Evans changes plea, pleads not guilty

Evans, whose real name is Chukwudumem Onwuamadike, whose kidnapping exploits shook the foundation of society, today pleads not guilty to charges leveled against him, which includes but is not limited to conspiracy and kidnapping.He is facing 52 charges in 14 different cases in courts in Lagos and Edo States. The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, led the prosecution of the first arraignment. According to him,Evans  and his team, including those at large, committed the offenses between February 14 and April 12, 2017.In in his earlier appearance…

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Buhari’s integrity rating hits an all time low.

Integrity, which was a reference point of President Muhammadu Buhari has reached an all time low as knocks on his anti corruption war is being reduced to personal vendetta and war against opposition on a daily basis. All his lieutenants caught n the web of scandal and financial recklessness has been shielded one way or the other, and blames heaped on past governments even in the face of glaring incompetence around him. The latest of these was the Baru_Kachikwu feud, which was an embarrassment to the government. Minister of state…

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Buhari aproves pension for Biafran veterans

Forty-seven years after the end of the Nigerian civil war, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved payment of pensions to Veterans-soldiers, policemen and paramilitary personnel who were involved in the civil war. Many of them, who were youths during the war, were either already dead or ageing. The veterans, who were dismissed from service after the civil war that lasted between 1967 and 1970, and whose dismissal was commuted to retirements in the year 2000,will begin receiving their pensions by 20th of October 2017. It is not clear how this is…

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Stampede in South east over military vaccination

The army claim that they are on medical mission to effect vaccination in the South east has bred panic and controversies within the region culminating in panic withdrawal of children from school in the south east. The army had besieged schools and demanded immediate vaccination of pupils and secondary students without consent from their parents and taking most school authorities by surprise.This was days after the army raided Nnamdi Kanu’s house claiming they are looking for weapons, an act that the banned Indigenous People of Biafra saw as an avenue…

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Aishah Ahmad becomes Deputy CBN Governor

In a not so surprising move, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the name of Aisha Ahmad to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Deputy Governor of the central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. However, the appointment has come with its own baggage of controversies. For one, the rapid promotions from AGM of Diamond bank to full fledged Director in the same Bank and appointment as Deputy CBN Governor all on the same day. This was contained in an anonymous post that alleged that the newly appointed Deputy Governor has his…

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Ibe Kachukwu letter sparks controversy

With the current trending letter of the Minister of state , Ibe Kachikwu,anti corruption war of the present All Progressives Congress government appears to have taken a hard knock in recent times as reports of financial recklessness inundate the media space. From the scandal of the former Secretary General of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal,who allegedly used N270 million to clear the grass at the Internally Displaced People’s, IDP, camp by awarding the contract to his own private firm against civil service rules; to the chief of Staff, Mallam Abba…

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Hurricanes, quakes in increasing intensity

Angry nature has continued to ignore the seeming helplessness of the civilized world to protest man’s degradation of the earth surface through hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. This time, the continuous pummeling of the American coastline continues with Hurricane Maria, a tropical storm that moves with increasing anger across the Caribbean. from a category two storm, it continued to increase in intensity until it has currently been designated as Category 5. Puerto Rico saw the fury firsthand in what the governor described as a potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit the…

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When a (Military) Python dances on its tail

The Operation python dance by the Nigeria Military has moved to the home of the Indigenous people of Biafra’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Recently, the there was altercations between the IPOB members and the Nigerian Army when the Army claimed that they were parading their newly acquired Armored vehicles in a “show of force”. Reports indicated that this resulted in confrontations with sticks and machete wielding youths and the soldiers who , according to the military high command, shot into the air and dispersed the crowd. In the process some were…

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The Rage Of Nature

Nature seem to rage at humans as rains unleash flood all over the world with devastating consequences By Uche Mbah Its a monster. It is deadly. It is a Hurricane. Its in a rage. It is Irma. The purr of Irma touched down at the Florida Keys in a rage, battering the Peninsula with 145mph gusts. It flooded downtown Miami, battering the die hard stay-backs-as for example, st. Petersburg, where many refused to leave- after millions were ordered to evacuate.It left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, and according…

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Hate Speech and the politics of quit notice

Quick notice has become a current political buzzwords, usually preceded by hate speech, but will Nigeria survive the current impasse? By Uche Mbah Baring last minute hitches resulting from public outcry and possibly international frowns, the Nigerian government is poised to join the league of countries intolerant to criticisms and freedom of expression if they finally ratifies the proposed legislation to criminalize criticism in the name of hate speech. “Hate speech” took center stage in Nigerian lexicon in the after mat of the Biafran agitation, spearheaded by Nnamdi Kanu and…

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Corruption: Buhari’s Government takes the Oscar

Former president Goodluck Jonathan seem to have been vindicated by the National Bureau of Statistics recently when they released figures indicating that Over N400 billion was paid out to public officials as bribes in Nigeria between June 2015 and May 2016. The report said that bribes taken by Judicial officers and law enforcement agents. Jonathan, in a statement during the non-elective convention of the peoples democratic Party, PDP, alleged that more corruption going on in Nigeria now than during his own administration. The statement immediately became mired in controversy, with…

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Brickbats over PDP performance

Since the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, concluded their recent convention,arrows have been flying without restraint between the Party defenders and the All Progressives Congress, APC representatives. The feud, inspired by the speech delivered on the occasion by former President Good luck Jonathan, promises to be the be all and end all of most propaganda statements by the ruling party. Jonathan, in a speech at the Party’s Convention, articulated the achievements of PDP under his watch. He also claimed that corruption is worse under the current administration than during his tenure.…

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North Korea and the ‘Fire and fury’ threat by Trump

After diplomatic hide and seek, threats and counter threats, the spectare of nuclear Holocaust has suddenly become real. With recent reports that North Korea has been able to build a nuclear warhead miniaturized enough to fit into the head of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the walls built around the possibility of attack on the United States crumbled into a ruin of uncertainties.With recent United Nations Sanctions stoking more tensions, the question now is no longer if but when the escalating hostilities will result in direct confrontations.On North Korea’s current trajectory,…

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Charly Boy vs Buhari: Nigeria at a Crossroads

Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, the weird “Lord of the Bikes” who decided that Nigeria has been fooled enough, decided to organize a protest and sit in at the Unity Fountain Abuja. With as few as 20 people, he set out with banners to protest Buhari’s long stay in the United Kingdom for Medical Tourism. Some of the placards requested the President to either return and do the jog he as elected for or resign. They met policemen numbering about 200, already stationed at the fountain waiting for…

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Massacre at Ozubulu: Anger, condemnation in the land

The dastardly act of terror which resulted in the massacre of church members in Ozubulu has become , as expected, a viral story over the social media. But the major surprise is the speed with which the Anambra state Commissioner of police, Garba Bab Umar, immediately released information indicating that the massacre was orchestrated by a feud between two brother whose quarrel were drug related. “The police will locate and and prosecute the perpetrators soon”, the commissioner said. “Intelligence report/Preliminary investigation shows that the incident is as a result of…

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Makarfi’s PDP: Regrouping for 2019 presidency

Since the Supreme court Judgement in favor of the Makarfi led faction of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, activities has heightened on the hustling and repositioning for elective posts in the party. This is in preparations for a National convention that will fine tune the quest for the reclaiming of power from the ruling All progressives congress, APC. Part of the major restructuring is the selection of the National flag-bearer for the party. Already the justlings has begun. The list is endless: Ahmed Makarfi, Sule Lamido,David Mark, Donald Duke, Peter…

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Pyongyang, Trump and drumbeats of war

After fourteen missile tests in one month, North Korea has been able to test missiles that has the capability to reach the coastal areas of the United states of America.This has resulted in the US and South Korea revving up threats, threatening that “military options” are on the table against North Korea.The latest launch of the Intercontinental ballistic Missile now puts even the United States Mainland in danger should Pyongyang decide to become naughty. United states President Trump has reacted by saying that the US will take “all necessary steps”…

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Smugglers Resort To Waterways To Beat Customs Personnel To It

By Stephen Ubanna Mohammed Aliyu, the Kwara-born Comptroller of Customs at Seme Command, a border town between Nigeria and Republic of Benin, came with a mandate to suppress smuggling activities in the land border station to enhance trade facilitation and improved revenue generation for the government. Aliyu provided all the necessary logistic support for his anti-smuggling men to do the work. Unknown to him, he was dealing with another elephant he did not much about their operational strategy. The deployment of Victor Dimka, the former Comptroller of the Command and…

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Robert (Bob) Anikwe takes over information in Enugu State

The Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has apponinted Robert Ogbuagu in the Ministry of information. Ogbuagu replaces Godwin Udeuhiele, an academic who was handling the portfolio until now. The Appointment is with immediate effect. He was screened by Enugu state House of Assembly, together with two other nominees, Udidi Joseph and Donatus Ani. With this appointment, he swells the rank of professional Journalists who had held the position in Enugu state. he joins the likes of Igbonekwu Ogazimora, who was the political Editor of Hallmark Newspapers; Chuks Ugwoke, formally from…

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Osinbajo vs the Cabal: Dangerous Power play

The ongoing war between the Cabal and the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo took an eerie turn recently with the determination of the Acting president to swear in the screened and cleared Ministers. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State were screened and confirmed by the Senate in May.Since then,they have been waiting to be sworn in and participate as members of the Federal Executive council. Today, the acting President did the needful and swore them in, though their portfolios, according to him, will be determined at…

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