Friday, 14 March 2014

207 Boko Haram Militants Killed In Maiduguri Attack, Says Civilian JTF.

Nigerian security forces, and members of a local vigilante killed at least 207 Boko Haram militants who launched a daring attack on a military barracks and other neighbourhoods of Maiduguri, Borno State, the vigilante group, known as the civilian-JTF, said Friday.

Members of the civilian - JTF said they counted at least 207 corpses of suspected Boko Haram members killed during clashes with government troops early Friday.
One leader of the vigilante, Mallam Abdullahi, told PREMIUM TIMES his members counted more than 200 bodies of suspected insurgents in one area where the fighting took place, and said there would be more bodies in the bush.
“We have counted 207 dead members of Boko Haram in our area, Jiddari-Polo, alone. Many others are being killed in the bush because the fighter-jet is still shelling them, and some of our members have accompanied the soldiers in pursuing them,” Mr. Abdullahi said.
The group said the figure comprised of the attacking members of the Boko Haram and the other members freed from the military cells within Giwa barracks.
Residents had earlier described as encouraging the sight of youth in their thousands storming the neighbourhoods of the attacks with clubs, spears, bows and arrows, and machete, searching for Boko Haram members.
Another member of the civilian-JTF, Isa Maikati, said his group arrested many of the attackers and handed them to soldiers. Those who tried to fight back, were lynched, he said.
There were reports at least five soldiers, among them a woman, were killed in the attack, but the military did not confirm that claim.
The attack, the first of its kind in that part of Maiduguri city since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009, started at about 7:30 am and continued until about 12 noon.
Hundreds of insurgents, dressed in military fatigues, struck at the barracks, the university and other neighbourhoods of the city.
The military said its forces successfully repelled the onslaught which was targeted at freeing detained Boko Haram members. An airforce jet hovered around the city for hour, dropping bombs at targeted areas and killing many of the insurgents, witnesses said.
There were reports of civilian deaths, although the reports were not confirmed. One resident of Fori, Babaji Adamu, said the aerial bombing destroyed many houses and killed a girl who was hiding with the parents in a house.
Witnesses said one student of the University of Maiduguri was killed, while three others were seriously injured as stray rocket bullets landed in in the densely populated areas of the campus.
The Director of Information for the school, Ahmed Muhammed, said there was no attack or explosion on the campus.
“What people heard or saw were bullets from the area of the attack that fell into our campus,” he said in a telephone interview.
The attack came days after the defence headquarters said Nigeria’s newly-appointed chief of army staff, Major General Kenneth Minima, had relocated temporary from Abuja to Maiduguri to help oversee the government’s response to attacks by the deadly sect.
It was not clear whether Mr. Minimah was in the town when it came under attack. There were no report of his visiting any of the affected areas, or meeting with the media.
Calm returned to the city by evening, as members of the Civilian-JTF took to the streets singing victory songs and chanting anti- Boko Haram slogans..............................Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.


                                 
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Friday, 7 February 2014

#Recreation: Top spots for Valentine in Lagos and other places around Naija.

Top spots for Valentine in Lagos, other places


MEMORIES are for ever, so they say. Many would next week try to create magical moments with loved ones that would last for a long time, if not a life time. It is the St.Valentine’s Day and there no better places to create memories and intimate moments than to set out to very special places to savour the moment.
In Nigeria, there are alluring places where lovers can go to share magical moments and literarily touch the stars at top tourist sites.
Oniru, Elegushi beaches
The loss of the once popular Bar beach to ocean surge and the shut down of the near-by Kuramo beach has turned out to be the gain of private beaches like Oniru and Elegushi beaches in Lagos. The privately-owned beaches are little more organized than the public ones like Alfa and Eleko. Added to the fact that they are located within the town, they have become quite attractive to fun seekers. For those who appreciate the more lively atmosphere to celebrate the lovers’ day, these beaches would not be a bad idea. They have good parking spaces and security is quite commendable.
However, public beaches like the Eleko and Suntan in the Badagry area would also be bubbling with activities for lovers who want to bubble and enjoy life in full.
Special Valentine at Southern Sun
For its numerous customers, the valentine season would not be an ordinary one, as Southern Sun, Ikoyi, Lagos, has come up with a package to make the celebrations memorable. The valentine season package would be enjoyed by guests who stay at the hotel between the 13th and 17th of February 2014. Special room rates and complimentary breakfast for two is also on offer
According to the hotel’s General Manager, Mark Loxley, the hotel would have a special ‘Couples Dinner’ at N13,000 for two, as well as a ‘Sea Food Lovers Buffet’ for N7, 500 on Friday the 14th. In his words, “the seafood and couples dinner is the hotel’s way of encouraging couples to celebrate the valentine season with a mouth-watering spread of local and continental dishes.
“Our customers are our primary responsibility, the relationship and friendship we cultivate, especially during this season, as well as the added values we have, gives us an edge,” Mark Loxley concludes
Candle light dinner by the beach front
One of Lagos State’s foremost resort, the Lagos Tourist Beach Resort, Akodo in Lekki council area of the state, along the Lagos-Epe Expressway, will be holding a romantic beach-side dinner for couples. It is a total package that involves accommodation, dinner and other in-house entertainment to be provided by the resort. The Akodo Tourist Beach Resort, with its long stretch of beach front with coconut trees, is clean with lush sand that is perfect for a romantic evening.
Silverbird Galleria
The Silverbird Galleria, along the Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, would have its own share of the valentine’s day traffic. The attraction is that the place is almost an all-in-one complex for fun in days such as this. The eateries, the gift shops and cinema are all there for those who enjoy being in bustling and high-octane areas .
Nature, sea and sand at La Campagne Tropicana
The resort, Nigeria’s foremost and one of the oldest, go out of its way to make this season unforgettable. It combines rich African content in terms of culinary, arts and general aesthetics, with the finest modernity has to offer to make visitors have a good time. The resort has, in its tradition, put together a package for this lovers’ day.
It has two Valentine Day packages, tagged “Nature, Sea, Sand and Love”, starting from Friday to the next Sunday at the resort in Ikegun, Lagos, and the club, located on Adeniyi Jones Street, Ikeja.
The club will also host a ‘Thank God Its Valentine’ (TGIV) on Valentine’s Day. The club resort has packaged Nature, Sea, Sand and Love, which it says will provide lovers a platform to connect, cherish and celebrate Valentine’s Day. It is well-known that music paves the path to unwind and resonate with our loved ones. This has led us to believe that it is integral for us to facilitate an avenue that fosters this sentiment.
The events offer lovers the opportunity to celebrate their love at a romantic, outdoor concert under the stars, along with an eternal musical sojourn. According to the management, the vision for the packages was to convey a high impact message by way of delivering an exciting and interesting night, featuring artistes from diverse spectrum and to make this enterprise an annually celebrated carnival.
Other places…
The Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort, Ekiti
If this were to be written last year or year before, it may not have been wise to wise recommend the place to lovers. The environment is serene with tree and quiet ambience to savour. But the accommodation facilities were nothing to write home about. But all these have changed, as the current administration of Governor Fayemi has totally turned around the fortune of the site. The Ikogosi Warm Spring resort could pass for a destination now. For lovers who want to explore the forest and hills setting of the Ikogosi area, Ikogosi would always be an option.
Obudu Ranch Resort
Love goes with beauty, either physically or inside. And what better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to float on the Obudu cloud and get to love’s cloud seven. Obudu is the most beautiful place in Nigeria and could compete with any place in the world for allure and grandeur. Getting to Obudu is very easy. The Remlords Group, through destination Cross River, has an all-inclusive package to the place. For lovers wishing to go to Obudu, it is just a click away.
Other places include the Millennium Park in Abuja , Jabi dam and many other places.


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#FASHION: 2014 Fashion Trends.




THINGS you will never think you will wear but probably will. There have been some perfectly awesome fitted/skinny ankara trousers, shirts and shorts on the street and catwalks. There are arrays of new stuff which designers are tempting us with. Below are some of the fashion items we have seen at the men’s wear shows which could be the next thing you consider adding to your wardrobe; they are the new items and ideas which you might not really have considered before but which you might possibly be wearing this year
•Trousers: Skinny/fitted •Ankara prints trousers.
•Ankle length trousers
•Loafer shoes
•Skinny/tiny belt
•Kampala agbada stylishly combined with native buba and sokoto.
•Three-quarter shirt n short
•Charming bracelets
•Messenger bag
•Suspender belts
•The Niger-Delta trend of buba and sokoto will still be around.
•The 60′s and 70′s trend will also be much around. And in all, it’s going to be fitted all the way.
•For hair style, it will be a year of afro, punk and skin cut.

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#Matters Arising: Youths Block Highway Over Killing Of Farmers In Benue...Solomon Ayado

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There was tumult yesterday at Apir community of Makurdi local government area when some angry youths barricaded the busy Benue-Enugu express road to protest killing of two farmers by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that gunmen in military uniform, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen had yesterday, shot and killed a man, Tarsha Namakaa, who was taking the cows of his uncle, Engr. Samuel Utoo for grazing at Apir village. Another youth was also killed while 57 cows were declared missing.
Apir community is located 20 kilometers away from Makurdi, the Benue State capital and the NNPC pipeline branch as well as emergency unit of the Federal Centre, Makurdi are all situated in it.
The protest which started at about 8am lasted for more than seven hours and the ugly situation caused traffic congestion, preventing easy access to motorists and commuters that plied the busy highway. The traffic jam surpasses the control of men of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the police.
The protesters burnt tyres on the main road to register their grievances, just as several cars were smashed by the irate youths while many persons were injured in the process.
Engr. Samuel Utoo, a PDP chieftain in the state: said “my brother, Namakaa, took the cows, 57 of them for grazing and the Fulani men shot and killed him, displacing the cows that are nowhere to be found. The attack is confusing and at the moment, I have lost all my cows.”
However, the youth leader of Apir community, Comrade Joseph Agera, told journalists that they blocked the road to attract government attention to end the incessant Fulani attacks on farmers. He alleged that “both the state and federal government was insensitive over the matter and that urgent measures were not taken to stop the mayhem.”
Police public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ezeala, who expressed grief over the incident, said the command has deployed policemen to the place to maintain traffic and calm the protesters. He said no arrest was made so far but investigation into the matter was on-going.
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#FOREIGN NEWS: Syria Begins Evacuation Of Civilians From Homs

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83 civilians who had lived under Syrian government siege in the devastated city of Homs for a year and a half have been evacuated, the first concrete result of talks launched two weeks ago to try to end the country’s civil war.                                                                                                                                                                   “They were living on leaves and grass and olives and whatever they could find,” WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said. Footage broadcast on state television and other networks showed elderly and apparently frail men wrapped in blankets being helped into a bus by Red Crusset Volunteers. Buses ferried dozens of weary-looking evacuees, accompanied by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, to a meeting point outside Homs where aid workers, soldiers and police were gathered. The World Food Programme said many appeared malnourished.
A UN convoy arrived on Friday after an uneasy ceasefire came into effect after the implementation of a truce discussed at peace talks in Switzerland last week. An expected delivery of humanitarian aid and food has been delayed until Saturday.
Speaking to Syrian state television, Homs governor Talal al-Barazi said the atmosphere was “positive” ahead of the operation which began around midday.
The besieged city remained largely quiet later on Friday, adding to hopes the truce would continue long enough for the initial evacuation to be completed, but there were reports of a shooting.

Some expressed concern over the fact that, while women and children would be evacuated, men in rebel-held Old Homs between the ages of 15 to 55 would have to register and “regularise their status”, which is similar to surrender.
It is thought thousands of people remain trapped in Homs, which is divided between rebel and pro-government areas, living in dire conditions, amid an acute shortage of food and medicine.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Maqdad said the government was “very happy” that the evacuations were now possible.
“This will allow innocent civilians, children and people with special needs, to leave the country,” he said.
“We’re very happy that we found the possibility to bring out these people and to provide those who are in need inside Homs, with the humanitarian aid they deserve.”
The rebel-held Old Homs districts in the centre of the city have been under tight siege from President Bashar al-Assad’s troops since June 2012. [AlJazeera]
               
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#MUSIC: Chidinma, Flavour dare their Brand Sponsors.

Chidinma and Flavour are the latest celebrities to work against the interests of the brands they are representing.


Taking a leaf from the book of their senior colleague, D’Banj, who represents Globacom, but appeared in a music video of Kcee, an MTN ambassador, Chidinma and Flavour, who represent MTN and Globacom respectively, have also dared their brands by collaborating on a new song, the remix of Chidinma’s Oh Baby.
So far, there doesn’t seem to be any backlash on them over the action, but when you recall that Kunle Afolayan was said to have been dropped as a Globacom ambassador because he featured Saka, then an Etisalat ambassador in his movie, Phone Swap, don’t be surprised if brand ambassadors liaising with ambassadors of their rival brands start getting dropped soon.

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#MUSIC: Don Jazzy, Jesse Jagz vie for sexy Tesh Carter

Tesh Carter is not yet a big name in the music industry. However, it’s the name of a female rapper that is expected to become very successful.


She made her appearance on the music scene with Hands In The Air on which she featured Kedike singer, Chidinma. She returned afterwards with Baddo, a freestyle, and she’s now back again with The Bounce. Shortly before she dropped The Bounce, it was disclosed that she was dating respected producer, Jesse Jagz.
But since The Bounce dropped, and iAt was produced by Don Jazzy, it is being said that she is dating him. Beautiful and sexy, Carter is the sort of lady that men will want to fight for.
But if she is indeed dating these two hot producers, which of them will eventually win her hand? Is it Jazzy, who is very big in music, or Jagz, who is not as big as Jazzy but nevertheless is known?
                            
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#MUSIC: Upcoming artist blasts, advices Notjustok.




            An upcoming artist, Cjay, has blasted the music blog that prides itself as Nigeria’s number one online music source, Notjustok.com. Speaking with E-News, Cjay said notjustok which is supposed to help Nigerian musicians, especially the upcoming ones, grow by featuring their songs on  notjustok, is rather charging them a preposterous fee now.
 

The problem is not that they are charging but what they are charging. I sent my song to them and they sent me a mail charging $200 a day for me to have my song on notjustok. For a website that claims it’s the number one promoter of Nigerian music, that is just preposterous.“I just want to advise them to revise their charges to be more affordable so they can carry upcoming artists along as we are more than the established.
             And I also want to let them know that without we upcoming artists, they will be nowhere, so they should not freeze us out, as there are many other music sites now that will benefit from what they might lose.”
                                
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