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Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper News PDP lawmaker loses seat in Oyo House of Assembly P8 Sport Joseph Yobo set to break record at Super Eagles P41 Business Shareholders approve Sterling Bank, ETB merger P11 TR UTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM TRUTH VOL. 7, NO. 1898 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 N150.00 Govt to spend N30b on national ID card T •Mr Maku HE country is taking another shot at creating a national identity card after some failed attempts. Yesterday, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved N30.066 billion for a Unified Identity Manage- From Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja ment System. Nigerians from age 18 and above are to be captured in a data system. The implementation of the first phase of the project will start immediately and end in 2013. Minister of Information Labaran Maku told reporters at the end of the FEC meeting, which lasted over six hours, that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will manage the project. Maku said the project “is to be executed in conjunction with different agencies of government which presently keep separate identity data.” The agencies are: the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), among others. All existing data will be networked to create a common data base from where Continued on page 2 ACKSON TRIAL: La Toya Jackson arrives with police escort at the courthouse ahead of the second day of the trial of JA •THE J Michael Jackson’s doctor in Los Angeles ... yesterday. Story on page 59. PHOTOS: AFP •The late Michael’s parents ... yesterday. Boko Haram kingpin, five others arrested Chukwumerije: it’s all about 2015 The solution, by Uwais, Akinyemi A MAN who security agents have described as the “operational commander” of Boko Haram has been arrested in Borno State. Ali Saleh and five others are being held, even as security agencies are trailing more suspected members of the Islamic fundamentalist sect. But, Saleh’s status seems contro- Joint Task Force (JTF) after an attack on some buildings on Baga versial, with the claim in some Road in Maiduguri, the state capital. quarters that the suspect is a Governor Kashim mere gun runner. The government has not SEE ALSO Shettima confirmed the arrest of the Boko ruled out peace talks with the PAGE 7 Haram chiefs yestersect, despite its rejection of day. dialogue. He told the Associated Press in Saleh was arrested alongside some members of the sect by the an interview that with the arrests,” From Yusuf Alli, Abuja I believe the worst is over”. The governor said Boko Haram maintains a loose command-andcontrol structure, which allows groups to operate autonomously. “They operate in some sort of cells, some sort of units that the interlinked, but generally, they take directives from one commander,” Shettima said. The governor said a negotiated peace could be reached between the government and the sect. But, he warned that those who continue with assassinations and bombings will be hunted down. While Shettima and others say progress is being made, residents of Maiduguri largely refuse to talk about the security situation in pubContinued on page 2 •SPORT P24 •EDUCATION P25 •POLITICS P43 •NATURAL HEALTH P45

The Nation September 29, 2011

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