Saturday November 29th, 2014
Saturday November 29th, 2014
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Bomb blasts kill 200 in Kano Central Mosque

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A man speaks on his hospital bed on November 25, 2014 about injuries sustained following double female suicide bomb attacks that killed 45 people in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria.  More than 45 people were killed when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded market in northeast Maiduguri

The orgy of violence in the Northern part of the country by gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents, continued yesterday, with the killing of over 200 Muslim worshippers, who were sent to their grave by a triple blast that rocked Kano Central Mosque, where the Emir of Kano normally leads prayers.

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Corruption Allegation: You lied, Senate hits back at Obasanjo

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OLUSEGUN OBASANJO

THE Senate yesterday tackled former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over his allegation that the National Assembly was using constituency projects to siphon public funds, saying the former president was out to denigrate the sanctity of the parliament.

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Why Jonathan has failed to defeat B’Haram – OBJ

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President Jonathan and Gen. Obasanjo (Rtd)

FORMER President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, sneered at President Goodluck Jonathan for not having adequate understanding of the Boko Haram insurgency and being unable to proffer a response to the menace starring the nation in the face.

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CBN devalues Naira, now N168 to dollar

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The Central Bank of Nigeria, yesterday, devalued the national currency, the Naira, as it moved the midpoint of the official window of the foreign exchange market from N155 to N168 to the one US Dollar. This means that the Naira will exchange between N168 and N174 to the dollar at the foreign exchange market. Official devaluation of the naira became inevitable as a result of reduction in government revenue from oil production and sales. The devaluation will increase the volume of Naira available to the federation account and to various levels of government to prosecute their local programmes.

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Court voids charges against Nyanya bomber

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, struck out the three-count terrorism charge preferred against Aminu Ogwuche, the alleged mastermind of the April 14, 2014 bomb blast that killed more than 75 persons and injured 120 others at a crowded motor park in Nyanya Abuja.

The charges was entered against him by the Inspector-General of Police.

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Nigeria on the verge of chaos – Tukur

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*PDP National Chairman, Dr Bamanga Tukur

More reactions have continued to trail last Thursday’s invasion of the National Assembly by the police as former Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Adeniyi Akintola and various groups and professional associations have condemned the invasion and called for caution.

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Don’t arrest Tambuwal, APC warns

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From the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, came a stern warning to the Presidency: Shelve any plan to arrest the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal.

The opposition party said government would be pouring petrol on naked fire if Tambuwal was arrested. The warning was issued on a day the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the police denied that any move to arrest the Speaker was being contemplated.

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S-Court reinstates impeached Taraba Deputy Governor

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Abubakar Danladi and Umar Garba

The Supreme Court, yesterday, voided the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Sani Abubakar by the State House of Assembly.

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Police take over NASS, tear-gas lawmakers

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Tambuwal adjourns sitting till Dec 3, says House under siege

Heavily armed policemen, yesterday, invaded the National Assembly complex, tear-gassed and tried to prevent members of the House of Representatives, including the Speaker, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, from entering the complex.

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Buhari, Amaechi, others in protest rally against FG

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APC Leaders Ogbonnaya Onu(right) Muhammadu Buhari APC National Chairman John Oyegun ,Nat Sec, Mai Mala Buni and Hon Farouk Adamu  during the Salvation Rally by the party in Abuja yesterday  Photos Abayomi Fayese

The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant and former Head of State, Gen.Muhammadu Buhari; APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun and Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, yesterday, led thousands of party supporters in a protest rally in Abuja, accusing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government of playing politics with Boko Haram.

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Naira in free fall against dollar

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The recovered stolen money.

The fortunes of the national currency, the Naira took a sharp turn downwards yesterday as it fell by 270 kobo, with the parallel market exchange rate rising to N180 per dollar from N177.3 on Monday.

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FG introduces austerity measures

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The Federal Government, yesterday, introduced some austerity measures and scaled down the crude oil bench mark for the 2015 budget.

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30,000 polling units: Jega threatens southern commissioners

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National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, has issued a query to Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, in the South for not going along with the suspended lopsided and illegal allocation of 30,000 Polling Units, PUs.

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Army admits loss of territories to B’Haram

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Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu

THE Nigerian Army, for the first time, yesterday, admitted that some of the country’s territories have fallen into the hands of Boko Haram terrorists. It, however, assured that in no distant time, its troops in the North-East would overrun the insurgents and retake the lost areas.

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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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Nigeria Army

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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