In its effort at conducting a credible census in the country, the Nigerian government has questioned the statement credited to the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Festus Odimegwu. The NPC chairman, who is a former managing director of the Nigerian Breweries, had at a press briefing early this month cast aspersions on the figures of the last headcount, which was conducted in Nigeria in 2006. He had also said that no credible election had taken place in the country since the commencement of censuses in 1816. In the 2006 headcount, Kano State was declared the most populous state in the country. According to him, “Nigeria has run on falsehood for too long. We must stop this falsehood and put a stop to all of this. Because the 2006 census was not correct, the former board of NPC was unable to publish the figures. If they try it, there will be uproar.”
The Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North yesterday said it has reached a critical stage with Boko Haram members to lay down their arms. Chairman of the Committee, Kabiru Turaki, called on the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and other northern leaders to help them seal a final deal with the sect. Turaki, the Minister of Special Duties, said this during the committee’s meeting with the ACF leadership at the forum’s headquarters in Kaduna. The minister, who faulted the pull out of some dialogue committee members, accused them of benefiting from the insecurity and insurgency facing the nation, saying northerners should stand up against terrorism.
Women from Umuguma in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State yesterday uncovered a baby factory in the area.
Senate President David Mark has urged proponents of sovereign national conference to forget it. He spoke at the 53rd Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Calabar, Cross River State. Mark, represented by Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), said it was it was not feasible, until the section on Constitution amendment is reviewed. He said: “The 1999 Constitution (as amended) made provisions for its alteration. It did not make provisions for any new constitution. “It is in answer to the clamour for a new constitution by vocal sections of the polity that an amendment to make provisions for how a new constitution can come about is being contemplated.
No fewer than 32 persons were killed by gunmen in separate incidents in Benue and Borno communities last Sunday. The bloody attack in Benue State occurred in Agbena and Agbaaga villages in Ukum Local Government area of the state, which left about 18 persons dead. The Borno State incident claimed 14 lives with nine others sustaining various degrees of injury when suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Bama community in Bama Local Government Area of the state, Sunday morning. Vanguard gathered from a source in the areas that the invaders numbering over 20, armed with sophisticated weapons, invaded the Agbena and Agbaaga communities in Benue State at 8p.m. Sunday night without resistance. Eyewitness’ account The source said: “They invaded the villages in several cars and started shooting anything in sight without resistance from the villagers.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, confirmed the oil spillage at Ejigbo area of Lagos State which occurred in the early hours of Saturday, saying two samples of the leakage had been taken for laboratory test to ascertain the true nature of the spill. The spillage was discovered in a well belonging to one Mr. Adedanji Ogunba. According to the company’s Depot Manager in Ejigbo, Dr. Balogun Tola, who visited to the site on Aminatu Ilo street Ejigbo, the corporation had taken adequate measures to detect the exact spot of the leakage. He lamented that the civil defence organisation locked up the affected premises, making it impossible for the NNPC to take further samples.
Thousands of Muslim faithful protested in Kano yesterday over the deposition and continued detention of the Egyptian President, Dr Muhammad Mursi, who was ousted in the July 3, 2013 coup-d-tat. The coalition of some Muslim groups in the North under the aegis of Alliance of Muslim Organisations and Civil Right Groups in northern Nigeria held a rally at the Kofa Mata Mosque, where they called for the release from detention of the former Egyptian President and his restatement. The placard carrying demonstrators said they were joining the league of those countries, which believe in fairness and the promotion through respect for democratic ideals and human rights in condemning and denouncing the atrocities that is taking place in Egypt.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika at the weekend in Kaduna, stated that crushing insurgency was to ensure national security and not religious war. The Army Chief offered the explanation during the closing ceremony of a workshop organized for Nigerian Army Commanding Officers from North-West and North-East part of the country at Division one Headquarters, Kaduna. Ihejirika, who was represented by the GOC, Division one, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Garba Wahab said: “Like I keep on saying, what we are facing right now is not an issue of religion, because there is no religion that allows any individual to slaughter a fellow human being. So, it is not a religious issue. If you understand what we are facing, you will get a solution to it.
GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, said, weekend that editors would be held responsible should Nigeria break up. Consequently, he charged the editors to be mindful of the kind of reports they churned out for public consumption.. Speaking at a gala nite organised for the editors to round up 9th edition of Guild of Editors Conference in Asaba, the governor said: “I want to sincerely thank the President and other members of the Guild who have been here for these past few days. There is no doubt that as journalists you owe our people the responsibility of ensuring that we keep Nigeria one. “Whatever you write or whatever you do not write for those who write whatever you say and whatever you do not say can keep us together or break us. So I want to appeal, some of us love Nigeria and want Nigeria to remain one.