Ndi-Igbo in the U. S under the aegis of Pan Ndi-Igbo Foundation (PNF USA) have chosen former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor-Kalu as the recipient of its “2013 Advocacy for Justice Award”. The group in a statement made available in New York on Wednesday, said the choice of Kalu was taken at its national meeting on Aug. 18. “Members unanimously voted to recognise Kalu with the prestigious award for his services to Ndi-Igbo globally, including our dear country, Nigeria.
THE United States of America, USA, yesterday, stated why it was yet to release the $7 million bounty it placed on the head of the leader of the Boko Haram Islamist sect, Abubakar Shekau. This is coming 10 days after the Joint Task Force announced that the sect leader had died from gunshot wounds he sustained in an encounter with the task force on June 30. In June 2012, the US Department of State had designated Shekau a terrorist and froze his assets in America, while offering a $7 million reward for his capture. Explaining why the US was yet to redeem its pledge on the reward for killing the Boko Haram leader, outgoing Ambassador of the US to Nigeria, Terence McCulley, told newsmen shortly after his visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, in Abuja, that his country was not fully satisfied with Nigeria’s war against terrorism. He said: “I can say you are talking about the Reward for Justice Programme, which indeed offers a reward for help in apprehending the leader of Boko Haram. “But I can’t say that the United States has been very satisfied with the work that has been done in helping to counter the threat of violent extremism in the region. “But we certainly salute the work that Nigeria has done as a regional leader to contain the spread of violent extremism.”
Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of The Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianodo, narrowly escaped death, Tuesday night, after he was attacked by gunmen in Festac Town, Lagos. However, his driver and a Police escort were shot dead by the gunmen. Policemen from Area ‘E’ on patrol were said to have swooped on the gunmen and engaged them in a gun battle during which two of the gunmen were killed while others escaped. Chief Obianodo was returning from work at about 9 p.m. when the gunmen, numbering five, who drove in a Sport Utility Vehicle intercepted him on 22 Road and opened fire
A Nigerian suspect, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, is expected to face trial in the United States for allegedly supporting a designated foreign terrorist organisation, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The 33-year old suspect was allegedly given about $9,000 by AQAP leadership to recruit other English speakers from Nigeria to join the terrorist group. Charges were preferred against Babafemi yesterday by the U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta E. Lynch; the Acting Assistant Attorney-General, National Security Division, John Carlin and the Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York Field Office, George Venizelos.
The emergence of the incumbent Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha in the 2011 election has been described as a political accident which happened due to the rancour within the People’s Democratic Party, PDP members, but will not happen again in 2015. This assertion was given to Trumpeta in Owerri, by the Chairman of PDP Mobilization Committee, Chief Jerry Chukwueke who added that the party will chase out Okorocha from Government House come 2015 election. Describing himself as a full-fledged member of the PDP, Chukwueke described that the job of his committee is to reinvigorate the PDP and re-brand it for the elections ahead, pointing out that by the time he has finished his assignment, the PDP in Imo State will be a new product that would be sought after by all politicians in the state.
Angry reactions have started trailing the legalisation of abortion by Imo State Government, as many people were seen Wednesday, discussing what they described as an obnoxious law.
The federal government yesterday issued a query to the chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Festus Eze Odimegwu, asking him to explain the circumstances leading to his recent alleged inciting statements over 2006 census. A source close to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) told LEADERSHIP yesterday that Odimegwu had been issued a query and given a specific period within which to respond to it. He, however, could not tell the time limit for Odimegwu to respond but could be a prelude to his suspension.
The European Union is concerned about the level of corruption in Nigeria. It called for adequate measures to halt the impunity. The outgoing Ambassador/Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Dr David MacRea, stated the position of the EU yesterday in Abuja. He spoke to reporters in a valedictory session. MacRae said: “Nigeria has to deal seriously with what is known as the immunity clause. It seems just few offenders are being punished while the real people who commit the offences get away. “It is regrettable that corruption in Nigeria is not going down and it is affecting the entire country. I am not saying that Nigeria is the worst country; you still find so many good things in Nigeria.
A hundred and one students of Kano State origin yesterday departed for Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic, for bilingual studies. The Kano State government will spend N1 billion as scholarship for the students of the newly established Kano/Niger Bilingual College. Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso spoke on the scholarship when he presented the admission letters to the students in Kano ahead of their flight. The governor said his administration was collaborating with Niger Republic on the programme to strengthen the bilateral relations between them. According to him, the state government has earmarked N1 billion for the establishment and construction of the first phase of the college, which has modern facilities for the students.
If the late environmental rights activist and leader of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, Ken Saro-Wiwa was alive, he would be 72 years old on October 10.