Chinedu Asadu

    Police invite CAN officials who led protest to Plateau govt house

Police invite CAN officials who led protest to Plateau govt house

The Plateau police command has invited for questioning leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who led a protest to the government house. Markus Kanda, chairman of the youth group of CAN in the state, was among the invited officials. Kanda told TheCable on Thursday that he visited the command headquarters alongside other officials involved in the protest. He said they were [...]

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THE INSIDER: Why IGP reinstated Plateau police commissioner after 24 hours

In the wake of the attack in three local government areas in Plateau, Udie Adie, the state commissioner of police, was removed. Adie was immediately replaced by Bala Ciroma, who was a deputy commissioner of police, criminal investigation and intelligence department, at the force headquarters in Abuja. But surprisingly Adie was reinstated within 24 hours. In a statement, Terna Tyopev, the police spokesman in [...]

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    PDP declares seven days of mourning over killings

PDP declares seven days of mourning over killings

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared seven days of mourning for victims of incessant killings across the country. Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, who announced this on Wednesday, said the party's flags in all its offices and formations would be flown at half-mast during the period. The party expressed particular concern over Saturday attack in Plateau state, which left about 100 persons [...]

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    Protesters troop to Plateau govt house over killings

Protesters troop to Plateau govt house over killings

Hundreds of protesters stormed the Plateau state government house on Wednesday, accusing Simon Lalong, the governor, of failing in his duties. The protesters, comprising the youth group of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), youth and women groups, condemned the recent attack in the state. Suspected herdsmen attacked three local government areas of the state on Saturday night. While residents said over [...]

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    EXTRA: Abaribe displays book on ‘Dirty Politics’ in court

EXTRA: Abaribe displays book on ‘Dirty Politics’ in court

When he appeared at a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday, Enyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia north, displayed a book that has a meaning beyond the surface. Clutched in his hands was the book titled 'Dirty Politics: Deception, Distraction and Democracy', written by Kathleen Jamieson, an American author. In what looked like he was showcasing the book to the cameras, the [...]

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    IGP removes Plateau police commissioner after mass killing

IGP removes Plateau police commissioner after mass killing

A new police commissioner has been posted to Plateau state, two days after many were killed in the state. A statement issued Tuesday from the state police command said Bala Ciroma, the new commissioner, will be taking over from Undie Adie with immediate effect. Suspected herdsmen had attacked three local government areas in the state during the weekend. According to residents over 100 [...]

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    Shehu Sani wants victims of ‘mindless killings’ buried close to Aso Rock

Shehu Sani wants victims of ‘mindless killings’ buried close to Aso Rock

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central district, says victims of "mindless killings" should be buried in the three arms zone in Abuja. The zone is where the three arms of government — Aso Rock (the presidential seat of power), national assembly and courts — are situated. Commenting via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, the senator said burying the victims "close to the [...]

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    After meeting with Atiku, Kwankwaso visits Fayose — is defection on the horizon?

After meeting with Atiku, Kwankwaso visits Fayose — is defection on the horizon?

Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano, met with Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, in Ado Ekiti on Monday. A statement from Idowu Adelusi, Fayose's chief press secretary, quoted both men as advocating for a peaceful conduct of the July 14 governorship election in the state. Details of what was discussed during the meeting were not revealed but the development comes three days [...]

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    Boko Haram still a major threat to peace in Nigeria, says EU

Boko Haram still a major threat to peace in Nigeria, says EU

The European Union says Boko Haram insurgency remains a major threat to peace and security in the north-east. Stefania Marrone, head of regional cooperation, European Union delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said this in Abuja on Monday at the opening of a three-day workshop organised for journalists by the ECOWAS Commission. Marrone also said acts [...]

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    Miyetti Allah denies statement on Plateau killings (updated)

Miyetti Allah denies statement on Plateau killings (updated)

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says it did not describe the attacks on some communities in Plateau state as an act of retaliation. Suspected herdsmen attacked Riyom, Barakin Ladi and Jos south local government areas of the state on Saturday. Residents said over 100 persons were killed in the incident while the police confirmed 86 casualties. According to The [...]

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    Nnamdi Kanu’s co-defendants granted bail

Nnamdi Kanu’s co-defendants granted bail

A federal high court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to four defendants being tried alongside Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The defendants are Benjamin Madubugwu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, national coordinator of IPOB; Bright Chimeze, and David Nwawuisi — all IPOB members. They are facing trial on three-count charge bothering on treasonable felony. The defendants were being tried alongside [...]

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    Be ready for constructive criticism, Secondus tells Oshiomhole

Be ready for constructive criticism, Secondus tells Oshiomhole

Uche Secondus, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has congratulated Adams Oshiohmole, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). On Saturday, Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state, was unanimously elected as the ruling party chairman. In a statement on Monday, Secondus expressed hope that Oshiomhole's emergence would deepen democracy in the country. The statement issued by Ike Abonyi, Secondus’ spokesman, read: [...]

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    Some of us don’t have transportation fare to leave Abuja, say victims of CCECC scholarships ‘hijacked’ by government officials

Some of us don’t have transportation fare to leave Abuja, say victims of CCECC scholarships ‘hijacked’ by government officials

Some meters away from the main gate of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Chidera Uli laid on the bare floor, with his backpack sitting just beside him. It's 4:10pm but Uli had been in that position since morning. Alongside applicants from different parts of the country, Uli had gone to Abuja to apply for a foreign scholarship programme by [...]

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    CLOSE-UP: Oshiomhole, the comrade taking APC into 2019 battle

CLOSE-UP: Oshiomhole, the comrade taking APC into 2019 battle

On Saturday, Adams Oshiomhole was confirmed as the new national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) — a development which didn't come as a surprise to many. The former Edo state governor was unopposed and had been endorsed by the high and mighty in the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari. Moreover, the 6,800 delegates that elected Oshiomhole at the party's national [...]

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    nPDP crisis, fallout of congresses — five issues APC ought to have resolved before convention

nPDP crisis, fallout of congresses — five issues APC ought to have resolved before convention

The elective national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is hours away. The exercise comes less than eight months to the 2019 elections. Despite attempts to create the impression that all is well, the party is going into the convention more divided than it has ever been. Enmeshed with tales of factions, fears of defection and bottled-up grievances.Whether the party [...]

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    Presidency fires back: N’assembly got N270bn but still distorted the budget

Presidency fires back: N’assembly got N270bn but still distorted the budget

The presidency has taken another swipe at the national assembly over the 2018 budget, accusing the lawmakers of not being contended with the N170 billion funds for constituency projects. Reacting to the national assembly’s claims that alterations in the budget were justifiable, the presidency said it is surprised the lawmakers were cutting allocations of national projects, despite having “enough”. While signing the [...]

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