The Sun News » National http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Tue, 04 Aug 2015 03:05:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.6 Respite for Ladipo Market traders http://sunnewsonline.com/new/respite-for-ladipo-market-traders/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/respite-for-ladipo-market-traders/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:48:53 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129814 The Ladipo Auto Main Market, reputed as the largest auto market in West Africa, is in the news again. ]]>

•Auto traders reach truce with developer, get fresh two-month extension

By Adewale Sanyaolu

The Ladipo Auto Main Market, reputed as the largest auto market in West Africa, is in the news again. But this time round, the news has nothing to d with environmental nuisance.

The leadership of the market is embroiled in a power tussle with the developers, Total Value Integrated Services Limited, the company that has been designated by Mushin Local Government Council to embark on the re-construction of 400 lock up shops on its own 60 per cent portion of the land.

But, one year after being presented with the offer of award as a developer, the company has been unable to move to site. The reason is the stiff resistance put up by the traders who have refused to vacate the market to pave way for the re-construction exercise, which is to span six months.

However, the intervention of The Igbo Conscience (TIC), a not-for-profit organisation, seems to have offered some respite, albeit temporarily, for the traders.

A resolution which culminated into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the local government, the developer and the market leadership has been reached. There is now an extension of two months, effective from July 31to September 30, for the traders to vacate the market.

Prior to last week’s meeting, the traders had until Friday July 31 to vacate the market for the re-construction work. But the intervention of the Igbo group saved the day

The brokered truce and MoU were signed by TIC’s interim Chairman, Mr. Onyekachi Ubani and supported by the All Progressive Congress (APC) Publicity Secretary in Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, Chairman, Ladipo Main Market Traders Association, Mr. Kingsley Ogwunor and his Board of Trustees Chairman, Mr. Chukuka Nnamdi. The truce brought an end to a disagreement which might have resulted into a breakdown of law and order in Lagos.

The meeting, which held inside the office of the Executive Secretary of Mushin Local Government Area, Mr. Babajide Bello, resolved that the traders would vacate the 60 percent space of the local government on or before September 30, with a promise that the developer would have unhindered access to the market without any form of harassment or intimidation.

It was also agreed that upon completion of the 400 lock-up shops, priority would be given to traders that had occupied the market prior to the commencement of the re-construction work, with a proviso that they possess valid allocation papers while those without valid allocation papers would be treated as fresh tenants at a rent fee to be determined by the local Government.

Also, it was resolved that the re-construction work would be carried out in two phases and not spanning a period beyond six months. There was also a promise that the developer would provide the traders a temporary makeshift shop to accommodate them pending the completion of reconstruction works.

The MoU equally mandated the leadership of the market, led by its Chairman, Mr. Kingsley Ogwunor,to withdraw all litigations against the local government and the developer, which are pending in different courts.

The Mou which was read to all parties present, including the executives and members of the traders association by the Council Legal Officer, Mrs. Akin-Ajayi, expressed satisfaction with the Mou and promised to carry out all resolutions contained in it.

Earlier, Bello expressed gratitude to members of the Igbo Conscience Group for their speedy intervention, dispelling insinuations that the council was out to frustrate the traders because they did not vote for APC.

“All these rumours being bandied about are false. The market is for you traders. We have lived together for over 25 years, and we consider you as being part of us. The government in Lagos is out to respect your fundamental rights but that must be done within the ambit of the law. No responsible government will allow citizens to take the law into their hands,” he said

Also speaking, Managing Director of Total Value Integrated Services Limited, Mr. Simon Onyekachi was full of praises to Bello and members of the conscience group for their timely intervention.

Onyekachi while admitting that his decision to shift ground by giving the traders an additional two months extension was a tough and difficult decision. But he said he had to back down in the interest of peace, lamenting that interest rate on sums that he borrowed from the bank was accumulating, hence his decision to move to site as soon as possible.

But he has a warning: “They have given their words to vacate on that date. But should there be a breach on their part, I would use every legitimate means to eject them out of the market to ensure that the project commences on October 1, 2015. I have suffered enough loss and cannot continue to incur further losses. I can’t be frustrated out of the project. And by God’s grace, there would be no going back on the planned re-development of Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Market,” he said.

The Total Value Integrated boss explained that since last year, the authorities of Mushin Local Government have discontinued further collection of rents from shop owners to give them reprieve for the period the construction work would last.

But some shop owners, according to Onyekachi, have alleged that they have paid the executives shop rents covering the whole of this year. And this, he said, could have formed part of the resistance on the part of the executive members because that would mean them refunding money to some of the shop owners who have paid rents to cover the rest of 2015.

On his part, he assured that each shop owner under the old system would be given consideration and priority when construction work on the new market is concluded

“But the clause attached to this gesture is that, such shop owner must be able to prove that he is occupying the old shop legally. They must be able to provide their shop allocation papers as given by the local government. But up till this moment, no one has been able to present his shop allocation paper/approval,” he disclosed.

Going down memory lane, Onyekachi said he got the offer of award as a developer on 22nd October, 2014 in line with the mission of the Lagos State Mega City Project from Mushin Local Government.

He explained that the designation of his firm as the developer was sequel to the application it made, having satisfied the entire requirements of the bidding process and upon the recommendation of the Tenders Board to re-develop the local government’s portion of the market.

However, he stated that trouble started over one year ago, when he tried to move in to commence the re-construction of the market but met stiff resistance from the executive committee and board of trustees of the market, led by Ogwunor.

“We tried to arrange for a peaceful and amicable meeting, so that we can move to site and commence construction activities. But all my entreaties to ensure that peace reigns within the market met stiff opposition,” he lamented.

He said all efforts since last year to get the traders move out of the market, even after series of agreements, extensions and promissory assurances from them, have not yielded the expected results. The traders have been proving adamant, he stated.

On his part, Ubani thanked all parties for seeing reasons and shifting grounds, promising that he would ensure the smooth and strict implementation of the MoU to the letter, assuring that the traders would comply to all agreed terms as contained in the MoU.

He explained that the mutual understanding of the Igbo and Yoruba in Mushin Local Government Area dated back to the early 70s, stressing that they have co-habited and lived cordial lives devoid of rancour.

He advised the traders to be law-abiding citizens and shun any form of violence that would tarnish the image of the Igbo people as a race, while assuring that his kinsmen would live up to expectations henceforth.

In his response, Igbokwe assured the traders of their protection at all times. He said the Lagos State Government, as part of its plan to transform the economy of Lagos, would create a conducive atmosphere for businesses to thrive.

“Don’t let anyone deceive you that Lagos is no man’s land. Indeed, Lagos belongs to the indigenes. And that is the truth. Please, let all traders comport themselves in this state because the government will not condone any act of indiscipline and lawlessness,” he advised.

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Reduce recurrent expenditure further, Buhari orders NPC http://sunnewsonline.com/new/reduce-recurrent-expenditure-further-buhari-orders-npc/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/reduce-recurrent-expenditure-further-buhari-orders-npc/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:43:51 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129812 President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Planning Commission (NPC) to produce the framework for the 2016 national budget that will reduce ]]>

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Planning Commission (NPC) to produce the framework for the 2016 national budget that will reduce recurrent expenditure and prioritize development.

He gave the order yesterday when he was briefed by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr. Bassey Akpanyung at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

A Senior Special Assistant on Media and  Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari told Akpanyung and his directors that “capital projects must now be given the fullest possible priority because Nigeria cannot achieve real development without adequate investment in capital and infrastructural projects.

“In carrying out its role in surveillance of the economy, review and appraisal of policies, the commission should devise a plan for a realignment of the budget so that capital projects can be really prioritized,” he quoted the President to have said.

The NPC boss had informed the President that Nigeria’s planning system was beset by many challenges. He listed them to include non-alignment of national plans with annual budgets and inadequate capacity in the departments of Planning, Research and Statistics in the various government ministries.

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Car crushes woman, 3 children in Bayelsa  http://sunnewsonline.com/new/car-crushes-woman-3-children-in-bayelsa/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/car-crushes-woman-3-children-in-bayelsa/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:42:01 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129810 Tragedy struck at the weekend in Adagbabiri, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, when a Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle (SUV) rammed ]]>

From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

Tragedy struck at the weekend in Adagbabiri, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, when a Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle (SUV) rammed into and killed a woman and three of her children along the East-West Road.

Doctors at the Oghara General Hospital are, however, battling to save the life of one of the woman’s children called T-Girl.

A female passenger in the vehicle, which checks indicated was coming from the Patani end of the road, also lost her life.

Eyewitness account said the driver identified as Meeting Okpekpe Mayor lost control of the vehicle on top speed and he rammed into the roadside where traders were seated.

Kevin, who claimed he was at the scene of the accident, said the woman and her children were having lunch in her kiosk when they were crushed.

“The woman was having lunch with her children when the SUV ran into their kiosk and crushed them. The woman and three of her children have been confirmed dead, while one is still battling for life.

The deceased mother was identified as Ruth and the children are Favour, nine years old; Godsgift, five years old and Oghenero, a year old. The only surviving child and in critical condition at the Oghara Hospital is known as T-Girl by the traders,” he said.

Spokesman of the Bayelsa Police Command, Astimin Buswat, confirmed the development. He gave the number of the Highlander SUV as YEN 726 RG, saying it was coming from the Patani end of the East-West Road when the incident occurred. “The vehicle ran into the shops,” he said.

 

 

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Troops arrest Boko Haram commander, free 178 hostages http://sunnewsonline.com/new/troops-arrest-boko-haram-commander-free-178-hostages/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/troops-arrest-boko-haram-commander-free-178-hostages/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:38:15 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129808 The military yesterday said it captured a Boko Haram commander and freed another 178 hostages taken by the insurgents in some communities.]]>

From Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri

The military yesterday said it captured a Boko Haram commander and freed another 178 hostages taken by the insurgents in some communities.

Troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Borno State had continued the offensive against the insurgents’ camps in some communities in Bama Local Government, leading to the arrest of the suspected Boko Haram commander. A total of 178 hostages were also freed during the operation yesterday, Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Tukur Gusau, said in a statement.

“One Boko Haram commander was captured alive and is presently undergoing investigation,” the army said.

It said: “Troops successfully cleared terrorists’ camps” at Fadan, Shuwarin, Wulari, Ngoro Dauye, Jidori, Alikashiri, Kalzamari-Shuwa and Kalzamari-Kanuri in Bama Local Government located in the central part of Borno State.

“The troops of 21 Brigade in conjunction with elements of 151 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division, Nigerian Army have conducted offensive operations along Aulari in Bama axis,” the statement added.

Among the 178 people held captives by Boko Haram militias, Gusau said a total of 101 are children, 67 women and 10 are men.

“Also three Boko Haram flags were recovered, while five motor cycles were burnt by the troops,” he said.

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NYCN presidency: Stop instigating problems, Nwabueze tells opponents http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nycn-presidency-stop-instigating-problems-nwabueze-tells-opponents/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nycn-presidency-stop-instigating-problems-nwabueze-tells-opponents/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:28:41 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129806 National President of a non-governmental organisation, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Henry Nwabueze, has decried the desperate bid for his ]]>

From Taiwo Amodu, Abuja

National President of a non-governmental organisation, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Henry Nwabueze, has decried the desperate bid for his position by certain members of the organisation, as he declared that he is supposed to vacate the position in 2017 in line with the constitution of the NYCN.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Nwabueze said: “They keep instigating problems everywhere, demanding for the conduct of election but all of us cannot lead the NYCN at the same time. For now, the NYCN executive positions are already occupied by a regime.

“I must finish my tenure before anybody will talk about conducting an election, whoever is sponsoring them to go and conduct an election should wait till 2017.

“They should wait and allow things to work according to the rule of law. A court has ‎already given its ruling, the court had quashed the election of those that have been parading themselves as leaders of the NYCN.

“I remain the authentic NYCN president and the court has restrained my opponents from conducting fresh election or parading themselves as executive committee members of the NYCN.”

“So, I am calling on members of the public to know that the NYCN has a leadership in place headed by me and no one else, until we complete our tenure.

“Going by the ruling of the court, there will be no election till 2017 and whoever conducts any election now would be engaging in illegality.”

He, however, cautioned members of the body against dropping the name of President Muhammadu Buhari in their bid for the leadership of the organisation.

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FRSC convicts 33 motorists in Anambra http://sunnewsonline.com/new/frsc-convicts-33-motorists-in-anambra/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/frsc-convicts-33-motorists-in-anambra/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:25:31 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129804 Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) mobile court in Onitsha, Anambra State yesterday convicted 33 motorists for various offences.]]>

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) mobile court in Onitsha, Anambra State yesterday convicted 33 motorists for various offences.

They include over-loading, seat-belt violation, driving without valid driver’s license, outright driving without driver’s license, reckless driving and driving against the traffic.

The FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Ajayi, said that the mobil court exercise was part of the on-going FRSC’s “Operation Restore Sanity in Roads in Anambra State’’.

Ajayi noted that the operation was meant to check motorists in Onitsha and its environs that had been notorious in driving against traffic.

According to him, “Most times the best way to enlighten motorists is by enforcement.

The mobile court here is not only enforcing the rules and regulation of governing usage of the road but also interpreting them to the offenders”.

“I know some commercial drivers, who faced the magistrate and paid the stipulated fines, would have a lot to tell their colleagues in the park and their various loading points”

“FRSC would continue to join Gov. Willie Obiano’s vision in making Anambra roads safer for all,’’ the commander said.

He said that the mobile court exercise would be a continuous exercise, adding that the corps would not relent until motorists comply with road rules and regulation would.

The court, however, discharged two drivers; while all the prosecuted motorists went through some minutes of road safety enlightenment.

One of the convicts, Mr. Simon Madu, said that he was unaware that his front-space passenger was not putting on his seat belt.

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Abstinence, condoms ways to prevent HIV/AIDS, says institute boss

 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/abstinence-condoms-ways-to-prevent-hivaids-says-institute-boss%e2%80%a8%e2%80%a8/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/abstinence-condoms-ways-to-prevent-hivaids-says-institute-boss%e2%80%a8%e2%80%a8/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:23:25 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129802 Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria (IHVN) has proffered a four-point agenda to prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.]]>

Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria (IHVN) has proffered a four-point agenda to prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.

Chief Executive Officer of the institute, Dr. Patrick Dakum, recommended abstinence from sex and use of condoms as the best ways to prevent the disease.

According to him, guidance and counselling as well as access to information and medication, were also other ways to prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Dakum, who made the recommendation in Abuja on Sunday during a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on HIV/AIDS and the IHVN, noted that abstinence and the use of condoms were now used to preach against the virus in various communities.

He said abstinence was the best approach of a HIV-free society, saying it had to do with behavioural change.

“If you are prepared to have a risky sexual behaviour, then, be prepared to have a risky virus because you are putting yourself at risk. We are looking forward to ensuring that people have access to using what you ask them to use; if you are preaching abstinence, then, the education should be available, people should be careful with sex.

“Condoms should be available too and once you have identified someone, who is HIV positive, it is important that they use the drugs and patients must be able to access the drugs. Healthcare workers must be well educated on handling the patients and giving them messages whenever they go to the clinic,’’ Dakum said.

He urged state governments to ensure adequate health facilities were constructed to enable community based volunteer workers carry out their HIV and AIDS campaigns diligently.

“You cannot impose HIV/AIDS on a system that is not working; it is the responsibility of the government to provide laboratories, scientists and drugs for infected patients.”

They must ensure that hospitals and primary healthcare centres are adequately staffed and the infrastructure must be put in place. What is important for us now is adequate and effective funding; the amount must be right and it must be used in the right places.

“You can have a budget and the budget is not used for what it is meant for and the different states have different needs,’’ he added.

The IHVN boss pointed out that adequate and effective funding would also contribute to the success of the campaign against HIV/AIDS in the country.

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Ex-minister backs Buhari on DSS boss http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ex-minister-backs-buhari-on-dss-boss/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ex-minister-backs-buhari-on-dss-boss/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:21:31 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129800 Former Minister of State for Education and Delta State chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, has said that President ]]>

By Ndubuisi Orji & Anthony Obi

Former Minister of State for Education and Delta State chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, has  said that President Muhammadu Buhari was right to have appointed Mr Lawal Daura as the Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS).

He advised those criticizing  Buhari over the appointment of the new DSS boss, to  learn from history.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in Lagos,  at the weekend, Gbagi said if  the President , who made the appointment was comfortable with his action, people should not  raise dust  over it.  He said Buhari has done nothing wrong by appointing a man, who left the service voluntarily, even while some of his mates are still in service,  to head the security agency.

“Nigeria has become so distrustful that you need somebody you can trust in middle of a deceitful country like ours. So, the issue of appointing anybody into the office of Director General of DSS, is the prerogative of the president.”

We have antecedent all over the world, that the office is sacrosanct to the heart  of the man, who is sitting in the office”, he said.

The former minister recalled that in the past, former presidents in the country had appointed those they feel comfortable with, as security chiefs.

He said: “(Aliyu) Gusau was the National Security Adviser (NSA), when he was removed by a coup. He was retired. When there was a counter-coup, he was brought back and he rose to become a Lieutenant General and later, became the Chief of Army Staff and he continued. When he left, he became National Security Adviser.”

“Former Director General of SSS was dismissed for plotting a coup in the Nigerian Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. Are was brought back by Obasanjo. He (Are) is like his own (Obasnjo’s) son in the house. Are was brought back and he became Director General of SSS.                                                                                                    “When he left as DG of SSS, they appointed Lieutenant General Azazi. Azazi became the Director of Military Intelligence, he became National Security Adviser because President Jonathan believes he is from the same town with him.           “Azazi was just as close to President Jonathan, as Daura is closer to President Buhari. Azazi became the head of security and every major appointment that was done in all the services was directed by him.”

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Don’t dump confab report, Esele urges Buhari http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dont-dump-confab-report-esele-urges-buhari/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dont-dump-confab-report-esele-urges-buhari/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:20:20 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129798 Moved by reports that President Muhammadu Buhari may dump the report of the National Conference held during the immediate past government of Goodluck ]]>

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

Moved by reports that President Muhammadu Buhari may dump the report of the National Conference held during the immediate past government of Goodluck Jonathan, former President of  the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Peter Esele, has advised the President against such move.

Esele, who represented the TUC during the confab, said though he was not expecting Buhari to implement the report  in its entirety, it would amount to complete waste of time and resources if the report was discarded.

Former President, Jonathan had handed over the conference document to Buhari alongside his handover note on May 27.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which was in opposition during Jonathan’s administration, had refused to take part in the conference despite the fact that its leadership was formally requested to send representatives.

The Federal Executive Council led by Jonathan had, on March 18,2015, approved the report of the conference led by Justice Idris Kutigi.

Jonathan had urged Buhari not to discard the report, urgng him to consider the contributions and commitment made by Nigerians towards nation-building, irrespective of political party or creed.

Esele, in a chat with Daily Sun, while reacting to the report, said: “This is the bane of the country’s  development – lack of continuity in programme  and policies.  I am not expecting him (Buhari) to implement the confab report in its entirety, but to discard the report in totality would render  the time and resources committed to the exercise a complete waste.

“Let’s hope his position is not total disregard for the report.” On important areas the Buhari government should look at, Esele said, “shrinking government, proper devolution of powers  between  state and Federal  Government and internal security recommendations” he said.

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EFCC quizzes NAFDAC DG http://sunnewsonline.com/new/efcc-quizzes-nafdac-dg/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/efcc-quizzes-nafdac-dg/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:13:33 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129745 The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii, was yesterday interogated by ‎the Economic ]]>

From Fred Itua, Abuja

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii, was yesterday interogated by ‎the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged spending of billions of naira generated by the agency, without approval from the relevant authorities.

It was also alleged that the NAFDAC boss was being interrogated for alleged contract scam and abuse of office. Although the spokesman of EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached on phone to give more details into the circumstances that led to Orhii’s interrogation, a competent source however, told Daily Sun that his invitation was sequel to a petition adressed to the commission.

The agency however said the DG was never arrested nor detained.

“He honoured the invitation of EFCC to respond to questions and is back and was at the office later and now at home”.

The director general had, in recent times, held series of media conferences and placed advertorials in major national newspapers to explain how monies were spent by the agency.

Daily Sun gathered that he arrived at the Abuja headquarters of the EFCC at about 9am yesterday, and was grilled for several hours.

It was further gathered that this followed an invitation sent to him by the anti-graft agency, mandating him to appear before it for interrogation.

As at the time of filing in this report, Daily Sun could not confirm if Dr Orhii had been released on administrative. ‎

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We’re closing in on looters – Buhari http://sunnewsonline.com/new/were-closing-in-on-looters-buhari/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/were-closing-in-on-looters-buhari/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:11:06 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129743 The Buhari administration is making progress in its attempt to have treasury looters nailed.]]>

• FG now have data on culprits, he says

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Buhari administration is making progress in its attempt to have treasury looters nailed.

President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed that his government now had information that is assisting it to recover the loots including identifying banks, financial institutions and countries in which payments were lodged.

He disclosed this when he met with visiting United States Congressmen, led by Darrel Issa, where he  acknowledged the support and co-operation his administration was getting from the international community in gathering required intelligence for tracing and recovering stolen national resources.

“We are getting co-operation from the international community, including information on ships that take crude oil from Nigeria and change direction, or pour their contents into other ships mid-stream, “some monies were paid into individual accounts. We are identifying the financial institutions and countries that are involved.

“I have been assured that when we get all our documents together, the United States and other countries will treat our case with sympathy,’’ he said.

President Buhari told the Congressmen that his administration will welcome more regular meetings of the Nigeria-United States Bi-National Commission. He noted that the commission could serve as a more useful platform for the promotion of bilateral trade and economic relations as well as joint co-operation in the war against terrorism.

Earlier, Issa had assured the President that the United States will support Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram by providing training, intelligence and military platforms. “We look forward to helping you in many ways to end the Boko Haram insurgency and the theft of crude oil in the Gulf of Guinea,’’ he said.

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Wike orders RSCAS provost to proceed on compulsory leave http://sunnewsonline.com/new/wike-orders-rscas-provost-to-proceed-on-compulsory-leave/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/wike-orders-rscas-provost-to-proceed-on-compulsory-leave/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:02:54 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129735 Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has ordered the Provost of the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RSCAS), Dr. Hillary Wordu, to proceed on compulsory leave.]]>

From Chris Anucha, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has ordered the Provost of the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RSCAS), Dr. Hillary Wordu, to proceed on compulsory leave.

The order was contained in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, and signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Sir Opunabo Inko-Tariah.

According to the statement, Wordu would handover to Dr. Samuel Kalagbor with immediate effect.

In another development, Governor Wike had   also   appointed a senior special assistant on Protocol, and five permanent secretaries.

The Senior Special Assistant on Protocol is Mr. Joe Akpa, while Dr. Adolphus Nweke (Etche), Mrs. Abiye Tobin-West  (Asari/Toru), Dr. Nkor Felix (Gokana), James Enebeli    (Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni), and Anthony Nweyilobu        (Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni), are appointed as permanent secretaries.

According to Inko-Tariah, all the appointed persons would be sworn in by the governor at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Port Harcourt on August 7.

 

 

 

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Saraki leads Senate delegation to North-East http://sunnewsonline.com/new/saraki-leads-senate-delegation-to-north-east/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/saraki-leads-senate-delegation-to-north-east/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:18 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129733 Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday assured the people of North-East that the entire country is solidly behind them in this time of trial.]]>

•Donates N10m to IDPs in Maiduguri

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday assured the people of North-East that the entire country is solidly behind them in this time of trial.

Saraki, who spoke when he led a delegation of the Senate to Maiduguri on a one-day on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in Borno State, also donated N10million in support of the upkeep of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Senate delegation was received by the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kassim Shettima at the Government House, after welcoming the team at the Maiduguri International Airport at 12.10pm.

Saraki said: “We have come to feel your pains, to hear what you have been going through firsthand. To seek to understand the severe bloody struggle you have had to endure and go through emotionally, physically, financially and in many other ways which can hardly be put in words.”

Saraki, who also led the team, in company of Governor Shettima to pay homage to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Khanemi, assured the people that the Senate will ensure that life returns to the state and the zone.

While welcoming the Senate President and his team, Governor Shettima, who spoke in emotion-laden voice, stated that the visit was historic and unprecedented.

He said: “I would like to express my sincere and profound welcome to the Senate President and our respected and distinguished senators over this official visit to Borno State, which is the first of its kind by any Senate President since the advent of civilian administration in 1999.

“This is a clear manifestation of your concern for the plight of the people of the North-East region and Borno State in particular.”

Shettima said: “The people of Borno State view this day and this visit as most apt and most significant. I have no doubt in my mind about the seriousness of this administration to putting a permanent end to this senseless bloodletting and madness of a few misguided elements, who hide under the canopy of Islam to perpetuate this heinous crime against innocent and defenceless citizens.

“The action of these criminals are completely at variance with the tenets of Islam. Borno has seen the worst of this insurgency and the problem is still there rearing its head with its attendant bloodletting and carnage.

“The measures so far taken by this administration have rekindled our hope for a better and more secured future. We hope your coming to see the IDPs will translate into a more robust legislative action that will bring about safety, security and succour to our people,” Shettima stated.

Saraki later visited the IDP camps located at the Umaru Shehu College of Education in Maiduguri and the Government College also Maiduguri with over 4,000 inmates respectively.

The delegation also visited the Dalori IDPs Camp housing over 18,000 displaced persons from Bama local government of the state.

Saraki said the resolution of the Senate to send a high powered delegation led by himself was a demonstration of the commitment  of the Upper Chamber to find a lasting solution to the plight of people in the North-East.

“We will be working closely with our counterparts in the House of Representatives to make sure that we rebuild the economy of the North-East. We will not rest on our oars until normalcy is returned to this troubled region.”

Shehu El-Knenemi called for more support to flush out the insurgents from the North-East and to achieve rehabilitation, empowerment of the IDPs and urgent restoration of power supply to the area.

He said that over two million IDPs are being sheltered in Maiduguri alone.

Other members of the Senate delegation include Senate Leader, Ali Ndume; Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena; Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Senator Hassan Mohammed, Senator Abubakar Kyari and the Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Senator Isa Galaudu.

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Ooni: Final rites intensify as town criers plead for calm http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ooni-final-rites-intensify-as-town-criers-plead-for-calm/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ooni-final-rites-intensify-as-town-criers-plead-for-calm/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:58:37 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129731 The final rites for Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II, who reportedly died, intesified yesterday when kingmakers converged at the monarch’s palace for a crucial meeting that lasted for several hours.]]>

From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo

The final rites for Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II, who reportedly died, intesified yesterday when kingmakers converged at the monarch’s palace for a crucial meeting that lasted for several hours.

The reason for the meeting could not be ascertained as at Press time, but it might not be unconnected with the rumours that his remains arrived in the town last night.

As early as 6 a.m yesterday, town criers and bell ringers went round the town to announce that there is no cause for alarm and that people should continue going for their businesses.

The town criers informed residents that whenever there was any contrary information on the earlier announcement, they would be re-communicated accordingly.

Sources said that as the traditional chiefs’ meeting was going on at the palace, bell ringers and town criers were equally carrying out their own assignment outside the palace.

Those present at the meeting, according to sources, were all the kingmakers who are also members of Ooni cabinet.

The traditional titled chiefs are Lowa, Jaaran, Agoro, Arode, Osanire, Laade, Lowate, Irabese, lodikos, Obalufe, Obajion, Obalaran, Waasin and Obalaaye.

Those said to be absent at the meeting were the Obalufe, Chief Samuel Omisakin, the traditional prime minister of the town and Chief G.A Owoyemi, who just died.

Daily Sun learnt that whenever these people meet for lengthy hours, it means something crucial and unusual had happened in the palace.

Palace sources however, revealed that some unidentified chiefs were seen with white bundles of white cloths being transferred from one vehicle to the other.

Also, there were many traditional beads to be distributed to high ranking priests and their followers apparently in preparation for the final rites.

However, a source in the town insisted that, the corpse had arrived the town and that was why, many crucial meetings are being held in all the nooks and crannies of the place.

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No surrender, says Boko Haram in new video http://sunnewsonline.com/new/no-surrender-says-boko-haram-in-new-video/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/no-surrender-says-boko-haram-in-new-video/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:56:43 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129729 Boko Haram militants yesterday released a new video with the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, again failing to appear in it, fueling suspicion that a new leader may have emerged for the terror group.]]>

• Sect unveils new leader

Boko Haram militants yesterday released a new video with the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, again failing to appear in it, fueling suspicion that a new leader may have emerged for the terror group.

In the eight-minute video, an unidentified young man speaks in the name of the Islamic State in West Africa calling on people to be patient: “We are still present everywhere we had been before,” he said.

The video shows the militants attacking a security checkpoint, seizing weapons, and slitting the throat of a man dressed in a police uniform, BBC reported. The young militant spoke in Hausa, with an accent from the Kanuri ethnic group. It had subtitles in Arabic and English, according to BBC.

Shekau is a Kanuri, but his continued absence has increased speculation about his fate. Analysts say the new video shows members of the group are still determined to fight on even without their leader. There had been speculations that Shekau is either deep in hiding, or has been wounded and even killed. Shekau also failed to appear in a Boko Haram video released in June.

He was last heard from in March, when he released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. Soon thereafter, the military said it had recaptured all towns and cities from Boko Haram. The military said on Sunday that it had freed 178 people held captive by the insurgents in northeastern Borno State.

It had also killed militants and captured a commander following airstrikes on the group’s bases, it added.

Shekau became Boko Haram leader following the killing of the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf, in police custody in 2009. Previous reports about his death proved to be untrue. He sparked global outrage when Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State in April, 2014.

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WE’VE STEPPED UP EFFORTS TO RECOVER STOLEN FUNDS – BUHARI http://sunnewsonline.com/new/weve-stepped-up-efforts-to-recover-stolen-funds-president-buhari/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/weve-stepped-up-efforts-to-recover-stolen-funds-president-buhari/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:04:40 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129721 President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday disclosed that his administration has taken efforts a step further to recover looted Nigerian funds, by identifying banks, financial institutions and countries in which payments for stolen Nigerian crude oil have been deposited. Speaking in Abuja while receiving visiting United States Congressmen, Buhari acknowledged the support and cooperation his administration [...]]]>

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday disclosed that his administration has taken efforts a step further to recover looted Nigerian funds, by identifying banks, financial institutions and countries in which payments for stolen Nigerian crude oil have been deposited.

Speaking in Abuja while receiving visiting United States Congressmen, Buhari acknowledged the support and cooperation his administration was getting from the international community in gathering required intelligence for tracing and recovering stolen national resources.

A statement from the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President Mr Femi Adesina quoted Buhari as saying that, “We are getting cooperation from the international community, including information on ships that take crude oil from Nigeria and change direction, or pour their contents into other ships mid-stream.

“Some monies were paid to individual accounts. We are identifying the financial institutions and countries that are involved.

“I have been assured that when we get all our documents together, the United States and other countries will treat our case with sympathy,’’ the President told the Congressmen led by Rep. Darrel Issa.

President Buhari told the Congressmen that his Administration will welcome more regular meetings of the Nigeria-United States Bi-National Commission.

He noted that the Commission could serve as a more useful platform for the promotion of bilateral trade and economic relations as well as joint cooperation in the war against terrorism.

Rep. Darrel assured President Buhari that the United States will support Nigeria against Boko Haram by providing training, intelligence and military platforms.

“We look forward to helping you in many ways to end the Boko Haram insurgency and the theft of crude oil in the Gulf of Guinea,’’ he said.

 

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BREAKING NEWS! EFCC quizzes NAFDAC DG http://sunnewsonline.com/new/breaking-news-efcc-quizzes-nafdac-dg/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/breaking-news-efcc-quizzes-nafdac-dg/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:30:22 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129717 From FRED ITUA, Abuja The director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr. Paul Orhii was yesterday grilled by operatives of ‎the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged spending of billions of naira the agencies generated without approval from the relevant agencies. It was also alleged that the embattled [...]]]>

From FRED ITUA, Abuja

The director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr. Paul Orhii was yesterday grilled by operatives of ‎the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged spending of billions of naira the agencies generated without approval from the relevant agencies.

It was also alleged that the embattled NAFDAC boss is being interrogated for alleged contract scam and abuse of office. Although the spokesman of EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren could not be reached on phone to give more details into the circumstances that led to his interrogation, a competent source however told Daily Sun that his invitation is first in the series of many more to come.

The source said some directors who have been fingered in the ignoble deals and spending of unauthorized funds might soon be invited by the EFCC to explain their roles.

The director general in recent times, held series of media conferences and placed advertorials in major national newspapers to explain how monies were spent by the agency.

Daily Sun gathered that he arrived at the Abuja headquarters of the EFCC at about 9am yesterday and was grilled for several hours. It was further gathered that this follows an invitation sent to him by the anti-graft agency mandating him to appear before it for interrogation.

As at the time of filing in this report, Daily Sun could not establish or confirm if Mr. Orhii had been released on administrative bail by the anti-graft agency. ‎Again, Uwujaren could not be reached to confirm.

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We will support Buhari to end insurgent– Saraki http://sunnewsonline.com/new/we-will-support-buhari-to-end-insurgent-saraki/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/we-will-support-buhari-to-end-insurgent-saraki/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:06:09 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129709 The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has landed in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and assured that he will do everything possible through legislative powers to ensure that the carnage posed by Boko Haram insurgents in the state and other parts of the north east become a thing of the past. Saraki made the assurance [...]]]>

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has landed in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and assured that he will do everything possible through legislative powers to ensure that the carnage posed by Boko Haram insurgents in the state and other parts of the north east become a thing of the past.

Saraki made the assurance when he led other member delegation to a courtesy call on Governor Kashim Shettima at the Government House Maiduguri.

He said he was in Maiduguri, Borno state capital with his entourage for on the spot assessment of the activities of boko haram and to identify with victims and people of the state over the spate of killings and bombings by insurgents, so that government will come out with better strategy aimed at ending the activities of the dreaded boko haram in the north east sub-region.

” We are here in Borno for the first time after our inauguration to identify with victims and people of Borno state over the spate of killings and bombings by insurgents.

“We condoled with our people over the agony they found themselves as a result of the ongoing crisis.

“On behalf of the Senate, we will do everything to see to the end of Boko Haram through motions and resolutions to let the whole world know that we are capable to do our best to stop this carnage perpetrated by boko haram madness.

“We will set aside every needed things to resetlle our people of the north east and rebuild all the communities destroyed by insurgents.

“We will support the executive under the leadership of president Mohammed Buhari who is committed to see to the end of this madness and to ensure that all areas destroyed by insurgents are rebuild in no distant future”. Saraki assured.

Responding, Governor Shettima thanked the Senate president and other members of his delegation for taking their time to visit Borno despite the security challenges posed by insurgents.

He commended Dr. Saraki for leading a powerful senate delegation to see on the spot assessment of the damages done to some areas in the state, and solicited support from the Senate leadership to move for a motion aimed at establishing a ‘Rebuilding and Development Commission’ for the people of the north east, just like what is obtained from the Niger- Delta region.

Shettima informed the senate President that the activities of the insurgents which started since 2009 has left thousands of people dead, and property worth billions of naira destroyed, stressing that the state government under his leadership has been spending substantive amount of funds for the upkeep of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in various camps in the state, in addition to other support rendered to security agencies who sacrificed their lives in the fight against the sect members.

He lamented that due to the lingering crisis which has led to the sacking of over 20 Local Government Areas of the state with over a million people displaced, hundreds of women were forcefully turned into widows prematurely, childrens were made orphans as well as public structures such as schools, hospitals, roads that were also destroyed in the state.

He however thanked the Senate delegations for donating the sum of N10 million to assist in the upkeep of the IDPs in the state.

Those who accompanied the senate President to Maiduguri were Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume , Senate Deputy Chief Whip Francis Alimikhena, Senators Mohammed Hassan, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Danjuma Goje and chief of staff to the senate president, senator Isa Galaudu.

Our Correspondent observed that the senate president also paid traditional homage to the Shehu of Borno at his palace, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai Elkanemi where he reassured the monarch of the federal government and the legislative arms commitment to see to the end of boko haram in the region.

The delegation also took time and visited some IDP camps despite the tight security and blockage of some major roads in the city.

 

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Nigeria air strikes kill ‘large number’ of Boko Haram http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nigeria-air-strikes-kill-large-number-of-boko-haram/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nigeria-air-strikes-kill-large-number-of-boko-haram/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:12:16 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129706 (AFP)Nigeria said Sunday it had carried out air strikes in the northeast of the country to repel an attack by Boko Haram and had killed a “large number” of the Islamist extremists. The air raids came as Nigeria and its neighbours prepared to launch a new multinational force to combat Boko Haram, in the face [...]]]>

(AFP)Nigeria said Sunday it had carried out air strikes in the northeast of the country to repel an attack by Boko Haram and had killed a “large number” of the Islamist extremists.

The air raids came as Nigeria and its neighbours prepared to launch a new multinational force to combat Boko Haram, in the face of the group’s escalating violence in the region.

The Nigerian Air Force said it had “successfully repelled an attack on Bita village by the Boko Haram terrorist group” in a combined operation with ground troops after spotting militants planning an assault.

“Consequently, a large number of the insurgents were killed and several others were injured,” it said in a statement, without disclosing when the incident took place.

Boko Haram has staged a string of strikes — often by female bombers — targeting markets in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon that have killed and wounded scores in the past month.

The new 8,700-strong multinational force — made up of troops from Nigeria as well as Cameroon, Chad and Niger — is expected to go into action soon, officials say.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who won an election in March on a promise to defeat the jihadists, said Friday the new force would “lead to the speedy defeat and elimination of Boko Haram”.

The group’s bloody insurgency in Nigeria has left more than 15,000 people dead since 2009.

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Nigeria projected to be 3rd most populous country in the world by 2050 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nigeria-projected-to-be-3rd-most-populous-country-in-the-world-by-2050/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nigeria-projected-to-be-3rd-most-populous-country-in-the-world-by-2050/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:39:47 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129702 NEW population forecasts from the United Nations point to a new world order in 2050. The number of people will grow from 7.3 billion to 9.7 billion in 2050, 100m more than was estimated in the UN’s last report two years ago. More than half of this growth comes from Africa, where the population is [...]]]>

NEW population forecasts from the United Nations point to a new world order in 2050. The number of people will grow from 7.3 billion to 9.7 billion in 2050, 100m more than was estimated in the UN’s last report two years ago.

More than half of this growth comes from Africa, where the population is set to double to 2.5 billion. Nigeria’s population will reach 413m, overtaking America as the world’s third most-populous country. Congo and Ethiopia will swell to more than 195m and 188m repectively, more than twice their current numbers.

India will surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2022, six years earlier than was previously forecast. China’s population will peak at 1.4 billion in 2028; India’s four decades later at 1.75 billion.

Changes in fertility make long-term projections hard, but by 2100 the planet’s population will be rising past 11.2 billion. It will also be much older. The median age of 30 will rise to 36 in 2050 and 42 in 2100—the median age of Europeans today. A quarter of Europe’s people are already aged 60 or more; by 2050 deaths will outnumber births by 32m. The UN warns that only migration will prevent the region’s population from shrinking further.

(THE ECONOMIST)

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