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Court sentences policeman Wamakko disowns Aliyu, says 'I to death in Zamfara >> Pg 7 won't return to PDP' >> Pg 3

Jonathan replaces Ihejirika with Minimah ď Ź Badeh takes over as defence chief >> Pg 2

L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo and former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Alhaji BamangaTukur, after the resignation ofTukur at the PDP's 63rd National Executive Committee meeting, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Bunu, Fari, Babayo in race to succeed Tukur ď Ź Defecting governors will return, says president >> Pg 2 Revenuedecline:Amaechi'sNGFaccusesFGofdiversion

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CONTENTS Bunu, Fari, Babayo, others in race to succeed Tukur By Lawrence Olaoye

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Editorial

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Op.Ed

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Letters

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Opinion

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Metro

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Business

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Stockwatch S/Report

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Islam Int’l

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Ekiti 2014 : INEC warns aspirants to remove posters, billboards –Page 39

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ollowing the official exit, yesterday, of the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, speculations are rife that a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Arc. Ibrahim Bunu is among those jostling to succeed Tukur. Others eyeing the coveted seat are a former National Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Alhaji Habu Fari, and a former National Secretary of the PDP, Dr. Musa Babayo. A successor to Bamanga Tukur is expected to emerge on Monday, when the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP, the highest decision making organ of the party, is expected to reconvene and adopt a new chairman. President Goodluck Jonathan, who announced Tukur’s decision to ‘step aside’ to allow for peace and unity in the party at yesterday’s PDP NEC meeting, assured members that the chairmanship of the party will still be retained by the North-east geopolitical zone. Others being touted for the chairmanship position include the current Transport Minister, Senator Idris Umar, the former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Professor Ahmed Alkali and the former Bauchi state governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu. While the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, was rumoured to be rooting for the emergence of the transport minister, it was reliably gathered that there were several stumbling blocks to Umar’s emergence, including opposition from his home turf, as well as the PDP Governors’ Forum. A source close to the minister

equally hinted that Umar “is not be particularly interested in the job”. It was also learnt that some of the PDP governors in the Northeast, especially that of his home state, Bauchi, Isa Yuguda, are rooting for the candidature of Babayo owing to his experience in party administration. Yuguda is said to be particularly backing Babayo because is strongly opposed to the emergence of his biggest political foe from Bauchi state, former Governor Mu’azu. Mu’azu’s candidature is also said to be opposed to by FCT Minister, Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad, who is eyeing the governorship of Bauchi state, and fears that he stands no chance of becoming PDP’s flag-bearer in the state in the 2015 polls, should the ex-governor emerge chairman of the ruling party. There were strong indications yesterday that some close associates of the president are arguing that the next chairman of the party should emerge from either Yobe of Borno state, where the PDP is not in control. This, according to our sources, is to forestall the usual rivalry that crops up between the party’s chairman and his home governor, just as in the case of Tukur and Admiral Murtala Nyako, which largely contributed to the exit of the former Gongola state governor as PDP chair yesterday. To this extent, the candidature of Arc. Bunu, who hails from non PDP-controlled Borno state, is said to be seriously under consideration. Nevertheless, some stakeholders, according to our findings, are still pushing the candidature of the former Bauchi state governor

because of his political tentacles as well as his clout, more so that it may appear to appease the PDP governors, since he was one. Meanwhile, President Jonathan yesterday urged members of the PDP not to worry over the defection of five of the seven aggrieved governors from the party to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), saying negotiations were ongoing to get some of them back into the party. Jonathan explained that defection was normal in the nation’s political setting and as such the exit of the governors should not be what should unduly bother the members. He said: “Members of this party are still loyal to this party. We have few defections which is normal. I don’t think there is something we should worry ourselves too much about. As long as we continue to work together, as long as we do things the way we should do, PDP will continue and I believe and I am convinced that PDP will continue to be the number one party in this country. “Even some of those who appear they want to leave us or have left, from all indications, from all discussions, some of them will come back to the party. All we need to do is to make sure that the party is more united,” he disclosed. But contrary to his assurance, Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, one of the five governors issued a statement yesterday affirming that he was done with the PDP. Wamakko, in a statement issued by the Sokoto state Commissioner for Information, Nasiru Danladi Bako, reacted angrily to a claimed by his Niger state coun-

terpart, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, that three of the five who defected would soon return to the PDP. The Sokoto governor dismissed Aliyu’s claim as baseless. Meanwhile, laying to rest the controversy surrounding the leadership crisis in the party yesterday, Jonathan said Tukur chose to resign as a sacrifice for the stability of the party and not because he had flouted any known law, be it the party’s Constitution or the nation’s Constitution. The president, who eulogized Tukur for the sweeping transformation he introduced into the party, also announced that stakeholders would be meeting more regularly as the nation inches towards 2015 general elections. He said owing to the impending elections and the challenges posed by the opposition, the party’s stakeholders would meet frequently to strategies for future polls. Moving a motion for the NEC to accept Tukur’s resignation, Cross River state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, lauded the PDP boss for sacrificing for the unity and growth of the party. He said: “Today, PDP is reinventing itself and sacrifices have to be made. Tukur said whatever sacrifice is necessary to reinvent PDP he is ready to make the sacrifice.” The motion was seconded by Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, who likened the sacrifice made by Tukur to what Jesus Christ did for the redemption of mankind. He reminded the NEC members that since the inauguration of PDP in 1998, Tukur was the first national chairman to preside over the NEC meeting where his resignation was announced because he is leaving the office with “dignity”.

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resident Goodluck Jonathan has appointed a Niger Deltan, Major-General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah, to replace Lt.-General Azubuike Ihejirika as Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Jonathan also appointed Air Marshal Alex Badeh, immediate past Chief of Air Staff from Adamawa state to take over from Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The President, according to a statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, also appointed Rear Admiral Usman O. Jibrin to take over from Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba as Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), while Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu, takes over from Badeh as Chief of Air Staff (CAS). The statement said all the changes were with immediate effect.

The new CDS, Badeh, was born on January 10, 1957 and joined the Air Force as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s (NDA’s) 21st Regular Course while the new COAS, Minimah, was born on July 27,1959 and joined the Army as a member of the NDA’s 25th Regular Course. Until his new appointment, Minimah was the Commander of the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps, Jaji. The new CNS, Jibrin was born on September 16, 1959 and joined the Navy as a member of the NDA’s 24th Regular Course. Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was Director of Training at Defence Headquarters. The new Chief of Air Staff and immediate past Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Vice Marshal Amosu was born on August 1,1958 and joined the Air Force as a member of the NDA’s 25th Regular

Course. Until his new appointment, Air Vice Marshal Amosu was the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi. Although the statement did not give reasons for the changes, they were believed to be long overdue because the sacked officers have exceeded their retirement periods in service. Similarly, they were believed to have failed woefully to contain the menace of the Boko Haram phenomenon, leading to avoidable loss of human lives in the North-east part of the country. Badeh’s appointment, according to many keen observers, was deliberate to challenge him to work hard to stop the insurgency, coming from one of the three states that are worst hit, and currently under State of Emergency. Minimah’s appointment has been widely speculated in the past nearly two years, and is widely seen as Jonathan’s bid to

entrust his own safety in the care of a kinsman, what with the controversies trailing preparations for the 2015 elections. In the meantime, Barrister Festus Keyamo has claimed that the removal of the Service Chiefs by the president was in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court in the case of Festus Keyamo Vs. President and 4 others (which declared the previous appointments null and void) is a welcome development. Keyamo, in a statement, recalled that he issued a 14-day ultimatum last week to all relevant parties to comply with the judgement. “Therefore, the appointments of the new Service Chiefs that have just been made subject to the confirmation of the National Assembly (in compliance with the judgment) were also commendable”, he said, and commended President Jonathan “for obeying the rule of law”.

Again, Jonathan assures of free, fair polls in 2015

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resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday assured the international community that the 2015 elections would be peaceful, free and fair. Jonathan gave the assurance when he hosted the members of the Diplomatic Community to a New Year cocktail at the Presidential Villa. He spoke against the background of possible apprehension owing to the recent heightened political development in the country.

“I know that one thing that must be agitating the minds of diplomats that are here and the heads of your government is the next general elections in this country. “The general elections will take place early next year, but the processes that will lead to the elections will commence this year. “Parties will select their candidate through primaries this year, campaigns will commence this year, so

this year will be full of activities and I know that there is some apprehension with the elections. “I do not know the kind of correspondences that you have been dispatching to your own countries about that, but let me reassure you that the election this year will even be better than in 2011. “Let me reassure you that the general elections that will come up next year will be better than the elections

you witnessed in 2011,” he said. Jonathan said that as the nation progressed into the year, some of the tensions would come down. According to him, at the beginning of the electoral processes in most countries, especially developing nations, tensions use to be quite high even in developed countries. “That is what we are witnessing now, but all these will come down. (NAN)


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News Wamakko disowns Aliyu, says ‘I won't return to PDP’ By Sunday Ejike Benjamin

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overnor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto state yesterday said he, along with his teeming millions supporters will not return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Wamakko was reacting to a statement credited to the Niger State governor, Dr. Aliyu Babangida Muazu that the five Governors that left PDP for the All Progressives Congress

(APC) are going to return as soon as the PDP is restructured. Nasir Danladi Bako said, “Governor Wamakko restates categorically and undoubtedly that he, along with his teeming millions of supporters have no such plans as to return to the PDP now or in the nearest future”. Governor Wamakko restated his avowed commitment to the cause he has embarked on based on the unshaken belief that the All Progres-

sives Congress is the platform on which social justice , equity , equality and good governance can be better achieved in the country. According to the statement, Wamakko’s decision to go all the way with the APC was taken with the fear of Allah at heart and in response to the desires and wishes of the electorates that put him in office and whose mandate he holds. Gov Wamakko further advised

the Niger State Governor to desist from making such unilateral statements on other Governors behalf as no such decision was taken at any time in the recent past. Meanwhile, the National secretariat represented by the APC North West Zonal Chairman, Alh Salisu Fagge yesterday inaugurated the State APC Interim Committee at the party Headquarters under the Chairmanship of Barr Inuwa Abdulkadir.

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Northern traditional rulers applaud Jonathan over anti same-sex law

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Comptroller-General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi (right), assisted by Deputy Comptroller-General, Corporate and Support Services, Mr John Atte (left), decorating Assistant Superintendent Hamza Musa (middle), who bagged a special promotion for gallantry and excellent service, with his new rank, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

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he Kano state government will build an exclusively female bilingual college in Niger Republic, as part of efforts by his administration to consolidate bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Niger republic. The state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, who dropped the hint while receiving officials of Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation yesterday at the Government House in Kano, explained that the move is also in furtherance of his administration’s girl-child education drive. A statement issued by the governor's media aide, Halilu Ibrahim

Dantiye, said the governor recalled that his government had earlier constructed an all male bilingual boarding college in Niamey for Kano and Nigerien students, further explained that the need for another college became imperative because French is indispensable, considering the fact the Nigeria is surrounded by Francophone countries. “Like the male bilingual college in Niamey, the proposed female college when will provide opportunity for our young girls to learn French and interact with their Nigerien counterparts, thus promoting cultural relations between two brotherly nations”, Kwank-

waso stated. He also remarked that the long existing relations between both countries have continued to wax stronger in recent times noted with satisfaction that all the resolutions reached during his last visit to Niger republic including the setting up of an economic forum, establishment of a bilingual college and exchange of wild animals for zoological gardens have been actualized. He then commended Nigeriens residing in Kano for their cooperation and support to his government, for living peacefully with their host communities and for contributing to the

economic prosperity of Nigeria, hoping the trend will be maintained. In his speech, the Secretary General, Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation, Ambassador AbdulJalil Suleiman said the commission had recorded some achievements in the control of cross border drug trafficking, human tracking and equitable sharing of water resources between the two countries. On his part, the President, Nigeria –Niger Joint Chamber of Commerce, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar praised the governor for his untiring efforts aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.

he Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the anti same-sex marriage law which prohibit people of same sex from engaging in intimate affairs. In a communique yesterday at the end of its meeting in Kaduna the council praised the courage of Jonathan in assenting the law despite pressure from some Western countries. The communiqué signed by Alhaji Zubair Jibril Maigwari said “council strongly commend the National Assembly and Mr. President for courageously passing the law against same sex marriage, inspite of international pressure against doing so, which Council considers as a landmark legislation.” The Council also called on traditional rulers to resist the pressure on them to involve in partisan activities saying “the traditional rulers should not however hesitate to offer honest advise to elected representatives/leaders whenever the need arises.” > The Council also said some forces from within and outside the North are bent on causing acrimony in the region and called on Northerners “to engage in positive dialogue with one another respect our diversity and speak truthfully to each other, as obtained in the past with a view to healing wounds inflicted in the course of advancing selfish interests.” The Council also appreciated Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State for hosting the meeting and delivering a keynote address.

Lassa fever kills five in Bauchi From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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ive persons were confirmed death of suspected cases of Lassa fever in villages of Jamda Badas and Maciyar Kuka in Tafawa Balewa Local government Area of Bauchi state in 2013. Our correspondent gathered that over 55 peoples were affected, five died including a doctor and a nurse with three others, many are receiving treatment and some have been discharged.

It was revealed that several people in the community were affected with the Lassa fever virus in the area, which prompted the Bauchi state government to report the cases to the Federal government for necessary assistant. The Bauchi State commissioner for health, Dr Sani Mallami disclosed this at Bununu health care centre while conducting two professionals that came from federal ministry health round the affected community to study the situation.

Dr Mallami identified rat as the major cause of the disease and therefore called on the people to take preventive measures by killing all rats around them. Dr Malami said government has taken so many actions to address the situations. He said part of the measures taken by the government was that a Lassa fever task force was set up by the government and the state had provided personal protective equipment (PPEs) to all Primary Health

Care workers. Dr Malami said "Government provide hypochlorite chemical for dis infection, and all workers are receiving prophylaxis of ribavirin, our teams are conducting contact tracing and active surveillance in the three affected LGAs for necessary actions. Meanwhile Bauchi state Governments are to collaborate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in fighting the spread of Lassa fever in villages where the suspected cases of the disease were identified.

According to the disease notification officer of Tafawa Balewa Local Government, Malam Sulaiman Bawa his office had earlier compiled and forwarded the list of the suspected victims of the disease to the State disease notification officer for appropriate measures. Malam Sulaiman Bawa said,“ we are in the villages to educate people on measures that would assist in reducing the menace and hope that such measure will be strictly adhered to so as to achieve the desired goal”.


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Page 4 Report Is the Nigerian defence industry losing control of security? By Etuka Sunday

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he Nigerian defence industry comprising the Ministry of Defence and the strategic trio of the Army, Navy and Airforce, is one that has contributed a great deal in ensuring that Nigeria stands as an entity. The security of the nation is dependent on them and the vulnerability is anchored on internal discipline and profligacy of the units. However, one of the major challenges facing the Armed forces in Nigeria, presently, is the ugly reality of Boko Haram insurgency of which an estimated 10,000 deaths has so far been recorded between 2001 and 2013-the situation that led to the proclamation of the state of emergency by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the North-Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, respectively. Just last month, after almost seven months of relative peace in Maiduguri, the state came under a serious attack by the Boko Haram leading to the killing of 26 persons, including the military. Five aircrafts were razed while property worth millions of naira were destroyed. Due to the siege, military authorities and the Borno State Government, declared a 24hour curfew on the city and its environs. The attack forced the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to shut down the Maiduguri International Airport and Arik Air to cancel its Abuja to Maiduguri morning flight, just as several other roads leading into the city were closed. Again, last weekend, 11th January to be precise, it was reported that suspected Boko Haram insurgents raided Sabon Gari village in Hambagda Jaji ward of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state, killing eight persons, while several others sustained gunshot injuries. This is even as another group of gunmen stormed the same local government council and attacked the House member representing the area in the House of Representatives, Hon. Peter Biye. Frankly speaking, the question begging for answer is, why can’t Boko Haram be tamed? The source might of this group has not been identified therefore the persons who supply them high caliber weapons remain a mystery. Again, from reports, they are using the ab-

sorbent border of the Chad to Nigeria. More importantly, arms and ammunitions are strength in warfare therefore, how did the Nigerian Armed Forces, that are at greater risk of war, source their own war? For instance, it is our discovery that the major supplier to the Nigerian Army is a Chinese company called Poly technologies inc. A further search on the company indicated that the company is not a manufacturing company in arms and ammunition but was only licensed among other Chinese companies like Norinco to export arms. It is a subsidiary of poly group inc. of China that market military wares. Consequently, the company is supposed to supply to the Nigeria Army with due process letters from Bureau of Public Procurement and most impor-

tantly the presidential approval. So, how has the company been transacting this business? In addition, it was also discovered that the defence industry corporation of Nigeria (DICON), relates to this Chinese company, poly technologies inc as it is conspicuously programmed on website as technical partners. DISCON is Nigeria’s pride in the manufacturing of light arms which was established since 1864. The same DISCON got supplies of JPMG, high caliber weapon imported through poly technologies inc. therefore what role does this company serve in Nigeria Defence industry? Could it be an instrument to siphon money out of Nigeria? An African sister country, Kenya has driven this company from their country because of an alleged double dealing with the government and other suspi-

cious groups. Fairly, as published in its website, “DICON has achieved an unprecedented feat in the engineering field. The achievements can be traced to 2004 when DICON successfully produced prototype medium range weapons namely 60mm mortar, 81mm mortar and the RPG-7. The weapons were successfully test fired at the Kachia range with the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in attendance. “The Corporation has produced locally an assault rifle similar to AK 47, and is awaiting a new production line for the rifle. “Apart from the aforementioned ongoing activities at DICON, the Corporation has also enhanced its production capabilities in other areas such as local production of ceremonial swords which hitherto were im-

The same DISCON got supplies of JPMG, high caliber weapon imported through poly technologies inc. therefore what role does this company serve in Nigeria Defence industry? Could it be an instrument to siphon money out of Nigeria? An African sister country, Kenya has driven this company from their country because of an alleged double dealing with the government and other suspicious groups.

ported. It should be mentioned that the military ceremonial swords used at the NDA passing out parade on 28th September 2007 were all produced in DICON. “The Corporation has also successfully completed the production of Army Field Kitchen. The project was undertaken using 100% local content. The Nigerian Army placed an order for the manufacture of 10 field kitchens following an inspection visit by a team led by the Chief of Defence, Research and Development. In essence, DICON now possesses the capacity to sustain production with little or no external inputs. Again, “DICON is planning to establish a new production line for the manufacture of 7.62mm x 39 ammunition which is the preferred ammunition by the Security Services. This informed the Corporation’s current effort to develop and mass produce a Nigerian version of AK47, which uses the same 7.62mm x 39mm ammo. In as much as the efforts of DICON are commendable, its activities should be well guided so as to discourage proliferation. Again, every process leading to the procurement of sensitive weapons like APC should be transparently done since it is an internationally recognized weapon that must go through due process of either competitive bidding or selective bidding without which the country risks being dragged before the international chambers of commerce. Not worthy of commendation is the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan, consigned his role as the Commander- inChief to the chief of Army staff, since the Ministry of Defence is without a minister of defence under the prevailing security challenges in almost all the part of the country. This portends danger to Nigeria as a nation. What role does Ministry of Defence play under the current dispensation if it does not know the activities of the other units of defence industry? Before irreparable damage is done to Nigeria as a nation and the defence industry, the Ministry of Defence and its components must be reorganized under a full time head who will daily take charge of the industry. Secondly, the role of the Chinese company ‘poly technologies inc’ in Nigerian defence industry must be properly investigated as they are not qualified to act as technical partners since they are marketers to our defence industry, DICON.


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Former minister, Kaduna legislator hail Tukur’s removal

Our political culture condones impunity, says Ekweremadu

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam, Mashe Umaru Gwamna & Evelyn Okakwu

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he deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said the country’s political culture was conducive for various office holders to violate the constitution. Ekweremadu who spoke yesterday during the 11th Daily Trust Dialogue, with the theme: “Incumbency and impunity in politics, safeguarding our democracy beyond 2015”, added that the political system was a fraction of the whole body polity. “If politicians are expected to manipulate the electoral process with their power of incumbency, it is because the entire social, economic and political configurations of the country are conducive for such political corruption. “Whereas, the political elites are expected to provide exemplary leadership that epitomizes respect for the rule of law and electoral sanctity, it must however be pointed out that the politicians themselves are not aliens from strange planets. If not, an electoral umpire could resign rather than manipulate the electoral process. “A voter could refuse to trade his or her votes for a pinch of salt. A security agent could refuse to aid and abate rigging for gratification or reason of order from above”, Ekweremadu said. He further said that political impunity by incumbents was found at all levels of the federal strata. The number four citizen also said the country’s political parties were sick with lack of internal democracy, noting that some of the parties confer candidature on anointed godsons and goddaughters like chieftaincy titles. “I would also like to reawaken our consciousness to the fact that the quest to secure our democracy beyond 2015 is a collective struggle. And in this struggle, no one political party, arm or level of government, institution of democracy and any stakeholder should see the others as the devil and itself the saint”, he said.

L-R: Chairman, Media Trust Limited, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, and Chairman of the Trust Dialogue, Justice Alfa Modibbo Belgore, and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, during the 11th Media Trust Dialogue, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Cholera kills 11 in Jigawa-Official By Abbas Aaminu Bamalli, with agency report

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he Jigawa State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abubakar Tafida has disclosed that no fewer than 11 persons were killed by cholera outbreak in the state. Dr. Tafida disclosed this in a statement by Malam Mati Ali, the Public Relations Officer in the state Ministry of Health on Thursday in Dutse.

He said 153 cholera cases were reported in the state from January, 1 to date, adding that only four people died at the hospital while the remaining seven died at home. He said the cholera cases were reported in Taura, Birnin Kudu, Garki, Ringim, Babura and Gwaram local government areas of the state, saying that the situation was currently under control, saying, the National Centre for Disease Control has donated drugs

and other medical supplies to the state government for the control and treatment of the disease. The statement said the Federal Ministry of Health has set up a seven- member technical team to inspect all the affected local government areas. He said, the team is also to conduct a rapid assessment, analysis and review the situation to enable rapid interventions to forestall further spread of the disease.

…As FG donates drugs to Nasarawa to checkmate disease By Abbas Aminu Bamalli

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he Federal Government has donated drugs to the Nasarawa State Government to checkmate the spread of cholera and Lassa Fever in the State. Donating the drugs in Lafia at the State Ministry of Health on behalf of the Federal Government, Dr. Akin Oyemakinde, the Chief Consultant Epediomologist in the Federal Ministry of Health said the donation of the drugs was part of the Federal Government intervention to curb the further spread of cholera and Lassa Fever in the State. Dr. Oyemakinde who led a

rapid response and investigation team from the Federal Ministry of Health to the state explained that the team was in the state for quick intervention to nip in the bud further spread of the diseases to other parts of the state and adjoining states which was a cause for concern to the Federal Government. While calling on the State Government to sensitize and mobilize the people particularly local communities on the dangers of cholera, he charged the State Government to intensify surveillance activities, provide better access to good quality water to the people as well as providing information on sanitation, hygiene and food

preparation practices. Responding, the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe who received the drugs on behalf of the State Government thanked the Federal Government, describing the donation as a kind gesture which will go a long way to stem the tide of cholera and Lassa Fever infection in the State. He disclosed that the Nasarawa State Government is collaborating with a United States of America Organization to establish a laboratory for Lassa Fever and Avian Influenza detection which a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed to that effect.

MAKIA lacks basic amenities- Outgoing manager From Edwin Olofu, Kano

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he outgoing Regional Manager of the Aminu Kano International Airport, (MAKIA), Alhaji Suleiman Dayyabu said, despite the commissioning of the remodelled Kano International Airport, the airport is still lacking some basic modern facilities. Dayyabu made the assertion at MAKIA yesterday, when the National Association of Nigerian Air travel Agencies honoured him with an outstanding leadership award for his enormous

contributions to the development of the Kano Airport. He lamented that in terms of modern Aviation facilities, MAKIA is not anywhere near the expectations of a modern International Airport, “We still have a long way to go, which everybody is aware of and as such, the truth is that the present state of the airport is what we have and all stakeholders must do what is expected of them, so as to take control of the airport to make it customer friendly.” Earlier, the National Vice president of NANTA, Alhaji

Abdulaziz Sabitu Mohammed commended the efforts of the outgoing Regional Manager, Mallam Dayyabu for reviving the airport, which, he said has enhanced activities at the airport. Responding, the Acting Regional Manager of the Airport, Hajiya Talatu Ibrahim appealed to travel agencies that have stake at the airport to endeavour to bring back the passengers, who initially abandoned the airport, pointing out that the airport is now customer friendly.

ormer Minister of State for Education and Secretary, People Democratic Party (PDP) Elders’ Forum, Benue State Prof. Jerry Agada has hailed the resignation of PDP chairman, Bamamga Tukur describing it as a step in the direction for the party. Prof. Agada who said this yesterday in a telephone chat in Makurdi, noted that the party has been bedevilled with a lot of crisis because of Tukur. He added that the ousted national chairman’s best was not good enough for the party as there has been several calls for his removal before now. Prof. Agada maintained that it would not be in the interest of the party to disintegrate because of one man and hailed Tukur for stepping down, saying “it shows that he has love for the party. “Tukur wanted to prove that he was greater than that the party by insisting that only the NEC can remove him and now he has gone. Let the party start the process of restructuring for 2015”, the erstwhile minister said. Similarly, some members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly have described the resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as PDP Chairman, as good for democracy. The lawmakers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that his departure would ease off political tension in the country. One of them, Alhaji Muhammed Ali (APC Kawo) said the gesture would bring about stability in the polity. “The resignation of Bamanga Tukur is a good omen for democracy and for the stability of the polity as whole, because he has succeeded in causing a lot of confusion both in PDP and outside PDP. On his part, former House Leader, Mr David Umaru (PDP Kachia) said Bamanga’s exist from the leadership of the party fast track efforts to resolve the deep crises in the party. “Bamanga’s resignation is a welcome development; it tells you how PDP can settle its crisis. “It also shows his leadership qualities, by resigning his appointment to give peace a chance so that the party can move forward.’’ In his comment, Alhaji Aliyu Jigo (PDP Kakangi) said: “Tukur has acted as a democrat, because democracy is game of numbers.


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News Tricycle operators launch campaign against recklessness on Kano roads

From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

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ano Amalgamated Tricycle Association (KATA), operators of Tricycle in Kano, said it has launched an enlightenment campaign against recklessness on the road by the tricycle operators in the commercial city. A statement signed by the chairman of the association, Salisu Musa Dan Salo, made available to Peoples Daily in Kano said the campaign was imperative considering the recklessness the operators engaged, especially during wedding ceremonies. “ This campaign has become necessary because we have received several complaints from the general public against recklessness of our members especially during wedding activities. “The association is hereby strongly warning the operators of tricycle that as from today, 16th January 2014, the association has cancelled participation in wedding activities by our members”, the statement said. The statement added that, “the association is hereby calling on parents to stop involving the operators in their wedding activities, otherwise they will face the punishment of the law. We will not fold our arms to see lives are being played with.” The statement further called on the general public to keep vigil on whoever violate the association’s law and report immediately through these phone numbers; 08058474144, 08028377921, 07033799019. ”We have organised this campaign to enlighten the general public that we have not authorised anybody within our association to engage in such illicit acts. We therefore call on the public to report anybody found participating in wedding ceremonies to us. Several lives have been lost through this act.” He said. The campaign came after a 31-year old woman, lost her life over the weekend in a ghastly accident when a tricycle operator, who was on top speed, hit a water pipe along Maidile road in Kumbotso local government and somersaulted, killing her instantly and other persons on board sustained various degree of injuries.

L-R: Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, exchanging pleasantries with the former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Lagos state Deputy Governor, Alhaja Lateefat Okunnu, and former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Onikepo Akande, during the 7th Taxation Conference, yesterday in Lagos. Photo: NAN

Revenue decline: Amaechi’s NGF accuses FG of funds diversion

By Lawrence Olaoye

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actional Nigeria Governors’ Forum chaired by the Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi yesterday, alleged that the shortfall in the nation’s revenue could be attributed to the diversion of funds by the Federal Government. The body, after a meeting concluded at the wee hours of yesterday in its communiqué signed by its chairman also called on the National Assembly to immediately institute a probe into the allegation of the missing $49.8 billion recently raised against

...wants NASS to probe ‘missing’ $49.8 billion

the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. The communiqué reads “On the issue of the missing $49.8 billion (N8.5 Trillion) or equivalent of 2 years of the National Budget, there is no evidence that this amount was paid into the Federation Account or duly appropriated. We accordingly call on the National Assembly to institute a comprehensive independent forensic audit by an international reputable firm. We

fear that the recent decline of State Revenues is not unconnected with the financial diversion”. It added that, “We note with total dismay the recent violent attacks and killings that have taken place in Borno State as well as the attack on the father of the Kano State Governor. “We also condemn the flagrant violation of the rights of citizens to freely assemble in Rivers State by the Nigerian Police; the excessive use of force against unarmed citizens in the exercise

of their fundamental rights and the shooting of Senator Magnus Abe. Governors at the meeting included Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, and Rochas Okorocha of Imo. Others were Governors Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, while Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa states were represented by their deputies.

Thugs beat man to pulp, as Ex-Edo legislator dumps PDP By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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middle-aged man was reportedly beaten to pulp yesterday by suspected thugs at the neighborhood of the All progressives Congress (APC), Edo State secretariat in Benin city. The victim, a staff of a popular fast food centre adjacent to the APC secretariat was mobbed at a ceremony where the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP] House of Representatives member representing Ovia Federal

constituency in the State, Hon. Ehiorogie West Idahosa defected to (APC). It was gathered that the suspected thugs had swooped on the man who is a staff of the fast food center when he refused to allow an APC chieftain and commissioner for Oil and Gas in the state, Mr. Iriogbe Isimemen, to park his official car in front of the fast food business premises. It was learnt that in the heat of argument and the man’s resistance

that suspected thugs descended on the man, a development that left him with severe wounds. The victim was later rushed to the hospital for urgent treatment as blood gushed out endlessly from his face and nose following a deep hole in his fore-head. Idahosa is a three time legislator in the lower chamber of the National Assembly under the platform of the defunct UNCP and PDP in the state. The House Committee chairman on Up-stream sector and staunch

supporter of the botched third term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was said to have lost favour with leaders of the PDP and his constituency when they kicked against his romance with controversial ambition of the Ogun state born politician. A source close to the APC in the state secretariat, said his defection to the APC may not be far from his ambition to contest for the Edo South senatorial constituency seat come 2015 polls in the state.

Impunity: Not rulers’ syndrome, says Dr Ibrahim By Evelyn Okakwu

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he attitude of Nigerians towards impunity has been described as the reason for its persistence in the country. This was disclosed by Dr Jibrin Ibrahim during the annual media chart organized by the Media Trust Limited, Thursday, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja.

Dr Ibrahim noted that the real question in terms of safeguarding the Nigerian Democracy does not so much revolve around the act of Impunity, but in the manner of response by Nigerians to Impunity. He cited various examples of past African leaders and how their actions encouraged impunity saying that “the privilege of incumbency allows the specific advantage which

favours political leaders in elections as well as during the period in office” The second speaker at the event, Ayo Obe added that there is a legal and qualitative difference between immunity and impunity. Addressing the topic of impunity by the incumbency; Ayo stated that “The fact that the President wields power at the centre could not by

itself be of any significance in the face of the desire of the electorates, if not for the impunity factor.” She added that; “It would be a mistake that the benefits of impunity are only available to members of the ruling party” This year’s’ topic for the Media Chat was “Incumbency and Impunity in Politics: Safeguarding our Democracy Beyond 2015”.


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Court sentences Police Corporal to death by hanging in Zamfara From Ibrahim Sidi Muhd, Gusau

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he High Court in Kauran Namoda of Zamfara state presided over by, Justice Mukhtar Yusha’u, yesterday sentenced a police corporal, Anthony Azare, to death by hanging having been satisfied with established evidences presented earlier by witnesses for being liable to the death of one Yusuf Abubakar. In his judgment, Justice Mukhtar said, the evidences

provided before the court were quiet formidable to believe that, the accused person had intentionally committed the act as he ushered into the deceased’s matrimonial house without either permission or arrest warrant . He further explained that, another witness from police testified to the court that, the accused was on illegal patrol as well as the use of the firearm. “Investigations revealed that on 22nd April of 2011, the accused

had misunderstandings with the deceased elsewhere after which he decided to attack the deceased in his matrimonial house in illegal use of the Police status to shot him dead with AK 47 rifle numbered 5689, he is hereby sentenced to death by hanging until he is dead”, the judge held. Buttressing further, Justice Yushau also added that, there was no evidence which showed that the accused person decided to shoot as self-defense measure against any attack from the

deceased considering committing tress pass as first offence, and the deceased was not committing any unlawful act that deserve arrest or prevention move. He said the court was not convinced with the reason given by the accused person, that he was compelled to use the firearm following deceased fierce attack on him, adding that the offence was contrary to the section 221 of the Penal Code, and the defense Counsel is free of appealing the case within 90 days.

Suspects paraded by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in connection with production of fake customs papers and Naira notes, yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Police arraign female teacher, 4 others for murder in Benue From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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ive persons including a female teacher, Rita Binta, were yesterday arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court for murder. The Prosecution told the court that the accused persons,

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n Ilorin Magistrates’ Court yesterday remanded a 31-year-old farmer, Joseph John, for allegedly shooting one Bello Mohammed to death. The prosecutor, Insp Mojisola Olamokun, told the court that the accused conspired with three others, now at large, to kill and bury the victim in a shallow grave

Bello Usman, Danlami Kasko, Mallam Kata and Jacob Zawua, all of Gboko conspired among themselves at Hausa Quarters, Gboko, and tied up a young man, Bemgba Ayu with rope on both legs and hands and then beat him to death. No plea was taken for want of

jurisdiction but prosecuting officer told the court that investigation was still ongoing and asked for another hearing date. Counsel for the accused persons did not oppose the application by prosecution for adjournment but told the court that they would file application for

the bail of their clients. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Cecilia Bakare who rejected the plea by counsel to the accused persons to apply for bail, ordered that they be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Makurdi, and adjourned the case to February 7, 2014 for further hearing.

Homicide: Farmer remanded in prison on December 28, 2013 at Eruku, Ekiti Local Government Area. Olamokun said the victim’s corpse was later discovered following a search the next day. The prosecutor added that the deceased was killed by the accused persons following a rift.

She said the accused was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, contrary to sections 97 and 221 of the Penal Code. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused pending the conclusion of investigation. Magistrate Salahudeen Mariam ordered the accused to be remanded in prison and adjourned the case to January 27 for mention. (NAN)

3 men charged with kidnap of 20-year old man in Lagos

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hree men were yesterday in Lagos charged before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly kidnapping a 20-year-old man. The accused, George Okoye, Jamiu Musa, and Joseph Abuchi are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping. The accused, who are all tillers, did not give their addresses. The prosecutor, ASP Etim

Nkankuk, said the offences were committed on November 26 at 11.00 p.m. at Odunade Markert, Orile-Iganmu, Lagos. He said the accused had kidnapped his colleague, Chinonso Nwoye, while they purportedly embarked on a journey to Calabar with their boss, Mr Adeyemi Musa. “Nwoye told his mother that he was travelling with his boss

and the accused to Calabar for a contract job which the mother confirmed from his boss. “When the mother called his son’s phone, it was switched off while the boss also refused to pick his call. “On enquiry at the association of tillers’ office at Ojota, Lagos, she was informed that her son was missing.’’ Nkankuk said the offences

contravened Sections 269 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The trio, however, pleaded innocence of the offences. The Chief Magistrate, Miss S.O. Solebo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the case to February 17 for further hearing. (NAN)

Taxi driver in coma over attack by EDSMA officials From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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he fracas between a taxi driver, Jolly Osagie and officials of Edo State Management Agency (EDSMA) has landed the former in central hospital in Benin City. The problem, according to eye witnesses begun at about 7am yesterday when a female passenger alighted from the cab in the street and maintained that before Osagie could mutter a word bothering on non compliance with the state government approved colour code, the boys descended on him. The disagreement attracted some residents of Ewaese Street, who demanded explanation over the alleged assault by the EDSMA officials numbering seven. State commissioner for transport, Mr Orobosa OmoOjo, said investigation into the alleged assault has been reported at Oba market police Station. Omo-Ojo who told our correspondent that the driver has been taken to central hospital for treatment, however argued that the victim was the first person who attacked his officials first before EDSMA officials pounced on him. He said it was after the attack, the victim in connivance with some residents in the area told the former to pretend as if he was dead, prompting him (Omo-Ojo) to invite the police to the scene. Edo State government on Monday 6th January announced plans to impound all commercial vehicles that do not comply with approved colour code. The move was to, among other things, check crimes, especially kidnappings. Peoples Daily reports that Governor Adams Oshiomhole during the inauguration of EDSMA over two years ago had told the officials that “even when an offence has been committed, such as wrong parking, we must be civil in our methods. We must even wear a smile while being firm on the issue. The important thing is to keep our eyes on the board. I have seen elsewhere in the world where policemen do their jobs with a smile. While we must be firm, we must not insult people, we must not abuse people”.


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Photo Splash

An accident scene where a member of NUJ and a staff of Sokoto state Ministry of Information, Ibrahim Abdullahi, died on Wednesday night, in Sokoto. Photo: NAN

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L-R: Laity President of the Catholic Church, Mr Steve Olasupo; Chairman, Central Planning Committee for the installation of new Archbishop for the Archdiocese OF Ibadan, Rev. Fr. Felix Ethapemi and President, Catholic Women of Nigeria, Mrs Beatrice Oladosu, durin a news conference on the installation of the Archbishop, yesterday in Ibadan. Photo: NAN

L-R: Chairman, Media Trust Limited, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, Human Rights Activist, Mr. Festus Okoye, Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Media, Hon. Victor Ogene, and Borno state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, during the 11th Media Trust Dialogue, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Gombe state cultural troupe performing, during foundation stone for the construction of 55 houses, on Wednesday at Ladde-Bage village of Funakaye Local Government Area where three communities will be relocated in Gombe state by Ashaka Cement Plc. Photo: NAN

Newly promoted senior Nigeria Customs Service officers, during their decoration, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN


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JNI applauds FG for kicking against same sex marriage From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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ama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) applauded Federal Government and National Assembly for passing into law the bill banning same sex marriage in Nigeria while condemning last week’s attack in Maiduguri that killed many innocent people, as shocking. A statement by JNI’s Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu yesterday, recalled that the issue of samesex marriage attracted a lot of reactions and condemnations from various Non-Governmental Organizations [NGO’s] and religious bodies, one of which was the JNI. “JNI commends the National Assembly for passing into law the bill banning same sex marriage in Nigeria and applauds the President for signing the bill into law despite the pressure from various quarters, particularly the western world. “We therefore thank the Almighty Allah for His guidance as the law does not only criminalize homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality but confirms Nigerians’ adherence to the path of God through their various religions”, the statement said. He added that, “JNI also urges the National Assembly and President Jonathan to use the same drive and the instrumentality of office in passing the bill and its subsequent signing into law, to address the persistent instances of impunities and seemingly endemic corruption being perpetrated in the land,” he said. On Borno attack JNI said, “It is coming after some months of relative relief, and at a time when the people were celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). This heartless, barbaric and has reached a drastic stage urgently requiring a drastic solution beyond mere condemnation. “The satanic act is becoming an alarming conundrum given the heavily visible military presence in the state. Can it be safely said that the security forces were on holidays or that the evil insurgent are becoming more powerful? “We are puzzled by this escalating tragedy that is seemingly grabbing the nation by the jugular. As always, JNI hereby calls on government at all levels to thoroughly investigate the incident even as we caution all politicians to fear Allah, the Most High, and think about the consequences of their provocative utterances before, during and or after such tragedies”, he said.

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WHO certifies Nigeria guinea worm free

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he World Health Organisation (WHO) has certified Nigeria as a Guinea Worm free country. This was disclosed yesterday by President Goodluck Jonathan while declaring open the first Federal Executive Council in the year at the Presidential Villa. President Jonathan said the news came as a gift to him as the country is making extra effort to ensure that other communicable disease s like Wild Polio will also soon be a thing of the past. “The certification by WHO is

a global recognition of how far we have come and the success of the work that has been done to rid our nation of this scourge,” the president said. “Eradication of guinea worm disease that has long plagued many parts of our country has placed interminable burden on our citizens and as a government we have been working very hard and today we have received the good news,” he said. He further said: “Just as we have fought the incidence of guinea worm and succeeded so are we committed in our fight against

many endemic diseases such as HIV/AIDs, Malaria, Tuberculosis and of course Polio. “While polio is yet to be eliminated in our country, we have seen the impressive results in the control of wild polio virus type 3 transmission as well as reduction of about 50 per cent cases of wild polio type 1 in 2013 compared to 2012. Similarly no new cases of wild polio virus has been reported in the last 3 months. “We are hopeful that transmission of wild polio will be interrupted this year, at least before

the end of the year “. He commended all those who worked with Nigeria to achieve the feat, promising that he will not rest until the country is entirely free from the other diseases ravaging humanity such as HIV/AIDS. The certificate was presented to the president by the Minister of Health, Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu, who expressed elation that the programme on Guinea worm eradication, which started under the Yaradua administration, was successfully seen through the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

L-R: Principal Research Officer, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Chidi Nwosu, Chairman, NHRC, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, Country Director, Global Rights, Ms. Abi Baiyewu, and former Commissioner of Police, Mr. Frank Odita, during a stakeholders workshop on designing a workable model for security and human rights in the Nigerian Extractive Industry, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

JFLA Minna matriculates 1,271, expels 100 students From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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ustice Fati Lami Abubakar (JFLA) College for Legal and General studies, Minna, has matriculated a total of 1,271 student as about 100 of them were expelled for examination malpractices and other offences for the 2012/2013 academic session. Provost of the college,

Barrister Hamza Muazu made the disclosure at the college yesterday during its matriculation in Minna that, over 60 % of the affected student expelled were in their first semester examination, assuring that, the college would maintain its zero tolerance for examination malpractice to achieve academic excellence. Barrister Muazu said the college made tremendous records

in terms of structure and academic performance, as well as holistic approach to incorporate the school to a university level in order to enhance more accreditation and federal funding. He urged students to adhere strictly with the rules and regulations while advising them to shun cultism, examination malpractices and other vices that would affect their studies

and future carriers as he urther appealed to them to be dedicated and work hard to achieve academic excellence. The provost said “our Internal Generated Revenue IGR was used to expand the college library, office accommodation for staff as many internal structures like consultancy unit have been created to run administrative courses as a pilot scheme in the college”.

Call your thugs to order, Civilian JTF warns Borno politicians From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri with Agency reports

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he Borno Youth Vigilante Association popularly known as Civilian JTF yesterday called on political parties in the state to call their youth wing or thugs to order saying they will not tolerate any person or group who want to truncate the emerging peace being enjoyed in the state. The vigilante who issued this warning in a press briefing in Maiduguri equally called on the authorities to lift the curfew presently imposed in the state to

enable their members to patrol the streets for 24 hours. Barrister Jibrin Gunda, the legal adviser of the association who spoke on behalf of vigilante said “We appeal to political parties in the state to call their youth wings or thugs from taking laws into their hands. We will not condone any segment of the society who wants to take the laws into their hands” ”Our youth should remember that this group of politicians doesn’t care about our welfare or peaceful co-existence”, he added He called on the people of Maiduguri and

its environs to continue to support the vigilante in the task of assisting security agencies in protecting lives and property. The legal adviser said that the recent bomb blast which shook the peace being enjoyed in the state will not deter the youth from carrying out their responsibility. He maintained that the civilian JTF is more determined and focused to continue to discharge their responsibility even if it means laying down their lives for total restoration of peace. Gunda said relaxing the curfew would enable members of his

group to keep a 24-hour vigil on major roads leading into the city. “We want to appeal to the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army and the state government to please review or lift the current 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in Maiduguri as we believe that, the curfew has given individuals with bad intentions, easy access to the state capital as our members have been kept away,” Gunda said. He said that the vigilance members would have done their bit to prevent the Jan. 14 blast if they had been allowed to keep a vigil.


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N230m scam: Your chamber has no fiat to prosecute Fani-Kayode, court tells Keyamo

From Matthew Irinoye, Lagos

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Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday declared that the fiat to prosecute the former aviation minister, Chief Femi FaniKayode, is vested personally with Lagos based lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo with a position that such powers cannot be re-assigned. The presiding judge, justice Rita Ofilli Ajumogobia, while delivering judgment in an address filed by lawyers in the suit on the propriety of prosecution by the chambers of Festus Keyamo, the judge maintained that the fiat of the Attorney General of the

Federation (AGF), was personally delegated to Keyamo, and not to any other person. According to Justice Ajumogobia, “It is the decision of this court that the fiat of prosecution in this case, was delegated personally to Mr Festus Keyamo and not to his chambers. “The appearance of Mr Vitalis Ahaotu in the suit, is an anomaly since he does not possess any fiat. Keyamo is therefore the rightful person to undertake prosecution of this case, I so hold.” The judge then adjourned the matter till January 27, 2014 for continuation of trial. It would be recalled that the

former minister was brought to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), through Keyamo on an amended 47-count charge bordering on money laundering. At the last hearing on the matter, counsel to the former minister, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) made reference to a Supreme Court decision in Federal Republic of Nigeria against Osaho, 2006, to buttress his point. But the prosecution, led by Vitalis Ahaotu, challenged the submission and prayed the court to dismiss same. The lawyer said the defence lawyer was questioning the

authority of the fiat of the AGF. According to Ahaotu, “Neither the court nor a counsel has the locus standi to question the authority of the fiat of the AGF. “The law does not also allow a counsel to question the authority of another counsel to appear in court.” Ahaotu also queried the argument of the senior lawyer that only lawyers called to the bar could appear in court and not a law firm. The trial had been adjourned on the reason that Keyamo was not able to respond to the written address filed by Fani-Kayode’s counsel on the issue of fiat. Adedipe (SAN) had told the

judge that he had instituted a written address to the question of fiat and that the said written submission had been served on Keyamo, but is yet to get reply accordingly. The senior lawyer had earlier told the trial judge that lawyers from Keyamo’s Chambers could not prosecute the charge against the former minister on the ground that the authority to prosecute the charge was not issued to the chamber but to Keyamo who is only recognised by Section 24 of the Legal Practitioners Act. Ahaotu responding told the court that they were served late and that there was no way they would have responded to the said written address. He consequently prayed the judge to grant a short adjournment to reply to the address.

NBA tasks FG on prison congestion From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

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L-R: Member, Board of Trustees, Olajumoke Akinjide Foundation (OAF), Dr. Bayo Aluko-Olokun, Executive Director, OAF, Mrs. Uchenna Nwafor, and Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ryuichi Shoji, during the presentation of the grant assistance for grassroots human security project by the Japanese Embassy, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

BPHCDA partners Teaching Hospital on health care services From Ahmed Kaigama,Bauchi

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he Bauchi State Primary Health Care Developmental Agency (BPHCDA) is to partner with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital to deliver quality health care services to the people, particularly those in rural areas. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Nisser Umar who disclosed this yesterday while speaking to Journalists said, due to inadequate numbers of personnel in some of the PHC in the state, the agency is partnering with ABTTH to provide professional doctors in PHC that will render medical services to patients especially at rural areas. He said, “Some of our facilities are faced with some challenges, so we felt there may be need to involve as many health professionals to provide health services to people.

We have contacted Teaching hospital to strengthen the services in our facilities, we liaise with the teaching hospital and worked out an arrangement to mobilise doctors to some of our selected facilities to provide services to the community in PHC. “These doctors will also be training our personnel on best

practices as well as give us feedback on how to strengthen our personnel on health care service so that we can intervene in building the capacity of our personnel”, he said. Dr. Nisser assured that the doctors will be provided with good accommodation, transport and allowances for Incentives in order to motivate them.

“We engaged in this practice because Health delivery is inter connect, delivery health service at the tertiary to larger extent depends on the quality of services delivers at the secondary and primary. If services are improved at primary level fewer cases will get to tertiary and secondary, he said”

Kebbi govt spends N176m on 62 medical students

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he Kebbi Government said it has released N176 million for the payment of tuition and registration fees for 62 students sponsored to study in Indian and Sudanese universities. The Executive Secretary of the state Scholarship Board, Alhaji Sahabi Birnin-Yauri, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi yesterday.

He said 20 male students were studying in the Khartoum College of Medical Science while 12 females are at the Ahfad University for Women in Sudan. “They will specialise in Dentistry, Human Medicine and Pharmacy.’’ Birnin-Yauri said 30 students were in the Bharati Vidyapeth University in India studying Medicine, Dentistry

and Pharmacy. He said all the students were doing well in their studies in the universities. “Additional students will be sponsored to foreign universities to study medicine, as part of efforts to end the dearth of doctors in the state by 2015.’’ According to him, 500 youths would also be sponsored to British universities to acquire different skills. (NAN)

ational President of Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN) has tasked the Federal Government to take urgent steps in reviewing the general state of prisons as part of measures towards decongesting them. Wali who stated this yesterday in Katsina during the opening ceremony of a one day workshop on ‘Prison Decongestion as a panacea for smooth Justice delivery system’ noted that the call became necessary due to the dilapidated nature of Nigerian prisons. The NBA President who was represented by Dr. Garba Tafaugi added that the poor state of the prisons was largely caused by the majority of inmates awaiting trial, adding that this situation leads to jail breaks. He disclosed that currently Nigeria has no fewer than 55, 000 prison populations out of which according to him 36, 000 are awaiting trial, stating that the overcrowding was linked to inefficiency of roles in the justice system. Earlier in a remark, the state Attorney-Genera, Alhaji Ibrahim Dantsoho said about 70 to 80 percent of criminal cases in the state were on rape, armed robbery and homicide, blaming parents for allowing their children to associate with evil doers. In an address, the Katsina NBA chairman, Alhaji Murtala Aliyu Kankia noted that the workshop was aimed at challenging stakeholders in the administration of criminal justice to respect the rule of law in performing their duties.


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Money Sense

Are you young and agile? Simple ways to make money while keeping out of trouble Experiment with lemon drink: Have you tried having a lemonade stand during hot weather? Yes, it sounds like a cliché. Yes, pouring a sour yellow drink for mere quarters may not seem worthwhile but the lemonade stand can actually pay off, if you plan your timing and location well. Choosing a hot, sunny day is the wisest way to go about this business. This trial can fail based on one particular reason; those that know the value of having sour, cool lemon drinkdo not live in high-traffic areas. Therefore, move your lemonade stand away from the home. See if somebody can help you set up somewhere where more people come through, such as near a higher level school, mall, market or park. Perhaps there is a farmer’s market where you live that would allow you to have the stand there. Whatever you do, be sure you have permission. You don’t want to get in trouble by putting your lemonade stand up somewhere without asking! Have variety; offer both regular and pink lemonade, and limeade! Sell biscuits or another snack as well (or offer them complimentary with two cups!) Put up plenty of signs, not just at your stand but in the areas surrounding it, with arrows to direct people. If you have an umbrella, put it up by your stand to create shade. Be polite and friendly, but not pushy. People like to be greeted, but they don’t like to have “LEMONADE STAND!” hollered in their faces. And, finally, make sure you have enough lemonade. Bring plenty of extra mix or ingredients. If your stand is successful, you don’t want to miss out on a busy day just because you run out of lemonade! Maybe your lemonade stand can even become a weekly hot season occurrence. Mowing lawn or cutting grasses: Good, old-fashioned labour though. While many people today pay companies to plow their driveways, mow their lawn, or rake their leaves, not everyone can afford to do this. If you offer to do these jobs for your neighbours at a lower price than the professionals (but a higher price than the 25 cents our grandparents probably earned), you may just have some takers. You can advertise yourself for other around-the-house jobs as well, such as weeding, watering, scraping paint, or whatever projects your neighbours might need help with. Put up fliers with the jobs you can do and

childcare, think about seeing if your parents will let you take it up, a babysitting course, usually offered at children centre. The course will give you the skills you need, plus a certification card to show parents.

your contact info (check with your parents first!) to help get the word out. You might just become the regular jack-of-alltrades in your area! Kids caring for kids: If you are a little older, babysitting is always a great work option. It pays well and gives great childcare

experience, and, if you do a good job and put yourself out there, you can develop a whole network of regular customers. If it hasn’t been too long since you had a sitter yourself, you might consider being a mother’s helper instead. A mother’s helper watches the kids while the mother is still in the house, working from home,

trying to finish up things she hasn’t had time for, or just taking a break. Alternatively, a mother’s helper can also do chores while the mother is with the children, folding laundry, washing dishes, or organizing cupboards. Many new mothers or busy mothers are glad for this kind of in-home help! If you are at all interested in

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ake sure you are on top of your schoolwork first. That way, you’ll keep any scholarships you already have or acquire it if you have not gotten one, this will help. Talk to the school: They probably have many jobs available to students who need money. If you have already chosen a major, go to your department first, because the jobs they offer will be something related to your field. Sell your old textbooks: This isn’t an ongoing moneymaking business (unless you collect your friends’ textbooks and sell those, too), but it can bring in a few hundred naira. If you have another service you can do for people, advertise it. If you know how to fix bikes, update computers, cook, or whatever, and you’re willing to sell your skills, just do it!

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Get creative: You can learn to knit,pick interest in jewelry and bead accessories making. Put your hobbies to use by selling your work! Without spending too much on materials, you can make money selling homemade scarves, headbands, jewelry, bags, and so on. Start small, seeing if a few items will sell, so that you don’t spend too much on materials and lose money. Put yourself out there. Ask your parents if they have any friends who might be interested in what you’ve made. See if any local artisan centres, libraries, etc, would be willing to display some of your work. Remember to put time and effort into each thing, people love beautiful, handmade gifts but if you wouldn’t want to use or wear it, they probably won’t either! Children aren’t the only thing you can “sit” for: When your neighbours are going away on vacations, offer to water their plants or feed/walk/play with their animals. This job doesn’t take a lot of time, but can pay well and can be fun if you are an animal lover. Further, if your parents won’t let you have a pet at home, this can be a great way to prove that you can be responsible for an animal. Remember, with this job, it is very important that you never forget to do it; you don’t want to leave your neighbours’ pets hungry, or kill their gardens!

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he APC government in Yobe state, led by Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, successfully held elections into the state’s 17 local government councils on December 28, 2013. The peaceful conduct of the elections, their transparency and fairness proved wrong skeptics, including Prof. Attahiru Jega’s INEC, who said it was impossible to hold any form of election in a state under emergency rule. Yobe, Adamawa and Borno, the three states in the North-east hit hardest by the Boko Haram insurgency, were placed under a state of emergency first in May, 2013. It was renewed last November for a further 6 months, hopefully to put the sect to the rout. Jega, in particular, told a Senate select committee, late last year, that he did not consider it wise that national elections due in JanuaryFebruary, 2015 should hold in the three states because of insecurity. “You can’t conduct elections under emergency rule because emergency rule is generalised insecurity and if there’s insecurity, how can you do election? If you do election, the situation is that you can’t have free and fair election… You will be going through the rituals – either the election will

be disrupted or people will not come out to vote…,” he said. Not only was he against conducting national elections in the three states but also council polls that the Yobe government had scheduled for late last December. However, the Yobe government

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Yobe’s bold political statement on 2015 polls

Two things to take away from Yobe’s success story: emergency rule need not be extended further if the momentum is sustained in the anti-insurgency campaign, and INEC can hold elections in the three states in 2015. was determined to make a political statement that security had not only improved in the North-east but that elections were possible if the right things were done such as providing the required logistics and mobilizing the electorate to vote. So sure footed that it was that the government challenged Jega on three grounds. First, the renewed emergency rule is expected to terminate in April, this year, 8 clear months before the 2015 national elections; secondly, the

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extension was meant to enable the military finish off Boko Haram. Was Jega suggesting that would not be possible and emergency rule would be forever? Thirdly, failure to hold elections in the three states would give Boko Haram fighters a “feeling of triumphalism”. Governor Gaidam was right about reduced sectarian deadly violence in the epicenter of the insurgency in 2013. Boko Haram fighters were effectively driven out of urban centres by the military JTF and their civilian allies into surrounding bushes from where occasionally they emerged to attack travellers on unprotected highways. Whether his government could provide the logistics and mobilize persons eligible to vote to do so on polling day was to wait until the D-day. As it turned out, the government did not disappoint: voting was peaceful and turnout surprisingly high. The success of the polls was a bold statement by the Yobe government that ‘where there is a will there is a way’. Two things to take away from Yobe’s success story: emergency rule need not be extended further if the momentum is sustained in the anti-insurgency campaign, and INEC can hold elections in the three states in 2015.

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Opinion Our path to national rebirth

By Tunde Bakare

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o move forward from this national quagmire, we must get set to rebuild and restore; we must retrieve what is remaining of the pillars of our founding fathers and we must restructure and reconstruct; we must rebuild from wall to wall, from gate to gate; from community to community; from city to city; and from region to region until the whole nation is restored to its former and even greater glory. That is why we welcome the idea of a constitutional conference and insist that the modality be genuinely people-driven. Like our founding fathers when they embarked on constitutional dialogues on the rad to independence, on the dialogue table, we must have the courage to confront our fears, doubts and concerns about the Nigeria question, sweeping nothing under the carpet, yet we must be ready to make intelligent compromises. As we do so, we must not forget that sovereignty lies with the people, not with politicians many of whom did not even

win elections. Therefore, we must find creative mechanisms to bring all the sub-nationalities together to negotiate the destiny of our nation in such a manner that smoothly and peacefully transports us from the current system to a true people’s constitution that has genuine claims to the phrase, “We the People”. Such a constitution must guarantee social and economic rights as well as civil and political rights without derogating these rights through backdoor provisions. We must embark on people-driven restructuring, cautiously guided by the realization that a system that makes peaceful change impossible makes violent change inevitable and that a constitution that will not bend will break.

Secondly, while stakeholders and genuine representatives of the people gear up for the dialogue table, there must be a movement of fellow Nigerians, young and old, male and female, at home and abroad, with patriotic zeal burning in their hearts, committed to finding a true Nigerian ideal and ensuring that the dialogue is conducted as prescribed by the people and that its outcome represents the genuine aspirations of the people. These Nigerians must take advantage of every medium, from social media to community gatherings and from conventional media to town hall meetings, to discuss the issues intelligently and to mount pressure on the government to respect the aspirations of the people.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Therefore, we must not put the cart before the horse by placing emphasis on 2015. If we do not do the needful in 2014, there may be no 2015, but if we dedicate ourselves to restructuring our nation at this opportune time, the outcome will be the emergence of credible leadership that will ensure a Nigeria that works. Therefore, as we mark the centenary, genuine patriots must take up this challenge of national rebirth and become statesmen whose shoulders the younger generation of Nigerians can mount to catch a glimpse of the Nigerian dream. It is instructive that the term “nation” is derived from the Latin word natio, meaning, “birth”. True nationhood is conceived with divine input and delivered through

People often ask, “now that Gani is no longer here, who will step into his shoes?” My response has always been that eagles do not flock. You only see one at a time. Therefore, Gani’s shoes will forever remain his; nobody can step into them because they are uniquely his. Yet, every Nigerian, at home and abroad, must become a stakeholder, throwing off the cloak of complacency and apathy, and contributing in his or her unique way to the making of a nation where, though tribes and tongues differ, the people will rise in brotherhood to build a great nation where no one is oppressed and whose banner is without stain.

human instruments. Such human stakeholders must begin to accept the promptings of destiny and not ignore the paradoxical birth pangs that come with it, for those birth pangs indicate that the gestation period has climaxed and that now is the time to take our destiny in our hands. People often ask, “now that Gani is no longer here, who will step into his shoes?” My response has always been that eagles do not flock. You only see one at a time. Therefore, Gani’s shoes will forever remain his; nobody can step into them because they are uniquely his. Yet, every Nigerian, at home and abroad, must become a stakeholder, throwing off the cloak of complacency and apathy, and contributing in his or her unique way to the making of a nation where, though tribes and tongues differ, the people will rise in brotherhood to build a great nation where no one is oppressed and whose banner is without stain. Pastor Tunde Bakare is the Overseer,The Latter Rain Assembly in Lagos and former Vice-Presidential candidate.

What is the name of your year? By Victor Ehikhamenor

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e name our years, but not like the Chinese who name their years after animals. The God Nigerians serve is grander than that of a goat, dragon, horse, sheep, monkey, snake and the rest of the animal kingdom. Matter of fact, we have pastors whose specialties are to cast out every spirit of these animals that the Chinese name their years after. This might be strange to those who are not Christians or Nigerians — please, if you are reading this and you fall under those two categories, learn, because you are about to fall under special anointing and be blessed with this nugget of information. The New Year, to us, Nigerians, is a like a new born baby that must be named. And as you may or may not know, names in Africa are not just names, they carry the internal and external history of the bearer and his entire lineage. Even our colonial masters, with names like Stone and Lugard, could not wipe this naming culture out. That is why an Esan boy-child could have a colonial name like Roland yet also be named Ikhide, a name that means that no matter the weapon fashioned against me by my enemies I will not fall. Some names are prayers, some are quarrels, some are blessings, some are a declaration of wealth, humility or acknowledgement of poverty. But

a name is never just a name in Africa; names are history laden. Every New Year, Nigerians both at home and abroad go for what we call the Cross Over Service. By the way, some churches’ branding and ads for their Cross Over service in Lagos surpass that of American NFL Super Bowl. Someday, I should look into the economic side of this tradition, because the amount expended on advertisement, designs and printing of billboards, stickers, pamphlets, banners, T-shirts, caps, pens etc. is mind boggling. But that’s for another day. We are naming our year for now time to count our blessings, folks. While white people are dropping the ball in New York (and they wonder why the New York Stock Exchange crashes sometimes) and fireworks are going off in London city, Nigerians seek the Lord’s face to guide us in the New Year. As soon as it is midnight, you are expected to

name or declare what you want your year to be, usually during a church service. Every church has its style, but they all pretty much carry the same DNA. The name of one’s year is kind of similar to a New Year resolution, except that what I am talking about is one silver bullet that takes care of the entire year. For instance, one year was THE YEAR OF GREEN CARD for me — that was while I was in America being chased from pillar to post with a work permit that was beginning to look like an expired CVS coupon. People name their years according to their immediate needs, so it reads something close to a prayer request. Some might be modest in their name because a firebrand preacher would have admonished against always making requests from God instead of praising Him for his previous blessings. Hence, you could see My Year Of Praise or My Year of Songs. But we are human, we are

always in need ,andit still ends up being a coined supplication. A vibrant and well heeled man of God can come to the rescue during a Cross Over Service if he feels the congregation doesn’t know how to name their year. “This is your year of laughter! This is your year of sowing and reaping! This is your year of winning! This is your year of multiple quadruple blessings! This is your year of unmerited favour! This is your year of a new car! This is your year of a wife! This is your year of a husband! This is your year of American citizenship! Amen!” Naming one’s year used to be a very private conversation between supplicant and his/her God. But lately I have seen some contacts on my BlackBerry Messenger, boldly declaring their years in status updates. Let me share just two with you – cousin Big Joe’s own is MY YEAR OF GREATNESS and a former coworker’s is MY YEAR OF GOODNESS AND MERCY. Now I

People name their years according to their immediate needs, so it reads something close to a prayer request. Some might be modest in their name because a firebrand preacher would have admonished against always making requests from God instead of praising Him for his previous blessings. Hence, you could see My Year Of Praise or My Year of Songs. But we are human, we are always in need ,andit still ends up being a coined supplication. A vibrant and well heeled man of God can come to the rescue during a Cross Over Service if he feels the congregation doesn’t know how to name their year.

am wondering, if some of our political leaders were on my contact list, what would they name their new year? And don’t you tell me they don’t name their year in Abuja. Let’s be honest with ourselves, Nigeria is currently operating a Pentecostal System of Government, a beautiful presidential phenomenon I will be discussing sometime soon. Now let’s take a wild guess at some of the politicians’ years: President Jonathan = My Year of Fearlessness; Senate President David Mark = My Year of Decisive Move; Stella Oduah = My Year of Spiritual Strength and Conquest; First Lady Patience Jonathan = My Year of Finishing Off My Home Enemy; Governor Amaechi of Rivers = My Year of Defeating The Goliath; Ngozi Okonjo Iweala = My Year of Bountiful Harvest; Bamanga Tukur = My Year of Survival; Olusegun Obasanjo = My Year of Divine Messages; Muhammadu Buhari = My Year of Breakthrough; James Ibori = My Year of Freedom; Abubakar Atiku = My Year Of New Hope. Peradventure, our president has not named this year for our country, I hereby implore him to contact a fellow president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejefo, to help name the year. As for you, what did you name your year? If you haven’t, name your year now, it works. Victor Ehikhamenor is reachable via his twitter handle @ victorsozaboy


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Opinion Modu Sheriff’s culpability By Peregrino Brimah

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he people of Borno have

stood up to combat insane terror. Nigeria’s military is engaged, fighting and dying to restore sanity to one of the previously most peaceful parts of Nigeria. As they all make the ultimate sacrifice, fighting and dying to protect the sanctity and sanity of life, not just in the North-east, but the entire nation, it is an insult to the nation and gravid misconduct of the authorities, that the sponsors and inventors of terror remain loose and above the law, while our youth and army whom we portray as dispensable and disposable, die to clear up the mess. Sponsors of terror can no longer walk free. Top level suspects must be brought in. Dots must be connected and serious investigations run on all those who have sided and abetted and sponsored, directly or indirectly, the menace that plagues Nigeria and its neighbours. Those whose duty it was to protect the people, but were negligent and even

Haramwent ahead to Ecomog, arm bandits who must all be later became full thoroughly blown terrorists, Peoples Daily welcomes your letters, opinion articles, interrogated. must be held to text messages and ‘pictures of yesteryears.’ All writThere account for their ten contributions should be concise. Word limits: must be top misdeeds, not Letters - 150 words, Articles - 750 words. Please level culprits. just to clear up include your name and a valid location. Letters to the Nigerians are this particular Editor should be addressed to: not monkeys mess, but to and our lives prevent this The Editor, are not more from recurring. Peoples Daily, 1st Floor Peace Plaza, worthless Senator Ali 35 Ajose Adeogun Street, Utako, Abuja. than grass. Modu Sheriff, Enough is aka SAS is a Email: opinion@peoplesdailyng.com enough. The chief suspect. SMS: 08134607052 The people have National passed their Security judgement. After the bombing hooligan force, which was Advisers of Nigeria, under in Maiduguri early this week, used for political intimidation whose tenures and whose our brave youth could take it during Ali Modu Sheriff’s responsibilities it was to check no more and once again, went battle to edge out Governor and arrest the development of after SAS. Ali Modu Sheriff was Mala Kachallah from the terror networks in the country the governor of Borno, under Government House. Alhaji must be brought to book for Mala Atuman, who was whose watch Boko Haram dereliction of the duty for successfully evolved. Do you declared wanted by the Civilian which Nigeria paid them. JTF, June 27th, last year and know the hurt, the pain and In our jobs, we all do whose house was later attacked our duty. If we fail, we are the insult as he comes back, free and fat, to get involved by Borno youth, leading up fired and/or sued. Nigeria’s to his arrest—which SAS again in politics in the state? ministers, governors, security reproached—and others who It is public knowledge that the advisers and presidents who politicians of Borno invented filled in the vacuum when SAS failed to protect the society, and his team abandoned Boko ECOMOG, an armed civilian which paid them heavily to do

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so, must be brought to account for their carelessness and direct or indirect facilitation of the menaces of deadly terror, north and south. There must be fiscal responsibility and retribution, for us to be a nation or nations more than a mere collection of barbarians. Things cannot get better if administrative criminals are not held to account. Failure of the current administration to deal with terror from the top, as our army and brave youth sacrifice and die to curb it from the bottom, will clearly define this government as a supporter of, and accessory to, death and terror. In May of 2012, President Jonathan stated that he knew the sponsors of terror and will bring them to Justice. It is 2 years later now. We will not wait any longer. Bring the sponsors of terror to justice or you, the Federal government is a sponsor of terror, and the Nigerian nation is under siege of its government. Dr. Peregrino Brimah can be reached on drbrimah@ends. ng or Twitter: @EveryNigerian

With anti-gay laws, Nigeria circles the wagons against the West By John Campbell

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igerians across religious, ethnic, and regional divisions are strongly supportive of the anti-gay measure recently signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan. The legislation criminalizes virtually all aspects of gay life, not just gay marriage. There has been support from spokesmen for the Christian Association of Nigeria (the principal Christian umbrella group), the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Sultan of Sokoto (the premier Muslim traditional ruler), and Jama’atu Nasril Islam, perhaps the most important Islamic group with a national membership, as well as an outpouring of support from much of the population. Some Nigerians appear to be rediscovering a sense of nationalism. As one said to CAJ News Africa, “For the first time in life, I am so happy to be a Nigerian!” Others

expressed pride that Christians, Muslims, and adherents to traditional religion are united in their opposition to homosexuality. President Jonathan is benefitting from a popularity boost. As Premium Times wrote on January 13, “for many Nigerians, accustomed to attacking Mr. Jonathan over his failure to address many of the nation’s ills and its stinking corruption, the bill’s signing, largely a popular decision, came as one of the commendable steps taken by his administration.” In the face of criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry and US. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, some

Nigerians are using the anti-gay legislation as a push back against alleged “western cultural imperialism.” As a Roman Catholic spokesman said, opposition from the American government should be no surprise because “…the West which had done everything to sell their cultures to Africa will stop at nothing to want to impose such beliefs on the African continent which is always going to the West for financial aids and loans.” Indeed, many Nigerians see the antigay legislation as a reaffirmation of core African -- and Nigerian -- values. Nigeria is challenged by an

Islamist insurrection in the north. There is ethnic and religious conflict in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt.” There is a prospect of renewed insurgency in the Delta, along with poverty, and corruption in many disparate places. The ruling party is fragmenting. In absolute numbers, Nigeria has the second largest number of HIV/AIDS victims in the world. (The new legislation will set-back efforts to fight the disease.) And the country faces national elections in 2015 in which it is widely expected that President Jonathan will seek reelection. Under such circumstances,

In the face of criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry and US. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, some Nigerians are using the anti-gay legislation as a push back against alleged “western cultural imperialism.” As a Roman Catholic spokesman said, opposition from the American government should be no surprise because “…the West which had done everything to sell their cultures to Africa will stop at nothing to want to impose such beliefs on the African continent which is always going to the West for financial aids and loans.”

Nigeria is not the only country in history where politicians have sought to rally national unity by attacking a despised minority. Yet we outsiders should guard against excessive cynicism in ascribing the anti-gay legislation to the search for shortterm political advantage. Homosexuality and a gay lifestyle is seen by many Nigerians as a challenge and threat to core African values. Resentment of alleged Western cultural imperialism is deep seated. The Vanguard, a large daily with a national readership, on January 15 summed up the widespread Nigerian view: “Nigerians yesterday reacted angrily to US criticisms of the country over the antisame sex bill signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan Monday, saying that Nigeria will not become the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah in the name of human rights.” John Campbell is a blogger with the Christian Science Monitor.


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Implications of Nigeria-UK prisoner swap By Osahon Uwagbe

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am terribly disappointed by the news that Nigerian prisoners in the UK will spend the rest of their terms in Nigeria and vice versa. This has been put up under a recent agreement - Prisoner Transfer- between the British and Nigerian governments, as announced by the UK justice minister Jeremy Wright and Nigeria’s attorney general and minister of justice, Mohammed Adoke. Thus, Nigerians in UK prisons such as James Ibori , former governor of Delta state who was convicted of money laundering would be able to come and serve the remainder of their term in Nigerian prison. This, to me, is worrisome especially as it concerns the Nigerian prisoners to be repatriated and the fight against corruption in Nigeria and elsewhere; notwithstanding the number to be brought back or any criteria for those who come under the terms of the agreement. For one thing, the crimes are linked to the British society, hence the trials are carried out under the British judicial process. Otherwise, the British have no locus standi in prosecuting anyone in the first place. Secondly, in pursuit of the British peoples supposed efforts at sanitizing society of crime, they have put in place institutions as well as processes to try those who have been said to have committed crime. This is most laudable, by any standards. However, when the circumstances of the crimein practical terms-as regards

implications for the British society are concerned, then the British may bee seen to be just idealistic in their fight against crimes committed by Nigerians, especially those that did not involve the direct plunder of the resources of the British people. I mean, a crime committed on British soil that involved, for example, a stolen credit card that belonged to a Briton, who resides in the Uk, and the credit card is then used to buy items that belong to the British people; then there has been a loss to the British society on account of a Nigerian. Therefore, such a crime is seen as something that must not only be punished but prevented from happening. Thus, every effort is seen to ensure that the punishments are such that would effectively deter would be offenders. The British, by their decision to send offenders back to Nigeria, have deemed it fit that Nigeria bear a greater responsibility in the matter, and therefore should bear the implications. Otherwise, there would be no justifiable reason why offenders should serve crimes in Nigeria or elsewhere for that matter. I agree with this logic, but not entirely. The British are saying that they do not bear any responsibility for the crimes for which offenders or criminals are being sent to Nigeria to spend the rest of their terms. I agree. These are Nigerians who are expected to be good ambassadors of their country in the UK. However, the British have previously deemed it fit to punish Nigerians in their prisons because the crimes committed in their lands and they have a primary responsibility to prosecute them.

This is to bring the full weight of the British sense of justice on these people, hence the necessity of them to spend time in their prisons. But, in practical terms, it does not really matter where the prison terms is served .What really matters is that the weight of the British judicial system is brought on the offence committed against British law. Now, in accordance with British law, the punishment for such a crime, which could mean serving time, could brook some discretion, in terms of where the prison term is served out. I mean, what really matters is that the British system has obtained justice against the offender. Thus, so long as the conditions of the punishment- the prison sentence in this instance - is obtained, it can happen anywhere in the world. Now, this all seems to be sound logic, but so very linear. I mean, the whole idea of Nigerians going back home to serve their term seems to me like simple mathematical logic. But then again, when we look at it in the context of the philosophical substance underpinning their judicial system, I think anti-crime in its entirety .They recognize the place of crime in human society as destructive and therefore have set up institutions that fight crime. I know the British are a people who hate crime and have strong institutions to fight it and they are credited to have one of the best policed societies on the planet. But now I seem to have a problem with this famed anticrime British judicial system. I mean, this recent decision to throw prisoners back to Nigeria is far from the philosophy of haters of

crime. I mean, they should realize that whether crime is committed in the Uk or elsewhere, the impact of criminal behaviour has implications on all cultures and thus all societies. I mean, the would-be-criminal or criminal in any country puts up a certain attitude or act that is seen by people; and this can be learned by others. So, if societies, like the British, that hate criminal acts, they would not want their people to learn acts of criminality, which can be perpetuated on their soil. So, they would do well to fight against crime anywhere in the world. This they seem to do when they collaborate against criminals in whatever form, terrorists, etc. This decision makes me to have a rethink about the British in terms of their quest to truly fight crime. Now, concerning the decision in question, did the British think it through vis a vis their philosophy against crime that this decision would not be sufficiently anticrime? Did they do their research enough to determine that criminals sent back home would bear the full weight of British sense of justice? I think not! And this to me is far from the professed attitude of the British against criminal behavior. I mean, I know the British to be thorough people. I would have expected them -if they didn’t know about the criminal justice system in Nigeria-to conduct their research. If they had done this, they would have realized that the British sense of justice would not be served on criminals in Nigerian prisons. I mean, we are all aware of the corrupt nature of many public officials in Nigeria, including the prison system. And we have heard of how high

profile people, or even ordinary people, who have the means can live as though they were serving no prison terms at all. Thus, if the British had in mind that the full weight of the British people are to served on Nigerian criminals, this may not happen in Nigerian prisons. This is because of the corrupt nature of many public officials. But this will not possibly happen in British prisons. Thus, the decision to send prisoners back home for punishment seems to be a lost cause. If they are really serous about fighting crime, they should rethink their decision. I think it’s a case of sacrificing ideals on the altar of economy. If they really care about our development as they demonstrate through DFID, etc. they should realize that corruption, especially at the government level is perhaps the main problem of the Nigerian polity. I imagine this is not news to the British people, so why have they allowed a decision that would be counterproductive to their interventions in Nigeria. I mean, they spend huge sums of money in this country to help develop it, yet they want to allow corruption to still fester in the system. I begin to wonder what the goal of these interventions could be? Or have they just taken one bad decision due to pressure from their citizens? I urge their politician s to make a robust case against such, just like I have done here: that it would be counterproductive to send offenders back to Nigeria under the present prison system to serve terms and then still spend huge sums to correct problems that have arisen out of brazen theft of public resources by public officials. Osahon Uwagbe wrote in from Asaba, Delta state.

multiple times, himself inclusive. I was speechless. It is not fair. No human being should be made to experience such fear just for being resident in a place. The last on the list was a close neighbor and friend to his family who was kidnapped as she stopped to buy roast maize after work, at about 6 p.m. “You are extremely lucky it ended the way it did. In fact, it’s a miracle.” He repeated over and over. “This is one of the worst places to live on earth,” he concluded. How possible? I pondered. As I began to talk to more people in Onitsha and Anambra state, the truth in my relative’s statement began to emerge. As far as security is concerned, Anambra state, specifically Onitsha and environs is not fit for human habitation. From my observation and interactions, while opinions appear to be divided on the success or otherwise of Peter

Obi’s tenure, there is unanimity and absolute convergence on his inability to ensure the security of lives and property within the state. One can no longer keep quiet on the sufferings of the people of Anambra state; the lives that have been lost, the dark fear that perpetually grips the people of Anambra state especially in Onitsha. Without doubt, the most important task ahead of Mr. Willie Obiano is to make Anambra state safe for the inhabitants. Most states and major cities have either banned and/or curtailed the use of commercial motorcycles within the metropolis, why not Anambra state? Commercial motorcycles have been established to be the transport of choice for armed robbers, assassins and for kidnappers in trailing their victims before abduction. When I made inquiries, I was informed that the importers of motorcycles and motorcycle spare parts have been at the forefront of the lobby against banning that means of transport. I could not establish the authenticity of this assertion. But if at all there is any truth in it, then I ask, should the blood of the many innocent citizens killed by robbers on commercial motorcycle be sacrificed on the altar of profit for importers of motorcycles and its spare parts? Should the fact that Anambra is fast losing its status as a frontline commercial state be deemed of less importance than the need for a few importers to remain in business? The answer is self-evident. Dr. Chika Ezeanya is on Facebook www.facebook.com/ chikaforafrica

The last time I was robbed By Chika Ezeanya

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he last time I was robbed was on the 3rd of January 2014 in Onitsha, Anambra State. It was getting to the end of my holiday in Nigeria and that day I had attended a traditional wedding ceremony at Oraifite with my mother. As we entered Onitsha around 6.00 p.m., the chauffer pleaded with my mother to take over the wheel as he needed to be on his way home to his family. Mum agreed. He parked in front of a small market and got off the vehicle. I alighted from the back and occupied the front passenger seat. It took my mother a short while to gather herself together. As soon as she got down from the back seat, a commercial motorcycle whose two occupants wore fez caps blocked her from entering the driver’s seat. “Madam, give us what you have.” The rough voice riding the motorcycle said. I immediately knew they were robbers. Poor Mother - with a DNA ingrained with an unshakable belief in the goodness of every human being she comes across in life - did not realize so. “My brothers,” she called on them, smiling. “Oraifite ka anyi si. We are just coming from a traditional wedding. We don’t have anything for you today o!” She was smiling and trying to close the door of the back seat. One of the robbers held on to the door, perhaps as a shield from onlookers and passersby. “Madam, we don’t want to injure anybody here. Please don’t waste our time.” The diminutive light skinned man occupying the motorcycle

passenger seat stated, expertly placing his hand underneath his shirt. Either Mum was still thinking inside the bubble that is her perfect world, or she was in a state of shock, for she remembered the carton of Malt we had purchased earlier. “Chy,” she called out to me. “Bring some cans of Malt for our brothers here to share with us.” Her voice retained the sing-song tone that had marked our conversation about the event we attended. I did not bring any Malt cans. My eyes caught the butt of a gun and my fingers, without receiving any impulse from my brains, frisked through my bag to retrieve all the Naira notes inside. I extended shaky hands to my mum who had not noticed the gun. “Ehn! You are lucky today, my daughter has found you something,” she spoke in the direction of the robbers as she carefully selected a single one thousand Naira note from

what I had in my hand, while giving me an astonished look at to why I would want to part with all the notes I brought out. “Mummy!” I said in a voice slightly raised in fear and panic. “Give it to them, give them everything.” I pushed all the money inside her palms. The tone of my voice, the now serious look on the faces of the robbers and the moves they were making under their shirts made her turn over all the money to them. They drove away immediately. The fear mixed with relief, which flushed a relative’s face as I related the incident brought tears to my eyes. “The chauffer should have brought you back and taken a motorbike home. This state is like a war zone.” He stated emphatically. He went ahead to list people he knew personally in Anambra state who had been kidnapped for ransom, killed, maimed or in the least, robbed

Now, when you look at the state studentship has fallen into in Nigeria, what do you come out with? We have a mirror reflection of what the teachers have also become. I suspect Fela just came to your mind. It’s impossible not to remember him and his prognosis of what lecturers have become. The Ivory Towers are no longer edifying; so many values have broken down. We now have only a fraction of our students to celebrate; the majority have been lost to valuelessness. Generalisations? Crucify me if you can.I am not afraid the fingers point at me too. I am raising a self-reflexive issue that lumps me within the framework of educational rot I am pointing at.


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Motorcycle thief lynched by Okada riders in Gwagwalada By Usman Shuaibu

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middle aged man (names nam withheld) has been burnt to death by Okada riders at Angwan Dodo in Gwagwalada Area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Sources revealed that the aggrieved okada riders used petrol to burn the man when he was about to escape with one of their member’s motorcycle in the area. Peoples Daily reliably gathered that the decreased was one of notorious thieves that have been

terrorising residents of the area for a long time now. When our reporter visited the scene of the incident in Angwan Dodo, some okada riders told Peoples Daily that the junglejustice treatment meted to the man was deliberate, as they had

made up their minds that any person caught stealing their motorcycles would be killed, because many okada riders had been disposed of their motor cycles and also murdered in the process. It was learnt that the remains

of the deceased had been deposited at the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital. However, the Divisional police Officer (DPO) in charge of Gwagwalada Division, CPS Tony Okon, when contacted declined comments on the incident.

Bala commissions 720 hostels at Baze varsity L-R: Wife of the Chairman, Kuje Area Council, Mrs Hannatu Shaban, presenting gift to aged women, MRS Saratu Shekwolo, during a party with orphans, widows and aged women, on Wednesday in Kuje, Abuja.

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he Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed yesterday, commissioned 720 Bed- ultra modern students’ hostels at the Baze University along Airport Road, Abuja, pledging the administration’s readiness to support any tertiary institution established in the Territory. Mohammed hailed the management of Baze University, for what he described as uncommon efforts of in putting up quality infrastructure, which has potently reflected the rich diversity of the FCT and country at large. He said the FCT Administration would soon unveil some incentives to enable such Universities make their courses affordable to the majority of Nigerian families. According to him, “there are three more Universities that are about to spring up in the nation’s capital and that in the near future, there may be no need for parents or guardians to send their wards out of the country for studies. “With over 33,000 square meters of academic and support facilities already in place, I can say that the rate of development has been phenomenal.” The Minister noted that the opportunities in expanding academic faculties and nonacademic workspaces by the University have created jobs and other economic prospects, which have improved the lives of FCT residents in particular and the nation at large. Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Michael Hodd, noted that with the new hostels and other facilities, the University is poised to expand its students’ intake thereby taking it to greater heights. Similarly, Pro-Chancellor of the University, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed commended the FCT Minister for his passion for education, peace and security within the FCT and across the country.

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AEPB raids popular Zone 4 area, ejects hawkers

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ome officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) have raided Zone 4, where street traders had taken over all available space, as part of its intensified effort to clean up the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some officials of the board stormed the popular Ladi Kwali junction, which leads to the Sheraton Hotel at Wuse Zone 4. They removed several kiosks and make-shift shops being used

by food vendors and hawkers, including those involved in the business of foreign currency exchange. The AEPB officials sent all of them parking, with strict instructions to restrict their activities to the garden within the

area. NAN reports that the foreign currency exchange dealers were more in number than the hawkers and food vendors who only provide complementary services of supplying the dealers’ food, drinks and other logistics. (NAN)

Association to train 100 youth on indigenous food

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he President, Webisco International Federation of Nigerian Entrepreneurs of Tourism, Chief Margaret Fabiyi, has said 100 youths would be trained on how to prepare traditional foods. Fabiyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the nation’s indigenous foods

were going into extinction. According to her, the training, which is free for the 100 youths, is part of the company’s contributions towards improving the standard of living of the people. ``The purpose of the training is for Nigerians and foreigners to appreciate and embrace

indigenous meals. ``Also for tourists and visitors to embrace our locallymade foods and for them to give the foods international recognition,’’ she said. Fabiyi said that foreign continental dishes had taken over the traditional dishes, adding that ``most Nigerians

no longer want to eat traditional foods’’. According to her, ``all they request for at the fast food joints are Chinese, Italian and Korean dishes and this is not supposed to be so. ``Eating local and natural foods enhances longevity.’’ (NAN)

Muslims, Christians urged to embrace peace By Usman Shuaibu

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he chief of Hausa residents, Sarikin Hausawa, at Dakwa community in Bwari Area Council of the FCT, Alhaji Khalid Abubakar, has called on

Muslims and Christians fateful to continue to live in peace with one another for the overall development of the territory and the country at large. Abubakar, who urged political appointees to work

together irrespective of their political differences to move the nation forward, was speaking during the Maulud celebration. He called on government to remain committed to combating corruption as it has been

revenging every segment of the nation. He said the menace could be tackled if most of our youth were employed, he then advised his subjects to send their children to school as it is the bedrock of any development.


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The Executive Governor of Nasarawa state, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura inspected some projects, during the Maulud holiday, in Karu/Mararaba. Below are pictures taken during the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspection

His Excellency, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura, with Messer Gaby Sfeir of G.A.S. Construction Company, during the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspection of the construction of bridge leading to the Orange Market, in Mararaba.

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura brief by the Architech in-charge of Karu International Market during his inspection to the site.

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura inspect pond in Nyanya Gwandara

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura inspect the ongoing road construction in Karu

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura taking a walk shortly after the inspection at project site in Karu

Governor Umaru Tanko inspect construction of bridge, at Rugan Ashimu, in Mararaba.


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Metro INSIDE FCT COURTS

Driver to spend 2 months in prison for breach of trust

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Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court has sentenced a driver, Godfrey Aya, 28, to two months in prison for criminal breach of trust and cheating. The Senior Magistrate, Mr. Celestine Odo, sentenced Ata after he pleaded guilty to the charges. Odo, however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N5, 000. The magistrate also ordered

the convict to pay N86, 000 as compensation to the complainant, Mr. Bala Nicodemus, within four months or risk another five months’ jail term. Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Monday Akor, had told the court that the convict, a resident of Mararaba, Nasarawa State, sold a Nissan Salon Car, given to him for commercial purpose by Nicodemus.

Akor said Nicodemus reported the matter at the Maitama Police Station, Abuja, on October 24, 2013. He added that instead of the convict to use the car for the purpose for which it was meant, he sold the car, valued at N450, 000, and diverted the money to his personal use, The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of

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sections 312 and 322 of the Penal code respectively. The convict, who pleaded guilty to the offence, told the court that he sold the car “to attend to an urgent family matter.” He adds: “when I sold the car, I used the money to take care of an urgent matter but I have started paying the money back. “I have paid N86, 000 out off the total cost of the car.” car. (NAN)

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27 bundles of wrapper land businessmen in jail

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grade 1 Area court in Kuje, Abuja, has sentenced two businessmen, Baba Badomosi, 24, and Awolu Mohammed, 29, to 10 months’ imprisonment each for stealing 27 bundles of wrapper. The presiding Judge, Mr. Nuhu Ibrahim, convicted the businessmen after they pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of joint act and theft.

Ibrahim, however, gave the convicts an option to pay N30, 000 fines each or to remain in Kuje Prison for 10 months. The prosecutor, Sgt. Ishaya Niyom, had told the court that the matter was reported at the Kuje Police Station January 6, by one Mr. Danjuma Idris of Gwagwa village, Abuja. The convicts, who are residents of Dangwata village in Kaduna

State, were brought to court after the owner of the stolen wrappers reported the incident to the police. “On January 3, at about noon, Idris brought bundles of wrapper to sell at Gossa market on the Airport Road, Abuja, in his car. “When the complainant had gone for Friday prayers by 2.30 p.m., Badomosi and Awolu went to his car where he displayed his goods and stole 27 bundles of

wrapper. “The two men tried to cross over to the other side of the road to take a taxi when they were arrested,” Niyom said. The prosecutor also said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 79 and 288 of the Penal code respectively. The convicts pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against them. (NAN)

Teenager gets 12 strokes of cane for theft

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n Abuja Magistrates’ court has ordered that a 19-year old boy, Isaiah Sunday, be flogged 12 strokes of the cane for theft. The Senior Magistrate, Shafa Aliyu, ordered that the convict be flogged after he pleaded guilty on a one-count charge of stealing. Aliyu said that the punishment would serve as deterrent to others. “Besides, he is a young boy and the complainant has forgiven

him,’’ Aliyu said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the police executed the public flogging of the teenager after the judgment. Earlier, the Prosecutor, Udeh David told the court that one Ntibuka Linda of No. 22 Majekodumi Street, Utako, Abuja, reported the case at Wuse Police Station. David said that the complainant came back from a journey, January 5, to discover

that the convict had entered her apartment. He said the convict stole N18, 000, one curve 4 blackberry phone, one touch light Nokia phone and one carton of Indomie noodles. The prosecutor said during the investigation, the Nokia and Blackberry phones were recovered from the convict and the complainant forgave the accused. The prosecutor said that the

offence contravened Section 289 of the Penal code. Sunday however pleaded guilty to the charge and asked for forgiveness. “My lord, forgive me. She called me on phone to warm her generator and then I saw the key to her room. “I opened the room and took only N4, 000 not N18, 000. I used the money to buy one Polo shirt and spent the balance. (NAN)

Guard in court over threat on employer’s life

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security guard, Alfred Ushie, has appeared before an Abuja Senior Magistrates’ court over alleged criminal intimidation of his fformer employer. Ushie, 34, who was guarding his employer’s building site at the Works and Housing Estate, Gwarimpa, Abuja, is standing trial on a charge of criminal intimidation. The Prosecutor, Mr. Friday Idi, told tthe court that Mr. Emeka Anene, the complainant, a resident of Wuse Zone 6, Abuja, reported the matter at the Gwarimpa Police Station on January 8. Idi said that on the day, the complainant had visited his site at Gwarimpa and terminated the employment of the security guard due tto completion of the project. He said after the complainant had paid the accused his terminal salary, p one week later he discovered the guard was still on the premises, which led to w an argument. According to him, one Mr. Phillips Shausu tried to mediate between tthe employer and the guard but the argument degenerated into a fight. The prosecutor told the court that tthe accused threatened to burn down tthe complainant’s car any time it was seen in the estate. He said that the offence contravened Section 396 of the Penal code and was punishable with imprisonment for a p tterm, which may extend to two years or with a fine or both. However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Senior Magistrate, Mr. Zubairu Mohammed, granted the Z accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one reasonable surety in like sum. w Mohammed adjourned the case to

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he police have arraigned two security guards, Nuru Lawali, 18, and Danjuma Markus, 26, in a Kubwa Magistrates’ court in Abuja, for f allegedly shielding an offender from arrest. The Prosecutor, Cpl Ariki Kaura, told t the court that one Moses Solomon of Mpape, Abuja lodged a report against the accused at the Dutse Alhaji Police Station on September 3, 2013. He said that Lawali and Markus connived and shielded a truck driver, who w committed an offence. The prosecutor said that the accused persons, opened gate for the suspect and provided a place for him to t hide from the law, even after they knew that the driver had committed an k offence. The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 167 of the Panel code. If convicted, they are liable to five years in prison or may be given an y option to pay a fine or both. However, after the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty. The Magistrate, Mr. Jubril Kutigi, admitted the accused persons to bail in i the sum of N50, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum. He adjourned the case to February 14 for trial to begin. (NAN)


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L-R: Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Supervising Minister of Lands and Housing, Architect Musa Sada, and President Goodluck Jonathan, during the presidential launch of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc, yesterday at the Banquet Hall of the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Develop self sustaining economic programs, Rosehills chairman tasks northern leaders By Abdulwahab Isa

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roup Chairman, Rosehills Group Nigeria Limited Alhaji Suleiman Yahyah has identified failure by leadership at the helms of affairs in northern region to pursue economic programs that are self sustaining as the bane of the region‘s industrialization drawback. He also pointed that the region is yet to accord preference to technical skills acquisition by its youths in the field of engineering, medicine saying the region needed to provide a kind of environment that will enable its youths learn the right skills. Yahya who doubles as Chairman Board of Directors of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc. (nahco aviance) turned 50 recently. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on broad spectrum of issues ranging from economic development, his philosophy and career, he said the northern

region was economically endowed to an extent each state could be self sustaining. “I think we need to get our act together. I think we have played a game of hide and seek in the north. The first problem we have in the north is that, we refuse to accept the reality on ground that democratic governancefederalism requires self sustaining or local economy. Every state must be self sustaining, the more economy is self sustaining, the more we are contributing to the growth of national economy. And each northern state has enough resources to be self sustaining. I have look round the 19 northern states including Abuja and I discovered each has enough resources that will make each sustainable “, he said. The snag according to him is the leadership gap. He said the region needed a crop of two to three leaders that will show good examples as model for others to emulate.

“We need leadership in the north-a crop of leaders, 2 to 3 who will be able to run their states as model for the rest to follow. This could be done either through improve level of taxation, improve the level of resources exploitation, install infrastructure that will open resources to market. For instance, we should be campaigning and requesting the government to put rail lines across soildi minerals belt in the north. Once you do that the market will open resources. But today, you can’t mine iron ore in Zamfaara because you need an 8 kilometer rail track from iron ore depot to Kauranamoda “, he said. Advocating a total shift in skills acquisition and manpower training for youths of the region, Yahya enjoined slight shift from arts disciplines to engineering, medical fields and technical related courses. “When we train our youths in

CBN releases IT standards for banks

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he Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has released Information Technology (IT) standards to commercial banks to ensure quality service delivery in the banking system. In a circular to all banks yesterday , the CBN said that the standards were in pursuant to the need to identify and adopt global IT standards for Nigerian banks. It said that the standards would serve as reference points to ensure

quality IT service delivery through Infrastructure Transformation programme The circular added that the blueprints for the standards and the framework had been defined and released for adoption pending the completion and launch of the Bankers’ Committee IT Standards Portal. The apex bank said that the IT Standard Council would be reconstituted after two years and would drive the adoption,

implementation and compliance to IT standards in the banking industry. The circular said that the compliance audit would begin at the end of the prescribed periods as indicated on the implementation roadmap. It said that the baseline assessment for ‘priority 1’ standards should be carried out in banks in first quarter of 2014. (NAN)

north, we trained them for wrong jobs. Go to the universities and visit faculties, check the engineering departments and see how many northern students are studying engineering, medicine IT. These courses are necessary for the next level of economic development. We need to provide the kind environment where our youths must learn the rights skills”, he said. He said Nahco aviance which he superintends its board as Chairman was not unmindful of emerging competitors in ground handling busines. However, he affirmed that the company remains undeterred in its focus to becoming leading cargo handling firm in entire Africa region.

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How to choose the right protégé

opeful protégés are hungry for sponsorship. Naturally, good leaders attract a wide field of qualified candidates. How should you decide whom to sponsor? Limit yourself to a select few. Sponsorship is a high-energy commitment. Most senior leaders can effectively sponsor three to four individuals, maximum. Pick people you can trust. When a sponsor doesn’t really know the person he or she advocates for, his or her credibility in the

organization can take a hit. If your protégé isn’t doing a good job, it reflects badly on you. Fill in your gaps. Some protégés bolster your brand through their technical expertise or social media savvy; others contribute fluency in another language or culture, or help you with their ability to build teams and coach raw talent. Hire people to complement your strengths by addressing your weaknesses. Source: Harvard Business Review


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Tax Alert

Positioning the tax system in line with 21st century trend- Part 2 By Mark Dike

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igerian tax system and Vision 2020 The Nigerian Vision 2020 falls within the 21st century and it is envisioned that by year 2020, Nigeria will be one of the 20 largest economies in the world, able to consolidate its leadership role in Africa and establish itself as a significant player in the global economic and political arena. Nigeria’s tax system has to be well positioned to meet the aspirations of Vision 2020 and with sustained reforms in critical areas it will get there. Other considerations have been identified as being aligned to the attainment of Nigeria’s Vision 2020:

Transfer pricing: ransfer pricing (sometimes referred to as transfer mis-pricing because of its misapplication by multinational corporations) is a veritable tool for tax planning for entities operating across multiple tax jurisdictions and entities belonging to the same group or parent. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has its own guidelines for transfer pricing and in order to align Nigeria with the 21st century trends, Nigeria, through the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has released its own transfer pricing guidelines. The regulations, which have an effective date of 2 August 2012, aim to prevent tax base erosion, ensure certainty in the treatment of related party transactions and reduce the risk of economic double taxation. The regulations can be seen as the efforts of the Nigerian Government to shift the over-dependence on oil revenue to non-oil tax revenue.

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Multiple Taxation: he concept of multiple taxation applies to the subjection of the same income to more than one tax treatment or the imposition of several taxes on the same taxpayer. In effect, tax is paid on similar taxes on the same or substantially similar tax base. Given the fact that Nigeria is a federation, there is a tendency for tax competition amongst the three tiers of government. This creates a situation of multiple taxation. In order to position the Nigerian tax system appropriately in line with the 21st century trends, there must be a conscious and sustained effort to curtail, if not completely eliminate all the nuances associated with multiple taxation at all the three tiers of government. Hence, all new tax bills from all the tiers of government, whether federal, state or local government SHOULD be harmonized and benchmarked against the dictates of the National Tax Policy by the central tax agency the Joint Tax Board - before such bills are presented to the legislatures for debate. This will eliminate conflicts to a great extent after such laws have been passed.

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his is another bane to economic growth that must be eradicated or at best reduced to a manageable level. There are some forms of tax evasion which Nigeria’s and the United Kingdom’s tax laws have identified and provided sanctions against in order to prevent them. These include: i. Making an incorrect return by omitting or understating income; ii. Outright refusal or neglect to pay tax; iii. Omission to state income received in or brought into Nigeria from sources outside Nigeria; iv. False claims of contributions to a pension scheme etc. Enforcement of legal proceedings against convicted tax evaders will bring some sanity into the tax environment and enhance tax compliance. This should be done with transparency and without regard to social status. However, this will require a reform in the Nigerian legal system. Improved Revenue Yield: ax collection must be greatly enhanced and the tempo of tax collection must be maintained. Since the onset of the current tax reforms arising from the Dotun Philips Study Group report, the Nigerian tax system has actually repositioned itself with an improved revenue yield. The 2012 financial year closed on a high note of N5.007 trillion as total revenue collection from taxes, including Petroleum Profits Tax ( PPT), the highest cumulative tax collected in the history of the FIRS. The agency realized about N4.628 trillion in 2011. Of this figure, oil taxes accounted for N3.201 trillion, or 63.93 per cent, up from N3.070 trillion in 2011, while N1.806 trillion, or about 36.07 per cent, came from non-oil taxes. The performances are significantly above a projection of N3.635 trillion in the budget for all its taxes, which grew by N379.4 billion or 8.20 per cent, when compared with the 2011 all-taxes figures. This positive trend must be sustained in future years in order for the country to actualize the positioning of the tax system in line with the 21st century trends.

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Creation of Simplified Tax Systems: nother way in which changes to the tax system can help economic growth is by easing the administrative burden on businesses – reducing the time which businesses need to spend dealing with tax matters and the complexity of the payment system. This suggests that governments keen to create a more business-friendly tax climate which is more supportive of economic growth need to focus not only on the overall rates and burden of taxation, but also on minimizing the time and effort which businesses need to spend complying with their tax rules and regulations. The fall out of an overly complicated tax system is tax evasion. This is why it is imperative, for instance, that all tax forms both at the federal and state levels should be reviewed and redesigned.

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Concise and Simple Tax Laws: ax revenues depend on government’s administrative capacity to collect taxes and taxpayers’ willingness to comply. Compliance with tax laws is important to keep the system working for all and to support the programmes and services that improve lives. Keeping the rules concise, simple and as clear as possible will be helpful to taxpayers.

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Review of Obnoxious Tax Laws: here are still some contradictions, gaps and overlaps in some existing tax laws that require urgent amendment. The timeliness of review of tax laws as events unfold should also be addressed expeditiously so that the tax environment can respond positively to the dynamism in the global economy.

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Coordinated Approach to Tax Reforms: here is need for the country to develop a coordinated approach to tax reforms. While many countries have improved their tax systems significantly and still continue to do so, tax reform is very high on governments’ agenda around the world. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ publication

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on ‘Paying Taxes 2012’, during 2010/2011, 33 economies made it easier to pay taxes or reduced tax rates. Introducing electronic systems to make compliance easier was the most common feature of tax reform during the period. Tax reforms provide the platform for creating a more business-friendly tax system. Tax rates which directly bear on business activity can be brought down by shifting the burden of tax away from wealth-generating activities to consumption activities such as personal expenditures vide VAT and other indirect taxes. Another way in which tax reform can help create a better climate for business, is by broadening the tax base which enables the same amount of taxation to be raised with a lower overall tax rate. The UK’s current approach to corporate tax reform is an example of this. It should also be noted that this is the position proposed by the NTP. Hence there is need to implement all the reforms proposed in the policy as earlier stated. In this regard, therefore, Kabir M. Mashi, the Acting Executive Chairman of FIRS had posited that a tax system that will take Nigeria to the year 2020 and beyond should: Have an effective linkage of all the revenue collection agencies with an empowered and elevated common policy making organ (JTB). Be fully automated for easy information capturing and sharing, such that no transaction with some tax implication will take place without passing through the tax system. Have a taxpayer data base that can be updated from time to time, and that can reveal the profile of every taxpayer. Stand on the tripod of quality service delivery, effective taxpayer education and an enforcement and compliance strategy that will make tax evasion in any form very unprofitable. Rely on proper self-assessment, supported by an effective compliance/enforcement machinery, transparency and accountability entrenched as part of the culture of quality service delivery. Raise the level of tax morality to such a level that will make tax

payment a routine patriotic obligation. The Role of Professionalism in Positioning the Tax System in the 21st Century The role of tax professionals in fostering a good and effective tax system cannot be over-emphasized because of the changing times which require bringing the varied professional skills and experience to the fore front of improving the tax system. Since professionals are at the vanguard of development initiatives in other parts of the world, especially in developed economies. Nigerian professionals, (chartered tax practitioners) should not only be involved but also allowed to play leading roles in any tax reform process. This is the only sure way to achieve our collective desire for a fully professionalized tax system in our country. The Nigerian Government should encourage the use of tax professionals who are members of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria(CITN) to handle their tax matters in order to eliminate quacks in the tax system. The regulation of the tax practice and administration in any country is necessary to discourage sharp practices. This apart, the low level of tax education among the populace has made voluntary compliance quite difficult, hence, the need to consult members of a regulatory body like the CITN for professional tax advice and guidance. There is the need to have professionals within the tax system to drive this all important sector of the nation’s economy. It is our belief that government policies and programmes in the area of increased revenue generation can be best implemented with a State Internal Revenue Service (SIRS) that is autonomous and managed by professionally competent chartered tax administrators in accordance with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Unless the revenue agency is totally independent with powers to carry out its assignments without hindrance but in compliance with the dictates of the law, government shall continue to lose revenue. The political will of government shall be a morale booster for the improvement of the state’s internally generated revenue. Poser: The era of desktop has faded away and the era of laptops is fading away gradually. Conducting business in a physical office is going viral. Is the tax system moving along? Unless and until it is recognized that the Nigerian tax system moves as fast as the world is moving or pick up speed to meet up, it will be difficult to achieve the aim of positioning the tax system for globalization. Tax reforms and improvement of the tax system should be left in the hands of professionals who have been trained to carry out their professional duties so that the citizenry and investors will not continue to complain of such vices as multiple taxation, inefficient and ineffective administration, obsolete tax laws, extortion, evasion and low revenue.


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OPEN LETTER TO HON MINISTER OF POWER AND STEEL DEVELOPMENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA Hon. Minister Sir, we are compelled to draw your attention to a contract that was awarded by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria PLC to ELECTROMONTAZ CONSORTUM for the construction of 2x30 40 MVA 132/133KV Substation at YELWA in KEBBI STATE which is suffering a setback and neglect by the construction company, even though POWER is one of the major focus of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. Surprisingly, the company has started moving some of its equipment from the site to an unknown destination. Hon. Minister Sir, it is important to note that we have contributed to the establishment of Kanji Dam Hydroelectric Power of the nation, consequent of which the graves of our ancestors and old Yelwa town have been washed away by the activities of Kainji Dam in the 1960’s and yet we do not have full current for the past 20 years. The little we have cannot start a standing fan without the help of a stabilizer at the moment. Find attached are pictures of the site for your information and action.

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How we’re stablising Nigeria’s economy- Okonjo-Iweala By Abdulwahab Isa

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oordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said various interventions of government have succeeded in stabilizing the economy. For insistence she swaid the present administration successfully constructed 500 kilometers of fibreoptic cable to rural areas while another 3,000km is programmed for deployment under 2013/2014 phase plan. This was in addition to total of 266 public access venues established in 2013 – 156 Rural IT Centres and 110 Community Communication Centres. Dr. Iweala gave these details in her 102 page responses to 50 questions demanded of her by the House of Representatives committee on finance. The committee and the Minister bickered recently during presentation of 2014 appropriation bill to the members of National Assembly. The committee as part of its oversight function

prepared 50 questions on which it demanded prompt responses from the Minister as pre-condition to considering 2014 appropriation bill. In providing answers to the 50 questions, the Minister segmented her responses to significant achievements recorded by government in the area of healthcare, communications technology, job creation, infrastructures and other key areas. On telecommunications, the minister said a total of 59 base stations had been installed so far, with an additional 1,000 planned for 2014. “In addition, we also provided wholesale internet bandwidth to Internet Service Providers, Cyber cafes, and ICT centres like Community Communication Centres (CCC) in rural communities – connectivity to 12 out of 18 pilot sites completed. In 2013, we deployed a fibre-optic high-speed internet network to connect 27 Federal universities, and provided computing facilities to 74 tertiary

institutions and 218 public schools across the country. Finally, we established innovation centers to support entrepreneurs in the ICT sector, and also launched a Venture Capital fund of $15 million for ICT businesses. We facilitated the deployment of mobile communications base stations in rural areas of Nigeria. A total of 59 Base Stations have been installed thus far, with an additional 1,000 planned for 2014”. On employment, she said a total of 1.6 million jobs were created last year quoting data by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). “In agriculture for instance, the provision of inputs in 10 Northern states enabled dry season farming and created over 250,000 seasonal jobs. season. In manufacturing, the Onne Oil and Gas Free zone created an estimated 30,000 direct and indirect jobs. The government special intervention programme YouWin supported young entrepreneurs, creating over 18,000 jobs. The Surecommunity Services has also created 120,000 job opportunities” she said.

FAAC: FG, states, LGs share N581.5bn for December 2013

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he Federal Ministry of Finance has announced that the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) shared N581.498 billion to the three tiers of government for December 2013. The Minister of State for Finance, Dr Yerima Ngama, announced this in Abuja when he addressed newsmen on the outcome of the FAAC meeting which ended on Thursday. Ngama said that the amount shared included N64.725 billion from Value Added Tax (VAT), N7.617 billion refunded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and N35.549 billion from SURE-P. He said that actual distributable amount for the month was N473.607 billion as against budgetary expected figure of N623.768 billion. ``The distributable statutory revenue for the month is N473.607 billion, which is N150.161 billion less than the N623.768 billion that was budgeted for the month. ``Also distributed is the sum of N7.617 billion refunded by the NNPC to be shared to states and local governments.

In addition, the sum of N35.549 billion is proposed for distribution under the SURE-P Programme,’’ he said. A breakdown of the distribution showed that the Federal Government received N221.161billion, representing 52.68 per cent; states got N112.176 billion, representing 26.72 per cent, while local governments received N86.483 billion, representing 20.60 per cent. He also announced that N48.461 billion, representing 13 per cent derivation revenue, was shared among the oil producing states. On VAT, the minister said that the gross revenue collected in December was N64.725 billion as against N91.730 billion distributed in November, representing a drop of N27.005 billion. He said that the mineral revenue collected for the month was N379.122 billion, which was less than the N490.765 billion realised in November and also less than budgeted expectation of N465.057 billion for the month. He stated that nonmineral revenue collected during the period was N100.828 billion, showing

a reduced difference of N6.159 billion from the N106.987 that was collected in November. Ngama said N6.343 billion was transferred to the nation’s Excess Crude Account (ECA) for December, adding that revenue realised in the month was poor. He attributed the low revenue to serious disruption in oil production, vandalism of pipelines and “Force Majeure” declared at Bonny Terminal. Also addressing newsmen, the Chairman of Finance Commissioners Forum, Mr Timothy Odah, said that the forum had extensive discussions on how best to resolve the issue of returns from the revenue collecting agencies. He said that a committee, headed by the Accountant-General of the Federation, had been constituted to look into issues of returns from the agencies, especially NNPC. “We want to know the average daily oil production so that we can use it as a yard stick to measure what they bring to us as the returns for the month hence forth,” he said.(NAN)


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Expert advises SEC on re- cpitalisation of stock broking firms

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capital market analyst, Mr Segun Williams, has advised the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow market forces to determine the capital base of operators in the capital market. Williams gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that re-capitalisation of the firms was not necessarily the most important thing needed to boost capital market activities in the country. NAN recalls that the board of SEC, in December 2013, approved a new minimum capital requirement for all categories of capital market operators. The regulatory body approved the minimum capital for market operatorspursuant to Section 313(6) of the Investments and Securities Act (ISA) 2007. The minimum capital requirement for broker/dealer

was increased from N70 to N300 million. For brokers, the capital requirement was increased from N40 million to N200 million, while that of dealers was increased from N30 to N100 million. The minimum capital requirement for issuing house was also increased from N150 million to N200 million, while that of underwriter was increased from N100 million to N200 million. ``My suggestion is that they should allow market forces to do these things. “There are some stock broking firms that are above N70 million, some are even close to or already above that N300 million. ``Those that have the capacity and have grown capacity over the years should be allowed to run. ``But when you now say you are forcing everybody across board to get to that level, then you are not helping the operators who

are into it.’’ he said. Williams said that though the idea of recapitalisation might not in all cases wrong, but it would not in any way make a stock broker to be stronger. Williams said that SEC must ensure that the sector was not over regulated to avoid situation where brokers would start to look for margin loans to meet basic requirements to operate. He attributed the crash witnessed in the market in the past to regulation that led to some dealers talking margin loans from banks to buy stocks in the market. Williams said that with the current directive of recapitalisation, commissions that brokers were getting from various transactions were also being reduced. ``They dropped from 2. 75 per cent to 1.575 and further to 1.35 per cent,’’ he said. He said that the

recapitalisation would only take away professionals in the system and allow those who made money from anywhere to be in the system. ``So what am saying is that the capital base is too high for brokers. “If we continue this way, what we will be seeing and looking at is building institutions that will be owned by non-professionals and the professionals will be there taking commands, ‘Williams said He called for good corporate governance and enabling environment to grow the small broking firms established by professionals. `` They are not looking at cooperate governance twinkling down to the least of staff in an organisation; there are a lot of things happening in the stock broking firms. ``They are all small institutions. “ I think they should

Chairman, Board of Directors, Ashaka Cement Plc, Alhaji Umar Kwairanga, laying foundation stone for the construction of 55 houses, on Wednesday at LaddeBage village of Funakaye Local Government Area where three communities will be relocated in Gombe state by Ashaka Cement Plc. Photo: NAN

Banks urged to extend credit facilities for estate development

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ormer Managing Director of Federal Housing Authority (FHA), retired Brig-Gen Tunde Reis, has urged financial institutions to extend credit facilities for housing developments. Reis told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that this would help in reducing the huge housing deficit in the country and provide employment for skilled and

unskilled construction personnel. According to him, housing contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country through the impact of new developments and housing services. Reis, who is also the founder of First World Communities Ltd., Lagos, said that new housing development could also raise taxes generated from construction and

sale of new houses. “It has ripple effects on the economy from the wages and profits of those employed in the construction sector. “Also, there is the effect of spending on local goods and services generated by those occupying the completed homes,” he said. Reis said that a family moving into a new home would generally

spend about 60 per cent of income on goods and services sold in the local economy. He said that by extending credit facilities for housing developments, banks and financial institutions would be helping to increase the contributions of the sector to the GDP. NAN reports that Nigeria has over 16 million housing deficit. (NAN)

concentrate more on seeing how they run this organisations, succession plans, how they attend to clients, and their level of integrity, whether they are operating in the way they should,’’ he said. Williams said that small broking firms must not be encouraged to merge as it would bring more confusion into the system. (NAN)

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resident, National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo has canvassed capital punishment for the vandals of telecoms facilities in the country. Ogunbanjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that capital punishment was necessary to prevent vandals from sabotaging the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure and frustrating the efforts of telecoms operators in providing quality services. He said that vandalism of critical telecommunication infrastructure would continue to disrupt quality services to the over 170 million telephone subscribers in the country. The Association’s chief decried the incessant vandalism of such infrastructure, especially in violence-prone areas, adding that it would have a negative impact on further investment in the industry. He said that such disruptions did not only disconnect subscribers, but also caused embarrassments to businesses and national security. Ogunbanjo said that government should declare telecommunication facilities as critical national infrastructure, due to their importance. ``Vandalism of critical telecommunication infrastructure has a ripple effect on the economy, including job losses and reduced taxable income. ``Government cannot fold its arms and watch the disruption in our networks, as this may affect the security of lives and the livelihoods of Nigerians, who depend on the services of these operators.” He called on the government to beef up security around telecommunication infrastructure nationwide, to prevent agents of economic sabotage from destroying critical economic infrastructure. (NAN)


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Special Report

Housing deficit: Why is government’s housing policy still a burden? By Jamila Nuhu Musa with Agency Report

housing delivery in Nigeria on the short mortgage tenure system obtainable in the country. According to him, only a few primary mortgage institutions in the country give mortgage loans that are repayable beyond 10 years. Ubosi also described the 17-percent interest on mortgage loans as very high, as against three to five per cent charged in developed countries. ``The financial institutions in the country offer loans not mortgages. This is because mortgage tenure, as practised in the many countries, is beyond a minimum of 20 years. ``In other countries, mortgage is given out at low interest rate but in Nigeria, those who need mortgage cannot access it,” he said.

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ot many Nigerians are as lucky as Nollywood Actor, Ramsey Noah, who once slept in a store under the bridge; he was sharing his rag to riches experience. According to him, it was so bad that he and his mum didn’t have a home or shelter to live in. “We had to stay in a store, a small store that could take only one mat. My mother and I squeezed ourselves on that mat”. “Those were the times when things got really bad for my mother and I and we had nothing. It was so bad that we didn’t have a home or shelter to live in. We had to stay under a bridge”. He was not the only one who had such experience. Actor, Charles Inojie also recounted his own homeless situation but now it is history for the duo. Presently, many Nigerians are homeless with several sleeping under the bridge, crudely built shacks, huts and other out-houses. So why is the Nation’s housing policy still a burden? By some accounts, Nigeria’s home ownership rate, currently put at 25 per cent, is very low when compared with the housing situation in some developing and developed countries. Available statistics show that Benin Republic has home ownership rate of 63 per cent; Kenya 73 per cent; Singapore 90 per cent; the U.S. 70 per cent; South Africa 56 per cent, and Libya 41 per cent. Commenting on the housing situation in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan said that the country needed a minimum of N56 trillion to be able to bridge a deficit of 17 million housing units. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Jonathan said that the shortfall, which did not cover the cost of providing infrastructure, translated to an average cost of N3.5 million per housing unit. Housing experts note that the housing deficit has continued to increase; saying that the development indicates that the government’s housing policy is not working as expected. They note that the deficit rose from seven million housing units in 1991 to between 12 and 15 million units in 2008, while peaking at between 17 and 18 million units in 2012. They insist that the deficit would continue to rise until the financial authorities are able to bring down interest rates to a single-digit level,

Nollywood Actor, Ramsey Noah so as to enable low income earners to access mortgage loans. Mr Gimba Ya’u Kumo, the Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, said that something urgent must be done to bridge the housing deficit.

``If nothing is done, there will be an estimated homeless population of 24.4 million people in Nigeria by 2015,’’ he said. Mr Chudi Ubosi, the Chairman of Association of Estate Agents of Nigeria (AEAN), blamed the poor

A house in a highbrow district in Abuja.

Ubosi said that the high mortgage interest rates had discouraged many investors and Nigerians from aspiring to own their own houses. He suggested that mortgage loans should be given out by mortgage institutions at singledigit interest rates. However, Mr Olayemi Shonubi, the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), said that government could bridge the housing deficit by encouraging a pragmatic partnership between the public and private sector.

He suggested that individuals and organisations should be encouraged to come together to form housing cooperatives, as part of efforts to boost housing delivery. Shonubi, however, advised the government to make land available to estate developers across the country in order to accelerate the construction of affordable houses. Sharing similar sentiments, Prof. Timothy Nubi of University of Lagos, identified difficulties in acquiring land as one of the factors responsible for the housing deficit in the country. He said that the Land Use Act of 1978, which should have been an instrument of addressing land ownership and titles, turned out to be counterproductive. He stressed that problems encountered in title transfer and registration in Nigeria could be traced to perceptible defects in the Land Use Act of 1978. Nubi said that under the Act, only the governor of a state had the power to issue a Certificate of Occupancy. ``This would have been okay if not for problems associated with time wastage, expensive processing and endemic corruption which undermines property transaction and investment,’’ he said. Nubi also underscored the need to reduce the costs and bottlenecks in efforts to obtain title documents.

A woman makes up in frontof her shack. ``The governors’ consent for transfer of title should not be more than one per cent of the value or cost of the property. ``The processing time for title registration and governors’ consent should not be more than 15 days. ``The practice of asking for numerous supporting documents such as tax clearance, development levy, tenement rates, should be entirely removed as a requirement for the processing of title transfer. ``Government should also deploy more human, financial and technical resources to man the processing offices so as to curtail bureaucracy and reduce the level of corruption associated with it,’’ he said. All the same, Mr. Chucks Omeife, the former President of Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), urged the government to check the rising cost of building materials. He said that the increasing cost of some building materials had discouraged investors from investing in the construction sector and low income earners from building their own houses. ``The development of our housing sub-sector may be hampered if the prices of building materials continue to rise unchecked because the cost of iron rods, window and door frames and other building materials are all escalating,’’ he added In the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, Omeife, nonetheless, appealed to the government to

subsidise the prices of building materials so as to boost activities in the real estate sector. He particularly stressed that low income earners would gain a lot from government’s efforts to reduce the cost of building materials. All in all, housing experts agree that one of the pragmatic ways of redressing the housing deficit in Nigeria is to make building materials affordable to the less affluent members of the society, who constitute the larger percentage of the population. The Federal Government in 2012, approved a new national housing policy for the country, giving hope to Nigerians with

the promise to build one million housing units annually to meet the nation’s housing deficit and to boost infrastructural development in the sector. The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo, had taken the decision at its weekly meeting then, when President Goodluck Jonathan traveled to Brazil for the United Nations’ summit on environment. Highlights of the new policy reportedly include the introduction of a mass housing policy, which would enable Nigerians, irrespective of their financial and social status, own a house of their own.

Under the policy, the government was to make funds available for the people in the informal sector. The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, when he addressed reporters accompanied by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Amma Pepple, and the Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama, said the new policy would replace the outdated one, which had been in place for over two decades under the 1991 Housing Policy as well as the Urban Development Policy initiated in 1997. Maku’s words in 2012: “For almost two decades, Nigeria has been struggling to bring up a new policy to facilitate the growth of housing provision in the country. In these two decades, we did not succeed in getting this policy through. But in the past one year, it has seen the ministry reaching out to all stakeholders, including the finance sector, to come out with efforts to address the sector. “The new national policy came after painstaking consultations with all the stakeholders, including the organised private sector (OPS), the civil society organisations (CSOs) and the National Economic Council. It hopes to bring about real mass housing, which the country has been dreaming of. This policy emphasises the central role of the private sector, while the government concentrates on its role as a regulator. We believe that when you give a man shelter, you provide him with dignity. The new policy will bring about the development of about one million houses annually. “This policy introduces a new element that this country has never witnessed before. By social housing, what it means is that every citizen

How can we become one of the leading economies in the global society when we are not paying serious attention to housing delivery with its attendant backward and forward linkages that would accelerate our economic growth in real term?”

counts, because it is not just for the rich, or the low income earner, but for the poorest of the poor. Indeed, it emphasises the type of housing that will ensure that all Nigerians will have a shelter.” Former Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Amma Pepple on her part, said the new policy would enhance job creation, adding that “it is one of the most viable sources of job creation”. She also said: “The policy will help the country to build capacity for the sector through the establishment of skill acquisition centres each in the six geo-political zones in the country, while taking into cognisance the need for maintenance, proper planning of the environment and the need to address the issue of urban renewal and slum upgrade, including the establishment of infrastructure in the areas. “Another aspect addressed by the new policy is that of disaster management. But over and above this, the policy hopes to drive employment and income generation in the country. Far more than any other sector, housing offers more opportunities for economic growth and the growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and driving income generation and welfare of the people.” Assuring that the ministry would work with governors to enhance urban development, she called for a new mortgage system. A foremost estate surveyor, Mr. S.P.O. Fortune Ebie, was reported to have said political will and sustained commitment at all levels in the public and privates sectors are imperative for execution of the policy. He said, “As political will appears to be the document imperative, there is need to say that in Nigeria, we have all it takes (finance, manpower, sources of building materials, appropriate technology etc. If properly harnessed, we can achieve a quantum leap in the provision of housing for our people. “How can we become one of the leading economies in the global society when we are not paying serious attention to housing delivery with its attendant backward and forward linkages that would accelerate our economic growth in real term?” Ebie who pioneered the development of Festival Town popularly known as FESTAC Town in 1977, in Lagos under the administration of former Head of State, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in the report, queried.


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International

Al-Shabaab: Guardians of Somali identity?

Al- Shabaab fighters during a training exercise in Somalia

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ritish Channel 4 journalist Jamal Osman had an exclusive on alShabaab that included a training and graduation ceremony. The picture that emerged was that al-Shabaab is a sophisticated group which, more than others, grasped the duality of the state; one of brutal efficiency in employing force and in the second order, the ability to undertake state’s benign “soft” function: collecting garbage and ensuring pharmacies stock unexpired drugs. In popular state formation theories what distinguishes or indeed makes a state a state, is its ability to project the use of force. By being the prominent purveyor of violence, the state increases the cost to anyone who wants to challenge it, and also provides an incentive for a group(s) to accept to be part of the state. Since its collapse, Somalia’s ability to function as a state and project the use of force has been outsourced to external actors. As a result - nature abhors a vacuum - al-Shabaab or previously, warlords, filled in. The group’s overarching

understanding that the centre of gravity- for its survivalrests with the citizens, and not the state or external actors, explains their durability. As long as they can provide security - because they are the biggest source of violence anyway and garbage is collected in areas that they control, it buys them legitimacy, albeit through fear. While all external actors crave to be loved, alShabaab thrives on fear. In understanding Somalis, one has to struggle with the paradox of being at once pastoral democrats - ready to negotiate some issues - and an unflinching republican,

some relations like family are non-negotiable. Al-Shabab concentrated on the latter part. While Somalis can trenchantly disagree over their clan politics, however, when it comes to their sovereignty, both personal and collectively, they will never negotiate. They are unrepentant nationalists, and in the absence of a state, rhetorically and sometimes symbolically, al-Shabaab acts as the vanguard and the only reliable guardian of Somali nationalism and identity. This is further entrenched by the fact that the majority of the post-1991 governments have not been organically constituted - they have been

externally midwifed, making al-Shabab a formidable custodian of the Somali identity. While al-Shabaab has that luxury, monopoly really, the Somali government has to juggle many contradicting and often competing interests the Turks who would want to show Somalia as the testing ground for international Islamic brotherhood through a humanitarian lens, the Europeans and the Americans who have a mortal fear of the radicalisation of Somali youth immigrants, and the African Union that wants to prove the dictum African solutions to Africa’s problem.

In popular state formation theories what distinguishes or indeed makes a state a state, is its ability to project the use of force.

Without any leverage, the Somali president/prime minister is left at the mercy of all these and many actors. All the while al-Shabaab is capable of being run like a welloiled machine. The Western countries have, by default, reduced their footprints and focus on counterterrorism. This is guided by rational calculations; limited footprint means limited domestic political consequences, inoculating themselves against accusation of invaders. But this singular focus on terrorism by the West is akin to attempting to address the symptoms rather than the cause of Somalia’s crisis - a classic Band-Aid solution. African countries are enamoured by an African solution to Africa’s problems, but they suffer from naively thinking that since we are fellow Africans, Somalis will welcome us with flowers at the gates of Mogadishu. Just like any other modern intervention, the window between an intervention as liberation and invasion is small. In the case of the AMISOM, they need to grasp that reality urgently, otherwise, their genuine effort of winning over Afropessimists could be undone. In all, everyone is in Somalia for their own interests rather than the Somalis’, and that explains why al-Shabab succeeds where others fail. Another group that most external actors could learn from is the khat distributors in Somalia. Since the collapse of the state in 1991, khat, also known as miraa - a mild stimulant popular in East Africa and grown in the Eastern part of Kenya - has been exported to Somalia during war and peace. It is distributed more efficiently than any food aid. This efficiency beats what any economist envisages when they speak about the virtues of the unseen hand of the market. This is despite al-Shabaab banning khat as haraam forbidden. The group that has survived al-Shabaab has an enduring lesson for all. Khat distribution networks and their resiliency is a case study on how to operate in a hostile environment. Maybe it is about time we undertake an unbiased study of al-Shabaab and khat distributors on how to establish a state and an efficient distribution network of economic and public goods - the key prerequisites of a state. Source: Al Jazeera


International Egypt voters ‘overwhelmingly’ back constitution Kenya bans foreign Muslim preachers

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he Kenyan police yesterday banned foreign Muslim preachers from conducting sermons in Mosques in order to curb rising cases of extremism in the coastal city of Mombasa. Mombasa County CID commander Henry Ondiek said some of the preachers are accused of using pulpits to radicalize youths and sowing hatred in various mosques in Majengo, Kisauni, and Likoni districts in Mombasa. Ondiek said detectives are looking a Tanzania cleric suspected to be among key leaders. “We have had incidents where preachers who across our borders are engaging in violence sermons in mosques. We are on high alert, will not allow such foreign preachers in our Mosques. According to intelligence, Sheikh RamadhanJuma from Tanzania had early slipped through a police dragnet when officers raided Masjid Mosque in Majengo later last year. The mosque is suspected to have ties with the Al-Shabaab terror group blamed for being behind series grenade attacks in the county by funding and recruiting Muslim youths to join the militant group in Somalia and later carry out offensives attacks in the country. “Unconfirmed reports indicate that Sheikh Juma had sneaked out of the country but we are looking for him,” Ondeik told journalists in Mombasa. According to reliable police sources, Sheikh Juma has been profiled as having links with the terror group after he arrived in the country from Tanzania. He is viewed as the successor of the slain, Sheikh Ibrahim Ismael, who took over from another slain cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo. The CID commander said police officers have identified some of the foreign preachers manly from Tanzania and are being monitored. He warned that those found of aiding them will also be arrested. “We commend the peaceful coexistence between the interfaith we want the Imam to take full control of their Mosque and ensure no foreign preachers are allowed in Mosques and Madrasa,” Ondiek said. Police have vowed to enforce a notice barring extremist preaching in Masjid Musa and Sakina Mosque in Mombasa. Source:

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gypt’s new constitution was overwhelmingly approved in a referendum, state media reported yesterday, an expected victory that nudges army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ever closer to a bid for the presidency. The vote advances a transition plan the army-backed government unveiled after deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last

July following mass protests against his rule. The next step is expected to be a presidential election for which Sisi - wildly popular among his supporters - appears the only serious candidate. He has yet to declare he will run. Some 90 percent of the people who voted approved the constitution, state-run media reported. Al-Ahram, the state’s

flagship newspaper, said the constitution was approved by an “unprecedented majority”, citing early results. The constitution won wide support among the many Egyptians who backed the army’s removal of Mursi. The Muslim Brotherhood had called for a boycott, saying the vote is part of a coup that deposed an elected leader and revived a brutal police state.

Vote counting at a polling booth in Cairo yesterday

Rights groups criticized the detention of seven activists from a moderately Islamist party vote campaigning for a “no” vote. In a statement, the foreign ministry said they were arrested on suspicion of law-breaking and all but one of them, held in relation to a past conviction, had been released. It added that there was no ban on campaigning for a “no” vote. An Interior Ministry official said turnout appeared to be more than 55 percent in the first vote since Mursi’s removal. A decree is expected within days setting the date for presidential and parliamentary elections, AlAhram reported. The official result is expected to be announced on Saturday. Some of the Islamists’ opponents pointed to the result as proof of a popular mandate for Mursi’s removal. “The Egyptians write the Brotherhood’s death certificate,” Al-Youm Al-Sabea, a privately owned newspaper, declared on its front page. The Brotherhood had called for protests during the voting. Nine people were killed on the first day of voting in clashes between its supporters and security forces. The Interior Ministry said 444 people were arrested during the two-day vote.

Uganda admits combat role in South Sudan

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ganda’s president says his troops have joined forces with the South Sudanese military and are fighting in Bor to end a rebellion in the world’s newest country. Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda, the military spokesman, said yesterday that Ugandan forces were helping loyalist forces flush rebels out of Bor, the strategic town near the capital of Juba that has seen some of the fiercest clashes since violence broke out in South Sudan in mid-December. Ugandan officials have previously denied that their troops have joined the fight, saying their forces were deployed in South Sudan mainly to aid civilian

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ore than 300 refugees from Central African Republic have fled to Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) this week to seek shelter, according to the UN mission MONUSCO. MONUSCO and civil society activists made the report Wednesday after returning from a visit to the camp hosting the refugees in the area of Mole in Equateur province. “The objective of the visit was to see the life these people who ran away from war in their country were living,” said Richard Muye, one of the civil society activists. Desire Numbiwa Numbi, the

evacuations. The involvement of a foreign army in South Sudan’s conflict could escalate a crisis set off by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the fugitive former deputy president who commands rebel forces. It comes a day after Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, admitted for the first time to helping his South Sudanese counterpart fend off the rebellion. Uganda’s troop involvement in combat in South Sudan could raise concerns that other regional countries could be sucked into the conflict, fighting their own proxy wars as has happened elsewhere on the continent, such as Congo.

A spokesman for the prime minister of Ethiopia, where peace talks are taking place, said earlier

this month having Ugandan troops engaged in combat would be “absolutely unwarranted”.

South Sudanese troops (above) are being assisted in combat roles [AP]

Over 300 CAR refugees settle in DRC administrator of the camp hosting Central African Republic’s refugees, said the UN refugee agency UNHCR had made a lot of efforts to help the

refugees. “The UN agency has also established a cybercafe for them in the camp to keep them connected to CAR refugees fleeing to neighboring DRC

the rest of the world,” he explained. At the moment, the new refugees have not indicated any willingness to return to Central African Republic despite the resignation of Michel Djotodia as president of transition on Jan. 10. Djotodia headed a rebel coalition of Seleka and overthrew ex- president Francois Bozize in March 2013. The takeover failed to end violence, which forced thousands of people to flee into DR Congo’s Orientale and Equateur provinces. Djotodia was forced to quit at a regional summit to seek a solution to the crisis. Source: Xinhua


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International

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car bomb has struck a northeastern Lebanese town close to the Syrian border, with several people reported dead. The bomb went off yesterday in the centre of the predominantly Shia town of Hermel, in the Bekaa Valley, known as a stronghold of the Shia movement Hezbollah. The mayor of Hermel told Al Jazeera that he believed the explosion was triggered by a suicide bomber in the town’s main square. Three people were confirmed killed to Al Jazeera, and at least 22 injured. Local channels, including Hezbollah’s Al Manar, broadcast images of a large plume of smoke pouring up from a square and the twisted wreckage of a car. It was the latest in a wave of attacks to hit Lebanon in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over into its smaller neighbour. The violence has targeted both Sunni and Shia neighbourhoods, further stoking sectarian tensions that are already running high as each community in Lebanon lines up behind its brethren in Syria on

…Hariri trial opens at Hague

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A car on fire hit by the explosion

opposing sides of the war. Meanwhile, the trial of four men accused of murdering former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri has begun at an unprecedented tribunal at The Hague.

but will not attend if conditions are set for its participation, Foreign Minister Mohammad

Zarif

The four - alleged associates of the Syria-backed militant Shia movement Hezbollah - have not been arrested and are being tried in absentia. Hariri and 21 others were

killed by a massive car bomb in Beirut in 2005. The killings polarised Lebanon and led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops. Hezbollah denies any involvement.

Javad Zarif said yesterday. The United States says Iranian delegates should be at the conference in Montreux, Switzerland, only if they are willing to accept an agreement reached at a June 2012 peace conference in Geneva calling for a transitional government body to be established in Damascus “by mutual consent”. Washington interprets that language as requiring President Bashar al-Assad’s departure from power but Russia and Iran reject this interpretation. “If the Islamic Republic of

Iran is invited like all other participants in the conference, it will take part in this event,” Zarif told a news conference after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He added: “We do not accept any pre-conditions for our country’s participation.” Lavrov urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kimoon to invite Iran and Saudi Arabia to the conference starting an January 22, saying the participation of regional powers would help find a political solution to the nearly three-year-old conflict.

Thai PM probed over ‘corrupt scheme’

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hailand’s official anticorruption commission says it is investigating Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in connection with the government’s controversial rice subsidy scheme. The policy guarantees Thai rice farmers a much higher price than on the global market, but critics say it is too expensive and vulnerable to corruption. The commission has already charged one minister, and is investigating others. The rice purchase scheme was launched in 2011, with the aim of boosting farmers’ incomes and helping alleviate rural poverty.

Chinese general arrested for extravagant lifestyle

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Iran wants to be at Syria talks but rejects conditions ran wants to take part in next week’s international peace conference on Syria

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… Protesters lay siege to more offices But it has resulted in the accumulation of huge stockpiles of rice, which the government cannot sell. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) says it is looking into Ms Yingluck’s role in the scheme, and investigating her for possible negligence of duty. “Those who oversaw the scheme knew there were losses but did not put a stop to it,” NACC spokeswoman Vicha Mahakhun told a news conference. As prime minister, Ms Yingluck is nominally the head of the National Rice Committee.

Farmers have traditionally been some of Ms Yingluck’s most ardent supporters. Her Phuea Thai Party was helped to power in 2011 by offering to buy rice at above the market price. Meanwhile, thousands of antigovernment protesters in Bangkok marched towards the city’s revenue offices in their latest move to try to bring the government to a standstill. Suthep Thaugsuban, one of the protest leaders, yesterday urged followers to march to offices of the revenue department, noting that other government agencies had already

been forced by the protesters’ sieges to move to temporary premises or allow employees to work at home.

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top Chinese military officer was arrested for corruption after lining his pockets with kickbacks and buying dozens of homes, a gilded statue of Mao Zedong, and a “golden boat”. GuJunshan, a former lieutenant general and deputy logistics chief with great influence within the People’s Liberation Army, was arrested after an investigation into his personal affairs. The Caixin magazine reported this week that the state confiscated possessions including the Mao statue and a mansion he built modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. It alleged he took huge kickbacks through selling military-owned land. In Shanghai, Gu allegedly received a six percent kickback for a military plot that fetched more than $330 million, and in his hometown of Puyang, his family was known for land grabs and property developments, Caixin said. Officials seized “a gold boat, a gold wash basin and a gold statue of Mao Zedong” along with “crates of expensive liquor” on the premises known by locals as the “General’s Mansion”, according to Caixin. Gu has not been seen since early 2012 and his name has been removed from the official Defense Ministry website. Last summer, Gong Fangbin, a professor at the PLA National Defense University, confirmed that Gu was under investigation saying the public was upset over the crimes of Gu and his predecessor. The predecessor, Wang Shouye, was given a suspended death sentence by a military court in 2006 for taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes. However, details of the case may never be announced publicly because it most likely will go before a military court. China’s leadership has issued a raft of bans over the past year ranging from fancy banquets to expensive gifts, in an effort to deter graft and impose frugality. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday promised a noholds-barred corruption crusade, warning ruling Communist Party officials that “all dirty hands will be caught”, state media reported. Xi has taken a much-publicised hard line against corruption since coming to power a little over one year ago; stressing that corruption could destroy the party.


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US probes images of marines ‘burning dead Iraqis’

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he US Marine Corps says it is trying to determine the authenticity of images published by a celebrity gossip

website that appear to show marines burning the bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents. The website TMZ has published eight photographs

and says it has a further 33 that are too graphic to show. TMZ said it was told the photographs were taken in Fallujah in 2004.

A Pentagon spokesman said the actions depicted in the photos “are not what we expect from our service members”. “We are currently investigation the veracity of these photos, circumstances involved, and if possible, the identities of the service members involved,” Marine Capt Richard Ulsh said in a statement. “The findings from this investigation will determine whether we are able to move forward with any investigation into possible wrongdoing.” The series of photos show a man in marine uniform pouring what appears to be flammable liquid on dead insurgents, and then setting them ablaze. Other pictures show bodies on flame, and charred remains. In one image, a marine is seen posing next to a skull. Falluja was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting between US forces and insurgents during the Iraq war.

Hollande critic dumps manure in front of parliament

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critic of President Francois Hollande and France’s ruling elite dumped tonnes of horse manure in front of the national parliament building in Paris yesterday in a pungent protest against French politics. “Out with Hollande and the entire political class. Long live the Sixth Republic,” read a message on the side of the man’s articulated truck. France’s present-day Fifth Republic was founded in 1958 with Charles de Gaulle its first president. The unnamed perpetrator was

detained by police before he was able to shed all of his truckload of dung at the steps of the Bourbon Palace, the building that houses the lower house of parliament on the edge of the Seine river in downtown Paris, witnesses said. Authorities began a mass clearup operation. Hollande, hit by magazine allegations of a love affair with an actress and battling to restore the fortunes of Europe’s second-largest economy, has the lowest popularity ratings of any leader in modern-day France.

Hollande (L)

Venezuela’s Maduro shakes up top economic team

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enezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a shake-up of the team running the country’s economy during his annual state of the union address. The current public banking minister, Rodolfo Torres, will replace Nelson Merentes as finance

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minister. Mr Merentes will take over the post of head of the central bank. Speaking at the National Assembly in Caracas, Mr Maduro vowed to introducer tougher penalties against “sabotage and speculation”.

His state of the union address - the first since he was elected president in April - was broadcast on live television and radio. “How can you describe someone who hides [from the shelves] formula milk for babies? We cannot create a new euphemism for that.

That person must be described as a criminal,” said President Maduro. He was referring to Venezuelan shortages in 2013 of several goods including milk, sugar and toilet paper. The opposition blames the government’s anti-business policies and mismanagement of the economy for the crisis. But Mr Maduro says his government is under attack from powerful right-wing sectors in the country. “While the government makes a big effort to guarantee the quality of some services and the availability of products, the mafias speculate with other products and even medicines,” said Mr Maduro. Although Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, its people are suffering from the highest inflation in Latin America, sluggish growth and shortages. In November, Mr Maduro was granted special powers to govern by decree for a year to deal with the economic crisis.

Europe and Americas

Ukraine parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law

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upporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich rammed a sweeping law through parliament yesterday in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking an outcry from the opposition and raising tensions on the streets. The law, backed by 235 of 450 lawmakers, said unauthorized installation of tents, stages or amplifiers in public places in Ukraine would be punished by a fine of up to $640 or by up to 15 days in detention. People and organizations who provided facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings would be liable to a fine of up $1,275 or by detention of up to 10 days. Yanukovich’s refusal in November to sign a free trade deal with the European Union in favor of boosting ties with Ukraine’s former Soviet master Russia brought hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians out on to the streets in protest. Though numbers have dwindled since, several hundred people remain camped out on the central square of the capital Kiev or in public buildings in adjoining streets, despite a New Year and Orthodox Christmas lull. Opposition politicians regularly use a stage in the square to broadcast messages of support to the protesters and the law, assuming it is signed into force by Yanukovich, would clearly make such action illegal. The decision in parliament, taken suddenly by a show of hands which caught the opposition off-guard, followed a court ban on protests in Kiev, boosting opposition fears of an imminent police crackdown. “What happened today in parliament is a violation of laws,” said boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, an opposition leader who is regarded as a strong challenger to Yanukovich for the presidency. “They do not have any legal basis,” he said. And far-right nationalist Oleh Tyahnibok, another opposition leader, said the vote was “simply a usurping of power”. The law would make it an offence punishable by up to 15 days detention to wear a mask or facecovering like that adopted by many of the protesters, particularly those from the nationalist parties.


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Strange World

Loyal dog waits for his master 5 years after his death

Huachito

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uachito is an extremely faithful Bolivian dog, named after his famous Japanese counterpart, Hachiko. Just like Hachiko, who

stunned the world with his loyalty to his dead owner, Huachito is mourning the death of his beloved human friend. Huachito, ‘Huachi’, or simply

Handsome Asian male model is actually a girl

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few weeks ago, we did an article about a male model from Korea who posed as a girl. Now the latest news doing the rounds is quite the opposite – 23-year-old Yachen Xing is one of the hottest topics trending on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, for being a girl with a successful career in male modeling. In her photographs, Yachen is dressed in male clothing and has her hair cropped short. The pictures show a guy with sulky, school-boyish looks and striking features. It’s really impossible to tell that the model is actually female. Yachen is studying animation

at the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University & School of Arts. She is 173 centimeters tall (that’s 5 foot 7 inches), and her frame is best described as ‘lanky’. She is a representative of her school’s women’s basketball team. Her suave, model-like appearance seems to have helped her get started with modelling as well. Chinese internet sites have dubbed Yachen the ‘most handsome girl-hunk in history’. She has a large female fanfollowing; many of them regard her as their Prince Charming. Too bad she’s not single. Yachen has a girlfriend – also very good looking.

‘Hachi’ to some, is of an unknown breed. This remarkable dog has surprised the residents of Pope Paul Avenue, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he comes daily

and comes back to where his owner died. He stands at that corner and howls,” said Elizabeth Martha Garcia, a local saleswoman. Unknown to Huachito, he has been making new friends on the Avenue. The locals have grown extremely fond of him – kids play with him, neighbors feed him, and some families even want to adopt him. But that just doesn’t seem possible while Huachito remains loyal to his original master. Dogs are such wonderful creatures; their loyalty is so beautiful and amazing. Here at OC, we’ve featured whose loyalty to their masters stretches beyond the border between life and death. There was Wang Cai – the Chinese dog that waited outside his dead master’s workplace for four years, Ciccio, who attended daily Mass at the church his master used to go to and Leaoand Capitan, who refused to leave their respective owners’ gravesides for years.

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and waits for his master to return. Unfortunately, the dog’s owner passed away five years ago in a tragic accident. According to Roman Lujan Bilbao, a local butcher, “It should be about five years since the owner died in a motorcycle accident. The dog has come and stood here ever since.” The locals have taken to feeding and caring for the dog while it waits patiently. The story goes that in happier times, ‘Huachito’ would follow a young man riding a bike around the Avenue every day. The bike was hit by a taxi one morning, and its rider died on the way to the hospital. Ever since, Huachito has been roaming the streets, expecting to find his friend again. Sometimes, he is unable to contain his disappointment and lets out miserable howls. Every time a bike passes by, he barks frantically, thinking that it might be his master. “He walks from corner to corner

r. Jim Withers, from Pittsburgh, Pa., has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to treating the city’s homeless. He is known as the ‘street doctor’ because he dresses up like a homeless person and goes out at night to provide medical care to the real needy. The extraordinary doctor started his unusual practice in 1992, along with Mike Sallows, a former homeless man. The two of them went out at night with backpacks of medicine. Withers estimates that he has treated over 1,200 homeless people a year since 1992. Today, his initiative has evolved into a national network of medical students and volunteers who treat the homeless, four nights a week. The nightly service is now a nonprofit – Operation Safety Net. It is one of the first full-time street medicine programs in the United States. When he first started the service, Withers was a hospital specialist. His colleagues were

not too happy with his initiative, but he stuck to his guns. Risking his standing in the medical community, he chose to stand up for his mission. “Some people were negative about it when I started, but they have a lot to learn,” he said. “I think it’s a way of reviewing ourselves and a new way of connecting with people that we need in the healthcare profession.” But today, things have changed a lot. The same colleagues have been calling Withers to ask if their children in medical school can join his team. In the early days, Withers would just fill his backpack with a few medical supplies and free medicine samples from drug reps. Now, the financial support from donors has helped him afford more supplies. “It’s kind of an ongoing adventure to figure out how to make something like this work,” he said. “When possible, we try to get people insurance. We started with 25 percent of them having insurance to now 75 percent that have insurance.”

Filmmaker Julie Sokolow followed Withers and his team for two days, to shoot footage for a documentary. The short film was featured on the website Nation Swell, last week. “There’s this brutal honesty about it,” said Sokolow. “You start to find some of their characteristics contagious. I got obsessed with the idea of being obsessed with your profession. I was inspired by his compassion and fearlessness and thought about how to bring that into my own filmmaking.” According to Withers, “The power of healthcare goes way beyond medicine. It changes all the people involved: the homeless become more empowered and they get the courage to get off the streets. I think healing is really the formation of a community that sees each person having value. We’re all in this together.” Dr. Withers’ street program has been replicated in 90 countries worldwide. This, he said, is an incredible mark of hope for the future of community healthcare.


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Weekend Revue

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Entertainment industry was successful despite challenges, Nollywood stars

9ice joins politics: To represent Ogbomosho North Constituency in 2015

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cross section of Nollywood stars told Nigeriafilms. com that the entertainment industry in 2013, fared well despite challenges beclouding the industry. According to them, Nigeria’s entertainment industry in 2013 witnessed tremendous achievement despitelossof some of its eminent entertainers. The actors also said some among them grabbed juicy endorsement deals while others romanced controversy.

Omawumi, acquires a 2012 ML 350 Mercedes worth about N12.5million

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ne of Nigeria’s leading female singers, Omawumi, who is mother of one, is beating other female singers to it this New Y Year as she has recently acquired a 2012 ML 350 Mercedes worth about N12.5million.

Omawummi, is not only loved by many but is also a top singer in her own class. The talented singer has displayed her creativity in the music industry, from R & B to highlife, pop to soft rock, Omawumi has shown that she can handle any genre.

tar actress, Ini Edo has berated some fraudsters on Facebook using her name to dupe some of her teeming fans. She disclosed that her Facebook and Twitter accounts have been compromised and warned her fans to disregard any post asking to part with their hard-earned money.

The Akwa-Ibom-born screen diva sent out this warning message in a broadcast on blackberry and warned the c criminals to desist from such a acts. She wrote, “hello my dear people. Once again, Happy N New Year. “My attention has just been d drawn to some fraudulent acts being perpetrated by some criminals using my social media accounts; Facebook a and Twitter, they have been c compromised. “I’m hereby warning these f fraudsters to desist from these a acts and advising my fans and unsuspecting members of the public to be vigilant so they don’t fall victims. I have not asked anybody on Facebook or Twitter to pay money into any account. Please be careful. “Kindly rbc (re-broadcast) this broadcast till it spreads. Thank you. signed Ini Edo.”

W are getting We ttii th there h I don’t need your money - Oyinkansola - Ini Edo tells fans W e are getting there and I pray that other genres of music get breakthrough, fame and popularity, because I am sick and tired of hearing people say if you don’t have a club song, you can’t make it in the Nigerian music industry.

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n recent years, many of our celebrities have either left the profession they are well k known for to join politics. So, for N Nollywood stars, it is either politics o music while the musicians have or t taken interest in acting as the case m be. may Among the list of celebrities w are eying politics is popular who m musician 9ice, who is set to c contest for his state’s House of R Representatives, Oyo in 2015 The Nigerian singer, Abolore A Akande popularly known as ‘9ice’, m made the announcement in his i instagram page.

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013 was a good year for Nigeria’s entertainment scene. It witnessed lots of great tunes from both secular and gospel actors. The Nigerian entertainment industry can be regarded as one of the most vibrant sectors in 2013. A lot of new artistes debuted and others clinched endorsement deals. In 2014, the COSON and BON issue needs to be sorted out in order for it not to hinder the industry’s growth.


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Weekend Revue Games of Thrones season four trailer released

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BO has released the first trailer for Season Four of the mind blowing TV series “Game of Thrones”, Pulse.com has said. It added that the trailer came out recently indicating that “even in a world that has a rapidly dwindling population of Starks, there is plenty of misery to go around”. Sandwiched between briefly glimpsed sword-fighting scenes, the movie is the introduction of a major new character, the Red Viper, aka Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), a warrior who’s out to hunt some lions. Perhaps the most intriguing visual is the site of TyrionLannister (Peter Dinklage) in chains, tipping off readers of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” that another big shocker from the books is looming this season. “It’s tempting to see your enemies as evil, but there’s good and evil on both sides of every war ever fought,” JoranMormont (Iain Glen) counsels his liege, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke).

Whitney Houston’s daughter secretly married her brother

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hitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina and her adopted brother, Nick Gordon are officially married, Pulse.com has said. The report also indicated that Whitney’s mother,Cissy Houston was not happy with the wedding. The new couple earlier told reporters that Cissy gave them her blessing but now, it’s allegedly a ‘big lie’. According to TMZ, “Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon are now married. They also claimed they attended a Sweet 16 soiree, and that’s where Cissy (grandmother) gave her thumbs up. But our Houston family sources said they were at the party and neither Bobbi nor Nick ever asked Cissy for her approval.”

SAG awards: Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington among presenters

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ollywood Reporter has said that the first round of presenters for Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards has been announced, featuring a number of A-list stars. It added that Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey are all set to hand out trophies during the ceremony, which will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS. Winfrey, Hanks, McConaughey, Leto, Garner, Spacey, Washington, Whitaker and Cheadle are all nominated for SAG Awards this year. Winfrey and Whitaker were both nominated for their individual work in the cast of Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

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Hanks, who previously received SAG awards for his work in Forrest Gump and as part of the cast of Apollo 13, is nominated for best actor for his work in Captain Phillips. McConaughey and Leto received best actor and best supporting actor nominations for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, which is also up for best cast, a nomination Garner shares. The actress previously won a SAG award for her role in the ABC series Alias.

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0th Century Fox has closed a deal to acquire the screen rights to the hugely popular fantasy card game from Hasbro, and will develop the property with an eye to launch a massive franchise on the scale of ‘Harry Potter’and‘The L o r d o f t h e Rings’. The studio has enlisted Simon Kinberg, the Fox-based writer-producer who is also helping shepherd the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes at the studio, to produce the adaptation. Kinberg will also act as the franchise’s engineer -or supreme sorcerer, if you will -- overseeing the development of the movie series in concert with Hasbro execs.

Magic was introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, a company involved in the making of role-playing games that soon found itself at the forefront of the collectibletrading-card-game movement. Magic involves cards with a host of wizards and creatures, weapons and spells that players use to defeat each other. Cards vary in strength, and some are rarer than others. (The rare ones also became hugely valuable.) The game swept comic book shops and schools in the 1990s, and tournaments were organized. The popularity of the game was such that tournaments are now held worldwide.

Other companies followed Wizards of the Coast, which was bought by Hasbro in 1999, by acquiring licenses and creating card gamed based on properties such as Star Wars andPokemon. Execs Kira Goldberg and Ryan Jones were instrumental in the acquisition and will shepherd the films for Fox whileDaniel Persitz will oversee for Hasbro. Hasbro CEO, Brian Goldnerand Stephen Davis together with Wizards of the Coast president Greg Leeds will act in production capacities. AdityaSoodand Josh Feldman, Kinberg’s key execs at his Genre Films production single will also act as executive producers on the movie.

Russia’s culture Minister renews call for limits on Hollywood movie imports

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ussian culture m i n i s t e r Vladimir Medinsky renewed a call for the introduction of an annual cap for imported movies. Medinsky spoke in f favor of introducing q quotas on Hollywood imports pegged to t the number of local r releases, an idea that h had been floated for o over a couple of years. This time a around, however, the government could act, as the minister said that “without [a cap], it is impossible to help the Russian film sector.” The decision on whether to develop a draft law on film quotas is expected to be made over the next few weeks, based on 2013 box office results. The minister didn’t specify any figures, but past talk has

Russia diplomats discussing during a movie premier

focused on ensuring that 20 to 24 percent of screen time of all films released every year in Russia goes to homegrown titles. Defending his stance on quotas, Medinsky cited an example from the Soviet era, when no more than six U.S. movies per year were allowed to be released in the Soviet Union. The minister also spoke

out in favor of empowering the country’s cinema fund to improve international collaboration. He said that the Russian cinema fund is to be in charge of such collaboration and of the promotion of local fare internationally. “All international activities are given to the fund,” he said. “It has more resources.”


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Feature How public complaints commission can be of benefit to society By Abigael Joshua By its mandate, the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) ought to be a veritable and powerful ombudsman which addresses the various complaints of the citizenry. Observers believe that through the PCC, the citizens and foreigners residing in Nigeria should be able to seek redress for ``unfair’’ administrative decisions by government establishments or their officials at no cost. Mr Obunike Ohaegbu, the PCC Commissioner in the FCT, noted that the public expectations of the commission’s functions were quite high. ``This is because the commission’s role is not only to receive complaints from aggrieved parties who have suffered one form of injustice or the other; it should also take the initiative to address issues,’’ he said. He said that the commission was mandated to receive complaints on delays in the payment of gratuity, pension and land compensation, wrongful termination of appointment or dismissal and difficulties encountered in getting insurance companies to pay claims, among others. As a rule, these complaints are made in writing and signed by the complainants before they are presented to the commission. However, complainants who are not literate are assisted by the commission’s officials to write complaints, while the contents are read and interpreted to them in the language they understand in the presence of witnesses. Ohaegbu noted that although the PCC ought to be better appreciated with the coming of democratic government in 1999 and the ``adoption’’ of the PCC Act by the 1999 Constitution, the reverse was the case. He recalled that no executive officer was, however, appointed for the PCC from 1999 until the National Assembly, in compliance with the Act, inaugurated the Chief Commissioner and other commissioners for the commission in May 2012. According to him, the Act does not only empower commissioners to summon anybody, it also stipulates that a commissioner shall have access to all information necessary for the efficient performance of his or her duties. Observers, however, note that the inauguration of the PCC executives is a watershed in efforts to put in place a viable public complaints mechanism for the country. They argue that by the inauguration, the National Assembly keyed into the Transformation Agenda of

Fighting will not solve the problems President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, giving Nigerians a leeway to ventilate their views on government’s activities. This notwithstanding, the observers stress that there is little or no public awareness about the activities of the PCC, as the citizens, whose interests the agency is supposed to protect, know little or nothing about its existence. This, among other challenges, has compelled various stakeholders to clamour for increased public enlightenment about the mission of the commission. Prof. Jonah Elaigwu of University of Jos said that the features of the 21stCentury civilisation, which included innovations in the technological and communication fields, had created new challenges for the PCC. Elaigwu said this at a retreat organised for the commissioners and directors of the commission in Abuja in December 2013. He stressed that the PCC

required visionary and effective leadership, including team spirit among its personnel, to enable it to give quality service delivery to Nigerians. Elaigwu advised the PCC commissioners and directors to develop new ideas and strategies that would reflect strong determination and political will. He, nonetheless, noted that the degeneration of public services in the country had posed new challenges for commission. Senate President David Mark, who spoke at the opening of the retreat, however, stressed that for Nigeria to effwectively fight corruption and administrative injustices, the PCC must be given absolute professional independence. Mark, who was represented by Sen. Ayo Akinyelure, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Ethics, Privilege and Public Petitions, noted that the nonrelease of funds by the executive arm government once caused delays in the payment of the salaries and entitlements of PCC

workers for some months. He reiterated the support of the National Assembly for the PCC in efforts to fight administrative injustices. However, Prof. Victor Ayeni, a Consultant with UK-based Governance and Management Services International, said that a public complaints agency must be beneficial to the society. He, nonetheless, underscored the need for individuals to know and appreciate the commission’s line of work. Justice George Uloko, the Chief Commissioner for PCC, said that the retreat was to create public awareness in efforts to reposition the commission for better delivery. He listed inadequate finance as the major challenge facing the commission, pledging, however, that the commission would continue to train and retrain its workforce to enable the workers to meet their expected responsibilities Uloko noted that the commission had existed without

complainants who are not literate are assisted by the commission’s officials to write complaints, while the contents are read and interpreted to them in the language they understand in the presence of witnesses.

constitutional leadership for about 13 years. ``In order to cover the lost ground, we have identified the repositioning of the Public Complaints Commission as a critical factor to be addressed,’’ he said. Alhaji Usman Dugubari, the chairman of the retreat’s organising committee, noted that the PCC became active through the intervention of the National Assembly and thanked the lawmakers for their support to the commission Mrs Angela Metuh-Mbah, the PCC Commissioner in Anambra, said that the commission had handled 6,000 cases in 2013, adding that most of the cases related to pensions’ settlement. She said that the best way to tackle the menace of corruption in the public service was to put the pension system right. Reiterating that 60 per cent of the cases handled by the PCC were pension-related, MetuhMbah bemoaned a situation where workers’ pensions were not paid many years after their retirement. The challenges facing the PCC notwithstanding, observers insist that the commission should make pragmatic efforts to treat the numerous pending cases. They also urge the commission to make concerted efforts to increase the public awareness of its activities to as to justify the rationale behind its establishment. Source: NAN


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Feature

Forms of bribery

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ribery is an act of giving money or giftgiving that alters the behaviour of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty. The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient’s conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity. In economics, the bribe has been described as rent. Bribery in bureaucracy has been viewed as a reason for the higher cost of production of goods and services. The photo of cash found in Jefferson’s freezer in the August 2005 raid was shown to jurors on 8 July 2009.

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narguably, corruption is one of the greatest threats to the socio-economic and political development of any nation. Observers insist that the fight against corruption in Nigeria has remained a major challenge facing successive administrations. They stress that Nigeria has been rated low in the fight against corruption, citing a report of Transparency International which indicates that the country currently occupies 144th position in the global corruption ranking. The concerned observers concede that although Nigeria has made some efforts to tackle the menace in the past, very little achievement has been recorded. They also note that delays in the movement of files in offices, extortion by law enforcement or traffic officers, queues at passport offices and filling stations, the ghost workers’ syndrome and election irregularities, among others, are some instances of corruption. They are of the view that the success of the war against corruption in Nigeria largely depends on the input of all Nigerians. Dr Femi Omotoso of Ekiti State University said that the fight against corruption should not be handled by the Federal Government alone. He called on local and state governments, private organisations and individuals to make concerted efforts to tackle the menace. He said that the obsession of some public office holders to acquire wealth at the expense of national development would fizzle out if political leaders were honest and upright. Commending the efforts of

Many types of bribes exist, the act is called by different names: tip, gift, sop, perk, skim, favour, discount, waived fee/ticket, free food, free ad, free trip, free tickets, sweetheart deal, kickback/ payback, funding, inflated sale of an object or property,

lucrative contract, donation, campaign contribution, fundraiser, sponsorship/ backing, higher paying job, stock options, secret commission, or promotion (rise of position/rank). One must be careful of differing social and cultural

norms when examining bribery. Expectations of when a monetary transaction is appropriate can differ from place to place. Political campaign contributions in the form of cash, for example, are considered criminal acts of bribery in some countries, while in the United States, provided they adhere to election law, are legal. Tipping, for example, is considered bribery in some societies, while in others the two concepts may not be interchangeable. In some Spanish-speaking countries, bribes are referred to as “mordida” (literally, “bite”); in Arab countries they are Rachwa. Frenchspeaking countries often use the expressions “dessousde-table” (“under-the-table” commissions), “pot-de-vin” (literally, “wine-pot”), or “commission occulte” (“secret commission” or “kickback”). While the last two expressions contain inherently a negative connotation, the expression “dessous-de-table” can be often understood as a commonly accepted business

practice (for instance, on the occasion of a real estate transaction before the notary, a partial payment made between the buyer and seller; needless to say, this is a good way to launder money). In German, the common term is Schmiergeld (“smoothing money”). The offence may be divided into two great classes: the one, where a person invested with power is induced by payment to use it unjustly; the other, where power is obtained by purchasing the suffrages of those who can impart it. Likewise, the briber might hold a powerful role and control the transaction; or in other cases, a bribe may be effectively extracted from the person paying it, although this is better known as extortion. The forms that bribery takes are numerous. For example, a motorist might bribe a police officer not to issue a ticket for speeding, a citizen seeking paperwork or utility line connections might bribe a functionary for faster service. Wikipedia

Tackling corruption in Nigeria

ICPC Chairman Mr Ekpo Nta the Federal Government to curb official corruption, Omotoso, nonetheless, called for more pragmatic measures aimed at restoring national ethos. He noted that the poor workers’ salary had fostered corruption, adding, however, that there was a convincing need for all Nigerians to shun corruption at all times. ``Living wage or a good pay package for workers will help to reduce the level of corruption in the system; it is better to be paid a high salary than to illegally earn millions through corrupt means,’’ he said. Besides, Omotoso underscored the need to build the capacity of the country’s anti-graft agencies to prosecute those involved in corrupt practices as a means of

fighting corruption. He also said that more preventive measures should be put in place in ministries, departments and agencies to make it impossible for officials to have easy access to public funds. Sharing similar sentiments, Mr Debo Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, said that the Federal Government should redouble its efforts to stamp out corruption. He urged the government to empower the anti-graft agencies to strengthen their investigation and prosecution of suspects. ``If the anti-graft agencies are empowered, they can engage in diligent investigations by gathering iron-cast evidence and witnesses

EFCC boss Ibrahim Lamorde against the corrupt elements before they are apprehended. ``If prevented, corrupt acts won’t be committed but if the crime eventually occurs, anti-graft agencies should be empowered to nip it in the bud before it festers. ``Culprits who are caught in the act, those who confess to stealing public funds or those who are convicted by appropriate courts, should be adequately punished,’’ he said. Adeniran stressed that if corrupt persons and officials were adequately punished when they were apprehended, their punishment would serve as a deterrent to others. He, nonetheless, commended efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

(EFCC) in the fight against corruption, urging the commission, however, to improve on its service delivery. ``The operational strategies of the EFCC could have been more productive, if the agency has enough specialists that have specialised training for the kind of investigation they are supposed to undertake,’’ he added. Nevertheless, Prof Seyi Akinseye of Nasarawa State University called for a national action plan to curb corruption in the country. He noted that the current focus of the country’s anticorruption policies was mainly on prosecution, with little or no regard for crime prevention. Source: NAN


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Values and leadership

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which is patently Western European and whose values are at variance with our societies in which God still sits at the top of our hierarchy pyramid, and nourishes our theory of knowledge. This mismatch between the values of our operating political system and that of our sociocultural environment is a great source of our political problems.

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his issue has been sufficiently a d d r e s s e d in Mahmud Tukur’s Leadership and Governance in Nigeria: the Relevance of Values. Why and

values leadership? alues are so powerful in determining the quality of leadership that there is huge volume of research on this subject. Many companies and corporations have spent fortunes trying to identify the values that work for them and to train their leaders to acquire them. A recent empirical study on ‘The Role of Values in leadership’, published by the ‘Integral Leadership Review’, discovered that ignoring the values of leaders comes with disastrous results in companies. In the words of its author, “Executive selection based on experience, tenure and education to the neglect of their values neglects the invisible force that drives visible results.” In other words, “this finding indicates that personal values are more fundamental leadership attributes than the age, tenure, functional experience and education in the process of how leaders influence organizations.” Thus the argument on generational shift in leadership is not as powerful as the argument on paradigm shift. In an earlier study, the now famous Marshmallow Test, conducted in the 1960s, the connection between values and leadership is even more revealing: ‘’Walter Mischel’s marshmallow test is one of the bestknown studies in the history of psychology. In the 1960s, Mischel, then a professor at Stanford, took nursery-school students,

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put them in a room oneby-one, and gave them a treat (they could choose a cookie, a pretzel stick, or a marshmallow) and the following deal: They could eat the treat right away, or wait 15 minutes until the experimenter returned. If they waited, they would get an extra treat. Tracking the kids over time, Mischel found that the ability to hold out in this seemingly trivial exercise had real and profound consequences. As they matured and became adults, the kids who had shown the ability to wait got better grades, were healthier, enjoyed greater professional success, and proved better at staying in relationships—even decades after they took the test. They were, in short, better at life.” This test actually tests self-discipline, selfcontrol, and the ability to postpone gratification. What exactly is the problem? We are all worried about the increasing inability of the Nigerian state to work. Indeed we are frightened by the depth of decadence that our nation has fallen, the extent of the collapse of our institutions and the rate at which the very fabric that holds our embattled society together is tearing to shreds. We are worried that our political, religious and traditional leadership don’t seem to be able to stop what appears to be a free fall into the social, political and economic abyss. [Sometimes it appears as if they arc working in unison to the detriment of the society they claim to care about] We are worried that as things are looking today our society has no future until we can fix the problems of leadership. Some of us look back with a lot of pains to see how things were some 50/40 years a go, particularly the values that used to define our society

GUEST COLUMNIST Usman Bugaje and checks and balances that used to keep our leaders in constant check. It is important we give a glimpse of these checks for the benefit of the young. Clearly there was a gradual erosion of these values and a corresponding deterioration of the character of our men and women. This trend has been on for some time and scholars have captured this descent to the abyss. Mahmud Tukur, who wrote his thesis over thirty years ago and published it about twelve years ago, has observed: “In contemporary Nigeria, on the other hand, no particular qualities are insisted upon as qualifications for seeking or being elected to a leadership position. In fact, conventional wisdom has it that neither democratic government nor genuine representation can be said to subsist unless the system is based on direct popular elections conducted through the brokerage of political panics. The conditions for adoption as candidates and for winning appear to be possession of sufficient wealth with which to bribe party workers, notables and other hangers-on; ability to bring out the vote; public appeal by way of promises of development projects and amenities and the prospect of distributing jobs to supporters or spreading ‘the benefits of office’ among them. The highest premium, then, is placed on consummate salesmanship, suavity and the capacity to argue persuasively regardless whether there is much

substance to the whole exercise of electioneering.” In trying to show the nexus between violence and votes in our kind of democracies, Paul Collier, in his Wars, Guns and Votes, written just over two years ago, noted that “if being honest and competent does not give you an electoral advantage, then the honest and competent will be discouraged. Crooks will replace the honest as candidates. Simply put... democratic politics in the countries of the bottom billion tends to attract candidates with criminal records.” What more, “electors are frozen in ethnic loyalties and so support their own politicians even if they are criminals”, embellishing his research with stories like that of deputy governor in the 2007 elections in Nigeria, who was racing with the police to get sworn in before they could reach him to arrest him. Summarizing his findings at the end of the chapter the author said, “It is time to sum up where we have got to, and it is not attractive. Democracy, at least in the form it has taken to date in the societies of the bottom billion, does not seem to enhance the prospect of internal peace. On the contrary, it seems to increase proneness to political violence. Probably related to this failure to secure social peace, democracy has not yet produced accountable and therefore legitimate government.” Sam Nda Isaiah, wrote only a week ago, “In its latest report, EIU has rated Nigeria as the “worst place to be born in 2013”. This

is the first time Nigeria is achieving this rare feat reserved only for very few countries in the world in the 66 years the EIU has been in this business, Nigeria came last of the 80 countries analyzed and researched. Nigeria is ranked 80th out of the 80 countries considered with a score of 4.74 out of 10, just below Kenya, which scored 4.91. The study measures the parameters that provide the best environment for the safest, healthiest and most prosperous life in the coming years. The qualityof-life index deployed in the analysis and research was calibrated around critical areas like trust in public institutions, crime and government policies.” Sam Nda continued to say, “Even war-torn Syria at the 73rd position did much better than Nigeria. That means that Syria, in spite of the war going on, has better qualityof-life than Nigeria because government policies in Syria are still friendlier than in Jonathan’s Nigeria. Those who did this survey do not know Jonathan and are not among those who want to bring down President Jonathan “because they lost the last elections”. What to do? learly our values have been eroded overtime and our current leadership recruitment system is, to say the least, faulty. It has had and continues to unleash serious and disastrous consequences on our polity. We must correct it urgently or we go down the drain. Correcting this faulty recruitment system would appear to be more urgent and more consequential than the so-called constitutional amendments. We must identify and build consensus around those key values that are critical to leadership today. We then must find a way of promoting these values and finding a mechanism of mainstreaming them into our politics. Some of these key values must include: knowledge, courage, sacrifice, integrity and justice. As for the mechanism to mainstream these into our political system and culture, I leave it open for discussion.

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Clearly our values have been eroded overtime and our current leadership recruitment system is, to say the least, faulty. It has had and continues to unleash serious and disastrous consequences on our polity. We must correct it urgently or we go down the drain. Correcting this faulty recruitment system would appear to be more urgent and more consequential than the so-called constitutional amendments. We must identify and build consensus around those key values that are critical to leadership today. We then must find a way of promoting these values and finding a mechanism of mainstreaming them into our politics. Some of these key values must include: knowledge, courage, sacrifice, integrity and justice. As for the mechanism to mainstream these into our political Dr. Usman Bugaje is a system and culture, I leave it open for discussion. former member of the House of Representatives from Katsina state.


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Lawmaker denies trading off guber ticket zoned to his constituency From Mike Etim, Uyo

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gainst insinuation making the rounds that he had traded off the governorship ticket zoned to his constituency, a member of the House of Representatives, Robinson Uwak, said nothing of such happened. Absolving himself at a conference organized by the Oron Union and leaders of Oron nation recently to consolidate their position to produce the next governor for Akwa Ibom State in 2015, the lawmaker representing Oron Federal Constituency in the House, said such an act of sabotage was the least he could have contemplated upon. Uwak stated that he was not the kind of character that will trade the interest of Oron nation for any temporary political position, stressing that the people of Oron could count on him as he had made up his mind to fight for their interests at any level. “I am not one of those who will go behind and trade Oron for any political position. Those of us who stand for Oron are intact and we are not negotiable”, he declared. Participant at the conference had taken a position that by the virtue of the State Governor Godswill Akpabio’s pronouncement that the next governorship ticket be zoned to Eket Senatorial District in which Oron nation belongs, they were wary to note that some politicians of Oron extraction were planning to sell out their bid to produce the next governor that will take over the mantle of leadership Akpabio in 2015.

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Don't isolate yourselves from people, Gaidam warns NASS members From Uche Uche, Damaturu

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obe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has stated that members representing different constituencies in Yobe who are isolating themselves from the people of their constituencies in terms of developmental constituency projects to improve the living standard of those who voted them into power may lose their seats if they continue doing

so. He gave the warning yesterday while launching poverty alleviation project of the member representing Bursari, Geidam and Yunusari local governments at the federal constituencies in the state, Honourable Goni Bukar Lawan. He lamented that other representatives have been isolating themselves from their people in that direction pointing out that such constituency

The AII Progressive Grand Alliance party (APGA) has congratulated the People Democracy Party (PDP) for resolving its internal crisis. APGA in a statements signed

challenge to them. “We have 5 members of the House of Representatives and three senators, but the truth is that I have not seen any one of them coming to their constituency to do just what Honourable Bukar has done so far” governor added. “It will not be possible for us to support those who do not show concern for their own people in their constituencies” Gaidam warned.

L-R: Ekiti Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Halilu Pai, and Ekiti INEC Head-ofOperations, Mr. Alani Odutan, addressing a news conference on INEC preparedness for the Ekiti state’s 2014 governorship election, yesterday in Ado-Ekiti. Photo: NAN

Ogun APC crisis: Thugs disrupt political meeting, injure 9 From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

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he factional crisis currently rocking the Ogun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday took another dimension when political thugs went on rampage in Wasimi, a town in Ewekoro local government area of

the state, wreaking havoc. The thugs struck at the venue of a political meeting organized by the Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, Gbenga Obadara, shooting no fewer than nine members of the party in the process. During the reign of terror, which began around 1.30pm, the

APGA congratulates PDP for resolving internal crisis By Mashe Umaru Gwama

projects compliment state government efforts in making life more bearable and suitable for the electorates. “We have senators, where are they? What are they doing? We have not seen the remaining members coming to execute such projects,” Gaidam lamented. He therefore called on the people to send a message to the National Assembly members telling them that what Lawan has done was a

by the Senior Media Assistant to the National Chairman, Mr. Victor Chigozie Eneh, said that the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, was commendable. It said Tukur showed a rare

statesmanship character by bowing out peacefully to allow the unity and progress of the party. The party said the PDP erstwhile chairman has not disappointed his party or jeopardized it by sacrificing to serve as its national chairman.

thugs used dangerous weapons at will, at the end of which several people who came for the meeting were wounded. The convener of the meeting, Obadara escaped death by the whiskers ,while his Police orderly, Sergeant Sunday Akinbode was not that lucky as he was shot by suspected thugs . This reporter learnt that the suspected thugs, who were said to be loyalists of the Chairman of Ewekoro Local Government, Dele Soluade, also targeted some stalwarts of the party, among them Senator Akin Odunsi representing Ogun West and members of the House of Representatives, including Olumide Osoba (Obafemi/ Owode), Adekunle Adeyemi (Ifo/ Ewekoro Federal Constituency) and Remi Bakare, a former governorship aspirant.

Some Journalists, among them, Sheriff Balogun (Thisday), Daud Olatunji (Vanguard), Dimeji Kayode Adedeji (Premium Times) and Segun Olatunji (Punch) also escaped death by the whiskers. The police orderly and the others shot were rushed to an undisclosed hospitals in Abeokuta and Wasimi for treatment. The Senator representing Ogun East, Senator Adegbenga Kaka who visited some of the victims in the hospital charged the Federal Government and the police authorities to investigate the attack. The incident occurred barely a week after thugs attacked innocent people around the party secretariat in Abeoukuta. In the meantime, the convener of the meeting, Senator Obadara allegedly accused the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun of masterminding the attack in an attempt to kill him.


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Politics

2015: APC politicians eyeing Yuguda’s seat in Bauchi From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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s politicians prepare for 2015 general election and governors start the process of winding down before handing over to their successors, speculations are rife as to who succeeds them. This of course has become the favorite pastime of armchair analysts, political jobbers, office seekers and closet politicians. In Bauchi state, there are inhouse battle over who will emerge as a candidate in All Progressive Congress APC in Bauchi from the three Senatorial zones. It was gathered that top politicians from the three senatorial want to have a candidates from the brand new party APC. Checks revealed that none of those battling for the highlyexalted position in the state is willing to step down for the other. Those whose names were mentioned as hot contestants and have indicated interest to contest under APC include the former governorship candidate under the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mallam Yusuf Maitama Tuggar. Others are Dr Ibrahim Lame, former Minister of police Affairs; Eng Sadique Mahmud; Engr. Nuhu Gidado; Senator Nazif Suleiman Gamawa and Barrister Ibrahim Zailani . Most of the contestants have severally criticized the Yuguda's administration over on wrong doing or the other. They have consistently accused the governor of not living up to expectations just as they are insisting that Yuguda's administration will leave no sustainable legacy behind. Their main preoccupation is how to build on the whatever legacies the the incumbent would leave behind. There are uncertainties however on who would eventually emerge the APC candidate based on differences in the ideals, ideologies and beliefs among those parties that came together to form the mega opposition. But, notwithstanding the person that emerges the party's flagbearer, what is uppermost in the citizens' mind is rather the emergence of a credible candidate who would be able to deliver democratic dividends if he eventually wins the governorship election. While some of those jostling for Bauchi governorship ticket on the platform of the opposition APC are well known in the state political circles, others could only be described as political clowns seeking relevance. Many in Bauchi state believe that APC is the party to beat. Comrade Musa Mancha Gubi, an analyst, said "we are done with PDP; they rule the state for 16 years yet nothing to show

Mallam Yusuf Maitama Tuggar on ground. In fact, the citizens are disappointed with the PDP administration. They need a change which with the coming of all parties under APC will make a significant difference and you will see it Insha Allah." He continued “You will hear people saying that other political parties in the state lack temerity and financial capacity to pose any serious opposition to either APC or PDP, the factors that have made them to be referred to as lame dogs which have been incapacitated by the sophisticated strategies which other strong parties have adopted towards the election”. “I want to inform you people that Bauchi state is a very unique state when it comes to elections. The electorate is known for protest voting patterns, especially against the ruling PDP. A clear-cut example is the former governor Ma’azu, who transformed the state in the area of infrastructures and human empowerment. At the moment his projects cut across the 20 local government areas of

Dr Ibrahim Lame the state and many residents of the state are still applauding his legacies, saying that Yuguda is busy maintaining the projects of his predecessor in the last seven years of his reign as the governor of the state”. According to him, "if you will vividly remember in 2007, Yuguda portrayed himself as a man who is capable of taking the state to its Promised Land and became the rallying point of Bauchi politics by presenting himself as the savior of the state and so the people dumped Mu’azu for Yuguda. The electorates ruined Mu’azu’s political career by refusing to vote for him when he contested for the senatorial seat of Bauchi South. Two years into his administration, Yuguda lost the goodwill of many of his supporters when he dumped the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for PDP, a party the Bauchi electorate detested. With his exit approaching, the prospects of him easily appointing a crony in his place are undoubtedly

Most of the contestants have severally criticized the Yuguda's administration over one wrong doing or the other. They have consistently accused the governor of not living up to expectations just as they are insisting that Yuguda's administration will leave no sustainable legacy behind.

Senator Nazif Suleiman Gamawa challenging," he submitted. Already, members of the newly registered APC believe that the coming of the new party is boosting the confidence of the opposition parties in the state and that power can still change hands by 2015. Meanwhile, the former minister of police has recently in a gathering of APC members in Bauchi urged members to be wary of desperate politicians who want to hijack the party in Bauchi state. According to him, the party is trying to put down a strong structure that will oust the ruling party and therefore members should not allow themselves to be used by other people who want hijack the party. According to him, the first task before the party in the state is to get organized and register prospective members in the APC. He said “I am calling on anybody with the interest of position or leadership to stay away from the party; all we are trying is to build the party and make it strong. We are aware of some desperate members of the other party that are coming to join the party to cause confusion," he disclosed. “APC is a growing party and the potentials exist for APC to take over the leadership of the country from federal, state and local government. The APC has already taken over Bauchi state. We shouldn’t allow any nonentity to come and cause confusion between our members," he warned. Alhaji Gidado a chieftain of the party in the state, has stressed the need for members of the

party to instill discipline in them especially during party activities for the party to strive and succeed at all levels He also called on all party members to respect leaders among them stressing thatwith that the party will attain the highest level in the state, and consequently take over the state at all levels The party chieftain charged members to come out in mass and register within the three days that will be slated for the exercise as, according to him, this is the only opportunity that will give the members right to belong to the party and possibly deny all those that want to come in and destroy from doing so. Former Senatorial aspirant in the state, Hajiya Saadatu Mamuda, has vowed to send PDP administration packing in the state. She said "as you can see our structure is almost ready and registration of members will soon start; we are ready to win election in the state contrary to the expectation of the people that the party will not be sustained because of leadership challenges. We elect our interim leaders in the state without any rancor, go into the town and see how people are trooping in to APC “We are not talking about who becomes governor or who occupies whatever position; we are talking about building structure that will remove PDP administration in Bauchi state. People in the state have lost confidence in the PDP administration in this state and the country at large,” Saadatu said.


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News Extra

Ekiti 2014 : INEC warns aspirants to remove posters, billboards From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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orried by the breach of the electoral act, Ekiti State Residence Electoral Commissioner for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Alhaji Halilu Pai yesterday warned all governorship aspirants to remove all billboards, and posters related to the election in the state.

He described the act as illegal and a clear breach of the electoral act as INEC has not advertised the date of election. Pai, who was speaking at a news conference, called on the Security agencies in the state to ensure that no part of the electoral law is breached. He said no date has been fixed for the Governorship election urging them to wait for INEC

headquarters to announce the date before such activity. “They should not think that everything must fall in line immediately after the Anambra Governorship election because Ekiti is next point of call. We must plan very well and follow the Electoral Law strictly before making announcement”, Pai said. “Pasting of posters and billboards at this time is illegal

and tantamount to campaign for election. This can only be done not later than 90 days to the Election Day as specified in the electoral Act. “Pasting of posters and billboards by aspirants has been causing removal and defacement by opposition, which is heating up the polity. So, it is wrong for politicians to do what is illegal and the

Customs gets FG’s N1.2trn revenue target for 2014

2013 NOI Polls: 8 in 10 Nigerians purchase petrol at official pump price By Etuka Sunday

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governance snap poll conducted by the NOIPolls Limited for the month of December 2013, revealed that about 8 in 10 Nigerians purchase petrol at the official pump price in fourth quarter of 2013. The poll further revealed that about 6 in 10 Nigerians agree that the country has fared better as a united nation, instead of being separate. The results also indicate that 48 percent of Nigerians think the planned 100 year celebration of Nigeria in 2014 is justified. The results presented which were the twelfth in the monthly series of governance polls conducted by NOIPolls soughed to gauge the awareness of Nigerians regarding the country’s Centenary and their opinions on the planned celebrations. Analysis based on geopolitical zones clearly revealed that the only region that had a significantly different opinion regarding the amalgamation is the South-East zone, where majority (63%) of the respondents seemed to hold the view that Nigeria would have fared better if it had remained two separate protectorates. When responses from the third question were further analysed across geo-political zones, the analyses shows that the South-East zone has the greatest proportion of respondents (75%) that agree the centenary celebration is justified; while the North East has the largest percentage of respondents (62%) who disagree with the celebration. Generally, the results indicate that 53% of Nigerians are of the opinion that the centenary celebration is justified.

honourable thing to do is to remove them”, he advised. Pai added that adequate Direct Data Capture Machines have been selected to conduct upgrading and review of voters’ status, where those that had not registered would have the opportunity of doing so before election. Pai assured that the Automated Fingerprints Identification System would be deployed to detect those with double registration; saying over 93,000 of such were detected before the Anambra election. Unlike what happened in Anambra State, Pai said those that have lost their voters cards would have them replaced before election to prevent being disenfranchised.

Students of Yankari Academy queuing to register for JAMB, yesterday in Bauchi.

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Tukur’s exit, good development for PDP– Elisha From Umar Dankano, Yola

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he Adamawa state chapter of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, under the leadership of Alhaji Umaru Mijinyawa Kugama, has described the exit of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the national chairman of the ruling Party, as good omen that would reduce the crisis in the party. The party factional Secretary MR. P. P. Elisha, who spoke to reporters yesterday in Yola, Adamawa state commended Tukur for tendering his resignation as the national

chairman of the party when the ovation was loudest, stressing that the party will now focus on preparation towards 2015 general elections. Elisha explained that the national chairman of the party has followed a part of honour and not allowing the leadership of the party to disgrace him out of office considering his old age. ‘ At least he has saved the party from dragging his removal to the National Convention, I commend him for taking a bold step to tender his resignation letter, this is most honourable thing to do after the NWC of the party and 36

chairmen of the party had passed a vote of no confidence on him’’ he said Elisha argued that Tukur ought to have taken the bold step before yesterday, to safe the party from defection that has rocked it when he realised that most of the governors of the party and other stakeholders were not impressed with his leadership style that was characterized with impunity. Elisha however appealed to the leadership of the party to ensure that the next national chairman emerges from Adamawa state in order to fill up the vacuum created by Tukur.

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s Bamanga Tukur tendered his resignation from PDP chiefdom, Sen. Bukola Saraki is besides himself with joy because according to him, “Over the last seven months, we were blackmailed and called names ranging from rebels, dissidents, ingrates and that we were self centered” In a signed statement yesterday, Saraki said that, it has become obvious today that PDP under the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur was a failure and “a big tumor that was allowed to become a cancerous one”.

“PDP as a party was built by the founding fathers on a solid foundation but this has since derailed from the incoming of Bamanga Tukur who came to damage the party beyond repair. After doing the damage, he’s now leaving the party in tartars with no respite in sight. Saraki said that history will continue to judge all of them as they tried their best to put PDP on the right track, and shall continue to defend the injustice done to them by protecting the interest of Nigeria, wherever they

find themselves now and in the future. While strongly believing that this country needs change and for him and other progressives’ they shall not relent in their effort as they believe that Nigeria is bigger than any of them and they must nurture, defend and protect it. “This is the essence of democracy, the foundation for which most developed countries are known for. Any attempt to undermine it in our father’s land will not be accepted. Nigeria must move forward” he concluded

he Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Mr. Abdullahi Dikko yesterday said the Federal Government had set N1.2 trillion revenue collection target for the service in 2014. Dikko made this known when he decorated 16 newlypromoted Deputy ComptrollerGenerals and Assistant Comptroller-Generals of the service in Abuja. He expressed determination of the service to meet the target, saying that the promotion of the officers was part of restructuring to strengthen it for better performance. The Comptroller-General said the NCs would intensify the fight against revenue offenders, and urged the promoted officers to deploy their energy toward achieving the objective. Dikko also said the newly introduced Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR), which led to the takeover of Destination Inspection by the Customs, was working smoothly. He said that PAAR had attracted attention from other countries, which wanted to take a cue from Nigerian Customs, adding that Ghana Customs had requested to be trained in Nigeria. “I am glad to inform you that Customs has taken over the management of destination inspection and the implementation has begun smoothly. A Deputy ComptrollerGeneral, Mr Ade Adewumi, who spoke on behalf of the promoted officers, commended Dikko for his leadership style, and promised that they would be dedicated to their duties. (NAN)


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Photo Splash

L-R: Retired DIG Philemon Leha, and DIG Marvel Akpoyibo, during their pulling out parade, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

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L-R: Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu , presenting Daily Trust African of the Year Award to President, African Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Donald Kaberuka, During Daily Trust African of the Year 2013 Award dinner, on Wednesday night in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Participants singing National Anthem, during President Goodluck Jonathan launch of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc, yesterday at the Banquet Hall of the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Professor Seidu Mohammed (left), exchanging Memorandum of Understanding with the representative of the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Dutsin-Ma Kastina State, Professor Sunday Atawodi (right), on technical partnership, training and academic cooperation, yesterday in Abuja. With them is Director, Strategic Space Application, Dr Halilu Shaba (middle). Photo: NAN

L-R: Chairman, NUJ Oyo state Correspondentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chapel, Mr. Bisi Oladele; Osun state Commissioner for Finance, Dr Wale Bolorunduro, and Secretary of the chapel, Mr Joseph Okwuofu, during the guest forum of the chapel, yesterday in Ibadan. Photo: NAN


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Embassy meals thrill Eagles as Bafana fans agonise over clash Stories by Albert Akota

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he Players and officials of the Super Eagles got a surprise treat when they returned from defeating Mozambique, with the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa providing them with local delicacies like Eba and Pounded Yam with egusi and other Nigerian soups to go with. Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor described the development as heart warming and thanked the embassy and Ambassador Sunday Yusuf for the gesture. “The players were very happy with the meals and even the officials led by Coach Stephen Keshi were happy about the meals and we hope to see more of

such gestures”, he said. With two days to the top of the group A clash between Nigeria and South Africa in Cape Town, fans of Bafana Bafana have been weighing the team’s chances with some saying it was unfortunate that they did not win against Mali, as the Eagles may again ruin their chances of going further in the tournament. Mahlatse Mphalele writing for the New Age Newspapers, said “the last thing Bafana Bafana needed was an unwanted situation of facing hoodoo opponents Nigeria in the last match of Group A on Sunday faced with having to win at all costs.” He added that Nigeria may spoil the chances of Bafana in the game and again qualify at the expense of the host.

On his part, Thomas Mlambo, a popular face on SuperSports in Nigeria, said Nigeria should at least leave the CHAN tourney for his home country to celebrate with. Speaking with Coach Stephen Keshi on SABC, on Wednesday night, Mlambo said Nigeria has caused Bafana Bafana too many heart aches and it was about time it ends. Keshi reacted sarcastically saying the better side should carry the day on Sunday but noted that the Eagles did not travel for seven hours on air to South Africa to be beaten on sentiments. “As always we hope to give out our best against Bafana because here is my second home”, he said.

Azubuike Egwuekwe, chairman of the meal

Agbim begs for forgiveness over goals blunders

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he home-based Super Eagles’ first choice goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim yesterday pleaded with Nigerians to forgive his lack luster display so far at the ongoing Championship of African Nations (CHAN). A statement issued by Ben Alaiya, the Super Eagles Media Officer, quoted Agbim as promising to do better in subsequent encounters if given the chance to continue as the first choice goalkeeper. Agbim had not been at his best as the Super Eagles lost its first game 2-1 to the Eagles of Mali at the championship being hosted by South Africa. The goalkeeper was also a shadow of himself, conceding two cheap goals as the Eagles defeated Mozambique 4-2 in its second group game. “No goalkeeper in the world will be happy to concede cheap goals. For a keeper of my calibre, I am most disappointed than anyone else but that is football and I can’t dwell in the past. “I have to forget and plead with fans of the game to understand and forgive so that we can jointly forge ahead.

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igeria is starting 2014 as the 41st ranked country in the world as it dropped four spots in the January rankings by FIFA. The rankings table on the world governing body’s website on Thursday showed that Nigeria still has 710 points like it did in the last two rankings. The country ranked 37th and the fourth in Africa with 710 points in the December ranking. With the latest ranking, Nigeria has now dropped to seventh in Africa while Egypt has the highest climbing of 10

spots and Mali moved up by five spots. Nigeria now placed behind Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Algeria, Egypt, Cape Verde Islands and Mali who has 912, 851, 792, 748, 726 and 703 points respectively. On the global scene, the top 25 remained unchanged as Spain maintained first spot, ahead of Germany, Argentina and Colombia, who also maintained the second, third and fourth spots, respectively. According to FIFA, only 18 friendlies have been included since December’s edition, five of

which took place in 2013, with the remaining 13 in the first half of January 2014. It said more movement is to be expected in the February edition of the FIFA ranking, which will take into account results from the 16-team CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN). The CHAN tournament which is exclusive for players based in their home countries is underway in South Africa and it is holding from Jan. 11 to Feb.1 The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings will be published on Feb. 13, 2014.

Agbim - It was a cheap goal

“I promise to do better next time and it’s a promise I wish to keep”, the statement quoted Agbim as saying. The statement also quoted Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles Head Coach, as defending Agbim for the flops. Keshi said that although the keeper may have limitations like all goalkeepers in the world, the poor state of the Cape Town Stadium contributed greatly to his performance. “It’s a team work and we cannot single out one individual for blame. We had a situation in the game against Mozambique when a player had an empty net and yet could not slot the ball in until the opposing defender cleared it. “I have worked with Agbim now for two years plus and if he was not good, he will not be here. “We must learn to understand our players and forgive errors, especially as he is the last man in the defence and his own errors are easily seen by all’’, Keshi was quoted in the statement as saying. The Super Eagles will play South Africa on Sunday in a make or break encounter at the CHAN.


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Sports

World Cup referees: NRA, others unhappy over dropping of Edibi Stories By Albert Akota

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takeholders in the Nigerian refereeing group yesterday expressed displeasure at the failure of Nigeria’s Peter Edibi to make the final list of referees for the 2014 FIFA World

Cup Cup. Edibi was one of the prospective assistant referees listed earlier by the world football governing body. The referees were listed to officiate at the upcoming World Cup finals in Brazil and had since 2012 been undergoing preparations

through organised courses and the officiating of high-profile matches. However, on Wednesday, the FIFA Referees Committee announced a list of 91 referees, made up of 25 referee trios and eight reserve duos, with Edibi missing from the list. But, some Nigerian refereeing

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stakeholders they had been hopeful that Edibi would be listed so as to break the jinx of Nigeria not having a referee at the World Cup. Ahmed Maude, President of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), said he could not understand what was responsible for the`` last-minute disappointing news’’ from FIFA. “I don’t know what actually happened, but maybe it has to do with the team of West African countries that qualified for the World Cup. “It may be because there are more West African countries among the African teams at the World Cup. So, they might have decided to pick referees from other African regions different from West Africa. “But, whatever the criteria were, it was very disappointing because we had all hoped that Nigerian referees will be represented at the 2014 World Cup for the first time,’’ Maude said. Ms Jamila Buhari, the first Nigerian female referee, said Edibi has been doing well and could not have been dropped due to performance. “I am shocked to my bone marrow

and this has become a challenge to Nigerian referees. “This is because we have all looked forward to breaking the jinx of Nigeria having no referee at the FIFA World Cup till date. “We have all hoped that it was going to happen this year, because he has been doing very well. “It is a devastating blow for Nigerian referees, and I cannot say precisely why he was dropped because he has been doing so well, even at the last Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. “The Confederation of African Football (CAF) rated him among some of the best referees at the competition. So, it is bad news for the refereeing family,’’ she said. Ameenu Mohammed, a referee’s instructor with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said Edibi’s dropping was a loss to both the NFF and the NRA. “It is very disappointing in the sense that we had thought we are going to break the jinx this year and have a Nigerian hoisting the country’s flag among officials at the World Cup,’’ Mohammed said.

Uzoenyi hopes to spur CHAN: Eagles will qualify for the next stage- Football pundits Nigeria to victory

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he Super Eagles Winger Ejike Uzoenyi, who was named Man of the Match in their 4-2 win over Mozambique, has said the award will spur the team to greater heights at the tournament. Speaking after he received the award, the Enugu Rangers man star said he was a bit surprised at being named the star man of the game but added that the award would not have been possible if his team mates had not been very effective in the encounter. “This award is for the entire team and I hope we go all the way and win this tournament for Nigerians,” Uzoenyi said. The Super Eagles did not take

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a break as the team were back in training yesterday evening. Midfielder Ikenna Ene Paul and defence ace, Benjamin Francis are still not fit for full training due to hamstring and knee problems but the team doctors are working round the clock to ensure that they get back well in the course of the tournament. Coach Stephen Keshi said it’s not looking too good but added that the team came to the tournament with 23 players and the others should be able to hold their own against any opposition. Nigeria will play against South Africa on Sunday, a game they need to win in order to ensure qualification for the knock out stage.

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o o t b a l l pundits yesterday said the Super Eagles still had a chance of qualifying for the next stage at the ongoing 2014 3rd Africa Nations Cup (CHAN) in South Africa. They noted that the Eagles had all it takes to emerge victorious at the competition, scheduled for Jan. 11 to Feb. 1. The Eagles lost their first match 1-2 to Mali but successfully defeated Mozambique 4-2 in their second match on Jan. 15, thereby keeping alive their hope of progressing to the next stage. Nduka Ugbade, an Assistant Coach of the Golden Eaglets, said that the Eagles usually started off badly at major tournaments but inevitably become better as they progress through each match. “The Eagles usually start off sluggish but pick up with every game. They will definitely get better as they progress in the tournament,” he said. Ugbade said that the Eagles possessed a lot of qualities and that

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they would certainly justify their being in the tournament. Yekini Ayodeji, Coach, Prime FC of Osogbo, said that the Eagles still had a chance of making it to the next stage and emerging as the CHAN champions. Ayodeji, however, said that the Eagles needed to work on their defence and that the goalkeeper should improve on his skills, because he saw a weakness in his goal keeping techniques. “The Eagles will improve as they progress but my fear is with the goalkeeper. He should work on himself so as to reduce the chances

of conceding goals,” he said. Ramson Madu, Coach, Heartland FC of Owerri, advised the Eagles to increase communication amongst themselves while on the field, especially between the goalkeeper and the defenders. “Communication is crucial in a team game because it is this that will give you an edge over your opponent. “You will know your team mates position all the time and there will be a synchrony between the goalkeeper and the defenders, thereby thwarting goal possibilities,” he said.


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Murray beats Millot at Australian Open

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ndy Murray came through another day of punishing heat at the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Frenchman Vincent Millot. The Briton won 6-2 6-2 7-5 in the final match of the day on Rod Laver Arena, sealing victory at 23:58 local time. He will play 26th seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in Saturday’s third round. Murray admitted before the match he knew little about the 5ft 8in left-handed qualifier, ranked 267th, who had his first Grand Slam win in round one.

Murray was exasperated when he handed one of those breaks back minutes later with two double-faults in a slack game, but a rasping backhand winner restored the advantage at 4-1 and confirmed the contest was his to dictate. Millot looked increasingly out of his depth as the opening set slipped by in 36 minutes and his chances dimmed further when he took a medical timeout after 75 minutes for treatment on his calf. Murray took the opportunity to head off court and change his

shirt before returning to clinch the second set with a love hold. Millot’s moment in the spotlight appeared to be rapidly coming to an end but he was clearly determined to leave his mark, bowing theatrically to the crowd on holding serve before a spell of flashing winners that earned him two breaks and a 5-1 lead in the third set. Keen to avoid a prolonged encounter in only his fourth competitive match since undergoing back surgery in September, Murray decided enough was enough.

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Australian Open: Medical officer defends extreme heat policy

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Japan’s Kei Nishikori holds an ice pack to his face during his match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia

he chief medical officer at the Australian Open has defended criticism of the tournament’s “extreme heat policy” after Britain’s Jamie Murray was treated for heatstroke. Play was suspended on uncovered courts for more than four hours on Thursday as temperatures breached 40C for a third consecutive day, but Dr Tim Wood insisted the health of players was not being

Sharapova wins amid extreme heat

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aria Sharapova survived a scare to reach the Australian Open third round as the temperature exceeded 40C for the third consecutive day in Melbourne. The 2008 champion edged Karin Knapp 6-3 4-6 10-8 in heat that eventually halted play on outside courts. Defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2 6-4, while top men’s seed Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won in straight sets. But Roberto Bautista shocked fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro

in five sets. The match lasted three hours and 35 minutes, finishing at 01:20 local time with the Spaniard winning 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5. Del Potro, who won last week’s Sydney International warm-up tournament, sent down 28 aces and had 18 fewer unforced errors than his Spanish opponent but his tally of 53 winners was 19 adrift of Bautista. In the men’s doubles, Briton Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers progressed to the second round - although Murray was later treated for heatstroke.

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fight in Stuttgart. Trainer Tony Sims threw in the towel in the second round of that fight, and said later: “I don’t really think you’ll see him in a ring again now.” Barker had surgery on both hips in 2010, after which he was out of the ring for more than 12 months. Promoter Eddie Hearn said the fighter was “an exemplary role model” and a “wonderful ambassador for boxing”. He added: “That night in Atlantic City was for me, as many of us, one of the greatest of my life but what makes me happier is that Darren can leave the sport in peace. Barker dedicated his entire career to his brother Gary, who died in a car crash aged 19 in 2006.

questioned tournament officials about the lack of communication with players. The decision to implement the extreme heat policy is at the discretion of tournament referee Wayne McKewen, who had been criticised for failing to suspend play on the previous two days. He uses the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature reading, which takes into account humidity and wind direction as well as heat.

Jamaican sprinter’s drug trial adjourned

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World champion announces retirement from boxing ritish former middleweight world champion Darren Barker has announced his retirement at the age of 31. The Londoner, who won 26 of his 28 professional fights, dislocated a hip when he lost his IBF middleweight title to Felix Sturm in December, after winning the belt four months earlier. Barker won British, European and Commonwealth titles and took gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. “When I won my first national title as a kid, I could have retired a happy boy then so to have won all the major titles possible... I’m a very, very happy man. Barker beat Australian Daniel Geale by a split decision in Atlantic City in August to win the world title but lost it to Sturm in his next

compromised. But the Briton, brother of world number four Andy, started to feel the effects of the heat shortly after coming off court and needed two hours of treatment by doctors and physiotherapists. Maria Sharapova spent three hours and 28 minutes in the brutal conditions on Rod Laver Arena as she battled past Italy’s Karin Knapp in three sets. The Russian later

ormer 100m world record holder Asafa Powell will have to wait until 12 February to find out if he faces a two-year ban from athletics. The 31-year-old is accused of taking the banned stimulant oxilofrine, but his trial was adjourned. On day two of the hearing, a toxicologist claimed Powell would have gained no advantage from the drug. Powell’s camp has defended the manner in which coach Chris Xuereb, who the sprinter blames, was appointed. “I simply relied on the referrals of well-known and trusted physios who we had worked with in the

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past,” Powell’s agent Paul Doyle told the hearing in Kingston. Powell, who set a world record of 9.74 seconds in 2007, was one of five Jamaicans, along with former training partner Sherone Simpson, to test positive at the Jamaican national championships in June. Professor Wayne McLaughlin of Caribbean Toxicology told the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission trial that oxilofrine “does not improve speed”. Tests have shown the stimulant is present in a supplement known as Epiphany D1, a substance Powell and training partner Simpson, whose trial resumes on 4 February, claim Xuereb supplied.


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hen a male bee climaxes, their testicles explode then they die. • Cleopatra lived closer in time to the first Moon landing than to the building of the Great Pyramid. • Duck Hunt is two player. A controller in port 2 controls the ducks. • There are more fake flamingos in the world than real flamingos. • The adult human has two to nine pounds of bacteria in his or her body. • Blue whales heart is the size of a VW Beetle and that you could swim through some of its arteries. • Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people. • All of the gold mined in the history of the world would more or less fit into a 20x20x20 meter cube. • There are more atoms in a single glass of water, than glasses of water in all the oceans of the Earth. • Half of all humans who have ever lived died from malaria. • Martin Sheen’s original name was Ramon Estevez. He had two sons, Emilio and Carlos. Emilio kept the Estevez, but Carlos changed his name to Charlie Sheen. He changed his stage name to ride the coattails of his father’s changed stage name. • Alcohol is considered a performance-enhancing drug in competitive shooting competitions. • Once Charlie Chaplin entered a contest for “Charlie

Chaplin look-alikes” and he came in third. • If you shuffle a deck of cards, chances are that the new order of playing cards has never existed before. • Of all the people in history that have reached 65 years of age, half of them are living right now. • Fold over a piece of paper 42 times and it will reach the moon • Pirates wear eye patches so that they can see in the dark. • It took thousands of years after domesticating the horse to invent the stirrup. • 54 million people alive right now will be dead within 12 months. • You replace every particle in your body every seven years. You are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago. • When your mother was born, she was already carrying the egg that would become you. • A tree is the opposite of your lungs. Physically and

functionally. • Mayonnaise is made from oil and eggs. • The sun is 400x further from the earth than the moon, but the moon is 400x smaller than the sun. • All the humans on the planet could fit into 1 cubic mile. • Goats have rectangular pupils. • If there was no space between any of its atoms, Earth would be the size of a baseball. • If you put all the earth’s ants in one pile, and all the earth’s humans in another pile, the pile made of ants would be bigger (have more mass). • You’re not stuck in traffic, you are traffic. • Sloths mistakenly grab their arms instead of the branches of a tree, and they fall to their deaths. • Penguins will give their mate a pebble as a way of proposing. • Butterflies are cannibals. • Turtles can breathe out of their butts • A small percentage of static on televisions is actually radioactive resonance from the big bang 13 billion years ago. • It takes a photon, on average, 200,000 years to travel from the core of the Sun to the surface, then just a little over 8 minutes from the Sun’s surface to your eyeball • Both of Jack Black’s parents were rocket scientists. • A pigs orgasm lasts 30 minutes. • Velociraptors were just slightly bigger than chickens. • A pencil has the potential to draw a line 38 miles long. • There is a species of jellyfish that is immortal (turritopsis nutricula).

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QUOTABLE QUOTE No matter the situation, we’ll never relent, never succumb and we’ll conquer because God has promised us that at the mention of his name every knee will bow. –Maj. Gen. Garba A. Wahab, GOC, 1 Mech. Division, Nigerian Army, on the Boko Haram insurgency

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he Management of Heartland FC of Owerri has disengaged 20 players at the end of the justconcluded season. The Public Relations Officer of the club, Cajethan Nkwopara, announced the sacking of the players yesterday in Owerri in an interview with the newsmen. Nkwopara said that the sacking of the players had reduced the number of players in the team to 23, adding however, that seven new players would be recruited before the commencement of the new season next month. He disclosed that one U-17 player from Cote d’Ivoire and two players from Togo had been invited for trials with the club, preparatory to engaging them. In addition, he said that the club had embarked on open trials for players in rural communities in Imo. The club’s spokesman regretted that the premiership side had a poor showing in the 2013 season but said that plans were ongoing to prepare the club for future challenges. The club, which began the last season with impressive results, ended the season at the 11th position on the league table, with 52 points. Nkwopara also said that the club had engaged on numerous friendly games to ascertain the level of players’ fitness as part of preparations for the new season. He said the team would target to claim the 2014 premier league title and pick the ticket to contest in the continental competition next year.

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et me start with what I consider a legitimate digression. I get worried when we start discussion on the problems of this country and people, who ought to know better, dismiss the role of knowledge and evidence-based arguments. Since 1999, there is an increasing discomfort with ‘long grammar’ or ‘dogon turanci’, a euphemism for academics, among the emerging political class. Some of these political leaders who have become governors and have succeeded in intimidating their opponents and arranging for 100% election success at local government elections have proudly acclaimed themselves to be “professors” of politics, deriding the educated and proving how unnecessary it is to go to school anymore. One of these governors, while acknowledging attacks on his government was reported to have said that “a lot of falsehood has been published over the years in newspapers about my government and I never lose sleep over it because less than five percent of... people [in my State] can read and understand what is written in newspapers!” Can we now see where the so-called ‘Boko Haram may be getting its inspiration? Doesn’t this suggest a nexus between this type of governance and the ‘Boko Haram1 phenomenon? How can such a political leadership, which takes pride in the ignorance of its citizens, bring about development

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the 21st century? This kind of negative values of ideo-phobia, the fear of ideas and the denigration and trivialization of knowledge, is taking over our politics and the consequences are already colossal. A political leadership that is ignorant and antilearning naturally stands wisdom or logic on its head without even realizing it, just as an illiterate person can turn a page upsidedown without realizing it. Once in power, this kind of leadership attracts its ilk, as the old line goes, ‘birds of a feather flock together’, and the corridors of power become taken over by ignorant and often frivolous men and women who can see in power only the opportunity to

pillage public resources for personal aggrandizement. The disastrous state of basic education in the North, our inability to address deepening poverty, our failure to provide social services to our beleaguered communities, our total helplessness in the face of insurgents, criminals and rogue elements in our security systems, all emanate from the fact that we have leaders who have no clue and seemingly irredeemably so. We must not continue to underestimate the danger of ignorance; we have already done so at our own peril. Why and

values leadership? hat exactly i s the problem? What are values? According to a philosopher, “Overall, values may be defined as the highest ethical parameters, standards and criteria through which individuals, groups and societies order their goals, determine their choices and judge their conduct as these pertain to fundamental aspects of life, be they in the sphere of personal or public affairs. Political values thus provide the basic measure by which the wrong and right postures or attitudes are decided in societal

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It can easily be seen that values are a product of world view, a particular philosophy of life and conception of the world which defines the place of man in the hierarchy of being (ontology) and provides man a theory of knowledge (epistemology) which furnishes man with the criterion to determine which information is authentic or legitimate and which is not and how to differentiate knowledge from opinion. Values are integral to the frame of mind of individuals and provide that prism through which the world is seen and interpreted as well as the filter through which human desires and fears are expressed. It should be easy to see why values are determined, conditioned and nourished by religion, culture and civilization.

matters of an essentially political nature. Values guide action; they are standards for evaluating action.” He added that “it is reasonable to accept that values exercise a broad influence on the conception of phenomena, orientation to authority, attitude to community formation and expansion, views of knowledge, science and technology and attitude to reform and change.” It can easily be seen that values are a product of world view, a particular philosophy of life and conception of the world which defines the place of man in the hierarchy of being (ontology) and provides man a theory of knowledge (epistemology) which furnishes man with the criterion to determine which information is authentic or legitimate and which is not and how to differentiate knowledge from opinion. Values are integral to the frame of mind of individuals and provide that prism through which the world is seen and interpreted as well as the filter through which human desires and fears are expressed. It should be easy to see why values are determined, conditioned and nourished by religion, culture and civilization. The current political system we are operating had been crafted and nurtured over the last three hundred years or so, in a culture and civilization which had been divorced from its religious ethos, fed on the ideas of John Locke on liberty, Voltaire’s opposition to the Catholic Church and Adam Smith’s concept of free market capitalism. Having been stripped of its Medieval Christian ethos and built on the utilitarian values of the Enlightenment, Western liberal democracy comes with a hierarchy of being and a theory of knowledge that admits of only human reason on which it places its highest premium. We are having to operate a system of politics cont on Pg 36

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