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Kogi Police celebrate killing of mastermind of 19 Christian worshippers’ massacre

Lokoja – The Kogi Police Command said on Friday that the state would experience quiet and peace with the killing of the notorious serial killer, Lukman Issah a.k.a commander, on Sept. 3 at Obeiba. Lukman, according to the police, had killed six policemen and 19 Christian worshippers before he met his waterloo in an operation led by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Policemen on training “He was a vicious bloodletting, serial killer and arsonist. “In the past years, he held forth in the crime world, leaving many deaths, robberies and arson on his trail. “Countless number of uniformed personnel including policemen, soldiers and even prison officers posted to the state as well as other innocent Nigerians met their untimely death as they were murdered in cold blood by...

PANDEF remains the only authentic voice of the N/Delta—Obong Attah

FG must not deal with Militant Groups Individually Former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Victor Attah is one of the founders of the Pan Niger Delta Forum PANDEF. In this interview with OMEIZA AJAYI, he says there is no crisis of leadership in the region, and advised the Federal Government to deal with PANDEF as the umbrella body of all Niger Delta groups and communities rather than trying to engage militants individually, a move that could breed more militant groups. Excerpts: What is the genesis of the seeming disagreement between PANDEF and the Pan Niger Delta Peoples Congress PNDPC? The background is the series of articles that appeared recently talking about a possible face-off between the PANDEF and the Pan Niger Delta Peoples Congress PNDPC led by a tradition...

Laurels International Magazine Publisher clocks 50

The management of Laurels International Magazine is gearing up to celebrate the golden jubilee of its Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Oluwole Enitan Ezekiel in grand style. , Oluwole Enitan Ezekiel  The 50th birthday celebration is scheduled to hold on Sunday 10th of September, 2017. The highlight of the event will be a thanksgiving service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Grace Arena Parish. The birthday lecture titled ‘The Role of Media in a democratic setting like Nigeria: Lagos as a case study’ is to be delivered by Hon. Olabode Garbadeen, Commissioner 1, Lagos Local Government Service Commission. The red carpet event will be attended by top dignitaries within and outside the state.

Tit for tat or Daboh for Tarka

By Muyiwa Adetiba Whistle blowing has now become a lucrative side-kick in Nigeria. But it didn’t start yesterday; or the day before. It was always there even when financial inducements were not attached to whistle blowing. Most of whistle blowing comes from a disgruntled underling who has an inside knowledge of the goings on within an organisation. He might even be an active participant who has been short-changed in a deal. Or someone who hates the guts of a tight fisted, mean spirited boss. He may, or may not benefit financially from the whistle blowing since revenge is his greater reward. Very few whistle blowers are altruistic—from Julian Assange, the world’s most famous whistle blower to the small clerk in a ministry who reports on his boss. Their motives are usual...

Threat to national unity: The way out

•Let’s celebrate Okonkwo’s story in Kano, Musa in Enugu•Call for Amalgamation Day and whatever binds Nigeria By Magnus Onyibe His eminence, Saad Abubaker lll, the sultan of sokoto’s admonition that God does not make mistakes, must have struck strong chords in the hearts of members of both the Islamic and Christian Faiths in Nigeria. The assumption above is underscored by the fact that people of the two major religions believe there is one God. That is a fundamental and critical point of convergence and common ground. The main point of divergence in both religions is that Muslims believe in Muhammad as prophet of God while Christians believe in Jesus Christ as son of God. Wither Nigeria in another 50 years? As individuals in our homes or offices, people differ in their ...

Siasia displays another skill as daughter weds in Atlanta

By Dan Ikpechukwu, Atlanta Samson Siasia doesn’t thrill people only on football matters. As a  player he displayed tremendous skills  with  striking abilities, going on record as one of the best forwards  to have emerged from Nigeria. And now as a coach  he has always shown the good stuff he is made of. However,  Siasia does not pack only football skills on the legs. He showed this last weekend in Atlanta where his daughter, Sanita was given out in marriage. It was an emotional moment for the ebony skinned Nigerian whose soccer team won Nigeria’s only medal in the Rio Olympic Games. That was after the silver medal he also won in Beijing Olympics. •Siasia walking the daughter to the altar The excitement on the day his daughter married was tremendous and Siasia demonstra...

An Eid letter to President Buhari

By Dr. Ugoji Egbujo My President. We are still in the season, so happy Eid Mubarak. I had wanted to send you this message in Igbo. So that you get the message. But I hate tit for tat.  And I know you will never give us a Sallah message in Hausa again. Our prayers were answered. You are back.  Alhamdullilah! But we are not happy, we have not heard from you. We know that the other speech was an emotional outburst, of an angry father. No father feels happy when some of his children cross red lines.  May our anger not lead us to sin. President Buhari Mai Gida, we have been waiting for a talk from the heart. We know you are not afraid of telling us the nature and scope of your illness and recovery. We suspect you want the evil wishers to get drenched and drunk in their rumo...

S3x not food to me, just exercise – — Mosunmola Adeleye

Beautiful mother of one,  Nollywood actress and producer, Mosunmola Adeleye, left her government job as a civil servant to take on the make-believe world of entertainment. Between then in 2006 and now she has produced more than six films of her own, married a man she dated for more than twelve years even as her career is looking to be on the up and up. Read her: By ABIGAIL OLAWOYIN and TOLULOPE ABEREOJE You studied accounting, why acting? I switched to acting because my former job wasn’t fetching me enough money. Then, I was working as an accounting officer  with the Ministry of Finance in Ogun State. At that time it was the former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, that was in power. I found out that I only went to work three days out of the five working days because I h...

The downside of old age

By Francis Ewherido My mother, Mrs. Paulina Powder Ewherido, was 84 years last Tuesday. In a country where the average life expectancy for women is 53 years, that is remarkable. And for people, who know the health history of this proverbial cat with nine lives, 84 years is monumental. I always forget her birthdays until it has past, but this year, I deliberately kept it in mind so that I will call and “look for her trouble.” On Sept. 5, I called, but I could barely tease her. Love gone sour Rather I continued consoling her. Two days before her birthday, death gave her a devastating birthday gift: Her “baby” sister passed on. Predictably, when I called her on September 4, she was inconsolable, she was wailing and that was very hard for me to take. I remembered how she w...

How Gowon broke one north

By Emeka Obasi Politics  throws itself up in various forms leaving those who think they are professional politicians losing out without realising their place in the new order until it becomes way too late. I must give General Yakubu Gowon credit for doing what most Nigerians found difficult to do in the past. Gowon dealt a devastating blow to  regional politics and got away with it. And he ruled the country for  nine years; one third of it was during the Civil War which pitched the nation against the Eastern Region. Gen. Gowon Following the counter coup of July 29, 1966, Gowon, then 32 and Army Chief, became Head of State against the wishes of some of his colleagues especially those from the Eastern region. At a time, Lt. Col. Murtala Mohammed,who led the plotters want...

2019: Many Buhari’s ministers share Aisha Alhassan’s view—Junaid Mohammed

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor As the fireworks for and against the current Women Affairs Minister, Senator Aisha Alhassan,  for declaring support for former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, while serving Buhari, continue, former Presidential Adviser, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has said that Nigerians should commend her for having the courage to speak the truth rather than deceive the president. Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, told Saturday Vanguard that what Alhassan said was nothing strange, as many other ministers in the Buhari cabinet have in the past expressed reservation about his ability to seek re-election in 2019 going by his falling health. “What the minister has said is nothing new but the truth. Others in the cabinet of Buhari have been making such s...

Buhari vs Atiku: Real reasons APC won’t punish Minister, Aisha Alhassan

*Minister has never supported Buhari — El Rufai*She should have resigned before making remarks — APC*Atiku should behave like a statesman — APC By Omeiza Ajayi & Johnbosco Agbakwuru FINDINGS by Saturday Vanguard have revealed that the All Progressives Congress APC may not sanction the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aisha Alhassan for saying that she would support former Vice President Atiku Abubakar should President  Muhammadu Buhari decide to seek re-election in 2019. While the Deputy National Chairman, South, of the party, Mr. Segun Oni had told reporters in Makurdi last Thursday that the party would discuss the issue, sources at the party’s National Secretariat told Saturday Vanguard that the minister had not flouted any constitutional p...