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Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper Mali: NSA warns of terrorist attack States to share $1b excess crude cash NEW S NEWS Page 4 BUSINESSS •Nigeria commits $45m to mission •Panel to check multiple taxation Page 53 VOL. 8, NO. 2387 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013 TR UTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM TRUTH CUP OF NATIONS N150.00 •Keshi: don’t be scared of Cote D’ Ivoire •Mikel, Ogude may miss next match •Champions Zambia return to Lusaka •AND MORE ON PAGES 13,14,51&61 EFCC grabs convicted pension chief From Yusuf Alli, Abuja B ARELY 24 hours after he was convicted and freed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, the former deputy director in the Police Pension Office, Mr John Yakubu Yusufu, is back in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Yusufu was re-arrested by the operatives of the agency for alleged false declaration of assets. He will be arraigned today in Abuja. The commission was grilling him as at the time of filing this report. Continued on page 2 Court to decide Excess Crude Account row From Yusuf Alli, Abuja M OVES to settle the Excess Crude Account dispute amicably have collapsed. The Supreme Court will decide the matter, governors said yesterday. Governors are to meet Senate President David Mark and House Speaker Aminu Tambuwal on contentious areas of the proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution. Leaders of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and the National Assembly have been maintaining parallel positions on the proposed amendments. The proposals border on removal of immunity clause in Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, autonomy for local governments, Continued on page 4 •Sisay Bancha of Ethiopia fouls Victor Moses of Nigeria for a red card and a second penalty in five minutes during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations...yesterday Moses sends Eagles into quarter finals •SEE PAGE 61 Anxiety remains despite Boko Haram’s ceasefire Defence chief: we’re watching It’s doubtful, says Sani C AUTION — and optimism — seem to be the reaction of Nigerians to the Boko Haram’s ceasefire •Admiral Ibrahim offer. The militant group on Monday ordered its men to stop violence to facilitate dialogue with the government. A commander of the sect, Sheilkh Abu Mohammed Abdulazez Ibn Idris, told reporters in Maiduguri, the beleaguered From Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja Borno State capital, that he was speaking on behalf of the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and some of the North’s leaders yesterday aligned with the Borno State government, which said the ceasefire announcement was in order. Presidential aide Dr Doyin Okupe also expressed optimism that the ceasefire would lead to peace. But rights activist Shehu Sani said he doubted the sincerity of the ceasefire. Okupe called the announcement a “step in a good direction and a welcome development.” “The government is studying the issue properly … I believe once the conditions and terms are right, the government will dialogue.” Lt.-Col Sagir Musa, spokesman of the JTF in Borno State, said: “Conflicts are resolved through dialogue, hence the declaration of ceasefire by the sect’s leader is a welcome development. “Be that as it may, the JFT will remain in a staging position to continue mainContinued on page 4 •CITYBEAT P6 •SPORT P13 •MONEY P30 •INVESTORS P31 •POLITICS P43


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