National Conference Crisis deepens as Kutigi, 50 wise men fail to meet

THE crisis rocking the National Conference over derivation deepened yesterday following the abortion of the meeting of the Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi with the group of 50 wise men known as the Consensus Group, chairmen and deputies of the 20 standing committees.Only 20 or about 22 per cent of the 90 delegates expected at the meeting showed up, forcing the leadership to turn the gathering into an informal one.Consequently, a stormy session is expected on Monday when the plenary reconvenes, as southern delegates insist on their opposition to proposed allocation of five percent of federal revenue to rebuild insurgency-ravaged areas of the North because the move would increase violence in the country.

Troops uncover Boko Haram terrorists underground armoury

The Defence Headquarters is still counting the gains of the recent capture of Balmo Forest in Bauchi State from Boko Haram.The military authorities said yesterday that  troops uncovered an underground armoury owned by the Islamic sect in the forest which  stretches from Bauchi to Jigawa and to the fringes of Sambisa Forest in Borno State.Recovered from the armoury  were more than 80 General Purpose Machine Guns and  tubes of Rocket Propelled Grenades(RPGs).

Nigeria will not fall – Gowon; Demanding for good governance – Ezekwesili

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has said Nigeria has come to stay despite the various daunting challenges confronting the country.Gowon said this yesterday, at the 17th Wole Soyinka Annual Lecture held at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.The lecture, themed, “This house must not fall; Renegotiating Nigeria’s social contract after 100 years of nationhood”, was organized by the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) as part of events marking the Nobel Laureate’s 80th birthday.

Ritual killings everywhere inspite of civilization

Looking curiously as this reporter approached her make-shift restaurant around J4 , Aketegbo community in Seme Badagry area of Lagos two weeks ago, mama Rilwan as she is popularly called, stood up from her seat, apparently thinking the stranger had come to patronize her.’ ki lefe ra?(what do you want to buy ?)  she asked.But when this writer disclosed her mission, the seeming expectation on her face dropped, giving way to a sad expression of a memory she never wishes to recall. She immediately beckoned on two teenagers later discovered to be her children to take over the stand while she went inside the shop, with this reporter following with caution.

Gunmen shot Abia commissioner

By CHUKS ONUOHAAbia State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Kenneth Nwosu, was on Wednesday night shot by gunmen in Olokoro in Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state.He was shot while returning to his house from an official outing in Umuahia, the state capital.Nwosu was, however, lucky to have survived the gun attack and is…