The rising wave of complaints among some members of the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ekiti State in recent times has become a cause for concern among the citizenry. The rumours that all has not been well within the ACN in Ekiti State had begun like a whimper. No one took it serious until witnesses were bold enough to complain aloud. As of today, the entire ACN in Ekiti State is wedged into two major blocs: Those who are for the governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi (JKF) and loyalists of Honourable Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, popularly known as MOB. The bone of contention is the 2014 governorship, an issue which has so far remained in the realm of speculations.
Chief priest of a renowned Ombatse Militia group, Baba Ala Agu on Wednesday, said the security operatives that were sent to Alakio village in Lafia East development area of Nasarawa State by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to arrest him were killed by his god. Baba Agu stated this when he received a delegation of all Eggons nation both at the state and federal level which was led by member representing Nasarawa North at the National Assembly, Barrister Solomon Ewuga and members of the House of Representative representing Lafia/Obi federal constituency.
HUNDREDS of protesters made up of ex-militants led by former warlord and leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante Force (NDVF), Tom Ateke took over the major Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway demanding the resignation of the Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi. The protesters, all dressed in white T-shirts with the inscription; ‘EFCC, probe Amaechi’, later converged on the Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt, where they sang and danced. Speaking to newsmen later, spokesman of the protesters, Comrade Martyns Mannah explained that since the governor had called on Rivers people to rise up, they decided to rise to the occasion.
Awka, the Anambra State capital, stood still Wednesday as the body of the literary giant, Professor Chinua Achebe arrived the state for its final journey to Ogidi, his home town, in Idemili North Local Government Area where it will be later buried today. The remains of the famous writer, who died in Boston, Massachusetts in the US was brought to Awka, via Abuja and Enugu at exactly 1.07 pm in a motorcade and was taken to Ekwueme Square, where it was laid in state for many to pay their last respects.
Britain is investigating a possible Nigerian link to attackers suspected of hacking a soldier to death in London while shouting Islamic slogans, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Two suspects have been taken into custody after the attack, which the British government said appeared to be an act of terrorism. Police have not identified the suspects.
Last week’s decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to restore recognition to me as the national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) followed the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Enugu which upturned the ruling of the Enugu State High Court that sacked me as the chairman of the party. This development, triumphs against the camp of the Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi, led by Chief Maxi Okwu. Obi engineered the crisis in the party for his selfish reasons, and peace can only return to the party if Obi leaves and allows the party to decide his successor. I gave Peter Obi his political life, and the governor is fake, deceitful, despite his claims to holiness.
The federal high court Ikoyi Lagos has reserved ruling on the suit filled by Dr Adegbola Dominic against Inspector general of police and commissioner of police Lagos state to June 4th, 2013. Dr Dominic took the duo to court over their inability to conclude the investigation of certificate forgery by Bola Tinubu and prosecute him for forgery as directed by the supreme court. Bola Tinubu was alleged to have forged the certificates which he presented to INEC in 1999 when he contested for election as the governor of Lagos state. The late Gani Fawehinmi who first challenged the academic qualifications that Tinubu presented to INEC in court was told by both the high court and the appeal courts that Tinubu as then sitting governor cannot be tried as he enjoys immunity from prosecution. The legal luminary then headed to supreme court and the apex court ruled that though Tinubu enjoys immunity from prosecution, he can be investigated by police over the allegation and tried after his tenure. However, after Tinubu’s tenure as the governor of Lagos state, the Nigeria police refused to charge him as ruled by the supreme court. It was this seeming lack of will by the police to perform their constitutional duty, to conclude their investigation and charge Tinubu to court that Dr Dominic is challenging by asking the federal high court to compel the IG and commissioner of police Lagos to bring Tinubu to justice. Speaking to Newsmen, Mr Eneh Victor Chigozie said: “Certificate forgery is a criminal offense. Tinubu may be jailed [...]
Two students are reported to have been killed this morning at the Olabisi Onabanjo University [OOU] in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, as policemen confronted with violence students involved in a peaceful protest. A source in the institution said the premises have turned riotous with students and staff of the institution dashing into nearby bushes for safety. A student union executive who spoke to Journalists on the phone he was hiding in a bush. Eyewitness accounts say the police arrived at the entrance of the campus in armoured tanks and began shooting sporadically into the air. It is not yet clear whether the two students killed were deliberately aimed at or killed by stray bullets. We gathered that the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, ordered the policemen to the campus upon learning that they had started a protest against some harsh policies of the school management.
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria today declared a state of emergency in three Nigerian states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. The president made the declaration during a nationwide broadcast carried live on national television. In imposing the state of emergency today, President Jonathan wielded extra-Ordinary measures by invoking Section 305, Sub section 1 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria. However, Mr. Jonathan stated that regardless of the state of emergency imposed today, the governors in the three states will remain in office. The president had earlier met with the governors in the Aso Rock Villa late afternoon shortly before the the broadcast. ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, GCFR ON THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN BORNO, YOBE AND ADAMAWA STATES IN ORDER TO RESTORE PUBLIC ORDER, PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY IN THE AFFECTED STATES OF THE FEDERATION MAY 14, 2013 Dear compatriots, 1. It has become necessary for me to address you on the recent spate of terrorist activities and protracted security challenges in some parts of the country, particularly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Plateau and most recently Bayelsa, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states. These unfortunate events have led to needless loss of lives and property of many innocent Nigerians including members of our security forces.
Kidnappers in Nigeria yesterday night snatched the wife, daughter and driver of Supreme Court Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour in Benin Edo State. The gunmen reportedly waylaid the woman, her daughter and their driver at gunpoint as they were driving to Benin, the capital of Edo city in preparation for Justice Vivour daughter’s wedding. Family sources told Saharareporters that the kidnappers have not contacted the family to make any ransom demands.