Hezbollah weapons warehouse belongs to Sierra Leonean Lebanese Consul

BY ABDULSALAM MUHAMMADKANO —  Acting Lebanese Consul in Kano, Khallel Musliman, has revealed that the private residence that housed cache of weapons of mass destruction linked to international terrorist organisation, Hezbollah, belongs to a Sierra Leonean.Speaking in Kano, Musliman said the property owner who is already in custody over his infamous role in the arm saga is Abdu Hassan Tahir.


Achebe drew the world closer Obama and Michelle

By Uduma Kalu Lagos—United States President, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle have described the late Nigerian novelist, Prof. Chinua Achebe as a “Revolutionary author, educator, and cultural ambassador.”In a letter made available to Vanguard but addressed to the Achebe family and read by a White House representative, at the Celebration of Life event for Chinua Achebe, last Sunday night, at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC 20240, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama said Achebe  was a “Revolutionary author, educator, and cultural ambassador.

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Six killed in renewed violence in Plateau

At least six people were confirmed killed yesterday in renewed violence in Plateau State.The incident, which occurred in Bokkos Local Government Area of the state have forced residents of Gwande in Manguna district to flee their homes following the invasion of their community by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.


US put $7m bounty on B’Haram leader Shekau

The United States  has made good its promise to help Nigeria end terrorism by offering a  $7m (N1.1bn) reward to persons with information on the whereabouts of the  leader of  militant islamist sect, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.The  $7m  is part of the $23m   posted on Monday  by the US State Department’s Rewards for Justice programme in rewards to help track down four other leaders of militant groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb spreading terror in West Africa.

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Northern Governors’ Forum in crisis

More members of the Northern Governors’ Forum are preparing to withdraw their membership of the 19-member group in  protest over the May 24 Nigeria Governors’ Forum election.Investigations by The PUNCH on Monday showed  that the  governors are those sympathetic to Governor Jonah Jang, who heads a faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

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Renewed attacks on Nigerians in South Africa

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Nnenna Ukeje, has described the renewed attacks on Nigerians in South Africa as distressing. In a telephone interview in Ibadan on Sunday, the lawmaker said that the renewed attacks came at a time when Nigeria and South Africa had shown commitment to fostering closer relationships.


Jonathan has not rewarded Igbo Uwazurike

By Tony Nwankwo *Says Achebe wrote Igbo English Chief Goddy Uwazurike is a Lagos-based legal practitioner and President, Aka Ikenga, the pan Igbo think-tank organisation. In this interview, he speaks on the development of the South-East, Boko Haram and other issues. Excerpts: We just lost Prof. Chinua Achebe. We already lost Cyprian Ekwensi and Chris Okigbo, all great writers. What do we have left?


Clampdown on Boko Haram injustice against North Buhari

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) presidential candidate in the 2011 election, Maj-Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, yesterday described the war against the Boko Haram sect as injustice against the North. Buhari spoke as “Guest of the Week” on Hausa programme of Liberty Radio, Kaduna.


Cattle herdsmen massacre 17 and several hundreds flee homes in Benue

By Peter Duru; Makurdi, Kingsley Omonobi; Abuja, Ndahi Marama; Maiduguri, Chris Ochayi Boko Haram paid us N5,000 to set fire on schools released – freed members Despite efforts by security agencies to stem the recurrent invasion of parts of Benue state by armed Fulani herdsmen, no fewer than 17 persons have been killed in Akough village in Guma local government area of the state by suspected Fulani mercenaries.