PENGASSAN warns Jonathan against secret sale of refineries

Victor AHIUMA-YOUNG PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has advised the Federal Government against any attempt to secretly sell the four public refineries without following due process and addressing all labour concerns. The umbrella body for senior employees in  Nigeria’s petroleum industry, threatened that any attempt to discreetly privatize the refineries,…

The Zoo’s Army Says 288 Rifles, 35 Rockets Seized From Terrorists In Cameroon

The military claimed on Tuesday to have seized 288 rifles and 35 rockets from terrorists in Cameroon at the weekend. A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information at Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, attributed the seizure to the collaboration in fighting terrorism in the sub-region, as Cameroon security forces made the huge seizure of arms that were apparently meant for use by terrorists operating in Nigeria.In addition to the rifles and Rocket Propelled Guns, he said that locally made IEDs were also recovered following a fierce encounter at Abugasse in Cameroon, a location close to the Chadian border.Other items recovered included pistols, mortar bombs, sub-machine guns and various calibres of ammunitions. following the arrest of.Olukolade said two suspects believed to be major arms suppliers to the terrorists in Nigeria were also nabbed in Abugasse.   They had in their possession a Toyota Jeep and over 50 Cameroonian Passports.It will be recalled that the Cameroonian authorities recently pledged to back Nigeria’s counter-terrorism efforts.  The renewed offensive by Nigerian troops on terrorists has continued to record various arrests and recovery of arms especially near the country’s border with Cameroon.Among them, the arrest at a check point during the weekend of a terrorist driving in a green Peugeot vehicle with registration Number Bauchi 264 AA heading to Maiduguri from Alagarno, led to the recovery of 15 AK47 rifles and 12 magazines and various  yet-to-be- assembled rifles.Olukolade said the offensive on terrorists on various fronts is continuing, adding that the Alagarno, area as well as various points of the Sambisa forest and its suburbs, have been witnessing intense operations since Monday. Apart from several dead terrorists, he said 14 vehicles which were either being used for operation or hidden by the terrorists in various parts of the forests and theatres have been destroyed.  Various calibre of weapons and ammunitions were also recovered in the course of fighting and subsequent searches.

Federal Government Too Powerful, Needs Restructuring –Atiku

A former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said the restructuring of the current federal arrangement in the country should be a major focus of delegates at the on-going national conference. Atiku said the Federal Government in the current arrangement was too powerful.In a speech delivered at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, on Tuesday, the…

JAFAC Dumps Okorocha For PDP

Barely five months after joining Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, a frontline senatorial aspirant for Orlu Zone and renowned philanthropist, Chief Chidi Felix Idiga, popularly known as Jafac has jettisoned his political romance with the governor and his party only to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.…

Don’t rely on FG for North’s development, Arewa youths tell northern govs

National President of  Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Gambo Gujungu, has asked  the 19 Northern governors not to depend on the Federal Government for the development of their respective region.AYF also urged the Federal Government to replicate the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta militants for Boko Haram terrorists in the north.Gujungu spoke when the forum paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in Abuja, yesterday.

Ojukwu would have joined APC if he were alive, says Mallam Okorocha

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, would have been one of the front seat leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) if he were to be alive.Okorocha in a statement issued today in Owerri by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said that Ojukwu while alive had been concerned with how to launch Ndi-Igbo back to the mainstream of Nigerian politics after the civil war. That, according to Okorocha, was why, when Ojukwu came back from exile in 1982, he did not join the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP) that was somewhat ethnic, but joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) that was national both in outlook and in operations.

Boko Haram terrorists again! 21 dead in suicide bomb attack near Maiduguri

At least 15 civilians have been killed in a suicide bombing by suspected Islamist militants in north-east Nigeria, officials say.Six of the attackers also died in the explosion, which took place on the outskirts of the city of Maiduguri, a defence ministry spokesman said.Authorities said the Boko Haram group was behind the assault.At least 1,500 lives have been claimed in the restive north-eastern region this year, according to latest figures.Half of those killed were civilians, Amnesty International said in a report released on Monday.

Zoological republic of Nigeria assumes rotating UN Security Council presidency for April

Nigeria on Tuesday assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for April.Mrs Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, took over the role from Mr Sylvie Lucas, Luxembourg’s representative.Nigeria was elected on Oct. 17, 2013 by the UN General Assembly as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council for 2014-2015.This is the fifth time Nigeria would be representing West Africa on the UN body. It was elected to serve on the council in 1966-67, 1978-79, 1994-1995 and 2010-2011.