Arewa Consultative Forum warns former militants to withdraw their threat against Vice-President Atiku

Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has warned former militants to withdraw their threat to declare former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar a persona non grata in Niger Delta, following the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In a text message to our correspondent, the ACF National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Anthony Sani, advised the former militants to promote democracy rather than resorting to threats and intimidation. He said: “My reaction on the attitudes of the former militants to the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, is that they are crossing the mark that is alien to democratic tenets, since democracy is not a matter of threats and intimidation, but contest of ideas and reasons. “So let us promote democracy that is premised on triple foundation of liberty, justice and common decency instead of resorting to threats and intimidation that have no place in democracy.”


Pastor kills teenager during deliverance

The Chief Overseer of the Sabbath Church in Dape Village, Life Camp, Abuja, Pastor Isaiah Okoye, has landed himself in trouble following the death of a teenager he was trying to deliver of alleged witchcraft. Pastor Okoye was said to have tied two ‘witch’ teenagers for three days during a special ‘deliverance’ without food and water but rather than accomplish his purpose, the action resulted in the death of one of the alleged witches.

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President Jonathan to reject Obasanjo’s terms

President Goodluck Jonathan may reject the recommendations of the seven-man peace team led by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, which has examined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis. It was learnt that some of the recommendations of the panel leaked to the Presidency and some PDP leaders at the weekend. Some of the recommendations are rated as one-sided in favour of the G-7-Kawu Baraje faction of the party. Also, the President has raised three strategic committees to suggest how to contain the aggrieved governors, if the peace efforts fail.

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Boko Haram terrorist killed 18 in Borno state

No fewer than 18 people including members of youth vigilantes were yesterday, killed and scores of others injured in Benisheik, Borno State in a coordinated attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. Survivors, who spoke to journalists from their hospital beds, recounted how the insurgents stormed Benisheik, headquarters, of Kaga Local Government, in the wee hours. They said the insurgents targeted the youth volunteers popularly called Civilian JTF, who had been conducting surveillance and security checks in the area. Sources said the insurgents disguised as members of the Civilian JTF to infiltrate the youth vigilantes, unknown to the youths that they were Boko Haram. “Boko Haram with sophisticated arms, opened fire on us killing 12 of our members. We were able to kill five of them and took possession of their four AK 47,” Zannah Fannami, one of the wounded Civilian JTF members said on his hospital bed. He said the insurgents stormed the town at about 12:30a.m yesterday.


Northern Nigeria Islamic state Borno to demolish churches

There is tension in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as the state government has intensified efforts to demolish about 25 churches and schools, Vanguard has learnt. The proposed demolition, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, told Vanguard might heighten insecurity challenges created by the Boko Haram. The development has, therefore, continued to fuel speculations to Islamize the country, beginning from Northern Nigeria. Vanguard reliably gathered that “the state government will embark on the demolition any moment from now.” Although there are conflicting figures of the number of churches and schools to be affected, sources confirmed that it would be close to 25.


Bishop Oyedepo opens Abuja Winners Chapel

The Federal Capital Territory was agog on Saturday when Bishop David Oyedepo inaugurated one of the biggest branches of The Living Faith Church, popularly referred to as Winners Chapel in Life Camp District in Abuja. The church, which accommodates over 4,000 worshipers every Sunday, was built in less than one year. Thousands of worshipers gathered to witness the unveiling of the cathedral, which is estimated to be over N300m.


Nigerian ‘baby factories’ bring profits and pain

ENUGU, Nigeria (AFP) – The proprietor of Nigeria’s Moonlight Maternity Clinic was not interested in discussing allegations that he sells newborn babies, with boys fetching higher prices than the girls. “I have nothing to say to you,” Ben Akpudache, a stout 74-yeard-old, told AFP at the small, dimly lit clinic with concrete floors tucked between commercial shops in the southeastern city of Enugu. “I can’t just have people coming in and asking questions.” “Doctor” Akpudache, whose medical credentials are under question, had his clinic raided in July after a three-month sting operation in which the security forces discovered a so-called baby factory.


Gen. Alabi-Isiama no peace in Nigeria’s 53yrs of Hausa, Igbo rulership

A former Principal General Staff Officer (PGSO) of the Nigerian Army and Chief of Staff of 3 Marine Commando Division (3MCDO) during the 1967-70 Nigeria-Biafra war, Brigadier-General Godwin Alabi-Isama, is a reporter’s delight anytime. He canvasses his views with passion and emotion, not minding whose ox is gored. He was at his best, literally shooting from the hips, during a visit to the corporate headquarters of Vanguard in Apapa, Lagos. In a two-hour chat with Vanguard’s senior editors on his book, ‘The Tragedy of Victory, On-the-spot Account of the Nigeria-Biafra War in the Atlantic Theatre,’ the civil war hero made startling comments that are bound to raise dust and generate controversy in the polity.


Ex-militants declare Atiku persona-non-grata in Niger Delta

FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar has been declared a persona-non-grata by leaders of ex-militants in the Niger Delta for threatening to stop the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and spearheading the break-up of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The former warlords drawn from all nine states of the Niger Delta made the declaration after a meeting under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI) in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State yesterday. They said: “”It is unfortunate that Atiku, who has benefitted so much from the Niger Delta’s crude oil and gas, is leading dissidents in