Posted: June 17, 2012 in Life is going on out there, Summons
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There were reports this morning that Igbinedion University, a private tertiary institution in Okada, Edo State, Nigeria was under attack by unknown gunmen. The gunmen suspected to be militant kidnappers were reported to have arrived the school premises since 3am, and had been matcheting people, destroying cars and properties and had allegedly injured a number of students. Gates to the school were said to be blocked by the assailants and as such there were no movements into or outside the school.

Military and police personnel were quick to arrive on the scene, but the superior fire power of the attackers, now identified to be some ex-militants proved too much for the Nigerian security personnel, until more help arrived and the situation was contained. As of this moment, no statement has been released by security
Personnel or the school authorities in respect of who the assailants were, their true motives, or if any casualties or arrests were recorded.

On June 8, 2012, the school authorities reported that four students of the institution had been kidnapped by unknown persons on the road leading to the school. The students, all medical students of the university have since been released.

In another development, bomb blasts went off in three churches this morning in the northern state of Kaduna, Nigeria killing more than 40, and injuring close to 200 persons. The bomb blasts, carried out by suicide bombers suspected to be members of the islamist terror group Boko Haram, left a scene of tears, destruction and chaos in their wake.

On the latest update of the Global Peace Index, Nigeria dropped four places to 146th out of 158 countries, signifying a decline in peace and stability in the country in the past one year. The index, which is published by the Institute of Economics and Peace, measures peacefulness using 23 indicators, including a nation’s level of military expenditure as a percentage of its Gross Domestic Product, its relations with neighbouring countries, the level of perceived criminality, likelihood of violent demonstrations, level of organised conflict, terrorist acts and the level of respect for human rights.

This latest ranking comes on the heels of the Nigerian Government’s insistence that Nigeria was safe for investment, despite incessant bomb attacks that continues to kill and maim many people, especially in the northern parts of the country.

In December 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a make shift and purely suspect State of Emergency in certain parts of northern states identified as being high risk. This move has not to this moment stemmed the flow of these terrorist attacks.


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