FORMER CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, GEN JOSHUA DONGOYARO DIES AT 80

A Nigerian former Chief of Defence Staff, General Joshua Dogonyaro, is dead. He died at the age of 80. According to the family source, General Dogonyaro died at the early hour of Thursday at Jos University Teaching Hospital where he was admitted after a brief illness while his remains have been deposited at Airforce Hospital in Jos, Plateau State. One of the former officers of the deceased, Major Gabriel Adofiku (retd), who confirmed the death to Tribune Online, said he died on Thursday around 3:30 a.m. His life and times…

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NIGERIAN POLITICAL ELITE AND THE CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE AS THE NATION BOILS OVER BY MUIZ BANIRE

  The security situation in Nigeria has become wholly intractable. What started as an isolated case of insurgency in some parts of Borno State has become a national malaise rapidly expanding and threatening the fragile fabric of the nation called Nigeria. The human losses at present have befuddled our capacity to take records and there is hardly an accurate account of people already consumed by the violence of the men of the gun. Thousands of lives have been snuffed out by Boko Haram bombs and guns in the northeastern parts…

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CRISIS ROCKS EDO PDP AS OBASEKI BENT ON IMPOSING FORMER APC CHAIRMAN AS STATE LEADER

Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos The crisis rocking Edo State chapter of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) is centred on moves by Governor Godwin Obaseki to ensure his own man becomes the state chairman of the party, Daily Independent has exclusively gathered. Chairman of Edo State PDP, Anthony Aziegbemi, had on Tuesday petitioned Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman, to stop Governor Obaseki from carrying out his alleged plan to dissolve the state executive. After an emergency and expanded State Working Committee meeting at the weekend, Aziegbemi and Secretary, Hillary Otsu,…

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OMO-AGEGE COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION REVIEW GIVES NIGERIANS NON-EXISTING E-MAIL ADDRESS TO SEND MEMOS, MAKE ENQUIRIES

The Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution headed by Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has provided the public with an email address through which they can make their inquiries. There’s only one problem, though: the email address is invalid. The email and one of the phone numbers, which was switched off, was in a circular shared on Tuesday evening that invited the public to a public hearing on “The Proposed Alteration to the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999”, starting on…

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MIYETTI ALLAH CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF SERIKI FULANI OF OYO STATE

File: From Middle: The National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) flanked by the National Secretary, Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma, and other members of the association. By Adeola Badru Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, in Oyo State, yesterday, urged the state government and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, to dethrone Saliu Kadiri as Sarkin Fulani of the state. The group said absence and allegations against the embattled Sarkin Fulani in the state is affecting the fortunes of the Fulani community in…

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FIRST BANK BOARDROOM WARS: THE UNTOLD STORY

  Last week was one of twists and turns for First Bank of Nigeria Limited, the nation’s oldest banking institution. It was a week that saw the bank’s MD sacked and reinstated, as major shareholders struggled for control of the financial powerhouse. By Sulaimon Olanrewaju It was meant to be a master stroke that would secure the bank permanently under their armpit, boost their ego and keep their antagonists at bay, but the sacking of Dr Adesola Adeduntan, First Bank Managing Director, by the bank’s board members, turned out to be…

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45,000 RESIDENTS OF YOBE FLEE THEIR HOMES OVER BOKO HARAM ATTACKS

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has stated that 45,000 residents, mainly women and children, have fled their homes in Geidam and Yunusari areas after Boko Haram attacks escalated in the North-East region. The UN Agency lamented on Wednesday that the growing number of displaced persons were now in dire need of humanitarian assistance, adding that the homeless women are also in potential danger of predators. In an electronic mail update sent to SaharaReporters, the UNOCHA stated that after the second attack in less than a…

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HOW KIDNAPPERS OPERATE IN FCT UNDER THE COVER OF MOTORCYLISTS, AND WHY YOU MUST ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT

There is palpable fear in many areas of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as bandits and kidnappers now operate freely at night in many parts of the town, with police patrols no longer in sight. The fear is also heightened by the sudden influx of commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada riders, into the satellite towns, posing more threat and danger to the safety of residents. File Photo In Kubwa, Dei-Dei and Zuba, residents have reported attacks by kidnappers and armed robbers in the last one week. Some of the attacks…

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WHY POLICE SUSPENDED SPECIAL PROTECTION ESCORTS FOR POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS IN SOUTHEAST AND SOUTH SOUTH

The Nigeria Police Force High Command has suspended till further notice special protection escort for political office holders and other very important persons (VIPs) in some states in the South-East and South-South parts of the country. The Nigerian Tribune gathered in Abuja on Wednesday that the directive followed the incessant attacks on security operatives and formations in the South-East and part of South-South zones by suspected members of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The force directed its men not to accompany their principals to Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu,…

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BUHARI OFF TO FRANCE ON SATURDAY, TO MEET HIS DOCTORS AGAIN

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria on Saturday for an official trip to Paris, the France capital. SaharaReporters learnt from top sources that the President would be in Paris for at least four days, where he has also been scheduled to meet his doctor. President Muhammadu Buhari “Buhari will be heading to Paris for four days. He was planning to go to Kampala (Uganda) and travel to London, the United Kingdom, to see his doctors but they opted to meet him in Paris. He will be travelling on Saturday,” a…

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