• See Photos: Wike receives Vice President to Rivers as Buhari cancels visit over assassination threat

    02/Jun/2016 // 7425 Viewers

    Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike receives Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Port Harcourt International Airport during his visit to the state to flag off the implementation of the UNEP Report

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) Reports coming in from the oil-rich Rivers State say Vice President Yemi Osibanjo was met on arrival at Port Harcourt International Airport by the Rivers State Governor  Nyesom Wike.

    Osibanjo had to go to Rivers to flag off the implementation of the UNEP Report following Buhari's aborted visit to Ogoniland after threats of  his possible  assassination reached the State House, Abuja on Thursday.

    Some militants did say they will kill President Buhari today  should he by a twist of fate step his feet in Ogoniland and in what seems like succumbing to the threat the President backed down at the eleventh hour and instead dispatch the Vice President for the exercise.

    Reason given for the sudden cancellation is to enable him attend to other important state matters.

    Below are the photos of the Vice President , Yemi Osibanjo who was met on arrival by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State at the airport of Port Harcourt.

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  • Breaking: Middle Belt opts for secession, unveils own currency

    02/Jun/2016 // 10385 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) REPORTS reaching our Paris newsroom say the predominant Christian Middle Belt Region is contemplating pulling out of the Nigerian federation as it has for the first time unveiled its own currency.

    The monetary unit of the region is the 'dollar' with Gideon Okar the leader of the botched April 22  military coup embossed on the currency.

    This is coming barely after one week the Niger Delta unveiled its national currency as the militants say pulling out of Nigeria is the only option to lay down their arms.

    Our source further have it that  covert operations are underway to formally declare the ''Federal Republic of Middle Belt'' when everything has been put in place.

    Asked to throw more light on ''when everything has been put in place'' he refused to speak further and simply said, '' ...... the world will hear from us soon''

    Recall the USA had before now predicted Nigeria's breakup in the runup to the 2015 general elections but a situation dangerously close to anarchy and armed conflict  was averted following the concesssion of defeat by  former President Jonathan. 

     

     

     


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  • ''No fees, no exam policy'' sparks off protests at Fed Poly Auchi, 100 cars destroyed

    02/Jun/2016 // 607 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) NO school fees, no exam policy by the management of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State on Thursday sparked off a demonstration which resulted in large scale destruction by the students with fury leashed on many car owners.

    No fewer than 100 cars were and properties worth millions of naira were reportedly destroyed. 

    A detachment of anti-riot policemen  deployed however helped to bring the situation under control.

    In the meantime, the school has remain closed until further notice with the ring leaders arrested by the police.

    According to our source, violence erupted when the management carried out their threats of ''no school fees, no exam'' as the first semester exams were in progress.

    The students who probably had no money to pay the fees mobilized themselves and stopped others who were writing their exams accusing them of not voicing solidarity with them.

    The resultant effect of this was none other than destruction of properties and vehicles in the premises.

     

    Some of the students who spoke to DailyGlobeWatch on condition of anonymity, said it was unfair to deny them the chance to take the exams.

    “We are protesting because the school management prevented us from writing our first-semester examination on the account that we are yet to pay our fees.

    “The school management is not fair to us and we want the policy reversed,” one of them said.

    Speaking to our reporter at Auchi, Edo State, South-South Nigeria, the Dean, School of Evening Studies, Mr. Mahmmud Garuba, condemned the   protest by the students adding that  the management had announced the “no school fees, no exam policy” prior to the commencement of the examinations.

    His words: “Those that were denied access into the examination hall were not students; as they have not registered since they claimed to have gained admission into the polytechnic.

    “Enough sensitisation was done on the “no school fees, no examination” policy by the management and for them to go on riot and destroy properties of the institution, it is unacceptable''.


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  • Ekiti elders want Fulani herdsmen placed on security watch

    02/Jun/2016 // 367 Viewers

     

    Ekiti Council of Elders has called for the enactment of a law controlling grazing in the state.

    The call followed the invasion of Oke Ako town in Ikole Local Government Area of the state on May 20 by criminals suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
    Two persons died from the attack while three others are receiving treatments in the hospital.

    The elders, who frowned on the  destruction of farmlands and killings, in spite of the high level of hospitality of the Ekiti people to the Fulani herdsmen, urged the government to resort to regulation through laws to protect the agricultural potential of the state.

    Governor Ayodele Fayose during a visit to the town had announced the banning of grazing in the state.

    Two accused persons had been arraigned and remanded by a Chief Magistrate’s court in Ado-Ekiti for their alleged role in the attack.

    He promised to send a bill to the State House of Assembly in respect to that.

    The elders advised that the people and the security agencies should keep vigil on the activities of the herdsmen to prevent sudden attacks.

    This call was contained in a memorandum titled, “Reported Illegal Anti-social Activities of Nomadic Fulani Herdsmen in Ekiti State,” and signed by the Chairman of the Council, Prof. Joseph Oluwasanmi and Standing Committee Chairman, Chief Deji Fasuan which was made available to newsmen on Thursday.

    The council stated that regulating grazing would preserve the existing peaceful co-existence between Ekiti and other ethnic nationals resident in the State.


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  • Buhari’s policies target islamisation of Nigeria – CAN

    02/Jun/2016 // 908 Viewers

     

    The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday expressed fears over some actions of President Muhammadu Buhari since he assumed office last year, alleging that he was bent on Islamising Nigeria through some policies that negate the secular nature of the country.

    The association, which addressed a news briefing where it itemised pro-Islamic policies taken since Buhari was sworn in last year, said credible apprehension was now being experienced given the policy direction of the new administration.

    Addressing journalists at a briefing attended by some South West and Ondo State branch officers, the CAN Chairman in Ondo State, Reverend John Ayo Oladapo, expressed fears that the build-up of some of the policies of the Federal Government may result in a full-blown Sharia which Buhari was alleged to have promised Muslims in Nigeria.

    Listing some of the pro-Islam policies, Oladapo said inclusion of Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia Military Coalition of “Muslim/Arab” nations would appear that the foreign policy thrust of the present administration is to make Nigeria a satellite state of Saudi Arabia.
    He said the president’s fiat and unilateral decision to enlist Nigeria in the 34-nation Muslim/Arab Coalition negated what was expected to be the priority of the president which should be strengthening of democracy and economy and security for all.

    “Given the emotive and sensitive nature of this unilateral executive decision, it should have been handled by Mr President in line with our democratic culture through popular discussion and participation by the citizenry, or at least, through the National Assembly”, he said - today.ng


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  • It's begun! House of Reps investigate alleged killing of unarmed civilians in South East

    02/Jun/2016 // 8022 Viewers

    The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated its Committee on Human Rights, National Security, and Intelligence, to investigate the alleged killing of unarmed civilians in the South East on May 30.

    The House also urged the Federal Government to review and formulate a more efficient mechanism for engaging with aggrieved persons that threaten the country’s security and territorial integrity
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    The resolution emanated from a motion moved under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by the Deputy Minority Leader, Rep. Chukwuma Onyema (PDP-Anambra), and unanimously adopted by the House.
    Onyema said the spate of extra-judicial killings by security agencies was increasing in the country.

    The lawmaker said the rights to freedom of association, expression, and peaceful assembly were enshrined in the constitution.

    According to him, the country’s dismal human rights records are largely predicated on unprovoked and forceful engagements by security agencies on unarmed civilians.

    “The rule of law and respect for rights of citizens are cardinal ingredients for the survival of our democracy and consolidation on our democratic gains’’, Onyema said.

    He held that if the high-handed engagement and extra-judicial killings were not checked, they could lead to an escalation of confrontational tendencies and resistance to the state.

    The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, therefore, mandated the committees to investigate the matter and report back within two weeks.


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  • See Photos: Ogoniland clean-up begins, Buhari pleads with militants to end attacks

    02/Jun/2016 // 1907 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) THE Federal Government has commenced the clean-up of Ogoniland . President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the clean-up while urging militants to lay down their arms and embrace peace.

    The president was represented by the Vice-President of Nigeria,  Prof. Yemi Osibanjo in Bodo, Gokhana Local Government Area of Rivers State where  inauguration of the clean-up took place.

    See photos below: 

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  • Military force not solution to N’Delta militancy – UK envoy

    02/Jun/2016 // 2647 Viewers

     

    The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, Thursday urged the Federal Government to engage in dialogue with Niger-Delta militants rather than resorting to military force.

    Arkwright, who spoke in an interview with reporters at the Ake Palace in Abeokuta‎, Ogun State, also restated the commitment of the British government towards repatriating looted funds to Nigeria.

    The diplomat was in the state on an official visit to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
     
    Speaking on the recent upsurge in militant attacks‎ resulting in destruction of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta region, the UK envoy said a comprehensive approach was needed by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to address agitation in the area.

    Arkwright explained that the comprehensive approach would include dialogue with restive youths and clean-up of communities damaged by oil exploration.

    He noted that with adequate engagement of stakeholders, various investments and business interests in the affected areas would be well secured.


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  • Cancellation of your trip to Ogoniland embarrassing – Fayose tells Buhari

    02/Jun/2016 // 8701 Viewers

     

    Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to dialogue with the Niger Delta Militants, especially the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) so as to end hostilities in the oil rich region and save Nigeria economy from imminent collapse.

    Governor Fayose said President Buhari’s failure to attend the flag-off of the Clean-Up Ogoni project today, because of threat from the Niger Delta Militants was a demonstration that the President had surrendered to the superior powers of the militants.

    It should be recalled that the NDA had warned President Buhari to stay away from the Niger Delta region if he desired to live.‎

    According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was shameful and embarrassing that President Buhari, a retired Military General could succumb to threat from militants despite that he told Nigerians that he was going to lead from the fronts.

    Governor Fayose who wondered why the President was not always interested in visiting States in the country as against his penchant for overseas trips, added that it was time that the President stopped acting like a foreign president.

    He said it was obvious that the President’s approach to civil unrests of any kind under the government was causing more security problems in the country, adding that “the President cannot afford to continue to talk tough on issues that dialogue can resolve.”
     
    The governor said; “Now that the President has surrendered to the threat and intimidation of the Niger Delta Avengers, he should emulate late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua by having a roundtable talks with the Niger Delta Militants.

    “By not going to Ogoni today, because of threat from the NDA, our president has shown that he is actually afraid of the militants and the best thing to do in a situation like this is to dialogue with the militants so as to save Nigeria economy from imminent collapse.

    “It also shows that the President’s ability to secure Nigeria and its people is suspect because if the President could succumb to threat from militants and abandon his official function for his deputy, ordinary Nigerians should seek help elsewhere.

    “The President should, therefore,  save Nigeria the agony of military misadventure in the Niger Delta by holding dialogue with the militants with a view to resolving their grievances.”

    The Governor also reiterated that “the Niger Delta region as at today is still the golden goose laying the golden egg on which all other regions are surviving,” saying; “Diversification as good as it sounds, takes time. We need to appreciate these regions as our only source of income.” - today.ng


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  • Breaking: Niger Delta Avengers blow up two more pipelines in Bayelsa!

    02/Jun/2016 // 2112 Viewers

     

    Niger Delta Avengers, the new militant group, that has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta, continued its disruption of Nigeria’s oil production with the bombing of more crude oil pipelines Thursday.

    The group announced the latest attack via its Twitter handle on Thursday evening, saying it blew up “Ogboinbiri to Tebidaba and Clough Creek to Tebidaba crude oil pipelines in Bayelsa State.”

    “At about 2:00am today @NDAvengers blew up the Ogboinbiri to Tebidaba and Clough Creek to Tebidaba crude oil pipelines in Bayelsa State.”
    The Avengers added that the latest disruption is “in line with our promise to all international oil companies and indigenous oil companies that Nigeria oil production will be zero.”

    The group did not say which oil company is operating the pipelines.
    The group’s operation had become more audacious in recent weeks as it continued to cripple Nigeria’s oil production, demanding a sovereign nation of the Niger Delta people.

    The Avengers had rejected a meeting recently convened in Abuja by the federal government, warning of its readiness to carry out an attack that will “shock the whole world”.

    “The Niger Delta stakeholder’s meeting is an insult to the people of Niger Delta. What we need is a Sovereign State not pipeline Contracts.
    “To the IOC’s, Indigenous Oil Companies and Nigeria Military. Watch out something big is about to happen and it will shock the whole world,” the group tweeted on Friday.

    Last Thursday, it claimed responsibility for an attack on a gas pipeline belonging to Chevron in Delta state.

    “We warned Chevron, but they didn’t listen. NDA just blew up the Escravos tank farm main electricity feed pipeline,” it said.
    The militants said the oil facilities were sabotaged following attempts by Chevron to carry out repairs of main Escravos crude oil pipeline it blew up earlier.

    A spokesperson for the group, Mudoch Agbinibo, had last month warned the Nigerian government of further attacks if their demands were not met.
    Two weeks ago, Chevron’s Makaraba crude oil line was attacked on the offshore Okan manifold in the region.

    The attack followed previous ones on NNPC, Agip, Shell and other major oil corporations’ facilities across the delta states and it has resulted in the loss of over 40,000 barrels of crude oil per day. - today.ng


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