Buhari, Cleric in Narrow Escape as Twin Kaduna Bombs Kill over 100
Once again, Kaduna city yesterday came under heavy attack from suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, when they launched two bomb blasts at the city, resulting in the death of over 100 people.
A former military Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), and a prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, narrowly escaped being killed in the two blasts which occurred at Alkali Road and Kawo area in the metropolis. Read more
Buhari escapes death as 25 die in Kaduna blasts
FORMER Head of State and an All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, MajorGen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), Wednesday escaped death as two bomb explosions rocked the Kaduna metropolis, killing about 25 persons and injuring many others.
Buhari was caught up in one of the explosions which occurred along Kawo Road as he was on his way to his home town, Daura, Katsina State. Buhari, according to a witness, was swiftly whisked into another vehicle in his convoy during the explosions.
President Goodluck Jonathan and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have deplored the attacks, calling them as acts of wickedness. Buhari, in a statement, said: “I was personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today along Ali Akilu Road, Kawo-Kaduna at about 2:30pm on my way to Daura. Read more.
Jonathan Meets Sanusi as Leading Emirs Break Fast with President
After months of frosty relationship, leading to the avoidance of each other, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met with the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who is now the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The duo had had a running row over the allegation by the former CBN boss that some $49.8 billion oil revenue was not remitted to the national treasury. Sanusi was to modify the figure on two other occasions. The ensuing bad blood between the two led to the suspension from office of Sanusi last February. The latter had thus sued the federal government to challenge his suspension. The case was yet to be decided when Sanusi emerged the Emir of Kano last May. The monarch recently ordered the withdrawal of the case from court. Read more.
Nine Nigerian Students Kidnapped in Ukraine
Nine Nigerian students have been reportedly kidnapped in the Ukrainian city of Lugansk, according to a statement by the representative of the National Security and Defence Council Information Centre, Andrey Lysenko.
The statement added that the students are being held in a seized building of the SBU.
It said further that relatives of the kidnapped students had been making efforts to address a press conference at the Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine.
He added that negotiations have been underway to free the nine students allegedly taken captive by separatists in the eastern city of Luhansk. Read more
90 escape death at Aminu Kano Airport
KANO—No fewer than 90 passengers aboard Istanbul bound Turkish Airline cheated death at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport Tuesday night when a petrol tanker refuelling it reportedly burst into flame.
The incident, which occurred around 10.45p.m. triggered pandemonium at the airfield as those around the scene took cover. Vanguard learnt that the timely intervention of men of Fire Service Department of the airport saved the day as they battled the inferno for over an hour to restore normalcy. Read more.
Al-Makura: Drama as 4 Assembly members attempt to snatch Mace
LAFIA — There was drama at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, yesterday, when four members of the Assembly tried to snatch the mace to stall the adoption of the motion asking the state Chief Judge to constitute a seven-man panel to probe allegations of gross misconduct against Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
This was even as heavily armed policemen and Armored Personnel Carriers were stationed at strategic places as well as within the Assembly premises and the road leading to it.
However, members of the House, who met for 20 minutes later, directed the state Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko to constitute a seven-man investigative panel to probe allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Governor Umaru Al-Makura. Read more.
APC takes concrete actions to ensure free, fair election in Osun
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken concrete actions to ensure that all the candidates in the Aug. 9th 2014 governorship election in Osun State are provided with a level playing field and that the election is free, fair, transparent and devoid of harassment and intimidation.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it had challenged in court the powers of the President to deploy troops to Osun State for the election and the power of the Inspector-General of Police to impose a curfew on any part of the state during the election. Read more.
Workers’ protest paralyses activities at Finance ministry
Business activities were on Wednesday paralyzed at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Abuja.
For the whole of the day, the ministry’s business activities were grounded by workers over what they described as poor welfare conditions. Read more.
FIRS generates N1.45tr revenue in second quarter
Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Wednesday said it generated N1.45 trillion revenue from tax in the second quarter of 2014.
According to FIRS’ report on its operation during the period, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, the revenue was realized from oil and non-oil taxes. (Daily Independent front page)
Death tolls mount in week 3 of Gaza conflict
Gaza City (CNN) — Now well into a third week of fighting between Israel and Hamas,
the toll is clear — and growing.
It can be seen in the blocks of rubble that line Gaza neighborhoods, where the Israeli military has relentlessly bombed. It can also be found in the frayed nerves of Israeli citizens who dive into bomb shelters as Hamas rockets fly in their direction on a daily basis. Still there were signs of hope on Thursday. Read more.
As global powers push Gaza cease-fire, one mother reaches out
Gaza City (CNN) — As the bloody battles pushed up tragic death tolls on both sides, world powers held a flurry of diplomatic meetings Wednesday aimed at halting the fighting in Gaza.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, while several Middle Eastern nations worked to try to win Hamas’ agreement for an Egyptian-led cease-fire.
But perhaps the most powerful message came from a woman whose son’s death played a
role in sparking the current fighting. Read more.
Chief Ebola doctor overseeing cases in Sierre Leone contracts the virus
A doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the disease, according to that country’s Ministry of Health.
Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Medicins Sans Frontieres — also known as Doctors Without Borders — at a hospital in the capital city of Freetown, Tim Shenk, an agency spokesman, told CNN on Wednesday.
Until falling ill, Khan had been overseeing Ebola treatment and isolation units at Kenema Government Hospital, about 185 miles east of Freetown.
Citing patient confidentiality, Shenk declined to provide additional details about Khan’s
condition. Read more.