Kano: Unending war against codeine abuse

May 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Examining the effect of the recent ban on codeine substance by the federal government, BASHIR MOHAMMED posits that in Kano state, known as a hotbed of illicit drugs trade, it is war without end, with the addicts, dealers and barons fighting back. Codeine conjures emotional frenzy Mentioning the substance Codeine in Kano, makes one to react with trepidation and high Read More

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Okorocha: Intrigues heighten tension, concerns in Imo

May 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

CHIDIEBERE IWUOHA, in assessing the inferno that razed the Imo APC secretariat, last Friday and succession conspiracy in Imo state, involving the outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha, posits that the ruling APC’s structure is not only in disarray, but that tension and concerns have been heightened. Things fall apart in Imo APC In Imo state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is Read More

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Not yet Uhuru for Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth leadership palaver

May 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Recently, the leadership of both Youth and Women wings of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo were inaugurated in Enugu state, by the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo and members of the Imeobi, with the aim of stemming the crisis rocking the groupBut the crisis still lingers, with threats and verbal missiles becoming the order of the day within the group, Read More

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Kano billionaire Isiyaku Rabiu

Isiyaku Rabiu: Passage of an icon

May 14, 2018 Bashir Mohammed. Kano 0

BASHIR MOHAMMED takes a careful look at the life and times of a Kano-based business mogul, Shiekh Isiyaku Rabiu, who transited the earth fortnight ago, in a London hospital, after a brief illness Life worth living Anyone conversant with the life and times of the renowned Kano based business mogul, Shiekh Isiyaku Rabiu, would come to grip with the fact Read More

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Overcoming the challenges of maternal, infant mortality in Yobe

May 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Using maternal, new-born child health interventions to save lives, especially for the returning IDPs in Yobe state, MUSA M. BUBA, who attended a workshop recently, reports that the state government had to evolve the strategy to stop maternal and child deaths, either as a result of ignorance or neglect by past governments Overview Nigeria despite its wealth, has the highest Read More

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Tor Tiv: One year on the throne

May 7, 2018 Daniel Agbo. Makurdi 0

On Saturday, May 5, the people of Tiv kingdom in Benue state, rolled out the drums to celebrate one year anniversary of His Royal Majesty, Tor Tiv V, Professor James Iorzua Ayatse, as paramount ruler of the Tiv nation. DANIEL AGBO reports Ayatse’s coronation Tor Tiv V, Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, was sworn in on Saturday, March 5, 2017. Read More

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Nigerians debate giving 10% of their income to church

May 7, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Many Nigerian Christians believe it is compulsory to give 10% of their income to the church. But, Yemisi Adegoke writes, others say this practice, known as tithing, means poor people are funding the extravagant lifestyles of some of Nigeria’s richest people – charismatic preachers. “Anyone who is not paying his tithe is not going to heaven, full stop,” Pastor Enoch Read More

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Kaduna LG poll: Dead on arrival

May 5, 2018 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Despite objections raised by the two major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) is still bent on conducting the local government election on May 12. However, sections of the Electoral Act may force the commission to have a rethink as ABDULRAHEEM AOUDU reports After going back Read More

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Killings: Any light at the end of the tunnel?

May 5, 2018 Eleojo Idachaba 0

Just as the killing of Buharin Daji, the Mafioso-in-chief of Zamfara state armed banditry has not stemmed the killings in Anka and Zurmi local governments, or have the arrests of some Boko Haram leaders stopped the insurgents’ attacks in Borno and Yobe states, the nabbing of Mr Aliyu Teshaku, head of Benue Livestock Guards, on suspicion of his involvement in Read More

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Ranching: The devil is in the details

May 5, 2018 AbdulRahman Zakariyau 0

National Economic Council (NEC) recently adopted ranching in four states as panacea for incessant herders/farmers clashes, however, there are indications that the report is short on specifics as ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARI’YAU highlights in this report From grazing reserves to cattle colonies as well as ranching, all panaceas being canvassed to end the farmers/herders’ conflicts with their attendant fatalities. First, Governor Samuel Read More

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As Enugu communities reject their monarchs…

May 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Recently, Enugu state experienced a plethora of protests by communities against their traditional rulers. CHUKS NWEZE recalls Igbo cherishes independence There is a saying among Ndigbo that: Igbo do not have kings. In other words, Ndigbo do not recognise kings – Igbo enwe eze. What this simply means is that whether one is a king or not what the Igbo Read More

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Kogi: 40 years after feuds, Islamic sects sheathe swords

April 30, 2018 Oyibo Salihu . Lokoja 0

OYIBO SALIHU, in this report, narrates the efforts of the Kogi state government to end the seemingly endless skirmish since 40 years, between two Islamic warring factions headed by Alhaji Alihu Badaki, of Iyara central mosque and Malam Aliu Abodunde, of Onah mosque over who occupied the position of Chief Imam of Iyara, in Ijumu local government area of the Read More

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Killing of okada rider over N50 bribe: Day of rage in Abakiliki

Last Thursday, tension enveloped Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, over the killing of a motorcyclist, popularly called okada rider, by a policeman for refusing to give him N50 ‘bribe’. EGWUAGHA AMARACHUKWU reports Tension in its wake The gruesome killing of Offim Ejike, a motorcyclists, by a police sergeant, Onyebuchi Nweke attached to Anti kidnapping squad last Wednesday night had on Read More

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Benue massacre: Echoes of Zaki Biam

April 28, 2018 Daniel Agbo 0

In 2001, the Nigerian Army almost wiped out the whole villages in Logo and Zaki Biam Local Government Areas of Benue state, in a reprisal over 19 soldiers that reportedly went missing. Since then, reports of reprisals and gunmen dressed in military uniforms have trailed virtually every attack, including recent killings by herders in the state, DANIEL AGBO reports. About Read More

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Did Ebonyi community ostracise, demolish 94-year- old man’s house?

He is a 94-year-old erstwhile community leader, who contributed to maintain peace, progress as well as ensured the unity of Umuani Anike village, in Ebonyi state, but their peace soon turned awry, his house worth 15 million naira was not only demolished, Pa Omebe Obini was also banished. EGWUAGHA AMARACHUKWU tells why Umuani Anike village is located in Onicha Igboeze Read More

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Can Operation Last Hold restore social-economic activities in Borno?

April 25, 2018 Sadiq Abubakar. Maiduguri 0

Last week, the Nigerian Army announced its new tactical and strategic plan to launch a massive off ensive against Boko Haram aimed at returning the crippled economy of the state to status quo. SADIQ ABUBAKAR, in this report looks at the previous operations, as well as seeks residents’ views Restore commercial activities around Lake Chad River As the Nigerian Army Read More

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Teenager fighting school bus sexual harassment

April 25, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer ADAOBI TRICIA NWAUBANI, admires a teenager’s tenacity in tackling the harassment of pupils on the school commute Unchecked bad behaviour Allegations of physical or sexual abuse against teachers in Nigerian schools sometimes manage to grab a headline, but then fade without any follow-up story on how the case Read More

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Day CSO put INEC before court of public opinion

April 24, 2018 John Nwakocha 0

JOHN NWOKOCHA writes that like a town hall meeting, March 27 was particularly remarkable for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as a coalition of civil society organisations put the Commission before the public for assessment, during a colloquium in Abuja Colloquium When on March 27, the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) organised a colloquium in Abuja, with the Read More

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Benue: Burden of herdsmen’s attacks

April 24, 2018 Daniel Agbo. Makurdi 0

Multiple threats to peace and security occasioned by herdsmen particularly at the border areas of Benue state with neighbouring states, particularly Nasarawa and Taraba, are becoming a torn in the flesh of Benue people. DANIEL AGBO writes The persistent attacks and invasion of the borders areas by herdsmen with its attendant destruction of lives and property has generated serious concerns Read More

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Between Bachelet & Buhari

April 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Even those who had never heard of Bachelet were moved by the exit from presidency video which went viral. Veronica Michelle Bachelet Jeria left the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women to contest and take over office as the President of Chile between 2014 and 2018. It was not the U.N. or her advocacy for Read More

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Ugwuanyi: Communities, town hall in endorsement frenzy

April 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

CHUKS NWEZE reports the frenzy, comedy over the endorsement of Governor of Enugu state, Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and others seeking offices in 2019, by communities, groups and even families, making the whole atmosphere to assume a bazaar-like situation Many endorsements This season is indeed the season of endorsement of political leaders. The endorsement cuts across both those already in power Read More

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Anxiety over sex-for-marks scandals panel‘s report

April 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

AGBOOLA BAYO reports how the wait-game for the interim report of the panel set up by the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), on Wednesday, last week, to look into the sex-for-marks scandal involving a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and a female student, is fueling anxiety Interim report The panel set up by the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Read More

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