Category: Nigeria

How I went to church and became a drug mule

Sandra Chetty spent her 40th birthday crying on the floor of a Sao Paulo prison cell – and facing a six-year jail sentence for laundering $50 000 (about R351 000) for an international drug syndicate. Now, after spending eight months in the Penitenciaria Feminina da Capital without being convicted, Chetty is a free woman. She is determined to tell the truth about how she was persuaded to carry cocaine into Johannesburg by members of the Yeoville church that offered her help when she was at her most desperate. Chetty says she had no idea that the $50 000 that police

Nigerian Christians threaten anti-Muslim reprisals

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s main Christian body has said it may no longer be able to contain Christians from retaliating after Muslim rioters killed dozens of Christians and torched churches. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which says 50 people died in anti-Christian rioting in the northern city of Maiduguri at the weekend, described the violence as part of a Muslim plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state. Rioting also broke out in two other predominantly Muslim northern cities in the past days. In Katsina, the Red Cross said seven people were killed, while in Bauchi a Reuters eyewitness

Cultism: Odili Warns Collaborators

Governor Peter Odili of Rivers State has threatened that any body in the state who hides and cover-up cultists in the on going campaign to rid the state of the menace are accomplices and shall be treated as such when caught in line with the law. Odili who gave the warning at an interdenominational church service to mark the end of a three-day prayer and fasting weekend added that “there will be no hiding place for cultists in the because they have sinned against God and Rivers people.” The governor stressed at the church service organized the Christian Association of

Nigerian Muslims say 300 killed in “genocide”

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s top Muslim leader says 300 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in Sunday’s attacks by Christian militia in the town of Yelwa in the central Plateau state. Justice Abdulkadir Orire, secretary general of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, described the killings in the remote farming town as “genocide” and said they took the death toll from three months of ethnic violence there to at least 700-800 people. “The information we have is that 300 people died and they are mostly Muslims. We call it a genocide because they are killing women and children,” Orire told Reuters in a