Thursday, September 20, 2018

Femi Owolabi

    Soldiers storm Rivers police station over colleague’s death

Soldiers storm Rivers police station over colleague’s death

Aggrieved soldiers stormed Rumukpakani police station in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, on Thursday over the death of one of their colleagues.A resident told TheCable that a policeman opened fire on a soldier after a heated argument.Two soldiers who lodged at a hotel in Rumukpakani were said to have gone in search of food in the community.The soldiers were said [...]

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    Fayemi wins Ekiti APC governorship primary

Fayemi wins Ekiti APC governorship primary

Kayode Fayemi, minister of solid minerals, has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Ekiti.The former governor of the state secured the most votes in the rescheduled exercise held on Saturday.Fayemi took a total of 941 votes, which put him a mile ahead of other aspirants.Tanko Al-Makura, governor of Nasarawa state and chairman of the committee overseeing [...]

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    ‘I don’t want to be associated with a mess’ — Ojudu withdraws from Ekiti guber race

‘I don’t want to be associated with a mess’ — Ojudu withdraws from Ekiti guber race

Babafemi Ojudu, an adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on political matters, has withdrawn from the Ekiti state governorship race.Ojudu was one of the aspirants in the inconclusive All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary on Saturday, May 5.He announced his withdrawal during a press conference on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.Ojudu said he did not want to be associated with [...]

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    Ekiti PDP primary: Olujimi steps down for Adeyeye

Ekiti PDP primary: Olujimi steps down for Adeyeye

Abiodun Olujimi, an aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party ((PDP) governorship primary election in Ekiti state, has stepped down for Dayo Adeyeye, a former minister.Olujimi, a serving senator, announced this shortly before the commencement of voting at Eagle Hall, Ado Ekiti, venue of the primary election."For the benefit of our party, I offer myself and I transfer my structure to [...]

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    Abacha Loot: Adeosun blocks $17m dubious payment to Malami’s lawyers

Abacha Loot: Adeosun blocks $17m dubious payment to Malami’s lawyers

Kemi Adeosun, the minister of finance, has refused to approve the payment of $16.9 million dubious fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha loot worth $321 million, TheCable can report.Meanwhile, TheCable has confirmed that the recovered sum has been repatriated to Nigeria by the Swiss government following the execution of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two [...]

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    PHOTOS: Benue holds mass burial for those killed by herdsmen

PHOTOS: Benue holds mass burial for those killed by herdsmen

Thousands of Benue residents gathered at the IBB Square in Makurdi, the state capital on Thursday to witness the burial of victims of herdsmen killings.Tears flowed freely as people placed curses on the killers.An official told TheCable that the victims would be buried at Adeke village in Makurdi.TheCable reporter counted 61 coffins but a source said 74 graves had been [...]

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    Two people burnt alive at new ‘ritualists’ den’

Two people burnt alive at new ‘ritualists’ den’

Two suspects have been burnt alive at a spot believed to be used by ritualists in Ile-Zik, close to Ikeja, capital of Lagos state.Three suspects were arrested after security operatives raided the place on Thursday evening.Shoes belonging to male and female and other belongings of likely victims were found in the place, which also had parts of human beings concealed in [...]

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    Violence breaks out in Odi-Olowo LCDA, electoral materials hijacked

Violence breaks out in Odi-Olowo LCDA, electoral materials hijacked

Suspected thugs have taken over some polling units in Odi-Olowo local council development area of Lagos state.Security agencies had marked the LCDA as a flashpoint.A witness at Adegbite area of the council told TheCable that the suspects chased away voters at unit 031 and hijacked the electoral materials.“I came down here to exercise my rights. We were patiently waiting in [...]

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    Voters, LASIEC officials stranded as flood takes over parts of Yaba

Voters, LASIEC officials stranded as flood takes over parts of Yaba

An early morning downpour in parts of Yaba local council development area (LCDA) of Lagos state has left electoral officials and voters in Saturday's local government election confused.Some residents are currently trapped in their homes as a result of flood. One of the areas affected by the flood is Oyadiran estate in Sabo, Yaba.Although voting process was supposed to commence [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: School feeding lasts for only 10 days in Zamfara — and the pupils are begging for more

INVESTIGATION: School feeding lasts for only 10 days in Zamfara — and the pupils are begging for more

The National Homegrown Feeding Programme was launched in 2016 to, among other ideals, improve school enrolment and reduce child labour. What impact has it had so far? Are the goals being met? What are the hindrances? FEMI OWOLABI tours seven local government areas of Zamfara for an on-the-ground assessment of the programme. His findings provoke both cheers and jeersReport HighlightsFeeding [...]

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    The blight on humanity and the resilience of a people: The Maiduguri reality (4)

The blight on humanity and the resilience of a people: The Maiduguri reality (4)

“I want these things to get to the people we actually brought them for,” I tell Jack and J-Force as we exchange ideas on how to move the relief materials to any of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.“That's true,” Jack says, telling of cases where camp government officials who receive relief materials, turn them in for their own use.“It [...]

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    The blight on humanity and the resilience of a people: The Maiduguri reality (3)

The blight on humanity and the resilience of a people: The Maiduguri reality (3)

“This is Israel, he has finished his youth service, but he chose to retain himself here in Borno.” It is J-Force telling me about the slim young man walking towards us and smiling like one with no worries.“Borno of all places?!” I raise an eyebrow at Israel as we shake hands.“Well,” he says with a shrug, “anywhere God puts you, [...]

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    The blight on humanity and the resilience of a people: The Maiduguri reality (2)

The blight on humanity and the resilience of a people: The Maiduguri reality (2)

DOGGEDNESS AND BOLDNESS "I sent you a message via Facebook inbox. When you get to Welcome To Maiduguri, call this line so that I can come and wait and pick you up with my car to your destination."We were approaching Potiskum, when my phone network got one bar and I was able to receive that message. It was from J-Force, the [...]

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    The blight on humanity and the resilience of a people: The Maiduguri reality (1)

The blight on humanity and the resilience of a people: The Maiduguri reality (1)

On the road to Maiduguri. “Maiduguri? To do what?!” My neighbour screams, when, walking by my room, she sees me arranging my shirts in a bag; and upon asking, I tell her where I am off to.“Why would you want to kill yourself?” she asks, casting an unpleasant gaze at me.Maiduguri, Nigeria’s north-east Borno State capital, has been tagged as the [...]

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