The National Consensus Group, NCG, yesterday said that Nigeria must be saved from imminent disintegration by all stakeholders in the country.
AMID its desperate search for peace, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to have remained struck in the mud of trouble. It suddenly put off yesterday a scheduled peace meeting between its leaders and its aggrieved governors. It emerged last night that the refusal of President Goodluck Jonathan to make any commitment on his perceived 2015 ambition and alleged investigation of governors by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) led to the abrupt postponement of the talks, which should have been a follow-up to the Sunday meeting at the Villa. Besides, a group loyal to the President, Media Network for Transformation (MNT), yesterday asked the Presidency to discontinue talks with the aggrieved PDP governors.
The Bamanga Tukur-led faction of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP was on the precipice, yesterday, after 58 members of the House of Representatives publicly switched sides to the Kawu Baraje New PDP (nPDP). Four more senators have also joined the earlier 22 senators on the side of Baraje, swelling the number to 26 pro-nPDP senators. However at press time last night, President Goodluck Jonathan was said to have begun a meeting with 10 governors of the PDP. Besides, the Baraje faction also moved yesterday for the de-registration of the Tukur faction by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The Baraje faction in court seeking to legitimize itself also claimed that Tukur was not a valid member of the party and as such not in position to lead the ruling party.
The governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has apologised to the people of the state over the controversy generated by the law legalising abortion in the state. This followed the pressure from churches, especially, the Catholic Church, in the state calling on the governor and the state legislature to repeal the law. Addressing church leaders at the temporary chambers of the state House of Assembly in Owerri, Governor Okorocha appealed to the members of the House to repeal the contentious section(s) of the law in the interest of the state. The said law which is cited as Violence Against Persons(Prohibition) Law No 12 of 2012 permits women both married and unmarried to carry out abortion at will. The contentious section of the law also states that every woman should obtain the rights to enjoy reproductive rights which includes right to medical abortion in cases of intimate assaults, molestation, incest and possible health danger associated with pregnancy to the woman.
Nigeria’s substantial investments and critical infrastructure are under threat of the actions of terrorists, vandals and saboteurs, President Goodluck Jonathan has said. Jonathan expressed the concern on Monday in Abuja while declaring open a 2-day Stakeholders’ Forum on the protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure. The president, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, therefore, ordered the nation’s security agencies to review existing strategies for effective intelligence sharing towards ensuring greater protection of such national assets and critical infrastructure.
The political summit holding in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, will not discuss the alleged second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan, its Convener, Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN), said yesterday. The former don lamented that some elements were planning to discredit the summit, which he said was convened to discuss the challenges facing the country. In a statement, Nwabueze said the goal of the summit is to explore opportunities for the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference. He said: “Notwithstanding the schemes to destabilise the national political dialogue, we have continued to receive calls and encouragement from well-meaning Nigerians who have applauded the initiative of the summit.
The alleged mastermind behind the rape involving the Councilor of Ndiagu Echara Ward I in Ikwo Local government Area of Ebonyi State, Mrs Margret Elom and her two daughters (names withheld) was arrested today [Monday] by men and officers of State police Command in Abakaliki. The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Sylvester Igbo who confirmed the arrest of the suspect, Hon. Sunday Otah, the Vice Chairman Ikwo LGA to 47ureports.com revealed that he (suspect) was arrested by the police based on the confessional statements made by another suspects, Sunday Nwaokponkwu, allegedly involved in the rape saga. The mother of the victims who is also the current councillorship candidate of Ndiagu Echara Ward I in the last Peoples Democratic Party, PDP councillorship election in the state reported the incident to the police.
Ten people were killed yesterday at Addu in Attakar chiefdom, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, by unknown gunmen. Police spokesman Aminu Lawan said some of those suspected to have carried out the attack were being interrogated. This is the third time the area has been attacked this year. Residents said a family of four was killed. A couple was killed but their children escaped.
THERE have been several cases of oil spillages across Lagos State with attendant loss of property and lives some times.
Madam Jessy Ukeje, a 77-year-old grandmother from Eluoma Uzuakoli in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, is in pains. So also is her daughter, Joy Ihedinma Ukeje. Mama Jessy’s granddaughter (Joy’s daughter) Rita Chinedu Ukeje, 15, was allegedly abducted by Islamic fundamentalists and given out in marriage to one of their own. Since then, the family has been in untold distress. Now, Mrs. Ukeje is calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to help rescue the girl from the clutches of her abductors.