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• L-R: Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim; Director General, Department of State Security Service (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura, and Chief of Army Staff; L-t. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, after the Security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

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Libel: Army, Premium Times talk tough By Ese Awhotu

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he Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and online medium, PREMIUM TIMES seem to be towing a tough path over allegation of a libelous publication leveled by the army chief against the newspaper. The Nigerian Army had written to the newspaper, threatening legal action against it for publications about the army and its chief, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General. On Wednesday, the newspaper published a letter dated December 22, written on behalf of Mr. Buratai, by I.M Alkali, a Major General, accusing PREMIUM TIMES of “unwarranted serial provocative, unauthorised, libelous and defamatory publications”.

The letter also claimed the paper published reports without reference to the army, saying the stories exposed a “deep hatred for the leadership of the Nigerian Army”. The letter expressed displeasure with three stories published by the medium between October and December last year. The army described the stories as “false, unsubstantiated, and unprofessional” but provided no evidence to back its claim. The letter demanded PREMIUM TIMES retract the reports and apologise to the army and Mr. Buratai. However, the PREMIUM TIMES had on Tuesday, through its lawyers, delivered a detailed response to the Army, affirming its stories, and unequivocally rejecting the demand

for retractions and apology. The paper, instead, asked the army to write a letter within seven days of receiving its reply, withdrawing the allegations and threats against it and its staff, or risk being sued. Jiti Ogunye, the newspaper’s principal counsel, who signed the response, took the army to task on the “grave implications” of its letter, and describing the army’s letter as a threat to the well-being and life of PREMIUM TIMES’ staff. “By your letter you have threatened the lives of our clients, and our clients are thus obliged to put the public on notice that should any harm come to them, you, the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army should be held accountable,” he wrote.

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Mr. Ogunye said the “chilling threats” contained in the army’s letter was an affront on the constitutional guarantee of civilian control of the army and the freedom of the press. “It is our view that all working journalists and news outlets are entitled to some protection from public officers, especially of the military and security agencies who are charged with the duty to secure and protect Nigeria and Nigerians, their lives and property, and maintain law and order, but who often, because of the uniqueness of that duty and for reason of the exclusive bearing of arms and control of our commonly owned ordinance, assume very erroneously that they are above the law,” he said. He rebuked the army for describing PREMIUM TIMES’ stories as “unprofessional” saying military and other public officials were not in a position to question the paper’s professionalism. PREMIUM TIMES asked the army to write a letter, addressed to its Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, withdrawing the threats and allegations within seven days. The paper warned of legal action to enforce its fundamental rights. “In the circumstances, we hereby demand that you write a letter of withdrawal of these threats and allegations, to our clients, wherein you are to assure them of their safety and protection by the security and law enforcement agencies in Nigeria, in particular, the Nigerian Army. The letter, to be addressed to Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, Managing Director of Premium Services Ltd/ Editor in Chief of Premium Times must be received within seven (7) working days of delivery of this letter to you. “That should you fail, refuse or neglect to write and deliver the above letter as demanded, our clients will not hesitate to institute a legal action against you, your principals, the Nigerian Army and the Federal Government of Nigeria, to enforce their fundamental rights under the Constitution,” the letter stated.

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he Nigerian Army has debunked a publication by Premium Times online news medium titled “EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria raises troops for Gambia, ready to remove Yahya Jammeh” as untrue. The Army in a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations yesterday,, disassociated

itself from the publication saying that, “such false information that exists only in the figment of the imagination of the medium. There was no time or place Nigerian Army disclosed such information to the medium. If there is any, we challenge them to name the officer or soldier that gave them such information and when.” The army statement reads in

OUR MISSION “To be the market place of ideas and the leading player in the industry by putting the people first, upholding the truth, maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards while delivering value to our stakeholders”

part; “For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerian Army is not planning to attack any country. “It should be noted that such reckless and unprofessional conduct is not expected of any reputable and responsible news medium as it is inimical to national security. “The publication apart from being false in its entirety, it is un-

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Reps seek Nigeria asylum for Jammeh By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives, has called on the Federal Government to offer asylum to the embatled President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia. The House also expressed support for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led diplomatic efforts at stabilizing the Gambia as it faces difficult stage of transition from one political regime to another. The House further said it stand in solidarity with the parliament and people of Gambia in their trying times by securing a way of ending the political stalemate. The House equally asked

President Jammeh to respect the wishes of the citizens of the country who voted against him in the last election. The resolutions of the House was sequel to a motion moved by Rep. Sani Zorro (APC-Jigawa) which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote. Moving the motion, Rep Zorro said that the clock was clicking fast for the survival of democracy in the country and therefore the need to intensify preventive diplomacy to save Gambia. According to him, Nigeria’s past leadership has played roles in restoring peace and settling conflicts in various Southern and West Africa

nations including Congo, Chad, Liberia among others. He noted that Nigeria’s policy of extending safe haven status to endangered African leaders had been part of the nation’s dispute settlement. Zorro added that such gesture in the past had been extended to President Felix Malloun of Chad, Charles Taylor and Yomi Johnson of Liberia and several other leaders. Supporting the motion, Rep. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP- Abia) said granting asylum to the embattled Gambian leader was in consonance with Nigeria’s foreign policy thrust. Also speaking in favour of the

motion, Rep. Mojeed Alabi APCOsun) noted that before considering the decision to offer Jammeh soft landing Nigerians should be educated on the development and the need to accord him such favour. However opposing the motion, Rep.. Obinna Chidoka (PDPAnambra) argued that the house would be’ jumping the gun’ by offering Jammeh asylum. He noted saying: “everyone is aware that there was a credible election in The Gambia and that the opposition candidate, Adams Barrow won and was congratulated by the incumbent, Yahya Jammeh, who also conceded defeat’ Also kicking against the motion,

Rep.. Nasiru Umar (APC-Kano) cautioned that the house should not take a decision that would suggest that the nation was supporting dictators. “We should not be given wrong signals to dictators that after misruling in their countries, they will find a safe haven in Nigeria”, he warned. Similarly, Rep. Pally Iriase (APC-Edo) warned that though the intendment of the motion was good, but the house should thread with caution The House therefore mandated its committees on Foreign Affairs and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.

L-R: Chairman House of Representatives committee on Petroleum Upstream, Hon. Victor Nwokolo; representative of the speaker/ deputy whip House of Representatives, Hon. Pally Iriase and Chairman House of Representatives committee on petroleum dawn stream sector, Hon. Joseph Akinlaje, during a public hearing on the creation of museum for the oil and gas sector at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Police parade 84 illegal migrants in Lagos From Matthew Aramunde, Lagos

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he Lagos state police command yesterday paraded eighty-four illegal immigrants who were arrested in Lagos for various offences. Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni told pressmen that the illegal immigrants came from different parts of West Africa and claimed they were on their way to oil rich Gabon. He disclosed that they were apprehended by men of the Lagos Police Command in conjunction with men of Border Patrol Unit from Force Headquarters Abuja at the Badagry axis of Lagos State. He said that when they were profiled by investigators, it was found out that their claim could not be held with a pinch of salt and they were kept in Police custody for further interrogation Earlier, the immigrants who looked unkempt and frail were seen being driven into the premises of the Lagos State Police Command in three Hiace Buses

and an LT 35 Bus. One of the immigrants Jelili Mumuni a Burkinabe, who claimed he is a painter by profession and who spoke through an interpreter, said he never knew that those whom he was lumped up with for the journey to Gabon, were illegal immigrants and that he embarked on journey to honour the invitation extended to him by his brother who is resident in

Gabon. He said his brother had told him that when he arrives the waterfront at Benin Republic, there will be a connecting boat that will take him to Gabon but that he was shocked with surprise when Policemen swooped on the group effecting arrest. Another immigrant who gave his name as Comparoare Musa a Beninon who was a casual worker in Burkina -Faso said he was

lured to undertake the journey when he was told that casual workers in Gabon, earned twice what he is being paid in BurkinaFaso. He said he was surprised that the organisers of the journey who had earlier told them that their take of point to Gabon, will be in Benin Republic only for them to find themselves in Badagry axis were they were subsequently arrested

A Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni reiterated its commands resolves to spread its dragnet to all nooks and crannies of the state assuring that no illegal immigrants will find it easy to infiltrates into the state stressing that the Command has resolve to make life safe, sound and easy for the residents of the city. He said the immigrants will be turned in to the Immigration Service for further action.

…As Buhari leaves for Gambia on ECOWAS mission By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari will today travel to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia and Bamako, the Malian capital from January 13 to 14, 2017. According to a statement made available to newsmen by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari will in Banjul, as the Mediator in The Gambia, is scheduled to meet with President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia and the President-elect

Adama Barrow to continue dialogue on the political situation in the West African country. The President will be joined by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone, and the immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama, who is the comeditator of The Gambian mission. Later tomorrow, Buhari will travel to Bamako, Mali to participate in the

27th Africa–France Summit. The Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence, convened by French President Francois Hollande, is aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and African countries in the areas of peace and security, economic partnership and development. Recognising the role played by France in the successes so far recorded in the implementation of the regional initiative against terrorism, President Buhari will reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts on the

war against terror and underline the need for improved collaboration to address the menace of terrorism in the region. Buhari will use the opportunity of the summit to underscore the efforts government is making to improve Nigeria’s business environment to attract more foreign direct investment. The President will be accompanied by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence.


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Repair of Abuja Airport runway to gulp N5.8bn - FG By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Christiana Ekpa

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he Federal Government has said it will spend N5.8billion for repair works on the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport runway in Abuja, which will last for six weeks period, within which the Airport will remain closed. Briefing the Senate at plenary, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, explained that the money will be expended on both reconstruction of the runway, including the shoulder of the runway, which he said has damaged

greatly because it has exceeded its lifespan. He added that part of the money will be spent on the movement of security personnel; including the Immigration officers, Civil Defence officers, Anti Drug Agents (NDLEA), equipment, airport facilities, including aircraft hangers, and helicopters, from Abuja to the temporary servicing Airport in Kaduna. While informing the senate that among other options before the Ministry, such as temporary closure, sectional repairs and regulation of the size of the aircraft using the runway, Sirika said it

is safer to reconstruct the whole runway because most of the sections of the runway had totally collapsed. He explained that the runways link each other and therefore, when virtually all the linking sections have dilapidated, it is as good as saying the entire runway had collapsed, adding that the option which the ministry has taken is inline with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard. He said the ministry has also done integrity test to ensure that the works conforms with standard. However, he blamed the

Minister of Aviation in the last administration for not intervening to reconstruct the runway, saying it would have saved the country of the present stress, even as he assured that the reconstruction works on the runway will not exceed six weeks as already announced. The minister recalled that in the tenure of the last administration, N2.4billion was budgeted and released for the maintenance works on the runway, but said any maintenance based on the technical information given by in-house engineers in the ministry, can only last for two or three years. He said that the government has

also released funds to reconstruct the runway in the Enugu International Airport, saying that the works have reached advanced stage, and would be completed soon. He added that the country cannot afford two runways now due to the harsh economic situation. However, some of the Senators who asked questions, wondered why the repair of the runway should take up to six weeks, arguing that it should not be more than two weeks. Meanwhile, the hearing on whether the closure of the Abuja airport is desirable or not continues in Senate Tuesday.

Shehu Sani, Yoruba monarchs mourn late Gov. Kure From Femi kaduna

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R-L: 2016 NNOM Awardee, Prof. Omowunmi A. Sadik,  President Muhammadu Buhari, Chairman NNMA Governing Board, Prof Etim Moses Essien, 2016 NNOM awardee, Prof Tanure Ojaide, Mrs. Anne Ojaide and Permanent Secretary OSGF, Amina Mohammed Bello Shamaky during an audience with member of 2016 Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) at the State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

Recession: Don’t lose hope on Buhari, analyst urges Nigerians By Usman Shuaibu

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public analyst based in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Mohammed Guwa Lamorde, has urged Nigerians not to lose hope on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari despite the current economic recession being

experienced in Nigeria. Lamorde who stated this in a press statement which was made available to Peoples Daily in Gwagwalada, Abuja, expressed hope that the nation would be out of recession this year. He also called on Nigerian leaders to deem it necessary to listen to advices as well as

suggestions from Nigerians in order to proffer solutions for some pending issues affecting the country. He also urged Nigerians to pray for Mr. President and other Nigerian leaders to overcome the security challenges facing the country, most especially the Boko Haram episode.

While commenting on the alleged fictitious contracts and diversion of materials/food stuffs made for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at their camps, the public analyst asked the Federal Government to swing into action to fish out and prosecute any government functionary who was found wanting.

Resident doctors stage peaceful protest over non-implementation of health policies By Usman Shuaibu

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he Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) chapter on Tuesday staged a peaceful demonstration within the hospital premises over nonimplementation of policies in the

National Health Act 2014. Addressing the newsmen during the protest, the President of the association at the UATH, Dr Ifeanyi Ucha, said that the association deemed it necessary to embark on the protest based on the directive by its national body. Ucha said if the National Health

Act 2014 is not implemented, it would lead to a total collapsed of the health sector. He charged the Federal Government to implement policies that would assist the health sector to move forward, instead of carrying out nefarious policies. He also urged the government of

the day to place the resident doctors on their appropriate grade levels to boost their morale at work. On the residency training policy, he asked the government to continue with the training policy as well as appropriate sponsorship to be made available to update the knowledge of the medical doctors.

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enator representing Kaduna Central at the Upper Chamber; Shehu Sani has expressed shock over the demise of former governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kure, describing him as a fearless and upright politician that put his people above self. He stated this in a statement issued and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday. Senator Shehu Sani added that the late Kure is one of the architects of the new democracy in Nigeria and a politician that lived by is word. In the same vein, chairman Council of Yoruba Traditional Rulers in the 19 northern states and Abuja, Ambassador Mohammed Arigbabuwo described the late Governor Kure as a bridge builder that made Niger state home to everybody including the Yorubas. Ambassador Arigbabuwo added that it was the late Kure that first appointed a Yoruba man from Oyo state into his cabinet and also assisted in creation of the Yoruba traditional council in the state. The monarch prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased; while at the same time express his condolence to Heads-of-State; Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, former governor of Niger state; Alhaji Babangida Aliyu and the Etsu Nupe


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Borno uncovers baby factory in brothel

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orno state Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu yesterday said a baby factory where young ladies with unwanted pregnancies are being attracted and their babies sold after delivery has been discovered. Barrister Shehu disclosed this to newsmen, saying the baby factory was uncovered at the popular Galadima brothel in Maiduguri

metropolis, following a tip-off by members of the civilian JTF. “On Sept. 12, 2016, we got an intelligence report by our civilian JTF in Gwange area and we mandated them to arrest a woman who delivered a baby boy but returned home without the baby. A raid was conducted on the suspected hide-out, with two babies rescued”. “Similarly, four ladies, some persons who are suspected to be sponsors were apprehended for

allegedly conspiring to perpetrate the notorious crime”, the commissioner declared. He explained that the suspects were initially held at Gwange police outpost, but due to the nature of the case, were later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). He blamed the heinous on the failure of some parents to monitor the movement of their daughters after the return of relative peace in Maidugui.

“After the restoration of relative peace in state capital and its environs, series of social vices, such as drug abuse, lawlessness and prostitution, which hitherto vanished following the insecurity, started re-emerging due to poor parental care”, the commissioner further queried. The commissioner also announced that the Borno State government has banned the operation of brothels and alcohol parlours in the state, as part of

measures to prevent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents. He said that the sale of alcohol would now only be allowed in military barracks. Also banned are illegal motor parks as well chemical and patent medicine stores. Similarly, the operation of tricycles and unregistered vehicles for commuter services was banned. Shehu said the ban order was approved at a Security Council meeting.

Military exercise to shore up S/Kaduna security begins By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the commencement of an Army Exercise code-named ‘Kunama II’ in Southern Kaduna in order to bolster the security situation in that axis. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen. Tukur Buratai, made this disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents after a lengthy security meeting the Service Chiefs had with the President at the Presidential Villa yesterday. Buratai explained that the exercise would cover part of Plateau and Kano states. He added that the army is still pursuing all its operations in the North East, South-south and South eastern of the country. Asked about the progress report from Sambisa, Buratai said “We are continuing our operations in that area, Lafiya Dole mandate and the troops are still moving all over the area.” On whether he had received any new directive fro the President, the COAS said “The directive is there, we are still pursuing it and it is a task we must accomplish at all cost.” On deployment of troops to Kaduna, he said “Our troops are already in Southern Kaduna. We have our special forces operating there along with all other security agencies and we intend also to have an exercise very soon in Southern Kaduna to cover some part of plateau and indeed part of Kano state. “So, it is part of our strategy for this year to continue all the exercises we have had before. We will be having exercise Kunama II which will come into Southern Kaduna state and part of Plateau and Kano state. Croccodile Smile in the Niger Delta and indeed the Python Dance. But, we are going to rename the Python Dance for the South East this year also. Similarly, the Minister for Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, told newsmen that the meeting deliberated on the security situation in the country. He said “Major security issue

were discussed and we were able to come to conclusion on almost all the crisis that are going on across the country. The Southern Kaduna, the Niger Delta issues and other

major crisis areas were discussed and resolutions were passed.” He continued “Like I said in the Southern Kaduna we have our troops being moved and they have

already taken places, operation is going on and I believe that very soon it will come to an end.” Asked whether the meeting

discussed The Gambia issue, the minister said “That is not a national issue and I believe the ECOWAS are working on that, we have not reached any conclusion on that.”

R-L: Minister of Transportation Hon. Rotimi Amaechi with Senator Magnus Abe exchanging views after the Minister’s meeting with Senate Committee on Transport over the proposed closure of the Abuja International Airport, at the National Assembly yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Reps summon IG over alleged diversion of N1.2bn armoured carriers

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he House of Representatives has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to appear before it over allegations of diverting N1.2 billion approved in the 2016 budget for the purchase of 10 personnel armoured carriers to buying 64 Toyota Hilux commuter vehicles without the approval of the National Assembly. The House in a motion moved by Rep Onyenwife Gabriel, said the sum of 1.2 billion was approved in the Appropriation Act of 2016 for the purchase of

ten armoured personnel carriers by the Nigerian Police but was diverted for the purchase of 64 Toyota Hiace commuter vehicles without approval of the National Assembly. While condemning the attitude of the police chief for failing to honour previous invitations of the House committee, the lawmakers said his refusal to appear has stalled the investigations on the alleged diversion of the N1.2billion. Moving the motion, Rep. Gabriel informed the House that apart from the diversion of the funds to purchase Hilux vehicles,

the inspect general also diverted another N6billion approved in the 2016 budget meant for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 102 police stations nationwide to other uses without the knowledge of the National Assembly. He said that “these infractions of the Appropriations Act 2016, the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 and the Public Procurement Act 2007, are just two of the several infractions committed by the Nigeria Police in the course of implementation of the 2016 budget.” Rep. Gabriel declared that the House Committee on Police

Affairs had invited the inspector general on December 6 and December 13, 2016, to explain or justify these perceived infractions but that he refused to honour the committee’s summons. “The diversion of a sum appropriated in the budget without the approval of the National constitutes a breach of the Appropriations Act and a gross violation of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended. The lawmakers resolved that the inspector general appear unfailingly before its committee on police affairs on January19, 2017, by 2.00pm.


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Biafra: Kanu knows fate, Feb 10 By Paschal Njoku, Abuja

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ederal High Court sitting in Abuja, will on February 10, deliver ruling on an application filed by the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, wherein he sought for an order quashing the charges leveled against him by the Federal Government.

Kanu alongside three other pro-Biafran agitators, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi are standing trial on charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism. Trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako fixed the date after defence counsel and the Federal Government prosecutor had argued for and against the motion

seeking quashing of the charges against the trio. Kanu had, through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor prayed the court to quash all the charges filed against them by the Federal Government in an amended charge No. FHC/ ABJ/CR/383/15. Ejiofor submitted that the proof of evidence attached to the charge has no items constituting the basic ingredients of the

offences for which Kanu was charged. He insisted there was no evidence linking Kanu with the charges, adding that the six count-charge relating to the 1st defendant (Kanu) is incompetent. Reacting, prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, in his opposition to Kanu’s motion, pleaded with Justice Nyako not to

quash the charges, pointing out that, “if granted, will be prejudial to the cause of justice”. He insisted that the charge against the 1st defendant like the other defendants in the case is competent, clear and unambiguous and that the proof of evidence attached to the charge clearly linked the 1st defendant with the charge brought against him.

L-R: Secretary to Oyo State Government, Mr Lekan Ali; The author of the book titled: “Religion and the Making of Nigeria”, Prof. Olufemi Vaughan; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Chief Host, Sen. Bassey Ewa -Henshaw; Amb. Fola Olukoya; Prof. Wole Soyinka, and  Bishop  Mathew Hassan Kuhah, during the launch of a book title: “Religion and the Making of Nigeria” by Mr Lekan ALI, yesterday in Abuja.

Reps seek review of prison farms, skills acquisition By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives has called for the review of prison farm and skills acquisition in support of the diversification agenda of the Federal Government. The House further urged the Federal Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Prison Service to resuscitate the prison farms as a means of reducing extreme hunger

in prisons across the nation. The House in a motion sponsored by Rep. Chime Oji (PDP-Enugu), noted that Nigeria was signatory to Maputo declaration in 2013 on Agriculture by the conference of heads of states and Government of Africans (AU). According to him, out of 56,785 prison inmates in the country, about 17,775 are convicts, leaving about 39,010 inmates on the awaiting trial list and this category

can partake in the farming activities. He expressed concern that the prison service no longer obtained farm produce since prison farms became moribund, a situation that was making it impossible to cater for the inmates only from the budgetary allocations due to economic recession. He said: “I believe that the recurring incidents of jail break across the country, which have

led to the death of over forty six prisons staff, may not be unconnected with the scarcity of food in prisons,” he said. The motion was unanimously adopted by the House and referred to the committees on Interior and Agriculture Production for further legislative inputs, and mandated the committees to report back in six weeks for further legislative action.

Police parade 5 Kaduna varsity students, staff over theft of computers From Femi Oyelola kaduna

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ive Kaduna State University, KASU students and staff were paraded by the Kaduna State Police for allegedly stealing about 55 computers belonging to the university. The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman told the press that KASU management reported the case to the command and action was

taken immediately. According to him On 21st of December 2016 at about 1400Hrs, the acting Registrar Kaduna State University reported to the commissioner of police that, on the 20th of December, 2016 at about 0200Hrs twenty (20) pieces of all in one HP Desktop Computers were stolen at the university computer center. “Previously about 35 of the computers were stolen at e-library of the school making

a total number of fifty five (55) computers estimated at seventeen million six hundred thousand Naira (N17,600,000). “In the course of investigation, operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) Kaduna apprehended one Aminu Shuaibu a Staff of the university with one of the computers. Arrest was also made of one Dauda Mohammed Umar (Security Man on duty during the incident) and Stephen Timon (student of

the university) who criminally conspired with one Nosa and three others to perpetrate the crime. “Also one Dennis Monday a student of the University (KASU) and one Kamal Aminu were arrested and thirty two (32) of the stolen computers sold to them were recovered,” he said The principal suspects, Aminu Shuaibu who works at the university library told Journalists that he is not a criminal.

NAFDAC uncovers fake wine factories, arrests 9 suspects

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he National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has arrested nine suspects connected with alleged fake wine and beverage manufacturing factories at the Relief Market, Onitsha. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this followed a special raid and enforcement operation of the Federal Government’s ban on imported fruit juices on Wednesday in Onitsha. NAFDAC’s Head, Investigation and Enforcement, Kingsley Ejiofor, explained that those arrested were involved in the bottling of unwholesome, counterfeit and dangerous drinks. “We came here for a special assignment to mop up all counterfeit and prohibited products which include imported fruit juices, food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, detergent and bottled water, among others. “We were able to uncover illegal manufacturers of bottle, unwholesome and dangerous chemicals, they call wine and spirits. It was so disheartening,” he said.


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Boko Haram: UN refutes Borno governor’s allegations on misuse of funds

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dward Kallon, the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator to Nigeria, has refuted Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima’s allegations of underperformance and misuse of funds against UN agencies in the NorthEast. Mr. Kallon said during a courtesy visit to the Executive Director of Victims Support Fund (VSF), Sunday Ochoche, on Wednesday in Abuja, that UN agencies had scaled up their presence and assistance in the area. According to him, UN agencies have currently reached over 2 million people with humanitarian assistance as against barely 100,000 people as at October 2016. “The challenges are enormous but there has been a lot of progress on humanitarian response since October 2016 when I assumed duty as the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP resident Representative to Nigeria. “Before I came, the international community was barely reaching 100,000; however, in December, humanitarian assistance was reaching over 1 million families,” he said. “Presently, humanitarian assistance is reaching about two million people in the North-East; there has been a huge progress so far. “The UN system is an accountable system and if we receive a request from the Governor of Borno on what we are bringing in and what is being spent we would give that information. “Such information is not hidden.’’ Mr. Shettima had on Tuesday attacked UN organisations and over 100 nongovernmental in the north-east, accusing them of misusing funds meant for people displaced by Boko Haram crisis. He singled out UNICEF for rebuke, but also praised eight organisations for their efforts. On allegations of misuse of funds, the UNDP representative described it as unfair as the operations in the North-East were being executed at a cost which must be met. He explained that respective UN agencies had the moral obligation of ensuring the security and safety of its staff in the country. The UNDP Chief therefore advised the Federal Government and relevant authorities at all levels no to politicise the role and response of the UN and international communities in the North-East. Mr. Kallon advised government agencies to ensure the accountability of government funds being contributed to the efforts in the North-East.

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State waving to students of Government Secondary School Yunusari when he visited to inspect ongoing rehabilitation and expansion of the school yesterday in Yobe.

S’Court Okays Lagos to appeal Al Mustapha’s acquittal …Arewa Lawyers hail decision By Paschal Njoku, Abuja

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he Supreme Court yesterday cleared the coast for Lagos State Government to file an appeal challenging the discharge and acquittal of Major Hamza AlMustapha (rtd), the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Military Head of State General Sani Abacha. Recall that Al-Mustapha, Mohammed Abacha and one Lateef Shofolahan were arraigned before a Lagos High Court on a-two-count criminal charge of conspiracy to commit murder and the murder of the late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola on June 4, 1996 in Lagos State. After the legal battle, the High Court sitting in Lagos, and presided by Justice Moji Dada, delivered it’s judgment on January 30, 2012, and found the defendants culpable as charged

and sentenced them to death by hanging. However, Al-Mustapha headed to the appellate court on April 27, 2012 for the review of the trial and the conviction. Subsequently, a 3-member panel of Justices in a unanimous judgment of July 12, 2013 voided the decision of the lower court, set it aside and discharged and acquitted the accused on the ground that the evidence against them was not strong enough to warrant the death sentence. Kudirat was the wife of the late businessman cum politician, Chief Moshood K.O Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election that was annulled by former President Ibrahim Babangida. The nod handed to Lagos State government followed a ruling by a seven-member panel of the Supreme Court presided by the

Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, wherein the apex court granted the request to challenge the Court of Appeal decision of July 12, 2013 that discharged and acquitted AlMustapha from the murder case. The application made on behalf of Lagos state and argued by Osunsanya Oluwayemisi, a Senior State Counsel in the Lagos Ministry of Justice was not opposed by Al-Mustapha’s lawyer, Mr. Joseph Dauda SAN. Consequently, Justice Onnoghen in a short ruling ordered Lagos state to file its notice of appeal within 30 days. Reacting to the court’s decision, Chairman of the Arewa Young Lawyers Forum (AYLF), Mr. Sadiq Abubakar Ilela, hailed the ruling, saying the leave granted Lagos would allow the court to determine the case on its merit.

“We were in court to show support to the respondents. We believe in the rule of law. “We are convinced that, with the ruling, parties now have the opportunity to present their cases before the court to enable them make an informed decision and determine the case on merit,” Ilela said. In the new move to reopen the case, the Lagos State government had sought to file a notice of appeal out of the time at the Supreme Court asking for the permission of the court to allow it to challenge the Appeal Court findings of Justices Amina Adamu Augie, Rita Nos khare Pemu and Fatimo Omoro Akinbami on ground of mis-carriage of Justice in the matter.

Police kill 2 armed robbers along Zaria- Kano Road From Edwin Olofu, Kano

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combined team of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Special Tactical Squad and that of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad of kano state Police Command, Wednesday killed two suspected armed robbers along ZariaKwanar Dangora road In a gun battle. The spokesman of the kano

state Police Command DSP Magaji Musa Majia, who spoke to newsmen at the headquarters of the command in Bompai yesterday, said the operatives ran into the armed robbery syndicate who blocked the highway with their Golf Wagon. Majia added that on sighting the police the robbers opened fire, while the police disembarked from their vehicles and engaged them in a duel.

He said, “ in the process, two armed robbers whose identities are not yet established sustained mortal injuries while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds. “On the spot 1AK 47 Rifle with 22 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, 2 AK 47 magazines, cutlasses and assorted charms were recovered.” The kano state police image maker further revealed that the

injured suspects were rushed to the hospital but were confirmed dead on arrival by the doctor on call. He enjoined the public especially residents of Kwanar Dangora and Neighboring villages, Hospitals and patent medicine stores to report to the nearest police station any person seen with bullet injury for necessary action.


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University honours 17 personalities By usman shuaibu

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he management of Muskegon Christian University based in Uyo, Ikwa Ibom State, has

Kaduna directs filling stations to resume fuel sale

conferred the Honorary Doctorate Degree awards (Horris causa) on seventeen personalities including a businessman based in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief (Dr) Tobias Obiechina on Saturday at Uboro-oro in the state. In their separate speeches, the

representative of the university in Africa, Bishop (Prof.) Effiong Noah as well as the representative of the university in Nigeria, Bishop (Prof.) Imeobong Enema, charged the awardees to be good diplomats of the university in anywhere they found themselves.

They also urged the recipients to remain committed to the religion of Christianity as well as to be good representatives of Jesus Christ at their respective communities. Responding on behalf of the awardees, Chief (Dr) Tobias Obiechina, assured the management of the university that the recipients would not hesitate

to contribute their quota towards the development of the institution. Obiechina thanked the University for the Honours done to them, saying that they will continue to maintain good rapport with the university. Meanwhile, the occasion attracted the academia, business moguls as well as politicians within and outside the state.

From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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he Kaduna State Government has directed all filling stations in the state to open as normal and dispense fuel to customers. This was contained In a statement signed by the Adviser Media and publicity to the governor Samuel Aruwan made available to newsmen in Kaduna. The government assured marketers of petroleum products of adequate security to enable them sustain supply of fuel to citizens. A government statement said it condemns and deploys the intimidation of filling station operators by persons said to be NUPENG officials. Government wishes to remind every union or association that they must live up to their responsibilities and avoid actions that can inflict needless pain on citizens. The government warned that it would not tolerate a repeat of the display undertaken today by the people that illegally compelled filling stations to close.

Engage professional institutions to win fight against corruption, Group tells FG From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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igerian Society of Engineers, NE Kaduna state branch has called on the Federal Government to recognize and patronize professional institutions if it must win the fight against corruption. This was contained in a communiqué which was read by Technical Secretary, Kaduna branch, Engineer Hafis Abdulwahab and signed by it Chairman, Engineer Abdulrasheed Babalola after it Annual General meeting held in Kaduna. NSE said patronizing the professional institutions would lead to quality service delivery to the nation and improve on both human resource and local content exploration. It also called on the government to tackle activities leading to exposure to corruption if it must win the fight against corruption.

Adamawa Commissioner of Information, Mr. Ahmed Sajoh, addressing Journalists after a Special State Security Council Meeting held, yesterday in Yola. Photo: NAN

Buhari settles for non career ambassadors By Christiana Ekpa Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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resident Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday withdrew the List of non càrreer ambassadorial nominees ànd resubmited amended list to the Senate . Buhari in a letter read by Senate president Bukola Saraki, dropped Olorunmibe Mamora, Usman Bugaje, Pauline Tallen and 3 others in the amendment list. The new list contained new nominee’s like Dr. Mrs Uzima E Emenike, Abia ,Aminu Iyawa, Adamawa, Maj.Gen. Godwin G. Uno(Rtd) Akwa

Ibom, Christopher J.N. Okeke, Anambra. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Bauchi, Baba Masugu, Bauchi. Brig.Gen. Stanley Diriyai, Bayelsa ,Prof. Steven Ugba, Benue. Baba Ahmad Jidda, Borno, Dr Etuborm N .E. Asuquo. Engr Frank Efeduma, Delta, Mr. Jonah M. Odo, Ebonyi. Uyagwe Igbe, Edo, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, Ekiti, Man. Gen. Chris EZE, Enugu and Alh. Suleiman Hassan, Gombe. Others are Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, IMO. Amin Muhammad Dalhatu, Jigawa, Ahemed Nuhu Bamalli, Kaduna, Deborah S lliya, Kaduna,

Prof D Abdulkadir, Kano. Alh. Haruna Ungogo, Kano Justice Isa Dodo, Katsine. Mohammadu Rimi Barade, Katsine, Prof. Tijjani Bands, Kebbi Prof. Y.O Aliu, Kogi, Nuruddeen Mohamed, Kwara. Prof Mohamed G Yisa, Kwara. Also listed are, Justice George Adesola Oguntade, Lagos. Mrs Module lrele, Lagos, Musa llu Muhammad, Nasarawa. Ahmed lbeto, Niger Suzanne Aderonke Folarin, Ogu, Jacob Igbekele Daodu, Ondo Afolahan Adeyemi A. Osun, Maj. Gen Ashimiyu A. Olaniyi Rtd, Oyo James G. Dimka, Plateau. Dr Haruna Bawa Abdullahi,

Plateau, Orji Ngofa, River Sahabi Is a Gada, Sokoto, Hon. Kabiru Umar, Sokoto. Alh Hassan Jika Ardo, Taraba, Goni Modu Zanna Bura, Yobe. Alh. Garbage Gajam, Zamfara, Cpt. Bala Mohammed Mairiga, Zamfara and Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada, FCT. Meanwhile, Buhari had on 20th October 2016 forwarded 46 names of non-career Ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation as Ambassadors but was on Tuesday 15th November 2016, rejected and sent back to him based on what the senate described as resubmission and re-jigging.

Ex president Jonathan visits, condoles late Kure’s family From Yakubu Minna.

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he former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has regretted the death of former Governor. Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure of Niger State saying that he left the country before the ovation was loudest. Jonathan visited the residence of the late Kure at about 11:40am

in a black Land Rover Sport, Abuja KWL 86 CN. While extolling the virtues of Engr. Kure, the ex president said “it is a very sad moment for us. There are burials and there are burials, there are deaths and there are deaths. One day of of us that are mortal being will surely leave the earth. “He left us at a very young age and at a time the ovation is about

to be loudest. Within a short life span, he has impacted the society significantly.” He added that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will miss him greatly saying that “for us in PDP, he is one of the pillars of the party and also a member of our Board of Trustees (BoT) that is why almost all our members in the country were around during the burial.”

Amongst those in his train, are former Bauchi Governor and Minister of the FCT Alh. Bala Mohammed, former Minister of Special Duties Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, Former Minister of Aviation Femi FaniKayode, former leader House of Representatives Mulikat Akande, former FERMA Engr. Ezekiel Adeniji.


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News Adamawa seeks int’l partnership to end farmers, herders’ crisis From Umar Dankano, Yola.

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orried by the ugly insecurity situation caused by herdsmen and farmers clashes, the Adamawa state Government has set up a reconciliation committee to look into the remote causes for lasting solutions to avert reoccurrence in the state. Commissioner of Information and Strategy,Comrade Ahmad Sajoh dropped the hint in Yola

yesterday saying it was part of the resolutions reached at the Security Council meeting held at Government House Chambers so that the frequent killings and property destruction can be stopped forthwith. Sajoh added that the government is also to constitute Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee to be supported by international communities to address the lingering farmer/ herdsmen crisis in the state.

The commissioner said government noted with dismay the recent wanton destruction of lives and property in Demsa and reiterated efforts in finding lasting solution to the crisis. “Government is going to set up peace mediation and conflict Resolution committee to be supported by International communities to bring the lingering crisis to an end”. Sajoh, said measures has been taken by government to protect its

citizenry, following the dislodgment of Boho Haram insurgency from the Sambisa forest. He called on people to reports any suspicious persons to the security agencies. The commissioner further said government has commensurate with the law enforcement agencies who lost their lives while in action as a result of the attack. The meeting had all security service chiefs as well as all the traditional rulers in attendance .

Some participants at the sensitisation workshop on violence against women and girls, yesterday in Kaduna

Special training for prosecutors underway, says AGF By Paschal Njoku, Abuja

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he Federal Government has concluded plans to organise a special training to build capacity of prosecutors across the 36 states of the federation on the modern techniques of drafting charges. The move is in furtherance to the request by the Body of Attorneys-General of the States in the country. A press statement released yesterday by Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar

Malami, SAN, said the training is in line with the objectives of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to fast-track the prosecution of high profile cases some of which will be handled at the state level and to stem corruption. The statement hinted further that the training is sequel to the proposal by the National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC) in collaboration with the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Corruption (UNODC) to organize the training.

A letter of invitation to the Attorney Generals and Commissioners of Justice of the 36 states of the Federation to nominate participants to attend the training signed by the Secretary of the NPCC and titled, Invitation to nominate participants to attend a special capacity building workshop for prosecutors on drafting charges read inter alia that: “On the request of the Body of Attorneys-General of the States of the Federation for support to training prosecutors in the States on drafting charges, I am pleased to inform you that the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami,

SAN has approved the request of the Body. “To this end, the HAGF has also approved the proposal of the National Prosecution Coordination Committee of the Federal Ministry of Justice (NPCC/FMOJ) in collaboration with the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Corruption (UNODC) to organise the training programme. The proposed training programme will be conducted on the basis of geo-political zones”, it concluded.

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Fire razes kerosene depot, 5 buildings in Delta

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fire outbreak in the early hours of yesterday has consumed a kerosene filling station including five buildings within the station with property worth millions of naira destroyed in Bomadi community Delta State. It was gathered that the fire gutted the kerosene filling station when the retailers were conducting a test on a new supply with a lit match to ascertain whether there was real product or not, in the process, it exploded to consume the station and the houses around. Eye witness, Pereye Joy said the inferno spread like wildfire which utterly destroyed stores and living houses in the neighbourhood as only two persons sustained minor injuries in their attempt to put out the fire. It was further learnt that houses razed by the inferno include a tailoring store, plumbing materials store, a provision store, residential building and a mechanic workshop on the road side of Bomadi Bridge. Investigation revealed that efforts by owners of the burnt buildings to invite the fire service men did not produce fruitful results as the spread of the fire became more intense before arrival of the firemen. Mrs. Rosemary Ebi one of the stores’ owner urged the state government to do something to end the frequent fire outbreak in the area, adding that there was the need for government to train and license some of the persons who operate refineries in the area. She said: “I appeal to the state government to come to our aid, we are stranded now, nothing for us again, our shops razed, no money for us” But the owner of the kerosene station, Mrs. Patricia Timiyere lamented the incident, saying it was the work of the devil.

NTDC, ITP in pact to boost economy through tourism By Abba-Eku Onyeka

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n order to develop and promote tourism so as to use the potentials in the industry for economic development in Nigeria, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and the Institute for Tourism Professionals (ITP) have come together towards forming a strong synergy to that effect. This was contained in a release from the press unit of the NTDC

yesterday signed by Mrs Adamma Afanga. Under the leadership of its president, Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, the institute has recently paid courtesy call on the Ag DG of the Corporation, Mrs Mariel Rae-Omoh in her office in the Corporation’s national headquarters in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to that effect. In a welcome address, the Ag DG affirmed the readiness

of the Corporation to work with the stakeholders in the industry, so as to practically develop and promote the Nigerian tourism industry. As a professional in the industry, Mrs Rae-Omoh also said that she has been able to find out that, should all the stakeholders come together to promote the industry, tourism would not only go a long way to generate employment in the country, but would as well out-do the oil sector

in development of the economy. She went further to add that the present government’s policy of non-dependence on the oil sector for economic development could be realised through tourism, should the management of the Corporation be at the hands of the professionals and experts in the field. In response, the director of the institute expressed the willingness of the institute to live no stone unturned to see

that the industry is moved to where it should be, which if done, according to him would be at everybody’s benefit. He however assured the new administration in the Corporation, of the readiness of the Institute to contribute its quota towards making the industry an enviable one, even as he also added that tourism if well harnessed could be a major means of job creation and economic development in Nigeria.


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Comptroller of Immigration, Adamawa State Command, Mr Sule Wunti (middle) with some of the newly promoted officers of the command shortly after their decoration at a ceremony, yesterday in Yola. Photo: NAN

Buhari to Malala: We’re committed to release of remaining Chibok girls By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he Nigerian government is unrelenting in its efforts to ensure the safe return of the Chibok girls who are still in captivity, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Responding to a letter written to him by Ms. Malala Yousafzai, the Co-Founder of the Malala Fund, President Buhari said while

he cannot divulge the details of ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the girls due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations, ‘’rest assured, however, of the doggedness, commitment and sincerity of the Nigeria’s Federal Government towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls, and indeed all others still in captivity’’. In the letter, dated 10 Jan. 2017 and signed on his behalf by

the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the President said the gallant troops of the Nigerian military have recently scored a great victory by seizing control of the Sambisa Forest, the last stronghold of the Boko Haram elements who are responsible for the kidnap of the Chibok girls. He said, however, that in line with his pledge that Boko Haram will not be considered defeated

without the rescue of the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by the insurgents, the military, the State Security Service and the other security agencies are intensifying their efforts to ensure freedom for all those who remain in captivity. On the welfare of the 21 Chibok girls who regained their freedom on 13 Oct. 2016, the President said the Federal Government has taken over

the responsibility for their personal, educational and professional goals and ambitions in life. President Buhari commended Ms. Malala for her continuing caring disposition towards the release of the girls who remain in captivity, and the welfare of the girls who have regained their freedom, adding: ‘’There is no better example of the fact that we are all linked by our common humanity.’’

Cattle breeders task Adamawa govt. on peace council From Umar Dankano, Yola

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he Adamawa state Government has been advised to constitute a committee to verify the remote causes of the frequent herdsmen and farmers clashes with a view to providing lasting solutions to the menace in the state. Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) offered the suggestion in a press statement made available to journalists in Yola,Thursday, tasking the government on

the need for a peace council to promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herdsmen in the state. The statement signed by North East Vice Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Mafindi Damburam,frowned at the latest outbreak of hostilities between herdsmen and farmers in Demsa and Yola North Local Government Areas which led to lost of lives including that of six Mobile Policemen. The crisis also led to destruction of houses and killings

of many cattle. Danburam said MACBAN was committed to peace and ever ready to work with all stakeholders to ensure lasting peace in the state. “We are therefore, calling on Governor of Adamawa to constitute a committee to look into the causes of this phenomena in order to find a lasting solution to the problem, and also the formation of peace council which objective is to advice his excellency and authorities concern and to promote peace

within the community and the state in general. “We need to rescue this state from the occurrence of such damnable act, we must also for the sake of our people and prosperity imbibe a sense of love, honesty, patriotism and justice.” Damburam who condoled the Adamawa Police Command over the dead of six policemen in the last week attack in Kwayine village of Demsa LG denied the involvement of his members in the killing, adding that his members had no reason to attack

policemen drafted to ensure peace. He also condole the people the people Kwayine over the attack. “We indeed feel the pains, anguish and agony which the people of Kwayine in Demsa LGA are going through.” He disassociated the union from the conduct of the state branch Secretary, Usmanu Limman, who he said was on his own for collecting the sum of N4.7 million from government as compensation for herdsmen whose cattle were killed.

Enhwe people petition Okowa over alleged imposition of monarch From Osakhare Asaba

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ggrieved people of Enhwe kingdom, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, have forwarded a petition to the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa following the alleged imposition of one Chief Anthony Efekhoda as the traditional ruler of the kingdom against their

popular demands. In the petition written through their solicitor, Barr. Success Egwuenu, a copy made available to our reporter, warned that they (people) might be forced to go to war with any individuals or group of persons behind the installation of Chief Efekhoda as the king of Enhwe and issued 7 day ultimatum to the Governor to withdraw the staff of office issued to him or

be ready to face litigation. Part of the petition reads: “we are solicitors consulted by the Enhwe kingdom through their representatives, Prince Daniel, High Chief Jonathan Asama, Chief Patrick Okakor, Comrade Afoke Johnny, President General, Enhwe kingdom, and Julius Panama”. The petitioners explained that the petition was written in protest against the

recognition of Chief Anthony Efekhoda whom they alleged did not win the election, pass through the due process as required by their custom and tradition. The petitioners recalled that in expressing their grievances, they have protested to the Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro on the 22nd November 2016, and also repeated the protest in 13thDecember,

2016, disclosing that their protests were informed by the alleged imposition or Chief Anthony Efekhoda on them as their king. But in a swift reaction on telephone, Chief Anthony Efekhoda dispelled as untrue all allegations made against him by the people, saying that he won the election and passed various segments of the customs and traditions of the community.


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LOSS OF DOCUMENT THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT ORIGINAL C OF O NO. 1AC2W-B1FCZ-6E2BR-DB06U-10 WITH FILE NO. MISC 55264 DISTRICT DURUMI CADASTRAL ZONE B02 PLOT NO. 848. FCT IN THE NAME BROAD BANK OF NIGERIA LIMITED NOW (UNION BANK PLC) IS MISSING. ALL EFFORT TO TRACE THE C OF O (CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY) DID NOT YIELD ANY RESULT. THE LOSS WAS REPORTED AT GARKI POLICE STATION AND AN EXTRACT OF THE LOSS WAS GIVEN. THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND IN PARTICULAR TGE DEPARTMENT OF LAND ADMINISTRATION FCT, ALL OTHER AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE NOTE.

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This is to inform the general public of the loss of Original letters of Acknowledgement and offer of plot No.392 Gwarinpa 1 Cadastral zone C02 measuring about 1582.05msqr. Bearing Mrs Kathy Onwubuariri bought from the original allotee Mr Peter Abalumeh Osegbmeh. All efforts made to trace the said document proved abortive. If found please return to the nearest police station.

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I, formerly known as ADAM lBRAHIM SHAMSUDDEEN now wish to be known and addressed as SHAMSUDDEEN lBRAHIM: DOB 11/sep/1993&25/nov/1995. All former documents remain valid. All authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

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This is to inform the general public of the loss of Original letter of both Acknowkedgement and offer of plot No.353 Gwarinpa 1 cadastral zone C02 measuring weight of about 2178.67msqr in the name of original allotee Alhaji Adamu Salem Abaganah. Belonging to Innocent Onyebuchi Onwubuariri. All efforts made to trace the said document proved abortive. If found please return to the nearest police station.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL LETTER OF CONVEYANCE OF PROVISIONAL APPROVAL OF CUSTOMARY RIGHT OF OCCUPANCY FOR PLOT D6 KARU RESIDENTIAL AREA ISSUED BY ABUJA MUNICIPAL AREA COUNCIL (AMAC) IN THE NAME ARDT . OKOLI . ALL EFFORTS MADE TO TRACE SAME HAVE PROVED ABORTIVE. IF FOUND PLEASE RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION OR AMAC. THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.


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Opinion

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Much ado about diversification of the economy By Abdulsalam Jubril

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ver the years, we have heard on several occasions from successive government that our monodependent economy will be diversified. Such governments have made promises of diversifying the economy before and after elections or usurping power with sugarcoated tongues. Alas, such promissory statements have turned out to be faux promises. What they are all interested in is the revenue that is derived from crude oil. Hence, our economy has become monocultural, depending on a single commodity. Other sectors of the economy have been relegated to the background, while the management of oil revenues has proven inefficacious in driving the economy to bring about the much needed level of development. The diversification of the economy has been long overdue as continued over-reliance on crude oil exports has always made the economy vulnerable to shocks. Following the drop in crude prices from a peak of $114 per barrel in July 2014 to as low as $33/barrel in January 2016, the country’s reserves have suffered great pressure from speculative attacks, round tripping and front loading activities by actors in the forex market. This fall in oil prices also implied that the CBN monthly forex earnings has fallen from as high as $3.2 billion to as low as $1billion. Yet, the demand for foreign exchange by mostly domestic importers has remained unabated. The net effect of these combined forces unfortunately is the

depletion of the country’s forex reserves and pressure on the naira. No wonder there has been much rage over the unavailability of forex. As a result of this drop, our economy is being faced with ginormous challenges. Many states within the federation are unable to pay workers’ salaries. The existing infrastructures are swiftly getting dilapidated while new ones are not in place. Power generation has degenerated significantly. The financial system is crumbling and foreign investors are shunning our bonds and stocks. Companies are laying off workers in their hundreds due to inability to pay salaries. Prices of commodities have skyrocketed while the cost of living has doubled if not tripled. Security still remains a major challenge as incessant protests from Niger Delta militants, kidnappers, religious extremists, the Biafran movement, herdsmen among others continue to threaten our economy. Our failure over the years to adequately utilize the gains made from crude oil sales cannot be disconnected from massive corruption and mismanagement among the political and economic elites. However, what stops us from finding and effectively utilizing other sources of revenues? There have been beautiful and erudite road-map plans and strategies on the diversification of the economy by seasoned professionals and intellectuals. There has also been much talk of agriculture, not forgetting the mineral resources that are said to be abound in many parts of the country.

However, hitherto, nothing tangible has come out from them. Revenues derived from the sale of crude oil are what we still depend upon as a country; thus the current quagmire we have found ourselves in. During the pre-independence and early independence years before oil became the mainstay of our economy, agriculture flourished and provided the much needed revenue that sustained the economy. Fast-forward 56 years later, the famous groundnut pyramids in the North are simply fabled-stories old men tell to our generation. The yam barns that used to be the pride of many an Igbo man are nonexistent now. The revenues gotten from cocoa and oil palm in those early years have vanished in the annals of history. Interestingly, cocoa was a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria in the 1950s and 1960s and in 1970 the country was the second largest producer of cocoa in the world. But following investments in the oil sector in the 1970s and 1980s, our share of world output declined. In 2010, cocoa production accounted for only 0.3% of agricultural GDP. A question that begs for answers is that why does successive government in our clime depend solely on crude export as a source of revenue? Why have they failed to look elsewhere and ensure our economy is not mono-dependent? From all indications, the present administration is also towing the line of previous governments, depending on oil revenue and simply paying lip-service

to the diversification of the economy. However, the need for diversification of the nation’s economy has never been more imperative than now, especially with the dwindling/fluctuating oil prices in the international market. The dynamics of oil has also changed, especially with the production of shale oil. The cost of producing shale oil imposes a cap on oil prices, with about 72-countries in the world potentially capable of producing shale oil. Nigeria’s key customers, the US and China are already producing shale oil or looking for alternatives to our oil. We need to begin moving away from oil dependence, particularly looking to the private sector to be the engine of growth and development that would make the country attractive to investors. Agriculture, if given the needed attention is capable of creating about 70% of jobs for our unemployed youth. Agriculture being a sector that requires a large labour force can help create employment for the large unemployed able-bodied men and women in the country. Human capital is also a grey area that governments have consistently failed to explore. The less we depend on oil, the better for us as a nation. A situation where about 90% of the country’s revenue comes from oil portends great danger for the economy with today’s realities. The diversification option offers a way out if done urgently and capably. Abdulsalam Jubril is a Public Affairs Analyst.

Stimulating the economy through the people (1) By Poju Akintyanju

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here appears to be a consensus that the Federal Government will need to stimulate the economy by pushing more money into the society. Government itself has stated that its recovery programme will be private sector-driven; and through some social safety net measures such as the school feeding system and direct employment of teachers. There is no doubt that a multipronged approach will need to be taken to make life more bearable for the people and set the foundation for a truly diversified economy. This article recommends that a large fraction of the stimulation should be done through the people and not the so-called private sector. This position is premised on two reasons. One, the formal private sector in Nigeria is inefficient, unimaginative and complicit in the corruption-induced quagmire in which we have found ourselves and therefore cannot be relied upon as the major driver of (re) building the national economy. Secondly, at this stage of our national development and given the conundrum in which we have found ourselves, the state should participate more directly in programmes that will rescue the economy by involving the people. The aim of government is the welfare of the people and not profit. The Nigerian private sector is part of the nation’s problems in significant ways. The private sector usage in Nigeria means the formal or organised private sector engaged in big time industrial, construction, banking and service provision employing masses of people. The Small and Medium Scale enterprises as being conceived mimic the formal private sector and hope to transform into it; thus, they are conditioned to have the same mentality. The critical feature of the private sector is that it is profit-driven; that is that making profit is its only goal. This drives its efficiency and ruthlessness. If they do not make profit at the level they envisage, they attack their employees

and may even close shop. The number of industrial concerns that have re-located from Nigeria during economically difficult times is instructive. We can also recall here when the backward integration to agriculture was the vogue by industrial concerns in Nigeria. Once they could not make success/profit from it, they back tracked. The private sector establishments are private concerns and they are not about patriotism irrespective of what they mouth. While they are entitled to their modus operandi, the point being made is that they are birds of flight that no nation in the type of difficulty Nigeria is will depend on wholly for economic upturn. When a nation is in economic crisis calling for the injection of stimulus into the economy, the private sector usually first comes to the mind of government because they are believed to have established structures and possess an inherent degree of efficiency that can utilise the stimulus to cause economic upturn through increased production and employment. However in Nigeria, we have a private sector economy that has no root. There is no industrial root; no educational, research and development, integrity, work ethic, patriotic roots. The claim to efficiency of the private sector is exaggerated. We have the example of the privatised electricity generation and distribution. The level of efficiency and service delivery seems to be worse under the private sector compared to when the facilities were run by a government agency. The consistent poor service of the mobile telephony companies in Nigeria is another evidence of gross ingrained efficiency of our private sector. The private sector in Nigeria does not have robust structure that can be used to resuscitate the economy. We have the evidence of the Central Bank Governor that the scarce foreign exchange made available to the private sector was not used for production but in importing manufactured goods from other countries for sale; meaning that they did not generate additional employment

from production. There is also evidence that our private sector is corrupt, unproductive and unpatriotic. The example of the fuel subsidy fraud by the private sector is an open secret. They engage in corruption which undermines government programmes designed to induce greater productivity and increased employment. An example here is the Federal Government’s Export Expansion Grant which in response to pressure from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria was designed to encourage increased export of locally produced goods to diversify foreign exchange earnings and generate more employment. An investigation inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Finance showed that huge fraud was perpetrated in this scheme as the Nigerian private sector floated companies that produced nothing but claimed foreign exchange as subsidy. There is additional evidence that previous subsidies of the private sector had borne no fruit. This can be exemplified by the subsidies that had been provided for our banks whose effect was not felt by the public but it rather deepened the feeding bottle mentality of the banks fastening their mouth on the teats of the national treasury as the implementation of the Treasury Single Account has exposed. Finally, a reason why the government should look beyond the private sector in stimulating the economy is that there is evidence that nations in our stage of development and with the type of crisis we have on hand who invested in the people directly through increased state-directed economic activities were able to build economic structures that rescued the nations and became enduring. The economic mode employed by, for example, Britain, China and Russia (USSR) at the stage of building the base of their development is different from what they employ now. Mouthing or aping the practices in economies that are at a different stage of development and with character totally different from ours will always result in frustrations, even

catastrophes. Consequently, government should design programmes that will stimulate the economy through direct involvement of the people. There is a myriad of possibilities in this regard if Government puts its mind to it. This article makes two suggestions. The first suggestion is that the government should establish new farm settlements. This is not a novel concept in Nigeria. Part of the strategies of the Awolowo-led administration in the then Western Region was the establishment of such settlements which provided employment, produced food for the people and served as a focal point to modernise agriculture. The Federal Government should establish one farm settlement per state; each state three farm settlements, one in each senatorial district; and each Local Government (with some grant aid from the Federal Government) one settlement each. This will give us 918 farm settlements. If on the average 100 farmers are settled in each settlement, we will pull 91,800 persons off the unemployment pool. The settlers will be drawn from the pool of unemployed university graduates of Agriculture, Engineering and Science and those with diploma and certificates in these areas. Any other unemployed person with a flair for farming may be considered. If we provide that each settler will have access to five hectares of land to farm, we will put additional 459, 000 hectares under cultivation (some variation for the riverine area and completely urbanised local governments will occur here). This is a complex but straight forward scheme whose implementation can begin within six months of initiation. The governments will have to acquire the land and do the initial clearing. We may have a residual structure for this in the NALDA. Poju Akintyanju is a Public Affairs Analyst.


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Comment

Nigeria non-negotiable Union and geopolitics of federal appointment

By Salihu Bako Ahmed

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efore 1914, under colonial rule, Nigeria existed as the two separate entities of the Northern and Southern Protectorates, alongside the Colony of Lagos. In comparative size, the Northern Protectorate is more than twice the size of the Southern Protectorate plus the Colony of Lagos. The North and South were to become amalgamated as one colony known as Nigeria under a Governor-General (Lord Fredrick Lugard) in 1914. The Northern Protectorate was subsequently known as Northern Nigeria or Northern Region under a LieutenantGovernor, and the Southern Protectorate known as Southern Nigeria or Southern Region, also, under a Lieutenant-Governor, both answerable to the Governor-General. Shortly before independence, when Nigerians were allowed to govern themselves under British supervision, elections into the Regional Houses of Assembly, as well as the Central House of Assembly in Lagos, saw the dominace of some ethnic groups over others, especially in the Southern Region. These led to massive protests and political upheavals, resulting in the further division of the Southern Region into the Western and Eastern Regions, in order to bring about even representation in the Central House of Assembly in Lagos. After independence, a series of succeeding agitations led to the following developments: the creation of more Regions; the advent of a bloody civil war; the creation of more states (from 12 to the now 36 states); and the division of the country into six geopolitical zones – all in the effort to ensure even representation across federal structural lines

and check the evils of nepotism, hatred and avert unnecessary blood shed. As a protective mechanism, the Nigerian constitution under Section 14(3) further guarantees that appointments/representations at the centre shall be based on (the existing) Federal Character. (Note that the existing Federal Character arrangement is based on 36 States plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and six geopolitical zones – the North-East, North-West, North-Central, South-West, South-East and South-South. Except for the appointment of ministers, which the Constitution clearly states would involve the appointment of a person from each of the 36 States, any other appointment to reflect the Federal Character principle, therefore, shall be based on geopolitical zoning. This means that if the Federal Government is to make six appointments, three of these will come from the North as a whole and three from the South as a whole, with one from each of the zones. Therefore, the appointments may have three Adamus, one Emeka, one Oluwafemi, and one Bassey. It is therefore, not surprising that a person with a superficial mind would easily jump to the conclusion and cry foul by pointing out that there are three Adamus but only one Emeka. Note also that, not all the Adamus, or Mohammeds, or Lawals, or Babachirs, or Yakubus from the North are muslims; many people who bear the name are christians – thats part of the complexity of the Northern identity! This article is directed at the wailing wailers and their agitations about the appointments into the Federal Government, which they are of the view that it is lopsided. Such agitators seem ignorant of the demands

of the geopolitical zoning of Nigeria. They refuse to be open minded in their views, and are perhaps simply blinded by ignorance or sentiments. Most of the agitators are comparing their respective geoplitical zones, e.g. the South-East, with the whole of the North (which is two-thirds of the overall size of Nigeria), taken as one geopolitical zone. Therefore, they compare the one appointment entitled to their zone with the three appointments due to the North as a whole. They cry out by saying, for instance, that “only one person has been appointed from the South-East, whereas three people have been appointed from the North!” They tend to forget that the North comprises three geopolitical zones, just like the entire South. A Federal Character arrangement in which the North, which is two-thirds of the total size of Nigeria is allocated three geopolitical zones and the South, which is one-third, are both allocated the same three geopolitical zones each, is the fairest of all arrangements. Note also that the North-East alone has about 150 different ethnic groups speaking different languages, out of which it is to present only one person, and the SouthSouth which has less than 15 ethnic groups is also to present one person. No Federal structuring or re-structuring arrangement can be fairer than this! It is not about the North or the South. If it is, then of all the Northerners who have ruled Nigeria, can the North be said to be enjoying better electricity, education, roads, healthcare, etc than the South? Of all the Southerners that ruled this country, is the South enjoying better than the North? It is about good leadership. It is about accountability!

Some secessionist agitators have dismissed the 1999 Consitution as an unworthy military document and dissociate themselves from the opening words of the Constitution that says, “WE THE PEOPLE of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…” Well, for their education and information, the 1999 Constitution was drafted by the National Consitutional Conference held in 1994/1995, which comprised of intellectuals represented fairly from across the federation in anticipation of the return to civil rule. Therefore, YES the 1999 Constitution was drafted by the “PEOPLE of Nigeria”, and not by the Armed Forces Ruling Council. General Abubakar only adopted the draft Constitution and put it into force in 1999. The Sovereignty of Nigeria is not negotiable because the opening page of the Constitution states that Nigeria shall be, “One indivisible and indissoluble Sovereign Nation under God.” Sovereignty, therefore, has to do with the “existence” of Nigeria as a nation, which is NON-NEGOTIABLE. However, the UNITY of Nigeria has to do with how we choose to live amongst ourselves – this can be negotiated and it has always been negotiated through a series of constitutional conferences, national dialogues and town hall meetings. We need to bear it in mind that the unity of Nigeria cannot be dissolved, but our inter-relationships can be negotiated. What Nigeria needs now is not RESTRUCTURING, but TOLERANCE and the highest sense of PATRIOTSM. Hatred and bigotry are the greatest enemy of humanity. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Salihu Bako Ahmed writes from Kaduna.

What can CBN learn from MMM? By Enobong Udoh

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aper money or fiat currency is still the greatest innovation conceived by man. Imagine Nigeria being some type of human zoo of sort that still trades by barter. If we import loads of Apple’s iPhone 7, how many truckloads of cattle will northern Nigeria exchange or barrels of oil will southern Nigeria exchange for their own share of the iPhone imports? When Toyota or Apple labours to innovate that next big trailblazer, it is because they know if it succeeds, they can easily recoup their money. Fast forward to 2016, assume the naira exchanges officially for N300 to a US dollar (it is 304 as I write this). Therefore, if N3 equals 1 US cents, the naira in your pocket is devalued by 99.7 per cent to a dollar (complete devaluation is 100 per cent). Fellow countrymen and women, you can see that your naira is finished! That is why experts say the fastest and easiest way to decimate any country is to destroy her currency. Any rational citizen should ask how we got ourselves into this mess. Well, such a person should not look too far. We live in a country where serious technical issues are approached with commonsense. Folks like Ben Murray Bruce who champion this ideology in a way insult the sensibilities of Nigerians. Commonsense protagonists have solutions to every problem even in what they have no training. You see, the white man believes for any serious development, there must be painstaking RESEARCH. No, not commonsense! No wonder they call it RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT, not commonsense and development because any serious endeavour demands a methodological approach to its solutions. Sony does this, General Electric does this,

the US and the Swedish governments just to name a few, all do this. Back to why the naira in your pocket is not worth more than the sand under your feet, it is simple: Our institutions and government do not engage in any serious thinking and despise folks that do. The CBN has an R/D department that has tried to do some good work most times publishing reports that indict its Board, which should shock any serious government. But why should the CBN governor, Aso Rock or the National Assembly care? Candidly, these folks are busy feathering their nests while looking for a 1 plus 1 answer. In some of the reports, it says the CBN monetary policy is DEAD pointblank! (see page 40 here ). Ponder why our banks pay licence fee of N25bn only to be selling recharge cards through short codes displacing the petty trader by the street corner and going into online market hubs in order to kill off the likes of Konga and Jumia? While you are there looking for a 1 plus 1 answer, banks collect 30 per cent interest from loans to pay you 0 per cent monthly interest on your own savings. In a recession year, most banks financial year profits have bettered 2015 performance; some have even gone on to dole out bonuses to staff. Tell me where else in the world can you see this? You have a bank governor who has thousand units of shares in a regulated bank; although in cases like this, they will tell you it is with a trust. I usually tell my friends if Julian Assange of Wikileaks should hack the CBN mails, the racket there should make anyone spew. Other board members are simply there because they retired as finance directors from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, so you see that how to collect oil dollar

inflow is utmost for these people than the value of your naira. Then, below the management board are silver spoon kids that sojourned back with a finance degree for which SaharaReporters unearthed the last recruitment scam and Aso Rock saw as normal. Should we even bother about them? It was a former State governor during a Save Nigeria Group event in 2013 that aptly summed it up that, “We the elites send our kids for studies abroad to come back as misfits”. In a place like the UK, the Bank of England interviewed candidates for the plum job and Mark Carney, a Canadian, came out best and pronto, he was appointed governor. It beats a rational mind why these Nigerian silver spoon kids cannot fit into such societies but wait to get home for daddy to desecrate public institutions. If a professor friend that consults for the CBN can confess that he still mixes up the causes with types of inflation, one wonders why Ibe Kachikwu or Atiku Abubakar’s children should care if inflation is galloping at more than 10 per cent per annum. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Company (places populated by quota system/nepotism) have come out to say they did their bid in ADVISING Nigerians about MMM and bought media spaces to lament how 30 per cent is a Ponzi scheme. These quota system folks are not educated enough to know that anywhere there is a circular flow of funds so far there is ample LIQUIDITY, money has a multiplier effect. Little wonder why money generated by monetary authorities (and indeed even by a system like MMM) is called high-powered money. It is needless to debate that in fact, it is loans that create deposits not vice versa. You can now see why money is man’s greatest invention!

Enough of the digression! Currently, the CBN and other failed Nigerian institutions have come out to lambast Nigerians for failing to heed their advice. What these recession gatekeepers do not know is that already sound central banks in progressive climes have all reduced money supply due to the seasonality effect from festive periods due to high money velocity in order to maintain inflation rates of less than three per cent. Even with that, if you analyse their data, you still find seasonality trends in MMM money supply. The MMM was right to have paused its payout accounts but to the contrary, our CBN is busy pumping worthless naira into the system. As you read this, inflation has gone up again in the last quarter and mind you, sustained inflation is an all-round monetary phenomenon (or problem). Millions of Nigerians in the MMM community need not harbour any fear over of a lack of liquidity by January when the system comes on as planned. Even if there is a lack of liquidity in the Nigerian platform, the MMM can still credit account holders with Bitcoin from other countries. Is it not even better to dump the naira for the finance minister and the CBN governor of depression (of course, expect a negative GDP this quarter) and diversify your portfolio to Bitcoin and then for the US greenback. The advent of digital money has enough safeguards to make for a robust MMM system. Pressing the panic button can crash even the best of financial systems but this is a needless self-destruct route. The great John Maynard Keynes called it the ‘Herd effect’. I implore Nigerians to ignore their failed institutions. Udoh is a development expert based in Lagos.


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News

UNDP, Japan gives succour to returnee IDPs in Adamawa From Umar Dankano.Yola

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he Internally Displaced Persons,IDPs in Adamawa state have been supported with free unconditional grant and business entrepreneurship equipments with a view to assist them continue with their lives after libration from Boko Haram insurgency. The support was provided by United Nations Development Programme,UNDP in conjunction with the Japanese Government Ms Sally Musa, a UNDP Associate

Programme, made this known in Yola on Thursday while distributing business entrepreneurship equipments to 118 victims affected by insurgency in Adamawa. Musa said: “Today, we are continuing distribution of business entrepreneurship equipment to 118 vulnerable in the state who are among thousands affected by insurgency. “The gesture is being funded by Japanese government but implemented by UNDP. “The implementation of the program is

through partnership with the beneficiary state governments and Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning.” Musa said She said that under the program Eighty people benefited with special unconditional grant of N50,000 cash to enable them restart business of their choice. She explained that all the beneficiaries were intensively selected from the most hit seven local government areas of the state that include Madagali,Michika,Mubi North and South. Others are Maiha,Song and Gombi

respectively. In his remark, Martins Babale, the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, commended the donors for the assistance. Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Madam Halima Manga from Madagali LGA thanked the donors for the gesture. The beneficiaries were given free different business equipments that include Hair dressing, Sewing Machines, Clothes designing machines among others

Group faults deployment of military to S/Kaduna By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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Non-Governmental Organization, Environmental and human Initiative has urged the Federal government to backpedal on the use of military in resolving southern Kaduna crises.

President Muhammadu Buhari had approved deployment of military to Southern Kaduna in response to the rise of armed militia group, leading to kidnappings, deaths and displacement of many. A statement Eruanga Abdulrashid, urged the relevant authorities to give

dialogue a chance for the crises not to assume the scale of Niger Delta militancy and Boko Haram Insurgency. The Coordinator of the NGO, Abdulrashid, yesterday in Benin City, the Edo state Capital, tasked relevant Institutions of government to check abuse of human Rights.

Catholic Archbishop of Jos, His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama (Left) presenting Staff of Office to the new Catholic Bishop of Shendam, Most Rev. Philip Dung during his Episcopal Ordination and Installation at Shendam, yesterday in Plateau state. Photo: NAN

Abuja airport repairs: Use of Kaduna as alternative political-APC chieftain From Yakubu Mustapha,Minna.

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he Niger state government has faulted the decision of the Federal Government to divert Abuja flights to Kaduna airport as alternative sequel to the repairs on Abuja airport as a political maneuvering decision just like the previous administrations. An Engineer and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress APC in Niger State, Engineer Abdullahi Dauda Kutigi made the disclosure while speaking with the press in Minna yesterday. Kutigi lamented that Kaduna has the highest insecurity problems in Nigeria considering its level of kidnapping, socialpolitical and religious crisis, gang armed robbery, incessant blocked of road and attacked on innocent passengers with little conflict in that state was not considered by the federal government.

Ha said that Minna airport was specially constructed as an alternative to Abuja airport hence the initial and running cost of using Kaduna airport will be much more higher than that of Minna airport. He further added that Minna airport is much closer to Abuja either by road or helicopter shuttle, much secured city and safe route in both accident and security and low traffic at the airport as well as comfort

and inexpensive hotels. Kutigi stated that the federal government was willing to expend huge funds and resources to mitigate the challenges of Kaduna airport while less of such money can be spent to put everything in order in Minna airport but decried like of proactiveness on the part of Niger State government to take the social-economic advantage of using Minna airport.

According to him, “I do not think military solution or the use of force actually solve any problem. Therefore, dialogue is the best option because it would allow aggrieved persons to air their grievances. “This would also help the government know how to proffer workable and long lasting solutions to the crises”, he said.

NUPENG calls off 3-day warning strike

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he National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Wednesday in Abuja called off its three-day nationwide warning strike. NUPENG’s President, Igwe Achese, announced the suspension at a meeting called at the instance of Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige. Other groups at the meeting were the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Nigeria National Petroleum Co-operation (NNPC), National Salaries and Wages Commission, oil and Servicing companies, among others. NUPENG gave a notice of three-day warning strike on Tuesday, over disputes with International Oil Companies, over indiscriminate sack of workers without benefits and refusal to allow their workers to join union. “I am happy to say that each and every issue raised has been addressed and I hope that all parties will be committed to implement the agreement. “We have therefore decided to call off the three- day warning strike. ‘’ Mr. Achese commended the minister for his intervention in addressing the issues raised by the union. Mr. Ngige urged all oil companies that entered into the collective agreement to ensure its implementation. He also commended PENGASSAN for also calling off its two-weeks warning strike. The minister gave the oil companies two weeks to resolve all outstanding issues.(NAN)

Gov. Abubakar appoints substantive Accountant General From Ahmed Kaigama Bauchi

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overnor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State has appointed a substantive Accountant General of the state Alhaji Garba Aliyu Maigamo . A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary General Administration in the office of the state Head Of Civil Service, Musa Wadata said

this is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar Esq, has approved that appointment of Alhaji Garba Aliyu Maigamo as substantive Accountant General of Bauchi State” According to the statement, Maigamo’s appointment came at a very challenging time of dwindling resources and the need for prudent and judicious utilisation of funds.

The statement noted that before his appointment as the substantive Accountant General, Maigamo has been serving in an acting capacity. “While congratulating him on this appointment, it is expected that he will justify the confidence reposed in him. The appointment is with effect from 16th December, 2016,”it stated.


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I had no knowledge of what happened on Tuesday - Lawan By Christiana Ekpa Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he new Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan yesterday disclosed that he had no knowledge of his party and senate decision to replace him with the immediate past senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume. Lawan who revealed this while briefing journalists after plenary stressed that he was not aware of what happened on Tuesday till Monday night. “I was not aware of what happened on Tuesday till Monday night and I didn’t have any choice because that is the position of my party. It is the decision of my party

and Mr. President that, the party decision must be the priority.” He called on his colleagues to cooperate with him in his new capacity to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians. The new Senate Leader, while reading his acceptance at plenary, also urged his colleagues to work in a very bi-partisan manner for the interest of all Nigerians. “Nigeria is our country, it doesn’t belong to APC. It belongs to Nigerians.” He further called on the need for collaboration to make life better for Nigerians by improving on security and ensuring economic growth. “We should put our hands together and ensure

stability in the country” “I urge the cooperation and understanding of my colleagues. The 8th Senate started on a shaky foundation. This senate will end on a solid, stable and successful foundation,” Lawan said. The Senate leader commended his colleagues for giving him the opportunity to serve in that capacity. “I thank the APC Caucus for having confidence and trust in my judgment and ability to serve as leader of the senate. I ask the opposition, that what the APC Caucus has done is for all of us. I am not a leader for the APC caucus, I am a leader of the senate. It is the will of God, and

we as religious people believe in destiny. “We have accepted our fate and we have accepted to work for the betterment of Nigerians.” Reacting, Minority leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio (PDP Akwa-Ibom), said that the PDP Caucus believed that with the elevation of Sen. Lawan, ``all the grumblings and disaffections affecting the 8th senate would be brought to an end. “We are delighted. We want to note that in spite of the situations of this and that, the senate is focused on national issues. We are implementing issues on bi-partisan basis. We will continue to remain bi-partisan

where the interests of Nigerians are concerned. “We will support the senate, the APC caucus and President Muhammadu Buhari on things we believe will take Nigerians out of recession.” Akpabio, however, urged the senate leader to carry all law makers along in the discharge of his duties. In a remark president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki assured Lawan of his colleagues support. He also commended the former Senate Leader, Sen. Ali Ndume for his service to the senate as an institution and for his statesmanship in accepting his fate.

Ibadan hosts Tinubu, Akande, others as APC South West stakeholders meet L-R: David Nwusi, Nnamdi Kanu, Chidebere Onwudiwe and Benjamine Madubugwu, during the third day of the trial on the Treason felony and other Charges, at the Federal High Court, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Kwankwaso’s scholarship scheme was fraudulent – Ganduje

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overnor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has alleged that the overseas scholarship scheme of the immediate past administration of Rabiu Kwankwaso was a scam. According to DAILY POST report, Ganduje alleged that instead of following due process to secure admissions for students, government engaged the services of what he called “a contractor”, who collects money improperly from both the government and the institutions, turning the whole admission exercise into a racket. “When they want to pay the bursaries of the students, they give the contractor, who in turn takes his share before remitting the money to the students. “Similarly, when they want to pay the school fees, they send the money to him, to take his share, then give the rest to the institutions,” the governor claimed.

The governor, who made the assertion while receiving the new executives of National Association of Kano state Students, NAKSS, lamented that such arrangement was fraudulent and unacceptable to his administration. Governor Ganduje explained, however, that his administration was determined to regularize the states’ scholarship process so that the students continue with their academic endeavors conveniently. “While some state governments are bringing their students back home because of economic recession, we are sustaining the foreign scholarship scheme until our children complete their studies and return home”, he assured. Ganduje stated that his government inherited a huge liability of unpaid scholarships for students in foreign universities, pointing out that although effort

was made to settle some of the debt, about N3 billion is still being owed to the institutions. On local scholarships, he berated his predecessor for not paying the teeming Kano students for four years running, saying so far, the outstanding claim by students in private universities alone is over N2 billion, apart from the amount due to students in public universities and tertiary institutions. Speaking on Northwest University, also initiated by the past administration, the governor noted that the project was at complete standstill for two years, before his assumption of office, highlighting that his administration has since asked the contractor handling it to return to site, adding that presently, the work is progressing smoothly. Ganduje, therefore, urged the Kano state students to shun

machinations of those whom said obstructed education instead of promoting it, as there is evidence to suggest that those people are the same group of people plotting against the administration of President Buhari. In his remarks, the new president of National Association of Kano state Students, NAKSS, Aliyu Muhammad Maikasuwa Rano, told the governor that his members from the 57 chapters of the association a fully behind the state government, in cancelling the free education policy, because it was unrealistic, given the nation’s economic situation. Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje has donated a new bus to the state chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria, to facilitate its activities. The donation was received by the council’s president, Kabiru Ado Lakwaya, who thanked the governor for his magnanimity.

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takeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the South West geo-political zone are currently meeting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. DAILY POST reports that among those who beat the time to arrive early at the meeting billed to take place at 1pm include former interim National Chairman of the party and former governor of Osun state, Chief Bisi Akande; Minister for Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Muhammed and his Finance counterpart, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun. Others include the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Ogun state Chief Olusegun Osoba, former Governor of Osun state, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode. Also attending the meeting include Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye; Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu. Governor Ibikunle Amosun, and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state were all present at the venue of the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was yet to be revealed at the time of filling this report.


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Politics

APC, Fayose trade words over theft in Ekiti Government House T T

You must sit up or opt out, Niger APC Chair tells commissioners

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

he All Progressives Congress, (APC), and Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose yesterday locked horns over the recent theft of $50,000 (N25,000,000) in Ekiti Government House. While the APC urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently investigate the unwholesome development, Governor Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), said the anti-graft agency should indeed probe the theft. DAILY POST reported Fayose saying, “There is nothing bad in the APC asking the EFCC to probe

the stolen money since the antigraft agency can now investigate even missing under-wears in individual homes. “But the APC should also go further to ask the EFCC to investigate the N850 million SUBEB fund stolen by Fayemi and his seven thieves, the millions of naira spent on flowers that were never seen anywhere in Ado Ekiti and the billions of Naira looted from the State treasury when the party was in power. “If money has been stolen by steward here in Ekiti, has it not happened elsewhere? What noise has been made? Discerning minds

can even begin to think that the APC as a party knows what we don’t know concerning incessant stealing in the government house and the police must have to ask the likes of Taiwo Olatunbosun what they know about the $50,000 theft. This is because even before most occupants of the government house got to know about the theft, the APC was already insinuating about the stealing of N75m belonging to the governor. “May be initially, the criminal working with the APC and its looting leaders did not give them the correct information about how much he stole.”

Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, debunked the report, saying it was a false alarm by the opposition APC to discredit the governor. APC had said the anti-graft agency must fulfill its mandate of checking frauds and investigation of questionable sources of money among Nigerians whose lifestyles do not support their sources of income. The party said that reports have been rife on social media on alleged stealing of $125,000 (N75m) involving a woman and some domestic aides of the governor.

L-R: National Legal Adviser, Supreme Niger Delta Youth Council Worldwide (SNDYCW) Barr. Martins Ekung; Shield of the Niger Delta Youth, Barr. Asuquo Asuquo Okpo and National President SNDYCW, Prince Michael Newgent Ekamon JP,  during the distinguished merit award to Barr Okpo by the SNDYCW, yesterday in Abuja.   Photo: Justin ImoOwo

Atiku to Nwodo: Your election is auspicious By Umar Muhammad Puma

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ormer Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar congratulates Dr. Nnia Nwodo on his election as President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organissation of the Igbo nation. The former Vice President says that Nnia Nwodo’s election is auspicious coming at a time when the Igbo nation and the entire Nigerian federation is facing challenges of nationhood, and needs men and women of knowledge and goodwill to get the country out of this challenge. He says Nwodo could not have assumed leadership at a better time. The Turakin Adamawa notes that Dr. Nwodo ranks very high among the many quality men and women in the Igbo nation who could fill the position of Leader of Ohanaeze, and for the mantle to have fallen on the former Minister of Information attests to the high esteem in which he is

held in Igbo land and beyond. The APC chieftain commended the leadership of Ohanaeze for holding a hitch-free and rancour-free election, thereby showing that democratic transfers of power in our society can be carried out in a harmonious manner. The Turaki urges the new Executive of the group and the generality of Igbos to join hands with the new President-General to proffer solutions to the myriads of issues of interest to the Igbo people and Nigerians in general. The former Vice President calls on Dr. Nwodo to also mobilize the Igbo people to give maximum support to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in his effort to re-position and unite the country adding that political unity and peace is important for economic development to take place in the country. The Turakin Adamawa pledges his readiness to work with the new leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to further a national agenda that will make all Nigerians proud of their country.

Saraki names Gaya, Melaye, others in Adhoc C’ttee to investigate S/Kaduna Killings

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n accordance with the resolution of the Senate to set up an adhoc committee to investigate the wanton killings in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State; the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki on Thursday announced the names of the committee members, with Senator Kabiru Gaya as the Chairman. The Senate had, upon resumption from the recess on Tuesday, resolved to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the renewed southern Kaduna crisis where over 800 lives were reportedly lost. Consequently, the Senate President announced the composition of the committee shortly before he adjourned plenary on Thursday. Other members are:

Senators Dino Melaye (Kogi West), Mao Ohuabunwa (Abia North), Isa Hamma Misau (Bauchi Central), Olalekan Adeola (Lagos West) and Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central). Saraki said the committee will report back to the Senate in four weeks. The senate resolution was sequel to a motion by Sen Danjuma Laah representing Kaduna South in the National Assembly on the recent killings in Southern Kaduna. In his lead debate, Laah noted that a total number of eight hundred and eight persons were killed in 53 villages across the four local government areas in the affected areas, while 57 people were injured, 1422 houses and 16 churches were equally razed during recent attacks.

he Chairman of Niger State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, Engineer Jibrin Mohammed Imam decried lack of adequate initiatives by most commissioners in the state working on snail pace of governance, restating the concerns of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who expressed dissatisfaction with their performance those far. The Party stalwart added that the 60% score of commissioners by the governor was not based on government performance rather on lack of adequate initiatives by them leaving the entire burden on him, instead of doing the thinking for the council implementation, by relaxing in their responsibility. He expressed worry over some of the lawmakers in the state who have find a base in the state capital and have shun their constituency and the people who elected them to the detriment of the party should however desist from such trend. The party Chairman commended the state governor and council chairmen for not disappointing the party at the grassroots levels, scoring them 80% said that although some could not measure up but assured to talk to them. He lamented over the level of infrastructural decayed inherited by the present government in the state while efforts is being geared towards putting things in the right perspectives. The Party chairman has assured to sustained its victory for the party come 2019 and kicked against the idea of party sponsorship by government preferring to levy members of the party. Imam emphasized that he has more faith in his political party APC for its sustainable governance in the state, considering the achievements recorded in the 25 local governments of the state in the areas of provision of portable water, electricity, roads, and some immediate needs of the people in the grassroots. He made the disclosure in an interview with our reporter in Minna, while he berated lawmakers in the state who have not impacted positively in their constituency to have a rethink and be mindful of their mandate as we begun new year 2017. Imam further expressed reservation that the present administration in the state is working in adherence of the party manifestos in its provision of dividend of democracy to the electorates with the level of performance of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in the provision of basic social amenities for human development in the state despite the mega resources available to government. He explained that some of the members of the party political office holders were up to date in remitting party funds while some not doing well in that regard hence the idea of party sponsorship by government was over but to levy members. He added that the party should be supreme to every individuals in the party devoid of position if political parties must succeed in governance advising those calling for the formation of another political party to unseat APC to have a rethink as such idea would be a wasteful venture.


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Politics

Reps condemn indiscriminate use of security personnel by politicians, others ...Commend Army for capturing Sambisa Forest By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives yesterday condemned the indiscriminate use and abuse of personnel of the armed forces and other security outfits by politicians and wealthy civilians including businessmen. To this end, the House urged Federal Ministry of Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff to work towards instituting insurance and housing schemes for the personnel of the armed forces in the event of disability or death in order to ensure they are not

forgotten. The motion condemning the indiscriminate use of security by civilians was sponsored by Hon. Kingsley Chinda. Leading debate on the motion, the lawmaker expressed concern over the use of men of the armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) as body guards of civilians who are ordinary not entitled to such. He noted that the most commonly abused of these security personnel are the Mobile Police Force (MOPOL), soldiers and in some cases, men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence

Corps (NSCDC). Hon. Chinda said that though the problem cuts across virtually all sectors of the polity, “it is common among politicians, political and ex-political office holders and businessmen. The lawmaker noted that on several occasions, these armed security personnel, acting as body guards to civilians, have brutally assaulted, harassed and in some cases whipped, gun butted, severely beaten and manhandled innocent civilians, who are left at the mercy of the personnel. He said that not only have

these acts lower the image of the security outfits by civilians, but, if the trend is left unchecked could lead to anarchy. The House, has, however mandated its Committees on Army, Air Force, Navy, Police and Interior to investigate the matter and report back to the House within four weeks. Meanwhile, the House in a motion titled “need to commend the Nigerian Armed Forces for overrunning the Sambisa Forest and to celebrate its serving and retired personnel on the occasion of the 2017 Armed Forces

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Hon. David Ombugadu (middle), during the Free Medical outreach to his constituency Akwanga Nasarawa Eggon/ Wamba Federal Constituency of Nasarawa state, recently.

Remembrance Day,” The motion jointly moved by Rep Mohammed Monguno and Rep Abdussamad Dasuki, urged Nigerians to beware of escapee Boko Haram members that may seek to integrate themselves into the communities. The House urged the Presidential Committee on the North-east to establish an empowerment programme for the wives of deceased soldiers and urged corporate organisations to establish economic empowerment programme that will benefit the families of the soldiers that lost their lives while fighting insurgency. The House further asked the Federal government to contract the reconstruction and rehabilitation works in the Northeast to the Nigerian Military who have shown much capability in executing reconstruction work. In his lead debate, Hon. Monguno observed that the Boko Haram sect had in the last couple of years, terrorised communities in the North-east zone of Nigeria, especially communities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States which has caused the death of over 1,000 people and rendered over two million people homeless and destroyed properties worth millions of naira. In his contribution, Hon. Bode Ayorinde (Ondo) called on the Military to work harder to sustain the victory and ensure complete eradication of pockets of bombing that take place while extra efforts will be made to rescue the remaining Chibok girls.

I’m waiting on God to pick my successor, says Fayose

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he Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said he is waiting on God’s instructions before he picks who will succeed him as the governor of the state come October 2018. He stated this in IkereEkiti while flagging off the last phase of the dualisation of the

town’s main road, as contained in a press release on Thursday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti. Fayose, who was reacting to the demand by the people of the town that Ikere-Ekiti should produce the next governor of the state, said he had taken the

matter to God in prayers and was waiting for God’s directive. While saying that IkereEkiti, like any other town in the state could produce their children to seek election into the office of the governor of the state, he urged the people to also take the matter before God. ”With God all things are

possible. I will advise you to take the matter to the Lord in prayers since you are legitimately qualified like any other town in the state. As a leader of the party, I must create a level playing ground for all aspirants. It is God who puts people in positions of authority. ” I am currently waiting on

God to give me the directive on who to support for the coming election. As for when I will come out with my choice of candidate, we still have over a year before the election and I hope that by the time we clock three years in office in October, the coast would have been clearer,” he said.

Osun: Aregbesola ejects ex-commissioners, aides out of govt quarters

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cores of political gladiators in Osun, as well as residents of the state were in total confusion on Thursday as news filtered in that former commissioners and other aides of the governor have been ejected from their

official quarters in Osogbo. Daily Post reports that the ejection follows a directive from the office of the Chief of Staff to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola. The directive has continued

to generate a lot of tension among the former aides, who have continued to reside at their official apartments despite the dissolution of the cabinet after the completion of Aregbesola’s first term in office in November 26, 2014.

The governor is already in the 26th month of his second term in office without constituting a cabinet, and strangely, former Commissioners and array of Special Advisers still operate their offices and maintain

official apartments at the government’s quarters. A reliable source at the government’s circle said that most of the former aides of the governor still perform executive role under the guise of ‘”consultancy.”


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L-R: Director General National Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr. Uche Orji, Director General Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Vincent Akpotarie, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah and Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Aminu Bisalla, during the Inauguration of the Steering Committee on the Revitalization of Nigeria Commodity Exchange, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

NPDC remits $608m to Federation Account in 2016 -MD By Etuka Sunday

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he Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the upstream subsidiary Company of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has clarified on the reported nonremittance of some crude oil revenue to the Federation Account. In a presentation to the Senate Ad hoc Committee on the recovery of unremitted revenue, Mr. Yusuf Matashi, Managing Director of the Company faulted some of the figures quoted as revenue derived by the company from crude sales. Providing clarification on the alleged non-remittance of crude proceeds from some divested oil wells (OMLs 61, 62 and 63), Matashi explained that the value of crude oil lifted by

NPDC between May 20013 and August 2016 was $3.294billion as against $3.487 as claimed by the Committee. The NPDC MD drew the attention of the Committee to the fact that on the basis of the Ministerial assignment of the assets to NPDC, cash call funding of the assets by government had ceased and NPDC is funding the cost of production and lifting of crude oil by itself. He said: ``According to our records total crude oil lifted from OMLs 60-63 by NPDC during the period May 2013 TO August 2016 is valued at $3.294 bn against the figure of $3.487billion’ . On the allegation that NPDC has been lifting crude oil from divested oil well (OMLs 65, 111 and 119) to the tune of $1.847 billion out of which it paid $100m only, the NPDC MD

explained that the OMLs 65, 111 & 119 referred to by the Senate Committee are not part of the divested assets. In a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, he argued that the figures given refer to the Good Valuable Consideration obligation payments in respect of the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC divested asset (OMLs 4, 38 &41 and OMLs 26, 30, 34, 40 &42. ‘’The $1.847 billion referred to by the Committee is the total Good and Valuable Consideration (G&VC) determined by DPR for the divested assets. The $100m referred to as paid is part of the G&VC which has been paid by NPDC,’’ he said. While recognizing the balance of $1.747billion for the G&VC, the NPDC noted that

the obligation to pay in the future has not been waived and that the balance as payable to the Federation is recognized in NPDC’s books. On the report that a total of $344.3442m worth of crude oil has been unremitted between January and August 2016 including non-payment of due royalties and taxes within the period, the NPDC faulted the claim. ‘’The committee is invited to note that the actual value of crude oil liftings from all assets divested to NPDC is a total of $584.1 million for the period January to August 2016. NPDC has paid a total of $608.4 million as royalty and PPT,’’ he said. Mr. Matashi, noted that a total of $608, 417, 937 was made by the NPDC as Royalty and Petroleum Profit Tax in 2016.

FG confirms take-off of Development Bank of Nigeria By Etuka Sunday

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he Federal Ministry of Finance has confirmed the completion of the recruitment exercise for the Executive Management team of the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), and has formally applied for the issuance of its operational license from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which is expected imminently. The DBN, was conceived in 2014 however, its take-off had been fraught with delays. The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration inherited the project with a determination to

resolve all outstanding issues and set a target of 2017 for its take-off. The DBN will have access to US$1.3bn (N396.5 billion) which has been jointly provided by the World Bank (WB), KfW (German Development Bank), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Agence Française de Development (French Development Agency). The Bank is also finalising agreements with the European Investment Bank (EIB). To provide clarification, the operations of the DBN will not in any way, result in the elimination of the Bank of Industry (BOI), Bank of Agriculture (BOA) or any other existing development

bank. The operations of the DBN is clearly distinct from other development banks as it is focused on supporting small businesses defined by size and not by sectors. A statement signed by the Director, Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Salisu Na’Inna Dambatta said, the DBN, would provide loans to all sectors of the economy including, manufacturing, services and other industries not currently served by existing development banks thereby filling an important gap in the provision of finance to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). As a wholesale bank, the

DBN will lend wholesale to Microfinance Banks which will on-lend medium to long-term loans to MSMEs. The MSMEs contribute about 48.47 percent to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of Nigeria but have access to only about 5 percent of lending from Deposit Money Banks (DMBs). The influx of additional capital from the DBN will lower borrowing rates and the longer tenure of the loans, will provide the required flexibility in the management of cash flows, giving businesses the opportunity to make capital improvements, and acquire equipment or supplies.

Proposed investment in NCX by NSIA to boost economy -Enelamah ...inaugurates Steering Committee By Etuka Sunday

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he Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah has said that the proposed strategic investment in the Nigeria Commodity Exchange (NCX) by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) is aimed at revitalizing the operations of the Exchange to make it more responsive to its mandate of serving as a platform for trading agricultural produce and other commodities. He said it is also to facilitate trades in financial derivatives, contributing meaningfully towards the development of agricultural production through regulation of robust and standard warehousing facilities; including silos and enhancing liquidity in the sector through the Warehouse Receipt System (WRS). Inaugurating the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) Steering Committee on the revitalization of the NCX and the Project Delivery Team on the strategic equity investment by the NSIA in the NCX in his office in Abuja on Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Minister who is also the Chairman of the Steering Committee, stated that it was to further serve as a catalyst for promoting non-oil exports through grades and standards that conform to international best practices. The Minister said the strategic investment in the NCX by the NSIA which was recently approved by the Vice-President, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo who is also the Chairman of the NCP is preferred by the Federal Government as a pre-privatisation strategy to pave way for the injection of financial and other requisite resources prior to its partial privatization as approved by the NCP in 2013. He regretted that in its over 18 years of existence, the Exchange had been beset by a myriad of challenges including poor funding, poor stakeholder buy-in particularly Federal Government agencies, lack of enabling legal and regulatory framework, erosion of shareholders’ funds, poor sensitization mechanism, absence of trading platform/infrastructure and absence of Warehouse receipts Trading System.


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Business OccupyCBN Protesters are Blackmailers - CBN By Etuka Sunday

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he Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has exposed a group which called itself Wailing Wailer as paid hirelings, describing them as a bunch of blackmailers fighting for the interest of those who want to destroy the Nigerian economy. The group which goes by the tag OccupyCBN had threatened to protest efforts of the CBN to conserve scarce foreign exchange. In a statement, the CBN Ag. Director of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okorafor described them as paid agent of some selfish interest groups and enemies of the Nigerian economy. He said further that “the allegations are totally false and fabricated”. According to him, there is no iota of truth to these allegations. Mr. Okorafor said that the CBN did not allocate or sell any $12 million to anybody. He challenged the group to show proof, stating that such a thing is not possible under the new forex system. He stated that “these paid agents of selfish interests and the enemies of the Nigerian economy will fail in their bid to distract the CBN and the Federal Government from their focus on the diversification of the Nigerian economy away from import and crude oil dependency”. The CBN spokesman pointed out that “some powerful interests want the CBN and Government to reverse the policy on conservation of forex and sabotage the ongoing efforts to wean Nigerians from senseless importation”. He opined that they want to create markets for importers to the overall detriment of the Nigerian

economy. He went further to state that no amount of blackmail will make the CBN allow a practice whereby our farmers and industrialists who have invested heavily and employed our youths in the production of Nigerian made rice, fish, industrial starch, palm produce, wheat, tooth pick, wines, etc, would be made to close their farms and factories again. He noted that what these charlatans and hirelings want are basically twofold; first, they want the CBN to give out the nation’s scarce foreign exchange to their

sponsors to import all manner of foreign goods and dump them on our markets, thereby frustrating the good work our own farmers and manufacturers have begun. Second, they want the CBN to fold its arms and allow currency speculators to drive the naira down to a level at which it will be easy for their paymasters to buy up and take control of the Nigerian economy. They have even gone to the extent of making false allegations that some banks are having trouble just to trigger panic in the financial system. These will not happen, he stated emphatically.

According to Mr. Okorafor, “it will be economically suicidal for the CBN to allocate our scarce forex to those who will engage in another escapade in senseless importation, which will again discourage our local producers who have borrowed money to engage in agriculture and local manufacturing”. He noted that it will be dangerous to our peasants in the rural areas and indeed to masses of Nigerian workers who are on fixed incomes for the CBN to allow speculators to drive the value of the naira to any level just for the

selfish gains of the sponsors of these arrangee protests. “We will not succumb to blackmail”, he said. On the issue of the CBN funding the Federal Government budget, Mr. Okorafor said that this has been long addressed, with clear figures which have been widely publicized. He reinstated that the role of the CBN as banker to the Federal Government is to do exactly what had been done and it is within the limits specified by law. He queried if the so-called group would want the CBN to withhold advances so that the government collapses?

Deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff testing one of the three tractors presented to farmers associations in Irepodun/orolu/ Osogbo/Olorunda Federal constituency, recently in Osun state

NNPC proposes increase in Oil Royalty, scraping ‘We’ll reposition AIB as leading of Investment Tax Credit in PSC accident investigative agency’ By Etuka Sunday

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he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday proposed some key amendments to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract (PSC) Act to enable the Federal Government optimize the collection of royalties and other revenue in deep water oil production activities. In a presentation to the Joint House of Representatives Committees on the amendment of the PSC Act and an Act to establish the National Oil and Gas Museum and Research Centre in Oloibiri, Malam Bello Rabiu, NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Upstream, noted that it was imperative to effect increment in royalties across all categories to increase government take. “It is our opinion that the proposal to increase the royalty rate for terrains beyond 1000 metres, from zero per cent to three per cent, is commendable but it is necessary to also make corresponding adjustments in other categories,’’

he said. Under the proposed PSC royalty regime, the calculation of what is due to government shall be based on production and price to guarantee fairness and balance between PSC contractors and Government. For Royalty based on production within a tranche of 50, 000 barrels of crude per day, the NNPC is proposing a royalty tranche rate of 8.0 per cent. Under a production tranche of 50, 000 to 100, 000bopd, the royalty tranche rate would increase to 15.5 per cent and would escalate to 28.0 per cent once the production surpasses the 100, 000 bopd mark. To calculate royalty based on price, NNPC proposed that under a $ 50 per barrel price regime, the tranche incremental royalty rate shall be zero per cent but the rate would increase to 0.30 per cent if the price hovers between the $50 to $100 mark. In the same vain, a price regime of $100-$130 would attract royalty of 0.20 per cent while an increase of price between

$130 -$170 translate to royalty rate of 0.10 per cent. A price regime of $170 and above would attract zero per cent royalty payment. The NNPC argued that in the alternative, the graduated royalty scale as provided in the Act should be removed while the Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources should be empowered to intermittently set royalties payable for acreages located in deep offshore and inland basin production sharing contracts through regulations based on established economic parameters. On the provision of investment tax credit, investment tax allowance and associated cost uplift and capital allowances to PSC contractors, the NNPC proposed an outright scrapping of the incentives. ``It is our opinion that these incentives have outlived their usefulness and are now impediments to the Federal Government’s revenue collection efforts. The use of such incentives can be terminated by an amendment of section 4 of the Act,’’ the Corporation noted.

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he new Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru has unveil his vision for the agency affirming that his administration goal will be to reposition the agency and make it the biggest in the nation’s aviation industry. The new Chief Executive Official of AIB appealed to management and staffs of the agency to cooperate with him in order to propel the agency forward. He spoke at a brief handover ceremony yesterday at the agency’s headquarters at Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA. Olateru commended the immediate past Commissioner, Dr. Felix Abali for improving the parastatal from where he met it and keeping it together over the years despite the “missiles”. He promised to make training a priority for all staff, stressing that through this, their technical knowhow would improve. His words: “I thank you for keeping this place together despite

the missiles. I have heard a lot about AIB. I know it is the smallest in the ministry, but, before the end of my tenure, I will ensure that the agency becomes the biggest of all. That’s my mission. “However, for that to happen, I will require the maximum cooperation of all staff. I can’t do it alone, but we are here to make it happen. It is for the benefit of all staff of AIB if we can make this organisation to work. It’s not about size sometimes, but about efficiency and effectiveness. “This is a new dawn and I am begging everyone to give this new administration a chance. Whatever that has happened in the past, let it be in the past. Aviation is highly technical, very expensive and the most regulated in the world. At the end of the day, we are all going to be happy because everyone will go on training and more opportunities would be given to people.” Earlier, Abali commended the entire staff for their support towards him as the Commissioner of the agency and called on them to support the new administration.


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An accident scene on Abuja-Zuba-Kaduna Expressway recently in Abuja

FCT Minister urges cultural organizations to work for Nigeria’s unity By Stanley Onyekwere

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ocio-cultural organizations of various nationalities dwelling in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been urged to work for the unity and progress of the country. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, yesterday made the call when the Igbos in Diaspora Assembly paid him a visit in his office at Area 11, Garki I District, Abuja. The Minister reiterated that

the unity of the country must be emphasized to promote development and peaceful coexistence of the various peoples and cultures within the country. Bello also urged the Igbo Group to throw their weight behind the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to enable him take Nigeria to enviable heights. “The Igbos should also extend their support to the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to enable

the President deliver on his mandates of restoring the economic and political integrity of the country”. “I appeal to you to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari for all the good work he is doing in Nigeria, the sacrifice he is making to make sure that we go back to what we used to be as Nigerians in terms of political strength on the international scene; in terms of economic activity as well as social cohesion”. “The way you have supported

me, I want you to please support the President of Nigeria in the same manner because God knows why President Buhari is on the driver’s seat today,” he stressed. While describing the Igbos as a very vibrant and influential group that have been part and parcel of the development of the FCT, the Minister said they must also ensure that those they elected during the last Area Council elections in the FCT are held accountable to the people. Speaking earlier, the

Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Igbos in Diaspora Assembly, Chief Kalu Uche Kalu lauded the Minister’s efforts in the maintenance of high level security in the Federal Capital Territory. Chief Kalu urged the Minister to continue with the completion of abandoned road projects around the Federal Capital City and appealed to the Minister to help allocate a plot of land for the building of Igbos in Diaspora Assembly Headquarters in the FCT.


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Iran after Rafsanjani analysis

By Dr Massoumeh Torfeh

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ran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran’s religious establishment in an election year. “With the loss of Hashemi,” he said on Sunday referring to the late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, “I know no other personality with whom I had such a common and long-term experience in the peaks and valleys of this historic era.” Rafsanjani would also be sorely missed by President Hassan Rouhani, who is facing an election race in June with hardliners intent on sidelining him and undermining his achievements on Iran’s nuclear deal with the West. It was with Rafsanjani’s support that he won the 2013 elections. The weeks and months ahead and the forthcoming presidential elections are crucial, not necessarily for the survival of the Islamic Republic, but for the continued ability of the Supreme Leader to hold the unity of the theocratic establishment intact, especially given that he is not in good health himself.

A controversial figure ore than anything Rafsanjani was a pragmatic centrist who kept the Islamic Republic intact by sticking to the political middle ground. There may be other well-known centrists, but none were as powerful or as influential. He was also one of Iran’s richest men who maintained close links to Iranian industry and business throughout his life. Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997, the speaker of the parliament from 1980-1989, chairman of the Expediency Council, and elected Speaker of the Assembly of Experts, Rafsanjani was long considered to be one of the most corrupt and yet most powerful men in the Islamic Republic. He had many enemies too who accused him of involvement in the murders of opposition at home and abroad. Ordering a full state funeral

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Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani praying next to the coffin of the late former Iranian president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani at the Jamaran mosque in Tehran [EPA]

and personally saying the final prayers, Khamenei clearly indicated that full respects have to be paid to Rafsanjani, who he had isolated for the last eight years of his life. In the contested presidential elections of 2009, Khamenei ignored Rafsanjani’s advice to listen to the demonstrators and refrain from imprisoning them. Despite their differences, Khamenei was always fully aware that Rafsanjani was the main bulwark of the Islamic Republic against potential violent shake-ups. It wasn’t just his persona, with an aura of maturity and calm, but the unrivalled network of operatives he recruited in all corners of the political structure at home and abroad. They designed and shaped the Islamic Republic under his guidance. In the absence of Rafsanjani, it is doubtful that Khamenei and his hardline supporters in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) or the fundamentalist clergy can maintain the political balance that is so crucial to the survival of the Islamic Republic. With Rafsanjani gone it is not clear whether Khamenei would support Rouhani in his exchanges of accusations of corruption with the hardline judiciary, or over the Iran deal if it were to be jeopardised by the US president-elect Donald Trump. Rafsanjani was the

main force behind talks with the West and it was through his influence that Rouhani took the initiative. “It’s a loss,” says a seasoned European diplomat who prefers not to be named, “particularly now in the times of unpredictability and flux concerning Iran and the region.” Rafsanjani was known to have good relations with senior Saudi officials and “was seen as a key figure who could have resolved rising tensions between the regional rivals in the coming years”. The reformist leadership afsanjani’s departure would also weaken Iran’s reform movement which has taken a serious battering since the 2009 presidential elections. He fell out with the reformist president, Mohammad

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Khatami, during the reformist era of 1997-2005. Yet, since the 2009 mass demonstrations, Rafsanjani proved to be on the side of the reformists calling publicly for greater freedoms. He did so at the price of falling out with the supreme leader, thus getting sidelined, accused of “sedition” and even forbidden from leading Friday prayers. Rafsanjani was undeterred. He kept a low profile, but his network of operatives gave effective support to Rouhani’s win in the 2013 presidential elections. In the 2016 parliamentary elections, he managed to push through tens of reformist and moderate members into the parliament and most of the Tehran seats in the Assembly of Experts. Now with Rafsanjani gone, it is up to the reform leaders

All these developments point in the direction of a significant shift in the Turkish police that Erdoğan and his Islamist thugs are determinedly keen to encourage rather than to inoculate the nation’s most important law enforcement agency against radical ideologies and religious zealotry

such as Khatami, Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi to try and keep that momentum going. This would be very difficult, however, as the three are silenced and the latter two are still under house arrest. Khatami was reportedly not even allowed to attend Rafsanjani’s funeral. This leaves President Rouhani as the only moderate political leader who can fill in that crucial political centre: that balance between the right with which he has worked closely as the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council 1989-2005 on the one hand, and the reformists, who are his newly found friends, on the other. His slogans of moderation would suit this path and if he moves wisely he could remain close to the supreme leader and take advantage of the vacuum created by Rafsanjani’s departure. Massoumeh Torfeh is the former director of strategic communication at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and is currently a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science specialising in Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.


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South Sudan rejects 4,000 additional UN peacekeepers S outh Sudan has announced it will no longer accept the deployment of an additional 4,000 United Nations peacekeepers, saying the security situation in the county has improved. The regional protection force, authorised by the UN Security Council in August after renewed fighting in the capital, Juba, is meant to strengthen the 13,500-strong UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan “The government of South Sudan has the ability to provide security and stability for the country and for its citizens without the deployment of a ... protection force,” South Sudan’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Mawien Makol Ariik said on Wednesday. The government’s move is a reversal of its earlier decision in November to accept the troops’ deployment. Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk also said there was no need for the regional protection forces to be deployed in South Sudan. “Most of the people abroad still believe that there is fighting in Juba and around the country ... but Juba is now secure,” Juuk told DPA news agency. Juuk’s remarks contradict reports of recent fighting in the north and south of the country. The South Sudanese government had warned in August 2016 that the deployment of more UN forces would

More than 12,000 UN peacekeeping mission troops have been in South Sudan since it gained independence in 2011 [File: EPA] marginalise its sovereignty, but later gave its consent amid the threat of an arms embargo. In December, a UN human rights commission urged a rapid deployment of the additional peacekeepers amid reports of ethnic killings. A political split between President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and his former deputy Riek Machar escalated into a military conflict in December 2013. Tens of thousands have been killed and more than two million displaced.

A unity government was formed in April, but fighting broke out again in July, sending Machar into exile. The UN’s top human rights official has previously blamed South Sudanese government troops and rebels loyal to the president of ethnically targeted violations, including extrajudicial executions and sexual violence incidences in August 2015. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has previously faced criticism for failing to fully protect civilians facing violence.

In early November, Ban Ki-moon, the former UN secretary-general, dismissed the commander of the UNMISS force following a damning report that accused the peacekeepers of failing to protect civilians during the outbreak of violence in July. The report from a UN special investigation found that a lack of leadership in the UNMISS ended in a “chaotic and ineffective response” during the heavy fighting in the capital, Juba, from July 8 to 11 that killed dozens of people.

India hospital builds new unit to operate on ‘500kg’ Egyptian woman

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n Indian hospital is building a special facility so that an Egyptian woman, believed to be the world’s heaviest at 500kg (1,102lb), can soon undergo weight reduction surgery. The facility at Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital will have an operating theatre and an intensive care unit. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, is expected to arrive in the city on a chartered plane at the end of January. Her family says she has not been able to leave home for 25 years. The estimate of her weight is given by relatives. If confirmed, she would be the world’s heaviest woman alive as the current Guinness record holder is Pauline Potter of the United States who weighed 292kg (643lb) in 2010. India doctor to operate on ‘500kg’ Egyptian woman Mum gives birth to ‘heaviest baby’ in India, weighing 15lb ‘World’s fattest man’ undergoes suMs Abd El Aty will be treated by a team of doctors led by wellknown bariatric surgeon, Dr Muffazal Lakdawala. As the patient cannot use a regular commercial flight, she will be flown to Mumbai on a chartered cargo plane along with her sister who is her main carer, a doctor at the hospital told the BBC’s Geeta Pandey.

Eman’s family says she has been stuck at home for 25 years She will first need to bring her weight down before an operation can be performed. Ms Abd El Aty suffers from thyroid and cardiac issues and will need to remain at the hospital for at least six months, the doctor said. Reports say the 278 sq metre (3,000 sq ft) new facility is estimated to cost 20m rupees ($293,762; £239,253) and will be ready by the end of the month.

Ms Abd El Aty’s family says she weighed 5kg (11lb) at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition in which body parts swell due to a parasitic infection. By the time she was 11, her weight had risen sharply and she suffered a stroke which left her bedridden. Her mother and sister care for her. However, Dr Lakdawala told the BBC last month that he believes Ms Abd El Aty does not have elephantiasis

but suffers from obesity-related lymphoedema which causes gigantic swelling of legs. Dr Lakdawala’s patients have previously included Indian ministers Nitin Gadkari and Venkaiah Naidu, who underwent weight reduction surgery. The Indian embassy in Cairo had initially denied Ms Abd El Aty’s visa request as she was unable to travel there in person.

Kenyan boy Kelvin Muriuki goes to school in helicopter

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poor 14-year-old boy in Kenya has been flown to school in a helicopter after air force veterans offered to pay for his secondary education. Kelvin Muriuki was top of his class in 2016, but poverty forced him to go and work in a quarry, his family said. The Kenya Air Force Veteran Officers Association then stepped in to pay his school fees and to give him a helicopter ride to his new school. Kelvin’s dreams are now back on track - he says he wants to become a pilot. Many children regularly drop out of school in Kenya because of poverty. The association said it would pay Kelvin’s annual school fee of $530 (£430) until he completes his secondary education in 2020. He arrived at his new school in the central Kenyan town of Karicheni after a helicopter ride of about 20 minutes from his previous school, reports the BBC’s Abdinoor Aden from the capital, Nairobi.

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uther actor Idris Elba has put himself up for auction as a Valentine’s date to raise money for charity. In an online video, he offers bidders a “romantic evening” involving cocktails, food and “whatever your heart desires”. “I’ll let you pound my yams,” the 44-year-old star continues before downing a glass of champagne. Proceeds will go to WE (Women Everywhere) Can Lead, a charity organisation “working to empower and educate girls throughout Africa”. The winner will join Elba for “a candlelit meal at one of his favourite restaurants”. Flights and accommodation at a four-star hotel are included, according to the actor’s page on the Omaze website. Interested parties have until 14 February to make a bid. Elba also voiced Shere Khan in last year’s hugely successful Jungle Book film as well as producing and starring in Beasts of No Nation (2015). He is also set to star in The Dark Tower later this year, a fantasy western horror film based on a series of Stephen King novels.


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court in Pakistan has stayed the execution of a schizophrenic man who was due to be hanged next week, a rights group says. Former police officer Khizar Hayat, 55, was sentenced to death in 2003 for killing a fellow police officer. But the Lahore High Court has now asked the government to provide a new report on his health by 30 January. Hayat’s mother, Iqbal Bano, told the Associated Press her son “needs medical treatment, not execution”. The Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) rights group said that the court decided to wait for a ruling in the case of another death row prisoner with schizophrenia, Imdad Ali. The Supreme Court stayed Ali’s execution last year and appointed a board to evaluate his mental fitness to be executed. It is not clear when a decision will be made on his fate. What’s behind Pakistan’s rise in executions? According to the JPP, a courtordered assessment in May 2016 concluded that Khizar suffered from psychosis and schizophrenia. Since his sentencing, he had faced several attacks by inmates because of his mental health and had been in solitary confinement since 2012, it said. Pakistan is a signatory to international covenants interpreted as banning the execution of those with mental illnesses.

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US troops in Poland ‘a threat to Russia’s security’

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he arrival of thousands of US soldiers in Poland as part of a NATO build-up is a threat to Russia’s national security, the Kremlin has said. The mission, one of the largest deployments of US forces in Europe since the Cold War, will eventually see more than 3,000 troops and heavy equipment deployed in Poland and other nearby NATO partners on a rotational basis. “This operation threatens our interests and our security,” Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday. “This is even more pronounced when a third party [US] reinforces its military presence on our doorstep in Europe.” The Atlantic Resolve mission, agreed on at a NATO 2016 summit in 2016, comes as a series of measures led by outgoing US president Barack Obama’s administration aimed at calming US allies in Europe after Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine. Russian actions alarmed the Baltic states, which worry they could be the next targets of Russian pressure and intervention as Moscow has increased its presence in the Baltic Sea area over

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The mission is one of the largest deployments of US forces in Europe since the Cold War [EPA] European security”. the past two years. The first of the arriving troops, The operation comes a week before President-elect Donald reportedly from Fort Carson, Trump’s inauguration, who has Colorado, will be followed with announced that his Republican more than 3,000 soldiers, tanks and administration will work to ease other military equipment deployed tensions with the Kremlin amid in Poland via Germany and nearby concern over accusations of Russian NATO partners. Among their equipment will be intervention in the 2016 US elections. Alexei Mechkov, the Russian 87 Abrams M1A1 tanks, 20 Paladin deputy foreign minister, described the artillery vehicles and 136 Bradley deployment as a “factor destabilising fighting vehicles.

Syria’s Civil War: Aleppo’s heritage sites ‘in danger’

Chinese school sets up ‘marks bank’ to reduce stress

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Chinese high school has come up with an innovative way to help struggling students - a “marks bank”. The Nanjing Number One Secondary School has rolled out a scheme where student can “borrow” marks to top up low scores so they can pass their tests. The school said it was aimed at reducing the stress of taking exams. The scheme has become a talking point in China which has seen rising concern over an education system still reliant on high-pressure examinations. ‘Credit scores’ based on behaviour According to media reports this week, the school introduced the scheme in November last year for 49 students in an elite programme aimed at grooming them for entry into US colleges. They can “borrow” marks from the bank for certain subjects deemed to require more effort in studying, such as languages, biology, chemistry and history. So far 13 students have taken part in the scheme. They incur a debt when they “borrow” marks, and are expected to repay it with marks scored in subsequent tests.

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Men walk near damage inside Aleppo’s Umayyad mosque [Omar Sanadiki/Reuters]

rgent action is needed to protect damaged buildings in the Old City of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to Syrian antiquities officials. “What happened in Aleppo is a disaster,” Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s Director General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) told Al Jazeera in a telephone interview from Damascus this week. “We have more than 150 heritage buildings with different levels of damage, without taking into account places like the ancient souk, 60 percent of which is destroyed … Many of the traditional houses, dating from around the first century AD, are also damaged.” Syrian government forces took control of the city in early December, after four years of conflict between government forces and armed opposition groups. During the month since the fighting stopped, Abdulkarim’s

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team has been photographing the city’s ancient heritage sites and assessing the severity of the damage. While many buildings remain mostly intact, some have suffered catastrophic damage. “It’s very sad and it’s a very dramatic situation,” Abdulkarim said. “In Palmyra, if we have to wait years for peace to return, or because we don’t have funds, we can wait. But in Aleppo every new winter will be a further attack on the cultural sites. A lot of the buildings were built using traditional materials - not like the stones in Palmyra, which can wait three or four years, no problem. Aleppo is in danger.” The war will end, the politics will change, but our heritage remains for all of us, for our descendants, and for us to share with the whole world. Photographs show snow blanketing the damaged buildings, some of which

have lost their roofs or collapsed almost entirely owing to the shelling. “Syrians have a lot of needs at the moment; it’s not only their patrimony,” he said. “But the situation permits us to carry out preventative emergency work to secure the sites from the winter and the water. We can’t leave things the way they are because in a few years there will be more deterioration.” Steps have already been taken to begin removing the rubble and debris from around two of Aleppo’s most famous landmarks, the citadel and the Umayyad Mosque. Other sites await the results of DGAM’s survey. “We’ve asked the mayor not to move any of the old stones. We have a team there gathering information about the damage, which they will present to us. We will start working in the most at-risk areas,” explained Abdulkarim.

he US Senate has taken a first concrete step towards dismantling the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, voting to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance scheme. Following the 51-48 vote on Thursday, the resolution now will go to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it this week. Scrapping Obamacare is a top priority for the Republican majorities in both chambers of the US Congress and for President-elect Donald Trump. Republicans have said the process of repealing Obamacare could take months, and developing a replacement plan could take longer. However, they are under pressure to act fast from Trump, who said on Wednesday that the repeal and replacement should happen “essentially simultaneously”. Some 20 million previously uninsured Americans gained health coverage through Obamacare. Coverage was extended by expanding Medicaid and through online exchanges where consumers can receive income-based subsidies. Republicans have launched repeated legal and legislative efforts to unravel the law, criticising it as government overreach. They say they want to replace it by giving states, not the federal government, more control. In recent days, though, some Republicans expressed concern about the party’s current strategy of voting for a repeal without having a consensus replacement plan ready. House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he wants to pack as many replacement provisions as possible into the legislation repealing Obamacare. But Senate finance committee chairman Orrin Hatch, also a Republican, said this could be difficult under US Senate rules. The resolution approved on Thursday instructs committees of the House and Senate to draft repeal legislation by a target date of January 27. Both chambers will then need to approve the resulting legislation before any repeal goes into effect. Republicans have a majority of 52 votes in the 100-seat Senate; one Republican, Senator Rand Paul, voted no on Thursday. Democrats mocked the Republican effort, saying Republicans had never united around an alternative to Obamacare.


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Exercise made easy - and pain free, delicious dishes the whole family will love and how you can still enjoy curry and kebabs By Dr Xand Van Tulleken

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hen you’re trying to lose weight, the easiest and most effective thing you can do is change your diet. However, there is another element that will speed your slimming and make you look — and feel — great. Yes, I’m talking about exercise. Many of us shy away from the idea, put off by memories of school PE lessons or the feeling that we’ve let ourselves go, so getting back into physical activity will be simply too hard. But it doesn’t have to be like that. In the same way that my Definitive Diet helps you shed weight effortlessly without gimmicks, I’m here to tell you that getting active really doesn’t have to be difficult. My plans are flexible and easy to use, and the recipes created specially for the Daily Mail by chef Georgina Davies are delicious. But when it comes to sustaining your weight loss in the long-term, I’m just not convinced that dieting is enough on its own. You need to add exercise into the mix. Numerous studies show that the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. It is certainly how I shed my excess weight, and it’s how I ensure those lost pounds of fat never return. There are times when I feel my waistband beginning to tighten. If I’ve been spending a lot of time travelling between home in the UK and my work at Harvard University in the U.S., jetlag can get the better of me, making it hard to choose healthy food. If my weight starts to creep up, though, I’ll be on it like a shot — I’ll cut back to one meal a day as soon as I get the chance, and waste no time hopping on my bike to burn off those extra calories. I’m lucky that sport has always been part of my life, so I’m more than happy to go for a run or jump on my bike, but even if you hate the idea of joining a gym or slinking around in Lycra, I urge you to consider your exercise options and find space in your day for some sort of activity. The dieting industry makes exercise sound like it has to be difficult. But just doing anything that elevates your heart rate — such as vacuuming or a brisk walk to the shops — can help. Keep track of how many calories you burn (see the calorie guide on the following page) and make certain you don’t eat more than that number to compensate or treat yourself as a reward. Go gradually and, as you lose weight, you’ll start to find exercise far easier. Perhaps go for a ten-minute jog, then every other day from then on, run for another five minutes. It really doesn’t have to be all-ornothing at the beginning. This will help you stick to your diet goals, too. Numerous studies show that exercise improves mood, which means there’s less chance of descending into an emotion-fuelled cake binge. You will function better and feel better (all your aches and pains will improve) and, most importantly, you will boost the motivation that drives you to keep going with this diet. If you’re eating healthily, you’re more likely to feel inclined to get out for a brisk walk on a sunny day. And if you’ve made the effort to do a yoga class, you’ll be far less likely to ruin all that spiritual awareness with a cream-based cocktail (or two). The bottom line is that exercise is so incredibly good for you. In fact, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said in its recent report, Exercise: The Miracle Cure, that if physical

activity was a drug, it would be classed as a wonder drug, so numerous are its positive effects on the body. See the free diet diary we also gave away with Saturday’s paper (call 0808 272 0808 for a copy) for tips on getting started if you’ve never exercised before, and make a commitment to do something, anything, active every day. As a rough guide, here are the calories you’ll burn during day-to-day activities: 1 hour slow walking.......... 150 calories 25 mins brisk walking ............160 cals 30 mins jogging .................... 300 cals The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said in its recent report, Exercise: The Miracle Cure, that if physical activity was a drug, it would be classed as a wonder drug, so numerous are its positive effects on the body The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said in its recent report, Exercise: The Miracle Cure, that if physical activity was a drug, it would be classed as a wonder drug, so numerous are its positive effects on the body 45 mins cycling, no incline .... 300 cals 30 mins running up stairs.......285 cals 1 hour aerobics ..................... 480 cals 20 mins skipping ...................285 cals 45 mins ballroom dancing .... 200 cals 40 mins golf .......................... 190 cals 20 mins badminton ............... 105 cals 30 mins yoga .........................135 cals 30 mins stretching ................. 90 cals 30 mins vacuuming ................ 90 cals 30 mins ironing .......................70 cals 30 mins raking leaves ............225 cals 30 mins digging ................... 300 cals Delicious dishes the whole family will love It’s not always easy to lose weight when you are part of a family. You’ll find everyone has advice and everyone has an opinion. They’ll fill your fridge with banned foods, make demands on your time and emotional energy and object to change. But the best way through this maze is to serve up deliciously hearty family meals that fit your diet plan and boost everyone’s health, but which won’t cause grumbling or rows. Try these fabulous recipes, created specially for the Daily Mail by chef Georgina Davies — each one is perfect for my diet plan. One-pan pan pasta with kale and fennel Serves 2 (455 calories) 2 tbsp olive oil ½ bulb fennel, chopped 150g wholewheat pasta 3 cloves garlic, sliced 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped Juice and zest of 1 lemon 400ml water Salt and pepper 150g kale 25g bsil, roughly chopped Parmesan shavings, to serve Heat half the olive oil in a casserole dish, add the fennel and saute for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add oil, pasta, garlic, tomatoes and lemon zest and juice. Pour in water and season. Cook for 10 minutes. Add kale and basil and simmer for 3 minutes. Serve with Parmesan. Sausage and fennel seed ragu Serves 2 (557 calories) 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 small white onion, diced 1 stick of celery, diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tsp fennel seeds

4 pork sausages (approx 250g), meat squeezed out of their skins 400g chopped tomatoes 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper Salad or courgette, to serve Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Saute the onion and celery for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and fennel seeds and cook for a further minute. Next, add the sausages and turn up the heat. Brown the meat, stirring occasionally to coat it in the rich flavours from the onion and fennel seeds. Add the chopped tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper, then stir well. Turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 30-40 minutes. Serve with a crisp green salad or spiralised courgette. Turmeric tandoori chicken thighs Serves 4 (493 calories) 2 tbsp natural yoghurt 1 heaped tsp ground turmeric 1 heaped tsp garam masala or curry powder When it comes to sustaining your weight loss in the 1 red chilli, sliced long-term, Dr van Tulleken is just not convinced that 4 garlic cloves, sliced Finely grated zest and juice of 1 dieting is enough on its own. You need to add exercise into the mix unwaxed lemon Salt and pepper the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 201 red onion, sliced 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of Drizzle olive oil the stock has been absorbed and the quinoa is a 4 chicen thighs Make a marinade with the yoghurt, turmeric, creamy consistency. If it looks like it’s drying out, garam masala, chilli, garlic and lemon zest and just add a splash more water. Turn down the heat juice, and season with salt and pepper. Lay the and add the lemon zest and juice, goat’s cheese, sliced onion in an ovenproof dish, drizzle with peas and spinach. Cook for a further 2-4 minutes olive oil and top with the chicken, stabbing the until the peas are cooked, the spinach has wilted skin with a sharp knife to allow the marinade to and the goat’s cheese has melted. Slow-cooked lamb shoulder permeate the meat. Pour the marinade over the Serves 6 (515 calories) chicken and onion and give it a good mix. Cover 3 onions, sliced with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 1 bulb garlic, cloves roughly crushed under 1 hour, or, if you have time, overnight. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 180c/ the blade of a knife Source: Dailymail.com gas 4. Remove the chicken from the fridge and ensure that each piece is still well coated in the marinade. Bake for 30 minutes, turning and basting a couple of times as the joints cook. Increase the oven temperature to 200c/gas 6 and cook for another 15 minutes to crisp up the skin. These are delicious served hot or cold. Pea, spinach and goat’s cheese quinoa risotto Serves 2 (510 calories) 1 leek, trimmed and sliced 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1 tbsp olive oil 120g quinoa 1 tbsp cider vinegar 600ml vegetable or chicken stock Juice and zest of 1 lemon 50g soft goat’s cheese 150g peas 150g spinach, roughly chopped Saute the leek and garlic in the oil over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft. Add the quinoa and stir for a couple of minutes. Pour the vinegar into the pan and cook until it has evaporated. Add


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A letter from a Syrian refugee By Abdulazez Dukhan Dear Donald,

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y name is Abdulazez Dukhan. I am 18 years old. I am one of the four million people who have fled Syria. We left behind our hearts and the people that we lost both buried somewhere along the road. I am sending you this message to congratulate you on the presidency. But also to remind you how much your words matter in deciding our future. We started the revolution holding roses and hoping for support from the international community. Years passed; the roses turned into guns but the hope for support continues. Still, neither roses nor hope helped. Could your predecessor have done anything to change our fate? I don’t know. But we will continue to have faith. Your words matter to us. You might be able to change our future. I left Syria with my family four years after the revolution started. Nobody wanted to leave. But what can we do against the tanks? What can we do when death is falling from the sky? Like many others, we went to Turkey and from there to Greece. We travelled, looking back at our cities, streets and houses being destroyed. We are weak. We wanted the international community’s support and we know that it will come. Faith is what moved us and faith is what is keeping us going. Now I am a refugee. The hardest

• thing about living in a refugee camp is the isolation. People build walls around us and countries build walls around those walls. Dear future president, borders kill dreams. I’ve seen dreams die before their body - it leaves that person with no soul. For those of us who still have faith, please don’t build walls in front of us.

Maybe today is my last day as a refugee and tomorrow I will be safe somewhere in the world. Maybe I will go back to my beloved Syria and start rebuilding. Maybe I can still dream for one more day. Dear future president, we hope that someone can hear our words. We hope that you do. Abdulazez Dukhan is using

photography to raise awareness about the situation for refugees. He runs the project Through Refugee Eyes. This text has been edited for clarity and length. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy. Source: Al Jazeera News


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ormer Enugu Rangers coach, Lawrence Akpokona, has tasked the League Management Company to make sure the standard of the new league season surpasses that of last season. The new NPFL season kicks off on Saturday, January 14 at different centres across Nigeria. And ahead of the start of the new campaign, Akpokona urges the LMC to look into the area of officiating and ensure it comes better. “My expectations are that the standard of this new NPFL season must be higher than last season because we must be seen as going forward,” Akpokona said. “I think the LMC has done a fantastic job. There is a lot of improvement in our league now. For example, last season we did not see so many abandoned matches like we use to see in the past. It used to be a big dent in our league whereby a league game is abandoned at the 89th minute because of questionable decisions. “Over the years I think our league has been improving. If you take an assessment of our league from the 80s, you will find out that it has come a long way. “But one aspect I want the LMC to still monitor is the area of officiating. Because if you talk to coaches you will find out that they still say there are some clubs that induce referees. “We know referees are humans and they make mistakes. Even in the English Premier League, there are questionable decisions. “For me I agree that the referees are humanbeings, but we should see the mistakes that are human mistakes. But when a referee decides that one team must lose, then there is something wrong. I expect the LMC to go very hard on that aspect in the league.” Akpokona also challenges players from the various clubs to show serious commitment in the new season. Akpokona adds: “I want to see commitment from players because no matter what a coach does, at the end of the day it is the players that will go on to the pitch and execute what the coach has said. “So they should show commitment,

Akpokona professionalism and discipline. It is my wish that our league compete with that of South Africa, Egypt and the rest. But for now, I think we are behind all these leagues and this is the time to start working towards that.” And on his favourite for the league

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will want to always tip. Teams like Rangers, Kano Pillars they are always in contention, so I expect these teams to be at the forefront, though there are underdogs who might surprise everyone.”

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title this season, Akpokona says: “It will be difficult to pick one team as the favourite for the league title this season because I have not seen any team yet. I don’t know what their preparations look like. “But there are certain teams you


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uper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will leave today for AFCON 2017 in Gabon, where he will be a pundit for a French television channel. Nigeria failed to qualify for a second straight AFCON and so Rohr will hope to use Gabon 2017 to monitor the country’s 2018 World Cup rivals, Cameroon and Algeria, at the tournament. “It will be interesting to see the best teams in Africa in Gabon,” he said. “I will analyse the opening game on Saturday between Gabon and Guinea Bissau as well as the match between Cameroon and Burkina Faso.” Nigeria will also know today who will be their opponents for the qualifying series for 2019 AFCON to be hosted by Cameroon. The qualifiers will begin by the end of March.

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igeria’s fastest growing kit company, Cone Sportwears, will on Friday, January 13, 2016 unveil Mountain of Fire and Ministries Football Club new jerseys for 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season which will begin this weekend. Having kit top NPFL sides like Kano Pillars, Wikki Tourists, Nasarawa United and Shooting Stars, Cone Sportwear has added MFM FC to its catalogue of Nigerian teams. Speaking to mountaintopfc.com the CEO of Cone Sportwears, Cletus Okojie, said: “The relationship between Cone Sport and MFM FC is partnership between the two parties, so as to create a sustainable development and to secure a stable future for both the club and Cone sport. “This kind of partnership is one of a kind, it has never been done in the league. We want to use this medium to set a trend, so we can serve as an example for others to follow.” He continued: “The importance of unveiling the new season cannot be overemphasized, it should be the first priority of a club and their sports kit, because it helps carry the fans along and make them feel like

a family. “Unveiling the new season Cone and MFM FC want to create a tremendous awareness in the city of Lagos and beyond as it helps us as Cone Sports to move closer to achieving our goal of becoming the biggest African sportswear brand. “Cone Sports is a staunch promoter of made in Nigeria products that is why we take it as a responsibility upon us to make our products with the best of raw materials available, because we believe our products go beyond the coffers of this nation and when people of other countries see our products they see it as a Nigerian product not only a Cone Sports jersey,” Cletus concluded. Cone Sports is a Nigerian sportswear company, its head office and factory are located in Kano State. The company has been producing since year 2000 which makes it the oldest and biggest sportswear brand in the country with over 40 football clubs wearing its products nationwide. The unveiling ceremony will take place at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries headquarters youth church located at number 13 Olasimbo Street Onike Iwaya, Yaba, Lagos.

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Eagles continue to rise in Fifa ranking

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uper Eagles moved up one place in December’s ranking released by world football governing body, Fifa. The Eagles raised a solitary place in the monthly classifications released yesterday. Following the accumulation of three ranking points in the last 31 days of last year, the Super Eagles now have a total of 619 points in their kitty. Nigeria is now ranked seventh in Africa and 50th in the world. The Super Eagles did not play any football in December but have made a slight ascent in the classifications. Despite beating Algeria 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in November, 2016 Nigeria dropped one place in the ranking released in December 2016 but

uventus have signed Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara in a deal that could be worth as much as €21 million. The Bianconeri will pay €15m in four instalments for the 22-year-old, with an extra €6m in bonuses dependent on certain conditions being met during his time in Turin. Caldara will be loaned back to Atalanta for 18 months before beginning his Juve career in the summer of 2018. He has penned a deal until 2021 with the reigning Italian champions. An Italy Under-21 international, Caldara has impressed as part of a young Atalanta side that has risen to sixth in Serie A this season under Gian Piero Gasperini. yusuf I formerly known as yusuf a. illo now wishes to be known as yusuf gwadabawa. all former documents remain valid and ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

have now experienced a slight upward curve in the latest classifications despite not playing competitively in the last month. Last month, the Super Eagles were placed eighth in Africa and 51st in the world with 616 ranking points. Nigeria’s best placing in the Fifa rankings was fifth, a position attained in 1994 following an impressive display of winning the Africa Cup of Nations and their debut World Cup appearance that year in the United States. Senegal, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria are the top five sides in Africa while Argentina retains their place at the summit of the ranking. Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium complete the top five in descending order.

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THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.CHRISTOPHER IBORO AKAISO 2.IKECHUKWU AGHAEGBUNA NWORA 3.IKECHUKWU NDUKWE DANIEL THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO ESTABLISH CHURCHES IN MANY NATIONS BY THE NAME TRUE VINE ASSEMBLY 2.TO CARRY OUT MEDIA OUTREACHES THROUGH PUBLISHING THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST THROUGH TELEVISION, RADIO, BOOKS ETC. 3.TO CHAMPION LEADERSHIP PUSH THROUGH RAISING, SENDING AND SUPPORTING LEADERS THROUGH EFFECTIVE MINISTRY BIBLE SCHOOL AND OTHER ORGANS THAT WOULD BE SEEN AS NECESSARY. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : Ogo . U . Paul (aces & myriads consults) 08033649092

SIGNED : BARR. FERDINAND ONUKWUBE 09095236888 GARKI ABUJA.

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HOUSE OF THE ANOINTED MINISTRY

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.EMMANUEL OLORUNBEPELUMI - CHAIRMAN 2.PRAISE OLORUNBEPELUMI - SECRETARY 3.FRANCIS OSIM MUZE - MEMBER THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : ISHAYA KOSHI DANFULANI ESQ

CHRISTOPHER GINIKANDU IWUCHUKWU FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.IFEANYI IWUCHUKWU CHINEYE 2.ANNABELLE NKEM IWUCHUKWU 3.FRANCES IWUCHUKWU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO PROVIDE HEALTHCARE RELATED EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR PRACTITIONERS IN NIGERIA. 2.TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURER DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT ACROSS SECTORS IN NIGERIA. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : SECRETARY

The general public is hereby notified that the above named Association has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission for registration in accordance with Companies and Allied Matters Act No.1 of 1990 Part C. Trustees are: 1.Chief Moses Chukwudi Olisa - Chairman 2.Barrister (Mrs.) Uju Okoye Aronu - Secretary 3.Engr. Benjamin Onyebuwa Ezeagwu 4.Elder Paul Dike Ulasi 5.Obinna Chinewueze 6.Joshua U. Ekenedilichukwu THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.To harmonize unity among the Allottees. 2.To raise funds for the maintenance and running of the community/site, towards the achievement of the foregoing projects. Any objection thereto should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28days of this publication. Signed : Secretary

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THE REVEILLE FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.COL. AYO OLANIYAN (RTD) 2.MAJ. OLADIPO ADEGBITE (RTD) 3.MAJ. ADEBOWALE BASHORUN (RTD) THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO PROVIDE A MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH INFORMATION ON NIGERIA’S EXSERVICEMEN CAN BE DISSEMINATED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. 2.TO DEFEND THE INTEREST OF NIGERIA’S SERVICE RETIREES AND CATER FOR THEIR GENERAL WELL BEING. 3.TO ACTUALIZE FOR NIGERIA’S EX-SERVICEMEN A DREAM THAT ENVISAGES FOR THEM A BETTER TODAY AND GUARANTEES A PROMISING FUTURE FOR THEIR DEPENDENTS. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : SECRETARY

SIGNED : ADEDAYO ADESINA OYEWOLE & ADESINA 2, FANEYE STREET, ALAGOMEJI YABA, LAGOS.

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DODIM FOUNDATION. CAC /IT/NO. 65407

THE SOUL WINNING FAMILY OF GOD CHURCH INT’L

NETWORK FOR THE PREVENTION OF SCHOOL DROP OUTS

The general public is hereby notified that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Change Of Trustees under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. THE TRUSTEES: 1.PASTOR (MRS.) OLUWABUSOLA ADEBUSOLA TITILAYO OLOTU - RETAINED 2. DR. (MRS.) CATHERINE ATINUKE ADEGOKE - RETAINED 3. ADIMULA RUTH ABIOLA - NEWLY appointed 4. OYEDOTUN JOHNSON OLUWATOSIN - NEWLY APPOINTED. 5. ADEYEMO BOSED OLUFUNKE - NEWLY APPOINTED 6. PROF. (MRS.) OLUYINKA OSAYAME OMOROGBE - RETAINED 7.DR. (MRS.) COMFORT EBUN ADU - REMOVED 8.MRS. MODUPE OREYEMI AGBOOLA - REMOVED 9.MRS. IBIRONKE OLUFUNMILAYO AYODELE BABALOLA -REMOVED.

The general public is hereby notified that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Change Of Trustees under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990.

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

The TRUSTEES 1)Bishop ( Dr) Caleb Oloyede - Deceased. 2) Rev Seye Adediran - Retained. 3)Rev Moses Adeniji - Retained. 4) Rev Odeyemi Festus - Retained. 5) Rev Thomas Omotosho - Removed. 6) Rev Solomon Adewale - Retained. 7) Lady Evang. Olusola Adepoju - Retained. 8) Rev Iyinyemi Sunday - Retained. 9) Rev Bayo Jesuwale - Retained. 10) Pastor Tope Oloyede - Retained.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. CHIEF UJU UDEME 2. MR. STEVE AZUBUIKE 3. OKPAH EMMANUEL 4. CHIEF G. C. UGORJ 5. ASHIBUOGWU PATRICK AZUKAEGO

Aims and objectives remain the same

Aims and objectives remain the same.

Any objection to this notice must reach the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission plot 420 Tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to this notice must reach the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission plot 420 Tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

Signed. Pastor (Mrs) A. O. T. Olotu.

Signed. Secretary.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:1, to help fight poverty in Nigeria 2, to engage student in educational and social programs 3.to help in the development of youths in the community and households 4, to create Peace among youths and human right awareness ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY


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NIGERIAN TULIP INTERNATIONAL COLLEGES FOUNDATION

Abdulwahab Educational Foundation

The general public is hereby notified that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Change Of name from NIGERIAN TURKISH INTERNATIONAL COLLEGES FOUNDATION to NIGERIAN TULIP INTERNATIONAL COLLEGES FOUNDATION. under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. The TRUSTEES ARE: 1.DR. LONGY IHEJIRIKA OFOEGBU. 2. ISA ONDIN. 3. JALAL AHMED ARABI. 4. MEHMET BASTURK. 5. SABRI UNAL. 6.HIKMET COBAN. 7. FEYZULLAH BILQIN.

The above named Foundation has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration as an incorporated Trustee in accordance with the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act. No. 1 1990. The Trustees are: 1. Bala Bello - Chairman. 2. Ahmad Makari Sa’idu. 3. Musa Adamu. 4. Hamza Umar Nuhu. 5. Usman Maude. 6. Ishaq Salihu. 7. Husaini Hamza. 8. Lawal Abdullahi Tukur - Secretary.

That the constitution be amended to reflect this.

Aims: To assist the less privilege.

Any objection to this notice must reach the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission plot 420 Tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to this application should be forwarded to RegistrarGeneral Corporate Affairs Commission at Plot 420 Tigris Crescent Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama Abuja within (28) days of this notice.

Signed. K. S. Olorunnishola & Co.

Signed: Secretary.

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Agatu Network For Development THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR CHANGE OF IT TRUSTEES UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Enenche Christian. 2. Akwubo Adah Andy. 3. Edo Adanu. Aims: To cater for the welfare of Agatu People. 2. To render assistance to Agatu people whenever possible and as the needs arise. 3. To provide an opportunity for Agatu people to interact with one another. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGES SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED : Onuorah Chinanuekpere Esq

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THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THE TOTAL WOMAN OF VIRTUE MINISTRY WORLDWIDE

THE IMPACT PROPHETIC & EVANGELICAL MINISTRY WORLDWIDE

THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1)Adebowale Tolulope Lawani- Chairman (2) Reverend Ebenezer Idowu Olawuyi (3) Mrs Omolola Aderonke Otebolaku- Secretary. (4) Dr Olufemi Ademola Lawani.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ONYALI AKUNNA NKEMJIKA - President 2. ONYALI MICHAEL CHIKEZIE. 3. OKAFOR CHINWENDU PRECIOUS - Secretary

HEAR THE WORD MINISTRY

Aims: 1) To preach The Word of Faith for the demonstration of exploits in the lives of the hearers. 2) To Teach The Word of Faith for the establishment of men and women in the Christian faith walk. 3) To bring men and women under the prophetic dimension of The Word of Faith. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary.

Aims/Objectives: 1. To promote total women empowerment and wellbeing. 2. To provide educational facilities and scholarships for the less privileged women, girl child & orphans. 3. To teach spiritual, moral, financial and healthy lifestyle to communities. 4. To do charity works for churches, families & communities. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary.

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PASSION DRIVE ASSEMBLY-WORLD ALIVE INT’L

NASIRULAHIWALIFATHU INT’L WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PETER CHINEDU DURU 2. HELEN FAVOUR DURU 3. NKOMADU OBINNA EMMANUEL 4 IBIWENGI ROSELINE MI NAKIRI 5. ADESINA BABATUNDE NIYI. 6. ENGR. DR. ENWUSO ALERUCHI IGWE 7. ROLAND ATULEGWU 8. OLATUNJI AWOTANMI 9. DAWODU TAOFIQ BOLANLE 10. NANI JUSTUS ELIJAH. Aims & Objective: 1. To preach the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. JUNAID OLASHENI MURPHY 2. ADESHINA ADIJAT OLOLADE 3. JUNAID MUKHTAR ADEBOBOLA. Aims & Objective: 1. Girl child education 2. Creation of peace and harmony among the society 3. Creation of religious peace and harmony in the society. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

The general public is hereby notified that the above named Association has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission for registration in accordance with Companies and Allied Matters Act No.1 of 1990 Part C. Trustees are: 1. ONYALI MICHAEL CHIKEZIE - President 2. ONYALI AKUNNA NKEMJIKA - Secretary 3. ALFRED UCHENNA UZOMA . 4. OKAFOR ANTHONY OKECHUKWU Aims / Objectives: 1. To preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ 2. To preach and minister salvation, prosperity, healing and deliverance. 3. To teach the undiluted word of God thereby equipping the people for strong Christian living. 4. To engage in evangelism and souls winning for our Lord Jesus Christ via every avenue possible. 5. To engage in social works such as child, widows & orphans welfare, and youth development & empowerment. Any objection thereto should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28days of this publication. Signed : Secretary.

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FOUNTAIN OF MERCY FAMILY GOSPEL CENTRE

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. CHIBUIKE ATHANASIUS CHIBUIKE 2. MADUAKO CHARITY AMARACHI 3. ANYONE CHINWE 4. MIKE PETER 5. OKPAMADU PASCAL 6. DORIS PETER 7. CHIBUIKE JONATHAN. Aims & Objective : 1. To preach the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : Secretary.

SIGNED : Barr. Ifeanyi Ndidigwe.

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Haashim Initiative For Community Advancement

Notice is hereby given to the general public that the above named Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for amendment of its entire constitution, inclusive of rephrasing of its aims and objects and administrative rearrangement of the organization under part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004, as amended in order to cope with demands of rapid growth and expansion.

Christ in us fire and Mercy international Ministry

The general public is hereby notified that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Change Of Trustees under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. THE TRUSTEES: 1. Lawyer Ali Daudu 2. Engnr Uthman Abdulrahman 3. Lawyer Kayode Ibrahim Adams. Aims : To work for uplifting women, children and physically challenged for their overall development. Any objection to this notice must reach the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission plot 420 Tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed. Secretary.

The Trustees of the Association unchanged. Any objection to this proposed amendment should be forwarded to Registrar general Corporate Affairs Commission. Plot 420. Tigris Crescent Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: DR. DAN OGUN, LL.B, LL.M, Ph.D, BL Attorney to the Association

SIGNED : Secretary.

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Chairman: Moses I. Eremosele, 2. Secretary: Florence Eremosele. 3. Member: Adaminegbe Meremubio. 4. Member: Pastor Ojeikere Ikhide. Objectives: TO Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world. Win souls for the lord Jesus Christ. Deliverance etc. ANY OBJECTIVE TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION NO 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET PMB 198 MAITAMA DISTRICT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary.


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Some Interesting Facts 1. Benin Kingdom: The high quality and highly sophisticated bronze work of the Benin Kingdom dating as far back as the 13th century is a world wonder. Great works in iron, wood, ivory, and terra cotta products also highlight the empire’s history. 2. Benin Kingdom: Lourenco Pinto, captain of a ship that carried missionaries to Warri in 1619, described Benin kingdom, ‘Great Benin where the king resides is larger than Lisbon, all the streets run straight and as far as the eyes can see….’ 3. Rivers/AkwaIbom: King Jaja of Opobo,

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(1821–1891) JuboJubogha, an Igbo from Imo state founded Opobo city-state in 1867 and shipped palm oil to Britain independently of British middle men. 4. Ancient Greeks appear to have Nigerian roots as supported by the Benin Haplogroup or Haplogroup 19. According to JideUwechia, ‘The Benin Haplotype (which originates from Nigeria, West Africa) accounts for HbS associated chromosomes in Sicily Northern Greece.’ 5. Ilorin’s ‘Oba’ Afonja utilized Fulani warriors to help rebel against the Oyo Empire. The warriors after defeating Oyo took over Ilorin and Sheikh Alimi, their leader became the first Emir. 6. Much of north Nigeria was part of the Songhai Empire. Muhammad Kanta annexed Kebbi and other states between 1512 and 1517. 7. The Obasanjo military regime converted Nigeria from a Parliamentary system to a Presidential system of government.

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s Barack Obama leaves office as the 44th President of the United States, its time for introspection on his eight years as the most powerful political leader in the world. Obama’s election to the American Presidency in 2008, as the first African-American to occupy The White House, was a landmark, a phenomenon in American history. He is being succeeded by another phenomenon, Donald Trump, in another landmark election, as no other, in American history. Barack Obama was elected on a wave of euphoria never seen since 1960 when mercurial, mesmerising John Fitzgerald Kennedy, (popularly known as JFK ) stormed America’s political ramparts in the presidential election of that year where he charmed his way to The White House by defeating then Vice President Richard Nixon. Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican candidate for president in 1964, in his autobiography, titled ‘ With No Apologies ‘, had noted of the Kennedy 1960 presidential bid : “It was built on charm and enthusiasm and youth and sycophantic attitude of the national press and a Hollywoodstyle publicity campaign”. And so it was, also, with Barack Obama in 2008. He got the world riveted by his unmatchable oratory, the boundless energy of his youthfulness and ecstatic crowds which thronged his campaign stumps. He was simply marvelous. His presidential candidacy got Africans into a swoon – they were being witnesses to history as the American-born son of a Kenyan father made a credible bid for the American presidency. They were over the moon when he won, defeating a rather wooden Sen. McCain, his Republican challenger. Now, fast forward to 2016, and the drumbeats have changed, muted by frustrations of unfulfilled expectations at home and abroad. Obama is leaving office as an exasperated, irascible, irritable and frustrated Commander-in-Chief of the most potent military machine in the history of the world who cannot fulfill the mission of Pax Americana – a U.S. fostered global peace. Rather, he leaves a chaotic landscape of aggravated conflicts in many parts of the world, making the world less safe than it was in 2008. And rather than promote family values, he became an evangelist of Gay and Lesbian Right and its Enforcer-in-Chief across the world ! !. The ultimate put down was American voters’ rejection of his preferred successor, the much serenaded Hillary Clinton. The euphoria of the beginning has ended in an anti-climax. A sulking Obama felt he had a raw deal, including from the Russians, whom he accused of engaging in cyber attacks to influence the presidential election in favour of

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friDAY Column By Dr. Bisi OLAWUNMI Donald Trump ! Excuses, excuses. President Barack Obama started well. He inherited the 2008 global economic crisis, ignited by huge business failures in America, which brought about the worst economic recession in the U.S. in about 50 years – since the Great Depression - with the reverberations felt all over the world. He reflated the economy without having to impose austerity measures as is the usual practice in such situations in other climes, including Europe. He brought unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent from previous 7.6 percent and with a spectacular rise of 23 percent in price of houses after recovering from the biggest housing collapse in decades. He created 11 million jobs. These achievements were celebrated and contributed to his re-election in 2012. Chroniclers say it was a strategy of consolidating Brand Obama. Apparently buoyed by his re-election, Obama set out on a legacy imprint, nationally and internationally, but with negative consequences. At home, he could not get gun control legislation through Congress; he initiated a ‘Pathway to Citizenship’ and ‘Deferred Action for Parents of Americans’ for illegal immigrants which were bogged down in the courts. He proclaimed that deportation will only be of “Felons, not families”. But a Pew Research Center study shows that the promise was not kept as 60 percent of the deportees during his tenure had no criminal records. Indicating the duplicity between promise and action among politicians, Obama was reported to have had more than 2.5 million immigrants removed from the U.S., more than any previous administration, according to Ed Pilkington, a writer for The Guardian. Violence, which had been in decline in previous years, ticked up

in 2016 with horrendous shootings which got world headlines. Although Obama profess to want to have a legacy of less gun violence in America, he did not seem to pay diligent attention to actualize this. A Jan.2, 2017 report by Reuters news agency indicated a steep rise in murder cases in Obama’s hometown, Chicago, quoting a Trump tweet : “ Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016”. The killings represent a 60 percent increase over the previous year. It is a measure of Obama’s inattention to the escalating crime wave in his native place that the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, a former Obama White House Chief of Staff, is now seeking the help of President-elect, Donald Trump ! ! Two issues – Obama’s seeming fanatical support of Gay and Lesbian rights and interventions in countries around the world – cast the most negative pall on his legacy. Obama was triumphant when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 in favour of same-sex marriage, describing as “pretty cool” the sight of a thank you rally of LGBT people at Lafayette Park, opposite the White House that was bathed in rainbow colours. Many Americans are opposed to Obama’s fervor for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people, insisting that he went too far by infringing the religious liberties of those whose faiths disapprove same-sex marriage. “The Obama administration has waged an aggressive and unnecessary culture war”, declared Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Think Tank, The Heritage Foundation. Not content about his victory at home, Obama has made an export product of gay and lesbian rights, intimidating countries not agreeable with his pet gay project with threats of sanctions. In swings across Africa in

Many Americans are opposed to Obama’s fervor for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people, insisting that he went too far by infringing the religious liberties of those whose faiths disapprove samesex marriage

2014 and 2015, he had talked down on African governments opposed to LGBT rights, including Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. On a visit to Kenya in 2015, he was rebuffed by President Uhuru Kenyetta who insisted that Kenyans cannot be forced to accept a culture considered repugnant. President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe said the U.S. government is being run by “perverted Satan-worshippers” for promoting sodomy. On the wider international scene, Obama considerably diminished the aura of the American Presidency with his disastrous misadventures in Libya and Syria where the two countries have been brought to ruin in his failed attempts at regime change, giving disparate warlords, militias and terrorists a field day. A Fellow at the Middle East Forum, A.J. Caschetta, writing in The Daily Caller of Jan. 5, 2017 described the devastation of Libya and the killing of its leader, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, as the worst of Obama’s foreign policy blunders and stated : “ Obama portrayed himself as the intellectual to George W. Bush’s buffoon, but repeated what he himself described as a mistake(Iraq), this time in Libya, where Hillary Clinton joked, “We came, We saw. He died”. To imagine that callousness from the woman many Nigerians were rooting for to be U.S. President ! ! In Syria, Obama has been marooned in a deadly deadlock, checkmated by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. In Egypt, he supported an army General to topple the democratically elected government of President Morsi. Some legacy, indeed. So long, Barack Obama. Dr. Bisi Olawunmi, a former Washington Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, Bowen University, Iwo. Osun state . Phone 0803 364 7571 Email : olawunmibisi@yahoo.com

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