On Saturday the 24th of August, large crowds gathered at the remodelled Akanu Ibiam international airport Enugu to witness the first designated landing and takeoff of international flights from the airport. Top government functionaries, captains of industry, traditional rulers and others were present to witness the memorable event. Most remarkable were some amongst the crowd that shed tears as the flight finally took off. But I refused to share in the excitement for the simple reason that the crowd, the tears and the ceremony presents the undeniable testament of the Apartheid policies of the Nigerian government against the Southeast since the end of the avoidable and unnecessary Nigeria-Biafra war which was deceitfully tagged a “war of unity” by Yakubu Gowon and his enablers. And so here we are 99 years after the amalgamation of the North and the South, 53 years after independence and 43 years after the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war celebrating the upgrade of an airport that as of right should have been done decades ago as a mere routine.
Women from Umuguma in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State yesterday uncovered a baby factory in the area.
Senate President David Mark has urged proponents of sovereign national conference to forget it. He spoke at the 53rd Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Calabar, Cross River State. Mark, represented by Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), said it was it was not feasible, until the section on Constitution amendment is reviewed. He said: “The 1999 Constitution (as amended) made provisions for its alteration. It did not make provisions for any new constitution. “It is in answer to the clamour for a new constitution by vocal sections of the polity that an amendment to make provisions for how a new constitution can come about is being contemplated.
No fewer than 32 persons were killed by gunmen in separate incidents in Benue and Borno communities last Sunday. The bloody attack in Benue State occurred in Agbena and Agbaaga villages in Ukum Local Government area of the state, which left about 18 persons dead. The Borno State incident claimed 14 lives with nine others sustaining various degrees of injury when suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Bama community in Bama Local Government Area of the state, Sunday morning. Vanguard gathered from a source in the areas that the invaders numbering over 20, armed with sophisticated weapons, invaded the Agbena and Agbaaga communities in Benue State at 8p.m. Sunday night without resistance. Eyewitness’ account The source said: “They invaded the villages in several cars and started shooting anything in sight without resistance from the villagers.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, confirmed the oil spillage at Ejigbo area of Lagos State which occurred in the early hours of Saturday, saying two samples of the leakage had been taken for laboratory test to ascertain the true nature of the spill. The spillage was discovered in a well belonging to one Mr. Adedanji Ogunba. According to the company’s Depot Manager in Ejigbo, Dr. Balogun Tola, who visited to the site on Aminatu Ilo street Ejigbo, the corporation had taken adequate measures to detect the exact spot of the leakage. He lamented that the civil defence organisation locked up the affected premises, making it impossible for the NNPC to take further samples.