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Army, police avert attack on Abuja Catholic church MALACHY UZENDU, Abuja Bureau Chief, with agency report

joint effort by soldiers A and policemen yesterday prevented the attempted

BIRTHDAY… President Goodluck Jonathan (right), his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan and Chief Tony Anenih, the celebrant during his 80th birthday church service held at Our Lady Queen Catholic Cathedral, Garki, Abuja yesterday. PHOTO: ANAYO OPARA

burning of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Karu, Abuja, by some protesting commercial motorcyclist riders (Okada). They were protesting the torture and the alleged death of their colleague by the soldiers guarding the church. There were two different accounts of the incident. One account said the incident took place shortly before the Church rose

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from its 10am church service at about 1:45 pm when the okada riders were throwing stones and other dangerous objects at the worshipers, claiming that soldiers officially posted to Karu to maintain peace, manhandled one of them for violating the rules set by Continues on Pg 6

Mark, Tambuwal, others console NUJ over death of journalists COSMAS EKPUNOBI, Asst. Pol. Editor with agency reports

President, Senator SHouseENATE David Mark and Speaker, of Representatives,

Hon. Aminu Tambuwal at the weekend commiserated with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) over the death of three journalists in a fatal motor accident in Ilesa, Osun State on Friday. Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar have also consoled with the NUJ over the tragedy. Continues on Pg 6

Harassment: NPAN seeks to restrain APCON


APC: Political fortunes of Ndigbo ‘ll improve —Okorocha

OVERNOR Rochas G Okorocha of Imo State has defended his membership of

the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the future political fortunes of Ndigbo are better served in the new mega political party. Okorocha, who sang the praises of the new party in a Town Hall of the Imo State Congress of America 2013 National Convention in Atlanta, USA, at the weekend

also reacted to his purported suspension by a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA), describing it as ``irrelevant’’. He said the well-being of Ndigbo remains paramount in all his action and would continue to take steps to assist Igbo to regain their rightful place in the political equation of Nigeria. “APC remains the best vehicle to promote the

interest of our people. PDP has marginalized the South East and has nothing to show for all its years in power”, he said in a statement by his Media Assistant, Mr. Chinedu Offor, in Owerri, the state capital. Okorocha urged Ndigbo to embrace the APC because it guarantees equity and political opportunities denied Continues on Pg 6

LAUNCH…(R-l): Deputy Managing Director, United Bank for Africa Plc, Kennedy Uzoka; Vice President, West Africa, MasterCard, Omokehinde Ojomuyide; and Head, Cards, UBA Plc, Adedeji Olowe during the official launch of UBA All About U Debt Card, held at UBA House, Marina, Lagos, weekend.


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