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Chad President Fires Chief Of Staff After Boko Haram Kills 23 Soldiers


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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.

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Nigerians warned to be sure those they engage as house maids are really girls.


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.

Boys Who Disguised As Girls Arrested, Forced To Show Their Private Parts. Photos

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Life expectancy in the US has dropped for the first time in decades


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When God Says, “Wait.”


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?  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 brightness.

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.

Woman Brutally Beaten and Raped “Deserved It,” According to Her Racist Attacker…


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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 authorities.

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 ever seen.”

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 office said.

My Predecessor Lavished N2.3bn On Burial In Five Months – Bauchi Gov


By checkpointcharley on 24. June 2019

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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.

Banditry In Nigeria: Soldiers Arrest Kingpin, 20 Others In Katsina, Buhari’s Home State


By checkpointcharley on 24. June 2019 • ( 0 )

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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 Katsina State.

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 on Sunday.

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 bandits.

“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.