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ISWAP fighters ambush and kill 10 Nigerian troops2 min read

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killings, but said they had slain 22 soldiers after an assault by the army

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ISWAP fighters ambush and kill 10 Nigerian troops

Another 12 soldiers were missing after a column of troops on patrol was ambushed by the fighters on Wednesday in Damboa district of Borno state, a military officer told reporters on condition of anonymity. 

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killings, but said they had slain 22 soldiers after an assault by the army.

A decade-long jihadist insurgency in northeast Nigeria has killed 35,000 people, displaced two million others and spilt into neighbouring countries.

“We lost 10 troops in the intense fighting with the terrorists who ambushed our soldiers conducting a clearance operation in the area,” said the officer, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak about the incident.

“Nine soldiers were injured and 12 are still missing.”

The troops came under attack while returning to their base in Damboa, 88 kilometres from the state capital Maiduguri, said a second military officer who gave the same casualty toll.

Soldiers were forced to withdraw after an hour-long battle in which nine jihadists were also killed, said the second source.

The source said militants burnt five military vehicles and took away a pickup truck along with six machine guns.

The military sources initially attributed the attack to the Boko Haram faction led by long-time leader Abubakar Shekau as it took place close to its stronghold in Sambisa forest.

But the killings were later claimed by rival jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group.  

A statement released by IS propaganda arm Amaq said the faction’s fighters had killed 22 troops after the Nigerian army attacked them.

Jihadist split –

Boko Haram has splintered into two major factions: one loyal to Shekau and the other aligned to IS. 

There has been a lull in attacks on troops from the jihadist factions in recent weeks as the military has intensified operations against the fighters.

According to security sources, jihadists have been forced to flee into Cameroon and Chad or hide in camps on several islands in Lake Chad.

Attacks on Nigerian troops had increased since June last year, with most of the deadly assaults blamed on or claimed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction.

ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016 and focuses on attacking military targets while Boko Haram is notorious for attacks on civilians.

On Tuesday, Mai Mala Buni, the governor of Yobe, one of three northeast Nigerian states beset by the jihadist conflict, called for dialogue with the fighters to help end the violence.

“No conflict of this nature anywhere in the world has been resolved solely by military means,” he told a security gathering. 

“We, therefore, suggest that we should seek – and use – back channels to open communications and contacts that both sides could trust as credible.”

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Richard Branson apologises to South Africa for ‘non-inclusive’ tweet

yesterday’s choice of a photo to go with my tweet clearly lacked diversity. Apologies

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British billionaire and Virgin founder Richard Branson apologised on Tuesday for posting a picture on Twitter he admitted “clearly lacked diversity” as he launched his new entrepreneurship development centre in South Africa.

On Monday he tweeted a picture of himself and eight others captioned “We aim to become the heart of entrepreneurship in Southern Africa”.

It featured no blacks in a country where they make up 80 per cent of the population.

That sparked outrage as racial tensions remain high and the majority black population is still economically marginalised 25 years after apartheid.

“Where did you find so many white people in South Africa?” one tweet said.

“I wish there were more BLACK entrepreneurs in this picture,” @NomsBomba said.

Following the flurry of angry and sarcastic tweets targeting the mogul, who runs a chain of gyms in South Africa and whose airline daily flies the London-Johannesburg route, Branson deleted the tweet and apologised.

“The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship is for all South Africans, but yesterday’s choice of a photo to go with my tweet clearly lacked diversity. Apologies,” he said.

The centre serves as business development hub aimed at supporting entrepreneurs.

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Davido’s elder brother, Adewale Adeleke shows off wedding venue

It is not surprising to see Adewale Adeleke settle for the expensive Emirates Palace for his wedding.

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Singer Davido’s elder brother, Adewale Adeleke showed off the venue of the forthcoming wedding of him and his fiancee Adekani. The entertainment mogul with the Instagram name Chairmanhkn, took to his Instagram handle to show fans the beautiful venue for their wedding. Recall that he had earlier proposed to Adekani this year. This is happening just a few days after the naming ceremony of Davido and Chioma’s child’s dedication which held in London. 

It is such a celebration period in the lives of the Adelekes. First, it was Davido and Chioma’s engagement. Then the birth of their son, Ifeanyi Adeleke. Now, the older Adeleke and his beautiful bride-to-be are set to exchange vows. From his post, the venue of the wedding will be at the famed Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates.

The Adelekes always have the right degree of pomp in their events and celebrations. A wedding at the Emirates Palace costs about 120,000 dirhams, that is around 32,000 USD. During Davido’s son’s dedication, the singer donned the expensive Cartier Iced Out Glasses which is sold a whopping $12,000, approximately N4.5 million. A few days ago, the singer posted a picture of an expensive-looking Richard Mille watch and captioned it “it hurt my account but I had to do it..”. Luxury is a legacy for the Adeleke family. So, it was not surprising to see Adewale Adeleke settle for the expensive Emirates Palace for his wedding.

Though the date of the wedding is not known yet, we assume it is very close. Davido had also announced his own wedding to be in 2020. Nigerians surely cannot wait!

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Buhari celebrates nephew, long-time friend, Mamman Daura at 80

President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated with his Nephew and long-time friend, Alhaji Mamman Daura, on his 80th birthday, congratulating him for many years of love and sacrifices for the nation, especially in his chosen career, journalism.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated with his Nephew and long-time friend, Alhaji Mamman Daura, on his 80th birthday, congratulating him for many years of love and sacrifices for the nation, especially in his chosen career, journalism.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, Buhari joined all family members and friends of the veteran journalist in celebrating the milestone.

President Buhari recalled, with delight, Daura’s remarkable brilliance from childhood at the Katsina Middle School and Government College which caught the attention of Northern Regional Government.

According to him, this feat earned him sponsorship for further studies in the United Kingdom in the 50’s and many years to follow, noting that the knowledge had, over time, only translated into more wisdom.

Mamman Daura at 80

The President rejoiced with the renowned journalist and bibliophile, who worked with the civil service for a while before joining the New Nigerian newspapers, where he rose to be Editor and Managing Director, before venturing to the private sector as an entrepreneur.

He noted that Daura had inspired industrial growth in the north in furniture making, textile manufacturing, aluminum smelting, and other investments.

President Buhari assured Daura that his footprint on the development of the country, and quintessential attention to family values, would always be remembered and appreciated.

He also extolled him for the visionary role he played in the banking sector and management of companies and development institutions.

The President prayed that the almighty God will grant longer life to the elder statesman, and more strength to keep pursuing his number one passion of serving humanity, especially through philanthropy

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