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Post-amnesty militancy: NTAC to the rescue

Recently the success of the Federal Government’s amnesty programme was called to question when some ex-militants practically took the laws into their hands while protesting their alleged exclusion from the programme. The protesting former militants had barricaded the Mbiama bridge on the busy East-West road, a development that left most commuters plying that road stranded for several hours.

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After attacks, explosions it’s no longer at ease in Bayelsa

JUST as many were ruing the unfortunate event of last Monday when ex-militants in their hundreds barricaded the Mbiama bridge end of the East-West road in Rivers State, a border area between Bayelsa and Rivers some yet to be identified gunmen in the wee hours of Friday yet again violated the peace of the riverine settlement of Opokuma in the Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, leaving in their trail death and destruction of properties.

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How kidnappers hijacked Abia

HIS real name is Obioma Nwankwo, alias Osisikankwu, a former hunter and ex-fighter of the Icelander Confraternity, founded by ex-militant leader and Rivers State warlord, Ateke Tom. Between him and 10 other kidnap kingpins, notably, Mopol -a dismissed policeman, Stone, Tallest, 10-10, IK in Ukwa West local government area; Onyeme – a dismissed soldier and King Solomon in Abala; Dan Fryo and Susu in Umuezi axis, Abia State was held captive in the past two years until their handgrip went beyond the elbow region, in the last two to three months.

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Alleged Abia number one kidnapper, Osisikankwu, breaks silence, speaks to Vanguard

The origin of this piece will certainly read like a fairy tale. A young man walked into the Vanguard Office, Owerri, to discuss placement of 15 full pages of colour advertisement. After discussing with our Correspondent, Chidi Nkwopara, the potential client left but promised that he would call to confirm the next line of action.
About four days after the visit, a call came through an MTN number. The message was simple: “We have accepted to place the advert in Vanguard. You have to come to Aba and pick the money”.
For the reporter, Aba was a no-go area and the caller was told so. A deal was struck that the reporter should come to a place close to Osisioma. He thereafter left Owerri for the designated place on the appointed day.

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This is my story, by Tokyo

The environment at the Olomi area secretariat of the Oyo State purportedly proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, can be likened to a war situation. Stern-looking union members were scattered around the area in groups and it was easy to see and smell hidden weapons all over the place.

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Flood victims send SOS to govt …save us from epidemic

SIGNS that the late rainy season is eventually coming to an end, appears to have raised hope that the flood ravaging some communities abutting the Ogun River will soon subside. While the Lagos State government has offered a temporary relocation at Agbowa, an outskirt of Ikorodu, some residents of Isheri community in Ogun State still battle with the flood even as many of them claim they were duly warned about the situation by the state government.

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Arms proliferation:Customs, gendarme to the rescue at Seme Border

RECENT developments have once again reaffirmed the imperative by government to provide adequate security for the Nigerian citizenry. Curiously, whereas the Nigeria Police Force which primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of the teeming populace has continuously complained of inadequate logistics and wherewithal to effectively fight crimes, the largest and most sophisticated weapons are in the hands of the enemies of the state.

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Aftermath of deadly explosive import…a call for scanners as counter measure

NIGERIANS woke up Wednesday morning to be confronted with the shocking news of the importation of 13 container load of what can be termed the largest quantity of arms and ammunition into the country. The discovery of the arms and ammunition which include rocket launchers, cartridges and hand grenades and others at the A P Moller Terminals in Apapa Port, brings to question the level of security in and around the country, especially in the light of the October 1 bomb blast during the nation’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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