Don’t rely on FG for North’s development, Arewa youths tell northern govs

National President of  Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Gambo Gujungu, has asked  the 19 Northern governors not to depend on the Federal Government for the development of their respective region.AYF also urged the Federal Government to replicate the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta militants for Boko Haram terrorists in the north.Gujungu spoke when the forum paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in Abuja, yesterday.

Ojukwu would have joined APC if he were alive, says Mallam Okorocha

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, would have been one of the front seat leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) if he were to be alive.Okorocha in a statement issued today in Owerri by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said that Ojukwu while alive had been concerned with how to launch Ndi-Igbo back to the mainstream of Nigerian politics after the civil war. That, according to Okorocha, was why, when Ojukwu came back from exile in 1982, he did not join the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP) that was somewhat ethnic, but joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) that was national both in outlook and in operations.

Boko Haram terrorists again! 21 dead in suicide bomb attack near Maiduguri

At least 15 civilians have been killed in a suicide bombing by suspected Islamist militants in north-east Nigeria, officials say.Six of the attackers also died in the explosion, which took place on the outskirts of the city of Maiduguri, a defence ministry spokesman said.Authorities said the Boko Haram group was behind the assault.At least 1,500 lives have been claimed in the restive north-eastern region this year, according to latest figures.Half of those killed were civilians, Amnesty International said in a report released on Monday.

Zoological republic of Nigeria assumes rotating UN Security Council presidency for April

Nigeria on Tuesday assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for April.Mrs Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, took over the role from Mr Sylvie Lucas, Luxembourg’s representative.Nigeria was elected on Oct. 17, 2013 by the UN General Assembly as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council for 2014-2015.This is the fifth time Nigeria would be representing West Africa on the UN body. It was elected to serve on the council in 1966-67, 1978-79, 1994-1995 and 2010-2011.

Lamido Sanusi under probe for terrorism, SSS tells court

The Department of State Security Service (SSS), on Monday claimed that the international passport of suspended Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was seized due to suspicion that he is allegedly financing terrorism.The claim was made before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, where Sanusi filed a suit for the enforcement of his fundamental rights in the wake of his suspension from office by President Goodluck Jonathan.The Service, in its preliminary objection to the suit, said its decision to seize Sanusi’s international passport on February 20 as he arrived at the Lagos international airport was due to the said allegation.

Army to battle Fulani bandits in Benue, Nasarawa

The Army is now to lead the battle against suspected Fulani herdsmen who have been attacking villages in Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states, it was learnt yesterday. Many people have been killed in attacks on villages.The Defence Headquarters announced the major military response to the ongoing killings and wanton destruction of property by armed bandits in three Northcentral states.A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the operation, which started on Sunday, is being coordinated by the Army.