Reps urge Jonathan to release LG funds

The House of Representatives has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the release of funds to the 15 local governments’ councils where the state of emergency is imposed.

The president had in December 2011, declared a state of emergency in three northern states of Niger, Borno and Yobe in the wake of bombings and killings by the Boko Haram sect in the local governments.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal said the aim of the emergency rule in the councils is to facilitate the restoration of security and orderliness and not to starve the councils of their allocations.

Two police officers killed in Minna, Niger State

Two police officers have been killed in Minna, the Niger State capital city, by two unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the radical Boko Haram sect.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the two men had arrived on motorbike and, upon sighting the team of security agents at the city gates, had opened fire, resulting in the death of two on-duty officers.

The gunmen had taken the weapons off the body of one of the cops reports say, before fleeing the scene.

The attack, which occurred late last night between 10 and 11 p.m., is the second strike on police officers in Niger, in less than a week. Two other officers of the law had been killed at the popular Mushishi housing estate in Minna days ago.

Niger State police public relations officer, Mr. Richard Oguche confirmed the attack to Channels Television, but declined further comment.

Police authorities assured that they have launched an investigation into the shooting and will bring the culprits to justice.

Car bomb explosion rocks Niger state

The bomb was wrapped with a motorcycle chain and placed by the abandoned vehicle
A car bomb has exploded outside a Church during the Sunday service in Suleja, Niger state, wounding five people.

One person was seriously injured in the blast and has being rushed to the hospital while four others sustained minor injuries.

According to eye witness account, the bomb had been wrapped with a motorcycle chain, and it sent metal shrapnel flying everywhere when the explosive detonated. The explosion blew away the engine compartment of the abandoned car and damaged four other parked vehicles. The explosion occurred on Morocco road in Suleja.

Narrating how the explosion occurred, the Pastor of the Christ Embassy Church, Pastor Uyi Idugboe, told journalists that the explosion happened just after 10 am as the church began its service. Security guards at the church had noticed something suspicious by the abandoned car, prompting the pastor to call everyone inside the church before the service began, he said.

According to, Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the blast happened in an area near hotels in the city, just outside of a Christ Embassy church.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

The state has witnessed series of bomb attacks by the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram such as the Christmas day bombing of a church in Madalla, which claimed about 44 lives. Some gunmen also killed two police officers last week as they drove through a check point.

Police authorities have cordoned off the explosion zone as people desert the zone.