Global human rights advocacy group, Human Rights Watch, has warned the Federal Government’s committee that is considering granting amnesty to members of Islamic sect, Boko Haram, to stop the plans.
Tension is rising at Orodo in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State as the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the police are spoiling for a bloody clash. This follows a threat by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area, Mr. Duru, to burn down the MASSOB office for hoisting the movement’s flag. But the MASSOB members also threatened to retaliate by unleashing mayhem on the DPO. They also threatened to burn his building in the neighbouring local government area.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has said a revolution is due in Nigeria because of endemic corruption in the country, coupled with the general disaffection of the people with the ruling elite. He said the kind of conditions that must subsist in order for any talk of revolution to be taken seriously were widely evident. Tambuwal stated these in Lagos on Tuesday at the 2013 Distinguished Management Lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). The occasion had the theme, ‘The role of the legislature on the economic, infrastructural and ethical revolution in Nigeria’, where he was invited as a guest speaker.
As tension continues to mount in the aftermath of last Saturday’s Oguta re-run election, Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has called on INEC to release the result. He however stated that the APGA candidate in the election, Hon Walter Uzonwanne won about 9,000 votes plus, defeating PDP candidate, Hon Eugene Dibiagwu. Okorocha who spoke to newsmen at Government House Owerri, said the results of the Oguta election was certified and endorsed by INEC returning officer, Cynthia Oguike after compilation of the results, wondering why INEC will declare the election inconclusive.
Following the released list of Interim Officers of the yet-to-be-registered All Progressives Congress, APC, indications are clear that the camp of the former Governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa, within the ACN has lost out completely in the composition of the Party’s National Executive Council NEC. Information available to us has it that no member of the Imo State Chapter of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, made the list of the interim Exco of the merged political parties, instead the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, produced one person each. From APGA came Senator, Osita Izunaso who emerged as the National Organizing Secretary and Sir Romanus Egbunike, known as “Sir White” who is the interim Deputy National Welfare Officer.
Eighteen soldiers, including a lieutenant, on Monday appeared before a General Court Martial in Jos, Plateau State for aiding members of the fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, and other insurgent groups in their activities. The soldiers are members of the Joint Task Force code named Operation Restore Order in Borno State and the Special Task Force also known as Operation Safe Heaven in Plateau State.
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on Monday gave out N733m to Catholic and Anglican churches to run their schools in the state. He said the money was for the rehabilitation of primary schools taken over by the state government in 1970 but returned to the missions in 2011. The governor, who made the donation in Awka, said he was impressed with the churches collaboration in rebuilding education in the state. Obi, who apologised to the churches on behalf of government for taking over schools from them, said what the state was doing was to restore quality education to the children.
THE Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People has declared that it will not accept anything less than the governorship position of Rivers State in 2015.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday nullified the appointments of the nation’s security chiefs. Those affected by the judgement are the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azu-buike Ihejirika; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Dele Ezeoba. The court held that their appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan without the consent of the Senate was illegal, unconstitutional, null and void. In law, when an act is nullified as in the present case, it implies that the act, like the appointment of the service chiefs, can be treated as nothing, as if it did not exist or never happened. Incidentally, their appointments were nullified yesterday while they were holding a crucial meeting with President Jonathan on the security situation in the country.
Gunmen yesterday shot dead two persons and used explosives to free 175 inmates in Akure, the Ondo State capital. The about 30 gunmen invaded the Olokuta Medium Security Prison, setting 175 inmates free.