Nigeria Senate vote to legalise child rape

Wife of the Ekiti State governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, yesterday condemned the Senate for voting to amend the aspect of the constitution forbidding underage marriage. Fayemi, who said the move was inimical to the growth and liberation of the female gender, urged the womenfolk to rise against the development, saying the need to press for the criminalisation of early marriage could not be overemphasised. The governor’s wife spoke in Ado-Ekiti at the second Annual Public Lecture organised by Women and Children Development and Health Research Initiative, WCDHRI, in collaboration with the Ekiti Development Foundation yesterday.


Bishop Kana Mani asks Buhari to quit active politics

The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Maiduguri, Emmanuel Kana Mani, has called on former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to retire from active politics and join the revered league of former Nigerian leaders. In a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Bishop Mani asked Buhari to abide by the statement he made prior to the 2011 presidential election in which he claimed that he would not contest the 2015 poll. The cleric said he recalled that before the last presidential election, Gen. Buhari told all Nigerians that after the 2011 elections, he would not vie for any election again.


Blind man runs baby factory in Anambra

A 54-year-old blind man, his daughters and others have been arrested in Anambra state for “running a baby factory.” Operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) arrested Geoffrey Okoli who hails from Aguata local government area but failed to apprehend another suspect one Catherine Eze, alleged to be the brain behind the sale of the babies. They said other accomplices are in the SSS custody. Anambra State Director of the security service, Mr. Alex Okeiyi, told reporters yesterday in Awka that the suspects had been transferred to the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic of Persons (NAPTIP) in Enugu for further investigation.

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After 43 years we’re yet to address causes of civil war

EMOTIONS ran high, yesterday, at the fully packed main auditorium of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, when ex-Generals and combatants in the 30-month Nigeria-Biafra civil war lamented that issues that led to the war had not been addressed 43 years after. Reminiscing on their roles in the blood-guzzling campaign to keep Nigeria united, which claimed more than two million lives on both sides, they said it was sad that injustice still reign supreme in the country while vagabonds and thieves are being celebrated at the expense of heroes and heroines.The occasion was the presentation of a book: The tragedy of victory; on-the-spot account of the Nigeria-Biafra war in the Atlantic theatre, written by Brigadier-General Godwin Alabi-Isama (rtd). The ex-generals berated former Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd), over his accounts of the civil war, in his book: My Command, saying that he gave himself kudos for the victory over Biafra without acknowledging the contributions of others.


Gen Abdulsalami: Rivers crisis can truncate democracy

Former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar warned yesterday that the political crisis in Rivers State poses a threat to democracy.He also warned that our fledgling democracy may be truncated if politicians in the state and indeed in the country failed to put their house in order and avoid overheating the polity.Gen. Abubakar spoke during an interactive session with members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger State chapter in his Minna home.Describing the crisis as “sad” and “unfortunate”, the former military leader counselled politicians in the state to embrace peace in the interest of democracy and what it stood for.


Ex-Generals says Obasanjo’s Civil War book is self-glorification

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.), and Brig.-Gen. Godwin Alabi-Isama (retd.), on Thursday faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Nigerian Civil War account. Obasanjo’s story in his war memoirs, My Command, Akinrinade and Alabi-Isama said, was full of “serious and historical errors” and constituted a “self-glorification.” The former President’s account, the retired military officers added, amounted to denying others, who helped to achieve Nigeria’s victory, the credit they deserved.


Why MASSOB murdered Igbo Youths members in Anambra

Members of the Association of Youths Organization (AIYO), in Onitsha have reacted to the bloody clash with members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), last Saturday alleging that fighters who killed four of their members were after them because they were gaining massive popularity and acceptability in Anambra State. The group gave the names of the AIYO members who died during the clash as Chiemezie, Samuel, Emeka and Dragon. The group said many others were injured.


Why President is after Gov Amaechi said Prof Soyinka

Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka yesterday hinted at the root of the rift between Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the Presidency. The elder statesman, who said he had been contacted by both factions before he addressed a joint news conference with activist Femi Falana (SAN) in Lagos, disclosed that the Presidency was unhappy over “conflict of interests on certain resources”. Soyinka said a special adviser in the Presidency, whom he did not name, visited him and outlined the official rationale for the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) debacle. He said the conflict over certain resources, was implied as the root of the division between the NGF and the Presidency.