Archive for July, 2012

The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) on Tuesday said it killed two suspected terrorists in Monguno Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.

The JTF Spokesman, Lt.-Col.Sagir Musa, stated this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

He said the JTF also intercepted large quantities of arms from the suspected terrorists during the operation.

Musa also said the two suspected terrorists who were escorting the consignment died in an exchange of fire with security men.

“The arms included eight rocket launchers, 10 rocket bombs, 10 rocket chargers, two AK 47 rifles and 13 magazines.”

He said that the arms were concealed in a blue Toyota Hilux vehicle heading towards Maiduguri.

“The JTF in conjunction with the Department of State Service, the Multi National Joint Task Force intercepted large consignment of arms and ammunitions.

“The consignment was intercepted at Daban Masara in Monguno Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno based on intelligence report.

“The large consignment of arms was being moved from Baga Masara heading towards Maiduguri in a blue hilux vehicle.

“The JTF wishes to appeal to members of the public to provide useful information to security agencies in order to stop the isolated killings in the state.”

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Arsenal are facing a major hold-up in their £20million pursuit of Malaga forward Santi Cazorla.

Spain international Cazorla is desperate to join the Gunners but his crisis-hit Spanish club are now the subject of a takeover bid, placing a large obstacle in the path towards a deal.

Malaga are facing major sanctions from the Spanish FA because of their mounting debts, while Cazorla was one of a number of the club’s players not paid their full wages paid last season.

While they were ready to sell Cazorla in an attempt to fend off their financial problems, Malaga’s wealthy owner Sheikh Al Thani is now being courted by a consortium led by Albanian oil magnate Rezart Taci.

Arsenal are still hopeful of pushing through a deal that would go some way to softening the blow of the impending sale of captain Robin van Persie – a target for Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus – for their fans.

Cazorla’s agent, Julio Llorente, has been in London to try to thrash out a deal to take the playmaker to the Gunners.

Arsenal are also courting Real Madrid’s Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin, although arch-rivals Tottenham are also keen on him.

Real want Spurs’ Luka Modric, of course, and while Sahin was initially reluctant to go to White Hart Lane as part of any deal, it is believed Arsenal’s neighbours remain in the hunt.

Tottenham are hopeful Sahin could join them on a year’s loan as part of the deal should Modric eventually be sold to the Bernabeu.

Gunners boss Wenger, who admits England midfielder Jack Wilshere’s already year-long injury lay-off is set to continue into the autumn, may be reluctant to sign Cazorla and Sahin, and the latter could be a back-up option for Arsenal rather than a priority,

The Gunners are also keen on Caen forward M’Baye Niang.

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Former President Ibrahim Babangida on Tuesday said the nation’s democracy faced no danger from the military due to the officers’ training and exposure to the tenets of democracy.

Babangida said this in Abuja at the National Defence College (NDC) Graduation Lecture of Course 20/20th Anniversary Celebration.

The former military leader in a paper entitled: “The Creation of National Defence College: 20 Years After, ’’ noted that the college’s curriculum had exposed participants to the tenets of democracy right from its inception in 1992.

He said that the college had inculcated among military and paramilitary personnel, core values and ethics that supported democratic rule.

“I can say without equivocation that our democracy faces no danger from the military. This is because the curriculum of this college has exposed participants to the tenets of democracy from its inception.

“Therefore, long before Nigeria returned to democratic rule, military officers who passed through this college were prepared for life of service under civilian leadership and control.

“Thus, by the time international partners were falling over themselves to give lessons in civil-military relations within the democratic context, most senior officers in the armed forces had already learnt this at the college,’’ Babangida said.

According to him, the college has raised a critical mass of senior officers who are committed to democracy and that itself facilitates national development.

The former president, who said his administration built temporary site for the college in 1992, stressed the need to build a permanent site to ensure that the college became a world-class institution.

He stressed the need for the college to have first class facilities, human resources and management systems and processes to enable it to fulfil its mandate.

Mrs Olusola Obada, the Minister of State for Defence, urged the security agencies to be proactive in combating security challenges in the country.

Obada tasked the participants to use skills and knowledge acquired at the college to contain terrorism, kidnapping, human trafficking and other crimes.

In his welcome address, Rear Adm. Thomas Lokoson, the Commandant of NDC, said the college’s graduation lecture was to expose the graduating officers to new horizons of imagination, creativity and service in the interest of the country.

130 participants graduated from NDC Course 20 some participants came from Republics of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Sierra Leone.

(NAN)

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The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Tuesday in Abuja asked an Abuja High Court to enter judgment of N10 billion as her damage claims.

Okonjo-Iweala, on March 5, filed a libel suit against a United States-based online news medium: “Pointblank News Communication.”

Through her counsel, Mr. Munachiso Micheal, the minister is claiming the amount against the medium and its directors – Mr. Jackson Ude and Churchill Umoren – for aggravated damages for libel.

The suit is with regards to a news story entitled “Okonjo-Iweala buys N1.2 billion Abuja mansion!” published on January 10.

The publication alleged that the minister purchased the “mansion” from Chief Fabian Nworah, owner of EFAB Properties Limited in November 2011.

Okonjo-Iweala urged the court to hold that the publication was malicious.

At the resumed hearing in the suit before Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, Counsel to Okonjo-Iweala,  Michael, told the court that the defendants had refused to enter appearance to defend themselves.

Michael told the court that in spite of efforts made by his client to duly serve the defendants with court processes, they had never made any appearance in court.

“My lord, my client has obeyed the court orders for substituted service on the defendants, which was given on April 25.

“We published all the court processes in ThisDay Newspaper of April 26.

“We also sent the defendants a parcel, through the Universal Postal Service delivery, with all the court processes and orders given by the court to their U.S-based address in Maryland.

“We also have proof to show that the parcel was received by Mr. Ude,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the counsel as saying on Tuesday.

Michael prayed the court to hold that the defendants have refused to enter appearance and give its judgment in favour of his client.

After checking his records, Justice Oniyangi further adjourned hearing in the suit to October 9.

He said that if by that date the defendants refused to enter appearance, he would hear the prayers of the plaintiff and deliver judgment.

Source: The Nation News

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The Nigeria Football Federation has called on Nigerians to fully
support the U-20 National Team, Flying Eagles, as the team has shown commitment to qualifying for the 2013 African Youth Championship to be hosted by Algeria.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Chairman of NFF’s Media and Publicity Committee, High Chief Emeka Inyama urged ball fans to forgive the team for a poor outing at the Cape Town International Challenge at the end of May and the defeat by Rwanda’s U-20 Team in an international friendly in Kigali on Tuesday last week.

“I was not happy with the team when it lost all three matches at the Cape Town International Challenge,” said Inyama, who was leader of delegation to that invitational tournament. “And I made it clear to the Head Coach, his crew and the players that Nigerians would be angry with them.

“However, after losing to Rwanda, the team has realized the enormity of the task before it and this clearly reflected in the way and manner they charged at their Tanzanian hosts and scored two goals before the hosts could not score one.

“It is now contingent upon us all – NFF, ball fans and the generality
of Nigerians – to forget what has happened of recent and give the team full backing for the challenges ahead.”

Inyama charged ardent football fans to be at the Ilorin Township
Stadium on Sunday, 12th August to cheer the Flying Eagles when they take on Tanzania’s Ngorogoro Heroes in the return leg of their 2013 African Youth Championship fixture.

“We cannot afford to rest on our oars and think that the fixture is
over, simply because we won the first leg. It is important to to stay focused and for Nigerians to get behind the team full steam.

“We have to remember that the Flying Eagles remain one of our most successful National Teams in history, winning six African titles and two runners-up positions at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, as well as bronze from the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Surely, the team will take shape and qualify to defend the African title in Algeria,” said Inyama.

The NFF Executive Committee member also believes in the ability of Head Coach John Obuh to turn the team around and make champions of the players.

“Obuh is a good Coach, no doubt. He led the U-17 team to runner-up position in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009, led the Flying Eagles to win the African Youth Championship and to reach the quarter-finals at the World Cup in Colombia last year.

We believe he can lead the team not only to retain the title in Algeria but also to make better impact at the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Turkey next
year.”

The Flying Eagles are reigning champions of Africa following triumph at the 2011 African Youth Championship in South Africa.

Coach John Obuh and wards are expected back in the country on
Wednesday afternoon aboard a RwandAir Airline flight that will fly into Lagos from Kigali, with the team scheduled to leave for Ilorin on Thursday to intensify preparation for the return leg match.

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The popularly known overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that his message against perverse and corrupt leaders has not changed and that he would not tone down his message despite his being grilled by the State Security Service, SSS, on the matter.
“Whenever you ask the prophet to tone down his message, his God will respond on his behalf. The answer to tone down is tone up.
“In the days of President Olusegun Obasanjo, the message that shook the nation was titled “No more walls” preached on March 7, 1999. Today the message is stronger and bolder,” he said
The convener of the Save Nigerian Group, SNG, said those who are in the helm of affairs of the nation are set of deceitful and insincere leaders who lacked the wisdom and political will to do what is right.
“My message has not changed since the days of the military. A corrupt, perverse, wasteful, directionless and clueless government is offensive to me and should be offensive to every intelligent patriot in this nation.
“The messages I preach are only biased in favour of righteousness, justice and truth. To this, I plead guilty because there is nothing anyone can do against truth, but for the truth.
“If I am being asked to tone down my message because of perceived partisanship, those asking me to do so have only succeeded in precipitating a tone up and examples abound in scriptures which I encourage our security service agents and men of the armed forces and the police to read and meditate on in the pursuit of their lawful duties,” he added.
Bakare also said that the recent arraignment of those involved in the oil subsidy scandal was a mere charade, stressing that the brains behind the scam were those who sponsored the election of President Goodluck Jonathan and top members of his cabinet.
The cleric, who spoke on Sunday while delivering the second part of his sermon in his church tagged, “How to change government peacefully and make society better”, said that what is going on in the arraignment of the subsidy “thieves” was a mere window dressing.
“The shenanigans and the charade going on in respect of the subsidy thieves, in my considered opinion are that the efforts of this government cannot deliver justice, neither are they meant to.”
Bakare also berated the wife of the President for her activities. “Can you imagine that as the nation is burning, Dame Patience Jonathan, the First Lady, is busy pursuing and obtaining the status of an absentee Permanent Secretary? Does this make any intelligent sense except to political morons and imbeciles?”
The cleric warned the security agencies to re-channel their energies towards doing their primary assignment of maintaining peace and providing security for Nigerians instead of arresting people for saying the truth, adding that “Otherwise they are going to see the wrath of God”.

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Szczesny sees success for Arsenal

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Sports

The signings during the summer of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will inspire Arsenal to once again win trophies in the new season, the club’s Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes.

It is now six years since the Gunners last lifted silverware and, with top scorer Robin van Persie set to leave Emirates Stadium, many think they are set for another struggle.

But Szczesny insists they will have benefited from the experiences of last season.

“This club always has the same aims and that’s winning trophies,” he said.

“We obviously haven’t done it in the last few years and that’s disappointing for the players and the fans, but I believe we will be that little bit stronger than we were last year.

“We have a couple of quality signings already. And we’re confident we can fight for the trophies more than we did last year.

“I think the players who were lacking experience last year now have that experience.

“We have a couple of signings, more players who can score goals. Podolski’s goal record speaks for itself.

“We’re strong offensively and assistant manager Steve Bould has been doing some fantastic work with the defence.

“That seems to be working very well. It all makes me believe we’ll be that little bit stronger.”

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Kebbi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday rejected the nomination of Brig. General Bitrus Boka Ushe for appointment as minister representing the state by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Chairman of the party for the state Alhaji Mansur Shehu told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi that the party would never accept Ushe’s nomination as he is not their candidate and urged President Jonathan not to accept the name in the interest of peace and harmony in the state and party in general.

“The President should accept our list forwarded to him; he should allow us to decide our candidate; and as I am talking to you now I don’t know who is Ushe; so we are ready to fight this battle at the state level”, he said.

The party chairman also said his party had already concluded arrangements to submit the list of winners of last week’s local government party primary elections in the state to the state INEC for the forthcoming local government council polls. The primary election across the 225 wards, according to him, was successful, saying the list of 21 local government chairmanship and 225 councillorship candidates is ready. He then commended the effort of the committee set up by the party, especially the screening sub-committee, for the smooth conduct of the election.

culled from dailytrust newspaper

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The return leg match of the second round AYC qualifier between Nigeria and Tanzania has been moved by a day to Sunday, August 12. 
Officials announced that the match will still be played at the Ilorin Township Stadium under the auspices of the Kwara State Government. 
The Flying Eagles beat hosts Ngorogoro Heroes of Tanzania 2-1 in the first leg match played in Dar es Salam on Sunday. 
The overall winners of this match will take on the winners of the match between South Africa and Congo for a place in the final tournament to be staged by Algeria in March. 
Home team Congo won the first game 2-1 also at the weekend. 
The Nigeria U20 team are due back in Lagos on Wednesday after a night’s stopover in Kigali, Rwanda. 
They will head to Ilorin Thursday morning.

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Pa Isaiah Ademola, the father of top Yoruba actor, Muyiwa popularly known as Muyiwa authentic has died. The Ibadan-based role interpreter lost his dad at the early hours of Monday, July 30, 2012.

According to information gathered, a source close to the actor confirmed that Pa Isiah died after a brief illness. When asked what nature of sickness he was suffering from before his death, the source did not disclose that to us.

Pa Isaiah was a Christian before his death, the source disclosed. He was said to be a disciplinarian. He was aged 88 before he gave up the ghost.

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