Fighters of the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād have opened fire on the convoy carrying policemen attached to a yet-to-be-identified presidential aspirant of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Security sources told SaharaReporters that the insurgents attacked the convoy along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road while it was travelling from Abuja for a presidential campaign in Maiduguri.
The incident reportedly happened at Goni Matari village, Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State on Sunday.
Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu; Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Tein T.S. Jack-Rich, all presidential aspirants of the APC were in Borno during the weekend.
The social media accounts of a number of political holders and government agencies have been spammed by supporters of an Indonesian preacher who was denied entry into Singapore on Monday (May 16), said a Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) spokesperson on Wednesday.
Abdul Somad Batubara had arrived at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and was placed on a ferry back to Batam on the same day.
Responding to media queries, the MCI spokesperson said there were calls for cyberattacks against Singapore Government social media accounts on public Indonesian chat groups.
CNA understands that the Instagram accounts of President Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan were among those that were affected, as was Mr Lee’s Twitter account.
The Instagram accounts of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Singapore Tourism Board were also spammed.
In addition, two events management companies have had their websites defaced. The websites have since been recovered and SingCERT will reach out to the companies to extend our assistance,” said the spokesperson.
Organisations are advised to take active steps to strengthen their cybersecurity posture, heighten vigilance, and bolster their online defences to protect their organisation against possible cyberattacks, such as web defacement and distributed denial of service, the spokesperson added.
Local organisations who are affected by a cyberattack or have evidence of any suspicious compromise of their networks should report to SingCERT, MCI said, adding that a report can be made online.
Six people who travelled with Somad were also not allowed to enter Singapore, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday night.
Somad has been known to preach extremist and segregationist teachings, which are unacceptable in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society”, MHA said in a statement.
While Somad had attempted to enter Singapore ostensibly for a social visit, the Singapore Government takes a serious view of any persons who advocate violence and or espouse extremist and segregationist teachings, said MHA.
DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, who confirmed the kidnap while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Anambra, said the lawmaker’s black Siena bus, which he was driving before the incident, had been recovered.
Mr Ikenga said the command had launched a manhunt for the kidnappers with the aim of rescuing him.
The PPRO also confirmed the killing of a member of a vigilante group, who was on a motorcycle in Oko town, Anambra, on Sunday.
The Anambra State Police operatives on May 15 recovered a lifeless body in a police T-shirt found along Oko expressway. Preliminary information shows that the unidentified body is not a member of the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, an investigation has begun to unravel the identity of the deceased and perpetrators of the murder,” he said. Mr. Ikenga said normalcy had been restored to the area and urged everyone to remain calm while being safety conscious.
Meanwhile, suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.
Russia dropped phosphorus bombs on the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, Ukrainian sources said on Sunday, following Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).
Hell has come to earth. To Azovstal, Mariupol city council deputy Petro Andriushchenko wrote on Telegram. He posted a video of the attack, also showing artillery fire, although the footage could not be independently verified.
Phosphorus bombs are incendiary bombs that ignite on contact with oxygen and cause devastating damage. Their use is banned under international law in populated areas.