Shehu of Borno, Deputy Governor escape bomb explosion

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba El-Kanemi and the Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha escaped an attack by a suicide bomber suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect.

The incident happened around 2:15pm, immediately after Friday Jumat prayers at the Mosque in front of the Shehu’s palace.

Eye witness account claim a teenager of about 15 years old was noticed walking towards the two dignitaries outside the Shehu’s mosque where they just had the Jumat prayers.

However, the suspicious manner in which the boy was approaching the Shehu and deputy governor, drew the attention of the security men guarding the Shehu who quickly tried to shield him.

The bomb went off in the process, killing at least 10 other people in the vicinity, wounding two of the soldiers according to eye witness.

Men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and other security operatives immediately rushed the traditional ruler and the deputy governor to the Government House while the mosque and the palace were condoned off by soldiers and policemen to prevent further attacks.

Spokesman for the Joint Task Force, Lieutenant Col. Sagir Musa confirmed to Channels Television correspondent, Jonathan Gopep that five People were killed in the attack.

The area around the Shehu’s palace has been cordoned off and more soldiers have been deployed to the scene.

Funmi Iyanda to climb Africa’s highest mountain

Television personality, Ms. Funmi Iyanda is set to join climbers from 32 African countries as they scale the continent’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro on 5 March, in a bid to raise awareness on ending the violence against women in Africa.

The steep climb is organised by the Africa UNiTE campaign group. Iyanda and some other notable Africans – South African rock group the Parlotones, South African actress Rosie Motene, human rights lawyer Ann Njogu, Congolese singer Barbara Kanam and more – are expected to make the three day climb.

Reports say the group will brave low temperatures, endure camping outdoors and nights in sleeping bags before they get to the peak on 8 March, which falls on International Women’s Day.

They will then return on the fourth day.

UNiTE hopes the climb will not only raise global awareness in its campaign against women’s abuse, but also hopes to get African nations to commit to ending violence against women and girls by 2015.