Southern Kaduna versus Fulani herdsmen:When a ceasefire ignites anger

The atmosphere in the main hall of the State House Kaduna that Tuesday was that of an uneasy calm. Reason? Traditional rulers, socio-cultural groups and community leaders from Southern Kaduna and their Fulani counterparts were seated in the hall awaiting the arrival of the Committee on Peace and Security led by Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIGP, Michael Zoukumor. The Committee was set up to douse the animosity between the feuding groups following series of gory encounters that left in their trail the loss of several lives and property in the affected communities. From all indications, it appeared that the Committee had given the two warring camps a few hours notice to converge for the

President Jonathan shifts security meeting

President Goodluck Jonathan rescheduled yesterday another meeting with governors over rising insecurity. The meeting will take place next Wednesday. The Presidency on Wednesday, through a statement by presidential spokesman Dr. Reuben Abati, invited governors and the National Security Council for a meeting yesterday to discuss insecurity. Although it was thought that all the governors were to attend, only the PDP governors turned up at the First Lady’s Conference Room, State House venue. Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the two hours meeting, PDP Governors Forum Chairman and Akwa Ibom State

President Jonathan summons security chiefs and governors over terrorism

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has summoned members of the National Security Council to a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at the Presidential Villa against the background of recent events and developments in the country. The meeting which will be presided over by President Jonathan is scheduled for 1100 hours, according to a statement from the State House signed by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity. Those expected at the meeting include Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

Chairmen, Vice Chairmen of National Conference committees emerge

Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the 20 committees constituted yesterday emerged today. The Committee on Devolution of Power whose responsibilities comprises fiscal federalism; revenue sharing; resource control; sharing formula and any other related matters has both former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah and former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie as co-chairmen. Headed by Mohammed Kumalia and Gen Ike Nwachukwu as co-chairmen; part of the functions of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government are Federalism; Regionalism; State Creation; Geo-political zones; Forms and Content of

US pledges to support Nigeria in maritime security

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, on Wednesday disclosed plans by his government to support Nigeria in ensuring maritime security and safety. Entwistle said in Lagos at the opening ceremony of “OBANGAME EXPRESS 2014 Exercise” that the US was prepared to support the Federal Government’s effort at increasing security along its maritime borders. “The US remains absolutely committed to collaborating with and supporting Nigeria in its ongoing efforts to increase maritime safety and security in the region. “The US has a very strong relationship with the Nigeria Navy. We deeply appreciate the role of the Nigerian Navy in bringing nations of the Gulf of Guinea together to work effectively.

Where Radio Biafra leads MASSOB follows as MASSOB join Radio Biafra to remembering our falling heroes on May 30

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has slated Biafra National day celebration for May 30, 2014 at MASSOB Freedom Square, Okwe in Onuimo Council Area of Imo state. The National day celebration according to the MASSOB National Director of Information, Mr. Uchenna Madu, is aimed at showcasing and celebrating those that had made tremendous sacrifices for the overall interests of the Eastern Region and her people, thereby encouraging others to emulate them. Madu said: “Many prominent Easterners participated actively and championed the struggle for Nigeria’s Independence,

Gas explosion kills 3 in Imo State

No fewer than three persons died in a gas explosion that destroyed a section of a vegetable oil and bottled water production company in Orlu, Imo State. Two other persons were reportedly injured. It was gathered that the victims of the early morning explosion were employees of the company, Sea Master Industries Limited at Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government Area of the state. The cause of the explosion was yet to be ascertained, but it was gathered that the gas tank of the company exploded in the early hours of Tuesday, while production was in progress.

National conference should correct the imbalance in Nigeria — Okulaja, SAN

Chief Yemi Okulaja, SAN, in this interview, speaks on the ongoing national confab, corruption on the Bench and the acts of organising seminars for judges by bodies that have cases before the courts. Excerpts: By Abdulwah ab Abdulah Is it right for judges to attend workshop organised by corporate and government bodies, especially those that appear before the courts, because you did challenge a Federal High Court judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba recently on a workshop organised for judges by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON?