Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has advised Abia State indigenes to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the yet-to-be registered All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 general elections. Okorocha, who spoke yesterday when a delegation under the platform of Igbo Rescue Mission from Abia State paid him a visit at the Government House in Owerri, described APC as a child of circumstance arising from the failure of the PDPled Federal Government to deliver quality and good governance to Nigerians.
Many houses and farmlands were submerged yesterday following a downpour in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Fresh tension is rising in the Niger Delta following the Federal Government’s failure to provide jobs for about 10,000 former militants so far trained by the presidential post-amnesty office. It was learnt that the unemployed amnesty beneficiaries are now roaming the streets and creeks of the region, months after their training. National Mirror learnt that some of the “frustrated former militants have returned to the creeks apparently to make ends meet in whatever way possible.” Some stakeholders feared that the former militants could return to their criminal antecedent in the creeks and along the waterways in order to earn a living.
Sixteen young ladies whose ages range from 17 to 37 were paraded by the State Security Service (SSS) in Abia State. The ladies were arrested in the early hours of yesterday from a baby factory where they were waiting to deliver and sell their children to prospective buyers. Their loud cries pervaded the hall as almost all of them broke down at the same time, weeping profusely as they struggled to hide their faces from the cameras and newsmen.
Nigeria’s military on Wednesday banned the use of satellite phones in much of the restive northeast after cutting mobile phone service, further isolating the area after a series of fresh attacks. The military claimed in announcing the ban that Islamist extremist group Boko Haram had used satellite phones to plan attacks on schools. The insurgents have attacked two schools in the northeast this week, leaving at least 16 students and two teachers dead.
The Federal Government has withdrawn the charge against some Lebanese found to have illegally brought into the country a cache of arms. The State Security Service, SSS, had charged Abdallah Thaini, Mustapha Fawaz and Talal Roda, before a Karu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, for criminal conspiracy and unlawful importation of prohibited firearms. However, at the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, counsel to the SSS, Clifford Osagie, informed the court of the prosecution’s desire to withdraw the charge against the suspects.
BOKO HARAM WILL DEFEAT NIGERIA AND EMERGE VICTORIOUS: If the US could not defeat militant Islam in Afghanistan how do you think a diseased corrupt zoo like Nigeria can. It is not too late to support Biafra now. Nigeria is finished and it will consume millions of lives…yours could be included unless you do something about it. After nearly 12 years of death and destruction, the Taliban and the US are to hold talks on finding a political solution to end the war in Afghanistan.
At least 23 persons including nine students and one examination official were yesterday killed by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect in separate attacks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The incidents came barely 24 hours after seven students and two teachers of Government Secondary School, Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, were killed. The killings appear to mark the resumption of the sect’s murderous campaign, which has been largely put on hold by military operations in the North following President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration of a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
The Federal Government yesterday withdrew charge against nine out of 15 Russians being tried before a Federal High Court in Lagos for illegal arms importation into the country last year. The Russians, who had all earlier been arraigned before Justice Okechukwu Okeke (now retired), are Myre Seadiver, Zhelyazkov Andrey, Savchenko Sergel, Chichkanov Vasily, Varlygin Igor, Komilov Alexander, Lopatin Alexey and Baranovskly Nikolay.
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State yesterday presented 200 Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) to all traditional rulers in the state. He said the gesture, which was free from any charge, was in recognition of the pivotal roles of traditional rulers in the state and the need to ensure they work in relative comfort for the good and progress of the state. He said the choice of Innoson manufactured vehicles was to tell Nigerians that with a motor manufacturing company in the state, they needed not search elsewhere. He said the state government had unofficially adopted Innoson vehicles as the state brand and revealed that the next set of official vehicles he would use would be bought from Innoson and called on Nigerians to be proud of their own.