Nigerian News from Leadership News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:39:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 We Are Not Afraid Of Card Reader – PDP Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:39:56 +0000 The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday debunked insinuations that they were against the use of card readers for the forthcoming elections.

The party, however, insisted on adequate test runs of the card readers before deploying them for use, in order to avoid chaos.

The deputy national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, who stated this yesterday while briefing newsmen, further boasted that the PDP would win the 2015 election comfortably.

Secondus, who said the PDP was ready for the 2015 elections, said it had decentralised its campaigns from the wards to the polling units, stressing that claims that it was afraid of the use of permanent voter cards (PVCs) and card readers were therefore propaganda by the APC.

While responding to allegations that the PDP was jittery over the use of card readers, Secondus said, “Not at all. You know this is the first time that the party is going to try this technology. I think that this misinformation by APC must be corrected. The PDP is not against card readers.

The PDP believes that INEC should test it and it should be in perfect condition, so that we don’t run into problems. So that on that day, we don’t have problems of it working in some areas and in other areas it won’t work. I mean these are human feelings acoss not just PDP, but the entire country.

“Since it is the first time we will adopt this technology, it should be in perfect condition so that people will not have cause to complain.

PDP’s Objection To Use Of Card Readers Confirms Intention To Rig Election – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) objection to the use of card readers in this month’s rescheduled election confirms its accusations that the ruling party was doing all in its power to either prevent the election from holding or to rig it.

The party, in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described as very curious the fact that the PDP, which had rushed to the press to deny the APC’s claims had turned around to confirm them.

APC said, ‘’At the press conference we addressed on Wednesday, which rattled the PDP and the Jonathan Administration so much, we listed the conditionalities of the PDP/Jonathan administration for holding the election: No PVCs, No Card Readers, No Jega and the fact that they want the military deployed to harass and intimidate voters.

“We mentioned ‘Card Readers’ at least three times during the press conference, and said they (PDP/Jonathan Administration) are doing everything possible to sabotage the machine and prevent its use.

“Both the spokesmen for the PDP and the Jonathan Campaign Organisation rushed to the press to deny any such ‘reprehensible’ plan. But a few hours later, the spokesman for the campaign organisation told an incredulous country that they would oppose the use of Card Reader, apparently after the spokesmen were overruled by their party.

“Obviously, these men are outsiders in their own party and it is now obvious that the opposition knows more about the inner workings of their party than they do.”


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Uwais Refuses To Speak On Son’s Alleged Link To ISIS Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:37:31 +0000 Mum was the word shrouding the allegation that the son of former chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mohammed Uwais, Mr Ibrahim Uwais, sneaked out of the country to register his membership with the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

LEADERSHIP Friday visited the Abuja residence of the former CJN and waited for two hours to get the reaction of the revered jurist but was eventually turned down on the excuse that the legal icon was not disposed to grant any interviews.

The Department of State Services (DSS) and the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) were contacted on telephone without any of them responding to our request to react to the allegation that Ibrahim left the shores of the country to join the dreaded terrorist group.

About two days after the news of the alleged involvement of Ibrahim Uwais in the activities of ISIS, the former number one judicial officer refused to confirm the veracity of the allegation.

Media reports in the last two days claimed that Uwais’ son fled the country with his two wives and children to join ISIS.

A source told LEADERSHIP yesterday that there is need to get the official position of the situation from the family. When LEADERSHIP visited the residence of Justice Uwais yesterday in Asokoro,Abuja, at about 3.30pm, one of his aides, who did not want his name in print initially told this newspaper that the former CJN was having dinner and should be given time to finish his meal.

But after some hours, another aide came out from the building and said that the former CJN would not be able to entertain any visitor. He simply said, “Oga said he won’t be able to see you now”.

Meanwhile, the DSS spokesman, Marilyn Ogar and her DHQ counterpart, Gen. Chris Olukolade, when contacted on phone, did not react to text messages sent to them. The text message reads in part, “Kindly react to the allegation that the son of former CJN, Justice Mohammed Uwais left the shores of Nigeria to join the terrorist group, ISIS”.


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Fani-Kayode Backs First Lady Over Comment On Buhari Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:35:20 +0000 The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) yesterday rose in defence of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, declaring that she was right in alleging that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari was “brain dead”.

Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, in a response to the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation yesterday in Abuja, said, “The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, was absolutely right. To say that General Buhari is ‘brain dead’ is an understatement and to suggest that he is suffering from dementia is nothing new.

“The First Lady has spoken in a courageous and forthright manner and, most important of all, she has spoken the bitter truth. Instead of crying like spoilt little brats and complaining, the APC and the Buhari Campaign Organisation should live with that bitter truth and leave her alone.

“She has every right to express herself in any way that she deems fit and she is entitled to her opinion. This is especially so given the fact that her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, is in the presidential race.

“Buhari’s general disdain for women and their opinion is well known. This is a man that said that he would scrap the office of the First Lady if he is elected President. “If he is not ready to face public scrutiny and criticism for his often times irresponsible, retrogressive, nonsensical and asinine views, he should quit the presidential race and consider retiring from politics.

“Our counsel to the APC is as follows: leave the First Lady alone or prepare yourselves for a relentless verbal blitzkrieg, the likes of which you have never seen before.”

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Police Won’t Tolerate Indiscipline From Officers – IGP Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:33:41 +0000 The inspector general of police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, has warned junior police officers planning to embark on strike over their welfare to be mindful of the consequences of indiscipline.

Suleiman gave the warning yesterday, in a statement signed by the force spokesman, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu in which he also raised concerns about members of the public who have been inciting the officers.

The police boss, who said the force was making efforts to meet the welfare needs of all officers, however said the force would arrest any officer engaged in strike actions.

“It has come to the notice of the inspector-general of police, IGP Suleiman Abba that some members of the public have adopted the mischievous path of inciting junior police officers to disrespect their oath of office.

“While warning such members of the public to desist from this unholy attitude, the IGP wishes to draw attention to the dangers inherent in police officers disobeying superior orders and acting outside the code of conduct. It does not augur well for public safety and security, and is a threat to our democracy”.

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Chidoka At Chatham House, Says Jonathan Is Committed To Democracy Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:30:13 +0000 Aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to democracy, peace and security in Nigeria, even as he emphasised the Peoples Democratic Party’s strong history of upholding democratic principles.

He stated this when he was hosted on Tuesday by the Chatham House’s Africa Programme, led by the head of the programme, Dr Alex Vines.

Chidoka who was at Chatham House to discuss President Jonathan’s full commitment to democracy, said that every effort must be made to replicate the model of free and fair election that the world witnessed with President Jonathan’s 2011 victory.

Speaking on the visit, he said, “The discussion with Chatham House was very positive. We reviewed the facts at hand leading up to the presidential election in Nigeria. The Nigerian people are being given a choice between President Jonathan, a democrat by instinct and record, and his opponent, a ‘reformed’ democrat. This is a critical distinction.”

While in London, the minister granted interviews to BBC’s HARDtalk, the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Sky News, NBC News, BuzzFeed and Voice of America.

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Polls: New Party Demands Fresh Polls Shift Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:24:25 +0000 Members of the newly registered political party, the Young Democratic Party (YDP) yesterday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to either accommodate them in the forthcoming general election or reschedule the polls.

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday ordered INEC to issue certificate of registration and include YDP in the general election.

While addressing a press conference after its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the national publicity secretary of the party, Barr. Ugo Nwofor, said the YDP is ready for the 2015 election.

He, however, gave INEC two options, which include the re-printing of its ballot papers to include YDP, so as to accommodate its candidates.

On the second option, Nwofor said, “If INEC does not have the appropriation of logistics for reprinting of its ballot papers, then INEC ought to within the constitutional provision further re-schedule the general elections so as to accommodate our party.

“In either of the two options, our party is ready.

“It has been a long journey for the YDP; we wish above all things that INEC would explore the first option.”

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Meningitis Kills 42 in Kebbi Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:22:46 +0000 Cerebral spinal meningitis has killed forty two people in five local governments of Kebbi State while fifty eight people are still receiving treatment in various camps at the affected local governments.

The Director, Disease Control, of the state Ministry of Health ,Aliyu Usman Bunza, disclosed this to newsmen at the state Ministry of Health in Birnin Kebbi, yesterday.

He said that the affected local governments included Jega, with 46 cases and 3 deaths, Argungu, with 6 cases, no death , Gwandu ,36 cases, no death, Aliero has 49 cases and 34 deaths while Zuru local government recorded 5 deaths from 17 cases.

He further explained that the Ministry started receiving cases of the disease since January this year and carefully took control, with the aid of preventive measures, leading to the discharge of many victims.

The Director of Immunisation and Disease Control, Hussaini Sahabi, attributed the rapid outbreak of the disease to sleeping in overcrowded and unventilated rooms as well.

“The disease can occur even during harmattan and not only during the hot season . The raid spread could be due to sleeping in overcrowded rooms with poor air circulation or sleeping in rooms with no cross ventilation. “He said.

Sahabi also explained that the government has already released 20,000 doses of vaccines to the affected areas and people have been vaccinated “ In Agungu, 1,290 doses of vaccines were used , Jega ,3005 doses, Gwandu 2,160 doses, while in Aliero, 13,200 doses of vaccines were used” he explained.

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Romance Scam: EFCC Nabs Suspected Internet Scammer Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:20:15 +0000 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a suspected fraudster, Obiechina Chikeluba for allegedly swindling Kieran Oakes, a UK citizen, the sum of £54,000 (equivalent of N20m) in love scam.

Chikeluba, a 21-year-old student of Federal Science and Technical College Yaba, Lagos, met the victim on Facebook sometime in 2013. The suspect, using the assumed profile of an American, Lisa Jackson, entered into a relationship with Oakes, with the pair agreeing to get married.

In the course of their relationship, ‘Jackson’ at various times collected money to the tune of £54,000 from Oakes, to enable him travel to the UK to meet her.

After an endless wait for her fiancé, it dawned on the Briton that she had been conned, and consequently petitioned the EFCC.

According to the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, operatives of the Commission arrested Chikeluba in a sting operation on February 24, 2015 in Lagos while attempting to collect a parcel sent to him.


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Boko Haram Kills 68 Villagers In Borno Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:18:28 +0000 At least 68 corpses of villagers killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists are still left rotting away three days after they were attacked in Njaba community under Konduga local government area of Borno State, witnesses said.

Njaba is a rural community 60km west of Gwoza and about 20km east of Damboa.

Witnesses said the attack on Njaba took place on Tuesday when suspected Boko Haram terrorists stormed the village at about 5am and began to massacre male residents mostly teenagers and aged persons.

“We the women were spared but every male including children of 12, 13 and 14 years of age were killed”, said Aminatu Mommodu, a woman in her early 40s.

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2 Killed In Fresh Taraba Communal Crisis Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:57:45 +0000 Two persons were reportedly killed, many injured with several houses razed in a fresh outbreak of hostilities in Tella town, Gassol, local government area of Taraba.

A resident of the area told LEADERSHIP Friday that problem started Wednesday evening following an argument between a Jukun youth and an Hausa-Fulani youth.

It was learnt that the argument degenerated into a fight and one of the youths reportedly took a knife and stabbed the other to death before fleeing the area.

Following the development, family members and supporters of the stabbed youths also mobilized and went on a revenge mission reportedly killing another youth.

It was learnt that the situation degenerated further yesterday as youths from both sides went on rampage burning churches, mosques, shops and residential apartments.

Many were said to have sustained varied degrees of injuries in the impasse.

When contacted, Taraba Police Spokesman, ASP Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the incident, saying that one person was killed and five others injured in the incident.

Kwaji said 25 shops, 4 churches and 2 mosques were razed in the violence.

He said detachment of security personnel have been deployed to the area and the situation has been brought under control.

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