Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
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Forces out to truncate democracy – Jonathan

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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, raised alarm that there were remorseless anti-democratic forces operating under the cover of political parties to truncate the hard-won democratic liberty in the country.

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Excitement, as World Cup begins today

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Brazil is desperate to make a powerful statement of intent in today’s World Cup opener against Croatia as they seek to relieve the suffocating pressure that has engulfed the team in the build-up to the tournament.

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48 hours as new Kano Emir: Sanusi operates from Govt House

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HOMAGE—International business magnate and Africa's richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, paying homage to the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday.With them are Makama, Alhaji Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim; Wali, Mahe Bashir Wali; Jarma, Professor Isa Hashim; Dallatu, Alhaji Muhammad Aliyu and the Deputy Secretary of the Emirate Council, Alhaji Sarki Waziri.  Photo: Govt. House, Kano.

FORTY-eight hours after his appointment as new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is yet to resume duties at the Emir’s palace, located in Nassarawa in accordance with tradition.

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Police take over Emir of Kano’s palace , as protests escalate….

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Kano : Supporters of the newly appointed Emir of Kano hold a demonstration march in his support in the ancient northern Nigerian city of Kano, on June 9, 2014. Nigeria's new Muslim monarch, the Emir of Kano, was sworn in today, after a second day of violence fuelled by suspicions that politics, not religion, was behind the appointment. Thousands of well-wishers turned out at the Kano state government headquarters as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was given his official letter of appointment to the influential role by Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. AFP PHOTO

The Police yesterday took over the Emir’s Palace in Kano, following continuation of the protest that greeted the announcement of former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as successor to late Ado Bayero, who died last Friday.

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Kano boils as Sanusi emerges Emir

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File photo of The newEmir of Kano and the protesters, yesterday.

Violent protests, yesterday, greeted the announcement of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as the 14th Emir of Kano. The throne became vacant last week Friday following the death of the former Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

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How misdiagnosis killed Akunyili

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Prof. Dora Akunyili

After surviving several rumours of her death, a former Minister of Information and Communication and erstwhile Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili, bowed to ovarian cancer early yesterday.

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Boko Haram: Soldiers wage war on newspapers

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The fight against Boko Haram and its insurgency took a bizarre twist in the early hours of yesterday when armed soldiers unleashed their might on newspapers, disrupting their distribution, confiscating the newspapers and consequently stopping their sales in many parts of the country.

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Explosion rocks Gombe Gov’s house

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The publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr Sam Amuka, yesterday, called for the promotion of domestic tourism in the country, arguing that more Nigerians are strangers to their country as they most often do not enjoy exploring the beauty of the various tourism attractions in Nigeria.

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Cameroonian army kills 60 Boko Haram members, 100 killed in Borno communal clash

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CAMEROON, Fotokol : Photo taken on May 30, 2014 shows a Cameroonian police officer checking the passengers of a car at the entrance to the town of Fotokol, northern Cameroon, just across the border with Nigeria where Boko Haram gunmen have been carrying out deadly raids. AFP PHOTO

MORE than 100 persons were killed, yesterday, in a communal clash involving three border communities in Gwoza Local Government Council of Borno State. Members of Attagara, Aghapalwa and Gwoshe border communities were said to have taken up arms against one another. It, however, turned out to be a religious war between Christians and Muslims.

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CHIBOK GIRLS: We didn’t ban rallies in Abuja – IG

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Barely 24 hours after the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu announced a ban on protests connected with efforts to secure the release of the more than 200 abducted girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday, clarified the statement of the Abuja Police Commissioner. The IGP insisted that the Police did not ban peaceful rallies.

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#BringBackOurGirls: Outrage, as Mbu bans rallies in Abuja

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CHIBOK GIRLS—Schoolgirls who have escaped from Boko Haram kidnappers in the village of Chibok, arrive at the Government House to speak with Governor Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri, yesterday. Shettima met with 28 schoolgirls that escaped from the abductors, their parents and parents of more than 200 missing girls to seek ways of assisting them. Photo: AFP.

Outrage, yesterday, trailed the decision by the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory, Joseph Mbu, to ban all protests over the kidnap of more than 200 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.

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Chibok girls plead for release in new video

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A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly seen a new video released by Boko Haram, where the abducted school girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, spoke about their ordeal in the hands of the insurgents for the first time and pleaded with him to secure their release.

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Boko Haram attacks three Emirs, kills one

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Emir of Gwoza Ahaji Idrissa Timta

The Emir of Gwoza in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, Ahaji Idrissa Timta, was yesterday killed along with two police escorts during an ambush by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram.

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Full-scale war against terror on – JONATHAN

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DEMOCRACY—President Goodluck Jonathan closely followed by Vice President Namadi Sambo; Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha; Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloma Mukhtar; SGF, Senator Pius Anyim and the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan as they departed after the Special Day with Young Leaders of Nigeria to mark the 2014 Democracy day Celebration at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, vowed to wage a total war against terrorism and do everything to rescue the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls in Borno state.

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CHIBOK GIRLS: Presidency, US slam Defence Chief

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US President Barack Obamar) talks with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria before their bilateral meeting in New York on September 23, 2013 on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly. AFP Photo

The United States said, yesterday, that it does not have information to support the claim by the Nigerian military that it knows the whereabouts of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

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Obasanjo moves to free abducted Chibok girls

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A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has launched a move to free the more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

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We’ve located abducted Chibok girls – Defence Chief

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CHIBOK—The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (L), speaking during a protest over abducted Chibok school girls in Abuja, yesterday.

FORTY-THREE days after more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok, Borno State by insurgent sect, Boko Haram, the Military High Command, yesterday, had cheering news for the traumatised parents as it said it has located where the girls were being held hostage but would not use force to rescue them.

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#BringBackOurGirls: We won’t negotiate with Boko Haram – Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd L) being received by the President, Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor at the 2014 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service in Abuja on Sunday (25/5/14). With Them Are:  Executive Secretary Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Mr Johnkennedy Opara (L) and former Chaplain, Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Williams Okoye.

Against the backdrop of divergent views on the need to negotiate with the Boko Haram Islamic sect for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the sect from Chibok, Borno State, President Goodluck Jonathan re-echoed the government position, yesterday, declaring that the Federal Government will not with the sect for the release of the girls. He said the abducted girls must be released unconditionally.

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Budget 2014: FG sets aside N968bn to fight Boko Haram

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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal briefing newsmen in Abuja on just signed 2014 budget

The Federal Gov-ernment is to spend N968 billion or one qauarter of its 2014 budget, estimated at N4.964 trillion to fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the country, according to the provisions of the budget signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan,Wednesday but made public yesterday.

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Treat Boko Haram like Al-Qaeda – France

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PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE OF FRANCE (L), WELCOMING PRESIDENT GOODLUCK  JONATHAN TO THE PARIS SUMMIT FOR SECURITY IN NIGERIA AT THE ELYSEE PALACE, FRANCE ON  SATURDAY (17/5/14).

FRANCE, yesterday, declared that the Boko Haram sect will be treated like Al-Qaeda, just as the sect’s members, again, killed 29 people in a Borno border village.

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7 UniJos medical students die in blast

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JOS BLAST VICTIM—D-G, National Emergency Management Agency, Muhammed Sidi (L) with Igp Mohammed Abubakar, sympathising with a victim of the Jos bomb blast, at  Jos University Teaching Hospital, yesterday. Inset: Another victim at the Plateau Specialist Hospital. Photos: NAN.

The University of Jos was, yesterday, thrown into mourning when news hit the campus that a yet to be ascertained number of students, including seven 500 level medical students died in the bomb blasts on Tuesday. Meantime, both the university authorities and the Police could not confirm the news at press time last night.

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118 killed as twin blasts rock Jos market

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EXPLOSION—Firefighters and rescuers extinguish a fire at the scene of the bomb blast at Terminus Market in the central city of Jos, yesterday. Photo: AFP.

The relative peace enjoyed by residents of Jos, Plateau State capital for some time was shattered, yesterday, as two bomb explosions ripped through Terminus Market in the city, killing no fewer than 118 persons and injuring several others . The Police, however, said that 46 were killed while 45 others were injured.

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Why we must crush Boko Haram – ECOWAS

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IVORY COAST, Abidjan : A woman holds a sign to call for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants on May 19, 2014 during a sit-in organised by Human Rights organisations in Abidjan. The "#bringbackourgirls" slogan has become a huge global phenomenon following the abductions Nigerian girls by Boko Harm AFP PHOTO

Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS, yesterday, restated its commitment to crushing insurgent Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

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CHIBOK GIRLS: Boko Haram soft-pedals, drops demand for release

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A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist

Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Borno a month ago, has backed down on its demand for a release of its top commanders by government before the abducted girls could be released.

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Outrage as Jonathan aborts Chibok trip

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President Goodluck Jonathan

Angry reactions yesterday trailed President Goodluck Jonathan’s last minute cancellation of a trip to Chibok, where over 200 female students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, GGSS, were abducted last month by Boko Haram insurgents.
Parents of the abducted girls who had lined up waiting to receive President Jonathan on his sympathy visit to Chibok, ended up frustrated, as their ‘’August visitor’’ never turned up.

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GOC redeployed after soldiers’ mutiny in Borno

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Chief Of Staff, 7div. Brig.-Gen. Enobong Udoh; Director Of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade  and Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Mohammed Dole during a news conference on the attack of GOC. 7div. Maj.-Gen.  Ahmed Mohammed by soldiers under his command in Maiduguri On  Thursday (15/5/14).

Few hours after some troops deployed to Borno on counter insurgency operations fired shots at the official vehicle of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Maiduguri, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed as he attempted to address them, Defence Headquarters, yesterday, announced his immediate redeployment.

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Insecurity: Angry soldiers open fire on GOC’s vehicle in Maiduguri

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The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, yesterday, escaped death as angry soldiers opened fire on his official vehicle when he came to address them at the Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

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#BringBackOurGirls: 30 days after, parents identify 77 girls in video

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Some of the escapee students and parents after watching the Boko Haram video in Borno State Government House, yesterday. Photo: Ndahi Marama.

SEVENTY-SEVEN of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists, a month ago, have been identified from the video released Monday by the sect. This came as the United States disclosed that it is flying manned surveillance missions over Nigeria in an effort to pinpoint the location of the abducted schoolgirls.

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#BringBackourGirls: Doubts, hope as parents watch B-Haram video

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A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

Distraught and traumatized parents of the female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State abducted one month ago by Boko Haram terrorists, yesterday, reacted to the video of some of the abducted girls released by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau expressing doubts over the authenticity of the video. However, some claimed that the video gave them hope that their daughters were still alive.

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CHIBOK: I’m afraid of returning to school

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Some of the abducted who escaped their abductors in Sambisa forest in Borno

ABUJA—ONE of the girls who escaped from the terrorists’ camp has expressed fears of returning to school, describing the kidnapping as “too terrifying for words.”

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Boko Haram attacks to end in 3 months – Northern govs

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“Boko Haram should be eliminated at the maximum of three months”.

With these words, northern governors expressed their expectation from the Federal Government and the international community that the insurgency spearheaded by the Boko Haram Islamist group should end within three months.

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FG to unravel missing $20bn fund in 4 months

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WEFA—President Goodluck Jonathan (C) speaks, flanked by WEF founder Klaus Schwab (L) and Rwandan President Paul Kagame (R), during the World Economic Forum in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: AFP.

Indications emerged, yesterday, at the World Economic Forum Africa that the Federal Government and auditors investigating NNPC accounts will, in the next 16 weeks, make public their findings. This will put paid to the controversy surrounding the alleged missing $20 billion from the Federation Account.

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