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Nigeria Police chief denies ordering Tambuwal’s arrest

Hon Cheche,  from Niger State,  climbing over NASS gate to enter the premises after the police mounted a blockade targeted at the Speaker.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has denied ordering the arrest of any person involved in the fracas at the National Assembly on Thursday when the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, was temporarily denied entrance into the complex by security officials.

Mr. Abba said that the decision to arrest any suspect, including Mr. Tambuwal, in connection with the incident lay with the police officers investigating the matter.

This is contained in a statement by police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, a Commissioner of Police, on Saturday in Abuja.

According to Mr. Abba, it lies with the investigating police officers to determine who to “invite, quiz and prosecute as the case may be.”

Supporters of Mr. Tambuwal including members of the House forced themselves into the chambers after security operatives working on orders prevented them entrance into the building. The actions of the security operatives has been condemned by several Nigerians including the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, the party Mr. Tambuwal joined when he left Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The APC has also warned that any plan to arrest Mr. Tambuwal could lead to breakdown of order.

Meanwhile, the police chief has also condemned what he described as “unwarranted attack” on police officers providing security at a political rally in Oke Ado area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

One Police Inspector was said to have been shot dead and five others seriously injured in the incident.

A statement by the police authorities in Abuja said Mr. Abba had ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

He reiterated his warning to political actors to desist from the use of thugs.

He also reaffirmed the resolve of the force to provide “a safe and secure corridor for all political competitors” but stressed that offenders of the Electoral Act would be prosecuted.

(NAN)

‎I will tackle insecurity, restore Adamawa’s glory, Ribadu says at PDP screening

Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) aspirant, Nuhu
Ribadu, cheering supporters after submitting his nomination form for
gubernatorial primary election 2014 at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has stated that the prevailing security situation in Adamawa State would be his main focus if elected the governor of the state at the 2015 governorship election.

The former anti-corruption Czar said the high level of insecurity in some parts of the state was also the main motivating factor behind his decision to run for governor in his home state.

“I have the capacity to face it and bring succour to our people,” he said.

Speaking after he was screened by a Peoples Democratic Party’s panel in Bauchi, Mr. Ribadu said the people of Adamawa state had suffered enough.

“Nigeria is a federal state and my thinking is that governors should have the latitude and right to find all possible means of ensuring the security of their people without having to wait or rely solely on the central government,” he said.

To this end, Mr. Ribadu said that he would work hard to ensure his victory in the forthcoming PDP Adamawa governorship primaries and the subsequent February 2015 elections so that on assumption of office, he would join hands with his colleagues in the zone to bring an end to the insecurity in the sub-region.

Mr. Ribadu explained that his administration would accord security the priority it deserves.

He said without adequate security for lives and property, no meaningful development can be achieved.

“My administration will accord greater priority to security issues for development purposes, security will be the cardinal principle of my administration come 2015,” Mr. Ribadu said. “What is happening today in our zone should be condemned by every well-meaning citizens.”

The former EFCC chairman, who was answering questions from journalists amidst cheers from his supporters, expressed dismay that innocent lives were being terminated and properties destroyed on daily basis in the north-east zone.

Mr. Ribadu, while acknowledging accolades from supporters at the Bauchi PDP zonal office, expressed optimism that he would triumph at the election.

“Let’s wait and see the PDP primaries in Adamawa state, people will be surprised with the outcome of the election, I will by the grace of God top all the other gubernatorial aspirants,” Mr. Ribadu said,

He said he was not bothered by the number of aspirants jostling for the Adamawa governorship seat.

He called on well-meaning people in Adamawa state to give him every support necessary because he had great plans for the development of the state.

Danladi,Taraba Acting Governor, appoints SSG

Abubakar Danladi

The Acting Governor of Taraba, Abubakar Danladi, has appointed, Timothy Kataps, as Secretary to the State Government.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Government House, Hassan Mijinyawa, in Jalingo on Saturday.

Mr. Mijinyawa said Mr. Kataps, a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, would be sworn in on Monday.

Mr. Danladi was reinstated by the Supreme court on Friday, which nullified his impeachment and ordered that he should be sworn in immediately.

The impeached and reinstated former deputy governor, replaced Garba Umar, who had been acting following the plane crash suffered by incumbent Governor Danbaba Suntai.

Mr. Danladi was impeached by the House of Assembly in October, 2012, shortly before Mr. Suntai had a brain injury from a plane crash in Yola.

The house had alleged that Mr. Danladi was involved in gross misconduct and abuse of office.

(NAN)

EXCLUSIVE: Revealed: The Nigerians aboard jet that smuggled $9.3 million arms money to South Africa

Some Private Jets parked at the Abuja Airport, Nigeria

A private jet that conveyed $9.3 million cash from Nigeria to South Africa for an arms deal between the two countries, had Nigerian crew members, and passengers from Israel and Austria, new documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES in Johannesburg have shown.

There were three Nigerians aboard the plane, the documents show.

PREMIUM TIMES obtained the manifest of the jet that transported the huge sum, and has confirmed the identities of the passengers and crew who delivered the controversial package.

South Africa seized the money early September, accusing the Nigerian government of violating its laws regulating the transfer of cash.

Another payment by the Nigerian government for arms to combat the extremist Boko Haram sect, was also confiscated. The second transfer, totalling $5.7 million, was wired through the banks.

The South African ambassador to Nigeria was later quoted as saying the money had been returned to Nigeria, a claim that has yet to be verified.

Details of the first transaction, revealed by a South African newspaper, City Press, said an Israeli and two Nigerians were aboard the airplane that transported the sum to Lanseria airport in South Africa.

The first tranche of the money was conveyed to South Africa on September 5 in two plastic bag suitcases and two hand luggage aboard an airplane belonging to Ayo Oritsejafor, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.

While the Nigerian government confirmed the transactions, it denied violating any foreign law. The government also refused to provide the names of those aboard the airplane.

In its report, widely quoted in the Nigerian media, City Press said the Israeli passenger, Eyal Mesika, had the key to the combination lock of the suitcases. The paper also said two Nigerian passengers were aboard the plane. It quoted South African law enforcement officials.

The report however did not reveal the identities of the Nigerians, and South African officials also declined to provide those details to PREMIUM TIMES when contacted from Nigeria by telephone.

In an investigation that involved visiting South Africa, PREMIUM TIMES has obtained documents showing details of the transaction, including the flight manifest of the airplane.

The listing shows that beside Mr. Mesika, the only Nigerians on board the aircraft were crew members.

The other two passengers who conveyed the cash were Austrians, the manifest shows.

The two Austrians are named, R. Wolfgang and M. Michael.

The flight crew members of the Project Eagle Air jet with flight number: N808HE were Ojongbede R.T (captain), Fejoku U, (flight officer) and George E.E (flight attendant).

The listing contradicts reports that the other passengers were Nigerians, a claim that set off an intense controversy after the All Progressives Congress, APC, accused a former militant leader, Dokubo Asari, of being one of those aboard the plane.

The APC relied on unverified reports by some news websites [not PREMIUM TIMES] in making the false claim.

Mr. Asari denied the allegation and threatened legal action against Lai Mohammed, the spokesperson of the APC.

In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES at the time, Mr. Asari threatened to physically assault Mr. Mohammed if he failed to get justice in the courts.

“After all the South Africa People have given the names of people on the plane and if by next week we go to court and the court is being manipulated not to give me justice, I will resort to self-help,” he said.

“I have the capacity to resort to self-help. I will not give anybody any apology because if a man has mouth to malign me then I can use what I have to fight for myself.”

No Order to Arrest Tambuwal – NSA

SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AMINU TAMBUWAL

The Office of the National Security Adviser has described as “unfair and a total falsehood” reports that the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has ordered the arrest of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.

In a statement Saturday that did not refer to Mr. Tambuwal as Speaker, Mr. Dasuki’s office denied that a directive was given for Mr. Tambuwal’s arrest at a meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba.

The Director, Special Duties in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Bello Fadile, a retired colonel, who signed the statement, described the alleged plan to apprehend the Speaker as “untrue and total falsehood”.

In a statement Friday night, Mr. Tambuwal had reacted to reports that the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, had given instruction for his arrest in connection with Thursday’s commotion at the National Assembly.

“The Honourable Speaker wishes to state that he is a law abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who has no immunity against arrest and prosecution except privileges as may be provided by the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act,” Mr. Tambuwal said through a statement by his spokesperson.

“Accordingly , the Hon Speaker states for the records that he is available, ready and willing to answer any lawful invitation from any of the Security agencies on any matter for which they may require his attention.”

The confusion at the lawmaking complex, which saw the police firing teargas at lawmakers and lawmakers scaling fences, was triggered by the police themselves after they blocked members heading to the chamber for plenary.

The lower chamber had suspended its break to enable it consider President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for extension of the emergency rule in the three North-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – worst hit by the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.

But in his statement, Mr. Fadile said there was no plan by anyone to arrest the Speaker.

“It is not only untrue and mere fabricated reports that the NSA met with the VP and ordered the arrest of Hon Tambuwal,” the statement said. “The fact is that the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been outside the country since Wednesday on pressing national security issues.

“To the best of our knowledge there is no any order for the arrest of Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of the House of Representatives.

“We therefore urge the media to always cross-check their stories before going to the press.”

The Inspector General of Police had also on Saturday denied giving an order for the arrest of Mr. Tambuwal.

When contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, the spokesperson for the Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said, “That is not true, the IGP did not order anybody to arrest him(Tambuwal).

“There is no such order, the IGP did not order the arrest of anybody. It depends on the people who are investigating the case to determine who has questions to answer and who may be prosecuted.

“My advise is that, you cannot attack the police and go unpunished. The law must catch up with you. Even with people in authority, the police must be respected,” Mr. Ojukwu said.

Multiple explosions cause panic in Maiduguri

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The thunderous sounds of multiple explosions in Maiduguri, Borno State, caused a stir in the city early Saturday as residents cringed in fear of a major Boko Haram attack.

The blasts, which sounded successively four times, were heard at about 7:30 am across the city as residents prepared to go out for their routine engagements.

Though there were no sounds of gun shots accompanying the explosions, many residents immediately sent messages across asking to know which part of the state was under attack. 

But a senior official of the State Security Service, SSS, told PREMIUM TIMES in Maiduguri that the blasts were not from Boko Haram. 

“Oh sorry, that was just a friendly firing carried out by soldiers of the 7 Division in Maiduguri; they were just test firing some equipments,” said the officer who asked not be named. 

Maiduguri has been relatively calm for months without any attack from the insurgent group, Boko Haram.

But residents fear the city may come under attack at any time amid repeated threats from the sect that has killed thousands.

Similar blasts were recorded on Friday and Saturday last week at about the same time.

Speaker Tambuwal picks Sokoto governorship form

Tambuwal, shortly after picking the nomination form.

The speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has obtained nomination forms to contest as governor of Sokoto State.

The speaker will contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Speaker picked his nomination form in his home state, Sokoto, on Friday, three days after he dropped his ambition to run for the office of the president.

Mr. Tambuwal’s spokesperson, Imam Imam, confirmed on Twitter on Friday that the speaker has obtained the forms.

“I am here to honour the call of Sokoto people to return home and serve,” Mr. Imam tweeted the Speaker saying. “I am here to continue the work of our leader, Governor Aliyu Wammakko.”

Mr. Tambuwal is believed to be favoured by the state’s governor to succeed him.

“Governor Wammakko’s support and encouragement has made us succeed in our assignment at the National Assembly in Abuja,” the Speaker said during a visit to the Sokoto governor shortly after he picked the form.

Mr. Tambuwal is fighting to retain his position as the Speaker of the House of Representatives after defecting from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the opposition All Progressive’s Congress, APC. He was received by a large crowd in the ancient city of Sokoto.

‎Nigerian Military, Aviation Authorities debunk reports of plane crash in Yola

The US refused to sell Cobra Helicopters to Nigeria because they do not trust Nigeria's ability to maintain it.

The Nigerian military has insisted that none of its planes is involved in any crash in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, or in any other location in the country on Friday.

“I have spoken with the commander of our fleet in Yola and he said all our planes are intact, that they are not involved in any accident, ” the spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, an Air Commodore, told PREMIUM TIMES.

The Director of Military Information at the Defence Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, spoke along the same line.

“I do not have any information at this point that any of  our planes is involved in an accident,” Mr. Olukolade told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone.

The Nigerian aviation authorities also said they were not aware of any crash within Nigeria’s territory today.

“I have called people in Yola, I have interacted with the control tower and so far all those who should know said they are not aware of any crash,” said Yakubu DattiGeneral Manager, Corporate Communications of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria [FAAN]. “We don’t know where the story of the plane crash came from.”

There had been widespread reports (not in PREMIUM TIMES) that another military chopper crashed in the Damare suburb of Yola, not far from the location where a military helicopter came down about three weeks ago.

Amaechi should be in jail but for immunity – Presidency, PDP

Recently, the police warned Amaechi to remain  in his state.

The Presidency on Thursday lambasted the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, over his threat that the All Progressives Congress, APC, would form a parallel government if next year’s general elections are rigged.

At the “Salvation Rally,” organised by the APC in Abuja, Mr. Amaechi, had warned that “if the 2015 elections are rigged, his party will not seek redress in court but would rather carry out what he called civil disobedience as well as form a parallel government.”

The rally was attended by leaders of the opposition party who lampooned the peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government for alleged under-performance.

They also marched round some parts of the nation’s capital, including the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, said but for the immunity Mr. Amaechi enjoys ”the governor would have been in jail for his comments”.

He said the governor’s utterances bother on incitement, treason and gross rascality, which were enough to land him behind bars.

Mr. Okupe said there was no basis for Mr. Amaechi to suggest that the elections would be rigged by the PDP. He said it was a shame for the governor to denigrate himself.

The presidential aide noted that the governor’s utterances were a further proof that he was not only lawless but loves anarchy in his unbridled pursuit for power.

“It is curious and unthinkable that a man who was himself a beneficiary of the court process would disdain the very platform through which he acquired the opportunity to make his reckless and provocative statement,” Mr. Okupe said.

“With statements like this it is clear that Amaechi is more of liability to his party than asset and has the potential to bring his party to further opprobrium and disrepute.

“For someone who aspires to become the Vice President of this country, his disdain for law and order is not only unfortunate but also patently dangerous and sends dark signals about the survival of our democracy.”

The presidential aide said discerning Nigerians knew that comments like those made by the governor, do not augur well for any democracy and “also portray Mr. Amaechi as a reckless, power hungry individual who lacks both the democratic temper and respect for constituted authority and institutions.”

He wondered how the APC could be comfortable “with a loose cannon like Governor Amaechi.”

Mr. Okupe said it was clear to any discerning mind that Mr. Amaechi’s indecorous outbursts and his obvious disregard and contempt for the rule of law, had defined him as unfit to hold any serious public office in this country let alone the Vice Presidency of Nigeria to which he aspires.

He said, “If Mr. Amaechi is so much afraid of his party crashing to defeat in the general elections, what he needs to do is to advise the leadership of his party to either give up in good time or repackage itself in order to appeal to the Nigerian voters who must definitely have the final say in the democratic process.

“We also want to sound a note of warning to Mr. Amaechi and other desperate players on our political scene that Nigeria has moved away from the dark days of dictatorship and resort to brigandage and that any attempt for any individual or group of individuals to resort to extra legal means of acquiring power, would be dealt with by the laws of the land.”

Also in a statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it was shocked and stunned by Mr. Amaechi’s utterances at the rally, especially because the governor was an elected public officer.

It cautioned the governor against unduly overheating the system and urged him to concentrate on his duties in his state.

Stating that Mr. Amaechi was a democrat when he was in the PDP, the ruling party advised him not to allow the undemocratic attitude of the APC to becloud him.

“He is a different person from who he was when he was in the PDP. When he was in PDP, he was much more guarded in his statements. We urge him to desist from utterances capable of derailing our democracy”, the statement said.

The party however restated that it would continue to resist the provocations from the opposition and remain focused in its commitment in consolidating a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Nigeria.

VIDEO: Blocked APC Lawmakers jump gate into National Assembly

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Several members of the House of Representatives scaled the fence to gain access to the complex Thursday after they were stopped by security agents.

At least 15 members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, did so.

Watch the video here

Police, Amaechi clash in Abuja as APC supporters block Force Headquarters

Recently, the police warned Amaechi to remain  in his state.

The authorities of the Nigerian Police and the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, clashed in Abuja on Wednesday after a rally organised by the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

The APC, which held what it termed “Salvation Rally”, was said to have marched to the Police Headquarters with some of its supporters to lodge a complaint with the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba.

On getting to the gates of the Louis Edet House, the procession, which the police said was led by the party’s Chairman, John Oyegun, and Mr. Amaechi, were barred from entering the premises to deliver the party’s message to Mr. Abba.

Apparently frustrated, the APC leaders and supporters blocked the entrance to the expansive compex housing top officials of the Nigeria’s Police Force.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the party leaders and supporters sang solidarity songs in front of the police headquarters.

The APC leaders and supporters were said to have left the location when it became obvious that the IGP would not give them audience.

In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the Police Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, alleged that Mr. Oyegun and Mr. Amaechi led APC supporters to disrupt normal activities at the Force headquarters.

“After the party finished its rally here in Abuja, the APC chairman and Amaechi led a large crowd of supporters and said they wanted to see the IG without any prior notice. When they were stopped, they barricaded the Force Headquarters,” Mr. Ojukwu said.

Inspector General Abba later issued a statement, expressing resentment at the blockade of the gates to the Force headquarters by supports of the opposition party, and advising political parties to take their campaigns to the electorate and stop disrupting government activities.

Mr. Abba bared his mind in a statement signed by the police spokesperson, Mr. Ojukwu.

Part of the statement read, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, hereby advices political leaders to take their campaigns to the electorate, rather than engage in disruption of government activities and daily chores of Nigerians engaged in the pursuit of their lawful businesses.

“The IGP further urges members of the political class and their followers who have grievances to seek redress in the court of law, rather than disturb the peace of innocent, law abiding citizens.

“These admonitions are the fallout of an ugly event today, Wednesday November 19, 2014 when some politicians led by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi, barricaded the entrance gates of the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.”

In spite of what the police described as the uncivilised conduct of the APC leaders and supporters, Mr. Abba said the police exhibited maximum restraint.

Repeated attempts by this newspaper to speak with the leadership of the APC and Mr. Amaechi failed as calls to their mobile telephones were not answered.

Mr. Amaechi’s Chief Press Secretary, David Iyofor, who sent a terse reply, said, “It was an APC party event. Please speak with Lai Mohammed.”

Tukur Seeks Reinstatement as PDP National Chairman

Bamanga Adamu Muaazu

There was a dramatic twist to the suit seeking to oust Adamu Mu’azu as the national chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday, as his predecessor, Bamanga Tukur, demanded his reinstatement to the job.

Mr. Tukur resigned from office in January following campaigns mounted by party members that he should do so barely two years after his election at its convention in March 2012.

He was succeeded by Mr. Mu’azu.

But a member of the PDP, Aliyu Gurin, recently filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking Mr. Mu’azu’s sack and also to stop the party’s coming delegates’ convention slated for December 11 and 12.

Mr. Gurin, a House of Representatives aspirant from Adamawa State, contended that Mr. Tukur’s resignation did not comply with the provision of Section 47(5) of the constitution of the party.

The section stipulates that a 30-day notice be given to the National Executive Committee by a national chairman resigning from office.

Mr. Tukur was joined as second defendant in the suit while Mr. Mu’azu and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, are 1st and 3rd respondents.

However, in a counter-claim filed at the court registry by his counsel, Adamson Adeboro on Wednesday, Mr. Tukur asked the court to grant an order to allow him return to office until 2016 when his four-year tenure ought to have expired.

The former national chairman argued that he was forced to quit the job to pave way for the return of some governors who defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to return to the ruling party.

The governors are Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).

Mr. Tukur, a former governor of the old Gongola State, said following the defection of the governors, the PDP leader, President Goodluck Jonathan came under pressure to sack him as national chairman to enable them come back.

He asked for an order to set aside his purported resignation letter of January 15 and restore him to his job as substantive and duly-elected chairman of the PDP.

He also asked the court to stop the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from further “recognizing, permitting or allowing Mu’azu to preside over the affairs of the party”.

Mr. Tukur asked the court to declare his resignation and the appointment of Mr. Mu’azu null and void in line with Section 45(1) and (2) of the PDP constitution.

The former PDP national chairman had earlier asked the court to determine whether his purported resignation was in conjunction with Section 47(5) of the party’s constitution as amended.

He further asked the court to decide if Mu’azu’s appointment contravened Section 45(1) and (2) of the party constitution, Section 85(3) of the Electoral Act 2010 and Section 223(1) of the 1999 Constitution.

In a seven-paragraph affidavit in support of the counter claim deposed to by one Femi Ekperobe, the former national chairman said he stepped aside to enable the defected governors return, but that to his chagring, they are yet to do so 10 months after.

Mr. Tukur said even if he were to resign following pressure mounted on him, the party’s constitution demands that he should hand over to his deputy, who will act as national chairman pending the convening of a national convention where a substantive national chairman would now be elected.

He insisted that the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party lacked the power to appoint the national chairman.

According to him, the votes and proceedings of the NEC meeting of January 15, the day he resigned, were a nullity.

He said his letter of resignation contravened Section 47 (5) of the PDP constitution.

Mr. Tukur said Mr. Mu’azu lacked the power to preside over the coming convention.

The former national chairman, however, said it would be in the interest of all parties if status quo ante bellum was maintained, pending the coming convention during which a new chairman would be elected.

The trial judge, Justice Evoh Chukwu, will hear Mr. Tukur’s request on Thursday.

BREAKING: As global oil prices slip, Nigeria to review benchmark

Minister of Finance, Okonjo-Iweala (left), Accountant General of the Federation, Jonas Otunla (middle)

The Nigerian government will send a proposal to the National Assembly to review the crude oil benchmark in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, submitted recently for the 2015 budget, an official has said.

The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said at a special media briefing in Abuja on Sunday that a proposal of $73 per barrel would be sent to for consideration and approval as against the $78 per barrel earlier proposed in the 2015 budget proposal.

The minister said in view of the sliding trend of crude oil prices at the international market, which stood at about $74 barrel per barrel on Friday,  there was need to revise the entire proposals in the MTEF to ensure that the economy was not significantly impacted negatively.

Details later…

Boko Haram: Security agencies call for CCTVs in Yobe schools

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The security agencies in Yobe State on Sunday stressed the need to install Close Circuit Television, CCTV, cameras in schools in the state.

Wakil Kaku, the National Orientation Agency, NOA, State Director, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu, the state capital.

“The military, Police and State Security Services authorities noted that all schools must be provided with wall fence and installation of close circuit Television cameras to monitor movements and objects in and around the schools.

“The security authorities also emphasised on the need to provide designated entry and exit points to check unauthorised movements around the schools,” he said.

Kaku, however, said that the agency had sensitised school principals and proprietors to understand basic precautionary measures on security challenges.

He said the agency was worried about the spate of attacks on schools by the Boko Haram insurgents causing the deaths of scores of students.

“We saw the need to sensitise school authorities to basic measures towards securing the schools.

“The agency last week organised intensive training on precautionary measures on security challenges for school principals and proprietors across the state,” the director said.

Mr. Kaku said the authorities were educated on the need to promote self-screening to identify new faces among students and teachers in order to fish out strange faces with nefarious intentions.

“The school authorities should also check visitation during school hours or when picking students after school closure,’’ he said.

The director, therefore, advised authorities to be mindful of structures erected around the schools, saying these structures could be security risks.

(NAN)

#Nigeria2015: Governor Dickson warns Bayelsa PDP members

Seriake Dickson

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has warned politicians aspiring to various positions in the state in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to guard their utterances and actions in order not to mislead the public.

He also reaffirmed his support for President Goodluck Jonathan and asked the political class and indigenes of state to support the president’s re-election bid.

There were reports of disaffection among the PDP members in the state over the zoning of political offices.
Some senior members of the Dickson administration were reportedly angling to replace some members of the National Assembly from the state.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, on Saturday, the governor warned the politicians not to make reckless statements that could be used by the opposition against the state.

“Party faithful, especially those seeking elective positions and their supporters should be mindful of their utterances and actions, as same could be used by the opposition to paint a wrong or misleading position of the state of affairs in the State,” he said.

Mr. Dickson also restated his resolve to “carry on with the policies and programmes of his restoration agenda, despite the dwindling resources of the state, occasioned by revenue shortfalls from the Federation Accounts.”

He renewed his call on Bayelsans to remain supportive of the government, saying it meant well for them.

The state chapter of the PDP, Mr. Dickson said, remained “one peaceful, united and focused family” under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan and himself.

He said he and the president, an indigene of the state, were working together for the good of the state and the nation.

“The PDP in Bayelsa State is working collectively and rallying the needed support for President Goodluck Jonathan and the party to achieve maximum success in next year’s elections,” he said.

Gunmen attack Alakyo Village in Nasarawa

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There have been repeated gunshots in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital as gunmen on Sunday morning attacked Alakyo village.

Alakyo is the village were over 89 security operatives were killed last year by the Ombatse militia group.

On Sunday, four people were reported killed and their remains deposited at the Specialist Hospital Lafia, along Shendam Road.

Scores of children and women were seen in the early hours trekking to Nasarawa Eggon about 30 kilometres from Lafia.

Security operatives were also seen parading the streets of Lafia, dispersing protesting youth.

Nasarawa, like neighbouring Plateau and Benue states, has witnessed several ethno-religious clashes leading to the death of hundreds of people.

Details later…

Soyinka visits UNIZIK, urges Nigerian government to protect her citizens

Wole Soyinka arriving  Unizik for the lecture

A Noble Laureate, Wole Soyinka, Friday, on Friday visited the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Unizik, Awka, Anambra.

During the visit, Mr. Soyinka had a brief chat with the university vice chancellor, Joseph Ahaneku, in his office and was also later briefly interviewed at the university FM radio station, UNIZIK 94.1 FM, Awka.

Mr. Soyinka proceeded to the university auditorium and delivered a lecture on Magic Lantern: Excursions in the Creative Realm at the 3rd Ziks Lecture Series organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the university.

While delivering the lecture, Mr. Soyinka condemned the high rate of insecurity in Nigeria and the poor attitude of successive governments towards the development of the education sector. He urged the government to see the security of lives of her citizens as a priority and also give more necessary assistance to the betterment of the education sector.

In his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion and also the former secretary general of the Commonwealth, Emeka Anyaoku, expressed his appreciation to the university for organizing the event because it would serve as an intellectual booster. Mr. Anyaoku also pledged his support to the future editions of the event.

In his remarks, Mr. Ahaneku thanked the Noble Laureate for honoring his invitation to the event despite his tight schedules and promised that the university would always support such good gesture in the future.

Mr. Ahaneku also restated the willingness of his administration to move the university to a higher level.

In his remarks, the executive Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, pledged that his government would always support all programmes that would promote education in the state.

Represented by the state Commissioner of Education, Kate Omenugha, Mr. Obiano disclosed that Anambra state has emerged as the best in various national educational competitions organized for primary and secondary schools across Nigeria and attributed the success to the love and tireless efforts of the state government on the development of education in the state and urged all to join hands with the government to do more as the government cannot do all alone.

Majority of the students interviewed expressed joy for the event as it gave them the opportunity to physically meet Mr. Soyinka.

However, the students lamented that they found it difficult to understand the lecture due to the high level grammar employed in almost all paragraphs of the lecture by Mr. Soyinka and prayed the Nobel Laureate and other scholars to always employ simpler English whenever they address audiences in order to achieve effective communication.

Other dignitaries at the event were the Eze-Uzu of Awka, Obi Nwosu, lecturers, students and journalists.

South East APC tackles Nnamani over Jonathan comment

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The South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed outrage over the claim by a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, that the zone would support President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid to enable him complete the second Niger Bridge.

Mr. Nnamani, who spoke for the South East members of the People Democratic Party, PDP, at Mr. Jonathan’s declaration on Tuesday, said the region was backing the president in the February presidential election to avoid the abandonment of the bridge.

He also expressed worry that the president had not rehabilitated the Enugu-Onitsha Highway, which is the busiest highway in the region.

The party, in a statement by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, said it was yet to recover from Mr. Nnamani’s double-speak on one hand indicting Mr. Jonathan for neglecting the highway, which is in terrible condition, and on the other hand that it was only the president that could fix it.

It regretted that the former senate president’s hinged the support of the South East zone for the president on the fear that the 2nd Niger Bridge would be abandoned.

“We rate this as grave insult to our collective intelligence, a double-speak and corrupted propaganda; coming from someone we thought we can follow to battle, blind,” the APC said.

“May we ask, is Senator Nnamani and cohorts not aware that President Jonathan followed due process and funded the Oweto bridge over successive federal budgets?

“Why is the 2nd Niger Bridge not in any federal budget? Is the 2nd Niger Bridge not dead on arrival, for Julius Berger is not known for borrowing?”

The party said Mr. Nnamani’s position exposed the underbelly as one of those yet to appreciate that there are two major parties prevailing in the country, the PDP and the APC, and that the 2015 presidential race would be close to call.

It argued that no reasonable and responsible leadership would “put all its eggs of their people in one basket,” as the Ndigbo are trying to do.

“To say that we are highly disappointed with Senator Nnamani is to say the least. For how long will Igbo leaders sell their people for stomach infrastructure?” the APC said.

“It is our considered view that it will be fool hardy for the South East region to vote again for a president who lives under the illusion that if you settle their leaders you have settled them; hence taking our support for granted.”

‘Accidental discharge’ not an excuse for murder — Nigeria Police warn officers

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The Nigerian Police Force will not tolerate any claim of “accidental discharge” by its officers henceforth, a spokesperson said Thursday.

Speaking Thursday, the spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said it was the police’s responsibility to provide security and safety for every citizen.

“There is nothing like ‘accidental discharge’,” he said. “Every gun has a safety mode. We deal with any police officer that says that and charge him or her for murder. We will not spare such a person.”

He said the police has more widows and orphans than any other establishment in Nigeria.

He was speaking at a media chat organized by a non-governmental organization, 1-Nigeria Initiative.

Mr. Ojukwu also lamented that “the system” did not adequately recognize and compensate members of the Force.

“We have more widows and orphans in the police than anywhere else and we are not even recognized or compensated,” he said.

He disclosed that the Force has trained a lot of officers called the Vigilante Support Officers to help coordinate vigilante groups on how to operate within communities.

He explained that vigilante groups were a form of the informal policing system and very important in Nigeria as they know their communities better than an outsider.

Mr. Ojukwu noted that the police all over the world partnered with vigilantes as the services of vigilantes were needed to save the lives of the people within a community.

Mr. Ojukwu also said it was the police’s responsibility to provide security and safety for every citizen.

“There is nothing like ‘accidental discharge’,” he said. “Every gun has a safety mode. We deal with any police officer that says that and charge him or her for murder. We will not spare such a person.”

He said the Nigerian Police was working towards improving the response time for distress calls to five to ten minutes by creating enough stand-by cars for its men.

“We may not be the best but call us when you are in distress and we will be at your service within five to ten minutes of your call,” he said.

According to him, the Nigerian Police has many colleges all over the country and a lot was being done to improve and ensure betters standards at the colleges.

He called on the public to help police officers stay off corruption by not encouraging it.

He said if an illegal or outrageous demand was made by a police officer on a certain case, such a case should be reported to the highest authorities at any nearby police office.

“Exercise your rights,” he said. “When you know your rights and you insist on them, nobody will outshine you. Please report any illegal act and help us control our police officers.”

Nigerian Army vows to reclaim territories lost to Boko Haram

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The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Kenneth Minimah, has vowed to regain all the territories taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents.

He stated this at a meeting with the Senate Committee for Defence and the Army on Thursday.

The meeting was called to find out the next step for the military and how they would tackle insurgency in Nigeria.
Boko Haram recently captured several local governments in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

At the end of the meeting, Mr. Minimah, a Major General, told reporters, “We are working very hard to retake these territories and very soon, we will claim them and indeed other territories.

“I want to continue to rekindle the confidence of Nigerians and particularly the ordinary Nigerians, who have suffered the pain of these insurgencies.

“The Nigerian Army would do its best and strive to win this war and reclaim the lost territories.”

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Sekibo, said they believed the military would do their best as they had been given assurance that a positive impact would be seen this time.

He also said that the military asked them to inform the constituents in those states that the issues would not escalate and there would be positive results in a couple of weeks.

He said there was a possibility that elections would hold in those states as long as the terrains were captured soon.

When asked by a journalist if the assurance was not in vain as the military had always made this promise, Mr. Sekibo said that they had confidence in the military that it was real this time.

The governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari, had said Thursday that local vigilante groups have recaptured Mubi, a major town lost to Boko Haram.

Speaking through his spokesperson, the governor said the operation received the support of the military.

APC will defeat Jonathan in his home state, Bayelsa – Oshiomhole

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The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to name the projects he and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have executive for the benefit of the people of the state since he assumed office.

The governor also vowed that his party, the All progressives Congress, APC, would defeat Mr. Jonathan in his home state, Bayelsa, and other states controlled by the PDP in the South-South geo-political zones. The states are Delta, Cross River and Akwa Ibom.

Mr. Oshimhole spoke on Wednesday at a ceremony held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, to mark his sixth year anniversary in office.

The governor assumed office on November 12, 2008, following his victory over former governor, Oserheimen Osunbor, at the Court of Appeal.

The court had ruled that Mr. Oshiomhole was the authentic winner of the 2007 governorship election in the state.

The governor said Mr. Jonathan administration had done nothing for the state and that the president only came to commission a resurfaced existing Ofosu-Benin axis of an expressway, which was constructed by a past military regime.

“What is the Scorecard of the PDP in Edo State and in Nigeria? The PDP has commissioned the resurfacing of Ofosu to Benin Road in a period of 16 years. That is all PDP has to show in Edo State for over a period of 16 years,” the governor said.

“The PDP Federal Government controls 52.8 % of declared federal collections and Edo State share of that 52.8 % and all they have to show in 16 years is the resurfacing of Ofosu-Benin old carriage way.

“My challenge to my opponents in whatever name they are called, people who spent 10 years in Edo deceiving people, we have shown that they wasted our 10 years but we were not deterred by their failure but rather inspired by the opportunity that we have to reposition Edo State.”

He said when in September Mr. Jonathan came to the state for the South-South rally of the PDP, he was reported as saying that it would fall to the party.

Mr. Oshiomhole said, “Let me ask you – can Edo State fall? Can the President fall any of you? He even went on to say that Rivers Stage will fall to PDP. I need you to mark the word ‘fall’ and when you go back home, take your dictionary and look at the ordinary and special meaning of the word ‘fall’”.

“To fall is to collapse, to fall is to speak in the language of Soldiers. When they have used the force of firearms to overcome their enemies and they capture them with the aid of guns after killing many, they can say that the territory has fallen

“So is the President going to use the armed forces to fall the people of Edo State? I want to put him on notice that Edo State is not an enemy territory to be felled by Armed Forces and the Commander-in-Chief must not target Edo for falling. Edo will stand and march on.

“On the contrary, APC will defeat the President in Bayelsa State, APC will defeat PDP in Rivers State, and APC will defeat PDP in Cross River State. APC will defeat PDP in Delta State, APC will continue to bury and bury PDP in Edo State.

Mr. Oshiomhole said he made it a point of duty to reposition Benin City, the state capital, deal with the crisis of flooding, not on the basis of random approach, but by taking a holistic view of the flooding problem and applying searchable solutions that are informed by scientific mandate.

He challenged the leaders and members of the PDP at all levels to come out and refute all that he said he done.

He vowed that never again will the people of the state “be buffeted by people who remember us once in four years when they bring a version of the stolen money to buy guns and distribute to young men to kill people.”

The governor further stated, “We have moved away from the politics of sharing salt, banana and sugar cane at the eve of election. Today, the Edo woman understands that providing school for her child is better than giving her a bag of salt once in four years.”

He noted that as long as the PDP had power, Nigerians would never have adequate power supply.

He told the cheering crowd that “even as we speak, this stadium is being powered by generator”.

Mr. Oshiomhole alleged that in the name privatization of electricity distribution companies, the Federal Government handed over power to people who know next to nothing about electricity and power generation.

The governor said the president’s Sure-P programme “is simply a sure fraud where huge sums of money is handed to an individual to disburse at will, without record.”

According to him, the war against corruption by the current government at the federal level could be likened to a gun that fires shots without casualties.

Also speaking, the National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, lamented the security situation in the country and wondered how Mubi, the home town of the nation’s Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, was overrun by insurgents without resistance.

He said the states in the South-South zone under the control of the PDP would be taken over by the APC besides controlling the next federal administration.

Mr. Oyegun, who is also an indigene of Edo State and its former governor, however, said “There is work to be done. Let us not underestimate them because there is nothing as dangerous as underestimating a dying lion. It is time for rolling over.

“Your party is prepared to meet them blow for blow in whatever department they want. But please also be prepared because that is also what we have discovered that when they lose they don’t plan to go away quietly. We must be prepared to the very end to ensure that the APC candidate that will emerge on 8 December is sworn into office. I want to tell you APC will be the best government of this nation Nigeria.”

Also speaking at the event, a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu said the APC would sweep Mr. Jonathan out of office if he refuses to go.

“You refuse to go, we will sweep you away,” Mr. Tinubu said, stressing that the APC would prove to the PDP that the power of the people is greater than the barrel of the gun.

Mr. Tinubu accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of being an arm of the PDP, saying “INEC and PDP are Siamese twins, but APC will separate them.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, urged Nigerians to shun politics of ethnic and religious sentiments in the 2015 general elections and vote for candidates capable of bringing desired changes to the country.

Among those at the event were former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko.

Ogoni people still drinking polluted water – Report

Ogoni environment has been terribly polluted by oil exploration activities

As the global environmental justice movement commemorates the state execution of writer and activist, Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni environmental and social justice campaigners who were killed on November 10, 1995, the Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) has today released a new report, STILL POLLUTED: Monitoring Government and Shell’s Response to UNEP’s Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland.

The report is a product of two years monitoring of the effort of the Nigerian government and oil companies to address the remediation of the environmentally-devastated Ogoniland through the implementation of the concrete recommendations in the report by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

The report by Social Action reveals that the response of the Nigerian government has fallen far short of expectations, in view of its responsibility to safeguard the environment, as enshrined in Section 20 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.

“Everything on the ground in Ogoniland points to complete irresponsibility on the part of the Nigerian government”, according to Isaac Osuoka, Executive Director of Social Action. “The government set up the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) under the office of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, a complicit party in the pollution of Ogoniland. The agency was not backed by legislation nor provided with the required funding. Government must get serious and commence real actions to clean up Ogoniland, which should serve as a template for replication in the clean-up of other hydrocarbon-polluted communities in Nigeria’s Niger Delta”, he added.

According to Social Action’s report, neither the agency nor the government have done anything worthwhile to restore the Ogoni environment, three years after the UNEP report was released. Even emergency measures such as the provision of alternative sources of drinking water have not been taken seriously by the government. Ogoni community members continue to drink from badly contaminated water wells and bathe in badly polluted streams.

Ken Saro Wiwa and the Ogoni 8, were part of a Movement against the continuous oil pollution by Shell and neglect by the Nigerian government. Community protests ultimately led to the exit of Shell from Ogoniland in 1993. Two years thereafter, Ken Saro Wiwa and the Ogoni 8 were executed by the State during the military administration of the late Gen. Sani Abacha. But Shell was never able to return to Ogoniland despite several attempts made, as Ogoni people, inspired by the patriotism of their hero, Ken Saro Wiwa, resisted through popular protests, every move made by Shell to resume oil activities in Ogoniland.

However, Shell’s oil pipelines through which crude oil is conveyed from the region to the Port for export to other countries, still remain in Ogoniland till date. Oil spills from these pipelines occur regularly and the environment has suffered decades of environmental degradation.

The federal government of Nigeria in 2008 invited UNEP to carry out an assessment of the pollution in Ogoniland. UNEP released its report on Ogoni environment on August 4, 2011. The UNEP Report contained major revelations and recommendations needed to be attended to by clean-up and environmental remediation exercises.

An electronic version of Social Action’s STILL POLLUTED: Monitoring Government and Shell’s Response to UNEP’s Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland is available here.

Atiku outraged over bombing, deaths in Potiskum school

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed outrage over the bombing of the Government Technical Science College, Potiskum, Yobe State by a yet unidentified suicide bomber dressed as a student of the school.

He said in a statement by his media office in Abuja on Monday that the latest bombing, which claimed the lives of 47 “young and promising Nigerian school children” was one too many and underscored the need for the government at all levels to find a permanent solution to the Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr. Abubakar noted that the tragic incident in Potiskum was not the first time in Yobe State or the troubled North-East region that innocent young people had lost their lives because of their pursuit of education.

“One expects that knowing the anti-education mind-set of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, the relevant authorities should have done their bit to ensure that at least, our educational institutions are provided with additional security,” Atiku said.

The former vice president appealed to the perpetrators of this crime and similar ones in the past to have a rethink and refrain from taking life.

He expressed his condolences to the government and people of Yobe State, the management, staff and students of Government Technical Science College, Potiskum, the parents and guardians of the affected students and all those adversely affected by “the senseless murder of these innocent students.”

Nigeria blasts America, says U.S has let Nigeria down in war against Boko Haram

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Disappointed by the refusal of the United States to help Nigeria procure military weapons to combat Boko Haram, the federal government has now openly expressed its dissatisfaction with the American government decision, arguing that the Americans were letting Nigeria down at her hour of need, Empowered Newswire reports.

Speaking Monday while receiving a delegation of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Professor Ade Adefuye said both the Nigerian people and the government feel abandoned by America.

According to Mr. Adefuye “I am sad to inform you that the Nigerian leadership: military and political, and even the general populace, are not satisfied with the scope, nature and content of the United States’ support for us in our struggle against terrorists.”

Continuing, the Nigerian envoy stated that “we find it difficult to understand how and why in spite of the U.S. presence in Nigeria with their sophisticated military technology, Boko Haram should be expanding and becoming more deadly”.

Reviewing the situation further, Mr. Adefuye said that at first, Nigeria had problems with the manner in which intelligence was being shared, adding that even though the U.S. Government claims that the problem has been addressed, “it is still there”.

Categorically, Mr. Adefuye stated that “the U.S. Government has up till today refused to grant Nigeria’s request to purchase lethal equipment that would have brought down the terrorists within a short time on the basis of the allegations that Nigeria’s defence forces have been violating human rights of Boko Haram suspects when captured or arrested.”

Indeed the US government had equally explained that it would not be selling military weapons to Nigeria due to human rights allegations against the Nigerian military.

But Mr. Adefuye, in his meeting with the Council on Foreign Relations, dismissed such allegations.

Mr. Adefuye noted that Nigeria and the United States have had a long standing and healthy relationship reinforced by existing economic and geo-political realities. However he said in recent times “Nigeria has had reasons to complain about the style, nature and manner with which some United States’ policies are implemented with particular reference to terrorism in Nigeria.“

He said the United States was the first to respond to Nigeria’s call for support in its battle against terrorists and has remained a major pillar of support in the struggle against the terrorists.

But he said it is a sad commentary that right now inspite of the U.S. presence and help in Nigeria Boko Haram is becoming more deadly.

Alleging that the US might have been reacting upon claims from the opposition media with sympathy for opposition parties, Adefuye insisted that the allegations could not be substantiated as many of the allegations were meant to “embarrass the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.”

Professor Adefuye further emphasised that allegations of human rights violation are based on rumours, hearsays and exaggerated accounts of clashes between the Nigerian forces and Boko Haram fighters.

He cited an example of an incident that happened in Baga in 2013, when human rights groups and the opposition press reported that based on pictures taken from satellite, over 1600 houses were destroyed in a village that has less than 600 houses.

Besides, Mr. Adefuye stated regarding the video reports of human rights violations involving attacks on women and children purported to have been carried out by Nigerian soldiers in Boko Haram affected areas that those activities were carried out by Boko Haram members wearing stolen Nigerian army uniforms.

He explained that disguise and subterfuge are standard practices of insurgent groups; and that the Chibok abduction of our school girls by Boko Haram succeeded because the girls thought that they were being carried to safety by soldiers of the Nigerian army.

The Nigerian Ambassador said opinions on human rights violations by Nigerian defence forces are biased and are not subjected to the necessary verification.

He went on to say that the Boko Haram issue is becoming heavily politicized especially with the approach of the general elections in 2015. Opposition media, he said, provide half-truths, exaggerated accounts which are then aired by the foreign media, forming the basis of reports sent to the capitals of Western nations.

He, therefore, implored the embassies of western nations based in Nigeria to check and re-check their facts, and not use half-truths and rumours as the basis of their reports and recommendations to their capitals.

He argued that the alleged violations are unfortunately the basis of U.S.’ refusal to sell necessary lethal equipment to Nigeria in order to fight Boko Haram.

The Nigerian ambassador then implored the Council on Foreign Affairs to put pressure on the US State Department and the US Department of Defence to re-examine the basis of their refusal to sell equipment to Nigeria, insisting that Boko Haram threatens Nigeria’s corporate existence and territorial integrity.

“A stable and secure Nigeria is an invaluable asset to America,” Mr. Adefuye said.

Police intensify efforts to rescue Nuhu Ribadu’s brother

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The Adamawa State police command said, on Monday, efforts were being made to ensure that Sani Ribadu, the younger brother of the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, is rescued from his abductors.

Sani was the former chairman of Yola South local government area.

The spokesperson of the command, Othman Abubakar, a deputy superintendent of police, who told journalists in Yola, also urged the general public to assist the force with relevant information that would lead to the arrest of the criminals.

Mr. Othman said the abduction was carried out by three gunmen around 6:30p.m, Sunday.

“The three gunmen accosted the former chairman to his farm along Yola-Fufore road and asked him, alongside 12 of his workers, to lie down,” Mr. Othoman said. “But four out of the workers managed to flee the scene leaving Ribadu and eight workers.”

According to him, the gunmen had initially bundled Mr. Ribadu into his Toyota Tundra but suddenly stopped changed their minds. The gunmen transferred him to a white Starlet and escaped through the route leading to Mayo Belwa Local Government.

The police spokesperson said they had intensified surveillance around the area where the crime took place even though they were yet to make any arrest. He urged the public to give the police adequate information that would lead to the arrest of the criminals.