FEAR has gripped residents of Asaba and neighbouring communities within the River Niger in Delta State, following flooding that ravaged the area, weekend. Although unconfirmed report said that some persons were swept away by the flood especially those living near the flood plain, state Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Dr. Tony Nwaka, said yesterday, that he was not aware of any casualty. “Assessment of the Asaba flood is being carried out and the few displaced persons are staying with relations while the general impact of damage is being assessed,” he said.
The Presidency yesterday described the comment credited to former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu as false, hypocritical and self-serving. Ribadu, at a lecture in Kaduna on Saturday, was quoted as saying Nigeria is a “sinking ship” under President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that the yearnings of the masses are being neglected by a tyrannical leadership.
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Nelson Mandela remains in serious but stable condition while being treated in intensive care for a lung infection, the South African government said Monday. The 94-year-old was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday, in the latest health care that has prompted South Africans to come to terms with the mortality of their anti-apartheid hero. “He is receiving intensive care treatment,” presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP. He “remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged,” the presidency said in a statement.
THERE is tension in the yet-to-be registered main merger opposition party, All Progressive Congress, over distribution of offices. The APC is a product of a merger between the Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change, All Nigeria Peoples Party and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and it has an avowed mission to dislodge the PDP from power in 2015.
Tragedy struck on Sunday at the Trinity Spare Parts Market in the Olodi Apapa area of Ajegunle, Lagos, as no fewer than 150 shops, including their materials, were consumed by an inferno. It was believed that the fire was caused by an electrical power surge in one of the shops at a section of the plaza some minutes after 3pm.
ABAKALIKI—EBONYI State House of Assembly ad hoc committee investigating the impasse in NIGERCEM factory, Nkalagu, between the state government and core-investor, Ibeto Group, weekend, invited leaders of the host communities who called on the House to intervene in the face-off.
Three Lebanese and the Nigerian coowner of Amigo Supermarket, who were arrested for keeping an illegal armoury and suspected links with a Hezbollah terror cell in Kano last week, have sued the Federal Government over alleged illegal detention, demanding N50bn damages.
At least five people were reportedly killed yesterday while about 20 others were injured in a fresh attack on residents of Goron-Dutshe in the troubled Birnin- Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State. A resident reported that about 20 people were injured while some houses razed by gunmen at the weekend.
LEADER of opposition parties and former Governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has said that the proscription of Boko Haram Islamic sect by President Goodluck Jonathan has shown that the US and Israel are behind the security operations of the country. He noted that the ban of Boko Haram sect has finally ended Federal Government talks on amnesty and dialogue with the group, querying why government constituted a committee to dialogue with the militant group, when it had plans to ban it.
THREE members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were reported to have died, Saturday, when their bus somersaulted and crashed at Modebe Avenue, Onitsha, as they attempted to evade arrest by military personnel. There was total compliance on the sit-at-home order by the group in Awka and its environs. This crippled commercial activities and also left commuters stranded.