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Military refuses to bomb Bandits’ hideout – El-rufai

The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-rufai has expressed sadness and frustration over the recent train attack by Bandits.

El-rufai, according to Punch, disclosed that the Nigerian Military knows the location of the Bandits but has refused to bomb their hideout.

Speaking on the incident, the fiery politician said; “We have enough intelligence for us to take action. The Air Force undertakes enough ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance); and the DSS has informants all over the place.”

“We know what they (terrorists) are planning. We get the reports. The problem is for the agencies to take action. Don’t wait until they attack before you respond. The Army should go after their enclaves to wipe them out. Let the Air Force bomb them.”

“Before, they were categorised as bandits and if you bombed them, you would have issues with human rights organisations and international criminal courts and so on. But, now that they have been declared terrorists by the court, they can be legally killed without any consequences from international human rights organisations.”

He disclosed that Kaduna is currently in a ‘State of War’.

“We know where their camps are, we know where they are; the SSS have their phone numbers, they listen to them, and they give me the report. We know what they are planning. We shouldn’t be waiting for them to attack; why can’t we go after them?”.

The deadly train attack occurred on Monday leading to several deaths and abductions. The development has been condemned widely with many Nigerians calling for an improved security response.

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Eguaveon Steps Down, Super Eagles Technical Crew Fired

The Nigerian Football Federation had announced that Austin Eguaveon has stepped down from his role as Technical Adviser of the national team, Super Eagles.

In a statement on its website, the NFF said, that it has also terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew and withdrawn the contracts of the coaches.

The statement read, “Following the failure of the Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the erstwhile Technical Adviser, Augustine Eguavoen has stepped down from that position with immediate effect.

“The NFF has in the meantime withdrawn the two-and-half years contract offered the coaches and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect. A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately.”

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Entertainer, Falz Slams Politicians’ Silence, Kick Against Toll Operations At Lekki

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Nigerian entertainer, Folarin Falana aka Falz, has slammed Nigerian politicians for their preoccupation with activities that would get them into power and the planned resumption of tolling operations at the Lekki Tollgate.

Falz’s anger comes on the heels of the terror attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday.

The musician in tweets on his verified handle decried the current state of the country stating that politicians were going about their campaign activities while ignoring the killings in the country.

He tweeted, “Back to back bombings on the Kaduna-Abuja rail. Numerous Nigerian lives needlessly wasted and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has been uttered about it.

“Soldiers committed gruesome murders on innocent Nigerians on the night of October 20, 2020. The reports of the Judicial Panel set up by govt indicted the LCC. Despite being complicit in these gory crimes, LCC is brave enough to announce toll collection. What kind of madness?”

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Legendary singer, 2face reacts to latest allegations of his brother-in-law, Wisdom, against his wife, Annie

Legendary singer, 2Baba, has reacted to the latest allegations of his brother-in-law, Wisdom, against his wife, Annie.

In the viral video, Wisdom alleged that Annie used him like a “slave” and doesn’t “pay him his due” after he had worked for him, preferring to send him stipends.

He added that Annie had introduced him to hard drugs and that she uses drugs.

Reacting on his Instagram Story, 2Baba said, “It’s funny how some people react when you tell them the truth. Even I am guilty of it sometimes, but that is no excuse. I pray for Wisdom. LYTID Uwana.

“May Allah guide our path. One love from me and Annie. Respect to family but sometimes, some family is your worst enemy.”

His wife reposted the post with heartbreak emojis.

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Lekki Residents Reject Resumption Of Tolling Operation – Mr Macaroni Reveals

Comedian, Mr Macaroni, has revealed that residents of Lekki Estate in a meeting with the Lekki Concession Company rejected the resumption of tolling operations at the toll gate.

Resumption of tolling operations had been announced earlier this month and scheduled for April 1st, 2022.

In a tweet, Mr Macaroni said, “We are live at the LCC and StakeHolders Meeting. The Lekki Estate Residents and Stakeholders Association Chairman has announced the decision of all Residents which is NO TO TOLLING!!!!!”

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Don’t Contest Presidency If You Can’t Solve Nigeria’s Problems, Fayose’s Son Tells Him

Funsho, one of the sons of the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has advised him to stay clear of the presidential race if he cannot solve Nigeria’s challenges.

The younger Fayose said this on his Instagram Story on Wednesday in reaction to the terror attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

Lamenting the level of violence in the country, he told his dad, “Dear Dad, if you have intentions of running for President without roadmap to get us out of this mess, please sir, DON’T.”

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Nigerians Are Angry, Bitter, Actor Mofe-Damijo Laments

Veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly called RMD has said the storming and destruction of the pitch of the Moshood Abiola National, Abuja is a sign of Nigerians’ frustration.

The Nollywood actor in a post on Instagram reflected on the recent attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

He said, “My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives, the wounded and those who will be traumatised by this incident for a long time. At this time last year, I was on this same train to Kaduna and we talked about how unsafe life is and the risks we were taking. We are the lucky ones.”

The actor in the same post also spoke about the pandemonium that broke out at the MKO stadium after Nigeria lost to Ghana in the World Cup qualifier match, RMD opined that Nigerians are angry and bitter and are just looking for triggers.

“If anything is an indication of how broken we are today, then the shameful storming of the pitch and destruction of the MKO national stadium Abuja is a clear indication. People are angry and bitter and are just looking for triggers.”

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Young Man Dies In Osun Barracks After Being Tortured By Nigerian Soldiers, Forced To Eat Own Vomit

A young man identified as Yinka Adekunle has died after being beaten by soldiers of the Nigerian Army in Osun State. 

The deceased, with his friends, was said to have engaged in a squabble with some soldiers in mufti after the latter challenged them for not using belts to hold their trousers. 

This enraged Adekunle, also known as Ojeere, who queried the authority under which the soldiers were challenging them. Meanwhile, the soldiers never identified themselves as officers and being in the same age group, the issue resulted in a fight. 

A sister of one of the affected men told SaharaReporters that when the soldiers showed their real identities, they arrested her brother and took him to the Ibodi barracks in Ilesha where they tortured him. 

She said when she visited the barracks, the soldiers requested payment of N500,000, as bail money for her brother, saying a soldier was injured in the scuffle. But it was later brought down to N300,000. However, she was unable to provide the money which made her approach Ojeere, now deceased, to contribute to the N100,000 she was about to gather. Ojeere volunteered N40,000 and the duo subsequently moved to the barracks to plead with the soldiers. 

But instead, Ojeere was recognised by the soldiers as one of the civilians involved in the scuffle. He was thereafter apprehended and allegedly subjected to inhumane treatment while there, which later resulted in his death. 

She, however, alleged that the soldiers are trying to cover up the case as they have decided to bribe the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of a police station to divert the course of justice — a secret she was privy to because the soldiers communicated in Hausa — a language they never thought she understood. 

She narrated, “I received a call that my brother was at the barracks so I quickly stepped out and moved to the place, they brought him out and I probed to know what happened so he explained to me. 

“They said they wouldn’t release him and his vehicle if they didn’t get Ojeere because there were three people they had a quarrel with on that day.  

“The next day, I got there and asked people around what the problem was, they informed me that my younger brother and his friends ‘sagged’ their trousers, that they had no belts on, that the soldiers asked if they were not aware that the trousers could fall to their knees. 

“But the soldiers weren’t in uniform and moreover, they’re all in the same age bracket so my brother and his friends said ‘leave us alone, how is it your business that we’re sagging?’ 

“It turned into a fight and the soldier said he sustained an injury, a very small wound that would have healed by now. Later I called Ojeere, he explained what happened in detail to me. 

“The soldiers asked for N500, 000 but I negotiated to N150, 000 but they insisted on N300, 000. I informed Ojeere but he told me he didn’t have up to but that he had N40, 000 with him. 

“He said when we get there and beg them, they might listen to us so I said let’s go with an aged person, possibly they would respect such person and listen to us. Ojeere said it might be too late for them to attend to us. That was around 8 pm.

“When we got there that day, as they sighted Ojeere, they pounced on him and beat him with ‘koboko’ (horsewhip), hit his head with wood, they threw him into the mud. I wanted to capture the incident on my phone but the soldiers seized my phone, they wanted to destroy my phone. 

“After that, they said we should go and look for the N300, 000. I begged them to accept N100, 000 plus the N40, 000 Ojeere had with him, so they could release them that night.

“I told the soldiers that they could still keep the vehicle in their custody but that they should release the men to me that night and that we would bring the balance but they refused. They insisted on collecting N300,000; they said we could sell our phones. That was on a Friday. 

“On Saturday, I returned there and saw my brother and Ojeere cutting grass, I got them food to eat. My brother told me that Ojeere puked at night and the soldiers asked him to eat his vomit. He was telling them he was sick, but they kept beating him. That morning, he was very weak, he was already fainting. They kept beating him, he was falling, they didn’t stop. 

“We told them to allow us to take him to the hospital and that he was sick, but they didn’t believe us until he fell. They intensified the beating thinking he was pretending but when they saw that he wasn’t breathing, they said they were taking him to the hospital. We remained in the barracks, not long after that, Ojeere’s father came with his uncle. 

“Before his death, I had asked Ojeere for the contact of any of his family members but he said their numbers were in the phone, whereas the soldiers already seized his phone.  

“The soldiers returned without Ojeere and I was wondering why. The soldiers asked me to return to Ilesha, they put my brother into the armoured tank and asked us to be at the police station. I went to the police station with my husband, it was at the police station I met with Ojeere’s father who told me Ojeere is dead.

“I quickly rushed to the armoured tank and saw my brother gasping for breath, I screamed, asking them if they wanted to kill my brother. They quickly rushed my brother to the hospital and placed him on oxygen and he was alright. 

“Later I heard the commander telling another officer that the issue would be resolved and that the DPO would solve the problem once they paid the DPO. They spoke in Hausa, they didn’t know I understand the language.”

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DR JOSEPH KABUNGO, A CAF OFFICIAL, REPORTEDLY DIED WHEN VIOLENCE ERUPTED AFTER THE GHANA VS NIGERIA GAME IN ABUJA

Dr Kabungo, who was CAF’s Anti-Doping Officer for the second leg of the World Cup play-off between the West African rivals, is reported that have lost consciousness after he was beaten and stepped on as fans tried to make their way out of the stadium due to a stampede.

In a post on Twitter by British-Nigerian journalist Osasu Obayiuwana, his death was confirmed after he was rushed to the hospital.

Source: SportsBrief

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Fans Storm Pitch After Nigeria Fail To Qualify For World Cup

Fans, who have been cheering in the stands trooped to the pitch after the Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup.

They held the Black Stars to a 1-1 draw, however, Ghana’s lone goal was able to send to Qatar.

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Bandits Bomb Kaduna Train Station With Explosive Devices Hours After Train Bombing

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked Gidan train station along the Abuja-Kaduna rail track.

It was gathered that the terrorists planted IEDs on the tracks, forcing a train heading to Abuja from Kaduna to stop.

This is the second attack within 24 hours along the same axis.

SaharaReporters had reported how terrorists on Monday night bombed the Abuja-Kaduna rail tracks and attacked a train filled with passengers.

Eight persons have been confirmed dead in the attack with many kidnapped. 
One of the survivors of the train attack told SaharaReporters on Tuesday that the terrorists told them that the Nigerian government should expect more attacks as they had just started. 

This comes a few hours after another set of terrorists killed six soldiers from Zuma barracks, Suleja, Niger State.

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HAPPENING NOW: Nigerians Troop Into The Moshood Abiola Stadium In Abuja For Nigeria Vs Ghana World Cup Qualifying Game

Super Eagles Fans Trooping Into The Moshood Abiola Stadium In Abuja For Nigeria Vs Ghana World Cup Qualifying Game.

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Managing Director Of Nigeria’s Bank Of Agriculture, Adamu Among Abuja-Kaduna Train Passengers Kidnapped By Bandits

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Ali Hassan, has been confirmed as one of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers abducted by bandits after the terrorists successfully blew up the train and immobilised it on Monday evening.


SaharaReporters learnt that Hassan was among the victims whisked away by the terrorists using cars they had brought to the scene.


“The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Agriculture was one of those kidnapped. The terrorists used cars to move the kidnapped persons away; so, the shocking thing is; how did they even get cars there? This is because one of my friends’ colleagues fell from the car and broke his hand during the abduction. That was his saving grace,” a source said. 

 
“It shows how quickly they were in moving the victims. In fact, my friend’s wife was on the train; they traced her phone to 250 kilometres away,” another source added.
SaharaReporters earlier reported that a former Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, was among the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers who was shot by terrorists on Monday evening.


SaharaReporters learnt that Wakkala was shot in the leg and had since been hospitalised.
SaharaReporters had reported that out of 15 patients taken to St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in Kaduna, two had been confirmed dead, including a lady medical doctor with the hospital, Chinelo Megafu.

 
“A former Deputy Governor of Zamfara Malam Ibrahim Wakkala was equally shot in the leg. Out of 15 patients brought to St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital, two are dead including a lady medical Doctor with St Gerald’s. 


“Two females moved to 44 Reference Hospital because of bullet wounds; they could not be treated at St Gerald’s,” the source had said.  
SaharaReporters on Monday night also reported that Muhammad Amin Mahmood, an aspirant in the just-concluded National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Northwest Zonal Youth Leadership, was shot during the attack on Monday. 


However, as of the time of filing this report, it was not clear how critical his injuries were or if he would survive. 


SaharaReporters had reported that two cleaners and workers of the attacked Abuja-Kaduna train identified as Loretta and Abdul were confirmed dead. 


There were at least 970 passengers on board the train, according to sources familiar with the train service. 

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Photonews: Nigerians search for their family members who were on board Abuja-Kaduna train

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Air Peace Suspends Flights To Kaduna Airport


Air Peace has suspended flight operations to Kaduna International Airport in Kaduna State.

According to a source who spoke with Daily Trust, the development may not be unconnected to the gun attack around the airport at the weekend.

Recall that on Saturday, a staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority was shot dead as bandits invaded the Kaduna Airport.

This is even as the bandits prevented an Azman aircraft scheduled for Lagos from taking off at the Kaduna Airport.

It was gathered that the AZMAN aircraft could not take off at about 12:30pm because of the presence of the bandits around the runway of the airport.

On Tuesday, Azman announced an indefinite suspension of its flights to Kaduna over insecurity.

Hours later, the news of Air Peace halting operations to Kaduna broke.

The development was confirmed by Air Peace Spokesman, Stanley Olisa who did not go into further details.

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Kaduna-Abuja Train: Secretary-General Of Trade Union Congress, Eight Passengers Now Confirmed Dead As Search And Rescue Mission Continues In The Area

Eight passengers have now been confirmed dead as the search-and-rescue mission continues in the area.


The Secretary-General of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria, Barrister Musa-Lawal Ozigi, has been confirmed to be among the passengers killed when terrorists bombed an Abuja-Kaduna train and abducted scores of passengers on Monday evening.

PurpleWorld learnt that eight passengers have now been confirmed dead as the search-and-rescue mission continues in the area.

“Ozigi, a barrister, was killed by the bandits during the attack. We just received the information. Eight persons have been confirmed dead so far,” a source told SaharaReporters on Tuesday.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that a former Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, was among the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers who was shot by terrorists on Monday evening.

SaharaReporters learnt that Wakkala was shot in the leg and was being hospitalised.

Sources also confirmed to SaharaReporters that out of 15 patients brought to St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in Kaduna, two had been confirmed dead, including a lady medical doctor with the hospital, Chinelo Megafu. 

“A former Deputy Governor of Zamfara Malam Ibrahim Wakkala was equally shot in the leg. Out of 15 patients brought to St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital, two are dead including a lady medical Doctor with St Gerald. 

“Two females moved to 44 Reference Hospital because of bullet wounds; they could not be treated at St Gerald’s,” the source said.  

SaharaReporters on Monday night also reported that Muhammad Amin Mahmood, an aspirant in the just-concluded National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Northwest Zonal Youth Leadership, was shot during the attack on Monday. 

However, as of the time of filing this report, it was not clear how critical his injuries were or if he would survive. 

PurpleWorld had reported that two cleaners and workers of the attacked Abuja-Kaduna train identified as Loretta and Abdul were confirmed dead. 

There were at least 970 passengers on board the train, according to sources familiar with the train service.

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Young Female Doctor Killed In Terrorists’ Bombing Of Abuja-Kaduna Train Planned To Leave Nigeria On Friday


A young medical doctor, Megafu Chinelo, who was killed on Monday in the Abuja-Kaduna train attack was meant to travel out of the country on Friday, one of her friends has said.

PurpleWorld had reported how bandits attacked the train which was on its way to Kaduna from Abuja on Monday night.

The gunmen were said to have blown up the rail track after which they launched an attack on the passengers.

The dentist was one of the over 970 passengers on board when the terrorists attacked the train.

Shortly after the attack, Chinelo took to her Twitter page at 9:43 pm asking Nigerians to pray for her.

“I’m in the train. I have been shot please pray for me,” she had tweeted.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, a friend of the deceased said, “Dr Chinelo was making an honest living, she was working at St Gerald’s hospital in Kaduna, she wanted more for herself and processed her papers to leave this hell-hole.

“She resigned last month to leave the country this Friday then this happened. Nigeria why???”

Speaking to SaharaReporters, another friend of the deceased said, “Yes, it’s true, though I don’t know when she was meant to leave. May her soul Rest In Peace.”

The Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, has suspended its Abuja-Kaduna train service after terrorists blew off its train on Monday night, killing and injuring some passengers in the process.

The NRC made the announcement in a terse statement on its Twitter page.

In the ill-fated train, many are feared kidnapped and two confirmed dead, while others sustained injuries during the attack.

The NRC wrote on Tuesday, “Dear passengers, due to unforeseen circumstances, train operations along the Abuja-Kaduna route has been temporarily suspended.

“Further communication would be given in due course.”

SaharaReporters earlier reported that a former Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, was among the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers who was shot by terrorists on Monday evening.

SaharaReporters learnt that Wakkala was shot on the leg and currently hospitalised.

Sources also confirmed to SaharaReporters that out of 15 patients brought to St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in Kaduna, two had been confirmed dead, including a lady medical doctor with the hospital.

“A former Deputy Governor of Zamfara Malam Ibrahim Wakkala was equally shot on the leg. Out of 15 patients brought to St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital, two are dead including a lady medical Doctor with St Gerald.

“Two females moved to 44 Reference Hospital because of bullet wounds; they could not be treated at St Gerald’s,” the source said.

SaharaReporters on Monday night also reported that Muhammad Amin Mahmood, an aspirant in the just-concluded National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Northwest Zonal Youth Leadership, was shot during the attack on Monday.

SaharaReporters learnt the politician was on board the train and was one of those shot during the train ride which was heading to Kaduna from Abuja.

However, as of the time of filing this report, it was not clear how critical his injuries were or if he would survive.

SaharaReporters had reported that two cleaners and workers of the attacked Abuja-Kaduna train identified as Loretta and Abdul were confirmed dead.

There are at least 970 passengers on board the train, according to official sources familiar with the train service.

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Gunmen attack Police Station in Imo

Two Police operatives have been feared killed when gunmen bombed Obowo Police Division with explosives on Monday morning.

The gunmen also bombed the police transit camp in the area where some damages were recorded.

But the Imo Police Command said apart from the minimal damage on the transit camp and a vehicle, no life was lost during the attack.

It also said the police operative who sustained minor gun shot injury has been treated.

Other officers who sustained injuries have been taken to an undisclosed hospital for immediate medical attention.

A source said that the attack lasted for about three hours.

The source added that the gunmen used explosives to bomb the station after they ambushed and overpowered the officers.

However Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of Operation, DCP Mama Giwa, who visited the scene around 7am, commended the officers for their gallantry and advised them not to relent in their efforts in combating violent crimes in the State.

The spokesman of the Imo State Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam, alleged that latest bombing was carried out by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB )/ Eastern Security Network ( ESN ).

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Two Confirmed Dead, Many Injured As Terrorists Bomb Abuja-Kaduna Train Conveying Over 900 Passengers In Latest Of Train Attacks In Nigeria

Two cleaners and workers of the attacked Abuja-Kaduna train identified as Loretta and Abdul have been confirmed dead, PurpleWorld learnt. 


PurpleWorld learnt that some security personnel and passengers have also been confirmed dead but their names have yet to be released. 


A lot passengers were also injured or abducted, it was learnt, it was gathered. 
“Meanwhile, two dead bodies have been deposited at St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in Kaduna while some persons are being treated for gunshot injuries,” a source told SaharaReporters. 

PurpleWorld earlier reported that the terrorists who attacked the Nigerian Railway Corporation train from Abuja to Kaduna on Monday evening had abducted some of the stranded passengers.


SaharaReporters had obtained victims’ accounts which confirmed that some other persons were shot dead by the rampaging terrorists who operated for hours due to the absence of the Nigerian military and other security agencies.


“Some people have died, and the bandits kidnapped several persons,” a woman on the train confirmed to SaharaReporters.
“The army hasn’t been able to secure the area but people are running towards them in a staging area,” another source added.


In a Facebook post, another passenger, Anas Danmusa, said, “Please this is an emergency. We are inside the train at the moment. Kidnappers planted explosives and the train engines have been ruined. We are helpless. Abuja to Kaduna train; gunshots still being fired around us. We are just under the seats praying to God while waiting for help. Since 8pm we have been here/ between Katari to Rijana; I am a living witness.”


He later added, “We are safe now.”

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BREAKING: Terrorists bomb Abuja-Kaduna train with 970 passengers onboard

Suspected bandit terrorists have detonated bombs on the railtrack of Abuja-Kaduna train and successfully immobilised it.

Credible sources confirmed the attack to DAILY NIGERIAN on Monday night, saying the attack occurred at a point between Katari and Rijana.

One of the passengers who confirmed the incident in a telephone call said the attackers have surrounded the train, shooting sporadically.

“All the passengers are currently lying on the floor of the train. The bandits are shooting sporadically. We are in serious danger,” said on of the panic-stricken passengers.

There are at least 970 passengers onboard the train, according to official sources familiar with the train service.

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Photonews: Power went off at the Abuja national stadium as Black Stars of Ghana were about to train in preparation against Nigeria

Power went off at the Abuja national stadium,as the Black Stars of Ghana were about to train in preparation against Nigeria.

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FG Directs All Offices To Stop Work At 1pm On Tuesday, Ask Nigerians To Support The Super Eagles As They Take On Black Stars Of Ghana

All Federal Government to stop work at 1Pm on Tuesday to ensure Nigerians are able to go and Support the Super Eagles take on the Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

The match is the crucial World Cup play off to determine who goes to the 2022 World Cup in November this year.

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Za Zoo Singer, Portable Fires DJ, Promoter, Manager

Popular singer, Habib Okikiola aka Portable, has sacked some of his aides including his manager, dee jay and show promoter.

He made this revelation in a video on his Instagram page on Monday.

The Zeh singer alleged that they put up attitude, whenever new people want to “mingle” with him.

“Let some other persons enjoy. Let me employ new staff; new DJ, new promoter. Let them enjoy, like you have enjoyed. Don’t give them my show money oh. Including the manager. Come and sign a contract before you work with me,” he said.

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Nigerians Are Unfortunate Citizens – Former INEC Chairman, Jega Says


Mr Jega said Nigerian leaders lacked a sustainable vision for the country’s development.


Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has said that Nigerians are in the category of “unfortunate citizens of the world.”


Mr Jega said this on Sunday at the Pre- Ramadan Lecture organised by the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni (UMA) where he was the chairman of the occasion.


The former INEC boss who was speaking on the theme, “Leadership Recruitment – The Missing Anchor in Our National Development”, declared that Nigerian leadership despite being in the context of a civil democratic dispensation, still leaves much to be desired.


Mr Jega said Nigerian leaders lacked a sustainable vision for the country’s development, selflessness in elective public leadership positions, competence and capacity to lead a country in the 21st century.


“Their style of leadership lacks an enlightened self-interest to galvanise and forge elite consensus on how to reposition, stabilise and develop the country on a sustainable basis.”
He also faulted Nigerian leadership recruitment process which he said has been throwing up the wrong set of people to lead the nation.


“We evidently have been recruiting and appointing/electing inappropriate leaders, quite often, round pegs in square holes, and undermining, rather than, strengthening our governance, democratic and development processes,” he said.
He then stressed the need to address the leadership crisis by improving on the recruitment process as we approach 2023 general elections.

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Any Muslim who supports RCCG member traitor to Islam – MURIC warns

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has warned that any political party that picks any member of the Redeemed Church of Christ Group (RCCG) will kiss the Aso Rock goodbye.

The group gave the warning in a statement signed by Idrees Safiyanu Gambo, Chairman, Bauchi State Chapter, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Recall that the RCCG had a few weeks ago created a directorate for politics and governance across the country.

The church said the move is to mobilize support for members who are aspiring to occupy political offices.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo though yet to declare his intention to run for president is a pastor in RCCG.

There are indications that he may soon declare his intention.

But MURIC said it is challenging the Redeemed Church of Christ Group (RCCG) for having the effrontery to launch a national political structure.

According to the group, RCCG plans to eliminate other religions or turn their faithful into political slaves, adding that any Muslim who queues behind a redeemer is now considered a traitor to the cause of Islam.

”The rest of us have no option but to challenge this existential threat.

”We must work towards our survival before the RCCG tsunami threat sweeps Islam and other Christian denominations out of existence.

“The ugly experience of our Muslim brothers in Yorubaland where they are persecuted politically and marginalised economically despite their superior numerical strength is enough for us to know what is likely to happen if members of the RCCG take over the reins of power either in Aso Rock or in any state in the manner they are going about it at the moment. We in the North have been watching this ugly development with keen interest.

“In fact, it is unimaginable to expect the emergence of RCCG candidates as winners in the Northern States and we will ensure that this does not happen now or any time in the future. We are not unaware of the ‘winner-takes-all’ mentality of the RCCG but Northern Muslims will never expose their land to such obnoxious cultural invasion, as what we want is a society where everyone is treated equally.

“The RCCG declaration of a directorate of political affairs was met with great annoyance by us in the North and it has destroyed any goodwill Christian politicians enjoy here in the North. It is so bad that any Muslim who queues behind a redeemer is now considered a traitor to the cause of Islam and this is not what we want at this critical point in our nation. ”

MURIC further warned Idrees Safiyanu Gambo also warned Islamic organizations and Muslim communities against hobnobbing with any RCCG candidate, whether presidential or gubernatorial.

He said, “Although MURIC will not support any political party against another during the coming general election, we warn Islamic organizations and Muslim communities against hobnobbing with any RCCG candidate, whether presidential or gubernatorial.

“While our interest lies in credible candidates who are most likely to benefit their states or the country as a whole we frown upon attempts by the RCCG to turn the whole country into Redeemers territory. It had better not be. The RCCG plot is dangerous, provocative and contemptuous. Our warning to all political parties is: pick redeemer candidate, kiss Aso Rock goodbye.” he added.

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Nigerian Gospel Singer, Chinedu Nwadike Is Dead

Chinedu died after battling blood cancer.

The 39-year-old reportedly died in Abuja on Sunday afternoon.

It was gathered that he recovered from kidney disease and was expected to be transferred to India for treatment of the blood cancer.

Before his death, the “Oku Gbajie Aka” crooner had pleaded for financial help from prominent Nigerians and others.

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United States Name Six Nigerians Sponsoring Boko Haram

The United States on Friday said it was designating six Nigerians for their support of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

This is according to a statement signed by US Department of State spokesperson, Ned Price.

“The United States is designating six individuals for their support of the terrorist group Boko Haram,” the statement said.

“The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added Nigerian nationals Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Boko Haram.

“Today’s action follows the United Arab Emirates’ prosecutions, convictions, and designations of these individuals for supporting terrorism.

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DJ Cuppy Speaks On Friendship With Ex, Victor Anichebe

Popular deejay, DJ Cuppy, has revealed her feelings about her “friendship” with her ex-boyfriend, Victor Anichebe.

Tweeting that she just spoke with him, the Gelato singer said, “I love our friendship! It took us a WHILE to get here. It’s about realising life is too short for beef. We choose peace + positivity!”

Cuppy added, “Just because you’re two great people doesn’t mean you’re compatible as a couple.”

DJ Cuppy confirmed that her relationship with Anichebe had ended in 2017.

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Man United Legend, Patrice Evra, Visits Oshodi Underbridge

A Manchester United legend, Patrice Evra, on Saturday, visited Oshodi Underbridge to play chess with children from the Chess In Slums Initiative.

Chess in Slums founded by Tunde Onakoya, had earlier hinted a Man U legend was expected.

Evra shared a video from his visit and said, “Checkmate ♟ Evra bus 🚌 stop #Nigeria! 🔥🇳🇬 I’m so impressed by those genius(sic).”

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Bandits storm Kaduna Airport, open fire on aviation workers, passengers

Kaduna Airport and Bandits
Armed bandits on Saturday afternoon breached the security at the international airport in Kaduna, leaving an aviation security guard killed after opening fire on workers and passengers.

A witness told Peoples Gazette the incident occurred shortly after 12:00 noon when the attackers scaled the airport barriers and caused widespread panic across the facility.

“We’ve identified a security worker that was killed as Shehu Na’Allah,” our source said under anonymity because they didn’t have authority to do press interviews about the incident. “We have everything under control now but many people were wounded and some flights were unable to depart.”

Security forces have been deployed to further guarantee calm around the airport, which was used as the main international hub following closure of the airport in Abuja in 2016.

A spokesman for the police in Kaduna did not immediately return a request seeking comment about the attack. An airport management official declined comments.

Today’s attack marked the second time armed attackers would scale perimetre fencing of the airport in order to carry out a successful attack.

Some Nigerians were abducted when bandits stormed the airport staff quarters on March 6, 2021. Some of them were rescued weeks after the incident by security forces.

Kaduna has been amongst the most affected states of the raging armed banditry in Nigeria’s northwestern region, and the crisis has barely been contained despite huge deployment of security forces that has led to the killing of thousands of gang members along vast trenches.

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