Pregnant woman killed, others injured as Enugu building collapses

A four-bedroom bungalow, built on the hilly Ologo settlement in Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State, collapsed Sunday night, killing a pregnant woman and injuring her husband and another tenant. The woman, Mrs. Chinasa Chukwuka, and her husband were in their room, when part of the hill behind their house collapsed during a downpour and pulled the house down. An eyewitness said that the woman died before she could be rescued from the rubble, while her husband, Emeka, was successfully pulled out, but fainted thereafter. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.


Fed Govt starving states of cash is the zoological republic of Nigeria broke?

N548.393bn allocation rejected Is Nigeria broke?Despite Finance Minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s denial, states left Abuja yesterday empty handed. There was no cash to share as the monthly Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting was aborted — for the second time this month. The chairman of the meeting, Minister of State for Finance Yerima Ngama, failed to show up. No reasons were given for his absence. Besides, the arrears of the N366 billion expected to have been paid in by the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) is yet to be paid. The chairman of the commissioners, Timothy Odaah, decried the situation.


Gunmen kill 160, abduct 10 women in Zamfara

Zamfara State Governor, Abdulazez Yari, yesterday said gunmen had killed 160 people and abducted 10 married women in different villages of the state in the last three months.Yari made the disclosure when he addressed members of the House of Assembly on security situation in the state in Gusau. He said the situation had caused disaffection between residents of the affected villages and the state government. The governor said the hoodlums, who continued to terrorise villages in parts of the state, stole no fewer than 6, 000 cows and 4, 000 sheep within the period.


Bishop decries high rate of evil in Nigeria

The Bishop of Lagos, Anglican Communion, Rev. Adebayo Akinde, has decried the high rate of evil in the country and warned judges not to deprive the poor and the vulnerable of justice.Akinde spoke yesterday at a special church service held at the Christ Cathedral, Marina, Lagos, to mark the commencement of 2013/2014 legal year in the Lagos State judiciary. The bishop also condemned the upsurge in crime in the country, just as he called on the Federal Government to put an end to insurgency in parts of the north. According to him, the spate of corruption in the country has reached an unprecedented height, admonishing judges to always have the fear of God in the discharge of their duties. Bishop Akinde said; “Do not accept bribe in the course of discharging your duties. Be conscious of righteousness and fairness and abide by the ethics of your profession and the Oaths of Office you swore to. “Do your best in your service to the nation and humanity.


Jonathan calls for global efforts to eradicate terrorism

President Goodluck Jonathan Monday in New York called for a stronger global consensus and determination to end the scourge of terrorism as quickly as possible. Speaking with President Barrack Obama of the United States ahead of the opening of the 68th session of the United Nations tomorrow, President Jonathan said that unless the international community unites and deploys its enormous resources to eradicate terrorism, it will continue to be embarrassed by terrorist outrages such as the heinous attack on defenceless shoppers in Nairobi which both leaders strongly condemned. President Jonathan expressed appreciation of the support and assistance Nigeria has been receiving from the United States for its fight against domestic terrorism.


PDP to drag Baraje, G7 govs, Atiku before disciplinary c’ttee

ABUJA—AHEAD of October 7 meeting called by President Goodluck Jonathan with the seven aggrieved governors, the former acting National Chairman and head of the new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje Tukur, the national leadership of the party has concluded plans to drag former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and others before the disciplinary committee if the meeting ends in deadlock. The governors are Sule Lamido of Jigawa; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara; Aliyu Babangida of Niger; Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto state; Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa as well as the chairman of the new PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje. There are very strong indications that there will be no solution to the problem as both groups may not shift grounds on their demands, just as second Republic


40 Benue natives on death row in Jos prison

No fewer than 40 condemned criminals who are of Benue State origin are on death row out of the 80 criminals awaiting the hangman’s noose at the Federal Prisons, Jos in Plateau State. Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Mr. Alex Adum, disclosed this at the weekend, during the accountability press briefing in Makurdi organised by the Ministry of Information in conjunction with the state council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ). Adum, however, hinted that the state government was working assiduously to ensure that their cases are brought home and reviewed so that they are either granted pardon or their death sentences committed to life imprisonment.


Behold! Those Milking Nigeria dry. Intersociety weeps over “hydra-headed monsters of corruption, scandalous govt. running costs”

A frontline NGO has released details of the various government offices and officials, as well as other organisations through which Nigeria is being milked dry by about 5% of her estimated 170 million populations while the greater majority wallows in poverty and misery. In the third of series of reports focusing on the rot in the country’s higher education, the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) restated its earlier claim that the solution to the crisis in the Nigerian university system and the country’s higher education sector in general does not lie with the implementation of the 2009 Agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


Boko Haram kills three policemen in Kano

The death toll in suspected Boko Haram’s latest attack at Benisheik in Borno State has risen to 142. During the attack, the suspected insurgents dressed as soldiers, mounted checkpoints and shot travellers on a highway. “We recovered 55 bodies on Wednesday and 87 on Thursday,” Abdulaziz Kolomi, an official of the Environmental Protection Agency in Borno State, told AFP. The previous casualty figure was 87. The insurgents, suspected to be Boko Haram members, also torched buildings.