Wednesday October 22nd, 2014
Wednesday October 22nd, 2014
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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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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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Jonathan and Zuma

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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I ‘ll consider national unity, harmony when deciding on 2015 – Jonathan

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (M), SPEAKING AT THE BREAKING OF RAMADAN FAST AT  THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday, said that he would place greater interests of national unity, harmony, and cohesion before giving appropriate response on the calls by various groups and individuals for him to contest the 2015 election. This was contained in his Eid-El-Kabir message to Nigerians.

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4 Lt Cols, Major, 92 others face court-martial

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Members of the court martial sit during the inauguration to try 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

Ninety-seven soldiers including four Lieutenant Colonels, a Major and four captains were, yesterday, charged with offences ranging from mutiny, conduct prejudicial to good orders, assault and Absence Without Leave, AWOL, to house breaking, contrary to service discipline.

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Nigeria @ 54: My govt has delivered – Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan (3rdR) and wife Patience cut the anniversary cake, flanked by (from L) Vice President Namadi Sambo, former Interim President Ernest Shonekan, former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon and Senate President David Mark as they celebrate Nigeria's 54th independence anniversary in Abuja on October 1, 2014.

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, on the occasion of the country’s 54th independence anniversary gave his administration a passmark for delivering on most indicators of good governance.

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Nigeria’ll survive, Mark, others pledge

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IT SHOULD BE OUR DAY: Celebration of Children's Day in Abuja, yesterday. NAN photo.

On the occasion of the country’s 54th Independence Anniversary today, leaders from across the country have expressed optimism on the realisation of the dream of the country’s founding fathers despite present challenges.

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$9.3m arms deal: Oritsejafor opens up

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Oritsejafor

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday for the first time spoke on the controversial $9.3m cash allegedly smuggled into South Africa by two Nigerians and an Israeli using his private jet. The money which has been confiscated by a South African court was meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian Intelligence Services. This is just as the #BringBackOurGirls# campaign group, has said it will soon drag the CAN president and the Federal Government to court over the money.

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Why we’ve not defeated Boko Haram – Jonathan

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From left: Former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Senate President David Mark And The First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan At The 54th Independence Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service In Abuja On Sunday (29/9/14)

President Goodluck Jonathan said, yesterday, that the fight against Boko Haram terrorists has taken so long because Nigerians were not yet fully united to fight the menace.

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Judiciary Attacked: Thugs beat up Ekiti judge, tear his suit

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The sanctity of the judicial arm of government was violated, yesterday, as political thugs invaded the Ekiti State High Court premises, beating up a high court judge and tearing his suit.

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$9.3m arms deal: Reps in $20,000 bribery scandal

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For the second time this week, pandemonium reigned in the House of Representatives, yesterday, following allegations of a $50,000 bribe to members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to suppress a house inquest into the alleged $9.3 million cash seized by the South African Government.

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Reps split over seized $9.3m cash

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House of Representatives during plenary

The House of Representatives was sharply divided, yesterday, with All Progressives Congress, APC, members staging a walk-out over failure of the House to commence debate on the $9.3 million cash that was allegedly smuggled into South Africa by two Nigerians and an Israeli for the purpose of purchasing arms for the Nigerian Intelligence Service.

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We killed Shekau in Nigeria – Cameroon

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Nigeria and Cameroon were, yesterday, locked in an arguement over who killed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and where he was killed.

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Ebola: Confusion over schools’ resumption

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*An Islamic school

As both primary and secondary schools nationwide are expected to resume today in compliance with the directive by the Federal Government, parents and teachers have, however, been thrown into confusion following counter-directives by some state governments which have fixed different dates for schools to resume.

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160 Days After Chibok Abduction: Girls tell how they were raped every day – Negotiator Stephen Davis

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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.

From a person who seems to have an insight into the operations of Boko Haram came chilling accounts of girls taken captive by the terror group.

“Girls tell how they were raped every day, week after week. One girl was raped every day, sometimes several times a day by groups of men. Some did not survive the ordeal,” Stephen Davis, an Australian negotiator, who visited Nigeria to mediate the release of the Chibok girls captured by the Islamist group, recounted in an article contributed to Sunday Vanguard, titled, ‘When I met Asari and agreed a peace deal.’

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BOKO HARAM: FG turns to Russia, China as USA, UK fail Nigeria

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Chibok

THE emerging scenario in the fight against terror and the steps Nigeria’s government has taken would have resulted in global sensation during the cold war. The United States would fight to keep their allies.

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PDP’s endorsement: I won’t disappoint you – Jonathan

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AHEAD of his formal re-election declaration, President Goodluck Jonathan has been adopted as the sole presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the National Working Committee (NEC) and Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party. The party’s governors’ forum had on Wednesday endorsed the President for a second term

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Troops kill 200 Boko Haram terrorists

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Soldiers displaying one of the armoured vehicles recovered from insurgents in Maiduguri, yesterday, after repelling an attack in Konduga, Headquarters of Konduga LGA of Borno State

No fewer than 200 members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, were reportedly killed, yesterday, in a battle with soldiers of 7 Division, Nigerian Army when the sect members in their hundreds attempted to launch attack on Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

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Boko Haram: Nigerians are frustrated, helpless; angry Senate asks Mark tell Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President, Sen. David Mark

THE Senate, yesterday, canvassed tougher and full scale measures to end the Boko Haram insurgency. It said that the sect has declared war on Nigeria.

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2 Nigerians with $9.3m cash held in S-Africa

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CAUGHT—Lanseria Airport, Johannesburg, S-Africa. INSET: The Bombardier Challenger jet.  Courtesy: Flightaware.

Two Nigerians and an Israeli citizen are presently being held by South African police for attempting to illegally bring $9.3m cash into the country. South Africa’s City Press newspaper reported that the accused persons brought the money which is in bundles of unused $100 bills, packed in three suitcases in a small business jet, a Bombardier Challenger 600 with a Nigerian crew.

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Jonathan knows about Boko Haram financier in CBN – Soyinka

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The controversy over alleged sponsors of Boko Haram took a twist yesterday when Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka said information about a suspected financier of the terror group within the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was passed to President Goodluck Jonathan.

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