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Four bombs uncovered at BUK

by Salihu Mustapha, Kano

Bayero University

Four unexploded bombs were uncovered at the old campus of Bayero University, Kano, on Tuesday morning.

The bombs were believed to have been planted by members of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Security sources told our correspondent that the bombs were discovered in front of the faculties of Law, Sciences, sports complex and the lecture theatre.

It was learnt that curious attendees at the lecture theatre sighted a black bag in a corner of the hall and raised the alarm.

As a result, the anti-bomb squad was invited to prevent the bombs from detonating.

However, the bomb at the sports complex exploded on its own before the arrival of the anti-bomb unit.

No casualty was however recorded as most of the affected areas were immediately condoned off.

Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, Musa Majiya, said the police were on top of the situation.

Majiya said, “The command has taken care of it. It has swiftly dispatched the anti-bomb unit to handle the situation. The police are on top the situation.

“Residents should please go about their normal duties. The police however appeal that any suspicious movements should be promptly reported to authorities for proper action to be taken. The command also thanks the people of the state for their cooperation so far.”

In a video posted on the Internet last week, Boko Haram threatened to attack the media and universities.

Gunmen attacked a lecture theatre at the BUK which was being used for Christian Sunday services on April 29, killing 15 people.

Source :The Punch Newspapers

JTF Kills 4 Gunmen as SSS Official Dies in Enugu

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Nigerian Police IG, Muhammmed Dikko ABUBAKAR


By Ibrahim Shuaibu and Christopher Isiguzo

Four suspected gunmen were Sunday killed at Ring Road, Hotoron Gabas, Kano State by members of the Joint military Task Force (JTF) in an operation launched in one of the suspected house of the gunmen.

The killing of the suspected gunmen by JTF however came on a day an official of the State Security Service (SSS), Mr. Petrus Onwu, was killed by bullets allegedly fired by policemen at fleeing hoodlums terrorising the Asata area of Enugu metropolis in Enugu State mistakenly hit him while driving along the road.

An eye witness in Kano confirmed that the shootout started around 9a.m. and lasted for over two hours before the suspects were overpowered by members of the JTF. The suspects engaged by members of JTF in a shootout, were eventually killed after a prolonged exchange of gunshots between members of the JTF and the suspects.

Residents of the area were thrown into panic as they ran helter-skelter in search of safety following heavy explosions and gunshots.

Spokesman of the Joint military Task Force (JTF), Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha confirmed the operation and the killing, saying a number of arrests were also made during the operation.
Iweha also declined further comment on the actual arrest so far made but said the operation was successful and would continue until miscreants were finally flushed out from the area.

He therefore solicited the cooperation of the general public in the effort to bring back peace in the state. The area was seriously condoned off by the security agencies and no movement of vehicles or passerby was being allowed as the joint task force operatives were seriously searching the area to arrest the suspected gunmen in the area.

It was also observed that the commercial activities in the area was shut down due to the heavy presence of the security operatives deployed in the area, while the resident of the area remained indoors.

Meanwhile, another meat seller, one Philomena Udealor, who was also hit by the Police bullets was said to be recuperating at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUT), as at the time of filing this report.

Reports said Onwu, who was attached to the branch of the SSS in Enugu, had met his untimely death along the Ogui road, while driving with his wife in a Mercedes Benz car with registration number BS 138 KJA.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ebere Amaraizu, which confirmed the incident, said the SSS personnel was hit by a bullet while driving on the road and was confirmed dead by doctors at the Annunciation hospital, Emene where he was rushed to.

The PPRO however said the state command had commenced full scale investigation into the incident, noting that the police patrol team which fired the bullets was in pursuit of cultists, who later robbed certain residents at gun point at the Artisan market area of the state.

“On Sunday, men suspected to be cult men springing up probably from a revenge mission from the Matured Students Programme (MSP) of the Enugu state University of Science and Technology (ESUT) allegedly struck twice on different locations with a motorcycle wounding one Philomena Udealor a sales girl with one meat shop located at Atisan market, dispossessing her of all the daily proceeds made.

He stated that the hoodlums on citing the police patrol team, started shooting sporadically, leading to the hitting on the head of the Onwu.

Amaraizu said the Police Commissioner in the state, Musa Daura, had expressed displeasure over the incident and had directed Divisional Police Officers in the state to ensure that no commercial motorcycle operator plied the routes designated by the state government as no go areas.

Source: Thisday

#Nigeria Kano seeks husbands for 1,000 widows, divorcees

• Divorcee Altine Abdullahi is among 1,000 women who have turned to the Kano state government to find them a spouse.            Photo: Los Angeles Times Divorcee Altine Abdullahi is among 1,000 women who have turned to the Kano state government to find them a spouse. Photo: Los Angeles Times

Kano State, where the number of divorcees is cause for concern, the government is acting as matchmaker to help ex-wives and widows find Mr. Right.

He should be tall. Kind, of course. And generous, especially when it comes to buying all those little trinkets that a woman desires.

“A little handsome,” but not too much, says Altine Abdullahi. “It’s a danger.”

In northern Nigeria, it is a truth almost universally acknowledged that a woman of a certain age, and in a certain situation in life, must be in want of a husband.

But if the woman in that certain situation is a divorcee or a widow, finding a husband isn’t easy, even without the shopping list of desirable qualities ticked off by Abdullahi (a divorcee).

That’s why 1,000 women have thrown their fates into the hands of the Kano state government, which will act as their matchmaker. The religious authority in the Muslim-dominated state, the Hisbah Board, has embarked on a massive husband hunt for divorcees and widows. The first 100 women, including Abdullahi, are to be wed in coming weeks.

“I’m getting married,” she says. “God willing!”

She has no idea who her husband will be. But, like the practical character in a Jane Austen novel, she’s no romantic.

“I know love is something, but …” she pauses wistfully. “Love doesn’t really last.”

Abdullahi, 44, preens like a fine, glossy bird, creaming her plump lips, powdering her face, fluttering her eyelashes girlishly. Her smiling face, with perfect white teeth, peers out from dozens of photographs stacked on her desk and decking the wall of her office, where she heads the organization Voice of Widows, Divorcees and Orphans Assn. of Nigeria. Her skin is clear, her eyes bright, her silver bangles jangle happily, yet she complains that she looks “tired.”

“Beautiful? You should have seen me when I was young. Then I was beautiful.”

The state-as-matchmaker plan came after Abdullahi made an emotional plea on Kano radio for husbands for desperate widows and divorcees.

In Nigeria, women of marriageable age who remain single are seen as suspect, their respectability questioned. Throughout many parts of the Muslim world, divorced and widowed women are forced to go home to their fathers or brothers and are viewed as a burden and failure. Or they live on the edges of society, shunned and forced into begging or prostitution to support their children.

Sometimes the brother of a dead man will marry the widow and support her and her children. But many divorced women find it difficult to remarry.

In Kano, the state capital, there’s a sense of crisis about the number of divorcees, although statistics aren’t available to back up widespread perceptions of an increase in failed marriages. The problem sharpened here after Kano state and 11 other predominantly Muslim states adopted sharia, or Islamic law, between 1999 and 2001, allowing men to divorce unilaterally simply by thrice stating “I divorce you,” an act that cannot be undone with a simple change of mind.

“With growing cases of divorce among couples, the state has reached an unenviable record in the country. In any social gathering and various fora, the most common discussion in the metropolis is the growing rate at which divorce is taking place,” said a February article in the Nigerian newspaper Leadership.

An everyday quarrel can easily escalate into divorce, says Abdullahi, whose divorce happened as quickly as a car crash, in a moment of heat, instantly regretted by both sides.

The row came after her husband took a third wife who was demanding more nights with him. When he conveyed the demand to Abdullahi (as second wife), she told him it was women’s business. He should send the third wife to her.

He refused. She insisted. He said, “Be careful.”

She insisted. He told her to leave. A few more sharp words and before anyone could stop it, the couple were divorced.

“I started crying. Even he started crying too. We cried together. He said, ‘Just go back to your room and forget about the divorce.’” But she couldn’t. Under sharia law, she says, she cannot go back to him unless she remarries and her husband either dies or her new marriage ends in divorce.

She left their four children with him, as is often the case. (“He treats them very well. So why should I worry myself about them?”) She has seen them once since, in 2005. She left, certain he’d miss her and her cooking, especially his favorite dish, spaghetti bolognese, made from a recipe she’d found in a magazine.

That was 12 years ago.

“I know he misses me.” Still, she says, 40 days can now pass without him entering her mind.

After the divorce, Abdullahi decided to put herself through law school, but being smart didn’t compensate for her lack of a secular education.

“I didn’t understand a word the lecturer said.”

In 2008, the state government’s religious Social Reorientation Program, A Daidaita Sahu, meaning “straighten your lines” in the local Hausa language, urged men to be tolerant of trivial marital problems. One reason for the state’s high divorce rate, the government found, was “the misapplication of power by men to divorce women.”

Many Kano men, who see obedience as an important wifely trait, don’t want to marry divorcees, Abdullahi contends.

“Nobody comes to us. They say we are not disciplined,” Abdullahi says. “We challenge that. They’re our men and if they don’t marry us, who will?”

The Hisbah Board is subjecting all marriage applicants, male and female, to medical and HIV tests, and requires each to fill out a form, providing details of their social “status,” education, likes and dislikes and an outline of what he or she expects in a spouse.

Husbands will pay a modest bride price, but no less than one gram of gold (which Abdullahi wants to go to the bride but usually goes to her family). The state will also pay all wedding expenses.

About 2,000 men have applied to be screened as potential husbands. For men, it looks like an affordable way to get hitched, with the bride price low, the trouble of haggling with the bride’s parents averted and the wedding paid for.

Even members of the Hisbah Board have recently taken extra wives “to set a good example,” board official Nabahani Usman said. (The board sees it as an act of charity and kindness to take in an extra wife.)

For many of the divorcees and widows, the attraction is the protection offered by the board, which will make sure any future divorce isn’t trivial.

Some critics of the marriage plan, such as writer Ayisha Osori, argue that its great flaw is in giving false hope of success in marriage to women when society’s views of wives remain problematic.

“Absolutely nothing has changed. The men have not changed, the state has not changed, and the realities of the women — right where society wants them to be — have also not changed,” Osori wrote in Leadership. “And so the cycle continues, with women in and out of the homes and beds of men who can discard them as quickly as it takes to say talaq,” she added, referring to the Islamic term for divorce.

Abdullahi met recently with Aminu Daurawa, head of the Hisbah Board, who promised to personally select the best available man for her.

He’d better find someone who appreciates a bold, charismatic woman.

Abdullahi’s outspoken ways have been controversial. In 2009 she planned a “million divorcee march” in the streets of Kano to protest the dire situation of many divorcees and widows. Tongues wagged over such a scandalous idea. Men — and women — condemned it.

She was summoned by the Hisbah Board, forced to cancel the protest and had to promise never to talk about it again. She was chastened but didn’t give up fighting.

“I’m a strong woman. I got my strength from my father.”

These days, Abdullahi looks anything but downtrodden. She adores fashion (which can be quite an expensive habit, even in Kano) and goes a little starry-eyed when listing the hoped-for qualities of her soon-to-be-found husband. She may not be romantic but can’t help dreaming big.

“I want a husband who will get me anything I want in my life. It’s not important to be rich. But I don’t want poor.”

And if he’s cruel, miserly, bad-tempered, violent or simply doesn’t suit, she will reject him.

“If he can take good care of me, fine, I’ll stick with him. But if not, I’ll find my own way.”

But can she? The Hisbah Board’s determination to save all but the most dire marriages may cut both ways. If she (or any of the women) doesn’t like the board’s version of Mr. Right, she may be stuck.

Source: The Nation

Terrorism: IG orders CPs to secure media houses

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed
May 3, 2012 by Adelani Adepegba, Mustapha Salihu and Eniola Akinkuotu

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has directed all state commissioners of police to beefup security around media houses in the country.

This is just as the training of 100 policemen in the handling of Explosive Ordinance Disposal has begun.

The IG’s directive followed the threat by Boko Haram to attack PUNCH and some other South-based newspapers in the country.

The sect made the threat in a Youtube video on Tuesday, in which it justified last Friday’s suicide bomb attack on ThisDay Newspapers office in Jabi, Abuja.

Speaking at a dinner with crime correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, Abubakar stated that the police would provide security for media outfits.

He also gave the assurance that efforts would be made to protect journalists from harm.

“I’m aware of the threat to media houses by the group of criminals causing trouble in parts of the country. I have directed all commissioners of police in charge of state commands to provide security for journalists and media houses. We won’t allow any harm to befall them,” the IG said.

He also vowed that security agencies would continue to combat terrorists in their areas of operation.

He urged Nigerians to support the security agencies in their efforts to deal with security threats across the country by providing useful information.

Also on Tuesday, the State Security Service said it was investigating the sect’s threat to attack media houses.

SSS Deputy Director, Media and Publicity, Marilyn Ogar, said the agency was working to thwart any plot against the media.

She dismissed the report of a bomb scare in Abuja on Tuesday, adding that the “stop and search” operation conducted on persons and vehicles by security agencies was a proactive measure led by the Brigade of Guards to assure the public of their combat readiness.

She said, “There was no bomb scare in Abuja as reported by some newspapers. The stop and search conducted on Tuesday was a show of force by the Brigade of Guards to show that they are alert to any security issue.”

Meanwhile, the training of the 100 policemen in EOD techniques began on Wednesday in Lagos, in a bid to address the rising level of insecurity in the country as well as incessant bombings.

The training is in response to the IG’s order that the EOD should intensify security in all states where it has units and should also endeavour to establish its presence in states where it has none.

The training was formally opened on Wednesday in Lagos by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the EOD, Mr. Folusho Adebanjo, who represented the IG.

The spokesperson for the EOD, Mr. Gbolahan Moronfolu, said it was meant to strengthen the capability of the police in the handling of explosives.

He said, “The 100 participants are conventional policemen from various police commands and formations who were successful in an aptitude test previously conducted by the EOD. The course is for one month and will centre on the basic training module.

“The actual aim is to strengthen the workforce of the EOD command throughout the federation in view of the incessant bombings. The training aims to increase personnel and use them to create more units in states where there is no EOD unit.

“Many embassies, media houses, police divisions as well as other possible targets will now have more EOD presence.”

On Wednesday, the Lagos State Police Command summoned all area commanders that have media houses under their jurisdiction to its headquarters.

The command’s spokesman, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed this to one of our correspondents on the telephone, explained it was in response to the Boko Haram threat.

He said, “The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Mr. Tunde Sobulo, is presently having a meeting with area commanders who have media houses within their areas of operation.

“Since the April 26, 2012 attack on some media houses in Abuja and Kaduna, the Commissioner of Police for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Umar Manko, had ordered that security should be beefed up in the state. But with the recent threat, we have to restrategise.”

Jaiyeoba said he would inform our correspondent about the security measures being implemented by the command.

The SSS command in Kano State has arrested a middle aged chemical merchant, Ayuba Usman, suspected to be dealing in chemicals for the production of explosives to Boko Haram members.

Usman, who is a native of Dala Local Government Area in Kano metropolis, was paraded before newsmen by the Director of SSS in the state, Mr. Bassey Eteng, on Wednesday.

The alleged merchant was found in possession of 35 big drums of highly combustible chemicals and substances used for making bombs and other Improvised Explosive Devices.

Eteng said, “Chemicals are controlled items and they are supposed to be sold to people legitimately for economic use. But when we then find some individuals selling them to other individuals, then these individuals turn them to harmful use on innocent persons.”

He stated that the arrest of Usman, whose shop is located in one of the main markets in the state, was effected through information provided by a suspect in custody.

The director, however, refused to name the market where the suspect’s business place was located for security reasons. He stated that Usman’s arrest followed Tuesday’s successful raid by the Joint Task Force on a suspected Boko Haram factory/house located at Bubugaje in Sharada Phase 111 Industrial Estate in Kano metropolis.

“The suspect brought before you is a suspect whom we found from investigations to have links with some extremist elements.

“And what I believe, based on statements made by the high profile suspect the service is dealing with, we were able to know that the suspect, Ayuba Usman, has been providing very combustive chemicals to the extremist group.

“These are the chemicals being used in making Improvised Explosive Devices and other types of explosive devices. He was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) in Kano. He is the owner of all the (chemical) substances found in his shop. These substances are controlled items.

“Suspects in custody were able to identify their main link of where, from whom they are getting the above materials and who provides them the materials in Kano. This happened to be Ayuba Usman They (terrorist bombers) mix this thing with fertiliser and other inflammable substances.

“He was not just picked because he is selling these materials, but because information from those in custody, who identified him, who described him, where his shop is; led us to his arrest.

Kano: SSS Operatives Arrest Suspected Supplier of Bomb Making Chemicals

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The JTF shows off some explosives recovered from an earlier raid


By Ibrahim Shuaibu

State Security Service (SSS) operatives in Kano have arrested a middle aged man, Ayuba Usman suspected to be the chief supplier of chemicals used in making IEDs by Boko Haram members .

State Director of the SSS, Mr Bassey Eteng said in Kano on Wednesday while parading the suspect before reporters, that “based on investigation the suspect is believed to have links with some extremist elements in the state.

“Also based on statements made by some of the suspects in our custody, the suspect has been providing chemicals being used by the terrorists to make IEDs.”

According to him, the suspect was apprehended on Wednesday with 35 drums of chemicals and other materials which were highly inflammable in one of the markets in Dala Local Government Area.

According to the director: “Chemicals are controlled or sold to individuals to make economic gains.

“But when we find individuals selling such materials to individuals who turn to harm innocent people, the security will be concerned and that is why we are concerned.”

He said the SSS operatives in the state would dig deeper in order to know their network with a view to tracking down their accomplices, adding that investigation would continue until the perpetrators of such illegal activities were arrested.


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