No justification for N12trn defence budget in 6 years – Expert

January 2, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

  A security expert, Olatunbosun Abolarinwa, has faulted what he described as huge budgetary allocations for security and defence in the last six years of the current administration, saying “the results and gain do not justify the expenditures.” Blueprint checks revealed that from 2016 to date, Nigeria had budgeted N12trillion for security/defence to tackle the myriads of security challenges. But Read More

On the human barbecue in the North

December 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari’s genuine intentions for Nigerians are solidly in mind even with the current predicaments of human barbecue, kidnapping and killing of innocent citizens, particularly in Northern Nigeria. Undeniably, Northern Nigeria has erupted with unprecedented security challenges of various types, including kidnapping, armed banditry, Boko Haram iñsurgency, among others. With the recent merciless human barbecue in Sokoto, the brutal Read More

Breaking: Oyo rep defects to APC

November 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress caucus of the House of Representatives has gained another member. He is Rep. Jacob Ajao Adejumo from Oyo State. Until his defection to the majority party, he was a member of the Action Democratic Party (ADP. The Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has, however read his defection letter to members on the floor in Abuja on Tuesday Read More

Desertification: Zamfara to plant 1m trees

November 7, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

In an attempt to fight desertification and soil erosion in the state, Zamfara state governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle said his administration in collaboration with Nigeria’s Great Green Wall will soon plant one million arable trees. The director general public enlightenment media and communications Yusuf Idris has said in a statement Sunday. He explained that the governor made the pronouncement on Read More

BASNEC forms village savings and loans associations for women in Bauchi

November 7, 2021 Najib Sani 0

As part of efforts to mitigate poverty especially among rural women, the Bauchi State Network of Civil Society Organizations (BASNEC) has stated that it formed ‘Village Savings and Loans Associations in some villages in five local governments of the state namely; Bauchi, Misau, Dambam, Itas Gadau and Zaki. Administration officer of BASNEC who is the manager of the project Zainab Read More

Anambra: NYCN commends Corp members, security agencies for peaceful election

November 7, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended the National Youth Service Corp members that served as adhoc electoral officials and security agencies in the Anambra governorship election held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 for the role they have played in strengthening democracy in Nigeria.  Vice President of the organisation, Amb. Comrade Akoshile Mukhtar, who gave this commendation Sunday Read More

Insecurity: Indigenous CSOs to stage mass protest against FCT Minister

November 6, 2021 Editorial II 0

Indigenous Civil Society Organisation under the auspices of Abuja Grassroots Advocacy Projects (AGAP) has concluded plans to stage a mass protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday over what they described as gross failure of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello. Comrade Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, Coordinator of the group, who made this known Saturday said that they Read More

2023: Prevail on Tinubu to back Osinbajo, group lobbies govs, Obas, others

November 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governors, traditional rulers, business and political elites in the Yorubaland must carefully weigh various options and seriously consider backing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2023, an All Progressives Congress youth group has advocated. According to members of the South West Movement for Osinbajo (SOWEMOVE) who presented a report and copies of correspondence with several Obas and other eminent personalities in Read More

Group berates Tinubu’s silence over invasion of Justice Odili’s residence

November 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A political pressure group known as the South-west Frontiers has condemned the prolonged silence of the former Lagos state governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the invasion of the residence of a Supreme Court judge, Justice Mary Odili by armed security operatives. The group similarly faulted the APC leader’s inaction about the recent Read More

COP26: Nigeria keying into electric, gas-powered vehicle manufacturing – Jelani Aliyu

November 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, has asserted that Nigeria’s automotive industry is advancing towards actualizing the manufacturing of electric and gas-powered vehicles, in keeping with the net-zero target by 2060. Mr Aliyu made the disclosure while addressing delegates at the ongoing COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland where close to 200 countries gathered Read More

Obasanjo, Sultan, others converge for Secondary education in Abuja

November 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, will on Monday 8th November, converge in Abuja for issues concerning Secondary Education in Nigeria. The event, according to a statement released to newsmen by the organiser Friday in Abuja, said the conference will also attract academics, politicians and religious leaders, will also feature Read More

Nigeria should be remapped to address challenges — SGoF

November 4, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The acting Surveyor General of the Federation (SGoF), Surveyor Abduganiyu Adeyemi Adebomehin, has called for the re-mapping for the country, arguing that the exercise would deal with various challenges counting against the genuine commitment and efforts of the Federal Government towards achieving a more effective security network, supportive environmental order, physical infrastructure and socioeconomic system to guarantee sustainable development.  A Read More

Exercise Sky Lock: Group commends DHQ for institutionalizing synergy

November 3, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Nigeria Youths for Peace (NYP) a civil society group with interest in peace building in Nigeria, has lauded the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) for organising Joint Operations Planning Exercise (JOPEX) code named Exercise Sky Lock 2021 for the three Services, to enable them effectively respond to contemporary security challenges bedeviling the country using a joint and multi-agency approach. Blueprint reports the Read More

PGF boss to Ayu: Investigate mismanagement of N30bn mobilised for PDP secretariat

November 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has challenged the new leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to investigate the mismanagement of N30 billions mobilised for the construction of its national secretariat. The APC chieftain also commended the opposition party for organising a successful Read More

Media sensational in reporting terrorism, others – DSS

October 30, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche, Abuja 0

The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised the alarm over sensational  reporting of activities of bandits, terrorists, secessionists in the Nigeria media, warning that it holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence. DSS Public Relations Officer,Dr. Peter Afunanya, in a press statement, Friday night, advised the media to apply restraint and avoid sensationalising news, noting that bandits, terrorists, Read More

Poor intelligence gathering responsible for worsening insecurity – UniAbuja VC

October 27, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has blamed the security agencies and the political class for not doing enough to curb worsening state of insecurity in the country. Na’Allah, who spoke at the formal launching of the university’s Centre for Security and Legal Studies and a symposium in Abuja, Wednesday, blamed the current near state of Read More

Maritime security: Irabor inducts 4 homemade Ballistic Gunboats

October 26, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

As parts of efforts to secure the nation’s maritime environment from pirates, oil thieves and other criminal activities, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor has inducts four Semi Ballistic Gunboats constructed for the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) by the Naval Shipyard Limited in Port Harcourt. A statement by Naval spokesperson Commodore Suleman Dahun on Tuesday quoted Irabor as saying Read More

Insecurity: Stop tagging terrorism as banditry, Akeredolu warns

October 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has warned that the various criminal activities of kidnapping, bombing and assault on the people in some parts of the country which are being referred to as banditry must be appropriately addressed as terrorism. Governor Akeredolu said that infiltration of the country’s borders and burning down of railway are activities that must be Read More

Buratai’s purported comments on insecurity false – CSO

October 23, 2021 Editor 0

A rights group, Civil Society for Peace, Justice and Development has described the statement in some section of the media credited to Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic and former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, as “a desperation of enemies of Nigeria to create friction between the nation’s leaders in their efforts to end insecurity. Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Rtd) Read More

Protect national assets, Buhari tells Ogoni leaders

October 22, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Ogoni leaders to sensitise indigenes on the value of protecting national assets like pipelines and other oil installations. According to the president, willful damage usually creates more havoc on their environment and hampers development in the area. The president, who gave the charge when he received some leaders and people of Ogoni Land at the Read More

NNPC GMD at Editors’ conference: We ‘ve mobilised contractors for Port Harcourt refinery

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Thursday called on the federal government to adopt necessary measures in tackling the insecurity bedevilling the country. The editors bared their minds at a two-day conference  in Abuja, with the theme “Media in Times of Crises: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus.” And at the event, Group Managing Director Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Mele Kyari announced that Read More

Matso-Matso Jibia and their unfair treatment

October 21, 2021 Prof. Abdussamad Umar Jibia 0

It is now one and a half month since the Nigerian Telecommunication Commission (NCC) issued an order to all telecommunication companies to shut down their telecommunication sites in Zamfara state.According to the information released by Nigeria’s telecommunication regulator, it did so at the instance of Zamfara state government. The shutdown, according to the NCC boss, was necessary to “enable relevant Read More

Naval Chief visits Baga, charges troops on synergy

October 20, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, has urged Officers and Ratings of the Lake Chad Naval Base in Baga, Borno state to collaborate with sister Services and other security agencies in order to defeat the common enemy of terrorism and insurgency. He said prevailing national security challenges demand robust synergy of efforts by the Armed Forces, Read More