Curbing inter-security forces violent clashes

Last week, a soldier and three anti-riot policemen reportedly died during a shootout between members of the two security forces. Several others on both sides received gunshot wounds in the encounter that took place in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Some of the critically injured were said to be battling for life at the General Sani Abacha Hospital in Damaturu. Several civilians were hit by stray bullets in the clash which lasted over an hour. Residents said it was not the first the two had been engaged in clashes. According…

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A dance macabre

Nothing seems interesting anymore about politics and governance in our nation. The political landscape has been unstable. Politicians, who once held sway in the supercilious Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have begun their palongo (scattered legs) dance by taking shameless refuge in the tentative All Progressives Congress (APC), either for protection from the searchlight of the anti-graft agencies or for opportunities to seek elective and appointive offices. Governance, on the other hand, has been largely uninspiring and this is accentuated by the fact that a vast majority of Nigerians find it…

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Chibok girls, the mirror in our faces

As we remember the girls captured in Chibok three years ago, we must remember that they constitute only a fraction of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. I would urge Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), while you keep this issue of Chibok on the table, to broaden your message to cover all girls and boys abducted by Boko Haram, and also draw attention to the condition of girls and women in our society in general. To give you an idea of the extent of this problem, as at today,…

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Hair cutting saga: 10 things FRSC officers can’t do – Bisi Kazeem

Sequel to the wide spread criticisms against the Rivers State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Andrew Kumapayi, who cut the hair of some female colleague as a punitive measure for flouting the agency’s dress code, the Head Media Relations and Strategy of the Corps, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, said the action is among 10 things an FRSC’s officer is not supposed to do. According to him, although the Federal Government’s agency has regulations on maintenance of discipline in FRSC, which contains all offences and penalties awardable to…

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Obasanjo Farms leases 2,559 hectares of land in Benue

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The Benue State government has approved the leasing of a total of 2, 559 hectares of land to Obasanjo Farms Limited, owned by Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun at a whooping cost of N127. 950 million for a period of five years. Each hectare of land costs N10,000. This was part of the resolutions reached by members of the state executive council during its meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital. The resolution came when the state government…

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Cast of Professor Johnbull challenge multiple taxation

The new episode of the weekly TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by Globacom, is challenging the propriety or otherwise of the age-old problem of multiple taxation in the business environment. The fresh episode, aptly entitled “Tax and Revenue”, according to its sponsor, Globacom “is meant to draw the attention of the authorities to the challenges entrepreneurs face in the hands of the multiple Task Forces set up by the various governments to collect taxes, revenues and rates.” Globacom said further in a statement: “It is a fact that some…

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Sun suspends columnist over Liverpool article

  Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended by The Sun after he expressed “wrong” and “unfunny” views about the people of Liverpool. In an article published on Friday, MacKenzie compared Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who has a grandfather born in Nigeria, to a “gorilla”. He said men with similar “pay packets” in Liverpool were “drug dealers”. Merseyside Police are investigating whether his comments constitute a “racial hate crime”. The Sun apologised “for the offence caused” and added that it was “unaware of Barkley’s heritage”. In a statement of his own,…

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KIDNAPPING: ‘Big business’ that took over from armed robbery

Kidnapping began some years back with the agitation in the Niger Delta region for resource control. Overtime it assumed an alarming dimension with schools becoming targets and pupils taken away for ransom. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at this disturbing menace that has seen many Nigerians lose millions to abductors   Ikorodu, the aquatic neighbourhood in the ‘centre of excellence’, has been in the news lately, though for the wrong reasons. It is gradually but steadily becoming kidnappers’ den. But, before this new dimension to criminality, armed robbers had…

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