BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU, ABUJA MEN suspected to be kidnappers Friday morning stormed Obasanjo farms in Mfamosong, Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State and kidnapped two Asians said to be staff of the Oil Palm Estate.
From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri Fourteen boys initially detained but released yesterday by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State in compliance with President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive, stunned journalists when they confessed they were informants and spies of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgent group.
By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North INDICATIONS emerged, Thursday, that the north might sanction prominent politicians from the region found to be fraternising with President Goodluck Jonathan with a view to scuttling its desire of occupying the Presidency in 2015.
By JIMITOTA ONOYUME PORT HARCOURT – THE people of Kula community in Rivers State, have threatened to shut down Shell Petroleum Development Company and Chevron Nigeria Limited operations in the area over alleged abandoned projects.
THE Federal Government may soon commence a clampdown on “extremist groups”, especially the Oodua People’s Congress and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. President Goodluck Jonathan has said the OPC, MASSOB and the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, constitute threats to national security.
The Joint Task Force on Thursday said it had uncovered a Lebanon-based Hezbollah armoury and terror cell in Bompai, Kano State. The force, which said it found large cache of arms and ammunition, also confirmed the arrest of three persons in connection with the armoury and the cell. A Lebanese national currently out of the country reportedly owns the premises where the armoury and the cell were found at No 3, Gaya Road, Off Bompai Road in the ancient city.
Families of the five PaKistani nationals on board an oil vessel, MT Matrix 1 abducted last Saturday 40 nautical miles off the Bayelsa coast have told the management of the company, Matrix Energy, Warri, Delta State, not to pay any ransom to the abductors to get them released, promising that they would kill Nigerians in their numbers anywhere they are found in their country.
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria Representative in Bayelsa State, Mr. Alagoa Morris has dismissed claims by a Shell Spokesman, Mr. Precious Okoloba, that the current massive oil spill in Taylor creeks was due to sabotage. Responding to a statement by Shell spokesman, Mr. Alagoa described his statement as, “same old story”.
By Ejike Anyaduba It took resistance from Rosa Parker, a 42 year old tailor’s assistant, for African Americans led by Martin Luther King Jnr. and Ralph Abernathy to rise against the “separate but equal” discriminatory law of segregate America. It took the Sharpeville shooting of 67 Black South Africans by the White minority government in South Africa for Nelson Mandela to lead the Umkhonto we Sizwe resistance movement in the Apartheid enclave among others.
Odi community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State will only be entitled to 53 per cent of the N37.6bn monetary compensation granted it by the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, The PUNCH has learnt.