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Court Sets January 5 For Hearing Of Anambra PDP Dispute


Candidates seeking elective positions under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State may have to wait a while as an Abuja High Court has fixed Monday, January 5, 2015 to hear a plethora of applications filed by parties from the state.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, lawyer to the PDP, Dr Alex Izinyon challenged the motion filed by Mr Solomon Umoh seeking to vacate the order of the court restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting, publishing or recognizing any list of candidates that may be submitted to it by the Anambra State executive of the party for the 2015 general elections.

Mr Umoh however opposed the argument of Doctor Alex Izinyon.

He told the court that having been served with multiple applications by Dr Izinyon, including a preliminary objection, he needed time to respond to the issues raised by the National Executive Committee of the PDP as it affects the lists of candidates from Anambra state.

Having listened to the arguments of both parties, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf granted the prayer of Mr Umoh and adjourned the matter for hearing till Monday , January 5, 2015.

It will be recalled that three parallel primary elections were conducted in the state to elect flag-bearers for the party in the 2015 elections.

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December 31, 2014 |

Super Eagles Team Arrive Camp for Cote ‘D Ivoire, Sudan Friendlies

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Apart from Emem Eduok, who is in Tunisia and Igudia Godwin, who replaced Erhun Obanor, who is with the U23 national side, all invited Super Eagles players are in Abuja with technical crew comprising Dan “the Bull’ Amokachi, Houandinu Valere and Ike Shorunmu.

Amokachi who addressed the players after lunch on Wednesday, told them to brace up for the challenge of training only seven days for two grade A international friendlies against Cote ‘D Ivoire and Sudan in Abu Dhabi. He added that only 19 players from the 25 invited to camp will make the trip and that current form and not sentiments or past appearance in the team’s camp will be the yardstick for selection.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Houandinou Valere, has cleared the air on talks that he intends to drag the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland, noting that even if he has outstanding salaries to collect he will never do such a thing.

People should stop causing unnecessary friction between myself and my employers through insinuations and false reports as I want to take the NFF to CAS. I don’t have such intention and will never do that because we are loyal employees of the NFF” he said in Abuja.

The Super Eagles had their first work-out at the mainbowl of the Abuja National Stadium On Wednesday evening.

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December 31, 2014 |

Gaidam Praises Nigerian Army’s Effort In Fighting Insurgency In Yobe


The Yobe State Governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam has praised the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their efforts in salvaging Damaturu, the state capital and other major towns that came under attack recently by members of the Boko Haram.

Damaturu, Potiskum, Damagum and Geidam were within the month of December 2014 come under severe attacks by the militant group the Boko Haram with the intention of taking over the four towns.

Mr Ibrahim Gaidam while launching the 2015 Emblem Week in Damaturu which also witnessed the decoration of two military officers noted with pride the professional attitudes of the offices and men of the Nigerian Army and assured them of every support.

Governor Gaidam maintained that there is no better time to appreciate the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the state than now considering their efforts in salvaging Damaturu, Potiskum, Damagum and Geidam from the hands of insurgents and criminals in the state.

He also assured that his administration will continue to accord priority to their needs and urged them to sustain the tempo.
He promised to continue giving the assistance of N1 million often presented to families of those killed in active service, adding that his government will continue to foot the medical bills of those injured while in active service.

While congratulating promoted officers, he urged them to continue to carry on with the service of their fatherland.

The Commander of the 27 Task Force Brigade, Damaturu, Colonel Usman Yusuf, thanked the governor for his frequent assistance to the Nigerian Army and assured that the army will continue to work assiduously towards protecting people and territorial integrity of the country.

The Commander also charged the elevated offices to use their wealth of experiences in tackling insurgency and other criminal acts in the state and beyond.

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December 31, 2014 |

Four People Found Dead On Abandoned Cargo Ship Taken To Italy


At least four people have been found dead on a cargo ship carrying around 900 clandestine migrants, which was found adrift in Greek waters, the Red Cross says.

The Blue Sky M had apparently been abandoned by its crew and at one point seemed to be heading directly towards the Italian coast on autopilot.

The migrants, believed to be mainly Syrians and Kurds, have been taken to a local school and gymnasium where an identification process is under-way.

The exact number of people on board is still not known. Italian authorities had originally thought there were 600-700 passengers, but by the time the ship reached the port city of Gallipoli, the estimated number had risen.

Police and maritime authorities will investigate how the migrants, including a heavily pregnant woman, came to be hidden on the Blue Sky M as it sailed to the Croatian port of Rijeka.

The Blue Sky is listed as a general cargo ship, flying under a Moldovan flag.

The safety manager of a company hired to provide safety certification for the ship told the BBC he had withdrawn its certificate several months ago after finding it unsafe

Weather conditions in the Ionian sea have been poor for several days, hampering the rescue of those on board the Norman Atlantic ferry which caught fire in the area, killing at least 10 people.

Civil war in Syria and upheaval in Libya have swelled the number of people crossing the Mediterranean in unstable boats this year, often bound for Italy and Greece.

The United Nations refugee agency says 160,000 migrants arrived in Italy using this method by November 2014 and a further 40,000 in Greece. Thousands more have died attempting the journey.

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December 31, 2014 |

Nigerian Government Reaffirms Commitment To Ending Insurgency


The Supervising Minister of Information, Doctor Nurudeen Mohammed, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government to ending insurgency in the north-east.

Dr Mohammed gave the assurance on Wednesday at a news conference on the activities of the government,.

He said the economy had grown tremendously to become the largest in Africa despite the security challenges.

Highlighting the milestones in different sectors such as agriculture, trade and investment, health and housing, the minister said more would be achieved once the security challenges were tackled by the security agencies.

The security challenges the country is grappling with was top on the agenda as the Minister gave the assurance that everything possible was being done to restore sanity.

As the year winds to a close, ushering in the election year, the Minister urged the media to give an objective account of the elections to ensure that the polity was not heated up, something he said could affect the sustainability of growth and development in the coming year.

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December 31, 2014 |

Islamic Group Says Boko Haram Is Crippling Nigeria’s Economy

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The Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI) says for peace and progress to be restored back in Nigeria, Government at all levels must wake up to their fundamental Constitutional responsibilities of providing adequate security to the citizens so as to stop the increasing human bombings and killings by the Boko Haram sect.

In a communique issued by the group’s Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar, at the end of its one day security meeting chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto in Kaduna on Wednesday, the forum noted that the current security challenges bedeviling the country persisted largely as a result of the inability of Government to deploy effective strategies to tackle them.

The group also identified endemic corruption, social injustice and flagrant disregard of the rule of law as contributing factors to the security challenges in the nation’s north-east.

It expressed fears that the economic base and development of Nigeria were being systematically and grossly crippled by all forms of insurgencies, from Boko Haram to Cattle Rustling, Oil Bunkering/Theft and other Militant activities.

It expressed concern that the low morale of troops due to inadequate welfare, lack of desired weaponry and failure of Intelligence among other reasons are severely hindering the fight against insurgency.

The Islamic Umbrella body in Nigeria further stated that despite the devastation being caused by the incessant sophisticated bombings evidenced by huge losses of innocent lives and gross destruction of properties, politicians at all levels had regrettably showed very scanty or no concern about the national predicament and anguish, while they were at the same time busy with their political campaigns.

The forum called on the government to consider other alternative means of finding final solution to the prevailing violence and insurgency in the country, such as infrastructural development, youth employment programs and stepping-up the dialogue option, rather than depending on force alone since it …read more      

December 31, 2014 |

Book Writers Urged To Check Use Of Malicious Language


Book writers in Nigeria have been asked to avoid the use of languages that could heat up the polity in their books.

A former Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, said that the language of most books in Nigeria could be better if there were reviews and adequate regulations of the content of books.

He was giving his opinion on recent books published by a former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo and Mr Yinka Odumakin.

About three weeks after former President Obasanjo published his book, ‘My Watch’, Mr Odumakin released his book entitled ‘Watch the Watchman’, countering some claims that the President had made in his book.

Professor Ibidapo-Obe commended the writers’ efforts in putting the materials together, emphasising such contents were needed in Nigeria for the sake of history.

“It is part of the things that are missing in Nigeria today.

“But I think we need to do things a little more cautious in terms of the language we use.

“I find it strange, in terms of our culture, that you will say an elder is lying,” he said, apparently referring to Mr Yinka Odumakin’s claims that Mr Obasanjo’s book “is a package of lies”.

“A man has given his own memoirs and we might say, this are the things that are missing.

“I thought it is a question of what we want to achieve. We can still achieve the same thing without casting insults and aspersions. It is not good for our polity I think.

“You know, all of them are politicians and they try to score a point in short time. Unfortunately I have not seen, apart from my initial forefathers in Nigeria, politicians that think long term.

“All of them are looking at the next election and that is a terrible constraint. It does not give us an opportunity to look at …read more      

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