Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fredrick Nwabufo

    Massive security operation ahead of WEF

Massive security operation ahead of WEF

The Inspector General of Police has ordered massive security cordon of the Federal Capital Territory ahead of the World Economic Forum.Mohammed Abubakar said it was necessary to ensure a hitch-free take off of World Economic Forum in Abuja on Wednesday.He directed the "immediate deployment of men and equipment in the city centre and satellite towns for conducive, safe, and secure [...]

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    Nyanya residents in the shadow of death

Nyanya residents in the shadow of death

The first bomb blast might have seemed surreal, but the second has undoubtedly pricked those who work and live at Nyanya to sordid reality.The fear in the streets of Nyanya is palpable. Bus stations are near desolation. The popular Nyanya Market, which hitherto mustered a bubbling crowd of customers, is now scanty. Just as traders are kvetching about low patronage, [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: US marines in Abuja over insecurity

EXCLUSIVE: US marines in Abuja over insecurity

US marines are in Nigeria to help the country's security services tackle increasing threats, TheCable understands.Nigeria is playing host to the 7th World Economic Forum Africa in Abuja next week amid heightened security challenges.The summit is expected to be attended by over 10 heads of state and government as well as over 900 delegates from 70 countries.Presidents of Algeria, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, [...]

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    8 terror suspects arrested in FCT

8 terror suspects arrested in FCT

Eight persons are currently being interrogated after a raid by security agencies on Abuja suburbs, Defence Headquarters has disclosed.Defence spokesman, Chris Olukolade, a major general, said the agencies were on joint surveillance and patrols mission in the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday.He said: "The arrested persons are helping ongoing investigation with useful information after the operation which is sequel to intelligence [...]

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    FG shuts down Abuja schools for WEF

FG shuts down Abuja schools for WEF

All schools and government offices in the Federal Capital Territory will be shut down for the World Economic Forum summit holding in Abuja from Wednesday to Friday next week.Private offices were also advised to shut down in a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.The statement reads in full: "This is to inform [...]

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    Police: Nyanya blast claimed 19 lives, injured 60

Police: Nyanya blast claimed 19 lives, injured 60

The Nigeria Police Force has said that 19 people died while 60 people were injured during yesterday's bomb blast at Nyanya.However, an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who participated in rescue efforts immediately after the blast, had confirmed to TheCable very late on Thursday night that at least 25 people died.Disclosing the official position of the Police, Force Public Relations [...]

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    Nyanya dead victim’s brother screams: ‘Nigeria!’

Nyanya dead victim’s brother screams: ‘Nigeria!’

As Abuja residents reel in shock and trepidation, the families of the victims of the bomb blast moan in palpable agony.Some of the relatives of the victims who spoke with TheCable poured out their raw emotional entrails.At Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, a trickle of families wailed uncontrollably.Uche, 25, had been going round the hospitals where the victims of the blast [...]

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    THE AFTERMATH: Security agents add brutality to Nyanya trauma

THE AFTERMATH: Security agents add brutality to Nyanya trauma

A few minutes past 8pm on Thursday, there was a bang, a loud one that shook buildings to their foundations around the Nyanya-Maraba-Karu axis.Red flames in effusive anger burnt flesh, bones and cars.And the blood of innocent victims wetted the ground copiously.The bomb which caused such devastation was wired to a Madza parked by the road at Karshi Taxi Park.The [...]

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    Nyanya blast: Soldiers mount more road blocks

Nyanya blast: Soldiers mount more road blocks

The official death toll from Thursday night's blast in Nyanya, near Abuja, is 12, while those injured were 19 - bringing the total to 30.But police spokesman, Fran Mba, a chief superintendent of police, said these figures were "provisional".Two more security check-points are now in operation between Marraba and Nyanya.All vehicles are now being subjected to  stop and search.Mba told [...]

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    Nyanya blast: National Hospital overwhelmed

Nyanya blast: National Hospital overwhelmed

The National Hospital, Abuja, is overwhelmed with the number of blast victims it has had to deal with in recent times.Thursday night's blast at Nyanya, near Abuja, has compounded the problem, according to the hospital's spokesman, Dr Tayo Haastrup, who said nine persons were receiving treatment.He said medical personnel have been mobilised to attend to the injured and many of [...]

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    Borno govt to manage information on abducted girls

Borno govt to manage information on abducted girls

The Defence Headquarters has said that only the Borno state government, henceforth, will manage information concerning the operations of the military in its effort to rescue the abducted girls of Chibok, as well as other operations against Boko Haram. The new information flow arrangement was disclosed in a press release by the Director Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, a major general, who decried the [...]

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    UPDATE: Nyanya blast death toll now 25

UPDATE: Nyanya blast death toll now 25

A bomb went off at Nyanya near Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on Thursday evening, killing six persons instantly.Six persons, who were injured as at first count, were evacuated to the hospital by men of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).The death toll soon rose to nine, while 14 more people were confirmed to have sustained injuries, bringing the number of people [...]

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    Jonathan: Private jets show Nigeria is not poor

Jonathan: Private jets show Nigeria is not poor

 President Goodluck Jonathan has faulted the World Bank report which placed Nigeria among the five poorest countries in the world, saying "the nation is not poor"."If you talk about ownership of private jets, Nigeria will be among the first 10 countries, yet they are saying that Nigeria is among the five poorest countries," he said.Addressing workers at the May Day [...]

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    Here’s a first: APC gets female chair

Here’s a first: APC gets female chair

Mrs Binta Masi is the first female party chair in Adamawa State.She made history on Wednesday when she was elected unopposed as the chair of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Masi, a former member of the House of Representatives, was endorsed at the rescheduled state congress of the party following the withdrawal of two of her opponents.Gov Murtala Nyako had on [...]

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    Protesters give FG 24 hours to find abducted girls

Protesters give FG 24 hours to find abducted girls

A crowd of protesters numbering approximately 1,000 on Wednesday besieged the premises of the National Assembly to pressure the government into immediately freeing the 230 female pupils of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, abducted by Boko Haram two weeks ago.A total of 273 girls were abducted, but only 43 have regained freedom.The protesters began trickling into Unity Fountain, [...]

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    Abuja rally urges Jonathan to seek re-election

Abuja rally urges Jonathan to seek re-election

A pro-Goodluck Jonathan group at a rally in Abuja this afternoon urged the president  to contest the 2015 presidential election.Participants at the rally, which was organised by the Goodluck Initiative for Transformation (GIFT), urged the president to declare his intention to contest. They declared their support for him.According to coordinator of the group, Chinedu Okpalanma, Jonathan deserves to be re-elected so he can continue [...]

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