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JUST IN: Boko Haram, troops exchange fire as insurgents attempt to overrun Damaturu

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Suspected Boko Haram fighters have reportedly attempted to attack Damaturu, Yobe State capital in the late hours of Thursday, Daily Post newspaper reports.

Residents around 3-Bedroom and Zanna Zakariya Housing Estates, which are few minutes away from the force headquarters, said heavy bombardments by the Nigeria Air Force fighter jet and gun shots could heard from the area, along Gashua road.

Residents of the volatile areas were said to have been kept indoors due to the attack.

The attempted infiltration into the state capital is the latest by the insurgents in about 5 years.

Details of the attacl are still sketchy at the moment, but sources said Air Force fighter jet was busy bombing the attackers’ locations as of the time of filing in this report.

Details later…

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Man nabbed for allegedly killing student in Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a student, Hassan Abdullah of Government Secondary Rigachikun, in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The incident occurred in the school premises on Thursday at about 11 am when the suspect, Sani Umar, who is not a student of the school, accosted Abdullahi and allegedly stabbed him with a knife.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kaduna that the victim died on the way to hospital.

Sabo said Umar had been arrested and is undergoing investigation.

According to him, the matter was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.

The police spokesman assured that the suspect would be prosecuted after the investigation.

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DSS explains why Dasuki, EL-Zakzaky, Sowore are still in detention

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The Department of State Services, DSS, has reacted to public outcry by Nigerians about detention of some notable persons undergoing trials at the courts.

DSS has been accused of refusing to obey court orders.

In a statement on Friday, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, explained the circumstances that warranted the custody of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and Omoyele Sowore in its facility.

He wrote: “For the avoidance of doubt, the duo had appealed to the Courts to be left in the custody of the Service instead of being taken to the Correctional Centres.

“Well meaning Nigerians are equally witnesses to the case of Omoleye Sowore, who, on a similar order of the Court, was to be remanded at the Kuje or Suleja Centre, but preferred to be kept at the DSS.

“Everyone, also, saw what eventually played out with El-Zakzaky, when he opted to be returned to the custody of the Service even as the Court had granted him leave to seek medical care in India. These were choices these personalities made on their own volition.

“Since their stay, the Service has continued to extend the best courtesies to them. They are allowed access to people and use of other facilities like telephones, gymnasium, TV, newspapers and medical facilities.

“Among others, their families and trusted persons bring them food of their choices on a daily basis. There could not have been better treatments than these.

“Against the wrong perception that the Service held these persons in defiance to Court Orders, it is obvious, by the above explanations, that they rather choose to be looked after by the DSS. The reason for such choice is not far fetched. It is simply because the Service’s holding facilities are good and within acceptable international standards.

“It is not in the character of the DSS to join issues with persons or groups. Yet, silence should not be golden at a time like this. For its compliance to democratic norms, the Service owes the Nigerian public a duty to explain some of its activities. This is more so that these are oftentimes grossly misunderstood or misrepresented.

“Once again, the Service restates its commitment to a strong partnership with the media and other stakeholders including opinion leaders. It is not averse to criticisms and therefore welcomes constructive engagement from all and sundry.

“It will continue to conduct its operations within the bounds of the law and importantly be guided by that time tested axiom of Usman Dan Fodio that conscience is an open wound and only the truth can heal it.”

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Shiites Protest: Nigeria Security Forces Arrest Four IMN Members

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A combined team of the Nigerian police, army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Kaduna state have arrested four members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria during a protest in Zaria.

A statement from the Kaduna State Police Command said the suspects were undergoing interrogation and after investigations, they would be charged to court.

On Thursday, policemen in Kaduna had dispersed the Shia members from staging a protest in the state capital and Zaria.

A spokesman for the police, DSP Yakubu Sabo, in a statement on Thursday said the Shiites were at the central area of Kaduna metropolis and they were prevented from staging a rally.

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