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Sponsors Of Zamfara Killings Will Soon Be Exposed, Says Northern Cleric

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Bishop Musa Fomson, a foremost northern based clergyman, has prophesied that those behind the killings in Zamfara State would soon be exposed. Fomson stated this in his new year message, in which he stated that “the blood of the murdered innocent is crying to God for vengeance". The bishop, who predicted former President Goodluck Jonathan’s loss at the 2015 polls, alleged that some politicians in Zamfara State are behind the killings. "They sow sorrow, but it is a business that they have just a few days to repent of, lest the disgrace that they have been piling up will be heaped on their head. Their ways are unclean in the manner of the abomination of the idol worshipping rulers that led Israel to sin in the Books of Chronicles and Kings," he said. "They walk in dark paths an

‘It’s Just Plain Disrespectful’ — Fans Angry As Burna Boy Mounts Stage Hours Behind Schedule

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Fans of Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, some of whom had paid as much as N5million to see the singer perform, were unhappy as the show which was said to have been scheduled to start at 7pm did not start until about 12am. On Thursday morning at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Burna Boy joined the list of Nigerian artistes who start their shows behind schedule. As early as 5pm on Wednesday, fans had started trooping into the Eko Hotels and Suites venue of the 'Burna Live' concert. SaharaReporters observed that the ticketing accrediation process slowed down the pace at which fans gained entrance into the hall. By 9pm, the hall was still scanty as fans were still outside accrediting their ticket passes. At 12am when SaharaReporters stepped into the hall,...

Christmas Fiesta And Why Gov. Ortom Must Apologize To The Fulanis By Prince Enenche

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It is becoming clearer by the day to every Benue indigene and Nigerians, Gov. Samuel Ortom’s hypocritic content, politicization and commercialization of the herders killings in Benue state.  The death of every Nigerian or human being is condemnable. But where some persons embalm it with political interests to fester their ambitions is also unacceptable. But what has hit consistently hard in the much publicized herders and farmers clashes in Benue state is Gov. Ortom’s shadowy manipulations or outright sponsorship of the killings to veil his leadership deficiency in the four years of governing the state. The Governor has designed it to hoodwink unsuspecting indigenes of the state into blindly voting him for a second term in 2019. Therefore, Ortom has devoted much energy i

Otedola To Sell Forte Oil Shares, Exit Fuel Business​

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The Chairman of Forte Oil Plc, Mr Femi Otedola, has announced his decision to sell all his shares in the firm’s downstream business. This is coming more than three years after the firm sold 17 per cent of its equity to a Swiss oil trading firm. Forte Oil disclosed on Monday the divestment by its majority shareholder in a notice signed by its General Counsel, Mr Akinleye Olagbende. The notice read in part, “Forte Oil Plc hereby notifies the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Securities and Exchange Commission, shareholders and the investing community that its majority shareholder, Mr Femi Otedola, has reached an agreement with the Prudent Energy team, investing through Ignite Investments and Commodities Limited, to divest of his full 75 per cent direct and indirect shareholding in the c

A Week After Killing 20 In Zamfara, Bandits Kill Another 17 In Fresh Onslaught

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The remains of four residents killed by armed bandits at Nassarawa Gödel, being prepared for burial in the community in Zamfara State The remains of four residents killed by armed bandits at Nassarawa Gödel, being prepared for burial in the community in Zamfara State Daily Trust Armed bandits have launched an atack on Magami community in Faru District of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State, leaving no fewer than 17 people dead. Just last week, more than 20 people were killed in attacks on communities in Birnin Magaji. In yet another incident, the Nigeria Police Force lost 16 officers in an ambush by bandits in Zamfara, which occurred on Thursday, November 29, 2018. See Also CRIME Police: 16 Officers Killed In Zamfara Ambush 0 Comments 2 Weeks Ago Accord

We’ll Report Amosun, Okorocha Candidates To INEC For Fraud – Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says the APC will take action against the parties using President Muhammadu Buhari’s photographs for their campaigns. Oshiomhole said this on ‘The Platform’, a programme on TVC on Saturday while reacting to the crisis in the party’s chapters in Ogun and Imo states. He said the APC would write a letter of complaint to the Independent National Electoral Commission on the matter. The governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun  and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, had said they would continue to support Buhari but would work against the governorship candidates of the APC in their states. Both governors were prevented from fielding their preferred candidates in the 2019 governorship

Kashamu To PDP: Negotiate With Us Or Forget Ogun State

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The Senator representing Ogun East senatorial District and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, has declared that it is either the National Working Committee of the party negotiates with his faction of the party or there will be nothing for them in 2019 elections. Kashamu, who took a swipe at the PDP’s national headquarters for taking sides in the internal crisis in the Ogun State chapter of the party, boasted that despite the Court of Appeal’s verdict, he remained the party’s candidate in the state. He said the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Ibadan, which set aside an order by the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, which favoured his faction, had nothing to do with his candidature and flag bearer of the party. The Senator w

Badeh’s Driver Alive And Recuperating Well, Says NAF

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CDS Alex Badeh CDS Alex Badeh The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has discounted reports that the driver of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), is dead. Badeh was shot by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday night on his way back from his farm. There had been reports that his driver was shot alongside him, but NAF has described such information as false. According to a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF's Director of Public Relations and Information, the driver is alive and recuperating well at an one of the Air Force's hospitals. The statement also disputed claims that Badeh wasn't provided security, noting that the former CDS "has always been provided with the full compliment of personal staff and security personnel commensurate with...

Why APGA As A Political Party Must Not Die (1) By Law Mefor

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is a child of a peculiar circumstance and that peculiarity clearly reflects in its sloganeering. ‘APGA bu nke anyi’; or, ‘Nkea bu nke anyi’ has a very long history, which appears lost in long use as clichés. These slogans deeply resonate with the philosophy behind the formation of the Party between 2002 and 2003.Let us do a bit of historical tour de force. Those who were around and active in the buildup to the military hand over and enthronement of the current democratic dispensation in 1999, would agree that the PDP primaries was contrived and Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme manipulated out in the process. In a predetermined manner, the party’s presidential ticket was handed Olusegen Obasanjo. It was such a painful experience for some

EXPOSED: Bakassi Boys, The Militia Group Being Bred By Gov Yahaya Bello

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An investigation into a petition written by the Natasha Akpoti Campaign Organization, and submitted to the Inspector General of Police and the Department of State Services, has unravelled the grooming of a militia group called the 'Bakassi Boys' by Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State, through the Sole Administrator of Okehi Local Government Area, Ohiare Abdulraheem. The investigation revealed that the militia group, known as 'Bakassi Boys', are about 50 in number, and imported into Kogi Central. Some Ebira boys who are in charge of showing them the terrain are currently lodged at the Okehi Local Government Administrator's Quarters, as well as that of Adavi Local Government Area. According to the investigation, the group has been responsible for renewed political violence, intimida...