The Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram, yesterday claimed responsibility for the massive attacks on telecommunication facilities in Borno, Yobe, Kano and Bauchi.
The group said the attacks on communication facilities will continue unabated because such companies are assisting the federal government and security agencies in tracking and arresting members of the group in many parts of the country.
The group said with the connivance of such companies, many of its members have been incarcerated in various prisons.
A statement written in Hausa and signed by Abul-Qaqa equally threatened attacks on the facilities of the Voice of America (VOA) as well as its correspondents and staff.
Our correspondent reports that more than 20 telecommunication masts of MTN, Airtel, Etilsalat and Glo have been set ablaze in Maiduguri and Bama in Borno State as well as Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe State on Tuesday.
The development hampered communication and affected business transactions in the affected place while many employees of the telecommunication companies have fled.
“Our ultimate goal is the establishment of an Islamic State in Nigeria and we would not hesitate in taking punitive measures against anybody who sabotage or assist others that are sabotaging our efforts,” Qaqa said.
“This is why we are fighting the Nigerian government and its collaborators, including telecommunication companies. We would continue attacking them (telecoms) until the time they stopped releasing information about our activities.
“We have also established that through its various programmes, the VOA has launched a campaign of calumny against Islam. We have resolved to fight back by tracking and killing its employees. Any employee of the VOA that wants to remain alive must quit.
Whether it is a bomb going off in a marketplace, school, religious centres, or the hijacking of an aircraft where innocent people are held at ransom to achieve political ends, we live in an age, where the manipulation and loss of innocent lives have become commonplace. Such is the all-pervasive nature of indiscriminate violence, that “terrorism” is considered as one of the prime threats to peace and security in our societies. Continue reading
Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram, stormed New Marte, Marte Local Government Area of Borno State, where they killed a Police Sergeant and two civilians at the weekend.
The gunmen also set ablaze the Divisional Police Headquarters, COCIN Church and the residence of the Unit Commandant of the Army. Five vehicles parked in the premises of the police station were also burnt. Continue reading
“These are the times that try men’s souls”.—Thomas Paine, U.S. Patriot.
It’s not often that I extol the virtues of other people’s heroes. I think we do too much of that in contemporary Nigerian discourse already.
But I quote Thomas Paine, on this occasion, to convey a very urgent message to our young: Things may be difficult now, but like Paine and the American Patriots, we must look beyond present circumstances, and envision our destiny, as a nation. Continue reading
GUNMEN have abducted Emenike Ihekwuaba, the principal secretary /permanent secretary of Imo State Deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso.
Agbaso was said to have begun a search for his aide.
The Media Assistant to Agbaso, Mr. Onyema Okpara, who confirmed the incident yesterday morning, said the abductors stopped the government’s official as he was in the company of his wife and his driver late on Sunday. Continue reading
Members of the Ebonyi Youth Assembly, a socio-political group in the state on Tuesday in Ikwo, near Abakiliki, apprehended seven suspects who alleegedly kidnapped and killed a seven-year-old girl.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the girl, a native of Agubia in the Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi, was allegedly abducted and killed by the suspects. Continue reading
AWKA—A YOUNG man in his early twenties, Mr. Junior Egbunike, was, yesterday, confirmed dead following injuries sustained while pursuing his father’s kidnappers at the commercial town of Onitsha.
Mr. Amulunanma Egbunike was returning home with his wife and son simply known as Junior after the day’s business at the weekend in Onitsha and as they got very close to their house at the Onitsha Inland Town, hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers blocked his car and dragged him into their own car and drove off. Continue reading
The principal secretary to the deputy governor of Imo state, Mr Emenike Ihekwoaba has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
Mr Ihekwoaba was kidnapped on Sunday on his way to his home town in Nkwerre local government area of Imo state. Continue reading
Kidnappers of King Richard Seiba, monarch of Okordia clan in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, South south Nigeria on Monday demanded N30million ransom.
Seiba was kidnapped at gun-point in his palace at Ikarama community last Saturday after the gunmen broke into his bedroom at about 2am, whisking him away to an unknown destination. Continue reading
Boko Haram: Government now ready to negotiate a ceasefire with them.
Although the Federal Government has admitted to making moves to engage Boko Haram in talks, there are certain mines in the way to seeking peace, even as the sect affirms it is not ready to parley with government
For some months, the idea of dialogue between the two major combatants filtered out like a tale from beer parlours. It was so because Boko Haram, an Islamic sect that has turned Nigeria into a boiling cauldron, and the Federal Government, which also responded with force, appeared like two parallel lines. On the other side of this conflict are poor Nigerians, adherents of the two major faiths, Islam and Christianity, who suffered, and still do, incalculable collateral damage. But the Federal Government, for the first time, has admitted, through the Information Minister, Labaran Maku, that it was ready to dialogue with the sect, a move the latter vehemently dismissed. Continue reading