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Boko Haram: More than 15 killed in fresh attack in Borno

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Boko Haram terrorist, stormed villages in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Numbering over 200, the terrorist on Wednesday evening, attacked some villages near Maiduguri, Borno state and killed no fewer than 15 persons.

The terrorists attacked Kofi, Abba Malumti, Gozari, and Dalori II Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, all in Konduga local government area of the state. Boko Haram jihadists attack 145 Battalion in Gashigar, Borno State.

The terrorists stormed Kofi, met the Islamic cleric and some members of his family who did not flee before their arrival and set them ablaze. This was according to villagers who had fled during the attack.

The terrorists, was reported to have overpowered security personnel with firepower. They also attacked Dalori II IDP camp and killed eight persons.

Attacks were also recorded in Malumti village, the terrorists killed two persons and set many properties, including animals ablaze.

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Oyedepo reveals those behind killer herdsmen, issues warning

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According to Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder and president of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), the killer herdsmen are agents of the government.

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Speaking at the Church’s Sunday Service titled ‘Covenant Day of Settlement and Thanksgiving’, he stated that it was absurd for the government to fail in arresting the self-confessed killer herdsmen in Jos, Plateau State.

Oyedepo said: “Help me ask them how many mosques have been destroyed by these people? You can also ask them how many of those who have destroyed the church has ever been caught? How many of the destroyed churches has government ever added a dime to rebuild?

“I have said it, let us remove the mask from the masquerade and nobody will fear it anymore. Government is part of this thing; you don’t need to go to school to know that.

“If people claimed responsibilities to the killings in Jos and were not arrested, the question is who is to arrest them? Is it the citizens or government? It’s the government, but they cannot arrest them because they are their agents.”

Oyedepo said every leader is a caretaker, while God remains the creator and owner of every nation, including Nigeria.

“When a caretaker starts behaving like a landlord he will be removed. God is the permanent landlord of the earth.

“Too many arrogant foes who pose to own this nation, be warned because the day of God’s judgment is here.

The clergyman also warned Nigerians and politicians over the constant killings of innocent citizens.

“Those who sponsor and perpetrate killings and also offer coverage for killers to keep killing, God will lead them to rest. God will give us peace in this country by all means.

“God enthrones kings and removes kings.  Politicians are ordinary people, and if they don’t harken to the Lord, they will suffer disgrace,” he said.

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Shallow grave of missing Major General Idris Alkali discovered

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In its search for the immediate past Chief of Administration (Army), retired Major General Idris Alkali, the Nigerian Army has discovered a shallow grave with the remains of the General.

This was disclosed by the General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, in a press briefing in Plateau State, on Friday.

According to him, the Major General was murdered and buried in a shallow grave, in an area popularly known as “No man’s land” in Lafande community, on the outskirt of Jos metropolis.

“You would recall that on September 2, 2018, at about 8:00 pm, unknown gunmen attacked a shopping complex located a Lafande community on the outskirt of Jos metropolis in Dura-Du District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

“As a result of the attack, 11 people were killed while others sustained various degrees of injuries. The attack triggered protest by the people of the area on the morning of September 3, 2018,” Major General Akinroluyo told reporters.

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Kaduna: Insecurity deepens, governor reinstates curfew

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The Kaduna State Government has reinstated another 24-hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis and environs, Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru, Kateri and Kachia.

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The curfew is effective from 11am today, Friday, 26th October 2018 and will remain in force until further notice.

Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, made the announcement in a statement.

He said: “This is a necessary step to help maintain peace as we mourn the death of HRH Agom Adara, who we lost in the early hours of today to the criminals who abducted him last week.

“The Kaduna State Government calls for calm in all our communities. The criminal elements who perpetrated this crime should not be allowed to divide us.

“This is a struggle between good, decent, law-abiding people trying to uphold the peace and criminals who want to divide and destroy. It is not a struggle between religious or ethnic groups. Let no criminal find succour in faith or tribe.

“Let us unite against every criminal activity. Let us stand together as human beings who have a right to live in peace.”

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Group describes recent killings in Kaduna as ‘barbaric’

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Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, has condemned the recent destruction of lives and property in Kaduna.

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The events happened at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government and some parts of Kaduna metropolis.

A statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the union, Yakubu Kuzamani, said, “We condemn in totality the brutal, barbaric and unprovoked attacks on innocent souls in Kasuwan Magani and other places despite assurances by security agencies and government that they are “on top” of the security situation in the State.”

The union asking questions, said, “Were there no security personnel and security posts in Kasuwan Magani and environs before the attacks? Were there no security personnel on the highway between Kaduna and Kasuwan Magani, a distance of not more than 30kilometers?

“What has been happening to the monthly budget of over ₦200 million that the State Government informed us through the Deputy Governor that was meant for security? Are the security agencies complicit in the attacks?

Or are the security agencies and government completely incapable of securing the lives and property of its citizens? Was annihilation of our people and the destruction of their communities the reasons this government was voted into power or was it the contrary?”

The union lamented, “We are also worried that at a time when the state government is carrying out dubious “reforms” on the traditional institution statewide, the security of our revered traditional rulers is being increasingly compromised.

“In the space of 11 months the Etum Numana, Mallam Gambo Makama, was assassinated; the Agwon Akulu Mr. Yohana Sidi Kukah was kidnapped and now the Agwon Adara, a first-class chief, His Royal Highness, Dr Maiwada Raphael Maiwada on October 18, 2018. He was kidnapped along with his wife. His security details were brutally executed in a daredevil operation. The kidnap of the Agwon Adara occurred after a meeting with the Governor of Kaduna State.

“The question is: Was any special arrangement made by the State Government for the safe conduct of the paramount ruler back to Kachia? Why was the governor’s Sunday broadcast to the State so “loudly ”silent on the kidnapping of the Agwon Adara?

Could there then be any link with the savagery of his kidnap with his meeting with the governor? Was he kidnapped to further humiliate the Adara nation after scores of their people were hacked to death unprovoked at Kasuwan Magani market last Thursday? SOKAPU will very much want answers to these.”

The union noted with satisfaction the imposition of curfew and deployment of security personnel in the areas affected.

“We hope the implication curfew will be complied with by government to ensure that the total security of the people is in the hands of the government ; and that any breach of security should squarely be blamed on government.

“That lawful citizen will not be confined to their houses while terrorists are unleashed on them as was common during curfews in Southern Kaduna in 2016; and that the security agents will be totally impartial and not to start terrorizing victims and the innocent,” the statement observed.

The union called on the state government to trace and account for all the persons missing; urged relevant security agencies to ensure release of corpses to their relatives and conduct autopsy report on those killed.

It explained that there is the need to release the list, names/identities of those killed, and as well release the report if any on the investigation of the kidnap of the Agwon Akulu.

The union suggested that the state government take all available security measures to protect and defend traditional rulers(chiefs and Emirs); as well as all other citizens of the State and of Nigeria.

It noted that there is the need for the government to ensure that NEMA and SEMA with all urgency decisively intervene to settle the bills of all those in hospital ; provide camps, relief materials and reconstruct structures destroyed and generally rehabilitate the victims especially the vulnerable.

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