President Goodluck Jonathan lashed out at former President Olusegun Obasanjo, accusing him of being the mastermind of the intractable crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, reliable presidency sources have said. “Obasanjo created the problem, he should go and solve it,” Mr. Jonathan was quoted as saying at a meeting he held with leading members of the Abubakar Baraje’s faction of the party on Sunday night. The reconciliation meeting was called a day after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, seven state governors, and some other party top guns walked out of the party’s national convention in Abuja and then announced the formation of a parallel faction. Mr. Obasanjo was not at the meeting but both men had worshipped together at the Aso Rock chapel earlier that day.
After a brief lull, the row between Governor Rotimi Amaechi and state police chief Mbu Joseph Mbu resurface yesterday. Amaechi’s escort commander has been withdrawn by the police, Commissioner for Information Ibim Semenitari claimed last night. Police Commissioner Mbu reportedly made a request, which was not in the purview of the police officer following which he was removed from his position, Mrs. Semenitari said. The report could not be confirmed last night as Mbu did not pick his calls.
The Boko Haram sect came back with fury yesterday, despite the serious efforts by the military to crush its insurgency. Men suspected to be members of the sect, bearing sophisticated weapons, launched attacks in Borno State, killing no fewer than 20 people. They attacked schools and hospitals, setting some houses on fire in Gajiram, headquarters of Nganzai Local Government and Bulabulin Ngawra village in Konduga Local Government Area of the beleaguered state.
Speakers at the fourth annual Gani Fawehinmi Lecture yesterday said Nigeria has not made any meaningful headway, despite staying together in 100 years of nationhood. They also said nothing has changed since the death of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, a frontline lawyer, who died in the struggle for the emancipation of the poor and the oppressed. Various speakers noted that a National Conference should be convoked soon so that Nigeria can make progress. They said it is at the round-table the people would decide on several issues to resolve the nation’s sundry challenges.
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart “has sold between 15 million and 20 million copies worldwide in 60 languages,” according to the late author’s literary agent. The sales figures make Mr. Achebe’s modern classic one of the bestselling literary novels and the most widely read book by an African author. Mr. Achebe, who was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts, died on March 21 this year at the age of 82. His agent, the Wylie Agency, reported the record-selling performance as Things Fall Apart celebrates its 55th year of continuous publication. Mr. Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 and attended the elite Government College Umuahia as well as University College, Ibadan – affiliated with the University of London – where his studies focused on literature, religion and history. Born to Isaiah Okafor Achebe and Janet Achebe, earlier converts to the Anglican Church, Mr. Achebe was a precocious and intellectually gifted child.
The last is yet to be heard about looted funds traced to ex- Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, as £20m(N5.12billion) laundered through some lawyers in Britain is being probed. Two suspects, including a former Attorney-General of Kogi State, have been arrested in London in connection with the loot The two suspects, who were trying to convert a 1994 CBN Traveller’s Cheque worth £2,000 at Travelex are undergoing interrogation in London. Upon a search in the suspects’ hotel in London, it was gathered, about £78,000 traveller’s cheque was found on them. There were indications that the UK Police may invoke the Mutual Legal Assistance to seek the extradition of Mohammed Sanni, who is allegedly linked to the probe. A source said: “The arrest of two Nigerian suspects (including a former Attorney-General of Kogi State) has triggered the latest round of investigation.
Three people were feared killed yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State, when a four-storey building, under construction, collapsed after an early morning downpour. The building, situated on No 24, Obanye Street in Odoakpu, near Onitsha General Post Office, collapsed at about 3:30pm. The collapsed building is said to be valued at over N40 million. It could not be confirmed yesterday if three people died. An eye witness said nobody died as workers had closed for the day when it happened. He said workers were sighted at the building at about 8am.
There are indications that the South East regional headquarters of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, Enugu, situated along the popular Zik Avenue, would be demolished any moment from now.
A newly married couple, who packed to their house soon after wedding have been reportedly killed by generator fumes in Ikot Omin on the outskirts of Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The couple, Bassey Effiong (27), his wife, Glory (21) and her younger sister, Emem (16), were said to have packed to the house yet to be completed by Bassey. “When he got married, he decided to work on one of the rooms and moved in, while hoping to gradually complete the house,” Mike, a neighbour to the couple told Vanguard. However, tragedy struck, Sunday night, when the couple turned on their generating set and placed it on the corridor close to the room, where they slept but fume from the generating set was said to have subsequently gained entry into the room in large quantity and suffocatded the couple along with Emem, the wife’s younger sister.
Igbo youths, under the aegis of Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, have condemned the multiple taxation imposed on traders by Lagos State Government. They also condemned the constant closure of markets on flimsy excuses by the government and recent imposition of one Alhaji Abibu Oladotun Oki as Babaloja of All Mushin Motor Spare Parts Markets (Ladipo market). The youths, in a statement issued by OYC’s Secretary, Board of Trustees, Mazi Okwu Okwu, said: “We have watched the Lagos State Government’s anti-poor and anti-Igbo policies of Governor Raji Fashola, ranging from unlawful deportation, detention, multiple taxation, displacement of Igbos from their places of business to incessant harassment and closure of Igbo interest-dominated markets. “Until the coming of Mr. Fashola, and his predecessor, Senator Bola Tinubu, Lagos had been an enabling and business-friendly haven for the Igbos and other non-Yoruba ethnic nationalities.