Insecurity on Nigerian waters as bad as Boko Haram, banditry –Experts

…say $195m deep blue project not solution …urge FG to declare state of emergency on Gulf of Guinea piracy   Global maritime watchdog, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its annual piracy report released on January 13th indicated that 95 per cent of all seafarers kidnapped at sea in the world in 2020, took place […]


Wife of slain Edo firm’s employee cries out for justice

•My husband wished me happy new month on December 1 before his murder While many families were preparing for the end of year activities 2020, little did the wife and family of Mr. Mathew Akioyamen know that they were going to celebrate the yuletide with sorrow, tears, and anguish following the gruesome murder of their […]


Insecurity: In Mexico, women take the front lines as vigilantes

  In the birthplace of Mexico’s vigilante “self-defense” movement, a new group has emerged entirely made up of women, who carry assault rifles and post roadblocks to fend off what they say is a bloody incursion into the state of Michoacán by the violent Jalisco cartel. Some of the four dozen women warriors are pregnant; […]

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ABUJA MARKET FIRE: We lost our livelihoods, businesses to inferno –Traders

Over N3bn was lost, says Ojukwu, Timber Dealers Association, Patron The rickety and ill-equipped fire service infrastructure in Nigeria has remained a genuine concern for those who bemoan the frequent fires incidents in parts of the country. Last Sunday, the popular Kugbo Furniture Market in the Kugbo area, along the Nyanya Mararaba expressway, Abuja, was […]


Capone: How we ruled the land, sea and abducted expatriates

A 35-year-old self acclaimed cultist, General Karinatei Timidiseghe, has narrated how he and his gang ruled Bayelsa State and abducted foreign sailors on the high sea. The suspect, who said that he is the Capone of his cult group, known as Green Lander Cult in Bayelsa State, was arrested by Operatives of the Inspector-General of […]

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Amaechi, Lagos govt set to lock horns over Apapa gridlock

As the Presidential Task Force Team (PTT) on decongestion of traffic of Lagos ports, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and co-chaired by a former Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Kayode Opeifa failed woefully to deliver on its mandate and is disbandment following allegations of massive extortions, PAUL OGBUOKIRI reports that the vacuum created […]


COVID-19, Kankara schoolboys’ kidnap, U.S. election, others shaped 2020

In this report, Ndubuisi Ugah with agency reports, highlights some of the major landmark events that shaped and made 2020 a most memorable year JANUARY The year began on a sombre note when the outlawed terrorist group, Boko Haram reportedly killed 30 persons, injuring 35 others in Gamboru, Borno State. Prior to this, some suspected […]


A season of fear, not cheer, as virus changes Christmas

  Montserrat Parello lost her husband eight years ago, and Christmas gatherings with children and grandchildren had helped her deal with her loneliness. But this year, the 83-year-old will be alone for the holiday at her home in Barcelona, due to the risk of infection from the coronavirus. “In these days of pandemic, I feel […]


Pandemic exposes vulnerability of Italy’s ‘new poor’

  The coronavirus pandemic did not produce Elena Simone’s first budgetary rough patch. The 49-year-old single mother found herself out of the job market when the 2008 global financial crisis hit Italy and never fully got back in, but she created a patchwork of small jobs that provided for herself and the youngest of her […]

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Boarders reopening will crash food prices, halt rising inflation –Experts

As the news of the Federal Government’s order reopening the land borders spread, a video emerged online showing residents of Benin Republic in wide jubilation over the development, an indication that their economic lifeline has been restored. PAUL OGBUOKIRI reports that while the reopening of the borders has a lot of positives, there are also […]

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