Sunday December 21st, 2014
Sunday December 21st, 2014
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Female suicide bomber hits college in Niger

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MINNA—Two days after a suicide bomb attack killed about 50 secondary school students in Potiskum, Yobe State, another suicide bomber, a female, yesterday, attacked another school, the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Niger State some 150 kilometres (90 miles) from the state capital, Minna. This is just as the Senate has summoned all Service Chiefs to explain why Boko Haram appears to be having the upper hand.

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Boko Haram: Military raises fresh alarm

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The military, yesterday, raised alarm that following the new onslaught by Nigerian troops to reclaim seized communities from Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, the insurgents have resorted to using women and children as human shields in order to halt or slow down the troops’ advance.

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Students, teachers relay gory tales of bloodbath in Yobe

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STUDENTS OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY DEMONSTRATION SECONDARY SCHOOL SENT OUT FOR
DEFAULTING IN SCHOOL FEES AT SAMARU-ZARIA IN KADUNA STATE ON FRIDAY

Running away from the school assembly ground with his white uniform stained with blood and bits of flesh, a traumatised student of Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School, Potiskum, Yobe State, who survived a suicide bomb attack that claimed the lives of 47 of his colleagues with 79 others injured, yesterday, recounted his experience. The incident was considered one of the worst attacks on schools.

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Lagos plans mass protest over voter’s card distribution

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Residents of Sebiotimo street, Agege, checking for their Permanent Voters Cards at  ward 5, Agage Local Government in, Lagos state,  yesterday [08-11-14]. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

FOR the third day running, the polity was awash with complaints over the unending hitches trailing the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in some states of the country especially in Lagos.

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96 Days To General Elections: Scandal, Confusion Rock Jega’s INEC

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Lagosians checking their names on the INEC list of permanent voters cards (PVC) around 3 pm. at Sunday Adigun  polling Unit, Alausa, Ikeja yesterday.

The shame of Professor Attahiru Jega’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was on display last week with the confusion which greeted the distribution of the Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs, in some states. Read details of the scandal brewing in INEC

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Jonathan succumbs, Governors lose senate battle

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AKWA IBOM STADIUM President of Ghana John Mahama, President Goodluck Jonathan, and President of Cote D’lvoire Alhassan Ouattarra  during the commissioning ceremony of the 30,000 Capacity Akwa Ibom International Stadium, held in  Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

There were indications yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Working Committee, NWC, may have succumbed to the aggrieved senators’ demand for automatic ticket in the 2015 elections.

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I fear Boko Haram’ll overrun Adamawa – Gov Ngilari

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Governor James Ngilari of Adamawa State, yesterday, cried out to President Goodluck Jonathan to save his state from being overrun by Boko Haram insurgents who have already taken over five local governments and are advancing to other towns.

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PDP Ward Congress: Senators down tools

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UNDERAGE MARRIAGE: SENATORS WHO VOTED YES

THE crisis between the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and senators elected on the platform of the party, over last Saturday’s ward congresses deepened, yesterday, as the senators refused to deliberate on issues on the Order Paper.

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Boko Haram renames occupied Mubi town

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Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Alex Badeh

FEW hours after the Federal Government gave the military marching orders to flush out Boko Haram insurgents from Mubi, the commercial nerve centre and second largest town in Adamawa State, the terrorists, yesterday, defiantly renamed the town ‘Madinatul Islam’, which means the city of Islam.

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Mubi: FG orders military to flush out Boko Haram, as suicide bombers kill 23 in Yobe

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An injured shiite member sits on the ground after a suicide blast in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on November 3, 2014. At least 15 people were killed and over 50 injured when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at at a ceremony marking Ashura, the annual commemoration of the killing of Husseyn, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. Six other people were killed when soldiers opend fire on the mourners fleeing the scene, according to a shiite cleric and witnesses. AFP PHOTO

Seven days after Boko Haram insurgents seized Mubi, the commercial nerve centre and second largest town in Adamawa as well as Vimtim, home town of Defence Chief, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Federal Government, yesterday, gave a marching order to the military to flush out the terrorists from the occupied areas immediately.

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2015: PDP hands over party structures to govs

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Senate President David Mark Acknowledging cheers from his supporters at Otukpo Ward 1 during the PDP Ward Congress In Otukpo On Saturday (1/11/14).

THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governors have won a major victory over the party’s leadership ahead of the 2015 elections by securing the nod of the Presidency to control the political structures in their states.

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Terrorists overrun CDS, Badeh’s home town

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Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader and Alex Badeh, Chief of Defence Staff

Few hours after the commercial nerve centre and the second biggest town in Adamawa State fell into the hands of Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the insurgents, yesterday, overran Vimtim, the home town of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh.

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Residents flee Mubi as insurgents take over

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Defying the purported ceasefire agreement between the Federal Government and Boko Haram Islamic sect, the terrorists, yesterday, overran Mubi, the commercial nerve centre and second biggest town in Adamawa State as well as other neighbouring towns and villages, killing many residents who were unable to escape.

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Resign now, PDP tells Tambuwal

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DEcamped—Speaker Tambuwal after decamping to APC, yesterday.

NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, welcomed the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, and advised him to resign as speaker because he was no longer a member of the ruling party.

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FG may be negotiating with wrong group – Islamic Scholar

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Women abducted by Boko Haram terrorists have recounted harrowing tales of their living conditions in militants’ camps and how they were forced to fight by the sect.

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Presidency, Amaechi’s war deepens

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President Goodluck Jonathan and Ameachi

THE political war raging between the Rivers State Governor and the Presidency deepened, yesterday, with the presidency describing Governor Rotimi Amaechi as a rascal and warning him to stop insulting President Goodluck Jonathan or be ready to face the consequences of his utterances, including legal actions.

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36 govs to fight autonomy for LGs

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JANG'S NGF FACTION: Cross section of Jonah Jang's faction of Nigeria Governors' Forum at their first meeting in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

IN a rare show of solidarity, the two factions of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, temporarily put aside their year-long differences, yesterday, to fight against the National Assembly proposal granting autonomy to the country’s local governments.

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FG starving APC states of funds – Govs

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APC GOVS —From left: Governors Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo, Ibrahim Shettima, Borno; and Rauf Aregbesola, Osun; during the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors' Forum in Kwara State Government House, Ilorin, yesterday.

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.

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Nigeria not broke, says Okonjo-Iweala

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The Federal Government yesterday, reassured that Nigeria is financially sound and has been meeting its local and international financial obligations despite dwindling revenues from crude oil exports. The assurance came from Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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Nigeria has defeated Ebola – WHO

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A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos on October 20, 2014 shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English "No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot" which means "No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away".  Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. AFP PHOTO

In what has been described as a spectacular success story that shows that Ebola can be contained, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has officially declared Nigeria an Ebola-free nation, urging other countries currently faced with the challenge of contending with the epidemic to learn from Nigeria’s experience

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Boko Haram’ll keep promise to release Chibok girls, as negotiations continue – FG

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Negotiations between the Federal Government and representatives of the Boko Harm Islamic sect on the release of 219 abducted Chibok girls will continue today in Chad. This came as government declared that it had no reason to doubt the sect’s promise to release the girls against the backdrop of alleged breach of ceasefire agreement by the sect.

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C-e-a-s-e-f-i-r-e: FG, Boko Haram agree to lay down arms

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Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex and other West African CoDS

Nigerian Government yesterday said it has reached a ceasefire deal with the Boko Haram sect to halt all confrontations with the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex issuing a directive to the service chiefs of the Army, Navy, Airforce and Inspector General of Police to comply with the ceasefire agreement in all theatres of operations.

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Fayose sworn-in, blasts Fayemi

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FAYOSE—Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State (M), taking Oath of Office before the Chief Judge of Ekiti, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday. With them is the governor's wife, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose. Photo: Dare Fasube.

EKITI—Thousands of Nigerians from all walks of life, yesterday, trooped to the 60,000 capacity Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti, to witness the inauguration of Mr Ayodele Peter Fayose and Dr Kolapo Olubunmi Olushola as governor and deputy governor respectively by the Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola.

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My Marshall Plan to save Nigeria – Buhari

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BUHARI DECLARES—Arrival of Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, during his declaration of intent for All Progressives Congress, Apc, Presidential candidate in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, laid down a nine-point agenda to salvage Nigeria from what he termed the increasing rot in all critical sectors of the polity.

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We’ll return Nigeria’s $15m soon – S-Africa

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Jonathan and Zuma

South Africa has promised to return the $15 million arms deal money it earlier seized from Nigeria. The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Myakayaka Manzini, who featured in a programme on African International Television, AIT, “Matters Arising”, yesterday, said the process of refunding the money was already on.

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We’ll wipe out Boko Haram – Cameroon

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A file photo  taken on January 30, 2013 shows Cameroon president Paul Biya speaking to journalists following a meeting with his French counterpart at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Cameroon's President Paul Biya on October 13, 2014 vowed his government would go after the Islamist group Boko Haram "until it's totally wiped out". He made the promise as he received 10 Chinese and 17 Cameroonians freed last week after spending months as hostages of armed men thought to belong to Boko Haram, an anti-Western rebel group in Nigeria which has been increasingly making incursions into Cameroon.     AFP PHOTO

Cameroon’s President Mr Paul Biya vowed, yesterday, that his government would go after the Islamist group Boko Haram “until it is totally wiped out”. His Nigerian counterpart, President Goodluck Jonathan, on his part, was confident that the activities of insurgents and other cross-border criminals will soon be drastically curtailed with the intensification of joint patrols, military operations and intelligence sharing by Nigeria and neighbouring countries as agreed by their leaders in Niamey last week.

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$15m Arms Deal: Why we have been silent, says FG

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THE Presidency, yesterday, opened up on the controversy surrounding the seizure by South Africa of Nigeria’s $15m meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigeria Intelligence Service.

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PDP, govs fight, as NWC cancels endorsements

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File: PDP and House Members meeting— Cross Section of governors at the PDP National Working Committee  meeting with members of the House of Representatives in Abuja, Tuesday. Photo:  Gbemiga Olamikan.

The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has cancelled all endorsements of candidates by the state executive officers.

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Nyako’s deputy sworn-in as new Adamawa Gov

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SWEARING-IN: Gov. Bala Ngilari of Adamawa (left), taking oath of office before Justice Lawan Lagre in Yola, yesterday. Photo: Nan.

THE political climate in Adamawa State changed dramatically yesterday, when embattled Deputy Governor, James Bala Ngilari was sworn in as governor.

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PDP, APC war over seized $5.7m

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South Africa’s seizure of another $5.7m for the purchase of arms by Nigeria has sparked off war of words between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC. While the APC accused President Jonathan of embarrassing the country in global community, the PDP has declared that it is solidly behind the president.

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Fresh arms deal: S-Africa seizes another $5.7m

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Three weeks after South Africa confiscated $9.3m belonging to the Federal Government over an alleged illegal arms deal, the South African authorities have seized another $5.7m arms money from Nigeria.

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Bama: Military orders arrest of General for running into bush with troops in fear of B’Haram

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Soldiers accused of mutiny tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Abuja on October 2, 2014. Nearly 100 soldiers tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's far northeast appeared at a military court martial on Thursday, facing a range of charges including mutiny. The hearing comes just weeks after a tribunal sentenced 12 soldiers to death following their conviction for shooting at their commanding officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in May. AFP PHOTO
INSET President of the Court Martial, Brigadier General. Musa Sain Yusuf

There were indications, weekend, that the Army High Command has ordered the arrest and detention of a Brigadier-General attached to the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army (names with-held) over allegations of negligence that gave Boko Haram terrorists an opportunity to overrun some communities in Borno State recently.

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