A bomb exploded in Kano this evening (Friday), while people were rushing to close for the day’s activities.
The explosion occurred along Maiduguri road opposite NNPC filling station in Hotoro area of Kano, killing several people and injuring others.
Residents of the area said they heard heavy sounds of the explosion which shook many buildings, according to Aliyu Yusuf Hotoro.
The dreaded Boko Haram fighters have invaded two towns in Adamawa state after hunters and civilian vigilantes reportedly ousted them from a mubi and maiha.
The Islamists yesterday raided Hong and Gombi, some 100 kilometres (62.5 miles) from the state capital, Yola, after they were pushed out of the commercial hub of Mubi, which they seized two weeks ago.
Boko Haram is thought to have captured more than two dozen towns in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states in recent months, as part of its quest to establish a hardline caliphate in the region.
But despite apparently losing control of Mubi, which the Islamists renamed Madinatul Islam or “City of Islam” in Arabic the invasion of Hong and Gombi saw them move closer to Yola, the state capital.
Thousands of residents from the captured towns have been taking refuge in Yola.
In Gombi, a resident, Haruna Awwalu said, ‘Boko Haram were patrolling the streets, firing heavy weaponry’, while another local, Rabi Tanimu, said people were cowering indoors and many had fled into the bush.
“They have burnt down the police station, the local government secretariat and the market after overpowering the police, ” Awwalu said.
In Hong, 20 kilometres away, the police station was also razed and the militants raised their black flag outside the home of a retired military general.
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama has urged the Confederation of African Football to postpone the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations due to the threat of Ebola on the continent.
Meanwhile, decision on who will replace Morocco as hosts is yet to be made as concerns over the virus continue to be raised.
Enyeama, whose club Lille runs stringent three-week evaluations on the keeper every time he returns from international duty, is wary of the tournament going ahead.
“My club monitors me for three weeks any time I return from Nigeria because of Ebola and nobody wants to sit around you or shake you then,” Enyeama lamented.
“But I must now commend the Nigerian government for the massive effort they put up to eradicate it from the country and get an approval from the WHO (World Health Organisation),” said Enyeama.
Regarding the staging of AFCON 2015, Enyeama said: “If I were CAF, I will suspend the tournament because it is difficult to contain. But if we qualify, I will play in the tournament.”
Nigeria are in AFCON qualifying action on Saturday as they travel to Congo for a crunch Group A match, where the Super Eagles will be looking to go level on points with the Red Devils, who sit second in the standings, one point behind leaders South Africa.
Latest reports reaching is that the Nigerian military has recaptured Mubi town in Adamawa State, northern Nigeria from the Boko Haram insurgents.
A source noted that, the terrorists are currently fleeing from the Nigerian soldiers.
Also, a resident in Mubi confirmed the information to newsmen, saying that:“Earlier today, soldiers launched a fierce attack, which saw the Boko Haram militants retreating.
“They have chased them away, but I’m not sure how far they went. Right now, people are still afraid of returning to the town because of the shock of the capture.
“And some are afraid that Boko Haram may return, that’s why the news is not being celebrated.” However, the Defence Headquarters is yet to give an official statement on this development.
Dr. Myles Munroe who died in a plane crash at Bahamas on Sunday, 9th November, 2014 with his wife and Daughter on board. Like he said, “Although a tree cannot make a forest, but the death of a tree is the burial of a forest”. Though, he is gone but these quotes from him remain evergreen.
1.“I want to challenge every Kenyan to go to the cemetery and disappoint the graveyard. Die like the Apostle Paul who said I have finished my course, I have kept the faith and I have been poured out like a drink offering. There is nothing left. I am ready to die. That’s how I wanna die because there is nothing else for me left to die… When you die, die like I am planning to die. Empty. It’s finished.”
2.“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose”
3.“You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you.”
4.“One of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped.”
5.“Success is not a comparison of what we have done with what others have done.”
6.“The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.”
7.“My vision, is wrapped up in one statement: I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest himself or herself.”
8.“Purpose is when you know and understand what you were born to accomplish. Vision is when you see it in your mind and begin to imagine it”
9.“The bible does not say that a man’s education makes room for him, but that his gifts does. Education is not the key to success, it doesn’t guarantee anything; it is your gift that is the key to success”
10.“Anyone who develops his gifts and talents will become a commodity”
11.“You are meant to be going somewhere, to be headed to a destination. The poorest person in the world is a person without a dream”
12.“You are designed by God not to blend in, but to stand out”
13.“If you have hope for the future you have true riches; no matter how much you have in your account”
14.“Hard work and diligence are essential to success, but they require an internal motivation. That internal motivation is Vision”
15.“Vision is a conception that is inspired by God in the hearts of Human”
16.“God loves dreamers”
17.“You need to treat your finances as a resource God has provided to fulfil your vision, not a tool to fill your life with luxuries”
18.“You are not saved for the sole purpose of going to heaven; you are saved to finish your assignment on earth”.
There are indications that the The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be going on another long strike barely a year after they called off their 5-month long strike, following the Federal Government inability to honour the agreement it reached with the lecturers during the last strike action. Speaking yesterday at a press briefing in remembrance of the killing of former ASUU leader, Professor Festus Iyayi by the convoy of Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, ASUU lamented the failure of the Federal Government to fulfill its promises.
The union disclosed that no government-owned university had received a dime from the N200 billion the government said it had set aside for the revitalization of university education in the current year.
Chairman, Nnamdi Azikiwe University branch of ASUU, Comrade Dennis Aribidor said: “It seems Iyayi’s death opened the pandora box that suggests that ASUU’s relationship with government might seem irreconcilably hostile. While he fought for a just cause, ASUU is presently skeptical that he died in vain especially since the contention over honouring the ASUU-FG 2009 agreement, which cut his life short, is still far-fetched. This position is based on some hard truths.
We hope the Federal Government will do something to this as soon as possible.
Less than 72hrs when a Bomb went off in Potiskum, Yobe state, a female suicide bomber on Wednesday afternoon detonated a bomb at the Federal College of Education in the Kontagora district of Niger State, in another desperate bid to cause mass casualties.
Sources say only the lady who carried the bomb died in the attack and some students sustained injuries.
But according to a lecturer of the federal college of education, Andrew Randa, who witnessed the very sad incident, he was said to have counted at least three bodies on the way to his office.
We await the official report of casualty(ies) from the police and other relevant bodies.