Buhari condemns cycle of violence, says it has no winners

May 5, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday condemned the killing of 11 people in Gwer West local government area of Benue state and the reprisals on innocent people by mobs that blocked roads to unleash terror and violence. “I totally condemn this latest unprovoked violence and counter-attacks on innocent people that had nothing to do with the cause of the violence,” the President Read More

Bandits ambush, kill Soldiers in Niger

May 4, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Sixteen soldiers have been killed and another is missing after an ambush against a patrol of the Nigerien Army in the Tahoua region near the Mali border, local officials said Sunday. During the attack by “bandits” on Saturday the toll was “16 dead, six injured and one missing,” Tahoua department secretary general Ibrahim Miko said on public television. He attended Read More

Nigeria’s elections recorded 1,932 deaths in 16 years — NGO

April 29, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

A non-governmental organisation, The Election Network, Thursday, claimed Nigeria’s elections recorded over 1932 electoral-violence related deaths in 16 years. The NGO, which gave the statistics in Abuja during the screening of the documentary produced on the 2019 elections, titled: “Left Behind,” said the 2019 election alone recorded 626 deaths. In her presentation, Editor of The Election Network Abuja, Asari Ndem, Read More

CBN warns staff of increasing risk of kidnap

April 29, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Nigeria’s central bank warned its employees to take extra precautions against kidnappings because of deteriorating security in the West African nation. Staff should “take note of the elevated security alert condition around the country,” the Central Bank of Nigeria said in a memorandum to employees seen by Bloomberg and verified by one of its officials. Intelligence gathered by the organization’s Read More

PDP NEC passes vote of confidence on Secondus, others

April 29, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on the Prince Uche Secondus led National Working Committee (NWC). In recent times, there have been calls for the resignation of the embattled PDP Chairman. Only last Monday, the former Edo State Commissioner of Information, Prince Kauaim Afegbau petitioned the Economic Financial Crime Read More

AESID condemns dastardly attacks in Ebonyi, cautions perpetrators

April 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has strongly condemned the recent dastardly attacks on several communities in Ebonyi state, even as it cautioned the perpetrators to give peace a chance. The group described  as “traumatic” for citizens and residents of Ebonyi state following reported cases of attacks on individuals and public facilities by some unknown gunmen.  In Read More

Between DSS and regional separatists

April 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Repeated warnings by the DSS to “persons and groups” whose utterances and activities persistently constitute provocative disruptions of the ethno-religious environment and threaten harmonious co-existence of the majority common folks of this country, were beginning to sound monotonous and unconvincing until “guilty conscience” forced the prime suspects out of their deceptive demeanor. Lingering questions about “who” or “which” persons and Read More

Girl-child: EU-UN preaches against violence, exploitation

April 27, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha, 0

The European Union and the United Nations organization weekend warned parents against seeing the girl child as object of amassing wealth. This they identified as the major reason for violence against women and girls. The international organizations disclosed this during an advocacy dialogue with the executives of women Faith based organization for the elimination of violence against women, girls and children Read More

Politicians responsible for rising banditry cases – Uzodinma

April 24, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state said Friday that some politicians were responsible for the rising cases of banditry in some parts of the country. The governor said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. He said those responsible for the crime are bent on bringing down the government in Read More

Rep to Nigerian men: Work as vanguards against gender-based violence

April 23, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Vice Chairman, House Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Hon. Zainab Gimba, has said men can act as influential agents and contribute to preventing gender-based violence against women. Hon Zainab stated this in Abuja on Thursday at the National Consultation on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, organised by the Centre for Family Health Initiative (CHFI) in collaboration with the Read More

On gender based violence

April 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Gender based violence (GBV) tempers with the issues of human rights and it is an ill in the society that is eating deep into its foundation. In the numerous number of gender based violence (GBV), gender inequality is the aspect of our report today. The gender is categorized into two; male and female. Each has his/her genital differences and capacity. Read More

Don’t deploy military to South-east, Ohaneze warns FG

April 18, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Ohaneze Nigbo Worldwide Sunday warned the federal government against deploying Military to South-east region, saying it may lead to the braking up of the country. This was contained in a statement signed and made available to Blueprint by the Secretary General of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro. Isiguzoro noted that the southeast had  remained the safest place for foreign and local investments Read More

EU/UN group decries low commitment to violence against women, girls’ fight

April 17, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The fight against sexual, physical and emotional violence women and girls are made to face in Nigeria would register greater result if stakeholders, community surveillance teams and relevant government agencies could increase their level of commitment, a EU-UN group, Spotlight Initiative, has said. Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Field Office, Enugu, Mr. Victor Atochukwu, said this in Calabar during a review Read More

Sustain fight against sexual offences, NGO tells Nigerian govt

April 16, 2021 Editor 0

The Sexual Offences Awareness and Response (SOAR) Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, has urged the federal government to combat all forms of sexual offences and child rights violations in the country. Speaking at the close out event of the rule of law and anti-corruption programme in Abuja on Tuesday, the Executive Director of SOAR Initiative, Chinyere Eyo, said the government at Read More

Gov Yahaya confirms 15 deaths in Gombe communities’ clash

April 15, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

Gombe state Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has confirmed that 15 people were killed Monday night in Nyuwar and Jessu communities in Balanga local government area of the state. The governor made the confirmation while speaking to newsmen shortly after assessing the situation of the communities, condemning the level of damage he saw. “In Nyuwar, I was told eight persons died Read More

Go after separatists in Yorubaland, group tells Police, Army, others

April 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A socio-cultural group, Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF) has condemned the recent crisis across the country especially in Yorubaland, accusing the agitators of sinister motives to destabilise the country. The group, however, asked the Police authority, Army and other security agencies to immediately go after those calling for Yoruba Nation. In a statement released by the group’s national coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, Read More

A call to action in Northern Nigeria

April 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The scars from the Boko Haram abductions, #bringbackourgirls, sexual abuse, are scars that go un-noticed. These are scars from sexual violence against the defenseless girl-child, young women, their mothers, and the severe rape, induced trauma. Research has shown that stigma is preventing survivors of sexual violence from accessing medical care and getting legal support. They always develop the fear of Read More

Candido felicitates with Christians at Easter

April 5, 2021 Baba Yusuf 0

As Nigerian Christians join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate Easter, the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has sent his warm greetings to all Christian faithful in the council on the occasion of the 2021 Easter celebration. Candido, in the message through the council’s divisional head of information, Mrs Patience Olaloye, called on all Read More

Easter: Nnamani, Ekweremadu harp on unity, sacrifice, justice

April 3, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP Enugu East), has urged the political class to reflect on the sacrifices and lessons of Easter celebration and use the opportunity to redress the inherent injustice in order to bring peace and unity in the country. Nnamani in an Easter message in Abuja, Saturday, said the challenges of disunity, insecurity and growing dissent among the various Read More

Lekkilies: Group wants AI, others sanctioned as US vindicates Nigerian Army

April 1, 2021 Editor 0

Following a report by the United States Department of State on the alleged killing of protesters at the Lekki toll gate, the Centre for African Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has called for sanctions on Amnesty International, Cable News Network (CNN) and others for misleading the world.  The group said the US has vindicated the Nigerian Army of any wrongdoing during the Read More

Ebonyi massacre: Effium communities petition Police IG, AI, demand military presence

March 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Indigenes of Ezza Effium communities in Effium, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state have petitioned the federal government over the lingering crisis in the community.  The petition filed through their Solicitor, Sampson I. Ekigbo, Esq and signed by Hon. Chinedu Awo, urged the FG to take decisive actions to restore peace and normalcy in the troubled community.  The petition Read More