Dozens of Iraqis killed as Isis targets Baghdad during Ramadan

An Islamic State car bomb that targeted families eating ice-cream after breaking their Ramadan fast has killed at least 13 people and wounded 40 more in southern Baghdad.

The blast outside a popular shop in the Karrada district of the Iraqi capital was followed by another attack outside an office where people collect their government pensions.

Isis quickly claimed responsibility for the first attack on Monday night, which Iraqi officials said appeared to involve remotely detonated explosives inside a parked car.

However, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the second blast, on Tuesday, which took the death toll to 27 – the highest in Baghdad for several months.

The attacks will exacerbate fears that Isis will use Ramadan to intensify its campaign against civilians as it continues to lose ground to Iraqi forces in Mosul.

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Woman docked over sale of four-months old baby

A 25-year-old woman, Sandra Ishaku, was on Tuesday arraigned at a Jos Upper Area Court, for allegedly selling her four-months-old baby for N100,000.

Ishaku, along with three others – Amechi Emmanuel, Jones Osim and Gladys Chukwuma – were charged with conspiracy, cruelty, and child abandonment.

According to the prosecutor, Mr L. O. Ocho, Ishaku, on May 10, 2017, sold her baby to Chukwuma, for N100,000.

Ocho told the court that the transaction was carried out in Jos, in the chambers of Osim, a legal practitioner.

“Ishaku conspired with Emmanuel and sold her baby to Chukwuma, who had just relocated from Ebonyi State to Jos,” he said.

The Presiding Judge, Yahaya Mohammed, did not take the plea of the accused, opting to remand three of them – Ishaku, Emmanuel and Chukwuma – in prison custody, while the matter was adjourned to June 1, when hearing would commence.

Mohammed, however, granted Osim bail after his counsel, Mr Lawrence Anya, pleaded that he be released on bail to the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Plateau State Chapter.

A similar appeal by Mr Peter Ikeolu, counsel to the three others, had earlier been rejected after the prosecutor argued that freeing them would affect investigation into the matter.


Biafra: Tension over IPOB, MASSOB sit-at-home order

The planned sit-at-home protests organised by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) is generating tension in Southeast states of the country.

The groups have ordered the closure of markets, and restriction of movement, to celebrate the birth of Biafra and honour war heroes and slain activists.

The late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu declared the independence of the Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967.

The civil war started on July 6, 1967 when the then Head of State General Yakubu Gowon declared war to end the secession. The 30-month-old civil war ended on January 15, 1970.

But the Nigeria Police had deployed its officers and equipment in the Southeast vowing to decisively deal with the pro-Biafra protesters.

There was deployment of anti-riot policemen at strategic locations in Enugu yesterday evening at strategic locations such as major markets and the federal and state civil service secretariats.

The Enugu State Police Command yesterday said it would deal decisively with agitators that attempt to stop people from going about their normal activities.

The Enugu state police spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement, said the police is working with other security agencies to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

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Unqualified nurse killed Senator Adeleke – Coroner

The Coroner Inquest set by Osun State government to unravel the cause of the death of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke gave its verdict on Tuesday in which it ruled that the unqualified nurse, Alfred Aderibigbe who injected the late politician murdered him.

The Coroner, Olusegun Ayilara while delivering his ruling in Osogbo said the deceased was treated by the nurse who administered some drugs on him intravenously without a doctor’s prescription.

The coroner advised the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) to look further into the case file of Aderibigbe to determine the appropriate charge to press against him, if any.

The Coroner also recommended that the qualification of Alfred Aderibigbe be further investigated by the police to determine his eligibility to perform the role of medical practitioner.

He added that the Government should sensitize people on the dangers of taking drugs without doctor’s prescription.


Mrs Buhari departs for London

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday departed Nigeria for the United Kingdom to join her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was in London for medical follow-up.

Mrs Buhari departed through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Tuesday morning.

Before her departure, the wife of the President thanked Nigerians for their support and prayers for the quick recovery of Buhari.

The News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] reports that the President left Nigeria for London on May 7, for medical follow-up on the advice of his doctors. 


Manchester attack: Victoria railway station reopens

Manchester Victoria railway station has reopened more than a week after the suicide attack at the city’s arena.

The station, attached to Manchester Arena, was shut after the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert, which left 22 people dead and dozens injured.

More CCTV footage of bomber Salman Abedi has been released and police are appealing for people who might have seen him carrying a blue suitcase.

Forensic teams have also been seen searching a landfill site in Bury.

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, told the BBC on Tuesday that Abedi had been known to the force for “relatively minor matters” – but not for extremist views.

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