Not like Jacob


They returned to town like holy gangsters. They rolled in a wave of vans, laughed like cynics, brandished guns like an army of occupation, were hoodless in bravado and heedless of time in their reconquest. They did not fire a gun, but the town’s ears still echoed with their shots not long ago. Those shots that crippled the town, cowed any resistance and spirited away the nubile girls were enough memory. The people remembered them as warning shots when the outlaws returned.

The Boko Haram goons at least deposited a huge number of the girls. But they acted as though they came to do the town folk a favour. They even took time to evangelise, preaching with the unblinking eyes of perverts. They were God’s impresarios. The Dapchi people waved in gratitude and some witnesses say the locals saw them more as heroes than our own soldiers.

They fell in love with their conquerors. This is not strange. Rape victims have been known to adore their abusers. Like in the novel Season of…

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Govt, Boko Haram in ceasefire talks


The Federal government is in talks with Boko Haram about a possible ceasefire, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said yesterday.

According to him, the talks have been going on for some time.

He told reporters in Lagos that ”unknown to many, we have been in wider cessation-of-hostility talks with the insurgents for some time now”.

“The talks helped to secure the release of the police officers’ wives and the University of Maiduguri lecturers recently. The talks did not stop thereafter. Therefore, we were able to leverage the wider talks when the Dapchi girls were abducted,” Mohammed said.

He did not give details of the talks. The popular thinking is that it is likely that the government has been discussing with the Al Banawi faction, which is believed to have abducted the Dapchi schoolgirls.

The minister said the Federal Government would reinvigorate national security to prevent further abduction of school girls in the Northeast.

He said efforts to bring…

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Thugs invade radio station, attack, abduct presenter over Plateau

Friday Olokor Jos

The panic in Plateau State over insecurity spread to the newsroom on Saturday as suspected  Plateau United  thugs  invaded the premises of Jay 101.9 FM  in Jos assaulted and abducted a sports presenter, Ferdinand Mbum, and whisked him to an unknown destination.

The incident was said to have taken place around 6.25pm after Sports Extra.

Analysts believe that the invasion is  political since the radio station  is believed to  have links with  former Plateau State governor,  Jonah  Jang.

The thugs said to have been led by a top official of the supporters’ club were allegedly ordered by the GM  of Plateau United,  Pius Henwan, to perpetrate the act.

The invaders were said to have arrived  at the station in a black Honda Accord and a Peugeot 406  branded 4+4 and Lalong Boys, with the picture of Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong boldly inscribed on it.

A statement  on Sunday by the Station Manager of the radio station, Mangna Wamyil,  said they …

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Is Boko Haram more honourable than Buhari?

Tunde Odesola

Understandably, the noun ‘change’ is the most controversial word in Nigeria today. You need to be careful about where and how you say change because the design of your face and the architecture of your mouth could be badly changed for mouthing change wrongfully. Here, change doesn’t mean the money you collect after making a purchase. Here, change was the powerful potion a nation in hebetude was eager to take to break free from crushing poverty and grinding backwardness of yesteryears.

Change was the flaming key with which the All Progressives Congress unlocked the hearts of Nigerians during the 2015 presidential election, splitting into two equal halves the door to the Aso Rock bedroom of the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, laying bare a cringing occupant.

Change became Nigeria’s most popular word in 2015 as thrice-unlucky-presidential-aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari, dazzled the electorate with a blazing manifesto whose glitter was blinding. Nigerians…

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Enyeama praises Eagles, says future looks bright

Former Super Eagles’ number one shot-stopper, Vincent Enyeama has hailed Nigeria’s 1-0 win over European powerhouse, Poland in an international friendly played on Friday, saying it’s a clear sign the future of the country, and indeed African football is bright.

Enyeama, who is Nigeria’s most capped player with 101 appearances after making his debut in 2002 against Kenya, went on to represent the country at three World Cups and leading the country to glory at the AFCON 2013, praised the resolute display of the boys against the Polish national team.

“Amazing results tonight. Congratulations to @NGSuperEagles for your victory over the Poland national football team. Future looks bright for naija football”.

The former Enyimba goalkeeper also hailed the showing of all African countries going to the World Cup after Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia ad Egypt all impressed in their friendly games with tough oppositions.

“I believe that the time for an African team to do…

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Labour hails FG’s decision on AfCFTA

…Says Nigeria’s industrial sector too weak to participate

Bimbola Oyesola, 08033246177

Organised Labour has hailed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to hold more consultations and deliberations on the controversial African Union Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) Act.

This is even as it opined that Nigeria’s weak infrastructural base would further increase the cost of the products produced in Nigeria.

Labour also acknowledged and commended “the vigilance of all stakeholders,” namely manufacturers, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and businesses in calling for caution on international trade agreements that could undermine Nigeria’s development aspirations.

Nigeria failed to attend the meeting of the AU in Kigali, Rwanda, last Wednesday, where the agreement was scheduled to be signed.

Speaking on the Federal Government’s position,  Issa Aremu, national executive committee member of the NLC and vice president of Industriall Global Union noted that, while…

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