Al-Mustapha’s after15-year in jail he is a free man

In many days to come, Maj. Hamza al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, will have to learn how to live as a free man. Al-Mustapha was appointed Chief Security Officer to the Head of State with a Special Strike Force Unit during Abacha’s military regime (November 17, 1993 – June 8, 1998).


Boko Haram commander has been killed in Sokoto

A top commander of the Boko Haram sect, popularly called Buwayayye (meaning ‘untouchable’ in Hausa), has been killed and another captured yesterday in Sokoto after an eight-hour fierce gun battle between the sect and a combined team of security forces comprising soldiers and operatives of the State Security Service. The brigade commander, 1 Brigade, Brig. Gen. Ta’siu Ibrahim, confirmed the operation. He said it was carried out around Gidan Dare, Kalambaina in Wamakko Local Government Area of the state and that it lasted almost eight hours from 2am on Thursday.


Rivers Gov warns of looming danger

THE Rivers State Government has condemned the sudden withdrawal of soldiers from the Government House in Port Harcourt. A group of soldiers, who have been mounting guard at the Government House, were suddenly withdrawn from their posts on Wednesday, a development that caused panic among workers within the place. Speaking with The PUNCH in a telephone interview on Thursday, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr. Tony Okocha, expressed shock that the soldiers could be withdrawn at a time the state government’s relationship with the police was not cordial.


Gov Suswam tells Al-Makura Fulani attackers operate from Nasarawa

Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, yesterday, accused Nasarawa State government of harbouring Fulani herdsmen and mercenaries, who had been accused of attacking Tiv communities in Benue. Suswam made the accusation during a peace meeting between both states held at the Nasarawa State Government House, Lafia. The governor maintained that it was obvious that the attackers were being accommodated by some communities in Nasarawa State.


Amnesty panel meeting ends in a deadlock with CAN

A meeting between the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria and members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in North ended in deadlock on Thursday in Abuja. This came as the umbrella Christian body kicked against the composition of the committee, threatening not to accept any recommendation made by the panel. The Committee Chairman and Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN), had while highlighting the committee’s terms of reference, solicited the support of CAN in the peace process. He said, “We are not only soliciting your understanding, we are also seeking the support of the Christian community in Nigeria.


Wole Soyinka blames Jonathan for Rivers crisis

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the political crisis rocking Rivers State, warning that Nigeria was fast sliding towards monarchism; the system of government where too much power is vested in one person. This is even as Governor Rotimi Amaechi cried out yesterday that the state is under siege going by the prevalent violence, disturbances and fracas going on in recent times. This culminated in Tuesday’s chaos witnessed at the House of Assembly and its ripple effects on Wednesday.


Opposition Govs FG plans emergency rule in Rivers

Eleven governors in opposition political parties, have condemned the crisis in Rivers State, describing it as a ploy by the Federal Government to declare emergency rule in the oil-rich state. They made the claim just as the embattled Governor of the State, Rotimi Amaechi, told visiting members of the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration, that the state(Rivers) was under siege. Amaechi’s allegation is almost in tandem with the Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu’s belief that the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Joseph Mbu, had become the governor of the crisis-ridden state.