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Police Confirm 11 Killed In Early Morning Attack In Adamawa

The Adamawa Police Command on Saturday confirmed that some unidentified gunmen attacked Midlu Village in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa, killing 11 people.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Ibrahim, confirmed the incident to the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola.

“So far, the information available to me is that 11 people lost their lives in the village, including two private security men at the deputy governor’s house,’’ Ibrahim said.

Meanwhile, an eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the incident took place in the early hours of Saturday around 2 a.m.

“The attackers went from house-to-house, picking out their victims, who they even called by name.

“They also went to the house of the Deputy Governor, Mr Bala Ngalari in the village where they shot some people and wounded some.

“They killed many people but I don’t know exactly how many were killed or injured because I fled the village,’’ he said.

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MEND Declares Resumption Of Violence Over Fake Letter Indicting Henry Okah

The dreaded outlawed Niger Delta militia group known as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has provoked a security scare with the issuance of a warning over its decision to resume violent attacks on some unidentified locations in the region over alleged existence of a fake letter used to indict Henry Okah at the South African Court.

According to MEND, theFake letter was allegedly forged by the Nigerian and South African Governments and claimed to have originated from the group ahead of the bomb attack on the Independent Day.

The statement of MEND signed by Jomo Gbomo stated that after a careful deliberation and other considerations of the facts of the case, they have resolved to launch a sustained attack on the region and code named Hurricane Exodus.

According the MEND, “wiith effect from 00:00Hrs, Friday 05, April 2013, The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D), will commence with a plague of sustained attacks codenamed “Hurricane Exodus”.Hurricane Exodus is a direct repercussion of a forged threat letter contrived by the Nigerian and South African governments purporting to have originated from MEND. This fake letter was used as evidence against Henry Okah for which a thirteen (13) years sentence was passed.”

The group accused one of  the prosecution’s second witnesses and a member of the Amnesty Implementation Committee of exclaiming in court over the purported lack of genuiness of the  letter,”after failing to catch the prosecutor’s eye who wanted him to lie under oath.We are now determined to conjure this imaginary trumped up threat into a painful reality.The attacks will be sustained until an unreserved apology is offered to MEND and the Nigerian government shows their willingness to dialogue. The same way they are willing to dialogue with Boko Haram.”

Reacting to the development,the authorities of the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Pulo Shield said though they are aware of the statement made by those they described as “some persons parading themselves as MEND”, “the people of the region are not in any bondage and therefore do not require armed struggle or emancipation as claimed by this threatening gang. “

“What Niger Deltans are in a dire need of now, is peace for sustainable development having emerged from the dark days of turbulence in the region. Informed by this development we have  effected some redeployment to tackle any upheaval. This set of people are advised to tow the path of law and order in addressing whatever grievance they have and to desist from any action that will upset the peace and development of the Niger Delta.”

” The good and peace loving people of the Niger Delta are enjoined to dissociate themselves, their communities and leadership from this unwholesome approach as portrayed by this group.”

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First Lady Not Ill, Attending To Ailing Mum In Germany – Presidency

The presidency has debunked report in the media that the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan was undergoing another round of medical treatment abroad, saying she was in Germany only to attend to her ailing mother, Mama Sisi, apart from holidaying with her children who are currently on Easter vacation abroad.

An online newspaper had reported on Saturday that Dame Patience who had fell ill again and had travelled to Germany and Spain and Germany was also contemplating receiving medical treatment from a United States Hospital. 

But Special Assistant on Media to the first lady, Mr. Ayo Osinlu in a statement noted that apart form attending to her sick mother, Dame Patience “has a history of visiting the hospital in Germany even before she became the First Lady, thus making her medical trips routine”, adding that “It is also instructive to state that medical experts have recommended that every human being should undergo medical check up every six months, even if not suffering ill health”.

The statement made available to LEADERSHIP reads in parts: “Our attention has been attracted by some curiosity in a cross section of the public and particularly the media, about the movement of Her Excellency, the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan.

“For the avoidance of doubts and ambiguities, we wish to state that the First Lady travelled to Dubai, after which she proceeded to Paris, France, to participate in the 1st Green Women Conference, which took place in Paris on March 17, 2013 where she received the 2013 Global Women Leaders’ Award for Peace.

“She thereafter proceeded to Italy from where she went to Germany to see her mother, Mama Sisi, who is currently receiving medical attention. The First Lady is spending sometime overseeing the management of her mother’s condition. She is also using the opportunity to spend quality time with her holidaying children before they return to school, as they are with her to see their grandmother.

“It is unfortunate that again, some media houses have allowed themselves to be used by dedicated mischief makers against the basic tenet of professional journalism, which regards truth as sacred. Therefore, hospital visitations of our leaders should not become leading media issues or attract disrespectful comments, just as the current circumstances of former President Mandela and other African leaders in similar situations, and even those who died, have not attracted negative comments from their people.

“While urging a more charitable disposition towards one another as our brothers’ keepers, we wish to express our appreciation for the sincere interests of those who have shown genuine concern through their enquiries.

The First Lady is expected back within the next week”.

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Easter: Us Warns Citizens Of Possible Attacks In Nigeria

Ahead this year’s Easter celeberation, the United States Department of State has warned American citizens living in Nigeria over possible terrorist attacks in the country.

Issuing this warning through the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, the Department of State said that given the history of attacks throughout Nigeria during previous holiday weekends, as well as the recent attack in Kano on March 18 and the failed attempt in Kano on March 23, all U.S. citizens living and traveling in Nigeria to take extra precautions for your personal security and safety.

“Due to the continued threat of kidnapping of expatriates country-wide, including recent kidnappings on Victoria Island in Lagos, the U.S. Mission recommends that U.S. citizens and organizations maintain accountability for the whereabouts of their staff, test communication systems to ensure that they are working properly, and ensure secure means of transport for any necessary travel.

“Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities” the warning reads in part.

The U.S. Mission also advised all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around churches and other places of worship, locations where large crowds may gather, government facilities, and areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers during the upcoming holiday weekend. 

Noting that security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, the American government said that U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country during the holiday weekend.

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BREAKING NEWS: Prof Chinua Achebe Dies At 82

Nigeria’s novelist, poet,  and critic Professor  Chinua Achebe is dead. Aged 82, Achebe died of an undisclosed ailment in the United States.

LEADERSHIP gathered that he died Thursday night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Until his death, the renowned author was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown.

 He is best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart , which is the most widely read book in modern African literature.

Raised by his parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student.

After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS) and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos. He gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; his later novels include No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God(1964), A Man of the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Achebe writes his novels in English and has defended the use of English, a “language of colonisers”, in African literature. In 1975, his lecture An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” became the focus of controversy, for its criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a bloody racist” and was later published.

When the region of Biafra broke away from Nigeria in 1967, Achebe became a supporter of Biafran independence and acted as ambassador for the people of the new nation. The war ravaged the populace, and as starvation and violence took its toll, he appealed to the people of Europe and the Americas for aid.

When the Nigerian government retook the region in 1970, he involved himself in political parties but soon resigned due to frustration over the corruption and elitism he witnessed. He lived in the United States for several years in the 1970s, and returned to the U.S. in 1990 after a car accident left him partially disabled.

Achebe’s novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era.

His style relies heavily on the Igbo oral tradition, and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, proverbs, and oratory. He has also published a number of short stories, children’s books, and essay collections. Since 2009, he has been a professor at Brown University in the United States.

Additional report from Wikipedia

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