Nyako, Gaidam, Shettima reject extension of emergency rule

by: Yusuf Alli, Abuja Governors of the three states under emergency rule in the Northeast opposed yesterday the attempt to extend the controversial measure. The second strand of the emergency rule is expected to end on April 19. The Presidency is weighing its options on the “sensitive” matter. Besides rejecting the extension of emergency rule,…

N979.6m subsidy fraud: Oil marketer has escaped to Canada, says EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday told an Ikeja High Court that an oil marketer, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, charged with N979.6 million subsidy fraud, has fled to Canada. The EFCC disclosed this in its response to an application filed by Ogunbambo’s counsel, Mr Raphael Oluyede, before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo. The News Agency of…

Police rescue jobless graduate from committing suicide

Sunday Omotayo, an unemployed engineering graduate of old Ekiti State University was rescued yesterday by men of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command from committing suicide in Uyo.Omotayo caused a stir along Wellington Bassey Way when he deliberately jumped out of a speeding Toyota Hiace bus, expecting to be crushed to death by oncoming vehicles.Omotayo said he was frustrated as he had toiled day and night in search for a job for over 10 years after graduation but to no avail.

Boko Haram terrorists bomb police station, court and bank in Jigawa State

Bandits suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists on Wednesday bombed a police station, a bank and a Sharia Court, killing seven policemen and a civilian guard in Gwaram Sabuwa,   Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State.Four other persons were also said to have been injured during the incident which occurred between 1am and 2am.The Assistant Inspector General of Police,  Zone 1,  Mr. Tambari Muhammed, confirmed this in Dutse just as news of another bloodshed by armed men in Niger State spread.Muhammed, who was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as putting the number of the attackers at 20, described the incident as unfortunate.

MR Daudu,National conference A waste of time and resources

MR Joseph Daudu, SAN is a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association. He is known for baring his mind on an issue, no matter whose ox is gored. In this interview, he spoke extensively on the on-going national conference, the crisis in the Rivers State Judiciary over the appointment of a Chief Judge for the state and other issues.Excerpt: What is your view on the on-going national conference?The on- going conference is in my view and with respect to its organisers and attendees a farce, it will end up as an appalling fiasco.  The conference was conceptualized initially as a Sovereign Conference then as a National Conference and finally as just ‘Conference’.

EPILEPTIC POWER: We’re helpless — NERC, operators

Operators in the Nigerian power sector, yesterday, declared that the current epileptic power situation in the country cannot be addressed within the next couple of months, as they are currently handicapped and faced with a lot of challenges. The operators, who spoke at the Seventh Lagos Economic Summit, tagged, Ehingbeti 2014, in Lagos, advised Nigerians to exercise patience, saying that fixing the decay in the power sector will not happen overnight.They further stated that Nigerians should not expect stable supply of power across the country in the short term, due to challenges of power generation, infrastructure, revenue collection, appropriate pricing and gas supply, among others.

‘I won’t sell my boy, even for a million naira, says Baby factory teenage mother

 by: Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta For seventeen years old Blessing Saviour from Akwa – Ibom State, the labour pains experienced last week before delivering her Baby boy at the state hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta has thought her few lessons – that motherhood is neither a tea party nor the fruit from it something to be traded off.…

U.S. expresses concern about herdsmen-farmers clashes in Nigeria

“As a friend and partner of this country, I am very concerned and interested in the violence here in the middle belt.” The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has expressed his country’s concern about violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen, particularly in Nigeria’s north-central states. Speaking on Wednesday during a courtesy visit on…