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Buhari to security chiefs: Deal ruthlessly with bandits, kidnappers

April 11, 2019 Editorial IV 0

…Abuja-Kaduna road cleared, safe for travels – IGP President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security chiefs to deal ruthlessly with the bandits terrorising Zamfara state and its environs, kidnappers and other security challenges across the country. The president gave the directive at a two-hour close-door meeting with the Service Chiefs and other heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa in Read More

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Atiku’s Venezuela option treasonable, says BMO

April 10, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has accused PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar of seeking to destabilise the country by lobbying the US authorities and other European nations to recognise him as the elected president of Nigeria. The organisation has, therefore, urged security agencies to investigate Atiku’s unholy romance with foreign bodies in pursuit of his failed mandate. According to the Read More

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Zamfara killings: FG orders foreigners to vacate in 48 hours as operations begin

April 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The federal government has begun a special operation code-named Puff Adder to flush out bandits in Zamfara state, Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Mr Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, said on Sunday.  Addressing State House correspondents in Abuja after a close-door meeting with service chiefs and heads of security agencies, the IGP said all mining activities in the state are Read More

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Kidnappers demand N50m to release Channels TV reporter, Okeregbe

March 24, 2019 Editorial II 0

An Abuja based journalist, Friday Okeregbe of Channels television, has been Kidnapped. Okeregbe was reported to have been abducted on his way from his Mechanic on Friday at Games Village area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Blueprint learnt that the kidnappers have, however, reached out to Okeregbe’s wife on Saturday’s night demanding for about N50 million. Details later…

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PDP rejects Kaduna Guber poll results

March 10, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said it would not accept results from Saturday gubernatorial and state assembly elections in Kaduna state. The opposition party results were doctored by APC agents. PDP state Chairman in Kaduna state, Hon. Felix Hassan Hyet, said the elections were marred by intimidation by security agencies, vote buying, ballot box snatching, ballot box stuffing and laying siege Read More

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INEC distributes sensitive election materials to 21 LGAs in Kebbi

March 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Kebbi state has distributed sensitive election materials to the 21 local government areas ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Ahmad Mahmud, in Birnin Kebbi Thursday, said the distribution took place in Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Birnin Kebbi branch on Wednesday. “The Read More

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Gombe: APC plans to use SARS against us – Nafada

March 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Barely 48 hours to the conduct of the governorship and state assembly elections, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe state, Senator Usman Bayero Nafada, has alleged that the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state plans to use the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) against his party. Bayero Nafada made the allegation in a press Read More

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Assembly polls will be peaceful in Kogi – Gov’s aide

March 5, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Director General , Media and Publicity to the Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo has urged the people of the state to dismiss what he described as “fake alert of violence” by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to scare voters away. He assured that the State Government would work with security agencies to make the election peaceful. Speaking with newsmen Read More

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Coalition of political parties demand cancellation of Zamfara NASS poll

February 28, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Coalition of Political Parties in Zamfara has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel last Saturday’s National Assembly (NASS) elections held in the state. Spokesman of the coalition and governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, said the call had become necessary because the entire election was marred by Read More

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Kajuru Killings: PDP guber candidate calls for arrest of perpetrators

February 19, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Kaduna state gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples DemocraticParty (PDP), Isah Ashiru, has urged the state government and securityagencies to fish out and prosecute those involved in the killings ofvillagers in Kajuru area of the state. Ashiru, in a statement he issued in Kaduna Monday, expressed shock atthe report of the murder of innocent people, describing the situationas unfortunate. “This Read More

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INEC trains 20, 284 ad-hoc staff in Edo

February 4, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) on Monday said it had trained 20, 284 ad-hoc staff for the forthcoming general elections in the state. The Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity in INEC, Edo office, Mr Wilfred Ifogah, Mr Wilfred Ifogah, said the training was to ensure that INEC did all that was required for a credible election in Read More

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Letter to Mr President on AI 2018 report

January 11, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Sir, this is to draw your attention to the false and biased report of the Amnesty International on the Fulani pastoralists. Certainly, the 2018 report by this organization has been seen by the Miyetti Allah Wallidira, Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation to be biased and capable of causing crisis in the country. The intention of the report is to Read More

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We support security forces to ensure crime-free Yuletide-Ortom

December 25, 2018 Editorial III 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said that adequate support has been provided to assist security agencies and ensure that all parts of the state remain crime-free during the Christmas and New Year season. Governor Ortom also urged the people to embrace the teaching of Jesus and remain in peace, harmony, tolerance and show love to one another at Read More

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Sports Festival: Security beefed up as Athletes, Officials troop into Abuja

December 5, 2018 Editor 0

All is now set for the official opening ceremony of much talked-about 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) slated for Abuja between December 6 and 16, 2018 with last minute rushes and preparations for organisers, Athletes and team Officials. As at last check, no fewer than 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have confirmed participation at the competition which Read More

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Still on the massacre at Metele, by By A. A. Gadzama

November 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The massacre of over one hundred soldiers of the 175 Task Force Battalion at Metele last week by Boko Haram and their affiliates, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), should invoke in us as a nation the highest sense of solidarity with the very gallant soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice. The incident, although coming after many lesser ones Read More

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Boko Haram: Buhari summons Security Chiefs as Army confirms 44 Soldiers dead

November 23, 2018 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned Service Chiefs to an emergency security meeting over the reported killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram sect along the Nigeria-Chad border on Sunday. It was gathered that the urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security developments across the battle fields in the North East region of the country. A reliable source, who Read More

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2019: EU, US, UK, others advocate peace pact to stem violence

November 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Campaign for the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections officially kick-started yesterday and the European Union delegation to Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom and 22 other countries having diplomatic missions in Nigeria have urged stakeholders in the Nigerian electoral system to refrain from using hate speech and eschew violence. The countries also said it would welcome new efforts towards the 2015 type of Read More

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Kebbi corps members assured of security

October 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

Kebbi State government has assured this year’s 2018 corps members posted to the state of conducive and secured environment during and after the orientation course. The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Samaila Yombe Dabai gave the assurance at the opening/swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 Batch C stream 1 orientation course at the NYSC permanent camp, Dakingari yesterday. “Kebbi state is known for Read More

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Plateau crisis: Minister condemns, tasks security agencies to end killings

October 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, condemned the resurgence of violent crisis in Plateau state, even as he directed the Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to urgently map out strategies to curtail the situation and maintain adequate security visibility in the rural communities to re-assure residents of their safety, and deter criminally minded persons. Read More

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No student missing after hoodlums’ invasion – FCET Umunze

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

The management of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, has reportedly denied the rumours that students of its school, (Demonstration Secondary School) have been taken captive by some hoodlums. Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports that 16 female students of the school had been abducted by hoodlums who invaded their school. However, the college’s Public Relations Officer Sam Otti, in Read More

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Politicians sharing money, gifts in Osun – TMG

September 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has raised the alarm over alleged plans by politicians to disrupt Saturday’s governorship election in Osun state. Chairman of TMG, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, in a statement yesterday said investigation has revealed that, besides plans to unleash violence, politicians have embarked on the distribution of money, food items and gifts in 12 local government areas of Read More

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Osun 2018: APC importing voters from Lagos, ADP alleges

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has raised the alarm over alleged importation of commercial voters from nearby Lagos State into Osun State by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The party said apart from noticing strange faces in some towns and rural areas in the state lately and that this was further confirmed by its intelligence report. According to a Read More

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RTEAN rues office invasion by alleged thugs

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), has decried the alleged forceful and illegal takeover of its national secretariat which houses the Office of the National President, Alhaji Musa Shehu Isiwele, by a group it described as “thugs”. The invasion and forceful takeover, according to the association, was effected by one Mr. Osakpamwen Eriyo, the former Edo State Chairman Read More

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Prison boss lauds security agencies in Rivers

September 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Controller General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, has applauded the collaboration of security agencies in tackling security challenges in Rivers state. This was contained in his goodwill message, which was delivered by Controller of Prisons Incharge of Medical, Dr Paul Wakama. The Prison boss made this call during the monthly interactive session/happy hour, which was hosted by the Nigerian Prisons Read More