Deadly attacks in Plateau and Yobe states yesterday left 50 people killed by rampaging gunmen, including three soldiers and one policeman, while several houses were torched. In Plateau, two soldiers attached to the Special Task Force, STF, died with the 30 villagers killed in the early hours of yesterday when gunmen attacked Rajak and Atakar villages in Riyom Local Government Area of the state. It was gathered that scores of villagers also sustained injuries during the attack. The gunmen also burnt several houses. Sources said the attack had sent shock waves to the security agents as it came less than 24 hours after the state police command held a security meeting with stakeholders on how to restore permanent peace in the state
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as reckless, irresponsible and condemnable the threat by Mujahedeen Asari-Dokubo that there will be war, if President Goodluck Jonathan is defeated in 2015. In a statement yesterday in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said despite the attacks by oil militants in the Niger Delta and the insurgency by Boko Haram in some parts of the North, Nigeria had not witnessed a clearer and louder call to war since the country’s civil war ended in 1970. It said Nigerians were waiting to see what the SSS, which detained the APC’s Deputy National Secretary Nasir El-Rufai for his warning against election rigging in 2015, would do now that an ally of President Jonathan had threatened the existence of Nigeria, by saying he and his fellow militants would cripple the economy of the country not only in the creeks but also in Nigeria’s territorial waters. ”What on earth gave Asari-Dokubo the confidence to issue threats against the nation? If he doesn’t care about elections and democracy, how else could his hero, President Jonathan, have come to power? Does he know the meaning of anarchy? Does he think anyone, no matter how big, is more important than his country or
Chairman of the Niger Delta Nationalities Forum, Seigha Manager has said that the threat by members of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF)
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Nigeria’s armed forces have been tasked on redoubling efforts to put an end to the problems posed by Islamist sect group Boko Haram and reduce insecurity in the country to the barest minimum.Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and Army, George Sekibo made the call while inaugurating the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA, quarters in Karu.“I urge…
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The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Timiprey Silva, on Monday in Yola, Adamawa State capital, tendered an unreserved apology to all Nigerians for giving them a wrong leader from the Niger Delta.Ex-Governor Sylva recalled that in 2011 he was in Adamawa State with elders of Niger Delta to plead with the North to vote…
ABUJA- FORMER Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark yesterday lampooned erstwhile Vice President Atiku Abubakar over his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to All Progressives Congress, APC, saying he is political ambitious wanderer.According to Chief Clark, there were a number of reasons why Atiku left PDP, but was quick to add that the former Vice President forgot that he was a founding member of PDP and one time Vice President of Nigeria.Speaking yesterday at his Asokoro Residence in Abuja when a group of Niger-Delta protesters under the aegis, Coalition of Urhobo Nation Youth Leaders and Stakeholders led by a civil rights activist, Mr. Rex Anigboro, protested to him over what they termed, marginalization of Urhobo people in federal appointments, Chief Clark who noted that Atiku Abubakar leaving the PDP was uneventful, however described him as a politician who is desperate for the Presidency and “will go to anywhere and will do anything.”AtikuAtikuMeanwhile, the Coalition of Urhobo Nation Youth Leaders and Stakeholders yesterday drummed support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re- election bid come 2015, adding, he is “the best performing President that Nigeria has ever produced, be it military dictatorship or democratic leadership.”Speaking further on Atiku’s new political journey, the Elder statesman said, “Atiku’s defection is not an event, it is uneventful because of his ambition to become President at all times. He will go to anywhere and will do anything. He now believes that one day he will be President, even though he is telling people that he is not interested in the Presidency. That is his main aim of going to APC and you will soon see it. Atiku will soon want to contest the 2015 Presidential election.“While he was Vice President, Atiku formed a party and contested election as a Presidential candidate. The Supreme Court allowed him to do so and he came back to PDP. The Governor of Adamawa State said he did not return to the party but came to the national Headquarters where he may have been granted certain concessions.“So Atiku had problems with his people in his state, he has not been steady. If he was not ambitious because of Presidency and so on, the former President of this country under whom he worked as Vice President, Olusegun Obasanjo would not have tormented him and almost charging him to Court. There is nothing he didn’t do and he called him several names like thief and removed all the powers, including security, from him. The same Atiku will go to Obasanjo’s house in Otta and want to be part of the same political system.“The five Governors who who were championing against the PDP, Mr. President and the (former) national
Leader of the defunct Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Mujaheeden Asari-Dokubo, yesterday reaffirmed his position over 2015 ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan , warning that if Jonathan fails to return in 2015, Nigeria would witness a heavy bloodshed.Asari-Dokubo in an interview with the National Mirror said the people of the Niger Delta would not accept even if Jonathan is defeated in a free and fair contest, adding that the President must be allowed to rule for eight years.According to him, “If it is war, the North wants, we are ready for them because Jonathan must complete the mandatory constitutionally allowable two terms of eight years.“At home, we have regrouped and we have put our people at alert.“In less than one hour, the way we would strike, the world will be shocked. If anybody does anything against Jonathan, we will retaliate. What we will do will shock the whole world. We will cripple the economy of the country not only in the creeks, but also on the nation’s territorial waters, no vessel will be allowed to enter Nigeria’s territorial waters.“Let them not try anything. If they abuse Jonathan, there is no problem, he is their President but anything that will affect the interest of the Ijaw people and the interest of the entire people of the Niger Delta will be resisted at any cost.”Asari-Dokubo also vowed that the defeat of Jonathan in a free and fair election would trigger crisis.He said: “Jonathan cannot be defeated, they cannot defeat him, they don’t have the right, every part of the country must have equal stake in the presidency of the country.“Let them go and sleep in their houses. If they don’t, they are looking for trouble and we are going to give it to them. “It will make better sense if APC picks its presidential candidate from the South- South. With that, there will be no battle for us to fight and it will make it easier for us.
President Jonathan, Service chiefs meet over insecurity President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met for several hours with Service chiefs behind closed-door at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The discussions at the meeting, the first since the appointment of new Service chiefs last month, were not unconnected with the rising onslaught of the Boko Haram Islamic sect and other insurgents in the Northeast. The violence unleashed on the residents of the region has led to the death of scores of people with loss of property in tow. No statement was issued at the end of the meeting.