Ogoni clean-up is all noise, says Niger Delta monarch

Chairman, Ogoni Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, King Suanu Baridam, the Kasimene Bangha VII, yesterday said that the Ogoni cleanup exercise that was launched by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta, was all noise as there was no sign to suggest that the government was serious with the exercise. Already, reports said some concerned citizens in the region would be filing legal action against the Federal Government at an Abuja high court today. Also, our visit to the devastated communities revealed so much worries…

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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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Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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Umahi promises more dividend of democracy for Edda people

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has promised the people of Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the stateof more dividends of democracy even as he said that the people will not be left behind in his developmental strides. The governor while speaking on Easter Sunday at the country home of his friend and chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Julius Amah Orji at Nguzu Edda, said the people were dear to his heart. He said it was the special love he has for his friend in…

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Rivers: Defections drive APC to the edge

EMMANUEL MASHA reports on the gale of defections among chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since after the National Assembly rerun elections in the state in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious   A few months before the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the camp of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was bubbling as party leaders expressed optimism about the party’s chances in the election. But, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result, it…

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College warns students against cultism, exam malpractice

Determined to enhance the academic quality of the college, the management of Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama, Bayelsa State has warned the students to steer clear of cultism, examination malpractice and other forms of anti-social behaviour that could truncate their education. According to the Provost of the college, Prof. Saviour Nathan Agoro, cultism has not only been outlawed in all higher institutions in the state under the Restoration Agenda of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, but that there are also stiff sanctions for any student or group of students…

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NGO takes girl-child education campaign to Zamfara communities

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in Zamfara State, ‘Save the Children,’ has taken its campaign on child protection and the fight against the poor girlchild school enrolment to rural communities. The organisation, which is being supported by Lifestep Project (LSP) from Canada, would train 40 households from the six selected villages in the state towards ensuring the protection of children and equipping the knowledge of community members on how to reduce the risk of abuse of children in their areas. Speaking at the community dialogue meeting with media and other…

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Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

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FG ‘s anti-corruption fight, good omen for Nigeria –Shekarau

Former Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has lauded the anti corruption fight by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as a good omen. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the former Kano State governor, made this disclosure to newsmen in Sokoto yesterday. Shekarau said: “The efforts by the president to fight corruption in all its ramifications is good for Nigeria. ”Anybody, who gets any money fraudulently should be arrested, thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. ”I am a strong advocate of anti-corruption fight, as I set up an anti-corruption and…

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