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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Scores killed in suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri & Joy Baba, Abuja

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nspecified number of soldiers were feared killed yesterday afternoon when suicide bombers in two separate vehicles rammed into two mili-

tary patrol vehicles at a major checkpoint on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. The number of soldiers killed or wounded was not clear as at press time, but sources said all the four suicide bombers died

on the spot after detonating the explosives-laden cars. Sources said a total of 15 civilians including a member of the Civilian JTF died while 17 others were wounded in yesterday’s explosions. Also, our correspondent

learnt that eight vehicles were destroyed in the incident, while one terrorist has been arrested. But the military is silent on the death of soldiers in the two bomb attacks as the Director of Defence Information, Major Chris Olukolade simply confirmed the kill-

ing of the four suicide bombers, in a statement he issued on the incident, yesterday in Abuja. The military spokesman said in his statement that the terrorists were apparently heading to a Contd. on Page 2

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Borno state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima (middle), in a group photograph with 30 female selected from the 27 local government areas, about to depart for Sudan to study medicine at the University of Khartoum under the Borno state Female Medical Intervention Programme which was launched by Governor Shettima with presentation of scholarship letters to the girls, yesterday at the Government House, in Maiduguri.

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News CONTENTS

2015: Senate moves to curb INEC’s powers

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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Editorial

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Op.Ed

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Letters

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Opinion

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Metro

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Business

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Stockwatch

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S/Report

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Property

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Motoring

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Arts

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NANS protest 11-month old ASUP strike, calls for Wike’s removal – Page 6

Int’l

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Politics

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News Extra

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Sports

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Columnist

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he Senate has begun moves to whittle down some of the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as Nigeria prepares for the 2015 general elections which are nine months away. As part of the processes to curb INEC's powers, the upper legislative chamber yesterday passed for second reading, the 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill presented by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu) and Alkali Jajere (APC, Yobe). Based on the amendment Bill, the Senate is proposing to take away from the INEC chairman, the powers to appoint the commission's Secretary and grant same to the president. In addition, the senators who spoke during debate on the bill, demanded that the powers to arrange sequence of elections (determine which elections should come first) or fix the dates for the five elections in the country should be taken away from the electoral commission. They argued that to grant such sensitive powers to INEC entails relinquishing the fate of Nigeria's democracy to the commission's chairman, adding that given the stabilisation role of the National Assembly, the lawmakers should have the powers to fix the dates and sequence of elections in Nigeria. Meanwhile, the proposal by Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina), to have all the national elections in Nigeria conducted the same day was roundly rejected by his colleagues, as the lawmakers argued that the electoral body lacks the

logistics for a successful conduct of the polls the same day. Earlier, leading debate on the proposed amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act, the Senator Ekweremadu said the Bill seeks to provide a renewable tenure of four years for the INEC secretary. He said the extant Act only empowers the commission to appoint a secretary without stating how long such a person can remain in that position. Ekweremadu further said the amendment Bill seeks to remove the embargo placed on the use of Electronic Voting System as contained in the 2010 Electoral Act, saying with the lifting of the embargo, the commission would now be free to adopt E. Voting when it is ready and prepared. Other amendments proposed in the Bill include a move to conduct re-run elections from seven to 21 days, receive and treat application for transfer of voters' cards from 30 to 60 days, receive and treat application for duplicate voters' card from 30 to 60 days. The Bill also increased the number of days within which parties and candidates can have access to and inspect certified true copies of polling documents. In addition to the above, the Bill seeks to make laws to fill the lacuna in the Electoral Act and other operational laws of the Abuja Area Councils with regards to appointment of the chairmen and members of the Area Councils Electoral Tribunal, as well as its Election Appeal Tribunal. However, despite the argument by Abu Ibrahim that having the five elections conducted same day would save cost and encourage massive participation of voters in the 2015 elections, all the

lawmakers rejected the proposal, saying that INEC lacks the capacity to handle the elections on the same date. According to Enyinnaya Abaribe, to avoid the abuse of the system, the president who appoints the chairman, national and resident electoral commissioners of INEC should also appoint the secretary of the commission, rather than the commission's chairman doing that. Also, the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, who reflected same views as Abaribe, however said given the critical role the National Assembly plays in the stability of democracy, it would be pertinent to hold the elections of the executive and the legislature separately. He said if the country is thrown into crisis after all the elections are held one day, there would be no institutions to hold the country together. In his comments, Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano), said the Electoral Act should be amended such that the Presidential election should be held last, saying this would help to prevent the bandwagon effect of a case where a party wins the Presidency. Other senators who spoke on the Bill, including Barnabas Gemade (PDP, Benue), Abdul Ningi (PDP, Bauchi), Nkechi Nwogu (PDP, Abia), and Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT) among others, canvassed similar views as expressed above. Meanwhile, the Senate President, David Mark, while ruling on the debate, said the point is on the capacity of INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections, with the least logistical problems, even as he called on the commission to ensure that voters cast their bal-

lots immediately after accreditation.

Jega raises fresh hope on Diaspora voting

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n another development, the Chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, has raised a fresh hope that Nigerians in the Diaspora would soon commence voting in elections, as he said that the commission will not relent in its efforts to make Nigeria's electoral system more inclusive. Jega gave this assurance when he accepted an invitation to INEC by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, to observe voting by Indonesians in Nigeria, as part of the Asian country's parliamentary elections. A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, said the Diaspora voting by Indonesians in Nigeria will hold on Saturday, April 5, in Lagos and Sunday, April 6, in Abuja, at the country's consular offices. The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H. E. Sudirman Haseng, extended the invitation to INEC when he paid a courtesy visit to Jega, yesterday in Abuja. Indonesia has a population of about 240 million people, out of which 180 million are eligible voters. According to the envoy, the Diaspora voting is applicable only to the Jakarta constituency in the parliamentary election, adding that besides the parliamentary election, Indonesians will go to the poll for presidential election on July 7. In his response, Jega noted that Nigeria has a lot to learn from Indonesia's electoral experience.

Scores killed in suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri Contd. from Front Page Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) facility along the highway. Yesterday's was the second suicide attack targeting security forces in less than two weeks. The latest incident came barely a week after another set of three suicide bombers attacked a moving police patrol vehicle along MaiduguriBama road, killing five officers attached to the Federal Highway Patrol Team. The incidents occurred around 1pm at a security checkpoint in Molai village along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway. It was gathered that the first suicide bomber hit a patrol vehicle parked by the checkpoint, a development which caused loud sound and flames. In the ensuing confusion, the second suicide bomber reportedly hit another patrol vehicle, also at the checkpoint. A witness who worked at the nearby Mulai Hospital and declined identification told newsmen that after the incident, the scene was cordoned off and some corpses taken away by security forces.

The dual attacks caused confusion in Maiduguri metropolis as the horrifying sounds of the thunderous blasts were heard in several parts of the city. All roads leading to the area were blocked for several hours, causing heavy traffic jam. Similarly, some roads were deserted and business premises shut down for fear of the unknown even as several military personnel were seen moving towards the direction of the blasts. Meanwhile, the military has said that the terrorism war got a boost recently as Cameroon security forces made a huge seizure of arms apparently meant for use by Boko Haram operating in Nigeria last weekend. The military authorities said over 288 rifles and 35 Rocket Propelled Guns as well as 35 locally made IEDs were recovered after a fierce encounter at Abugasse, Cameroon, close to the Chadian border. A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI) Major General Chris Olukolade said Other weapons recovered included; Pistols, Mortar

Bombs, Sub-machine Guns and various calibres of ammunitions following the arrest of two suspects believed to be major arms suppliers to the terrorists in Nigeria. The statement further said over 50 Cameroonian passports as well as a Toyota Jeep were also recovered from the insurgents "Meanwhile, the offensive on terrorists in various fronts is continuing. The Alagarno area as well as various points of Sambisa

forest and suburbs have been witnessing intense operations since Monday (yesterday). "Apart from several dead terrorists, 14 vehicles which were either being used for operation or hidden by the terrorists in various parts of the forests and theatres have been destroyed. Various calibres of weapons and ammunitions were also recovered in the course of fighting and subsequent cordon and search of the areas", Olukolade said.

Yuguda sacks SSG,CoS

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overnor Isa Yuguda has announced the removal of Alhaji Ibrahim Dandija and Alhaji Yusuf Gumli as Secretary to Bauchi State Government and his Chief of Staff respectively. A press statement signed by Mr Ishola Micheal, Chief Press Secretary to the governor yesterday said the duo had been replaced by Alhaji Aminu Hammayo and Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed respectively.

The statement said that the new appointments took immediate effect. It said that Hammayo, who was before his appointment the Commissioner for Lands and Survey and was overseeing the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, would continue to oversee the two ministries. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mohammed was until his new appointment the Commissioner for Animal Resources and Nomadic Resettlement.


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Senate queries PPMC over chattered jets, crude swap, fuel scarcity, others

L-R: Chairman, Forte Oil Plc, Mr. Femi Otedola, Chairman, Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani AlisonMadueke, during the Economic Mangement Team meeting, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi & Etuka Sunday

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Catholic priest, monarch, 18 others in SSS net over child trafficking

From Mike Etim, Uyo

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Catholic Priest, Joseph Okon; a traditional ruler in Akwa, Anambra state, Chief Uchenna Cannice Joel Onyekaozuru; a blind man, Oseloka Okoye were among 20 suspects paraded by the State Security Service (SSS) Akwa Ibom state over child trafficking. Briefing journalists at the SSS office, along Nsikak Edouk Avenue Uyo yesterday, the Deputy Director, Operations SSS, Mr. Fubara Duke said the suspects were apprehended within Akwa Ibom and some parts of the Eastern states. According to the Deputy Director, the operatives have recovered 8 children from the suspects and that the children are being reunited with their families. He said that the Command commenced investigation on child-trafficking, when it noted that a syndicate which resorted to child-trafficking

had started operating in Akwa Ibom state after security agencies in the state had successfully kept kidnapping and other violent crimes at bay. Speaking further, he said: “syndicate operates under a cartel with their kingpin, abductors and facilitators who are mostly operators of motherless baby homes, social and women affairs officers and agents. “Our investigation into this trade has led to the unmasking of a major syndicate, suspects who are actually involved in the buying and selling of these children”. Based on the operative investigation, Fubara said an average of 50 children were stolen and sold in the illicit trade in the last 8 months in Akwa Ibom State, a development he said had necessitated the command to direct its security arsenal to the illicit trade on the last few months. One of the suspects, a 61 years old blind man Oseloka Okoye,

who was interviewed by our correspondent, said he had been involved in child theft and selling for over 15 years. He narrated that he was not new to security operatives as he had been arrested on many occasions. He however lamented that he failed to heed the advice of his children to drop the trade. The Catholic priest, Joseph Okon, who said he was ordained as a priest in 1990 and a priest with St. Peter Parish, in Anambra state, in his narration said “I am regretting; I am full of tears. I will pray seriously because of this sin. I will do like David in the Bible. I will repent to God and make my confession to my Bishop. Okon was arrested on accounts of trading off two children brought to him and collecting the sum of N25, 000. He confessed to People Daily that he was unaware that the children brought to him were stolen children. On this part, another suspect,

Chief Onyekaozuru pointed out that he has been on the trade since 2012 and that he has benefited nothing from it even as he has admitted that he had bought and sold over 12 children since he join the trade. Narrating her ordeal, another suspect Mercy Okon Etim said she was working in a bakery when she was approached by another suspect Collins Monday Edet Okpo to join him in child trafficking. She said Collins laughed at her for working in the bakery and started pestering her until she agreed to join the trade. She said before her arrest, she has stolen five children, which she sold to Chief Onyekaozuru in Onitsha, adding that Collins negotiated the deal in which she got the sum of N100.000 as her share, saying that she did not know how much the children were sold. Peoples Daily gathered that a child sells for amount ranging from 450,000 to as much as N700.000 in the trade.

he Senate yesterday queried the Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), over the continued scarcity of petroleum products across the country, even as they demanded to know the state of the refineries and how much that has been spent in turnaround maintenance of the three refineries. During a hearing yesterday by the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), the chairman of the committee, Magnus Abe, also told the PPMC boss to furnish it with the records of its transactions on the crude oil swap, in addition to the expenses incurred on chattering jets for its operations. In addition to the above, the senate committee also charged the PPMC Director to produce a record of the kerosene imported into the country, in addition to how it has been distributing these products. Meanwhile, there is a conflicting figure on the amount of money being owed to the petroleum marketers by the Ministry of finance; hence the committee chairman invited the independent markers to appear before the committee today. In his response, the Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Haruna Momoh, promised to wet the country with petrol. The Managing Director of PPMC, Prince Haruna Momoh, made this submission before the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream in Abuja.

Rape of minor: Accused JTF, Fire service men clash in Gombe police officer sacked From David Hassan, Gombe

From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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ollowing the arrest of the mobile police officer, Damudu Bzigu, who was accused last week of raping a four year-old girl in Kassa village of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state has been dismissed by the state police command, The dismissal of the suspected officer came yesterday, when the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Olakpe, paraded him, together with other criminals at the state police headquarters in Jos. The commissioner said the father of the four year old narrated he had seen blood from the pants of his daughter and when he asked, the girl explained that she

was raped by a mobile police officer. The commissioner said, Bzigu, with Force number 378612, who was attached to the Special Task Force was identified as the suspect and has been sacked. In the same vain, the command also paraded a 12 year old boy, Mohammed Bello, who was accused of stabbing his 20 yearold brother during a quarrel and four armed robbers, who were suspected to have invaded the house of a Plateau permanent secretary, Mrs. Julie Anpe. Other paraded suspects charged with different criminal activities at the state Command include a cattle rustler suspected to have come from Benue to Jos and one Benjamin Toma, who allegedly hanged his wife to death.

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he Joint Military Tax Force (JTF) and some officials of the state’s Gombe Fire Service yesterday clashed, forcefully throwing residents into confusion, with one of the of the fire service officer reportedly injured. Trouble started when the state Fire Service got information that there was inferno at Arawa quarters in Gombe, the state capital, whereby they quickly engaged their men to ascertain the problem and put off the fire. According to the Deputy Director, fire prevention unit in Gombe, Mr. Haruna Wambai, who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in Gombe said men of the fire service were seriously humiliated by the JTF, adding that they were not only harassed but

were beaten up by the JTF. He said our men got an information that there was inferno at Arawa Quarters and we quickly enforce our men to intervene in order to put off the fire, reaching at the military checkpoint, the JTF, who were deployed in the area to ensure that law and order sustained refused to allow the Fire Service ambulance get access to the quarters where the inferno raged. “When our men could no longer get access to the area, there was nothing we could do than to use our ambulance with siren and run over the tyres used to block the road by the JTF and later found our way to the scene”, he said. According to him, the angry JTF, who could not hold back their grievances followed their men to the scene of the incident

and started beating them up, in which he said one of the officers of the Fire Service was injured and lost his mobile phone in the process. Speaking further, Wambai said the Fire Service is working under strict rules and regulations as provided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that they also have the right to operate without fear of molestation by individuals or group of persons. He however called on the security chiefs to always checkmate the behavior of its members wherever they are deployed, in order to safeguard lives and properties of citizens, stressing that their civic responsibility was to ensure that lives and properties of citizens are well protected rather than harassing individuals.


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Confab: Atiku charges delegates on true federalism By Lawrence Olaoye

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ormer Vice-President and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday charged delegates at the on-going National Conference (Confab) to restructure he country in order to ensure true federalism. According to him, the need to rework the current federal arrangement in the country should be a major focus of delegates at the on-going national conference. A statement from his media office indicated that the former Vice-President, in a speech delivered at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, observed that the current federal structure arrogates too much functions and resources to the government at the centre, and thus killing the spirit of innovation and enter-

prise among the people - which is a critical component in building a self-sustaining economy. While acknowledging his initial stance in opposing the constitution of the national conference, Atiku said that delegates at the conference should make the best of the opportunity. “I want to assume that a new and improved Nigeria is the goal, and I believe that any opportunity for people to talk is better than to fight,” Atiku said. According to him, “The National Conference should focus

on designing a political and governmental system that empowers local authorities and gives them greater autonomy to address peculiar local issues, and enhances accountability, while contributing to the general good of the country.” He said the envisaged robust federal system would reduce the tensions that are built into the nation’s current over-centralized system. He noted that the current federal structure in Nigeria -which he termed unitary federalism - is

a creation by and for the military governments of the past. “As more power was concentrated in the centre, the federal government appropriated more resources and expanded its responsibilities. All of these were done in the name of promoting national unity. And the process was relatively easy as the unified command structure of the military ensured little opposition. “Therefore, fixing Nigeria, to me, will require reversing decades of over-centralization of power

Network for Justice condemns SSS, Army over killings, invasion

Borno sponsors 30 ladies to study medicine abroad

By Hassan Haruna Ginsau

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From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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orno state government yesterday offered scholarships for 30 female students for a five- year degree programme on medicine at the El-Razi Medical College in Khartoum, Sudan. Governor Kashim Shettima disclosed this while hosting the selected students at the Government House in Maiduguri, $1,140,000 was budgeted for the programme. Shettima said government will provide comprehensive sponsorship for all the students, including the cost of procuring visa, air ticket, tuition study allowance, up keep allowance among others. Shettima said the gesture was aimed at tackling the problem of shortage of female doctors in the state. “When we came to office in 2011, we met only 38 doctors in government employment all over the state, so we raised the figure to 108 doctors. But the number was still inadequate for need of the state,” he said. According to him, government decided to sponsor the students to provide a lasting solutions to the problem, adding that the students were selected from all the 27 local government areas of the state for even spread. “We are planning for the future because Borno will overcome its current security challenges soon. We believe that Borno will emerge stronger from its current challenges,” Shettima said and urged the students to face their studies seriously and exhibit high moral behavior for the duration of the problem.

and over-concentration of resources at the centre,” he said. He advocated for the renegotiation of our union in order to make it stronger by granting “greater autonomy, power and resources for states and local authorities” which will ultimately “unleash our people’s creative energies and spur more development.” He debunked insinuations that the top-heavy federal arrangement as is currently being operated is working to the favours of a section of the country.

R-L: Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, discussing with Acting Vice-Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Professor Muhammad Mainoma, during a lecture delivered by the former vice-president, yesterday at the Nasarawa State University, in Keffi.

Misinterpretation of Qur’an caused Boko Haram - Shettima From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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orno state Governor, Kashim Shettima yesterday said bad interpretation of the Holy Qur’an was responsible for the emergence of the dreaded Boko Haram sect. Governor Shettima who, strongly condemned the activities of the Boko Haram, made the remarks, while receiving winners and officials of the Board for Qur’anic Education who represented the state in the 2004 National Qur’anic Recitation Competition held in Dutes, Jigawa state.

Shettima noted that the insurgents made negative interpretation of the Holy Qur’an and Islam, which they wrongly used to unleash terror on the citizens. He explained that Islam is a religion of peace which does not condone killings and destruction under whatever form. “Distorted translation of the holy book by the insurgents landed us in this mess; if we have had good understanding of Islam, we would have been in a better place. There is no room for extremism in Islam. “We need to go back to Islam as practised by Prophet Mu-

hammad (PBUH), when Islam encouraged Muslims, Jews and Christians to leave in peace with one another”, he declared. “We are presently in a day where some lunatics claiming to be crusaders of Islam are killing innocent people, burning mosques and churches. It is bad interpretation of the holy book by the insurgents that caused all this”, he added. Shettima congratulated the participants for the successes recorded in the competition, tasking them to maintain the tempo. He also donated N10 million to both the participants and the officials.

Thuggery: Police nab 40 miscreants in Sokoto From Raji Bello, Sokoto

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o fewer than 40 suspected miscreants have been arrested by the police in Sokoto over thuggery activities, the State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Shu’aibu Gambo has said. Addressing journalists in his office yesterday, Gambo said the suspects were arrested with dangerous weapons at various loca-

tions within Sokoto metropolis. The police boss explained that 23 of the suspects have since been charged to court while the remaining 17 are under further investigation that borders on their anti-social activities. He said the feats recorded followed patrol outfit launched by the command few weeks ago, to curb thuggery, among other crimes being perpetrated by some miscreants under the dis-

guise of party supporters. Gambo advised the youths in the state to desist from been used by politicians to disrupt the peace in the state and warned that, “I am sounding a note of warning to miscreants that their time is up. They should not allow themselves to be used by some elements because anybody caught in this process will be dealt with in accordance to the law.”

he Network for Justice, a human rights and consumer rights association has condemned the killing of 21 persons who were allegedly involved in a jail break at the detention centre of the Headquarters of State Security Service, Abuja on Sunday. The Network for Justice described the incident as a “very sad and unfortunate event involving the shedding of the blood of Nigerian citizens without due process.” The group, through a press release by its Executive Director, A.S. Mohammed also denounced the invasion of the village of Ladduga Grazing Reserve in Kachia Local Government of Kaduna State by soldiers on Saturday without complying with military rules of engagement involved in civilian conflicts. The settlement, which is composed of cattle herders who were cordoned in the mosque early in the morning in order to allegedly search for arms in the village had members of its community, physically assaulted, with food items, personal belongings and other household items of the villagers vandalized in the process. In addition, over 20 people were randomly arrested including an under aged girl and her parents and dehumanized by stripping them naked before the community. At the end of the search, no conventional weapons were discovered in the village.


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Editors to raise N850m for secretariat complex By Ocheiga Enoch Oloche & Agiya Yakubu Yaki

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he Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) plans to raise N850 million for its secretariat complex during a fundraising dinner set for the April 10, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The eight-floor Plaza will house offices and training facilities that will be open to all journalists. Already, many governors and captains of the industry have shown their willingness to be present at the fund raising ceremony. Invited guests include the Distinguished Guest of Honour, President Goodluck Jonathan , and all state Governors as Special Guests, with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Special Guest of Honour at the event. The event will be chaired by former Petroleum Min-

ister, Senator Prof. Jibril Aminu. Former Ogun State Governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba will deliver the Keynote Address while the Chief Host will be Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, with many governors and captains of industry already indicating their willingness to be physically present at the epochal fund raising ceremony. Restating the need for eminent Nigerians and corporate organisations to support the project, President of the Guild, Femi Adesina, said the proposed Editors Plaza will greatly improve the practice of journalism in the country as up-to-date facilities will be at the disposal of top professionals in the field to make them compete globally. “With the planned ICT centre and training and retraining packages planned, we can only compete with the best,” Adesina stressed.

‘Straight Talk with Kadaria’ debuts on multiple platforms today

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n exciting news and current affairs show “Straight Talk with Kadaria” is to launch at 7.15pm today on Channels TV (channel 254 on DSTV cable Network) According to Reinvent Media Ltd, producers of the programme, the show is a 45-minute news and current affairs programme, set to air on Channels Television weekly and will also be aired on radio and be available on-line to a global audience. The host for the programme is respected Nigerian journalist, Kadaria Ahmed. According to Mr. Elue of Reinvent Media, “Based on the feedback we received for the pilot of the show, we know the programme will become one of the leading current affairs programmes in the country and will attract a large and varied audience, ‘’ adding, ‘’ the show is also very timely, launching at a time when the country is fac-

ing many challenges and Nigerians are looking for answers to a myriad of serious questions’’. The host of the programme, Kadaria Ahmed will be having frank conversations about pressing national issues including, but not limited to, corruption, insecurity, politics and governance with leading national figures. Her guests include politicians, policy makers, public officers, technocrats and business leaders. Mr. Elue thanked Promasidor Nigeria Limited and Mr. John Momoh , Chairman of Channels Television for their support and said he hoped more Nigerians and Nigerian companies will come forward to support programmes like ‘Straight Talk with Kadaria’ which enhance information dissemination and encourage frank dialogue among Nigerians, ultimately leading to the promotion of democracy and democratic values.

Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo (middle), Chairman, 60th Anniversary celebration of the Nigerian Public Service Commission and Presidential Public Service Lecture, Chief Emeka Anyaoku (3rd left), Abia state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji (left), Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission , Mrs. Joan Ayo (3rd right), and others dignitaries, in a group photograph during 60th Anniversary celebration of the Nigerian Public Service Commission and Presidential Public Service Lecture, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Confab is a necessary evil for Nigeria, says Kalu From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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ormer Abia state governor Uzor Kalu yesterday describe the ongoing National Dialogue as a necessary evil that has afford Nigerians a platform to discuss its myriad of problem instead of keeping it in our minds. Kalu said “it is good for us to discuss our problems, the greatest challenge that we have today

is for people to discuss their problems, know what their problems are, and many people are saying it is not right to call for national confab but it is right to call for national confab.” Speaking at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed airport in Lagos on his arrival from United Kingdom, he said contrary to opinions, Nigeria will not break and advise delegate to

discuss everything including the vexed issue of the unity of Nigeria. According to Kalu, , “I want to tell members of the national confab that they should discuss everything including the unity of Nigeria, Nigeria will not break, we are not breaking to anywhere, we Igbo have decided that we are not breaking to anywhere because it will be a disadvantage to Nigeria for Nigeria to break.”

transactions between July and December 2006; a copy of the federation account, copies of statements of accounts through CBN for the period under review. He said, “If there was any mandate on the said missing N59.6bn it will show at a glance. We are tired of all the excuses of all the agencies involved claiming ignorance at one stage or the other. “ During the interactive session, the NNPC GM Accounts, Mr. Sambo Aliyu, had tendered a letter written by the Budget Office, in response to NNPC’s request to know the whereabouts of the missing fund. According to Aliyu, the Budget Office replied that the money had been released to NNPC. But when queried further, Aliyu said “the cash was not

released, we did not see any money.” His response further infuriated members of PAC who unanimously agreed that all the relevant agencies should be summoned once again. Also, when the representative of CBN, Mr Dipo Fatokun, was asked to explain what he knew about the missing fund, he simply replied “we will need to get the mandates from the AGF”. This also incurred the flak of members who declared that Fatokun should come along with his superiors today as his responses so far has not been encouraging. Equally queried on the missing fund, Mrs. Tayo Toluwase a director in the Budget Office simply said she did not have all the relevant details on the issue.

Missing N59.6bn service-wide vote: Reps summon CBN, NNPC, AGF By Lawrence Olaoye

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he House of Representatives yesterday summoned the Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sarah Alade, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Jonah Otunla and the Executive Director, Finance of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to appear before it today to explain their various roles in the alleged missing N59.6 billion service wide vote in 2006, Chairman, House committee on Public Accounts, ordered that the agencies should appear before him with all documents bring involved the disbursement of the fund. According to him, such documents include all bank

‘My abductors demanded for N200m or…’- freed PTD boss From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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idnapped Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) association’s National Treasurer, Comrade Abdullahi Haruna 63, who was recently released by his abductors in Kaduna, said they demanded for N200 million from him or he dies. According to him, he categorically told them that he has never

seen such amount in his life. Comrade 63 was abducted in front of his house on Friday night by unidentified gunmen along Matazu road, Tudun Wada, Kaduna and taken to an undisclosed destination. He regained his freedom on Sunday night when the abductors brought him back and abandoned him closed to his house. Speaking to Peoples Daily few hours after reuniting with

his family and friends, Comrade 63 refused to disclose the amount paid to regain his freedom. “When they abducted me they took me to a very dark house and the room I was kept was also dark. So they asked of my identity I told them, they also asked if I am the parson vying for our union chairmanship position I said yes. They asked why I decided to vie against my former boss. I told

them because my people wanted me to. “So they asked me to rescue my life with 200 million naira cash or else I’ll die. I told them I have never come across such an amount since my mother gave birth to me. Later they decided to set me free,” he said. Asked if he had paid ransom for his freedom, he replied, “I will not say anything on this yet”. Comrade Abdullahi 63 said he

was not going to accuse anybody on the ordeal he went through in the hand of his abductors, saying God knows those behind the abduction. “I will not accuse anybody for what happened to me because God knows them. I thank God I was not tortured,” he said. He further added that there would be no going back on his ambition to contest the chairmanship position of the union.


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Kwara Youth Council advocates creation of drugs abuse c’ttee

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he National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN), Kwara state chapter has advocated for the creation of State Drugs Abuse Control Committee. The state Chairman of the council, Mr Kazeem Adekanye, who made the call while responding to questions from Journalists at the end of the European Union (EU) sponsored Town Hall meeting Coordinated by the United Nations office on Drus and Crime (UNODC) in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital said the rate of drugs abuse are getting higher in Nigeria. He noted that Nigeria Youths openly smoke and take cannabis which are dangerous to their health. The meeting which was aimed at reviewing the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) 2014-2018 under the theme, “ Drug Demand Reduction and Law Enforcement Responses to illicit drug supply”. The stakeholders also discussed sensitization, counseling, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts.

NANS protest 11-month old ASUP strike, calls for Wike’s removal By Ocheiga Enoch Oloche

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he National Association of Nigeria students (NANS), South-West, Zone D, protested underfunding and crises in the education sector at Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota Lagos yesterday. NANS staged a peaceful mass protest to make known their grievances as regards the ongoing academic staff union of

polytechnic (ASUP) strike, calling on the federal government to intervene as a matter of urgency. Blocking the entrance of Governor Babatunde Fashola’s office, the students said they are tired of staying at home, promising to mobilize all students nationwide and shut down all federal roads. NANS also condemned the age long discrimination of polytechnic graduates who, have continued to

suffer in the labour market against their university counterparts, calling on government to review the issue. A student from Ilaro polytechnic, Idowu Gbemileke said they had spent 11 months and two weeks at home doing nothing while the federal government had kept mum on the strike so far. Questioning Nyesom Wike’s ability to function effectively as the supervising minister of

Education, the Nigerian students called for his immediate removal as a minister and urged for a reform in the education sector. “The student’s demands include a reduction in LASU’s school fees, reinstatement of all banned unions by the management of university of Lagos (UNILAG); conversion of Higher National Diploma (HND) to Bachelor of technology (B.Tech) and immediate removal of the L-R: Chairman, Dubri Oil, Mr. Uduimo Itsueli, Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. Foluso Phillips, Publisher, BusinessDay Newspaper, Mr. Frank Aigbogun, Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, wife of BusinessDay Publisher, Mrs. Juliet Aigbogun, and Lagos state Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, during the inauguration of Business Day Newspaper’s office, yesterday in Lagos.

Photo: NAN Agency says HIV/AIDS prevalence Tertiary institutions staff embark on a Again, court orders arrest of drops in Kogi 3-day warning strike in Taraba

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ogi state Agency for the Control of AIDS said the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the state has dropped from 5.8% in 2010 to 1.4% in 2012. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Hajiya Rahinatu Bala, made this known while on a fact finding visit to Lokoja. Bala also lauded the coordinators of HIV and AIDS in the state for their contributions toward achieving the feat and urged the coordinators not to relent in their efforts, saying that the agency’s target was to achieve zero prevalence as soon as possible. Bala also commended Gov. Idris Wada for his interest and support to the agency since his assumption of office. In his remark, Mr. Henry Ukwubile, the Special Adviser to the Governor on HIV and AIDS, urged the coordinators to prepare for sustainability of the programme. Ukwubile said that plan by some partners to withdraw support for the programme in 2015 should not lead to its collapse. He urged other stakeholders to brace up for the challenge of reducing the spread of the scourge. (NAN)

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cademic activities at tertiary institutions in Taraba state have been grounded following a three-day warning strike embarked upon by the Joint action committee of tertiary institutions. The committee, which includes the state College of Agriculture, Jalingo, College of Education Zing, School of Nursing, Jalingo and the state Polytechnic are demanding for the payment of arrears of their specialised allowance for several months and implementation of 65 years retirement age for staff. Our reporter, who visited the College of Education in Zing, College of Agriculture, Jalingo

and the State Polytechnic, Jalingo, report that all the gates leading to the institutions were locked. Speaking on the strike action, chairman of the Joint Action Committee of tertiary institutions in Taraba State, Abdulkadir Bello decried non-challant attitude of the government towards the agreement reached in their recent meetings. According to him, some of the grievances include nonaccreditation of courses of the State Polytechnic, College of Nursing and Health Technology, Takum, provision of library and compensation of land outside the fence of College of Education Zing. Commenting on the strike action, the Chairman of College

Education Academic Staff Union COEASU, Charles Wirbai said the state Government had failed to release funds for the supervision of students on teaching practice and the provision of accommodation for staff. Some students of College of Education Zing who spoke to our reporter, Jepson Andranus and patience Stephen both two 200 level students of Applied Arts expressed sadness for being thrown out of lecture halls when the strike commenced. They appealed to government to, as a matter of urgency meet the demands of the lecturers for smooth academic activities in the state tertiary institutions.

.As Ag Gov urges citizens to help in addressing crisis From Yusha’u Alhassan Jalingo

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araba State Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar has called on citizens of the State to play their part in addressing the crisis bedeviling some parts of the state. The Acting Governor made the call yesterday while declaring open a meeting of traditional rulers, security operatives and chairman of the sixteen local governments in the state at the Government House, Jalingo.

Umar said the public unrest in some parts of the State made it necessary to convene such a security meeting to find out what went wrong and to come out with measures of containing the conflicts at this early stage before its escalation to other parts of the state. It could be recalled that there are reoccurring cases of attacks between the herdsmen, Tiv and Jukun communities in some areas and Villages in Takum, Donga Ibi

and Gassol Local Governments areas of the state, some of which shared common border with the neighbouring states that led to losts of lives and properties worth millions of Naira. The Taraba state Government had some time back set up a high powered committee led by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Josiah Sabo Kente to dialogue with the leaders of the affected communities on how to bring an end to the crisis.

Shema’s aide

From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina chief magistrate court in Katsina yesterday issued a warrant of arrest on Governor Shema’s security aide, ASP Ali Abu-Bakr Bauranya over his alleged failure to appear in court despite a bench warrant issued to him. The chief magistrate court, had last week issued a bench warrant against the security aide for his failure to appear in court to answer charges filed against him by one, Yahaya Kabir over alleged assault and criminal force among other charges. Bauranya failed to appear in court as directed by the chief magistrate, a development that made the counsel to the complainant, Barrister A.D Umar to call the attention of the court to the continued disrespect of a valid court order by the accused. The counsel to the complainant similarly argued that with the conduct of the accused and their demand for justice, they were therefore left with no option other than to demand, “For a warrant of arrest to be issued against the accused”.

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Man, 70, commits suicide in Ogun From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

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70 year old man, simply identified as Baba Ijemo yesterday committed suicide by hanging himself inside his bedroom in his Olorombo

residence in Abeokuta; the Ogun State Capital. The corpse of the man, who was a father of seven was discovered on Monday afternoon by neighbours and co-tenants following an offensive odour emanating from his two room

apartment. Sources in the house informed the Peoples Daily that the old man had in recent time been hostile to his neighbours and cotenants for reasons they could not established. Peoples Daily correspondent

however, gathered that none of his relatives lived with him including his seven children for quite a long time before the incident. “As a result of the odour emanating from the room, while the door was locked behind, cotenants became curious to find

Bauchi Shari’ah Court discharges 2 homosexual suspects From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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ollowing the arraignment of suspects of homosexuals in Bauchi January The Bauchi State Upper Shari’ah Court has discharged and acquitted two suspects of the alleged homosexual activities.The two suspects are Usman Sabo and Hafizu Abubakar

Court remands man, 35, for alleged attempt to defile 11–yr old girl

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n Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun yesterday remanded a 35-year old man, Hammed Olanrewaju, in prison custody for alleged attempt to defile 11-year-old girl. Olanrewaju, who lives at No. 21 Bosun Street, Akute, Ota, committed the offence on March 22, at Erin-Ota, in Ota. The accused was arraigned on a one-count charge of attempting to rape an underage girl. Prosecutor Mustapha Abdul Kareem told the court that the accused, who was the husband of the elder sister of the complainant, committed the crime at No. 41, Ishashi Road, Akute, Ota. Abdul Kareem said the accused committed the offence at about 9 p.m., noting that he locked up his victim and administered a noxious substance, before attempting to defile her. The Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Abimbola, remanded the accused in prison custody, and adjourned the case till May 28 for consideration of the application for bail. (NAN)

The Presiding Shariah Court Judge Barrister Aliyu Elyaqub in his judgment said they were discharged over inability Of the Prosecution counsel from Bauchi State Commission to prove his case with genuine evidence. Barrister Aliyu said since there is no witness that saw the accused committing the alleged offense and the accused pleaded not guilty they

were discharged under section 28 of the criminal procedure court of Bauchi State Sharia law 2001. The two accused person in their separate response, thanked almighty Allah who set them free and pledged that they will never forgive or forget their enemies who put them in to the trouble. Meanwhile, the Bauchi state Shari’ah Commission that file the

suit January this year response over the judgment Commissioner of Bauchi State Hisbah Alhaji Jibrin Danlami Hassan said the commission has done its best in their effort to sanitize the society and to ensure justice for all. He said the commission will meet to study the judgment before taking any decision over the judgment

From Ahmed Kaigama,Bauchi

James Dantayi by Justice Aliyu Baba Usman. The accused mr James Dantayi denied the charges. The Prosecution Counsel Barrister Rukayyatu IKewar told the court that the accused had a forceful carnal knowledge of a Girl in his office, in which she sustained injuries and immediately she was taken to Hospital for treatment contrary to section 283 of the penal code law.

When the case was mentioned yesterday counsel to the accused Barrister Obadia J Buchi observed that the name of the Second Persecution witness was not submitted to court do to oversight and seek for adjournment to enables them put their house in order. Justice Aliyu Baba Usman granted the application and adjourned the case to 4th April for continuous hearing.

Police Bauchi primary school teacher arraign in court for rape of 9–yr old girl 9 for assaulting policeman

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auchi state government, through the Ministry of Justice has incident a suit against primary school teacher, Mr James Dantayi for alleged having canal knowledge of a nine year old Girl Hauwa’u Ahmed in his office. The Bauchi State High Court Number Seven Presiding over he case of rape between the State Vs Mr

Two suspected gun dealers, Abdulazeez Amao, and Olatunbosun Olatunji, paraded with guns and magazines by the Lagos state Police Command, yesterday in Lagos.

Cross–border armed dealer arrested

From Mathew Aramunde, Lagos

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emesis caught up with cross border arms dealers who have been supplying arms to armed robbers that has been terrorising parts of Lagos,Oyo and Anambra State by men of the anti-robbery squad(SARS) who arrested them. Briefing newsmen at the Lagos State. Police Command Lagos state Commissioner ,Mr Umar Mankoa said that on the 10th march 2014 at about 0300hrs,based on

out, and had to peep through the window, only to discover the dangling body of the old man with a rope hooked to the ceiling of the room tied round his neck”, the source said. Police were later informed about the incident and visited the scene to commence investigations. Some of the residents and neighbours who spoke with our correspondent under the condition of anonymity expressed the view that he might have been frustrated due to neglect by his immediate family, since none of his seven children nor any relations had visited him for a very long time.

information one notorious armed robber Olatunbosun Olatunji was arrested at Sabaru area of Ikorodu,in Lagos State. Revealing further Manko said that it was Olatunji who when quizzed that confessed that the AK47 rifle recovered from him was bought from one Abdulazeez Amao said to be a notorious arms dealer in Ibadan Oyo State. On the spur of the information, Manko said two SARS decoy teams were deployed to Ibadan Oyo State and that after eight days of intensive and diligent follow up

the notorious arms dealer Abdul-Azeez Amao was arrested in his house at Ayegun Adasun area of Ibadan in Oyo State where 10 AK47 rifles with S/Nos UY472072,8403662,1625,1978MG-16939,026909,1953CH624 8,1954B101647,00569,1950N442 and 563618149. In a chat with our correspondent, Abdulazeez Amao said he had sold several AK47 and English pistols to several buyers in Oyo,Lagos and Anambra States. He further revealed that his source of supply is in Ouagadougu, the capital of Burkina Faso,and that one Zakari Watara sold each of the gun at Six hundred thousand CFA(600,000CFA)equivalent of two hundred thousand Naira(200,000) each and that he usually hides the guns from the prying eyes of security personnel in either milk cartons or bags filled with yam flour transporting them to Ibadan through Kabo border. Olatunji Olatunbosun on his part claimed that he is a farmer/ hunter and not a armed dealer but merely directed a buyer to AbdulAzeez.

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he Police on Tuesday arraigned nine persons before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun for allegedly assaulting a policeman on duty. The accused are Abiodun Akinlawon, 25; Aremu Kazeem, 43; Damilola Akinlawon, 27; Ajala Samuel, 18; Oluwagbemi Rachael, 40; Aremu Olasunkanmi, 31; Okebile Folorunsho, 31; Sulaman Abdurasaki, 38, and Akinlawon Yetunde, 20. The accused, whose addresses are unknown, are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and assault. The Prosecutor, ASP Olajide Michael, said that the accused committed the offences on March 27, at about 1:00 p.m. at the Customary Court Grade 1, Ota. “The accused were fighting in front of the Customary Court, Ota, and the police officer with registration No. 455626 was trying to stop them from disturbing the court session when they pounced on him and beat him mercilessly. “They also inflicted serious injury on his head, which caused him harm,” Michael said. He said that the offences contravened Sections 83, 355, 356 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Vol. 1 of the Revised Law of Ogun, 2006. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Magistrate, Mrs Titi Bello, granted each of the accused bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety each in like sum. Bello said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and show evidence of gainful employment. She said that the sureties should also provide tax clearance for the last one year, as part of the bail conditions. The magistrate ordered that the addresses of the sureties must be verified by the police and adjourned the case till April 16 for mention. (NAN)


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Corruption, unemployment, insecurity, bane of Nigeria’s development, says retired NIA boss Stories by Patrick Andrew

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hief Babatunde Ala, is a retired National Intelligence Agency (NIA) officer. He believes Nigeria’s major headaches are corruption, unemployment and insecurity and that once these are reduced to the barest minimum, Nigeria will be on the path to El Dorado. He sees the conference as the right venue to arrest the bane and correct the wrongs of yester years. Will 70 percent consensus put an end all other hiccups that may arise at the confab? If you were at the conference when the chairman put the consensus issue to vote it was a resounding yes from all delegates, nobody had a dissenting voice anymore and I think that one of the best thing that we have so far achieved was the wisdom of asking the 50-wise men to go an d deliberate upon the matter. True, it wasn’t a simple thing for them but it was god that they were selected and they deliberated and their decision is acceptable to practically every one of the delegates. In other word, it was a good measure adopted to resolve a teething problem. The delegates later deliberated on Mr President’s inaugural speech, going by the various contributions, is that the right direction? Well, from the quality of

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ohammed Maigari Dingyadi, former guber aspirant in Sokoto, believes the ease with which delegates resolve the three quarter consensus impasse clearly showed that Nigerians are not difficult as many had hitherto assumed. He spoke to Patrick Andrew. Excerpts: The three quarter majority impasse seems to have been laid to rest, what’s your reaction to this? You see, as you have seen today’s proceedings have been very lively, very ceremonial, fruitful and very firm and peaceful deliberations, particularly because we have been able to find a course for the conference with regards to today’s agreement on the 70 percent voting consensus. I think Nigerians are not as difficult as many of us had thought we are. With little effort, dialogue and consultations, l think like we have always been doing we can forge ahead and make this country great. I am proud of what I have seen today and I think the patterns of discussions like we have seen today will continue to wax stronger and stronger in the best interest of this country. The debates on Mr President’s inaugural speech seem to have

L-R: Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari, and Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba, during the proceedings at the National Conference, yesterday in Abuja. speeches made you can see that it was deep and qualitative. In fact, someone described the president’s speech as the best he ever made. In my own case, I found two areas there about which I am greatly impassioned. The first is even though we represented diverse groups, we should suppress all that and begin to look forward as Nigerians. The problems will be multi-various,

but if we begin to look at ourselves as one person, put the interest of Nigeria uppermost in our minds, we should be able to move this country forward. The second about which I am greatly impassioned is also that in the 1960s we were in the league of South Korea, India, Malaysia, Singapore, but today these countries have gone far beyond us. So we should begin to ask

ourselves, what happened? Yes, what happened actually? I think this is where we need to look at it again more dispassionately. What happened to our country? I think that the work plan that has been enunciated in the committee work by the time we work on them honestly in all intent and purposes, I think we should be able to refocus and make reasonable headway and move the country forward.

Personally, I think that even though the problems may be plenty, multi-various, hydraheaded whatever you call it, we can begin to look at them tie the heads of the problems together and be able to stand on three legs: corruption, unemployment and insecurity. If we are able to make a clean break-through from all these problems I think we can move this country forward.

taken some form of sectional leanings? No, I don’t think so. I don’t think so because many that spoke had spoken about the unity of this country. Many spoke about the need for consensus. Many stressed the need to trade issues with caution so that we can move the country forward. Yes, some very few view points of sectional interests were raised, that’s normal and natural in a crowd like this one you will find some exceptions. How did they arrived at the 50-wise men, who made them super delegates that they are now? No, there is nothing like super or 50-wise men. We are all wise people and that’s why we are here. What the leadership did was to select some leaders and elders from across the country who were to go and deliberate on the burning issue and contentious issue at hand. They were to come

out with recommendations that all the parties will agree with and that they were able to do successfully.

And like the chairman, retired Justice Kutigi, said next time they will pick another set of 50 or so

others to deliberate and resolve issues. So, you see we are all wise men, all ready to serve.

Nigerians are agreeable, not difficult, says Dingyadi

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“You teach garbage”, “no we don’t”

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simply analogy meant to trace the basis of Nigeria’s problems turned sore yesterday on the floor of the confab leading to fierce exchanges. First, Prof. Olawale Albert had traced the problems of Nigeria to the early days of independence when according to him, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe had called on the Sarduana, Sir Ahmadu Bello for them to discuss the problems of Nigeria. “The Sardauna said no, I am a Fulani man, a Northerner and Muslim, you are Southerner, a Christian and Igbo. There are differences between and we must not forget these differences.” Albert made his point and went further to insist

that unless we discuss our differences such as census, elections issues and all that not like the discussion that was had in Aburi when the initial call failed, Nigerians will continue to distrust and be suspicious of themselves. He generally spoke in the usual manner academicians do and drew several inferences on what need be done to correct the wrongs. “Even if you bring a best constitution to Nigeria, Nigerians will destroy it in two days. So, it’s not the document but our attitude. What we need is therefore accord transformation. If all of us want change then there will be change,” he concluded to the applause of some colleagues. Next came the turn

DSS and Gambo Jimeta’s orderly in heated argument

B Professor Godini G. Darah, at the conference. of Senator Mohammed Aruwa, representing Kaduna state. First, he dismissed the president’s speech that had been roundly praised for its focus and openness. Rather, he said the speech was done by someone under pressure, who failed to direct to needed specifics and directions. Then, he thundered, “Some of us that knew the Sardauna and could not believe what was said that

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here. The Sardauna relates with the Fulanis but can’t himself a Falani man as we were told here. It was a misrepresentation of facts and history. That’s the kind of garbage they teach our children in school.” He rested his case smirking contentedly and thought the sanctity of facts and history has been restored. He was very wrong. Dr Haruna Yerima persistently called out, ‘point of order. Point of order’. He was recognised and permitted to direct attention to his point of order. Order 9 (10). It says members should not used insulting language during

Photos: Mahmud Isa debates on the floor or during committee meetings against one another. We have heard the use of garbage and we think it is in sharp violation of this order. I am teacher at the Ahmadu Bello University and I don’t teach garbage. I am a Ph.d holder.” The order was sustained and Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi insisted that Sen. Aruwa need not be made to public apologise nor withdraw his comment. Further effort by Chief Olu Falae to expunge that comment from the records was over ruled as the deputy chairman argued it was a first offence that would attract punitive measures if repeated.

Esther forced ex– leaders to their knees

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he is blind. But not her voice. Esther Andrew by far made the most impression on the delegates yesterday with straight from the heart speech that cut the former leaders present in the hall napping. Esther minced no words on the sources of the myriads of Nigeria’s problems: insincerity of former leaders who cared little about the country. She adduced among others the lack of institution provisions for the physically challenged persons. “We don’t need sympathy from you we want empathy. We need your support but all of you discriminated against in your policies and institutions. “Have you ever seen a grasshopper stop when the bush is on fire?” she asked rhetorically and charged on. “When he fueled militancy and insurgency, being able you can easily fled the scene. But what

about us, disabled? No, you leave us in the lurch to bear the brunt of your mess. That’s why you created institutions which have no provisions for us. Well, they say the NASS has passed the physically challenged persons bill but President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to sign it into law. We want him to. “Also, we want this conference to leave a memorable mark on the conscience of Nigerians by coming out with something tangible for disabled persons in Nigeria. Don’t sympathise with us, but empathise with us. That’s what we need,” she surmised and sat down to the first real applause of the day. At this, point, our reporter decided to cast a glance at some of the past leaders. Were they touched? It seems so as they nodded in agreement while a good number simply bowed in submission and acceptance of the blame.

ut for the considerable number of persons staring at them and perhaps overwhelmed by need for civility the member of the Directorate for State Security (DSS) and the orderly of the former IGP Mohammed Jimeta would have exchanged blows. God forbid, anything else could have happened because both were bearing arms. Of course, you know in such instances there are always accidental discharge and the casualties are always the hapless civilians. However, the ordely kept on harming out loud and clear, “stop insulting, I have told you, don’t insult me or else………….” The DSS stared on evidently burning within and occasionally looked behind and around perhaps to weigh the situation and probably react. Happily, caution prevailed and he chose to stare on and stomach whatever diatribe issued from the vocal cavity of the orderly. Well, the IGP walked towards the scene completely oblivious of the fierce exchanges and the hunger from on-lookers for a fight between both. Of course, on sighting his boss, the orderly became more exuberant as he voiced it loudly again, “don’t insult me oh oooo,” as he walked threateningly towards the DSS without though actually approaching with purpose. The subdued DSS walked back as Jimeta walked into an opened door. Of course, you know who opened the door while running over the other side to bare open another door for yet another high profile former IGP.


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he constraint of funds has compelled the delegates at the National Conference to approve the establishment of 20 standing committees to deliberate on sundry issues and make recommendations to the committee of the whole for adoption. Though, the delegates had overwhelmingly sought the expansion of the proposed committees, but according to the secretariat of the national conference, constraint of space had compelled them to limit the number of committees to 20 numbers. Delegates, who had insisted on expanded committees, had been informed that the National Judicial Institute (NJI) limited space that could only accommodate 10 committees and that the secretariat went out of

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Fund limits conference to 20 standing c’ttees its ways to secure addition space for 10 more committees but was constrained and could therefore not do more than that, unless the Federal Government gives approval to the leadership of the National Conference to rent 10 more halls for meetings. The 20 committees were listed in the proposed work plan which was also adopted albeit with some recommendations for administrative amendments. The Conference Secretary, Valerie-Janette Azinge, had informed the delegates of the difficulty in securing space especially since the committees are scheduled to meet concurrently

which requires that they meet separately whenever meetings were scheduled. She disclosed that the committees are scheduled to spend three weeks to deliberate on the sundry subjects and thereafter make their respective submissions and recommendations to the committee of the whole for ratification and adoption. Though that did not go down well with delegates as they insisted on having the committees expanded so that education, health, patriotism and national values, sports among others would either be independent or merged in committees that would not be

lopsided. Eventually, Orok Otu Duke, of the Former Speakers’ Forum, moved the motion that the amended list of committees be adopted to include the suggestions of members. The motion was seconded by Asabe Nahaya, a representative of the National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ. Mrs. Azinge though promised to make adjustment in the composition of the committees if there were favourable responses from government on the proposed request for more funds to hire adequate accommodations for the committees.

NUC scribe tasks journalists on knowledge of education sector By Abbas Aminu Bamalli

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he Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Universities Commissi0n (NUC), Prof. Julius Amioba Okojie has called on members of the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN), to continue to acquire more knowledge on the sector to enable them report accordingly. He made the call yesterday in Abuja at a press briefing and lunch organized by the NUC, for ECAN to rub mind and enlighten them on the activities of the commission. According to him, any reporter to cover the commission, must have vast knowledge of the profession and also the education sector, especially the University Commission, calling on them to increase knowledge of their beats to understand what they are reporting. In a paper presentation, tagged: “Nigeria and Media Freedom”, the former DirectorGeneral of the Nigerian Television Authority, (NTA), Dr. Tonnie Iredia said, it is the social responsibility of media organization to train and retrain its reporters, adding that the social responsibility also permit

them to report in such a way that people at the grass root will understand their message. According to Iredia, most media houses does not practice community journalism, as they always use big grammars that most people at the rural areas cannot understand correctly, the message they are trying to pass. He disclosed that, only through media houses that people at the grass root will be more enlighten

on happenings across their country, calling on the correspondents to ensure the correct discharge of their responsibility, to make peace continue to stay in the country. Dr. Iredia further said the law of defamation Act 1961 did not permit journalist to tarnish someone’s image in the process of setting agenda to the public, therefore advised them to report according to the laws and ethics of journalism.

Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil (left), in a handshake with EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Michel Arrion (right), during a visit by the European Union Commission delegates to the minister, yesterday in Abuja. With them is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godnows Igali (middle). Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Tiv/Herdsmen clash: Hagher alleges Army involvement in ethnic cleansing

...Says FG lacks control, calls for UN’s investigation

By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Nigerian military’s involvement in tremendous outrageson personal dignity and inhuman and degrading treatment meted to the Tiv people by their attackers. Hagher also called on the United Nations and the International community to investigate the use of chemical weapons deployed by the ethnic militias and their collaborators against the Tiv people as evidenced in the large number of Tiv; old defenseless men, women and children, that have died in the war zones by inhaling gaseous substances deployed by their attackers at Gwer East, Ayillamo and Tor Damisa on 26th of March 2014.

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rofessor Iyorwuese Hagher said the Nigerian Government has lost control and credibility in the systematic Tiv-ethnic cleansing agenda following an alleged involvement of the Army in the latest attack on Tiv targets at Gbise town on 29th March 2014. Hagher also alleged that the Army had, earlier participated in the same killings in Jato Aka on 6th March, 2014, including Anyiase and Kashimbila, between 18 and 20th February 2014, when Fulani herdsmen invaded the communities. “The attack of Gbise town in

Shitile, in Tiv homeland in Benue State, by an ethnic militia, aided by the Nigerian army, is a signal of an accelerating humanitarian disaster, already in motion which must stop at once. “The United States and Canada should take note that the Tiv ethnic cleansing agenda today, is more heinous and expansive in scope, than the horrendous Zaki- Biam massacres of hundreds of un-armed men, women and children by the Nigerian army in October 2001, which was roundly condemned by the International community”, he said. The Professor, in a statement issued yesterday, called on the United Nations and the

International community to intervene, with a view to protecting the Tiv people and to also call the Nigerian Government to order. “The United Nations should, immediately set a United Nation’s peace keeping force to protect Tiv lives and avert the violations of human rights and crimes against humanity; (including murder, rape and mutilation of dead bodies) committed against a defenseless civilian population”. It said the International community should set up immediately a high-powered tribunal to establish “the extent of the violations ofInternational humanitarian law involving the ethnic militia and the extent of the

Development, security, social welfare dominate debate on President’s speech By Patrick Andrew

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elegates at the ongoing National Conference on Monday dwelt extensively on economic development, social welfare and security as basis for a stronger and virile nation. The delegates, who began discussion on President Goodluck Jonathan’s inaugural speech, were of the view that Nigeria deserves more than it is presently receiving in terms of economic development and core national values, which ought to have driven it to a higher pedestal in the comity of nations. Thirty-nine delegates took the first turn to speak on the subject following the resolutions of the contentious voting mode and the adoption of the work plan. Delegate will speak in alphabetical order. One of the first to speak, Prof. Bisi Aina, minced no words in stressing that social justice, equity and respect for human rights, must be the focus of government to address the present challenges noting that delegates should concentrate on issues of domestic violence, food security, shelter and high maternal mortality. “Everybody is important. We also have to look into the issue of violence against women because one out of three women is a victim of domestic violence, while an average Nigerian does not have access to food, shelter and other basic needs. Mr. Bisi Adegoye, a delegate from Ogun state, asserted that the collective interest of Nigeria was tied to the welfare of Nigerian citizens and the conference should reflect and re-examine issues that had posed challenges to the country’s development since independence. ``We should take an intense retrospection into Nigeria. It is a process of self examination and reflection that Nigeria needs. We need to look back to ask why have we failed,” he said noting that it was no time for blame game but forging ahead with resolve for move forward. A physically challenged delegate, Mr. Adekumbi Ayodele, canvassed for improved welfare for persons living with disability. “At the end of this conference, we are expected to have a much more inclusive environment. ``We do not have Persons Living with Disability in government, despite the fact that we have potential. We expect as high as 30% after this conference.’’ The Deputy President of the NLC, Mr. Promise Adewusi, in reaction to the President’s speech, called on delegates to detach themselves from political and often myopic considerations bordering on religious or ethnic leaning that would hamper the success of the conference. The next set of speakers took their turns yesterday on the second day of the third week since the President’s inaugural speech of March, 17.


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Money Sense The power of mornings: Why successful entrepreneurs get up early W

hen running a business, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day. Tapping into the power of mornings, a time of day when there are less demands, might be the key to increasing your productivity. For 15 years, Starbucks President Michelle Gaas has set her alarm for 4:30 a.m. to go running. Gretchen Ruben, popular author of The Happiness Project (Harper Perennial, 2011) wakes up at 6 a.m. and works for an hour before her family rises. Time-management

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feel good about taking things to Goodwill and actually, I do like shopping at Goodwill. It’s so cheap that it feels like a library where I am just checking things out for awhile until I decide to take them back – April Foiles

expert Laura Vanderkam highlights what makes mornings special and how we can use them more efficiently in her book What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio Trade, 2013). Here are a few benefits to getting out of bed earlier. You are less likely to get distracted in the morning: An entrepreneur’s day fills up fast. If you wait until the afternoon or evening to do something meaningful for yourself such as exercising or reading, you’re likely to push it off the to-do list

altogether. “There are going to be reasons why you can’t tackle a personal priority at 4 p.m, things have a lot less likelihood of coming up at 6 a.m,” says Vanderkam. You have more willpower early in the day: Even if you aren’t a morning person, you may have more willpower in the early hours than later in the day. “Willpower is like a muscle [that] becomes fatigued with over-use,” says Vanderkam. During the course of the day as you’re dealing with difficult people, making decisions and battling

traffic, you use up your willpower, leaving you feeling depleted toward the end of the day. Mornings give you the opportunity to set a positive tone for the day: If you’ve ever slept in past your alarm clock or forgotten your kids’ lunches on the counter, you know that starting off the day with a failure can bring down your mood and affect your productivity at work. Vanderkam says waking up earlier allows you to start the day with a victory and set the tone for a happier and more productive day.

If the thought of waking up at sunrise makes you cringe, Vanderkam recommends these four steps to transform even a habitual night owl into a morning person. Keep a time journal: Vanderkam says one of the reasons people say they don’t like mornings is that they stay up too late. She recommends keeping a time journal for a week to show where you may be using your time inefficiently. Vanderkam finds when many self-professed night owls look at their time journals, they often find they aren’t spending their evening hours productively or doing anything particularly enjoyable. Imagine your perfect morning: Imagine what you would do if you had an extra hour in the day. Would you exercise? Read the newspaper rather than simply skimming the headlines? “[Getting up earlier] isn’t about punishing yourself. You will not get out of bed if you don’t have a good reason to do it,” says Vanderkam. Plan your morning: Once you have decided what you want to do with your extra time, plan how to execute it, and set as much up as possible the night before. For example, if you want to exercise in the morning, lay out your clothes the night before, or gather the ingredients for your breakfast. Build the habit slowly: Vanderkam says you will likely hit the snooze button and sleep in if you try to switch your habits drastically. So instead of setting your alarm for 5 a.m. when you normally get up at 7:30 a.m. set the alarm for 10 minutes earlier each day. To make sure you don’t lose sleep, go to bed 10 minutes earlier each night. If you have trouble hitting the sack on time, set a bedtime alarm.

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e all know the health risks of lack of sleep, yet despite warnings of increased risk of diabetes, obesity and cardiac conditions, most of us fall short of the recommended seven to nine hours of shut eye per day. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports 30 percent of employed American adults get less than six hours of sleep per day. Lack of sleep is a serious problem for business. Dr. Michael Breus, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4 Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton, 2006) says sleep can cause you to make bad business decisions. “The more sleep deprived you are, the more emotional your decisionmaking becomes, the slower you react and the slower you think,” says Breus.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School found one-third of American workers aren’t getting enough shuteye to function at peak levels and this chronic exhaustion is costing companies billions of dollars in lost productivity. Being a smart sleeper is just as important as being a smart entrepreneur, but lack of sleep often goes undiagnosed. While you may think you’re getting enough sleep, if you answer yes to any of the questions below, chances are you aren’t reaping the benefits of your slumber. Do you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow? “If you fall asleep in less than ten minutes, this is a sure sign you’re significantly sleep deprived,” says Breus. Sleep is a process that takes approximately 30 minutes for the body to complete. “Sleep is not an

on/off switch. It’s more like pulling your foot off the gas and slowly putting it on the brakes. There’s a process that needs to occur and the body needs time to shut down properly,” says Breus. Do you enjoy a drink before bed? “Alcohol is a muscle relaxant,” says Breus. While alcohol may help you hit the pillow faster by calming you down, it has a negative impact on your quality of sleep. Alcohol is also a diuretic, so it may wake you in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and keeps you out of the deep stages of sleep (REM sleep), causing multiple awakenings and leaving you feeling fatigued the next day. Do you exercise right before bedtime? While it’s true people who exercise sleep better than those who don’t,

Breus recommends completing your workout at least 90 minutes before bedtime. “That’s how long it takes for your body to cool down,” he says. Exercise raises your core body temperature, which needs to drop to signal the brain to release melatonin --a hormone that signals your body to shut down for the night. Do you have coffee in the evening? While you may be able to fall asleep after drinking a cup of coffee, your body will feel caffeine’s stimulant effects into the night. “The average person metabolizes caffeine in about eight to ten hours,” says Breus. Drinking coffee late in the evening disrupts the body’s natural sleep patterns and leaves you feeling sluggish the next morning. www.enterpreneur.com


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EDITORIAL

t is a shame that the rash of mindless Boko Haram killings in the North-east that has not distinguished between Muslims and Christians, though the sect claims to stand for Islamic puritanism, has only elicited a blame game between those with the political and military powers to end this pogrom. It began last February when Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Governor of Borno state, where Boko Haram was fawned in 2009, rushed from his base in Maiduguri to Abuja to confront President Goodluck Jonathan with a ‘field report’ on the sect’s unstoppable killing spree. He told Jonathan that the insurgency would not be stopped by a military “less motivated and equipped” than the sect’s fighters. His coming to Abuja followed a new high in the insurgency that month of February, marked by killings in schools across the three states where the sect operates. Abuja’s reply was to threaten to withdraw the troops that are haphazardly prosecuting the federal government’s anti-terror campaign in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to see if Shettima would remain in the government house in Maiduguri a day longer. A cynical remark instead of serious reflection from a president who has never bothered to visit any of the three states since the security situation deteriorated. Last week, it was Adamawa Governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako’s turn to complain openly. Failing to get the president’s ear with his previous memos, he decided to speak to the world over his head. And he chose a three-day symposium on “Current

economic, social and security challenges facing northern Nigeria”, hosted by the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, on March 17-19, to deliver a stinging attack on “the evil few in Abuja” conspiring to “kill key traditional rulers

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A pity, the president has reduced a major national security challenge to a mere partisan party issue. and political leaders of northern Nigeria and to cause the disintegration of Nigeria”. It was not just a bland accusation, but one backed by facts and logic. For instance, the governor said since the sophisticated arms and ammunition used by the insurgents that give them superior fire power over government soldiers are not manufactured in Nigeria, they could have come only from outside the country. With military and customs checkpoints from the sea ports in the South to the epicentre of the insurgency where the weapons end up, which only government and military officials get through unstopped, it is not difficult to conclude who is bringing in the arms. “The security situation we are, therefore, facing in northern Nigeria today could be sponsored, financed and supported by evil minded and overambitious leaders of government and the

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society for political gains”, Governor Nyako concluded. He also referred to the coincidence in timing between the withdrawal of soldiers at checkpoints near schools and the almost instantaneous arrival of Boko Haram killers in the schools where they take their time to kill, maim and destroy “without counter response from the military even if they are located at a hearing distance”. Nyako also pointed to the inequality between the Abuja-backed JTF deployed in his state and the other units of the military which, he said, “are poorly equipped; have arms without ammunition and are poorly fed and quartered,” and wondered if it was a deliberate. The Adamawa governor demanded from the Presidency answers to his questions which, he said, suggested “a demonic agenda similar to that which wiped out northern Nigeria’s political and military leaders and killed a number from the Western Region in January, 1966.” However, rather than a thoughtful reply, President Jonathan gave a rash riposte. In Bauchi, on Saturday, to address a PDP rally, he accused the governors of the Northeast states of creating the large pool of uneducated youth from which Boko Haram recruits its foot soldiers with their lack of attention to education. A pity, the president has reduced a major national security challenge to a mere partisan party issue. True, Nyako and Shettima belong in the opposition APC and he in the ruling PDP, but the people dying in the Boko Haram violence are not party partisans but ordinary Nigerians that come from North , South, East and West of the country.

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Opinion Nasarawa council polls: Integrity versus subterfuge By Danlami Baba Agidi

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he local council election March 22 in Nasarawa state went off peacefully, despite a heated political atmosphere occasioned by defections in the two major political parties in the state - All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The defections started late last year when Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the most prominent political figure in the state led a mass of PDP loyalists to pull out of the PDP and pitched tent with the APC, which is the ruling party in the state. That, according to political analysts, was the political revolution of 2013 in the state. Without any doubt, the PDP was shaken to its marrows when Abdullahi Adamu left, even though the party was already factionalised and the former governor was already at daggers drawn with the Yunana Iliya-led faction, which is under the firm grip of Labaran Maku. And with Maku’s eyes set on the 2015 governorship election in the state, the influential minister ran to his ‘bosom friend’, president Goodluck Jonathan with a strategy paper on how to take over the state from the APC in 2015, using the March 22 LG polls as a testing ground. Although it controls the state, the APC launched a massive statewide campaign, starting from

Toto, the headquarters of Toto local government area, where Governor Al-makura presented the party’s flag to its candidate for the council elections in the area. It moved aggressively into nooks and crannies of the 13 council areas to canvass votes. This aggressive campaign, observers said, was informed by Al-Makura’s humility, his performance, and much more importantly, his belief in justice and fair-play rather than his power of incumbency. However, the PDP, which did not conduct primary elections in any of the local government areas, curiously, decided not to embark on any campaign for the LG polls. It was only a few individual candidates, as well as top influence peddlers who took to the trenches, in what the party described as “grassroots mobilization”. While going about his campaign, AlMakura probably forgot that the PDP is yet to come out of its “door-die” psyche. Thus, there was grand mobilization from Abuja, with Maku and the Secretary of the PDP’s Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin mobilizing battalions of soldiers to help them fix the elections in Akwanga and Nasarawa respectively. With Maku just handing over the defence ministry where he acted as minister for more than six months, the duo mobilized enough soldiers to aid their intimidation

of voters as well as APC returning officers in the respective council areas. Their party, the PDP, which had planned to kick-start its statewide campaign for the LG polls discarded it following complaints by its LG party officers over lack of credible record of developmental activities or the so-called “democracy dividends from any of its top shots, both at the national and state levels. For instance, the PDP chairman in Akwanga, which is Maku’s backyard, was widely reported to have decried that even the road that passed in front of his personal residence was tarred by the AlMakura-led APC government, though his predecessor, Aliyu Akwe Doma benefitted from the community’s massive votes during the 2007 elections that brought him into office as PDP governor. A clear indication that the PDP was determined to sabotage the polls started to show on election day. Though the electoral body spent about N500 million towards the preparation and conduct of the exercise, on the day of the election, residents who trooped out early in order to exercise their franchise, with many turning up as early as 8am at the various polling units to cast their votes were disappointed as they experienced delays, which the NASIEC headed by Ewuga’s Man-Friday attributed to “logistics challenges”. It was

no surprise therefore that in Wakama, the country home Mr. Maku, overzealous youths allegedly commandeered several polling units and succeeded in denying the electorates the inalienable rights to cast their votes. But the real drama started on Sunday, March 23, the day after the polls. Possibly as a result of the late commencement of voting, results were slow in coming, giving room for speculations, with the PDP hurriedly conducting a press briefing to announce that it won in 12 out of the 13 local government areas. The state secretariat of the PDP in Lafia was agog that day with virtually all the party’s top shots, including Senator Ewuga in attendance, to herald the party’s purported reawakening in Nasarawa state. According to Yunana Iliya, state chairman of the PDP, the results showed the PDP was not only firmly on ground but is the “only acceptable party our people feel will address them in the language they understand.” He claimed that the PDP won clearly in Akwanga, Nasarawa Eggon, Lafia, Doma, Obi, Keana, Kokona, Keffi, Karu, Toto and Nasarawa, even though NASIEC was yet to declare any result as at then. He admitted that the results were not announced as directed by the electoral umpire, claiming the misnomer occurred because “no returning officer was

available at the wards to collate and announce the results”. By afternoon of the same day, the NASIEC, which is under the firm grips of Ewuga could not declare any result, and suddenly tempers began to rise. Then came an opportunity for the PDP to yet again exploit its majority in the state House of Assembly (it has 19 seats while APC has 15) by coercing the NASIEC to publish a false result. By the time Dr. Sallau settled down to make his public pronouncement, it was obvious that PDP had blackmailed every stakeholder, including Governor Al-Makura into surrendering some LGs to it. Apparently emboldened by the turn out of events, the PDP dominated state Assembly summoned the NASIEC chairman to explain why the electoral body declared the poll in three LGs inconclusive. Governor Al-makura has, without doubt, acquitted himself by conducting a violence-free and credible LG election despite the efforts of the PDP and its bigwigs at undermining its integrity. The fact also that the APC won more LGs is a clear indication that the party has come to stay in Nasarawa state and is poised to do well come 2015. Danlami Agidi wrote in from Gadabuke, Nasarawa state.

Russia, West and re-making of world order By Charles Onunaiju

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or the past quarter century, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact Treaty, the West, especially Washington, has enjoyed the monopoly to redraw state frontiers, topple leaders of independent states crafted in the neo-conservative ideological design of ‘regime change’, and impose economic policies across the globe, especially in largely helpless Africa where top-down economic reforms have spawned a crushing poverty of the majority of the population. Russia, a key successor state to the former USSR, was blatantly affronted. From encouraging states in its backyard to poke fingers into Moscow’s eye, like the reckless provocation of Georgia , to helping Chechen Islamist fundamentalists to the deployment of nuclear missiles in Poland and Hungary, Russia was serially humiliated. Russia’s economic reform, instigated by the West soon after the collapse of the USSR, further exposed her to the structural dependency of a neo-satellite nation, and a supposedly prostrate Russia was even considered for membership of North Atlantic Treaty Alliance NATO and even the European Union (EU). Rushed in, to the group of seven western rich nations, to properly anchor Moscow’s structural dependency, the short sightedness of western strategic and policy makers did not incline them to the longer and strategic foresight that Russia is a nuclear super power in spite of its then, political misfortune and economic meltdown. Apart from

nuclear arms, Russia is a country with a deep and profound sense of historical accomplishments and cultural self-assuredness. Bolshevik victory and the socialist construction of the USSR, was one of several efforts at regeneration by Russia. Russia imperial conquest and bruising the Ottoman Empire by the valiant Catherine The Great, under whom Crimea was shepherded to the Russia home land in the 18th century. The ethnic tartars, rump of the defeated and evicted ottomans have largely acquiesced to the majority of ethnic Russians in the peninsula and co-habited with them in harmony either in imperial or Bolshevik Russia. The status of Crimea either under imperial Russia and under the union of soviet socialist republic USSR, remained under the administrative jurisdiction of the Russian federation until towards the end of 1953, the then, general secretary of communist party of the Soviet Union, Mr. Nikita Khrushchev contemplated the administrative transfer of the Crimea region to the Ukraine federation of the then USSR. The gesture was made to mark the 300 years anniversary of the KievRusso imperial union. Without consultation with the supreme soviet, the parliament of the Soviet Union or the presidium, the executive cabinet, Mr Khrushchev was said to have consulted only with Menlakov, the country spy chief. Khrushchev, who has previously served as the general secretary of the communist party in Ukraine between 1937 and 1938, did not seem to have any

clear reason for the decision to administratively transfer Crimea from the Russian federation to the Ukraine federation. The Ukraine federation was reported to be largely indifferent to the gesture, a mood reflected by the head of state of the Ukraine federation, who merely thanked Khrushchev for the unlikely gift. Ethnic Russians in Crimea were reportedly miffed at the wholesome transfer, but remained calm as the exercise was within a fraternal union of nations and people under the banner of socialist construction. The dissolution of the USSR in1991 left unresolved a plethora of political questions and issues that were routinely treated as administrative matters under the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, with Crimea as the most outstanding. Although considerably autonomous under Ukraine since after the dissolution of the USSR in the early 1990s, Crimea is undoubtedly ethnic Russian in majority. The West that claimed to extend a hand of partnership to Moscow has persistently used Kiev as the staging point for provoking Russia. In Ukraine, the pro-Western political rebellion coloured in the Orange Revolution brought down allegedly pro-Moscow regime but what came after was so nauseating that barely after four years, Ukraine plucked in for the leader of the allegedly pro-Moscow regime again. The immediate cause of the February stand-off in Kiev was said to be, the ousted president Viktor Yanukovich attempt to bond with Russia instead of the offer of the

European Union. Streets protests with obvious Washington blessing badgered Ukraine government offices. Key US figures including Mr. John Kerry, Secretary of State and the arch-war monger, Senator John McCain flew to Kiev to urge on the street demonstrators. Meanwhile Ukraine nationalists and fascists were encouraged to free throw tantrums at Russia and ethnic Russians. In late February, an agreement largely brokered by Russia, the EU and the Washington agreed to an inclusive transitional regime that would manage the country till early election brought back to December from 2015. The ink on the agreement was barely dry, when the armed opposition with their evidently foreign backers, ousted the constitutional and democratically elected government that have previously made a historic concession for an inclusive transitional government. The hard rhetoric against Russia and Russians including the ethnic Russian in Ukraine increased with ferocity and under the threat from the mob in Kiev, the ethnic Russians in Crimea voted overwhelmingly by a hefty 97% to re-unite with Russia. President Vladimir Putin who had previously called the dissolution of the former USSR, “the greatest geo-political catastrophe of the century”, was openly effusive in welcoming back his kit and kin back to their home land. Since then, the West and especially Washington, masters of the game of global geo-politics, who have no qualms in carving out Kosovo, an almost a spiritual heartland of Serbia to

ethnic Albanians, who are less in number to the ethnic Russians in Crimea, went wild with allegations of what the US vice president Mr. Joe Biden, called Moscow’s “land grab”. In quick succession, Washington has rolled out sanctions against Moscow and along with the European Union (EU), orchestrated the so called “expulsion” of Russia from the club of rich western nations - G7. Russia, interestingly has always been a reluctant member of the G7 and if Moscow will go for a tit for tat cold war strategy that Washington claims it seeks to avoid, but evidently pursues with vigour, most of the EU countries that depend on Moscow for gas and other energy supplies would suffer immensely. Just as in Syria, where Russia showed considerable foresight and helped the West climb down from the bluff of militarily attacking Damascus and effecting a regime change, Moscow has been largely restraint in meeting the West in its political overdrive. From all indications, the imperial geo-political excesses of the West in re-drawing state boundaries, effecting regime change at will, seems to have run its course. While the West would retain the monopoly of the global machine for political and ideological propaganda, for a time, its freedom to act at will and in places of its choice would be considerably circumscribed, thanks to Russia’s resurgence and the undoubtedly willpower of its leader, President Vladimir Putin. CharlesOnunaiju is a journalist based in Abuja


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Opinion

Between Jonathan’s sleeping delegates and SSS cock and bull story By Bamidele Adeola-Olateju

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hat is all the furore about sleeping delegates? I urge everyone to take a chill and relax. Majority of delegates are old people and most of them got Nigeria into the mess we are in. This conference itself is sleepy. It has been programmed to fail. It is carefully designed to buy time, bribe certain segments of the population and a payout to those who have not “eaten” at the table of late. Sleeping at this conference is a good thing, people! After a generous serving of sumptuous meal and indecent coffee and tea breaks, a power nap is the best unless accompanied by seismic level snoring. Even that might not be a bad thing in itself, it can provide a rhythmic melody to an otherwise poisoned atmosphere of ethnic and religious bigotry. Let my people sleep! I recommend the delegates be provided a nap room with recliners. Our representatives deserve to stretch out and sleep after gorging on food and all that money. I will prefer a chaise lounge, complete with adjustable opaque blinds that can block the light. This rejuvenation centre should be world class and people should just quit associating napping with laziness. Power naps with or without snoring produces happier and more productive delegates. The nap will readily allow them to approach the

second half of the day (after lunch) with a lot more force. I think this napping break should replace one of the numerous tea/coffee breaks where full meals are disguised as snacks. My argument has basis, naysayers should know that a power nap can’t replace all of that lost sleep, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Don’t we

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all get sleepy in the mid-afternoon when it looks like our body clocks are winding down a little bit? Sleep makes us more productive, creative, less stressed and much healthier and happier. Be an advocate for a sleeping delegate today… Jonathan needs sleepy delegates! Why are you concerned withDiezani Madueke’s her jets? Why? She is our de facto president and she deserves royal treatment. If you are unhappy about her, contest and win the next presidential election. Don’t tell me she did not win any election; things are not often as it seems. Go and think! I used to think Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman

was too powerful. How I long for those decent days when he was at the helm. I don’t really give a damn about her, she’s a demigod, she’s untouchable! I’m better off writing about what can change. I advise you not to bellyache about her please. It is her time, let her enjoy it. Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs has warned us malcontents that the “refusal of the Federal Government to probe Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani AlisonMadueke, does not indicate that President Goodluck Jonathan will cover up any case of embezzlement or mismanagement of public funds exposed in his administration.” He

will not cover it up because there is nothing new, there is nothing to cover. Why should anyone over what he is proud of and approves? Oh! I hear she’s pushing for renewal of subsidy after she is busy taking her subsidy on us every second of her life. That

will be the day! One day monkey go go market and e no go return. The story is that one Boko Haram suspect attempted to disarm a secret service operative by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuff. In a statement credited to Marilyn Ogar, the Secret Services spokesperson confirmed that the gun battle began after a detainee disarmed an operative and tried to effect a jailbreak. The melee drew the attention of other guards at the facility who fired some shots to warn and deter others. The threat caused the Army to deploy helicopter gunships proximal to Aso Rock. When all was done, 21

detainees were killed along with unspecified SSS operatives. Does this sound right? This story is not only untrue, it is misleading with copious dose of cover up. Here is why: where on earth are prisoners fed at 7am? Where? The DSS facility, to any onlooker from outside, is a fortress; it looks impenetrable. There is no way a man in handcuff could launch an attack vicious enough to disarm an operative. With two hands encumbered, how can a detainee draw a guard’s pistol and disarm him? Unless there is a violation of standard safety procedure, it cannot happen. There is no way a lone gun from a disarmed operative can be used in a protracted battle with soldiers equipped with helicopter gunships, ordinance for almost three hours. We must also remember there are armed SSS operatives on the inside. If the story is to be believed, why did it take truckloads of soldiers, Armoured Personnel Carriers, and other sophisticated weapons to stem the jailbreak? Why did helicopter gunships hover around the Aso villa for 3 hours? This is classic cock and bull story. It is incomplete; it is laced with lies with a serious attempt at cover up. Bamidele Ademola-Olateju is on olufunmilayo @ gmail. com

NIS recruitments: ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’ conversations (I) By Onjefu Okidu

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he strength of the emotion pedestal of Nigerians is impressively commendable. Whenever tragedy struck, we always pushed aside our lingering differences, converge and mourn the situation irrespective of who was involved. In fact, the emotional feelings were usually highest when the tragedy involved “ordinary Nigerians.” That we have demonstrated same spirit for our beloved departed youthful souls and the injured of the ill-fated immigration recruitment is crystal clear. For obvious reasons, traditionally, most full-blooded Africans, share the concerns of any tragedy in soothing conversations fashioned in a constructive manner. Perhaps, the most soothing and meaningful words on the immigration recruitment tragedy conveyed by the media came from the Deputy Senate Leader, Distinguished Senator Abdul Ningi. While contributing to the debate on the motion tabled by the Chairman of the Senate Interior Committee, Distinguished Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, he pointed out very clearly that, “we must see the unfortunate tragedies as collective guilt, collective fault. It goes beyond the issue of Minister or Controller General of Immigration.” Those genuine, gracious and patriotic soothing words no doubt remind us all

of our failure to build a plumb nation which in turn has generated seismic repercussions that haunt us to this day. Conversation gives expression to our ideas, opinions, feelings and thoughts. We may refer to a “conversation of deviance” in national discourse, for example or a “conversation of hope.” The notion of conversation therefore differs from propaganda in that it directs greater attention at the constitute role played by language in creating meaning and images of reality. In itself, language does not simply reflect reality or power relations; it generally contributes to the construction of knowledge about selfhood, and the realities of the social and material world. Hence, conversations on tragedies such as that of the immigration recruitment should be seen as

an opportunity through which we reflect deeply on selfhood, and the realities of our social and material world as demonstrated by Distinguished Senator Abdul Ningi’s “conversation of hope.” It is fundamentally important, indeed essential, for us at this point in the life our nation to go beyond motivefilled superficial conversations and engage in hard broad discussions, in order to better get at genuine nation building. In the case of the immigration tragedy, there are precious little relevant conversations that can be trusted in that direction. Frankly, the most troubling aspect of the tragedy, beyond the deaths and injuries, are the succeeding un-soothing, shallow and meaningless conversations that tend to blur rational, comprehensive and systematic

inquiries. It must be acknowledged though that one of the most difficult times for some of us to discipline our minds, writings, mouths, moods, and attitudes is when tragedy takes us unaware. In fact, the fallible central actor or actress automatically becomes for some of us the target of tainted vituperations irrespective of the apparent underlining good intention associated with his or her action. From the scattered conversations via the media one can piece together and construct a frame that implies that the Controller General of Immigration, David Parradang, the Interior Minister, Abba Moro as well as government deliberately called out our young job seekers to be killed. In fact some have in raw words ridiculously said so.

Conversation gives expression to our ideas, opinions, feelings and thoughts. We may refer to a “conversation of deviance” in national discourse, for example or a “conversation of hope.” The notion of conversation therefore differs from propaganda in that it directs greater attention at the constitute role played by language in creating meaning and images of reality. In itself, language does not simply reflect reality or power relations; it generally contributes to the construction of knowledge about selfhood, and the realities of the social and material world. Hence, conversations on tragedies such as that of the immigration recruitment should be seen as an opportunity through which we reflect deeply on selfhood, and the realities of our social and material world as demonstrated by Distinguished Senator Abdul Ningi’s “conversation of hope.”

For example, Steve Nwosu, a Daily Sun Colunmnist, wrote on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 edition of the paper; “Jokes apart, I think Abba Morro and government should take responsibility for this tragedy which they planned and executed. Or maybe they’re still unhappy that the death toll was not up to the holocaust magnitude they had hoped for? I think the explanation is simply; we have a criminal unemployment figure and government is understandably concerned. So, somebody hatched a smart idea: If we kill these unemployed people, would we not be reducing the rate of unemployment? And give Okonji-Iweala better figures to bandy around? Would killing these job seeking youths not also help reduce the army of ready foot-soldiers for all the youth restiveness in the land?” As ridiculous as this may sound, many others have indirectly, even directly driven same point home in order to generate uncontrollable hatred for these officers. Apparently, for the Controller General, the Honorable Minister, the President and rational Nigerians, the immigration recruitment tragedy is heart-breaking and these kinds of false, harsh, unjust, wicked, unbalanced, unfair and idle conversations harder still. To be continued. Dr. Onjefu Okidu is on okidu2002@yahoo.com


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Comment

The many ‘sins’ of Bukola

By Wale Bakare

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here is truth to the saying that old sins cast longer shadows. And as humans, revenge is the ultimate antidote that can be employed to make one feel spite against our transgressors. To stand up shoulder high to the Presidency is no mean feat and Bukola Saraki would have been in the best position to lecture us on the challenges that come with being a whistleblower. The weapon of revenge is being deployed visibly on a daily basis with an uncommon desperation to clamp down on anyone with the audacity to challenge the present administration and its self-inflicted status quo. For the Jonathanians, Senator Saraki is a ‘sinner’ who would not go scot free until he repents to do their biddings. As it stands, the momentum is fast building again and there are indications to believe that Saraki’s ‘old sins’ are somewhat worse, than his ‘new sin’. Saraki’s travails may have started in 2011 when he voted in support of the botched PDP zoning formula then as the governor of Kwara and chairman board of Governor’s forum and his subsequent declaration to run for the presidency in the 2011general election. A consensus was eventually reached; the gladiators involved sheath their

swords to ensure that Goodluck Jonathan emerged victorious. In 2012, Senator Saraki was in the news again, this time; the subject of discourse was one that will affect the future of the unborn generation. Saraki had uncovered the biggest fraud in the history of the downstream sector. Jonathan’s administration had spent 1.2trillion on subsidy without any traces of development. This in-depth investigation of the oil subsidy scheme went down as one of the biggest oversight function of the legislative arm for that budget year. Saraki soon became a target of the oil cabal with the emergency interest and resurrection of his activities as governor of Kwara state. Undoubtedly, Saraki’s overtly opinionated view is responsible for a series of events that have left him as one of the frequent visitors

to the anti-graft agencies annex. The allegations against him and the quasi drama that follows remind one of a ‘season film’ that may never end as a result of the different intrigues that unfolds from the last episodes. Having scaled through the rigorous drilling and questioning for the umpteenth time at the police invitation without a clear verdict, one would expect the former governor and now Senator to go quiet and avoid issues that may pitch him against his adversaries, rather; he has continued to remain vocal using his voice as a weapon to correct the ills on national issues. Recently, Saraki spotted some loopholes in the 2014 federal budget where he raised alarm on the 700m daily budgeted for kerosene subsidy which he described as unsustainable. Saraki’s

interview on ChannelsTV Sunrise programme of February 6, 2014 also gives a clear insight into the genesis of his perceived fissure with the GEJ led administration. The defection of Saraki and the current governor of Kwara state Ahmed Abdul-fatahi alongside the state’s members of the National Assembly and the entire party structure to the opposition party is another source of growing headache to the Jonathan camp and the reaction afterwards was long overdue. The substitution of the PDP Local government’s nomination list conducted by the state’s chapter of the party with relatively unknown aspirants from Abuja would eventually turn to be a disastrous decision that could prove costly for the ruling PDP with the total takeover of the party by the Saraki led APC. Again, Saraki was in fore front

Recently, Saraki spotted some loopholes in the 2014 federal budget where he raised alarm on the 700m daily budgeted for kerosene subsidy which he described as unsustainable. Saraki’s interview on ChannelsTV Sunrise programme of February 6, 2014 also gives a clear insight into the genesis of his perceived fissure with the GEJ led administration. The defection of Saraki and the current governor of Kwara state Ahmed Abdul-fatahi alongside the state’s members of the National Assembly and the entire party structure to the opposition party is another source of growing headache to the Jonathan camp and the reaction afterwards was long overdue.

to condemn the Presidency for sacking the erstwhile CBN governor in an unceremonious manner. His views corroborate those of the majority who encouraged Sanusi to challenge his unconstitutional removal in court despite his insistence not to return to office. As if that was not enough a denegation, in an old fashioned style, the minister of sport despite his glowing achievements was booted out of office as a result of his perceived allegiance to Saraki. Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi was the sacrificial lamp used to settle scores and even out permutations in Kwara ahead of Jonathan’s 2015 ambition. Other issues such as the increasing level of government’s excessive spending, the incessant attacks on the lives of innocent citizen and the lack of regard for the rule of law are but a few of his sins – for exercising his fundamental human right. From Saraki’s response to these allegations of outspokenness, it is clear he enjoys every bit of it. While there are no precursors that the Senator representing Kwara Central will surrender his objective stand for a slice in the largesse, it also goes without saying that the powers that be will continue the hound game perhaps until the 2015 elections are settled. Wale Bakare is reachable on waleflame@gmail.com

That attempted jailbreak is no laughing matter By Chiechefulam Ikebuiro

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he President, after all was not wrong when some time ago he said some Boko Haram sympathizers are in government. There’s no better happening to confirm Mr. President’s suspicion than yesterday’s attempted jail break at the SSS HQ. There’s now no disputing the fact that the Boko Haram has sympathizers across government agencies. Mrs. Marilyn Ogar, the spokesperson for the SSS, must have really thought she was sweet talking some daycare children when she told us the attempted jail break was as a result of a detainee, one detainee, over powering and disarming an SSS operative. The gist was that “one of the suspects attempted to disarm the operative by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuff. His attempt to escape drew the attention of other guards at the facility that fired some shots to warn and deter others.” That is so lame. We understand the gun battle lasted for four hours with the SSS needing the support of the army and helicopters and that is as a result of one detainee disarming one operative who was serving him food? A detainee who was in handcuffs? How did that happen?

We understand the operative went to serve the prisoner breakfast. Did the operative have to go in to serve the meal? Are meals not supposed to be passed underneath or something like that into prison cells? Did he go in with more than one gun, as that gun battle that lasted that long was not a battle with the security operatives and one man (with one gun), unless that man is Robocop. If there was more than one detainee in the gun battle, how did the other guys get guns to confront the army? They could not have had access to the SSS armoury except someone led them there, of course. Mrs. Ogar’s story does not add up and I am certain she knows a majority of Nigerians do not buy her story.

That was poorly thought out. Today, the toilet seat theory has surfaced. According to security sources one of the detainees was pressed and needed to go to toilet and was allowed to do same without being leg-chained. On getting to the toilet and finding the door locked, he “applied force and UPROOTED the toilet seat unknown to the operative who was standing outside.” When the detainee knocked the door to indicate that he had finished, the DSS operative opened the door only to have his head smashed with the heavy toilet seat. The detainee took his gun, opened fire on the other security operatives and plop plop plop…There is no need trying to flaw this theory. It is dead on

arrival. Do your thing Nollywood; over to you. This leaves us with just one option, that these guys were assisted from the inside. There are moles and snitches there. This did not just happen like that. This must have been well organized (thank God they failed). This must have been planned for days and that explains why it took that long to bring them down. This confirms that the president had been right all along, he’s not just had the courage to point them out. With what has just happened yesterday, it’s time to start rooting out the boko haram sympathizers we have in several agencies. The yellow house-SSS HQ is not so far from the presidential villa for crying out

We understand the gun battle lasted for four hours with the SSS needing the support of the army and helicopters and that is as a result of one detainee disarming one operative who was serving him food? A detainee who was in handcuffs? How did that happen? We understand the operative went to serve the prisoner breakfast. Did the operative have to go in to serve the meal? Are meals not supposed to be passed underneath or something like that into prison cells? Did he go in with more than one gun, as that gun battle that lasted that long was not a battle with the security operatives and one man (with one gun), unless that man is Robocop.

loud. That is the residence of the No. 1 citizen of Nigeria and this is unacceptable. What if they had succeeded in pulling this off? God forbid! Boko Haram is for real. Boko Haram is all out for Nigeria and attempting to pull this off proves it. This is not some local police station in Maiduguri that was attacked for Pete’s sake. Boko haram is here with us and sadly the blame games between the federal government and the Northern governors is not going to stop this menace. The self-denial and lies to the public will not stop them either. The committee that is about to be set up to investigate this current attack is a waste of time as we know how committees operate in this clime. The time to act is now. It is time to take the war with these infidels seriously because their latest move shows they are about to come at us more dangerously. It is time we started identifying these moles one way or the other and make them point out the ‘big fishes ’(the carrot and stick approach comes into play here). It is important we act quickly before Boko Haram swallows us all. Finally, I wish the operatives who, we understand, were injured in the stand-off a speedy recovery. Chiechefulam Ikebuiro via thalynxis@yahoo.ca


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Police arraign 3 for joint T act of threat to life

Man, 23, in court over attempt to steal from church

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he police yesterday arraigned three members of a family before a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, in Abuja, for alleged joint act, intimidation, assault and threat to life. The accused are Okoro Grace, Okoro Nancy and Okoro Buchi, all of No. 20, Yalinga Street, Wuse 2, and Abuja.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, told the court that Mr Goodness Bongven of No. 20, Yalinga Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, reported the case at Wuse Police Station. Adamu said the accused and two others, now at large, jointly beat the complainant at his duty post and chased him away from the compound.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the Penal Code. The counsel to the accused, Mr Kingsley Adikwu, applied for their bail under the Criminal Code. Adikwu said the accused had reasonable sureties who could take them on bail, assuring that they would not interrupt police investigation He said the accused also would

not jump bail condition. The Magistrate, Mr Celestine Odo, granted the accused bail for N50, 000 each with a surety in like sum. He directed that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and submit their passport photographs to the court registrar. He adjourned the case to May 6 for further hearing. (NAN)

L-R: Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, Managing Director, Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, representative of Chairman, Board AEA, Mrs. Nana Isokwa, and Managing Director, Abuja Property Development Company, Engineer Bashir Haiba, during the official commissioning of Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) entrepreneurial complex, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Court remands security guard for negligence

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Driver in court for giving false information to police

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44-year-old driver, Chinedu Ogene, yesterday appeared in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Wuse zone 2, Abuja, for allegedly giving false information to the police. The prosecutor, Cpl Umar Ango, told the court that on March 25, the accused lodged a complaint at the Wuse Divisional Headquarters, Wuse Zone 3, and

Abuja. Ango told the court that Ogene had complained that his daughter, Ada, was missing. He said that police investigation, however, showed that the wife to the accused person, Ekene Ogene, who lived in Anambra, had given out their daughter as a domestic help. According to Ango, their

daughter was given to work as a help to Mrs Doris Anams of Works and Housing, Wuse 2, Abuja, on a monthly salary of N5, 000. He informed the court that this was also done with the consent of the accused. Ango said that the accused was standing trial over alleged offence of giving false information in contravention of

section 178 of the Penal Code. If found guilty he is liable to two years in prison or, with fine. The accused pleaded not guilty. The Judge, Anthony Ogboi, admitted the accused to bail for N50, 000 with one reasonable surety who must reside within the court’s Jurisdiction. He adjourned the case until April 7 for hearing. (NAN)

Police arraign man, 39, for manslaughter

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he police yesterday arraigned one Ugbede Jacob in an Abuja Chief Magistrates’ Court at Karu for causing the death of an unidentified man. Jacob, 39, appeared before Chief Magistrate Hadiza Dodo on a one-count charge of causing death by dangerous

he Police yesterday arraigned a 23-year-old man, Ugwu Ekenechukwu, in a Kado Upper Area Court for attempting to steal from a Church. Ekenechukwu, who resides at Nyanya, a satellite town of Abuja was charged with criminal trespass and attempt to commit an offence. The prosecutor, Sgt. Simon Ibrahim, told the court that Ogbonnaya Favour of Plot 184, Area C, Nyanya lodged a report against the accused at the Utako Police Station on March 25. Ibrahim said the accused trespassed into the Lord’s Chosen Church in Utako, Abuja, where the complainant works and tried to steal. He said the accused was arrested by private security guards while hiding in one of the offices in the church and was handed over to the police. The prosecutor added that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 346 and 268 of the Penal Code. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. The presiding judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N10, 000 with a surety in like sum. He said the surety must have a fixed address and resident within the jurisdiction of the court. He added that the surety must be a clergyman and adjourned the case until May 5 for hearing. (NAN)

driving under section 27 of the Road Traffic Act. The accused, however, denied the charge. The prosecutor, Cpl. Francis Udofia, told the court that the accused drove a Golf car with registration number AL137YAB in a dangerous manner and hit the deceased. Udofia said that the incident

occurred when the deceased was crossing the NyanyaMararaba expressway. He said that the victim, who lived in an uncompleted building at Apo in the FCT, died on the spot. The prosecutor said that efforts made to trace the relatives of the deceased so far had proved abortive. He informed

the court that the corpse had been deposited at the Maitama General Hospital’s mortuary. The chief magistrate admitted the accused to bail for N500, 000 with a surety, saying that the surety must be resident in the court’s jurisdiction. Dodo adjourned the case until May 14 for hearing. (NAN)

Grade 1 Area Court sitting at Kado in the FCT yesterday remanded one DogaraAudu in prison custody for alleged negligent conduct. The Presiding Judge, Mohammed Sadiq, ordered that the accused be remanded until April 9. Audu, a security guard was dragged to court for allegedly allowing some unknown persons into a compound at S.O. Williams Crescent, Utako who stole a generator worth one million naira. However, the accused of AngwanRaka Village in Nasarawa State, denied the allegation. Prosecuting Police Officer, Sgt. Simon Ibrahim, told the court that one Adesina Adewale of the same address, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station on March 28. The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 196 of the Penal Code. Ibrahim said that the complainant, an in-law to the accused, had threatened to divorce his wife, one of his (accused) junior sisters should she stand surety for his bail. He said that when the accused noticed that he was wanted, he ran away to an unknown destination until he was arrested. (NAN)


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Food vendors waiting for patronage, in Garki village, Abuja.

A banana seller waiting for customers, yesterday at Wuse market, in Abuja. A meat seller (mai-suya) roasting meat in One Man village along Abuja-Keffi road.

Child abuse Three young girls selling soft drinka along Jikwoi-Karshi road, in Abuja.

A man taking a nap under a tree in the Phase 2 Site 1 area of Kubwa in Abuja recently.


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For The Record

Enough of the bloodshed, destruction in the North-east Introduction

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e welcome you to this World Press Conference called by the Borno - Yobe People’s Forum, a non - partisan and non - religious association of concerned citizens from Borno and Yobe States. The Forum is compelled by the continuous upsurge in the insurgency in the north-east to call this press conference. In the last one month, Kawuri, Konduga, Izge, Bama, Michika, Buni Yadi, Mafa, Mainok, Jakana, Auno, Shuwa, Madagali, Malari, Wajonkoro, Ajigin, Benishiekh, Gamboru, Kalabalge, have been attacked with heavy civilian casualties. In the Giwa military Barracks attack, there has been a loss of over one thousand lives as stated in the current Amnesty international report. Rather than abate, the insurgency has not only continued to escalate but has become more daring. The continuous bloodletting has led to the loss of over 17,000 lives. Official statistics released by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), revealed that over three million people have been displaced by the insurgency and terrorists attacks in the affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in the first three months of 2014 alone: Borno 1,304,393; Adamawa 1,086,126 and Yobe 771,368. Most of the victims are women, children and the elderly. These developments underscore the urgent need for the Government, the International Community, as well as all Nigerians to arrest the brewing humanitarian crises in the area. It is to be noted that while the various incidents have been given wide publicity, the real human sufferings remain unknown and under-reported. For the past 2 - 3 years, farmers in the affected areas could not access their farms. This coupled with the deliberate scorched earth tactics employed by the insurgents, the lack of food, water, electricity, shelter and inability to pursue any kind of gainful employment have resulted in the systemic destruction of the economies of the affected areas and the psyche of the people. It is encouraging that in recent weeks the entire nation has risen in unison in condemning the senseless killings and wanton destruction of lives and properties. It is equally encouraging that Government is reviewing its approach in handling the insurgency.

L-R: Secretary to the Borno state Government, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, former Minister of Interior, Dr. Shettima Mustapha, Malam Adamu Ciroma, Air Vice-Marshal Al-Amin Dagash, Senator Ahmed Zanna, and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, during a world press conference organised by Borno-Yobe People’s Forum on the security crisis in the North-east, on Tuesday, in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Observations As widely reported in the media, both indigenes and non-indigenes, Muslims and Christians, mosques and churches, men, women and children, as well as security personnel have NOT been immune to the violent bloodletting, arson and wanton destruction of lives and property. All these are happening despite the existence of a two-term state of emergency in the area. The alleged involvement of foreign nationals, specifically the arrest of Cameroonian nationals that led to the discovery of a cache of arms as well as gunmen who are not indigenous to the area of the insurgency have given rise to a lot of unhealthy speculations and conspiracy theories about the crisis as being stoked by yet to be known persons/ forces. The dropping of arms, ammunitions and attackers by helicopters as reported in the media and as discussed on the floor of the Senate under-score the urgent need for government to investigate and un-mask the sponsors of terror and bring them to justice. While the Defense HQ in Abuja has acknowledged these shocking allegations and said investigations were on-going,

it is important that the issue is concluded with utmost urgency and the outcome made public to restore people’s confidence. It is perplexing that despite a subsisting twoterm state of emergency in the area and restoration of telecommunication services, distress calls from the people to the security agencies remain unanswered for up to eight hours as reported in the case of Bama attack and as revealed by the Shehu and also by teachers of the Federal Government College Buni Yadi where the lives of 59 young students were cut short, among several others. It is no secret that today people in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States and indeed most parts of the Country are confused by the lack of prompt response to cry for help during attacks. It is very worrisome that as the insurgency in the North East is escalating, the once relatively peaceful states of Katsina, Benue and Kebbi are experiencing serious killings and social dislocations. It is the considered opinion of the Forum that unless government takes urgent steps to arrest the situation, the whole of the North may be engulfed in a serious security crises. The possible repercussions of not

taking action to arrest the situation are best imagined. Questions Needing Urgent Answers The Borno - Yobe People’s Forum is seeking urgent answers to the following questions: 1. Who authorized the withdrawal of security personnel from the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi hours before the attack that claimed the lives of 59 innocent children? 2. Why were security reports from the communities on impending attacks ignored or not promptly responded to? 3. How were the insurgents able to attack the Maiduguri Airforce Base and de-mobilize as well as burn planes and other military installations despite the existing state of emergency and curfew in the town? 4. Are the authorities unaware of helicopters dropping arms and ammunition, food and medical supplies to areas wellknown to be strong holds of the insurgents? 5. How could 20 to 30 Toyota Hilux vehicles move in a convoy freely with a subsisting curfew and still go undetected? 6. How did a little band of rag-tag misguided youths metamorphose into a well kitted, well armed killing machine

moving freely in convoy of vehicles and supported by helicopters. 7. How did the Shilka Tank, a multipurpose selfpropelled anti-aircraft artillery weapon positioned to secure Giwa barracks fail to function resulting in heavy loss of lives, both civilian and military as widely reported in the media? 8. Why was the Late General Mohammed Shuwa, a civil war hero, killed despite the presence of a military detachment in front of his home? 9. What is the status of persons abducted by the insurgents in various places in the North East? 10. Who are the instigators of online media campaigns of calumny stirring ethno-religious intolerance in the country? 11. Are we dealing with fifth columnists in this crises? 12. Why have the various reports on the crises not been implemented by the Government? What happened to the 2009 Report of the NSA, CDS, IGP and CDI, the Ambassador Usman Gaji Galtimari and the Barrister Tanimu Turaki Presidential Committee Reports? Continued on page 35


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Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo preenting a gift to DG-UNIDO,Li Yon when the latter paid a courtesy call to the Ministry.To his left is HMS for Power,Hon. Muhammad Wakil and UNIDO rep. in Nigeria, Dr. Patrick Karmawa,flanked on his right is the PS, Power,Dr. Godknows Igali.

Industry accounts for 500 million jobs worldwide–UNIDO DG By Clem Khena-Ogbena

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he industrial sector worldwide accounts for 500 million jobs, said the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Director General, Li Yong. Yong disclosed this yesterday, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, during a stakeholders meeting on Industrial Development Plan for Nigeria, saying that industrial development would remain the backbone of the present administration’s transformation agenda. According to him, income generation, job creation, among

others, were dependent upon well managed industrial development plan and its full implementation, such that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) could be supported to grow. He said the efforts of providing measures against prevailing social and environmental challenges in a sustainable manner could only be achieved when supported by economic growth, adding that UNIDO had been promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, with a view to harnessing the full potentials of industry’s contribution to the achievement of industrial development and lasting prosperity for all.

Yong further noted that effective use of resources could also lead to sustainable industrial development of Nigeria, disclosing that UNIDO had developed a very robust strategy in the area of Public-Private Partnership (PPP), even as the Organisation was already planning two workshops on National Industrial Strategy for the country. According to him, UNIDO had been working with donor communities or organisations over the years, and they had been providing funds to support the Organisation’s programmes. He also said that investment in solar power, bio-energy and the likes could fast track the country’s

Maintenance facility needed to optimise potentials– AON chairman From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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hairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria ( AON), Captain Nogie Meggison said unless Nigeria establishes an aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul ( MRO) facility in the country, the aviation sector will not optimize the inherent potentials and benefits of the sector. He said setting up a national carrier without critical back-up facility that can be easily access will impede the development of the sector. He describe aircraft MROs as having the capacity to create thousands of jobs and retain huge sums of money in the country that

indigenous carriers spent on the repairs of their aircraft oversees. Speaking in Lagos, the AON leader who is also the President of JedAir, said setting up a aircraft maintenance facility in the country will assist to train the horde of aviation professionals in the country including aircraft engineers. “the unfavourable government policy of granting multiple entry points to foreign carriers into Nigeria has contributed to the stunted growth of indigenous airlines.” Meggison noted that the unfriendly business environment where operators grapple with multiple charges has not

accelerated the process that would lead to private sector players showing interest in setting up aircraft repair centres. He said if some of the intervention fund given by government were channelled into the establishment of aircraft repairs facility, the industry would have made some progress. “I don’t think the national carrier is the issue. Our policies are the issue. We had a national carrier in the defunct Nigeria Airways. One of the main issue was not being able to pay for its maintenance bills of air planes scattered all over the world including Brazil, Ireland, Germany, France, USA, and Israel,” he added.

industrialisation. Meanwhile, the chairman, House Committee on Industry, Honourable Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, said the House was fully ready to partner with UNIDO by supporting the industrial development plan of the Organisation. Also, while making his remark, the vice president, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Isa Aremu, stated that the revival of comatose industries in the country, especially the textile companies, which had hitherto provided employment opportunities to thousands of Nigerians, must also include the welfare of the workers. Similarly, the president, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Chief Kola Jamodu, said no development could take place in any country without industrialisation, adding that out of every 100 job seekers; only 24 were likely to secure employment.

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MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY Make conflict collaborative, not combative

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ying away from open, healthy conflict about work issues may make you feel like a nice person, but it’s an unproductive habit. Although conflict can be uncomfortable, it is the source of true innovation and a critical process in identifying and mitigating risks. Attention to your delivery can help you can maintain your self-image as a nice person — even in conflict. When dealing with someone who disagrees with you, try these

tactics to remain collaborative, not combative: • Express your contrary opinion as an “and,” not a “but.” It’s not necessary for someone else to be wrong for you to be right. • Ask open-ended questions rather than stating conclusions. “How is that going to land with our customers?” feels much less aggressive than “Our customers will be angry.” Source: Harvard Business Review


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Pension&insurance

GNI grows by 119 per cent

Stories from Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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reat Nigeria Insurance Plc has recorded an improved performance for the financial year ended 31st December, 2012 as its profit after tax increased by 119 per cent from N399 million in 2011 to N903 million in 2012. Gross premium also increased to N2.8 billion, representing a growth rate of 16.5 per cent

when compared with N2.4 billion written the 2011 financial year. Underwritten profit as well appreciated to N1.2 billion within the period under review against N846 million recorded in the comparable period of 2011 while total assets equally experienced similar growth of 13.8 per cent from N7.2 billion recorded in the previous year, to N8.4 billion achieved in the period under review. Addressing shareholders at

the at 48th annual general meeting of the company held in Lagos, the Chairman, GNI, Olatokunbo Talabi stated “ in spite of the challenging operating environment coupled with the risks exposure in the insurance underwriting business in Nigeria, the company fared better from 2011 to the year under review. We have achieved significant milestones on each goal, at least, for once the company had been able to post profit consecutively”,

he acclaimed. Shareholders fund according to him soared by 25 per cent, from N4.3 billion in 2011 to N5.3 billion in the 2012 financial year. Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director, GNI, Mrs Cecilia Osipitan stated that in spite all odds, the company witnessed growth in all parameters. The consolidated underwritten profit she said, grew by 47 per cent when compared with the previous years’ figure while profit after tax

Wife of Nassarawa state Governor, Hajiya Salamatu Al-Makura (left), cutting the tape to commission the new Airtel Express Shop along Makurdi Road, recently in Lafia. With her are CEO, Mainasara Comm. Ltd, Mr. Boniface Okwu (middle), and Regional Operations Director, North, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Olufemi Oyewole (right).

r. Idowu Owa has emerged the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria staff of the year, 2013. According to the Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr Joseph Oba, Owa was selected for the award by virtue of his outstanding performance as staff of the Secretariat. Oba noted that the verdict which was reached through a stringent

selection process involving nominations by the staff came as a result of CIIN’s Director General, Mr. Kola Ahmed’s resolve to reward excellence and to encourage greater diligence amongst the secretariat staff. CIIN staff eligible for the annual award are those in the cadres of Assistant Manager and below. Owa, who hails from Kogi State

holds an Ordinary National Diploma in Tourism from the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State. A dependable staff who combines efficiency with effectiveness in his duties, Owa’s emergence is well deserved as members of the Institute’s Staff paid glowing tributes to him. Owa joined the Institute in 2007 and has continued

to serve diligently. The Director General of the CIIN, Mr Kola Ahmed, while presenting a commemorative plaque to Mr. Owa, enjoined him not to rest on his oars but endeavour to achieve more success at any given task. Mr. Ahmed also encouraged all other members of staff to see this year’s Awards as a motivation to strive to do better at their duties.

Stanbic IBTC PFA brings pension services closer to customers

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oised to make pension services available to its existing and potential customers, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited, said it had commenced an awareness campaign that will help the firm achieve the feat, through multiple channels. The company said that apart from its offices dotted across the country, had listed other service channels available to customers to include the website, mobile application, online chat, email, SMS Shortcode, mobile offices and Stanbic IBTC Bank ATMs. Others it added are the 24hour multilingual call centre, Stanbic IBTC Bank branches and selected branches of Zenith Bank. Speaking during the kickoff of

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Owa emerges CIIN staff of year 2013

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increased by 119 per cent from N399 million in 2011 to N903 million in 2012. She explained that the company wants to raise more capital in order to be financially equipped so as to compete favorably with other companies especially the foreign ones.

the campaign, Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Pension, Dr. Demola Sogunle, described it as another way to deliver value to customers by providing more choices for them to interact with the PFA. “Our central objective in introducing this awareness drive is to enhance convenience and accessibility by providing our customers with the choice to engage Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers the way they prefer. This is in line with our commitment to respond to the ever-changing preferences and needs of our customers by deploying the appropriate tools and technology,” Sogunle stated He listed benefits accruable to customers from the initiative to include easy access, time saving,

comfort, and professional assistance and customised pension solutions and building robust long-term relationships. Sogunle stated that the Stanbic IBTC Pension mobile office, which was introduced last year, has proven a revolutionary initiative, as pension services are brought to the doorsteps of customers and prospective customers alike. He stated that plans are currently being finalized to deploy more mobile offices in various cities across the country. Sogunle said the PFA will continuously innovate and help to enhance industry best practices, part of which includes creating awareness about the benefits of retirement savings and helping workers plan for

that eventuality. He stated that the PFA was set up with a mission to enable Nigerians retire to a life of relative comfort and peace after their working lives. “In almost nine years of existence, we have emerged Nigeria’s biggest PFA with over one million retirement savings account holders and assets under management of over N950bn, paying close to N1.7bn to over 29,000 retirees monthly. Over N178bn has been paid to retirees seamlessly since we commenced operations in 2005. Our aim is to continue to set higher standards of service delivery and ensure that our retirement savings account holders derive maximum value from their contributions,” Sogunle stated.

igma Pension Ltd has achieved profit after of N986 million, for the financial year ended 31st December, 2013. This represents a surge of 47 per cent when compared with N504 million recorded in the previous year. The company equally announced a 43.95 per cent growth in its income from N2.23 billion in the 2012 to N3.21 billion in the period under review. Presiding over the company’s annual general meeting in Abuja the Chairman of the firm, Rasaki Oladejo declared that in spite of the harsh economic environment, the company recorded N1.51 billion profit before tax, up from N800 million of 2012. He noted the number of Retirement Savings Account (RSA) holders grew from 588, 528 in December 2012 to 611, 717 in December 2013. “The value of the RSA fund grew from N117.31 billion to N170.1 billion during the same period” he said. Also speaking at the meeting, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the pension firm, Umar Hamidu Modibbo said the company’s growth was “driven largely by increased administration and management fees from N2.23 billion in 2012 to N3.21 billion in 2013.” He said the company has a target of 50 percent increase in earnings, per share, in the next financial year. Modibbo said the pension industry in the country was currently growing at the rate of five percent per annum. He added: “The industry is already working for the economy. The Federal Government has borrowed from this fund. The Lagos State (Government) has borrowed. They have both raised bonds. It is not like a pile of cash seating somewhere.” Shareholders at the meeting approved a dividend payout of 34 kobo per share for all investors whose names appeared in the firms register, representing a 47 per cent increase over 18 kobo paid in 2012.


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Business

NSE sets new Minimum Operating Standards for dealing members From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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he Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has set new minimum operating standards for all Dealing Members licensed by the bourse effective January 1, 2015. The new standards cater for all three classes of Dealing Members (Broker Dealers, Brokers and Dealers) and address the five broad areas of Manpower and Equipment; Organizational Structure and Governance; Effective Processes; Global Competitiveness; and Technology. According to Ms Tinuade Awe, Head of the Exchange’s Legal and Regulation Division, the

NSE has undergone tremendous transformation over the last couple of years and intends to extend these forward-moving traits to the Dealing Members. “”Our objective is to transform the operators now with set minimum operating standards in a concise manner that is both easy to comprehend and implement. We intend to ensure that the Broker Dealers, Brokers and Dealers have very robust controls, strong governance framework and sustainable operations that will enable them compete on a global scale for the benefit of the investors and the Nigerian capital

market” said Awe. “The capital market is very dynamic with a diverse mix of local and foreign investors who can invest with the confidence that the Dealing Members operate pursuant to clearly defined standards that are comparable to those to which broker dealers in other climes operate. We simply cannot afford to be inferior to anyone in terms of size, skill, technology or organizational governance of our market participants” she added. Shedding more light on the benefits, Head of Broker Dealer Regulation, Mr Olufemi Shobanjo noted that “The investors will

be given an extra degree of protection because the operators they will be dealing with will be very robust, strong institutions that are properly run with good controls and globally acceptable processes.” “Another thing this also ensures is that the Nigerian capital market as a whole is sustainable with better investor confidence and even prospect companies that might want to list on The Exchange will be warmer towards us if a strong Dealing Member firm is able to give better information and better quality advise while aptly walking them through the process of listing in our market” he stressed.

NPDC produces first oil from OML 40 From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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ollowing concerted efforts, The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited, NPDC (a subsidiary of NNPC) has produced its first Oil from Opuama oil wells in OML 40 in the onshore of the Niger Delta which was shut in by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in March 2006. NPDC in a statement said

its successfully re-opened two Opuama oil wells with a combined production of 2,500 barrel per day. “ On taking over the operatorship, NPDC focused on the restoration of production by the replacement of corroded in field flowlines, refurbishment of the 30,000 barrels of liquid per day production flowstation and the repair of the 36km oil export pipeline, including the replacement of all

corroded and damaged sections,” the statement said. The company said: “with the successful restart of production, NPDC will now progress its field development plan. It is anticipated that production will increase to 8,000 bopd by the end of 2014.” The company noted that its entire development work was carried out by local contractors. “This further illustrates the company’s commitment to the

Nigerian Content Policy of the Federal Government.” OML 40 is one of the assets that were divested from Shell and NPDC took over the operatorship in January 2013. It is therefore a welcome development to achieve this first oil within one year of operations. OML 40 is jointly owned by NPDC (operator) and Elcrest Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited.

L-R: Managing Director, Frontiers (Frankly Speaking on Radio), Muyiwa Afolabi, Chief Financial Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, Abubakar Suleiman, and Executive Director, LEAP Africa, Iyadunni Olubode, during a media briefing on Sterling Bank’s ”Get Ready For ork”a programme for NYSC, fresh graduates and those seeking employment, yesterday in Lagos.

Oil marketers crisis: South–west IPMAN backs Abdulkadri–led exco From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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he Western Zone of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) yesterday appealed to warring parties in the association to be law abiding in the interest of national development. Chairman, Western Zone of IPMAN Olumide Ogunmade, who read the resolution its zonal meeting to newsmen, said that the oil marketers in the region passed a vote of confidence on the Alhaji Aminu Abdulkadri-led national

...calls for peace among warring parties executive. Ogunmade,warned that the crisis, fuelled by some factions, could trigger fresh fuel scarcity if other zones of the association failed to play their roles. Ogunmade described the current crisis as a needless adventure, stressing that the zones would prefer to support a president that emerged through the electoral process. “IPMAN Western zone would continue to support the national executives led by Abdulkadri to

organise free and fair election on or before the expiration of its tenure in May. “The legitimacy of the National President of IPMAN would be better enhanced when the voice and votes of members count on whosoever becomes the next president,’’ Ogunmade said. He said that the leadership of zone played a vital role in brokering peace in the crisis that rocked the national executives in 2011. He said that IPMAN was later able to speak with one voice

and articulate its position properly which led to the reconciliation of all parties in 2011. Ogunmade said that IPMAN members’ interest and welfare would be best protected under one united and indivisible association. He said that the current crisis might result in acute fuel shortage in the South-West region in particular and the nation at large. Ogunmade called on marketers in the Western zone to make products available in all the nooks and crannies of the zone, while waiting for the resolution of all parties.

Transcorp rakes in N25bn this year

From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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ransnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) yesterday said it has plans to augment its group profits to N25 billion come end of 2014 financial year. The Chairman of the company, Mr. Tony Elumelu, who disclosed this at the firms eight Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in Lagos, that it hope to achieve this target through continued diversification and deepening of its existing businesses. According to him power business in 2014, will focus on concluding the rehabilitation of a number of identified turbines in order to improve generating output at the Ughelli plant to 700 mega watts, while the oil and gas business will witness a speedy take-off as they expect to finalise negotiation of the production sharing contract of OPL281 with the department of petroleum recourses (DPR). He noted that he will commence the construction of its Transcorp Hotel in Ikoyi and the completion of the project development activities for the planned Transcorp Hilton Port Harcourt. He further said that by the end of 2015 financial year the company expects to conclude the renovation works at Transcorp Hilton Abuja. Speaking on its financial performance for the year under review, the Chairman said that in 2013 the group gross earnings recorded a growth of 60 per cent from N15.81billion in 2012 to N25.23billion for the group for the full year 2013 end. He further said that the company’s gross earnings increased in 2013 by 41 per cent from N4.80billion in 2012 to N6.78billion, adding that the impressive gross earnings growth translated into a significant operating profit for the group as group profit before tax (PBT) of N9.03billion represents 129 per cent growth over 2012 profit before tax of N3.95billion. He added that company’s 2013 profit before tax (PBT) of N3.19billion increased by 11 per cent from N2.88billion achieved in 2012. He further said that in 2013 group total assets grew by 50 per cent from N99.56billion in 2012 end to N149.46 billion in the year under review, while total assets of the company also witnesses increased from N38.65billion in 2012 to N49.08billion in the year under review. Following the impressive and positive result the board declared a dividend of five kobo for the first time after its incorporation. He assured shareholders that the company will build on the solid foundation laid over the couple of years to begin an era of steady and increasing dividend payment to shareholders.


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Special Report

Benue crisis and the plight of internally displaced persons T

he clashes between Tiv farmers and suspected Fulani herdsmen have regrettably continued to intensify unabated. There seem to be no solution as it has blossomed into a full scale, bloody war. Hitherto, Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam had warned that the crisis may result into an ethnic war if urgent steps were not taken to beef up security in the state. Acting promptly, the Inspector-General of Police, through the DIG Operations, Force headquarters Michael Zuokumor dispatched over 5000 police officers to the State, boasting that they will end the crisis. Sadly enough no sooner had this action been taken than the situation exacerbated. The governor who is the chief security officer of the State was attacked on 18th March, 2014 at Tse Akenyi,

The spate of violent clashes between herdsmen and local farmers, especially in Benue state as well as in other states of the federation has sadly compounded the menace of insecurity in the land. Uche Nnorom in Makurdi, reports that the state government has assured internally, displaced persons of their safety in the camps and effort to halt the hostilities between the bandits and the Tiv farmers so that they could return to their ancestral homes. Umenger Guma local government area while on an assessment tour of areas ravaged by the herdsmen. The gruel sight of butchered human beings with mutilated body parts, destroyed houses as well as burnt food produce greeted his sight during the trip. The attack on the governor had occurred just few minutes after soldiers, who had embarked on the journey with him, suddenly abandoned him at Uikpam. They left him almost bare in the hands of policemen and Civil Defence personnel

but he braved the odds insisting, “with or without you people, I will go ahead”. Barely had the attackers set a house on fire at Tse Akenyi and fled than the governor’s convoy arrived the scene. They stood afar and just watched. And in a flash, the bandits, who were heavily armed (going by the sound of their guns), heard footsteps and immediately opened fire. Everyone, including the governor, who was shielded by his security aides as well as journalists, scampered for safety. The Police returned fire and

soon, the convoy sped off. A week after the attack on the governor, fierce and bloody fighting erupted in Agasha, a riverine area also in Guma local government area of the state. An eyewitness who spoke to Peoples Daily said the fighting started early hours of the day, adding that there was exchange of gun duel between Tiv youths/ suspected marauders, which lasted uptill evening. At the end, over 25 persons were reported dead. On Sunday 23rd March, what could be described as

Benue state Deputy Governor, Steven Lawani, flagging-off the distribution of relief materials to victims

the ‘bloodiest’ and ‘fiercest’ battle since the crisis commenced many years ago, occurred in Gbajimba, headquarters of Guma local government area. At least 55 persons were reportedly feared killed in the heavy gunfire. Narrating the incident, an eyewitness who fled the area, said the armed quietly sneaked into the area while the people were worshipping in the churches. It was gathered that the youths repelled and further pushed them away but they quickly regrouped and came back in

large numbers to attack the people. Again the youths fought back like wounded lions to secure their domain. “They came in their large numbers very early Sunday morning from Awe local government area of Nasarawa state and made an attempt to forcefully seize the town and the local

government secretariat but they were confronted by our youths, who resisted and forced them to beat a retreat”, the anonymous eye witness said. “Just this afternoon at about 1pm, they staged a more coordinated attack on the town; this time around, they came in

Meanwhile, thousands of displaced persons have scattered all over Makurdi, the Benue state capital and its environs. The refugees, most of them women and children, stay in primary schools, abandoned buildings and even sleep in filing stations. Some have had to set up makeshift thatched houses to live in. This is just as they suffer starvation and hunger

Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam

theirs hundreds, shooting, burning down houses, huts and killing anything in sight. “The policemen in Gbajimba are helpless because we have less than 50 officers and men on ground at the station and this attack has completely overwhelmed them. “As I speak to you, serious fighting is still going on in Gbajimba; close to 55 persons may have been killed on both sides because corpses are littered all over in the communities. So many of our people are also missing at this moment.

“But from the look of things, if security personnel do not quickly mobilize into the town, the invaders may succeed in completely taking over the ancient town after sacking close to 100 villages in the local government area in the last few weeks. “Our fear is that if Gbajimba is allowed to fall into the hands of these marauders, it could be used as a launching pad to attack Makurdi, which is just a few minutes’ drive from the ancient town”, he further said. Meanwhile, thousands of displaced persons have

Some of the displaced persons who have sought temporary shelter in Makurdi, the Benue state capital

scattered all over Makurdi, the Benue state capital and its environs. The refugees, most of them women and children, stay in primary schools, abandoned buildings and even sleep in filing stations. Some have had to set up makeshift thatched houses to live in. This is just as they suffer starvation and hunger. “I am going through hell. I have a family of 7. My house in Gbajimba was destroyed by the attackers. I only managed to escape with my wife and children. Now, we are faced with serious hunger and starvation. I cannot feed my children. They cannot go to school again. Their future is very bleak. Government should come to our aid or else we may die”, cried Iorhemba Mase, a farmer. If Iorhemba’s story is pitiable, then Terver Orduen’s is pathetic. “I lost my only son, Dooyum, during the crisis. My life is completely shattered. I do not know why I am even living”, he lamented bitterly amidst sobs. The effect of the sudden population explosion in Makurdi is the likelihood of outbreak of diseases as was the case during the flood of 2012. It could be recalled that several persons lost their lives as a result of outbreak of cholera just as there was a high rate of rape incidents of the flood victims. Meanwhile, on Monday, March 24, the distribution of relief materials was flagged off by the state’s deputy governor, Chief Steven Lawani, at the St. Mary’s Primary School, North Bank, in Makurdi. The materials which included mattresses, buckets, food items and clothing were delivered by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). While distributing the materials, Chief Lawani assured the internally displaced persons of their safety in the camps and efforts to halt the hostilities between suspected Fulani mercenaries and Tiv farmers so that they could return to their ancestral homes. He also said the marauders will be chased away from the state, for the people to enjoy peace and once again engage in farming activities. “These terrorists will not be allowed to stay here. We will chase them far away from our land”, Lawani said. While lamenting that the

state is dealing with heavily armed herdsmen as well as an organized terrorist group who come from Yobe, Borno, through Gombe, he expressed confidence that with the assistance of the aerial surveillance by the Air Force, Army and Police, the crisis will be brought to a final end. He expressed appreciation to NEMA, for their prompt response in sending relief materials, promising that the materials will be distributed to the seven (7) affected wards. “We are most grateful for NEMA for always responding promptly. In 2012, during the flood,they gave us a lot of relief materials and this time they have brought quite a lot of materials too”, he noted. It is heartwarming to note that this time, NEMA would supervise the distribution of relief materials to the refugees, so as to avoid the ugly incidents that were experienced during the flood when the displaced persons complained bitterly that the materials did not get to them. It could be recalled that officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) allegedly diverted the materials and made brisk business with them to the detriment of the flood victims. At other instances, many relief materials allegedly disappeared from the stores. These nefarious acts, including alleged cases of rape of victims by some officials, marred the exercise. One way of addressing this problem, according to analysts, is the establishment of feedlots in some states of the federation. In these feedlots, cattle can graze, the herdsmen can live and forge a viable economic scheme with the host community. Given the socioeconomic developmental pursuit of Nigeria, it is no longer fashionable for herdsmen to appropriate grazing routes and lay claim to such, without infringing on the rights of their host communities, who themselves must protect their livelihood. To put an end to this frequent occurrence, the nomadic cattle-rearers and the farmers must understand that they both need each other, not only for their survival, but also for the sustenance of the community. It is hoped that there will be no repeat of these ugly incidents.


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Property FCT, 12 states buy into FG’s NMRC pilot scheme Stories by Aminu Imam

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fter the launch of the ambitious Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company (NMRC), the Federal authorities have entered into partnership with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 13 state governments towards creating an enabling environment for mortgage origination in key areas of property registration, enforcement of mortgage property and access to serviced land. Under the new initiative, FCT and Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Ekiti, Gombe, Kano, Kwara, Kaduna, Lagos, Edo, Enugu, Nasarawa, Ondo, Rivers and Ogun States, will kick-start the Pilot States’ Scheme, in an effort to address the problem of housing deficit and ensure affordable housing in the country. The developments was revealed by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the inaugural Housing Stakeholders’ Implementation Summit, organised by the Federal Ministry of Finance, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and

Builders’ Institute moves to regulate building collapse in Nigeria

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s part of m e a s u r e s aimed at eradicating the high incidence of building collapse in the country, the Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIB) has urged all trained artisans and craftsmen in the construction industry to register with the institute. This advice was given last week in Abuja by the President of NIB, Tunde Lasabi, while speaking at the

flag-off ceremony of a skills improvement program organised for artisans and craftsmen in the industry by the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) of the Federal Government, in collaboration with the Institute. The NIB boss further stated that the mission of the institute was to enable members deliver, alongside relevant stakeholders, sustainableshelterthat

addresses the housing needs of the nation through research and development in keeping with global best practices. According to Lasabi:” With this idea that encapsulates our resolve to make Nigeria a better place, by having safe and habitable buildings, NIB could not have found a better partner to work with than SURE-P, in the training and skill improvement of

artisans and craftsmen who are important players in the built environment.” He further stated that the institute together with its regulatory body – the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, CORBON, have continued to intensify the training and retraining of builders throughout the country to ensure their efficiency adding that “we can make bold to say that so far, despite

Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (left), his Deputy, Hon. (Mrs.) Adejoke OrelopeAdefulire (middle) and the Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Bosun Jeje (right) during the presentation

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orried by the dominance of foreign artisans in the nation’s construction industry, the Federal Government last week, vowed to embark on aggressive capacity building for its citizens, with a view to reversing the ugly trend. The government plans to flag off a

…partners US Home Builders Association to train artisans

train-the-trainers programme for about 1000 artisans and craftsmen in partnership with the National Home Builders Association/ Home Builders Institute of the United States of America, USA. The training will address the dearth of skills and competencies of

artisans and craftsmen in Nigeria. The Minister Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi, who made the promise during a Stakeholders’ Implementation Summit on Enabling Broader Access to Housing Finance for All Nigerians, in Abuja said “government

is committed to improving the quality of manpower in the housing and urban development sector. Enabling policies ”We shall continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to provide the enabling policies, strategies and plans for the realisation of the objectives


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Property Dangote’s new 42.5 cement grade lifts building materials’ market Stories by Aminu Imam of the product, which got Standards major shift in Organisation of the standard Nigeria (SON) formal of cement endorsement at the grade was recorded pre-media launch, last week by Dangote which held in Lagos. Cement, with the A senior official of launch of the 42.5 the company disclosed higher grade of that the Dangote 3X cement into the Cement would be Nigerian building manufactured in all materials’ market. its plants in Nigeria. It was gathered the The new brand name market was buoyed from Dangote stable by the introduction

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comes with “Xtra strength; ‘Xtra life and Xtra yield.” The SON DirectorGeneral, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, who was represented by an enforcement official of the agency, Mr.

Adeoye Onipede, the company is abiding with SON rules in displaying the grade of cement on its bags, including the agency’s logo. He disclosed that indigenous cement manufacturers

had been given full certification by the standards agency to produce the high quality cement. The Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Deva Kumar

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or rapid and sustainable national d e v e l o p m e n t , professionals and practitioners within the housing and urban development sectors and maritime sub-sector must evolve a synergy towards increasing the wealth of the nation, President Goodluck Jonathan has said. The president made the call last week, in Akwa Ibom state, during the 44th annual conference of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV). Meanwhile, the event led to a change of baton of headship of the estate surveyors in the country, as Mr. Emeka Eleh’s tenure expired last Saturday. In his place, Mr. James Omeru, who until two days ago was the first vice president, now has the responsibility to pilot the affairs of NIESVs for the next two years. Speaking on the theme of the conference: ‘Maritime Coastal and Inland

Waters Investment and Management in National Development’, Jonathan said the topic was quite pertinent, as it emphasizes the critical importance, and huge potential, of sustained investment in the maritime industry as a means to greater national development. Represented by the Supervising Minister for Lands and Urban Development, Mrs. Akom Eyakenyi, the president said since the maritime sub-sector and the housing and urban development sectors were mutually complementary core components of national strategic infrastructure, his administration’s vision was that both, and all sectors of our national economy, should be effectively mobilized, integrated and energized for rapid and sustainable national development. The conference, according to the President, offered ample opportunities

Edo govt to enforce original Benin master-plan

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he Edo state government says it has concluded plans to enforce the original Benin masterplan, in a bid to ensure proper planning of the state capital. The Edo Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Francis Evbuomwan, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the weekend, in Benin. Evbuomwan said that

the state government had realized that the original master-plan of the city, with respect to physical planning, urban design and building development, had been altered. He explained that some property owners in Benin had built structures indiscriminately, thereby compounding the problem of flooding and erosion in the state. He also noted that illegal conversion of

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building development control, to dialogue with property owners, on all issues. He however warned that if the property owners refuse to cooperate, the task force would remove all illegal structures and owners

compelled to bear the cost of removing the structures. The commissioner also disclosed that the state government had concluded plans to provide affordable houses to Edo residents through Public-Private-


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Kia Sportage stands out from the pack

Motoring

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lmost every carmaker has at least one small crossover SUV in its showroom, so what makes the 2014 Kia Sportage worth a look? Well, to name three attributes, we’d say head-turning looks, strong performance and plenty of desirable standard features and options. With its sharply styled front end and muscular fenders, the Sportage certainly stands out from the pack. Those looks are backed up with what’s under the hood, too. Here you’ll find a new base 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s pretty powerful for a small crossover SUV. The sportier turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder on the SX trim level raises things to another level, however. With 260 hp, the turbo Sportage can scoot to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. Value is another big draw for this Kia, as even when equipped with top-end features such as navigation and ventilated front seats, it’s typically less expensive than many other fully loaded models. There are really only a couple downsides to the Sportage. The main one is interior space; the Sportage just isn’t as big as some competitors, and as a result, it comes up short on passenger and cargo room. If you’ve got a family and are frequently hauling kids and cargo, the Sportage probably isn’t ideal. Also, while this Kia is pretty fun to drive, some shoppers may find its ride

too firm for their liking and, with either engine, fuel economy is lackluster for a small crossover SUV. As such, crossover shoppers focused on practicality might want to compare the Sportage to roomier rivals, including the 2014 Honda CR-V, 2014 Subaru Forester and 2014 Toyota RAV4. Those looking for a similarly

seats, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt-andtelescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a

CD sprightly driving experience will want to check out the 2014 Ford Escape, 2014 Mazda CX-5 or, if you’re open to going smaller, the Mini Countryman. Overall, though, the 2014 Kia Sportage is a solid contender in this group thanks to its fun nature and value for the dollar. The 2014 Kia Sportage is a small crossover SUV with seating for five. There are three trim levels: LX, EX and SX. Standard features on the LX include 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, a heightadjustable driver seat, 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear

player, an auxiliary audio input jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. Optional for the LX is the Popular Equipment package that adds roof rails, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, a trip computer, a secondrow armrest, a rear camera display, rear parking sensors and Kia’s Uvo voice control and telematics system. The Sportage EX includes the features in the Popular Equipment package along with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated sideview mirrors, automatic

headlights, foglights, dualzone automatic climate control, a cooled glovebox, a six-way power driver seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an upgraded Infinity sound system with HD radio.

Adding the EX Premium package nets you power-folding sideview mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and keyless ignition/entry. The SX model is equipped much like the EX, but adds a turbocharged engine, xenon headlights and LED taillights. The SX Premium package mirrors the EX Premium, but does not include the panorama roof, which is a separate option. Power for the 2014 Kia Sportage comes from one of two four-cylinder engines. The LX and EX models come with a 2.4-liter that produces 182 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque. The SX model gets a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that cranks out an impressive 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. All versions of the Sportage come with a six-speed automatic. Frontwheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive offered as an option. In Edmunds testing, a front-drive SX sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a quick 6.5 seconds. For the front-drive LX and EX, EPA-estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway). Picking all-wheel drive drops this down to 22 mpg combined (19/26). The turbocharged SX earns an EPA estimated 23 mpg combined (20/26) with front-wheel drive and 21 mpg combined (19/24) with AWD. Top competitors in this class typically best the Sportage’s combined fuel economy by 2-3 mpg. Source: Edmunds.com


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Arts & Culture ANA joins world to celebrate Achebe’s ‘Arrow of God’ at 50 T he Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), has said it would join the rest of the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s novel, Arrow of God`. The National Vice President of the association, Danja Abdullahi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the event would come up on April 3 in Abuja. He said that ANA resolved to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Achebe’s novel ``because Chinua Achebe was a hero in the literary world, besides being a

worthy son of Nigeria. ``This year marks the golden anniversary of the publication of the novel, Arrow of God, by Chinua Achebe, his third novel after Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease. ``These three books are sometimes called The African Trilogy, as they share similar settings and themes.’’ Abdullahi added that the association would mark the anniversary with an 8-City Transnational Event and some activities such as symposia, children’s carnival and quiz

competitions. The ANA boss said other programmes slated for the anniversary include an excursion by school children to landmark areas connected to Chinua Achebe in Ogidi, Anambra. Others, he said, were stage presentation of various adaptations of the book, literary events, a grand finale of a night of tributes in Ibadan, Otuoke, Abuja, Lagos, Awka and Ogidi. He said over 70 countries around the world would mark the event with various activities. (NAN)

Participants paying homage to the Oba of Lagos, during the Eyo festival.in lagos recently

6 Nigerian poets thrill at 4th Korea-Nigeria poetry feast By Mohammed Kandi

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n commemoration of the World Poetry Day, six out of 126 poets who submitted poems for a contest at the Korea -Nigeria Poetry Feast recently moved the other participants when organisers reward their work with grand prices. Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) in Abuja, in collaboration with Arojah Concept had given Nigerian poets an opportunity to bare their minds on selected issues as organisers of the poetry competition. The winners in the adult category in 2014 edition of the competition, Soonest Nathaniel Scholes, Iyeomoan Emmanuel Ehigozie, Echezonachukwu Nduka emerged the best poets of the year.

Similarly, Maryam Ahmad, Maryam Auwal Tijjani, and Aisha Muhammed Umar became winners of the school category. Mr Jerry Adesowo, one of the organisers said each year ten best entries are selected and the writers rewarded the prizes which includes cash and gift items. Executive Secretary, National Institute for cultural orientationDr. Barclays Ayakoroma, said the competition would foster greater ties between Nigeria and Korea. He urged Nigerian youths to read, as it would boost their intellect. The aim of the competition, according to the organisers, is to promote more understanding between Nigeria and Korea on culture, lifestyle, and beliefs through the use of poetry. Representing the

ambassador, Republic of Korea, HE Jong Hyun-Choi, Mr. Wonwoo Yi, Charge d’Affaires Embassy of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) says the Korean republic has been working with Nigeria for several years and would continue with the progress they have made so far. “Culture is taught to the people through classic, painting, music, dance, drama and literature. Poetry contributes to creative diversity. KoreanNigerian is two countries with a rich oral tradition. “The poem featured in this anthology is rich in oral tradition, with the titles From Here to There, an extension of the bilateral relationship between the two countries,” he explained.

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n the realm of playwrights, there are no simple plays. Just as there is no idea that is simple. In the average human mind, most ideas are complicated and need time and attention to unravel them. In the last three months, we have gone through a lot of plays along with the panel set up to choose plays for the 8th Jos Festival of Theatre 2014. It has been no easy task. There were about thirty plays in all. Some were simply out of this world dealing and existing in the realm of fantasy and the unbelievable. Some were simply not stageable. The very idea of bringing them on stage gives one a nightmare. How do you start to put a play not a film of 89 characters on stage? The actors are there and we definitely can get more than that but how do you pay them and how do you begin to organize them on stage? As a director, I know that I am capable of directing over 200 people on stage. It is possible but what happens when you have a quarter of the 89 not saying a word so what are they doing on stage? Of what relevance are they? Most importantly, as a producer, my main fear is how do you begin to pay all these people? While such plays might be ideal for student’s workshops where as many people as possible need to be engaged, in the world of the commercial theatre, this is not possible and at best it is cumbersome. For me, with the realities of theatre funding, it is a nightmare. I look at a Federico Garcia Lorca’s The Shoemaker’s Wonderful Wife which was written in the 1930’s in Spain and it is addressing issues raised in matrimonial homes right here in Nigeria. I read Wole Soyinka’s The Lion And The Jewel and I still see Lakunle’s stereotypes walking around and wooing aimlessly. I read Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun and I see its similarities with our dreams that are constantly and consistently deferred. I read August Wilson’s plays comprising of the Pittsburgh chronicles and I begin to see the history of men and women who went through so much but went through it all with stoical dignity. I read Femi Osofisan and I begin to see how we can make foibles of ourselves and our leadership question in Midnight Hotel. The list is endless. What stands most of these plays out? It is the very idea of simplifying our common humanity. Whenever I get the opportunity of conducting arts management seminars around the country, I often tell my listeners that those who get a headway faster are those who can express themselves as simply as possible. What is the worth of an idea that is couched in big grammar and big words that signify at best nothing? A DIVERSION INTO A LITTLE POLITICS The year of 2013 was one full of political intrigues. There were nights and days of a thousand knives. They were days and moments of treachery. There were moments of unbelievable betrayals. But here we are in 2014. Since the beginning of the young year, we have come to know and understand without any equivocation that what happens to the fortunes of the ruling party must affect us all. In the last week, we have been told that the Chairman of the party has resigned or retired. There are counter claims from his camp that he is still in charge of the party. Some reports say they are now shopping for a replacement. If this is true, will they look beyond the party for a CEO? Why in these climes do we always wait to witness the end of what the tortoise predicted in Ola Rotimi’s Kurumi? Brother Tortoise was going on a journey and he was asked when he would be coming back. With head askance, he replied ‘not until I have been disgraced’. I believe and think from the sidelines that one lesson leadership in all forms needs to learn in this 2014 is to willingly write our resignation or retirement letter and leave the public space. OUR EDUCATION SPACE Ask an undergraduate to write you a letter. What you get these days is an e.mail full of abbreviations that confuse the mind. They say they are the technology savvy generation but there is nothing technological about abbreviations that put one in the class of illiterates and the unschooled. There is a lot of movement in the social space. There is a lot of movement in the chat rooms. But there is little or no movement in the area of self development. The next five years will be very interesting.


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Historic Marrakech bids to become an artistic hotspot By Sylvia Smith

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arlier last month the Marrakech Biennale drew a sizeable crowd to its opening in the magnificent remains of the 16th Century Badi Palace, Morocco’s most popular tourist destination. With France’s former Culture Minister Jack Lang in attendance, there was a sense the international contemporary art event had reached a significant turning point. Marrakech Biennale 5 was a moment to take stock, and for executive vice-president Amine Kabbaj the key to its future success lies partly in the city’s location. “We lie on a crossroads between the Western world, the Islamic world and the African world,” he said. “We are a modern society that values its traditional culture, but we are also evolving rapidly.”

A DIRGE

(In memory of a nay-tion)

Art investment Until now the African art market has focused on Nigeria and South Africa, with their large number of artists, investors, curators and philanthropists. But, although Marrakech has a far smaller scene, this former hippy city is now enjoying significant investment by the private sector, creating a smaller version of the Gulf “starchitect” building boom a sort of miniature Qatar or

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Max Boutfathal’s Madonna 207, outside the Badi Palace

in art is part of their cultural experience. Touria El Glaoui, daughter of one of Morocco’s best known painters and founder of London’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, says that Marrakech is the right place for these developments. “My father is from Marrakech and art is part of life here,” she says. “When all the infrastructure is in place this city will be even more amazing.” Attempts in other parts of the continent to create museums have not been met with success. Londonbased Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare bemoans the lack of political will to create a national museum of contemporary art in Lagos.

Art infrastructure During the 10 years of the Marrakech Biennale, this hip and chic North African city has seen the opening of a film school, a large museum of photography and visual arts and numerous galleries. A private museum of contemporary African art is also under construction. Within a matter of years the art infrastructure of this medium-sized city is likely to challenge some of the continent’s largest. Simon Njami, a leading African contemporary art curator, feels the current Marrakech Biennale should be viewed as the first. “The previous editions were mere rehearsals,” he says. “This is a big step forward. The start of something different.” Marrakech is already attracting a quarter of all visitors to Morocco. According to Amine Boughaleb, of the Moroccan Tourist Office, that number is rising. “We expect well over three million visitors to Marrakech this year,” he says. “It has enormous potential to develop yet further. Its popularity will be underpinned by further cultural offerings.”

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‘Ourselves to blame’

Amine Kabbaj says Marrakech is at a cultural crossroads

Abu Dhabi. The new contemporary art museum to be created by Morocco’s Fondation Alliances organisation, which supports economic, social and cultural development, is based on the collection of its president, Alami Lazraq. His collection includes more than 1,000 pieces of art from around the continent. “The aim is to promote social cohesion, and

to showcase African contemporary art in Africa,” says Mr Lazraq. “The museum will be situated between three golf courses and next to a workingclass neighbourhood. Increasingly, up-market developments on the outskirts of Marrakech have added to its affluent population, a transient, well-heeled crowd who take galleries and museums as a given. Looking at and investing

During the 10 years of the Marrakech Biennale, this hip and chic North African city has seen the opening of a film school, a large museum of photography and visual arts and numerous galleries.

“Even suggesting it made me almost feel like a colonialist,” he says. “It was as if I was telling Africans what they needed. It is something that should develop organically.” The mooted museum would have been designed by noted African architect David Adjaye. Morocco’s art philanthropists are choosing to use their collections like museums, for the public to enjoy. Sharing their works with the people brings publicrelations benefits and is perhaps, as, Simon Njami suggests, a process of cultural re-appropriation. “The ancient art of Africa is displayed all over the world and we cannot see it on the continent. We can blame colonisation for that. “But if, in a century, no actual art can be found in African museums, there will be only ourselves to blame,” he says. “History is in the making now. and it looks as if Marrakech is taking up the challenge.” Source: BBCNews.com

rom a dark hut we emerge with a moribund lamp Yes. We begin our journey with a dark poem by a lost poet As the children dance with decayed breads, tattered Clothes, scars of painful times on their faces. We emerge with news of gloomy nights Hours when the eagles pluck the eyes of the sky Throwing stones in our midst II We emerge from the remains of a nameless town Where skulls are gourds for thirsty men From a place where broken visions are signs Of a gleaming future; From a place where cowries are names of gods We dance to the lullabies of infants Struggling to know where their mothers Depart to Leaving blood-clothed shawls From a dark room we sing a dirge For those who die with their dreams In a nay-tion where bombs are seeds of unity.

QUOTE “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” - C.S. Lewis


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International Europe-Africa relations: Wellintentioned diplomatic disaster? ANALYSIS

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he 4th EU-Africa Summit takes place in Brussels on 2-3 April. For months, there seemed to be a cascade of challenges that have, at different times, threatened the holding of the summit. Starting with tensions related to the push by the EU to force African countries to sign Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), the source of the tension shifted to the issue of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the case against the Kenyan leadership. Diplomatic issues have also coloured the pre-summit preparations after the EU announced that it has not invited Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and representatives from the Sahrawi Arab Republic, a member of the African Union, due to Morocco’s participation at the summit. Now, just few days before the summit, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has announced that he will boycott it due to the failure of the EU to grant a visa to his wife. Besides diplomatic hiccups, leaders attending the summit will need to work around - or with - two key issues that are likely to influence the discussions in Brussels. The question of the EPAs, thought to have been resolved after West African negotiators came to a technical agreement with EU negotiations in February, is now back on the table. Just days before the summit, West African leaders, gathering in Nigeria, failed to come to a political agreement to back the technical agreement. This leaves the trade negotiations in limbo. The trade negotiations are a long-standing controversy between Europe and Africa. The EPAs have been dubbed a “well-intentioned diplomatic disaster”. On the African side, the key concern is that the trade agreement offered by the EU is not in line with the WTO regulations, nor is it in line with the African priorities notably on industrialisation. From the European side, the trade is seen as a way to modernise trade relations with Africa. The EPAs are no longer considered a technical issue but a political one. For a few years, observers have called on the EU’s political leadership to take over the negotiations. At the EU-Africa Summit of 2007, African leaders called for a thorough discussion on the EPAs to take place so as to defuse the tensions. But that summit took place without the issue being discussed. African leaders and the African Union are now arguing that the Brussels summit will not be a success, unless the issue of economic agreements is properly tackled. On March 25, Ethiopia became the latest African country to announce its intention to introduce tougher measures targeting

Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Ms Nkosazana Zuma (R)

homosexuals making its already existing anti-gay law, as enshrined in the Criminal Code of 2005, more stringent. Ethiopia is the third African country to announce such measures this year after Nigeria and Uganda. More African countries, including some communities that accept homosexuality - as is the case in Kenya - are said to be drafting similar bills. The laws triggered several reactions from within Africa. Some lauded the new laws, arguing that it is against “African culture” and religious beliefs. Others criticised them, such as South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who equated the laws to the apartheid regime’s attempt to legislate love by

forbidding inter-racial marriages. Health activists also argued that it is not only a matter of protecting individual rights but that the laws would compromise progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Some in the international community, especially in Europe and the US, have expressed their concerns. A handful of European countries, such as the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Sweden have gone further and have suspended aid to Uganda in protest. The European Parliament also called for “targeted sanctions” towards Uganda and Nigeria. Such targeted sanctions, it suggested, include travel bans and visa bans against “the key individuals responsible

for drafting and adopting these two laws”. The EU has launched a political dialogue with Nigeria to discuss the law and has held its first political dialogue meeting with Uganda on Friday. For many in Europe, civil society and leadership alike, the reaction is an attempt to reflect European values in Europe’s international relations. A number of Africans, officials and non-officials, have admitted that there is a need to tackle attempts at alienating entire sections of the society. A West African parliamentarian told me: “We cannot deny the existence of homosexuality in Africa. But culture is dynamic and there will come a day when homosexuality is no longer a taboo. But maybe now is not the right time.” She argued that Europe is pushing for an agenda without allowing for a natural progression in African societies. Some in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and Transgender (LGBT) community in Africa are also concerned. The reaction of the West seems to have resulted in “an unpleasant and contagious backlash”. It has indeed diverted the attention from the human rights question at hand to the political bickering between African and Western leaders. The issue of LGBT rights, therefore, adds to the mix in an already bumpy road. It has reignited an old debate around conditionality: a traditionally controversial issue in EU-Africa relations. Africans feel times have changed and they are no longer obliged to rely on relations with Europe and therefore comply with externally imposed values. African and European policy-makers alike are increasingly embracing the argument that Africa’s new fortunes

Europe’s engagements to strengthen its partnership with China despite human rights violations is a reoccurring example. In Europe, many will equally be quick in arguing that Europe is the largest aid donor to Africa - even though this approach is criticised by many who feel aid dependency should not be the main anchor of the partnership. In many ways indeed, the tensions between Europe and Africa are of psychology.

and its close relations with a new set of emerging global powers have provided it an alternative to Europe. The tensions that the antigay laws have generated are a reminder of the long-standing tensions between Europe and Africa. Despite some positive cooperation that is scattered across different sectors such as agriculture, the two continents still have a long way to learn to move beyond old stereotypes and patronising attitudes to modernise their partnership in a way that meets the modern-day needs and interests of both. Mistrust will need to be slowly abated. Africans still perceive Europe as a patronising continent. They would also be quick to note that Europe is inconsistent in the application of its so-called principles within Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world. Europe’s engagements to strengthen its partnership with China despite human rights violations is a reoccurring example. In Europe, many will equally be quick in arguing that Europe is the largest aid donor to Africa - even though this approach is criticised by many who feel aid dependency should not be the main anchor of the partnership. In many ways indeed, the tensions between Europe and Africa are of psychology. On March 27, African ambassadors to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia advised their presidents not to attend the summit, partially due to tensions around LGBT rights. So far only Mugabe has withdrawn. But the success of the Summit will depend on how important issues will be address. West African countries, such as Nigeria are expected to want to push for a debate on the economic partnership agreements. The EU is reportedly less keen on it. Divergence on the way forward on this issue therefore risks derailing the summit. The EU has also tried to downplay the tensions around homosexuality in order to secure a smooth running of the summit. There is also a sense among some African policy-makers, closely associated with the preparations of the summit, that it would be best to focus on long-term cooperation between the two continents and use the opportunity to discuss the added value of the partnership, considering that this is the first international gathering that African leaders will take part in this year before they head to the Japan-Africa Summit in June and to the USAfrica Summit in August. However, they noted that, should the EU raise the issue at the summit, African leaders would respond strongly. Source: Al Jazeera


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t least 627 people have been arrested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, following explosions that killed six people, the police chief has said.

David Kimaiyo said about 200 of them were thought to be sympathisers of the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab. The rest of those arrested were still being screened, he added.

The arrests took place in the mainly Somali neighbourhood of Eastleigh, which was hit by three blasts during rush-hour on Monday evening. “This act of cowardice

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he United Nations said yesterday it was trying to evacuate 19,000 Muslims urgently from Bangui and other parts of Central African Republic who are surrounded by anti-balaka Christian militia threatening their lives. Anti-balaka forces control major routes to and from Bangui as well as many towns and villages in the southwest, the U.N. refugee agency said. The militia has become more militarised as it steps up attacks on Muslims and African Union peacekeepers. “What we don’t want is to stand by and watch people being slaughtered,” UNHCR spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba told a news briefing about a conflict that U.N. officials have warned could spiral into genocide. “This is what could happen because the only thing keeping them from being killed right now is the presence of the French troops and the MISCA,” she said, referring to African Union peacekeeping forces, known as MISCA. Mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago, perpetrating abuses on the majority Christian population that triggered waves of revenge attacks, leading to thousands of deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Seleka rebels gave way in January to an interim civilian government. But the government backed by 2,000 French and 6,000 African Union peacekeepers - has been unable to halt attacks by anti-balaka militias on Muslims, thousands of whom have fled to neighbouring countries or sought shelter in camps. The anti-balaka pose a particular threat to Muslims in the PK12 neighbourhood of Bangui; the towns of Boda, Carnot and Berberati to the west of the capital and Bossangoa to the north, Lejeune-Kaba said. “We fear for the lives of 19,000 Muslims in those locations. UNHCR stands ready to assist with their evacuation to safer areas both within and outside of the country,” she said.

Kenyan security officers in Eastleigh

innocent perpetrated against innoce and peace-loving Kenyans who were going about their normal activities is barbaric,” Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said in a statement. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate based in Somalia, has not commented on the Eastleigh attacks. But it has carried out a spate of attacks across the border in recent years. Its gunmen laid siege to the upmarket Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi last September, leaving at least 67 people dead. The blasts targeted a clinic and two small restaurants in Eastleigh, known as “Little Mogadishu” because of its large Somali population. Some government officials say Eastleigh has become a safe haven for al-Shabab operatives, a charge many residents deny.

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n aid organisation has described the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea as an “unprecedented epidemic” with a “worrisome” geographical spread. Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said on Monday that the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus was the most aggressive and deadly, killing more than 90 percent of patients. “We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: Gueckedou, Macenta Kissidougou, Nzerekore, and now Conakry,” said Mariano Lugli, who is coordinating MSF’s project in the Guinean capital of Conakry.

“MSF has intervened in almost all reported Ebola outbreaks in recent years, but they were much more geographically contained and involved more remote locations. This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organisations working to control the epidemic,” said Lugli. To date, Guinean health authorities have recorded 122 suspected patients and 78 deaths. Other cases, suspected or diagnosed, have been found in Sierra Leone and Liberia. On Saturday, Senegal said its border crossings to Guinea would be closed “until further notice”. No treatment or vaccine is available for Ebola, a highly

infectious and virulent disease which can cause uncontrollable bleeding. The Zaire strain was first recorded 38 years ago in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

that gays have always been regarded as abnormal by Africans. Museveni made the comments on Monday at a “thanksgiving service’’ organised in the capital

Kampala by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials who said the president deserves credit for defying Western pressures over the legislation. Thousands attended the event, including schoolchildren who sang and danced to anti-gay tunes that also railed against the West. Museveni, who in February signed a bill strengthening criminal penalties against homosexuals, said that he is “now mobilising to fight’’ Western gays he accuses of promoting homosexuality in Africa. Since enacting the law, Uganda has attracted sharp international criticism from rights groups and

It can be transmitted to humans from wild animals, and between humans through direct contact with blood, bodily fluids or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses. It kills faster than it spreads.

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gandan President Yoweri Museveni has led a rally celebrating his country’s new anti-gay laws, saying homosexuality creates grave health problems and

Protesters holding up placards during the anti-gay rally

high-profile international figures who have denounced the legislation as draconian. Western donors have halted or re-directed about $118m worth of aid after Museveni signed the law that toughened existing rules against gays and prescribed life in jail for what it called “aggravated homosexuality”, such as sex with a minor. Uganda still relies heavily on aid, including some direct support to the budget. But it has lived with aid disruptions before. In 2013, aid flows were cut over a corruption scandal. Growth slipped, but the economy still expanded about 6 percent.


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offered to release 400 prisoners including Israeli-Arabs and freeze government tenders to build homes in the settlements, in

communication from a more casual “All right, good night”. Malaysia yesterday released the full transcript of communications between the Boeing 777 and local air traffic control before it dropped from civilian radar in the early

Aircraft technicians from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force watch a departing Japanese aircraft at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base

exchange for the release of the spy. The deal would allow the extension of the talks beyond the April 29 deadline and prevent

the Palestinian Authority from making unilateral moves at the United Nations. Source: Xinhua

hours of March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The correction comes as Malaysian authorities face heavy criticism, particularly from China, for mismanaging the search, now in its fourth fruitless week, and holding back information. Most of the 239 people on board the flight were Chinese. “There is no indication of anything abnormal in the transcript,” Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in the statement, without giving explanation for the changes in the reported last communication. “The transcript was initially held as part of the police investigation,” he added. Minutes after the final radio transmission was received the plane’s communications were

cut off and it turned back across Peninsular Malaysia and headed towards the Indian Ocean, according to military radar and limited satellite data. The search is now focused on a vast, inhospitable swathe of the southern Indian Ocean west of the Australian city of Perth, but an international team of planes and ships have so far failed to spot any sign of the jetliner. “In this case, the last known position was a long, long way from where the aircraft appears to have gone,” retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the head of the Australian agency coordinating the operation, told reporters in Perth. “It’s very complex, it’s very demanding and we don’t have hard information like we might normally have,” he said.

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Thai protester has been killed and four people wounded in a shooting at an antigovernment march in the capital Bangkok, medical officials have said. The Associated Press news agency reported yesterday that gunmen fired on a convoy of antigovernment protesters. Paradorn Pattanatabut, a security advisor to the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that initial intelligence suggested that the shooting was politically motivated. The assailants fired unseen at a bus and a truck carrying demonstrators to their encampment in central Bangkok after they had protested at government offices

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north of the city. A protest guard, Nasser Yeemah, said two women on a bus and two guards on a sound truck were wounded by the gunshots. The Erawan Medical Centre, which monitors hospitals, said a 52-year-old man had died and four others were wounded in the incident. It brought the death toll to 24, with scores wounded, since protesters took to the streets in November, in a bid to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office. The protesters want Yingluck to resign to make way for an interim government to initiate anticorruption reforms.

Protesters carry a wounded woman during an anti-government march in Bangkok yesterday

he Syrian government has allocated 50 billion Syrian pounds, or roughly 333 million U.S. dollars, for the reconstruction process in 2014, Syria’s Prime Minister Wael alHalqi was cited by the official SANA news agency as saying yesterday. While stressing that Syria has adapted itself to the international resolutions in order to reach a political solution to the threeyear-old conflict, al-Halqi said that aside from the 50 billion pounds for reconstruction, the Syrian government has also distributed more than seven million food parcels and 1.5 million health kits to afflicted people so far. Al-Halqi made the remarks during the signing ceremony of a memo of understanding between the Local Administration Ministry and United Nations Human Settlements Program on enhancing urgent response for cities and assessing the impacts of the prolonged crisis on their structure. A day earlier, al-Halqi said the reconstruction process in Syria would cover the infrastructure, utilities, production sectors, and rehabilitating human and physical resources, stressing that the government is exerting every possible effort in implementing recovery measures with regards to rehabilitating the infrastructure and public utilities, despite the economic sanctions imposed on Syria. The Syrian government’s efforts on the reconstruction process come at a time when most of Syrian cities have bore the scares of war with unimaginable destruction due to the ongoing urban battles between the armed militant groups and the government troops. Reconstruction is one of the pressing issues the Syrian government is facing as increasing displaced Syrians complain of the skyrocketing house rents and their inability to afford soaring house prices in safe areas. The United Nations recently revealed that the number of displaced Syrian has reached 8.7 million. A recent report by the al-Ektisadi local website said the reconstruction process in Syria will cost around 165 billion U.S. dollars and is expected to be more difficult with the prolonged crisis entering its fourth year. Such a cost is equivalent to Syria’s budgets for 18 years, said al-Ektisadi, or the Economist, a private website specialized in tracking the Syrian economical situation during the crisis. Source: Xinhua


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Britain’s PM orders review into Muslim Brotherhood’s activities

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he British government has announced that it will launch a review into the operations of the Muslim Brotherhood inside the UK. A spokesperson for Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday that “given the concerns now being expressed about the group and its alleged links to violent extremism, it’s absolutely right and prudent that we get a better handle of what the Brotherhood stands for”. The statement by Downing Street added that the government had not “kept pace” with the organisation’s ideas and values since it came to prominence. Many members of the Brotherhood have moved to the UK after a crackdown in Egypt by the military-led government. The organisation’s press office is now based in north London. The group was recently banned and declared a “terrorist” organisation by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The Egyptian government blames the movement for attacks on its security forces and for working with foreign groups to subvert Egypt.

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ATO studied new steps to bolster its military presence in eastern Europe yesterday while saying it saw no sign that Russia was withdrawing tens of thousands of troops from the Ukrainian border. Foreign ministers from the 28 members of the Western military alliance met in Brussels for the

first time since Russia’s military occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. They were discussing ways to boost NATO’s military presence in former communist central and eastern Europe to reassure allies rattled by Russia’s moves. They will also step up

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cooperation with Ukraine and decide whether to cut the alliance’s relations with Moscow beyond the steps it has already taken, which include halting lower-level meetings with Russian counterparts. Calling Russia’s actions unacceptable, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: “Through its actions, Russia has undermined the principles on which our partnership is built, and has breached its own international commitments. So we cannot go on doing business as usual.” Russian President Vladimir Putin told Germany’s Angela Merkel in a phone call on Monday he had ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from the eastern Ukrainian border, the German chancellor’s spokesman said. But Rasmussen said NATO saw no sign of this. “Unfortunately, I cannot confirm that Russia is withdrawing its troops. This is not what we are

seeing,” he told reporters. As NATO ministers met, Russia warned Ukraine against integration with NATO, saying Kiev’s previous attempts to move closer to the defence alliance had had unwelcome consequences. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has said the country’s new pro-Western leadership is not seeking membership of NATO, but NATO is expected to step up cooperation with Ukraine’s armed forces by training officers, holding joint exercises and promoting reforms. The United States and its allies have made clear they have no military plans to defend Ukraine, which is not a NATO member, but they have assured allies in eastern Europe, which joined NATO in the last 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, that they will be protected. Meanwhile, Russian energy giant Gazprom has announced a more than 40 percent increase in the price of gas exports to Ukraine, scrapping a previous discount amid mounting strains between the two countries. Ukraine will now pay a price of $385.5 per 1,000 cubic metres of gas, Gazprom chief executive

Terrorism: Finland to assist Nigeria with new equipment By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he government of Finland has said it will help Nigeria with new equipment including training of her security operatives to curb security challenges. Speaking on Monday while in audience with the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, the Finland Ambassador to Nigeria, RiittaKorpivaara said the equipment will help the security operatives to effectively withstand pressure in the fight against insurgency. Korpivaara, added that the

details of the equipment will be discussed with their security experts when the negotiation formally commences. She said her country has the experience which it would like to share with the Nigerian government to enable it defeat the the terrorist. The Ambassador said the training will be for the various security agencies in the country, saying that the Army, State Security Service (SSS), and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), last year met with experts from her country

to ensure brain drain on security issues Responding, the minister said the two countries have come a long way since Nigeria’s independence, saying that the assistance was timely. “The terrorism which the security agencies are presently battling is alien to our country. Therefore, we will partner all friendly nations to curb the insecurity beclouding our country. The present administration is determine to create a peaceful atmosphere for the citizens of this country.

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he CIA repeatedly misled the US government over the severity and effectiveness of its interrogation methods, the Washington Post reports. A long-awaited US Senate report said that the CIA used secret “black sites” to interrogate prisoners using techniques not previously acknowledged. These included dunking suspects in icy water and smashing a prisoner’s head against a wall. The findings stem from the time of former President George W Bush. Officials familiar with the secret document said

that the CIA’s interrogation programme yielded little useful intelligence. They also said that this intelligence had then been exaggerated so that the interrogation programme

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looked more effective than it actually was. The report is the result of a wide-ranging investigation by the Senate intelligence committee into CIA activities which began in 2009.


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Nasarawa LG Polls And The Pdp’s Impunity BY BALA DAN- ALKALI The results of last Saturday local government elections conducted in Nasarawa state as announced by NASIEC was clearly a full demonstration of clean and true democracy in action in Nasarawa state, quite contrary to what was obtainable in the state in the past and even recently in some states across the country. Even though the results of the election were clearly an absolute display of non interference by the APC controlled executive on the independence of the state electoral body, the entire outcome of the election were not clearly and truly reflections of the strength of the APC as a party in Nasarawa state. The outcome of the election was but a conspiracy by the PDP controlled House of Assembly against the APC. For the avoidance of doubt, it is on records that even the distribution of election materials at the Central Bank Office in Lafia where election materials were kept was carried out by the PDP members in the State House of Assembly on the eve of the election. In fact the function of NASEIC was literally taken over by the PDP Members of the House. This interference in the function of NASEIC by the PDP Members in the State House of Assembly was not only a flagrant abuse of independence of the electoral body but has exposed the whole process of the election to manipulations; perhaps that explains among other things, the delayed in the arrival of election materials in virtually all the polling units in the state. In some polling units election materials did not arrived until 5pm. Newspaper reports had it that even Governor Al-makura who is the chief security officer of the state did not cast his vote until about 3.30 pm. The question that is begging for answer at this juncture is: Why did the PDP Members of the State Assembly who happened to be an interested party in the election take over the control of supervision and distribution of the election materials? Of-course, any political observer in Nasarawa state could not but admit the fact that the Members of the state House of Assembly, by virtue of their assumed powers, have wittingly or unwittingly instilled fears in the minds of NASEIC thus succeeded in forcing the NASEIC to, as it seems dance to the tune of the PDP. Even before the election, the election body in the state is being tenaciously terrorized by the State Assembly, just as the Nasarawa state Local Government Election Law 2012 as amended, has rubbish what is left of NASEIC independence. However, it was with this scenario in place that the people of the state went to polls penultimate week. While the APC controlled executive arm tried as much as possible to ensure non interference in the conduct of the election in line with the APC principles of pursuance of democracy and good governance, the PDP controlled legislative arm on the other hand did just the opposite in conformity with their ideals of subverting democracy to remained or reclaimed power. It was indeed, subversion of democratic process by the PDP controlled State Assembly that possibly gave the PDP majority votes in 4 local government areas; hence unconfirmed reports had it that before the names of the chairman and members of the electoral body as submitted by the Executive were confirmed by the House, PDP members had to extract a commitment from them over this local government election. It is indeed against this backdrop that political bandits believe was what informed the outburst by the PDP before the election

of winning many local government areas in the state. Curiously however, what Chief Yunana Iliya, the Chairman of PDP said at a Press Conference which he addressed on 22/03/20014 lead credence to the political bandits assertion when he proclaimed victory in many local government areas even when there was no any announcement by the NASEIC or any of its presiding or returning officers in the field. This is not only criminal but irresponsible coming from the state Chairman of the PDP. What is more, the summoning of the chairman and members of NASEIC on Tuesday 25/03/2014 by the PDP controlled State House of Assembly after declaration of results, ostensibly to query them over ‘partial compliance with what they have earlier agreed upon’was a clear indication of the deep-rooted interference and impunity by the state House of Assembly. Or else what can we make of a situation where a State House of Assembly constituted itself as the complainant, prosecutor, the judge and the jury in a matter that is clearly outside their constitutional responsibility? In fact the action of the State Assembly was clearly a violation of principles of separation of powers and it has also clearly exposed their action as not only partisan but illegal. At this juncture, one can only but welcome the role of AttorneyGeneral in seeking for the order which the State Chief Judge of Nasarawa state granted restraining the State House of Assembly from issuing any directive to the Chairman of NASEIC and also restraining NASEIC from carrying out any directives from the State House of Assembly relating to the conduct of the local government election in the state. Yes, the order as granted by the Chief Judge is commendable as the order is to ensure compliance and protection of the constitution hence the State Assembly can not usurp the role of the Judiciary. All along, the State House of Assembly in its conducts always findings it hard to separate their functions with that of the Judiciary and even the Executive. However the Judicial intervention in this matter of local government election through the court order is indeed, cheering news as it would go a long way in strengthening democracy and role of law in the Nasarawa state. For any democracy to strive, both the arms of the government must be allow to discharge its constitutional responsibilities as enshrine in doctrine of separation of power. In the Nasarawa state therefore, the judicial arm must wake up to its responsibilities by stopping the legislators from muddling up with its responsibilities. For the benefit of hindsight, Chief Yunana Iliya, the state PDP Chairman was quoted severally as saying that local government election in Nasarawa state is a time bomb for Al-makura now with what is happening, to every discerning mind, the PDP desperation to reclaiming Nasarawa state has further sank the party into waterloo and the impunity they are exhibiting through the State House of Assembly can not fetch them anything now and in 2015. From all indications therefore, the PDP has lost out in Nasarawa state as APC has made nonsense of the so called majority in the State House of Assembly especially with the decimal but woeful failure of virtually all prominent Members of the State Assembly in their constituencies. Even the Speaker of the House was rejected in his unit and ward as the APC swept both the unit and the ward. The State Chairman of the PDP Yunana Iliya also lost out in his Local Government. This should therefore serve as warning signal to PDP in the state. Dan- Alkali writes from Awe, Nasarawa state.


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Digest

TV and computer games could leave your child obese, study warns

The growth in use of electronic media devices such di d i h as tablets t bl t and laptop computers by children also spells trouble for their emotional health

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hildren who spend more time watching TV, using computers and playing electronic games have more family problems and are more likely to be obese, warn researchers. Two new studies suggest the growth in use of electronic media

devices such as tablets and laptop computers by children spells trouble for their emotional and physical health. For every hour of screen time, the risk of family life being disrupted and children having poorer emotional wellbeing may be doubled, say Australian researchers. Children whose mothers fail to impose rules restricting screen time are more likely to be fat, according to a U.S. study. British experts said the latest findings strengthen calls for guidelines on maximum daily limits on screen time for children. In the U.S., paediatric guidelines recommend that total screen time should be limited to less than two hours per day of educational, nonviolent programmes. There are currently no formal guidelines in the UK. More than 3,600 children took part in a study looking at the use of electronic media between the ages of two and six years, and the wellbeing of children two years later. Questionnaires were used to measure six indicators of wellbeing,

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etting married can be bad for your weight especially if you are a woman. Women put on nearly five pounds in weight in the first six months of marriage, according to a new study. And brides who endure months of strict dieting to shed pounds

Women put on nearly five pounds the firstt six d in i weight i ht in i th i months of marriage (illustrated), according to a new study

Children who have rules about screen time are more likely to be active and to go to bed at regular times

including emotional and peer problems, self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, family functioning and social networks. Poorer wellbeing was found among those with higher screen time, with the risk of emotional problems and poorer family functioning rising with each additional hour of electronic media use. The extra risk ranged between 20 per cent and two-fold depending on the aspect of behaviour being measured. Watching TV appeared to be linked with poorer outcomes than playing electronic games or using computers. Researcher Trina Hinkley of Deakin University, Melbourne, said: ‘Higher levels of early childhood electronic media use are associated with children being at risk for poorer outcomes of well-being.’ In a separate study, researchers at the Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, analysed parental monitoring of their children’s

exposure to electronic media and the link with the Body Mass Index (BMI) - the score used to assess overweight and obesity. The study included 112 mothers, 103 fathers and their 213 children aged five, seven and nine years. Less monitoring by mothers of the time children spent watching TV or playing video games was linked with higher BMI at age seven and greater weight gain over time. Monitoring by fathers had no effect. Researcher Stacey Tiberio said mothers who failed to monitor their kids’ time on screen were not generally disinterested or uninvolved in their activities - they just didn’t think it was important. She said: ‘The association between lower maternal media monitoring and higher child BMI was primarily explained by a tendency for these children to spend more hours per week watching television and playing video games. ‘This supports the validity of our

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before their wedding day put on the most weight in the first half year of wedded bliss. Health experts in Australia examined wedding-related weight change among brides-to-be recruited at wedding fairs. The study of nearly 350 brides revealed that despite half of women wanting to lose weight before their wedding, the average bride’s weight did not change. However, six months after the weddings, participants had gained on average of 4.7lbs (2.1kgs) and those who dieted to lose weight before their big day gained ‘significantly’ more weight after it. The researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, said the findings demonstrate that wedding-related weight change may be an important factor in the body image of newlyweds. They believe doctors should be mindful of potential body dissatisfaction associated with

Around half of the women said they wanted to lose weight before their weddings to fit into their perfect dress (illustrated), but their average weight did not change before getting married, according to the study

post-wedding weight gain. The study found that one in three brides reported being advised to lose weight by their fiancé or a family member before their wedding. Those who aimed to lose weight before their wedding set

out to shed up to 20lbs (9kgs). However, those who managed to lose weight before their wedding put on an average of 7.1lbs (3.2kgs) within the first six months of wedded bliss. Brides who felt more pressure to lose weight to squeeze into their

interpretation that child media time has direct effects on BMI, is under substantial control by parents, and therefore is a prime target for family intervention.’ The studies call for more research into possible reasons, although some experts claim they could include physical inactivity, later and more irregular bedtimes leading to less sleep and greater exposure to food advertising. Both studies were published in JAMA Pediatrics. Dr Gavin Sandercock, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Physiology, University of Essex, said: ‘We know that obesity runs in families and this paper shows that the parents of children who get fatter from five to 10 years old are less likely to have rules around TV and screen time. ‘In particular, the study reports that mums who don’t monitor their young children’s screen time may be putting them at risk of becoming overweight or obese. Source: Dailymail.co.uk white dress gained up to 9.9lbs (4.5kgs) afterwards – almost three times more than brides who were not pressured to lose weight. The researchers said their study provides the ‘first explicit examination of weight both pre and post wedding to determine whether one’s wedding day can be a driver for weight change. ‘In general, post-wedding weight gain is not surprising and is perhaps a result of more relaxed dietary and physical activity habits now that the newlyweds no longer have a special event - and wedding photographs - for which to motivate themselves. ‘It is equally possible that this weakened motivation for maintaining body weight is due to participants feeling like they have already “snagged” their man and therefore no longer need to work on their appearance,’ according to the study which was published in the journal Body Image. Source: Dailymail. co.uk


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2015: Bauchi market women drum support for Jonathan

L-R: Prince Alex Aliyu Obaje, former PDP National Chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade and former Minister of State for Health, Chief Gabriel Adukwu, during a solidarity visit by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) North-Central delegation to President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday at the State House, in Abuja.

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iger state Governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has advised the people of the state not to be taken in by All Progressives Congress, APC’s criticisms of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led administration in the state, saying the opposition was too blind to notice the achievements of his administration. Reacting to APC’s criticism of Aliyu’s achievements, the governor’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo, described the statement by the opposition as malicious and bereft of any shred of sincerity. The APC chieftain in Niger state, Alhaji Umar Shaibu, in a

press statement issued in Minna yesterday titled ‘Governor Aliyu has never delivered his campaign promises’ listed 11 promises made by the Niger state governor that has not been fulfilled to date. The statement quoted Aliyu at a recently commissioning of general hospital, Gulu to have declared that he has delivered all his campaign promises to the people of the state. It added that the governor’s statement “is cheap propaganda, gimmick and tantamount to undermining the intelligence of the citizens of the state.” It maintained that some of his promises which remained unfulfilled included building of 5 star hotel in Minna at a whooping

sum of N5billion, Atwin city project, Minna city centre project, the three arms zone, Zuma rock tourism resort and cable car project. Others, according to Shuaibu are Minna Water Works project, building of hotel on top of zuma rock and Baro refinery as well as building of 5000 housing units and delivery of 10km road in each of the 25 local government areas of the state which remained a mirage and unfulfilled by Aliyu’s government. According to the statement “in the chronicle of governor’s in Niger state from inception, if there is any governor either appointed or elected that has ever promised heaven and earth and reneges in his vows to the citizens, it is governor

Aliyu.” But Ndayebo said his boss has stamped his seal of excellence on all the critical sectors of the state’s economy such as roads, education, agriculture, security, health, housing and infrastructural development. He said the reconstruction of all the major roads in the capital city, Kutigi – Fazhi road , rehabilitation of Minna industrial layout road network, Batati-Dabban road, Luma-Babana Road, BonuGurara Waterfalls; Mokwa-Raba road, Birigi-Lapai Gwari, LapaiGulu- Muye road and several others make APC’s claim on the state of infrastructure in the state untenable.

Ignore calls for Shagaya’s removal,says Plateau APC chapter From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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lateau state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the party’s national headquarters to ignore the call by certain members f the party in the state for the removal of the state chairman, Gen. John Shagaya.

Engineer Bulus Damshe Lakshek, leader of the ‘APC for All in Plateau,’ had led a group, last week to the party headquarters in Abuja, alleging the state interim chairman of bringing problems to the party and neglecting its other members. The state interim secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande,

in a release in Jos, described the members of the group as liars who intended to creat faction and in the party. The interim secretary stated, “In complete variance to their press statement, evidences are available to show that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the APC, after its inauguration

on the 19/11/2013, have been holding meetings with Sen. JN Shagaya presiding each meeting. Lekshak, if he is a member of the IMC, may not have been attending meetings or going by his track records, he may have fabricated the lies to suit the purpose of the delegation’s visit to Abuja.”

he Bauchi state Market Women Association has pledged to support President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of his presidential ambition come 2015. Presidment of the association, Maryam Gazo, who made the statement while briefing journalists in Bauchi said Jonathan deserves second term. According to the Association, this followed the giant strides made by the ruling party towards the yearnings and aspiration of Nigerians. Gazo added that the association is satisfied with the administration of Jonathan in line with the implementation of transformation agenda when it was initiated to provide ample opportunities to the masses. The association appealed to Jonathan to allow women to enjoy the agricultural loan disburse through the Central Bank of Nigeria for self empowerment and to improve agricultural production in the country. She also urged the government not to relent in its efforts to continue to carry women along through the 35 per cent affirmative action. She added that already plans have reached an advance stage as the association will soon mobilize women in the 20 local government areas of the state to stage a peaceful rally in the state in support of Jonathan. The association slammed’s critics cautioning them to toe a path of honour and support him for a second term. She maintained that the recent North-east presidential unity rally in Bauchi justified the strength of the PDP to win elections come 2015 with a charge on women to vote the ruling party.

NIS tragedy: Reps reject motion to stop Jonathan’s special committee By Umar Muhammad Puma

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motion seeking to stop the Presidential special Committee from playing a part in the fresh recruitment exercise into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) yesterday suffered another setback in the House of representatives.

The motion sponsored by Rep. Ahmed Idris (APC Plateau), titled “urgent need for the executive arm of government to reconsider the constitution of the special committee and allow the appropriate authority to carry out its constitutional responsibility,” was yesterday stood down for another legislative day.

Recall that the motion was brought before the House on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014 and was stood down following a point of order raised by Rep. Osai Nicolas Osai (PDP Delta), who argued that the House should not take the motion on the ground that a similar motion had already been debated and ruled upon with a resolution

taken to conduct investigative hearing on the sad incident of Saturday 15th of March, 2014. Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in seeking guidance invited the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Rep Albert Sam-Tsokwa to look into his records and report back to the House in the next legislative

day. The motion which was put on notice before the House yesterday was raised following an explanation by Rep. Sam-Tsokwa, saying that the motion so cited by Nicolas was on a different subject matter which had nothing to do with the powers of the President to set up a Committee to conduct recruitment.


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Politics

Mixed reactions trail court ruling on 37 decamped Reps By Lawrence Olaoye & Umar Mohammed Puma

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ixed reactions followed the Monday declaration by an Abuja court which faulted the defection of 37 members of the House of Representatives from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja given an order restraining the defected members from effecting leadership change in the House. Some members of the PDP who reacted to the court ruling had counseled their affected colleagues to honourably vacate their seats m the strength of the court order. But the APC caucus in the House at a press briefing yesterday insisted that every other pronouncement by the Judge as to the status of 37 members of the House were his personal opinions, adding that the judgment was given in vain and in ignorance of the House rules which govern the appointment of party leaders in the parliament. The APC alleged that It was also an attempt by the court to meddle in the internal affairs of the parliament. “This certainly is not the import of the doctrine of judicial review. As we speak our colleagues have appealed the vexatious ruling and we hope to get justice soon.” The APC Caucus, which was led by its Deputy Minority Leader, Samson Osagie, blamed the judge for misleading the public saying “For us in the APC, we were not surprised because in the course of the proceedings the same judge had earlier issued a preservative order as soon as the arguments against his jurisdiction in the case was taken “This was our first apprehension of the

•••Defected lawmakers must vacate seats - PDP insists •••No, they remain our members, says APC caucus

L-R: Members of APC Caucus in House of Representatives, Hon. Ali Ahmed, Hon. Garba Datti, Hon. Samson Osagie, Hon. Adrew Uchendu, and Hon. Ayo Omidiran, during a press conference on the Federal High Court judgment of the defection of PDP members to APC, yesterday at the National Assembly, in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

commencement of the case. Our fears were further confirmed when the judge, after granting the reliefs sought in the suit, went ahead to render an opinion on issues that were not before him nor solicited by the plaintiffs. “It said a section of the media and indeed the public have been misled by the court ruling into believing that the said judgment has effectively terminated the tenure of office of the affected members. “This is not only untrue, but also a mere obiter dicta expressed by a judge who veered off the course of the case before him in order to do the bidding of the ruling party. At best the judgment has turned law on its head and cannot stand”. Continuing, the APC said it has taken steps to appeal the judgment and “we are confident that justice will prevail”. The Caucus however maintained that there is no court judgment before the House, directing any member

of the APC to vacate his or her seat. “In any event, section 68 (2) of the 1999 Constitution makes it clear that satisfactory evidence must be presented to the House before any of the provision of S.68 (1) can become applicable. “At the moment the APC in the House remains strong and focus on the need to provide necessary checks and balances to the rudderlessness of the ship of State as being piloted by the ruling party in this country today”. However, some lawmakers on the platform of the PDP including Ogoriba Warman (Bayelsa, PDP) said “as a member of PDP, I think its a welcome development. I also believe that those that defected from PDP to APC would have known the position of the law before they defected and the court has come out to say that they don’t have the right to do that. “The court held that there

was no division in PDP before they left. I think that the Speaker should do the needful. I believe that very soon, the issue will come before the House and the burden will be on the Speaker to decide”. On his part, Kingsley Chinda (Rivers, PDP) said “let me make it clear not just as a member but as a lawyer, that the judgment is sound. What Justice Ademolaa ruled is the clear position of the constitution. “As parliamentarians, we have been together with our colleagues for years, so there could be that sentiment. But I must state clearly that you are elected by your people based on the manifesto of a political party, if at any time you are leaving that political party, you must comply with the provision of the constitution. “The court has ruled that there was no division in PDP and INEC also said this. If that is the case, the only honourable thing my colleagues can do is to resign from their seat”, he said.

Delta Assembly supports autonomy for judiciary

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he Delta House of Assembly yesterday unanimously supported autonomy for the judicial arm of government, as it resumed debate on the Judiciary Financial Autonomy Bill. The bill, sponsored by the executive arm of government, was presented for its first and second readings by the Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr Monday Igbuya, during the proceedings of the house in Asaba. Presenting the bill, Igbuya said that the bill, when passed into law, would provide autonomy for the judicial arm of government to operate. He also said that the bill would help to provide for direct release of funds from the consolidated revenue fund of the state. Igbuya said that it would help to remove all bottle neck associated with the civil service rule on release of funds. Supporting the bill, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Basil Ganagana, said that the bill would help to strengthen the judiciary in the dispensation of justice in the state. Mr Tim Owhefere, representing Isoko North Constituency, noted that the bill was timely. He added that ‘’judiciary is the hope of the common man’’. ‘’This bill will assist the judiciary to discharge its duty without fear or favour of any one.’’ The immediate past speaker of the house, Mr Victor Ochei, noted that the bill had a constitutional backing that permitted it to be enacted at the various states of the federation. According to Ochei, ``the bill does not require any further deliberation and I therefore urge the house to unanimously support it’’. Consequently, the bill was unanimously adopted through a voice vote and referred to the House Committee on Rules, Business, Legal and Judicial Matters for scrutiny.(NAN)

Nasarawa LG election: Assembly wants NASIEC officials sacked for misconduct From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

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asarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA) has passed a resolution seeking for the immediate sack of the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC), Dr. Abdullahi Modibbo, alongside all his Commissioners for alleged misconduct. The Assembly arrived at its decision yesterday after

deliberating on a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Godiya Akwashiki (PDP, Nasarawa Eggon West), brought under the matter of public interest. In his motion, Akwashiki accused the NASIEC chairman and his commissioners of refusing adhere strictly to the local government election law, thereby failing to conduct a credible, free and fair election during the recently conducted local government election.

“It is unfortunate and uncalled-for that the local government election was marred by lots of irregularities which necessitated the assembly to summon the NASIEC chairman and his commissioners on March 26th, 2014 to explain the irregularities”, the Majority Leader noted. He maintained that it was unacceptable to the House that after it instructed the NASIEC chairman to go ahead and declare the results from the three local

governments earlier declared as inconclusive, Modibbo has failed to comply with the directive. Akwashiki therefore called on his colleagues to support his motion to enable the NASEIC chairman and the commissioners be sacked for misconduct and for not adhering strictly to the local government laws in carrying out their responsibilities of conducting the LG election. Mohammed Okpede (PDPDoma North), while seconding the motion earlier moved by

the Majority Leader, urged his colleague to support the motion for the removal of the state electoral body within 24 hours in the interest of peace and to serve as deterrent to others. Ahmed Musa Mohammed (PDP-Nasarawa Central) and Speaker of the House, after putting the motion to vote for the immediate removal of the NASIEC chairman and his commissioners, directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the resolution to the executive in the state.


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Taraba: Education ministry re-orients school teachers From Yusha’u Alhassan Jalingo

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araba state Ministry of Education and post-Primary Schools Management Board, in conjunction with the Association of Guidance and Counseling in the state, have organised a one-day seminar for Career Masters and Mistresses and School Counselors in Jalingo. Speaking during the occasion at the Government Science Senior Secondary School Jalingo, Secretary of the Guidance and Counseling Association in the state, Opele Nnate said the seminar was at re-orienting Counselors and acquainting them with new curriculum. A Director of Guidance and Counseling in the state post Primary School Management Board James Okpoh said the seminar was a tradition every year to sensitise the Counselors to ensure effective discharge of their duties. In a paper, with the theme: “Counseling, a panacea for youth unemployment in Nigeria” presented at the occasion Peter Idzua of the College of Education Zing said Nigerians socio-economic woes as a result of youth unemployment. Idzua said, in recent times, government has made frantic efforts through some agencies to address the issue of unemployment but expressed worries that majority of the young graduates were unable to secure employment.

Kebbi MDGs Office disburses N360m cash assistance to disabled persons From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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ebbi state office of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has disbursed the sum of N360 million cash assistances to disabled persons in Five Local Government area of the State aimed at empower their leaving condition. Addressing newsmen yesterday in her office, Birnin Kebbi, the focal person of the MDGs of the state, Hajiya Bilkisu Nuhu Koko, stated that the local governments are Bunza, Suru, Arewa, Sakaba and Augie respectively. She added that each disable person received N5000 each to enhance the value of the type of business they can afford to. Hajiya Koko further explained that out of the five local governments 2,250 person were benefited from the gesture which includes persons with disability, orphan and widow. The focal person of the MDGs of the state also pointed out that the programme was just starting and is expected to last for one year.

NYSC Batch ‘A’ corps members for Bauchi and Yobe states, during their parade at the close of orientation, yesterday in Bauchi.

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19 Northern Imams condemn rate of unemployment in Nigeria From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he Juma’at Mosques Imams of the 19 Northern states have condemned in strong terms the increasing spate of unemployment in Nigeria even as it called on government at all levels to create job opportunity to the teeming youths in the country. This was contained in a communiqué issued after a 3-day workshop held at U.K Bello Arts and Theatre, Minna, as the forum expressed reservation over the endemic corruption in the

government circle and called on the anti-corruption agencies to checkmate in order to forestall corrupt activities without fear or favour from any quarter. It forum also frowned at the undue and incessant harassment as well the arrest of innocent Muslims particularly their clerics by security operatives in the parts of the Northern Nigeria, as it enjoined Imams to enlightened the Muslim Ummah on the need to embrace peace and support one another. The forum, in their communiqué, drew the attention

of the politicians to desist from recruiting youths as political thugs, in order to reduce criminal activities that sprung up in the past election periods even as it recommended fairness and justice by those on positions of authority as a tool for peace and harmonious co-existence among the people. It lamented over the apparent face-off between the incumbent governors and their predecessors in the northern region, which according to them has resulted in disunity and called on them to maintained peace for the stability

and progress of the region. In the same vain, the forum has suggested the involvement of religious leaders, district heads, ward heads and village heads in tackling security situations in the country as it enjoined all Muslims, especially the wealthy ones, and to timely pay their Zakkat as such will reduce poverty in the country. Zakkat is one of the pillars of Islam that is compulsory to those who have; also, the recently introduced Islamic banking in the country was encouraged by the forum.

KDSG to partner UNICEF on fight against HIV From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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aduna state Government is to partner the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on the fight against HIV especially in enhancing Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Care (PMCTC). Speaking on Monday, when he received a delegation of the Kaduna UNICEF Field Office, Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero directed all Ministries, Departments and

Agencies (MDAs) in the state to key into relevant UNICEF programmes for the purpose of improving health care and sanitation in the state. According to him, “We want people to properly key into all programmes of the UNICEF so that they can have a full benefit of the investments being made by the United Nations through the agency. Governor Yero assured the UNICEF of his administration’s readiness to continue to collaborate with the agency especially in the critical health areas of child

and maternal health, water and sanitation, PMCTC and polio eradication. In his speech earlier, Head of the Kaduna Filed Office of the UNICEF, Mr. Otpal Moitra congratulated Governor Yero for ensuring a poliofree state in the last sixteen months. He also expressed appreciation on the efforts of the wife of the Governor, Hajiya Fatima Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, towards providing the much needed leadership in the fight against mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Mr. Moitra called for closer collaboration between the state government and the UNICEF towards providing better healthcare delivery especially for women and children saying “UNICEF is ready to move the collaboration forward by ensuring measurable achievements.” He said UNICEF is also ready to assist Kaduna state government in developing a convergence strategy in its healthcare system, as part of its plans for 2014-2017 programmes of action in the state.

Sokoto govt urged to use CCTV cameras for security checks By Evelyn Okakwu

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he Sokoto state government has been called upon to use the street lights and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras within the state to check security challenges in the state and environs. ThecallwasmadebyaCivilSociety group known as the Urbanization of Nigeria Association, in a statement by the group’s coordinator, Mr. Karim Abdullahi.

The group commended the state government for upgrading the Sokoto metropolis with solar-powered traffic lights, street names and CCTV surveillance, adding that the state now wears a beautiful look. ‘We received the news of the project when it started; today we are here and have seen that it is efficiently operational; we are indeed satisfied that Sokoto state government has taken constructive steps to modernize the metropolis. In addition, tax payers

can see the good things their money has brought for them. We, therefore, commend the Sokoto state Governor, Alhaji Dr. Aliyu Wamakko for this giant success; by this, he has written his name in gold and even after leaving office the quality of job we see here will last a long time. “We have noted that these CCTV cameras will go a long way to bring about the reduction in the rate of criminal activities, if properly used”, it further said.

The coordinator of the group further called on the state government to extend the installation of the traffic lights to other areas of Sokoto metropolis because, according to him, as the population is increasing there will be more pressure on the traffic of the metropolis and environs. Mr Abdullahi called on other state governments to emulate Sokoto state government and take Nigeria to its desired heights in environmental aesthetics.


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DirectorGeneral, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), BrigadierGeneral Johnson Olawumi, inspecting NYSC Ekiti Skills Acquisition Development (SAED) goat pen, during his visit to the permanent orientation camp, yesterday at Ise-Ekiti, in Ekiti state.

Youth agitating for Oro nation to produce the 2015 governorship position, yesterday in Akwa Ibom state.

L-R: Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, during the governor’s visit to the royal father, on Monday in Benin City.

L-R: Director-General, Federal Office of Migration, Switzerland, Mr Mario Gattiker and Director, Consular and Immigration Services, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Abdulazeez Dankano, during the 5th meeting of the Joint Technical Committee on Migration Partnership between Nigeria and Switzerland, yesterday in Abuja.

L-R: Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Mrs. Sarah Jibril, President Waka About Grassroots Media in Abuja, Mr. Happy Isitua, and Taraba state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Child Development, Hajiya Batulu Mohammed, during the Nigerian Children’s Cultural Festival, yesterday in Abuja. Photos: NAN


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I want killer squad at World Cup, says Keshi

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he Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, has again reiterated his desire to build a formidable team for the country and insists that this will not change regardless of the challenges facing him. The recent friendly against the El Tri of Mexico has given Keshi another chance to take a look at his squad as he prepares to make his final selection for the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Despite calls from various quarters, the ‘Big Boss’ insists he won’t budge into selecting just anyone into

the squad but all will be on merit. “My goal is to make Nigerians happy and build a strong national team for them,” he said. The former Togo coach also revealed that there is mutual respect in camp between him and the players, refuting insinuations from some quarters about his high-handedness. His well-documented issues with Ikechukwu Uche and Peter Odemwingie have been in the spotlight, as the build-up to the World Cup reaches a crescendo, but the

former NNB player feels there isn’t anything to bother about. “If I respect you, won’t you respect me back? There is a fine line between a coach and a player,” he said. “These boys look up to me. They see me as a role model. I have to live up to that. I have to show them that.” Keshi will have another chance to access his players, when the Super Eagles face Scotland in an international friendly at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on 28 May.

Golden Eaglets will undergo MRI scan-NFF By Albert Akota

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he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that selected players in the national U17 team will be subjected to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test before they can be eligible to represent the country. According to the NFF, the test in addition to players’ birth certificates will be used as criteria to determine their exact age while also disclosing that the national U17 camp will be thrown open. The screening exercise which begins on Thursday is expected to hold at the practice pitch of the Fifa Goal Project site will see the coaching crew hope to produce another set of players that will defend the world title won last year in the United Arab Emirates. Nigeria will face either Burundi or Congo DR in August for the Niger 2015 African U17 Championship which serves as qualifiers for the Fifa U17 World Cup that will take place in Victorious boys Chile.

Nkiyu defends Flamingoes despite defeat

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he Flamingoes Head Coach, Bala Nkiyu has said his side achieved a milestone at the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica despite bowing out in the quarterfinals of the competition to Spain. The team was beaten 0-3 by the European giants in the quarterfinals making it the third consecutive time the cadet side failed to go beyond the last eight. Bala said the side made bold progress winning all their group matches for the first time in the history of the championship. “We made progress in Costa Rica even though we were eliminated in the quarterfinals as it was the case in the past two editions but for

the first time in the history of the side’s participation in the championship we were able to win all our group matches. “It has never happened previously and we need to highlight the performance so that we can work on it in our next participation. “I know for sure our next participation won’t be like this one, it’ll surely be better compared with past ones.” “I think we were not disgraced at the championship, only that we had a terribly bad day against Spain,” said the former Super Falcons assistant coach said. Nkiyu however refused to blame the side’s star and experienced player, Chinwendu Ihezuo for

shooting blank at the championship. “Though an attacker is expected to score goals but at times he or she ends up providing the assists that result into goals. “It’s not necessary the attacker must score, Chinwendu Ihezuo played very well in Azerbaijan but didn’t have enough scoring chances in Costa Rica. “That explains the newness of the side with only three, four players progressing into the Costa Rica squad from the Azerbaijan squad. “I don’t think Ihezuo had a bad performance in Costa Rica. It does happen in football talking about off day,” said the former Niger Tornadoes head coach.

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Conf Cup: Bayelsa United to face Sewe Sports of Cote d’Iviore

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ayelsa United have been drawn against Sewe Sports of Cote d’Iviore in the final qualifying round of the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup. The draw took place at CAF headquarters in Cairo yesterday morning and it saw teams eliminated at the 1/8th round of the Orange CAF Champions League drawn against the sides progressing from the 1/8th round of the Confederation Cup. Bayelsa will play against Sewe Sports in a West African derby as sixteen teams will slug it out for the last eight spots of the 2014 Orange CAF Confederation Cup. The Restoration Boys are the only Nigerian representatives left in the competition, courtesy of Warri Wolves’ failure against CA Bizerte last weekend. Sewe Sports won the Cote d’Ivoire Ligue 1 in 2012-2013 seasons and were relegated from the Champions League by Congolese powerhouse TP Mazembe. The Restoration Boys will travel to Cote d’Iviore for the first leg tie scheduled for the weekend of April 18-20 with the reverse fixture billed to take place a week later at the Sapele Stadium. Richard Bubagha’s side will have to get past the Ivorians in a bid to better their first ever appearance was in 2009 where they crashed out in the semifinals of the CAF Confederation.

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Mourinho set to axe Mikel, Moses

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he British media is awash with stories that Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho is prepared to do away with the services of his Nigerian charges,

John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses. Mikel has made 26 league appearances for Chelsea this season but has found first-team

opportunities increasingly restricted following the arrival to the club, in January of Serbian midfielder, Nemanja Matic.

Moses was hurled off to Liverpool on a season-long loan deal last summer but has hardly featured for Brendan Rodgers’ high flyers with Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho in audacious form. Mourinho admitted after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace that changes had to be made in order to improve the squad for next season. Anxious to adapt to Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules, the club want to bring down their wage bill, which means they are prepared to sell some of the 28 players currently loaned out including Moses. Mikel has found himself frozen out since Matic joined for £21 million in January and Chelsea hope he can command a large fee because he has three years left on his contract. Chelsea are also confident they can make a significant profit on their loan players and Moses, who cost € 11.5 million in 2012, is not part of the Chelsea coach’s plans, so a permanent move will be sought for the Nigerian. Mourinho left little to the imagination when he dropped the strongest possible hint yet of the expected traffic at the club at the end of the season.

I don’t need 35-man squad, Keshi tells NFF

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he Coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi has told the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that inviting a 35-man squad for Nigeria’s World Cup preparations will be unproductive. With less than two months to the commencement of the quadrennial football showpiece, the former national team skipper insists that he would only call on a few players that will make the country proud. “I don’t know where these stories of 35 players

are coming from,” Keshi told KickOffNigeria.com “I have less than three weeks to prepare for the World Cup and so we need to be serious because of the limited time at our disposal. “I will only invite those who will give us what we need and I intend to make the list available at the right time,” he concluded. Nigeria’s first game is against Iran in Curitiba on June 16 before facing BosniaHerzegovina and Argentina in Group F of the competition.

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Eto’o misses Champions League match Falcons to commence

training tomorrow

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helsea striker Samuel Eto’o is ruled out of today’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris St Germain because of injury. The Premier League side said the 33-yearold Cameroonian has failed to recover from a

hamstring strain. He suffered the injury shortly after scoring in his side’s 6-0 win over Arsenal 10 days ago and missed Saturday’s loss to Crystal Palace. Eto’o was not included in the 19-man squad which travelled to Paris.

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he Super Falcons will begin training for their international friendly encounter against Cameroon tomorrow. All the 34 players invited by Coach Edwin Okon are expected to report to their Abuja camp before the close of today (yesterday) which is the deadline

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set by the technical crew. The game holds at the Abuja National Stadium on April 15. The friendly match against the Indomitable Lionesses ranked 49th in the world and second in Africa will serve as a warm up for the African Women’s Championship qualifiers against the She-Amavubi of Rwanda.


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THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. AMB OLUSOLA SANU 2. PRINCE ADEDIRAN ADEYEMO 3. ENGR OLUBODE OLADIPO 4. VEN(ENGR) OLUSEYE OGUNRINDE 5. MR. OLU ABIALA 6. MRS TEMILOLA GBOLAHAN THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1.TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF IT’S MEMBERS ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SYNTEGRAL LP

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ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BY STEPHEN IKEZAHU CROMAAT LEGAL CONSULT 08055179007

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.OLORUNFEMI ADEWUMI BENJAMIN 2.OLORUNFEMI CHRISTIANA ADEDOYIN 3.JOHN OLAYEMI AMINU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. 2.TO EVANGELISED/MISSION WORK THROUGH OUT THE WORLD. 3.TO PROVIDE HELP TO THE UNDER PRIVILAGE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA, FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 2004. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. CHIZI NYEOMASILA 2. GRAHAM WARIBO 3. MESHACK ONYECHE 4. AKUROSEOKIKA CHARLES EGERTON 5. ELDER GLORIA IKALAMA 6. DANIEL EGWANWOR 7. TONYE MATILDA KOKO 8. ANAMAKIRI ONYEMECHI DIO 9. BARRISTER EZEMONYE CHIEME THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO BE AN AGENT OF PEACE IN THE SOCIETY. 2. TO BE AN AGENT OF WEALTH CREATION IN THE SOCIETY 3. TO BE AN AGENT OF GODLINESS IN THE SOCIETY 4. TO PROMOTE THE WELLBEING OF MEMBERS. 5. TO PARTNER WITH OTHER RELEVANT AGENCIES IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE ABOVE MENTIONED OBJECTIVES. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA ABUJA. P. M. B. 198, ABUJA,NIGERIA. WITHIN TWENTY EIGHT (28) DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED:OLUGBENGA WELLINGTON, ESQ. FOR: IVORY & WELLINGTON GWELLINGTON@IVORYANDWELLINGTON.COM 0 9875 7696, 08033219701

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MONSIGNOR NATHANIEL OBIAGBA 2. MRS. ANTHONIA TITILOLA AKINLAWON, SAN 3. MR. TIMOTHY BONNET ABAL, SAN 4. MR. BENBELLA ANACHEBE, SAN 5. MR. PATRICK OKOLO 6. MR. SYLVESTER IMHANOBE 7. MS. MARY ZAMBUA JOHN AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE THE SPIRITUAL GROWTH OF MEMBERS AND HELP THEM BRING THE GOSPEL VALUES TO BEAR ON THEIR WORK 2. TO HELP EXPOUND AND IMPLEMENT THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHINGS IN THE DAILY LIVES OF CITIZENS TO BRING ABOUT SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION 3. TO ADVISE THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA ON NATIONAL MATTERS AND TO PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES TO THE CHURCH ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PROFESSOR BENSON CHINEDU ONYEJI 2. PROFESSOR GODFREY TUNDE NWANDIKOM 3. PROFESSOR GODSON CHUKWUMA 4. CHIEF OSINACHI DONA-OGWUDIRE 5. DR. SAMUEL DURUNNA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO FUND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IN MBIERI COMMUNITY 2. TO SERVE AS FUNDING BODY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIVERSITY IN MBIERI COMMUNITY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. FAZAZI KAZEEM 2. FASASI MUTIULAHI 3. AMIDU KEHINDE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1)TO PROMOTE PEACE AND UNITY AMONG MUSLIMS IN NIGERIA. 2)TO HELP MUSLIM UMAH ACHIEVE ISLAMIC KNOWLEDGE AND WESTERN EDUCATION. 3)TO PROPAGATE ISLAM IN SOUTH WEST NIGERIA. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGN: SECRETARY

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAME ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE 1. BABATOPE OJO(CHAIRMAN) 2. EFFIOM NYONG(SECRETARY) 3. MMAETTE OJO 4. ARIYIKE OLADIPO 5. MARTEEN SADIQ 6. NGOZI ENEM 7. JOHN AKADANG AIMS AND OBJECTIVES (1) FACILITATE SUCH SOCIAL INTERACTION AMONG OLD STUDENTS AS WILL ENSURE THE CONTINUED REFLECTION IN THEIR LIVES OF THE RELIGIOUS, MORAL AND OTHER NOBLE IDEALS FOR WHICH THE SCHOOL STANDS. (2) KEEP ALIVE THE AFFECTION WHICH EVERY OLD STUDENT OF THE CLASS OF 88 HAS IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE SCHOOL BY KEEPING HIM/HER WELL INFORMED OF THE GENERAL PROGRESS OF THE SCHOOL AND ENCOURAGING HIM/HER TO CONTRIBUTE MORALLY AND FINANCIALLY TOWARDS SUCH PROGRESS.

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAME ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE 1. HON. JUSTICE MUSA A. DANLADI 2. BARR. AHMED M. DANBABA ESQ. 3. MR. LAKKA IRIMIYA DURKWA 4. MRS. HAFSATU FEYISIKE SHAIBU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO CREATE AWARENESS TO THE RURAL COMMUNITIES ON HOW TO ACCESS JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION AND REHABILITATION OF VICTIMS OF SOCIAL VICES. 2. TO CREATE AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR BEHAVIORAL CHANGE WITHIN THE COMMUNITIES THROUGH PEACE ADVOCACY, SENSITIZATION AND INTERVENTION PROJECTS. 3. TO CREATE AWARENESS TO THE RURAL COMMUNITIES ON THE NEED TO ACCEPT, SUPPORT AND PATRONIZE GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS. 4. ERADICATION OF VIOLENCE, ILLITERACY, OCCULTISM, KIDDNAPPING, CORRUPTION, DRUG ABUSE AND FORCED CHILD/WOMEN LABOUR/TRAFFICKING. ANY OBJECTION(S) TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR – GENERAL, WUSE ZONE 5, P.M.B. 198, ABUJA. WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED LAKKA IRIMIYA DURKWA

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THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ALIBI ADESHINA FESTUS 2. ALIBI PEACE ADESUWA 3. ODUTOLA ADEREMI 4. OFODILE DENIS IZUCHUKWU 5. ADESANYA BABATUNDE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO PROMOTE THE REHABILITATION OF VICTIMS OF DRUG ABUSE AND OTHER SOCIAL VICES 2. TO ORGANIZE SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS WHERE ISSUES AFFECTING THE DRUG ABUSE IS DISCUSSED. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS AMMENDMENT SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR STELLA N. ONUOHA 2. SISTER CHIBUZOR OZOJIOFOR 3. BRO. JOSIAH O. ONUOHA 4. SIS. IJEOMA DIRI-ONYENMA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. GLOBAL EVANGELISM: TO PROPAGATE THE GOSPEL AND WIN SOULS FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST 2. TO PREPARE MEN AND WOMEN FOR THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ANY OBJECTION TO THIS AMMENDMENT SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: ONYEANU LYN CHIOMA (LEGAL PRACTITIONER) 07068002601

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he Igbo ethnic group are the ‘Jews’ of Nigeria. Eager for a home state and highly entrepreneurial; during the Biafra secession attempt in the 60’s, this industrious people were already constructing indigenous tanks and other weaponry. • There are several Nigerian officials in the government of English speaking The Gambia. • There is a Nigerian origin, Yoruba chief in Accra. Chief Brimah is the only foreign Chief with a seat in the Ghanaian traditional council. • Cross River State: The Ejagham (Ekoi) people in the Southeast are believed to have originated the Nsibidi (Nsibiri) writing system which later spread to the Efik, Igbo, Ibibio, Efut, Banyang and Annag peoples. • Discovered in 1928, Nigeria’s North and North Central region hosts West Africa’s oldest civilization; the Nok civilization which flourished between 1000 BC and 300 BC. {Nok sculptures recently went on display disappointingly in Germany (not Africa).} • Finished in 1460 the Benin Iya or moat is a historic world defense wonder. Spanning 1,200 kilometers with walls as high as 18 metres, it is the world’s largest archeological structure. • Sungbo’s Eredo in Ogun state (6°49′N, 3°56′E) is a 100 mile system of up to 70 ft trenches and walls around Ijebu-Ode. It’s Queen, Bilkisu Sungbo has been attributed to the Biblical Queen Sheeba (Queen Bilkis in Quran). • Lord Luggard estimated in 1904 that there were 170 walled towns still in existence in the whole of just the Kano province of northern Nigeria.

He described Kano: ‘Commercial emporium of the western Sudan.’ Of its wall, he said, ‘I have never seen, nor even imagined, anything like it in Africa.’ • Osun: Queen Luwo, the twenty-first Ooni (ruler) of Ile-Ife paved the streets with quartz pebbles—and broken pottery, in 1000AD. The architecture had decorations that originated from Ancient America. • Borno: The capital city of Kanem-Borno, Ngazargamu, was one of the largest cities in 1658 AD; the metropolis housed “about quarter of a million people” and had 660 well planned, wide and unbending streets.

• In 1246 AD the Kanemi of Borno created a sensation in Tunisia when he sent a gift of a giraffe to Al-Mustapha, king of Tunis. • Sokoto: Two-story buildings with constructions glazed with tsoluwa, (laterite gravel), 10 mile circumference city walls, some as high as 20 feet, is how 16th century Surame, a Sokoto metropolis created by empire ruler, Muhammadu Kanta Sarkin Kebbi, was. UNESCO describes Surame as “one of the wonders of human history, creativity and ingenuity.” • Kano: In 1851, this city, one of the largest in Africa, made 10 million sandal pairs and 5 million hides for export every year. • Kebbi: Nigeria’s Sorko Sea lords of Kebbi state, made ships (Kanta) which were used for far away expeditions, including the 1311 AD, 2000 ship, famous voyage of Songhai Empire’s Mansa Abubakari II to the America’s, decades before Columbus. • Yobe: The oldest discovered boat in Africa, and 3rd oldest on the world, the 8500 yr old Dufuna canoe was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in 1987 in Dufuna village, Fune LGA. • Ondo: Confusing evolution scientists, the 13,000 yr old Iwo-Eleru cave skull, the oldest human fossil remains found in West Africa, has ‘ancient’ (140,000 yr old Laetoli) features, yet lived in more modern times.

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anchester United and Bayern Munich battled to a 1-1 draw in their Champions League quarterfinal, first leg yesterday as the visitors finished with 10 men after goalscorer Bastian Schweinsteiger was sent off. Schweinsteiger, who fired home Bayern’s equaliser in the 66th minute, was dismissed in the 90th for collecting a second yellow card for a foul on Wayne Rooney. United took the lead in the 58th minute when the unmarked Nemanja Vidic stretched to clinically head a Rooney corner past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Bayern equalised when Schweinsteiger, who will be suspended for the second leg, was left unmarked on a break and lashed the ball into the roof of David De Gea’s net after substitute Mario Mandzukic nodded a cross from Rafinha into his path. United had the ball in the net after five minutes when Danny Welbeck slammed home a rising shot from 15 metres but Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo had already ruled that Welbeck raised his foot too high in a challenge with Javi Martinez.

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n exquisite goal from Neymar rescued a 1-1 draw for Barcelona after substitute Diego had givenLiga rivals Atletico Madrid the lead in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal yesterday. A stunning 35-metre strike from Diego put Atletico in the driving seat after 56 minutes at the Nou Camp but Barcelona, aiming for their seventh successive semifinal appearance, hit back with a bending effort from Neymar 15 minutes later. “We are satisfied because I think we played a good match,” Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told Spanish broadcaster TVE. “We scored a brilliant goal through Diego and then we defended very well. Atletico lost their talisman in attack, Diego Costa, to injury early on and still had the better chances in the first half through David Villa.

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ith the 2015 elections looming large on the horizon, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has done itself some good by organizing a two-day retreat in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, for their publicity secretaries. The retreat starts today, Wednesday, to end on Friday. Coming on the heels of the verbal rocketry exchanged between the PDP and the opposition Action Progressives Congress, APC, and in particular, the many misguided missiles fired by the PDP spokesman OlisaMetuh, this retreat should hopefully help the ruling party back on track concerning its messaging. Campaigns based on issues are beneficial to the voters and the nation but the throwing of stones as the PDP and APC have resorted to in recent times is not. Election in every democracy is noisy and at times ruthless. In the case of Nigeria, it is even messier and will continue to get dirtier so long as there is a government determined to toy with the combustible mix of ethnicity, religion and politics. President Jonathan’s campaign from church to church, while swamping Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, with 2015 campaign billboards against the rules of the game is a clear violation of the law. Instead of coming down with strict norms, all that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, could do was to lamely generalize blame, accusing “all parties” of engaging in campaigns ahead of the statutory six months allowed before elections. Sadly for the PDP, all their campaign billboards say nothing other than puffing up the incumbent President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. They don’t

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PDP Chiarman, Adamu Mu’azu say anything about their vision of Nigeria. Some of the most laughed at claims by a largely derelict government are the pithy slogans crediting the administration with “equity, integrity and good governance.” These are the administration’s weakest points and all they do, as they stand there, is to remind the opposition of the weaknesses of the ruling party. It is not true that the PDP is without achievements of whatever sorts. At least, they can claim a bit of merit (and professionalism) in their promotion of women’s rights. They have a fairly respectable record dealing with human rights and they are strong in

the area of freedom of speech. This government has also an impressive record in the promotion, even if haltingly, of business and investment. In agriculture, food production has increased but so also has the smuggling of rice which is thwarting local production. A good Jonathan campaign for re-election should be grounded on his strong points, not on his areas of weak performance. As it is, messages ingenuously coined and written on the back of trucks in Nigeria are more spicy and cutting than we are seeing on PDP’s Abuja billboards. Besides, when it comes to the brass tacks, the catchy jingle may help sell cement, SIM card or Coca Cola. It is hard to see how billboard can sell a nonperforming government. The days of the innocent voter have since gone and will never return. Today’s voter is more discerning. He checks all the shops on the street before he makes a purchase. If a government is lax about security; is uncaring about employment and infrastructure, they might as well say to hell with your records on human rights or women empowerment. The convener of the Yenagoa retreat, the PDP spokesman OlisaMetuh is a lawyer and as they always do in the PDP, they don’t care to bring media professionals

I found it unimaginable that a party spokesman will brand the opposition APC as a party of violence because it has a top-heavy Muslim leadership. I was not the least surprised that like a misguided missile, this verbal rocketry turned against the party with several Islamic groups coming after him, accusing him of associating their religion with violence. Secondly, the debate over who is responsible for Boko Haram violence was as thoughtless as it was needless. This is referring to both parties. The PDP is not alone in attacking others for the violence its government has been unable to solve.

on board. My argument is that whoever they bring, the minimum they owe to the party and public is to pick the basic tenets of the profession. In that regard, whatever correctional steps they need to take, the starting point should be with the ‘oga at the top’. I found it unimaginable that a party spokesman will brand the opposition APC as a party of violence because it has a topheavy Muslim leadership. I was not the least surprised that like a misguided missile, this verbal rocketry turned against the party with several Islamic groups coming after him, accusing him of associating their religion with violence. Secondly, the debate over who is responsible for Boko Haram violence was as thoughtless as it was needless. This is referring to both parties. The PDP is not alone in attacking others for the violence its government has been unable to solve. The government is itself believed by many to be franchiser of the growing violence, allegedly designed with the aim of rigging the 2015 election. The widely-circulated opinion by the Adamawa state Governor, Admiral MurtalaNyako, is in line with this thinking. What I find even more amazing is that the PDP has refused to change its tone. As the party with the largest number of states and seats in the federal parliament under its control, the PDP and its many communicators must come to terms with the responsibility that they carry on their shoulders of nudging the country to reach the stage of a mature democracy where issues are discussed without mudslinging and useless sloganeering. It is not a crime anywhere for an opposition party to seek the ouster of a sitting government through a democratic process. Charges of coup-plotting are sickening as they are out of place. As for the APC, the party does well when they are on issues. Look at how well they have dealt with on-going attempts to turn Nigeria to a “Republic of Scams”. When they veer off course, as they were lured into doing, debating who is doing what with insurgency, they were roasted alive. That’s why they are scrambling their way back to the top of issues. Sadly, opposition to a sitting government in Nigeria and much of other third-rate nations is like running behind a tiger, catching its tail: how more unsafe can a game be?

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