92 soldiers slaughtered by Boko Haram

Ninety-two Chadian soldiers have been killed in the deadliest attack ever by Boko Haram jihadists on armed forces in the country, President Idriss Déby Itno said on Tuesday.

The attack is part of an expanding jihadist campaign in the vast, marshy Lake Chad area, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria converge.

Boko Haram launched an insurgency in Nigeria in 2009 before beginning incursions in its neighbouring countries to the east.

“We lost 92 of our soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers,” in the attack overnight on Sunday in Boma, the president said.

“It’s the first time we have lost so many men,” he added, after visiting the site of the attack in the Lac province, which borders Niger and Nigeria.

The attack on soldiers on the Boma peninsula lasted at least seven hours, and reinforcements sent to help out were also targeted, one soldier told AFP.

He said 24 army vehicles were destroyed, including armoured vehicles, and captured military arms were carried off in speedboats by Boko Haram.

“The enemy has hit at our defences hard in this zone,” a senior officer said.

Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in recent months on the islands of the Lake Chad basin.

“We lost 92 of our soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers,” in the attack overnight on Sunday in Boma, the president said.

“It’s the first time we have lost so many men,” he added, after visiting the site of the attack in the Lac province, which borders Niger and Nigeria.

The attack on soldiers on the Boma peninsula lasted at least seven hours, and reinforcements sent to help out were also targeted, one soldier told AFP.

He said 24 army vehicles were destroyed, including armoured vehicles, and captured military arms were carried off in speedboats by Boko Haram.

“The enemy has hit at our defences hard in this zone,” a senior officer said.

Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in recent months on the islands of the Lake Chad basin.

Powerful Yoruba King In the Old Nigeria

Alaafin of Oyo Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II

In 1953, Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II Allegedly Turned Bode Thomas Into A Dog. See Reason and Consequence

This story is a sad yet educative story which I believe must be taught to so many who in the quest of being westernized, educated and civilized feel traditions and cultures can be insulted and taken for granted. As much as it contains some sensitive facts which might trigger the emotions of family and friends of those involved in this mysterious event, history has been written and we can only refer to it to learn and educate the future generation. As we are all examples for other examples.

Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was Alaafin of Oyo, between 1945 and 1954, until he was forced into exile by the Action Group led government of the Western region, as a result of the death of the Deputy leader of the Action Group, Chief Bode Thomas and also for having sympathy, for the rival NCNC of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Chief Bode Thomas (1918-1953) became the deputy leader of the Action Group, he later formed Nigeria’s first indigenous law firm called- Thomas, Willams, Kayode and co. i.e. the trio of Bode Thomas, Chief Rotimi Williams and Chief Remilekun Fani Kayode. Bode was a brilliant lawyer, but also very haughty and arrogant. Bode Thomas was born to a wealthy trader, John Thomas in 1918. He attended C.M.S. Grammar School, a missionary school founded by Samuel Ajayi Crowther. He travelled to London to study Law with Remi Fani-Kayode and Chief FRA Williams. Bode Thomas, FRA William and Remi Fani Kayode founded d 1st indigenous law practice in Nigeria ‘Thomas, Williams and Kayode’. The law firm was in Jankara Street and it thrived. His huge frame earned him the appellation “bulldozer”.

He became a member of Regional House of Assembly in 1951. From there, he, Prest and Akintola were selected as members of the House of Representatives. Sir Adesoji Aderemi, Ooni of Ife also joined them in the Central Council of Ministers. But, Thomas was the leader; astute, workaholic, thoughtful and forward-looking. On the floor of the House, Thomas was a charismatic speaker. He was a lover of facts. He was a fire brand nationalist. He wanted self-rule and independence at a faster pace his colleagues from other zones could not comprehend. During the debate on self-rule, his speech infuriated the legislators from the North. Thomas labelled them collaborators in the extension of British rule. He did not only speak; he acted. Thomas and the three AG parliamentarians consequently resigned from the Council of Ministers in protest over the elongation of colonialism. On that note, the MacPherson Constitution collapsed immediately.In the quest to preserve Lagos as part of the old West, Thomas was also at the forefront. In contrast, H.O. Davies was campaigning vigorously for the retention of Lagos as a symbol of national unity.

At the 1953 London Constitutional Conference held in August, AG vigorously campaigned for the preservation of Lagos as part and parcel of the region. Awo, the AG leader and Thomas, Deputy Leader of the party, were delegates to the conference. Whenever he set a positive goal for himself,every obstacle on the way must be uprooted.His successes in law practice, politics and government were hinged on his sheer resolve to triumph in the face of all odds.Bode Thomas was a founding member of ACTION GROUP which sprang up from EGBE OMO ODUDUWA.

He was made the Divisional Council Chairman in 1953, while the Alaafin of Oyo was a mere member. On his first appearance in council, after being appointed chairman, all the council members stood up for him in deference, to welcome him except Oba Adeyemi II, who for cultural reasons, could not show deference to anyone in public. Bode Thomas rudely shouted at the king, for having the temerity and audacity to disrespect him. “Why are you sitting when I walked in, you don’t know how to show respect?”At that time, Bode Thomas was 35 years old and Oba Adeniran was in his 60’s. The Alaafin felt very insulted and nonplussed; he said “se emi lon gbomo baun?” (Is it me you are barking at like that?). Oba Adeniran just told him “Ma gbo lo baun” (continue barking).Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was father of the incumbent Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. Thomas was ahead of them his peers. He was a Senior at the bar to the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, his bossom friend, political soul mate and leader, Chief Hezekiah Oladipo Davies, Justice GBA Coker, and Udo Udoma, a former federal parliamentarian and jurist but a hot-tempered fellow equally very proud and arrogant, he was perceived in some circles as a bully, a successful, yet arrogant lawyer and a domineering figure. Some judges loathed his style of argument in the court. However, he was full of masterful logic.

The confrontation happened on November 22nd 1953. Bode Thomas got home and started barking! He barked and barked like a dog all night until he died in the early morning of November 23rd 1953. He cut short his promising career. Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was thereafter deposed and sent on exile in 1954 for sympathizing with opposition NCNC, because he had come in conflict with Bode Thomas who was Deputy Leader of the Action Group, before his untimely death. In fact at a session in the parliament, Sardauna Ahmadu Bello had described Thomas as “Arrogant and ungracious”. Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was sent on exile to Ilesha and later relocated to Egerton Street on Lagos Island where he lived and died in 1960. His death truncated the ambition of Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, to proceed to the United Kingdom to study law. He later became an Insurance Executive with the Royal Exchange Assurance, where he worked until he ascended the throne of his forefathers, as the Alaafin of Oyo in 1971.

So when next you pass through the Popular Street in Surulere called Bode Thomas Street, do not forget what pride and arrogance can do to a genius. Do not waste your life.

Covid 19: Coronavirus updates in Lagos Nigeria

Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub has asked a category of civil servants to stay at home for the next 14 days effective Monday March 23, 2020. The move is connected to the coronavirus pandemic which has forced most states in the country to close schools.

The announcement was made by governor Jide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday. According to him, about 70% of the Lagos workforce will be directly affected. He also tasked members of the public to stay away from government offices and use phone and internet channels as best as possible.

“This stay-at-home does not affect all of our first responders, meaning the medical personnel are still meant to be at their duty posts, our fire service, members of the Lagos state emergency management authority… and other essential services.”

Already schools across the state – be they private or public – had been closed late last week as a prevention and containment measure.

Lagos, one of Africa’s most populous and busiest commercial centers has been at the heart of Nigeria’s COVID-19 statistics. The index patient, an Italian who has since been discharged came through the Lagos airport.

The federal government announced the closure of the airport and the one in the capital Abuja as of March 23. Lagos today recorded three more coronavirus cases bringing Nigeria’s tally to 30 out of which two have been discharged and 28 undergoing treatment.

Police cautioned against unnecessary arrests 

In other coronavirus related news from the West African country, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has issued directives warning against unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“The IGP, while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned. 

“He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.

“The IGP further directs that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody. The IGP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary,” an official statement read.

Coronavirus Lorenzo Sanz: Former Real Madrid president dies after contracting coronavirus

  • Lorenzo Sanz had presided over the club between 1995 and 2000
  • During Sanzs tenure, Real Madrid won 2 Champions League titles, 1 La Liga and 1 Super Cup
  • Sanz claimed a place on the Real Madrid board in the mid-1980s, when the president was Ramon Mendoza.

Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died aged 76, his son Lorenzo said on Saturday.

The former Real president was taken to hospital on Tuesday, with newspaper El Mundo saying he had been suffering from the novel coronavirus. His son said he had a respiratory disease.

Sanz presided over the club between 1995 and 2000, in which they won two Champions League titles and one La Liga crown among other trophies. Their 1998 Champions League triumph was the first time they had won Europe’s top prize, which they have lifted a record 13 times, in 32 years.

“My father has just passed away. He did not deserve this ending and in this way,” tweeted his son, Lorenzo Sanz junior.

“One of the best, bravest and hardest-working people I have ever seen. His family and Real Madrid were his passions.”

Three days ago, Sanz Jr., a former professional basketball player, said that his father had been admitted to a Madrid hospital after suffering the symptoms of the coronavirus which has killed more than 1,320 people in Spain.

Sanz claimed a place on the Real Madrid board in the mid-1980s, when the president was Ramon Mendoza.

Current club captain and Spanish international Sergio Ramos, who with teammates is in quarantine after one of the club’s basketball players tested positive for the virus, hailed Sanz.

“Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers for history — 7 and 8,” tweeted Ramos in reference to the key Champions League titles.

“His death saddens us even more in these difficult days in which we find ourselves. My deep condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Music legend Kenny Rogers has passed away aged 81.

A statement from the family read: “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night. 

Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement. Due to the  national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.
Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates (including a planned appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California), due to unspecified “health challenges.” “I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said his April 2018 statement. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”

“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.

“In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music.

A special, “Biography: Kenny Rogers,” had been announced by A&E earlier this month, set to air April 13. The special is said to be largely built around footage from the all-star salute Rogers received in Nashville on Oct. 25, 2017, just a couple of months before his final concert appearances. Among the guests who joined him for that sentimental sendoff at the Bridgestone Arena were Dolly PartonLionel Richie, Don Henley, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, the Flaming Lips and the Judds.

China 🇨🇳 Confirmed 3 New Coronavirus Death


China on Friday confirmed three new deaths from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily figure in the country since Jan. 21.

In a statement, the National Health Commission said that mainland China reported just three deaths, including two in Hubei province, and 39 new “imported confirmed cases” on Thursday.

The statement said there was no new domestic coronavirus case found for a second consecutive day on Thursday.

The health officials said that two of the three deaths were reported from Wuhan, where the infection was first reported last December.

According to Chinese officials, the total number of the cases in the country reached 80,967, while 3,248 have died so far.

China had imposed lockdown on Wuhan on Jan. 23 to stem the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong witnessed the region’s biggest single-day jump of 48 new infections on Friday, according to daily South China Morning Post, bring the total confirmed cases to 256.

At least four people have died in the region, while 98 were cured.

In neighboring South Korea, 84 new cases were reported on Thursday bringing the total number to 8,652, Yonhap news reported.

According to health officials, at least 94 people have died of the coronavirus in South Korea and 60 others are in critical condition.

From coming Sunday, authorities said, all passengers coming from Europe will have to face a 14-day quarantine regardless of symptoms.

Japan has so far more than 900 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, while 33 people have died due to the infection.

Australia has reported 681 cases, with six fatalities.

The coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to at least 160 countries and territories. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic.

The number of confirmed cases worldwide now surpasses 246,000, while the death toll exceeds 10,000 and over 86,000 have recovered, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Lagos Nigeria, Rocks with massive pipeline explosion

Aftermath of explosion and ongoing evacuation

LAGOS city of Nigeria on Sunday 15 March 2020 hit with a massive explosion

The Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos early Sunday, killing at least 15 people and sparking search-and- rescue efforts to save people still trapped in collapsed buildings, emergency officials said.

The explosion in the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos was heard several kilometers (miles) away. It destroyed more than 50 buildings, which either collapsed or caught fire, in three different neighborhoods, according to Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency.

Fires were spreading to nearby oil pipelines, so there were fears of more damage or explosions. The death toll was expected to rise because residents said some people remained trapped in collapsed buildings.

“Fifteen bodies have been recovered, including a whole family of four who were heading to church before they were cut short in the explosion,” Farinloye said.

At least two people have also been rescued alive, he said. One building is a school where injured children have been pulled from the rubble, some covered in blood.

Nigerian officials were not yet able to identify the cause of the massive explosion. A naval base is located nearby.

Linda Uche, a resident, told The Associated Press the sound of the explosion and the extent of the damage was far more serious than a usual oil pipeline explosion, which happens not infrequently.

It was the most serious explosion in Lagos since January 2002, when bombs from a military armory exploded, killing more than 1,000 people.

African countries with increased in the pandemic virus 🦠

Seven African countries recorded increases in their coronavirus tallies on Sunday over a weekend where Africa recorded a record number of index cases.

The seven countries that recorded case rise are Cameroon, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, South Africa and Ethiopia. Seychelles, Mauritania, Rwanda, Namibia, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Eswatini all recorded index cases.

Cameroon’s Health Ministry late Sunday confirmed that the country had recorded its fourth case of the coronavirus. The March 15 statement read in part: “The fourth case involves a 34-year-old Cameroonian citizen living in Yaounde.

“He stayed in Belgium, where he was accommodated by a friend who presented symptoms such as cough and fever. He left Brussels for Paris by public transport and arrived at Yaounde Nsimalen airport on 14 March 2020.

“The surveillance system set up made it possible to immediately detect this case upon his arrival in Cameroonian territory. he is also receiving proper care,” the statement added.

Rwanda announced has confirmed four more cases bring its total to five after the index case was reported on Saturday. The cases involved three Rwandans and a Ugandan.

Ghana had reported four new cases bringing the tally to six. The West African nation announced first two cases last Thursday. The government also announced a travel ban for persons from countries that had 200 or more coronavirus cases.

In Kenya, president Uhuru Kenyatta disclosed at a press conference on Sunday that two new cases had been confirmed. Government announced a raft of measures including ban on public gatherings.

Senegal’s Health Ministry in its daily updates disclosed that two cases had been confirmed bringing the total number of cases to 26 out of which two have recovered and the remaining still undergoing treatment.

Ethiopian authorities said contact tracing associated with the index case led to 117 persons out of which three tested positive. They are two Japanese and an Ethiopian. The index patient was a Japanese.

South Africa’s confirmed case toll hits 61 leading to a raft of stringent measures imposed by government. South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal have all banned public gatherings in order to curb the outbreak.

Sudanese premier escapes assassination attack

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was reportedly taken to a hospital after an attack on his convoy involving automatic weapons.

Sudan‘s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok survived unharmed an assassination attempt using explosives in the capital Khartoum on Monday, his top aide has said.

“An explosion hit as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok‘s car was driving by but thank God no one was hurt,” said Ali Bakhit, the prime minister’s office director.

A cabinet official also confirmed to AFP that Hamdok had escaped an attack. 

Images on state television showed at least two damaged vehicles at the site of the blast in the Kober district, northeast of the centre of Khartoum.

State TV reported that Hamdok‘s convoy was targeted but was currently “well and has been taken to a safe place”. 

The area was quickly cordoned off by the police.

State-run radio meanwhile reported that automatic weapons were also used in the attack and that Hamdok was taken “to a hospital”. 

Hamdok, a British-educated former diplomat and UN official, was appointed prime minister last August after pro-democracy protests forced the military to remove autocratic President Omar Al-Bashir.

Heartbreak for the Royal: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II Ready to Say Their’ Final Goodbyes’?

Over the past decades, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have defined what “relationship goals” means. They weathered every kind of storm faced by the royal family and remained loyal to each other as they age. 

Now that both aging royals have reached their 90s, the couple who has been married for 70 years is facing the final days of their relationship and is reportedly saying their final goodbyes to each other. 

According to insiders, the royal couple is aware of the fact that they may never live beside each other again and is facing the reality that they may say goodbye apart.

Long-Distance Relationship

Since the 98-year-old Philip retired in 2017, he and the Queen has not been able to live under one roof. It is because he moved 100 miles away from the Queen and spent his retirement days in Wood Farm Cottage in Norfolk on the Sandringham estate.

Despite the long-distance relationship and tight schedule, palace insiders said that Queen Elizabeth manages to visit Philip every week.

A source told Express that the Queen tries to see the Duke “at some point in the week or weekends.”

“They see each other depending on Her Majesty’s schedule, but she works around it to see him as much as possible,” the insider explained.

An insider also said that Queen Elizabeth thinks that her husband earned a proper retirement and that living away from Buckingham Palace will help him enjoy his retirement fully. 

The Queen is reportedly aware that if the Duke of Edinburgh stays in the royal family working residence, he will still try to get involved in day-to-day activities. 

“She knows him too well – if he was still at the center of royal life, he’d feel he had to be involved. Being at Wood Farm means he’s not too far away, but far enough to be able to relax,” the source said. 

Another insider revealed that being away from the Palace helped Prince Philip’s health to improve, although the Queen misses his hands-on approach to family matters.

Distance Never an Issue

It is not the first time that the Queen and her husband lived away from each other for a long time. Royal historian Robert Lacey believes that the couple is used such kind of separation. 

“Their life together has always been built on regular separations. They are not a soppy couple,” said Lacey, who serves as Netflix’s “The Crown” historian.

No Time Left

Due to Prince Philip’s health issues, royal insiders said that the couple is aware that they do not have much time left to spend with each other. 

The insider, who is a former royal staff, revealed that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip might have already said their final goodbyes to each other. 

“They will be stiff upper lip in public and keep their own emotions behind it,” the insider revealed.