Female suicide bomber kills Bauchi’s First Bank customers – See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/11/female-suicide-bomber-kills-bauchis-first-bank-customers

on November 08, 2014   /   in News 12:01 am   /   Comments

By Soni Daniel
A female suicide bomber yesterday morning, at about 10 am, bombed bank customers at the First Bank, Azare, Bauchi State while banking transactions were going on, killing seven and injuring 10.

A resident of Azare town who spoke on the condition of anonymity said most of the victims were workers who were in the bank to withdraw their salaries.

Reuters however reported that nine people died from the explosion.

Victim of the bomb blast at Azare First bank on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare

The suicide bomber, it was learnt concealed the Improvised Explosive Device, IED, in her hijab and joined the bank customers on a queue to make withdrawals from one of the bank’s ATMs centres before the bomb exploded.

The Information and Communications Officer, at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, Mallam Dahiru Haruna Shira, confirmed the incident on the telephone with newsmen adding that both the injured and the dead were brought to the hospital.

However, the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Azare, Dr. Abdullahi Ibrahim,  said at the hospital that 14 dead bodies and 37 injured persons were brought to the hospital.

Ibrahim also said 16 other victims were still on admission, while others were referred to Malam Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital, Kano because the victims had brain injuries.

Two women were among those who died, and most of the people are from within Azare, while others are from Shira and Giade, he said.

The First Bank building where the suicide bombing took place had all its glass windows shattered. All banks in the town have been closed down and banking services suspended.

Another bank staff who spoke on the issue said about 20 persons died while another said that the woman who carried out the attack had her body cut into two even as her head was found across the road near a suya spot, adding that a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who was in the bank to make withdrawals when the incident that killed her occurred.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in Bauchi State, DSP Haruna Mohammed, also confirmed the bank attack by a suspected Boko Haram female suicide bomber, pointing out that  seven persons died while another 10 sustained various degrees of injuries.

“On the 7/11/2014 at about 10:05hrs,there was a bomb explosion suspected to have been carried out by a female suicide bomber at First Bank premises in Azare Town, Bauchi State,” he said, adding that the, “scene of incident was visited by the Commissioner of Police for an on the spot assessment and to commiserate with victims.”

First Bank, Azare, Bauchi State

He further said that, ‘’five of those wounded were treated and discharged.”

According to him, “The entire surrounding have been cordoned off and swept by Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, E.O.D,” even as “four suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and they are assisting the police with useful information that could aid investigation.’’

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Mother doesn’t believe her son beat boy to death

This undated photo provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows 3-year-old Scott McMillan. Gary Lee Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Scott, who was Tait's son. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)
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ATGLEN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a man accused of striking his girlfriend’s 3-year-old with a frying pan, hanging him upside down and hitting him, and whipping him with a metal rod said Friday that her son is a good kid and she doesn’t believe he beat the boy to death.

“I believe he’s being railroaded,” Paula Fellenbaum said outside her parents’ home in central Pennsylvania. “He liked kids. He never had an issue. I don’t understand it at all.”

Yet authorities said her 23-year-old son, Gary Fellenbaum, and Jillian Tait both acknowledged repeatedly hitting Tait’s young child in a mobile home outside Coatesville, about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Both face murder charges.

The Chester County district attorney described the case as “an American horror story,” saying weeks of escalating abuse ended in three days of systematic torture.

Friday night, more than 100 people participated in a solemn vigil and prayer service for the boy, Scott McMillan, and a second local homicide victim at a church in nearby Parkesburg. The crowd, many accompanied by young children, held lit candles and stood silently as people took turns praying, and later sang “Amazing Grace.”

“Scotty’s death really touched my heart and I feel that the community should all pull together and support each other,” said Ann Orshesky, holding her 1-year-old daughter Madelyn as a musician played a cello at the gathering. “I wish we could have somehow prevented it, but obviously we didn’t.”

Fellenbaum severely beat Scott for refusing to eat toast both Monday and Tuesday morning, authorities said. The “discipline” included throwing him against a wall, knocking him off a chair with a punch and then taping him to the chair to keep him upright for more beatings, police said.

As Scott lay dying Tuesday, officials say, the couple went car shopping, picked up a pizza and then took a nap. Fellenbaum later “expressed remorse” for Scott’s death, police said.

The victim’s father, Loren McMillan, has been living out of state but is traveling back to the area, according to officials and relatives.

Loren McMillan’s sister, Tera Kluxen, said Friday her family had no idea the boy was in danger. They now want custody of Scott’s 6-year-old brother, who authorities say also showed signs of abuse and was placed with unspecified other relatives.

“We’re going to do everything we can to get him back into our family and get him safe,” said Kluxen, of Lancaster.

Kluxen said her brother and Tait, 31, never married and broke up about a year ago. Loren McMillan then moved to Kansas with their mother, she said.

Kluxen, who has three children of her own, hadn’t seen her nephews in about a year. But Tait “really seemed to love those kids” and regularly posted photos of the boys on her Facebook page until about a month ago, Kluxen said.

She described the older child as a smart and funny boy. Scott looked a lot like his father and was a happy baby, Kluxen said. She said she doesn’t know Gary Fellenbaum.

She noted her parents had frequently helped her brother and Tait financially, and “anybody in the family would have swept those kids up in a second” if they knew there was a problem.

“We just had no clue,” Kluxen said. “What kind of people do things like that? There’s not even words for it.”

Through tears, Paula Fellenbaum described her son as a hard worker who was “trying to make his way in the world.” She said although she hadn’t seen him in recent weeks, Gary Fellenbaum had recently visited his grandparents and nobody suspected any problems. She said they were shocked to learn of the charges against him.

Shannon Taylor of West Caln Township said Tait was a “normal, goofy, everyday funny girl” when they regularly hung out several years ago.

“I never would have pictured her hurting a fly,” Taylor said.

Yet when she saw Tait working at Wal-Mart two or three weeks ago, Tait was “pretty rough looking,” Taylor said Friday. “She just looked like she just didn’t care about herself really.”

Tait and Fellenbaum had moved into a West Caln mobile home about a month ago with Amber Fellenbaum, his estranged wife. Amber Fellenbaum called 911 on Tuesday after Scott stopped breathing, authorities said. She’s charged with child endangerment for failing to help sooner.

Reached by phone Friday, Amber Fellenbaum’s mother declined to comment.

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Matheson reported from Philadelphia. Associated Press Writer Sean Carlin contributed to this story from Parkesburg.

Synagogue Could Have Been Deliberately Destroyed – Police

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The Police is still investigating the recent collapse of a guest house within the Synagogue Church of All Nations building which killed 116 people in September 12.

Despite the cause of of the six-storey building collapse is still unclear there are assumptions of controlled demolition. Such a surmise was voiced during the ongoing Coronary Inquest into the cause of the mishap on Thursday.

The Divisional Police Officer of Ikotun Police Division, Haruna Alaba (CSP) said that after watching a CCTV footage of controlled demolition of buildings shown on Emmanuel TV, he was of the opinion that the Synagogue incident could have been an act of sabotage.

Alaba claims that he was the first person to arrive the scene after receiving a call from the command control room, asking the Area M, Idimu command to investigate purported strange aircraft at Ikotun. (The police got a distress call that a strange aircraft was flying low around the Ikotun area.)

A few hours later, one of his officers assigned to the Synagogue Church called him that one of the buildings within the church

After a while they contacted police officers attached to the airport the same day to find out if there was any training but no reply was received.

The court has ordered the police to provide the certified true copy of the Ikotun police division diary of the incident, starting from September 12 to 18. While the church was directed to produce the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of the collapsed scene from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19. The inquest was adjourned till Nov.19 for further hearing.

Father Beats 13-Year-Old Daughter In the Street While Mother Films It, Footage Goes Viral

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While this jaw-dropping incident may seem highly distasteful and disturbing, unfortunately it actually happened. According to World Star Hip Hop, a father was involved in a physical altercation with his 13-year-old daughter. Although the video clip is only 19 seconds, it definitely speaks volumes.

The urban site reports that a man beat his daughter in the street as a form of discipline for her rebellious behavior. He claims that he was reprimanding his daughter who had been “missing for three days.” The teenage girl’s parents alleged that she’d been intimately involved with a number of teenage boys during her disappearance, and the evidence was posted to her Facebook account. However, her name was not revealed.

**Warning: This video contains graphic nature and obscene language.

President Jonathan commissions Ak/Ibom Int’l Stadium – See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/11/president-jonathan-commissions-akibom-intl-stadium/#sthash.kTbsCiXh.dpuf

on November 07, 2014   /   in Sports 1:17 am   /   Comments

There is a big buzz in the South –South region of Nigeria as three Heads of Governments from across the West African sub –continent gather for the elaborate commissioning of one of the most magnificent sporting infrastructure in Africa.

President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR will lead Ghanaian leader, Dr. John Dramani Mahama and Ivorian Head of State, Dr. Alassane Ouattara to the stately Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo this evening, with Governor Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, as Chief Host.

MAGNIFICIENT: The 30,000 capacity Akwa Ibom International Stadium ready for commissioning today.

Akpabio is showcasing the majestic facility, which has already been approved by the Confederation of African Football for the crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa on November 19, as one of the key points of his uncommon transformation of the oil –rich State.

Apart from Presidents Jonathan, Mahama and Ouattara, a number of Governors from across Nigeria are expected, while President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and some Executive Committee members and Management staff arrived in Uyo on Thursday evening.

The 30,000 – capacity venue, with a bullet –proof State Box that has 70 seats, has has been described by the Vice President of Ghana Football Association, Mr. Fred Crentsil (who was sent by CAF to inspect the venue) as being “among the best you can find anywhere in the world.”

The high point of the commissioning is an international friendly match between the Home –based Senior National Team of Nigeria, Super Eagles B, and the U-23 National Team of Ghana, nicknamed Black Meteors.

Friday’s match, and the atmosphere, will provide the perfect tenor for the 2015 Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana in less than a fortnight.

Facilities have been stretched thin in the dainty city of Uyo but the party must go on, and on Thursday, FIFA and CAF Match Commissioner, Etubom Paul Bassey, who is coordinating various aspects of the programme, assured that all arrangements have been concluded for a hitch –free event.

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