The leader of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, may have been cornered by operatives of the Joint Task Force in Gwoza hills, Borno State. A top security source told Saturday PUNCH on Thursday that the JTF had located the area where the Boko Haram leader was hiding. The source stated, “We are combing Gwoza hills where we believe Shekau is hiding.”
By Pamela Eboh of newsexpressngr.com The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Anambra State Branch, has strongly condemned the penchant by the Lagos State Government in Nigeria’s South-West to round up and deport large numbers f Igbos from the South-East, dumping them in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra.
Northern youths on Thursday criticised their elders over what they described as calls for the nation’s Presidency to return to the region in 2015. The youth, under the aegis of the Arewa Peoples Patriotic Front, said rather than calling for Presidency to return to the North, the elders should saddle themselves with the responsibility of putting their house in order. National Chairman, APPF, Mr. Sunday Ibrahim, while addressing a press conference in Kaduna on Thursday, accused the elders for being responsible of the sundry problems confronting the region.
The presidency, yesterday, described the five northern governors, who carpeted Peoples Democratic Party over alleged poor leadership and internal crises, as agents of the opposition. It warned them to desist from continuing to engage in acts capable of unduly heating up the polity and distracting President Goodluck Jonathan from delivering on his promises to Nigerians. Political Adviser to the President, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, made the allegation in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja.
Igbo youths have condemned chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution on Security Challenges in the North,
Two Army Majors and thirteen soldiers killed by Boko Haram Terrorists in the North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe, as well as UNAMID operations in Darfur, Sudan, were yesterday given national burial at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja with President Goodluck Jonathan insisting that the nation will win the war on terror. At the burial ceremony which took place at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja, scores of officers and men of the force, amidst grieving relatives of the gallant officers and men, Jonathan represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo described the death of the officers and soldiers as a sacrifice for the nation’s unity. His words, “We are gathered here on a sad note to honour our gallant officers and men who have sacrificed their lives for the peace and progress of our nation. On several occasions and different for a, I have reiterated the commitment of this administration to strengthening and improving the nation’s security capabilities to enable us
Former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, has blamed the problems facing Nigerians on politicians. Akanbi spoke in Lagos yesterday as the chairman of the ninth Annual Lecture organised by AELEX Law Firm. At the well-attended lecture with the theme; “In God’s Name: Politics, Religion and Economic Development,” the jurist said although there were some good politicians in the country, the majority of them were “crooked” and did not fear God.
The Senate yesterday backed the action of the House of Representatives by taking over the functions and duties of the crisis-ridden Rivers State House of Assembly. The action of the Senate is in line with the provisions of Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended. The Senate also urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, to transfer the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, out of the state since his relationship with Governor Rotimi Amaechi had broken down irretrievably. In addition, the three senators from Rivers State were tasked to use their positions to promote peace and prevent an escalation of the crisis in the state.
The Ogirisi Igbo, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, has condemned the crisis between the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Association of Igbo Youths (AIYO), saying the conflict is man-made. Ezeonwuka in a statement, made available to Daily Sun, said the emergence of Chief Ralph Uwazurike as the Ijele Ndigbo and himself as Ogirisi Igbo, meaning spiritual cleansing of abomination and conflict resolution in Igbo land, in 2012, means Igbo must live in unity and love for one another. “This is a perfect plan for Igbo unity but it is now clear that some hoodlums, hiding under the unity of Ijele and Ogirisi now choose to unleash terror and mayhem on their fellow brothers, to the extent that many young people now resort to fighting and killing themselves with no serious reasons. This is bad for Igbo unity.
The Presidency said yesterday that the nation’s democracy is not threatened by the Rivers State crisis, contrary to the position of some eminent citizens. It declared that the crisis is “purely a localised political matter” which has “no dangerous or far reaching consequences for the peace and security of the nation”. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Communication Dr. Doyin Okupe, in a statement, also called on the five northern governors who visited Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi in Port Harcourt last week to stop crying wolf where there is none.