archiveMarch 2021

NEWS

Eye Witness Account: Ebonyi Massacre perpetrators dressed like soldiers, targeted only men

Uneasy calm still hangs in the air around Enugu-Ebonyi axis were gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen targeted villagers in a massacre that left no fewer than 30 people dead. Independent investigations carried out by VERIFIED NEWS NG reporters put the figure of dead people at 34, although the authorities are claiming 22. An eye witness, who spoke to one of our reporters, said that contrary to reports that the incident happened at Eha Amufu, a town in Enugu State harbouring the Federal College of Education, the killings took place...
NEWS

IPOB speaks on ESN and attacks on security officers in S’East, S’South

ESN members Following threats by Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, to go after Eastern Security Network (ESN) for allegedly attacking security agents in the South East and South South, the  Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, said it would not succumb to any threat or blackmail to disband the outfit according to a report by Stanley Uzoaru for Sun newspaper. Spokesperson for  IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement in Owerri denied the involvement of ESN in the attacks  as alleged by the naval chief. He said in...
THE MASQUERADE

This Ohanaeze sef…

Kom! Kom!! Kom!!! Let’s get down to business biko. My name is Oriaku Ijele, and in case you don’t know, I am a female (yes, female) masquerade designed to speak truth to power. So no matter who you are, I will tell you the truth without minding how you will feel about it. As a masquerade, who regularly communes with the spirits and gods of the land, I believe it is time we go back to the basics and do things as right as our forefathers. That is the only...
WEEKEND ARENA

When government depletes its Trust Capital…

No matter how one looks at it, trust is the most important factor in any relationship. Without it, all efforts would simply amount to ‘air leaking as one is patching’. The way a currency, like the dollar or naira would drive a transaction, is how trust drives a relationship. And just like a currency, one builds a capital with some effort and could have a credit or debit of trust in any relationship. Providence or grace could create an excessive credit of trust and it could also be blown overnight...
INTERVIEW

What Igbos should do if denied 2023 presidency: Business mogul, Ikechukwu Igboanugo speaks

Chief Igboanugo Awka-Etiti, Anambra State born industrialist, Chief IKB Igboanugo, hardly grants a press interview, but in this interaction, he shares his views on a number of burning issues in Nigeria. Excerpts: As an entrepreneur, how has it been and what policies of the Federal Government have dealt a negative blow on your operations in business? We are into importation, exportation and general contracts. Importers are going through hell in the hands of Customs; to clear one container now in Lagos is hellish. It is the same when you are...
ARTS, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Photos reveal why Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde’s hubby calls her ‘Omo Sexy’

It was actually Matthew Ekeinde’s great day, and he rolled out the drums, to celebrate the woman who has given him wings to fly… figuratively. For those who enjoy romance, the two have come a long way and have remained one of the most successful celebrity couples in the country. Obviously a grass to grace story, their marriage is a typical illustration of love nurtured with mutual respect and commitment. For those who point at celebrity marriages packing up like a heap of cards, please point at Mathew Ekeinde and...
VIEWS

Ndigbo: The Inconveniences of Liberty

Dr Paul Okoye By PAUL OKOYE Liberty is the freedom to live according to one’s desire, way and convictions about life and the right to self-determination. The law comes in to the extent that this ‘your’ Liberty does not impede or constrain others’ right to freedom. In line with this argument, the enlightenment thinkers like Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau reasoned that law governed both heavenly and human affairs, and that law gave the king his powers and not vice versa. A state without it, evidently resorts to anarchy. Karl...
WEEKEND ARENA

The Different Shades of Burna Boy’s Grammy

The agama lizard praises itself with a nod, whenever it falls from a tree. So, it will not be out of place to celebrate Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, who clinched the prestigious Grammy a few days ago. I took notice of him in 2012, when his first single, Like to Party was released. Uniqueness is an asset in any artistic journey and Burna Boy exhibited it from the onset; he sounded quite distinctive, and obviously met a good producer who polished this attribute with the afro-fusion sound, that has...
NEWS

Why Abaribe’s new bill is causing commotion in the Senate

Senator Abaribe Senators were locked in a heated debate over a bill seeking to establish Armed Forces Service Commission. Leading the debate, Sponsor of the bill, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the Commission would ensure that the composition and appointment of the service chiefs of the armed forces reflect federal character in a manner prescribed in section 217 (3) of the 1999 constitution.  Lawmakers, who backed the bill, argued that the bill stands on a very strong constitutional ground and also invited the Senate to exercise its constitutional rights.  Others, who...
NEWS

Mother’s Day: NIROH congratulates women, calls for commitment to family values

Paul Okoye (PG) and Patience Ozokwor (Women's Leader) Ndigbo Royal Heritage Worldwide, NIROH, has extended warm felicitations to mothers across the country as they celebrate Mother’s Day. In a joint goodwill message by its President General, Dr. Paul Okoye and the Women’s Leader, Evang. Patience Ozokwor, the duo commended mothers for their relentless role in stabilising homes in spite of the odds occasioned by the dwindling economy and insecurity. Paul Okoye enjoined mothers to remain committed to the role, which was given to them by nature. “I wish to congratulate...
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