Failed Country: Obasanjo’s failed eight years in power and Yar’Adua’s sick three years in power are the benchmarks that Jonathan has surpassed and proud of – PDP.

By TAIWO AMODU, ABUJA•Alleges APC bent on truncating democracy The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said yesterday that no administration in Nigeria’s history has achieved the feat of the Jonathan administration despite its enormous security challenges.Reacting to the declaration of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) that a fresh term for President Goodluck Jonathan in next year’s…

Confab: Rift over Biafran oil revenue derivation deepens

By IHEANACHO NWOSU and FRED ITUA, Abuja•Fresh negotiations deadlock, confab reconvenes Monday  The rift between Northern and Southern delegates over derivation deepened yesterday, forcing the conference to adjourn abruptly for the second consecutive day.The standoff, which started on Wednesday took a more damning twist, as delegates engaged in a shouting match, frustrating several attempts by…

Criminal murderer Peter Obi Loses Out As President Jonathan Nominates Osita Chidoka To Replace Stella Oduah

   Mr. Osita’s nomination finally closes another chapter by former governor Peter Obi’s quest to replace Oduah as aviation minister.   A letter sent to the Nigerian Senate about Osita’s nomination will be read on the floor of the senate later today. There are indications that President Goodluck Jonathan has sent to the Senate, the…

Police still holding Boko Haram terrorists suspected bombers in Abia

Two persons, said to be teachers at the New Horizon Academy, a school attached to the Aba Central Mosque in Abia State, and who were among the 15 persons arrested on Monday when soldiers raided some mosques in Aba allegedly in search of bombs, are still under detention.This is even as the Chief Imam of the mosque, Alhaji Idris Bashir, who was arrested alongside 15 others on Monday but later released, was re-invited to the Ngwa High School military base at 4.00pm yesterday by soldiers.

National Conference deadlocked again over resource control

For the third day running, the National Conference sitting in Abuja failed to find a solution to the contentious issue of resource control or derivation.The conference, on since March 17 and gradually winding down, had to once more adjourn abruptly as those for and against an increase of the derivation fund refused to reach a compromise.While the South, especially the oil-bearing South-South and South-East favour a hefty increase in the fund, the North remains opposed to it, with some northern delegates even arguing for a reduction from the present 13% .

Scores killed as military, Boko Haram terrorists battle rages in Borno

The Defence Headquarters said yesterday that scores of insurgents died when troops broke through an ambush in Delwa, Borno State.It also confirmed that three soldiers were killed and seven others injured in clashes with Boko Haram insurgents.The report of the fierce battle came on a day the Army raised a seven-man General Court Martial (GCM) to try 18 soldiers.The GCM, constituted by Commander, Army Headquarter Garrison, Maj.-Gen. B.T Ndiomu, is headed by Brig-Gen. C.C Okonkwo. The DHQ broke the news in a statement on its twitter handle.

Nigeria Senate upholds report on $49.8b oil cash

Senate President David Mark yesterday faulted the National Assembly for not carrying out its oversight duties diligently before former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, raised the alarm.Sanusi accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of failing to remit $49.8billion oil revenue to the Federation Account.Mark spoke during the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Finance that investigated the allegation.

Boko Haram: Nigerian, German officials hold talks on joint ops

Nigeria and German officials are holding talks in Abuja on modalities for security cooperation in the fight against insurgency. The one-day discussion on the issue is holding under the political consultations working group of the Nigeria-German Bi-National Commission (BNC). The Nigerian delegation is led by Dr Martin Uhomoihbi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the Dr Markus Ederer, Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs, is…

More Chibok lies: Hunters help 30 more women to escape from Boko Haram

There were indications yesterday that 30 more women may have escaped from the Boko Haram camps in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.This is coming barely three days after 63 women and children reportedly escaped from the militant group.  According to reports quoting military sources, the escapees were helped by hunters to flee the insurgents’ camps.A military…