Chad President Idriss Deby has fired his armed forces chief of staff following the latest bout of unrest which culminated in a Boko Haram attack that left 23 dead.
Deby fired Brahim Seid Mahamat and his two deputies by presidential decree after six years in the post on Friday night just hours after the attack in the southwest of the country.
The soldiers were killed after coming under attack from jihadists in the early hours of Friday morning in the deadliest attack on the Chadian military by Boko Haram, which launched an insurgency in Nigeria a decade ago.
The unrest has spread to neighbouring Niger and Chad with the Boko Haram revolt to date claiming more than 27,000 lives and uprooting more than 1.7 million people.
Friday’s attack took place at Dangdala, on the northeastern bank of Lake Chad.
Thursday had seen another attack by the group kill eight civilians at Karidi in southeastern Niger in the Diffa region bordering Lake Chad, The area is one of the worst-hit areas for jihadist attacks in Niger.
Troops from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria have been grouped into a multi-national force to fight Boko Haram.
Deby’s reorganisation of security — which included the suspension of the air force chief and his deputy — saw army chief of staff Taher Erda take the top job with a general from the northeastern region of Tibesti made chief advisor on national defence issues.
Erda is a Deby loyalist and former police chief who fought alongside the president before he took power in 1990.
The air force suspensions followed the discovery of debris from an helicopter which went missing more than a week ago in the north.
The sparsely populated, mainly desert region near the border with Sudan, Libya and Niger is volatile prone to attack from Chadian rebel groups based across the Libyan border.
In late January, France pounded Chadian rebels who had crossed back into their country from Libya to halt their incursion.
A shocking trending video making the rounds online has called for caution among Nigerians to be very careful when employing house maids. Two boys who disguised perfectly as girls were recently apprehended by the authorities after they were discovered to be what they are not.After they were arrested and taken to the station, the boys allegedly confessed that they pretended to be girls in order to be employed.
Imagine what they would have done to the female children left in their care.
They were asked to show their private parts (including the fake breasts) right there in the station as they were filmed.
A Facebook user who posted the video online urged people to thoroughly check housemaids before employing them.
The Palestinian strategy is clear: to incite the Arab masses against their leaders and governments. The Palestinian attacks are no longer directed against US President Donald Trump… Now the targets are the Arab heads of state, particularly those who
It was almost exactly one year ago when I cried out in prayer to God: “I can’t do this anymore!”
I remember I was sitting on the edge of the couch, clutching the
cushions. Life felt so overwhelming and I had reached a physical and
emotional, and I suppose spiritual, breaking point. I was pulled in
many different directions and discernment seemed futile. Nothing was
clear. But one thing was for sure, things had to change. The way I saw
it, I had to make some sweeping decisions NOW about what to do and what
not to do, or, as the hissing voices suggested: “You aren’t strong
enough to continue.” “You won’t be able to serve anyone.” “You are
failing at everything.” “This can’t go on.” “It’s up to you to change
it.” “Everything is a disaster.” “It won’t get better unless you act.”
And most telling, I see now, is the urgent and overwhelming sense
that I needed to make hurried and unconfirmed decisions and I had to
make them right away. Give up writing. Let someone else lead the study group. Call and tell them I can’t speak at the event.
But almost immediately, God had an answer. And as with any child, it wasn’t one I was too interested in hearing.
Wait? Wait? Seriously? This was too much to bear. There was no
end in sight. Surely He can’t be serious. What about “I can’t do this
anymore” was He not getting?
But yes, He was. Because that summer turned out to be a long, lingering, consoling time, and while nothing was solved, still, I found myself sustained.
And then fall came, and new opportunities opened up which I could not
have foreseen. He had been getting things ready for me, and getting me
ready for them. Stretching me, scraping me, emptying me of every bit of
my own strength. He loves us that way–because that’s when we really
know that what we do is not of our own accord. I needed to reach the
end of me, and the Lord knew it. What I also needed to know was that
the oppressive feelings of failure and futility would not last forever.
There would be sunny days sprinkled in, lots of laughter, bits of
And guess what? Most of it would come from the very things I had been – tempted – to give up.
God is merciful like that. He really, really does break suffering
into bite-sized pieces, even if it’s just the relief of tumbling into
bed after an awful day.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, in his rules for discernment of spirits,
emphasizes this reality in the eighth rule. “Let one who is in
desolation,” he writes, “work to be in patience, and let him think that
he will soon be consoled…”
In other words – wait!
And remember that God knows what He is about, and His timeline always
has eternity in mind. Don’t rush into decisions you will live to
regret, or work yourself into a frenzy, or be plunged into despair
thinking that your situation will never, ever improve. We have an enemy
who is banking on us doing exactly that. I overheard a wise friend
recently counsel a suffering younger woman, “Just hold tight, and know
that the consolations will come again.”
In “Setting the Captives Free,” Fr. Timothy Gallagher explains this
as the “Law of Undulation,” a phrase coined by C.S. Lewis in the Screwtape Letters
and “which expresses perfectly the presupposition that underlies rule
8.” He continues, “Lewis writes of human persons that ‘their nearest
approach to constancy…is undulation–the repeated return to a level from
which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks.’”
This is true with everything in life, including the spiritual realm. In other words, ‘normal’
is not a constant straight line, a steady hum, a smooth, level road.
‘Normal’ is like the undulating movement of waves, swelling, building,
and then receding again. We simply can’t expect it to be any different.
And if we can remember that when the lying one on our left shoulder suggests, “this will never end,” we can send him packing.
“Therefore, be steadfast in your resolutions. Stay in
the boat in which he has placed you, and let the storm come. Long live
Jesus! You will not perish. He may sleep, but at the opportune time he
will awaken to restore your calm.”
– St. Pio of Pietrelcina, quoted in “Setting the Captives Free” by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V.
For St. Irenaeus, an early Church Father, Providence—God’s plan for all creation in time—was a work of epic beauty. Beauty always has a certain harmony and coherence to it. But sometimes, from our perspective, God’s plans do not make sense to us. It’s not simply that things haven’t been working out or maybe didn’t work …
The invincible Erdoğan took a great risk: a second loss for the man who thinks ‘whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey’ would mean just more than just an embarrassing mayoral loss. Comparatively speaking, the difference in votes between Imamoğlu and Erdoğan’s
A black parolee arrested for raping and bashing a white
woman on the roof of his Bronx apartment building allegedly told a
witness that she “deserved” the brutal attack because of slavery,
according to court papers.
“She was a white girl. She deserved it because us minorities
have been through slavery,” Temar Bishop, 23, allegedly said to someone
who witnessed the bloodied 20-year-old woman after the assaults,
according to a criminal complaint.
“This is what they used to do to us. This is what they did to us during slavery. They used to beat us and whip us.”
Temar Bishop, 23, was arrested by authorities on Friday in
Virginia on a slew of charges connected to the early morning June 1
assault, which officials have deemed a hate crime, according to
The 20-year-old met Bishop — who was on parole after serving just
over a year behind bars for robbery — around 5 a.m. and joined him on
the rooftop of the public housing building on Alexander Avenue near East
137th Street in Mott Haven, police said.
Bishop allegedly punched her repeatedly before raping her,
then continued his assault — kicking and punching her in the head and
body until she fell unconscious, cops said.
He then fled, but returned with the unnamed witness — who saw
the woman “laying on the roof landing with blood covering her face” —
and then allegedly made the remarks about slavery, court documents say.
The woman was treated at an area hospital for several
injuries, including a broken nose and broken teeth. She was also
“vomiting blood,” the complaint states.
Police sources previously told The Post a Special Victims
Division investigator described the attack as “one of the worst he’s
Bishop was charged with two counts of predatory sexual
assault, attempted murder, rape, two counts of assault, sexual abuse,
assault and a hate crime.
He was arraigned in Bronx court on Saturday, where he was ordered
held without bail, a spokeswoman for the Bronx District attorney’s
Governor of Bauchi State, North East Nigeria Bala Mohammed, has alleged that his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar, lavished a whooping N2.3bn in five months to buy materials for burial in the state.
The governor spokesperson, Dr Ladan Salihu, told journalists in Bauchi that the funds were spent between January and May, 2019.
According to him, over N900m was spent on the purchase of white cloth
used for wrapping corpses, while over N1.4bn was used to buy the wood
for lacing the graves after burial.
“This money which ought to have been appropriated by the state House
of Assembly before expenditure, all of a sudden emanated from our
treasury books. How could you imagine that a state government, within
five months, that is, between January and May, 2019, spent well over
N2.3bn on funeral materials, dresses for wrapping dead bodies and the
woods that you lace the graveyards with.
“All these are captured in the report of the transition committee and
these were gathered from documents and vouchers and payments made from
our treasury books. There is the Freedom of Information Law, use it and
find out for yourself from those documents,” Ladan said.
The governor’s spokesman vowed that the state government would use
every instrument of the law, including petitioning the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other
related offences Commission and other anti-corruption agencies on the
matter, to recover every stolen kobo.
Soldiers of the Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected kidnap
kingpin, Bawa Gomna, and 20 bandits said to be responsible for
terrorizing the Batsari, Jibia and Safana local government areas of
The suspects were arrested by troops of the 17 Brigade on Operation
Harbin Kunama 3 between June 3 and June 21, a statement by the army said
Some of the suspects were identified as Bawa Gomna of the Garin
Waiziri area of the Safana LGA; Bello Sabiu of Fafara village, Jibia
LGA; Ibrahim Umar of Fafara village, Jibia LGA; and Ibrahim Labo of
Shamushelle village, Birnin Magaji LGA, Zamfara State.
Others are Musa Lawal of Maitonga village in Safana LGA; Adamu
Mohammed of Mairuwa village, Faskari LGA; Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Adamu
and Yusuf Abubakar.
The suspects were said to have confessed to various acts of banditry and kidnapping during interrogation.
The army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, said they would be handed over to relevant law enforcement agencies for further action.
He disclosed that the troops recovered motorcycles, foodstuffs,
mobile telephone handsets and jerry cans of petroleum products from the
“In continuation of operations against banditry, kidnapping, cattle
rustling and other criminalities in Katsina State, troops of the 17
Brigade arrested a notorious bandits’ kingpin, Mallam Bawa Gomna, and 20
others during operations around Batsari, Jibia and Safana local
government areas of Katsina State.
“The army appreciates all those that provided the information that
led to the arrest of the criminals and urged members of the public to
continue to support security agencies with credible information in order
to combat insecurity,” Musa said.