RIVERS State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has reacted to the ongoing controversy between him and the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, saying the perceived misunder-standing arose out of his desire to provide a conducive learning environment for the children of Okrika, home town of the First Lady. Amaechi said he has enormous respect for both President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience. He spoke when clergymen of the Niger Delta Bishops’ Forum visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt on yesterday as part of their efforts to mediate in the political crisis in the state. The bishops had some weeks back visited the First Lady and Minister of State for Education Nyesom Wike in Abuja as part of their efforts to resolve the issues
The police have said they will disarm vigilante groups in Anambra State ahead of the November 16 governorship election in the state. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Ballah Nasarawa, stated this on Thursday in Awka while inaugurating the Anambra Vigilance Group Code of Conduct and Identity card at a seminar organised for members of vigilante groups in the state. The seminar was organised by the consultant and coordinator of Community Policing, Mr. Chris Udeze. Nasarawa, represented by a Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Mr. Agyole Abeh, urged members of the vigilante groups to abide by the code of conduct and ensure that they submit to the Divisional Police Officers in their areas for effective operations.
A Sharia Court, presided over by Justice Adamu Idris, yesterday ruled that the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, no longer had the power to house Miss Charity Uzoechina, a Muslim convert. Uzoechina had been in the custody of the monarch since her conversion to Islam. The Sharia Court had placed the 25-year-old convert in the custody of the royal father following the fear she expressed after her conversion. The court gave the order on March 4 that the emir should take charge of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida student.
China has opened one ammunition production line in Nigeria, through the production facilities of DICON, to upgrade indigenous defence industry. Senior Colonel Kang Honglin disclosed this at a reception to mark the 86th Anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Abuja. According to him, most of the PLA peacekeepers are deployed in Africa, adding that China is the biggest troop contributor among the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Honglin said, “For years, PLA provides Nigerian military personnel with opportunities to participate in training courses at different levels in china.
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor yesterday alleged that Boko Haram members handcuffed and burnt to death 16 Christians in a church in Biu, Borno State. CAN, in a statement, said Pastor Oritsejafor was saddened by the twin explosions by Boko Haram in Kano metropolis where about 53 people were killed and scores injured. The statement by Pastor Oritsejafor’s Special Adviser on Media, Kenny Ashaka, said: “He is particularly traumatised by the unreported news from Biu in Borno State that 16 Christians were handcuffed and burnt to death by members of the Boko Haram sect within the precinct of a church in the ancient city on Sunday, a day before one of the explosions in Kano went off at the Christ Salvation Pentecostal Church at the peak of evening worship.
There was a shock find in Onitsha, the Southeast commercial city, yesterday.
All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has rejected the inclusion of its logo in the advertorial placed in some national dailies, yesterday, by Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State hailing the registration of APC. The party said it was shocked by the development and consequently demanded a retraction by way of advertorial and a fee of N20 billion as damages done to it within seven days. The party also demanded for a formal apology. Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, said: “We are shocked to see in a national daily of today (yesterday) an advertorial placed by Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, congratulating
Kazeem Ugbodaga Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola has warned his counterpart in Anambra State, Peter Obi not to incite the Igbos against the Lagos state government, following the recent bussing of of some Igbo destitute to Onitsha. Fashola, spoke with newsmen on Thursday after inspecting the on-going light rail project and Jetties in Mile 2 area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
By OLUWOLE FAROTIMI The Lagos State Government said yesterday that the 72 people ‘deported’ to Onitsha, Anambra State last week constituted a nuisance. Controversy has been trailing the government’s action.
From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri Residents of Nekede, Eziobodo and Ihiagwa communities in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State have threatened to go naked in protest over the terrible condition of roads in the area. The aggrieved villagers, who were mostly women, said they would take to the street to protest what they called…