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News about the activities of dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, hasn’t ceased to crowd our newspaper headlines. Deadly blasts initiated by the sect rocked the Army and Airforce Barracks in Kaduna early this week causing extensive damage and killing an unspecified number of people. Also, suspected Boko Haram members delivered a video tape to the office of the Nigerian Television Authority stating that they would negotiate with the Federal Government and mentioned names of people they wanted included in the dialogue. While the veracity of the source of this video is still being confirmed, other separate attacks in the country such as the killing of a 25 year-old girl in Lagos and the shooting of a driver in Onitsha has sparked up several protests and debates about the state of security in the country.

The news might be gloomy, but there is still hope for Nigeria as we continue to pray for our nation.

NATIONAL

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was on Tuesday February 7 named  the head of a newly-constituted 16-man task force on petroleum. Ribadu, Action Congress of Nigeria’s presidential candidate in 2011 and former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will now be saddled with ensuring probity and accountability in the petroleum industry. The committee was set up by the Minister of Petroleum Resources and will oversee the automation of tracking, monitoring and online validation of all income and debt drivers of the petroleum ministry and the integration of systems and technologies across the production chain to determine and monitor crude oil production and exports.

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Multiple explosions rocked the Kaduna metropolis as bombs allegedly planted by members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram went off in two military formations and under the popular Kawo Flyover in the state capital on Tuesday February 7. The explosions which began at about 11.45am at the One Division of the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Kaduna left heavy casualties while the alleged suicide bomber was shot dead by soldiers.

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A video allegedly released by the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram was sent to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA with the possibility of considering the invitation to dialogue with the Federal Government as it named some Northern leaders to negotiate with the government on its behalf.

However, the Federal Government on Wednesday said it doubted the veracity of the purported video message of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, aired on the NTA on Tuesday night. Those named in the video on the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, are: Sheik Abubakar Gero, Dr. Shettima Ali Monguno, Alh Ali Bukar Ibrahim, the former governor of Yobe State.

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Kabir Sokoto

Fleeing suspected Boko Haram bomber, Kabiru Umar aka Kabiru Sokoto, was rearrested on Friday February 10. Security sources said the fugitive Boko Haram kingpin and suspected mastermind of the Christmas Day 2011 bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State was picked up in a hut in Mutum Biu, Taraba State around 4am.

 

 

LOCAL

Damilola Sowemimo

A female banker with the United Bank for Africa, Damilola Sowemimo was on Sunday February 5 2012 killed by two armed robbers operating on a motorcycle. Damilola, 25, was killed in front of her parents house at Ajao Estate in Lagos on her way to church. Eyewitness report said that they stole her phone and also attempted to snatch her handbag but she engaged them in a struggle and was then shot.

 

 

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Commercial motorcyclists, known as Okada riders, in Lagos have sued the state government over its proposed plan to ban or restrict their operations in the state. The motorcycle operators, under the umbrella of four associations, filed the suit dated February 8, 2012, at a Federal High Court in Ikeja through their counsel, Mr. Bamidele Aturu.

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Wednesday asked a Lagos High Court in Ikeja to stay execution of its earlier order that the anti-drug law agency should pay N25m to Nollywood actor, Mr. Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe, for violating his rights to personal liberty. Justice Yetunde Idowu fixed March 2 for ruling on the application. Idowu, in her judgment condemned the agency’s disregard for the actor’s constitutionally guaranteed rights, and also ordered the agency to tender public apology published on “conspicuous pages of two national daily newspapers within 21 days.”

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A mobile policeman on Thursday February 9 allegedly shot and killed a commercial bus driver after the latter refused to give him N50 in Onitsha. The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. at the Upper New Market Road, Onitsha, near the zonal office of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Shortly after, the city was filled with protests and tension as drivers trooped out from different locations to protest the killing of their colleague by the policeman.

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How do you feel about what happened 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

23 Comments

  1. gerrr

    February 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    R.I.P Damilola Sowemimo.

  2. gerrr

    February 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Nuhu Ribadu is making a big mistake accepting this offer. ACN is going to dump him and PDP cannot accept him

  3. Yunis Bakare

    February 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I am tired of hearing all this Boko Haram news everywhere. Isnt there something else happening in Nigeria

  4. Natural

    February 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    How can these robbers be so heartless. Killing an innocent unarmed girl that didn’t look for their trouble in any way? They will have their reward

  5. Ben Lagos

    February 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Lagos cannot ban okadas. The state doesn’t have adequate transportation for all its inhabitants. What would we do without okadas? Walk?

  6. Baba Suwe Fan

    February 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    The NDLEA should pay Baba Suwe his money jor and stop dragging the case to court again. See how they embarassed the man, asking him to shit several times and taking his picture. Not funny

  7. fingers

    February 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Now that they have Kabriru Sokoto, they should hold him tight with hard fists. He musnt escape again o!. SSS i hope you are hearing. And let there be justice!

  8. NNENNE

    February 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I am really impressed by the fact that Nigerian politicians are now seeing the bigger picture.It is not all about us but about what will make Nigeria great.The fact that the federal government sought to work with Mr Ribadu, from another political party, and for him to accept the offer…Priceless!

  9. confused

    February 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I dont understand all these trigger-happy policemen. Shooting a man because he refused to give you N50!!!!???? Its like they just select some mad men and give them guns in the Police force because why would a sane man get so angry to the extent that he would fire his rifle just because someone refused to give him a bribe

  10. Tosin

    February 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I have selective (reading) vision. Forget Boko Haram, wow, Ribadu is back!
    Still hard for me to get used to talking death and destruction on BN.

  11. Unu

    February 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Maybe Nuhu Ribadu will actually make a difference this time and not increase the fuel price without thought for the hardship of Nigerians.

  12. Judge

    February 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This Baba Suwe and NDLEA people should just go and sit down jor….

  13. Secrets

    February 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I’m tired of this country. Too much bad news

  14. itohow williams

    February 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

    it very bad all this is happening in Nigeria,lets join hand to make Nigeria a better place.
    http://blog4all-com.blogspot.com

  15. obi-talk

    February 12, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Police brutality and task force operations in Onitsha are notorious and popular for their inhuman activities. Onitsha is very similar to a lot of Nigerian cities where the police act as if they are above the law. this is such a sad news. I even had some experience with this Onitsha madness which I wrote about here http://obiamakareasons.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-experience-with-onitsha-task-force.html#comment-form.

    My heart goes out to the families of all the dead. I really hope this our country gets better and moves beyond all this brutality

  16. Toyin

    February 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

    only God can save us in this country. and sure God will take vengeance the weakedness of the wicked

  17. kingsley

    February 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Before Okada became means of transportation in Lagos, people move about there business.
    Okada has been more of disadvantage to Lagosian. I support the plan ban by LASG.

  18. BeautyFULL

    February 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I love this new segment,keep it up Bella!

  19. mekhi phifa

    February 13, 2012 at 12:35 am

    News concerning d reality of our daily lives in Nigeria not much comments, Big SHAME 2all of us, Plss Bella don’t stop ABEG continue 2instill ds kind information 2our CONTIOUSNESS, I bet most pple ds visit ds site don’t watch or read regular news.
    A BIG Yes 2Entertainment still. Lurving u Bella

  20. kend®a zuhair

    February 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This days I take every event in nigeria with a pinch of salt. There is a political reason behind evry occurence. May God help us. Please check out this link for an interesting view on the nigerian politician. http://wp.me/p26aiD-9

  21. Theodora

    February 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Of all that concerns me…abeg oh make una no ban okada ohh, it helps

  22. trich

    February 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    all is near madness!

  23. trich

    February 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    anyway thanks bella for the updates.

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