this year as plans have been concluded to raise the current rate between April and June.



A beautiful baby girl with no arms and legs was born to a peasant farmer and his wife in Zaki Local Government Area of Bauchi state.


A Mechanic was sentenced to death by hanging for stealing in Delta. He was sentenced to death for robbing a University lecturer of his car stereo at gun point in company of another accomplice now deceased.


Soldiers who were deployed to Lagos streets since Monday, January 16 2012 were withdrawn on Tuesday, January 24 2012.



Lekan Lekinson

Sadly, the Nigerian Entertainment Industry lost an actor. Lekan Lekinson, a Yoruba movie actor passed away this week after a prolonged battle with diabetes. May his soul rest in peace.






How do you feel about the happenings in the country this week? What other stuff happened that you would like to share?

Have a great weekend!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. BoghoEl

    January 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Quiet a number of things occurred this week in Nigeria. I hope the government will take it’s rightful position by protecting its citizens and continue to fight corruption in all forms.

  2. eloho

    January 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Babangida should give us a break jooor! He just likes to be in the media sha! Ringim’s sack (sorry resignation) is the best news so far for me! Good riddance! And the five state governors; I was shocked! The baby with arms or legs, God definitely has a purpose for her! God be with them!

  3. partyrider

    January 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    i thought the IG of Police resigned abi opted for early retirement and not was ‘removed’

  4. dyn

    January 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    How can a judge take a man’s life 4 stealing a car stereo??? What nonsense!

    • Joy

      January 28, 2012 at 9:18 am


  5. Anehibaby

    January 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    They r increasing electricity bill again??? After dey just increased fuel price and made over 300 billion naira profit?? So much for making d standard of livn better(which by d way was meant to be d aim of d fuel subsidy removal), God help Nigeria.

  6. faith

    January 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I also read in “thewill nigeria” dat the new ig of police “Abubaka” ȋ̊§ a religious fanatic…meaning he might even b worst…dis will b worst presidential regime naija will Eva experience…I still av hope dat Nigerians will get it right someday…

  7. kiks

    January 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Evrytin going on is jst depressing bt am hpful w’l smile to d fullest again.may d souls of all those who av lost their lives rip and may God comfort their families…*smh* it is well

  8. Moi

    January 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Na wa for that Judge oo, which kind of stupid judgment is dat?…he sha wants to be in the news at all cost!….if you sentence the guy to death by hanging for stealing a car radio, wat on earth will you do to those that have robbed Nigeria over the years???? Mschewwwww…..killing mosquito wit a double barrel gun.

  9. Ester

    January 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    its touching story, please visit my blog

  10. Opeyemi Okundaye

    January 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Just settling down in any part of d country needs a second thought.

  11. Kiki

    January 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you for stepping up your game BellaNaija. Love you.

  12. Coolest

    January 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    May God grant the families of all those that have lost their dear ones, the fortitude to bear the loss…..

  13. January

    January 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Its been a very eventful month so far. Over to you our new IG of Police. Lets see what you can do.

  14. Modupe

    January 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    God bless that baby girl that was born without hands and legs. She will live to fulfil her destiny.

  15. XYZ

    January 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Increased electricity tarrif! Hope that comes with increased electricity supply sha…

  16. Baby

    January 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Book haram isn’t Islamic…..! Wth!

    • Be wise

      January 28, 2012 at 8:05 am

      So if they aren’t Islamic, what are they? And it’s Boko Haram not Book Haram

  17. ginikalovesme

    January 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    When the nation is still reeling under the effects of Boko Haram, someone somewhere who calls himself a Judge is sentencing a young man to death by hanging for stealing a car stereo! Insane!

  18. madman

    January 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

    BellaNaija — abeg stick with entertainment, parties, weddings, and celebrities. Don’t report on the news … 20 million sites already do that. Becoming like everyone else is not the way to go.

    • ginikalovesme

      January 28, 2012 at 12:57 am

      BellaNaija is not reporting the news, they are only discussing what has already been reported. We can’t continue to pretend nothing is happening around us when people are dying and serious issues are happening. I like the way the topic was brought up.

    • madman

      January 28, 2012 at 1:49 am

      It is not pretending. This is what not Bella is about. This looks like news to me and when I log onto Bellanaija I expect to check out fashion tips, weddings, or check out whats new. Not the news!

    • missy

      January 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      you are a goat so people are dying in the country and all u can think of is fashion tips? na u like fashion pass my friend be a little bit sensitive juh

  19. Truth be told

    January 28, 2012 at 12:23 am

    i like the way you presented these serious news bella.Keep it up. And yes its sad what’s happening. God will help us even as we try to help ourselves and pray

  20. ginikalovesme

    January 28, 2012 at 1:01 am

    BellaNaija is not reporting the news, they are only discussing what has already been reported. We can’t continue to pretend nothing is happening around us when people are dying and serious issues are happening. I like the way the topics were brought up.

  21. M. Sissy

    January 28, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Boko Haram members should come forward for a dialogue? This GEJ sef. Let’s wait and see

  22. Lagos Boy

    January 28, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Funny enough, i didn’t even notice soldiers have been on Lagos streets all the while….

  23. HK

    January 28, 2012 at 1:10 am

    What is wrong with this Babangida man sef. Abeg he should go and sit down jor, his time in Nigeria’s politics has passed

  24. smalls

    January 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

    You’re making me proud BN

  25. nefe

    January 28, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Well done Bella! Good on you =D

  26. Mary007

    January 28, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Do this weekly it’s really nice.

  27. uju

    January 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

    IBB: why are u busy bodying and who cares? mtchewwwww

  28. Great Nigerian

    January 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

    BN You stand out jor! Keep it up

  29. Simisola

    January 28, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I don’t blame Babangida, but all those journalists flocking around him whenever he wants to talk as if he has something relevant to say. Maybe if they leave him alone and stop answering his calls for attention, he will shut up and retire..

  30. Be wise

    January 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

    This is different, this is nice…. Hmm lets see… for me, i like the removal or sack or whatever of the IG of Police. How could he let a Boko Haram leader escape from under his nose?!!!

  31. Be wise

    January 28, 2012 at 8:07 am

    @ Baby So if they aren’t Islamic, what are they? And it’s Boko Haram not Book Haram

  32. Sam Ade

    January 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Perfect. Now some serious talk finally. I’m a guy and I understand most BN readers should be ladies so most times when I visit here, all i see is weddings, and fashion and stuff that does not really interest me.
    Anyway, I hope this new IG of Police does more to restore the confidence of Nigerians in the security system. The FG has failed us in their dealings with Boko Haram, focusing on the removal of fuel subsidy and increasing electricity tarrifs when there are more important things to consider. So Abubakar… over to you.
    And as for the sacked Governors, does it mean their offices are now vacant even without conducting elections? I don’t understand.

  33. partyrider

    January 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Finally! Some serious stuff

    • partyrider

      January 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm


  34. Jerry

    January 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I pray the coming week would be a bit brighter. I’m tired of seeing all this Boko Haram stuff in the news

  35. Lola NYC

    January 29, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Stealing is wrong, but to sentence a man to death for stealing a car stereo! That is preposterous. The mechanic needs to appeal and what was the judge thinking!

  36. Tosin

    January 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

    death and destruction news on BN? It will take some getting used to. My own opinion is I don’t want it. But it’s worth experimenting.

  37. Cece

    January 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

    A bomb was found by a Bus driver in Diobu area in Port-Harcourt, it was on Radio news on friday last week. Its sad, we all should pray for Nigeria

  38. Modupe

    January 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

    BN thanks for d news. i think it should be a weekly thing, dat way the blog covers almost everything. nice wrok n keep it up

  39. Zee

    January 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    This is just like the story of the man, his son and their donkey – you just cannot satisfy everyone. When Bella did not give daily updates on the strike, people complained, now Bella is giving updates on what happened during the week, some people are still complaining. Hmmmm, Bella, keep doing what you do, more grease to your elbows!

  40. triangle

    January 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Na wa. Go study ur constitutions esp the part about hierachy of courts. If you’re sentenced to death, u hv d right of appeal.
    The laws are there but nigerians are just daft or too lazy to read. Why castigate d judge? The law says armed robbery is a capital offence, punishable with death! Doesn’t matter whether he wz armed while stealing a chicken or a stereo, the fact is that he was armed. So once d prosecutor proves d elements of the offence beyond reasonable doubt, d Judge’s hands are tied. The nature of a judge’s job is peculiar, in that sentencing a convict to something other than what the law says comes with serious sanctions.
    Query ur legislators who made d laws in d first place and agitate for amendments and stop all these sentimental talks jare. What if the robber had shot d driver while attempting to steal d stereo? Wud y’all still be talking like dis?
    The car stereo is not the point!
    As for sentencing politicians to death by hanging, until a law is passed to that effect, nothing can be done. Why not lobby ur legislators? And leave d poor judge be.
    Tell d convict he has a right of appeal up to the supreme court.
    I thank God for d objectivity being a lawyer gives me!

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