Security Operatives Repel Boko Haram Attack In Damaturu


Some suspected Boko Haram insurgents have attempted to infiltrate into Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

The Commissioner of Police in Yobe, Mr Yahaya Abubakar, confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday.

He explained that the attack was averted following intelligence gathered about the suspicious movement of the insurgents ahead of the incident.

Abubakar stated that a joint team of security operatives from the Police Command and troops of the Nigerian Army supported by two fighter jets stormed the area early enough, leading to the feat recorded.

He added that there was no casualty on the side of the security operatives.

The police commissioner said, “We were told of their movement from Mafa community in Borno State.

“The security personnel – both military and police; we mobilised ourselves and have successfully repelled the attack. everywhere is calm now.”

The spokesman for the 27 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army, Captain Njoka Irabor, also confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

Praises As Etsu Nupe Marks 16 Years On Throne, 67th Birthday

A file photo of the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, during a visit to the State House on May 24, 2019.



Goodwill messages have been trickling in as the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, marks 16 years on the throne and celebrates his 67th birthday.

The paramount ruler of the Nupe Kingdom in Nigeria’s north-central region is also the Chairman of Niger State Traditional Council.

On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari felicitated with the government and people of Niger State, as well as all sons and daughters of the kingdom on the occasion.

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In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the President congratulated all family members of the royal house, friends and associates of the traditional ruler.

President Buhari praised the nobility, maturity and visionary leadership of the Etsu Nupe as he sits on the throne of his fathers.

He noted that the traditional ruler’s legacy of hard work, discipline and honesty in public service has continued to resonate.

According to the President, the Etsu Nupe has been upholding the historically strong culture and arts of the people, as well as maintaining peace and good neighbourliness with other traditional stools and cultures.

As Chairman of the State Traditional Council, President Buhari affirmed that the culture of acceptance that pervades the state and the versatility in promoting communal living, entrepreneurship, agriculture and education deserves commendation.

He prayed that the Almighty God would grant the Etsu Nupe longer life, more peaceful years on the throne and wisdom to keep guiding his people in the right direction.

Sharia Court Sentences Nine Persons To Death For Blasphemy In Kano

ShariaAn Upper Sharia Court in Kano State has sentenced nine persons including one Sheikh Abdul Nyas to death over blasphemous and inciting statements on the prophet of Islam.

Spokesperson of the Kano Sharia Courts, Ibrahim Baba-Jibo, made this known while addressing a news conference attended by Channels TV Correspondent, Idris Jibrin.

Early last month, a group of Tijjaniyya sect members, during Maulud in Kano, blasphemed the prophet of Islam and the action was followed by widespread protest in the state.

After series of hearing, the Kano State Upper Sharia Court, under Section 110 and Section 382B of the Sharia Penal Code 2000, the accused persons were sentenced to death.

However, four other persons namely Alkassim Abubakar, Yahaya Abubakar, Isa Abubakar and Abdullahi Abubakar were discharged and acquitted as they were not found wanting by the court.

It is therefore expected that the nine people will be executed once the Kano State Governor appends his signature on their execution form.

FG Releases N3bn To Victims Of 2011 Post-Election Violence In Kaduna

KadunaThe Federal Government has released the sum of N3bn for disbursement to victims of the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna State.

Governor Mukhtar Yero made the disclosure on Saturday at the 40th anniversary of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on the throne, held at the Emir’s palace, Zaria, Kaduna State.

Governor Yero, said the money which was already in the coffers of the state government will soon be disbursed to the affected victims accordingly.

He stressed the need for people to live in peace with one another to enable government at all levels to provide the dividend of democracy to the electorate.

The 40th coronation anniversary of Alhaji Shehu Idris, who ascended the throne of his forefathers in 1975 is marked with the traditional Durbar. The ceremony starts with the arrival of different traditional dance groups and district heads of the various ruling houses in the emirate.

Praise-singers and drummers herald the arrival of the emir of and other district heads. Riding on coloured horses, they made their way into the arena in company of their followers and different dance groups.

With the arrival of the special guest of honour, Vice President Namadi Sambo and the host Governor, Muhktar Yero, the occassion commenced.

Other dignitaries at the event include the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar and a host of other traditional rulers and politicians.

In its turbulent half-century of independence, Nigeria has experienced not only a brutal civil war, but also an unprecedented wave of insurgnency that has left thousands of people dead.

Throughout this period, one institution that has played an important stabilising role has been that of the traditional rulers of kingdoms large and small across the country.

While congratulating the emir for attaining 40 years on the throne, Governor Yero attributed the success recorded by the emirate to patience, fairness, justice and truthfulness.

He also advised all candidates and electorate not to see the forthcoming election as a do-or-die affair.

Former Minister of Defense, General Theophilus Danjuma in his good will message called for stronger collaboration between the political class and traditional rulers in the country towards improving the fallen standard of education in the country.

He noted that education of the youths will not only reduce the high level of illiteracy and unemployment in the country, but will also help in fighting insurgency, social injustice and other criminal activities across the country, adding that the education backwardness of the north is totally unacceptable and poses a threat to the corporate existence of the region and Nigeria as a whole.

Responding, the Emir of Zazzau who spoke in Hausa language, appreciated God for sparing his life to witness what he described as a “memorable and historic occasion”.

He admonished Nigerians to embrace one another and always preach peace to pave way for sustainable growth and development.

The occasion featured a colourful durbar by District Heads and other traditional title holders.