Publisher’s Corner

Nigerian Police And Unknown Gunmen

By Casmir Igbokwe Since October last year, the Nigerian police have been going through excruciating pains. First, protesters demanded an end to police brutality and the disbandment of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Over 60 policemen lost their lives to the #EndSARS protests. Over 200 police stations were burnt. It got to a point, some police formations in Lagos ...

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Soludo, Isuofia Attack and Anambra politics

By Casmir Igbokwe This past week has been very traumatic for me and many other indigenes of Isuofia. We are still at a loss why some gunmen viciously assaulted the peaceful community, which is in Aguata Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State. The police have told us that they have caught some of the attackers. Since they are currently investigating ...

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Ortom And Our Deceitful Investigations

By Casmir Igbokwe The Federal Government of Nigeria is very good at fruitless investigations after every serious crime. The recent failed attempt to assassinate Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State appears to be following that trend. After that incident, President Muhammadu Buhari, as expected, condemned the act and ordered open and transparent investigation. He said whoever was linked with the attack ...

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Kwara Hijab War

By Casmir Igbokwe On a recent visit to my state, Anambra, I tuned in to a local radio station. A pastor was on air. The crux of his message or advert, if you like, was that those afflicted by mermaid spirit or witches and wizards should visit his church for total deliverance. The ‘man of God’ also advised dreamers who ...

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With A President Like Yahaha Bello…

Casmir Igbokwe Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has been prancing about telling whoever cares to listen that he desires to be the next President of Nigeria in 2023. To show us that he is serious, and to de-emphasise the clamour for a president of Igbo extraction, he said there was nothing like zoning arrangement in the ruling All Progressives ...

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Shell: Goldfish In Turbulent Sea

By Casmir Igbokwe As the saying goes, goldfish have no hiding place. They are usually kept as pets in a glass bowl. In Nigeria, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) is a goldfish. But rather than be admired in a glass bowl, this subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has found itself in a turbulent sea. No matter how ...

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No Hope In South-East Governors

By Casmir Igbokwe His admirers called him the hope of Imo. Even the miraculous way he emerged as governor appeared to give credence to that. The Supreme Court had given an incredulous judgement, pronouncing him governor from his fourth position in the state’s governorship contest. People mumbled some protests. But it was to no effect. Today, ironically, Hope Uzodimma is ...

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From Kankara To Kagara: A Nation Under Siege

By Casmir Igbokwe Our policemen are very funny. Last Thursday, a brother of mine travelled to the East from Lagos with his wife. Along the expressway, just after Ore in Ondo State, some policemen stopped them at one of their numerous checkpoints. They asked for different vehicle particulars, including the one they called local government paper. According to them, every ...

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Negotiating With Bandits Is Corruption

By Casmir Igbokwe The Federal Government’s strenuous efforts to deny the poor marks Transparency International (TI) awarded Nigeria on corruption is laughable. TI, in its latest Corruption Perception Index, said corruption was worse in Nigeria. Nigeria scored 26 out of 100 points to rank 146 out of 180 countries, two places down compared to 2018 result. The global body provided ...

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‘Ambassador’ Buratai And Ill-Wind Circling Nigeria

By Casmir Igbokwe The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, is a very lucky man. And so are the ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin; ex-Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar; and ex-Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ete-Ibas. Soon after they left their exalted positions in the military, these men grabbed another one in diplomatic circles. ...

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