Suspected Islamic militants wearing army uniforms gunned down at least 44 worshippers at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a string of attacks blamed on radical extremists.
Militants believed to be linked to Boko Haram sect opened fire on people worshipping inside the mosque in Konduga near Nigeria’s restive city of Maiduguri on Sunday, security officials said yesterday.
At least 44 worshippers have been shot dead, they said. Also, a member of a vigilante group said that some of its members were gunned down by the rampaging terrorists when they tried to respond to a distress call.
It was not immediately clear why the mosque in Konduga was targeted, but Boko Haram has in the past attacked mosques whose clerics have spoken out against religious extremism. The group also has attacked Christians outside churches and teachers and schoolchildren, as well as government and military targets.
Nigeria declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states in May as it fights Islamist militants.
Boko Haram aims to establish and Islamic caliphate in the oil-rich country and more than 2000 persons have died since it commenced killings and bombings mostly in the northern part of the country.
Nigeria’s 150 million people are evenly distributed among Christians and Muslims.
Nigeria currently spends N1.6trillion ($10b) on infrastructure per annum, Minister and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission of the Presidency, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman has said.
Presenting the Draft National Intergrated Infrastructure Master Plan at a validation workshop for the masterplan in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, Usman said N480 trillion ($2.9trillion) is required to close Nigeria’s infrastructural gap over the next 30 years.
Usman who spoke through the Director of Infrastructure in the commission, Olugbenga Adigu, said in the short term, transport and energy should be prioritised as asset classes with the largest immediate economic benefit.
Nigeria, he said should be able to export electricity to other Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries by 2043 among other sectorial goals, he projected.
Secretary of the Commission, Mr Fidelis Ugbo, said in view of the country’s huge infrastructure gap which has slowed down development it became imperative for the Federal Government to respond by initiating the process for the development of the masterplan.
He said the masterplan is a 30-year plan for accelerating infrastructure development in Nigeria.
Eighteen soldiers, including a lieutenant, on Monday appeared before a General Court Martial in Jos, Plateau State for aiding members of the fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, and other insurgent groups in their activities.
The soldiers are members of the Joint Task Force code named Operation Restore Order in Borno State and the SpecialTask Force also known as Operation Safe Heaven in Plateau State.
The JTF and STF were deployed in the two states following the menace of insurgent groups in the country. While the JTF is also battling with Boko Haram members in Adamawa, and Yobe states, the STF has been grasping with Fulani herdsmen who, in the past 10 years had taken Plateau State by the jugular. Continue reading
The Lagos traditional ruler, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has condemned the proposed £3000 visa application bond by the government on Nigeria and some other nations.
Oba Akiolu described the proposed visa application bond as “ an insult to Nigeria” and urged the British government to reconsider the proposed ban.
The traditional ruler made the remarks on Monday, in Lagos, during a five- day workshop on “Corporate Fraud :Insider Abuse in the Financial Sector and the Implication on a Growing Economy,” organised by the Special Fraud Unit, in collaboration with the City of London Police in Lagos.
Oba Akiolu said “it is unacceptable to us as a nation, we will not take it. It is a big insult on us for British to demand 3000 pounds before we can go to London. We are not criminals.” Continue reading