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August 19, 2018

Fulani herdsmen attack Catholic Priest, sack Seminary in Taraba

  Barely a week after the burial of priests and parishioners  killed by Fulani herdsmen in the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Benue State, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Koba, Sunday night, narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds, as Fulani gunmen attacked the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State. The Taraba State spokesman, ASP David Misal, confirmed the attack in a phone interview with our correspondent. Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Charles Hammawa, described the attack on the seminary and the targeting of priests as regrettable. He, therefore, urged government to be more serious in…

FG must address killings – Atiku

FG must address killings - Atiku

  Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the Federal Government to step up efforts to end killings across the country. Atiku said killing of innocent people, especially in Taraba, Benue and Zamfara, has reached a terrifying height which only government can end. The former vice president said this in a statement to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day. He said it is painful that Nigerians who sacrificed to restore democracy in the country are being murdered, daily, by criminals with government doing little to end the bloodshed. “As we celebrate, my fellow patriots, let us spare some time to reflect…

Now is time to pray!

  There is no better time than now for Nigerians to pray harder and more fervently. But when we say ‘pray more,’ we are not asking people to do nothing else than pray. Far from that! What we are saying is that there is an urgency to offer more prayers and petition God a lot more for the challenges we are facing; for there is a clear indication that evil is trying to overtake good in our land. We must work and pray! May Devotion is a powerful weapon we can use to push back the forces of evil. We…

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…

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…

PDP sweeps elections in Taraba, Gombe, Rivers

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidates have been declared winners of 13 local government chairmanship seats so far declared by the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission. The PDP had also won all the local government chairmanship and councillorship seats in neighbouring Gombe State. The party also won the two parliamentary seats in the rerun election in Rivers State. Philip Duwe, the Chairman of the Taraba commission, announced the results of the February 25 council polls in Jalingo on Sunday. Mr. Duwe declared Mohammed Umar as Chairman-elect of Gashaka, Nicholas Waniyafiwani, Lau; Abdul Boboji, Jalingo; and Danladi Suntai as Chairman-elect of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Rochas Okorochas declared winner in Imo Guber rerun poll as PDP takes Abia State

Okorocha secured 416, 996 votes to beat the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker who polled 320, 705. The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha retains his seat for another four years as he won the governorship rerun election on Saturday, April 25 under the aegis of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Okorocha secured 416, 996 votes to trump the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker who polled 320, 705. However,  the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu beat All Progessives Grand Alliance (APGA) aspirant Dr. Alex Otti with…

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,…

Suntai Returns to Taraba

After ten months overseas receiving medical treatment, a feeble Mr. Danbaba Suntai, Taraba state Governor, has returned home. Suntai, who sustained serious injuries in the Yola Plane Crash last year, had been receiving treatment in Europe and America . He flew home in a chartered aircraft, amid celebration by his people, and was assisted off the plane by aides. The Media were not allowed to speak the still ailing governor but some photographers were permitted to  take some guided shots of the governor. “The fact is that he is still recuperating because even during the flight he could not move…