...How Kaduna Court Okays Arrest Of Arewa Youths BY MSUE AZA The commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, Agyole Abeh, has declared that the warrant of arrest on Arewa Coalition youths from the court of law will be fully implemented. Speaking with LEADERSHIP in Kaduna, Abeh, simply said:" Any warrant of arrest from a court will be carried" Recall that, the Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG) had in Kaduna issued the quit notice in June, asking Igbos to vacate the North before October 1 as they claimed their demand was in response to the secessionist stance of some pro-Biafran groups, like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Kaduna State government had condemned the quit notice and ordered the arrest of those signatories to the declaration :“The Kaduna state government took exception to the fact that the ‘northern youths’ did their irresponsible press conference in Kaduna,” he said. Our correspondent who obtained the details of Kaduna...
...Issue 14-Day Ultimatum To Oil Firms, Others BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA No fewer than 97 oil producing and host communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State have decried the refusal of the Federal Government and oil companies operating in the area to bring development to the communities. This is as they issued a 14-day ultimatum to oil companies operating in the area, including the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPNG), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Addax Petroleum Development Company, and others to relocate their headquarters to the area. Chairman of ONELGA Host Communities Stakeholders Forum, Chief Nelson Ekperi, who addressed a press conference at Omoku on Wednesday, requested the Rivers and Federal Government to produce a blue print to develop the area into a mega city. Ekperi said communities in the area are also demanding for the dualization of the Ahoada-Omoku-Ebocha-Egbema Road with street light, insisting that only...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Coalition of Indigenous Associations (CFCTIA), have described as lopsided, the recent appointments made by the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello into his administration. Saying only 2 out of the 16 are natives of FCT. A statement signed by the secretary general to the coalition, Barr Christopher Dada, which was made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday frowned that the minister did not find any FCT native worthy and competent enough to be appointed into top positions in the FCT administration. Dada maintained that the coalition, which is a conglomerate of the various FCT indigenous associations, believes and considers the nature and manner of the appointments by the minister as anti-FCT natives, because only two out of the 16 appointments were given to the natives. He noted that in previous administrations in the FCT, especially the immediate past administration, the FCT natives were more and considerably carried...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has called on the Federal Government to take a critical look at the recruitment processes of security agencies to mitigate alleged issues of human rights abuses by security operatives. Wike made the call on Tuesday when the Presidential Investigating Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligation and Rules of Engagement, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt. The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, expressed the hope that the panel will fashion out a sustainable mechanism to deal with issues of human rights abuses by security agencies. He stated that it is unfortunate that across the country there have been alleged cases of brutality and human rights abuses by security agencies because of the activities of a few bad eggs, noting that in Rivers State the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has...
BY OMONU YAX-NELSON, Abuja As the Federal Capital Territory Authority  strives to lighten up Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, investigations carried out by LEADERSHIP revealed that Prostitutes, street urchins and vandals are working round the clock to ensure 'operation light up' Abuja project ends in futility. LEADERSHIP gathered that the prostitutes are a versed to street lights because, their patrons, who are men of means are weary of been seen when coming to pick up their clients. The investigation also revealed that, to avoid bad market, prostitutes are said to be enlisting the services of competent electricians to tamper with street lights by removing the transformer fuse, once it is time for their trade. Sources at electrical department of FCDA who pleaded anonymity, gave account to LEADERSHIP, of how he uncovered the nefarious activities of women of night trade. “There was a time power failure on Augustus Aikhomu Street became alarming. I decided to...
The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma has endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for reelection in 2019, saying that the governor deserves a second term because of his commitment to peace, good governance, love for the poor masses and development of the Church. Archbishop Chukwuma made the endorsement during his sermon at the Centenary Anniversary of the Anglican Church in Nkanuland, which was attended by Gov. Ugwuanyi, the former Governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo and his wife, Patricia, among other dignitaries. He commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the good works he is doing in Enugu State and his uncommon leadership style that has restored peace, unity and good governance in the state, declaring that his re-election is “assured and not contestable” urging all other political parties including the All Progressives Congress (APC) to shelve party leanings to...
The 2017 African Arts and Crafts Expo (AFAC), hosted in Abuja which showcased the rich cultures of different African countries has come and gone but its memories will linger. Stellamaries Amuwa, writes on what the event had on offer. Call it a successful exposition or better still culture at its best with the 10th edition of the Africa Arts and Crafts expo (AFAC). Tagged: ‘Nigerian Crafts, the Untapped Treasure,’ and organized by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), it officially began on September 5, 2017, and ended after an eventful two weeks of art and culture exposition. The event featured not less than 150 exhibitors from about 20 Nigerian states and some foreign countries. African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo as conceived in 2008 by the National Council for Arts and Culture, was borne out of the need to recapture the spirit of culture and tourism as well as...
BY MATTHIAS NWOGU, Umuahia The Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in Abia State, Mrs. Francisca Ifon has denied reports in the social media that she directed corps members to leave the state on account of insecurity. Mrs Ifon debunked the allegation, saying all corps members in the state are on ground. She said those that are not around at the moment obtained permission to travel, even as she explained that a lot of corps members applied based on the extant law of the NYSC due to closure of schools and momentary stoppage of the Community Development Service (CDS) and not on account of insecurity. Ifon who said she did not know the source of the report, said Abia is absolutely safe and calm and that there is no reason whatsoever to ask any corps member to leave the state. She assured the corps members that there is no cause for...
By Andrew Essien Leaders cutting across various youth groups and ethnic nationalities across Nigeria have renewed their commitment to a united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting held on Thursday in Abuja, they sought a Nigeria where the rights of all citizens to live peacefully in any part of the country were guaranteed. The youth leaders also re echoed the assurance issued by the coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) to the Igbos and other ethnic groups resident in the northern part of Nigeria of the safety of their lives and property and the guarantee that they reserved the right to pursue their legitimate businesses and livelihood without fear. In a communiqué signed by N. A. Shariff and 10 others, titled “Towards Social Cohesion and National Unity”, they added that all Nigerians have the moral duty to be their brother’s keeper in all parts and affairs...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has described as wild allegation, the claim by the Federal Government that members of opposition in the country are those sponsoring the disbanded Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). This is as he said it will be dangerous for the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria if the clamour for political restructuring, fiscal federalism, state police, guarantee for free and fair election are ignored. Wike spoke on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital while declaring open the 13th All Nigeria Editors' Conference (ANEC) of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE). The governor said, "Nigerians of goodwill must therefore urge leadership of the country to stop fanning the embers of disharmony and division in the polity with its irresponsible utterances and wild allegations against members of the opposition political party, to the fact saying that opposition is the one sponsoring IPOB. "Then you see; who are those...