DEPUTY governor of Borno State, Zannah Umar Mustapha, has said the state is still having some problems, though relative peace is being restored, adding that the state, for now, was not interested in the restoration of GSM network services. Mustapha said this while receiving members of the Senate Committee on Defence, Police, Army and National Security, during a visit to the state, on Monday. According to him, the government was not interested in the restoration of GSM network services for now, as it would distablise the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.
The former leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Alhaji Asari Dokubo,
Former Presidential candidate of the defunct Nigeria Advance Party (NAP) Dr. Tunji Braithwaite on Tuesday, faulted the planned centenary anniversary of Nigeria’s amalgamation by the presidency in 2014, describing it as a celebration of slavery and bad history. The Human Rights Activist and lawyer who wondered why despite the myriad of problems confronting the country, coupled with the level of poverty, the Federal government still plans to celebrate the Centenary anniversary of the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, lamented that the deplorable state of infrastructure in the country and the precarious security situation are enough reason to halt the celebration.
Umaru Dikko the former Aviation Minister under the administration of Shehu Shagari in the second republic is the arch looter and an extraordinary criminal of international repute. He singlehandedly put Nigeria on the map in the league of African treasury robbers.
Information reaching 247ureports. indicates that multiple explosion has rock the minority city of Sabon Gari in Kano State. According to initial reports, three explosions were heard – one along Enugu road and two along New road. But explosions were said to have occurred – near International Hotel. The explosion occurred at about 9:15pm Monday night. Preliminary reports state that the area of the explosion occurred within a popular night hangout where indoor and outdoor bars are located. Many hotels are housed in the area. According to the police public relations officer in Kano who confirmed the explosion to 247ureports.com – indicated that the police commissioner and the Assistant Inspector General of Police have already arrived at the scene of explosion. Also, the men and women of the joint task force are said to have arrived the scene of the bomb blast.
A former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; a former United Nations Secretary-General, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali; and a former Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, are among eminent Africans that will intervene in the current political impasse in Rivers State. The Secretary of the Akasoba Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Dr. Jen Clarence, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Monday. Clarence said the intervention was at the instance of the Akasoba of Kalabari and Chair of ACPCR, Queen Akasoba Duke-Abiola.
Thirty-one migrants, including nine women, drowned off the coast of Libya during an attempted crossing to Italy according to survivors who managed to complete the journey, Italian media reported. A dinghy carrying 53 migrants capsized on Friday evening, and witnesses said 31 of those who had been thrown off it drowned in the accident. Some of them are believed to be Nigerians. The twenty-two survivors, who come from Nigeria, Gambia, Benin and Senegal, said the dinghy had capsized after three days at sea. They were rescued by a passing merchant ship and taken to Lampedusa Island, the reports said.
Forty-two suspected Boko Haram members were paraded yesterday by the Army in Lagos. They were arrested in various parts of Lagos and Ogun states, after fleeing the military intervention in some parts of the North. The suspects were arrested between July 12 and 23. Parading the suspects at the headquarters of the 81 Division, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Gen. Obi Umahi, said they were seized during raids done in conjunction with intelligence operatives following plans by the sect to unleash terror in parts of the Southwest.
The feuding leaders of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and the party’s National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, yesterday met and resolved crisis tearing the party apart. Speaking after the closed-door meeting at the Government House, Awka, Obi said the crisis which they had fully resolved would never come up again. He said: “The crisis would never come up again. Anambra State is an APGA state and it would remain so, we will defend it with everything, we would go out with everything during the coming election and win.” The governor assured party faithful that the end of the crisis signalled greater things and victories for APGA, adding that they would reconcile everybody and make sure that all were brought back on track.
AHEAD of the 2015 presidential election, Igbo youths have vowed not back President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid unless he fulfills his 2011 campaign promises to the South-East geo-political zone. According to the youths, of 10 promises, the President as of now is only tackling one and appears bent on shifting the rest to his second term, which they said was not fair. In a chat with Vanguard, Evang Elliot Uko, President of Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, an amalgam of 42 Igbo youth groups, said Jonathan had not really appreciated the massive support Ndigbo gave him in 2011.