Wednesday August 20th, 2014
Wednesday August 20th, 2014
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Deadlock in confab over derivation votes

  /   in Headlines 12:07 am   /   Comments

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UNABLE to reach an agreement on three major fund-related issues, the National Conference, yesterday, threw back the key issues to the Federal Government to work out and adjourned till August 4.

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Impeachment: Panel indicts Nyako

  /   in Headlines 12:10 am   /   Comments

Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

There were indications last night that the panel raised by the Adamawa State House of Assembly to probe the allegations of misappropriation of funds had indicted the state governor, Murtala Nyako. Also, the panel might have cleared his deputy, Bala James Ngilari. The panel is expected to submit its report to the state House of Assembly today.

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Revenue Formula: Confab in disarray, adjourns abruptly

  /   in Headlines 12:11 am   /   Comments

UPROAR OVER Revenue formula: Delegates to the National Conference argue during debate on revenue sharing formula as the conference degenerated into a rowdy session, yesterday.

THE National Conference was, yesterday, thrown into confusion as moves to reach a compromise on recommendations ended in deadlock sparking off chaos at the plenary session. The rowdy situation forced the house to adjourn abruptly till Monday to prevent the exchanges from degenerating to fisticuffs.

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Confab: Protest, as c’ttee raises derivation to 18%

  /   in Headlines 12:17 am   /   Comments

cartoon-derivation

THERE were protests on the floor of the National Conference, yesterday, as the Elders’ Committee raised the 13 per cent derivation to 18 per cent.

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How Nyako can be saved – PRESIDENCY

  /   in Headlines 12:35 am   /   Comments

Nyako and Jonathan

Last minute spirited efforts by two former heads of state to stave off the axe of impeachment hanging over the head of embattled Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, are not yielding fruits.

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North fails to stop CONFAB on new states

  /   in Headlines 12:15 am   /   Comments

Confab: From left, Alh. Umaru Hadejima discussing with Senator Shaidu Dansadau and Dr Garba Abari  during Consideration of Devolution of Power Committee’s Report at National Confab in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

THE planned showdown between southern and northern delegates at the ongoing National Conference over reshaping the power configuration in the country, turned into an anti-climax, yesterday, after conference chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi ruled against reversion of positions adopted last week.

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States Creation: North, South head for showdown

  /   in Headlines 12:04 am   /   Comments

Nigeria-map

A stormy session is expected today as Northern and Southern delegates at the ongoing National Conference head for a showdown over power configurations in the consideration of the report of the Committee on Devolution of Powers.

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War in Borno: 50 terrorists killed: Colonel, DPO die in battle

  /   in Headlines 1:25 am   /   Comments

Officers of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) patrolling  in Maiduguri in a sweeping offensive against Boko Haram militants.
AFP PHOTO/

About 12 soldiers including a colonel, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, three policemen and four civilians were feared killed at the weekend when about 200 terrorists operating in many Toyota Hilux vehicles attacked Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The structure housing the Divisional Police Headquarters in the area, markets, houses and vehicles were also destroyed during the encounter between the terrorists and the armed forces.

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Soldiers go on rampage, burn, vandalise BRT buses over colleague’s death in Lagos

  /   in Headlines 12:19 am   /   Comments

BRT-Fire

Soldiers yesterday went on rampage, grounding human and vehicular movements along Ikorodu road, Lagos, following allegations that a commercial bus belonging to the Lagos State government ran over one of them, killing him at the Palmgrove bus stop at about 9:00 am.

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Confab okays rotational presidency

  /   in Headlines 12:17 am   /   Comments

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DELEGATES at the National Conference, yesterday, voted for rotation of Presidency between the North and South and among the six geo-political zones. The delegates, however, shot down a proposal for a single term of six years for the President.

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Borno market bombed; 50 killed, 68 injured

  /   in Headlines 12:18 am   /   Comments

BORNO-MARKET-BLAST

More than 50 people, including 16 members of the Vigilante outfit, also known as Civilian JTF, were killed, yesterday when a Peugeot 505 saloon car conveying charcoal and wired with Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, exploded in the busy Monday Market in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. About 68 others were seriously injured.

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Military nabs abductor of Chibok girls

  /   in Headlines 12:11 am   /   Comments

Babuji Ya’ari (A suspected abductor of the Chibok girls).

Almost three months after Boko Haram terrorists abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, the military announced, yesterday, that it has arrested one of the sect’s leaders, who was one of the abductors.

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Chibok burns again; as gunmen kill 51, burn Churches, houses

  /   in Headlines 12:01 am   /   Comments

A burnt house

Gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram Islamic sect, yesterday, attacked some communities in Chibok and Biu local government areas of Borno State, killing no fewer than 51 people. Those killed were mostly Christian worshippers. Five churches including Cocin, EYN and Deeper Life Bible Church in Kwada village, about 10 kilometres from Chibok were also burnt down when the gunmen laid ambush on them during church service.

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As insurgents kill 13 in Bauchi…Bombers dress in military uniform

  /   in Headlines, Top Stories 2:06 am   /   Comments

A picture taken from a video distributed to journalists in recent days through intermediaries and obtained by AFP on March 5, 2013 reportedly shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by six armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place.

The wave of bombings by suspected Boko Haram insurgents across the country continued at the weekend after 13 persons were killed in an attack in Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi State.

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Our close shave with death — Abuja blast survivors

  /   in Headlines 2:33 am   /   Comments

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As outrage from within and outside Nigeria continues to trail last Wednesday’s bomb blast in Abuja, which claimed 22 lives and left 50 others injured, some of the survivors have narrated their close shave with death.

The Department of State Security, DSS, on its part disclosed that security agencies actually obtained intelligence reports two weeks ago that the terrorists planned to attack a busy shopping mall or market in Abuja. Major markets in the city were virtually deserted, yesterday, following the bomb blast.

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21 killed in fresh Abuja explosion

  /   in Headlines 12:00 am   /   Comments

cene of the Abuja blast and victims receiving treatment at the Maitama General Hospital, Abuja. Photos: Abayomi Adeshida.

A third deadly explosion in the Federal capital territory, Abuja in two months, yesterday, exploded at a shopping mall, EMAB Plaza, adjacent BANEX Plaza, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, at 3. 50 pm. It killed no fewer than 21 persons and injured 17 others. The extremist Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility for the two explosions in April and May in Nyanya, a suburb of the capital.

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Fulani attack Kaduna villages, kill 38

  /   in Headlines 12:12 am   /   Comments

A survivor from the early morning attack

No fewer than 38 persons, including women and children, were killed on Monday night in separate attacks on Fadan Karshi and Nandu villages in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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Boko Haram abducts 91 again in Borno

  /   in Headlines 12:12 am   /   Comments

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

At least 91 persons, were said to have been abducted by suspected Islamic militants between Thursday and Sunday from the Kumanza,Yaga and Dagu, Damboa and Dagu, Damboa and Askira Uba Local Government Areas of Borno State, local vigilante officials said yesterday night.

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How Fayose took Ekiti from Fayemi

  /   in Ekiti Elections, Headlines 1:46 am   /   Comments

JUBILATION—People of Ado-Ekiti celebrating Pdp Governor-Elect, Mr Ayo Fayose's victory in Ekiti, yesterday. Inset:  Fayose with another cross section of his supporters.

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, yesterday, said he won the election because of his past performance and catering for the welfare of the people.
Fayose spoke to reporters on how he took Ekiti state from the incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

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Nigeria’s democracy under threat – APC

  /   in Headlines 1:12 am   /   Comments

Newly Elected National  Chairman of APC  Odigie-Oyegun at APC National Convention in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Less than 48 hours after the Chief of Defense Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh dismissed as untenable, rumours in some quarters of a possible coup d’etat in the country, the All Progressives Congress, APC yesterday called on the international community and Nigerians to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan not to derail the country’s democracy.

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Ekiti 2014 Rally: Soldiers stop Amaechi, Oshiomhole

  /   in Headlines 12:00 am   /   Comments

AMAECHI'S ORDEAL— Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi ( in brown attire); discussing with APC National Deputy Chairman, South, Chief Segun Oni; and former President, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN

Outrage, yesterday, trailed the fencing off of some governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from Ekiti State by agents of the Federal Government hours before the police placed a 60-hour restriction on movements into and out of the state.

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Coup d’ etat rumours unfounded – CDS.

  /   in Headlines, News 7:39 pm   /   Comments

Air Marshal Alex Badeh

Against the backdrop of security challenges confronting the country and insinuations making the rounds of a possible coup d’ etat, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has dismissed as untenable, such rumours insisting that the military would do everything to defend democracy and its growth in Nigeria.

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Wanted terror kingpin among suspects – DHQ

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Cross section of Suspected Boko-haram Insurgence arrested between Aro-Ngwa and Imo gate along Enugu-Portharcort Express way in Abia state by the Nigerian Army attached to the state, insert are their
(33) buses.

THE Defence Headquarters disclosed, yesterday, that one of the most wanted terror kingpins of the Boko Haram group was among the 486 suspected insurgents arrested last Sunday on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway. They were arrested by soldiers from the Asa Military Base, 14 Brigade, Ohafia Barracks, Abia State.

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486 suspected terrorists arrested in Abia

  /   in Headlines 12:05 am   /   Comments

Cross section of Suspected Boko-haram Insurgence arrested between Aro-Ngwa and Imo gate along Enugu-Portharcort Express way in Abia state by the Nigerian Army attached to the state, insert are their
(33) buses.

SOLDIERS from the Asa Military Base of 14 Brigade, Ohafia Barracks, Abia State, Sunday arrested 486 suspected insurgents including eight girls. The arrest was made same day bombs were uncovered and defused in a church in neighbouring Imo State.

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Police uncover bombs in Owerri church

  /   in Headlines 12:04 am   /   Comments

The cylinders  for high caliber Improvised Explosive  Devices [IEDS] recovered from suspect by the Kaduna Police Command on Tuesday. Photo by Olu Ajayi.

THE police, yesterday, averted what could have amounted to the worst disaster in the southern part of the country by terrorists, as it defused three improvised explosive devices, IEDs, carefully planted in the Living Faith Church, (Winners Chapel), Owerri that accommodates more than 10,000 worshippers.

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Forces out to truncate democracy – Jonathan

  /   in Headlines 12:00 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

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

  /   in Headlines, Sports 12:00 am   /   Comments

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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

  /   in Headlines 12:00 am   /   Comments

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….

  /   in Headlines 12:00 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Headlines 12:08 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Headlines 4:11 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Headlines 12:04 am   /   Comments

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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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