The National Conference may withdraw accreditation from‘unfriendly’ media

The National Conference has proposed to revoke accreditation granted any media house that publishes what it considers as, “unfair and offensive” report.This is stated under Order 14-Miscellaneous of the National Conference Procedure Rules 2014 released to delegates on Thursday.The rules says, “The Conference may withdraw approval to the representative of any media to attend the sitting of the conference if the medium publishes a report of the proceedings which the Conference considers unfair, offensive and not a true reflection of what transpired.”

Northern Governors, Nigerian Ambassador clash in the White House over Boko Haram and Jonathan

With top U.S. government officials, including President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser, Ms. Susan Rice, who was presiding, the issue of Boko Haram, 2015 elections and corruption among the Nigerian political elite became a hot debate at the White House earlier last week.A meeting of 12 northern state governors (and a deputy governor) and the US government on Tuesday in Washington DC took a dramatic turn when some of the governors, especially Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, initiated a frontal attack on President Goodluck Jonathan, forcing the Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ade Adefuye, who was also in attendance, to join the fray, objecting

Boko haram terrorists massacre 90 killed in Borno and Benue

No fewer than 90 persons were killed, weekend, in separate incidents in Benue and Borno States.In Benue, 55 persons were killed, yesterday, afternoon in one of the bloodiest clashes between Tiv youths and suspected Fulani mercenaries at Gbajimba, the headquarters of Guma Local Government Area of the state, while 35 persons died when Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) suspected to have been planted by Boko Haram terrorists exploded at a market square in Ngurosoye village of Bama council area of Borno State.The deaths were recorded on a day the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen  Kenneth Minimah, charged officers and soldiers involved in the

BREAKING: Another 17 killed as Boko Haram bombs market in Borno

At least 17 people have been killed by an explosion in a village market in Borno State in an attack blamed on C, a local police chief said on Sunday. The deadly blast struck a busy marketplace late on Thursday in the remote village of Nguro-Soye, injuring many more, said police chief Lawan Tanko.News on the attack was slow to emerge after insurgents destroyed nearby telecom towers, shutting down communications in the area. “An explosion in the market in Nguro-Soye killed 17 people,” Tanko told AFP, adding that police were investigating the source of the explosion. “The attack on Nguro-Soye, as in previous attacks, is the handiwork of Boko Haram insurgents.”Residents who fled the village to the state capital Maiduguri put the death toll at nearly 30, and said more people were hurt. “They (attackers) fired RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) on the market and opened fire, killing 29 people,” said local trader Hamisu Ibrahim. “Many people were injured in the attack and the stampede that followed,” said Ibrahim. Nguro-Soye lies close to the town of Bama where 60 people were killed last month in coordinated bomb and gun attacks by Boko Haram that burnt half the town. Deadly attacks blamed on the sect have intensified since the turn of the year, making it one of the bloodiest since the insurgency began in 2009. So far in 2014 some 700 people have been killed in more than 40 incidents, according to Human Rights Watch. “There is an ongoing military operation in the area (Borno) against the group and the attack was likely in frustration over their losses,” Tanko said. “It is not established whether the attack explosion at the market which killed 17 people was as a result of planted IED (improvised explosive device) or RPG.”Tens of thousands have fled for their lives in the restive northeast of Nigeria, either in fear of further attacks or after militants razed their homes and businesses. A wave of attacks on education targets, including the slaughter of boarding school students in their beds while they slept, has prompted international condemnation. Authorities in Borno state have shut indefinitely all public secondary schools after 43 students were shot and hacked to death by suspected Boko Haram

How to reconcile North/South conflicting interests, by Fasheun

Dr. Fredrick Fasheun is the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and interim national chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). In this interview, Fasheun faults the opposition by some northern political leaders to the bid by President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 elections. He also bares his mind on the on-going National Conference and the Boko Haram insurgency. Excerpts:You are championing the revitalization of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) founded by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.  What is the party bringing new to the polity that the existing parties have failed to offer?

Man, pregnant wife, son killed by generator fumes

A man, his pregnant wife and their son died in the early hours of yesterday, allegedly, from generator fumes at their residence in Elekehia area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.Landlord of the residence, Mr Chikarson Boms, said a 17-year-old girl, who lived with the family, was the only one that survived. According to the landlord, the family placed the generator close to their room window.He said neighbours became suspicious when they woke up to see the generator still running and the family members failed to come out. When they knocked on their door, there was no response.

GORY DEATH SCENES: ‘Women, children worst hit in Kaduna three-way attacks that killed 119’

Penultimate Friday night, the full moon shone brightly over Ma’ Sankwai village – a cluster of well spaced compounds with a mix of traditional thatched homes and modern buildings contently nestling on ancient plains occupied for centuries by the Asholio natives.You could see the tree-line perennial streams snaked past Ma’ Sankwai farmlands as the village was suffused in the esoteric sound of the night while everyone retired to bed awaiting the village chores of the next day.Everyone was sleeping peacefully, except the local vigilante.

National Conference: North shelves plan to walk out

The umbrella body of northern Nigeria, Arewa Consultative Forum, has said the North has buried its initial plan to walk out of the National Conference, if the agenda of the conference does not address issues that affect the North.A communiqué issued by the Northern Elders’ Forum after its two-day meeting in Kano on March 11, 2014, had asked delegates to the conference to stage a walkout whenever it became clear that their interest was at stake.