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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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Governor Dickson orders automatic employment for wives of slain pilots

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Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has offered employment to the wives of two Bayelsa-born pilots who were killed earlier this year in a helicopter crash, during combat with Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.

The governor, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Sorowei, made the pronouncement during his visit to one of the widows, Mrs Diepreye Inokoba Jacob, on Monday.

Governor Dickson also offered employment to the wife of the second pilot, Lieutenant Owei, who died in 2016, when the Commander 115 Special Operations Group, Port Harcourt, Air Commodore E Ebiowei, drew his attention to it.

The governor said the automatic employment was the state government’s modest way of encouraging and rallying support for the relatives left behind by the indigenes of the state who got killed in active service to their fatherland.

He described the late pilots as heroes whose services were a source of pride to the Ijaw nation.

“We are very proud of the services and the sacrifices that our departed young heroes made. We hereby announce automatic employment for the wife.

“We hear you are doing your National Youth Service, you will get your letter of employment as soon as you complete your compulsory service to the nation.

“The Base Commander has told us that another officer, flight Lieutenant Owei also died while fighting in the North East. I hereby announce immediate employment for his widow.

“This is our modest way of encouraging our people in the service of this nation. Our people, from the beginning, have stood for Nigeria. We have been doing that and we are not going to get tired to demand that Nigeria does what is right for us too,” he said.

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Kenya: Somali Islamists, al Shabaab bombs hotel, attack workers

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Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, sending workers fleeing for their lives as others cowered under their desks from an attack claimed by Somali Islamists al Shabaab.

At least one person was killed and eight wounded, hospital officials said. Police warned the “terror attack” may still be ongoing, with the assailants still inside the upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex.

“The main door of the hotel was blown open and there was a human arm in the street severed from the shoulder,” said Serge Medic, the Swiss owner of a security company who ran to the scene to help civilians when he heard of the attack from his taxi driver.

Medic, who was armed, entered the building with a policeman and two soldiers, he said, but they came under fire and retreated. An unexploded grenade lay in the lobby, he said.

“One man said he saw two armed men with scarves on their head and bandoliers of bullets,” Medic told Reuters, as gunfire echoed in the background, more than two hours after the attack began.

A woman shot in the leg was carried out and three men emerged covered in blood. Some office workers climbed out of windows. Many told Reuters that they had had to leave colleagues behind, still huddled under their desks.

“There’s a grenade in the bathroom,” one officer yelled as police rushed out from one building.

“We heard a loud bang from something that was thrown inside. Then I saw shattered glass,” Geoffrey Otieno, who works at a beauty salon in the complex, told Reuters. “We hid until we were rescued.”

Kenya has often been targeted by al Shabaab, who killed dozens of people in a shopping centre in 2013 and nearly 150 students at a university in 2015.

“We are behind the attack in Nairobi. The operation is going on,” said Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s military operations spokesman.

According to its website, 14 Riverside is home to the local offices of international companies including BASF, Colgate Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser, Pernod Ricard, Dow Chemical and SAP, as well as the dusitD2 hotel, part of the Thai hotel group Dusit Thani.

The Australia embassy is across the road from the compound. Kenya is an expatriate hub for diplomats, aid workers, businessmen and others operating around east Africa.

“I just started hearing gunshots, and then started seeing people running away raising their hands up and some were entering the bank to hide for their lives,” a woman working in a bank in the complex said, adding she had heard two explosions.

Kenyan television featured appeals for blood from local hospitals and showed police cordoning off the route to ensure vehicles could move quickly. Red Cross ambulances ferried victims away.

Al Shabaab says its attacks in Kenya are revenge for Kenyan troops stationed inside Somalia which has been riven by civil war since 1991.

The Kenyan troops, concentrated in the south, originally went into Somalia to try to create a buffer zone along the border. They are now part of an African Union peacekeeping force supporting the weak U.N.-backed central government.

Reuters

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Adamu Mohammed to replace Ibrahim Idris as Police IG

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Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Abubakar Adamu Mohammed Lafia has been named as the acting Inspector-General of Police (IG).

Adamu’s appointment reportedly got the blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari, who met with IG Ibrahim Idris, who is expected to bow out of service today after attaining the retirement age of 60.

The appointment came following opposition from some quarters against possible tenure extension for IG Idris, who has also attained the statutory 35 years in service.

It was gathered that the acting IG was selected by the president among three names submitted to him after weeks of shopping for Idris’ replacement.

AIG Adamu is a course mate of Force Secretary AIG Taiwo Lakanu and former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss Ibrahim Lamorde.

Until his appointment, the Lafia, Nasarawa State-born Adamu was serving at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).

It was gathered that the officer, who, like Idris, spent many years working with the United Nations (UN) and the International Police (INTERPOL), will be officially announced today (Tuesday).

Confirming the development, a source close to IG Idris said the decision was taken yesterday.

The source said: “It is true but the announcement has not been made yet. Oga (Idris) retires on Tuesday (today) having clocked 35 years in service. He has done well for the police and brought in many innovations.

 

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Kaduna: Two killed, one injured in recent attack

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At least three people have been killed and one injured during an attack in Gwong community of Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Although the police are yet to confirm the incident, the Chairman of the Local Government, Peter Averik, said that the attack occurred at about 7:30 pm on Sunday.

According to him, unidentified gunmen opened fire on innocent persons who were walking along the Asso and Tanda bridge in the community, after which they escaped into a nearby bush.

He further explained that two persons died on the spot while the third person who sustained severe injuries was rushed to Fadan Kagoma Hospital where he later died this morning.

Averik, however, stated that a combined team of soldiers and police officers have been deployed to the community to restore law and order.

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