(NIGERIA) HACFO REPORT: A mob has allegedly killed a pastor identified as Reverend Yohanna Shuaibu in Massu, a village in the Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.04: According to the Hausa Christian Foundation (HACFO) in a statement on Sunday, the mob also burnt down the slain pastor’s house, church, and mission school.

#AceDailyNews Militant Mob Allegedly Kills Pastor For Converting Man To Christian In Kano, Razes House, Church, Mission School,” according to Sahara Reporters, September 27, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The incident reportedly happened when a young Muslim man who converted to Christianity allegedly killed his brother’s wife during a fight and the mob suspected that the pastor had a hand in his alleged conversion.

The statement read, “Rev. Shuaibu has been the Northeastern Evangelist of New Life Church and the CAN chairman of Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano state in Nigeria. He lived in a village called Massu.

“Recently, the growth of the Missionary base in Massu had been envied by the Moslems and the wish for its uproot from the environment for no justifiable reasons.

“A few days ago, one young man who converted from Islam but has neither been going to church nor mosque fought with his brother’s wife. In the cause of the fight, he hit her with a piston and she died. The young man surrendered himself to the Mopol (mobile police) that are stationed in the area and was taken to the station for further prosecution.

“The place became so tensed as people who heard the position of the Moslems in the area advised the Reverend to leave the area for a safer place because the Moslems felt the young man who killed a woman in a fight is a Christian, sensing that as usual, they might attack and the Reverend was the main target, especially because of his obvious exploits.

“He left for one of the neighbouring villages called Biri where he stayed for a night, the next day he came back to vacate the school pupils to avoid any eventualities knowing that if the school activities continued, the children can easily be targeted and killed.

“The late Reverend Shuaibu noticed that the tension was dowsed and he thought he could stay with his family and people, but the Moslems gathered their mob and descended on him, macheted him badly, burnt down his house, the church, and the school in the night.

“His wife was able to sneak out with the children in the midst of the mob since it was dark already. The report reached the brethren in other villages and the vice CAN chairman called the police. Before they arrived, the damage was already great. They rushed him to the hospital to try to resuscitate him but he could not make it….

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Oct.04: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) Morning Star Report: Killing of Christian at a church service and 30 others on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.30: Fulani herdsmen killed a Christian at a worship service in Kaduna state, Nigeria on Sunday (Sept. 26), and 30 others were slain in attacks later that night, sources said….

#AceDailyNews says that according to Morning Star News Nigeria Correspondent JOS reports that Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria Kill Christian in Worship Service, 30 Other People in One Day……

The herdsmen attacked the worship service of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Gavaciwa, Kachia County, killing one member of the congregation and wounding many others, area resident Mercy Musa said in a text message to Morning Star News.

Neither Musa nor Kaduna state government spokesman Samuel Aruwan identified the slain Christian. In a press statement, Aruwan said some church members were seriously injured, that Kaduna state Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai expressed his condolences for the church and the family of the slain victim and that he “prayed for the repose of the soul of the worshipper.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.30: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) LATEST: Security forces have arrested three men accused of taking part in a mass abduction on Bethel Baptist High School in July when gunmen kidnapped 121 students who were asleep in their dorm rooms #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.27: Nigerian security forces have arrested three men accused of taking part in a mass abduction on Bethel Baptist High School in July. Gunmen kidnapped 121 students who were asleep in their dorm rooms.

#AceDailyNews says that according to France24 the Nigerian police have arrested three men in connection with July kidnapping of 121 schoolchildren ….

24/09/2021 – 23:25

EYE ON AFRICA
EYE ON AFRICA © FRANCE 24

The attack took place just outside the city of Kaduna in the north-west of the country. One hundred teens have since managed to escape or were freed, but twenty-one are still unaccounted for.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.27: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: Obadiah Mailafia, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is dead.Details of his death are still sketchy but sources told Daily Trust that he died after a brief illness #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.20: In the top video below, he says that a governor of a Nigerian state is the commander of Boko Haram, and that it is working toward civil war in Nigeria. This murder will likely help bring that war closer…..

#AceDailyNews reports that a Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who spoke against persecution of Christians, is found dead according to the Daily Trust, September 19, 2021:

A fierce critic of the Buhari administration, Mailafia contested the 2019 presidential election under the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

He worked at the African Development Bank (AFDB) and served as CBN deputy governor between 2005 and 2007.

Born on December 24, 1956 in Randa village, Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, his father Baba Mailafia Gambo Galadima, an evangelist with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Central Nigeria….

Although he had made his mark as a technocrat, Mailafia became very famous in the country after he granted an interview where he said he was informed that a governor was the commander of Boko Haram….

In September 2020, Mailafia warned that his life was in danger:

“My life now in danger says Mailafia as DSS invites him for the third time,” by Vincent Ufuoma, ICIR Nigeria, September 11, 2020:

THE Department of Security Service (DSS) has again invited Obadiah Mailafia, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for further interrogation over his comments on Boko Haram sponsorship.
Chidi Odinkalu, a former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) who disclosed this on Twitter on Friday said that Mailafia has been asked to appear at the DSS office in Jos, Plateau State on Monday, September 14.

“#Breaking: #Nigeria‘s #SecretPolice, #SSS, has ordered Dr. Obadiah Mailafia to report again for further interrogation to their office in Jos, Plateau State on Monday, 14 Sept 2020, at 11:00 hrs. His case against @PoliceNG on the same matter is pending,” Chidi said.

Maliafia had in an interview with Nigeria Info, an Abuja based radio station in August claimed that one of the serving governors in Northern Nigeria is the sponsor of Boko Haram insurgency.

He was thereafter invited for questioning and clarification on Wednesday by the DSS).

Mailfia who has been to court to challenge an invitation by the criminal investigation unit of the Police asking him to appear for criminal investigation confirmed his recent invitation by the DSS to The Nation newspapers on Friday.

He said that his life has been in danger, alleging that certain political forces were bent on silencing him for speaking the truth.

“I have once again (for the 3rd time) been ordered to appear before the DSS at their Jos HQ this coming Monday 14th September at 11.00 am,” Mailafia

“This is in addition to our battle in court, as my lawyer appears before a Jos High Court on Friday, September 11, seeking a restraining order against the DIG Criminal Investigations Department (CID) who are also pursuing me.”

The former CBN Deputy Governor said all his public life as a civil servant, he had no criminal record even when he worked abroad….

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.20: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) #Sharia Law Report: The Islamic police force in Kano, a Muslim-majority state has raised eyebrows after it ordered shops to only use headless mannequins to advertise clothing #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Mr Ibn-Sina also wants the headless mannequins covered at all times because to show “the shape of the breast, the shape of the bottom, is contrary to the teachings of Sharia [Islamic law]”……With the head on it looks like a human being,” he added.

#AceDailyNews says that Nigeria’s Kano state moves to ban mannequin heads on Islamic grounds while the announcement is the first there have been attempts in other mainly Muslim countries to restrict the use of mannequins: In 2009, Iranian police warned shopkeepers not to display female mannequins with bodily curves or without a hijab as Islam frowns on idolatry,” Haruna Ibn-Sina, the commander of the Sharia police known as the hisbah, told the BBC.

By Nduka Orjinmo
BBC News, Abuja

Wigs are displayed in a large wig salesroom in Finsbury Park, north London, on September 10, 2013.

Kano is one of 12 states in the Muslim-majority north that practise Islamic law. The legal system is supposed to apply only to Muslims. 

But in reality, non-Muslims come under pressure to adhere to the hisbah’s rulings, including the ban on full-bodied mannequins. 

“We have received lots of calls and messages from those who say they disagree with the order,” said Moses Ajebo, a radio talk-show host in Kano city, the second-biggest in Nigeria.

Kano Hisbah boardCommander Ibn-Sina (in green) moves around with an entourage

Traders at Sabon Gari, a Christian-dominated part of Kano state, also expressed their displeasure with the hisbah’s order.

Shop owner Chinedu Anya said that displaying clothes on a headless mannequin would reduce their attractiveness to passers-by and affect his business.

Mohawk hairstyle shaved

Mr Ibn-Sina and his officers – who number in the thousands, and are made up of both men and women – have not yet gone shop-to-shop to enforce the ban. 

Nevertheless, there are concerns that it adds to the list of the hisbah’s pronouncements that clash with secularism and modernity.

Last week Mr Ibn-Sina criticised photos from the bridal shower of Zahrah Bayero, the fiancée of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf.

He said she failed to set a good example to other Muslims as the photos showed her exposed shoulders.

He also criticised those who shared the images, saying that it was a sin to do so: Last year, Mr Ibn-Sina’s officers shaved off the Mohawk hairstyles of young men on the pavements of Kano city, and he also chastised others for wearing low-hung trousers. Mr Ibn-Sina also barred the use of the term Black Friday to advertise sales, saying that Friday was a holy day in Islam.

He was largely ignored by radio stations and shopping malls and they faced no sanctions.Residents also received a warning against performing a dance from South Africa – where participants theatrically fell to the ground – that went viral on social media last year.

While many Muslims in Kano back the hisbah’s orders, a handful of younger Muslims believe that its interpretation of some of the teachings of Islam, such as on mannequins, is wrong.”Islam forbids idolatry but the hadith [teachings of Prophet Muhammad] is clear on Allah judging your intentions.

Unless you are bowing down to a mannequin, it can’t be seen as a sin,” said a Muslim cleric who did not want to be named.But many senior Muslim clerics, such as Halliru Maraya of the Islamic Council of Nigeria, say the position of the hisbah on the mannequins is correct as “Islam is against carving human statues, whatever name you want to call it”.

AFP Conservative Muslims believe that the hair of women must be coveredIn 2010, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas ordered the removal of scantily-clad mannequins and pictures of models in underwear from clothing shops in the Gaza Strip.

At the time, Hamas said the rules were to protect “public morality”. For those in Kano, it is not clear how the order will be enforced as Mr Ibn-Sina has ruled out seizing the mannequins he disapproves of, saying he prefers “other strategies”.Muslim cleric Mr Maraya wants non-Muslims, protected by Nigeria’s constitution, to challenge the hisbah’s ruling on mannequins in court, saying a line needs to be drawn under its efforts to force them to abide by Islamic law.But to oppose the hisbah could be a matter of life, death and money.Liquor thrown away.

More than 100 people were killed during riots to protest against the decision of the Kano state government to adopt Sharia law 11 years ago: More recently, trucks carrying alcoholic beverages belonging to non-Muslims were destroyed and bars were raided by the hisbah after it accused owners of “corrupt acts”. The consumption of liquor is forbidden in Islam.Sani Maikatanga Alcohol and other intoxicants, forbidden in Islam, are seized and publicly destroyed by the hisbahKano’s hisbah is no different from those in other Muslim-majority states in Nigeria.

But it has a higher public profile because of the personality of Mr Ibn-Sina.Those who know him say he is a showman who craves the limelight. He tends to go around Kano city with a media entourage to issue orders.But for him, he is only doing his job.Last year the commander caused a stir when he hired Kung Fu experts to train the hisbah officers in close combat as they do not carry arms. There was an elaborate show, to the public’s amusement, to demonstrate the usefulness of the martial arts.

As for the mannequins with heads, their days may be numbered in Kano. But it is still not clear if Mr Ibn-Sina will soon turn his attention elsewhere and so leave them intact.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.17: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: No fewer than 156 children have been displaced and also an orphanage home worth N200 million was burnt in troubled Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State by Fulani militias #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: The international media will take virtually no notice of this. It doesn’t fit their accepted narrative, which is that Muslims are always and everywhere victims, never perpetrators of any crimes…..

#AceDailyNews and Nigeria Plateau Killings: Jihadists burn down orphanage, leaving 156 Children Displaced,” according to Nigerian Tribune, August 4, 2021:

Plateau State Coordinator of the Association of Orphanage and Home Operators in Nigeria (ASOHON), Daniel Asama who disclosed this at the premises of Binta Orphanage Home in Jebbu-Miango Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State where facilities worth over N200million was razed down by suspected armed herdsmen strongly condemned the insecurity in the country and charged the government to give ugly trend deserved attention.

He narrated that he got a distress call three days ago from the coordinator of the Orphanage, Joshua Choji Dickson intimating him of the security situation in the community adding that the Coordinator of the Home took a wise decision by evacuating the children before militias stormed the orphanage home.

“And I am telling you that no sooner had these children were evacuated than the assailants came, attacked and razed down the Orphanage as you can see.”

“We thank God that no life was lost in this Orphanage home except those we lost in the community. However, the property destroyed is worth over N200million. And if consider the situation, you would agree with me that we are in a predicament.

“We actually need assistance. We are in pain and in a precarious situation. Can you imagine having 156 children and they have to eat every other day, they have to sleep in a place and we have to ensure they are warm and comfortable? It’s not a situation you would want to imagine. As I talk to you, I don’t even know how we would cope up tonight….

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.06: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) Hate Speech Report: Senate has passed a bill on Tuesday over any person using hate speech for them to be imprisoned and also finded #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.25: The Senate has passed a bill that proposes a 10-year jail term for purveyors of hate speech in the country: The bill which was passed during plenary on Tuesday, also mandates a fine of N20 million or both to any suspect found guilty of trading hate speech….

#AceDailyNews says Nigerian Senate passes bill proposing 10-year jail term for ‘religious hate speech’ by Dachen Isaac, Ripples Nigeria, July 14, 2021:

Parts of the contentious bill reads:

“Any person who uses hate speech to stir up ethnic, religious or racial hatred, social or political, insecurity or violence, against anyone or group or person, is liable to 10 years in jail or N20 million fine or both.”…

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: July.25: 2021:

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(LAGOS) Court Report: Ten men have been sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday for kidnapping the crew of a Chinese-flagged merchant vessel last year, the navy said, a verdict that officials hope will help tackle piracy in the waters off Nigeria’s coast #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.24: The defence counsel said the men would appeal: The hijacking ended when the navy said it had rescued the vessel’s crew members and arrested the pirates….

#AceDailyNews says the federal high court Justice Ayokunle Faji, also fined each man 250,000 naira ($608) for each of the three counts for which they were charged, said their actions in kidnapping 18 crew from the FV HAILUFENG II in May 2020, were “an embarrassment to the nation that has impacted the economy negatively”

Reuters Wire News, [Jul 23, 2021 at 15:35] https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/92068

The Gulf of Guinea, which spans more than a dozen West African countries, has been known as “pirate alley” for years due to persistent attacks. Last year pirates in the region kidnapped a record 130 seafarers in 22 separate incidents, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Most of the pirates operating in the area come from the Delta region of Nigeria, which is poverty-stricken despite being rich in oil resources.

Last year a Nigerian court made the first convictions under a 2019 anti-piracy law. Before that, there was no specific law against piracy.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.24: 2021:

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(USA) Monkeypox Report: More than 200 people in 27 US states are being tracked for possible rare infections, health officials say and this is belived to be the first case in the U.S. since 2003 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.22: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is concerned passengers who were on board two flights the man made may have been exposed to the disease.

#AceHealthDesk says Monkeypox is being tracked with over 200 contacts in US for rare disease they fear people may have come in to contact with a Texas man who brought the disease in from Nigeria earlier this month, and the man – believed to be the first monkeypox case in the US since 2003 – was taken to hospital but is in a stable condition even last month, three cases were identified in the UK and just the other day we published a report of MonkeyBVirus

Person with monkey pox
BBC Health News: Human monkeypox cases are extremely rare

So far, no new cases have been found.

He flew into Atlanta, Georgia from Lagos, Nigeria on 9 July, before taking a flight to Dallas, where he was hospitalised, the CDC said.

It said it was working with the airlines to assess “potential risks to those who may have had close contact with the traveller”.

But the chances of the disease spreading on the plane were low because passengers had to wear face masks, it added.

A CDC spokesperson told the BBC it was “working with state and local health departments to follow up with individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox”.

“The risk to the general public is thought to be low,” the spokesperson said, adding that none of the 200 people they were monitoring were thought to be “high risk”.

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease from the same family as smallpox, but is much less severe.

It occurs mostly in remote parts of central and west African countries, near tropical rainforests:

  • Initially fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, aching muscles and a general listlessness.
  • Once the fever breaks, a rash can develop, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body, most commonly the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
  • The rash, which can be extremely itchy, changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off. The lesions can cause scarring.

Most cases of the virus are mild, sometimes resembling chickenpox, and clear up on their own within a few weeks.

Monkeypox can sometimes be more severe, however, with one in 100 cases being deadly, according to the CDC.

Though rare, the disease has been discovered in the US before. A 2003 outbreak caused 47 confirmed or probable cases, and was linked to rats flown into the country. 

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.22: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) ICN REPORT: That kidnappings of Christians are on the increase and just recently more than 140-children have been snatched by gunmen as soldiers and suicide bombers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.09: ICN reports that the children who were kidnapped were Christians. For over a decade, Boko Haram has “ravaged the northeastern part of Nigeria and around Lake Chad.” Last year, Boko Haram kidnapped over 300 boys in Western Nigeria. So far this year, Boko Haram has committed seven mass kidnappings in Nigeria.

#AceDailyNews reports that in NIGERIA: 140 more Christian children kidnapped from ‘Bethel Baptist Boarding School’ and last year alone Boko #Haram kidnapped over 300-boys and committed 7-mass-killings with recruitment of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as aid organisations complain about not allowing amnesty in the west for unaccompanied children according to an ICN report

Jul 6th, 2021

Source: Release International:

Jihadists have not only been recruiting children as soldiers and suicide bombers in Nigeria, but also in Cameroon, Niger and Chad and the seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves finds a pattern with jihadists taking sex slaves, and it’s consistent with Islamic history everywhere:

“Nigerian gunmen kidnap 150 children from boarding school in Kaduna state,” ITV News, July 5, 2021:

Gunmen have kidnapped around 150 schoolchildren from a boarding school in north-west Nigeria.

The gunmen stormed Bethel Baptist High School in the early hours of Monday, shooting sporadically as they kidnapped the students, police spokesperson Mohammed Jalije has said.

Heavily armed criminal gangs in the country often attack villages to loot, steal cattle and abduct people for ransom – but since the start of the year they have increasingly targeted schools.

John Hayab, whose son narrowly escaped the abduction, said about 180 students attend the high school.

“We cannot give the exact figure of those abducted for now, until those who ran into hiding for safety are back and a census of the students is taken, but we know they took a lot of students,” he said.

Mr Hayab added: “I am just speechless, I don’t know what to say. My son was among the students who narrowly escaped.”

“I am part of this unfortunate incident because it is my church,” he said, before adding: “This is a very, very sad situation for us.”

Mr Hayab, who is the chair of Christian Association of Nigeria, told The Associated Press that so far, 26 students had returned and he was hopeful more would escape from their kidnappers.

This is the fourth abduction of students in Kaduna state in the past six months and there have been seven mass kidnappings of students in Nigeria so far this year.

The abductions are being carried out by armed groups who want ransoms. Many schools have been forced to close as authorities are unable to adequately protect them….

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: July.09: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: Gunmen suspected to be #BokoHaram terrorists have kidnapped a Catholic Priest with the Dioceses of Maiduguri, Reverend Fr. Elijah Juma Wada #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.06: SaharaReporters gathered that Wada was abducted on Damboa-Maiduguri Road last Wednesday.

NIGERIA: Muslims abduct Catholic priest on his way to thanksgiving Mass Boko Haram Terrorists Abduct Catholic Priest In Borno,” Sahara Reporters, July 5, 2021:

He was said to be travelling from Buma Parish in Shani to Damaturu for the 10th anniversary thanksgiving Mass of his friend, Rev. Fr Yakubu Inda Philibus at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Damaturu….

This is not the first time Boko Haram terrorists will kidnap a cleric. In December 2020, Bulus Yakura, a pastor of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) was kidnapped after the insurgents attacked Pemi village, Chibok….

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.07: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: Gunmen in Nigeria have kidnapped at least 140 schoolchildren in the north-west of the country, police say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.06: At least eight people were also abducted from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria early on Sunday morning.

#AceDailyNews says that BBC Africa is reported that Gunmen have seized at least 140-schoolchildren in Kaduna state the students were seized in the middle of the night, on Thursday leaving belongings behind them

BBC Africa

Two nurses and a 12-month-old child were among those seized, said a hospital worker.

There has been a recent spate of abductions from schools and universities for ransom. 

On Monday, reports emerged of another mass kidnapping from a school near Kaduna city, about 80km (50 miles) south-west of Zaria.

The mother of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped from Bethel Baptist School told the BBC that 140 schoolchildren had been seized by a large group of armed men who arrived on motorbikes and broke down the fence.

In a statement, police said gunmen “overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students’ hostel where they abducted an unspecified number of students into the forest”.

A total of 26 people – including a female teacher – had been rescued, the statement said.

A local Christian leader said there were 180 students in the school, only 20 of whom had been accounted for so far. However, he said some of them may have escaped: but why are schoolchildren are being abducted in Nigeria

Police said gunmen involved in the hospital attack in Zaria, thought to be from local criminal groups, opened fire on a police station in the city. While they were engaged in the shootout, another group attacked the hospital as motorcycle bandits keep terrorising northern Nigeria

“The attack on the police station was a distraction whilst another group attacked the dormitories of the health centre workers,” a local resident told AFP news agency. 

The group escaped with the victims into a nearby forest. 

A hospital worker, who asked not to be named, told BBC Hausa that the gunmen had abducted at least 12 people, including three children under the age of three and a teenager. 

A local government official said troops were stepping up efforts to find the victims. 

More than 1,000 students have been taken since December and nine have been killed. More than 200 students are still missing, some of them as young as three.

Authorities say recent attacks on schools in the north-west have been carried out by bandits, a loose term for kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other armed militia operating in the region who are largely motivated by money. 

Since the well-publicised abduction in 2014 of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok secondary school by Boko Haram Islamist militants in Borno state, more armed groups have resorted to mass abduction of students.Nigeria child abduction: Kidnappers demand millions for a child’s life and there is NO end in sight to wave of kidnappings

Analysis by Mayeni Jones, BBC News, LagosOnce again the northern state of Kaduna finds itself in the eye of Nigeria’s kidnapping storm.These latest attacks are shocking, particularly the hospital one as it involves at least one infant, but this is not the first time a hospital has been targeted.

In late April, armed gunmen took two female nurses from a hospital in Kajuru area of Kaduna state. Schools and universities in the state have also been repeatedly targeted by kidnappers since March. The Baptist school attacked on Monday morning is the fourth educational institution that’s been stormed by armed gunmen in the state in five months. State Governor Nasir El Rufai told the BBC that he believes kidnappers have come to Kaduna from other states, because he’s been vocal about his decision not to engage with kidnappers in any way.But now even he has succumbed to pressure from the kidnappers – he recently withdrew his son from a local school where he had enrolled him to promote confidence in public schools.

He told the BBC that he’d decided to take his son out to protect other pupils. This latest move will embolden his critics who say his tough stance is counter-productive.However, kidnappings continue to take place, both in states where governors engage with kidnappers, and in states where they don’t.With few economic prospects for many young Nigerians, and with security forces struggling to stop the wave of abductions, it’s hard to see how this kidnapping crisis will stop.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.06: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: Fulani Herdsmen Report: A group, has written the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, threatening Jihadist attacks on some strategic facilities in the state if he fails to withdraw his support for a ban on open grazing enacted by southern governors #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.18: In the unsigned letter pasted on some locations in Asaba, the state capital on Sunday, the group gave Okowa 72 hours to withdraw his support for the ban or face series of attacks in the city:

Nigeria: Fulani herdsmen threaten jihad violence over ban on open grazing a group writes to Delta Gov, Okowa, threatens Jihad over grazing ban,” Ripples Nigeria, June 14, 2021:

In the unsigned letter titled “Fulani Jihadist warning: An open message to Delta State’, and dated June 13, the group said they have earmarked some locations including the fence of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, located along Infant Jesus Road.

Part of the letter reads:

“This is to inform Delta State that the Fulani of Usman Dan Fodio leadership shall do everything it can to uphold the legacy of our heritage of open grazing; for we are nomadic people from origination and shall never negotiate the ownership of Nigeria, West Africa and Sub-Sahara.

“We hereby demand the Governor of Delta State to immediately withdraw his earlier stand on the call to ban open grazing in 17 regions (states) in not less than 72 hours from the above date, and also withdraw his position as the leading voice for the governors.

“Failure to adhere to this demand for being the host of the 17 governors, Delta State, most likely, the city of Asaba and Agbor, shall encounter severe consequences than that of Bornu, Kebbi, Kastina, Kaduna, Enugu, Benue, Oyo and many more that will not respect the Fulani’s heritage.

“We take responsibility for the detonated explosive uncovered in the state capital secretariat, which should serve as a warning to the Delta State Government for what is to come should the governor fail to abide to our demand.

“We highly advise all Fulani and northerners, including the security personnel, to leave Delta State as soon as possible for the wind of our action is now present in the land. Failure of the governor to adhere to our call shall live us with no other choice.”…

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: The leader of the Nigerian militant group #BokoHaram, Abubakar Shekau, has killed himself, rival Islamist militants said in an audio recording #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.07: In audio obtained by news agencies, the #IslamicState West Africa Province (Iswap) said Shekau died detonating explosives on himself after a battle between the two groups.

NIGERIA: Abubakar Shekau: #BokoHaram leader is dead, say rival militants his agenda was so radical that he was rejected by #IslamicState which split from Boko Haram to form Iswap in 2016.

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Shekau was reported dead last month and has been reported killed before. 

Neither Boko Haram nor the Nigerian government have confirmed his death.

What did the recording say?

In the undated audio recording, a voice thought to be that of Iswap leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi said Shekau “killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive”.

Iswap fighters hunted down the warlord and offered him the chance to repent and join them, al-Barnawi said.

“Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth,” he said.

When reports of Shekau’s death in a clash circulated last month, the Nigerian army said it would investigate.

Army spokesman Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima told the BBC at the time the army was looking into what happened, but that it would not issue a statement until it got definitive proof.

One journalist with close links to security agencies said that Shekau died when Iswap attacked Boko Haram positions in the Sambisa forest, north-east Nigeria.

He has been reported dead numerous times before, only to resurface. 

Who is Abubakar Shekau?

After taking the reins of Boko Haram after its founder died in police custody in 2009, Shekau led its transformation from an underground sect to a deadly insurgency that has swept north-east Nigeria.

ReutersShekau used propaganda videos to promote his violent ideology

Under Shekau, Boko Haram staged bombings, kidnappings and prison breaks across the region. And from 2014, it began overrunning towns in a bid to create an Islamic State under Sharia law.

Believed to be in his early- to mid-40s, Shekau backed a bloody jihadist campaign in propaganda videos that drew comparisons to Osama Bin Laden.

“I enjoy killing… the way I enjoy slaughtering chickens and rams,” he said in one 2012 video.

Since he took charge, more than 30,000 people have been killed and over two million displaced from their homes.

The group gained global attention after its 2014 kidnapping of hundreds of girls from a school in Chibok, in Borno state, sparking the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Many of them are still missing.Boko Haram has been active in northern Nigeria for over a decade

Soon after, the US declared Shekau a “global terrorist” and placed a $7 million (£4.9m) bounty on his head.

What next for Boko Haram?

Should Shekau’s death be confirmed, it is uncertain it would spell the end for Boko Haram, analysts say.

Since breaking away, Iswap has displaced Boko Haram as the dominant insurgency in the region. 

Some predict Shekau’s death could lead to the end of the violent rivalry between the two groups, enabling Iswap to absorb Boko Haram fighters, but others say they will remain loyal to his ideas.

“There’s division among Shekau’s followers about whether to join Iswap now or fight Iswap,” Jacob Zenn, editor of the Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor, told the BBC

“There was never a plan for the dictator of the group meeting his demise. It appears there will now be a chaotic period.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.07: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) LATEST: Leviticus Makpa, 39, had established a Christian school in Kamberi village, where he served as a pastor and church planter. His son, Godsend Makpa, was killed in the attack on his mission base on May 21 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.06: JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Fulani herdsmen in Niger state, Nigeria have shot to death a missionary and pastor and his 3-year-old son, sources said.

NIGERIA: Fulani Herdsmen Kill Pastor, 3-Year-Old Son in Nigeria,” Morning Star News, May 30, 2021: Islamophobia: it’s an international scourge.

“Our missionary brother, Pastor Leviticus Makpa, was shot dead with his son by Fulani bandits,” area resident Deborah Omeiza told Morning Star News in a text message. “His wife escaped with their daughter.”

A close associate of Pastor Makpa, Folashade Obidiya Obadan, said the pastor had texted her as herdsmen surrounded his house.

“Pastor Leviticus Makpa advised that I should not phone, as the herdsmen have surrounded his house and are attacking his mission base,” Obadan told Morning Star News. “I quickly sent airtime to him to enable him keep communicating with me. While I was waiting to hear from him, we began to pray for their protection.”

She and her husband learned of the deaths of the pastor and his son the next morning, she said.

“Soldier of Christ, Leviticus Makpa, one of my greatest 2021 blessings is to have met you,” she said in a tribute to the slain pastor. “Thank you for giving me the privilege to serve in my little way. What a life you lived, sir!”

Another close associate, Samuel Solomon, said in a tribute that herdsmen had attacked Pastor Makpa previously.

“Fulani bandits came against them, they hid in the cave to save their lives, and after they left, he went back to the field with his family; how many of us can do this?” Solomon said. “He eventually lost his life and that of his son; the wife and daughter escaped. He knew his life was at stake, but burden for souls won’t let him run away from the field.”

Pastor Makpa was serving in a remote village where education was lacking, he said.

“He established the only Christian school in the village and raised many souls,” Solomon said. “He came and attended the last Christian conference with us, and we had planned on how to adopt him as our missionary, but painfully he has joined the league of martyrs in Heaven. His blood will testify over the land and also against the insecurity of a corrupt Islamist government in Nigeria.”

Appealing for aid for the pastor’s widow and daughter, Solomon said the attack was part of an attempt to wipe out Christianity in the region.

“Pastor Makpa had no money, in fact, the community he is serving has no basic social services provided by the government. So, what were the herdsmen looking for?” he said. “Definitely it couldn’t have been money, their mission was to obliterate the church.”…

The U.S. State Department on Dec. 7 added Nigeria to its list of Countries of Particular Concern for engaging in or tolerating “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.” Nigeria joined Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan on the list.

In a more recent category of non-state actors, the State Department also designated ISWAP, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Greater Sahara, Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin, and the Taliban as “Entities of Particular Concern.”

On Dec. 10 the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement calling for investigation into crimes against humanity in Nigeria.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.06: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: Censorship Report: Access to Twitter through Nigeria’s main phone providers has been blocked, according to reports from Lagos and the capital, Abuja #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.05: By Saturday morning, BBC reporters in Lagos and Abuja said they were unable to connect to Twitter through two of the countries largest phone networks: MTN and Airtel. Others have also been affected:

Twitter Nigeria: Users struggle to access site after government suspension after and the ban was due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities… capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”, a statement said after Twitter deletes Nigerian leader’s ‘civil war’ post

The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017
Twitter

It is still accessible on some wi-fi networks.

This comes after the government said it was suspending Twitter operations in the country “indefinitely”.

Twitter said Friday’s announcement from Information Minister Lai Mohammed was “deeply concerning”.

Access was still possible through some wi-fi providers, but this is not a common way to connect to the internet in Nigeria.

Search terms such as “VPN” were popular overnight, according to the search tracking site Trendsmap. 

A VPN – or Virtual Private Network – connection makes it appear as if the user is accessing the internet from another country, and has been a way to get round similar bans in other countries.

Removal of Buhari tweet

The move by the government came just days after a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari was removed for breaching the site’s rules, though no mention of this was made in its statement.

Mr Mohammed has previously criticised the US social media giant’s decision to take it down, calling it “double standards”.

The tweet sent by Mr Buhari on 1 June referred to the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and to treating “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand”.

A Twitter spokesperson said at the time that the post “was in violation of the Twitter Rules”.

And in a statement on Friday, the company – which in April announced its new African headquarters would be based in neighbouring Ghana – said it was “investigating and will provide updates when we know more” about the Nigerian ban. 

The government gave no details on how the ban would work in practice, or any explanation of how Twitter had undermined Nigeria’s corporate existence.

Call for reversal

Its statement, which was released on Twitter, also revealed that the national broadcasting regulator, NBC, has been told to start “the process of licensing all OTT [internet streaming services] and social media operations in Nigeria”.

Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria, condemned the announcement.

“This action is clearly inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations. We are calling on the Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the unlawful suspension and other plans to gag the media, repress civic space, and undermine Nigerians’ human rights.”

A long time coming

Analysis by Nduka Orjinmo, BBC News, Abuja

The Nigerian government has toyed with the idea of regulating social media in the country, and this administration has been obsessed with the idea since it came into office in 2015. Deleting the president’s tweet, however, was seen as the final straw.

But it was the role Twitter played in the #EndSars anti-police brutality protests which shook Nigeria last year that truly sealed its fate.Kiki, a student from Lagos, Nigeria can’t wait for 2020 to be over

The demonstrations were mostly organised on the platform and the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, made donations to one of the leading groups of organisers. A special emoji was also created for the protests.

Twitter helped give Nigeria’s many youths a voice. But in the eyes of the government, the company’s role in galvanising the country’s young population was a line crossed.

Yet the government appears not to have reckoned with the ingenuity of #EndSars protesters. People are already downloading VPNs to bypass the block when it happens. 

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.05: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: Nigerian officials say gunmen have kidnapped many students from an Islamic school in the latest in a series of such attacks on schools #AceNewsDesk report

NIGERIA: School Abduction: Gunmen kidnap students in Niger state according to authorities in Niger state that confirmed to the BBC that gunmen had seized an unknown number of students from the school in the town of Tegina on Sunday’ SO Why schoolchildren are being abducted in Nigeria

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A teacher told the BBC that 150 students were missing, while other reports put the figure at about 200.

Abductions carried out for ransom are increasingly common in northern states.

In February nearly 300 girls were taken by armed men from a boarding school in Jangebe, Zamfara state. Most were later freed.

In the latest incident, witnesses quoted by This Day news website said gunmen riding on motorcycles stormed the town and opened fire indiscriminately. As people fled the attackers went to the Islamic school and seized the children. The school is attended by boys and girls, aged six to 18.

Authorities said two people were shot during the attack and one had since died. A number of people travelling in a car were also reportedly kidnapped.

BBC Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones says kidnapping for ransom has become more common across Nigeria in recent months.

The attack in Tegina comes a day after 14 people kidnapped from a university in the neighbouring state of Kaduna were released.

AFPStudents kidnapped from a private university in Kaduna in April were freed on Saturday

Tegina is also not far from the town of Kagara, where 27 students were abducted in February.

There have been at least six kidnappings of students in north-west and central Nigeria since December, our correspondent says, and more than 800 students and staff have been abducted.

The 2014 kidnap of 276 schoolgirls in the north-eastern town of Chibok by Islamist militants Boko Haram brought global attention to the scourge of raids on schools in Nigeria, but more recent attacks are suspected to be the work of criminal gangs.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.31: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: A number of bandits have invaded the Ungwan Gaida community near Kurmin Kaso in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna, killing eight persons #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.27: The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, identified those killed as Samaila Gajere, Bawa Gajere, Bitrus Baba, Umaru Baba, Solomon Samaila, Sambo Kasuwa and Samuila Kasuwa, as well as Gideon Bitrus.

NIGERIA: Unknown Jihadists murder 11 people, tear down church and homes: “Gunmen kill 11, raze church, houses in fresh Kaduna attacks,” by Godwin Isenyo, Punch, May 20, 2021: Several houses, including the Assemblies of God Churchm [sic] were razed by the bandits who came in large number

Aruwan said, “Security agencies have reported that bandits attacked Ungwan Gaida community, near Kurmin Kaso, Chikun LGA.

“As of the time of this update, eight residents have been confirmed killed in this attack.

“A building belonging to the Assemblies of God Church was razed by the bandits, along with several houses.”

Similarly, the commissioner said the Nigerian Navy troops stationed in the Kujama general area neutralized three bandits and arrested two accomplices after repelling an attack on Wakwodna community, near Kasso village, Chikun local government area….

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: May.27: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: A boat ferrying about 200 people capsized in the northwestern state of Kebbi on Wednesday, said a spokesman for the state’s governor. He said there were casualties, but the exact number was still uncertain #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.27: He added: “Bodies are still being recovered. We can’t ascertain the number for now.”

NIGERIA: ‘The boat was ferrying about 200 passengers” from the neighboring country of Niger, said Yahaya Sarki, a media aide for the governor of Kebbi according to NY Times’

Nigeria Ferry Disasater

May 26, 2021, 4:19 p.m. ET

Boat accidents are not uncommon in Nigeria, which has a track record of overcrowded vessels and poor maintenance and safety. The number of passengers on the boat Wednesday means that dozens of lives were feared lost.

The boat capsized near Wara, Mr. Sarki said, a town on the shores of Kainji Lake, part of the Niger River.

Many passengers were returning from a newly discovered gold vein in Niger, said Qasimu Umar Wara, a resident of Wara.

“They usually go there in the evenings and return to Wara in the morning,” he said. “Most of them are petty traders, food vendors and the local miners.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: May.27: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) The Nigerian Army Report: On Saturday evening stormed a Boko #Haram suspected mosque located at Filin Lazio, Hotoro in Kano metropolis and arrested no fewer than 10 suspects #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.14: According to reports that have said that the operation was conducted in a very professional manner without drawing the ire of Muslims who were just breaking their fast:

NIGERIA: ‘Army Arrests 10 Boko #Haram Suspects Inside Kano Mosque,” Sahara Reporters, May 9, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

According to New Telegraph, the mosque was said to belong to some men from Borno State who had fled the troubled North-East due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

It was further learnt that the troops took away some unidentified items from the surroundings of the mosque….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.14: 2021:

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