Scores feared dead in Kano suicide car bomb attack

A blast hit Kano on Sunday, in a street with many bars and night spots.Scores were feared dead in the explosion which witnesses quoted by the AFP news agency said was caused by a suspected car bomb.The blast took place in an area mostly inhabited by Christians from southern Nigeria, the Reuters news agency reports.The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has carried out attacks in Kano State.

How Nigerian Government squandered $23 billion (N3.6 trillion) on failed security in four years (2011-2014)

For a country to arrive and become a noble member of the modern global community, it must foundationally be rested upon three pillars of democracy & good governance, civil liberties & rule of law and security & safety. Each of these three pillars cannot stand without the other: where there is no democracy, there is no good governance; where there is no rule of law, there are no civil liberties; and where there is no security, safety becomes a scarcest commodity. Such is the situation upon which a country called “Nigeria” finds itself, especially now.–Emeka Umeagbalasi, Criminologist & Security Expert, May 2014It is no longer news that Nigeria operates a woefully failed security system. But what saddens seminal minds in

CHIBOK GIRLS: Boko Haram terrorists soft-pedals, drops demand for release

Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Borno a month ago, has backed down on its demand for a release of its top commanders by government before the abducted girls could be released.It has also emerged that President Goodluck Jonathan has banned all his ministers and presidential spokespersons from commenting on any issue relating to the campaign by the Federal Government to rescue the girls. This came as the Defence headquarters warned against unauthorised visits to the areas of operation by tourists and journalists, saying such venture was risky.

Oil majors fleece Nigeria with inflated project costs

There is no better demonstration of how Nigerians suffer unduly on account of the padding of project costs by the International Oil Companies, IOCs, operating in the country than in the sudden request by the Nigerian unit of French oil giant, Total for a review of its Ofon 2 project. Total Exploration & Production Nigeria, TEPN, Financial Vanguard reliably gathered, is seeking additional $3.78billion to an existing $2.85billion originally proposed for the project. If approved, this will bring total costs for the project to $6.63billion, representing a whopping 132.6 per cent increase, a development that is giving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, a majority partner in the Joint Venture, JV, grave concerns.While cost padding is not peculiar to Total, as it cuts across all the multinational operators, this particular review stands out as the price of crude per barrel is being estimated above the $77.5per barrel being proposed by the Federal

Boko Haram terrorists: Police tighten security around two Benue schools

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar has ordered the strengthening of security in all boarding schools in and around Makurdi, Benue State.Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the order became necessary as a result of a recent threat letter purportedly issued by elements claiming to be Boko Haram members to two all boys secondary schools-Government College, Makurdi, and Mount Saint Gabriel College, Makurdi.

Shekau strikes again: Kills 16, abducts five policemen, 10 Chinese workers

By Ndahi MaramaBoko Haram terror, at the weekend, raged in Borno State where 16 persons were feared killed in a fresh attack.In  two other attacks, five policemen were reportedly abducted with their armoured personnel carrier (APC) while a Chinese was killed and 10 others kidnapped during an overnight attack in Kuseri Village between Gamboru Ngala …

#SayNoToIslamization: Sorry dad, I quit Christianity for good — Igbo girl, Charity-turned-Aisha

*CAN aborts secret wedding to Muslim brother Charity Uzoechima, the 26-year-old girl  who  converted to Islam and kept in the palace of Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, for “safety” for three months, is in the news again. Her  fate and  whereabouts since July last year when she was brought to Government House, Minna, Niger State…

Chibok schoolgirls: Questions Shettima must answer –Ladi Thompson

For about 14 years, Reverend Ladi Thomp­son has literally been shouting to no end over a new kind of war Nigeria is facing as a nation. But those in positions of authority don’t seem to understand his message. Now, he believes that the abduction of over 200 Ni­gerian schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, may open the eyes of concerned authorities to do the needful.The security consultant who doubles as the Special Adviser to the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Anti-terrorism opines that except urgent steps are taken, Nigeria may soon be history. In this interview, the founder/Senior Pastor of Lagos-based Living Waters Unlimited Church, and the international