The streets of Abuja saw some demonstrations by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the Shi’ites on Monday. They were showing their disapproval of the U.S. killing of Iranian military leader, General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike on Friday. The general’s assassination has turned the middle east region into a tinder box.
They burned the U.S. flag and demanded that president Muhammadu Buhari unconditionally release their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian supreme council for Islamic affairs has appealed to Muslim youths to exercise restraint over the death of the top Iranian military commander.
The council issued a statement in Abuja on Monday advising the youth to take control of their emotions to ensure peace at all times. It said only through diplomatic dialogue can the issue between the U.S. and Iran be resolved.
Cultists Battle Each Other In Lagos
Cultists are still carrying out their deadly struggle for territory and supremacy in Lagos. The state’s police command has arrested some members of two confraternities, “aiye” and “eiye” during a battle for dominion over the weekend in Ijora-Badia area of the state.
Police said five of the cutlass-wielding suspects were arrested after inflicting injuries on one another during a bloody confrontation in which other dangerous weapons were employed.
Police also reported its Ikorodu precinct had arrested some other 12 members of the same cult groups who had attacked one another at Ladega area of Ikorodu. Injured suspects have been taken to hospitals for treatment.
Assange Extradition Hearing Gets Under Way In London
A London court has begun hearing arguments in the extradition hearings against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The hearing will last for about a week, with proceedings expected to resume in may for an additional three weeks.
A US grand jury indicted Assange last May with 17 counts under the US espionage act and one count of computer hacking. As each of the 17 counts carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, he could face a total of 175 years’ in jail should he be brought to stand trial across the Atlantic.
The espionage charges refer to Assange’s activities with Wikileaks between 2010 and 2011, when the website published classified diplomatic and military documents exposing alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as more than 700 secret reports that revealed the ill-treatment and torture of detainees at the US military detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The information was made public in collaboration with selected media outlets including the Guardian, Le Monde and the New York Times.
Assange is accused of conspiring with former US army intelligence analyst, Chelsea manning, to obtain and disclose information.
Minister Calls On Staff To Fast Over Borno Killings
Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq says the top management of the ministry has resolved to undertake a fast over the killings in Borno State.
As a result, she has issued a statement on Monday asking the staff of the ministry to voluntarily embark on the fast on Monday in solidarity with the people of Borno State.
She also encouraged the staff to pray for a quick end to the Boko Haram carnage in Borno and other parts of the north east.
Thirty persons were killed in a recent Boko Haram attack on Auno in Maiduguri, the state capital.
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