SHOOTOUT IN LAGOS: Four policemen rescued, others missing in gun duel with oil thieves

By CHRISTOPHER OJIFear yesterday gripped residents of Arepo community in Ogun State as some policemen were missing after one of the Nige­rian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines went up in flames.The incident occurred during a gun duel with pipeline vandals However,four policemen were rescued, but some were still missing as at press time.It was learnt…

There are plans to bring down my govt- President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said those behind the violence in the country were planning to bring down his government.Jonathan, at the 2014 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service with the theme “Love The Lord…and your Neighbour” in Abuja, described them as evil forces.Terror attacks by Boko Haram in some parts of the North, especially the North-East, have led to the death of thousands of people. On April 14, 2014, the sect abducted more than 200 girls from a government college in Chibok,

Kidnap suspect nabbed inside aircraft. Houses of 2 other suspects demolished

Governor Willie Obiano’s determination to rid Anambra State of criminal elements has continued to yield impressive results with the arrest of suspected kidnap kingpin, Okwuchukwu Nnagbo alias “Oyibo”, aboard a South African Airways flight at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.News Express learn that Nnagbo, who has since confessed to being the shadowy figure behind recent high-profile kidnap cases in Anambra, was on his way to South Africa to evade the current onslaught against criminals when a crack team of detectives from the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) from Anambra in collaboration with their Lagos State

This Nigerian State Is Failing

“One commonly hears that carping critics complain about what is wrong, but do not present solutions. There is an accurate translation for that charge: ‘They present solutions, but I don’t like them.” ― Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy Nigeria is a conundrum. A country beset before and behind; besieged on every side by corruption, war of attrition, with several militia groups masquerading all over the place, full blown terrorism with an almost unchecked deadly and regular dose of bombings, mass killings, illegal abductions etc. Nigeria is a failing state. But how did we get here?In 1999, Nigeria enthroned a new government and we started practicing a form of democracy almost unknown elsewhere. We had people who claimed to have been voted into power but who were completely above the law, not

I know Boko Haram leader Shekau’s hide-out, says popular Islamic cleric Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Controversial Islamic scholar and leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly called Shiite Muslim group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has alleged that the leader of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, was being shielded by the Nigerian military.Zakzaky who spoke at the Movement’s 2014 Martyr day in Zaria on Sunday also alleged that the Boko Haram activities were part of covert operation by the developed nations to balkanize Nigeria and plunder its resources.

Censors Board not in a hurry to lift ban on ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ •The scenes they don’t want you to see

Nigeria’s Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) is not in a hurry to approve the hit movie, Half of a Yellow Sun (HOAYS), according to indications.The board was silent on the classification status of the big budget feature when it recently announced that it had verified and approved 43 films for the month of April 2014, reports The Guardian on Sunday.“HOAYS was missing on the list of the 43 films passed by the board’s Film Censorship and Classification Department (FCCD). According to a statement released from the board only 19 films in English, 14 in Yoruba, seven in Hausa, two

Survivor Jos suicide bomber targeted 400 football fans

Over 400 football fans cheated death in the Saturday night bomb blast that rocked Bauchi Road area of Jos, the Plateau State capital. Three people were confirmed dead on the spot in the blast while the fourth died on Sunday morning thus raising the death toll to fourOur correspondent who visited the scene gathered that the lone bomber had targeted a television viewing centre where youths were watching the finals of the EUFA Championship League match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

#BringBackOurGirls: We won’t negotiate with Boko Haram – President Jonathan

ABUJA — Against the backdrop of divergent views on the need to negotiate with the Boko Haram Islamic sect for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the sect from Chibok, Borno State, President Goodluck Jonathan re-echoed the government position, yesterday, declaring that the Federal Government will not with the sect for the release of the girls. He said the abducted girls must be released unconditionally.Senate President David Mark, on his part, had harsh words for the insurgents. He said Nigeria will never negotiate to exchange her people with animals who have declared war against parts of Nigeria even as former Chief of Army Staff,