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N-a-r-r-o-w e-s-c-a-p-e! Encounter with Fulani herdsmen in Igboland. The Islamic takeover has started

Warning! This story contains a graphic photo some may find disturbing By EVELYN USMAN of Vanguard Newspapers Reports of Fulani herdsmen attacking members of their host communities with AK 47 rifles and other dangerous weapons have often been treated as a fairy tale by those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property of the citizenry.


We killed Igbos in Sabon Gari Kano to prove to the Federal Government of Nigeria they can negotiate with us, says Mohammed Marwana

A leader of the Boko Haram faction that has been in negotiations with the Nigerian government appointed “Amnesty Committee ” headed by a government minister yesterday declared that his team carried out the deadly Kano bombings that killed over 80 people in the Sabo-Gari area of the Kano.


Tension in APGA over annointed candidate for Anambra election

There is tension in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) over alleged plot to impose a governorship candidate for the party in Anambra State. Fourteen aspirants, including a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, a former Minister of Transport, Prince John Emeka and 12 others have paid N2million each to obtain Expression of Intent forms. The others are a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief, Paul Odenigbo, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Uche Ekwunife; Dr. Chike Obidigbo; a member of the House of Representatives, Emeka Nwogbo; John Chuma Nwosu; the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze; Patrick Obianwu; Nnamdi Ekweogwu; Emmanuel Nweke; Chinedu Francis Idigo; Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta; and an Executive Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Willy Obiano. According to an APGA source in Abuja, six of the 14 aspirants as at 7pm on Tuesd


Enugu International Airport to start International flight in Aug 24

History will be made in the nation’s aviation industry on August 24, when the first international flight takes off from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu . Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu yesterday commended the President Goodluck Jonathan administration for making it possible for the Akanu Ibiam International Airport to commence international flight operations. Ekweremadu gave the commendation against the background of the scheduled commencement of international flights at the airport on August 24 by Ethiopian Airlines. Other international airlines, including Emirates and Turkish Airlines would soon commence operations at the airport.


Police intercept bus with 16 Children heading to Slave Market in Lagos to be Sold

A commercial bus conveying no fewer than 16 children suspected to be victims of child trafficking has been intercepted by the police in Ebonyi State along Abakaliki-Enugu expressway. The commercial bus with registration number XA 746 LCA conveying the children between the ages of 14 and 17, suspected to be heading to Lagos was intercepted by policemen on stop and search exercise. Daily Sun gathered that the children were recruited from different parts of Izzi council area by the suspected trafficker, who assembled them at Iziogo motor park in Izzi Local Government Area for onward movement to Ilaje in Lagos and other parts of the state. The children, comprising 14 boys and two girls were said to have been recruited for menial jobs like house helps, hawkers, sales girls as well as serving in restaurants and hotels.


Gov Fashola deportation of Ndigbo in Lagos

I used to be a keen observer and admirer of the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN). Apart from the visible progress he might have made in governing Lagos, I believe he is an astute and tactful politician. That could go as the most outstanding part of his personality. For almost eight years, he worked out a very rare but functional arrangement where he focused more on the day-to-day running of the state, while he allowed his former boss and Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria now All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, to hold sway and take full charge of the political arena. Do not take my word for it but it takes a man of considerable political acumen to function effectively under the shadow of a maverick politician larger–than-life politician like the “Lion of Bourdillon”, as many call him, and yet be able to create a remarkable political niche for oneself. Managing overbearing political bosses is a virtue that many of our politicians have not developed. Fashola not only achieved this but managed to create an impression of a visionary leader on anyone who visited Lagos recently.


Osun State Governor accuse Peter Obi of playing politics with lives of Igbo destitute deported from Lagos

Osun State government and the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday accused Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State of playing politics with the lives of the destitute evacuated from Lagos State. The state Acting Chairman of the APC, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, and the Special Adviser to the governor on Youths, Sports and Special Needs, Hon. Biyi Odunlade, said at a joint press conference in Osogbo that: “Osun State government is also a victim of the Lagos State government’s policy on evacuation of the destitute to their various states.” They then warned the Anambra State government against politicising the issue. They said: “What the government of Anambra State did by reporting and distorting facts to President Goodluck Jonathan is unfortunate if not a deliberate political move meant to lay a foundation for something sinister that Governor Obi’s All Progressives Alliance, APGA, is plotting over the upcoming governorship election in the state that APGA may well lose.


Army and police patrol the streets of Kano ahead of Eid-el-Fitr

Ahead of Eid-el-Fitr celebration which marks the end of Ramadan, military and police authorities in Kano have beefed up security to fortify the commercial city against terrorist attacks during the Sallah festivities. After three months of relative peace in Kano, which gave residents the hope that the state was getting back to business, gunmen last week Monday re-enacted their reign of terror and bloodshed, leaving several people dead and many others injured. In an interview with National Mirror in Kano yesterday, the spokesman for 3 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, admitted that the latest Kano bombing was an eye opener, adding that the residents were “too relaxed”.