Friday April 18th, 2014
Friday April 18th, 2014
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Enough, N-East govs beg Boko Haram

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MEETING—From left: Governors Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Garba Umar, Acting Governor of Taraba, during their visit to Borno State, yesterday. Photo: Sahara Reporters.

Alarmed by the wanton destruction of lives and property by Boko Haram insurgents, governors in the North-East zone of the country, yesterday, declared that ‘enough is enough’ even as they launched moves to dialogue with the terrorists and end the orgy of violence in the region.

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No end, as Boko Haram kills another 40 in Borno

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People gather on March 2, 2014 near the wreckage at the scene where two explosions rocked a crowded neigbourhood in Maiduguri's Gomaris district on the evening of March 1. At least 35 people were killed following two explosions in a crowded neighbourhood of Nigeria's restless northeastern city of Maiduguri, a stronghold of Boko Haram Islamists, police said March 2. "We are still counting. So far we have counted 35 bodies. Our men are still working with rescue workers at the scene," Borno state police commissioner Lawal Tanko said. AFP PHOTO /

In what appears to be total dominance of Borno State, Boko Haram terrorists, Monday night, invaded Jakana village in Konduga council area of the state, killing no fewer than 40 people including two policemen.

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Why fuel scarcity persists – Marketers

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*File photo: Fuel sold in black market

As the fuel scarcity enters the fourth day, with commuters and motorists in Lagos and its environs subjected to severe hardship, marketers, yesterday, denied hoarding the product. They, however, blamed the current scarcity on the delay in the release of the first quarter import allocations.

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War in Borno : Boko Haram in fierce resistance — DHQTRS

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People look at the wreckage of a car, yesterday, after two explosions killed over 35 people in a crowded neighbourhood in Maiduguri, Borno State, weekend. Photo: AFP.

The military, yesterday, confirmed that it is currently engaged in a fierce battle with Boko Haram insurgents who have been unleashing terror in the North Eastern part of the country. The Defence Headquarters admitted that it lost soldiers in the encounters while some terrorists were also killed.

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Boko Haram Bombs Maiduguri: Over 100 feared dead

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It was another tragic day in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, yesterday, after twin explosions reportedly killed about 100 people, some of them football fans.

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AFTER BORNO, YOBE MASSACRE: B-Haram strikes in Adamawa, kills 14

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President Goodluck Jonathan and the 'ghosts'  Boko Haram

WITH the nation yet to recover from the shock arising from the massacre of about 58 students of Federal Government College, Bunu Yadi, Yobe State and abduction of 16 female students by Boko Haram insurgents last Tuesday, the sect, yesterday, moved to Adamawa where it attacked two local government council areas which share common borders with Borno State, killing 14 persons.

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YOBE MASSACRE: How my mates were killed – Survivor

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A survivor of the Yobe massacre. Courtesy: Sahara Reporters.

“I was shot on my left leg, while I was sleeping. When I woke up, I could not walk and was later taken to the girls hostel where the insurgents gathered us with the female students. They selected some of the female students and went away with them, while they left some of us groaning in pain from gun shot”.

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B-Haram slaughters 43 students in Yobe

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DAMAGE—Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam with Speaker Yobe House of Assembly, Adamu Dala Dogo (below left) inspecting the damage in the school, yesterday.

Barely 24 hours after the soldiers manning the check point close to the main gate of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State were withdrawn, Boko Haram terrorists, numbering more than 50, yesterday, invaded the school at 1.30 am, killing more than 43 students and staff while abducting 16 female students.

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I’ve powers to suspend Sanusi – GEJ

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President Goodluck Jonathan and Lamido Sanusi

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, affirmed his powers to suspend Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as governor of the Central Bank, saying the action was totally unconnected with alleged corruption charges raised by Sanusi against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

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Sanusi explodes says Jonathan’s aides fraudulent, unfit

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EMBATTLED Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who was suspended from office last Thursday by President Goodluck Jonathan, said yesterday, that the president’s greatest failing was that he is “surrounded by people who are extremely incompetent, who are extremely fraudulent and whom he trusts”.

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Uproar, as Jonathan suspends Sanusi

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Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday announced the suspension of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over alleged “various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct”.

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NATIONAL CONFAB: Ekwueme, Nwabueze decline to lead Igbo

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SECOND Republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme and iconic constitutional lawyer, Professor Ben Nwabueze (SAN) have declined to lead the Igbo delegation to the forthcoming National Conference.

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Boko Haram: Our hands are tied — Presidency

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DISPLACED—Tears during  Governor Kashim Shettima visit  to some of the displaced residents of Izge village stranded in Gulak, Madagali Council Area of Adamawa State, yesterday, after the Boko Haram attack that claimed the lives of over 121 persons. Photo Ndahi Marama.

THE Presidency explained, yesterday, why the nation’s security forces have found it difficult to completely flush out from their hideouts, members of the Boko Haram sect, who have massacred innocent people and massively destroyed property in the North Eastern part of the country. It admitted that the situation was a complex one.

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100 massacred in fresh Borno attacks

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No fewer than 100 people were, weekend, killed in separate attacks in Baga and Izge villages of Kukawa and Gwoza local government areas of Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents, who also reportedly wounded several others and destroyed property worth millions of Naira. This came as President Goodluck Jonathan said in Lagos, yesterday, that the security challenges facing the country would have been worse without prayers from religious groups across the country.

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Valentine’s Day Tragedy : 27 killed; man, pregnant wife roasted; politician shot dead

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The scene of accident...more than one year ago

It was tragedy on a day the world celebrated St Valentine’s Day, dedicated to lovers.
The deaths, on Friday, include the 27 killed in an auto crash in Oji River, Enugu; a man and wife roasted in Benue State and a politician allegedly shot dead by a drunken policeman in Oro, Kwara State.

The Oji River incident occurred when a truck carrying stones skidded off the road and crashed into a market, killing at least 27 persons.

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Court acquits Bankole over alleged N894m contract scam

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Embattled former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole

Respite came the way of the erstwhile Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole, yesterday, as the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, discharged and acquitted him over allegation that he used fake companies and defrauded the federal government to the tune of N894 million while he was in office.

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Missing $20bn Oil Money: FG to hire forensic auditors —Okonjo-Iweala

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OIL REVENUE—Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke (middle) answering questions from journalists, after an investigative hearing by the Senate committee on Finance on alleged unremitted oil revenue, at the National Assembly, in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

The Federal Government is to hire independent forensic auditors to examine the books of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, with a view to ascertaining whether or not it has failed to remit oil revenues to the Federation Account, as alleged by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

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Jonathan sacks Stella Oduah

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From left Stella Oduah; Orubebe, Ngama Olubolade,

The gale of sack at the Presidential Villa continued, yesterday, as President Goodluck Jonathan fired the controversial Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah and dropped three others.

Those dropped by the President included the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe; Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade and the Minister of State for Finance, Dr Yerima Ngama.

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Showdown In Senate: Mark refuses to read 11 defectors’ letter

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Senate President, David Mark

The 11 senators who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday stepped back from physically crossing the carpet in the face of a stand-off with Senate President David Mark.

However, the tide of movement in the House of Representatives went against the APC when five members of the party decamped to the PDP while one PDP member defected to the APC.

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Henry Okah breaks jail, re-arrested in S-Africa

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File photo: Okah in Court Photo AFP

LEADER of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Henry Okah, serving a 24-year jail term for terrorism in South Africa and four other inmates, attempted breaking jail, Vanguard learnt, yesterday.

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Govt Shutdown: Reps lift embargo against budget

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PLANS by the House of Representatives to shut down the Federal Government through stalling of its 2014 budget are to be temporarily lifted tomorrow following the removal of Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu as the Rivers State commissioner of police.

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2014 Budget War: House queries Okonjo-Iweala over N7.1trillion debt

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Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The House of Representatives, yesterday, faulted the efforts of the Finance Minister and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to present the state of the economy in bright light.

According to the parliament, the economy cannot be bright when government has earmarked N572 billion to service N7.1 trillion domestic debt in the 2014 Budget.

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APC Membership Registration: Fear grips PDP

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NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday took a swipe at the opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying it has concluded plans to use the outcome of the ongoing membership registration to hype what the PDP termed a phantom public support.

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Rivers: Mbu out, Ogunshakin in

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CONTROVERSIAL Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu, who was embroiled in a running battle with Governor Rotimi Amaechi, which has fuelled the political crisis in the state has been removed. The Police Service Commission, PSC, redeployed Mr Mbu to the Federal Capital Territory and replaced him with Mr Tunde Ogunshakin who formerly held sway at the Special Fraud Unit, SFU.

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Why I exposed missing oil revenue — Sanusi

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CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, yesterday, explained that he exposed the opaque management of oil revenue in the country so that it could lead to people being asked to explain what they had done with the money. He also said that he “loves controversy”.

According to the CBN Governor, the controversy surrounding the the missing oil revenue was also good for the country.

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Sanusi Attacks NNPC Again: You haven’t accounted for $20bn

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Sanusi

Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday, told the Senate Committee on Finance that of the $67 billion crude oil sales that was supposed to be remitted to the Federation Account, only $47 billion had been reconciled between the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and CBN.

But the Committee’s Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, cautioned the CBN Governor over making wild and unsubstantiated allegations without concrete and specific figures to back them up.

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Govt Shutdown: Senate rebuffs APC

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The National Assembly

The Senate leadership has perfected plans to rebuff attempts by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to shut down government by stalling the appointment of seven of the 12 ministerial nominees recently submitted to it.

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Lobby for confab delegates intensifies

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President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Vice President Namadi Sambo (4th right) and the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference, Dr. Femi Okurounmu while other committee members watched shortly after the inauguration of the Committee at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida.

To be part of the 492 wise men and women to be saddled with the task of reshaping Nigeria, some serving commissioners are currently pressuring their state governors for a slot. According to the modalities, each of the 36 state governors is expected to nominate three delegates. The presidency, which is expected to nominate about 70 delegates is also being pressured, Vanguard gathered. Already, some ministers considered to be in President Goodluck Jonathan’s good books are being bombarded with phone calls by people angling for a seat at the confab table.

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Terrorists kill pastor, 10 worshippers

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Barely a week after unknown gunmen struck in a Catholic Church in Chakawa village in Madagali local government area of Adamawa State, killing over 35 persons, another community in the local government has been attacked by suspected terrorists who killed a pastor and 10 members of his congregation.

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Confab: Nigeria’s unity, no-go area— FG

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THE Federal Government, yesterday, declared that the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria would be the only no-go area for the planned National Conference which may be convened before the end of February.

This was disclosed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the Federal Government’s endorsement of the recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue which submitted its report few weeks ago.

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2014 Budget : PDP, APC senators unite against Okonjo-Iweala

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Okonjo-Iweala-budget

Senators elected on both the PDP and APC platforms, yesterday, united against the Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, blaming her for the country’s economic woes.

They specifically accused the minister of imposing the economic policies of the International Monetary Fund, IMF and the World Bank on Nigeria.

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Why I fired service chiefs, by Jonathan

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (4TH-L);  GOV. MURTALA NYAKO OF ADAMAWA (M); SUPERVISING  MINISTER OF DEFENCE, MR LABARAN MAKU (4TH-R); ACTING GOVERNOR OF TARABA, ALHAJI GARBA UMAR (3RD-R); SERVICE CHIEFS AND
OTHER DIGNITARIES IN A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH WITH STUDENTS OF  AIR FORCE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SCHOOL IN YOLA  ON TUESDAY (28/1/2014).
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President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that he sacked the immediate past service chiefs because of unhealthy competition which made it possible for Boko Haram insurgents to attack the Air Force operational base in Maidugur

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