The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union has said that contrary to the claim by the police, 33 persons were on Wednesday and Thursday killed by Fulani militia in some villages in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The Kaduna State Police Command had claimed that 21 natives of the area lost their lives during the attack by the bandits. The affected communities are identified as Apyia’Shyim, A’Piako, Atak’Mawei, and Kibori, all in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf LGA. Speaking on the fresh killings, the National Public Relations Officer of the SOKAPU, Mr. Luka Binniyat, said in a statement titled, ‘33 killed in Zango Kataf in Kaduna on Thursday’ that prior to the attack, there was intensive patrol and the security personnel enforced the 24-hour curfew, but sadly, “
Some Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia have appealed to the Nigerian Government and the Diaspora Commission to evacuate them home. The Nigerians, who said they went to Saudi Arabia to work, complained of suffering, as the Kingdom battles COVID-19 pandemic. Saudi Arabia is the second worst hit country by the pandemic after Iran, in the Arab world. It has over 282,000 cases and 3020 deaths as at Wednesday. The epidemic made the Kingdom ban foreign pilgrims from coming to perform the yearly Hajj. The stranded Nigerians said the Nigerian embassy in the Kingdom is doing nothing to help them. Frustrated they reached out to Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham, who posted two videos sent by the ladies. In Posting the videos, Toyin wrote: “I got this video from some Nig
Nigerian government has reacted to the video of Nigerian ladies stranded in Saudi Arabia. We earlier reported the video of the young lady in hijab crying out to President Muhammadu Buhari and other authorities to rescue her and other ladies from Saudi Arabia. According to her, they are stranded and want to return to Nigeria. Reacting, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, assured that the commission was working together with the Saudi institution to bring back about 200 prisoners. She also directed the lady in the video and others stranded in Saudi Arabia to report to the mission on Sunday and register in order to seek permission and process their return. On her Twitter page, the NIDCOM Chairman wrote: “There are processes and procedu
As churches reopen on Sunday 9th August in Lagos State, the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua has said he needs to hear from God before reopening SCOAN services. Joshua made this known on Wednesday while responding to the announcement by the Lagos State Government for churches to reopen on August 9. In a bid to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the Nigerian government had placed a ban on religious gatherings in March 2020. The ban was, however, relaxed on June 2, but Lagos State, the epicentre of coronavirus had withheld the ban on the religious gathering. T.B Joshua, speaking via SCOAN’s Emmanuel TV, applauded Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s decision to reopen places of worship. He, however, told his members that as soon as
China is becoming apprehensive about releasing loans to Nigeria following probes by the National Assembly on loans earlier released to Nigeria by the Asian nation, the Federal Government said on Tuesday. Although the government insisted that no nation could recolonise Nigeria as a result of Nigeria’s indebtedness, it cautioned lawmakers not to hamper its ability to access international funds. The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, and the Minister of Justice/Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said this in a live television programme monitored by our correspondent in Abuja. Both ministers argued that Nigeria’s sovereignty was not at risk in the country’s loan agreements with China, as recently claimed by the National Assembly. Amaechi said
Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has made a sensational claim that N10billion was withdrawn and stolen from the accounts of the Niger Delta Development Commission for 2019 election. He claimed the money was used to fight him in the election. It was not clear how the Rivers State Governor came upon the staggering slush fund. He did not provide details, how it was taken, who took it and under what cover. He however told Channels Television Tuesday, that it was time to involve technocrats in the administration of the Commission. He agreed with President Muhammadu Buhari that it was obvious that politicians appointed to choice positions in the NDDC have failed to develop the Niger Delta region. Wike claimed that Governors of the South South who were elected on the platf...
Bristow Helicopters has sacked 100 pilots and engineers following negative impact of Coronavirus on its business and the nation’s economy. The company, in a statement on Tuesday said the spread of the COVID-19 virus had severely impacted all sectors in the aviation industry, including its market, which primarily served the Nigerian oil and gas sector. It said in addition, the ongoing downturn in the global oil and gas market continued to influence and determine the demand for our services and that the combined effects of these ‘arisings’ had resulted in very significant reductions to its business, particularly a reduction in the number of contracted aircraft in Nigeria. “As a result, the company must now restructure all aspects of its business model (both Rotary & Fixed W
Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) has advised churches to ignore the Lagos State Government’s directive to reopen on Sunday, August 9.Bakare, during an online sermon on Sunday, queried the decision to reopen the worship centres when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said that the COVID-19 pandemic would peak in Nigeria in August.The cleric advised worshippers not to allow any religious leader or government official to lead them like sheep to the slaughter house.He said, “I have to appeal to you once again, please keep safe and do your best to stay alive. Do not let anyone, whether religious leader or governmental leader, to drive you like a sheep to the slaughter.“If they (the government and the disease control authorities) said that the mon
Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church, a.k.a Winners Chapel, has issued a stern warning against another closure of churches in Nigeria as a result of a pandemic. Oyedepo, who has always questioned the closure of churches, warned on Sunday that fire will fall the next time anyone tries to close down churches. Recall that the Cleric had claimed that the “voice of darkness” influenced the ban on gatherings in churches. He said: “God made us smarter than our enemies and we have not been fooled. “It is only in this church that we heal COVID-19 patients, the government would not have asked me if they should close down the church. “The next time anybody attempts to close down the church fire will fall.” Oyedepo added that very soon the world will realise that they
Prof Banji Akintoye, leader of the Yoruba World Congress, the umbrella body of over 300 Yoruba groups worldwide, has said the Nigerian environment has been consistently harsh to the Yoruba people who dominate the South-West part of the country. The elder statesman lamented that though his association is committed to peaceful activities, and peaceful purposes, the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has already begun to take action against it by removing the Yoruba World Congress from the list of state-registered organisations. He also hinted that security forces are preparing to clamp down on members of his organisation which aims are to promote, defend and achieve the growth, prosperity, security, and sustenance of Yoruba People and culture. ...