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NDLEA intercepts N82m concaine at Abuja airport ANTHONY OMOH FFICERS O National Enforcement

SALLAH… (L-r) Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, FCT Chapter, Rev. Israel Akanji; Bishop of Abuja Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; President Goodluck Jonathan; Vice-President Namadi Sambo and Acting Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque, Sheik Ibrahim Makari, during EidEl-Kabir homage to the President in Abuja, yesterday.

Bayelsa: Gunmen kidnap Oronto’s elder sister National Conference outcome to be ratified by NASS – Jonathan

AKEEM OYETUNJI, Asst News Editor, BEN UKEJI, Abuja RESIDENT Prestated Jonathan the

Goodluck yesterday need for Nigerians to dialogue on the way forward for the country, even as he said the decisions

of the proposed national conference would be ratified by the National Assembly. Justifying the need for the lawmakers’ ratification, the President said since they are in the process of amending the 1999 Constitution, it would be necessary to

forward the decisions of the conference to them for consideration and passage into law. President Jonathan disclosed this while receiving a delegation of Muslim community in the

of the Drug Law Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja have intercepted 7.45kg about N82million worth of cocaine at the airport. The anti-narcotics agency prevented a 39year-old Lagos based business man, Asogwa Solomon Ochiabuto, from smuggling the drugs he hid in flasks and kitchen utensils into the country. The discovery was made during the inward screening of passengers on-board an Ethiopian Airline flight from Brazil. The drug which was industrially concealed inside food flasks and Continues on Pg 6


•We’ll soon arrest them —Police

Eid-el-Kabir: Muslims defy rain to party in Lagos

THOUSANDS of Muslim faithful in Lagos State and its environs yesterday defied the early morning rainfall as they trooped out of their various homes to observe prayers in celebration of Eid-el- Kabir. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents, who went round the city report that both old and young thronged the praying grounds in their respective areas to observe the prayers. Many Muslim clerics were seen carrying umbrella of various sizes to cover themselves while the prayers were going Continues on Pg 6

Transport magnet, GUO Okeke escapes assassination



N Onitsha based A Transport magnet, Chief G.U. O Okeke, •Jonathan

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narrowly escaped death in the hands of gunmen who attacked his vehicle

in Onitsha. Sources said that the gunmen who were operating in a Seana car accosted Chief Okeke’s vehicle at about 6.45pm on Monday at New Nkisi Road Junction and Continues on Pg 6

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