Pro-Biafra Protest: Northern And Eastern Traditional Rulers Meet In Owerri

biafraRepresentatives of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers and their south-east counterparts have met in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, to discuss the prolonged protests and agitations for the state of Biafra, among other issues confronting the nation.

While receiving the delegation at the Government House in Owerri, Governor Rochas Okorocha reiterated that Nigeria would remain united, no matter the challenges being faced at the moment.

He assured Nigerians that in no distant time, the agitation for the State of Biafra will be addressed accordingly.

The delegation was led by Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the coordinating committee, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, and the Emir of Gumi, Justice Lawal Aliyu Gumi, who is the co-coordinating committee Chairman of Northern States Council of Traditional Rulers.

The Emir of Lafia, Mustapha Agwai, Emir of Fika, Abali Mohammadu and Gwom Gwom Jos, Buba Gyang were also part of the team.

Mr Abubakar noted that the visit was at the instance of His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers, to discuss the agitation by pro-Biafra groups and also find out the truth about the rumour that there was crisis in the leadership of the South-east Council of Traditional Rulers.

He maintained that the protection of the nation’s unity should remain paramount in the minds of all Nigerians, irrespective of their differences.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the South-East council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Ebere Dick, who led other south east traditional rulers, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Eze Agunwa Ohiri, Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Eze Agom Eze, Chairman, Ebonyi State Council of Traditional Rulers, said the meeting was a step towards the right direction, as it would help unite traditional institutions in Nigeria and beyond.

Yobe School Blast: Over 40 Dead, 67 Injured In Potiskum

PotiskumOver 40 students have been confirmed dead following a Monday morning suicide bomb attack on assembling students at the Government Senior Science Secondary School, Potiskum, Yobe State, North East Nigeria.

The State Commissioner of Education, Mohammed Lamin, who confirmed the incident on Monday, said that 33 students were killed in the blast while 67 others sustained injuries but the figure has since risen to over 40.

Of the 67, according to him, 41 had been referred to the two teaching hospitals in Nguru and Azare in Yobe and Bauchi State respectively.

As a measure to curb re-occurrence and peace in the area, the Commissioner said that all schools in Potiskum have been closed down pending the improvement of the security situation.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Markus Danladi, who visited Potiskum town with Mr Lamin could not be allowed to the scene of the blast by angry mob who resisted any entrance to the area attacked by the bomber.

The CP who could not go to the scene of the blast for security reasons said that all security personnel had to stay away from the scene of the blast for the sake of peace. Rather, he visited the two Emirs in Potiskum to commiserate with them over the sad incident and to seek for their cooperation in the maintenance of law and order.

The CP called on the Emirs to educate their subjects on the importance of security personnel at this critical time and sought the support of the people towards fighting terrorism.

The Chairman, State Council of Chiefs, Mohammadu Abali Ibn Idrisa, who is the Emir of Fika and his Potiskum counterpart, Umaru Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya, told the CP that they have mobilised some elders in their respective jurisdiction to educate the mob on the need for peace and to allow the security men do their work.

Monday’s attack came one week after a bomber blew off some Muslim faithful who were carrying out a procession in commemoration of Ashura day also in Potiskum the commercial city of Yobe state.

The leader of the Shia group in Potiskum Yobe State, Mustapha Lawan Nasidi, had last week after the blast that killed his members, accused the military of opening fire on his men killing several people.

It is against such accusation that the people of Potiskum rejected the presence of security personnel in the rescue operation of the students.

Potiskum town remained calm and deserted as a result of the early morning blast. Many people could not come out for their normal businesses.

Potiskum the largest commercial town in the state has had its fair share of terrorists attack since the commencement of Boko Haram insurgency.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has condemned the Potiskum attack, describing it as callous and barbaric.

He called on the security agencies to continue to continue to work hard towards curbing the menace.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Abdullahi Bego, the Governor prayed Almighty to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and the families the courage to bear the loss.

The statement noted that the State government would foot the bills of the medical expenses of those in the hospital.

Suicide bomber kills seven soldiers in Yobe

Seven people have been confirmed dead, while about ten others were injured, in an explosion which rocked Damaturu, the Yobe state capital on Sunday.

The explosion occurred when a suicide bomber driving a CRV Jeep on the opposite lane of the dual carriage of Gashua road was intercepted at a check point by officers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the state.

Instead of allowing his vehicle to a compulsory search by the patrol team, the bomber drove off and this led to a chase by the JTF officers.

The suicide bomber detonated the bomb when the team caught up with him, claiming the lives of six soldiers and two civilians who were plying the road during the incident.

The state’s Police Commissioner, Patrick Egbuniwe who confirmed the incident to Channels Television stated that the blast occurred at the Shagari Low cost Housing estate along Gashua road of Damaturu.

“The lone suicide bomber detonated the bomb before the car he was in could be stopped, killing the six soldiers and one civilian.”

“Another civilian died of his wounds in hospital shortly after” he added.

Mr Egbuniwe said the police is still collating more information on the number of casualties on both sides of the police and the JTF adding that  the residential quarters has been condoned by the JTF to prevent further attacks and killings in the metropolis.

Channels Television correspondent in Damaturu, Jonathan Gopep reports that shortly after the explosion, prolonged gun shots were heard around the estate.

Yobe state has recorded a number insurgent attacks in the last one year with similar attacks launched at Churches, schools and security operatives.

The attack took a new twist last Friday when a traditional ruler, the Emir of Fika, Mohammed Abali Ibn Idrissa narrowly escaped death when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque where he was observing the Jumat prayers in Potiskum, Yobe state.

In a separate incident, police said suspected sect members shot dead a former Commissioner of Environment in Borno state, in the early hours of Saturday.

Emir escapes suicide attack

The Emir of Fika, Mohammed Abali Ibn Idrissa narrowly escaped death on Friday when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque where he was observing the Jumat prayers in Yobe state.

Emir of Fika, Mohammed Abali Ibn Idrissa

The attack occurred shortly after the Jumat prayer at the Central Mosque in Potiskum.

The suicide bomber, who was reportedly heading towards the Emir, was stopped by guards. He then pulled out a gun but before he could pull the trigger, the bomb vest he was wearing exploded

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Patrick Egbuniwe, who briefed journalists in Damaturu shortly after the incident, said the attack happened around 2pm in the afternoon.

Mr Egbuniwe said the police officers who were guiding the emir suspected the movement of the attacker and push him aside and as he fell to the ground, the bomb exploded killing the bomber while a police officer sustained a shoulder fracture.

The police commissioner said one unexploded bomb was still tied to the bombers waist pointing out that he has ordered the anti-bomb squad of the command to detonate the unexploded bomb.

He said two other police officers sustained minor injuries while two other civilians were
hospitalized after the explosive.

A similar attack happened in Borno state three weeks ago when the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba El-Kanemi escaped a suicide bomb explosion after the Jummat service in Maiduguri.

The Emir of Fika is also the chairman of Yobe state Council of Chiefs.