As Aregbesola, Sagay, others proffer solution on how to make LGs functional LAGOS—ONE thought dominated the comments of discussants on how to make local councils in Nigeria effective at a forum in Lagos Tuesday: There is so much rot in the councils and decisive actions are needed to make them deliver democracy dividends. However, the discussants were divided on how to ensure effective governance at the grassroots. While some asked the National Assembly to remove the Local Councils as a tier of government and tie them to the states in line with the dictates of classical federalism, others said the councils should be allowed to operate as currently enshrined in the 1999 constitution.
Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has warned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to start preparing its handover notes now as the newly formed All Progressives Congress, APC, would wrestle power from it in 2015.
Victory for Radio Biafra as Senate finally release report on how Igbo sons were killed and dumped in Ezu River
Months of relentless campaign by Radio Biafra on the issue surrounding the dumping of over 100 bodies in Ezu River near Amansea has finally paid off as Nigerian government bow to pressure and orders release of the report many months after it was written. In a report that possed more questions than it provided answers The Senate Report said it had uncovered the mystery surrounding the floating dead bodies found in Ezu River in Anambra State has been uncovered. The report however underplayed the true number of bodies found in the river. Senate Joint Committee on Police Affairs and National Security and Intelligence investigated the discovery of the “strange dead bodies” on the river. The committee has given a graphic picture of how the youths died. The committee, chaired by Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu and Senator Mohammed Magoro, presented shocking autopsy reports of the bodies. The investigative report of the Joint Committee sighted by our correspondents in Abuja revealed that instead of 30, the victims of the gory incident were 19.
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB, said yesterday that it has sacrificed itself to liberate Igbo from marginalisation. MASSOB leader Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, said MASSOB is suffering for Ndigbo but rather than they being appreciated, their people have kept castigating them. The group insisted that hoodlums and other groups committed crimes that were linked to MASSOB.
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, yesterday said at least 1, 600 auto crashes occur monthly on Nigerian roads, just as over 200 motorists are arrested weekly throughout the country for various traffic offences. Also, the commission revealed that no fewer than 200, 000 new number plates have been issued so far to motorists nationwide since the commission commenced the issuance of the new plates in 2011. Deputy Corps Marshal (Operations) in the FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, made these disclosures yesterday in Lagos during the flag off of ‘Operation Rainstorm,’ which commenced on Monday nationwide.
No fewer than 6,000 people ,mostly women, children and elderly, displaced following the military onslaught against members of Islamist militant sects, Boko Haram and the al Qaeda-linked Ansaru, have fled to neighbouring Niger Republic. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN Refugee Agency, made this known in a report it presented in New York, United States on Tuesday by its spokesperson, Mr Adrian Edwards.
ELDER statesman and Southsouth leader Chief Edwin Clark has identified unity that is devoid of segregation and sentiments among all the tribes as what Nigeria needs to develop. The Ijaw leader spoke yesterday when he received members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women from the Southwest under the aegis of Dynamic Women International who visited him. The women were drawn from Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Osun,Ekiti and Lagos states. The group, in deviant to the warning by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that politicians should apply the brake on campaigns for 2015 or face prosecution declared their support for President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seen as a political son to Chief Clark.
A defence analyst, Prince Adebayo Kabir Gbadegesin, has urged the military to be more cautious in its onslaught against Boko Haram insurgency. Serious precaution, he said, would save officers and men handling the operations from being consumed in guerrilla warfare. Addressing reporters in Oyo town, Oyo State, Gbadegesin noted that since guerrilla warfare is the most difficult war for the military to win, the success of the military onslaught in the North cannot be hastily determined.
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday said its members did not perpetrate any crime during the sit-at-home it declared in Southeastern states. MASSOB’s Deputy Director of Information Mazi Chris Mocha said those who committed crimes in Anambra State were fake MASSOB members. Mocha said eight members were killed by soldiers; some others have been declared missing. He said a 14-year old boy was killed at Anyamelum Local Government Area by soldiers; three others were killed at Bridge Head Approach, Onitsha.
A family in Umuoma Autonomous Community, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, was shocked at the weekend to discover undetonated dynamite buried in its compound. The bomb, suspected to have been laid during the civil war, was buried in Igbokwe’s compound at Ukwo-Umuoma. A police source said the bomb was discovered after several rains that washed away the soil, thereby exposing the edge of the item suspected to have been buried in the compound during the civil war.