ABAKALIKI — CHAIRMAN Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Paulinus Igwe-Nwagu, yesterday, raised alarm that suspected terrorists were gradually infiltrating Ebonyi State from Niger Republic and other parts of Africa. Receiving the leadership and members of Ebonyi State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, at his country home at Oriuzor, Ebonyi State, Igwe Nwagu, who represents Ebonyi Central senatorial zone of the state, asserted that he had received reliable information that the terrorists masquerade as herdsmen who had infiltrated the state in their numbers.
The crisis that engulfed the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, which led to the killing of a student and the closure of the institution, yesterday claimed the lives of the Senate President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, and four others in a ghastly motor accident. Seven other students also sustained serious injuries. The accident, which occurred at Ariam in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State on the Umuahia- Ikot Ekpene road, involved a Hiace bus in which the students were travelling in and a trailer that was coming from Akwa Ibom State.
Investigations into the activities of the co-owner of Amigo Supermarket, Mustapha Fawaz, and three other Lebanese – Abdalah Tahini, Talal Rouda and Khosai Nouridine – arrested in connection with the armoury and Hezbollah terror cell in Bompai, Kano State, have taken an international dimension, according to the State Security Service. Also, preliminary investigations have established a more serious case of terrorism against the Lebanese suspects.
The leadership of the Imo State Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, Thursday, issued a stern warning that it might be constrained to call out workers again on industrial action if the state government failed to address the myriads of workers’ problems. JNC Chairman, Comrade Coleman Okwara, read the riot act when he addressed workers at the State Secretariat Complex, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri. Okwara said: “My dear, your leadership may be forced to call you all out on industrial action if government fails to comprehensively address all the grievances presented to it by labour”.
About 104 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, currently being held at the Kirikiri Minimum and Maximum prisons, Lagos, might soon be released. Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, Tanimu Turaki, disclosed this to newsmen, yesterday, when he led the committee on a visit to members of the sect in the prisons in Lagos State.
Gunmen on Thursday attacked Kwasakwasa village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing several residents of the area including two soldiers. Security sources told our correspondent that the soldiers had gone to comb the area for the bandits when they were attacked by the gunmen.
Crocodiles are not known to be man’s friend. One of the deadliest killing machines and ‘nocturnal hunters’, they attack and eat animals as well as human beings. According to Wikipedia, “crocodiles are ambush predators,waiting for fish or land animals to come close, then rushing out to attack.
The face-mending gestures of Imo state government towards youths in the state however turned sour at the weekend as a handsome largesse made available to them after an interactive session with the State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumeer has erupted confusion and disagreement. Following complaints from youth groups in the state that they were not considered in the scheme of things by the present administration, a meeting was arranged between the leadership of the various youth organization and the state government at the Government House.
A former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche, in this interview with journalists bares his mind on the Nigeria Governors’ Forum chairmanship election and other issues. Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has said he was suspended because of the dissolution of a local government by the state House of Assembly. How will you react to this? The point is that when you are the chief executive officer of a nation or a state, the buck must stop somewhere. To blame the House of Assembly is not proper.
The south south region which has enjoyed relative calm in recent times may have begun to exhibit traits of unease within the region. Information available to 247ureports.com indicates a riot has broken out that the University of Uyo [UNIUYO] in Akwa Ibom State – where the students have set a riot over the shooting of four students by the Nigerian police. An Uyo-based journalist, Akaninyene Oton, named Kingsley Okon Edet a.k.a Kesy as one of those shot dead by the police. He said that the offices of the Vice Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Comfort Memfin Ekpo, and the Registrar have been burnt down. “UNIUYO right now is still burning as police take over adjoining streets,” Oton said.