Thursday February 26th, 2015
Thursday February 26th, 2015
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From the blood-soaked battlefields of Lagos: The chilling story of street cultism

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Who goes there?!’’ they hollered. Those seated at the same relaxation spot with him were taken aback by this. Indeed, many could not help but wonder aloud what could have prompted a group of powerfully dressed young men to erupt into such a reckless outburst. It was at this point that a slim, dark complexioned man walked in.

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Disturbing tales of rape, child trafficking in IDPs camps

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Displaced Chibok people in a camp in Kuje

Call it a case of double tragedy, you will not be wrong. If disturbing reports from the camps of internally displaced persons located in parts of Northern Nigeria are anything to go by, then there is every reason to believe that these unfortunate Nigerians are in for more troubling times. Until situation and circumstance turned them to refugees in their own country, most of these people were living peacefully in their various communities and engaged in sundry means of survival. That was before the terrorist group, the Boko Haram, struck in their determined bid to overrun the North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, ostensibly to impose extremist Islamic-style hegemony in these parts.

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A governor, pastors and the N6bn bribe

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*Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

OUR desire as humans, lead us to aspire, and propels our actions to reach or attain a goal or set of goals. Most goals in life are genuine and good, but the problem often lies in the choice of the route to reach the goal.

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2015 elections and the infrastructure of gullibility

  /   in Features 12:43 am   /   Comments

buhari a

IT will go down as one of the puzzling peculiarities of Nigerian politics that performance in terms of delivery of the dividends of democracy is not the determining factor in election success. It has been dubbed politics of “stomach infrastructure” by pundits, borrowing from Ayo Fayose’s imaginative reference to the effectiveness of dishing out food and clothing items instead of roads and hospitals in his marvellous defeat of Governor Fayemi.

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Fayemi: Celebrating a change agent at 50

  /   in Features, Politics 12:59 am   /   Comments

Fayemi: I am ready to defend my actions

It was a warm afternoon at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa, sometime in March 2013. Dr Kayode Fayemi and I were returning to Lagos after receiving the Samsung Award for Best State Government in ICT Education at an impressive ceremony in Cape Town.

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February 14 Explodes: ‘Blame my death on Attahiru Jega’

  /   in Features, Periscope 6:01 am   /   Comments

Jega

In this animated interview, we present February 14, 2015, with some tough questions. This was first done sometime in 2013 when we presented 2015 as an angry guest.

Today, with the hoopla generated by the argument on both sides whether or not to kill February 14, we present thoughts that will add a fresh perspective to the entire debate.

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PDP keeps dribbling me, 17 years after designing its umbrella logo – Gbenga Amobonye

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Gbenga Amobonye

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, in one of the on-going campaign rallies for this year’s general elections, told on excited crowd that the party will continue to do well if it refrains from the habit of using and dumping its members. To situate this statement in its proper context, until 1998, there was no name like the PDP.

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Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria’s fortunate leader

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s rise to the top of his country’s ruthless political world has been described as accidental — or simply a matter of luck.

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Muhammadu Buhari: military ruler seeking political return

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Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari has tried three times to become president of Nigeria since the return to civilian rule in 1999 — and failed on each occasion.

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Rapists on rampage: Shocking stories of how minors have become endangered in Plateau

  /   in Features 2:10 am   /   Comments

rape-toon

AS you approach her, she averts eye contact, preferring to look at the ground; call her name, she nods her head without saying a word. She is equally not forthcoming when you try to engage her in a conversation. Yet this is a girl who was said to be outgoing and playful before her most recent traumatic experience.

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Appraising the UNESCO/NUJ confab on safety of journalists

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*Some of the newly acquired gunboats to tackle kidnapping, piracy

All across the world, at least one journalist is killed every week for doing his or her job, while nine out of 10 killers often go unpunished. These are the words of Mr Ronald Kayanja, Communication Advisor, Regional Office of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Abuja. Kayanja made the observation in his

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Elections: Nigeria will remain one after all the noise — Ashimolowo

  /   in Features, News 5:50 pm   /   Comments

Ashimolowo

Tele-evangelist and Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, Rev. Matthew Abiodun Ashimolowo, is not known for sensational prophecies. However, in this encounter with Sunday Vanguard in his hometown Ode-Omu, Osun State, during his New Year party for widows, the cleric, besides speaking on his younger days in the army barracks, 34-year-old marriage and

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Panic in the Senate over the workability of the 2015 budget

  /   in Features 12:23 am   /   Comments

The Senate

Budget estimate is an annual ritual encapsulating expected income generation and expenditure within a specified time.

It is an essential ingredient for planning and allocation of resources for the overall development of a country or an organization.

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Fall in Oil Prices: What alternatives for state governments?

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File: Okonjo-Iweala

THE fall in the revenue accruable to state governments in Nigeria, occasioned by the falling crude oil price, has raised questions about the capacity of state governments at handling the multiplier effects of the fall

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Islam and the threat to peace, the second coming

  /   in Features 7:44 pm   /   Comments

Dr-Dele-Cole

I have read the Quran over seven times, page by page. As I have been at pains to point out education is universal and every culture, religion, group contributes to its gigantic trough. Islam, the Arabs, shintos, Confucius have done their bit by contributing their wisdom into this pot. I do not claim to be an Islamic scholar and my piece was not about the doctrines of Islam.

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Father Mbaka Saga: I’ll close Adoration Ground if…. —Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie

  /   in Features 12:07 pm   /   Comments

Cardinal Okogie

Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, explains why the clergy should not mix religion with politics. He speaks against the backdrop of the statement by the Enugu-based Catholic priest and founder of Adoration Ground, Father Ejike Mbaka, that members of his congregation should reject President Goodluck Jonathan in the general elections.

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Baga: We can’t bury our dead —District Head

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Atleast 100 people including security operatives were feared killed when suspected members of Boko Haram launched coordinated attacks on Baga, a border town with Chad Republic, last weekend, even as the District Head of Baga, Alhaji Baba Abba Hassan, debunked the report of a second attack on the town which said that over 2,000 people were killed, describing the report as outrageous.

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The change we need in the Senate, by Ernest Ndukwe, ex-NCC boss

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Ndukwe, Former NCC Boss

Dr Ernest Ndukwe, a former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), speaks on his ambition to represent Anambra South in the Senate.

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Prisons now at the mercy of armed attacks

  /   in Features 12:30 am   /   Comments

Koton Karfi jailbreak

Hananiya Abasiya (not real name) is not a conventional prison officer. Although he was posted to Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons, he was forbidden from entering the prison yard.

It may sound unbelievable but that is the true story. He is not statutorily permitted to enter the prison yard.
Abasiya is a Prisons Arms Guard, who unlike the typical warder is armed and trained on arms usage to guard the prisons and suppress violent uprisings within the system.

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New Year: Funfare as Lagos countdown heralds 2015

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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, members of the state executive council and the sponsors of the Lagos Countdown 2014 at the Lagos Countdown Festival of Light held on Monday at the Bar Beach, Lagos.

IN line with its primary focus of offering the best crossover platform to Nigerians, the 2014 Lagos Countdown, did not fall short of pre-event expectations. of a mind-blowing show.

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Honours for Adadevoh, others for containing spread of Ebola virus

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Mr. Simon Tachie, Director, Hospital Administration, First Consultant Medical Centre, and other staff of the hospital receiving the Leadership Watch, 13th Annual Leadership Role Model Awards 2014, on behalf of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh

As 2014 goes into the archives today, corporate and non-governmental organisations, NGOs have begun to honour those whose activities stood them out as heroes and heroines. It was against this backdrop that Leadership Watch, an NGO, recently honoured the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh whose timely intervention saved millions of Nigerians from contracting the deadly Ebola virus disease, EVD.

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Epidemic looms as refuse takes over Aba

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Mountain of refuse in one of the affected areas.

There is apprehension in Aba, Abia State over possible outbreak of an epidemic following heaps of refuse at Emelogu Street, Ogbor Hill.

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I cried like a baby when Boko Haram attacked Kano college – Lecturer

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*Chief Ojimba... recuperating following deadly attack.

Chief Christian Ojimba, fondly called Chief Jab, is a lecturer at the Federal College of Education, FCE, Kabuga, Kano. But for mother luck, the doctorate student at the Bayero University, Kano, would have been dead when Boko Haram terrorists attacked the college on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The attack lasted 45 minutes.

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Why the EU is interested in Nigeria’s 2015 polls — Ambassador Arrior

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•Ambassador Michel Arrion...We need double track to tackle Boko Haram

Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel Arrion, speaks on the interest of his employers in Nigeria’s 2015 polls.

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Questions as strange fire kills Akure doctor

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•The charred remains of the hospital

IF the mysterious fire that razed a private hospital, Universal Specialist Medical Clinic, situated at Araromi area of Akure, Ondo State capital, and snuffed life out of the owner, a former Acting Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, Dr David Oguntuase, is called a horrifying Christmas gift to his family, it is definitely not an understatement.

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2015: A word for Osinbajo

  /   in Features 6:15 pm   /   Comments

FEMI FANI KAYODE

I am glad that the APC eventually took my advice and saw the wisdom in not fielding a Muslim/Muslim ticket for the 2015 presidential election even though I hear that, right up till the last minute, they almost did.

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CHRISTMAS: Nigerians groan under pains of dwindling economy

  /   in Features 7:47 am   /   Comments

Lagosians  making last minute Chrismas shopping  at Oshodi Market.

‘’Before I traveled to India to buy goods, people were complaining about poor sales. We thought that things would get better during the Christmas season but the situation has remained the same. I have so many unsold goods now in my warehouse. Even those I supplied goods to, have not been able to clear their debts,’’ he lamented.

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Frustrations of Diaspora Nigerians

  /   in Consular Advisory 7:12 pm   /   Comments

AS issues concerning the maltreatment of Nigerians in various countries of abode abroad continue as subject of utmost concern, many Nigerians are of the view that the Federal Government, including the responsible authorities are not living up to their responsibilities, especially as it concerns providing an enabling environment for Nigerian in diasporas to thrive.

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The NYSC food project to create one million jobs

  /   in Features 12:26 am   /   Comments

*NYSC members

The diversification of the country’s economy became imperative following the crash of the price of crude oil at the international market. Campaigners for the diversification of the economy are of the opinion that the agricultural sector can ameliorate the pains of the crash of crude oil taking cognizance of the current Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA)

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The Fading funfare of Christmas:Nigerians recall great moments of the past

  /   in Features 1:57 am   /   Comments

Christmas-today

For reasonable minutes, Pa Gabriel Igboanugo reclines on his easy chair, lost in wondering contemplation over which direction the world is gradually drifting.

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From creek warlords to experts in oil & gas: The story of ex-Niger Delta militants

  /   in Features 12:43 am   /   Comments

Nelson Mandela Students in South Africa

THey had a background enmeshed and defined by violence and aggression. They were the arrowheads behind the restiveness that took its toll on the Niger Delta region between 2007 – 2009. Today, however, these “bad boys” who terrorized the creeks of the oil-rich Niger Delta region, have turned a new leaf and are now specialists in several fields of human endeavor, thanks to the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP initiated by Late President Umaru Musa YarÁdu

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From creek warlords to experts in oil & gas: The story of ex-Niger Delta militants

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*Nelson Mandela Students in South Africa

They had a background enmeshed and defined by violence and aggression. They were the arrowheads behind the restiveness that took its toll on the Niger Delta region between 2007 – 2009. Today, however, these “bad boys” who terrorized the creeks of the oil-rich Niger Delta region, have turned a new leaf and are now specialists in several fields of human endeavor, thanks to the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP initiated by Late President Umaru Musa YarÁdua. A foremost Ijaw son, Mr. Kingsley Kuku who was always in and out of the creeks to bring about the needed truce in the course of the arms struggle, was appointed by the government to stand in the gap and join other leaders of the Niger Delta to champion the disarmament programme. He got the youths emotionally involved to appreciate the essence of the amnesty programme and what they stood to gain. They gave him their ears and today, the ex-agitators have a new song to sing. Having undergone proper demobilization, the creek boys who were hitherto seen as never-do-well chaps are today, in large numbers, specialists in different fields of human endeavour.

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