Over 200 youths suspected to be Ogbaru youths yesterday invaded the popular Ogboefere (household utensils) market in Onitsha, Anambra State, injuring 20 people. Eyewitnesses said soldiers from the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, quelled the crisis. They said the youths invaded the market to collect revenues from trucks, which were loading and offloading goods. It was learnt that the traders resisted and this caused a free-for-all. The President of Household Utensils Dealers Multi Purpose Co-operative Society (HUDMCS), Livinus Obiegonu, lamented the development, which he said was worrisome.
A group of concerned experts have moved to scuttle the $3.7 billion (about N590 billion) proposed coal plant in Enugu, South-East Nigeria, saying that it offers more dangers than benefits. The experts, led by Engr. Celestine Uneze, have petitioned international environmental watchdog Greenpeace International, urging it to intervene to scuttle the project being undertaken by China’s HTG-Pacific Energy Consortium in partnership with the Nigerian Government. “Please we urgently need your help as the Federal Government of Nigeria is determined to build Coal Power Plant in Nigeria, not minding the dangers to the Planet Earth and we the inhabitants in the face of growing environmental warnings. Please come over to Nigeria and call for actions to halt this plant NOW,” Uneze, an expert in both electrical and alternative energy, said in the petition dated August 20.
Elder statesman and leader of the Patriot, Professor Ben Nwabueze, yesterday reiterated his call on President Goodluck Jonathan not to contest the 2015 presidential election, saying he should concentrate on transforming the country to make it more united and stronger through a conference of ethnic nationalities. But President Jonathan said his administration had no objection to Nigerians coming together to discuss how they will continue to live together in peace and unity. Speaking with newsmen after leading members of the Patriot to a meeting with President Jonathan, Professor Nwabueze said though the President was eligible to contest, he should sacrifice ambition for the greater good of the nation and become an instant hero.
Tragedy struck in Egbeda area of Lagos State, in the early hours of Thursday, when a man, simply identified as Mutairu, an indigene of Sokoto State, was found dead in his makeshift apartment. Mutairu, a petty trader, who specialized in selling noodles and tea at 83, Egbeda-Idimu Road, was said to have been killed by fume from a generating set he put in his room while sleeping. The incident was reported to the police at the Area “M” Command, Idimu. According to an eyewitness and a close friend of the deceased, simply identified as Kabiru, Mutairu was killed by fume from his generating set which he left running in his room till dawn.
The pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF),