I had bad dreams about Benue attacks while on leave in China – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, in this interview after resuming from leave, demands criminal proceedings against the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore for allegedly sponsoring the ongoing killings in the state. JOHN CHARLES reports

Some of your security aides have been transferred, and prior to this, you alleged that there were threats to your life. Do you see this as part of the plot to kill you?

I was on vacation when the policemen attached to me were transferred. I have complained through the Commissioner of Police here in Makurdi that this is not right. As governor, I have the right to select my immediate security personnel who could work with me, and I drew the attention of the authorities of the Nigerian Police to this and they reversed their action the following day. So, to me, whether it was made in error or by mischief or whatever means, the important thing is that it was corrected and today, all my aides are with me because I also saw a letter which…

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Femi Branch keeps mum on third marriage

It is no longer news that talented Nollywood actor, Femi Branch, has married another woman, which makes it his third marriage. While being conferred recently with a chieftaincy title, the Agun Asa of Edeland, by the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi III, the actor took pictures with his new wife.

Branch wrote on Instagram, “My sweet fragrance, Yeye Jagun Asa, thanks for being my rock.”

When Sunday Scoop caught up with him recently, the actor declined to speak on his marital life. He said, “I don’t want to talk about it but given another chance in life, I would love to make fewer mistakes. In my career too, I would have loved to join the acting industry earlier. But I am grateful.”

Branch also believed that becoming a chief would not limit his roles in Nollywood. He stated, “People are worried that since I am now a chief, I could dump acting. They have forgotten that I was not installed as a king but chief of a town. Yes, there are some responsibilities that come with the…

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I’ve no anointed candidate for gov poll, says Aregbesola

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, on Saturday, said he had no anointed candidate to succeed him.

Aregbesola stated this while addressing the All Progressives Congress members in Iwo, in Osun-West senatorial district in reaction to agitations by the people of the zone to produce the next governor of the state.

He said he was not ready to impose any candidate on the people, adding that there would be a free, fair and credible primary to pick the party’s candidate.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission had fixed September 22 for the governorship poll.

The governor, however, appealed to party members not to allow the outcome of the primary to divide or disturb the peace and progress of the party.

He said the outcome of the primary should rather unite the party to make it stronger and indivisible.

Aregbesola said, “Every party member is free to support any aspirant of his or her choice. But after the party’s primary, any…

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2019: I see blood flowing in Nigeria –Bishop Anayo Ilo  

Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

Bishop (Dr) Anayo Ernest Ilo is of the Greater Riches of Grace Bible Church, Abakaliki. He is currently the Director, Zonal Issues and Social Welfare (South East), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); and was recently elected the President-General of Urban Community Forum, Abakaliki, which is the umbrella body for all the residents of the Ebonyi State capital. In this interview with Sunday Sun, he speaks on a wide range of national issues.

How would you assess Buhari’s presidency so far?
Buhari’s presidency is a failure; his presidency is not just a failure but a shame to the outside world. This administration is one of the worst regimes Nigeria has passed through both in the military and civilian governments. This is a nation where indiscipline rules over the affairs of the people. This is a nation where the president’s fight against corruption is focused only on those who are not members of his party whereas a recent publication in the an…

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Attacks: The church is in danger

■ Christian religious leaders cry out

■ Condemn attacks on Christians, churches in North

Desmond Mgboh (Kano); Gyang Bere (Jos); Sola Ojo (Kaduna); Layi Olanrewaju (Ilorin); John Adams (Minna)

In recent times, Christians and their churches in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Plateau, and Kaduna states have suffered one form of attack or the other.

For the faithful, no amount of mortal attacks would deter them from worshipping their God hence they have held on to their faith despite the unmitigated onslaught against them, particularly in the North.

Attacks on Christians in the North heightened at the advent of Boko Haram, an Islamic fundamentalist sect that detests western education, which became pronounced in the early 2014.

Since then, Christians and their churches have been various attacked by the sect in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Plateau, and Southern Kaduna, among other areas in the North.

As if these were not enough, herdsmen who had hitherto been having frictions with…

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Insecurity: Fear, apprehension over 2019 elections

■ Momoh, Col Ajayi, Ogunlewe, Okorie task Nigerians, FG

Omoniyi Salaudeen; Onyedika Agbedo

Barely 10 months to the 2019 general elections, indications have emerged that the success of the polls would largely depend on the Federal Government’s ability to tame the spate of insecurity in the country.

With over 1,000 Nigerians reportedly killed this year across the country, especially in the Middle Belt axis by suspected herdsmen, and the resurgence of the Boko Haram sect that has been terrorising the North-east geo-political zone, there are concerns that the coming elections would be an uphill task as there are heightened fears of more bloodshed in the country that could plunge it into total anarchy.
This, however, could be averted if Nigerians forge a common front and confront the current challenges starring the country in the face headlong instead of the current trading of blames, some opinion leaders said.

Sunday Sun findings showed that in spite of the alleged link between…

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Six robbers arrested in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa Police Command on Friday arrested six robbers terrorising Igbogene-Yenagoa and its environs.

The spokesman for the command, Asinim Butswat, stated this in a statement in Yenagoa, the state capital, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

According to him, the arrest was made possible by a tip-off by members of the public.

The statement said, “On May 4, 2018 at about 0400hrs, in a coordinated operation, the tactical commanders and operatives from Igbogene Police Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, raided the hideout of the criminal gang at Igbogene.

“The team arrested one Sunday Alo, 22, Henry Goddy, 25, Justice John Ukpaka 23, Choima Blessing 22, Favour Ojum 20— all male and one Justina Odua, a  23-year-old female.

“Upon a thorough search of the house, the police recovered the following arms and ammunition; one automatic pump action single barrel gun, with breech No. 20211, one Brownie pistol, breech No. BD 391579.

“Others include 10 unexpended…

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We won’t steal like other govt, says Osinbajo

Olalekan Adetayo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, said the difference between the present administration and its predecessors was that it would not steal government money as others did.

He assured all Nigerians that they would share in the benefits of good governance that the Federal Government was working to achieve.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice President spoke while monitoring the All Progressives Congress ward congress in the Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The vice president noted that with the decline in oil prices, the present administration had been earning 60 per cent less than the previous government.

Osinbajo was at the Ward A & B-Agungi Ajiran, and Ikate Elegusi in the local government area.

He said, “We came to find out how things are going, to hear the good news that all our ward congresses are going on very peacefully without any rancour and problems.

“We are…

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…Confusion, protests rock ward congresses

Amaechi, Abe camps clash in Rivers

Tony John, Port Harcourt

There was confusion in most of the 23 local government areas of Rivers State as the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress that was scheduled to commence yesterday, at 9am.

Various groups of APC members loyal to Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, a gubernatorial candidate, under the aegis of Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Rivers APC, began protesting as early as 8am.

The protesters decried what they described as “an attempt to deliberately sideline Senator Abe’s supporters from the ward congress.”
Also, the group staged a peaceful protest about 200 metres from an Intels facility at Eastern Bypass, where the Minister of

Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, was alleged to have stored the electoral materials for the ward congress.
It was further gathered that the members of the group protested against the inability of Abe’s supporters, who paid for forms but could not get the nomination forms.

While Abe’s supporters…

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