Fishermen in coastal communities of Mbo, Ibeno and Oron in Akwa Ibom State have raised the alarm over the incessant attacks on them by suspected pirates.The fishermen said the attacks had caused them loss of many property and other valuables, such as boats, outboard engine and fishing nets. They urged both the state and federal governments to stop the activities of the pirates.Mr. Effiong Edet, a fisherman from Tom Shott Island, told journalists that the piracy, if not checked, would deny the fishermen and their families source of the livelihood.
IJAW Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, has called on Federal Government to establish military academies in Niger-Delta, to ease recruitment of youths from the region into the military and police.President of IPDI, Mr. Austin Ozobo, in a statement, said “The Federal Government should site Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA and Police Academy in the Niger-Delta to ease the pains and agonies youths of the region face in their attempt to get admission into thee academies.
Senator Matthew Nwagwu (PDP Imo North), chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, is not happy with the proposed UK visa bond policy which seeks to
South African president Jacob Zuma has cancelled a visit to Mozambique amid growing concerns for the health of the gravely ill Nelson Mandela.Jacob Zuma called off the trip after visiting the anti-apartheid hero in hospital late on Wednesday night, where doctors told him Mandela was critical but everything was being done “to ensure his well-being,” Zuma’s office said in a statement. Mac Maharaj, the presidential spokesman, has declined to comment on media reports that the 94-year-old former president is on life support systems in the Pretoria hospital where he was admitted three weeks ago for with a recurring lung infection.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, yesterday said that Nigeria has begun winning the war against terrorism.He said the state of emergency declared by the Federal Government in three states in the North had helped to curb terrorism in the country.The COAS spoke at the inauguration of the Headquarters of the 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure, Ondo State capital.Lt-Gen. Ihejirika assured that terrorism would soon be a thing of the past in the county.He noted that although the Army lost some men and equipment in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents, but said said the nation was winning the war.
Police said yesterday that the war against crime in Kano State was bearing fruits with the arrest of 3,241 suspects for various crimes between January and June.Crime statistics released by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Daura, during a press briefing at the Bompai Headquarters of the state police command showed that out of this number, 273 suspects were apprehended for armed robbery and other violent crimes, while assorted dangerous weapons were recovered from them.Daura listed weapons seized from the suspects to include two AK47 rifles, 60 rounds of live ammunition, nine locally made pistols, and 47 cartridges, huge scissors, cutlasses and house-breaking implements.
There was an explosion in Lagos on Wednesday after vandals ruptured an oil pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation at Akinbo Island.As learnt that the culprits came to the jetty in three barges and canoes around 1am and ruptured the splash zone of the pipeline and siphoned thousands of litres of petrol into jerry cans and operated for hours undeterred.However, around 4.30am, there was a fire outbreak and the pipe through which they siphoned the fuel as well as a canoe were engulfed in flames.Our correspondent, who visited the area, observed that two security posts were located about 250 metres from the scene.
The United States on Tuesday hinted on the reasons why President Barack Obama won’t visit Nigeria during his upcoming three-nation trip to Africa.According to US officials, the ongoing insecurity appeared to be responsible for the exclusion of Nigeria in Obama’s second visit to the continent.Obama is scheduled to visit Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa.
Service chiefs on Tuesday called for increased funding of the armed forces and other security agencies amid the security challenges in the country.They had met behind closed doors with members of the House of Representatives, where they reviewed the emergency rule declared in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states by President Goodluck Jonathan 40 days ago.
The Presidency yesterday said Nigeria would not feel the impact of the recent discovery of oil in commercial quantity by the United States.It said the Federal Government was rather adopting appropriate strategies to mitigate the impact of the decline in the purchase of Nigeria’s oil by America, with increased volume of term of contracts with Asian refineries.