The Comptroller General of Customs Compliance Team, Zone C, said it confiscated N317 million worth of contraband between April and September. Zone C comprises Edo, Delta, Anambra, Bayelsa, Rvers, Akwa ibom, Cross River, Ebonye, Enugu, Abia and Imo. The National Coordinator of the Team, Comptroller of Customs, Ahmed Azarema, told the News Agency of Nigeria…
By Sunday Ani
Following fierce agitations by the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) for a referendum, to determine the fate of Igbo in Nigeria and the subsequent deployment of soldiers in the South East, Igbo leaders are demanding a new Constitution for the country.
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as well as several other Igbo groups have condemned the Federal Government’s use of force to stop IPOB’s agitation.
In an attempt to prevent any untoward development, the Igbo leaders of Thought (ILT) has also lent its voice to call for a restructured Nigeria, as the only solution to growing agitations across the country.
Rising from its meeting in Enugu on Monday, ILT has demanded an early convocation of a constituent assembly.
The constituent assembly, they said, would draft a new constitution for the country.
The group, which reiterated support for restructuring, said the new constitution would be anchored on true federalism and regional autonomy, affirmed through a referendum.
In an-eight-point communiqué signed by its chairman, Professor Ben Nwabueze, the ILT condemned invasion of the South East by the military, through Operation Python Dance II, as well as the humiliation, and attendant killings by the army.
The group also called for the immediate withdrawal of the operation and Crocodile Smile operations in the South West and South South.
Insisting that the greater problem facing Nigeria is the unresolved national question, the group added: “ILT stands with the Ibadan declaration of September 7, 2017, and insists on the power of the federal government being reduced far below what they were under the 1963 Constitution.
“ILT notes and warmly commends the communique by the South South, South East, South West and the Middle Belt coalition, at their Abuja meeting on Thursday October 5, 2017.
“ILT condemns the proscription of IPOB as a terrorist organisation because it is not under extant national and international laws.”
The group also called for a thorough investigation into allegations by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu against the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, for insubordination and by-passing the NNPC board in awarding contracts worht $26 billion.
— 12th October 2017
From: Magnus Eze, Abuja The Federal Government is to deploy the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) Brigade of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for attitudinal change campaign in local communities nationwide. Director General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari, stated this while launching the 2017 camp and orientation for volunteers of the Brigade in Paiko, Niger State….
— 12th October 2017
From: Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), in Kebbi State, on Thursday, launches a Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) in Felande village, Argungu Local Government Area of the state. The health service was aimed at providing medical treatment for over 500 villagers with different ailments who could not afford hospitals bills….
— 12th October 2017
From: FRED ITUA in Lokoja In its efforts to explain the policy direction, challenges and governance to social media influencers and journalists, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, is currently holding the maiden edition of the state’s social media summit in Lokoja, the state capital. The theme of the summit, which was earlier scheduled for…
— 12th October 2017
From: Paul Osuyi, Asaba The Delta State Government has called on investors to explore and exploit opportunities in the natural gas deposits in the state to create jobs. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa made the call, on Thursday, in Asaba, while declaring open a one-day Virtual Gas-To-Power summit with the theme: ‘Enabling Nigeria Resource for Development’. The…
Entertainment— 11th October 2017
By Christopher Oji The Lagos State Police Command Wednesday,arrested hip-hop artist, David Adekeke alias Davido over the death of one Tagbo. Tagbo’s body was dumped in a Toyota Camry car in front of the Lagos Island General Hospital by yet to be identified persons. The incident had gone viral on the social media two…
South-West Report— 12th October 2017
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta ijemo in Abeokuta, Ogun State, is one of the communities in Egba Ake. The area, located not far from the Alake’s Palace and the first church in Nigeria – St. Paul Cathedral, Ake – is renowned for its rocky terrains. In fact, the preponderance of rocks and boulders in the locality…
Abuja Metro— 11th October 2017
Abuja couple set out in search of child but got intestines twisted by doctor By Godwin Tsa, Abuja After five barren years of marriage, they began a search for the fruit of the womb but got their pitiable situation compounded by a surgeon. Today, 29-years old Mrs. Veronica Isaac, who walked into NIQUAD Clinics, located…
Oriental News— 11th October 2017
Ikpeazu pledges support for traditional institution From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia Okaiuga Alaike Autonomous Community in Ohuhu, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, the country home of former Niger/Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Chairman and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, played host to men and women from all walks of life recently….
Features— 10th October 2017
By Sunday Ani ([email protected]) The other day, a-three-storey building collapsed at Ojo, Lagos. Fortunately, no life was lost but the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed that the building had been distressed for too long and residents ordered to evacuate. Few days later, four persons were reported to have died…
Literary Review— 9th October 2017
By HENRY AKUBUIRO Ikeogu Oke has been announced the winner of the 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature. The author of the poetry book, Heresiad, beat stiff competition from Prof Tanure Ojaide, the author of Songs of Myself: Quartet,and Ogaga Ifowodo, the author of A Good Mourning. Announcing Oke the winner on Monday, October 9, in…
Lifeline— 12th October 2017
By Chioma Igbokwe Detectives attached to Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi have arrested an estate agent identified as Najeendeen Tunde Maleek for fraud. Maleek allegedly swindled over 100 prospective tenants of over N40 million being payment for some locks of flats located at No 1 Bankole Street, off Adigun Street, Itire, Ijesha, Lagos. …
Education Review— 10th October 2017
Private varsities deserve public commendation By Fred Eze, Abuja The Chairman, Association of Vice Chancellors of Private Universities. Prof. Debo Adeyewa doubles as the Vice Chancellor of the Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State. He is aware of the notion of the people about private universities and profiteering and he told The Education Report that is…
Marketing Matters— 30th November 2016
It was a unique gathering of major stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing industry when the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) rolled out the red carpet to celebrate outstanding achievers at the 2016 ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, last weekend. The event threw up new champions who would bask in the…
TSWeekend— 6th October 2017
By Remi Oluwoye and Ifunanya Duru For Oluwafunmilayo Ibukunoluwa Ajayi, popularly known as Funmi Sax, blowing the saxophone is more than a passion, it’s life. In fact, Funmi comes across as one of the few female saxophonists Nigeria has produced. Inspired by legendary Kenny G, Funmi has to her credit an album entitled, Grace. In…
The famous John Ploughman’s Talks was clear that for every man there is one thorn-bush, and he is fortunate if there are not two. And, so, even the United States, with all its natural gifts, enormous resources, is not spared this affliction. It came in the form of guns. Earlier in the week, US President…
Dear Dr, I was gang-raped by some boys and I am seriously confused. I don’t know what to do. Please advise me – Linarita, Lanlate, Oyo State Dear Linarita, Very sorry about your plight, but these things happen and everyone— (all women especially since children and men can also be raped) has to listen well…
Last April, we had a meeting with the local farmers, about 60 of them. It was part of our participatory action research strategy, getting the people to identify, discuss and analyse their challenges and then proffer solutions from within. The local people complained that cassava farming is no longer profitable. Many families cultivate cassava, which…
After months of agonising silence, the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, finally blurted out. He said he could no longer hold back the humiliations being inflicted on him and his office by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru. Consequently, he has drawn…
The fear in the land is very palpable and worrisome. You no longer feel comfortable and safe on sighting a young man with a gun approaching your car in a traffic hold-up either alone or with your children even if he is in police uniform. You can’t be comfortable when you sight people in…
This is no hate speech. It is just all about how we got to where we are today as a country labelled Nigeria. They are historical facts; certainly this is not a world of make-believe. They are excerpts from a story told by no less a personality than Chief Richard Osuolale Akinjide (SAN). Remember him?…
There is no denying the fact that a regular re-examination of the history of our tourism administration would do the country a lot of good, particularly in view of recent negative tendencies that has threatened to rubbish legacies of progressive administrative templates. Indeed, a life which cannot be examined is surely not worth a kobo….
When Muhammad Buhari was elected the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he swore he was on a mission to salvage a failing or failed nation. Of course those of them who gave him votes believed him. For those of us who are just observers, lay historians and other third parties, we kept our…
I am starting this second article in the series by dealing with the accusations and insinuation of bias and tribalism leveled against me by three rabid supporters of ex – President Goodluck Jonathan in their reaction to last week’s column. I have to do so for my critics and for the others who may share…
“EVEN a child in this nation knows that the police derives (derive) its (their) enabling and operational authority from the dictates of the Centre….” The paper’s Metro Section institutionalised this same lexical bondage in one of its headlines: “In Kano, Police allegedly shoots (sic) tanker driver over bribe” Its Editorial was equally not left out…