Gunmen stormed a school in Cameroon on Saturday and opened fire indiscriminately, killing at least eight children and wounding over a dozen in Kumba area of the West African country.
Kumba is in the South West of Cameroon, a region where separatist insurgents operate.
According to reports, the armed men arrived at the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy around midday on motorbikes and in civilian clothes and started shooting indiscrimately.
The assailants were said to have met the children in class and opened fire on them.
Some children jumped from second storey windows, injuring themselves.
It was unclear if the attack was linked to an ongoing struggle between the army and groups seeking to form a breakaway state called Ambazonia in the English-speaking west.
But it was a grim new low in a region that since 2017 has seen hundreds die and thousands displaced because of the conflict, with many children unable to attend school.
A mother, Isabel Dione, found her 12-year-old daughter on the floor of a classroom, bleeding from the stomach. The girl was rushed to hospital where she is undergoing treatment for a gunshot wound
The United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said eight children had died, some by machete, and that 12 were wounded.
Videos circulating on social media filmed by local journalists showed adults rushing from the school with children in their arms, surrounded by wailing onlookers.
One photo showed the inside of a classroom, where a pile of dried blood had pooled on the floor near some scattered flip-flops.
Local education official Ahhim Abanaw Obase confirmed six deaths of children aged between 12 and 14, and added that another eight had been taken to hospital.
A prominent separatist leader said his group was working on a statement that will “express our disgust” at the attack, without providing further detail.
Anglophone secessionists have imposed curfews and closed schools as part of their protest against President Paul Biya’s French-speaking government and its perceived marginalisation of the English-speaking minority. Rights groups have documented abuses on civilians from both sides.
Last year, officials blamed separatists for kidnapping dozens of schoolchildren, which the separatists denied.
Former Niger President Tandja Dies Aged 82
Former Nigerien President, Mamadou Tandja has died at the age of 82, the country’s government has announced.
His death was announced on radio and national television with a three-day national mourning declared.
Tandja twice won the Presidential election when the West African country moved back to civilian rule in 1999. He was however toppled in 2009 after he changed the nation’s constitution to fulfill his term elongation.
Tandja, a retired Colonel in the Niger Army was first elected in 1999 after the government of Baba Mainassara was toppled. Despite an uneventful firs term, he won his re-election in 2004 amid criticisms from the opposition.
He walked a lonely path when he attempted to extend his term through a referendum. He claimed Nigeriens loved his government and wanted him to finish what he started.
In a dramatic toppling in 2010, he was kicked out of the Presidential Palace in an action that gained global attention. He was arrested afterwards but was released peacefully, and ever since remained so before his demise.
Mamadou Issoufou, Niger’s current President has mourned his predecessor, as he has promised to leave office at the expiration of his term.
This has been hailed by citizens, who have compared him with Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara and Guinea’s Alpha Conde whose third term desires have caused conflicts in their country.
Court Revokes Bail, Issues Warrant of Arrest For Nigeria’s Ex-Pension Boss’ Son, Faisal Maina
A Nigerian court has ordered the revocation of the bail granted to Faisal Maina, the son of ex-chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, over his failure to appear for his trial.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, after giving the order also issued a bench warrant for his arrest “anywhere he is sighted by security agencies.”
Justice Abang, in addition, issued a summon on Faisal’s surety, Rep. Sani Umar Dan-Galadima, who represents Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, to appear before the court on Wednesday, to show cause why the bail bond should not be forfeited.
The court had on Nov. 26, 2019 admitted Faisal to bail in the sum of N60 million with a surety in the like sum who must be a member of the House of Representatives.
Dan-Galadima had deposed to an affidavit of means, on Dec. 11, 2019, to always come to court at every adjourned date and produce Faisal in court.
News Central reports that a Nigerian lawmaker, Sen. Ali Ndume, who stood as surety for Faisal’s father, Abdulrasheed Maina, was remanded in jail yesterday after the former pension failed to appear for his trial.
Ndume, the Senator representing Borno South in the West African country’s Upper House, had stood as surety for former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Maina, who is standing trial on money laundering charges.
Maina, who was arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Okon Abang, on October 25, 2019, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his son, Faisal, and firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd., was released from Kuje in July 2020 after spending nine months in Kuje Correctional Centre.
He had already spent nine months at the prison at the time.
Ndume had also sometime in July revealed that it took him six months of painful consideration to agree to be a surety for the ex-Pension boss, and that it was part of the cross he had to carry as Mr Maina’s elected senator.
Nigerian Woman Sets Ex-Boyfriend’s Residence On Fire, Kills New Girlfriend
The Police in Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos State, have arrested a 19-year-old lady for allegedly killing her former boyfriend’s lover.
The suspect, Jemila Ibrahim, and her friend, Fatima Mohammed, of Monkey Village, Festac Area in Lagos were said to have committed the act on 18th November 2020 at 5.30 pm.
The duo, it was gathered, had stormed the residence of Ibrahim’s ex-boyfriend, Mohammed Yusuf, set in ablaze with his new lover inside.
It was further gathered that Yusuf got wind of the incident and rushed to the house where he met his house, which he met in flames, but manged to rescue Rabi, his new lover, from the inferno and took her to the hospital where she gave up the ghost on 21st November 2020 around 12 pm.
Yusuf had accused Ibrahim of infidelity before they broke up; he later met and fell in love with Rabi.
Ibrahim and Mohammed, who accompanied Jemila to commit the heinous crime, have been arrested by the police operatives attached to the Satellite Division of the command.
A statement by the Lagos Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, titled, ‘Police arrest lady for setting ex-lover’s house, girlfriend ablaze in Lagos’, said: “The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Jemila Ibrahim, female, 19-year-old; and her friend, Fatima Mohammed, female, 21-year-old, of Monkey Village, Festac Area, Lagos, for setting ablaze the house of one Mohammed Yusuf, male, of Monkey Village, Lagos State, and his girlfriend, Rabi, female, on 18th November 2020 at 5.30 pm.
“Mohammed Yusuf, an ex-lover to Jemila, had the hint of the incident and rushed to the house where he met his house on flame but managed to rescue Rabi, his new lover, from the inferno and took her to the hospital where she gave up the ghost on November 21, 2020, at about 12pm.
“Mohammed had alleged his former lover, Jemila Ibrahim, of infidelity before they broke up; he later met and fell in love with his new lover, Rabi, that was caught up in the inferno.
“The duo of Jemila Ibrahim and her friend, Fatimo Mohammed, who accompanied Jemila to commit the heinous crime, have been arrested by the police operatives attached to Satellite Division of the command.”
Confirming the arrest the spokesperson Lagos State Police Command SP Olumuyiwa Adeojobi said Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, who condemned the crime, has ordered that the matter be transferred to the State CID, Panti, for discreet investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police also vowed to go after those who engage in crimes and social vices in order to get rid of criminals and criminality in Lagos State.”
The police boss however encouraged Lagosians to shun the act of taking laws into their hands; noting that jungle justice will only truncate the administration of justice and such could be counterproductive.
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