By Nicholas Ibekwe Nigerians have reacted with outrage over President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to Kano to welcome former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shekarau, to the Peoples Democratic Party, a day after a car bomb killed dozens of Nigeria and injured several others in a suburb of Abuja. The government said 75 people died while…
“They simply walked right into the palace of the monarch and shot him in his bedroom.” About 20 villagers including a monarch were killed after gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists, attacked two villages in different parts of Borno state on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, security sources and witnesses said. In one of…
15 people were killed yesterday in the Wukari area of Taraba State in an ethnic-religious clash. A security officer told SaharaReporters that the killings occurred in Nwunkyo-Kura, where eight people were killed, and Wukari town where seven died. The source further disclosed that the clashes led to the imposition of a 24-hour curfew following consultations…
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, has said that it will be difficult for the country to win the war against terrorism without the support of the host communities in the mission area. He said that the Air Force commanders must be diplomatic and display the requisite tact in dealing with the communities which according to him would play a crucial role in understanding their environment of operations. He challenged the commanders to meet with officers to come up with creative ways of winning the confidence and support of the various communities in their environment of operation.
There was tension at the Onitsha Main Market yesterday when the Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) invaded the market to arrest a notorious arms dealer, Alphonsus Ngwu. Ngwu’s men tried to prevent his arrest. But he was shot while trying to escape during a commotion. The shots created tension, as traders scampered for safety. The SARS team recovered over 8,000 rounds of live ammunition from his shop. Others are: six pump action, one revolver, 6,390 live cartridges, 62 rounds of 5.65mm live ammunition, 74 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, 100 rounds of air rifle ammunition, 12 magazines for AK 47, 2 magazines for k-2 rifle, dismantled parts of AK-47, GPMG ammunition and one smoke cartridge.
United Kingdom NGO Blasts Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala For Protecting Corruption In Cabinet, Calls On Her To Resign If She Fears Colleagues
The Corner House, a United Kingdom non-governmental organization, has urged Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister, to resign her appointment if she finds herself unable to carry out her duties without fear or favour. The call is contained in an explosive letter dated April 12, and signed by Nicholas Hildyard, a Co-Director of The Corner House. In it, the group expressed the position that the Minister should simply have declared that she was afraid of the reactions of her cabinet colleagues should she take the appropriate action demanded of her office.
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday challenged Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State to account for the N225 billion Local Government funds he received from the Federation Account within two years. Jonathan was in Kano to formally welcome the former governor of the state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, recently. He visited the state, amidst threat from Kwankwaso that he was not welcomed to Kano. Kwankwaso and his cabinet boycotted the presidential visit.
Forty-eight hours after the bomb blast at Nyanya motor park, an outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, the whereabouts of a 20‑year-old recharge card seller at the park, Isa Nuhu, is yet to be known despite the fact that one of the family members saw his body burning at the scene of the incident. Nuhu, who family source said had just finished his secondary school and decided to help himself by selling recharge cards and repairing mobile phones at the park, left the brother’s house at 6 a.m, his usual time of leaving for business. The family source also said immediately the incident occurred, Nuhu’s body was seen burning and one of the brothers
As the former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori’s London confiscation case resumes today, the court will attempt to break the logjam that bogged it down all through last week; to try Ibori afresh or not. What really bogged down the proceedings was that Judge Anthony Pitts repeatedly said in the course of the submission of James Ibori’s defence team at Southwark Crown Court, London that he was confused. He said that he was becoming even much more confused ‘now’ as the case being argued by Ibori’s lead counsel, Mr Ivan Krolic continued to unfold.
More than five leading members of the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) have been arrested in Enugu state, following the order for their arrest from the presidency. They are Comrade Chilos Godsent, Zulu Ofoelue, Comrade Osmond Ugwu, and along with several others were bundled into the police cell of the New Haven police station in Enugu state. The arrest took place on the 11th of April, 2014, during the inauguration of the newly elected executives of the Ohanaeze Youth Council. They were also denied any communication with their relatives, and also, a phone call to their lawyers until after four days in detention.