2023 AND CURSES OF PHANTOM BISHOPS  By Law Mefor

Democracy is about choices and freedoms. In a pluralistic nation such as Nigeria, democracy is also about inclusivity, social justice and fairness. The latter consideration brought to bear the principle of rotation and zoning in this dispensation. The need for stability and unity has become a big issue in sustaining the ongoing democratic dispensation in a nation more sharply divided than ever before.   In order words, individual ambitions and legitimate aspirations ought to be carefully weighed side by side with these national sentiments. But the emergence of Bola Ahmed…

Gov Sani Bello appoints new Chairman for SUBEB,Director General SDGs

The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has approved the appointment of Alhaji Saidu Ibrahim (Mainan Kontagora) as the new Executive Chairman, Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). A statement issued by Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG) disclosed that the appointment of Alhaji Saidu Ibrahim to the challenging position was based on merit, proven credentials, personal integrity, and outstanding records of decades of experience. The SSG reminded the new Chairman of the policy direction of the present administration which is to…

I am ready to fight,die for Nigeria – Peter Obi

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr.Peter Obi has reiterated his undying love for Nigeria and his unalterable belief in its indivisibility.   Speaking to more than 8000 members of his foremost support group, the Peter Obi Support Network, in a virtual interactive session, he expressed confidence that Nigeria can and will come out of the woods of failed political leadership and urged everyone, especially, those in the diaspora not to relent in making their contributions to the development of Nigeria in whatever capacity they can.   Emphasizing on…

Niger Police recaptures another escaped Kuje inmate in Minna

In a continued effort to recapture escaped inmates from Kuje custodial center during the jail break, on 31st July,2022 at about 0700hrs based on a tip off, Niger state Police Command operatives attached to Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) arrested one John Ijamu aged 42yrs ‘m’ of Apa LGA, Benue State but residing along Mandela road, Minna.   The inmate was arrested in his residence in Minna and during interrogation; he confessed that he escaped from the custodial facility during the attack along with other inmates while he escaped further to…

HAJJ 2022: Niger state pilgrims urged to remain good Ambassadors 

Niger State pilgrims have been urged to remain good ambassadors of the State while in Madina. This plead was made by the Executive Secretary of the State pilgrims welfare Board, Alhaji Umar Makun Lapai while addressing pilgrims before their departure from Makkah to Madina today. The Executive Secretary maintained that the Board is satisfied with the good conduct of the pilgrims exhibited so far, therefore, he urged them to keep it up . Makun Lapai further advised the pilgrims to be very careful with activities at Madina especially money spending.He…

NAHCON, Mu’assasa again Meet on Muna Catering 

Representatives of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), led by Director Admin and Human Resources, Dr Ibrahim Sodangi, met with representatives of the Company for the Mutawwifs of Non-Arab African countries (Mu’assasa) to reconcile the Masha’ir  feeding arrangement. It would be recalled that many complaints followed this year’s feeding in Muna and Arafat that forced the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan to seek for refund for unsatisfactory services to the pilgrims. It was agreed during the discussion held on Saturday 30th July…

Kogi Govt, Chinese govt mull partnership in Nuclear Energy and other ventures. …as Gov. Bello receives Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria

China’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Qui Jian Chun has expressed that his country was passionate about exploring viable areas of partnership, keenly amongst which was interest in Nuclear Energy in Nigeria and more specifically Kogi state. Mr Chun noted that his key interest as the Ambassador was to facilitate china’s investment and also utilize China’s technology for the benefit of Nigeria and certain states like Kogi, opining that Nuclear Energy would further attract investment to the state, improve its infrastructure, tax revenue, job creation and attract vast social economic developments.…

Niger Police nabs 2 suspects for Kidnapping, Culpable homicide

Niger state police command operatives attached to Tafa Division on 30/07/2022 at about 1400hrs arrested the following two suspects; -Usman Sabiu aged 22yrs ‘m’ of Hayin-Nasarawa, Tafa and -Nafiu Umar aged 18yrs ‘m’ of same address for Kidnapping and culpable homicide The police on a reasonable suspicion arrested the suspects, sequel to a report of missing person that one Yasir Salisu aged 13yrs ‘m’ of Hayin-Nasarawa, Tafa LGA who has been missing since 29th July,2022. During a rigorous and painstaking interrogation, Usman Sabiu confessed to have conspired with Nafiu Umar…

Are terrorists now our government? By Lasisi Olagunju 

Will there be elections next year? Across the 19 northern states, tell me, apart from certain parts of Kwara and Kogi, where else will people queue on Election Day in 2023 without wearing vests of steel? Senator Shehu Sani is one big man from the North who does not know how to keep quiet. On July 21, 2022, he wrote on the social media about the siege of bandits and terrorists: “No one is safe and no one is secure. Terrorists kidnap and kill at the time and place of…

A complacent President and a docile National Assembly, by Kazeem Akintunde

The Senate rose from its long self-induced slumber last week to give a complacent President Muhammadu Buhari six weeks to wake up and tackle rising insecurity in the land or be thrown under the bus.   Some members of the upper legislative chamber led by PDP Senate minority leader, Philip Aduda, on Wednesday, raised a point of order on the floor of the Senate on the need to discuss the rising insecurity in the country, particularly the threat by terrorists to storm Abuja and kidnap President Buhari and Governor of…