Suspected members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, who hid their assault rifles inside a coffin launched an attack against informants in Maiduguri on Friday, killing 13 people, witnesses said yesterday. The suspects were soon found out and shot by security forces. Soldiers, had on Thursday, also shot dead another eight suspected Boko Haram fighters in the city, leaving their bodies in a ditch in the restive city.
Disagreement over what would be the sharing formula for the newly formed All Progressive Congress (APC) has stalled its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Sunday Mirror gathered that both the leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari, have failed to agree on which geopolitical zone should produce the protem National Chairman.
The Northern State Governors’ Forum (NSGF) Committee on Reconciliation, Healing and Security has recommended that the Federal Government should mandate security agencies to unmask individuals and groups using Boko Haram as a franchise to settle political and economic scores. The panel, however, asked the Federal Government to end alleged impunity within security forces and review its counter-insurgency strategy to protect innocent citizens.
There was an overflow of tears on Friday at Ibollo, Ogbunike, Anambra State, when the world turned up to bury the slain former Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Chudi Nwike. Former Governors of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Chris Ngige and former Governor of Imo State, Achike Udenwa, who spoke at the burial, lamented the depth Nigeria had descended, where people no longer had value for the life of their fellow human beings because of the quest for illicit wealth.
Palpable tension pervades the five states of the South East, following today’s sit-at-home order given by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). The pro-Biafran group had ordered all Igbo across the country and in Imo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi as well as Anambra states, to stay in their homes today, in protest of the killing of South easterners all over the country, especially in the North.
The Ndigbo Unity Forum has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to fulfil his promises to the people of the South East. In a statement by its President, Augustine Chukwudum, which was made available to Saturday PUNCH, the group asked for the provision of loan for farmers to revive the oil palm produce the region was known for.
IN the run-up to the 2015 general elections, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has insisted that power must return to the north. The NEF spokesman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said that the forum had told the northern governors, who are not ready to key into the 2015 “Northern Presidency” project to prepare for the worst because there is no alternative to it.
Ndigbo in Kano State will today gather in their thousands at the luxury bus park in Sabon Gari in the state capital to honour their kinsmen who died in the terror attack on the park on March 18.
Anambra State chapter of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Thursday, reiterated its demand for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to take over the conduct of local government elections in the country.President of the union, Mr Jerry Nnubia, who made the call while addressing newsmen, also called for the scrapping of State Independent Electoral Commissions, SIECs, on grounds that elections conducted by the state commissions had not been free and fair.
National Coordinator, O’odua People’s Congress, Chief Gani Adams, has faulted former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Abubakar Tsav, on his statement labelling OPC as a terrorist organisation.Tsav had on Thursday condemned the Federal Government’s all-out attack on Boko Haram, wondering why the Presidency failed to ban other groups, including the OPC, for their involvement in acts of terrorism.