NAN Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue says the state does not own any militia group. Ortom was reacting to rumour making the rounds in some quarters in the country that the state government owned a militia group. The governor spoke on Thursday, January 18, in Makurdi, when the Benue Youth Prayer Group and National Union…
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has warned against miscalculation in using the military option to deal with the provocations stirred by the nuclear missile launches by North Korea.
Guterres, who gave the warnings while briefing UN Correspondents at the UN headquarters on Tuesday, said political solutions through dialogue remained the best approach.
The UN chief also warned that adopting confrontational approach mightily have unintended consequences.
He said “let us promote dialogue and communication to avoid miscalculation or misunderstanding.
“Confrontational rhetorics may lead to unintended consequences. The solution must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific.
“As Secretary-General, I am ready to support any effort toward peaceful solution of this alarming situation, as I said to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
Guterres said the latest nuclear and missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were profoundly destabilising for regional and international security, adding that “I condemn them unequivocally.
“Yet again, the DPRK has broken the global norm against nuclear test explosions. Again, the country has defied the Security Council and the international community.
“The DPRK has needlessly and recklessly put millions of people at risk, including its own citizens already suffering drought, hunger and serious violations of human rights.
“I call again on DPRK authorities to comply fully with international obligations, including Security Council Resolution 2371 adopted last month.”
The UN chief welcomed Monday’s meeting of the Council, stressing that unity was crucial in addressing crisis.
He added that unity creates an opportunity to engage diplomatically to decrease tension, increase confidence and prevent any escalation – all aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
He announced that “in two weeks’ time, world leaders will be here in the General Assembly to address the full range of global challenges.
“In recent days, we have seen dramatic aggravation of three of the main threats we face as international community: the nuclear threat, sectarianism and climate change.”
The UN scribe expressed concern about security, humanitarian and human rights situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Guterres also expressed solidarity with those suffering the devastating impacts of unprecedented disasters in recent weeks in Sierra Leone, Texas, Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
He said “the UN stands ready to support relief efforts in any way possible. The number of natural disasters has nearly quadrupled since 1970.”
— 18th January 2018
NAN Oladeji Adeoye, President of Nigeria Shooting Federation (NSF), on Thursday, January 18, in Abuja said the Federation was in need of about N10 million to host a world shooting sport programme. Adeoye, a retired brigadier-general in the Nigerian Army, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the financial support was needed from governments and…
— 18th January 2018
Ali Abare, Gombe The Gombe Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has uncovered three properties alleged to have been built from crime as part of money diverted from the 2015 campaign funds. Newly posted zonal controller for the commission, Johnson Babalola, disclosed this to journalists, in Gombe, on Thursday….
— 18th January 2018
Paul Osuyi, Asaba A total of 2,457 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Thursday, took their oath of allegiance to serve their fatherland for the mandatory one year national service. They were posted to Delta and Edo states under the Batch ‘A’ Stream II service year, and were sworn in at the…
— 18th January 2018
Noah Ebije, Kaduna The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kaduna State chapter, has called off the indefinite strike action embarked upon in all the state public schools. The strike had lasted for almost two weeks. NUT Chairman in the state, Comrade Audu T. Amba disclosed this, on Thursday, shortly after an emergency meeting of the…
Entertainment— 18th January 2018
InTouch Allegations of an affair between President Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels recently resurfaced after a Wall Street Journal article reported that the porn star was paid a reported $130,000 to stay silent. While Stormy adamantly denied that anything happened in a letter released by Trump’s lawyer on Jan. 10, In Touch has an explosive first-person interview with the adult entertainer that was conducted…
South-West Report— 18th January 2018
Jubilations as 400 renounce militancy, surrender weapons in Ondo The amnesty programme of the Ondo State Government has started yielding positive results as restive youths in the coastal part of the state are surrendering their arms. The programme was said to be a follow up to the Federal Government’s programme organised for militants in the…
Abuja Metro— 17th January 2018
…Says no alternative to food security By Magnus Eze As the nation grapples with the perennial issue of herders-farmers’ clashes, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said government’s efforts at achieving national security, including the fight against insurgency in the North-East, would be meaningless without food security. To this end, he…
Oriental News— 17th January 2018
• As Eze Idigo marks 188th Ovala festival From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka Since the November 18, 2017, governorship election in Anambra State, the people of Aguleri have been deliberating on how best to honour their own, Governor Willie Obiano. They have been looking for a way to ventilate their joy. Therefore, it was a day…
Features— 18th January 2018
•For N25, you can pick a bride •Only men can ask for divorce From Paul Osuyi, Asaba In Benin culture and tradition, marriage rites are held in very high esteem. According to Benin tradition, the family is the bedrock of any community hence the norms and values imbibed at the family level go a long…
Literary Review— 13th January 2018
With 141 books published so far, Reverend Chris Christian is probably Nigeria’s most prolific author. With specialty in Christian literature, his aim is to break barriers and get many of his books to the international audience. He is gradually succeeding in this regard. A preacher of the gospel, he is famed for taking the Vow…
Lifeline— 18th January 2018
… As millions take over Mgbidi for Lord’s Chosen crusade By Gilbert Ekezie This year’s edition of the annual international crusade organised by the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries at Mgbidi, a sleepy town in Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State, recently came to a close. And not a few participants from across…
Education Review— 16th January 2018
From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin PROF. IS-HAQ Oloyede, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, in this piece gave hints on how far JAMB has gone on knotty issues of admission into Nigerian higher institutions, the challenges and the way forward. He also explained the new 2018 registration system, why JAMB introduced that innovation as a…
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TSWeekend— 12th January 2018
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“Let me use this opportunity to express my thanks to God in heaven and his servant on earth for bringing the highly awaited major breakthrough of my life to me. It was a serious contract that I have always wanted and prayed for. It required contacts and much more which I never had. It comes…