Kokori deserted as JTF, Kelvin’s gang battle for control

The Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield, has uncovered an armoury of the suspected kidnap kingpin and leader of the Liberation Movement of Urhobo People (LiMUP), Kelvin Ibruvwe (aka Oniarah), in Koko, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State. The discovery of the weaponry followed an intense push by men of the Sector 1 Command of the JTF to rid the Urhobo town of remnant of the ragtag army purportedly led by Ibruvwe, who was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on September 25. The Nation learnt that no fewer than 10 of Kelvin’s gang members, including his second and third in-command, Mr. Rufus Ovwigho (aka Don Jazzy), who succeeded Kelvin after his arrest and Ezegbe Ogheneruno (aka Commander Kelly) had been killed since the operation to rid the area of criminals began.


Maiduguri Attack President Jonathan summons emergency security meeting

President Goodluck Jonathan summoned an emergency security meeting following an attack by suspected members of Boko Haram sect in some parts of Maiduguri on Monday. Those in attendance at the meeting were the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Ibrahim. The others are the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh. There was no official statement at the end of the meeting held in the office of the President at the State House. The CDS, who emerged from the meeting at about 3.40 p.m., declined interview with the State House correspondents.


Pro-Amaechi lawmaker decamps to Wike’s group

Six days after Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State and some G7 governors defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Amaechi has suffered the same fate, as the chief whip and one of the 27 pro-Amaechi lawmakers, Igbani Ikunyi, has decamped to the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike’s camp. This was even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, had vowed that it would not allow the flag of Governor Amaechi’s party, the APC anywhere in the state.Ikunyi, who is the lawmaker representing Andoni Constituency in the Assembly, yesterday announced his move to Wike’s camp during the Grassroots Development Initiatives (GDI) in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area and ward executives inauguration and thanksgiving held in Ogu.


Asari Dokubo My people not consulted before Nigeria was formed and as such should be allowed to go their separate ways

Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Mujahid Asari Dokubo, has said that his people were not consulted before the Nigerian nation was formed and as such should be allowed to go their separate ways. Dokubo, who spoke as the Guest of the Week on Liberty Radio monitored in Kaduna at the weekend, said: “We the people of Calabar, Bony, Nembe, Ijaw, Okrika, Okoko etcetera, having signed treaty with the British Government now want this treaty to be validated and we should be allowed to go our ways to become a separate country. We can then decide to form union like EU. “Nigeria was not created with the consent of our people; political engineering requires that consent of the people must be sought when a nation will be created. If the people agreed to live together, it is okay and the people cannot be forced to be together. “If it requires that the only way to resolve this quagmire is to have a Sovereign National Conference, let us have it. You can hold Sovereign National Conference without dismantling the government institutions like it happened in other countries. It is about people deciding what they want.


President Jonathan’s 2nd term will serve Igbo’s interest better in 2015

Chief Friday Nwosu is a political activist and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State. In an interview with OKEY SAMPSON in Aba, he spoke about the proposed national confab as well as how President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term in office would serve Ndigbo’s interest better.Excerpts: The inauguration of an advisory committee on national conference by President Goodluck Jonathan has been greeted with mixed reactions. Some people have condemned the timing while others want it to be sovereign. What is your view? President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended on the inauguration of that committee. I don’t think there is anything wrong with somebody, saying ‘let’s sit down and talk’. Opposition to the national conference is unfounded and highly misplaced. If you analyse the flank from where the opposition has been coming, you


Atiku Abubakar I did not steal to build my American University of Nigeria

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has disclosed that he used his personal resources to develop the American University of Nigeria AUN in Yola to its present status. Atiku spoke weekend at the 8th annual founder’s day ceremony of the University in Yola. He recalled the events that preceded the establishments of the University with nostalgia as he paid tribute to the first President of the University, David Huwiler.”I recalled with deep emotions and tribute to the first President of the American University David Huwiler whom I brought to the virgin land before the university project commenced. When I took Huwiler to the virgin land on which the university stands today he asked me where the university is and I told him here”., Atiku recalled.


There’ll be bloodshed in 2015, if President Jonathan runs, warns Junaid Mohammed

Second Republic member of the House of Representatives and Russian trained Medical Doctor, Junaid Mohammed, has declared that blood would flow on the streets of Nigeria, should President Jonathan insist on running for the presidency in 2015.Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sunday Sun from his base in Kano, the former lawmaker, who chaired the House Committee on International Economic Relations and Socialist Bloc, argued that it was wrong for anyone to suggest that the clamour for power to return to the North in 2015, was coming from the North alone, insisting that there abound more agitators in the South-west, in this regard, than there are in the North, adding that “I can tell you today that there are more agitators in the South-west, for power shift to the North, than there are in the North. And they are doing this because they believe in justice and fairness.


Col. Umar Abacha betrayed our plot to topple Babangida & install Abiola

In this interview, a former military governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar, comments on burning national issues and tells the untold story of the June 12 election annulment, in this interview with GODWIN OFULUE What do you think is the cause of the Boko Haram insurgency? In discussing Boko Haram, I will talk of the general insecurity in the country. Everything is happening in other countries and Nigeria is facing its security challenges; Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping, robbery, oil theft, Niger Delta militancy, phenomenal piracy on our seas and youth restiveness. And a new development, which we are not paying attention to is the Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes that are engulfing the northern part of Nigeria. Cattle stealing has led to many deaths in that part of the country. These are the major security issues affecting the country; they are responsible for the seeming inability to deal decisively with the challenges. It is difficult to know how to solve a problem if one doesn’t know the cause.