Thursday, April 26, 2012


ABUJA, Nigeria — A suicide bomber detonated a car loaded with explosives Thursday at the office of a major Nigerian newspaper in the country's capital and another man threw a bomb near another newspaper office in Kaduna, killing at least six people in the attacks, witnesses said.
The attack in Abuja struck the offices of ThisDay, an influential daily newspaper. The bombing in Kaduna struck a building housing offices for ThisDay, The Moment and The Daily Sun newspapers, witnesses said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, though they mirrored others previously carried out by a radical Islamist sect responsible for hundreds of deaths in Nigeria this year alone. In Abuja, the suicide bomber rammed his car through the gates of the ThisDay office and drove into the reception area before the explosion, said Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, a spokesman for the Nigerian Red Cross. The blast killed at least three people and wounded others, Nwakpa said.

Soldiers and police officers quickly surrounded the building, which had part of its roof torn away and all its windows blown out by the force of the explosion. The attack in Kaduna also included a car loaded with explosives, though people at the newspaper office quickly surrounded the car, witnesses said. The driver then began shouting that there was a bomb inside the car, witness Jemilu Abdullahi said.

Those there allowed the man to open the trunk of the car and he pulled out an object and threw it at the crowd, which exploded, Abdullahi said. Abdullahi said at least three people died in that blast. It is unclear why bombers targeted ThisDay, a newspaper owned by the politically connected media mogul Nduka Obaigbena. In 2002, rioting over an article published by ThisDay suggesting the Prophet Muhammad would have married a Miss World pageant contestant killed dozens in Kaduna.

The attack comes as the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram continues its violent campaign against Nigeria's weak central government. The sect is blamed for killed more than 440 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count.

Source: AP

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

LAND RUSSLE: Gbenga Daniel May Exhume Dad's Corpse for Re-burial

The last may not have been heard about Abrahams Tabernacle built on plots of land owned by others. Event surrounding the construction of the controversial Abrahams Tabernacle has taken a new turn as the Aina's family pledged to ensure that Abrahams Tabernacle built by the embattled former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is removed from their family land. This may mean that Otunba Gbenga Daniel may have to exhume his father's remains for re-burial.

The land on which the church is on was owned by the late Dr Aina. The deceased bought the land through Surveyor Aina and obtained all the necessary documentation from the Ogun State government. But when Daniel needed some plots in Sagamu GRA, he approached the late Dr Aina through his brother Surveyor Aina. Dr Aina refused to sell. He later fell sick and died mysteriously.

Otunba Daniel renewed his interest in the Sagamu GRA plots of land. In order to discourage Daniel from trying to force a sale, the children and other family members decided to bury the deceased on the plots of land.

In January 2010, Daniel renewed his interest in the land. He needed to build a church in honor of his father. The late Dr Aina's land would serve his purpose as the land was facing the dual carriageway. The former Governor issued a C of O to his family and sent in the bulldozers. He stationed armed police officers to guard plots 1 to 10 grabbed from their owners. He forgot to revoke the late Dr Aina's title. 

The family protested and begged OGD that their late father Dr Aina was buried on one of the plots of land over-looking the main road. OGD's friend Surveyor Aina pleaded with Daniel to no avail. All the constructions on the different plots of land were leveled. Daniel built a fence to secure all the plots grabbed from their owners. 

The Abrahams Tabernacle today is built on the grave of Dr Aina. Angry family members are insisting that they won't sell the land to Daniel as their father was buried on the land. Daniel has approached his friend Surveyor Aina to plead with other family members to save him from the humiliation of having to demolish the church and also exhume's Pa Daniel's remains from the land. But defiant family members told Daniel to remove the church as he knowingly built it on their father's grave. They insisted that they will not sell the plot of land on which Pa Daniel was buried.

Without the church buying the land from the owners, it may not be possible for Abrahams Tabernacle to obtain a C of O as directed by the Ogun State White Paper on the report of the Justice Akinyemi judicial Commission on Lands and Acquisitions.Sources in Sagamu said Daniel was frustrated by the refusal of the late Dr Aina's family to sell the land. Hence he has solicited the support of Chief Adebisi Adesanya and the Akarigbo of Remoland to pressure the family to sell the plots.

Otunba Gbenga Daniel became a friend of Surveyor Aina shortly after clinching the PDP gubernatorial ticket for Ogun State. He was introduced to Surv Aina by Age Omo Lemomu widely believed to be working for Adamu Ciroma at that time. The former Chairman of Sagamu LG, Akintan, was also in attendance. Daniel wore a blue guinea brocade on the day he visited Surveyor Aina in his Sagamu GRA house. He knew the late Dr Aina through his brother. Both Age Omo Lemomu and Dr Aina died mysteriously. 

Source: Naijanews