How I Survived In Boko Haram Captivity, Military Detention – Borno Youth

By Samuel Malik in Maiduguri Ayuba Ijai counts himself lucky to be alive. Twice, he has literally been on “a journey of no return” but he survived on both occasions. The 30-year-old man has suffered the double jeopardy of being abducted by Boko Haram insurgents and, upon escaping, being arrested by the military on suspicion […]

Almajiri Schools: The Rot And The Blame Game‎ (3)

-‘Blame State Governors, not us’-UBEC In continuation of LEADERSHIP Weekend’s special report on the state of Almajiri schools in some northern states four years after it took off. AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE (Abuja) reports on the final and concluding part of the story.   Borno: Pupils pay between N2, 000 and N3, 000 fees Out of the […]

Almajiri Schools: The Rot And The Blame Game (2)

Four years after the launch of Almajiri Schools by the federal government, LEADERSHIP Weekend presented a special report on the state of the schools last week. In continuation, AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE (Abuja) reports part two. Kano: Almajiri model schools under lock Kano State has about nine federal government Almajiri schools with four already completed and five […]

Nigerian Military Covers Up Killing Of Soldiers By Boko Haram

The can authoritatively report that, contrary to claims by the military authorities, scores of Nigerian soldiers were, indeed, killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Gudumbali in Borno State on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Information at the disposal of this website, including a video clip of the aftermath of the Gudumbali attack, indicates that only […]

Almajiri Schools: The Rot And The Blame Game (1)

Four years after the idea of Almajiri school programme was conceived and launched by the federal government, LEADERSHIP Weekend presents the state of the programme in seven states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE reports. When the Almajiri Schools system of education was launched in Gagi Almajiri Model Boarding School in Sokoto North […]

Boko Haram Takes Over Damasak

Contrary to claims by the government and military authorities that no Nigerian territory is in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, the reports that Damasak, the capital of Mobbar Local Government area in Borno State has been in the hands of the terrorist group since around November 2015. This is even as the military […]

Army Arrests Eight Soldiers Over North East Deployment Protest

The has learnt that the Nigerian Army arrested eight soldiers suspected of giving information to the media about the refusal of soldiers to be deployed to the North east. The soldiers, who were arrested on January 9, were released today after more than two weeks in detention. Vanguard newspaper reported on January 8, 2016 […]

How China Fuels Deforestation In Nigeria, West Africa

Corruption by local officials and sharp practices by Chinese businessmen drive a thriving illegal trade in timber from Nigeria and a large part of West Africa with grave consequences for the economy, ecosystem and the environment. BY DAYO AIYETAN Smart Chinese businessmen are exploiting a lax regulatory and enforcement environment, loopholes in existing laws, lack of […]

How Anambra Govt  Short Changes Awka North Residents

By Alfred Ajayi Residents of communities in Awka North local government, Anambra State, have been totally forgotten by the state government and live without access to power supply, good roads, potable water supply, effective healthcare delivery and even education According to the poverty mapping undertaken by the Anambra State government under governor Peter Obi, Awka […]

Corruption: Why Osun State Is In Deep Financial Crisis

By Ajibola Amzat, The Guardian Newspaper The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola did not give a true picture of the state’s revenue profile when he told  the House of Assembly that the total revenue allocation to his state between November 2010, when he was first sworn-in and December 2014. While addressing the sixth […]