Bandits abduct four months nursing mother, 8 others in Kaduna

Bandits have again invaded a village in Kakau community, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State, and kidnapped no fewer than ten people including a nursing mother and her four months’ old baby. The bandits allegedly struck the area at about 2 a.m on Tuesday and started shooting sporadically into the air for about 30 minutes”, a source has stated. The source also stated that “Yesterday night, about 2-3, one could hear the continuous sound of gunfire about 30 minutes around Kakau, on the Abuja – Kaduna highway. In…

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‘Nigeria must decentralise now or risk disintegration’, Soyinka warns

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday stated that Nigeria cannot remain one country if it fails to decentralise as fast as possible, adding that analysts, retired generals and others have maintained the same position. Soyinka spoke on a television programme, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to be more sensitive to the agitations of secessionists rather than bully them. Soyinka explained that people are no longer intimidated by Buhari’s threat that ‘we will talk to you in the only way you understand.’ “It doesn’t wash with anybody any longer because if a…

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Lagos: No fresh primary in any council, says APC

The All Progressives Congress, (APC), Lagos State chapter, has said there is no fresh primary schedule for any council in the State . It added that no result from the primaries held in the 57 councils had been cancelled. It added that although there had been petitions against some candidates for the June 24 local government election in the state, the panel set up on the petitions had yet to submit its report. Some aspirants of the party in the state had claimed on Monday that new primary elections had…

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Twitter writes FG over suspension, seeks dialogue

The Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that Twitter has formally written to seek for dialogue on issues leading to the indefinite suspension of its operations in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, confirmed this when he featured on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme in Abuja. The minister reiterated the government’s position that it would not tolerate any platform that would be used to destabilise the country. Mohammed said among other conditions for Twitter to resume operation in Nigeria, there must be an agreement as…

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“Poverty, inequality responsible for threats to Nigeria’s existence” – Amaechi

…Says Hadiza Bala not suspended, but asked to step aside  The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has blamed poverty and inequality for the challenges currently threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence. Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN), Amaechi, who was governor of Rivers State for eight years and speaker of the state House of Assembly for eight years prior, said there cannot be genuine democracy in a society divided by unequal access to the good things of life. The minister said that inequality has produced an…

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‘Constitution review to be concluded by July’ – NASS

The Upper and Lower Chambers of the National Assembly, (NASS), are reportedly set to pass the Bill for the alteration of the 1999 Constitution as altered before proceeding on annual break in July. According to a report finding, towards the early passage of the Bill, the National Assembly committees working on it will conclude their assignments and present the bill for clause-by-clause consideration before the lawmakers proceed on annual recess in July. Already, the report said the Constitution Review Committees of both the Senate and House of Representatives are collating…

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Nigerian Army appeals to Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists for reconciliation

The Nigerian Army has begged Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to seek forgiveness and reconciliation, saying soldiers and the public are not happy that people are dying. The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. A.A. Eyitayo, made the call at a feast organised for journalists by the Army at the weekend, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Eyitayo, who is also the Commander of Sector 1, ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘, noted that the recent military onslaught against the insurgents dealt a decisive blow on the terrorists, leaving their remnants…

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Plateau: Unidentified gunmen kill 10 at Jos drinking joint – Police

Some unidentified gunmen have struck a drinking joint in Jos, Plateau State, fatally shooting no fewer than 10 persons dead on Sunday, the Police have said. The gunmen drove in a Hilux van into Kashe (Sabon Layi) community, Kuru District of Jos-South local government area, sporadically shooting at the bar and leaving many dead or wounded, according to an issued statement by Police spokesman, Ubah Ogaba in Jos yesterday. According to him, the killers invaded the community on Sunday night. However, a witness told newsmen that twelve people were killed,…

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Insecurity: First Lady calls for recruitment of more security operatives

Nigeria’s First Lady, A’isha Buhari, has urged appropriate authorities to conclude the employment of more security officers to address the intractable security problems facing the nation. According to an issued statement by her Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Aliyu Abdullahi, she made the call while receiving wives of service chiefs during a courtesy visit at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. The statement was titled: ‘A’isha Buhari charges wives of Service Chiefs‘. Highlighting the role of women in nation-building, A’isha Buhari said as wives of senior public servants, they should…

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North-East: Boko Haram/ISWAP free UN staff, nine others

Several humanitarian workers and civilians abducted during attacks on the North-East have been released by Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents. After more than five months, Abubakar Garba Idris, a senior Protection Assistant with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), who was abducted by the Islamic State of West African Province(ISWAP) on Maiduguri/Damaturu highway, has regained freedom. According to authentic humanitarian sources, Idris , who is popularly known as Alooma, is undergoing medical and military checks with troops of ‘Operation Hadin-Kai‘ in Maiduguri before he was reunited…

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