Boko Haram terrorists sets town ablaze, kills 74

About 74 people have been killed by the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect in two separate attacks in Borno and Adamawa states. Kawuri town in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State was razed completely when the terrorists attacked the town on Sunday, leading to the death of 51 people and a soldier. At the end of the carnage, more than 300 houses and shops were razed, while scores of policemen and civilians were also injured. Kawuri is one of the big towns in Konduga, situated along Maiduguri-Bama Expressway and about 60 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. About 50 heavily armed terrorists were said to have invaded the town on the market day around 5p.m. and unleashed mayhem on residents and traders. Those injured in the attack are now receiving treatment at Konduga General Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Our correspondent learnt that no


Born to rule Northerner Jonathan lacks capacity to conduct 2015 elections, says Atiku. Only the Hausa/Fulani can

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan does not have the capacity to conduct the 2015 general elections describing the political situation in the country as “grim.” Atiku also said there was nothing wrong holding national conference, maintaining however that the Jonathan administration also lack the capacity to organise the National confab within the same year with elections. The former vice president, who featured as a guest on the personality programme Liberty Radio, a private station in Kaduna, said the situation in the country, was no longer about the ambition of any individual but about Nigeria.


Ohanaeze tells Uzor Kalu the Political prostitute to drop presidential ambition

President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Gary Enwo-Igariwey, on Monday told former Abia State governor, Chief Uzor Kalu, to shelve his 2015 presidential ambition in the overall interest of the Igbo nation. Enwo-Igariwey made the plea during a courtesy visit to the former governor in his Abuja residence on Monday. The leader of the apex pan-Igbo socio-cultural group said the appeal became necessary because of the need for Ndigbo to speak with one voice on important national issues. He explained that he had been holding discussions with Kalu over the issue for close to six months after the latter approached him to seek for support to contest


Kwankwaso to Jonathan: You’re not qualified to contest in 2015

As President Goodluck Jonathan prepares for his re-election next year, Kano State Governor, Dr. Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso has warned that Jonathan is not qualified to contest for presidency in 2015. According to the governor, any attempt by Jonathan to run in the next poll will amount to a third term in office, which is not acceptable to most Nigerians. Kwankwaso, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, advised President Jonathan to take urgent steps to solve the raging insecurity challenges in the North-East and stabilise the Nigerian economy and take a bow from governance in 2015, when he would have attained the eight-year maximum limit stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.


The owns of Nigeria Arewa Consultative Forum asks Mbu to release 320 Boko Haram terrorists suspects

THE Arewa Consultative Forum has asked the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, to release the 320 persons arrested in the state on Sunday as Boko Haram suspects. The northern group said the people arrested by the Rivers State Police Command were traders. South-South and South-East Coordinator of ACF, Alhaji Musa Saidu, told The PUNCH that none of those arrested by Rivers policemen had anything to do with the violent Islamic sect. The state police command had on Sunday claimed that its men arrested 320 persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram. The suspects were said to have been in a convoy of 17 buses when they were nabbed at about 5am on Sunday at the border between Imo and Rivers states. The convoy of the suspected insurgents was said to have been led by one Bala Dambam and they were reportedly coming from Jigawa State.


Enjoy the monopoly while it lasts Dangote, Dangote to revive local production of rice with N50bn.

Nigeria’s foremost conglomerate, Dangote Industries Ltd is to invest $300 million (N50 billion) in rice production to make the country, self sufficient in rice production and also stop importation of the product into the country. The President of the Group, Aliko Dangote last week at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos Switzerland said his Group’s planned investment in the agriculture sector will create additional 180,000 jobs in the economy. Explaining his Group’s foray into agriculture, Dangote said. “If I dreamt five years ago that I would invest in Agriculture, I will write it off as bad dream or nightmare but today, we’re investing $2.3 billion in Agriculture, $2 billion in sugar, and $300 million in rice. In Nigeria, we have one of the most attractive investment policies through framework that the government has put in place to help businesses succeed.” It is expected that the planned investment will effectively enable the country become self-sufficient in food production as it did in cement sector. Dangote Group ended cement importation with three plants located at Obajana, Gboko and Ibese meeting domestic demand for cement. The Group through massive investment in sugar cultivation as part of the national sugar master plan will put Nigeria on the world sugar map and end importation of raw sugar. Dangote Sugar, a subsidiary of the Group is a front line player in the sugar backward integration policy. The company is working towards producing One million tons of white sugar by 2015, cultivating 100,000 hectares in about six states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Jigawa, Taraba, Kogi and Kwara State. Also, the investment in rice cultivation will boost local production and in years to come end the nation’s dependence on imported rice. The Group is investing heavily in agricultural sector principally because it is motivated by the desire to create jobs, empower Nigerians, and


ASABA :14-yr-old boy plans grandmum’s kidnap, collects N150,000 ransom; Ironically, the abductors also took away the boy

ASABA — MEN of the Delta State Police command have arrested a 14-year-old boy for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of his grandmother.Ironically, the abductors also took away the boy along with the grandmother and another victim in the process of kidnap but dropped off the accused before getting to their hideout.It was also not the…

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Jonathan To Complete Plateau – Bauchi Railway In February, while none whatsoever exists in his Homeland Biafra

The rehabilitation of the railway line from Kuru station in Plateau State to Bauchi station would be completed at the end of February, 2014, Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar has said.Umar said this yesterday during the inspection tour of the rehabilitation of the rail lines in Kafanchan District of Nigerian Railway, which covers some…