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June 21, 2018

Man disappears after wife gives birth to triplets

A woman whose husband absconded when she gave birth to triplets has appealed to government and individuals to come to her rescue. Mrs Queen Udekwe, 35, had previously given birth to a set of twins. She told newsmen in Benin on Tuesday that her husband, Mr. Matthew Udekwe, from Enugu State took to his heels when she gave birth to triplets nine months ago. Mrs Udekwe, who took her case to the secretariat of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin, said that she was looking onto public-spirited individuals and government. He said, “My husband…

US warns citizens against travelling to 20 states in Nigeria, Imo inclusive

The United States has cautioned its citizens to avoid all travel to 20 states in Nigeria for security reasons, stating that the security there remains fluid and unpredictable. The Department of State, specifically warned Americans against travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, noting that it’s ability to provide assistance to US citizens in the three states remains severely limited. The Department of State in a travel warning on its website on Wednesday, strongly urged US citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel planning. The Department recommended…

MEETING OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS WITH HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AT THE ASO VILLA, ABUJA, 2ND MAY, 2016

AN ADDRESS BY MOST REV. IGNATIUS A. KAIGAMA, ARCHBISHOP OF JOS AND PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA. Your Excellency, On behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), we the Archbishops and members of the Administrative Board, the highest decision making body of our Conference are here in person to congratulate you our President on your election as the leader of our great country and to express our solidarity and willingness to collaborate with you and with your administration in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria. We recall with great delight your speech in February 2015…

Catholic Bishops meet Buhari … Our people are groaning

It wasn’t a kind of solidarity visit. The atmosphere was cordial and frank though worried by the increasing menace by herdsmen and kidnappers, coupled with excruciating economic hardship in the country, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa, Abuja May 2, was a somber moment. They were there to gong into the ear of Mr. President the distressing and horrible situations in the Country, asking him to do something urgently to check the brewing storm. They drew the attention of President Buhari to the mind-boggling Agatu killings, the Nimbo killings and…

Owerri Girls wins more laurels …Excels in NDDC national contests for schools

Owerri Girls Secondary School has once again come tops in a national inter-state competition. This time around the contest was organized for Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS) of SS1 and SS2 classes in the nine oil producing states of the federation.   The states are: Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Abia and Imo.   It would be recalled that Owerri Girls had in the past won laurels from both intra and inter-state competitions in several areas of endeavour, including French, Computer Science, Chemistry and sports competitions.   Reports reaching our News Desk show that Owerri…

Imo owes banks N37bn –DMO

The Director General of Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, on Monday disclosed that Imo State government is indebted to commercial banks to the whooping sum of N37.1 billion. Nwankwo who disclosed this in Abuja while speaking to journalists said Imo, Osun, Delta, Ekiti, Edo, Kogi, Kwara, Bauchi, Oyo, Benue and Ogun States whose debts are being restructured, will have to pay 14.83 percent of the value of their domestic bonds which their debts to banks were converted into. The DG revealed that 14 banks were involved in the first phase of the state’s debt rescheduling exercise involving eleven…

Igbo voted wisely (2)

  Let us return to Soyinka and the derisive remarks on the Igbo attributed to him. Soyinka was reported to have said that the Igbo voted according to the dictates of their stomach, among other unsavoury remarks credited to him. He has, however, denied making the vexa­tious statement. But his denial appears cosmetic. The Nobel Laureate merely dismissed as untrue the statement, which he was said to have made while delivering a lecture at Harvard University. But he did not state what he exactly said. If he was misquoted, what was the true text of his lecture, as it relates…

New constitution: 20 states reject LG Autonomy —Imo, 15 others support it

No fewer than 20 states of the federation have rejected autonomy for local governments in the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). In the report of the committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution submitted by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, 20 states voted against local government autonomy while 16 states voted in support. Twenty-four states were needed for local governments to be free from control of state governments. The 20 states that voted against are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Rivers, Taraba,…

Police retirees decry neglect by pension managers

Retired personnel of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) at the weekend in Benin, Edo State, expressed concern voer what they termed “gross isolation and neglect by their pension managers of the PENCOM Act 2004”. They said they were in the dark on what accrued from their contributed pension scheme after 35 years of service in the country.  President General of the association, Dr. Moses Ajeka, made the lamentation while inaugurating Edo State Chapter, Elders Club of Nigeria (PENCOM retired police officers) in Benin.  According to him, the club, which came into being in October 2010, was an umbrella body of…