Submitted by James Uzondu on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 18:05
“We have a duty to stand firm against those who threaten the sovereign integrity of the Nigerian state. Our will is strong, because our faith lies in the indivisibility of Nigeria. Following recent developments in the affected states, it has become necessary for government to take extraordinary measures to restore normalcy. After wide consultations, and in exercise of the powers conferred on me by the provisions of section 305, sub-section 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I hereby declare a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. Accordingly, the Chief of Defence Staff has been directed to immediately deploy more troops to these states for more effective internal security operations. The troops and other security agencies involved in these operations have orders to take all necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists,” said President Goodluck Jonathan while declaring a state of emergency in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in a nationwide broadcast on May 14, 2013.” - By Samuel Odaudu
With the above terse words, the president had set the most decisive tone and uncompromising onslaught against the intractable bloody campaign by insurgents operating in the north eastern parts of the country. Immediately after this declaration, troops were moved to the affected states. Camps of insurgents were invaded and dislodged. The border regions of Chad and Niger Republic were liberated and normalcy is gradually returning again, at least, according to military authorities.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 12:32
The recent arms discovery in a Kano house occupied by Lebanese national raises many questions. - By Bello Fagge
The United States of America predicted that Nigeria may disintegrate in 2015. This expensive statement was some how greeted with divergent opinion. Prior to America’s wishful statement, there had been and have been religious, political and ethnic crises in the country. However, the crisis that usually gets multi-dimensional spread is religion.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 12:23
There is a new development in the nation’s security challenge but this time, it is not about the bloody and inhuman Boko Haram insurgency. There is a pervading fear among Nigerians that Hezbollah, the dreaded Lebanon-based terrorist cells, has invaded Nigeria ostensibly to attack Israeli and Western interests in the country. The large cache of arms and ammunitions being discovered and pulled out of the residence of a Lebanese business man in Kano by a team of security agents would indicate indisputable overwhelming evidence. What are their other missions? - By Osedebamen Isibor
With the declaration of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states by President Goodluck Jonathan last month, not a few Nigerians have heaved a sigh of relief. At least, if not strong enough to make them sleep with two eyes closed, it remarkably upped the ante in the government’s war against insurgency.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 17:01
From the crisis that bedevilled his Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) to his suspension by his party, the story is not a palatable for Rotimi Chibuke Amaechi. - By Mike Odiakose
This is not the best of times for the Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuke Amaechi. Last Monday Amaechi was suspended by the National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after an emergency meeting of the national leadership of the party. The party subsequently set up an 11-man investigation panel headed by respected legal luminary, Joe Gadzama, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:53
As if kismet was not done with Imo State, on Thursday May 16, 2013, tragedy struck at Umudagu Ihitte Mbieri in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State. A gigantic ancestral tree said to be over 300 years old was uprooted by heavy windstorm and 16 persons were killed in one fell swoop leaving several others injured. Remains of the dead persons, mainly women, were same night deposited at the Aladimma Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, FMC Owerri morgue, while the injured were rushed to the FMC for medical attention.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:45
Not relenting on its earlier breakthrough, the Imo State police on Thursday, May 9, 2013 came with another shocker. The Ambush Squad this time uncovered the embalmed remains of a 78 year old woman, identified as late Mrs Lucy Osigweh, who was declared missing 10 years ago, in a big cupboard in a private room suspected to be a shrine belonging to her second son, one Dr Bede Chimezie Osigweh.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:42
Imo recorded a number of weird happenings in May, leaving many of the people of the State and the rest of Nigerians perturbed. - By Athan Agbakwuru
The month of May 2013 is fast elapsing but would leave behind it an awful scar in the memory of the citizenry. This is so because of the series of horrific incidents that occurred in Imo State within the month. It all began like any other month but midway turned to a spectacular season of weird happenings that undoubtedly shook the state, the nation and perhaps the entire globe.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:23
On The Declaration Of A State Of Emergency In Borno, Yobe And Adamawa States In Order To Restore Public Order, Public Safety And Security In The Affected States Of The Federation
1. It has become necessary for me to address you on the recent spate of terrorist activities and protracted security challenges in some parts of the country, particularly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Plateau and most recently Bayelsa, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states. These unfortunate events have led to needless loss of lives and property of many innocent Nigerians including members of our security forces.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:19
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan imposed a state of emergency last Tuesday on three states in the North Eastern geopolitical zone of the country in a bold move to stem the tide of terrorism and other acts of criminalityplaying the nation. - By Danusa Ocholi
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:33
The past few days were characterised by waves of killings and destruction by gunmen in the north-eastern part of Nigeria, the inauguration of presidential amnesty committee notwithstanding. - By Samuel Odaudu