By Onyebuchi Ukagha Those contemplating voting for or supporting APC in the upcoming Anambra State Governorship election must be made of the fate of those Igbos deported from Lagos by the founders of APC. These innocent hard working man and women, some of them abducted on their way back from work, illegally detained, tortured before being forcibly sent back to Igboland serve to remind all those giving support to enemies of Biafra that they are doing something they will later regret.
Tragedy struck again in Nigeria as the endless cycle of death visited the country again as BBC reports the sinking of a boat on the River Niger in central Nigeria, leaving at least 42 people dead, officials say. Rescue teams are searching for a further 100 people reported missing.
Heavily armed gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday bombed three commercial banks in Saminaka, headquarters of Lere local government area of Kaduna State. Four lives were lost in the attack. Speaking with Saturday Mirror, Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, Aminu Lawan said three security personnel died during the exchange of gun fire with the gunmen adding while one of the gunmen also died. His words: “The incident happened in Saminaka when gunmen attacked three banks with explosives. Three of our men were confirmed dead and one of the gunmen died too. Our men are there on ground in the area. There are no injured personnel.”
Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer to the former Head of State, General Abacha Sanni, and the Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari, is currently unsettling political circles in the North. Dokubo-Asari has not hidden his disdain for any political arrangement that would return presidential power to the North in 2015, and al-Mustapha’s association with the ex-militant is seen by politicians in the region as a ploy to scuttle the North’s chance of wresting power from President Goodluck Jonathan in the next general election. Apart from this perceived ‘unholy’ allicance, political watchers in the region view the recent defection of Alhaji Muhammed Abacha, the son of the former military ruler, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a move by the Jonathan camp to tackle some powerful politicians who are believed to control political power in Kano, especially the state governor, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
The drop in the monthly revenue allocations by the Federal Government to the 36 states of the federation has affected the finances and smooth-running of various governments. Investigations by Saturday Punch showed that the shortfall in revenue allocation to states by the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee which started three months ago, had disrupted payment of salaries, pensions and financing of government projects in many states. A cross-section of states that spoke with Saturday PUNCH on Thursday, lamented that the shortfall in the allocations and non-disbursement of full allocations as at when due, had reduced the financial capacity of their governments, thus making it impossible for them to execute some vital projects.
No fewer than 13 persons were feared dead in Wednesday’s bloody clash between the Joint Task Force (JTF) troops and armed youths loyal to kidnap and robbery kingpin Kelvin Prosper Oniarah (aka Ibruvwe) in Kokori, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State. Oniarah, who was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) and JTF in an undisclosed hotel in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Some of his victims were Chief Mike Ozekhome and a former Anambra Deputy Governor, Dr. Chudi Nwike, who was killed in captivity. Troops deployed in Kokori to secure the town shortly after his arrest on Wednesday came under intense gunfire, leading to a
The army has justified the widely condemned killing of nine people in Abuja. They were suspected terrorists, who planned to bomb some key installations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), according to Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika. The victims, who residents and rights activists claimed were artisans and tricycle operators, were killed in an uncompleted building in Apo. One died in the hospital, raising the toll to 10. No fewer than 13 others were injured in the assault. Gen. Ihejirika got support from Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Bala Mohammed. The two officials spoke at a meeting with the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence.
The hostage appears wearing a white t-shirt, with an unidentified person holding a weapon in the background.
Igbos are main victims of Boko Haram because of their high numbers in Northern Nigeria says Catholic Bishop
Picture: Rev. Father Kukah with his Igbo hosts Aka Ikenga in Lagos Those who believe that Igbos are often the target of violent attacks especially by Boko Haram terrorists in the northern parts of Nigeria are wrong. This is the view of Rev. Fr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sokoto.
Indications have emerged that Samantha Lewthwaite, the British widow known as “White Widow” accused of masterminding the terrorist attack on Kenyan shopping mall in which over 60 people were killed, was in Nigeria and evaded detection, according to a report in the UK-based newspaper, Daily Mirror.