By EMMANUEL AZIKEN, POLITICAL EDITOR & CHIDI NKWOPARA The nation’s political landscape was redefined, yesterday, after Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State defected from the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, to the yet unregistered All Progressive Congress, APC. The defection during a public rally at the Heroes Square, Owerri was witnessed by eight governors from opposition political parties. Okorocha indicated that as many as 12 governors possibly from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had given indication to boost the ranks of the opposition governors to 23 from 11. The move was immediately flayed by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. According to Imo State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Blyden Amajirionwu, this was another indication of Governor Okorocha’s determination to hang on to power in any shape.
A new formed Igbo group by the name Ndi-Igbo Peace Movement (NPM) has said that the Boko Haram that is operating pre-dominantly in the Northern part of the country has declared religious war against Christians in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement issued by the group to newsmen in Onitsha , Anambra. The statement was signed by Chief Uzor A. Uzor, President of the group on Saturday.
Monday, 06 May 2013 00:00 From Laolu Akande New York DISTURBED by the alleged magnitude of the Baga crisis which claimed almost 200 lives, the United States (U.S.) government has dispatched a team of State Department officials to meet with top Nigerian government officials this week in Abuja to investigate the development. While the U.S.-based…
By News Express “The unprecedented rise in divisive/deadly regional politics and threats of war by 2015 if such aspirations are not met must be institutionally brought under control by the presidency to save Nigeria from full blown anarchy before, during or after the general elections in the year 2015.” With the above summation, a democracy-inclined non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) this afternoon strongly condemned the statement credited to erstwhile Niger Delta militants’ chieftain, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, that war would break out if his Ijaw kinsman, President Goodluck Jonathan, is not re-elected come 2015. HURIWA National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko
Estimated 71 people have been killed in Borno State in the restless North-east of Nigeria in co-ordinated attacks by the Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group, official Nigerian Army press release says. The report said 105 prisoners including jailed terrorists were freed in the dawn raid in the Bama area of Borno State. All Nigerian military and police installations including army barracks and police stations were sacked and burnt to the ground. Government buildings in Bama were also destroyed and set on fire according to military and eye witness reports.
War in Nigeria Reports are coming in that gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram on evening of Tuesday 7 May 2013 attacked a police barracks and other military installations in the heart of Borno State. Casualties are thought to be very high. Bodies of policemen were seen littered on the street very close to where the attack took place.
By: Sadiq Abdulateef on May 7, 2013 – 1:34am Again, the issue of Nigeria and her governance took a centre stage yesterday, with the threat by a former member of the House of Representatives and a chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change, Hon. Farouk Adamu Aliyu that ‘it is either a Northerner as President in 2015 or there will be no more Nigeria. Aliyu’s outburst in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP in Abuja was a direct response to the ex-Niger Delta militant and leader of Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Mujahid Asari Dokubo declaration on Sunday that ‘there will be no peace in the country, if Jonathan was denied a second term’.
Weeping and Wailing at yet another Funeral of Victims of Islamic Violence Jihad inspired violence by members of the Islamic terrorist group the Boko Haram appears to be unrelenting in their propensity to continue to strike the many corners of northern Nigeria writes 247ureports.com. Confirmed report indicates that the Jihadist group may have struck again. This time the gunmen struck at the North Eastern state of Adamawa. According to the developing information, unknown gunmen believed to be members of a Jihadist group launched an attack at a popular market place near a Church. An estimated number of people dead were pegged at about 10. Several others were also injured during the attack. The attack occurred at about 4pm.
Festival of Death in Nigeria Compilled by SaharaReporters A security source in Adamawa State has just phoned SaharaReporters that suspected members of the militant Islamist sect, Boko Haram, attacked a church and a market at a town bordering the Republic of Cameroon. The source disclosed that ten people lost their lives in the attacks. Our source said the suspected Boko Haram militants struck in Gila, a small town located in Maiha local government area of Adamawa State. The village, which is close to the border with Cameroon, is about 30 kilometers from Maiha, the headquarters of the local government council.
The fear of being kidnapped by the fundamentalist Boko Haram sect has gripped governors in some of the states across the federation forcing them to beef up security in government houses and their homes, SUNDAY PUNCH reports. One of the governors, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, had on April 26, raised the alarm that state executives were not immune from kidnapping. While reacting to the invitation to attend the Nigerian Guild of Editors’ conference coming up in Asaba, Delta State, Aregbesola said he was wary of being kidnapped.