Chief Mrs. Rita Lori-Ogbebor was one of the country’s leading broadcast journalists at the time of the January 15 coup and was the first Programme Director of the Nigerian Television Service, NTS. On the morning of the coup she encountered the General Officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi near the Parliament Building as he bustled to suppress the uprising. Fifty years after the coup she asserts that the plotters were perhaps not motivated by the lust for power, being that they desired a better society.
Militants blow flow station, Chevron pipelines, says the jangling headline in Vanguard. Is this an announcement of resumption of Niger Delta militancy, a random incident in the violence-soaked mangrove creeks, or a simple show of his strength by former militant Chief Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a. Tompolo?