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dlctkm 10 try RaJi by vir1u~ of bis rank, necessilatlng th~ Inaugur.illon of anotht'r Co urL Idoko implort'd the Court

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spa.r«l 10 achine justice ror tb~ accused, the Nige. rian Atmyand tht' Nigt'dan

ship ofthe-Waillng Mem· ber": Brig...(im Agba Robinson. wbo took over [rom

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him as Iht' Commandt'r e f the Brigade. Ht' said. - He took over the Brigade after me and inthe:drcum· stances of the case, it wiJI be: prqudldal for him to be: on the: panel. Besides. all those .ppolnted to tes· tiryagainst me..-e from his Command." Raji also objected 10 the

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ConUn\t!'d from page 1 dent dies, th~ VP from his state automaticaUy lakes O\"er. He said what he wants 10 5t't' fo rthe counlry instead is a conslliulional amendmen t that conlalnsa protection (or the common m ;'l n and also gu.ranlees education for aU the chil· d ren in the country. Speaking on the: former Ahmadu Bello University

(ABU), Zaria lectWtt Dr. Pa tr ick Wilmot. who wu deported during his admin· Istrallon. Babangida sajd he only came 10 know that Wilmot wasdc:por1ed whnl

there was a public outcry. Hesaid hedid notdired (or the t1eporta.tion. but he believed th at WUmot wil. deported by the security agendes in the course o( discharging their rupon si biJities.

Jonathan greets Babangida at 70 ByMolriJlllm!1 S.SbMu PRESIDENT .GoodIuclt }onalhan h."lS congr2tUlated IOrmer military Presidenl IbrahIm &bansida on the: occasion ofhls 70th birthday. Spokesman (or the: Presi· dent, Reuben Abal!. who disd~ Ihis in a state· ment yeslerday. Aid Presl· dent Jonathan wrote I In· ler 10 Babangida wh ere he p~red thlt God Almighty wtJuld bleu him with-many

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d1~UhJuis"!d se:rrice: to' our

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"looking back ever the: past 70 years. 1 am swe thlt yau. your ramily and Indeed your larger family of usociaIe$ and adm1terJ do hI~ ause to be gnteful 10 Almishtr God fQr having puled you • life of great KCompUshmc:nt and abidins (uIfdme:nL "You did not only rist to the pinnacle olyoutchose:n area In the mililary, you .Iso rose to bec:omt President o( Nigeria eight yms;" Pre:sidml Jonathan wrott. Ife mshed' Baliangld.ll

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Agric minister gets target to ensure rice sufficiency ., .......... s._ PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday declared In AbuJa that thealtainment or self· sufficiency In rice production by Nigeria is a top priority orhis .dminis· Inlion. Speaking al a meeling with tile President of the International Fund (o r Agricultural Development (lFAD). Dr. Kanayo Nwame:. Jonathan said that domestk sdf.sufficiency in dee production was one o( Ihe majof assignments he hu given to the new Minis-

ter of Agriculture, DL Akin· wunml Adeslna. "Before: we leave offKe In 201S , WI.' must S10p the: Importation o( rice to Nigeria. 1here: is no reaIOn why N'Be:ria should be hnportios rict. We M\'t' all that is needed to grow

enough for dome:stk con· sumptlon and h:l'f"e a surplUJ we an apor1 to other coun· tries: Jonathan Aid.. NoOng that his Administration had gtvcn api.

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membership of the Judge Advocate. Lt. Col Bernard Oko rle. who he said participa ted in filing the ase: against him. - His position will make it diffICult for him todo hls job:ll (reelyas he shou1d: Raji said. The Court later adjourned to consult over

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Transformation beause ollIS vitallmportancc, the President Aid that the Fed· eral Government will wei· eomeincre:asrd suppor1 and Issu lance fronl IFAD fortht success(uI implementation o(lts plans to fully revitillze Nigeria's .grlcultural seclor. -We know that besides ensuring rood sccwlty for our pt'OpIe:.1t can also help to generate lncnascd employment oppor1unltics for our JOuth;' lonlthan A id. 1M President told Dr. Nwanu, • Nigttian who has htJd~ IFAD sl ncc 2009, thlt Ihe country was proud of tht good work he was doing at the inlernational agency and would continue 10 5UppOrt his dTorts on the global Dr. Nwanu said that IFAD has hem eoopttating with Nigerian GovemmenlJ dna 1985

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