Bomb at Eid prayers kills Afghan provincial governor, 11 worshippers in Iraq

A bomb hidden in a microphone killed an Afghan provincial governor Tuesday as he made a speech at a mosque after Eid prayers in Logar, close to the capital Kabul, officials said.
And in Iraq a bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers Tuesday as they left a mosque in Iraq after prayers marking the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, killing 11 people, police and a doctor said.
“This morning, governor Arsala Jamal was delivering a speech after Eid prayers when he was killed by a bomb planted in the microphone,” Logar provincial governor spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish told AFP.
“Eight other people have been wounded.”

Woman fakes own kidnap in Enugu

Police in Enugu have arrested a woman that allegedly faked her own kidnap to demand a ransom from her husband.
Nancy Chukwu is accused of conspiring with a man to stage her abduction in Enugu and asking for 200,000 naira (£780; $1,250) ransom.
Mrs Chukwu, a housewife and trader, reportedly gave her husband’s phone number to her alleged accomplice— a commercial motorcyclist.
The man then called her husband and, pretending to be a kidnapper, demanded the money to be paid into an account if he wanted to see his wife again.
The woman is believed to have hidden herself with the man, waiting to get a positive response from the husband, Marcus Chukwu.

Market women protest ASUU strike at N-Assembly

Market women and Men Association of Nigeria protesting over the prolong ASUU strike in Federal Secretariat, Abuja yesterday . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

PROTESTING traders, under the aegis of National Market Women Association, Monday, stormed the National Assembly, demanding that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, call off its more than three months old strike.
The protesters, who had been at the Ministry of Education and Office of the Head of Service, arrived the Assembly complex at 11.30a.m.
Market women and Men Association of Nigeria protesting over the prolong ASUU strike in Federal Secretariat, Abuja yesterday . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan
Market women and Men Association of Nigeria protesting over the prolong ASUU strike in Federal Secretariat, Abuja Monday . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

Jonathan’s national confab is a scam – Sen Ojudu

Sen Ojudu.

Senator Babafemi Ojudu (APC, Ekiti Central), in this interview with Vanguard Politics takes a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to set up an  advisory committee for a national conference describing it as a sham. Excerpts:

Mixed reactions has welcome the setting up of an advisory committee for a national conference. The Senate has approved…

(Cuts in) Not the Senate but the President of the Senate.

But some Senators are welcoming the development

For me, a national conference is desirable. As an individual, I started campaigning for a Sovereign National Conference as far back as 1990 when Alao Aka-Bashorun and his group, the Campaign for Democracy, wanted a sovereign national conference.

Keshi: How Eagles will play in Calabar


Super Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi says the team will play as if it had not played a first leg encounter when both teams clash   November 16, in Calabar.
Keshi said he was not disappointed by the gritty display of the host and praised the resilience of his players in rebuffing them.
“The Ethiopians were very good and tactical and that shows how good their coach is, but we were the more experienced side and it showed at the end of the day.”
The coach said the impact of the Eagles’ second half substitutes was massive as it had immediate impact on the match and eventually gave the team the upper hand.

Why security agents stopped Okorocha in Aba – Orji’s aide

ABIA State government has dislcosed that the aborted  rally organised by Imo State governor, Mr. Rocha Okorocha was stopped because of the failure of the oganisers to obtain clearance from appropriate authorities.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the governor on Public Communication, Mr. Ben Onyechere, said: “It is unsavory for a sitting Governor to come into another state without proper publicity as such a move is not only subterraneous but also with a high potency to cause a breach of peace.
‘’President Goodluck Jonathan for obvious reasons clears with appropriate authorities whenever he is travelling to any state particularly when his trip is bound to attract a large gathering for which reason every other person should follow suit’’


Cultists hold ‘security summit’ in Edo

BENIN — Against the background of incessant kidnappings and other violent crimes in Edo State, members of various cult groups in the state came together in Benin, weekend, in a move they said was to tackle insecurity in the state.
However, the cult groups during their summit with the theme Interactive Peace Summit: Strategy for Social Cohesion, which held at the Sand Beach Resorts, Benin, expressed dissatisfaction with threats posed to Edo and other neighboring states due to the activities of kidnappers, armed robbery gangs and other criminal activities. They resolved to tackle them.


Some of the cult groups represented by at the summit included Green Circuit (Maphites), Norsemen (Vikings), Black Axe, Eiye Confraternity, Family Fraternity of Nigeria and Avarian Organisation of Nigeria.
Also in attendance were representatives of Governor Adams Oshiomhole; the Iyase (traditional Prime Minister) of BeninKingdom, Chief Sam Igbe; representatives of the Edo State Commissioner of Police and that of AIG Zone 5 Benin and representatives of the Director, Department of State Services.

Cultists hold ‘security summit’ in Edo

BENIN — Against the background of incessant kidnappings and other violent crimes in Edo State, members of various cult groups in the state came together in Benin, weekend, in a move they said was to tackle insecurity in the state.
However, the cult groups during their summit with the theme Interactive Peace Summit: Strategy for Social Cohesion, which held at the Sand Beach Resorts, Benin, expressed dissatisfaction with threats posed to Edo and other neighboring states due to the activities of kidnappers, armed robbery gangs and other criminal activities. They resolved to tackle them.


Some of the cult groups represented by at the summit included Green Circuit (Maphites), Norsemen (Vikings), Black Axe, Eiye Confraternity, Family Fraternity of Nigeria and Avarian Organisation of Nigeria.
Also in attendance were representatives of Governor Adams Oshiomhole; the Iyase (traditional Prime Minister) of BeninKingdom, Chief Sam Igbe; representatives of the Edo State Commissioner of Police and that of AIG Zone 5 Benin and representatives of the Director, Department of State Services.

Cultists hold ‘security summit’ in Edo

BENIN — Against the background of incessant kidnappings and other violent crimes in Edo State, members of various cult groups in the state came together in Benin, weekend, in a move they said was to tackle insecurity in the state.
However, the cult groups during their summit with the theme Interactive Peace Summit: Strategy for Social Cohesion, which held at the Sand Beach Resorts, Benin, expressed dissatisfaction with threats posed to Edo and other neighboring states due to the activities of kidnappers, armed robbery gangs and other criminal activities. They resolved to tackle them.


Some of the cult groups represented by at the summit included Green Circuit (Maphites), Norsemen (Vikings), Black Axe, Eiye Confraternity, Family Fraternity of Nigeria and Avarian Organisation of Nigeria.
Also in attendance were representatives of Governor Adams Oshiomhole; the Iyase (traditional Prime Minister) of BeninKingdom, Chief Sam Igbe; representatives of the Edo State Commissioner of Police and that of AIG Zone 5 Benin and representatives of the Director, Department of State Services.

Insecurity challenges would have been embarrassing if … – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said that the if the  current security challenges in the country were external, the country would have been embarrased because of the inadequacy of the nation’s security forces in tackling the emerging terrorist threat.
Speaking yesterday at the national praise and thanks giving service held at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja, President Jonathan said the challenge  has rather assisted Nigeria to improve on its security apparatus.
According to him, before the emergence of the crisis, most of the nation’s security agencies were relaxed and had little to offer.
According to the president, the heads of the various agencies have had cause to evolve new strategies in meeting up with the menace.

40 terrorists killed as military averts attacks in Borno

Following the preparations for the Eid El Kabir Sallah celebrations an intelligent report made available to the men of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Maiduguri has averted what could have been a twin coordinated attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in Konduga and Bama Local Government Areas of Borno state.
Bama is about 75 kilometres away from Maiduguri where unspecified number of terrorists at Izza villages near Bama town were killed last week by the Division troops while 5 Hilux vehicles mounted with anti -air craft guns conveying the terrorists with 18 seater bus with suspected foodstuff belonging to them were destroyed before their mission to launch a deadly attack in Bama.
Konduga is about 40 kilometres away from Maiduguri Metropolis which also witnessed a deadly attack on some muslim faithful while performing their morning prayers in a mosque in the town last month killing over 40 people.

Okonjo-Iweala laments Liechtenstein’s attitude on €185m Abacha loot


At the conclusion of the 2013 World Bank annual meeting, yesterday, in Washington, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, lamented that Liechttenstein has continued to frustrate efforts by Nigeria to recover €185 million popularly called Abacha loot, after 14 years.
She said that the World Bank had agreed to help monitor how the recovered fund is spent.

She said: “There have been several hurdles put in Nigeria’s way in the central European nation’s courts by the Shell companies or their representatives, challenging every step, and the World Bank has offered to help ensure that the recovered funds are judiciously utilised for the good of Nigerians.”

Court ‘ll force INEC to recognize us – nPDP

Kawu Baraje

THE Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday boasted that the court will force the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise the group as the authentic PDP and not the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee, NWC, just as it gave the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed 48 hours to reopen the sealed Adamawa State Governor’s lodge and apologise to the people of the state.
The group also described the disciplinary committee headed by Second Republic Minister of Transport, Alhaji Umaru Dikko as a set up by the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to witch-hunt members of the Baraje-led new PDP.

Normal worship at The Lord’s Chosen Church despite govt’s seal

Muoka  says shutdown is advertisement for the church

NORMAL activities continued at the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry headquarters, Sunday, despite its closure by the Lagos State Ministry of Environment for environmental offences.
Activities at the church’s headquarters betrayed no sign of the sealing by a government task force.
This came as the church’s founder, Pastor Lazarus Muoka said the closure was an advertisement for the church.
Several gates leading to the church’s main auditorium were opened and there was no sign of government’s seal to indicate a clampdown.
A few gates were shut, but without government’s official seal.

Muoka  says shutdown is advertisement for the church

Another air crash averted; 89 escape death


ANOTHER plane crash was, yesterday, averted in Kaduna as IRS Airline plane with 89 passengers on board was assisted to land in Kaduna after it developed mechanical problems. The aircraft was said to have had hydraulic problem and on landing at the airport had to discharge its passengers on the runway instead of taxiing to the parking lot.
Speaking on the incident, Managing Director of IRS, Mr. Yemi Dada said, the F100 plane with registration 5N-HIR, left Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos for Kaduna with 89 passengers on board and “on final approach to Kaduna today (yesterday), our cockpit crew got a low hydraulic in System One warning and decided to take precautionary measures to ask for ground confirmation that all gears were down and locked. The aircraft landed normally after the control tower had confirmed that the gears were all down normally. The crew proceeded to land but followed procedure to disembark on the runway and not taxi in accordance with the procedure.

BLOODBATH: 44 die in communal, cult wars, auto accident

BLOODBATH: 44 die in communal, cult wars, auto accident

Several families were thrown into mourning weekend as no fewer than 44 persons died in violent clashes and auto accidents across the country.
Separate attacks on Benue communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen claimed 21 lives while 16 others died in an auto accident on the Makurdi-Gboko road. Seven persons were also feared dead in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital in a clash between three cult groups.
Vanguard gathered from sources that the affected Benue communities that were attacked include Apera, Gberija, Tse Pilla, Uchagh, Ukaha, Atenger, Agema and Agule in Guma where six persons were killed while another 15 were killed at Oguchi-Ankpa in Agatu local government area by the invaders.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed 21 in Benue


Kano bombers disguised as fruit sellers

Kano bombers disguised as fruit sellers

More details emerged yesterday on Monday’s twin explosions by Boko Haram in Kano metropolis even as survivors recounted how they cheated death. The Joint Security Task Force (JTF) and the police said 12 people died while 12 others were injured. Ohanaeze Ndigbo disagreed with the figures, saying 45 people lost their lives.

It was confirmed yesterday that the lone bomber hid the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in a wheelbarrow, disguising as a fruit seller before they were detonated at New and Enugu/Igbo Road, all in Sabon-Gari, populated by non-indigenes, mostly the Igbos.



•The story of Nigerians made ‘illegal aliens’ in their country

During the General Ibrahim Babangida regime, the country was once agog, following the deportation of Professor Wilmot, a Jamaican, who taught at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The professor had lived in the country for years and married a Nigerian but following what the government perceived as his “satanic verse,” as it were, he was shipped out of the country. This is normal.

Indeed, it’s common for nations to deport citizens of other countries, if such people contravene the law but it’s seldom heard that a citizen of a country is forcefully taken from one state in the country to another, no matter the circumstance. Surprisingly, this is happening in Nigeria.

Emmanuel replaces Umana as Akwa Ibom SSG

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Godswill Akpabio, has appointed a replacement for his embattled Secretary to the State Government, Umana Umana.
He is Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, who hails from Onna Local Government Area of Eket Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom State.
Emmanuel is replacing Umana, who fell out with Akpabio over his decision to declare his interest in the gubernatorial race for the state in 2015 without the consent of his boss.
Though Akpabio met with Umana in a strange twist of event on Tuesday, it has become clear with the announcement of Emmanuel as the new SSG that the meeting changed nothing.
As first exclusively reported by The Eagle Online, the meeting between Akpabio and Umana took place in the former SSG’s home in Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
A statement late on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom State, Aniekan Umana, said the appointment of Emmanuel takes immediate effect.

Police inspector dies inside patrol van in Aba

Police inspector dies inside patrol van in Aba

For the second time running, in less than two weeks, officers and men of the Aba Area Command of the Nigeria Police were thrown into mourning following the death of one Inspector Friday John serving in the area.

It was gathered that Inspector John, who hailed from Cross River State and lived on ‘E’ Line, Judge’s Barracks, Aba Area Command slumped and died inside a patrol van while on duty in the city last Saturday.

Penultimate week, Kaka, the wife of another police Inspector also from Cross River State, Augustine Egem, who lived on the same ‘E’ Line at Judges Barracks, died after a brawl with the husband on alleged account of a relation’s intrusion.

Soludo set to join APGA

Soludo set to join APGA

Barring any last minute change of heart by some principal actors in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State, former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Chukwuma Soludo will, next week, defect to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The move, which is strategic, will see Prof Soludo, who contested the last Anambra governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), eventually emerging as the flag bearer of APGA in the November 16 election in the state.

Kano blasts: MASSOB leader wants Ndigbo to relocate

Kano blasts: MASSOB leader wants Ndigbo to relocate

The leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has advised Ndigbo, living in troubled zones in the North to relocate to safe areas in the country if they do not want to return home.

Uwazuruike’s advice followed Monday’s multiple bombings by suspected Boko Haram members in the Sabon Gari area of Kano that is predominantly inhabited by the Igbo in which 20 persons were said to have died.

The MASSOB leader told Daily Sun yesterday that his advice was informed by his discovery that some Igbo living in the North do not want to leave, noting that those who wanted to return home had done so when he sent buses to fetch them.

Oil Theft: Bayelsa’s Derivation Revenue Drops As JTF Blames Shell, Agip

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta called “Operation Pulo Shield” has blamed Shell and Agip for a production loss of some 190,000 barrels of crude daily from oil fields in Bayelsa.

The steep decline in production was responsible for a significant drop in oil revenue accruing to Bayelsa State. The state’s revenue slipped from N12.4 billion in May 2013 to N9 billion in June 2013, according to a breakdown of monthly revenues provided by Governor Seriake Dickson.

Shell and Agip, the two major oil companies operating in Bayelsa State, had declared “force majeure” on their crude output from their facilities domiciled in Bayelsa. The move was part of a corporate strategy to absolve the two companies of liabilities to crude oil buyers.

Do Not Truncate Democracy, Tukur Begs Rebellious PDP Governors

As the crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rages on, its National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, has said that the five governors at the hub of it are heating up the polity and urged them to desist from actions capable of truncating Nigeria's democracy.

It was his first reaction to calls by the governors that he be removed from office, to which he objected by saying that the governors did not make their comments with ‘decorum, humility and caution.’

“As Leaders whom the general public look upon as a role model, they are expected to show respect to constituted authority and the elders which includes Alhaji Dr. Bamanga Tukur who have contributed immensely to the peace progress, development and advancement of this country,” his media aide, Prince Oliver Okpala, said in a statement in Abuja today.

HEDA Asks CCB To Prosecute Obasanjo For Violating Code of Conduct During His Presidency

Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre), a Lagos-based non-governmental organization, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of violating the Code of Conduct for Public Officers as contained in the constitution of Nigeria, and asked the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to prosecute him.

In a strong petition, copies of which were sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), HEDA says that during his presidency between 1999 and 2007, Obasanjo used his position to curry and solicit monetary gifts, benefits and donations from government contractors, federal parastatals, oil companies, politicians, government functionaries that cut across all tiers of government, and privates individuals/sectors.

Online Commentator Detained By Nigeria Police, On Behalf Of Billionaire Emeka Offor, Free On Bail

Boniface Okonkwo, a South Africa-based businessman who was seized and detained by the Nigeria Police for more than a week over an online comment he made regarding fraudulent Nigerian businessman and People's Democratic Party (PDP) big shot, Emeka Offor, has finally made bail.

Lawyers from Femi Falana chambers, who served as the defendant's attorney at a Magistrate court in Abuja, told Saharareporters that Mr. Okonkwo was let out of police detention after they made a spirited defense of his liberty.

The Magistrate judge, Lamido Kabir, had initially played hide and seek in the case, letting the police detain Mr. Okonkwo over the weekend claiming he was unavailable to hear the case after the suspect was brought to court last Friday.

PDP Congratulates APC On Registration, Says New Party "Not A Threat"

The Peoples Democratic Party has congratulated the leadership of the All Progressive Congress on the successful registration of their new party describing it as healthy development for the nation’s democracy.

The party, in a statement signed by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Tony Caesar Okeke however said the registration of the new party poses no threat to the PDP. The statement said the ruling party still maintains its pre-eminent position and enjoys the widest popularity and acceptance among Nigerians across the country.

The PDP said with the registration of the APC, Nigerians now expect the leaders of the opposition party to eschew all forms of bitterness and desperation and desist from politics of propaganda which characterized their former parties.

Boko Haram: We don’t need GSM network yet – Borno

The Borno state Government has declared that it is not interested in the restoration of GSM network services in as much as it will distablize the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.
It would be recalled that since the declaration for the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the government and the Joint Task Force (JTF) has cut off telecommunication services and cellular phones (Turaya) in the three states in their offensive raid on Boko Haram sects, only a couple of weeks ago when GSM network was restored in Adamawa and Yobe, except Borno.
The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha made the declaration while receiving members of the Senate Committee on Defence, Police, Army and National Security (SCDPANS) in a courtesy call yesterday.
Mustapha commended the Committee led by its  Chairman, Senator George Sekibo for their concern on how to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the north, adding that, the committee has demonstrated a sense of nationalism for revisiting the state to assess the security situation.

2015: INEC registers APC as political party

Nigeria’s electoral agency on Wednesday approved the merger of three leading opposition parties ahead of presidential polls in 2015, potentially setting up a stiff challenge to the ruling party.
The electoral commission said the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) would now be known as the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It said the three parties “have met all statutory requirements for the merger, and has accordingly granted their request.”
The parties have been plotting the merger for months in a bid to win power from President Goodluck Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party. Jonathan is expected to seek another term in the 2015 vote, though he has not announced his intentions.
Previous attempts to rally the opposition against the PDP, which has won every presidential vote since a return to civilian rule in 1999, have failed amid infighting.

No re-negotiating 2009 agreement – ASUU

Asuu cartoon

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday rejected the Federal Government’s new offer of enhanced academic allowances, insisting that government should first implement in full the 2009 agreement before any other negotiation could take place.
National President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge, who disclosed this to Vanguard, said after consultations with branch chairmen of the union on the new government offer, members rejected it, saying accepting the offer meant starting negotiations afresh.
Dr. Fagge said: “They wanted to make an offer on one of the issues in dispute. They said they are more interested in the earned academic allowances, so they said they want to make an offer just like they did in the first instance.

Lloyd to remain in detention till August 6th

L-R Emmanuel Chinda, Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture; Hon Chidi Lloyd embattled Leader of the Rivers state House of Assembly and Rt Hon Ezekiel Harry, former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly all in Court during the hearing of an attempted murder charge leveled against Hon Chidi Lloyd.  Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

Following what was described as a confused atmosphere at a Rivers State High Court when the Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Llyod was arraigned Wednesday, by the Police. Authorities told Vanguard that Mr. Lloyd will remain in detention until August 6th.

The decision to take back the house leader Vanguard gathered, stems from the fact that since the presiding Judge in the case of attempted murder and five other counts preferred against Llyod was stopped from hearing the case by the State’s Attorney General, the status-quo will remain the same.
“The case of attempted murder and other counts preferred against Mr. Lloyd are criminal in nature and since there was no hearing as a result of the AG’s intervention, the Police have no alternative than to take back the suspect to detention until August 6 that it was adjourned to”.

ASUU strike: Bear with us, FG tells students, parents


The Federal Government has expressed admitted worry at the distortion in school calendar as a result of the on going strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities saying that it is committed to the speedy resolution of the crisis for the sake of Nigerian students.
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku told state House correspondents at the end of  Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting that government was committed to “serious negotiations” with the university lecturers.
The Minister appealed to the students and parents to bear with government and show more understanding as efforts are being made to resolve the contending issues very soon.


Acquittal of Al-Mustapha is travesty of justice – Akinnola

Acquittal of Al-Mustapha is travesty of justice – Akinnola

A lagos lawyer, Mr. Richard Akinnola, has described the judgment of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal that upturned the judgment of a Lagos High Court that sentenced Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former chief security officer to the late head of state, General Sani Abacha to death by hanging, as travesty of justice.

The higher court accused the lower court of being ‘stroked to secure a conviction by all means.’ The Court of Appeal also freed the second accused person in the murder case, Alhaji Lateef Sofolahan.

PDP: Dickson committee records breakthrough

PDP: Dickson committee records breakthrough

•Secures withdrawal of suit against national convention •Drama in court

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Reconciliation Committee chaired by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State yesterday recorded a breakthrough following its ability to convince aggrieved members to discontinue the suit seeking to stop the national convention scheduled for August 31, 2013.

Three aggrieved PDP members, Abba K. Yale, Yahaya A. Sule and Bashir Maidugu had filed suit no. CV/2418/13 before a Federal Capital Territory High Court, in Apo, Abuja presided over by Justice Suleiman Belgore seeking to stop the national convention. Last week, the court had granted an injunction stopping it.

I have no hands in Rivers crisis, Jonathan insists

I have no hands in Rivers crisis, Jonathan insists

The Presidency has again distanced President Goodluck Jonathan from the Rivers State crisis and other political matters heating up the polity.

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, who was on a radio programme titled: “Fact File” on Raypower F.M, yesterday said despite President Jonathan’s insistence that the politics of 2015 was distracting and slowing down delivery of good governance, those obsessed with the election were bent on distracting the President.

Army arrests 42 Boko Haram suspects in Lagos, Ogun

Army arrests 42 Boko Haram suspects in Lagos, Ogun

The Nigerian Army yesterday said no fewer than 42 Boko Haram members have been arrested in Lagos and Ogun states.

The Army said the arrest was occasioned by intelligence report from the operational command of the Joint Task Force in Borno State calling on security agencies in the southern part of the country to check influx of some members of the Boko Haram into the area.

According to the Army, members of the sect were arrested around Mafoluku, Alaba Rago, Ijora Badia and the Ibafon areas of Lagos and Ogun States respectively.

Nigeria is falling apart – Kukah

Nigeria is falling apart – Kukah

The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah has alerted leaders and politicians in the country to take proactive measures in addressing the lingering crisis and insecurity bedevilling the nation.

Kukah said: “Time is not on our side and the country is falling apart if care is not taken.”

Speaking in an interview at Kizara village while commiserating with the people over the killing of 58 people recently by gunmen in Zamfara State, he said sooner the leaders and politicians put their heads and acts together, the better.

JTF Confirms 12 Dead in Kano Explosions, Renews Call For Vigilance

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano State has confirmed that 12 persons died in last night’s simultaneous explosions in Sabon Gari area of Fagge Local Government Area.

In a press statement, it said the incidents took place a few minutes after 9p.m. and were triggered by persons suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

“This latest incidence could have been avoided if citizens maintain vigilance to observe when packages are dropped as it was in this case contrary to reports circulating in some section of the media of the attack being one by suicide bombers,” the statement noted.

Yobo Always In Eagles Plan, Says Keshi

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (CFR), has debunked claims making the rounds that he has foreclosed the issue of team skipper, Joseph Tambarin Yobo, returning to the team, insisting that Yobo will sooner than later be back in the squad.

 Super Eagles Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, quotes the coach as saying he never spoke to any media organization regarding the return to the national team or otherwise of Yobo in Abidjan during the Eagles CHAN qualifier against the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire.

Resumption of Full-Scale War By Boko Haram: Afenifere Calls For Tough Measures

Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural umbrella organization, has called on the Federal Government to disband immediately the 26-man ‘Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North,’ also known as the Turaki Committee, and to probe its chairman, Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki, concerning the “hoax ceasefire” with the group that he announced.

The group spoke through a press statement signed by Yinka Odumakin, its National Publicity Secretary in which it commented on renewed Boko-Haram violence.

“The escalation of violent campaigns by the blood-sucking Boko Haram which claimed scores of lives in separate attacks in Borno and Kano States within 48-hours should be a rude awakening to the Federal Government that it should seek yet no repose,” the statement said, pointing out that the government appeared to have been lured into a false sense of security so the sect could re-strategize for more devastating attacks.

Group Passes No-Confidence Vote On Fasheun

A new group called the Media for Ethnic Equality (MEE) has passed a vote of no confidence on Dr. Fredrick Fasheun of the Oodua Peoples’s Congress (OPC), urging Nigeria to desist from seeing him as one of the leaders and mouthpieces of the Yoruba people.

In a communiqué issued after a meeting of the group on the renewed confrontation between Chief Gani Adams and Dr. Faseun over the role of the latter in the release of former hatchet man of late dictator, Sani Abacha, Col Hamza Al-Mustapha, MEE condemned in strong terms, what it terms the “unholy association” and appealed to the Yoruba race to drop Faseun as one of its mouthpieces and leader.

2015: Jonathan is toying with S-East support – Uko, Igbo youths leader


PRESIDENT of Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), an amalgam of 42 associations, Evangelist Elliot Uko, in this interview said the South-East would not support President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 unless he fulfils his promises to the zone. Excerpt:
The IYM recently carpeted South East governors, saying they have not done the needful, can you explain further?
The South East governors forgot that the South-East has been deliberately forgotten by successive federal regimes for more than 40 years. They forgot that what is needed is an aggressive and united development agenda. It is necessary to recreate the Eastern Nigerian Development Commission of the 1950s and 1960s. The region should integrate economically for maximum results.
Our industrial base take-off must include a petrochemical plant and the business areas of Aba, Nnewi and Onitsha must be integrated to form a Dubai of West Africa, the governors must work together to address electricity challenge in the zone in order to meet energy requirements in order to explode our manufacturing dream. Without the by products of a petrochemical industry here our dreams of industrial revolution will remain a mirage.

29 feared dead, scores injured in Kano multiple blasts


Twenty nine fun seekers were feared dead and many injured, Monday night, in the multiple blasts that occurred at Christmas quarters in the Sabon Gari area  in Kano.
The Sabon Gari area of Kano, where four blasts were reported, is full out of outdoor bars and eateries and known for its bustling nightlife.
According to reports  the first blast occurred at  about 9:12 p.m. at Enugu/Igbo Road near International Hotel, while the second blast followed three minutes later, at exactly 9:15 P.M.

INEC loses power to de-register parties


The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, held that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has no powers to de-register any political party in the country without recourse to the 1999 Constitution as amended.
In a five-hour judgment he delivered in a suit filed before the high court by the Fresh Democratic Party, FDP, Justice Gabriel Kolawole nullified a directive the electoral commission issued on December 6, 2012, wherein it de-registered 28 political parties including the plaintiff.
Besides, the court, yesterday, declared Section 78(7) (ii) of the Electoral Act as unconstitutional, invalid, null and void, saying it is offensive to the provisions of Section 40 and Sections 221-229 of the constitution.

Rivers crisis: House leader, LIoyd charged with attempted murder


*Abe wants CP Mbu redeployed *Soyinka, Falana,  to lead pro-democracy rally in PH today…
PORT HARCOURT—The Police authorities have filed a six-count charge of conspiracy and murder against the Majority Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Chidi Lloyd before a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.
A source at Police headquarters, Abuja, told Vanguard that the Police after a careful and thorough examination of both oral and video evidences as well as the contributions of parties involved, came to the conclusion, adding  “we have done our part, it is now left to the court to assign the case and fix hearing date.”

Court declines to vacate order stopping PDP convention

A cross section of supporters at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, failed to persuade Justice Suleiman Belgore of an Abuja High Court at Apo to vacate the order restraining it from conducting its special convention on August 31.
This was even as National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday, challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the substantive suit seeking to sack him from office.
The suit was filed by three aggrieved members of the party, Abba Yale, Yahaya Sule and Bashir Maidugu.
Despite efforts by the party to make the court grant it the go- ahead with its original plan to organise its South-West Congress and mini-convention on August 24 and 31, respectively, Justice Belgore declined to accede to the request, even as he adjourned further hearing on the case till September 23.

Woman sets 11-yr-old maid ablaze over piece of meat

The victim, Ita Bassey-Eno on her hospital bed....

Policemen at Bode Thomas division of Lagos State command, Tuesday, arrested a woman who allegedly set her 11-year-old house maid ablaze in Surulere area of Lagos, for stealing a piece of meat from her pot of soup.
The maid identified as Ita Bassey-Eno who reportedly escaped death by the whiskers, is currently at the Burns and Trauma Centre of the Gbadaga General Hospital, with doctors battling to save her life.
Although her mistress, a staff nurse at an undisclosed hospital in Surulere, Mrs Nkese Iroakazi, reportedly denied the allegation at the police station, the ailing girl was said to have managed to state that she allegedly poured kerosene on her before striking a stick of matches to set her on fire.


Gov. Obi wades into Catholic Church, community rift

Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra has waded into the rift between the Catholic Church and some traditionalists in Awka.
NAN recalls that no fewer 30 persons were injured on July 24 when the two groups clashed over burial rituals.
The governor had called for restraint and assured that government would reconcile the two groups.
Obi,during a meeting with people of the community and some members of the State Security Council at Umudioka, Awka on Saturday, cautioned against any form of violence.
He said the government would take all necessary steps to ensure peaceful resolution of the crisis.
He assured that he would discuss with the Catholic Church and other principal actors in the issue.
Obi assured that his administration would continue to upgrade infrastructur to give the town a befitting capital territory status.

Car conveying family of 4 plunges into river

Emo-tions ran high, Thursdayy, when a car in which a man, his wife and two children were travelling suddenly  plunged into Ososa river on Lagos-Bennin road in Odogbolu Local Government Area of  Ogun State.
The Ijebu-Ode Unit Commander of the  Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Isa Seidu confirmed  the incident, saying the occupants were not dead yet.
The FRSC boss who explained that the family members were  coming from Lagos before the incident, however, said  timely rescue efforts saved their lives.
Seidu said: “A black End of Discussion Honda car with number plate EA 768 LSR which was conveying a family of four crashed into the river in the early hour of today (yesterday) due to over speeding, but fortunately no life was lost.

APC REGISTRATION CONTROVERSY ‘We will take over Abuja if …’

Buhari, CPC; Onu,ANPP; Okorocha, APGA and Tinubu, ACN

ALL Progressive Congress, APC, has vowed to occupy all public places including the  Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Abuja, the Federal Capital, and the National Assembly if after July 31, the electoral umpire refuses to register it as a political party.
A source in INEC allegedly hinted that as a result of pressure from ‘the powers-that-be’, APC may not be registered as the Commission use the court case brought against INEC by the rival African Peoples Congress, which is also laying claim to the APC acronym, as the reason.

I watched my dad, mum, 2 siblings burn to death –20-yr-old woman

I watched my dad, mum, 2 siblings burn to death  –20-yr-old woman

Relatives of the Gbadamosi family of Kajola-Ijesha in Atakumosa West Local Government Area of Osun state are yet to come to terms with the shocking death of four members of the family who were burnt to death in a late night fire, the cause of which remains a mystery days after.

Mr Lateef Gbadamosi, his wife and two children perished in the tragic incident. Family belongings including furniture, electronics, cooking utensils and other household materials were lost in the fire too.

One of the deceased’s children, Mutiat Gbadamosi survived, because she was absent from home during the inferno. She rushed back to the family home located at Isale Oja Street from the mosque where she had gone to observe the late night Ramadan prayers, only to watch her parents and siblings who were hale and hearty a few hours earlier being consumed by the raging inferno.

Some governors’ achievement claims are mere propaganda —Mark

Some governors’ achievement  claims are mere propaganda —Mark

Senate President David Mark yesterday took stock of the delivery of democracy dividends in the states and declared that some state governors have merely engaged in  propaganda with nothing on ground to show for their performance.

Mark made this remark while declaring open a two-day retreat for the Senate Press Corps in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.

“We have cases of governors who claimed they have constructed tunnels but you cannot find them. We have cases of overheads and you could not see them. We have cases of those who claimed they constructed dams and there were no dams,” he said.

Born without skull: US doctors create fresh head for Nigerian child

Born without skull: US doctors create fresh head for Nigerian child

With  much expectation, the world is waiting to see  OkikiJesu Olawuyi grab a fitting place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Many across the world want to see this happen. And what that means is that a Nigerian child is well on her way to making history once she scales the mountain of surgeries standing in her path of life.

OkikiJesu  Olawuyi was born without a skull but not without a will to live. Bones from her hands are being obtained to construct a skull bone to help her live. Amazingly, she is winning this battle for  her life  at John Hopkins University in far away United States of America. There, the best hands the world can assemble are with her every passing hour fighting a medical war to give life to a miracle child  who has announced to  the entire human community that she has something different to offer. First grade surgeons – irrespective of colour, race and tongue are tasking  their expertise to see that this wonder of the 21st century lives to tell her story and  reports say that they are doing a great job to save her.


Imminent Showdown Between Major Al-Mustapha And General Abdulsalam

Credible sources have told SaharaReporters of an imminent showdown between Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha, and Abacha’s successor, General Abdulsalam Abubakar.

One of the sources said that the former Head of State is jittery of possible revelations that may come from Al-Mustapha, who enjoys the sympathy of Abacha’s family and of several other prominent Northerners who blame both Abdulsalam and General Ibrahim Babangida for the North’s present political misfortune and for the 1998 decision to support the candidature of the then imprisoned General Olusegun Obasanjo.

Emeka Offor Accused of Terrorizing His Oraifite Community

The security situation in the sleepy town of Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State is tense and may explode anytime.

This is because the majority of the people are preparing for a showdown with the town’s controversial billionaire, Wilson Orakwue Emeka Offor, better known as Emeka Offor.

Several Oraifite indigenes told SaharaReporters that Mr. Offor has committed numerous flagrant violations of the human rights of members of the community. “This man [Mr. Offor] is using his money and contacts with the powers-that-be in Abuja as well as the police to treat Oraifite people as if they are his houseboys,” said a prominent member of the town.

Army "Corners" Boko Haram Leader, Shekau, In Borno Hills-Punch Newspaper

The leader of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, may have been cornered by operatives of the Joint Task Force in Gwoza hills, Borno State.

A top security source told Saturday PUNCH on Thursday that the JTF had located the area where the Boko Haram leader was hiding.

The source stated, “We are combing Gwoza hills where we believe Shekau is hiding.”

The source added that a unit of the Army’s Special Forces team had launched a “well-coordinated assault” on a group of insurgents somewhere in the Gwoza hills areas on June 26, 2013. Shekau, the source added, was in the group of Islamists, with some of his closest aides.

Blood, tears in Oturkpo as David Mark’s men, villagers go to war!

Senate President David Mark

Senate President David Mark’s quest for a vast land where he is said to be planning a university in his native Otukpo, Benue State, has pitted him against peasant farmers in Asa III, who claim that the retired military officer-turned- politician wants to deprive them of their farm land, their only means of livelihood.
The move was said to have started in the first quarter of the year when a delegation of the nation’s number three citizen, led by one Chief Obogo Alapa, met some  Asa III elders  to inform  them of the proposed university which, it  stressed, would bring development to the area.

UNDERAGE MARRIAGE: A final word on child marriage


According to the respected Islamic scholar, Professor Ishaq Akintola, there is ‘no age restriction in Islamic marriage’. He may well be right and I honestly believe that Islam, like Christianity, is a humane and compassionate faith which seeks to protect the weak and guide its adherents on the path of righteousness and light.
I must however point out that Nigeria is not a Muslim or indeed a Christian state. She is a secular state and she is governed by secular laws.
Religious laws have no place in our land or constitution.Our constitution is a secular docuement which specifically says that the state shall not adopt any religion. This must remain so if we do not want a divided country and if we do not want continued controversy, strife and possibly even a fully blown religious conflagration and conflict.

ANAMBRA 2014: One office, multiple contenders

Ifeanyi Uba, Ekwunife, Andy Uba and Ngige

In the run up  to the November 16, 2013 governorship election in Anambra State, virtually all the political parties and aspirants seem yet to find their rhythm. The election holds barely 90 days away to elect  Gov  Peter Obi’s successor.
Analysts blame the scenario on  the delay by  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in releasing the guidelines and timetable for the election.
The aspirants had been cautions not to run foul  of the laws, or be seen as jumping the gun when the Commission had not given the green light to start campaigns. The green light finally came some three weeks ago. The contest is characterised by intrigues and scheming by the various political blocs and camps.

RIVERS CRISIS: Chidi Lloyd brought back to P/Harcourt blindfolded

Chidi Lloyd

THE Department of State Services, DSS yesterday raised a preliminary objection to the application filed by the Majority leader of the Rivers state House of Assembly, Hon Chidi Lloyd challenging his invitation by the Police over his alleged role in the recent fracas in the hallowed chambers of the Assembly.
The Majority leader in his application on matter of fundamental rights filed by his Counsel, Bello Olisa Nwafor, SAN, had among other things sought an order of the court to set aside the “declaration made by the Police on 17/7/2013 with the authority/connivance of the respondents declaring the applicant as a wanted person by the police, the said declaration being unlawful, ultra vires, unwarranted, illegal and unconstitutional, null and void.

17 children rescued from child-traffickers


The Benue state Police Command has rescued 17 underaged children from a suspected child trafficking syndicate who specialized in picking children from Benue and neighboring states for distribution to yet to be identified persons in Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan.
Also arrested by the command, were eight members of the gang who were nabbed along Otukpo-Enugu while conveying their victims to unknown persons around the country.
Parading the suspects and victims at the state command Headquarters in Makurdi, Benue state capital, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adams Audu   said “few days ago, my men on stop and search duty along Otukpo-Enugu road intercepted three mini buses loaded with 55 persons among them 17 children of ages between five to seventeen.

Five Northern Govs to Jonathan: “Our condition for peace”

Wammako, Aliyu, Lamido, Kwankwaso and Nyako

The meeting, described by sources as private, lasted several hours.
Details of what was discussed at the parley were unclear at press time, although it was learnt that it was not unconnected with the crisis plaguing their party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Sunday Vanguard was made to understand that the five governors insisted on the removal of the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as their condition to be at peace with the party and the Presidency.
The President and the governors held the crucial talks just as sources said the Presidency was banking on the seeming popularity of recently freed ex-Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, in his home region of the North to initiate subtle moves to recruit him into Jonathan’s re-election  campaign.

PDP: Shadow boxing for 2015


So, what do Nigerians think of  People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and its message to day? Ask its leader, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan!  He can speak for the party. Or, better still, ask the owners of the party!
Almost all of them would echo and ape Mr. President. Leaders and owners of the party would say the useful things; yet they go ahead to do the useless things – that is the way of the organised chaos under the umbrella called PDP.
First, how did the party get to a point where the President is heading for the hilltop whereas some other leaders in the same party are speeding down the valley?  What thinking goes on in a party where there is no love lost between some state governors and their President?

UNDERAGE MARRIAGE: Building Nigeria On Deceit


THE Senate loves itself too much to care about Nigerians. Senators are out to destroy Nigeria with their arrogance and greed. They believe they are above reproach by Nigerians, as they set out to ruin Nigeria today, and its future.
Defences of the intention to make a constitutional provision that would allow girls to be married off when they are five years old – without a prescribed age, they can be married at five months – show the Senate’s ignorance of the possible impacts of the decision.
We are discussing our country’s future, not the length and width of a bridge that can widened or taken down with minimal consequences. We are dealing with the lives of millions of Nigerians and their right to life as human beings, not commodities for the profane pleasures of some twisted adults. Some female senators voted for child marriage!