jonathan to meet obama

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday left Abuja for New York to attend
the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, Dr Reuben Abati, the Special
Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said in a statement.
Abati said that Jonathan would attend receptions to be hosted by President
Barack Obama of the U.S. and the Secretary-General of the UN Mr Ban Ki-
Moon.
“The president will address the UN Security Council High-Level Session on
Threats to International Peace and Security Caused By Terrorist Acts.
“He will present Nigeria’s statement to the General Assembly on
Wednesday, Sept. 24.
“Jonathan is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Ki-Moon and the
British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron,’’ Abati said.
He said that the president would stop over in London for a brief private visit
before proceeding to New York and would return to the country on
Thursday.

Soldiers kill 150 Boko Haram members during attack on Konduga

At least 150 Boko Haram members were killed yesterday September 12th after the Nigerian Military repeled after an attempted attack by the sect members on Konduga, a village said to be about 35 kilometres from Maiduguri in Borno State, in the early hours of yesterday.

According to a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by Col. T. Antigha of the Army Public Relations, the battle with sect members lasted three hour and four soldiers were injured during the attack. 
“At about 5.30 am today (Friday), Boko Haram terrorists launched a massive attack on Konduga town, about 35 kilometres from Maiduguri. After about three hours of fierce fighting, Nigerian troops routed the Boko Haram fighting force of over a hundred terrorists. Further to the staggering loss of men, Boko Haram also suffered extensive losses in equipment. Four Nigerian soldiers were wounded in action. The entire area is still being combed for terrorists who may have escaped with bullet wounds. Morale of troops remains very high.” the statement reads. Continue…
The Nigerian Army also said that photographs taken from the scene of the attack will be circulated once they finish processing them.

According to a military source at the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, three Hilux vans and one other Buffalo vehicle with mounted anti-aircraft guns, three general purpose machine guns and over 30 AK 47 rifles were recovered from the terrorists.

Adamawa Youths Kill 80 Fleeing Boko Haram Members

areas of Adamawa State on Tuesday night killed about 80   Boko Haram insurgents fleeing   the areas.

The insurgents, who had   been wreaking havoc on some boundary communities in Adamawa and Borno states, were said to have run into the bush after running out of arms and ammunition.

It was gathered that normalcy had returned to the the LGAs   with   troops stationed in strategic places.

A resident of Michika, Vandi Joseph, told journalists on Wednesday in Yola,   that the insurgents were overpowered by youths and   vigilantes who shot them to death.

He said, “As I am speaking to you, our youths and vigilance group   members ambushed and killed over 80 insurgents who escaped from soldiers and hid themselves in the bush. Our youths and vigilantes saw them and killed them.”

Syria rebels name slain leader’s replacement

Ahrar al-Sham appoints Abu Jaber as its new head after top commander Hassan Abboud is killed in Idlib bomb blast.

Ahrar al-Sham, a Syrian rebel group, has announced its new leadership after it lost its top brass during a bomb attack on a high-level meeting in Idlib province.

Hassan Abboud, the head of Ahrar al-Sham, was among up to 45 people killed in an underground bunker near an ammunition dump outside Ram Hamdan on Tuesday.

The new head is Hashim al-Sheikh, also known as Abu Jaber, while his deputy is Abu Saleh Tahan, the group announced on Wednesday.

It pledged to keep fighting against Syrian government forces and the Islamic State armed group, Reuters news agency said.

Along with Abboud, about 50 of the group’s leaders had been gathered at a house when the blast went off, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the conflict.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the blast.

The Idlib meeting brought together Ahrar and a number of other opposition groups fighting as the Islamic Front alliance, including Abdallah Azzam and the Iman brigades, to discuss a strategy to confront the Islamic State.

Activists said others killed in the attack were Abu Yazan al-Shami, a member of the Ahrar’s shura council; military field commanders Abu Talha al-Askari and Abu Yousuf Binnish; and Abu al-Zubeir, the head of the Iman brigade.

‘Infiltration possible’

Abu al-Mustafa al-Ambsi, a member of the political bureau of Ahrar, told Al Jazeera the group was investigating the attack.

“There is a possibility that the meeting was infiltrated and an explosion happened first in the bunker,” he said. “Maybe someone planted a device inside because the bunker is at a secret location.”  

He said that killing of such an elite group “will only make us more resilient to fight and continue the fight until we liberate our homeland”.  

It is not known who staged the attack but Islamic State sympathisers hailed the death of Abboud on social media.

Another of Ahrar’s leaders, Abu Khaled al-Souri, a close associate with al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by the Islamic State earlier this year.

That assassination caused the schism that pitted the Islamic State against other rebel factions in Syria.

Ahrar has about 20,000 fighters and is the main force in the Islamic Front alliance, which was formed earlier this year to oppose the Islamic State group besides battling the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. 

Ahrar advocates for a state run on Islamic principles, which protects the rights of women and religious and ethnic minorities, and disagrees with the approach of the Islamic State group.

In an interview with Al Jazeera in December 2013, Abboud said he would fight for his rights and dismissed UN-brokered talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and the exiled opposition umbrella Syrian National Coalition.

However, the rise of the Islamic State after the Geneva talks gave the civil war a new dimension, with Ahrar fighting not only the government but other rebel groups.

‘Go ahead and sue me’ – Australian negotiator tells Alimodu Sheriff

Australian negotiator Stephen Davis has dared former Borno state governor, Alimodu Sheriff to sue him for saying he’s one of the sponsors of Boko Haram. Mr Sheriff had threatened to sue at a press conference on Wednesday.

Speaking with TheCable today, Davis said if Alimodu Sheriff goes to court, evidences to prove he has connections with the sect will be produced.

“He is worried, is he? He knows that if he goes to court, the evidence will be produced and he cannot escape justice. Let him go to court if that is what he wishes. It is his right to do so. He will not be able to avoid close examination and then the facts will be known. Good luck to him if he decides to sue me in Australia. He can’t buy the judges here. Truth is not for sale. Australia has zero toleration for those who might sponsor terrorism.” Continue…
No one should be above the law whether in Australia or Nigeria. Justice must be served for every Nigerian killed, every girl and boy kidnapped, every girl raped, every person who has lost their home in the course of this violence. It seems to me the extent of involvement of every person named by Boko Haram as a sponsor should be closely and thoroughly examined by the correct authorities. I read his defence on the media this week. Rather than come out as a statement of facts, it read like a novel of unconvincing fiction. In the last 48 hours, I have been in touch with some commanders of the group and they maintain their stand on Sheriff’s involvement. Sheriff’s ploy of casting himself as a victim is a poor attempt at disguising his sponsorship as alleged by the Boko Haram commanders.” he said

She’s gone! Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers dies at 81

Joan Rivers is gone. Her daughter Melissa Rivers just released a statement on her passing…

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mount Sinai hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.” 
“Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world.They have been heard and appreciated.”
“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

I am so sad! May her soul rest in peace..amen. 

Kim K pose nude for GQ

UNILAG Chief Security Officer assasinated at beer parlour

The head of operations, Security Unit of the University of Lagos, Sunday Adejumo, was killed on Friday August 29th by suspected assassins at a beer parlor on Oyenuga street, behind St Finbarrs str., Akoka, Lagos.

Adejumo, 50, was drinking with some friends at a beer parlour called Daniel’s Place when three men walked up to him, dragged him off his chair, stabbed him before they shot him dead. Continue…

Narrating what transpired the night he was killed, a resident of the area who spoke anonymously with Punch said it is believed that he was killed by some cultist
“When the gang got in, they went to where he was sitting. They had different weapons, ranging from cutlasses to guns. One of them went to him, hit him in the chest and he fell down. He then brought out a gun and shot him point blank. On the table where he was drinking with his friends were a pay slip, his ATM cards and his car key.”
Police sources say his body was taken to the Yaba mortuary. Meanwhile the three friends he went to the beer parlor with as well as the owner of the beer parlor are now being interrogated.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lelma Kolle, said the unknown gunmen actually tried to escape with the deceased car after they killed him
“Investigations revealed that the man parked his car a distance away from where he was drinking. The police also discovered that there was a blood stain on the car and the car key was found within the vicinity, also with blood stains. This can only mean that after they killed him, they attempted to go away with his car. They actually succeeded in opening the car because there were blood stains on the car seat. But the car did not move because of the security system in it. The owner of the bar has been arrested and he has made statements. We cannot categorically say whether this was a robbery or an assassination plot. The matter is still under investigation.” he said
The management of the University of Lagos is yet to make a statement on the incident.

Boko Haram invades Bama, meets resistance from Nigerian troops

Boko Haram militants this morning September 1st launched an attack on Bama, the largest city in Borno state with the aim of taking over the town. According to reports, the sect men arrived the town and started shooting mortars, RPGs and hurling grenades but they were fiercely resisted by Nigerian troops stationed in the village. According to Sahara Reporters, a fierce battle is currently going on there between the sect men and Nigerian troops.

The Emir of Bama and many of the residents have fled the city to the state capital, Maiduguri, to avoid being caught up in the crossfire. Bama is a very strategic city in Borno state with a lot of military hardware and it is believed that if the sect men capture Bama, it will be very easy for them to move into the state capital, Maiduguri.

Obama admits ‘no strategy’ on IS in Syria

US president says military options considered but “we don’t have a strategy yet”, as evidence emerges of IS atrocities.

Barack Obama has said the US has “no strategy” against the Islamic State in Syria but said officials had been asked to prepare a range of military options for confronting the group.

The US president’s comments on Thursday cautioned against speculation that he was close to a decision to expand his air campaign against the Islamic State beyond Iraq.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama said. “We don’t have a strategy yet. I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.”

“They have no ideology beyond violence and chaos and the slaughter of innocent people,” Obama said, adding that Middle Eastern countries must drop their ambivalence towards the group.

He said his top priority remained rolling back the group’s gains in Iraq, where he has said they pose a threat to US personnel in Erbil and Baghdad. 

“Our focus right now is to protect American personnel on the ground in Iraq, to protect our embassy, to protect our consulates, to make sure that critical infrastructure that could adversely affect our personnel is protected,” he said.

Obama has come under increasing pressure to deal with the Islamic State in Syria after months of territorial gains, and the murder of the US journalist James Foley just over a week ago.

US officials earlier this week stated that it was flying spying missions over Syria to gather intelligence on the group.

Obama’s comments came after activists posted the latest evidence of Islamic State atrocities in Syria, with pictures showing the aftermath of the group’s takeover of a Syrian army base in Raqqa province.

The armed group shot some and stabbed others using knives in the latest brutal mass killing, activists said on Thursday.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighters rounded up the soldiers near Tabqa airfield, three days after seizing the base in heavy fighting.

Rami Abdurrahman, the observatory’s director, said the fighters killed up to 65 soldiers. He said some were shot to death, while others were killed with knives.

A statement posted online and circulated on Twitter by supporters of the Islamic State group claimed the fighters killed “about 200″ government prisoners captured near Tabqa.

The photos could not immediately be verified, but correspond to other reporting by the AP news agency.

Meanwhile, reports on Thursday said that the Islamic State had “waterboarded” hostages in Syria, including the American journalist James Foley.

Waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique, was used by the US on captives in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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