Curbing inter-security forces violent clashes

Last week, a soldier and three anti-riot policemen reportedly died during a shootout between members of the two security forces. Several others on both sides received gunshot wounds in the encounter that took place in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Some of the critically injured were said to be battling for life at the General Sani Abacha Hospital in Damaturu. Several civilians were hit by stray bullets in the clash which lasted over an hour. Residents said it was not the first the two had been engaged in clashes. According…

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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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When a federal minister overreaches

People who do not know me erroneously think that it’s possible for any hirelings or whosoever to stop me by any means – whether through abuse or attack or howsoever – from talking or writing about my state and community of birth. No, it’s not possible. The more they abuse and attack me, the more I know that I’m making a valid point. Today, I’ll talk about an arrogant and despotic brother, his Hobbesian disposition, unlawful trespass to land, and illegal arrests and detention of innocent youths from our town…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and the continuous entertaining circus shows (Part 1)

INTRODUCTION The farcical story that NIA, Nigeria’s external secret Police, has claimed ownership of the large haul of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m is heretic flapdoodle, bunkum, baloney, hogwash, poppycock and balderdash. Let this government and its minions credit Nigerians with some modicum of sense and capacity to reason, even with their valiant attempts to cow, browbeat and intimidate all opposition elements and critical voices in their so called anti-corruption war. At least, not even the terror halo cast on our individual and collective psyche has dulled our analytical minds. The…

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My heart bleeds for Haiti

Haiti should be the pride of the black world. The first black republic that came out of a slave revolt is, however, not in the news for anything that inspires pride. If they are not in the news for the level of corruption amongst the ruling elite, then they are in the news for being the poorest country in the world or for a devastating earthquake that occurred in the country in 2010 and decimated the population. Even Haitians are tired of being in the news for all the wrong…

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N’Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of force

  North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks”. The comments came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung. Soldiers, tanks and other military hardware were paraded in Pyongyang in a show of strength on Saturday. It comes amid speculation that the current leader, Kim Jong-un, could order another nuclear test. “We’re prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war,” North Korean…

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Ikorodu militant attacks: Landlords put houses up for sale

  There is still palpable tension in Isawo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, following the recent attack on the community by militants. Since the incident, residents of the aquatic environs have been fleeing in droves, according to findings. But, a visit to the vicinities during the week by Saturday Telegraph team, revealed that some landlords and land owners had gone beyond fleeing the troubled communities to selling their houses, lands and other properties in panic. Tenants of most of the houses had hurriedly abandoned their apartments a few hours after…

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