The presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the last general election in Nigeria, Nuhu Ribadu, has frowned at the kidnap and murder of the party leader in Anambra State, Mr. Chudi Nwike, as he has asked federal authorities to put a quick check at what appears to be ‘politically motivated killings’ in the country.
Mr. Chudi Nwike who was abducted by gunmen on march 19,was deputy governor of Anambra State under governor Chukwuemeka Ezeife in 1991.
According to his statement, the ACN presidential candidate wonders if this case will not become a mere statistics in “the trail of unresolved murders of many great contributors to the building of the nation who are cut down by the bullets of assassins”.
The politician who was a former police prosecutor said “the government must assure citizens that the value of having of a government that cares for their constitutional rights is not misplaced.”
Unknown gunmen stormed Kogwom village in Vom district of Jos south local government area, Plateau State, killing 10 individuals and leaving two others fatally injured.
The gunmen attacked a family compound where 10 members of the family were killed in cold blood while two others sustained gunshot wounds after which the attackers routed their escape through surrounding environs.
The special task force in a press release signed by Lieutenant Kingsley Egbo confirmed the gruesome murder of the family stating that efforts by the force and police to gain access to the scene with a view to combing the area for possible trace of the attackers were foiled by the locals.
Two members of the family were fortunate to be alive and are receiving treatment at the Vom Christian hospital.
Meanwhile, angry youths continue to protest the incessant killings in the area.
Reports from the community indicates that the family lost a grandmother few days ago and gathered for the preparation of her funeral which informed the large presence of the members in the compound as the assailants attacked in the night after a family meeting.
Reacting to the attack, Special Adviser to governor Jonah Jang on media and Publicity Ayuba Pam who was at the scene described the incident as barbaric and inhuman stressing that government will not rest in the search for lasting peace in the state.
The Nigeria Police has come out to announce the death of five people in an attack by Islamists in Maiduguri, yesterday.
Two witnesses, who asked not to be named, said they heard cries for help at around 2:30 a.m. from a house in the Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri and later saw five dead bodies with what looked like machete wounds.
“Five people were slaughtered today but we can’t say who did it because they fled before security personnel arrived,” police spokesman Gabriel Jibrin said by phone.
Separately, residents and a Reuters witness said they heard a loud explosion and around 30 minutes of gunfire in the town, close to borders with Niger and Chad.
Military and police said it was too early to give any details on any casualties from the explosion and gun battle.
This is the third attack by the terrorists in the region, this week.
Gunmen suspected of being members of Boko Haram killed 13 local hunters who sell bush meat Islamist militants disapprove of on Monday.
Suspected members of the Islamist sect riding on motorbikes shot dead five people playing an outdoor board game on Tuesday. Two others were wounded.
The people of Oja Odan town in Ogun state will not be too excited during this yuletide season after all as herdsmen attacked farmers in the community, killing one and wounding several others.
The residents are still reeling from the bloodshed which occurred on Friday when nomadic herdsmen allegedly invaded farmlands in the town on border with the Republic of Benin, destroying farms and crops.
Confirming the incident to our correspondent, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun state; Mr Muyiwa Adejobi says no arrests have been made so far.
The herdsmen allegedly killed one Agbaose Sewotan after their cows entered his farm, destroying everything on their path including food and cash crops.
Chairman of Yewa North Local government, Hon Tajudeen Alani while reacting to the incident said, government would look into the matter with a view to preventing future occurrences. He said that Ogun State government is worried with the development, and will find a lasting solution.
He said the state government had already set up a committee comprising of the people of the community, Fulani herdsmen and government officials to address the disturbing issue which is likely to cause mayhem in the South west if not checked.
The attack is one of several clashes known to occur between herdsmen roving the Nigeria-Benin border and residents of villages at the border communities, especially during the dry season.
On Sunrise today, anchors Alero Edun and Kayode Akintemi were joined by John Kolawoleto’ Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress, Dare Ogunlana; a former NANS President and now a security expert and lastly a former student union leader and now a PR Consultant Olusanya Awosan to dissect issues concerning the spate of violence in Nigeria. Mr. Dare Ogunlana said what are now experiencing as violence across campuses in Nigerian universities is a mirror of what our Nigerian society looks like and he went further to say that in the last 42 years that he’s been living, he has never seen any good government in Nigeria.
On Sunrise today, anchors Alero Edun and Kayode Akintemi were joined by John Kolawole; Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress, Dare Ogunlana; a former NANS President and now a security expert and lastly a former student union leader and now a PR Consultant Olusanya Awosan to dissect issues concerning the spate of violence in Nigeria. Dr. Olusanya Awosan attributed the decline in culture and values of Nigerians in Nigeria which he believes led to the spate of violence being experienced in the country now to the military tagging it a ‘Military Hangover’.
On Sunrise today, anchors Alero Edun and Kayode Akintemi were joined by John Kolawole; Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress, Dare Ogunlana; a former NANS President and now a security expert and lastly a former student union leader and now a PR Consultant Olusanya Awosan to dissect issues concerning the spate of violence in Nigeria.
That there will be a society with violence, also a crime-free society is not impossible to be achieved.
Looking at the 2013 budget presentation by president Goodluck Jonathan as another topic on Sunrise, our anchors were joined by an economist Doyin Kasunmu, a security expert Ariyo Oladehinde and a financial expert Olusegun Oye to discuss President Jonathan’s a budget of consolidation.
For Doyin Kasunmu who is an economist, said in his own opinion he is not comfortable with the dissection of the budget as he pointed out that much of figures that was allotted to the education sector is supposed to go to capital development of the schools nationwide which he said a lot of schools are in dire need of and he prayed the funds allotted to the education sector be used for its purpose and not marked for embezzlement.
Looking at the 2013 budget presentation by president Goodluck Jonathan as another topic on Sunrise, our anchors were joined by an economist Doyin Kasunmu, a security expert Ariyo Oladehinde and a financial expert Olusegun Oye to discuss what President Jonathan tagged a budget of consolidation.
Ariyo Oladehinde a security expert took on the security section of the budget with his analysis being based on the police and the defence ministry where the latter got N348b and the former getting a meagre N319b.
According to the security expert, after the police budget would have been sliced by Ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission and corruption come into play too, the Inspector General may just be left with 30% of the whole amount to sprinkle down to the force men itself so what is left for the foot soldiers.
He has won the American Grammy award 10 times; he can pass as jazz legend as he is one the greatest guitarist in jazz history.
Now 69 years old but looking ever so young as he was born March 22nd 1943, George Benson made our day on Sunrise as he was our Guest of the Week on the Saturday morning programme to give tips on how he has succeed in evolving with his genre of music from the yester years down to the new generation making his music pass as ever green.
George has proved to be evergreen as he has so far recorded 30 albums to his credit and still waxing stronger to add to the number mentioned above. When asked how he felt when he won his first Grammy up to the tenth, George responded saying he was already matured when he won his first Grammy which he got at 33 years old and before then the thought he had musically was that it was time for him to bow out of the industry and that was when his first three Grammy came knocking, all three in one night!.
He explained further that after he won the Grammies he thought he had moved to a planet called ‘Bensonville’ saying the feeling was really great for him on that night.
My mother’s nickname was ‘Sing’
George narrated how he got into the line of music at a very young age and this was prompted by his mother and according to his account, his mother was nicknamed ‘Sing’ because every time she comes around you she always will sing. He said when he was born, his mother was very young so all the time she sang to him when he was born and so he grew up with different repertoire of songs and by time George was four years old and ready to go to school.
After this was discovered at his school, George was made to sing at every event held at school.
The Grammy awards winner said the mother had already known he was going to be singer and the funny thing was that his father sings and plays trombone too even though he didn’t spend the early part of his life with him for most times he is away from home, qualifying him as Charlie Parker lover which also made him to start listening to Charlie Parker
Ankko Briggs an environmentalist reacted to the gruesome murder of four University of Port Harcourt undergraduates in Aluu/Ekwere community in Port Harcourt River state saying there is no human decency anymore in the country and she is blaming the situation on government and the people as everybody is learning to mind their businesses and government on its part is turning a blind eye to the rot in the country.
The environmentalist who was a guest on Channels Television’s Breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, said the Aluu/Ekwere community must be held responsible for the gruesome murder of the four undergraduates of the University and a death penalty be passed down to the perpetrators of the act. She advocated that the security operatives manning that community be held accountable as the killing must not go unpunished.
Reacting to the recent flood that ravaged the states in Nigeria, with particular focus on the Niger Delta, the activist called for international aid to curb the flood as the Federal, State and Local governments do not have the capacity to control and phase out the floods plaguing the states.
Securing lives and property is the core responsibility of the Government of the country, she concluded.
Malachy Ugwumadu a legal practitioner has described the recent killings of students who allegedly stole laptops and smart phones in Port Harcourt as a mob action.
Mr. Malachy said the killings were controversial as it is possible that the four undergraduates were probably framed as there are different stories flying around on the murder of the four undergraduates.
“The police failed abysmally on the killings of the Aluu/Ekwere community in Port Harcourt as the situation would have been different if the police were proactive because the perpetrators had time to perpetrate their acts of killing, and as a university environment, the state government would before now situate a police post or security outfit in the environment”. He said
The legal practitioner said the police institution in that region were not proactive in curbing the heinous act of the community after the deputy commissioner of police (CID) of river state; Sam Okaula reacted to the killing via telephone interview after which the legal practitioner said in his own opinion “The commissioner is leading from behind” from his reaction as he is not accountable enough on the killings.