From: Desmond Mgboh, Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has tasked the Federal Government to investigate the attacks on Muslims and mosques in parts of Rivers and Abia states. The Governor made the request when he received the members of the Coalition of Northern Groups, who paid him a courtesy call in his…
…Confirm killing of personnel
From: TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, disclosed that the Command has arrested 32 supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for their alleged involvement in the mayhem that occurred, on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.
Ahmed also confirmed that the Command lost an officer, Sergeant Steven Daniel, when suspected IPOB members attacked policemen on duty, on Wednesday.
He disclosed this, on Wednesday, while briefing journalists at the Command’s headquarters, Port Harcourt, on the outcome of the soldiers and IPOB members’ clash in Oyigbo council.
The Rivers State Police boss noted that the members of the group had no justification for their action, adding that they attacked a Police van from Training School Nonwa, enroute the Port Harcourt International Airport and burnt the van to ashes.
According to CP Ahmed, driver of the van, Inspector Emaikwu Ochochi, was injured and is now on admission.
He alleged that members of the group also carted away an AK 47 rifle with 60 rounds of live ammunition, and one Berretta Pistol with eight rounds of live ammunition.
“At the end of their rampage, many vehicles were damaged and stores burnt.
“The timely response of the Police restored normalcy and brought the situation under control, as I made adequate deployment to arrest the situation”, he said.
The Police Commissioner also added that the mob were dispersed with minimum force, thereby restoring law and order.
Speaking further, Ahmed disclosed that the Command got news about the killing of the sergeant at about 10am, yesterday, allegedly by IPOB loyalists.
He claimed that members of the IPOB regrouped and launched a surprise attack on the Mobile Policemen stationed at Oyigbo junction, killing Sergeant Daniel attached to 19 PMF.
Also, he mentioned that the mob wounded two officers and set a patrol vehicle ablaze, carting away a Sterling SMG rifle belonging to the deceased.
“They were, however, repelled by the Police, where about nine of them were arrested, bringing the total number of suspects arrested to 32. They are helping us in investigation and will be due in Court as soon as our Investigation is concluded.
He assured that justice would be done in the circumstance, vowing all those connected to the carnage would be brought to justice.
“We shall spare no effort in dealing with any criminal elements in the State”, he vowed.
— 13th September 2017
From: Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Imo State Governor and Chairman, Progressive Governors’ Forum, (PGF) Chief Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday, announced a donation of N10 million by the Rochas Foundation to the Benue State Government to help ameliorate the effect of the recent flood which ravaged the state. Okorocha, who was in Benue in company of his…
— 13th September 2017
From: Molly Kilete, Abuja The new Commissioner of Police has been appointed for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). He is CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello. Until his appointment, he was the Commissioner of Police Nasarawa State Police Command. He takes over from CP Musa Kimo, who has been redeployed. A graduate of English, from Bayero University…
— 13th September 2017
…Confirm killing of personnel From: TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, disclosed that the Command has arrested 32 supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for their alleged involvement in the mayhem that occurred, on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. Ahmed also…
— 13th September 2017
Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited has denied links in the management or having a role to play in the 750 gas trucks released to distribute products. The company through its image handlers, indicated that Total is not part of the gas trucks business and rather its business agreement is for the supply of…
Entertainment— 13th September 2017
President Trump tapped his longtime aide Hope Hicks as interim White House director of communications in August, and (Tuesday) morning Bloomberg reported the that the former Trump campaign press secretary will stay in the role on a permanent basis. One of the 28-year-old’s first tasks in her new job could involve an inquiry in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia…
South-West Report— 7th September 2017
At least 22 people died while 152 others sustained injuries in 74 road crashes in Ogun during the last Sallah holidays, the state road safety authority has said. Seni Ogunyemi, Commander, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota that 174 people and 43 vehicles were involved in the road crashes….
Abuja Metro— 13th September 2017
From Magnus Eze and Adanna Nnamani In spite of the declining fortune of the Nigerian economy, the creative industry sub-sector remained bouyant. Its 11.7 per cent growth has been quite vital to the nation’s exit from recession. Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, acting Secretary to…
Oriental News— 13th September 2017
LG workers storm Enugu, Ebonyi to seek autonomy From Obinna Odogwu (Abakaliki), Daniel Edem, Rosemary Asogwa and Jane Nwaoriaku (Enugu) Workers at the third tier – the local government – last week and the penultimate one took to the streets of the South-East states to demand for council autonomy. It was a period the workers,…
Features— 13th September 2017
By Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo In Igbo folklore, a story is told of a certain Udekwe Uyadi, who was brutally slaughtered by his people during an inter-communal war with their neighbouring community. His road to the grave was foretold by the Chief Priest of Idemmili. Ani-Ukwu was a very large parcel of land between the two…
Literary Review— 2nd September 2017
Professor Jerry Agada’s name resonates for many reasons: he is an acclaimed writer, filmmaker, bureaucrat and an academic. A former Minister of State for Education and President, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), he is currently a visiting professor at the American-European University, Ghana. Agada isn’t delighted with the non-inclusion of creative writers during the recent…
Lifeline— 13th September 2017
•As world marked suicide prevention day on September 10, psychologists give tips on curbing suicidal thoughts, acts By Victoria Amadi Early this year, Nigerians were greeted with the tragic news of a medical doctor, Allwell Orji. The man had jumped into the Lagos Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge. It took local divers and Lagos…
Education Review— 12th September 2017
• Economic hardship causes them cold as kids return to school By Gabriel Dike, Faith Eze and Glory Eze This is certainly a tasking and challenging time for parents and guardians as schools start the 2017/2018 academic calendar. Their kids present long list of demands they require to start the new session. Most university students…
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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— 8th September 2017
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“I am most grateful to God for answering my prayer through the use of your oil. My son got married seven years ago without any fruit of the womb. We have been running from pillar to post in search of solution but all our efforts came to naught. All they told us was that my…
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ENCORE Last week, we discussed war and the evils associated with it. This week, we shall continue our discourse on the subject, with a view of averting or preventing same, through restructuring of our lopsided federalism. On this note, we shall consider these sub-topics: Why we must not take Nigeria’s unity for granted. Why this…
The Ohanaeze has called on the federal government to direct the military to call off its operation in the South East called Python dance II saying it’s an invasion in the region aimed at intimidating the people. Ohanaeze said in a seven point tense statement issued on Tuesday and signed by its President General, Chief…
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