Friday, 31 July 2015

BREAKING: Update: 6 Killed, 11 Injured By Bomb Blast Near A Crowded Maiduguri Market

The National Emergency and Management Agency has said that six people were killed by an explosion that occurred at a crowded market in Maiduguri Friday morning.

Nigerian Army Rescues 59 Borno Villagers From Sambisa Forests

TROOPS of 7 Division of Nigerian Army yesterday rescued 59 residents of Kashimri and Amarmari villages in Konduga local council, Borno State, after a six-hour operation against Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forests.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Boko Haram: Advocating A Better Deal For Internally Displaced Persons, Victims of Insurgency, Terrorism in Nigeria

Although there is no strict legal definition as there is for a refugee but the  United Nations Report - Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement defines an Internally displaced people/persons (also referred to as DPRE in many civil and military parlance) as people or groups of people who have been forced or obliged to escape or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border.

Nigerian Air Force Intercepts, Cut-off Boko Haram’s Supply Routes

Seized Arms
The Nigerian Air Force has announced that its patrol and surveillance activities have succeeded in blocking routes through which petroleum products and other materials are supplied to the extremist Boko Haram sect.

India Executes Yakub Memon, Mastermind of Deadly 1993 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

India has carried out its third execution in under three years, hanging a former accountant convicted of involvement in a series of co-ordinated terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of people in Mumbai in 1993.

Notorious Kidnapper, Military Accomplice Apprehended in Onitsha

A 28-year-old notorious kidnapper, Henry Chibueze, popularly called ‘Vampire’, has been arrested alongside his informant.

Massive Shake-up As Nigerian Army Redeploys 334 Senior Officers

The authorities of the Nigerian Army have redeployed 334 senior officers.The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in an electronic mail on Wednesday that the postings and appointments approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai, affected 37 Major Generals, 57 Brig. Generals, 128 Colonels, several lieutenant colonels and others.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Multinational Troops Will Be Allowed To Pursue Boko Haram Across Borders

Multinational troops fighting Boko Haram in West Africa will be able to pursue the militants across borders, Nigeria's presidential spokesman says.

Nigerians in Diaspora (NIDO) Set To Raise Fund For Boko Haram Victims

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has said that it would soon initiate an appeal fund to assist Boko Haram victims.

DSS Parades Pastor, 12 Others As Kidnapping Kingpins

Twelve people including a pastor, Mr. Babatunde Balogun, were yesterday paraded before newsmen by the police and DSS in Ekiti State for being members of a kidnap syndicate.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Boko Haram Kill 29 in Fresh Attack on Dille, Borno Village

A member of the House of Representatives representing Hawul and Askira-Uba constituency of Borno state, Hon. Jubrin Satumari, on Tuesday confirmed a terrorist  attack on Dille and its surrounding villages in Askira-Uba local government area of the troubled Northeastern Nigeria state on Monday where  29 persons were killed.

Kidnappers of FUTO Lecturer - Dr. Mrs Eze, Demand N20 Million Ransom

Dr. Mrs Eze
Kidnappers of the Head of Department of Information Management Technology (IMT), of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Dr. Felicia Eze, have demanded N20 million in order to free her from captivity, a family source has disclosed.

FACT SHEET: United States Support for Peace, Security, and Countering Violent Extremism in Africa

The United States is committed to working with our African partners to address peace and security challenges on the continent and across the globe.  While expanding our cooperation with governments in Africa to combat the growing terrorist threat across the continent and protect African communities, we are engaging in holistic efforts to help governments and communities in Africa combat violent extremism.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Update: 19 Killed, 47 Injured By Female Suicide Bomber on Crowded Damaturu Market On Sunday

Damaturu, the Yobe State capital came under attack again on Sunday morning, as a suicide bomb tore through a crowded market, killing 19 people and wounding 47 early morning visitors.

Police Reportedly Establishes 'Forgery' Of "Standing Order" Exploited To Elect Saraki And Ekweremadu

The Nigeria Police have concluded their probe into the forgery of the Senate Standing Order and given a copy of the report to President Muhammadu Buhari,SUNDAY PUNCH can authoritatively report.

Boko Haram Attacks Borno Village, Kills 18, Burn Several Houses

Not less than 18 people were killed and several others injured when Islamist insurgents belonging to Boko Haram launched a return attack yesterday on a small community in Borno State near the border with Adamawa State.

Friday, 24 July 2015

How Nigerian Scammers Buy Exploit Kits To Defraud Asian Businesses

A small group of Nigerian scammers is using more sophisticated methods to defraud mostly Asian businesses, including buying exploit kits and malware from experienced coders, according to a new report from FireEye.

Gunmen Kidnap 92-Yr-Old Monarch In BayelsaState, South-South Nigeria

Residents rose in protest as 92-year-old paramount ruler of Tombia community the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, HRH Christian Otobotekere, was on Thursday kidnapped by about five heavily armed men.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

All Smartwatches Are Vulnerable To Hacking, Cyber Attacks - HP Research

HP this week shared the results of a security assessment revealing that virtually all smartwatches with network and communication functionality are vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Tension In Niger-Delta As Tompolo And Ex-Militants Plan To Resuscitate MEND

There was concern in military circles in the Niger Delta region on Thursday following the planned meeting of leaders of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).

Tragedy! Over 100 Oil Pipeline Vandals Burnt To Death At Arepo, Near Lagos State

No fewer than 100 persons involved in vandalisation of oil pipelines and theft of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) were reportedly killed on Wednesday while trying to steal the product from an oil facility at Arepo near Lagos State.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

30 People Dead, 105 Injured in Fresh Gombe Park Multiple Blasts

The Red Cross Society of Nigeria Wednesday confirmed 35 persons dead and 105 injured in the double bomb blasts which occurred in Gombe that night.

Beware! Car Hacking Is For Real, Car Brakes 'Can Be Hacked via Radio'

Several car infotainment systems are vulnerable to a hack attack that could potentially put lives at risk, a leading security company has said.

Boko Haram Militants Attacks Hometown Of Buratai, New Chief of Army Staff, Kills 2

Suspected Boko Haram militants burned down houses, including the family home of Nigeria’s new army chief, in Buratai, Borno State, on Tuesday.

Major General Tukur Buratai
The attack came two days after the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, vowed to compel the insurgents to beg for peace.

Mr. Buratai was not present at the time of the attack in the early hours, Reuters reported Tuesday quoting security sources.

Since his appointment last week, Mr. Buratai has talked tough about crushing the deadly sect responsible for nearly 20,000 deaths since 2009.

Speaking Sunday, the new Chief of Army said under his command, Boko Haram would either beg for peace or face the wrath of highly motivated and combat ready soldiers. 

The Borno State-born Major General, who took over command of the nation’s army last week, said he was ready to lead soldiers to the dens and enclaves of the insurgents.

He re-christened the operational code of the counter insurgency efforts from 

“Operation Zaman Lafiya” to “Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole” – which in Hausa means ‘the quest for peace becomes a must’. 

Mr. Buratai, who was in neighboring Yobe State to celebrate the Islamic eid-el-fitri festival with Nigerian troops, moved to Borno on Sunday afternoon.

“As Chief of Army Staff, I will be actively involved in this ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole’ to end the madness of Boko Haram if I will have your collective maximum support and cooperation,” he said.

“Since Boko Haram terrorists have refused peace (Zaman Lafiya), we will now force them to accept peace.

“The peace that permeated Borno and transcended Lake Chad will soon return. My wish was to clear Konduga of Boko Haram vestige so that people can return home to rebuild their houses,” the army chief added.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Suicide Bomber Kills Self, Police Officers At A Police Checkpoint In Damaturu

A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber has killed himself and a police officer at a checkpoint ‎at the outskirts of Damaturu, Yobe State capital, witnesses said. 

The checkpoint is located along the Kano-Maiduguri highway. 

Sources in Damaturu said the explosion occurred at about ‎1:30pm when police officers at the said checkpoint stopped a suspicious Toyota Highlander heading for Maiduguri. 

“As the policemen asked the passengers of the Highlander to disembark from the vehicle and file through the checkpoint one after the other, one of the passengers who had explosives hidden under his clothing, detonated the bomb, killing himself and a policeman”, Bukar Ali, an eyewitness said.

The source said other policemen and the passengers were seriously injured.  

Police is yet to confirm the attack.

Leadership Newspaper

Head of Department in Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Kidnapped From Her Home

The Head, Department of Information Management Technology (IMT), Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO), one Dr (Mrs) Felicia Eze was reportedly kidnapped this morning from her home in Ihiagwa, a suburb of Owerri, Imo State. 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Gunmen Kidnap Professor Zibokere Daukiye in Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria

Yenagoa – Unidentified gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Friday abducted the Chairman, Odi Compensation Funds Disbursement Committee in Bayelsa, Professor Zibokere Daukiye, the police said.

Sallah Day Massacre: Gunmen Kill 20, Including A PDP Chieftain In Benue State, North Central Nigeria

It was a bloody Eid-el-Fitri celebrations in Benue State, following the killing of about 20 persons, including a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart and an elder statesman, in Katsina/Ala local government, Chief Atoza Ihindan.

South Africa Returns $15m Cash-For-Arms Seized From Nigerians in Private Jet

The government of South Africa has reportedly returned $15 million to the Nigerian government.

The South African border authorities had on September 5, 2014 seized $9.3 million meant for the procurement of arms for the Nigerian military, from two Nigerians and an Israeli who arrived the country in a private jet.

Custom officers discovered the money stashed in three suitcases after the suitcases were put through airport scanners.

The money was concealed in two black plastic suitcases, filled with 90 blocks each containing US$100,000 in notes.

The NPA said it found with the suspects, an invoice for a helicopter and armaments meant for Nigeria.

While the furore created by the cash seizure was yet to settle, South African authorities again seized another $5.7 million transferred by Societe D’Equipments Internationale of Nigeria, to South African arms company, Cerberus Risk Solutions, for the procurement of arms.

Although the Nigerian government through the office of the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, admitted that the money belonged to the Nigerian government, the South African government said it would not release the funds until after “due process” was followed.

The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, had said although his country had no intention of keeping the seized funds, it would only release it to Nigeria after due process had been followed.

On Friday, PR Nigeria, the consulting firm issuing statements on behalf of Nigerian security agencies said the money has finally been released.

It said the money was released as a result of some legal and diplomatic processes initiated by the former NSA which “ensured that cash seized by the South African government during the cash for arms saga last year have been fully recovered by Nigeria”.

PR Nigeria also added that “President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was forced to resort to the alternative market to obtain arms when western powers blocked every access to the formal arms market but the cash were seized both at the airport and in the bank”.

Meanwhile PR Nigeria confirmed the release of Mr. Sambo by the SSS after more than 24 hours siege of his home.

It also said Mr. Sambo was released only after the SSS seized his international passports and other vital documents.

“Even though there is no more restriction of his movement, Dasuki still feels aggrieved that he was deprived of performing his religious obligation of attending the Eid Prayers, making the end of Ramadan fasting.

“Dasuki has vowed to challenge the action by seeking legal redress in order to enforce his fundamental human rights,” the release said.

Premium Times

Police Arrest London-based Kidnap Kingpin Who Masterminded Abductions in Rivers State Axis

45-year-old man, Chukwudi Ubani has told the police how he ran a kidnap syndicate from his base in London. He was said to have been responsible for several kidnap cases in Rivers State and its environs for several years.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Tragedy Averted As Two Aircrafts Collide at Lagos International Airport

Lagos – Tragedy was averted on Friday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) in Lagos following a ground collision of two aircraft belonging to FirstNation Airways.

Update: Damaturu Sallah Day Tragedy - Army Confirms 50 Killed By Female Suicide Bombers

 About 50 people have been confirmed dead in the twin explosions that rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital on Friday morning, the Nigerian Army has announced.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the Acting-Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed that the explosions occurred at screening areas of the Eid prayer ground.

Usman said many other persons were injured in the explosions suspected to have been masterminded by some insurgents.

“This is to confirm that there were two suicide bomb explosions today at about 7:40 a.m. in Damaturu, Yobe, in which two female suicide bombers — one elderly woman and a ten year-old girl –detonated the devices.

“It occurred at screening areas for intending Muslim worshippers at Layin Gwange, Damaturu and at Phase1, in front of former state secretariat, Damaturu,’’ he said.

According to him, 43 persons died in the first explosion while seven people died in the second explosion.

He however assured that the relevant authorities had brought the situation under control, adding that no amount of terrorist act would deter the Nigerian Army’s resolve to stamp out terrorism and insurgency.

He said both Gov. Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe and the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had called on the residents of the area to stay calm and be security conscious.
Daily Post Newspaper

Multiple explosions rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital at Phase I, near Eid Praying ground, Friday morning.
The explosions are coming on a day when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai declared that he will spend his Sallah celebrations in Damaturu.
Vanguard correspondent observed that praying grounds in the town are now deserted.
Meanwhile,security operatives and men of the anti-bomb squard have condoned off praying grounds to prevent further attacks.
Vanguard is yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
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Multiple explosions rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital at Phase I, near Eid Praying ground, Friday morning.
The explosions are coming on a day when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai declared that he will spend his Sallah celebrations in Damaturu.
Vanguard correspondent observed that praying grounds in the town are now deserted.
Meanwhile,security operatives and men of the anti-bomb squard have condoned off praying grounds to prevent further attacks.
Vanguard is yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
- See more at:
Multiple explosions rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital at Phase I, near Eid Praying ground, Friday morning.
The explosions are coming on a day when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai declared that he will spend his Sallah celebrations in Damaturu.
Vanguard correspondent observed that praying grounds in the town are now deserted.
Meanwhile,security operatives and men of the anti-bomb squard have condoned off praying grounds to prevent further attacks.
Vanguard is yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
- See more at:
Multiple explosions rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital at Phase I, near Eid Praying ground, Friday morning.
The explosions are coming on a day when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai declared that he will spend his Sallah celebrations in Damaturu.
Vanguard correspondent observed that praying grounds in the town are now deserted.
Meanwhile,security operatives and men of the anti-bomb squard have condoned off praying grounds to prevent further attacks.
Vanguard is yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
- See more at:

Chattanooga Shooting: Four US Marines And Gunman Killed in 'Act of Terrorism' in Tennessee

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez
Four US marines were killed on Thursday in attacks on two facilities in Tennessee. The gunman, who was also killed, was identified as 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

BREAKING! Update: Gombe Market Twin Explosion Kill Over 40 People

 Over 40 people were killed and many injured at Gombe central market following a twin bomb blast in on Thursday evening.

Eid-el Fitr: Nigeria Police Boss Call For Vigilance, Orders Tight Security

Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered tight security for Nigerians across the country to ensure a violence free Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

Eid-el-Fitr is an Islamic festival to mark the end of the month of Ramadan fast.

Arase directed Command Commissioners of the Police force nationwide to improve vigilance and look out for vulnerable points that were prone to attacks from terrorists.

He gave the directive in a statement issued in Abuja and made available to journalists.

The statement, signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, instructed that special attention be paid to all places of worship and critical public places.

“The Police High Command is hopeful that the operational strategies adopted by the Force and renewed collaboration with the public will yield positive results,” he said.

The IGP, in the statement, felicitated with Muslims in Nigeria as they conclude the Ramadan fast as he enjoined them and other citizens to maintain utmost vigilance.

“Nigerians should courageously continue to support the police and provide useful information towards preventing and unearthing crimes and their perpetrators,”he added.

Voice of Nigeria

Internet Dating Scam: How A Fake US Army Captain Conned Vulnerable Women Of £400,000

Tosin Femi Olasemo
A Nigerian fraudster masqueraded as a US Army captain serving in Afghanistan on an online dating profile to scam lonely women out of more than £400,000. 

Cameroon Bans Burqas After Boko Haram Terror Attacks

Cameroon has banned burqas in the Far North region after two women dressed in the religious garments blew themselves up last week in a suspected Boko Haram attack, a local governor said on Wednesday.

French Police Arrest 4 in France for Planning Terrorism Attacks

French police have arrested four suspects, including a former naval recruit, on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks on military bases.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Radio Biafra Signals Finally Jammed By The Nigerian Government

The Federal Government of Nigeria has jammed broadcast signals from Radio Biafra. This was announced by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan has said.

625 Killed As Boko Haram Gunmen Slit Some Residents’ Throats Near Monguno

Boko Haram gunmen killed dozens of people in four villages in Borno, slitting some residents’ throats and opening fire on others, one resident and the police said on Tuesday. The atrocities near Monguno in the northeastern state of Borno took the death toll since Muhammau Buhari became president in late May to more than 625, according to an AFP count.

Six Nigerians Extradited To US From South Africa for Alleged Internet Scams

Six Nigerian nationals have been extradited from South Africa for their alleged role in Internet scams involving dating websites work-at-home schemes, the US Department of Justice said Monday.

President Buhari Revokes Tompolo's Pipeline Protection Contract

President Buhari has ordered the immediate termination of the coastal and pipeline protection contract awarded to former Niger Delta militant leader Government Ekpomupolo alias Tompolo by President Goodluck Jonathan.  

Monday, 13 July 2015

President Buhari Sacks Service Chiefs, Appoint Replacements

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of new service chiefs and National Security Adviser for the country.
Their appointments, which was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, followed Buhari’s sacking of the former occupants of the offices earlier in the day. 

Soldiers Accidentally Kill Electricity Worker Mistaken For Boko Haram Militants Along Maiduguri/Damaturu Road

A team of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) accompanied by military escort who were on a mission to repair broken transmission line near Benesheikh along Maiduguri/Damaturu road were shot by soldiers, leading to the death of one of the TCN staff members, while two soldiers who were escorting them and another staff of TCN sustained injuries.

German Missile System Hacked; 'Unexplained' Commands Executed Remotely

Now this is a shockingly dangerous threat when hackers are taking over weapons and missiles.
This time I am not talking about weapon systems being hackable, but being HACKED!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

4 Dead As Daring Boko Haram Militants Attack Prison in Diffa, Niger Republic

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on the prison in the southern Niger town of Diffa late on Saturday, military sources said, in an apparent bid to free fellow members of the Nigerian Islamist group held there.

How President Buhari’s Slow Pace is Impacting The War Against Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari’s current slow approach to governance is affecting the prosecution of the war against extremist group, Boko Haram, in the north east, findings by PREMIUM TIMES have shown.

Explosion Rocks ECWA Church, Jos, Plateau State

An explosion has occurred at a church in Jos, Plateau State.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Suicide Bomber Detonate Bomb Near DSS Office in Maiduguri, One Dead, 4 Injured

A suicide bomber driving a three-wheeled vehicle detonated near the office of the Directorate of State Security Services in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri on Saturday.

Cyberespionage? How Hackers Stole Social Security Numbers From 21.5 Million People In The U.S

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Data breaches at the U.S. government's personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, involves millions more people than previously estimated, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Pipeline Explosion Kill 12 Oil Workers At Agip Platform, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

12 oil workers died in a pipeline explosion which occurred on Thursday afternoon at Agip’s oil fields in Azuzuama in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, according to a statement.