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Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper NNPC not authorised to deduct subsidy cash N151b pension scam uncovered NEWS Page 6 •N15b houses seized •Okonjo-Iweala tells Reps probe panel NEWS Page 7 TR UTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM TRUTH VOL. 7, NO. 2010 FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012 N150.00 THE SIEGE OF LAGOS •Imam AbdulRahman Ahmad (third left), Dr Kalu, Prof. Williams, Dr Braithwaite, Prof. Nwabueze, Wale Okunniyi (right) and others ... yesterday PHOTOS: DAYO ADEWUNMI Police tear-gas Nwabueze, Braithwaite, Kalu, others Defence denies troops deployment Lagos: Fashola never called for military occupation of streets Akume, ACN Reps, CNPP demand troops withdrawal •SEE ALSO PAGE 62 A PEACEFUL march – to call for troops withdrawal and respect for citizens’ rights – by respected elders and prominent citizens was smashed yesterday in Lagos. They held one another’s hands, railing against the system, their protest sparked by the January 1 withdrawal of fuel subsidy that sent petrol prices rising from By Emmanuel Oladesu and Oziegbe Okoeki N65 to N139. Labour and the civil society rose against the policy, calling for a strike that lasted more than one week. The government sent in troops. The police disrupted the procession at Continued on page 4 •Mr Ekunjimi, who fainted ... yesterday N50m reward on Boko Haram suspect’s head WANTED NAME: Kabiru Umar (a.k.a. Kabiru Sokoto). The suspected mastermind of the Xmas Day bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State in which scores died. ADDRESS: Bulleting Quarters, Abaji FCT HEIGHT: 5.4ft AGE: 28years COMPLEXION: Fair LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, Hausa and Arabic REWARD: N50,000,000 •SSS, DIA, police hunt for Kabiru Sokoto A HUGE manhunt has been launched for Boko Haram suspect Kabiru Umar (also known as Kabiru Sokoto). In the desperate battle to seize the suspected mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing are State Security Services (SSS), Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and others, The Nation learnt yesterday. Besides, the police declared Sokoto wanted, putting a reward of N50million on his head. Sokoto was arrested by the police in Abuja last Saturday in connection with the Christmas Day bombing at the St. Theresa’s Catholic From Yusuf Alli and Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja Church, Madalla, Niger State in which over 40 persons died and scores injured. He was reported to have escaped from a team of policemen who escorted him to his Abaji, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) home for a search on Monday. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olusola Amore, gave the suspect’s last known address as Bulletin Quarters, Abaji, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. According to the police, the suspect is aged 28 years, fair in complex- ion and speaks English, Hausa and Arabic fluently. The statement reads: “The Police High Command has declared Kabiru Umar (a.k.a. Kabiru Sokoto) wanted in connection with cases of bombing and terrorism across the Northern states of the Federation, especially the Christmas-Day bombing of a church at Madalla, Niger State, which resulted into wanton destruction of lives and properties.” “Kabiru Umar, who hails from Biu, Borno State, was last known Continued on page 6 •FREE TREATMENT FOR PENSIONERS, FEES, FARES CUT IN EDO P57

The Nation January 20, 2012

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