The Sun News » Trending http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:09:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 U.S: Shots reported on Washington Navy Yard campus http://sunnewsonline.com/new/u-s-shots-reported-on-washington-navy-yard-campus/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/u-s-shots-reported-on-washington-navy-yard-campus/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:35:43 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125709 A lockdown is underway on the entire Washington Navy Yard campus after a report of shots fired. A federal official says there were reports of shots fired Thursday morning in the same building where a gunman killed a dozen workers in a rampage two years ago. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the [...]]]>

A lockdown is underway on the entire Washington Navy Yard campus after a report of shots fired.

A federal official says there were reports of shots fired Thursday morning in the same building where a gunman killed a dozen workers in a rampage two years ago. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to discuss details publicly, says there are no reports of injuries nor has a shooter been identified.

A police and fire department presence begins blocks away, with roads blocked and a helicopter overhead.

In September 2013, military contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 civilian workers at the Navy Yard’s Building 197 before he was fatally shot by police. The building has since been renamed the Humphreys Building. It reopened this year.

The Navy Yard, in southeast Washington, is the country’s oldest naval installation.

(ASSOCIATED PRESS)

 

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Lagos recovers bodies of 6 dead children from Ojo boat accident http://sunnewsonline.com/new/lagos-recovers-bodies-of-6-dead-children-from-ojo-boat-accident/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/lagos-recovers-bodies-of-6-dead-children-from-ojo-boat-accident/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:07 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125710 (LAGOS) The Lagos State Government yesterday said it had recovered the bodies of six children who drowned in Wednesday’s boat mishap in Ojo area of Lagos. Speaking at a news conference in Ikeja, Lagos, the Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Yinka Marinho, said that three of the bodies were recovered on Wednesday while [...]]]>

(LAGOS)

The Lagos State Government yesterday said it had recovered the bodies of six children who drowned in Wednesday’s boat mishap in Ojo area of Lagos.

Speaking at a news conference in Ikeja, Lagos, the Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Yinka Marinho, said that three of the bodies were recovered on Wednesday while another three was recovered on Thursday .

Marinho said eight of the 14 children survived the tragedy while six died, adding that the accident was as a result of a motorised Boat crashing into a canoe carrying the children to school. The motorised boat had developed a mechanical fault midway in the water around Irewe, Ojo.

He explained that the operator of the boat was trying to fix the problem as his boat stopped in the water when it ran into the canoe.

He disclosed that the captain of the motorised boat had been arrested and detained at the Railway Police Station, lamenting that the passengers in the boat were not wearing live jacket despite the fact that the government had distributed 3,500 life jackets to boat operators.

He said the state had 53 water terminals where all registered boats must take off, adding that no boat operator dared to leave the terminal without its passengers wearing life jackets, adding that there were life guards stationed in these waterways to ensure that waterways policies were followed.

The LASWA boss said that many canoes plying the waterways, especially those from riverine communities, were not monitored by LASWA, a reason why many of them did not use life jackets.

He said government did not have enough manpower to monitor them, moreover, as the economic viability of such areas were lean, adding that since many people did not ply such areas, much attention is not always paid to them. He, however, noted that the government would now begin to monitor them.

Marinho further disclosed that in the next few weeks another set of 2,400 life jackets would be distributed to boat operators, while another set of 1,800 would be distributed for the use of school children in riverine areas.

He stated that in the next few days the authorities would comb the nooks and crannies of riverine areas of the state to take a census of school children to know the number of life jackets to be provided for them.

He added that the government would ensure that the use of life jackets were monitored with appropriate sanctions meted to violators.

General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, appealed to those using the waterways to always put on life jackets in order to reduce accident on our waterways

Director General, Lagos Safety Commission, Odebunmi Dominga, vowed that the government would enforce the law and ensure that people using the waterways always wear life jackets.

(Oluwole Farotimi, DAILY SUN)

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Chidinma makes top 10 black women artists http://sunnewsonline.com/new/chidinma-makes-top-10-black-women-artists/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/chidinma-makes-top-10-black-women-artists/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:49:27 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125704 Says: “I was shocked and surprised” BY SIMEON MPAMUGOH An online arts and culture magazine, Theculture.forharriet.com, which celebrates fullness of black women, has named American-based Nigerian visual artist, Chidinma Dureke, one of its 10 dope black women artists to support. Dureke was picked among other black women artists, such as Leshie Ansley, Ashley Lynn White, [...]]]>

Says: “I was shocked and surprised”

BY SIMEON MPAMUGOH

An online arts and culture magazine, Theculture.forharriet.com, which celebrates fullness of black women, has named American-based Nigerian visual artist, Chidinma Dureke, one of its 10 dope black women artists to support.
Dureke was picked among other black women artists, such as Leshie Ansley, Ashley Lynn White, Sonya Robinson and Stephanie Woodson. Her works were compared by her university professor, Judith Kline of the University of Frostburg, to Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin, both artists of great repute.
Picasso, a Spanish expatriate, was one of the greatest and most influential 20th Century artists and Co-creator of Cubism, while the French artist, Gauguin, was a post-impressionist artist.
The online tabloid writes on its website: “After our most recent post on affordable black women artists to support, we received even more recommendation from forharriet followers. There is never a shortage of great art created by black women.”
In an exclusive online chat with Dureke from her Washington District of Columbia residence on her feeling joining other black women across the world on the top ten dope list of Theculture.forharriet.com, the savvy artist said, “I feel extremely honoured to make the list as one of the top 10-dope list of female artist to support.
“I was shocked and surprised to learn of this feature on www.theculture.forharriet.com, as I had no idea I was being written about. To be recognised is great, but, to be recognised on a national level enables me to realise that my work is being seen, and is making a difference.
“The purpose of Theculture.forharriet.com feature is to shed light on emerging artists who are up-and-coming. As it states, ‘There is never a shortage of great art created by Black women’; so, do we continue to recycle the same list of popular black female artists? All of us should be recognised while we are still living, both old and new.”
Her body of works, she revealed, was central when it comes to focusing on various issues of identity, by exploring the definitions of blackness within the Diaspora. She noted, “I am using bright colours, textile patterns, by fusing colours, textures and organics shapes to create fresh, iconic, expressive, diverse and graphic portraits. With Africa as my main inspiration, my work explores black hair, African hairstyles and the traditional ideals of beauty before western influences.”
According to Dureke, “I continuously choose to depict positive images of black and brown women in my paintings. Recently, I have been using historical objects, such as family photographs, to investigate my rich Nigerian culture and who these people in these images are. By departing from America, I am documenting the racial history of the immigrant’s journey from Africa in the 21st Century.”
The artist, who is planning an exhibition in Nigeria in the last quarter of the year, expressed her excitement coming to exhibit in her fatherland. “Yes, I am really excited to announce to my Nigerian audience that I am bringing my works to my beloved country. The exhibition will be focused on my current narrative about identity and culture. Nigerians should get ready for fresh and graphic portraits that remind all of us the importance of culture, family and history.
“We all ask these questions of our own family history at the time, ‘Who is the person I am looking at in this image?’ You should expect to leave my exhibition inspired and ask questions about your own family history and the importance in honouring our ancestors by telling their stories,” she enthused.
If you are wondering why her body of work is mainly focusing on women, she has an instant explnation, “My work mainly focuses on women, because I want to identify with the best. I can tell my story and the story of other women using this medium.
“I think this is the right time for women, and our voices need to be heard through various platforms. As the co-founder of Women Empowered to Achieve the Impossible (WETATi) Next Generation, a non-profit women organisation, we are providing scholarship for women in various universities in the US. I am always advocating for equality and education for all women –and that’s what I always like to mirror with my body of work.”
Besides, she wants to promote the importance of sisterhood and unity. Today’s entertainment depicts women as being very catty, so she wants to “show that we can get along and work together.”
How is art rated in America where she practices? She replies, “Art is rated very highly. With the increase in social media and advancement of technology, my generation has created new professions and appreciation for the arts, graphics design and visual photography. Creativity plays a huge role in today’s culture, and it is a respected trade in America. I am hoping that it can be translated in Nigeria and other cultures elsewhere. It seems like everyone is an artists in one form or another in our society.”
The artist, whose preferred mediums are oil paints, said that she uses other media, such as gold leaf, fabric, and paper. “The use of other media with the oils paints on canvas, are aesthetically pleasing to me. I enjoy that cut-and-paste technique of mixing other mediums,” she added, even as she revealed that cultural acrylic poses no much challenges to her when compared to mixed media painting.
She declared, “Mixed media paintings pose more challenge for me, because the idea is to make that each visual elements blend into one another. It can be difficult at times to make sure each medium in a mixed media piece is visual cohesive. Consequently, mix media involves more thought and planning before one starts working.”

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CWG grows revenue to over $100m http://sunnewsonline.com/new/cwg-grows-revenue-to-over-100m/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/cwg-grows-revenue-to-over-100m/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:52:26 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125701 By CHINENYE ANUFORO The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc, Mr. Austin Okere, has said that with seed capital of barely N160,000, CWG has grown to become one of the largest system inte­grators with revenue of more than $100 million, 650 staff and operations across Nigeria and three other African coun­tries. [...]]]>

By CHINENYE ANUFORO

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc, Mr. Austin Okere, has said that with seed capital of barely N160,000, CWG has grown to become one of the largest system inte­grators with revenue of more than $100 million, 650 staff and operations across Nigeria and three other African coun­tries.

According to Okere, during the 10th Annual General Meet­ing (AGM) held in Lagos, CWG has always been at the forefront of innovative information tech­nology solutions that enable growth as the company’s sub­scription business has began to yield fruits.

He noted that CWG’s sub­scription business model was conceived five years ago as the company needed to re-invent and transit to become a company that could grow revenue and profit. The CWG boss noted that the opportunities it has success­fully pursued under its subscrip­tion business include providing a cloud solution for microfinance institutions in partnership with MTN (a solution dubbed MTN XaaS), building a cloud-based solution for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to manage their businesses, part­nering with Hyperlink “http:// openshopen.com/” \t “_blank” openshopen.com to build an ecommerce platform for in­creased visibility and sales.

CWG’s investment in build­ing technology that addresses power theft, which is a major concern of most power distri­bution companies, has gained significant traction with the first commercial order, and four other proof of concepts completing and progressing into commer­cial sales. The company has also partnered with SES Astra to operate a digital satellite tele­vision teleport service. Okere hinted that being certified by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a payment terminal service provider (PTSP) will enable the company to deepen its offering in the Point of Sale and Payment systems. Recognising the need for automation and effective management of internally gen­erated revenue, CWG recently launched technology solutions that help state governments to in­crease their internally generated revenue in the area of third party insurance management system.

“Not unexpectedly, this has been a slow and difficult journey into innovative and uncharted territory that is beginning to show green shoots in sales, that will be consolidated in the sec­ond half of 2015. For instance, adapting the FinEdge tech­nology platform to power the backend of the Diamond Yello Account product has generated platform subscriber base exceed­ing expectations to four million in less than a year after launch, and with potential to grow to 10 million by the end of 2015.

Also, the first order for the power theft detection and pre­vention system has been secured with one of the electricity distrib­utors opening the way for a foray into a market with estimated potential in excess of $200 mil­lion within the next two years,” Okere stated.

 

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Court remands suspected killers of ex-FUTA VC http://sunnewsonline.com/new/court-remands-suspected-killers-of-ex-futa-vc/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/court-remands-suspected-killers-of-ex-futa-vc/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:51:42 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125699 …As family plans befitting burial From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Akure The two suspected killers of the for­mer vice chancel­lor, Federal Univer­sity of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Il­emobade; Daniel Ita and Olayemi Bamitale were yesterday ordered to be re­manded in prison custody by an Akure Magistrate Court. The two suspects, who were domestic staff of the [...]]]>

…As family plans befitting burial

From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Akure

The two suspected killers of the for­mer vice chancel­lor, Federal Univer­sity of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Il­emobade; Daniel Ita and Olayemi Bamitale were yesterday ordered to be re­manded in prison custody by an Akure Magistrate Court.

The two suspects, who were domestic staff of the deceased were among other suspects, alleged to have killed the 78-year-old Pro­fessor of Veterinary Medi­cine inside his house located at Ijapo estate, Akure.

The suspects, who were arraigned before Magistrate Victoria Bob-Manuel of an Oke-Oda, Akure Magistrate Court were standing trial on a five-count charge of mur­der, conspiracy and robbery among others.

The suspects, who were driver and security guard of the late university don had on Monday confessed while being paraded by the Police that they killed Prof. Ilemo­bade in order to steal his car.

The Police Prosecutor, Mr. Isah Atanegbe, an In­spector told the court that investigation revealed that Daniel and Olayemi, con­spired together to commit murder by strangulating the deceased to death at his residence in Ijapo Estate, Akure, on June 21, 2015.

The offence, according to the prosecution was contrary to and punishable under sec­tion 324 of the Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

Atanegbe, who read the charge sheet in court said: “Daniel Ita and Olayemi Bamitale on June 21, 2015 at about 9p.m. at No. 1 Ik­ere Street, Ijapo Estate com­mitted felony to wit, mur­der and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006. He added that the suspects on the same day, time and place killed Professor Albert Ad­eoye Ilemobade by jointly strangulating him to death and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 316 and punishable under section 319 of Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

Also, Atanegbe further alleged that the suspects robbed Prof Ilemobade and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 4039(A) of the Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.”

According to the Police Prosecutor, the suspects stole late Professor Ilemo­bade’s Rav 4 Jeep 2008 model with registration number Lagos GGE-589- CF and N7,000, and thereby committed an offencecon­trary to and punishable un­der section 401 of the Crimi­nal Code Cap.37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.”

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Ayade seeks death penalty for convicted kidnappers http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ayade-seeks-death-penalty-for-convicted-kidnappers/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ayade-seeks-death-penalty-for-convicted-kidnappers/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:45:36 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125687 From JUDEX OKORO, Calabar Worried by in­cessant cases of kidnap­ping, Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has sent an executive bill to the state House of Assembly seeking death penalty for convicted kidnappers in the state. The bill also seeks to em­power the state to seize prop­erty belonging to convicted kidnappers and other crimi­nals [...]]]>

From JUDEX OKORO, Calabar

Worried by in­cessant cases of kidnap­ping, Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has sent an executive bill to the state House of Assembly seeking death penalty for convicted kidnappers in the state.

The bill also seeks to em­power the state to seize prop­erty belonging to convicted kidnappers and other crimi­nals in the state.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, he said the bill became neces­sary to enable the administra­tion tackle the issue of kidnap­ping and other criminal cases in the state.

Reacting, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, John Gaul Lebo, said: “Kidnapping is already a criminal offence in the Criminal Code and that once the Bill is transmitted to the legislature they will only amend it to accommodate death penalty as requested by the governor.”

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Zakari’s appointment followed due process – Presidency http://sunnewsonline.com/new/zakaris-appointment-followed-due-process-presidency/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/zakaris-appointment-followed-due-process-presidency/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:57:58 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125615 (ABUJA) The Presidency has denied allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari‎ did not follow due process in the appointment of Mrs. Fatima Zakari as the Acting Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC). The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, described as a mere rehash of baseless allegations [...]]]>

(ABUJA)

The Presidency has denied allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari‎ did not follow due process in the appointment of Mrs. Fatima Zakari as the Acting Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, described as a mere rehash of baseless allegations by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, saying clearly he had nothing new to say apart from his charge of nepotism and partisanship.

Adesina denied that Buhari overuled former INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega‎’s choice, saying his handing over to another commissioner cannot be considered an appointment as only the President has the constitutional right to appoint.

Adesina said ‎Zakari’s appointment was on merit, based purely on her vast experience in the internal operations of INEC and the President’s commitment to affirmative action in support of gender equality, “because, apart from being fully qualified for the position, Mrs Zakari was the only woman among the six Commissioners considered”.

The Presidential Spokesman noted that ‎Metuh’s allegations were nothing but falsehoods contrived “to unjustly denigrate a President popularly elected by Nigerians to undo the damage done to the nation by years of PDP rule”.

Adesina said, “We have noted with regret, the latest tirade against President Muhammadu Buhari issued today by the PDP’s Spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh.

“Other than boring reporters at his press conference with a rehash of baseless allegations of inaction against the President, Mr Metuh clearly had nothing new to say apart from his charge of nepotism and partisanship in the appointment of the Acting INEC Chairman, which also lacks any factual foundation.

‎”President Buhari certainly did not “overrule” Prof. Attahiru Jega in appointing Mrs Amina Zakari as the Acting INEC Chairman, as Mr Metuh alleged. Prof. Jega’s purported handing over to another Commissioner cannot be construed as an ‘appointment’ because only the President has the constitutional authority, which he exercised to appoint Mrs Zakari as acting Chairman of INEC.

“Contrary to Mr Metuh’s allegations, President Buhari’s appointment of Mrs Zakari as Acting INEC Chariman was based entirely on merit, her vast experience in the internal operations of INEC and the President’s commitment to affirmative action in support of gender equality, because, apart from being fully qualified for the position, Mrs Zakari was the only woman among the six Commissioners considered.

“Due Process was certainly followed in Mrs Zakari’s appointment. Mr Metuh’s spurious claims of her appointment having been influenced by a ‘personal relationship with the Presidency’ and a Governor in the North-West ‘to pave the way for the APC’ at election tribunals should be disregarded by the public.

“… His claim that the PDP has rejected Mrs Zakari’s appointment is also laughable after he had admitted that the right and power of the President to make such appointments cannot be questioned”.

(Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, DAILY SUN)

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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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Greece debt crisis: Alexis Tsipras reportedly backs down http://sunnewsonline.com/new/greece-debt-crisis-alexis-tsipras-reportedly-backs-down/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/greece-debt-crisis-alexis-tsipras-reportedly-backs-down/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:54:53 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125579 Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has offered new concessions to the country’s creditors. A letter to creditors obtained by the Financial Times says Mr Tsipras is prepared to accept most conditions that were on the table before talks collapsed and he called a referendum. On Tuesday, eurozone finance ministers refused to extend the previous bailout. [...]]]>

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has offered new concessions to the country’s creditors.

A letter to creditors obtained by the Financial Times says Mr Tsipras is prepared to accept most conditions that were on the table before talks collapsed and he called a referendum.

On Tuesday, eurozone finance ministers refused to extend the previous bailout.

But Germany says a new agreement on a bailout would not be possible until after the referendum this weekend.

The Financial Times says that Mr Tsipras was prepared to accept a deal made by creditors last weekend, if a few changes were agreed.

Greece’s national broadcaster ERT says Mr Tsipras would accept a deal with only minor requests for changes.

European markets surged on the news Greece might be willing to accept a deal.

But the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said no new bailout talks would be possible before Greece holds a referendum on Sunday, that will ask Greeks if they want to accept their creditors’ proposals.

Two key meetings are to take place to discuss aid for Greece, after Athens missed the deadline for a €1.5bn (£1.1bn, $1.7bn) payment to the IMF on Tuesday.

In one, officials with the European Central Bank (ECB) will decide whether to grant an emergency loan to Greece.

In the second, eurozone finance ministers will discuss Greece’s latest proposal for a third bailout. It would last two years and amount to €29.1bn.

Ministers will discuss the proposal in a conference call at 15:30 GMT.

With the eurozone bailout expired, Greece no longer has access to billions of euros in funds.

Only three other countries are still in arrears to the IMF – Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe. Between them, they owe €1.6bn, only marginally more than Greece.

The ECB has also frozen its liquidity lifeline to Greek banks, that did not open this week.

Withdrawals from cash machines are capped at just €60 a day and long queues have been forming outside banks.

However, up to 1,000 branches re-opened on Wednesday to allow pensioners – many of whom do not use bank cards – a one-off weekly withdrawal of up to €120.

The Associated Press news agency said many pensioners had waited outside banks from before dawn, only to be told to return on Thursday or Friday.

Some pensioners were told their pensions had not yet been deposited, AP said.

“It’s very bad,” said Popi Stavrakaki, 68. “I’m afraid it will be worse soon. I have no idea why this is happening.”

Close to 300 pensioners marched on the Bank of Greece in Athens after being given only a small sum from banks in the morning instead of the entire €120.

The European Commission – one of the “troika” of creditors along with the IMF and the ECB – wants Athens to raise taxes and cut welfare spending to meet its debt obligations.

Greece’s left-wing Syriza government, elected on an anti-austerity platform, has been in deadlock with its creditors for months over the terms of a third bailout.

Last weekend, the Greek government took the unilateral decision to hold a vote, angering eurozone ministers.

EU leaders have warned that a ‘No’ vote would see Greece leave the eurozone – though Mr Tsipras says he does not want this to happen.

A poll by the Greek newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton published on Wednesday suggested that 54% of Greeks would vote against the creditors’ terms for a bailout – fewer than in their last poll.

(BBC)

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Buhari may not appoint ministers until September http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-may-not-appoint-ministers-until-september/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-may-not-appoint-ministers-until-september/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:29:16 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125577 President Muhammadu Buhari may not name a cabinet until September as he takes time to find credible ministers and build a government untainted by the corruption of the past, a senior official and party sources said. Buhari swept to power in March on an anti-graft ticket and was sworn in on May 29 but critics [...]]]>

President Muhammadu Buhari may not name a cabinet until September as he takes time to find credible ministers and build a government untainted by the corruption of the past, a senior official and party sources said.

Buhari swept to power in March on an anti-graft ticket and was sworn in on May 29 but critics are starting to ask why ministers for Africa’s biggest economy have yet to be unveiled a month after he came into power.

His defeat of incumbent Goodluck Jonathan was seen as a positive step for Africa’s top oil producer, given the corruption scandals that have blighted previous administrations.

But Nigeria’s financial markets are starting to suffer as the post-election euphoria fades and the lack of a cabinet leaves investors waiting in vain for policy direction on issues as important as the currency and petroleum investment.

“It will take the next two months before ministers can come on board. Bringing them in now may disrupt the clean-up going on. So Nigerians just have to be patient,” presidential media adviser Garba Shehu told Reuters. “We need to clean up the mess everywhere before the ministers can come.”

Buhari’s anti-corruption drive has been at the heart of his moves so far, alongside efforts to establish a military force with Cameroon, Chad and Niger to fight the six-year Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the northeast.

While Buhari has not named any ministers, he dissolved the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) last week and the state oil firm’s management may be next to go.

The National Economic Council, a presidential advisory group that met this week for the first time since Buhari was inaugurated, said the NNPC had kept nearly half Nigeria’s oil revenues from 2012 to May 2015 and promised an investigation.

Parliament also agreed last week to investigate contracts between the NNPC and oil trading houses, in which crude was swapped for refined fuel products, on the grounds that there was a gap between the value of the oil delivered and fuel received.

“President Buhari’s cabinet won’t be ready until early September because he is not in a hurry,” a senior member of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party said. “He is just being meticulous so that he can bring in credible and competent hands.”

However, some APC insiders say a power struggle between Buhari and party leader Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor and one of Nigeria’s most formidable political godfathers, lies behind the delays.

The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said it was concerned Buhari had not made key appointments and the first month of his tenure had been “all motion, no movement”.

Yvonne Mhango, sub-Saharan Africa economist at Renaissance Capital, said the uncertainty was exacerbating jitters about the outlook for an economy battered by depressed oil prices.

“We hope we’ll get clarity on what sort of policies we should expect and investors can make decisions on the back of that,” Mhango said.

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Jega, six INEC commissioners leave office http://sunnewsonline.com/new/jega-six-inec-commissioners-leave-office/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/jega-six-inec-commissioners-leave-office/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:43:46 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125450 The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, today bowed out of office after five years at the helm of the election agency. Six other national commissioners also ended their tenure Tuesday. At a brief ceremony at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, Mr. Jega handed over to a national commissioner, Mohammed Wali from [...]]]>

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, today bowed out of office after five years at the helm of the election agency.

Six other national commissioners also ended their tenure Tuesday.

At a brief ceremony at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, Mr. Jega handed over to a national commissioner, Mohammed Wali from Sokoto state, who becomes acting chairman of the commission.

Mr. Jega was appointed in June 2010 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, suceeding Maurice Iwu.
He conducted two general elections – 2011 and 2015.

Mr. Jega, shortly after the last general election which held on March 28 and April 11, said he would not be seeking for a fresh term in office.

He also said he would decline the offer of renewal if granted.

Mr. Jega is the only chairman of the electoral body to conduct two general elections in Nigeria’s electoral history.

The 2015 elections is believed one of Nigeria’s fairest and freest polls.

(PREMIUM TIMES)

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Bank Verification: CBN extends registration until October 31 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/bank-verification-cbn-extends-registration-until-october-31/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/bank-verification-cbn-extends-registration-until-october-31/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:54:40 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125447 …To release guideline for enrolment of Diaspora account holders BY BLAISE UDUNZE Following the apprehension and out cry of customers, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the Bank Registration Verification (BVN) exercise deadline to October 31, to accommodate those who had thronged the banks to beat an earlier closing date. This was contained [...]]]>
…To release guideline for enrolment of Diaspora account holders
BY BLAISE UDUNZE
Following the apprehension and out cry of customers, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the Bank Registration Verification (BVN) exercise deadline to October 31, to accommodate those who had thronged the banks to beat an earlier closing date.
This was contained in a circular issued by the apex bank and signed by the Director, Banking and Payment System Department, Dipo Fatokun, on Tuesday.
The reason, according to CBN, “It has come to our notice that the BVN registration has elicited tremendous interest from the Nigerian bank customers who crowded the banking halls in order to beat the deadline.
“In view of the foregoing, it has become imperative for the banks to extend the timeline for all customers to have the BVN. The deadline for the enrolment is hereby extended from June 30 to October 31.”
According to the statement, the extension is expected to facilitate a smooth completion of the registration exercise.
It further stated that the extension would give Nigerian bank customers in the Diaspora, ample time to enrol into the programme.
The statement, however, stated that the guideline for the enrolment of the Diaspora account holders was being finalised and would be released soon.
Daily Sun checks in some banks in Lagos showed that customers had a hectic day trying to register their account numbers due to poor network and insufficient bank officials to attend to them, as chaotic situations were recorded in most banks’ premises.
Some customers trooped to the banks as early as 4a.m to ensure they register their account numbers. Sadly, the entire process seemed to be epileptic as only a few of them were able to have their account numbers verified, forcing them to spend over several hours waiting to be verified.
As at 5p.m banks were attending to customers, while some of them that have more than one bank account were also seen with pieces of white papers at the banks where they had registered wrote their unique BVN numbers to take to other banks to key in.
Reacting to the initial development, most of the customers who called for the extension of the deadline to enable them register their numbers complained of poor awareness.
A customer, Ola Oladeju who spoke to Daily Sun in a banking premise commended CBN for the extension of the exercise.
According to him, this is a good development, as this will facilitate the accommodation of millions of customers who would have been left out of the BVN exercise.
Another customer, who thanked CBN for the extension, requested that the apex bank should come up with a robust strategy to assist those of us living in diaspora.
He advised those in the country, to do the needful before the deadline rather than wait till the last minute.
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Ekiti: Fayose settles in, appoints cabinet http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ekiti-fayose-settles-in-appoints-cabinet/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ekiti-fayose-settles-in-appoints-cabinet/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:50:34 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125444 Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, begins concrete steps towards administering the state as he inaugurates 10 commissioners to assist in the business of governing the state today. A statement made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said: “The swearing of the 10 new commissioners [...]]]>

Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, begins concrete steps towards administering the state as he inaugurates 10 commissioners to assist in the business of governing the state today.

A statement made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said: “The swearing of the 10 new commissioners comes up tomorrow Wednesday, July 1, at Lady Jibowu Hall,
Government House, Ado Ekiti. The swearing‎ ceremony will commence at 11am. All the 10 commissioners, their relations, government functionaries and other important dignitaries are expected to be seated by 10am.‎”

(DAILY SUN)

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Cross River Gov: I inherited a state with great potentials, not an empty treasury http://sunnewsonline.com/new/cross-river-gov-i-inherited-a-state-with-great-potentials-not-an-empty-treasury/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/cross-river-gov-i-inherited-a-state-with-great-potentials-not-an-empty-treasury/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:56:10 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125437 Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has stated unequivocally that he did not inherit an empty treasury from his predecessor, Sen. Liyel Imoke. Rather he insisted that he inherited a state with great potentials, promising to turn around the state for the betterment of the common man. Speculations have been rife that the present [...]]]>

Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has stated unequivocally that he did not inherit an empty treasury from his predecessor, Sen. Liyel Imoke.

Rather he insisted that he inherited a state with great potentials, promising to turn around the state for the betterment of the common man.

Speculations have been rife that the present administration in the state inherited an empty treasury.

Fielding questions from newsmen in Calabar to mark his 30 days in office, Ayade said it is absolutely wrong for anybody to measure the wealth of a nation by the naira and kobo in its account, but rather by its economic potentials.

The Governor said, “I inherited a State with great potentials; I did not inherit an empty treasury. After all, I don’t measure the wealth of a nation by the naira and kobo in its account.

“I inherited a state that has a lot of mineral resources that can be converted into wealth. I met a stated that people are willing to contribute to, and turn its misfortune to fortune. And I am prepared to re-jig and increase the production capacity thereby increasing the revenue base of the state.

“I inherited a TINAPA Resort and International Convention Centre that we can, through private partnership, promote and realise our great tourism potentials as Africa destination point,” he stated.

Following agitations by local government workers in the State over delay in the payment of their salaries, the governor has ordered the payment of their salaries within the week.

Ayade maintained that for the state to move on and make its mark among the comity of states, the construction of a sea port, a super highway from Calabar to Obudu, and a garment factory are projects that must be realised within his administration.

On his plans for agriculture, he expressed his administration’s readiness to establish a food bank across the state in order to create jobs and add value to farmers’ products.

“When I served as a senator, I created the Ayade food bank in my senatorial area. The food bank was an institution that served as an off-taker, to buy directly from farmers and distribute to those who no longer can fish.

“But as a Governor… we are going to have State food banks in all the local government areas; it’s going to come by way of an executive policy or a motion approved by the state house of assembly”, he added.

(Judex OkoroDAILY SUN)

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Water scarcity cripples Abuja http://sunnewsonline.com/new/water-scarcity-cripples-abuja/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/water-scarcity-cripples-abuja/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:19:33 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125434 (ABUJA) Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have resorted to self-help following the disruption of water supply to some parts of the metropolis and suburb towns by the Water Board. The ugly incident which started on Sunday night has already taken a serious toll on the residents who have now resorted to other [...]]]>

(ABUJA)

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have resorted to self-help following the disruption of water supply to some parts of the metropolis and suburb towns by the Water Board.

The ugly incident which started on Sunday night has already taken a serious toll on the residents who have now resorted to other means of sourcing for water. The current water scarcity is expected to last for at least one week.

A large number of Abuja residents depend on ‎FCT Water Board for their daily water needs. Unlike Lagos and other mega cities across the federation, the FCT administration, through its Water Board, supplies water to households, offices and industrial areas of the territory.

Although an announcement was belatedly made by the FCT Water Board that certain areas would experience water shortages due to periodic maintenance of their facilities, many residents have complained ‎that the exercise, like in the past, ought to have been carried out during weekends.

Residents of Kubwa District, the biggest suburb in the territory, appears to be the worst-hit and the absence of water vendors (mai ruwa) has further compounded the already precarious situation.

As a temporary measure meant to cushion the biting effect of the scarcity, residents who have been affected have resorted to use of sachet water for household chores, ranging from washing of dishes to cooking, as well as bathing.

Meanwhile, the FCT administration, which currently has no substantive minister, has kept mum over the situation. Unlike in the past when the minister hastily intervened w‎henever there were shortages, the FCT administration, currently headed by the permanent secretary, Mr. John Obinna Chuckwu, has not intervened.

When contacted on phone, FCT administration’s Deputy Director in charge of press, Alhaji Muhammad Sule, did not respond to calls made to his phones. He did not return the calls either as at the time of filing this report.

(Fred Itua, DAILY SUN)

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Traders, artisans to shut down Anambra today as FG relocates 40 Boko Haram detainees to Anambra http://sunnewsonline.com/new/traders-artisans-to-shut-down-anambra-today-as-fg-relocates-40-boko-haram-detainees-to-anambra/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/traders-artisans-to-shut-down-anambra-today-as-fg-relocates-40-boko-haram-detainees-to-anambra/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:07:58 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125326 (NNEWI) As a rsult of an allged relocation of about 40 Boko Haram detainees from the Northern zone of the country to Ekwulobia prisons in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state, last Sunday, traders in the state, under the aegis of Anambra Markets Amalgamated Traders Association ( AMATAS ) and artisans, yesterday, vowed to [...]]]>

(NNEWI)

As a rsult of an allged relocation of about 40 Boko Haram detainees from the Northern zone of the country to Ekwulobia prisons in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state, last Sunday, traders in the state, under the aegis of Anambra Markets Amalgamated Traders Association ( AMATAS ) and artisans, yesterday, vowed to stage what they termed as ‘mother of all’ protests today against the relocation exercise.

Disclosing this in a telephone interview, Publicity Secretary of AMATAS, Dede Uzor A. Uzor said since the federal government had refused to feel the pulse of the Anambra people last Saturday who closed markets in the state in protest against the move to relocate the prisoners and gone head to relocate the prisoners, traders and other stakeholders had concluded arrangements to stage a mother of all protests today.

Uzor, however, noted that markets would not be closed in today’s protest like that of last Saturday, adding that as time progressed they would fashion out more ways to tackle the idea because, ccording to him, instead of keeping the prisoners in Abuja prisons where there is adequate security, government deliberately decided to relocate them to Aguata prisons where there was less security network.They expressed the fear that with the prisoners inside Aguata prison, Boko haram members could capitalize on that to relocate to the Eastern part of the country and begin to launch violent attacks on the peaceful people of the East.

Asked to comment on the development, leader of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike declined comments, saying that those who were in support of one Nigeria should be in a better position to do the reaction by themselves.

Uwazuruike said: “From the onset, MASSOB did not believe in one Nigeria but many others like Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Governors believe in one Nigeria and it is their responsibility now to comment on it. If I say it is not good to relocate them it will be an over statement and if I say it is good, it will be an under statement but I want those who believe in one Nigeria to know that those prisoners are being relocated to any part of the same Nigeria, not outside Nigeria.

However, MASSOB’s Deputy National Director of Information, Mazi Chris Mocha in an SMS text, warned that if they hear any sound of bomb blast, as a result of this relocation exercise, they would retaliate with immediate effect because according to him, no particular group or sect had the monopoly of throwing bombs or causing violence.

.As at yesterday, there were conflicting reports of the actual number of prisoners that were relocated to Aguata prisons. Some said they were 40, while others said they were 47 but all efforts to get the true position from the prisons officials proved abortive as all of them maintained sealed lips.

On how the relocation idea was muted, security forces explained that the development was just an implementation of the existing federal government’s radicalization programme whereby violent criminals were radicalized and relocated to other prison custodies, a programme created under the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA.

(David Onwuchekwa, DAILY SUN)

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Buhari has not ordered arrest of brother-in-law http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-has-not-ordered-arrest-of-brother-in-law/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-has-not-ordered-arrest-of-brother-in-law/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:24:24 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125330 Reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Department of State Sevice, DSS, to arrest his wife’s younger brother, Musa Yola, over suspicion of fraud, are untrue. PREMIUM TIMES contacted presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, and he categorically denied the reports. “It is definitely not true, there is no iota of truth on this report there [...]]]>

Reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Department of State Sevice, DSS, to arrest his wife’s younger brother, Musa Yola, over suspicion of fraud, are untrue.

PREMIUM TIMES contacted presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, and he categorically denied the reports.
“It is definitely not true, there is no iota of truth on this report there is no basis for the president to do that,” Mr. Shehu said.

Also, the man who is said to have been arrested, Mr. Yola, called PREMIUM TIMES and said he was shocked to see reports of his purported arrests in the social media.

“As we speak, I am in the President’s office and I was with him last night,” he said.

Mr. Yola also said he has never been involved in forgery or fraud and has never been arrested by either the Police or SSS or any security agency for that matter.

He also said he has never been to any police station or SSS office as an accused person.

“I simply don’t know or understand who is behind these malicious rumours,” he said.

Reports posted online said President Buhari ordered the DSS to arrest Mr. Yola after he duped a businessman N300 million promising to aid him acquire an oil bloc.

The reports also said Mr. Yola had refunded the money and that he was granted bail by the SSS.

The spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, could not be reached Monday.

However, a source in the DSS confirmed to us that “there was no such order from the President”.

He also said the SSS had no one in detention bearing the name Musa Yola in recent times.

(PREMIUM TIMES)

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