Church & 3 other houses demolished over kidnapping in Anambra •Police parade 15 suspects

A church and three buildings belonging to suspected kidnappers were today demolished in Anambra State, South-East Nigeria.Governor Willie Obiano in his bid to rid the state of criminals has already revoked the certificates of occupancy of the four buildings.The church and two of the other buildings are said to belong to Pastor Ifeanyi Nwaezeagu, General Overseer of Unchangeable God Ministries, Awkuzu. The other two buildings were located at Dusogu and Ifite villages, both in Awkuzu.

The chief Monopoly Dangote Blackstone to invest N825 billion on power, transmission and pipeline projects

Dangote Industries and Blackstone today announced a commitment to jointly invest up to $5 billion (N825 billion) over the next five years in energy infrastructure projects across Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular emphasis on power, transmission and pipeline projects.The investment is facilitated by Black Rhino, a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners and affiliated funds managed by Blackstone, and Dangote Industries.

He is a devil: Okorocha accused of giving church N50m dud cheque for re-roofing Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri

  BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, OWERRI. Governor Rochas Okorocha has again come under fire as a fiery Catholic cleric, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has accused him of giving a N50 million dud cheque to the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J.V. Obinna. Mbaka told the congregation that Okorocha allegedly gave the…

INSURGENCY: Sanusi (terrorist) urges Nigerians to pray for peace

Sanusi made the call when the former Head of State, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, paid him a courtesy call at his palace in Kano. He stressed the need for Nigerians to remain united and pray to bring an end the lingering insecurity challenges bedeviling the country.The monarch, who, sympathised with Buhari over the recent bomb attack…

Gunmen kidnap Bayelsa speaker’s brother

By FEMI FOLARANMI, Yenagoa…No cause for alarm –Police Gunmen yesterday kidnapped the younger brother of the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Konbowei Benson. The younger Benson identified as Iniokpoemi, was kidnapped at the family’s country-home in Korokorosei, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Before the kidnap of the younger Benson, the…

Amnesty accuses Army, Boko Haram terrorists of war crimes

The Amnesty International yesterday accused the Nigerian military and Boko Haram of war crimes in the operations in the northern part of the country, saying that fresh evidences have proved human rights violations and heinous as well as extrajudicial killings.Reacting to this, the Defence Headquarters stated that the military takes the case of human rights violation seriously, while stating that the allegation was too grievous to be associated with the military.

President Jonathan promoting environmental terrorism in Ogoniland —MOSOP

The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, said yesterday that the President Goodluck Jonathan led federal government was promoting environmental terrorism in Ogoniland, due to its refusal to implement the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Ogoni environment.This is as the organisation has declared August 4 yearly as Ogoni Environment Day, to create awareness of the environment degradation in Ogoniland as highlighted in the report of the United Nations agency.

Govt gives $1b to boost gas supply

Gas supply has got a $1billion boost, in the country, with the Federal Government approving the cash for the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC). It is all in a bid to push up electricity generation.NDPHC Managing Director James Olotu broke the news at the end of a meeting chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the State House, Abuja.He noted that there was still a shortfall in the gas sector despite the concerted efforts by the government to address the issue.

Nigerian Military: We’ll never condone abuse of human rights by our personnel

The Nigerian military said, yesterday, that it took the issue of human rights seriously and will never condone any proven case of abuse by its personnel. Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, in response to allegations of war crimes against the military by Amnesty International, said in a statement: “Military authorities are deeply concerned about the set of video footage being circulated and which unfortunately has also become reference data for Amnesty International in its report.”Amnesty International, in its report, claimed to have “a fresh evidence of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions, and other serious human rights violations being carried out in North‑Eastern Nigeria as the fight by the military against Boko Haram and other armed groups intensifies.”