The Sun News » National http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:13:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 Boko Haram slaughter 150 Muslims praying in mosques before breaking Ramadan fast http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-slaughter-150-muslims-praying-in-mosques-before-breaking-their-ramadan-fast/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-slaughter-150-muslims-praying-in-mosques-before-breaking-their-ramadan-fast/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:48:28 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125724 Boko Haram extremists last night killed almost 150 Nigerian Muslims praying in mosques before breaking their Ramadan fast. The militants mowed down men and children in three remote villages in the north-eastern Borno state yesterday – and shot women preparing food at home, according to witnesses. They slaughtered residents and set houses ablaze in the [...]]]>

Boko Haram extremists last night killed almost 150 Nigerian Muslims praying in mosques before breaking their Ramadan fast.

The militants mowed down men and children in three remote villages in the north-eastern Borno state yesterday – and shot women preparing food at home, according to witnesses.

They slaughtered residents and set houses ablaze in the group’s bloodiest day of attacks since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power five weeks ago.

Gunmen killed at least 97 people in Kukawa, the worst-affected village, according to a local called ‘Kolo’ who said he had counted the bodies. A fisherman who saw the attack corroborated the figure.

Kolo said: ‘They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle… They killed his children, about five of them, and set his entire house ablaze.’

Another witness in Kukawa, Babami Alhaji Kolo, who fled to the state capital Maiduguri, said more than 50 militants had stormed the village.

‘The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast,’ he said.

‘They… opened fire on the worshippers who were mostly men and young children. They spared nobody.

‘In fact, while some of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, others proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food.’

In two other villages near the town of Monguno, meanwhile, gunmen killed 48 people and injured 11 others, local politician Mohammed Tahir and witnesses said.

‘They selected particular male residents from among the crowd of worshippers… and opened fire on them before setting the two villages on fire and razing them to the ground,’ Mr Tahir said.

Another resident who managed to escape said the militants arrived in vans and on motorbikes.

‘They killed 48 people and injured several others but many of us managed to escape amid volleys of bullets,’ said the resident, who asked not to be named for safety reasons.

Kukawa is around 30 miles away from the two villages near Monguno.

All three are located near Lake Chad, which straddles Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon and has been a focal point of the unrest.

Boko Haram has intensified its campaign of violence since Buhari came to power on May 29 vowing to crush the jihadists’ bloody uprising that has claimed at least 15,000 lives.

Since then, some 400 people have been killed in attacks blamed on the extremists, who have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group, according to an Agence France-Presse tally.

Boko Haram had captured dozens of towns and villages in the north-east last year, but has since been pushed back by a four-nation military offensive that kicked off in February.

Despite their territorial losses, the insurgents have kept up their deadly raids, explosions and suicide attacks on ‘soft’ targets such as markets and mosques.

A new regional fighting force comprising 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin is due to deploy at the end of the month to try definitively end the insurgency.

But they will face huge challenges in countering the guerrilla tactics to which Boko Haram has increasingly resorted.

(DAILY MAIL)

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Aba power tussle: Court offered Nnaji’s firm nothing to celebrate, Enugu Disco insists http://sunnewsonline.com/new/aba-power-tussle-court-offered-nnajis-firm-nothing-to-celebrate-enugu-disco-insists/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/aba-power-tussle-court-offered-nnajis-firm-nothing-to-celebrate-enugu-disco-insists/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:09:53 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125716  By CHRIS IWARAH  Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc (EEDC) has described claims by Aba Power Limited (APL) and Geometric Power Limited (GPL) over some sections of its Aba, Abia State network as an attempt to misrepresent facts and stand truth on its head. All reliefs sought by APL and GPL, which are promoted by former Minister [...]]]>

 By CHRIS IWARAH

 Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc (EEDC) has described claims by Aba Power Limited (APL) and Geometric Power Limited (GPL) over some sections of its Aba, Abia State network as an attempt to misrepresent facts and stand truth on its head.

All reliefs sought by APL and GPL, which are promoted by former Minister of Power, Professor Bath Nnaji, in a suit they instituted at the Federal High Court over the matter, EEDC said, were refused by the trial judge.

The order of the court that Interstate Electrics Limited and EEDC should continue to recognise APL as tenants of EEDC in the “ring fenced” area, it claimed, was nothing to celebrate. The order, the company insisted, offered APL and GPL nothing to celebrate as it had no basis in law.

Giving a background to the dispute, EEDC said: “In 2011 the Federal Government through the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) advertised for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the sale of government shares in 17 of the 18 PHCN successor companies, that is six Gencos and Discos, including EEDC. Several companies participated in the bid process for the acquisition of EEDC. These included Interstate Electrics Limited and Eastern Electric Limited, a consortium which included APL.

“The information published by BPE for the transaction contained an inventory of assets of EEDC, which included all the assets in Aba ‘ring fenced’ area. The valuation of EEDC assets put at $209 million included the Aba assets and the offer price of $126 million for 60% equity in EEDC included the affected assets in the Aba ring fenced areas. Throughout the bid process there was no time APL or GPL raised any objection to the inclusion of the Aba ring fenced area as part of EEDC network area being offered to be transferred to private investors.

“It was only after a rigorous and most transparent bid process in which Interstate Electrics Limited emerged as the preferred bidder that GPL and APL started raising issues of the lease agreement for Aba area.

“Interstate Electrics made it clear to BPE during the negotiation of the Share Sale Agreement and Shareholders Agreement that the listed areas form part of the network area it bid and would pay for. In fact, the affected areas in Aba, which generate about 25% of EEDC revenue, could not have been glossed over by any discerning investor.”

An attempt by APL and GPL to restrain BPE from transferring the Aba ring fenced area, EEDC claimed, collapsed in court. The court, it said, also refused APL and GPL’s prayer to reverse the handover of the Ariaria and Aba business units.
Stressing that the Board of Directors of EEDC comprised credible local and international investors, including Sir Emeka Offor, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former Attorney-General of the Federation  and Minister of Justice, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN) and Robert Dickerman, the company said it had also sought the judicial pronouncement of the Court of Appeal on the order of the trial court that it should continue to recognise APL as its tenant, even though the order offered its opponents no “largesse” to celebrate.

Explaining that it was refraining from commenting on the legality of the “supplemental agreements” and “lease arrangement” GPL and APL had with the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) as the issue was already a subject of litigation, EEDC said it was, however, willing to buy all power generated by GPL at commercial rates.

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Water is the safest, cheapest means of transport – NIWA http://sunnewsonline.com/new/water-is-the-safest-cheapest-means-of-transport-niwa/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/water-is-the-safest-cheapest-means-of-transport-niwa/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:49:49 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125695 …Congratulates The Sun MD By JOB OSAZUWA National Inland Waterways Au­thority (NIWA), has said trans­portation by water is the safest and cheapest means of movement of persons and goods but has unfor­tunately been neglected in Nigeria. The Area Manager of NIWA, Mr. Muazu Jaji Sambo, made this known during a visit by members of the [...]]]>

…Congratulates The Sun MD

By JOB OSAZUWA

National Inland Waterways Au­thority (NIWA), has said trans­portation by water is the safest and cheapest means of movement of persons and goods but has unfor­tunately been neglected in Nigeria.

The Area Manager of NIWA, Mr. Muazu Jaji Sambo, made this known during a visit by members of the authority to the Corpo­rate Head Office of The Sun Publishing Limited in La­gos, to congratulate Mr. Eric Osagie, on his assumption of office as the company’s Managing Director.

He said water was the most environmental-friend­ly means of transportation, explaining that the carbon emission from the boats ply­ing the route was minimal.

Sambo explained that water was a veritable mode of reducing stress on the roads, lamenting that it was ironically the least devel­oped means of transporta­tion in Nigeria.

At the meeting, NIWA said Osagie’s predecessors had been a major source of support to NIWA’s activities, noting that The Sun’s team might have been missing the exit of their immediate past MD, Mr. Femi Adesina. He tasked the company to take consolation in the fact that Nigeria stood to benefit im­mensely from his new as­signment as Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari. According him, The Sun may lose Adesina but has gained Osagie, who is also revered in the profes­sion.

He urged the newspaper to sustain the relationship that had always existed over the years between the two organisations, adding that government needed the me­dia to succeed in efficient governance.

“Government and the press must work together. It surprises me sometimes when I read about leaders who can’t stand the press. I think the wisest leaders are those who take time to court the press. There is a lot of importance that God attach­es to the pen profession.

“For us, it is important that we don’t only collabo­rate with you but to be part­ners in progress. If you are succeeding, you need some­body to convey the success to other parts of the world.

“Likewise, if you are failing, you need somebody to remind you where you are failing. In my effort to main­tain a good relationship with the press, The Sun remains the number one medium that easily comes to mind,” Sambo said.

NIWA is an agency of government established as a specialised body for the development of inland wa­terways transportation in the country. Its core mandate, according to the area man­ager, is to ensure that water complements air, road and rail means of transporta­tion. He said the issue of occasional boat mishaps re­corded in the past had been taken care of by acquiring more sophisticated boats and provision of live jackets to passengers.

He disclosed that Nige­ria was blessed with more than 10, 000 kilometers inland waterways, stress­ing that it was a huge po­tential capable of making life easy for the people. He said though government had limited fund to fully develop the inland waterways, a lot had been achieved in recent years, and called on more public-private partnership to move the sector forward.

In his response, Mr. Osagie said NIWA was at the right place, explaining that The Sun Newspapers was a true representative of Nigerians.

He assured the agency of the company’s continuous support as many Nigerians don’t know much about the water transportation, urging the authorities to raise more awareness on its activities and what Nigerians stood to benefit.

Osagie said: “There is so much water in Nigeria but only few people use it as means of transportation. It is a dying mode of transporta­tion. “Government does not need money to rehabilitate the water. If it can carry 33 trucks at a go as Sambo said, you can imagine what that will solve on Lagos Apapa roads. So, we need to devel­op it. The number of cars on our roads is enormous, and consequently, there is traffic everywhere.”

 

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Economy mismanaged under Okonjo-Iweala – Oshiomhole http://sunnewsonline.com/new/economy-mismanaged-under-okonjo-iweala-oshiomhole/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/economy-mismanaged-under-okonjo-iweala-oshiomhole/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:47:29 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125692 Blasts Jonathan’s govt for granting frivolous waivers Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has accused the erstwhile Minister of Fi­nance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of toying with figures and being economical with the truth on the state of the economy inherited by President Muhammadu Buhari. Oshiomhole, who said the Federal [...]]]>
  • Blasts Jonathan’s govt for granting frivolous waivers

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has accused the erstwhile Minister of Fi­nance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of toying with figures and being economical with the truth on the state of the economy inherited by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oshiomhole, who said the Federal Government is broke, noted that it would have been in a worse shape than states if it had not re­sorted to borrowing to pay wages. He noted that the economy under Okonjo- Iweala was so mismanaged that waivers were granted to various organizations run­ning into several hundreds of millions of naira. He spoke during a television in­terview yesterday.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhi­ria, quoted the governor as saying, “with all due respect to the former Min­ister Okonjo-Iweala, she knows how to play around with statistics. I have made the point; she keeps open­ing part of the pages and not the entire book. The logic of transparency is that ev­ery minister must publish in full what is accruing to the Federation Account month to month and what is distrib­uted to them. What she has been publishing is that this is what went to the Federal Government, this is what went to the state government and this is what goes to the local government.

“What she never pub­lished simultaneously is what accrued during the pe­riod out of which this was distributed. So, we can now know what was collected to what was distributed so, we can know what is left in the Excess Crude Account. You can see her changing the goal post. On the authority to spend, Okonjo-Iweala was a member of the National Economic Council, I was a member and I am on record of asking her, don’t give us verbal reports on matters of Federation Account, give us written report and the power to spend is not vested on commissioners.

On states owing salaries, Oshiomhole said: “Every employer of labour has an obligation, a contrac­tual obligation to pay those who work. The Bible says a labourer is entitled to his wages. Once you have la­boured, it has to be paid for and you don’t pay wages be­cause you are rich and you are able to afford it, you pay wages because the people have worked for it. It is not a gift from a kind-hearted employer, it is an obligation, it is a consequence for work.

“I think what has hap­pened is that at the peak of the oil boom, prices were high, people made projec­tions about their expected expenditure and budget on the basis of those numbers, along the line, there was a sharp drop and this sharp drop that people talk about is not just about a drop in terms of price of crude oil because prices have dropped below this level before.

“What is new is the level of so-called crude oil theft. A situation in which certain persons, powerful in the system, pretend not to know what was going on and sim­ply excuse the huge lapses in terms of crude oil theft. So you have a double squeeze of drop in price and escala­tion in the volume of alleged theft of crude. The combined effect of these is that the to­tal inflow into the federation account dropped sharply,” Oshimhole said.

“So, when you draw up a budget on the basis of antici­pated revenue and there is such a sharp drop in revenue arising from diversion and there is also drop in price, obviously something will have to give.

“Now part of the problem is talking about taxes and this can be proved in black and white. The Federal Gov­ernment illegally granted waivers to various organiza­tions running into hundreds of billions of naira that ought to flow into the Federation Account.

“Now those are taxes. When the minister grants waivers for you to bring ce­ment into the country; grants waiver for you to bring veg­etable oil into the country; grants waiver for you to bring vehicles into the coun­try and when you look at the total sum, sometimes, even VAT are illegally waived. So how do you get taxes?

“There are two kinds of taxes: Direct and Indirect tax. Personal Income Tax which is deducted from our pay before your net gets to you and indirect tax which is VAT, Royalties, import tax where you spend quality of time looking at your tariff policies designed to protect your local industries and dis­courage importations. All of these are sources of funding of government.

On the strike embarked upon by members of the Ju­diciary Staff Union of Nige­ria (JUSUN) in the state, the governor said: “This is what I call power struggle. I had a meeting with JUSUN execu­tives along with the mem­bers of the NBA and they said that we are up-to-date with the payment of salaries and allowances and that they are on strike because the na­tional body asked them to go on strike that the judiciary should enjoy what they call “First-Line Charge.

“If you ask the Chief Judge of the state, he will tell you that Edo has never defaulted and we will not de­fault and today as we speak, if they work, they will get their pay,” the governor said.

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Army dismisses soldier over armed robbery http://sunnewsonline.com/new/army-dismisses-soldier-over-armed-robbery/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/army-dismisses-soldier-over-armed-robbery/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:44:48 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125686 By PHILIP NWOSU Nigerian Army said it has dismissed the soldier who al­legedly snatched N250,000 from a civilian in Aba area of Abia State. The 14 Brigade of the Ni­gerian Army, the unit where the soldier was serving, said in a statement that the soldier was tried under the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 and [...]]]>

By PHILIP NWOSU

Nigerian Army said it has dismissed the soldier who al­legedly snatched N250,000 from a civilian in Aba area of Abia State.

The 14 Brigade of the Ni­gerian Army, the unit where the soldier was serving, said in a statement that the soldier was tried under the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 and consequently dismissed.

A statement from the spokesman for the Brigade, Captain Sydney Mbaneme said from the investigations conducted, the soldier was granted pass to travel to Be­nin in Edo State to see his family.

“It was, however, estab­lished that rather than pro­ceed to Benin, the soldier proceeded to Aba, wearing the Nigerian Army camou­flage uniform, which con­travenes Nigerian Army’s standing instruction in re­spect of the use of uniforms when not on official duty.

“Consequently, the soldier was charged, tried, found guilty and subsequently dis­missed from service in line with the provision of the Armed Forces Act Caps A20. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”

The 14 Brigade in the statement said the soldier has been handed over to the Ni­geria Police for further nec­essary action.

An earlier statement from the 14 Brigade of the Nige­rian Army said it frowned greatly on the action of Lance Corporal Itugbu Augustine Omorodion, who was ar­rested by the Nigeria Police personnel in Aba, Abia State for alleged robbery.

The statement signed by the spokesman of the Bri­gade, Captain Mbaneme said: “The Brigade con­demns the alleged action of the soldier in its entirety, not­ing that it is wrong for a per­sonnel, who has the constitu­tional powers of protecting the citizenry to turn against them.

“The brigade views the conduct of the soldier as a serious offence and pas­sionately urged the public not to allow the action of the soldier to affect their earlier impression considering the track records the army has established over the years with regards to the overall security of Aba and Abia State at large.”

The soldier attached to the 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Abia State, was a fortnight ago ar­rested by police in Aba for allegedly robbing a 21-year-old boy.

Omorodion was alleged to have attacked his victim, who was identified as Ebu­ka, with a dagger and robbed him of N250,000 which he was going to deposit for his boss in one of the commer­cial banks along Faulks Road area of the city. It was gath­ered that the victim after be­ing robbed, raised the alarm, which attracted passers-by, who alerted men of the Po­lice Mobile Force (PMF) on patrol in the area.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abia State Command, Onyeke Udevio­tu Ezekiel, a Deputy Super­intendent of Police (DSP), who confirmed the incident, said the matter had been transferred to the Aba Police Area Command for further investigation, adding that the authorities of the 14 Brigade had also been notified about the incident.

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We’re not against Kumuyi’s crusade –MASSOB http://sunnewsonline.com/new/were-not-against-kumuyis-crusade-massob/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/were-not-against-kumuyis-crusade-massob/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:43:52 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125682 From CHUKS ONUOHA, Umuahia The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MAS­SOB) has said that Biaf­ran state is a Godly na­tion that cannot afford to ward off men of God like W. F. Kumuyi from preaching in the land of Biafra. It, therefore, warned those involved in the campaign of calumny through [...]]]>

From CHUKS ONUOHA, Umuahia

The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MAS­SOB) has said that Biaf­ran state is a Godly na­tion that cannot afford to ward off men of God like W. F. Kumuyi from preaching in the land of Biafra.

It, therefore, warned those involved in the campaign of calumny through their pocket radio broadcast, in the name of Radio Biafra, against Ku­muyi’s crusade in Abia State, to desist from the act or face the wrath of God.

MASSOB stated this in Umuahia, Abia State capi­tal, through Ansalem Og­bonna, the Umuahia North Information Coordinator of the movement.

Ogbonna said it came to their notice that some unscrupulous people, who were not MASSOB mem­bers, were in the comfort of their homes or cars, dishing out, in an uncultured lan­guages, information that MASSOB would not want Pastor William Kumuyi to come to Abia and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He said the movement was therefore, exonerat­ing itself from such act and called on security opera­tives to arrest and deal with such people according to the law of the land.

“It has come to our no­tice that some unscrupu­lous persons have been broadcasting and threaten­ing the man of God who is coming to Umuahia on a missionary journey. We want to make it categori­cally clear that MASSOB is not part of the campaign against W. F. Kumuyi coming to preach the gos­pel in Biafra land (Abia), because Biafra is a Godly nation,” Ogbonna said.

He urged the public to disregard such information, stating that there was a time they worked with someone, who was broadcasting for them, but that when they discovered that he was not actually coordinated, due to the way he was insult­ing people on air including members of the movement, they sacked him in 2010.

MASSOB, he said was not a deviant or violent or­ganisation and could not afford to accommodate any one who did not have re­spect for the good people of Biafra and her neighbours.

“We are a peaceful and Godly nation that wel­comes men of God on a missionary work, so, we are behind Kumuyi and his team coming to preach here. We don’t have any­thing to do with those dish­ing out such information on the air,” Ogbonna said.

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Boko Haram: Civil societies slam Amnesty’s report http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-civil-societies-slam-amnestys-report/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-civil-societies-slam-amnestys-report/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:42:56 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125683  … Urge Senate to defend military From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, Abuja No fewer than 100 civil society or­ganisations, un­der the aegis of Coalition of Nigerian Elec­tion Observers, yesterday condemned the Amnesty International’s report on civil rights abuses by the Nigerian military. Condemning the report during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Convener [...]]]>

 … Urge Senate to defend military

From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, Abuja

No fewer than 100 civil society or­ganisations, un­der the aegis of Coalition of Nigerian Elec­tion Observers, yesterday condemned the Amnesty International’s report on civil rights abuses by the Nigerian military.

Condemning the report during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Convener of the coalition, Dr. Nwambu Gabriel, urged the Senate to also condemn what it de­scribed as Amnesty’s blatant act of irresponsibility.

Urging the Senate to de­fend the military, it said:

“As a coalition represent­ing more than 100 local and international civil society organisations, we are con­cerned by the manner certain individuals and organisations seek to denigrate the efforts of the Nigerian military in its determined bid to stamp out insurgency, which has rav­aged the North-East of our country in the last six years.

“We refer specifically to the latest report of the global human rights group, the Am­nesty International. The re­port entitled: ‘Stars on their shoulders, blood on their hands’.

“We believe that the Am­nesty report, in addition to be a distraction of the Nigerian Armed Forces from its de­termination to extirpate the insurgents from Nigerian soil is equally an attempt to deni­grate the efforts of our gallant officers and men, who daily lay down their lives for our collective security.

“That this report is coming at a time the Nigerian mili­tary is inexorably outing the terrorists, surely speaks of a conspiracy somewhere.

“We, therefore, call on you and your esteemed col­leagues in the Senate to not only condemn this blatant act of irresponsibility but, also, rise in defence of gal­lant military. We are mindful of the fact that the Nigerian military is one of the best military in the world. “We are also mindful of the fact that the Nigerian military brought in domestic and foreign civil society organisations to come and see what is obtainable at the detention camps of terror suspects.

“Even the International Red Cross absolved the Ni­gerian military of any wrong­doing. But we were surprised that the Amnesty Internation­al that is so respected could come up with such report.”

Responding, Ekwerema­du, who noted that election­eering is over and it is time to face governance, assured of Senate’s support for Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight and other programmes he had for Nigerians.

“Today, have a president who is prepared to eradi­cate corruption, fight poverty, defeat terrorism and we in the National Assembly are pre­pared to support him.

 

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Kwankwaso vs EFCC: Court rules on motion to stop arrest today http://sunnewsonline.com/new/kwankwaso-vs-efcc-court-rules-on-motion-to-stop-arrest-today/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/kwankwaso-vs-efcc-court-rules-on-motion-to-stop-arrest-today/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:31:13 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125659 From DESMOND MGBOH, Kano Kano State High Court sitting in Gezewa has ad­journed till today ruling on an exparte appli­cation filed by a former gov­ernor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to restrain the Economic and Financial Crime Commis­sion (EFCC) from arresting him. During its sitting on Wednesday, counsel to Kwankwaso, Mr. Okechukwu Nwaeze, [...]]]>

From DESMOND MGBOH, Kano

Kano State High Court sitting in Gezewa has ad­journed till today ruling on an exparte appli­cation filed by a former gov­ernor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to restrain the Economic and Financial Crime Commis­sion (EFCC) from arresting him.

During its sitting on Wednesday, counsel to Kwankwaso, Mr. Okechukwu Nwaeze, moved the motion seeking to restrain EFCC from arresting, harassing or detain­ing the former governor pend­ing the determination of the substantive application.

The EFCC had earlier invit­ed and questioned the Accoun­tant General of Kano State following a petition by some workers and pensioners in the state against Kwankwaso, a former commissioner for fi­nance, the Accountant General and the trustees of the Kano State Pension Trust Fund.

Lamido Mtawalle, Saidu Bello, Badamasir Umar and Ado Ibrahim signed the peti­tion, which was received by the EFCC on May 21.

The petitioners alleged that the former governor instructed the commissioner for finance to retain N10,049,763,446.06 comprising the deductions from the salaries of workers and the contribution of their employers from June 2011 to date.

They also claimed that following demands by the workers in the state for ac­countability, the governor of­fered an explanation that he had built three warehouses for them at the Free trade Zone in the state, adding that his housing project- Amana City-had been transferred to the workers in lieu of the retained N10,049,763,446.06k. They said the former governor was not a trustee of the fund and therefore lacked the author­ity to deal with the fund as he liked.

The petitioners also alleged that “no accountability was employed before the above assets (Amana City and the warehouses) were transferred by the governor to the trust fund as no valuation was done, and the business viability of the assets was not ascer­tained.”

The workers added: “The pension trustees deposited N2 million in Euro Bank Plc, Kano branch.

“The deposit was made at the instance of the governor; soon after the said deposit was made, the bank went into liq­uidation.”

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Bombers attack Maiduguri during VP visit http://sunnewsonline.com/new/bombers-attack-maiduguri-during-vp-visit/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/bombers-attack-maiduguri-during-vp-visit/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:31:40 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125588 Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city to visit camps for people fleeing a militant Islamist insurgency. The blasts injured two people and happened at about 11:30 (10:30 GMT) near the gates of a hospital where [...]]]>

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city to visit camps for people fleeing a militant Islamist insurgency.

The blasts injured two people and happened at about 11:30 (10:30 GMT) near the gates of a hospital where suicide bombers killed three people and injured 16 last Saturday, a military source and a witness told Reuters.

“The second blast occurred two minutes after the first one, killed the bomber and injured two other people nearby,” said Mohammed Haruna, who helped to evacuate people from the scene.

Maiduguri has been the target of several attacks since Muhammadu Buhari, president of Africa’s most populous nation and biggest economy, made it the command centre for the campaign against Boko Haram militants after being inaugurated on May 29.

It was not immediately clear whether the bombers had been targeting the hospital again or whether the bombs had gone off by accident.

The hospital is one of the few public buildings in an area called Molai, which is on the outskirts of Maiduguri and where security is not always as tight as in the centre of the state capital of Borno.

Osinbajo was visiting a camp about 10 km away that houses around of the 1.5 million people displaced by Boko Haram during the militant group’s six-year fight to establish an Islamic caliphate in the northeast.

(NEWS24, REUTERS)

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Suspected Boko Haram member attacks Civil Defence Corps Officer in Anambra http://sunnewsonline.com/new/suspected-boko-haram-member-attacks-civil-defence-corps-officer-in-anambra/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/suspected-boko-haram-member-attacks-civil-defence-corps-officer-in-anambra/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:17:13 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125591 (ONITSHA) Pandemonium broke out Tuesday evening at Nkpor Junction in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state, near Onitsha, when information filtered that a man suspected to be a Boko Haram member was spotted in the area with explosive materials on his person. According to eye witness account, the man, a Northerner, had boarded a [...]]]>

(ONITSHA)

Pandemonium broke out Tuesday evening at Nkpor Junction in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state, near Onitsha, when information filtered that a man suspected to be a Boko Haram member was spotted in the area with explosive materials on his person.

According to eye witness account, the man, a Northerner, had boarded a bike from Umuoji community to an undisclosed destination and the cyclist who became uncomfortable with his mannerisms and the contents of the passenger’s bag, suddenly stopped at Nkpor junction and alerted the armed men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) who quickly cordoned off the area and made to arrest the man.

The Northerner resisted arrest and engaged the officers in a struggle before punching one of them. The officers finally overpowered him and frantically searched his bag as on-lookers and inhabitants of the area scampered for safety, suspecting that the man may be carrying a bomb or other explosive device.

The news quickly spread within Onitsha and environs, even as some shop owners within the area quickly made efforts to close and run away from the scene.

Our reporter on the scene confirmed the incident from a civil defense officer, who said officers over-powered the suspect and whisked him off to their office for interrogation.

He noted that on getting to their office, the man was searched and some six inches nails and a lighter were found in his bag.

There has been heightened fear and apprehension in Anambra since the reported relocation from the north of the detained Boko Haram insurgents to Ekwulobia prisons in Aguata Local Government Area of the state. A situation that has made residents fear that Boko Haram might invade the state in retaliatory attacks.

(Aloysius Attah, DAILY SUN)

 

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Boko Haram: 100 civil societies slam Amnesty report http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-100-civil-societies-slam-amnesty-report/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-100-civil-societies-slam-amnesty-report/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:37:29 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125586 More than 100 civil society organisations, assembled under the aegis of Coalition of Nigerian Election Observers, yesterday condemned Amnesty International’s report on civil rights abuses by the Nigerian military. The Coalition said this during a courtesy visit to Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. Coalition Convener, Dr. Nwambu Gabriel, urged the Senate to also condemn what [...]]]>

More than 100 civil society organisations, assembled under the aegis of Coalition of Nigerian Election Observers, yesterday condemned Amnesty International’s report on civil rights abuses by the Nigerian military.

The Coalition said this during a courtesy visit to Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

Coalition Convener, Dr. Nwambu Gabriel, urged the Senate to also condemn what it described as Amnesty’s “blatant act of irresponsibility” as well as defend the military.

“As a coalition representing more than 100 local and international civil society organizations, we are concerned by the manner certain individuals and organisations seek to denigrate the efforts of the Nigerian military in its determined bid to stamp out the scourge of insurgency, which has ravaged the North east of our country in the last six years…

“We believe that the Amnesty report [titled ‘Stars On Their Shoulders, Blood On Their Hands’], in addition to being a distraction of the Nigerian Armed Forces from its determination to extirpate the insurgents from Nigerian soil, is equally an attempt to denigrate the efforts of our gallant officers and men who daily lay down their lives for our collective security.

“That this report is coming at a time the Nigerian military is inexorably ousting the terrorists, surely speaks of a conspiracy somewhere.

“We, therefore, call on you and your esteemed colleagues in the Senate to not only condemn this blatant act of irresponsibility, but also to rise up in defence of our gallant military.

“We are mindful of the fact that the Nigerian military is one of the best militaries in the world. We are also mindful of the fact that the Nigerian military brought in domestic and foreign civil society organisations and other reputable organisations to see what is obtainable at the detention camps of terror suspects.

“Even the International Red Cross absolved the Nigerian military of any wrongdoing. But we were surprised that Amnesty International… could come up with such a report.”

In his response, Ekweremadu made assurances of the Senate’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight as well as other programmes he has for Nigerians.

“Today we have a president that is prepared to eradicate corruption, fight poverty, defeat terrorism, and we in the National Assembly are prepared to support him in this respect.

(Adetutu Folasade-Koyi, DAILY SUN)

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Poll suggests 87% of Nigerians support anti-gay laws http://sunnewsonline.com/new/poll-suggests-87-of-nigerians-support-anti-gay-laws/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/poll-suggests-87-of-nigerians-support-anti-gay-laws/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:07:31 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125582 A new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations. That number is lower than five years ago, when 96% of Nigerians opposed relationships between same-sex couples. Gay advocacy campaigners, who commissioned the poll, said this showed attitudes towards gay people were changing, albeit ‘slowly’. Nigeria is a [...]]]>

A new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations.

That number is lower than five years ago, when 96% of Nigerians opposed relationships between same-sex couples.

Gay advocacy campaigners, who commissioned the poll, said this showed attitudes towards gay people were changing, albeit ‘slowly’.

Nigeria is a deeply conservative country and religion plays a major role in society.

The government tightened anti-gay laws last year, banning same-sex marriages, gay groups and shows of same-sex public affection.

Campaigners say the laws are among the most draconian anywhere – and impose a sentence of up to 14 years in prison for same-sex couples.

About 1,000 people across Nigeria took part in the telephone poll which was commissioned by gay advocacy groups, including the Bisi Alimi Foundation.

Only about one in six people said they knew someone who was openly homosexual, reports the BBC’s Will Ross from Nigeria’s main city, Lagos.

However, the number almost doubled for people in their late teens and early twenties.

About 30% of respondents said gay, lesbian and bisexual people should have access to public services such as education and healthcare – a curious question, being that all Nigerians, regardless of their declared or undeclared sexual orientation already have access to.

Gay advocates, including the Bisi Alimi Foundation, see this as ‘progress’, BBC says.

They believe the survey shows that the tide is ‘slowly turning towards acceptance’. Nevertheless, Nigeria remains an unwelcome place for open homosexuals to come out, BBC adds.

(BBC, DAILY SUN)

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BREAKING NEWS: Money laundry: Femi Fani-Kayode discharged, acquitted http://sunnewsonline.com/new/breaking-news-money-laundry-femi-fani-kayode-discharged-acquitted/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/breaking-news-money-laundry-femi-fani-kayode-discharged-acquitted/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:58:52 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125557 BY LUKMAN OLABIYI The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has discharged and acquitted the Former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode of alleged money laundering. The court presides over by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia held that the prosecution fail to prove their case beyound reasonable doubt. Fani-Kayode was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [...]]]>

BY LUKMAN OLABIYI

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has discharged and acquitted the Former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode of alleged money laundering.

The court presides over by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia held that the prosecution fail to prove their case beyound reasonable doubt.
Fani-Kayode was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegation bordering on money laundering.

Details soon…

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Spread HIV/AIDS, go to jail, Ondo tells patients http://sunnewsonline.com/new/spread-hivaids-go-to-jail-ondo-tells-patients/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/spread-hivaids-go-to-jail-ondo-tells-patients/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:37:32 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125542 Ondo State Government has read out the riot act to HIV/AIDS patients in the state, declaring that any individual, who spread the disease within the state, will be jailed.]]>

From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Akure

Ondo State Government has read out the riot act to HIV/AIDS patients in the state, declaring that any individual, who spread the disease within the state, will be jailed.

The government said the decision was in line with the existing HIV/AIDS Anti-stigma Law, which prescribed a 10-year jail term and a fine of N500,000 or both, for any person who by whatever means transmitted HIV/AIDS to another person.

Giving details of the law, which was signed last year, the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OSACA), Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, said stigmatization and discrimination could discourage individuals infected with HIV virus.

He stated that anybody, who discriminated against people living with HIV committed an offence and was liable to a fine of N100,000 or imprisonment of six months or both.

Adelola, who spoke during a sensitization programmes organized by OSACA in Akure, said: “Most times, the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS are violated, causing them to suffer the burden of the disease and the consequential loss of other rights.”

He stated that stigmatization and discrimination of people living with the virus may obstruct their access to treatment and also affect their employment, housing and other rights, which he said adversely, affected the vulnerability of others to be infected.

Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, said Ondo was the first state in the country to have a law that addressed many aspects of HIV/AIDS.

He said the law would help reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS transmission in the state just as he noted that the law would prevent transmission of the disease.

He added that the law would also guarantee protection of human rights and civil liberties for HIV/AIDS patients in the state.

“It has become an offence in Ondo Sate to have any form of discrimination against a person infected with HIV/AIDS virus in the case of employment, medical treatment, hiring, assignment, promotion, demotion, transfer, retirement, among others.”

“No educational institution in the state shall refuse admission, expel, discipline, segregate, and deny any pupil or prospective student right to any of his rights following perceived HIV.

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You’ll face full wrath of law, police tell killers of FUTA ex-VC http://sunnewsonline.com/new/youll-face-full-wrath-of-law-police-tell-killers-of-futa-ex-vc/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/youll-face-full-wrath-of-law-police-tell-killers-of-futa-ex-vc/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:36:03 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125540 Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Isaac Eke, has assured the people of the state that the suspected killers of the former Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Ilemobade, will face the full wrath of the law.]]>

From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Akure

Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Isaac Eke, has assured the people of the state that the suspected killers of the former Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Ilemobade, will face the full wrath of the law.

The police commissioner also promised that the killers of the university don, who were currently in detention would be charged to court for prosecution.

Eke, who spoke in Akure yesterday, noted that the suspected killers of the Ilemobade had confessed to the police their involvement in the death of the late university don, adding that, the law would take its full

course on their case.

The police boss, who expressed worry on the cause of the death of Ilemobade, said the suspects were evil-minded and should not be allowed to live among human beings.

On how the suspects were apprehended, Eke said the Ondo State Police Command received information from Ogun State Command that the professor’s security guard, Daniel Ita, and his former driver had been arrested with the deceased red Toyota Rav 4 sport utility vehicle (SUV) with registration number GGE-589-CF and acted promptly on the information.

Eke described the incident as traumatic and sad, saying the security guard was the brain behind the criminal act.

He assured that the police would ensure that the suspects were made to face the music, just as he warned other criminals in the state to desist from their devilish act.

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Female mechanic grooms female students in automobile repairs http://sunnewsonline.com/new/female-mechanic-grooms-female-students-in-automobile-repairs/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/female-mechanic-grooms-female-students-in-automobile-repairs/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:18:21 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125528 She is one woman that has decided to be different. To her, the saying, ‘what a man can do, a woman can do even better’ isn’t just a cliché. She walks and works in a man’s world, and has made a huge success of it. Her name is Sandra Aguebor, and she’s regarded as Nigeria’s first female mechanic. ]]>

• Inducts 30 girls in After School Club

BY SAM OTTI

She is one woman that has decided to be different. To her, the saying, ‘what a man can do, a woman can do even better’ isn’t just a cliché. She walks and works in a man’s world, and has made a huge success of it. Her name is Sandra Aguebor, and she’s regarded as Nigeria’s first female mechanic.

And through her efforts, very soon, female motor mechanics might dominate the automobile industry in Nigeria, with the recent campaign by Aguebor who is also the founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative (LMI).

Working in collaboration with MacAthur Foundation based in the United States, her group launched a catch-them-young programme tagged, After School Club Project, for public schools in Lagos State to groom young female students for gainful employment.

At the induction ceremony of 30 female students drawn from Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Oregun Junior High School and Agidingbi Junior Grammar School, Aguebor recalled her humble beginning as a motor mechanic. In her words at the event, according priority to technical skills would reduce the high unemployment in the country. The woman informed her audience that she started her apprenticeship in a motor mechanic workshop during her early days in secondary school, a decision she never regretted till date.

The induction ceremony, which was held at the premises of GTC, Agidingbi, had in attendance board members of the Lady Mechanic Initiative, alumni members of the group, other female mechanics, principals of the participating schools and other eminent guests.

Aguebor said her group established a partnership with the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) to commence the programme, noting that the project was introduced to the benefiting students at no cost.  She said the students would rather become members of the parent body, the Lady Mechanic Initiative and have access to its numerous empowerment programme for women.

“The inducted students are now pioneer members of the Lady Mechanic After School Club. The club is all about imparting technical skills to the young students at the early stage of their education in secondary schools. From JS 2 to JS3, they will be able to know how automobile works, how vehicles move, what makes the tyres roll and so on,” she said.

Aguebor said the project would equally educate the students on the dynamics of automobile industry, which would influence their choice of engineering courses at the tertiary level of their education. According to her, only students in the junior secondary school were selected for the project, so that when they get to secondary school, they would make informed decisions on their career choices.

“I believe that science rules the world. But a lot of times, females are hard to find in engineering courses. The Lady Mechanic Initiative will bring technical skills to the doorsteps of secondary schools by giving them the practical knowledge of the course. This will help the female students to know that engineering is not difficult as they presume. Science is not only for men. By building this confidence in them at this stage, they will achieve a fulfilling career in engineering related courses”, she said.

She said the project would involve providing the participating students with their workshop kiths, working tools, reading materials and other equipment they need. He lauded the sponsor of the project, MacArthur Foundation for the support that made the project possible.

Aside the school project, Aguebor said the Lady Mechanic Initiative had been working tirelessly to empower women to become skilful motor mechanics, generator repairers, experts in household water pumping machine repairs, skilful drivers, as well as experts in speed boat engines repairs in the coastal areas, among others.

“We want to reduce social vices involving women by providing them with a sustainable means of livelihood. This will go a long way in reducing unemployment at the family level and its attendant social problems. We are contributing our quota to national development. We want to do more. This is just a pilot project. We intend to get the government involved in this project, as well as corporate bodies to see how we can reach out to many schools in the country”, she added.

Also speaking, the Principal, GTC, Agidingbi, Mrs Ode Belinda, admitted that students have low interest in engineering trades offered in the school. Most of the female students, she said, prefer the catering and garments section. She expressed satisfaction that the project would revive the declining interest in engineering courses by female students.

“I believe that it is ignorance that makes us think that certain professions are meant for boys and some for girls. Even at home, we are guilty of it too. When we are buying toys for our children, we buy a doll baby for the girl child and a motorcar for the boy. So, right from the home, the society appears partial in their judgment,” she explained.

Ode said she permitted her school to host the programme and to also donate a workshop to the participants because early exposure of the female students to the rudiments of automobile work would help them to choose engineering programmes in their senior secondary school.

“I have been coming in contact with the lady mechanic in programmes outside here. I saw her as a focused person. She has a lot of passion for the job and she stands as a role model for the young models. She preaches hard work, a message that is highly relevant to our young girls. Since she is a success, I keyed into her programmes,” she said.

The principal also commended the Lagos State government for the fantastic work of reforming technical education. She said technical colleges in the state were equipped to standard in compliance with government’s vision of exposing students to quality education.

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Resettle Boko Haram victims in North-East, govs beg FG http://sunnewsonline.com/new/resettle-boko-haram-victims-in-north-east-govs-beg-fg/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/resettle-boko-haram-victims-in-north-east-govs-beg-fg/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:53:57 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125506 Governors from the North-East yesterday pleaded with the Federal Government to resettle and reintegrate victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the zone.]]>

FROM Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja

Governors from the North-East yesterday  pleaded with the Federal Government to resettle and reintegrate victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the zone.

They also called for more attention on the deplorable state of the region, pleading with the international community to assist Nigeria in stemming terrorism and rebuilding of the zone.

The governors spoke after a meeting at the Bauchi State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja. Speaking on their behalf, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo said the North-East is facing some challenges, noting that  governors from the zone will  soon meet with President Muhammadu  Buhari over their plight.

Giving insight into the type of assistance the zone is expecting from the international community, Dankwambo said the North-East Regional Development Plan Committee liased with DFID to establish an institutional framework for the region.

He said the North-East Governors’ Forum  has approved that the committee engaged and explored areas of cooperation with the international development partners.

Besides, he said the governors have received the report of the North-East Transformation Strategy, tagged: “Development Agenda” which is a follow-up to last year’s North-East Economic Forum.

On victims of Boko Haram attacks, Dankwambo advocated a tripartite approach on their resettlement and reintegration.

Meanwhile, Dankwambo has said the forum has approved the establishment of its secretariat in Bauch State, while an office has also been sited in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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We won’t delay confirmation of Buhari’s ministers –Saraki http://sunnewsonline.com/new/we-wont-delay-confirmation-of-buharis-ministers-saraki/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/we-wont-delay-confirmation-of-buharis-ministers-saraki/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:41:28 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125496 Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, pledged that the National Assembly would not delay the confirmation of ministerial nominees once President Muhammadu Buhari sends the list.]]>

… Seeks France’s help to fight insurgency

From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, Abuja

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, pledged that the National Assembly would not delay the confirmation of ministerial nominees once President Muhammadu Buhari sends the list.

The Senate president said this when he received the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gaver, in his office.

Senate is presently on plenary recess till July 21. Regardless, Saraki told his guests that the suspension of plenary would not disturb serious government business like the screening of ministers.

He restated that the upper chamber of the National Assembly would resume plenary when there was any urgent matter of national importance.

“We are working, and we are ready to reconvene any time to attend to any national assignment, including the confirmation of President Buhari’s ministerial nominees.”

He also pledged the cooperation of the National Assembly with the executive arm of government in accomplishing the programmes of the administration.

The Senate president said bills from the executive would be treated with dispatch as part of efforts to support the president to effect the positive change expected from his administration by Nigerians.

He specifically solicited the co-operation of the French government in tackling the security problems in the North-East of the country, as it shared borders with French-speaking countries.

Earlier, the French envoy, who described the leadership tussle at the National Assembly as part of democracy, called for cooperation between the National Assembly and the President Buhari-led executive arm of government.

The French envoy, who said the expectations of the international community from Nigeria was high, called for cooperation between the private sector in the country and its counterpart in France.

On security, Gaver said France would call on former French colonies in West Africa to cooperate with Nigeria in the onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgency.

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Be patient with Buhari, Gana urges Nigerians http://sunnewsonline.com/new/be-patient-with-buhari-gana-urges-nigerians/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/be-patient-with-buhari-gana-urges-nigerians/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:39:42 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125494 Former Minister of Information and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Prof. Jerry Gana, has expressed dismay at the level of impatience being displayed by Nigerians with President Muhammadu Buhari, just 30 days into his administration, calling for caution.]]>

From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja

Former Minister of Information and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Prof. Jerry Gana, has expressed dismay at the level of impatience being displayed by Nigerians with President Muhammadu Buhari, just 30 days into his administration, calling for caution.

This is even as he has called on the Buhari’s administration to carry out to the fullest his decision to fight corruption, saying corruption cannot take the country forward but only fairness, equity and justice that can do that.‎

He made the call yesterday at Brigadier General Chris Olukolade’s public presentation of his books, entitled: “Issues in the Mobilization of Public Support for Military Operations and The Battles and Voice of the Nigerian Military,” at the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre and Suites, Kado, Abuja..

Gana, who was the guest speaker on the occasion, stressed that the task of transforming vision to reality depended on leaders that were sensitive.

He urged Nigerians to pray for President Buhari and other elected leaders‎ for God to give them the wisdom to select their priorities right, especially in a nation like Nigeria.

According to him, “Although we are very intelligent, patriotic but one of‎ the things‎ ruining Nigeria is that we are not patient at all. We are very impatient and anybody who is impatient will not get solid things done. Even if you are looking for a wife, if you are impatient you will not get anyhow. But when you are looking for a great lady, you have to wait because the best takes time to form.

“‎Nigerians you are too impatient. Already you know it is just about 30 days that this administration came on board, I want to plead that we allow Buhari to study the situation, let him choose his priorities, allow him to govern; he has four years. Although we are in opposition and we are watching even if he is making a mistake we will say go on. But Nigerians want to criticise every move; no you don’t do that. So, I pray God will grant him the wisdom.

“In addition to that, I have seen him already with a spirit of resilience, I think that is good, the ability to bounce back after failure. ‎He tried three times; we defeated him, it was when he came the fourth time that he defeated us.

“Dear friends, I am taking opportunity of this remarks to say if you want ‎to really succeed in life there must be the spirit of resilience, don’t give up too easily, tomorrow is greater,” he said.

Listing key characteristics of good leaders to include competence and courage, Gana said: “Leaders ‎must be people of courage because you must be ready to take decisions that are fundamental. It might even be even against your class, friends, family but  ‎if it is good for Nigeria, have the courage to take the decisions.

“Leaders must be focused especially in Nigeria else you won’t do anything because they are so impatient, if you are going this way, they will say no, go that way, you will just be going round in circles at the end of the day.

“Leaders must also have passion, if you don’t have passion you cannot get much done, these are extremely important.

“‎It is important for leaders to apply strategic thinking. The reason why I admire this officer (Olukolade) is because he is a strategist, he thinks. He analyse situations and come up with strategies, If you are strategic then you will win wars but if you go to a war without a strategy you are already defeated. We must also have leaders who are disciplined,” he said.

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NUJ commends Buhari for restoring Deutsche Welle correspondent’s accreditation http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nuj-commends-buhari-for-restoring-deutsche-welle-correspondents-accreditation/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nuj-commends-buhari-for-restoring-deutsche-welle-correspondents-accreditation/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:37:11 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125490 The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring the accreditation of the Deutsche Welle State House Correspondent, Ubale Musa that was withdrawn, during the last days in office of former President Goodluck Jonathan.]]>

From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring the accreditation of the Deutsche Welle State House Correspondent, Ubale Musa that was withdrawn, during the last days in office of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement, the Secretary General of the NUJ, Shuiabu Usman Leman, said the development signalled the commitment of the Buhari administration towards press freedom and openness in the affairs of government.

“Certainly this will avail the citizens the opportunity to understand the efforts of government in national issues and will clear doubt and speculation.

“The media will support the Buhari’s administration commitment to sustainable growth of the Nigerian economy through fair and unbiased decisions on key economic polices and the fight against corruption and insecurity. We commend this heartwarming decision,” he said.

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