Quit notice: Sheath your Sword – Yoruba leaders tell agitators

From: Sola Ojo, Kaduna The Yoruba Traditional Council in the 19 northern states and Abuja has called on agitators on the quit notice ‎issued to the Igbos to sheath their swords and approach the issue with all sense of maturity in the interest of the country. The group, in a statement signed by its chairman,…

BREAKING: Lassa fever kills two in LUTH

Lassa fever has killed two patients at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in the Idi-Araba area of the state, South West Nigeria. The hospital management confirmed this on Tuesday, saying about 100 workers are being monitored. Details later…

Defection: I’ve no guber ambition – Tonye Princewill

From: TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt A two-time governorship candidate in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has declared that his recent defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Labour Party (LP) was not to contest for governorship seat in the state. Princewill,  who spoke on Tuesday,  in Port Harcourt,  said he defected to APC …

Sugar coy ends impasse, to resume operations

From: BillyGraham Abel, Yola Savannah Sugar company, a subsidiary of Dangote group of companies, on Tuesday, agreed  to resume operations following close down recently. The company was shut following an internal crisis that led to the sacking of about 3000 company workers late June. Sule made the remark in a press briefing at the  savannah Sugar…

Anambra guber: MASSOB warns against boycott

From: Paul Osuyi, Asaba Leaders of the pro-Biafra group, the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in Delta south and central senatorial district have urged eligible voters in Anambra State not to boycott the forthcoming governorship election. The MASSOB leaders described the call to boycott the election as anti-Igbo which should be…

Ex-militants demand probe of amnesty funds under Yar’Adua, Jonathan

 From: Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Ex-militants and former beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), on Tuesday, called for a probe of the N541 billion spent on the scheme in the past eight years. The ex-militants, under the auspices of Transparency and Accountability Movement in Niger Delta (TAMND) lamented that despite the funds, the programme from…

Land-grabbing: Ogun community demands removal of monarch

From: Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Scores of residents of Ijeun Community in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, on Tuesday, stormed the Ogun State House of Assembly Complex to demand the removal of a traditional ruler, Olu of Obafe, Oba Taofeek Owolabi, over his alleged land grabbing and criminal activities The protesters, who carried placards…

Anambra guber: We’ll give you 99.9% votes – Ojoto community tells Obiano

From: David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi Leaders of Ojoto community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State have told Governor Willie Obiano that he should not dissipate energy to campaign in the area for his reelection as they assured him 99.9 percent support during the forth-coming November 18 gubernatorial election. Ojoto community gave the assurance…

Group launches N1m cash prize essay competition in Bayelsa 

From: Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa  A non- profit making organisation, the Robert Sunday Iworiso Foundation, has announced the maiden edition of the N1 million cash prize Robert Sunday Iworiso Essay Writing competition for senior secondary schools in Bayelsa State.  The competition billed to hold between August 22 and 23, 2017 at the Ijaw National Academy in Kaiama is part of…

Security operatives clampdown on anti-Buhari protesters

Security operatives, on Tuesday, clamped down on protesters who are demanding immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari if he could resume office. Music icon and pro-democracy activist, Charles Oputa (popularly known as Charly Boy) was among the protesters injured. Charly Boy reportedly sustained a cut on his face following a confrontation with police officials. He…

Four kidnappers lynched in Taraba

From: Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo Four men suspected to be kidnappers were lynched, on Tuesday, by irate youths in Tella, Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State. The suspects were said to have been at the verge of kidnapping a highly-placed member of the community when they ran out of luck and the people caught up…

FAO holds Grazing conference in Abuja August

…We will also address it at ECOWAS level – Onyeama  From: AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has said a national conference on livestock development would take place this month in the country. The conference is expected to come up with comprehensive recommendations to address all issues affecting the sector. FAO Resident…

Corps members urged to beware of kidnappers, armed robbers in North

From: Gyang Bere, Jos Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleman Kazaure, has urged corps members serving in the North to be conscious of increasing activities of suspected kidnappers and armed robbers operating in the region. He caution them against unnecessary travelling  which he said was capable of exposing them to armed…

China, India border crisis hits major roadblock

India’s diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, sources said. China has insisted that India unilaterally withdraw its troops from the remote Doklam plateau claimed by both Beijing and Indian ally Bhutan. China did not respond to India’s suggestion in the talks that it move its troops back…

Floods wash away 7 in Nasarawa

…As community raises the alarm over threat gully erosion From: Linus Oota, Lafia Residents of Galadima along Emir of Lafia Palace in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have appealed to both the state government and the Federal Government to come to sae them from gully erosion threatening the area. The community leader and chief…

Don’t use N10b Paris Club refund on salaries, pensions alone, Gov. Udom told

FROM: JOE EFFIONG, UYO A former minister of lands, housing and urban development, Chief Nduese Essien, has  kicked against a wholesome use of the N10 billion Paris Club excess crude refund given to Akwa Ibom State for the settlement of pensions, gratuities and salaries as directed by the Federal Government. The state commissioner for finance, Mr….