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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HARVEST OF SUICIDES: Hasty sprint to other side of existence

The federal government officially declared the nation’s economy insolvent on August 31, 2016. This confirmation, it seemed, may have stimulated more suicide cases across the country in recent time. Medical experts, especially psychiatrists, say people take to the cowardly act as a temporarily measure to escape their challenges. But do they have the right under the law to take their lives? Is there any consequence for a failed attempt? These form the fulcrum of this report by ISIOMA MADIKE     Nigerians, in the last two weeks, seemed to be…

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ALLWELL CHIAWOLAMOKE OJI: When depression is more than just sadness

Depression is a serious, but common, illness. It is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings, and sense of well-being. It could be caused, according to medical experts, by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, social and environmental factors. ISIOMA MADIKE and KUNLE OLAYENI, examines why depression is more than just sadness, in this report     It was a sad Sunday. The news jolted everyone, everywhere. No one saw it coming on a day so adored by many. Allwell…

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INSIDE POWER FIXED CHARGE RACKET

How Power Distribution Companies (DISCOs) shortchanged Nigerians for N81bn By February 1, when the controversial fixed charges were stopped, investors in the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) had ripped-off Nigerians to the tune of N81 billion for electricity not supplied. ADEOLA YUSUF reports   Benjamin Dikki, the Director- General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), who completed the sale of power assets to new investors on Friday, November 1, 2013, was sacked on Monday, February 15. Before his sacking, Dikki had been criticised by many Nigerians, especially those in the Senate…

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