Nigeria media filled with stories on security breaches at Nigeria@50

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two bomb blasts, one of them planted in a car, near the Eagles Square, Abuja, venue of Nigeria's 50th independence anniversary celebrati o ns, overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this past week.
Also during the week, the kidnapping and release of 15 school children in South East Abia State made headline news.
The Nation newspaper headlined its story on the bomb blasts "Explosions rock Abu ja", reporting that "No fewer than 10 people, including some children, were Frid a y killed in two separate explosions in Abuja midway into the 50th anniversary ce l ebration of Nigeriaâ?s independence.
" Also killed were an assistant director of the State Security Service (SSS) and a n operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the paper re p orted, saying that the identity of the SSS official had not been disclosed as at press time, but the EFCC operative was identified as Ahmed Biu.
"Eight die, others injured in Abuja blast", was the headline in the Guardian, wi th the riders - "Weâ?ll Get You, Jonathan Tells Bombers.
MEND Sent Bomb Alert S hortly Before Blasts.
Henry Orkah Arrested, Released In South Africa Over Incide n t.
" According to the Guardian, Nigerians expected the sky to be lit up with firework s, but what they heard at the venue of the celebration was boom â" and the sky w as filled with rolls of smoke from an explosion.
The 50th independence anniversary of the nation was suddenly turned into a trage dy, leaving behind eight dead persons and several others who were injured.
But that was apparently because the security agents did not take the threat of t he Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) seriously.
In a statement shortly before the explosions, MEND issued what it called a â?bo mb alertâ?.
It said: â?With due respect to all invited guests, dignitaries and attendees of the 50th independence anniversary of Nigeria being held today, Frid a y, October 1, 2010, at the Eagle Square Abuja, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is asking everyone to begin immediate evacuation of th e entire area within the next 30 minutes.
This warning expires after 10.
30 hrs" Thisday screamed "Bombs Blight Golden Jubilee, Jonathan Sees Silver Lining" with the rider â?US, UK, Spain condemn blasts".
The paper reported that President Go odluck Jonathan has ordered the nation's security agencies to immediately unmask those behind the bomb explosions, which marred the nation's golden jubilee anniv e rsary celebration.
The paper also carried the following headlines on the story.
"British Intelligen ce Warned of Attacks", "Gordon Brown Condoles with Nigeria" and "Akunyili, Ribad u , Agbakoba Condemn Abuja Blasts" "Explosions rock Abuja, kill 8, injure 5", the Vanguard reported Saturday, quoti ng an online report.
The kidnapping on Monday of 15 school children, majority of which were in nurser y sections, made headline news during the week.
They were abducted by unknown gunmen as their bus conveyed them to school in Aba , the commercial nerve centre of the State.
They were rescued on Thursday.
The Nation newspaper, reporting under the headline "Soldiers rescue kidnapped sc hool kids", said freedom finally came the way of the beleaguered 15 pupils of Ab a yi International School, Aba, on Thursday night after they were rescued by a com b ined team of military, police, navy, SSS and anti-terrorists personnel who storm e d the kidnappersâ? hideout in Ukwa Local Government Area of Abia State at about midnight.
The children were brought to the Government House where they were received by Go vernor Theodore Orji.
They were conveyed in a military ambulance with the inscription, "Operation Rest ore Hope", at about 10.
55 am.
"Kidnapped Kids Regain Freedom In Abia", reported the Guardian.
It said it was r eal Independence celebration for the governor, government and people of Abia Sta t e as they marked the day in a special way -- the release of the 15 pupils of Aba y i International School, who were kidnapped on Monday while being conveyed to sc h ool in a bus.
All the unhurt but frail-looking children, whose ages range from three to 13, we re handed over to the governor, Dr.
Writing under the headline, "Kidnappers Free Abducted Abia School Kids", Thisday said Nigeriaâ?s golden jubilee celebration found a real meaning on Friday as 15 school children held hostage by kidnappers in Aba regained their freedom.
The freed kids and a man who was also in captivity with them were brought to gov ernment House Umuahia by soldiers who rescued them after the hoodlums abandoned t hem following intense pressure from a military operation mounted in the crime en d emic zones of Abia on Thursday.
The arrival of the children ignited emotional outpouring as tears of joy and sig hs of relief filled the air as parents and government officials expressed joy at the happy ending of the kidnap saga.

02 Outubro 2010 08:29:00

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