Wednesday April 16th, 2014
Wednesday April 16th, 2014
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Book Serial: The Pincer strategy used to defeat Biafra

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Alabi-Isama explains strategy to Obasanjo: We will divide the enemy into two enclaves to cause panic in their ranks especially the Arochukwu enclave that will not be able to receive supplies and communicate with its Biafran HQ at Uli Ihiala. The gesture of my right hand had said it all.

However, we had to realize that Uli Ihiala was the most important part of Biafra at that time. So, I invited Akinrinade to my Uyo HQ to discuss the “Pincer Strategy” after which Akinrinade and I went to discuss with Ayo Ariyo in Calabar; but Ariyo was no more interested.

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Book Serial: Adekunle relieved of 3MCDO command, Obasanjo takes over

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Col. Obasanjo (right) gets briefed on 3MCDO situation by Alabi-Isama. Right is Col (Father) Pedro Martins

Briefing over, Col. Obasanjo was ready to go as commander of 3MCDO, but his very first move was a disaster. In complete disregard of our advice, he planned an attack from the same problematic Sector 1 under Lt. Col. Godwin Ally. The target was again Ohoba, a town 25 miles south of Owerri where Adekunle’s conventional war tactics had resulted in heavy casualties earlier on.

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Book serial: The war proper: 3MCDO’s 30-day march on Port Harcourt

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Commandoes

Yesterday you read of Alabi-Isama’s recruits into the Army who were yesterday’s boys that are now today’s big men, as in David mark becoming Senate President, Ogbeha and Afakirya as senators after being state governors, and others. You also read of Biafra’s military blunders as in Alabi-Isama wondering what Biafra attacked the Mid-West for as he thought there were better military objectives.

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Book serial: Alabi-Isama’s recruits: Yesterday’s boys, today’s big men

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*Tunde Ogbeha, David Mark

Yesterday we ran the first instalment of this book serial, in which you read how starched uniforms and brass bands was all it took for young Godwin Alabi-Isama to decide on a lifetime in the military, and trained in Nigeria and Aldershot, England. As tactics instructor at military school, he had the honour of being sent on a recruitment tour during which he brought some of today’s big names into the Army. READ ON.

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Book Serial: Brass bands, starched uniforms: The road to the Army

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* Army Band in UK

Fresh accounts of a 40-yr old war
A fresh account of the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War, by a major actor, beginning with the question: Why the Army for a career? In this first instalment of our serial of this book, Brigadier-General Godwin Alabi-Isama tells his own story, in his own words of how he got attracted to the Army, the recruitment process, training here in Nigeria and abroad, and more. Enjoy his memoirs….

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Book Serial: Conscience and History – My Story, by Peter Odili

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From left: Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Iche Ndu, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, SAN; Governor Peter Odili and his wife, Mary, and Justice Elizabeth Membere shortly after a special court session at the High Court Complex, Port Harcourt

I, DR. Peter Otunuya Odili, became the elected Governor of the new Rivers on the 29th day of May, 1999, after a well contested and won election against a strong opponent Chief Ebenezer Isokariari who was the then immediate past Secretary to the State Military Government under Gen. Sani Abacha regime.

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The judgment that set Peter Odili free (4)

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Rev. Fr. N. C. Tagbo, former principal of CKC Onitsha with Dr. and Mrs. Peter Odili

THIRDLY, it is clear, that the 2nd defendant has not alleged any offence against the plaintiff in his personal capacity. Rather, the allegation is about what he did in his official capacity as Governor of Rivers State.

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The judgment that set Peter Odili free (3)

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From left: Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Iche Ndu, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, SAN; Governor Peter Odili and his wife, Mary, and Justice Elizabeth Membere shortly after a special court session at the High Court Complex, Port Harcourt

THE 2nd Defendant/Applicant submitted that no court can make an order capable of turning a citizen into an outlaw; as this can lead to a state of general break down of law and order and if the current trend of rushing to court for injunctive orders restraining criminal prosecution by some powerful individuals is not quickly halted by this Court, then Nigeria shall soon be witnessing a situation where armed robbery and murder suspects will obtain orders to restrain the Police from arresting, investigating and prosecuting them.

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The judgment that set Peter Odili free (2)

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Odili

A DECLARATION that the Defendants are not entitled to rely on, utilize or in any manner whatsoever put to any use any report, findings or conclusion produced or arrived at by the 1st Defendant as a result of the purported investigation or inquiry into the appropriation, disbursing, administering or management of funds of Rivers State.

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Constitution, Federalism and Rule of Law

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peter-odili

IN the course of this proceeding, the 1st -32nd Defendants were represented by counsel, so also the 37th Defendant. The 34th-36th Defendants neither put up appearance in court, nor were they represented by counsel.

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Book Serial: Conscience and History – My Story, by Peter Odili

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From left: Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Iche Ndu, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, SAN; Governor Peter Odili and his wife, Mary, and Justice Elizabeth Membere shortly after a special court session at the High Court Complex, Port Harcourt

HOW IT ALL STARTED: THE PLOT – THE GREAT GANG UP

I, DR. Peter Otunuya Odili, became the elected Governor of the new Rivers on the 29th day of May, 1999, after a well contested and won election against a strong opponent Chief Ebenezer Isokariari who was the then immediate past Secretary to the State Military Government under Gen. Sani Abacha regime.

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Book Serial: Ile-Ife: City of 201 gods (3)

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Ooni with the sacred crown.

IN the first three chapters of this book, I alluded to the role of Ifa divination and Ifa priests in various rituals in the sacred city, especially those relating to the resolution of the conflicts between Oduduwa and Obatala. I will devote this chapter to the place of Ifa divination and the Ifa deity in regulating and managing the spiritual and social affairs of the city and will introduce the myths and rituals of Orunmila, also known as Ifa, the Yoruba god of divination; Ifa divinatory practices; and the religious, ethical, and thought systems espoused in the rich Ifa divination texts, otherwise known as ese Ifa or Ifa divination poetry.

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Book Serial: Ile-Ife: City of 201 gods (2)

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The Ifa Temple on the Oke Itase, the sacred hill of Ifa

The Imagined Sacred City
THE Portuguese image of Ile Ife: The Europeans saw Ile-Ife as the preeminent city-state and as an important ceremonial centre in what was then often referred to as “the Negro world.” The seafaring Portuguese, the first Europeans to explore the coast of West Africa, arrived in the fifteenth century. Although they had heard much about the city of Ile-Ife, their inability to access interior forested regions made contact very difficult. However, the Portuguese recorded their impressions of the importance of this ancient city, especially of its artistic and historical relationship and connection to the kingdom of Benin, with which the Portuguese had earlier contact.

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Book Serial: Ile-Ife: City of 201 gods

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Ooni with the sacred crown.

Jacob K. Olupona, scion of an Anglican priest, winner of Nigerian National Order of Merit Award (NNOM), Professor of African Religious Tradition, African and African American Studies at Harvard University unveils the mysteries of Ile-Ife and the Yoruba history, cosmos and the deities in a new book CITY OF GODS: Ile-Ife in Time, Space and the Imagination, Thursday at NIIA, Lagos. We publish exclusive excerpts of this Yoruba book of identity.

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Book Serial: Ile-Ife: City of 201 gods

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Ooni with the sacred crown.

Jacob K. Olupona, scion of an Anglican priest, winner of Nigerian National Order of Merit Award (NNOM), Professor of African Religious Tradition, African and African American Studies at Harvard University unveils the mysteries of Ile-Ife and the Yoruba history, cosmos and the deities in a new book CITY OF 201 GODS: Ile-Ife in Time, Space and the Imagination, Thursday at NIIA, Lagos. Here is a tip of what to expect tomorrow as Vanguard publishes exclusive excerpts of this Yoruba book of identity.

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The Nigerian Defence Academy – A Pioneer Cadet’s Memoir (2)

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Vice President Namadi Sambo (7th right) and other dignitaries at a recent passing out parade of NDA cadets.Photo credit: NDA

Paul Ogbebor wrote, among other things, of his battle to gain admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy-’The Great Quest.’

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The Nigerian Defence Academy – A Pioneer Cadet’s Memoir

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Vice President Namadi Sambo, at the Passing Out Parade of Regular Course 59 and Short Service Course 40 at the NDA held recently  in Kaduna. Photo credit: NDA

“In my passion for enhanced military knowledge, I had in London in 1987 bought a book on the British Royal Military Academy at sandhurst: A Documentary by Michael Yardley, which I completed reading during my flight between London and Lagos. The knowledge about Sandhurst coupled with that gained during my 1971 study visit to the United States Military Academy at West Point gave me the incentive to write a book on the Nigerian Defence Academy at Kaduna.” With these words, Paul Ogbebor opens his knowledge box on Nigeria’s elite military academy and the Indian and British connections. The first in this two-part book serial.

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Osun’s N18.38bn loan: Former head of service denies involvement

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O sogbo - Mr Segun Akinwusi,  the former Head of Service in Osun, has denied involvement in the procurement of N18.38 billion loan by the state government in 2010. The loan was obtained during the administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Akinwusi  made the denial in Osogbo on Tuesday while giving evidence before the panel of inquiry set

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In Search of the Reporter (2)

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Olusegun Osoba

SO at the boardroom I told them the story and at the end of the meeting they asked what I was going to do. I told them there would be structural changes. “We must reward initiative,” I said. “It is not every day that we have a coup. But the man who can show self-sacrifice and can handle uncommon situations is a leader. Therefore, Segun becomes editor of the Daily Times.”

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In Search of the Reporter

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Olusegun Osoba

GOD is for leader writers, I am a reporter,” says a character in Graham Greene’s novel, The Quiet American. His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Osoba, a two time executive governor of Ogun State, the man whose monumental newspaper life is being celebrated in this book, might as well ascribe this quotation to himself and declare with all professional pride: “I am a reporter.”

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Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN): The new vision continues

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*THIS IS THE NEW DAWN: From left: Gov. Kayode Fayemi, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Mr. Fola Adeola, Founder, Fate Foundation and Chairman of occasion, Chief Bisi Akande, National Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun and Gov. Babatunde Fashola, chief host, at the event. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

It is safe to assert that it also reflects the fear of the central government to lose control of its over lordship of the country. The outcome is that the atomized states are saddled with important expenditure responsibilities, but the central government retains 52 percent of revenue accruing to the Federation account.

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Zain introduces independence promo for pre-paid customers

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Zain Nigeria has unveiled another exciting consumer promo to reward its pre-paid customers as Nigerians across the country continue to celebrate the nation’s 50th Independence anniversary.

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NNPC boss urges Japanese investment in Nigeria

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Asutin Omiwon has challenged Japanese investors to look beyond arms-length and trading relationships with Nigeria by establishing manufacturing plants that will be beneficial to the oil, gas and solid minerals business in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Cross River signs new tourism project

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Cross River State government has signed the design agreement for the Calabar Riviera Resort with Island Style Homes Inc of Florida, USA. The Calabar Riviera Resort is jointly owned by the Cross River State Government and Vetiva Properties Limited.

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FCMB shareholders okay 575m share increase

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Shareholders of FCMB Plc have unanimously endorsed the proposal by its Board of Directors to increase the share capital of the bank by 575 million shares.

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Stakeholders challenge Allison-Madueke on investor-friendly policies

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Some stakeholders in the oil and gas industry on Wednesday challenged Mrs Deziani Allison-Madueke, the new Minister of Petroleum Resources, to formulate new investor-friendly policies in the sector.

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Toyota recalls 8.5 million vehicles worldwide

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The move comes as Daihatsu’s parent company, Toyota Motor Corp. battles to restore consumer confidence amid massive recalls. The world’s top automaker has recalled 8.5 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 6 million in the U.S. alone. Toyota owns about 51 percent of minicar maker Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd.

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Why I speak Big, Big Grammar – Hon. Obahiagbon

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Sincerely speaking, I want to tender an unreserved apologia to my colleagues and all those who feel that my language is obscurantist. The truth is that I do not set out deliberately to mystify my audience, to deposit my audience in a portmanteau of indecipherability or in portmanteau of conundrum. No, no, no, no! Far from it.

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Despite amnesty, fishing trawlers come under heavy attacks , Orakwusi

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THE amnesty programme created by the Federal Government may have failed as the fishing trawling sub-sector of the Nigerian economy has experienced an upsurge in attacks of fishing vessels.

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NAICOM urges insurance operators to comply with 2010 guidelines

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The Commissioner for Insurance, Mr Fola Daniel, has urged insurance operators to comply with the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) Policy and Operational Guidelines for 2010. Daniel said in Lagos on Wednesday that compliance was necessary because the guidelines would form part of the regulatory and supervisory tools for 2010.According to him, the guidelines are also meant to sanitise the industry and rid it of unethical practices.

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The World in Your Head : How Aboderin, Diette-Spiff, Lekwot, others helped Onibudo

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In fact, there are very few things you do today without skills. Getting employment requires skills as you could confirm if you go through the advertisements in the newspapers. The companies ask for engineers, accountants, lawyers, secretaries, public relations practitioners, managers, administrators, drivers etc.

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Ahmed Onibudo: World War II child brought up by granny

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From childhood, trading became a way of life for me. I woke with it, spent the day at it, slept in its environment. In retrospect, my disposition to business seemed to have started from there

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