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  1. ISIS has threatened that Russian President Vladimir Putin will ‘pay the price for killing Muslims’, in the diminishing terror group’s latest poster targeting the World Cup. The poster shows a jihadist emerging from an explosion and holding an AK-47 aloft, with a packed football arena in the background. President Putin can be seen on the left of the image with a black and orange target aiming straight at him. Across the poster is written; ‘Russia 2018. Putin you disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims.’ The threat is likely to be linked to Putin’s support for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in his government’s fight against ISIS – a battle also fought by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and other rebel factions in Syria. The poster was picked up by terror monitoring groups on Twitter after it made the rounds on encrypted messaging app Telegram. This is only the latest in a series of posters published by the pro-ISIS ‘Wafa Media Foundation’ threatening terror attacks on the World Cup. Last month, ISIS supporters targeted Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi in a poster showing him kneeling next to a jihadist. Messi is seen in the orange jumpsuit, often worn by victims in ISIS’s execution videos, kneeling on the grass of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium – the venue for the World Cup final. Previous posters have shown a rifle-carrying ISIS fighter and a bomb baring the infamous black ISIS flag in front of a football stadium with the 2018 World Cup logo. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played across 11 cities in Russia from June 14 to July 15, when the final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Tens of thousands of England fans are expected to base themselves in St Petersburg for the month-long finals St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, was the scene of an horrific ISIS attack when a briefcase bomb detonated on the underground in April, killing 14 people. The blast was in retaliation to Russia’s airstrikes in Syria that have helped bring the regime to its knees. Thousands of Russians from mainly central Asia have travelled to the Middle East to fight for ISIS. Experts in Moscow believe around 2,400 joined the regime in 2015 alone. England’s involvement in the tournament has been questioned in the wake of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury which the government has blamed on Russia. Some politicians have called for the national team to boycott the tournament.
  2. Emmanuel Macron has claimed he has ‘proof’ that the regime of Bashar al-Assad launched a horrifying gas attack in Syria. The French President suggested chlorine may have been used in the atrocity on Saturday that left at least 40 dead in the rebel-held town of Douma and prompted Donald Trump to consider launching airstrikes. Assad denies carrying out the attack and Russia has accused aid workers of faking the incident. But Macron said today: ‘We have proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.’ Macron added that he was in daily contact with US President Donald Trump and that they would decide on their response ‘at a time of our choosing when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective.’ The French leader, who had made the use of chemical weapons in Syria a ‘red line’, said one of his aims in Syria was to ‘remove the regime’s chemical attack capabilities’. But he repeated that he wanted to also avoid ‘an escalation’. ‘France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes that believe they can act with impunity to violate international law in the worst possible way.’
  3. Suspected thugs have reportedly attacked the campaign office of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, in Katsina state. According to The Cable, the thugs destroyed vehicles inside the premises located along Dandagoro road, Batagarawa local government area. The suspects also attacked supporters of Atiku. Jacob D!ckson, spokesman of Atiku’s campaign in the north-west geopolitical zone, claimed items worth “hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed during the attack.” Atiku campaign office attacked by suspected thugs. Credit: The Cable A witness claimed the suspects came to spy on members of the Peoples Democratic Party before attacking them. He said: “We (supporters of Atiku) went to the PDP northwest zonal rally that took place at the party’s secretariat in Katsina and returned to celebrate the colourful outing in our befitting campaign office refurbished in support of Atiku’s candidature ahead of the forthcoming general elections in 2019 when the Armed bandits and Armed thugs stormed and attacked us. “Initially, they came in to spy on us before going back to pick up their arms to launch the attack. They smashed windscreens, mirrors and bodies of vehicles parked within the premises of the campaign office with cutlasses, sticks and others they were carrying on their hands. “They damage our fence, brought down our party flags erected round the fence and went away with some of the party flags. “We have reported the case at the Divisional Police Office in Batagarawa and the DPO with his men have swung into action immediately.” Meanwhile, National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said disagreements and debates that characterized activities of the party lately were hallmarks of progressive politics. He stated this at the party´s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday, April 9 in Abuja. The APC has been embroiled in rancor after the Feb. 27 meeting of NEC where one year tenure extension for its National Working Committee (NWC) and executive committees at all levels across the country, was approved. The acrimony in the party heightened when at another NEC meeting on March 27, President Muhammadu Buhari objected to the tenure elongation on grounds that it was unconstitutional, and therefore, illegal.
  4. Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that he did not attack the founder of Microsoft, Mr Bill Gate over Nigeria’s economic recovery and growth plan. Speaking during the closing ceremony of the Kaduna Investment Summit (KADINVEST 3.0) on Thursday, El-Rufai said though, there was nothing wrong in attacking Bill Gate, he never did, but merely put things in proper perspective. He insisted that Gate got it wrong in his opinion on which tier of government should invest more in education and healthcare. El-Rufai explained, “Coming to the economic recovery growth plan, we were all involved in it as state governments and we all keyed into it. The whole idea is that we internalise the plan and support the macro plan. That is what we are doing in Kaduna. We have our own development plan which aligns with the Federal Government economic recovery growth plan. “A few weeks ago, when Microsoft founder Bill Gate came to Nigeria and appealed to the Nigerian government to invest more in education, I made a comment that was reported widely as attacking Bill Gate. It was not an attack on Bill Gate, it merely putting things in the contest. “Mr Gate observed that, in the economic recovery and growth plan, there was not enough money for human capital development, for Health and Education and I did not disagree. What I merely pointed out is that the economic recovery and growth plan has numbers that reflected Federal Government’s investment in health and education. “But the federal government only dealt with tertiary education and healthcare to a large extent. The bulk of education and healthcare investment are subnational because of primary education, junior secondary education and primary health care where most of the problems are, are all within the purview of state government, just like secondary healthcare are all under the state government. “What I told Mr Gate is that you have identified the problem correctly, but you are looking at the wrong tier of government to handle it. The state and local governments have the responsibilities to invest in education and healthcare. So, it is up to state governments to invest more in education and healthcare and I gave an example of what we are doing in Kaduna and also urged my colleagues, the Governors to do same. Because, unless the state governments do so, the country will be clapping with one hand.” “That is what I said, but it was misrepresented to mean that, I was attacking Bill Gate. There is nothing wrong with attacking Bill Gate, we can differ, but that is not what I happened, I merely explained the context, where the investment should be. “But, I must add that, Bill Gate is a big partner, he has invested $1.6billion in Nigeria. And a large percentage of that money was invested in Kaduna State. I will not disclose how much, because other states will be envious.” El-Rufai explained.
  5. The Lagos State Police Command is on the trail of some gunmen who attacked a vehicle in the Amuwo Odofin area of the state and killed a police escort, identified only as Sergeant Musa. The robbers were also said to have injured the driver of the vehicle and escaped with N3m. It was learnt that the cop had escorted two officials of a plastic raw materials company in a Nissan Almera to a Zenith Bank branch at Amuwo Odofin around 2 pm to withdraw the cash. They were returning from the bank when the gunmen ambushed them on Babangida Road, Amuwo Odofin, and opened fire on the car. One Okoroafor, who drove the car, and the policeman, were shot by the assailants, while the third occupant of the vehicle escaped unhurt. A source, who lives in the community, told our correspondent that the robbers had fled with the money before a police team arrived at the scene. He said, “The attack happened on Tuesday, March 13. Their car was on Babangida Road that afternoon when the hoodlums, who were in another vehicle, intercepted them and shot continuously. “The car was driven by a middle-aged man. There was an armed riot policeman and another man inside the car. Before the policeman could engage the robbers, he had been shot. The driver also sustained an injury. I heard the survivors saying that the robbers escaped with the N3m they collected at Zenith Bank.” A police source also confirmed the attack. He said the survivors were officials of a firm that dealt in plastic raw materials on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. The source said, “The late cop was attached to the Police Mobile Force 20, Ikeja, from where he was posted to the company. The unhurt occupant of the car is the accountant of the company. The policeman had escorted them to Zenith Bank at Amuwo Odofin to withdraw N3m. “They were on their way back to the company when the hoodlums attacked them. The policeman died at a private hospital in FESTAC.” Another police source said the accountant and two officials of the bank were interrogated by the police in connection with the attack. “There was a suspicion that the robbery was calculated given the fact that it happened in the daytime in a busy area like Amuwo Odofin. The police are seriously concerned about the incident and efforts have been intensified to bring all the perpetrators to book. “The policeman’s rifle was recovered at the scene and his corpse was deposited in the Mainland General Hospital morgue for autopsy. Sergeant Musa was a very dedicated policeman. The police will use all the machinery at their disposal to bring the perpetrators to book.” The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the robbery and the killing of the policeman. He said the robbers had been rounded up. He said, “The robbers in that incident have been arrested and we have recovered the rifle of the policeman. The suspects are helping the police to track their fleeing member. We are closing in on him.” On the bank officials, the PPRO said the police acted appropriately, saying, “without an insider, there won’t be an outsider. We will leave no stone unturned.” Attempts to get the reaction of Zenith Bank proved abortive as calls put across to the telephone line of its Head of Corporate Communications, Victor Adoji, rang out. He had also yet to reply to a text message sent to him as of press time.
  6. FABOLOUS COULD FACE 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ALLEGED EMILY BATTACK New York rapper Fabolous has some serious pressure on his head. New reports claim the hip-hop veteran could spend five years behind bars if prosecutors go at him for his recent domestic violence arrest. According to reports, Fab faces aggravated assault and terroristic threats. BOSSIP has also learned that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has stepped in and will be trying the case against the Brooklyn rapper. A spokeswoman for the prosecutor confirmed Monday that the initial charges still stood. If he’s convicted, the “Throw It In The Bag” rapper could face three to five years in state prison along with up to $15,000 in fines for the aggravated assault charge alone. He is due back in court later this month. (Bossip) Yesterday, G-Unit boss 50 Cent delivered a savage Fab meme in light of his publicized domestic violence arrest.
  7. Five Cameroonian soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military post in the far north of the country, sources told AFP on Tuesday. The five, one of whom was an officer, were killed on Monday night in the village of Sagme, close to the Nigerian border and the Lake Chad region, according to relatives and local sources. Three other soldiers were wounded. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings but the area has seen many incursions by the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram in the past. The Cameroonian army has not commented. Cameroon, along with Chad and Niger, has joined a military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram, a militant movement opposed to Western influence and seeking an Islamic state based on Sharia law, but the countries have increasingly seen the conflict spread across their borders. Since 2014, the group has killed 2,000 civilians and soldiers and kidnapped about 1,000 people in northern Cameroon, according to an analysis by the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank. Boko Haram has caused the deaths of at least 20,000 people since it took up arms in 2009. In December, a report by the UN Committee against Torture denounced “serious crimes and atrocities” by Boko Haram in Cameroon but also said it had great concern over reports of abuse by Cameroonian security forces.
  8. A 7-year-old boy, Maina Bukar was kidnapped by suspected ritualist on Saturday 17/3/2018 at Ngomari Kare Kili area of Borno state. The little boy who is a SanG.aya Student popularly known as Almajiri, was abducted and had his eyes plucked out by his captor. According to the boy’s father who narrated what happened, the boy was asked to bring water for ablution by the suspected ritualist, he kindly did as directed. He was again asked to escort the ritualist to a nearby village. He obeyed and was taken to the bush where he was asked to wait in the bush while the suspect excuse himself to urinate. He then came back and told the poor boy that he would slaughter him. The boy reportedly replied him saying; ” Don’t slaughter me because my teacher would not leave me”. He then tied the boy down and ripped out his two eyes. The boy sustained multiple knife injuries in his stomach and his thigh. He is currently on admission at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital UMTH. Purple Heart Foundation in collaboration of Better Jere Initiative donated the sum of 100,000 Naira to the parents to aid the boy’s medical treatments.
  9. Troops of 3 Division Garrison Jos Plateau State arrested 7 suspects and recovered weapons in the clash between Miango community and herdsmen at Rafiki Village few days ago. The troops responded to distress calls to the clash reported by locals. As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on troops convoy. 2 soldiers paid the supreme price. 7 suspects were arrested in connection with the clashes. While conducting search, troops discovered 23 dead bodies at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki Village and many civilians were wounded. 2 other soldiers wounded are receiving medical attention at 3 Division Military Hospital and Medical Services. They are stable. Weapons recovered include one Ak 47 assault rifle with 26 rounds of 7.62mm special and One locally made single barrel loaded with 15 rounds. The troops later intensified patrol within the general area to forestall further break down of law and other.
  10. Lille fans went on a rampage this weekend as they invaded the pitch and attacked their own players. In the match between their side and Montpellier, supporters of the club hopped the fences and surged towards the Lille players. TV footage showed that some of those invading the field aimed kicks at some of their own team after the final whistle. The match in France finished level with the scores tied at 1-1, leaving Lille one from bottom in the league table. French officials confirmed that the incidents at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium will be looked into further. “The LFP firmly condemns the incidents that occurred after the Lille v Montpellier game,” the League said in a statement.
  11. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has declared three days of mourning for dead victims of herdsmen attacks on communities in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of the State. The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase and made available to newsmen, disclosed that the mourning period would commence from Tuesday to Thursday, this week, which will end with a church service for the victims at the IBB Square in Makurdi, followed by mass burial. Ortom said flags would fly at half-mast within the mourning period while work will close at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be a work-free day on Thursday being the day for the church service and burial of the victims.
  12. 6 Injured And 3 Die In Fresh Taraba Attack

    A presumed volunteer army amass has executed three people while no less than six others supported wounds in an overnight assault on Maisamari in Sardauna region of Taraba state. The police in the Northeast state said the assault was done amid the inaugural release of a social occasion called Nding-Chin. A representative of the power ASP David Misal said the summon had conveyed extra policemen to amplify security. He said due to the measure of the group, a time span inside which to finish the activity and scatter was given. It was accumulated that the harmed are accepting treatment at the Gembu General Hospital.
  13. Boko Haram attack military base in Yobe

    A group of fleeing Boko Haram insurgents have attacked a military base in Kanama, headquarters of Yunusari Local Government in Yobe State. The Chairman of the Local Government, Ali Yerima, who confirmed the attack to our correspondent said the insurgents came in large numbers in seven Hilux trucks and made their way through the middle of the town and headed straight to the military base in the town at about 6.30pm where they launched their attack. He said though he could not confirm any casualty in the attack, he was however confident that the insurgents did not attack any civilian in the town. The information I got is that the insurgents were loaded in seven Hilux trucks. They passed through the town to attack the military base. My sources informed me that no civilian was attacked, only the military base was attacked but I also gathered that the soldiers fought very well to repel their adversaries,” he said. The chairman also informed that the movement of the insurgents through the town caused panic and fear among residents who ran in different directions for safety. An impeccable security source informed that the insurgents were fleeing from the heat in Borno State. “There has been a serious heat on the insurgents from Borno axis. You notice there was a fighter jet hovering over Borno and Yobe,” the source said. The spokesman for 3 Division Nigeria Army Col. Kayode Ogunsaya did not respond to calls and text message sent to him by our correspondent. Yobe State Police Commissioner Abdulmaliki Sunmonu said he cannot give details of the attack because “the area is fully under military operations and control but I think they are in control of the situation.”
  14. A dangerous gang of armed robbers have stormed a branch of UBA in Lapai, Niger state on Wednesday. They ended up killing two police officers and a banker. According to PoliticsNGR, the robbers successfully broke into the bank and reportedly carted away huge sums of money. It was gathered that the robbers attacked UBA bank along Suleja road just beside Kobo Campus of IBB University before attacking First Bank along Minna road. It was learnt that the criminals gained entry into the town through Lapai-Gulu road in two cars.They kidnapped the manager of First Bank. The attack on both banks lasted over an hour. They carted away cash in big bags and escaped through Lapai-Paiko road. A team of soldiers and police officers chased down the robbers but so far no arrest has been announced.

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