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Update: We murdered Qasem Soleimani to stop a disaster – Trump

...not to start a war


President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani to stop a war.

Addressing newsmen in Florida, Trump alleged that Soleimani was “plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him”.


Blaming Soleimani for the death of hundreds of American civilians and servicemen, the president said he should have been killed long ago to save many lives.

“For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds Force, under Soleimani’s leadership, has targeted, injured, and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen.


“The recent attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq, including rocket strikes that killed an American and injured four American servicemen very badly, as well as a violent assault on our embassy in Baghdad, were carried out at the direction of Soleimani.

“Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terrorist plots as far away as New Delhi and London”, Trump said.


He said the late military general had been carrying out acts of terror to destabilise the Middle East for the last 20 years.

“Just recently, Soleimani led the brutal repression of protestors in Iran, where more than a thousand innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government.


“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.

“I have deep respect for the Iranian people. They are a remarkable people, with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential,” he said.


Trump noted that although the U.S. was not seeking a regime change in Iran, the “Iranian regime’s aggression in the region, including the use of proxy fighters to destabilise its neighbors, must end, and it must end now”.

NobleReporters reports that there is tension in the Gulf over the killing, with Iran vowing “severe revenge” on those responsible.


Iran’s National Security Council has also vowed to effect “harsh vengeance” on the U.S. for the killing.

“The U.S. regime will be responsible for the consequences of this criminal adventurism.


“This was the biggest US strategic blunder in the West Asia region, and America will not easily escape its consequences.”

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has urged American citizens to “depart Iraq immediately” following the airstrike.

U.S. officials said thousands of additional troops would be deployed to the Middle East as a precaution.

World leaders, including UN Secretary General António Guterres, have called for restraint by all parties to prevent another war in the region.


#Newsworthy…

Attack in Tawari, Kogi state killed 19 – Police confirmed


The Kogi State Police command has confirmed the gunmen attack in Tawari community in which over 19 people were killed and also led to burning of buildings including the palace of the king of the community.

The gunmen suspected to be herdsmen allegedly rode into the village on motorcycles, killing and burning buildings until the early hours of Friday January 3. It was further gathered that the herdsmen who stole foodstuffs, were communicating with each other in Hausa language.


Hon. Musa Tanko Mohammed, the administrator of Kogi local government confirmed that 19 persons died in the midnight invasion.

Kogi Police Commissioner, CP Ede Ayuba Ekpeji in a statement released on his behalf by the police spokesperson DCP William Aya condoled with the traditional ruler of Tawari, the entire community, the Kogi Local Government and Kogi State Government over the unfortunate incidents.


Ekpeji also disclosed that the special forces, Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, Counter Terrorism Unit, Police Mobile Force, as well as the conventional Police have been deployed to the community to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

He said;

” I have ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Investigation to commence investigation so as to unravel the cause of the attack.”

Governor Yahaya Bello who condemned the attack, ordered a full scale investigation into the killings.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Onogwu Muhammed, Governor Bello urged the people to be calm and law-abiding, assuring them that his administration as security operatives have been directed to ensure that those who carried out the dastardly act face the law.


#Newsworthy…

“Third World War” Donald Trump taunt Iran after they call for Jihad

...says, Iran never won a war


Donald Trump has spoken out following the killing of Qassem Soleimani, who was the head of the elite Quds Force and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy-leader of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces at Baghdad International Airport.

The US president taunted Iran following calls for “Jihad” from their supreme leader in retaliation for the drone strike ordered by Trump.

The burning remains of a car that was among a convoy the men had been travelling in

Trump said the Iranian general killed thousands of Americans and should have been “taken out many years ago.”

Trump tweeted on Friday morning: “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself.”

He added: “While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”

Meanwhile, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed his country would avenge the bitter loss of his highest ranking general, while Lebanon’s Tehran-backed Hezbollah said it would ramp up its terror “with the blessing of his pure blood.”

Reacting to this earlier on Twitter, Trump, who is in Mar-a-Lago for the holiday season, taunted Iran, writing: “Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”

It’s unclear what the president meant in his tweet about Iran winning a negotiation.

Trump was critical of President Barack Obama’s policy in the region. The Obama administration pushed for the 2015 agreement that froze Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief as a way to avoid escalating tensions in the region.

President Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, claiming Obama’s agreement had emboldened Iran to invest in a campaign of violence in the region. He began a series of punishing new economic sanctions that accumulated into Friday’s military action.

But his tweet could be seen as an offer to open negotiations with Tehran.

The Pentagon said Trump had ordered the “decisive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Soleimani” who was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

Militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who helped besiege the US embassy Tuesday, was among those who died in the US drone strike.

Photos and videos shared online shows thousands of mourners on the streets of Soleimani’s hometown in Kerman, while tens of thousands poured onto the streets of Tehran, chanting “Death to America” and burning the flag of the United States.

Meanwhile, World War 3 is still trending on Twitter as web users fear this could lead to a war


#Newsworthy…

Security Alert: US calls citizens in Iran to leave the country immediately.


The United States government has told its citizens to leave Iraq immediately, hours after their airstrike killed a top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani (leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) at the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.

Earlier, NobleReporters reported that Soleimani was killed alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah also called Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) in Iraq.

A security alert issued by the US embassy in Baghdad and the State Department after the airstrike, called on all American citizens to leave Iraq immediately.

In its statement, the embassy said;

‘Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the US Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately.

‘US citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land.’

The statement also added that US citizens should ‘not approach the embassy’, while the consulate general in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, would be open for appointments.

Leave Iraq immediately - US government tells its citizens after its airstrike killed a top Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani

The security alert came hours after Iran promised “harsh retaliation” against the United States for an airstrike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport.


#Newsworthy…

37years vigilante stabbed 17 years old teen in Aba.

…over minor argument


A 37-year-old vigilante member, Sunday Kalu has been arrested for stabbing a 17-year-old boy identified as Chinemerem Ifeanyi to death over a minor argument. NobleReporters learnt

The deceased and the vigilante member clashed on his way home from work around 8 p.m at Agu Road in Ndiegoro community of Aba South LGA.


A resident of the community who spoke to The Nation said he overheard the late Ifeanyi and Kalu arguing over a phone.

He said;

“I overheard him saying leave my phone while the man he was arguing with kept struggling to take the phone


“As at then, I never knew the person was Bakassi, I was thinking it was a mere street boys argument. It was later we got who he is.

“It was when I heard a scream that I and some persons rushed to behold Ifeanyi in a pool of his own blood stabbed on the neck and shoulder.


“The whole place was becoming dark. The man quickly abandoned the phone and tried to escape.

“Some persons who recognized him gave information made a call to Cameroun Barracks Police Station and they went after him and got him arrested.

“The unfortunate thing was that we later found the receipt of the phone on Ifeanyi and it bears his name which means, he bought the phone and it was still new.”

Abia State’s Police Commissioner, Ene Okon confirmed the incident and and also revealed that the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).


#Newsworthy…

Students from LASU fully charged to fight for justice over murder of mate.


National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Southwest (Zone D) has vowed to ensure that justice is done in the gruesome murder of a 22-year-old Lagos State University (LASU) final year Theatre Arts student, Favour Daley-Oladele.

Late Daley-Oladele was reportedly murdered by her boyfriend, some of her body parts dismembered, cooked and eaten by the boyfriend’s mother, as part of a bizarre money-making ritual. NobleReporters learnt

LASU students?vow?to seek?justice in the gruesome murder of?22-year-old final year?student, Favour Daley-Oladele

The murder occurred early in December at Ikoyi-Ile, Ikire in Osun state, 270 km from the lady’s school. A candle light procession was held in her honour on Monday, December 30th by LASU students, who mourned her demise.

NANS promised to follow the matter to a logical conclusion and “update the public on our actions and findings in due time.”

LASU students?vow?to seek?justice in the gruesome murder of?22-year-old final year?student, Favour Daley-Oladele


#Newsworthy…

LASU undergraduate killed and eaten by friend, mom and prophet. Police nabbed.


Three suspects linked to murder of a final year student of Theatre Arts at the Lagos State University (LASU) identified as Favour Seun Daley-Oladele, have been reportedly arrested by the police.

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet

The deceased who was reportedly pregnant was allegedly killed on December 8 at Ikoyi Ile community in Ikire, Osun State.

Favour was allegedly killed by an ex-student of LASU, Owolabi Adeeko in collaboration with his mother Mrs Adeeko and one Prophet Segun Phillip, said to be a serial money ritualist. The deceased’s body parts was allegedly eaten by Owolabi and his mother in a bid to change their family’s misfortunes.

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet

Omojola Omotayo who shared the story on Facebook, wrote;

#JUSTICE FOR FAVOUR SEUN DALEY-OLADELE
FAVOUR SEUN DALEY OLADELE Aged 22yrs, a 400 level theartre art student of LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY(LASU) was gruesomely murdered on the 8th of December 2019 at Ikoyi Ile in Ikire,Osun state . She came home to see her parents, attended church service on Sunday ,while with her parents that sunday, she received a call from one OWOLABI ADEEKO who was an ex Lagos State University student who asked her to meet with him at undisclosed location.

Favour had told her parents she would be going to school as well as seeing a friend that afternoon this person happen to be OWOLABI ADEEKO whom she met about two months ago . That same Sunday afternoon she spoke with her father and he wishes her the best of luck in her forth coming final examination.

From then on, everything started happening in quick succession, her phone stopped going through, she did not returned calls neither did she call any of her parents to inform them of her arrival at school . Unknown to the parents she had been murdered by OWOLABI ADEEKO an ex student of LASU in Collaboration with One prophet SEGUN PHILLIP who happened to be a serial money ritualist practising his satanic trade at Ikoyi Ile in Ikire, Osun state and One Mrs ADEEKO who also happened to be OWOLABI ADEEKO’S mother.

These three people and others gruesomely murdered Favour SEUN DALEY OLADELE. In his confessional statement, OWOLABI ADEEKO admitted inviting her to an undisclosed location before using One black Honda to take her to Fortress hotel at ikoyi ile ,later that evening OWOLABI ADEEKO and her mother ,Mrs ADEEKO lured her to prophet SEGUN PHILLIP place, introduced later as an uncle,Favour was drugged while at the named hotel, Owolabi futher stated that by the time they got to prophet Segun PHILLIP’s place she was already tired, the three of them simply put favour under the tree close to an uncompleted well dug for that purpose, favours mutilated body was dumbed inside that well.

OWOLABI ADEEKO admitted futher that he used pestle to smashed FAVOUR’S head while prophet SEGUN PHILLIP admitted that he used sharp knife to cut favours throat. Prophet Segun PHILLIP also admitted in his statement that he caught her open ,removed her heart and certain parts of Favours body to cook native stew for OWOLABI ADEEKO’S mother. Mrs ADEEKO a collaborator in this evil scheme admitted eating the said native stew called(Aseje) so that her family misfortunes can be changed and so that she and her family can become rich.

Again it’s important for us to appreciate the good work of the investigating officers but what is most troublesome is that the duo of OWOLABI ADEEKO and prophet SEGUN PHILLIP were boasting that they will soon be released by the police. We are calling on well meaning Nigerians to demand justice for Favour SEUN DALEY OLADELE, we are calling on Nigeria’s Students to rise up through various medium to demand justice for Favour.

We are calling on good people within LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY to use their position to demand justice for Favour. Favour was said to be pregnant at the time of this incident.. Please #justice for Late Favour Seun Daley Oladele and spread the news .These perpetrators must be brought to face the justice…#justiceforFavour-Oladele

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet


#Newsworthy…

Alleged Christian persecution: CAN decries sultan’s position.

…says it will be quiet only if Justice is done


Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has accused the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, of being economical with the truth as regards the endless attacks and perceived persecution of Christians in northern Nigeria.

It insists Sultan is fully aware of the high level of attacks and unfriendly treatment being received by Christians from state and non-state powers, and unfortunately, choose to either be silent or do little about it.

CAN said it was painful reading in the media that the Sultan said that there was no case of Christian persecution in the country as alleged by CAN, that Christians are being killed on a daily basis and their landed property confiscated. “It would have been better if the Sultan had remained quiet the way he did when those killings were taking place,” CAN said.


CAN, however, justified its claims with a recent report that a Christian lady that lives around Gwoza, Borno State, was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists on her way to a wedding and summarily executed by the terrorists.

In addition to that, it said that a report it received from Borno State Christian Association of Nigeria, indicated that about ten Christians were kidnapped on their way to Maiduguri for Christmas event. The Muslims among them were released and asked to go, while eight out of ten Christians abducted were slaughtered, while two ladies were taken away, obviously to be sexually assaulted.


CAN National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, in a statement released in Abuja, on Saturday, said it was an insult and insensitive for anyone to claim that the unprecedented persecution of Christians does not occur.

He added: “It’s also an act of disrespect to the dead. The Fulani atheists took it upon themselves to be killing Christians the way they did in Benue, Southern Kaduna, Plateau and several other places. Will it still not be called Christian persecution? Do the Fulani atheists have the right to kill people the way they did and are still doing in some part of the states?


“If those who were responsible for the genocide in the middle belt of the country were Fulani atheists whose main objective was to protect their cattle, what then stopped the Sultan from condemning the unprecedented genocide?”

CAN was, however, happy that the Sultan, in the media report, agreed that there was unprecedented killings in some states which the security agencies would have helped to unmask the culprits and their religion if they had not appeared powerless while the killings lasted.


It added: “It is reprehensible that to date, those who killed our brothers and sisters after raping and maiming them for weeks are still at large as if they were spirits. Also, two years after, Leah Sharibu has not been rescued. Is that not also religious persecution?

“Is it the atheists that are denying Christians the Certificates of Occupancy in the core northern states to build churches? Are they the ones who pulled down churches in Jigawa State few years ago? Are they the ones that disallowed Christian religion to be taught in public schools in the North? Are they the ones expelling Christian corps members from NYSC camps because they didn’t want to wear trousers according to their religious obligations while hijab is allowed?”


CAN, however, said the fact that religious leaders periodically meet at the level of Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), does not mean that all is well. “We believe that having dialogues with our Muslim counterparts can reduce the tension in the land if there is sincerity. But as long as a highly-placed traditional ruler who is also the head of the Muslim community in the country is denying the obvious, then we are not surprised if other Muslim groups could talk in the same vein,” he said.

CAN also registered its discontent with the fact that the government, to whom they had complained about the plight of their people in the hands of overzealous Muslims who claimed they were fighting Jihad was not convincing enough to show that the action was not deliberate.

CAN President – Christian Association Of Nigeria.

It appealed to the government to let the Constitution be its guide in all its policies and operations, with a kind reminder that Nigeria belongs to Nigerians irrespective of religious and tribal persuasions, and any discriminatory policy could be described as persecution.

They asked President Buhari to be fair to all Nigerians, insisting that CAN will only stop complaining when it sees a just society where the rule of law, fairness, and social justice are allowed.


#Newsworthy…

Box’19: Lady, friend killed 5 days to her Wedding.


A lady whose wedding was scheduled to hold in Yola on December 31, was allegedly killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists alongside her friends on Boxing Day.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Martha Bulus was reportedly travelling with her sister, Zainab and her friends said to be members of her bridal train when they were attacked by the insurgents at a village near Gwoza in Adamawa State. It was learnt that all passengers of the ambushed vehicle were killed in the attack.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Facebook user, Amos Adziba who shared the story wrote;

WHAT A TRAGEDY

This young lady by name Martha Bulus was killed along side with her friends by Boko Haram yesterday, along Maiduguri- Gwoza road.She was traveling for her wedding which is scheduled to take place on 31-12-2019. May their souls rest in peace.

May God almighty bring an end to our Predicaments and calamities

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

The claims was corroborated by another Facebook user, Jack Vince who wrote;

MARTHA BULUS. Killed yesterday by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorists along Gwoza road as she traveled to Yola to get married. The wedding was scheduled for the 31st of December, 2019.

This is one of several incidences in the embattled northeast of Nigeria that may never make it to the tabloids.

Rest In Peace, sweet sister.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists


#Newsworthy…

Just in: We killed ten christains to avenge our leader’s death – Islamic state.


We beheaded 10 Christian captives in Borno to avenge our leaders’ death – Islamic StateIslamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading ten Christian men in Nigeria, saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its spokesman.The militant group posted the footage on its online Telegram news channel on Thursday, the day after Christmas, with Arabic captions but no audio.


The video showed men in beige uniforms and black masks lining up behind blindfolded captives then beheading 10 of them and shooting the 11th man.An earlier video seen by Reuters said the captives had been taken from Maiduguri and Damaturu in Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno, where militants have been fighting for years to set up a separate Islamist state.


In that video, the captives pleaded for the Christian Association of Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene to save them.Media could not verify the authenticity of either video.Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) split from the militant group Boko Haram in 2016 and has become the region’s dominant jihadist group. Islamist insurgents have killed about 30,000 people in northern Nigeria in the past decade.Islamic State leader Baghdadi died during a U.S. military raid in Syria and Muhajir in a separate military operation, both over the same weekend in late October.


#Newsworthy…

Militiamen and Traders War: 30 killed. (Details)


At least 30 people were killed in fighting between militiamen and traders in a restive district of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, a security official and a local imam said Thursday.

“Thirty bodies have been brought to the mosque,” said Awad Al Karim, the imam of the Ali Babolo mosque in a district called PK5 that became a haven for many Bangui Muslims at the peak of Christian-Muslim clashes in the country.


A security official, who asked to remain anonymous, also put the number of dead at at least 30, without providing any further details.

The fighting began after traders in the district took up arms to oppose taxes levied by militia groups, the imam said.


Bursts of automatic fire and explosions were heard on Wednesday evening and on Thursday morning, according to an AFP journalist who was in a neighbouring district.

The head of the African Red Cross, Antoine Mbaobogo, said the toll “stood at 23 at 4:00 pm but could now be 33,” adding that there were still bodies near the market.


Neither the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA nor the CAR authorities have been able to assert control over the PK5 district.

And MINUSCA did not provide any exact toll from the fighting, saying only there had been “dozens of victims”.


MINUSCA spokesman, Bili Aminou Alao, said a rapid response force had been sent to the area.

“Part of the market and some vehicles have been burned,” he said.


“Between 40 and 50 shops have been burned down, as well as four or five houses,” said Patrick Bidilou Niabode, head of the CAR’s civil protection service.

Voluntary firefighters put out two fires which had been spreading in the market but were unable to tackle a blaze at two houses because of heavy gunfire, he added.


– Powder keg –
The CAR is one of the world’s poorest and most volatile countries.

It has been gripped by sporadic violence since 2014, after then-president Francois Bozize was ousted in a coup.

Fierce fighting then erupted between predominantly Christian and Muslim militia, prompting the intervention of former colonial power France, under a UN mandate.


Attempts to broker a lasting peace have repeatedly broken down and most the country lies in the hands of armed groups, who often fight over the country’s mineral resources.

The PK5 district is a powder keg. In April 2018, MINUSCA, responding to appeals by local traders, launched an anti-militia operation named Sukula (“Clean-up” in the CAR language of Sango).


The operation ended bloodily with the death of about 30 people and a hundred wounded, sparking a wave of anger among local people.

The CAR’s long conflict has forced nearly a quarter of the country’s 4.7 million people to flee their homes.

The United Nations estimated in September that two thirds of the population depends on humanitarian aid to survive.

The country is ranked next-to-last after Niger on the 2018 UNDP’s Human Development Index, which compares longevity, education, and income per capita. Life expectancy is just 52.9 years.


#Newsworthy…

Man shot dead on Xmas in Anambra.

A tragic incident occurred on Wednesday December 25, as a man identified as Onyeocha Umuokwu was allegedly shot dead by a policeman.

The incident reportedly occurred at the home of one Engineer Eze in Alor Idemili South Local Government area of Anambra state.

Eyewitnesses alleged that the deceased was killed by a stray bullet shot by a policeman aiming at a fleeing cow in the community.

A post shared by This is Anambra on Facebook read;

#SO SAD…

Onyeocha Umuokwu was shot by a police officer at Engineer Eze house yesterday been 25th December 2019, in Alor idemili south LGA Anambra stat

The news have it that a cow cut the rope they use to tied it and started running then the police officer on the duty now try to shoot the cow but mistakenly shot and killed this Alor popular/jovial man Onyeocha Umuokwu na Alor.

Very horrible…

Anambra man allegedly shot dead on Christmas day by policeman shooting at a cow

#Newsworthy..

80 jihadists, women killed during Xmas eve in Burkina Faso.

A militant attack in northern Burkina Faso on Tuesday, December 24th killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women.

Seven soldiers and 80 jihadists were also killed in the double attack on a military base in Arbinda town in Soum province. It was one of the deadliest assaults in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the country.

Burkina Faso, bordering Mali and Niger, has seen regular jihadist attacks which have left hundreds dead since the start of 2015 when militant violence began to spread across the Sahel region.

“A large group of terrorists simultaneously attacked the military base and the civilian population in Arbinda. This barbaric attack resulted in the deaths of 35 civilian victims, most of them women,” President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said on Twitter, praising the “bravery and commitment” of the defence and security forces.

Communications minister and government spokesman Remis Dandjinou later said 31 of the civilian victims were women.

The president has declared 48-hours of national mourning.

The morning raid was carried out by dozens of jihadists on motorbikes and lasted several hours before armed forces backed by the air force drove the militants back, the army said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but jihadist violence in Burkina Faso has been blamed on militants linked to both Al Qaeda and Islamic State groups. Leaders of the G5 Sahel nations held summit talks in Niger earlier this month, calling for closer cooperation and international support in the battle against the Islamist threat.

Militant violence has spread across the vast Sahel region, especially in Burkina Faso and Niger, having started when armed Islamists revolted in northern Mali in 2012. The Sahel region of Africa lies to the south of the Sahara Desert and stretches across the breadth of the African continent.

#Newsworthy…

Borno: Boko Haram kills 2 people in maiduguri attack, injure 12.

No fewer than two people have been killed and 12 others injured during Boko Haram attack in a Borno town.

Residents said Boko Haram struck in Biu, a town in southern Borno on Monday evening and made spirited attempts to infiltrate the town. But military troops were immediately drafted to the area to push back the insurgents.

Hospital sources said some of the injured persons had been admitted at the Biu General Hospital.

Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col Aminu Iliyasu said military troops in Biu repelled the attack. Illiyasu said in a statement that troops of 231 Battalion and 331 Artillery “successfully repelled the attack.”

He said the insurgents came with 17 gun trucks and some motorcycles but added that the military troops in the town defeated the terrorists.

He was silent about the casualty figures.

#Newsworthy…

Wife’s alleged death caused by man using eye drops.

…faces charges of first-degree murder.

Authorities in North Carolina say a man who worked as a paramedic is accused of using eye drops to kill his wife last year.

Joshua Lee Hunsucker, 35, of Mount Holly, was arrested Thursday in the September 23, 2018, killing of Stacy Robinson Hunsucker, 32, the North Carolina Department of Insurance said in a statement. Joshua Hunsucker faces charges of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said at a preliminary hearing Friday that Stacy Hunsucker’s body contained a suspicious amount of an active ingredient that is found in eye drop medication, which can cause heart failure when ingested in large quantities, according to NBC affiliate WCNC in Charlotte.

Jordan Green, an attorney for the North Carolina Department of Insurance, said at the hearing that after Stacy Hunsucker’s blood tested positive for a chemical found in eye drops, investigators interrogated Joshua Hunsucker. Green said he gave investigators enough information for them to arrest him, WCNC reported.

“I don’t know that he would characterize it as a confession, but it certainly approached that level,” Green said in court.

Joshua Hunsucker’s attorney, David Teddy, declined to comment on the case to NBC News on Monday. He said in court Friday that he anticipates the case will be “strenuously opposed.” Teddy said his client is a lead paramedic with Atrium Health and has no criminal record. He also said Joshua Hunsucker has been placed on administrative leave while his employer investigates potential misconduct.

Barry White, assistant director of public affairs for the North Carolina Office of Insurance, said Monday that Stacy Hunsucker’s death was tied to a $250,000 life insurance payout.

#Newsworthy…

Tragedy as Gunmen attacked GEJ hometown in Bayelsa.

… killed 1 soldier, injures 1

Gunmen numbering 20 in the wee hours of Tuesday attacked the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area killing one soldier and injuring another.

The gunmen according to investigation had thrown dynamite into the compound before they invaded it from the water side at about 2am shortly after Jonathan left to sleep in his house in Yenagoa.

Eye-witness account said after they threw the dynamite into the compound the gunmen approached the house from the waterside at the back and went for the gun at the gunboat but unfortunately the gun was not mounted.

It was then two soldiers stationed at the back sighted them and a heavy shoot-out commenced with the gunmen.

The eye-witness account said if not for the timely intervention of the other soldiers that were coming to the back of the house with the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), the gunmen would have entered the compound and kill everybody inside.

“The gunmen opened fire on the soldiers and the soldiers replied. It was a heavy shootout. The Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) positioned in from of the house, made a u-turn blaring siren to join his men behind the house. The soldiers while engaging the gunmen at the back of the house were not aware some gunmen were coming into the house on land. Those gunmen on foot shot dead a soldier and shot another in the leg. The gunmen, escaped after sighting the APC moving to reinforce the soldiers. The gunmen abandoned a boat filled with blood. The gunmen suffered heavy causalities because at the jetty blood was everywhere and some watching from inside the house saw the gunmen moving some bodies of their colleagues into another boat.”

Many residents of Otuoke who were thrown into panic commended the soldiers for their gallantry at repelling the attack from the gunmen.

Jonathan who was at the scene with Commander of the 3rd Brigade, Elele and the Bayelsa Commissioner of Police was shocked at the incident and motive behind it.

The Operation Delta Safe, Joint Task Force is working to issue a statement on the incident.

#Newsworthy…

Jamal Khashoggi’s death: Corruption in Saudi Arabia as Crown prince declared unguilty.

Human Rights Groups and Turkey have come out to slam a verdict by a Saudi High court absolving crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman of any wrong doing in the 2018 murder of Wasshington post journalist and fierce MBS critic, Jamal Khashoggi.

The Crown Prince’s right hand man, Saud al-Qahtani, widely regarded as the mastermind of the operation was also cleared by the court of all involvement on Monday, according to a government organized news conference in the State capital, Riyadh.

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Prosecutors said there would be no charges brought against him because “no evidence” existed.

At the time of Khashoggi’s brutal murder Qahtani was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s senior adviser, so clearing him of wrong doing automatically clears MBS of wrong doing because he was Bin Salman’s right hand man.

Rights groups decry Saudi court verdict on Jamal Khashoggi murder after 5 people are sentenced to death, but Saudi Crown Prince is cleared of any wrong doing?

“The investigation showed that the killing was not premeditated … The decision was taken at the spur of the moment,” Saudi Deputy Public Prosecutor Shalaan al-Shalaan said, a verdict contradicting the findings of a United Nations and United States-led investigation that found that Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia gave the order for the journalist’s killing.

Khashoggi, was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul by a team of Saudi agents when he went to process documents for his planned marriage. He never left the consulate alive as he was drugged and dismembered inside before his remains were deposited in a yet to be found place.

The US CIA, Turkey, the UN, the EU all accused the Saudi Arabian government headed by Mohammed Bin Salman of being behind the gruesome murder, and after weeks of denail, Saudi Arabia later accepted they had carried out the murder.

The Saudi authorities said it was the result of a “rogue operation” and put 11 unnamed individuals on trial, but denied MBS was aware of the operation.

The Saudi prosecutor’s office on Monday said a total of 31 people were investigated in connection with the killing, and that 11 people were charged. Three were handed jail terms totalling 24 years and the rest were acquitted. None of the defendants’ names was immediately released by the court.

Ahmed Benchemsi, spokesman for Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera that the trial was “all but satisfactory”.

The case was “shrouded in secrecy since the beginning, and it’s still … until now … We do not know the identities of those masked perpetrators, we don’t know the specific charge levelled against who exactly,” Benchemsi said.

“Saudi prosecutors did not even attempt to investigate the upper levels of this crime, and whether they played a role in ordering the killing, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” he added.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on summary executions, said the sentence “is anything but justice”.

“Under international human rights law, the killing of Khashoggi was an extrajudicial execution for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Bottom line: the hit-men are guilty, sentenced to death. The masterminds not only walk free. They have barely been touched by the investigation and the trial. That is the antithesis of Justice. It is a mockery,” said Callamard, who does not speak for the UN but reports her findings to it.

Christophe Deloire, the Secretary General of Paris-based media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said that the sentences “can be interpreted as a means to permanently silence the suspects, a way to prevent them from speaking to better cover up the truth”.

“The opacity of the procedure and the concealment of evidence does not allow us to get an idea” of why several others were convicted or acquitted, said Deloire, adding: “We still expect a full accounting.”

Turkey, responding to the verdict said those responsible for the murder had been granted immunity.

“Those who dispatched a death squad to Istanbul on a private jet … and sought to sweep this murder under the rug have been granted immunity,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top press aide, Fahrettin Altun, wrote on Twitter.

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5 suspected Jamal Khashoggi killers sentenced to death.

Five persons were on Monday sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, the country’s public prosecutor said.

Another three persons were also sentenced to a total of 24 years in jail.

The US resident and critic of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 after trying to pick up a marriage document for he and his Turkish fiancé.

After weeks of repeated denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance, the kingdom eventually acknowledged that its officials were behind the gruesome murder.

Meanwhile, the United States on Monday welcomed the death sentences handed down to the killers of journalist.

“Today’s verdicts were an important step in holding those responsible for this terrible crime accountable,” a State Department official told reporters after the ruling, which was lambasted as a travesty by Turkey, rights groups, and The Washington Post, to which Khashoggi contributed.

The court however, exonerated two top aides to Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince, whom the US considers responsible for Khashoggi’s murder.

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NAN exonerate Fayemi’s wife over FUOYE killings.

…give ‘stay away’ order

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has exonerated wife of Ekiti Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi of involvement in the recent killings of two students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti.

The students’ body also lifted an order warning Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife to stay away from all the tertiary institutions in the country.

Two FUOYE students, Joseph Okonofua and Kehinde Dada were on September 10 allegedly shot dead during a protest that coincided with the visit of Mrs. Fayemi to Oye Ekiti, which led to confrontation between the First Lady’s security details and students.

The incident forced the NANS to make a public statement directing students to henceforth treat Fayemi and his wife as persona non grata in all tertiary institutions.

A communiqué by NANS’ Senate President, Gambo Abubakar Mohammed and Clerk, Kabiru Mohammed after its Senate meeting in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said neither Fayemi nor his wife knew anything about the death of the students.

The SUG President Federal University, Lokoja , Kogi State moved a motion for the lifting of the order, seconded by SUG President of Niger State College of Education, Zakari Mohammed.

It was later affirmed by other Senators at the plenary.

Exonerating Fayemi and wife further, NANS said: “Ekiti State government has taken the responsibilities of paying for hospital bills of all injured students and for the burial arrangement of the deceased.

“The government also visited the deceased’s families and compensated them while processing the employment opportunity two members of the bereaved families.

“We realised that it is time to move on and allow the sleeping dog lies in the interest of peace and love among all those that were involved”.

The students appealed to Fayemi to fulfill his promises to those who suffered any form of calamity during the incident.

The Senators also lamented the death of a students’ leader, Com. Yemi Adeniran, who died in a ghastly motor accident, saying the deceased did well as a member of the SUG during his lifetime.

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Gunmen murdered 8 in former senator’s commune.

…over 100 people flee

Barely one week after armed bandits abducted two expatriates and six others working for former Senator David Umaru, armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked Umaru’s community, Kaure, Kwaki Ward in Shiroro Local Government Area.

The bandits killed eight other villagers in the attack, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday.

Over 100 members of the community, including women and children, were said to have fled to safety.

The councilor representing the ward, Malam Jafaru Kwaki, told our correspondent on phone yesterday afternoon that the bandits stormed the community on motorcycles with three persons on each at about 7am shooting sporadically into the air.

He said: “I just received the sad development of an invasion again of a community in my area by armed men dressed in black. This is another deadly attack after two expatriates and six members of the community were abducted and are yet to regain their freedom almost 10 days now.

“As has been their manner, they stormed the community on motorcycles, shooting. From the information at my disposal, eight people have lost their lives in the attack, which lasted hours.

“We cannot ascertain the number of people injured in the attack yet because many escaped into the bushes with bullet wounds but we were able to move 15 who sustained various degrees of injuries to health centres.”

The attack in the community is the 15th in the last 10 months with an estimated 200 people so far killed while about 5,000 others, mostly women and children, have been forced to abandon their homes. The last attack was the abduction of two foreigners and six others in Erena, Shiroro local government area.

The two expatriate construction workers were said be handling the contraction work on the 52 kilometers roads from Erena town to Kaure village, a border town between Niger and Kaduna states, cutting across over 200 villages.

The counselor disclosed that the attackers rustled cows, dispossessed locals of cash and foodstuff at gunpoint.

“They burnt two vehicles, five machines and some houses in the attack,” he also disclosed.

He said many locals were missing with search parties hurriedly put together, combing bushes for them, while others were being evacuated to safe locations.

Our correspondent also gathered that the attack is coming even when locals displaced in the recent attacks across eight communities in Rafi and Shiroro local government areas are still in the internally displaced persons camps in Kuta, Kagara and Gudu communities.

The attacks, which happened three weeks ago claimed 13 lives in Kukoki, Shiroro local government area alone, while the district head of Madaka, Alhaji Zakari Yau, his wife, the village head of Kukoki and four others, including the secretary of the district council and a retired soldier were kidnapped.

Kwaki called on the state government and the military to urgently come to the aid of the district and entire Shiroro and Rafi local government areas by deploying troops to the areas which he said, have been under siege for a long time.

Although the police could not be immediately reached for comment on the attack, the senator representing the zone, Senator Sani Musa condemned the latest attack, describing it as one attack too many.

He said it high time military came to the rescue of the people, stressing: “All indications is that something urgent must be done before the people are completely wipe out. I am highly worried about the growing insecurity in the area”.

Meanwhile the Niger State Emergency Agency (NSEMA) said it had activated emergency response mechanism to deal with the situation.

The Director General of the agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Inga, said his office is yet to receive report of casualty of the latest attack.

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Report says that A thousand + Christians killed by terrorists in 2019.

A new report on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria has found that about 1,000 adherents of the Christian faith have been killed by Islamic militants in 2019 alone.

The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), headed by a member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Cox, discovered that believers in the North and Central region of Nigeria were the most severely affected.

The group said the constant attack of “harmless” persons, especially worshipers and clerics portends danger for Christianity as it has ignited fears in clerics deployed to the northeast to work.

In its end of the year report, the group recounted the killing in August of Reverend Father David Tanko and many others in the northern part of the country, adding that over 1000 Christians have been killed in 2019

Recently, they explained that suspected terrorists had threatened to attack other clerics, including a missionary sister identified as Sister Chioma Ibe after the killing of Fr Pius Ani.

Fr Pius Ani and Sr Chioma Ibe, it was learnt, were two Catholic missionaries whose work in the northern part of Nigeria had drawn a lot of accolades and admiration but had also exposed them to the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The killed priest was a pastor of St Theresa Catholic Church in Maiduguri, Borno State, working with Sr Chioma Ibe, who is the principal of the parish school.

Both the priest and the nun were said to be working with youths by converting the youths and adults of that town to the Catholic faith. The parish school is open to both Christians and Muslims.

It was learnt that with their teachings many were converted to Catholicism and embracing the Christian doctrine, with no fewer than 50 students administered with the sacrament of baptism and welcomed into the Catholic Church and receiving the first communion

According to reports, the popularity of these missionaries has spread widely to the predominantly Muslim state, exposing them to the threat of the Islamic fundamentalist group who have made several unsuccessful attempts to kill both missionaries.

This led to the priest and nun being transferred out from the northern part to another church in the south where they both continued their good work of ministering in the church and also managing the parish school.

According to the reports: “Islamist Fulani militia continue to engage in an aggressive and strategic land grabbing policy in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna and parts of Bauchi state.

“They attack rural villages, force villagers off their lands and settle in their place — a strategy that is epitomized by the phrase: «your land or your blood.”

According to HART, the exact number of Christians killed by Islamic militants Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen was unknown, though the data suggests the figure to be sitting at around 1,000 for the year. The organization believes that some 6,000 have been killed since 2015, and with an additional 12,000 displaced.

“In every village, the message from local people is the same: ‘Please, please help us! The Fulani are coming. We are not safe in our own homes,” HART said in the report.

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Police inspector kills corporal.

…injures DSP in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Police Command has confirmed the killing of one of its personnel, a Corporal who was shot range by an Inspector.

The Inspector names withheld was also said to have opened fire on another policeman officer a Deputy Superintendent, who inflicting him with gunshot injuries before killing himself.

The incident was said to have happened at Dutse Alhaji police Division in the FCT.

The commissioner of police Bala Chiroma who made this known said the command has commenced a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the act. He also the command will put measures in place to forestall a reoccurrence.

Although the commissioner did not reveal what may have been responsible for the gruesome act, it was gathered that the incident may not be unconnected to some illegal deals. It was also gathered that the deceased police Inspector may have been suffering some mental illness.

Ciroma in a statement signed by the

Command,Deputy Police Public Relations OfficerASP Yusuf Mariam, reads; “The FCT police command

regrettably condemns the unfortunate incident that took place at Dutse Alhaji Division on 21st December, 2019 at about 0430hrs involving the murder of a Police Corporal by an Inspector of Police.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the deceased Inspector fired a shot at the Corporal leading to his death and injuring a Deputy Superintendent of Police before he committed suicide.

“While commiserating with the family members of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident and put measures in place to forestall the reoccurrence of such incident.

“The Command urges residents to remain calm while reiterating its commitment to provide adequate security during the Christmas/New year Celebrations”.

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65 years Former NNPC staff killed by farm workers in his farm.

Ibrahim Ajayi Allah, a 65-year-old ex-staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was reportedly killed in his farm by his worker.

The deceased who was killed on December 13 by one of the workers at his farm in Oke-Oyi, outskirts of Ilorin, retired from the finance department of the NNPC.

The deceased’s younger brother Yakub Abejide Allah who confirmed his death, said;

“My elder brother was murdered on December 13th on his farm site in Oke-Oyi area of Ilorin East local government area of the state.

“Three years ago, he retired and chose to pursue agriculture which has always been his passion. He bought hectares of land in Ogidi, Kabba/Bunu local government area of Kogi State and poured all his passion into it. However, because of so many unanticipated factors, the returns were not as expected.

“About six months ago, he decided to gradually move out of Ogidi. So he bought about eight hectares of land at Oke-Oyi near Ilorin and restarted his farming there.

“The suspect picked up by the police is a man from that community with whom he had developed a close relationship. He was always going in and out with the man. In fact, on the day of the murder, they were said to be together and had lunch together before he was savagely axed to death at about 5pm.

“When the police searched the suspect’s house, they found my brother’s phone and other personal effects. He is said to have confessed to having killed my brother.

“I felt so bad when I heard the news of my brother’s gruesome killing. It was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Oke-Oyi Police Station that narrated how my brother was hacked to death.

“Subsequently, I called his wife and our other family members and broke the sad news to them. The police said they have arrested the alleged perpetrator of the heinous crime. According to them, he was initially detained at the Oke-Oyi police station before being transferred to the state Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Ilorin.

“We learnt that during a search in his house the late Ibrahim’s phones, personal effects as well as other dangerous items the perpetrator used to kill my brother were found there.”

Ex-NNPC staff hacked to death by worker in his farm in Ilorin

Wife of the deceased said she became worried when she did not get the usual morning call from her husband.

“He usually calls me in the morning. He called me on Friday morning. When I didn’t get his call on Saturday morning, I called his lines and none were reachable. Later, one rang and someone picked it and said my husband had an accident and that his phone was with the police and they asked me to come there. I linked them to my husband’s brother in Ilorin before I arrived there.

“By the time I got there, it was already 8pm and I was told he was in the hospital. When I asked to see him, that was when my husband’s brother told me that he was dead.

“A farmer suspected something and called the local vigilante group who reported to the police. When the police came, they saw his car and his phone. That was how I was able to call his number.

“I saw the suspect, his name is Waheed. He actually confessed to committing the crime. I asked him what my husband did to him and he said nothing, that he did not know what came over him. He said my husband used to help him and even promised to buy him a car,” she said.

“He (the deceased) used to squat with the suspect because he is new there. He just arrived six months ago. They used to stay together and go to the farm together until he got his own apartment two months ago. A machete stained with my husband’s blood and his phone were found in his house. He also had wounds on his body and that was how they knew that he was the one who killed him.

“The Oke-Oyi police said they were going to transfer the case to a bigger police station. They had already brought the documents when I was there but since then, I have not heard anything. He has already confessed that he killed my husband and I just want justice. It may be that there are other people involved in the killing.

“I asked for my husband’s body because it was already decomposing and we buried him on Monday.”

Ex-NNPC staff hacked to death by worker in his farm in Ilorin

Also confirming the death of the deceased, spokesman of the Kwara police command said the suspect has been arrested and investigation is still ongoing.

He said;

Yes, I am aware of that incident. We have a suspect arrested already and intensive investigation is going on. At the appropriate time, people will be informed of the outcome of our investigation”

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