Tilla Lake, located in Kwaya Bura, 10 kilometres southwest of Biu town, in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, is a mystery lake. Tilla Lake is located behind the gigantic Tilla Hill, the highest point of elevation in Biu Emirate, standing at over 800 metres above sea level. The spiritual herbalist of Tilla Lake, Mr. Garba Bauda was 108 when he died in 2003.
At least five communities of Ladin Buta near Khaddamari village of Jere Local Government Area of Borno state have been taken over and destroyed by suspected members of dreaded boko haram sect who were armed with Ak47 rifles and petrol bombs including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), sources said. According to reports, Boko Haram insurgents stormed a village of Ladi Butai in Jere LGA of area Borno State, opened fire on villagers at about 9 pm killing, not fewer than 6 people and injured scores others.
I recall that on the night of 14-15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. Commendation must be given to the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who has ensured that the national security apparatus has been revamped and made to be more effective.
A mother of three has opened up on how suspected Boko Haram members abducted her in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, while on her way to the hospital. "On our arrival in Kano, the vehicle (in which she was conveyed) developed a problem I gained my consciousness and found that my body was strapped with explosive belt," she said. She said she eventually ran away before security men rescued her around 11pm and was taken to Hotoro police station in Kano.
A total of 276 girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants from their secondary school dormitories in Chibok town in the northeastern Borno state in April 2014. But it was the abduction of the girls from Chibok that gained worldwide attention through the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which was supported by US First Lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
Despite being in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for over a week now, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has hailed the removal of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a very "big relief". Mr. Fani-Kayode was one of several former PDP ministers who strongly opposed Sheriff's emergence as chairman, labeling the latter a known Boko Haram sponsor.
The woman, a mother of three, narrated her ordeal when the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Abbati Dikko, yesterday presented her to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Narrating her ordeal to Governor Ganduje in Hausa language, she said: "My kidnappers told me that I would go to Kantin Kwari in Kano to launch attack".
Considering the acrimonies that have been in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since former Borno State governor, Senator Alli Modu Sheriff was named as the acting national chairman of the party, many watchers already knew that the last weekend convention of the party held at Port Harcourt was going to be characterised by machinations geared towards ousting the chairman.
Kano -- Operatives from the Kano State Police Command at the weekend in Hotoro quarters Kano rescued a mother of three, identified as Khadeja Ibrahim, who miraculously escaped from the hands of her abductors, as she was kidnapped from Maiduguri, Borno State. Addressing journalists in Kano yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abbati Maigari Dikko, said Khadija's captors picked her from a bus stop, pretending to be offering her a lift.
On discovering this, the woman, who said her abductors sent her on "God's mission" to bomb the Kantin Kwari Market in Kano, ran before she was found and rescued by security men and taken to Hotoro police station in Kano around 11pm. Speaking, the Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and the state commissioner of police, Abbati Dikko, called on residents of the state to be more security conscious.
Former Borno State governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, declared yesterday that he remains the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). "Sheriff can't send the deputy national chairman ...we aren't running an individual party. The PDP constitution says in the absence of the chairman, the deputy acts," Secondus said.
The Jerry Gana-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the aegis of Concerned PDP Stakeholders' Forum yesterday held a non-elective national convention of the party. Interestingly, Gana's group, while holding its parallel convention in Abuja, said it was discussing with the other PDP leaders who were in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for another convention with a view to resolving the differences between them.