Executed ISIS fighters lined up in the ruins of border town of Kobane

Kurdish fighters killed more than 20 ISIS militants during continued fighting in the villages around Kobane which was liberated earlier this week after months of bitter street fighting. In one village, a Kurd was today pictured standing over the bodies of Islamic extremists after they were killed in Halimce, a village east of the town…


Kurdish forces recaptured the town on January 26 in a symbolic blow to the jihadists who have seized large swathes of territory in their onslaught across Syria and Iraq. But the town is now characterised by demolished buildings, with heavily armed fighters roaming otherwise deserted, rubble-strewn streets.

Although their town has been liberated, thousands of residents are now settling into Turkey’s newest refugee camp for an indefinite stay and have been warned not to return until the area has been fully secured. (Courtesy – UK Daily Mail). See the photos below…

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Nigerian Army General, others arrested over Baga Attack

More than 10 senior Nigerian Army officers, including a Brigadier-General have been arrested and are telling the military hierarchy what they know about the Baga attack by the insurgent group, Boko Haram.

According to the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, the senior army officers are being investigated for allegedly shirking their responsibilities during the attack by the militants.

Those arrested are Brigadier-General Enitan Ransome-Kuti, his Chief of Staff Lt. Colonel G.A Suru. Others are the Commanding Officer of 134 and 174 battalions, Lt. Colonel Haruna and a certain Major aliyu.

The two Nigerian Army battalions are under the Multi-National Task Joint Task Force in Baga, attacked by the insurgents. Speaking on the arrest, General Olukolade said that the arrested officers were being investigated because at the time of the attack on the multinational headquarters in Baga, Brigadier-General Ransome-Kuti and his men were fully in charge of the military formation.

He said it was disappointing that the attack on Baga was not repelled by both battalions, despite having the necessary weapons to carry out the necessary operations. On January 3, 2015, suspected members of Boko Haram attacked the base of the Multinational Task Force in Baga, Borno State, dislodging the soldiers there. Reports say the troops were warned to be on alert following intelligence reports that terrorists would strike between January 22 and January 25.

Eyewitnesses said that the attack started around 5am when residents started hearing gunshots as the insurgents tried to gain entrance into the MNJTF premises. Many civilians living in the barracks were said to have been killed during the attack.

Source: Channels TV

Iyabo Obasanjo Writes On The Recent Article By Ex-CBN Gov. Charles Soludo

Read Her Statement Below..

Professor Soludo’s article on the elections in Nigeria is the best writing I have read recently on the real situation politically and economically in Nigeria. The well-articulated response from Dr. Fayemi compared to the abuse infused response from Femi Fani-Kayode on the PDP side is a great example of the contrast of the status-quo compared to the alternative.

Whatever the case and I don’t expect miracles form APC but right now they have more thinking people than the PDP.

As a Yoruba person, Dr. Fayemi’s response is how we expect our educated elite to take up issues and not the mad ranting’s of Fani-Kayode. I agree with most of his premise but I do not think they (APC) can take up a massive public works program in a period of “famine” i.e. low oil prices. During the great depression when Roosevelt used public works to help provide jobs, it was the stock market that failed i.e. Government revenue was affected from tax income but income from exportation which was then mainly agricultural goods was not affected.

The government could use money from its coffers to create jobs and provide skills and training, which people could then use in the private sector. The best part of Dr. Fayemi’s response is that it is not elite focused. Nigerian governance as I saw it was not a democracy but an elitocracy. Govt of the elite by the elite for the elite and even if you grew up in near death poverty once you left those circumstances you forgot where you came from and concentrated on your immediate family and matters affecting the well-being of the elite.

Changing this perspective to make the elite understand that their wellbeing was in fact dependent on the wellbeing of the masses will be APC’s challenge. They are sourcing from the same pool of elite talent that every Nigerian government has to source from and it is this pool that essentially has to be different or we will find ourselves again at precipice as usual. Iyabo Obasanjo DVM, Ph.D, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria wrote from the United States of America.

Tonto Dikeh Loses Her 4 Month-Old Pregnancy

It most have been a very sad week for actress Tonto Dikeh after losing her colleague Muna who died in a battle with Kidney failure but little do we know that the actress lost her 4-5months pregnancy, A snitch provided our source with the medical report though we can’t share it here due to some privacy reasons… meanwhile the actress made a shocking revelation to her fans on instagram with a photo of a baby she shared with a caption of:

“I would have been a mother in few months time”

Joshu a Adah Naija Diamonds season 2 star hacked to death by Fulani Herdsmen

One of the stars of Mo Abudu’s Naija Diamonds Season 2 which held in 2012,Joshu a Adah, was hacked to death in Taraba State on January 23rd by Fulani Herdsmen. According to reports, Joshua, who is a father of two and had a ministry in Taraba where he provided medicine and clothing for hundreds of poor people in his community, was returning to his mission station in Bantaje, a village near Jalingo, from an evangelistic outreach to some villagers when his vehicle broke down along the Wukari-Jalingo road. He was then attacked by ethnic Fulani cattlemen., who had invaded Christian communities a week before. Continue…

Pastor Adah, a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, decided to live in Taraba after he was posted there in 2002 upon finishing his university. He met his wife there and also saw what children of the poor were going through in the community and decided to stay behind and help improve their lives. He left city life and moved to a remote village with his family, where he built a school in a round hut that provided free education to a student population that grew to more than 400 pupils. He also provided shelter, food and money to improvised families and this is how they take his life.

He’s survived by a wife and two young children. May his soul rest in peace, amen

QUOTE FROM BISHOP KUKAH

“African educational systems have surprising outcomes.
The smartest students pass with First Class and get admissions to Medical and Engineering schools.
The 2nd Class students get MBAs and LLBs to manage the First Class students.
The 3rd Class students enter Politics and rule both the 1st and 2nd Class students.
The Failures enter the Underworld of crime and control the politicians and the businesses.
And, best of all, those who did not attend school become Prophets and everyone follows them….”

What a paradox and an irony of life!

ITTF Championships: Nigeria shocks Egypt in men’s doubles

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At the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Senior championship in Cairo, host country, Egypt has made efforts to dominate all the seven titles at stake but their ambitions were thwarted.

Four of their top players partnered themselves and the top seeds in the event with only the duo of Athe men’s doubles by youthful Nigerian side.

Before the semifinal tie in the men’s doubles, there was no inkling that Nigeria could make it to the final as none of the players were seeded for the event with the Egyptians dominating being the defending champion.

And to also ensure that they dominated the event, Egypt assembled all their players to be part of the event with more than half of the 32 pairs of players that took part.

From the round of 32 that the event started, the top seeded Egyptian players were given a bye to the next round – round of 16 but Nigeria’s pair of Ojo Onaolapo and Jide Ogidiolu who were not seeded began their campaigns from the round of 32.

Thus, Onaolapo and Ogidiolu, to make it to the final, had to edge out seeded pairs like Congo Brazzaville’s Saka Suraju and Saheed Idowu in the round of 16.

The icing on the cake for the team was in the semifinal tie against Egypt’s Omar and Khalid Assar after the Nigerian duo bundled out the number five seeded team from Egypt.

The Nigerians ousted the Assar brother 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10, 11-2. “I think we communicated a great deal during the match and we did not allow them to attack”.

“I just told my partner not to be under pressure and ensure he put the ball on the table because I realized that they cannot cope with my top spin play; we were much focused,” Onaolapo said.

In the second semifinal match of the Men’s Doubles event, El-Sayed Lashin and Ahmed Ali Saleh, the top seeds, suffered defeat at the hands of Nigeria’s Makanjuola and Quadri, the no. 4 seeds 9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9.
With this, Nigeria is sure of gold and silver medals in the men’s doubles to halt the continued dominance of the Egyptians on the medal table.

On the other hand, Nigeria’s Olaide Atinuke and Funke Oshonaike, the no. 6 seeds, suffered a heart breaking seven games defeat against Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing and Onyinyechi Nwachukwu, the no. 2 seeds (6-11, 11-9, 13-15, 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 13-11).
The defeat came after Cecilia Otu-Akpan and Offiong Edem, the no. 4 seeds, had been beaten by Egypt’s Nadeen El-Dawlatly and Dina Meshref, the top seeds (11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 4-11, 12-10, 15-13).

“I think we played better after we won the first game; they started to raise their game and we lost concentration, after being two-nil ahead”, said Egypt’s Meshref.

“We figured out that they were rushing us, we slowed down the game and this gave us an edge to win.”
Meshref, who claimed that his team played with a great deal of top spin, further added: “At the 2011 All Africa Games we had lost to them, so we were really motivated.”