Wednesday October 1st, 2014
Wednesday October 1st, 2014
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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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THUGS

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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SHEKAU

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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Jonathan Goodluck

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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Jonathan-hands-head

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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Synagogue Building Collapse: Death toll rises to 44, with 139 rescued

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TB Joshua suggests sabotage over deadly building collapse

The death toll from last Friday’s collapsed five-storey building owned by the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, in Ikotun area of Lagos State, rose to 44, yesterday. 25 bodies were recovered by rescue workers from the rubble.

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Tragedy: Scores die as Synagogue church building collapses

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The collapse of a part of a multiple storey building inside the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN

TRAGEDY struck yesterday following the collapse of a part of a multiple storey building inside the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, leaving many worshipers dead, while others were critically injured.

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EBOLA: S-African passenger quarantined in Lagos

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FOR ADADEVOH—From left: Mr Afolabi Cardoso, husband; Mr Bankole Cardoso, Son; Ms Ami Adadevoh, sister; Dr  Ama Adadevoh, sister and Mr Kodjo Adadevoh at The Night of Tributes held, yesterday, in Lagos to honour late Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the medical doctor that restrained Ebola index victim, Patrick Sawyer, from spreading the Ebola virus in the country. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele.

A South African, suspected of showing symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, as she arrived Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos yesterday, has been quarantined at the isolation ward in Lagos.

The female passenger, Folswe Elizabeth Maria, on board Royal Air Maroc, from Morocco was on transit and was said to have taken ill at the transit area of the airport after using the toilet. The case was immediately reported to officials of the Port Health Services who used the Infra-red Thermometre to test her and discovered that she had high temperature. The passenger was later taken to an isolation centre and kept under observation by Port Health officials.

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Creation of more polling units: Ekwueme, Clark others ask Jega to resign

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Clark, Jega  and Ekwueme

SOUTHERN leaders, yesterday, asked the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega to resign, accusing him of plotting to thwart the 2015 general elections by creating additional 30,000 polling units. Jega was accused of allocating 70 per cent of the additional polling units to the North.

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Military, B’Haram battle for CDS’ town

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Gallant Nigerian soldiers

The military, yesterday, engaged the Boko Haram terrorists in a fierce battle at Vimtim, the home town of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, inflicting heavy casualties on the insurgents. At the end of the gun battle, the troops who moved in from the 1 Division Kaduna, 3 Division Jos and TRADOC, Minna killed 40 sect members and also succeeded in reclaiming Michika, Uba and Gulak towns from the terrorists.

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B-HARAM: Obasanjo’s son shot in Mubi attack

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INSECURITY—Right: Members of local vigilante called Civilian Jtf on  patrol in Maiduguri, Borno State, yesterday.  Left: Lt. Col. Adeboye Obasanjo. Photos: NAN/Sahara Reporters.

Son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Lt Col Adeboye Obasanjo, an army engineer at the 3rd Division in Jos, Plateau State was shot yesterday by Boko Haram terrorists as he led soldiers on an offensive to reclaim Michika town in Adamawa State which fell into the hands of the insurgents. Twenty four soldiers were also reportedly killed during the encounter in which Lt Col Obasnjo was said to be seriously injured.

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Boko Haram: Tension heightens in Adamawa

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DISPLACED—Some Internally Displaced Persons (Idps) during the visit of Gov Kashim Shettima of Borno State to their camp in Maiduguri, weekend. Photo: NAN.

Anxiety, panic gripped residents of Mubi, the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State, yesterday, as news spread that Boko Haram insurgents were closing in on the town. This came as the military vowed that the onslaught to checkmate activities of the terrorists will not stop until they are completely wiped out.

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Boko Haram: Jonathan declares full-scale war ,deploys warplanes

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Army-Jonathan

Nigerian warplanes are carrying out air strikes against Boko Haram militant bases at Bama, Borno State, a senior official said yesterday, in a government counter-attack against Boko Haram’s drive to create an Islamist enclave.

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Capture of Borno towns: Reputation of Nigeria’s military at stake – US

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

The United States of American warned yesterday that the reputation of Nigeria’s military was at stake while the future of the country and her children is in jeopardy following the capture of some towns in the north eastern part of the country in the last few weeks by Boko Haram terrorists.

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Another Ebola victim dies in P-Harcourt

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Rivers State. Governor of the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

The first confirmed Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, case that was also one of the three persons quarantined in Oduoha, Emohua Local Government Area, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has died of the disease.

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Panic as Ebola hits Kaduna; fear in Lagos

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Gov Mukhtar Yero

Fear of fresh cases of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, yesterday, gripped residents of Lagos and Kaduna, following news of the death of a suspected Ebola patient at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi- Araba, just as a 19-year-old student of Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was allegedly diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Kaduna.

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Expect more Ebola virus cases – FG

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

The Federal Government has disclosed that more Nigerians are likely to test positive to the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, following the confirmation of fresh cases of the disease in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, even as the Lagos State Government says it is in control of the outbreak in Lagos.

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Thousands flee to Cameroon as Boko Haram conscripts youths to fight Nigeria

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A picture taken on August 21, 2014 shows Internally Displaced People (IDP) receiving food in Madagali camp in Nigeria's northeastern Adamawa State. Mostly women and children, the IDPs in Madagali fled their homes in Gwoza, Borno State, to neighbouring Adamawa State following incessant attacks by Islamists insurgents Boko Haram. Nearly 11,500 people from one town in northeast Nigeria are receiving emergency aid after fleeing Boko Haram militants, the country's main relief agency said on on August 21. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said 11,442 men, women and children from Gwoza in Borno state had been registered at two facilities for displaced people in neighbouring Adamawa state. The Islamists took over Gwoza, which lies near the border with Cameroon, on August 7 and NEMA said the town was "still under siege".  AFP PHOTO

Following sustained Boko Haram attacks in the North-Eastern part of the country, thousands of Nigerians have been forced to flee their homes, swamping towns in the north of neighbouring Cameroon, authorities said yesterday. This came as Boko Haram terrorists, for three days, laid siege to Gamboru town, forcefully conscripting youths to fight both the Nigerian and Cameroonian troops. They were said to have killed those who resisted them.

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Ebola: 39 foreigners held in Lagos

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Ebola-Fashola1

The move by the authorities to contain Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continued, at the weekend, following the arrest of 39 foreigners, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Lagos.

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2015: Sule Lamido’s entry rattles Presidency, PDP

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*Sule Lamido

SUBTLE trouble is brewing at the Presidency over the last-minute decision of Jigawa State Governor, Dr. Sule Lamido, to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan in next year’s presidential election.

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Setback in EVD War: Ebola hits P-Harcourt, one dies, 100 isolated

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Rivers State. Governor of the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

The battle to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Nigeria suffered a setback, yesterday, as the virus evaded a surveillance team in Lagos and claimed its first victim, a medical doctor in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Governor of the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu both confirmed the news.

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Jonathan, Obasanjo meet over Boko Haram

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President Goodluck Jonathan  and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, held a closed-door meeting following high rate of insecurity in the country, occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency. The problem appears to be getting out of control with terrorists capturing Gwoza, and declaring it an Islamic caliphate.

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