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Corruption

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L – R: Executive Director, Market Operation and Technology, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Ade Bajomo; Attorney General/ Commissioner for Justice, Kogi State, Mr.Joe Adojo Abrahams (SAN); Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema; His Excellency, Executive Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada and Executive Director, Business Development, NSE, Mr. Haruna Jalo-Waziri at the Kogi State Bond Listing Forum and Bell Ringing Ceremony, yesterday in Lagos.

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I have faith confab recommendations will be implemented, says Yakasai D o you think the 70 percent consensus will stop whatever hiccups are likely to crop up during the conference? It is not a matter of thinking. Didn’t you see the storm of the rambling about the number that ought to be the consensus? I think when the recommendation was presented to the house it was unanimously adopted which indicated to you that everybody has accepted it and since then nobody raised an issue about it, which means consensus. Sir, some people have made it appear as if the 50-wise persons are super delegates at the expense of others? The chairman reaching out for help from within the delegates and consulted with people of various experiences and he felt that perhaps if he put us together something good would come out of it and he is justified. This was not the first time this type of thing had happened, it happened during the 1978/79 constitutional conference when there were heated debates over the issue of Sharia. It was a committed debate that brought sanity into the conference and save the situation. Also in the 1994/95 constitutional conference, which I attended, a dispute arose as to whether rotation, zoning and derivation should be entrenched in the constitution. The conference nearly broke up as a result of debate on these issues. The chairman of the conference sought the request of some elders in the conference and agreed to adjourn the conference to allow some consultations by some elderly persons on these issues. They met and held discussions over these issues. I recalled that it took place and I was privileged to be a member of that committee and we spent a whole night and at about 4 am we were to arrive at a consensus. We reported the following day the decisions reached and these decisions were unanimously adopted by the conference. So there was precedence for this kind of approach to solve the problem. This might not be the end of it, but it is a good example that we can put our heads together and solve our problems without any outside intervention. Some are worried that there are a good number of those that participated in the 1994/95 and the 2005 conferences are also here and considering the antecedences of those conferences and the fact decisions reached were not implemented, they are worried that this conference may end up just the same way? Well, it is worrisome that the outcomes of most of the conferences were not implemented. But the two particular ones you mentioned were as a result of unintended

Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, a delegate to the sixth National Conference and one of the 50-wise men that broke the three quarter and two third ice leading to the 70 percent consensus, says the general mood among delegates and their sincerity of their contributions are pointers to the resolve of Nigerians in spite of their diversities to live together. The elder statesman believes the recommendations of the conference unlike the previous conferences will be implemented. He Spoke with Patrick Andrew on this and other issues.

purposes of the convener of the conference. This will be totally different. Here, there is no clash of interests because the president has consistently said he has no personal agenda. I think, Nigerians would want the resolutions of the conference to be implemented. There is that faith that this will be different. Besides, many Nigerians actually clamoured for this conference because there is a need for us to talk sincerely about our differences and forge ahead as one united entity. And there many: yes, from the clamour for resource control, state police, structure of government, devolution of power, issue of corruption that has eaten deep into the fabrics our society and several others, we just have to sit down and talk sincerely on how to move forward as a nation. ake for instance the kind of government that we run. In the colonial days, there was the Native Authority system with all the powers for its operational efficiency and local police. With the insecurity in the country we need to look at the structure of government, we need to look at the processes that produce leaders and then redefine our priorities as a nation. But it seems discussion has taken tribal divide? Well, you cannot entirely do without that. People have bottled-up feelings which have led to suspicion and distrust. The conference offers them the chance to let off steam and express the concerns of their people. That’s good for us because it makes possible the much needed appreciation and understanding of ourselves. I think contributions on the floor generally has been forward looking and in the interest of a strong, united and economically virile Nigeria. Like someone commented on the floor the environment that produced the First Republic leaders is different from today’s and we need to appreciate that and find ways to produce leaders that will bear the needs of the people in mind in taking decisions and in executing them. Yes, we need to address corruption and tackle it from its roots, which I think is governance. The president suggested the recommendations of the conference be subjected to a referendum, but we know there is no constitutional provision for a referendum? The President did not say we should subject it to referendum but that the National Assembly is already working on amendment of the constitution to insert a referendum clause. So, if they do this successfully then we can consider bringing the recommendations to a referendum. However, if they don’t and the delegates feel it is necessary then we may consider suggesting it to the National Assembly or recommending that to the National Assembly.

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consequences. One, the 1994/95 conference recommendations were not implemented because of the sudden death unfortunately of Gen. Sani Abacha who had accepted in totality the recommendations made by the conference and in fact added quality to some of the recommendations so that it would be more practicable. t was what led to the understanding of the six geo-political zones of the country, even though it is not constitutional, people have accorded recognition to it, the federal character commission, which now ensures that every section of the country is represented in the public service and is now part of the constitution and was part of the recommendation of that constitutional conference. Although the totalities of those recom-

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I understand, because I was not a delegate at that conference, that 99 percent of the recommendations were very good for this country, but unfortunately the smuggling in of the tenure elongation proposed by some interest for President Obasanjo made them to throw away those recommendations.

mendations were not implemented, some parts of it were, the only unfortunate thing was that the recommendations of the conference held under the leadership of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo were not implemented. I understand, because I was not a delegate at that conference, that 99 percent of the recommendations were very good for this country, but unfortunately the smuggling in of the tenure elongation proposed by some interest for President Obasanjo made them to throw away those recommendations. ecause of the tenure elongation that was not part of the original recommendations but was smuggled in, those beautiful recommendations were thrown away, like throwing away the baby with the bath water. So, you look at the intent and

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orruption has been a common feature here at the conference, what is the real solution? If the president and Commander-in-Chief wakes up any day and says enough is enough and calls his deputy and says enough is enough, calls the Inspector General of police and says enough is enough, if you don’t want to work I will relieve you of your appointment if you want to work with me this is the rule of engagement. Once the IGP sees that the President is serious about stopping corruption he becomes serious and so will his commissioners and it will run down the ladder. Once it becomes difficult for the Commander-in-Chief to be guilty of any offence the whole thing will filter down the line to the grassroots. Are you in essence saying that the president and his team are playing lip service to the fight against corruption? Far from that. This is, perhaps, in my own judgement, the best president we have ever had in this country. Reasons: he has his weaknesses, everyone has, but this one president who is humble enough to admit that there is a problem in this country and has pleaded with us to find ways of solving them. Forget about all these criticisms, which people who just want to grab power and continue to maintain the status quo, make, this president is the best to ruled this country over a long a period. I use the adjective over a long period because if you come in for three months we have no way of knowing whether you were only using those three months to buy our hearts before you show us your true colour. Many people do not know about Igbo Muslims and that is what brought you here to make the case known. Now what measures are they for a synergy between Muslims Igbo minority and Igbo majority? Well, you are going into a very sensitive area. I am an Ibo man and like I said anything that makes an Ibo man happy makes me happy, anything which makes an Ibo man sad makes me sad. So when it comes to regional agenda I am an Ibo man. But regional agenda is completely different from Islamic agenda. Islam is an international religion. It has nothing to do with which region you come from. On matters of Islam, we are always united in pursuing the interest of Islam, we are always united in struggling in the way of ALLAH. But when it comes to individual interest you have yours and I have mine. For instance, if they say those who want the Enugu-Port Harcourt high reconstructed and modernized I will put up my hand because it will be useful to me and other Muslims in Igbo land. And if they say Kaduna Kano and Enugu Port Harcourt

Obini Ekpe, a former Dean of Faculty of Physical Sciences, is a professor of mathematical physics and Muslim from Ebonyi state. He represents the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs at the National Conference and wants constitutional recognition for religious minorities in the country and also says corruption will be eliminated the day the leaderships of respective government officials stopped being corrupt. He spoke with Patrick Andrew on sundry matters, excerpts… expressways which one do you prefer I will say please do tboth because one will help my Muslim brothers in the North and the other my Muslim brothers in the East,

and secondary schools, do not have Islamic religious knowledge teachers, they don’t have Arabic teachers and these are the things we want them to learn. We pay our tax

Prof. Ekpe but if they say no you must choose one, then I will choose Enugu –Port Harcourt Expressway, because my immediate constituencies are Ibo Muslims. And it is only when I leave the immediate constituency that I will expand, if it is God’s will, my area of interest. So, in the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, the council is a very objective body. What we do in the council is we separate regional agenda from Islamic agenda. Regional agenda for the Ibos they can discuss that at Ohaneze or any other forum, regional agenda for the North they can discuss that at Arewa or any other forum. AFENIFERE can discuss regional agenda at the forum for the West. At the level of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs we are talking purely Islam and Islam is not harmful, it never be harmful to any group. It cannot be harmful to the Ibo man, the Yoruba man and Hausa man and cannot be harmful to the minorities. What solution would you proffer for the persecution of religious minorities both in the North and South? I am a victim. For instance, as a Muslim in the East, often our children, who go to the primary

just like any other person does. So, we want the country to address and set policies which are justiceable in place. It is not just a case of setting careless policies in place because if you go to the Christian schools you will have abundant supply of Christian Religious Knowledge teachers and I believe the reverse may also be the case in the North. If you go to areas where Muslims dominate may be they may be employing Islamic Religious Knowledge teachers without employing their CRK counterparts. We want policies put in place to protect religious minorities and thus compel government-both federal and states, even local government- in

the North, West, East and South to provide for and protect the rights of minorities in these places. Religious minorities have not committed any offence and one way of doing this is to grant them limited autonomy in this sensitive areas. For instance, if you come to Ebonyi state and give them just one secondary and one primary school for the Muslims and allow the Ibo Muslims to manage the schools, the Ibo Muslims will find IRK and Arabic language teachers for their children. Don’t lump everything together, give us limited autonomy in the area of education, and in a few other sensitive areas. If we cannot arrange for teachers for our children we can no longer have the moral platform to stand up and complain. And I don’t think that is too much to ask because the two schools can be housed in just one compound. Replicate it in all the states so that if it is a Muslims dominated state, build one for the Christian minorities and vice versa for the Christian dominated state. Allow the religious minorities to manage them to correct the injustices suffered in public schools in the Muslims dominated areas and the Christian dominated state as well. Will this not be a return to the missionary school that the government is discontinuing? I am not talking about missionary school. I am not asking government to build private schools, I am saying for instance in Ebonyi state school system there should be at least one school devoted to religious minority interest. The government provides needed facilities, pays the teachers, they should run the schools the way government runs other schools. The only different is that these schools be designated a

Islam is an international religion. It has nothing to do with which region you come from. On matters of Islam, we are always united in pursuing the interest of Islam, we are always united in struggling in the way of ALLAH.

special schools for the protection of religious minorities with a Muslim as Headmaster. What happens now is even if you have many IRK and Arabic teachers in Ibo land if they attend interviews the school board will say they don’t need your service because the respective heads have not made request for IRK and Arabic teachers even if there are needs f because of the prevailing policy. Of course, teachers are requested based on the needs from the principals, who often do not need the services of religious minority teachers. And so, if you go through their list you will see that no Headmaster or Principal has ever placed a request for Arabic language teachers and often government will say it is not its fault. With religious minority schools, there will be such a request and the government will be compelled to recruit and pay them for their services. How long have you practicing Islam or were you born a Muslim? It’s a bit difficult to answer this question directly. In my place, as a small boy, I used to accompany friends to church and sometimes to the Mosque, but as I became older to make a choice and follow my conscience I chose Islam. In other words, I was not born a Muslim. There are many older persons within my area who were born Muslims. However, I became one when I was mature enough to take my own decision. I have been a Muslim for well over 30 years. Are children Muslims? Sure, all my children, my wife Fatima, are all Muslims and she is from my place. My first son Mohammed is a scientist, my second son, Dr Usman Ojukwu, is a medical doctor and a Muslim. Are you discriminated against in that part of the country on the bases of being a Muslim? No, no, we relate well. For instance, I had to beg the Vice Chancellor to release me of my position as the Dean of the Faculty of Physical Science last year to go on Sabbatical, he was very reluctant. So, we suffer no discrimination. The government even sponsors pilgrims using state funds. Our problem in Ebonyi state is not discrimination but our rights are not adequately protected by law. Which constitution would you want Nigeria to adopt? As a Muslim, the only constitution I recognise is Sharia. I don’t have any other legal document that I recognise. However, Nigeria, the way it is presently constituted, you cannot ask every person to accept the Sharia. God himself said in His book, ‘to you, your religion, to me, mine’. So give us Sharia, applicable to those of us who are Muslims alone, take whatever you like, that’s my recommendation.


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The young helicopter innovators of Kano C From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

onsidering the advancement of technology in developed countries like USA, Japan, Germany among others, and the slow growth technologically in Africa especially Nigeria, no one would ever think that an aircraft could be produced in Nigeria, surprisingly by secondary school leavers who have never been to tertiary institutions. However, the question on the lips of Kano state residents is that if an aircraft could be constructed by a secondary school leaver, what advancement could be achieved should the student acquire higher knowledge? There are a lot of talented and innovative youth in Nigeria who have the ability to showcase their talent to produce many things with their knowledge of technology. They were able to create a lot of innovations that were hitherto found only in developed countries. This is not the first time a Nigerian has built an aircraft. The feat has been there since 70s when talented youth decided to construct aircraft, Generators, Irons, Television and a radio receiver and transmitter using stuff locally available. In 2012, a 24-year old undergraduate Physics student in Bauchi State, Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, built a working helicopter using some parts of a crashed 747 aircraft. A lot of youth like Mubarak are there in the country and need government support to do better. However, in Kano State, Peoples Daily has met three talented youth who are just secondary school leavers, constructing a Helicopter with model number KSG Karama 100. It is the first of its kind and it is multi purpose. This means it can be used for farming, emergency service, security among other purposes. 23-year old Usman Saleh Usman, 24-year old Usman Shehu Ahmad and also 24-year old Usman Khamis, all hailed from Fagge Local Government in Kano State. They attended the same Primary School, Fagge Special Primary School, 1998 and moved to Abbas Maje Secondary School, 2004 and studied science subjects. The trio have not been able to proceeded to tertiary institution due to life constraints but in spite of that, they endeavour to continue exhibiting their talent. Interestingly, these youth have formed a registered association called

KNG-KARAMA-100 after completion

Karama Multi-purpose Cooperative Society. The association was formed as a result of meeting together since primary school, after they discovered each of them has a talent to produce technological innovations. Believing that Usman Saleh Usman is the most talented among them, they decided to name the association after his nickname, KARAMA, and agreed all to bear the same nickname. Thus, each of them is nicknamed ‘Karama’. Karama is an arabic word used in Hausa language and it simply means

‘genius’. Giving an insight on how they have built the Helicopter, Usman Shehu Ahmad said , they have begun building the helicopter, which can as well be called Rotary Wing, about seven years ago when his colleague, Usman Saleh Usman, saw the helicopter in an American movie and felt that they could construct it. “We started constructing this helicopter about seven years ago when Usman Saleh Usman confronted me with the idea after

We started constructing this helicopter about seven years ago when Usman Saleh Usman confronted me with the idea after watching an American movie and saw the helicopter. He also got some ideas on how to construct the helicopter in the movie.

watching an American movie and saw the helicopter. He also got some ideas on how to construct the helicopter in the movie. I accepted the idea as soon as he told me and thereafter we began preparation on how to start.” He said n how they got the materials and components for constructing the helicopter, Shehu Ahmad said they conducted intensive research through text books and internet. They also consulted engineering lecturers in Bayero University Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria before they started. He added that they have constructed virtually majority of the parts of the plane, while used the ready-made tools they can’t construct for other parts. “Since getting the idea, we have commenced conducting research through internet, textbooks and consulting engineering lecturers in Bayero University Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria who have knowledge of Aeronautic Engineering. We have also got a lot

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of ideas on how to build the helicopter. Although we can not construct everything in the plane because even the developed countries can not construct every component in a plane, they have to buy a ready-made component like engine from another company that specialises on that and use it in building the plane. We have tried to use our own technology.” He said “ We have provided our own mould, melt the aluminium and provided the shape of the plane’s chamber and other parts where needed. We have used a steel as a gear and got a honda car chair to use as the seat. We have used steel to form other parts of the body including the pedestal where the plane stands on as you can see in the picture. After completion, you would see that we have used glasses to cover the sides and fronts of the plane.” Asked about how they have been able to get an engine to be used for the plane to function, Ahmad said after a painstaking research, they decided to get engine of a porch bus, popularly known as Danfo bus used in Lagos State.

“ After a painstaking research we have discovered that only engine of a Porch bus will be used to meet up to our demand. This is because it has a central mechanism, meaning its mechanism is at the centre and it suits our plane which flies and lands straight wards. The engine costs N120,000 and we have not been able to purchase because we don’t have the money.” On when and how to fly the helicopter, Ahmad said” We only need the engine to start flying our helicopter. Should we get it now, I assure you it would start flying in two months time. We need to complete this project within the period of two months.” Asked about the pilot who would operate the aircraft, he said “ Nobody can operate an aircraft better than the person that produced it. We will be the operators by God’s grace. We would operate it in the town to exhibit our talent to people. We know how to operate a helicopter very well since we know how to construct it. We are planning to get all the equipment used for operating aircraft.” He maintained. In his remark, Usman Sale Usman, aka Shehu Karama, said, what they need is only government’s support

The helicopter before completion

Usman Khamis, Usman Sale Usman and Usman Shehu Ahmad standing in front of the under-construction helicopter.

On when and how to fly the helicopter, Ahmad said” We only need the engine to start flying our helicopter. Should we get it now, I assure you it would start flying in two months time. We need to complete this project within the period of two months.

to further their education to at least tertiary institution, adding that they have decided to construct the aircraft for the development of Kano State and Nigeria as a whole. “We need government to support us to proceed our education to higher level. Since as secondary school certificate holders, we can build a helicopter, what do you think we would produce should we acquire a higher education? Let me use this opportunity to appeal to the Kano State government to assist us to proceed our education to higher level. The purpose of

constructing this helicopter is to contribute their quota towards the development of Kano State and Nigeria in general.” He said He stressed their willingness to fly their aircraft as soon as possible, adding that their helicopter would be used by the governments for several purposes. “ We have heard about 36 attempt by our fellow youths to construct aircraft but non of them had flied. Our helicopter is ready to fly after completion and it would be used by the government for several purposes,” he said.


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NECO releases Nov/ Dec 2013 improved results with less malpractices From Mustapha,Minna

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he National Examinations Council, NECO, has released the November/ December 2013 results, with 48.77 percent credit pass and above in English Language, and 69.58 per cent in Mathematics. The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer , CEO, of the examinations body, Professor Promise Nwachukwu Okpala, who announced the result yesterday at NECO headquarters in Minna, said the body was able to record less than one per cent cases of malpractices during the conduct of the examinations. Professor Okpala while addressing journalist noted that 61,897 registered for the examinations, while 61, 759 actually sat for same, with malpractices cases at only 0.14 percent recorded at the national level. The Registrar said that in

the other core subjects out of 15,248 that sat for Literature in English, 12,735 actually took the paper with 499 pass at credit level, representing 3.91 per cent. In Biology, 59, 543 registered, while 54,624 sat for

the paper with 18,720 credit passes, representing 34.27 per cent. Chemistry recorded registration of 28, 878 candidates while 27,084 sat for the paper with 16,485 credit

passes, representing 60.86 per cent. Also in Physics,28,807 registered, while 26,917 sat for the paper, recording 289 credit passes, representing 1.07 per cent.

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President Goodluck Jonathan (m), Acknowledging cheers from the crowd that came to welcome him, on Friday in Yenagoa with him is Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.

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ome delegates at the National Conference have intensified their lobby for death sentence for corrupt former and present governors to be made part of the final recommendations that will be submitted at the end of the conference. Already, the delegates have initiated moves to persuade fellow delegates at the committee levels to consider making death sentence a constitutional matter so as to deter government officials and others who may want to indulge in corrupt practices. The delegates, who cut across both the military and civilian conferees, have insisted that unless public officers are shot or hanged the ‘China way’, corruption, which they argued has overwhelmed every segments of the nation’s life, would remain unabated to detrimental of the country’s aspiration for development. Peoples Daily Weekend observed that during the week when delegates made contributions to President Goodluck Jonathan’s inaugural speech of March 17, several canvassed the wisdom of capital punishment to curb the growing of menace of corruption in public institutions, while some directly pointed accusing fingers at ex-governors, many of whom are delegates to the conference. Retired Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Ejiga, had said during his contributions, “We must hang corrupt ex- and

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present governors. Yesterday, we learnt that $450bn have been stolen from Nigeria. Imagine what half of that will do! It will completely overhaul the economy, lead to industrialisation and eliminate insecurity occasioned by want. “Yes, we must executed corrupt officials, particularly the present and ex-governors, who have been found wanting. They deserve execution because they have done terrible harm to the people, their nation and to posterity. They have stolen what belongs to the larger society,” he said as many murmured approval. Also, another delegate and former military administrator of Kaduna state, retired Maj. Gen. Tanko Ayuba corroborated by noting, “If that will ensure a corruption-free future for Nigeria, why not? Corruption is evil, it is devilish. Corruption is virtually in every endeavour in Nigeria. It is overwhelming. “So, if executing former governors as someone suggested, will put a stop to the wanton corruption in the fabric of the Nigerian society, why not? I share the view that they be executed,” he said stressing that by his background-the military“corruption is severely punished.” Peoples Daily Weekend learnt, to this end, a retired military officer is working hard to rally delegates and other like-minded groups to lobby colleagues at the various committee levels to seriously consider recommending capital punishment for corrupt officials to salvage the country from the

menace of unrestrained corruption in public service. Ejiga had buttressed the need for corrupt ex-and present governors to be executed by asserting thus: “If armed robbers are executed for stealing from someone, and often far less sums, why won’t the governors be executed? Yes, they were entrusted with public coffers but instead of keeping watch over the till for the generality of the people, they looted lavishly to the utter detriment of their society. “Imagine governors ruling for four and eight years suddenly coming into stupendous wealth just for being governors, yet the states that they presided over swim in poverty. If the state kills mere armed robbers, why not kill executive robbers in government. “If you killed the governors, civil servants who award frivolous contracts, especially at the end of the budget year, will learn hard lesson. It will deter them just as it has deterred crooks and hard-line thieves in China and the society is the better for it,” he said. Similarly, another delegate and representative of the transport union, Alhaji Musa Isewele Shehu, had during his comments on the president’s speech adduced reasons why the execution of former and present governors would be logical. “They strangulate the local government councils in their states, which has led to stagnation, gross under-development unemployment with the resultant surfeit of youth restiveness, insurgency, militancy

and moral depravity in the society. “They should be hanged because the empty their states treasuries for themselves and build hotels in Dubai, own estates in choicest cities in the world while their people live in abject poverty. Even senior civil servants, who refused to leave the service even when they have reached the retirement age, should be executed to cleanse the system of corruptive influences,” he said. Immediate Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayatu Ahmed Rufai, threw in her support thus: “Somebody mentioned that we may have to lock some corrupt people up. I support that too. Lock them up for a while and let us see if they can have a change of mind.” According to a competent source yesterday, some civil society groups, youth organizations and other like minds are collaborating to canvass for inclusion of harsh punitive measures to discourage corruption in public. Meanwhile, former Senate President and delegate to the conference, Chief Adolphus Wabara, has dismissed the call for death sentence for corrupt officials. Wabara was removed from the Senate leadership over allegations of fraud. Describing it as barbaric, the former lawmaker said, “I think that was a very careless remark by one of our distinguished delegates. We are not in Ghana where you execute your past leaders. We cannot boldly execute the same policy here in Nigeria,” he said.

unmen at the weekend attacked prisons officials in Benin, freeing some awaiting trial kidnap suspects. The hoodlums were said to have trailed two vans conveying awaiting trial inmates from court to Oko medium prisons when they engaged the prisons officials in a gun duel. The Comptroller of Nigerian prisons service, Mr Effiom Etowa who confirmed the report, said three suspects involved in the alleged rescue attempt have been arrested. He said the effort of armed guards saved the situation, explaining that one of the two vehicles allegedly used by the suspects was impounded, while the other escaped with the occupants. Etowa who debunked claims that some inmates were rescued in the operation said the eighteen inmates being conveyed in the prisons van were high profile inmates whose offences range from robbery and kidnapping. “The two vehicles had been on the trail of the two blackmaria and another backup vehicle that were being used to convey the inmates back to prison from the court. “Upon suspicion of these vehicles, my armed squad team warned them to desist from following them but they kept on chasing our vehicles even at the same speed. “It was at this turn that my armed squad shot sporadically into the air to scare them but again, this didn’t deter them. “It was at this point that my officers found a way of blocking them and in the process apprehended one of the vehicles, a Hyundai car while the other, a C class escaped”, he said He said the arrested suspects have been handed over to the police who had already commenced investigation on the matter.


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Defection: Common subject, disparate rulings, raging debate The pandemonium, resulting from the legal tussle between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP and some of its members in the National assembly that defected to the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) before the Federal High Court of Abuja following the delivering of two high profile judgements in the cases involving the PDP and the defecting law-makers. Sunday Ejike Benjamin examines the pros and cons and their implication for the democratic process.

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ollowing the defection of some lawmakers from both the Upper and Lower chambers of the National Assembly, activities became heightened at the National Assembly and it extended to the courts in Abuja. First was the suit filed by the defecting lawmakers seeking to stop the leadership of the National Assembly from declaring their seats vacant and the other was the one by the PDP, where-in it sought to stop some of its members who defected to the opposition party from effecting leadership change of principal officers of the House of Representatives. Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a judgement he delivered in one of the suits by the lawmakers on Friday March 28, 2014, struck out a suit filed by some APC Senators and members of the House of Representatives seeking an order of the court to stop the leadership of the National Assembly from declaring their seats vacant as a result of their defection from the PPDP. The defected members of the National Assembly had, in the suit asked the court to restrain Senate President, David Mark and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, from conducting any proceedings aimed at declaring their seats vacant as well as that of any other member of the PDP who intend to join another political party. The lawmakers had stated that they approached the court to protect their rights as members of the National Assembly following threats by the PDP to declare their seats vacant. But in his judgment, Justice Ahmed Mohammed struck out the suit on the

grounds that the PDP, which threatened to declare the defectors’ seats vacant, lacked the powers to do so under the law and as such, there was no issue for the court to determine. Following the threat by PDP to declare their seats vacant, the defected lawmakers had asked the court to determine whether the crisis in the party, which culminated in a parallel national convention, does not qualify as a division to warrant them to defect and continue to retain their elective seats in line with the provisions of section 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution. ection 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution allows for defection in cases where there is division within political parties, and the defected lawmakers argued that there was a split in the PDP to qualify them to defect and still retain their seats. The lawmakers therefore urged the court to declare that they can defect without losing their seats because there

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was a division in the PDP, and in the same vein, make an order restraining the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives from declaring their seats vacant. They equally asked the court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting the nomination of any candidate and conducting bye-elections aimed at filling their seats. he PDP, through its counsel, Joe Gadzama (SAN) told the court that there was no division within

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The lawmakers therefore urged the court to declare that they can defect without losing their seats because there was a division in the PDP, and in the same vein, make an order restraining the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives from declaring their seats vacant.

its ranks, describing the crisis that led to the defection of the plaintiffs as an internal crisis in the party. “It is clear that the crux of the plaintiffs’ action is the alleged threat by the PDP to declare their seats vacant over their defection to another political party. “The power to declare seats vacant lies on the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and not the PDP,” the judge explained. Striking out the defected lawmakers’ suit, Justice Mohammed said, “Considering the two pending suits, is there any threat to declare the seats of the plaintiffs vacant without recourse to the court? No. “This is because PDP has submitted the matter to the court and cannot take the law into its own hands. “In the final analysis, since the plaintiffs’ suit is based on the alleged threat by the PDP to declare their seats vacant, and the fact that the PDP has submitted the same dispute to the court for determination, I am of the view that there is no life issue in the application brought by the plaintiffs, which I consider to be merely academic. “And since the court cannot engage Contd on Page 8


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in academic exercises, the plaintiffs’ application is accordingly struck out”, the judge held. According to suit filed by the PDP, the 12 senators and 42 members of the House of Representatives who it wants the court to compel the Senate President and the Speaker to declare their seats vacant, are Sen. Abdulahi Adamu, Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume, Sen. Umaru Dahiru, Sen. Muhammed Shaaba Lafiaji, Sen. Bukola Saraki, Sen. Magnus Abe, Sen. Wilson Ake, Sen. Danjume Goje, Sen. Bindowo Mohammed Jibrilla, Sen. Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan and Sen. Ibrahim Gobir. Last Monday, Justice Ademola Adeniyi of another Federal High Court in Abuja ended the legal battle between the PDP and the lawmakers. He held, in his judgement that in view of the mandatory provision of Section 68(1) (g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended and in view of the pendency of suit No. FHC/ABJ/ CS/621/2013, between Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and 78 others against Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and 4 others before the Federal High Court Abuja, that the 12th to 53rd defendants (defected lawmakers) cannot lawfully alter composition or leadership of the PDP in the House of Representatives and that they should resign their membership of the National Assembly, as a result of their

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defection Before ruling on the substantive matter, the court observed that Justice Evis Chukwu of the Federal High Court Abuja, had on October 8, 2013 delivered a judgement that there was no division in the PDP, stressing that the decision, “is clear, unambiguous and knowledgeable”. He said the lawmakers (12th to 53rd defendants) were sponsored by the PDP and in accordance with Constitution; the period of their election is yet to expire. Therefore, it is the court’s opinion that there is no division in PDP in line with Justice Chukwu’s ruling, stating that since Justice Chukwu delivered judgement, it has taken 8 months with no appeal from those that alleged there was division in the party. “The 12th to 53rd defendants ought

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to resign their seats honourably since they have left the party upon which their constituencies gave them mandate to represent them in the National Assembly. They have no business morally and legally staying in the House of Representatives, Justice Ademola said and added that they, “are not competent to sponsor, contribute or vote on any motion calling for the removal or change in the leadership of the House of Representatives or the removal of any of the Principal Officers of the 1st defendant”. In addition, Justice Ademola gave an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defected lawmakers from participating in any plan to change leadership of the House of Representatives. Agitations and reactions trailed Justice Ademola’s judgement, APC has ap-

pealed against the judgement, saying, the judge erred in law. The House of Representatives, its Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal and Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, in a notice of appeal filed on their behalf by their lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), faulted Justice Ademola’s reasoning and urged the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment. The appellants raised seven grounds of appeal, with a promise to add more, saying the judgment is “perverse and not supported by the reliefs sought by the plaintiff. The judge erred in law when he granted reliefs not sought by the plaintiff” and contended that the judgment is against the weight of evidence. Contd on Page 9

The appellants raised seven grounds of appeal, with a promise to add more, saying the judgment is “perverse and not supported by the reliefs sought by the plaintiff. The judge erred in law when he granted reliefs not sought by the plaintiff” and contended that the judgment is against the weight of evidence.


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The appellant held that Justice Ademola erred, when he granted the reliefs sought by the plaintiff and went further to hold that the 1st to 39th respondents ought to have resigned their seats as members of the 1st appellant and when he held that the reliefs souight by the PDP were justiciable and proceeded to grant them without considering the provision of Section 30 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act Cap L12 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. The section provides that, “neither the President nor the Speaker as the case may be, of a legislative house shall be subjected to the jurisdiction of any court in respect of the exercise of any power conferred on or vested in him by or under this Act or the standing orders of the Constitution.” The appellants argued that the judge wrongly assumed jurisdiction over the suit, which was predicated on the internal affairs of the House of Reps, which is protected under Section 60 of the Constitution, arguing that the reliefs

sought by the PDP were not justiciable, yet the judge proceeded to grant the reliefs. The plaintiffs contended that the PDP lacked the locus standi to institute the case because it was not predicated on any recognised legal interest; the reliefs sought were not supported by any legal evidence and that the judge failed to reckon with the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Fawehinmi vs Akilu (1987) 12 SC 136, Amaechi vs INEC (2008)1 LRECN 1. The appellants faulted the judge for holding that the suit was rightly commenced with originating summons, without regard to the provision of Order 3 Rule 6 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2009, arguing also that that Justice Ademola was wrong to have held that the claims of the PDP do not amount to an abuse of court process when there are similar cases, involving the same parties, still pending before the court. Meanwhile, the APC lawmakers moved fast to correct what they considered, the wrong interpretation of the judgement of Justice Ademola as the party caucus in the House of Representatives said,

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the court did not ask the 37 lawmakers to vacate their seats and that the judgment was that, the 37 members could not participate in the removal of principal officers.”Other pronouncements by the judge as to the status of our 37 members were mere opinion,” the caucus said. The lawmakers told newsmen that the ruling had confirmed their worst fears and accused their colleagues in the PDP of being, “in collusion with a certain judge to turn facts and law on its head to achieve sinister ends”. Minority Whip Samson Osagie, who read a statement titled: “Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s judgment on 37 APC Representatives: at last our fears have been confirmed”, on behalf of the caucus, said: “The judgment has turned law on its head and cannot stand.” The caucus accused the judge of “veering off the course of the case before him to do the bidding of the ruling party.” “At

a time when this government is unable to explain to Nigerians the whereabouts of huge missing funds; at a time when profligacy among ministers has reached its crescendo; at a time when scores have been sent to their graves under a scheme purported to be a recruitment sham; at a time when government assets in the power sector have been sold out with Nigerians experiencing more darkness than light; at a time when insecurity and insurgency have almost defied government emergency rule and at a time when mis-governance has taken a centre stage, while Nigerians are wallowing in penury, the PDP government has continued to run the country like the private fiefdom of those holding the reins of power. “Nigerians, we know, cannot succumb to the shenanigans of the ruling party that has plundered this nation for 15 years. “The House of Representatives remains the bastion of hope of the traumatised and pauperised Nigerians and we shall not give in to the attempt of some of our PDP colleagues in collusion with a certain judge to turn facts and law on its head to achieve sinister ends. “Finally, for the avoidance

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of doubt, let me state on behalf our members that the import of the ruling was that our 37 members cannot participate in the removal of principal officers of the House; nothing more, nothing less. “Every other pronouncements by the judge as to the status of our 37 members of the House were mere opinion, In any event, this judgment was given in vain and in ignorance of the House rules, which govern the appointment of party leaders in the parliament. It is also an attempt by the court to meddle in the internal affairs of the parliament”, the statement explained. Andrew Uchendu (APC Rivers), who led the former new PDP members into APC, said they had no regrets joining the APC, adding that their decision was final and irrevocable, even as another member, Asita Honourable (APC Rivers), said the judge had no moral standing to speak on the moral status of members who had defected. Justice Ademola’s judgement, no doubt brought apprehension in some quarters, but Nigerians await the outcome of the appeal, even as many said, the matter will go as far as to the Supreme Court.

Justice Ademola’s judgement, no doubt brought apprehension in some quarters, but Nigerians await the outcome of the appeal, even as many said, the matter will go as far as to the Supreme Court.


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Military to probe Amnesty’s allegation of human right abuse

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos (5th-l); the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke OrelopeAdefulire(3rd-l); commissioner for housing, Mr Bosun Jeje (1st left); Commissioner for finance, Mr Ayo Gbeleyi (2nd left) and winners of 2nd batch of Lagos home ownership mortgage scheme at the mortgage draw, yesterday in lagos. photo: NAN

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he Defence Headquarters yesterday said it would investigate the Amnesty International’s allegation of human right abuses by security operatives in the ongoing operations in the North-East. This was contained in a statement issued by Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, in Abuja. ``The report titled: ``Nigeria: More than 1,500 killed in Armed Conflict in North-Eastern Nigeria in early 2014”, contain allegations of human right abuses in the north eastern part of Nigeria. ``Notwithstanding the fact that the report is not consistent with the actual situation on ground, security authorities will ensure that the allegations as it affects government forces are duly investigated. ``This will be with a view to taking necessary action to address any case of human right breach on the part of troops,’’ Olukolade said. The report, he said, was a new dimension to the fact that the operation in the North-East was necessitated by need to address the human rights abuses perpetrated by terrorists. He said that in spite of the peculiar asymmetric nature of the security challenge, measures were being taken by troops to comply with tenets of human rights and rules of engagement. Olukolade said apart from inculcating the necessity for observance of human rights in troops, regular programmes had been conducted to review human rights situation related to the conduct of the operations ``It is in this respect that most of those apprehended in the counterterrorist operations are kept in custody. ``These detention facilities have been visited by non-governmental organisations, including International Committee of the Red Cross and others to verify the conditions of detainees. ``This is even in the face of destruction of relevant amenities by the terrorists who have burnt down prisons, courts and government facilities in that part of the country in the course of their ceaseless attacks,’’ he said. Olukolade said the allegation contained in the report, attributing gross abuses of human rights of Nigerians to both the terrorists and the security forces was confounded. ``Nigerians are once again assured that in carrying out the mandate of ridding the country of terrorism, necessary efforts will be made to respect the fundamental rights of all citizens,’’ he said. (NAN)

Think positively, NCPC boss urges Nigerians By Evelyn Okakwu

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igerians have been advised to think positively about the economy of the country, rather than hope for the slightest excuse of leaving the country for greener pastures abroad. The advice was given by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian

Pilgrims Commission, (NCPC) John Kennedy Opara while addressing the last batch of pilgrims to embark on the Easter Pilgrimage. Mr Opara told the set of Pilgrims from Niger State that Nigeria would become better economically; adding that whatever they could achieve in any other country could also be achieved within the Nigerian.

“You can make it here. If you feel challenged about our dear country, take to God in prayer. God will not fail us, Nigeria shall remain one.” John Kennedy Opara who stated that the Pilgrims who embarked upon the Easter Pilgrimage ware 3000 in Number added that the pilgrimage is expected to end on the 12th of Aprill with the return

of the last batch of Pilgrims. Speaking also at the event, the leader of the Niger State Delegate, Venerable Chibuogwu Joseph who is also the Zonal Cordinator, North Central, NCPC noted the North central Zone had a good participation in the Easter pilgrimage, with four states of the Zone recording over a thousand in the total number of pilgrims this Easter.

refused to appear before the Council which was investigating allegations of financial recklessness against the CBN boss. In a letter to the Executive Secretary of FRCN, Jim Obazee, to explain why his client would not honour the Council’s invitation, Mr. Awodehin, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the invitation was not only in bad faith, but planned to embarrass and denigrate his client. President Goodluck Jonathan had suspended Mr. Sanusi from office on February 21, 2014 following the recommendation by the Council, which accused the CBN under his leadership, of financial recklessness. The recommendations followed the Council’s review of Mr. Sanusi’s response to its report on the audited financial statement of the CBN for the year ended

December 2012 and other related issues, which it described as unsatisfactory. Following the receipt of the Council’s invitation on March 14, 2014, Mr. Sanusi said he responded two days later seeking clarification on the specific activities of the CBN the FRCN was investigating. He said since no response was impending from the Council, he did not see any need to honour the invitation, noting that he was surprised to see advertorials in newspapers and other media publicizing the invitation. Mr. Sanusi said he was not afraid of any objective investigation by an appropriate and impartial authority into either the activities of the CBN during his tenure, or his activities as a citizen. He said he was, however, constrained to decline the FRC’s invitation for some compelling reasons such as bias, breach

of the rules of natural justice, absence of statutory powers, violation of the rule of law, and the Council’s attempt to carry out an investigation considered prejudicial to good public administration and the special position of the CBN. It was on that same day that Mr. Sanusi filed the suit that Justice Tsoho heard on Friday. According to legal papers filed, Mr. Sanusi’s lawyers told the court that by virtue of the provisions of Sections 7, 8, and 62 of the FRCN Act 2011, the Council lacked the statutory powers to investigate him and the CBN. The council, after receiving Mr. Sanusi’s court papers last Thursday halted investigations of the bank chief but said it would continue with the CBN. Friday’s court order, however, asked the FRCN to halt the investigation of both parties. The case was adjourned to April 11.

Again, Sanusi wins court battle By Ocheiga Enoch Oloche

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ustice Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Lagos has barred the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) from scrutinising the suspended Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Central Bank, CBN, pending the determination of the suit. Justice J.T. Tsoho gave the order yesterday, in a suit filed by Mr. Sanusi through his counsel, Kola Awodehin. Friday’s order comes 24 hours after a separate court ruled that Mr. Sanusi was illegally detained and his passport illegitimately seized by the Department of State Security Service (SSS), after his suspension. The court ordered the payment of N50 million damages to Mr. Sanusi. Mr. Sanusi had on March 27

Again, man found dead atop woman in Benin hotel By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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furniture maker who found himself at the pinnacle of luxury on top of a mistress, has died in a brothel. 44-year-old father of three identified as Julius Iyenakpe was said to have checked into Edesogie Brothel located at No. 2, Obanor Street, off Dumez Road in Benin City three days ago.

A septuagenarian identified Mr David reportedly dropped dead atop 53-year-old mistress in another brothel in the State Capital eight days ago. The deceased, according to family source, left home without breakfast prepared by his legitimate wife on the ill-fated day to the brothel after booing her for one hour. It was learnt that at expiration of the period the deceased paid for, a

Staff of the brothel went to knock at his door without response before the management of the hostel called the police. The policemen attached to Ugbekun police Division, IkpobaOkha local government area of Edo State, forced the door open and removed his stone-dead body. Edo State police commissioner, Mr Foluso Adebanjo confirmed the death of the father of three who

hailed from Agenebode, Etsako East local government area of Edo state. A packet of sex-enhancement tablet, Viagra, cellphone, a Toyota pathfinder Sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a cheque of N20 million allegedly issued by one of the palm oil company in the state were recovered from late Iyenakpe who parked into his new house in December last year. Mrs. Iyenakpe told our correspondent that she called her

husband’s phone but a female police woman answered it and enquired if she was the wife. She admitted that the police woman told her to report to the police station and that her husband was involved in auto crash. Continuing Mrs Iyenakpe confirmed that she fought her husband at an hotel when she learned that he was there with another woman in January this year.


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Confab: CACOL flays delegates over complaint on feeding From Ayodele Samuel,Lagos

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he Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has censured some delegates at the ongoing National Conference for complaining about the feeding arrangement made by the leadership of the conference. This came on the heels of the heated argument that ensued over the lunch being served by the conference secretariat. While some of the delegates expressed disappointment about the poor quality of food, others said they wanted the food to be monetised to enable them to source for food outside the conference

venue. Reacting to the incident, the Executive Chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Debo Adeniran, who condemned the gluttonous disposition of the delegates, stated that many of them have forgotten the reason for the conference. He said, “It’s high time some of the delegates realized that the Conference is meant to discuss critical issues about Nigeria and chart a new course for the country and not just to deliberate on inconsequential things. The rejection of food by some of them is a pointer to the selfishness of our so-called leaders. That is another way to show clearly that many are

at the conference for the material gains. Just some weeks into the conference, many of them have forgotten why they are there only to cry wolves for selfish reasons. The other time, it was some of them demanding allowances for their aides. The vacant seats we see on television and the pattern of debate show many absentee participants and people who are just there to sleep away their time. Only a few appear on television interviews, many don’t even make contributions, but became active when the debate is on personal gains. If they felt that the food they were given was not good enough,

they should have offered to procure food for themselves from their conference allowances rather than demanding they monetise it. They should have it at the back of their mind that part of what they are to do at the confab is to reduce the cost of governance and profligacy in government, hence, they shouldn’t be seen to be partaking in such profligacy. They should also realize that they will give account of whatever they are given at the conference to the community that sent them. They should therefore endeavor to come back with a neat balance sheet of their receipts and expenditures of the conference allowances.”

Zamfara School of Nursing meets accreditation requirements From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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amfara state government yesterday announced that the state school of nursing and midwifery in Gusau, the state capital, have met all the requirement for its accreditation by the National Council for Nursing and Midwifery. Governor Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar who announced the development while receiving a 5-man accreditation committee from the council at Government House,Gusau, said he visited the school seven times in order to ensure that the school met necessary needs for full accreditation. Yari however explained that, his administration had constructed a 300 capacity auditorium, new students hostel, classrooms, digital library with internet facility, 200 KVA standby generator, landscaping and other instructional materials. Earlier, the leader of the accreditation team, Dr Sale M Garba, expressed his team’s satisfaction with the structural and instructional materials provided by the state government about two years after the last visit of the accreditation team in 2012. Dr Garba however called on the state government to provide additional staff accommodation, students hostel and classrooms, official vehicle of the school executive director and a long bus for students activities. Peoples Daily Weekend learnt that the school’s temporary accreditation was suspended by the council and therefore banned from admitting students in January 2013 following the inability of the government to provide some basic needs in the institution

L-R: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of State for Agriculture, Hajiya Asabe Ahmed and the National President, Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA). Pastor Segun Adewumi, at the Commissioning of NCGA National office, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

NDLEA arrests 45 drug suspects, seizes 20kg of cannabis

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he National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Gombe said it arrested 45 drug suspects and seized 20kg of cannabis between January and March 2014. The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Aliyu Adole, who said this in Gombe yesterday, said two kilogrammes of psychotropic substances were also seized during

the same period. ``Within the three months, we have arrested 45 male suspects unlike last year when we arrested 31 male and two female suspects from October to December,’’ he said. Adole said that the agency secured 26 convictions, while 15 suspects were awaiting trial. He said the agency had been

educating pupils in schools and people on the streets in conjunction with youth corps members on dangers of hard drugs. Adole called on the communities to disclose such information that would help to reduce the circulation of hard drugs in the state, and assured that their identities would not be disclosed. (NAN)

Suspected killer of magistrate remanded in prison

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n Abeokuta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Isabo yesterday ordered that a 21-year-old steward, David Idah, be remanded in prison for allegedly killing his employer. The Prosecutor, Insp Banji Sangotokun, told the court that Idah killed Mrs Olufunmilayo Timeyin, a 65-year -old magistrate, using a matchet. He stated that the offence was committed on March 28 at about

3 p.m. at block 11, Flat 6 at Laderin Housing Estate, Abeokuta. Sangotokun said the offence was contrary to section 316 and punishable under section 319 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2008. Chief Magistrate Anthony Araba ordered that Idah be remanded pending the receipt of legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution. The News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) recalls that Idah was arrested by the police on March 28 after he had allegedly killed Timeyin. Idah, who was said to have been sacked by Timeyin over theft of her jewelry, reportedly returned on March 28 and killed his boss after scaling the fence of the building. He was apprehended by residents and later handed over to the police. [NAN]

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Ibusa youths decry Ajudua’s fate From Matthew Irinoye, Lagos

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socio-cultural group, Ibusa Youths for Progress has condemned in strong terms the travail of their son and benefactor, Fred Ajudua, who has since 2003 being standing trial over alleged fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ifeanyi Okeleke, the group reacted to a recent ruling of the court which denied Ajudua bail despite his health predicament by condemning EFCC for its double standard and misleading Nigerians to believe that the likes of Ajudua bring shame to the country. According to the group, if the likes of former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, who is standing trial over embezzlment of public fund is presently walking freely and even won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for reelection, why should Ajudua, who has never held any public office be an exception. IYP also questioned why Joshua Dariye and Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who were governors of Plateau and Bayelsa states wanted for various offences of fraud outside Nigeria, still enjoy government patronage The group said it was a shame for the commission to use their son as scapegoat and wondered why the court has been so harsh on Ajudua despite the fact that he is willing to face trial. According to the statement, while Ajudua was said to have jumped bail, he was busy taking care of his kidneys which is almost failing completely. The group urged the court not to turn deaf ears to the plight of a very sick man by refusing to listen to the objections of the EFCC. They want the court to in the interest of justice and fairing consider Ajudua’s health. “It would be a shame to the Judiciary and right thinking Nigerians if Ajudua dies in custody”, the group stated.


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Students of Government Commercial Secondary school (GCSS) Dutse, Jigawa, vacates to mark the end of their second term . yesterday in Jigawa. photo: NAN

L-R: Director-general Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu; President Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Dr Ifeanyi Okoye; Managing directorJuhel Pharmaceuticals, Mrs Ukamaka Okoye and directorgeneral ECCIMA, Mr Emeka Okereke during SON’s Special day, yesterday at the ongoing 25th Enugu International Trade Fair . photo : NAN

Minister of Power,Prof. Chinedu Nebo welcoming,senior vice president, Supply and Marketing,Africa and Middle-East of Total, Paris, France, Mr. Alain Champeau on the company’s working visit to Ministry of Power, recetly in Abuja. photo: justin imo-owo

L-R: Bauchi state head of civil service, Mr Abdon Gin; gov.Isa Yuguda of Bauchi and Chief of Staff to the government house, Alhaji Abdulkadir Ibrahim, during the governor’s visit to Abubakar Umar secretariat, yesterday in Bauchi . photo: NAN

participants at a workshop organised for the Fulani youth against drug abuse by the office of Special Assistant on Youth to Gov. Sule Lamido, yesterday in Dutse. photo: NAN


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Kaduna to rehabilitate 167 primary, JSS schools for N3bn From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Kaduna State Government is to spend over N3billion on rehabilitation of 167 Primary and Junior Secondary Schools across the 23 local government areas of the state. Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Ishaya Dary Akau disclosed this when he led the media on inspection tour of the rehabilitation projects in Kaduna, Zaria and Ikara Local Government. He said, the projects included rehabilitation of complete blocks of classrooms and some cases, construction of laboratories

and examination halls. The SUBEB Chairman disclosed that the project, an 2012/2013 intervention by Universal Basic Education, was a joint project of Federal and State Government. Explaining the nature of the programme, Akau said, gone were the days when the board would just single out a block of two classrooms for construction or renovation in a school, adding that, the project was total rehabilitation of the selected schools on one hand and construction of additional classrooms on the other. He added that, out of the 167 selected schools, 28 are to get laboratories, while 27 others are to benefit from examination halls.

Katsina gets 4, 439 hajj seats for 2014

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he executive secretary of Katsina state pilgrims welfare board, Alhaji Ahmad Hassan has disclosed that 4, 439 hajj seats were allocated to the state for 2014 Hajj. Hassan made the disclosure yesterday while briefing newsmen on the preparations so far made for the conduct of a hitch free exercise in the state. He added that the state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema has approved the collection of N600,000 as deposits from the prospective pilgrims.

According to him, the deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Abdullahi Garba Faskari has inaugurated local government committees for the allocation of the seats. He therefore disclosed that the prospective pilgrims were given 11 days from April 4 to purchase bank drafts and register with genuine officials at the local levels. Hassan urged prospective pilgrims to acquire e-Passports and other relevant registration documents, stating that female pilgrims must register with their Muharrams[approved relations].

L-R: : Group head, retail banking, First Bank plc, Mr Jide Adeola; managing director, Fagline, mr Yemi Gbadamosi; CBN deputy governor, mr adebayo adelabu; chief financial officer, fbn holding, Mr Wale Ariyibi and regional head(Africa), Standard Chartered Bank, Mr Korede Ademowo, at a dinner in honour of CBN deputy governor on Thursday in Lagos.

FCT to gulp over N271bn in 2014 By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, will spend N271,125,103,635 in the 2014, as the Senate yesterday passed for second reading, the 2014 budget of the the FCTA. This was just as the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, also condemned the architectural and engineering designs of the Abuja roads, which he said, has left the drainage channels along the city’s express and ring roads open. On the 2014 budget of the FCT, the Senate Deputy Leader, Abdul Ningi, who read the Act, said out of the amount above, N49,200,944,858 is for personnel cost, while N62,891,521,857 is for overhead cost. Ningi also said the balance of N159,032,636,920 is for capital projects for the financial year ending on December 31, 2014. While debating the budget, the lawmakers described Abuja as Nigeria’s model city, saying that whatever that should be done to develop the city to world class would

be approved by the Senate. However, the senators regretted that critical basic amenities like pipe borne water, electricity, functional health system, good road network and housing are still lacking in the city. They therefore called on the authorities of FCT to put measures in place to facelift the city through environmental protection, and entrenchment of the Abuja master plan. In his remarks after the debate, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, recalled that there were committed efforts in 2003 to restore the master plan of Abuja. He said the exercise which recorded tremendous success by demolishing illegal structures had sanitised the city, calling on the current FCT authorities and the Senate FCT committee to work together to ensure sustainability of the master plan. “This is very important because Abuja is not just a city for Nigeria. Every person in Africa considers Abuja as an African city which they

are all proud of “, Ekweremadu said. Lamenting some defaults in the FCT road design, the Deputy Senate President said, “in all these, it seems to me to be a deviation on our own part, in some aspects. And I am worried about the open drain on the major roads leading to Abuja and the ring roads. “I am not an architect or engineer but I am sure many of you will understand what I am saying. I don’t believe that is a modern design to have those open drainage. And once it rains you find that vehicles end up in those drains. Please we need to do something about that because that is very embarrassing in the twenty first century for us to have that kind of design”, he added. Speaking on the unregulated private estates creeping up in Abuja, Ekweremadu urged the FCDA to provide facilities and infrastructure within the estates. “So, it is not in our interest that you come to an estate, they don’t have roads, they don’t have electricity and they don’t have water. That is completely unacceptable”, he added.

NEMA sets up camps for Benue’s displaced persons By Ocheigia Enoch Oloche with Agency Report

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he National Emergency Management Agency, on Thursday, said it had established 11 camps for the 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons from eight crisis-ridden local governments in Benue State. The NEMA Coordinator for North-Central, Mr Mohammed Abdulsalam, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos. He said: “Each camp has a minimum of 8,500 IDPs.“The camps are just too populated and

we are thinking of establishing more because more people are trooping into Makurdi from even the areas that have not been attacked. “People trek tens of kilometres in rural areas with children and loads on their heads to nowhere in particular because of the fear of the unknown. “The people said that the attackers pounce on them without any notice, so, it is better for them to relocate to Makurdi.” Abdulsalam said facilities at the camps had been over-stretched, but explained that NEMA was building additional toilets and bathrooms to improve on the

sanitary conditions at the camps. He also said that: “We are also providing more overhead tankers to ensure plenty drinking water and abate health hazards, especially epidemics like cholera.” The NEMA official said the headquarters had already released additional ambulances that were fully-equipped with facilities and drugs to cater for the health needs of the IDPs. He noted that many women had put to bed at the camps. “What we have done is to put the women on a special diet to enable them to take good care of the babies; we have also established a

special place for them to minimize distractions from others in case they need some rest,” he said. The coordinator said NEMA had also provided mosquito nets to ward off mosquito bites that may lead to malaria, stressing that the IDPs had been advised to keep the windows of the classes open while asleep to guard against cerebrospinal meningitis. On feeding, he said that the kitchen was being re-stocked with more foodstuffs, while thousands of mattresses had been obtained. The official said NEMA had also purchased wrappers, children’s wears and brocades for the IDPs,

and regretted that many survived with just the clothes they had on their backs. On security in the camps, he said NEMA had engaged retired servicemen and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel to secure the camps. He thanked religious organizations, NonGovernmental Organizations, as well as concerned individuals for their support. “Besides, some men have more than one wife, so if you share the food through men, you may not be fair to those that have large families,” he said.


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Crime Cycle

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3 dismissed policemen facing trial for possession of firearms, bribery

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hree dismissed police men have appeared at the Federal High Court, Jos, on charges of illegal possession of firearms and accepting N105, 000 bribe from an arms dealer. The accused, Ishaya Ibrahim, 34; Torsham Ishem, 32 and James Isah, 36, were jointly charged with conspiracy,

Timber dealer to spend 3 years in jail for cheating

illegal possession of firearms and unlawful dealings with firearms, contrary to the constitution. Also charged along with them was a suspected arms dealer, one Selzing Chenwan, 23, intercepted by the policemen with some firearms but bribed them with the amount to go free. According to the charge, the offence occurred on Sept. 23, 2012 when the policemen intercepted an Opel Vectra

carrying several AK-47 riffles allegedly belonging to Chenwan, the forth accused. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Chenwan was said to have negotiated with the trio to collect one AK-47 each and N105,000 bribe to set him free. It was, however, alleged that on getting free, Chenwan immediately hid the riffles and reported to the Special Task Force (STF) that he had been dispossessed of N105,000 by

some policemen at a check point. He led the STF men to the check point where the policemen were arrested with three AK-47 rifles and the cash. Following their arrest, they were subsequently detained, subjected to an orderly room trial, found guilty and dismissed from the force in November 2012. However, the matter could not be heard following the absence of the STF personnel who led the arrest of the policemen at

Court remands houseboy for inability to meet bail conditions

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timber dealer, Felix Sunday, is to spend three years in prison for criminal breach of trust and cheating, after a Grade 1 Area Court in Aso Pada, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, sentenced him accordingly. The presiding judge, Albert Maga, gave the judgment and ordered the convict to pay N670,000 as compensation to the plaintiff one Mr. Benedit Oyika. Maga, however, gave option of N10,000 fine to the convict. Earlier, the plaintiff in his testimony, told the court that one of his friends introduced the convict to him as a timber dealer. “We negotiated and he said he will supply me a trailer load of timber at the rate of N670,000. “He said I should give him advance of N270,000 and that after the supply I would give the balance of N400,000, but later he called me and said that the N270,000 will not do rather I should pay the N400,000 which I did,” he said. Oyika also alleged that after the payment of the N400,000, the convict escaped to an unknown destination. ``I was able to trace him to where he was staying in Wamba, but he told me that there were crisis in Gudi, and many trailers were not working. ``I made him to sign an agreement with me that he will abide by the deal but he refused to call his witness, rather he said that his signature alone was enough. ``He also said that I should go to hell if I am not okay with only his signature on the agreement,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oyika had on February 28 instituted a direct criminal suit against the convict. On the day, he alleged that the convict collected N670,000 to supply a trailer load of timber to him but absconded with the money.

the checkpoint. The State Counsel, Mrs Keturah Saliyuk, had earlier called a witness, Insp. Benjamin Okpara, who identified the dismissed policemen and the three riffles. Justice Ambrose Allagoa adjourned further proceedings until May 6 for continuation of hearing, following an application by the counsel for an extension of time to produce more witnesses. The application was not opposed by Mr Ahonsi Columbus, counsel to the policemen, and Mr Damon Dashe, representing the arms dealer.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar.

Driver in trouble overdangerous driving, manslaughter

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driver, Danjuma Musa, has appeared in an Abuja Chief Magistrates’ court, in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for alleged dangerous driving. The prosecutor, Insp. Bitrus Audu, told the court that on March. 29, the accused drove a Tata bus with registration No. KTU 558SH dangerously on the Karmo road without due

care about other road users. He said that Musa, 31, a resident of Dei-dei village, Abuja, rammed into a Nissan Almari car that was driven by Mr Ifeanyi Nwankwo, thereby damaging Nwankwo’s vehicle. Audu said in the process, Nwankwo sustained serious injuries and died on the spot. He said that dangerous driving contravened the Road Traffic

Act but the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chief Magistrate Fati Tafida granted the accused bail for N1 million with one surety. Tafida ordered that the surety must be a civil servant of Grade Level 15 and above. She adjourned the case until April 28 for hearing proper.

n Abuja Grade 1 Area court, in Kado, Abuja, has ordered that a houseboy, Ewugu John, be remanded in prison custody following his inability to meet his bail conditions. John, who resides at S.O. Williams Crescent, Utako, is arraigned on one count of theft. The presiding judge, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq, gave the order after the accused failed to meet the N20,000 bail bond set by the court. Sadiq had also ordered the accused to produce one surety and that the surety must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction. He adjourned the case until May 6 for beginning of trial. Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Simon Ibrahim, told the court that one Adesina Adewale lodged a report against the accused at the Utako Police Station on March 26. Ibrahim said the accused was entrusted with the complainant’s house key and he alleged stole three microwaves valued at N165,000. He said that the offence contravened section 287 and punishable under section 289 of the Penal Code. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), if convicted, the houseboy is liable to seven years in prison or with fine.

Housekeeper charged with stabbing employer

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21-year old housekeeper, Monday Ikpate, who allegedly assaulted stabbed his employer with a knife, has appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ court, Lagos. Ikpate, who is from Ukele Ugbenga, Cross Rivers, is facing a two-count charge of assault and stealing. The prosecutor, ASP Samson Ekikere, said the accused assaulted his employer, Mrs Kunbi

Olajumoke, at her residence at No. 1, Folarin Olajumoke Close, Ojodu, Lagos. ``The accused stabbed her hand with a knife and in the process, injured her fingers.’’ He also alleged that the accused stole a Blackberry phone valued at N57, 000, a Nokia handset worth N20, 000 and N70, 000 cash belonging to the complainant, Olajumoke. ``The accused claimed that

Olajumoke had been maltreating him since he started working for her. ``He locked up Olajumoke in the store after assaulting her before escaping with her valuables.’’ According to Ekikere, the offences were committed at 8.00 p.m. on March 18 at the complainant’s residence. Ekikere said the offences contravened Sections 172 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State,

2011. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sections 172 and 285 prescribe three years imprisonment each for offenders. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty. The Magistrate, Mrs. Abimbola Oshodi-Makanju, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum. The case was adjourned to April 14 for mention.


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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Umar Mohammed Puma

t the height of the defection crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which culminated in the ousting of former chairman of the party, Bamangar Tukur, the lawmakers elected on the platform offered conditions to be met by the new party’s leadership if they were to remain in the party. This was as five out of the seven aggrieved governors, including Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Aliyu Wamako of Sokoto, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Abdul Fatah Ahmed of Kwara, left the party due to irreconcilable grievances. Then, pressures mounted especially on the lawmakers who are from those five PDP states where the governors had earlier defected to All Progressives Congress (APC), to dump the ruling party for the opposition APC. Doubtful of what their political fate would be in their respective states, these PDP senators and Reps, consistently demanded that the leadership of the party should guarantee them automatic ticket in 2015 so as to protect them from their respective governors. According to them, this would be so, since the new party leadership under Adamu Mu’azu, had pleaded with them to remain in the party, assuring them that the crisis in the party would be over in a short while. Though the Senate, which held its own meeting with Mu’Azu behind closed doors, was diplomatic in making the request, the House of Representatives was blunt and direct, even as their own meeting was held openly. In the lower chamber, it was the House Majority Leader, Mulikat AkandeAdeola, who raised the issue first at a meeting between the PDP Chairman, who was accompanied by members of the PDP Governors Forum and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party. At the parley attended by the Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and other principal officers of the House, Akande said, “members of this Honorable caucus would want to be reassured on the party’s promise of automatic tickets in the forthcoming elections, their welfare and opportunity to nominate membership of various committees from their respective constituencies whenever the need arises.” Acknowledging that the PDP had gone through trying periods at the time, she described the parley, which was the first time in the history of the National Assembly, as a welcome development. She urged the Executive to keep their promises to members of the National Assembly; adding that the parley would serve as a beginning of the process for continuous dialogue on issues affecting the party and the members. Meanwhile, the Mu’Azu’s visit to these PDP lawmakers, who had refused to defect at National Assembly and the attendant

PDP National Chairman, Alh. Ahmed Mu’azu demand for automatic ticket, came as a result of the threats and pressures from their respective governors to politically abandon them if they failed to join the defection arrangement. owever, experts believe that automatic ticket is counterproductive in a democratic setting. This is essentially because the practise tends to remove supremacy from the people and places same on the few who wangled their way to obtain the automatic ticket. According to observers, this trend if adopted by the ruling party, would definitely spiral into bad governance and corruption,

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especially given that those elected through this arrangement are not only unqualified, but also lack regards for the voters. Generally among political analysts, this present crop of lawmakers have performed dismally, hence they are afraid they may not get re-election in 2015. Accordingly, this explains why they are striving to get re-election through back door, such to make up for their inadequacies and ineffectiveness. igerians believe that the seventh National Assembly is only concerned about sharing the money that belongs to Nigerians, irrespective of

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In the lower chamber, it was the House Majority Leader, Mulikat AkandeAdeola, who raised the issue first at a meeting between the PDP Chairman, who was accompanied by members of the PDP Governors Forum and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party.

the abject poverty and sufferings that are starring their representatives in the face. This orientation among the lawmakers is believed to have constituted a big log in their eyes, which has ultimately prevented them from making relevant and effective laws to lift their constituents and Nigerians generally from poverty. According to the National Secretary of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Willy Ezeugwu, the demand for automatic ticket by the lawmakers is as criminal as it is irresponsible. He said the demand indicates that they are already afraid to meet their party and constituent, even as he emphasized that the lawmakers have not performed well merit automatic ticket. ccording to Willy Ezeugwu, if the party allows automatic tickets for those who have failed Nigerians, it implies that Nigeria’s democracy is in danger. In addition, when the Interim National Publicity Secretary of Al, Progressives Congress (AP), Lai Mohammed, was contacted, he said it is the circumstance that determines if the practice is right or wrong. He said it is the internal affair of the PDP to either give automatic ticket or not to its members, adding that APC has no role to

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Automatic ticket: The plot, the fears, the conspiracies Contd from Page 4 play in it. He cited the case of 207, when the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) lawmakers were rewarded with automatic ticket by the party leadership because they rejected N100 billion bribe from ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo then to support third term ambition. n the contrary, the lawmakers concerned have explained that given the enormous powers bestowed on the governors by the political system in Nigeria, it is only an automatic ticket that would encourage them to do their bidding other than those dictated by the governors. Therefore, in the face of the defection to APC by the governors, one can understand why it is only automatic ticket that can discourage a lawmaker from following his or her governor. A careful examination of Nigeria’s political experience reveals that it is mostly at the primary elections that governors usually have their ways to influence who emerges as party’s candidate through delegate manipulation. To this end, if a lawmaker is assured of automatic ticket when he or she defects to the APC, what prevents such lawmaker from defecting if he or she is not sure to get the re-election ticket in the PDP? Therefore, to these lawmakers, with automatic ticket, the first huddle to re-election is passed, remaining the last challenge, which is field election. In Enugu state for instance, due to this enormous powers at state levels for the governors, the state governor, Sullivan Chime, recently threatened the senators from the state that none of them would return to the Senate. Similarly, ahead of 2015 general elections, the five defected governors have already drawn a battle line with those senators and House of Representatives member from their states who refused to join the defection. The game plan by the governors is to ensure that none of the lawmakers is returned to National Assembly. However, with the automatic, the lawmakers would not be concerned about if their party would re-nominate them. Given the above scenario,

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especially as the sacrifice to stay in the PDP was made in the interest of the party, some observers agree that it is right and appropriate to pay back to such lawmakers with automatic ticket. When the Senate Spokesperson, Enyinnaya Abaribe was contacted to comment the issue, he feigned ignorant of the demand for automatic ticket in the Senate. According to a senator, who did not want to be mentioned, he said the governors have turned to bullies to other political officers from their respective states. Based on this, he said the lawmakers have resorted to automatic ticket as a safe haven in the political environment in their states. Speaking further, he pointed out the disadvantaged position of the lawmakers in the political arrangement of the country, saying the powers of the governors are to enormous for lawmakers to match up to, hence they cannot challenge them on any issues of national interest. Also, when the senator representing Jigawa South West, was contacted to speak on the issue, he said “an automatic ticket in a party can only be legal and justifiable, if the party’s constitution or other laws, agreement or rules and regulations provides for it”. He said anything contrary would be illegal and unconstitutional. In the House of Representatives, one of the members contacted by our correspondent, who pleaded anonymous, said “the reason is simple. Most of the lawmakers were more afraid of primary elections that the general election, because most of the lawmakers are not in good terms with their state governors and as you know, these governors are the ones that determines who wins primary elections in their states”. he added, “majority of the lawmakers have not performed well in their constituency, and as such, they were looking for an easy way to come back, and they believed the only is to get the automatic tickets of their party”. She added that it is now a common belief among politicians that when they scale through primaries, they are assured of winning the general election. “That is why they are asking

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for the automatic tickets. In some region of this country, you don’t need to bother yourself with the voting delegates, all you care about is how to please your political godfather, who in return nominates you as candidate against all odds”, she said. Another lawmaker who also does not want his name mentioned, said there is no such concessions, explaining that those who have performed and are still popular should have nothing to fear. “There are many lawmakers today that cannot visit their constituencies for fear that they could be attacked by their constituents. “Such people have abandoned their people and had offered nothing to better their lots. You cannot impose such people on the electorate because that will endanger our chances’, he said. He expressed surprise at the demand, saying “I’m very sure of myself, I have no fears whatsoever, the PDP tickets would only be given to members that had been consistent and effective in representation”. However, since the demand was made, some political analysts have been expressing fears over why the lawmakers are determined about the automatic ticket and the rational behind the demand. n the meantime, the automatic ticket is believed to be an aberration in genuine democracy, especially given the negative implications attendant to it. Political leaders and Nigerians at large should watch out against this new grand design by selfish politicians, which is capable of truncating Nigeria’s emerging democracy.

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However, experts believe that automatic ticket is counter-productive in a democratic setting. This is essentially because the practise tends to remove supremacy from the people and places same on the few who wangled their way to obtain the automatic ticket.


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With the National Conference now in the heat, attention was turned to the National Judicial Institute (NJI) and The Gallery could not be served last week. Now, we are here with gist from both ends. Enjoy your the gavel.

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t’s our constitution after all and a dynamic document at that. But what’s so dynamic about a document that can’t be amended unless the president says so? That was the argument. And Senator Kabiru Marafa added a persuasive line that relying on the say so of the president to initiate the processes of amendment of or a new constitution was an attempt to usurp the powers of the legislature. It should have swelled support effortlessly, but it seems it swayed senators farther off the mark. “We must not dilute the functions of the executive nor that of the legislature. I can concede that any President can send request and that is provided in the Constitution but when we say initiate, it is now taking some functions of the National Assembly away.”

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et a man’s stomach and you win his heart. That’s the advice mothers, in Africa especially and I guess it used to be universal until now, give to their daughters, Delegates at the National Conference proved the veracity of this on Thursday when they openly talked about the quality or rather how mouthwatering and appetizing their noon meal has been. Were that the core concern that indeed would have been okay. Not in this case. Delegates were divided over whether the federal government should monetize their meal or not. The pretenders insisted they were having ‘Chinese meals’ whatever that means why their more typically Nigerian counterparts insisted cash is better than the garbage that they were being served. The manner one delegate puts it you would think he never could touch the meal with a spoon 1000 kilometres away. But The Gallery observed that that afternoon he had cleaned his plates. Well, it’s a buffet and he ravaged the contents of his plates with reckless abandon as if he was attacking a deadly enemy that needed total eradication. Elder statesman, sorry woman, Chief Mrs Josephine Anenih saved the day by snatching the microphone to announced, “The issue has been sorted out and the food has improved. So, we don’t want to discuss it. We want to eat and the reason we want to eat is that it affords us the opportunity to interact. ``If the leadership asks us to go home to eat and come back, we will not enjoy this conference again. So, please we want to eat here.” Please note that she said ‘the issue’ whatever that means. Don’t ask me. Not so Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who still had issues with the quality of the food, “It has not yet improved at all. Many people, including myself, didn’t eat yesterday. The secretariat should improve the

service, not monetising it. I didn’t come here for money,’’ Adebanjo said. Many grunted in rejection of the latter suggestion. Little wonder, a young radical delegate enthused rather loudly, “my friend N7bn is at stake here.” “If we are not here for money, why did we accept allowances for our aides yesterday?” he queried.

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en.Bala Mohammed must be grinning from ear to ear. And why not! The senate has given nod to the 2014 budget to the tune of N27.1bn. Well, Ike Ekwerenmadu says it all. “This is very important because Abuja is not just a city for Nigeria. Every person in Africa considers Abuja as an African city which they are all proud of. So we must be able to ensure that we maintain that status. “We must also be sure that we are doing exactly what those people are doing including Brazil that is developing a new city, Brasilia, Canberra in Australia, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. “They have moved their capital to a place outside the current capital which is being well developed. Even within Africa, there is also a development in Cote D’ivoire in Yamassoukrou. But in all these it seems to me to be a deviation on our own part, in some aspects.” A breakdown of the FCT budget figures shows that N49.2bn would be spent on Personnel Cost, N62.8bn as overhead cost and N159bn estimated for capital projects in 2014. Did I hear you say wah ah oh? Yes, with open drains along the Airport Road and Kubwa Expressways (both cost N257bn) the city will indeed compete with others in the breach. Abuja is only beautiful in the sight of Bala and FCDA officials. Go to the districts for assessment.

FROM THE GALLERY With Patrick Andrew owoidoho_ng35@yahoo.com Eh eh, what’s the difference between send request and initiate? Well, semanticists must be readying to smile to the bank. “Because of that I oppose this proposal that we maintain the sanctity, the purity of the functions of the executive and that of the legislature in such a way that there is no lacuna and no confusion. “This is necessary so that in the nearest future we don’t run into a constitutional crisis where the constitution amendment process will become neither here nor there,” Lawan Ahmed chipped in. Well said, this. That’s until like a senator said after the plenary. “It is all about politics of the proposed move to insert the referendum clause.” I never saw that coming and until he did all the hullabaloo on the floor never really sank in because l thought we all needed to breathe life into the document done by the military and which has been repeatedly disparaged for not being the consensus of ‘we the people of Nigeria’. The Gallery recalls Deputy President, Ike Ekwerenmadu’s opening caveat: “But at our committee’s

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meeting yesterday, we now looked at our rules in which case the President can bring about a Bill. “So, we now felt that it is also necessary to open the door in such a way that it is not just the National Assembly that can start the process, that even the President can send a proposal for a new Constitution. “If we leave it as it is now, the President cannot send any proposal for a new Constitution, if it is left as it is today because we have already passed a Bill shutting the President out.” And James Manager added for effect, “There is absolutely nothing new in my humble view. These are very straightforward and unambiguous matters.” And then the leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma Egba, “there is already provision for three classes of bills, namely members’ bills, executive bills and private member bills,” stressing in effect that the amendment being sought was in tandem with the provision of the senate rules. Whatever, it seems the contention over whether we need a referendum injected into the constitution has just began. He knew that moment would come but l just missed it. Did you?

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ne would have thought that anything to and credible. Let us not be in a hurry to do so many hasten the work of INEC especially speedy things at the same time”, he advised. So thoughtful this! How about Senator Joshua electoral timeline would gladden the hearts of politicians. Well, that seems not quite the yearning Lidani’s, “the practicability of the law is the problem. The bill is against the kernel of our jurisprudence. All of some senators during the week. Reasons: A bill meant to facilitate that process over the world, it is up to the complainant to prove may be heading to the rocks going by the thorny that what was done is irregular, and not for the INEC to prove the regularity of elections. It is against the paths it has been subjected to. It came under the Ark of, “A Bill for an Act to Evidence Act. It will open up a floodgate of litigations, amend the Electoral Act 2010 to give additional which we cannot handle”. But shouldn’t there be provisions to checkmate Powers to INEC 2014”. First, hear from the lead sponsor of the bill, whatever hindrances there may be? After all, that’s Sen. Hadi Abubakar Sirika (Katsina North), “if why there are clauses and provisos and other passed into law, would shorten litigation time, necessary vistas injected to checkmate probably make INEC live up to its responsibility and promote crooks or those with the tendency to circumvent such transparency, appealing to his colleagues to ensure provisions or even outright unforeseen occurrences. Finally, Victor Lar added his voice of dissent,” it its passage to second reading.” That definitely was gorgeous. But not exactly! will stripe us of our powers and opportunity to defend After all, it’s all about politics and it is a game. If our elections. INEC cannot come up after establishing playing a little overtime profits a player so be it. Or the regularity of its election to reverse itself”. Nonetheless, the beauty of democracy came to put differently, if the umpire sounds the whistle a little earlier than it should have been sounded the fore. So when it was time for the voice vote ‘the ayes have it’. someone must benefit. And so, who cares about time! We would blare to the high heavens if the whistle doesn’t sound in our favour or if it delays a little, why! let’s savor the moment, while it lasts. Little wonder the obstacles came barging in on all fronts. Senator Lokpobiri slammed the bill, “I don’t know what this bill seeks to achieve. It runs contrary to the provisions of the Evidence Act, which says, “he who asserts must prove”. The provisions of the ‘Evidence Act’ is a standard practice across the Commonwealth of nations. The amendment has no merit and should be thrown into the dustbin”. Senator Manager, evidently very busy this week nodded in, “our legal system is against you asking somebody you are taking to court to come and prove something you are accusing him of. It is the litigant that needs to prove that what is done is wrong.” And for effect and a being a pious man advised: “At this stage of our nascent democracy, it is not good for us to do things in a manner that it will not be easy Prof. Attahiru Jega for INEC to conduct elections that will be free, fair


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Interview

Confab provides Nigeria the platform to address our differences —Gani Adams

A delegate to the National Dialogue, otherwise call confab, and national coordinator of the Oduah Peoples Congress OPC, Gani Adams spoke on a range of issues on the ongoing dialogue, Suleiman Idris captured the interaction.

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roceedings at the confab appear to be dominated with confusions among the delegates over different rules? The confab is a starting point. It’s a mode of agreeing on certain issues, we want to agree that certain percentage should be the starting point for any issue. There is a rule for you to start the conference, so, when we get to the section of that rule, the rule reflects on the voting patterns and most of the fundamental issues... universally, there is no country that holds this kind of a conference that gives rule for 75 per cent decision. It is simply majority. That was the situation. How did you come about this rule? The rule was proposed to us by the government to agree on it. Apart from that rule, we have also agreed on many sections of the proposed rules. So, there is nothing like confusion so far in the national conference. There is so much disagreement on the adoption of the rules? There is a difference between confusion and disagreement. We can disagree when we are holding meetings. That doesn’t mean we are confused. We have to agree on certain things, it’s a conference and we have to appreciate our diversity. We have people from different backgrounds and different ethnic nationalities. In Taraba, there are about 200 ethnic nationalities. It’s only the Yoruba and Ibo that have homogenous regions. So, in this kind of situation, we should expect that and there are lot of problems on ground in the country. What is your impression about the conference? Apart from the 1963 conference, which gave birth to the Republican Constitution, Nigeria has never had an opportunity to have this kind of conference in our history. A conference that allows every section of the country to be represented, every relevant organizations to be represented except that the traditional religion is not represented, which it has already complained against. Most of the people close to them have told them to send a memorandum. So, this conference is different from the most of the past conferences that had been held in the country. So, you should expect serious participation. It is either the problem is solved now or we all return to our bases. We can’t afford to waste Nigerian money. A delegate in the conference is being given about N12m and for a Level 8 officer who spent about 35 years in the civil service, if he’s retiring from the system he can’t get up to N12m. we are just to sit down for a period of three months and get the sum. So, we

cannot just waste the resources. We must ensure we build new Nigeria. Some have said it is a waste of time? I want to say it here that the conference is not an advisory committee to the federal government. We are not politicians and we were never inaugurated in the villa. We are there to solve the problem of Nigeria. If there is no problem, there is no need for a conference in the first place. If there is no problem, the President will not call the entire nation since October 1st, 2013 to talk on how to resolve it. You can see the process, an advisory committee was set up, which went to all the geo-political zones in the country and forwarded their recommendations to Mr. President. We have to put that at the back of our minds. Are you not worried about some comments made by delegates? I was so pissed off with the comment of Dr. Ken Nnamani; we are not in the conference to rob arms with the national assembly. For the fact that he was a former Senate President and he’s seems to be representing the interest of the parliament. What we have there is a quasi parliament. It may not be a parliament by which we are being voted for by the public and the National Assembly has never had the history of solving most of the problems we’ve been having in Nigeria in the past. In 1979 to 1983, they could not solve our problem; since 1999 till date, our problems are still not been solved. Our problems are being solved through the national conferences. You remember vividly, in 1995, the core Yoruba people boycotted the Late Sani Abacha conference of that year, but the conference gave birth to the recognition of six geo-political zones of the country today and a lot of recommendations came out from the conference. The military constitution of 1999 given to President Olusegun Obasanjo caused confusion in the system and there is a clause in that constitution that if there is no three-quarter of majority, you can’t amend it. It’s even difficult for most of the people in the national assembly to amend it. What we should do is to ensure that we build a new Nigeria, recommend new constitution for Nigeria, which should be subjected to a referendum. What is your opinion of the go areas? We will abide with the no go area, which is the unity of this country. The unity of Nigeria must be sustained; it is a no go area, but we have to negotiate it. If we want unity, we need to restructure. We agree with Mr. President on this. Nobody will want Nigeria to break, but we have to negotiate Nigeria. When you have a re-

lationship with some people for 100 years, you are not moving forward and you are gradually becoming a laughing stock in the comity of nations, you need to negotiate your existence. How do we move forward if we want to remain a Nigeria? What kind of system must we use to remain a Nigeria? But anybody who says the status quo should remain does not want the unity of Nigeria. We must learn to leave on the principle of justice, equity and not be selfish. We have equal citizens in USA, but the reverse is the case here. If you go to some places in this country, if you don’t speak their language, you cannot get a job or even get promoted. All our appointments are usually lopsided. How do you see the Lamido of Adamawa’s comment on secession? was highly disappointed about his statement; an eminent royal father like the Lamido of Adamawa ought not to make such a statement. He’s one of the most respected emirs we have in Nigeria today. He should be number five most recognised emirs in the country. I seize this opportunity to appeal to the royal fathers including the emir to watch their statements. Nobody should threaten the unity of Nigeria, we want Nigeria, but we should not be threatened. We the Yoruba people want to remain in Nigeria, but we shouldn’t be threatened. We didn’t have oil in 1954 to 1959, but we all know what Chief Obafemi Awolowo did for this nation through the western region government and when you study the Yoruba very carefully, our developments usually come from 80 per cent individuals and not government. We don’t rely on any development from government. It is the North that depends on the government, they don’t need Nigeria more than us, but we all need Nigeria because we have intermarried, done businesses together and Abuja solidify us. There is a lot of interest between

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Ganiyu Adams the six geo-political zones and Abuja and Lagos. It will be better for us to have one Nigeria so that our population can speak for us wherever we are. So, it is unfortunate that such a statement is coming from the emir and he’s not the only one with such mind, some of the delegates in the conference are saying that if we don’t agree with them on three-quarters for a decision that they will walk out. Nobody can threaten anybody. Will you pursue a Yoruba agenda? I’m ready to die than to betray the Yoruba course. Some people I believe were being brought there to sabotage the interest of the Yoruba. It is just someone who is not a deep thinker that forgets his roots. For me to be a Nigerian, I must be a very good Yoruba person. Chief Obafemi Awolowo said charity begins at home. Chief Awolowo said before he could be a good Yoruba person, he must be a good Ikene person, from an Ikene person, then you must be a good Yoruba man before you become a good Nigerian. If anybody is telling me that I’m a Nigerian and he doesn’t believe in any sectional cause, majority of them were those that destroyed this country. They can’t love Nigeria more than me, but I must love my people before loving the people from other parts of the country. Can this conference solve Nigeria problems? We have had several conferences in this country to keep it as one and we use it to solve the problems of this country. It was the 2005 conference of Obasanjo that led to the derivation formula for each region of this coun-

We will abide with the no go area, which is the unity of this country. The unity of Nigeria must be sustained; it is a no go area, but we have to negotiate it. If we want unity, we need to restructure. We agree with Mr. President on this.

try. The South south requested for 25 per cent, but the Northerners rejected it, and that is why we are where we are today. I was in Port Harcourt over the weekend where the majority of the oil is coming from, but there is nothing there, apart from the GRA; go to Bayelsa State, the situation is the same; Delta state is not different from the others. The Yoruba will not agree to such’ if it is the Yoruba that gives 85 per cent of the resources of this country, you will not marginalize us the way you have marginalized the south south, we will fight with everything we have at our disposal and this people are crying that they want their allocation to be increased, but some people are severely kicking against this. How can it help solve the Boko Haram insurgent? We are having almost a civil war in most parts of the north now including the Middle Belt. So, this is an opportunity for us to restructure the system. You can’t use a faulty system to develop the country. How do you think the different ethnic groups can live peacefully? f we don’t live base on justice and fair play, there is no way we can have peace, people will always be suspicious of their leaders. The local governments’ structure is not balanced. Local governments from three states in the north are more than the entire local governments of the south east. All these things have to be readdressed. We are not going to the conference for a jamboree. I have a lot of things to do in Lagos. I’m in Abuja because I love my nation. The Yoruba people should put all of us on the watch list because some of us there are sabotage. The middle belt should look for a way to have their own identity. You said you are a northerner, and your people are being killed regularly in the same north. We should go back to regional government. Majority of the wealth should go to the regions that produce them while only 25 per cent should go to the centre. The zone should determine how many states and local governments it will create by itself. Then, you can use that money to develop your zone and build airport or whatever you want to do with it. Federal government for instance does not have anything to do with power supply, water, road and others. Let each zone develops at their own pace.

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Tourism

Wiki warm spring: Tourist high point at Yankari National Park

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ankari National Park is a large wildlife park located in the south-central part of Bauchi State. It covers an area of about 2,244 km² (870 mi²) and is home to several natural warm water springs such as the wiki warm spring, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its strategic location in the heartland of Nigeria makes it a unique way for tourists and holiday makers to watch wildlife in its natural habitat and isone of the most popular eco-destinations in West Africa. The open country and villages that surround Yankari National Park are populated by farmers and herders, but there has been no human settlement in the park for over a century. There is, however, evidence of earlier human habitation in the park, including old iron smelting sites and caves. Yankari National Park lies in the southern part of the Sudan Savannah. It is composed of savannah grassland with well-developed patches of woodland. It is also a region of rolling hills, mostly between 200m and 400m. Kariyo Hill is the highest point at 640m.

Annual rainfall in the park is between 900mm and 1,000mm. The rainy season is from May to September. Temperatures range between 18C and 35C. During the dry season, the harmattan wind blows from the Sahara, often bringing dusty skies and night temperatures fall as low as 12C. The hottest period falls in March and April, when temperatures can rise above 40C in the day. In the dry season, larger wildlife in the park depend on the Gaji river and its tributaries for survival. This river is the only watershed and cuts the park in two. Marshall estimated the area of the Gaji River Valley used by elephants in the dry season at about 40 km². This increases the chances of seeing elephants at this time of year. The Park’s main entrance is at Mainamaji village, about 29 km from Dindima. It is located within the Duguri, Pali and Gwana districts of Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi State. This LGA has a population 208,202 people occupying a total land area of 7,457.78 km². The whole park lies on the Kerri formation, of Tertiary age, which is composed of sandstone, silt stones,

kaolinites and grits. Underneath this lies the Gombe formation, of Cretaceous age, composed of sandstones, silt stones, and ironstones. The valleys of the Gaji, Yashi and Yuli Rivers are filled with Alluvium of more recent age. Sandy loans and clayey soils of riverine alluvium occur in the valley of the Gaji Yashi and Yuli Rivers. East of the Gaji valley is a 5–7 km wide band of very poor sandy soils that support a shrub savanna formation ankari has rich wildlife resources. The park is an important refuge for over 50 species of mammal including African Bush Elephant, Olive Baboon, Patas Monkey, Tantalus Monkey, Roan Antelope, Western Hartebeest, Lion, African Buffalo, Waterbuck, Bushbuck and Hippopotamus. It also has a large and diverse freshwater ecosystem around its freshwater springs and the Raji River. There are also over 350 species of bird found in the Park. Of these, 130 are resident, 50 are Palearctic migrants and the rest are intra-African migrants that move locally within Nigeria. These birds include the

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Saddle-billed Stork, White-rumped Vulture, Guinea fowl, Grey hornbill, and the Cattle Egret. Yankari is recognized as having one of the largest populations of elephants in West Africa, estimated at more than 300 in 2005. The growth of the elephant population has become a problem for surrounding villages at times as the animals enter local farms during the rainy season. The elephants have also stripped the park of many of its baobab trees. More than 330 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Due to underground geothermal activity, Yankari National Park also features four warm water springs. The camp is named after the most well known of these, the Wikki Spring, from the local Duguri language with “Wikki” meaning “where are you?”. The Wikki Warm Spring is the largest spring and is about 13.0 metres wide and 1.9 metres deep. It daily flows 21,000,000 litres of clear, spring water into the Gaji river. The spring has a constant temperature of 31.1°C through the year during both day and night and has been developed for recreation.

The other warm water springs are Dimmil, Gwan, and Nawulgo springs. A fifth spring, Tungan Naliki, is the only cool spring in the park.Yankari is located in Africa Nigeria The “Wikki Camp” is the tourist centre of the Park. Located about 42 kilometers from the main entrance gate, the camp is built beside, and named after, the Wikki warm spring, which is open for swimming 24 hours a day. There are 110 furnished chalets with varying size and quality, ranging from the ‘’presidential’’ suites to the youth hostel, all of which are being upgraded in phases. The camp also provides a restaurant, bar and conference centre. Daily safari trips depart at least twice from the camp. he museum in the camp is well stocked with a variety of skins, tusks, bones and fully mounted stuffed game from the park. It is educational while also acting as a conservation centre, displaying hunting gear and traps taken from poachers.

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Homes

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lot of activity happens in the kitchen such as cooking, preparing a quick snack, eating breakfast or a 3-course dinner with family or friends. The kitchen is one place that needs to be both beautiful and functional. This raises a double challenge of do’s and don’ts in order to achieve both practical and elegant kitchen design.

Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen triangle Specialists refer to the sink, stove and refrigerator as the kitchen triangle, the area of greatest activity which requires careful planning and unobstructed access. Of the three, the sink will see the most action and should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your countertop workstations. Sinks need to be installed in close proximity to the plumbing, but often kitchens are designed with the sinks installed right above the plumbing or in a poor location. Instead of making this kitchen design mistake, consider hiring a plumber to relocate the drains and the plumbing to accommodate the best placement for the sink. Don’t waste storage space Finding a home for your kitchen stuff while keeping it easily accessible can be a tricky proposition. Because builtins are expensive and the overall size of the area you’re working with may be limited, one big design mistake is not including enough storage. Also remember to always install cabinets over the refrigerator. Not to fully utilize the space above the refrigerator is a waste of potential storage space for large or seasonal kitchen items. Don’t ignore counter-top work space One of the biggest complaints about kitchen design is the lack of counter-tops. Consider all the kitchen activities that require a counter-top, as well as appliances that are permanently located there, you might want to fit as much open horizontal surface areas in a kitchen as possible. This may be achieved by adding an island or breakfast bar to an L-shaped kitchen. Poor lighting The kitchen is one room where you can’t afford to have poor lighting. It’s not only a matter of design and atmosphere, but also a safety matter when it comes to handling sharp kitchenware. For the kitchen you especially should evaluate the work areas and focus on how you can provide each spot with the light it needs. Consider adding lighting directly above all the main working areas, use pendant lights or a series of mini-pendants in areas where these can enhance the lighting and beauty of the kitchen. Pendants look great above kitchen sinks, while a series of mini-pendants enhance the appearance and lighting of breakfast bars and kitchen islands. Also, install under-cabinet lighting as an additional way to ensure that the counters have sufficient lighting for common kitchen tasks. Don’t forget the back-splash While budgeting or designing a new kitchen or kitchen remodel, sometimes the backsplash considerations

slip to the end of the list. Occasionally, the backsplash area is completely left out of the plan. This is one mistake that saves you money on the short term, but on the long run costs you a lot of time and effort. Imagine the steam, high humidity and grease content in the kitchen and you will understand why installing a backsplash behind the oven and extending it above all the counters throughout the kitchen is a smart idea. It is much easier to clean grease off a backsplash made of tile, metal, or plastic, than wall paint or wallpaper. Don’t forget to ventilate The best of kitchen design fades in the presence of bad smelling air. Effective ventilation systems also help extend the life of your appliances and although they can be an investment, if you have a kitchen that opens to a living area or family room, they will make life easier, cleaner and more pleasant for everyone.

Choosing the kitchen island When it comes to kitchen islands, think of additional storage, preparation and serving space in the kitchen. Kitchen islands can waste a lot space. Choosing the wrong island or placing it in the wrong spot can be a disaster, especially in a work area that can get over cluttered. Islands that obstruct the flow of traffic to and from the sink, refrigerator, stove and primary workstations will create bottlenecks and major hassles. At minimum, an island should be 4 feet long and a little more than 2 feet deep, but it must also have room for people to move and work around it. Unless the kitchen is at least 8 feet deep and more than 12 feet long, one shouldn’t even consider an island. Don’t ignore your trashcan ith the advent of recycling, dealing with trash in kitchen design has gone beyond sticking a bin under the sink. Recycling is here to stay. Be prepared to manage your trash efficiently and incorporate trash sorting bins into your kitchen design.

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Going too trendy Although it’s not necessarily a mistake, choosing the latest kitchen designs and high-end equipment may not be the best of choices. The most stylish colour of the season and trendy designs has a short half-life, and you may never get your return on large investments in the latest kitchenware. Avoiding professionals Taking over a kitchen design project on your own to save money is a common mistake which can waste more money, time and energy. There are some jobs where, for safety and quality work, a professional is not a whim. Kitchen designers possess the latest trends, ideas, and manufacturer’s details, help you identify your specific needs and translate those details into an efficient plan according to your taste. Freshome.com


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Feature

Change of face, change of fate? Our correspondent, Ali Abare examines the phenomenon that changes power equations and permutations occasioned by the sudden death of an incumbent.

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uccession in political office in the event of the demise of an incumbent has been a matter entirely new to most African countries, especially at the dawn of the recent democratic era. In Nigeria, constitutional democracy is still being referred to as nascent, indicating that the rudiments of democracy are yet to set firm roots in the manner the political class conduct its affairs. Though not only peculiar to Nigeria, the question of constitutional reform or political succession, a malady traced to the checkered political history of the country, interspersed with too frequent military incursion, as well as the general inability of politicians to play the game according to the laid down rules, has so far remain a serious threat to the realization of the attainment of not only good governance but also the realization of the much needed economic, political and social developments of the society. The brouhaha generated by the sudden death of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010, regarding the succession bid by the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, has brought to the fore hitherto salient issues relating to political succession and constitutional democracy in the country. The prolonged debate on whether Jonathan succeeds his then ailing boss has in a way, exposed a gab in the contending forces making up the politics of the country. The question begging for an answer therefore is whether there are adequate provision in the 1999 Constitution as amended on how power should transit from one person to the other, particularly in the demise or even total incapacitation of an incumbent? An investigation by Peoples Daily Weekend revealsthatsofar,andunderthepresentdemocratic dispensation, at least four Nigerian political leaders died while still in office. These are; the late Mohammadu Shehu Kangiwa, former governor of Sokoto state who died in 1981, Mamman Bello Ali, former governor of Yobe state, 2009, the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, 2010 and the late Kaduna state governor, Patrick Yakowa. Aside of these, Danbaba Suntai, erstwhile governor of Taraba state was also involved in a fatal helicopter crash that left the governor partially incapacitated as to warrant the seceding of his executive powers to his deputy, Alhaji Umar Garba. In all these, it is only the death of the late president Yar’Adua and possibly the incapacitation of Suntai that drew so much controversy as to become watersheds in the political history of the country, particularly as it relates to the issue of succession in the event of the death or total incapacitation of an incumbent. From documented report available, the late Yar’Adua, was said to have emerged as president in 2007 after the botched attempt by his predecessor, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to seek a third term in office, failed, with Obasanjo picking on Yar’Adua, then governor of Katsina state, in place of Dr. Peter Odili, then governor of River state, as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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presidential flag bearer. Yar’Adua’s initial trip to a hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany, in order to meet with his private physicians “for a medical review of an indisposition believed to be due to an allergic reaction”, which led to a prolonged sojourn to Saudi Arabia, threw the country into another political impasse, with various contending forces battling to take control, in spite of the provisions of the constitution regarding the matter. uccession, which is the periodic or circumstantial replacement of the officials of the state either through election or as in the case being treated, through constitutional means, became an issue when the late president Yar’Adua travelled out of the country on a medical trip without transmitting a declaration to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the federal House of representatives as required by law, particularly Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. However, vested interest garbed in political considerations, alongside other factors, combined to generate a lingering controversy over the health of the late president, which though had been shrouded in secrecy, to a point that there were demands for the late Yar’Adua to transmit a letter to the president of the senate and the Speaker of the House of representatives stating his intension to proceed on annual leave, for which Segun Adeniyi, presidential spokesman then, said in his book, Power, Politics and Death, was written on January 26, 2009. According to the seasoned journalist and author, the handlers of the president were clearly weary of Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution, which reads, “Whenever the president transmits to the President of Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration

that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmit to them a written declaration to the contrary, such functions shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.” Considering the prevailing political atmosphere, with the handlers of the late president doing all in their capacity to keep their principal in control while those handling then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan thought otherwise, three key issues became a matter of controversy when the late Yar’Adua announced he was going on a vacation to the Obudu Cattle Ranch Resort; whether the vacation had to do with the health of the president, whether he would hand over to his deputy and whether the president had written to notify the national assembly about his vacation. Not only that but of more significance than the overriding political undertones as being represented by those for and those against the idea of the late president relinquishing his powers to his deputy, was impact of the health of the president on the business of governance. “In a nation where so much power was concentrated in the hands of the president”, things were gradually coming to a halt as a result of the health of the president. ndeed matters got to a head when after the late Yar’Adua left for Saudi Arabia on what turned out to be his last trip abroad, there was a gap in the administration of the country following the refusal of the Vice President to sign the 2010 Appropriation Bill as well as swear-in the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, predicating his action on the refusal of the ailing president to allow him assume the office of the acting president as required by law. The power struggle however took a new

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Geidam dimension when parties sympathetic to the Vice President instituted a law suit at a federal high court in Abuja, headed by Chief Judge Dan Abutu, seeking to know whether the VP, under the provisions of Sections 5(1) and 148 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, could exercise the executive powers vested in the president in the absence of the president and whether the VP could lawfully discharge any or all of the functions of the president in the absence of the president. In his ruling, Judge Abutu, declared however that with the VP already acting for President Yar’Adua, there was no vacuum whatsoever in the discharge of the functions of the president’s office, a position seen by supporters of the VP as a contrivance of the then Attorney General of the Federation, Michael Aondoakaa, to allegedly cause further confusion in the country. It was alleged that the then VP didn’t particularly liked the judgment and at a meeting with his aides, it was decided that he should not accept anything short of a letter to the national assembly by the president, with a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Bello Masari, arguing that the president was holding the nation to ransom, with the situation heralding a constitutional crisis as a result of the failure of the president to hand over to the VP. On February 9, 2010, after heated deliberations at both chambers of the national assembly, the legislature resolved that the VP should henceforth discharge the functions of the office of the president, commander in chief of the armed forces of the federation, in the capacity of an acting president, pending the transmission of a letter by the president stating his return from his medical vacation. o a lesser degree, the same scenario that played out at the national level, re-enacted itself in Taraba state when Governor Danbaba Suntai was involved in a helicopter crash that left him partially incapacitated. The controversy that trailed the appointment of his deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar, as acting governor, reopened issues of succession, with the Taraba state House of Assembly wading into the matter by passing a resolution empowering Umar to perform the function of an acting governor pending when Suntai’s health condition has improved to enable him return to his office as governor. Succession in Kaduna state in the wake of the sudden demise of the late Patrick Yakowa was somehow devoid of the controversy surrounding similar exercise, with the deputy governor immediately assuming the powers of the governor, following which a new deputy governor was appointed. Pundits are of the view that in spite of the adequate provisions in the 1999 Constitution on succession in political office, political considerations may after all still stand in the way, making the exercise cumbersome and unpredictable.

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Your Body, Image & U

Your cooking oil could be killing you silently

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eeing today’s topic, those who enjoy eating fried foods and stews are probably pinching their body and saying- ‘seriously?’ . Yes! I am certain with what I am going to share with you today here concerning the oil you cook with day after day. If you take a roll call of all we eat daily, by the time you finish, you will notice, there must be some kind of oil in most of the foods you cook daily. The issue here is- what kind of oil do you cook with? Are they healthy or destroying your body gradually? I think it is high time we Africans face reality and always try to justify things locally and culturally. Why am I say this? Some people reading this will say, --ehhhh, we have been on fries all our life and nothing has happened to us and moreso, food does not kill an African man. I challenge you who has this frame of mind to go and see your GP after reading this, check your cholestral level, your weight, waist size, blood pressure etc and if your GP gives you a clean bill of health. Cool!! In our markets , shops world wide including Nigeria, we have all kinds of cooking oil. In Nigeria local markets the general name for frying oil is –‘’groundnut oil’’. This is the general name an average Nigerian will use when buying frying oil in the open market. Now

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let me say here that this is wrong because, in the real sense, here in Nigeria, we have PURE LOCAL GROUNDNUT OIL...purely made from Groundnuts. So you see people using this name but in the actual sense what they need to buy is any oil in the market used for frying not necessarily a specific ‘groundnut’ oil. The good thing here is that the few who know about this ‘groundnut oil’ purely made from groundnuts alone, will specify to the sellers of oil that they need oil made from groundnuts and not just any other oil. You also cannot mistake this particular oil because it smells like groundnuts and better than the generalised cooking oils that the locals sell in the market. ow for the high class healthy eaters and those who understand that frying oil has categories and different brands, they know exactly what to buy and this group of people go beyond buying the Nigerian named-‘ groundnut oils’. They know that whoever named all frying oils in the Nigerian market‘groundnut oil’ is pretty mistaken like I said above. So when such people shop for frying oils, they search deep looking for brands they can enjoy and afford to buy. The cooking oils they look out for are simply called –‘’VEGETABLE OILS’’.

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These vegetable oils also have their grades. There are so many brands of vegetable oils in the market and they also come with their different nutritional values. Sadly, the average Nigerian or those who run catering houses care less about cooking with good healthy and fat free oils. So they just buy the usual stuff without minding the health implications. So what is wrong with this popular oil Nigerians buy and cook with? They are actually not VEGETABLE oils which are much much healtheir but just BLEACHED PALM OILS. When you bleach an oil, all the natural health nutrients are gone. A -haaa....I was coming to our local palm oil use as well and its own wahala. We also have the OLIVE OIL brand of oils which are even best when it comes to all your fries. Do most Nigerians know they can cook with olive oils? NOPE! Only few people in this country really understand that olive oil is not just for Churches. It is funny, each time you go to the markets even big supermarkets and ask of olive oil and the shop owner will ask-‘’ Are you asking of the annointing oil?’ For goodness sake, the oil you call ‘annonting oil’ is simply any brand of olive oil and becomes ‘’annointing oil’’ only when you go to church and bless it. onestly the health ignorance in this country is suprising at times. Olive oil was the preffered oil used in the olden days by the early Christians (for reasons best known to them) and it is one of the best of oils anyone can use for cooking, salad dressing and you will not get any health side effects. This oil known to most of us in the wellness industry as ‘LIQUID GOLD’ is your sure way to eating your fries, stews or other foods cooked with

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oil and rather than killing you, will add more health to your life. It is a very, very healthy oil.. absolutely fantastic.. that I also use it to treat my clients with skin problems. Though we are talking of cooking today, olive oil serves you beyond just cooking with it if you know the original stuff and how to use it. Oh yea, beware of the olive oil you buy in the Nigerian open markets. Those stuff that most churches sell during their services that smells and taste awful are not really olive oils. Some churches still sell good ones but be very careful what you buy if you do not know much about good brands of olive oil. Moreover, Nigeria does not produce olive oil so any olive oil you see labelled- made in Nigeria is not the real stuff.There are specific countries renowned for good brands of producing pure oilve oils and Nigeria is not one of them. Period!! ome good cooking oils are also – seasame, corn, soya, oils. If you see such oils not adulterated, you can enjoy your fries as much as you can. Now what happens to those who bleach our local palm oil and fry with them? Our red palm oil of

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With Jacqui Iwu bwreforms@gmail.com 08184825606 (sms only) the olden days is no more what it used to be. Fresh palm oils used to be very healthy. Today, sellers of red palm oils adulterate them with what I cannot even explain. So if you are using local red oil, be very careful where you buy. If you can buy directly from trusted village producers, better for you. One, the red oil contains Vitamin A which is good, but also has some traces of trans Fat which is not very healthy. So if sellers now add other substances that we do not know of? inally, If you load your cookings with hydrogenated oils, your health will degenerate! Hydrogenated oils are bad!

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Sadly, the average Nigerian or those who run catering houses care less about cooking with good healthy and fat free oils. So they just buy the usual stuff without minding the health implications.


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News Extra

Shettima sacks Info Commissioner, 2 aides From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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overnor Kashim Shettima of Borno state yesterday relieved the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mr. Inuwa Bwala of his position as member of the State Executive Council. Bwala was sacked along with two senior special assistants to the governor, were relieved. No reason, was however given for the removal of Mr. Bwala, who also served as the Informa-

tion Commissioner under the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff. Secretary to the State Government, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, in a statement, said Governor Shettima has directed the commissioner to handover the affairs the ministry to the permanent secretary of his former ministry. Shettima has also directed his Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy,

Dr. Mohammed B.Bulama to oversee the affairs of the ministry pending the appointment of a substantive commissioner. It also revealed that Shettima has equally sacked two Senior Special Assistants, Makinta Zarami and Ali Umar Bolori. “Governor Shettima expresses appreciation to the former commissioner and the two senior special assistants for their respective contributions under his administration”, the statement further added.

Resident doctors embark on indefinite strike in Kaduna

From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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ssociation of Resident Doctors, National Eye Center Kaduna has embarked on an indefinite strike because of Federal Government failure to pay them their entitlements. It was gathered that the doctors commenced the strike on April 2,2014 and vowed not to resume work until the government pay their entitlements. Speaking to newsmen in the State, President of the Association Dr Dawa Sambo said the strike was a last resort for the association. “ As far as we are concerned we are staff of the federal government but they are treating us unjustly. So we are expecting a positive response from the government because their failure to respond to our demands is what led to the indefinite strike by our association”, he said.

HURIWA, NCC disagree over fines on poor service

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pro-transparency Non-Governmental Organization-Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria[HURIWA] has faulted the directive by the Nigerian Communications Commission [NCC] that fines of over N645 million slammed on some four defaulting telecom companies be paid into NCC’s account. In a letter sent by the organization to the hierarchy of the NCC in reaction to the public notice on the development, the rights group reminded the telecom regulator that the right beneficiaries of any financial fines imposed and received from any defaulting telecommunications services’ providers should be remitted to the accounts of the Nigerian customers who are the victims and not to the account of the regulator which suffers no breach of contract . But the Nigerian Communications Commission [NCC] in a written response to [HURIWA] through Ms. Josephine Amuwa, the Director of Legal Services for the Vice Chairman refuted the submission of the Rights group stating that by law, the proceeds from the fines imposed on defaulting telecom service providers rather than be remitted to individual customers goes into the coffers of the Nigerian government as revenue.

His Excellency Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero speaking at a one day retreat on implementation of the state approved 2014 budget held on Thursday. With him are the Deputy Governor Nuhu Audu Bajoga and state government officials.

Sanusi: DSS appeals court judgement By Joy Baba

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ollowing the ruling by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court Lagos on the application for the enforcement of fundamental rightsin favour of the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Department of State Services (DSS) has expressed dissatisfaction with the judgement and plans to appeal. This was contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Relations of DSS Ms Marilyn Ogar in Abuja. DSS stated that it impounded the passport of Malam Sanusi Lamido in accordance with the law.

Ogar added that section 3(2) (b) of Instrument SSS No. 1 of 1999 made pursuant to section 6 of the National Security Agencies (NSA) Act, provides that “the State Security Service is hereby empowered to impound and keep in its custody the passports or any other property of persons or organizations under investigation if considered appropriate by the Director General. Returns of all such seizures shall be rendered to the National Security Adviser, while such passports shall be returned to the Owners as soon as the investigation is concluded”. She said, DSS was appealing “this rather erroneous judgement” noting that the Service holds the judiciary in high esteem as critical partners in nurturing our democracy and nation building.

Congress: apc denies compiling consensus lists in Kaduna From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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ll Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday denied the speculation going round that the party is compiling lists or selecting candidates who will be presented as consensus candidates for the party’s position in Kaduna state. Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, Party Joint Chairmen of the state Consultative Committee, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed and Senator Sani Saleh urged members of the party to disregards such rumors. According to them, the party encouraged the adoption of the principle of consensus around the nomination of aspirants for the party’s positions where possible. “ In the event that there is no consensus , elections will hold. For avoidance of doubt, this committee is not compiling lists or selecting candidates who will be presented as consensus candidates. Members of the party are to ignore rumours that this committee or any its members have directed that positions be shared or specific persons must emerge as consensus candidates,” they said. The co-chairmen stated that all members are entitled to the provisions of the party constitution and guidelines, saying congress would be conducted strictly according to the guidelines. “Aspirants are free to purchase forms and fulfill the requirements for nomination and where elections will hold they will be conducted in a safe, secure and transparent manner”, they said.

Northern youth to meet region’s expresidents over insecurity From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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orried over the increased killings in Northern Nigeria, particularly the North-East, Northern youths groups yesterday said they have completed arrangements to set up two committees that would convey their disenchantment to past and present leaders of the region so as to find solution to insecurity. The groups under the aegis of Action Citizens Action For Change disclosed this in a communiqué signed by Convener, Ashir Sharif and 17 others issued to newsmen at the end of a Summit organized by the groups in Kaduna. The youths expressed worry in the manner with which people are killed with impunity in the region. “We note that why these killings are going on in the region, our past and present leaders ap-

pear unperturbed. They have been primarily concerned about 2015 polls and the crumbs that may come out of the so called National Conference”. The summit regretted that at no time did the region’s stock of retired Generals, former Head of States, past and present political office holders ever made any effort of sitting together to work out a solution. “ So, the first committee would convey the message personally to Generals Yakubu Gowon, TY Danjuma, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Aliyu Gusau, ex- President Shehu Shagari and former vice president Atiku Abubakar among others. “ The second committee would be assigned with contacting serving government officials such as the Senate President David Mark, Speaker of the House Tambuwal, IG of Police, National Security Adviser, Attorney-General of the Federation

and Northern Governors Forum and speakers of 19 Northern House of Assemblies,” they said. The group added that the two committees would be expected to submit the report of their findings to the committee of 15 man council formed as the highest Northern youth and students decision making body for further necessary action and to work with the Northern Elders Forum and Arewa Consultative Forum. According to them, the committee would put up a roadmap out of the insecurity crisis in the region. The group further accused President Jonathan of running a bias government in favour of one part of the country. They also alleged that with his style of leadership and the election conducted in Anambra State, Nigerians would not expect a free and fair elections come 2015.


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Kiddies World

With Miriam

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ABCDE

MODEL OF THE WEEK

AFRICAN TALES

How the Camel got his hump

The desert camel

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nce upon a time, when the world was so new and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel, and he lived in the middle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to work; and besides, he was a Howler himself. So he ate sticks and thorns and tamarisks and milkweed and prickles, most ‘scruciating idle; and when anybody spoke to him he said ‘Humph!’ Just ‘Humph!’ and no more. The Horse came to him on Monday morning, with a saddle on his back and a bit in his mouth, and said, ‘Camel, O Camel, come out and trot like the rest of us.’ ‘Humph!’ said the Camel; and the Horse went away and told the Man. The Dog came to him, with a stick in his mouth, and said, ‘Camel, O Camel, come and fetch and carry like the rest of us.’ ‘Humph!’ said the Camel; and the Dog went away and told the Man. Next, the Ox came to him, with the yoke on his neck and said, ‘Camel, O Camel, come and plough like the rest of us.’ ‘Humph!’ said the Camel; and the Ox went away and told the

Man. At the end of the day the Man called the Horse and the Dog and the Ox together, and said, ‘Three, O Three, I’m very sorry for you; but that Humph-thing in the Desert can’t work, or he would have been here by now, so I am going to leave him alone, and you must work doubletime to make up for it.’ That made the Three very angry and they held a palaver, and an indaba, and a punchayet, and a pow-wow on the edge of the Desert; and the Camel came chewing on milkweed most ‘scruciating idle, and laughed at them. Then he said ‘Humph!’ and went away again. Along came the Djinn in charge of All Deserts, rolling in a cloud of dust (Djinns always travel that way because it is Magic), and he stopped to palaver and pow-pow with the Three. ‘Djinn of All Deserts,’ said the Horse, ‘is it right for anyone to be idle?’ ‘Certainly not,’ said the Djinn. ‘Well,’ said the Horse, ‘there’s a thing in the middle of your Howling Desert with a long neck and long legs, and he hasn’t done a stroke of work since Monday morning. He won’t trot.’ ‘Whew!’ said the Djinn, whistling, ‘that’s my Camel, for all the gold in Arabia! What does he say about it?’ ‘He says “Humph!”’ said the Dog; ‘and he won’t fetch and carry.’ ‘Does he say anything else?’ ‘Only “Humph!”; and he won’t plough,’ said the Ox. ‘Very good,’ said the Djinn. ‘I’ll humph him if you will kindly wait a minute.’ The Djinn rolled himself up in

his dust-cloak, and took a bearing across the desert, and found the Camel most ‘scruciatingly idle, looking at his own reflection in a pool of water. ‘My long and bubbling friend,’ said the Djinn, ‘what’s this I hear of your doing no work, with the world so new-and-all?’ ‘Humph!’ said the Camel. The Djinn sat down, with his chin in his hand, and began to think a Great Magic, while the Camel looked at his own reflection in the pool of water. ‘You’ve given the Three extra work ever since Monday morning, all on account of your ‘scruciating idleness,’ said the Djinn; and he went on thinking Magics, with his chin in his hand. ‘Humph!’ said the Camel. ‘I shouldn’t say that again if I were you,’ said the Djinn; ‘you might say it once too often. Bubbles, I want you to work.’ And the Camel said ‘Humph!’ again; but no sooner had he said it than he saw his back, that he was so proud of, puffing up and puffing up into a great big lolloping humph. ‘Do you see that?’ said the Djinn. ‘That’s your very own humph that you’ve brought upon your very own self by not working. To-day is Thursday, and you’ve done no work since Monday, when the work began. Now you are going to work.’ ‘How can I,’ said the Camel, ‘with this humph on my back?’ ‘That’s made a-purpose,’ said the Djinn, ‘all because you missed those three days. You will be able to work now for three days without eating, because you can live on your humph; and don’t you ever say I never did anything for you. Come out of the Desert and go to the Three, and behave. Humph yourself!’ And the Camel humphed himself, humph and all, and went away to join the Three. And from that day to this the Camel always wears a humph (we call it ‘hump’ now, not to hurt his feelings); but he has never yet caught up with the three days that he missed at the beginning of the world, and he has never yet learned how to behave.

Master Samuel Ijir

CREATIVITY

ACTIVITIES

Using the right colours, shade the image below. Describe your action and show your work to your teacher for correction. Cheers!

How to make a chair out of paper and masking tape You can construct craft chairs from paper and masking tape. Making a chair out of only paper and masking tape is an interesting and fun craft project for kids and parents or students in a classroom. Both of these materials are malleable and will create structures of different strengths, encouraging those who are involved in the project to focus on structural design. A specific process should be followed when making these paper and tape chairs. Things You’ll Need • Reams of Computer Paper • Crate of Newspapers • 10 Rolls Masking Tape Instructions Roll a sturdy thickness of 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of paper into a tube and wrap them up tightly with masking tape so that they don’t come undone. This will form one leg for your tape and paper chair. If you want the leg to be longer, roll another thick amount of paper up and wrap it with tape. Then connect these two rolls of paper by wrapping two ends together with tape and

then attaching them with layers of vertical strips of masking tape until the two pieces are solidly connected and won’t bend. Make four of these legs, whatever length you want, just as long as they are all equal. Tape two full reams of computer paper together by wrapping tape around them until they do not move. This will form the seat of your chair. Place larger, full newspapers under the two reams of paper you have taped together and attach them to these paper reams, so a bottom is formed on the seat of the chair. Tape the top of each of the four legs to the seat of the chair that is wrapped in newspaper and tape. Tape is your glue and your screws here, so wrapping the tops of the legs and the seat of the chair at different angles will help to secure them and allow them to support different amounts of weight. Continue to add different amounts of tape and paper to the chair to repair loose sections if the paper and tape chair is used regularly. Roll up smaller pieces of paper and attach them between the legs of the chair, to be used as braces so the chair can support more weight.


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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

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ABCDE

HIS AND HERS CORNER

Third Mainland Bridge: Longest in Africa Lovely kids playing

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he Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria to the mainland, the other two being the Eko and Carter bridges. It is the longest bridge in Africa. The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi express way and Lagos-Ibadan express way, and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a link midway through the bridge that leads to the Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba. The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990; it measures about 11.8 km in length. By 2006, Many commuters had reported that the Third Mainland

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Bridge was vibrating noticeably, indicating that it needed urgent attention. As a result, remedial work was commenced on the portions of the bridge at different times, leading to partial closure of the bridge at different times. As at January 2013, this work has been completed. Recently, there have been rumours of cracks on the bridge. This however has been denied by authorities but has been re opened. The Eight lane bridge experienced a new look during the last repairing exercise, painting the bridge guide with the colours of Nigeria green, white, green, and also general painting was carried out for a new look.

Recently, there have been rumours of cracks on the bridge. This however has been denied by authorities but has been re opened.

Bear and Tiger making up

Minnie Mouse on adventure


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Learning

The therapeutic value of water on empty stomach I t is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases: Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

METHOD OF TREATMENT 1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water 2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute 3.. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal. 4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours 5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses

per day. 6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life. The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases: 1. High Blood Pressure (30 days) 2. Gastric (10 days) 3. Diabetes (30 days) 4. Constipation (10 days) 5. Cancer (180 days) 6. TB (90 days) 7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily. This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times. It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active. This makes sense. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain... For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will

slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal. A serious note about heart attacks:

• Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting, • Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. • You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. • Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. • 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.

• Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive... A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to everyone they know, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life. Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.

Incredible video reveals corals, sponges in their alien-like beauty

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PhD student from the University of Queensland, Australia has put together an incredible video of coral life. Marine biologist Daniel Stoupin created the film to show the secret life of the ‘slow’ marine animals. The corals and sponges were filmed under high magnification to show their amazing and bizarre features. But they move so slowly that their motion is only detectable by using time lapses. Although coral reefs such as this are crucial to Earth’s biosphere, we still know very little about them. ‘Once I started photographing corals more often, pursuing time lapses was inevitable’ You might have seen incredible images of coral before, but you’ve never seen anything like this. PhD student Daniel Stoupin from the University of Queensland, Australia has spent months photographing and filming supposedly ‘slow’ marine animals like coral and sponges, and the results will blow you away. Using time-lapse photography, he shows how these seemingly stationary underwater marvels come to life under high magnification, highlighting remarkable details and behaviours that scientists around the world still don’t fully understand. It took over nine months for Stoupin to film the corals and sponges in marine aquarium tanks. While he didn’t disclose the full price of the endeavour, Stoupin did say that it cost ‘way more’ than a few thousand dollars. ‘I love marine life, especially invertebrates and I always look for something new to observe, film, or photograph,’ Stoupin tells MailOnline. ‘When I got my first chance to focus my macro lens on a coral I realised that I want to

know more about these magnificent creatures, their colours and their life. ‘Once I started photographing corals more often, pursuing time lapses was inevitable.’ Despite filming the marine life in enclosed tanks and having friends in the industry, Stoupin says he does not endorse the activities of commercial coral collectors and hopes the video allows people to appreciate the value of such life in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and elsewhere. ‘My techniques are too complex to be performed under water,’ says Stoupin, ‘especially focus stacking where any vibrations or swell would ruin the super-macro shot. ‘Focus stacking is the technique that gave the most spectacular results and allowed me to capture incredible amount of detail. ‘That’s why I had to look for help among people whose activities I do not endorse - aquarists and commercial coral collectors. ‘Marine aquarium industry is quite large here in Australia and a lot of people create artificial reefs at home. ‘So, all filming was done in tanks and due to my position I did not buy a single coral or live rock, I did not keep a tank at home or in anyway contribute to the industry. I tried to film freshly collected animals before they are sold and shipped to other countries to be put in private tanks.’

A lot of interesting aspects of coral and sponge biology can be seen in the gorgeous time-lapses. Some of the events happen over long periods of time, such as at night when some corals open up and extend their tentacles. ‘A fun part to watch is seeing how brittle stars clean sponges,’ says Stoupin.

‘Brittle stars are relatives of sea stars and sea urchins. ‘They have long flexible arms with which they can collect random stuff sediments that fall on sponge surface. ‘I did not know about such symbiosis until I saw it it in my time lapses and then read it in a research paper after looking up for information.’ Stoupin’s is all the more impressive as he had to juggle taking the shots with being a PhD student. The longest part he says was processing the images. ‘Often I had to wait days to process a sequence to realize that I’ve done mistakes and had to do it over. ‘One frame could easily take more than 10

minutes of processing time.’

With the video Stoupin says he hopes to show a unique perspective of the Great Barrier Reef and attract attention to the problems that it is facing. ‘Australian government approved industrialisation of the area that will have devastating consequences. ‘Ignoring these problems and creating artificial reefs at homes instead of protecting the reef is, unfortunately, is very common. ‘Watching the marine aquarium industry from inside during the filming process made me extremely concerned about priorities of those who often claim themselves to be reef lovers.’

Each frame of the video was a ‘stack’ consisting of three to 12 shots, with the infocus areas merged to highlight aspects of the coral and sponges


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Profile

Gen Abdulkadir: Honour from abroad for exemplary service By Hassan Ginsau

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t is often said, heroes are not celebrated at home. Major General Shehu Usman Abdulkadir, the immediate past Commander of African-Led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) falls in this category. His exploits in Mali in ensuring that peace prevails earned him garlands and laurels from that country. He was decorated recently with Medal of ECOWAS in a well attended ceremony by African leaders including President Jonathan. Major General Shehu Usman Abdulkadir was born on 27 January 1958 in Kaduna, hails from and was raised in Lapai LGA of Niger State. He enlisted into the Nigerian Army on 3 January 1977 as a regular combatant officer and was commissioned on 16 June 1979 into the corps of Military Police, a career which has now spanned 3 long and prosperous decades. He rose to the rank of Colonel in the year 2000, then to Brigadier General in 2003, and finally he made the rank of Major General in 2005, a year in which he highly impressed as Chief of Army standards and evaluation. Smart as he is in the field, academically, Abdulkadir has stellar qualifications. Fluent in English, French and Hausa, hiscertificatesinclude;a Diploma in French, Advance and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Diploma in Criminal Investigation to name a few in what is a long list. With a raft of military medals and academic awards stashed away in the trophy cabinet, Abdul Kadir has attended several training courses in the USA and is something of a sort of military diplomat, keeping close ties with his fellow officers in the region. He has also attended many military courses at home during his career amongst which are; Military Police Officers Basic Course, Criminal Investigation Course, Junior and Senior Staff Colleges and National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies. In his military career, he has held many appointments in the staff, command and as instructional staff. He was platoon commander in HQ Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, instructor Nigerian Army School of Military Police and Military Assistant to Minister of Internal Affairs. He was also Commander AHQ Provost Group, Commandant Nigerian Army School of Military Police, Military Secretary - Army, Chief of Research and Development in Defence HQ, Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation in AHQ,and Commander Training and Doctrine Command Nigerian Army. He also has a reputation for straight

ECOWAS President, Desire Kadire Quadrago decorating Gen. Abdulkadir with ECOWAS Medal of Honour, one of the several laurels

talk and telling the truth no matter how bitter. He shocked an audience in Lagos once by revealing that 70 percent of the estimated 10 million illegal weapons in West Africa had come from Nigeria. Inthemostrecentofallhisappointments, he was the Force Commander of the African-Led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), an ECOWAS organized military mission sent to support the government of ECOWAS member nation Mali against Islamist rebels in the Northern Mali conflictfrom January to June 2013. eing the first time that an Anglophone officer has commanded a predominantly

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Francophone force in the region, his fluency in French helped. His first address, in French, to the troops on his arrival in Bamako endeared him to his fellow West African soldiers. The unanimous choice of the 15 ECOWAS member states for the command, the straight-talking Abdul-Kadir says “despite the political problems they [Malian army] have had, they have tried”. The senior officer has been honoured at home and abroad throughout his military career. He was honoured with Commander of the Order of the Mali for his efforts as force commander of AFISMA, a country which has since seen

the restoration of peace and has even conducted an internationally commended election . bdulkadir also has an ECOWAS medal in recognition of his immense contribution to peacekeeping in the West African sub-region. This is in addition to his other 4 military honours and awards for diligent service to the Nigerian Army. He is also blessed on the homefront, as he is happily married with children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing squash and lawn tennis.

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The senior officer has been honoured at home and abroad throughout his military career. He was honoured with Commander of the Order of the Mali for his efforts as force commander of AFISMA, a country which has since seen the restoration of peace and has even conducted an internationally commended election .


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TIPS

Compiled by Miriam Humbe

Natural nail care and home recipes for healthy nails

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any people complain about fragile nails, having brittle and vulnerable nail plate. There’s an ongoing debate about whether brittle nails are caused predominantly by a lack of protein or moisture in the nails. Consequently, most treatments for brittle nails are concerned with one of these two factors. Brittle nails may be caused by many factors. They can be weak, thin, nails that peel or break easily, and/or grow slowly. Even with low impact, the nail can split into layers and tear. Some experts say that vitamins, calcium and minerals are important for healthy growth and maintenance of strong nails. Brittle nails may be hereditary, poor diet, excess use or even a nail disease. Using products that contain calcium will strengthen your nails, prevent peeling and speed the growth of your nails. “A diet made up of fruits and vegetables to ensure vitamin and mineral absorption is beneficial for you and your nails. It should also incorporate whole grains, nuts and foods that are high in iron and protein. Drinking fresh-squeezed carrot juice daily will provide a first-rate source of calcium and phosphorus needed to strengthen your nails. Silica is necessary for the formation of strong healthy nails. It can be obtained by brewing up a cup of herbal horsetail and oat straw tea, or from a colloidal silicea supplement. Horsetail also is high in the amino acid L-cysteine. This amino acid is additionally found in the herb coltsfoot and contains sulfur, which is required in skin and nail growth,” says Elena Kalmykova, an experienced nail technician from Florence Beauty nail art studio in Tallinn. “Avoid products such as hand creams that contain alcohol. These will dry nails out. Food containing fatty acids will help your brittle nails and strengthen them. Use of a calcium gel is great for dry, brittle nails. You’ll notice a difference immediately. Taking vitamins that contain vitamin A are great for your nails and hair. Eat healthy. If dryness is excessive see your doctor. Getting a manicure will help harden the brittle nails. You should have one done every other week,” continues Kalmykova. Other experts claim that the common condition of brittle nails is often not definitively linked with any known cause. They also claim that natural medicine may be able to help strengthen brittle nails. “Most conditions that affect nails are unrelated to nutrition; they are caused by a lack of oxygen

associated with lung conditions, hemorrhage due to infection, or inflammation around the nail due to infection. If there is any question about what the problem is, it is important to get a diagnosis from a healthcare practitioner,” says nail technician Maria Seppel from Tallinn. According to dermatologist Viktoria Nemtsenko, brittle nails are a common reason why patients consult a dermatologist. According to her, the incidence of brittle nails in the European and North American population is approximately 20%, and women suffer from nail brittleness twice as often as men. “There is no concise definition of what constitutes a brittle nail, and there are no characteristic histological findings to help the clinician make this diagnosis. The presenting complaints of patients with brittle nails are often their inability to grow long nails and a description of their nails as soft, dry, weak, or easily breakable,” Nemtsenko stated. “Nails are like hair in their structure, formed mainly of the element called carotin which is rich with protein. Often due to poor digestion or doing heavy work without taking proper care of the nails, they develop different types of problems and diseases. Nutrition can seriously affect the health of nails in a variety of ways. Iron deficiency may cause spoon-shaped nails. For years, some doctors have believed zinc deficiency causes white spots to appear on nails. In China, excessive selenium has been linked to nails actually falling out. One of the symptoms of brittle nails is frequent or easy breaking, cracking, splitting, or tearing of their nails. Actually, maintaining strong and

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healthy nails is not so difficult if you know your nail type. Each nail type is unique and needs to be taken care accordingly. Knowing your nail type will also help you to go for the right treatment if you have any nailrelated problems.” The main cause of brittle nails is believed to be frequent hand washing and drying. Exposure to household cleaning products may also contribute to brittle nails as these products diminish moisture in your hands. “Apply a moisturizing cream every time when you wash your hands. You can wear gloves when engaging in activities that are rough on your nails. Over-thecounter creams may also help,” says Nemtsenko. xperts also say that just as you inherit the color of your eyes and hair, you can inherit brittle nails. And some of the things you are doing can make those brittle nails worse rather than better. Here are some tips from an experienced nail technician Anastasia Popova, how to take care of you nails and some necessary steps you can take to get healthy nails. “First of all, using too much nail polish and not cleaning the nail polish off every now and again to let your nails breathe can cause your nails to become weak and brittle. Using too much polish remover which can zap the moisture from your nails can also leave your nails brittle. Secondly, certain foods can be eaten to help strengthen your nails. Eating more cold water fish, like Salmon, Herring and Mackerel will also help your nails. The omega-6 fatty acids found in these types of fish is what helps cure your brittle nails. One can also try adding cauliflower, soybeans, peanuts and

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Eat a lot of fresh veggies other foods rich in biotin. This B vitamin helps prevent the cracking and splitting that is common with brittle nails. Here is a home-made recipe to help keep your nails healthy Aromatherapy isn’t just good for relieving stress and helping you sleep, but it can also help strengthen your nails. Even a 15 minute fragrant oil soak can do wonders for your nails. Lavender, bay and sandalwood are the most important essential oils that you will need to keep your nails healthy. Another type of oil could be sesame or soy which is also very useful for your nails. “Pour 6 ounces of either

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the sesame or the soy oil into a microwave safe bowl and microwave to heat. Do not overheat. You want the oil to be warm not boiling. I usually start with about 20 seconds on high and then add 10 seconds until I get a temperature that is comfortable for me. nce you have warmed your oil, add 6 drops of each of the essential oils into the bowl. Since I’m going to be soaking my fingers, I use my fingers to lightly stir the mixture up. Soak for 15 minutes once or twice a week. Most of my clients told me that this recipe helped them to cure and recover their brittle nails.”

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Fashion

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t is heartbreaking to see ladies expose those bouncy packages at the back, and that V thing between their legs in the name of wearing tights and leggings. Below are the right ways to carry your package in a more respectful gesture! Mistake number one: Leggings as pants Oh, this is a big one. The fabric on a proper legging should be thick so you do not see the person’s skin peeking through. If you can see through the leggings, then they’re probably too thin or they’re tights, not leggings, and tights are NOT pants. In fact, it’s a good rule of thumb to wear leggings as if they are not pants as well, because truly, they’re not. Mistake number two: Tight top plus tight bottoms Many women try to coordinate leggings with cropped or tight, fitted tops. No, thank you. No matter how great you look from the rear, balance and layering are important when it comes to wearing leggings

well. Let’s think back to mistake number one and remember that leggings are more like tights than pants. Balance out form-fitting leggings with looser, roomier tops, sweaters, or tunics. Mistake number three: The walking anatomy lesson Wear leggings with longer shirts, tunics, or a short dress. Think midthigh length or, at the shortest, right below the hip and cover that rear. Mistake number four: Disco revival While there is probably some woman out there who can rock some silver, gold, or high-gloss leggings, let’s assume all are not the same. When it comes to leggings, steer clear of the shine, which can show bulges or create them even where there are no bulges. Stick to opaque, shine-free leggings. Leggings can be a bit boring and casual, but Raven avoided that by wearing graphic print leggings that featured pops of pink. She further played up the artsy bottoms by adding a bright pink blazer and pumps to coordinate.

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ith a combination of dates [dabino] paste and homemade fresh bread, you are set to have yourself a large feast for the entire family to savour. Although many people eat dates as snacks, few of them know that it can be turned into a rich paste with an equally rich taste and aroma to complement your bread. So enjoy your weekend with this rich combination. Savour…… Ingredients: • 3/4 cup warm water • 1 package active dry yeast • 1 teaspoon of salt • 1-1/2 tablespoon sugar • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening • 1/2 cup milk • 3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately Preparation: In large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Continue to stir until yeast is dissolved. Add salt, sugar, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir. Mix in the first 2 cups of flour. If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl. You do not need to use up all the flour called for in this recipe, or you may need more flour than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch. Put dough in buttered bowl, turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover and let rise in warm spot for one hour. Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead. Pre-heat oven at 375 degrees F. Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes. Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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ate syrup is a sweetener of choice. It is used to sweeten yogurt, top up on bread and much more. It’s an excellent, all natural sweetener and is really the only “sweetener” you must discover. Ingredients: Three cups of dates (dabino) 1 1/4 cups filtered water 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Preparation: Place the dates in a small bowl; cover with warm water and let sit for 30 minutes. Once the dates have soaked, drain the water then add all of ingredients to the wet container of a high speed blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, or until smooth. Transfer to an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


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Relationship

10 body language love signals you need to know Here’s how men and women can learn to master the art of love and attraction o you ever wish there was a magic wand that would make you more attractive to the opposite sex, or at least help you understand who is attracted to you? Well, it’s no magic but a science. Here’s how men and women can learn to master the art of love. “ Body language is hardwired into our brains, and therefore most often used in unconscious movements,” says Allan Pease, body language expert and author of The Body Language of Love, (Harper Collins, $19.85). “Women are better wired for picking up on nonverbal signals, so if men want to increase their chances in the mating game, then they should learn how to decode gestures women commonly use.” Signals men need to know 1. When women toss or flick their hair: If you are talking to a woman and she flicks her hair, it definitely means she’s into you. But if you’re the one watching and she’s done it for someone else, well, better luck next time. “You’ll be surprised at how common hair flick and head toss is,” says his wife and co-author of the book, Barbara Pease. “Even women with short hair do it all the time.” It’s a woman’s way to show she cares about how she looks and wants to impress her man. 2. When women fiddle with a round object: Sounds like something you might see in a cheesy Benny Hill show, but Allan says, it’s true. If a woman is fondling a phallic-shaped object such as the stem of a wine glass or a dangling earring and giving you repeated glances, she finds you attractive. “It also means she’s approachable,” adds Barbara. 3. When women are unconsciously touching themselves: This is body language at the most basic level. “Watch for a woman slowly stroking her neck, throat or

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thigh,” says Allan. “If a man plays his cards right, then he may get to touch her in the same way. 4. When women point their knees: When you see a woman sitting with one leg tucked up under her, chances are that the knee pointing outwards is pointing towards the person she finds the most interesting. Hope that is you. If she’s wearing a dress or skirt, it can offer a fleeting glimpse of an exposed thigh to anyone who’s looking — preferably the person of interest. 5. When women put their face on display: A woman who is trying to attract a man’s attention, with elbows resting on a surface, will place one hand on top of the other, then place her chin on her hands and face directly to him as is she is offering it to him for admiration. “It is an extremely feminine gesture, and an intimate one, as it also allows

Body language tips for men • If a woman slowly crosses and uncrosses her legs then she is into you. If not, her legs would stay firmly in place. • If a woman has put her handbag close to you, she likes you. But if she has just clutched it tightly, bugger off. • If a woman has her legs together and body facing away, buddy, you are going home alone tonight. Body language tips for women • When a man is wearing tight-fitting trousers, small-size Speedos or dangling the long end of a belt or a bunch of keys in front of their crotch,

the woman to lean in towards the man,” says Barbara. “It also indicates that he has her full attention, and is open to flattery, flirtation and advances.” Signals women need to know ut for women, there is a comparative lack of male courtship signals. “Men don’t play a courtship game,” says Barbara. “They only respond to it.” Girls, watch out for the following and scout out your man: 1. When men have protruding thumbs: Thumbs are prominent in many hand gestures, as they represent strength of character and the ego. “A man will use protruding thumbs, in front or back pockets, around women to whom he is attracted,” says Allan. 2. When men display their crotch: Every woman reading this knows at least

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it means they’re putting their masculinity on display. It’s the same as a woman with a push-up bra. • When a man puts his hands in his pocket, it means they are closed-off. • When a man mirrors a woman’s facial expressions, she’ll think he is caring and attractive. Common gestures • Jiggling feet is a sign of boredom. • Locked ankles show negative emotions. • Extended blinking, covering their mouth, rubbing eyes all mean the person is lying Body+Soul

one man who sits with his legs spread wide at her, like he is taking her photograph. “The crotch display is effectively putting a man’s masculinity on show,” says Barbara. “His feet are planted firmly on the ground, with his legs apart, displaying the crotch, and letting whoever is observing know that he’s not going anywhere. 3. When their fingers point to what he wants you to notice: When a man’s thumbs are tucked into his belt or into the tops of the pockets to frame the genital area, it indicates a sexually aggressive attitude. Allan says this gesture shows to a woman that “I am ready for action”. “He has unwittingly given away what’s on his mind,” adds Barbara. 4. When men try

hard: To make them look more appealing, men will unconsciously arrange their clothing. They will straighten their tie, brush imaginary dust off their shoulder and adjusts their trousers. “His mind says, ‘I want to look my best for you’ and his body responds accordingly,” adds Allan. 5. When men take up space: A man will put his hands on his hips to occupy as much space as possible to become more noticeable. He may even start to rock back and forth on the soles of his feet as if he was making love in a standing position. According to Barbara, “When it comes to male courtship signals, women often ask me, ‘For men, is it always about sex?’ Disappointingly for many women, the answer is ‘yes’.” (NAIRALANDNEWS)

When you see a woman sitting with one leg tucked up under her, chances are that the knee pointing outwards is pointing towards the person she finds the most interesting. Hope that is you.


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Fiction

The ‘guest’ with lots of questions A

nna clutched the phone by her left ear, and stared towards the floor. She was talking on the phone, like the phone was a rash she needed to get rid of. She moved her eyes from side to side and when she stopped moving her neck, her restlessness was put to a halt by a view of her appearance on the side mirror of the car she was leaned on, when she answered the call. “When you work for me, you don’t ask questions, you take orders. I just tell you what to do, you carry out my orders, no questions asked.” “Yes Sir!” Anna placed her hands over her fore head, and ended the call in an instant, her facial expression was like that of a lion caught in a hunter’s net and she didn’t seem to take a look to the nearby vendor who kept asking if she wanted to buy his wares. She immediately slid her handset into a small pouch in her big handbag and crossed the road. She got in a taxi and it drove away. Tim awoke in his bedroom after hours of sleep. His eyes burned a little and he could barely keep it open for a few seconds as he flickered his eyelids. “Ahh! My head! I need water.” Tim rolled over to the left side of the bed clutching the covers as hard as he could. He placed his hand over his eyes and turned to the right side of the bed. He got up slowly and firmly placed his feet on the floor and turned his neck sideways to view Joan’s question asking eyes. Joan stood by the bedroom wardrobe, which was close to the entrance door. “Why are you looking at me that way?” “Oh you didn’t remember the terrible things you said when you were downing your alcohol.” “No I don’t remember, what did I say?” “You said you killed somebody.” “Killed? No I didn’t kill Him. It was an accident, I mixed up his medications, that’s what happened and Paul is blackmailing me. “Slow down, I don’t get. Whose medication did you mix up?” “General Whitaker’s” “Captain Whitaker, You mean?” “Yes! Yes! Captain Whitaker.” Tim squeezed his right hand; he opened it up and looked away from Joan, hiding his deceptive look from her. “Oh My God! This is bad.” Joan paced back and forth around the room, fixing her gaze towards the ceiling. “But I could have sworn, I checked the label properly and it was the right drug. He wasn’t my favorite old guy, but there was no way I would have killed him, No way! And even if I plead innocence in the military court, they might still find me guilty and lock me away for a long time. The only person who witnessed the accident is asking for my diamond for his silence.” Tim looked at Joan with the look of a submissive puppy who desired mercy. “Which Diamond now? Joan asked, as she gave him a puzzled gaze.” Tim looked at her and stood up from the bed he was sitting on. He pulled out a duffel bag underneath the bed and took out the gem from the smallest zip and raised it to show her. Joan came closer with a curious stare and took a closer look.

“JEEZ! This is huge!” Joan screamed. “Quiet down. Shhhh.” Tim placed his hand over her mouth. “I found it in the belly of a patient in the OR that I knew I should have handed it over to the authorities, but something didn’t feel right. I confided in Paul, and he stabbed me in the back. “ Tim shook his head and stared into her eyes. “Who?” “Doctor Paul” “Now what are you going to do my love?” “I will give it to him in the morning, I don’t want any harm to come to any of you, I love you so much to risk your life and our daughter’s” Tim held Joan’s left hand. Joan rubbed her right hand on his shoulder in comfort, and hugged him. “Let’s eat, Titi cooked rice.” “OK.” Tim said. Peeeeewhhhl ……the room door suddenly swung open. A tall beautiful lady entered their room with a warm grin on her face, she smiled like a child who had just seen a new toy, and she stared at Joan and Tim who looked at her back with scrawny faces. “Sister in-law, this is a master bedroom. You don’t just come in here without knocking.” “And when has a door ever stopped me from seeing my only big brother?”. She paused and gave him a curious look, and enlarged her eyeballs. im picked up a pillow from the bed he was sitting on and threw it on her; she immediately swerved out of the way and ran out of their room laughing. Joan and Tim heard her say: “Where is my favorite niece? I brought…….. Gifts…..!!” Meanwhile, Mark sat in his office writing on a piece of paper at a military base in France. He heard a knock and a slender lady walked in with a military apparel. Excuse me sir, but Interpol is here to see you sir…… “Should I let them in Sir?” Oh yes! Please do. Mark said while looking at some papers, with a medicated eye glass glued to his face. He raised his head slowly and stared at his secretary as she saluted and left the room. On her exit, Mark heard an acute knock on the door that was mild and office prone. “Come in.” A slender lady walked in, accompanied by a well-built gentleman. She smiled and opened up her coat with both hands to reveal her side arm which she kept by the right side of her belt. Mark put his hands on his table and closed the paper he was looking at, he pulled back his wheeler chair and stood up from his seat and went over to where his office guests stood. He shook the slender lady’s hand and smiled at her professionally. “Oh! My! Jenny, you look as radiant as ever.” “Stop your flirting Garcia! I am here to ask you a few questions.” “Ok! You can ask me anything, but first of all let me have your coat.” She pulled off her coat and gave it to him, he went ahead to put it up in the coat hanger and turned his face towards them. “Have a seat.” “Yes. Thanks” They both sat down in the visitor

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Ok! We have heard reports concerning a specific group that specializes in abducting young girls from their homes; the girls are carried along the Congo River away from the border to an unknown location they smuggle drugs and are turned into assassins.

seats and Detective Barns used both of her hands to swing her hair backwards over the chair so as to let it flow freely and Mark returned to his seat with. “So how can I help you?” He asked enny looked at Mark’s pupils and placed her right hand on his desk. “Ok! We have heard reports concerning a specific group that specializes in abducting young girls from their homes; the girls are carried along the Congo River away from the border to an unknown location they smuggle drugs and are turned into assassins.” “And what does that have to do with me?” “We have reports that you recently dealt with one of their ships, and we hoped you could give us something that could help our case. We have been following this case from the DRC and we have been trying to find you to put all the pieces together. First we thought it was the rebels, now we believe the slavers are behind the diamond heist at the American embassy in DRC.” “OK! I will help out in any way I can.” “So tell us: how long you have been in uniform?” “For twenty years now. Mark scratched his forehead.” “And when you were stationed in DRC, did you notice any unusual activity, anything out of the

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ordinary?” “No! Not that I know of. We are a round the clock team, and although I was in charge of my platoon, I never really saw anything out of the ordinary. Our mission was to keep the peace in that area, and we really caught arms dealers and some rebel gangs. But I did remember inspecting a boat that carried a lot of refugees, and fighting a gun battle with some men along river Congo, nothing serious. They had really huge weapons and they got away from us because of the terrain, but no woman was spotted.” enny brought out a note pad and started taking notes; she looked at mark with great care and nodded with every pause in his speech trying to observe his gesticulations and reflexes. “So is he just going to stand there and look at me? He is making me nauseous.” Mark said, while pointing to Jenny’s assistant. “And how is he making you feel nauseous?” Jenny asked with a raised eyebrow. “Nothing at all, I just don’t like his look.” “Please William. Could you wait outside? I’m almost done here.” “No problem.” said William. William stepped out of the office and closed the door behind him. “So where were we? “asked Jenny “”We were…..”

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“Ok! So tell me also about the diamond heist at the embassy.” Jenny interrupted. Mark ran his hands through his hair and spoke “Well, we visited the ambassador for assistance and to bring troops from the states to help the French soldiers and days later, we heard the place has been raided and the famous twelve diamonds were stolen, leaving the Ambassador dead.” “We? Who are these we? You keep on talking about.” “I and my best friend Tim.” “OK. That’s nice” “And who is this Tim? If I, may ask.” “He is the military doctor, assigned to DRC for the peace process.” “OK great!” “So do you remember anything unusual that happened in her office the day you went visiting?” “No!” Mark shook his head and paused. “No, Not that I know of.” “I don’t have any other questions. Here is my card, contact me if you remember anything.” Jenny stood up from her seat and shook his hands for the second time and Mark escorted her out the door. They had both taken two steps away from the door when Mark suddenly spoke. “Hey miss! You forgot your coat.” “Oh! My! Thanks Garcia. I am going back to get it.” “You say you are a detective and you forget a simple thing like a coat in a rack.” Mark teased her and smiled. he shrugged him off a little, and proceeded back to his office to get her coat and on the impact from her left shoulder; a letter fell out of the back pocket of her blue jeans. Mark picked up the letter and glanced through it with a surprised facial expression.

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Romance

I cheated on my husband, now am out on the streets A

nna had been happily married to Julius for five years; or at least, so it seemed, and their union was blessed with a lovely baby. But she had always been in love with her husband’s friend, Elvis, who happens to be her first love. Her love for Elvis developed into a full blown affair which later led to the dissolution of her marriage. Anna writes. Elvis is my first love and our plan was to get married but because Elvis was not financially buoyant at the time I was ripe for marriage, my family insisted that I get married to Julius who was a multi-millionaire. The argument on my mum’s part was that as a woman, valuable time was passing by and really fast too. All my attempts to persuade my mother to give Elvis some time to put himself together were like pouring water on a stone, which will never sink. She was downright adamant. My father didn’t support me either. On his part, Julius’s father and dad had been friends for over a decade. When Julius who had returned home after his post-graduate studies in the United States of America, USA, returned home to a plum job in the oil and gas sector of the Nigerian economy, the only thing he had missing in his life at the time was a woman to start a family with. Upon a visit he accompanied his father to our house that Saturday afternoon, our paths crossed and we started dating. He proposed three months into our relationship. Of course, our parents supported the relationship and threw their resources and time into planning our wedding when he proposed. When Elvis found out that I left him in order to get married to Julius, he was heart-broken. I was short of words as I stood there, helplessly staring into his eyes. I could feel his pain and disappointment. I saw how sad he was. I wanted to say something to console him but was short of words. In fact, the truth is that I couldn’t find the right words to speak to him. Just at that moment. Elvis pulled me closer. His lips pressed against mine so passionately that I gave in to him; I found myself releasing my body to him, more like, I was longing for it. The past few week of chatting and talking with Elvis had ignited the fire of love between us. I held unto to him as long as I could, My mind totally blank of all sanity and I was so damn afraid to think. He lifted me unto the couch and just then, I felt him unbuttoning my blouse, kissing my neck all the way to my mouth, so engrossed in having all of me. I felt hot tears flowing from my eyes as I gave

in to him. After this episode with Elvis, I drove back home in pains and tears. I knew I love him. He has always been the love of my life but truly speaking, I am a married woman for goodness sake! y heart was pounding faster than usual, my hands shaking and fear was written all over me. What exactly have I done? I asked myself as tears of regret flowed from my eyes. It was a feeling of fear, anger and betrayal. There was no excuse for what happened and I knew the worst was about to happen. How can I face my husband now? I love my husband and never really intended to put a crack in our matrimonial vows. I knew I was in big trouble. When I drove in, I saw my husband’s car parked in the garage. As I looked through the window of our house, I noticed there were no lights on. My husband had probably gone to bed, I thought. All I wanted to do was rush in and have a shower. I was grateful that Julius had called in the afternoon and offered to pick up our daughter from day care. But a big surprise lay ahead of me. Upon opening the door, I was taken aback at what I saw: rows and layers of

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When Elvis found out that I left him in order to get married to Julius, he was heart-broken. I was short of words as I stood there, helplessly staring into his eyes. I could feel his pain and disappointment.

candles were lit from the entrance all the way to the stairs leading to our bed room. There were petals of roses on the floor and the house was full of their scented aroma. I notice that the dinner table was set and a scented candle was lit on it. A mixture of fear and betrayal instantly enveloped me. followed the candles to the room and here was my husband standing there holding a rose for me. As I looked at him, I felt tears running down my face. I was so full of guilt and remorse

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that I had to confess all that transpired between Elvis and I to him. That was like the proverbial cane that broke the camel’s back. He got so angry, he asked me to leave his house for good. I pleaded with him for his forgiveness, telling him it was an incidence that happened at a moment of weakness. But trust the Nigerian man. He was so heartbroken and virtually inconsolable. I really don’t blame him though, but I love him with all my being. How can I ever get my

husband to forgive me? He has custody of our baby and won’t pick my calls. have since moved out of the house, back to my parents’ house. I love my husband and baby and can’t imagine possibly going through life without them. Was it wrong to tell my husband what transpired between I and Elvis? Were his actions justified?

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n an industry where divorce and separation seem to be rampant, it seems good to celebrate some Nollywood stakeholders whose marriages seem to have stood the test of time. This is because the media have celebrated the frequent marriage crashes in Nollywood more than the way they have celebrated the ones that have been intact for years. Nevertheless, there are divorces and separations everywhere, but those of entertainers attract much attention because they are in the limelight. It’s also necessary to note that there is nothing like a perfect marriage. Here is a list of some Nollywood top stakeholders whose marriages have stood the test of time. The list is in no particular order. I painstakingly came up with this compilation. Your contributions and comments are Welcomed. 1) Olu Jacobs and Joke Silver: The two are celebrity couples and they have been married for so many years and they inspire younger actors with their marriage. 2) Omotola Jolade Ekeinde and Matthew : Next on the list is Omotola whose marriage to her hubby just clocked 18 years. Despite the scandals and rumours associated with the entertainment industry, they have been able to weather the storm of marital life. Omotola and husband Captain Mathew Ekeinde recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. The star actressgaveashoutouttoherhusbandon instagram this with a video tagged with a special message. “18 years , still like we dating babe… Nice and easy… My best friend … Funny, annoying, caring, workaholic…We still here babe, you’re still the one!#happymarriageanniversary” 3) Zack and Ngozi Orji: Zack and Ngozi met in Enugu many years back when Ngozi was still a student at the Institute of Management and Technology. Ngozi is also an actress.Apart from acting, the duo are also into music and are blessed with three children, Emeka Lionel Orji, Princess Laura Chiamaka and Michelle Chidimma Orji. Zack in an interview with a weekly magazine said that their marriage has survived because of their maturity and understanding adding,to the fact that they did not get married in Nollywood. He said trust has been the rock of their marriage and he

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has never felt jealous anytime she plays love roles because she is only doing her job. The same goes with Ngozi who says she doesn’t feel jealous her hubby cuddling another woman in the movie. Not even the rumoured relationship between Zack and a Ghanaian minister’s wife, which Zack vehemently refuted thus “Over my dead body! I won’t ever do a dirty thing like that. Selasi is someone my wife knows very well, they met in Ghana and she knows there was nothing else between us aside the business we both executed.” could separate them. 4) Omoni Oboli and Nnamdi: Actress Omoni Oboli and her husband, Nnamdi Oboli has been married for 14 years now and they have in many ways become a reference point to other actresses who rush in and rush out of marriage. In a previous interview Omoni said she has no plans for divorce ” Marriage to anybody is to understand the responsibility that comes with it. In my marriage, there’s no plan B; no thoughts about divorce. The fact that he isn’t a celebrity is not what makes him a great husband, it’s just who he is”. 5) Regina Askia Williams: Regina askia sacrificed her fame and acting career for marriage to American Rudy Williams. The couple is blessed with 2 kids together. Regina got married to Rudy since 2000, they separated at a point in their marriage but later got back together. Who would have thought that Regina would stay in a man’s house for like 13 years? This is inspiring. 6) Rita Tony Edochie - Rita has been married to Pete Edochie’s brother, Tony for many years. Here her words in a recent interview: “My name is Rita Tony Edochie. I am an actress, a proud mother of four (two boys and two girls). One of my daughters is married now. I am also a proud grandmother and by the grace of God my home is intact. Some people have this notion that I am a divorcee but I can proudly tell you that I am not and I can never be, because I got into my husband’s house to live and not to stay. I give all glory to God for that.” 7) Ramsey Noah and Emilia: Nouah is married to Emelia Philips-Nouah. The couple have two sons and a daughter, Quincy Camil Nouah, Desiree Nouah and a baby boy. Ramsey has been married for about a decade now.

Omotola and husband Captain Mathew Ekeinde 8) Emeka Ike : Emeka Ike has been married for long. They are blessed with lovely children. Recently there were unconfirmed reports that his 14 year old marriage has crashed, but Emeka Ike took to Facebook to dispel rumours and even uploaded pics of his wife and children amidst the rumors. 9) Desmond Elliot: Desmond has been married for a decade now. The couple is blessed with four children. Desmond loves his wife so much and everybody knows that. 10) Victoria Inyama Okri: Victoria Inyama got married about 10 years ago and relocated to London. They are blessed with 3 kids. She sacrificed fame for marriage. 11) Sandra Achums Thompson: She is another actress that sacrificed her acting career for marriage and relocated to Germany to be with the husband. They have 2 kids together. 11) Rita Nzelu: Rita got married about 10 years ago and relocated abroad to join her hubby. 12) Tony Umez and Patsy: Tony and wife have been married for more than 15 years and are blessed with beautiful daughters. Tony and wife love each other so much that the wife often dictates to him the kind of movie roles he should take. 13) Emeka Enyiocha Emeka and his lawyer wife have been married for about

7 years now and they are blessed with 3 kids. 14) Maureen Solomon; Maureen and her banker husband have been married for about 9 years now and they have been together ever since. 15) Nobert and Gloria Young: Nobert was in a relationship with Uche Jombo, but surprisingly dumped her and married Glamour Girls actress, Gloria Anozie about 12 years ago. They are still together. 16) Cariloline Danjuma: Caroline Ekanem got married to Danjuma over 7 years ago and they are blessed with cute boys. Caroline used to act before she got married and stopped but she has stuck to the husband for years. 17) Ini Edo : Ini has been married for 6 years now. Many gave her marriage a maximum of 2 years to last. But to the glory of God, it has lasted this far despite the rumors that trail her and marital challenges. 18) Patrick Doyle and Ireti: The two have been married for many years and they are still together. 19) Oge Okoye Duru: Oge has been married for about 7 years now and they are blessed with 2 kids. There was a time the media speculated that her marriage has crashed, but the pretty actress who is an only child of her parents dismissed

such insinuations which probably came as a result of the fact that the husband lives in Spain while she and the kids are resident here in Nigeria. 20) Geogenia Onuoha Georgena got married amidst controversy over 10 years ago and relocated to USA. They are blessed with 2 daughters. Last year, a rumor of possible break up emerged but it was only a rumour. 21) Francis Duru: Francis got married about 10 years ago and has been staying in Abuja with his family. 22) Richard Mofe and Jumobi Damijo The two got married in 2000 after RMD lost his first wife. They are still together. 23) Kanayo O Kanayo He has been with his family after getting married several years ago. 24) Bob Manuel Udokwu He has been with his pretty and well endowed wife for years. 25) Yul Edochie Yul got married earlier and is blessed with 3 kids. He has been able to balance his work and family pressure for years. 26) Uche Elendu Igweanyiba Uche Elendu married her fan traditionally some yearsago,andtheyareblessedwithadaughter,afterthat, thecoupledidtheirwhitewedding.Theyhavebeentogethersince. (nollywood.com)

This couple has survived all odds especially in a world where gossip and speculations are trife.rumour has it that, Ramsey(Nollywood star)constantly maltreats his wife and prompted her to seek a divorce. He has dispelled those rumours severally.They have two lovely kids to show for the union.


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ardly would you see a movie released in Nigeria few years back without the stern-face of popular actor, Hanks Anuku adorning the jacket of the film. His face was like an Indian Talisman, who brings luck to movie producers in the country back then. But that is no more the case as no one knows if the face of Hanks Anuku can still sell even a local community film this time around. He was made the Special Adviser to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State on Tourism and Entertainment in 2010, but he later left the job. After that, he was in the news for being delivered from alcohol and mental illness by Prophet TB Joshua, he later moved to Ghana after the incident. Some days ago, Nigeriafilms.com met him in Ghana and he had a short interview, where he explained the reason behind his relocation to the West African country. Why did you leave Nigeria for Ghana? Yea, as you can see, I am in Ghana now. It was a decision I made to get a few things for myself and to get closer to God because so many things happened to me in Nigeria that I was not happy about. Does that mean you wouldn’t have been closer to God if you were in Nigeria? I would always have time for anybody and appreciate the presence of a man or woman of substance. What do you do here presently Apart from filmmaking; I am into the development of grassroots’ talents in music and filmmaking.

How is that going? It has been very great. Are Ghanaians embracing you? You know, love thy neighbour like thyself is my tool across the Nile unto Jericho. I think everybody loves me. I don’t know who the enemy is. So, whoever the enemy is, I am sorry, I forgive all haters. That is what it is. Should your fans in Nigeria be expecting something from you soon? Well, everything depends on God. He is my provider. If God wants me to go to Nigeria, no problem, I mean, as long as you are serious with the job.

Nuella is my missing rib, TchidiChikere confesses

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ollywood director, TchidiChikere and his actress lover, NuellaNjubigbo tied the knot traditionally amidst controversies. Before the wedding, it was alleged that Neulla snatched the handsome man from his estranged wife, Sophia, who is also an actress. In an interview with Encomium magazine, Tchidi described his new wife as his missing rib and also disclosed that mem-

bers of his family have accepted Nuella as his wife. “I have the support of my family, who have fully accepted Nuella. Having concluded all the traditional rites, she is now with me in Mbaise. My people have given her wrappers and taken her to the farm. We are very happy. This looks more like my first marriage. In fact, Nuella is my missing rib,” Tchidi said.

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Seyfried: I didn’t think I was chic

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manda Seyfried has said she never imagined herself becoming the face of a French fashion house. The Les Miserables star, who began modelling when she was 11 years old, represents the luxury French brand Givenchy. She told Glow magazine: “It’s not something I would ever have imagined could happen to me... I never saw myself as somebody who could represent something so chic.” The Lovelace actress, 28, added: “ You

can wear a big overcoat and flat shoes, and still feel super-feminine, and that’s so hard to pull off. “[Givenchy] takes classic pieces and f***s them up in such a cool way... It’s empowering,” Mail Online quoted the US star as saying. Amanda, who is dating actor Justin Long, is next set to appear alongside CharlizeTheron and Liam Neeson in comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West.


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Bollywood/Hollywood 50 Cent joins Melissa McCarthy in ‘Spy’

Bradley Cooper, girlfriend still together despite rumours

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urtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent,has joined the cast of Paul Feig’s spy comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter has said. The movie, which at one point was titled Susan Cooper, centers on a CIA analyst, played by McCarthy, who goes into the field for the first time. The cast also includes Jude Law as a suave superspy and Jason Statham as an overconfident yet clumsy spy. Also in the cast are Rose Byrne, British comedienne Miranda Hart, Bobby CannavaleandNia Long. It is unclear how Jackson figures into the plot, but he will play himself. Feig will direct the film from a script he wrote. Peter Cherninand Jenno Topping are producing via their Chernin Entertainment banner along with Feig and Jessie Henderson via their Feigco Entertainment banner. The movie will shoot in April in Budapest. Jackson appeared in last year’s Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and just wrapped ‘The Prince’, a crime picture starring Bruce Willis and John Cusack. He is repped by CAA.

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Khan joins Corrie as Kal’s daughter

ollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper and his model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse are reportedly still dating despite rumours suggesting that they broke up. The ‘Hangover’ star had recently fuelled rumours of a break up from the British model but apparently the couple are still very much in love with each other, reported E!Online. “Bradley and Suki are very much a couple,” the source said. There were reports that Cooper, 39, had reconnected with his former girlfriend actress Renee Zellweger, which had caused the problems in his relation to Waterhouse, 22. But, the model was spotted arriving at LAX airport recently to spend a few days with Cooper. The aspiring actress is apparently also hoping to get married with the actor in the near future. “There’s a big age difference between them, but Suki adores Brad and after winning over his mum’s heart she’s hoping for a ring on her finger,” the source said. Cooper was previously married to actress Jennifer Esposito before divorcing her in 2007.

Morton in Terminator: ‘Judgement Day; the character was a little boy in that movie. (Emilia Clarke is portraying Sarah Connor, Courtney will be Kyle Reese and Jason Clarke is John Connor.) Lee’s role is being kept locked in the deepest vaults of Cyberdyne, but it promises to be a doozy. Lee, a big star in his native South Korea, made his American debut with G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and also appeared in Red 2, Summit’s action movie that starred Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He is repped by CAA, BH Entertainment, and McKuin Frankel. Gladis played advert man Paul Kinsey on AMC’s acclaimed Mad Men. He has several movies in the can, including Atom Egoyan’sDevil’s Knot, the Peter Dinklage comedy Knights of Badassdom and the Jason Blum-produced Not Safe for Work. He is repped by TalentWorks and Gallant Management.

oronation Street has cast newcomer Sair Khan as KalNasir’s daughter Alya. Personal trainer Khalid ‘Kal’ Nasir, played by Jimi Mistry, joined the ITV soap at the end of last year, and it was previously announced his relatives would join him - introducing the first Muslim family to the cobbles. Sair, 26, from Leeds, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. As a northerner, I’ve grown up watching the show and so can’t quite believe that I’ll soon be walking on the famous cobbles.” University graduate Alya is set to make life difficult for Kal (Jimi Mistry) when she arrives in June, and is promised to “ immediately ruffle a few feathers with her outspoken nature and bubbly personality”. Her arrival will coincide with that of widower Kal’s son and mother, who are yet to be cast. Assistant producer Ella Kelly added: “We’re delighted to introduce Sair as Alya, the new strong-minded member of the Nazir family, who puts temptation in the path of one male resident, causing a storm before her feet have even hit the cobbles.” Producer Stuart Blackburn said earlier this year: “We’ve already established that Kal’s son and daughter both live with Kal’s mum and dad, so we’re going to bring them onto the Street. It’ll be the first Muslim family that Corrie has ever had.” Kal’s dad Sharif, played by former Emmerdale actor Marc Anwar, appeared on the street in February when he lent Kal money to help fund the gym business he has set up with DevAlahan, played by JimmiHarkishin.

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fter several publicity of his US show, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, unfortunately, kick started the tour on a wrong note. Fans of the celebrated pop star had come out in their droves last weekend for the much hyped concert but were utterly disappointed when they had to wait hours before the pop star eventually mounted the stage. But sadly, the concert flopped and this got Davido’s fans angry. Those who attended the event did not however fail to express their disappointments as they took to social media to vent their anger. Many identified improper time management, coordination and logistics as the major shortcomings of the ‘Skelwu Concert.’ One of the affected fans complained that they (fans) had to wait for hours before Davido, the main act of the concert, eventually mounted the stage to perform. According to those who attended the concert, the headline artiste (Davido) was billed to hit the stage at about midnight but that he did not do so until about 3am, which anger them (fans), knowing that the show was to end in an hour. Davido is also said to not have performed his hit song ‘Skelewu’. Apparently worried about the effect of the mess up, the artiste released a statement to apologise to his angry fans.

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Leung to star in One Child drama

atie Leung is set to star in new BBC Two drama KThe One Child. Harry Potter actress will play a young Chineseborn woman who was adopted by Anglo-American parents and finds herself struggling with her identity in the two-part programme. She plays Mei, who is asked to return to her birthplace of Guangzhou when her birth mother desperately asks for her help in saving her brother. Mei will find herself conflicted over what it means to be family and how she will react to the mother who gave her away and the brother she has never met. Writer Guy Hibbert said: “I wanted to visit a contemporary Chinese city to discover what I felt was the most important story to tell from the point of view of the ordinary Chinese citizen. It is, of course, corruption - as it is in far too many countries throughout the world. “My story is set amongst the poorest in the city and amongst the richest, the new billionaire class, abusing power alongside provincial Party officials. “I have also looked at the effect of the One Child policy - under which so many baby girls were abandoned and a fortunate few were adopted in the West. What has it been like for those children to grow up living between two cultures?” One Child will begin production next month in London and Hong Kong and is expected to air late this year

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Stella Damasus, Daniel Ademinokan premiere new film in US

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opular actress, Stella Damasus and her allged lover, Daniel Ademinokan have premiered a new movie entitled ‘When Is It Enough’. The flick was premiered last Friday in New York, United States of America (USA). The rumoured lovebirds have been in the US for some time now. ‘When Is It Enough’ was written by Stella, while Daniel directed the film. Daniel was once married to Doris Simeon, who is also an actress, but their union crashed few years


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The plight of Abuja street traders By Ocheigia Enoch Oloche

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buja street traders have turned Berger Junction into their market place where many goods are displayed for sale on the street. Usually, items like trousers, shirts, shoes and other household articles are openly displayed at Berger junction to attract the attention of pedestrians that throng the ever busy road. The traders resorted to aggressive marketing by exploiting the huge, regular human traffic around the

park. However, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board which has a responsibility to rid the city of filth and abuse constantly sacks the traders who have remained adamant. Although the traders demand the task force of the A.E.P.B to treat them with respect, fairness and equity, they must realise also that rules are meant to be respected. Wares for sale are meant for the market, and not the streets. For the traders, their appeal is that the government should provide them with affordable stores where they can sell their wares, believing that

to sell on the streets is much better than to steal, kidnapping innocent people or even prostitute I believe that turning Berger junction into a market place is not ideal because roads for pedestrians cannot at the same time serve as market. However, the government should look into the situation to relocate the traders or provide alternative location for such traders who cannot the space in the organised market. Ocheigia Enoch Oloche lives in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja


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By Chijioke Okoronkwo “The rising incidence of sexual abuse of minors in the country is evidence that our policies and laws are not working.”

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he ever increasing incidents of rape, especially of minors, have become a source of worry to many Nigerians. Hardly can a day pass without reports of women and minors raped across the country. Just recently, a hospital in Edo said it handled 80 rape cases in seven months. Besides, the courts are daily inundated with cases of rape, most of them minors. The punishment for rape as spelt out in Section 358 of the Criminal Code is life imprisonment, while an attempt to commit rape attracts 14 years imprisonment. In spite of the penalty for rape, it still thrives, because of bottlenecks of legal technicalities, and unwillingness of victims to pursue their cases to logical conclusions. A lawyer, Festus Keyamo, said that the problem hindering prosecution of rape cases was unwillingness of many victims to pursue their cases to logical conclusions. According to him, it is one thing to allege being raped and another to lodge a complainant and proceed with the prosecution of the offence. Mr. Keyamo attributed the situation to the complacency of the society and the nature of the act, which most victims perceive could stigmatise and tarnish their image. Friday Okonofua, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, said that political commitment was needed to reduce the high incidence of rape. Mr. Okonofua, who is a Programme Officer for Ford Foundation (West Africa), said that the “rising incidence of sexual abuse of minors in the country is evidence that our policies and laws are not working.”

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Checking high incidence of rape in Nigeria “In other countries, when such happens, the perpetrators will be sent to life imprisonment or punished; but in Nigeria we have some laws and policies that are not being implemented,’’ he noted. The gynaecologist also called on the law enforcement agents and judiciary to live up to their responsibilities and quicken the dispensation of justice. “There are penalties for people who commit such offences, but people are afraid to come out because they feel that nothing will be done. “The executive and judicial arms of government should work in harmony and formulate policies that can prevent incidences of rape,” Mr. Okonofua said. On her part, Oluwatoyin Jegede, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Ibadan, described rape as a crime against humanity. According to her, rape infringes on the rights of the victim, who carries the psychological trauma for life. Ms. Jegede, however, blamed the high incidence of rape to negligence and care free attitude of some parents. The don urged parents to be alive to their responsibilities and protect their children at all times, stressing that females should take cognisance of their susceptibility. “Indecent dressing among ladies should be discouraged, and society should reject it in totality,” she said The university teacher advised ladies to present themselves in a manner that would

promote respect for the female gender. Jennifer Spiff, the National Coordinator, Women Initiative for Transparency and Social Justice, an NGO, blamed the increasing rate of rape and child defilement on unemployment. “There is unemployment in the country; youths are loitering around; no work to do and their minds are not occupied. When a man’s mind is not valuably occupied, he can do any kind of evil. “The young men that have no job go around, they have no work to do and sometimes they also want to make friends with girls. They cannot afford the money to make friends with girls, and when they find out that they can rape them, they do it. “A youth that is gainfully employed will be busy at his work place, he will not have time to rape,’’ she said. Ms. Spiff also called for concerted efforts to check the high incidence of rape, stressing that women should be conscious on how they dress. “It is a very diverse problem. We will look at it from the social perspective, how women present themselves before their male counterparts. “Are they dressed in provocative manners and also find themselves in compromising situations with men and incidentally these things happen. “There should be reorientation in our schools, telling young men the things that are involved in rape cases. “To tell them that morally it is not good

to rape a woman, because when you rape a woman you destroy her,’’ she added. Omotola Rotimi, the Director in the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, on her part, called for the establishment of rape victims` unit in all police stations and hospitals. She noted that many cases of rape were not reported because of lack of confidence in the criminal justice system. “That is why I emphasise on the special victims` unit at every police, where the victim will be attended to immediately; from there to the nearest hospital, either private or government hospital for further investigation.’’ She said there should also be a rape victims’ unit in every hospital that would work closely with the police. Ms. Rotimi said setting up of special victims’ unit in all police stations and hospitals would provide easy access as well as ensure prompt treatment of rape victims. She said that the establishment of such units would give victims confidence to report cases. Stakeholders want the government to remove all the inhibitions in the extant rape legislations that hinder prosecution of rape cases. Okoronkwo contributed this piece on NAN

Before we crucify Abba Moro By Comrade Nwokoma Messiah

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ince the ugly incidence that tainted the recruitment exercise of the Nigerian Immigration Service, some people have been calling for the resignation of both the Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Moro as well as the Nigerian Immigration Service helmsman , David Padarang. Their criticisms have become regular and to a large extent smack of a people that keep betraying their level of ignorance on the issue at stake rather than the love of the bereaved or the family of the bereaved. What is gradually unfolding is an attempt to tarnish the good works of the present administration under President Goodluck Jonathan in order to score cheap political points. If not for mischief, how would anybody in his or her senses call for the resignation of somebody whose ministry has continually employed Nigerian youths in the various establishments that make up his ministry as if his resignation will bring back the dead. A country is made strong not by the absence of calamities but by the reaction of its leaders and citizens to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if these same people call for his head if a pole had fallen down and injured or killed the applicants that fateful day. This is a trait of pull him down syndrome (any public official is a bad man and must be brought down within the slightest opportunity). What most people fail to realize is that if the applicants had behaved in a disciplined manner, the unfortunate incidence wouldn’t have occurred. We

must learn to understand what it takes to be disciplined and I believe this is what every Nigerian should be talking about so as to forestall future occurrences. I was privileged to witness the exercise and surely believe that if not for the unruly behavior of some applicants that were screened out due to their heights and other factors, this incidence would have been averted. The talk that the organizers did not do their homework well to me does not hold water because they did their utmost best to be on top of the situation. Recently, a Malaysian airline went missing without trace. I have been following that news and surprisingly have not heard of the call for the resignation of the minister in charge or of a section of the political divide in the country trying to use it to score political points. What I noticed is this Asian country is that the people view it as a collective tragedy and have patriotically

lined up behind their leaders in this period of grief. This is the way our people especially politicians should behave in circumstances like this and not the other way round as evident in the mudslinging approach. The way the issue of the stampede has been so politicised shows a dangerous trend for our development as a people. This is not the first and definitely may not be the last of stampedes (God forbid please). It has happened in England and other developed countries. It has also happened during other recruitment exercise in the country as well as when Senator Bukola Saraki was sharing hi largesse in Kwara but just because this incident happened close to an election year, it has become something else. I feel very sorry for the minister who would have been basking in the euphoria of having reduced the unemployment level in the country if not for this unfortunate incidence. This is clearly a case of good

Recently, a Malaysian airline went missing without trace. I have been following that news and surprisingly have not heard of the call for the resignation of the minister in charge or of a section of the political divide in the country trying to use it to score political points.

intention turned sour. I believe with support of Nigerians he will come out of this a better experienced administrator and a plus to the Transformation Agenda. His apology to the families of the bereaved as well as the injured clearly shows his maturity and level of being a responsible leader. Our leaders must learn to imbibe this trait even at the face of being crucified as most critics of the minister are wont to. As a Niger Deltan and a staunch supporter of this present administration’s effort to transform this great country, I see a kind of attempt to blackmail this administration through the most hardworking lieutenants such as Moro and others. They did it to the former aviation minister a lady who did so much for the aviation sector. But what they fail to realise is that Nigerians have become wiser. It is interesting to hear that the Federal Government has announced some packages for the families of the bereaved as well as the injured. Such action is commendable and shows that the government is sensitive to the plight of the people As we look to the outcome of the public hearing initiated by the leadership of the National Assembly, Nigerians sincerely believe that the truth of what led to the stampede will be addressed rather than an attempt to seek for unnecessary faults that does not exist. Rationality during the hearing must be the key to the success of the hearing. God bless Nigeria. Comrade Nwokoma Messiah is the National Coordinator of the Niger Delta Renaissance Organistion (NDRO)


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By Yunus Abdulsalam

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he menace of terrorism and insecurity pervading the polity with its attendant negative effects on our national lives and corporate existence has continued to cause goose pimples in the minds of many patriotic Nigerians. It is mind-boggling nowadays, seeing the headlines of national dailies being dominated by news of terrorism with some fringe elements threatening to hijack the monopoly of violence from the hand of the state. This is a sorry development that calls for concerted efforts towards bringing peace and normalcy back to the driving seat. It is therefore a worthy development the recent unveiling of a strategy document titled as “Soft Approach to Countering Terrorism” by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasoki (rtd), on the 18th March 2014. It is surely a complementary framework to the ongoing military offensive against terrorists. On the point of law, the recent action of the NSA conforms to the provision of section 1 (A) of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 – which saddled the NSA with the co-ordinating responsibility on matters relating to terrorism. The section enshrined thus: “ensure the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive counter terrorism strategy, build capacity for the effective discharge of the functions of relevant security, intelligence, law enforcement and military services under the acts”.

However, while the soft approach to countering terrorism is a laudable project theoretically, it is a different ball game altogether when one ruminates over the efficient implementation of the project and the need to put in place the requisite infrastructures for the implementation to thrive. These are critical issues which forms the crux of this piece. Firstly, there is the need for the office of the NSA to be seriously committed towards the full implantation of this project. Otherwise this laudable project will become the proverbial five fingers of a leper. Instances are abound, where the Federal Government has been accused of non-implementation of various recommendations by different committees (commissioned by the same Federal Government) on how to adequately stem the tide of terrorism and insecurity. Lets recall, professor Nuhu Alkali, a dialogue committee member, at one time aired his dissatisfaction over Federal Government’s failure to implement his committee’s recommendation as he believed that its implementation would have averted several attacks that claimed many precious lives. Of course, the Federal Government has been working assiduously and making tremendous efforts in curbing this nauseating scourge as there are plethora of instances of disruption of terrorist cells which led to prevention of attacks across the country. But if the truth must be told, the Federal Government needs to heighten the level of implementations to the barrage of well meaning recommen-

dations at its disposal. Secondly, the details of the exercise of the de-radicalization of the convicted terrorists and suspects awaiting trial are thoughtful and well founded. It aims at exterminating the root of the extremism instincts in the minds of this class of people. The program is prison based as the Ministry of interior and prison service is expected to be the co-drivers of the program. However, when one peep at the distasteful condition of the prison inmates in Nigeria, it surely becomes a conundrum on how the insightful program will thrive. The deplorable condition of Nigeria prison is, as succinctly put by Suleiman Shuaibu, President of African Youths for Conflict Resolution, “Every where in Nigerian, inmates are suffering too much of population – the prison yard is congested. The nature of where they sleep, the atmosphere is not conducive”. Looking at this gory picture as depicted, one will be constrained to submit that this altruistic prison based program is akin to an attempt to erect a dam in a vast arid desert. Is the Government desirous of ameliorating this situation? Irked, by the sad development, the Nigerian Prison Services was renamed Nigeria Prison and Correctional Service sequel to the Senate passage of a bill for an Act to repeal the Prisons Act CAP P29 Law of the federation of Nigeria 2004. Infact, according to the Bill the name change is to “underscore the humane aspect of the reform

focus of the prison administration and to conform to the provisions in the international instrument”. But the above appears to be a cosmetic reform approach while the nittygritty of areas of the reform is seemingly neglected. This is typified by the hard fact that still stare back at us: the repulsive condition of the prison and inmates persists as many people, according to Amnesty International, suffers from neglect and mistreatment in Nigerian Prisons in 2013. More worrying, is that less than 5 percent of budgetary allocation (of 2014 proposed budget) is made for new programmes and improvements out of the nearly 290 million dollars allocated to Nigerian Prison. On the whole, the Government must show higher political will towards the implementation of several recommendations on how to tackle the security challenges as well as putting requisite arrangements in place that will enhance the efficiency of the implementation. In the same vein, there is need for all Nigerians to support the Government in the collective bid to scratch off the shackles of terrorism so that Nigeria can join other nations that are busy rebuilding their economies, revitalizing their physical infrastructures and human capital with the aid of leap-frogging technology. Yunus Abdulsalam A legal practitioner Garki II Abuja Yunusabdulsalam7@gmail.com

The nemesis and the attempted jail breakers By Mashood Isah

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n the early hours of Sunday, while going through twitter for usual updates, the news of gunshots at the State Security Service headquarters close to the state house went viral. Even though the news of gunshots and bombing are now usual in the country, attacking the headquarters of the state security service is awkwardly audacious. The news immediately gained ground, leading to unease in and around the city of Abuja, as people scampered for safety. Rumors began to spread like wildfire about what could possibly be the problem around the seat of power. Some even went as far as speculating that, perhaps there was a mutiny. Various speculations escalated the tension until the Security Service released a statement via its spokesperson, Marylin Ogar which apparently doused the fear in the minds of citizens. It is no more news that the attempted jail break by detained suspected insurgents was foiled by the combined effort of the State Security Service and other security personnel. According to Mrs Ogar, at 0715 hours, the Service suspect handler went to the detention facility within the Headquarters to feed the

suspects. One of the suspects attempted to disarm him 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.” The gunshots apparently attracted attention around the areas and soldiers were on hand as succor to the state security agents. All thanks to the security framework put in place to promote inter-agency cooperation. Thus, once there is any challenge in any military formation or security agency, the new framework will trigger alarm for Rapid Response by other sister agencies. This may not necessarily mean that the SSS aren’t capable of curbing the attacks, but soldiers merely responded to this alarm on Sunday by coming to the SSS headquarters. This is the technical or security justification for soldiers’ intervention. In the end, the marauders were rearrested and scores who refused to surrender were subdued. There is the need to cut some slacks for the combined security agents even though some of the operatives were scathed. It is also good news to hear that innocent passers-by who were arrested around the state

house and environs are beginning to regain their freedom. This is coming from reliable reports that, there were indications that some suspects around the SSS headquarters, who were arrested in Abuja on Sunday, have been released based on the service’s respect for human rights. This also serves as clarion call to the security service and all other security agents to as much as possible avert extra judicial arrests and killings which they have been criticized for over the years. This is especially since the emergence of insurgency in

some parts of the country. Thus, will at least douse the artificial phobia an average Nigerian has for uniformed personnel in the country. The security might have had it a bit easier to contain the recent attempted jail break, but there is no doubt that; another attempt by terrorists to escape will be more coordinated. Thus it is left for the state security service to be more alert and take proactive measures to curtail any funny movement by detainees. I still remember the days when I used to read that criminals are transferred from

All thanks to the security framework put in place to promote inter-agency cooperation. Thus, once there is any challenge in any military formation or security agency, the new framework will trigger alarm for Rapid Response by other sister agencies.

one prison to another around the nation. In some cases, criminals may not even know where they are; talk more of thinking of escaping. I wonder what really happened to such practice in the nation. Criminals of such caliber should be kept far away from the seat of power to eschew the kind of drama that happened on Sunday. Better still, there should be a special detention center where arrested insurgents would be detained pending other development. More so and more importantly, I expect that suspected terrorists should be tried in a law court as soon as possible, rather than detaining them for God knows how long. The fact that a criminal is arrested and detained for more than 48hours without trial may be a violation of their human rights. There may perhaps be some exceptions when it comes to dealing with cases of terrorism, but be that as it may, an arrested insurgent should be handicapped as much as possible in order to avert any form of treachery. The only good news from the narration is that no suspected terrorists escaped from justice. Moshood Isah Sapele Street Garki 2, Abuja


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Online Comments Finding Nigeria’s missing billions shooting the messenger does not nullify the message

Danlado says: I am a Nigerian and will remain so for the rest of my miserable life. Some time I used to wish I was born in Namibia or Rwanda. I believe life is better there than in this Godforsaken country where hard work is never appreciated or rewarded. Rather, what one gets instead is punishment. Take for instant the fuel subsidy scam where a fraud of 2.7 trillion naira was uncovered by the Rep Frouk Lawal committee. What happened? He was punished and silenced, now Sunusi Lamido was also punished for uncovering a fraud that was being perpetrated to the tune of 20 billion dollars. What a shame! May God protect the people of this country.

Egypt’s ridiculous mass death sentences Paul Pawlowski says: Egypt should use that huge bulldozer and bury the 500 convicted alive, to teach some lesson not to murder policemen and police women. Well done Egypt.

Those who sponsor Boko Haram

Ibrahim mista-Ali says: It is clearly understood

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that the killings in the north is being sponsored by highly placed government officials to reduce the northern population. Why churches are attacked is only to deviate people’s attention but the main target is northern Muslims. Abubakar Shekau is an agent of the distracters. In the history of Nigeria we have never witnessed the killing of human being’s like we see presently. Not even during the civil war. Danlado says: Whatever it is the perpetrators forgot one important factor that is God. Certainly the day is not far when they will be asked to render account on all the atrocities they have committed against the innocent people. On that day nobody can shield them from the torment of hell fire.

Shema and the northern political mafia Regina Tambuwal says: Mohammed Rabiu how much did Shema pay you to scribble this rubbish! Katisna State is poor. No drinking water, very poor power supply, poor people who cannot feed themselves, drug addicts that are very young, hopelessness everywhere you look. And get this; with all that, he builds an EIGHT BILLION NAIRA GOVERNMENT HOUSE! Tell me Malan Rabiu what do you call such a man?

Bioseh says: I have always liked the Governor. He knows that being in power is not about him or his next job, but about doing his best for the peo-

Peter Obi,

Alh. Atiku Abubakar ple. He does not believe in self promotion. He is going to be the next President of Nigeria and I hope God keeps him alive. All the self serving clowns masquerading as leaders are not going to get anywhere.

As Governor Obi bows out

Chukwu john onyema says: Chief Peter the rock Obi is the new face of politics in Nigeria. He has demonstrated that he is truly a wise man from the East. I am waiting for the APC govs to prove themselves come 2015, especially Mallam Rochas Okorocha and Adamu Rotimi Amaechi. Obi in his eight years in office never wasted the tax payer’s money advertising his state on the pages of newspaper. He is my man any time any day. Up APGA!

Confab: Atiku charges

Alh. Ibrahim Shema

delegates on true federalism Mr Abdin says:

This is a welcome development from a true democrat who believes in the unity of Nigeria. A true Nigerian like Atiku will not pray for the disintegration of the country and it is hopeful that the delegates will discuss issues of National importance..God bless Nigeria amen.

LNG earmarks N2bn for engineering facilities’ upgrade in six varsities

Mohammed Bashir says: Please be kinder and consider the upcoming universities in the country. These old universities have facilities that are incomparable with any other new univer-

sity even though they admit fewer students compared to the others.

Recruitment tragedy: Immigration Board indicts Moro, consultants

Moses Ola-Olu Famuyiwa says: If the allegations are true, the minister and the consultant should face murder charge, also, the minister should be sacked.

Defection: Court asks 37 APC Reps to resign Boma Cookey says: I think the judge is right in declaring the defected lawmakers’ seat vacant. They can’t eat their cake and have it. Therefore they should recontest under APC.

Hon Femi Gbajabiamila


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London, city with great past

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ondon (England), city, capital of the United Kingdom. London is situated in southeastern England along the Thames River. With a population of about 7 million, this vast metropolis is by far the largest city in Europe, a distinction it has maintained since the 17th century. In the 19th century it was the largest and most influential city in the world, the center of a large and prosperous overseas empire. Although it no longer ranks among the world’s most populous cities, London is still one of the world’s major financial and cultural capitals. By European standards, London is physically spread out and dispersed, without a predominant focal point. It therefore defies easy general description, as the city’s character is found in its diverse and distinct sections. Many of these sections began as separate villages, and today they maintain some of their individual identities. London’s image is partly defined by its past, as its major buildings and institutions represent 2000 years of community history. Its image is

also the product of a new multiethnic mix of people and the creative impulse of the new popular culture of “Cool Britannia,” a phrase Britain’s promoters conceived in the mid-1990s to portray Britain as modern and trendy. London’s climate is generally mild and damp, although it can be erratic. This region is one of the driest parts of Britain, and the average annual rainfall is only 750 mm (30 in). However, the weather is generally cloudy, and some rain is liable to fall on half the days of the year. With a mean temperature in July of about 18° C (about 64° F), London has warmer summers than most of the island, although heat waves are infrequent and seldom last long. Temperatures rarely go above 26° C (78° F). Winters are relatively frosty, however, and the mean temperature in January is 4° C (40° F). Fog frequently develops in winter. In the past, foggy days were aggravated by smoke, resulting in London’s traditional ‘pea-soupers.’ However, since the use of coal has significantly declined, these have largely disappeared.

Thames River in London The Thames River is the most important river in England and the main source of London’s water supply. In this picture, the Palace of Westminster is on the left, in front of Westminster Bridge (thought to be the site of the Romans’ first crossing point). On the south bank of the river (on the right of the picture) are Lambeth Palace (the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury), the South Bank Centre arts complex and the London Eye. Sandy Stockwell/Corbis

Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace in Westminster is the official London residence of the British sovereign. Its interior, open to the public during August and September while the queen is on vacation, contains many elegantly furnished apartments and noted collections of paintings. The famous changing of the guard takes place outside Buckingham Palace. Steve Vidler /eStock Photo

London’s Tower Bridge The Tower Bridge spans the Thames River from the Tower of London to Southwark on the south side of the Thames. It was the only movable bridge crossing the Thames when it was completed in 1894. The bridge was designed by Sir Horace Jones and built by Sir John Wolfe Barry. SIME/Ripani Massimo /4Corners Images

Tower of London, England The Tower of London, located on the northern bank of the Thames River, was built in the 11th century. It was used alternately as a fortress, royal residence, and state prison in its early years. Today it is maintained as an arsenal with a garrison, and is open to the public. The well-preserved Norman and medieval structures cover nearly 7 hectares (18 acres). Will and Deni McIntyre/Photo Researchers, Inc.

Waterloo Station, London The Eurostar, a high-speed passenger train that connects England with continental Europe, leaves from Waterloo Station in London. Natalie Tepper/Arcaid

Millennium Bridge, London The Millennium Bridge, designed by British architect Norman Foster, is a pedestrian bridge across the Thames River in London, England. The bridge connects Saint Paul’s Cathedral (seen in the background) with the Tate Modern gallery. Shortly after its opening in 2000, the bridge had to be closed because of its sideways sway. After stabilization, the bridge reopened in 2002. JONATHAN EVANS/REUTERS


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Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), First commoner to rule England (I) I INTRODUCTION

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liver Cromwell (1599-1658), leader in the English Revolution (1640-1660) and the first commoner to rule England. Cromwell governed as Lord Protector from 1653 to 1658 under England’s only written constitution, the Instrument of Government. During the English Civil War (1642-1649), Cromwell rose from obscurity on the basis of his devout Calvinism, natural military genius, and forceful personality. These characteristics helped him hold together the competing groups that had overthrown King Charles I in the first phase of the civil war. Cromwell conquered Ireland and Scotland, made England a feared military power in Europe, and expanded its overseas empire. He refused to rule without constitutional authority. His civilian government introduced electoral reform, moderate religious toleration, and the first truly British Parliament. The revolution that he guided did not survive him, and after a period of political chaos he was succeeded by the restoration of Charles II to the throne. II EARLY LIFE Cromwell was born at Huntingdon in central England, on April 25, 1599, in a minor branch of a onceprosperous family. He was educated in the local grammar school and spent a year at Calvinist-dominated Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge. His father’s death interrupted his studies, and he returned home to care for his mother and to manage his meager inheritance. In 1620 Cromwell married Elizabeth Bourchier, daughter of a prominent London merchant, and they lived a quiet life together, first in Huntingdon and then at Saint Ives in Cambridgeshire. Cromwell did not prosper in these years; while he could claim the rank of a gentleman in Huntingdon, he had to rent land in Saint Ives, and his income declined as his family grew. In 1636 he inherited from an uncle both lands and a minor office in the eastern cathedral town of Ely. Cromwell became an able estate manager and an efficient tax collector. His fortunes grew, and by 1640 he was one of Ely’s wealthiest men. It was during these years of struggle that Cromwell experienced a religious conversion in which he came

to believe that he had been chosen for eternal salvation. This conversion decisively changed his life. Following his conversion, Cromwell strengthened ties with friends and relations who shared his religious outlook. He became part of a network of people discontented with the government of Charles I, who they believed was ruling in an arbitrary manner and was not doing enough to suppress Roman Catholics. For 11 years Charles had governed without calling Parliament, and when he was forced to do so in 1640 to raise money to put down a rebellion in Scotland, Cromwell and his friends sought selection to Parliament. When Parliament convened, they entered the House of Commons ready to challenge the king. III CIVIL WAR LEADER From the beginning of this Parliament, which became known as the Long Parliament, Cromwell was among a group of members known as the fiery spirits. He was prominent in debates and on committees, and was especially concerned about a Catholic conspiracy against the Protestant church. As relations between the king and Parliament worsened, Cromwell volunteered to raise forces in his home counties, despite his lack of military experience. n 1642, as the First Civil War began, Cromwell took up arms against the king along with other members of Parliament. His first military action was at the indecisive Battle of Edgehill in October. In the following year he was made colonel of a cavalry regiment, which he led to successive victories. Cromwell quickly achieved a reputation as an effective military administrator, as well as a fierce fighter, and in 1644 he achieved the rank of lieutenant general of horse in the army of his kinsman, the earl of Manchester. In July of that year, he made a decisive contribution to the victory of Parliament’s forces at Marston Moor. He eventually had a falling-out with Manchester, whom Cromwell felt was relaxing his efforts against the king, and Cromwell returned to Parliament to argue for an intensive commitment to the war. Cromwell’s appeals led to the creation of the New Model Army in 1645, which eliminated members of Parliament from army commands. Cromwell was the only member of Parliament who returned

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Charles I Charles I was king of England from 1625 to 1649. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and did not feel accountable to Parliament. His behavior provoked the English Revolution, which was fought between the armies of the king and those of Parliament. Defeated and convicted of treason by Parliament, Charles was beheaded in January 1649.

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to the army. He did so as second in command, at the insistence of the army’s new commander, Sir Thomas Fairfax. Cromwell became general of cavalry under Fairfax and played the principal role in defeating the king at the Battle of Naseby in 1645, which effectively ended the First Civil War, although fighting continued for another year before Charles escaped to Scotland. In January 1647, the Scots returned Charles to England. Baron Fairfax Scottish general Thomas Fairfax led Parliamentary forces during the English Revolution. In 1648 he successfully besieged the eastern English city of Colchester. Library of Congress romwell was now a hero among those who supported Parliament. He was also one of the few army leaders who supported the more radical religious groups demanding that the established Church of England be abolished and replaced with a far less orthodox church. After the war ended, many members of the House of Commons were more conservative than the army. These

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Baron Fairfax Scottish general Thomas Fairfax led Parliamentary forces during the English Revolution. In 1648 he successfully besieged the eastern English city of Colchester. Library of Congress

were mainly Presbyterians, who supported a more rigid church structure than Cromwell did. They were afraid of the army’s power and wanted to disband it. They also sought to strip Cromwell of his command to prevent him from extending the fighting to Ireland, where Catholics were revolting against the English. Cromwell was prepared to return to civilian life, but political agitation within the army gave him new prominence. Soldiers were worried about receiving their back pay, and they were angry because the Presbyterians in the House of Commons refused to honor them for their loyal service. Throughout the spring of 1647 Cromwell acted as mediator between elected representatives of the soldiers and the House of Commons, which was attempting to disband the irate army. When the struggle between the army and Parliament could not be resolved, Cromwell threw in his lot with the soldiers. His presence served to restore discipline and moderate the demands of the angry troops, and he was able to prevent a mutiny. Cromwell was now the most prominent military commander in England. As such, he was involved in the intense debates regarding what form of government England should have and who should be allowed to vote. An important debate took place in the town of Putney in October 1647 and involved members of the army and the Levellers, a radical political group demanding franchise reform, religious toleration, and the overthrow of the monarchy. During the debates, Cromwell and his sonin-law, Henry Ireton, successfully faced down the Levellers. n 1647 Charles, who had refused to agree to settlement demands made by Parliament and the army, escaped to the Isle of Wight and made an alliance with the Scots to invade England. This led to the start of the Second Civil War. Cromwell again united the army and put down an attack in Wales before defeating the Scots in the bloody Battle of Preston in August 1648.

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Top 10 Best Airports in the World

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or travelers weary of long lines at security checkpoints and overpriced fast food, the idea that any airport could be viewed as “best” may seem laughable. However, for travelers lucky enough to have flights that originate or end at any of the airports listed below, the word “best” is totally appropriate. These outstanding airports received the most votes from more than twelve million travelers who participated in a survey administered

by Skytrax. Awards for the 2013 World’s Best Airport and nine runners-up were announced at passenger terminal EXPO in Geneva, Switzerland. The winning airports were located largely in Europe and Asia, with only one representative from North America and none from Australia, South America or Africa. The United States was also notably absent from the list of winners.

1. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Singapore Changi Airport claimed top prize for the fourth time since the Skytrax awards were initiated, having last won the title in 2010. In addition to winning the top overall award, Singapore Changi Airport, which served more than fifty million passengers in 2012, was named Best Airport in Asia and Best Airport for Leisure Amenities.

2. Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea Last year’s winner Incheon International Airport slipped to the second place. Still, the main airport serving the South Korean capital is no slouch. In addition to its overall second place finish Incheon received the Best Airport Staff Service – Asia and Best International Transfer Airport awards for 2013. A great trick for getting light to bounce throughout a dining room, which adds sparkle, is to give the walls a semi gloss or high-gloss finish. Just be aware that the glossier the paint sheen, the more you will notice the texture — and any flaws — on your walls and ceilings.

3. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands For the first time since the Skytrax awards were issued, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands broke into the top three finishers, largely due to its highly-regarded and efficient self-service transfer process. Schiphol also earned top honors for Best Airport in Europe and Best Airport in Western Europe.

4. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, China A third-place finisher for 2012, Hong Kong International Airport slipped to fourth place in the overall voting for the 2013 World’s Best Airport. Nonetheless, Hong Kong International Airport remained a favorite among the voters. In addition to its overall fourth place finish, Hong Kong International airport ranked in the top five among all airports in six different categories.

5. Beijing Capital International Airport, China Beijing Capital International Airport only began operations in 2008 and has added passenger traffic every year. Nonetheless, the airport maintained its fifth place overall position from 2012 to 2013, and was also named the best airport in China.


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9. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Japan A new entry in the top ten list of World’s Best Airports, Tokyo International Airport moved up five places from its 2012 position. Haneda took first place in the category of Best Domestic Airport, a new category for 2012, and also snagged the award for Best Airport Terminal Cleanliness.

6. Munich Airport, Germany For travelers who hate the dried out microwave fare many airports offer, Munich Airport in Germany features food offerings that are a treat to the palate. In addition to scoring sixth in overall voting for 2013, Munich Airport also earned the award for Best Airport in Central Europe and Best Airport Dining Experience.

7. Zurich Airport, Switzerland If you have ever experienced lost luggage, you will appreciate the fact that Zurich Airport in Switzerland is a perennial winner in the category of Best Airport Baggage Delivery, in addition to scoring seventh place in overall voting in 2013. Zurich Airport also earned the 2013 award for Best Airport Staff Service – Europe. 8. Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada Finishing in eighth place overall in the 2013 voting, Vancouver International Airport is the only North American representative on the list of World’s Best Airports. Moving up from its overall ninth place finish in 2012, Vancouver International Airport retained the award for Best Airport in North America.

10. London Heathrow Airport, England (Great Britain) Rounding the top ten is London Heathrow Airport, earning its place on the list largely due to its highly-regarded Terminal 5, which opened in 2008. T5, as it is commonly known, also earned the award for Best Airport Terminal for the third year in a row. The entire airport has undergone an overhaul, with its efforts rewarded by Heathrow finally earning 4-Star Airport status in 2012.


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International

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Afghans set to defy the Taliban in presidential vote

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here’s nothing like an election when it’s not certain who will win, when candidates campaign like every vote counts, and voters are engaged. That’s Afghanistan in 2014. The run-up to this historic poll today has already been the bloodiest. And fears of electoral fraud are pronounced. But behind the stark, dark headlines, a new political culture is slowly emerging with the grammar of elections, not the guns and grabs of war that once decided who would rule. An Islamist warlord talks about women’s rights, a former finance minister urges voters to take him to the palace, and an Afghan may make history by becoming the first female vice-president. Top contenders in a real race to replace Hamid Karzai have been zipping across the country, sometimes staging big boisterous rallies in more than one province in a day. This time presidential tickets, which also include two vice-presidents, cut across ethnic lines. President Karzai admitted to me last year that he played a key role in suggesting running mates to top contenders. Some of them make strange bedfellows, but such is the roughly woven fabric of Afghanistan. For the first time since the first presidential election in 2004, there is not much, if any, discussion about who is “America’s candidate”. But there is a lot of talk about who is President Karzai’s man. Many assume it is his former foreign minister and loyal ally Zalmai Rassoul. My own conversations with the president in recent months suggest his thinking may not be so clear-cut. There is some cynicism that the only real change at the palace will be

that Hamid Karzai will continue to operate behind the scenes. Much will depend on whether a clear front-runner emerges at the head of a pack which now numbers eight presidential hopefuls. Saad Mohseni, who heads the Moby Group that includes the popular Tolo TV, said their polls indicate the number of undecided voters may be as high as 30-40%. “Some people get a free lunch, some are intimidated,” he said of candidate tactics to persuade people to get out and vote. But there is also some good oldfashioned campaigning. “One of the candidates came down my street and said ‘Hello, I’m running for president and this is why you should vote for me’,” one young man in Kabul marvelled. “So I decided to vote for him.” His mother said she was keeping her choice secret, in the best of democratic traditions. But all the worst traditions of this embryonic democracy could still overwhelm the process and damage its legitimacy at a time when a clear convincing mandate is crucial for whoever takes charge at a most difficult time. Dr Abdullah Abdullah, President Karzai’s main challenger the last time round, is already warning of “massive industrial scale” fraud. Such cries of foul play could imperil the entire process. There is concern about ballot stuffing, ghost polling stations - the kind of cheating that has marked every election since 2004. There is also worry that the number of election cards in circulation vastly outnumber the number of registered voters. Western observers commend what is widely seen as a more robust electoral system with more devel-

An Afghan security official sets up a fence at a polling centre oped checks and balances. But there are different assessments of the individuals, hand picked by the palace, who run it. On Afghan television, adverts instruct voters on how to spot fraud. “A nationwide observation equals a just election” is its slogan. A deadly wave of Taliban attacks in Kabul, including at the entrance to the heavily guarded interior ministry and the main compound of the Independent Election Commission, has heightened security fears. The brazen attack on the eve of the Afghan New Year inside the five-star Serena Hotel rattled many foreigners, including a number of election observers, who then left the country. But for many Afghans, it only

strengthened their resolve to carry on. “We are not scared,” declared election officials when I dropped in on their meeting in a hotel while the attack on the election headquarters was underway. “That is our message to the Taliban.” Long queues outside voter registration centres only seemed to get longer in a defiant response to Taliban threats. Every Afghan election has been overshadowed by speculation about a possible “spectacular attack” and this time is no different. Afghan intelligence officials are warning there could be more. “What would spectacular mean?” asked Andrew Wilder of the United States Institute for Peace who has seen all the recent elections. “With

some 6,500 polling stations across the country, it will be hard to stop the vote.” Speculation also continued, right down to the wire, that palace officials were trying to find cause to halt this exercise but President Karzai has repeatedly vowed to oversee a peaceful political transition. And there is another momentum underway. A poll conducted by the Free and Fair Election Foundation found that more than 75% respondents planned to vote, even though faith in the electoral process was said to be decreasing. Afghans will cast their ballot for different reasons: in villages, tribal and local loyalties still run deep; in fast-changing urban areas, Afghans may have different motives to try to make a difference.

Man loses 10 relatives to Ebola in Guinea

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Health workers bury a victim of the Ebola virus

bola fever has killed more than 80 people in Guinea in recent weeks. Firmin Bogon, who lives in Gueckedou near the borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone, told BBC Afrique how he lost his sister, his wife, his stepmother and other loved ones to the virus. My sister came to my home on her return from Sierra Leone and said she was unwell. We took her to a hospital, where tests were carried out and people said she had typhoid fever. Doctors prescribed drugs but did not tell her to stay in hospital, so we treated her at home. Within a couple of days she passed away. Nobody knew it was contagious, and she was looked after by many people. She must have contaminated others even after her death, while her body was taken away for burial in the village and people had access to it. A few days later I noticed that

several of those who had been near her had become ill. Then they started dying. Her mum, who was staying with us, went first. Then my wife, who had looked after my sister, died as well. In all we have now lost about 10 family members. My sister came to my home on 27 February and she died four days later. The others died in the five weeks since then. My sister had been in Sierra Leone where she spent less than a week, then in Kisidougou in Guinea, so it is not clear where she caught this disease. We only suspected an Ebola outbreak when a driver who was working for an aid agency in Macenta [in southern Guinea] died and tests on his remains were carried out. They confirmed he had Ebola fever. Only then did people start taking precautionary measures, but it was too late.


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10 world’s weirdest hotels

If you’re tired of staying in luxury hotels, you might want to try out some of the many unique and sometimes strange hotels that can be found all over the world. If you want a change from the cookie-cutter hotels you’re used to, try one of the following 10 hotels on your next trip.

1. CasAnus CasAnus is a giant sculpture of a human intestine that is located in Kemzeke, Belgium. CasAnus was created by Joep Van Lieshout. It contains a double bed, heater, shower, and toilet. CasAnus is run by a couple of Belgian art collectors. While it might not look especially appealing from the outside, except for being in the middle of nature, the inside of the room is as comfy as any place else.

6. Null Stern Hotel The world’s first zero star hotel is located in Teufen, Appenzellerland, Switzerland. Their catch-phrase is “the only star is you.” The hotel was built in a cold war bunker and there are no windows. The bathrooms are shared, and there is a lounge, and two large rooms for 14 people. 7. Capsule Hotels In Japan capsule hotels are quite popular. They are small measuring only 1 x 2 meters. Many of the capsule hotels do offer television and wireless internet, but usually don’t allow eating inside the capsule. Bathrooms are shared and there are restaurants. They are very basic and quite cheap to rent running approximately $25-50/night.

2. Das Park Hotel Das Park Hotel located in Linz, Austria is actually a number of repurposed drainpipes that have been turned into rooms. Each room contains a bed, light, and power. These rooms are in the park and bathroom facilities and cafes are close by. 3. Palacio de Sal This hotel is in Bolivia and is made entirely from salt. The floors, walls, and ceiling are made from salt. Even the bed and chairs are made of salt. Each room has a private bath. The Palacio de Sal is located at the eastern shore of the Great Salar de Uyuni.

8. IceHotel If you’re looking for a unique experience, the IceHotel is a must. This hotel in Lapland, Sweden is rebuilt every winter. IceHotel is the original. The IceHotel has 65 rooms with beds made of ice. While the temperature inside will be a chilly -5 Celsius, it’s warmer than the -15 Celsius outside. The hotel also has an IceBar, sauna, and restaurants.

4. Dog Bark Park Inn If you’re a dog lover, this hotel is for you. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, this hotel is actually in the shape of a dog. The room sleeps 4 and contains a full bath, a microwave, air conditioning, books, games, and puzzles, but no television or telephone. When you stay you’ll also be treated to a continental self-serve breakfast.

9. V8 Hotel Are you a car fanatic? The V8 Hotel in Meilenwerk, Germany may be your cup of tea. Each room has an automotive theme. You can sleep in a bed made from a white Mercedes or sleep in the workshop room where your car bed is actually lifted up on jacks. This hotel is child friendly. There is a CD player in each room, wireless internet, free parking, and laundry services. 5. The Hobbit Motel The Hobbit Motel can be found in Woodlyn Park, New Zealand. Each fully furnished unit can house up to 6 people. If you’re a fan of the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, this is a place you should visit.

10. Forest Hut Hotel In Kolarbyn, Sweden you can stay in a hut in the forest and fend or yourself. If you would rather not forage for your own food, you can have food dropped to your site. If you’re looking for a new and unique experience, one of these hotels might be a nice change of pace and give you a once in a lifetime experience.


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Business Nigerians win $25.000 Google’s Africaconnected competition By Chris Alu

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wo Nigerians were among the five winners of the Google’s Africa-Connected Competition, announced at an event, held in Nairobi, Kenya. The winners will bag $25,000 each, and will also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor, over a six-month period to further their online success. The competition was organized to reward young Africans, who could explore internet space to their advantage. In an effort to invest in the future success of all the finalists, Google also surprised the remaining five success stories by awarding them $10,000 each to help grow their ventures and initiatives for greater social and economic impacts. Recipients included: Tim McGuire (South Africa), Nqobizitha Mlilo (Zimbabwe), Mayowa Adegbile (Nigeria), Lamine Mbengue (Senegal) and Steve Kyenze (Kenya). The competition was launched in August 2013 and aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and weblovers to share stories of how the web had transformed their lives and works. The five winners were selected from over 2,200 entries from 35 countries, by a panel of judges as well as public voters. “There are over 1 billion people living in Sub-Saharan Africa and currently 16 percent of them are online. With Africa Connected, we wanted to celebrate how the web is changing lives in Africa, and show how it is contributing to the socioeconomic development of the continent. Selecting the shortlist was no easy task: each winner shares a unique perspective of how they have used the internet to solve a problem, earn a living, or create opportunities, not just for themselves, but also for others around them”, Affiong Osuchukwu, Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative, said. While shearing her experience, Eseoghene Odiete, one of the Nigerian winners said, “I discovered my passion through YouTube search. When I graduated, I needed to do something meaningful with my life; so, I went in search of how to create handbags using Google search and YouTube. I made a lot of discoveries that wowed my imagination. That was how I started what got me here today”. Similarly, Eric Obuh, popularly known as Vocal Slender who used to be a dump site scavenger, also made the list of Nigerian winners.

Seven Energy closes medium term financial year BY Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Seven Energy International Limited, otherwise kown as “Seven Energy” whollyowned subsidiary Accugas Limited or “Accugas”, has closed US$170 million 5.5-year medium-term acquisition finance facility with FBN Bank (UK) Limited and Eco bank Nigeria Limited. The Facility part-finances the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of East Horizon Gas Company Limited (“EHGC”) for a total consideration of up to US$250 million. EHGC was established by Oando Plc, with the intention of constructing and operating an 18-inch, 128 km gas pipeline that connects with the Obigbo-Alscon pipeline at Ukanafun to supply gas to an industrial off- taker located in Mfamosing, Cross River State, and

…announces US$170m financing for east horizon gas acquisition

to meet the needs of other industrial users in the Calabar region. Seven Energy’s acquisition of EHGC is in line with its strategic plans to expand its gas infrastructure assets in the south east Niger Delta region. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FBN Capital Limited, Kayode Akinkugbe, said, “FBN Capital is very proud of the instrumental role it played in assisting Seven Energy to structure and arrange the financing for the acquisition”. He further stated: “FBN Holdings Group feels a strong sense of responsibility towards fostering growth in the power, gas pipeline and oil and gas sectors, and we will continue to deploy our extensive debt arranging experience and

structuring expertise in executing robust transactions in record time” Similarly, the Chief Executive Officer of Seven Energy, Phillip Ihenacho, said, “This is a landmark transaction for us. We are delighted to expand our midstream operations in Nigeria with this investment. It is a perfect feat to our strategy of investing in core midstream infrastructure assets in the south east region of the country. I would also like to thank the entire team for their achievement in bringing this important financing transaction to a close. “Through its assets and subsidiary, Accugas, Seven Energy has a number of infrastructure projects in the region, including a gas processing facility at the Uquo

Field and a gas pipeline network, which will have the capability to supply gas in the Port Harcourt, Aba and Calabar areas. In consolidating the gas infrastructure assets of Accugas and EHGC, Accugas aims to strengthen its distribution platform, increase efficiency and broaden its geographical reach, furthering Seven Energy’s intention to create a leading gas distribution business in Nigeria.” The Director and Head, Debt Solutions, FBN Capital Limited, Patric Mgbenwelu, said, “We appreciate the responsibility and trust Seven Energy has placed with FBN Capital to advise and arrange the financing for the acquisition of EHGC. FBN Capital remains committed to further strengthening this relationship and supporting Seven Energy in realising its various financing goals and objectives”.

NCAA hopeful as FAA completes audit From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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Mobile Court in Session to prosecute owners of kiosks along streets banned by the government, yesterday in Dutse, Jigawa state . photo: NAN

APR targets 4m shareholders base growth by 2015 From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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frican Prudential Registrars Plc, the only registrar listed on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), said it had plans to initiate sustainable growth strategies that would, in turn, increase the company’s shareholders base to four million, come end of financial year 2015. Speaking during the presentation of the firms Fact Behind the Figure before the capital market community, at the floor of the NSE in Lagos, its Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Peter Ashade, disclosed that the company’s long-term strategic plans were aimed at exploring other opportunities for both organic and inorganic growth of the business. Ashade also said that the strategic plans were in three stages and that the company had

successfully completed the first stage, while it had commenced the second stage, adding that after completing the three stages, the company would not be bench- marked with any country in Nigeria but in Africa and the world. Speaking further on the future plans of the company, he said plans were underway to expand its branch network to other geopolitical zones of the country, while explaining that the Lagos head office, the two branches each in Port Harcourt and Abuja were meant to serve customers in the northern and southern parts of the country. On technology, the MD/CEO said the company had plans to continuously invest in research and development of innovative technology to run a learner process of lesser cost on the long and greater degree of service

delivery. On financial performance, he said that the company recorded a strong revenue growth, up 44 per cent in 2013, with three years CAGR of 35 per cent, adding that expenses went up by 43 per cent, while profitability still remained strong in the year under review. He noted that operating income grew significantly by 586 per cent; this, he said, was driven by better pricing in investment securities. According to him, the company witnessed a robust return to shareholders with a return on equity of 23 per cent. He added that the company’s asset base aggregated to N14.1billion at the end of 2013 financial year ended, while group level balance sheet footing was stronger by standing at N16.4billion.

fter a week of reassessment of the Nigeria aviation industry for the re-certification of Category One, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday expressed optimism that Nigeria would retain the prestigious United States Federal Aviation Administration FAA CAT 1 Status. The FAA team completed a four-day re-assessment exercise of Nigeria aviation in Lagos on Thursday. The American team had written the Nigerian authority of its intention to carry out the safety audit, after four years of granting Nigeria registered airline permission to fly directly into continental USA. NCAA Acting Director General, Benedict Adeyeleka, told journalists the American team gave a positive indication, after the team had looked into all the critical elements involved, stating, “So far, there is nothing to worry about; they were very surprised that all the issues about airlines, AOC and others were looked into.” He said the audit team advised the agency to fine tune its regulations, among other things.


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Side Talk By Jacinta David

This week on Side Talk certain important topics find space in our page. The happenings in Nigeria’s economic and political settings continue to generate interest to our readers. Side Talk thinks it worth noting that a country with a mass of unemployed citizens like Nigeria considers it convenient to further stretch the gap between the employed and unemployed by reducing the few number of those employed such that the federal arm responsible for the upkeep of these workers promises to retrench over one thousand servants whom they describe as illegal staff. More so the statement of the leader of the most controversial recruitment agency of our time who claimed responsibility for the deaths recorded in the exercise organised by his agency forces Side Talk to ask whether or not the man did not realise that was already an obvious conclusion. Our next story is on the rather controversial stand that an anointed man of God got himself into by failing to do proper cross checking. And our last story is on the raging war in the North eastern part of the country, and how that is gradually drifting into the middle of Nigeria’s belt.

Finally the grill begins for the “O” gate

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his story is interesting because of its relevance to the already weak economy of the nation. When the news was passed about the decision of the nation’s leading arm of the civil line of staff, trying to withdraw workers for the reason of being illegally employed, we thought that Nigerians will once again reply to that statement with the usual culture of silence which the citizens of Nigeria have long been known. But that was not to be; an equally highly ranked agency that is meant to guide the rights of these people warned the agency which claims to be speaking on behalf of government to hold its plan till it can back its claims with credible evidence. Side Talk then thought it wise to ask if this

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his story may not yet be as rich as necessary but the mere discovery that this woman of controversies in the country is on the verge of. Of economic scrutiny tickled the fancy of all of us. We see the new phase where she is invited for questioning on the reasons for the purchase as intriguing. Side Talk gathered

also that part of the questions include the the tripling of the car’s which she reportedly bought with the help of her board. It is our hope that the said investigation will not become yet another stage without an end. The next story is actually a source of concern for all of us at side talk and for Nigeria as a whole.

Niger area: A country or a den!

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e have seen how badly the activities of terrorists have been to the lives of our dear country’s people. We have also seen in clear terms the measures taken by government to tackle the situation. What we all want to see is an end to this menace. The people of this country have had enough of the nightmares where we wake from one angle of the nation’s political weakness and effects to yet another. The men who have held this country hostage have succeeded in shifting the military base from the center to their domain, they have fought fiercely with these set of militia’s so much so that they now come face to face with them and die in the process taking with them our dear armed protectors. What saddens us further is the fact that seeing their rate of failure, this men have decided to shift gradually , under the guise of a native set of herdsmen to destroy the community in a nearby region. Side talk calls on the attention of the all stake holders to see beyond the present and act in order that lives will be saved.

ur next story was picked from the recent trend in the recruitment saga of this time. The head of the internal body that organised the recruitment was answering a series of questions by the legal arm of the country meant to put forth those questions. He said and quote “I do not understand the reports that the board took certain decision without our consent. I am a part of the board we are all a part of that board”. He also added that he was sorry for the loss of life experienced in the exams and that he claimed responsibility for all lives lost in the stampede. What we ask however, is whether or not, that in itself was not an obvious point. Is their really any one else to be held responsible for the lives of all those who died? He said it himself that he is a part and parcel of the board. And that any thing that happened was as a result of a collective decision of a board in which he was heading. So the natural thing will be for him to also understand that he should take responsibility for what ever the outcome of his decisions ware. In fact at side talk we think its worth stating that he tells us something new, and reiterate what is already obvious because “boys are not smiling”

set of government subordinates did not already realise that a natural expectation would have first and foremost been for them to explain in clear terms what the word; “Illegal” meant before saying that they wanted to retrench those they deemed illegal. It made the whole story look just as the set of people had said it, that warned the federal arm planning to reduce workers, saying that it was only hatching a plan to lay off innocent Nigerians. If this claim is any thing to go by, then one wonders whether this set of leaders in our country are not already tired of the menace brought about by decades of frustration for citizens in the country.

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his story was of particular interest for its related interest to our youths who are the leaders of tomorrow. A number of issues followed this infamous recruitment saga. One of such was the show of concern by a set of youths led by a popular blogger from the west who said they wanted the leader of the recruiting agency removed. According to our source , the young man and five others ware detained for a couple of hours for the said protest. Side Talk tries to tally their acts with the comments of the recruitment agencies head. If this man had himself taken responsibility for the loss of lives of a set of young promising Nigerians in an exercise that was evidently faulty to all ways, what then stops the man from yielding to normal principles of human dignity by relinquishing his present position. Why would the focus be on the activities of the young ones calling for justice rather than on the man whose acts can best be described as an outright negation of human justice?


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Healthy Living Emerging trends in oral and oropharyngeal cancer

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Dr. Samuel Omodele Awosolu 08108155239 (SMS only) samawosolu@yahoo.co.uk (Text only)

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he hullabaloo surrounding the recent legislation on smoking in public places is very much palpable in current time. The use of Cannabis, Hashish, pot, grass, Igbo, dagga, just some local names for substances and the water-pipe , a new addition to the local scene. New not in its existence but in its existence locally. It is a new past time glorified in some Nollywood movies and popular amongst the younger generation. Oral and oro-pharyngeal cancer is commonly found in the midforty and the mid-fifty age group in the population. Some of the incidence in this age group is attributed to the presence of human papiloma virus and the changing trends in sexual behaviour which include multiple partners, and oro-

genital. The recent studies in South Africa has shown a link between cannabis smoking , hookah pipe smoking and hubbly bubbly as it is called Cannabis smoking is greatly associated with human papiloma virus positive oro-pharyngeal cancer. The correlation is direct and there is increased risk with increased usage. Studies have attributed a fourfold increase in oro-pharyngeal cancer when compared in users of cannabis and the non users. The risk further increases with sustained use roughly eleven times more likely for users of cannabis for periods longer than five years when compared to non users. This trend in South Africa follows similar trend elsewhere in comparative age groups of young

From readers Dear dentist, Many thanks for the column in the newspaper I have been reading for some weeks now, I am sending this message from Abeokuta, Ogun State. I would like to know where I can have a painless extraction of my tooth. The tooth is three quarter broken and the root seems to be pushing out of the gums. Dear reader, Firstly you have forgotten to state your name, Tooth extraction is a relatively painless procedure thanks to the power of anaesthesia employed by dentists and medical personnel. Trained dentists routinely remove teeth using the local anaesthetic agent, this stops pain nerve impulses from being transmitted to and from the brain. Tooth extraction is relatively a painless procedure. You are based in Abeokuta, which recently hosted the open session of the Nigerian Dental association. There are a couple of facilities available in Abeokuta to cater for the extraction. For starters the federal medical centre and there is the government dental centre Abeokuta and I am aware that the first hospital in Nigeria, I stand to be corrected the Sacred heart hospital has a dental clinic. You may avail yourself some help by visiting one of these centres See you next week.

adults Cannabis alters the cells of the upper respiratory tract to become cancerous. It is likely that substances found in cannabis , the cannabinoids modify the immune system making it easier for the human pappiloma virus to spread especially during other genitor oral intercourse. Once the virus spread the continuous presence of the cannabinoid cause the progress and persistence of human papiloma virus promotes tumours. This is because the immune system which was to protect against cancer becomes suppressed. The water-pipe, hubbly-bubbly, hookah can be used to smoke many different combinations of tobacco and indeed drugs to including cannabis. The danger of the hookah/hubbly bubbly is the mis-conception that the presence of water filters the harmful substances in the tobacco / cannabis product making it relatively safe. This was the lie that had been put out by the inventor of the pipes inn 1500’s and mischievously this UN substantiated and un-scientific belief has held sway and being accepted. This is still believed by water pipe and hookah users till today. For starters, analysis shows that smoke from water pipes and hookah has a heavy presence of tar, nicotine, heavy metals and high levels of carbon monoxide. A session of water pipe smoking has been proven to increase the nicotine levels in the human body’s blood to above 250 (Two hundred and fifty) percent before smoking. Water pipe smoking sessions of ten last long periods and one session may equate to as much as the level of carbon monoxide in 100 (one hundred ) cigarettes. The mouth piece of the hookah pipe and water pipes may be a

point of infection transmission as it is likely that infection like herpes virus, hepatitis and tuberculosis could be transmitted using the mouth piece if not sterilised or disposable. Definitely lung cancer and oral diseases like gum disease are increased in hookah pipe and water pipe smokers . Most cancers in the body when detected early respond to treatment however due to the nature of the location of oro- pharyngeal cancer the tragedy is that often they are detected late especially in the Nigerian setting. Statistical records whilst scant and not readily available , there is a tendency in future of an emerging trend of increased incidence of oral and oro pharyngeal cancers. A few additional notes on the substance Cannabis. It is produced from the plant cannabis sativa commonly known as Indian hemp or cannabis indica plant related to nettles and hops plant. They are believed to have originated from the mountainous regions of India and also grow wild in several parts of the world. The plant contains upwards 400, four hundred chemicals including cannabidolic acid and antibiotic, several other chemical derivatives of the plant can be used for medicinal purposes., Now the author is averse to use of cannabis in any form so kindly know I am not a user or supporter of use of cannabis for even recreational purposes. The recreational cannabis that comes in many forms weed , Igbo wee- wee, pot, hash, In the United kingdom it is declassified in to a Class B drug from a class A , so only a mis-demeanour will suffice. The use of cannabis and derivatives common amongst street urchins and Motor Park touts. Cannabis can be smoked, where it is rolled into cigarette form , the joint, can be smoked in a pipe, brewed as a tea like in Jamaica, mixed with food baked with bread, etc. The main active ingredient is

tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), One type skunk as it is called contains three times more THC than other forms and usually more potent. The effects include sedation what is referred to as chilled out,it is a hallucinogen, whereby reality is distorted, the I believe I can fly sort of thing. Many become talkative, giddy animated makes many nauseated, feel hungry, whilst there are derivatives with medicinal effect, the myriad and complex of the substances contained in cannabis makes its safety difficult to guarantee . There are other risks including damaging ability to concentrate, decreases motivation, reduce inhibitions, paranoia, anxiety and heavy use can lead to PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES. Problems of balance inability to drive , with skunk user’s damage to the heart, blood pressure reduce fertility. The dependence of which can make withdrawal symptoms, terrible cravings agitations mood changes, sleep problems, appetite disturbance. Controversial debates or emotive debates should include all these side effects HUBBLY BUBBLY/ HOOKAH/ WATER PIPE This is also known as narghile or shisha , it is a single multistemmed instruments used in the smoking of flavoured tobacco, the smoke is passed through a water basin made of glass before being inhaled . The origin of hookah is in India and Persia, it has been called hugga in the past. Generally speaking the causes of oro pharyngeal and oral cancers can be traced to several factors includes the human papiloma virus in association with factors like smoking and ethanol abuse. Tobacco chewing , Areca nut chewing in parts of India. In summary the recent ban by the governments of Gombe, Federal Capital Territory and Lagos is a welcome development. See you next week

Definitely lung cancer and oral diseases like gum disease are increased in hookah pipe and water pipe smokers . Most cancers in the body when detected early respond to treatment however due to the nature of the location of oropharyngeal cancer the tragedy is that often they are detected late especially in the Nigerian setting.


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Give all your worries to God (I) “

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o I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matt 6:25-34 NLT) From the Scripture above, it is clear that God is against worrying. Worrying is different from planning. God is against worrying; He is not against planning. And many people worry a lot, in fact, you wonder if they learnt if from their parents! And many parents are worriers, and will even justify it. The Collins English Dictionary defines worry (noun) as: (1) A state or feeling of anxiety. (2) A person or thing that causes anxiety. (3) An act

of worrying. The verb form of worry is defined as: To be or cause to be anxious about something uncertain or potentially dangerous. It’s not the Bible alone that addresses this phenomenon called worry. Psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists and similar professionals have done much work on the subject. In positive psychology, worry is described as a response to a moderate challenge for which the subject has inadequate skills. It is natural for man to show concern but being overly concerned achieves nothing good. It’s a share waste of time, and worse still, a waste of life, but planning is investing time to create a better outcome or future. While worrying wears one out, planning energizes one. In fact, someone has rightly described worrying as negative planning.If you’re facing a negative situation or you’re likely to face it, the right response is not worrying – that’s destructive. The right response is planning – that’s constructive. Prov 21:5 says, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” (NLT) God does not want His children to worry over any issue whether it has to do with meeting daily needs, employment, career progression, health, ministry or fulfillment of destiny. Matt 6:25-34, our opening text, shows the futility of worrying. Ps 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”(NLT) Another word for burdens is cares or problems. That Scripture presupposes that there will be burdens, cares or problems. It’s part of human

existence. But when they come, don’t dwell on them to the extent that they paralyze you. Hand them over to God and leave them with Him – don’t ever collect them back from Him! And that’s something pretty difficult for many people to do. They feel they’re not showing enough sense of responsibility if they don’t worry. But the question is: what do they achieve by worrying? What positive change took place after worrying? Six Reasons You Should Not Worry Here are six reasons you shouldn’t worry: Worrying is a waste of time; it achieves nothing. By worrying you can’t change anything. Jesus’ question captures it well: “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.” (Matt 6:27 NLT) I agree totally.Worrying doesn’t pay your bills!Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It keeps you moving but doesn’t get you anywhere.” That is motion without movement. You’re busy but you’re not achieving anything. That’s not a productive life. Most of the fears your worrying centers on don’t ever become a reality, so why allow yourself to be tormented by negative thoughts. I’m sure you can attest to that. How many of the things you’ve worried about, nearly dying, happened eventually? Most never did. They only existed in your imagination. So why did you have to punish yourself worrying? That’s the kind of agony many take themselves through as the devil uses their negative thoughts to afflict them. That’s why you must take Phil 4:8 very

From the Pulpit green pastures By Pastor T. O. Banso

cedarministryintl@yahoo.com GSM: 08033113523 seriously: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Phil 4:8-9 NLT) Worrying distracts you from finding and focusing on the right solution to the particular challenge you’re confronting. For instance, if someone doesn’t have a job or doesn’t have money, how does worrying change that condition? No, it doesn’t, and it won’t. Continuing to worry will distract such a person from finding and focusing on the answer to the challenge he’s facing. May be that’s why Corrrie ten Boom said,“Worry does not empty today of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Why? Let me answer with another statement from her: “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once.” I don’t care how efficient and effective you are, you can’t make progress in life doing that. I believe God has spoken to you in this message today. I can’t finish the message today ¬– it’s a series. I will continue next week when I will tell you three more reasons you shouldn’t worry. I’ll also begin to share with you how to overcome worrying. I urge you to be a doer of the Word, and not a reader alone. Give all your worries to God. He’ll take care of you. TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus. I urge you to take the following steps:*Admit you’re a sinner and you can’t save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start to attend a Bible-believing, Bibleteaching church. There you will be taught how to grow in the Kingdom of God. Kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God” I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible believing, Bible teaching church in your area where you will be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be. I’ll be glad to hear from you.

Appointed ambassadors for a specific ministry Acts 13:3-5; 6:3-6; 14:2123; 1 Timothy 5:22; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 1:3; Acts 20:28; Colossians 4:17; Acts 26:19,20; Galatians 1:15,16; Philippians 2:5-8,19-22; Hebrews 11:24-27.

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nd when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” The two seemingly indispensable ministers were released immediately. “They fasted and prayed.” Earlier, “they ministered and fasted”. That devotional exercise prepared them to hear from God and be sensitive to the voice of the Spirit. This latter prayer and fasting, after knowing the will and call of God, purged them of any inordinate affection or unscriptural attachment to God’s servants. They loosened the invisible cord that tied them to the posts of the Antioch Church, knowing and acknowledging that “the Lord hath need of them” (Matthew 21:3). So, straightway, “they laid their hands on them, they sent them away” (Acts 13:3). “They fasted and prayed.”

Fasting and prayer, when done in the right way, with godly motives and total abandonment to God’s will, predisposes us to God’s revelation, inclines us to God’s will, cleanses and purges our hearts of idols in all their forms, sets us free from the world and its slavish dominion. And “they fasted and prayed” that God would bless and prosper them in the new and greater assignment. “They laid their hands on them.” This act of the laying on of the hands of the remaining leaders of the Antioch Church was not to call, qualify or ordain them. They were already called, appointed, qualified, equipped and ordained by God. Paul’s call, appointment and ordination were not by man but by God (Galatians 1:1,10-12; Acts 9:15; 26:16-19; 2 Timothy 1:1). By laying hands on them, they identified with them, releasing and supporting the divine call and God’s revealed will. “They sent them away.” “So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia.” They surrendered wholeheartedly to go where the Spirit appointed and the Church acknowledged the divine ownership and authority over

By Pastor W.F Kumuyi them. The Holy Ghost sent them forth as He went with them in great anointing and power. APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY OVER SUBTLE MISCHIEF Acts 13:6-12; 2 Timothy 3:8,9; Luke 11:52; Galatians 1:6-12; 2:4,5; 2 Corinthians 10:4,5; 2 Kings 6:1218; Romans 11:25; 2 Peter 2:12-17; Acts 11:21; 1 Thessalonians Luke 4:32-36.

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Going through the whole island, they came to Paphos, the capital city of the island. They were confronted

by a Jewish false prophet, a sorcerer, whose name was Barjesus. What a name! The name means ‘son of Jesus’, ‘son of Saviour’, yet in reality he was a “child of the devil”, a son of Satan, an “enemy of all righteousness”, sent and set by Satan “to pervert the right ways of the Lord”. The deputy of the country, that is, the administrative officer of the island, had called for Barnabas and Saul so he could be instructed in the word of God. The sly and subtle false prophet was with the deputy, closely associated and pretending to know and show the way to God. He was an agent of Satan, assigned to be the deputy’s

religious adviser to keep him away from God, from salvation, from heaven. He “withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith”. “Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,)”. This is the first time the name Paul occurs and the last time the Apostle is called Saul. “Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.” Paul, full of the Spirit, had the gifts of the Spirit in full operation. By the discerning of spirits, he declared that Barjesus was “full of all subtilty and all mischief”. Though he claimed to be a prophet, he was a sorcerer, a child of the devil, an enemy of all righteousness, appointed and assigned by Satan to deceive and to pervert the right ways of the Lord. By the gift of the word of wisdom, Paul decreed the judgment of blindness rather than casting out the spirit of sorcery. By the gift of faith and the gift of working miracles, he decreed and it was established. The anointing broke the deputy’s yoke and released him from spiritual blindness. He heard the word, he believed and turned from his sins, he turned to the Lord and believed unreservedly in Christ as his Saviour and Lord.


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Keshi has outgrown our authority —NFF

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t is now obvious that the Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has emerged the winner of his battle of supremacy with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) leadership as they have declared that the coach has outgrown their authority. A very top management staff of the NFF who did not want his name on print told 2muchsports.com that they have lost their authority on the Coach he said they gave job to. He said Keshi no longer heed to their instructions and does whatsoever he wants with impunity. The NFF top management staff attributed Keshi’s insubordination to the backing he is receiving from the Presidency, stating that as a result, Keshi no longer has regard for their president, Aminu Maigari who personally made it possible for him to be employed in the first place. “It is so pathetic that Stephen Keshi has to treat us the way he has been treating us. We fought for him to be given the job and we have supported him which is why he has achieved the much he has achieved since he took charge,” the NFF official said. “We are very much aware of the call

from Nigerians that some of our players who are doing well in their clubs in Europe be included in the provisional list. But there is very little we can do because he will not listen to us and it is really unfortunate. Every coach all over the world work with their FA to decide the player that would be invited for a crucial tournament like the world cup,” “The problem is that Nigerians have so supported him against us and he is enjoying the support of those at the higher authority. This is why he is undermining us and flaunts our order with impunity,” The Super Eagles gaffer and the NFF officials have been locked in a battle over the number of players to be included in the provisional world cu list. Keshi had refused to appear before the NFF technical committee when he was invited to defend his list and he had said recently that he will only make his list public whenever he is ready. Perhaps, the reason Keshi does not have much regard for the NFF leadership is the fact that they have not lived up to their responsibility of paying his monthly salary as at when due. Keshi is currently been owed several months salary.

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World Cup: Edo sports commissioner urges Keshi to recall Osaze By Albert Akota

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he Edo State Commissioner for Sports, Mr Chris Okaeben, has urged the Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, to recall England-based forward Osaze Odemwingie to the national team. Okaeben made the appeal while addressing sports journalists at the end of the ``Edo Walk for Life’’ monthly exercise in Benin. “Having learnt his lessons and shown remorse over his actions towards the coach and the team, and the fact that he is on top of his game presently, Osaze should be recalled to the Super Eagles,’’ he said. The commissioner said his comments were only an appeal since Odemwingie had shown patriotism and loyalty in the service to his fatherland in times past. Odemwingie had fallen out with the team officials over some of his comments on the social media. Okaeben said the player had not only been an asset to the country but Edo as well. He pointed out that the player had been supportive of Bendel Insurance FC’s quest to gain promotion to the elite cadre of the national football league. “As a state, we are forever proud of our own as long as that person is contributing his own quota to the development of the state. So, we are forever proud of him. “We have no choice other than to support him

and urge the National Sports Commission (NSC), our brother Keshi and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) leadership to please see to the need why they should recall Osaze to the national team. “This is because this will add value to the development of football in Nigeria. “Today, he can also do for his country Nigeria what he is doing in football internationally. “We are lending our voice, we are appealing, and we are not imposing it on them. “But I want to strongly say that our brother, who is the coach of the national team, is a product of this stadium (Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium) that we are standing here today, and this makes him the son of Benin Kingdom. “I join voices with every average Edo man to appeal to him (Keshi) to please extend the hands of fellowship to our brother and son, Osaze Odemwingie, and ask him to come contribute his best to our nation,’’ Okaeben said. While acknowledging the fact that many see the player as a proud person, Okaeben however said Odemwingie was not any different from an average Edo man. “Some may tend to see him as a proud person, but I am proud to say that an average Edo man is a proud man, which is what makes us number one and also what we are. “But, of course, this has not in any way reduced or undermined the fact that he is an asset to football development in Nigeria and will contribute to the Super Eagles’ success in Brazil,” the commissioner said


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he Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye has revealed that he struggles when he does not play alongside his strike partner in the national team, Emmanuel Emenike. Ideye was poor at the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup in Brazil where he was saddled with the responsibility of leading the line for the Super Eagles. He badly fluffed his lines as Nigeria failed to advance past the preliminary stages in a group comprising Tahiti, Uruguay and Spain. The Dynamo Kyiv attacker has now revealed that his troubles asserting himself in Brazil was down to the absence of Emenike. “Maybe if Emenike had played at the 2013 Confederations Cup, I would not have faced as quite as much pressure as I did. Since Emenike was not there, the other person people looked upon to perform was me,” Ideye said. Ideye said the “pressure to perform” got to him and he failed to score a single goal in the tournament. “When a lot of people put pressure on you to deliver and you don’t, you feel like you are the worst footballer on earth,’ he said. An angry Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi declared afterwards that Emenike would not have missed the chances Ideye the other selected forwards

Bayelsa United brushes Nasarawa United 3-1

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ayelsa United brushed Nasarawa United with 3-1 in a rescheduled Nigeria league game in Sapele. Bayelsa now have seven points, while Nasarawa are on four points. Bernard Okorowanta opened the scoring in the 50th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, before the visitors equalized some minutes later. ‘Captain Fantastic’ Salomon Junior gave Bayelsa the lead for the second time when he converted a spot kick after a Nasarawa United player handled the ball inside the 18-yard box. Just a minute later, Eric Frimpong scored the third goal to take the game beyond the visiting team. Okorowanta scored for Bayelsa

Ocheme eyes more goals for Giwa FC Emenike missed during the tournament in Brazil and Ideye admits the gaffer was not out of line. “He (Keshi) is right because Emenike has proved that he can do a lot in the national team.

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Maybe, if Emenike was in Brazil, I would not have been under too much pressure,” he said. Ideye has scored five times in 23 appearances for Nigeria at senior level.

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he Kwara United FC of Ilorin has promised to upstage current Nigeria National League (NNL) Group A leader, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi The Kwara United is currently second on the league log with 14 points, only one point behind Wikki. Kwara United jumped to the second position after its 2-0 victory over Niger Tornadoes in Week 8 of the league. The Captain of the club, Sherif Jimoh, said that the plot would be sealed in the Week 9 encounter in Bauchi today. Jimoh said the team was now taking its proper shape and improving as the league progresses. The captain added that the players would justify

the confidence reposed in them by the Technical Adviser of the team, Samson Unuanel. “Our Technical Adviser believes so much in us and we have resolved to pay him back with good performance. “The government has also done well for us in terms of our welfare, so we are determined to impress it too. “The fans, most especially, have been wonderful this season as usual,’’ Jimoh said. He urged Kwarans to continue to support the team to make progress, adding that the Afonja Warriors remained focused and determined to return to the premiership next season.

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iwa FC Central Attacker, Edoh Ocheme has promised to score more goals in the ongoing 2013/14 Glo Premier League. The former Crown FC goal poacher scored the match winner in the side’s 1-0 win against Enugu Rangers in the rescheduled Glo Premier League match day 4 tie on Wednesday at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos. Ocheme who made history to have scored the side’s first goal at their debut game in the Nigeria topflight said the credit for the hard earned victory against the Coal City side is not his alone but the teammates, coaches and management. “I feel excited as this is my first Premier League goal for Giwa FC and against no mean opposition as Enugu Rangers. “I feel God scored the goal for us, I share the joyous moment with my teammates, coaches and management. “Though I always have this special push anytime I’m entering into the pitch that I’ll score same way I felt during the Super Four contest against Abia Warriors which we won on penalties but today’s (Wednesday) goal appears divinely made. “Nigerians should expect more goals from me in the ongoing league season as we’re prepared to visit more pains on other teams. “Rangers are one of the strongest and oldest sides in the land, they’re no push over but I believe the better side won,” said the former Ranchers Bees star noted. Ocheme said his side are not done yet with the debut home win against the Flying Antelopes but will add Warri Wolves on the victim list when both sides clash at the weekend in match day 5 at the Warri Township Stadium. “We’re not scared of any side, we just won our first home game against Rangers by weekend we’ll extend same treatment to Warri Wolves. “We’ll use the game at Warri Wolves to make a bold statement of our readiness to take the elite league by storm. “We won’t be contented by mere participation in the Premier League but contest for one of the continental tickets available in the league,” Ocheme said. The Tin City side have pocketed three points from possible 12 in the four-week old Nigeria topflight though with lesser number of matches.

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hana and AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien has suffered a thigh injury and has been ruled out of action for about a fortnight. His Italian Serie A club said the problem is Essien’s right leg and he “will undergo further tests in around 10 days’ time”. It means he will miss Monday’s trip to Genoa and will probably the home match against Catania next weekend. The 31-year-old joined Milan in January after more than eight years at Chelsea. Essien is expected to be part of Ghana’s World Cup squad for this year’s tournament in Brazil. The Black Stars have been drawn against Germany, Portugal and USA in Group G.

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rsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will make his first appearance since December in tomorrow’s Premier League game at Champions League qualification rivals Everton, manager Arsene Wenger revealed. “Aaron and Nacho Monreal are back training with the squad, so that is good news,” Wenger told the Arsenal website. “Hopefully they will be available for Sunday.” Welsh midfielder Ramsey made a superb start to the season, scoring 13 goals in the first half of the campaign, but he has not featured since suffering a thigh strain at West Ham United on December 26. The 23-year-old subsequently suffered a couple of setbacks, but he is now in line for a comeback at Goodison Park, where Arsenal will look to preserve their four-point advantage over Everton in the race for fourth place. Centre-back Laurent Koscielny (calf) could return for next weekend’s FA Cup semifinal against Wigan Athletic, but Wenger said that the game at Wembley Stadium would come too soon for playmaker Mesut Ozil (hamstring). “The FA Cup will be too soon for him, but he will hopefully be back soon after that,” said the Frenchman. Wenger also revealed that French midfielder Abou Diaby has returned to training after more than a year out with a serious knee injury.

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ormer Liverpool striker Andy Carroll can dent his former club’s Premier League title chances and virtually seal West Ham United’s top-flight status for next season when the teams meet at Upton Park tomorrow. Carroll did not fit into manager Brendan Rodgers’s plans when the Irishman took over at Anfield and 18 months after becoming the most expensive English player ever following his £35 million move from Newcastle United he joined West Ham on loan before signing permanently last year. Carroll, 25, faces Liverpool for the first time since leaving for 15 million pounds and if he turns in the type of scoring performance he produced in a 2-1 win at Sunderland on Monday, his old club’s title hopes could be jolted. £ A win would also leave West Ham in a secure position, with the Hammers currently 11th on 37 points, 11 above the drop zone. Everton face Arsenal at Goodison

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Park in a game that could determine which one of those two finish fourth and grab a place in next season’s Champions League qualifiers. Liverpool thrashed hapless visitors Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 on Sunday for their eighth successive league win to reclaim top spot for the first time since Christmas. They have 71 points from 32 games, two more than Chelsea. Manchester City, who has two games in hand, is third on 67 points, followed by Arsenal who has 64 from 32 games. Everton, who have a match in hand on Arsenal, have 60 points, followed by Spurs on 56 and outgoing champions Manchester United with 54. At the other end of the table, relegation battlers Cardiff City and Crystal Palace meet in South Wales, Norwich City host West Bromwich Albion and basement side Fulham go to Aston Villa.

Benteke out of World Cup

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ston Villa striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out for a minimum of six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The 23-year-old Belgium international will have surgery on the injury sustained in training and will miss this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Villa manager Paul Lambert said: “It’s a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club. Benteke joined Villa in August 2012 in a £7m deal from Belgian club Genk.

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He scored 23 goals in all competitions in his debut season in England and was linked with a move away from Villa Park. Benteke handed in a transfer request last summer, but withdrew it to sign a new fouryear contract in July 2013. He has scored 11 goals this season despite going four months without finding the back of the net and was set to be named in the Belgium World Cup squad even though his last national appearance came in the September 2013 in victory over Scotland.

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tletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan is a doubt for today’s La Liga game against Villarreal at the Estadio Vicente Calderon with a groin problem. Turkey international Arda was substituted late in Atletico’s 1-1 Champions League quarterfinal first-leg draw at Barcelona on Tuesday, and underwent tests back in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. A subsequent club statement stated that an injury had been picked up, but did not give any suggested recovery time. “Arda Turan finished the game at the Camp Nou with discomfort and a groin issue has been detected which will require a treatment of physiotherapy and recuperation,” the statement said. “His availability will depend on how it evolves.” Atletico coach Diego Simeone is already likely to be without top scorer Diego Costa for the clash with seventh-placed Villarreal, with the Brazil-born Spain international having also left the field early on Tuesday after picking up a thigh injury. Atletico go into the game as La Liga leaders, one point ahead of second-placed Barcelona, and three ahead of Real Madrid who are third. Both Costa and Arda now face a race against time to be fit for the return Champions League game with Barca at the Calderon next Wednesday.


BIG PUNCH “They are trying to destablise Nigeria; beginning with the North. They started with Borno, Kano and now they got to Katsina and Kaduna; so what is remaining.” —Muhammadu Buhari condemning sustained attacks in parts of the North

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n March 14th a military counterattack after an attempted jailbreak by suspected members of Boko Haram left around 500 people dead, according to hospital sources, mostly at the hands of soldiers. It was the worst day of casualties since the sect’s terrorist campaign began in 2009. The facts of the massacre are disputed. The army says that on March 14th Boko Haram carried out a daylight raid on the heavily fortified Giwa barracks in Maiduguri, capital of Bornu state, in a bid to free hundreds of their comrades who had been detained there. The raid was “foiled” with “heavy human casualty on the terrorists”, says a military spokesman. But Maiduguri residents tell a different story. The army, they say, used the raid as a pretext to wipe out hundreds of young men detained in Giwa barracks. Fleeing inmates, most of whom had not been brought to trial, were shot down by troops firing from the ground and from helicopters circling above the barracks. The army’s behaviour in Giwa had previously been sharply criticised by humanrights groups and by witnesses who had been held there. Before the events of March 14th, large numbers of young men (and some women) had been indiscriminately rounded up, held in inhumane conditions and tortured, they said. After the shooting, many were left to die of their wounds. The army denies the accusations. What is clear is that Boko Haram has been running rings around the army since President Goodluck Jonathan intensified counter-insurgency efforts a year ago. Several security sources have accused military officials of colluding with rebel factions. For its part,

the sect has become more brutal, targeting civilians as it wrests swathes of the rural north-east from the army. More than 1,500 people have been killed so far this year, making it the insurgency’s bloodiest spell. Since last May, some 350,000 people have fled their homes, says the UN. Some in the president’s security team realise that the insurgency cannot be defeated by military means alone, and are trying something new. “It’s a stick-and-carrot approach,” says Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser. “We believe we can win the war against terror by mobilising our family, cultural, religious and national values.” he government, says Mr Dasuki, will seek to enroll repentant Boko Haram members into vocational schools; psychologists will provide counselling; and local imams will give them a pacifist interpretation of the Koran. “Part of our approach is to offer an alternative narrative to those who have joined the ranks of this group,” says Dr Fatima Akilu, a psychologist who is designing a programme to rehabilitate Boko Haram members awaiting trial and to dissuade others from joining the rebels. Well-intentioned as it is, the hearts-and-minds campaign may be too late. President Jonathan, a southern Christian, is widely mistrusted in the Muslim north-east, whose people often feel as hostile to the overzealous army as they do to Boko Haram. Mr Dasuki may find it hard to apply his more emollient approach at a time when the fighting is growing fiercer and the army’s heavyhanded tactics continue to encourage disgruntled youths to join or back the terrorists. The president is said also to have given the go-ahead for secret negotiations with factions

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other ideas—the wives and children of fallen fighters be given vocational training that destroyed villages be rebuilt, and that surrendering fighters be guaranteed safety. “If we get some core members to sign,”

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of Boko Haram. But previous such talks have been thwarted by the generals, some of whom are likely to benefit financially from the $6 billion now being allocated from the federal budget for security. A peace deal was at an advanced stage in June last year, says a frustrated

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negotiator. But the government apparently reneged, instead hunting down some of the people it had been talking to. ore recently, some Boko Haram people have again been sounding out mediators with suggestions that—among

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says the previously mentioned negotiator, “the rest will fall behind them like a house of cards.” But if massacres such as the one at Giwa barracks recur, such hopes for peace are almost certain to be dashed. (The Economist)

Some in the president’s security team realise that the insurgency cannot be defeated by military means alone, and are trying something new. “It’s a stick-and-carrot approach,” says Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser. “We believe we can win the war against terror by mobilising our family, cultural, religious and national values.”

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