The FCT Police Command on Monday in Abuja confirmed that gunmen fired shots at the car of the Minister of Aviation,
The Arab world desperately wants Nigeria dead or under their firm control. In June 2010, Gadhafi announced in Libya that Nigeria should split into several countries or at least on religious basis of Islam versus Christians or North versus South. If this failed, the Arabs want a Somali or Sudan situation in Nigeria, preferring the Somali scenario if they cannot control Nigeria because as they claim, Nigeria is too large. What they mean by too large is that Nigerian influence in Africa is creating a clog in their efforts at Arabizing all of Africa. The arrow head of the Arab world’s Arabization policy in Africa is Gadhafi who after forcibly annexing the Auzon Strip from Chad, sponsored destabilization in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Mali, Cote d’ Ivoire, Niger, etc in pursuance of the Arabization of Africa policy, laced with inordinate imperial personal ambition.
This weekend, it was a time of bashing for churches, both orthodox and Pentecostal, over the commercialisation of funerals, which ordinarily should be a time of sorrow and the offering of condolences to the bereaved. Writing on her Facebook wall, Maero Ozako, a Lagos-based writer and newspaper columnist, expressed shock over the new practice by some orthodox churches to charge as much as half a million naira before they agree to bury a dead member. “I have asked…Oh, it is true that when you lose any parent or relative who were members of the orthodox churches, you are called to a meeting where you are given a levy, as low as 500k…No pay, no burial. We really should be ashamed,” she wrote yesterday. Elsewhere on some of the Yahoo! communities, members were expressing outrage over the commercialisation of funerals by the Pentecostal churches. The issue became topical due to what happened during the funeral of Nigeria’s late number two man, Rear Admiral Mike Akhigbe (retd.).
The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, said its operatives have dismantled a militant camp in Bakassi local government area of Cross River State. The force disclosed that its operatives destroyed 59 illegal refineries, arrested seven suspects, and 4 barges in its offensive against oil thieves. These disclosures were contained in a statement released Sunday in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State capital, by the JTF’s media coordinator, Lieutenant-Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu. The statement added that several rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the camp.
The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said the reduction in oil production and receipts caused the shortfall in the federal allocation to the other tiers of government. The minister debunked the claim that politics was behind the dwindling allocations to the states. She attributed the reduction in revenue accruable to the Federal Government to the falling revenue from oil. Addressing reporters at the weekend at the first convocation of the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Osun State, where 166
Three people were killed when two fuel-laden articulated vehicles exploded at Gyazama village, along the Funtua-Birnin Gwari
Loquacious All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, has come under blistering attack from a cross section of his Igbo kinsmen outraged by his prediction of political doom for the race following the refusal of Anambra people to vote for his party’s candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, in last Saturday’s governorship election. Reacting to the fate that befell Ngige, who is placing third in the inconclusive ballot, Igbokwe had said, as reported yesterday by News Express: “For playing ethnic politics and hatred we wait to see how this will help Ndigbo. Igbo want to rule Nigeria but shameless and selfish politics will not allow them to build alliances and networks with others who will vote for Igbo candidate. We have been building alliances with Yoruba since 1985 to rescue Nigeria but people like you soaked in primordial sentiments and ethnic preoccupation will not let it work. APGA controls one state out of 36 states and yet you want to produce the president of Nigeria. You have NOT asked yourself why Yoruba abandoned ACN for APC, why the North left CPC and ANPP for APC. The world is leaving Igbo behind.”
A large-scale scandal has broken out in a church known as the City of Truth (a.k.a Holy Ghost Embassy), Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as the founder and general overseer of the church, Bishop Israel Usoro, has been accused by his pastors of engaging in fake instant healing and false prophecies. But Bishop Usoro has denied the allegation, claiming he never knew whether those who claim to have been instantly healed of their ailments during the church’s tarry nights or similar programmes were real or pretenders. It was learnt that Usoro, whose church is situated at No 12, Paul Bassey Street, Uyo, began to experiment the fake instant healing after a Ghanaian pastor, one David Amousou, came in as a guest preacher earlier in the year and arranged with some boys to act as sick people to receive instant cure after being prayed for. A letter of resignation written by one of the elders and former protocol officer of the Church, Mr. Idorenyin Aquaisua, to Bishop Usoro and other key officials of the church, chronicled the dates of a series of fake miracles the bishop had performed by paying people, sometimes as little as N2,000, to come and pose as if they were mad, blind, infirm or afflicted by evil spirits.
CHAIRMAN of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, yesterday, alleged that over 400 northerners may have betrayed the region after collecting money to back President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term. Aliyu threatened that the list of the traitors will soon be published for all to see. The governor, who spoke while paying tribute to the late Emir of Minna, Alhaji Ahmadu Bahago, at the 25th anniversary of the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umaru Faruk Bahago, said the North was not afraid ahead of the 2015 presidential election. “We hear people who say they have a list of over 400 northerners they are going to settle, and they are sure that if they settle the 400, everything will be okay. We are looking for that list so that we will tell the people that these are the people that want to betray
No fewer than 12 people have been killed in Borno State as suspected Boko Haram insurgent attacked a village in Damboa area, military sources said yesterday. The suspected insurgents were said to have attacked Sandiya village in Damboa Local Government last Wednesday, killing at least 12 people. They also set ablaze some houses, the sources said though information on the attack did not reach journalists in Maiduguri until yesterday. Sources claimed the attackers were on revenge mission having learnt that their movements around the Sambisa Forest were exposed to security agencies.