SGF, Chief of Defense Staff Visit Nyanya Bomb Site

NyanyaThe Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Chief of Defense Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin have urged citizens to remain calm as perpetrators of the Abuja bombings would be brought to book.

Speaking to journalists after visiting the sites and the National Hospital, where most of the victims of the Nyanya bombing were transferred to for treatment, the SGF gave the assurance that the insurgents would be defeated.

“We want to encourage Nigerians not to despair because we know that the insurgents are being defeated… As the President has directed and as the security agents have assured, come December we will be rid of this menace,” he said.

The Chief of Defence Staff, however, said that security agencies would need to reassess their strategies to beat the new dimension that the insurgents have taken.

“We commiserate with the families who have lost their dear ones and for the security agencies we will begin to reappraise our security infrastructure and setup to ensure that we are able to address this challenges appropriately.Nyanya

“We are really sad that these insurgents have decided to be hitting on soft targets but we are not deterred in our efforts to rid them from the nation, Nigeria.

“We are working with the President’s directive and we are putting all action and all our strategies in place to ensure that we achieve the presidential directive.”

Victims of the Nyanya bomb blast who were hitherto rushed to the Nyanya General Hospital have all been transferred to the National and Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja for intensive care.

The Head of Clinical Services at the Asokoro Hospital also confirmed that bodies of three persons have also been deposited in the morgue.

A total of 20 deaths and 41 injured have been recorded from the three blasts that rocked Nyanya and Kuje, both suburbs of Abuja on Friday night.

The site of the suicide bombing in Nyanya has been cordoned by security officials, but the damage left by the bomber is huge.

This is the second time in two years that suicide bombers have detonated bombs in Nyanya with several casualties.

Abuja Bombing: Death Toll Now 20

Abuja bombingDeath tolls from the bombing that rocked two satellite towns in Abuja has risen to 20.

The Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Mr Opada Balami, said that the fatality figures in Kuje has risen to 15, while that of Nyanya now stands at five.

According to him, out of the 41 injured, only 24 are currently receiving treatment at the various government hospitals in Abuja as others with minor injuries have been discharged.

“The total number of persons that died are 20 and distributed as follows; Kuje, we have 15 persons who died, at the Nyanya site we have five persons who also died.

“The total number of persons that were injured and taken to hospital by the first responders are as follows; Kuje 20, Nyanya 21.

“Number of cases currently in the hospital; there are no cases in the Nyanya and Kuje General Hospital but we have seven patients in Asokoro Hospital. We also have 13 patients in National Hospital and four patients in Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital,” he said.

Senate President Saraki Condemns Abuja Bomb Blasts

sarakiSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has condemned the bomb explosions in the satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kuje and Nyanya.

Senator Saraki, in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, urged Nigerians not to panic, as the renewed attacks are signs that the days of Boko Haram are numbered.

He commended the security agencies for their quick response to the incidents in Nyanya and Kuje, especially the prompt evacuation of both the dead and injured to medical facilities where they are receiving needed medical attention.

He, however, urged the security agencies to step up the intelligence gathering machinery and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the peace that has returned to the Federal Capital Tertiary (FCT) and its environs is not only sustained but improved upon.

He also called on Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and making critical intelligence available to security forces, to aid them in their final onslaught against insurgency in the North-East and other affected parts of the country.

The Senate President commiserated with the families of victims of the explosions and wished those hospitalized speedy recovery.

He said that the Senate would continue to support the troops with appropriate legislations and necessary budgetary allocations to enable them succeed in the task of effectively defending the territorial integrity of the country, as well as assisting in the maintenance of internal security.


President Buhari Vows To End Violent Extremism

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has spoken of the determination of his administration to rid the country of extremism as a way of eradicating violence in the country.

Speaking on Saturday morning, after he received a briefing from a fact-finding team he sent to the parts of the Federal Capital territory which came under terrorist bombings on Friday evening, the President said that for terrorism to be uprooted from the country, the society must be rid of violent extremism.

“The defeat of Boko Haram insurgency is in sight but to remove violence and make the country safe, we must tackle the prevalence of violent extremism. In doing this, we will learn from the experience of the international community,” President Buhari assured.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as directing the security services to raise their surveillance activities to meet the challenges of a retreating, desperate terrorist army and for the general public to remain acutely aware of security in and around them.

He sympathized with the families of the victims of these incidents as well as the families of others who were killed in similar incidents a few days earlier in Borno State.

IGP Deploys Policemen Around Abuja     

IGPThe Inspector-General of Police Mr. Solomon  Arase,  has asked Abuja residents and Nigerians elsewhere to remain calm as the Police is doing  everything to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

A statement issued by the Force Headquarters says that the perpetrators action is cowardly, but that the nation would not succumb to such acts of terror.

The Police boss has also ordered an immediate deployment of police explosives ordinance disposal units to the scenes to prevent further destructions.

The IGP is also appealing to Nigerians to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest police station or any other security agencies for prompt interventions.

Bomb Blasts Rock Kuje Market, Police Station In Abuja

News from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city is that suspected Boko Haram members have detonated Improvised Explosive Devices at the Kuje market and the Police station in Abuja.

Scores of people are feared dead.

Details soon

Istanbul Hit By Blast And Gunfire

istanbulViolence has flared up again in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, with two assailants opening fire outside the U.S. consulate, just hours after a bomb attack on a police station.

No one is reported to have been hurt in the consulate, but at least 10 people were injured in the bomb blast, including three police officers.

Meanwhile, one of the attackers of the consulate has now been arrested.

This onslaught comes at a time of increased tension between Turkey and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Two suspected militants have previously been killed in clashes with Police in the district of Sultanbeyli where the attack on the police station took place.

Dallas Attack Suspect ‘Snapped’

dallasThe father of the man suspected of attacking the Dallas Police Headquarters with guns and explosives says his son had “snapped” under personal pressures.

Although his identity is yet to be officially confirmed, the suspect had identified himself to the authorities as James Boulware.

He was shot dead in his van by Police snipers after a stand-off.

According to his father, also named James, his son had been angered by losing custody of his son.

James senior, however, admitted that his son’s shooting at a Police Station is not right in any way.

His mother, Jeannine Hammond, told an NBC affiliate her son was mentally ill. He had faced several charges, including for attacking family members.

Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, said snipers had decided to shoot the suspect after “he became increasingly angry and threatening” during negotiations, and appeared to pose a threat to those around him.

He also said that it took sometime to confirm the death of the suspect.

Mr Brown also said: “There are bullet holes in squad cars where officers were sitting”, saying “I believe we are blessed that our officers survived this ordeal”.

5 Boko Haram Members Arrested In Kaduna

Five suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have been arrested by the Joint Security Forces in Kaduna State.

A top security operative who confirmed the arrest in Kaduna on Thursday, said that the arrest was made in the early hours of Wednesday, February 20, by the Department of State Services (DSS) in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police Force in an operation launched to thwart a planned attack on a Police Station at Kwanan Dangora in the State.

The top security source gave the names of the arrested members of the sects as  28-year-old king pin, Bashir Ali, Abdullahi Adam 21, Adamu Abdullahi 29, Abubakar Abdullahi 32 and Mohammed Umar, 32.

The security operatives also recovered seven primed Improvised Explosives Devices, one General Purpose Machine Gun, three AK 47 Riffles, five fully charged magazines, 66 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunitions and a Jerry Can of petrol among other things.


Gunmen Abduct General’s Wife In Ibadan

The atmosphere of AOP Logistics Company at New Ife road, Ibadan where the wife of General Oluwole Olurotimi, was abducted by gunmen on Monday night is still submerged with so much fear with workers of the company praying for the release of their Managing Director, Titilayo Rotimi

The General Manager of the company, Omini Ikpi narrated what happened before his boss was abducted.

“Mrs Rotimi was about driving out of the gate but stopped to speak with one of the company’s driver, and that was how I walked away from her and bided her goodnight but on getting to the bus-stop to get a bus, I was called that the MD has been abducted by four gunmen who blocked her with a grey Nissan car, kidnapped her and immediately drove out of the company’s premises and started shooting sporadically to scare people away,” he said.

Mr Ikpi said his boss was kidnapped with her bag containing two BlackBerry phones, laptop, and other valuables, while her shoes dropped when she was being dragged away from her black Prado jeep.

“Immediately she was kidnapped, the Egbeda police station was contacted, and they brought a patrol van but they could not arrest the abductors,” the General Manager said.

He said the police suspected that there could be informant in the company working with the abductors of Mrs Rotimi and that so far, the police have arrested three suspects including a security guard and two staff.

The Chief Security Officer of the company, Usman Illiasu, explained that although he was not on duty when the incident occurred, he was told by the security guards on duty that the abductors came with sophisticated weapons and everybody took to their heels during the rampage.

Guessing it was one of the abductors who picked her call when Mrs Rotimi’s phone was dialled around 4pm on Tuesday, Mr Illiasu said the person threatened to kill his boss if her family refuse to pay N200 million ransom.



Yobe: Gunmen attack police station; kill three

Unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Friday stormed the Buni Yadi Divisional police Station killing three police men in the process.

Buni Yadi is the capital of Gujba local government council located at about 56 kilometres south of Damaturu the Yobe state capital north east Nigeria.

A statement issued by the spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe lieutenant Eli Lazarus said some arms were also carted away during the attack as three churches were also burnt down by the hoodlums.

The statement also says the JTF responded swiftly to the distress call by beefing up security in the town to forestall further attack as efforts are being down to track down the attackers.

8 suspected pipeline vandals arrested by Kogi police in Osara

Police in Kogi state arrested eight suspected pipeline vandals and impounded eleven trucks loaded with crude oil.

The Kogi state commissioner of police; Mohammed Katsina said the activities of the vandals caused oil to spill into the Osara river making it dangerous to health.

While parading the suspects at the Felele divisional police station in Lokoja, the police also displayed some of the equipment used during the operations.

The police will hand over the suspects to the newly constituted Federal Government taskforce on pipeline vandals and illegal bunkering for further prosecution.