By Evelyn Usman
LAGOS — Over 10 gunmen, yesterday, stormed some banks in Agbara area of Ogun State, killing a mobile policeman attached to one of the banks.
About 12 persons, including a pregnant woman, were reportedly hit by stray bullets from the rampaging robbers, while several others sustained varying degrees of injury in the ensuing stampede.
The gunmen, suspected to be militants, who attacked some banks in Festac area of Lagos last month, killing a mother of two and two other banks earlier at Ikorodu and Lekki areas of Lagos, were reportedly clad in military camouflage, with black bands tied around their heads.
They were said to have stormed Bank Road, where about nine banks are located, at about 8 am in two vehicles, a Toyota Sienna and Camry, announcing their presence with sporadic gunshots which sent residents and passers-by scampering for safety.
They reportedly denoted a dynamite in front of one of the first generation banks as two policemen who attempted to repel the attack were shot. Read More →
Beyond the ongoing war of words between Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and one of his predecessors, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, who just returned from Benin City, the state capital, writes that what is currently playing out is a spiteful and vicious contest for power by two political parties – the APC and PDP
Those who work with Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State say he had every reason to be all-out against those he perceived to have punctured his good mood few hours to the commencement of the celebration of his seven years in office.
With two national network television stations booked to cover the events live, the media-savvy and full of life governor had invited many editors and other media executives to Benin City, the Edo State capital, to witness his usual explanatory speeches on “why Edo is working” and the reasons he had “failed to fully deliver on his promises to the people.” Read More →
Posted By: RICHARD NDOMA
Bishop Emmah Isong is the General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International, CCCI and Assistant National Vice President ,South -South Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN. In this interview with RICHARD NDOMA, he speaks on issues of national importance.
Election Petition Tribunals have cancelled the governorship election in Rivers State, ordered rerun in 18 local government areas of Akwa-Ibom State and sacked the governor of Taraba state. How will you react to these landmark judgements?
First of all, let me congratulate Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State for passing through his own political storm and is able to retain his integrity among the political class and of course my confidence that he is going to clear election result in the remaining eighteen local governments. I am also praying for Governor Wike of Rivers state.
At least for once, let people learn how to do the right thing during elections so that we won’t have too much cancelation after elections. If the right things are done by INEC, by candidates, which begins from nomination but some of the candidates were not nominated correctly in their intra- parties affairs or were not the right candidates but were just thrown up to the electorates to swallow and of course they had no choice other than to manipulate the electoral process. There are few cases of these nature in states like Akwa Ibom that you and I know, that there were controversial incidences. For instance, if you say in eighteen Local governments, each local government that has about ten wards but more than half had issues in the election and the tribunal decides to cancel it, I don’t think there is a problem with that. To me, the tribunals are doing a good job, the courts are doing well; I back the judiciary for a job welldone and believing that they should continue like this. Maybe if care is not taken, many more cancelation may still occur. Read More →
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he ensured round pegs were placed in round holes to avoid non-performances as regards designation of portfolio’s to the newly sworn-in 36 ministers who are to form his cabinet.
The swearing-in, which was done in nine batches at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa , was witnessed by two guests of each of the appointees, some governors and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The president, who also takes charge of the Ministry of Petroleum as substantive Minister, described the event as a milestone and added that since his inauguration in May, he had been optimistic of bringing high quality persons into his cabinet.
He said the choice was deliberate to appoint square pegs in square holes to avoid the mistake of appointing those who would not perform.
“We are optimistic that bringing these set of ministers into the service of our country today, is a step in the right direction and timely move towards realising our positive goals for our country. Read More →
By Wole Ayodele in Jalingo
No fewer than 12 people were on Sunday killed in Wukari, Taraba State, during a violent clash between supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The clash, which started late in the night last Saturday, was a fall out of the judgment of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which declared Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan as the duly elected governor of the state.
Besides, several people sustained varying degrees of injuries during the clash while properties worth millions of naira, including houses and vehicles, were destroyed. Read More →
PROTESTS at state levels greeted Tuesday’s announcement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees by the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Saraki at plenary announced 21 names as contained in the ministerial list sent to him on September 30, saying the screening of the nominees would commence on Tuesday, October 13.
But from the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders came a petition to the Senate against the nomination of a former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola. Indeed, CACOL’s petition had been dated Saturday, October 3, asking the Senate not to confirm Fashola “should his name pop-up as a ministerial nominee.”
In the petition signed by the CACOL’s executive head, Debo Adeniran, copies of which were sent to Buhari and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the group urged the senators to visit Lagos, as governed by Fashola, before screening and confirming him for any appointment as a minister. Read More →
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has insisted that he has no interest in the appointment of his predecessor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as a minister.
Wike was reacting to claims by the All Progressives Congress that he was orchestrating a protest against Amaechi’s expected appointment as a minister.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, in Port Harcourt, on Monday, the governor described the claim that he was working against Amaechi’s likely emergence as a minister as spurious and malicious.
He maintained that the appointment of Amaechi had nothing to do with the governance of Rivers State, adding that it was the right of the President to select those that would work with him as ministers.“It is not only spurious, but fatuous and malicious. Governor Wike has no cause to orchestrate a protest against the appointment of Rotimi Amaechi. Read More →