Home News ONE WEEK NEWS ROUND UP (May 19-23)



Compiled by Olaolu Bilau


Monday May 19

Kano Hotel Explosion Kills 10 as 7 die at NNPC Jetty in Rivers

No fewer than 17 persons lost their lives in a bomb attack on an hotel on Gold Coast Road, near Sabongari kano and an explosion that rocked the creek near the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) jetty in Okrika, Riv­ers State. The militant sect, Boko Haram was believed to be behind the Kano blast while the NNPC jetty explosion was said to have occurred due to the activities oil bunkers.

500 Soldiers face Mutiny Charges

About 500 Nigerian soldiers may be probed for mutiny before the Board of Inquiry looking into the attack on Major General Ahmed Mohammed, former General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Nigerian Army Division at Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri during which some of the escorts of the ex-GOC were injured.

British Spy Plane Joins Search for Chibok Girls

A Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft was deployed from the Royal Armed Force base in Waddington to Accra, Ghana to join the search for the kidnapped schools in Nigeria. The spy plane manned by five-crew members is fitted with radar able to locate moving targets and provide detailed pictures of activities on the ground also has the capacity to fly at high altitudes for significant length of time.


Tuesday May 20

Police Intercept Bomb-Laden Car in Kano

Tragedy was averted when police inter­cepted an ash-colour Mitsubushi Station Wagon marked Kano AE7756GSW laden with two gas cylinders, a jerry can of fuel and wires on Tafawa Balewa Road, Nas­sarawa Quarters, Kano.

Nigeria-Bound British Spy Jet Breaks Down

The state-of-the-art Sentinel re­connaissance spy et sent by Britain to join in the international rescue and search for the over 200 miss­ing school girls, broke down en route the country and was forced to stop in Senegal due to technical problems.

South west Confab Del­egates Insists on Regional Autonomy

South west delegates at the National Conference in Abuja released an 85-page position paper titled: ‘’Regional Autonomy or Nothing: The unity of Nigeria is ne­gotiable and must be negotiated’’. It was in response to a position paper circulated by the Northern delegates titled: ‘’Key Issues before the Northern Delegates to 2014 National Conference: North­ern Nigeria, the Backbone and Strength of Nigeria’’.


Thursday May 22

US Deploys 80 Military Per­sonnel to Rescue Kidnapped Girls

United States President, Barack Obama deployed 80 military personnel to be based in Chad, Nigeria’s Northern neighbour to help find the missing school girls. They were to help with intel­ligence, surveillance and recon­naissance aircraft missions over northern Nigeria and will remain in Chad until its support is no longer needed, Obama revealed.


NUT Closes Schools to Pro­test Girls Abduction, Killing of 173 Teachers

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) shut down all schools in Nigeria in protest of the abduction of over 200 girls and the killing of 173 teachers by Boko Haram insurgents. The Union wants the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the Educa­tion sector and provide tighter security.

Boko Haram Kills 48 Near Chibok

Insurgent group, Boko Haram killed 48 people in an attack at Alargano vIllage, 30 kilometres from Chibok where some school girls were abducted.

Friday May 23

UN Sanctions Boko Haram as US Air Force Commence Action

United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Boko Har­am. Nigeria asked the Council’s Committee monitoring sanctions against Al-Qaida to include Boko Haram in the list of Al-Qaida-linked organisations subject to an arms embargo and asset freeze. By this action, a US official said, ‘’the Security Council has helped to close off important avenues of funding, travel and weapons to Boko Haram’’.

United States troops deployed to Chad to help locate the missing school girls launched their first op­erations in the international effort to rescue the missing girls.


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