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Four killed in MASSOB, security clash

Four people were feared killed on Monday when members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra clashed with a joint team of security men in Onitsha, Anambra State. But while MASSOB claimed that the clash was an attack on its members because of the decision of the group to withdraw their support for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, the police declined comments on the incident. The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, said he had not been officially briefed. Director of Information of MASSOB, Mr. Uchenna Madu, who said he was speaking on behalf of the leader of MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, said the incident occurred in the early hours of the day and that the security team, made up of army,

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Why I recalled sacked non-indigenes – Gov Orji

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State says his longing to have a united country prompted his decision to recall non-indigenes sacked from Abia civil service. He said this on Saturday, at the Enugu State Correspondents’ Chapel Press Week. Orji called on Igbo people to put behind events that led to the sacking of the affected workers and foster a united cause. He said there was a teeming number of Abia indigenes disengaged from other states’ civil service when he took the decision to sack the non-indigenes. “The idea then was to replace the non-indigenes in our civil service with the Abia indigenes sacked from other states’ civil service,” Governor Orji stated.

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No request for Nigeria’s break-up, says presidential committee

The Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, Dr. Akilu Sani-Indabawa, has said the committee has not received any submission calling for the ‘break-up’ of Nigeria. He stated this on Sunday in Zaria in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, shortly after members of the committee visited the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris. “From our consultations in 11 states visited so far, there is no single submission that agitated for the break-up of Nigeria. “We are happy that Nigerians have indicated interest to live together in peace,” he noted.

Gunmen kill six in Benue

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Saturday attacked five farming villages in Benue State, killing six people and burning many houses, the police said on Sunday. “Five Agatu villages were attacked yesterday (Saturday) by suspected Fulani cattle herdsmen who killed six people,” police spokesman Daniel Ezeala told AFP. He said “many houses” were razed during the violence, the latest on mainly ethnic Tiv people, who are predominantly farmers. Local media however said 36 people were killed in the mayhem. Ezeala said police and other security agencies had been deployed to the trouble spot.

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The Church kept Nigeria together – President Jonathan

Warri— PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan declared yesterday, in Warri, that but for the Church the country would have disintegrated, just as he assured Nigerians that by the end of April next year there would be relative steady power supply. Speaking at the flag off of this year’s Word of Life Bible Church’s Jubilee Word Festival at the International Gospel Centre, Warri, the President, paid glowing tributes to Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who marked his birthday yesterday, describing him as a “very very strong president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.” President Jonathan was accompanied by the governors of Plateau, Delta and CrossRiver states; Minister of Information

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God took Abacha, Abiola away to save Nigeria — Mass murderer Gowon

A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd) in this interview with SUCCESS NWOGU says if those that took over from his government had continued with his programme, Nigeria would have been more developed than China, among other issues Is national conference/dialogue desirable now? Yes! What is wrong with Nigerians trying to talk about the nation? But I hope it is not being engineered by those who have a set of ideas, who will be doing all the talking and trying to dictate the tempo of the conference? If the national conference or dialogue is done for the good of the country, everyone goes in there to say, ‘yes it is our country and we want our country to be greater and more successful than it is at the moment.’ If there is total love and commitment to the country, let us try to talk and bring in things we

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2015: Nigeria is like an eternal marriage, it will not break up – Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obansanjo on Friday stated that Nigeria will remain one indivisible country. He said despite the socio-economic and security challenges being experienced in parts of the north, the country will not break up before or after the 2015 general elections. He spoke at the Global Peace Leadership Conference, 2013, in Abuja. Obasanjo said the ethnic groups that make up the country are satisfied with the unity, accusing some persons of trying to cause crisis for selfish gains. While urging Nigerians to ensure peace and stability, he charged the media to channel its energy on positive developments in and around the country, instead of consistently harping on the challenges currently being faced by the country.

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Bad days ahead for kidnappers 100 face death penalty in Edo

OVER one hundred suspected kidnappers face the death sentence in Edo State following the signing into law of the state kidnapping law by Governor Adams Oshiomhole. Kidnapping in the state became worrisome after hoodlums descended on the state to a level that even teachers were being kidnapped for ransom. Lagos lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Benin High Court Judge, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, a chieftain of the APC, Athanacious Ugbome, were among those who suffered from the kidnappers onslaught along the Auchi-Abuja road, in Edo State. It was later learnt that most of the evil perpetrated along that road was executed by a gang led by a kidnap kingpin, Kelvin Oniarah Eziegbe, who is currently facing trial in Abuja. Ordinarily, Oshiomhole believes very strongly in the sanctity of life but on 18 October, shortly after one of the bloody kidnap operations, the governor had no choice than to exercise his constitutional powers as