Thursday March 5th, 2015
Thursday March 5th, 2015
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Anatomy of Boko Haram and the 2015 polls

  /   in Special Report 12:39 am   /   Comments

A picture taken from a video distributed to journalists in recent days through intermediaries and obtained by AFP on March 5, 2013 reportedly shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by six armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place.

As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) began the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) preparatory to the February 14 general elections in Borno State, there has been an increase in the spate of bomb blasts and deadly attacks by insurgents.

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419: The world of the Nigerian fraudster

  /   in Special Report 10:18 am   /   Comments

Scammer-new

Despite Nigeria’s efforts, the schemes have reached “epidemic proportions. A publication by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said the agency received more than fifty-five thousand complaints about them last year, nearly six times as many as in 2001. The increase is due in part to the Internet, which makes it easy for scammers to reach potential marks in wealthier countries. “If we educate the public to the point where nobody falls for it, then they’ll go out of business,” Eric Zahren, a spokesman for the Secret Service, the lead U.S. agency in investigating advance-fee frauds, says.

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Elections Fears: Scaling the ‘ides’of February!

  /   in Special Report 12:58 am   /   Comments

*Jonathan and Buhari

Based on the deep thinking by Professor Bolaji Akinyemi on the need for the presidential candidates to sign a pact for a violence free election, anyone who witnessed the orgy of violence and destruction that trailed the 2011 general elections in Nigeria would not hesitate to sign off on the Abuja Peace Accord sealed on Wednesday by 14 presidential candidates in the February elections.

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Indians handing death and slavery to Nigerians

  /   in Business, Special Report 2:19 pm   /   Comments

economy

Mr. Bharadia, after several complaints and directives to him to stop work, was said to have got top officials at the Army Barrack in Ikorodu, Nigerian soldiers and mobile Policemen and stationed them at the construction site, while he personally supervised the erection of the high tension wire. Staff of Isocare West Africa who attempted to take pictures of the erection of the high tension wire over Isocare were reportedly brutalized by mobile policemen.

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US working hard to ensure non-violent elections for Nigeria — US Ambassador

  /   in Special Report 3:54 pm   /   Comments

•United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador James Entwistle

“Take it from me, as President Obama’s representative to this country. No one is doing more than the United States to support Nigeria. We cannot always talk about the details in public, but I know the corporation continues.”—US Ambassador

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Jonathan Vs Obasanjo: The final battle!

  /   in Special Report 12:15 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan and Obasanjo

As controversy continues to trail recent outburst by former President Olusegun Obasanjo when he played host to some women in Yorubaland, led by the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief Mrs. Alaba Lawson, and the Iyaloja-General, Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, strong indications have emerged that the move was to discredit President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

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2015 Presidency: The dangerous choice to make

  /   in Special Report 9:34 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

33 days! That is what stands between Nigerians and the choice they would need to make.

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State of the Nation: When the Sultan; Igbo, S/South monarchs showed the way forward

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PIX: L-R; ARCHBISHOP OF ABUJA, JOHN CARDINAL  ONAIYEKAN, SULTAN OF
SOKOTO, SA'AD ABUBAKAR, CHAIRMAN, NORTHER STATE COMMITTEE ON
RECONCILIATION, AMB. ZAKERI IBRAHIM, AND SHEHU OF BORNO, ABUBAKAR
GARBAI EL-KANEMI, AT THE NORTHERN STATE COMMITTEE ON RECONCILIATYION
MEETING IN KADUNA  MONDAY.PHOTO:OLU AJAYI.

Late last year, the South-east and South-south traditional rulers organised a retreat at the prestigious Nike Lake Resorts and Hotels, Enugu, which opening ceremony had President Goodluck Jonathan represented, and the Sultan of Sokoto and Co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, NCTRN, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, as special guest of honour. Publisher of Champion Newspapers and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Minister of Special Duties in the Presidency, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, were also on ground.

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Fear, uncertainty in Lagos community over robbery threat, sand dredgers

  /   in Special Report 7:03 pm   /   Comments

‘’Hey, stop there, you don’t look like one of us. I saw you as soon as you alighted from the motorcycle near the Baale’s house and I have been following your movement. Can you explain your mission to this community…?’’—resident

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Bayelsa oil palm estate of waste

  /   in Special Report 1:26 am   /   Comments

Bayelsa Palm Estate. Photo: Sam Oyadongha.

Though successive administrations in the state had spent huge sums of money on the plantation with a view to making it a profitable enterprise, it is still lying comatose.

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DELSU dons to Christians: Stop demonizing Urhobo culture

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Chief Enyote Gbogbo (in traditional attire) and Dr. Emmanuel Biri (DELSU) flanked by Epha Ughievwen, during the maiden Ughievwen Cultural Carnival led by Chief Gbogbo in Otughievwen, headquarters of Ughelli South Local Government.

“The Epha (celebration of bare breast maidens), which is Urhobo’s appreciation of the purity in women, is gradually going into extinction on the notion that it is fetish and obscene.”—Dr. Emmanuel Biri,

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NPDC spill pollutes Otughievwen community river

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•Villagers weaving a boom to curtail further spread on Gbogidi River

A rupture in a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, at Otughievwen, Ughelli South Local Government Area, has contaminated the community’s Gbogidi River.

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Crisis looms, as Rivers chiefs battle over Evo stool

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Regent and Chairman of WTC, Chief Tony Chuku, told Niger Delta Voice that the installation and coronation of Mr. Leslie Nyebuchi Eke through the instrumentality of a factional Oro-Evo Council of Chiefs was illegal, wondering why some chiefs in the area took to lawlessness.

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Lawmaker donates hall to Asutan Ekpe clan

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Mr. Eyakeno Etukudo.

It was jubilation in abundance as Etukudo, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, handed over the key of the building, named Unity Hall, to the clan head, His Highness Etebom Bassey Udo Ekanem, Etukudo, expressing happiness that his dream of building a befitting unity hall for the clan finally became a reality.

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Kwara 2015: The move to break the Sarakis hold

  /   in Special Report 12:41 am   /   Comments

Bukola: The new leader, Ahmed: Is it one term? Gbemisola: Still lying low

One can hardly discuss Kwara politics today without making reference to the Sarakis, particularly the late elder statesman and second republic Senate leader, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki, who died two years ago

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Bolaji Akinyemi@73: Portrait of a firebrand statesman

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Professor Bolaji Akinyemi was Foreign Affairs Minister

THERE is no likelihood that anyone would be faulted for describing Prof Bolaji Akinyemi as a man of many parts.He means different things to different people.

Indeed, he comes across as a colossal scholar, fascinating diplomat, imaginary politician, misunderstood activist and quintessential statesman.

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2014: Not Just Another Year

  /   in Special Report 12:54 am   /   Comments

Army-Jonathan

Year comes and year goes. That is how it has been and will always be. As the clock gently ticked away, bringing a year to an end, another was being born. The birth of a new year brings about the beginning of another 365 or 366 days, a duration with its symbolic nuances, tempo and memories.

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2015: Here come the kingmakers 

  /   in Politics, Special Report   /   Comments

Buhari and Jonathan

THE long awaited 2015 general elections are at hand. Unlike previous elections, this year’s contests promise to be keenly contested by the respective gladiators across the country.

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2015: Obasanjo’s Gambit: The agenda for Interim Government

  /   in Special Report 12:00 pm   /   Comments

*Olusegun Obasanjo

This story examines former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s latest dance steps, a break-dance of twists and turns with one suspected objective: the actualisation of a self-serving agenda that is at variance with the projection of a united Nigeria. Yet, a more perceptive incumbent President would have pulled all the stops to successfully rein-in Obasanjo.

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15 years after massacre, Odi boils again

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Odi in ruins in the wake of the military attack  during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime

What is playing out in Odi in Kolokuma-Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa State in the wake of the N15bn Federal Government compensation for the 1999 military invasion and the sacking of the community, could best be described as shocking.

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2015: Obasanjo’s Gambit: The agenda for Interim Government

  /   in Special Report 8:12 pm   /   Comments

Obasanjo

This story examines former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s latest dance steps, a break-dance of twists and turns with one suspected objective: the actualisation of a self-serving agenda that is at variance with the projection of a united Nigeria. Yet, a more perceptive incumbent President would have pulled all the stops to successfully rein-in Obasanjo.

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Labour Party: The special purpose vehicle for discontents

  /   in Special Report 12:34 am   /   Comments

Information Minister, Labaran Maku

AS minister of information until few weeks ago, Mr. Labaran Maku did everything while in office to situate the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan within the framework of the agenda of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. It was in that context that Mr. Maku left office last October to seek the governorship ticket of the PDP in his native Nasarawa State. His bid for the job, however, ended on a sour note as Mr. Maku’s soon discovered that the oratory of the minister was of no use in the rough and rumble political jostling in his state.

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2015: APC promoting Buhari’s candidature on faulty calculation — Okupe, presidential aide

  /   in Special Report 2:00 pm   /   Comments

VISIT: Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin  during a visit to Vanguard Media  Ltd, Apapa, Lagos, yesterday.  Photo: Diran Oshe.

Dr Doyin Okupe is the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan. Okupe, who was a guest at Vanguard corporate headquarters in Lagos, bares his mind on burning national issues including the decision by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field General Muhammudu Buhari as its presidential standard bearer in 2015

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North Moves against Jonathan: Northern pro-Jonathan governors get threat messages

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Jonathan-hands-head

The emergence of a former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), appears to have changed the political calculations in the northern part of Nigeria.

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2015: I am in court to help the PDP – Ajumogobia

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Ajumogobia

Hon. Odein Ajumogobia, a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and one-time Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Rivers State, emerged as one of the challengers to a former Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike, in the race for the PDP ticket to contest the governorship of Rivers State in 2015. However when it became obvious that the Wike campaign juggernaut hadgenerated overwhelming influence and control of the selection process, Ajumogobia went to court to attempt to halt the process.

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2015: Plateau braces up for non-violent polls

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Jos-blast-viewing-centre2

Women and children have always borne the brunt of violence often initiated by men.

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Between the Known and the Unknown: The odds against Jonathan and Buhari

  /   in Special Report 8:09 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

Worthless! Very worthless pieces of paper are the things that would determine their fate! The presidential ambition of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari would be determined by those pieces of paper that Nigerians would drop in the ballot boxes across the country on February 14, 2015.

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2014 MARE festival:Celebration of cultural heritage

  /   in Special Report 9:52 pm   /   Comments

MARE-festival-for-Mare-Fest

MARE festival in Idanre, ondo state which has become a yearly ‘pilgrimage’ witnessed an unprecedented traffic into Ondo state this year as both the high and low came from within and outside the state to celebrate God given cultural heritage.

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Top 5 Online Stores That Shaped Business In 2014

  /   in Special Report 12:30 pm   /   Comments

Top-5

In recent times in Nigeria, online shopping which was alien to us is fast becoming an alternative means of transaction. This nascent sector of the economy which is not only limited to supply of products, is also providing quality services that meet the needs and expectations of consumers.

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AIDING THE GROWTH OF TERRORISM: Hillary Clinton, don’t designate Boko Haram a terror group – American Experts

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Hillary-Clinton

Nigeria’s battle against the terror group, Jama’atu Ahliss-Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, was at best shambolic in the early part of 2012 and disgusting to say the least. It was as if there was no government in place and the mere fact that the terror group was beginning to dare more, and bomb more and kill more, became a serious matter of concern at international platforms.

Some Nigerians who called for the designation of the group as a Foreign Terror Organisation, FTO, rather than receive support from home, got a shocker. The Nigerian government, their government, forcefully moved against the action

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Deaths at Dusk in Jos: Boko Haram finally reached my family — Bereaved son

  /   in Special Report 12:39 am   /   Comments

BOKO-WOMEN

Thursday, December 11, 2014 is another day residents of Jos, Plateau State capital will not forget in a hurry as twin blasts rocked the city.

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The Iron Lady, Auchi Poly and the mechatronic equipment

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Phillipa Idoho

Dr (Mrs) Phillipa Idoho is the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State. As a product of the institution, Idogho understands its problems and has made efforts to fix them since assuming office six years ago. As the polytechnic marks its 50th anniversary today (Sunday), Idogho, referred as the Iron Lady, due to her efforts to end cultism and instil discipline in the institution, says the Auchi Polytechnic remains the best polytechnic in the country.

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