Igbo deportation from Lagos
By Herbert Ekwekwe On Wednesday 24 July 2013, Nigeria’s Lagos regional regime, headed by Raji Fashola, deported 72 Igbo people from Lagos to Onicha, the Igbo Oshimili/Niger delta city, 230 miles away. This is the second such deportation that Fashola has embarked upon within a year. On 18 September... Read more
Gulf of Guinea naval chiefs seek effective legal framework for maritime law enforcement
  From: Diana-Okon Effiong, Calabar. Heads of Navies and Coast Guards of the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) Wednesday rose from a conference in Calabar and resolved to institute effective legal regime for maritime law enforcement. Their resolve was stated in a communiqué at the end of the first Gulf... Read more
Group urges declaration of emergency on development in south south
                                                                                                From: Diana-Okon Effiong, Calabar. President Goodluck Jonathan has been told to declare a state of emergency against decaying infrastructure and underdevelopment in Nigeria’s South-South geo-political zone. The call was made by the South-South Consolidated Forum (SCF) through its president, Chief Dick K.L Harry in an interview with our... Read more
Insiders Adduce Greed as Reason Akpabio Dropped Umana from Cabinet
From: Tony Udomkpa, Uyo The Akwa Ibom State Secretary to state government, Mr,Umana Okon Umana has been forced to resign from office, in what appears to be an end of an era. Some men of the Nigeria Police Force who were apparently bent on forestalling any break down of... Read more
Bananas hurled at Italy’s first black minister
Some of Italy’s top politicians on Saturday rallied behind the country’s first black minister, a target of racist slurs since her appointment in April, after a spectator threw bananas at her while she was making a speech. Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, who is originally from Democratic Republic of Congo,... Read more
Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to re-examine “exodus”
Pope Francis, in a stunningly candid assessment of the state of the Catholic Church, said on Saturday it should look in the mirror and ask why so many people are leaving the faith of their fathers. On the penultimate day of his trip to Brazil, Francis delivered a long... Read more
Tunisians protest at funeral of slain opposition politician
Thousands of protesters chanting anti-government slogans joined a funeral march to lay to rest an assassinated Tunisian opposition politician, a display of the anger threatening the survival of a government once seen as a model in the region for the transition to democracy. Adding to the tension, a bomb... Read more
Zimbabwe’s next poll witness less violence as date approaches
At the age of 89 President Robert Mugabe is on the campaign trail, seeking to extend his grip on Zimbabwe in an election next week that observers fear will be marred by fraud. But the opposition is gambling that there is enough discontent to unseat the wily political survivor,... Read more
Nigerian Navy restates resolve to ensure safe maritime domain
  .Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba By Diana-Okon Effiong: The Nigerian Navy has restated its personnel’s resolve to ensure that the nation’s maritime domain is kept safe against piracy, illegal bunkering, sea robbery and other illegalities. The naval hierarchy’s resolve was restated by Rear-Adm. Joe Aikhomu, the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern... Read more
A Case for Strong Institutions
By Dakuku Peterside     All men of goodwill who look forward to a more progressive and equitable world appreciate the tremendous good Transparency International, TI does with its periodic verdict on nations and institutions across the globe. Sometimes I just wonder what our world would look like without... Read more