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11 dies as suicide bombers’hit church in military base kaduna.

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TWO days after the military placed a ransom on the leader of the Boko Haram sect, suicide bombers struck yesterday at church located inside an Armed Forces facility in  Kaduna  state.

Eleven people were killed and 30 others injured after twin explosions rocked St Andrew Protestant Church inside the Command and Staff College, Jaji, which is 40 kilometers from Kaduna, the state    capital.The CSC Jaji is a high-level military institution. It also housesn infantry center and school.

The service had just closed, but leaders were meeting over

Sunday’s annual thanksgiving service when the suicide

bombers struck. They beat the heavy security at the gate of the Cantonment.

The incident came barely one month after a similar attack on St Rita’s Catholic Church, Kaduna.

The military on Friday placed a N50 million ransom on BokoHaram   leader Abubakar  Shekau. Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the Jaji attacks, which bore marks of its operations.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. BolaKoleoso, put the figure of the dead at 11 and the injured, 30.But, unconfirmed reports said over 50 people may have been killed in the twin-explosion, which was believed to have also affected a senior officer.

Gen. Koleoso in a text message said: “There were twin suicide bombings today at the St. Andrew Military Protestant Church,Jaji Military Cantonment at 1205hrs and 1215hrs. A bus firstran into the church and exploded about five minutes afterservice while a Toyota Camry parked outside the church detonated 10 minutes later.

“Figures of casualties not yet clear, but the injured arereceiving treatment at military hospitals both in Jaji andKaduna. Investigation into the bombings has commenced and the area already cordoned off.”

When told that an estimated 50 people were killed in theexplosions, he said 11 people died. It was gathered that eventhough the church had closed for the day, people rushed backwhen they heard the first explosion and gathered around the burning car, watching, when the second explosion occurred.

Sources said most of the victims died in the second attack.The source, who was in tears said on the telephone that “many people were killed in the explosion.

“I am not in a position tosay how many people died, but all I can say is that the number of the dead is high because I saw many dead bodies. I thinkthe people that died may be in the region of 40 0r 50. I cannot say precisely.”

Gen. Koleoso said the injured had been taken to the 44 Reference Hospital, the Nigeria Air Force Hospital in Kaduna and the Ahmadu Bello University Hospital in Zaria.The army restricted movement into the Jaji facility shortly after even officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were prevented from gaining access.

There was no claim of responsibility but Islamist sect BokoHaram, whose main targets are the bombed several churches in the past in its fight to create an Islamic state in the country.

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) PastorAyo Oritsejafor condemned the frequent bombing of churches in the country and “institutional corruption”.Pastor Oritsejafor spoke at the dedication of the newlycompleted church building by the Good Tidings Bible Church International in Abuja.

He expressed regret that the heath care system in the country had failed while the standard of education was dwindling.“How can people be bombing churches? How can people bestealing billions of naira meant for pensioners? Is it they don’thave the fear God?”Pastor Oritsejafor, who wept during the sermon, described Boko Haram members as “wicked for perpetuating evil in thename of religion”.

The CAN President said: “Anybody that is not filled with thespirit of God will be filled with the spirit of evil.“Boko Haram members are doing what they are doing because

they are filled with evil spirit.”

He added: “How can a group of people be perpetuating evil,

killing people, burning worship centres in the name of

religion?” Pastor  Oritsejafor urged the government to do more for

security. “If we all have the fear of God and His spirit in our lives, there will be no sectarian crisis. We must pray forNigeria; we need God in our lives.

“Why can’t we have an international standard hospital in Nigeria where people from outside the country could come for treatment?

“Look at our educational system; the standard is falling at an alarming rate.’’

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Breaking News:Yoruba Freedom Fighter, Sunday Igboho Arrested in Cotonou

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Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic by security operatives in the West African country.

Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.

A source privy to his departure from Nigeria said he had perfected plans to secretly escape from Nigeria through Cotonou and was heading to Germany.

He was, however, nabbed by security operatives in the neighboring country.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a source privy to the incident, said, “Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou. He was arrested about an hour ago.

“He was supposed to travel to Germany through Cotonou this night. He wanted to leave Africa through Cotonou. He was arrested by security operatives in Cotonou.

“They are planning to bring him back to Nigeria.”

Recall that the Department of State Services had declared Igboho wanted after its operatives carried out a bloody midnight raid on his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

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Popular Nigerian Singer, Sound Sultan dies at 44

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Singer, Olanrewaju Fasasi aka Sound Sultan, has died. A statement released by his family says he died on July 11 after a long battle with throat cancer.

The singer is survived by his wife and three children.

 

The statement reads;

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Multi-talented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter, Onlanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a Sound Sultan.

Too sad! Singer, Sound Sultan, dies at 44

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#EndSARS: Court strikes out suit against Sam Adeyemi, Davido, Falz, BurnaBoy, Aisha Yesufu and others

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Justice Bello Jawu of a High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a suit filed by one Kenechukwu Okeke, a human rights activist, against Davido, Aisha Yesufu, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, and 47 other celebrities and activists over their activities during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.

The judge in a ruling delivered on Friday, July 2, also restrained the Nigeria Police Force and Okeke from taking any steps to prosecute the individuals for their role played during the #EndSARS protest.

Okeke had in November 2020 filed criminal proceedings before a magistrate court in Abuja against the 50 persons over claims they promoted the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.

In the suit, he alleged that the defendants acted in a manner “with intent to assist in the promotion of an unlawful assembly under the guise or composition of #EndSARS

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