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May 25, 2018

Why I Snubbed the Senate – Police IG

  Arresting the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for failing to appear before the Senate is not something the lawmakers may want to consider. But the IGP still has no plans to do as he was told by the National Assembly. He has snubbed the Senate three times and ignored their request to come before it to answer questions relating to the incessant killings across the country and the inhuman treatment meted to Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district The Senate has called the Idris an enemy of democracy and he has accused them of trying…

Bishop Bagobiri the charismatic shepherd, Monk returns to his maker @ 60

Bishop Joseph Danlami Bagobiri

  The world stood still on the ides of March when the Chief Shepherd of Kafanchan Diocese, Most Reverend Dr  Joseph Danlami Bagobiri, MFR, was committed to mother earth having transited to heaven on  Tuesday the 27th day of February 2018. Over 100,000 mourners including about 3,000 Priests and Bishops thronged the Kafanchan Stadium on the 15th of March  to bid farewell to this Courageous and highly charismatic man of God of Southern Kaduna extraction, who also was the voice of hope, voice of the voiceless and the  voice against  the killings and persecution of northern Christians. Bishop Bagobiri, the…

1,351 killed in Nigeria in 10 weeks

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY

  On March 11, for many Nigerian families, 2018 has become a nigtmare on account of deaths resulting from auto accidents and violent crimes. Just about 10 weeks into the new year, the country has lost 1,351 to violent deaths,according to Sunday Vanguard checks. Last month, no fewer than 517 people died violently, across the country. In January, about 676 Nigerians were cut down through herdsmen and farmers clashes, sectarian crises, communal clashes, Boko Haram insurgency, cult clashes, kidnapping, and ritual killings, among others. The deaths are 176 more than the 500 recorded in January 2017. The 1,351 deaths recorded…

Nigeria loses Catholic Bishop

Bishop Joseph Danlami Bagobiri

  The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province has announced the passing to glory of her Shepherd, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Danlami Bagobiri in the early hours of Tuesday, 27th February, 2018. He was aged 61. Late Bishop Bagobiri was born on Nov. 8, 1957, in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, ordained priest in June 1983 and Bishop on October 21, 1995. Meanwhile, an Administrator has been appointed for Kafanchan Diocese. He is Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Abba Biliyok. The Metropolitan Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Ndagoso announced the choice of Fr. Biliyok during a session…

Catholic Bishops Say Nigeria Under Siege …Reject Cattle colonies

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

  Catholic Bishops are not at all amused by the consistent killings and bloodshed in the country, undermining what little success has been made in the fight against Boko Haram. A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) January 16, said the country is under siege and warned that it is easier to prevent war than stop it after it has started. They say war is looming in the country. “Our beloved country appears to be under siege from many forces. Repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of…

New Year Mayhem: Bloodshed in Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara

New Year 2018 killings in Nigeria

  While 2018 was ushered in with pomp and circumstance all over the world, it was not so in Rivers, Kaduna and Kwara states as assailants attacked residents in the states, leaving behind sorrow, tears and blood. In Rivers, no fewer than 14 persons were gunned down, while a traditional ruler and his pregnant wife were killed in Kaduna. In Kwara, worshippers were attacked by youths who wanted to organize a New Year carnival. The story have it that some gunmen between 12.10am and 1am embarked on a shooting spree in Omoku, in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers…

ACF opposes implementation of 2014 confab report

Prof. Ango Abdullahi backs Arewa youths over Igbo Quit Notice

Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Wednesday opposed implementation of the report of the 2014 national conference. ACF said its opposition to the report was because the North was not adequately represented at the conference compared to the number of representatives from other parts of the country. This was contained in a communique issued by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad, Ibrahim Biu, after its National Executive Council meeting in Kaduna. The communique read in part: “The opposition of the North to the implementation of the recommendations in report of 2014 National Conference is not so much because of…

Arresting those behind the Kaduna Declaration

It is not enough to ask Ndigbo to ignore the eviction notice and death threat issued to them by a so-called Coalition of Northern Youths, neither is it sufficient  for the Federal Government to promise to deal with anyone making hate statements. Knowing the nature of Nigeria and what happened in the past – the massacre of Ndigbo in 1966 and the resultant civil war, Nigeria and Ndigbo cannot afford to treat the unconstitutional eviction notice with levity.   In a country where security, justice and peace are sacrosanct, the talk right now would not be whether or not the…

The Kaduna Declaration: Igbo must leave the North Full text of Northern Youth Declaration

THE KADUNA DECLARATION BEING A JOINT POSITION PAPER ISSUED BY THE AREWA CITIZENS ACTION FOR CHANGE, AREWA YOUTH CONSULTATIVE FORUM, AREWA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, AREWA STUDENTS FORUM AND NORTHERN EMANCIPATION NETWORK ON THE IGBO PERSISTENCE FOR SECESSION    PREAMBLE The persistence for the actualization of Biafra by the unruly Igbo of South-Eastern Nigeria has lately assumed another alarming twist which involved the forceful lockdown of activities and denial of other people’s right to free movement in the South-East by the rebel Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its overt and covert sponsors. This latest action and similar confrontational conducts which…

Northern Youths threaten Ndigbo … Northern Governors Forum, Ohaneze, MASOB, others react

The impudent and blood-thirsty Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY), has on Tuesday, given Ndigbo living in the North three months to leave the region. They also ordered northerners living in the South East to do the same. This was contained in their release named “Kaduna Declaration” after a joint meeting held at Arewa House in Kaduna. But their unprovoked threat and assault has been widely condemned.   According to the declaration read to the media by one Mallam Abdulazeez Suleiman, the warning was a reaction to the successful sit-at-home protest ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and observed…

Boko Haram: Shekau resurfaces

…Says “I’m alive, safe and healthy” The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has resurfaced in a new video posted online on Sunday. Shekau, in the clip debunked claims by the Nigerian Army that he was dead after he had been seriously wounded. “You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me,” Shekau said. “Oh tyrants, I’m in a happy state, in good health and in safety.” Shekau, in the 40-minute video released on YouTube and dated September 25, said attacks against the Nigerian state will continue. Days before the Sallah celebration,…

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…

Enugu Massacre: How We Struck – Fulani herdsmen

….Catholic Bishops visit victims As revulsion and anger seem to be the reaction of every Igbo person on the barbaric killing of innocent men, women and children, a video clip from the mobile phone of a Fulani herdsman arrested by police, in Kogi State, for another offence has given security men fresh clues about how the Uzo-Uwani, Enugu, massacre was carried out. Fulani herdsmen attacked Nimbo community, Uzo-Uwani, Enugu, in the wee hours of Monday, 25th April 2016, killing over 48 people. In the video which police discovered accidentally while investigating one Mohammed Zure, a Fulani herdsman and arrested in…

Shocking Revelation! How we planned, executed Enugu massacre – Fulani suspect confesses

Police uncover gory video recording of Nimbo killings on suspect’s phone KOGI State Police Command now has in its custody, one of the sus­pected herdsmen who participated in the recent massacre of more than 48 persons in Nimbo community, Uzo- Uwani local government area of Enugu state. Saturday Sun gathered that the suspect simply identified as Mo­hammed Zure was initially ar­rested by the police because of his connection with some suspected kidnappers in the state. According to a reliable source in the state command, Mohammed was granted bail after the prime suspect in the kidnap case for which he was…

How 6 Ekiti doctors died, survivor recounts

A survivor from Sunday’s accident in which six medical doctors, and a driver from Ekiti State were killed 60 kilometres from Kaduna State, yesterday told Vanguard exclusively on his sick bed in Kaduna how the accident occurred. He said the doctors would not have died had basic medical care been administered on them after the accident. He said the incident occurred around where the late Minister of state for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi and his family perished in an accident on March 6, 2006. Those who lost their lives in the accident were: Dr Tunde Aladesanmi of the Federal…

Hajj Stampede: Nigeria’s death toll rises to 64, 244 still missing

  The death toll of Nigerians from Saudi Arabia’s stampede during the just concluded hajj rite has risen to 64 with 71 others sustaining various degree of injuries while 244 others are still missing. Head, Public Relations at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Mallarn Uba Mana told newsmen in Saudi Arabia yesterday, that the commission is doing all within its power to locate the whereabouts of those still missing. “This briefing is just to give you an update of the situation of things as regard those that died, injured and those still missing after the stampede. We have…

ACF urges military to smoke out insurgents

  Worried over the perennial bombings and killings by Boko Haram in the North-East, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked the military and other security agencies to smoke them out. “ACF therefore, calls on the security agencies to employ new strategy and intelligence gathering and smoke out these terrorists from their enclaves and hideouts.” In a statement issued on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, noted that “the JTF should deploy more troops in the affected states to not only repel terrorists’ attacks but go after them. With the adequate supply of equipment and other logistic support to…

North now leads South with 9 million in PVC distribution

The North is now almost 9 million Permanent Voters’ cards (PVCs) ahead of the South, with barely five weeks to Nigeria’s rescheduled presidential election holding on March 28, according to News Express online. “No. of PVCs distributed in the North including the FCT as at 4th February 2015 = 26,866,708. No. of PVCs distributed in the South as at the referenced date = 18, 000, 703. This shows that the North surpasses the South in updated PVCs distribution with to the tune of 8,866,005,” the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) said Feb, 17in its…

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,…

Imo Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) must be autonomous

The Imo State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) should be made autonomous if the much needed increase in Internally Generated revenue (IGR) for Imo State is to be realized. It must be realized that the establishment of Task Forces on revenue Generation is usually not the solution to the dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) situation in any State.  Rather, the only way out is to make the BIR autonomous and free from the day to day Government control, supervision and monitoring.  By this process, BIR should be allowed to utilize about 5% of whatever IGR they generate for personnel and…