Archive | October, 2013

Bodies of migrants found in Niger

31 Oct



Rescue workers in Niger say they have found the bodies of 87 people who died of thirst after their vehicles broke down as they tried to cross the Sahara.

Rescue worker Almoustapha Alhacen said the corpses were in a severe state of decomposition and had been partly eaten, probably by jackals.

Those found are thought to be migrant workers and their families. Most were women and children.

Niger is on a popular migrant route between sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

But among those who make it across the desert, many end up working in North African countries.

According to Mr Alhacen, one of the vehicles that the migrants were travelling in broke down some time after they left Arlit at the end of September or beginning of October.

Security officials have said the second vehicle broke down as it was on its way back to Arlit to get spare parts.

It appears that some of the group set out on foot, including up to 10 people who made it back to Arlit and raised the alarm, he said.

It was reported on Monday that five bodies had been found.

On Wednesday, volunteers and soldiers working in searing heat found other corpses across a wide area about 10km (six miles) from the Algerian border.

Given that at least 48 of those found were children or teenagers, Mr Alhacen said it was possible they were on their way to low paid jobs in neighbouring Algeria.

Speaking from Arlit, a centre for uranium mining north of Agadez, he told the BBC that he had experienced the worst day of his life when he found the bodies.



31 Oct

ImageGoogle has expressed outrage following a report that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has hacked its data links.

An executive at Google said it was not aware of the alleged activity, adding there was an “urgent need for reform”.

The comments follow a Washington Post report based on leaks from Edward Snowden claiming that the NSA hacked links connecting data centres operated by Google and Yahoo.

The NSA’s director said it had not had access to the companies’ computers.

Gen Keith Alexander told Bloomberg TV: “We are not authorised to go into a US company’s servers and take data.”

But correspondents say this is not a direct denial of the latest claims.

‘Extending encryption’

The revelations stem from documents leaked by ex-US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is wanted in the US in connection with the unauthorised disclosures.

The documents say millions of records were gleaned daily from the internet giants’ internal networks.

They suggest that the NSA intercepted the data at some point as it flowed through fibre-optic cables and other network equipment connecting the companies’ data centres, rather than targeting the servers themselves.

The data was intercepted outside the US, the documents imply.

The data the agency obtained, which ranged from “metadata’ to text, audio and video, were then sifted by an NSA programme called Muscular, operated with the NSA’s British counterpart, GCHQ, the documents say.

The NSA already has “front-door” access to Google and Yahoo user accounts through a court-approved programme known as Prism.

Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond said Google did not provide any government with access to its systems.

“We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links, especially the links in the slide,” Drummond said in a statement.

“We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fibre networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform.”

A spokesperson for Yahoo said the company had “strict controls in place to protect the security of our data centres, and we have not given access to our data centres to the NSA or to any other government agency”.

An NSA spokesperson denied a suggestion in the Washington Post article that the agency gathered “vast quantities of US persons’ data from this type of collection”.

The latest revelations came hours after a German delegation of intelligence officials arrived in Washington for talks at the White House following claims that the US monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Two of Mrs Merkel’s most important advisers, foreign policy adviser Christoph Heusgen, and intelligence coordinator Guenter Heiss were sent to take part in the talks – seen as a measure of how seriously Mrs Merkel takes the matter.

Next week, the heads of Germany’s spying agencies will meet their opposite numbers in Washington.

‘Inappropriate and unacceptable’

The head of US intelligence has defended the monitoring of foreign leaders as a key goal of operations but the US is facing growing anger over reports it spied on its allies abroad.

It has also been reported that the NSA monitored French diplomats in Washington and at the UN, and that it conducted surveillance on millions of French and Spanish telephone calls, among other operations against US allies.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that if Spain had been a target of the NSA, this would be “inappropriate and unacceptable between partners”.

However, Gen Alexander has said “the assertions… that NSA collected tens of millions of phone calls [in Europe] are completely false”.

On Wednesday, the agency denied Italian media reports that it had targeted communications at the Vatican.

The UN said it had received assurances that its communications “are not and will not be monitored” by American intelligence agencies, but refused to clarify whether they had been in the past.

On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before the intelligence panel of the House of Representatives that much of the data cited by non-US news outlets was actually collected by European intelligence services and later shared with the NSA.

He said foreign allies spied on US officials and intelligence agencies as a matter of routine.



31 Oct
It’s no longer news that Senator Chris Ngige is running for Governor of Anambra State under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress(APC) which was formed on 6 February 2013. The party is a result of an alliance by Nigeria’s biggest opposition parties-the Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change(CPC), the All Nigeria People Party(ANPP) and the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA). Now the crux of the matter is that after battling with Prof Dora Akunyili for the senatorial seat in 2011, one would presume he would stay put and be useful in the senate. But barely 2yrs after, he is leaving the senate to run as governor. Now my sources have it to think, that that action leaves many unanswered questions. First of which will be, did Senator Chris Ngige plot his way into the senate because he had foreseen this? Secondly, if he knew he wasn’t going to serve as senator, why deny another the opportunity? Though I have no answers to this, but it sure leaves one wondering. Prof Dora Akunyili had a long legal battle with Dr Chris Ngige, claiming the election figures were doctored. Dr Chris Ngige equally claims that Prof Dora had the backing of a higher political force. We definitely couldn’t ascertain who was being sincere or not. However, I got some information from my sources regarding wat transpired after court ruled in favour of Dr Chris Ngige. Dr Ngige had this to say; “I won the senatorial election twice but Akunyili through the instrumentality of Anambra State Government decided to take a gamble at the elections court to see if blackmail and even intimidation could assist them get what the electorate denied them on the field.” And Prof Akunyili had this to say; “Aware that the election was rigged in his favour, Dr Ngige did everything humanly possible to ensure that my petition would not be heard. His legal team employed tactics, using one crafty argument after another to frustrate the hearing of my case. Five times we went on appeal and give times we won, sometimes with fine against Ngige. Having done everything within our power to get justice, we must at this point accept the reality that our case will never be heard. Its a sad day for justice in our country because technicality has triumphed over merit.” With both statements from both parties, one was clearly under the impression something went amiss but couldn’t place it. That was years back! 2yrs after, coming to run for governor, sure leaves people asking again, who was telling the truth? Who did we ought believe and fight for? Though he once served as a Governor of Anambra State for 33 months between 2003-2006, many citizens of Anambra still have doubts electing him back into office.

Akwa Ibom and Nigeria’s Ethic Nationalities

31 Oct

ImageBy: Dr. Tom Mbeke-Ekanem 

The process of overhauling the broken Nigeria’s political system has commenced, I’d say, in earnest. To a great majority of us, it is a period we’ve been waiting for. The actual Conference will be based mostly on representations from ethnic nationalities. Below, I have listed 462 ethnic groups in Nigeria. I really doubt if representations will come from all the 462. With this many groups, one can appreciate the onerous task of overhauling Nigeria.

Out of this number, Akwa Ibom can boast of 16 of them. Pardon me if I’ve left out yours. However, for those who have copies of Beyond the Execution, they can find all the ethnic groups with languages and dialects listed in Appendix B, pages 311 – 328 and local governments where they can be found. Here they are in alphabetical order:
Itu Mbon Uso,
 Nigerian Ethnic Groups, Languages and Dialects
1. ABINSI Benue State, Makurdi, Iharev; Gongola State, Wukari LGA.
2. ABONG,Taraba State, Sadauna LGA, Abong town.
3. ABUA, Rivers State, Ahoada and Degema LGA’s.
4. ACIPA, Kaduna State, Birni Gwari LGA; Niger State, Kotangora
5. ADUGE, Kwara State, Oyi LGA.
6. AFADE Borno State, Ngala LGA.
7. AGATU, Benue State, Otuko Div.; Plateau State, Awe, Nasarawa
8. AGOI, Cross River State, Obubra LGA.
9. AGWAGWUNE,Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA.
10. AKE, Plateau State, Lafia LGA.
11. AKOKO, Ondo State, Akoko North LGA.
12. AKPA, Benue State, Otukpo LGA.
13. AKPES, Ondo State, Akoko North LGA.
14. ALAGO, Plateau State, Awe and Lafia LGA’s.
15. ALEGE, Cross River State, Obudu LGA.
16. AMO, Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA; Plateau State, Bassa LGA.
17. ANNANG, Akwa Ibom State, Abak, Essien Udim, Ikot Ekpene,
      Oruk-Anam, and Ukanafun LGA’s.
18. ANGAS, Plateau State, Pankshin, Kanam, and Langtang LGA’s.
19. ARABIC SHUWA Borno State, Dikwa, Konduga, Ngala, and
      Bama LGA’s. 
20. ARUM-CESU, Plateau State, Akwanga LGA.
21. ATEN, Plateau State, Barakin Ladi LGA; Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA.
22. ATSAM, Kaduna State, Kachia LGA.
23. AUYOKAWA, Jigawa State, Keffin Hausa and Auyo LGA’s.
24. AWAK, Bauchi State, Billiri-Kaltungo LGA.
25. AYU, Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA.
26. BA, Adamawa State, Numan LGA.
27. BAANGI, Niger State.
28. BACAMA, Adamawaa State, Numan and Guyuk LGA’s, Kaduna
29. BADA, Plateau State, Kanam LGA; Bauchi State, Tafawa Balewa
30. BADE, Yobeo State, Bade LGA; Jigawa State, Hadejia LGA.
31. BAGIRMI, Borno State, Maiduguri LGA.
32. BAKOR, Cross River State, Ikom LGA.
33. BAKPINKA, Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA.
34. BALI, Taraba State, Numan LGA.
35. BANA, Adamawa State.
36. BANGWINJI. Bauchi State, Balanga and Billiri-Kaltungo LGA’s.
37. BARAWA, Bauchi State.
38. BARIBA, Kwara State, Borgu LGA; Niger State.
39. BARIKANCHI, Niger State, Chanchaga LGA; Plateau, Nassarawa
40. BASHAR, Plateau State, Langtang and Wase LGA’s.
41. BASSA-KONTAGORA, Niger State, Mariga LGA.
42. BATA, Adamawa State, Numan, Song, Fufore, and Mubi LGA’s.
43. BATU, Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Batu town.
44. BAUSHI, Niger State, Rafi LGA.
45. BEGBERE-EJAR, Kaduna State, Kachia LGA, Plateau State, Keffi
46. BEKWARRA, Cross River State, Ogoja LGA.
 47. BELE, Bauchi State, near the Bole.
48. BEROM, Plateau State, Berakin Ladi and Jos LGA’s; Kaduna State, Jema’a  
      LGA; Bauchi State.
49. BETE, Taraba State, Takum LGA.
50. BETE-BENDE, Cross River State, Obudu LGA.
51. BILE, Benue River, Adamawa State, Numan LGA’s.
52. BILIRI, Bauchi State, Billiri-Kaltungo and Akko LGA’s.
53. BINA, Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
54. BISENI Rivers State, Yenagoa LGA.
55. BITARE Taraba State, Sardauna LGA.
56. BOGA Adamawa State, Gombi LGA.
57. BOGHOM Plateau State, Kanam, Wase, and Shendam LGA’s.
58. BOKO Niger State, Borgu LGA; Kebbi State, Bagudo LGA.
59. BOKOBARU Kwara State, primarily Kiama LGA.
60. BOKYI Cross River State, Ikom, Obudu, and Ogoja LGA’s.
61. BOLE, Bauchi State, Dukku, Alakaleri, Darazo LGA’s; Borno State, Fika   
      LGA; Plateau State, Wase LGA.
62. BOSO, SOROGAMA Niger, Kwara, and Kebbi states, Lake Kainji.
63. BUDUMA, Borno State.
64. BUMAJI Cross River State, Obudu LGA, Bumaji town.
65. BURAK Bauchi State, Billiri-Kaltungo LGA.
66. BURA-PABIR, Adamawa State, Borno State, Biu and Askira-Uba
      LGA’s; Adamawa State, Gombi LGA.
67. BUSSANCHI Niger State, Borgu LGA.
68. CARA Plateau State, Bassa LGA.
69. CHE Plateau State, Bassa LGA.
70. CIBAK Borno State, Damboa LGA.
71. CISHINGINI, Niger State, Borgu and Agwara LGA’s, Kebbi State.
72. COMO KARIM, Taraba State, Jalingo, Karim Lamido LGA’s.
73. DADIYA Bauchi State, Balanga LGA; Gongola State, Numan LGA.
74. DAFFO-BATURAPlateau State, Mangu LGA.
75. DASS, Bauchi State, Toro and Dass LGA’s.
 76. DAZABauchi State, Darazo LGA, a few villages.
77. DEFAKA, Rivers State, Bonny LGA.
78. DEGEMA, Rivers State, Degema LGA.
79. DENDI Kebbi State, Argungu and Bagudo LGA’s.
80. DENO Bauchi State, Darazo LGA. DERA Gongola State, Guyuk
      LGA; Borno State, Biu LGA.
81. DGHWEDE Borno State, Gwoza LGA.
82. DIJIM Bauchi State, Balanga LGA; Gongola State, Numan LGA.
83. DIRI Bauchi State, Ningi and Darazo LGA’s.
84. DIRIM Taraba State, Bali LGA.
85. DOKA Kaduna State, Kachia LGA.
86. DOKO-UYANGA Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA, several towns.
87. DONG Taraba State, Zing and Mayo Belwa LGA’s.
88. DUGURI Bauchi State; Plateau State, Langtang LGA.
89. DUGUZA Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
90. DUKANCI Kebbi State, Wasagu, Yauri LGA’s; Niger State, Rijau
91. DULBU Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
92. DUNGU Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA, Dungi town.
93. DUWAI Yobe State, Bade LGA; Kano State, Hadejia LGA.
94. DZA Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, and Adamawa State,
      Numan LGA.
95. EBIRA Kwara State, Okene, Okehi, and Kogi LGA’s; Plateau State,
      Nassarawa LGA; Bendel State, Akoko-Edo LGA.
96. EBUGHU Akwa Ibom State, Mbo and Oron LGA’s.
97. EDO Bendel State, Ovia, Oredo, and Orhionmwon LGA’s.
98. EFAI Akwa Ibom State, Mbo LGA.
99. EFIK Cross River State, Calabar Municipality, Odukpani and
      Akamkpa LGA’s.
100. EFUTOP Cross River State, Ikom LGA.
101. EGGON Plateau State, Akwanga and Lafia LGA’s.
 102. EJAGHAM Cross River State, Akampka, Idom, Odukpani, Calabar LGA’s.
103. EKAJUK Cross River State, Ogoja LGA.
104. EKIT Akwa Ibom State, Uquo Ibeno and Eket LGA’s.
105. EKPARI Cross River State, Ogoja LGA.
106. EKPEYE Rivers State, Ahoada and Yenagoa LGA’s.
107. ELEME Rivers State, OTELGA.
108. ELOYI Plateau State, Awe, Nassarawa LGA’s; Benue State, Otukpo LGA.
109. EMAI-IULEHA-ORA Edo State, Owan LGA.
110. ENGENNI Rivers State, Ahoada and Yenagoa LGA’s.
111. ENGLISH Used in government, education. National language.
112. EPIE Rivers State, Yenagoa LGA.
113. ERUWA Bendel State, Isoko LGA.
114. ESAN Bendel State, Agbazko, Okpebho, Owan, and Etsako LGA’s.
115. ETEBI Akwa Ibom State, Uquo Ibeno LGA.
116. ETULO Benue State, Gboko LGA; Taraba State, Wukari LGA.
117. EVAND Cross River State, Obudu LGA.
118. FALI OF BAISSA Taraba State, Falinga Plateau region.
119. FAM Taraba State, Bali LGA.
120. FIRAN Plateau State, Barkin Ladi LGA.
121. FULFULDE, ADAMAWA Taraba and Adamawa States.
122. FULFULDE, SOKOTO Sokoto State.
123.FUNGWA Niger State, Rafi LGA.
124. FYAM Plateau State, Jos, Barkin Ladi, and Mangu LGA’s.
125. FYER Plateau State, Mangu LGA.
126. GA’ANDA Adamawa State, Gombi LGA.
127. GADE Federal Capital Territory and Plateau State, Nassarawa LGA.
128. GALAMBU Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
129. GAMO-NINGI Bauchi State, Ningi LGA.
130. GANA Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
131. GBAGYI Niger State, Rafi, Chanchaga, Shiroro, Suleija LGA’s; 
132. Kaduna State, Kachi LGA; Plateau State, Keffi, Nassarawa LGA’s;
        Federal Capital Territory.
133. GBARI Plateau State, Nassarawa LGA.
134. GBAYA, NORTHWEST Taraba State, Bali LGA.
135. GBIRI-NIRAGU Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
136. GEJI Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
137. GENGLE Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa and Fufore LGA’s.
138. GERA Bauchi State, Bauchi and Darazo LGA’s.
139. GERUMA Bauchi State, Toro and Darazo LGA’s.
140. GEVOKO Borno State, Gwoza LGA; Adamawa State.
141.GHOTUO Edo State, Owan and Akoko-Edo LGA’s.
142. GIBANAWA Sokoto State, Jega LGA.
143. GIIWO Bauchi State, Alkaleri, Bauchi, and Darazo LGA’s.
144. GLAVDA Borno State, Gwoza LGA
145. GOEMAI Plateau State, Shendam, Lafia, and Awe LGA’s.
146. GOKANA Rivers State, Gokana, Tai-Eleme LGA’s.
147. GUDE Adamawa State, Mubi LGA; Borno State, Askira-Uba LGA.
148. GUDU Adamawa State, Song LGA.
149. GUDUF Borno State, Gwoza LGA.
150. GUN-GBE Lagos State, Badagry LGA.
151.GURMANA Niger State, Shiroro LGA.
152. GURUNTUM-MBAARU Bauchi State, Bauchi and Alkaleri LGA’s.
153. GWA Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
154. GWAMHI-WURI Kebbi State, Wasagu LGA, Danko-Maga area,
        and Niger State, Magama LGA, Dusai and Kwimu.
155. GWANDARA Niger State, Suleija LGA; Federal Capital Territory;
        Kaduna State, Kachia; Plateau State, Keffi, Lafia, Nassarawa, and
        Akwanga LGA’s.
156. GWOMU Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA.
157. GYEM Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
158. HAM Kaduna State, Kachia and Jema’a LGA’s; Plateau State, Keffi. 
159. HAUSA Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano and Bauchi states.
        Spoken as a second language in the northern half of Nigeria.
160. HEDI Borno State, Gwoza LGA; Adamawa State, Michika LGA.
161. HOROM Plateau State, Mangu LGA.
162. HUBA Adamawa State, Hong, Gombi, and Mubi LGA’s.
163. HUNGWORO Niger State, Rafi LGA.
164. HWANA Adamawa State, Gombi LGA.
165. IBANI Rivers State, Bonny and Degema LGA’s.
166. IBIBIO Akwa Ibom State, Itu, Uyo, Etinan, Ikot Abasi, Ikono,
        Ekpe-Atai, Uruan, Onna, Nsit-Ubium, and Mkpat Enin LGA’s.
167. IBUNO Akwa Ibom State, Uquo-Ibeno LGA.
168. IBUORO Akwa Ibom State, Itu and Ikono LGA’s.
169. ICEN Taraba State, Takum, Sardauna, Bali, Wukari LGA’s.
170. ICEVE-MACI Cross River State, Obudu LGA.
171. IDERE Akwa Ibom State, Itu LGA.
172. IDOMA Benue State, Otukpo and Okpokwu LGA’s.
173. IDON Kaduna State, Kachia LGA.
174. IDUN Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA.
175. IGALA Benue State, Ankpa, Idah, Dekina, and Bassa LGA’s; Edo
        State, Agbazko and Oshimili LGA’s; Anambra State, Anambra LGA.
176. IGBO Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Imo State; Rivers State,
        Ikwerre-Etche, Bonny, and Ahoada LGA’s; and Delta State,
        Oshimili, Anoicha, Ika, and Ndokwa LGA’s.
177. IGEDE Benue State, Oju, Otukpo, and Okpokwu LGA’s; Cross
        River State, Ogoja LGA.
178. IGUTA Plateau State, Bassa LGA.
179. IZON, Rivers State, Yenagoa and Sagbama LGA’s; Delta State,
        Burutu, Warri, and Ughelli LGA’s; Ondo State, Ikale, Ilaje
        Ese-Odo LGA’s.
180. IJAW, Rivers State, Brass LGA.
181. IKA Delta State, Ika and Orhionmwon LGA’s.
182. IKO Akwa Ibom State, Ikot Abasi LGA
183. IKPESHI Bendel State, Etsako LGA.
184. IKU-GORA-ANKWA Kaduna State, Kachia LGA.
185. IKU Kaduna State, Kachia LGA.
186. IKWERE Rivers State, Ikwerre, Port Harcourt, and Obio LGA’s
187. ILUE Akwa Ibom State, Oron LGA.
188. IRIGWE Plateau State, Bassa and Birikin-Ladi LGA’s; Kaduna
        State, Saminaka LGA.
189. ITSEKIRI Delta State, Warri, Bomadi, and Ethiope LGA’s.
190. ISOKO Delta State, Isoko and Ndokwa LGA’s.
191. ITO Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA.
192. ITU MBON UZO Akwa Ibom State, Ikono LGA.
193. IVBIE NORTH-OKPELA-ARHE Edo State, Etsako and
        Akoko-Edo LGA’s.
194. IYAYU Ondo State
195. IZERE Plateau State, Birikin Ladi LGA, Jos LGA; Bauchi State,
        Toro LGA; and Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA.
196. IZI-EZAA-IKWO-MGBO Anambra State, Abakaliki, Ezza, and
        Ishielu LGA’s; Benue State, Okpokwu LGA; Abia State, Ohaozara LGA.
197. IZORA Plateau State, Bassa LGA.
198. JANJI Plateau State, Bassa LGA.
199. JARA Borno State, Biu LGA; Bauchi State, Akko LGA.
200. JARAWA Bauchi, Adamawa, and Plateau States.
201. JERA Plateau State, Bassa LGA; Bauchi State, Toro LGA; Kaduna
        State, Saminaka LGA.
202. JIBU Taraba State, Gashaka LGA.
203. JIDA-ABU Plateau State, Akwanga LGA.
204. JILBE Borno State, Jilbe town
205. JIMBIN Bauchi State, Darazo LGA.
206. JIMI Bauchi State, Darazo LGA, Jimi village; Adamawa State, Song LGA.
207. JIRU Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA.
208. JJU Kaduna State, Kachia and Jema’a LGA’s.
209. JORTO Plateau State, Shendam LGA.
210. JU Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
211. JUKUN TAKUM Taraba State, Takum, Sardauna, and Bali LGA’s.
212. JUKUN WURKUM Taraba State, Bali, Jalingo, Karim Lamido
        LGA’s; Plateau State, Shendam and Langtang LGA’s.
213. KADARA Kaduna State, Kachia LGA; Niger State, Chanchaga LGA.
214. KAGOMA Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA.
215. KAIVI Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
216. KAKIHUM Niger State.
217. KALABARI Rivers State, Degema and Bonny LGA’s.
218. KAM Taraba State, Bali LGA
219. KAMANTAN Kaduna State, Kachia LGA.
220. KAMKAM Taraba State, Sardauna LGA.
221. KAMO Bauchi State, Biliri-Kaltungo and Akko LGA’s.
222. KAMUKU Niger State, Rafi and Mariga LGA’s; Kaduna State,
       Birnin Gwari LGA.
223. KAMWE Adamawa State, Michika LGA, in the Mandara Mts.
224. KANTANA Plateau State, Akwanga LGA.
225. KANUFI-KANINGDON-NINDEM Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA.
226. KANURI, MANGA Mainly Yobe, Jigawa and Bauchi states.
227. KANURI, YERWA Borno State, Kano State, Hadejia LGA.
228. KAPYA Taraba State, Takum LGA.
229. KAREKARE Bauchi State, Gamawa and Misau LGA’s; Borno
        State, Fika LGA.
230. KARFA Plateau State, Akwanga LGA, Kerifa village.
231. KARIYA Bauchi State, Darazo LGA.
232. KATAB Kaduna State, Kachia, Saminaka, and Jema’a LGA’s.
233. KIBALLO Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
234. KINUKU Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
235. KIONG Cross River State, Odukpani and Akampka LGA’s.
236. KIR-BALAR Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
237. KITIMI Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
238. KOANA Rivers State, Khana, Gokana, and Oyigbo LGA’s.
239. KOENOEM Plateau State, Shendam LGA.
240. KOFYAR Plateau State, Shendam, Mangu, and Lafia LGA’s.
241. KOHUMONO Cross River State, Obubra LGA.
242. KOMA Adamawa State, Ganye and Fufore LGA’s.
243. KONA Taraba State, Wukari and Karim Lamido LGA’s; Plateau
        State, Langtang and Wase LGA’s; Bauchi State, Alkaleri and Akko
244. KONO Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA, Kona village.
245. KORO IJA Federal Capital Territory, south of Abuja.
246. KORO ZUBAFederal Capital Territory, near Zuba.
247. KOROP Cross River State, Odukpani and Akampka LGA’s.
248. KPAN Taraba State, Wukari, Takum, and Sardauna LGA’s.
249. KPASAM Adamawa State, Numan LGA.
250. KPATI Taraba State, Wukari, Takum LGA’s.
251. KUBI Bauchi State, Darazo LGA.
252. KUDU-CAMO Bauchi State, Ningi LGA.
253. KUGAMA Adamawa State, Fufore LGA.
254. KUGBO Rivers State, Brass LGA.
255. KUKELE Cross River State, Ogoja LGA; Anambra State, Abakaliki
        LGA; Benue State, Okpokwu and Oju LGA’s.
256. KULERE Plateau State, Bokkos LGA.
257. KULUNG Taraba State, Karim Lamido and Wukari LGA’s.,
258. KUMBA Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa and Fufore LGA’s.
259. KUPTO Bauchi State, Dukku LGA; Bakpga. Borno, Gujba states.
260. KURAMA Kaduna State, Saminaka and Ikara LGA’s; Kano LGA.
261. KUSHI Bauchi State, Biliri, and Kaltungo LGA’s.
262. KUTEP Taraba State, Takum LGA.
263. KUTURMI Kaduna State, Kachia LGA.
264. KUZAMANI Bauchi State, Toto LGA.
265. KWAAMI Bauchi State, Gombe LGA.
266. KWANKA Plateau State, Mangu LGA; Bauchi State, Tafawa Balewa
        LGA. KYAK Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA.
267. LABIR Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
268. LAGWAN Borno State, Dikwa and Ngala LGA’s.
269. LAKA Taraba State, Karim Lamido and Yola LGA’s.
270. LALA-ROBA Adamawa State, Gombi LGA, and Borno State.
271. LAMANG Borno State, Gwoza LGA; Adamawa State, Michika
272. LAME Bauchi State, Toto LGA.
273. LAMJA Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa LGA.
274. LAMNSO Taraba State, Sardauna LGA.
275. LARU Niger State, Borgu LGA.
276. LEELAU Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA.
277. LEGBO Cross River State, Obubra LGA; Abia State, Afikpo LGA.
278. LELA Kebbi State, Zuru, Sakaba, and Donko-Wasagu LGA’s; Niger
        State, Rijau LGA.
279. LEMORO Plateau State, Bassa LGA; Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
280. LENYIMA Cross River State, Obubra LGA.
281. LEYIGHA Cross River State, Obubra LGA.
282. LIBO Adamawa State, Guyuk, Song, and Numan LGA’s.
283. LIJILI Plateau State, Awe and Lafia LGA’s.
284. LIMBUM Taraba State, Sardauna LGA.
285. LO Bauchi State, Kaltungo LGA, Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA.
286. LOKO Cross River State, Obubra LGA.
287. LONGUDA Adamawa State, Guyuk LGA; Bauchi State, Balanga LGA.
288. LOPA Niger State, Borgu LGA,Niger River; Kebbi State, Yauri LGA.
289. LOTSU-PIRI Adamawa State, Numan LGA; Bauchi State, Kaltungo LGA.
290. LUBILA Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA.
291. LUFU Taraba State, Takum LGA.
292. LURI Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
293. MAAKA Borno State, Gujba LGA.
294. MABAS Adamawa State, Michika LGA.
295. MABO-BARKUL Plateau State, Mangu LGA.
296. MADA Plateau State, Akwanga LGA; Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA.
297. MAFA Borno State, Gwoza LGA.
298. MAK Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA.
299. MALA Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
300. MAMBILA Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Mambila Plateau.
301. MANGAS Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
302. MARGHI Borno State, Askira-Uba and Damboa.
303. MASHI Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
304. MBAI Borno State. Mainly in Chad.
305. MBE Cross River State, Ogoja LGA.
306. MBEMBE, Cross River State, Obubra and Ikom LGA’s; Anambra
        State, Abakaliki LGA.
307. MBEMBE TIGON Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Kurmi district.
308. MBOI Adamawa State, Song, Fufore, and Gombi LGA’s.
309. MBULA-BWAZZA Adamawa State, Numan, Guyuk, Song, Demsa LGA’s.
310. MINI Rivers State, Brass LGA.
311. MISHIP Plateau State, Pankshin, Mangu, Shendam LGA’s.
312. MIYA Bauchi State, Darazo LGA.
313. MOM JANGO Adamawa State, Yola and Fufore LGA’s.
314. MONTOL Plateau State, Shendam LGA.
315. MPADE Borno State.
316. MUMUYE Taraba State, Jalingo, Zing, Karim Lamido, Yoro, Bali,
        Ganye, Fufore, Yola, Numan, and Mayo Belwa LGA’s.
317. MUNDAT Plateau State, Mangu LGA.
318. MUNGA Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA. 
319. MVANON Taraba State, Sardauna LGA.
320. MWAGHAVUL Plateau State, Barakin-Ladi and Mangu LGA’s.
321. NANDU-TARI Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA.
322. NDE-NSELE-NTA Cross River State, Ikom LGA.
323. NDOE Cross River State, Ikom LGA.
324. NDOOLA Taraba State, Bali, Gashaka, Sardauna LGA’s.
325. NGAMO Yobe State, Fika LGA; Bauchi State, Darazo and Dukku LGA’s.
326. NGGWAHYI Borno State, Askira-Uba LGA.
327. NGIZIM Borno State, Damaturu LGA.
328. NGWABA Adamawa State, Gombi LGA and Hong LGA.
329. NINZAM Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA; Plateau State, Akwanga LGA.
330. NJERUP Cross River State, Ogoja LGA.
331. NKOROO Rivers State, Bonny LGA.
332. NKUKOLI Cross River State,Ikom, Obubra and Akamkpa LGA’s,
        Iko Ekperem Development Area.
333. NKWAK Kaduna State, Birnin Gwari LGA.
334. NNAM Cross River State, Ikom and Ogoja LGA’s.
335. NUMANA-NUNKU-GWANTU-NUMBU Kaduna State, Jema’a
        LGA; Plateau State, Akwanga LGA.
336. NUNGU Plateau State, Akwanga LGA.
337. NUPE Niger State, Lavun, Mariga, Gbako, Bida, Agaie, and Lapai
        LGA’s; Kwara State, Edu LGA; Kofi State, Kogi and Bassa LGA’s;
        Federal Capital Territory.
338. NYONG Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa LGA.
339. NZANYI Adamawa State, Maiha LGA.
340. OBANLIKU Cross River State, Obudu LGA.
341. OBOLO Rivers State, Bonny LGA; Akwa Ibom State, Ikot Abasi LGA.
342. OBULOM Rivers State, Okrikaa LGA.
343. ODUAL Rivers State, Ahoada LGA. 
344. ODUT Cross River State, Odukpani LGA.
345. OGBAH Rivers State, Ogbah-Egbema-Ndoni LGA.
346. OGBIA Rivers State, Brass LGA.
347. OGBOGOLO Rivers State, Ahoada LGA.
348. OGBRONUAGUM Rivers State, Degema LGA, Bukuma village
        near Buguma. OKOBO Akwa Ibom State, Okobo LGA.
349. OKODIA Rivers State, Yenagoa LGA.
350. OKO-ENI-OSAYEN Kogi State, Okene LGA, Ogori and Magongo towns.
351. OKPAMHERI Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA.
352. OKPE Edo State, Okpe LGA.
353. OKPE-IDESA-OLOMA-AKUKU Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA.
354. OKRIKA Rivers State, Okrika, Opobo, Bonny, and Degema LGA’s.
355. OLULUMO-IKOM Cross River State, Ikom LGA.
356. ORING Benue State, Okpokwu LGA; Anambra State, Ishielu LGA.
357. ORON Akwa Ibom State, Oron LGA.
358. ORUMA Rivers State, Brass LGA.
359. OSOSO Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA.
360. OTANK Cross River State, Obudu LGA; Benue State, Kwande LGA.
361. PA’AWA Bauchi State, Ningi and Darazo LGA’s.
362. PAI Plateau State, Pankshin LGA.
363. PEERE Adamawa State, Ganye LGA.
364. PERO Bauchi State, Alkaleri LGA.
365. PIDGIN ENGLISH Southern states and in Sabon Garis of the
        northern states.
366. PITI Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
367. PIYA Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, Bauchi State.
368. POLCI Bauchi State, Bauchi and Toro LGA’s.
369. PONGU Niger State, Rafi LGA.
370. PSIKYE Adamawa State, north and east of Michika.
371. PNAM Kebbi State, Zuru LGA, Fakai District.
 372. PUTAI Borno State, Damboa LGA.
373. PYAPUN Plateau State, Shendam LGA.
374. RESHE Kebbi State, Yauri LGA; Niger State, Borgu LGA; Kebbi
        State, Niger State.
375. RON Plateau State, Bokkos, Barakin-Ladi and Mangu LGA’s.
376. RUBASA Kogi State, Bassa and Ankpa LGA’s; Plateau State,
        Nassarawa LGA; Federal Capital Territory, Yaba and Kwali LGA’s;
        Benue State, Makurdi LGA.
377. RUMA Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
378. SAMBA DAKA Taraba State, Gashaka, Jalingo, Bali, Zing LGA’s,
        and Adamawa State, Ganye and Mayo Belwa LGA’s.
379. SAMBA LEKO Adamawa State, Ganye LGA.
380. SANGA Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
381. SASARU-ENWAN IGWE Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA.
382. SAYA Bauchi State, Tafawa Balewa LGA.
383. SETO-GBE Lagos State, Badagry LGA.
384. SHA Plateau State, Mangu LGA, Sha town.
385. SHAGAWU Plateau State, Mangu LGA.
386. SHALL-ZWALL Bauchi State, Dass LGA.
387. SHAMA Niger State, Rafi and Mariga LGA’s; Kaduna State, Birnin
        Gwari LGA.
388. SHANGA Kebbi State between Kaoje and Yauri.
389. SHAU Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
390. SHENI Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
391. SHIKI Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
392. SHOO-MINDA-NYEM Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA.
393. SIRAWA Bauchi State, Darazo and Ningi LGA’s.
394. SOMYEWE Taraba State, Sardauna LGA.
395. SUKUR Adamawa State, Michika LGA, Mandara Mts.
396. SURUBU Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA.
397. TAL Plateau State, Pankshin LGA.
398. TALA Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
 399. TAHOUA (TUAREG) Few in Nigeria.
400. TAMBAS Plateau State, Mangu LGA.
401. TANGALE Bauchi State, Billiri, Kaltungo and Akko LGA’s.
402. TAPSHIN Bauchi State, Dass LGA; Plateau State, Pankshin LGA.
403. TAROK Plateau State, Kanam, Wase, and Langtang LGA’s; Gongola
        State, Wukari LGA.
404. TAURA Bauchi State, Toro LGA.
405. TEDA Few in Nigeria.
406. TEME Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa LGA.
407. TERA Bauchi State, Gombe and Akko LGA’s; Borno State, Biu LGA.
408. TESHENAWA Jigawa State, Keffin Hausa LGA, Teshena town.
409. THIR Adamawa State, Gombi LGA, north of Ga’anda.
410. TIBA Adamawa State, Ganye LGA; Tiba Plateau.
411. TITA Taraba State, Jalingo LGA.
412. TIV Benue State, Makurdi, Gwer, Gboko Kwande, Vandeikya, and
        Katsina Ala LGA’s; Plateau State, Lafia LGA; Taraba State, Bali,
        Takum, and Wukari LGA’s.
413. TSAGU Bauchi State, Ningi and Darazo LGA’s.
414. TSIKIMBA Niger State, Magama and Mariga LGA’s.
415. TSISHINGINI Niger State, Magama and Mariga LGA’s.
416. TULA Bauchi State, Kaltungo LGA.
417. TURKWAM Plateau State, Akwanga LGA.
418. TYENGA Kebbi State.
419. UBAGHARA Cross River State, Akampka LGA.
420. UBANG Cross River State, Obudu LGA.
421. UDA Akwa Ibom State, Mbo LGA.
422. UHAMI Ondo State, Akoko South an d Owo LGA’s.
423. UJIJILI Niger State, Chanchaga and Suleija LGA’s.
424. UKAAN Ondo State, Akoko North LGA.
425. UKPE-BAYOBIRI Cross River State, Obudu and Ikom LGA’s.
426. UKPET-EHOM Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA.
427. UKUE-EHUEN Ondo State, Akoko South LGA.
428. UKWA Cross River State, Akampka LGA.
429. UKWUANI-ABOH Delta State, Ndokwa LGA; Rivers State,
        Ahoada LGA.
430. ULUKWUMI Delta State, Aniocha and Oshimili LGA’s.
431. UMON Cross River State, Akampka LGA.
432. UNEME Edo State, Etsako, Agbazko, and Akoko-Edo LGA’s.
433. URHOBO Delta State, Ethiope and Ughelli LGA’s.
434. USAKADE Cross River State, Odukpani LGA.
435. UTUGWANG Cross River State, Obudu and Ogoja LGA’s.
436. UVBIE Delta State, Ethiope LGA.
437. UZEKWE Cross River State, Ogoja LGA.
438. VIN Adamawa State, Mubi LGA.
439. VUTE Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Northeast Mambila Plateau.
440. WAJA Bauchi State, Akko, Biliri, Kaltungo LGA’s; Adamawa
        State, northern Michika LGA; Borno State, Gwoza LGA; Taraba
        State, Bali LGA.
441. WAKA Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA.
442. WANDALA Borno State, Damboa, Bama, Gwoza, and Konduga LGA’s.
443. WAPAN Taraba State, Wukari LGA; Plateau State, Shendam, Lafia,
        Awe, and Langtang LGA’s.
444. WARJI Bauchi State, Darazo and Ningi LGA’s; Jigawa State,
        Birnin Kudu LGA.
445. WASE Plateau State, Shendam and Langtang LGA’s.
446. WEDU Plateau State, Pankshin, Kanam, and Langtang LGA’s.
447. WOM Adamawa State, Fufore LGA.
448. WUTANA Bauchi Emirate.
449. YALA Cross River State, Ogoja, Obubra, and Ikom LGA’s.
450. YAMBA Taraba State, Sardauna, Gashaka LGA’s.
451. YASHI Plateau State, Akwanga LGA.
452. YEKHEE Edo State, Etsako, Agbako, and Okpebho LGA’s.
453. YENDANG Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa and Numan LGA’s;
454. State, Yoro, Jalingo, Zing, and Karim Lamido LGA’s.
455. YESKWA Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA; Plateau State, Keffi LGA.
456. YIWOM Plateau State, Shendam and Langtang LGA’s.
457. YORUBA Oyo, Ogun, Ondo Osun, Kwara, and Lagos states; and
        western LGA’s of Kogi State.
458. YUKUBEN Taraba State, Takum LGA.
459. YUNGUR Adamawa State, Guyuk, Gombi, and Song LGA’s,
460. ZANGWAL Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA.
461. ZARI Bauchi State, Toro and Tafawa Balewa LGA’s.
462. ZARMA Kebbi State, Argungu, Birnin Kebbi, Bunza LGA’s; Niger
posted by, 
Dr. Tom Mbeke-Ekanem, REA 
Author, Beyond the Execution – 
   Understanding the Ethnic and Military Politics in Nigeria
Los Angeles, California 
Tel: (951) 640-0737 




Islam abhors killing of innocent persons- Sultan

30 Oct

Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar

Sultan dissociates himself from dastardly acts

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Tuesday dissociated himself and other Muslims from the killing of Christians in the name of Islam.

“The Sokoto Sultanate Council, all traditional rulers and the generality of the Muslims, have dissociated themselves from such dastardly acts.

“Islam abhors the killing of any innocent souls without following the due legal processes,” he said.

The Sultan spoke when former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar, paid him a courtesy call.

“We are always committed to the growth and development of Islamic religion, but in line with its teachings and law.

“Muslims should even persuade non-Muslims to join the religion by their good conduct and strict adherence to the Islamic law.

“We should, therefore, live peacefully with our Christian brothers and not attempt to kill them,” the Sultan said.

The Sultan commended Mr. Abubakar for his dexterity and commitment to peace and unity in Nigeria, and globally.

Mr. Abubakar extolled the sterling virtues of the Sultan, describing him as a pillar of peace, unity and peaceful coexistence.

“The Sultan has been facilitating peace, unity and understanding between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria and beyond,” he said.

He stressed the need for the use of dialogue to resolve all the problems of Nigeria, adding that this could be done in spite of the diverse religious, cultural and ethnic differences.

Mr. Abubakar, told the Sultan that he was in Sokoto to inaugurate the state university and commended the state Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, for transforming Sokoto State.

The dignitaries at the university’s inauguration included former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako.


Itauma Backs Mobil Oil Spill Protesters, Calls For Monarch Release

30 Oct

By Mark Joseph

Sam Itauma, Director, SAI

Sam Itauma, Director, SAI

The three days warning protest embarked upon by the oil bearing communities in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, namely, Eket, Esit Eket, Onna and Ibeno, against ExxonMobil refusal to pay the 2012 oil spill compensation has received a boost from a US based  human right activist, Mr. Sam Itauma.

In a press statement widely published in various human right blogs and websites, Itauma described the protest as a “very courageous and commendable” means by the oil bearing communities to ask for the oil spill compensation which was agreed upon by the multinational to pay since last year but suddenly reneged on it agreement.  

“The peaceful protest by oil bearing Communities –  Eket, Esit Eket, Onna and Ibeno against ExxonMobil refusal to pay the agreed oil spill compensation deal is a very courageous and commendable move to check the age long neglect, exploitation and deprivation. It’s indeed a genuine way to press home their legitimate demands” 

The statement strongly accused Mobil of playing a divide and rule tactics and urged the company to stop paying deaf ear to the plight of its host communities who bear the brunt of environmental degradation and pollution from its activities; while stating that the company’s working relationship has even gone worst and become badly insensitive to the community’s plight since it transformed from Mobil to ExxonMobil.


” We’re no strangers to the divide and conquer antics of ExxonMobil. It was even better when it was just Mobil: as they often listen at least with one ear – Community roads tarred, borehole water provided, scholarship issued when sometimes called to act. Since it became ExxonMobil, both eardrums have been perennially blocked. It’s a clear case of callous insensitivity to the plight of the people who have suffered long years of deprivation and untold hardship. The goose that lays the golden egg continues to be deprived, suffocated; harsh, toxic chemicals unleashed to depopulate the host community. What a good price to pay for laying the golden eggs!” The statement added.


The Eket born activist called on ExxonMobil not to wait until the protest results into casualties before deciding to pay the compensation it consented to over a year ago.

“ExxonMobil should not wait until lives are lost during the protests before it addresses the yearnings and demands of the protesting communities, as this will leave an unpardonable scar in minds of its hosts…” Itauma asserts.

Release Esit Eket Monarch:

The press statement by Mr Sam Itauma also passionately called for the release of the Paramount Ruler of Esit Eket, Chief Ubong Peter Assam who was kidnapped a day prior to the commencement the protest match by the ExxonMobil oil bearing communities of Eket. 

It described the the abduction of the monarch as “preposterous and regrettable” while maintaining that such culture was alien to the Eket communities at large.

“Please, release your own father from captivity! It’s not only preposterous to abduct an old sage but very regrettable. You can’t punish your own father for the sins of plunderers. This alien and abhorrent act is now becoming a way of life! Please, release HIs Royal Majesty, Chief Ubong Assam to get his medication.

He expressed worry that failure to release the royal father might lead to the deterioration of his already poor health condition or untimely death. 

He dismissed insinuation that Edidem Assam was in support of ExxonMobil’s refusal to pay the oil spill compensation.

“Any good sufferer of high blood pressure is bound to be stroked or die if his medication is not taken at the appropriate time…Can the abducted monarch stop the ExxonMobil from paying the communities their due compensation as it’s currently being peddled? The answer of course , can never be in the affirmative….” the statement queried 

astern Libyans declare autonomous government

25 Oct

Leaders of a movement for self-rule on oil-rich eastern Libya have announced a formation of shadow government.

The leaders of a movement for self-rule in oil-rich eastern Libyan have unilaterally announced the formation of a shadow
government, the latest challenge to the weakened central authority.

The announcement on Thursday came several months after the movement, backed by some militias and local tribes, declared the eastern half of Libya to be an autonomous state, named Barqa, claiming broad self-rule powers and control
over resources.

The central government in Tripoli had rejected the declaration. It had no immediate comments on Thursday.

Advocates of the self-rule in the east, who have long complained about discrimination by the government in the capital Tripoli, have been pushing for the reviving the system maintained under King Idris in 1951.

Libya then was divided into three states, with Cyrenaica, or Barqa, as it was called in Arabic, encompassing the eastern half of the country.

Opponents fear a declaration of autonomy could be the first step toward the outright division of the country, particularly with the turmoil that struck in the aftermath of the fall of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The tension between the central government and eastern militias and tribal leaders has already disrupted the exports of oil.

Eastern militias earlier seized control of oil exporting terminals, sending production plunging from 1.4 million barrels a day to around 600,000, robbing the country of its main revenue source.

The aim of the regional government is to share resources in a better fashion, and to end the centralised system adopted by the authorities in Tripoli

Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, head of newly declared Barqa government

Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, the head of the newly declared Barqa government, said the aim is to improve distribution of resources and undermine the hold of the centralised system that has discriminated against their region.

“The aim of the regional government is to share resources in a better fashion, and to end the centralised system adopted by the authorities in Tripoli,” al-Barassi said at a news conference in the northeastern town of Ajdabiya.

He dismissed accusations that the movement’s leaders are only seeking to
take control of the region’s oil resources.

“We only want Barqa’s share according to the 1951 constitution,” he said.

The new government is made up of 24 posts, which don’t include the defence or foreign affairs portfolios, he said.

Al-Barassi said the region will encompass four provinces, including Benghazi, Tobruk, Ajdabiya and Jebel Akhdar.

Since Gaddafi’s ouster following months of civil war, Libya has been beset by lawlessness as the numerous armed men who fought against the longtime leader’s forces formed into independent militias now vying for power and
allying with competing politicians.

“The security file will be priority,” Al-Barassi said. “It is a thorny issue leading to the chaos of illegitimate militias.”

It is not clear how much support the new autonomous government will have in the country’s east, though the movement’s leaders have seized control of important resources.

Officials in the central government have threatened to use military action against any illegal or unauthorised shipment of oils.

Meanwhile, a Libyan court on Thursday referred Gaddafi’s son and more than 30 others to trial before a higher tribunal on charges ranging from murder to treason during the 2011 uprising, a senior prosecutor said.

Akpabio’s Approval Rating Soars After Umana’s Removal

22 Oct

By Dave Emma

Gov Akpabio

Gov Akpabio

Umana-Ex SSG

Umana-Ex SSG

A recent survey by a team of political analysts shows that the approval rating of the Akwa Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, skyrockets as soon as the ex-Secretary to the State Government,  Obong Umana Okon Umana was booted out of office. The survey was conducted between August and September 2013

Umana’s removal which was greeted with a thunderous storm as major beer parlors and pubs ran short of supplies even as people took to the streets in high

jubilation and ecstasy has compelled even Akpabio’s arch critics to pause for a while and say “thank you” for removing Umana Umana,
Contrary to the belief that Umana was a very popular candidate,  random sampling in some streets across Akwa Ibom State indicates that Umana was never an acceptable choice of the people. A good number of people only thought that he was Akpabio’s anointed candidate for the Akwa Ibom State top job. That’s why some locals decided to join the bandwagon in singing his praises.
In Uyo Senatorial District,  75% of the people spoke to, said they never wanted Umana as a governor and the governor did the right thing to remove him, 10% remained neutral while 15% still believed in him
In Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, 91% of voters believes he overstayed his welcome and gave the governor a pat on the back for his action, 4% remained neutral while 5% believed he should be allowed to run.
The Eket Senatorial District Axis, though was greeted with divergent views, the survey shows the following results. 80% believes the governor’s  action was a directive from God, 10% of potential voters took a neutral ground, while 10% thinks he  should be allowed a chance to test his popularity in the poll
The general approval rate of Governor Akpabio was pegged at 85%. Observers believes that despite the siege on economy and dire poverty turmoil in many families as a result of unprecedented and damning unemployment rate, Akpabio’s action has placed him on a high pedestal, during the survey.

It will be recalled that the former SSG, Umana, was smoked out of office on July 29, barely four days of his declaration to run for the governorship position in 2015.

Analysts maintain that the rating might soon plummet down given the political uncertainty that is currently hovering around Akpabio as he tries to tilt support to the  new SSG as his his anointed calf

Gun Men Abduct Esit Eket Paramount Ruler

22 Oct

By Dave EmmaImage

Akwa Ibom State: The Paramount ruler of Esit Eket, His Royal Majesty, Edidem Ubong Peter Assam has been kidnapped by unknown gun men who stormed his palace about 2: 00 am Nigerian time today, Tuesday.


The gun men who were about  seven  in number stormed the royal palace while shattering bullets into the air, dragged Edidem Assam out of his bed room into a waiting unidentified car and drove to Unyeghe, in Mbo Local Government Area, where he  was again picked up by a speed boat into the Oron high sea.


An eyewitness  told GlobalVille News that though, no casualty was recorded during the operation, but several people sustained injuries in varieddegrees while scampering for safety


“The gun men surrounded the chief’s compound shooting gun into the air. One of the gun shots sounded like a bomb blast. I thought it was a war. My daughter and I ran into the bush. She sustained some injuries while running. We saw them dragged the chief like a goat. I thought the came to kill him. But they put him into a waiting car that was steaming and sped off to the Unyighe area of Oron. The police came very late while they have already gone.” Mrs Ime Akpe, a  quivering  mother of three told this reporter.


The Esit Eket Police Divisional Officer was not available for comment as he was said to have travelled to Uyo since yesterday for police weekly briefing. But a senior police officer who merely gave his name as Inspector Ogar said he got distress calls from different sources around 2:00 am this morning but before they arrived the scene, the kidnappers have already gone with the royal father.

“There were a lot of  calls from different quarters informing us of the operation of the kidnappers, but before we could mobilize our men from Uquo to Akpa Utong, they had already fled the scene with the chief. But we are going to send our men to comb the community in search of the abducted chief.” Mr Orga said.

Akpabio, Akwa Ibom Lawmakers may go to jail over Certificate Scam – MR MONDAY UKO- THE REAL FACTS

19 Oct

By Ofonime Enoh

ImageThe recent appearance of certain publications online about the so called “certificate forgery scam” has left some of us who were colleagues with the person in question alarmed at the extent to which mischievous people could go to discredit an individual all in the name of politics.
For the avoidance of doubt, the following undisputable facts are hereby stated;
1. That Mr Monday Uko is a bonafide member of the University of Uyo faculty of Law Class of 2005.
2. That Mr Monday Uko alongside several members of this class bore the same registration number starting with 99/UG/…… except those who joined as direct entry students in our second year that have a different registration number.
3. That at no material time during the period we spent in University of Uyo was Mr Monday Uko ever expelled or involved in any certificate scandal.
4. That we shared the same classes and experience with Mr Monday Uko from 1999 when we firat had the first Legal Methods classes till the last lecture in 2005 and we all wrote our final papers between 1st and 5th August 2005, a month earlier than the rest of the University because of the law school opening date.
5. That the then Dean of Law, Prof Enefiok Essien obtained an approval from the University’s Senate to conduct our final exams earlier than stipulated.
6. That most of our colleagues where issued statements of results within a month to proceed to the Nigerian Law School alongside those in the class of 2004.
7. That this move was made to complete the University of Uyo law school quota which was largely under-utilized in preceding years and it was a one stop move to ensure that the University of Uyo quota be maintained instead of reduced as was threatened by the Nigerian Law School.
8. That our LLB certificates to those who had cleared all outstanding results was signed in 2005 and those who wanted to proceed to law school did so immediately.
9. That Mr Monday Uko chose not to go to Law School because of his political engagement at that time to the people of Obot Akara Local Governemt Area and his desire to go ahead and build his business, Monty Suites Ltd.
10. That Mr Monday Uko has remained an active member of the University of Uyo Class of 2005 alumni since we left University of Uyo.
This is a call to those peddling this rumors that Mr Monday Uko had colleagues and witnesses who can testify to his studentship at the University of Uyo. He was not only a student but also an active member of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) which he played a vital role from the period he joined the University till the day he wrote his last exams. He is also reputed to have used his position as an outstanding member of society to attract a lot of goodwill to the association and individual students.

Ofonime Enoh Esq. LLB(Hons); B.L; LLM(Oil &Gas, Scotland)
President Emeritus (Law Students Association of Nigeria, University of Uyo 2004-2005)

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