Buhari won’t approve Fani-Kayode’s membership of APC, PGF boss warns

February 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh. Lukman, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will not approve the possibility of a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode joining the ruling party. Lukman cautioned that such consideration will be stretching the trust of party members beyond acceptable limits. Fani-Kayode was Read More

Insecurity: We no longer ‘ve a country, Archbishop Adeleye laments

February 3, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

As spate of violent attacks, kidnapping, killing and wanton destruction of properties continue to sweep across Nigeria, the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Calabar and Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province Bishop Tunde Adeleye has lamented that there is no country again for Nigerians to call their own. Bishop Adeleye, who made the remarks, during a chat with journalists, Read More

Insecurity: Justify your salaries, mandates, Madu tasks NSCDC personnel

February 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The acting Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Hilary Madu, has charged Corps personnel to justify their salary and mandates by providing measures against any form of attack on the nation and its citizenry.  Addressing a news conference Monday in Abuja, Madu said all hands must be on deck in tacking the current security challenges Read More

Police arrest LG boss, lawmaker, others in Ebonyi over crisis

January 24, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Ebonyi Police Commissioner, Aliyu Garba, Sunday arrested Chairman of Ohaukwu Local government area, Clement Odah, lawmaker representing Ohaukwu North Constituency, Chinedu Awo over the killings of seven persons and destruction of properties in Effium community, Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state.  About 30 other major stakeholders from the community were also arrested, they include Coordinator of Effium Development Centre, Sunday Agbo and his Read More

#EndSARS destructions: NIA re

December 31, 2020 Edet Udoh 0

A total of N9.7 billion from 1,036 claims have been lodged across the country by those who were affected by #EndSARS riots destructions, according to the Director-General, Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) Mrs. Yetunde Ilori. She said the association was already collating the claims from the losses incurred during the protest, noting that as at last weekend, 14 insurance companies have Read More

How UniCal lost N1.3bn property to #EndSARS protest – Pro Chancellor

November 30, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

The pro-Chancellor of the University of Calabar (UniCal), Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, has said about N1.3 billion worth of the school property were destroyed on October 24, 2020 when hoodlums hijacked the endSARS protest. Sen Nwaogu who said this in Calabar, Monday, during a press conference, lamented that adequate attention had not been given to the destructions in UniCal by authorities Read More

Yoruba community in FCT sues for peace

November 15, 2020 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The Yoruba Community Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has sued for peace in the country, calling on youth to eschew every form of violence while demanding for their rights. President, Yoruba Community Council (YCC), FCT, Mr. Lanre Ajayi, stated this at the weekend during a press briefing on the recent happenings in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) chapter of Read More

Lekki shooting: ICC announces investigation, begins probe

November 4, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has commenced an inquiry into alleged Lekki shooting occasioned by the #EndSARS protests which grounded both social and economic activities in Nigeria while it lasted. The protests it would be recalled led to destruction of public properties and alleged massacre of protesting youth. The week-long demonstration which turned to riots and arson in Lagos and Read More

FCTA moves to tackle unrest in Abuja

October 30, 2020 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has said the administration was taking steps to tackle youth restiveness that resulted to looting and destruction of government facilities. The minister stated this during a virtual stakeholders’ meeting. He called on critical stakeholders to embark on strategic sensitisation of residents across the six area councils in the FCT. She commended Read More

#EndSARS protest: We‘re now endangered species – Police

Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force have now become endangered species in the hands of hoodlums, Anambra state Commissioner of Police John Abang has said. He also said the personnel now feared going home as they were closely under the watch of hoodlums who now traced them to their various abodes all in the name of EndSARS protests. Read More

The needle sleeps in the haystack

October 29, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

The judicial panel set up by the Lagos state government to find out who authorised the army to shoot the #EndSARS peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, is now at work. But let us lower our expectations in the capacity of their lordships to sift the grains from the chaff – and serve us the grains. Read More

#EndSARS destructions: Insurers may seek FG’s support to pay claims

October 26, 2020 Edet Udoh 0

Insurance companies may seek federal government’s support to pay claims that may arise from losses emanating from destructions of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests nationwide. Investigation by the Blueprint showed that the losses caused during the protests in various parts of the country are monumental and the claims that may likely emanate from the losses for settlement by insurance companies are Read More

Lagos coordinated attacks plot to weaken South-west economy – Govs

October 26, 2020 Temitope Musowo 0

   Chairman of South-west Governors’ Forum and Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, has said the #EndSARS protests in Lagos were coordinated attacks aimed at weaking the economic base of the South-west. He likened the state to a war zone, given the extent of the destruction visited on the economy of the state. Akeredolu stated this during the tour of Read More

Linking me to Lekki killings political –Tinubu

October 26, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

  Former Lagos state governor and national leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said no one should blame the #ENDSARS protesters for attack and destruction of his property recently in Lagos, but his political enemies. Tinubu also declared that the time has come to take the necessary actions to allow for the creation of state police Read More

#EndSARS protest: Kano Igbo community tenders apology

October 25, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

  The Igbo community in Kano state has apologised to the state government and residents over the recent violence and destruction of property as a result of the EndSARS protest. The Igbo leader in Kano, Igwe Dr Boniface Igbekwe, made the call while briefing newsmen shortly after a stakeholders meeting organised on the issue over the weekend. The stakeholder’s meeting was Read More

#ENDSARS crises: Sultan appeal for calm, urges special prayers

October 22, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

As the #EndSars protests snowballed into arson and crisis across the country, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has appealed for calm, while urging Imams to pray for and preach peace on Friday.   The Sultan, who is equally President General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), urged the protesters to stay action and allow government deal decisively with the hoodlums believed Read More

#ENDSARS protests: Ebonyi youths mobilise against hoodlums

October 22, 2020 Paul Okah 0

Youths loyal to the Ebonyi state government have mobilised themselves, armed with cutlasses, to defend the state capital against hoodlums, capitalising on the #EndSARS protests rocking the country to wreak havoc. It could be recalled that hoodlums allegedly invaded the state Wednesday and destroyed three police stations, vehicles and other public and private properties in the guise of #EndSARS protest.  Read More

Take responsibility for killings, PDP tells Buhari Presidency

October 21, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take responsibility for the shooting and reported killing of peaceful and unarmed young protesters by military operatives at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on Tuesday night. PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Wednesday stated that, President Buhari is Read More

For ALGON, power devolution is panacea to Nigeria’s survival- Alabi-David

September 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Hon Kolade Alabi-David President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in this interview with EMEKA NZE speaks of the recent rebellion against his leadership and thereafter a clean bill of health given to him by the National Executive Council, his achievements and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the lives of people at the rural communities amongst other issues. Excerpts: Read More

Land grabbing: Abuja residents petition FCT minister, seek intervention

August 23, 2020 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Worried by ongoing ‘illegal’ developments on a green area in their neighborhood, FCT residents at Zuru Close, Emeka Anyaoku Street, Area 11 Garki, have appealed to the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello to intervene, save them from impending danger and environmental destruction. A resident, Mr. Ayodele Olayinka, who made the petition on behalf of 15 others while addressing some Read More

‘Impersonation’: Warri Chief knows fate Sept. 25

July 29, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

Justice D.I Okungbowa of  Edo state High court in Benin City has fixed September 25, 2020 for ruling on a suit filed against the Iyatsere of Warri kingdom, Chief Johnson Atseleghe, for allegedly parading himself as the traditional ruler of Ologbo dukedom in Edo State. The claimant, Enogie (Duke) of Ologbo Dukedom, Prince Owen Jason Akenzua, in the suit filed through Read More

Edo guber: Three parties yet to notify INEC on primaries

June 9, 2020 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent  National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 15 out of the 18 political parties have notified it of their intention to conduct primaries for the nomination of candidates ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo state. According to the list of political parties, only the All Progressives Congress (APC) would adopt direct primaries on June 22 to nominate Read More

Ohafia killing: IGP removes Abia CP, sets up probe panel

April 21, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the redeployment of the Commissioner of Police in charge of Abia state, CP Etim Okon, to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, just as CP Janet Agbede has been ordered to take over. This is as the police board has set up a Special Investigation Panel headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in Read More

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IPCR frets over insecurity, violent extremism

February 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has expressed concern over the security challenges facing mankind. The Institute noted that violent extremism has pushed people to elevate carnage, destruction of lives and properties, disrespect for human rights and humanitarian laws beyond human comprehension. The Director General of the Institute, Dr. Bakut Bakut, represented by the head of Research Read More