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Police parade ‘killers’ of Kano lawmakers


ETECTIVES from the Kano State Police Command have arrested seven suspected assassins, who allegedly killed two members of the House of Assembly for N100,000. The slain lawmakers are: Danladi Isah Kademi and Abba Garko. Parading the suspects yesterday at the command headquarters in Bompai, Kano, Police Commissioner Ibrahim Idris told reporters that they were arrested following a tipoff. Idris identified six of the suspects as: Ibrahim Lawal (22), of Layin Yarbawa, Unguwa Uku Quarters; Abdullahi (aka Mabo) of Fillin Kashew, Unguwa Uku Quarters and Sagir Yahaya of Farin Masallachi, Unguwa Uku Quarters. Others are: Surajo Adamu of Layin Tazarce, Unguwa Uku Quarters; Tasiu Shuaibu of Layin Yarubawa; Ashiru Mohammed of Layin Yarbawa; Unguwa Uku Quarters and Mohammed Abdusallam of Layin Tazarce Quarters, Kano. The police chief said the suspects confessed to committing the crime. He said they were sponsored by a 54-year-old Alhaji, who lives in Layin Yarbawa, Unguwa Uku Quarters. The suspects, Idris explained, bargained with their

From Kolade Adeyemi, Kano

suspected sponsor to kill Kademi for N100,000. The police chief said only N30,000 had been paid to the suspects; the N70,000 balance was being awaited before their arrest. He said the gang leader and five accomplices are still at large. According to him, the principal suspect, Lawal, confessed to holding a series of meetings on how to kill the two lawmakers with the suspected sponsor at the car park in his home. Idris also said Garko was in the company of the suspected sponsor, with whom he prayed at Yan Awaki, before he was killed by Lawal and his gang. He said: “Investigations revealed that the name and GSM contact number of Alhaji was discovered in Lawal’s cell phone as well as different call logs between the duo. These clearly corroborate a grand criminal conspiracy between them.” The police command said it was on the trail of the fleeing suspects. Idris said they would be charged to court. Several other suspects were paraded for alleged criminal conspiracy, terrorism, intimidation by anonymous communication and armed robbery.

Onoja not for PDP, says Benue ACN


HE Benue State Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has denied the claims that one of its chieftains, Gen. Lawrence Onoja, wants to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The ACN said it is also not true that Onoja forged the signature of the PDP chairman of his Ohimini Local Government to return to the party. In a statement in Makurdi, the state capital, by ACN Zonal Chairman Fabian Aboje, the party described the story as false and unfounded. ACN said it was calculated

From Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi

to tarnish the image of Onoja. The party urged the public to discountenance the speculation. The ACN said there was no way a nationalist of Onoja’s stature, having served as a governor of two states, would stoop so low to forge a letter, for whatever reasons. The party added that it was unfair for those who benefited from the creation of Ohimini Local Government and four others in the state, which Onoja influenced, to blackmail him.

Gaidam presents budget amid tight security


OBE State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam yesterday presented N86.7billion budget estimate for the 2013 fiscal year to the House of Assembly. The budget was read amid tight security for fear of any Boko Haram attack. The presentation was transmitted live on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Channels Television networks. As early as 7am, the road to the Assembly complex, off Maiduguri Road, was taken over by fierce-looking security men among who were masked. Journalists, top government officials and workers of the House of Assembly were thoroughly checked before they were allowed into the complex. The budget has over N8.1billion, representing 9.4 per cent, over last year’s.

From Duku Joel, Damaturu

Gaidam said it would be financed from a treasury balance of N5billion, statutory allocation, Subsidy Reinvestment programme, excess crude oil, value added tax (VAT), ecological funds, internally generated revenue (IGR), external loans, internal loans, miscellaneous revenues and grants. The governor said over N54billion is devoted to capital expenditure, representing 62.5 per cent of the budget, while the remaining 37.5 per cent is for recurrent expenditure. The breakdown of the budget shows that the Ministry of Works has the lion’s share of over N17billion, followed by the Ministry of Education and Finance with over N16 billion and N8billion.

•Some of the suspects during their parade by the police in Kano...yesterday

CPC backs Belgore’s stand on Kwara budget


HE Kwara State Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has said the allocation of about 51 per cent of the state’s 2013 budget to recurrent expenditure is injurious to the economy. The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate in the 2011 election, Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN), picked holes in the budgetary allocations. The PDP said Belgore’s comment on the 51 per cent recurrent expenditure over the capital expenditure of 49 per cent was a euphemism for workers’ retrenchment. The party said the ACN chieftain was aware “that recurrent expenditure is almost synonymous with staff salary and other overhead costs”. But CPC Chairman Suleiman Buhari said: “In-

From Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin

stead of the PDP to take the intervention in good faith and question its government for throwing fiscal responsibility to the dogs, it deliberately misrepresented Mr. Belgore’s advice while also using its trade mark foul language to humiliate his person.” The CPC chair noted that the PDP’s “response is no more than an immoral, petty and an unethical attempt to undermine a man for daring to hold a different opinion”. He added: “The response of the PDP clearly gives the party and its functionaries out as a bunch of expensively dressed jesters who in their delusional state would say anything as long as their undiscerning audience is awed of their gratuitous remarks.

“As far as the CPC is concerned, this kind of budgetary projection, where recurrent Expenditure is far bigger that the capital expenditure, absolutely falls short of the ideal budgetary requirement for a rural state such as Kwara. “The UNDP requires that a minimum of 70per cent should be reserved for capital expenditure of developing states such as Kwara in order to achieve accelerated and sustainable growth. “Pray, how does the state under the PDP hope to achieve this with a budgetary outlook where the internally generated revenue (IGR) is not even enough to offset its overhead cost, let alone the personnel cost with a combined strength of over N25billion? To worsen the situation, there is an unprec-

Family petitions FCT police on son’s death


HE family of murdered 28-year old, Goodnews Udo has petitioned the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, demanding justice. Udo, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, was stabbed to death at Apo District of Abuja on November 6, last year, by two brothers. The case was reported at Apo Police Station from where it was transferred to the homicide department. In a letter by its lawyer, Austin Uzendu of Apostle and Raji Solicitors, the Udo family is asking for the Certified True Copy (CTC) for Udo’s autopsy and coroner’s inquest reports. In the letter to FCT Police Commissioner Aderenle Shinaba, the family complained about the way the case was being handled by the police. It accused the police of shielding the killers. Uzendu said: “Our enquiry at the Homicide Department revealed that the case is presently being investigated by a

From Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja

team of police officers, headed by Dr. Emenike, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and assisted by Inspector Philibus inter-alia. However, Dr. Emenike (ASP) is said to be on annual leave but his subordinate officer said that he is not aware of the facts of this case and as such he was not able to give us concrete information about the case, such as the names of the

suspects and or the place where the body is deposited. “Upon further enquiry as to whether the autopsy and the coroner’s inquest have been conducted according to Law, we did not receive any answer. “…We require the Certified True Copy of the autopsy and coroner’s inquest reports and do hereby apply for them respectively to enable us to adequately advise our clients on the desirability or otherwise of applying for the release of the diseased corpse for internment.”

Al-Makura swears in CJ, judges


ASARAWA State Gov ernor Umaru Tanko AlMakura yesterday swears in Acting Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Suleiman Umaru-Dikko; two High Court judges, Samuel Ayiwulu and Asmau Yusuf as well as the Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Idris-Apa. The ceremony was held at the Government House, Lafia, the state capital. Al-Makura said: “It is in

From Johnny Danjuma, Lafia

fulfilment of the relevant constitutional provisions to ensure sanity and stability in the Judiciary as a fundamental institution of society.” Idris-Apa is a physically challenged person. The governor explained that the appointments were in compliance with the principle of seniority and merit in putting qualified persons in positions of responsibility.

edented level of wrongful spending priorities, income inequality and poor investment in social services. “…What the ACN candidate said in clear times, which our party absolutely agrees with, is that instead of filtering away the state’s resources on a very small circle of political jobbers, establishing new useless ministries and departments to create jobs for the boys with its attendant cost on the state budgetary expenditure, the government should look inwards and reduce the size and cost of government. “This, of course, does not translate to a call by Belgore for the sacking of workers in the state, who are ordinarily wallowing in hunger as a result of their extremely poor remuneration.”

Buhari consoles victims of Lagos fire


HE Leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with the government and people of Lagos State over the fire that razed the popular Jankara Market. Gen. Buhari, in a letter in Kaduna to Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), said he was saddened by the death and loss of property in the fire. He said: “I am writing on behalf of my family and supporters to convey to you my heartfelt grief and sympathy on the fire at Jankara Market, Idumota. “Please, convey to the victims and the people of Lagos State our sympathy for their grievous losses.” The former Head of State prayed that such incident would not recur in the country. He urged the Federal Government to ensure that “laws of the country on importation, manufacture and storage of combustible items are strictly adhered to”.