7 Nigerians shot dead in South Africa

Seven people believed to be Nigerians were shot dead at different times within the last one week in South Africa, media reports have said. South African police spokesman, Tim Masilela, said four Nigerians were killed when a group of men opened fire on them in Benoni on the East Rand. According to reports, the four were in a Volkswagen Golf alongside one other when a car stopped in front of them. A group of men got out of the car and opened fire, killing two of the men in the Golf instantly. A third passenger tried to run away, but collapsed and died a few metres from the scene. A fourth man died later in hospital. The fifth man in the car was not hurt.


President tells security chiefs to defend Nigerians

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged security chiefs in the country to wage the war against terrorism to a logical conclusion. Jonathan said the Federal Government and security operatives had a responsibility to protect the citizenry against acts of terror. The President also called on security personnel to ensure a strict adherence to the rules of engagement and the respect for human lives in the ongoing campaign against terrorism and insurgency.


Yobe State Boko Haram kill 29 students and teacher

The emergency rule imposed on Yobe State appeared to have suffered a setback after gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists, struck in a Potiskum secondary school, early yesterday, killing 29 students and a teacher. Another report said 42 students were killed in the attack while dozens were missing. Eye witnesses spoke of a gory sight as some of the students in the boarding school were burned alive. Parents screamed in anguish as they tried to identify the charred and gunshot victims.


Pastor Kure Boko Haram capitalize on Jonathan’s weakness

Emmanuel Nuhu Kure is the National Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, but based in Kafanchan, Kaduna State where he is the pastor of Throneroom Ministry, Recently, he was in Lagos for a programme at the National Stadium, and took time off to speak with Sunday Vanguard. Excerpts of interview….. Why have you chosen to remain in the North despite the security challenges and threat to life? Two reasons: one, I am a northerner. Two, I have to encourage my people that the Lord has not abandoned us. As long as I am there, they have faith that one day God will intervene. The day I leave, hope leaves. They believe if God will not protect me, God cannot protect them.


Gen Abacha looted funds: Nigeria may lose N3.2tr

Nigeria may lose a princely N3.2 trillion, recently discovered as part of billions of dollars stashed away in foreign bank accounts by late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha. This fear is instructed by the intricate, complex hurdles set before the Federal Government team tracing the hidden funds by the countries involved. A Special Investigation Panel (SIP) headed by a retired military officer in the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) had, about 10 months ago, launched a fresh probe into what has now become ‘Abacha loot’. Saturday Sun had, in April this year, exclusively reported that the panel had uncovered fresh hidden funds in excess of $210 billion trapped in offshore accounts, which far exceeded the already established $5 billion looted by the late military ruler.


National Common Entrance Examination Cut-Off Marks

The Federal Ministry of Education has released the cut-off marks on State-by-State basis of the just concluded 2013 National Common Entrance Examination for admission processes into Federal Unity Colleges nation-wide.Parents are advised to check the results of their wards which have been posted on notice board of all Unity Colleges throughout the Federation.


Kidnappers invaded Corps lodge like commandos

Before now, Abual/Odua Local Government Area of Rivers State was hardly in the news. The area has of recent been in the limelight for the wrong reason; the raiding of a corpers’ lodge and kidnap of three corps members. When the kidnapped corps members were posted to the state, it never for once crossed their mind that they would one day be kidnap victims. Precisely on Saturday June 29, 2013, the people of Ogonokom community in Abua woke up to discover that three of their guests; Ogochi Martins (male), Chijioke Richard (male) and Esther Nwachukwu teaching at Egbolom Comprehensive Secondary School had been whisked across the waterside. The hoodlums, it was gathered, had been monitoring their prey and took them by surprise.


Gov Obi organised best Governor Award and ends up winning the Best Governor Award

Anambra State governor, Mr Peter Obi, yesterday bagged the best performing governor on the eradication of polio in the southeast from Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation at a massively attended ceremony at the Women’s Development Centre in Awka. Speaking while presenting the award to Gov Obi which went with a cash prize of N120 million,…

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Fresh bloodbath between Tiv & Fulani 20 dead

No fewer than 20 people were Friday feared dead in an outbreak of conflict between Tiv farmers and nomadic Fulani herdsmen at Nzorov ward, in Guma Local Government Area of Benue state. Sources told Saturday Vanguard hat the entire Nzorov ward in Iyordye Akaahena village was sacked by the Fulani herdsmen who also burnt down their houses. Among the houses burn were those belonginging to the former Benue State Head of Service, Mr. Mike Iyordye.