Jonathan Finally Declares Interest In 2015 Election


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President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday finally declared interest in contesting the 2015 presidential election. He told Peoples Democratic Party leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja that he would procure nomination form of the party before the deadline. He has also set up a presidential declaration committee saddled with the responsibility of coming up with a formal programme for his declaration. The committee is headed by a former Minister of Defence, Dr. Haliru Bello. The declaration would be held between November 7 and 15.

Plateau APC Ready To Welcome ‘Rejected’ PDP Members – Shagaya


APC-PDP.jpgThe All Progressives Congress in Plateau State has expressed readiness to welcome members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whose bid to return to the party was rejected by the state chapter of the party.

The state PDP had asked some of the members aspiring to be governor, to stop parading themselves as members of the party and to stop using the party’s logo and platform for their campaigns.

The members include former governors Joshua Dariye and Fidelis Tapgun, Mr. John Alkali, Mr. Jimmy Cheto and Jonathan Sheni.

Former interim chairman of APC, Gen. John Shagaya (retd), who spoke in Jos on Wednesday, said the party’s doors were open to joyously receive the rejected PDP members.

He said, “We are optimistic that the aggrieved members of PDP would defect to APC as the crisis in the ruling party deepens. On our own, we are set to destabilise the PDP in the state and ensure victory for our party in the general election come 2015. We are happy about the mistakes the ruling party in the state is doing.

“What is happening now was bound to happen and our party could provide an alternative for disgruntled members, who are unhappy with the way they have been treated in PDP”.

Shagaya, who was the immediate past Senator representing Plateau South, also disclosed that he would be seeking reelection into the seat in the 2015 elections.

ACF Hails FG On Ebola, Calls For Similar Commitment In Fight Against Insurgency


ACF-chairmam-Ibrahim CoomasieThe pan-northern socio-political organization, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has commended the Federal Government on its feat in containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which earned the country accolades from the World Health Organisation.

The Forum, however, urged the Federal Government and Nigerians to commit such zeal and determination with which the virus was stopped, to put an end to the ravaging insurgency in the Northeastern part of Nigeria.

Speaking through its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammed Ibrahim in a statement in Kaduna State on Wednesday, ACF said it received with great relief the news that Nigeria has been certified Ebola free by the WHO.

The statement read in part: “The ACF received with great relief the news that the WHO has certified Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus that found its way into the country through one Liberian called Dr. Sawyer who had the Ebola disease and died in Lagos.

“The virus created a threatening scenario to the Nation. However, with the efforts of the Lagos state government, prompt and total support of the Federal Government and concurrent actions of states government, health institutions and agencies, the threat posed by the Ebola virus was effectively contained.

“ACF reiterates its call on Government and all Nigerians to demonstrate similar commitment and spirit towards the security challenges facing the country especially the insurgency in the North-East region in order to restore peace and normalcy in the affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa”.

Group Rebukes ACF, NEF For Opposing Jonathan’s Re-Election


jonathan_2015The Transformation Agenda Solidarity Forum, TASOF, on Wednesday dismissed the alleged opposition of the Northern Elders Forum and the Arewa Consultative Forum to the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, saying their view was not representative of the entire northern people.

The group, led by a former Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Alhaji Muhhamadu Gwaska, said this at a press conference in Abuja.

Gwaska described an anti-Jonathan re-election statement credited to NEF as “unguarded”, adding that both the ACF and NEF lacked the mandate to speak for the North.

Describing TASOF as a promoter of Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015, Gwaska said northerners would not require “agent provocateurs” to think for them.

His words: “As a group with strong membership of distinguished northerners, TSAOF wishes to categorically repudiate the statements and actions of the so called ACF or NEF and that they do not have the mandate of the North to speak for the North.

“They are on their own and are motivated by narrow and parochial interest. Northerners have their own minds and do not need agent provocateurs to think for them”.

According to TASOF, the so-called elders were only pretending to speak for the North, when in the real sense they had contributed to the region’s stagnation.

“TSAOF has noted wit revulsion the unguarded utterances of some mischief makers who masquerade as northern elders and pretend to speak for the entire North regarding the political future of this country.

“In a publicised statement credited to a group known as Northern Elders Forum and signed by Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the group alluded to what they called ‘decision by the North to stop Joanthan’s reelection’ come 2015.

“It is ironical that the same men whose politics, practices, actions and inactions over the years, contributed in no small measure to stagnate the progress of the North are now heating up the polity with their false sense of Messiah”, Gwaska said.

The group lauded the Jonathan administration for its “various life-changing projects and programmes he (Jonathan) had cited in the region”.

I Have Lost Election Only Once; Jonathan Will Be Easy To Beat In 2015 – Kwankwaso


Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said that he would find it very easy to beat President Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 elections, if he wins the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I have contested elections 12 times, I won 11 times, and lost only one from the ward, local government, state and national assembly level,” he boasted while speaking with journalists in Ilorin ahead of the APC governors’ meeting in the Kwara State capital.

According to him, power of incumbency does little or nothing in ensuring a candidate wins elections these days. He gave an example as Dr Kayode Fayemi’s loss in Ekiti.

While talks about adopting a consensus candidate is making rounds in the party, Kwankwaso expressed determination to see his quest to emerge as the candidate of the APC to the end, saying he had no plan to step down for anybody. He said he is the most qualified for the job.

Kwankwaso has General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Alhaji Nda Isaiah to compete with in his quest to become the flag bearer of the APC for the 2015 presidential election.

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SURE-P Receives N441bn In Two Years – DG Budget Office


surepThe Director-General, Federal Budget Office, Dr Bright Okogu, on Wednesday said Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) received N441billion for its programmes from 2012 to date.

Okogu made this known in Lokoja while presenting a paper titled “Three Years of Delivering SURE-P mandate: The Benefits and the Costs” at a two-day stakeholders’ conference organised by SURE-P.

He said that although the programme had an annual allocation of N180 billion from the Federation Account, it received N126 billion in 2012, N180 billion in 2013, and N135 in 2014 billion.

He said that the subsidy funds would have been utilized in other ways but that the establishment of SURE-P for the use of the money was on the insistence of President Goodluck Jonathan “after wide consultations with Nigerians”.

According to him, in line with its mandate, SURE-P intervened in social safety net, health, road infrastructure, bridges and rail transportation, among others.

“The purpose is to do what the people can see and enjoy”, he said.

Okogu, however, expressed that the declining crude oil price may adversely affect the operations of SURE-P, explaining that SURE-P fund was dependent on the gap between the pump price of petroleum products and crude oil price.

“Survival of the SURE-P is contingent on the continued price gap”, he said.

He stated competition in the global oil market may get tougher in view of the changing dynamics in the market and discovery of oil in many African countries.

Okogu also called for reintroduction of toll gates on roads to provide the necessary funds for their maintenance rather than leaving such expenditure to the government or SURE-P alone. (NAN)

Mavin Records Stars Thrill Their Fans At Their Manchester Concert – Photos


 

Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid,Di’Ja and Reekado Banks thrilled their fans at their concert at The Ritz in Manchester on Tuesday nite . The Mavins were definitely on fire……Still wondering what happened to Korede Bello and why he is not performing at the Mavins UK tour.

Check them out doing their thing……

Reps Approve Jonathan’s $1bn Loan For Military Hardware, Reveal Nigeria Will Pay N30bn As interest


The House of Representatives on Wednesday joined the Senate in approving $1 billion (N165 billion) for President Goodluck Jonathan to purchase military hardware for the fight against extremist group, Boko Haram.

Speaker-House-of-Representatives-Aminu-Tambuwal-and-President-Goodluck-JonathanThe lawmakers however warned that Nigeria will pay additional N30 billion to service the credit in seven years.

The Senate had on September 25 approved the request made by the president to borrow the amount to tackle the national security challenges.

The House, however, summoned the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to appear before its committees on aids, loans, debt management and finance, and provide them with information regarding the terms and conditions of the loan.

The lawmakers also requested the National Security Adviser, NSA, to provide them with the breakdown of allocations that were appropriated to the Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Department of State Service, DSS, and Nigeria Police Force, NPF.

The decisions were reached during the consideration of the report from Adeyinka Ajayi (APC- Osun)-led committees on aids, loans, debt management and finance, after recommendation by the joint committees’ report.

The report was laid on the floor of the House on Tuesday.

The Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, had last Tuesday issued a week ultimatum to the Committees on Aids, Loans, Debt Management and Finance to furnish the House with a report and recommendations on the president’s loan request.

The house had referred the matter to the joint committee to investigate and advise it on the way forward.

Addressing the house on the matter, Chairman, Committee on Finance, Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano), said the joint committee was yet to conclude its assignment.

Mr. Jibrin, however, said the committee had so far discovered that the loan would cost the nation N30 billion to service it in seven years.

He said that the joint committee had already engaged some stakeholders and was still expecting to hold talks with others before submitting its findings.

He said that in the course of the interface with stakeholders, the committee discovered that even the military was at a loss as to how the amount was going to be utilised.

He, thereafter, requested for additional two weeks to enable the committee to conclude work.

Mr. Tambuwal, in his ruling, said that he would only give the committee one week because the issue was urgent and needed to be treated as such.

A public hearing by the committee on the loan on September 30 could not hold due to the absence of Okonjo-Iweala and Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah.

Their absence forced the joint committee on finance and loans and debts to postpone the hearing.

This followed the report of the Senate Joint Committee on Finance, and Local and Foreign Debt, on the request.

(NAN)

Ritualists Pluck Out Boy’s Eyes, Kill His Father


A man, Yakubu Ubandoma has been killed and his son’s eyes removed by suspected ritualists in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

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The ritualists numbering about 10 were said to have stormed the deceased’s residence with dangerous weapons, stabbing him the neck and cutting off his hands, after which they allegedly plucked out the eyes of his son, Ishaya Yakubu, who later died in the hospital.

As if that was not enough, they attacked another occupant of the house, inflicting machete cuts on his head.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, however said they were on the trail of the culprits who fled the scene after carrying out the heinous act.

2015: APC Govs Back Consensus Candidate


APC GovsAhead of the 2015 general election, Governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday pledged their support for the use of consensus method in choosing the presidential as well as other candidates of the party.

The Governors, who made their position known under the aegis of Progressives Governors Forum, declared that neither the party nor the forum had endorsed any candidate for elective office.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, said the forum was in support of consensus method of choosing candidates so long as there was no imposition of candidates.

He added that in the event of not arriving at a consensus candidate, the party would then go for credible and transparent primaries.

Okorocha said, “On consensus, our forum is in full support of consensus as one of the ways to produce our presidential candidate or any candidate in the party for as long as it is done with regards for internal democracy. There will be no imposition of candidate in our party.

“Our Forum has not adopted any candidate neither has the Governors’ Forum adopted any candidate but we shall encourage consensus and dialogue within the leadership of the party and aspirants to see how we come up with a candidate. But where that is not possible, like true progressives, we shall have a free and fair primaries from the APC”.

Okorocha also decried the dwindling revenue accruing to the states, saying the situation had become so terrible that some states were finding it difficult to pay their workers’ salaries.

He said the forum planned to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan on the issue and pleaded with him to grant them audience.

Champions League A-D: Liverpool Suffer Real Defeat


Reigning world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal at Anfield as Real Madrid claimed a first victory over Liverpool in a group game of the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday.

Ronaldo and France striker Karim Benzema helped the reigning European champions claim a historic win over Liverpool, with the Portuguese superstar also edging a strike closer to equaling Raul Gonzalez’s record for most Champions League goals.

German club Borussia Dortmund continued their perfect start to the European Cup campaign as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace inspired a 4-0 thrashing of Galatasaray in Istanbul.

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Group A

Atletico Madrid 5-0 Malmo

Second-half strikes from Koke, Croatian international Mario Mandzukic, French winger Antoine Griezman, captain Diego Godin and substitute Alessio Cerci helped Atletico maintain their push for a last 16 berth with an emphatic win over Swedish champions Malmo.

Diego Simeone’s side are tied on 67 points with leaders Olympiakos but trail the Greek champions on head-to-head bases.

Olympiacos 1-0 Juventus

Olympiakos midfielder Patjim Kasami’s strike six minutes past the half-hour mark separated both sides at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

The former Palermo stalwart converted a great counter-attacking move to help Michel’s remain at the top of the standings, mainly as a result of their Match Day 1 home win over La Liga champions Atletico, who enjoys a better goal advantage.

Group B

Ludogorets 1-0 Basel

Ludogorets Razgrad secured the first ever point by a Bulgarian side in a Champions League game courtesy of defender Yordan Minev’s injury-time strike as they earned their fair share of revenge against Swiss champions Basel.

The minnows lost 6-2 on aggregate to Basel in the play-off round the previous term and after Geoffroy Serey Die saw red for a challenge on Cosmin Moti the numerical advantage favoured the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski hosts as the half wore on.

It look like it was never going to happen until the second minute of injury time, when full-back Minev drilled home a shot from 20 metres past goalkeeper Vaclík to place Paulo Sousa’s men on level points with Liverpool and Basel, better still in second position.

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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Brendan Rodgers’ ‘Reds’ equalled their worst Champions League home defeat in history on Wednesday as there were no to be any fairytale comeback as was in the 2005 Istanbul final.

Ronaldo increased his Champions League tally to 70 in the 23rd minute, thumping home an unstoppable shot from 15 yards. The goal which was the winger’s 20th of the 2014-15 campaign means he has now scored three more goals than the entire Liverpool team and is one away from tying former Real striker Raul in record for most Champions League goals.

Benzema’s brace completed the win, the Frenchman; first beating Simon Mignolet to a Toni Kroos floated delivery and heading home from a tight angle on the half-hour mark, before capitalising on a poor Liverpool defending to blast home a loose ball from close range.

Liverpool trail Ludogorets and Real Madrid in third, same points as the Bulgarians and fourth-placed Basel.

Group C

Monaco 0-0 Benfica

Monaco secured a second successive goalless draw in a matter of three weeks as Benfica earned their first point in this season’s European campaign.

The principality club though maintained their unbeaten record in Europe but relinquished the top of the group to German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, whom they beat 1-0 on Match Day 1.

Coach Leonardo Jardim’s men are now second while Benfica remain bottom of the table.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Giulio Donati Celebrates His Goal Against Zenit St_Petersburg. Image: Getty.

Second-half strikes from defenders Giulio Donati and Kryiakos Papadopoulos guided Leverkusen past Zenit at the Bay Arena.

Both sides went into the interval with the contest deadlocked but the hosts needed just five minutes to secure their second successive win of the championship.

Italian defender Donati broke the deadlock on 58 minutes, when he fired a superb shot from long range into the far corner after being picked out by Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu.

On loan Schalke centre-back then got on the end of a free-kick to steer his header home three minutes after the hour mark.

Leverkusen top the group with six points while Andre-Villas Boas’ Zenit are third on four points.

Group D

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

Manager Arsene Wenger was worthy of a birthday present as he turned 65 on Wednesday and the ‘Gunners’ left it late for the French boss in Brussels.

Andy Najar thumped home a great header on 71 minutes to place the Belgian hosts in the ascendancy, but two quick-fire goals by Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski salvaged the night for the London visitors.

Arsenal look well in sight of a round of 16 progress as they presently sit second on six points, three adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Galatasaray 0-4 Borussia Dortmund

Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Andre Ramos all got among the goals as Borussia Dortmund rounded off an all Bundesliga club match day success with an impressive win over Galatasaray.

Gabonese Aubameyang opened scores in the 7th minute, sweeping in Reus’ precise cross and doubled the visitors’ advantage just after a quarter of an hour of play.

Reus added Dortmund’s third with a stunning long-range strike and Ramos grabbed his third Champions League goal in three matches since signing from Hertha Berlin, firing home after less than a minute on the pitch in the 83rd minute.

More Ceasefire Doubts As Bomb Blast Kills 5 In Bauchi


At least five people have been killed in Bauchi state after a bomb exploded at a bus station, Reuters reports, citing Police sources.

“Five persons burned beyond recognition were certified dead, while 12 others sustained various degrees of injuries,” according to a statement by Bauchi police spokesman Haruna Mohammed.

“The entire surrounding (area) has been cordoned off … No arrest has yet been made, but an investigation has commenced,” he said.

The explosion which happened on Wednesday night is the latest of a series of attacks that have occured after the federal government announced it has agreed a ceasefire with the Islamist sect Boko Haram that has been terrorising Nigeria’s North since 2009.

The blast, which wounded 12 people occurred in Azare town has not been claimed by any group, but it is suspected that it may the work of the terror group Boko Haram. Police also declined comment on who was responsible for the attack.

Negotiations were earlier in the week reported to have continued towards seeking an end to the five-year-old insurgency by the Boko Haram. The talks were said to, among other things, border on the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from their school in Chibok on April 14.

While many people have expressed doubts over the genuineness of the announced ceasefire deal, others have said the attacks might have been continued by members of the group who are not in support of the deal. The sect is however yet to confirm the ceasefire deal announced by the Nigerian government.

Stephen Davis Accuses Opposition In Delaying Chibok Girls’ Release


Australian Boko Haram negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, blames opposition politicians of delaying the freedom and release of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Islamist sect in April this year.

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Stephen Davis claimed two Ni­gerians, Senator Modu Sherrif, ex-governor of Borno State and former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika in sponsoring Boko Haram less than two month ago.

Australian alarmed that if the girls are set free without the leaders of Boko Haram ei­ther reined in or their sponsors stopped, Nigeria should expect an endless orgy of kidnappings by the same group in future.

Davis told to a UK news network: “The Nigerian op­position politicians sponsor­ing Boko Haram have to be stopped if hundreds of local girls are to be saved.”

The reliability of the statement given to Davis was a sign that international support for his accusations is rapidly gaining acceptance.

He demanded to have been frus­trated by a number of unsuc­cessful tries to secure the kidnapped girls’ release, and supposed that from the Nige­rian media, he saw an unde­niable connection between the Chibok girls’ fate and cutting off the funding that is Boko Haram’s lifeblood.

Dr. Stephen Davis indicated the role some “senior politicians of a major opposi­tion party are playing in chan­neling money from Al Qaeda to Boko Haram.

He said that “these in­dividuals are bank-rolling the group’s brutal activities to create instability ahead of the February 2015 Nigerian gen­eral election. There would be an endless cycle of evil if the Chibok girls are freed without the group’s sponsors being stopped. It would sim­ply lead to many more young women being taken in their place.

It was expected that Boko Haram sect released over 200 abducted Chibok girls who were taken  6 months ago last Tuesday as the Federal Government and the sect made a ceasefire agreement on October 17.

But parents of the schoolgirls are still hopefully waiting that their daughters will return back home

October Salaries Might Be Delayed – Governor Aliyu Laments


Niger State Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu explained why October salaries might not be paid on time.

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Speaking October 21 in Minna, Aliyu said that the situation might occur because the last federation allocation meeting ended without states sharing any money, Leadership reports.

According to the official, with such development only 5 out of 36 Nigeria’s states will be able to survive the financial crisis in the country. Aliyu attributed the situation to the failure of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) to distribute money to the states.

He lamented that it might result in his inability to pay October salaries to Niger State residents on time, which contradicts his promise to always pay salaries to civil servants when due, on the 25th of every month.

Unwilling to threaten welfare of the state people, the governor urged for quick solution to the problem from the FAAC.

States governor should work in cooperation with he private sector to develop aggressive wealth creation strategy in order to cope with the situation facing oil exploration and its sales, especially the vandalization of oil pipeline, Aliyu said.

The finance commissioner Alhaji Hassan Abdullahi also narrated how they ended up feeling disappointed after the FAAC meeting:

“We were in Enugu for three days on the third day they called us into a room and told us to go back because there was no money to share.”

Nigerian Dominic Adesanya Breaks White House Security


A Nigerian man, Dominic Adesanya, was apprehended by Secret Service agents and dogs after jumping the White House fence.

The 23-year-oldAdesanya around 7.15pm yesterday, on October 22nd, scaled the fence on the North Lawn of the building and walked about 20 yards past the fence before he was caught by Secret Service and dogs.

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Adesanya was unarmed at the time of the accident but the White House was placed under a 90-minute lockdown as a safety measure.

Video of the episode taken by TV news cameras shows a man in white shorts just inside the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The recording shows the man lifting his shirt as if to show agents that he has no arms. The man is then seen kicking and then evidently punching at least one Secret Service dog that was released on him before he is surrounded by agents.

Guinea Pays $10,000 To Families Of Killed Health Workers


On Wednesday the government of Guinea  stated that the families of every Guinean health worker had died in the Ebola outbreak would be compensated with $10,000. 

President Alpha Conde states that he has decided to grant $10,000 to every family of health workers who have fallen victim to the Ebola virus. Besides, payout spreads on the eight members of an Ebola education team who were killed in the result of attack by angry residents of Womey last month.

Sakoba Keita the minister in charge of the government’s Ebola response in Guinea says 42 families are currently eligible for the payout, PM news informs.

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He says that this offer is not only for doctors or nurses but for support staff working in the health sector such as drivers and porters. According to his words, “The decisions was taken a month ago, but its implementation was delayed because payment procedures had to be put in place for the funds allocated to Guinea by the World Bank”.

However, Keita doesn’t give an overall figure of compensation. As reported by World Health Organization Nearly 4,900 people have been killed by Ebola mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. 244 of them were health workers.

Bomb Blast Rocks Bus Station In Bauchi


A large explosion has rocked a bus station in a northern region of Nigeria previously targeted by Boko Haram, witnesses said, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government’s purported ceasefire with the armed group.

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“We had a huge blast at exactly 9:45pm (20:45 GMT)… We realised it had come from the bus station,” said Musa Babale, a resident of the town of Azare in Bauchi state where the blast occurred on Wednesday.

“The whole place was a mess,” he added, in an account supported by several others.

Last Saturday, Nigeria claimed to have reached a deal with the armed rebel group, but continued violence following the agreements raised doubts about the purported breakthrough.

Muhammadu Buhari: Running For President With An Anti-Corruption Bank Loan, By Femi Aribisala


One thing is for sure: Muhammadu Buhari would like to be the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has tried three times and has failed every time. Finally realizing it is a lost cause, he said he would not try again. But now he is persuaded to try again. His supporters are impressed that he won 12 million votes against Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. However, they need to be reminded that he lost to Jonathan by over 10 million votes.
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Since the third time did not turn out to be a charm for Buhari, what are we to call his fourth attempt? Listening to the declaration of his new-fangled presidential bid in Eagles’ Square, Abuja a few days ago, it is seems this fourth time is going to be one big charade.

The sign was provided by none other than Buhari himself. Since his one credential is that he is a man of integrity who, as president, is expected to wrestle corruption down to the ground, Buhari decided to burnish his anti-corruption image by revealing that he obtained his 27.5 million naira APC nomination form with a bank loan. However, what this declaration did was to tell Nigerians that Buhari is a pretentious anti-corruption crusader. His Mr. Clean posture is nothing but a public relations gimmick.

Question marks

In fairness, some of us have known this all along. Under Buhari’s watch as Petroleum Minister in the late 1970s, $2.8 billion (worth billions of naira today) was missing from the NNPC account. The matter was subject to Senate investigation under the chairmanship of Olusola Saraki in 1983. But before the report could be dealt with, Buhari conveniently overthrew the Shagari government in a military coup d’état.

Vera Ifudu, an NTA newscaster, revealed that Saraki told her in an interview that the missing money was traced to Buhari’s account at Midland Bank in London. For this disclosure, Vera was summarily sacked by the NTA. However, she appealed against her dismissal in court and won. She even received a handsome financial compensation for wrongful dismissal from the NTA. Instead of clearing his name as a man of integrity, Buhari refused to appear before the Oputa Panel set up to look into the matter (among under things) by the Obasanjo administration.

Buhari claims to be an anti-corruption crusader, nevertheless, he agreed to serve under Sani Abacha, one of the most corrupt Heads-of-State ever in the history of Nigeria. While there has been no proven allegation that Buhari corruptly enriched himself as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund under Abacha, it is abundantly clear that this fabled anti-corruption crusader failed to curb the rampant corruption that prevailed in the organization. Group Captain Usman Jibrin, a board member of PTF, resigned from the organization in protest over Buhari’s irregular appointments of consultants.

In 2000, the Obasanjo administration set up an Interim Management Committee to look into the affairs of the PTF, under the chairmanship of Haroun Adamu. The Committee discovered that billions of naira was stolen under Buhari’s chairmanship.

Political platform

Now the same Buhari who would not or could not curb corruption in the PTF wants us to believe he will fight corruption as president of Nigeria. However, he has chosen the APC as the political platform on which to undertake this. But the APC is an unscrupulous political party that is choc-full of corrupt politicians. It is the party of Murtala Nyako who was impeached as governor of Adamawa State for converting state money to personal use. It is the party where Buhari himself and others went cap-in-hand to Otta to beg Obasanjo to be their “navigator.”

Surely Buhari knows that he cannot fight corruption by being the presidential candidate of the APC. Whatever anti-corruption crusading Buhari had in him in the past must have ended when he decided to join the APC. Should he become president, does he intend to probe his corrupt party-members? Has he made them understand he would be coming after them once elected? If he has, does he really expect them to help him get elected so he can retrieve their stolen loot and send them off to jail?

A 72 year-old man with Buhari’s experience, who was overthrown in a preemptive coup by members of his own government, knows that in Nigeria, nobody gets elected as president on the platform that he is going to be an anti-corruption crusader when he gets into office. That is a sure signal for all the politicians in all the parties to gang up against him and make sure he never makes it.

If you really want to be anti-corruption, you have to keep your mouth shut about your plans until you get elected and then catch your corrupt colleagues by surprise. You must also have resolved not to seek re-election for a second-term. It is not only the populace, but the politicians in particular, who insist on “stomach infrastructure.” But if you are talking anti-corruption while still seeking the nomination of your party, it must be because it is well known to your corrupt colleagues that your anti-corruption stance is merely for public consumption.

Cleaning up APC

It is not surprising, therefore, that despite all the noise about anti-corruption coming from Buhari and his cohorts; he has failed to fight against corruption in the APC. We did not hear him raise a voice against the incongruity of a so-called progressive party demanding a cynical nomination fee of 27.5 million naira for its presidential primaries. One would have expected a truly anti-corruption crusader to make the point that the nomination fee is unacceptable. Instead, Buhari readily acquiesced to the requirement in order to safeguard his all-important presidential ambitions.

Since Buhari cannot, or does not, fight against this corrupting nomination fee in the APC, and insist on its reduction to something far more reasonable, how can he expect us to believe that as president in a political system with the separation of powers; against a legislature likely to be controlled by the PDP; he would be able to fight corruption? Somebody is fooling somebody here. Or else, somebody is living in a cloud cuckoo land.

Charity, they say, begins at home. If Buhari is truly anti-corruption, he should begin his crusade in the APC. Is it progressive for a political party in Nigeria to ask its candidates to come up with 27.5 million just for the nomination papers for an election where only one person will emerge as the winner? Is it not corrupt politicians that are likely to have this type of easy-come easy-go money? Is this not an open invitation for the winner, if he actually manages to secure election to the presidency, to recoup this extortionate fee from public funds?

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What did anti-corruption Buhari do about this outrageous APC requirement? This is where the whole matter becomes ridiculously implausible. According to Buhari, rather than fight against the measure, he took out a ban loan to pay for it.

Buhari told us about his “loan” out of embarrassment; in a pathetic bid to validate his anti-corruption credentials. But this so-called loan indicates that Buhari does not understand what it means to be anti-corruption. For Buhari, anti-corruption is a posture; it is a swagger; it is a badge; but it has no bite and, in the usual Nigerian fashion, it will be prosecuted with hypocrisy.

Buhari wants us to believe that he cannot afford 27.5 million naira. Nevertheless, he rides around in a bullet-proof Jeep and maintains a convoy of Land Cruisers. He cannot afford 27.5 million naira. Nevertheless, he declared his candidacy lavishly in Eagle Square, Abuja. Did he also take out a bank loan for that? Four months to a make-or-break election, Buhari would have us believe he has no money. How does he propose to finance his presidential campaign? Is he going to take 1 billion naira loan from the World Bank for this?

Dubious loan

Why would a bank lend Buhari that amount for a presidential pie-in-the-sky that failed to materialize three times in the past? Is that not likely to be a bad loan? How long did it take for the loan to be processed? What did he put down as anti-corruption collateral? How does he propose to pay the money back? Mr. Integrity needs to spell all this out for the sake of his fast-disintegrating anti-corruption credentials.

I did not know loans are so easy to secure in Nigerian banks today. Perhaps Buhari could introduce me to his bank manager. I would also not mind taking this kind of soft loan. I am sure I can always come up with some unproductive excuse or the other for it. Is such a loan even legal today under Nigeria’s stricter banking laws?

How many honest Nigerians can afford to give a non-refundable 27.5 million naira to a political party, on the off-chance that they will be able to secure the party’s presidential ticket? If they win the nomination and even get elected president, how would they pay back the money?

Not presidential material

It is clear that Buhari is not only lacking the money to pay for APC nomination papers, he does not have the funds to pay for advisers, to counsel him about what to tell the public and how to prosecute an effective presidential campaign. His advisers might have educated him that there is something called “fund-raising.” Surely, the most popular politician in the North-West can find some of his ardent supporters to give him 27 million naira. Certainly, a former governor of the Central Bank can easily cough up the money.

Buhari wants to fight an election that will take place in four months time. From what he tells us, he does not have 27 million to prosecute that election now. If this is true, he is not the right man to be president of Nigeria. For a man who is running for election for the fourth time, that is the height of cluelessness. It shows Buhari is lousy at marshaling resources. Otherwise, he is fooling nobody but himself.

Falcons Battle Cameroon for 7th AWC Crown


Nigeria’s Super Falcons will face Cameroon in the final of the 2014 African Women Championship (AWC) on Saturday.

Six-time champions Nigeria became the first side to progress to the finals of the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup following a 2-1 win over the Bayana Bayana of South Africa. The Falcons have now qualified for all seven editions of the women’s football showpiece and, even reached the quarter-finals in 1999, where they lost to Brazil.

Asisat Oshoala- the Most Valuable Player at the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada last August- grabbed a first-half brace to send Nigeria to next year’s World Cup in the same country. Jane Refiloe grabbed South Africa’s consolation in the second-half.

Later on Wednesday, the Indomitable Lioness joined their West Africa counterparts after edging Cote d’Ivoire in extra time at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia.

Goals from Cameroonian Gaelle Enganamouit and Ines Tia’s equaliser six minutes later left Wednesday’s second semi-final deadlocked after 90 minutes.

Nigeria Super Falcons Have Featured in All Seven Editions of the Fifa World Cup.

Captain Christine Manie scored the decisive goal with just two minutes of extra time remaining, when he headed home from a corner to guide Cameroon into their maiden Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Les Lioness, who has never won the African women’s crown in 16 years, will be hoping to outwit favourites Nigeria in Saturday’s final.

The winners of the third-place play-off between South Africa and Ivory Coast complete the lineup of African countries for Canada 2015.

Fayose shuts down fuel station of Ekiti House speaker, others


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Barely a week after assuming office as governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose yesterday October 22nd shut down a fuel station belonging to the Ekiti state House of Assembly speaker, Dr Adewale Omirin, and a few others saying that the fuel stations posed environmental hazard to where they were located.

Reacting to the closure of his filling station, the Speaker said the governor was only out to victimize him for not defecting from his political party, APC to the PDP which Fayose belongs to. Continue..
“Hon. Joseph Olugbemi had told me two days after the governor’s inauguration that he (the governor) had made up his mind to close my filling station over refusal to join PDP. Olugbemi defected to PDP on the day Governor Fayose was inaugurated. I had earlier told the governor that in the interest of Ekiti people, the House of Assembly would work with him to deliver dividends of democracy to the good people of Ekiti State.
“I called the governor to confirm what the honorable member told me about the plan to close my filling station. He denied having such plans, swearing that he would not engage in victimization of his opponents. But only yesterday the governor ordered the closure of the filling station, citing environmental reasons,” the Speaker explained.
But in a swift reaction, the Chief Press Secretary of Governor Fayose, Idowu Adelusi, dismissed the speakers claims, saying that the reason for closing the fuel stations was environmentally related
“What Omirin said is totally false, there is no iota of truth in it. The essence of closing down those petrol stations is to ensure sanity and safety  in the state capital. While some petrol stations were sited on public properties or residential areas, everybody knows the danger it can cause if there is fire outbreak which had happened in some towns before, leading to loss of lives and property. Even in Lagos State, you cannot just site petrol station anyhow. Omirin should have nothing to fear, because the Governor has nothing against him.”

Graphic pic: See remains of Azare suicide bomber


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A suicide bomber blew himself up last night at a parked bus station at Azare in Bauchi state (read here) killing at least five people. I asked and some of you said I should bring the pic…well, here it is. But be warned, it is very graphic. Detonation consumed the bomber’s mid section as the bomb exploded outward. Continue to see it…

Graphic pics: 5 people die in accident along Kaduna Rd today


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5 people lost their lives this morning October 23rd in an accident on Kaduna road. The people who lost their lives were traveling in a bus marked NNPC Retired Staff Association. Eye-witnesses say the cause of the accident was over-speeding and a burst tyre. May their souls rest in peace, amen. See more photos…*graphic content*

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This horrific scene happened around 5.30pm today at the railway crossing area in Bodija Ojurin in Ibadan. A man was found dead cut in two on the railway tracks. No one saw what happened, but they suspect he was crushed by a train. The pics are really graphic…will share one…but be warned, it’s really graphic.

Source: LIB

Gunmen open fire inside parliament building in Ottawa, Canada


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Multiple gunmen stormed the Canadian Parliament complex and the National War Memorial in Ottawa around 10am this morning Wednesday October 22nd and started shooting at people. One soldier was killed (at the Canadian war memorial). According to eye witnesses, a gunman came down from a car, walked up to the soldier and shot him dead. One of the shooters was later killed by police.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had to be evacuated from the government building, which is currently on lock down. Schools and the US embassy are also on lock down in Ottawa. No one/group has claimed responsibility for what’s going on there right now. Read the full story from CNN after the cut…

From CNN

Wednesday morning’s gunfire in the main Canadian Parliament building started in the foyer, and a second round of shooting happened about a minute later in a hallway or near the entrance to the Parliament’s library, Ottawa journalist Josh Wingrove told CNN.
He said several officers had weapons drawn, and most of the dozens of shots that he heard appeared to have been fired by officers at the gunman.
When the shooting ended, a person was lying motionless on the ground near the library entrance, Wingrove said.

There were “numerous gunmen” Wednesday morning at the Canada War Memorial shooting, said Marc Soucy of the Ottawa Police Service. Authorities are working to figure out if there were two or three gunmen, he said. Only one person was shot, Soucy said.

There were “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa” on Wednesday morning, police said on Twitter. “Incidents occurred at National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill.” All Ottawa police buildings remain on lockdown and are closed to the public, police also said on Twitter.

There were two soldiers standing guard at the war memorial in Ottawa near Parliament, and a gunman shot one of them, a witness told CNN on Wednesday. Peter Henderson, a journalist, said other soldiers doing drills nearby ran to help the fallen soldier. Henderson said he knew the person shot was a soldier because of the ceremonial uniform the soldier was wearing.

President Jonathan reshuffles cabinet


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Following the resignation of seven ministers last week, President Jonathan has reshuffled his cabinet, appointing temporary ministers to take up the positions of those that resigned.

Announcing this today October 22nd after the Federal Executive Council, the  Minister of State II for Foreign Affairs, Nurudeen Mohammed who now supervises the  Ministry of Information, said the Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau will now double as the Minister of State for Defence while the Minister of Special Duties, Taminu Turaki (SAN) will act as the Supervising Minister of Labour and Productivity. Continue…

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, will combine his duties with those of the Minister of State for same Ministry while the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Steven Oru, will double as the Minister of State of the same ministry. Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, who is the Minister of State for Health is to now act as the Minister of Health.

President Jonathan also directed the Minister of State I for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Viola Onwuliri to assume the position of the substantive Minister of State for Education. She will be the only one working in substantive capacity. All others will be working in active capacity.

We engaged Amodu and his team with the sole objective of qualifying for the nations cup – NFF


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Last Tuesday the NFF handed Amidu a list of 66 players from which he is expected to select the players he intends to invite for the two remaining 2015 AFCON qualifying matches against Congo and South Africa while Siasia had on Monday submitted his own programme to the technical department as a sign of his readiness to begin his new assignment.

General Secretary of the NFF, Barr. Musa Amodu who disclosed this in an interview yesterday in his office also assured that  the Super Eagles will qualify for the championship going by the approach which Coach Amodu has brought to the job.

“We engaged Amodu and his team with the sole objective of qualifying for the nations cup. We know that that task is very onerous given the fact that after four rounds of matches we have gathered only four points, four behind group leaders South Africa and three behind our next opponents Congo.This has left us in a very precarious position.“They have been given the task of winning both matches comprehensively, so we would be sure of getting a total number of 10 points.”With 10 points we are confident that we can qualify despite other results from our opponents.”

Stop starving APC states of funds -APC Governors to FG


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Governors of All Progressives Congress, APC, controlled states, yesterday, complained about dwindling allocation to their states and wondered why their Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, colleagues were not sharing their concern.The APC governors who met in Ilorin, Kwara State expressed concern about a possible secret funding for the PDP states.

The governors, who vowed to meet President Goodluck Jonathan over the issue, also resolved to allow internal democracy to guide the selection of a presidential candidate for the party.The summit of the APC governors under the aegis of the Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, in Illorin, however, did not rule out the adoption of a consensus presidential candidate, but insisted that it must be done within the ambit of internal democracy.The meeting of the APC governors was also a valedictory session for former Governor Kayode Fayemi who stepped down as governor of Ekiti State last Thursday. The APC governors praised Fayemi for what they described as his exemplary strength of character.

At the meeting yesterday were Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Ishaq Ajimobi (Oyo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) who was the host and Dr. Fayemi.

I can defeat Jonathan in 2015-Kwankwaso


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KANO State governor and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan is the easiest president to unseat.

In an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, where he attended the APC governors’ meeting on Wednesday, Kwankwaso said the country was not being well governed and that insecurity, corruption, religious and ethnic cleavages had taken the centre stage in the polity.

He said, “Jonathan is the easiest president to unseat. Many people are not happy. There is pervading poverty in the land; and insecurity is another factor.

“As I speak with you some people are on the hills, in the forest, under mountains taking refuge; they are internally displaced. On Monday we sent six trucks of relief materials to our people in refugee camps in Niger Republic.

“Unfortunately we have leaders in this country who have divided the country along religious and ethnic lines. All other countries are making progress but here we are being fed with statistics that cannot be verified. I think Jonathan should be happy if we unseat him because it will help him to go and rest.”

The governor said Nigeria in 2015 required a leader who would instil discipline in the polity and demonstrate the capacity to effect needed changes in national governance.

Fail to purchase form by Oct 30 and miss out-PDP tells aspirants


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The Peoples Democratic Party has said that all aspirants to elective offices in 2015 from the party, including President Goodluck Jonathan, must purchase their forms of intent latest by October 30.

The party said that all aspirants, including those angling to become the President, governors, senators and others, must show interest in the race by purchasing forms before they could stand for election or the party’s primaries.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, stated this while speaking with journalists on the outcome of the meeting of the members of the National Working Committee of the party in Abuja on Wednesday.

Metuh also debunked the allegation by a group from the Niger Delta, who said they were at the party secretariat to purchase presidential nomination form for the President but were turned back.

Members of the group said they were ready to pay the N22m for the form on behalf of the President, but regretted that the NWC had refused to sell the form to them.

Metuh said he was not aware of that, adding that any group willing to purchase form for anyone was free to do so.

Boko Haram Strikes Again, Abducts 60 Women In Adamawa


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Sixty women were reportedly abducted by suspected members of the deadly Boko Haram sect at Waga Mangoro and Garta villages, both in troubled Adamawa State during a fresh attack.

Forty of the women were said to have been abducted in Waga Mangoro and the other 20 were forcefully taken away from Grata.

Some of the fleeing residents from the area, who called journalists in Yola on the telephone lamented that scores of insurgents riding motorcycles and driving vans had invaded their towns.

The fleeing residents while lamenting the capture of the two towns, said they were able to sneak out of the captured towns on Tuesday, but disclosed that their villages were ravaged on Saturday.

Why Governor Fayose closed my filling station-Ekiti Speaker


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The confrontation between   Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and the state   House of Assembly heightened on Wednesday with the government sealing off a filling station belonging to the Speaker, Adewale Omirin.

The speaker’s filling station, T. Five Integrated Service, is one of the four the government closed down in Ado-Ekiti to avert “unimaginable fire accident with attendant fatalities.”

The government, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Idowu Adelusi, directed all the owners of the affected filling stations to report at the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development with letters of approval.

Reacting to the closure,   Omirin alleged that the governor ordered the closure of the filling station in order to intimidate and coerce him.

Omirin,   a member of the All Progressives Congress and Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party are believed to be at loggerheads.

The speaker vowed in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Wole Olujobi, not to “buckle under undue political pressure to abandon his party for the PDP for selfish and pecuniary motives.”

He said that he met all the necessary environmental laws and got the necessary approval for   the station.

The speaker     wondered why the governor would start victimising those who did not share his political belief.

The statement quoted Omirin as saying that another assembly member, Joseph Olugbemi, had told him   that the governor had made up his mind to close the filling station over his refusal to join the PDP.

Olugbemi is one of the six APC members that defected to the PDP on the day Fayose was   inaugurated as the new governor of the state.

Omirin recalled that he had earlier promised the governor that the   assembly would work with him in the interest of Ekiti people, to deliver dividends of democracy.

He said, “I called the governor to confirm what the honourable member told me about the plan to close my filling station. The governor denied any such plan, swearing that he would not pursue any victimisation agenda against his opponents.

“But only yesterday(Wednesday), the governor ordered the closure of the filling station, citing environmental factor.”

We back consensus candidacy-APC governors


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The Progressives Governors’ Forum on Wednesday declared its support for consensus method of choosing presidential and other candidates for the All Progressives Congress.

The PGF Chairman, Rochas Okorocha, who announced this to journalists after the forum’s meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State on Wednesday, added that neither the forum nor the party  had adopted any candidate for the 2015 general elections.

He said the forum which comprises APC governors   was in support of consensus method of choosing candidates so long as there would be no imposition of anyone on members of the party.

Okorocha, who is also the governor of Imo State, added that in the event of a consensus not being reached, the APC could go for credible and transparent primaries.

The governor said, “On consensus, our forum is in full support of consensus as one of the ways to produce our presidential candidate or any candidate in the party for as long as it is done with regard to respect for internal democracy. There will be no imposition of candidates in our party.

“Our party has   not adopted any candidate neither has the forum but we shall encourage consensus and dialogue within the leadership of the party and aspirants to see how we can come up with a candidate but where that is not possible, like true progressives, we shall have a free and fair primary.”

Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, who also attended the meeting, is the only progressive governor that had openly kicked against a consensus arrangement. He however made a U-turn recently.

It is widely believed that the APC leadership and many of the governors are rooting for a former Head of State, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as the party’s consensus candidate.

Senator Iyiola Omisore would win at the Election Petitions Tribunal -Chief Oluwole Aina


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A Peoples Democratic Party senatorial aspirant for Osun Central Senatorial District, Chief Oluwole Aina, has said Senator Iyiola Omisore would win at the Election Petitions Tribunal and would be inaugurated as the governor of Osun State on November 26.

Aina, who is the chairman, Governing Board of National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, said this in Osogbo on Wednesday while collecting his expression of interest form for the senatorial election.

Aina said, “The so-called victory of the APC is an euphoria. They will soon be exposed. The people of Osun State voted massively for Otunba Iyiola Omisore and the APC massively rigged the election. Come November, Omisore will be inaugurated.

“Their fraud would be exposed at the tribunal and the whole world will know that they did not win but rigged.”

Aina, who expressed optimism that he would win the election to represent the constituency, assured that he would everything to attract development to the area.

He said the pedigree of the candidates and acceptability by the people would determine who would win the 2015 election in the state and not the name of any political party.

The Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the APC in the state, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, however, described Aina as a daydreamer.

Photos of Chika Ike on a Yacht


It’s her birthday vacation and the Nollywood actress is having a fab time in Dubai. See more pics after the cut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘I Wanted To Raise Money For My Wedding’ – Suspect


Chike pauline, the man pictured above was caught by the NDLEA on Monday. VANGUARD reports that he was nabbed during a screening of passengers on Rwanda Air flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with one kilogramme of substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

The Aba-based businessman was arrested on his way to Bujumbura, Burundi. On what pushed him into the drug trafficking business, he said he is a hardworking man, and that luck was just against him as he was
pushed into the business because he wanted to raise money for his wedding billed for December.

“I am a patent medicine dealer in Aba, Abia State. My arrest is very unfortunate because I am a hardworking person.“I was deceived into drug trafficking because I was desperate to perform my marriage ceremony by the end of the year.”“I was optimistic that I will not be arrested, but things did not go according to my expectation.“What must I do to set myself free from this predicament?” Chike asked with the hopes of being discharged before his proposed wedding.

 

Nollywood Actor Picks Up PDP Nomination Form


Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, has picked up the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, nomination form few days ago in a bid to represent his people, the people of Nsukka/Igboeze South Federal Constituency in the House

 of Representatives come 2015.

The actor who’s happy about the new development posted on his online campaign site:

Join me in thanking God for assisting me obtain my nomination form of our great party PDP to contest for the House of Representatives to represent Nsukka/ Igboeze South Federal Constituency. To Him be all the glory.

IMO NEWS HEADLINES TODAY 22/10/14


And now the Headlines

Nigerian Horn:
* 2015 Imo Guber: Okigwe shops for consensus candidate
* Okorocha presidential ambition: Imo Govt officials relocate to Abuja
* Onwubuariri, Njamanze, Nwaoba, journalist pick PDP forms
* Chris Anyaneu has no programme for Imo people-Okorocha

The White Paper:
*Senator Chris Anyanwu claims Rochas has incurred huge debts for the state

Announcer Express:
* Payback time for Tambuwal’s group in Fed House of Reps
* Imo assembly confirms Okorocha’s new appointees
* Court halts dissolution of Imo PDP Exco

Daily Sun:
* Obi fires back at Bianca- I fullfilled all promises to Ojukwu
* Akwa Ibom Guber: SSG joins race
* New constitution: Lawmakers now to enjoy immunity
* Unpaid Salaries: Gov Orji sacks Rector over strike

The Nation:
* Uncertainty over Chibok girls as focus shifts to Chad
* APGA derailed, say Obi

BY MAZI

NFF gives Amodu 66-man list


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The Super Eagles interim manager, Amodu Shuaibu yesterday disclosed that a 66-man list has been handed over to him by the technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation to pick players that will prosecute the last two matches in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.
Amodu said that the 66 players include those plying their trade locally as well as on the foreign scene.
The interim manager, who was at the Glasshouse to hold discussion with the leadership of the technical department told sports writers that the current development, is what is obtainable all over the world.
“What the technical department has done for me is very good…they have just provided me with a list of 66 players drawn from both home and abroad. Every Nigerian doing well in whatever league irrespective of the distance will get a look in as we prosecute the remaining fixtures,” he said.
He added that he will hold meeting with his technical crew to draw a road map for the task ahead.
“I will hold meetings with my technical  team with a view to  fashioning out how we can pick the remaining 6 points…it is not for me alone to do the work, it is  for all of us,” Amodu added.

On his position as Director of technical matters in the federation, Amodu said that he made his position known to the NFF board as he believed his on a rescue mission which the federation thinks he can handle.
“I made my position very clear to the president. To make things easy, I wanted to be announced from the technical department where I was already given a job.
“If they decided to return me fully back to the job, I was already given, good and fine, if not…you all know me, I am not looking for a job, what am I simply doing is a rescue job which they have found me worthy to deliver because of my past records,” Amodu concluded.
Meanwhile, Amodu yesterday hinted that out-of-favour Super Eagles striker Uche Ikechukwu may be invited to battle for a shirt as the country struggles for a place in the finals of the 2015 AFCON in Morocco.
Amodu told reporters that he was going to call the Villarreal FC of Spain player on phone to congratulate him for his feat in the Spanish league and discuss the possibility of having him back to the national team.

Cabinet reshuffle: Onwuliri now Minister of Education (State)


President Goodluck Jonathan has redeployed the Minister of Foreign Affairs I, Professor Viola Onwuliri to the Ministry of Education as Minister of State to replace Nyesom Wike who resigned to pursue political ambitions.

Jonathan, at today’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting also named supervisory ministers to replace the ministers who quit the cabinet on Monday.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II Nurudeen Mohammed is now supervising Minister of Information; the Special Duties Minister Tanimu Turaki, now supervising Minister of Labour; while the Minister of State for Health, Khaliru Alhassan is now supervising Minister of Health.
The supervising Minister of Information disclosed this development to State House journalists after the FEC meeting.

Mohammed said the president also directed the Ministers of Defence, Industry and Niger Delta Affairs, Aliyu Gasau, Olusegun Aganga and Stephen Oru respectively to supervise their ministries of state.
It would be recalled that the Ministers of Information, Labour, Health, State for Education, State for Industry, State for Defence and State for Niger Delta, Labaran Maku, Emeka Nwogu, Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nyeson Wike, Sam Ortom, Musiliu Obanikoro, Ishaku Darius respectively resigned to pursue their gubernatorial ambitions.

DAILY TRUST

APC presidential race: I won’t step down – Kwankwaso


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Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday said he will not step down for anyone in the race for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress.

The Kano State governor is among APC’s four presidential aspirants, the others being retired General Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah.
Since Senator Bukola Saraki announced he was shelving his ambition to be president last week, Kwankwaso is reported to have come under pressure to step down for Buhari in order to avoid rancour in the party.
There have also been calls for consensus candidacy in APC such that other aspirants would back the former Head of State.
But Kwankwaso told journalists in Kano yesterday he was staying in the race and was not under pressure to quit for anyone.
He also expressed preference for conducting primaries to going for consensus.
“I’m not under any pressure to step down for anybody. In fact nobody asked me to step down for anybody and doing that will not be even good for the party,” he said.

DAILY TRUST

PDP’ll Reclaim Ogun In 2015, Complete Amosun’s Road Construction Projects – Gbenga Daniel


gbenga-danielA former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Tuesday said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reunited and in pole position to reclaim the governorship seat of the state in 2015 even as he said the party would complete the road construction work being executed currently by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration.

He spoke at the reunification rally tagged ‘OGD returns’ held at the PDP secretariat, Abeokuta.

The former governor said the party lost the 2011 governorship election to the All Progressives Congress, APC, due to the internal wrangling, which led to his forming the Peoples Party of Nigeria.

He said, “After we lost the 2011 governorship election, people appealed to us to settle our differences and re-unite. We thank God today we have reconcile our differences.

“The current government in the state is not a good government. We thank God for the level of work done by the current administration.

“But I want to emphasise that PDP will win the governorship election in 2015 which will enable us to complete the road construction being done by the current administration. We will not only complete them, we will do their inauguration”.

At the reunification rally, which attracted other PDP big wigs such as Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, Chief Sule Onabiyi, former Speaker House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation committee, PDP South-West, Buruji Kashamu among others, Daniel explained that the current APC-led administration had sold lies to the public about the debt profile of the state in 2011.

According to him, contrary to the allegation that his government left behind a debt of N48bn, the actual debt profile at the time was N3.7bn.

He said, “There was an important term report that showed N13bn debt in 2007. But, in May 29, 2011 it was N3.7bn”.

Daniel also said he found out that the Amosun-led administration has borrowed over N200bn within three years.

Arms Deal: S’Africa Failed Us, They Owe Nigeria An Apology, Says Obanikoro


GEJ-ObanikoroThe immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has demanded an apology from the South African Government to Nigeria for embarrassing the country following the confiscation of $15 million meant for the procurement of military hardware for security agencies to better aid them in the campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency.

Obanikoro said the action of the South African Government was unacceptable, unnecessary and unfair as the two deals, which led to the seizures of the funds, were not legal.

According to the former minister, the South Africans should have a better understanding of the use of cash for arms procurement as that was the procedure they followed in purchasing arms during the long period of their struggle against apartheid.

He pointed out that South Africa failed Nigeria during a period of dire need.

The southern African country, he said, benefitted immensely from Nigeria during the dark days of apartheid rule and rather than repay Nigeria’s good deeds, went all out to embarrass the country.

He said, “What South Africa did to us is unacceptable, it is not fair, it is not just and it was unnecessary.

“Here is a nation that stood by them during their time of need. If there is any country that should understand the need to use cash to procure ammunition or weapons, it is South Africa, because during their days of struggling for liberation, that’s what they were doing.

“They have gone through a very long struggle for liberation to get to where they are today, and most of the weapons they used and procured during these struggle were through cash transactions.

“We were in a very dire situation at that point in time and we needed that push at that particular time and they failed us.

“For me, I can speak now as an ordinary citizen of Nigeria, I think South Africa failed Nigeria and they owe Nigeria an unreserved apology. Look at the other bank transaction that was done through the bank, I think they went out deliberately to embarrass us, and they owe us an apology”.

Recall that South African authorities had seized US$5.7 million arms money from Nigeria, almost one month after another $9.3 million cash reportedly ferried into the country by two unidentified Nigerians and an Israeli for arms purchase was confiscated, bringing the total amount seized to $15 million (about N2 billion).

The matter is being resolved amicably between both countries through diplomatic channels especially after the Nigerian Government threatened to impose strict sanctions on South African companies operating in the country.

Police Parade Dogs That Attacked 4Yr-Old Boy In Lagos


PHOTO CREDIT: PUNCH NEWSPAPER

The Lagos State Police Command has stated that only the courts could decide the fate of the two dogs, which attacked and ate off the scalp on a four year old boy, Omonigho Abraham’s head in Akesan Estate, Igando area of Lagos State, earlier this month.

The command, which paraded the two dogs at its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on Tuesday, added that the dogs had been medially examined and found to be rabies and Ebola-free.

The State Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti, said it was important to parade the dogs so as to dismiss insinuations that they had been released to the owner.

He said, “We have brought the dogs out so that the public would know that they are still in police custody. They have been examined and show no negative trait. It is only the court that will decide what happens to them. The police cannot decide to kill the dogs”.

A police veterinary officer, Yahaya Usman, also told journalists at the headquarters that the medical record showed the dogs had neither rabies nor other dog-related diseases.

He said, “So far, they have not shown any negative trait. The medical history shows that they don’t have rabies or the Ebola Virus Disease. The dogs are with us, and only the court will determine what happens to the dogs”.

Senate, Reps Disagree On Immunity Clause For President, Governors


The Senate has retained immunity for governors and president, in a move contrary to the position of the House of Representatives as the process leading to the amendment of the 1999 constitution continues.

The upper house ratified 23 new amendments to the 1999 Constitution, approving autonomy for local governments, by amending Section 7 of the constitution.

The Senate also approved independent candidacy for future elections, in its amendment of sections 65 and 106 of the 1999 Constitution.

The Senate also conferred immunity to legislators in respect of words they speak or write in exercise of their legislative duties, amending Section 4 of the constitution.

Section 67 was also amended by the lawmakers, making it mandatory for the president to deliver a “state of the nation address” to a joint session of the National Assembly once a year, while also empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register political parties after failing to meet certain conditions: breach of registration requirements and failure to win any of the presidential, governorship, local government chairmanship elections or seats in either the state of National Assembly.

The amendment also confers exclusive jurisdiction on the Federal High Court for trial of election offences.

The senators ratified that a court or tribunal shall not stay any proceedings on account of any interlocutory appeal; and that where a “force majeure” occurs, the period shall not be counted in the computation of the 180 days for the purpose of determining election petitions.

The new amendments will, thereafter, be forwarded to state houses of assemblies, where each item would require the concurrence of two thirds of the 36 state assemblies.

ORITSEFEMI ACQUIRES N24M RANGE ROVER EVOQUE, MOVES INTO N200M LEKKI HOME (PHOTOS)


Oritsefemi, popular Nigerian singer fondly dubbed ‘Musical Taliban’ has officially moved into his new N200 million Lekki home situated Off Admiralty Way to the excitement of fans, friends and family.

Following his remake of late Fela Anikulapo’s monster hit single ‘Double Wahala,’ the singer continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

Fans presently await the musical video of his ‘Double Wahala’ single, which is expected to feature Nigeria’s biggest musical export, D’banj while a section of his fans have not overcome the euphoria of his deal with Avantar Entertainment management company in Abuja.

The deal does not however, distort activities of his self-founded label, Money Stops Nonsense (MSN).

The singer’s manager, Danku has confirmed Oritsefemi’s latest acquisition adding that his former Ikeja residence is still being retained for social use.

Prior to residing in Ikeja and now Lekki, the singer was a resident of Ajegunle.

Countdown to AY’s ’30 Days In Atlanta’ premiere on Oct 31st begins


The much anticipated AY’s All-Star Cast and BON Award winning Comedy Movie of the Year ‘30 Days In Atlanta’ is finally set premiere at Silverbird Cinemas with a release to other Cinemas across the nation on Friday October 31, 2014.

“30 Days In Atlanta’ is an adventurous love story – spiced with lots of action and hilarious moments. This a-laugh-a-minute story paints, in beautiful colours, the hugely popular (and social media trending)  Akpos character which was created from the AY Show’s Who Wants To Be A Billionaire hilarious skits.

Right from Warri until he landed in Atlanta, Akpos flung his unique personality, showing-off his smartness and foolishness in an exciting mix of rhetoric and witty humour. An impromptu social commentator and self-appointed psychologist, Akpos finds relevance in everything and everyone around them.
The movie which already has 11 nominations  at the upcoming GIAMA Awards in Houston, is described by AY as “a Hollywood meets Nollywood with a Ghollywood twist featuring AY, RMD, Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson, Desmond Elliot, Vivica Fox, Lynn Whitfield, Karlie Redd, Majid Michel, Juliet Ibrahim, Kese Jabari, Rachel Oniga, Ada Ameh and a good number of other actors”.
Movie lovers will be buzzing as they watch their beloved Nollywood stars act alongside Hollywood’s finest” in ‘30 Days In Atlanta which was produced by popular comedian AY from a screen play by Patrick ‘Koinage’ Nnamani and AY himself. The film was directed by Robert Peters.

 

Champions League E-H: 40 Goals in Record-Breaking Night


Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk romped to emphatic victories on Match Day 3 of the European Champions League, when a record 40 goals were scored on a faithful Tuesday night.

Shakhtar’s Luiz Adriano needed 17 record minutes to score four goals en route to equaling Lionel Messi’s record for most goals in a Champions League game with five strikes, as the Ukrainian champions spoiled the recently opened Borisov Arena with goals.

Premier League leaders Chelsea also recorded their biggest ever win in Europe’s elite competition, humbling Slovenian visitors Maribor 6-0.

Bayern stunned one of the best teams in the Serie A Roma securing their biggest ever away win in Europe to maintain a 100 per cent record.

Group E

Ahmed Musa Tries Beating Eliaquim Mangdala During CSKA Moscow's 2-2 Draw With Man City. Image: AFP/Getty

CSKA MOSCOW 2-2 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City squandered a 2-0 half-time lead to draw concede by the same margin behind closed doors at CSKA Moscow’s Khimki Arena in Tuesday’s early evening kick-off.

Sergio Aguero placed the visitors ahead on 29 minutes and the hardworking James Milner doubled the English champions’ advantage 8 minutes after the half-hour mark.

Substitute Seydou Doumbia converted from close range five minutes after the hour mark and Bedras Natcho leveled for the host late on after Doumbia tumbled in the goal area under a challenge from Alexander Kolarov.

City have now recorded just two points from three rounds of matches and are yet to win a game. For CSKA, who sits bottom of Group E with just a point, the draw puts an end to a run of seven successive Champions League defeat.

ROMA 1-7 BAYERN MUNICH

Arjen Robben (brace), Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Frank Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri were all among the goals as Manuel Pellegrini’s men pulled five points clear of Roma at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Dutch winger, Robben opened scoring nine minutes after kickoff, dribbling Ashley Cole to cut inside and found the far corner with a precise effort.

Muller teed up with Gotze, who deep a precise shot into the corner from outside the 18 yards on 23 minutes. Lewandowski powered home a header from a Juan Bernat cross from the left two minutes later.

Robben snuck behind Cole to bury his second of the night and Muller made it 5-0 from the penalty spot with just 36 minutes on the clock- more goals than Roma had conceded so far in the Serie A this season.

Gervino headed a consolation for the Giallorossi but Franck Ribery chipped a delicate finish over goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis before substitute Shaqiri reacted quickest to collect a rebound by the Roma goalkeeper and complete scoring.

Mario Gotze Celebrates Scoring Against AS Roma With Team-Mates. Image: Getty.

A win for the Bavarians in the return leg of this fixture in a fortnight’s time guarantees their passage into the knockout stage.

Group F


APOEL 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Edinson Cavani’s winner was sufficient for French Ligue 1 champions PSG to maintain their unbeaten start to their 2014-15 European championship campaign.

The Uruguayan striker broke the deadlock in the 87th minute, twisting away from a defender before stroking a short under Apoel goalkeeper.

Laurent Blanc’s side top Group F on seven points while APOEL, who drew with a AJAX three weeks ago, have just a point.

BARCELONA 3-1 AJAX

Barcelona moved four points clear of Ajax and a point behind leaders PSG. In-form Neymar increased his tally for the Catalans in his last five appearances to seven with the opening strike at the Amsterdam Arena.

Lionel Messi doubled Barca’s lead on 23 minutes, turning in Andres Iniesta’s tailored pass, to move level on 69 goals with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and within two of Spanish striker Raul in the race to top the Champions League all-time leading scorer.

Ajax scored a late consolation through teenage forward Anwar El Ghazi, but the hosts restored their two-goal advantage through their own young substitute Sandro Ramirez.

The match was a happy reunion for Ajax coach Frank de Boer and Barca’s Luiz Enriques, who both played at the Nou Camp between 199 and 2003.

Group G

SCHALKE 04 4-3 SPORTING

New Schalke boss Roberto Di Mateo got off to a winning start in his first European game in charge at the Gelsenkirchen as the German side edged Portuguese visitors Sporting Lisbon courtesy of an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting added time penalty.

The Royal Blues, placed second in the group, now have 5 points from a possible 9 and visit the Sporting two weeks from now.

Manchester United loanee Nani stunned the home crowd on 17 minutes, when he was left unmarked at a corner near the edge of the area to deliver a low shot through a crowded defence into the net from a João Mário low corner kick. The strike was the Portuguese’s second in Europe this season.

Maurício was shown a second yellow card for an careless aerial challenge on Marco Höger to leave the visitors a man down just 33 minutes in.

Chinedu Obasi and Roberto Di Matteo Celebrates Equaliser Against Sporting Lisbon. Image: AFP/Getty.

Chiinedu Obasi leveled scores from the resulting Dennis Aogo’s free kick a minute later, the Nigerian’s header going under goalkeeper Rui Patrício. Obasi then turned provider for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who converted his third in a third group game on 51 minutes.

Nine minutes later, the home team’s captain Benedikt Hoewedes looked to have sealed three points, rising high to head home Kaan Ayhan’s free-kick, but ten-man Sporting got a leverage three minutes later when Ayhan brought down André Carrillo in the box.

Adrien Silva converted the subsequent penalty and, with 12 minutes remaining, headed in unmarked at the far post.

The match was poised for a stalemate end before Schalke were awarded a spot kick which substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting poked in.

CHELSEA 6-0 MARIBOR

Didier Drogba scored his first goal since returning to Chelsea as the west London outfit recorded their biggest Champions League win at home to Maribor.

Didier Drogba Converts His First Chelsea Goal Since Return Against Maribor. Image: Getty.

Loic Remy placed the Stamford Bridge outfit on ascendancy in the 13th minute but it was to be his last contribution after sustaining a “muscular injury” while scoring and was replaced by Drogba.

Drogba then converted a penalty before captain John Terry tapped in a Cesc Fabregas cross just after the half-hour mark.

Mitja Viler scored an own goal on 54 minutes to increase the ‘Blues’ advantage to 4-0 and Eden Hazard scored a penalty before curling home Chelsea’s sixth on the stroke of full-time.

Agim Ibraimi hit the post from 12 yards for Maribor, who sits rock-bottom of the standings with just a point.

The win restored Chelsea’s confidence in reaching the round of 16, with Jose Mourinho’s side sitting top with seven points, two ahead of Sporting.

Group H

BATE BORISOV 0-7 SHAKHTAR DONETSK

Shakhtar equaled the record for the biggest away win in the Champions League history in the demolition of Bate Borisov. The Ukrainians equaled Marseille’s win at MSK Zilina in 2010 as Brazilian striker Adriano scored five.

The win saw them move second on five points, two behind leaders Porto.

PORTO 2-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO

Porto beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 on Tuesday via Ricardo Quaresma’s 75th-minute winner. Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera left it late in the first-half to break the deadlock for the Portuguese hosts, but Guillermo Fernández restored parity on 58 minutes when his nimble footwork allowed him space to slide the ball into the corner.

The Basque side sit bottom of the group with just a point while Bate have three points from three games.

Adama Indimi stuns In New Photos


 

 

Daughter of billionaire industrialist Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Adama who is more into modelling now, proves she’s got all it takes to be a model. She just did a photoshoot for an upcoming fashion label and posted the pictures online. So cute.

BokoHaram trial – FG wants to continue Ndume trial in secret


Senator-Ali-Ndume

The Federal Govern­ment has asked the Federal High Court in Abu­ja to move the rest of the trial, and the rendering of evidence link­ing Senator Ali Ndume, a senator from Borno state, to the Boko Haram sect to a secret hearing for reasons of national security and public safety. Senator Ndume’s trial, before Justice Gabriel Kolawole, has been open to the public since it started.
The federal government’s lawyer in the matter, E.A. Orji, in a motion dated September 23 begged the court to protect the identity of the remain­ing witnesses to give evi­dence in the matter.
“We urge the court to ex­clude members of the pub­lic from the trial.
“We also want the court to protect the identities of the remaining witnesses that shall give evidence in this case. The fundamental rights of the accused have not been violated because his counsel is represented and has not in any way been excluded from the matter.
“It is in the interest of national security and pub­lic safety that the motion should be granted,” he said.

On his part, Ndume’s lawyer, Mr. I. Amaza, in his submission told the court that the request will violate his cli­ent’s right to a fair hearing.
He prayed the court to turn down the request of the prosecution and continue with the trial.
Justice Kolawole adjourned the case to Friday, Octo­ber 24 to make a decision on the request.

Latest Insurgency Attacks Not By Boko Haram – Negotiator


Secretary of the Boko Haram group, Danladi Amadu, has dissociated the sect from the latest attacks and killings in some towns in Borno and Adamawa states, blaming “faceless” groups for the raid.

Amadu, in an interview with the VOA Hausa radio yesterday, also confirmed the ceasefire agreement with the sect and said the “true” sect members have welcomed the ceasefire.

Some towns in the two states had came under attacks by suspected Boko Haram members barely two days after the federal government’s ceasefire announcement.

In the light of this, the secretary, who was part of the announced agreement with the Nigerian government, said “indeed, there was a discussion and any breach on the agreement is not from real Boko Haram members.

“They are some faceless groups, who subject Nigerians to hardships in the name of our group. Secondly, this government’s (troops) bodies is also tarnishing Boko Haram’s name. They go and block roads, kill and
confiscate people’s monies in order to satisfy their superiors.”

He said the security resorted to doing that “so that it would look like they kill Boko Haram, but they are not our members.”

When asked about the latest raid on some towns in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe after the ceasefire, Amadu said “we are not aware of the attacks and there is nothing to indicate that they were our members.”

He urged the Nigerian government to be on alert and expose those perpetuating the atrocities in the name of Boko Haram.

“Every members of our sect has agreed with this ceasefire. Presently, I am about to start a meeting with some members, who are in Nigeria. They called me and showed their support to it and I am going to advise them to stop and to communicate same via phone to our other members,” he said.

Asked on the Chibok girls release, he said “we are not the ones to set the rule for the discussion. It is government that is supposed to set guidelines and time to meet the government of Chad over the issue.

“It is after the meeting of the Nigerian government with Chadian government, that we would be intimated with what they finalised,” he said.

The secretary also said the recent release of some Chinese and Cameroonian hostages by the group was part of the deal reached in the ceasefire, which they began to fulfill by the release.
“We believe in this ceasefire, we believe in having peace in our country and we are ready to show this sincerity by handing over the girls hand to hand,” he said.

He then promised that the group will launch investigation on those that attacked the towns after the ceasefire agreement, to ascertain their identity.