Biafra: Call for referendum now, Northern women tell Buhari, NASS

June 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Following persistent agitations for the Biafra nation, some Nothern women under the aegis of Amalgamation of Northern Women Association in Nigeria (ANWAN) have staged a protest asking President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly to immediately call for a referendum and allow Igbos to go. The women in their hundreds held the protest at the Unity Fountain Read More

Fintiri reference point at govs’ forum – Bala

May 22, 2021 Muazu Abari 0

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has canvassed for the re-election of Adamawa state Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in 2023. Bala described Fintiri as a reference point in Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF), and that he was known for his honestly and sincerity in engineering lots of development to Adamawa state. The Bauchi state governor stated this in Michika local government area Read More

ALGON backs southern governors on ban of open grazing

May 13, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

Delta state chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON on Thursday backed Southern Governors on the ban on open grazing of cattle in the southern part of the country. The Association made their position known shortly after their montly meeting in Warri South Local Government Council through the ALGON Chairman in the state who is also the Read More

Northeast insecurity: Group heaps blame on ex-Borno gov

April 30, 2021 Editor 0

The North East Peace Congress (NEPC) says ex-Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, should be blamed for the worsening insecurity in the region. According to the group, the Borno Central lawmaker championed the call for the removal of the immediate past Service Chiefs, a move it says has resulted in calamity. Since the retirement of the former military heads in January, Read More

Insecurity: Buhari must take responsibility now – Sen. Gyang

April 30, 2021 Baba Yusuf 0

The senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang, has called on President Muhammad Buhari to rise up to his responsibility as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and bring the challenge of insecurity under his control. According to the lawmaker, failure to take the bold step now would allow those who want to overrun the country to succeed in their mission. Read More

FG begins rehabilitation P/Harcourt – Borno rail line

April 29, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Rukayyat Saraki has said the federal government has commenced the rehabilitation of the rail line from Rivers to Borno state. Senator Rukayyat Saraki stated this during the commissioning ceremony of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Outreach Centre for the North-east at Kumo in Akko local government area of Gombe state. According to Read More

Bauchi govt grants N1bn loan to fertilizer company

April 27, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has granted a loan of One billion to the state fertilizer company to boost its production. The governor announced the grant Tuesday when he paid a visit to the company in continuation of his projects inspection tour across the state.  According to him, the government has also settled the backlog of debts amounting to Read More

Troops repel terrorists attack in Geidam, kill 21

April 26, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

… Recover gun truck, other weapons Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) currently conducting Operation Tura Takaibango with support from  air component  have killed 21  Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Geidam, the headquarters of Geidam Local government Area of Yobe state.  Blueprint report that the terrorists attacked the border town on 23 April 2021 destroying  communications Read More

Norway’s $1bn aid to North-east

April 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recent report to the effect that the immediate past Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud, had listed the organisation of two donor conferences that raised $1bn for the development of the North-east as one of his achievements in office, is quite remarkable. The gesture is an ample demonstration of good friendliness and mutual diplomatic relationship between the two countries. Read More

Alkali’s answers to North -East humanitarian question

April 5, 2021 Raphael Odoh 0

Apparently, Boko Haram insurgents and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have gravely injured and shackled the North East Development Commission (NEDC), a baby created out of necessity to cater for humanitarian crisis incited by Boko Haram. The NEDC’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, (MD-CEO), Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali experiences grippingly retells the story of managing the near Read More

NEDC and Alkali’s leadership with a human face

March 30, 2021 Solomon Audu 0

It is no longer news that the Boko Haram crisis in North-East Nigeria has devastated economy of the region, and humanitarian crisis is the order of the day. The North East region of Nigeria is made up of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba States. These states are ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009. In this violent Read More

Breaking – Short Service Course: Army publishes successful candidates… see full list, requirement

March 26, 2021 Editor 0

The Nigerian Army on Friday released the list of successful candidates for the Nigerian Army Short Service Combatant Course 47/2021. A statement copied from Nigerian Army’s official website, The successful candidates are to report at NDA (Old Site) with the following:a. Original credentials and SSC 47 online application print out that bears theirpassport photograph.b. Four copies of 5 x 7 Read More

Insurgency: Nigerian troops not sufficiently armed – Ex-General

March 24, 2021 Abdulrahman A. Abdulrauf 0

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

The handwriting on the wall

March 21, 2021 Hassan Gimba 0

I sniff anarchy on the horizon. And to the discerning mind, the handwriting is bold on the wall. “The handwriting on the wall” is an English expression used whenever an inevitable result or imminent danger has become, or is becoming, apparent, a presentiment of disaster, in our case, anarchy. It is also expressed as “mene mene”, a shortened form of Read More

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Post-conflict peace building efforts ongoing in North-east – Akanji

March 19, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Principal Investigator and Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Tajudeen Àkànjí has confirmed that post-conflict peace building efforts are ongoing in the north-eastern part of the country. The expert on Peace and Strategic Studies disclosed this recently in Abuja, during one-day workshop aimed at reducing all forms of violence and work with governments and Read More

2023: Arewa coalition urges Okorocha to run for president

March 11, 2021 Najib Sani 0

As political activities continue to garner momentum towards the 2023 general elections, the Coalition of Northern Supporters to Ndi – Igbo for President 2023 has expressed their support for Senator Rochas Okorocha to declare his interest in the 2021 presidential election. The Coalition comprising of Coalition of North Eastern Patriots, (CONEP),North Central Development Cycle(NCDC), Northern Youths in Politics (NYP),Public Awareness Read More

Fuel tanker explosion destroys Delta property worth millions of naira

March 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by fire as fuel laden tanker exploded in Ekwuomah community in Ika north east local government area of Delta state. It was gathered that an unidentified vehicle which was overtaking the tanker scratched it by the side while on high speed on the Asaba-Agbor expressway, Ekwuoma. It was learnt that the tanker driver Read More

Breaking: Ogun assembly elects new deputy speaker

Ogun State House of Assembly has elected a member representing Ogun Waterside State Constituency, Hon. Balogun Akeem, as the new Deputy Speaker following last week’s removal of his predecessor and member representing Ijebu-North II state constituency, Hon. Dare Kadiri, for gross misconduct. The election was sequel to his nomination by a member representing Remo North State Constituency, Solomon Osho, seconded Read More

Bauchi gets new CP as police promotes Jimeta to AIG

March 8, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Following the elevation of the former commissioner of police of Bauchi state Lawal Jimeta to the position of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), a new commissioner in the person of Abiodun Alabi has been posted to the state. Mr Alabi while taking over on Monday said he expects the citizens of the state to partner with the police Read More

Capital projects: Bala laments FG’s injustice to North-east

March 3, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed, has lamented what he described as the ‘federal government’s injustice’ to the North-east geo-political zone in terms of capital projects. The governor made the lamentation Wednesday during the opening of the 4th North East Governors forum meeting hosted by the state. He decried that the region lags behind in terms of development due to federal Read More

FG empowers 578 needy in Bauchi

January 24, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The federal government through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Saturday empowered 578 needy in Shira local government area of Bauchi state. The federal commissioner of the commission in charge of north east Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed while distributing the empowerment materials said the donation was meant for people tagged ‘Persons of Concern’ under the Read More

We‘ll disgrace terrorists in 2021 – Buratai

January 2, 2021 Editor 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has declared that the Nigerian Army will shame the Boko Haram and the Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists in 2021. Buratai gave the assurance at a sit-out night to usher in the 2021 New Year at the TY Buratai Institute for War and Peace in Biu local government srea Read More

PMB and burden of healing broken bones

January 1, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

My New year Epistle to Nigerians This present generation has had their diaries well filled with details of their vivid share in first-hand history experience of insurgency in their life time, in which these verbose experiences may well be defined by the success or failure of the anti-terrorism efforts across our country. Since al-Qaeda first emerged in 1988 and subsequently Read More