Lagos State Government, yesterday, debunked allegation that it deported 67 indigenes of Anambra State, saying what happened was that the state government did rehabilitation and resettlement of citizens from other states. It equally assured residents of adequate security of life and property in the wake of the recent arrest of some Boko Haram suspects in the state. Briefing after the weekly security meeting chaired by Governor Babatunde Fashola, state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko, said the state government only resettled the 67 Anambra indigenes. According to him: “What happened was that the state government did rehabilitation and resettlement of the citizens from other states. These were those who came into the state and turned into destitute.
Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Chukwuma Soludo yesterday said he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) so he can be politically relevant. According to him, the people blamed him for losing the 2010 governorship election in Anambra State. Soludo spoke at his home in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area, when he was registered by Isuofia Ward Chairman of APGA Okeke Anthony and issued an APGA card. He said: “Anambra remains an APGA land and therefore, I decided to join my people in a quest to transform Anambra State and Nigeria.
The leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has advised Ndigbo, living in troubled zones in the North to relocate to safe areas in the country if they do not want to return home. Uwazuruike’s advice followed Monday’s multiple bombings by suspected Boko Haram members in the Sabon Gari area of Kano that is predominantly inhabited by the Igbo in which 20 persons were said to have died. The MASSOB leader told Daily Sun yesterday that his advice was informed by his discovery that some Igbo living in the North do not want to leave, noting that those who wanted to return home had done so when he sent buses to fetch them.
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the recent reconciliation in the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
Governor Peter Obi on Wednesday wrote President Goodluck Jonathan to investigate the dumping of 72 homeless people at the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State, by suspected agents of the Lagos State Government. In a letter titled, “Unconstitutional, Illegal and Forced Deportation of Nigerians to Anambra State from Lagos State,” Obi described the action of Lagos State Government in the matter as disturbing. He said it had serious security and political implications, considering the fact that it was not the first time that such an action was taken by the Lagos State Government.
The Federal Government on Wednesday said the co-owner of Amigo Supermarket, Mustapha Fawaz, and two other Lebanese, facing terrorism charges, spied on Israelis and other foreign nationals in Abuja. The suspects, the Federal Government also said, placed some strategic buildings in Abuja under surveillance. Federal Government prosecutor, Simon Egede, stated this after tendering a video of interview sessions in which the suspects made statements to the State Security Service. Fawaz and his co-accused- Abdallah Thanini and Talal Roda- are facing 16 counts of terrorism, following their arrest in connection with an armoury in Bompai, Kano.
What appears a non-relenting spat of Jihadist based violence against the Nigerian social structure may have conclusively begun exhibiting symptoms of what may become of the federal government’s battle against the ongoing religious insurgency in northern Nigeria. And as the electioneering campaign of 2015 presidential exercise nears, concerned quarters within the Nigerian security force fear a new form of battle by the Jihadist group that may dwarf previous violent activities of the Islamic group. The recent bomb attack in Kano on Monday night [July 29, 2013] at the south east dominated area of Kano metropolis in Sabon Gari – along New road by Ado Bayero Square and along Enugu road by Igbo road – depicts a new chapter in the conflict of the Jihadist group against the people of Nigeria. The Sabon Gari community had been considered a safe haven for non-indigenes of Kano and for non-Muslims resident in Kano. It had served a safe haven dating back to the early 1950s long before the coming of the Boko Haram group.
The casualty fig-ures from the multiple blasts that rocked the predominantly Christian quarters in Kano, Monday evening, has increased to 45 dead, according to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano. Briefing newsmen on the development in Kano, yesterday, Chairman, Kano chapter of the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Chief Tobias Idika, said: “We counted 45 dead bodies and they have all been deposited at the morgue for identification by relations.” “We have records and proof of what we are talking about. I participated in the rescue operations and I am best informed to tell the world what happened regarding the deaths and the injured.”He revealed that 15 people were injured during the blast, adding that the injured were on admission at various government hospitals in the metropolis.
The Anambra Women Organisation, AWO, has pledged to contribute money to support in Dr. Chris Ngge’s governorship campaign. The women also promised to mobile their over 122,000 members in 346 wards, including non-indigenes, to vote for him in the scheduled November 16 governorship election. The group made the pledge when Ngige visited the women yesterday at Ezinifite in Aguata Local Government Area of the state to inform them about his governorship aspiration.
The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah has alerted leaders and politicians in the country to take proactive measures in addressing the lingering crisis and insecurity bedevilling the nation. Kukah said: “Time is not on our side and the country is falling apart if care is not taken.” Speaking in an interview at Kizara village while commiserating with the people over the killing of 58 people recently by gunmen in Zamfara State, he said sooner the leaders and politicians put their heads and acts together, the better. Rev. Kukah attributed the lingering crisis to the failure of the political class to continuously engage in dialogue with one another, saying the politicians must imbibe the spirit of negotiations always.