Five children killed in a fresh attack by ISWAP Militant in Ngomari Maiduguri.

Oneworldnews learnt that Militants of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād on Thursday hit Ngomari axis of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, just as President Muhammadu Buhari’s plane was touching down in the city. 
Ngomari is about 2 km from the Airport and Air Force base.

Our sources said the attackers hit the community with rocket launchers,which killed about five children and destroying residential area and properties.

Buhari’s aircraft, a Boeing Business jet (Boeing 737-700) marked 5N-FGT had left the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at exactly 10:48 am on Thursday and touched down at the Maiduguri airport at 11:18 am.

The President is visiting Maiduguri to commission multiple projects embarked upon and completed by the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.
Borno is the epicentre of insurgency war in Nigeria.

The state has been at the end of incessant deadly attacks by terrorist groups Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), therefore, many of its residents have grown frustrated with the Buhari government.

Ahead of his election in 2015, Buhari promised to defeat Boko Haram but six years into his government, that promise has not been fulfilled.

In February 2020, residents of the state booed the President as his convoy drove in and when it was leaving Maiduguri, Borno State, during a condolence visit.
The residents were heard shouting in Hausa “Bama so, ka samu a kunya,” meaning, “We don’t want you, because you have disappointed us.

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Tragedy: Scores of people are feared dead following the explosion that rock a petrol station in Awka Anambra state.

Oneworldnews learnt that scores of people are feared to have lost their lives in an explosion that rocked a petrol station in Awka, Anambra State.

The number of casualties was yet to be ascertained.

Also, cars parked in the petrol station were gutted in the resultant inferno.

The fire was still raging at the time of writing this report.

Details coming soon.

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Bandits invade Mosque and abduct four whippers in Taraba state..

Some Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked a Mosque at Tella town in Gassol local government area of Taraba State yesterday.

Our source said that the attack which was carried out on Wednesday evening while worship was going on in the mosque, led to the abduction of at least four worshippers.

Our reporters said that they contacted, the Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Usman Abdullahi confirmed the attack.

The gunmen, who were said to be numbering about 12, invaded the worship centre with sophisticated weapons during Isha’i prayers and whisked the victims to an unknown destination.

He was, however, unable to give details of the incident saying I will get back to you shortly

Details coming soon..

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So Sad: Terrorist set traveller ablaze with His car, in Katsina state.

Gunmen suspected to be terrorist have burnt a traveller in his car in the Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The Deputy Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, who represents Faskari constituency, Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, disclosed this on Wednesday.

According to Tafoki, the bandits blocked the traveller along Faskari-Gusau Road at Kampanin Mailafiya village where they hacked him to death and burnt him inside his vehicle.

He also narrated how armed bandits attacked Kwakware village where they abducted 17 women, molested others and vandalised valuable property.

The lawmaker added that another seven people were killed in the attack.

They attacked Kwakware village where they abducted 17 people, mostly women. The following day, they stopped a driver, killed and burnt him in his car. 

“Only yesterday, Tuesday, they killed seven people and abducted five, and the place where the attacks took place was just a short distance from a military checkpoint,” he said.

He lamented that bandits also attacked Kanon Haki village in an operation that lasted over an hour, leaving seven people dead and seven others with various degrees of injury.

He explained that “the seven injured persons are receiving treatment at General Hospital, Faskari”.  

Villages in eastern Faskari are worst hit by this spate of attacks particularly Maigora, Kanon Haki, ‘Yan Nasawara, Nunu and Kwakware.

A disturbing instance is Nunu village which is quite big, it has up to three polling units, but as I address this honourable House today, that village has been completely deserted, all its erstwhile inhabitants are now IDPs (internally Displaced persons) in Faskari and some major towns in the area 

My prayer to this honourable house is the need to call on security agencies to redouble their efforts at protecting our people against such attacks particularly in the Southern part of the state where several security operations are ongoing, Tafoki submitted.

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Two killed while four others critically injured in protest in Katsina state.

No fewer than two Nigerians were allegedly killed by military men during a protest triggered by a terror attack in Katsina.

Four others were left critically injured, Kanon Haki villagers told BBC Hausa.

The villagers said they reported to the Nigerian Army how Boko Haram terrorists were planning to attack their homes.

The attack occured on Tuesday and claimed the lives of seven villagers, but the military was nowhere to be found.

When the villagers protested against the military’s alleged inaction on Wednesday, soldiers, the villagers claimed opened fire to disperse the demonstrators.

Two villagers were killed and four others are now battling for their lives, the residents alleged.

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Nigeria flash news paper headlines phase 2, Thursday Dec 23rd.

A) President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday said that the government requires an investment size of N348.1 trillion to achieve the targets set out in the National Development Plan 2021-2025. He spoke at the formal launch and public presentation of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2021-2025.

B) President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly will on Thursday (today) transmit the 2022 budget passed by both chambers to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent into law. Lawan gave the hint on Wednesday in his remarks moments before the chamber proceeded on recess.

C) President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has denied saying Vice President ,Yemi Osinbajo will run for the presidency in 2023. Ojudu said such pronouncement is not his call, adding that only the Vice President would disclose if he has a presidential ambition.

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Nigeria flash news paper headlines Phase 1, Thursday Dec 23th.

A) The Federal Government on Wednesday, declared Monday, 27th, Tuesday 28th December 2021 and Monday, 3rd January 2022, as public holidays to mark the 2021 Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Day celebrations. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday.

B) Suspected bandits yesterday, attacked a convoy of over 10 motorists and abducted 70 travellers along Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Highway. This happened less than 12 hours after bandits on Tuesday night attacked Angwar Gimbiya community, in Sabon Tasha, Chikun LGA, in Kaduna and abducted scores of residents in the area.

C) Members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s caucus in the House of Representatives, Wednesday said that the real reason President Muhammadu Buhari withheld his assent to the amended electoral bill was to avoid electronic transmission of election results. This was contained in a statement signed by the leader of the caucus, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP Rivers State)

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Petitions on Change.Org task President Buhari to declare state of emergency in the North.

Many petitions on Change.Org demanding a state of emergency be declared in the North-West had garnered 38, 500 signatures as of 6.30pm on Wednesday even as bandits, herdsmen and terrorists killed 119 people in northern Nigeria in the last 10 days.

According to our sources, 41 persons were abducted by bandits and terrorists in northern Nigeria within the same period.

Part of the figures were obtained from the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations, an American think tank.

The killings and abductions were from December 11 to 21, 2021.

On December 11, 2021, gunmen killed two and kidnapped seven in Sabon Birni, Sokoto. On the same day, five were abducted in Chikun, Kaduna.

The next day, bandits killed 10 and kidnapped two in Wase, Plateau while in Bali, Taraba state three persons were abducted.

Bandits killed two and kidnapped 30 in Zaria, Kaduna on December 13 while on December 15, they killed one and kidnapped eight in Zaria, Kaduna.

The following day, bandits killed four in Chikun Local Government Area, four in Zangon Kataf LGA, and one in Zaria LGA in Kaduna.

On December 21, about 45 farmers were killed and two abducted by herdsmen in Nasarawa State.

In Giwa local government area of Kaduna, a total of 40 people were killed on December 20. On the same day, Boko Haram killed 10 persons and abducted dozens in Borno.

A petition to declare a state of emergency in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and other states in the North-West was initiated on Change.Org last week due to the rising insecurity in the region.

The petition, which was started by one Alhanislam Alhanislam, called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to secure northern lives with the #SecureNorth and #NorthisBleeding.

The petition says, We’re calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and other states in the north west that have been besieged by armed violence and militant attacks to secure the lives and properties of millions of Nigerians, who fear for their lives.

High level of violence and unabated killings by armed groups in northern Nigeria have spawned the region into a full-blown humanitarian crisis and a national embarrassment. More than 30 people, including women and children, were burned to death in a recent attack in Sokoto State after a group of gunmen opened fire on a bus loaded with passengers, according to our source.

Several northern youths organising protests in the affected states and Abuja were invited by the Department of State Services and warned against doing so.

Last week, some of the protesters were arrested in Abuja.

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Wonders: Amidst insecurity, one of the woman arrested by police said have attended bandits child ceremony.

It was reported that One of the women arrested by police suspected to be aiding bandits revealed that she has visited bandits in the forest and attended bandit’s child naming ceremony. 

Aftet research, the 39-year-old woman, Mariam Abubakar reveal this while granting an interview with  Television channels when she was paraded by the Nigeria police force. 

Mariam said she runs errands for bandits to get food stuffs in market. She confessed that she introduced girls to bandits and later turned it to business for ransom. 

While reacting on the arrested 5 bandit collaborators, the Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba said the suspects were responsible for surveillance carried out by bandits, pass information to them and assisted them in getting food stuffs and medicals.

Mr. Frank Mba charged community leaders to provide police with useful information which will assist security agencies to tackle kidnapping, banditry and robbery going on the society.

The identity of five arrested suspects were; Muslim Abubakar, four females Mariam Abubakar, Luisa Hassan, jumai Ibrahim and Hajarah Abubakar.

The five suspects have been working with notorious bandits in Kaduna State. Mariam has a brother and boyfriend among them. She acts like intermediary between bandits and girls they assault in the bush.

Bandits live with us in the community and have family. Community and parents should help police with vital Information to defeat the monsters.

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