Insult from Jonathan to his people: Pardoned Biafran soldiers, others get 20% pension arrears

THE 160 Biafran soldiers who were granted presidential pardon are among military pensioners that would be paid balance of their 20 per cent pension arrears.This came as the Federal Government vowed to do everything within available resources to pay the military pensioneers the balance of their arrears with effect from 2010 to 2013, running into…

We’ve disappointed those who want Nigeria to break —Kutigi

CHAIRMAN of the just concluded national conference, Justice Idris Kutigi (retd), has said the final submission of the conference report to President Goodluck Jonathan has laid to rest, the apprehension that the conference will lead to disintegration of Nigeria.He said those who thought that Nigeria would break up would be disappointed that the national conference…

Jonathan takes the animals in the zoo for a ride, says confab report ‘ll go to N’Assembly

By IHEANACHO NWOSU, JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE and FRED ITUA, AbujaContrary to his March 17, 2014 promise while inaugurating the National Conference in Abuja, that the outcome of the dialogue would go into referendum, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday reversed himself, saying the final document will be forwarded to the Council of State and the National Assembly for…

Police summon Uwazuruike over death of MASSOB members

By GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri Following the fracas between Chief Ralph Uwazuruike’s supporters and some dissatisfied members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra  (MASSOB), in which two persons died, the Imo State Police Command has summoned the group’s leader to explain his role in the crisis.The  Police warned that the…

U.S Pledges to Support Nigeria in Conduct of 2015 General Elections

By Our Reporter(ABUJA)The United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has promised that his country will support Nigeria to ensure successful general elections in 2015.He made the promise when he paid a courtesy call on members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja on Wednesday.Ertwistle said: “From our…

1 in 4 ISIS foreign recruits are British and half are already back in UK

At least one in four of the estimated 2,000 foreigners fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq is British, and half of those are already back in the UK.Serious questions have been raised as to whether enough is being done to stem the flow of fighters after the Government revealed it has only seized 23 passports this year to prevent them travelling to the war zone.

Hausa/Fulani Islamic terrorists Boko Haram takes over local government headquarters

Boko Haram insurgents have seized Buni Yadi town, headquarters of Guja Local Government Area of Yobe State, and hoisted their flag at the palace of the district head.Residents who fled to the state capital Damaturu said yesterday the militants have set up base at the palace, and have been enforcing their own laws on people in the town.Daily Trust gathered that the insurgents stormed the palace on July 30, but could not find the district head as he managed to scale the fence and flee to Damaturu where is still taking refuge.

Nigeria leads the world in oil theft

The nation has emerged a leading environment where crude oil theft and other vices thrive in the world.The Managing Director of Energia Nigeria Limited, Mr. Felix Amieyeofori, at a conference in Lagos, yesterday, said in terms of pipeline vandalism, $10-$12bn had been lost to crude theft from 2009 to 2011 alone.The managing director, who noted that the figures would be higher when other years are considered, said 100,000 barrels per day, bpd, amounting to $5-7bn annually were also lost to sundry oil theft.

Hausa/Fulani Islamic terrorists Boko Haram : 11,442 displaced in Gwoza after insurgents capture town

The recent attack and capture of Gwoza by Boko Haram insurgents has forced no less than 11,442 persons displaced.The victims are now in camps established in Adamawa State, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) revealed on Thursday.The North-East zonal information officer of the agency, Mallam AbdulKadir Ibrahim in a press statement said that as at Thursday, there were 6566 persons registered in Madagali and 4876 in Mubi.