By Valentine Okonkwo “Falsehood flies and the truth comes, limping after it. As a lie travels around the globe, the truth is putting on its shoes. Falsehood will fly, as it were, on the wings of the wind, and carry its tales to every corner of the earth, while truth lags behind; her steps, though sure, are slow and solemn, and she has neither vigour nor activity to pursue and overtake her enemy. However, truth prevails at the end. The hand can never cover the light of the moon” The above quote summarizes the ordeal of Hajiya Maimuna Aliyu and family. This hitherto unknown ex-banker had remained unknown until the 2nd day of August 2017 when her name was announced by the Presidency as one of the nominees for the Board of Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC). It is no longer news that the Presidency stood down her...
By Abdullahi Haruna - The magical disappearance, reappearance and clandestine reinstatement and promotion of a fugitive ex-Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina has recently generated an unprecedented uproar within the social and conventional media enclaves. In fact, the pandemonium created a triangular conundrum of some sort. At one end of the triangle is the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami. At the other ends are Mrs. Winfred Oyo-Ita and Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), the Head of Service of the Federation and Minister of Interior, respectively. In the last couple of weeks, the Nigerian media arena has been drenched with accusations and counter accusations on who reinstated the Abdulrasheed Maina to public service. It has been a seemingly interminable jostling between truth and falsehood; a combat between those who believe in the rule of law and those who believe in the jungle justice....
By Juliana Agbo, Abuja Nigerian youths have been advised to shun every temptation of electoral violence during the forth coming 2019 general election. He advised them to avail themselves for nation building initiatives which would improve the living standard of Nigerians. He made the call in Abuja by the National Chairman of National Liberation Forum (NLF), Engr. Haleem Hassan, while meeting with interim members of the National Executives Councils, who would pilot the affairs of the organisation in Nigeria. Hassan lamented that the violence recorded in most parts of Nigeria are as a result of youth engaged by selfish politicians, who armed them with guns and other weapons to perpetrate violence during elections, and abandoning them when they win their elections. According to Hassan, with the menace the youths are facing in the hands of Nigeria political leaders, that is why the National Liberation Forum (NLF) has come with the gospel of youth transformation...
BY BAYO AMODU, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said she will never succumb to blackmail by some vested interests over her recent suspension of the embattled director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Gwarzo. Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, Adeosun, who did not disclose the vested interests she claimed were blackmailing her, described Gwarzo’s claims   that his suspension was due to his refusal to stop the forensic audit of Oando Plc as baseless because she approved the audit of Oando. The minister also said the federal government had not ordered a halt to the investigation of Oando after Gwazo’s suspension, adding that  the point was also made clear to the new SEC leadership that the audit must continue. She wondered why some interests were trying to hang Gwarzo’s suspension on her opposition to the same audit which she approved. “This can be...
By Ibe Uwaoma The good people of Anambra Central Senatorial District heaved a sigh of relief following the Independent National Electoral Commission’s decision to conduct the long awaited vacant senatorial seat in the zone on Saturday 13th January, 2018, as ordered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division in its judgement delivered by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson on 20th November, 2017. The three-member panel of the Appeal Court headed by Justice Akomolafe-Wilson dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party, United Progressive Party and Mega Progressive Peoples Party’s preliminary objections and submission on the issue of the appellants’ (Chief Victor Umeh and All Progressives Grand Alliance) and ordered INEC to conduct the rerun within 90 days. In compliance with the order of court, INEC issued a statement signed by its National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education, Mohammed Kudu Haruna that, “The Commission has considered all the circumstances surrounding the election, particularly the 90-day time frame ordered by the Court of Appeal; the demand’s for preparing adequately for the election,...

SARS: The Untold Story

By Muhammad Baba Busu There is no doubt, policing is a complex job the world over. This is because every action the police personnel take at any point in time attracts different interpretations by different people. Police are also part of organizations in the world that have more enemies than friends. In fact, a friend to the police today may tomorrow become the enemy because of vested interest. The recent campaign in the social media calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, has attracted mixed feelings. This is because, while many others have had sour encounter with personnel of the unit, others or their relations have, at one time or the other, been rescued from either kidnappers or deadly armed robbers by the officers of the SARS unit. SARS is a special unit of the Nigeria Police Force which was specifically created...

Much Ado About Dalung

By Nneka Ikem Anibeze I was still at the Diete Spiff Civic Center in Port Harcourt trying to post a video of my Principal's speech when a colleague approached me. "Is there any part of the speech made by the Minister today that you wouldn't want me to put out in the public? I chuckled to myself and told him that I had done a live streaming of his speech and so had others too who came for the maiden Wike National Championship in Port Harcourt Rivers state. The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung is a news man's delight any day. If you catch him in his elements, he'll leave your ribs vibrating with laughter. His proverbs are original... some only heard of from him. He won't grant an interview without dropping three or four proverbs. That's vintage Dalung for you! Earlier, at the Diete Spiff Civic Center,  it was time for...
The use of maximum force to quell Terrorism, Extremism and Separatism (TES) the world over has been largely successful, though its deployment has not sometimes failed to attract condemnation. Research has shown that some of the reasons military operations could be adjudged as unfair and unnecessary are when there is an excessive use of force and when through human error the casualty on the civil populace is high. There could also be a backlash if the order is to serve the selfish interest of leaders and is clearly at variance with the wish of the people like when Bashar Al-Assad deployed troops in Syria to mow down innocent women and children in 2011 or when Robert Mugabe murdered almost 20, 000 in Ndebele for being against his government. But left for these few instances, military operations on the activities of these three groups have been largely welcome as they are successful and...
By Barr. Philip Ijiebor - President Muhammadu Buhari has to use his less than two more years in office to prove he’s an astute defender of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria he swore to protect, by obeying every provision of the nation’s grand norm. That includes a provision in the Nigerian Constitution with regard to a fair and even distribution of senior official positions all over the Federal Republic for him to be taken seriously. Over the years, this provision has not been made justifiable, for which a commission was actually established to pursue that purpose to the letter. The intention was to hold in check by legal means, if necessary, any tendency on the part of any one, or group of persons in power, to influence or effect the appointment of a host of people from any particular area to strategic or important positions in the country. In specific...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN ,Kaduna  The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Abubakar Saad 111 has attributed the incessant killings particularly in the North Eastern region of Nigeria to the failure on the part of government inability to discharge their duties as expected. Sultan who is the chairman of the Northern Tradition Rulers Council stated this in his remarks at the councils General Assembly which held yesterday in Kaduna. The General Assembly which had the Chairman of the 19 Northern states traditional rulers council state chairmen in attendance also had representatives of the council chairman from the South South, South West and South East. According to the Sultan, the meeting will discuss on issues affecting the people, issues of good governance at all levels, justice to all mankind. "As a Fulani leader, I am the leader of fulani's in this country, and in the west African subregion, I live with so many people and I know...