17 hoodlums arraigned in court

May 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Police have arraigned 17 hoodlums, whom they said had been terrorizing Lagos residents before an Igbosere chief magistrate court. The accused persons were arrested on May 3, 2020, at Layeni, allegedly for conspiring to commit felony by going about in public, armed and threatening violence. The police prosecutor, Superintendent of Police Innocent Jimoh, told the court that virtually all the Read More

Pandemonium as mass shooting condemns 18 in Canada

April 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday the death toll from an “evil” weekend shooting rampage in Nova Scotia had risen to at least 18. “Our country stands united in our effort to defeat a pandemic, to save lives and to help each other make it to a better day,” he told a news conference. “But yesterday we were jolted Read More

No Image

IWD: ILO, NLC urge FG to ratify C190

March 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

As the world marked this year’s International Women’s Day Sunday, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have asked the federal government to ratify and domesticate the Convention 190.  Convention 190 is concerned with elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work and was adopted by the ILO during her centenary celebration, June 2019 in Read More

No Image

I never sent hoodlums to destroy properties- Bayelsa CP

February 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Bayelsa state commissioner of police,  Mr. Uche Anozia has denied the allegation by the immediate past governor,  Mr. Seriake Dickson that he sent  hoodlums to attack his Yenagoa residence after the Supreme Court voided the governorship victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on February 13. Reacting to the allegation in Yenagoa, the police chief said the allegation came Read More

No Image

Edo: 17 dead as cult groups clash 

February 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A renewed cult clash between members of Eiye and Black Axe confraternities have reportedly claimed the lives of 17 persons in Benin City, the Edo state capital. The killings which started on Monday took a worrisome dimension between Tuesday and Wednesday night following the death of 12 persons at the notorious Upper Sakponba road and M. M Way. Blueprint gathered that Read More

No Image

Revenge killings in Katsina unacceptable – Buhari

February 16, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest round of attacks on farmers by bandits in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government of Katsina state, saying that killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable. Reacting to the incident in which many homesteads were razed by fire with many people killed at weekend, the president on Read More

No Image

Bayelsa: Group worried over rise in violence against women

January 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

An advocacy group, Do Foundation has expressed concern over the rise in cases of abuse of children and violence against women in Bayelsa state. The group said over seventy cases of child defilement and violence against women was recorded in 2019. Do Foundation is a non-governmental organisation made up of seasoned lawyers and other professionals whose core objects are centered, Read More

No Image

Balarabe charges politicians against violence

January 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  Kaduna state deputy governor, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, has enjoined politicians to play the game according to the rules devoid of violence or hatred. Speaking in Kaduna Monday during the inauguration and swearing in of APC committees on the re-run elections in two local governments of Kagarko and Sanga respectively, she emphasized the fact  that it is only when Read More

No Image

Amotekun: An inevitability

January 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A number of persons have postulated that the Amotekun Security Network operation launched last week by the governors of the South-West states may eventually become a tool of oppression in the hands of politicians, especially during elections. Some others added that more dangerously, Amotekun may eventually perpetrate violence on the citizenry as witnessed in countries with small arms and light weapons proliferation such as Read More

No Image

INEC chair, IGP assure Nigerians of credible elections January 25

January 7, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu said Tuesday that the electoral umpire would continue to conduct credible elections in line with the wish of Nigerians.Yakubu said this while speaking to State House correspondents correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.“It is essentially on the conclusion of all the litigations with respect to all Read More

No Image

As campaign against gender-based violence reverberates in Umuahia…

December 16, 2019 Editorial IV 0

As the 16 days of activism against gender-based violences ended recently, wife of Abia state governor joined others in advocating stiffer penalties against offenders. SAM OBINNA reports. Abia state governor’s wife Deaconess Nkechi IKpeazu has condemned all gender-based violences in Nigeria, noting that it is a cankerworm which has eaten deep into the fabrics of today’s societies.Deaconess Ikpeazu, who noted Read More

No Image

APC, PDP exchange brickbat over Ekiti council polls

December 8, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have exchanged insults over the credibility otherwise of the local government council elections conducted in Ekiti state on Saturday. Whereas the PDP has alleged that the exercise was riddled with violence, the ruling said it was largely peaceful. However, Blueprint observed that the election conducted by Read More

No Image

Arms network: Foundation partners on children’s education

December 5, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The first vice president, West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), Mr Dickson Orji, Wednesday stressed the need to educate children on problems associated with small arms. Orji said this in Abuja at a speak-out session organised by WAANSA in partnership with Adinya Arise Foundation for secondary school girls, as part of activities for the 16-days activism against gender-based Read More

No Image

Groups plotting to instigate protests, mass action to cause anarchy – DSS warns

December 3, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised the alarm that some groups are plotting to instigate protests, mass action and violence with a view to causing anarchy and destabilizing the country. A press statement by the DSS Public Relations Officer, Mr Peter Afunanya, said: “The DSS has uncovered syndicated plots by some undesirable groups to cause a breakdown of law and Read More

No Image

We’ve 134 sexual cases in Delta courts – Govt

December 2, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Delta Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr.  Peter Mrakpor has said about 134 sexual based offence cases were pending at the various high courts in the state, saying “there is growing problem of sexual and gender based violence in Delta.”  The Attorney General stated this in Asaba on Monday during sexual and gender based violence awareness stakeholders’ conference Read More

No Image

Presidency chides ex-Defence Chief, Ogomudia, over comments on violent restructuring

December 2, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Presidency Sunday condemned remarks credited to the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alexander Ogomudia (rtd) that ‘Nigeria may be restructured violently.’ In a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the Presidency said the “biggest challenge to the country today is not necessarily from perceived regional or state imbalances Read More

No Image

Osinbajo advocates increased state govts’ engagement to end violence against women

November 26, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Tuesday that there there is the need to intensify the engagements of state governments across the country in order to deepen the advocacy to end violence against women. Osinbajo stated this while receiving Mrs Leymah Gbowee, the Liberian activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for non-violent struggle, safety and women’s rights.“Driving prosecution Read More

No Image

Kogi re-run: CAN begs INEC, security agents to live above board

November 26, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Ahead of senatorial and House of Representatives re-run elections for Kogi West senatorial district and Ajaokuta federal constituency slated for next Saturday, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has pleaded with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to live above board in the discharge of their duties to avert the electoral fraud and violence that characterised the just concluded governorship election Read More

No Image

Group fault calls for cancellation of Kogi governorship election

November 20, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A group, Coalition of INEC-Accredited Civil Society Group Observers, has faulted calls for cancellation of the just concluded Kogi governorship election on ground of violence and other irregularities. Convener of the group, Matthew Olaniyan at a press conference in Lokoja Wednesday said such calls were misplaced as the election was “largely peaceful” and smooth in its conduct. “We must admit Read More

No Image

How Kogi PDP women leader was burnt alive – Police

November 20, 2019 Editorial III 0

Few hours after Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, was declared returned by INEC, the crisis which erupted at Ochadamu in Ofu local government area of the state has claimed the women leader of Wada/Aro Campaign Council, Mrs Acheju Abuh. The woman was set ablaze in her own house on Monday, November 18, around 2pm, following a misunderstanding between APC Read More

No Image

Bayelsa, Kogi elections results cannot stand – PDP

November 20, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Tuesday said the outcome of Saturday’s governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states cannot stand given the scale of violence that marred the exercise. The party’s National Working Committee (NWC) also insisted that there is no way the PDP would fold its hands and watch the “mandates clearly given” to its candidates, Read More

No Image

I lost two pregnancies after he beat me – Wife

November 10, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The President, Oja Oba/Mapo Court C Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Chief Ademola Odunade, on Friday put an end to a sixteen-year old marriage, saying it was filled with violence. The dissolved marriage was between a couple, Dayo Abiola and Kabiru Abiola. Odunade nevertheless awarded custody of the four children produced by their union to the plaintiff while the defendant was Read More

No Image

Electorate must shun violence in Kogi gov poll – Ibitomi

October 27, 2019 Editorial IV 0

As Kogi state governorship election draw nearer, Pastor Joshua Ibitomi of the Apostolic Church, (TAC) Nigeria Ganaja Assembly Lokoja,  Sunday, said God will not allow bloodshed in the state during the exercise. Pastor Ibitomi, who made this known during his church sermon in Lokoja Sunday, therefore urged the electorate to ignore the fear of possible violence and come out to vote Read More