Saturday 31 January 2015

2015 Presidential elections- Nigeria's Ex Militants Spits Fire!

Nigeria's former Defence Minister, Rtd. Gen. Yakubu Danjuma, reportedly received a 'seven-day ultimatum' from a group of ex-militants in the Niger Delta region, functioning under the platform of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, headed by Reuben Wilson, to withdraw a statement where he called for the arrest of some ex militants or face wrath.

According to information, the retired Army General had condemned the decisions from a meeting held by the ex-militants in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, where they allegedly threatened to unleash terror in the country, if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the February poll. Consequently, Danjuma reportedly called for the immediate arrest of Asari Dokubo,  Victor Ben and Government Ekpemupolo otherwise known as Tompolo, all ex-militants.
This move from Danjuma seemed not to have gone down well with the ex militants, as they responded by giving -the ultimatum. 
Part of the alleged statement read: “As much as he has the right to free speech, Danjuma ought to know that the oil money he is enjoying today, through his ownership of oil blocs, came from our sacrifices and blood. We staked our lives to fight for the development of our country.
“We fought for freedom for our land and it pains us that people like Danjuma who have reaped bountifully from the Niger Delta, can wake up to insult our sensibilities.
“For Danjuma to call for the arrest of Asari Dokubo, then he has walked on the tail of the serpent.
“The much we know is that we the ex militants who decided to drop our guns to join forces with the federal government to develop the country, especially the Niger Delta, have never said anything or taken any action that would warrant such explosives from Danjuma".
On the other hand, it was gathered that the Special Adviser to the President on the Amnesty Programme, Mr Kingsley Kuku, has dismissed the report, saying the ex-militants only expressed concern over the way the President was treated during his campaign in Bauchi and Katsina states.

Sunday 25 January 2015

Isil Demand Her Freedom, Who Really Is Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawiand?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) recently made it clear to Japanese government that they would free Kenji Goto, the Japanese Journalist reportedly held captive, if Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawiand, is released to them. 

A demand that got the world wondering...

....who really is Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawiand.....

All that is known about the 35 year-old, Iraqi woman, is that she was involved in a 2005 Jordanian hotel bombings.

Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawiand her husband Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, were wearing explosive-laden belts when they walked into a  Jordanian-Palestinian wedding reception at Radisson ballroom.

President Jonathan Re-affirms Commitment To Free. Fair Elections, & Bringing Terrorism To An End!

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring a  free, fair and credible 2015 elections, even as he pledged to put an end to insurgency in Nigeria

President Jonathan stated this during his meeting with visiting U.S Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, in Lagos - Nigeria on Sunday on Sunday, 25 January 2015. John Kerry was in Lagos for an official engagement.

During the meeting, Good luck Jonathan revealed that issues that bothers on vast matters as it concern the two nations was raised.  Some of which includes trade, security and politics.  

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According to President Jonathan "Nigeria is a vibrant democracy and the largest trading partner of the United States in Africa, with more than $18 billion in bilateral trade. Our countries and peoples share a mutual admiration for each other and a deep commitment to freedom, democracy, and human rights". he said.
Concerning security and the February polls Goodluck Jonathan reaffirmed that the country is strongly committed to "building the multinational task force to fight Boko Haram in partnership with Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin Republic under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission".

"I emphasized to Secretary Kerry that I am deeply committed to ensuring that our forthcoming election is free, fair, and credible. It is especially critical that all political parties abide by the Abuja Accord, which commits each to non-violence before, during, and after the election.
I made it absolutely clear that the May 29th handover date is sacrosanct. In addition, the Government will provide all resources that are required by the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that the election goes smoothly". He stated.

Friday 23 January 2015

Saudi Arabia's new King Salma Pledge To Uphold late Abdullah's Governing Principles!

Following the death of King Abdullah of the oil rich Saudi Arabia, which was announced late Thursday 22 January 2015, after almost two decades in power, at 90 years of age. His half brother/ Crowned Prince, 76-year-old Salman has since ascended the throne.

The new, King of Saudi Arabia in his maiden speech as King said his regime intends to keep to what he called the "straight part the country has advanced on"  

“We will, with God’s support, maintain the straight path that this country has advanced on since its establishment by the late King Abdulaziz,”. King Salman said.
Long Live the King....

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Lady Bumped Into Man That Allegedly Duped Her In Cotonou, Read The Bruhaha That Follows!

The scene in the picture below is all about a young woman at Ajah area of Lekki, Lagos state, who alleged that the man she is seen grabbing on the shirt duped her of over seventy thousand naira.

It was gathered that the unidentified lady bumped into the man, who she claimed she met in Cotonou- Benin Republic, sometime in 2014, and he promised to assist her in purchasing some machandize. Little did she know she that she had walked into a con artist, as she told the crowd that gathered, that instead of getting the promised goods, the man simply absconded.
"Shebi you chop my moni for Cotonou run, you think say I no go see you again abii? come run now make I see you" the lady screamed at him, as she held tightly to his collars.

On his part, the man, who appeared to be in his late 20s/ early 30s, said the lady was lying, that she was his ex-girl friend, "she is angry because "I left her to marry another woman, why are you embarrassing me like this?, god will embarrass you the same way you have embarrassed me". he said.

Trust some nosy passers-by, when the man was asked what the lady's name is, since he claimed she was his girl friend.... he started mumbling, saying something like being a military man, and that no body can just intimidate him...

Meanwhile, some area boys around the area had a field day in dishing him some free slaps and blows before some good Samaritans intervened. 

President Jonathan's Campaign Convoy Attacked In Katsina!

The campaign convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan was on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, attacked by thugs in Katsina state, North of Nigeria.

According to source, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign train, along side some of the party's heavy weights, Vice President Namadi Sambo; National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu; and Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State among others,  arrived Katsina, state of the All Progressive Congress party (APC) presidential flag bearer, Rtd. Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. 

It was gathered that as the team stopped, to pay a courtesy visit to  late President Umoru Yar’Adua’s mother, Hajiya Dada, some youths, allegedly wielding broom, waded towards them, chanting Sai Buhari,”. They were however disassembled by security agents.

 Not done with their mission, the thugs, reportedly reassembled, having being stopped by security agents with tear gas canisters, threw stones at the convey as they headed towards katsina Airport.

Pheww.....thank God no casualty or case of injuries was reported.

Monday 19 January 2015

Nigerians Living As refugees In Chad!

As campaign for the February polls, heats up in Nigeria, with political party aspirants engaging different tacks to gain favorite spots in the heart of Nigerians. Hundreds of people from Northern Nigeria, are currently forced into refugees, as they flee from boko-haran menace in their states.

The United Nations Refugee Agency reports below, should bother our Nigerians and our politicians:

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"The UN refugee agency on Friday expressed concern about the return to Nigeria of hundreds of refugees from Niger this week as the number of people fleeing militant attacks in northern Nigeria continued to grow. UNHCR urged the authorities in both countries to halt the repatriation.

Spokesman William Spindler told journalists in Geneva that UNHCR had received reports that the refugees were transported on nine buses to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Nigeria. "Another 11 buses are currently parked in the town of Gagamari in Niger's Diffa region, waiting to take more refugees back to Nigeria," he added.
"Given the volatile security situation in Borno state and the recent attacks by insurgents, UNHCR is concerned about the nature of these returns and has asked the authorities to stop this operation until there are proper safeguards and a legal framework between Nigeria, Niger and UNHCR," Spindler said.
Refugees fleeing the fighting between militants and government forces in north-east Nigeria continue to arrive in Niger and Chad with harrowing tales of killings and destruction, including the extreme violence inflicted on the lakeside town of Baga earlier this month.
"A woman, who ran away from Baga with her five children and her husband, said she saw insurgents run over women and children with their cars, shoot at people and use knives to cut their throats in the street. She estimated that hundreds had been killed in Baga," Spindler said. "The terrified family managed to escape at night before reaching Maiduguri, from where they took a bus to Niger," he added.
Some 13,000 Nigerian refugees have arrived in western Chad since the January 3-7 attacks on Baga. UNHCR and the governmental Commission Nationale d'Accueil, et de Réinsertion des Réfugiés et des Rapatriés have registered more than 6,000 refugees.
Dozens of refugees continue to arrive every day, many by canoe over Lake Chad to areas such as Ngouboua and Bagasola, some 450 kilometres north-west of the Chadian capital N'djamena. Some 16,000 Nigerian refugees have now arrived in Chad since May last year.
"We are concerned that refugees from Baga and the surrounding area are choosing to flee over the lake into Chad as this may indicate that the overland route into Niger is blocked by insurgents," UNHCR's Spindler said in Geneva.
"Our teams in Chad report that they have identified 104 unaccompanied children, who have been separated from their families while fleeing the attacks in Baga. They have been placed in foster families while waiting to be reunited with their own," he added.
At the same time, UNHCR has started the relocation of some 2,000 refugees, who were stranded on the Lake Chad islands of Koulfoua and Kangalam, to the newly opened site of Dar Es Salam, near Bagasola. The site, which presently hosts some 1,600 refugees, is located 70 kilometres from the border with Nigeria and will be able to accommodate up to 15,000 people. The attacks on Baga have also pushed some 570 people to flee to Niger's Diffa region  with some of them having first crossed through Chad before reaching Niger.
Since a state of emergency was declared in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in north-eastern Nigeria in May last year, an estimated 153,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. To date, UNHCR has registered more than 37,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon, some 16,000 people have arrived in Chad, and the authorities in Niger estimate that more than 100,000 people, both Nigerian refugees and Niger nationals, have arrived from the war-torn north-east of Nigeria. In 2015 alone, the violence has led to an exodus of 19,000 people".

Playing Dirty At The Arena..... Fayose Pulls A Hard One On Buhari!

In a campaign advertisement on front pages of some national dailies including Guardian and the Punch newspapers, the governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, listed three Nigerian Former Heads of States
who died while in office:Late General Murtala Ramat Muhammed, late Sanni Abach, late Musa Yar'Adua and the (very much alive) 
72 year-old All Progressives Congress Party Presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari with a question mark over his picture.

The advertisement titled "Nigerians Be Warned", began with a biblical quote from Deuteronomy 30:19, which says " I have set before thee life and death, therefore choose life, that both thee and thy seed may live", graced the newspaper front pages on 19, January, 2015.

This came following an alledged
medical test, reportedly distributed by some opposing (PDP) party 
loyalists, which claimed the APC presidential flag bearer was diagonized with prostrate cancer at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. 

It was gathered that authorities at the Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital publicly denied the existence of such medical test, while the Buhari camp has since rebuffed this claimed, and ever visiting the said hospital in the past five years.

Nigerian Naira Weakens Against the Dollar, Now 190 To 1 U.S Dollar!

For the first time, a day before the Central Bank makes its rate decision, the naira falls to 190 against the U.S dollar.

See Chart below:

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Nigerians React To Slash In Fuel Price!

With the current down turn in oil prices across the globe, which The Economist attributed to "weak economic activity, increased efficiency, and a growing switch away from oil to other fuels. Turmoil  in Iraq and Libya, two big oil producers with nearly 4m barrels a day combined—has not affected their output. The market is more sanguine about geopolitical risk. And America's emergence as the world’s largest oil producer. Though the U.S does not export crude oil, it now imports much less, creating a lot of spare supply. Finally, the Saudis and their Gulf allies have decided not to sacrifice their own market share to restore the price" .
To make matters Worse, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, (OPEC), after a meeting in Vienna, November 27, appeared determined not to curb oil price,  a situation that has sent the price of oil falling.
This is not so good for energy exporting  countries, where governments depend heavily on high oil price to pay for expensive foreign adventures and expensive social programmes. The Economists lists some of these nations as "Russia (which is already hit by Western sanctions following its meddling in Ukraine) and Iran (which is paying to keep the Assad regime afloat in Syria), Venezuela and Nigeria. 
The 18 January, 2015 slight slash in the cost of motor spirit fuel, by Nigerian Petroleum Minister, Diezani Madueke, is greeted with mixed reactions, as some groups out rightly criticized the reductions, saying the government should do better, considering the  global oil price. Among such groups is a Nigerian based Human Right Organization, "Committee for Democracy and Rights of the People"(CDRP). 
The group stated their disappointment in the federal government's mere N10 reduction, despite current global fall.

"The natural economic expectation of our organization is that the price of petroleum would drop in conformity with the current global fall in the price of the commodity. Therefore, it is strange and parochial to hear that the federal government is celebrating a paltry N10 reduction.
“A careful review of government action thus far has clearly shown that the federal government has not learnt from the aftermath of January 1st 2012 subsidy protest. They are about to impose a reverse subsidy on the populace. In case the government does not know, the main message of the 2012 protest was that there is a limit upon which government can take people for granted” Comrade Saka stated.
The group therefore emphasized that the government has no basis to keep the retail price of PMS at N87.
“The price of PMS must revert to N65 with immediate effect”. The group's  Acting National Coordinator, Comrade Saka Waheed stated.

Nollywood Star, Muna Obiekwe Is Dead!

The Nigerian Film Industry lost one its finest actors Muna Obiekwe.

It was reported that he passed on, in an undisclosed hospital in Lagos, at about 4:15pm on Sunday January 18, 2015,after having battled with kidney failure for a long time.

According to news, Muna was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed in his home.

Rest In Peace Muna!

Sunday 18 January 2015

Someone Posing As Abati On twitter?

Reuben Abati

Hello.....who is imitating Nigeria's Presidential Spokesman, Reuben  Abati's twiiter page?

He warned the public of this development on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

His tweet below:

"An APC imitation of my twitter account is tweeting bizzare stuff to annoy Nigerians on the fuel issue. "0" is not "O". Beware.

Nigerian Government reduces Petroleum Motor Spirit Price From =N=97 To =N=87!

This election period is getting interesting by the day, in what appears to be a glimpse of hope to the average Nigerian, Petroleum Minister, Diezani Madueke, announced a reduction in fuel price from N97 per litre to N87 per litre, with effect from midnight.
She revealed this in a statement, she issued Sunday, January 18 2015.

The statement read: 
"As you may be aware, there has been a lot in the oil market in the past few months and due to this, importation prices of our petroleum products have been impacted. Therefore, with the approval  and directive of Mr. President and by virtue of Section 6 clause 1 of the Nigerian Petroleum Act, it is my responsibility as Minister of Petroleum Resources to hereby announce a reduction in the pump price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (Petrol) from the current Ninety Seven Naira (=N=97 per litre pump price down to Eighty Seven Naira (=N=87=) per litre pump price, effective from twelve (12) midnight Sunday, 18 of January 2015. Accordingly, I have directed the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to ensure strict compliance of this price adjustment by all marketing companies. It is my hope that all Nigerians will benefit from this adjustment. I thank you and God Bless you all

Diezani Alison-Madueke (Mrs.) CON 

Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources".

It is not certain if this is mere campaign strategy, or sheer luck to Nigerians. 

Which ever it is, let's just enjoy the ride...

Do you think the federal government should have gone lower than =N= 87?

Share your thoughts please....

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Nigerian Presidential Aspirants Jonathan and Buhari Meet In Abuja!

With exactly one month to the 2015 general elections, two heavy weights in Nigeria's 2015 presidential elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Rtd Major general Muhammadu Buhariand, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, reportedly met in Abuja, the Nigeria capital city, on Wednesday January 14, to discuss ways to reduce election violence during the February polls.
Photos below:

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano Resigns!

Italian officials revealed that 89 year-old President Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday, January 14, announced his retirement in a resignation letter after eight years in office, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi  scouts for a successor.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome (13 January 2015)

Paris Killings - AQAP Says 'We Did It', As Copies Of Charlie Hebdo's New Edition Flew Off Shelves In France!

The Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda officially claimed responsibility on Wednesday for Paris killings, at the Paris headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

In the video released Wednesday, January 14, by the terrorist group, a senior leader of the group known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Sheikh Nasr Ben Ali al-Aanesi, claims that AQAP ordered, planned, and funded the attack in Paris with the guidance of al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri, and in line with recommendations of his predecessor Osama bin Ladenand were fulfilled, in the operation.  

Meanwhile, copies of the paper's new edition which again mocked the Prophet Muhammad, flew off shelves in France.

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Incredible- Couple Weds 20 Years After Walking Down The Aisle As Flower Girl And Ring Bearer!

20 years after walking down an aisle as flower girl and ring bearer at a wedding in 1995....

Brittney Husbyn and Briggs Fussy, walked down the aisle as husband and wife on January 10, 2015.

Former President Obasanjo Steals Spotlight At President Jonathan's Niece's Wedding!

Baba takes center stage, as the celebrant couple took to the far right corner
More photos from the wedding which took place in Abuja on Saturday, January 10 below:

Roving Informant wish the couple, a happy married life.

2015 Presidential Elections- 14 Candidates Nominated!

Independent National Commission Chairman INEC, Attahiru Jega announced that 14 candidates were duly nominated by political parties for the 2015 Presidential elections.

"For Presidential elections, there are 14 candidates duly nominated by political parties"- Jega twitted Tuesday, January 13.

2015 Elections- INEC Registers 68,833,476 Voters!

The Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed that it registered 68,833,476 voters for 2015 elections in Nigeria.

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INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, disclosed this on his twitter handle Tuesday January 13.  

The twit read:
"The official number of registered voters for 2015 elections is 68,833,476"- Jega

Nigerian Woman Sweeps GLO- CAF Awards!

20 year-old Nigerian mid-fielder, Asisat Oshoala, won the Youth Player of the Year and Women's Player of the Year, at the 2014 Glo GAF Awards, at the Eko Convention Center - Lagos.

Oshoala bagged the awards, following her performances at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada and the African Women's Championship in Namibia.

150 Persons Killed In Baga Attack- Nigerian Military!

Contrary to Amnesty International report that no fewer than 2000 people were mascaraed by the the boko-haram insurgent group in the Northern Nigerian town of Baga, the Nigerian Military says the casualty figures from that attack is at 150. 
This was revealed by the spokes person for the Nigerian Military Defence, Major General Chris Olukolade.  According to him, From all available evidences, the number of people who lost their lives during that attack has so far not exceeded about 150 in the interim. This figure includes many of the terrorists who were bearing arms and got killed in the course of their attack and battle with troops,” He said.
 The Military also added that no portion of Nigeria’s territory has been or will be conceded to terrorists.
The nation's emergency management agency reportedly noted that  they are currently engaged in  providing supports for displaced persons. 

Be it 2000 people as reported by Amnesty International or 150 people as counter reported by the Nigerian Military, the fact remain that life, is snuffed out of these Nigerians with the highest cruelty ever imagined. Something needs to be done, and fast too. Thomas Edison said “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” 

Is Nigeria In For A Violent Election?- Goodluck Jonathan's Campaign Buses set Ablaze In Jos!

Two campaign buses belonging to Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) was allegedly set ablaze on Saturday, January 10, 2015, by thugs.

Reports says the incident happened at Bauchi road and Mango street area of Jos, Plateau state capital respectively.

Let us remember this quote from Martin Luther king, as we play our expected roles in the 2015 elections.... “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.” 

Jews Killed In Paris Terrorist Attacks, Flown To Jerusalem For Internment!

News reports has it that bodies of four French Jews killed in a terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris is to arrive Jerusalem early Tuesday ahead of a funeral.

According to reports, the victims identified as Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada were among the shoppers at the kosher supermarket in Eastern Paris on Friday.

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Monday 12 January 2015

Celebrating Women Who Impacted Our World - Hilda Adefarasin!

Born into the family of Wilfred Elijah Petgrave and Ethel Maud Petgrave (nee Amblestone), both West Indies of Jamaica and Antigua origin, who settled in Lagos - Nigeria. Hilda Adefarasin, through a life devoted to God and service to humanity, impacted lives privileged to have crossed paths with her, in Nigeria and across the globe, through the propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mrs Hilda Adefarasin (middle) being prayed for by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, at her 90th birthday thanksgiving service at the Rock Cathedral - Lagos

A nurse by profession, mother to five biological children, grand mother and great-grandmother, Aunty Hilda as she is fondly called is also a spiritual mother to many. 

She was one-time President of the National Council for Women Societies.

Mrs Hilda Adefarasin is the widow of late Olatunji Adefarasin, a former Nigerian High Court Judge, and First African President of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

She is an embodiment of a virtuous woman, and remains one of Nigeria's most respected mentor to many women.

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Freedom Of Expression Under Attack, As Gun Men Opened Fire In Media House In France!

Search is on top gear for two gun men, who are still on the loose, after the two terrorists, driven by a third person believed to have driven the dark grey 'get-away- Citron car', invaded CHARLIE HEBDO magazine premises at 10 Rue Nicolas Appert in  Paris France, January 7, 2015, opened fire, killing twelve people in the process.

Two masked individuals dressed in black, armed with rocket launcher and machine guns, went into the magazine premises, opened fire as they shouted 'Allahu Akbar', "we have avenged the Prophet, we have killed Charb", killing ten journalists and two Police officers. The incident which left eleven more people wounded, of which four are reportedly in critical conditions, took place during the magazine's daily  editorial meeting.

The magazine "CHARLIE HEBDO" is best known for publishing satirical cartoons of political and Religious beliefs, it was gathered that publications on Islamic faith has in the past angered some Muslims sects.

Four of France well known cartoonists, Georges Wolinski, Bernard Verlhac, and Jean Cabut. including the magazine's editor Stephane Charbonnier, were killed in the attack. It was gathered that the magazine tweeted cartoon of Isis leader just before the attack.

<b>Paris</b>: At least 12 people have been <b>killed</b> in a shooting at the <b>Paris</b> ...

The get-away-car was later found abandoned in 9th district, North East of Paris.

Leaders round the world like Barrack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Ban Ki - Moon, Pope Francis and French President Francois Hollande, have strongly condemned the attack. While security have reportedly been stepped up in other potential targets.

Photos from the attack:

The hash-tag "Je suis Charlie" (I am charlie) in solidarity with CHARLIE HEBDO, has gone viral on social media, as people all over the world condemn the baseless attack.

Demonstration: Protesters at the Place de la Republique  in Paris tonight,  following an attack by gunmen on the offices of Charlie Hebdo

Paris shooting: 'Twelve people killed' at Charlie Hebdo office

France has declared Thursday January 8, a day of mourning over the incident.