Soldiers in Anambra over MASSOB’s sit at home order

ONITSHA—Palpable fear has allegedly gripped the people of Anambra State especially residents of Onitsha, sequel to the reported arrival of group of soldiers in droves for security build up against the alleged Sit-At-Home order being canvassed by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB.As early as 7.30 am, Thursday, lorry loads of soldiers were sited trouping into Onitsha from the River Niger Bridge head.


Senate David Mark said Nigeria can’t survive another civil war

The President of the Senate, David Mark, on Thursday said those beating the drums of war ahead of the 2015 elections, should realise that no nation survives two civil wars.Mark said this in Abuja while addressing his colleagues during a special plenary session to mark the end of the Second Legislative Session of the 7th Senate.He said, “Those beating the drums of war should realise that no nation can survive two civil wars in one lifetime.


Four Hezbollah Lebanese over terrorism appear before court

The Federal Government yesterday docked four Lebanese before a Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Karu, Abuja, over terrorism-related offences.The accused persons are Mustapha Reda Darwish Fawaz, Talal Roda, Abdulla Tahini and Hussain Nurudeen Kossdi.They were arrested in connection with the latest discovery of cache of arms in the home of a Kano-based businessman.Their pleas, however, could not be taken yesterday.


Orji Uzor Kalu offers to lead talks with Boko Haram

The Federal Government is “playing to the media and not the problem” in its approach to the al Qaeda-linked insurgent group Boko Haram,former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu has said.Kalu is calling for direct talks with Boko Haram militants, who have killed thousands of Nigerians since 2009, and he has offered to be an intermediary.


Britain backs Nigeria for UN permanent seat

The British government has promised to support Nigeria’s move to secure a permanent seat at the United Nations (UN), especially for being a stabilising force in Africa.The British government reiterated its commitment to building and strengthening its relationship with Nigeria.The British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr. Andrea Pocock, who gave the hint yesterday during a visit to Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu at the Government House in Minna,


Senate said new states fail requirements

The Senate Committee on Constitutional Review yesterday said that out of the 61 requests it received from new state agitators, none of them fulfilled the constitutional requirements provided for state creation as enshrined in Section 81 of the 1999 Constitution.Consequently, the committee has turned down the requests for additional states creation.Chairman of the committee and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who revealed this during the presentation of the report at plenary, also confirmed the recommendation of a six-year single tenure for the President and the Vice-President as well as for governors and their deputies.


Senate committee said no to state police

The Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution on Wednesday presented its amendment bill detailing the contents of the third alteration to the nation’s foremost document.Highlights  of the bill are  the  rejection of proposal for state police;  abolition of states/Local Governments Joint Accounts;     adoption of a single six-year tenure for President and governors as well as the splitting of the office  of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.


Bakassi indigenes asking for $200bn as damages

Natives of the ceded Bakassi Peninsular are demanding $200bn from the Nigerian and Cameroonian governments as damages for the alleged neglect and killings of their relatives.They also sent an appeal to the United Nations Security Council to take over the territory on trusteeship in order to prepare it for self-determination.

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Gunmen kill female student at Anambra university

Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on Wednesday ordered the closure of Anambra State University after a student demonstration paralysed activities at the Igbariam campus of the university.Students had poured into the streets on Wednesday morning after gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers, killed a female student on Tuesday.


Okorocha has a presidential ambition 2015

Imo State Deputy Governor, Chief Eze Madumere, has said his boss, the Governor of the state, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has presidential ambition in 2015.Madumere said there was no reason for him or his boss to deny the presidential ambition, adding that the public was aware of it.The deputy governor, who spoke with reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, said his boss was also capable of delivering the South-East to the All Progressives Congress in 2015.