Author: Dave Okonjie

Court seizes properties linked to Nigeria’s former first lady

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan waves to supporters despite corruption allegation LAGOS––The wife of Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan, has been accused of corruption when a judge on Monday ordered the seizure of two properties linked to her assets.  This is the most high-profile and embarrassing case against her since her husband left office. Judge Nnamdi Dimgba, the sitting judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja, upheld a request from the country’s anti-corruption watchdog to have the properties of the former First lady forfeited for 45 days. According to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the properties...

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Nigerian lawmakers summon Buhari to discuss communal killings

Members of the Nigerian Legislature LAGOS–– Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is facing a mounting wave of criticisms from Nigerians at home and abroad and that chorus has been joined by the country’s lawmakers. The country’s lawmakers voted on Wednesday to invite President Buhari to the House of Representatives to discuss a spate of killings in central Nigeria. Security and media sources say hundreds of people have died in clashes this year between semi-nomadic herdsmen and settled farmers in central states, including 16 killed in an attack on a church in Benue on Tuesday. The herdsmen hailed from the president’s ethnic Fulani group....

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Nigerian Military destabilized and dismantled Boko Haram camp in NE state

LAGOS–– Authorities in Nigeria say a large training camp used for providing instructional training for terror group Boko Haram’s foot soldiers have been destroyed by Nigerian troops in the northeastern state of Borno, the Army said on Monday. Onyema Nwachukwu, a military spokesman, said the troops killed one Boko Haram fighter and rescued one person held captive while clearing the training facility at Benisheikh area of Borno on Sunday. The troops acted on intelligence and discovered some instructional training materials during the clearance operation at the camp, according to Nwachukwu. Several Boko Haram fighters had engaged troops in a...

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Suicide bombers kill three in northern Nigeria mosque

Borno State Suicide Bombers becoming emboldened due to government failure to halt Boko Haram LAGOS, Nigeria––Reports from Nigeria says two suicide bombers killed three Muslim worshippers in a mosque in a northeast Nigerian town that is being rehabilitated after years if Boko Haram’s destruction. Nigerian security sources say, the bombers, a man, and a woman detonated their explosives inside the mosque during morning prayers on Saturday in the town of Bama in Borno state. Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government chairman, said the bombers “blew themselves up in a mosque while people were praying, killing three people.” A top Nigerian military...

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Nigerian police, Shiite protesters clash for second day

Shite protesters in Nigeria ABUJA, Nigeria–-Police in Nigeria fired teargas at demonstrators for a second strict day Tuesday.  The protesters are demanding the release of Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky who has been in prison without charge since December 2015. Dozens of protesters have been arrested by armed police wearing bulletproof vests and gas masks during clashes in Abuja, the national capital. “We’ve come under serious attack today,” said Deji Adeyanju of Concerned Nigerians, a civil society group involved in the protest. “The more they attack the more (we) come out,” Deji said. “We want to defy tyranny and a dictatorship.”...

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