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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Power of resurrection‘ll restore Nigeria’s lost glory –Atere

The Bishop of the Diocese of Awori (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. (Dr.) Johnson Akin Atere, has called on Nigerians to believe in the power of resurrection of Jesus Christ in order for God to restore the nation’s lost glory. Atere, who made this remark during a sermon at the special Good Friday service held at The Cathedral of St. James, Ota, Ogun State, appealed to every Nigerian to allow the resurrection of Jesus Christ to rekindle their hope of the resurrection of the nation’s ailing economy, values, justice system, healthcare…

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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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Big Brothers coming!

Robbers write Lagos community Police begin patrol, raids, arrest Fear has gripped residents of a community at Isheri/ Idimu, Lagos State, after they received strange letters from unknown persons believed to be armed robbers. In the letters, the suspected armed robbers, who described themselves as ‘Big Brothers,’ said they would soon visit the community. The residents said that they woke up Monday morning to see the letters pasted at different areas in the community. The letters told them to expect a visit soon. The letters, typed in capital letters, were…

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Lagos Militancy: Help, monarchs, residents are fleeing homes, Ashafa cries out

Worried  by the rising spate of kidnapping and activities of militants and kidnappers in the Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa on Tuesday raised the alarm that monarchs and other law-abiding residents in his constituency are fleeing their homes for the fear of kidnappers and militants. ‎Hence,  the lawmaker said there was urgent need for the Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies to intervene in the increased rate of kidnapping in the Lagos East Senatorial District, saying  that a respected monarch in his constituency,  Onise of Ise, Oba…

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Two arraigned for Jumia dispatch rider’s murder

Court hears Kemi Olunloyo’s bail application today     A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has remanded the suspected killers of Jumia dispatch rider in Prison and adjourned the matter indefinitely. They were arraigned by the Commissioner of Police for allegedly committing the offence on March 25 at No. 1, Ada-Ede Street, Shell Location, Mgbuoba, Port Harcourt. The accused reportedly robbed the victim of one Gionee M6 phone valued at N105,000, one Infinix Note 3 handset valued 67,000 and IM-10 desktop GSM dual- SIM phone worth…

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PDP to Bello: Stop the tyranny, release Okai

Kogi State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Governor Yahaya Bello ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the state of high-handedness and gradual drift to tyranny. The opposition PDP was also demanding the immediate release of Austin Okai from illegal detention without further delay. This PDP position was contained in a statement issued and signed by PDP state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bode Ogunmola, in Lokoja yesterday, in which he said that the drift was being manifested in the spate of arrests and harassment by law…

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World Cup: No friendlies for Beach Eagles

Barely 15 days to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup taking place in Bahamas from April 27 to May 7, the Beach Eagles are yet to resume camping as promised by the Nigeria Football Federation last week. The players and the coaching crew were expected to converge on their hotel in Badagry, Lagos State last Sunday, but lack of funds by the football authority and the clearance of arrear owed the hotel is not helping matter. The team has also lost the opportunity to feature in the four–nation invitational holding…

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