N76bn Abuja CCTV destroyed, stolen

Two years after the completion of a $470m   (N76.bn) National Public Security Communications    System Project in Abuja, most of the installed 1,000 cameras for the Closed-Circuit Television in the city have either been vandalised or stolen, investigation by Saturday PUNCH has revealed.Checks showed that the solar panels and batteries of the CCTV had been stolen while some cameras that were installed along the expressways and major roads in the city  had been crushed by vehicles involved in accidents.

How Boko Haram terrorists wrecked the North

Perhaps, no one saw it coming. No one also believed it would happen. It appeared to have taken us unawares even as it is considered very novel and alien to this clime. To many people, it is totally unAfrican. But surprisingly, what started like a bully at the thresholds of 2009 has  grown and assumed a gargantuan dimension, menacingly and uncontrollably tearing the country apart.It has caused us injury and pain. It has brought us hunger. It has spelt and unleashed untold hardship on the people. The economy is bleeding. It has brought division amongst us, fueling  animosities amongst adherents

Gunmen kill vigilante chair in Delta

SUSPECTED gunmen, yesterday, shot dead the Chairman of Udu Central vigilance group, Mr. Prosper Erhinyoja, at a beer parlour, along the Delta Steel Company, DSC, Road  in Ovwian town, Udu Local Government of Delta State.Saturday Vanguard gathered that hoodlums in Udu were not happy with the battle the deceased waged against hoodlums in the  area in his bid to make the town crime-free. One of his aides was killed not too long ago by hired killers.

77 persons feared dead in herdsmen attack

The Red Cross yesterday said in Wukari, Taraba State that about 77 people lost their lives during the crises between some Fulani herdsmen and the indigenous people of the area few days ago.This was even as the police said that the death toll from Wukari crisis had risen to 24.The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Joseph Kwaji made this known in an interview with newsmen yesterday also in Wukari. He said 34 persons were injured while 99 houses were burnt during the crisis.District Leader of the Red Cross in the area, Saidu Aji who spoke on the issue said that about 37 people were

UK court jails ex-Delta State governor, James Ibori, 13 years

The Southwark Crown Court 9 in London on Tuesday sentenced a former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, to 13 years in prison for money laundering and corruption.Ibori has been standing trial before Judge Anthony Pitts for corruption and alleged theft of $250 million.He had on February 27, 2012 pleaded guilty to 10 counts…

Nigerian preacher comes under fire in UK, activists call for her ban and deportation

A Nigerian preacher, Helen Ukpabio, a self styled witch hunter, could be banned from the UK following calls to Home Secretary Theresa May that she is a risk to youngsters.Ukpabio who founded the controversial African Evangelical Franchise Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries in Nigeria, has published her views around the demonic possession of children in several…

Suspected assassins kill five in Rivers

 by Chukwudi AkasikeAT least, five persons were killed in Ogbogu, Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State by unknown gunmen suspected to be assassins.It was gathered that the incident, which happened at about 8.30pm on Wednesday, caused pandemonium in the community as the suspected assassins detonated explosives at the house of the President-General…

Nigerian military retracts claim it freed 107 abducted schoolgirls, says students are still missing.

Nnenna IbehAn apparently embarrassed Nigerian military on Thursday backtracked on its claim that it freed majority of the 129 female students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, abducted on Monday night by suspected Boko Haram members.The spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, Chris Olukolade, had said 107 of the girls were freed…