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Boko Haram Killing Spree Claims 110 Nigerians.


Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Davide Perillo
Jos Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, president of the Bishops Conference of Nigeria, speaks with journalist Davide Perillo.

The militant Islamist sect Boko Haram is suspected of killing at least 110 people of various faiths across Nigeria during the past week, prompting the country’s top Catholic bishop to declare the rebel movement “has no limits.”

On Thursday, gunmen killed the Rev. Augustine Yohana, a Catholic priest, and two of his sons in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Yobe, then set their home and church building ablaze.

The Nigerian news service Daily Trust quoted one of Yoahana’s surviving sons, Ibrahim, as saying the gunmen arrived in their town of Garinbaba in the middle of the night, “woke us up, asked us to lie down in front of the church, tied our hands with rope and said they are security personnel on a search mission.”

No arrests have yet been made.

A Christian leader in the area, who asked that his name not be used to help preserve his safety, told World Watch Monitor the attackers were members of Boko Haram.

“My life and that of many other Christians in the state is in danger and we are only hoping that the government will take necessary measures to stop these endless killings in the state,” he said.

In the neighboring northeastern state of Borno, suspected Boko Haram attackers raided the town of Gamboru twice. The first attack, on Wednesday night, killed six. The second, late Thursday, killed a further 21.

On Saturday, in the central state of Kaduna, gunmen moved into the town of Zangang in the early-morning hours, burned homes and killed 15 people. Hundreds of residents fled the village. Guardian News Nigeria cited a survivor of the attack as saying most of the victims were young people on their way into the farm fields.

The Northern States Governors Forum has said it suspects Boko Haram of the attack.

Then, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, about 30 gunmen stormed the Agricultural College campus in Gujba, Yobe state. They roused the sleeping students, gathered them into a single place, and shot them. News accounts vary about the number of students killed, initially putting the death toll between 40 and 50, and later increasing it to 65. Several other students were injured, and many dodged gunfire as they fled into the surrounding countryside.

Some of the college buildings were set on fire. After visiting with hospitalized victims Sunday, a tearful Yobe Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam implored Nigerian security forces to improve vigilance against violence.

Msgr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, archbishop of Jos and president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, on Monday issued a statement that noted most of the victims of the attack at the college were Muslim.

“In the beginning the aim of Boko Haram was to attack Christians in order to destabilize the community. But now the ferocity of the members of this movement has no limits to the point of slaughtering even those who should be their fellow Muslims,” Kaigama said through the Catholic news service Agenzia Fides. “Boko Haram has made further progress in the sophistication and ferocity of their attacks but it is now made up of fanatics who have lost their original goal.”

The leadership of Boko Haram has declared its intent to wipe out Nigerian democracy and replace it with an Islamic state guided by sharia law.

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, and others condemned the killings and urged the federal government to intensify efforts to stop the Islamic insurgents who have killed thousands of people in the northern parts of the country.

“There is fear and apprehension in the length and breadth of this nation, but Jesus said: Take courage,” he said Sunday at a service to mark Nigeria’s 53rd year of independence.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Northern Govs Urge Security Agencies To End Boko Haram Violence.


The Northern States Governors Forum has urged security agencies to halt the senseless killing of defenceless citizens and attacks on places of worship and educational facilities especially in the North East where the dreaded Boko Haram group has killed many innocent people since 2009.

The chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu gave the charge on Sunday while expressing serious concern at the renewed attacks on citizens, following the gruesome murder on Saturday of 38 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State, and of 15 persons in Zangang community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting dead of 38 students of the College of Education; Gujba, Yobe State followed the same pattern as the killing of 22 students and a teacher at Government Secondary School, Mamudo in the same state last July,” said a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.

The forum described the fresh attacks as horrendous, callous and devoid of any shred of humanity.

It commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased and quick recovery to those who sustained injuries.

The forum called on security agencies to do more to protect the lives and property of citizens and also ensure that those behind the violence in the region are brought to justice.

It also reiterated its pledge to continue to work with other tiers of government to bring an end to the security challenges confronting the nation.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Boko Haram shoot dead 40 students in night attack.


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No fewer than 40 students were shot dead yesterday by men believed to be Boko Haram terrorists in an attack on a school hostel in Yobe State.

The students of College of Agriculture, Gujba, 40 kilometres from Damaturu the state capital, were asleep when the agents of death stole into their hostel. It was one of the most horrific attacks ever carried out on defenceless people by the insurgents.

The gunmen also set the school buildings on fire as they retreated after the attack.

The Nation gathered that the attackers numbering about 30 drove into the school around 1:30am and moved straight to the students hostel where they assembled them in various groups and opened fire on them.

“They arrived at the school around 1:00am.

We thought they were security personnel on surveillance, but they later invaded Admin Hostel and beat up the victims outside the hostel and opened fire on them,” Ibrahim, a survivor, said.

An employee of the College, Musa Amadu, said the gunmen stormed the college in Toyota Hilux trucks, Volkswagen Golf cars and motorcycles, killing the students, after closing all the gates to prevent them from escaping.

He said about 18 students were abducted by the attackers. Others hid in the ceilings, Amadu said. He said the gunmen ordered the students not to flee before shooting them in the three-hour attack.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam wept on seeing the bodies of the slain students with gun shot wounds on various parts of their bodies at mortuary. There was also a picture of the victims packed in a truck, their bodies drenched in blood.

Damaturu Specialist Hospital Medical Director Dr Garba Fika confirmed that 40 students were killed.

He told the governor who visited the hospital that five students, including three with fractures, one with bullet wound and another with abdominal injury, were at the hospital.

The governor, who was in tears, urged security operatives to intensify aerial surveillance of the area.

Gaidam added: “On our way from Maiduguri to Damaturu this afternoon (Sunday), we saw a trailer and bus that were burnt, with the occupants slaughtered and their corpses littering the highway.

“Government should rise up to its responsibilities to save the lives and properties of its citizens.”

The governor said that anyone travelling on the Damaturu to Maiduguri highway was taking a huge risk.

Deputy Governor Abubakar Aliyu, the Provost of the College, Mulima Mato and other dignitaries also shed tears at the mortuary when they saw the bodies of the students.

More than a thousand students fled the institution, military spokesman Capt. Lazarus Eli said.

Yesterday’s attack was not the fist on a school in Yobe. Schools in the state re-opened only 13 days ago after 10 weeks of forced closure following attacks.

Those attacks resulted in the death of 29 pupils and three teachers.

In June, seven pupils and two teachers were killed at the Government Secondary School, Damaturu.

In July, 22 pupils and two teachers were killed at the Government Secondary School, Mamudo.

Parents were seen in groups discussing the fate of their children, in view of the serial attacks on schools by suspected Boko Haram militants who came disguised as soldiers, set up checkpoints and fired on motorists and bystanders.

A parent who requested anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he and others were scared of sending their children and wards to school.

“We are shocked, saddened and scared of sending our wards back to school with these ugly incidents of attack on schools in Damaturu, Mamudo and now, Gujba,” he said

A statement by the state government said 40 students were killed while four injured had been transferred to Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu.

Gaidam said although there was increase in troops movement and the deployment of more military hardware in the Northeast, the people of the state were yet to see the kind of action that could effectively nip criminal and terrorist activities in the bud.

He urged the people to pray for divine intervention.

The statement by the Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego, said: “His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam strongly condemns Saturday’s attack on students of the State College of Agriculture, Gujba. The governor describes the attack as devastating, heinous and barbaric.

“Forty students were killed by criminals and terrorists while four others were injured during the attack.

“On a visit Sunday to the injured who were hospitalized at the Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital Damaturu, Governor Gaidam commiserated with families of the victims and prayed Almighty Allah (SWT) to make the injured recover quickly.

“The governor also said the Yobe State Government will foot the bill for medical treatment for the injured.

“His Excellency Governor Gaidam calls on the military and other law enforcement operatives in the State to intensify surveillance and patrols to deal more effectively with the prevailing security challenges.

“The governor noted that although there is increase in troop movement and the deployment of more military hardware in the northeast, people were yet to see the kind of action on the ground that effectively nips criminal and terrorist activities in the bud.

“The governor pledged to continue to support security agencies in every way possible to restore peace and security.

“He also called for regular aerial reconnaissance and more intrusive patrols along the Maiduguri-Damaturu-Potiskum highway where many heinous attacks have taken place in the recent past.

“His Excellency Governor Gaidam also called on all residents of the state to continue to pray for divine intervention for the resolution of the security challenges that the state faces, remain calm, go about their normal businesses and cooperate and assist the security agents working to protect life and property.

“The governor urged residents to continue to use the telephone numbers provided by the military to report any suspicious persons or movement in their neighbourhoods.”

No fewer than 143 people have been killed this month in neighboring Borno State, which along with Yobe and Adamawa states are under a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan last May.

Many militants fled their bases in the Northeast, the insurgents’ traditional stronghold, and violence initially fell, but revenge attacks quickly followed.

Boko Haram regards schools as a symbol of Western culture. The group’s name translates to “Western education is forbidden”.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Attack horrific, says Europen Union.


Catherine-Ashton

There was huge outcry yesterday against the perpetrators of the attack on Yobe College of Agriculture, with the Europen Union (EU) describing it as “horrific”.

It promised to support the Nigerian governmemt to combat the deadly Boko Haram sect.

The spokesperson of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, said in a statement:

“The High Representative condemns the horrific terrorist attack perpetrated today in Yobe State and those that took place on

previous days and weeks in Northern Nigeria in Abuja and elsewhere. Her thoughts are with the victims and their families.

The High Representative reiterates the EU’s firm rejection of such unjustifiable violence, whoever the perpetrators. Today’s attack clearly targeted children and students. Those responsible for this and all other attacks must be brought to justice and be held responsible for their acts.

The EU stands firmly with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, under the principles of the rule of law, including full respect and protection of human rights.”

Senate President David Mark, Northern states governors and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, among others, mourned the students and urged the government to reassess its security apparatchik.

Mark commiserated with the government and people of Yobe State.

He also condoled with the government and people of Niger State over the ill-fated boat mishap in the Niger River near Malilli village in which no fewer than 42 souls have been confirmed dead.

Mark in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Paul Mumeh, bemoaned the Yobe attack and urged the perpetrators to hearken to the voice of reason and sheathe their swords.

He said: “Violence has never produced any positive result neither has it any solution to problems or grievances. If you have any grievances, the only way out is through dialogue. Resorting to killing others can only add to the problem and not solution.

“There are more than enough channels of communication and ways of redressing misgivings. These killings, especially innocent citizens, are not part of our culture. They are truly alien to us. All right thinking members of the society must rise up to end this carnage ravaging our land.”

The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) urged security agencies to halt the senseless killing of defenceless citizens and attacks on places of worship and educational facilities by Boko Haram.

The forum was disturbed about the wanton killings of several innocent people since 2009 when the sect began acts of violence in the Northern region.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu also condemned the killing of 15 persons in Zangang community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Aliyu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Danladi Ndayebo, said, “The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting dead of 38 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State following the same pattern as the killing of 22 students and a teacher at Government Secondary School, Mamudo in the same state last July.”

The forum described the fresh attacks by the dreaded group as horrendous, callous and devoid of any shred of humanity.

It commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased and quick recovery to the injured.

The forum called on security agencies to do more to protect the lives and property of citizens and also ensure that those behind the violence are brought to justice.

The forum reiterated its pledge to continue to work with other tiers of government to bring an end to security challenges confronting the nation.

Atiku described as senseless and tragic, the murder of dozens of students gunned down in their sleep.

In a statement issued by his media office yesterday, Atiku underlined his disposition to the spate of instability in the country with a quote from the late American civil rights hero, Martin Luther King Jr: “Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war.”

Atiku continued: “As a father, I am deeply saddened by these senseless murders. These were young Nigerians studying agriculture with a goal of helping to feed our nation.

“We must urgently review our strategy for confronting these cowards. The murders at the Gujba College of Agriculture are further proof we need to rethink how we provide security for our nation.

“We must organise ourselves better to provide dignity and security for Nigeria. To defeat terror, we must use much more potent, unbeatable weapons: democracy, education and opportunity.”

“Nigerians have lost faith in their government because of this lack of vision in the management of the nation’s political, economic and social affairs.”

The former vice president enjoined leaders not to seek elective offices simply for the sake of power if they lacked the vision to push economic growth, which in turn, creates employment and greater prosperity for the citizenry.

According to him, the economy is central to every aspect of national life and demands vision-driven leadership to move forward.

“Our economy has weakened in the past few years, with crippling unemployment, especially among our youth. Nigeria has become unable to deliver the goods and services to give our people a decent standard of living and dignity.”

Atiku restated his commitment to working with willing Nigerians to make a difference and expressed concern at the unchanging shambolic state of national infrastructure and the deteriorating state of education in the country.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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