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Fighting between Nigeria’s military and Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation’s far north-east, officials say, as insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers sprayed machine-gun fire into neighbourhoods filled with civilians.
A NIGERIAN Islamist group claims it has killed seven foreign hostages abducted from a construction site last month. Continue reading
A 42-year-old father, Mr. Edet Etok-Akpan, is currently being quizzed at the headquarters of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar for torturing his six-year-old daughter, Edidiong, as a result of a church prophetess’ pronouncement that the girl was a witch. Continue reading
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Fear is gripping Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri with many men fleeing after the alleged execution style killings of around 40 young men, mostly teenagers, who residents say were rounded up and shot.
“All male residents have left the neighbourhood … Those that remain are women, children and elderly men,” said resident Fatima Mustapha.
The city is the stronghold of an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists, blamed for the death of hundreds of people in northern and central Nigeria since 2009….
She said the men had fled fearing a heavy handed military response to the murder of the general who was being buried on Saturday…
Residents said troops conducting raids in areas of Maiduguri on Thursday separated males in their teens and twenties from older men and shot them.
In the Kalari neighbourhood they told the young men “to lie face down on the ground,” then asked the rest to look away, one resident said.
“All we heard were gunshots. They shot them on the spot,” said the elderly religious leader, who did not want to be named, adding that the troops did the same in three other neighbourhoods.
At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide bombing during Mass at a Catholic church in northern Nigeria, officials say.
An explosive-laden vehicle drove into the church and detonated its load, ripping a hole in the wall and roof.
The attack happened in Kaduna, which has been targeted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the recent past.
President Goodluck Jonathan promised to “redouble” his government’s efforts to tackle terrorism and violence.
He called the attack part of an “unfortunate and unacceptable trend that threatens the peace and stability of our nation”.
A spokesman for the local governor has called for calm, pleading with people on local radio not to retaliate.
The Nigerian Emergency Management Agency told the BBC that Christian youths attacked a vehicle that had come to rescue survivors after the attack, smashing one of the windows.
Unconfirmed reports said at least two people were killed in reprisal attacks by Christians after the bombing.
No group has said it carried out the bombing.
But I think we can reasonably assume it wasn’t the atheists.
Gunmen have opened fire on an evangelical church during a service in central Nigeria, killing at least 19 people in the latest such attack in the country, the military said on Tuesday.
“The attack was at 8:20 pm yesterday night. The attack was from unknown gunmen at the Deeper Life Church,” said Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi, head of the military’s Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kogi state.
“They were doing their normal Monday evening service. When we went there we discovered the church had been attacked. Instantly we saw 15 people dead, including the pastor,” he explained.
The military has since learned that an additional four people had died from their injuries, Olorunyomi explained.
Multiple blasts have hit at least three churches in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna.
A local Red Cross worker told the Associated Press that at least 12 people had been killed and 80 injured in the attacks.
Reports suggest there have been revenge attacks against Muslims in Kaduna city.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blasts, but Kaduna state has previously seen attacks by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.
Probably not atheists, then…
A top Christian leader in Nigeria warned Wednesday that worshippers would abandon their restraint if a campaign of suicide car bombings and gun assaults by a radical Islamist sect doesn’t stop.
The comments by Ayo Oritsejafor, the president of an umbrella group known as the Christian Association of Nigeria, come as attacks by the sect known as Boko Haram grow in size and complexity, killing dozens at a time while the country’s weak central government appears unable to stop the violence. It also underscores the long-simmering tensions in Nigeria, a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people largely divided between the two faiths.
Those witches better watch out!
The potentially dangerous activities of a new local church in Cross River-Akwa Ibom states axis of the country should be of concern to all people of conscience in Nigeria and beyond. This church, which habitually starts the themes of its crusade with “My Father! My Father!!…”appears to be on a fast track to causing a new wave of witchcraft related abuse, torture and killings in the region.
This church is owned and led by a boyish upstart pastor who addresses himself as ‘God’s Prophet’ and as ‘Prophet of signs and wonders’. It is not clear when and how he came about these titles, but like others in the business of penticostalism, these appellations have become the trade mark of this evangelical entrepreneur. From an apartment in Calabar, Cross River State, where it started, the church has grown so rich that it now organizes its meetings in some of the most expensive hotels in the region. But the issue is not whether this ‘My Father Church’ holds its events in cheap or expensive venues but what these programs are all about.
The two hostages from Britain and Italy found dead during a botched rescue operation spent their final days living in bare squalor under the watchful eye of their alleged al-Qaeda-linked Islamist captors.
The bodies of Chris McManus and Franco Lamolinara were found on Thursday during a joint British-Nigerian rescue operation that has ignited a diplomatic dispute with Italy.
…here is a militant.
The Nigerian “underwear bomber” who tried to blow up a packed plane on Christmas Day 2009 must spend the rest of his life behind bars, a US judge has ruled.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 25, pleaded guilty in October to eight charges, including the attempted murder of 289 people on board Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
Dressed in a white skull cap and loose white T-shirt, Abdulmutallab showed no emotion as Judge Nancy Edmunds handed down the maximum sentences for each count on Thursday.
“The defendant has stated and it is clear that he has enormous motivation to carry out another terrorist attack,” Edmunds said.
“This court has no ability to control the defendant’s motivation, which does appear to be unchanged, however I can control the defendant’s opportunity to carry out those actions.”
Sounds reasonable to me.
So ‘militant’ means ‘wants to kill lots of people’. Are we clear on that now?
About 150 people have been killed in attacks claimed by an Islamist group in northeastern Nigeria, a rescue agency official says.
“I was involved in the evacuation of corpses to the morgue. I personally counted 150 bodies,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at the hospital on Saturday. He said some families had already collected their loved ones for burial, reducing the number to 97 by end of the day.
An Islamic sharia court in Nigeria has sentenced two men to amputation at their right wrists for stealing a bull, with the amputation to be carried out in public if it is given final approval.
The sharia court in the village of Nassarawan Mailayi in the northern state of Zamfara on Thursday ordered that Auwalu Abubaka, 23, and Lawalli Musa, 22, have their right hands chopped off for stealing a bull worth 130,000 naira ($867, 628 euros).
867,000 Euros? Just like sharia law, that’s a lot of bull.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the military to “take all necessary actions” to stop ethnic and religious unrest in Plateau state.
His order to the chief of defence comes a day after two bomb explosions hit the state capital Jos.
More than 100 people have been killed in the past two weeks in the state in conflict between Muslims and Christians from rival ethnic groups…
Rival groups have clashed in Plateau state on numerous occasions over the past decade. More than 1,000 people have died in the past two years.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blast but there is speculation it could have been carried out by a militant Islamic group known as Boko Haram, which draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.
Now, why would you automatically assume a radical Muslim group was involved?
Nigerian authorities have blamed Boko Haram for a series of bomb attacks. It claimed responsibility for a June 16 blast at the police headquarters in Abuja that left five people dead and 11 injured.
Ok, that’s why.
Yesterday, I rescued for the second time an 8 year old girl, Esther Obot Moses who was branded a witch and exiled by her family in Nsit Ubium in Akwa Ibom state in Southern Nigeria.
According to Esther, weeks after she was handed over to the Ministry for Women Affairs, officials from the Ministry came and dumped her with her father in her village in Nsit Ubium. But the father later drove her out again. He asked her to go back to where she came from.
As Christian leaders highlighted the plight of believers facing the threat of attacks around the world, a bomb in a church during Christmas mass in the southern Philippines wounded six people, including the priest.
Military officials would not immediately name any suspects in the blast on Jolo island, but the island is a known bastion of the Abu Sayyaf, a group linked to the Al-Qaeda network….
In the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, suspected Islamist sect gunmen attacked a church during Christmas Eve services but were fought off by soldiers, a military spokesman said.
Today a Federal High Court in Calabar in Cross River State, presided over by Justice P.J. Nneke, dismissed the application by Helen Ukpabio and some members of the Liberty Gospel Church seeking to enforce their fundamental rights against Akwa Ibom state government…and others… for daring to organize a workshop which they perceived to be critical of their activities…
The court dismissed the application and awarded costs of 20,000 naira(184 dollars) against Helen and her church members.
…last year over 150 thugs from Helen Ukpabio’s Liberty Gospel Church invaded the venue of a workshop on Witchcraft and Child Rights in Calabar. They attacked and beat up the organizers of the program. The police intervened and arrested some of them; in their statement they said they were sent by Helen Ukpabio to disrupt the event.
“This is a landmark judgment and a victory of the rule of law over the law of the jungle…”
Amen to that.
An Islamic court in Nigeria has banned a rights group from hosting debates on the Twitter and Facebook websites on the use of amputations as a punishment. The court, in the northern city of Kaduna, backed a case brought by a pro-Sharia group arguing that the forums would mock the Sharia system.
Sharia judges can order amputations of limbs for petty crimes in some states.
I knew the Moslems had a hand in it somewhere…