Yobe elders, Helicopters drop arms for Boko Haram terrorists

Political and opinion elders in Borno and Yobe states have alleged that helicopters drop arms and ammunition, food and medicine to areas known to be strongholds of the members of the violent Islamic sect,  Boko Haram, in the North-East.They said the authorities in the states could not claim ignorance of the development and that it was a bad omen if a convoy of about 20 to 30 Toyota Hilux vehicles could move freely without being detected despite the curfew in place.The elders, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, also asked the government to provide answer to the attack on the

Prof Ben Nwabueze group says 70 per cent difficult to achieve

Foremost constitutional lawyer and chieftain of the Igbo Leaders of Thought, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, on Monday said the ongoing national conference would be a ruse unless President Goodluck Jonathan gives it a legal framework and adjust the 75 percent condition for arriving at valid decisions.Nwabueze said the essence of forming the Igbo Leaders of Thought was to enhance the nation’s unity. He claimed that only conference of ethnic nationalities would bring about a renegotiated Nigerian constitution and the “ongoing conglomeration of assorted bodies at the conference” was far for the aspirations of the front runners of the conference.

National conference: No referendum, no conference — Chief Mike Ozekhome

What are your expectations this week from the National Conference following issues of religion and others that cropped up last week?Let me first correct the erroneous impression that issues of religion have cropped up. No issues of religion have actually cropped up.What happened was that on the very first day of the conference, the secretary to the conference, Dr. Azinge was simply giving guidelines as to what we were to expect, the facilities available, those things that we could use like the gym, walk ways, conference rooms, restaurants and all that. So, it was during that first day that some people who are Muslims now asked if there could be space for them to observe their five times a day prayer.

Northern leaders aiding Boko Haram terrorists. By Chief Fasoranti, Afenifere leader

Chief Reuben Fasoranti is the National Leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere.In this interview with Vanguard, Fasoranti said the ongoing national conference is a welcome opportunity to adjust the Nigerian federation, that the Yoruba sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have backed it and faults northern leaders on the Boko Haram insurgency. Excerpts:Nigeria has held many constitutional conferences without result. Do you have hopes in the ongoing conference?

National Conference and a squandering of riches amid protracted crisis in higher education

On Wednesday, 26th day of March, 2014, the leadership of Intersociety released the first part of this public statement, detailing with strong condemnation “how Nigeria borrows to squander” with specific reference to borrowing and squandering of a whopping sum of N7 Billion at the ongoing National Conference on “ delegates’ allowances and related logistics”. The legal source of the money has also become a national concern as it could not be traced to the un-passed federal budget of 2014. The huge sum is believed to have been borrowed and squandered without considering the fact that the country’s teachers at the public colleges of education and polytechnics have been on indefinite strike since October and late December 2013 respectively over a twenty-point of disagreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Kaduna State Fulanis cry foul over Army raid and arrests

Herdsmen resident in seven villages of Ladduga district in Kaura Local Government, Southern Kaduna, North-West Nigeria, have cried foul over the raid and arrests carried out last night and early this morning by men of the Nigerian Army.Secretary of Mobgal Fulbe Development Association, Ahmad Yandeh, said: “Soldiers have invaded the villages in Ladduga District of Kachia LGA, in the night and have denied worshipers getting out of various mosques from the morning prayers located in the district and have ransacked houses and arrested several youths. They came in military vehicles numbering over 20 and we cannot ascertain if they are real soldiers.”

$8bn not lost to crude oil swap –NEITI

The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has faulted a report in a national daily (not Daily Sun) that the country losses $8 billion yearly to Crude Oil Swap Arrangement, insisting that the report was not only wrong but misleading.According to NEITI’s Director of Communication, Mr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, that the news item attributed to NEITI’s presentation at a recent hearing was indeed grossly misinterpreted.The NEITI boss explained that What NEITI presented and explained at that hearing was that there is no cost efficiency in the transactions with the offshore processing organizations. Indeed, a firm involved in the crude swap agreement; Taleveras Petroleum, also faulted the report by the national daily, which listed 152,308,878 litres against the firm instead of $152,308,878 as released by NEITI.

Amnesty Boko Haram terrorists killed 1,500 from January to March

The Amnesty International (AI) yesterday said more than 1,500 people were killed in first three months of this year in the Northeast as a result of Boko Haram insurgency.It said more than half of the killings were carried out by members of Boko Haram, including scores of school children.The organisation said the situation has escalated into a non-international armed conflict with all parties allegedly violating international humanitarian law.It asked international community to ensure independent investigations of acts that may constitute war crimes and crimes against