Archive for March, 2013

Mr. Awolowo reportedly died in a foreign hospital on Wednesday evening.
The publisher of the Tribune Newspapers, Oluwole Awolowo, is dead.
The deceased is a son of the late Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo.
Oluwole Awolowo died aged 71 on Wednesday evening.
Details of the death are still sketchy and no official statement has been released by the Awolowo family.
Family sources say the deceased had been sick and in a foreign hospital for some time.
Already, a Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has mourned the death of Mr. Awolowo.
“The entire Afenifere family mourns the passing away of the scion of our illustrious leader’s family, Chief Oluwole Awolowo. His death is a big pain and loss to all of us who are followers of the sage. We pray that the Almighty will strengthen our Mama and the entire family in this difficult moment. May his amiable soul rest in perfect peace,” the group said in a statement by its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin.

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The Wusasa Bishop of the Anglican Church in Northern Nigeria, Rt.Rev Ali Buba Lamido, has blasted the Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor-led Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for alleging that 90 percent of politicians in the north are members of the militant Boko Haram group.
Bishop Buba, who signed a press release sent to SaharaReporters’s New York office by Amos Ibrahim, a warden of the diocese, said that CAN is being used to champion interests that are in no way advancing the core mission of Christianity.
Referring to the press statement credited to Mr. Sunny Oibe, the spokesperson of CAN for the 19 Northern States of Nigeria in the aftermath of the recent bombing in Kano, the Bishop joined in condemning the unnecessary killing of innocent Nigerians, which he described as barbaric and an act of savagery.  
“We have had enough of destruction in the North and we should be looking for ways to get of this quagmire,” he said.  “I agree that the government must change its tactics in order to put a stop to this bestial cruelty in our land.   I pray God to comfort those who lost their loved ones.
Having said that, he dismissed the statements made by Mr. Oibe as not only highly-creative conjecture, but also libelous and capable of whipping up the base and bestial emotions of religious faithful towards premeditated and surreptitious reprisals.
“The manner in which Mr. Sunny spoke to the press does not portray him as a mature Christian leader.  It came to me as a rude shock that a Christian leader could make serious and despicable allegations. His vituperations and invectives are cheap and infra dig. There is no way Christians in the “core north” will paint such apparitions of Armageddon with such words that brook no decorum. I am surprised how CAN, Northern States will come out with such a totally misguiding notion or even allow such representation.”
He wondered how a Christian leader could come up with the conjecture that 90% of the politicians in northern Nigeria are either members or sponsors of Boko Haram, questioning how he arrived at the statistics.
“Are Christian politicians in the North also in Boko Haram? Will he be willing to vouchsafe the names of these Boko Haram members and sponsors to the President who still feels that Boko Haram members are ghosts? I feel some of these statements are reckless.
“Mr. Sunny threw decorum to the wind when he called for the intervention of the International Community to deal with “these animals once and for all”. Some of us who are Christian leaders in the North are embarrassed by this egregious vulgarity displayed by Mr. Sunny Oibe. He conveniently forgot that no enduring edifice can be built on the foundation of rot, artifice and chicanery. He was probably speaking for himself and not for Christians in the north who desire peacefully co-existence with our brothers and sisters.”
Drawing particular attention to Oibe’s claim that the latest attack has exposed the hypocrisy of the people calling for amnesty for Boko Harram members, the Bishop asked, “What does Mr. Sunny understand by Amnesty?  Is he saying that the 90% politicians in the “core north” are really hypocrites? Will Christian politicians and Spiritual leaders in the “Core north” turn against themselves and their region?”
He described the statement as the greatest disservice to logic and common sense, adding that people who do not know the north to be quiet on issues they are not sure of.  “If they cannot proffer positive solutions to our problems, they should stop inciting and causing further injuries to all people.  Mr. Sunny should know that the call for Amnesty was not only by Muslim politicians, but also by mature Christians from the core north,” he pointed out.
“For the records, both Christian and Muslim leaders in the North are unanimous on Amnesty to Boko Haram,” Bishop Lamido said, adding that the position was arrived at with the understanding that it will bring a permanent solution to the insurgency which has almost brought all of the North to a complete stand still.
He said that people in the North are determined to overcome the insurgency and are looking for men and women who are ready to work with them to achieve it.
“It is either you partner with us or allow us do it. Please we could do without people inciting groups to take up arms against one another.  I strongly feel there is need to overhaul CAN to make it achieve its purpose, otherwise it will continue to cause more problems than solutions.”

Culled from Saharareporters.

The explosions occurred in two different areas of the Nigerian city of Kano.
Two explosions have been reported in different locations in the troubled city of Kano early on Saturday.
Details are still sketchy.

A reporter based in Kano who declined to be named disclosed that the first explosion happened at Hotoro area, close to the NNPC Mega station.
“We are yet to get details of the explosion, but sources around the area said that the explosion was from a car who refused to stop for search at a military stop and search point,” he said.

He said the military patrol team subsequently pursued the car and later engaged the occupants in an exchange of gun fire.

“The car was actually loaded with explosives which was detonated as a result of the heavy gunfire” he added.

The other explosion reportedly occurred at Tishama neighbourhood along the Eastern Bye-Pass Road.

Details about the second explosion is still sketchy. Residents said it was also followed by sporadic gunshots.
The Joint Task Force and the police in Kano were not reachable for comments.
Kano, the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria have recently become a priority target for attacks by suicide bombers, and gunmen believed to be members of the terrorist Boko Haram sect.
Details later…

A female journalist working with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Olubunmi Oke, has been kidnapped.

Olubunmi Oke of NTA was kidnapped by unknown gunmen last night
It gathered this morning that the reporter was kidnapped on Thursday night by four gunmen at her Oba-Ile residence in the Akure area of Ondo State.
She was said to have been whisked away shortly after she drove into her residence after closing from work.
Her whereabouts is still unknown.
I will provide more details as i receive more information on this incident.
 

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has reacted to the Monday car park attack in Kano, saying it has exposed the hypocrisy of those canvassing for amnesty for the dreaded Boko Haram members.

The association also called for the intervention of the international community to “deal with suspects once and for all.”

The Public Relations Officer of CAN in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, Mr. Sunny Oibe, alleged that 90 per cent of politicians in the North were members of the sect.

He said, “We commiserate with families of the people who lost their loved ones and they should take solace in God, who is going to fight on their behalf.

“The latest attack has exposed the hypocrisy of the people calling for amnesty for Boko Haram members. It is surprising that they are demanding amnesty for people, who have been killing innocent citizens on daily basis.

“We are sad about it and the latest attack goes to show that they are not ready for any ceasefire. All the people calling for amnesty are part of these problems because they are shielding these people and almost 90 percent of core northern politicians are members of this Boko Haram.”

The Arewa Consultative Forum, a Northern socio-political group, has described the Monday bomb blasts in Kano as sad and shocking.

ACF in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Anthony Sani, on Monday condemned the attack, saying that it was uncalled for.

The statement affirms that, “The attacks at the New Road, Kano Motor Park, Sabon Gari, today is shocking and uncalled, for, considering the pleas by Nigerians and governments that those engaged in violent killings should for purpose of addressing their concerns lay their arms and embrace constructive dialogue.

Also speaking, a civil rights activist, Mallam Shehu Sani, said the attack was a sign that government was not competent enough to protect the lives and property of its citizens.

He added that government should commence meaningful dialogue with aggrieved parties without hesitation.

Executive Director, Civil Societies Legislative and Advocacy Centre, Auwual Musa, said the Kano blasts were condemnable.

Musa said, “All of these security challenges are diversionary. Insane corruption by successive administrations is responsible for what we are seeing now.

“Sadly, like it or not, there are those who are profiting from this mindless bloodletting, they will answer to God almighty on the day of judgment.

“The bomb blast in Kano today is condemnable and an act against God and all humanity.”

Over 60 people were on Monday killed in an explosion that hit a car-park in Kano.

David Beckham is out in front as the highest-paid player in world football, according to a report that appears in the most recent edition of France Football magazine.

The veteran Englishman, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in January on a short-term deal until the end of the season, is nearing the end of his playing career but still comes in ahead of world player of the year Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
 
France Football reports Beckham will earn $A45.21 million in 2012-2013, leaving him just ahead of four-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi.
 
Beckham, who left the Los Angeles Galaxy in December, is reported to have earned an annual salary of $A2.13 million with his income supplemented by $A1.63 million in bonuses and some $A41.44 million from other sources, including advertising deals.
 
The 37-year-old revealed after signing for PSG that all money due to him from his contract with the French giants would be donated to charity.
 
In contrast, Messi’s income of $A43.95 million includes $A16.32 million in salary and bonuses, with the remainder coming from advertising and other sources.
 
Ronaldo comes in third, with total income reaching $A37.67 million, including $A16.95 million from salary and bonuses.
 
The magazine also reports that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is the best-paid coach in the world game, earning $A17.58 million a year.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday arraigned Pastor David Nnanso Eshiet, Pastor Samson Okemona Ugbara, Pastor Adesanmi Richard Aderoju and Prince and Zion International Services Limited before Justice Adebisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court on a seven count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money under pretence; issuance of dishonoured cheque and forgery contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, No. 14, 2006.
 
They were alleged to have obtained the sum of $25,000(Twenty-Five Thousand United States Dollars) from Angel Estate Residents Development Association, Ojo, Lagos as processing fees for sourcing foreign loan for them to purchase an expanse of land at Nkwelle Ezumaka Estate in Anambra state.

One of the charge reads:  “ that you Pastor David Nnanso Eshiet, Pastor Samson Okemona Ugbara and Pastor Adesanmi Richard Aderoju and Prince and Zion International Service Limited on or about 27 October, 2011, at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judiciary Division with intent to defraud obtained the sum of $25,000 (Twenty Five Thousand United States of America Dollars) only from Angel Estate Resident Development Association of D10/58 ASPAMDA Trade Fair Complex, Ojo Lagos by falsely representing that it is part payment of the cost of processing $100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Million United States of America Dollars) foreign loan you had sourced for them for the purchase of an expanse of land  at Nkwelle Ezumaka Estate, Oyi Local Government, Area of Anambra State, which representation you knew to be false”.

Another charge reads: “that you Pastor David Nnanso Eshiet, Pastor Samson Okemona Ugbara, Pastor Adesanmi Richard Aderoju and Prince and Zion International Service Ltd on or about 28th February, 2012, at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud forged Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation sales contracts papers titled “sales & purchase contract agreement CIF Crude Oil with the aim of facilitating your obtaining money from the public”.

When the charge was read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty.

Prosecution counsel, Ben Ubi asked for trial date and prayed the court to remand the accused persons in prison custody. But counsel to the defendants, F.O Udokporoh, however urged the court to admit his clients to bail.  

Justice Adebisi fixed March 27, 2013 for hearing of the bail applications and May 22, 2013 for trial. She ordered that the accused persons be remanded in Kirikiri maximum prison.

Three different schools in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital were on Monday, attacked by gunmen suspected to be terrorists, killing three teachers and injuring three female students.

The separate incidents which took place in the early hours of Monday, resulted in temporary close down of schools in Maiduguri, while parents were seen rushing to various schools to take hold of their wards.
Unconfirmed report has it that three female teachers were killed in the Shehu Sanda Kyarimi Secondary School around Ruwan Zafi ward of the metropolis, in addition to the killing of two teachers in Mafoni Primary and Secondary Schools.

Vanguard gathered that at about 9:10am on Monday around Ruwan Zafi area of Maiduguri, six suspected Boko Haram sect laid ambush to Shehu Sanda Kyarimi Secondary School, and shot dead yet to be identified teacher, while three female students sustained injuries from stray bullets.

It was also gathered that at about 11:20am at Mafoni area of Maiduguri, another gang believed to be terrorists stormed Ali Askiri Primary School and shot one Mallam Abdullahi, before moving to Mafoni Day Secondary School and kill a female teacher identified as Hajja Yagumsu.

When contacted on phone, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force, “Operation Restore Order” Lt Col. Sagir Musa said he was compiling the details of the attacks and will respond officially as soon as he was done with the preliminary reports.

The Kwara State Governor,Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has expressed deep shock over the death of the state’s Commissioner of Police,Mr Chinwike Asadu,describing his death as a great loss to Nigeria Police and the Kwara State Government.

The Governor who expressed his sadness through his twitter handle @Governor_Ahmed said the late CP was a gentleman and a core professional adding that he’s a committed member of his security council.

Governor Ahmed condoled the late CP’s family and the Nigerian Police on the tragedy.

Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed further tweeted “The death of Commissioner of Police C.Asadu reaffirms the urgent need for a collective solution to the national malaise of insecurity”

Mr.C.Asadu was reportedly murdered by unknown gunmen at Amorji Nike,near the densely populated Abakpa local government area within Enugu,the state capital at about 10pm yesterday.

His orderly,Aloha Olaniyi and driver,Oliver Omeh,who were with him at the time of the incident sustained serious bullet wounds and are said to be responding well to treatment at the National Orthopedic Hospital,Enugu.

Tragedy struck in Enugu Saturday night when the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu, was shot dead by unknown gunmen.
His police orderly, Aloha Olaniyi and Driver, Oliver Omeh, who were with him at the time of the incident sustained serious bullet wounds and are said to be lying critically at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu.
The incident occurred at Amorji Nike, near the densely populated Abakpa Nike area in Enugu East local government area within the state capital at about 10 pm.
The Police Commissioner, who reportedly visited his home in Enugu at the weekend, was driving into his private residence when the assailants who may have laid an ambush around his residence attacked him and his aides about 100 metres away from his house.
CP Asadu, according to sources, had a visitor whom he escorted along with his driver and a police orderly posted to guard his residence from Abakpa Police Division, leaving behind the official escort team that came with him from Kwara State Police Command.
They were returning to the house after dropping the visitor when they suddenly noticed a bus trailing them behind as they branched into his street only for the gunmen to start firing at the vehicle from the rear.
The gunmen were said to have shot sporadically killing the CP and wounding the two policemen but before they escaped, they reportedly took away the rifle of the orderly whose body was riddled with bullets.
The orderly was shot on the chest, stomach, hands and leg while the driver was shot on his legs.
“The CP was driving into his personal residence in Amorji Nike after dropping a visitor that night. He was with a police orderly and his driver at the time of the incident. Just about 100 metres to his house they noticed that a bus was trailing them behind and before they could know what was happening the gunmen opened fire and killed the CP instantly. His orderly and driver were also shot and they were seriously wounded.
“The gunmen ran away in their bus before the CP’s escort team that was inside his compound noticed what was happening. When the escort team and sympathizers rushed to the scene, they met CP Asadu and his orderlies in a pool of blood. They were rushed to the National Orthopaedic Hospital where doctors confirmed the CP dead. The other two policemen are now on admission at the hospital,” said the source.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu confirmed the incident when Vanguard contacted him yesterday, describing the attack as very unfortunate. He said that the CP was on a private visit to his home in Enugu when the incident occurred.
According to him, the police would do everything possible to fish out the assailants as investigations into the bizarre incident have already commenced.
The new Police Commissioner in Enugu State, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa, was said to have directed his men to conduct serious manhunt for the gunmen within and outside the state capital in order to track them down without delay.
Meanwhile, doctors at the National Orthopeadic Hospital, Enugu are battling to save the two wounded police officers. The orderly who was seriously battered by bullets, according to doctors, was said to be in a stable condition after the surgeries conducted on him throughout Saturday night. The driver was also said to be in a stable condition.

Culled from Vanguard