State creation: North wants fresh vote •May insist on head count •Reversal would mean annulment —Southern delegates

AS northern and southern delegates to the national conference held series of crucial meetings on Sunday night to strategise on the vexed issues of state creation and delisting of local governments from the constitution, both sides are also reportedly working on options available to them, including the possibility of another round of voting.ADVERTISEMENTTo this end,…

Nigerian soldiers behaving like Boko Haram members —Soyinka

NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has likened Nigerian soldiers to the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram.The literary icon, speaking on Saturday night at the grand finale of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, described as shocking, the alleged burning on Friday last week of some BRT buses on Ikorodu road, Lagos, by protesting soldiers.Soyinka…

National Conference set to explode over resource control •Oil producing states want 50% derivation

As delegates to the National Conference prepare to debate the Report of the Committee on Devolution of Power, which is expected to be presented at plenary tomorrow, there are strong indications of a titanic battle over the 50 per cent derivation being canvassed for oil producing states.The battle-line would be drawn between the submissions by the relevant committee, which is said to have insisted that the 13 per cent derivation is enough for oil producing states, and the advocates of 50 per cent

Muslim group asks Sultan to dialogue with Boko Haram terrorists

CONCERNED Muslim Professionals, CMP, an Islamic group, yesterday, called on the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, to engage members of Boko Haram Islamic sect in discussions.CMP, while expressing concern over the activities of the sect, said the insurgency persisted because of the failure of Muslim leadership to intervene.

States Creation: North & South head for showdown

A stormy session is expected today as Northern and Southern delegates at the ongoing National Conference head for a showdown over power configurations in the consideration of the report of the Committee on Devolution of Powers.The North, Vanguard learnt, is especially concerned with recommendations of the committee adopted last Thursday that could put the South at an advantage and where not, erase the advantage that the North has had