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Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper UN insists on probe of Baga massacre NEWS Page 5 •‘We’re worried about huge casualties’ Nigerian Air Force plane crashes in Niger NEW S NEWS Pages 2 •Defence Hqtrs confirms pilots’ death VOL. 8, NO. 2478 TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013 TR UTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM TRUTH N150.00 Tension rises in Rivers Five anti-Amaechi lawmakers at Assembly Soyinka: stop executive impunity Speaker, commissioner allege emergency rule plot PDP chair calls for calm T HERE was tension yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital where two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are struggling for control. Five lawmakers loyal to the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, were at the House of Assembly, escorted by Commissioner of Police From Bisi Olaniyi, Precious Dikewoha and Rosemary Nwisi, Port Harcourt Mbu Joseph Mbu. The 27 pro-Governor Rotimi Amaechi lawmakers, including Speaker Otelemaba Dan Amachree, stayed away. Pro-Wike protesters, armed with placards bearing various inscriptions and singing antiAmaechi songs, thronged the Assembly and the secretariat of Obio/Akpor Local Government in Rumuodomaiya, Port Harcourt. The protesters, from the 23 local government areas, called for the resignation of Amaechi or his impeachment, as well as the removal of the Speaker. To the state government, it was all part of a grand plan to provoke violence and pave the way for emergency rule and the governor’s removal. The protesters also called for the reinstatement of the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government, Timothy Nsirim, his deputy, Solomon Eke, and the 17 councillors suspended on April 22 by the 27 pro-Amaechi legislators. The Chief Felix Obuah-led executive of the PDP also condemned the speaker’s call for Mbu’s redeployment, accus- ing Amachree of raising false alarm. But the speaker insisted that the police commissioner should be removed for taking sides and acting the script of “Abuja forces”. The case filed by the 27 suspended lawmakers against the Obuah-led PDP at a Port Harcourt High Court presided over by Justice Henry Aprioku was yesterday ad- journed till May 23. The five lawmakers — Michael Chinda (Obio/Akpor II Constituency), Kelechi Godspower Nwogu (Omuma), Evans Bipi (Ogu/Bolo), Martins Amaewhule (Obio/Akpor I) and Victor Ihunwo (Port Harcourt III) — said they got information from the Clerk of the Assembly, Continued on page 2 Couple ‘buys’ twins for N1.8m O PERATIVES at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in Ikoyi, Lagos, have arrested a couple, who allegedly bought twin babies and attempted to smuggle them out of the country. Adenuga Soyibo and his wife Elizabeth allegedly bought the babies for N1.8million from a woman in Rivers State. The Police said yesterday that they were yet to trace the baby trader’s location. The couple were arrested following a tip-off on April 15 by the American Consulate. The Police said the Consulate reported that the couple applied for American visas and their application was deferred on the suspicion that the babies they claimed to be theirs appeared to have been stolen. It was gathered that the By Jude Isiguzo, Police Affairs Correspondent Consulate ordered a DNA test to ascertain the biological relationship of the babies with the suspects. The Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin, told reporters: “The Consulate invited them when it received the result of the DNA, which revealed that the babies do not belong to the couple as both lack appropriate genetic marks. “During investigations, detectives travelled to Port Harcourt, Rivers State where the woman claimed she gave birth to the twins in a private small house. On getting to Port Harcourt, the woman claimed she could no longer identify the place; she also stated that she had no antenatal record anywhere as she did not attend any. Continued on page 56 •Soyibo with one of the babies...yesterday Monguno freed •Governor: no ransom paid B ORNO State Governor Kashim Shettima yesterday led an exciting reception for nonagenarian Shettima Ali Monguno. Monguno, 92, was freed by his abductors after almost 72 hours in captivity. The former minister was kidnapped by gunmen on Friday after the jumat in his mosque in Mafoni, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. He was released by his abductors yesterday morning in Kirenowa in Marte Local Government Area, according to Shettima. Shettima, who visited the elder From Yusuf Alli, Abuja statesman at his Government Reservation Area (GRA) home, said no ransom was paid for his release. He said: “We are all elated and overwhelmed to hear of his release. “I congratulate all of us for his release, hoping that God will give him the good health and strength to continue with his humanitarian gestures.’’ The governor said Monguno’s abductors contacted his family after several appeals from Nigerians for his release. He added that the abductors were Continued on page 2 •Mrs Soyibo with the other baby...yesterday •From left: Chairman, League Management Company, Hon. Nduka Irabor (left) shaking hands with the Director,Mike Adenuga Group, Mr. Niyi Adewunmi after signing the N1.9 billion Glo title sponsorship contract for the Nigeria Professional Football League in Lagos...yesterday. With them is , Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mohamed Jameel

The Nation May 07, 2013

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