Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fredrick Nwabufo

    Hadiza on #BringBackOurGirls and President Jonathan’s visit to Chibok that never was

Hadiza on #BringBackOurGirls and President Jonathan’s visit to Chibok that never was

Hadiza Bala Usman was Special Assistant to former FCT Ministers Nasir el-Rufai and Aliyu Modibbo. Today, she coordinates #BringBackOurGirls ­— a campaign that has rippled through the world, drawing on collaborations with the likes of Obiageli Ezekwesili. She shares her thoughts on the campaign with TheCable.Starting the protestI felt the need to get my Nigerian brothers and sisters to rise [...]

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    Jonathan says al-Qaeda now in Nigera

Jonathan says al-Qaeda now in Nigera

President Goodluck Jonathan says the Boko Haram insurgency is "clearly" al-Qaeda operating in Nigeria.He was speaking at end of the African regional security summit in Paris, France, hosted by French President Francois Hollande."The Boko Haram that said no to Western education in 2002 is not the same Boko Haram operating today," he said at the press briefing.He said al-Qaeda is now [...]

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    Heeeeeeeelp! Boko Haram’s victim cries out

Heeeeeeeelp! Boko Haram’s victim cries out

An eerie air hangs over the Intensive Care Unit of Asokoro General Hospital, Abuja as Mrs Love Emeto, a widow whose daughter, Ogechi Emeto,15, was caught up in the May Day bomb blast at Nyanya waits for news about her daughter’s state. She has been at the hospital since the day her daughter was admitted spending rough nights and irksome [...]

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    UPDATED: Jonathan ‘didn’t plan to visit Chibok’

UPDATED: Jonathan ‘didn’t plan to visit Chibok’

Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati has denied that President Goodluck Jonathan cancelled his trip to Chibok, Borno State.Abati, through his twitter handle @abati1990, said: "Every trip by the President is usually pre-announced. The Presidency did not at any time announce a trip to Chibok today. Ignore rumours. The statement issued by my office yesterday (Thursday) indicated very clearly that the President [...]

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    At last, Jonathan goes to Chibok

At last, Jonathan goes to Chibok

President Goodluck Jonathan will finally visit Chibok, Borno State, on Friday - more than a month after schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from there.According to a Reuters report, Jonathan will stop over at the town en route to a security meeting  in Paris, France.President Francis Hollande had last week called a regional security summit to discuss about the insurgent group with the aim [...]

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Bus stations ‘common targets for terror attacks’

Terrorism experts have drawn attention to the vulnerability of bus stations to terror attacks in Nigeria.The experts were analysing the two attacks in Nyanya, near Abuja, in which close to 100 persons were killed.The first attack on April 14 resulted in 75 deaths while the second attack on May 1 resulted in 19 deaths.The wounded in the first attack totalled [...]

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    Yobe rejects extension of emergency rule

Yobe rejects extension of emergency rule

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has asked the national assembly not to extend the state of emergency in the state as requested by President Goodluck Jonathan.In rejecting the move, the government of Yobe State said it takes serious exception to the request, maintaining that "extending emergency rule is not the answer to the prevailing security challenges in the three [...]

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    UPDATED: Borno identifies 23 more girls in video

UPDATED: Borno identifies 23 more girls in video

The Borno State government said it has now established the identities of 23 more girls in the video released by Boko Haram on Monday.The total identified so far comes to 77.Governor  Kashim Shettima had confirmed that some of those in the video were among those abducted at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, April 14/15,2014.‎He initially said 36 of them had been identified by [...]

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    Chibok: Hope fades as rescue efforts yield no clue

Chibok: Hope fades as rescue efforts yield no clue

All efforts to identify the location of the kidnapped schoolgirls have not yielded any lead, TheCable understands.Initial enthusiasm that the involvement of the US, UK and France will deliver quick results has now given way to some pragmatism in government circle.Government sources in Abuja said on Tuesday that the government may now be left with no other option than to [...]

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UPDATED: 5 to face trial for Nyanya bombing

Suspected members of Boko Haram who allegedly carried out the April 14, 2014 bombing of a bus garage at Nyanya, near Abuja, were paraded before journalists on Monday by the State Security Service (SSS).Over 70 persons were confirmed dead in the blast which the insurgents' leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for in a video message three weeks later.All the five [...]

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    Police manhandle TheCable journalist, Melaye

Police manhandle TheCable journalist, Melaye

More than 60 Nigerian police officers on Sunday circled the Unity Fountain, Maitama, Abuja, venue of the #bringbackourgirls sit-out convened by Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former education minister.The police officers, who lined up by their trucks and tanks, stopped harmless people who had come to add their voices to the #bringbackourgirls campaign from entering the venue.Earlier, when convener of the meeting, Ezekwesili, [...]

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    Father of Chibok abductee ‘gladdened’ by public support

Father of Chibok abductee ‘gladdened’ by public support

The father of one of the abducted Chibok girls, Rev Enoch Mark, has spoken about the abduction of his daughter, following insinuations that the abduction of the girls may be a hoax.Speaking at the sit-out rally of the #Bringbackourgirls campaign at the Maitama Amusement Park, Abuja, Mark thanked everyone who has been involved in creating awareness on the missing girls.He said that until [...]

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    Unemployment rate ‘higher in South Africa than in Nigeria’

Unemployment rate ‘higher in South Africa than in Nigeria’

There are more unemployed people in South Africa today than in Nigeria, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) — the national statistical service of South Africa.Also, President Goodluck Jonathan, during his opening remarks at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum, noted that the unemployment rates today are over 20 per cent in many countries.Nigeria's at about 24 [...]

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    Jonathan approves $1bn to fight terrorism

Jonathan approves $1bn to fight terrorism

President Goodluck Jonathan says he has given approval of about $1 billion for Nigeria to improve its security capability.He was speaking at the opening session of the World Economic Forum Africa holding in Abuja.He highlighted terrorism and kidnap-for-ransom as new and "strange" security challenges Nigeria is facing and said it would take a while for any country to contain these [...]

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    Police offer N50m reward over Chibok girls

Police offer N50m reward over Chibok girls

The Nigeria Police Force has announced a N50 million reward for "anyone who volunteers credible information that will lead to the location and rescue of the female students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State".The force also urged all patriotic citizens with useful information to contact the following numbers: 09-2914649, o808 177 7309, 0805 554 7536, 0803 215 050, [...]

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    Borno absent at Chibok panel inauguration

Borno absent at Chibok panel inauguration

All three representatives of Borno State in President Goodluck Jonathan’s fact-finding committee on the abducted Chibok girls did not turn up at the inauguration of the committee on Tuesday.They gave no reason for the action.At the inauguration, the committee was mandated to:‎Liaise with the Borno State Government and establish the circumstances leading to the school remaining open for boarding students when [...]

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