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This past week has been quite interesting, filled with both high and low moments. I read an exclusive interview published by The Guardian of London where the Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Qaqa confirmed that the group’s leaders met with the Al Qaida in Saudi Arabia last August and cemented the group’s financial and logistics base. He confirmed that Boko Haram has been receiving funding from Al Qaida. This got me wondering. Why would they grant a London newspaper an interview when a larger proportion of Nigerians don’t have access to this interview, and are still in shadow about the reasons for their ‘activities’?

On Wednesday, most local newspaper headlines were loud with news of the arrest of this same spokesman and on Thursday, it was a different story with this same spokesman and the SSS denying the arrest. High and low moments indeed.

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.

National

A Lagos High Court on Monday, January 30th sentenced Major Al Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer to late dictator Sanni Abacha, and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan, a protocol officer in the M.K.O Abiola campaign organisation to death by hanging for the 1994 murder of Hajia Kudirat Abiola, the wife of late business mogul and winner of the June 12 election, Bashorun M.K.O Abiola.

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An Abuja Jigh Court on Tuesday, January 31st cleared former Speaker of the House of Represenatatives, Dimeji Bankole and his deputy, Bayero Nafada of allegations of fraud and criminal breach. In his judgement, Justice Suleiman Belgore ruled that both men had no case to answer with regard to the N40bn bank loan alleged to have been misappropriated by them.

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The National Union of Petroleum and National Gas Workers on Tuesday, January 31st commenced an indefinite nationwide strike. According to the Lagos state Chairman of the union, the reason for embarking on the strike was to draw the government’s attention to a dispute between its branch in Shell Nigeria and the management of the oil firm.

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The Consular Chief, US Consulate General in Lagos, Mr Carl Cockburn said at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday January 31st that no fewer than 100,000 Nigerians applied for the United States visas in 2011 and more than 50 percent of the number were granted visas.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Wednesday February 1st suspended its two month nationwide strike. The National Executive Council of the union directed all university lecturers to resume back to work on Thursday February 2nd.

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The Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullai on Wednesday February 1st said that the Ministry had directed that from next year 2013, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should post corps members to rural areas only with no provision for redeployment.

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Islamic sect, Boko Haram struck, Friday February 3rd, at Ajaokuta in Kogi state killing four persons as the sect attacked a police station and a bank in the town.

Local

Five people were shot dead on Wednesday, February 1st following a clash between two rival cult groups, the Eiye Confraternity and the Buccaneers, at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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Robbers on Wednesday February 1st, carted away US$600,000 (N95, 969, 998.17 million) from a Bureau De Change operator inside Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos. The robbers stormed the car park and shot sporadically into the air, wounding a woman, before dispossessing their victim of the said amount at about 8.30pm.

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A bus conductor on Thursday, February 2nd fell to his death after he was pulled down from a moving bus by a LASTMA official. Eyewitnesses say another vehicle ran over the conductor as he fell from his bus, killing him instantly. The incident happened around 11 am at Motorways, Ikeja on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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 www.deolascope.blogspot.com

43 Comments

  1. Jade

    February 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    OMG!!!! what is happening in Naija!!!

  2. mary007

    February 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    BN really like this!!!

  3. Unbeatable

    February 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    waiting for the day I will get a straight positive news that will make me get so proud of being a NIGERIAN nevertheless I will still defend her and pray cause it can only get better. GOD BLESS FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

    • Baby Dee

      February 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      There is no country in the world that reports ONLY straight positive news because every one of them experience one negative thing or the other.

  4. kejel

    February 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Love dis feature,nice one BN.wil come bk 2 comment on d issues *yawn*

  5. andels

    February 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    mostly bad news,God where r u? we need u. if muritala international airport is not even safe in nigeria, where is???????????????

  6. funmziee

    February 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    hmmm wow WORSE things are happening in Nigeria. I think Nigeria need to reinforce laws upon their people and follow it. wipe out the government leaders in power right now because the majority of them are thief’s, we need young fresh minds to rule this country. Our people are loosing the plot honestly because their frustrated and exploited by the richer people in the country because money doesn’t CIRCULATE they way its suppose to Nigeria. Ahhh thess people are loosing it and it pains me, when did we start having Muslim fundamentalist in the country that are brainwashed that the right way forward is to kill people toooo much photocopy in Nija. Lest I forget WE need to pray corruption out of Nigeria by FIRE!!! that’s the only way we can move forward economically. PLEASE Naija government be true to your country and people STOP coming UP on TV screen pretending you doing something about the bad situation in the country and be EMBEZZLING MONEY behind closed doors YOUR PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOLS THEY DESERVE BETTER. God help Nigeria.

  7. Bey

    February 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Bad news happens everywhere and not just Naija! What about how many gang-related shootings in the U.S, little kids raped and kidnapped in the U.K etc. No where is Utopia apart from Heaven… so nothing unusual is happening in Naija abeg!

    • Truth be told

      February 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      true talk. i dont live in naija but couldn’t have said it better.

  8. onegirl

    February 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    *Shudders*…HHmmm!

  9. vickky

    February 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Corpers to be deployed to rural areas with no chance of redeployment. thats how my secondary school classmate died from typhoid fever during nysc and she was from a family that could afford weekly trips overseas. Have they considered the security issue? those corpers could be quietly slaughtered in those rural areas without the world knowing.
    otherwise its been an interesting week…..wish it were better news though.

  10. obi-talk

    February 4, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I don’t get this-o. nysc posted to rural areas with no provision for redeployment . Does this include rural areas in the north? What exactly is the intention of this minister, for these young people to get slaughtered or what. Seriously is this minister having a laff or sumtin. Can someone pls tell me this is a joke with all the nysc members that have already been murdered in this country. I think its about time nysc was totally scrapped!

  11. Madman

    February 4, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I will keep saying it. BN should stop repeating news..plus, most of it seems like its coming from Linda Ikeji’s blog. Pls go back to focusing on parties, fashion, and weddings.

    • Jimmy

      February 5, 2012 at 2:29 am

      Hey Madman, did Linda Ikeji manufacture the news by herself? Because it was on her site means its relevant and if BN has decided to put such relevant information on their site, they should be given credit for it. BN keep it up jor, it’s important that we talk about serious things happening in our country and not just fashion and parties.

  12. nikky

    February 4, 2012 at 3:19 am

    nice attempt by the BN crew to bring us stories of political nature, hope there is more on the way.

  13. mekhi phifa

    February 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I understand Totally dt ds is Hip(entertainment) Blog, but Now in our daily lives as “Nigerians” issues concerning Me and You only 7ven comments yet?

  14. AYISHAT AMOO (CALEB UNIVERSITY IMOTA LAGOS)

    February 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

    wow! the events that took place this week are really surprising. The sentence of Al mustapha, the clearing of Dimeji Bankole’s case. Also, the union of Petroleum and national gas workers threatening to go on strike; they should please have a rethink because the people are likely to suffer from it. the case of 100,000 people that applied for visas, but only 50 got; why should a staggering number of peple apply for visas? the answer is just that the econonmy is bad. another issue is that of the posting of NYSC youth corp members rural areas with no redeployment. an that work?

    • Abby

      February 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      I totally agree with this, that was the whole idea of the NYSC in the first place.

  15. Nengi

    February 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

    This NYSC people should get real! Can the rural areas actually accomodate all the Youth Corps members in the country? Where are they going to work there, on the farms? I thought Youth Service was supposed to be a practical period where you get to practice what you learnt in school, instead they are sending Engineers to teach. Na wa o..

  16. Wonder

    February 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

    These LASTMA people should be removed from the streets of Lagos. They cause more harm than good. How can you pull someone out of a moving bus! May the soul of the conductor rest in peace.

  17. Simi

    February 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I always knew nothing tangible would come out of that Bankole and Nafada case. Just wasting time with long court hearings and decieving us. So N40billion is gone like that? Mschewww.

  18. naija student

    February 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Am glad to be back in school…..Well done ASUU

  19. Jade

    February 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I’m surprised that only 100,000 applied for US visas last year. I expected the figure to be more. And if they gave more than 50% visas, then they were more than generous

  20. Beautifulllll

    February 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I always knew Al Mustapha was guilty. But as for the death sentence????? Not sure abt that sha

  21. Jimmy

    February 4, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Mehn, that was a huge sum US$600,000! They obviously did it with some insider information. Not cool at all….

  22. I am Me

    February 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Did I jst read 95mil sth. Kia na w oh. Dis kin hard time, u steal such amt 4rm sme1.

  23. amaka

    February 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Wait,wat exactly is wrong wv dt youth Minister?wat does he mean by posting corpers to rural areas with no provision for redeployment?bcs his child has finishd service,abi?wat exactly is his rationale for dis?why wd dis pple jst wake up one morning and implement useless policies?of wat benefit would dis b 2d larger society?dis country is slowly but surely heading 2wrds anarchy.instead of him 2bring up policies dt wd create jobs 4d unemplyed youths or evn help dem acquire skills that would mk dem independent,he’s being concerned with NYSC..so aftr serving in D̶̲̥̅̊ rural areas,wat nxt?dey cm bk n strt searching 4jobs wreas sm of dem cd av been retained in D̶̲̥̅̊ jobs dey served with..*smh*

  24. tinu

    February 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    SERIOUSLY I THINK NYNC,SHLD BE CUT OFF TOTALLY COS ALOT OF PPL HAVE LOST THEIR LIFE FOR NOTHING AFTER GOING THROU SO MUCH IN UNI. AND ALL THEY CLD GET IS UNTIMELY DEATH FROM THIS WICKED BOKO WHAT EVER,IF U ARE A CORPER POSTED TO THE VILLAGES I AVDICE U TURN IT DOWN.NO MATTER WHAT.WHY CANT HTE MONEY FOR NYSC BUDGET BE USED IN CREATING MORE JOBS?

  25. tinu

    February 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    TIS SAME YEYE ,THIEF MINISTER WILL NEVER POST HIS OWN CHILDREN OR FAMILY MEMBERS TO SUCH PLACES.WICKED PPL.I SAY A BIG NO MORE TO NYNC O

  26. Madman

    February 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    NYNC ke ? lmao!

  27. Patty

    February 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    God help us in dis country…

  28. Tbabe

    February 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    So sad when i think of Naija…may the wroth of God decend upon all those politicians troubling Naija.

  29. Abby

    February 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I totally agree with this, that was the whole idea of the NYSC in the first place. My only fear will be Boko aram.

  30. Prospective Corper

    February 5, 2012 at 2:34 am

    These NYSC people are confused. They should stop confusing thousands of Nigerian youths and make up their minds.

  31. Lemmar

    February 5, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Most LASTMA officials are touts in uniforms, simple!

  32. Dr USA

    February 5, 2012 at 2:44 am

    How can they grant a Nigerian newspaper interview when they cant even make up their minds if the Boko Haram spokesman was arrested or not. One day he has been arrested, and the other day he is saying he wasn’t. I dont know what to believe anymore. Our editors and journalists are so quick to publish unconfirmed stories.

  33. Bovi

    February 5, 2012 at 3:41 am

    US Embassy didnt grant me visa last year. Now i know why. We were up to 100,000!!!!

  34. Snores

    February 5, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Dimeji Bankole’s court cases were just a joke. Always knew he was going to be acquited.

  35. Ester

    February 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

  36. Snores

    February 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Enough with the cult clashes please

  37. missy

    February 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    lol im sorry but i wont do any NYSC! ild rather remain abroad ehn. Thank you mr minister.

  38. www.africa.com/nigeria

    February 7, 2012 at 12:28 am

    BN, this is actually informative and a little scared to learn that Boko Haram is having intensive talks with Al Qaida. Go to http://www.africa.com/nigeria to leran more information about Nigeria in general.

  39. Debby

    February 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Let the stupid minister post his child, studing in the US/UK or wherever, to the rural area, to the north precisely,to proof that he practises what he preach, then we can appreciate the nonsense he is talking about. This people, it is only God that will judge them! very wicked people, innocent corpers are been killed every now and then, no concrete solutions to it, yet they are yarning dust! So sad!

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