Nigerian News from Leadership News Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:29:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Elections Are Not Won By Propaganda – Jonathan Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:29:53 +0000 President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned that while it was his administration that created the platform on which the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) thrives so far, elections are not won by propaganda.

Jonathan, who spoke on Tuesday night at the presidential dinner and public lecture organised in his honour by the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Alumni Association in Abuja, added that the vibrant opposition in the country today is an offshoot of the desire of his administration to encourage democratic competitiveness.

Represented at the event by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, Jonathan however regretted that people speak carelessly as a result of the freedom allowed under this administration.

He said, “Today, at times, people wonder or bother about the opposition’s activities and movements. We created it. We simply thought that except the political space is expanded, we are not heading for democracy.

“That except you allow people to strongly and firmly assert their democratic rights, participate in democratic process and indeed, enjoy it with confidence, one day, we will pay for it.

“I want to assure us tonight that the opposition movement as it were today, owe their existence and indeed, their activities to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“When the opposition tries to make so much noise, one thing we know is that you cannot win election in Nigeria through propaganda.”

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Nigeria Loses N3.1trn Crude Oil Yearly – Osinbajo Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:26:42 +0000 The All Progressives Congress (APC) vice presidential candidate in this year’s election, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has said that Nigeria loses an average of N3.1trillion worth of crude oil to graft annually.

Osinbajo, who was in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital yesterday, stated this during the presentation of the APC’s 2015 manifesto on Securing Nigeria’s Future during the APC’s Youth Interactive Town Hall Meeting.

He said that the level of corruption in Nigeria is too high, adding that no country can survive under the current rate of stealing in the country.

Osinbajo, who said that the federal government itself has confirmed that over 400,000 barrels of oil are stolen everyday, explained that Nigeria’s problem is not lack of resources but corruption and stealing.

He said, “The government of today has tried to give the impression that the problem of the country is that of falling oil prices, which is now below $50 per barrel but that is not the problem. The problem is the corruption and stealing”.

“Nigeria’s problem is not resources but management of resources is our main problem. We must put in place a responsible government who will hold those managing the country’s resources accountable.”

The APC vice presidential candidate stated that when the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said $20billion was missing, he was removed from office by the PDP-led federal government.

According to him, another former CBN governor, Prof Charles Soludo, not only confirmed the missing money, but updated the figure to N30trillion.

He revealed that when oil price was $38 per barrel, Nigeria had external reserve of $62bn, noting that for five years when the oil prices hovered from $100 to $168 per barrel, the country’s external reserve dropped to $32bn.

According to him, the abnormality resulted in the weakening of the country’s currency, which value stands at N220 per dollar.

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Sustain Unity Bridges Built By Military, Mark Tells Politicians Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:19:07 +0000 Senate president David Mark has urged politicians in the country to sustain the bridges built across the nation by those with military background to ensure the unity of Nigeria instead of engaging in acts that will divide the nation.

The Senate president who spoke to journalists yesterday in Minna when he paid a condolence visit to the family of Abubakar Gimba who passed away on Wednesday night said that for instance, he feels like someone from Niger State even though he is from Benue State.

Mark said he has a special attachment to Niger State, adding that those of them with military background desired a united Nigeria that is not divided along ethnic and religious lines.

He stated, “When General Babangida accepted me as his son, I was not from his tribe; I was not in his corps in the military but I can tell you more about General Babangida than those who belonged to his corps and faith”.

“It is this kind of unity forged across the length and breadth of this country that can make Nigeria the country we want it to be; for those of us with military background, this is almost true”.

“If politicians can imbibe that, I think it will make for unity and progress of this country rather than the sharp division now in religions, in tribes and whatever they (politicians) can find”.

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Incest: I Only Wanted To Test My Daughter’s Virginity – Suspect Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:16:30 +0000 A man arrested for allegedly attempting to rape his daughter in Ajeromi, Ifelodun local government area of Lagos State, has told the police that he wanted to test her virginity.

The suspect, identified simply as Alex, was said to have attempted to rape his 15-year- old daughter, Agnes (not real name), in his apartment at Abiodun street, Ajegunle.

Alex was apprehended by his neighbours and handed over to the police at Ajegunle police station but was later released on bail at the weekend.

LEADERSHIP gathered that Alex had told Agnes to undress up to her underwear, and allegedly wanted to make love to her but she raised the alarm.

The neighbours came to her rescue after forcing the door open.

A police inspector attached to Ajegunle police station, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told LEADERSHIP that it was neighbours that dragged the suspect to the station.

He said: “His wife was not at home when he wanted to perpetrate the act but the man denied doing that. You know that nobody will agree that he wanted to rape his daughter. Police acted on the information given to us and even took the minor to the general hospital for medical examination.”

According to the source, Alex claimed that he only wanted to check whether his daughter had been breached.

“He wanted to know whether his daughter is still a virgin or not. So he decided to insert his fingers, to know her situation, according to him,” he said.

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Northern Elders Endorse Jonathan For Second Term Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:13:57 +0000 The Northern Elders Council (NEC) has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan and his running mate, Vice President Namadi Sambo for a second term in office.

The elders led by their Chairman and elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, made their intention known yesterday when they paid a courtesy visit to Jonathan at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Yakasai said the NEC opted for the Jonathan/ Sambo because they offer the best prospects for continuous and sustained development, peace, unity and stability of the country.

According to him, despite the numerous social and security challenges, Jonathan through his resilience, steadfastness, and patriotism competed with his focused leadership has held the country together.

He noted that the president matched the country to greater heights through the faithful implementation of the administration’s Transformation Agenda.

He added that the NEC acknowledges the administration’s remarkable development of the Northern part of the country, particularly in the construction of over 120 Almajiri Schools, Girl Child Schools in 13 states, nine new universities, massive dam and irrigation projects, expansion of railways and numerous projects.

He also disclosed that the NEC was particularly delighted with the synergy between Jonathan and Sambo, whom they described as “our distinguished son and leader.”

Responding, Sambo told the elders that they took a wise decision by endorsing the re-election bid of Jonathan for a second term in the March 28 presidential election.

Sambo expressed delight with the show of love and support by the NEC, under the Chairmanship of Yakasai.

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IBB, Abdulsalami, Mark Lead Dignitaries To Abubakar Gimba’s Burial Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:11:37 +0000 The burial rites of the late Nigerian author and technocrat, Alhaji Abubakar Gimba, were performed according to Islamic tenets in Minna yesterday amidst a large turnout of sympathizers.

Also, the Niger State government has promised to immortalize the late author.

Dignitaries, including former military president General Ibrahim Babangida, former head of state General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Senate President David Mark and the acting governor of Niger State and speaker Niger State Assembly Barrister Adamu Usman led dignitaries at the burial.

All the dignitaries spoke about the dedication of the late author to the development of literary works in Nigeria and his commitment to service throughout his active years.

General Babangida stated in an interview that the death of Alhaji Gimba was not only a loss to those close to him, but to the entire nation, adding that the deceased would be remembered for his contributions to writing in the country.

On his part, General Abdulsalami Abubakar described Gimba’s death as not only a great loss to Nigeria, but to writers all over the world.

The Senate President recalled that his relationship with late Alhaji Gimba dated back to the 80s when he was military governor of Niger State.

Mark said: “When I came to Niger State, Gimba was such a youngman and brilliant man, it did not take me much time to recognize him , he was a very brilliant economists. He was permanent secretary, Planning, and I moved him to become permanent secretary, Planning and Finance, and I discovered that he was not only an economists but a great writer.”

The Senate president disclosed that he later appointed the late Gimba from 2007 to 2011 as special adviser on Politics and Economics when he became the Senate president, because of his dedication to duty.

The acting governor of Niger State stated that the late Gimba was instrumental to various educational development initiatives in the state, from being the foundation Implementation Committee chairman of IBB University to becoming the first Pro-Chancellor of the university.

He stated that when the University of Education, Minna, Bill was to be passed in the House of assembly, the late author made valuable contributions leading to the passage of the bill, adding that he would be immortalized by the state government.

“It will not be out of place if we name the University of Education after him,” the acting governor said.

Gimba died on Wednesday night at Minna General Hospital after a prolonged illness. He hailed from Nassawa town of Lapai local government area in Niger State.

Suicide bomber kills 19, injures 17 in Biu

A male suicide bomber yesterday killed himself and 19 others in Biu town of Borno State, security sources and witnesses said.

Biu is 185km south of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The incident came exactly a week after another suicide bomber blew himself and others up at a military checkpoint, leaving at least 17 others seriously injured.

It was the third of such attack in the last two weeks.

An eyewitness, Nasiru Buhari, who is an operative of the Civilian-JTF, said he counted 19 corpses, including that of the suicide bomber.

“We have taken 20 corpses to the hospital, comprising 19 innocent persons and the remains of the suicide bomber. So far we have 17 injured persons admitted at the hospital”, said Buhari.

Witnesses said the suicide bomber, who may have been heading towards Biu market, could not get to his destination because of the serious security check mounted by the local vigilantes on the way leading to the market area.

“It happened at about 3pm; the man was being driven in a commercial tricycle that also carried other passengers. Few hundred metres to the checkpoint ahead the market, he alighted from the tricycle and started walking towards those standing by the roadside, and in few seconds he blew himself up, killing all the passengers and those around the spot where the blast occurred.”

A top security officer in Maiduguri, who does not want to be named in this report, confirmed the incident to LEADERSHIP Friday.

“We have received a report about the blast from our officers in Biu. We are aware that over a dozen have been killed and many others injured, but we are not sure of the actual casualty figures yet,” he said.

Twin bomb blasts kill 12 in Jos

Just as the people of Jos, the Plateau State capital, were celebrating the first rain in the city centre, two explosions simultaneously rocked the Bauchi Road area of Jos North Local Government Council of the state yesterday evening.

Investigations revealed that the bombs were thrown from a moving vehicle at the entrance to the popular Bauchi Road motor park where fruit sellers displayed their wares.

Another source told our correspondent that another explosive was thrown at the gate of the Bauchi Road Campus of University of Jos Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, which is also along the road.

University of Jos students are currently writing their second semester examination.

A sources told our correspondent on phone that he counted 12 bodies as members of the Special Task Force on Jos crisis, codenamed ‘Operation Safe Haven,’ were seen moving to the area to cordon off the affected spots and to evacuate the victims.

Expectedly, the bombing created tension around the area.

According to a UNIJOS undergraduate who gave his name as Paul, when they heard the loud explosions, students started fleeing and calling for help.

The Plateau State Police Command’s public relations officer, DSP Abu Emmanuel, confirmed the bomb attacks, adding that security operatives had move in to control the situation.

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Bus Driver Bags 35 Years For Gang Rape In Delta Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:06:42 +0000 An Asaba High Court has on Wednesday, sentenced a member of a six-man gang that specialized in raping girls, Chukwu Ebuka Sunday, to 35 years in jail for the gang rape of a 17 year old girl.

The court did not give Sunday an option of fine, after he was found guilty of raping the 17 year old secondary school girl (name withheld) along with five others now at large, an offence committed on November 23, 2012, at Akwuebulu, within the Asaba judicial division, Asaba.

Narrating her ordeal, the raped teenage victim said: “My mother sent me on an errand to the market to buy foodstuff for her. On my way to the market, along Arthur Richard Street, Akwebulu, one boy called Ebuka saw me and seized me by my skirt. He dragged me into their compound and locked the gate.

“As soon as he locked the gate, he brought out a cutlass and threatened to cut me with it. He then used the cutlass to hit me on my stomach. He also hit himself several times with the cutlass and started boasting that he was a strong man and a cultist. Thereafter, he pushed me into his room, forcefully removed my underwear and raped me.

“After raping me, he called his friends on phone. Five other boys came later and also raped me in turns. They poured alcoholic gin drink on my face, broke raw eggs on my head and beat me up even as I was crying.”

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Court Dismisses Suit Against Confab Report Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:01:21 +0000 Justice Abdul Kafarati of a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday dismissed the suit filed by a constitutional lawyer, Dr Tunji Abayomi, seeking to nullify the decisions of the National Conference.

Last year, Abayomi approached the court, asking it to declare that President Goodluck Jonathan lacked the power to convene the conference without an empowering legislation by the National Assembly.

Listed as defendants in the suit are the president, the attorney-general of the federation, the Senate president, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, the vice chairman, Prof Bolaji Akinyemi, and the secretary, Dr (Mrs) Valerie Azinge.

Lawyer to the federal government in the suit, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) had asked the court to dismiss the suit.

Delivering judgement in the suit, Justice Kafarati held that the plaintiff lacks locus standi to initiate such suit, and struck out the suit for lacking in merit.

At the hearing stage, Abayomi in the suit dated March 3, 2014, had denied insinuations that the suit was motivated by his political party’s opposition to Jonathan.

He, however, submitted that instead of spending N12million on each delegate, the money should be used to create jobs.

“You are spending the money on people that are already rich while the poor are dying. If it was necessary to spend such money, is there no need to have a law approving it?”

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NASS Approves Creation Of Budget Office Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:22:58 +0000 In a bid to become independent and ensure that the budgeting process is more accurate, the National Assembly has started a process of establishing a Budget Office in the National Assembly completely different from the one being operated by the executive arm of government.

To this end, the Senate has passed a bill for an Act to establish the National Assembly Budget Research Office ( NABRO) through second reading to provide the National Assembly with objective, timely and non -partisan analysis of economic information needed for budget decisions.

The bill has been passed by the House of Representatives.

Sponsor of the bill, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba (PDP Cross River Central), said the bill was very important, given that NABRO would prepare and present to the National Assembly, periodic forecasts of economic trends and alternative fiscal policies.

He added that it will also update the National Assembly on the extra-budgetary expenditure incurred,as well as appropriated items, which were not funded by the government within a financial year.

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Over 30 APC Supporters Killed In Rivers – Ikanya Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:21:43 +0000 Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, has alleged that no fewer than 30 supporters of the party have been killed in politically motivated violence that has rocked the state in the past few months.

Ikanya, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by his media aide, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, lamented that those behind the killings are becoming increasingly emboldened by the day as demonstrated by their brazen attack on the party’s gubernatorial campaign train at Okrika, headquarters of Okrika local government area of the state, on February 17, 2015.

He said, “Our investigations show that we have lost no fewer than 30 of our members and supporters in political attacks instigated in parts of the state by agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). As painful as this is, we are miffed that no single arrest has been made by the police in connection with these politically motivated killings calculated to intimidate and annihilate us as a political party.

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