AMAECHI PERCY ONYEJEKWE, AWka
The Nigerian Navy on Thursday arrested six members of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) for allegedly causing breach of peace, disturbance and hoisting of unauthorized flags in Onitsha.
Handing over the suspects to the Anambra Police Command, the Commanding Officer of the Naval Out-post, Onitsha, Navy Capt. Mike Oamen, said that navy officials apprehended the MASSOB members after they blocked the Onitsha-Enugu Road at Awkuzu Junction.
SULEIMAN ISAH, Minna
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Governor of Niger State Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu has finally confirmed its position that he has been running a government of deceit.
The governor, the APC alleged, had said on Monday this week that “Politics is about lying.”
According APC in a statement issued by the state publicity secretary Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, “the position of the Governor has clearly made public the true manifestoes of the ruling PDP to the people of the state which is lying and deceit, an indication that all the years of the Governor has been a ruse and about lying .
•France mourns as police pursue attackers
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attack on a French satirical news magazine, Charlie Hebdo, saying that it was a monstrous assault on the right to freedom of expression.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that 12 people died when masked gunmen stormed the magazine building in Paris and opened fire on the staff.
Among the dead were eight journalists, including the magazine’s editor, a police officer and three others.
Jonathan’s reaction is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.
Canada and Nigeria are collaborating to end child, early and forced marriage in the country, the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria said yesterday.
A statement issued by Ms Ezinne Uluocha, Public Affairs Officer of the Canadian High Commission in Abuja, said a significant reduction in child marriage would ensure a better society.
The statement said the High Commission was collaborating with Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative, a Nigerian NGO, to highlight the worldwide issue of child marriage as it affects Nigeria.
My wife always demands money from me before allowing me to have sex with her”, a retired civil servant, Mr. Chibuzo Obiedefu, yesterday told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos.
Obiedefu, 50, told the court that his wife, Philomena, whom he married seven years ago, was denying him of sex.
“My wife is always starving me of sex and if she will allow me, she will ask me to pay for it. And if I refused to give her money and wanted to sleep with her by force, she would hit me with any dangerous weapons she could lay her hands on,” he alleged.
The Zamfara State Zakat and Endowment Board has shared N4.08 million among more than 500 less privileged people as Zakat.
Alhaji Liman Dan’Alhaji, the Executive Chairman of the board, said at the event in Gusau Wednesday that collection of Zakat by the board was in compliance with Islamic norms, which required the rich to assist the poor.
VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado-Ekiti
At least eight policemen, including a Divisional Police Officer, DPO, were wounded on Wednesday , as suspected party thugs attacked a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Joseph Alake in EfonAlaaye, Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The APC chieftain gave the revelation in Ado-Ekiti while contributing during a stakeholders’ meeting organized by security Chiefs for political parties in the State in preparation for the 2015 general elections.
AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
A Maiduguri High Court has sentenced the former Executive Director of the Lake Chad Research Institute, Professor Bukar Bababe, to five years imprisonment.
While delivering her judgment, Justice Charity Mamza of Maiduguri High Court No. 8 said the Professor Bababe is found guilty of contravening section of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission Act 2000.
It would be recalled that on April 14, 2011, the ICPC arraigned Professor Bababe and the head of Account of the institute, Janada Mshellia, for an eight count charges before the High Court.
SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi
THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Bauchi State Command has disclosed that it arrested 471 suspects and impounded a total of 1,035.938kg of assorted drugs from January to December 2014.
The State Commander of the agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, who revealed this yesterday while giving the scorecard of the agency in 2014 at the Command’s headquarters in Bauchi said the assorted drugs included Cannabis Savita, Exol-5, Diazepam, Raphynol, Pentazoine and Tramadol.
Men of the Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army have arrested a fuel tanker loaded with Indian hemp at the Giri checkpoint, Abuja.
Maj Charles Ekeocha, Public Relations Officer of the Guards Brigade, said the vehicle was arrested at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Ekeocha presented to newsmen the four suspects that were arrested with the 33-litre tanker loaded with 48 bags of Indian hemp.