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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 * *

VOL. 26 NO. 178

... Since 1988


JTF nabs 20 oil thieves CHINEDU WOSU Yenagoa PERATIVES of O the Joint Military Taskforce, JTF, Operation

Pulo Shield in its war on illegal oil thieves in the Niger Delta has nabbed a foreigner from the Republic of Benin and 19 Nigerians for specializing in stealing crude oil in the region. The 19 suspects allegedly connived with a foreigner Videgnon Akadje Medard, identified as a national of the Republic of Benin who specializes in sourcing for illegally distilled

CONVOCATION… President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd left), Cote D’ Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara, (2nd left), Commandant Nigeria Defence Academy Major General Cyril O Onwuamaegbu, (left), and Kaduna State Governor Ramallan Yero, during the passing out Parade Convocation of 60 Regular Course Cadets of Nigeria Defence Academy in Kaduna weekend.

Crack in ‘New PDP’ as treasurer resigns Continues on Pg 6


• Jonathan, PDP govs meet

the Governor, Mr. Eni Akinsola, in Akure. It stated that Governor Olusegun Mimiko had ordered that condolence registers be opened at the Governor’s Office, Lagos and Abuja liaison offices as well as the 18 Local Government Areas in the state. The statement Continues on Pg 6

VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado-Ekiti N a bid to breaking Inegotiation the dead-lock in the over the

ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Catholic Bishops in the country have offered to mediate between the University teachers and the Federal Government. The Bishops, in a communiqué signed by Most Rev. Ignatius Ayua Kaigama and Most Rev. William Avenya, President and Secretary respectively of Catholic Bishops Conference Continues on Pg 6

16 killed in Enugu, Kebbi

Agagu: Ondo govt declares 7 days mourning T HE Ondo State Government yesterday declared a seven-day mourning, beginning today (Monday), in honour of the late former governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Kokumo Agagu. This is contained in a statement issued by the, Chief Press Secretary to

Catholic bishops to mediate in ASUU/FG face-off

FRANCIS IGATA, Enugu with agency reports. IXTEEN persons lost Sin separate their lives last weekend tragedies which

Late Agagu

occurred in Kebbi and Enugu states. During the first incident, no fewer than 14 people died in an accident when a

vehicle plunged into a river on Bahindi-Kende road in Bagudo Local Government Area of Kebbi state. Alhaji Tukur Mari, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kebbi Council, who witnessed the accident, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the accident occurred


at midnight on Saturday. Mari told NAN in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday that the accident occurred when the driver of the vehicle lost control and the vehicle plunged into Kende River. He said 14 of the 15 passengers in the vehicle died. Continues on Pg 6

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