Showing posts from April 12, 2014

Enugu mystery ‘Pool of Bethesda’ dries up

The only permanent thing in the world is change.  Less than four months after its inundation, the Enugu mystery pool has dried up triggering major soil excavation by new visitors who had come for healing in the pool. The town itself which became a tourist destination a few months back, has had a fair share of the change as it has become a ghostly abandoned place.

No people and vehicular movement were  present; the motorcyclists have relocated to major towns while the plastic container’ sellers at the junction leading to the forest have abandoned the business. The dreaded path to the forest took 20 minutes walk to the pool with heart palpitation.
When Saturday Vanguard visited the pool recently, it was found to be completely drained with trenches here and there dug by desperate visitors with a view to getting water from the soil for healing.
Saturday Vanguard had earlier visited the pool which many claimed had healing powers. Thousands of people from far and near visited the pool, dipp…

Over 30 killed in fresh Boko Haram attacks in Borno

The outlawed Boko  Haram sect launched attacks on troubled Borno villages and highways, killing more than 30 people including residents, motorists and passengers. This development has left the hope of early resolution of the continued crisis in the area hanging.

The sect in the latest attacks on Thursday evening and yesterday morning invaded three towns of Borno: Dikwa (in the central); Gwoza and Kalabalge council area (both in South) as well as the deadly Maiduguri- Biu road which has remained under terrorists’ ambush almost on daily basis for the past one month. In the attack on Government Secondary school in Dikwa located along Gulumba road, some residents of the town who fled to Maiduguri revealed to journalists that the hoodlums came to the town in the thick of the night and disturbed the peace of everyone, after slaughtering eight teachers. One of them who spoke on condition of anonymity said some had to flee the town to Maiduguri. “We could not sleep at night as all we were hea…

I am proud to be Nigerian — Hollywood actor, Chinwetel Ejiofor

A London-born Nigerian Hollywood star, Chinwetel Ejiofor, on Friday said he was proud to be identified as a Nigerian. Ejiofor said this in Lagos at the premiere of a movie “Half of a Yellow Sun’’ based on a novel written by a Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie. He said that there was a wrong impression that he claimed not to be a Nigerian. “During the period of publicising “Twelve Years a Slave”, I was asked where I was originally from. “I suppose I was trying to give an honest answer about where I was born, and so, I said London, which is where I was born. “And to me, it was a surprising reaction that people then concluded that I didn’t identify as Nigerian. “Of course, I am Nigerian-British, but if they ask me where I was born, I can’t say Enugu, because I wasn’t born in Enugu, but, it doesn’t mean that I don’t identify as Nigerian. “I am proud of being Nigerian that I am extraordinarily happy to be here to make this film. “We wanted to make a film in Nigeria for several years, …