Sunday March 29th, 2015
Sunday March 29th, 2015
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Chibok Abduction: 22 girls who escaped Boko Haram risk lives to go to school

  /   in Metro 12:18 am   /   Comments

CHIBOK GIRLS—President Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, David Mark in a group photograph with the girls that escaped from their abductors during the special meeting between the parents of the abducted Chibok girls and the President at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja, yesterday. Inset: President Jonathan with some of the parents at the meeting. Photos. Abayomi Adeshida.

In a side room at the American University of Nigeria, four girls chat and giggle. One teenage girl in particular catches our attention. She looks familiar. Then we realize why.

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‘The police arrested me, tied me to their van and shot me’

  /   in Metro 8:18 pm   /   Comments

Smart Ogah...Shot by trigger happy police man

BARELY two weeks after one Chibuike Edeh, a 26-year-old worker of Protea Hotel-Benin City, died mysteriously in the custody of the police, a trigger happy police Inspector, identified as Obaro, allegedly shot another man, 25-year-old Smart Ogah, over N40 at a check point along llushi/Ubiaja Road in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State, last Monday.

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Parents lament brutal murder of son

  /   in Metro 12:32 am   /   Comments

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IT was like the world crashed on the family of Mr and Mrs Chijioke Jona last Thursday when unknown gunmen murdered their only son at Gada Street in Ogbunabali community, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The parents wept uncontrollably as they narrated the sad incident to the Vanguard Metro. Their son, Alex, who was about 20 years old was among eight persons reportedly killed at different locations in Port Harcourt by suspected cultists.

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Umbrella revolution: When TAN stormed Lagos with mega rally

  /   in Metro 9:15 pm   /   Comments

TAN-umbrella

Nigerians were last week treated to an unusual spectacle by a cavalcade of umbrella-wielding political campaigners who stormed major streets in the country singing and dancing in cheerful abandon. In Lagos, crowds of curious onlookers jostled to catch glimpses of the campaigners as they joyfully danced and brandished their umbrellas to the accompaniment of music.

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Aftermath of protests in Lagos: Fear grips residents

  /   in Metro 12:58 am   /   Comments

OPC-PROTEST

Lagos has in recent weeks witnessed several protests by different aggrieved groups, bodies or associations. Some of these protests have political undertones bordering on the 2015 general elections.

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When explosion in Udi heightened fear of Boko Haram

  /   in Metro 10:43 pm   /   Comments

Kaduna-explosion1

Residents of Amokwe in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State are still unsettled since the explosion which occurred at the country home of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State, Mr. Tony Emeka Eze. The residents were thrown into panic as they thought the explosion came from a bomb activated by Boko Haram insurgents.

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Land dispute: Septuagenarian cries out; says: ‘My life is in danger’

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Pa-Olusegun-Meranda

AS he sat on an old creaking armless chair during this chat, Olusegun Meranda 72, the only surviving male child of the popular Delfino Anthonio Da-Meranda Family in Lagos, presented a graphic picture of an unkempt and ailing septuagenarian needing shelter and medical attention. But his high-pitched voice and flawless command of English language punctured this misconception. The retired banker revealed that he had been in a hideout for over a year now, having narrowly escaped death from suspected assassins under the pay roll of an unnamed land grabber popularly called ‘Pastor’.

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Terror acts of Area boys

  /   in Metro 12:21 am   /   Comments

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What kind of wickedness is this? What did the conductor do to them?” asked Chris, a commuter in the Apapa-bound commuter bus this Monday morning as two Area boys descended on the bus conductor, hitting him with rods and sticks. “He did not do anything to them,” replied Joe. “So they just decided to beat him up? He must have refused to pay them,” said Akin.

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Benue: Tears, outrage trail Agatu killings

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weeping-villagers

THE recurrent crisis and killings in Agatu local government area of Benue State, between Fulani herdsmen and the natives which have in recent time led to the sacking of more than 28 riverine villages in the area, got to a head last Sunday with the sacking of Egba community and killing of over 100 persons in one fell swoop. The casualty figure in the latest crisis, which is the heaviest in the history of the unending skirmishes, has elicited shock and angry reactions across the country. The reason for this may not be far-fetched considering that most of the casualties were women and children who were either shot or hacked by the marauding herdsmen.

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Mosan-Okunola residents renew call to rehabilitate abandoned roads

  /   in Metro 12:12 am   /   Comments

The deplorable Jezza Street in the area can only be plied by commercial motorbikes

After five years of complaints and petitions to the Lagos State Government over the horrible state of roads in their community with no solution in sight, residents of Fanimokun Estate Development Association, in Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area, LCDA, have again renewed calls for the rehabilitation of these roads.

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16 Years blackout : Angry youths shut down Seme border, threaten to boycott polls in Lagos

  /   in Metro 8:12 pm   /   Comments

A protester standing by the transformer abandoned for 16 yrs

By Ikenna Asomba Over the last 16 years, it has been tales of woes for thousands of residents residing in Gbaji-Seme axis, a border community in Badagry West Local Government Development Area of Lagos State, as they have been living without electricity, following a rainstorm that struck the community felling most of the electric poles

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Planned privatisation of water: Residents, civil societies dare Lagos govt

  /   in Metro 12:55 am   /   Comments

Bottled Water

A recent study by the World Health Organisation says 66 million Nigerians do not have access to potable or safe water, a situation which has given rise to water-related diseases, costing the country a whooping sum of $2.5billion as people throng various hospitals for treatment.

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Abuja Area One IDPs camp: A place of tears, uncertainty

  /   in Metro 12:38 am   /   Comments

*A people displaced

They looked so forlorn, torn and tattered. Indeed, their fate appeared to be hanging in the balance. Their future, somewhat, looks bleak, yet they are Nigerians living in their country.

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The tough, but exciting world of a female Marwa operator

  /   in Metro 12:40 am   /   Comments

marwa-pix

Mrs. Awolowo Nike, 37, was quite cheerful that Monday afternoon, though she had been working for hours under the scorching sun. In fact, as she went about her business, she had a smile for everyone she met, an indication that she has been enjoying every moment of it since she went into the transport business some four months ago.

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Safe drinking water? Wind-to-water machine to the rescue, courtesy of church

  /   in Metro 12:11 am   /   Comments

Water vendors (Mairuwa) at work. Pics: Biodun Ogunleye

Water, it is said, is life. But certainly not unclean water which instead of enhancing life shortens it by harbouring disease-bearing germs. The dearth of potable or safe drinking with attendant prevalence of water borne diseases among the populace in Nigeria was a situation that had bothered a Pastor of Mountain of Liberation Miracles Ministries, Dr. Chris Okafor, hence he decided to do something about it.

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Superintendent Chris Eza: Sad end of a fine cop

  /   in Metro 12:19 am   /   Comments

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When he was leaving the shores of the Southern part of Nigeria to the Bauchi State Police Command on transfer, Chris Eza, a Superintendent of Police, obviously had no premonition that death, especially a tragic one, was lurking around the corner.

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Insecurity: Securex expo to the rescue

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Nigerians who are unduly disturbed by threats to their personal safety owing to the increasing security and other related challenges in the country can now heave a sigh of relief. And they have Montgomery West Africa to thank for this as it is organising the Securex West Africa commercial, homeland, cyber security, fire protection and safety exhibition which will hold on March 24 and 25, 2015 at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos to offer solutions on security issues within the West African Region.

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Land tussle: Feuding families threaten to tear Lagos community apart

  /   in Metro 12:26 am   /   Comments

Twenty four months after, peace is yet to return to Olugbusi/Agufoye Asoga community which has almost been paralysed by violence after land grabbers allegedly unleashed terror there, forcing residents to flee for their dear lives. The violence reached a tragic climax last weekend when two persons were allegedly shot by yet to be identified hoodlums.

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From the blood-soaked battlefields of Lagos

  /   in Metro 12:32 am   /   Comments

Weapons of operation

‘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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‘Pay ransom, save me from captivity!’, Kidnapped American pleads

  /   in Metro 1:00 pm   /   Comments

Phyllis Sorto

OWORO is a small community located between Ajaokuta and Lokoja, Kogi State capital. It’s a community that is relatively unknown. Even commuters from the eastern flank of the country who traverse the ever busy Ajaokuta federal road may not notice the name. The only time the community has ever come into reckoning was in December 2012 when the governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada, was involved in an accident that occurred in the community.

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Expressions of joy, hope as IDPs return home

  /   in Metro 12:28 am   /   Comments

DISPLACED—Some Internally Displaced Persons (Idps) during the visit of Gov Kashim Shettima of Borno State to their camp in Maiduguri, weekend. Photo: NAN.

MALLAM Mohammed Muhammadu, a suya meat seller in Gombi town, is excited being back to his business after his displacement and forced sojourn as a result of attack by insurgents on the town. His experience is same as that of many other returnees who were similarly displaced and also suffered untold hardship following the unlawful invasion of their towns and communities by terrorists in North Eastern Nigeria.

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From the blood-soaked battlefields of Lagos: The chilling story of street cultism

  /   in Features, Metro 1:23 am   /   Comments

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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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The tough, but exciting world of a female Marwa operator

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*Nike...Inside her Keke Marwa

Mrs Awolowo Nike, 37, was quite cheerful that Monday afternoon, though she had been working for hours under the scorching sun. In fact, as she went about her business, she had a smile for everyone she met, an indication that she has been enjoying every moment of it since she went into the transport business some four months ago.

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Seamless movement: Lagos pursues road, rail, water multi-modal linkages

  /   in Metro 1:00 am   /   Comments

Governor Fashola aboard one of the 100 air-conditioned Wifi buses

TO further boost intra-city transportation the Lagos State Government has added 100 new air-conditioned buses to the existing fleet through the partnership of LAGBUS Asset Management Limited and a franchise operator, Metro Bus.

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Flood: Residents warned against dumping refuse into drains

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Heap of refuse at Coconut bus-stop on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway, yesterday.

AS the rainy season begins, Lagos State Government has urged residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drains and unapproved sites.

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Don’t rear animals in residential areas, LASEPA warns Lagosians

  /   in Metro 8:52 pm   /   Comments

Goat

The General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Mr Adebola Shabi, has condemned rearing of animals in residential areas saying it constitutes a huge environmental menace.

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The living waters of Cross River

  /   in Metro 2:53 am   /   Comments

•Itigidi beach

Let your living waters flow over my soul, let your Holy Spirit come and take control… somehow, I find this song reverberating in my spirit and I wonder why. Perhaps my latest trip may have a whole lot to do with this. It was January 1 and indeed a new beginning. Before I go any further, I’d like to say a big Happy New Year to any and everyone who is reading this. Welcome to the year 2015, a year that marks a new order and a year of accelerated growth.

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Bayelsa: I nearly stopped my wife from going on ill-fated trip — Bereaved husband

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Ill-fated bus conveying the women

February 14, 2015 is a day Bayelsans will not forget in a hurry. It was supposed to be a day of celebration of love being the Valentine’s Day, but it turned out to be a black Saturday. On that day, 11 prominent daughters of the state were cut down in their prime in a road accident near the old Ahoada Market Road, along the East-West Road axis of Rivers State.

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Disturbing tales of rape, child trafficking in IDPs camps

  /   in Features, Metro 1:54 am   /   Comments

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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Barracks/Volks/Iyana-Iba traffic chaos: No respite in sight

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Traffic Gridlock at Mile 2 Bus Stop Along Oshodi Apapa Expressway Lagos.Photo By Akeem Salau.

Residents and commuters plying the Mile2 – Badagry expressway have once again cried out to the Lagos State government to come to their aid, even as they blame men of the Ojo and Barracks Commands of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, for the intractable traffic jam at the Volks end of the expressway, alleging that it was a fall out of the desperation by some police men there to collect toll from commercial motorcyclists and bus operators, popularly called Okada riders and danfo drivers, respectively.

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Pedestrian bridges of death

  /   in Metro 1:00 am   /   Comments

Pedestrain-bridge

No doubt, pedestrian bridges have provided commuters safe means of crossing the ever-busy highways in Lagos, a reason the Federal and Lagos State governments are rehabilitating existing pedestrian bridges and constructing additional ones in the state.

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Traffic control: FG task force, LASTMA flex muscles again

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FERMA

OFFICIALS of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, otherwise called Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, Federal Taskforce are at daggers drawn with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, over control of traffic on federal highways in the state.

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