IPOB to Southeast youth: Embrace Ebubeagu, join your ancestors

The recently unveiled security outfit by the South-east governors – Ebubeagu – may have come under threat as the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) warned Igbo youth against joining the body. Ebubeagu was launched by the South-East Governors’ Forum, to among other things, tackle the spate of insecurity. Addressing journalists Sunday in Owerri, Imos state during the unveiling, the forum’s Read More

AESID to Police, DSS: Mop up illegal arms in circulation in Ebonyi

April 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called on all the security agencies to urgently mop up all the illegal arms and ammunition in the hands of unauthorised persons, especially political thugs in the state. The association revealed that it has gotten information on how some top politicians have shared illegal weapons for some political thugs to Read More

An agenda for IGP Usman Alkali Baba

April 10, 2021 Ruth Eguono Olofin 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially appointed a new Inspector General of Police to replace the former IGP Mr Mohammed Adamu as the number one Cop of the nation. Mr Adamu whose tenure formally ended on February 1st, 2021 was extended against public outcry in view of public service rules and the provisions of the Police Act of 2020. That extension Read More

Anambra burial law would attract revenue if… —Bishop Ezeokafor

April 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Rather than enforcing taxes on the people, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra state, in this interview with OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU says the state government would earn higher income if the state burial law is fully implemented.  What is the place of Easter celebration in Christendom? Generally, people are thinking that Christmas is the highest celebration in the church, but Read More

50 armed herdsmen nabbed, under prosecution over insecurity – NSCDC boss

April 7, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, said the Corps has arrested over 50 suspected armed herdsmen, in ongoing operations to check the escalating insecurity in the country. The NSCDC boss said this at the agency’s headquarters Wednesday in Abuja, where licences were presented to new private guard operators. The CG, however stressed Read More

Insecurity: CAN President chides Buhari, calls for national dialogue

April 7, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro, 0

The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Ayokunle Olasupo, has accused the President Mohammadu Buhari administration of incompetency in the handling of the insecurity situation in the country. The Christian Association President made this known at the Holy Convocation organised by the Victory Life Bible Church, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. Rev. Olasupo who spoke Read More

Parents can help government minimise insecurity – Wike

April 7, 2021 Godwin Egba 0

Rivers state Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said the present security challenges in the country could be minimised if parents become more responsible in the upbringing of their children. Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, Kelvin Ebiri, in a press statement, Tuesday quoted the Governor Wike as stating this during the solemnisation of holy matrimony between Pearl Ile and Bobby Read More

Insurgency: Nigerian troops not sufficiently armed – Ex-General

With a whooping sum of $1billion expended on arms, indications have emerged that troops in the North-east still fight without sufficient arms.  Some equipment, including artillery guns, Blueprint gathered, were bought some three months ago. Similarly, some prized and highly sophisticated equipment such as Mines Resistance Armoured Personnel Carrier (MRAP) and helicopter gunships with night fighting capability are either inadequate or not available. Read More

IPOB: Imo attacks political, calculated to make South East ungovernable – Group

April 6, 2021 Paul Okah 0

An Igbo group, under the aegis of Coalition of South-East Professional Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND), has condemned attacks launched on the Imo State Police Command’s headquarters in Owerri, the Correctional Centre headquarters in the state, public property as well as security personnel in the state by some criminal elements. The group, which fingered the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Read More

Insecurity: NSCDC to commission Special Women Squad against bandits, kidnappers

April 4, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The new Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has said his leadership will soon commission a special Women Squad to fight the challenges of banditry and kidnapping in the country. Dr. Audi also revealed that the Corps has commissioned a team of researchers and intellectuals who are currently conducting what “vulnerability Read More

The spirit of Easter

April 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

Christians all over the world are in the Easter mood, beginning from last Friday which was Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross of Calvary where He shed His blood over 2,000 years ago for the atonement of the sins of mankind. The death, resurrection on the third day and ascension of Jesus usually mark the Read More

Easter: Nnamani, Ekweremadu harp on unity, sacrifice, justice

April 3, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP Enugu East), has urged the political class to reflect on the sacrifices and lessons of Easter celebration and use the opportunity to redress the inherent injustice in order to bring peace and unity in the country. Nnamani in an Easter message in Abuja, Saturday, said the challenges of disunity, insecurity and growing dissent among the various Read More

Lalong sues for collective action against insecurity, disunity

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong has sued for collective action by all Nigerians against insecurity and disunity. The governor made the call in a statement of felicitation the Christians in the state and across the country for marking another Easter. The statement signed by his director of press, Dr. Makut Macham, read in part, “There is every reason for Nigerians Read More

Niger gov urges prayers to overcome banditry, insecurity

April 2, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state and chairman, North Central Governors’ Forum has urged Christians to use the Easter period to pray for God’s intervention in overcoming security challenges in the country particularly the banditry activities ravaging the North-central zone. The governor, in an Easter message coming barely 24 hours after bandits killed six security personnel in Niger state, Read More

Dala, Shatima, Tambuwal, others for northern Nigeria peace award

April 2, 2021 Editor 0

The Peace Achievers Global Award is set to honour men and women who have contributed exceptionally to the growth and development of the northern region. This was made known in Abuja by a representative of the organisation Amb. Kingsley Amafibe at a press conference held at his office at Wuse 2. According to him, the event which is slated for Read More

Ebonyi killings: FG not doing enough – Group

April 1, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Victims of Persecution, has condemned the killings of indigenes of four communities in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state by suspected herdsmen. Rapporteur of the group,Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, in a statement Thursday, said the federal government was not doing enough to end the killings. Ume, who is also a former Attorney General and Commissioner Read More

End the armed robbery on Ilesha-Akure road

April 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Some months ago, I travelled by road and we had a reason to pass through Ilesha-Akure road, not only have I heard of the notoriety of armed robbers on the road, I heard stories of how people lost their lives in that road. Many had cried out to government to fix the unending crisis. Passing through that road was synonymous Read More

Interior Minister to NSCDC: Return Nigeria to safety

March 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has charged the new Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to take up the responsibility of returning Nigeria back to the old days when people can travel freely on the roads without fear of being waylaid, kidnapped or assassinated.  In a statement released Tuesday in Abuja by the Read More

Traditional rulers key to sustaining peace, stability – Ganduje

March 30, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

Traditional rulers have been described as key players in the promotion of peace and stability in Nigeria. Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made the assertion while declaring open the 12th general assembly of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) held in Kano. Governor Ganduje explained that the 12th general assembly was timely as there was Read More

Banditry: Recruit 50m youths into Army, Tinubu tells Buhari

March 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has advised the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to recruit at least 50 million youths into the Army to aid the fight against insecurity. Tinubu spoke at the 12th colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday in Kano State. He said: “We are under-policed and we are competing with Read More

Again, northern elders advise Buhari on ending insecurity

March 26, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Northern elders have blamed the festering insecurity in the country, especially in the North-east and North-west geopolitical zones, on some leaders and elders of the region whom they said, saw the danger in the beginning of the crisis but refused to say the truth. In a statement, Friday, the National Coordinator, Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, Engr. Read More

School girls’ abduction and sanctity of womanhood

March 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The series of abductions of school girls in the northern part of the country has left many families heartbroken, frightened and discouraged to send their female children to school at a time when the country is battling to reduce the number of out of school children. ENE OSHABA examines these incidents and the implication on the sanctity of womanhood. Nigerian, Read More

Youth forum proffers solution to Nigeria’s security challenges

March 26, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Unified Nigeria Youth Forum (UNYF) has described the spate of insecurity in Nigeria as a crucial period in the nation’s history. UNYF made the observation Thursday at the maiden edition of its Nigeria Youth Forum Annual Lecture cum award held at Merit House Abuja, saying the current situation called for national reflection on the core virtues needed in reshaping Read More

The Marwa, Babandede pact and hope of a new Nigeria

March 25, 2021 Sani Kila 0

It is now abundantly clear that two officials of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government have one thing in common: love for patriotic  service and determination to build worthy legacies. These two officials are no other than Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, the NDLEA Chairman and Mohammed Babandede, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigrations service (NIS). Two of a kind, you would say. Nigerians were Read More