Breaking: CBN headquarters in Abuja engulfed in fire

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Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) headquarters in Abuja is reportedly on fire. The fire reportedly began in the evening today, Tuesday, May 1. The cause of fire has not been ascertained yet. Effort is going on to put out the fire and no causalities have been reported yet.

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Police attack Shiites members during Free Zakzaky campaign in Kaduna and Sokoto states

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Police attack Shiites members during Free Zakzaky campaign in Kaduna and Sokoto states

At least one person was killed and over 30 injured as protesting Shiites were dispersed by security operatives in Abuja on Monday, the Islamic group has stated.

The Shiites spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, said the victim was yet to be identified as “the protesters came from various towns.”

Mr Mohammed also stated that over 200 protesters were arrested by the police, who he accused of being the first to attack the protesters.

“We were carrying out a peaceful protest starting from the Unity Fountain. All of a sudden, they began to attack us. They were the ones who started firing (at) us with teargas.

“We were not violent in our procession but we had to defend ourselves somehow and that was why we attacked back.

“So far, we’ve been able to confirm about 200 persons arrested, over 30 injured and one person is dead,”

The protesters took to the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp Hotel to demand the release of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been detained without trial for over two years.

The Nigerian government has kept the Shiite leader in custody since 2015 when his group had an encounter with a convoy of the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, leading to the massacre of about 300 Shiite members, including Mr El-Zakzaky’s sons.

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Several security officers from the army, police as well as civil defence on Monday forcefully dispersed the protesters as eyewitnesses said the officers fired teargas and gun shots into the air.

Videos and footages have also been released by eyewitnesses showing the dispersal of the protesters and some of them throwing stones at police vehicles.

Monday’s action came a few days after the the Abuja police commissioner, Sadiq Bello, placed an indefinite ban on daily sit-outs at Unity Fountain by pro-democracy and good governance advocates across Abuja, a move that was condemned by activists.

Mr Bello maintained they took the decision because he sees the the groups, including the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ movement, as public “nuisance.”

“All of them are in the same category, they’re disrupting people’s activities and infringing on their human rights by blocking the roads and other things. They’re constituting a nuisance” the commissioner told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Friday night.

The Shiites spokesperson, however, vowed not to relent until their leader is released.

“We are demanding the release of our leader and we are going to continue our peaceful protest. If they attack us, no problem. We will continue with our protest. Tomorrow, insha Allah, we are coming out to continue the protest,” he said.

When contacted, the Abuja police spokesperson, Manzah Anjuguri, said the police would soon release a statement on the incident.

People climbing pole to touch the face of dead Sheik Inyass who appeared during the Maulud celebration in Abuja

Celebrity Gists, Islam, local news, personality

inyasssDuring the Maulud celebration in Abuja yesterday April 14, a group of worshipers has claimed to see the face of the dead Muslim cleric Sheik Inyass on an electric pole. The news caused an uproar as many believed the face appeared on purpose to mark the celebration.

Many worshipers were seen struggling to climb the pole as to touch the face of Sheik Inyass as it is believed will be a blessing to them. The face they claimed to see on a pole belongs to Sheik Inyass who was a powerful Muslim cleric who died about 37 years ago.

In the Other News: How Buhari will help Igbos become President of Nigeria – SGF, Mustapha

2019 Elections, PMB, Uncategorized

How Buhari will help Igbos become President of Nigeria – SGF, Mustapha

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has revealed why people of the South-East should support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.

Boss MustThe SGF said supporting Buhari’s second term bid was the “shortest way” to Igbo presidency.

Mustapha said this while receiving a delegation of the Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

According to the SGF, with Buhari’s declaration, the APC needed to open its doors to others.

He said, “Preach it to the other south-east states that the shortest way to Igbo presidency is to support Buhari in 2019.

“This is the time to open your arms and your doors to even those that are perceived as enemies, you must have a large heart to receive them.

“That is why Mr President himself specifically directed the party to consider the provisions of waiver as provided for in our constitution. Why is he saying that? It is because in this game there are no permanent enemies or friends.

“The dynamics of politics can change and people that you perceive today are not with you, will be with you tomorrow. So, your ability to receive them with grace will determine whether they will feel welcome or isolated.”