The Fire In The East [Latest Edition]

From the editor

In Nigeria, hardly anywhere is safe. Stories of bloody attacks appear regularly in the news, so, few people get shocked by them. The northeast, northwest and southeast, play host to messengers of death. But the other three geopolitical zones are not any better. Not in a country where kidnapping has become a trade. So, those who escape Boko Haram in the northeast, the bandits in the northwest, and north central, must be vigilant and prayerful because of the terrors without borders.

In the southwest, arguably the safest of the six zones, criminal herders are always on the rampage. Amotekun, the regional security outfit, is not sufficiently equipped to totally ward off the armed criminals.

But there is a peculiarity in the wave of criminality in the southeast geo-political zone. It is the indiscriminate killing and arson by so-called unknown gunmen that have claimed the lives of some of the best brains in the zone. And that is aside from the actions of the faceless persons destroying the infrastructure, some of which are the pride of the zone. This is the focus of the story by Anayochukwu Agbo, general editor and our Abuja bureau chief. The story, The Fire in The East, x-rays the disturbing crisis in the area.

The special report, The Governors’ War for Reforms, is on the stance of Southern Governors’ Forum on issues seeming to address the contentious issue of restructuring in Nigeria. It is written by Lateef Olayinka who contributes from Port Harcourt.

They are just the windows to this week’s package.

Wishing you a blessed week ahead.

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