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Intrigues over successor, as Pope Benedict XVI resigns P6

“After having repeatedly examined my conscience before I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to


•Pope Bendict XVI

Keshi, Super Eagles coach quits 6

Why INEC may not register APC

JUDE OPARA, Abuja Independent National T(INEC)HEElectoral Commission after all may not register

the much publicized All Progressive Congress (APC)

following the continuous existence of a faction in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) which is also championing the merger talk of some of the opposition parties in the country.

•3 journalists arrested over killing of health workers

MUHAMMAD KABIR, Kano HE Police in Kano have Tbreakthrough made a remarkable in their

fight against Boko Haram insurgencies, as they have lately apprehended seven of the 15-member gang that attacked the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, last month, while the Sheik that is believed to have trained and coordinated the attack is still wanted. Parading the kingpin of the attack alongside five other Continues on Pg 6

Army denies nepotism in promotions, retirements —Ihejirika HIEF of Army Staff, Lt.C Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, on yesterday in Abuja, said

Daily Champion learnt exclusively that the electoral body after a careful examination of the situation has insisted that all the Continues on Pg 6

Emir of Kano: Police parade suspected attackers


there was no lopsidedness in the recent promotions, postings and retirements in the Nigerian Army. Ihejirika told newsmen that there had been

allegations of lopsidedness in the recruitment, promotion, retirement and deployment of some senior officers of the army in some national dailies and the social media. ``The army is a professional Continues on Pg 6

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