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Wondering why people have so much complains about Arik Airline these days!
Arik Air passengers caught sleeping on the floor at Lagos International airport (photos)
Arik Air passengers sleeping at the Murtala Mohammed International airport in Lagos
An Arik Air passenger Tonye Ibiama, took to his Facebook wall to post pictures of how the airline left its passengers stranded at the Lagos Murtala Mohammed International airport on Wednesday, December 28.
The man revealed how passengers slept on the floor at the airport. According to his post which has gone viral on social media, he said:
I have not seen this type of wickedness from an airline. After people will say buy Naija to grow the Naira yet the naija is too mean to its own people. How do you keep your passengers from 6am to the time of this write up without a word at the Lagos international airport? People have slept overnight there without answers. I am a victim and this is my last with Arik air. I have tried so much but who send me? When you approach NCAA to complain, they don't even seem to have a hold or make this airline to speak to someone. Even the consumer protection means nothing in this country. God help us. Arik is a joke.”
Arik Air passengers caught sleeping on the floor at Lagos International airport (photos)
Nawa o!

Nigerians publicly blast Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy (photos)

Nigerians don’t have chill at all?
Nigerians publicly blast Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy (photos)
Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy
In trying to review the year 2016, daughter of famous Nigerian billionaire and Disc Jockey, DJ Cuppy, took to her Instagram handle on Thursday, December 29, to ask everyone if they had a good year.
Born Florence Otedola, posted on Twitter saying: “I Think We Can All Agree That 2016 Has Been Literally No One’s Year…” Instead of everyone giving their experience about the year 2016, they passed all sort of negative comments towards her.
Nigerians publicly blast Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy (photos)
This got on the bad side of everyone, as they fired back at her saying: “Sad that people think material goods equate to having a good year.” Another posted saying: “You too, you want to come and be doing ‘2016 was a bad year’”
Read more reactions below:
Nigerians publicly blast Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy (photos)
Nigerians publicly blast Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy (photos)
Nigerians publicly blast Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy (photos)
Nigerians publicly blast Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy (photos)
Nigerians publicly blast Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy (photos)
Nawa o!

Cassper Nyovest, Yemi Alade & More Win At Soundcity MVP Awards 2016, See Full List

Wizkid and Tekno were the big winners at the Soundcity MVP Awards 2016.
Wizkid took home the award for Artiste of the year and Best Male artiste while “Pana” singer, Tekno got three awards. He took home the Digital Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year and the Listeners Choice awards.
The ceremony was held at the Expo Center, Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, on December 29, 2016.
See full list of nominees below:
BEST MALE
Diamond Platinumz (TANZANIA)
Emtee (SOUTH AFRICA)
Wizkid (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Falz (NIGERIA)
Olamide (NIGERIA)
Patoranking (NIGERIA)
Phyno (NIGERIA)
BEST FEMALE
Tiwa Savage (NIGERIA)
Victoria Kimani (KENYA)
Yemi Alade (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Vanessa Mdee (TANZANIA)
Cynthia Morgan (NIGERIA)
Ms Vee (GHANA)
Simi (NIGERIA)
BEST HIP HOP
Cassper Nyovest (SOUTH AFRICA) – WINNER
Olamide (NIGERIA)
CDQ (NIGERIA)
Emtee (SOUTH AFRICA)
El (GHANA)
Riky Rick (SOUTH AFRICA)
Stanley Enow (CAMEROON)
Phyno (NIGERIA)
BEST POP
Wizkid (NIGERIA)
Kiss Daniel (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Tekno (NIGERIA)
Yemi Alade (NIGERIA)
Adekunle Gold (NIGERIA)
Timaya (NIGERIA)
Tiwa Savage (NIGERIA)


DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
PSquare (NIGERIA)
Wizkid (NIGERIA)
AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)
Tiwa Savage (NIGERIA)
Davido (NIGERIA)
Cassper Nyovest (SOUTH AFRICA)
Tekno (NIGERIA) – WINNER
BEST COLLABORATION
Mr Eazi Ft Efya – Skintight (NIGERIA / GHANA)
Patoranking Ft Sarkodie – No Kissing (NIGERIA / GHANA)
Eddy Kenzo Ft Niniola – Mbilo Mbilo Remix (UGANDA / NIGERIA)
Emtee Ft Wizkid & AKA – Roll Up (SOUTH AFRICA / NIGERIA)
DJ Maphorisa Ft Wizkid & DJ Buckz – Soweto Baby (SOUTH AFRICA / NIGERIA)
Phyno Ft Olamide – Fada Fada (NIGERIA)
Olamide Ft Wande Coal – Who You Epp (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Harrysong Ft Olamide, KCee – Raggae Blues (NIGERIA)
Masterkraft Ft Flavour & Sarkodie – Finally (NIGERIA / GHANA)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Pana – Tekno Directed by Clarence Peters (NIGERIA)
Aje – Alikiba, Directed by Meji (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Babanla – Wizkid, Directed by Sesan (NIGERIA)
One time – AKA, Directed by AKA & Alessio (SOUTH AFRICA)
Sin City – Kiss Daniel, Directed by H2G Films (NIGERIA)
Emergency – D’Banj, Directed by Unlimited L.A (NIGERIA)
Made for you – Banky W, Directed by Banky W (NIGERIA)
Gbagbe Oshi – Davido, Directed by Slash (NIGERIA)
Pray for me – Darey, Directed by MEX (NIGERIA)
BEST GROUP OR DUO
Sauti Sol (KENYA) – WINNER
Mafikizolo (SOUTH AFRICA)
Micasa (SOUTH AFRICA)
Navy Kenzo (TANZANIA)
R2Bees (GHANA)
Toofan (TOGO)
PSquare (NIGERIA)
VVIP (GHANA)
SONG OF THE YEAR
Kwesta ft. Cassper Nyovest – Ngud (SOUTH AFRICA)
Mr Eazi – Hol Up (NIGERIA)
Patoranking ft Sakordie – No Kissing (NIGERIA)
Wizkid – Babanla (NIGERIA)
Tekno – Pana (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Emtee ft Wizkid – Roll Up (SOUTH AFRICA / NIGERIA)
DJ Maphorisa ft Wizkid & DJ Buckz – Soweto Baby (SOUTH AFRICA / NIGERIA)
Olamide ft Wande Coal – Who You Epp (NIGERIA)
D’banj – Emergency (NIGERIA)
BEST NEW ARTISTE
Koker (NIGERIA)
YCee (NIGERIA)
Mr Eazi  (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Emtee (SOUTH AFRICA)
Simi (NIGERIA)
Niniola (NIGERIA)
Tekno (NIGERIA)
Nasty C (SOUTH AFRICA)
VIEWERS CHOICE
Mr Soldier – Falz ft. Simi (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Babanla – Wizkid (NIGERIA)
Osinachi – Humblesmith ft. Davido (NIGERIA)
Pana – Tekno (NIGERIA)
Hollup – Mr Eazi (NIGERIA)
Pick Up – Adekunle Gold (NIGERIA)
Mama – Kiss Daniel
LISTENERS CHOICE
Lagos to Kampala – Runtown ft. Wizkid (NIGERIA)
Babanla – Wizkid (NIGERIA)
Omo Alhaji – YCee (NIGERIA)
Pana – Tekno (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Who You Epp – Olamide ft Wande Coal (NIGERIA)
Oluwa ni – Reekado Banks (NIGERIA)
Pick Up – Adekunle Gold (NIGERIA)
Skintight – Mr Eazi ft Efya  (NIGERIA/GHANA)
AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Wizkid (NIGERIA) – WINNER
Vanessa Mdee (TANZANIA)
Diamond Platinumz (TANZANIA)
Sarkodie (GHANA)
Yemi Alade (NIGERIA)
Olamide (NIGERIA)
AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
DJ Maphorisa (SOUTH AFRICA) – WINNER
Gospel on the Beat (NIGERIA)
Masterkraft (NIGERIA)
Young John (NIGERIA)
Legendury Beats (NIGERIA)
Sess the problem kid (NIGERIA)

Why we planned to bomb third mainland bridge - prime suspect



Abiodun Amos (aka Senti), the leader of a militant gang that was arrested for plotting to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos state, has disclosed that the federal government’s failure to consider he and his members for amnesty triggered their decision to cause havoc.
Amos, who is one of the leaders of a notorious militant group operating in Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, planned to bomb the bridge end of last month before his arrest by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, frustrated its efforts.
Abiodun Amos says the federal government’s failure to consider he and his members for amnesty triggered their decision to bomb the 3rd mainland bridge.
Abiodun Amos says the federal government’s failure to consider he and his members for amnesty triggered their decision to bomb the 3rd mainland brid
He said: “We went into bank robberies and kidnapping because we wanted to get government’s attention and all we wanted was for them to grant us amnesty and also offer us pipeline protection contract.
“We have made several appeals but government is not listening to us. ‘’General” Ossy (leader of the gang) said if we don’t blow up the Third Mainland Bridge, government will not listen to us. We had concluded plans to carry out the attack by November ending.
‘’I am the group’s explosives expert and before I was arrested we were going into the creeks to conclude plans on how to carry out the attack.”
Amos is a 43-year-old native of Arogbo, in Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo state.
According to a statement by police spokesman Don N. Awunah, Amos’ arrest was made on in a hideout on the bank of Majidun River in Ikorodu area of Lagos state, and that two AK 47 rifles were recovered from his possession.
Recall that about six months ago, a militant group, Asawana Deadly Force of Niger Delta issued a definite date when it would carry out bombing operations in Bonga Field, Onitsha -Asaba Bridge, Third Mainland Bridge, and other major bridges across the southern of the country.
The group which claimed to have taken over from the Niger Delta Avengers vowed to bomb the mentioned places on Saturday July 2, 2016.

Falz love to work with Rihanna

I would love to work with Rihanna because I love her - Falz claps back at Simi

Falz was recently interviewed, and he made some interesting revelations. The “Soft Work” crooner opened up on the American international music act he would love to collaborate with. Interestingly, the rapper and comedian happen to love Rihanna so much that he wants to collaborate with her. If you still remember, it’s not quite long since Falz alleged lover, Simi, came on board and declared her crush on American singer J.Cole.

Fanz had questioned Simi about why she is crushing on an American singer when she has Falz right here with her. In response to that, the “Jamb Question” crooner said she doesn’t mind losing Falz just to hook up with J.Cole. That statement was quite a humiliating one for Falz. And it is believed that the singer is now declaring his love for Rihanna in an effort to clap back at Simi for choosing J.Cole over him.

However, the singer only declared in an interview with HipTV that he would love to work with Rihanna, whom he described as having something special that if mixed with his own genius, will definitely produce something spectacular. Hmmm. I thought Simi was that one person that could spark up such Chemistry. Is it now Rihanna?
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Phyno hangs out with his mother, sister, and brother

When we celebrate our celebrities, we sometimes forget that they come from families who nurtured them and cared for them all through their childhood days till they became public figures. We most times overrate our celebrities, idolize them, and unconsciously push them into assuming god-like roles that would require them to do something they originally are not wired to do, as well as forgo those they would actually love to do.

Some celebrities, in a bid to please fans, have disconnected from family and loved once. Some even go as far as offering parents and loved once as a sacrifice to soar high and be top rated celebrities. Check the likes of the American singers who belong to the acclaimed “Illuminati,” who are alleged to make sacrifices from time to time in order to remain highly revered celebrities. Most of this sacrifices are said to be humans; family, to be more precise.

But down here in Nigeria, that is hardly an option. Our celebrities over here get drawn away from their families by the fame. But they always find a way to reconnect and spend quality time together. Phyno has just done it. The East-born rapper made to share pictures of himself, his mom, and his brother hanging out together. They sure had fun! Nice one!

Dangote Lost $4.9 Billion in 2016

The President of Dangote Group and Africa’s richest person, Alhaji Aliko Dangote lost $4.9 billion or one-third of his wealth, as the combined effect of falling oil prices and the naira devaluation in June pushed him to the 112th richest person in the world with a net worth of $10.4 billion, the latest Bloomberg Billionaires’ Index released yesterday has revealed.
According to the index, Dangote was the world’s 46th-richest person as of June this year.
However, the report pointed that in a year when populist voters reshaped power and politics across Europe and the United States, the world’s wealthiest people were ending 2016 with $237 billion more than they had at the start.
Triggered by disappointing economic data from China at the beginning, the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union in the middle and the election of billionaire Donald Trump at the end, the biggest fortunes on the planet whipsawed through $4.8 trillion of daily net worth gains and losses during the year, rising 5.7 per cent to $4.4 trillion by the close of trading December 27, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires’ Index.
“In general, clients rode through the volatility,” said Simon Smiles, chief investment officer for ultra-high-net-worth clients at UBS Wealth Management. “2016 ended up being a spectacular year for risk assets. Pretty remarkable given the start of the year.”
The gains were led by Warren Buffett, who added $11.8 billion during the year as his investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. saw its airline and banking holdings soar after Trump’s surprise victory on November 8.
Buffett, who’s pledged to give away most of his fortune to charity, donated Berkshire Hathaway stock valued at $2.6 billion in July.
The U.S. investor reclaimed his spot as the world’s second-richest person two days after Trump’s victory ignited a year-end rally that pushed Buffett’s wealth up 19 per cent for the year to $74.1 billion.
“2016’s been event-driven with global news driving prices rather than fundamentals,” president of Ascent Private Capital Management, which has about $10 billion of assets under administration, Michael Cole said.
“The belief that Trump is going to come in and deregulate big parts of the economy is driving the markets right now.”
The individual gains for the year were dominated by Americans, who had four of the five biggest increases on the index, including Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s richest person with $91.5 billion, and oilman Harold Hamm.
The country’s richest were largely opposed to a Trump presidency during the election, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who told the media in May that stocks could fall as much as 20 per cent if Trump were to win the election.
U.S. billionaires — including Buffett — favored Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton. Still, they profited from his victory when they added $77 billion to their fortunes in the post-election rally fuelled by expectations that regulations would ease and American industry would benefit.
The New York real estate mogul is building a cabinet heavy on wealth and corporate connections, and light on government experience, a mix that hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio said last week would unleash the “animal spirits” of capitalism and drive markets even higher. Dalio is the world’s 63rd-richest person with $14.1 billion.
Investors and executives welcomed Trump’s picks, including billionaire Wilbur Ross to lead the Department of Commerce and former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive Steven Mnuchin as his Treasury secretary, who have a combined net worth of at least $5.6 billion, according to the index.
Gates remained the world’s richest person throughout the year. Amancio Ortega, Europe’s richest person and founder of the Zara clothing chain, was in second place on the index for most of the year until he ceded it to Buffett in November. Ortega, who dropped $1.7 billion in 2016, is the world’s third-richest person with $71.2 billion.
Wildcatter Hamm’s fortune was propelled by a strengthening oil price and expectations a Trump administration will slash fossil-fuel regulations. Hamm added $8.4 billion to more than double his fortune to $15.3 billion. He led the 49 energy, metals and mining billionaires, who were the best-performing category on the ranking, adding $80 billion and reversing the $32 billion fall they had in 2015.
Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch each dropped $2 billion after Koch Industries reported on its website that annual revenue is estimated to be “as high as $100 billion”, compared with the estimate of “as much as $115 billion” that the conglomerate published on the site previously. Company spokesman Rob Carlton stated in a November 17 e-mail that Koch revenue fluctuates with the price of commodities.
Technology fortunes were the second-best performing on the ranking, with 55 billionaires adding $50 billion to their fortunes over the year, despite worries that a Trump presidency might introduce policies that could hurt their companies.
Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, who doubled his fortune to $60 billion in 2015, led gains among technology executives again this year, rising $7.5 billion in 2016 on robust sales growth at the online retailer. He was followed by Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who added $5.4 billion.
Some of the industry’s biggest relative gains went to the founders of the world’s leading startups such as Uber Technologies Inc.’s Travis Kalanick and Snap Inc.’s Evan Spiegel. The so-called “unicorn” billionaires, which include Spotify Inc. co-founder Martin Lorentzon, who was identified as a billionaire for the first time in 2016, secured a series of mammoth funding rounds while moving closer to testing their fortunes on the public markets.
Other billionaires uncovered by the Bloomberg index in 2016 included the father and son behind Jose Cuervo tequila, New York real estate developer Axel Stawski and Kosovo construction tycoon Behgjet Pacolli.
The index also unveiled 11 surviving family members of reclusive Thai entrepreneur Chaleo Yoovidhya, the inventor of Red Bull, whose heirs share a combined $22 billion net worth, the world’s largest energy-drink fortune. Three billionaires emerged in Argentina, including the country’s first technology billionaire Marcos Galperin, as markets rose on enthusiasm for President Mauricio Macri’s finance-friendly economic policies.
China has 31 billionaires on the index with $262 billion, trailing the U.S., which has 179 billionaires who control $1.9 trillion, and Germany, whose 39 individuals have $281 billion. Russian billionaires also began to put the negative effects of U.S. and European sanctions behind them, reversing the combined $63 billion declines for 2014 and 2015 and adding $49 billion in 2016.

Iheanacho Makes Premier League History


Kelechi Iheanacho’s second half strike for Manchester City in the 3-0 win over Hull City in a Premier League game on December 26 was significant for many reasons.
First, it gave City the needed momentum and ‘breathing space’ to finally overpower a plucky Hull City side that looked more than capable of coming back into the game.
More poignantly, from a statistician’s perspective, it meant Iheanacho has now achieved what no one has ever done in Premier League history.
According to SuperSport.com, that goal at the KCOM Stadium makes the Super Eagles attacker the player with the best goals-to-minutes ratio of any other in the League’s history.
Iheanacho is now the most prolific footballer in Premier League history.
The former Golden Eaglet is now scoring a goal every 96 minutes in the Premier League – the best goal ratio for any player with 10 or more in the league’s history.
His accomplishment means he dwarfs stellar and storied names like Sergio Aguero, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and other greats who currently grace or have made their marks in the league in years gone by.
In comparison to Iheanacho, fellow City striker Aguero has scored his 112 Premier League goals at a rate of one every 107 minutes and former Arsenal ace, Henry scored his 175 Premier League goals at a rate of one per 122 minutes.
Iheanacho’s 12th goal for Man City came from just his 19th shot in 38 league appearances – and is all the more impressive considering the Nigerian only made his top-flight debut last season under Manuel Pellegrini.
While some may be surprised to see Iheanacho at the top of such a prestigious list, the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola is not exactly gobsmacked as he noted in his press conference shortly after the win against Hull that the Nigerian youngster has an innate talent to notch up goals.
“He has this quality to score goals,” Guardiola simply said of his Nigerian charge.
Many say Iheanacho has not really been given a fair chance to stake a claim as City’s number one striker but he continues to underline his potential with the premium opportunities he gets.
MOST PROLIFIC EPL GOALSCORERS
Kelechi Iheanacho (12 goals; 96 minutes per goal)
Sergio Aguero (112 goals; 107 minutes per goal)
Thierry Henry (175 goals; 122 minutes per goal)
Adam Le Fonfre (12 goals; 124 minutes per goal)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (12 goals; 128 minutes per goal)

A police man caught a man who wanted to bomb third main bridge by mindreader

• Shekau’s Qur’an, flag recovered in Sambisa, says army
• 1,244 Boko Haram suspects arrested in forest raid, 31 surrender to Nigerien authorities
Chiemelie Ezeobi in Lagos and Dele Ogbodo in Abuja with agency reports

The popular Third Mainland Bridge located in Lagos, as we know it, would have been blown to smithereens on Boxing Day but for the quick action of the police that not only foiled the attempt to blow up the bridge, but also arrested one of the masterminds behind the planned attack.
The feat was achieved by the Inspector General of Police’s Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), which acting on a credible intelligence report, trailed and arrested one of the primary suspects and recovered not just rifles but explosives and the detonators.
The suspect was identified as 43-year-old Abiodun Amos, a member of a notorious militant group operating from the creeks of Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun States.
Amos, who is a top commander of the group, has since confessed to how he intended to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on Boxing Day.
Nicknamed Senti, the Ijaw native of Arugbo in Ese-Odo Local Government of Ondo State, was not just a commander but also the militant group’s chief explosives maker.
Unknown to him, however, the IRT had been building intelligence on him and were assiduously working on tracking and pining him down.
Their diligence eventually paid off on the day he was to execute his nefarious plan, as he was trailed to a riverbank at the Majidu area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
After he was arrested, two AK47 rifles hidden in a jute bag (known in local parlance as Ghana-Must-Go bag) were found in his possession, after which he led the IRT operatives to a vehicle parked discreetly within Ikorodu, where a large cache of dynamites and detonators were stacked in the boot of the car.
THISDAY gathered that his arrest was due to an intelligence ‎report provided by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in Abuja.
The report, which was passed on to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, indicated that the group was in the final stage of carrying out the said attack.
The IG was said to have directed his operatives at the IRT led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, to commence a full-scale investigation.
The investigation unearthed the fact that the group was actually planning to blow up the bridge at the end of the month.
Further investigations revealed that the group had acquired large quantities of dynamites and several other explosives which would be used for the attack.
Police sources said they took the intelligence report seriously due to the threats made by the group in October 2016.
The militant group, which is notorious for pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and bank robberies, had demanded for amnesty, threatening to disrupt economic activities within Lagos and Ogun States if the federal government did not dialogue with them and grant them pipeline protection contracts.
In one of their threats, the leader of the militant group, known as General Ossy Ibori, had boasted that they were behind most of the high profile bank robberies and kidnappings, including that of three schoolgirls of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu, four landlords at Isheri North Area of Lagos, a traditional ruler, the Oniba of Ibaland, Oba Goriola Oseni, and several others, within Lagos and Ogun State‎s.
In the interview, he had boasted that his group had over 21 generals commanding 7,800 battle-ready boys, adding that the group was rich enough to fight the federal government, as it had acquired thousands of military grade arms and ammunition.
He boasted that he would deploy them in disrupting economic activities within Lagos and Ogun States should the federal government fail to dialogue with the group and grant its wishes.
Armed with that threat, the IRT gathered its intelligence and trailed some members of the group, arresting several within Ikorodu. It is believed that the arrested suspects gave the police information to help them trail and arrest Amos on his way out of the creeks.
In his confessional statement, the 43-year-old suspect confessed that his militant group once engaged in pipeline vandalism but had resorted to kidnapping when it became difficult for them to vandalise and sell stolen petroleum products.
He said: “We went into bank robberies and kidnapping because we wanted to get government’s attention and all we wanted was for them to grant us amnesty and also offer us pipeline protection contracts.
“We have made several appeals and the government is not listening to us. General Ossy said if we don’t blow up the Third Mainland Bridge government would not listen to us.
“We had concluded plans and we decided to carry out the attack. I am the group’s explosives expert and before I was arrested we were going into the creeks to conclude plans on how to carry out the attack.”
According to a police report made available to THISDAY, the arrest of the Niger Delta militant-cum-kidnapper was facilitated after he planned to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge.
The report stated: “The suspect was planning to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos and we intercepted him and recovered two AK 47 rifles, two cartons of explosives and detonators.
“This was after several weeks of meticulous follow up on credible technical intelligence generated by TIU and NSA on the activities of some notorious militants in Lagos/Ogun areas gathering explosives to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
“IRT operatives eventually arrested one of the key members of the group who specialises in explosives – Abiodun Amos, aka SENTI – 43 years old, and a native of Ese Odo LGA, Ondo State.
“Subject was arrested at the bank of Majidun River in Ikorodu area of Lagos with two AK47 rifles hidden in a bag he brought from their hideout in the creeks.
“Subject has also mentioned other gang members. Analysis of the GSM number of the arrested suspect revealed his closed associates in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
“IRT teams were deployed to Ikorodu on December 26 to apprehend the suspect, but on sighting IRT operatives the suspect jumped out of his car and escaped into the bush.
“On searching the Toyota Camry car, two cartons of Gelatine dynamite explosives and hundreds of detonators were recovered in the boot of the car.
“Serious efforts are ongoing to arrest the remaining gang members by the IRT operatives.”
Shekau’s Qur’an, Flag Recovered
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army yesterday said it had recovered a Qur’an and flag belonging to the leader of the Boko Haram terror sect, Abubakar Shekau, in Camp Zero, the sect’s headquarters in Sambisa forest.
Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, said this while briefing journalists on “Operation Rescue Final” at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“We believe that the Holy Book and the flag were abandoned by Abubakar Shekau while he escaped.
“The book will be taken to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, for onward presentation to Mr. President.
“We have also made a lot of arrests. Our troops in Damboa arrested about 15 Boko Haram members. We also arrested one Musa from Potiskum on Christmas day.
“On December 26 our troops also intercepted two Boko Haram suspects in Maiduguri.
“We therefore warn residents of the state to be wary of people coming to hide in and around their houses.
“We are also warning residents to report any suspected Boko Haram members hiding in their houses to the relevant security agencies and failure to do that would be tantamount to supporting and sympathising with the sect’s activities,” Irabor said.
Irabor also disclosed that the army arrested some 1,240 suspected Boko Haram terrorists during a mop-up operation by troops inside Sambisa forest.
He said that 413 of the suspects were adults, 323 were female adults, 251 male children, while 253 were female children.
He said that the suspects were apprehended during a mop-up operation against the sect members in the forest.
“We are interrogating them to know whether they are Boko Haram members, because there is no way somebody that is not their member would live inside Sambisa forest.
“We are still on the trail of the terrorists and I want to assure you that all escape routes have been blocked.
“Within this period, also, about 30 fleeing suspected Boko Haram members have surrendered to the Niger multinational troops on the shores of the Lake Chad and we learnt that they were taken to Diffa in Niger Republic.
“The suspects included 24 male and six females.
“We would like to use this opportunity to encourage the terrorists to give up the fight because the window is still open,” the commander said.
Confirming the arrest of the fleeing suspected terrorist, the Nigerien Interior Minister yesterday said dozens of Boko Haram fighters gave themselves up to the authorities in southern Niger.
Minister Mohamed Bazoum said 31 young people from Diffa, who were enrolled a few years ago in Boko Haram, decided to surrender.
The fighters arrived in the remote desert town of Diffa in groups and were being held by local authorities.
“I learned that the first who surrendered was not arrested, and I surrendered.
“We expect a pardon from the government so that we can participate in the development of the country and help us get rid of the trauma,” a former Boko Haram combatant told journalists.
In June, tens of thousands of people fled Diffa as Boko Haram swept the region.
However, five Nigerien soldiers were killed by the militants near Diffa in September.
It was not clear what would become of the ex-Boko Haram fighters, but authorities said there was the possibility of reintegrating them back into society.
A security source told Reuters that a meeting was planned for Wednesday in Diffa to discuss “the conditions of surrender”. The source did not provide further details.
Boko Haram has killed over 20,000 people and displaced more than 2 million since 2009 in an insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Northern Nigeria.
In recent years its attacks have spilled into neighbouring Niger, Cameroun and Chad.
Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters surrendered in Chad in October and November as the group ceded territory.
The group controlled an area about the size of Belgium in early 2015, but has since been pushed back by international forces including troops from Niger.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday declared that the Nigerian Army captured its last enclave in the vast Sambisa forest on Friday.

BREAKING: Boko Haram leader Shekau surfaces in new video, denies fall of Sambisa





The Guardian is reporting that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video to deny claims that the insurgent group has been crushed and flushed out of its Sambisa forest stronghold.
The Boko Haram leader, who was flanked in his usual style by armed fighters, denied defeat of the insurgent group.
Shekau denies fall of Sambisa
Shekau says in a new video that reports of Sambisa's fall were totally untrue.
“We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere. And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his decree,” The Guardian quoted Shekau as saying in the video which is said to last 25 minutes.
“You should not be telling lies to the people,” he added before querying “If you indeed crushed us, how can you see me like this? How many times have you killed us in your bogus death?”

Shekau's denial comes just a day after the Nigerian Army briefed journalists in Maiduguri, Borno state capital about the way the military outfit led other armed forces to take over what is now known as Camp Zero, Boko Haram's stronghold in Sambisa forest.
Commanding officer of Operation Lafiya Dole Lucky Irabor said at the conference that Shekau's personal qu'ran and a flag were found at the camp, left behind as he made haste to abandon the camp which was besieged by Nigerian armed forces from all directions.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari announced the fall of Sambisa in a goodwill message to the military on Saturday, December 24.
In the statement, the president said the fall of Sambisa's Camp Zero was achieved at around 1.35pm a day earlier.
Journalist Salkida, who is usually privy to such videos, reacted in a rather unusual manner on his Twitter handle to reports of the new video by Shekau.
He tweeted:
The authenticity of the video cannot be immediately verified and may have been shot long before the destruction of Camp Zero by the Nigerian armed forces.
On its part, the Nigerian Army has said it is not aware of the existence of such a video.
Nigerian Army's spokesperson Brigadier-General S.K. Usman, when called by NAIJ.com for comments on the development on Thursday, December 29, said the military is yet to see the video of Shekau's denial.

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