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August 15, 2018

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…

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…

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,…

Seven arrested over CP’s murder

A disclosure came from the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Abubakar, that seven persons have been arrested in connection with the killing of the former Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu.  Asadu was murdered about three months ago at his Amorji Nike residence in Enugu-East council of Enugu State. Briefing journalists in Enugu during his official visit to the state, the IGP said the arms used by the killers during the operations were also recovered by the police. He said following the confessional statements of the arrested suspects, the police were on the trail of other collaborators…