In a recent “hot mike” situation, Secretary to the Taraba State Government, Mr. Anthony Jellason, was overheard telling a renowned Jalingo based singer, Sadiya, that he hates Muslims.
In the heated exchange that followed, Sadiya was also heard defending her faith vehemently. Sadiya is known to be pro state government and always sing for top government functionaries.
The tape has since gone viral
Gunmen Kill 66 In Kaduna
Among the victims were 22 children and 12 women, while four wounded persons were rescued alive by security agencies.
The latest attack is coming barely 24 hours to the Presidential and National Assembly election tomorrow.
The state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who Confirmed the incident disclosed that security agencies have been deployed to the area, while some people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
He also appeals to residents of the affected communities against instigating attacks or reprisals.
“Government condemns the attacks and commiserates with the families of the victims. Security agencies have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made.
“The government urges community, traditional and religious leaders in the area to encourage residents to avoid any reprisal attacks and to leave the matter in the hands of the security and law enforcement agencies.
“The killings are being investigated and residents are assured that indicted persons will be prosecuted.
“Residents of Kaduna state are enjoined to uphold peace and harmony, shun violence and allow the elections to be held in an atmosphere of calm”.
‘Four Killed’ in Stampede at Buhari’s Rivers Rally
Four persons reportedly died in a stampede during the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, on Tuesday.
Sources said gates of Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium where the event held were locked on arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari and people who tried to exit were trampled upon.
Some of the people who sustained injuries at the stadium have been evacuated and taken to the hospital for treatment.
On Thursday, at least two persons were killed during the party’s presidential rally in Jalingo, Taraba capital.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, who confirmed the incident, said the deaths were caused by overcrowding at the Jolly Nyame stadium where the rally held.
In a statement, Buhari expressed sadness over the incident, saying he wished they were alive to “witness the dividends of purposeful governance” if and when he is re-elected.
“I always feel very sad and distressed when ordinary Nigerians who love me and our party because of what we stand for and have done, make personal sacrifices by taking the pains to show their support, end their lives tragically,” Buhari had said.
There is no official information yet over the Port Harcourt incident.
NAF Aircraft Destroys Boko Haram Training Camp In Borno
The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) training camp and neutralized several terrorists at Malkonory in Northern Borno State.
This was disclosed by the director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
He said the operation was executed yesterday, 10 February 19, after Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft observed significant human activities with several structures, equipment and vehicles spotted camouflaged under the dense vegetation in the area used by the terrorists for training.
The NAF spokesman said in accordance with the intelligence gathered, two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft were dispatched to attack the location, dropping their bombs successfully within the camp leading to massive fires and resulting in the neutralizing of several terrorists.
Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) by NAF and allied ISR later revealed that the terrorists suffered heavy casualties as a result of the air strikes.
The NAF promised to sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast, while operating in concert with surface forces.
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