Henry Okah breaks jail re-arrested in S-Africa

LEADER of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Henry Okah, serving a 24-year jail term for terrorism in South Africa and four other inmates, attempted breaking jail, Vanguard learnt, yesterday. Spokesman for South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services, Manelisi Wolela, who confirmed the botched effort told reporters: “I can confirm that Okah is one of the five inmates that attempted to escape and whose efforts were foiled.” He did not give details of the attempted escape from Leeukop Prison in Northern Johannesburg that is said to have taken place last month.

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The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, over the weekend, launched new Biafra motorcycle plate number in Enugu. MASSOB leader, Chief Raph Uwazurike, who performed the official launching in Nsukka called on Ndigbo to see the new Biafra plate number as their identity and as one of the criteria for the realization of freedom. Uwazuruike, represented by Chief Larry Odimma, Aba Regional Administrator of MASSOB, enjoined members not to be afraid of purchasing the plate number. “I am here on the mandate of our leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike to launch this plate number, which is aimed at identifying Biafrans and forestalling criminal activities among people who hide under our name to perpetrate evil”, he said. According to Odimma, the plate number would be sold to people with unquestionable character. He said, “the national leadership of MASSOB applauds the freedom being enjoyed here in Enugu State unlike what we witness in places like Aba, Ontisha and Umuahia, where our members are constantly harassed by security agents”. He sued for continuity of peace and harmony in the conduct of MASSOB activities in the state “We urge you to continue in our vision of non- violence and non-arms carrying as we march towards the take off of Biafra government”, he added. In his remark, the Regional Administrator of MASSOB in Nsukka, Mr. Kenneth Okwudili said the region expects everyone who shares in the dream of MASSOB to comply and get the plate number “We expect every true and honest Igbo man with motorcycle to come forward and buy the plate number; this is our identity as Biafrans and we have to embrace it”, he stated. He further noted that since the creation of Nsukka into a region in 2010, they had managed and sustained the struggle of MASSOB, adding that the launching of the plate number was part of their contribution to the sustenance and struggle for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra.


Fashola Funding APC Registration From State Treasury – Lagos PDP

The  Lagos State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has accused  the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, of sponsoring the  ongoing All Progressives Congress, APC membership registration from the  State Treasury, while at the same time crippling governance in order to  participate and monitor the said registration exercise. In a statement signed by…


Shell, Total and Chevron in the expired Nigeria sold stakes worth $6.5 billion in 2013

International oil companies (IOCs) are divesting their stake in Nigerian oil fields. Shell, Total and Chevron are among the companies which have sold their stake in shallow water assets in Nigeria.The three major companies have sold stakes worth $6.5 billion in 2013. Oando Energy Resources will soon take over ConocoPhillips energy business in the country…


Nigeria Needs A Healthy Society To Progress – Pen Criminal Dangote

Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has identified a healthy society as key to moving Nigeria forward.Dangote, who spoke at the Summit of the Private Sector Health Alliance while inaugurating the Nigeria Health Innovation Market, NHIM, Steering Committee, yesterday called for viable partnerships between the Nigerian private sector and the Federal government to enable the…


MEND claims Bayelsa attack on ex-militant leader

The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, yesterday said its fighters attacked two police gunboats at Peremabiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.The gunboats were escorting a former militant leader, Mr. Eris Paul, aka Ogunboss.According to MEND, all ex-militant leaders who used their positions to acquire “ill-gotten property” had been marked…


Not Ezu River, Awkuzu SARS Torture Center, Private Shopping Mall could deter NIESV from awarding Obi Leadership Excellence.

Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has received Leadership Excellence Award from the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.The national executive of the institution presented the award during a courtesy call on the Governor at the Governor’s Lodge at the weekend.Presenting the award, the President of the institution, Mr Emeka Eleh said the honour…


David Mark God didn’t create Nigeria Sir Frederick Lugard did. God didn’t make mistake creating Nigeria- David Mark

Senate President, David Mark, has asked those promoting violence and disunity in the country to refrain from such acts, which he said are clearly against divine creation, as according to him, God did not make a mistake creating us as one Nigeria. Mark said this caution has become imperative going by the antics of some desperate persons, who he said are using politics and religion to destroy the sanctity of the unity and peace of the Nigerian nation. “To sponsors or promoters of violence, destruction and uncharitable utterances in the name of politics or religion, it is totally unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms, both in words and deeds,” Senator Mark said yesterday in a remark.


Northern govs meet over oil exploration

Thirteen northern governors, whose states falls under the regions’ sedimentary basin are set to meet today on how to kick start oil and gas exploration activities in the Inland Basin States. Niger State governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, who is also the chairman of the Northern State Governors Forum, NSGF, will declare the meeting of the Association of Petroleum Inland Basin States of Northern Nigeria, APIBONN, open, according to a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo. The statement said Governor Aliyu in his capacity as the chairman of the forum has invited his counterparts whose states fall within the region’s sedimentary basin to direct their relevant commissioners to attend a meeting of the association in Minna, the Niger State capital.