More Wives, More Misery

Ray Ekpu

By Ray Ekpu On the last International Women’s  Day, Nigerian Senators bared their minds on the issue of women in Nigeria. The views of two Senators caught my attention: Remi Tinubu and Senate Leader Ali Ndume. Mrs Tinubu, former First Lady of Lagos State, and now second term senator, urged men not only to befriend women but also to marry them. This is a reasonable advice from someone who is married. But the implicit assumption here is that all men and, indeed, all women would want to get married. It…

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Eagles Job: Who Does It Better?

Sunday Ugochukwu Oliseh

The recent outburst of NFF president on indigenous coaches reveals the dichotomy  between foreign and indigenous coaches By Akinwale Kasali Sunday Ugochukwu  Oliseh is a history maker. For the first time in the history of Nigerian football, an indigenous coach ‘red carded’ the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, without being owed a dime. The Amaju Pinnick led NFF, never saw the handwriting on the wall penultimate week ago, when the erstwhile coach of the Super Eagles ‘sacked’ the NFF. Since the resignation of Oliseh, the NFF is yet to come to…

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A Step To The Throne

Eheneden Erediauwa

Benin Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa, completes all rites as Edaeiken of Uselu and finally moves into  the Edaeiken Palace, Uselu preparatory to being enthroned as New Oba of Benin By Walid Ogunseri /Benin City Saturday March 13, 2015, was historic  in Benin City as Benin Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa, on completion of all   rites as Edaeiken of Uselu  moved into  the Edaeiken Palace, Uselu, Benin City where he will begin the journey to be crowned as the  Oba of Benin, in spite of the fact  that  official and traditional announcement…

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Fraudulent Attendants

Petrol Station attendants engage in sharp practices to short-change unsuspecting customers By Akinwale Kasali RECENTLY, Fidelis Umueze, an accountant, left his Oregun, Lagos  abode, for the day’s work with an almost empty tank. He was heading for Ayobo to catch up with a business client. The red light of the fuel indicator was blinking nonstop, but Umueze knew the quantity of fuel in his tank would take him to the next available filling station where he had hoped to fill up his tank. As he drove through the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway,…

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What They Are Budgeting

Governance in the states come under scrutiny as respective state governments churn out 2016 budgets as  parameter to kick- start their campaign promises to their people By Emmanuel Uffot As the first quarter of this year is crawls to an end, virtually all the 36 states of the federation have fulfilled their first mandatory requisite of governance, being presentation of budgets for the 2016 fiscal year. Leading the pack of states with mega budgets for 2016 as usual is Lagos state, The Centre of Excellence which remains the undisputed economic…

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‘Olorogun’ Takes A Bow

Nigerians mourn Felix Ibru, first civilian governor of Delta state By Femi Oluokun Home of Olorogun Felix Ibru has become a Mecca of sort. This followed the announcement of his death after a brief illness last week Saturday. Ibru, the first civilian governor of Delta state was aged 80. Ibru, a trained architect, began his business career with the creation of an architectural firm, Roye Ibru Associates. The firm went into partnership with Alan Vaughan-Richards and Associates to establish the firm of Ibru Vaughan and Associates (Planning Partnership). As one…

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JAMB Albatross

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is in the eyes of the storm following students’ complaints trailing this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) By Prisca Onuegbu A large number of candidates who recently wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation  Examination (UTME), gathered at the Lagos state House of Assembly, on Tuesday to protest the inconsistency in their results as released by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), controversy and deluge of complaints have been trailing  the scrapping of JAMB and resignation of its boss,  Dibu Ojerinde, a Professor. The…

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Ajimobi’s Volte Face

Pupils in Oyo State

Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s educational policy somersault creates disquiet in the state By Femi Oluokun In the 2014 West African Examinations Council, WAEC results, Oyo state performed poorly. The state came a distant 24th out of the 36 states, therefore failing to meet the national average, which was 31.29 per cent in the WAEC results. This abysmal failure means that only 19 per cent had five credits and above including English and Mathematics, while about 71% of students did not pass the exams with five credits including Maths and English. Irked…

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Sordid Business

Five year old child

A widow who was abducted and sold with her three children emerges with multiple wounds after four months By Ferdy Ibecheodo /Owerri The people of Illile village in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State have nothing much to celebrate after a member of the village and widow, Charity Odu who was abducted four months ago was rescued with one of her three children after four months of abduction from the village square. Their party was not complete because the other two children are still missing. It was also revealed…

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Janus Faced General

The double face of Alex Badeh, Nigeria’s former Defence Chief and Four Star General comes to the fore amidst scathing financial scandals By Bayo Bernard Faced with the ferocious and  more determined Boko Haram insurgency, former President GoodluckJonathan named Alex Badeh as his Defence Chief on Thursday, January 20, 2014. In the mind of the ex-president, Badeh would bring to bear his experience as one of the finest Air force officers in the country and a tested pilot, in sharpening the teeth of war on terror. On his assumption as…

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Imo’s N2Billion Controversy

Rochas Okorocha

Controversy over two billion Naira Imo state  bailout fund  rages as the  EFCC arrives Owerri to unravel the mystery By Ferdy Ibecheodo /Owerri Late last year, Imo State Government House was enmeshed in a controversy over allegations that part of the state bailout fund from the Federal Government was missing. It was then regarded as one of those speculations  from the camp of the opposition. The allegation gained weight when the state government could not pay civil servants in the state their salaries. It was also alleged that the delay…

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Who Is To Blame?

The five storey building that collapsed in Lekki.

The spate of building collapses unsettles Lagos state authorities as the question of who should be held responsible elicits worries By Chibuike Osuji A livid Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state is talking tough over the tragedy struck penultimate week at Lekki Phase II area of Lagos, when a five storey building  under construction collapsed, living on its trail, many dead and several others with various degrees of injuries. Among them were menial labourers who for months have been denied their wages by the contractor. Famished, hungry and hopeless, they…

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Rampaging Cultists

Victims of Cultism

Two Students of Abia State University, Uturu, are killed by a rampaging cult group, (The Atabo Confraternity), throwing the University into  chaos By Stan Nwachukwu /Umuahia WHEN Uche Eleazar Ikonne, a professor and new vice chancellor, Abia state University Uturu, Absu, assumed office on December 1st 2015, he vowed to change the negative stories about the University for good.  And he earnestly began a house  mopping  exercise on campus. Ikonne also declared war on students indiscipline, examination malpractices, indecent dressing and cultism ravaging the  the University. However, as the Vice…

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Docked Again

Ibinabo Fiberesima

Five years in prison looms for Ibinabo Fiberesima   as the Appeal Court upholds her sentence By Uche Mbah Beautiful actress and mother  of four  Ibinabo Fiberesima’s  journey through the legal labyrinth came to a head recently when an Appeal Court affirmed the judgement of the lower court sending her to five years in prison. This is the current climax to a case that has been proved as an emotional torture to the parties involved. Trouble for Ibinabo started eleven years ago when she veered off her lane on the Lekki-Epe…

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The Secret World of Isis Training Camps

By Hassan Hassan Hamid Ghannam’s first day  at an Islamic State (Isis)  training camp was intense. Very early on the morning of 13 August, he picked up his packed clothes and walked quickly to the main street in his village to meet three of his cousins. As with many of Isis’s young members, he did so without informing his parents. The cousins drove in a white minibus to an Isis camp at the Omar oilfield in the desert of Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor, eastern Syria. The recruiter, a distant relative who…

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Foreword By Igho Akeregha-Editor

LAST week, the editorial board of The Source had a hectic time struggling with two things. The sudden break of news that prompted  41-year-old Ibrahim Uwais, son of Nigeria’s former Chief Justice, Mohammed Uwais, to travel many miles from Nigeria to Dubai with his entire family en route Syria to join the dreaded Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, ISIS. The second challenge for us was agreeing on actually going ahead to investigate and publish the report.  The team took some time to brood over the last option to be…

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Audu Vs The EFCC

By Comfort Obi A scandalous scene played out at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, before the Hon. Justice Ademola Adeniyi. The actors were a former governor of Kogi state, Abubakar Audu, his police orderly, an Inspector, and an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Haruna Ashade. The EFCC has been after Audu formerly of the PDP, but now with the APC, over alleged corruption while in office. Like the cases involving a couple of his colleagues, his is taking eternity to…

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