Governor Imoke Salutes Okagbare, Team Nigeria

Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has congratulated IAAF World Championships double medallist, Blessing Okagbare, and the rest of the Nigeria team for delivering on their promise of ending Nigeria’s medal drought at the competition.
photo Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has congratulated IAAF World Championships double medallist, Blessing Okagbare, and the rest of the Nigeria team for delivering on their promise of ending Nigeria’s medal drought at the competition.
The Nigerian track and field team had promised to win medals at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia at a dinner to round off the All-Nigeria Athletics Championships in Calabar in June.
At the dinner, Okagbare, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues, thanked the governor for his huge support for athletics and promised to put an end to their fruitless journey to the championships.
“I am particularly delighted that the athletes have fulfilled their promise to me. I want to congratulate Okagbare for winning silver and a bronze medal. I also want to congratulate the team for the high level of discipline exhibited at the championships,” Imoke said.
The governor is also delighted that the state has continued to provide the ‘lucky charm’ for Nigeria’s national teams.
“We are happy we have been providing the platform for our national teams to excel and have turned Calabar into the sports capital of Nigeria. We have also embarked on a youth and sports development programme that is unprecedented in Nigeria. And the results have started coming in,” Imoke added.
Nigeria last mounted the podium 14 years ago in Seville, Spain before Okagbare’s successes in the long jump and 200m events respectively last week in Moscow.
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Human Head Hotel Boss Sues Obi Over Property Demolition


An Onitsha High Court in Anambra State, presided over by, Justice A. O. Okuma has adjourned hearing to September 2, 2013 in a Motion ex-parte filed against Governor Peter Obi, by Chief Bonaventure Mokwe, the detained proprietor of Upper Class Hotel, Onitsha, which was recently demolished following the discovery of some decomposing human heads inside the hotel room.

The adjournment came shortly after counsel to the applicant, M. N. Umenweke, leading Franklyn Ibeh, K. J. Bielu, F. A. Naza and L. M. Ikwuka, moved the motion afresh as directed by the court. Justice Okuma had directed the counsel to the applicant to move the motion afresh because the previous one could not stand due to the fact that the case file was not duly approved by the Chief Judge of the state before it was assigned to the vacation court by the state Chief Registrar.

This led to returning of the file to the CJ for approval, adding that now the case filed had been duly approved and assigned, in line with the standing order, the motion has to be moved afresh. Mokwe, had through his solicitors, brought the motion against Obi and the Attorney- General of Anambra state, pursuant to Order 40, Rules 1 (A & B), 3(1),(2) and (1) of the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules of Anambra State, 2006 and under the inherent Jurisdiction of the court.

In the motion accompanied by affidavit of facts in its support, affidavit to verify the facts relied upon, affidavit of urgency and written address in its support, the applicant is praying the court for a leave to apply for the order of prohibition against the respondents herein from confiscating, and destroying his assets and properties, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

The applicant is also seeking the court order that the leave so granted shall act as a stay of confiscating, and further demolishing and all further actions of the respondents in connection with the complaint in the suit, pending its determination. The court also adjourned another motion on notice filed by Mokwe, against Chief Superintendent James Nwafor, the Officer-in-Charge of Anambra State Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS; Commissioner of Police, Inspector-General of Police and Attorney-General of Anambra State to August 22, 2013 for hearing.

The adjournment followed an oral application by the applicant’s lead counsel, Umenweke, praying the court for a short adjournment to enable them react to a counter-motion filed and served on them by the defence counsel.

Counsel to the first and second respondents, Nwafor and CP and C. A. Oriphapor, did not object to the application for adjournment. In the motion on notice, the applicant, through his solicitors is seeking a declaration of the court that his arrest and detention on August 1, 2013 by the respondents and other officers over an alleged tip-off is illegal and unconstitutional.

The applicant also sought the court declaration that his continued detention in custody without allowing him access to his counsel and relations is unlawful and unconstitutional, adding that the court should grant an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, their agents, privies or any person acting on their instruction or directives from further detention, harassment and attempt on his life and properties.

He further sought an order of the court to declare that the attempt by the respondents, their agents, assigns, privies and or servants or in whatever guise they are described or called to demolish the property of the applicant situate at No. 8 Old Market Road, Onitsha, Ose- Ekwodu or any other property or properties belonging to him and his family is unlawful and unconstitutional, adding that the court should order his admission to bail.

I was ráped from age of 12 to 16 and I was ráped by my father.

It started one day when he picked me up early from school he gave me a glass of alcohol. He made me drink it then told me to take a bath. I assumed it was because I started feeling a little ill due to the alcohol. Soon he came into the bathroom and told me to go relax on the bed. I was scared and begged him not to hurt me but he did. He hurt me and abused me. I felt terrible inside me, I was crying but he did not stop.
I was afraid to tell my mother what was going on. My mother was also a rápe victim and this affected her mental health. My father told me that if I told her, she will die. He also apologized to me and said he would go to jail if I reported him. I did not know what to do so I did nothing for years while he continued to abuse me.
I eventually got the strength to tell my mother. She did not believe me at first, then she later blamed me for causing it. She says it was my own fault. My father left the house eventually. When I turned 21, he came to apologize to me, crying. But I still deal with the after effect of being a rápe victim everyday.
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Abubakar Shekau: The Man who Loves Killing


Abubakar Shekau who has led the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, has carried out series of deadly attacks, in parts of northern regions since 2009. Shekau is said to be a fearless loner, a complex, paradoxical man – partly intellectual, partly gangster. Fondly called imam or leader by his followers, Abubakar Muhammad Shekau was born in Shekau village in Yobe State.
He is said to be originally from Kaduna State but settled in Shekau village in Yobe state. He later adopted the name of the village as an almajiri who went to Maiduguri to learn about Islam. He did not have any formal education apart from the local Islamiyya schools he attended in Maiduguri.
But as the deputy to the sect leader, he was said to have travelled widely in search of Islamic knowledge. The countries he visited include Sudan, Egypt and Somali. It is believed that he must have been exposed to the extremist ideologies in these countries.
His age pegged between 43 years old – the uncertainty adds to the myths surrounding Nigeria’s most wanted man. Shekau was once thought to have been killed by security forces in 2009 – only for him to reappear in videos posted on the internet less than a year later as Boko Haram’s new leader. The United States in June this year placed a whopping $7 million as bounty on Shekau’s head as reward on any information leading to his capture.
The U.S. Acting Assistant Director of Diplomatic Security Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate, Kurt Rice had explained that the highest bounty of $7m was placed on Shekau because the US had “seen increases in the terrorist capabilities of the Boko Haram” under his leadership.
The group’s founder, Muhammad Yusuf died in police custody, and hundreds of others were killed during that massive crackdown – which many blame for making the group even more violent.
Shekau has not been seen in public since. Instead, still images and video clips of him were released from time to time, mostly online, by the group’s faceless “public enlightenment department”.
Shekau is said to have met his predecessor in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, and now Boko Haram’s headquarters, through a mutual friend, Mamman Nur. It was reported that Nur masterminded the August 2011 bombing of the UN office complex in Abuja. All three were theology students – and Shekau was seen as the quiet and perhaps the most radical of them.
“He hardly talks, he is fearless,” says Ahmed Salkida, a journalist with such good access to Boko Haram that, at one stage, he was suspected of being a member. He says he only escaped summary execution by Maiduguri police after an intelligence officer intervened. “He is one of those who believe that you can sacrifice anything for your belief,” Salkida said.
Shekau is fluent in his native Kanuri, Hausa and Arabic languages – he does not speak English. “I used to joke with him that he should teach me Arabic and I would teach him English,” Salkida said. When Yusuf was killed, Shekau was said to have married one of his four wives and adopted their children – perhaps, say sources who do not want to be named, to preserve Boko Haram’s cohesion or “purity”.
The group has a highly decentralised structure – the unifying force is ideology. Shekau does not communicate directly with the group’s foot soldiers – he was said to wield his power through a few select cell leaders, but even then contact is minimal. “A lot of those calling themselves leaders in the group do not even have contact with him,” Salkida said.
Shekau has neither the charismatic streak nor the oratorical skills of his predecessor – but he has an intense ideological commitment and ruthlessness, say people who study the group. “He is the leader of the more militant wing of the group as testified by his aping of Osama Bin Laden in his video appearances,” says Abubakar Mu’azu from the University of Maiduguri. Shekau issued a chilling message in one of those appearances – which provides a major insight into what his leadership of the group will bring.
“I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill – the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams,” he said in the video clip released just after Boko Haram had carried out its deadliest attack in so far in January 2012, killing more than 180 people in Kano, northern Nigeria’s largest city. Shekau is also the group’s spiritual leader – and, judging by video footage, he seems equally comfortable delivering sermons to his followers. “He has a photographic memory and is well versed in theology,” Salkida said.
He is nicknamed “Darul Tawheed”, which translates as a specialist in Tawheed. This is an orthodox doctrine of the uniqueness and oneness of Allah, which is the very cornerstone of Islam.
But Nigeria’s mainstream Muslim clerics do not regard Shekau as a scholar and question his understanding of Islam – and regularly condemn the bombings and drive-by shootings committed by his followers against anyone who disagrees with them.
Shekau was not just a student of Mohammed Yusuf, the late founder of the Boko Haram movement, killed in 2009; he was also one of the devout to his teachings.
He believed in the utopian Islamic evangelism of Yusuf, who preached against the evils of the modern secular states of the world. But unlike his late mentor, who believed an Islamic state was realisable through preaching and mobilisation of the people to reject secularism, Shekau believed the more realistic way was to take up arms, fight and conquer the “unbelievers.”
While Yususf was said to be calm and even meek, Shekau is hot-headed and has a warrior’s heart. He was prepared to die for the cause and also willing to kill for it.
He is also said to be quick-tempered. For his loyalty and bravery, he became the deputy leader of the group. Several times during his lifetime, Yusuf was said to have had hot arguments with Shekau over the group’s modus operandi.
Shekau had relentlessly advocated arms struggle for the group to actualise their objective, quoting several verses in the Qur’an to justify aggression against “unbelievers.” But Yusuf was said to have stood against any form of violence, saying it was against the teachings of Islam. But with the growing attacks on members of the group by the police and security agencies over the “inciting preaching” of Yusuf, Shekau’s influence in the group began to grow. Counter-violence became an attractive option to save the group and advance its cause.
Shekau became a rallying point for the offensive against the police. Long before the military’s attack on the group in 2009, members of the sect, led by Shekau, had attacked police formations in parts of Yobe State in retaliation.
By June 2009, Shekau had become the commander of the group’s army, executing traitors and defending loyalists of the sect. When it became obvious that the military had planned to attack the headquarters of the group in Maiduguri in June 2009, Yusuf and some of the members of the group decided it was unwise to engage the military in any fire-fight, and planned their escape.
But Shekau held them hostage, and called Yusuf a coward who was unwilling to fight for his cause. He reportedly threatened to kill anyone who tried to escape, and ordered that all must be ready for the fight. Many members of the sect lost their lives in the attack and Yusuf eventually died in police custody, Shekau managed to escape with some injuries, and became a survivor of the military onslaught against the sect.
After his recovery, he brought the group together again and planned the armed struggle, which began with serial attacks against the police, military and other security personnel for the attack and killing of members of the sect.
The group stopped preaching and went underground. That was when the insurgency started and they began to target top members of the Borno State government for their alleged role in the killing of Yusuf and other members.
Since he took over as the spiritual head of the group, the sect appeared to have shifted focus from its original objective of seeking to Islamise the country, starting from the North, through evangelism. Bomb attacks on churches; social spots and innocent people have continued to portray the group as insurgents seeking the disintegration of the country.

PHOTO: Check Out Agbani Darego Stunning Look

Former Miss World Agbani Darego was spotted looking stunning in this long flowing dress she wore to Senator Daisy Danjuma‘s 61st birthday party which took place on Tuesday 6th August 2013 at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.
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Rooney Not Asked To Go – Schmeichel

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has told The Sun that Wayne Rooney has never asked to leave the club.

photo Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has told The Sun that Wayne Rooney has never asked to leave the club.
While Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continues to insist he will push for as long as possible to snare Rooney and the player seems keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, Schmeichel believes the speculation is all futile.
The former goalkeeper, who captained United to victory in the 1999 Champions League final, told The Sun he has heard directly from Rooney that the forward did not formally ask to leave.
“I know Sir Alex Ferguson came out and said Wayne asked for a transfer, but I have spoken to Wayne and he said he never did,” he said.
“He hasn’t said he wants to go to Chelsea, Arsenal or anywhere else. I hope United play Wayne against Chelsea on Monday. That will put everything to bed.
“David Moyes has said many times that Wayne is not going anywhere — but when he says that, no one listens.
“If you stick him up front you will get 25 or 30 goals. If you play him in midfield you will get someone as close as you can get to replace Paul Scholes.
“I think he wants to play up front and score goals, but he will do anything asked of him.”
The Dane added on talkSPORT: “Wayne Rooney is one of the best players in the world. Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Why on earth would we sell one of the best players in the world.
“No money is big enough to give him to Chelsea or to Arsenal. Why would you strengthen your opponents?
“Winning the championship this year is probably the most important thing for a long time for Man United. There’s no Alex Ferguson anymore so we have to prove we are still competitive and we can still win championships.
“Why would you sell your best player, or one of your best players? I don’t know what needs to be done for David Moyes to kill the story.
“He has said it many times that no amount of money will make him sell Rooney. Hopefully he will stand by those words because he is such a good player and he is so important to Man United.”
Meanwhile, Schmeichel is convinced United have what it takes to retain the Premier League title this season, even though new boss David Moyes still has so much to prove.
“That first game I knew was going to set the tone and we went there and won 4-1 in emphatic style and answered a lot of questions that have been asked of Manchester United for the past three months,” he added. “Man United looked really solid. There is a lot of strength in depth and a lot of young players coming through the ranks.
“We are hearing that one or two more players might still be added to the squad, but it is a squad of players that won the championship by 11 points only three months ago, so they have got that experience now and they will be much, much stronger this year.”

Painful Account of Boko Haram’s Attacks in 2013

Painful Account of Boko Haram's 2013 Attacks
The Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram has “bombed, burned, or attacked” 50 churches in Nigeria since January 2012, according to a new factsheet published by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. The 50 attacks have killed at least 366 persons.
According to the commission, Boko Haram has also engaged in “31 separate attacks on Christians or [southern Nigerians] perceived to be Christian, killing at least 166 persons; 23 targeted attacks on clerics or senior Islamic figures critical of Boko Haram, killing at least 60 persons; and 21 attacks on ‘un-Islamic’ institutions or persons engaged in ‘un-Islamic’ behavior, killing at least 74.”
Read the full report below:

Nigeria: August 2013. Boko Haram’s Religiously-Motivated Attacks
For more than a decade, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has reported on the continuing violations of religious freedom and religiously-related violence taking place in Nigeria. In 2009, USCIRF recommended for the first time that the U.S. government designate Nigeria a “country of particular concern” (CPC) for the Nigerian government’s failure to address at both state and federal levels ongoing, egregious and systemic religious freedom violations that have resulted in over 14,000 deaths from sectarian violence since 1999. The majority of religious freedom violations have resulted from religiously-motivated violence in the northern and Middle Belt states, as well as the implementation of Shari’ah law in the 12 northern states.
In the past two years, Boko Haram has become the primary perpetrator of religiously-related violence and gross religious freedom violations in Nigeria. Boko Haram’s targets include churches, individual Christians, Muslim critics, and persons engaged in behavior deemed “unIslamic,” as well as northern elders, schools, police stations, government buildings, newspapers, and banks. International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in November 2012 and again in August 2013 stated that there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that Boko Haram has committed crimes against humanity in Nigeria. Since January 1, 2012, Boko Haram’s religiously-motivated attacks have included:
50 churches that either were bombed, burned, or attacked, killing at least 366 persons;
31 separate attacks on Christians or southerners perceived to be Christian, killing at least 166 persons;
23 targeted attacks on clerics or senior Islamic figures critical of Boko Haram, killing at least 60 persons; and 21 attacks on “un-Islamic” institutions or persons engaged in “un-Islamic” behavior, killing at least 74.
Boko Haram (a Hausa-language name northern Nigerians gave to the militants that means “western education is a sin”) originated in northern Nigeria’s Yobe and Borno states in 2002 and is now a dangerous threat to Nigeria’s stability. The group regards the federal and northern state governments, as well as the country’s political and religious elites, as morally corrupt. It further rejects the West and the secular state, seeking the universal implementation of “pure” Shari’ah law to resolve the ills northern Nigerian Muslims face. While the 12 northern Nigerian states already apply Shari’ah in their jurisdictions, Boko Haram believes that it has been corrupted by politicians for their own purposes.
In July 2012, USCIRF released a factsheet, ‘Religious Freedom Violations and Religious Violence in Nigeria’. This factsheet updates the earlier report and documents Boko Haram attacks on churches, individual Christians, Muslim critics, and persons engaged in “un-Islamic behavior” from July 2012 to July 2013.
The information in this factsheet was garnered from the reports by U.S.-based non-governmental organizations that track violence in Nigeria, international news wires, and Nigerian media. Only attacks claimed by or attributed to Boko Haram that are reported in at least two sources areincluded in the factsheet. Given these considerations, Boko Haram most likely has committed more attacks than are cited here.
Recommendations: Responding to the Threat of Boko Haram
Boko Haram’s attacks against Christians, along with continued Muslim-Christian violence, threaten to undermine Nigeria’s fledgling democracy. Religion is becoming an increasingly central factor as much of the violence results from the misuse of “faith” to foster political, economic, and/or ethnic discord, thereby elevating religious identifications and transforming violence in Nigeria’s north and Middle Belt into religious conflicts. In addition, the Nigerian government’s toleration of communal, sectarian violence has created a permissive environment conducive to further violence and a culture of impunity.
To date, the Nigerian government primarily has taken a military approach in responding to Boko Haram. In May 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in, and deployed its military to, Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states. President Jonathan previously declared a sixmonth state of emergency in December 2011 in six northern states. The Nigerian government alsohas initiated some non-military responses to the Boko Haram threat, including offers for peace talks and the formation of a committee to explore amnesty for Boko Haram militants.
In USCIRF’s view, Nigeria has the capacity to address communal, sectarian and Boko Haramviolence by enforcing the rule of law and making perpetrator accountable through the judicial system, and not relying solely on a counterterrorism strategy involving the security services. Such an approach would help Nigeria realize lasting progress, security, stability, and prosperity as a democracy. The United States can play an important role in encouraging and increasing the capacity of the Nigerian judiciary to undertake this kind of response.
However, the U.S. government also needs to recognize the sectarian aspects of the ongoing violence and the religious elements in Boko Haram’s ideology. Acting on such an understanding would better position the United States to engage with both the Nigerian government at all levels and key religious leaders who view the violence partly through a sectarian lens. The United States also should do more to encourage and support the Nigerian government’s efforts to provide additional security personnel to protect northern Christian minorities and clerics and Muslim traditional rulers who denounce Boko Haram attacks, and consider creating a witness protectionlike program.
Boko Haram’s Religiously-Motivated Attacks 
July 2012 – July 2013

Attacks on Churches

Boko Haram frequently bombs or shoots into churches during services in an effort to maximize casualties. It attacked churches during the Christmas holidays for three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012 and attacked Easter services in April 2012. Between January 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, USCIRF has documented at least 50 separate church assaults. Between July 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, the following attacks took place:

July – December 2012

  • July 15, Okene, Kogi State: A car bombing near the Living Faith Church. No one was killed. Two suspects were arrested.
  • August 6, Okene, Kogi State: Gunmen attacked the Deeper Life Bible Church. Twenty persons were killed.
  • August 6, Lokoja, Kogi State: An improvised explosive devise (IED) was discovered at Revival House Church before it detonated. No one was killed.
  • August 9, Gajiganna, Borno State: Gunmen burned the Church of Brethren (EYN) church and shot the pastor’s son in the leg. No one was killed.
  • August 12, Gombe, Gombe State: Gunmen tried to enter All Saints Catholic Church, but could not get past the gate. The police officer guarding the church was killed.
  • August 19, Damagun, Yobe State: Gunmen were repelled during attacks at a Catholic Church and a police station. No one was killed.
  • September 23, Bauchi, Bauchi State: A suicide bombing at St. John’s Catholic Church. Four persons were killed and 48 were injured. A security barrier prevented the vehicle from directly accessing the church, causing the bomber to detonate early.
  • October 18, Bauchi, Bauchi State: A suicide bombing at a Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) church in the Zango area. No church members were killed.
  • October 19, Atagara, Borno State: Gunmen attacked a church near Cameroon border. Four persons were killed.
  • October 28, Kaduna, Kaduna State: A suicide bomber attacked St. Rita’s Catholic Church. Fifteen persons were killed and dozens injured.
  • November 8, Buni Yadi, Yobe State: Gunmen shot into three churches, and also attacked police and a police station. No one was killed.
  • November 25, Kaduna, Kaduna State: St. Andrew’s Protestant Church, located in the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, was attacked by a suicide bomber. Thirty persons were killed.
  • December 1, Borno State: Four churches were attacked throughout the state, including arson attacks on the EYN church, COCIN church, and Deeper Life Church. A church security guard was killed.
  • December 24, Potiskum, Yobe State: Gunmen attacked a COCIN church during services before setting it on fire. Five persons, including the pastor, were killed.
  • December 24, Maiduguri, Borno State: Gunmen attacked the First Baptist Church. No one was killed.

January – July 2013
  • December 30, Chibok, Borno State: A church bombing. Thirty persons were killed.
  • April 7, Maiduguri, Borno State: A gun attack on an EYN church was repelled. No one was killed.
  • April 7, Mildu Shalmi, Adamawa State: A gun attack on the EYN church. No one was killed
  • May 5, Maiha, Adamawa State: Shooting into a church. Four persons were killed.
  • May 25, Gwoza, Borno State: Churches in Gharaza, Tadigle and Himbe neighborhoods were burned. No one was killed.
  • June 5, Gwoza, Borno State: The COCIN church was burned. No one was killed.
  • June 13, Gwoza, Borno State: Gunmen attacked churches in the Hwa’a, Kunde, Gjigga, and Gathanhure communities. Three persons were killed.

Attacks on Christians

On January 2, 2012, Boko Haram called on all Christians and southerners (because they are presumed to be Christian) to leave northern Nigeria within three days or face death. In the week following this declaration, more than 30 Christians were shot to death. Boko Haram continues to target and kill individual Christians and southerners. Between July 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, the following attacks took place:

July – December 2012

  • August 7, Maiduguri, Borno State: Pastor Ali Samur was shot and killed.
  • November 9, Gaidam, Yobe State: Gunmen killed five Igbo traders.
  • November 18, Maiduguri, Borno State: Retired COCIN church pastor Reverend Elisha Kabura was killed while he and his family prepared to go to church.
  • November 25, Kano, Kano State: A Christian couple and their son were shot to death on their way to church.
  • December 1, Borno State: Christians’ throats were slit and their houses burnt during a series of Boko Haram attacks on four churches (see Attacks on Churches).
  • December 28, Musari, Borno State: Fifteen Christians were killed in their sleep.
  • March 18, Kano, Kano State: A suicide bomb exploded at a bus station in the Christian district of Sabon Gari. Twenty-five persons were killed. The bus station is used to transport passengers to the predominately Christian south.

January – July 2013

  • May 14, Maiduguri, Borno State: The Christian Association of Nigeria’s (CAN) Secretary in Borno, Reverend Faye Pama Musa, was murdered.
  • May 24, Gwoza, Borno State: Reverend Luka Bazhigila of the All Denomination Church was shot and killed.
  • June 8, Gwoza, Borno State: Two Christians were killed where a COCIN church had been burned on June 5 (see Attacks on Churches).
  • June 10, Gwoza, Borno State: Reverend Jacob Kwizer of the COCIN church was killed.
  • June 14, Yobe State: Five Igbo traders were killed.
  • July 30, Kano, Kano State: Four bombs exploded in the Christian area of Sabon Gari. At least 45 persons were killed, and two churches were damaged (Christ Salvation Pentecostal Church and St. Stephen’s Anglican Church).

Attacks on Muslim Leaders and Critics

Boko Haram also attacks and kills imams and other Muslims opposed to the group. These assassinations are intended to intimidate other Muslims from speaking out against Boko Haram.
Between July 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, the following attacks took place:

July – December 2012

  • July 2, Maiduguri, Borno State: A bomber attacked the Shehu of Borno Central Mosque. The Shehu of Borno is Nigeria’s second highest Islamic leader and the Deputy Governor of Borno. Nine construction workers were killed.
  • July 8, Maiduguri, Borno State: Gunmen attacked the Shehu of Borno’s private residence. One person was killed.
  • July 13, Maiduguri, Borno State: A suicide bomber attacked the Shehu of Borno’s palace. While the Shehu survived the attack, nine people were killed.
  • July 29, Kano, Kano State: Gunmen and bombers attempted to attack the mosque in the Jan Bulo area near Bayero University, but were repelled by policemen. The seven perpetrators were killed.
  • August 3, Potiskum, Yobe State: The Emir of Fika escaped a suicide bombing attack after Friday prayers at the central mosque.
  • September 30, Zaria, Kaduna State: A bomb exploded near an Islamic school run by Awwal Adam Albani, a prominent anti-Boko Haram cleric. He was unharmed.
  • October 14, Maidugri, Borno State: Gunmen killed traditional leader Shettima Kanurebe, a close friend of the Shehu of Borno.
  • December 3, Potiskum, Yobe State: Gunmen killed cleric Alarama Dan Gobobirawa in front of his family.

January – July 2013

  • January 7, Kano, Kano State: Gunmen shot into a crowd of Muslim worshipers preparing for evening prayers. No one was killed.
  • January 19, Kano, Kano State: Gunmen attacked the Emir of Kano’s convoy. Five persons were killed.
  • March 28, Potiskum, Yobe State: Gunmen fired on a mosque in the Fillin Allah area. One person was killed.
  • May 4, Ngamdu, Yobe State: Gunmen killed two clerics critical of Boko Haram, including Cleric Mallam Sheriff.

Attacks on “Un-Islamic” Behavior and Institutions

Boko Haram calls for the implementation of its interpretation of Sharai’ah law in northern Nigeria. As such, it frequently targets institutions it deems “un-Islamic” and persons engaged in behavior it considers “un-Islamic.” Between July 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, the following attacks took place:

July – December 2012

  • July 19, Kano, Kano State: Gunmen fired on card players. Three persons were killed.
  • October 4, Jalingo, Taraba State: A bomb exploded near a beer garden and in an area known for prostitution. One person was killed.
  • November 23, Maiduguri, Borno State: Twenty women wearing mini-skirts were killed.
  • December 23, Kano, Kano State: A bomb exploded outside a bar. No one was killed.
  • January – July 2013
  • January 22, Kano, Kano State: Five persons playing an outdoor board game were shot to death.
  • February 22, Gombe, Gombe State: Gunmen attacked card players. Five persons were killed.
  • February 23, Ngalda, Yobe State: Gunmen attacked a bar. Six persons were killed.
  • April 9, Gwoza, Borno State: Gunmen killed three card players.


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Want A Sex Partner With No Strings Attached? Here Is How To Meet Them

Young people looking for no-strings-attached sex who don’t want to go through the rigmarole of chit-chat online are looking forward to the launch of a new app next week.
Pure, which has been described as ‘bringing Seamless to the bedroom’, offers sex on-demand by simply asking users their gender and the gender of their preference, whether they can host and then shows them potential partners who answer ‘Okay’ or ‘No Way’.
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Pending approval by Apple’s App Store, Pure’s intentionally soul-less and potentially dangerous approach to hook-ups has no profiles, no chat sessions before-hand and deletes unfulfilled requests after an hour.
Markedly different from more traditional internet dating sites such as Match.Com and OkCupid, Pure is also a departure from newer apps for anonymous sex hook-ups such as Tinder and Bang With Friends.
All these apps and sites require some kind of profile and online conversation to get to know the potential date better.

However, Pure, created by Roman Sidorenko and Alexander Kukhtenko removes all of that and simply provides two people who want to have sex based on their image online the ability to arrange a meet-up.
‘People are becoming comfortable with a format of online dating that once sounded scary,’ said Dan Slater, author of Love in the Time of Algorithms.
‘If these new location-based, on-the-fly apps are largely for hooking up … perhaps more people out there are looking for quick sex than had been originally thought.

VIDEO: Davido & HKN Gang Practice Some Sweet Skelewu Dance Moves

The Omo Baba Olowo of music, Davido released his new single Skelewu last week.
VIDEO: Davido & HKN Gang Practice Some Sweet Skelewu Dance Moves
As usual, the song was trending on Twitter and his fans were downloading the hit from all avenues available.
Davido also announced in a Tweet that there will be a special dance step, one in which he will be giving an instruction as-to how to make the moves.