The state of emergency declared in the North-Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa by President Goodluck Jonathan has forced about 1,500 refugees into the northern part of Cameroon, Nigeria’s ambassador to that country has said.
Anarchy is looming in the polity as churches are determined to battle the Governor of Central Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over the freezing of the accounts
Fleeing members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, on Thursday attacked a Mobile Police transit camp located in Limankara village, Borno State, killing many people. The pastor of a local church was said to be among those killed by the gunmen that attacked the village. The violent sect had last week killed 22 people including pupils and fishermen in a revenge attack in Maiduguri where the offensive against them by Special Forces had reduced their attacks to the minimum.
The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze, has renewed its call for the creation of at least one more state in the South-East geopolitical zone. The Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Mr. Tony Oganah, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the group had been in support of all applications for a new state in South-East, insisting that the National Assembly needed to create at least a new state in the zone for equity’s sake.
Former Minister of Defence, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), said on Saturday in Zaria, Kaduna State, that Nigerian leaders had failed the nation. Danjuma, who said this at his conferment with a traditional title of Jarma Zazzau by Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, also lamented that the Nigerian nation and its economy were now in tatters.
TRAGEDY struck in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Saturday, when a fire outbreak claimed the lives of a couple and their four children.
Ten people drowned and another 20 could not be unaccounted for after a boat carrying migrants from Nigeria, Benin and Burkina Faso sank off the coast of Gabon, a police official said on Friday. The boat had left Nigeria and was within 15 minutes of arriving in Gabon’s capital Libreville when it went down late on Tuesday night. Gabonese authorities rescued 23 survivors and the search continued into Friday.
Ahead of 2015 general elections, ace diplomat and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, yesterday warned politicians against sectionalising the Presidency, lamenting that such action did portend grave consequences for the country which is battling criminality and violence on many sides. Anyaoku also cautioned politicians against politicising the current security challenges facing the nation saying such politicisation “conduces to the activities of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.”
Oil spills from facilities of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), has polluted and destroyed ponds, farmlands and river in Kalaba community in Okordia clan located in Yenagoa local government of Bayelsa State. The oil spills occurred on five different occasions in the community. Whereas two of the spills which occurred at the firm’s pipeline near the Taylor creek have been clamped, the remaining three spills are still raging thereby generating panic and anxiety among residents of the community.
Oil giant Shell announced Friday it may sell more of its onshore oil blocks in Nigeria,