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Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper Obasanjo’s PDP peace bid stalled NEWS Page 7 •Governors differ over Tukur News Saraki’s grilling linked to subsidy P7 Sports Super Eagles spoil Bafana’s fun P63 Business CBN’s new notes out next month P11 VOL. 8, NO. 2577 THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013 TR UTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM TRUTH N150.00 APC governors oppose autonomy for local govts From Sanni Onogu, Lafia T HE policy position of the All Progressives Congress (APC) began to unfold yesterday as its governors opposed local governments autonomy. The governors also said the power to alter the revenue allocation formula, which is vested in the President, should be transferred to the National Assembly. The 11 governors met under the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital. The House of RepresenContinued on page 2 •T AKING A ST AND: Oshiomhole speaking...yesterday. With him (from left) are: Fashola, Shettima, Yari, Amosun, Al-Makura, Fayemi, Aregbesola, AJimobi and •TAKING STAND: PHOTO: ABAYOMI FAYESE Madumere. JTF kills Boko Haram chief Shekau’s deputy, 17 others 24 suspects arrested FIRE IN EGYPT From Yusuf Alli and Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja and Isma’il Alfa Abdulrahim, Maiduguri T HE Defence Headquarters yesterday said that a Boko Haram commander, Momodu Bama, who was said to be the second-in-command to the leader of the sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau and 17 others, had been killed in a shoot-out between Special Forces and the insurgents. Besides, 24 members of the sect were arrested by the troops. Bama was one of the 19 leaders of Boko Haram declared wanted by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State on November 23, last year. There was no independent confirmation of He is known to be Bama’s death night. vicious and last But it was heartless with a learnt that the penchant for commander’s was takpersonally body en away by slaughtering...his the insurvictims. Momodu gents. cording Bama has been a toAacstatement most wanted by the Directerrorist with a tor of Information at the De- ‘ N25million bounty placed on his head ’ Continued on page 2 •Reporters run for cover during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, and police in Cairo…yesterday •PAGE 59 260 shot dead in Egypt •An injured Egyptian boy...yesterday •CITYBEATS P10 •SPORTS P23 •N/HEALTH P45 •POLITICS P43 •E-BUSINESS P49

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