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Bandits are now officially terrorists, FG issues official gazette

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS. After much dilly-dallying over the issue, the Federal Government is now ready to call bandits by the name ‘terrorists’. This move is contained in an official gazette on the proscription of banditry in Nigeria released by the Federal Government on Wednesday. This was disclosed by Dr Umar Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Read More…

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As 5 more students of Bethel Baptist School gain freedom, gunmen kill at least 20 in Sokoto attack

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images. Four students still in captivity While the parents of five more students of Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state, can heave a sigh of relief for their release, at least 20 people have been killed in Sokoto state following an attack Read More…

Featured Notes Wole Olaoye

How To Organise, Not Afghanise

Reading Time: 5 minutes Image Credits: Shutterstock. CONTEMPORARY AFRICA COMPRISES countries cobbled together by colonialists for their own interest. In the case of Nigeria, British colonialism was, as playwright Ola Rotimi would put it, in the service of their ‘female king’. The two hitherto distinct halves of Nigeria (Northern and Southern Protectorates) have managed to stay together as one Read More…

Featured Notes Wole Olaoye

Gale of Insecurity

Reading Time: 5 minutes Image Credits: BBC/Getty Images. FIRST, MY COMMISERATIONS to the families, friends and colleagues of Lieutenant Commander Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Commander Okoronkwo both of whom were killed by terrorists who invaded the Nigerian Defence Academy to the consternation of Nigerians. I pray for the safe return of Major Datong who was abducted by the daredevil Read More…

Featured Notes Owei Lakemfa

Bandits can become elected legislators and governors in Nigeria

Reading Time: 4 minutes Image Credits: BBC. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, and some state governments, like Kaduna, say they neither negotiate nor pay ransom to bandits. But government being incapable of preventing the mass kidnap of citizens, especially school children, and inability to rescue them, leaves families and friends with no choice but to negotiate with the bandits and pay Read More…

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150 students missing after gunmen raid Kaduna school

Reading Time: 2 minutes About 150 students are missing after armed men raided a boarding school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, a parent and an administrator said on Monday, and police said they were in hot pursuit alongside military personnel. The attack on the Bethel Baptist High School is the 10th mass school kidnapping since December in northwest Nigeria, which Read More…

Notes Top Story Wole Olaoye

Glamorisation of banditry

Reading Time: 6 minutes It is impossible to ignore Sheik Ahmad Gumi’s attempt to divide the Nigerian armed forces on religious lines. There are already so many discordant tunes at play on the national stage, but this undisguised ploy to destroy the only institution believed to still have a modicum of national cohesion is frightening. Gumi, a medical doctor, Read More…