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Ekiti Guber: INEC battles against odds to deliver transparent elections

July 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

Against the odds of allegations of PVC cloning and sale in the open market, INEC leadership assures that it is ready to shame mischief makers out to subvert the electoral process and give Ekiti a free, fair and credible election, writes EMEKA NZE. High hurdle to scale At the quarterly consultative meeting on Wednesday through Friday between the Independent National Read More

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Plateau violence: Troops parade 17 suspected killers

June 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Seventeen persons suspected to be involved in the recent carnage that occurred in some parts of Plateau state, were yesterday paraded by Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) of the Nigerian Army. Violence broke out in some parts of the state on Saturday, leading to the death of about 100 persons, believed to have been killed by suspected herdsmen. The arrests came Read More

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Atiku, Turaki slam FG over Plateau killings

June 27, 2018 Blueprint 0

Two frontline presidential aspirants on the Peoples Democratic Party platform, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and a former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki,SAN, have berated the federal government over the mass killing of some Plateau residents. They faulted the security approach adopted by the All Progressives Congress -led government in the management of the crisis. They spoke in Read More

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Adamawa, Zamfara killings: JNI urges security alert, intelligence-gathering

May 4, 2018 Blueprint 0

Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) yesterday described as “cruel and devastating” the twin bomb attacks that killed 85 persons in Mubi, Adamawa state, and left scores hospitalised in critical condition. JNI also condemned the continued killings by bandits in Zamfara state, while urging security agencies to wake up to its security duties and be proactive in intelligence gathering and sharing to Read More

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Katsina spends N60m monthly on security agencies – Masari

April 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, has siad the state government is spending over N60 million monthly in assisting and supporting security agencies to maintain security in the state. Masari disclosed this while addressing the opening of the Federal and states security administrators’ meeting in Katsina yesterday. He said, in view of the present financial position of the state, Read More

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Kuje cleric charges FG on equipment for security operatives

March 30, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  A cleric, Deacon Amos Gbadegesin Adeniyi, has urged the federal government to upgrade the equipment used by security operatives, saying this would enhance their efficiency in the discharge of their duties. Deacon Amos of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Palace of Healing, Chukuku, in Kuje area council made the call on Wednesday while speaking to our correspondent in Kuje. Read More

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ACF hails, tasks Buhari on remaining Chibok girls

March 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the military on the return of 106 kidnapped Dapchi girls, while it urges government to ensure return of the remaining Chibok girls. Th is is also as Kaduna central senatorial aspirant, Hon. Usman Ibrahim lauded the relentless effort of President Muhammadu Buhari in securing the release of the female Read More

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Don’t sell your PVCs, Bodejo tells Fulani pastoralists

February 27, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  Abuja National president of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, has called on Fulani pastoralist across the country not to sell their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to any politician ahead of 2019 general elections. He said the PVC should be safeguarded the way they guard their cows, adding that any politicians that approach them for their voter Read More

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The CHI in CHIbok and DapCHI and the ills of NGOs, by Hassan Gimba

February 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

When 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped on the night of April 14, 2014, from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, the nation was outraged, not only because it happened but that it took the federal government, which had the control of the security agencies, 18 days to wake up to the reality and come off its self denial. But even Read More

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LG polls: Crippling gang for a stronger APC in Kano

February 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Salihu Tanko Yakasai On Saturday February 10, 2018, eligible voters in the 44 local government areas of Kano state will go to the polls to elect their council chairmen and 484 councillors. Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has concluded arrangements in concert with all relevant stakeholders more especially security agencies and some political parties to ensure a hitch-free Read More

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Benue killings invitation to war – APC

January 4, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Youth attack Ortom, Police arrest 8 Perennial killings must stop – Dogara Buhari orders clampdown By Bode Olagoke, Abdullahi M. Gulloma and Joshua Egbodo Abuja The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed concerns over Tuesday’s killing of over 20 people in Benue state, describing it as an open invitation to civil war. The dastardly act was believed to have Read More

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Christmas: Lawyers want South-east road blocks dismantled

December 14, 2017 Editorial IV 0

A group of lawyers under the aegis of ‘Otu ka Iwu’ have condemned the incessant harassment, intimidation and extortion of traveller’s by law enforcement agencies on the Lagos-Benin-Onitsha Expressway and roads in the South-east region. In a statement on Tuesday, the lawyers decried a situation where the stretch of road from Lagos (in the South-west) to Onitsha (in the South-east) Read More

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Kidnappers kill 3, abduct 10 in Niger

December 11, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Kidnappers operating on the Kaduna – Sarki Pawa road in Munya local government of Niger state reportedly killed three persons and kidnapped 10 others at the weekend. It was gathered that the villages of Fwapai, Tsoho Kabulo, Shehudna, Bakin Nyanyi, Mudungo, Rigogo, Bakin Dako and Sabo Gida, all in Kabila ward of Munya local government, had Read More

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Tambuwal commends military on professionalism

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal f Sokoto state has commended the nation’s military for exhibiting a high sense of patriotism in carrying out various assignments within and outside the country. He gave the commendation yesterday in Sokoto when he hosted participants of Senior Officers Course 40 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, led Read More

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Bello assures 2017 Batch ‘B’ corps members of security

November 24, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By John Oba Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello, has assured the newly sworn-in corps members of adequate security, saying security was of high priority to his administration. Bello, who was represented by the Secretary, Social Development Secretariat and chairperson, NYSC FCT Governing Board, Mr. Adebola Irene Elegbede, gave the assurance yesterday at the 2017 Batch Read More

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Army assures oil coys of protection in Niger Delta

November 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured oil companies in the Niger Delta region that Nigerian Army would continue to collaborate with other sister services and security agencies to ensure protection of oil installations and national assets in the region. Speaking yesterday at a workshop on security and human rights in Abuja, Buratai Read More

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Enugu LG elections: No deaths recorded – Police

November 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Raphael Ede Enugu Enugu state Police Command yesterday confirmed that no life was lost before, during and after the state’s November 4 local government election. The state Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC), conducted the election into the 17 council areas and 261 political wards on Saturday. The command’s spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, stated in Enugu that speculations that some persons were Read More

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Nigeria, Turkey agree to strengthen security pact

October 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed, after talks, yesterday in Ankara to strengthen cooperation between the security agencies of both countries to counter terrorism Speaking at a joint press conference after a tete-a-tete with his host, President Buhari said he was “very pleased” that the defence ministers of both countries held extensive discussions on developing new Read More

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Stop destroying farms, Fulani group warns herdsmen

October 18, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Oyibo Salihu   Lokoja Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Kogi state chapter, has warned herdsmen to desist from destroying farmlands or face the wrath of the law. The warning which was contained in a communiqué signed by the state Secretary of the association, Alhaji Sulaiman Mohammed, after one-day stakeholders’ meeting of the group in Lokoja yesterday, Read More

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Army, security agencies conduct patrol in Rivers today

October 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja As a precursor to exercise Crocodile Smile II, Headquarters 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, in conjunction with sister security agencies in Rivers state, is to conduct a joint multi-agency confidence building patrol within Port Harcourt metropolis day. Spokesperson of 6 Division, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in a statement said the exercise was aimed at reassuring Read More

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Independence: How FCT Police, residents partnered for hitch-free celebration

October 3, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Independence Day celebration in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was without incident despite widespread fear over possible attacks within the territory and other cities. CHIZOBA OGBECHE brings a report on how the Police command alongside other security agencies partnered residents to ensure hitch-free celebration. Nigeria’s 57th independence celebration was perceived in some quarters as one that would be marked by Read More