Tuesday April 28th, 2015
Tuesday April 28th, 2015
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Suspicion trails Ogbe-Ijoh market fire

  /   in Metro 12:37 am   /   Comments

*Fire fighters battling the raging fire

Saturday, April 18 was a day of lamentation in Warri, Delta State. On that fateful day, a fire which started at night had destroyed property and trading wares worth millions of Naira at Ogbe-Ijoh Market. It was an incident that left several victims and community leaders attributing the frequent destructive infernos at the busy market to acts of sabotage.

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Vandals are better armed than us — Lagos NSCDC

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Mrs.-Echendu...NSCDC-comman

TWO months after the anti-vandals squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, was attacked by some suspected pipeline vandals in Oke-Oko, a border town in Ikorodu, the Lagos State Command of the Corps has come out to say that the law enforcement agents were overwhelmed by the sophisticated weapons employed by the vandals, adding that three of its men were still missing.

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AACN set to host investors’ conference in London

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CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele

The Association of Assets Custodians of Nigeria, AACN, has said that it is set to hold its fourth annual investor conference in London. The conference which is billed to hold on 7th of May has the theme, Nigeria: Navigating changes, extracting opportunities. Speaking to journalists in Lagos, AACN President, Mrs. Kemi Adewole, said that the purpose of the event is to provide expert insight on Nigeria’s current market trends, and an opportunity for significant interaction among the various Nigeria capital market operators and investors.

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Don’t let me die, lady bathed with acid by ex-lover cries

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After: Aladi Sule

ALADI Sule lies critically ill at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State. Her body is wrapped in bandage, from the head to the chest. Part of her back and her right leg are socked in foil. One of her eyes has been “eaten” by acid and her right ear is rolled into a small ball. Aladi’s critical situation is no thanks to an alleged angry ex-lover who was said to have promised to destroy her beauty and fulfilled his promise.

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Hope rises for destitutes, less-privileged in S/East

  /   in Metro 4:47 pm   /   Comments

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A N10 million skill acquisition and rehabilitation centre being constructed at Amagunze in Nkanu Local Government Area of Enugu State, by Hope Onyemaechi for the rehabilitation and training of destitute and other less-privileged ones in the society is now nearing completion.

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Reptiles, weeds take over courts in Aba

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As a result of the lingering strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Abia State chapter, weeds and reptiles have taken over court premises in Aba, the commercial hub of the state. Court buildings now serve as abode for birds, reptiles and other wild animals as JUSUN leadership were yet to heed the call of stakeholders in the judicial sector to call off the strike.

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How Anambra oracles, deities got APGA victory—Chief Priest

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Chief-Priest

Ekwuluobia—Strange information is coming out from Ire-Inwelle Ogidi community, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra state. The chief priest of all the shrines and oracles in Inwelle Ogidi community, Chief Felix Obika hinted that Governor Obiano is a traditionalist who respects the ancestors and believes in the efficacy of the spirits, oracles and deities which earned him victory for All Progressive Grand Alliance, in the state House of Assembly.

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Family sacked by fire sends SOS to Imoke

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CALABAR—A 54-year-old man, Mr Francis Bassey, his wife and four children whose modest home in Calabar, Cross River State, was razed by fire, January 3, have sent a Save Our Soul to the governor, Senator Liyel Imoke and public spirited individuals. Bassey, who is squatting with friends, said he has not been himself since the unfortunate incident and does not have money to repair his damaged house.

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They killed my brother, stole his corpse from the morgue and set it ablaze – victim’s brother

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PORT HARCOURT: The governorship and state assembly elections have come and gone but some families in Rivers state will continue to be haunted by the very sad memories of April 11 and its aftermath. It was a day they lost their loved ones to electoral violence.

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Anibeze, endangered Bayelsa community

  /   in Metro 7:43 pm   /   Comments

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ANIBEZE—RESIDENTS of Anibeze, an agrarian and fishing settlement in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have raised an alarm over the damage wreaked on the community by erosion, especially since Setraco, one of the construction companies handling the East-West Road, started mining sand in the village, about six years ago. Located along the bank of the Forcados River, a tributary of the River Niger, less than four kilometres from the East-West Road that straddles the states of the South-South from the Bayelsa axis, close to the border with Delta state.

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Mysterious deaths in Ondo: The god is not to blame

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Appeasing the god with water

THE deaths in a remote community of Irele in Irele local government area of Ondo State were attributed to the action of six boys who broke into the shrine of Molokun, the deity of the people and desecrated it by stealing artifacts and sacred objects.

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Black Monday in Abuja: Lamentations over tanker fire deaths

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*Scene of tragedy

Fuel tankers are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road, carrying loads that make them vulnerable to rolling over and bursting into flames.

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Living with the enemy: Inside wife beaters’ homes, by battered women

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Mrs. Udonta...I blame 90 percent of domestic violence on men

Adetutu’s domestic abuse story started like so many others with occasional violent attacks which she ignored in the interest of the family. But over time, the beating became so severe that she could no longer bear it.

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Death at Lagos hospital: My wife was abandoned and died under extreme pain, bereaved husband laments

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File photo: Surgeons at work

He was obviously grief-stricken as he narrated the circumstances under which his wife and mother of his three children died. Indeed Segun Adesanya was initially reluctant to grant an interview before he was compelled by circumstance to do so.

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Several months after fire tragedy, traders still count losses

  /   in Metro 12:24 am   /   Comments

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According to Okeke: “Governor Fashola paid a visit to the site two days after the incident and promised to rebuild the plaza with consideration to the initial occupants of the burnt shops first before others after completion. Two weeks after his visit, the plaza was cordoned off by a private developer without any physical works or construction going on

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NSE boss lauds local engineers over Aba Mega Mall project

  /   in Metro 8:40 pm   /   Comments

Nigerian Engineers

UMUAHIA—A $300 million (about N60 billion) Aba Mega Mall is now being built by Greenfield Assets Limited- indigenous developers, which engaged Nigerian engineers in all aspects of the job. President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Ademola Olorunfemi who inspected the project commended the quality of work, saying that Nigerian were capable of handling any type of engineering work if given the opportunity.

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Anambra community threatens showdown with c’ttee over land scam

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Nteje-youths land protesters

AWKA—THE people of Ifite Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State are threatening a showdown with members of the community’s land management committee set up in the wake of land dispute between Nteje and Umunya/Nkwelle, both in the same local government.

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Echoes from Owo armed robbery : 71-yr-old returnee, 7 policemen, others among the dead!

  /   in Metro 12:55 am   /   Comments

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A 71-year-old returnee from abroad, identified as Pa Gabriel Ogundipe, is believed to be among those slain when about 50 armed robbers attacked four banks in Owo, Ondo State, penultimate Friday.

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Deltans commend Uduaghan on new Asaba flyover bridge

  /   in Metro 11:00 pm   /   Comments

Asaba flyover bridge

Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien including other prominent Deltans have praised Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State for the commissioning of a N3.5billion 120 metre-long six span flyover bridge in Asaba, the State Capital.

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Widows’ day of celebration with Oba Ojora

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For widows in the seven local governments under the domain of Oba Ojora of Lagos, this is a time to celebrate after they were recently presented with various gifts items, including cash. The widows were hosted under the Oba’s annual gathering for women who have lost their husbands and have no one to turn to for assistance.

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Burning of over 200 case files: Cleric petitions God

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*Justice Fidelis Ngwu(left) and Rev. Fr. Obayi Paul Obinna Martins

IT came as a rude shock to many because to them it was inconceivable that anyone could contemplate the act of burning of over 200 case files in an Enugu High Court sitting in Nsukka judicial division. However, all they could offer in response were mere condemnations without action. But that is not the case with renowned Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Obayi Paul Obinna Martins of the Oku’ nerere Adoration Ministry. He has since sent a petition to God to unravel the circumstances surrounding the burning of the case files, while invoking God’s punitive anger on the unknown arsonists.

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Burning of over 200 case files: Cleric petitions God

  /   in Metro 12:32 am   /   Comments

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IT came as a rude shock to many because to them it was inconceivable that anyone could contemplate the act of burning of over 200 case files in an Enugu High Court sitting in Nsukka judicial division.

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Epe boat tragedy:How two brothers, Epe prince, others drowned

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Top left(in red shirt)Olawale Mogaji; directly under him, Gbolahan Mogaji;  Top right in bowler hat, Prince Kunle Adewale and Muiz Bello, chairmanship aspirant: Pix: Olasunkanmi Akoni.

Abiodun Dina, an author and public relations consultant aptly described them in a touching tribute as the silent heroes in the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as President-elect. Others prefer to see them as martyrs of the current quest to consolidate on the gains of democratic governance in Lagos, nay, Nigeria. But while political actors were either celebrating their victories or sulking over their losses in the March 28, 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections, not many were aware of how these acclaimed “heroes of democracy” met their tragic end.

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Abuja highway of robbers, desperate youths

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Sacked Police IG Sulaiman Abba

Hawking on the highways has become a menace in Abuja as able-bodied youths dash from one end of the highway to another hawking sundry articles.

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We lost billions of naira worth of goods to inferno — Balogun Market traders

  /   in Metro 8:31 pm   /   Comments

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The popular Balogun Market in Lagos Island has been in the news for the past three months not for the bustling commercial activities there, but rather for the frequent outbreak of fire which has destroyed goods and property worth billions of Naira.

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Chibok Abduction: 22 girls who escaped Boko Haram risk lives to go to school

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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’

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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

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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

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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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