Coronavirus— Nigeria, Kenya Ease Restrictions in Cities

Nigeria began loosening restrictions Monday on staying in the capital, Abuja, and the largest city, Lagos, in an effort to reduce the impact on Africa’s largest economy. The government said restoring economic activity was the first phase of the six-week process. It added that the situation will be re-evaluated within the next two weeks, and if the situation is calm, the action of lockdown will be eliminated altogether.

Influential Nigerian Leader, Sanusi, Dethroned

The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been dethroned and removed from office. The government оf thе ѕtаtе оf Kаnо, in Northern Nigeria, сlаіmѕ tо hаvе tаkеn thіѕ vеrу rаrе аnd historic decision tо defend thе vаluеѕ ​​buіlt “fоr a millennium.” It іѕ аn undеrѕtаtеmеnt to ѕау thаt the dесіѕіоn аnnоunсеd on Monday by thе lосаl аuthоrіtіеѕ іѕ fraught with соnѕеԛuеnсеѕ.

WHO: Coronavirus Is Spreading Rapidly, Threatens the Whole World

Coronavirus can spread to all countries in the world. This is according to Christian Lindmeier, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization. “The outbreak is getting bigger. The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while,” he said at a news briefing with reporters in Geneva on Friday.

Jihadists Kill 30, Abduct Women and Children in Nigeria

At least 30 people were burnt alive, while women and children were abducted, in northeastern Nigeria. The government spokesman, Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi, said that the attackers stormed the area in trucks mounted with heavy weapons, killing, burning and looting before kidnapping women and children. “They killed not less than thirty people who were mostly motorists and destroyed 18 vehicles,” the spokesman said in a statement after visiting the scene.

Aid Workers Held Hostage Released in Nigeria

Three aid workers and other civilians who had been held hostage by an armed group have been released, a United Nations official has said. They had been held hostage in northeast Nigeria since late December. The hostages were kidnapped on December 22 by fighters posing as soldiers who stopped a convoy of commercial vehicles travelling towards the city of Maiduguri, state capital of the northeast state of Borno.

Abuja Bank Robbery Foiled, Leaves One Killed, Four Arrested

An attempted robbery at a bank in Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has been foiled by policemen and soldiers from the Guards Brigade. Four members of an armed gang have been arrested as one is confirmed dead, he was shot dead while trying to escape. Some of the bank’s staff and security officers suspected to have aided the robbers are also held by police from Mpape Division for questioning.

ISWAP Brutally Executes 11 Christians in Nigeria

The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) brutally executed a group of its hostages, most of whom were Christians. ISWAP released a 56-second video produced by “news agency” Telegram, claiming to show the killing of eleven Christians in Nigeria. In the footage, a captive in the middle is shot dead while the rest are pushed to the ground and beheaded. ISWAP said that it spared two of its captives. The video was released on December 26, and analysts say it was appropriately timed to coincide with Christmas celebrations. Another video circulated early this month that showed the group pleading for help.

Armed Group Kills Four Aid Workers in Nigeria

Four Nigerian hostages held since July have been killed by members of a group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), the French aid group Action Against Hunger (AAH) said on Friday. “The armed group responsible for the kidnapping of humanitarian workers on July 18, have just murdered four hostages,” AAH said in a statement. The Paris-based organization added that one of its staff and two drivers were among those killed.

Five Inmates Electrocuted in Nigeria, Minister Orders Investigation

Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has ordered a speedy and thorough investigation on an incident in which five inmates were electrocuted in Ikoyi prison. “The law recommends in this instance a coroner’s inquest which will reveal what the exact cause of the death was, but beyond that, we will look into everything about it, the circumstances, the how, why and generally the cause of this,” he said.

164 Murdered in 32 Islamic Terrorist Attacks Over Last Week; Attacks Increased but Deaths Declined

Twenty seven people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day, each and every day over the last six days. That was an average of five attacks per day. The overall number of attacks has increase but the number of deaths has declined three weeks in a row.

The most horrific Islamic attacks last week were in a northeast Nigerian village as the militants struck the village of Ngamngam in Borno state, near the border with Niger. The Islamic insurgents executed at least 20 locals on their farms, while many of the rest fled to the nearby town of Damasak, a government and a security source claimed.

Islamic Terrorists Kill 3,237 So Far in 2019

The number of targeted attacks by extreme Islamic terrorists in 2019 is staggering. There were 569 Islamic attacks in 37 countries in which 3,237 people were killed and 3,689 were injured so far this year  That works out to over 30 people killed per day and almost five attacks per day.

This week’s major news story and largest attack was a Boko Haram attack on a Nigerian Kuda-Kaya Village. That Boko Haram extremists killed at least 25 people who were returning home from a wedding celebration.