Nigerian Commander Killed, 15 Soldiers Dead As Terrorist Strike, Jonathan, Aisha Buhari, Wike Mourns

CJTF commander killed in Boko Haram ambush in Borno

The Commander of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno, Yusuf Baba Idris was killed when Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants attacked a military convoy.

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CJTF commander killed in Boko Haram ambush in Borno
15 Nigerian soldiers and three other CJTF members were killed while 10 sustained injuries in the attack which occurred near Gudumbali in the Lake Chad region on Thursday, security sources said on Saturday, March 13.

“We lost 15 soldiers and four civilian JTF (militia) in the terrorists’ ambush in the forest near Gudumbali,” a military officer, who requested to remain anonymous, told AFP.

ISWAP claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday, according the SITE jihadist monitoring agency.

The CJTF Commander in Bama confirmed the death of his colleague in a Facebook post on Saturday, March 13.

“Inna lillahi WA inna Ilaiyi raju’un, we have lost our brother, Yusuf Baba Idris. Yusuf was the leader of the #CJTF of kukawa. He died as a result of ambush by boko haram two days ago, alongside some military officers while on patrol. May Allah bless them with aljannatul firdaus. We lost a hero” he wrote.

 

Source: Lailas News

 

 

Boko Haram: Scores dead as terrorists dare COAS, takes over another Borno town

Islamic State of West African Province, (ISWAP ) a faction of Boko Haram terrorists have displaced the Nigerian troops in Damasak, Mobbar local government area of Borno State.

Damasak is about 160km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and has suffered many attacks from terror groups.

Earlier, a United Nations Helicopter was shot at by terrorists in the axis, our correspondent reports.

Residents who fled home into the bushes say the town was taken over by the terrorists and many security operatives were reportedly killed.

United Nations staff and other NGOs are now calling for prayers from the bunkers, where they are currently hiding.

Prayers were heard in the background as our correspondent spoke with one of the humanitarian workers who are also in hiding. “They shall not see us, they prayed”

A security agent who is also taking cover outside Mobbar said the terrorists were firing at any moving object, DAILY POST reports.

“We are overwhelmed. But we are waiting for re-enforcement. Already fighter jets and helicopters are engaging the terrorists but ground troops are out of the town.” He said.

Our Correspondent reports that the attack came shortly after the Service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt General Lucky Irabor visited Maiduguri to encourage troops fighting in the front lines of operations.

Recall that the spiritual leader of the Boko Haram terror group had through an audio message, threatened more attacks when the new service chiefs were appointed.

The insurgents have killed over 36,000 people since the beginning of the conflict in 2009.

DAILY POST reports that 12 years after the conflict began in the northeast region, there seem not to be any respite for locals, foreigners and troops alike.

Since the appointment of the new service chiefs, however, attacks in the region have increased, especially in Borno State, the epicentre of the conflict, displacing many towns and leaving many children orphans.

The Borno State government has, however, commenced efforts to return homeless victims to their communities, an effort that has also encountered untold obstacles.

Though the Borno State Governor, Zulum, succeeded in returning over 1000 households in Matte local government to their homes, they were shortly back at the IDP camps following the severe resurgence of violent attacks by the terrorists.

 

Source: Dailypost

 

 

Jonathan, Wike, Aisha Buhari, Others Bid O.B Lulu-Briggs Farewell

 

The four-day funeral activities for late industrialist, benefactor, business guru, Defender of Christian Faith and philanthropist, late High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs was brought to a fitting and glorious climax on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at his home town, Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku Toru local government area of Rivers State.

The array of personalities at the funeral ceremony conducted by eminent men of God across various denominations underlined the grace and blessings God showered on the deceased, who represented many things to different people across the world.

As early as 8 am, guests from across Nigeria were already arriving Abonnema, in a signpost what was to come, as the ancient York City, popularly referred to by indigenes, witnessed one of its largest gathering in recent history.

Jonathan, Wike, Aisha Buhari, Others Bid O.B Lulu-Briggs Farewell

The entire city was agog to celebrate one of its most illustrious sons, who brought honour, dignity, reverence, colour and recognition to the people.

The procession from the Oruwari Briggs House to the venue for funeral service was nothing short of a whole community showing love and admiration for one of its own, as practically every compound showed solidarity with various flags representing families and generations.

In his homily at the funeral service, the Special Assistant (Special Duties) to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and Supervising Pastor for Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, Pastor Belemina Obunge spoke of the need to set priorities in life and for such purpose to be fulfilled.

Jonathan, Wike, Aisha Buhari, Others Bid O.B Lulu-Briggs Farewell

According to him, there is the need to live a life of value and significance, pointing out that “without understanding purpose in life, abuse was imminent,” especially as we have to give an account of lives to our creator.

Quoting scriptures from John 4:13-14 and Ephesians 2:10, Obunge, who is also the RCCG’s International Youth Pastor, spoke of the significance to create a positive impact while alive, adding that such legacies have to be something unforgettable.

He tasked those present leave behind positive legacies like the late O.B Lulu-Briggs, stressing that “we must inspire others and have a purpose to be like Christ.”

Jonathan, Wike, Aisha Buhari, Others Bid O.B Lulu-Briggs Farewell

Bishop Emeritus of the Niger Delta Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt Rev Gabriel Pepple prayed for the family left behind by their patriarch.

In her tribute to the deceased, wife of Nigeria’s President, Hajia Aisha Buhari praised the philanthropic gestures of late O.B Lulu-Briggs, who she said was quite close to the first family.

Hajia Buhari, represented wife of Minister of State (Petroleum), Mrs. Alayingi Timpre-Sylva, tasked the family to take solace in the fact that they were capable of keeping the flag flying and prayed God to bless and give the family peace.

Jonathan, Wike, Aisha Buhari, Others Bid O.B Lulu-Briggs Farewell

Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan went down memory lane, recalling how he came in contact with the late Lulu-Briggs, pointing out that it was sad losing him.

He stressed that the deceased, who was a father to all, touched lives in so many ways, just as he prayed for Dumo Lulu-Briggs and his siblings to be able to fit into the legacies their father left behind.

Humbled by the outpour of the show of love from dignitaries across all divides, the chief mourner, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs expressed deep gratitude and promised to do all within their powers to sustain their father’s legacies.

Jonathan, Wike, Aisha Buhari, Others Bid O.B Lulu-Briggs Farewell

According to him, “And he will always say to you, that to thyself you must always be true and as day follows night, that which will be will be. He taught me that love is not an exchange. So you don’t love because you expect to be loved in return; that love was an act of faith, that you just do it because you have to do it expecting nothing in return and you’re doing it because you believe in God.

“And from his story, it is very clear that your background is not the reason your back is on the ground. That you can get moving. So on behalf of the Lulu-Briggs family, I thank all of us, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Nyesom Wike, Mrs. Aisha Buahri, Ministers, men of God, traditional rulers, friends of my father, and all those who have spoken very glowingly of my father.”

Jonathan, Wike, Aisha Buhari, Others Bid O.B Lulu-Briggs Farewell

Dignitaries that attended the occasion include Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo; former Cross Rivers State Governor, Donald Duke; former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia; Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi (represented by Dr Dawari George), Ministers of State (Petroleum), Timipre Sylva and his Mines and Steel counterpart, Dr. Uche Ogah; Secretary to Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo and former Managing Directors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaible, Joi Nunieh, Bassey Henshaw.

Others include the Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, HRM, King Dandeson Jaja; Chairman of Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council, Dr. Edet Okon Etim; Managing Directors of Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo and his Access Bank counterpart, Herbert Wiggwe; Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Bobmanuel; Ambassador of Nigeria to Jamaica, Ambassador Maureen Tamuno; wife of former Bayelsa State Governor, Mrs. Margret Alamieyeseigha; immediate past Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, among others.

Jonathan, Wike, Aisha Buhari, Others Bid O.B Lulu-Briggs Farewell

Abonnema Stood Still For Late High Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs As Mortal Remains Arrived

The mortal remains of late High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, OON, DCF, DSSRS, the Iniikeiroari V of Kalabari Kingdom and Paramount Head of Oruwari Briggs House of Abonnema had on Friday, March 12, 2021, arrived in Port Harcourt.

The Head of Young Briggs House and Chief Mourner, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, joined by other family members, were on hand to receive the mortal remains of the late philanthropist, politician, benefactor, industrialist, and oil mogul at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

 

Source: Lindaikeji

 

Atiku, Shehu Sani react to Burna boy, Wizkid’s first Grammy awards

Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Wizkid and Burna boy for winning their first Grammy awards.

Atiku described Wizkid as an epitome of talent that could be found in Nigeria.

In a tweet, Atiku wrote: “Congrats @BurnaBoy! #Grammys

“I am delighted and proud as a Nigerian at Wizkid’s Grammy win. Wizkid is an epitome of the talent that abounds in Nigeria. Congrats @wizkidayo.”

On his part, former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani pointed out the significance of Nigerians winning the Grammy awards.

Sani said the victory by Wizkid and Burna boy was an indication that Africa had come of age.

“Congratulations to @burnaboy and @wizkidayo for the #GRAMMYs; Africa has come of age #grammys2021!,” he tweeted.

Recall that Burna boy won the award for the Best Global Music Album ‘Twice as Tall’.

Wizkid won Best music video for ‘Brown Skin Girl’ with Beyoncé.

 

Source: Dailypost

 

 

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Yesterday was a great day in the Nigerian music industry as two Nigerian singers bagged Grammy Awards. Wizkid’s song with Beyoncé ‘Brown Skin Girl’ won the best music video, while Burna Boy won the award for the Best Global Music Album ‘Twice as Tall’.

2. The Kaduna State Government, yesterday, said bandits stormed Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Ikara Local Government Area, in an attempt to kidnap students. However, their plot was foiled by the prompt response from the military and other security agencies who repelled them.

3. The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to resume its suspended strike over non-payment of salaries and alleged victimisation of members. Chairman, University of Ibadan branch of ASUU, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, in a statement on Sunday asked Nigerians to blame the Federal Government if universities are shut down again.

4. Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), on Sunday, alleged that the Nigerian Government earlier frustrated the trial of former Governor, James Ibori, in the United Kingdom. In a statement yesterday, the lawyer narrated how the FG of Nigeria through its Attorney-General of the Federation, Michael Aondoakaa, challenged the investigation of Ibori in the United Kingdom in 2009.

5. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Sunday, assured that the ongoing war against Boko Haram will soon be over. Attahiru was in Yobe State yesterday to pay a morale-boosting visit on the troops of Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army in Damaturu.

6. A former militant leader, Asari Dokubo, yesterday, dared President Muhammadu Buhari by proclaiming a Biafran government. In a statement on Sunday, Dokubo declared himself as the leader of the new Biafra defacto Customary Government (BCG).

7. The Sultan of Sokoto and the President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Monday, March 15, as the first day of Sha’aban 1442AH. Abubakar, made the declaration in a statement by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

8. President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday advised the Igbo to seize the opportunity provided by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to gravitate to the centre of Nigerian politics. Lawan spoke yesterday, during a thanksgiving at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo State.

9. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has assured Nigerians that the country will surmount the challenges confronting it. Osinbajo gave the assurance at an inter-denominational Church service, held in Owerri on Sunday, as part of activities marking Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s one year in office.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 120 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 160,657.

 

Source: Dailypost