Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bayelsa inaugurates security scheme to combat oil theft

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Tuesday inaugurated a state security outfit to complement the efforts of other security outfits to reduce oil theft and related vices.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the outfit, known as the “Bayelsa State Volunteers,” has membership strength of 1000 youths.
The members, drawn from the eight local government areas, are to engage in community based intelligence gathering.
Inaugurating the group, Dickson enjoined them to work closely with the community leaders to forestall any security breach.
“You have to be particularly watchful and make sure that people do not use you to do things that you are not
meant to do.

Amaka Igwe, renowned Nollywood Movie Producer is Dead

Amaka Igwe, one of Nigeria’s foremost film producers, writer, director and a leading player in the motion picture industry, is dead.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos by The Nigerian Entertainment (NET).
The statement said that Amaka died on Monday night in Enugu after a brief ill health.
Confirming the death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja, Mr Agility Onwurah, Chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Abuja Chapter, said Amaka’s demise was a big blow to the Nollywood industry.
“Amaka had gone to Enugu in company of her husband for a pre-production preparation for a new Igbo soap when the sad incident occurred.

PHOTONEWS : Police Teargas Polytechnic Lecturers In Abuja

Vampires up North

Blood so bitter
Vampire you are
War without cause
yet thought you are religious
You kept on sucking
Yet you felt you are loving
Wailing and crying all over
Yet you don't bother
Said this is peace
Yet you never preach

Hand soak in blood
Yet you call him god
They call you zombies
Yet you say you are holy
This is wickedness
Yet you call it happiness
You are on a cause
Yet you are cursed
Your time is fast up
And you will be doomed

Oluwaseun Adeneye

Boko Haram Scare Causes Stampede In Imo


Over 2,000 worshippers that attended the morning mass of the Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, located at the popular Control Post in Owerri, Imo State capital, on Sunday scampered for safety over the alarm raised from outside the church premises of a suspected Boko Haram sect member who allegedly attempted to set a tanker loaded with fuel that fell very close to the church on fire.
According to a witness who refused to disclose his identity, a cripple known as Destiny Abraham was seen climbing a fence near the spot where the tanker fell with a lighter in his hand, but as he attempted to ignite the tanker that was still gushing out fuel, he was held by a mob who had gathered to rescue the tanker from perceived danger.

Chibok youths protest abduction of schoolgirls

The protesters
Some Lagos-based indigenes of Kibaki, a community in Chibok town, where 234 girls were abducted from the Federal Government College by Boko Haram, on Monday protested against the act.
The protesters took their grievances to the office of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola in Alausa, Ikeja.
The protesters, who included women and children, under the aegis of the Lagos State chapter of Chibok Youths Association, urged Fashola to pass on their massage to President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to ensure the safe return of the abducted girls.
Spokesman of the group, Mr. Yahaya Chiwar, said the group was worried that 13 days after the girls were abducted, there had been no positive news from the government concerning their safety or any chance of them being rescued.

FRSC Threatens To Sack Corrupt Officials

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned its men and officers to shun graft and corruption, declaring that anyone caught contravening its core corporate values will be sacked.
Assistant Corps Marshall, Command Administration, Surveillance and Strategy, Ademola Lawal, who gave the warning yesterday in Port Harcourt, maintained that the corps had chosen to adopt a mantra of zero tolerance for graft and corruption in 2014.
“Any officer who engages in corruption, personal aggrandizement, touting and taking of bribes will have his or her appointment terminated,” he warned.

Sultan, Awujale, Aregbesola, Amosun Want Insurgents’ Sponsors Exposed


The Sultan of Sokoto and president general, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, and his Ogun counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun, have prayed to God to expose the sponsors of Boko Haram.
Speaking at the opening of the biggest mosque in the South West, the New Aiyepe Central Mosque at Ijebu-Aiyepe in Ogun State on Sunday, Sultan Abubakar said Nigerians have a long history of peaceful co-existence irrespective of tribe and religion.

Ushers should be trained for security duties –Police

The Nigeria Police Force has urged religious leaders to do more to protect worshippers in the face of increased attacks by members of the violent Islamic sect known as the Boko Haram.
The police high command warned that since worship centres are no longer immune from “troubles, conflicts and violence” adequate efforts must be made to reduce the risk of terrorist attacks.
Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a post on his blog, frankmba.com, lamented that places of worship have become soft targets for terror groups due to the large number of congregants, as well as limited protection measures being put in place.
Mba said it was high time new roles were delegated to church ushers in the light of the current security challenges facing the nation.

Ex-prisoner can’t unseat me – Aregbesola

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said  that a politician, who was allegedly rigged into the senate from the prison, is not fit to contest the August 9 governorship election, let alone unseat him.
Aregbesola said this in Osogbo on Monday at the inauguration of 21 Roads Projects constructed by his administration. He said  that the total number of the 21 roads was 26.31 kilometres.
He said, “God dethroned a general who fought  in Monrovia, Mogadishu  and in other war torn countries and now a former prisoner wants to unseat me. It is impossible’

APC tackles PDP over call for Tinubu’s arrest

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress says the call by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party for the arrest of the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, is mischievous.
The APC added that since Tinubu called for the roasting of those who would rig the coming governorship election in Ekiti and Osun states, the PDP’s reaction showed that it was defending the continued subjection of elections in Nigeria to manipulation and rigging.
In a statement by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, the party wondered why the PDP always grew paranoid whenever the issue of punishment for election riggers cropped up.

Redknapp praises Mikel

Mikel Obi
Jamie Redknapp has praised John Obi Mikel for the midfielder’s performance during Chelsea’s Premier League match against Liverpool.
The Blues claimed a 2-0 victory at Anfield to revive their title hopes and Redknapp was impressed by Mikel’s strong defensive display.
“He rarely plays under Jose Mourinho, but John Obi Mikel has been involved in some crucial matches for Chelsea,” he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“He was vital in the 2012 Champions League final, he performed so well against Atletico Madrid last week and he was at it again at Anfield.
“It was not pleasing on the eye, but Chelsea’s performance was effective and Mikel was key to that. He dropped into the back line to help deal with crosses and he and Nemanja Matic never left any space between the midfield and the back line.”
Chelsea are currently second in the Premier League table and sit two points behind league leaders Liverpool.

Singaporean names Nigeria in World Cup match-fixing

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari
A convicted Singaporean match-fixer has claimed he helped Nigeria to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa through his match-fixing network.
In a mind-blowing revelation published in his new book, Wilson Raj Perumal, claims he influenced results to help the Super Eagles to qualify.
According to The Guardian, Perumal said that the Nigeria Football Federation promised him the right to organise the Eagles’ pre-2010 World Cup friendlies as well as part of the money FIFA pays to help teams prepare for the tournament.

Jonathan Launches N960bn Workers' Housing Scheme

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Wednesday  launch about 600, 000 housing units valued at N960 billion ($6 billion) for Nigerian workers.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC),  Abdulwahed Omar said at the weekend that ground breaking ceremony will hold in Karsana, Abuja.
As part of efforts to build affordable houses for its members, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) entered into partnership with Kriston Lally EPC Nigeria Limited, a private property developer to build affordable housing estates for Nigerian workers in all the 36 states including the FCT.
The collaboration of NLC with Kriston Lally EPC Nigeria Limited is to ensure a good number of the labour members have decent roofs over their heads.
An agreement which will bring the housing projects into reality was signed on April 6, 2013 by Deputy President of the NLC, Mr. Promise Adewusi, and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Kriston Lally EPC Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mustapha Madawaki.

Lagos Marine Transport Records 1.5 Million Passengers

The Lagos state government said it will expand the current scope of its partnership with the private sector with the view to propelling its vision in developing and boosting multi-modal transport system.
The government said developing all forms of transport has become a priority giving the size of the population which posses great challenge to the sector.
It said it would tap into numerous opportunities presented by the maritime sector to secure a space in marine transportation business.
Speaking at the 2nd Annual Nigeria Transport Award and Lecture in Lagos at te weekend organised by Transport Day News magazine, the state governor Babatunde Raji Fashola disclosed that its marine transport system is already expanding.
Fashola said communities within the coastal region are no longer challenged in the area of moving goods and services to the mainland.

20 die in Iraqi bomb attack

Twenty people were killed on Monday as suicide bombers attacked Iraqi police and soldiers casting their vote early for a national election in two days’ time, authorities and witnesses told Reuters.
Sunni Muslim militants, mostly disguised in army and police uniforms, struck at polling centers around Baghdad and northern Iraq as militants tried to disrupt Iraq’s fourth national election since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
A curfew begins on Tuesday night as ordinary Iraqis prepare to vote on Wednesday. Security forces are at war with the al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in western Anbar province and other areas encircling the capital.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is battling for a third term in office but faces fierce opposition from political opponents, with sectarian violence in the Shi’ite Muslim-majority country at its most intense since 2008.

Obiano, a Registered Voter in Lagos, Ngige Tells Tribunal

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the November 16, 2013 governorship election in Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, yesterday mounted the witness box to substantiate his allegation of multiple voter registration levelled against his All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the election, Chief Willie Obiano.
He told the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Awka, that Obiano, who won the election, was a registered voter in Lagos.
His testimony came after the Court of Appeal had ordered the tribunal, which had earlier struck out paragraphs relating to Obiano’s alleged multiple registration in Ngige’s petition on the grounds that the claim was a pre-election matter, to restore them.
The Court of Appeal ordered that the claim be heard on its merit and Obiano called to defend himself.
Ngige, during his testimony yesterday, tendered in evidence an extract of the voter register for Lagos State, showing the name of Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano as having voted in the 2011 presidential and governorship elections.

APC Hails Suspension of PDP Rally in Adamawa

The All Progressives Congress (APC) monday lauded  the reported suspension of a planned rally by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for Adamawa State today, in line with the prevailing mood of the nation, especially the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Borno State.
THISDAY had exclusively reported on Saturday that  President Goodluck Jonathan, who was billed to fly in to Yola today for the rally where the party is expected to receive some defectors into its fold, had shelved the trip.
Prior to the suspension of the trip, the scheduled rally had generated tension in the state following the alleged refusal of the Governor, Alhaji Murtala Nyako, to allow the PDP to use Ribadu Square to host the president.  The governor has however denied the allegation.
The state police command had written the state government, urging it to rescind its decision in the interest of peace.

Zamfara albinos seek govt aid

About 500 registered albinos under the Albinos Association of Nigeria, Zamfara State chapter, yesterday stormed the state  Hizba headquarters in Gusau, calling on the state government to assist them either financially or with medication. Secretary of the association, Mallam Lawali Ibrahim Jaurin Gabas, said his association needs about N4 million monthly for the procurement of drugs that would protect members from “solar radiation that is now at its peak in the northern part of the country”.
“Any albino who exposes himself to the intense solar radiation risks skin cancer. About 30 members of my association are already suffering from cancer owing to the inability to purchase necessary drugs,” he said.
Responding, the state chairman of the Hizbah commission, Dr Atiku Balarabe Zawiyya, promised to to pass their request to the state government.

How to free abducted students - Shehu Sani

To free the abducted Chibok school girls, there is need to set up a panel of respected Islamic leaders, which should also comprise facilitators of the Dr. Datti Ahmed peace talks, selected insurgents currently in detention and journalists from Maiduguri, president of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, Shehu Sani, has said. Sani, in a statement, said the clear terms of reference for the panel should be to open a channel of communication with the insurgents and secure release of the girls.
“This is not the first time insurgents are abducting girls, but the nation simply did not take   action,” he said.
He said the use of force or the threat of use of force to free the girls can only lead to a tragic end as it would put the lives of the students in greater danger.
 “If the nation had taken serious lessons from earlier brigandage by the insurgents, we would not have been talking of the use of force to free our children. For over three years, the insurgents have been burning schools, killing teachers and abducting children, why did our outrage wait for Chibok?” Sani said.
He added: “The children of Chibok are clearly hostages and any attempt to free them must be through a channel that will not put their lives in further danger. Anywhere in the world where children are used as human shields by gunmen, use of force have always proven to be fatal.

Move to Scrap State Electoral Body Fails

Despite receiving thorough bashing yesterday from delegates in the  Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters, the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIÈC) survived attempts to have it scraped.
Although delegates who supported the abolition of SIÈC gave cogent reasons why the body should be stopped from handling elections at the local council level, the committee allowed itself to be swayed by the fact that both the constitution and a subsisting Supreme Court judgement have given states control of the affairs of local government.
In concluding yesterday's deliberation, one of the co-chairmen of the committee and a former Senate President, Dr. Iyochua Ayu, said although  it would have been a better option to advocate the return of the conduct of local government elections to INEC as it was before, the committee would rather stand with the constitution and support the retention of SIÈC.

Committee Stops Agitation for State Police

For the second time in the Power Devolution Committee of the National Conference, delegates could not reach a consensus whether mineral resources, mines, natural gas, oil fields and geological surveys should be retained in the exclusive list or listed as a concurrent legislative item.
Also, advocates of state police failed to include police in the concurrent list as delegates insisted on the centralisation of Police, insisting that Nigeria is not ripe for state police.
Last week,  delegates of the National Conference Committee on Power Devolution failed to reach agreement on whether to include  item 39 (Mines, Mineral Resources, Oil Fields and Natural Resources) in the federal legislative list or the federal government should share its legislatives duties in the concurrent list with the states bearing oil and other mineral resources.

DHQ Weighs Options on Rescue of Abducted Schoolgirls

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been analysing options open to it in rescuing over 200 schoolgirls of  Government  Secondary School (GSS), Chibok, Borno State, kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents in a dawn raid on their school about two weeks ago.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI),  Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, stated this yesterday while responding to THISDAY’s enquiries on the situation of the kidnapped students.
Olukolade also used the opportunity to respond to various allegations and concerns expressed by the elders of Chibok community on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
He said the concern and anxiety from all quarters, including the Chibok elders, were “quite understandable.”

BBC Partners BlackBerry to Deliver Hausa News in Nigeria

Determined to widen its reach, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced a partnership with BlackBerry to deliver news from its Hausa service to its users in Nigeria, offering five BBC Hausa news alerts daily via BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
The new service is part of BBC’s move to use chat apps to deliver its content to, and engage with, a wider demography of users.
Each alert contains story links subscribers can share, along with their comments and story ideas.
Trushar Barot, assistant editor for the Social Media Hub at BBC News, said: “We had been speaking to BlackBerry for a few months about their plans to develop their BBM product. We were keen to try and find a BBC service that we felt would be a good fit to test the service.

Fashola Tells Chibok Indigenes to Remain Hopeful on Return of Schoolgirls

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Monday received members of the Kibaku Youth Association based in Lagos on a peaceful protest over the abduction of schoolgirls from a government school in Chibok, Borno State, urging everyone to continue to be hopeful that a peaceful solution would be found to the problem.
The governor, who spoke at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja while receiving the group who are of the Chibok ethnic stock of Borno State based in Lagos, said there was no time to seek peace in the country more than now, maintaining that it is only in an atmosphere of peace that the nation can focus on the way forward.

Senate Inches Towards Passage of PIB

In a matter of weeks, the Senate will conclude legislation on the much-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), THISDAY learnt Monday.
In this regard, the Joint Committee on Petroleum (Downstream, Upstream and Gas) on PIB has constituted a conference to harmonise issues on the bill with a view to putting paid to legislation on the bill at the committee level.
Making this disclosure to THISDAY on the phone Monday, the Senate Committee Chairman on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, said the conference of the three committees was working assiduously to conclude its assignment and submit its report to the entire Senate for the final passage.
Enang, who said contrary to the general opinion that the lawmakers were not committed to the passage of the bill, disclosed that as a member of the committee, he could confidently confirm that legislation on the bill was currently in a top gear and would end very soon.

FG Introduces New Security Measures at Major Airports

The federal government, in cognisance of terror threats in the country, has introduced new measures to restrict the movement of people, including VIPs, in sensitive parts of the five international airports in the country.
The new measures, which would take effect on May 1, 2014, require that all visitors to Nigeria, including foreign dignitaries and officials of multilateral institutions to submit themselves to immigration officers for the requisite scrutiny and clearance at the five designated international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu.
This was disclosed by the Presidential Committee on Security which was directed by the president to review security and screening structure set up by the federal government in 2013.
The president's Special Adviser, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Professor Sylvester Monye, who addressed journalists at the Murtala Muhammadu International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, yesterday, said the new security arrangement at the airports had become imperative because of the prevailing security situation in the country.

Court Refuses Alison-Madueke, NNPC’s Application to Stop Probe on Jet Charter

Efforts by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Dieezani Alison-Madueke, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to stop their appearance before the House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have run into a hitch, as a Federal High Court in Abuja has turned down their application for an interim injunction to stop the committee from inviting them.
The committee was supposed to commence the probe Monday into allegations that N10 billion had been expended by the state-run oil corporation to charter executive jets for the personal use of Alison-Madueke and her family.
One of the jets is a Challenger 850, while the other is a Global Express XRS, which was said to have cost NNPC €600,000 on a return charter trip to London.
Instead of granting the injunction in the minister and NNPC’s favour, Justice Ahmed Ramat Muhammed directed the House of Representatives to appear before him to show cause why the interim orders being sought by the plaintiffs should not be granted.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Man, 50, gets two years imprisonment for defiling minor

A Minna Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 50-year-old man, Umar Garba, to two years imprisonment without option of fine for defiling a 14-year-old girl.
The convict was arraigned on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Daniel Ikwoche told the court that one Rabiu Isa of Fadipo area, Minna reported the matter at the GRA Police station on April 22, 2014.
Ikwoche said the complainant had on April 20, discovered that his 14-year-old daughter was pregnant.
He said the girl told her father that the respondent was responsible for the pregnancy.
The prosecutor said the accused had sexual intercourse with the girl in his room when her step mum sent her to deliver porridge, locally known as fura, to him.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 18 of the Niger State Child Right Act.
When the charge was read to Garba, he pleaded guilty, blaming the devil for his action, and asked the court for leniency.
The prosecutor thereafter urged the court to try him summarily in line with section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
In her ruling, Magistrate Mariam King sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment without option of fine.

Court rejects arrest warrant for Cross Country boss

The Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Monday rejected the request made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, asking the court to issue arrest warrant for a popular transporter, Bube Okorodudu.
In his ruling, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo dismissed the application, which was filed by the Counsel of the EFCC, Mr. Emmanuel Jackson.
The EFCC had requested for the warrant, following Okorodudu’s refusal to appear before the court to take his plea.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Okorodudu and his transport firm, Cross Country Limited are charged with alleged N82.8 million theft.
They are charged alongside another company, Car Link Limited.
They are facing an eight-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, forgery and uttering.
In the ruling, the judge held that an accused presence’s was not mandatory at the hearing of the preliminary objection.

Syria’s al-Assad announces candidacy for June presidential election

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday submitted his candidacy for presidential polls on June 3, in an election he is expected to win.
Parliament Speaker Jihad al-Lahham made the announcement during a session of the legislature, saying that the People’s Assembly received a letter from al-Assad along with the required documents.
“I, citizen Bashar Hafez Assad, wish to present my candidacy for the post of president of the republic,” al-Lahham said, reading a letter from al-Assad during the session.
Reports say that Al-Assad is the seventh person to declare his candidacy. “If he wins, it will be his third term as president.”
Five men and one woman have already submitted their applications to the Supreme Constitutional Court, announcing their candidacy, the report said.

Steel Ministry, BPE To Revive Steel Rolling Mills

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development on Monday said it was partnering with the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) to revive the Delta Steel Company and other steel rolling mills.
Mr Also Abdullahi, the Director, Steel and Non-Ferrous Metals Department in the ministry, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Abdullahi said it was necessary to revamp the companies, including the steel rolling mills in Jos and Osogbo, to boost steel production and create jobs.
He said that the ministry and BPE were discussing with owners of the mills to address issues delaying commencement of operations nine years after they acquired the companies.
He disclosed that the Federal Government sold 80 per cent of its equity in Delta steel to Global Infrastructure Nigeria Ltd., which initially pledged to bring in foreign investments.
According to him, Global Infrastructure, an Indian company, instead, took a loan of over N30 billion from some Nigerian banks which it is unable to repay.

Man,76, found with 18 human skulls remanded

An Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun on Monday remanded a septuagenarian, Sunday Toyinbo, and one Adelani Ogundimu, 40, for allegedly being in possession of 18 human skulls and conspiracy.
The prosecutor, Sgt. ItaIta Ebobimino told the court that the accused and others now at large committed the offences on March 11 at Yewa and Ado-Odo area of the state.
He alleged that Toyinbo, 76 and the other accused engaged in unlawful exhumation and possession of the human skulls for ritual purposes.
Ebobimino said that the offences contravened sections 329 (a) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Law of Ogun State, 2006.
The Magistrate, Mrs Titi Bello, directed that the accused be kept in prison custody.
She adjourned the case till May 26 for mention.

China Building World's First Video Game Stadium

Located in the country's Guangdong province and off the coast of gambling paradise Macau, Hengqin Island will play host to a 15,000 seat arena designed specifically for competitive video game events.

The stadium will be the centerpiece of a $2.8 billion gaming theme park currently dubbed the 'V-Zone'. The first phase of the park's development is expected to be complete in 2017 and will cost roughly $480 million.

Military Surrounds Location, Intensifies Negotiations to Free Abducted Girls

The military has tracked down and surrounded the location, where over 200 schoolgirls who were abducted two weeks ago from Government Secondary School, Chibok, are being held captive, while exploring various options, including intense negotiations by locals and the Borno State Government to secure their release.

Disclosing this yesterday, security sources said the military has already identified the various camps in which the girls are being held, but is being cautious about executing a full onslaught against their captors, in order to avoid collateral damage.

Giving THISDAY a status report on efforts to rescue the girls, he said: “The operation is being strategically carried in a very covert manner because the terrorists will not hesitate to use any of the girls as human shields or even kill them in the event of an attack.

Flight MH370: Search enters ‘new phase’

The search for the missing Malaysian plane is entering a “new phase”, Australia has announced, after the initial undersea search found nothing.

PM Tony Abbott said that “a much larger” area of the ocean floor would now be targeted.

But he said it was “highly unlikely” any surface wreckage would be found, and suspended aerial searches.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on 8 March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The plane, carrying 239 people, disappeared off radar over the South China Sea.

You must step on toes to save Nigeria, Yoruba Forum tells Jonathan

Angered by the atrocities being committed by the Boko Haram insurgents in parts of the North, the Yoruba Unity Forum, YUF, has made a strong case for President Goodluck Jonathan to step on powerful toes in a bid to defeat the terrorists and save Nigeria from the brink.
The Treasurer of the YUF, Hon. Salvador Adegoke Moshood, who made the call in an exclusive interview in Abuja on Sunday, said that it was imperative for the government of President Jonathan to be firm in dealing with the insurgents.
According to Moshood, the government cannot win the war against the terrorists by taking a simplistic approach towards the malevolent elements and hoping that they would change for the better.
The politician, who is also a delegate to the ongoing National Conference on the platform of Socio-political and Ethnic Nationalities from Lagos State, said that Jonathan must keep political interest aside and tackle the insurgents for the overall interest of the nation.
According to him, Jonathan would win even more votes in the north and the other parts of the country by taking a drastic and firm action to bring an end to the menace being posed to the nation by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Accident: Trailer Crushes Commercial Motorcyclist To Death

A commercial motorcyclist met his death at about noon on Saturday, April 26, when he was crushed a commercial motorcyclist to death by an articulated vehicle at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Estate Junction, Lugbe, along the Abuja Airport road.
A witness who preferred to be called Martins, said the motorcyclist who shuttles between the estate and the junction had just conveyed a passenger from the estate to the junction and turned to go back to the estate when he saw a woman walking in his direction and in a bid to avoid hitting the woman, he lost control of the motorcycle.

Ogun SARS Kill 3 Robbers, Arrest Ex Convict

Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Ogun State Police Command have killed two members of a robbery and car-snatching syndicate around the Toll Gate, Otta.
The squad led by Inspector Adeyemi Akeem also killed another robbery suspect in another incident along the Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway and arrested a member of the gang, Yusuf Ahmed on Saturday.
The robbery gang, according to the public relations officer of the command, Muyiwa Adejobi had snatched one Mercedes Benz ML 320 Jeep with Registration number LND 779 AQ from the owner at Dalemo area of Otta last Thursday around 2000hrs.
He said the anti-robbery squad had since then put the gang under surveillance and acted on a tip-off, resulting in the arrest.
Adejobi added that the syndicate had been on the wanted list of the command in the past one year over their involvement in many robbery cases within and outside the state.
“The suspect, Yusuf Ahmed, 21, is from Oja Oba in Ibadan Oyo State but resides in Temidire area of Otta in Ogun State. He is an alumnus of the Command Secondary School Ibadan, 2010 set and had before now, being sentenced to imprisonment at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos State, for a similar offence.”

Crime: ‘How We Use Sick Kids To Enrich Ourselves’

The Lagos State Police command has rescued a 2-year-old girl suffering from cancer from the hand of a syndicate that was using her to beg for alms in order to enrich themselves in the metropolis.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the Area ‘E’ Festac command arrested six members of the syndicate and are still searching for their leader, Samuel Ekpendu.

Police Arrest 1 Over Death Of Vigilante Boss

Police detectives in Warri, Delta State have arrested the alleged mastermind of the gruesome murder of a vigilante boss in Warri.
Police public relations officer in the state, DSP Celestina Kalu who confirmed the arrest of the suspect identified as Rapheal Kimlolo, disclosed that armed bandits, operating in two Volkswagen Passat cars, trailed the deceased leader of Red Bar Vigilante Group Warri, one Godwin Masagwa Migaga alias Puff-Man, who was driving alone in a Sienna car, his official vehicle.
She said the arrested suspect and his accomplices engaged the late Migaga in a shootout around Otokutu, Warri and one of them was shot dead while the vigilante boss sustained gunshot injuries.
He was said to have been taken to Royal Clinic around Udu local government area of the state where he later died after failed attempts by the doctor to save his life.
Kalu said that the Ughelli Area Police Command on receiving the information, swung into action and with the assistance of the Ughelli Vigilante, one of the suspects was arrested and he had confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court.
She said investigation was on-going to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.

Arrest: JTF Arrests 2 Oil Thieves, Set Car Ablaze

For allegedly being in possession of illegally refined petroleum products, the Joint Military Task force (JTF) in conjunction with the men of the 222 military battalion have arrested two persons and set ablaze a Mitsubishi Gallant Salon car at Agbarotor-Orogun road, Delta State.
The vehicle according to the commanding officer of the battalion, Lt. Col. Ken Chigbo was intercepted by the operatives of the Joint Military Taskforce at the weekend along Agbarotor-Orogun road as it was being used to transport illegal petroleum products.
He said the suspects identified as Festus Ekene and John Chima were caught with the car with registration number IMO AG 337 NWA loaded with 36 big gallons containing the locally refined petroleum products.
Chigbo said the suspects had been handed over to the police for prosecution.

Insecurity: Nigeria Civil Society Wants Urgent Collective Action, Demands Halt To Premature And Illegal 2015 Political Campaigns

caption: Femi Falana
By SaharaReporters, New York
Nigeria’s entire pro-democracy civil society movement has demanded that all political parties cease their premature and illegal campaigns for the 2015 general elections, as a measure of the seriousness of the current situation in the country.
In a statement on Sunday, the civil society delegation to the conference called for collective patriotic action, asking the politicians to stop dancing on the graves of their murdered compatriots and trivializing the collective grief.

APC’ll tackle security challenges, says Ex-minister

Dr Ibrahim Lame, a former minister of police affairs, said on Monday that the All Progressives Party would evolve strategies that would tackle the current security challenges bedevilling the country.
Lame told newsmen in Bauchi State that people-oriented policies, like employment, food security and proactive measures against corruption, would be adopted by the APC to tackle the security challenges.
According to him, the current policies of fighting corruption and unemployment were not adequate in addressing the problems.
Lame, a chieftain of the party, said that it would take more than the army, police or other security agencies to ensure adequate security in the country.
He said security agencies must be complemented by other civic means to curb insecurity.
The politician, however, acknowledged that with necessary equipment in place, there were competent men and women in the security agencies to do the job.
He said, “If the APC forms a government, we will come up with policies that will provide means to fight insecurity in the country.
“We will provide our security men with the right equipment to do their job, create jobs and policies to fight bribery and corruption in a serious manner.”
Lame urged Nigerians, irrespective of religious affiliation, tribe or creed, to contribute to the fight against insecurity threatening the country, especially in the North-East.

Soldiers In Forefront Of Fight Against Boko Haram Demand Rotation

Soldiers stationed in the three Northeast states most ravaged by attacks by Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group, want the military hierarchy to implement a policy of rotation, bringing in a new set of soldiers to relieve battle-weary ones.
All soldiers demanded anonymity to avoid reprisals from their officers. In separate interviews with a correspondent of SaharaReporters, the soldiers, who are posted to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, criticized the practice of keeping them stationed for too long in the battlegrounds of the fight against the increasingly sophisticated Boko Haram, a group which wants the enthronement of strict Islamic values in Nigeria.
Some of the soldiers complained that they had been in the theater of war with Boko Haram for close to ten months. “I was told by my commander that I would be posted to duties against Boko Haram for six months at most,” one of the soldiers told our correspondent. He added that he has served more than eight months, with no idea when he would be able to be re-posted to his original battalion.
Another soldier, stationed in Borno, told SaharaReporters that his wife gave birth to his second child, a girl, a month after he was posted to the turbulent combat zone. “I have been here now for ten months. I have not seen my daughter or my wife because they cannot come here, and I have not received any release to visit them,” the soldier added.

Tambuwal Condoles With Sambo Over Brother’s Death


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has commiserated with Vice President Namadi Sambo over the death of his younger brother, Captain Sabo Sambo, following a car accident in Abuja on Sunday.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on media and public affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal expressed shock over the incidence.
He prayed God to give the Sambo family, friends and associates the strength and fortitude to bear the loss.

12 Killed As Twisters Strike Central U.S.

A broad tornado sliced through Little Rock’s suburbs Sunday, killing at least 11 people and leaving behind a miles-long path of destruction as a powerful system rumbling off the Plains provided a violent kick-start to the nation’s tornado season.
The scene was the same in town after town, with emergency workers and volunteers going door-to-door to check for victims. State troopers performed the same task among the damaged and toppled 18-wheelers, cars and trucks on a two-mile stretch of Interstate 40, a major thoroughfare in and out of Arkansas’ capital city.
“It turned pitch black,” said Mark Ausbrooks, who was at his parents’ home in Mayflower when the storm arrived. “I ran and got pillows to put over our heads and … all hell broke loose.”
“My parents’ home, it’s gone completely,” he said.

Death sentence for Brotherhood chief Badie, 682 others

A judge at a mass trial in Egypt has recommended the death penalty for 683 people – including the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie.
The defendants faced charges over an attack on a police station in Minya in 2013 in which a policeman was killed.
The judge also reversed 492 death sentences out of 529 passed in March, commuting most to life in prison, the BBC reports.
The cases and speed of the hearings have drawn widespread criticism from human rights groups and the United Nations.
The trials took just hours each and the court prevented defence lawyers from presenting their case, according to Human Right Watch.
The BBC says several female relatives waiting outside the courtroom fainted on hearing news of the verdict.
Last month, the UN human rights commissioner condemned the two trials and said they had breached international human rights law.
A spokesman for Navi Pillay said the “cursory mass trial” was “rife with procedural irregularities.”
Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since President Mohammed Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested.
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Dangote’s refinery raises LFTZ land value by 900%

As preliminary work begins on the site earmarked for the construction of a refinery by the Dangote Group as well as the springing up of other business ventures in the Lekki Free Trade Zone, prices of land in the area have drastically increased, MAUREEN AZUH writes
The prices of land in Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State have risen considerably since the Dangote Group indicated interest in building a refinery in the area.
Although preliminary work, including clearing of the site, has barely begun, the prices of land in the areas surrounding the Lekki Free Trade Zone have gone up by over 900 per cent.
The Chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, had in 2013 disclosed plans to build a 400,000-barrel-per-day crude oil refinery, and subsequently awarded the contract to an Indian company, Engineers India Limited.

Sharapova wins Stuttgart crown

Maria Sharapova won her third straight Porsche Grand Prix title on Sunday by coming from behind to defeat Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Sharapova won her first tournament of the year and clinched the 30th title of her career. She is now undefeated in 13 consecutive matches on the indoor clay in Stuttgart, AP reports.
Ivanovic wasted a 3-1 lead in the second set as Sharapova raised her game to stay in the high-quality match and finally prevail in a showdown between two former top-ranked players and French Open champions. Ivanovic was seeking her third title of the year.
“I just tried to hang in there,” Sharapova said.

Oshiomhole Has Transformed Edo – IBB

Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida has said that he is not surprised by the rapid transformation in Edo State under Governor Adams Oshiomhole, considering the governor’s antecedents.
Also, former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said the Edo governor has impacted positively on the development of the state beyond empty rhetoric.
Speaking at Igueben at the weekend, as chairman of a ceremony to mark the 70th birthday of Chief Tom Ikimi, one-time minister of foreign affairs, Babangida said “I want to pay special homage to my Comrade Governor, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, who has been doing so much to transform Edo State.
“As a regular visitor to Edo State, I could feel and inhale the impact of good governance not only on the faces of the people but also on infrastructure. I saw several red-roof schools on my way here. I saw well cultivated lawns, walk-ways and beautiful road networks. I saw expansions on roads that were hitherto narrow. In fact, the feeling of a transformed Edo State is palpable.

CSR: Dangote Donates 12 Trailer-load of Relief Material to Benue State

Aliko Dangote

The Pan African conglomerate-Dangote Group-has donated 12 trailer load of relief material worth N40 million to the Benue State Government.
The relief material, according to the Group, is meant to support the ongoing effort of the state government to bring succor to the victims of the recent crisis that affected some parts of the state.
Speaking at the occasion for the formal handover of the items to the displaced persons in Makurdi, President and Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote said: “ We have a very cordial relationship with our host communities in Benue and it is only natural we identify with them at a time like this. What has happened is unfortunate and we empathise with all the affected people."
Dangote who was represented by his Special Adviser Eng Joseph Makoju said that it was unfortunate that the crisis happened and that the insurgency was diversionary to the government effort at bringing the dividend of democracy to the people of the state.

Aregbesola opens 21 roads today

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola will inaugurate 21 roads in Osogbo, the state capital, today.
They are: Station/Fagbewesa/Odi-Olowo Junction/Ebenezer road, 0.61km; Boorepo/Abaku/Elelede Junction road, 0.47km; Elelede Junction/Oluode Market/Gbemu Junction road, 1km; Gbodofon/Jaleyemi/Gbemu Junction/Isale Aro road, 1.79km; Ilobu/Adesina Crescent/GRA road, 1.35km; Oja Oba/Osun Grove Gate with road extension, 1.02km; Balogun Biiro/Oke Baale road, 0.85km; Alafia Street/Church Street/Awolowo Way, 0.79km; Coca-Cola/Alekuwodo/Capital Hotel road, 2.33km; and Oke Onitea/Anaye Market Junction road, 0.42km.

MINISTER OF HEALTH LAUNCHES DRUGFIELD CHLORXY-G (Chlorhexidine 4%) GEL, A High Impact, Low-cost Medicine that prevents umbilical cord infections in the newborn

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Tuesday in Bauchi granted regulatory approval for the production of newborn cord care antiseptic gel, Chlorhexidine Digluconate 7.1%, by a Nigerian pharmaceutical company, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Tuesday in Bauchi granted regulatory approval for the production of newborn cord care antiseptic gel, Chlorhexidine Digluconate 7.1%, by a Nigerian pharmaceutical company, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

The company thus becomes the first Nigerian and African company to manufacture the crucial baby product.

Rivers: Family Threatens To Sue Shell Over Oil Spillage

The Olorji family of Rumukurushi Town in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State, has demanded the sum of N500 million as compensation from oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC), following an oil spill on the family farmland.
The family also threatened to take legal action against the multi-national oil firm should it fail to pay the compensation and clean-up the spill covering several acres of land before the end of May, 2014.
Spokesman of the family, Mr Henry Nnadikwe Olorji, who disclosed this while taking journalists round the spill site, said the spill occurred as a result of a ruptured pipeline of Shell that passed through the farm land located at Ekwu-Atani along the Igbo-Etche Road in the area.
Olorji said, “Shell is responsible for this oil spill. The workers were trying to carry on some repair work on this pipeline when it got burst and spill into our farmland. Look at our cash crops and economic trees, which all members of our family depend on for our survival because most of us are farmers.
“As I told you earlier, we are calling on them (Shell) to clean up the spill and we are also demanding for the sum of N500 million from Shell as compensation and we are giving them up to May 31, 2014, to clean-up the spill, pay the compensation or they meet us in court.”

APC warns against sack of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe governors

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to be stampeded into sacking Governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
The party described the calls in some years on Dr Jonathan to dismantle the democratic structures in the three states as worrisome.
The Interim Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed told reporters at the weekend in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, that the calls were misplaced.
“What is more worrisome is the call by some people to the effect that the democratic structures in those states should be dismantled.
“We begin to understand when and how does a governor become an impediment to fighting insurgency. On the contrary, he cannot fight insurgency when the political structure is not in place. So I hope those who are trying to stampede the president into sacking those governors will have a rethink because if they do, the consequences will not be in the interest of either the people you want to protect or the country.”

Boko Haram and national security

I wrote on this page on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, with the above title. I agonise that the situation has deteriorated! I quote from piece: “Our security agencies are incapable of tracking terrorists in Nigeria. Their beats have ever been to track down “dissidents” such as the Fawehinmis, Falanas, Soyinkas, Chima Ubanis, Felas, Shehu Sanis, journalists, and civil rights activists! The dossier on the above listed is enough to fill the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota! The new manhunt for bombers is alien to the State Security Service. For the police, the bar can be raised to allow them door to door levy collection alongside the regular road toll! They may run with the hare and hunt with the hounds!” It is clear that gun-boat diplomacy alone is inadequate for this menace. Can we not deploy satellite surveillance to track the movement of the terrorists before they strike? Please be proactive!
Chief Imam Taofeek Sanni,
Trade Fair Complex Central Mosque,

Facebook to Be Free on all Mobile Networks in East Africa

Tigo has partnered Facebook to give East African customers free access to the social networking site across all mobile networks.
“What this partnership means is that Tigo customers can, for the first time, access Facebook through their handsets without incurring any data charges and connect with the social media network’s two millions users in Tanzania and its 1.2 billion users worldwide,” CNBC Africa quoted the General Manager of the mobile operator, Tigo, Diego Gutierrez to have said at the launch of the partnership.
The strategic partnership is part of Facebook’s recent Internet.org initiative launched by the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
This is however the second time that Facebook and Millicom, Tigo’s parent company, have gone into collaboration since the launch of Facebook’s free mobile access in Paraguay in December 2003.
One of the main advantages of the initiative is that for the first time, the Facebook platform would be offered in English and Swahili, the national language of Tanzanians and the majority of people in East, Central and Southern Africa.

Jonathan, wife condole with Sambo over brother’s death

President Goodluck Jonathan and First Lady Dame Patience yesterday led some top government officials to condole with Vice-President Namadi Sambo over the death of his brother, Yusuf.
Yusuf, who was a pilot, died early yesterday in a ghastly motor accident on the Abuja Airport Road.
At the time of the accident, the Vice-President was away in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania representing Jonathan at the country’s golden jubilee anniversary.
He returned to Nigeria yesterday and headed to the National Mosque where a brief funeral service was conducted in honour of the deceased.
The deceased remains were later interred at a cemetery in Abuja.

2015: The Brewing Rivalry Among Jonathan’s Men

The brewing scramble for relevance and  political survival within President Goodluck Jonathan’s camp ahead of 2015 is raising concerns in certain quarters. Chibuzo Ukaibe writes.
It would appear that the political camp of President Goodluck Jonathan is in disarray. The emerging cold war between aides of Jonathan and some governors is as insightful as it is instructive.
No doubt, as momentum builds, the scramble for relevance within political parties and camps ahead of 2015 is inevitable. Deft power plays and the securing of territorial (geographical and political) dominance would be driven by the need to be in the center of political action as the political process intensifies.
As such, while fangs would be bared and potential threats to interests identified and dealt with where possible, it is left to be seen how much of such internal wrangling for relevance would impact the party or political camp.

Girls Kidnapping: 10,000 Women Petitions NASS In Lagos

No fewer than 10,000 women in Lagos have petitioned the National Assembly over the recent abduction of 234 girls at in Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram sect.
The petition, signed by the women some of whom converged in Lagos for Women for Destiny Conference organized Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos, noted that the lives of the girls are in danger, and urged the National Assembly and security authorities to intervene without delay.
Speaking with newsmen at the weekend after the conference with the theme, “Blessed To Build”, the convener of the conference Pastor Mrs. Nike Adeyemi said the present insecurity of lives and property in the country was worrisome.

‘Disband Northern Governors’ Forum Now’

Northern Governors
Following the unrelenting insecurity, the Northern Civil Society Forum has  lambasted the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) for its insensitivity to the plights of northerners and called for the forum to be disbanded immediately.
In a press conference held in Kaduna over the weekend, the forum’s coordinator, Alhaji Danazumi Mohammed, however, commended the Adamawa State governor Murtala Nyako for his position on the security challenges facing the country, noting that the governor is a true friend of President Goodluck Jonathan who means well for him and the nation.
Describing the NSGF as ineffective, Mohammed condemned the chairman of the NSGF and governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, for criticising the governor’s memo on the basis of absence of evidence:

FG Winning War Against Terror – Sambo

Vice President Namadi Sambo has declared that in spite of the deadly attacks by the Boko Haram sect, the rapid fire approach of security forces is yielding the needed results.
He noted that the federal government is doing its best to put an end to the nefarious activities of the sect, adding “we are co-operating with our neighbouring countries to bring this to an end soon”.
Sambo stated these over the weekend during an audience with the Nigerian Community in the United Republic of Tanzania at the residence of Nigeria’s high commissioner, Dr Ishaya Samaila Majambu, in Dar Es Salaam.
The vice president was in that country to represent President Goodluck Jonathan at  the  golden jubilee celebration of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar on April 26, 1964.
He said, “I want to seize this opportunity to inform that the federal government is doing everything to ensure that the Boko Haram menace is addressed in Nigeria and we are getting positive results. I must say that we are very proud of our security agencies. They have been doing very well and this issue by God’s grace will be a thing of the past very soon.

Glo win three at ICT Awards

National telecommunications operator, Globacom, won thrice at the Beacon of ICT Awards at the weekend.
At the fourth edition of the award held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Glo was named Best Telecoms Company of the Year, Most Innovative Mobile Player of the Year and Undersea Cable Company of the Year.
Organizers of the award and technology news publication, Communications Week, said Globacom emerged tops in the award categories in an online poll conducted from December last year to March 30, 2014, in which over 250,000 respondents participated.
The national operator was voted the Best Telecoms Company of the Year because of its revolutionary role in the industry. Organisers noted that the company had continued to ensure that Nigerians benefitted from technological advances by pioneering revolutionary products and crashing telecom service tariffs.

Govt fighting Boko Haram, says Sambo

Vice President Namadi Sambo has assured the Nigerian community in Tanzania that the Federal Government has intensified efforts to check the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the vice president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media Malam Umar Sani, said such efforts had started yielding positive results.
Sambo gave the assurance during an audience with members of the Nigerian community in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.
The statement stated that Sambo noted with satisfaction the concerted efforts of the security agencies in the fight against the terror group in the North East zone of the country.
The vice president, according to the statement, said government was particularly proud of the security agencies’ commitment to ending insurgency in the country.

Nigerians should emulate resignation of South Korean PM, says APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday urged government officials to hold themselves to higher standards of conduct “as a way of ensuring good governance and winning global respect for the country”.
In a statement in Lagos yesterday, the APC’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the resignation of South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, over his government’s much-criticised poor handling of the April 16 ferry disaster was instructive. Over 300 people have been declared either dead or missing in the disaster.
The APC said the PM’s exit must jolt the conscience of Nigerian officials who have been found wanting when they have found themselves in similar situations.