Insecurity in South-east: IPOB or politically- induced?

November 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The spate of insecurity in the South-east had always been a subject of discourse. AMARACHUKWU EGWUAGHA examines the scourge.  It’s no longer news that the South-east zone has been witnessing pockets of insecurity, just like other parts of the country. For instance, there have been several attacks in states like Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi and other parts of the zone, but the Read More

Charting economic path for South-east, the SECCIMA initiative

October 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

The South-east needs economic rejuvenation to come out of its present state. CHUKS NWEZE writes on how this can be achieved. Before the recent agitations for self rule took the centre stage, Nigeria had been bedevilled with crisis in the Niger Delta occasioned by outright neglect. Also, insurgents in the North-east have been resisting western-styled education. While Nigeria was trying Read More

SNM to INEC: You must not compromise Anambra poll

October 18, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged to do everything in its power to ensure the credibility of the forthcoming governorship elections in Anambra state, slated for November 6, 2021. The call was made, Sunday, by a frontline civil society organisation, the Save Nigeria Movement (SNM), against the background of smouldering concerns from the political space and security Read More

Don’t complicate security situation in South East, SERG warns FG, govs

October 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The pan-Igbo sociopolitical pressure organisation, the South East Revival Group (SERG) has warned the Federal Government and the five governors in the eastern states not to take steps that could worsen the security situation in the region, saying that “the cost of reckless utterances and unguarded actions may consume the zone.” The SERG in a statement signed by its President Read More

Sit-at-home: IPOB sends residents off streets, markets, banks, other places on Nigeria’s Independence Day

October 2, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

The usual glitz and glamour associated with Nigeria’s Independence Day celebrations completely deserted the entire South eastern part of Nigeria on Friday following sit-at-home order by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). In Imo state, the situation was not different. A glimpse of what to expect in a state that has been plagued with enormous crisis in recent times witnessed the Read More

Buhari not following founding fathers’ vision – Ortom

September 23, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

Governor of Benue state, Dr. Samuel Ortom, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not following the vision of the nation’s founding fathers which was built on unity and oneness. Ortom said instead of bringing Nigeria together, Buhari has succeeded in dividing the country with intimidation and marginalisation. The governor who said this in Enugu Thursday, in a lecture delivered at Read More

Police burst kidnap syndicate, recover arms, vehicles in Imo

September 22, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Operatives of the  Imo State Police Command has bursted a kidnap and armed robbery syndicate in the state, recovering arms and vehicles from the gang. In a press briefing at the Command’s headquarters Owerri, Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Rabiu Hussaini said the breakthrough followed the kidnapping of one Okechukwu Mbata, 42 years of age, in 2019 and Kelechi Read More

Breaking: Buhari orders incorporation of NNPC, appoints board

September 19, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, the State House has announced. A statement on Sunday issued by Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, said the president gave the order in his capacity as Minister of Petroleum. “This is in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act Read More

NANS, NYCN, Ohaneze youth back EFCC in Enugu

September 18, 2021 Editor 0

A group of youth organisations in the Southeast comprising the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ohaneze Ndigbo Youths, on Ftiday pledged their support for the fight against economic and financial crimes in the southeast region. They made the pledge during a visit to the Enugu zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Read More

Tanker drivers resume supply of petroleum products in Imo

September 16, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

After a committee meeting of Imo state government representatives and members of the Imo State Independent Petroleum Marketers(IPM) Wednesday, it was resolved that members of the Tanker Drivers Association (TDA) who had embarked on a strike over the face-off between the state government should call off their strike. They are to resume supply of petroleum products in the state and Read More

Ebonyi group asks Umahi to tender apology over 2023 comments

September 13, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has described as unfortunate and disappointing comment credited to the state governor David Nweze Umahi wherein he prayed and expressed a wish for God to give Nigeria another President like Muhammadu Buhari as his successor in 2023. The group demanded that the governor should apologise to Nigerians. In a statement Read More

Please, let’s give peace a chance

September 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

Every day people wake up to one news of insecurity or the other. Tune into television or pick up the newspaper, the major headlines center on Boko Haram, bandits, kidnappers, IPOB and so on. Lives are lost on a daily basis, man slaughtering fellow man like animals. Families are displaced and turned homeless, children turned orphans, wives turned widows, dreams Read More

Hoodlums set Newspapers vehicle ablaze in Imo

August 30, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

A  vehicle used in distributing Newspapers was Monday set ablaze by hoodlums suspected to be implementing the Sit-At-Home order along Mgbidi, Oru West LGA of Imo state. Our correspondent who confirmed from a staff of The Nation Newspapers in Owerri on the incident, gathered that the vehicle, a panel van, was carrying newspapers meant for distribution in the South East, Read More

Insecurity: PGF boss calls for radical reforms of security structure

August 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh Lukman, has called urgent radical reforms of the current security structure in Nigeria. Lukman believe the government can also do more especially in relation to getting the Nation’s security agencies to be more accountable. In a release Friday in Abuja titled Read More

Secession agitations: Address hunger, injustice, Okorocha tells leaders

August 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former governor of Imo state and Senator representing Imo West, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has called on Nigerian leaders at all levels to quickly address the issues of hunger and injustice for the agitators of secession to stop. For him, the former Senate President Ken Nnamani, has also demanded restructuring in the country to address what he called injusticeswhich responsible for Read More

Secession: Africa ‘ll lose respect if Nigeria breaks – Ganduje

August 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has warned that the continent of Africa will lose it respect to the world if the Nigeria cease to exist as a Nation. Ganduje, however, called on seccessionits agitators to stop immediately and give dialogue a chance. Speaking Thursday in Abuja at the second public lecture series organised by the APC Press Corps Read More

Imo APC crisis: Okorocha, Araraume lose bid to control party structure

July 27, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

Ahead of the July 31 All Progressives Congress (APC) congresses, Imo state former governor Rochas Okorocha and his group may have lost out in their bid to control the structure of the party in the state. Okorocha had in a recent meeting with the APC Caretaker and Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), asked the party leadership to recognise the Read More

Letter to the Chief of Army Staff

July 21, 2021 Sunday Onyemaechi Eze 0

Dear Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, Sir, I join Nigerians in their numbers to sincerely congratulate you on your recent appointment as the 22nd Nigeria Chief of Army Staff (CoAS). This came on the heels of the unfortunate death of your predecessor Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and other officers in an ill-fated plane crash in Kaduna. Your appointment to the exalted Read More

Breaking: Senate constitutes Conference Committee on PIB

July 6, 2021 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has announced the composition of the conference committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill. The announcement was made on Tuesday at the start of plenary. The members of the conference committee include: Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi North) as Chairman, Senators Mohammed Sabo Nakudu (APC Jigawa South West) to represent  North West; Albert Bassey Read More

Enugu: Ayogu Eze not under suspension, APC declares

June 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed report and speculation that its 2019 governorship candidate in Enugu state, Ayogu Eze was under suspension. The party also said its membership has risen from 63, 000 to 184, 294 registered members in Enugu state. Addressing a press conference Wednesday in Abuja, Enugu state chapter Caretaker Committee Chairman Dr. Ben Read More

Security of lives, property top priority in 9th Senate – Senator Musa

June 20, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As part of activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the ninth Senate, the chairman Senate Committee on Senate Services, Senator Sani Musa, in this interview with ROSEMARY MORIBIRIN delves into a range of topics including the insecurity and measures towards restoring peace. How has the 9th Senate been able to manage its differences in cooperating with the executive? Right Read More