Katsina: The motorcycle bandits terrorising northern Nigeria

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A member of a local vigilante group in Zamfara state
A group of Fulani pastoralist men exchange money after cattle transactions at Illiea Cattle Market, Sokoto State, Nigeria, on April 21, 2019

Motorcycle-riding armed bandits operating out of abandoned forest reserves are ransacking communities in Nigeria’s north-west.

The groups are the latest to join Nigeria’s lucrative kidnap for ransom industry, and are quite brazen in their operations.

In the last decade more than 8,000 people have been killed in the states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger and Zamfara, according to the International Crisis Group.

But recent attacks in the president’s home state of Katsina, where more than 100 people were killed in attacks between April and June, have led to protests and calls for his resignation.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionVigilante groups have emerged in the north-west because of growing lawlessness

On two separate occasions the bandits targeted villagers who had received food handouts from the government during the coronavirus lockdown.

“They were about 200 on motorbikes, each bike rider carried a passenger and they all carried AK47 guns,” Bashir Kadisau, an eyewitness, told the BBC.

He said he climbed to the top of a tree when he saw the large number of motorcycle riders coming into Kadisau village, and saw the attackers loot shops, steal cattle and grain, and shoot people who were fleeing.

Climate change fuels conflict

The attacks are rooted in decades-long competition over resources between ethnic Fulani herders and farming communities.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionWater scarcity has made it more difficult for Fulani pastoralists to graze their cattle

The herders are mostly nomadic and can be found on major highways and streets across the country herding their cattle, but they have become involved in deadly clashes with farmers in Nigeria’s north-western and central states.

This is because these areas have suffered massive deforestation, due to the impact of the Sahara Desert spreading south, causing arable farming land to disappear and water to become scarce.

Regina Daniels Welcomes Baby Boy With Husband Ned Nwoko

Regina Daniels

Regina Daniels

Nollywood actress Regina Daniels is a mother as she has welcomed a baby boy with her husband Ned Nwoko.

The screen star welcomed her bundle of joy today just two days after she was thrown a surprise baby shower by her friends.

Confirming the news of Daniels’ baby birth, her brother took to his Instagram page to congratulate her.

He wrote:

”OFFICIALLY AN UNCLE YOU KNOW?
Congratulations my diamond
It’s a bouncing baby boy
Iyanu ti sele
@regina.daniels @regina.daniels
Gods the greatest.”

Regina and her billionaire husband, Nwoko confirmed that they were expecting their first child together in May.

Daniels marriage to Nwoko, an older man, has been the subject of social media debate.

The couple got married in April 2019 and the 38 years gap between them was heavily criticised by many.

Speaking about her marriage to Daddy Freeze during a YouTube interview, the actress said:

“I don’t think I could have married someone of my age because I am quite stubborn, very stubborn, my head is not down but with my husband that is not the case because I respect him a lot.”

Nwoko also spoke about his love for Daniels saying:

 “Some people thought I met her (Regina) through her mother. We met, fell in love and got married within three weeks.”

Daniels who found fame as a child actress addressed the controversy that trailed her marriage saying that:

“The only thing I was worried about when he proposed was how I was going to tell my family and not what the public will say or think. I have learned a lot from him. I call him ‘baby’. I used to cook but my husband has stopped me from entering the kitchen because we have cooks and domestic staff

N-Power 2020- Nigerians Cries Out For Not Receiving Email Confirmation

AnkarawomanJun 27, 2020Read original

Following the announcement of N-power application which was stated to open by 11.45pm, June 26th, 2020. Nigerians has began to express their displeasure and disbelieve on the N-Power portal.Alot of people have been complaining of not receiving email confirmation after successful signups on the platform.

It’s also noted that without email confirmation applicants cannot further their application on the N-Power platform as it’s a major prerequisite to reaching the member dashboard where they will fill their information and all necessary data needed for registration

The Federal Government on Monday lifted ban on interstate movement effective from July 1, 2020.

President Buhari

REAKING: FG Lifts Ban on Interstate Movement
arewakandaJun 29, 2020Read original

Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the daily media briefing.

National coordinator of PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu also added that only fifty per cent of the passengers of the buses are allowed during travels.

“Only 50% of the passengers are allowed with compulsory use of face mask,” he said.

The PTF, however, reaffirmed the continuation of the nationwide curfew between 10 pm and 4 am adding that “travels are not expected at this period.”

How Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos Get More Done Every Morning: The Law of First Things

It may seem counterproductive, but doing something else first can help you get more done later.

BY JASON ATEN, TECH COLUMNIST@JASONATEN

I’m definitely a morning person. I know that makes some of you want to stop reading anything I write. I get it. I used to feel the same way. That is, until I realized how much I could actually get done first thing in the morning

To be clear, by “first thing,” I mean between about 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. That, for me, is the sweet spot. I honestly get more done in those two hours than I often do the rest of the day. It isn’t just that I like being up while everyone else sleeps, though as a writer with four young children, that’s a big part of it. 

Freedom of worship is no longer a constitutional right but now determined by some people’ – Bishop Oyedepo lashes out once again.

Bishop David Oyedepo has again lashed out at the governments of Lagos and Ogun state over the continous closure of churches.

The founder of the Living Faith Church International aka Winners’ Chapel in his sermon on Sunday June 28, alleged that Lagos and Ogun have been inflicted with anti-church virus rather than the Coronavirus pandemic.

Oyedepo wondered why marketplaces where people no longer observe social distancing or hygiene will remain open while churches have not been allowed to reopen.

He said;

“No handwashing, no nothing, everyone is in the market running over each other every day of the week and there is no outbreak from the market but there is now outbreak, perceived outbreak from the church. Prophets are God’s voices to the nations. Caution!

“Now, freedom of worship is no longer a constitutional right but now determined to buy some individuals. It is a hard thing to kick against the priest.

“This is no longer coronavirus in Lagos and Ogun. It is now anti-church virus clean and clear.”

He also claimed that 10 members of his church testified to being healed from the disease in the last one week. Oyedepo insisted that there would have been more testimonies if churches have been allowed to reopen.

He added;

“Can anybody silence the church? Never! I have never heard of anybody that God healed in the market but people get healed in every church day and night, real tangible healing. We have recorded 114 corona virus healing testimonies. We got 10 this week.

“And that is the place that is vulnerable, not the market.”

Reps member tells FG to enlist fresh graduates into Nigerian ArmyLegitJun 29, 2020

A member of the House of Representatives, Zakariya Dauda Nyampa, has advocated for fresh graduates to be enlisted into the army.

Nyampa who represents representing Michika/Madagali constituency of Adamawa state, said the military service should replace the mandatory one-year National Youth Services Corps (NYSC).

The lawmaker made the suggestion at a virtual meeting organised by a non-governmental organisation, Leadership newspaper reported.

He said graduates who do not have the interest to serve as military personnel should be allowed to venture into other endeavours after the mandatory one-year training and service in the Nigerian army

BET Awards 2020: Burna Boy wins Best International Act for the second consecutive year (Video)LindaikejisblogJun 29, 2020Read original

Burna Boy has won the Best International Act for the second consecutive year, becoming the first Nigerian artiste to win the BET Awards back to back.

The Nigerian singer floored Innoss’B (DRC), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Dave (UK), Stormzy (UK), Ninho (France), and S.Pri Noir (France) to scoop the gong at the first-ever virtual BET Awards which held on Sunday night.

British supermodel, Naomi Campbell presented the Best International Act award to Burna Boy, who gave his acceptance speech virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In his acceptance speech, the singer said:”I’ll like to use this opportunity to say that sometime around 1835, there was a mission to turn Africa into a dominated nation.”

“Now is the time to overturn that and go back to the royalty that we were, because, in order for black lives to matter, Africa must matter”

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